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5 Minute Christmas Cards: Welcome Christmas

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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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Mini Milk Carton goes Festive

Published by under 3D projects,Big Shot,Christmas

Oh where does the time go? Here we are barreling along towards Christmas… aren't the days just zipping by?

This weekend we are celebrating my parent's 40th Wedding Anniversary and my son's 10th birthday! We're having a family reunion at the beach and I'm also going to the Melbourne Regional training day for Stampin' Up! demonstrators…  so before I carry on the hunt for the missing bucket and spade, I just wanted to quickly stop by and share this fun project.

The Mini Milk Carton die (p155 IB&C) was a surprise birthday present I received last week, and it's soooo cute! It creates adorable itty bitty boxes with the Big Shot. These really are small! Only a couple of inches tall BUT there is a nifty little trick where you can fold your paper a couple of times just inside the cutting lines to give the box extra height. The folds can be covered by ribbon or embellishments. A bit difficult to explain, maybe I'll have to do another 'pictorial tutorial' to share here? Let me know if you're interested.

Ooh, and you can fit quite a bit in there if you just fold the top and secure with a mini library clip, rather than sealing it with adhesive.


Stamps used are from Season of Joy, and the paper is Jolly Holiday. Colours are Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive (my fave combo at the moment). The ribbon is from the Mistletoe bundle which is FREE right now with the purchase of any our special bundles.

Happy stamping and have a wonderful weekend,

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Welcome Christmas

Less than two months until Christmas!

Wooohooo!!! I'm one of those people who love love love Christmas. The decorations, lights, music, family time, yummy food, traditions, homemade cards. I love it all! So I'm especially loving our EurekaStampers team swap this month, which is all about CHRISTMAS! I've been getting beee-uuuu-tiful Chrissy cards in the letterbox throughout October, including this one that just arrived today from Jessica Williams. Isn't she talented?!  (Thank you Jess for giving me permission to share this here xx)

This stunning stair-step card uses the two gorgeous stamp sets on page 26 of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue: Winter Post and Welcome Christmas.

And one more look (check out the tea-dyed organza ribbon)…

I just recently got Welcome Christmas as part of the fabulous bundle promotion that's on this month. I love the limited edition Cocoa Specialty paper that came in the bundle – 12×12 designer series paper that coordinates with Real Red and Soft Suede, and a few sheets even have flocking. Wow, that stuff is so much fun to work with… paper that looks good and feels good too, has got to be a great thing. LOL

I'm still working on my swaps for this month – eek! It's been a crazy time, with the trip to Hamilton Island and since then I've had my head in the books getting all the tax and paperwork up-to-date (I do the book-keeping for my husband's business). Pheww!!! Soooo glad that's over… for now!

Just wanted to say a quick hello to Narelle and the girls from our workshop this morning [big wave] It was such a fun morning, and what a gorgeous group of girls to spend time stamping with.

We made a Riding Hood Red, Garden Green and Very Vanilla card using the Delightful Decorations bundle, and christmas ornament with stamps and coordinating punches. 

Happy stamping,

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Free Ribbon

Published by under Christmas,specials

We are just finishing our amazing Stampin' Up! incentive trip on Hamilton Island and it has been such an incredible time. I have been keeping an online diary of all the things we've been up to and will post a link to the separate page later today or tomorrow (it's long!). But I quickly wanted to jump in here and mention a brand new promotion that has just been announced… the 'Dress Up Christmas' promotion..

It runs from now  until the end of November, and will see you getting a lovely roll of LIMITED EDITION ribbon FREE (there are 4 to choose from) with a specially selected Christmas bundle or by hosting a $550 workshop. 

You can check out all the details here.

Happy stamping,

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Christmas Cardmaking Class: October 9th 2010

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Saturday 9th of October 2010

1pm – 3pm

Creswick, Victoria

Come and join us for a fun afternoon as we make 8 projects (2 each of 4 designs) for the upcoming Festive Season. Yes, it’ll be here before you know it!

The class is suitable for beginners right through to the experienced papercrafters (with opportunities to 'step it up').

Second hand stamps AND retired cardmaking & scrapbooking supplies for sale on the day. Grab a bargain. One day only.

$25 class/materials fee. Everything supplied.
Early Bird Special: $20 per person, pay by 4th of October.

(Note: this has been extended because my scheduled blog post didn't work! oops, that'll teach me for going away during the school holidays! lol)

Contact me to reserve your spot.

Please note: Due to the popularity of this class spaces are strictly limited, and as a result, your spot will only be secured upon payment. If you aren't able to attend on the day I will happily provide you with your custom-prepared card kits.

Can't wait to see you!

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Christmas Sharing

Published by under 3D projects,Christmas

I have some great projects to share with you today. I can’t take credit for them, but I do plan to CASE them! This gorgeous pop-up card was sent to me by the wonderfully talented Rose Packer. She used the Season of Joy stamp set to create 3 individually attached pop-up Christmas trees.

I LOVE pop-ups and fancy folds and am very excited to finally be including the long awaited "Pop-Ups" cardmaking class in my 2010 Class Schedule.

 Below is a very impressive paper star that Heather McCarthy sent to me in the post! The box got a bit damaged but amazingly the star was untouched. She also included instructions (thanks Heather!) and I’ve been playing with these stars and experimenting with sizes.

Well Christmas is almost upon us. Here’s hoping you are all finished with your preparations and you’re now able to put your feet up and enjoy this special time.

Hope all your Christmas wishes come true,

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