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Help Haiti: I {Heart} Hearts… and a special offer

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Keep reading for a special offer for you…

Help make a difference in the lives of those who continue to suffer from the effects of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January. From now until 28 February, 2010, Stampin’ Up!® will set aside $2 from the sale of every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and donate it to the Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

Haiti Relief Flyer

For every set sold through me, I will be donating an additional $8 to the same Red Cross fund, bringing your total assistance to $10.

As a special thank you for helping, when purchasing the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set you can also get the co-ordinating Full Heart and/or Heart to Heart punch at the special price of $25 each. (This is offered by me as your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and is not a company-wide promotion).

Like most of us, I have been watching the news reports with real sadness and wondering what I can do to help. If you have been considering donating to the Red Cross, this could be a great way to do it,  knowing that $10 will be going towards the people of Haiti.

Edited: For more information on Stampin’ Up!’s amazing generosity, click here to visit Shelli Gardner’s blog (co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!).

Note: I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and punches must be ordered at the same time to qualify for the special ‘thank you’ price.


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Sweet Treats Magnifying Glass Card

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Hi everyone,

Aren’t the days whizzing by at the moment? I’m sure we only celebrated New Years a few days ago yet here we are leaping towards the end of January already!

My card share today is a swap I made for our team stamping day a few weeks ago. I’d seen a few different people use the sweet treat cups as a magnifying glass and thought it looked soooo cute. This card was CASEd from Kirsty Brown‘s gorgeous layout, with a different colour scheme. I’ve also seen it done with lolly bugs and worms (the ‘Nerds’ kind) for a cute boys version.

I wrapped cotton a few times around the body of the butterfly and tied it in a knot, then trimmed the ends to look like feelers.

Just a hint when using the sweet treat cups: try designing your card as a top fold instead of side fold. This will make it more stable and less likely to tip over from the extra weight.

Check back soon for special news about how you can help the relief efforts in disaster-struck Haiti. (And there’s a special offer just for you!)


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Happy New Year

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Wishing my family, friends, valued customers,
team members and blog visitors a very

Happy, Healthy and Creative 2010.

Thanks for visiting my blog and keeping me inspired as always.

Happy stamping,


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Sweet Treat Cups: Mailing/Posting Idea

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Christmas is over, the kids are occupied with new toys and we are now ready to look forward to a brand new year. Bring it on! I hope your Christmas was as lovely as ours 🙂 

If you love the Sweet Treat cups, you might like this clever idea from my team member Juliana Main . She sent me this cute Christmas card, and made her own envelope from a sheet of A4 co-ordinating cardstock. To protect the card and the Sweet Treat Cup she lined the ‘envelope’ with bubble wrap. And yes, it arrived in great condition!

There are ready-made padded envelopes in the Summer Mini catalogue which are a great alternative if you need something fast, but I love this idea for a slightly more creative option. I love how you can co-ordinate the card and envelope so you can make it a complete package. I’m picturing Bashful Blue/Pretty In Pink envelopes for baby cards – might get started on one of those next.

To make these: 

1. Score an A4 sheet of cardstock at 13cm and 26cm. This leaves a nice 3 – 4cm flap at the back.

2. Decorate one long side with matching DSP or a Stampin’ Around wheel. Decorate the flap at the back too.

3. Line cardstock with bubble wrap if sending through the post (or you can leave out this step if you are hand-delivering).

4. Seal the sides and flap with Sticky Strip.

5. Send 🙂

Happy stamping,

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Merry Christmas

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Wishing everyone a very

Merry Christmas

and a Happy, Healthy and Creative

New Year

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Christmas Wreaths

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My lovely friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Debbie Hand, came over the other day and showed me some great projects using techniques I hadn’t seen before. She kindly gave me permission to show them here. This wreath (above) is actually made from a strip of Designer Series Paper with one side shaped using the Scallop Edge punch. The row was then folded concertina style and curved with the scallop edge on the inside to create the wreath.


This wreath is made with the lavendar stamp from Pocket Sillhouettes (p72 Idea Book & Catalogue). Debbie learned this technique from another demonstrator at our Melbourne Regional training day a few months ago (sorry, not sure who that was but I’ll try to find out). Debbie punched a circle and adhered it to the centre with repositionable adhesive to mask the inner circle, before stamping the lavendar all around. Remove the paper, and voila! Love it.

It really makes you think, doesn’t it? I love discovering out-of-the-box uses for our stamps and other tools. I have some more amazing projects to share from my talented stamping friends, including a stunning paper star and a pop up card! Check back soon!


Just released! This has been updated to include Terms 1 and 2, 2010. These classes are very popular and tend to book out, so if you are interested in any of them please contact me early to reserve a spot.  

Happy stamping,


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