It’s the Most Wonderful Time!

It really is one of the most wonderful times of the year, for a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, anyway!!

Are you wondering what could possibly be so good that I’d post about it?  Well – it’s because as a SU! demo, we get to place our pre-order for NEW GOODIES from the NEW CATALOGUE tonight!!  Yippee-Skippee!!

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If you want to get in on the inside scoop – pre-ordering from new catalogues, sneak peeks of products, attending fun team and SU! events – it’s easy!!  All you have to do is JOIN MY TEAM!

By joining NOW, you’ll get to choose your Starter Kit products from the new catalogue, plus the current catalogue, plus the Occasions catalogue – and of course the Retiring list and the Clearance Rack.  You choose $155 in product for only $125, get FREE SHIPPING, plus a package of business tools for free, plus much, much more!

If you would like to talk some more about it, just give me a call at 604.298.0472 or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca  I’m happy to talk to you!  If you already know that you want to join up, simply CLICK HERE, complete the online form, and select your products!  It’s that easy, and you’ll become part of the INKcredibly Creative Crew and the Stampin’ Up! family.  The fun is just a click away! :)

If you’re in my immediate area, you’re invited to attend my Catalogue Kick-Off Party on Sunday, May 31st at 1:00 pm.  Just email me your RSVP at debsmart@shaw.ca, and get ready to have fun, win prizes, do make & takes, and enjoy yummy treats!

Remember to shop the Retiring List for some awesome deals – remember, the stamps will continue to be replenished until May 26th, so there’s still time to get the ones that you want!

Right now I’m off to finish off some more challenge cards, and get ready for next week’s Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  Thank you everyone who made this past weekend’s Creation Station Blog tour such a huge success!  I’m so glad that you enjoyed our projects; I hope you found some inspiration for your own.

Until tomorrow – happy stamping!

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Creation Station Blog Tour – Happy Mother’s Day!

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Welcome to the Mother’s Day themed Blog Tour by the Creation Station team!

We’re delighted that you’ve decided to spend some time with us today, and hope that our projects will inspire you to create your own wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day, or any other occasion.

For this hop, the team was given the theme of Mother’s Day, and the suggested products to use were the stamp sets Mother’s Love or Painted Petals, and the Large Kraft Journals.  Well, as sometimes happens – I don’t have either of the stamp sets, or the Kraft Journals!  Not to worry – I am crafty, therefore I can do it!!  Instead of using the Painted Petals stamp set, I decided that I could substitute the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.  You’re with me on this, right?!  It has painted, and blooms in the name; and it coordinates with the stamp set!  So I thought – let’s give it a go!

Oh-before I show my projects – I just want to let you know, in case this is your first blog tour; our blogs are all linked together in a circle, connected by you clicking on the ‘Next’ or ‘Back’ buttons.  So as long as you keep clicking in one direction, you’ll be taken through the tour, and able to enjoy all the splendiferous (yes, that’s a word!) projects we have to share with you :)

Here is my first project – a fancy fold called Large Double Display Card that I found the template for online, by a very talented demo in the U.K. named Amanda.  Like most people, I was rather hesitant to cut up the large image sheet of the Painted Blooms DSP; I mean – it’s gorgeous, just the way it is!  But cut I did – and this is the results.

Creation Station painted blossoms card closedThe card being closed looks quite small.  On the front 2 panels, you can see that I cut the DSP, then matched them to the 2 panels so that when the card is closed, you can see that it was 1 piece of the image, cut in two.

For the rest of the card, I cut the paper strategically (at least, I tried!) so that the main part of the flower image is in the centre panel.

creation station painted blooms card open

I used Blackberry Bliss cardstock for the base, and Daffodil Delight for the panels behind the DSP.  I used a retired stamp set for the sentiments, and Papillon Potpourri stamp set for the butterflies, stamped in Blushing Bride and Daffodil Delight ink, punch using the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

For my next project, I decided to show you another way to use the same sheet of designer series paper – but without cutting it!  To do that, I used a 12″x12″ shadow-box frame.

creation station painted blooms frame

As I said, this sheet of paper is gorgeous just as is, but I just had to add some more touches!  Using the Butterfly Thinlits Dies, I cut one large butterfly in Blackberry Bliss cardstock, and 2 medium butterflies; 1 in Blackberry Bliss and 1 in Gold Foil paper.  The Gold Foil butterfly I layered over the medium Blackberry Bliss one.  I also used the Papillon Potpourri & Elegant Butterfly Punch again for a Blushing Bride and Daffodil Delight butterfly.

