Online Extravaganza – Starts TODAY!

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Don’t let the name fool you – just because it’s called ‘online’ extravaganza, doesn’t mean you can only order online – contact me with your order, and I can take care of it for you!

Take a look at today’s DOOR BUSTER DEALS – these are available while supplies last, so ORDER NOW & don’t be left out in the cold!

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The embossing folders – an amazing $7 each – also include all of the embossing folders in the Holiday Catalogue as well!  That’s right – the Filigree Frame (#135818), On Point (#135876) and Lucky Stars (#135817) embossing folders are ALL ONLY $7 each, along with the others from the Annual Catalogue (exclusions listed above).

Here’s some of my favourite cards made using some embossing folders:  This one is the Northern Flurry embossing folder, used with Vellum card stock;

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This card uses the Modern Mosaic embossing folder (#129984)

 

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Remember – you can use embossing folder for more than just embossing!  The card below uses the Honeycomb embossing folder (#129378) and embossing folder stamping technique!

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Did you see that the Gift Box Punch board is only $17.47?!  That’s 30% OFF!!  This deal is too hot to beat – and I just love this newest tool from Stampin’ Up!

Here’s a reminder of some of the cute boxes I’ve made with the Gift Box Punch Board:

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You can make boxes using regular card stock, or the terrific new Under the Tree Specialty DSP (#135825) in the Holiday Catalogue; the extra thickness of this Specialty DSP makes it the perfect weight for heavier gifts you need to package.

Don’t forget all of the other products on sale all week – from today Nov. 24th to next Tuesday, Dec. 2nd – with another Door Buster special next Monday Dec. 1st featuring new products at ridiculously low prices!

To see all of the Extravaganza sale items, CLICK HERE to be taken to my online store.  You can either order directly online, or contact me with your order – but HURRY – ALL ITEMS ARE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!  Call me at 604.298.0472 or email debsmart@shaw.ca to place  your order :)

Happy Shopping!

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ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA SALE & 25% OFF NEW DEMONSTRATOR KIT!

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It’s that most wonderful time of year again – super savings time, that is!

Starting Monday Nov. 24th to Tuesday Dec. 2nd, Stampin’ Up! has some AMAZING HOT DEALS for you!  Not only are there specials for the entire 9 days, but there are also 2 days  of DOOR BUSTER SAVINGS!  That’s right – don’t sleep in on Monday Nov. 24th, or Monday Dec. 1st, or you just might miss out on the incredible ‘while supplies last only’ door-busting deals!

If you’d like to place your order directly online, just click HERE to go directly to my online store, then enter Hostess Code  F9FPJSQU.  Of course, if you’d like to make your list & email it to me, or call me with it, I’ll place  your order for you – I’ll be up bright & early so we don’t miss out on the great deals! :)

If you would like to see these deals in PDF format, so you can print it out, just CLICK HERE.
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Great deals, right?!  I wouldn’t kid you!!
How would you like to get even MORE of a discount on these already fabulous deals?  Well – you can!  Here’s how!

Join My Team for 25% off between November 24th and December 2nd.

Join Stampin’ Up! for 25% off the starter kit (normally $125), which consists of $155 of products of your own choosing and enough business supplies to get you off to a great start! But that’s not all! If you join Stampin’ Up! from November 24th through December 2nd, you can get 5% cash back on all your sales/orders in December 2014!

So, it’s entirely possible to join on November 24th, get that great kit for 25% off the price of the kit, making it $93.75 for $155 worth of products! Win! Then as soon as you get your demo ID and access to the demonstrator site (which is normally the same or next day), you can place an order on December 1st for those door busters and get 5% cash back on top of all the savings. Winning again!  Plus, on your first order of $200 or more, you will receive 30% OFF, instead of the normal 20%!  Win, Win, Win!!

To sign up, you can simply click HERE to fill out your personal information, and get started on your new adventure – whether it’s your own business, or just to take advantage of the fabulous perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

There’s never been a better time to Join to get the maximum benefit – and for the first time ever – an opportunity to earn Cash Back based on your own Sales & Orders!
Happy shopping!
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Christmas Ornaments

 

I’m so glad you’ve joined me – we’re busy getting ready for holiday celebrations and decorating – how about you?  Here in Canada we’ve had our Thanksgiving, so our attention is now turned to getting ready for Christmas; especially if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, time is of the essence!  The cold snap we’re having here on the West Coast is helping to get me in the spirit, that’s for sure! :)

My first ornament is made with the Stampin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay.

 

 

Simply Pressed Clay ornament

This clay is so easy to work with; I just rolled it out to about 1/8″ thickness, then cut it using a scallop circle cookie cutter.  Leaving the clay inside the cookie cutter, I placed the whole thing in the freezer to let the clay firm up (I went & did other things, so I ended up leaving the clay in the freezer for a couple of hours; just a 1/2 hour would be enough).

