September Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop

masculine September

Welcome to our September Scrapbooking Blog Hop!

This month, it is my pleasure to set the Theme ….which is Masculine!

I often get asked by class attendees for Masculine LOs.

Having a photo shy boy (now man), I would secretly take photos of our Son and then Scrapbook them! Haha!

So making masculine LOs is a passion of capture our Sons memories, my Husbands memories and capture my Dads memories onto my pages.

Here’s what I’ve come up with with my Husband as the focus this time …


I absolutely Love the Festive Farmhouse DSP from the Holiday Catalogue! (pg 13)

In particular, the two wood papers in this pack. I just might have to get several more packs for this particular paper lol..Does anyone else do that ..or is it just me?

I’ve teemed it up with the Best Route Memories and More pack for my journalling card and a few other stickers.

Masculine collage

Other products used are Annual Catalogue-Lined Alphabet Stamp (pg 174), Love You To Pieces Bundle (pg 113), Metallic brad (pg 198), Basic Black Solid Bakers Twine (pg 201), Best Route Enamel Shapes (pg 197).  Holiday Catalogue- Frosted Bouquet Framelit dies (pg 37), Chicken Wire Element (pg 43), Galvanised Clip (pg 43), Takeout Thinlit Dies (pg 50) Merry Christmas Thinlit Dies (pg 5), Corrugated Dynamic TIEF (pg 13), Journalling pen (pg 203)

And now we are off to the next blog on our Blog Hop. The lovely and talented Sharon Dalton. 


Click on the little blue icon to see all of those who are hopping with us and to get to the next blog!



Thanks for stopping by! If you havent heard about Scrapbooking Global ..its a Facebook group with a focus on Stampin’ Up! Products. Come and join the fun and get some inspiration while you are at it!


Hi and welcome to my first blog hop with Scrapbooking Sunday Blog Hop team.

This months Theme is “Firsts”

Going through my photos I saw heaps of possibilities..My first day at High school, Sons first day at cub scouts and our first trip to Te Papa Museum in Wellington.

But I chose these photos as I had more than one photo ..and Im on a mission to scrapbook more than one photo at the moment!

So here’s a LO of our daughters successes at swimming.


The DSP (Designer Series Paper) I used is a Christmas one. But ..this is where I love Stampin’ Up! DSP as they are almost always versatile where you can use it for any occasion! You cant really see but I had lots of fun with the new but old shimmer paint. I used it on the tin tile folder Night of Navy piece and also used it over the rest of the LO using it with a scrunched up piece of gladwrap.

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I also have a bit of hidden journalling on a tag (the galvanised clip at the top)..which is on the back of my LO.  Hidden, because its about this time she started getting bullied at school. Showing, that its quite okay to have hidden journalling..where you dont want everyone looking online / class attendees seeing personal and raw journalling.

All of my family know to check the back of my LOs!

Here’s the back of my Layout. I teach this aspect often as well! To save on cost for a LO and get the most out of your cardstock and DSP.

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Materials I used were; AC: Lined Alphabet (145908), Postcard Pals (146701), Neutrals 12×12 CS (147003), Under the Mistletoe DSP(146921), Frames Elements (146906), Metallic Brads (146929). HC: Festive Farmhouse Elements (147890), Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (147044), Braided Linen Trim (147808), Chicken Wire Elements (147807), Galvanised Clips (147806) and the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder (147906)

Here’s the link for the next blog hop.


Happy Scrapbooking on your Sunday!

1. Jenny Hall – USA
2. Charlet Mallett – USA
3. Dena Albee – USA
4. Colleen Johnson Australia
5. Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
6. Delys Cram – New Zealand
7. Sharon Dalton – Australia
8. Tina A Riddle – USA
9. Jerim Dickins
10. Jess Brown – UK

Pleasant Pheasants

I had to have this set as soon as I saw it in the Holiday Catalogue..because we have lots and lots of pheasants on our farm.