I wanted to add some more flowers, so I  used the Spiral Flower Originals Die.  I attached 2 flowers on the inside of the frame, to the right of the largest butterfly; for the larger rose I used 1 piece each of Rose Red and Blushing Bride cardstock; the smaller rose is made using just 1 piece of Rose Red cardstock.  After putting the glass frame over the piece (that’s why the shadow box was perfect – it allowed me to add 3D embellishments without flattening them!), I then added more roses and leaves to the outside of the frame.    This time I also added a couple of small roses using Blackberry Bliss cardstock, along with the Rose Red and Blushing Bride.  The leaves were punched using the retired Petal Builder punch, and the current Bird Builder Punch, and Wild Wasabi cardstock.

Here are a couple of close-up pictures of the flowers, attached to the outside of the frame:

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DSC06712It’s hard to tell in the picture above, but only the 2 lower roses are on the outside of the frame; the other 2 are behind the glass!

That’s it for my projects this time; I  hope you enjoyed seeing them!  If you have time, I’d love to hear any comments you would like to leave for me!

And now, you can continue on with the tour; by clicking the Next  button you will  be taken to Kathy Kartak’s  blog, where I know you’ll find amazing inspiration!  To go back & check out Jennifer Downey’s wonderful projects, just click the Back button.

If you’d like to purchase any of the supplies I used in my projects today, just click on the product image, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks for spending time with me today!  Until next time – happy stamping!

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New Catalogue – Spoiler Alert!

I am so excited, my stamping friends, that I just can’t keep it in!!

The South Pacific region is holding their Convention right now – which means that they are all receiving the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue, and of course seeing all the new products!  Stampin’ Up! knows that we in the rest of the world are SO jealous – that they recorded the catalogue reveal and shared it with the rest of us!

The bad news – if you’re not a demonstrator, you can’t see it! :(

The good news – I can share a picture with you – and it will show you what the new In Colours look like, along with some new products that were used to make the samples!!  How’s that for a compromise?

SU new in colours

Oh my gosh – how gorgeous are these colours?!!!  I don’t feel *quite* so bad about the retiring colours (though I am still inconsolable over Coastal Cabana!).  The new colour names are Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Delightful Dijon.  Are you hungry now?! LOL

And how many new products can you spot, that were used on these samples?  I am dying to share with you – but I can’t; not yet!  It’s only May 1st today, and you’ll just have to wait until the kickoff of the new catalogue, which is June 2nd.

Unless…. did you know that NOW is the PERFECT TIME TO JOIN MY TEAM!

That’s right – by joining my Team now as a demonstrator, you will be able to choose from the upcoming new catalogue sneak peek list of products to put together your Starter Kit?  Plus choose from the current catalogue, and the Occasion catalogue!  That’s a whole lot of wonderful choices – you get  $155 in product FOR ONLY $125 – PLUS FREE SHIPPING!!

The pre-order for demonstrators starts next Tuesday, May 5th – so PLAN TO JOIN MY TEAM THEN if you want your goodies early!!

I am also holding a New Catalogue Kick-Off Party on May 31st – you’re invited to attend!   You can sign up then, get your copy of the new catalogue, enjoy some make & takes, and have fun!  Just send me an RSVP by email at debsmart@shaw.ca by May 15th. 

For more information on Joining My Team, please contact me by calling 604.298.0472 or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca, or you can click HERE to read about joining, and sign up online right away.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to my Team – The INKcredibly Creative Crew – and showing you how to make the most of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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PP242 – Paper Players Challenge

Hi stamping friends!

It’s time for another challenge card with The Paper Players!  They have a sketch challenge – PP242 – and I had fun working with this one (okay, I have fun with all of them!)