Once the clay was firm, it popped right out of the cookie cutter with no stretching or warping.  I had tried taking it out of the cookie cutter right away – disaster!  The clay ended up sticking to the cutter, and I stretched it – so I ended up rolling it up again, and starting over :)  Trust me – the freezer is the way to go!

After removing the clay from the cookie cutter, I used my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Markers to create the sky background.  I then stamped the tree and the deer images in Memento Black Ink from the White Christmas stamp set.  Since I don’t have the Crumb Cake Blendabilities Markers, I just used my Baked Brown Sugar Stampin’ Write Marker to colour in the deer, and then added some glimmer to the snow & tree by using my 2 Way Glue Pen to trace the snow line, and then applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  The snowflakes were added using the Chalk Marker; the Blackberry Bliss smudging in the skyline was an accident – I didn’t know that I had some ink on my finger, and smudged it on my ornament! :(   So, I decided to make it an evening scene….are you buying it?!  Then I threaded some Gold Baker’s Twine through the hole in the top, and tied a double bow.

Here’s an up-close picture from another angle, so you can see the Dazzling Diamonds glitter:

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I made one more Simply Pressed Clay ornament – this time using a bell-shaped cookie cutter.

Simply Pressed Clay bell ornament

 

This time I used the Holiday Home stamp set, and stamped the Santa Claus  & reindeer silhouette in Memento Black ink, and the stars in Daffodil Delight ink.  The Merry Christmas is also from this stamp set – so versatile! – and stamped in Real Red ink.  A Real Red ribbon hanger and bow finish it off.

This next ornament was inspired by our own Ilina Crouse, who is also a Creation Station team member.  It’s always fun when you get inspiration from another demonstrator, and make it your own.

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I combined 2 of my favourite sets from the Holiday catalogue – White Christmas and Holiday Home – for this ornament.

I bought the clear bauble halves from one of those ‘big box’ stores (you can buy either whole ones, or ones that are in 1/2, and can be snapped together if you wish).  First I cut out a circle in Whisper White card stock to fit the bauble, then glued on  a piece of All is Calm Designer Series Paper for the sky portion.  Then I tore strips of Whisper White card stock for the layers of snow, and glued them onto the bottom half of the large circle.  I stamped the snowman, polar bear and trees on a separate piece of Whisper White in Memento Black ink, and used my Blendabilities Markers to colour in the trees and the snowman’s scarf, hat and nose.  I added a few highlights of Sky Blue to the polar bear.  After cutting them out with my Paper Snips, I attached them to the scene base using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then stamped the Santa & reindeer silhouette in Memento Black ink across the ‘sky’.   Once again I added some glimmer to the snow drifts by tracing them with the 2 Way Glue Pen, then covering the glue with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  I then used my Crystal Effects and applied a thin line around the edge of the bauble, then attached the bauble to the scene.  I then attached a scallop circle in Soft Sky card stock to the underside of the whole bauble, and the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon tied in a bow for the hanger.    I just love how it turned out, and I can’t wait to make lots more of these, with lots of different scenes!

For my last ornament, I decided to go (almost) strictly paper, and made this honeycomb ornament.

Honeycomb ornament

I knew I wanted to do a paper ornament, but wasn’t sure what kind – until I found the tutorial for this honeycomb ornament over on Splitcoaststampers.  That site is a fabulous resource for so many things!

I made my ornament from the All is Calm DSP (yes, I love that paper!), and used the Ornament Framelits from last year’s holiday catalogue (c’mon – I’m not the only one holding one to those, am I?!).  The tutorial calls for using ‘agressive glue dots’ – I found out quickly what that means!   I actually had to go back after completing the ornament and add some hot glue in some places; I think that even though the DSP isn’t as thick as card stock, it’s still ‘stiff’ when it comes to making this time of ornament.  It did turn out nicely though, I think!  Before closing it up, I attached the All is Calm snowflake ornament to the Gold Baker’s Twine that I used as the loop.

That’s my projects for this time- I hope you enjoyed seeing them, and I’ve helped inspire you to make some of your own, and create not just ornaments, but memories for 2014.  I’d love to read your comment, if you would please take the time to leave a note.

If you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used to create my projects, just click on the image below to be taken directly to my online store; or give me a call & I’ll place the order for you.

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Festival of Christmas Cards

Hello there, stamping friends!  I hope you’ve been keeping well, and enjoying yourself stamping & creating! :)
I’ve been keeping busy – we just had fun on Sunday at my annual stamp-a-stack.  Each guest made 10 cards, 2 each of 5 different designs.  Lots of the newest stamps from the current Holiday catalogue were used, along with heat embossing, texture embossing and even Blendabilities being used!

