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{Colour Challenge #36}

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123008-colors[1] This week's colour challenge was easy for me with three daughters!  Give me pink, and I have thousands of photos to fit!  Really, when I do laundry, I can easily do a full load of just "pink"!!

These photos are some of my favourites of my two eldest daughters.  My father is an ameteur photographer, and he sat them down for a silly photo shoot by an old, rotten fence (Gee, it looks like the fence on my driveway).

Stampinupwildrosepage The papers here are from Daisy D's.  They came already distressed, but I did add a bit more on the cut edges. I just love the look of antiquing and distressing combined with subtle colours and feminine elements.  And, as always, I just adore lots of layers and visual textures with ribbons and stitching.

The stamp sets used here are Wild Rose and Blossoms Abound.  Wild Rose produces such an amazing result with Stampinupwildrose2 little effort.  I masked the flower here to put on the greenery.

This was a lot of fun – give me pink and I know just what to do!Stampinupwildrose3

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{Sofie’s contribution to the Colour Challenge}

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See the above post for the Colour Challenge this week.

IMG_5763_edited-1 It's school holidays, so in order for me to get my page done, I had to find a way to occupy Miss Sofie as well.  I gave her the four colours in cardstock  and she had her go.  The glitter heart paper I gave her for Christmas was a "must", according to her.  "Pop Up cards – when you open them, something puffs up", says Sofie. 

Sofie is six years old. 

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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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{Christmas Cards for Me!}

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Stampinupxmas08 Here are just a few samples of some of the lovely Christmas cards I received this year.  Thank you so much to all who thought of me and took the time to send me a holiday greeting!  It's the people in my world that make my life so good!!

The artists here are Karen Rogers, June Abbott, and Hannah Pham.

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{A Cute! Gift from Melinda}

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Rivetbudgetwise Melsstampinupchapstick I have to confess my dearest and long-timest (hate to say "oldest") friend, Melinda, sent these for my girls . . .  a long time ago!  It took me shoveling out my craft closet to find them again.  And bonus! Perfect stocking stuffers.

Aren't they adorable?!  Pefect for three little girls who love to doll themselves up.  She's a clever lady, that Melinda.  She made up this little project, too.  Now maybe if we all write to her, she might come and visit-teach us.  She's timid of airplanes, so she'll need lot of encouragment.

The stamps used here are Stampin' Up! stamps, but from a retired set.  the colours are from the Bold Brights collection.

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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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{Always Time for You}

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Rivetgreatgiftidea Coasterboxes I had a lot of fun making these!  This year my eldest daughter and I combined efforts and made coaster boxes and gift bags for the Stampin Up demonstrators on my team and for a few friends.  Madeleine did most of the colouring, employing the waterbrush and markers on the boxes.  Tip:  When you use watercolour paper, you can add colour with the markers and then spread the colour with the watercolour brush to acheive the painted look.  It's quite time-effective and easy enough for even a ten Coasterboxdetail year old to master.

The bags were coloured using the ink pads and a blender pen, again another easy technique to create an image that matches the project perfectly

The stamp set here is a new one from the Summer Mini Catalogue called Time for You for $39.95.  A matching wheel is also available.

The papers are the three new collections Stampinupafternoonteabox from the Summer Mini Catalogue – Bali Breeze, Ginger Blossom, and Afternoon Tea.  I love them!  Which is your favouorite?  Mine, at the moment, is Ginger Blossom.

I filled each box or bag with bits and pieces; chocolates, special project things from the usa, ink pads, ribbons, and the like.  It made for a very colourful display!  My three girls were begging to have one!  So I let them make their own that afternoon, which they then filled with chocolates and gave to their Sunday School Teachers.

This was my small token of appreciation to my team.  Thank you for all your hard work, your patience, your friendship to each other, and thank you for being part of my life.  Merry Christmas to everyone!

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{What did you do with your ornaments?}

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This is a photo sent to me by one of my stamp club member, Victoria.  I thought it was a beautiful shot of her tree and what she did with our stamp club ornaments!

How gorgeous would it be to have a tree full of those angels and some twinkling lights . . .

Victoria's ornamentsAnd below is a picture of what the same lovely lady gave to me for Christmas.  She spoils me!  Right after I took this picture, the girls and I ate up all the IMG_5463_edited-1 homemade cookies inside!

Thanks for sharing, Victoria; I always love to see what people come up with!

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