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.