Okay, if you insist – I’ll share the cards with you :)  (you know I want to; you just had to ask!)

Here’s how I had things set up; each card had it’s own ‘basket’ with the supplies needed, and kits prepared for each card.  Each guest just had to decide which card to work on, pick up the entire basket to take back to their work area, and make the cards.  That way everyone gets to work at their own pace, with no or minimal sharing of stamp sets and ink pads – lots of fun, and easy!

Festival of Cards set-up

We had Christmas music playing in the background, and mulled cider simmering on the stove!  It was beginning to feel a bit like Christmas! :)

This is one of the cards:

White Christmas

I’ve said it before – I love the White Christmas stamp set!  I think the Polar Bear is too cute for words.  The bear was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock in Memento black ink, then filled in with Flower Soft, to give him that ‘fuzzy’ look.  The trees/hills and snowflakes were stamped on Night of Navy card stock in VersaMark, then heat embossed with White embossing powder.  I added a little Flower Soft on the trees & hills, just to add some dimension to the snow  The star was punched out in Silver Glimmer Paper.  The Night of Navy panel was popped up on a panel of Smoky Slate card stock, and all mounted on a Whisper White card stock base.

The inspiration for this next card came from our Canadian Conference, using the Christmas Bauble stamp.

Bauble

A panel of Real Red card stock was embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder and glued onto a card base of Crumb Cake card stock.  The Bauble was stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder, and coloured with Blendabilities markers in Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler.  It was layered onto Old Olive card stock, on top of the embossed Real Red panel.  Underneath, the sentiment (from the Ornamental Pine stamp set) was stamped on Whisper White in Real Red ink.  Since I don’t have the Framelit (from the Project Life set) that makes this shape, I accomplished it by simply using a small Circle Punch to snip off each corner of the card stock.  Both the Bauble image and the sentiment are attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I got so caught up in the fun, and helping people with their cards that I forgot about my camera!  I did manage to get a couple of pictures of some of the ladies working on their cards:

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Here’s Domani & Lynn – both regulars at my classes – putting their cards together.

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This was Janet’s first time at stamping & card making – and she did a fabulous job!!  Not only that, but she loved it, and will be coming back :)

This is the card that you can see Janet working on – it uses the Ornamental Pine stamp set, and it was inspired by a card I saw on our demo-only site.

Pine & Candles

 

I bet you were expecting to see the whole pine bough, with pine cone, right?!  Well, the pine accent behind the candles is a big part of this card, I think.  It puts me in mind of Advent wreaths that I’ve made in the past – in my ‘other’ life as a florist.  The card base is the new Mossy Meadow, topped with a panel of Lost Lagoon card stock.  The front panel is Whisper White card stock, with the pine stamped in Mossy Meadow.  It’s such a rich, beautiful green!  The two ‘candles’ are in Lost Lagoon and Brushed Silver card stock; embossed with the Lucky Stars and Stylish Stripes embossing folders.  I popped up the silver star with Dimensionals, to add some extra interest.  The sentiment is stamped in Lost Lagoon on Whisper White, layered on a panel of Lost Lagoon.  This is popped up with Dimensionals, also.  A few sequins from the Frosted Sequins finishes off the card.

We took a break for lunch, and enjoyed some yummy mini quiche, sausage rolls, veggie platter with mini red-velvet cupcakes and ginger cookies for treats!  Of course, I forgot to take pictures of that, too!

This next card uses the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.

Bright & Beautiful

 

I love the Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler combination.  This card is very simple, but elegant; the largest star is stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock in Crumb Cake ink, and the sentiment – also from this set – is stamped over the star in Cherry Cobbler ink.  An All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment hangs above the star, supported by a bow of sheer Cherry Cobbler ribbon.  The front panel is layered onto Crumb Cake card stock, and the card base is of Cherry Cobbler.

The focus of the last card is the Northern Flurry embossing folder; it’s one of my favourites, and it’s also one of my very first embossing folders I bought when I signed up as a demonstrator!  That  makes it 3 years old, as I just celebrated my 3rd Stampin’ Up! Anniversary on October 19th :)

Northern Flurry

 

I love this frosted look – which is achieved by embossing Vellum card stock with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  It’s layered on top of All is Calm designer series paper, layered on Whisper White card stock, and a card base of Smoky Slate.  The sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set (limited release hostess set) in Real Red ink, and a strip of Real Red ribbon across the top ties it all together, with rhinestones for added shine.

