March 8×8 Sampler Class.

March 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello and welcome back to my blog. For this month’s sampler class we used the Springtime Joy stamp set to make the Easter themed page. How cute are the lamb and rabbit?! When I first saw this set in the Mini Catalogue I knew it would make a great sampler page.

Inspiration for the ‘Easter’ sentiment was from Alanna Wharf – Sleepless Stamper. I saw a card Alanna had designed on Instagram and just loved the use of the negative cut out as the main sentiment. The co-ordinating Designer Series Paper makes a great background for the letters.

We made the wreath using dies from the Pierced Blooms Dies. The branches are curved in different directions, which makes for a fuller and more natural wreath. Branches and plants in nature are of course not uniform in size and shape!

We used a mixture of the colours from the Love You Always Foil Sheets pack to die cut flowers and additional leaves to add some accents to the wreath. The foil sheets feature Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, and Rococo Rose – such a great mix of colours!

We used Stampin’ Blends to colour the rabbit and lamb, and sponged some colour to the white background using the new Blending Brushes. The Blending Brushes are great for adding colour and texture. For added texture and interest for the background piece, we embossed it using the Old World Paper 3D embossing folder.

Happy crafting x


Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

This past weekend was our customer dedicated craft day. Five Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, including myself, get together and teaching fun paper craft projects across one day. It is a full on day, but makes for lots of crafting and social time together.

This Waikato Creative Crafts Day was focused on the exciting products released in the January-June Mini Catalogue.

I demonstrated this fun tri-fold card using products from the Hydrangea Hill Suite. The dies in this suite have fun touches of texture, such as the flower head which cuts out the hydrangea flower and also cuts petals all over the flower head. Simply bending them up with a Take Your Pick tool gives your project a ton of texture and depth.

The colours featured in the Designer Series Paper are some of my fave to work with. I used Misty Moonlight as the card base, and stamped the hydrangea outlines in Merry Merlot. To fill in the flowers I used a mixture of Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, and Merry Merlot. A tip here is to tread lightly with the darker colours! I stamped off two or three times to get a nice mixture of tones. The leaves and stems were stamped with Granny Apple Green and Pear Pizzazz. I like to mix up the colours I use when stamping flowers – because we all know that natural flowers are not uniform in size, shape or colour.

To bring the card together, I die cut the mini flowers in Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, and then added a bow in Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon. A few Pastel Pearls scattered between the layers on the front of the card just finished it of nicely.

Alicia showed of the super cool (pun intended!) products available as a part of the Ice Cream Corner Suite with this shaker card.

I just love this style if shaker card! It is quick and so easy to make. Alicia cut a piece of Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper to fit the card front, and then put that into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the envelope, Alicia put some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles in. To get a nice snug fit Alicia simply closed the top of the envelope, and then folded over the long edge at the back and secured it with some Tear & Tape. A tip for this part is to be sure you aren’t making the envelope too tight, you still want the shaker pieces to move around freely.

Raylene taught the event attendees how to make and decorate this photo album using the Treasures of Life stamp set.

This album makes a great keepsake or brag book for any grandparent. You could swap out the sentiments and colours used to make a birthday, Christmas, Easter … any themed album to keep or gift. Some of the pages have been stamped on, and some have been left blank – making lots of choice for adhering photos or for writing memories or journaling.

Irene demonstrated this soft pastel coloured card using products from the Sand & Sea Suite.

I just love, love, love the Sand & Sea Suite. I grew up in a coastal area, and the sea just speaks to my soul. Irene’s choices for the colours in this card are unique. You might have seen a few samples by now of the products in this suite in action – most of which would have been in bold, bright colours. This design makes the Pearlescent Specialty Paper the star of the show.

Did you notice that the die set and the embossing folder in this suite match up? Irene has highlighted that in this design by first stamping the different shells, then die cutting them, and then finally embossing them with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. So many creative possibilities with this suite!

Bev showed how to make this cool fun fold card with the Snail Mail Suite of products.

Fun fold cards such as this one Bev has created are fabulous for making a card that the receiver can display in their home. The Snail Mail Designer Series Paper features a fun mix of bright colours, making it a great choice for designs for children and adults alike! I love that Bev has shown how versatile Designer Series Paper really is. You don’t necessarily need to have the coordinating stamp set to make great craft creations – simply fussy cutting some DSP will do the trick! Quick, easy, and cost effective – my kind of crafting.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects. Do you have a favourite? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below :).

Happy crafting x


Stamping Retreat.

Stamping Retreat.

This past weekend a good friend (Alicia Yap of Paper Muchkin) and I held a Stamping Retreat to highlight the new Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalogue release. We had such a blast sharing the day with our fab guests.

Alicia and I each showcased Stampin’ Up! products in a product demonstration, and taught two make and take projects. Our guests left with a goodie bag in hand, four complete projects using new products, and inspiration for their own crafting from our display boards.

I showed off the amazing Sand & Sea Suite of products, and had lots of fun creating with the items in the suite.

One if the two make and take projects I designed featuring the Pearlescent Specialty Paper. We die cut the seashells first, and then embossed the die cut piece using the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. We added colour by sponging with Sponge Daubers. I just love how the pearlescent sheen shows through the colours!

The second make and take project I designed was this fun fold. The card really showed off the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper

This rosette was one of the samples I showed in my product demonstration. Some Designer Series Paper, some stamped images, and the Opal Rounds embellishments made the rosette super cute.

I really enjoyed making non-card items with the Sand & Sea suite of products. This mini wreath was inspired by a dried flower workshop I attended here in Hamilton offered by The Spanish Bluebell. The wreath would make a great home decor piece for any beach lover, and would be a big wow piece to give as a birthday or Christmas gift.

