Treats for my sweets!

I think I may have mentioned on a previous occasion or two that I have a folder on my computer named 'to blog'.  This folder contains images of projects completed over a good long while that are stored there so that I know I need to put them up here for you all to see.

At this point they would more aptly fit in a folder entitled 'what the heck are you waiting for?!'

If not for the fact that the computer doesn't like anything other than letters and numbers in its folder names, I may well have had a go at changing it.

So anyway, I've decided that it's time to clear the backlog, what with colour collections being renovated and only just over a month until stamps and all sorts start retiring and all.

So herewith, my first offering from the aforementioned folder.  Blow the dust off if you will :)

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This is a card that I made for my sweet niece Izzy, who turned 11 in December last year.

See what I mean about backlog?

Moving on...

I just had to have a go at the Sweet Treat Cups when they first appeared back in the previous mini and LOVE how they jazz up  a card.

The fact that you can fill them with mini M&Ms or other small chocolatey treats is a definite bonus, particularly where an 11 year old girl is involved.

You may have noticed in the flower to the right that there is also a small protrusion...

See?!

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When I first laid eyes on the Sweet Treat Cups, they reminded me instantly of a class that I saw offered by a co-worker at a local craft shop where I worked momentarily a few years ago between children.  It involved using objects found around the home in your crafting and card making.

Can anybody tell me what I've used here for the smaller flower?

Petal Pizzazz would have to be one of my absolute favourite and most-used stamp sets from this current catalogue and I always get nervous around this time - a month or so out from retiring lists appearing - that one like this will retire.

I REALLY hope it sticks around and heads will not have to roll.

I'm just sayin'.....

As it turns out my nephew, Izzy's little brother Harry has his birthday exactly a week before his big sis, so he got a Sweet Treat Cup on his card too.

No girly flowers here though....

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...just a rocket!

This idea came from my super-clever and delightful sis-in-law Janny who is part of my stampin' team.

She came up with the oh-so-awesome idea to fill the STC with blue and green mini M&Ms, thereby creating Earth for the rocket to blast off from.

Is this not the coolest idea for a boy card you've ever seen?!

Whether or not Harry paused to appreciate the artistry and inventiveness of this idea prior to tearing it apart to get to the M&Ms, I can't honestly recall, but one can remain hopeful.

In fact, for both of the cards, I installed a handy little flap behind the STC using a scrap of cardstock and the slit punch so that getting at the contents doesn't require complete annihilation of the card itself...

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Again, whether or not Harry noticed this thoughtful inclusion is another thing entirely.  Let's just say its a good thing he's my favourite nephew ;-)

The Sweet Treat Cups are perfectly designed to work with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch, both of which are available in the current Autumn/Winter mini catalogue.

If you'd like to grab some of these to have a play with for yourself, don't hesitate to get in touch!

"Izzy's Sweet Treat Flowers" Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Short & Sweet Paper: Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Ink: Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: Eyelet Border, Word Window, 1/2" & 1-3/4" Circle Punches; Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

"Harry's Sweet Treat Rocket" Stamps: Pun Fun, Big Bold Birthday, Season of Joy (stars) Paper: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Night of Navy, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy Accessories: Scallop Border, Word Window $ 1-3/4" Circle Punches; Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sale-a-brating {Happy Moments}

Many of you would already be aware that we are smack bang in the middle of the most fun time of the Stampin' Up! year - Sale-a-bration!

Other than put a little advertisement up to the top right there, I haven't done much in the way of shouting it from the rooftops, so I hope to rectify that today by sharing a couple of cards I made with my favourite of the stamp selections available in the Sale-a-bration brochure.

I loved all the stamp sets on sight, but my favourite one is Happy Moments.  I reckon you can't go wrong with a stamp set that contains four images that could be used for pretty much any occasion, PLUS three greeting stamps into the bargain as well.

And it is a bargain, 'cause it's free!