I hope you’ve enjoyed see the cards we made, as much as we enjoyed making them!  Now I’m prepping for a Technique Club meeting at the end of the month, as well as a Vendor/Craft Fair on November 28th.  I’ll be back to share some of the projects I’m putting together!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Canadian Fall Conference Fun!

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Hello Stamping Friends!  I had a great time this Friday & Saturday at the Stampin’ Up! Canada Fall Conference!  This is one of the perks of being a Demonstrator – we get to attend these terrific events that are allow us to try out new & existing products, plus have a business building session as well.

This is the 1st year that these cross-Canada events have been held, and I’d like to give a shout-out to Dale Hampshire and Carri McMullen of the Calgary office who not only scheduled and prepped for these events, but also facilitate each & every one of them!  Thanks very much, Dale & Carri, for all your hard work!   I was thrilled to  be one of the 250 demonstrator volunteers across Canada; helping out at my local event – this one in Abbotsford, B.C.

Here’s a picture of Carri (standing) & the volunteers at the Registration table – the calm before the doors opened! :)

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Here is “Canada Dale” (right) and demo Melva Peters at the Project Life station:

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Notice something ‘funny’ about Dale??  No, those are not his own teeth! LOL  As Friday was Hallowe’en, he was having fun with some fake funny teeth!

Here are some of the projects shared that were from the SU! page on the Scrapbooks & Cards Today blog, and other conferences:

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These are the Make & Take projects that were made on Friday night:

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Are these gorgeous or what?!  There’s a medium box made using the Under the Tree Specialty DSP and the Gift Box Punch Board, tied with Burlap Ribbon; Two 3″x3″ cards, again made with the Under the Tree Specialty DSP , a quick & fun Gift tag, and the fabulous Vellum Paper embossed Ornamental Pine card.    Not only did everyone get to make these projects – we also all got the Ornamental Pine stamp set for FREE to take home!!

This is a close-up of the card; you can see that the heat embossing with White embossing powder was done on the Vellum Paper, which was then layed on top of the Pine stamped image.

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The 2nd set of Make & Take projects are just as gorgeous, and just as fun to make!

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The large box was again made with the Under the Tree Specialty DSP; this is great DSP for making boxes, as it’s heavier than regular DSP, and you can really put a gift of some weight into the boxes!  The gift card holder (front) was made using the new Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Die – this made it super-quick to put this together!  What about that shaker card?!    The Christmas Bauble single stamp from the Holiday Catalogue was used, coloured with Blendabilities and filled with stars made with just 2 quick punches of the Confetti Stars Punch.

Here’s a close-up of the shaker card:

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Plus it was okay for us to fall in love with this card because – guess what stamp we got to take home for FREE?  You got it – the Christmas Bauble!!

Everyone loved the Make & Takes, and of course enjoyed making new friends and meeting other demonstrators!   Other perks to attending were of course the Business Session, the dozens of prizes that were given out, and of course the FUN! we all had! :)

Here’s Carri & a demo getting their groove on to some music while the Make & Takes were happening:

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These next pictures may be an instance of the “you had to be there” to find them funny, but here’s the scenario:  it was getting close to the end of the 2nd to last session on Saturday, so we were all getting a little tired, which equals getting a little silly!  Dale had a bowl full of Hallowe’en candy that we were sharing, and we were commenting on how the ‘Popeye Candy Sticks’ used to be called ‘Popeye Cigarettes’ years ago, and how as kids, everyone used to pretend to be smoking, with these candies.  This lead to everyone talking about the days when a lot of people used to smoke, then we were laughing about imagining a stamping class where people were smoking – eyes squinting in the smoke; blowing ash off your projects – so we all got really silly, and started to act it out!!

Here is one of the resulting photos!

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Trust me – no real cigarettes were present or smoked, and it was all  in good fun!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I was up to this weekend!  We are hoping that more of these Canadian Conferences will be happening yearly, if not more often.  If you’re interested in attending with me as my guest to one of the Product Playground (make & take) Sessions, please let me know!  It’s a great way to see a bit of the demonstrator life, and the wonderful community we have!

Until  next time – Happy Stamping!

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Weekly Deals, Project Life Giveaway, & more Creative Craft Escape Fun!

Hello there, my Stamping Friends!

As Winnie the Pooh would say (or was it Owl who said it first?) “it’s a blustery day” out there!  Actually, it’s been a wet & blustery week here on the West Coast – which I affectionately call ‘the West Coast’.  There’s a reason why we have such greenery year-round; and it’s name is rain! :)

I want to share with you this week’s Weekly Deals – they’re on special price from now until next Monday, November 3rd. (*ack!* it’s almost November!!!)

