Valentines Theme Blog Hop #DT04

The theme for this month’s Blog Hop is going to be Valentines.  I don’t know about you but it is one of my favourite times of the year (a day all about love) because I get to spoil the ones I love.
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I decided it would be fun to make a small matching gift to go with the card this time around.  I must admit the small gift was inspired by a make n take that I recently did at Jacques Christmas Team Party.
Valentines card & gift by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Don’t you just love the cute little envelope, I know I do and the matching stamp set is just the cutest as well.  I did a silly thing so was not able to use the matching stamp set but I think the Bloomin Love stamp set worked just as well.  You may be wondering what I did (blush) well I guess the excitement got to me when placing my order and somehow I just ordered the dies and not the complete bundle. Believe me, I kicked myself as I would have saved an additional 10% if I DID order the bundle lol.
Valentines gift topper by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I cut some of the side of the little note that is inside the envelope so that I could place it on an angle.  Adding the little hearts on the note tied it in perfectly with the lollies.  Now for the fun part of the little tag topper, you can open it to reveal a hidden message inside.
Valentines gift inside by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I used a couple of extra products on the matching card and stepped it up a little.  I used the Happy Heart embossing folder to create a little texture down one side and added bling by using the little Metallic Enamel (heart) Shapes.
Valentines card 2 by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Lastly this is what the inside of the card looks like.
Valentines card inside 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. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) you are here
2. Tracy May (UK)
3. Delphine Lorelli (France)
4. Amy Koenders (USA)
5. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
6. Sabrina Radeck (Canada)
7. Jennifer Pauli (Germany)
8. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

Valentines Card and small gift 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.

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Every $110 you spend up until the end of March will allow you to choose one FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.  Have fun choosing your free item.  All current catalogues are available to view here.

Shop online and get the items delivered directly to your doorstep or you can Contact Patrice to place your order.

 

 

 


How would you like to be able to purchase Stampin’ Up! products at a discounted price or even better still make some extra money while doing something you love. There is no better time to join than now!!
You get to choose an additional 2 stamp sets for Free which means you could receive up to $500 worth of
of fabulous Stampin’ Up! products for the low cost of $189.

Are you interested but just want a little more information, well here are some options for you.

–  Contact Patrice for a free no obligation information pack or a chat

–  A little more information about becoming a hobby or business Demonstrator

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Please feel free to me if you have any questions, I would love to hear from you.

Patrice

Fantastic offer just for you

Do we have a Fantastic Offer just for you.  How would you like to be able to purchase Stampin’ Up! products at a discounted price or even better still make some extra money while doing something you love. There is no better time to join than now!! You get to choose an additional 2 stamp sets for FREE which means you could receive up to $500 worth of fabulous products for the low cost of $189.
There are so many products you can choose from so I thought I would share just a few with you from the latest Occasions Catalogue.
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Are you interested but just want a little more information, well here are some options for you.

–  Contact Patrice for a free no obligation information pack or a chat

–  A little more information about becoming a hobby or business demonstrator

Join Online Now

Please feel free to contact Patrice if you have any questions, I would love to hear from you.

Patrice

Simple Box Card Blog Hop #FF12

It is time for another fabulous Fancy Fold Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Simple Box Card.  This is a super fun fold that allows you to hide something small inside like gift tags for example. 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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I have kept this card nice and simple and used the good old classic colour scheme of black and white with a hint of silver, I don’t think you can every go wrong using this colour combination.
Simple Box Card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
The biggest tip I have when making this fold is to make sure you do ALL your stamping before assembling the box lol, yes I learnt the hard way.  I stamped the sayings but totally forgot to stamp the balloon strings hehe so hence the first card ended up in the bin.  I die cut and punched out the balloons from either basic black or silver foil card and layered a couple before popping on dimensionals and adhering to card.  I kept the inside of the card very plain by just stamping a saying.
Simple Box Card open by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I then popped a gift card (used my business card as did not make it to the shops lol) and added a few of the Metallic Sequins on top.
Simple Box Inside 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.

