Thursday, December 6, 2012

December club projects

My poor blog certainly does suffer every December.   There is just so much going on.   I even opted out of the Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop as it would have been one more thing stressing me out!   Fortunately I still have Club projects to prepare and post on.    Here are the projects we worked on this month:

This first project is a 6 x 6 card using a pacific point card base.    A thick window sheet is stamped with snowflakes using white stazon and attached to the card front at the top with sticky strip.   The ribbon covers up the sticky strip.      So cute!


Paper:   pacific point, whisper white
Stamps:   Frosty Friends
Ink:  black stazon, white stazon, pacific point, bashful blue, cherry cobler, old olive, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, crumb cake
Accessories:   big shot, labels collection framelits, thick window sheets, white organza ribbon

This card was CASE'd from Renee Romain Ondrajka.    You can check out her blog here.   This card uses the mirror image technique and the masking technique.   I did two different versions of this card by using different colours for the tree and the mirror images.


Paper:   baja breeze, whisper white
Stamps:   Joyous Celebrations
Ink:   baja breeze, marina mist, night of navy, basic grey, garden green, black stazon
Accessories:   circle punch, oval punch, sponges, silver dazzling details, basic rhinestones, baja breeze seam binding ribbon

I wanted to have an ornament for my club ladies and I wanted to show them how to make the faux bow.   I learned how to make this bow from a tutorial by Connie Collins.    I love the champagne glimmer paper!


Paper:   very vanilla, champagne glimmer paper
Stamps:   Ornament Keepsakes
Ink:  soft suede
Accessories:   big shot, holiday ornaments framelit, small oval punch, square punch, itty bitty shapes punch

I will try and post some more of the craft sale projects I have been working on.   Thank you for stopping by.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Some Christmas cards

Smack dab in the middle of Christmas craft sales.    I'm struggling to keep up my card supply.  This post is about some of the cards I've made up.

I wanted to use tulle on a card and I'm very happy with how it looks.   The inside layer of DSP is retired.  The vintage faceted buttons definitely add a nice touch to the vintage looking card.


Paper:   crumb cake, very vanilla, Deck the Halls DSP (retired)
Ink:   cherry cobbler
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes
Accessories:  big shot, framed tulips embossing folder, holiday ornaments framelits, cherry cobbler tulle, linen thread, vintage faceted buttons, basic pearls

I had been seeing samples of cards with folded Christmas trees and really wanted to give it a try.   Cute!


Paper:   cherry cobbler, champagne glimmer paper, very vanilla, crumb cake, early espresso core-dination, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Ink:   black stazon
Stamps:   More Merry Messages
Accessories:   big shot, holiday collection framelits (for the star), apothecary accents framelits, woodgrain embossing folder, scallop squares duo die, scallop oval punch.

This is a complete CASE of Patty Bennett.   Check out her blog here.   I was so excited to see her card using the Daydream Medallions set as a wreath!   Colouring rhinestones with a sharpie works so well for the bling on this card.


Paper:  raspberry ripple, whisper white, Deck the Halls DSP (retired)
Ink:  raspberry ripple, old olive
Stamps:  Daydream Medallions, More Merry Messages
Accessories:   big shot, floral frames framelites, 1 3/4" circle punch, decorative label punch, word window punch, bird builder punch, basic rhinestones, sharpie pens, raspberry ripple stitched ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Online Extravaganza starts tomorrow!!

So excited that Monday is the beginning of a week of savings!!   Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza starts November 19th and ends November 28th.    

The Online Extravaganza promotion is our biggest online sale of the year! So during these 10 days only, you  can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products!  In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza-our very own doorbusters! Woot!

Monday, November 19, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
Retail Price
Sale Price
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Big Shot Doctor's Bag

Wednesday, November 28, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
Retail Price
Sale Price
118941 Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)
120279 Clear Block Storage Caddy
109127 Stack & Store Caddy

Click on the link below for a list of the sale items available until November 28th :


 Wow - what an amazing week of savings!    Item cans be ordered online or through me on a customer order.    Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!



Thursday, November 15, 2012

November Stamp Club projects

It has been a terrible month for colds and flu around here.    Many of my club ladies have been affected, either they or their children are sick.    We had just a small group last night but we had a good time.  All three of our projects were CASE'd from someone.   Thank goodness there are creative people out there willing to share their amazing talent.

Our first project will make a nice little gift for maybe a teacher, bus driver, etc.

