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"To love what we do and share what we love,as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments... in this we make a difference!"

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Inspiration - Zindorf Cards by Judy

Aren't these cards just gorgeous, I'm loving Michelle Zindorf's style and Judy had replicated that wonderfully in her cards.  Judy is one of Megan's downlines.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

SC#1 Anne-Marie

Here's Anne-Marie's card, she's used the sketch to create a very cool birthday card.  Check out Anne-Marie's Blog Stamping Galore

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Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, So Saffron

Accessories - Matt Pack, Saffron Brads

Inspiration - Trudi's Baylee page

Isn't this gorgeous!!!!!

This is Trudi's page about her beautiful daughter Baylee at 4, what a little cutie! And the page isn't bad

To check out more of Trudi's stunning cards and layouts go and see her blog... Made by Me.

Inspiration - Jacques Pretties page

This is from Jacques bog - Stamp Happy NZ

What a gorgeous example of how to use some of the lovely items in the "Pretties Kit"

For more information on this layout go and visit her blog.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Inspiration - Tracy's Ahoy Matey Card

This fabulous card is by the talented Tracy, you can see more of her creations at.... "Stamping Seasons"

Inspiration - Sharlene's Cupcake

Isn't this cupcake Sharlene created just the cutest thing ever? I'm always looking for new ways to use my beloved punches and can't wait to try this out. For the complete card and instructions, please see her post HERE

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Welcome to Sarah

Sarah Gough has just joined our team on NZSU and will be cruising your blogs regularly for Inspiration Cards.  You can also find Inspiration on Sarah's Personal Blog thINKing Stamps.  

Don't forget you can help us out as well, if you come across a card that you think would be 'Inspirational' email me the link and I'll post it.

Monday, 26 May 2008

Inspiration - Artfully Elegant by Sarah

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Sarah never fails to produce stunning cards and this one is no exception.  To see more of Sarah's creations visit her blog thINKing Stamps

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Sharlene's been busy with these two gorgeous cards for the challenge.  To see more of Sharlene's designs check out her blog HERE.

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Stamps - Oh So Lovely, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Cardstock - Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Rose Red

Ink - Basic Grey, Rose Red

Accessories - Corner Rounder Punch, Aquapainter, Watercolour Crayons (White & Rose)




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Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Pink Passion, Watercolour Paper

Ink - Stazon,Tempting Turquoise, Watercolour Crayons (Brights)

Accessories - Aquapainter, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Watercolour Crayons (Bold Brights)

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Inspiration - Punched Vases by Andrea

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Aren't these just stunning!!  And such a cool and different way to use punches.  The top uses the Designer Label punch and the second the Oval punch.  And don't you just LOVE those new In-Colours!  Check out Andrea's Blog for more beautiful cards HERE 

PS - Don't forget to leave your comments, we love hearing from you and we know you visit.  And for every comment you leave you get an entry for our Blog Candy to be drawn at the end of June.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Inspiration - Something Different by Michelle & Sharlene

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Isn't he just so cute!!! even with his frown he just makes you smile.  Michelle cased this card for one of her $2 evenings a while ago and I've only just gotten around to posting it now.  For more details on the card and for a link to the original designer check out her blog O 2 B Stampin'

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And this denim paisley card would be fantastic for any teenage girl.  Sharlene made this card after spotting one similar in a magazine.  I think it's a fantastic way to use a background stamp.  Check out Sharlene's blog Stamp With Sharlene for more of her projects.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

SC#1 - Trudi

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Here's my card for SC#1.  This set is such a great set for Masculine Cards.  Hope you like it, I don't have the tab punch yet, so rounded the corners instead. Also there's lots of sponging, I'm really into sponging at the moment.

Stamp Sets - Lovely as a Tree, Weathered (BG), Birthday Whimsey (SAB)

Ink - Close to Cocoa, Black Stazon, Mellow Moss

Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss

Accessories - Corner Rounder, Cropadile, Black Eyelets, Taupe Grosgrain

Here's a Challenge to keep you all going.... and going....

Here's a Sketch Challenge (SC #1) for you all.  It's the very first SC on Splitcoast.  Hope you all have fun with it.  Email me your creations with the Subject SC#1.  I'll get onto mine this afternoon.  

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Inspiration - Lou's Wanted Scrap Page

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Firstly I'd like to welcome Lou to the NZSU team, we're now a team of 2, Yay!!  It'll be great to get some fresh ideas.  Hopefully the blog will keep growing as SU grows in NZ.  You never know, maybe one day we'll have our own NZ version of Splitcoast.

Anyway - what can I say about Lou's Scrap Page other than it's fabulous!!!  Love her use of DSP and punches, it all works perfectly!  For the recipe check out Lou's blog Louise? Yeah thats me... AKA PunknScrap

Inspiration - Kim's Scribbled Card

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I wish when I scribbled it looked this good.  I love the colours Kim's used in this card, and the layout and she's done a great job with her sponging.  Kim's inspired me to use sponging more,it add heaps more depth to cards.  To get the recipe for this card and Kim's other designs, check out her blog INKin Fun

Inspiration - Full Bloom by Karen

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I loved this card by Karen.  I think it's just so sweet and simple, great for the newest of stampers.  Check out the recipe on Karens Blog The Inkredible Journey

Ps - Karen sorry it's taken longer than expected to post.  Could you please email me a bigger pic if possible.  Thanks.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Inspiration - Vicki's DEMOSINKNZ Swap

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They finally arrived!  My DEMOSINKNZ swaps and they are all just gorgeous!  Joining swaps is a great way to build up your demo cards and to get new ideas.  This swap was to design a card using the DSP from Palette 0' Prints Promotion. 

