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Happy Birthday Father In Law!

A big week in our family, starting with my Mother-in-Law's birthday and ending with my Father-In-Law's birthday!
Here's the card I made him:

And yesterday some lovely ladies and I made a card together at Gingerbella's coffee shop.  It was fun!   I'll take a pic of that card to show you soon.   A small child is requesting my presence just now.
Here's the card:
Edited to add this card is CASED from the Stampin' Up! Demo website - such a great resource!
And here's another pretty cardbox I made from (retiring) DSP 

Another OSW - this time with A4

Mae Collins also created a template for an A4 One Sheet Wonder, that I had to try.  You can find her template here


I stamped the gorgeous (and retiring!) Bodacious Bouquet stamps randomly on some whisper white cardstock.  I looked to the SU! Colour Wheel to help select the colours, and came up with Ruby Red, Handsome Hunter, Cameo Coral and Groovy Guava with chocolate chip for mats and contrast.  I LOVE the way these cards turned out!  I thought I had taken better photos of these cards, but it looks like I didn't.  If I do, I'll edit this post later to put them in.   As you can see, I got 7 cards from one A4 piece of cardstock.  Makes an excellent gift for someone or a quick way for you to make a few cards in advance if you know you have a few birthdays coming up.
Give it a try!

The Summer Mini Is Dead, Long Live the New Catalogue!

OK. not exactly dead - just in the last throes.   So is Sale-A-Bration.  SAB finishes at the end of this month (a week!).   Summer Mini finishes at the end of March.   In honour of both, here are a few recent creations featuring DSP/stamps from the Summer Mini and SAB.
Here's a gorgeous card box I made with the Bali Breeze DSP:  


I embellished it with the Felt Flower Fusion flowers (from the Mini) and a tempting tourquise brad.   I am not nearly clever enough to have invented this box; I found it  last year some time on Dannie's Designs - she has a fabulous video   This is the third one I've made so far, and not only am I better with practice, but I'm using better quality materials now, and  it really does make a difference.  The first two I made before I had a lot of SU! stuff and the quality was not so great.  Six months later those boxes have fallen apart because I just used ordinary double-sided tape instead of Sticky Strip.  Also I used cute DSP but didn't have …

Makeesha's Challenge #4

Boy, do I have a lot to show you guys!
First, here's my submission for Makeesha's inspiration challenge (click on her name):


And here are the bookmarks in the nude!


Aren't they sweet? I CASE'd them from a talented lady by the name of Patti Lee - her blog Creations by Pattiis a wonderful source of information and inspiration. Check it out! I used Eastern Blooms on their kimonos, the round tab punch and 13/8 inch circle punch to make the bookmarks, and So Many Sayings (level 1 Hostess set) on the bookmarks.
Next I have to show you these cards from the Starter Swap I was involved in a couple of months ago - 6 new Demonstrators swapped cards. Here they are:

They are by: Melissa Sharp, Chantell Randall, Bronwen Cornish, Louise Sutton (ME!), Christie Wallaceand Lisa Beard Aren't they lovely? I think that we newbies are pretty darned clever!

Here's the card we made as a make and take at the workshop I did on Monday:

This was CASED from a card by the fabulous Stephanie …

Stampin' Up! helps the Victorian Bushfire Appeal

Like many of you, I've been watching the tragic events in Victoria over the past week or so with tears in my eyes. I'm very pleased to see that Stampin' Up! has decided to respond to the disaster by donating 50% of the retail value of all sales from a select group of stamps to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfire 2009 Appeal. This will last from 12th February 2009 to 31 March 2009.
Here is a list of the Bushfire Appeal sets:Stamp SetItem Number Page Number in Catalogue Retail PricePriceless112312105 48.95 AUDSeeing Spots 108909 89 29.95 AUD Baroque Motifs 112380 9839.95 AUD Live Your Dream 114261 3
(Summer Mini Catalogue)55.95 AUD Looks Like Spring* 108864 76 58.95 AUD The Snowflake Spot* 108934 27 39.95 AUD

Tool of The Month (TOTM) - Stamp-a-majig

A Stampa-ma-what?
Ever wondered how the cards in papercrafting magazines never have the sentiment crooked? Or how to stamp say, a flower, inside a circle, without it being slightly to the side of centre?
They use a stamp positioner. The one I use is called a Stamp-A-Majig. Here is is in a dark photo taken late at night:

I got mine at a craft fair years ago - and I've NEVER seen one in a craft shop. Lucky for you, Stampin' Up! sells it: see page 149 of the Idea Book & Catalogue. (The SU! SAMJ is a classic black, not purple like this one) It sells for $22.95, and I think it is worth twice that at least. It is one of the tools that I always keep on my craft desk.
A Stamp-a-majig (or SAMJ) is two parts: a "T" shaped thing and a clear plastic sheet.
Let me show you how to use it:
Here I've stamped the cute circular Happy Birthday stamp from the Think Happy Thoughts set (although, oddly the stamp says "happy thoughts" .....hmmm. Must h…

Another cute little treat box

Like this cute little treat bag?  I made it from a single piece of  A4 cardstock and a brad.  Here's how:
Take your A4 cardstock, stamp any way you like on one side (I used a Jumbo Roller "It's Beautiful" from the Spring Mini, retired just now).
Then along the short side, score at 6.3cm and 14.7cm.  Turn it so the long side is up, and score at 12cm and 16.8cm.    Mark in pencil the point 5.2cm from the 12 cm score line and again from the 16.8cm score line.  You will then score a line from that point to make a triangle - see this diagram to explain what I mean.  I have drawn the lines to score with black pen (ignore the other score lines, which were a mistake!).

Fold all scored lines,  folding both ways so the cardstock is "flexible".  Not sure how to describe it, but hopefully you'll see what I mean when you try it.

Then fold it as shown - the long sides inwards first.  You should end up with a pouch with two long ends and two short sides.  Pinch the top to…