This is the sketch provided:

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I decided to make a Father’s Day card for my interpretation:

PP242 - Guy Greetings

Come to think of it – this would work perfectly well for any occasion for a guy card – I just had Father’s Day on my mind when I was making it.  I started with a card base of Tempting Turquoise, then layered a panel of Basic Grey cardstock on top.  I then took a panel of Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper, cut it approximately into 2/3rds, then flipped the top 1/3 to show the river rock side, and glued both pieces on top of the Basic Grey.   I haven’t played with this Adventure Bound DSP nearly enough!  It has such great patterns, along with the photo-realistic sides.

I used the Guy Greetings stamp set, and stamped the old car image in Soft Suede onto Whisper White cardstock, and cut it out using the Ovals Collection Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot.  I then cut a larger oval using the same die set, and layered it  under the car image.  (before layering, I sponged some Soft Suede ink around the edges of the Whisper White oval using a Sponge Dauber, and sponged some Tempting Turquoise ink around the edges of the larger oval).  I layered 3 banners under the image, using the same DSP, a piece of Basic Grey and a piece of Tempting Turquoise card stocks.  I embossed the Basic Grey banner with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder, and the Tempting Turquoise banner using the Argyle embossing folder (retiring).

Finally, the sentiment was stamped in Tempting Turquoise ink onto Whisper White cardstock, and one end cut with banner tails.  I sponged the edges again with the Sponge Dauber and Tempting Turquoise ink, before attaching it to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you haven’t already, you really should check out The Paper Players page – there is some amazing projects there, from the design team and the other cards submitted for the challenges.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card sharing with you!  I would love to hear your comments, if you have time to leave one for me :)

Thanks for visiting!  Until next time – happy stamping!

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Flowers for Mom

I’m back again, to share with you the Mother’s Day card my class made to coordinate with the Build a Bouquet Project Kit.

The colours in the bouquet are Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey, Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe – so I incorporated some of those into the card.

Flower Shop mother's day

The card base is the lovely Pool Party cardstock, layered with a panel of Lullaby Designer Series Paper.  Using the Labels Thinlits Dies (I’m so sad these are retiring!!), I cut out the centre of the DSP, and created a frame for the cut-out using 2 Labels Framelits Dies and Crushed Curry cardstock.  Before centering the Whisper White cardstock in the opening, I stamped it with the splotches from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Pool Party, and then used a retired set for the sentiment, in Strawberry Slush.  I then layered all the pieces onto the card base using Tombow Multipurpose Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used the stamp sets Flower Shop and Petite Petals for the flowers; using Pool Party, Strawberry Slush and Crushed Curry inks.  It was so easy to punch them using their coordinating Pansy Punch and Petite Petals Punch!  They were layered around the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and each one given a Basic Pearl Embellishment in the center.

Such a quick & cute card – and it matches the bouquet perfectly!  Here’s a picture, in case you forgot:

build a bouquet plus card

(sorry for the messy table – this was taken at the end of class!)

So if you’re still thinking of what to get Mom for her special day – you still have time to order your supplies for the Build a Bouquet Project Kit, and your card – and get them finished in time!  C’mon – I know you can do it :)  and she’ll love the gift from the heart.

Remember to check out the Retiring List, the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack if you’re looking for deals – and of course you can still order from the Annual Catalogue and Occasions Catalogue until June 2nd.  In fact, we just learned today that on June 2nd, you will still be able to order from the current 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue, the 2015 Occasions Catalogue and the NEW 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue!!  You’re sure to not miss out on anything! :)

Okay – I’m off to keep working on my projects for this weekend’s Creation Station Blog Tour – I hope to see you on Sunday for that!

In the meantime – happy stamping!

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PCCCS#141 – Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Well hello again, my stamping friend!  I hope you’re enjoying your day, and have taken a minute to pop by for some creative inspiration :)

I’m here to share with you my latest card for the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #141 – otherwise know as PCCCS141.

