A sweet and pretty Easter | Playful Pals

I thought long and hard for approximately three seconds about adding the Playful Pals stamp set and co-ordinating Thinlits to my Occasions Catalogue pre-order back in December when I placed it.

So many stamps, so many possibilities and SO MUCH CUTE, all in the one (15% discounted!) bundle...

I had in mind that I wanted to create some sweet and simple Easter gifts for my workmates at my new job, but with only working there one day per week, I had to get myself organised well enough in advance that I was ready to deliver them this past Friday.

If you know me at all, you would know that "organised well in advance" is not ordinarily a phrase that applies to me, but I'll have you know I got them done and delivered and I do rather love them...

Stamps:   Playful Pals, Rotary Alphabet Stamp   Paper:   Glassine Sheets, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Watercolour Paper   Ink:   Basic Black Archival, Blushing Bride   Accessories:   Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Pyramid Pals Thinlits, Banners Framelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Crystal Effects, Bow Paper Clips Embellishments, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Clear, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Playful Pals, Rotary Alphabet Stamp Paper: Glassine Sheets, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Watercolour Paper Ink: Basic Black Archival, Blushing Bride Accessories: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Pyramid Pals Thinlits, Banners Framelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Crystal Effects, Bow Paper Clips Embellishments, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Clear, Stampin' Dimensionals

I had originally thought I would use the Pyramid Pals Thinlits to create little gift boxes, but with a new pack of the Glassine Sheets just arrived in a recent order, I was bursting to give them a go, and it turns out that the come up delightfully as a little treat bag! Plus they fit more mini eggs #winning

Place an order for the Playful Pals Bundle in the next ten days (and no later!) and you can take your pick of free products from the soon to be defunct Sale-a-bration brochure or the second Sale-a-bration supplement.

Remember to add the host code to your order, and you will also be sharing this month's Stampin' Spoils! I'm thinking that I will include a pack of the adorable Bow Paper Clips Embellishments this month - they are the sweetest!

What are you creating for Easter this year? I would love know what you're up to. And not just so I can get a headstart on next year and continue in the "organised well in advance" vein #promise #maybejustabit

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Tokyo bound, with gifts!

As I sit here, it's just around 12 hours from the time when I will be checking in to board a flight to Tokyo with my high school bestie and having written lists, packed a suitcase and printed boarding passes, I'm finally actually starting to believe that it's happening!

We planned it almost by accident several months ago, when we were saying how much fun it would be to visit Japan together, she being a Japanese teacher with many, many visits under her belt, and me having lived and worked there over *ahem* two decades ago. From there, all of a sudden airlines seemed to be having specials, husbands were encouraging and we were booking flights!

So starting tonight, for a week, we're heading off on #japanuary16 and I couldn't be more excited! Despite having lived in Japan for the best part of a year as a 19 year old, I never actually made it to Tokyo - the closest I got was to look North-East from the summit of Mount Fuji - so it's a bit of a treat to be heading back to so many sights, sounds and smells that will be fresh and familiar all at once!

You might be aware that Stampin' Up! landed in Japan a couple of years ago and never one to miss out on an opportunity to seek out a stamper or seven, I got in touch with the manager of the Tokyo office and will be visiting while I'm there. Yukiko-san graciously invited me to pop in on a day when a number of Japanese demonstrators are scheduled to attend some training, so I will get to visit with a few of them and maybe brush up on my slightly underused Japanese conversation skills at the same time...

I'm hopeful that Yukiko hasn't stumbled across my blog from my signature in the emails that we have been exchanging, as I'm about to share the little gifts that I'm going to take with me...

Yukiko-san, please avert your eyes now, if you happen to be reading...!

The first one is a little frame that I made with the gorgeous Sale-a-bration set Flowering Fields. I love that this set is based on Australian flora - perfect for an international gift...

Stamps:   Flowering Fields (SAB)   Paper:   Watercolor Paper, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White   Ink:   Basic Black Archival, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Calypso Coral   Accessories:   Bigshot, Greetings Thinlits, Triple Banner Punch, Rotary Alphabet Stamp, Linen Thread, Blender Pens, Crystal Effects

Stamps: Flowering Fields (SAB) Paper: Watercolor Paper, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White Ink: Basic Black Archival, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Calypso Coral Accessories: Bigshot, Greetings Thinlits, Triple Banner Punch, Rotary Alphabet Stamp, Linen Thread, Blender Pens, Crystal Effects

Each of the flowers and leaves is dotted with Crystal Effects to bring a bit of shine and dimension to the images, but it's a bit difficult to make out in the pictures without the glass in the frame reflecting crazily. It's a bit easier to see outside of the frame...

Next up, a cute box filled with chocolate versions of Australia's favourite cuddly marsupial, the Caramello Koala...

Stamps:   Flowering Fields, Crazy About You   Paper:   Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Wildflower Fields (SAB)   Ink:   Basic Black Archival, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive   Accessories:   Tag a Bag Gift Boxes, Bigshot, Deco Labels Framelits, Circle Framelits, Linen Thread

Stamps: Flowering Fields, Crazy About You Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Wildflower Fields (SAB) Ink: Basic Black Archival, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive Accessories: Tag a Bag Gift Boxes, Bigshot, Deco Labels Framelits, Circle Framelits, Linen Thread

The Tag a Bag Gift Boxes are perfect for all manner of sweet treats, and for your future Caramello Koala giving reference, 18 of the little fellas fit snugly into the box.

Here's the gift ensemble...