I found a great video by Dawn Olchefske showing how to make this cute project.   Check out her blog here for the great tutorial.    Walmart has a new variety pack of cocoa packets.   You can get cocoa flavoured like coffee crisp, rolo or after eight.   Yum!   The Scentsational Season bundle is getting a lot of use in my Christmas projects this year.   Love it!


PAPER:   early espresso, crumb cake, very vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP
INK:   gumball green, early espresso, cherry cobbler
STAMPS:   Scentsational Season
ACCESSORIES:   big shot, holiday collection framelits, polka dot embossing folder, 2 1/2" circle punch, stitched ribbon, basic rhinestone, cropadile (retired).

Our next project also uses the Holliday Collection framelits that come in the Scentsational Season Bundle:

Inside card

This is another CASE'd project, this time from Kay Kalthoff.    I found Kay's video tutorial on our demo site, Stampin' Connection.   This is a great project that uses the Festival of Prints DSP Stack.   Kay's video shows the perfect way to utilize a whole piece of the patterned paper with very minimal waste.  After trimming the patterned piece for your card front, you can use the excess on the inside of the card and the envelope.   The tree cut out using the framelits is also used inside the card.    Love it!


PAPER:  cherry cobbler, lucky limeade, Festival of Prints DSP, very vanilla
INK:  black stazon
STAMPS:   More Merry Messages
ACCESSORIES:   big shot, holiday collection framelits, cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon

Our final project was a birthday card:

This was a partial CASE from Rochelle Blok from one of our demo FB pages.    I love making these tulle rosettes and using the jumbo rounds makes it so much easier than fighting with my hot glue gun.  The core-dinations paper with the rosette gives the card a nice vintage look.


PAPER:  crumb cake, cherry cobbler, early espresso core-dinations, early edition DSP, very vanilla
INK:  chocoloate chip, old olive, early espresso
STAMPS:   Something to Celebrate (retired)
ACCESSORIES:   big shot, apothecary accents framelits, circle scallop punch, square punch, build a blossom punch, jumbo rounds adhesive

I hope you enjoyed this month's club projects.  Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad November Blog Hop

It's that time again ... time for another blog hop.   We postponed our hop by a week since everyone was busy with Halloween last week.   Funny how I'm still finishing up at the last minute!!   Bah - I excel at procrastination.    :)    You may have just come here from Dawn's blog.    Please make sure to leave comments for our blog hop contributors so they can feel the love!

Our theme this month is Thanksgiving/thankful.   We celebrate Thanksgiving in October in Canada so I have already been focused on Christmas for a while.   It was kind of nice to come up with a card that focused on being grateful again:

I had used the Full of Blessings set a number of times last month but this time I had a new stamp set to use with it - the Pursuit of Happiness set.   This saying was perfect and the inside of the card has a simple thank you.


Paper:  chocolate chip, crumb cake, very vanilla, cherry cobbler, watercolour paper,
champagne glimmer paper
Ink:  black stazon, early espresso
Stamps:  Full of Blessings, Pursuit of Happiness
Accessories:   big shot, woodgrain embossing folder, scallop circle punch, circle die,
dotted scallop ribbon border punch, brushed bronze designer buttons, linen thread

My 3D project meets our challenge this month:  create a "hostess thank-you gift".   The hostess thank-you gift did not have to be Thanksgiving related so naturally I focused on Christmas:

I have found a new favourite embellishment - a paper faux bow!   I came across a video tutorial by Connie  Collins on our demo site, Stampin Connection.   Connie did a fabulous job with her tutorial.   Thank you so much for sharing Connie.   For this project I created a gift box with coordinating cards and envelopes inside.    This will make a perfect hostess gift just in time for Christmas gift giving.


Paper:   real red, whisper white, red glimmer paper
Ink:   real red, garden green, black stazon, pretty in pink, rose red
Stamps:   Christmas Blessings
Accessories:   big shot, labels collection framelits, ovals die (retired),  Punches:  corner rounder, ovals, square, circles, decorative label, blender pens, basic rhinestone, cherry cobbler dazzling details

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop so far.   You may proceed to the next stop by clicking on the next button below.   Thank you for stopping by.


Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  7. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  11. Nancy B of Momma B Stampin'
  12. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It's almost that time!!

Make sure to check in tomorrow for the Stylin' Stampin' Squad November Blog Hop.   There are guaranteed to be some beautiful projects.   See you tomorrow!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Shout out to Erin!

