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Hodgepodge Hardware fun

Published by under cards | Dec 12 2010

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

Published by under cards | Dec 03 2010


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

Published by under cards | Dec 01 2010

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

Published by under cards,Designer Series paper | Nov 25 2010

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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Birthday Bash Suite

Published by under cards,Designer Series paper | Nov 23 2010

Stampin' Up! are absolutely the best in doing 'coordination'. Check out the "Birthday Bash" suite of products and samples on page 34 and 35 of the Idea Book & Catalogue, and you'll know what I mean. Love it! What a bright, fun and vibrant collection of supplies.

We got the Party This Way stamp set at our annual Convention this year, along with the matching BDay Party rubons, so I couldn't help myself and ended up getting the Celebrations Designer Series Paper and Quick Accents as well. 

It's soooo easy to whip up quick cards when everything works together so well!!

Do you want to have a play with all these goodies too? Click HERE to see the brand new CARD KIT that I'm offering. It's an affordable way of getting a sampling of all these coordinating products for a fraction of the full pack price.

Over the next week I'll be sharing more projects created with this 'Birthday Bash' Suite. See you soon!

Happy stamping,

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5 Minute Christmas Cards: Welcome Christmas

Published by under cards,Christmas | Nov 19 2010

This week I worked on quick'n'easy Christmas card designs for a Stamp Club member. We wanted them to feature the Jolly Holiday designer series paper and the coordinating colours of Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla along with the Welcome Christmas stamp set PLUS the ribbon that you can get free at the moment as part of the "Dress Up Christmas" promotion. You can click on any of these pics to see them better.



This last one was CASEd from the flyer (click to download)….

Each of these cards take no more than 5 minutes to make, and if you do your cutting and stamping in bulk it won't take long to create a whole stack of cards using minimal supplies. Too easy!

We had a fun time at the Melbourne Regionals last weekend, catching up with old and new demonstrator friends. I was soooo proud of my team member Maureen Crameri who did a fabulous Workshop Wow and knocked our socks off with her amazing birdhouse projects. Here's a photo of some of us. 

That's me wearing the black Stampin' Up! apron just before I was due to do a business presentation (I may not look it but I was feeling very nervous).

And this is how we spent the rest of the weekend…

…except for when it was raining!

I was fascinated with Miss 3's reaction to the sand…

Since we moved to the country we don't get to the beach as often as we like so it was a bit of a novelty for her. It took her a while to get used to the sand. Aren't they adorable at that age?

Happy stamping, 

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