Beautiful Memories, in Mini...!

Just a couple of weeks ago I sent the gift of memories to a beautiful friend who lives far too far away for my liking...

My small girl's Godmother, Deena, and her beautiful family left Perth three and a half years ago to live in Brisbane.  Although social networks allow us to be closer than ever to our far flung peeps, it's not the same as sitting in her kitchen two streets away with bottomless cups of tea, so their leaving was a wrench, for sure.

Last year, with the annual Stampin' Up! convention being in Brisbane, I took my handsome man and my girls with me and after convention was over, we stayed an extra week and had a fabulous catch up with our very special friends.

The gift of memories that I sent over to Brisbane consisted of photos from the trip, all put together in the Mini Memories Simply Created Album, currently available in the Occasions Catalogue until the end of the month.

The album kit comes with everything you need to put together a sweet gift, or to gift on its own so that the recipient can enjoy the creativity that goes along with putting it together...

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Putting it together is as simple as threading the included gold rings through the pre-punched pages in an order that sings to you, then loading it up with your pictures, embellished as little or as much as you like with the included bits and pieces of delight!

Here is a small selection of some of the pages that I included in my album...

I stuck the included bookplate die cut on the inside cover and popped a birthday card inside the sweet, printed kraft bag that comes in the kit

I stuck the included bookplate die cut on the inside cover and popped a birthday card inside the sweet, printed kraft bag that comes in the kit

Lovely Ollie - a sweet new friend for my small girl, embellished with some sequins and a gorgeous Designer Series Paper print

Lovely Ollie - a sweet new friend for my small girl, embellished with some sequins and a gorgeous Designer Series Paper print

One of several kraft pages, prettied up with a doily and some die cuts

One of several kraft pages, prettied up with a doily and some die cuts

I added some co-ordinating colours of cardstock to border the photos on this page...

I added some co-ordinating colours of cardstock to border the photos on this page...

This square die-cut was the perfect sentiment to go with my very dramatic small girl's actions - the ride hadn't even taken off at this point, I just asked them them to put their hands up like they were taking off...

This square die-cut was the perfect sentiment to go with my very dramatic small girl's actions - the ride hadn't even taken off at this point, I just asked them them to put their hands up like they were taking off...

Another doily, more sequins and some simple journalling around another sweet co-ordinating die-cut

Another doily, more sequins and some simple journalling around another sweet co-ordinating die-cut

Another perfect sentiment - if my girls grow up anything like this gorgeous, sweet-hearted girl, I will be one happy mumma...

Another perfect sentiment - if my girls grow up anything like this gorgeous, sweet-hearted girl, I will be one happy mumma...

The last page is another envelope - I stuck one of my favourite photos on it and popped a hand written note inside...

The last page is another envelope - I stuck one of my favourite photos on it and popped a hand written note inside...

The kit has everything you need to put together a beautifully co-ordinated album, or you have the option of adding in matching cardstock, using punches etc to give it some extra pizzazz.

The album was received last week and I was so happy to hear that it was the lovely and love-filled surprise that I had hoped! 

Deena posted some pictures of the album on Facebook, along with this message:

Just received the most special gift in the mail from my beloved Sair. The card, the album, the thoughtful note mean the world my friend. I just wanted to show FB some of your gift so they can know how lucky I am to have your family in our life. Funny that I've also sent something to you too & it should arrive some time next week. 
Can't wait for you to see it. 
Love you, Klass Family

I was intrigued about the "I've also sent something to you" part of the message and have spent the past week stalking the postie and cursing Australia Post for their tardiness when my letterbox has been empty each time I checked.

Yesterday, my delivery finally arrived, in the form of Deena herself and her two gorgeous kids, standing in living colour on my front porch! If only there had been a hidden camera to record the look of utter surprise, delight, shock and amazement that crossed my face in a large combination when I opened the door.

The fun continued when they surprised my handsome man later in the afternoon, and also my girls by showing up to collect them from school.

Such fun!

