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Snowflake Card

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Snowflake cards

If you've been studying the Christmas holiday catalogue as much as I have, these snowflake cards might look familiar!

Hint: Check out page 14 of the Christmas catalogue.

 

These were one of the fun projects we made at a Stampin'Up! party on the weekend.

Love that silver Glimmer Paper! Soooo sparkly.

 

I modified my version a little (as we do!) by using the Confetti stamp set in the background and also adding a touch of Dazzling Details. The Festival of Prints DSP stack is AWESOME if you have a Big Shot… just tear off a sheet and pop it straight onto your die. At 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" inches (11.4cm x 16.5cm) each page, they are the PERFECT size for die-cutting on the run, as a photo mat for scrapbooking, cardfront embellishment and other kinds of papery goodness. Very cool.

 

 

Full free downloadable instructions for this Snowflake card are in this month's newsletter.

 

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Happy stamping,

 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas

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Wishing everyone a fabulous and fun-filled Christmas. Hope your day is…

Merry & Bright!

 

Merry and Bright card features: Merry & Type stamp set, Holiday Lineup stamp set, Real Red and Soft Suede cardstock and ink, Watercolour Paper and Stazon Ink, Brights glimmer brads, Window Punch, linen thread, Decorative Label and Scallop Edge punched and spinner hands.

 

Happy stamping,

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The Season of Joy

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Only a few more sleeps until Christmas!

Wishing all my blog friends a few quiet moments to stop and enjoy this special time. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle as we try to knock things off our To Do list, but the beauty really is in the quiet moments.

For me, there's nothing quite like Christmas lights at nights, kinder ornaments hanging on the tree, homemade bikkies from friends, and hearing so many excited shrieks in the morning as the kids check their Advent Calendar pockets. Talk of Santa, finishing school, getting ready for our beach holiday, making plans for everything that we'll do 'on the holidays', and reminding the kids of the real meaning of Christmas

I LOVE this time of year!

This card is based on one from past Christmas workshops, but I've added some of the gorgeous red Glimmer Paper (p13 Summer Mini catalogue) and a Glimmer Brad. Nice and shiny in real life.

Happy stamping,

 

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6 Christmas Cardmaking Tips

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I went to our letterbox the other day and found the first Christmas card of the season.

A bit early, I know, but it wasn't entirely unexpected. We have relatives who like to get their cards out by mid-November! Eek!

So with Christmas card season officially here I thought I'd share some tips to make your bulk cardmaking a little easier.

 

1. Pick a design early

Found a card you enjoy making? Then stick to it. This will be your official "Card of the Year".

2. Keep it simple

Chances are you'll be making a lot, so try hard to resist the temptation to add bits here and there. Keep it simple.

3. Have enough supplies on hand

Check that you have enough ribbon, adhesive, cardstock and embellishments. Is your favourite ink pad a little patchy this year? Add a reinker (they're only $5.95) to your order. Allow a week for me to get the raw materials to you.

4. Set up your crafting space

Clear off a bench or desk, or pull out the trestle table for the weekend. Think carefully about how you can best set up your craft station using optimally planned logistics. I'm serious! Five minutes spent in careful planning could be a great investment. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has stamped a bunch of images and then thought 'I should have moved the stamp pad over to this side next to my hand'. lol.

5. Set up an assembly line

Mass produce elements first, assemble later.

6. Don't forget the envelope

Stamp it, emboss it… you name it. The envelope is the first thing the lucky recipient will see in amongst that pile of bills. Get them smiling before they even see your card by prettying up the envelope.

 

And most importantly, crank up the Christmas tunes and have fun!

 

I can't wait for Christmas this year. It will be the first Christmas dinner that I'm hosting at home, and I'm so looking forward to the challenge. Bon bons, place settings, festive decorations… *squeal*.

Happy stamping,

 

 

 

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Thanks for your interest. All 2011 classes are now filled. 

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Christmas In July: Reflection Technique

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Welcome back for our second July stamp club project.

Another based on the reflection technique, this one is a CASE from the fabulous Amy Celona.

Thanks for the inspiration Amy.

Of course we don't get snow here at Christmastime but it IS winter at the moment and MIGHTY cold where we live! Brrrrrr.

This card uses Lovely as a Tree, Welcome Christmas and Heard from the Heart stamp sets.

Unlike the Reflection Technique card I posted the other day, this one uses Glossy Cardstock so looks oh so shiny. We couldn't use the shimmer paint spritz on this one but instead BLINGed it up with Dazzling Diamonds glitter in the trees.

Will be back soon with some of the highlights from our big biannual team day. So exciting.

Stay warm, and happy stamping.

p.s. And safe journey to all those from the EurekaStampers travelling to my hometown for our team day this weekend. See you soon.

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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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