Thanks for visiting my blog – creativeJax.
I live in Whitby, New Zealand which is just north of Wellington. Though for the last 15 months I have been splitting my time between Whitby and Cromwell in the deep south while hubby leads a transmission line upgrade project. That will continue through to mid 2022.
So … a little about me.  I’ve been married to my awesome, supportive husband, Roy, for more than 30 years and we have two great children in their late 20’s. My original training and working background was in the field of radiation therapy.  I spent many years before the children were born, and while they were young, enjoying a satisfying career as a radiation therapist, clinical tutor, and lecturer in the health and education sectors.
Roy is an engineer and our careers have enabled us to live in several parts of New Zealand – and even to spend a couple of exciting years in Regina, Canada.  When the children were teenagers I stepped aside from my full-time career and chose to work part-time in administrative roles.  I even got to spend three years working on the same large project as my husband – it was really great to get to work together every day.

Our daughter, Beth, is studying on her PhD and our son, Ross, is studying computer sciences. They are both studying at Victoria University of Wellington. As well as inheriting our engineering/physics/computing genes – they did also get some creative genes. Both are talented vocalists (a soprano and a bass/baritone).  Beth sings with the Wellington Musical Theatre and also loves crafts and is a superb baker – cupcakes to die for!  Ross enjoys the piano, composing and singing with the New Zealand Opera Chorus.

I have always enjoyed a wide range of creative interests – painting and papercrafts and sewing and photography and digital publishing and needlework and baking – there’s usually more than one creation or activity on the go.  I first started cardmaking and paper craft when the children were young and it is has grown as an area of particular interest and one I enjoy immensely.

I was introduced to Stampin’ Up! a few years ago and fell in love with their quality products – awesome stamps, fantastic colours, superb cardstock, amazing punches, vivid designer series papers, a range of paper-crafting tools, and numerous accessories.  And things co-ordinate!  Colours match … punches fit stamps … embossing folders co-ordinate with images.  What more could you ask for!  I’ve so enjoyed using these products to make cards and 3D items and to dabble in scrapbooking.

We moved back to the Wellington region in 2013 and I was excited to establish myself as an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! in the area and spent several years growing my business, meeting wonderful people (customers and other demonstrators) and achieving many significant milestones and awards with Stampin’ Up! If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up! products then you’ll know why I love them.

I have stepped back from being a business demonstrator and while I am still a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I no longer run classes or actively maintain this Blog. I’m enjoying papercrafting for myself along with other creative and family pursuits.

I do have several active members in my thINK Creative Team – so I can put you in touch with them if you are wanting to attend classes, have a demonstration or purchase products.


“To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference! ”     Stampin’ Up! ~ Statement of the Heart


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