Monday, January 28, 2013

Another club project and more!

Hello everyone!   This blog post might be a little long as I am behind on my posting and have a lot of projects I want to share with you.   So without further ado ...

This is my most recent project and I am super excited about it.    I had posted another version of these cocoa packets in a November post which you can find HERE.   The Christmas cocoa packets were one of our November Club projects.   Credit goes to Dawn Olchefske for the idea.    It occurred to me that these would also work for a Valentine project as February can be darn cold and a nice cup of cocoa is always good.    So with a little bit of modification, we now have Valentine cocoa packets!!   These were a popular item at my last trade/craft show and I hope they will be again at my next show on Sunday.


Paper:   basic gray, whisper white, red shimmer paper, Love Impressions Specialty DSP (retired)
Ink:   basic gray, real red
Stamps:   Scentsational Season (retired), Filled with Love (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories:   big shot, hearts collection and holiday collection framelits, small heart punch, 7/8" scallop circle punch, 2 1/2" circle punch, scallop oval punch, modern label punch, pretty in pink taffeta ribbon, basic rhinestones

This was one of our January club projects.    Perfect for a masculine birthday card.


Paper:   chocolate chip, lucky limeade, whisper white, International Bazaar DSP
Ink:   chocolate chip, lucky limeade
Stamps:   Blue Ribbon
Accessories:   big shot, stripes embossing folder, ticket corner punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, chocolate chip taffeta ribbon, designer naturals buttons, linen thread

I can't remember what this technique is called!!   If anyone knows, please drop a comment.   I haven't made a card with this technique in forever so thought it was time to do it again.   The brad in the centre of the flower acts as the hinge for the top part of the card.   Cute!!


Paper:   naturals white, baja breeze, chocolate chip, daffodil delight
Ink:  chocolate chip, daffodil delight, baja breeze
Stamps:   Bring on the Cake, Create a Cupcake, Elements of Style
Accessories:   big shot, polka dot embossing folder, eyelet border punch (retired), boho blossoms punch, cupcake builder punch, daffodil delight striped ribbon, basics glimmer brads

That's all for now.    Thank you so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Stylin' Stampin' Squad January Blog Hop

Hello and Happy New Year!! We postponed our monthly blog hop just a little due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you are excited to see what the Squad has come up with to celebrate the New Year! This month's theme is to celebrate the new spring catalogue that came into effect on January 3rd. Once again I was blown away with all of the awesome goodies Stampin' Up! has come up with. So without further delay here are my submissions for this month's hop:

I was so excited to see the Honeycomb embossing folder and the soda pop tops! I would have loved to have added a rose from the flower trim but apparently it didn't make the cut during my pre-order. Dah!! I will be getting that flower trim next order for sure.


Paper: Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Tea for Two DSP 
Ink: Island Indigo, Old Olive 
Stamps: Collage Curios, Bring on the Cake 
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Honeycomb embossing folder, 1" circle punch, soda pop tops, Island Indigo bakers twine, basic rhinestones, sanding block 

Of course now it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day. This is a very feminine card. The background heart is whisper white that has been spritzed with primrose petals and champagne shimmer paint to give it some sparkle. The new Pool Party embossing powder was what encouraged me to go with this colour combination. And for a girl that loves bling, the new large rhinestone basic jewels made me very happy!


Paper: Primrose Petals, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Primrose Petals, Champagne Mist shimmer paint
Stamps: Hearts a Flutter, Itty Bitty Banners
Accessories: Big Shot, Needlepoint Border embossing folder , Hearts a Flutter framelits, Hearts Collection framelits, Itty Bitty Banners framelits, small heart punch, pool party seam binding ribbon, stampin' spritzer, large and regular basic rhinestones

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop so far. Please click on the NEXT button below to proceed to the next blog. Please also make sure to leave comments for all of our blog hop participants as we all need to feel the love! Thank you for stopping by.


Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  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. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  10. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge
  11. Justin K of JK Cards
  12. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
  13. Jennifer B of NW Stamper
  14. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  15. Diana E of Stampin' Fun with Diana

Thursday, January 3, 2013

January promotions!!

Happy New Year everyone!    I hope you have all recovered from the holidays and are ready to get back into a regular routine.    I am excited to start focusing on something other than Christmas.    Stampin' Up! is starting off the new year with some great promotions.   It is time to start preparing for our Valentine treats so these promotions will come in handy:
Dates: January 3-21, 2013
From January 3 through January 21, you will have the opportunity to purchase the exclusive Valentine Treat Bundle. This bundle, created specifically for this special offer, contains the brand-new Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (English only) and a package of 1" x 8" cellophane bags.

