A Great Offer Going Fast!

I just sent out a quick newsletter, but I realize that not everyone who comes to read my posts may be on my mailing list.  As we’re coming to the end of March, I don’t want you to miss out on a great offer that’s going fast!  (To subscribe is easy – you can either fill out the pop-over form that shows up when you first come to my blog, or you can go to THIS PAGE and fill out your info.  All you need to add is your name and email address – and you’ll receive my bi-monthly newsletter!)

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This is YOUR invitation to Join the INKcredibly Creative Crew!

The INKcredibly Creative Crew is my team of Canadian Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.
Do you live in Canada?  Then you can join us!

A Great Offer Going Fast
There’s only 7 days left to get 2 FREE STAMP SETS when you join! 

What comes in your $135 Starter KIt?

  • You select $165 of product of your choice
  • You select any 2 EXTRA stamp sets FOR FREE
  • You receive a full business kit (catalogues, order forms, etc. valued at $75)
  • You receive a FREE Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • You get FREE shipping on your Kit!

That is a fabulous offer!  In addition to this great deal, you’ll also have access to my exclusive team Facebook Group, our online and in-person team meetings and information sharing, business and creative sharing, and of course fun team stamping!

Wait – there’s even MORE!

  • See the NEW 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue early – on April 10th!
  • You get to pre-order from the New Annual Catalogue starting May 2nd
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Up and Away with the Paper Craft Crew

Up and Away with the Paper Craft Crew

It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!  This week we have another sketch challenge for you; have a look.

Up and Away with the Paper Craft Crew

Remember, when you’re using the sketch, you don’t have to use the exact shapes as in the sketch.  For instance, I replaced the focal  circle with my die cut balloon.  As long as you stay with the basics of the sketch – this sketch says it’s to be a SQUARE – you do have some play with the elements.

Up and Away

Up and Away with the Paper Craft Crew

For my card I created a large 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ square card.  Thank goodness I have the Envelope Punch Board, so that I can make an envelope to fit it!


I made the large die cut hot air balloon by die cutting some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with the Big Shot and Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  Because of the ‘coating’ on the back of the glimmer paper, it can be a bit pesky to release all of the little pieces, so make sure to run it through the Big Shot about 3-4 times, and use your Precision Plate.

Each of the clouds were die cut using the same dies, and Whisper White cardstock.  I used a Sponge Dauber and the Island Indigo ink pad to sponge the edges with ink.  To stamp the sentiment, I used the Lift Me Up stamp set, and stamped directly onto one of the large clouds, in Island Indigo ink.

The card base is Island Indigo cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 11″, scored and folded in half.  On the panel of Soft Sky cardstock, I stamped the small cloud image in Soft Sky ink randomly, to add some texture, without adding more layers.

I had been thinking of doing sponging to create the sky background behind the balloon, but then decided that I could make this card more quickly.  So, I cut a piece of the photorealistic sky from the Serene Scenery Designer Paper Stack, and layered that onto the middle of the Soft Sky panel.  Using Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals made it easy to attach the balloon and the clouds.

Up and Away with the paper craft crew

Before adding the layers to the card base, I wound a length of the Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the top, where the DSP meets the cardstock.

Now It’s Your Turn

I hope you find some inspiration in my card; be sure to check out the cards created by the rest of the Design Team on the Paper Craft Crew blog.  Then of course, link up your own card for the challenge!  Most importantly, have fun 🙂  To purchase any of the supplies used to make this card, click on the images below to go to my online store.




New Items Added for Sale-A-Bration Final Days!

Wow – can you believe it?!  Just yesterday we were dealing with the sad news that the 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper was all gone.  And today, Stampin’ Up! has announced the New Items Added for Sale-A-Bration Final Days!

There’s only 10 days left of Sale-A-Bration, and now you can choose from 7 new items as your FREE choice – and they’re from the Annual Catalogue!

Here’s the List

New items for Sale-A-Bration Final Days

New Item Numbers

Please note that in order to get these items for FREE as your Sale-A-Bration picks, you MUST USE the new numbers, as shown in the list above.  Using the product number in the catalogue will end in you being charged for the item – which is NOT what you want!

Pictures of the New Items

Sale-A-Bration ends in 10 days, on March 31st.  And all FREE items are only WHILE QUANTITIES LAST, so don’t miss out on these amazing products!  For every $60 order, you can choose 1 of the FREE items; spend $120 and choose 2 Free items.
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Private Card Class

Welcome back, stamping friend!  I’m back to share with you the cards that everyone created at Pam’s Private Card Class on the weekend.  It was a lot of fun, and as I mentioned in yesterday’s post (you can READ HERE if you missed it) everyone did a great job!  I was so surprised that they needed very little extra help, because except for Pam and 1 of her guests, all were new to stamping.

The Private Card Class Cards

Balloon Adventures

Private Card Class

I loved seeing everyone’s reaction when they first saw the die cut front before seeing the sample card.  It was a mix of ‘that looks cool’ and ‘now what do we do’?  It’s easy to create a fun and ‘wow’ card with the Balloon Adventures stamp set and coordinating Balloon Pop Up Thinlits Dies .

