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  1. LAST CHANCE – Year End Sale, Holiday Catalogue & Stamparatus Reservation
  2. 40th Chandelier Invites
  3. Test Tube Treats
  4. December Colour Your World Blog Hop
  5. Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop & Tutorial – Gift Bag
  6. More Recent Articles

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



Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop & Tutorial – Gift Bag

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop and tutorial!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes, bags and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:

This months project is gift bags!  There are so many different options for gift bags and they make such a great finishing touch for giving any gift!

I used my favourite style bag – the bag in a box and I kept mine deliberately super simple – lets face it, at this time of the year we are all hectic with 100 things on our To Do list and sometimes we just have to get the job done, so super simple and no embellishing makes these bags quick and easy to produce for anyone.  Plus, who needs to add extras when that gorgeous Specialty DSP can do all the work for you!  I did however make a very simple note card to go in with the gift in this bag

These Eclipse cards have been really popular recently and they can be as decorative or as simple as you like!  To match my simple bag, I kept this really simple too – I think it looks elegant.

Bag in a Box Tutorial

Part 1 – Box
Cut cardstock measuring 14cm x 14cm (adjust this size box to whatever size you need to fit your gift)
Score each side at 2cm & 12cm
Cut tabs as shown.
Fold along all score lines add adhesive to tabs, and assemble box

Apply Tear n Tape around all outside edges of box

Part 2 – Bag Top
Cut 2 pieces of Designer Series Paper measuring 21cm x 15cm
Adhere 2 pieces of DSP together at short end.  Wrap DSP around box adhering to tape as you go – DON’T SCORE the DSP.  Adhere ends together where they meet.

Cut 2 pieces of coordinating cardstock or Foil paper measuring 21cm x 2cm.  Adhere short ends together and wrap around outside of box following same process as above.

Cut 2 pieces of coordinating cardstock measuring 21cm x 2cm.  Adhere short ends together and wrap around top inside of box – this will add strength for adding your handles.

Add decorative handles using cardstock, ribbon twine or any other medium of your choice.  I simple punched holes and threaded my 1/4″ Copper Trim through before knotting the ends on the inside of the bag.

Cardstock: Soft Suede, Copper Foil Paper, Year of Cheer Specialty DSP
Other: 1/4″ Copper Trim, 1/8″ Circle Punch

Well that’s it from me, but be sure to head around the globe and check out what the rest of the design team have in store for you – remember we each have a free tutorial in our posts!


Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar – Germany
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Zoë Tant – UK
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada


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