I love this time of the year when we often have hot air balloons drifting across our house in the early mornings.  And, it only gets more exciting as we get closer to the Balloons Over Waikato Festival in March.  I was reflecting on this as I created this encouragement card using the Lighter Than Air Suite, found on pages 32-34 of the January-April 2024 Mini Catalogue.

Today we commemorate the first signing of New Zealand's founding document, Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) on 6 February 1840.  While the day can be marked with celebrations and festivities, it is also a time for reflection and acknowledging the complex history of the Treaty and its ongoing impact on the relationship between Māori and Pākehā.

Ko ngā pae tawhiti whāta kia tata, ko ngā pae tata, whakamaua kia tina.
The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today.

The Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder die-cuts and embossed ten versatile sentiments.  So, when I created the "love you" Valentine's Day card, I had lots of words left over I could use for other greeting cards.  So, I used the same card design but created this fun "celebrate" birthday card.

On page 189 of the new mini catalogue you will find the Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder.  A hybrid embossing folder is one where the dies snuggly fit inside the embossing folder so you can die-cut and emboss all in one pass!  The Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder has loads of embossed-and-die-cut words that can be used for many occasions.  On the opposite page of the mini catalogue is a fun little tip that you can use with the Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder.  It says, "Use the Stampin' Brayer to ink the logo side of the embossing folder, then add the dies", which is the technique I have used to create this Valentine's Day or Anniversary Card...

Have you seen the super cute Square Pillow Boxes that are part of the Bee Mine Suite in the new mini catalogue?  These gift boxes are a generous size, plus they are fun to stamp on and decorate!  This one was created especially for Valentine's Day...

For the second project we created at the recent Mini Catalogue Launch Party we played with the oh-so-versatile Filled with Happiness stamp set and coordinating Modern Oval Punch...

The oh-so-sweet Bee My Valentine Bundle and the coordinating Bee Mine Designer Series Paper are perfect for your Valentine's Day or anniversary projects.  I just can't get enough of it!  We created this fun note card at last week's Mini Catalogue Launch Party...

On Friday was the Mini Catalogue Launch Party, celebrating the release of the gorgeous, new January-April 2024 Mini Catalogue - my favourite catalogue of the year!  Part of this fun event is sharing all the fabulous, new products that have just arrived, and part of the event is getting the chance to play with those products.