Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I can't believe that another year is drawing to a close - and once again I was late with my own Christmas cards!  I have been frantically busy this month but you wouldn't know it to look at my blog!  I know I'm no exception as so many of my demonstrator friends are woefully sharing that while they prepared hundreds of Christmas cards for classes over the past few months, so many of us didn't manage to make and send many of our own cards out!  I think perhaps we Demonstrators should get an exemption for Christmas and send New Years' cards instead...

I don't have a project to share with you tonight - if I shared a Christmas card it'd be a bit late because the big guy in the red suit is already on his way around the world and it's too late to be sending out your Christmas cards.  So I think sometime in the next week I'll share some other work I've had up my sleeve for a little while.  I just wanted to post a message on here to all my wonderful customers and stamping friends, thank you for being part of my life and encouraging me to keep stamping and smiling even when things are a little tough! 

My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch, it was devastating to hear that they had another series of major quakes yesterday, at the worst possible time as we all prepare for Christmas Day.  It would be so hard to be shovelling the sludge from your house and street while the power is off and you've got a raw turkey in the fridge... A small blessing it didn't happen on Christmas Day itself I suppose (though that day is still to come yet - hopefully Christchurch has seen the worst of it!). 

Having lived in Christchurch some years ago, it makes me realise how blessed I am to have a stable roof over my head here in Auckland.  Tomorrow I will have a table laden with a Christmas feast and I have a wonderful family and special friends to spend the day with. That's what Christmas is all about for me - enjoying a special meal and spending time with those you love and being grateful for what you have.  Forget the commercial stuff - I'm staying home on Boxing Day too, I'd rather not fight the crowds at all the sales!

Merry Christmas to you all,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

This Sunday's Class - Mocha Morning Desk Calendar Box

Hi again everyone!
I've just discovered that the post I tried to put up at 8am this morning, was saved as a draft and has only just been published as I write this next one, because I've now pushed it through!  So sorry about that... guess you can see why I'm not the world's most frequent blogger, it's a struggle for me sometimes!

Anyway, I know this is twice in one day, but I have something new to share, just finished today!  Here's a photo of the project I'll be teaching at my home this coming Sunday.  It's my last class for the year (at my house anyway - if you've seen something here you like and you can gather a group of friends together at your home, I'm happy to come and teach you - but you have to live in the Auckland area, sorry!).  Over the Christmas break I'll be planning my classes and taking workshop bookings for the early new year, so stay tuned for details of those classes.

On to Sunday's class - this is a box with an easel card on the top with a mini calendar for 2012.  It would make a great desk accessory, and a fabulous gift for that difficult person you still haven't bought a Christmas present for!  I purposely made it with the Mocha Morning specialty papers, one reason was because I wanted to use them again, and the second reason was so that you could gift this to a male if you wanted, it's not too girly, but it hopefully appeals to women too!  There's a surprise in the drawer - little partitions which each hold a Kiwiana wine glass charm, there are six charms and you'll get to make those in the class too if you attend!  I've even made the partitions removeable so that later on you can use the drawer to hold memo paper, paperclips or other small stationery items - it's a handy size for those little things on your desk!

The class fee is a bargain price - just $15 to make a fabulous gift and have a relaxing crafty afternoon, too!  You will need to bring scissors, a bone folder if you have one and lots of good sticky adhesvie - Stampin' Up!'s Sticky Strip is ideal for this project.  3D items need really strong adhesive and there's few papercrafting adhesives stickier and stronger than that one!

Seats at the class are very limited and filling now, so email me now to reserve your place and get directions to my house (if you've never been here before).  Reservations close at midday on Saturday so that I can get the kits prepared on Saturday night.  Click here to send me an email and book in, or ask me a question about the class.

Oh and I should say that I am not doing a launch party for the new mini this year - we're all so busy with Christmas plans at this time of year, and I have yet to make any Christmas cards I can send out, myself!  Shameful, for a "professional" cardmaker - but I've been too busy teaching others to make any of my own!  Attendees at Sunday's class will however get to see the new mini of course, and be the first to see the samples I've made with some of the gorgeous new products we have to offer.  That includes some projects I made specifically for publication.  I may fill you in on that a bit more, some other time!

If you'd like a copy of the new Summer Mini, just contact me to place your December order and I'll pop a free copy in for you with that.

Thanks for visiting!

December Frenzy Sale Now On!

Hi everyone,
I'm absolutely shocked that the last time I posted here was in October.  Sorry about that!  I've been busy with workshops, design work, and making samples with products from the new mini, which opens today!  You can click on the picture of the Summer mini to the right in my sidebar, to view the mini online.  Some fabulous products in there, I'll share a project I made with one of the stamp sets, below.  But first, drum roll please...  there's a fabulous sale which also starts today!  Here are the details:
OK, now to share with you a project I made recently.  I used the Two Tags die to make a cute box, and then used the die again to make some cute Christmas Tags to pop into the box.  I added a few mini candy canes and this became the door prize for one of my workshops!

I used the Stitched Stockings stamp set from the new mini with the coordinating Stocking Tag punch to make the tags quickly and easily.  The stamp with the sentiment is from Perfect Punches.  Hope you like it!