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Stampin’ Up! is also running  an amazing Giveaway!  Have you heard of Project Life, by Becky Higgins?  Well, Becky Higgins has partnered with Stampin’ Up! to bring you her special brand of products, but in styles only available at Stampin’ Up! – and of course, in our exclusive Stampin’ Up! colour collections!  This is what Becky Higgins has to say about this special partnership:

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Now, you have a chance to WIN the Becky Higgins Stampin’ Up! line of Project Life Products!

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Can you believe this?  100 winners will receive a Card & Accessory Pack, and 1 lucky winner will WIN EVERY PRODUCT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN THE LINE from Stampin’ Up!!

There’s NO PURCHASE NECESSARY – just CLICK THE ABOVE BANNER, and enter yourself TO WIN!  Good luck to you :)

One more new item you may be interested in; if you’re busy preparing your Christmas cards, and haven’t quite found the right image yet – take a look at this stunning new set titled ‘Gentle Peace’.

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This image is absolutely gorgeous when coloured in with our amazing Blendabilities Markers; try stamping on Vellum Paper or Window Sheet, then colouring from behind for a perfect stained glass effect.  Or, simply stamp and heat emboss in silver or gold embossing powder – the image is powerful enough to stand on it’s own.

At only $19.95 for this 4 stamp photopolymer set, it’s a deal you can’t pass up – this will be a set you’ll be using for years to come!  Simply click on the ‘Order Online’ box, and enter item #139523.

Now, as promised – I’d like to share some more of the fun we had at my last week’s Creative Craft Escape!  This fun event was held jointly with one of my downline, Debbie P., and we had a blast!  The ladies all declared that they had a great time, and asked when the next event will be held?!  That’s gotta be a good thing, right?! :)

Of course when you have an event like this, you want to document it, by taking pictures.  So of course we have pictures – but, we also have PICTURES! :)

I had seen this fun idea done at Stampin’ Up! demonstrator get-togethers, and thought it would be so much fun!  So, I made a larger-than-life picture frame, got some funny photo props, and let everyone go to it!  Look at what came of our fun:

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Debbie P. (right) and I having fun!

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Lynn  & me (love those lips, Lynn! :) )

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Karen & Debbie (that mustache is hilarious!!!)

Unfortunately, not everyone got their picture taken, as everyone was excited to get started on their crafting!

Here are some of the ladies, concentrating on putting their cards together :)

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We knew that we wanted to spoil our guests, and give away lots of prizes; so we had to come up with a way that was different…..  So I came up with this idea!  You’ll notice that everyone is wearing a name tag….well, I stamped the tags in different In Colours, and when we made the tags for the prizes, we stamped them using the same colours.  When it came time to do our ‘Prize Patrol’ – whoever had the name tag colour that matched the prize tag – got that prize! :)  It was a fun way to give out the prizes, as no one knew who would be next – and of course, we made sure that everyone went home with a prize! :)

Here’s some of the ladies with their prizes:

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We even used Christmas gift wrap for the prizes! :)

I forgot to take pictures of all the yummy food & beverages we had (the house smelled wonderful – we made Mulled Apple Cider!), so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Well, I have a couple more pictures to share, but I think I’ll save them for the next post!  I hope you’ve made it this far, with me!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – Holiday Time!

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Welcome to our October Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – featuring ideas for your holiday celebrations!

Wow – do you know that as of today – October 23rd – there are only 62 days until Christmas?!  Yikes!!  I mean, our Canadian Thanksgiving is over, the U.S. Thanksgiving is coming up; so is Hallowe’en – then before we know it – boom! – it’ll be Christmas!

Now, if you’re seriously into crafting of any type, you’re probably thinking ‘what’s the big deal?’, because you’ve been working towards this for the last 6 months, at least!  But for those not-so-prepared – this is it – time to get cracking! :)  Which is why we of the Wacky Watercooler gang are here to provide you with some inspiration and hopefully shave off a few hours of your crafting time (and some of your stress) to help you get ready to celebrate  your holidays in style.

If this is your first blog tour, it’s very easy to take part.  Each of the participating blogs are linked in a circle, so that no matter where you start, as long as you keep clicking the ‘Next’ or ‘Back’ button at the end of the post, you’ll keep moving through each blog, so you won’t miss a creative moment!  Or, if you prefer to hop about at your leisure, simply peruse the list of participants, click on the name that you wish to visit, and you’re there.  Easy-peasy!

If you’re taking the forward route, then you’ve arrived here from the amazing Miss Jean Fitch’s blog – we are so glad to have Miss Jean back with us after a bit of an absence, which was dearly felt by all of us.  Jean is one of the ‘originals’ of the group, along with Darrah Hopper who started the Watercooler on our demo-only site; even though a lot of us only know each other as demonstrators via our online connection, we are a very tight-knit group; a better group of people you’d be hard-pressed to find!

