Fancy Folds

{Make Your Envelope into a Card!}

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Stampinupbigboldbirthday Another cute and quick child-proof project!

The card is actually one of our stamping envelopes with a notecard slid inside.  My girls enjoy this little pattern for quick invites and for birthday cards to give to friends.

This is not my best stamping effort . . . However, you get the idea!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Cheer and Wishes

Stampinupboldbirthday Colours: Tangerine Tango, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Summer Sun

Other: 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

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{You Crack Me Up}

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Stampinupeastercard Easter is one of my favourite times of the year.  And, being raised in the Northern Hemisphere, this cooler time of year feels a bit more festive to me anyway, adding to the special time that Easter already is.

This card idea is taken from brandycox; thank you for sharing your creative ideas.  This industry has a lot of give and take, which I really appreciate especially for those times when one hits a "creative block"!

I realize that the papers here and two of the colours are now retired.  However, you can still use the idea with new papers and/or I have a few bits and pieces left here you can order if you want exactly what is shown here.

IMG_6013_edited-1 The little chicky and both sentiments are from the stamp set A Good Egg.  I coloured in chick straight with markers and then added a load of glitter.  He looks awesome!

The edge is done with the Scallop Edge Punch for a "cracked egg" look.  Just a fun card today!

Suppplies used:

Stamp sets:  A Good Egg

Colours:  Ruby Red, River Rock, Groovy Guava

Other:  Ginger Blossom Designer Series Paper, Designer Label Punch, Small Oval punch, Scallop Edge punch, Earth Elements brads, River Rock Ribbon

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{A Perfect Match}

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Petal Prints and Afternoon Tea – a perfect combination!

Stampinupneverendingcard This card is inspired by Theresa Brown's beautiful swap she gave me on the trip we won to Australia last year.  This card open four times, and then keeps going over and over.  It's aptly named the Never Ending card.  How it's done is a trick I'll keep up my sleeve for a short while and make a little video clip of it – it's one of those things that just can't be explained in writing!!

But I still wanted to show you now the front because I want you to get this set before it's gone if it's on your wish list.  Wednesday's post showed just the fill flower – today's post shows the set done two-step stamping style, with the fill done in a light colour and the outline stamped over it.

This set is designed to NOT match up – just go for it.  It will look fabulous!

Stamp sets:  Petal Prints

Colours Used:  Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi

Other: Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Afternoon Tea Designer Series Papers

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{Like it a Latte Explosion Box}

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Stampinuplikeitalattebox Oh, this is one of those retiring sets that will take me some time to part with  . . . I have used and adored these swirly images!  I am not a coffee drinker nor a big chocolate fan, but I still love the style of this set.  And it's great for little gifts for those who are!

This explosion box is one I did actually a few years ago, loving the Real Red and Chocolate Chip combination.  The word chocolate on the top fo the box is acheived by inking up just the one word on one of the sentiment stamps with a Chocolate Chip marker (gee, how many times have I written "chocolate" in this post?), and then stamping.  This is a great way to get lots of uses out of your sentment stamps – pulling a word or phrase out here and there.

Stampinuplikeitalatteboxope The foam was lots of fun!  I used Liquid Applique here and before heating it up, I sprinkled in some red microbeads and also a dash of glitter. 

The explosion box itself is a very easy template, but a cool wow! for the recipient!  I added a sachet of hot chocolate powder to this, wrapped up in the Red Gingham ribbon.

Add in loads of Chocolatey sponging, and you've got a perfect gift for a chocoholic!

Stamps Used:  Like it a Latte  (RETIRING in 12 days!  Order today!)

Colours:  Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Other:  Red gingham ribbon, Liquid Applique, red microbeads, sponges, markers

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{Kristina Werner Colour Challenge 44 Take Two}

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Annetriangle box These are some lovely projects made by by friend and downline, Anne Dil.  She doesn't have a blog (yet!), so I am happy to host her creative efforts here.  That offer stands for any of my team or customers who want to play the game!

Anne's first project is a simple box that we've nicknamed the Triangle Box.  She's used Baroque Motifs here – the most used and loved set I own.  I love how she's embossed with glitter over the word – a great detail that doesn't take too much away from the focal image.

Annebirthdaybest Her second project is a wee card made with a retiring set, Birthday Best (29.95 set of four).  The close is done with the slit punch and the background is made up with a great little set called Little Pieces (39.95 set of eight), which is also being deleted by the end of the month!  Order these two goodies before they run out!

Thanks Anne for sharing!!

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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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{Kristina Werner Colour Challenge #44}

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Brown and pink together is one of my favourite combinations – a no-fail standby.

Stampinuplikeitalatte Today has been quite cold in Auckland, although that might be because I have shorts and a singlet on, so I pulled out this hot chocolate pouch for a sample.  Pretty much everything on this project is being deleted by the end of March, so get it now if it's on your wish list!

If I have time tomorrow, I will do up a page using this colour combo as well; we'll see how much work I can get done today!

Stamp sets:  Like it a latte

Colours:  Pretty in PInk, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate chip, Purely Pomegranate

Other: Berry Bliss Designer Series Papers, Soft Subtles Eyelets, various ribbons, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, stampin' sponges

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{An Easy Mini Album or WOW card}

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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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