Once a holiday like Valentine's Day, Easter, or Christmas, is done and dusted, we will often put aside the stamps and designer paper that was devised for those occasions.  I want to challenge you to use those holiday-specific products throughout the year too!  For example, this masculine birthday card was inspired by the stunning stripes found in the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper, a set of patterned papers designed specifically for Valentine's Day.

As you celebrate the gift of life this Easter, may you find the renewal of hope, peace, and love in your home.  Wishing you and your family a joy-filled Easter.

This week's Your Creative Connection theme is A RAINBOW FOR YOU.  I had trouble figuring out the best way to include all the colours of a rainbow on one project without it looking over-the-top.  So instead, I created two cards that, combined, cover the spectrum of colours from Real Red to Night of Navy!

To create this pretty collage background for this friendship card, I used the elegant French motifs and postal imagery from the Parisian Beauty stamp set.  It's a great way to create your custom designer paper with themes to match your card design.

Through Stampin’ Up!, I was fortunate to earn the Mediterranean Incentive Trip in May 2016.  It was our first-ever trip to Europe and the furthest we had ever travelled, so Stephen and I decided to extend our holiday to include a week in Paris, in spring!  The Parisian Blossoms Suite was the perfect choice to capture our memories of Paris.

UPDATED WEDNESDAY, 1 APRIL:  On Tuesday morning, 31 March, I made the difficult decision that while we are Alert Level 4, I will not be placing any orders for Stampin' Up! product or couriering any items, in response to the New Zealand Government announcement that couriers should only be used for essential products.  On Wednesday, 1 April, Stampin' Up! decided to hold all Stampin' Up! shipments into New Zealand during our Alert Level 4.  That means that you can still place orders, which will be prepared for shipment and stored in the distribution centre until shipping into New Zealand resumes...

I have begun creating for Easter using the very cute Welcome Easter stamp set and lovely Pleased As Punch Designer Series Paper to create this Diagonal-Lidded Gift Box...

This week's Your Creative Connection theme is GIFT CARD FOR ANY OCCASION.  I took this challenge literally and created a z-fold card that holds a gift card, and used the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set, Lily Pad Dies, Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper, and Metallic Baker's Twine & Sequins.  I love how they all coordinate!