It - or any of the other three sets in the catalogue - can be yours for free with any order of $100.  Spend $200, choose two sets.  Spend $300, choose three sets plus the associated hostess benefits.

Spend more than that, and you and I need to have a serious chat about the Stampin' Up! demonstrator opportunity...  Oh and did I mention that if you take up that particular opportunity during Sale-a-bration you get to choose a free stamp set from the Idea Book & Catalogue too...?

Yep, you do.

See I told you Sale-a-bration was fun!

Ok, onto the cards.  They both use the stack of gifts stamp from the Happy Moments stamp set, which I love because you can colour it all girly and pretty, or make it more boy-ish colours too - both of which I have done in the following examples...

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This first card was for a little school friend of my big girl, whose 7th birthday party was just this morning.

The cutest thing was that when Hannah gave her the card, as she was ripping into it, she said "I know what this is - this is a card that your mum made".

They're onto me.....!

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Here's a close up of the watercolouring on the stamped image, and I also wanted to point out something else about this part too.

See the scalloped border around the edge of the circle?

Well that circle is the 1-3/4" Circle Punch and we don't actually have a corresponding scallop circle punch in the catalogue.  Check out this post on Marelle Taylor's blog for a nifty little trick to get different sized circles out of your original Scallop Circle Punch...

"Happy 7th Birthday Madelen" Stamps: Happy Moments Paper: Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Watercolour Paper, Regal Rose Patterns DSP (Level 1 Hostess) Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Regal Rose, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze Accessories: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Aquapainter, Tangerine Tango striped ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

The next card was for the principal at school after I noticed a couple of weeks ago that his birthday was listed in the school newsletter.  It's such a lovely school that my big girl goes to (and next year, so will the little one...!) with just one class for each year level and the teachers and the principal know each and every one of the kids by name.

Here's his card...

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The image on this one is also watercoloured, but this time I first stamped and embossed with White Embossing Powder, so it gives the image quite a different look.

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So that's just two simple examples of the many different looks that you could get out of this one stamp, never mind that you have three other image stamps in the set to play around with as well.

Sale-a-bration runs until the end of March, so get in on the free stamps action by contacting me and letting me know what you'd like for your $100 (or $200 or $300!) order ;-)

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"Happy Birthday Mr Martin" Stamps: Happy Moments, Short & Sweet Paper: Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, Kiwi Kiss, Watercolour Paper, Urban Garden DSP Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand Accessories: Chocolate Chip side double stitched ribbon, Aquapainter, Stampin' Sponges, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

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It's been ages since I've been here and to be honest it's been a refreshing little break, although I must apologise for not mentioning that I would be taking a little blogging hiatus.

I didn't really plan to, but with Christmas, New Year and extended school holidays and everything that goes along with it, I've been thoroughly enjoying just hanging out and doing nothing in particular.

Except swimming.  Lots of swimming, plus discovering new parks with the girls and generally having a lovely summer!

You may have noticed that my banner is back to normal and I am dressed in my usual Cameo Coral attire again and have done away with the Christmas hat, hence the title of this post.

Had I myself been wearing a Santa hat for two months, aside from an exceedingly itchy scalp, I'd have had the most atrocious case of hat hair you've ever seen.

Thank goodness for digi-me in all my bouffant and hat hair-less glory ;-)

Despite not having been blogging, I have still been creating and gearing up for some fun stampin' stuff in 2010.

I've been editing photos galore of some long-ago projects and will be sharing these in the next little while, as well as some newer stuff as well.

How about a little something to get the 2010 party started....?

My Christmas card designs for 2009!

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You'll notice I stayed well away from the Trendy Christmas Tree debacle of last year...

Forgive me for not adding in the materials lists for these cards - I may pop back in with that information, plus a little 'how-to' on the Christmas trees in the first cards, but I'm going to spend some reading time with my chickens before they pop off to bed.

