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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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{Rubber Stamping Gift Idea}

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Rivetbudgetwise Not just for Christmas, this is a fun gift idea for any time of the year!

I have a dear friend who has been diagnosed with cancer.  She's been in the hospital for surgery this last week, and my dad and I resolved to visit her every day.  Each day I took in a small gift – chapstick for her dry lips, an extra blanket to keep warm, a truffle, a book Fern's-vase to read.  One of the days we took in a vase with some scented flowers to fill her space with lovliness.  I cut some flowers for her and found a little vase at an op shop.  Dad scrubbed it shiny clean, and we were ready to go.  I just added this one last detail – one of Stampin Up's rub-ons from the Cherish collection right onto the glass.  It worked beautifully!  (You get a sheet of black and a sheet of white in each pack.)  I gave it a quick coat with clear nail polish so she could wash it without it coming off, too.  Now my $2 vase is something unique and special.

Try this with little hand mirrors, glass jars, wine glasses, etc.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

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{Nadine’s Card}

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 This is a beautiful Christmas card sent to me by my good friend, Nadine.  Isn't she talented?

The base of this card is done with an acetate sheet, which are widely available.  They are a bit difficult to get folded flat, but a good bone scorer will do the job nicely.

The only thing tricky about these is you have to be a bit sneaky about where you hide your adhesive . . but it's a project sure to get a wow from your friends!

Nadine's-cardThanks, Nadine!

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{Graceful Words Scrapbooking Page Challenge}

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I was so excited about this colour combination – I love combining colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.  I'm sure there's a name for that.  Analagous?

120908-ci34[1]Stampinupgracefulwordspage I had several ideas for this one and couldn't wait to get started, but nothing came together like I envisioned.  So I've ended up with something totally different.  That's okay – the other ideas will work with another colour scheme and on another day.

The first element I thought of with these colours was hydrangeas – my most favourite flower ever.  I pulled out this gorgeous pictures of my youngest daughter and added pastels (chalks) to highlight the hydrangeas in her hand.  (I believe those hydrangeas were actually pale green, but with the magic of tinting your photos, they can be any colour you want!).  If you already own the Stampin Up pastels, here's another fantastic use for them.  If not, then put them on your wish list for January because there's a big sale coming . . .

Stampinupgracefulpage These papers are from the one and only scrapbook show I've attended in the states. I took a class taught by the designer and just loved these. My friend, Melinda, who went with me, thought they were awful, so I ended up with her lot as well.  She's got two boys anyway, so just as well.

I've used bits from the Pretties Kit here, the half back pearls on the corners and in the flowers specifically.  These flowers Stampinupscrapbookgraceful are technically prima flowers, but the hydrangeas from the pretties kit can easily be dyed to match the plum and blues of this theme.

The only stamping I've done is at the bottom and came out a bit more pale than I wanted.  The word grace is from a beatiful set called Graceful Words, one that is retired and I am never parting with mine.  You'll have to come over and borrow it then.

Questions?  Feel free to contact me any time!

A Daughter's Gift
Author: Robert Sexton
When I imagine
the life you will live,
I think of the pleasure
your presence will give.

I see the joy your smile will light
and the wonders you'll weave
when your dreams take flight.

I feel the hope
that will grow with your grace
and the difference you'll make
to each heart you embrace.

I imagine your life
as I know it will be;
for, my daughter, you've given
all this to me.

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{A Christmas Star Ornament}

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This was a neat project sniffed out and sent to me by the lovely Jane.  The possibilities are endless with this one!  I very much like the idea of attaching this to a card and letting Rivetbudgetwise the recipent remove for an ornament/gift in one.

Change the colours around to make poinsettas, stars & flowers.  Add metallic Stampinuptagflowerembossing and more layers for an even more stunning look.

So this star is made using the two tag punches and vellum.  You can use either paper vellum or cardstock vellum and stamp it or not, as you choose.  I did stamp mine with En Francais in River Rock, but it's not showing very well in the photo.  Again this is such an easy, quick project, it's perfect for children.  For complete directions,email me.

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