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Sale-A-Bration 2019 What’s it all about?

Sale-A-Bration is currently Stampin’ Up!’s ® main promotion of the year. It’s all about MORE: more free, more rewards, more fun! When you shop, host or join as a demonstrator you get extra products. Most products in the brouchure are only available as a reward for shopping and will not be available to purchase after Sale-A-Bration finishes. Currently the Tea Time Framelits Dies are the only product that will be available after Sale-A-Bration (but not until June) The more you buy, the more you get FREE. Spend $110 NZD (before shipping and handling) and choose a FREE product from the […]

Wine Bottles Covers

Basic Wine Box Cover Supplies: Cardstock cut to 12″ x 11″, scrap for bottom (optional) Scoring Tool Scissors Hole Punch Tear & Tape or Mulitpurpose Glue Instructions: Diagram 1 1. With the 11″ side at the top score from top to bottom at 1-3/4″, 3-1/2″, 5-1/4″, 7″, 8-3/4″, 10-1/2″. 2. Turn and with the 12″ inch side at the top score from top to bottom at 2″ and 10″. Diagram 2 1. Mark a small score or pencil mark along one 11″ side at 7/8″, 2-5/8″, 4-3/8″, 6-1/8″, 7-7/8″, 9-5/8″. This will be the top of your bottle cover. 2. […]
Tea Cups for Ferrero Roche chocolate

Tea Cup for Ferrero Rocher Chocolate

These gorgeous little tea cups hold one Ferrero Rocher Chocolate. One 6″ x 6″ sheet of Designer Series Paper is enough for three cups. A lovely way to serve coffee and chocolate. SUPPLIES Paper: Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper [DSP] (146289) 6″ x 2″ So Saffron Cardstock (108611) 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, scrap Accessories: Pearlized Doilies (146936) Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995) Gift Bag Punch Board (135862) Layering Circles Framelits (141705) Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263) INSTRUCTIONS 1. Score the DSP at 3/4″ intervals along the long side. 3/4″, 1-1/2″, 2-1/4, 3″, 3-3/4″, 4-1/2″, 5-1/4″. 2. Score […]

2018 Holiday Catalogue

Check Out the latest catalogue from Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalogue 2018. Stamps, papers, embellishments and tools for Christmas, Halloween and throughout the year. View online and download. If you want a hard copy mailed out to you (NZ only) email ruth@starstamping.nz please include your name, address and which catalogue you would like. 2018 Holiday Catalogue, 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalogue or All Current Catalogues.

Papercrafting Terms and Meanings

The Not so Secret Language of Papercrafting Have you ever thought that papercrafters are talking a foreign language and there is no translation on google or your phone. No dictionary or course available either. This post on Papercrafting Terms and Meanings is here to help. It will be added to over time and if you have a suggestion to add or a term that you want translated please mention it in the comments section. BBB – Big Brown Box – Most Stampin’ Up!® orders are shipped in Big Brown Boxes. I get excited when a BBB arrives. CASE – Copy […]

Colour – Glorious Colour! Stampin’ Up!® Colour Revamp 2018

A revamp is different from a refresh. The last colour revamp from Stampin’ Up!® was back in 2010 and the last colour refresh was 2013. The difference between a revamp and refresh is that a revamp is a major overhaul of the colour offerings while a refresh is a tweak (just a few colour changes). Stampin’ Up! now offers 53 colour options for you to choose from. This is three more than past years as a new collection named Basics has been added. This is where you will find the staple items we all need, Whisper White, Very Vanilla and […]

Storing Ink Pads for Easy Access – Stampin’ Up® Classic Ink Pads

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There are many ways of storing ink pads. Most important is to store them flat, if they are on their side they will leak and make a mess. Storing Ink Pads for Easy Access When I first thought about storing my Stampin’ Up!® Classic Stampin’ Pads I very naively thought that I would just be getting a few colours. As a demonstrator (that is my excuse) I have nearly all the current colours plus some retired ones. Ease of access has become a problem. The ways you can store ink pads are numerous, from stacked on your desk to purpose […]

Quick Cards with a Wow! Factor using Adhesive Sheets

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Making quick cards is easy with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. In minutes you can create a stylish card with the Big Shot, dies and adhesive sheets. Use Foil Sheets or Glimmer Paper for the Wow! factor, the instant bling is most noticeably when you use large dies. The Adhesive Sheets save you a lot of time when using detailed dies that you would otherwise adhere with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Quick Cards using Adhesive Sheet The quick cards below where created using the Happy Birthday Thinlit and Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. The first card is an A5 card base in Basic […]

Tidy Thursday – Storing Cardstock

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Today is the first day of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere (NZ). Something in the air makes you want to spring clean. I have been thinking about starting a section on this blog about storage, what I am using or have used. Sometimes an idea seems great and then you try it and it doesn’t work for your style of crafting (how you like to work/play). Everyone is different so here are several ideas on storage of your cardstock. This week the Warehouse has buy one get one free on all Sistema products so not only is it the 1st of […]

Handbags made with Card and Designer Paper

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This cute handbag is great for giving small gifts from sweets or pretty soaps to jewellery. Choose your favourite Designer Series Paper and match with coordinating cardstock and ribbon. You could add a stamped image as a tag or on the front if you want. Supplies: Paper: Pacific Point  A4 Cardstock (116202) 29.9 cm x 16.5 or 30.5cm (12”) x 16.5 cm Brights 12” x 12” Cardstock Assortment Pack (131186) and 16 cm x 4.5 cm or scraps for the bow. Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack – Butterflies on Very Vanilla (138442) 9.2 cm x 13.2 cm and 9.2 […]

What is Washi Tape?

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Washi tape is similar to masking tape but much prettier. It is strong but you can tear it as well as cut it. You can also put it on a surface and then remove it or reposition it. It is made from natural fibres most commonly from the bark of trees native to Japan. I have put it on glass bottles which I have then hand washed four times and it has remained in place but once I want to remove it – off it comes. I have yet to find out how long it will remain on glass but I did […]

Flower and heart wall hanging

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The Flower and heart wall hanging is easy to make. You need a polystyrene heart (mine came as a set of three heart shapes from Dave’s Emporium in Hamilton), flowers made from card stock, a piece of ribbon for hanging, a brad (optional) and a glue gun. First prepare your polystyrene heart by applying two coats of paint in the colour of your choice. I painted one side and let it dry followed by the other side and then repeated the process. I have used a Resene test pot of Razzamatazz and Real Red card stock. It is a much […]

Covering a Notebook

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Covered notebooks are currently my best sellers at the monthly Cambridge Market. So I thought I would write a post with photo’s giving the measurements I use so you can make your own. First you need the notebook. I cover the standard 3B1 which is 16.5 cm x 10 cm. Cut the Designer Series Paper (DSP) of your choice to measure 23cm x 19cm. I have used a piece from the Colour Me Autumn series. It is an advantage to all us in the southern hemisphere that our seasons are opposite to the United States. It is our autumn and this […]

Birthday card made using stamping off technique

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This birthday card was made using a technique called stamping off. The flower image is stamped three times, left to right, using the same colour ink each time but stamping off once for the middle image and twice for the third. I am fortunate to have a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help line up my images. If you are using a clear-mount stamp you will be able to see through that to help position your next stamp. If like me you favour wood-mount stamps and don’t yet own a Stamp-a-ma-jig, using grid paper or drawing a grid on scrap paper will be […]