What I will do is leave you with a little poll though, as it's something that I've been thinking about a bit lately and thought I would throw the question out there, although possibly the Trendy Christmas Trees comment fest should warn me otherwise...

Anyways, here goes...

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Love thy Neighbour{hood}

The very first time I saw the Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel Neighbourhood, I just had to own it!

It was one of those things that, although I didn't have an immediate pressing need for it (because as we all well know, so many stamping things DO fall into the category of immediate pressing need ;-)), I knew that it would be perfect for so many things.

Nevermind that I could just tell it would be super fun to watercolour.  And at $15.95 for the wheel, it was a bargain to boot!

Here is a card that I made a couple of months back for the family of one of the little girls in my big girl's school class that had just built and moved into their new house....

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The process of watercolouring the image took forever, but if I recall, I combined it with a spot of mindless TV - one of my favourite combinations of activities - so thoroughly enjoyed the time!

You can sort of tell in the picture, but in real life the colours were amazingly vibrant, which is one of the things that I love about using watercolour paper - the ability to layer and shade and add depth of colour without the paper going all soggy and pilly (not sure if that's a word but I'm sure you know what I mean...) in the process!

I have made at least two other cards with the Neighbourhood wheel, but have made the irritating discovery this afternoon that a bunch of pictures that I took back in late September have somehow gone missing - one of which was a picture of a card using this wheel that I gave to some new neighbours that moved in across the street and another that was a gift I made for a prac teacher in my daughter's class at the end of Term 3.  That one didn't use the Neighbourhood wheel, but was a project I was very much looking forward to sharing here as it used the Parisian Breeze DSP from the Spring Mini that finishes up at the end of the month...

I am trying not to think too hard about what other pictures I took around that time that I have also lost, so let's change the subject shall we....?

Alrighty, who else loves the Neighbourhood wheel??!!  You can own one yourself for the bargain price of $15.95 that I mentioned earlier (plus $10.50 for the Stampin' Around handle if you don't already have one).  Not bad for hours of colouring fun and the cutest little houses you ever did see!

Contact me today to get yours....!

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"Housewarming Card" Stamps: Neighbourhood Stampin' Around Wheel, Sanded, Short & Sweet Paper: Old Olive, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Old Olive, a variety of inks for watercolouring, not all of which I can recall with 100% clarity, but inclusive of Baja Breeze, Going Grey, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip..... Accessories: Aquapainter, Choc Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Sponges

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My sweet niece and God-girl turns 4! (recently....)

Remember me...?

I'm the one that pops in here occasionally and shows you a project or two that I have made from time to time.  I use the word 'occasionally' very loosely...

You might notice that I have also used the word 'recently' in the title of my post, and those of you who know precisely how many neices I have, how many of them I am Godmother to and when their birthdays are will know exactly how loosely I'm using that particular word....

It's been rather a bustling few weeks around here, with more workshops packed into a shorter time-frame than I am accustomed to (loving this though!) plus life in general keeping me moving along at rather a cracking pace, so my blogging has suffered somewhat in the process.   I can report however,  that I have just spent a good half hour or more editing no less than 25 photos of different things that I have been working on in recent times, so there are posts a-comin', let me assure you!

Just don't go asking for a time-frame, that's all... ;-)

Starting with this card for the 4th birthday of sweetie-pie Ruby...

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I was inspired by this gorgeous card that my team member Danneil posted to her blog earlier in the year.  Dan has since stopped blogging, but you can still go and check out her gorgeous stuff that she has posted previously, just don't go there expecting updates :-)

This is the inside of the card.....

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...and this is the little guy up close and personal like...

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Such a cute stamp this one, and I love that you can totally get away with colouring him in all roughly and uneven and it adds to his hedgehoggy texture rather than making you look like you failed kindergarten.

Keep an eye out for 25 more posts coming your way.....soon, keeping in mind my propensity to use words loosely of course....