I loved all of them, but chose this one for Inspiration, it's stunning and it would be a great card to demo at a workshop.  It was designed by Vicki Were who also organised the swap.  Thanks Vicki for your hard work and for the card.

Lou's Colour Challenge

Louise, of the blog PunknScrap is currently running a Colour Challenge and offering a prize of Blog Candy.
So if you enjoy stamping, challenges and free stuff, give it a go, I will be!

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Inspiration - More Oh So Lovely by Anne-Marie

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Here is a stunning Mother's Day card by Anne-Marie,. It was designed by Jacque and Anne-Marie put it together.  This card is very cool as somehow it turns into a bookmark.  For the recipe check out her blog by clicking on her name above.  She's also posted some great note cards and recently had a colour challenge.  Unfortunately I wasn't organised enough and missed but will definitely try for the next one.

Friday, 9 May 2008

Diane's May Challenge Entry

Here's Diane stunning entry.  It's a mini album showing her gorgeous Southern landscape.  Check out the rest of her album on her blog For the Love of Paper

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Michelle's May Challenge Entry

Here's Michelle's entry, lucky those who received this card as one of their Demosinknz swaps.


Stamp Sets - Scribble This, Occasional Greetings

Cardstock - Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip

Ink - Rose Red

DSP - Palette O' Prints

Accessories - 5 Petal Flower Punch, Gold Brad, Spring Bouquet Punch, Rose Red & Close to Cocoa Markers

Inspiration - Boatloads of Love by Tracy

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I was supposed to post this a couple of days ago, but I wasn't feeling so great.  Today I'm feeling better so here's my chance to catch up.  Anyway here's a gorgeous card Tracy made using the Boat Loads of Love set.  I love how her 'water' sparkles.  For more of Tracy's gorgeous cards see her blog Stamping All Seasons

Sarah's May Challenge Entry

Here's Sarah's gorgeous entry, a beautiful masculine card.  Check out her blog thINKingstamps for her recipe and instructions.

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Karen's May Challenge Entry

Isn't this bag just so cute!!  I'm definately going to give this one a go!  Karen has more sweet cards on her blog The INKredible Journey

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Stamp Set - Short & Sweet

Ink - Basic Gray

Card stock - Rose Red

DSP - Rose Red

Accessories -  1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle & square punches, white brad, white grosgrain ribbon, sticky tape, dimensionals

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Inspiration Oh, So Lovely by Michelle

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If anyone's noticed, this isn't the EXACT card on Michelle's blog.  It's the one I made at her $2 card evening the other night.  It was one of five cards we got to make and uses one of the Level One Hostess Sets.  For more of Michelle's cards and her three sons latest antics check out her blog O 2 B Stampin.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Trudi's May Challenge Entry

Here's my entry for the May Challenge.  I love SU DSP, how everything co-ordinates, SU even tells you which colours co-ordinate with your DSP making it even easier, I used to spend ages trying to match papers and cardstock at the local scrapbook store.

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Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue

Ink - Brocade Blue

DSP - Le Jardin

Accessories - Scallop Punch, Mat Pack, Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain, Tab Punch, Dimensionals

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Mag's May Challenge Entry

Just to let you know, each photo posted on the web featuring SU products needs to have the copyright stuff on it.  I'm happy to add the info when you email me cards to be posted on NZSU.  If you want to know how to do it yourself, there's a tutorial on my blog HERE.

Anyway here's Mag's entry, I love this set although I haven't gotten it myself. And her water colouring is lovely.

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Stamp Set - Touch of Nature

Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Ink - Stazon Black, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa

DSP - Fall Flowers

Accessories - 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Earth Element Brads, Mat Pack

Tracy's May Challenge Entry

Every time I check my inbox there's a new challenge entry and they are all fantastic.  I still need to get onto mine.  So here's   entry using one of the new Hostess sets, I think SU have really stepped up their Hostess sets this time round.  If you're a customer and want to know how you can get the Hostess Sets FREE contact your local SU Demo.

Stampsets - Oh So Lovely, Baroque Motifs

Ink - Choc.Chip, Old Olive

Cardstock - Choc.Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

DSP - Brocade Background

Accessories - Double Stitched River Rock ribbon, Very Vanilla Taff. ribbon, Spiral punch and Horizontal punch


PS - Tracy hope you weren't too cold today!

Anne-Marie's May Challenge Entry

Here's a very cute birthday card from Anne-Marie, I love the colour combo she's used! Check out more of her creations on her blog Stamping Galore

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Stamp set -  Eat cake

 Ink/Markers - Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink

Cardstock - Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White

DSP - Petals & Paisley

Accessories - Pretty in Pink Ribbon, Scallop Punch, Photo Corner Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch

Kim's May Challenge Entry

Kim's been busy with her Wanted Set and Outlaw DSP and created this Gate Card for our May Challenge.  For the full recipe go to her blog INKin Fun.

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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Louise's May Challenge Entry

Wow Louise was fast!  I only posted this entry this morning and within an hour or so she's emailed me this card as her entry.  For more of Louise's cards click HERE


Stampsets - Wanted

Ink - Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose

Cardstock - Regal Rose, Whisper White

DSP - Outlaw

Accessories - Colour Spritzer, Sponge

Inspiration - Louise's Sketch Challenge Card

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Louise's blog PunknScrap is one that I visit most days.  This gorgeous card she made was using a sketch challenge that she took part in.  I think it would make a great scrapbook layout as well.  To see the sketch and more of her work check out Louise's blog PunknScrap

Inspiration - Trudi's Cracked Glass

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I hope you find this inspirational.  I wanted to share the card I made last night using the easy but very effective cracked glass technique.  Check out my blog for details - Made By Me.