This was a nice simple sketch :

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The trick is, if you want single images, you have to find ones that will fit inside the squares!  Here’s what I decided to do:

PCCCS141 Happy Hour

My apologies for the dull image – we have a very cloudy, dreary day here, and I just couldn’t get the colour to show up properly :(

The cardstock base is Tempting Turquoise, and I used the wonderfully bright Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper for the background squares and the strip across the bottom.  The stamp set I chose is one of my favourites, called Happy Hour; I’m very sad to see it on the retiring list, so I have to use it while I still can!  You can still get your set – just order before June 1st!

Taking my colour cue from the DSP, I stamped the drinks in Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry inks.  Yummy colours!  The sentiment is stamped in Tempting Turquoise ink; I used the smallest circle punch to snip off the corners to get the ‘ticket’ look on the Whisper White cardstock.  3 Candy Dots in the bottom right corner finish off this card.  As I said – this was a nice simple sketch to work with, that makes a cute card suitable for anyone.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s challenge card, and I do hope you’ll check out the Paper Craft Crew blog – there’s tons of inspiration, from the design crew and the cards submitted for the challenges.  It’s worth your time to have a look!  Voting will start tomorrow, too (hint, hint!) :)

I’ll be back later to share with you the Mother’s Day card we made with the Bouquet class, as I promised!

Until then – happy stamping!

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Weekly Deals, Updated Retiring List

Hello stamping friends!  How was your day today?  I enjoyed mine; I went out for breakfast with my BFF Susan (I just love going out for breakfast!  almost more than dinner!), then she came back to catch up on the Mum’s the Word class that she missed.  She made a Mother’s Day card, and 5 flowers from the Build a Bouquet Kit – a class that I had held a couple of weeks ago.  I know – I still need to share with you the details of the card – I’ll do that tomorrow!

I’m also busy getting ready for this weekend’s Creation Station blog tour – I hope you’ll come back for that on Sunday!  We’ll be featuring Mother’s Day projects – still lots of time for you to get some ideas, and pull your own creations together.  Of course,  I also have some challenge cards in the works – I really need to get going on those, so I don’t miss the close dates!

In the meantime – have you been shopping from the Retiring List?  Wow, things are selling out fast!  Of course,we all knew the retiring In Colours would go first; but you didn’t worry about that, because you took my advice, and got yours last month, right?! 😉

Fortunately, the stamp supply won’t run out until May 26th; after that, once they’re gone, they’re gone :(  Until then, all the cardstock, DSP, embellishments are while supplies only!!

There is still a lot of items on the list – to check it out, just CLICK HERE for the list.  If you see an ‘X’ in the far right-hand column, that means that the item is sold out.  If you’d prefer to see the items, not just the names CLICK HERE to go to the retiring page in my online store.

As always, Tuesday means Weekly Deals – more great bargains for your wallet!

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As always, you can order online through my store, or contact me directly, and I’m happy to place your order for you.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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It’s all about Saving You Money!

Hello stamping friends!

Have you taken a look at the Retirement List yet?  (well, I know some of you have, because you’ve placed your orders!)  Aren’t you glad that you took my advice, and ordered all your retiring 2013-15 In Colour products last month?!  You are one clever bunch! :)

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If you haven’t seen the Retired List yet, you can click on the links below, depending on how you want to view the lists:

If you’d like to see the list with pictures, you can CLICK HERE to go directly to my online store.  Remember, all items except stamps are while supplies last only; stamps will be replenished only until May 26th.  As I alluded to earlier, most of the retiring In Colours have all gone (inks, reinkers, cardstocks), and a lot of  the punches and dies are gone, as well.

In case you need some more awesome deals – the Clearance Rack has been updated!!

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That’s right – MORE hot deals on awesome products!  Everything on the Clearance Rack is on sale, up to 80% OFF the original price!  To see what’s on sale, CLICK HERE & you’ll  see it all, with pictures!

But wait – there’s more!!  (never say that we don’t treat you right, when it comes to the deals!) :)

There’s more WEEKLY DEALS for you:

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Remember that if your order subtotal (before shipping & tax) totals $200, you will qualify for $35 in Hostess Benefits – that means $35 in FREE PRODUCT for you!!

So – get your list together, add in a friend or two, and you can all reap the benefit of these amazing deals!  You could also hold your own Stampin’ Up! Party, with me to show off our amazing products, and you get the benefits of all the Hostess dollars!

