Circle Journal

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Crafters Anonymous group that I belong to, hosted a circle journal swap this year. This is where each member of the group created a 6 x 6 journal / scrapbook with their chosen theme and the first pages completed, then they sent their journal to the next swap member who completed some more pages. The journal kept going around all the members until it made a full circle back the original owner, all finished and full of creativity!

My theme was birdhouses with quotes about life. I decided to do this after I had received a lovely card from an Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator with a birdhouse on it.

Here is the front of my circle journal:
The blackbird is made from a small oval punch with a piece punched out of the top and then made into a wing.

One of my pages, with the main birdhouse cased from a card by Cathy Pinchbeck.

A further page, using stickers from my stash and retired Stampin' Up! papers. The roofs of the two smaller birdhouses are made from the retired photo corner punch.


I don't have room here to showcase all the work from the other ladies but here is a couple of them...
Another trio of bird houses created by Dee Sturgeon.

A blue birdhouse with mother and baby bird by Flo Hill-Rennie.

Maybe you could form your own group to make your own circle journals. Our subjects were so varied and the journal themselves were all so very different. We gave ourselves a month to complete our pages and then pass on to the next person.

From Rhonda


Re visiting Retired Products

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Friday, 14 December 2012

This Christmas holiday period Stampin Up! is bringing some products out of retirement and are selling them super cheap for a limited time only. Check out the specials and promotions page for more details.

I decided to use some of my retired products for this weeks blog...

Baby Girl Card
Uses retired designer series paper and a retired flower punch (for the baby bird's tail). I took my punch art ideas from the birds in the paper. Just love their different tails and so gave the male bird the bigger more impressive tail and the females more sedate tails.

Teacher Farewell
This uses retired stamps, (alphabet, apple and ruler) and retired spiral punch. The scissors and pencil punch art are from Cristy Butzen, although I changed the handles on my scissors a little.

Twenty First Birthday
This last card uses retired cardstock, blush blossom. I think the colour looks great. It is soft and pretty and will suit my daughter's friend very well. I used dazzling details glitter glue on the numbers, (numbers die is also retired).

I have one more thing to show you and it is not a Stampin' Up! product.
It is a clever Christmas treat that I was given by one of my customers.
A melting snowman biscuit-

Just use a round wine biscuit for the base, use runny icing to add a marshmellow and then add on the details with coloured icing pens.
Here is a side view.

Enjoy your Christmas Holidays

Remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season

From Rhonda



Builder Wheel Stamps

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Friday, 30 November 2012

Hello and thanks for visiting this week. I have to let those of you who visit my site regularly know that I am going to be very busy over the next two months. My eldest child is getting married and I have overseas visitors coming and going. So I will only be adding a post to my website every fortnight instead of every week.

Simple and Clean Christmas Card
This Christmas card is made with the snowflake party builder wheel but instead of using the handle, I just wheeled it freehand to get the curves I wanted.

You do have a lot of control with the narrow builder wheel stamps if you still put the wheel stamp on the spindle with a spacer at each end. Just hold the spacers and the wheel will roll freely and you can direct it where ever you want.

This next card was made for a friend who is a wonderful dressmaker. (She is sewing my daughter's bridesmaid dress.) I used the measuring stick builder stamp, curved it, then coloured it with stampin' pastels. The other stamps come from a retired stamp set, with the exception of the clockworks stamp which I tried to turn into an embroidery hoop only to discover afterwards that Stampin Up! actually sells a proper embroidery hoop stamp in the "Hoop La La" stamp set. LOL



Just Add Music

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Monday, 19 November 2012

I have put two entries into the Just Add Inks Challenge # 144 this week.
The challenge is to include music somewhere in your project. I love my music notes wheel stamp and use it a lot, so I really enjoyed creating some new cards for this week's challenge.

My first card is made with a vintage style and uses the Papaya Collage Stamp set.

Here is the inside of the card. I often leave the insides of my cards fairly plain but I have been inspired by Teneale Williams (an Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator) who makes amazing cards that are a real work of art, with the inside as beautiful as the outside.

Musical Christmas
Here is my second entry. It uses some of the stamps from Scentsational Season, Curly Cute and of course the music notes wheel.



Colour Challenge

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Monday, 12 November 2012

I was stuck for ideas this week and so decided to enter the Just Add Ink Challenge #143. This week it was a colour challenge...
I had to make a card or scrapbook page using the colours below.  I definately faced a challenge with the colour combo...

Here is my entry - Lovebirds!
My friend has an outside aviary with lovebirds in and one is exactly these colours, so that was my inspiration and of course I just love using my two step bird punch!

I also made a Christmas card using tha colour combo above and my new stamp set called "Chock full of Cheer".

Thanks for visiting
from Rhonda


Treasure Chests

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Saturday, 03 November 2012

This week I have a couple of cool boxes to show you.
The first is this pretty treasure box that I made in my early days as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. It was a hit with my school holiday class. (They were all girls.)

The second is perfect for the boys. I wanted something more like a traditional treasure chest (rather than adapting the one above) so that I could use for a pirate themed program that we are helping to run in the Christmas holidays.
I was pleased to find a basic pattern in a old UK magazine from 2001. I glad I haven't thrown any of those old craft magazines out yet!

I made the key hold from the small oval punch and the tag punch (trimmed at the bottom). I have embellished the edges with small trinket brads, which are just perfect for this project.

And of course no treasure chest is complete without treasure inside!

Thanks for visiting, from Rhonda


All About Christmas

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

I have been away for a weeks holiday at Hanmer Springs in the South Island. It was so relaxing and I feel very blessed that my husband and I were able to take some much needed time away by ourselves. We even experienced a light falling of snow on the day we arrived. Very special for a north islander like me... So that's why I didn't post any pictures last week.

This week I have some Christmas things to inspire you. The first is some treats I made for my customers who came to the Tauranga Christmas Extravaganza. The reindeer sweet treats are made with a variety of our Stampin' Up! punches and the new long and narrow cellophane bags. Stampin' Up! sells them for NZ$5.50 for a packet of 50. Another favourite Stampin' Up! product is the glimmer paper, which is a light weight glitterly cardboard. I used the red glimmer paper to make the reindeer noses.

Centre Step Card
This card features the Glimmer Paper in silver. It is also available in Champagne (a bronze colour). This centre step card is a big square card and is designed to fit in the large square envelopes that Stampin' Up! sells.

Card inside; you can see the "steps" which give the card its name. The greeting inside works well with the Merry Christmas and Happy New Year stamps on the outside and is from the new stamp set,  More Merry Messages.



Something New

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Christmas Deer
I am featuring some new stamp sets today in order to take part in Just Add Ink's weekly challenge (JAI 139) - Just Add Something New!

This narrow pocket card was the one I taught at the Tauranga extravaganza last weekend. It was inspired by a swap I received a couple of years back from Debbie Airey. The one I recieved from Debbie had a coffee sachet in the pocket, but you could put in vouchers, money or other sachets of goodies. For the extravaganza we made gift tags to go inside the pocket.

Inside of the card, decorated with some of the stamps from Delightful decorations stamp set.

A close up of the tags using delightful decorations and the new stamp set - Chock Full of Cheer.
The sentiment on the front of the pocket card is also from the Chock full of Cheer set.
Other new products are the Mitten Builder punch, Gumball Green ink, Gumball Green card and the Dazzling Details glitter glue which you have to look closely to see on the photo but you can make out a hint of the glitter on the mitten.

Finally, I like to buy stamp sets that I know I can use for more than one occassion and the Christmas Deer is also able to be used for masculine cards like this one below. The antlers are drawn in with a marker pen.

From Rhonda


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