Mothers Day Blog Hop #DT07

Hi stampers, it’s time for another Dream Theme Blog Hop and this month it is all about Mothers Day.  I think mothers should be spoilt all year round lol but hey, I look at it as a great excuse to be able to get into my craft room and make something extra special for her.
DT-DreamTheme-DT2The project I am sharing with you today is a little gift box with a matching card.  I can’t show or tell you what I am going to put in the box because I would hate to ruin the surprise for my Mum lol.  She sometimes sneaks on here to check out what I have been up too lol.
Mothers Day card & gift box by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I die cut out the flowers using the Botanical Builder Framelits dies, added colour using a dauber, shaped the flowers, added a rhinestone and adhered using a Glue Dot.  I then cut out the leaves, stamped veins, shaped and adhered using a Glue Dot.
Mothers Day card close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Now on to telling you a little about the matching gift box.  Rather than cutting out the little hearts from each panel I decided to alternate each panel and keep some solid, what do you think?  I must admit it was a little time consuming adhering all the little hearts but I think the end result was worth it.
Mothers Day box side view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I also taped (just the centre) of the lace doilie and adhered it to the inside of the box, I think it finishes it off nicely.  One of the things that I love about the lace doilies is that one side is white and the other is very vanilla, pretty cool huh.
Mothers Day box inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
You also have the option to put a little battery operated tealight candle (not a real candle) inside the box to light it up at night.  I know it is not that dark when I took the photo but you get the drift.
Mothers Day Box with tealight candle by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Sadly there are a few items that I have used that will be retiring so make sure you get them while you can, they will only be available while supplies last.  I must admit I will be sad to see the Botanical Builder Framelits and matching stamp set retire, I think I am going to have to put them in my to keep pile lol.
– Botanical Builder Framelits – ON SALE – reduced to $53.60
– Botanical Blooms stamp set – ON SALE – reduced to $28.80
– That’s the Tag stamp set (saying)
– Lace Doilies – SOLD OUT – no longer available
– Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper – ON SALE – reduced to $16.65

For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next or previous button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Tracy May has come up with this month.
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1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
3. Tracy May (UK)
4. Delphine Lorelli (France)
5. Amy Koenders (USA)
6. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
7. Sandi MacIver (Canada)
8. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
9. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

Mothers Day Card & Gift Box was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

Patrice

Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder #FF15

It is time for another fabulous Fancy Fold Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder.  This is a super fun fold and very easy to do.  Make sure you check out all the other cards the rest of the design team have come up with, I am sure you are going to love them all.
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One of my favourite folds would have to be the Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder.  It is quick and easy to make but has such a wow factor about it.  I love watching the expression on a person’s face when they open their card and the little gift card pops up to greet them.
Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I have used the Penned & Painted stamp set on this card and sadly it will be retiring at the end of May or while supplies last, so if you like it you better get in quick.  I inked the flower using So Saffron ink, lightly daubered around the edge using Delightful Dijon ink and then stamped the flower onto scrap card.  I cut the flower out and shaped it to give it a 3D effect before adhering to the card front.
Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I wrapped the Urban Underground Washi Tape around the base of the card to hold the flap closed and then the inside pouch that holds the gift card tucks inside the little flap, pretty cool aye.
Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
And here is what the card looks like side on.
Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder side view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Don’t you just love the Penned & Painted Stamp Set, here is a little more information about it.
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Penned & Painted

For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Monica Gale has come up with this month.

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1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
2. Monica Gale (UK)
3. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia)
4. Tanja Kolar (Germany)
5. Aude Barbara (France)
6. Miranda Mols (Netherlands)
7. Astrid Hofmann (Austria)
8. France Martin (USA)

Penned & Painted Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

Patrice

Cake Crazy Card – Stampin’ Up!

Hi Stampers, the RETIRING PRODUCT LIST is selling out fast, make sure you check out what is on this list before it goes.  These products will only be available while supplies last.

Today I am going to be sharing a card I have made using the Cake Crazy stamp set.  I really do love this set and will be sad to see it retire as it is such a fun set.
Cake Crazy card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
As you can see I kept this card nice and simple, I guess you can call it a 10 minute wonder card lol.  I stamped the cakes on scrap paper and cut them out, just to give the cake a little dimension.  I also kept the inside nice and simple.
Cake Crazy card inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Don’t you just love the Cake Crazy stamp set, here is a little more information about it.
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This set can be used for more that just Birthdays, I used it to create a Wedding Theme a while ago, all I did was include a different stamp set.  You can view more information about this project by clicking HERE or on the photo.
Wedding by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz

Cake Crazy Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.
THE CAKE CRAZY STAMP SET IS RETIRING AND HAS BEEN REDUCED TO $37.40

Patrice

Nailed It Card – great for the man in your life

The RETIRING PRODUCT LIST IS HERE, make sure you check out what is on this list before it goes as they will only be available while supplies last.