While my online access on the ground in Tokyo will be limited to how many Starbucks stops we make (hello, coffee and free WiFi!) I'm hopeful that I will be able to get some photos with some of the Japanese demonstrators to share here once I'm home (or logged into Facebook or Instagram in the various aforementioned coffee shops) I'm also excited to check out the Japanese take on some of my favourite products to see how similar/different they might be!

In the meantime, Sale-a-bration rages on, along with the spunky new Occasions Catalogue!

Both the stamp set and Designer Series Paper used in my projects today are available as a FREE item with every $90 in your order. Don't forget, your order can be made up of any combination of Annual or Occasions Catalogue items, as well as products featured in the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack, so get more bang for your buck by checking out the specials and earning FREE Sale-a-bration items at the same time!

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Sayonara for now!

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Thankful for this guy and this year...

Recently, I've been looking back at this past year and thinking that a year ago, we'd never have imagined things looking the way they currently do for our family. We're not ones to fix things that aren't broken and tend to stick fairly closely to what we know, knowing that what we do and have is more than enough and finding happiness and love in family, friends and simple things.

In May this year, our version of normal was somewhat disrupted by the company that my handsome man worked for announcing a restructure, requiring that he and everybody else at his level reapply for their jobs. In Tim's case, and that of many others, it was a job that he had worked his way up to over a nineteen year career, having started at entry level as a fresh-faced 20-something.

After a process that took months in time and a fair share of anxious "what ifs", it ended up with my husband taking a redundancy and finishing up there in early October. For someone that loved his job and the folks that he worked with, I can't imagine what it would have been like to leave the only 'real' job you've ever known, in an industry that has no other options in our immediate area. But what I DO know is that I am married to the most amazing man who has been more concerned about those around him in similar positions than he ever has been for himself.

And for THAT, I am truly thankful.

I have always thought that we had a pretty awesome marriage, but we've never really been tested out in terms of facing much in the way of challenges until this year.  We always thought his job was pretty safe, and it was. Until it wasn't. And when that door closed and there weren't any others around that he could knock on with the industry specific experience that he had, there were a few moments of disquiet spent wondering "where to from here...?" He has always been the calm and positive one in our partnership, and I have managed to learn much from him over the past 17 years, so it wasn't the panic-stricken, stress-ridden situation that it might have been, had I been processing and dealing with it in the way I might have in the past.

And for THAT, I am truly thankful.

And as it turns out, a couple of weeks after saying goodbye to his previous career, an opportunity for something entirely new presented itself. Three interviews, a job offer and signed contract later and we're standing on the edge of something new and exciting that we would not have conceived of at the beginning of this year.

And for THAT, I am truly thankful.

Just this past Wednesday was his first day on the job, and it was with excitement that our little family gathered on Tuesday evening for "family squeeze" - a funny and sweet little ritual that has evolved in our family and involves all four of us piling onto our bed and snuggling, chatting and just hanging out together. The girls and I used the opportunity of "family squeeze" to give Tim a little good luck gift for his first day - a new tie that we'd picked out for him, a family photo to put on his new desk and a card, just to make sure he knew how much we love and appreciate him...

Because for HIM, and his approach to life, I am truly thankful.

Stamps:   Endless Thanks, Layered Letters Alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge   Paper:   Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon   Inks:   Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Crumb Cake   Accessories:   Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Layered Letters Alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon Inks: Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Crumb Cake Accessories: Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, 3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps:   Endless Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge   Paper:   Lost Lagoon   Ink:   Mossy Meadow, Real Red   Accessories:   Tag a Bag Gift Box,     Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection, Big Shot, Tags & Labels Framelits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, Burlap Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Lost Lagoon Ink: Mossy Meadow, Real Red Accessories: Tag a Bag Gift Box, Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection, Big Shot, Tags & Labels Framelits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 3/4" Circle Punch, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, Burlap Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

The tie was dutifully added to his first day attire, and the card and frame transported to his new desk - I actually had to ask him to bring them home again on the second day so that I could photograph them for this post... *giggle* In testament to how well he knows me, the gift box that held the tie was delivered to my craft desk immediately after opening so I could use it again for a different project...

Did you recognise the Project Life cards on the card and gift tag? As well as making your memory keeping super simple and productive, the designs on Project Life cards make them the perfect quick addition to your cards and other projects, as well as keeping all important co-ordination intact.

This Creation Station blog hop is brought to you with the theme of "THANKFUL", so to continue in the grateful groove, click on the NEXT or BACK buttons to check out what the rest of the team has to inspire you with! We've had a plethora of new members join recently, so there's inspiration a-plenty...!

And just because I can, here's a first day photo - usually reserved for the school variety - of the new tie seeing its first service on my handsome man's first day!

Thanks for hopping by today and I hope you have a lot to be thankful for yourself *mwah*

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Kraft gift bags, lots of ways!

This week's Creation Station blog hop topics gave us the option of using single stamps or creative ways to use the different bags that we have available in our gift packaging section of the catalogue. Seeing as my most recent team day focused on the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the creations that we made that day.

Everyone got a pack of the bags, as well as some of the beautiful English Garden Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, all of which featured in the projects. The idea was to show that the bags can be used in a variety of ways and with a variety of other products, including embossing folders, decorative masks, Framelits, and the Simply Scored Board  to mix the projects up a bit.

First up, we made a set of note cards and envelopes...

