Christmas Inspiration...

I have just recently received my copy of the latest Ezibuy catalog, and thought that I would post a couple of inspirational photos out of it to get you started on those handmade Christmas gifts and cards.

The colour themes that I am seeing come through are soft pinks and blues this year as well as the traditional red/green/gold. This post is a tiny hint as to what is in store for you all for the Great Christmas Challenge.


Breast Cancer Donation

During the last two weeks Scrap Box had been running a campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness, where for every purchase over $20-00, Scrap Box would donate 10% of the takings. Every little bit counts and I will be donating $26-00 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. It was a small effort, but thanks to those who helped me with this.



Registrations are now being taken here. This is where you will also find the details and guidelines for the competition. The competition gets under way on the 3rd November and will run for four consecutive weeks.

Good Luck to all those that enter.

One of my Goals...

this year was to be 'published' well can you imagine my surprise when I received an email from Basic Grey saying that my 'Bloom' layout had been accepted into their gallery. It is not published in any major scrapbooking magazines but an achievement for me just the same, as Basic Grey have to approve layouts for their gallery. So 2008 goal achieved.


And the Winner is....

Angel gurl, Well done Janine. The draw has been done from the comments left about the paper ranges that you would like to see carried at Scrap Box. As you, the customer are important to me. The need to know what to stock is helpful. Don't be shy, leave a comment or just ask. If we don't stock a particular item, then please enquire as we can try and source it for you. So some of the ranges that have been commented on, Prima seems to be a biggie, Websters Pages are becoming more popular and I must say they are beautiful too. So Angel gurl you are the RAK winner!! Nice layout in the Basic Grey Gallery too BTW.


Monday Inspiration...

I had this photo of a tulip in full bloom in our back garden for a while. I have been meaning to scrap it, so finally yesterday I did.

I have used papers from the Ambrosia Range, it looked so perfect with the orange tones of the tulip, but placing it on a black backgroung tones the vibrant colour down a little. The stamps I have used are the KaiserCRAFT flourish clear stamp set and I have stamped by painting metallic gold paint on the stamp first. The journaling spot is just a 'scrap' piece of paper ripped out of an exercise book, which I have tea stained by soaking in strong tea. The gold and white netting is from a bunch of flowers that my MIL was given.


Sneak Peek 3...

I will be putting up a grand prize for the winner, plus there will be spot prizes and weekly winner prizes.


Tips & Techniques....

I learnt a few tips and tricks while at SENZ. So I thought that I would share a couple with you.

When using Glimmer Mist, ALWAYS shake the bottle sideways and not up and down as the liquid ends up in the cap. So when you take the cap off, you end up with a mess. Also when applying the Glimmer Mist, stand a box on its side a spray your tag/cardstock into the box. This leaves very little mess.

I also have a couple of sneak peaks of what we created in the classes.

Christmas Memory Tree

Create a Card Buffet

If the Shoe Fits - altered shoe last

And one more tip to share today, check out this link: http://www.wannastamp.blogspot.com/2007 ... candy.html

Have a happy Friday


Cards from the October Kit

So here are the cards that I have made with the October Card kit. Instructions for each card are included in the kit. Had lots of fun making these cards, the colours are bright and cheerful.

The kits are available in the shop for purchase now but be quick as there are only a few left.

Look Whats at Scrap Box....

Aren't these just fantastic. They come in 6 different designs and all are now available in the store
They measure approx 5"x6" and retail at $9-00 each. These are so versatile and can be used as whole pieces or cut into smaller pieces for small projects like cards.


Product Update...

I thought that I might do a product update for this blog, so everyone knows that we are eeping up with the latest trends. I now have in stock some dainty little satin flowers from Green Tara. Here in these two photos is a small example of what these look like on a completed project. Aren't they just so romantic looking.
The new Scrap Box NZ monthly kits are now up in the shop and Brenda has done a wonderful job in designing these. A lot of work goes into this process to bring you a taste of what we have on offer. These are great value for just $27.50
New stock that has arrived in: top up of Green Tara flowers, KaiserCRAFT Beyond the Page Christmas Albums are in today and will be loaded in the next couple of days. Kaiser have also come out with new rhinestone swirls and borders and chipboard alphabet which will be loaded into the shop also. I now also have in a selected number of Urban Prairie 6x6 paper pads for all you card makers out there. Plus the matching Bitsy stamps. The collection kits and individual papers are due in at the end of the month. Mia & Prudence from Crate Paper are still to come, so we will be pleased once these finally arrive. You may have also noticed that I have a limited number of Pink Paislee Pop Fashion 8x8 Paper packs in stock too. We are looking at increasing our paper ranges and comments on what you would like to see would be helpful. Sassa la Fras is another that we are currently considering.
For those of you who have already preordered your Wassail Collection kits from Basic Grey, these are due at the end of October as well. Preorders are still up for these and I only have 2 left. I will NOT be bringing in any more.
Please remember to comment on what paper ranges you would like to see in our store. For those that leave comments I will do a draw for an RAK next Tuesday night.
Have a great week:)


Sneak Peak Number 2...

Another piece of the jig-saw is revealed, not long to wait now...


Fantastic Experience...

Yep, SENZ is a fantastic experience. Although I am not allowed to share the projects that were created during the classes I can share some tips that I have picked up along the way, which I will post in at a later date. It is such a fantastic sight and it was nice to be able to meet some people in person. I think that Nic Howard's All You Can Create Card class was by far the best for me, and Nic is such a lovely person and has a wonderful bubbly personality. Great dinner on Friday night organised by Janine (from Sketchbook) and a special thanks to Mandy (she knows who she is) for getting Brenda & I back to the airport yesterday. As a result of what I have learnt along with many others, I have decided to do a Product Spotlight on Glimmer Mist. For those of you who had the chance to use this amazing product, I'm sure it will be a great addition to your scrapping stash. For those of you not so familiar with it. Check back in coming days/weeks for some techniques. You will sure want to get your hands on some after that.

