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Happy Moments Sale-a-bration Make & Takes

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Happy Moments Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, by Stampin' Up!

[*big wave*] Hi, thanks for visiting.

Today I’m sharing some of the Make & Take projects that my workshop guests will be making during February. There is a choice of colours, and it’s a simple yet practical layout.

We’re using the wonderfully versatile Happy Moments Sale-a-bration stamp set – free with purchases over $100. We’ll also get to play with the gorgeous PolkaDot background stamp and some punches. There’s also a touch of watercolouring there, just for fun.




If you’d like to make these projects, it’s really easy. Just get in touch with me and we can organise a class or workshop to suit your needs. It’s soooo much fun.

Come back on Valentine’s Day to check out some projects that share the love!

Happy stamping,


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Tutorial: Creating Rhinestone Gems from Stampin’ Up! brads

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Sale-a-bration Stamp Sets

Have you ever wanted to add embellishments to one-layer cards, without it ruining the look on the inside?

I really wanted to add some bling to these simple, clean cards but I didn’t want the pins from the brads to show on the inside. With multi-layer cards it’s easy… you just add the brads to the top layer only, and then attach that layer to the card base. Problem solved. You can’t do that with one-layer cards though.

Today I’m sharing a trick that’s been around for ages, but it is sure is a beauty. Simply grab a Stampin’ Up! brad (the Fire and Ice circle and square brads look fantastic), and follow the steps below to extract the gem.

Step 1


Choose a Rhinestone Brad
(p149 Idea Book & Catalogue)




Step 2


Pull the pins (legs) apart to expose the back of the brad





Step 3



Using a sharp tool (hobby knife or the ends of your scissors), pry open the two clasps holding the rhinestone brad





Step 4


The rhinestone should come out quite easily, but you might have to give it a gentle push. Be careful not to scratch the front of the gem with your blade.






Push the gem onto a Mini Glue Dot (p154 IB&C).


Your gem is now ready to use.



Bling Close Up


Happy stamping,


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Window Dressing Slider Card

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Window Dressing Slider Card

Today’s card share was created by one of the talented demonstrators in my team – Keryn Moon, Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Lilydale.

Keryn gave me this adorable slider card at our team day last month, and I really enjoyed CASEing it. It features the Level 3 hostess set, Window Dressing. As you pull the insert, the images move to the window above before the final message is revealed.

You can write your message on the back of the insert. To cut out an opening for the windows I used a hobby knife and it was surprisingly easy. I usually only use scissors for detailed cutting but I might have to pull out the hobby blade a bit more often.

If you are near Lilydale or in the Yarra Valley area, and you are looking for a local demonstrator, then contact Keryn. No doubt she’ll be able to show you more gorgeous projects just like this one. 

Today my two older kids (DS9 and DD6) went back to school after the long summer holidays . I’ve been hanging out for school to start – just like they have! – but now that they’re gone it’s soooo quiet in the house and I’m missing them! Lovely to spend one-on-one time with Little Miss 3 though!

My next post will have a tutorial on creating bling so check back soon.

Happy stamping,



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Happy Moments Carousel Card

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Happy Moments Carousel Card

Hi stampers!

Today’s project is a fun card I whipped up for a special friend’s birthday.

It is made from a couple of Carousel Notes (p131 Idea Book & Catalogue) which are joined together with a brad. If you squint you can *just* see the red brad in the middle of the clear embossed flower on the right there. hehehe

Anyway, this brad is where the top carousel note swivels to the left so the message can be read on the card underneath (click the image below for a demo).

The birthday present image is one of the cute stamps from the Happy Moments Sale-a-bration set. That stamp is going to get a lot of use, for sure!

I have been making all sorts of cards with interesting folds and flips and pop-ups lately, as I’m getting ready for my next class:

Pop-Up Cards:
All the Fun of

Flip Out, Pop Up, Pull Down,
Interactive Cards

Sunday 28th February 2010,
2pm – 4pm,

In Creswick (15mins from Ballarat, 20mins from Daylesford)


Booking and pre-payment is essential for this class. With a month to go there are only 3 spots left, so if you’d like to join us for this class please let me know so you won’t be disappointed. Contact me for more details.

Happy stamping,


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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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