I Nailed It this time!! seriously I have used the Nailed It stamp set on the card I am going to share with you today lol.  I must admit I will be sad to see this set retire as it is one of my favourite bundles in the Occasions catalogue.  I think a lot of people feel the same way as sadly this bundle has already sold out but you can still purchase the stamp set in wood.
Nailed It card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
So this quick description is more for the people that were lucky enough to get this set.  I stamped the images on Shimmery White card using Black StazOn ink and then coloured the images using an Aqua Painter and ink pads.  I squeezed the centre of the lid of the ink pad to transfer the ink onto the lid rather than picking the ink up directly off the ink pad.  This is a nice an easy card, the most time-consuming part was colouring and cutting the tools.  That’s right call me crazy even tho the set has matching dies I still fussy cut the images lol.  I made this card a while ago now and have a funny feeling that I cased it from someone but if I did I can not find it online anymore??
Nailed It card close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Measurements for Card
Delightful Dijon
– 21cm x 14.8cm (scored and folded in half)
Thick White Card
– 13.3cm x 5cm – card front, embossed piece
– 13.3cm x 9cm – inside of card
– scrap for stamping and cutting banner
Basic Black
– 13.8cm x 9.5cm (x2) – matting for card front and inside of card
– 13.8cm x 1cm – strip for card front
Designer Series Paper
13.3cm x 4cm –  base of card front

The following Products I have used on this card are retiring.

They will only be available while supplies last or until the 31st May (whichever comes first).
– Nailed It stamps – ONLY AVAILABLE IN WOOD
– Nailed It Bundle, Stamps & Dies – SORRY NO LONGER AVAILABLE SOLD OUT
– Black StazOn ink – SORRY NO LONGER AVAILABLE SOLD OUT
– Urban Underground Embellishments
– Urban Underground Designer Series Paper
– Delightful Dijon Card
– Delightful Dijon Ink Pad

Nailed It card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

Patrice

Yummy in My Tummy Cookie Box

The RETIRING PRODUCT LIST IS HERE, make sure you check out what is on this list before it goes as they will only be available while supplies last.

Now let’s get on to telling you a little about the project I am going to share with you today.  I thought it would be fun to make something a little different for Easter so that is exactly what I have done.  I know for some that means time for chocolate lol so one of the things I have made is a little box to hold a chocolate chip cookie.
Yummy in my Tummy box by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I started by stamping the cute little monster from the Yummy in My Tummy set onto Watercolor Paper using Black StazOn ink.  I coloured the monster using an Aqua Painter and picked the ink up off the lid of the inkpads.
I scored down the side of the box to make it sit nicely at the top and held the top flap down using strong magnets.
Yummy in my Tummy side view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Don’t you just love Yummy in My Tummy stamp set, here is some more info about it.
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Measurements for Box
Crumb Cake
– 27.5cm x 18cm (scored and folded as below)
Designer Series Paper
– 9.8cm x 12.8cm
Window Sheet
– 5.5cm x 5.5cm
Watercolor Paper
– 10cm x 10cm
Yummy in My Tummy Box instructions
Basic tips when making this Box
– Colour the monster using an Aqua Painter and pick the ink up off the lid of the inkpads (squeeze the centre of the lid of my inkpad to transfer the ink onto the lid)
– Die cut the centre of the monster tummy using the 2nd smallest circle die.  Die cut box front and designer series paper using the 3rd smallest circle die.
– Cut box as per template above (cut portion off marked x) fold and crease box on all scored lines using the bone folder.
– Round off the top corners of the flap using the project life corner rounder and then adhere box together.
– Adhere magnet under the top flap, take the backing off the second magnet and fold the flap down (the second magnet will adhere to the box, lining the magnets up perfectly).  Now adhere the designer series paper on box front (the magnet on the box front will now be under the paper).
– Adhere window sheet to cover circle on the box front (put adhesive on the box not on the window sheet), then adhere monster on top.

The following Products I have used on the box are retiring.

