Starts tomorrow... check out the store for details. I hope that your New Years celebrations go well tonight, Happy New Year everyone.


Happy Saturday...

I hope you all had a magical Christmas Day with friends and family eating, drinking and talking. Christmas morning started here just like any Christmas morning with two kids excited about the prospect of opening parcels and eating lollies before breakfast. I don't think breakfast even exists on Christmas morning, (although I need my daily fix of the morning cup of tea before I am coherent.) Yesterday was a day for actually figuring out just how some of the many toys worked. And I managed to sit at the computer long enough to find some inspiration in the everyday.

I was folding some washing the other day and came across a little top of my daughter's and thought that I could use it as inspiration, so I will share this once I have finished it. Then browsing on the net at clothing, and soft furnishings, there is just a whole world of inspiration as you can see in the above picture. So my challenge to you is to find something that inspires you and recreate it as a card, scrapbook layout or beyond the page project and upload your creations here. Upload your inspiration photo and creation and why it inspired you.


Merry Christmas to All...

and all a good night. Well two more sleeps anyway. This is my last post for a couple of days now. I am busy tomorrow preparing food for Christmas lunch, and I need some time out. Next year is another year and January marks the first anniversary of owning and running Scrap Box NZ. I wish to take this opportunity to thanks each and every one of you who have supported me in the journey. As January marks the first year I will be having a SALE-a bration for the entire month of January. That means 10 to 30% off most product lines. So keep watch and don't miss out. I will be starting the year afresh with new product lines. So I need to make room. So to all of you and your families, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Have yourself a Merry little Christmas...

A couple more things to share today. Probably the last ones now before the man in the jolly red suit comes visiting.

This first piece is a simple layout I have done using KaiserCRAFT paper from the Dash Away All range (vixen) I have also used a piece of the new Sakura Park range under the photo as a mat. It is not a particularly nice photo of the layout but you will have the idea. I have also used some metallic paint under photo mat and on the Ho Ho Ho, some white cardstock run through the Cuttlebug (snowflakes), strips of red cardstock, Basic Grey and KaiserCraft rubons, rhinestone swirls and glitter. Phew who would have thought you could use so much product on a simple layout. I have also stamp a snowflake image on the title. The photo has been manipulated.

This second piece is something that I have been meaning to try for some time and finally got round to it. All it is, is an envelope made in to bag called a bag-0-lope. Then I have just embellished it. A simple little gift bag that you can make out of almost any size envelope.

I hope that this keeps the creative flair going for you all over the break and that you all take time out to relax on Christmas day. Have a fantastic Christmas and be safe.


The Great Scrap Box Christmas Chalenge...

has now been wound up, and a big congrats to Tracy who took out the grand prize. Here is the work that Tracy has completed to take out this 4 week challenge, and after 4 weeks of competition we had a tie-breaker situation between Tracy and Liz. You can also check out the rest of the entries here

Week 1, was to create a layout with product for less than $10.00 average

Week 2, Create a Christmas themed layout using non-traditional Christmas Colours

Week 3, to create a Christmas Dinner Table centre piece or part of a table setting

Week 4, Create a boxed set of Christmas cards

And the Tie-breaker challenge, create a 6x12 or 12x6 layout using a set sketch.

A very impressive line up of work from Tracy, our eventual winner aye..


Dec Card kit

Hi all,
Well can you believe its nearly Christmas. The time has gone so fast and blink and Santa will be here.
Anyway, have been lucky enough to have a play and design some cards for the Dec kit that is selling over in the shop. Basic Grey's Urban Prairie is just a Divine range of papers to be working with, along with the element stickers and buttons. Doubly yum!
The kit is well worth the $$$ spent and I ended up with so much left over that I am sure I can come up with some more amazing creations when the time allows.

1. Your invited card.
2. Wishing you all kinds of happy Card
3. Celebrate Card
4. Happy birthday Card
5. Happy day Card
6. For you Card

With the kit I think I managed to squeeze out a huge range of versatile cards with a spring feel to them. If you have the chance to get your hands on this kit then do so, its so worth the play!

Wishing everyone a fantastic Christmas and holiday season from me too.
Thanks Julia, Brenda and Dallas for welcoming me into such a fun fab team.


Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Wine...

...well pohutukawa actually. As most of you who have visited in the last couple of days, you would have noticed that I have hung my decorations on my blog. And as the Pohutukawa is the national Christmas Tree for New Zealand and the beach is our playground at this time of the year, I thought it only too appropriate. So Christmas is upon us again, and another year almost over. I am feeling a little chipper today as the tree is up and the Christmas shopping is done, finite, finished, no more!!! Now let all the activities begin, and what a line up I have. School break ups and productions, Kindy parties, the local Carols by Glolight which my daughter is involved in for the first time. Our own work do this weekend, phew!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have supported the forum, gallery and shop over the last 12 months. A special thanks to Brenda for all her help too. I know it is not easy with two young children. Thankfully mine are just that little bit older.
For those that comment about their Christmas plans, I will do a draw for a RAK this time next week. After all it is Christmas.


More to Share...

I seem to be doing less and less scrapbook layouts at the moment and reverted back to my grassroots of card making. Maybe because they are quicker as time is always a factor these days. But I have found the time for my children's teachers' So have been flat out making little favour boxes like the ones below. I thought that i would share to get you all motivated on your Christmas crafting.

This first one is a triangle box that is made using just one rectangle piece of cardstock, which I have stamped on using Inque Boutique Christmas stamps and Colorbox fluid chalk ink. Gave the scallop circle nestibilities a work out again for the 'Joy' tag.

This one is a diaper fold envelope, which I intend on putting a cake of chocolate into, I will also decorate the outer wrapper of the chocolate to match. This is all in the folding of one square sheet of patterned paper. The stamping is again from the Inque Boutique Christmas set.

A Christmas Cracker favour box. This I have made using scraps from the new Waterberry range of papers from KaiserCRAFT. Not exactly a Christmas paper, but I think it works.

Last but not least a box-in-bag. I have used Snow Soiree from Imaginisce for this and the snowflake is made using the tag-team snow flake die run through the Cuttlebug. The ribbon is a scrap piece of Anna Griffin satin ribbon. The base of the bag is made using a constructed box from one square of Cardstock, then the paper wrapped around it. Easy. So easy I intend to make these again.

Hope this has given you all some inspiration for those handcrafted gifts and doesn't Brenda's work in the previous post look fantastic.

A couple of things to share

I have a couple of things to share that I have been doing of the last couple of weeks. Yes, they have taken me this long as my crafting time has been very interrupted of late.

The first is a layout of my boy, it is a more simple sytle than I usually scrap with, but I really enjoyed doing it (it didn't take me less time though). I've used the Basic Grey Archaic collection which I love for boyish layouts at the moment.

The second project is a card. Using Basic Grey Urban Prairie and Making Memories noteworthy papers, bazzill bling blossoms, making memeories blossoms and basic grey rubon.


December Monthly Specials...

...**December Monthly Specials**
-Once it's gone, it's gone-
Making Memories paints - 25% off
Inque Boutique Stamps - 25% off
November's monthly specials continue till the end of December with 25% off all Christmas stock (excluding the November Monthly Kits)
To celebrate the reintroduction of Prima product - 10% off. Prima stock will be loaded during this week. So check back soon.
All will only be while stocks last.

To all those that took part in the Great Scrap Box NZ Christmas Challenge, well done. We will have the final results to you by Wednesday, and we will have found a winner!! So stay tuned and good luck.