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Saturday, April 25, 2009

This has to be one of my favorite cards for a very long time!

With a Big Shot, Circle Scissor Plus and some fabulous Designer Series Paper, anything is possible.

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I've been itching to share this card with you!
If you live where I do, you have to "laugh" at our weather - shorts to snow pants and back to shorts again in just hours - I think I may need to buy a boat if this crazy weather keeps up!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

I wish Sarah would do a Circle Challenge

As you know, recently I've been participating in challenges, and it's just killing me that Sarah hasn't done one with circles yet.

Have I told you lately that I love the Circle Scissor Plus? Did you know you can also take out the blade and add a pen or pencil to draw perfect circles too? Wow!!

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If you've got children, grandchildren, or just know a child, I challenge you to tell me you haven't seen a picture that you could do this with! Bubbles were just made for the Circle Scissor Plus, or is it the other way around?
Have a delightful day!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Circle Scissor Plus Gift Bag

I've been itching to show you what the Circle Scissor Plus can do since I saw it demonstrated in London.

This fun bag has a round window created with the fabulous new Circle Scissor Plus and the new window sheets featured in the Occasions Mini - I'm so glad they are back.

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Isn't it amazing how one simple tool can turn the "ordinary" into the "extraordinary"?
I'm going to apologise in advance for all the circles you are going to be seeing over the coming days and weeks!
I hope you enjoy my new toy as much as I do!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Note Card Class

A few months ago a member of my family from England emailed me and asked me if I'd order some golf cards from a company in America and send them to England. Shock, horror, I had to actually order and send shop purchased cards.

To my delight, a few weeks later Stampin' Up! came out with a fantastic stamp set for guys, including golf and so I set about creating a set of note cards to send to England.

By the time I'd finished, I'd completed it by creating a coordinating box with a window.

Below you can see what it turned out like.

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I then thought that the ladies needed to be included and so I created this love note size set.

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You know how I hate keeping things to myself and so I've turned making note cards into an event that you can attend.

Join me on:
Tuesday May 26th from 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Wednesday May 27th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

We'll make your choice of either the man set or lady set - just let me know when you reserve your spot which one you'd like to make.

The box is super simple to make and so we'll make that too.

Cost: $15.00 per person - your payment by check or cash reserves your spot and remember space is limited and is on a first reserve first serve basis.

Don't forget to let me know if you are coming to the day or evening event and which set you would like to make.

Please note that the images above are not exact replicas of what we will make, they are just to give you an idea of the type of project I'm talking about. Colors, ribbon and designs will vary.

Don't forget to reserve contact me ASAP, so that I can order and cut out your projects ready for your enjoyment.

I'm looking forward to stamping with you!

I love it when my friends and other demos send me cards!

It's strange how things turn out......

Long before I started making cards, I always saved cards that people had made for me, they just had a special feeling about them.

Now, I really appreciate handmade cards even more because I know how much heart goes into such a creation.

Have you noticed how people linger just a little longer over a card that's handmade?

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Jennifer, Dianne, Elisa, Andrea and Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations with me. I only wish I could express in words the warmth that filled my heart when I received your beautiful cards. I will treasure them always.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Guy Card

I'm doing my best to post cards that work for the guys too. This one is even better in person. The wolf is embossed in black and pops out from the card with a dimensional.

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My circle cutter is scheduled for delivery today - I can't wait to show you the results of this amazing new tool! Stay tuned!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

FREE instructions

It took me a while, but I've finally finished my London make 'n takes.

I started out creating them step by step as the directions said and then I got a little side tracked and added a little of my own inspiration.

All these samples required only three stamp sets and you could actually get away without needing the third one. (Fundamental Phrases)

When you place an order that includes the stamp set Soft Summer from the Occasions Mini and the set Best Wishes and More from the current Spring/Summer Idea Book, I will send you by email FREE the instructions to make six projects either the same or similar to those pictured below.

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The card above was supposed to be a cute little bucket, but I was worried it wouldn't travel well and so I attached the bucket to a card and left the top open so that you could add a little treat or message to the bucket and also write something inside the card. It's my favorite, because the stamp set inspired me to be extra creative.

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The project above is actually a treat pouch, it's a tent that you can add a treat to and soooo simple to make.

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The card above is actually a two step stamp, but instead of using the image to fill in the stem and flowers, I chose to watercolor them with ink and a blender pen.

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When I used the new punch to create boarder on the card above, it went directly onto my wish list and now I can't stop using it.

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I haven't found the right snow picture to go on this scrapbook page, but I know it's somewhere in my collection. For now I've stamped snowflakes on the mat. This is the first scrapbook page I've ever made at "scrapbooking" on Friday night!

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I haven't lined envelopes before, but it couldn't have been quicker and easier, I can't wait to do it again. Don't you just love this little set, it's perfect to keep on hand to give to someone special.

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Now you've seen how many different styles of projects you can create with just two stamp sets and you know I'll send you the instructions to similar projects FREE when you order them, check out the additional samples in the current Idea Book and Occasions Mini.
Did I mention that Best Wishes and More also has a coordinating Simply Scrappin' Kit? The possibilities are endless!

Today I Want To Showcase A Fabulous Stamp Set

Fifth Avenue Floral 113734 $24.95 is absolutely stunning and it has a host of coordinating items.

You can emboss it.......

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You can cut it and pop it with dimensionals......

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You can stamp it and trim it and make it look sooooo different.....

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The next card was created using the Textured Impressions with the Big Shot and Designer Series Paper, then you take a sanding block and sand the raised image to remove some of the color and this is the fabulous effect you are left with. I remember when Rebecca first saw the stamp set she said hmmm nice, but when she saw the card below she was totally wowed!!

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You can just stamp it......
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No matter what you do with Fifth Avenue Floral, it just looks spectacular - you can even decorate your home or art with it because there is a coordinating Manhattan Flower Decor Elements and if you really need more inspiration, there's "Urban Oasis" Designer Series Paper to coordinate beautifully with Fifth Avenue Floral.
Now I know I have more pictures somewhere, so keep coming back and as soon as I find them and crop them and I'll post them because I absolutely love the sophisticated style of Fifth Avenue Floral and ALL the fabulous coordinating products that will give your projects "urban flair".

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday was one of the most spectacular weather days we've had around here in a long time.

I think the birds agreed - you should have heard the noise they were making.

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I spent another day in the forsythia bush - but I think I've finally done enough to keep the birds happy for the summer and I'm really looking forward to all the new growth next Spring.

It's wonderful to be able to share projects with you, but I often wish you could see them person, because they are so much better and this one I love because the bird is shiny and the designer series paper is simply delightful.

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