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Christmas Craft Day Survival Guide

My little Thing Three had a Christmas Craft day at school on Monday, so naturally I was roped in to volunteer to make things with her friends.  It was a fun day - think desks pushed together to make little craft stations, with parent helpers assigned to various activities.  There were headbands to be decorated, reindeer decorations, cookies to be adorned with sweets and icing, pine cones festooned with glitter, T shirts being screen printed,  and close to 80 excited little girls going from one activity to the next.  Madness!  But fun.

Of course, my station was for making cards and tags.  I kept it simple (I've been to one of these days before) by preparing as much as possible ahead of time (e.g..  Cutting up base cards and pre-scoring them, cutting out the elements to make the tags, etc) by only designing one layer cards, with one colour ink pad per stamp.  Here they are:

And here are the tags the girls could make:

I laid out Stampin' Grid Paper at each place at my table, and …

20% Off Selected Stamps!

Can you believe it?  Love me a bargain!  Click on the link over there on the right to see the list of goodies on special until 20th November.  
Here are a few of my favourites that are on sale - if you haven't already got them, take advantage of this special ASAP.

This is big news - for the first time, Stampin' Up! has released a list of the products from the Holiday Mini that will be retiring, so you get to make sure you don't miss out.  Isn't that awesome?  Over on the right, you can click on the link to see the full list.  My personal favourites? Product List

Gold & White 3/8" (1 Cm) Glitter Ribbon [139614] $17.50
Gold Cording Trim [139618] $8.75
Real Red & Garden Green 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Striped Ribbon [139615] $14.00
Real Red Pompom Trim [139617]

One Stamp Set, Three Ways

I love Christmas in Australia - not that I've experienced Christmas anywhere else, yet.  I love the gorgeous poinciana trees that flower in December here. We have one in our back yard that makes me happy to look out my kitchen window.  Unfortunately, it drops loads of leaves into our pool, and my husband is colour blind, so he never appreciates it's beauty.  
This is not my tree, but one from the internet:

Isn't it lovely?  And so Christmassy!
Another plant you only see at Christmas time, which I also love, is the Poinsettia.

So when I saw the Poinsettia flowers in the Reason for the Season stamp set, I had to have it!
Here are three pretty quick and simple cards I've made using this set - even the more complicated "Stepped up" version is pretty quick to assemble.

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Reason For The Season Photopolymer Bundle [140847] $57.75
Metallic Foil Doilies [138392] $7.00
2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper [

Extra Stampin' Rewards? Yes Please!

Have you noticed the latest Stampin' Up! Promotion?  I know my newsletter had something in it about this awesome deal, but I forgot to put it in a  Blog Post.  I'd best remedy that now!

You get an extra 3% in Stampin' Rewards when you hold a workshop or place an order with at least $400 in retail sales.  With all the goodies in the Occasions Mini, that doesn't take long, especially if you get together with a friend to combine your wish lists.  You can even use it towards the cost of a Starter Kit if you'd like to join my team!

I'm hoping to host another class this coming Thursday too so be on the look out for my email.  

Can't Stop Making These!

You can never have too many pillow boxes, right?  I hope not, because they are seriously addictive to make.  Ever since my last class where we made one, I've been trying out different ways of decorating them.

The frame lit set comes with these cute Christmas trees and snowflake (there is a co-ordinating stamp set, naturally), and I've had fun lining them up and putting a bit of Window Sheet behind the cut out design.    Add a cute hand made tag, a bit of baker's twine or ribbon and you are done!

I also discovered that a strip of the Envelope Paper is an easy way to make a belly band around your box - and if you have a handmade card, you can co-ordinate the envelope.  Win!

The other things I can't stop making at the moment are these layered cards:

I just adore these edgelits!  I love how you can use the positive or negative, and the cute stamps that match just make my matchy-matchy heart sing.  

And, in case you wondered......

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Big Shot [113439] $169.00