Recently a member of my demo team received a Stampin' Up! promotion and had her one year anniversary as a Stampin' Up!  Independent Demonstrator.    Congratulations on both accomplishments Erin!    I popped a card in the mail to thank Erin for doing such a great job.   Here is a pic:

I apologize for the poor quality of the photo.   Apparently a dying battery doesn't make for good pictures.  Who knew?  :p    I have seen samples of cards using the cut out portion of the apothecary accents framelit as a frame.    It just so happens that the image from Just Believe fits perfectly within the frame.   A little embossing with the fancy fan folder adds some pretty detail to the frame layer.    I absolutely love the stitched ribbon in the new in colours.   I used a faux bow here so it would lay flatter for mailing.   Hopefully the tiny pearls get through the mail okay too!


Paper:   crumb cake, raspberry ripple, whisper white
Ink:  raspberry ripple, old olive
Stamps:   Just Believe
Accessories:   big shot, apothecary accents framelit, bitty banners framelits, fancy fan embossing folder, colour spritzer, raspberry ripple stitched ribbon, basic pearls

I know I've said before how much I love being a Stampin' Up! demo but it is true.   As a demo you have the freedom to determine if you want to be a business demo or a hobby demo.    I have both types of demos on my team and regardless of what type they are, I want to support and encourage them as much as possible.   There are great opportunities and incentives for being a demonstrator but the best part is being able to share the love of crafting with others.     Keep up the good work Erin!!

Thank you for stopping by.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Christmas Ornament

Many of you have seen the beautiful ornament that graces our holiday catalogue cover.     Like many who admired the ornament, I decided I wanted to make it.    Then I found the instructions and shook my head, saying hmmmm no way!    Stampin' Up! has used the Ornament Keepsakes set and coordinating framelits to create this beauty.  The fact that each completed ornament requires 40 separate ornaments stamped and cut with the framelits had me quickly changing my mind.   But then I thought I better at least give it a try and am I ever glad I did!!

Here is my finished ornament (slightly different from the catty cover):
I was so thankful to come across an awesome tutorial for making this.   Dani Dziama posted such an easy to follow tutorial on her blog, complete with many step-by-step pictures, that it was incredibly easy to put this all together.   Please check out her blog here and give her many thanks for being so thorough and concise.      Thank you Dani!

Now I will admit that the stamping and cutting of these ornaments is the most time consuming and tedious part.    It would work well if you could have your strips cut so that you can run two different ornament framelits through the big shot at the same time.    I had suggested this to some of my customers but forgot to do it myself!   One of my ladies found it easier to cut the ornaments and then stamp them.   Try it either way and do what works best for you.   It would also be easier to just cut your favourite DSP with the ornament framelits instead of stamping.   I used real red ink for the ornaments and real red card stock for the rosette but will definitely use cherry cobbler if I do this again.   I now have the new cherry cobbler ink pad and will be able to get a nice crisp image of my ornament and then I will match the tulle better.   Have I ever mentioned how these new ink pads are all that??   They stamp soooo beautifully.   The tulle is also so pretty and easy to work with.   I would definitely recommend giving this ornament a try.   Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


Paper:   very vanilla, real red
Ink:   old olive, real red
Stamps:   Ornament Keepsakes
Accessories:   big shot, holiday ornaments framelits, scoreboard, tulle, lucky limeade bakers twine, vintage faceted buttons, large basic pearls, lots and lots of adhesive - tombo multi and hot glue. 

Thank you for stopping by.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween/Happy Birthday!

It's finally here ... the day my son has been waiting for FOREVER!!    Once the excitement of Halloween is over, he will be pestering us to put up the Christmas decorations and the count down will begin again.    The Christmas wish list was started weeks ago and is based on whatever happens to be in an awesome tv commercial.    Santa is going to have his work cut out for him this year.  

Enough about Christmas ... let's celebrate Halloween.    Creating Halloween projects is one of my favourite crafts so I'm sad this will be my last one this year.    A friend of ours also happens to be the EA in my son's class this year.    She had mentioned to my son earlier this month that she would like a Halloween craft from me.    As the month flew by and I was behind as usual, I didn't get one done for her.   As luck would have it,  her birthday is also on Halloween so I created this Halloween/birthday card for her hoping it would suffice as a Halloween craft:

Happy Birthday Carol!!

I love punch art pumpkins and the sponging makes such a difference.   My little peek-a-boo ghost is punched out with the owl punch and has googly eyes.   The fence is actually cut using the rosette die.   Pretty handy!!


