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      Hi everyone,
      Oops I’m sorry, it’s been 2 weeks since my last post.  Rest assured I have not been lazing around doing nothing!  I have been busy planning for upcoming events and also my team training event that I held on the weekend.  We had a lot of fun together and I hope I didn’t overwhelm them all with too many make n takes. You can never have too much stamping, surely?!

      Anyway, you’ve come here to see a new creation and I don’t want to disappoint!  One thing that my class attendees sometimes tell me off about is for “making” them have to buy something.  I love what I do and I get so excited about all the new products we have coming out all the time, it tends to rub off on others!  Well this time, it happened to ME, and not by anyone who even knows me.  I am blaming the fabulous Tanya Bell, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in Australia, for making me buy the Pop n Cuts products.  When the Seasonal Catalogue first came out, I said NO WAY am I buying that stuff, what, all that money just to make “dress cards”?  Now I am eating my words – when I saw what Tanya does with just the base die, let alone the rest of it, I had to have it!  I have been happily creating things with just the base Pop n Cuts die and even more happily sharing the projects with my lovely class attendees and my wonderful team.  And I haven’t even gotten around to making anything with a dress on it, yet!

      So here is one of the projects I have taught recently – a gift card holder using the Pop n Cuts base die!  Tanya gave me the idea for the gift card holder concept, but the decoration is my own design.  I loved that the leaves from the bird builder punch were perfectly angled to frame the oval die, like they were made to go together!

      I had fun with this one – breaking out the Tea for Two designer series paper (see the hexagons?  I love hexagons at the moment!) and the Oh, Hello stamp set.  I also used the flower trim and sponged the flower with a little calypso coral ink, it came out so pretty!  The sentiment flag I curled slightly with my fingers, so it doesn’t sit flat on the card.  Here’s the inside view:

      I decided to make the gift holder part really easy to do and just had a folded insert inside the card.  You just pull this up out of the pocket and because it’s folded, the gift card you pop inside just comes up with the insert.  It also gives you plenty of space to write a message for that special person you’re thanking!

      If you’d like to learn how to make this, let me know.  It would make a fun make & take at a workshop or party – don’t forget that right now, you can earn an extra $75 worth of free product for qualifying events!

      Email me now (click here) to schedule your party in!