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

Simple Box 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

Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue

I am loving the latest Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue that has just been released, there are so many exciting products in it.
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To make it even more exciting every $110 worth of Stampin’ Up! products from any of the catalogues you can pick an item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue for free, pretty exciting huh.

Lastly I want to share a fun video that Sara Douglas Stampin’ Up! CEO made, you’re going to love it.

Patrice

Easy Panel Card 101 Blog Hop

I want to start by saying Happy New Years!! and also welcome you to our first blog hop for 2017.  I can’t believe it is 2017 already lol, where did that last year go.  Today the design team are going to share a variety of fabulous ideas for making an Easy Panel Card.  So sit back, relax and enjoy hopping around the world.
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The card I am sharing with you today is using one of my favourite stamp sets (High Tide) from the newly released catalogues.  Did you notice I said one of my favourites lol, that’s because there are so many fabulous new products and stamps sets in the catalogues that I find it impossible to just love one lol.  Anway here is the card I have come up with for today’s share.
easy panel card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
This is a super quick and easy card to make, all I did was cut one of the gorgeous background scenes from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack into strips. (more…)

Patrice

Watercolor Wash Background Technique #TT14

Hi everyone, it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Watercolor Wash Background Technique.  This technique is quick and easy to do and a fun way to add a bit of colour to the background.
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I can’t believe it will be 2017 tomorrow, which also means only 4 more days before you can purchase from the new Occasions Catalogue and believe me when I tell you there are some really exciting things in it.  Well today I am going to share one of my favourite bundles with you, it is called the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  You may be wondering what I mean by a bundle, well I am going to tell you.  You get to save money when you purchase the Dragonfly Dreams stamps and the matching detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies as a bundle, rather than separately.
watercolor wash by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I have found the best way to create the watercolor wash background is prep the watercolor paper first by adding a layer of water using an Aqua Painter (this will allow the ink to spread out easily). (more…)

Patrice

New Year Theme Blog Hop #DT03

We are a team of International Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who have come together to showcase a different theme each month. The theme today is all about the upcoming New Year, so grab a coffee and enjoy hoping around the world to get some fabulous ideas.
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I must admit I did struggle with this months theme as we do not tend to send New Years cards but after a couple of attempts, this is what I came up with.
new year card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I started by colouring the background using the soon to be released watercolor pencils (Daffodil Delight) and then used an Aqua Painter to create the watercolored effect. (more…)

Patrice

Twist & Pop Card Blog Hop #FF11

It is time for another fabulous Fancy Fold Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Twist & Pop Card.  This fancy fold card is time-consuming to make but the end results are oh so worth it.  Make sure you check out all the other cards the design team have come up with, I am sure you are going to love them all.
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I decided to keep the front of the Twist & Pop card nice and simple after all, the magic happens when you open the card.  I embossed the card front using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and then made a belly band to hold the card closed.
Twist & Pop card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
I love how the magic starts to happen the minute you begin to open the card.  (more…)

Patrice

Masking Technique 101 Blog Hop

Hi everyone, this month we are focusing on the Masking Technique.  Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team have come up with this month, I know that will have some fabulous ideas for you.
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Well anyone that knows me will know that Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year so naturally, I could not resist making one more Christmas card lol.  The stamp set I have used is called Snow Place and it is from the Annual (main) Catalogue.
masking technique by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Measurements for card
Thick White Card
– 13.8cm x 21cm – card base (scored in half at 10.5cm)
– 12.8cm x 9.5cm – card front
– scrap for stamping bow
Basic Black Card
– 13.1cm x 9.8cm – mat for card front  (more…)

Patrice

Resist Technique Blog Hop #TT13

Hi everyone, it is time for another Totally Techniques Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on the Resist Technique.  There are a couple of different ways that you can do this technique (heat emboss or crayon) and I have done a combination of the two.
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I started by stamping the flower using Smoky Slate ink and then clear embossed over the top.  I coloured the inside of the flower using a white wax oil crayon and then gently sponged over the top, making sure not to wipe the crayon off.
resist technique card by Patrice www.createwithstamps.co.nz
Then it was just a case of carefully removing the white crayon using a baby wipe making sure not to wipe any other area on the card, you only want to wipe the crayon off. (more…)

Patrice