Scrapbooking Global November Blog Hop



This months Blog Hop Theme is courtesy of Sharon Dalton and is called Winter Textures.



When i think of winter textures…I think of cool colours, icy, flannelette clothing and cable knit jumpers/cardigans!

So this is what I came up with!SGNovember


For this Layout, I used Festive Farmhouse DSP (147820 HC) for my background. I sponged over with Night of Navy. Out came the Buffalo Stamp (147794 HC) and Frost White Shimmer Paint (147046 HC) to make my background.  I just adore Shimmer Paint and I’m so pleased we have it back again!

Tip: You don’t need a block for this technique ..just dauber or sponge onto the stamp and use your hand to just pick up and stamp. It doesn’t have to be perfect and a bit of a roll on is great!

Now I also used some Silver embossing paste (145646 AC) and used the Chicken Wire Elements (147807 HC) as a stencil. This took awhile to dry so I used my heat gun to dry it all thoroughly.

The Cable Knit Embossing folder (143537 AC) was another Winter texture I added along with In the Woods Framelit Dies (147919 HC)

My focus on this Layout was my story! I really wanted to capture this story as Hubby reminds me often of it!

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Other materials I used were: Thoughtful Banners Stamp set (141614 AC), Celebrate You Thinlit Dies (146840 AC), Layering Circles Framelits (141705 AC), Metallics Sequins (144214 AC), Silver Foil Sheets (132178 AC HC)



Thanks for Hopping along with us! The next Blog to hop along to is the lovely Sharon herself! If you get lost on the way ..just click on the little blue frog below and you will see all of the blog hop participants.

Scrapbooking Global is a Facebook group with over 4K members who love Scrapbooking with Stampin’ Up! Products. Come and join!

Happy Scrapping!





Technique To Try November



27500415_10156115508994553_5351542216274918208_oThis month on the Technique to Try we are making simple gift bags and boxes.

Well I do love making boxes so this is what I came up with using this tutorial. Paper Pixie got her idea from Kathe Johnson.

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I’m making these Chupa Chup boxes for an upcoming market



Chupa chup box

Chupa Chup have a new Limited Edition Candy Cane flavour!  Unfortunately, they come in a variety pack ..darn it!  I wanted all of them to be Candy Cane Flavour!

I used both the retired scoreboard (making it quicker to do multiples) and the Envelope Punch Board to make these.

Measurements are: 5 1/2 X 4″ CS so you can get 4 out of one piece of A4 CS!

Score on the long side at 1 1/4, 2 1/2. 3 3/4 and 5. Turn to short side and score 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 3 and 3 1/2.

I recommend watching Paper Pixies video on the punch board tips.  It is very much like you would do a Christmas Cracker…just one side only!

The paper I used is my favourite flocked paper out of the Santas Workshop Specialty DSP (147809 HC).

That’s my plan for today making 25 more of these!

For those coming to my November Stamping Day on the 25th November ..we will be making one of these along with 4 other boxes in the morning and then the House Bakers Box Mini album shown previously in the afternoon.


Thanks for stopping by.



Let’s go see what Gift Bags or Boxes the Techniques to Try Design Team has created for you ….

1. Leonie Schroder – Australia
2. Libby Dyson – Libby Stampz, Australia
3. Narelle Fasulo – Australia
4. Heike Vass – Germany
5. Delys Cram- New Zealand


A Kiwi Christmas

I’ve been making these cards for a shop this past week and thought Id share them here.

I’ve made 20 of them so far and its sparked some more inspiration in my little old head so plan on making more!

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I used not one or two stamp sets for this card..but four! Hehe..well why not!

I used Waterfront (146386 AC) for the background. The Pohutukawa is stamped using Winter Woods (147661 HC) and the tree from Farmhouse Christmas (148478 HC) and the fourth set I used was So Santa (147821 HC)


It took me awhile to do but the stamparatus made it so much easier!

Santa is coloured in with Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight and Petal Pink Blends.

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Our Holiday Catalogue goes through to 2nd January and if you live in New Zealand and would like a copy then email me on


Vintage Challenge.

