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{Quick and Easy Cards from Simply Scrappin’ Kits}

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Stampinup60cards Wow!  Can you believe you can make so many cards from one Simply Scrappin' Scrapbooking kit?!  I did include a few extra sheets of 12×12 to get sixty 4×4 cards – you can get 60 3×3 cards, though, out of a kit.  Some of the cards have added ribbon, buttons, and rub-ons, too.  The samples are done up using the Secret Garden Kit.

Stampinup60cards3 I very much enjoyed sitting and whipping these together!  It's a very economical way to create a supply of little notes for when you need a quick thank you or a card to go with a gift or a little get well in a hurry. 

One great idea:  get one of the kits (confetti is a good one to try) and spend an evening with your children making up birthday cards for them to use through the year!  Not only does this provide an economic supply of birthday cards, but also a fun family night!  Order yours Stampinup60cards2 today for 43.95!

P.S.  Of course, these are still fantastic kits for pages!  LOL!  But even when you've done a page or two or three, you can still use the leftovers to make cards such as these . . . no waste!

the bottom samples are made using the Winter Bright Kit by my eldest daughter, Madeleine.  Karen was so kind as to share with her.  But I wanted to show what she did because it shows this kit does not have to be Christmas!  There are lots of cute options!Stampinupmerrybright

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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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{Stampin Up Scrapbooking Sweet & Silly}

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Today was an enjoyable day in my craft room, despite the constant bickering in the background . . .

The colour challenge today was r012009-colors[1]eally a challenge!!  I don't prefer to use such stark colours in my pages, but I applied a colour principle here- there is a certain technique to use when the colours are bright or you don't really like them together . . can you guess what it is?  Email me with your ideas and I will give a pack of dimensionals to the first person who can read my mind!  The answer and any other Stampinupscrapbookpage39 good suggestions posted next week.

I've also combined this challenge with a sketch challenge found on http://www.pagemaps.com/ - a fun resource for layout inspiration!

The stamps used here are Wild About You, a favourite of almost everybody.  It's such a cute set for children and mixes nicely with flowers, too.  Most of the flowers are punched using just the one punch, Spring Bouquet.  One can get a lot of looks with that one purchase!  And can you see the scallop edge used here?  I did go all the way across, but in the end, only a bit peeped out.

I have also used a cuttlebug folder on the textured Real Red card (what a cool look with two textures!), miscellaneous ribbon, and buttons and brads to match.  I have also added beads to the flowers, as you can see in the close up.  Beads can be Stampinupscrapbookpage2 adhered using Stampin up's Crystal Effects- just give it plenty of time to dry.

The fonts are done with the old sizzlits.  I know, I know, I must be archaic!!  They are script font and the Monkey Business font.  They may be old-fashioned, but they still work great and I am a sucker for cool fonts.

  Only when I was nearly finished did it occur to me that these colours would make the perfect ladybug layout . . .OH, well, next time someone remind me!  I have such a thing for ladybugs; who Stampinupscrapbookpage4 knows why it didn't cross my mind earlier.

I have spent the Christmas holiday sorting through photos (throwing out hundreds of old boyfriends – don't need to go there), so now I am ready to roll this year with lots of pages!

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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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{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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{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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{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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{Bali Breeze Altered Tin & Custom Dyed Flowers}

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Do you recognize from where I acquired this tin? Stampinupbalibreezetin This is the tin the Hodge Podge Haredware comes in! So even when you've used up all the goodies, you've still got another project out of the purchase! I've covered the tin using the Bali Breeze papers from the Summer Mini Catalogue and the stamp images are from Rivetbudgetwise the Sale-A-Bration set, Yummy. I am looking forward to making some really cool jars and recipe projects with this set! And I think I have a few photos of babies with avacado or some such smeared all over their bodies that would suit this stamps for a nice layout . . . just a few. The

Stampinupbalibreezetin2 flowers on here were a special effort by me today. All the flowers are from the Pretties Kit – see the video below on how I coloured them up! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Besides that I need to close the dishwasher next time . .

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