National Product Day

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Monday, 29 August 2011

Pastel Tiling Technique
I attended NZ's first big national training day, with the promotion and play of new products coming out in September. It was a great day, very full on, with lots of demonstrations as well as hands on projects. I was priviledged to be asked to share something on the day. Quite nerve racking in front of 170+ people...
My brief was to show how to make a pleated rosette flower with a squashed bottle cap centre and incoporate it on a card along with another technique. I choose to teach the pastel tiling technique which is very easy. You just get plain white or vanilla cardstock and using a dauber, sponge on pastel colours. I did splotches of 2 or 3 different colours, randomly over the entire cardstock until it was all covered in colour. Then using a ruler and the rubber that comes in your stampin' pastel kit rub out lines of colour. You end up with a very soft and pretty background for your card.

The squashed bottlecap is so quick to make. Just buy the bottle caps from the supermarket (they are used by home brewers) and run it through your big shot. It squashes flat and then you can punch out your desired image with the 1" punch and it fits perfectly in the middle.
Don't you just love this new stamp set? Another sneak peak of what's coming in a few days time. I love the bird's feet.

Finally I decided to make a big card to showcase the rosette and bottlecap as they tend to overpower the smaller cards.
I also wanted to show off some more of my punch art. I so much enjoy playing around with my punches and this is my latest creation - a toucan! I went on google images to check the colour of them and found that there is a whole range of colours especially for their beaks. So I hope you like my creation. I will put instructions for it under my tutorials but I am having problems with that page at present. Hopefully it will be sorted out soon.



More sneak peaks

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Goodbye / Hello
It's that time again when we farewell some products in order to make way for more new and exciting things. I am excited to see little silver-like charms in the shapes of keys and crowns in the new catalogue. Also some very cool new punches that are triple layered. To view new products and try them out for yourself, contact me to organise a workshop.

Don't forget this is your last chance to buy some of the retired items. Click on specials and promotions to see what retired items are discounted and email me if you want to order any before the end of the month.


This card below features the retiring stamp set, Sock Monkey. I have also used old dsp from earlier on as it makes a great background for this card.

This next card uses stamps from the new set called Button Buddies. It is designed especially to have buttons added and is a fun set. I made a retro style card using some new products including the new dotted scallop ribbon border punch and the new seam binding ribbon which is thin and papery, a bit like raw silk.

Lastly here is a cute little journal pocket using the pig stamp from Button Buddies. The pocket is made from a flattened pillow envelope. Another great idea that was taught to us at convention.

Have a good week and happy creating...
from Rhonda 


Sneak peaks

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

New catalogue coming soon
It's so exciting that we have new stamps sets and new products to show you on the 1st of September. If you want to pre-order a new catalogue for $10, let me know by email and I will put one aside for you. Meanwhile I can give you a sneak peak at some of the new stamps.
But first, a farewell to some of our current products, like this celebrations DSP. I used this designer series paper to give the impression of city buildings in the background. 

Do you like how I used the loads of love truck stamp and turned it into a tow truck. My 16 year old son liked it and asked if he could have a go. This is what he came up with. I was so impressed! He used a marker pen to colour in the parts of the stamp that he wanted to use and then he hand drew in the extras. Very clever. The flourish at the side of the card is from a new stamp set called Creative Elements.

The next photo is a 6 x 6 scrapbook page that we all made at convention. Spot the flourish again as well as other stamps from the Creative Elements stamp set. I love the hidden journal tag behind the photo.

Finally another two stamp sets. The Summer Solstice stamp set is great for farewell cards as it contains lovely words. (Not used on this card though). The stamp set also has a lovely flower, leaf and butterfly stamp as shown and only costs $32.95 for the clear mount set. The words on this card are from the Perfectly Penned stamp set.

Keep checking in for some more sneak peaks next week.
From Rhonda



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Tuesday, 09 August 2011

Seaworthy Stamp Set and the Stamp-a-ma-jig
I love this set as it suits men of all ages. The surfer guy is great for teens and the sailboat, in my opinion, is good to use on a card for a grand dad. I made a few cards using this stamp set this week and also using the stamp-a-ma-jig. I couldn't do without this tool as it enables you to position a stamp exactly where you need it. The stamp-a-ma-jig also allowed me to put extra waves in just the right place to create a scene rather than just a stamped image.


The stamp with the motor boat on was used to create the wood grain on the ship's wheel. I used a marker pen to colour in just the waves on this stamp and then stamped it on my chocolate chip card.

The next photo shows how using the stamp-a-ma-jig can help you align two stamps together to make them look as though they are one.

I am sad to hear that the jumbo eyelets are retiring, however you can easily make your own by punching a hole using the larger hole punch on the crop-o-dile, centre this hole in the middle of a half inch circle punch and punch again. I layered up three of these punched shapes from basic grey card and then coated them in crystal effects. It is not as good as the real thing but it will give me something to work on.

