Friday, January 27, 2012


Well the day finally came and I was dreading it just a wee bit, but Alex and I met Sharlene and the boys for a picnic lunch on Wednesday as it was there last day in New Plymouth before heading to Auckland.  It was great a beautiful sunny day, we went to Brooklands Zoo, where the kids ( Alex, Parker and Chase) did some last catching up before they go home to the US on Monday.  It was pretty emotional nearly cried but kept it together, Alex will miss Parker and Chase, but we are going to skype each other once a month. As you can see we needed our sunny's as it was so bright and sunny on Wednesday, not like today wet and cloudy.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ESAD Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

Come and join me on an amazing journey through several different stamping websites to see what our amazing ESAD designers have come up with for our ESAD Sale-a-bration Blog Hop 2012.

 What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

We have for you today 23 stops on your journey so go grab a cuppa and sit down for some BLOG HOPPING, you have just come form that talented Louise Layton .

For your viewing pleasure today I have made two very different cards, I only had a minimal amount of product but you can always make that work.

Project 1: Spiced Paisley Card.

This is a stamp set out of the current Summer Mini and what an awesome stamp set, it co-ordinated wonderfully with the: Spice Cake DSP, Spice Cake Fabric, Spice Cake 3.8cm Buttons.  The co-ordinating colours in this product suite are: Soft Suede, More Mustard, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, River Rock and Very Vanilla.


CARDSTOCK: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla.
INKS: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Pool Party.
STAMP SET: Spiced Paisley.
ACCESSORIES: Spice Cake Designer Fabric, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Flower Folds XL Big Shot Die, Everyday Enchantment Brad.

 Project 2: Beautiful Butterfly Surprise Card

This card is one that I have been wanting to try out courtsey of Jenny Moors a wonderfully talented designer from the UK.  Its butterflies all around for this one, (I really do love butterflies).


STAMP SET: Curly Cute, En Francais
INKS: Calypso Coral, Lucky Limade
CARDSTOCK: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla DSP
ACCESSORIES: Vintage Wallpaper, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folders, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Everyday Enchantment Brads, Everyday Enchantment 3.2mm Organdy Ribbon (Lucky limeade & Calypso Coral)

Thank you for stopping by and now you are off to Kathryn Ruddick.

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your day and get some time to check out the ESAD Sale-a-bration Blog Hop, please be sure to leave a comment for all the designers so they know you have stopped by.

Sale-a-Bration 2012

Well it's that time of the year again SALE-A-BRATION time and have we got some amazing stamp sets, that you can earn for FREE.  Also this year we have Everyday Enchantment Designer paper and Everyday Enchantment Ribbons and Brads that you can choose for free with your qualifying order.

How do I earn free product you ask, well let me explain
PURCHASE:  All you have to do is order $120 of product and you earn yourself any 1 of the sale-a-bration items for FREE.  If you spend $240 you get 2 items for free out of the Sale-a-bration flyer.

HOST: Host a workshop and in conjunction with all our fabulous hostess benefits, if your workshop reaches $700 (NZ) you earn a free Sale-a-bration item. 

JOIN:  Join us here at Stampin' Up! for the great price of $289 that is a saving of $50, also by joining during Sale-a-bration you get to choose current stamp set for free.

So what are you waiting for get those orders flowing and earn FREE stamp sets.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Colour Challenge

Here is a card that i have made for the Stampin' Royalty challenge #107, a colour challenge this round and what a great selection of colours.  It wasn't that hard to decide what to do, I simply love this choice of colours and had to play with my new butterfly embosslit Beautiful Wings.
Stamp Sets: Curly Cute, Nature Walk
Cardstock: Lucky limeade, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb cake, whisper white
Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Top Note die

Now that the holidays are drawing to a close I will endeavor to keep up with the challenge and blog every week so keep those eyes peeled for more to come.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sunny Creations Challenge

Here is my take on the challenge 23 - Give Us some Love over at Sunny Challenges this is the first time that I have tried this challenge site, but it looks great and can't wait to see what other challenges are in store during the year.  I am quite pleased with this has turned out.

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Stamp Set: I Heart {Hearts}, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Heart Punch, Word Window Punch

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Blog Resolutions

Well I haven't been up to my best at blogging in 2011.  But 2012 is a new year and I VOW to blog every week, maybe more.  We had a quiet Christmas and New Year wasn't quite seen in as Alex (nearly 8) and I fell asleep waiting for the clock to strike 12.
 Netball for New World in May we 2nd out of the 4 Taranaki New World stores,
 My eldest son Raymond was 21 in August, smack in the middle of calving so we had a family dinner in July.
 Calving saw Alex befriend Molly, a friendly cow from the home farm.
 Snow not once but twice in Hawera, this is Johno's version of a snowman, to me and everyone else we think that it looks like a poodle?   What do you think leave a comment and we will see who is right LOL.
Smokey out cat loved the snow NOT, he tried to keep as close to the fire as he could.