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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{VINTAGE} A team challenge...

I mentioned in a recent post that we were running fortnightly stampin' challenges on my team's Facebook page and I'm back this morning to share my latest entry.

This fortnight was a themed challenge, the theme being vintage. I was hopeful that some sponged edges and the inclusion of lace would pass, as I'm a bit light on for actual stamped images that could be considered in keeping with the theme.

Here's what I came up with...

Stamps:   Painted Petals, And Many More, Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge   Paper:   Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Typeset Specialty DSP   Ink:   Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso   Accessories:   1-3/4" Circle Punch, Venetian Crochet Trim, Epic Day Washi Tape, Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Painted Petals, And Many More, Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge Paper: Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Typeset Specialty DSP Ink: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Accessories: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Venetian Crochet Trim, Epic Day Washi Tape, Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Close up detail of the beautiful    Painted Petals   ...

Close up detail of the beautiful Painted Petals...

A tangle of    Linen Thread    in the background

A tangle of Linen Thread in the background

Some contrasting    Washi Tape    brings focus to the greeting

Some contrasting Washi Tape brings focus to the greeting

What's a vintage theme without some    Crochet Trim   ...?

What's a vintage theme without some Crochet Trim...?

Some faded    Dictionary    background stamping in the corners

Some faded Dictionary background stamping in the corners

I was assisted in the design stakes this time around by a sketch from the ever inspiring Retro Sketches...

Happiest of birthdays (last week!) to my beautiful mum and Nanny of my girls. We are so very fortunate to have your loving, positive influence in all of our lives. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do for us xoxo

Thanks for popping in and sharing Nanny's birthday with me today!

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{LOVE} a team challenge...

Hello, friends. Happy Sunday!

Today I am sharing a card that came about as a result of a fortnightly challenge that runs on my team Facebook page. We take turns setting different challenges - it might be a sketch, a colour combination, an image inspiration or a general theme - and everyone can join in and post a project to the challenge album if they want to. We've found it's a great way to get out of the stampin' rut that we can all fall into from time to time and it's always fun to see the different directions that others take their challenges in.

This fortnight's themed challenge was LUUUURVE...!

It was set almost two weeks ago, perfectly in time for Valentine's Day, but since the challenge period was a whole fortnight, and there's no reason to *ahem* rush these things, I just got done this afternoon.

I do love it though, and considering that we don't really 'do' Valentine's Day at my house, I figure I'm not late for that, I'm just early for giving my husband a 'Love You' card next week. On Tuesday. Just because...

Stamps:   Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Crazy About You   Paper:   Naturals White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Typeset DSP   Ink:   Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (sponging)   Accessories:   Hello You Thinlits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (heart), Venetian Crochet Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Crazy About You Paper: Naturals White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Typeset DSP Ink: Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (sponging) Accessories: Hello You Thinlits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (heart), Venetian Crochet Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

I am a huge fan of the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set. Not only does it work perfectly with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit, as it was designed to, it a sweet set of images for all kinds of purposes.

See....?!

Here are a couple of sweet note cards that shared on my Instagram profile last week that also use this set...

What are YOU loving the best out of the Occasions Catalogue? My favourites tend to change daily, and are largely influenced by the amazing amount of inspiration in the stampin' blogosphere. Stampers are SO flippin' clever!

Speaking of the blogosphere, I posed a little question on my Facebook page during the week. I'm interested in the number of peeps who still read blogs, and those who tend to favour more visual mediums such as Instagram and Pinterest that have popped up more recently.

What's your preference for seeking out stampin' inspiration these days? Join the conversation.

Thanks for popping in!

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Beautiful birthday wishes

If you've checked in recently, you might recall that I celebrated a bit of a milestone birthday last month.  Today I want to share with you some of the beautiful birthday love that I received...

