Sunday, August 28, 2011

Convention 2011 Highlights

Happy Sunday friends!  Instead of uploading all my pictures from Convention I thought I would let Stampin' Up! do all the work.  So here is a short video with just a few of the best moments from Convention. 

If you would love to attend an event like this, why not become a demonstrator?  You could be in Salt Lake City in 2012 having an amazing time with brand new stamping friends!  Find out more about becoming a demonstrator or jump right in and use the password 'stamp2009' to join my team!

Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Time is running out on the very special Designer Series Paper Promotion!  Until August 31, when you buy three packs of Stampin' Up!'s high quality, double-sided Designer Series Paper you will receive an additional package in a design of your choice for FREE!  Learn more or start shopping.

The Holiday Mini catalogue is coming soon!  In it you will find a huge variety of new and exciting products covering holidays including Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, even Valentine's Day!  Even better is that you can earn ANY of the stamp sets in this Mini for FREE when you hostess a workshop or have your own private class.

Want to earn your favourite stamp sets for free?  Check out the new and improved Hostess Benefit plan here.  Contact me to learn more today!

Friday, August 26, 2011

With Love & Caring

I know I had promised another Holiday Mini sneak peek but yesterday got away from me.  My day became consumed with last minute cutting for my Basic & Beautiful class yesterday evening. 

This card is one that I made a month or so ago but every time I look at it I fall a little more in love!  Everything about it turned out just the way I hoped.  This very rarely happens!  The sentiment is from the retired set With sad that one didn't carry over.  :(

Tips & Techniques:
  • After colouring on your stamp with your Stampin' Write markers, spritz a little water directly onto it before stamping to give it a slight watercolour effect.
  • Curling the wings of the larger butterflies makes them look like they are about to take flight off the card!
  • Scrunchy ribbon across the bottom of the card provides the perfect base for a vintage safety pin and a little linen thread which creates a softness.
  • Does tearing freak you out?  Let it go!  The torn edge here adds so much texture.

Stamp Sets: Just Believe ( 120453), With Love & Caring (retired)
Inks: Old Olive marker (100079), Baja Breeze marker (120965), Crumb Cake (121030), Basic Black (101197)
Paper: Concord Crush (119792), Baja Breeze (111352), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), Neutrals Patterns DSP (117157)
Tools: Big Shot (113349), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138), Decorative Label punch (120907)
Embellishments: Baja Breeze Seam Binding (122331), Linen Thread (104199), Vintage Trinkets (118764), Bitty Buttons (118761), Basic Pearls (119247)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fast & Fun!

Yesterday evening was spent putting together these sweet little cards.  They are actually invitations for Skyeler's upcoming birthday party.  He gave his input on colours and his consent to the button! Boy they get opinionated, don't they? ;)  Ever since I saw the I Dig You set in the new catalogue I had to have it...with three little boys I'm pretty sure it's going to get regular inking!

Tips & Techniques:
  • Need a background in a snap?  Embossing folders are always up to the occasion! Here I've used the new Stripes folder for added texture.
  • Create a colourful image easily using Stampin' Write markers directly on your rubber stamp. 
  • A brights button adorned with some white Baker's Twine provides the finishing touch...and a little extra fun!
Tomorrow will bring another sneak peek from the Holiday just has so many fun new stamps, beautiful paper and fabric, and, my favourite, embellishments!

Need a copy of the new Holiday Mini Catalogue? If you are in Canada and would like a FREE copy of the Holiday Mini Catalogue sent to you, please email me your address.

Going, going...Don't forget that the Summer Mini will be gone at the end of this here to shop for your favourites before they are gone!  Don't forget that the gorgeous Designer Series Paper in the Mini are included as part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Promotion.

Stamp Sets: I Dig You (122722)
Inks: Stampin' Write Markers in Real Red (100052), Pumpkin Pie (105115), Pacific Point (120968), Daffodil Delight (119677), Wild Wasabi (120975), Marina Mist (119679), Basic Gray (120966)
Paper: Marina Mist (119682), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Strips Embossing Folder (123128)
Embellishments: Brights Designer Buttons (119747), White Baker's Twine (124262)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spice Cake? Yes Please!

First off I must apologize for the quality of my photos.  I don't know what is going on with my camera!

When my "Top 10" list for the new Holiday Mini posts on September 1 you're going to see the Spice Cake paper and fabric really close to the top.  The colours are so yummy and soft.  This card also features the Gently Falling stamp set coming soon!