And lastly a card with the surfer stamp. This is a big buckle card. The instructions to make this type of card are found on the spilt coast stampers website. I will also put a tutorial up for this next week.

Thanks for visiting from Rhonda


Cartoon Creatures

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Birds and other animals
Stampin' Up! has so many cute bird and animal stamps. I thought I would showcase some of them this week. The first is a waterfall card using the 'Cheep Talk' stamp set. The second card is the bird stamp from the 'Pun Fun" stamp set. It is coloured in with the marker pens and mounted on the lovely autumn spice specialty paper. This designer paper is only available for a few more days. If you want to order some, let me know by Sunday, 31st of July. I have also used the framed tulips embossing folder on this card.


The following card is made with the 'Look who's turning...' stamp set as well as the Happy Birthday word stamp from the Afterthoughts' Hostess gift. It is a fun card when stamped with inks from the 'Brights collection.
The final photo is a real cute rabbit from 'The Nicest Things' stamp set. It is stamped on watercolour card and coloured in with inks and an aqua painter. It would make a lovely gift card just on its own but I have decided to use it as a topper for my gift sack. This little paper gift sack is made from an envelope. It is a quick, easy and economical gift bag. All you have to do is seal the envelope. Decorate if desired. Measure 2cm in from each side (with envelope in portrait position) and score along the 2cm lines. Also measure 2cm up from the bottom and score. Fold firmly along all the score lines. Cut a half cm off the top . Put your hand inside the envelope, where you have cut and open envelope out to form a sack shape. You will need to pinch the bottom corners into triangles and use tape to secure them underneath the gift sack.




Anyone for Coffee?

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Coffee Cards
The little gift card shown in the photo below was taught to me by the very bubbly Shona Edmonds, who is a Stampin' Up! demo on my team.
I love the fact that it just uses the 'Take a Sip' wheel stamp. It is a great card to teach to those people who are new to stamping.
The other card is a slider card that I made for my husband's birthday. He is a coffee addict, so it suited him to a tee.

When you pull up the tab on the slider card, it reveals hidden messages. If you want to know how to make these slider cards, please contact me and I will be only too happy to teach you. 

Another coffee card, this one in the shape of a mug...

Finally a coffee and tea wallet. This was made for me by my swap partner, Dee Sturgeon. It uses 3 different tea/coffee stamps: the 'Take a Sip' wheel stamp, the 'Morning Cup' stamp set and the 'Share a Cup' single stamp. It is a gorgeous wee gift and great to give to someone going away for a long weekend. Inside are tea sachets and tubes of cappuccino mix.

Have a happy day from Rhonda


So sparkly

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Friday, 15 July 2011

It is freezing cold here today. As I am sitting at the computer, my fingers have gone numb. I have had enough of the cold and rain... and winter has only just begun! Today I am posting some sparkly projects that may bring a touch of cheer to the cold winter days.

I made this luminaire as a gift for my swap partner last month. It has a battery operated tea light inside. When the light is turned on, it flickers and glows through the 'windows' just as a real candle would do. The window images are stamped onto vellum with staz on ink.
The bands of glitter around the top and bottom of the box are created by sprinkling dazzling diamonds over the exposed sticky strip tape. Very simple really but effective!

Amour Gift Sack
This gift bag is made using a brown paper lunch bag. Stampin' Up! has some available until the end of this month in the autumn and winter mini catalogue. They can be decorated very quickly by adding a front and back to the lunch sack.



Glitter Window
This gift card uses a technique called glitter window where glitter is sprinkled onto clear masking tape and then put in front of a stamped image. The image shines through the glitter. To learn how to do this technique, visit and click on tutorials.



Chocolate Treats

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Saturday, 09 July 2011

I recently purchased the Eat Chocolate stamp set and have enjoyed creating with it. I think it will become one of my favourites as chocolate is universally loved by everyone.

With love from Paris
This card has a pocket inside to hold a thin chocolate bar, such as the herseys kind. Most of the stamping on the front was done with clear embossing powder over coloured ink and then lightly sponged. The punched heart was coated with crystal effects.


I would give up Chocolate but...
The chocolate treat holder on the right of the photo above holds a chocolate kit kat and is very easy to make. There is step by step instructions for this under the tutorial menu.

Choc top ice cream card
This card was made for a friend who loves chocolate and ice cream so what better card to give than one that combined both! It features a bevelled window embellishment which highlights the cone nicely.  The cones inside the card were made using the chocolates from one of the stamps in the Eat Chocolate stamp set and a piece of left over rubber cut roughly into a cone shape and stamped using so saffron ink.

Eat Chocolate today! From Rhonda


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