Crisp Canteloupe beauty with a gorgeous matching envelope from my lovely Aunty Mary

Crisp Canteloupe beauty with a gorgeous matching envelope from my lovely Aunty Mary

Beauty from across the miles - a stunner from a fellow demo and Mrs K in England - Julie Kettlewell

Beauty from across the miles - a stunner from a fellow demo and Mrs K in England - Julie Kettlewell

Funky geometrics from my lovely Mother-in-Law

Funky geometrics from my lovely Mother-in-Law

One of my demo besties from Sydney - Marelle Taylor - sent me this gorgeousness

One of my demo besties from Sydney - Marelle Taylor - sent me this gorgeousness

A very sweet and clever card from a lovely member of my team, Pam

A very sweet and clever card from a lovely member of my team, Pam

Doilies, burlap, sequins and girlishness galore - couldn't be from anyone other than Sarah Jane Kalé...

Doilies, burlap, sequins and girlishness galore - couldn't be from anyone other than Sarah Jane Kalé...

Another SJ number, this time on behalf of the crew that threw  this amazing surprise  for me

Another SJ number, this time on behalf of the crew that threw this amazing surprise for me

My longest standing team member, dear friend and incredible artist Tracey Wilson popped this stunning artwork in my mailbox

My longest standing team member, dear friend and incredible artist Tracey Wilson popped this stunning artwork in my mailbox

They certainly made for a stunning display on my mantlepiece these past few weeks!

Right now, we are on day two of school holidays and my handsome man is just about to take our girls to see the Lego movie.  

Happy days - mummy gets some stampin' time!  What are you stamping today??

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There's a hole in the...card front!

Every so often, I go off on little tangents with my card making, and try out a technique in a variety of different ways.

I had one such stint last month and also demonstrated it at a couple of workshop - the technique being to create aperture cards.

ap·er·ture [ap-er-cher] 
noun 

1. an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc.

2. Also called aperture stop. Optics. an opening, usually circular, that limits the 
quantity of light that can enter an optical instrument.

For this series of cards, I wanted to show how the same idea, swapping out shapes, stamps, colours etc, could provide quite a different outcome without having to reinvent the wheel each time.

Circles and birthdays first...

Stamps:   Perfect Pennants, Itty Bitty Banners   Ink:   Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler   Paper:   Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Birthday Basics DSP   Accessories:   Circle Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Itty Bitty Banners Ink: Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Birthday Basics DSP Accessories: Circle Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

This one used a different stamp from the same Perfect Pennants set and swaps out a circle for a square and party hats for a scrap of ribbon...

Stamps:    Perfect Pennants    Ink:    Bermuda Bay, Versamark    Paper:   Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP   Accessories:   Square Framelits, Small Heart Punch, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perfect Pennants Ink: Bermuda Bay, Versamark Paper: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP Accessories: Square Framelits, Small Heart Punch, Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

The final one is a bit more pretty and girly, bringing in an oval shaped aperture this time, along with a different ribbon and some butterflies.

Stamps:   Perfect Pennants   Ink:   Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush   Paper:    Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe DSP    Accessories:   Oval Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Basic Pearls, Very Vanillla Seam Binding, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Perfect Pennants Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe DSP Accessories: Oval Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Basic Pearls, Very Vanillla Seam Binding, Stampin' Dimensionals

What's your favourite way to change things change things up whilst keeping them the same...?

A parade of petals, the final day of Sale-a-bration and the end of the Birthday Bash!

I can hardly believe that after two months of freebie fun and frivolity, we're staring down the barrel of the final day of Sale-a-bration for 2014.

There has been a fabulous array of offerings this year and I've given many of them a good going over, but I might have to say that my favourite has been the Petal Parade stamp set. Lending itself to everything from sweet and simple, to more involved and detailed projects, it's been a bit of a winner for me.

Buckle up for a little journey through some of the cards and projects that I've made with this set and its co-ordinating DSP, Sweet Sorbet.

Here's a sweet and simple example...

Stamps:   Petal Parade (SAB), Express Yourself (hostess)   Ink:   Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso   Paper:   Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Accessories:   1-1/4 Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Express Yourself (hostess) Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories: 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

And a showcase of the pretty patterns in the Sweet Sorbet DSP...