The    Brick Wall Embossing Folder    adds great texture and interest to the bag and the    note cards and envelopes    are popped inside for a sweet and simple gift idea

The Brick Wall Embossing Folder adds great texture and interest to the bag and the note cards and envelopes are popped inside for a sweet and simple gift idea

A    Circle Framelit    cuts a neat window out of this bag, and a    cellophane bag    inside holds simple gift tags punched from the    English Garden Designer Series Paper   . The spotty mask from the    Dots and Stripes    pack, along with    Whisper White craft ink    adds some fun decoration

A Circle Framelit cuts a neat window out of this bag, and a cellophane bag inside holds simple gift tags punched from the English Garden Designer Series Paper. The spotty mask from the Dots and Stripes pack, along with Whisper White craft ink adds some fun decoration

These novelty bags were created with a gusset using the    Simply Scored Board    so that they can stand up on their own, filled with treats!

These novelty bags were created with a gusset using the Simply Scored Board so that they can stand up on their own, filled with treats!

In this fun album project, the Kraft bags were used as album pages, alternating with different patterns of the    English Garden DSP    and stapled together at the left. The little tabs that are poking out on the right are attached to pieces of    Whisper White cardstock    that are added pages inserted into the bags.

In this fun album project, the Kraft bags were used as album pages, alternating with different patterns of the English Garden DSP and stapled together at the left. The little tabs that are poking out on the right are attached to pieces of Whisper White cardstock that are added pages inserted into the bags.

It was so much fun discovering different ways to use the combination of products and especially ways to use the bags to get a variety of uses out of them. I hope you might be inspired to look at the bags a bit differently and discover the multitude of ways they can be used.

It's time to continue on with the hop now and see what the other gals have in store for you you...

Thank for popping in and happy hopping!

Happy Homemade Easter!

It's a lazy Easter Monday in my house, with jammies until lunch time, music wafting from the radio and colouring in at the kitchen table being the order of the day *love*

It follows a lovely Easter weekend of catching up with both sides of our family, lots of eating, egg hunting, gifting and general hanging out with our fave people.

I am generally a bit of a self-professed non-cooking type, but am probably a bit hard on myself in that way. I don't mind pottering in the kitchen, but I can't help but see it as a bit of a chore a lot of the time. I am a fan of eating well and nourishing the little bodies that I'm responsible for, however, and have been doing a lot of reading and following of different articles, blogs and Facebook pages in recent times with regard to the best way of obtaining and maintaining good health through food.

With this in mind, my lazy weekend did involve several stints in my tiny cramped kitchen churning out some nourishing alternatives to standard Easter fare. It seems these days that as soon as one holiday is over, the next one appears with gusto in terms of marketing opportunities, and to that end, no sooner had the half price Christmas decorations been cleared away, than hot cross buns in all of their fruit/no fruit/choc chip varieties were filling every supermarket shelf.

My little family - with my handsome man firmly taking the lead - are demons for a hot cross bun, and with the aforementioned propensity for them to be available from January until April, they seem to be eating them for a good quarter of the year. This year, I discovered a fabulous alternative, so have made several batches of these over the past few weeks, to the delight and applause of the hot cross bun fiends in my family. 

At the risk of it seeming as though this has suddenly turned into a cooking blog, I also found a great recipe for homemade chocolate and took some along to the different family festivities that we went along to, packaged up prettily of course...

Stamps:   Crazy about You   Paper:   Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe   Ink:   Calypso Coral   Accessories:   Hearts Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags, Cellophone Bags, Burlap Ribbon, Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, 2014-16 In-Color Clothespins, Basic Rhinestone Jewels

Stamps: Crazy about You Paper: Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe Ink: Calypso Coral Accessories: Hearts Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags, Cellophone Bags, Burlap Ribbon, Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon, 2014-16 In-Color Clothespins, Basic Rhinestone Jewels

Actually, I lie. The first lot that I took along to the chilli/pepper crabs Good Friday feast at my in-laws place was packaged up as pictured. Yesterday, I took a second batch to my folks' place, but given that I had only just made it that morning, I was concerned that it wasn't quite set enough to package up, so took it in the dish that I made it in. Which worked out quite well, as it turns out, as no sooner did it appear, than it was finished off between my dad and brother in front of the AFL match of the day on the telly. Inhaled within minutes, saving me various embellishments in the process :-D

The Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags are part of this week's Weekly Deals and I LOVE them. Kraft in colour, polka dotted, perfectly sized for all manner of gift giving opportunities and only $5.21 (until Tuesday!) for a pack of 10.

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Thanks for sharing my weekend kitchen indulgences! If you're a bit of a wellness warrior yourself, feel free to send any good recipes my way, I'm always on the lookout for yummy wholefood options.

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MDS Monday - Surround Yourself...

I'm a sucker for a good inspirational quote.  My Facebook friends often bear the brunt of my sharing - I can't help but spread the joy when I find a good one, especially if it looks good too.

Mostly though, I share so that I can find my favourites later for myself.  Oftentimes I look back through my own feed to see some of the inspirational words that have struck a chord with me one time or another and I always find them to be good reminders for myself and of the person I want to be.

This is one that I actually found on the feed of one of my favourite Instagram accounts, and I loved it so much that I wanted it to be something I could cast my eyes upon frequently, without having to search for it first...

There is actually very little in the way of MDS content involved here - a background and a swirl or two at the most - it is primarily made up of different fonts that I have downloaded from the internet and installed on my computer.

I have always loved typography, so fonts are a definite "thing" of mine...

One of the most fun things about fonts, apart from the vast array of different types of lettering you can get, are the ones that are referred to as Dingbats - little picture icons that are designated to keyboard letters, so you can "write" in pictures.

