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{Fancy Folds Valentine}

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Aren't these cute?!  I just adore this set (A Happy Heart)- so many options.  I've seen lots done with the heart in the set, but I am very partial to the tic-tac-toe board, as seen here and in previous posts.  And what an adorable background paper it would make!  This set is available until the end of March.

Stampinupprimaryvalentine This card uses no more cardstock than a traditionally folded card, but has great impact.  I designed these up to be used for a Daddy-Daughter Valentine's Party, as you can see by the invitation that was adhered to the tag. 

Colours Used:  Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  A Happy Heart  49.95

Other:  Scallop Square Punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, grosgrain ribbon

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{A Cute! Gift from Melinda}

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Rivetbudgetwise Melsstampinupchapstick I have to confess my dearest and long-timest (hate to say "oldest") friend, Melinda, sent these for my girls . . .  a long time ago!  It took me shoveling out my craft closet to find them again.  And bonus! Perfect stocking stuffers.

Aren't they adorable?!  Pefect for three little girls who love to doll themselves up.  She's a clever lady, that Melinda.  She made up this little project, too.  Now maybe if we all write to her, she might come and visit-teach us.  She's timid of airplanes, so she'll need lot of encouragment.

The stamps used here are Stampin' Up! stamps, but from a retired set.  the colours are from the Bold Brights collection.

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{Criss Cross Thank You}

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Designed by Jacqui Mitchell!  I taught this class by the seat of my pants, working it out as we went along!  I decided I should not have cropped the photo so closely so you couldn't see all the mistakes  . . .Stampingtechniques

But I do like her clean design here and the rich colour combination.  But what I really loved was her idea of stamping on the Certainly Celery printed paper!  The Thank You stamp from Lovely Labels . . is stamped in Old Olive on the paisley printed Certainly Celery papers.  You can just see the paisleys peeking through the image.  It's a cool look; I don't think to stamp on printed paper, but I like!

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{One of a Kind Hidden Panel}

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This template is a lot of fun!  All credit goes to Kayoko in Christchurch for showing Anne who showed me this technique.

The inside panels open up to reveal a hidden panel inside.  Sounds tricky, but deceptively simple once you see how it's done!  I've made a closure for this card using magnets under the One of a Kind flower medallion, an idea from Racheal.  I had to do some fiddling to get the rhinstone brad to lie flat so the magnets would stick, but with persistance, it does work!

I just love how the background worked out on this one with the Boho Background stamp and the white gel pen.  Again, this pen is the best white gel pecard classes Aucklandn on the market.  It's worth ordering!!

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{Booming with Beauty Accordian Card}

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Stampin Up Pauline, a very talented and lovely demonstrator in Napier, designed this beautiful card.  She has a style very different from my own, and I love it!

The accordion fold on this only looks tricky – it's very simple and straightforward once you get your head around how it fold together.  The stamp set used here is Bloomin' with Beauty in the Spring Mini Catalogue (sept 08-Nov 08).  The images were coloured in using sponge daubers with Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, and Apricot Appeal. 

Pauline then added a bit of Crystal Effects for a glossy, wet look on some of cardmaking classes the petals and while it was still wet, sprinkled on just a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Simple and stunning.

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{One of a Kind Gift}

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This is my Incentive Trip swap revisited.  I'm also going to use this as my Christmas cards this year – I love the idea of a little beatiful, fun card that also holds a tiny gift.  And what better than chocolate?  Okay, maybe money . . .

This little project uses the One of a Kind set and the matching punch, both of which will be deleted on November 30th.  This set wasn't really intended to be a Christmas set, but done up in the Purely Pomegranate, I think it could pass for poinsetta-like.  creative gift ideas

With the purchase of this set, I'd be happy to include complete directions for easy cardmaking stampin' Up! this card!

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{Crab & Co}

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Crab&co Another Christmas gift idea! (Don't forget your chance to win a free gift – a $20 gift voucher from me – submit your Christmas card via email today!)   Okay, I know I say it about every other set, but this one is really one of my favourites!  The sayings are so clever and I just love the fun, whimsical design.  And for even better value and versatility, team this set up with Unfrogettable.  The accessories and critters area all sized to mix and match.  Oh, I know how the wish lists go on and on!!

This is a fun project that features to pockets inside for gift vouchers, gift cards, cash, photos, chocolates, etc.  When I moved to New Zealand, I gave my dearest girlfriends each one of these with a toe ring inside because I always wear one.

The clam is stamped using our Basic Black ink, which is waterproof.  That means that it is not necessary to emboss before you watercolour!  Fantastic!  To do this project, please contact me to book into a class or for the name of a demonstrator near you!  Or do you want me to send you one of these?  Purchase a gift voucher $25 and up for yourself or a friend!  Or enter the Christmas card contest for November and win one for free!

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