Stamps:    Petal Parade (SAB), Happy Day    Ink:    Sahara Sand, Early Espresso    Paper:   Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Whisper White   Accessories:   Circles Collection Framelits, Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Happy Day Ink: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Whisper White Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

A combined effort of the stamp set and Designer Series Paper, showing off their fun co-ordination...

Stamps:    Petal Parade (SAB), Yippee Skippee    Ink:    Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede    Paper:   Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Pistachio Pudding, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Whisper White   Accessories:   Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Yippee Skippee Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Pistachio Pudding, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Whisper White Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

The DSP combined with a different sweet floral set from the Occasions Catalogue - Petite Petals...

Stamps:    Petite Petals, A Dozen Thoughts    Ink:     Soft Suede    Paper:   Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crisp Canteloupe Coredinations   Accessories:   Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Starburst Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Stampin' Chalk Marker, Basic Pearls, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Canteloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petite Petals, A Dozen Thoughts Ink:  Soft Suede Paper: Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB), Sahara Sand, Naturals White, Soft Suede, Crisp Canteloupe Coredinations Accessories: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Starburst Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Stampin' Chalk Marker, Basic Pearls, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Canteloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

The simple but effective Triple Time technique is perfect for this stamp set...

Stamps:    Petal Parade (SAB), Oh Hello    Ink:    Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede    Paper:    Naturals White, Soft Suede    Accessories:   Basic Pearls

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), Oh Hello Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Naturals White, Soft Suede Accessories: Basic Pearls

And if you've come along to a workshop recently, there's a good chance you got up close and personal with this card, one of my favourite make and takes for a long time!  Simple and do-able for a newbie stamper, whilst also being "wow" enough for a seasoned stamper to be happy with...

Stamps:   Petal Parade (SAB), A Dozen Thoughts   Ink:    Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede    Paper:   Crumb Cake, Whisper White   Accessories:    Bigshot, Arrows Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Petal Parade (SAB), A Dozen Thoughts Ink: Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Soft Suede Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White Accessories:  Bigshot, Arrows Embossing Folder, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Large Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Check out some other cards I've made with this set - I posted one on my Instagram account this morning and another on my Facebook page...

Be sure to place your order and qualify for your free product/s (Petal Parade or otherwise!) by 11.50pm AEDT, which is 8.50pm for us over here in the West!

Don't let this be you....


Need another reason to get your order in today...?

Aside from qualifying for free Sale-a-bration products, an order of $90 before the end of the day will also provide you with two entries into my Birthday Bash giveaway!

Can't remember the details...?

Check them out HERE...

With only a small handful of orders in the running (and those only having been received since posting a quick reminder on my Facebook page this morning!), there's a good chance you'll be the lucky winner, but only if you get your order in on time!

Contact me with your order or head straight on over to my online store to start shopping...

It's been fabulous to Sale-a-brate with you!

Hip, hip hooray - it's a new card kit!

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Hot off the Stampin' Up! presses is an all new card kit - Hip Hip Hooray!

Containing all the makings of 20 super cute and simple cards, inclusive of pre-printed and pre-cut card, embellishments, envelopes, a clear block PLUS ink spot and three piece stamp set, it's the perfect way to dip your toes into the stampin' pond!

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Been swimming in said pond for a while?  This kit is perfect for you, too.

20 pre-designed cards, ready to throw together at a moment's notice when you were due to leave for the party five minutes ago...?

Yes please!

Be still, my sweet & simple card lovin' heart....

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Grab yours now from my online store, and while you're there, consider grabbing a couple more to have on hand as the perfect gift for a crafty friend.  

I may or may not have a significant birthday coming up next month in case you're short of a friend to give one to... *chuckle*

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Teacher cards 2013 - instalment #2

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Here is the second in the series of 2013 teacher cards that I created for my girls' lovely teachers, this one being for my small girls Year One classroom teacher.