So now that you’ve been dazzled by Jean’s projects – or if you’re traveling backwards, by the fabulous Christine – let’s see if I can tempt you with my projects!

I’m staying with a Christmas theme for my projects – here is my first card:

Faux Stained Glass

This is my first attempt at the ‘Faux Stained Glass’ technique – how do you think it turned out?  I’m pretty pleased with it, but I’d like to do more practicing.  Besides, it’s a fun  technique to do!

I started by combining the house from the Holiday Home stamp set and the trees from the White Christmas stamp set both onto my largest block (Block F) at the same time.  Yes – at the same time!  How awesome is that – you can create the scene before you even apply ink :)  I then inked up the stamps with Staz-On black, and stamped onto a piece of Window Sheet, which is a clear acetate.

When I knew the Staz-On was dry, I flipped it over, and used my Blendabilities Markers to colour in the house, and add some white ‘snow’ to the trees and ground.  Here’s something I wasn’t sure would work – but it did! – I used my Chalk Marker to add the snow!  In the photo it doesn’t show well on the trees, but you can see it on the ‘ground’ underneath the trees; pretty cool, right?  Another use for the Chalk Marker!  I love it when I can find more uses for our tools!

After colouring, I flipped the Window Sheet over again (so that the colouring is on the back, and adhered it to a piece of All is Calm Designer Series Paper.  I just love this particular design – with the streaks of blue, and snowflakes, it looks like a wintery scene all by itself :)  I then made a frame using the largest and 2nd largest of the Ovals Dies in Pool Party card stock, and mounted it all on a Lost Lagoon card stock base.  The sentiment was stamped using the Hostess special set Good Greetings in Lost Lagoon onto Whisper White card stock.  I used some of the gorgeous 1/2″ Seam Binding ribbon in Pool Party, with a 1/8″ Mini Brad in the centre.

My next project is also a card – and as you’ll see, I’m loving the Lost Lagoon/Pool Party combination :)

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I’m not sure what this kind of card is called; I’m going to call it a Fold & Twist card!  What you do is cut your card stock base at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score on the diagonal lengthwise; fold on the score line, then fold in half!  Then, decorate as you like.  I decided to use a base of Lost Lagoon, with a different design from the All is Calm DSP.  I then embossed just the outside & inside ‘triangles’ of Lost Lagoon’ with the Decorative Dots embossing folder, and added some Frosted Sequins on top.

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I then stamped the sentiment from the Wondrous Wreath set in Lost Lagoon onto a 2″ x 4″ Whisper White card stock, and used the Scallop Tag Topper punch on the top.    I layered the All is Calm Designer Washi Tape along the top & bottom of the tag, and finished it off with an All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment tied with 1/8″ Silver Ribbon onto  1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon in Pool Party.  The inside of the card has the same ‘pocket’, that you could use to tuck  in a gift card, or some cash, or add another sentiment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for today’s Hop; I would love it if you have time to leave me a comment, and let me know you were here!   If you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used on these projects, simply click on the product image (below) and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.

Now you’re off to see the fabulous Christine Giuda and her amazing projects – all you have to do is click the ‘Next’ button below.

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Marie Green

KatheD

Terri Antoniw

Kath R.

Jean Fitch

Deborah Smart – You are Here!

Christine Giuda

Heidi Weaver

Jackie Susnik 

Stefanie Pletscher

Gail Allen

 

Creative Craft Escape – Fun, Fun, Fun!!

Hello, my stamping friends!  I don’t know about where you are, but the weather this week in my area is a good reason to stay indoors and get your crafting on! :)

I’d like to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who visited my blog over the weekend and Monday, for visiting the Creation Station and the SUDSOL Blog Tours – I hope you had as much fun taking the tours and getting some creative inspiration, as we demonstrators had in creating the projects!  Seriously – you all set my blog view numbers through the roof! and I  hope you’ll join as a subscriber to my blog, so that you won’t miss a thing!  Such as – another Blog Tour tomorrow – the Wacky Watercooler Blog Tour!

If you’ve been following my blog, even randomly, for the last couple of months, you’ll know that one of my team members and I held our very first ‘Creative Craft Escape’ this past Sunday.  Debbie has been part of my INKcredibly Creative Crew for 1 whole year now, and we wanted to have lots of fun, help get you prepared for the holidays, and of course give away some prizes!

We were thrilled with the success of our event, and so happy to hear our attendees make comments such as “I’ll be coming back for sure!”, “this is so much fun”, “these projects are adorable”, and “what – more prizes?!”

For those of you who couldn’t make it this year, I’d like to share some pictures from the event!

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Inspiration Station – projects showing different ideas for using stamp sets, and making home decor items.

