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Happy Friday everyone!
Well I’m doing better with my blog this year… long may it continue.  I think it helps that they changed things a bit since I first started blogging and it’s a heck of a lot easier than it used to be.  I suppose I know slightly more than I did back then too (just slightly!).

So today is an exciting day – the new Seasonal Catalogue is open!  I’m very excited to finally be able to share some of the yummy new products we have available.  To check out the new range, click on the picture to view the catalogue online, or contact me (click HERE) for your copy (NZ only thanks!).

The first project I have to share with you that uses something from the new catalogue is a fun hybrid card that I put together quickly today.  Some of you may have tried using the My Digital Studio (MDS) content disks that we’ve had available in NZ for a while now.  We don’t have the MDS software yet, but I’m assured by Stampin’ Up! that it’s coming!  No date yet, so in the meantime, I’ve been using the disks just with Microsoft Word and Publisher.  It’s easier than you might think!

The card I’ve made today is using one of the templates on the Lemonade Stand disk, which you can get for FREE when you place a $120 (+ shipping) order which gives you the choice of a Sale-A-Bration reward.  I haven’t seen a lot of stuff out there made using the content on this disk yet, at least not on the blogs of my fellow NZ demos!

Those of you who know me well, know that I’ve embraced the “hexagon trend” fully and have been hanging out for Stampin’ Up! to bring us more products with hexagon designs.  We did have a hexagon pattern in the Twitterpated paper, but that wasn’t enough for me!  So I was thrilled to see a card sample on the Lemonade Stand disk with these cool hexagons on it.  It was a baby announcement card, and I wanted a different sentiment, so I pulled the file into a Word document, resized it to suit my card size, and covered up the old sentiment with a white text box (sneaky, huh?).  Then I copied it a few times to put four on my page, and printed them on Whisper White cardstock.  Finishing the card was a simple matter of adding a few stamped images from the Sale-A-Bration set Bloomin Marvellous, tying on some ribbon, adding a few rhinestones, and voila! – a quick hexagon card!

So did you spot the new product I used here that’s in the Seasonal Catalogue?  It’s the new Bitty Butterfly punch, which is on page 13.  The cool thing is that the butterfly stamp from Bloomin’ Marvelous fits perfectly with this punch, so there was no hand-cutting with the butterfly that I stamped with Island Indigo ink.  Love that!   Really there weren’t that many supplies that I used to make this – here’s a pic showing most of them:

Here’s the supply list for this project:
– Stamps: Bloomin’ Marvelous
– Ink: Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
– Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Basic Gray
– Other: Bitty Butterfly punch, Island Indigo ribbon (from the Sale-a-Bration button & ribbon pack), Basic Rhinestone jewels

Hope you enjoyed seeing this project as much as I enjoyed making it!  If you have any questions or you’d like to see this up close IRL, drop me an email (click here).

Have a fabulous weekend!