The banner shape that houses the words "with the" at the top of my project is an example of this, and it comes from a font named KG Flavor and Frames Seven...

Another of my favourites that is perfect for the chalkboard style swirls and swashes is Bergamot Ornaments...

One of my aims for my house one day is to have a wall of framed beauty - a combination of word art, photos and pretty things that I get to look at every day that make my heart sing.

Which is a bit of an irony, considering that one of my favourite quotes is..

There are seven days in a week and someday isn't one of them

Perhaps that one should be my next frame-able project...

Hook me up with your favourite quotes on all things positive and inspirational.  And fonts - I'm always on the lookout for fabulous fonts...

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Weekly Deals - today's the day + new Clearance Rack additions!

Weekly Deals day has come around again and there's another selection of great products available at even greater prices...

I am a huge fan of the Gift Bow Bigz Die - so simple to create perfectly gorgeous bows in any number of colours and patterns, as well as the option to play around with it to make single bows, double bows and more!

Inspired by a project that I found on Shelli's blog (along with a good many other examples of ways to use the die), and helped along by an instructional video by a US demonstrator, I created this sweet gift card holder...

Stamps:   Chalk Talk   Paper:   Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Black, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper   Ink:   Versamark   Accessories:   Gift Bow Bigz Die, Chalk Talk Framelits,  Large Scallop Edgelit,  White Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder

Stamps: Chalk Talk Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Black, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper Ink: Versamark Accessories: Gift Bow Bigz Die, Chalk Talk Framelits, Large Scallop Edgelit, White Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder

I love how it looks like a sweet gift box, then when you open the sumptuously embellished flap at the top...

...out pops the gift card!

My big girl has been invited to no less than four birthday parties next month, so I can see this particular project coming in handy - I find gift vouchers to be a handy solution for "tweenage" girl gifts, and being able to package it up in a sweet and decorative way is a definite bonus.


While you're visiting the Weekly Deals page in my online store, you might want to swing by the Clearance Rack too - new products have been added, and there are some crackers!  

Unlike Weekly Deals, which we know are available at the discounted price for a whole week, the Clearance Rack is a strictly "while stocks last" affair, so if you see something you like, I would suggest you move on it swiftly...

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MDS Monday - cute and custom baby gift

Since just over a year ago when MDS became available in the South Pacific market of Stampin Up!, one of the things I have loved using it for the most has been custom gifts.

I recently had the opportunity to do just this with the birth of a handsome little man to one of the girls in my stampin' team.

With advertising signs and product logos in mind, I hit up Google Images for inspiration in the way of "Established...." signs and suddenly had no end of possibilities for a sweet onesie for the little guy...

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It's mostly made up of a combination fonts using the text tool and different punch shapes layered up on top of each other, and the little ship was the perfect decorative addition since his dad is a Navy fella.

Printed onto fabric transfer paper and cut out with the perfectly sized, co-ordinating Starburst Framelit, a quick iron and we were good to go!

I used the same little boat on the co-ordinating card, this time colouring it in using the image colouring tool in MDS - think markers, in digital...!

Stamps:   MDS - Nursery Alphabet Images   Paper:   Naturals White, Early Espresso, Neutrals Patterns DSP, Pool Party, I Am Me, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Whisper White   Accessories:   Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch

Stamps: MDS - Nursery Alphabet Images Paper: Naturals White, Early Espresso, Neutrals Patterns DSP, Pool Party, I Am Me, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Whisper White Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch

I printed it twice - once on a layer with the "congratulations" greeting printed in a circle around the edge, and once to cut and layer up for extra dimension.

I packaged it up in a sweet box with a co-ordinating tag...

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And when she opened it up, it would have looked a little something like this...

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Easter bunny girl and boy!

Following on from yesterday's Easter themed post about classmate gifts, I thought I'd follow up today by sharing what my girls took in for their teachers.

I bought them each a gold Lindt Bunny (this brand of chocolate is a personal fave!) and packaged them up in a little bag/basket each...

Stamps:   Secret Garden, Teeny Tiny Sentiments   Ink:   Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip   Paper:   Natural Composition Specialty DSP, Whisper White   Accessories:   Oval Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Large Rhinestones

Stamps: Secret Garden, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Ink: Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip Paper: Natural Composition Specialty DSP, Whisper White Accessories: Oval Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Large Rhinestones

I used the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper to create the boxes, using half a sheet (6" x 12") for each one.

The dimensions of the bunny were such that half a sheet of the card stock didn't allow for any overlap at the side of the box, which left me with no place to stick it together. The use of a short piece of the gorgeous Burlap Ribbon solved this problem as well as adding some nice additional texture to the box.

You might be able to see on the far side of the image above, that the two sides of card stock meet in the centre of the side of the box. Some Sticky Strip either side of this gap on the outside of the box was enough to keep the Burlap in place and form the handle of the bag.

The bunnies themselves come tied with a red ribbon and a bell attached, but I figured I could do better than that with the vast ribbon offering in our catalogue (and in my personal collection of same!)  

I also wanted to take into account the fact that my big girl's teacher is male, so thought that blokifying the little guy to a certain extent might be in order.

Hence the chevron neck tie...

The outside of the boxes were decorated simply with a hole cut through the front side with one of the larger Oval Framelits,  some stamping added with the use of the Secret Garden stamp set and co-ordinating Framelits, and a greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Happy Easter to you and yours, I hope you enjoy a relaxing weekend of family time - that's most certainly what I have planned.

And this...