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The lighting wasn’t the best (I guess I should have closed the blinds for this picture!).  We also had some fun tools out to ‘play’ with – the Gift Box Punch Board, Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Simply Scored, Paper Trimmer, etc.

Goody Bags

Goody Bags and name tags – all ready & waiting for the guests!  (they’re lined up behind each other, & on the floor.  the bags, not the guests! LOL).  Each guest received their own monogrammed goody bag!  To decorate the bags, I used the Stars from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks (#133777 Annual Catalogue) and sponged in an ombre effect using Island Indigo and Pool Party classic inks and sponge daubers.  The rosettes were made using (retired) Winter Frost DSP, Silver Glimmer paper, (retired) Morning Post Alphabet, and Soft Sky ribbon.

Each Goody Bag contained: White Bakers Twine, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon

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plus All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments,

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A special gift box containing Frosted Sequins

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the wood-mount stamp Wintertime

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And a kit containing all the pieces necessary to make 6 of these cards:

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The adorable Santa box is one of the other projects everyone made; it’s made  using the Curvy Keepsake Box die, and decorated to look like Santa’s belly!  The tag reads ‘Believe’ – because you just have to believe in Santa, right?

This is what the table looked like in preparation of making the Santa boxes:

and here’s the ‘building’ process:

Here Christina shows off her completed Santa Curvy Keepsake Boxes (the ladies were clever enough to not tie their tags on right away, so that they wouldn’t have to untie them in order to place goodies inside!  aren’t they smart?!)

That’s a LOT of pictures for one day – if you’re even still with me, here!  I’ll continue with more pictures tomorrow morning – I hope  you’ll come back to see them!

Until tomorrow – Happy Stamping!

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SUDSOL Blog Tour – Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the first Holiday SUDSOL Blog Tour!  I’m so glad you’re here :)

If this is your first SUDSOL tour, let me give you a bit of background; SUDSOL is an acronym for Simply Unique Demonsrators Sharing OnLine – a membership group for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators only.  This is a fabulous group that helps you focus on building your business, sharing creative ideas and smart business practices.  I’ve been a member for almost 3 years – which is how long I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – two of the best decisions ever! :)

If you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you can join SUDSOL now, or try it out for 2 Weeks for FREE!  Simply click HERE, then fill out your information and enjoy 2 weeks of fabulous sharing, challenges, and chats, not to mention access to business form templates, creative outlines and templates, and a membership perk – free exclusive training videos and information from 2 of the industry’s top Creative Coaches – John Sanpietro and Ronda Wade!   There is simply no way to lose – a FREE 2 WEEK TRIAL, with access to all this information – CLICK HERE for your FREE TRIAL!

The Blog Tour is made up of a group of SUDSOL members who have created projects especially for this Tour.  Each blog is linked to the blog before and after it; all you have to do is click either the ‘Next’ button or the ‘Previous’ button to go forward or backwards through all the participating blogs.  I have the honour of being 1st on the list this time – only because I had my projects done first :)

So without further ado – let’s get on with the real reason you’re here – the projects!

Mantle Decor

I don’t actually have a fireplace mantle to decorate, but if I did – this would be on it!  Instead, I’ll just have to put it on the hearth :)   Although I used a retired alphabet set (sorry, it’s  the only one I have!) you could use any set you have on hand.  The panels are cut from Old Olive card stock, and layered alternately with Whisper White panels and pieces of All is Calm designer series paper.  I used various stamps from the White Christmas and Holiday Home photopolymer stamp sets – I just love mixing and matching the elements from these two sets – my favourites!  You can also see that I used the Frosted Sequins to add some bling and extra interest to the panels.  This was such a fun project to do – I hope you give it a try!

My next project are some holiday gift tags – we all  need them, so let’s make them fun & fancy!

Trio of Tags

 

Starting on the left, you can see a different use of the Holiday Home stamp set – and don’t you just love Santa & his reindeer flying above?!  I stamped Santa and the trees directly onto the All is Calm designer series paper, and used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Everything on this tag, including Santa, the house, etc. are included in the Holiday Home set – a fabulous deal for 24 stamps at only $19.95 Canadian!  The matching Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies make it even easier to cut out the house shape – plus you save 15% if you buy the bundle :)

The center tag features an old favourite Frosty snowman from the Best of Christmas (from last year) but it showcases the terrific Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This is cardstock-weight kraft paper that is heavier than our regular cardstock – perfect for tags that will stand up to a lot of peeking!  The sentiment is from another great photopolymer set  called Christmas Tagables.

The last tag on the right was quick & easy – using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and popping the snowman onto a piece of All is Calm DSP, cut with the Banner Framelits.  Stampin’ Up! tools make crafting so easy!