Paper:    basic grey, basic black, whisper white, pumpkin pie, old olive
Ink:   basic black, pumpkin pie
Stamps:   Googly Ghouls
Accessories:   big shot, spider web embossing folder, rosette die, apothecary accents framelits, bird builder punch (leaves), owl punch, circle punch, oval punch, googly eyes, basic rhinestones

I just wanted to mention that due to the Halloween celebrations, our Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop has been postponed until next Thursday, November 8th.    Make sure to stop by to see what the Squad has put together for your hopping pleasure.   

Thank you for stopping by.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mommy & Me Halloween Class Projects

I love creating projects for Halloween and the Mommy & Me Halloween classes are the most popular of the occasion classes.   This must mean that everyone else likes Halloween crafting too!    Here are the projects we worked on this year:

My favourite project!   This treat box/decoration is made by taking a fancy fold box and placing Franky on one side and .....

Dracula on the other!   The top note die serves as a perfect frame for our scary monster faces.   Circle punches are used for the eyes and nose.   Love it!


Paper:   Frank - basic black, lucky limeade, whisper white; Dracula - basic black, 
elegant eggplant, whisper white
Ink:  lucky limeade, elegant eggplant, real red and basic black markers, white gel pen
Stamps - none
Accessories:   big shot, fancy favour box, top note die, circle punches, pennant punch

 Next we made a card using an unexpected ingredient:

I needed to take this picture without the flash so it wouldn't reflect off of the TIN FOIL!   How awesome is that.   This card was CASED from Anastasia Radloff.    Please check out her blog at    Thank you for the inspiration Anastasia!


Paper:  basic black, whisper white, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, tin foil
Ink:  basic black
Stamp:  Googly Ghouls
Accessories:  big shot, spiderweb embossing folder, apothecary accents framelit, 
square punch, gogglies, silver dazzling details

Finally, a couple of projects using the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit:

A treat bag and a bookmark using the glassine bags and tags included in the kit.   The glassine bag has been embossed with the houndstooth embossing folder.


Paper:  basic black
Ink:  basic black
Accessories:   big shot, window frames framelits, houndstooth embossing folder, 
ghoulish googlies designer kit, basic rhinestones, pumpkin pie ribbon, jumbo paper clip (non SU)

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

October Stamp Club Projects

Although it is only October, it is just about time to start thinking about making Christmas cards.   Our club projects this month were two Christmas cards and a birthday card:

I wanted to focus on a card that would demonstrate product offered in the Stampin' Up October promotion.   It is hard to see in the picture but the ornament is paper pierced using the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack that coordinates with the Ornament Keepsakes stamps and framelits.  


Paper:   midnight muse, brushed silver, whisper white
Ink:  midnight muse
Stamps:   Ornament Keepsakes, Mixed Medley (hostess)
Accessories:  big shot, holiday ornaments framelits, holiday frame embossing folder, 
corner rounder and circle punches, midnight muse stitched ribbon, basic rhinestones


Paper:  cherry cobbler, gumball green, very vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Ink:  gumball green, raspberry ripple
Stamps:   Chock Full of Cheer
Accessories:   scallop edge border punch, circle punches, basic pearls, 
gumball green stitched ribbon


Paper:   crumb cake, early espresso, very vanilla, natural compositions specialty paper
Ink:  versa mark, early espresso, early espresso embossing powder
Stamps:   Lovely as a Tree, Bring on the Cake
Accessories:   big shot, apothecary accents framelits, early espresso 
ribbon (retired), ribbon slides

I hope you enjoyed these projects.   Thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Acrylic frame post-it note holders and more

We are getting our first snowfall this morning.    As much as I dread the thought of winter, I must admit it looks very pretty.   The good thing is that we know it will be gone in no time and we are supposed to have warm weather for the weekend again.    Maybe the snow is what I need to get motivated to start working on my Christmas crafts for upcoming craft shows!

Here are some projects I have been working on recently:

I was loving the look of the ribbon rosettes that I was using on the grapevine wreaths.    Paired with some beautiful DSP, they look wonderful on these acrylic frame post-it note holders.    If only I didn't burn myself so much making these beautiful rosettes!!    Someday my hot glue gun and I will come to terms!