I made this for a challenge over at Scrapbooking Global this month.  This is a facebook group for Scrapbookers who love Stampin’ Up! With just over 4K members, its a great page with beautiful Layouts.

Sharon has set the theme as a vintage challenge.

Perfect for me to get out some old photos of my Nana and scrapbook them finally!

Here’s what I did using Petal Promenade DSP (146913 AC)

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I taught this at my Scrapbooking class late last month. It got them a bit out of their comfort zone ripping paper but they managed beautifully.


Here’s a close up.

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I used Foliage Frame Framelits (146353 AC) Botanical Tags Thinlits (146824), Layering Circles Framelits (141705 AC) and Merry Christmas Thinlit dies (147912 HC)

I also used Blossom Elements (146330 AC), Iridescent Sequins (144212 AC) and Silver and Petal Pink Bakers Twine (146288 AC)

Hope this inspires you to get out those old photos and scrapbook them. While your at it, pop them in our Scrapbooking Global Challenge album for November!


AC=Annual Catalogue

HC= Holiday Catalogue

Scrapbooking Global October Blog Hop


Once a month our Facebook group called Scrapbooking Global has a blog hop with a theme set by one of my fellow Design Team Members.

This months Theme is “Celebrate!”


My Mother  in Law recently turned 80 so that was my immediate thought of using a few of those photos for this theme.

Here’s my Layout using Frosted Floral Specialty DSP.

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I also used Pick a Pennant Bundle (pg 173 AC), Itty Bitty Greetings (pg 46 AC), Celebrate You Thinlit dies (pg 216 AC), Frosted Bouquet Framelit Dies (pg 37 HC), Frosted Epoxy Droplets (pg 37 HC), Whisper White Bakers Twine (pg 201 AC), Blueberry Bushel ink and Cardstock (pg 183 AC).

It was great to finally ink up the Pick a Pennant stamp set as I hadnt used it yet! ..I dont know why I havent before as it is lovely for any celebration scrapbooking page card/3D item. In fact this set has given me a few ideas to use in another way!

More on that another day!

A simple page that I’m teaching for my beginner Scrapbooking Class next month.

So off we go on this blog hop to the lovely Sharon Dalton from Australia.





You can also access all the other blog hop participants by clicking on the little blue frog below.




Thanks for looking.

Happy Scrapbooking.


Diecut Masking Technique



This month on the Technique to Try Design Team we are using the Diecut Masking Technique.

You can see this technique tutorial on Splitcoastampers here.

Here’s what I came up with using a stamp set I havent used yet from the Annual Catalogue (Follow your dreams pg 54). It has matching dies with it (which I have used).


I used my brayer for this card and brayered Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide onto Crumb Cake Cardstock.

My tips for this technique are :

Use a wide painters tape for diecutting, take the sticky off the tape a little by rubbing it on your clothing/hands and use the new pick up tool to gently remove the diecut from the Big Shot plate.

Hop over to Heikes blog here or have a look at what the rest of the Technique To Try Design Team have come up with using the links below.


1. Leonie Schroder – Australia
2. Libby Dyson – Libby Stampz, Australia
3. Delys Cram-New Zealand
4. Heike Vass – Germany
5. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
6. Ann Craig – Australia
7. Narelle Fasulo – Australia



Happy Stampin!




Winter Woods

I just had to have this bundle as soon as I saw it in the Holiday Catalogue. (page 27 HC)

But, with so many other shiny new things to play with, I hadn’t had a chance to have a play with this versatile bundle!

I can see lots of technique cards coming up with this bundle!


Two people that are pretty special got this card.  Both having a tough time of it lately.

Beginner card

Simple card really! I stamped in Mossy Meadow with the trees onto the Wood Textures DSP (Page 191 AC).I mounted this onto Copper foil.

I then diecut the trees in white cardstock and used the new Bright Copper Shimmer Paint (page 38 HC) to give the branches some highlights.

The sentiment is from floral Frames (page 135 AC).

The Thick Whisper White base card is embossed with the Subtle TIEF (embossing folder page 223 AC





Happy Stampin”