Happy crafting x


October 8×8 Sampler Class.

October 8×8 Sampler Class.

This month’s class was a spooky one! This is the second Halloween page I have designed for my sampler classes, and I’m happy to say it was well received.

There are not many New Zealanders who celebrate this holiday, and those who do generally don’t go all out on decorations for their houses or yards as other countires do. In this way, a framed sampler page fills the gap for my class attendees. It can be made the centre of attention on a coffee table or hallway table with some extra decorations and fake cobwebs thrown in there too, or can be hung in a prominent place in the home.

Purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle to save 10%.

What I love about the Halloween Magic Dies, more than the bats and the fact that is has a pretty flower and leaf die!, are the two nesting rectangle shapes perfect for creating focal points in any design.

We created the pumpkin by die cutting three ovals and overlapping them. To add a bit of texture we sponged the edges using sponge daubers. The sentiment was then heat embossed in white onto a strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

The spiders were stamped in Tuxedo Black Momento and then die cut. We lightly sponged the die cut spiders to soften the white background. They were too stark again the darker colours of the rest of the sampler page. To create height in their bodies we adhered some Iridescent Pearls. The pearls have a really cool oil slick appearance.

We curled one corner of the page for some fun texture, and highlighted the amazing Magic on This Night Designer Series Paper by using it as the background of the main square, as well as the smaller panels top and bottom.

I just loved the colours in this patterned paper pack – Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock, and Whisper White. They were a lot of fun to work with.

Happy crafting x


Timeless Tropical Thank You.

Timeless Tropical Thank You.

Hello! Welcome to my tutorial post for this fun fold Timeless Tropical card. I hope you enjoy having a go at making this card. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial video on my YouTube channel Made by Megan and subscribe to be notified of new videos from me.

I used the dimensions for this card from Alicia Yap’s tutorial over at her Paper Munchkin blog.

What you need to make this project:

  • Standard card base, Pear Pizzazz – 10.5cm x 29.8cm
  • Designer Series Paper, Tropical Oasis – 4 x 6 inches
  • Thin Strips, Tropical Oasis – 1/4 x 4 inches
  • Cardstock, Whisper White – 4 x 4 inches
  • Whisper White scrap

Start by scoring the card base at 3/8″, 2″, 3 7/8″, 5 /12″ and 5 7/8″. Use your bone folder to define the the fold on these score lines.

Take a strong adhesive such as Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape to adhere the thinnest section next to the center fold of the card to the inside of the card. This ensures the fun fold front of the card sits well when open.

Adhere the thin strips to the card front, in the smallest sections. Next we need to chop the Designer Series Paper (DSP) piece up to fit into the remaining panels on the card front. Using your Paper Trimmer, place the 4 x 6 inch piece of DSP on the trimmer in the landscape position. Make all cuts on the left hand side of the DSP. Cut at 1 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and you should be left with a 1 1/4″ piece.

Lay out the Designer Series Paper (DSP) pieces so that the printed images are all in order. Adhere the first three panels from the left hand side to the front of your card. The remaining piece of DSP will be the 1 1/4″ piece; this will be adhered to the inside of your card, on the right hand side.

On the Whisper White 4 x 4 inch piece, stamp the two tree image from the Timeless Tropical stamp set. Use Stampin’ Write Markers in Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede to colour in the stamp. I went over the center of the tree top and along the leaf fronds a little with the Pear Pizzazz marker to add dimension to the stamped image.

Using some Whisper White card stock scrap, punch out the Everyday Label punch. Stamp the ‘Thank You’ sentiment in Black Momento ink. Use the Pear Pizzazz marker again to colour the leaf stamp. Again, I went over the veins of the leaf a second time with the marker to add dimension to the stamped image.

Pop up the punched shape using Stampin’ Dimensionals being mindful to keep the left hand side of it open so that the flap on the card front will sit underneath freely. Adhere this to the Designer Series Paper on the inside of this card.

I originally made this card design with Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Floral Essence stamp set. I love how one card design can be mixed up to suit different occasions and people. This floral card is very feminine and soft, while the Timeless Tropical card above is a good masculine card. Mix it up again with a different colour scheme and it would make a wonderful card for a child.

View my YouTube tutorial video here.

Ornate Garden Suite early release!

From April 1st you can get your hands on some exciting new products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. Products include stamp sets, dies, ribbons, Designer Series Paper, a embossing folder and Gilded Gems embellishments!

Feel free to leave me a comment below with any feedback on this project, or for requests for future tutorial videos and posts.

Happy crafting x


View the Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue online here.
OnStage November 2019.

OnStage November 2019.

This weekend I was able to attend the Stampin’ Up! Auckland OnStage. One of the many perks of being a demonstrator is attending this one day event; we receive a goodie bag at the door with free product, recognition throughout the day; we receive prize patrols, and get to see new product and catalogues and complete make ‘n takes using the new product.

A major bonus is being able to catch up with our wider team mates from around the country. Some demonstrators choose to participate in ‘swaps’. This is where each demonstrator will make multiple projects in the same design, and literally swap them with other demonstrators on the day.

The swap I made. The design was CASE’d from Pinterest. I have forgotten the name of the demonstrator, but will update this post when I find it again.

Swaps are a great way of sharing inspiration and design ideas. Check out the swap I made, and the many swaps I received.

OnStage was an inspiring day; I’ve come away with new ideas for 2020. Watch this space for new class details.

Happy crafting.

Megan x