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{Masculine Valentine Double Card}

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Rivetmaleapproved Likely the most difficult cards to design . .  masculine!  And a Valentine to boot! 

Inspired by the beautiful elements from Nicki Tidbold's swap, I set out to design a card for the men in our lives. 

IMG_5309_edited-1 I have used a double card design here for added interest.  The concept is simple – make a smaller, coordinating card and adhere to the front of Stampinupmasculinevalentine your main card, which gives you lots of room for writing love notes (or for an invitation!).  I told my ladies that were here for class that if you didn't have much to say, then just do some conveniently extra stamping inside the cards!

This card uses a neat trick with the crimper.  First, run your card through one way, turn it 90 degrees, and run it through again. Repeat until you have the texture you would like. 

Stampinupmasculineval The buckles or hinges here is the Designer Label punch turned sideways.  Love it! 

The hearts used here are great for Masculine Valentine because they are not toooo girly.  They are from the set Polka Dot Punches and you can only get this set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration (running through the end of the month) with any qualifying order or workshop.  I love the punched tin look of these stamps.  And the fact that they coordinate with the punches makes them extra easy to use!

Yes, you still have time to get this set before Valentine's Day! Email me to get yours sent out today!

Colours used:  Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate chip, Whisper White, Soft Sky

Stampin' Up Stamps Used: Sanded Background, Polka Dot Punches

Other: Crimper, jumbo eyelets, Designer Label Punch, Sponge Daubers, Double stitched ribbon

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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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{Kristina Werner #38 Baby Card}

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011309-color[1] My assignment today was to create a baby card using some of our new products, and I decided to combine it with the colour challenge for a non-traditional finish.

The products used here are the Nursery Letters jumbo wheel and the two sizes of star punches.  I based the card on Jan Tink's neat design, although I removed a few elements to make this project a bit more manageable for a class.

Stampinupbaby The wheeling is done on Pretty in Pink for a more subdued look.  I really do like the star images, both the punches and the stamps.  I think I will make a star chain on my next layout .  . stay tuned because now I've committed myself!

I really could not decide between the two ribbons – in fact I dithered over this entire project for way too long . . . so I just decided to post both and call them girl and boy.  Which do you prefer?  (the Stampinupbabygirl ribbons, not girls vs boys, please  🙂

To receive easy card making directions for this project, email me here!

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{Loads of Love in My Heart}

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Rivetmaleapproved This is just a few cute & fast little card that I made for my Uncle Bob.  He was such a dear man, a real big teddy bear.  I made and sent him this card when it was discovered he Stampinuploadsoflovebob had cancer and was in the hospital.  (I just took a photo of it before I sent it). Unfortunately, he passed away before the card even arrived.

It did bring some comfort to his wife, my Aunt Jacque, in those first few days.  It brought home to me that this hobby of ours is more than just "having a play" – we have the opportunity to bring real joy to others.

Whether it's a random I Love You, an otherwise forgotten birthday, or preserving simple memories on a page, I challenge all of us to find a way, big or small, to touch someone else this week.  Let's not just save the I Love You's for Christmas, Valentine's and Birthdays – let's make it a personal challenge to share our love for others every month, every week and every day.  We never know what kind of impact we might have on someone who just needs to know that someone cares for them.

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{Wanted Bag in a Box}

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Wanted-bag Rivetmaleapproved In giant size!!  This turned out very cool!  I wanted to give my dad this really really yummy vanilla hot chocolate (order here), and thought a giant bag in a box was the perfect presentation.

The papers are the Wanted series and the stamps are from the Wanted stamp set.  And, imagine this, they work really well together.

Now, the really perceptive people out there might wonder where I got the circle to go under the scallop punch.  Take a close look – it's two tabs from the round tab punch layered on top of each other to make a perfect circle! 

Colours are Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Really Rust, and Very Vanilla.  Contact me to order your sets today!

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{A Star in Auckland)

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Rivetmaleapproved What a great page!  Made by my team member and friend, Denise

I love the colour combination and the fun use of various star images and sets.  She's used a wheel that is traditionally a Christmas wheel, but used in purple, it becomes quite apprpriate on this non-holiday page.

StampinupstasSuch clever ladies out there!

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{Loads of Love Spinner Card}

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loads of love christmas card Another spinner card!  To see the first on, scroll down.

This is one that brings back memories from when I was a beginning stamper and an enthusiastic customer when I lived in Seattle!  I made this card at a class my demonstrator put on one year.

Loads of Love was the #1 selling stamp set in New Zealand last year (if memory serves).  It's adorable and fits most any occasion.  And there are so many different ways to colour in  . . . 

I just had a brainstorm.  Send me your favourite ways to colour in, I will compile a list, and add a page on the blog.  You can embellish and add why you like it, etc if you wish; I'll be sure to give credit, of course.  Look forward to hearing from you!

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