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{Cute, Quick, & Easy Valentine’s Chocolate!}

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Rivetgreatgiftidea 

I took this idea from Angie Juda, a demo from the United States.  I can see where she's from, but from her accent, I'd guess Texas?  You can see her project here.  And this is my adaptation on it:

Stampinupchocolatevalentine This is a super easy project, made easy by the slit punch.  This is such a useful punch for creating little closures!

The images are from both Big On Spring and from Love Owl-ways, both sets from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  The scallop is done with the new scallop edge punch.

I love the Love Owl-ways set for Valentines because it includes words suitable for friends.  I suggest we all Stampinupvalentinechocolate make a valentine and remember our girlfriends!  My girls and I are going to make up Valentine treats and take them to some of the  the single ladies at church. 

Of course you can change the dimensions and the treat inside to suit you!  please email me for the dimensions on this to fit the Whittaker's chocolates.

Colours Used:  Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Whisper White

Stamp sets used:  Big on Spring or Love Owl-ways

Other:  Slit punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 5/8 grosgrain ribbon, blender pens, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

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{Quick and Easy Cards from Simply Scrappin’ Kits}

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Stampinup60cards Wow!  Can you believe you can make so many cards from one Simply Scrappin' Scrapbooking kit?!  I did include a few extra sheets of 12×12 to get sixty 4×4 cards – you can get 60 3×3 cards, though, out of a kit.  Some of the cards have added ribbon, buttons, and rub-ons, too.  The samples are done up using the Secret Garden Kit.

Stampinup60cards3 I very much enjoyed sitting and whipping these together!  It's a very economical way to create a supply of little notes for when you need a quick thank you or a card to go with a gift or a little get well in a hurry. 

One great idea:  get one of the kits (confetti is a good one to try) and spend an evening with your children making up birthday cards for them to use through the year!  Not only does this provide an economic supply of birthday cards, but also a fun family night!  Order yours Stampinup60cards2 today for 43.95!

P.S.  Of course, these are still fantastic kits for pages!  LOL!  But even when you've done a page or two or three, you can still use the leftovers to make cards such as these . . . no waste!

the bottom samples are made using the Winter Bright Kit by my eldest daughter, Madeleine.  Karen was so kind as to share with her.  But I wanted to show what she did because it shows this kit does not have to be Christmas!  There are lots of cute options!Stampinupmerrybright

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{Stampin Up Fun & Fast Notes & a hedgehog story}

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Stampinuphedgehog2 I never before thought hedgehogs were cute.

In fact, I often wondered what the fascination was with all the hedgehog stamps so popular in other brands.

Then one day, while walking to the pool, we found a baby hedgehog on the pathway, orphaned and so tiny.  And what mother can leave a baby alone? 

In the end, we had her for five days, and then she passed on, despite our best efforts to keep the baby alive.  There are a few kind ladies in Auckland who specialize in helping out hedgehogs, and Stampinuphedgehog neither of them charge a fee for their services.  So I made up a pack of these cards to send as a thank you to the ladies who drove over the try and save the baby.  It mean a lot to me and to my girls that people have such kind and generous spirits to help out the small creatures.

This card is quite straightforward, except for the scalloped frame.  Take two on the videos for a short visual tutorial!  To order your scallop edge punch, email me today!

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{A Happy Heart Easy Stampin’ Up! Valentine’s Card}

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Rivetmaleapproved Isn't this just adorable?  My challenge was to find a masculine Valentine's card that was also quick and easy – and this was just the thing. 

Stampinupahappyheart The Real Red & Chocolate Chip combination is always a winner for the male set.  And this stamp set in the Summer Mini is a set with so many possibilities – a real value for money.  The centre heart here is punched out with the 1/2 inch circle punch and the two hearts and quickly cut out with the paper snips.

The main image is stamped on one of the papers from the Notebook Designer Series Papers.  The designs on these ones are rather subdued, making them perfect for stamping while adding that little bit of extra visual interest.

This design can also be done in different colours, of course, and done up quickly for little notes for co-workers or school friends.

To book into my Valentine's Class on January 28th or to order your A Happy Heart stamp set, please email me today!

The original artist can be seen here.  Many thanks for all the talented ladies who continually provide inspiration!

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{Eastern Blooms Meets Bali Breeze .. again}

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Rivetbudgetwise I really do love this card layout.  I am partial to square cards, though.  Scroll down to see the original version (at least "my" original!) using Ginger Blossom.  Which one do you prefer?  And if you keep on scrolling, you will find a neat scrapbooking layout using these papers and these stamps in a different way.  Amazing how one can create such different looks even when using the same supplies!

Stampinupbalibreeze It's hard to see in the photos, but both projects have a special embossing powder – I like it call it irridescent ice.  Most of you own white embossing powder and most of you have our delicious clear glitter, Dazzling Diamonds.  But did you know that you can mix the two to create a sparkling embossed image?  So now you can get three looks with two very useful products.  The same recipe can be applied to any of our embossing powders.

Embossing powders are available in white, gold, silver, clear, and black for 10.95  (14g pot) and the Dazzling Diamonds glitter is 10.25 for a 14 g pot.  Email me today to order!

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{Bali Breeze Altered Tin & Custom Dyed Flowers}

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Do you recognize from where I acquired this tin? Stampinupbalibreezetin This is the tin the Hodge Podge Haredware comes in! So even when you've used up all the goodies, you've still got another project out of the purchase! I've covered the tin using the Bali Breeze papers from the Summer Mini Catalogue and the stamp images are from Rivetbudgetwise the Sale-A-Bration set, Yummy. I am looking forward to making some really cool jars and recipe projects with this set! And I think I have a few photos of babies with avacado or some such smeared all over their bodies that would suit this stamps for a nice layout . . . just a few. The

Stampinupbalibreezetin2 flowers on here were a special effort by me today. All the flowers are from the Pretties Kit – see the video below on how I coloured them up! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Besides that I need to close the dishwasher next time . .

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{I Wore My Stamps Today}

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This is an idea that I've been playing with in my head for a long time, and when I saw Embrace Life, I had to try it out!  It all started with my dear friend, Lissa, brought over a finished wall quilt that she had made for a wedding gift.  She handed me a stamp from Wonderful Words II and aske ME to stamp it on the quilt!  We were both too scared to do it, but it did plant in my head the very cool idea of stamping on fabric.  (She stamped it in the end and it worked beautifully).

As many of you know,Stampinupskirtfamily my other passion (gee, how many do I have?) is sewing.  I wasnted to make a skirt and decided to use a solid white and embellish with stamps!  Now this is really opening up some possibilities here . . . !!  Watch out – I think I can feel some fantastic handbags coming on!  And oh my, what about those quilt options?!

My dad was taking some family photos of us, and this is not a great one of either us nor the skirt, but the best one of the skirt "in action".  I took a close up so you could more detail.

Rivetbudgetwise You need to use a permanent or fabric-specific ink for this.  For my skirt, I have used the Jet Black Staz-On and heat set it with a dry iron.  Quilters and Dressmakers, I'd love to see how you  Stampinupskirt incorporate stamps into your projects!

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{Rubber Stamping Gift Idea}

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Rivetbudgetwise Not just for Christmas, this is a fun gift idea for any time of the year!

I have a dear friend who has been diagnosed with cancer.  She's been in the hospital for surgery this last week, and my dad and I resolved to visit her every day.  Each day I took in a small gift – chapstick for her dry lips, an extra blanket to keep warm, a truffle, a book Fern's-vase to read.  One of the days we took in a vase with some scented flowers to fill her space with lovliness.  I cut some flowers for her and found a little vase at an op shop.  Dad scrubbed it shiny clean, and we were ready to go.  I just added this one last detail – one of Stampin Up's rub-ons from the Cherish collection right onto the glass.  It worked beautifully!  (You get a sheet of black and a sheet of white in each pack.)  I gave it a quick coat with clear nail polish so she could wash it without it coming off, too.  Now my $2 vase is something unique and special.

Try this with little hand mirrors, glass jars, wine glasses, etc.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

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