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Happy Easter, friends!

Bulk Easter love + new downloads

Since MDS arrived on the scene, the production of the little class mate goodies that I like to create for my girls' school friends at significant times of the year has taken on a whole new level of ease.

Not so much ease in production, although that's definitely a factor as well, but it's certainly easier to watch primary schoolers tear into your lovingly created sweet treat when you've designed it once and printed it 60 times as opposed to having sweated over 60 hand crafted masterpieces *giggle*

The first term of our school year finished last week, so on Friday morning, my girls headed off to school with a bucket each of these little lovelies - individually packaged Malteaser bunnies, wrapped in some personalised love.

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The design itself is super simple - a bunny stamp from the Little Additions stamp brush set, overlaid with the "happy easter" greeting from the Delightful Dozen stamp brush set.

To colour the greeting, I used the stamp colouring tool, which is effectively the digital version of colouring a stamp with markers.

Check it out...

To cut them out once printed, I ran a score line slightly to the left of the image and folded the card stock over with the image on the front. Then using the second smallest Framelit from the Banners Collection, I positioned it so that the left hand (straight edge) lined up slightly outside of the folded edge, so that the finished cut shape was the doubled over banner that you can see wrapped around the chocolates. They're secured at the "flag" end with a tiny bit of Sticky Strip.

Check back tomorrow to see what they took in as Easter gifts for their teachers...!


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Check out the freshly released digi goodness for this week!

Don't forget that MDS is available as a free trial for 30 days if you want to give it a test run before you commit.  

Having said that, a commitment to the full program will only set you back $24.95 and provide you with a bucket load of pre-installed content too!

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A sweet girl is six - project co-ordination love!

My delightful niece turned six last week and as I have been committed to trying in recent times, I included a handmade component with her gift.

Enter MDS (what else?!) and my trusty iron on transfer paper and with a colour palette dictated by the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper on the co-ordinating card, plus an adorable image from the My Digital Studio Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Setand I had a super sweet custom made t-shirt to tuck in with her gift...

Digital Supplies  : MDS Software, Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Set

Digital Supplies: MDS Software, Nursery Alphabet Images Stamp Brush Set

The addition of the sweet six year old adds up to almost too much cuteness...

For the card, I pretty much busted out a bit of everything from the current Occasions Catalogue...

Stamps:    Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion    Paper:   Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Ink:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die, Arrows Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Small Heart Punch, Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

Stamps: Starburst Sayings, Hardwood, A Fitting Occasion Paper: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP Stack  Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede Accessories:  Starburst Framelits, Circles #2 Originals Bigz Die, Arrows Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Small Heart Punch, Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges

...and the co-ordinating gift and card together makes my stampin' heart happy!

My favourite thing about Stampin' Up! is - and has always been - the co-ordination of colours across their product offering.  

Matching colours in cardstock, ink and embellishments?!

Yes please!

Goodbye rocket science, hello effortless project co-ordination.

Your turn - what's your favourite thing?!

The happy business of digital design + new downloads

One of my very favourite uses for MDS is to create quick, simple and super customisable gifts, and I had the opportunity to create such a gift for the birthday of a dear friend of mine when I was invited to a surprise birthday celebration for her a couple of weekends ago.

We have known each other since our firstborns were born almost eleven years ago, when a local mothers' group threw a bunch of us together in those early days of bumbling through lack of sleep, new routines, growth spurts and all of the other amazing and sometimes terrifying moments that come with the arrival of a first baby.

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This saying from the Friends 24/7 stamp brush set is delightfully perfect for the occasion, and with some sweet, bright colours and a cute frame, it was exactly the outcome I was hoping for.

For more digital designs of the home decor persuasion, check out my two most recent projects for the MDS Design Team over on the My Digital Studio blog.  

HERE I share how our morning routine became a whole lot more manageable with some assistance from a cute board game style system and HERE I wrangled my kids' weekly commitments into a cute, completely customised and at-a-glance system for them to keep on top of their school and extra-curricular activities and requirements.


Check out the new downloads for this week...

There are five fresh and funky MDS offerings this week - my eye is particularly drawn to the My Digital Class Party Party Ensemble ...

Everything you need to create an awesomely co-ordinated party - a five page decor template, 26 piece stamp brush set, 6 Designer Series Papers, one punch, plus no less than FIVE tutorial videos showing you through exactly how to create five different projects using the components included in the download.

The My Digital Classes are a bargain - there are a variety of different ones available (with new ones being added all the time!) and all of them contain a combination of downloadable content plus step by step instructions using various digital techniques to help you create adorable projects with a minimum of fuss.

Here's what you'll find amongst all of the new downloads this week - click the image to visit them in my online store...

Ready to dive into digital design?

 Grab a 30 day free trial of the MDS software and give it a good ol' test run, or jump right in with the full version of the software for just $24.

Either way, you get all the functionality of the program, the full version just gives you more content to play with right away.  

And what's not to love about cute digital content?!

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My Digital Studio - a reason to start ironing + this week's newest downloads

I am not an ironer.  

The way my family "file" their clean clothes away gives me plenty of reasons to spend my time doing things other than carefully removing creases from their clothing, so time in front of an ironing board is strictly undertaken on a needs basis around here.

Happily, this week, I found a need and that was the birthday party of our delightful little three year old neighbour!  I wanted to add a handmade aspect to her birthday gift, and with the help of the BigW kids basics range, some iron on transfer paper from Officeworks and my trusty MDS software, I created a sweet little custom shirt...

