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{Simply Said Post-It Gift}

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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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{Time Well Spent . . . is nearly gone!}

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This set has been a favourite with my hostesses – just about five weeks left and it will be deleted!

Stampinuptimewellspent I don't use a lot of blue in my work naturally; so this one was a little stretch for me.  The yellow card is Barely Banana, but the yellow ink is Summer Sun.  Barely Banana and Summer Sun are the same yellow, just a shade and a tint of each other.

Using lights and darks of the same colour is an effective way to get some visual depth without creating extra contrast or "busy-ness" to a project.  To further that idea, I used vellum for one of my layers because it didn't add any colour.

The clips in the Hodge Podge kits are another easy way to add just a bit of ribbon.  It adds a lot of texture and colour without costing much, either, because you only use a few centimetres of ribbon.

To earn your free hostess set, consider booking a workshop with me!

Stampinuptimewellspent2 Stamps: Time Well Spent, Simply Said, Everyday Flexible Phrases

Colours: Ballet blue, Barely Banana, Summer Sun, Basic Black

Other:  Hodge Podge Clip, grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, vellum, mat pack, sponge dauber

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{Chipboard Accents Techniques}

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Stampinupsomethingfishy3 Are you like me?  Do you sometimes pick up those chipboard pieces and wonder what to do with them?

I fiddled with these last week and came up with a result with which I am very pleased.  (Eldest daughter Madeleine "helped" me by telling me when it looked bad).  I used this technique on the title of my Sun Fun scrapbook page.  And, of course, chipboard is an easy accessory for those tricky masculine projects.

See below for the tutorial of what I did; Stampinupsomethingfishy2  this is just the basics – the possibilites are endless!  See here for the tutorial on how I did the flowers for this page.

I'd love to see how you use your chipboard!  Besides embossing, some other ideas are:

1. cover with designer series paper

2. cover with versamark and pastels

3. stamp straight onto the board itself

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{Quick and Easy Valentine’s Spinner Card}

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Spinner cards are so quick and easy!  This was one of the several fabulous projects we did at our Extravaganza in Auckland on Saturday.

Stampinuppolkadotspinner The photograph does not do this one justice because it's a project you need to pick up and play with!  The flower image spins rapidly from side to side, adding a fun, WOW element to your card.

The stamp set used here is the Polka Dot Punches set, one of the four FREE sets you can earn during Sale-A-Bration.  I love how easily this is punched out with the five petal flower punch!  The cute sentiment is from the Yummy set, another Freebie during February!

The slot is made using the Word Window Punch. Yes, you can make the punch images bigger!  Now that might get the wheels Judy turning . . .

There are more Extravaganza's scheduled in February; please check my calendar for one near you!

Colours used: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White

Stamp sets used: Polka Dot Punches, Yummy

Other:  Berry Bliss paper, Word Window Punch, Five Petal Flower Punch, Scallop Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Soft Subtles Buttons, Linen Thread

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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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{Ginger Blossom Meets Eastern Blooms}

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This project is a take-off of a gorgeous Christmas card I cased off the net two years ago, Stampinupeasternblooms which just goes to show that you can take any project, change the colours, change the images, rotate the layout and come up with something new! 

I just love how this turned out – the rich colours here really appeal to me.  The stamp set here is Eastern Blooms, which is fast becoming my "go to" stamp set and the papers are Ginger Blossom, both of which can be ordered  through me until March 31st.

This card features the embossing technique and also the Whisper White stamp pad.  You can see the difference pretty easily – the focal image is embossed and the corner image is stamped without embossing.  And the hodgepodge hardware here in Antique Copper adds a nice colour depth for a finish.  (Plus, use them up so you can make tin like the one below!)

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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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