They are even a pest ..but I actually love them as a bird ..they are cocky, bold and are very good parents!

Here’s my first play with this set ..I think I need to tweak the colours a bit more but happy with this first attempt!


For this card I brayered with Night of Navy.

I also masked and sponged with Gray Granite and of course coloured with the blends. (Ivory, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Basic Black, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party) ..phew!

The sentiment is from Love What you do (pg 177 AC).

I used Shimmer Cardstock for this card and its lovely and sparkly in real life.


Have a great weekend and ..Happy stamping!


ESAD 2018 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

39748466_10157638407219428_6875387366878478336_nHello and welcome to another amazing Blog Hop!

Last months one was just amazing and this one I’m sure is too!


So, if youve been following my blog, you will know that on ESAD blog hops I usually have a theme.

This month I chose Bakers Boxes which are on page 49 of the Holiday Catalogue (HC). They come in a pack of eight and are food safe so you can put all of your Holiday baking and give to your family and friends.



My first box I did that..well I didn’t bake, but found these new NZ biscuits/cookies in the supermarket!

Ideal for a regular market I do. I just added a flap to the top of the box.

bakers box biccies

I used Homemade Kindness stamp set  (pg 31 HC) and Farmhouse Christmas stamp set (pg 13 HC) and a few items from the Annual Catalogue. Wood Words stamp set – for the wallpaper, Bermuda Bay Striped ribbon , White Embossing paste coloured with Crumb Cake reinker, Pattern party masks, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake Blends and the new Basic Black Blends (pg 49 HC)

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Next up ..I used Pop Up House Thinlits (pg 219 AC) for the top of the box. I used The Wood Textures DSP and Festive Farmhouse Suite for this box and mini album (pg 12-13 HC)


Bakers box mini


Once again, designed for my Market table. I made several mini albums using the mini pizza boxes last Christmas and they sold really well!

These Mini albums are super simple to make and can be popped into a Page protector afterwards for Memory Keeping.

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Basically, its a 12 x12 sheet of cardstock, scored at 4 inches (or 30 cm CS scored at 10cm) and cut as shown. You can however, adhere some of these pages together to make a mini album that doesn’t fold out flat if you wish. mini Esad


The next box was inspired by a fellow demonstrator Deborah Harris and using the Santas Workshop suite (pg 18-19 HC) and the Puzzle Pieces Thinlits (pg 219 AC). The 4 puzzles are cut out from the Santas Workshop Specialty DSP (which is really really really cute!!)

I love that there is also matching Framelits which also match the images on the DSP as well! The puzzles are 10cm x10cm. I also used the Big Shot Embossing mats (pg 221 AC) to make the bottom of the puzzles. I love this new Big shot accessory! Instead of cutting with your dies, you can emboss or cut and emboss!


bakers box puzzle

I thought this box would be great as a stocking stuffer.

esad puzzle


So while these boxes are designed for all your fabulous baking, they can be used in other ways!

So that’s it from me..and now we are off to Katrina Duffells Blog.

If you get lost along the way, there is a list of all the participant blogs below.

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Thanks for

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Kim Oliver
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Delys Cram
  5. Katrina Duffell
  6. Peta Stephen
  7. Cathy Pinchbeck
  8. Barbara Williams
  9. Libby Dyson
  10. Jo Stubbings
  11. Fi Cobbin
  12. Rebekah Crisp
  13. Jenna Watkins
  14. Rachael Lewsley
  15. Jenny Hayward
  16. Rochelle Blok
  17. Lauren Meiklejohn
  18. Rose Packer
  19. Monique Fielder
  20. Maree McIntosh
  21. Sandra Mastello
  22. Amity Knight
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Narelle Fasulo
  25. Sharni Haines
  26. Rebecca Scurr

Chalkboard Technique

27500415_10156115508994553_5351542216274918208_oThis months Technique to try blog hop is using the Chalkboard Technique!

