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Bucket Bag



I found this fabulous site,, and used a great tutorial to make this bag. I used Stampin’ Up! fabric (albeit retired), and gave it to my Mum. She is a sewing and quilting tutor, so I thought the fabric was pretty appropriate.


Masculine Congratulations (You’re Getting Married!) Card


Masculine Congratulations (You're Getting Married!) Card

One of our colleagues at work is getting married next weekend, and being the gem that he is, he’s taking the week off to help organise the final touches. So tomorrow is the last day most of us will see him as a single man… Hence the card.

ESAD Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop 2013


Hello, and welcome to the ESAD Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Blog Hop for 2013! You may have arrived from the site of the very talented Anna Mathieson, or you may just be surfing. Either way, feel free to keep going on the blog hop from here. But first, let me answer a question for you:

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

Now, onto my project for the day. I love that SAB is at the beginning of the year – and such good timing for a little gift for my boys’ new school teachers (as well as my favourite colleagues at work). This year I made notepad covers, but incorporated a 2013 calendar on the front, as well as a slot for a wee pen (tutorial at the end for those interested).




This one uses Rich Razzleberry cardstock,  the beautiful SAB Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, as well as the Pretty Petites Stamp Set and the matching Petite Curly Label punch (I love that Stampin’ Up! make coordinating products, like this punch to go with the stamp set). I’ve layered the image on a Modern Label punch piece, and finished it with adhesive rhinestones.

Here it is opened:





I also made one with Baja Breeze cardstock, and the Floral District DSP (found in our Annual 2012-2013 Catalogue). These are so handy by the phone!




Here they are together. Remember, you can get the DSP, the stamps or the matching punch FREE, each time you spend $100 AUD/$120 NZD with your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – but only until 22 March. There are also great benefits if you want to host a party, or sign up as a demonstrator. Check out the details here.


Thanks for visiting. Next stop is Debbie Speijers, who I’m sure you will love! And in case you get lost, or want to check out other sites specifically, here’s the list of those participating:

1. Chloe Evans

2. Emily Campbell

3. Rochelle Blok

4. Jenny Humphreys

5. Andrea Buckland

6. Ann Gerlach

7. Jenny Hayward

8. Anna Mathieson

9. Bron Heslop

10. Debbie Speijers

11. Pauline Bennetts

12. Kristina Collett

13. Nikki Sadler

14. Jane Norrish

15. Christie Kunkel

16. Monique Fielder

17. Elisabeth Stewart

18. Tanya Bell

19. Gail Kirby

20. Michelle Grech

21. Narelle Fasulo

22. Juliette Chapman

23. Rebecca Scurr

24. Keryn Campbell

25. Narelle Hoggard


Now for the tutorial!

I designed this project around my notepad, which measures 12.5 cm x 7.5 cm (or 4 15/16″ x 2 15/16″).

I cut the base cardstock at 12″ x 3″, and a coordinating piece of DSP at 5″ x 2 3/4″.

Score the cardstock at 5 3/4″, 6 1/4″ and 6 3/4″. Fold along the middle line, and cut between the two outside lines in position for the clip of your pen (I chose to cut at 1/2″ and 1 1/2″, to allow for the clip at the top).  You can then pop out the middle part to slide the pen into, and adhere the pieces at either side using Sticky Strip.

I cut a piece of cardstock to match my base colour, a 1/4″ larger than the calendar, to mat it with. I stuck this on the top cover after I’d adhered the DSP.

You can easily turn this into a male gift using masculine colours and papers, or keep it sweet and feminine.

2012 in review


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you to everyone who visited this year. A series of computer issues, and the operating tempo at work, are responsible for the break in transmission over the last three months. The regular service will resume once the computer guy gets back to work!

Happy New Year – I hope you have a fabulous 2013.

Bron xoxo



One of my team at work has been accepted to train as a naval policeman. This is a great opportunity for him, but his work ethic and ‘can do’ attitude will be missed in the office.

Friday is his last day with us, and we will have afternoon tea for him. Of course, I made a card, another diagonal double-pocket card (these are great cards for men and women alike!)


And I like the idea of two tags to write on, especially when it’s from a group of people.

I hope to have some more crafty things to show you soon… watch this space!

Stampin’ Up!’s Auckland Heartfelt Event (and a quick card share….)


Hello! We had a wonderful day at yesterday’s Heartfelt Event – a chance to see lots of the awesome new products which have been released with the new catalogues this month. It was so much fun, and the perfect combination of hands-on and watching. Loved it!

We’re off now to have lunch with some friends who are celebrating becoming NZ citizens. Of course, we don’t celebrate anything without a card – and here it is (inspired by a combination of Pinterest, and one I saw yesterday at the Heartfelt Event):


I’m so glad the Twitterpated DSP stayed, and I’ve combined it here with a sentiment from Itty Bitty Banners. Love it.

Have a great day! xoxo

Baby Shower Gifts and Packaging


We had morning tea at work for one of our colleagues last week, who was leaving to have a baby. We’d all put in to buy her vouchers, but I wanted to make her something extra.

Her husband is really keen on rugby, and having two little boys already, the third was surely going to be indoctrinated as well. I thought I’d help the process along, and made him little All Black booties:

I also wanted to make her a gift. I recall how often as a new Mum I’d make a hot drink, only to have to put it down half way through to tend to a child, and when I remembered to come back to it, it would be cold. I decided to make her a ‘mug hug’, to help keep that cuppa warm just a bit longer:

And of course, as any good stamper knows, you can’t give a gift without beautiful packaging – so here’s what it was all presented in:

I got the ideas for the labels from Pinterest, and matched the ribbon to suit. I think brown paper bags look beautiful when they’re trimmed with ribbon and labels.

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, and that you’re revived ready for the week ahead! See you soon. xoxo