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"Ruby's 4th Birthday Hedgehog Card" Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Short & Sweet Paper: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Naturals Ivory, Patterns Pack II DSP (Level 1 hostess) Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Apricot Appeal, Going Grey Accessories: Aquapainter, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Certainly Celery wide grosgrain, White Gel Pen

A few cards...

It feels as though I haven't blogged about anything creative for eons, which is very likely due to the fact that I haven't blogged about anything creative for eons.  I recently created a folder on my computer called "to blog", where I store photos that I have edited until such time as I can find a moment to post them here.  So rest assured, there be some stampin' a comin'.  Sometime soon.... In fact here comes some now!

As demonstrators, we had the opportunity to pre-order a select few stamp sets in March, prior to the catalogue being released to customers in April.  It's one of the many benefits of being a demonstrator - you can read some more such benefits here, and after you're done there, you might be interested to know that YOU could become a demonstrator this month for the bargain price of $150.

But I digress...

One of the stamp sets that I pre-ordered was Good Friend, and the very day it arrived, I busted it open and set about putting it through its paces along with the brand new and delightful range of In-Colors.  I have posted a couple of these previously here and here.

And here are some more quite varied examples of the use of this very versatile stamp set!

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Additional Stamp Set: Short & Sweet Paper: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White Ink: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze Accessories: Large & Small Oval Punches, Certainly Celery wide grosgrain, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Additional Stamp Set: Occasional Greetings Paper: Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Ink: Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: 1-3/8"  Square Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper, Good Morning Sunshine DSP Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red Accessories: Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals This card was inspired by one by Shanan Hambrick that I saw on Splitcoast Stampers. The use of the bird leg as flower stem was ingenious I thought!

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Paper: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hoof Red, Summer Sun Accessories: Whisper White grosgrain, Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals

This next one is my favourite of the bunch and I used it as one of the designs for my Convention swaps.  It was one of those "came to me in the middle of the night" ideas - to use white ink for the 'puffy' stamp and thereby make them into dandelions.  The last one has been blown away, hence the 'wish' greeting.  Geddit?!!

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Additional Stamp Set: Life Definitions Paper: Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory, Kraft Ink: Close to Cocoa, Whisper White Craft, Baja Breeze Accessories: Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

So there you have it - a quite varied variety (is there any other kind of variety?) of cards made with a single stamp set.

Which one is your favourite....?

Sterling who..?!!

If  you follow Stampin' Up! in the same fanatical way that I and many others do, you will know that the CEO and co-founder of the company is Shelli, and Shelli is married to Sterling. Perhaps, like my Aunty Mary (*waving* Aunty Mair!) you even know all the family's names by heart and upon receiving a copy of the new catalogue, turn not to the sections bulging with new stamps, papers and accessories, but to the family photo in the front to see how everybody has grown and changed!

But that's a whole other story...

Back to Sterling.  Imagine my surprise when I received a phone call around half an hour ago from a fellow with an American accent introducing himself as Sterling.  Actually nevermind my surprise, imagine my heart rate!

Turns out that the Sterling in question lives a few streets from here and had been delivered, along with some packages addressed to him, one that was meant to be delivered to me, containing none other than a stack of catalogues and other things that I ordered specifically for my catalogue launch workshops this coming weekend!  How's that for an amazing coincidence?

Well I thought it was pretty amazing, after I picked myself up off the floor and regained my composure :)

Speaking of my catalogue launch workshops, I still have a place left this Friday evening and now only two on Sunday afternoon.  And now I am ALSO assured of having enough catalogues for everybody thanks to Sterling!

I am having SO much fun putting together the goodies for the workshops - they're going to be a blast!  Contact me asap if you'd like to be included.

Here is another sneaky peek of the sorts of things you will see at the workshop....

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"Window Dressing Flowers" Stamps: Window Dressing, Polka Dot, Short & Sweet Paper: Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Going Grey, Tangerine Tango, Lovely Lilac, Pink Pirouette Accessories: Aquapainter, Scallop Edge Punch