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I started out with the idea of a selection of different circular motifs, so with that in mind, I decided on a colour palette of Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry, and went about searching and finding and altering different stamps and embellishments until I was happy with how it turned out.

Here's a close up...

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The most important thing to remember when using iron on transfer paper, is that if there are words involved, as there are here, you need to flip your project so that it shows up in MDS as mirror image - that way, the words will read the correct way around when the image is ironed on.

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SO much fun, and happily, the iron-on transfer paper came in a pack of 12 sheets, of which just half a sheet was used here, so I can see a bunch more ironing in my future :-D

Hit me up with some suggestions for things that would go so much better with some MDS love ironed on...

SOME OF THE DOWNLOADS USED IN THIS PROJECT: Earth Laughs Framable, Family Fun Photobook, O Christmas Tree, On the Go Kit, plus many that come standard with the full installation of MDS

Check out this week's newest downloads...

There are EIGHT new MDS downloads for your digital designing pleasure this week, but I have to say that the Blossoms Abound Kit is a bit of a standout for me...

20 piece stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Papers and 24 embellishments for just $10.95? Yes please, can't wait to put this one through its paces...

Hit the image below to check out all of this week's new downloads - 

Haven't climbed aboard the MDS wagon yet?  It's free to try for 30 days, or just $24.95 for the full software.

Inexpensive, simple to use, swags of delightful pre-designed elements to use in your projects and new ones available each week, PLUS a dedicated website to support you in your digital endeavours. There is really nothing not to love about digital designing with MDS.

Still unsure?!

Fire your questions at me!  I am totally in love with this software and would be delighted to help you appreciate it too...

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Gifts for 2011 teachers

If you know me at all, you'd be well aware that I am a big fan of handmade gifts - for teachers in particular - and this last year was no different, other than the fact that I now have two girls at school and more than double the number of gifts to make.

This year for the girls' class teachers, I struck upon an idea quite early - which, while it didn't translate into my actually completing the gifts any sooner than they were absolutely required (some things will never change), it allowed me to ruminate over how best to execute my plan...

The plan started with this little seed of an idea from a back issue of Creating Keepsakes (Nov/Dec 2010 for those of you playing along at home)...

Happily, the plan also required a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth ("start the CAR!!") to pick up the frames that feature in the project :-)

Here's what I did with mine...

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With the addition of a good many grinds of my Timeless Type Junior Alphabet and Simple Numbers dies through the Bigshot, plus my trusty laminator, I put together a perpetual calendar and was rather chuffed with the result ;-)

The one pictured above uses the very sweet and pretty Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper, which is one of many options you have to choose from in the way of exclusive Hostess Products should you opt to host a workshop of your own.

Next up, I put one together using some very lovely paper that you may not yet be familiar with depending on whether or not you've clapped eyes on the upcoming Sale-a-bration brochure (can anybody say FREE STUFF?!!)

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One tip that I will give you should you decide to embark upon a similar project, is that it's a good idea to mark a little notch for the rings to sit in so that they don't slide over the edges of the frame.

Like this...

I just used a little metal file that I have and after measuring the correct spot for the rings to hang, ground it back and forth to create the little divot :-)

The gifts I made for the Teacher's Aides in the kindy class were of a sewing persuasion and didn't involve Stampin' Up! fabrics, plus they were finished off at such a cracking last minute-ish pace that I'm not even sure I have photographic evidence that they exist...  If I dig some up, I will post them on my other blog for your viewing pleasure ;-)

So there you have it, my 2011 teacher gifts.

Should you be liking the idea of getting your hands on either set of the Designer Series Papers that you've seen glimpses of here, be sure to contact me to book yourself a workshop.  Sale-a-bration starts on the 24th of this month and is shaping up to be the best ever!  Contact me to book your date...

Easter projects!

I am sitting here with a list as long as both my arms of things I need to do before my gals and I set off for an Easter long-weekend down south with my folks and nephew, one of them being to show you the Easter projects that I have busied myself with over the past couple of weeks, before Easter has come and gone and they have lost their significance entirely.

A couple of weeks ago I ran a class here at home where we made three projects (including chocolate) as ideas for sweet and simple Easter gift giving.

This little guy came about as a result of seeing a variety of different punch-art bunnies around the internet, all of them cute but not quite what I had envisaged in my class-planning brain, so I combined different elements of things that I saw and ultimately made him my own.  This was also the project that I did as a swap for my team stamping day last month, and the inspiration for the next two projects came from there also...

This gorgeous creation was the brainchild of Inky Lou-Lou (aka Louise Layton) from my team of lovely stampin' gals.  We did a version of this at our Easter themed team stamping day in April, and if you click on where I have linked her blog above, you can see her original sweet design :-)

This one was inspired by an Easter card by the lovely SJ (honorary A Klass Act team member Sarah Jane Kalé) at the same team day and features her much loved and perfect for the occasion faux suede effect.  I used the same technique and applied it to these cute little basket that I made up with the Top Note die and lashings of Pretty in Pink satin ribbon :-)

The teachers at school also got these baskets as their Easter gift with a Lindt gold bunny each inside.

So there you have my selection of Easter themed projects that have been keeping me busy these past couple of weeks!

If you're wondering why you didn't see notification of this class before I ran it, it was because in my usual style, I was running a bit late with getting the word out, so chose to do so on my Facebook page and Twitter instead of putting in my customer newsletter.  Turns out that the class filled up with Facebook fans and Twitter followers alone, so if you want to make sure you don't miss out on anything in the future, make sure to 'Like" my Facebook page -->here<-- or follow me on Twitter -->here<--!