To place your order, either shop online, or give me a phone call or email, and I’ll handle it for you – customer service is my specialty!  My contact info is debsmart@shaw.ca, phone 604.298.0472.

Have fun shopping, and until next time; happy stamping!

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PCCCS#140 – Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Hello again, stamping friends!

Well – did we all survive the morning, with the retiring list coming out, and everyone being so anxious to purchase that the Stampin’ Up! website crashed?!  Oh my goodness!  Trust me, the frustration wasn’t just on your end, it affected the demonstrator’s side as well.  *sigh*

The initial madness is over now (hopefully), so later today and tomorrow should be a different, calmer story!  If you’re having trouble putting in your order, please just give me a call, and I’ll take care of it for you.

Onto happier business – I have another Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge card to submit!  Thank you to all of you who voted for my last card; I was again a Featured Artisan with my card as Top Pick!  :)

Today’s sketch looks like this:

PCCCS140

And here is my card:

PCCCS140 In this Together

Isn’t this fun!?  It would make a great invitation, don’t you think?

I started out be choosing the stamp set that I wanted to use – this set is called In this Together, in the Annual Catalogue.  Since I knew the image I was going to use, I then chose some ‘celebratory’ designer series paper – this is from the Birthday Bash Specialty DSP in the Occasions Catalogue.  From there, I chose my colours from the DSP.  See how easy it is to make professional looking cards, using Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating palettes?

I chose Calypso Coral cardstock for the base, and made the 2 circles using Night of Navy and Calypso Coral, and the 2 1/2″ and 2″ Circle Punches.  I stamped the lady image onto Whisper White cardstock, and coloured using the Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Baked Brown Sugar Stampin’ Write Markers.  (notice the streaks in her hair – isn’t she trendy?!)  I then stamped the martini glass using the Happy Hour stamp set (Annual Catalogue), and coloured it with the Smoky Slate and Calypso Coral markers.

The banners are in Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy cardstock; I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on the Daffodil Delight, and used the Banners Framelits & Big Shot to die cut them.

A strip of Gold Glimmer Paper for party glitz, and everything was attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoy this party inspiring card, and I hope you’ll  have fun celebrating the retirement of some of the products on the Retiring List.  After all – when one group of products retire, you know there will be lots to take their place! :)

I hope you’ll head over to the Paper Craft Crew blog, to see the cards put together by the Design Team and the other cards submitted for the challenge.  Also, Voting starts tonight – and I would appreciate your vote, if you like my card!

Thanks for spending some time with me today – until next time, happy stamping!

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Retirement List is Here – Last Chance!

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It’s here – the Last Chance List, also known as the Retiring List.

Yes, they may be some of your favourite stamp sets or designer series papers; perhaps even colours that you’ve grown to love.  The good news is that you can still get them – but now you can get them for UP TO 50% OFF!

That’s right – it’s a steal of a deal, but you have to act fast, or be disappointed!  All items are “while supplies last” (and we know they won’t last long at these prices); the retiring stamps will be replenished only until May 26th.  

To see the Retiring List (includes stamps, inks, cardstock, DSP, reinkers, embellishments, dies, framelits, punches), click on the picture below.

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You will be able to read this list, and print it out, if you wish.

If you would like to see the retiring items with pictures as well as prices, CLICK HERE and you’ll be taken directly to my online store, where you can order directly, if you wish.

Something to note: you will see a section titled ‘Bundles’ on the retiring list.  This may mean that the individual items will be carried over to the new catalogue, but the special bundle pricing will not.  To verify that, simply check the ‘Stamps’ and ‘Punches’ or “Thinlits/Framelits” sections to confirm that they are not on the list.  If the individual items are not on the list, then you’ll want to take advantage of the special bundle pricing!

Stampin’ Up! is also discounting the soon to be discontinued My Digital Studio (MDS) – to see that list, CLICK HERE.

Remember – supplies are limited, so order early and avoid disappointment!  You are welcome to order online from my store, or call or email me, and I will be happy to place your order for you!  604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca

Okay; Ready – Set – Shop!!  

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