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I have no excuse other than I was on a roll the other day when I was playing with the Everyday Enchantment paper and Sale-a-bration (read: freebie)  Elementary Elegance stamp set.  I may as well show you the rest of  the cards that I made and have it over and done with.  These cards all fall into the “lemon-squeezy” section of “easy”.  This next card I did in every colour way that the patterned DSP offered. I liked this combination the best :).  I think if I wanted to spend some more time on it, I would have used Versamark to stamp on a background pattern. But it seems to have survived okay without it.

And this one falls into the super-squeezy section of easy . . .

Once I discovered a trick for making scalloped squares without too much maths (“turning the corner“) it seems to feature in a lot of my cards these days.  🙂 I don’t know if you can see in the photo, I’ve popped up the birthday greeting on a punched-out curly label which fits neatly inside the scroll-y, elegant frame. Can lemon squeezy get any easier?  I don’t think so.

Okay, off you go and make some lemonade!

Till next time,

Michelle

I’m still loving the Everyday Enchantment Sale-a-bration freebie papers and am using them with everything that I am doing at the moment.  I had a different design in my head when I was making this card, but I think I got distracted halfway through and forgot what I was doing.  It’s missing a little something . . .

I will just have to go and play some more until I get it right. What a pity 😉

Do you remember me telling you about the other card I made with the Everyday Enchantment DSP here. I posted a picture of it on a group forum and the cheeky Madonna Dunn asked “Is that for me?”.  Well, as she had asked so nicely, I just had to send it to her. I mentioned that she sent me back a gorgeous card.  Well, she’s taken a lovely picture of it and has posted on her blog here.  As I mentioned before – I LOVE IT.  I think I need to send out more cards, if this is what I get in return. I love some card Karma.

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday.

Michelle

Can I just say that I love freebies. Stampin’ Up! have loads of wonderful goodies available for a limited time every year. It’s that very special time of the year called “Sale-a-bration“. Which is great, except the limited time part. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. This year I have fallen in love with the Everyday Enchantment DSP, and I never want it to end.  I will just have to buy some more goodies to get some more freebies *grin*

Here’s a little creation( it has flown the coop to the lovely Mads in Queensland) that I have used the aforementioned DSP in the background on one of the hearts. The paper is so gorgeous that it needs little more done to it to make a lovely card. Can you see the texture on the middle heart? I punched a heart out of DSP, adhered it to some vanilla card stock then ran it through Black Betty (my Big Shot) in the “Lattice” embossing folder.

And in return she has sent me a visions of vintage-y purple gorgeous-ness.  I want to make cards like she does when I grow up.

More cards soon. But until then, keep inky,

Michelle

Or whatever day it is that you want to celebrate.  Use an embossing folder in the Big Shot and, voilà, you have an instant background that really needs nothing much more done to it. I’m loving these folders and am wondering why on earth it took me so long to get on the Big Shot bandwagon.

A bit of ribbon, a coloured paper daisy and a tag with a greeting.  Done in the recipients favourite colours and there you have an easy birthday greeting. There is Shimmer Mist on this too, but we all know how hard it is to photograph. It’s a bit like the Cottingley Fairies, I know it’s there and I hope you’ll believe me it is.

I haven’t got much else to show you at the moment, it seems that my mojo has taken a holiday . . .

. . .and I’ve had a few other (furry) distractions . . . .

. . . so I have not had much of a chance to get out and get my pinkies inky.  This next week  holds promises of some spare time to go out and look for my missing mojo plus time to play with the new whiskered member of the family too.

Till next time,

Michelle

PS – Sale-a-bration ends on 31 March, so get your$100+ order in to earn free stamp sets. Contact me today to  place your order or click here to view a SAB catalogue

I’ve been playing with the I {heart} Hearts stamp set lately so I thought that I would show you a couple more quick and easy cards. This first card was meant to be given on Valentine’s Day, but after I took the photos, I put it in a safe place & it’s yet to re-surface  . .  maybe it will turn up in time to be given next year!

I really love the woodgrain heart in this set – it’s  good for doing a ‘hearty’ card for a boy. My Valentine is a woodworker so I thought that he would like this heart  . . Let’s just hope it turns up in time forValentine’s day 2011!