Pop back tomorrow to see what the school classmates got as their little token gifts and also what my small girl wore on her head for the kindy Easter hat parade....

Challenge Chewsday - Blushing Crumbs

Two weeks in a row - I'm on a roll folks!  And you'll note that Challenge Chewsday got the nod from the majority of commenters (commentators?!) on the last post - not that I was taking a poll or anything, but since you offered your opinions, let's go with it!

This week I headed back to Inkspirations HQ and used the fabulous sketch on offer there...

Combined with this PRETTY colour combination from ColourQ...

And this is what I turned them into...

On Thursday just gone, our gorgeous across-the-road neighbours added a beautiful baby girl to their already sweet and lovely family, so as a heartfelt thank you for giving me a brand new baby to sniff, with a little bit of congratulations thrown in, this is the card I made for baby Lily, that we headed over this afternoon to give them.

I also made a little matching gift tag to hang from the bag...

So there you have my challenge entry for this Chewsday!  Hope you're enjoying my new blog feature - I certainly am!

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  • An oldie but a goodie - sponge the edges of your cardstock and paper for a lovely vintage look
  • Punch a strip of cardstock with a border punch, feed it through the Crimper, then concertina the straight edge together and stick it behind an oval or circle shape for a pretty border
  • Use a White Gel Pen in conjunction with watercolouring for some great highlights

"Happy Birth-Day Lily!"Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper, Cherry Cobbler, In-color DSP stack, Ink: Versamark, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Ovals die, Eyelet Border Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Neutrals Brads, Crimper, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Bitty Buttons, Owl Punch (heart), Blushing Bride Stitched Poly Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Sponges

Gifts for gorgeous teachers and a frenzied reminder!

As promised in my last post, here are the gifts that I made for my big girl's teachers this year.  She had a lovely classroom teacher and also a wonderful Teacher's Assistant, so I made them both a little gift as a thank you for a great year of school.

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In fact, it was a bit of a bundle of gifts, the first being a personalised notebook that you can see towards the left at the back.

I picked up some gorgeous Crumb Cake coloured spiral bound books from a shop called Typo when we were in Sydney earlier in the year, as I like to keep a stash of alterables in my stamp room cupboard.

They were perfect for this purpose and I love how they turned out - the same but kind of different...

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The little apple-looking thingamy that you can see in the front left of the first picture is a bit of a fun take on the old "apple for the teacher" saying.

It's actually a little notepad that opens out into this little piece of delight...

Isn't it adorable?!  I got them from a very sweet online shop called Kawaii for You - kawaii meaning "cute" in Japanese and a very apt store name, let me tell you.

Go there at your own risk and don't say I didn't warn you...

The final inclusion was a bag of chocolates with a flocked DSP topper from the recent Christmas Bundle promotion and jaunty Christmas tag.

Some stampin' tips for you...

  • Use Crystal Effects to give your punched out characters some extra dimension
  • Use your scraps of ribbon to tie onto the spirals of notebooks for some added co-ordination and texture
  • The Basic Pearls make cute eyes for the Two-step Bird punch!
  • Get some of the beautiful Crochet Trim from the Summer Mini - instant vintage gorgeousness for any project!

Don't forget that the December Frenzy promotion is still happening and it's a great time to get some fabulous products at even more fabulous prices!  The promotion runs only until December 29, so if you'd like to take advantage of any of the special offers contained within, be sure to contact me!

Well my handsome man has the next few days off work, just in time for Christmas, so we're planning some serious family time, starting tonight as we head out to check out some of the beautiful Christmas lights around the Perth suburbs!

I hope your lead up to the big day isn't too frenzied...

"Teacher Gift Books" Stamps: Just Perfect Alphabet Paper: Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Basic Black, Elegant Soirée DSP Ink: Early Espresso Accessories: Top Note die, Victoria crochet trim, Two-step Owl punch, Two-step Bird punch, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Sponges

Merry classmate Christmas!

At the end of every school year I like to do a little something for the kids in my big girl's class at school.  The trouble is, it gets harder to do something 'different' each year, especially as they're getting older and more discerning!

This year, was made a little easier by virtue of the fact that a few weeks ago, a fellow demonstrator posted a message on our demonstrator forum (FAB resource that it is!) that she had loads and loads of long, thin self-sealing plastic bags that she'd be happy to offload in packs of 100 to any interested parties.

Turns out there were a lot of interested parties, so it's a good thing she really did have loads of them!

I relieved her of 10 packs, which if you bother to do the maths, is a whole BUNCH of bags, but I had never seen them anywhere before and they're perfect for fun little gifts of the classmate variety, and with my small girl starting Kindy next year, I'm all of a sudden going to find myself needing to make double of everything at gift time.

As it turns out, another demonstrator on the forum alerted us all to the fact that Woolworths had packs of red, green and white jelly beans available for Christmas, so after picking up an armful of those, sitting with my big girl on the floor, first sorting the jelly beans into colours, then loading them into the bags, a stamped and folded tag punch later, this is what we had....!

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The Sparkly and Bright stamp set would have to be my favourite Christmas set for this year - SO cute and whimsical and perfect for this particular job :-)

I arrived at the little folded over tag at the top, as it gave me a place to stamp something, without being so labour intensive that I would start to hyperventilate when the crowd of seven year olds in receipt of the jelly bean packets started ripping them apart and throwing them away.

I put together an impromptu little tutorial in case you're wondering how to achieve the folded over tag idea for yourself.  Please keep in mind the word impromptu when considering the quality (or not) of the pictures...