Tips & Techniques
  • The leaf was watercoloured using an Aqua Painter and More Mustard, Soft Suede and Pool Party ink pads for a truly lifelike look.
  • I dusted off the sewing machine for the edges of this card. It is such a seemingly small thing that packs a mighty punch!
  • Use paper snips to piece out your sentiment for a more unusual word display. 
  • You can't tell from the pictures but this card is 'dimensionalized' to the max...each layer is popped up for pizazz!
BUY 3, GET 1 FREE!  Stock up on your favourite Designer Series Paper with this fantastic promotion.  Don't delay, this offer will expire on August 31...use the link below to shop directly from my website today!

Need a copy of the new Holiday Mini Catalogue?  If you are in Canada and would like a FREE copy of the Holiday Mini Catalogue sent to you, please email me your address.

Stamp Sets: Gently Falling (coming soon), Occasions Alphabet (123598)
Inks: Soft Suede (115657), More Mustard (103162), Pool Party (122938)
Paper: More Mustard (100946), Soft Suede (115318), Spice Cake DSP (coming soon)
Embellishments: Linen Thread (104199)
Tools: 1 3/8 Square Punch (119877), 1 1/4 Square Punch (119865), Aqua Painters (103954), sewing machine

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Beautiful Hello

It really is a beautiful hello for me!  Are you still alive or have you died of shock at seeing a post on here?  :) 

I could get into the details of my extended absence but I won't.  You're really here to see something stampy and pretty, not read my ramblings!  Here is a card I created with the adorable 'Hello' stamp from the Summer Mini.  Love it?  Get it now because in 8 days it's going to be gone!

I really "pimped out" the one above with bling, layers, buttons...even layered buttons!  Sometimes I do get a little carried away with my embellishments.  Ah well, use 'em or...well, they retire! ;)  Here is another one that I simplified to use in a class. 

If you want to make this card there is still time to RSVP for my Basic & Beautiful class on Thursday evening at 7:30.  Use the link to my website to sign up quickly and easily!

Come and visit me again tomorrow to see a preview from the new Holiday Mini that is going to rock your socks! 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Beyond Busy & Blizzards!

It's been a harsh reality the past few days, seeing a blizzard outside everytime I look out the window.  It's amazing how quickly you get used to seeing palm trees and sunshine! *Sigh*

I've been locked into the stamp studio since we arrived home on Tuesday prepping for events, catching up on emails, getting thank you cards in the mail, etc.  Here's what I'm working on today:

I love tucking these sweet little 3x3 notes into customer orders as a little thank you that they can resuse!  They are also a really important addition to the markeing packets that I keep on me at all times to hand out.  Right now I'm stocking up so that I have them on hand to add into the orders for the workshops I have coming up.

Love them?  Book your own workshop!  Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st but I still have spaces available. I'd love to show you and your friends some great techniques and help you earn even more FREE stamps!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Enjoying the Sunshine State

Like a total numpty, I forgot to explain to you my absence!  My apologies, I am in FLORIDA!! :)  Am I trying to rub it in?  Certainly not!  Well, perhaps a little....hehe!  But I will be back with a vengence on Wednesday morning with THE most adorable project to show you. 

Hmmm, what can I offer you while I'm gone.....let's see.  How about $7 (one dollar for every night I'm away) off every purchase of $60 or more?  PLUS you'll qualify for a Sale-A-Bration set and ah, what the heck?  While I'm at it I'll put your name in a draw for a $25 Stampin' Up! gift certificate!!

So place an order of $60 between now and March 10 and receive:
- $7 off your order!
- 1 free Sale-A-Bration set of your choice!
- your name in a draw for a $25 shopping spree for Stampin' Up! goodies!

Click here to start shopping with the convenience of my online store and have your new toys shipped straight to your doorstep...what could possibly be easier?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

SU Promotions

Stay 'in the know' about all the amazing promotions Stampin' Up! offers with my complete being featured every Saturday!

SALE-A-BRATION IS HERE! Earn a free stamp set of product with every $60 order, host a workshop for even more benefits, or become a demonstrator and receive a 15% discount off the Starter Kit plus an additional product bundle worth $60!  Check out all three ways to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration!

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Have a wonderful weekend and be ready to Mojo on Monday!

Friday, February 25, 2011


That is just the word that comes to mind when I look at this card!  And notice anything?  I stamped on it three times AND paper pieced.  Forgot how much I love the look of paper piecing.  For those wondering what on earth I'm talking about, notice how on the dress forms there is colour?  I stamped the image on my base of whisper white then stamped it again on some designer series paper.  Using paper snips, cut out the section you want to 'piece' and mount it onto the orginal image.  Soooo pretty! 