Don’t forget that until 28 February, 2010, Stampin’ Up!® will set aside $2 from the sale of every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and donate it to the Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. In order to sell as many of these sets as possible and hopefully raise lots of money I will be removing my demonstrator discount. That brings the stamp set including postage to $41. Why don’t you order your set today!

At a Stamp-a-Stack a couple of weeks ago we were using a one sheet wonder as a base for the cards ( I love OSW’s for making a heap of cards quickly) and this was one of the cards that was there as an example  – the photo hasn’t quite picked up the bling on the heart, but trust me, it’s there . . .

My biggest thrill of the day was when one of the ladies’ grandaughter handed me an envelope addressed to me with a card that she’d been working on in the afternoon ~

She did this all by herself & was most chuffed – even the envelope was beautifully decorated (with the entire cast from “Wild About You”) and inside she thanked me for “the best fun day ever”.  For me, that is the embodiment of the Stampin’ Up!  statement of the heart “To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference.”

Till next time ~ happy stamping,

Michelle

Help make a difference in the lives of those who continue to suffer from the effects of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January. From now until 28 February, 2010, Stampin’ Up!® will set aside $2 from the sale of every I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and donate it to the Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

In order to sell as many of these sets as possible and hopefully raise lots of money I will be removing my demonstrator discount. That brings the stamp set including postage to $41.09.

This is a great little set from the summer Mini Catalogue and has stamps that co-ordinate with the Three-Heart punch and Full-Heart punch.  Here’s a card and matching box that I will be making with my class at Chelsea Heights Community Centre this week.

Please contact me to order your stamp set today! Don’t forget that Sale-a-bration is on and this stamp set will count towards your $100 to earn a free stamp set!

Till next time,

Michelle

Welcome to my “stop” on the ESAD Sale-a-bration blog hop ~ how many pages have you been to already? I hope that you have been inspired by what you have seen today. Dont’ forget, on your way around the hop leave a comment  & if you leave a comment on every blog you’ll be  in the running for some great blog candy. Once you’ve left a comment on every blog, send an email to Leonie at leonie@stamp-a-latte.com and you will go into the running . There are 3 prizes this hop, so there are more chances for you.

If this is your first stop, I better tell you who we are. All the members of the “Hop” are members of ESAD – an Australian-based Yahoo group just for Extremely Special Aussie & New Zealand (Stampin’ Up!®) Demonstrators that provides support, encouragement, tips and ideas on building your Stampin’ Up!® business.  We have regular chats, swaps, online support and friendship with other Australian & New Zealand Demonstrators. There are weekly challenges, product know how, tech talk, online chats, cyber crops and sharing of creations.  If you’re an SU demo and you’d like to join  this great group – click here.  

Today’s hop is showcasing stamp sets from the-just-released-today Sale-a-bration catalogue.  You can earn your choice from 4 stamp sets for free (more information below). Today I want show you what I have done with ‘Vintage Labels’ stamp set, which has 6 stamps in the set that are a mix of greetings and labels.  Just like this one here. 

Here I’ve used  the Designer Series Paper “Tea Party” with the Curly Label Punch. . . which just happens to fit one of the gorgeous stamps in the Sale-a-bration ‘Vintage Labels’ set.  You too can get your hands on one of these sets – FOR FREE! All you need to do is spend $100 (before shipping)  on Stampin Up! items from either the main Idea Book & Catalogue or the current Summer Mini Catalogue  and it’s yours!  There are 4 stamp sets to choose from, and no doubt you have seen a wide range of ways you can use them on your cards, layouts and OTP items.  Would you like to see some more? I’ve gone Tea Party crazy, I love this paper so much that I’ve made another card . . . .

This is actually a gift card holder and looks like this on the inside ~

To make the flap I just turned up the end of the card and decorated it with some Tea Party Paper and used the curly label punch to make a thumb hole.  Are you sensing a theme here with the paper?  My next card is ‘inpired’ by a card in the current Summer Mini Catalogue. I’ve used papers where they have used ribbons and I’ve used dimensionals to get some elements popped up as I didn’t have buttons (Shock! Horror! I know! How can I possibly go on? . . . I shall have to rectify that soon!)  The stamp from Vintage Labels set is the teeny-weeny Happy Birthday at the bottom . . .see? It’s waaaaay down there . . .