Start with a piece of cardstock folded in half.  I used Whisper White, which is a bit thinner than the regular cardstock so the double width is easily punched through.  Not sure how the thicker stuff would go...

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Now slide the folded cardstock into to the punch so that there is a tiny (1mm or so) gap between the cardstock and the top of the punch...

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Now punch!  And this is what you get...

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And if you're doing a whole batch of these as I was, you can cut strips of cardstock (I cut a piece of A4 Whisper White in half lengthways, then folded it in the middle, lengthways again), you can punch out a whole series of them...

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To attach them to the bags, I simply stapled the back of the tag to the bag, then stuck the front of the tag down with a Stampin' Dimensional.

Since I have a truckload of these bags now, I'm going to give a pack of 100 away to one of you, but you have to earn it!

Tell me your ideas for little stamped gifts so that I can be ready in advance for next year - I have double the amount to make from 2011 onwards remember, so I'm going to have to get myself prepared well in advance!

Winner will be randomly chosen on Monday!

"Merry and Bright Classmate Gifts" Stamps: Merry & Bright Paper: Whisper White Ink: Early Espresso, Real Red Accessories: Early Espresso, Real Red & Wild Wasabi Markers

"If you are what you eat..."

"...eat something cute!".

Is that not the sweetest saying and the perfect addition to a card for somebody that makes the most amazing cake creations the world has ever seen?!

Or set of cards, as the case may be, which was in fact the case when I decided to make a gift for a friend of mine whose work you may have seen here previously.

Julie - the Queen of Cakes - has come to my aid on a number of occasions when a cake of the stunningly beautiful and amazingly delicious variety has been required so I decided that with the aid of the perfectly apt for the occasion hostess set Birthday Bakery, I would make her a set of cute little cards...

I made a set of ten cards - two each of five of the delightful cake images from the long stamp in the set, watercoloured then punched out:

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This is no day for "just a sliver" is the second of the adorable sayings in the set, and I used both sayings - once each for each of the cake designs.

Then I stamped the envelopes to match, because Shelli says "never a naked envelope" and when you have the option of cute cake images dancing across the back of an envelope, I'm inclined to agree :-)

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The cards and matching envelopes went into a little box that I designed for the purpose...

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... which was then held closed with a bow of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon...

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The hardest part was figuring out how I might get it to Julie in the post and have it arrive in its original condition, which I managed with the helpful advice of our local Post Office guy ("The word fragile means nothing to Australia Post") and the aid of a box designed to send VCR tapes through the post (does anybody even own a VCR anymore?!)

I'm pleased to report that they arrived in pristine condition the following day and even more so that Julie loved them as I hoped she would :-)

I'm also pleased to let you know that I have created a little tutorial (featuring my current favourite Aviary stamp set!) on how you can make this set of cards and box for yourself.

I'll be back tomorrow to let you know how you can get your hands on it :-)

PS. Gals in my A Klass Act stampin' team, head on over to the team forum - I've uploaded the tutorial for you there ;-)

"Birthday Bakery Gift Card Set" Stamps: Birthday Bakery Paper: Regal Rose, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Crumb Cake, various colours for watercolouring! Accessories: 1" CirclePunch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Mini Square Envelopes

No more Nursery Necessities...

Following on from my previous post about Frames with a Flourish, another of the stamps sets that I will find it very hard to see the back of will be Nursery Necessities.

It is such a perfect set for all things baby, with its variety of sweet images.

Here is a project from the depths of my picture archive that is almost a year old now, but has not yet seen the light of day here...

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Just over a year ago we had some lovely neighbours move in across the street, and shortly after they arrived, so did their first baby - a gorgeous little man named Jacob.

I got him a set of cute little singlets and packaged them up in a little box to match the pictures on the front :)

Here's the matching card...

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This next gift is another long-ago project and also one that has never been blogged, but even worse, has never been given!

I made it for a girl that I worked with for a little while several years ago who had a baby boy - gosh, it would be well over a year ago now...  I don't see her often and after I made it, time just slipped by until it got kind of pointless, especially as the gift was socks and feet tend to, well, grow.

Anyway, here it is along with its matching card (cased from one by the lovely Sarah Jane Kalé)...

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The little box slides open to reveal the sock bounty within...

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...and fits three pairs in total...

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Can you see what I mean about the delight of Nursery Necessities..?

Here are some more cards using this gorgeous and to-be-missed set...

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If you read my earlier post, then you will likely have a slight case of déjà vu, being that some of the cards in the round up above also contain Frames with a Flourish, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to show you them again ;-)

Wouldn't you agree that there is indeed a vast array of possibilities with this delightful Nursery Necessities set?!

If having a versatile, gender-variable and let's be honest, flippin' cute baby stamp set is something you think would be a useful thing for your stampin' collection, then you really can't go past Nursery Necessities.

But if you don't act by tomorrow, it will go past you, as it won't be making a showing in the soon to be released 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalogue, so be sure to contact me if you want to nab yourself a set while you still can!

*retiring products in red*

"Baby Jacob Gift Set" Stamps: Nursery Necessities Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Going Grey, Whisper White, Vellum cardstock, Patterns Pack II hostess DSP Ink: Baja Breeze, Going Grey Accessories: Word Window Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon, Baja Breeze 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Socks in a Box Gift Set" Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Polka Dot background Paper: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White Ink: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Versamark Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Brocade Blue 5/8" grosgrain, Clear Buttons, White Embossing Powder