The soft colours of Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze (geez, I really need to use other colours too!), and Pretty in Pink make me feel like spring is really closer than it is. 

Stamps: Chic Boutique (113744)
Ink: Black Staz-On (101406), Crumb Cake marker (120967), So Saffron marker ( 105114)
Paper: Perfect Plum (101889), Baja Breeze (111352), Pretty in Pink (100459), Whisper White (100730), Subtles Patterns DSP (117152) 
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Elegan Lines Embossing Folder (119277), Decorative Label Punch (120907)
Pretties: Whisper White Tafetta Ribbon (109070), Subtles Designer Buttons (119745)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tone-on-Tone Texture

This card is all about's just exploding with it!  Here I've used a Baja Breeze base, then layered it with Baja Breeze DSP, then topped it off with Baja Breeze lattice work.  Remember what I said yesterday about loving tone-on-tone?  :) 

I attended a downline meeting on Monday night and realized something interesting about my cards.  I love to stamp, absolutely, unequivicolly LOVE to stamp.  But looking at my cards makes me laugh because on many, there is only one stamped image.  My upline Genevieve and I were laughing about this because she is a stamper who struggles to embellish and I am a stamper who struggles to stamp because I am addicted to embellishing! LOL!  So, my card for tomorrow will have at least two stamped images.  Hold me to it, okay? 

Here I go, off to actually stamp....I will burn some serious rubber today!

Stamps: Occasional Quotes (120142 - Hostess Level 3)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (119784)
Paper: Baja Breeze (111352), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Very Vanilla (101650), Tangerine Tango (111349), Greenhouse Gala DSP (117167)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Lattice Die (115958), Scallop Ribbon Punch (119275) Decorative Label Punch (120907)
Pretties: Antique Brads (117273)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


It really is just a matter of moments, isn't it?  A coworker of mine asked me to make this card for her mother  who is celebrating her 80th birthday.  Doesn't it feel reminiscent of an older woman's living room?  Hehe! I loove it!  Whenever I make a card, I try to think of who is receiving it and make it really reflect them.  Josh said I nailed it with this one.  :)

There is A LOT of product used on this card but if you've been following this blog for any time at all, you know I love me some embellishments!  I'm also in a tone-on-tone phase right now so you'll be seeing a lot of that. 

And now, the winner of the blog candy is Andrea!  Please email me your address so that I can send your goodies off to you.  I also apologize that it took me so long to get back to this.  AND I must also apologize to those of you who commented and do not see your comments listed.  Somehow 6 additional comments got deleted by Blogger.Maybe there is a time limit on publishing I don't know about?  :(  Boo! 
Happy hump day to you!

P.S. It feels good to be back in the blogosphere! :)

 Stamps: Elements of Style (118611)
 Ink: Black Staz-On (101406)
 Paper: Rose Red (102544), Always Artichoke (105119), Very Vanilla(101650), Crumb Cake (120953), Springtime Vintage DSP (121782)
 Tools: Big Shot (113439) Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (120175), 1 3/8 Square Punch (119877), 1 1/4 Square Punch (119865), Extra Large Oval Punch (119859), 1 3/4 Large Oval ( 119855), Eyelet Border (119853), Corner Small (119871)
 Pretties: Victoria Crochet Trim (118481), Basic Pearls (119247), Vintage Flower Adornments (121879)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Here's my card for today...finally, the very last Valentine's project.  I do love this day but must admit to being pretty sick of seeing red and pink and hearts!  I'm very excited to start stamping in the soft pastel shades of spring and Easter...strange for me, a die-hard Brights Collection girl!

Sorry about the bad colouring in this photo.  I had to turn off the flash because there was a lot of glare for some reason.  Anyways, this card uses the Love Letter DSP as the background.  I used markers to colour the heart from the Love You Much set, stamped it on Very Vanilla and cut it out using my paper snips.  The sentiment comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes (this set is such a must have!) and was embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used the biggest scallop circle punch and then the 1 1/4 circle punch to layer.  Notice the pattern on the piece of Riding Hood Red?  I inked up the Fine Flourish stamp in Versamark just to give it a little extra interest!  Everything except the DSP is popped up on dimensionals. 

For those with big plans tonight with your significant others, enjoy your evening!

Mojo Monday coming soon!

I know I promised a card first thing this morning but it's turned out that I have to go in to talk to my boss today.  Currently, I'm on maternity leave and not sure that I'll be returning so we need to hammer things out this morning.

