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There's not much that's better than getting up and wandering into the craft-room in your PJs, then creating a card for someone special before you've even had breakfast. I have an almost endless supply of shiny things to help my creativity and will happily share with you. 
If you are just stopping by to see what I've created then I hope my little corner of the interweb interests you and inspires you to find your inner junkie.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Crafty times...

I had a wee bit of time in the Den of Inkstickquity over the past week.  

I have been busy creating my entry for the ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop (which I can't show you until the 4th September).

This morning I had some time before work and created something to take with me to a demonstrator gathering I will be attending next weekend. 

We had to use new goodies from the Holiday Catalogue and I just love how this card turned out.  I know exactly who it will be sent to after the weekend and can't wait to hear what they think.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Friday, 19 August 2016

Photos as promised...

A couple of the projects that came out of the Den of Inkstiquity this week.  Hoping that work has settled enough to let me get my entry into the Blog Hop done during the week.  We also have our Crafty Capers session today so will have some more pics for you later.

Cased from one of the ESAD Facebook Group ladies.  
I can't find the post right now but will add her name when I do.

Another goodbye card for one of my lovely Au Pairs.  
Have used something old, something new, something borrowed (non SU) but nothing blue.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Hi, yes I'm still here...

Wow, the last two weeks have flown by.  I have a couple of big work projects on the go and My Darling has been off work so we've been gaming and generally lollygagging around (and crafting of course) 

I have been in the craftroom quite a bit and enjoying the new products I was lucky enough to be able to pre-order from the Holiday Catalogue.

I can't wait to be able to show you the catty.  It's simply gorgeous, as always.  If you want a copy please email me or message me on the Facebook page and I will reserve a copy for you.  

Facebook has details of a couple of catalogue launch sessions too.  I will demo a brand new stamp and die set I know you will all love and have a make and take for you. There's a small charge of $10 per person to cover the cost of materials and spaces are limited to 6 per session so get in quick.

I'm also going to be taking part in a special Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop on Sunday 4th September, so keep your eyes out for that.  I love catalogue blog hops because they are so inspiring and full of ideas to get your started with the your shiny new stash.  I feel quite nervous about taking part as the ladies from ESAD are all really rather good.  I'm still very much a noob at this cardmaking lark and, at this stage, can only aspire to be as creative and talented as they are. 

I will pop some pics up for you a little later when I've got them cropped and watermarked.  I still haven't worked out a good way to achieve that on my phone or tablet.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Just Add Ink

... and lots of Pink

Waking up early has it's advantages.  A day in the craft-room is always great but when your day starts at 3.30 a.m. there is time for extra wonderful things to happen.

I turned on my phone, with a view to calling Mum, and this week's challenge email from Just Add Ink tinkled into my inbox.   

This week's colours were a bit of a coincidence as I already had Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper and Very Vanilla and Chocolate chip card-stock on my desk ready to make a birthday card for someone who is very special to me.  I wanted to use the Glimmer Paper with the Flourish Thinlits as I just know this lady will love the sparkle.

I wasn't sure how I was going to work Sweet Sugarplum into my design but I set to work and created the card I had already planned.  (I will post pics when it's been received).

I didn't manage to work Sweet Sugarplum into this one so, after my card was finished, I began tidying my craft space with a view to coming back later to make something that met the challenge criteria.  

As I was picking up the off-cuts from beside my Big Shot the next card came to me.  I dashed off and made my banana, soy and LSA smoothie and set to work.

This is what happened...

If you want to see what the design team came up with, or have a go yourself hop on over to the Just Add Ink Blog and take a look

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lazy weekends.

What do you do when the weather is like it has been this weekend? 

In between visiting new babies I stayed inside and played in my den of inkstickquity.

I've been looking for some better storage solutions for some of the equipment I use regularly.  My first job was to find a way to sort my daubers.  I've been playing with this for a while and I found some storage boxes from Bunnings a while ago that seemed ideal.  Yesterday, I spent a lot of time with Word and RGB codes that I found at various sites on the internet and made some labels.  Unfortunately, some of the codes were not quite right so I left them white but otherwise I think it looks pretty good.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Friday, 22 July 2016

Have you ever thought...

About joining Stampin' Up! ?

For some, joining a direct sales company is not something they have every considered. After all buying a 'kit' that undoubtedly contains products you don't even like, then attending sales meetings, reaching huge quarterly minimums and having to answer to someone about how you run your business isn't something most of us want.  

Luckily with Stampin' Up! none of that applies.  This is a creative journey that will enable you to share your passion and great crafting supplies with others.  You decide whether or not you do demonstrations in customer's homes, craft classes or just promote products via a blog and rely on online sales.   You may just want to order for you and enjoy the amazing discounts SU! offer their demonstrators.  It's ENTIRELY UP TO YOU!

When you sign up you get to choose the kit you want.  This ensures that everything in your first BBB (Beautiful Brown Box) is product that you want, will use and LOVE using.  When you start like this you can't help but pass your passion on to your potential 'customers'.  

Is that another thing you have to worry about... customers? How are you going to find them?   Is the word customer synonymous with stranger?  Not at all.  Customers are right under your nose.  There's your family, your neighbours, that lady you chat with every day while you wait for Mr 3 years old to come finish kindy.  There's the receptionist at the doctors surgery and the checkout lady at the local supermarket.  These are ALL potential customers and some of them are potential demonstrators, just like you.

There are no sales meetings to attend... although you are always welcome to come to my Crafty Capers sessions and open house events I regularly hold and anything else that SU! put on for us here in Wellington.  

There are quarterly minimums but these are very realistic and easily reachable even if you are joining as a Hobby Demonstrator.  There are great discounts, incentives and special rewards to be earned and, the best bit of all, you get a sneak peek at new products before your customers do.

Stampin' Up! provide a wealth of business tools, training videos and access to a worldwide network of demonstrators for support and inspiration.  To make sure you know how to access this, I will run an induction session with you and show you how to maximize what you get out of your Hobby or Business.  I will always be on hand to answer questions and offer support.

If you want to find out more email me: papillonpapercraft@gmail.com and we can arrange a time for a catch up.   

If you are already convinced you can do this, click on the tab above and sign up!

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Monday, 18 July 2016

Friday Fun

Another fun Friday was had by all last week.  Trying out new toys and playing with some we've had for a while.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Welcome Baby

When I heard that my son and daughter-in-law were pregnant with their second baby I was thrilled.  Nine months seems like a long time but it goes very quickly for expectant Meemaws so I started searching the interweb for inspiration.  

I knew what I wanted and started building my baby stash to make sure I had the right dies and stamps when the time came.  In my searching I found this Exploding box card and was thrilled to find this came with a cutfile for using with my Zing and/or Scan N Cut.  I found instructions for the box on another site.

As I have taken a couple of weeks annual leave to be around to help when baby arrived I left it until the first day of my holiday (5 days or so before baby was due) to start and, quite coincidentally, found a post on Facebook from Eva Romana Schrottmeyer with an explosion baby card she created which offered further inspiration.

I put my ideas into the mix and this is what happened next...


Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Just Add Ink #319...Inspiration

I hadn't intended to enter anything this week but the Inspiration challenge from 
Just Add Ink must have sparked something 
because I created this card moments after seeing the picture.

I think this has to be my favourite out of all the bundles I have purchased this year 
and can see it's going to get lots of use.

Hop on over to Just Add Ink and check out the entries.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'