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{A Sweet Surprise}

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IMG_6002_edited-1 I love to showcase the talent of my friends and customers!  Thank you for all your love and support of me and my family over the years. Yes, "years" – can you believe it! Stampin' Up! has been such a blessing to me and brought such a richness to my circle of friends.

This card was a thank you gift from a dear friend in Invercargill.  This person doesn't like attention, so I won't name names, but also didn't want to take credit here either.

Thank you for all the RAK's* you give me!  Pass it on!

*Random Acts of Kindness.

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{Kristina Werner Challenge #46}

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Stampinupgoodfriend If you are coming to our big scrapbook day next weekend, Don't Look! (smiles)

My page here was a pleasure to make with the fun, new images and colour combinations!  There's just something so inspiring about having a new toy. . . which is probably why this hobby is so addictive! 

The page layout was inspired by Becky Flick at www.pagemaps.com – a great site for inspiration. I was going for clean & vivid just for something different. 

I hesitated a looooong moment before putting black legs on Ms. Bird, but I think Stampinupgoodfriendpage it looks just right in the end.  I did add a dash of yellow to the mix for the beak, because I thought a blue beak might just look like Ms. Freezing Bird rather than swimming pool bird.  What do you think?

The flowers were a cool embellishment using two sizes of oval punch.  You can even use the "off cut" centres as flowers, too, but I felt they were too visually heavy for this layout.

Stamp Sets:  Good Friend  available April 1st

Colours Used:  Riding Hood Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Barely BananaStampinupgoodfriendscrapboo Other:  B&W gingham ribbon, two sizes of the oval punches, 3/4 circle punch

Are you a scrapbooker?  or would you like to be?  Beginning and advanced scrapbooking classes available. If what you are looking for is not on the calendar, let's make a date!

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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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{New! Good Friend Altered Paint Can}

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Stampinupgoodfriendpaintcan Altered Paint Cans are a lot of fun!  I did a class with these last week, and couldn't resist using my NEW sets!  I've filled the can with chocolate eggs, and I think our little bird is quite appropriate for Easter, too.  (At the time of the class, the can was full, but I have a little six year old who has been emptying the can for me at an alarming rate – I have since put this up out of reach).

The papers used here are the Bali Breeze series, which are found in the Summer Mini Catalogue.  They are bright, but I think they were just the thing for a whimsical project like this.

The FAT ribbon is the Rose Red double sitched ribbon also in the Summer Mini Catalogue.  Do you want to know which punch was used to make that wide slot in the sides of the image?  It's the tiny Horizontal Slot punch. If you want to make a bigger slot, punch once and then side it along punching again and again until the slot is the size you want.

The felt flowers are also in the Summer Mini and match these papers perfectly, Stampinupgoodfriend2 making for quick and easy embellishments.

I have about 16 paint cans left; the first to schedule a class for these gets them!

Stamps Used:  Good Friend (available April 1st!)

Colours:  Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal, Old Olive

Other:  Bali Breeze Papers, Horizontal Slot punch, Rose Red double stitched ribbon, Felt Fusion Flowers, brads, Sticky StripStampinupgoodfriend3

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{Kristina Werner Colour Challenge Swap}

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This beautiful card is taken straight off another artist, Teneale Williams.  She is an Stampinupbrocade amazingly talented lady who does beautiful, sophisticated work.

This work of art features the Brocade Background stamp with simple lines and bold images.  I challenged my team of demonstrators to a wedding swap this month, and this was my submission. 

The hat pin, pearls and crystals comes from Stampin' Up!'s pretties kit.  Love the look!

Stamps:  Brocade Background, Together Forever

Colours:  Basic Black

Other:  Black grosgrain ribbon, pretties kit, large oval punch

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{Kristina Werner Challenge #45}

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Stampinuppaintcan Last night I did a fun class on Altered Paint Cans … but this sample is not it!  I woke up today and decided I wanted to make something for my dear husband.  And the paint can was still sitting on my desk and the Kristina Werner Challenge was a definate masculine possibility . . .

So I've made Jared a can to put on his desk.  As you can see, I've removed the paint handle and added a knob instead.  I've filled up the tin with black and white mints for those days when he has tuna for lunch.

The "enjoy" word is made using the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet and using the Stampamajig to line up the letters how I wanted them.  It works really well!

The top emblem is made up with various circles and the Seeing Spots and In the Spotlight stamp sets (both retiring).

What do you think? 

Stampinupenjoypaintcan Stamp sets used:  Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Seeing Spots, In the Spotlight

Colours Used:  Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: buttons, thread, jumbo pewter eyelets, mat pack, ribbon (brand unknown)  Stampinuppaintcan1

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