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Merry Christmas

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Safe and happy Christmas to all,

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Quick Tip: Tag Cards

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Tags are quick and easy projects to make with few supplies. Best of all, any leftover tags can easily be converted into full cards!

To do this, simply decorate a base card made from a colour that coordinates with your tag (here we've used Stampin' Up!'s Soft Suede). Then all you have to do is adhere the tag to the card. You could even make it a removable tag (gift and card in one!) by adhering it with repositionable adhesive or sliding the tag corners into slots cut with a craft knife.

Tag Card

We're now in the home stretch leading up to Christmas… less than a week to go! Hope you are enjoying this special time, and can take a few minutes out for some quiet rest & relaxation.

Happy stamping,


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Hodgepodge Hardware fun

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One of my favourite times of the year is when we get the Christmas decorations out of the dark depths of storage and set up the tree. Our youngest two girls seem to enjoy it as much as me! I've got some really old Christmas decorations that my 96 year old grandmother used to hang on her tree, the foam bauble kind that are wrapped in shiny thread. Well, they're looking pretty old and daggy now but I'm such a sentimentalist I can't throw them out. We had to laugh at DD4's reaction to those old baubles. Her eyes filled with wonder and she said 'oooooh they're beeee-eautiful!'. So precious.

Around this time last year I was making lots of decorated candles using the rubber stamp and ink/ tissue paper technique. You can see more about them here, here and here. While we were unpacking the Christmas decorations I came across  the candle you can see at the top of this post. The silver embossed images are from the Snow Swirled set (p28 Idea Book & Catalogue), with a Hodgepodge Hardware frame around the sentiment. The brads push straight into the candle wax!

I'd nearly forgotten all the fab things you can do with Hodgepodge Hardware. Here are some other projects I've shared here on my blog that use the silver hardware.

These ribbon slides make great bookmarks or ribbon ends.

Many of the metal frames in the Hodgepodge Hardware tin coordinate with our punches.


Recognise this card? Jessica Williams made one for me a little while back, and it was such a hit that we did this version at Stamp Club this month. I added the Hodgepodge piece afterwards – it fits beautifully. I just snipped the sides off where the brads normally go.

You get 50 frames in the tin, 10 ribbon slides and well over 100 brads, some of them with decorative designs on the head. Love this stuff! And best of all it's currently 50% off as part of the December Frenzy promotion, bringing it down to only $28.98 for a tin. What a BRILLIANT Christmas present for a friend who loves to craft. Let me know if you want some because there's just enough time to sneek in an order before the big man in the red suit comes to visit.

It even comes in a great metal tin which can be decorated/altered when the tin is empty!

Are you ready for Christmas yet? Only two weeks to go (eek!) – I know I've got a few more presents to buy and cards to make, but what a great time of the year. Hope you are enjoying it too.

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Aviary: Finding Inspiration

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The Aviary stamp set is one of my faves from the brand new Summer Mini Catalogue. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and have hardly put it down since!
I chose the clear mount version for this set even though I often go for wood (I'm a traditionalist at heart) and it's been so easy to line up the stands, birds and cages. Great for those moments when you want to whip up a quick card like this no-layer version.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I was in a homewares shop today and I caught sight of this….

It's a "peg bag and plastic bag saver" set, with an uncanny resemblance to the Aviary stamp set!

My 7yo daughter asked me how they made the bag with 'Mum's Stampin' Up! stamps'. LOL. Freaky, isn't it?

But the moment I saw this I had a flash of inspiration (how could you not!) and thought of the tree from Thoughts & Prayers (p108 IB&C) or even the beautiful flourish from Baroque Motifs (p100) or Scribble This (p67). Will have to try hanging the birdcages from them! See, we can find inspiration from anywhere – even laundry accessories. Stay tuned for the finished version.

Download the Summer Mini Catalogue (5MB) or
view it online HERE.

NEW! Download the list of SUPPLIES
used in the Mini Catalogue HERE.

Happy stamping,

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December Frenzy SALE

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Get great Stampin' Up! products up to 50 percent off during our
December Frenzy sale–1-29 December only!




Retail Price

Sale Price



  A Little Treat
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  A Little Treat
Clear-Mount Stamp Set





  Tote-Ally Tess
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  Daisy Dash
Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel





  Baby Bundle
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  Autumn Days
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  Pendant Park
Clear-Mount Stamp Set





  Tart & Tangy
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  Fresh Cuts
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  Wonderful Favorites
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  Heard from the Heart
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Wood-Mount Stamp Set





  Certainly Celery
Stampin' Write Marker





  Pretty in Pink
Stampin' Write Marker





  So Saffron
Stampin' Write Marker





  Bashful Blue
Stampin' Write Marker





  Regal Rose
Stampin' Write Marker





  Basic Black
Stampin' Write Marker





  Small Cello Bags





  Styled Silver
Hodgepodge Hardware





  Circle Scissor Plus





  Kind Heart
Wood-Mount Stamp Set



Page numbers refer to the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue


Wow!! How good are these specials! I'm a bit excited (just quietly) because I will now be getting some more Hodgepodge Hardware – yay!!! Very impressed at the nearly $30 saving on that! Some of these items would make FABULOUS Christmas gifts for creative friends… or yourself? LOL!

Today also sees the launch of the FANTASTIC new mini catalogue. Click on the image below to download your own copy. 

2010 Summer Mini Catalogue

Any questions? Just ask! I'm here to help.

Happy stamping,

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More ‘Birthday Bash Suite’ Samples

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No stamping at all on these cards! Just the Celebrations Designer Series Paper and Quick Accents, BDay Party rubons and coordinating cardstock. For more info on these products and how you can get a sampling of them at a great price, check my previous post

Celebrations Designer Series Paper

Happy stamping,

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