Make a wish - it's your Birthday!

How's this for a fun card? A quick and easy card but the touch of gold makes it extra special. 


The designer series paper is gorgeous it's called Broadway Bound and it has lovely gold foil patterns on one side and bright party images and colours on the other. Perfect combination.

The stamp set and framelit dies are from the Braodway Bound bundle - I love the bold "wish''. I added a gold flame to the candle to match with the gold spots in the paper. 

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New Holiday Catalogues have arrived!

Woo hoo, its starting to look a lot like Christmas already!! In the crafting world it's never too early to get started on holiday projects. 

The new catalogue is beautiful - jam packed full of ideas and inspiration. 

I have been lucky enough to be able to pre-order some of these items so stay tuned for some new projects here on my blog. 

I am currently labelling and packaging a bunch to send out to all my customers later this week. I have spare catalogues so if you do not already have a demonstrator I would love to send you a catalogue too. Please message me to reserve yours. 
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The Bonus Days continue and so does my Birthday special offer!

Bonus Days are back! How exciting!! This was so much fun last year.  For every $90 you spend in August you will earn a $9 voucher to redeem in September. The more you spend the more vouchers you earn!

It's as easy as that! 

And guess what is happening in September - the new Holiday Catalogue is being released on the 5th  of September so you can buy brand new products with all your vouchers. How exciting!

Remember to take advantage of my birthday month special offer too 

This year I am offering the beautiful Subtle Textured Embossing Folder (valued at $17) FREE with any purchase over $60.00 through my online store. Please note you MUST use the the August hostess code JRDK93MW

Shop online HERE

*** Please note that this sale is only valid through me, Melissa Gifford, and not Stampin Up! and is only redeemable once per household ***

*** Gifts will be ordered at the end of August and mailed to you mid September.***

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Hand Delivered

I am really impressed with the hostess sets in this year's Annual Catalogue. These sets are only available to purchase with rewards dollars earned on sales over $250 either with a personal order or a qualifying party order.


This one is called Hand Delivered. It has a large range of images and sentiments to create just the right card - wedding, birthday, graduation, thank you etc.  

For my card I wanted a subtle look so I opted for petal pink. I softly coloured the skirt and a couple of the flowers on the cake. The white polka dot ribbon matches the embossing folder and I think it looks clean and simple of the white card stock base. I was inspired by this card card by Melanie Joyner

Why not add this to your next order or contact me to organise a party for you and some friends.

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Father's Day in Nature

Last week I had a customer order for an assortment of cards, one needing to be a Father's Day card. I came up with 2 samples both using the wood textures designer series paper which I love! 

The first card I inked up my old favourite - Lovely as a Tree. This is the only set I have left that is wood mount! I like the simplicity of the single tree, a pop of copper accent and the varying colours of the wood patterns. 


The second card I used the same layout but the focal point was the lovely Waterfront stamp set. Ironically, these stamp sets and on adjoining pages in the annual catalogue (pages 148-149) 

This time the circle panel is watercolour paper, I wanted to get a softer, watercolour look and this paper has a lovely texture too which is a bit hard to see in the photo. I love the trees and the soft water, it's very soothing. 

Both of these cards have an early espresso panel which I embossed with the Subtle embossing folder - and it's just that. A very light looking background that adds texture but not bulk! This folder is my special birthday offer for all purchases over $60 this month. Read HERE for all the details. 

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Got scraps?

I don't know about you but I can't ever seem to throw out scraps of pretty papers and tend to hoard them but never seem to use them! 

Then I saw this card designed by Dena Rekow and a light bulb went off! This is such a simple design and yet packs a real wow don't you think? I punched out the designer series paper (in this case the Share What you Love Designer Series Paper with the Tailored Tag punch and glued them to card stock leaving a small border between each piece. 

I recommend placing them before you glue them down just to make sure you are happy with the look. 

I then added a really thin strip of rich razzleberry cardstock to finish it off. You could use glimmer paper, ribbon, anything you like - just use up those leftovers!


Add a simple sentiment - again using the Tailored Tag punch and you are done! 

You can easily punch out a whole heap of these shapes in one sitting and then put the cards together when you need one in a hurry! 

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You are the greatest!

This stamp set was at the top of my wish list with the annual catalogue and I have had loads of fun cutting out all the leaves and flowers and playing with various ideas. I stuck with the colours based on the designer series paper - blushing bride, shaded spruce and granny apple green. 

I had a few left over flowers and leaves so I made this simple thank you card - quick and easy!

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