I absolutely LOVE Year One.  For both of my girls, it was a massive year of growth and transformation in their education.  From the beginning of the year when they are just working out sounds, to the end of the year where they are capable of reading simple chapter books by themselves.  Watching them progress and having the words take on meaning for them is pure magic :-)

Both of my girls were blessed with the same incredible Year One teacher, who is so perfectly placed to be teaching this year level.  This is the card that I created for her...

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The theme of this card was inspired by the beautiful soft colours of the Venetian Romance Designer Series Paperwhich I also used to create the matching envelope that you can see peeking out underneath the card.

It's similar in style to yesterday's card, with the Postcard (wood/clear) background and grungy feel, but I replaced the butterfly with a floral embellishment instead.

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I love the detail on this one - a watercoloured flower from Flower Shop (wood/clear), perfectly cut out with the co-ordinating Pansy Punch (save 15% when you bundle the stamps and punch together - wood mount and clear mount options available!)  The centre is embellished with lashings of different sized Pearl Basic Jewels

So there you have number two in my series of teacher appreciation cards for the year. The next ones are quite different in style...

Which is your favourite so far..?  

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Stamps: Postcard, Gorgeous Grunge, Everything Eleanor, Flower Shop, Express Yourself (hostess) Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Naturals White, Venetian Romance DSP Ink: StazOn Black, Crisp Canteloupe, Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Accessories: Pansy Punch, Vintage Trim, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals 

A bunch o' birdies, the final countdown and a special offer!

Nothing like leaving things to the last minute but we're at the final day of the Summer Mini and Sale-a-bration and I just had to pop in and show you this little idea (from last November no less!) that I put together using the Aviary stamp set that is available for only another 10 hours!

Aviary was the stand out stamp set for me as soon as I saw the Summer Mini (Itty Bitty Bits carved its own spot in my heart about five minutes later) and I jumped on the opportunity to grab it during the demonstrator pre-order period in November (just one of the many perks available to you as a Stampin' Up! demo...)

I put it to work immediately for a project I created for our A Klass Act team Christmas dinner.  About 20 of us got together at a local restaurant, exchanged handmade gifts, chatted endlessly and filled our bellies with festive fare.

For my gift (we each put one in and received one created by another team member) I created a 2011 desk calendar in a CD case, which I also created a matching outer cover for...

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The inside looked like this...

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The beauty of the Aviary stamp set is that with a selection of four different bird cages and four little birdies, you have an almost endless supply of different variations and ways to use them!

Below are the individual month pages - click on the thumbnails to see them in full size.

january february march april
may june july august
september october november december

I had so much fun putting this little project together, not least because once I had formatted the months and printed the pages, it was all one layer stamping with my chosen colour combination and came together very quickly.

I haven't been able to decide on my favourite...   I do like the little dude in the Santa hat in December, but the stack of birdies in May is also fun.  Then there's the cheeky fella in September who's managed to make an escape, leaving his buddy behind :-)

Which is your favourite?

As much as it was rushed and totally last minute, I hope you've enjoyed the last few posts highlighting some of my favourite things about the Summer Mini.  It really has been a favourite of mine.

As a special last minute offer, if you purchase all of the products I've highlighted in this and the previous two posts (Aviary, Itty Bitty Bits, Punch Pack, Bitty Buttons and the Square Lattice embossing folder) I will add the following as bonuses:

  • a clear CD case - the kind that open right up to stand up on a desk plus information on where you can get more
  • a template and tutorial for the calendar, including a formatted 2012 calendar all ready for you to print to give you a head start on some Christmas gifts for this year
  • free shipping to your door - a saving of $5.95
  • AND you get to choose a Sale-a-bration stamp set of your choice as well!

The wood mount option for the above products comes to $120.75 and the clear mount* option comes to $107.75.

Contact me asap - that is in the next few hours - if you would like to take advantage of this offer and snare yourself these fabulous products while they're still available!

Already have one or all of the products in the special offer...?  Just because it's the last day of Sale-a-bration and Summer Mini goodness, place a $100 order of anything from the Idea Book & Catalogue or Mini today and I will send you the template and tutorial as well, PLUS waive your shipping and of course you get to choose your favourite Sale-a-bration set too :-)

Hurry!

