Customer Showcase

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

This week I thought I would show off some lovely cards that have been made by some of my customers. I always enjoy seeing other people's work and I often get inspiration from it. It has been nice to CASE some of their work and to try out new styles and techniques. There are times when I learn more from my customers than what I can teach to them.

But that is what Stampin' Up! is about after all - The first part of their Statement of the Heart says; "To love what we do and share what we love..."

This card was made by Kay Pike. I love the block design of this flower and flower pot. Simple but effective. And the wire stem just makes the card.

Made by Dawn Hunter. A stunning black and white card with a lot of fussy cutting and raised images, creating a slight paper tole effect.

Made by Delwyn McPherson. She has a great style and makes cardmaking seem effortless. Delwyn is a former customer but now a demonstrator based in Wanganui, NZ.

Made by Karen Cunningham. I love this card. So clever to put a variety of papers and stickers together to make such a whimsical scene.





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Friday, 13 January 2012

Wow 2012!

I am excited for this New Year! A few weeks ago Stampin’ Up! announced some career changes that will mostly come into effect after the end of March and they are definitely going to make things easier for people to become demonstrators and to succeed as demonstrators.

I am excited too, about the new products in the summer mini catalogue that was released at the beginning of December. It is current until the end of March.

Sale-A-Bration Starting Soon!

And finally, I am excited about the Sale-A-Bration promotion which starts on the 24th of January. You can earn free product with every $120 spent with Stampin’ Up!
Click on specials and promotions tab to find out more. There are 4 stamps sets to choose from as well as very pretty accessories such as printed brads, ribbon and designer series paper.

This card is made using the Fresh Vintage stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration promotion. The brad and ribbon are also from this promo and these are a sneak peak of some of the items that you can get for free!

Card inside. Stamped on Confetti White cardstock and sponged with soft suede ink around the edges.

This pillow box was given to me by Rachael Knight and was filled with hersey kisses. Isn't it stunning? It was made using the designer series paper that can be yours for free with the Sale-A-Bration promotion. The stamped and embossed flower images on the butterfly are once again from the Fresh Vintage stamp set. Fresh and Vintage aren't two words that you would expect to see together but they sum up the stamp set and matching accessories just beautifully.

Remember this promotion starts on tuesday the 24th of January, so start thinking about your orders today!



Covered Notebooks

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Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy Holidays!
I am in at Papamoa beach today looking out the window at the heavy rain which is a little sad when you want to be lying on the sand soaking up the sun...

My post today features some covered notebooks. The first is a diary that Patrice (my upline) made for me when we went to Fiji. I love it. Patrice has glued on die cut shapes and coated them with crystal effects to make them shiny. Then she put the whole lot through a square lattice embossing folder.

I made another one, using Patrice’s technique.

Finally here is a covered journal that I made for Christmas. It is blank inside to write your own recipes in.

 From Rhonda


Photo Cards

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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Easel Card
Christmas Greetings to you all! One more sleep to go!
I am posting a couple of cards this week that I made for a plunket (young mums) group that I did a workshop for recently. The ladies asked me to teach them a card that they could easily add a photo of their child and post away for Christmas. The simplest way (to me) was to make an easel card.


Vintage Easel Card
Here is another sample that I showed the ladies. It uses the top note die as a frame. The photo is me as a little girl...

Another photo framed by the top note die. This 6 x 6 scrapbook page was CASEd from a tutorial done by Juilette Riddell.





Christmas ATC's

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Friday, 16 December 2011

Artist Trading Cards - December Swap
The Crafters Annoymous group that I belong to had an ATC swap this month with a Christmas theme. Here are the swaps -
Artists L to R (top to bottom) Dee Sturgeon, Paula Reid, Narelle Hoggard and Debi Ryan.

The artists for the next group are Julia Leece, Debbie Dawson, Sharna Russell, Antoinette Buckley, Katrina Bongers and myself (Rhonda Fawcett). I added a pull out tab to my ATC which was stamped with the words from the Tidings of Joy stamp set - "Remembering the Christ Child's birth with wishes for a season of peace, hope & love."





Clean and simple

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Quick Cards
These three cards are all made on a base of whisper white and are kept very simple. The first is a card I made at a workshop recently to show the crayon resist technique.

The second is using some scraps of designer paper and the blossom petal builder punch to make birthday candles. It is the same idea as last weeks post but for a birthday instead of Christmas. The sentiment stamp is a retired Stampin' Up! one but I felt that it suited this card very well.

This last card is a CASE from Michelle Last in the UK. I made several of these quick and easy cards to give to my team for Christmas.



Just Add Ink

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Saturday, 03 December 2011

I love the Just Add Ink site as it always inspires you to start creating, which is especially good when you feel stuck in a rut. You can look at their challenges, get ideas from the design team and then make and enter something of your own for their weekly challenge.

This week the challenge is to CASE of one the designers, Tania Gould. I CASEd her sample that she posted for this challenge. I loved the layout and also the technique of emboss resist and so incorporated both on my entry.

Also I wanted to showcase one of the new stamp sets available now from the new summer mini catalogue. It is called “You Are Loved”. Isn’t it romantic! How do you like the inside of my card? (NB the red used on both the inside and outside of the card is Riding Hood Red, but my poor photography skills makes them look like two different reds.)

Last week, the challenge was to make something Christmassy but not using Christmas paper or a Christmas stamp set (words were the exception). I entered two; one was a combination of the kiwi punch art card and the tree card that I posted last week. The other is the Christmas candles below. The flames are made from the blossom petal builder punch.


Thanks for visiting Rhonda


Christmas punch art ideas

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Christmas Tree Card
I was playing around with punch art on the weekend. If you checked in here earlier in the week. You would have seen some of the cards below but I am reposting a couple as they needed tweeking. (This was kindly pointed out to me by my family).
The punch art tree is made from 5 of the large petals from the blossom petal builder punch each petal has a bit cut off the side so that each one becomes narrower than the one before. Add a few punched out dots and glitter and it’s done!

Kiwi Christmas
The kiwi Christmas card is one that I have been thinking about for awhile, mainly because I wanted a card that would reflect a New Zealand Christmas, rather than the snow and reindeer scenes that really have nothing to do with Christmas in the summer time. The feet and eyes are from the owl punch, the body is a scallop circle (double punched), the head is a boho blossom flower and the beak is hand cut.
OK so this card below is a new post, the old one had the santa hat on it's back. LOL! So below is the new and improved version.

Kiwi Bookmark
Same kiwi as before but his head is raised on dimensionals. The 'fern' is from the leaves bigz die and has been hand cut into the side with scissors. I have some visitors coming from overseas for Christmas so this will be a nice personal touch to go with a book.

Christmas Owl
This gift card hollder is from a tutorial that I saw on line. (
Fold a 6 x 6 piece of designer series paper in half and place the fold line between the 3rd and 4th scallop on the scallop envelope die, so that you have 3 full scallops of the envelope die visible. Run through the big shot.
Fold and make into an envelope. You will find the envelope is bigger than if you just ran it through the big shot normally (without folding the paper). It is great having a bigger envelope as now it is the perfect size to hold gift cards for Christmas!

You will notice a fold mark running down the centre of your newly made gift card holder, this is easily covered with a belly band and it looks rather cute with a Christmas owl on the front.



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