What could be better to start a new year than a whole new catalogue full of bright, fresh crafting products!  Our new Occasions Catalogue has so many beautiful, fun and interesting products! Join me for a Sampler Class on Saturday 24 February … ...

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  2. LAST CHANCE – Year End Sale, Holiday Catalogue & Stamparatus Reservation
  3. 40th Chandelier Invites
  4. Test Tube Treats
  5. December Colour Your World Blog Hop
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What could be better to start a new year than a whole new catalogue full of bright, fresh crafting products!  Our new Occasions Catalogue has so many beautiful, fun and interesting products!
Join me for a Sampler Class on Saturday 24 February to sample the new products for yourself!

Here’s a fun overview of some of the new products available!



Sale-a-Bration is back with seriously fun FREE products for you to earn!
These products are exclusive to Sale-a-Bration and this year there are even 2 levels of gift you can choose from!



LAST CHANCE – Year End Sale, Holiday Catalogue & Stamparatus Reservation

So many great things are about to come to an end so jump in and grab them while you still can!

First up is our Year End Sales Event which gives you great discounts on overstock items, and also includes all of the Holiday Catalogue items that are about to retire – never to be seen again!


Next up is the amazing Stamparatus!!  If you want to get hold of one of these awesome stamp placement tools before June 2018 you need to reserve yours NOW! Reservation window closes 31 December 2017 and your Stamparatus will ship as soon as it is produced!



40th Chandelier Invites

Earlier this month I celebrated my 40th birthday.  I really wanted to have an intimate celebration somewhere special with my closest family and friends and so chose to have High Tea at Louis Sergeant here in Wellington. Decorated like a traditional French salon and serving the most amazing edible works of art, Louis Sergeant’s decor and french flavour gave me the inspiration for the party invitations in Powder Pink & Gold.

I created a gatefold envelope with a slide out invitation.  The background Gold Embossing was stamped using the Hello Friend Stamp Set and the chandelier images are from the Season to Sparkle bundle.  I was really pleased with how elegant these turned out – the photos really don’t do it justice!

I am so sad that the Season to Sparkle Bundle is retiring – although it was designed as a Christmas & Halloween set, I think it can be used for so much more!  The good news is that you can still get this great bundle here until 2 January (while stocks last)!  Thankfully the Champagne Foil Paper is staying – YIPPEE!

Stamps: Season to Sparkle, Hello Friend
Ink: Powder Pink, Versamark
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Very Vanilla, Vellum, Champagne Foil Paper
Other: Big Shot, Chandelier Thinlit Dies, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Ruffled Dynamic TIEF



Test Tube Treats

This is my last post before Christmas so I thought I would end with some cute and quick Test Tube Treats in case you need a last minute idea for those unexpected guests!  These Test Tubes are so cute and they look really colourful with mini M&M’s in them!

Quick tags stamped with the Santa’s Suit & Hang Your Stocking stamp sets, some twine & Washi Tape – done!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported me this year – you are all special to me and I am so fortunate to have you in my life!  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas – I hope you all have the chance to enjoy family, friends, good food and fun times as well as some rest and relaxation over the next few days!


December Colour Your World Blog Hop

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It’s time for another Colour Your World Blog Hop, and sadly this will be the last one – after 2 years (can you believe it has been that long already!) the CYW team have decided it is time to take a break and try some new things.  So, enjoy this last colour inspiration for now and keep an eye out for some new things coming next year!

I was inspired by the sunset in this photo so decided to recreate it for this month’s card. My 11 year old daughter is obsessed with cats and stops to talk to them whenever we see one so it was an obvious choice to include a cat on a brick wall enjoying that last of the sun!

I used all 4 colours and my sponge brayer to create the sunset. I love the sponge brayer and having a couple in each pack means you don’t have to wash the brayer each time you want to add another colour – this allows you to go back and add more of each colour as needed.  I finished off the brayering with a sun burst image from one of the Sale-a-Bration stamp sets that will be available in January – Amazing You.

The sentiment is also from the Amazing You set, and it is mix and match so you can use just the amazing or all of the sentiment – I love the flexibility this provides!  The cat is of course just the punch from the Holiday Catalogue and I have perched her on a simple brick wall using the Brick TIEF.

Well that’s it for me, thank you so much for following along the last 2 years, and many thanks to the other team members for the fun we have had creating these blog hops each month!  Be sure to hop around the world and check out all of the other great projects to inspire your crafting.  You can start with the lovely Sam Hammond in the UK.

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Alison Solven – Canada
Alisa Tilsner – Australia
Patsy Mullen Waggoner – USA
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand   <<——- You Are Here
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria
Anna Sposato – Germany

Stamps: Amazing You
Ink: So Saffron, Peek-a-Boo Peach, Island Indigo, Night of Navy
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White,
Other: Big Shot, Brick TIEF, Cat Punch, Sponge Brayer



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