* Clear blocks sold separately - if you don't have any I can hook you up with those as well :-)

"A bunch of birdies - CD case calendar" Stamps: Aviary Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Real Red Accessories: Pear Pizzazz Stitched Poly, Basic Rhinestones

Itty Bitty Bits of loveliness!

I said earlier that I'd be back later with my workshop projects for this month, so being later, here I am!

I'm not long back from coaching at my girls' gymnastics classes, which follows on from a 6am workout in the park, canteen duty at school, and some work in the afternoon, so if I stop making sense (you know, more so than usual) chances are my head has hit the keyboard, so forgive me.

I had an absolute blast with my workshops this month, all of them centered around the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set and matching Punch Pack and Bitty Buttons.  It's such a totally cute stamp set and I was really happy with the projects I made with them and gave to my hostesses.

I was determined to work Poppy Parade into this month's colour scheme and was happy to land on this combination, which actually includes four out of the five In-colours, plus Baja Breeze.  Bright and colourful and perfectly suited to the Itty Bitty range.

Here's the first one...

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This first example shows just the stamping aspect of the set - at least the ones that I demonstrated at the workshops did...  This sample of mine has a stuffed up Poppy Parade flower under the punched out one, but imagine if you will a Poppy Parade flower stamped directly onto the circle of Whisper White just like the other two.

Thanks :-)

For the second sample, I busted out the co-ordinating Punch Pack for this, my favourite of the bunch...

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Same colours as before, just in different proportions - something I have been doing in all my recent workshops to show the versatility of a combination of four or five colours :-)

For the third sample, I popped on some of the delightful Bitty Buttons for some added cuteness and dimension...

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Same colours again, a bit more of the polka dot theme that I seem to have going on, plus a Sale-a-bration set (last day to get yours tomorrow!!) for good measure :-)

At $55.85* for a stamp set, pack of three co-ordinating punches and 64 buttons, you really can't go wrong, unless of course you don't act before tomorrow evening, as these sweet products are set to become unavailable as soon as the Summer Mini finishes its reign.

If you'd like to add this set of lovelies to your order of the Square Lattice embossing folder from earlier, you'll need to get in touch asap to make sure you can get them!

Alternatively you can wait until tomorrow and order at the last minute, as I've got something to show you that might have you adding the Aviary stamp set as well... ;-)

* Cost for clear mount stamp set not including shipping.  The total of all the products inclusive of the stamp set in woodmount is $59.85

"Itty Bitty Bits of loveliness" Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, So Happy for You Paper: Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Blush Blossom, Whisper White, In-colour DSP stack, Ink: Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Blush Blossom, Peach Parfait Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Scallop Edge, 1-1/4" Square, 1-3/4" Circle & 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punches; Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker, Blush Blossom Stitched Poly, Basic Rhinestones, Bitty Buttons

Challenge Chewsday - Just Add Stamps!

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink seemed like a bit of a no-brainer at first glance....

Just add stamps.  Okay, so that's what I would have been doing anyway, where's the challenge in that..?!

Then of course once I took the time to read past the title of the post, I realised that the emphasis was on the just.  As in nothing but stamps.

No DSP, no ribbon, no buttons or brads, no punches or die cuts, no fancy schmancy techniques, just stamps and the cardstock they are placed upon.

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Once I got going with my idea (and managed to bust it out in no more than three and a half  minutes) I realised that the JAI gals might be onto something...

While I love nothing more than getting a swag of new products and things to play with (got some just last week from the upcoming Autumn-Winter mini catalogue in fact - ssshhhhhhhh!!) there's something to be said for heading back to the bare basics of stamps, ink and cardstock.

And the time factor - or lack of time taken - is a definite bonus!  I'm heading off to make some more of this particular design to send out randomly in the next week or so.

Check back over the next couple of days, as I just realised how close we're coming to the end of March, and therefore the end of Sale-a-bration AND the Summer Mini!  I think this may just have been my favourite ever mini and I have some things to show you that I haven't managed to get up here yet, so tune in for a last minute flurry of Summer Mini activity in the coming days...