So now I get to hang out with these lovelies on the weekend before they head back to Brisbane on Monday.

At least with convention being on the Gold Coast next year, I know that it's only until April next year that I need to wait to squeeze them all again!

Get your Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit before it rides off into the sunset with other loveliness from the Occasions Catalogue and send some memories to a loved one today!

Now, this is a story all about how...

...My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I'll tell you all about my DSP love affair...

If you're a generation either side of me, there's a good chance those (slightly altered) lyrics will have slipped right past you, but if you're anything like me, the moment you clapped eyes upon the "Fresh Prints" Designer Series Paper Stack in the Occasions Catalogue, you were humming along and bopping your head too :-)

I love the bright colour combination and bold patterns of this DSP and can see myself using the colours together ongoingly (is that a word?) after the DSP disappears with the finishing up of the Occasions Catalogue at the end of this month.

Teamed up with one stamp set (Starburst Sayings, bundled together with the co-ordinating Framelits), one ink colour and card stock to match the colour combination in the DSP, it's a no-fail solution...

Stamps:    Starburst Sayings    Ink:    Real Red    Paper:    Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Starburst Sayings Ink: Real Red Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Same stamps and accessories, different patterns from the same stack of DSP and a slightly altered layout...

Stamps:    Starburst Sayings    Ink:    Real Red    Paper:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Starburst Sayings Ink: Real Red Paper: Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Adding in a circle punch and swapping stamp sets (Perfect Pennants) provides further options...

Stamps:    Perfect Pennants    Ink:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana    Paper:    Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Accessories:    Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  1-3/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (upcoming in the new catalogue!), Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perfect Pennants Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana Paper: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Banner Framelits,  1-3/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (upcoming in the new catalogue!), Basics Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Or keep it cleaner with a simple tag embellishment and a bunch of white space...

Stamps:    Word Bubbles    Ink:    Real Red, Coastal Cabana    Paper:    Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack    Accessories:    Word Bubbles Framelits,  Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (upcoming in the new catalogue!), Basics Jewels, Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Word Bubbles Ink: Real Red, Coastal Cabana Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack Accessories: Word Bubbles Framelits,  Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (upcoming in the new catalogue!), Basics Jewels, Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Options galore, all inspired by a little pad of Designer Series Paper (hooray for not having to take a deep breath as you chop into your favourite patterned 12x12 sheets!)

Check out some other projects using this gorgeous DSP...

Stock up on Fresh Prints here...

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Stampin' Supplies

The quick and the retro!

Product Suites bring a whole new level of ease to creativity, and the Retro Fresh Suite in the current Occasions Catalogue is no exception.

These four cards came together in a matter of minutes with help from the Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags, co-ordinating Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape and a couple of the cute Essentials Wooden Elements...

Paper:   Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Retro Fresh DSP   Accessories:   Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags, Stampin' Dimensionals

Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Retro Fresh DSP Accessories: Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags, Stampin' Dimensionals

Paper:    Baked Brown Sugar, Retro Fresh DSP    Accessories:   Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags, Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Essentials Wooden Elements

Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Retro Fresh DSP Accessories: Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags, Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Essentials Wooden Elements

Paper:    Coastal Cabana, Retro Fresh DSP    Accessories:    Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags,   Stampin' Dimensionals

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Retro Fresh DSP Accessories: Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps:   A Dozen Thoughts   Ink:   Tangerine Tango   Paper:    Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana, Retro Fresh DSP    Accessories:   Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags,Retro Fresh"This and That" Designer Stickers, Essentials Wooden Elements

Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts Ink: Tangerine Tango Paper: Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana, Retro Fresh DSP Accessories: Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags,Retro Fresh"This and That" Designer Stickers, Essentials Wooden Elements

Having used just four of the Journaling Tags for my cards, with 32 in the pack, containing an assortment of images and plainer designs for journaling,  there are a bunch left over for future projects...  

Retro, fresh and SUPER fun!

What can you envisage these cute Designer Tags being used for...?

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?!