Archive for May, 2011

Wow what an Amazing Weekend

It all started on Saturday when I decided I had better get on to it and plant the front yard, we have just had it dug up and re-layed with top soil last week to get all the horrible stones out of the lawn from our previous landscaping late last year. Well I managed to dig and plant 34 GRISELINIA BROADWAY MINT trees, that was a massive effort for me as I have never really done any gardening before.

And Sunday was a day for crafting, we had an all day on-line craft extravaganza (well thats what I am calling it) every hour we made a new project with written instructions and photos to go by. This was in aid to fundraise for cancer, and congratulations ladies we made over $500.

Here are a few photos of the days projects.

Project 2 – Dee Sturgeon – Coffee Wallet

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Project 1 – Debi Ryan – Teacup Easel Card

tea cup

Project 5 – Tia Routledge – Sketch Challenge



Project 6 – Anne Brignall – Colour Challenge


I didnt get a chance to put these into projects but if you look closely in the photo you can see these two projects. they are the two in the middle down the bottom.

Project 3 – Jane McGlade Smith – Technique Challenge

Project 4 – Julia Leece – Punch Art Daffodil


all projects

Thanks ladies it was a great day.

And the Winner is……..

sorry about the late post, I totally forgot to post this in the weekend. I have used for the draw and it has chosen number 3.

So congratulations to…………………Tracee, from Waihi. you will get an email from CherylAnn to tell you about your pass.

Thanks everyone for entering have a great week. And ill do my best to get some blogs done, I do have projects to post its just a matter of finding the time to post them.

Free Pass Give away for Stampin’ Fun and Friends

Good evening, Well it has been a while since I have blogged and that is because I have been chosen to be a designer on a new blog called Stampin’ Fun and Friends. For the past week and a bit I have been designing my submission for this, it has taken a while but it is finally coming together. There are a range of cards and 3-D projects for you to make and printable PDF’s for each project. Check out CherylAnn’s blog to find out more. This is a new and exciting project so please feel free to take a look and join us.

Beginning June 1st a 15 day session of on-line classes, chats, challenges and fun.
A great line up of designers will provide you with 3-D projects and cards.
There will be detailed PDF instructions of each project as well as some video technique tutorials.
The cost…. Early bird $15.00 CAD
After that $17.50 ( so make sure you get in quick)
I am sure you will agree we are all in for a treat.
Look forward to seeing you at ‘STAMPIN FUN AND FRIENDS’

Now if you would like to win a free pass to Stampin’ Fun and Friends leave a comment here I will draw one lucky winner on Saturday 21st. Have a great week I am off to work on my project.

Stampin’ Fun and Friends New Adventure, Come Join Us

Hello to all!  just want to let you know about Stampin’ Fun And Friends, a 15 day session of stamping, projects, challenges and fun.  There will be an amazing team of designers who have created some WOW! early summer projects and cards for you.  A printable tutorial will be available for each and every project you see.  So, sign up soon! 

                          Early Bird Fee $15.00 (CAD) (until May 25th)

                                              After that $17.50 (CAD)

Here is a list of the Designers chosen for this project:

I am sure you will agree that this is an awesome team.  Say Hi to:

Tracey Old

Kristen Conant

Amy Fleming

Laurie Gibson

Tanya Bell

Maria Vanderform

Narelle Hoggard

Paula Reid

Here is a link to CherylAnn’s website where you can find out more. Check it out, One lucky stamper will win a free entry to this session so leave a comment on her blog and on May 15th She will draw for the winner!!

Have a great evening.

Happy Mother’s Day Mum

Good evening, Well tonight I finally finished off my mother’s day cards. I made four this year one for my mother, one for Nicks mum, one for Nicks step mum and one for my cards box. ( I always make an extra to keep) I kept them simple but I really like how they turned out. I choose Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White as my colours. Since Rich Razzleberry doesn’t come in any DSP that I have I made my own using the Sweet Summer stamp set from this years SAB sets.