They will only be available while supplies last or until the 31st May (whichever comes first).
– Yummy in My Tummy Stamp Set
– Black StazOn ink
– Project Life Corner Rounder
– Tip Top Taupe inkpad – ON SALE REDUCED TO $11.20
– Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper – ON SALE REDUCED TO $16.65

Yummy in My Tummy Cookie Box was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

Patrice

Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List

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Stampin’ Up! have just released the list of products that will be retiring from both the Annual and Occasions Catalogues.  This is such an exciting time because it means you could get a fantastic bargain.  That’s right some of the products will be on sale and to make it even more exciting some of the retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off.  Be sure to place your order ASAP as they will only be available while stock last or until the 31st May, whichever comes first.

The list is HUGE and contains some fantastic specials, far too big to be able to list them all on here, just click on the link below to open, Happy Shopping!!

Stampin’ Up! Retirement list 2017

Patrice

Sponging 101 Techniques Blog Hop

Welcome to another exciting blog hop, this month we are going to be focusing on the sponging technique. This is a nice and easy technique to do and a fabulous way of adding colour to your card.
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The card I am sharing with you today is using the Sunshine Bundle.  I love how Stampin’ Up! give you a discount when you purchase a bundle, I think that is pretty cool as I LOVE to save money.  Anyway, let’s get on to showing and telling you a little about the card I have made.
Sponging by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Measurements for card
Thick White Card
– 21cm x 10.5cm – card base (scored and folded in half at 10.5cm)
– 9.5cm x 9.5cm – card front
– scrap for die cutting 2 flowers

Basic Instructions when making this card
– Die cut flower from piece of scrap card and then sponge over the top using Crushed Curry for the petals and Old Olive for the stem (as below).
Sponging flower by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz                    Sponging flower centreby Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
– Sponge scrap card using lighter coloured ink (So Saffron) and then die cut flower out, this time you will be using the inside pieces of the flower.
– Adhere flower to the card front and trim excess stem off.  I used the multiple purpose glue, silicone mat and a sponge to adhere flower. make sure you do not move the flower when applying the adhesive (as below).
sponging glue on flower by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz                     Sponging adhering flower by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
– Stamp leaves using Old Olive ink, colour inside of leaves using a blender pen picking the ink up from the lid of the ink pad.  You may need to draw a small line to attach the leaf to the stem (as below).
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– Remove flower petal pieces and adhere to inside portion of the outline flower (as above).
– Finish by stamping the saying, roughening up the edges of the card front and adding a few pearls.

For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Leonie Schroder has come up with this month.
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Just in case you get lost along the way here is a list of all the ladies taking part with this Month’s Techniques 101 Blog Hop.
1. France Martin – USA
2. Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand (you are here)
4. 
Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Carmen Sahadat-Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK

Sponging Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

Patrice

Bokeh Technique Blog Hop #TT17

Hi Stampers, it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Bokeh Technique.
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The Bokeh Technique in the paper world was inspired by a technique that is used in photography.  My understanding is this technique is where you create a background image that represents the diffusion of light into orbs.  You can create some pretty impressive backgrounds using this technique, so why not give it a go.  Make sure you hop around the world to see what the rest of the design team have come up with, I am sure you are going to love what these talented ladies are sharing with you today.
This is the first time I have ever tried this technique and must admit I am pleased with the end result.
Bokeh Technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I have used the Beautiful You stamp set for this card and I started by stamping the girl image using black StazOn ink directly onto the card front and then stamped the second image onto sticky strip (post it note tape).  I cut the sticky strip image out and lay over top of the stamped image to create a mask.  I guess you can see I have used this mask before lol, you are so right as it is my 2nd take on this technique.  I was not as fussed on how the first card turned out so decided to have another go using a different colour.
Bokeh Technique masking by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I punched out a variety of different size circles from a piece of window sheet.  I lay the sheet over the card, inked up my dauber and then daubered the colour thru the holes, making sure that some circles are darker than others to create an orb effect.
Bokeh Technique close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I then removed the sticky mask and coloured the girl image in using watercolor pencils.  I stamped a second umbrella image, coloured and adhered to card front using a dimensional in the centre and glue dots around the edges.  To bring the image to life a little I finished by adding some clear wink of stella.
Bokeh Technique close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next or previous button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Amy Koenders has come up with this month.
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Here is a list of all the ladies taking part in this Months Totally Techniques Blog Hop, just in case you get lost along the way.