Paper:   Comfort Cafe DSP, soft suede
Ink:   none
Stamps:  none
Accessories:   big shot, little leaves sizzlits, crumb cake and daffodil delight 
seam binding ribbon, pool party ruffled ribbon, 7/8" cotton ribbon, basic pearls, 
acrylic frame (non SU)

This is a full size card that I made for our farmers market managers.    They are stepping down as managers and my husband and I will be taking the position.    Last Saturday was our last outdoor market so I had the vendors sign the card so that we can present it to Dave and Linda at our next board meeting.    This ribbon rosette is huge and so easy to adhere using the new adhesive rounds.    Much better than burning myself with hot glue!


Paper:   more mustard, cajun craze, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP, 
early espresso core-dinations card stock,
Ink:   early espresso
Stamps:   All Year Cheer III (retired)
Accessories:   big shot, autumn accents bigz die, woodgrain embossing folder, 
jumbo sticky rounds, 7/8" cotton ribbon, more mustard scalloped dotted ribbon, 
large basic pearls


 I often make donations to various fundraisers which are sometimes cards, 3D items, etc.    I am donating a variety of cards to our local United Way Telethon.    I created this box to hold 10 cards with envelopes.   It is tied closed with ribbon and can be used again for gift giving.


Paper:   soft suede, cajun craze, very vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP
Ink:   soft suede
Stamps:   Elements of Style
Accessories:   big shot, labels collection framelits, scallop circle punch, vintage brads, 
soft suede scallop dots ribbon (retired)

Now I need to prep for Card Club and I will post those projects later in the week.   Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad October Blog Hop

Yaaay - it's blog hopping time!! You may have just come from Dawn's blog. Make sure to leave comments so that our blog contributors can feel the love! This month's theme is Halloween and I love Halloween!  And ... this month's challenge is to use non-traditional Halloween colours. Here is my non-traditional Halloween card:

Inside peek-a-boo frame
SUPPLIES: Paper: melon mambo, lucky limeade, basic black, whisper white 
Ink: basic black, lucky limeade, melon mambo 
Stamps: Googly Ghouls, Got Treats 
Accessories: big shot, peek-a-boo frames, stripes embossing folder, glimmer brad, melon mambo scalloped dot ribbon, silver dazzling details, googly eyes, jewelry tag punch 

I'm slacking off this month and only doing two projects. I really wanted to do another card to coordinate with my 3D project but an unexpected trip to the ER to take my Dad sort of took up my time. He's okay, thank you God, and I'm very grateful that my parents recently moved back so that I can be here to help them at times like this. Sooooo, anyway, here is my 3D project:

 It seems that painter trays have been a popular item lately so I came up with something similar. I found the frame at our Dollar store and decorated it up. Can't wait to put this in my entrance way as we have already started decorating for Halloween and this frame will be a perfect addition. My seven year old is just a little bit excited for Halloween this year!

Paper: crumb cake, basic black, pumpkin pie, very vanilla, 
Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP
Ink: basic black, pumpkin pie
Stamps: Googly Ghouls
Accessories: big shot, window frames framelits, oval punch, scallop square punch, small square punch, linen thread, neutrals collection designer buttons, silver dazzling details, basic rhinestones, frame (non SU)

I hope you have enjoyed the hop so far. You can click on the next button below to proceed to the next blog.

Thanks for stopping by!


Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  7. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  11. Nancy B of Momma B Stampin'
  12. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sympathy card and gearing up for Halloween

So it's October 1st today.   Definitely starting to look and feel like fall out there.    The fall colours are so beautiful.    I had a Mommy & Me Halloween class yesterday and we all had a great time.     I can't show you any of the projects today as I will be having a second class in a couple of weeks using the same projects.    In addition to decorating for occasion, I also made sugared shortbread cookies stamped with our jack-o-lantern stamp.    Everybody loves those cookies!   I made some decorations using a new stamp set in the holiday catalogue:

Of course the decorations had to have some bling!


Paper - champagne glimmer paper, silver glimmer paper, basic black, whisper white
Ink:  basic black
Stamps:  Googly Ghouls
Accessories:   big shot, window frames framelits, spider web embossing folder, googlies, silver sparkle dazzling details, square punch

Finally, here is a sympathy card that I CASEd from Wanda.   Check out her blog for some awesome projects.  

I used the rectangular frame from the designer frames embossing folder, cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals.