Sorry about the quality of the photos, I have taken them late at night.

mum 2

Close Up:

mum 3

mum 1


mum 4

  • Sweet Summer
  • Occasional Greetings
Card Stock
  • Whisper White
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Basic Black
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Dimensionals
  • Roses
  • 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon

To all you mums out there have a fantastic Mother’s day and to everyone else have a great weekend.

Guest Designer on Try Stampin’ On Tuesday

Good afternoon, and what an afternoon it has been. We have just had a tornado up the road at our local mall. So far reports are saying one is dead and at least 22 injured. This just doesn’t happen here in New Zealand. I hope everyone is well and my heart goes out to those injured or families grieving.

Today I am sharing a card I made for this weeks Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge, though it is a bit more special for me this week as I was honoured to be asked to be a guest designer for this weeks sketch.

For my card I have used Upsy Daisy as my main image. I have stamped first in Sahara Sand and then again just beside the first image in Basic Gray to give a shadow effect. the butterflies are stamped in Basic Gray and sponged around the edges.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

TST #13

close up of shadowing:



tst #13-1

  • Upsy Daisy
  • Bliss
Card Stock
  • Whisper White
  • Early Espresso
  • DSP – Softs Patterns Stack
  • Basic Gray
  • Sahara Sand
  • Dimensionals
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch
  • sponge
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig

check out this weeks entries here or better still enter yourself.

TST #12 and JAI #66

Good morning, It was a nice day yesterday here in Auckland, I had my hair highlighted and cut and of course I finished my card for this weeks sketch at Try Stampin On Tuesday. After seeing some other blogs I realised that I could also add this to this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink, as it is just add flowers.

This card took me a lot longer than I would normally spend on a card, I must admit I re-did a few things more than once, I just couldn’t get it to come together. I love the finished card it has a few techniques on it like popping pastels on the Medallion Stamp ( I just got mine so I had to use them), Water colouring on the flowers (bookmark), sponging around the edges, I used my markers to colour in the paper flowers to match the colours on the card and I have used Vellum on the butterfly with staz on and then used my markers again to colour in the back side of the image so it’s not so dark. I have also coloured some ribbon Bravo Burgundy to match using my brayer and used my Scallop Border punch to create the border on the circle. Wow that’s a lot of techniques on one card, no wonder it took me three days to get this one finished. (not whole days of course)

There are a few firsts here for me like colouring ribbon, i couldn’t believe how easy it was, and it is a great way to get that colour you want if SU doesn’t make it. I used my brayer as it goes on so easy and fast, I then but it on the window sill to dry for about an hour.

The other first I did was colour white paper flowers, this was also very easy and convenient as I didn’t have any in these colours. I just used the thick end of my marker and coloured them in. These also need time to dry.

So the challenge for TST was a pocket card, I decided to make a bookmark to go in my pocket, I know a lot of readers so it will suit a few people. Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:



Bookmark: can you see the Vellum on the butterfly, in real life this looks really pretty. I wanted something special on the bookmark but it couldn’t be bulky so this is what I came up with.


Of course I didn’t want a plain look when you removed the bookmark so I placed a simple sentiment on the base.


  • Medallion
  • Thanks for Caring
Card Stock
  • Whisper White
  • Bravo Burgundy
  • DSP – Parisian Breeze
  • Vellum
  • Basic Black
  • Staz On
  • Bravo Burgundy
  • Baja Breeze
  • Dimensionals
  • VersaMark
  • White Satin Ribbon
  • Brayer
  • Dauber
  • Sponge
  • Brads
  • Paper Flowers
  • Pastels
  • Aqua Painter


Sorry for the long post, have a great Sunday we are off to see a stage show called Cinderella today. And of course it is the last day of the holidays Yay.

Don’t forget to check out the other entries here:

About Me

Hi my name is Narelle Hoggard and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I am married to a wonderful and very supportive man Nick and together we have two gorgeous children, Caitlyn and Bradley. I love to scrap and make cards, I find it very relaxing at the end of the day to create a page or a card.

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