I’ve also used the 3-heart punch and the eyelet border punch on, yes, you guessed it, more Tea Party DSP. All very quick and easy and using up scraps of my printed paper ~ all those scrpas t hat I just can’t bear to throw away (I knew they’d come in handy sooner rather than later, I was saving money to buy some buttons!).  All these sets have used card stock and inks from the ‘Soft Subtles’ colour family and Basic Grey Classic Ink.  If you’d like to order any of these items, don’t forget to contact me to place your order.

If you’d like to see what other sets you can earn, check out the Sale-a-bration catalogue here.

Now, that’s enough from me for the time being and it’s time for you to ‘hop’ over to Narelle Hodge’s blog here.  Enjoy the rest of your travels & don’t forget to leave a comment to be in the running for the candy!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you here again soon!

Michelle

PS- I have another blog that is for my charity project “Aides de memoire” – I’d love it if you could stop by for a look there too!

Although the fires are still raging in parts of Victoria, some people are starting to return to their home and lives are starting to be rebuilt.  It will be a long time before a lot of people are back in theor own homes, if they decide to return at all.  Having watched the devestation it makes you more aware of how much you can take your ‘stuff’ for granted and if it’s all suddenly taken away, it’s your life that has vanished. Everything holds memories.

This was one photo of so many that I saw at news sites of perople confronting what they had lost.  It’s just heartbreaking.  I hope they can find some comfort and sense of home sometime soon.

Well this post hasn’t quite lived up to the title yet, has it?  I really was coming to post some bits and pieces that I have been doing lately using Groovy Guava.  It’s not a colour I’ve used a lot as I never really warmed to it, and now it’s getting closer to being retired I thought I better start using it. I’ve gone all out and used it as the main colour in a few projects.  The first one I wanted to show you was using one of the sets from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue called ‘Botanical Blooms’ .

It’s a 2-Step stamp set and is very light and delicate ~ like me … NOT!  I’ve used versamark for the background and the Guava double stictched ribbon layered over some Close to Cocoa cardstock that has been pierced and distressed.  The main image was stamped on Whisper Wite with Guava and Chocolate Chip, then layered onto Chocolate Chip cardstock that was distressed and pierced and distressed.  Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.  I think that I am starting to REALLY like ol’ GG.

Till next time – stay safe.

Michelle

I have just realised that it’s been an age since I last posted.. I got caught up in the Christmas rush, was busy with classes at the Community Centre and Photobucket hasn’t been playing nice, so I couldn’t show you what I’d been doing…. you get the gist.  I gave up on the posting for a little while ~ it was all just too hard!  I hope you have had a great festive season and amongst all the family busy-ness, I hope you have found some time to just relax and …. breathe …. It can all get so out of hand this time of year that it takes 12 months to recover!

I know it’s a bit late and the horse has already bolted, but If you would like to see some christamas cards that I made (and managed to get posted out in time) – check out my website – here.  It also has a sneak peek at the Summer Catalogue with some pictures, the opposite of what’s here!   If you would like to see the summer mini catalogue in all it’s glory, click here to go to the Stamping Up! website. 

I am on a mission at the moment and am making an album, with the new “Bali Breeze” papers for inspiration.  If I can get a picture up, I will show you my progress.. if there is any.  I am hoping to have this completed for mid-January and I am still choosing and scanning pictures! At least I haven’t decided how many pages that I will have…. the number I end up with on the due date will, of course, be the exact number I planned to do in the first place!

Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration (SAB) starts on January 1 – for every $100 you spend, you can choose from a stamp set FOR FREE from an exclusive range that is only available for the promotional period only.  Stamp sets can be earned on purchases at a workshop, or through orders placed directly through me. If you are the hostess of a workshop that has over $600 in sales you are also entitled to choose a free SAB stamp set.  How about a FREE stamp set from the normal catalogue? Join my team during Sale-a-bration and you can chooses any stamp set  extra to those already in your starter kit! If you would like further information on any of these offers, contact me today!

Well, back to figure out my picture uploading problems…  Happy new year to you all and I hope that you celebrate safely to welcome in 2009.

Michelle

This was a quick little card made using another of the Sale-a-bration sets, “Birthday Whimsy”.  Sometimes simple can be just as effective as it’s busier cousins. 

I have used some soft subtles for the colouring and picked up the pale plum used on one of the presents as the layer behind the white card. Very simple, very quick! Hmmm, who will be getting this birthday card I wonder?

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