  1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand
  2. Amy Koenders – USA
  3. Shelagh Freemantle – Canada
  4. Marine Wiplier – France
  5. Nadine Weiner – Germany
  6. Zoe Tant – UK
  7. Barbara Meyer – Australia
  8. Mathilde Kortekaas – Netherlands

Sadly one of our team members is not able to join us this month due to a severe storm but she will be sharing her card with you all when possible.  Make sure you check out her card at a later date Shannean Moncrieff (Australia)

Bokeh Technique Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

Patrice

Easter Theme Blog Hop # DT06

Hi stampers, it’s time for another Dream Theme Blog Hop and this month it is all about Easter.  It is one of my daughters favourite times of the year lol, yes like a lot of other children she LOVES chocolate.
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The project I worked on today is going to be a gift for my daughter, she is my shadow when it comes to crafting so I know she will appreciate the extra special packaging 🙂  The stamp set I have used today is called Basket Bunch 🙂 the great news about this set is that it is available as a bundle, which means you get to save money when you purchase the stamps and dies together.
Easter Gift by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The Basket Bunch stamp set is just so stinkin cute and ideal for teaming up with the cute little egg carton (also available to purchase thru Stampin’ Up!).
Easter close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I stamped and sponged the grass and sky and coloured all the other images in using the Watercolor Pencils.  I wanted a little extra dimension so I shaped the images and adhered them using a dimensional in the centre and glue dots around the edges.
Easter box side view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I added colour to the box by spritzing it using a combination of Isopropyl Alcohol and Reinkers.  The Isopropyl Alcohol dries quicker than water 😉 and if you are impatient like me you can also give it a helping hand to dry by using the heat tool.  I allowed the box to dry and then screwed up some plastic, picked up some colour from the inkpad and tapped it over the top portion of the box to give it a speckled look.  I then cut up strips of paper using the Fringe Scissors, spritzed them, allowed them to dry and popped them in the inside of the carton under the eggs.
Easter eggs by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next or previous button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Tracy May has come up with this month.
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List of ladies taking part in this Month’s Dream Theme Blog Hop.
1. Teneale Williams (Australia)
2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) you are here
3. Tracy May (UK)
4. Amy Koenders (USA)
5. Sabrina Radeck (Canada)
6. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)

Easter Gift Box was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

 

Patrice

Z Fold Flap Card Blog Hop #FF14

It is time for another fabulous Fancy Fold Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Z Fold Flap Card.  This is a super fun fold and very easy to do.  Make sure you check out all the other cards the rest of the design team have come up with, I am sure you are going to love them all.
Fancy Folds BannerIf you have never had a go at making a Z Fold Flap Card before (like me) then you defiantly have to give it a go.  It is very easy to do and has such a wow factor to it when opened.  For today’s share, I decided to use the Moon Baby stamp set, the images in this set are just so stinkin cute and I wanted another excuse to play with my watercolor pencils again lol.
Z Fold Flap Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I thought it would be fun to make the little umbrella a little more 3D so I stamped it on scrap, coloured, cut out and then popped a dimensional in the centre and glue dots around the edges before adhering to the card.
Z Fold Flap Card close up by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The front flap tucks in underneath the little banner on the left side, it just holds it closed.  This is what the card looks like when it is semi-open.
Z Fold Flap Card semi open by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
And this is what it looks like when it is fully open, pretty cool aye.
Z Fold Flap Card open by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nzThe left-hand side of the card is a z-fold and the right-hand side is a flap fold which makes it so much fun.  Here is a side view of the card if you are unsure what I mean.
Z Fold Flap Card side view by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
For some more inspiration make sure you pop on over and visit the rest of the design team and check out their fabulous card ideas, you can do this by clicking on the next button below.  Let’s start by looking at the gorgeous card Monica Gale has come up with this month.

Fancy Folds next buttonList of ladies taking part in this Months Fancy Folds Blog Hop
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand – You are here
2. Monica Gale – UK
3. Martha Inchley – Canada
4. Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
5. Tanja Kolar – Germany
6. Aude Barbara – France
7. Miranda Mols – Netherlands
8. Astrid Hofmann – Austria
9. France Martin – USA

Z Fold Flap Card was created using the following Stampin’ Up! products

If you live in New Zealand and would like to order any of the Stampin’Up! products I have used on this card or have any questions, please contact Patrice. You can also place an order online or find out more about the product by clicking on the image that interests you below.

 


Patrice