Have a happy Sunday.


October kit peaks

Wow 3 posts in one day, we are on a roll!
Here are a few sneak peaks of cards I have made with the October card kit.
I have made 6 cards and instructions for each will be included in the kit for those that are interested. It is such a fun kit to work with, I loved the colours and even after doing 6 cards I still have quite a bit of paper left and some embellishments. Could make a couple more cards easily I think. Full pictures of the cards will be revealed on the 15th. The kit is in the shop currently for preorder and will be shipping hopefully around the 15th - just waiting on one more thing to arrive.

Two More Finished Projects...

This first one is a simple card that I made using inspiration from Kristina Werner. The full instructions can be found here. The only difference with my card is that I have used clear transparency that I have run through the Cuttlebug using Swiss Dots, and i don't own a Colozzle. So the card is hand cut.

This second piece I have created is based on our own October Monthly Sketch set by Dallas. I have done lots of hand cutting on this one, and just love how the Eva range of papers co-ordinate with the photo. The journaling is printed on transparency overlayed on the pink cardstock. The butterflies are the only elements that have been cut using the tag team die and embossing folder from Cuttlebug. The background spots on the cardstock are stamped on with hot pink paint using the large bubble wrap.

Just One More Sleep...

...no not until Santa arrives (although he isn't very far away). One sleep until SENZ!! This will be my first trip to this scrapbooker's paradise. No kids, No husband (although I will miss them) and an entire weekend of scrapping, and chatting (face to face) rather than on the forum. But for those of you not traveling to Wellington this weekend, have some fun, scrap a little, enjoy the weather if it's fine, and even if it's not it is a great excuse to stay inside and scrap all day. Start those handmade Christmas cards, the card swap this month is Christmas cards so get to it!!


Breast Cancer Awareness...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Scrap Box NZ is supporting this cause by donating 10% of takings of purchases over $20-00 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. All you need to do is make a purchase over $20-00 from 13th October and 27th October. Please support this as media has made us all more aware of the importance of breast checks, and over a period of time I have seen, heard of and know women with this disease.


New Colour Inspiriation Challenge

So here is the next Colour Inspiration Challenge. You have until Sunday 19th October to get your layouts uploaded to the gallery.


Christmas Cheer....

With Christmas looming at what seems an alarming rate, I thought that I would share some simple Christmas cards. Our lives are busy enough and I know that some of you out there like to add a personal touch to your card and gift giving. But as Christmas approaches and the change into summer, our lives seem to increase in gear. With summer approaching, comes BBQ's, school concerts, exams, holidays, work festivities and the like. So here are a couple of cards using two pieces of cardstock, patterned paper, cuttlebug (snow dots) some stamps & ink & a piece of organza ribbon. Voila!! You now have two quick and simple cards.

This second card also has two Imaginisce Snowflowers attached to the front, using a white brad.



It's Coming...

First Sneak Peak of what is in store for you over at the forum in the coming weeks. All will be revealed in good time. But just a wee teaser to keep you interested.


October Card Kit Sneak Peak

So I know I am a couple of days late but here is the card kit for October.
It's comprised of Pink Paislee Pop Fashion papers and some yummy embellisments.

Still to come is some more chipboard and another sheer ribbon which are not in the photo. It is up for preorder in the shop now at only $27.50 which is great value.

Over the next week I will post some pictures of cards I have made with this kit and the kit will include instructions for these.

Creative Craving...

I just needed to get my teeth into some creating yesterday, so came up with this little card using...yep...you guessed it, 'scraps'. Some Eva papers (Affluent and Extravagance), my new tag team Cuttlebug butterflies, Anna Griffin ribbon, Prima flowers and Doodlebug Design (I think) buttons. The idea came from this sketch.

I have also used Inque Boutique Mini Stamp (Birthday) available from the 'store'.


5 Product Challenge Cards

For the 5 product challenge I decided to do 2 cards. They use the following 5 products, the same as Dallas used in her layout.

Bazzill cardstock
Imaginisce Snowy Joe paper x 1
Imaginisce Snowflakes
Imaginisce Trim a Tree stickers
Blue Grosgrain ribbon

All items are available in the store, click on the above description to find them.

Merry Christmas card
I used all products except the Imaginisce snowflakes on this card. Used string from my own stash and printed the greeting on cardstock using the computer. Those Trim a Tree stickers are great and very easy to use. I stuck some directly on and others using pop dots to give it more dimension.

Let It Snow card.

All 5 products were used in this card. I also embossed the red (back of the let it snow paper) with my cuttlebug spots and dots embossing folder.

Plus make sure you check back tomorrow for a sneak peak at our first Card Kit!!

Scrap Box has another Team Member

Yes the presuure is on both Brenda & Dallas. So to spread the workload out a little, we wish to welcome Lynne Harwood onto the team. So hopefully you will see some of Lynne's creations on the blog and gallery and she will be tested as much as Dallas & Brenda.
Welcome aboard Lynne.


World Card Making Day...

Saturday the 4th October is World Card Making Day. So to celebrate, Scrap Box is having a Bazzill Basics Blowout. This will be for one day only, so it is not to be missed. This does not include bling/Cardstock with an edge/in Stitchz or Wedding range.

All basic cardstock will be just 90cents for this one day. See store for details