"Just Add Ink #61 - Just Add Stamps!" Stamps: Growing Green, Apple Blossoms Paper: Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Accessories: Stampin' Sponge (hope that's allowed!!)

Tardy Tuesday - CASEing two lovelies

So I'm a whole day - almost two - late with my Challenge Chewsday entries, and although I had them all stamped and photographed yesterday, falling asleep on the couch at 8pm won out over editing and uploading them.

I'm here now though, albeit after another busy day, but I'm determined to get these up (preferably before the opening bars of Farmer Wants a Wife) so let's get this show on the road...

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink is to case the two gorgeous and talented stampers who started the site a year ago now and have just stepped down (handing the reins to two equally gorgeous and talented stampers, I will add).  The most challenging part of this challenge was deciding which of their amazing creations to case!

But decide I did, and here's what I came up with.  This card is based on this beauty from Danielle's blog...

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And the next one is based on this little bit of delight from Amanda's blog...

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If you want to play along, you'd better be quick as I'm pretty sure the challenge is only open for another hour or so, and if you live over here in the West, there's less than half an hour 15 minutes 'til Farmer, so you have even less time ;-)

Even if you don't play along, I'd encourage you to head on over to Danielle and Amanda's blogs to check out their wonderful talents and to say hi :-)

"CASEing Danielle" Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Woodgrain, Apple Blossoms Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Whisper White Ink: Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride (Marker), So Saffron (Marker) Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Top Note Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

"CASEing Amanda" Stamps: Sweet Summer (Sale-a-bration), Tiny Tags Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Black, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist Accessories: Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Two Step Bird Punch (stem), Stampin' Dimensionals

Boy card bonanza - Day 2 (or 3)!

So I'm wrapping up the bonanza - brief as it has been - with a card that I made for the little man of some dear friends of ours who turned one at the end of December.

I wanted to do something bright and funky, and I also wanted to make use of the Party Hearty stamp set.  Inspired by this card that I found on Splitcoast Stampers, which in turn had been inspired by this card by my lovely friend SJ (gotta love the inspiration merry-go-round that makes up the creative process!), this was the result...

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I was super happy with how it turned out, and you'll note that I added some Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso to my go-to boy colour combination of Blue, Red and Green :-)

I'm off to enjoy this lovely long weekend that stretches before us in WA, starting today in fact, with a pupil free day for my gals at school, followed by a workshop with a great bunch on Saturday afternoon, and some serious chillin' on Sunday and Monday.

Let me know if there's anything you want/need to know about how this card went together, and I'll see if I can delve into the recesses of my memory from late December to help you out!

"Happy 1st Birthday Richie" Stamps: Party Hearty Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight (Markers) Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, Small Tag Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, 1/4" Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenge Chewsday - one of my own!

Right off the bat, I'm going to need to ask you to be kind to me today.

Firstly because I'm not at all sure of the card that I've made, but if I take the time to make another one, Challenge Chewsday will turn into Where the Heck Have You Been Wednesday and that's just not in the rules.

Secondly, I have found a picture online that I rather like so have turned it into a bit of a challenge of my own - the first I have ever thrown out there, so make of THAT what you will.

And thirdly, I have just spent waaaaay longer than usual with the process of uploading and editing my photo as our hard drive packed it in on Saturday morning, presenting me with an error message that I simply could not decipher when I switched it on, so I have had no computer all weekend, got it back yesterday afternoon and have spent a goodly chunk of this evening re-loading my programs, trying and failing to locate the disc that came with our camera in order to load photo's onto the computer (I managed a work-around), re-doing my watermark in Photoshop and getting myself all hot and bothered in the process in this incessantly humid Perth weather.

Whinge over.  Moving on...

This is the challenge that I set for myself this week...

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The image comes from a blog I love to look at and have stashed away in my Google Reader in a file I call Gorgeous Inspiration.  I'm sure when you check out A Creative Mint for yourself, you will agree that it has been aptly filed :-)

Here is the card that I based on the colours above and am still unsure of, but we've been over that, so here you go...