I havent done this technique for well over a year so was lovely to play again using this easy technique.

So what is the Chalkboard Technique?

Its when you stamp onto black cardstock in Whisper White craft ink (or emboss with white embossing powder) and then using a sponge, Sponge around over with Whisper White craft ink.

Here’s my card using the Homemade Kindness Stamp set from our just released Holiday Catalogue.

Homemade kindness

I had a bit of a giggle when Id finished this card as it looks like the cook has been burning the dinner!

Now after this I thought I would go one step more and colour some of the image in with my water colour pencils. This is a variation on this technique and is also called the Black Magic technique.


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Let’s go see what the Techniques to Try Design Team has created for you using the Chalkboard/Blackboard Technique….

1. Leonie Schroder – Stamp A Latte
2. Delys Cram
3. Heike Vass – Germany
4. Ann Craig – Australia
5. Narelle Fasulo – Australia
6. Libby Dyson – Australia
7. Robin Merriman – USA

This Little Piggy

You know, I forget to use lots of the stamps I have as there is always a new set to ink up!

Such is my problem..

I know, such a bad bad problem to have, right?

So every month I’m trying to ink up a stamp set that I haven’t used for awhile.

This Little Piggy fit the bill ..and here’s a super simple card using a couple of the images and my blends to colour in.


The embossing folder is a new one out of the Holiday Catalogue….(Swirls and Curls Textured Impressions Embossing Folder)…which is now live. You can see that here.

If you would like a copy and live in New Zealand then email me or find me on my Facebook page can see those over on my sidebar.


I hope this card cheered an elderly lady up when she received it.  I don’t know her personally, but heard she had a recent bad experience.


Happy Stamping!




Scrapbooking Global Challenge

I’m incredibly chuffed to be on this design team and even more so…set this months challenge for everyone to play along with us on our Facebook group!

If you haven’t joined yet ..find us on Facebook and come and see all the wonderful scrapbooking ..using Stampin’ Up! products.

So, most of my friends, class ladies and team know that I love to make mini albums!

I make them often and usually from scratch but there is also a HUGE amount of tutorials online …and that is why I’ve set this challenge!

We can be inspired by all these fabulous mini albums!

September challenge is therefore …

make a mini


It can be any which way and how you want to make it ..but  Make a Mini  is Septembers Challenge.

Here’s what I came up with using some new Holiday Catalogue products.

Frosted Floral Suite and some products out of the Annual Catalogue..most importantly the Kraft Pillow Boxes! These I altered with my Blends.


september mini 1



I used all 10 Kraft pillow boxes for my Mini Album, a half pack of the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP, and matching cardstock and some Tranquil Tide Velvet ribbon.

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Normally, I add photos ..but I made this album with my regular class in mind.

They can either use it as a Christmas album or a Holiday album of their holidays abroad or locally.

The diecuts and stamping  showing the versatility this album can bring.

With a lot of my mini album classes, they spend the time making the album and can add photos later as that takes the time to journal and embellish.


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So before you ask, here’s the dimensions of the insert. For the Pillow boxes, I just scored at a half inch on one end. With these sorts of interactive albums, I use mainly a mix of tombow multi adhesive glue and Tear tape.

sept mini 3


The cover and base.. I cut two heavy duty board at 6 1/4″ (I used the backing board from the copper/gold/silver etc foil). I covered both with the Specialty DSP.



Products used were: HC (Holiday Catalogue) First Frost Bundle, Frosted Floral Specialty DSP, Frosted Foral CS pack, Tranquil Tide 1/4″ Ribbon, Country Lane stamp set,  Merry Christmas Thinlits, Galvanized clip AC Kraft Pillow Boxes, Silver and Pool Party Bakers Twine, Various colour coordinating Blends, Celebrate you Thinlits, Stitched Labels Framelits.


So I hope you come join, be inspired and more importantly..make some amazing mini albums this month and share it in our Challenge!

Happy Stamping!