Perpetual Calendar Pillow Gifts for On Stage Local on the Gold Coast!

On Stage is happening worldwide this weekend and Stampin’Up! demonstrators all across the globe are heading off to one of the many On Stage Stampin’Up! events being held. In The South Pacific region we had the options of booking into Auckland, Sydney or the Gold Coast for On Stage Local. The main On Stage Live event is on in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I have opted to head up to the Gold Coast for a weekend of fun, news, make and takes using new products from the new 2016 Annual Catalogue, and catching up with all my good demonstrator friends.

I am sharing an apartment with three of my great Stampin’Up! friends and we have all made pillow gifts for each other. I used some inspiration from Sam Hammond Donald for my gifts. I love Pinterest and I have saved so many ideas and it is great to put some of those saves to good use! You can see Samantha’s version here.

I had to mix up my version a bit as some the products used in Sam’s creation have retired. Basically it is the same, I’ve rejigged the sentiment, the tag topper punch and the patterned papers. So here is my version of Sam’s tag box using the Perpetual Calendar stamp Set.

Inside the box are 10 tags stamped using Brights ink colours and the various background stamps from Perpetual Calendar 137167.

And here are a few of the tags closeup. The sentiments come from the set Honeycomb Hello 134075.

So we fly up to the Gold Coast tomorrow and in the evening I have an invitation to the Centre Stage event which is for Silver Elite and above demonstrators. We have business training followed by a delicious three course dinner. A great day to look forward to!

Pop back and see what my roomies come up with for their pillow gifts!


Sale-a-bration workshop make and take gift baskets

Here are the cute gift baskets I am doing for Sale-a-bration workshops. They are a lovely idea to give that special someone in your life – just fill it up with chocolates and you have a scrumptious Valentine’s Day gift.
If you would like to learn how to make one of these, I would love to show you. All you have to do is book a workshop with me.
The heart stamps come from the Summer Mini catalogue and is called I Heart Hearts. Stampin’Up! is currently donating $2 from the sale of each set to the Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Appeal. Stampin’Up! are so quick to always help out when there is a major disaster somewhere in the world. They are a fabulous company to be associated with!

Bagalope for Christmas

Isn’t this the most gorgeous bagalope! My lovely and very clever downline Simone Bartrum showed our team of demonstrators at our last team get together how to make this flower/poinsettia embellishment
as a gift tag. I’ve made heaps since and decided to try them as a topper for a bagalope and was very pleased with the result!

Of course bagalopes are the most convenient little gift bags to make – all out of an envelope! This one has been roller wheeled with the Soft Holly wheel in Garden Green ink.

To make one you cut 1cm off the short end of your envelope and then you score the other 3 sides at 2cm. Fold over all the score lines in both directions and then slip your hand inside the envelope and ease it out into a bag shape – you’ll have 2 little “ears” at the base, fold these down and glue/stick in place. Ease in the sides to make a pouch and you have the basic bagalope!

For the top you can make a topper of coloured card as I have done here. Fro a C6 envelope the top is 7.5 x 8cm, scored at 4cm. You can also use a punched out shape such as the scallop circle, fold it in half and place over the top and fix with a split pin/brad.

The flower is made using the 5 petal punch from Stampin’Up! You need to punch out 4 flowers. Two stay intact the other 2 are cut into individual petals. I sponged Garden Green ink onto the Real Red petal cutouts. Position a brad to hold the 2 intact flowers together – here I used the new brads in the Spring Mini catalogue in Very Vanilla. I’d made so many I’d run out of Choc Chip ones!!!!!!! Then glue the individual petals around underneath the flower shape so as they peek out around the edges. The leaves are done by folding a strip of Garden Green card in half and running through a crimper on an angle. The shape is then punched out using an oval punch placed partially at an angle over the folded section of the strip. Adhere to the back of your flower.

I hope this makes sense – any queries send me an email!

Happy creating! Janine