My final project is a super cute ornament, made especially easy with the Stars Framelits Dies.

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By using different sizes of the Star Framelits, and scoring the cherry cobbler star frame to make it 3D, I was able to quickly pull this ornament together.  In fact, it was so easy that I made it double-sided – the same on both sides!  I liked the Sparkle sentiment from  the hostess special set Good Greetings – I thought it was appropriate for a star! :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for this blog hop; I would love it if you have the time to leave me a quick comment!

Now you’ll want to click on the ‘Next Blog’ button, to see the amazing projects by our Sandy Risi – she always amazes me with her creativity!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Creation Station Blog Tour – Wondrous Wreath

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Welcome to our mid-October Creation Station Blog Tour – it’s great to see you again!

I’m so happy to be back online and posting – not that I haven’t been crafting- the fact is I’ve been so busy creating, I haven’t had time to post!  So sorry about that!  The good news is – my busy crafting means that I have lots of pictures to share with you for the next little while!

Today’s Blog Tour focus is on the fabulous Wondrous Wreath stamp set, which also comes with matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.  This is one set that I highly recommend you purchase the bundle of both the stamp set & framelit set – it’s just a breeze to stamp and then perfectly cut out your wreath; as usual, Stampin’ Up!  makes you look like a pro!  We’re also featuring the Gift Box Punch Board – another one of those tools that you *think* you don’t need – until you have it!!  Yes, we can all figure out how to make boxes from scratch, on our own; but seriously – you can make them so much faster, with cute closures and lots of sizes with the Gift Box Punch Board – which means you can spend more time on decorating the box or making something super-cute to put inside!

If you haven’t taken a blog tour before, no worries – it’s easy peasy!  All of our blogs are linked by the ‘Next’ and ‘Back’ buttons at the bottom of the page, so all you need to do is click on the button to go forward or backward to the next blog – you won’t miss a single fabulous creation!  If you’ve been travelling forward, you’ve come to my blog from the talented Jennifer Downey – isn’t she amazing?!  If you’re travelling backwards (no judgment here – just sayin’!) then you’ve come from Justin Krieger’s blog; he’s a hard act to follow, so I’m glad I’m before him on the list! LOL :)

For my projects, I decided to focus on the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies – it bears repeating that this is a great set – at at 15% Off for the bundled price, it’s a great price, too!

My first project involves some punch art:

I don’t know about you, but a lamp glowing in the dusk, with snow all around just speaks to winter for me!  Of course, we don’t actually have these types of lamp posts in the streets here, but in some gardens in the winter – we have Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver that do a spectacular Christmas light show! – they look great :)  I used a couple of punches for the lamp; the Artisan Label and Mosaic punches; and sponged Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red ink using Sponge Daubers to create the ‘glow’ in the lamp.  For the dusk sky, I sponged Soft Sky, Pool Party and Midnight Muse.  To make the snow banks, I masked off in layers and sponged with the Soft Sky ink, and made shadows using Wisteria Wonder.  I combined Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow for the leaves, and Real Red for the berries and the ribbon (which is also included in the stamp set & framelits dies).

The idea for my next card came from another demonstrator, Diane Malcor; I took her idea and changed it  up a bit, to reflect how I decorate the banister in my own house!

This is a unique way of using the wreath – I stamped it as before with Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow; this time I used Cherry Cobbler for the berries and bows.  I then cut the wreath into 3 pieces to create a garland for the ‘banister’ that I created by stamping Crumb Cake card stock with Soft Suede ink using the Hardwood background stamp.  The sentiment – stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and mounted on Crumb Cake card stock – is also from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set; the idea being to make it look like a plaque or framed sentiment on the wall behind the banister.  Did it work?!

That’s it for my projects this time – I hope you enjoyed them, and gave you some ideas for using this terrific Wondrous Wreath stamp set (have I mentioned that I like it?!) :)   I hope you’ll take the time to leave me a comment – I love to read what you think about my creations!  If you’d like to purchase any of the products I’ve used in the cards, just click on the picture at the bottom of this post, and it will take you directly to my online store.  Or, give me a call to place your order :)

Now you’ll want  to hop on over to Justin’s blog, to see what magic he has wrought – I’m sure you’ll love it!  I always get great ideas from Justin’s creations.  Just click the ‘Next’ button to go there, or if you want to go back and have another look at Jennifer’s projects (always worth a second look!), click on the ‘Back’ button.  A list of all the participating blogs is also listed, in case you get lost, or just want to wander about :)

Thanks for spending some time with me today – until next time, Happy Stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Ilina Crouse

Kathy Kartak

Cindy Beach

Teneale Williams

Sara Levin

Heidi Boos

Jennifer Downey

Deborah Smart – You are here!

Justin Krieger

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