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July 2009

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I had a lovely time Saturday afternoon with Di, Wendy, Sheila, Samantha, Trudy, Lrae, Rachel, Jenny, Tori and my wonderful mother, making some Christmas Cards at the Mitcham Community House. It's a lovely centre with great facilities, and as usual, my mother excelled even herself with her gorgeous Christmas cooking for our afternoon tea. I wanted to stop making cards and just eat!!

She made tradional kiss biscuits and cut them out in the shape of stars, snowflakes and reindeer, which perfectly matched the gorgeous "Winter Post" stamp set we were using. She also made her divine hedgehog slice which is such a family tradition at Christmas time in the Lowe family.

But a picture tells a thousand words, so stop reading and start drooling!!

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Don't you wish you were there - not for the card-making but for the afternoon tea!! Thanks MUM, you're the best!!

Love, Kathryn.

A Lesson in Delightful DSP

I'll be the first to admit I am a stamper. Not a scrapbooker, not a quiller, not an origami-ist - A STAMPER! Every project I do has stamping, inks, rubber, more inks . . . that is until yesterday! I had some last minute bit & pieces I wanted to make for a display for my Christmas in July class.

I recently came by a gorgeous metal twirly mug holder which I thought would be perfect for hanging little 3D dangly paper-craft objects from - and what better occasion to start with than Christmas in July. I envisioned the mug holder laden with Choc Chip, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Real Red decorations all hanging gleefully and signalling the time to start thinking about how many Christmas cards we need to make in the next 5 months.

So out comes the gorgeous"Bella Rose" Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the "I Wish" Simply Scrappin' Kit which I have had sitting on my desk for several months untouched, along with several punches, Rhinestone Brads and co-ordinating card stock, and suddenly the creativity is flowing - and NO stamps!!

Enough talking - this is what I made :

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You can see that I also used Holiday Treasures DSP and the papers just co-ordinate so beautifully with the die-cut adhesive labels in the Simply Scrappin' Kit.

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I can't believe I had so much fun and the results are soooo gorgeous (if I do say so myself) without using one rubber stamp!!  I love the DSP in our current catalogue (and in the new spring mini which is out less than two weeks).  If you'd like to see more cards made with "I Wish" Simply Scrappin' Kit, make sure you check out my good stampin' buddy Sue Madex's blog as she has also been experimenting with it lately - nice one Sue!!

That's enough for now, back with some more pics from yesterday's event soon!


Christmas in July Card Making Class

Hi Everyone,

What better excuse for friends to catch up on a chilly winters day, than to make a head start into that great pile of hand made Christmas cards that you say you are going to do every year!!

Check my class dates page for all the details about this lovely simple class that's being held next Saturday at Mitcham.  The stamps are gorgeous and the cards are suitable for beginners, so if you haven't already reserved your place, give me a ring today on 0418 361 931.

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