Paper:   pool party, whisper white
Ink:   island indigo, old olive
Stamps:   Love & Sympathy
Accessories:   big shot, designer frames embossing folder, large oval punch, basic pearl, pool party ruffled ribbon

The October Stylin'  Stampin' Squad blog hop will be coming up this week.   Make sure to check back on Thursday to see what the Squad has prepared for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, September 24, 2012

More cards ...

I created another baby card to add to my stash for sale at the Market:
This card uses a retired baby stamp set but the foot prints are quite similar to the ones found in Baby Prints in the new catalogue.


Paper:   baja breeze (boy), rose red (girl), whisper white, subtles designer series paper stacks
Stamps:  Baby Prints, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink:  baja breeze (boy), rose red (girl)
Accessories:   big shot, apothecary accents framelits, bitty banners framelits, scallop trim border bunch, baja breeze and rose red seam binding ribbon

This is a twist on a Thanksgiving card I recently posted:
I needed a birthday card suitable for a fall birthday.    Loving the Comfort Cafe DSP!


Paper:  midnight muse, summer starfruit, cajun craze, very vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP
Ink:   soft suede
Stamps:   Bring on the Cake, Tiny Tags
Accessories:   big shot, apothecary accents framelits, lacy brocade embossing folder, scallop edge border punch, jewelry tag punch, vintage brads, midnight muse stitched ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Thank you's and birthdays!

The past week was a busy week, as most seem to be.   I had posted earlier about our first Club night.   One of my Club ladies was kind enough to bring some extra tools for me to use in class.   The next day I tried a new cookie recipe which uses Nutella.    Absolutely LOVE Nutella in our house so how could you go wrong with a Nutella cookie!    They were delish and probably a new favourite in our house.    I made sure to give Patrice one as a thank you for her help.    Of course you can't just give a cookie without wrapping it up pretty:
I used the oval accents bigz die to cut a folded piece of cajun craze card stock.  A strip of comfort cafe cut with the same die fits across the front and is decorated with some soft suede leaves and a brushed bronze designer button with vintage lace.    The sides of the oval accent cut pieces are closed using sticky strip, leaving the top open to form a pocket.   Taaadaaaa ... a cute little cookie holder!


Paper:   cajun craze, comfort cafe DSP, very vanilla, soft suede
Ink:   soft suede
Stamps:   Full of Blessings
Accessories:   big shot, oval accents bigz die, autumn accents bigz die, brushed bronze designer button, vintage lace

It was also a week of birthdays.    My sis-in-law had a birthday on Friday.   Here is the card I made for her:
I love combining soft suede with summer starfruit.    This is a partial CASE from someone ... can't find where I had seen the sample that inspired me.    Thank you so much whoever you are.   Leave a comment if it was from you.


Paper:   soft suede, summer starfruit, very vanilla
Ink:   summer starfruit, soft suede
Stamps:   Blooming with Kindness, Bring on the Cake
Accessories:   big shot, apothecary accents framelits, finishing touches edgelits, paper piercer, essentials paper-piercing pack, large oval punch, basic pearls, dazzling details

And ... I had a birthday too!    Here is a pic of a beautiful gift I received from my friend, Tina:
Isn't this cute??    She makes the most beautiful cake pops and the presentation makes it hard to eat them because you don't want to ruin the beauty of it.    Thank you so much Tina for the beautiful birthday gift.   Tina has a birthday coming up soon but I won't ruin it by giving her my baking!    I will have to surprise her with something crafty.   lol

Thanks for stopping by.    Have a great day.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sept Stamp Club projects - having fun with the glue gun!

Okay - maybe it wasn't so much fun playing with the hot glue gun.   It certainly can be painful at times.   Not sure how much the ladies enjoyed this project but it sure is cute:
This wreath was CASEd from Jennifer Picard, a wonderfully talented demo.   Check out her website at   This is a great project for showcasing our SU fabric, buttons and ribbon.    A mini wreath is used here.   I need to get some more 'cause these are my new favourite project to work on!


Paper - none
Ink - none
Stamps - none
Accessories -  Comfort Cafe designer fabric, brushed bronze designer button, linen thread, baja breeze seam binding ribbon, cotton ribbon

This Give Thanks card was quick and easy to make.    Love the colours!   The colour combo was drawn from the Comfort Cafe DSP, which I absolutely love.


Paper:  soft suede, midnight muse, cajun craze, very vanilla, comfort cafe DSP
Ink:   soft suede
Stamps:  Full of Blessings
Accessories:   big shot, lacy brocade embossing folder, apothecary accents framelits, vintage buttons, square punch, scallop edge border punch, midnight muse stitched ribbon

What a cheerful and bright birthday card.   The Perfectly Preserved stamp set has been so much fun to use.