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I just received the Sale-a-bration set So Happy for You last week, and this was its first foray out of the box.  I did plan to keep the card simple, but I think I may have erred too much on the side of simplicity as it turns out...

This stamp set is one of the four that is available to you for FREE with a purchase of over $100 during the Sale-a-bration period, which finishes up at the end of the month.

Check out all of the available freebie stamp sets -->HERE<-- then contact me to place your order!

"Challenge Chewsday - One of my own" Stamps: So Happy for You Paper: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Brights DSP Paper Stack Ink: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Whisper White 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

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

Scrappin' - an overdue layout and an upcoming class!

I have a couple of layouts that I did way back in September last year, around the time of my new catalogue launch, and I thought it was about time I shared them here...

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This one was based on a layout I found in a magazine and loved, but do you think I can - for the life of me - find it now?!  It's very likely to have been from the pages of a Scrapbook Trends mag (rather a fave!) and if I can track down the actual issue, I will be sure to edit this post with the info.

The oldy-worldy map paper from the Newsprint DSP was perfect for this layout about the little girl from Ethiopia that we started sponsoring last year.  The story of how it came about is written in the background of the layout and reads like this...

"For the past few months, every time the World Vision commercial came onto the TV, you would stop everything you were doing to watch.  And every time the commercial was over, you would ask "Mummy can we sponsor a child..?"  We would talk about all the things we have - simple things that we don't even think about, like clothes, food, clean water - and how some people in the world don't have those things. Last week the ad came on TV again, and this time, as I waited for the question to come, I thought to myself that this time when you asked, the answer would be YES.  I love the way you are so thoughtful and sensitive to the needs of others and I love that you are always looking for ways to help.  We went onto the World Vision website and found Biftu - a seven year old girl in Ethiopia, who is born on the exact same day as you.  We completed all the sponsorship details and read how the little bit of money that it costs can help Biftu with her education and her family with food and water.  When the information came in the mail, you opened it up to read all about Biftu and you put her picture by your bed.  Thank you, my angel, for having such a big, beautiful heart..."

Next week I'll show you the other layout that is also very close to my heart :-)

Speaking of scrapbooking, with the poppets now happily back at school, or off to school for the first time, as is the case with my small girl, I'm dipping my toes back into the waters of the stamping class!

If you get my newsletter, you will have seen in last month's edition that I am offering two classes this month, one of which is a scrapbooking class next Monday night.

I have three places left in this class and am SO excited about the layout, so would love you to join me if you can!

Here's a peek at the layout we'll be doing...

I used a pic of my scrumptious baby nephew for my layout, but it's not specifically designed as a baby layout - any pic that will fit with the delicious colours of the Elegant Soiree DSP will do the job!

The class is $15, with all materials provided and will be held at my house in Perth next Monday, 21 February at 7.30pm.  Be sure to let me know if you'd like to nab one of the remaining places!

And don't forget to pop back here tomorrow for the latest installment of Challenge Chewsday...!

"One World 12x12 Layout" Stamps: Circle Circus Paper: Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Old Olive, Newsprint DSP Ink: Garden Green Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits, Cropadile

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

Me?! Organised with Christmas cards?! And how you can be too...

Almost every year, I get to around the beginning of December and start freaking out about Christmas cards.

It goes without saying that I must send out Christmas cards.  It also goes with saying that I must make them with my own hands.  I'm a card maker for heaven's sake.

And hence the freak out, because December is busy enough with end of school year activities, teacher and classmate gifts, Christmas preparations and all sorts, so the additional stress of "what the heck am I going to do for my Christmas cards this year?!" and the resulting frenzied session(s) of creating them is something I can really do without.

This year I decided that I would get organised early, something that I've "decided" in previous years too, but never managed to follow through with.  This year I did manage it, and have been making batches of Christmas cards almost every month this year during Stamp-a-stack classes, so not only am I more organised this year, but so are many of my lovely stampin' customers!