Bundle Item
Description Retail Value Special Bundle Price
132771 Valentine Treat Bundle
Includes the Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (clear-mount) and 1" x 8" cellophane bags
$9.20 $7.25
The Fine Print
  • The promotion will run January 3-21, 2013.
  • During the promotion, you can place orders on any order type (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online).
  • The Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp coordinates with the Full Heart Punch (item 119883; $22.95), but the punch is not included in the bundle.
  • There are no limits to the number of Valentine Treat Bundles that you can order.
Dates: January 3-21, 2013 Details:
During the My Little Valentine promotion, you will get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE-a $9.95 value-when you purchase the brand-new My Little Valentine Set. This four-piece set was created exclusively for this promotion and will not be available again after January 21!
The My Little Valentine Stamp Set is only available in clear-mount.
Buy one of the following:

Item Description Price
132242 My Little Valentine (English; clear-mount) $11.95
132245 Enamorados (Spanish; clear-mount) $11.95
132248 Mon petit amour (French; clear-mount) $11.95
Get this FREE:

Retail Value
holiday catalogue
Sealed with Love Simply Sent
The Fine Print
  • The promotion will run January 3-21, 2013.
  • During the promotion, you can place orders on any order type (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online).
  • For every My Little Valentine Set that you purchase, you will get a Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE!
  • There are no limits to the number of My Little Valentine Sets that you can order and the number of Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kits you can earn for free.
In addition to these exciting promotions, I am thrilled with the new spring catalogue that comes into effect today.     Once again I am blown away with all of the awesome product that Stampin' Up! is offering us.    I can't wait to start creating with my new goodies.    AND .... Sale-a-bration starts on January 22nd and ends on March 22nd.    This is a great opportunity to get free stuff!!   Pick one free item from the SAB brochure for every $60 (before s&h and taxes) you spend.   More freebies can be earned by hosting a qualifying party.    Sign up to join my demo team and get 25% more in your start kit.
This is Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary year.    I can't wait to see what other promotions they come up with this year to celebrate.      Make sure to contact me if you have any questions, would like to place an order, would like to host a party or if you need a catalogue or Sale-a-bration brochure.   It would be my pleasure to help you out!   

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!! Welcome 2013!!

So another year has come and gone.    Wow - December flew by in a flash.   We were talking today about taking the tree down on the weekend.   It seems like we just put it up!!   I always find it a little depressing after the tree and the decorations come down.   Everything looks so empty and blah!    I especially like all of the twinkly lights at Christmas.    I'm pretty sure my husband won't let me keep them up all year round.  :(

December was also typical in that I didn't do a lot of blogging.   Blogging tends to go to the back burner when there is so much that needs to be done to prepare for Christmas.   It is also a busy time of year with craft sales and now I am managing our local farmers' market so that took up a fair bit of time.    Now I get a break until spring so I better get my butt in gear and start crafting up a storm for the next round of craft sales and markets.   

A peek at my memory card for my camera showed up some crafts that I never did blog about.   Here are a few items I may have missed:

This card has a crumb cake card base and a layer of the Natural Composition Specialty paper.   This paper has a glossy, raised pattern on a heavy-weight natural paper.   The patterns are quite pretty and can be sponged to give a pop of colour.   A crumb cake ribbon and some basic pearls give a little bit of a delicate touch to this card.

 This cute card was CASE'd from Shannon Lane.   You can check out her blog here.    I love using that owl punch in such cute ways.

This card was CASE'd from Kimberly Van Diepen, one of my all time favourite demos.   You can find all kinds of inspirational projects on her website, Stampin By The Sea.   This card uses one of my favourite stamp sets, Thoughts and Prayers.   I was so excited at how pretty the cherry cobbler dazzling details looked on the tree.   It added just a nice little touch of bling!

Finally, this was my favourite Christmas ornament to make in 2012.   I saw so many of these on various blogs and I'm sorry to say that I can't remember where I CASE'd this particular version from.    I always try to give credit so if this looks like it might have been your idea, please let me know and I will update to give you credit.   This little guy has a battery operated tea light for his face!   It looks so cute all lit up.   I coloured the nose with an orange sharpie and the eyes, mouth and buttons are pearls coloured with a black sharpie.  The rest of him is all created from punches.    Love it!!

So I think that should be all of the projects I may have missed.    I'm excited to sit down and start playing with all of my new stuff from the upcoming spring catalogue which comes into effect on January 3rd.   First I need to figure out what items I absolutely have to have from the holiday catalogue as January 2nd is the last day to order from it.    Some items from the holiday catalogue are carried over and can be found on page 36 of the spring catalogue.   I will post some new projects soon - I hope!     Thanks for stopping by!