Paper:   island indigo, raspberry ripple, lucky limeade, whisper white, orchard harvest DSP
Ink:   island indigo, raspberry ripple, lucky limeade
Stamps:   Perfectly Preserved, Itty Bitty Banners
Accessories:   big shot, polka dot embossing folder, cannery set framelits, bitty banners framelits, island indigo bakers twine, basic rhinestones

It was so good to have my Club ladies back again.    I'm looking forward to showing them some more fun projects next month.   Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall projects

I'm sure I have told you how much I love all of the wonderful product in the Holiday catalogue and maybe I've mentioned how much I enjoy Fall.    Fall just happens to be my favourite season!  The vivid colours, crisp air and the excitement of the upcoming holiday seasons just seem to invigorate me.    There are plenty of products available in the Holiday catalogue to help me celebrate! Here are a couple of fall projects:

I love decorating simple brown/white gift bags.    This gift bag held some items I donated to a fund raiser for a friend of mine who is recovering from a bad accident.    The Autumn Accents bigz die is perfect for making beautiful fall leaves.    Crumpling and sponging gives the leaves definition and a realistic look.


Paper:   more mustard, soft suede, old olive, very vanilla
Ink:  early espresso
Stamps:   Always Thankful (retired)
Accessories:   Big Shot, autumn accents bigz die, xlarge designer button (retired), circle punches, more mustard scallop dotted ribbon, vintage lace ribbon, window frames framelits

I created some fall themed thank you cards using my all time favourite stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.   Perfect for a masculine birthday card as well.


Paper:  early espresso, cajun craze, natural composition speciality paper, very vanilla, watercolour paper
Ink:  jet black stazon, early espresso, cajun craze, old olive, starfruit
Stamps:   Love as a Tree, Blooming with Kindness
Accessories:   scallop edge border punch, big shot, 3" circle die, 2 1/2 circle punch, paper piercer, essentials paper-piercing pack, early espresso ribbon (retired)

I hope you are having some stampin' fun, creating fall projects and decorating for the season.   Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad September Blog Hop

Yes - it's here! Time for another blog hop. This month's theme is fall/back to school. I'm twice as excited because fall is my favourite time of year and I was REALLY ready for school to start again. You may have arrived here from Dawn's blog. Please make sure to leave comments for all of our participants so we can feel the love. Here are my projects:

It has been so much fun to make up these canning jars for little gifts. This jar and matching card were my son's teacher gift for the first day of school. The jar contains some lifesavers candy. I didn't think of how appropriate that was until after I had given her the gift! The Perfectly Preserved Bundle has been one of my favourite purchases from the holiday catalogue.


Paper: early espresso core-dination, lucky limeade, whisper white
Ink: early espresso
Stamps: Friendship Preserves
Accessories: big shot, window frames framelits, woodgrain embossing folder, scallop circle die, orchard harvest designer fabric, chocolate chip taffeta ribbon (retired), paper piercer, festive paper-piercing pack

SUPPLIES (card):

Paper: early espresso, lucky limeade, whisper white
Ink: early espresso, lucky limeade, raspberry ripple, chocolate chip
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Accessories: big shot, window frames framelits, woodgrain embossing folder, bitty banners framelits, cannery set framelits, brushed bronze designer button, linen thread, 7/8" cotton ribbon, chocolate chip taffeta ribbon (retired), paper piercer, festive paper-piercing pack

This was a joint project between my son and I. He loves to craft along with me and I enjoy the quality time together. He coloured the back to school letters and punched the stars. Perfect little helper. I had so much fun making the pencil. Love it! This double page layout is a nice addition for the scrapbook.


Paper: crumb cake, night of navy, whisper white, orchard harvest DSP, basic black, daffodil delight, pretty in pink, silver shimmer
Ink: basic black, raspberry ripple, lucky limeade, whisper white craft
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Accessories: big shot, alphabet sizzlits, cannery set framelits, apothecary accents framelit, oval accent die, star punch (retired), basic rhinestones, simply scored, corner rounder, square punch

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop so far. You can click on the next button below to go to Heather's blog:

Heather's blog

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  3. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  4. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  5. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  6. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  7. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  8. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  9. Heather W. of Stamping with Heather
  10. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  11. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  12. Nancy B. of Momma B Stampin'