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Hi everyone,

Well, hasn’t the month flown by – here we are at the last Deal of the Week! Check out the details of this latest fabulous offer (please scroll down – for some reason Blogger is insisting on adding a huge white space here and I can’t delete it!):

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Square Ice Rhinestone brads

$23.50 $14.10

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Circle Ice Rhinestone brads

$23.50 $14.10

109112

149

Square Fire Rhinestone brads

$23.50 $14.10

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150

Bashful Blue 1″ double-stitched grosgrain ribbon $23.50 $12.93

109050

151

Certainly Celery 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon $17.95 $10.77

We’ve really been spoiled this month by Stampin’ Up!, what amazing value for money! These deals finish on Tuesday June 29th, so don’t forget to let me know which ones you’re keen on. Me, I might get them all…

This card is one of the projects I taught at my Techniques class on the weekend. I love hunting around for the coolest techniques to share. I didn’t have to look far with this one – I first learned this technique while on holiday in Hawaii, my fabulous Demo friend Gari let me watch a couple of DVD’s she had from Stampin’ Up! (yes, I went on holiday and one of the most exciting things I did was to watch a cardmaking/scrapbooking video and go to Gari’s class!).

Anyway the Ink Refill Spread technique was demonstrated at a USA regional training event by Connie Ingram from Seattle. Some of my team members have been trying out this technique and since it’s been on my list since January, I had to give it a go!

The layout for this card I cased from the very talented Marelle Taylor from Australia. Marelle made a set of cards using Fifth Avenue floral which was recently published in a cardmaking magazine in Australia. You can read all about it on her blog here. Way to go and thanks for the inspiration Marelle!

Recipe:
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, En Francais, Best Wishes & More, Best Yet
Cardstock/Ink: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kraft, Watercolour paper, Versamark ink
Other: Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon (you’ve got to feel this ribbon – oh so luxurious!), Eyelet border punch, 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ circle punches, White Embossing powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I decided to completely change the colours and the stamping that Marelle used (other than the flower) as I wanted something a bit different, so this rose is done in Pacific Point ink. I have no idea whether this colour of rose would ever exist in nature, but that’s the beauty of stamping, you can make it whatever colour you want! I think it’s a pretty striking colour combination on this card myself – but I can’t take credit for that either, as it’s a suggested colour combination from a colour chart that Stampin’ Up! put together for Demonstrators to use. See – to make a fabulous card you just take a great layout from one place, a cool colour combo from somewhere else, tweak the stamping to put your spin on it, and voila! you have a card you’d be proud to share.

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I have access to an unlimited source of ideas from our Demonstrator website and forum, and from my fellow team members on our team forum. And of course there’s a lot of ideas out there on the world wide web. I have so many project ideas in my head… So to those of you out there who say “I can’t be a demo, I don’t have enough ideas”, you really have no reason not to join my team! Click here to contact me and ask all the questions you want the answers to, about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and part of my amazing team. Remember the starter kit is 20% off until the end of July!

Till next time, happy stamping!