If you're approaching the silly season with the idea that you'd like to send out your own handmade Christmas cards but not so much of an idea of how to go about it, I've put together a product bundle, along with instructions on how you can create a minimum of 48 adorable cards to wish your nearest and dearest the merriest of Christmases.

And so I bring you my....

Sparkly and Bright Bundle - $99.70 121568      Sparkly & Bright woodmount stamp set -$31.95 119982      Soft Suede A4 cardstock - $13.95 106576     Old Olive A4 cardstock - $13.95 106578     Real Red A4 cardstock - $13.95 121685      Crumb Cake A4 cardstock - $13.95 119256      1/8” Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon - $11.95 Total (FREE shipping) - $99.70

A-la-carte items You will also need the following items to complete your cards, but there’s a good chance you may  already have some of them, so just add what you need to your bundle order... 119850     1-3/4”  Circle Punch - $33.95 102283     Versamark Pad - $13.95 119680     Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker - $5.75 100052    Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker - $5.75 100079    Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker - $5.75 105021     White Gel Pen - $7.50 104430     Stampin’ Dimensionals - $7.50 104332     Snail Adhesive - $12.95

This bundle will create a maximum of 48 Christmas cards, but with each additional pack of Soft Suede cardstock (119982 - $13.95) and  roll of Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon (119256 - $11.95) that you order you can create another 48 cards.

Contact me today to order your bundle and any additional items that you require.  Your order will be sent to your door, with instructions for creating your simple but stylish (and CUTE!) Christmas cards emailed to you from me!

AND, if you like the idea of a monthly Christmas card stamp-a-stack so that you can be organised ahead of time next year, make sure to sign up for my mailing list so that you can be informed of my class timetable!

Just add an extended absence and a crazy rumour....

So if you've visited me here at all in the past four weeks, you'll know that there's a new catalogue out :)

And that will be about the extent of your knowledge at the hands of me, since that's all I've had to say here in the past month...

Certainly not through lack of wanting to blog, I have just had a bunch of  bits and pieces requiring my attention - a catalogue launch, a birthday party, some 'real' work, workshops, classes and life in general - you get the idea :)

What I do need to do however, is put to rest the "bigger and better things" rumour that started as a result of my resigning from the Just Add Ink design team!

After receiving some messages and emails about my supposed upcoming "bigger and better things" and realising that my absence from blogging was probably adding fuel to that particular fire, I thought it best to clarify that my departure from JAI was due to nothing more than wanting to simplify my commitments a little and make room for someone who had the time and energy to give their all to the wonderful experience of being part of such an awesome team.

That's it.

I almost wish I did have some exciting news to share, but truly, that's all there was to it.  I felt that I was putting in last minute substandard work that wasn't fair to anybody and so I made the long put off decision to step down.

I absolutely loved being part of the JAI crew and want to thank Danielle and Amanda for giving me the opportunity to be on my first ever design team.  The gals on the team are all gorgeous and SO very talented and it was a delight to get to "know" them all a bit better.

For old time's sake (and because I love the sketch that is the current challenge over there, I have a tidy craft desk with new stuff to play with and school holidaying poppets that are so divine at playing together and entertaining themselves...), I thought I would whip up a quick entry to Just Add Ink Challenge #36.

Here's the sketch...

...and here's what I did with it...

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I am completely in love with Awash with Flowers and also the DSP Patterns Stacks that are available in the all new colour collections.

Then there's the new In-color Poly Twill - the one here is in Pear Pizzazz, the gorgeous new green In-color - love that too.

In fact there's a whole lot to love in the new catalogue and I have much to share, from my launch projects to other bits and bobs that I have been creating with my new and exciting gear.

Now that we're on school holidays here, I can't specify a time frame, but I will be back soon with more to show.

Promise ;-)

"Just Add Ink Challenge #36 - Sketch" Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Apple Blossom Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Watercolour Paper, Brights Patterns Stack Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango Accessories: Pear Pizzazz Poly Twill, White Gel Pen, Aquapainter, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers