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{Colour Challenge #48 Eastern Blooms Scrapbooking Layout}

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Stampinupeasternbloomspage3 I found these colours very easy to work with!  Honestly, anything with Chocolate Chip comes together quickly, though.  And I am lovin’ the new In Colours!


Keeping with the Eastern Blooms theme for the week, that was the main stamp set used here.  I used every single stamp in the box!


There are four different ways of using stamps on scrapbook pages here: 


1.  Create your own background image.  How often do we need a specific something or other to go with our project and can’t find just the thing?  Here’s a very easy way to just make your own!


Stampinupeasternbloomspage2 2.  Create an embellishment strip with embossing.  I embossed those Chocolate Chip vines onto Whisper White card.  I tried it first on Baja Breeze, but it was just too “heavy” looking.  So another technique is to emboss onto Whisper white and then just sponge on ink, giving a much softer, textured finish.  I’ve left some “whiteness” here, too, to add to the effect.


3. Create your title and embellish a tag.  Just a little bit of the Kiwi Kiss was all that was needed here.  The small tag on the left hand side was also stamped.Stampinupeasternbloomspage


4. Cut out your image and add a 3D embellishment.  The arrangement of flowers in the corner add that final visual texture that changed the page from same old same old to “finished”.


I am taking bookings now for May for Stamping Classes – Layouts, cards, and off the page projects available.



Supplies used:


Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Happy Everything, Basic Phrases


Colours:  Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip


Other: Word Window Punch, White Taffeta Ribbon, brown thread, Pretties Kit

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{An Infestation of Bunnies}

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Sweetsensations  Rivetbudgetwise

As Victoria put it.Stampinupbunnies

How cute are these?  These have been floating around the net for a while now; I have no idea who to credit for the original idea – but darn quick and easy!

Stampinupbunnies3 These little bunnies have a peppermint patty inside for a fun presentation of a small treat for Easter.  A chocolate sandwich.  It doesn't get better than that!

These are made nearly entirely with Stampin' Up! punches, but you can also use the Pick a Petal set to make the ears for a matching print.  The faces are just drawn on with Stampin' Up Markers.  See, my drawing is terrible.  This is why I stamp.

I am sure there are lollies of some type that will work for this project in New Zealand.  I do have a couple bags of the peppermint patties left.  Sooo, because I cannot eat them, I will offer them up to anyone placing an order for the Pick A Petal stamp set from now until Easter or Stampinupbunnies1 until supplies last.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  None or Pick a Petal

Colours Used:  Various – we stuck to Soft Subtles – a great way to use up bits and pieces

Other: Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch punches, large and small oval punches

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{Colour Challenge and an Easy Gift Idea}

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This is a little gift idea I stole off the net a while back; I love it!

 Stampinupribbongift It's an easy little folder/pocket that has a cello bag inside filled with ribbon wrapped around four Round Tab punches.  I love that the "gift" inside can be made to totally coordinate with the project.  This is great for crafting friends without spending a bundle, either.

This project features the slit punch for the closure and also the two flowers from Office Accoutrement set, which just so happens to have shown up on the Retiring Stamp set list on Sunday.  The white border around the flower is made up of . . . the large oval punch!

Stamp sets:  Office Accoutrement, Sprinkles, So Many Sayings

Colours used:  Soft Sky, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery

Stampinupribbongift2 Other:  Large Oval Punch, Scallop Edge punch, Word Window Punch, Slit punch, Round Tab punch, brads, ribbons, soft subtle buttons

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{Simply Said Post-It Gift}

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Tricksofthetrade  Rivetgreatgiftidea

I enjoy making little gifts for people – just something a little bit more than a card but not a huge gift that creates expectations. Just a little "I love you" or "Thank you very very much" type of thing.Stampinuppostitcoaster

We made up this little gift item in class last week using post-it notes and two coasters. The stamp set used here is one that I hadn't gotten out in a while, and seeing it in ink again put a smile on my face.  Luckily, this one is staying around for another year. 

The papers an dthe punch, however, are not!  The Spring Bouquet punch is great value because you get three flowers on the one punch, all perfect for layering up as on this project.

Stampinuppostitcoaster2 Do you have a favourite gift idea?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you do!

Stamps:  Simply Said

Colours:  Basic Grey for stamping and Regal Rose, Summer Sun, and Certainly Celery

Other:  Grosgrain ribbon, Spring Fling papers, Spring Bouquet punch, Soft Subtles brads, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, coasters

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{An Easy Mini Album or WOW card}

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Moviemonday

This is a fantastic little template a lovely lady named Carrie showed to us at last year's Stampinupminialbumafttea Stampin' Up! training convention in Sydney.  I have used this quite a bit, and am pleased to hear that many of you have been as well!

One sweet customer, Lisa, told me that she made some of these up and let her daughter do all the embellishing, which is a great idea!  What young girls (we're all young, aren't we?) wouldn't enjoy that?  I'm thinking about the tween birthday party my eldest wants to have next month . . .

The first sample is one that many of you have made with me, using the Afternoon Tea Designer Series Papers and the Live Your Dreams stamp set (which is on the Bushfire Appeal list). 

The second sample uses the Le Jardin papers and the Carte Postale stamp set (both on the retired list) and the third one – you'll have to watch the movie! 

Stampinupminialbum The basics of how this goes together is in the movie (mum's tv show, as it's called at my house) because it's rather tricky to explain in print, but easy to explain with visuals.  The rest, the embellishing, is up to you!  Enjoy!

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{Oh So Lovely Tall Box}

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Another favourite Hostess Set! Oh, So Lovely has been well used at my house becuase it's the only "tall" flower in the book!  And I enjoy the look of the distressed stamp (the Creamy Caramel texture behind the flower), both with this set and mixed in with other Stampinuptall-box sets, too.  This particular stamp set will be deleted as of March 31st.

This is an invaluable template because this box uses only one measurement and no template!  You only need one sheet of A4 card to make this size, but of course, it can be made smaller and bigger, shorter and taller to suit your needs.

I teach a fun class I call "No Template Bags and Boxes".  Book yours today and receive your FREE Oh, So Lovely Stamp set! 

Stamp sets:  En Francais Background stamp, Oh, So Lovely, Occasional Greetings

Colours: Almost Amethyst, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, various markers for colouring image

Other:  Hodge Podge Clip for closure, ribbon, Dazzling Diamons glitter

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{A Happy Heart Gift Bag}

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This is a super quick and easy project shown to me by my dear friend and fellow demonstrator, Anabel Welch.

Stampinuprecipegift I wanted to give a young girl a gift for watching after my children and untangling the huge WAD of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets I had.  She enjoys baking, so I whipped up a wrapper for this cookbook for her using one sheet of the Dashing Designer Series Paper combined with the A Happy Heart Stamp set. 

And this stamp set is fantastic – I'll use this one well past Valentine's Day.  In fact, I am using it on a page for later in the week  . . . 

These are colours I would have never put together on my own, but took the inspiration from the front of the book.  I Stampinuprecipegift2 like the combination!  It's my opinion that you can find inspiration nearly anywhere.  My favourite place to look is at the fabric store or at people's clothing.  Where are your favourite place to find your inspiration?  Leave your ideas in the comments, please; I'll be interested to hear what inspires you!

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

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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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