Christmas markets

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Handbag gifts
These handmade gifts of a face washer and soap were very popular at the Christmas markets.

A close up of the handbag...

Here is a side view so that you can see how the soap slotted in...

I made handbag "clutch" cards to match.

Inside the card...

Lastly here are some other handbag cards that I have made. The purple one was taught to me by a lady who used to own the Liddle Stamp Shop in Morrinsville.



Peek a Boo

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Wednesday, 02 December 2015

I had fun making these peek a boo baby cards.
You may recall seeing my flower-pot baby card (posted on 6 December 2013) and this one is similar except that I used a tea cup instead of a flowerpot.
Here is a different type of peek a boo...
Made using an oval framelit for the body, with a piece handcut out to make the legs.
The arms and hands are using the modern label punch.
The head uses 1 3/4"circle.
Lastly my watermelon baby. This is my favourite.
from Rhonda


Flap Fold Cards

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

I have not posted for awhile as my sister and fellow Stampin Up! demonstrator is very sick with breast cancer. She has 6 children and I have been helping her as much as I can.

However I can post a couple of projects for you today and one is the project that I taught at our recent extravaganza in Tauranga...
Season of Joy Card
I love this stamp set, available only for another 6 weeks.
I love the touch of cherry cobbler glitter on the berries.
Also notice the decorative corners made with the new trio corner punch.
The instructions for this card are saved under my tutorials.

Anniversary card
This card uses some retired Stampin Up! products but it showcases another variation of the flap fold card. There are many more ideas out there. Just google flap fold card to see more projects.

Thanks for visiting from Rhonda


Storage tips

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Saturday, 03 October 2015

Here is a peek at my craft room bench.
I wanted to show you because I recently found a super cheap way to stack my plastic tray baskets of ribbons, pens, scissors and other tools...
It is a plate rack brought from a discount store. My plastic trays slide in and out very easily.
Here is a photo of the plate rack with the trays removed...

I do also use some of the purpose made storage solutions that Stampin' Up! sell and I particularly love this revolving stand below...
My one has little round containers with brads, buttons and my collection of sponge daubers. I have the dauber containers coloured coded. Four daubers will fit in one container perfectly...

It is so much easier to craft when there are homes for everything.
Feel free to email me your storage tips too. I would love to hear them.


A gumball machine!

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Friday, 18 September 2015

I was shown how to make this cute gumball "machine" by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator at our stamp camp earlier this year. It is easy to make using a terracotta plant pot. Paint the pot and saucer. Turn pot upside down and use silicon glue to glue on a glass bowl. The saucer becomes the lid and rests on top. I found a pretty knob to glue onto the saucer lid so that I had something to lift the lid off with...

Decorate the gumball dispenser as desired. I used washi tape and a label using stamps from "oh my goodies" stamp set and "sweet stack" stamp set.

Then I made a card to match - just for fun.

Do you like it?
From Rhonda



Sprinkles of life with cherry on top

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

At my extravaganza last month, my daughter and I taught a project using the very popular "Sprinkles of Life" stamp set. This set is popular not only because of its cuteness factor and versatility but also because money from every stamp set sold goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Here are a couple of cards that I made with this amazing stamp set...

This card was actually made to accompany a wee door prize, a mini hot water bottle hand warmer, so cute!
The strip of dsp is from the "Cherry on top" paper stack.

Another door prize using the same paper stack is these fridge magnets.
The spotty background is also from the Cherry on top dsp stack. It is such a fun colourful paper stack. I love it!

You can see the magnets better in this photo. They are made by punching out the donut images on the dsp.



Hobbiton themed card

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Some of you may know that I live in Matamata aka Hobbiton.
We have been blessed to visit the Hobbiton village and movie set a few times now and it is a very magical place.
Here is a card I recently made based on what I had seen...

Here is a photo of the real thing...

The green dragon tavern...

And me dressed up for one of our visits...



Fox under an oak tree

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Monday, 27 July 2015

I love this sweet little fox stamp from "The Wilderness Awaits" stamp set.
Here is the first card I made with it...

The image is watercoloured and I also made a tiny acorn punch art.
Once I had finished experimenting on my first card, I decided to go minimalistic for my second card...

I wasn't too keen on this card either so tried again, this time making a wallet style card which has a pocket inside to store gift cards etc...

Third time lucky! This is what I ended up teaching at my local extravaganza and card cafe.
The image is coloured using blender pens.
The punch art is very simple as you can see from the guide below...

A close up...

Happy crafting from Rhonda



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