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This is one I cased right off the net.  Unfortunatley, I failed to save the link or the original artist, so I must apologize to her for that.  But it's a stunning design; she's a genius!

I have fallen head over heels in love with this bird . . . we are told that all mini catalogue items will be deleted end of November, but there is a teeny tiny chance it will end up in the new catalogue in April.  I have my fingers and toes crossed this one does; it's just a gorgeous gorgeous set.

This project features stamping on virtually just the one layer, and then a lot of layering to create the visual texture.  The raised circle embellishments are easy with the 1/2 inch circle punch.  The paper are the top is from Spring Silhouettes.

The aged look around thestampin up classes edges is achieved by sponging on Creamy Caramel ink.  This is an ink colour that I use quite often and is a good one to have in your supply.  Our sponges come round; cut them into six or eight triangle shapes to give you lots of surface areas for sponging.  It's a great technique that adds visual interest without adding more layers of card.

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{Easy No Template Bag}

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Bagsandboxes

Rivetbudgetwise Notemplatebag I think Anabel named this one the "Tall Box".  My dearest and oldest (not eldest) friend, Melinda, showed me this template donkey's years ago; it's a good old stand-by.

My preference is to do projects that require no templates because I hate to draw, trace, or maneuver anything remotely like a puzzle. 

This box is wheeled all over with It's Beautiful, a really fun design in the Spring Mini catalogue in Pretty in Pink.  The flower is from One of a Kind and also uses the coordinating punch for the little flowers.

This is exactly the same box as the one posted earlier (scroll down) done up in Real Red and Green Galore – achieving a very different look!

To schedule your NO template packaging class, email me today!

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{One of a Kind Hidden Panel}

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This template is a lot of fun!  All credit goes to Kayoko in Christchurch for showing Anne who showed me this technique.

The inside panels open up to reveal a hidden panel inside.  Sounds tricky, but deceptively simple once you see how it's done!  I've made a closure for this card using magnets under the One of a Kind flower medallion, an idea from Racheal.  I had to do some fiddling to get the rhinstone brad to lie flat so the magnets would stick, but with persistance, it does work!

I just love how the background worked out on this one with the Boho Background stamp and the white gel pen.  Again, this pen is the best white gel pecard classes Aucklandn on the market.  It's worth ordering!!

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{Make Your Own Gift Bag!}

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Bagsandboxes

This is a very neat project shown to demonstrators by Linda at convention.  I can't remember her last name, but a very lovely and warm lady!

The concept here is very simple – use your Designer Series Papers to make a perfect gift bag by just wrapping it around a box!  Slip the box out and voila! a bag ready for some stamping.

I thought the idea of the card on the front was also very clever.  Seal an envelope, slit one end open and adhere that to the front of your bag for a quick & easy pocket to insert a tag or card.  Stampin' Up!'s envelopes have the same super-smooth finish on them as the Whisper White and Very Vanilla stamping card to give your stamped imaged a clean, crisp finish. 

My friend Pauline had a brainstorm in a class one day to punch out flower to cover up little boo-boo's.  I did a really Giftpackagingcrazy thing to this bag and was so frustrated I wasn't about to start over  . . . so I took Pauline's advice and made my bag a pretty little band-aid.  It's sort of floating out of place, but a sight better than what lies underneath!

The paper used here is Fall Flowers.  The second sample is done up with Apple Cider papers – those that are being deleted as of Sunday.  This photo is a bag that was made up by my dear friend, Mirriel.  If you'd like these, get them today!Easygiftpackaging

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{Dashing Bag in a Box}

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Bagsandboxes

I've noticed in the years I have been teaching papercrafting that every Christmas there seems to be THE project everyone loves.  2009 brings us the "Rivetmaleapprovedbag in a box" for an easy gift idea.

And I love this quick project, too!  You can make two out of one sheet of our designer series papers and all the rest can be made out of scraps and bits & pieces, so easily a project that can be done for less than $1.

The Dashing paper has been so overwhelmingly popular this year! The Real Red, Old Olive, and River Rock combination is striking, festive, and still easy gift ideasslightly unexpected.

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{Booming with Beauty Accordian Card}

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Stampin Up Pauline, a very talented and lovely demonstrator in Napier, designed this beautiful card.  She has a style very different from my own, and I love it!

The accordion fold on this only looks tricky – it's very simple and straightforward once you get your head around how it fold together.  The stamp set used here is Bloomin' with Beauty in the Spring Mini Catalogue (sept 08-Nov 08).  The images were coloured in using sponge daubers with Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, and Apricot Appeal. 

Pauline then added a bit of Crystal Effects for a glossy, wet look on some of cardmaking classes the petals and while it was still wet, sprinkled on just a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Simple and stunning.

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{One of a Kind Gift}

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This is my Incentive Trip swap revisited.  I'm also going to use this as my Christmas cards this year – I love the idea of a little beatiful, fun card that also holds a tiny gift.  And what better than chocolate?  Okay, maybe money . . .

This little project uses the One of a Kind set and the matching punch, both of which will be deleted on November 30th.  This set wasn't really intended to be a Christmas set, but done up in the Purely Pomegranate, I think it could pass for poinsetta-like.  creative gift ideas

With the purchase of this set, I'd be happy to include complete directions for easy cardmaking stampin' Up! this card!

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{Scrapbooking Mini-Book Class}

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I really enjoy making these quick and easy little books!  Fill these with photos, recipes, embelishements, advice, etc.  You can make these as thick or as thin as you wish and any size.  Featured here is the Artfully Asian set, coloured in with the Stampin' Write Markers and then accented with Crystal Effects.  Crystal Effects leaves a scrapbooking classes Auckland dimensional, shiny look, making the flowers stand out and look "wet" or embossed.  The background is stamped with the Weathered background stamp, one that is overlooked but a really useful one!  It's really neat when layered with flowers if you enjoyed the aged, distressed, or heritage look.

The designer paper used here is Apple Cider, also used on a scrapbook page posted earlier in the month (scroll down for it).  These aren't colours that I would naturally think to combine . . which is one reason I love to use the papers: it makes the colour combination decision for you!  These particular papers will be retired in 6 days, so please order now!

The neat feature of this book is the double set eyelets.  This book uses four of the Stampin' Up! jumbo eyelets, so the back is as neat looking as the front. 

If you would like to make this project, contact me to set up a time.

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