But I'll be back as soon as possible with the Mojo card for today....stay tuned!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Stampy Saturday

Ah, the peace and quiet of a Saturday where Thing 1 and Thing 2 are off for a visit to grandma's house.  That leaves me and Ashton here to do what we love most: stamping and not being sat on by Thing 2, respectively.  :)

I have so much to share with you today so let's get started with a card that was supposed to be posted on Monday!

Um, gorgeous!  I love this card for so many reasons but it definately didn't come together quickly.  It was started and restarted 2 or 3 times at least before the idea of stencilling on it popped into my head and after that it was finished pretty fast.  I used the Tulip Frame embossing folder on the base then cut a top note from old olive and from the Botanical Gazette DSP.  The small pieces of DSP were punched with the 1 1/4 square punch and then had the corners rounded on two sides.  I stamped the birdcage image from Nature Walk and then trimmed it out and put an Antique Brad through the centre.  The stencil is from the 3 pack in the Decor Elements catalogue, the name is escaping me just now.  I added the pearls for the always needed 'bling'!  Next came the Crochet Trim lace along the bottome and the final touch was to stamp the 'enjoy' from Fabulous Phrases and attach it with linen thread to the brad.  I stepped back to look at it and it still needed I smooched it with a very liberal dousing of Smooch that stuff!  Definately my favourite product right now.

Now as promised, BLOG CANDY!  Leave me a comment on this post letting me know what your favourite product to play with is right now.  I'll draw a name and post the winner on Tuesday.  If that is you, you'll get the Eggcroutements stamp set, a stack of 6x6 DSP sheets, and a packet of embellishments from the Pretties Kit!

And now I have to share these adorable babies...only they're not really babies anymore!  My ever more mobile 9 month old Ashton and the "Things", Skyeler and Calum.  Skye likes to see himself on my blog...*sigh*, ahh, children of the technology age! :)

That's it for today!  Check back Monday for a final Valentine's project.

IT'S HERE! Sale-A-Bration is here and it is fabulous!  Earn your free products one of three ways: place a $60 order, host a $395 workshop, or use this as an opportunity to join my team and get the starter kit at a 15% discount PLUS an extra bundle of product worth $60! 

COMING SOON!  March 1-5 will be 'Anything But A Card Week!' and I'm so excited to bring you 5 different projects that are completely unrelated to cards...but are still using all Stampin' Up! products. 

MOJO MONDAY will feature the sketch of the week with a Valentine's if you procrastinated on a card for your special someone, check it out first thing for a great idea!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine Week - Day 4

How sweet is this little set? I am still nutso over the Love Impressions designer paper and will be so sad when it's gone. Guess where I got the little candy container? It's a $0.34 salt shaker from Dollarama that I took the salt lid off of...LOVE IT!!

Tips & Tricks:
  • Don't forget about your white gel pens! They write so smoothly and look spectacular on Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • Simplicity is superb on this card...sometimes less really is more!
  • The pretty in pink button with linen thread adds the finishing touch on both the card and treat holder and ties them together as a set.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Love Discounts & Freebies?

During Sale-A-Bration you can purchase the Starter Kit at a 15% discount....and receive an additional bundle of products worth up to $60 FREE!
I welcome hobbyists and business builders to my team and can't wait to help you get started on your journey, whatever it may be. Learn about the benefits of being a demonstrator here.
For more information on becoming a demonstrator or to get started today click here, and use my password recruit2009. Or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine Week - Day 3

This was a fun card to create although it was one of those where I had no idea in my head of where it was going. But I knew punches would be involved and they sure were. There are tons of great products used here, my favourites being the glimmer paper and rhinestone them!
Tips & Tricks:
  • Plain chipboard can be a great addition to a project. Here I've glammed up the hearts with a couple of rhinestone brads.
  • Punches are such a fabulous way to add to a card. The circle, oval and modern label all layered on top of each other give interest to the card.
  • Don't forget about the very cool look that Whisper White craft ink can give, especially stamped on black cardstock!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Week - Day 2

If you live in Canada and don't shop at are CRAZY! I find the coolest stuff there that I can come home and use fabulous Stampin' Up! products to make lovely. This little treasure was $1 and I knew exactly what to do with it. Check it out:

There was so much product used on this I can't even begin to list them here. For the extra shimmer I broke out the Smooch Spritz and used it on EVERYTHING. Okay so I forgot how much fun this stuff is....get ready to see lots and lots of it! ;)
Hopefully I've inspired you to get extra creative and make some altered items of your own!

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