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A good vinatage

If you know me at all you know I love a glass of wine... or two. It should come as no surprise that I fell in love with the 'Half full stamp set'. One of my favourite things about having a glass of wine is the conversation with friends that goes along with it. So it's fun to be able to make some great cards for those friends with our favourite theme as a base.

I used 4 of the stamps from this stamp set in the card, stamping them in Stayz On Black ink and then using my Aqua Painter and some inks I water coloured the wine in the glasses and bottles.  For the sentiment I stamped it in Versamark ink and added gold embossing powder before embossing. A few embellishments to add some layers and depth and it was all done.

The sentiments in this stamp set are really versatile and have you covered from everything from friendship & birthdays to Christmas and new years. A great one for wine lovers. Don't tell but I may have combined a glass of wine or two with the making of …
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Cheers to a New Year

Happy New Year! And yes I know it's already March - better late than never right? I don't know about y'all but this year started pretty rough for us. After dealing with some family health issues (aging is never easy) we decided to take off for a week to try and rejuvenate and prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the busy year we know 2018 is going to be. Sure enough the first quarter of year has been big - good - but big. It's when things are crazy like this that I think it's even more important to be kind to yourself, and find something in the every day to give you an opportunity to refresh your body and mind. For me that's been yoga - every day so far this year - here's hoping I make it every day all year... and craft. There's something so good for the brain when you get creative. It really does help you to thrive not just survive!

Here's a little card I made for the new year. I wanted to make some fun cards to give to people at the end …

Thinking of you

Have you ever had someone on your mind for ages and they the phone rings or you email dings and it's a message from them saying - thinking of you. If you're anything like me you're probably guilty of letting those thoughts pass without action. It's so easy to be busy and to just let it slide. The truth is - it's the people in our life that make it full - and it's important to act on those thoughts. Actions speak louder than words - so isn't it time we all put action to our words and told the people in our lives how much we value them. Here's a really easy way to start by a simple 'thinking of you' card.

I kept the card very simple. By repeating just 2 leaves in simple colours you can create a great background pattern. Heat embossing gives it a little extra when you pick it up with the layers of texture and dimension.
It's a simple act to create a card like this and give it to someone you appreciate. Words without action can be empty as ther…

How to really mean it when you say thank you

There are lots of ways to thank someone for a gift, for a job well done, for being a great friend.  You can buy a gift, take them out, or simply say the words.  The thing about words though is they always seem to mean more if you write them down.  What better way to say thank you than with thoughtful words in a handmade card.  

This card was very quick to make and only has one stamped image.  The rest is all done with my trusty punches and big shot.  I truly love cards that look complicated but are really very simple.  I'm setting a goal this year to show my appreciation to those around me through words & deed.  That means lots of homemade cards (deeds) and lots of words to be written.

Why don't you brighten up someones day today and give them a gift of appreciation by sending a homemade card.

Happy crafting.

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Floral Phrases Clear-Mount Stamp SetDetailed Floral Thinlits DiesBig Shot Floral Boutique Designer Series PaperCopper Foil Shee…

The 2017 Occasions Catalogue & Sale-a-bration

Love a good sale in January.  The best thing about a new sale from Stampin' Up is that it comes along with the release of a new catalogue.  Right now you can shop the new catalogue - yep new products, and also grab a sale-a-bration bonus.

Until 31 March you’ll earn 1 FREE sale-a-bration item for every $90 you order – so the more you spend the more you’ll get free! This year there are 12 products to choose from – 7 stamp sets, 2 paper packs, ribbon, a card tin and a Card Kit!  (I've already got 2 card kits and can't wait to fill them as gifts.  On February 2 there will also be new products added - so you can do two rounds of bargain shopping :-)

You can check out the new catalogue here and sale-a-bration rewards here.  Then jump on-line any time to place your order in my online store.
Happy shopping :-)

Birthday bonanza

I don't know about you, but making cards for guys is hard for me.  I tend to gravitate towards floral stamp sets or things that I think are fun, but maybe not very gender neutral (although I completely believe in buying flowers for guys).  As much as I'm ok with flowers or balloons on cards for guys for their birthdays, sometimes you just want something a little more funky or sophisticated. I think that's why I'm loving the Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Stamp Set as it's so versatile.

For this card I kept it very simple - Copper foil, Night of Navy and Whisper White.  I actually love these 3 colours together.  It's a very classic combo and something that lends itself to being a card for anyone of any age.

I am also completely addicted to the copper embossing powder right now.  Confession time... I have a thing for copper in my house as I have a giant copper pendant lamp in my dining room table, copper pots, copper lamps, copper cushions... well you get th…
For many people 2016 has been a year of challenges.  For others it's been a year of growth and success.  Regardless of what has come your way in 2016 it's made you who you are today and who you will be tomorrow.  As we round out the year in a few days time I encourage you all to take a few moments and look back on the year to find the moments which have brought you joy, courage and strength.  Take these forward into 2017.

Happy crafting.

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