Since everyone was new, I did the die cutting beforehand, and let everyone focus on the fun of stamping.  We used Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral ink for stamping the balloons, and Emerald Envy ink for the banner and sentiment.  I guess I’m pretty used to people who are familiar with how Stampin’ Up! coordinates their stamp sets and framelits.  So Saturday it was pretty cool hearing everyone saying how great it was that they could easily see through the photopolymer stamps, and stamp their balloons.

We were all having a laugh when I explained that I wasn’t just making up the names as I went along. I explained and showed how all of the ink and cardstock colours coordinate, and how the designer papers also used the same colours.  I think Stampin’ Up! makes it really easy for us to make fabulous looking cards!

Private Card Class - Balloon Adventures inside

Everyone liked how I showed them to use the stamps to decorate the inside of the card as well.  For this card, we used the fun streamers and confetti image from the Balloon Adventures set.  Of course, I reminded them that a plain envelope can be made much more appealing by stamping on it, as well!  I forgot to take pictures, but trust me -there wasn’t a plain envelope on the table at the end of the class 🙂

Floral Phrases

When Pam and I were coordinating the class, I asked if there was a certain theme, or preference for the type of cards.  There was one lady, she said, who hoped that we could do a wedding card, as her son is getting married next month.  Voila – a card is born!

Private Card Class - Floral Phrases

This beautiful Floral Phrases stamp set is perfect for weddings, anniversaries and thank you cards.  There is a whole Floral Boutique Suite of products that coordinate, but since I didn’t know the wedding colour theme, I thought that using Night of Navy might be too big of a risk!

We used the pretty Peekaboo Peach ink to stamp the flowers, and added the stylized leaf image from the Timeless Textures stamp set in Pear Pizzazz ink.  (I think this is when people started to mention that the ink names were making them hungry!)  The sentiment is from the Falling for You stamp set.  The group really seemed to like the angling of the sentiment, and how easy it was to cut off the excess from the sentiment layers.  I had them cut the excess off after attaching the sentiment layers with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Doing it this way ensured that everyone had a clean, even cut that matches the edge of the card front.

Private Card Class - Floral Phrases

The cardstock layers are Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach and Sahara Sand.  I used the 2 different sizes of Pearl Embellishments for a little extra something.

Avant Garden

For the final card, I  showed how not every card has to be a standard rectangle, and that a non-standard card doesn’t have to be difficult.  I showed how to create this Z-Fold card:

Private Card Class

It was fun to see the eyes pop, and hear the ooh’s and aahh’s, when the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper was spotted! 🙂  I also had fun telling them that the Avant Garden stamp set was FREE with my qualifying purchase from Sale-A-Bration.  The 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon in Silver was FREE as well 🙂

Using the DSP with this card helped to reinforce what I had said about the terrific colour coordination between the inks, cardstock, embellishments and designer papers.  I explained that I pulled the colours of Soft Sky, Sahara Sand and Sweet Sugarplum from the DSP.

Private card class - Z fold

Both sentiments are from the Avant Garden stamp set, stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon is attached by first laying down a strip of Tear & Tape, then laying the ribbon directly on top of it.  That keep the ribbon completely flat, with no  buckling or gapping.

A Private Card Class for You?

I had a lot of fun with this group, showing them how awesome Stampin’ Up! products are, and easy to use.  They also saw and got to use all 3 types of stamps – wood mount, clear mount and  photopolymer.  I hope that they enjoyed themselves as much, and that I’ll be seeing at least some of these ladies again 🙂

If you’re in my area, and would like to have fun with your friends, you can book your OWN private card class with me!  Just send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll be in touch with you to work out the details.  A private card class, or a party, is a great way to spend fun time with your friends, learn something new, and have pretty cards at the end of the class.


Pam’s Private Card Class

Pam’s Private Card Class

I had a great weekend – I hope that yours was good as well!  On Saturday, my friend Pam brought 5 of her friends for a private card class.  Of course, you know there  has to be a back-story to this, right?!

Well, a month or so ago, Pam had asked if I would contribute a silent auction item, as her church was fundraising for their youth camp.  Of course I said yes!  I know how much fun the kids have at these camps; my own youngest went once!

So the day after the auction arrives, and I get a text from Pam.  Have you guessed what it said?  Well, Pam was the highest bidder – so she had bought herself a private card class for herself & 5 friends 🙂  I wasn’t sure whether to congratulate her, or offer my sympathies – because of course she had been trying to ‘bump’ up the bidding!

The Class Group

Here is part of the group; some of the ladies have finished their card, others are still working away.

Pam's Private Card Class

Pam's Private Card Class

That’s my friend Pam, the winner of the private card class.in the blue, seated at the end of the table.  Pam attends my classes regularly, so she was great at helping the others if they got stuck.  I have to say, for a group where 4 out of the 6 attendees are brand new to stamping, these ladies did a phenomenal job on their cards!  Not only did they all turn out great, but they were all done within the 2 hours we had scheduled.   We had time afterwards to enjoy the fruit and danishes Pam had brought as a treat, and coffee.

I made sure to take a picture of the whole group, with their cards, when they were done.  So many times I forget to do this, because we’re all too busy having fun, and chatting!

Pam's Private Card Class

All’s Well That Ends Well

The good news is that everyone had a good time, and really liked the cards they created.  And the money that Pam bid on the private card class went to a good cause – the children will appreciate it 🙂   The 3 cards that everyone made used the Balloon Adventures, the Avant Garden and the Floral Phrases stamp sets.  I’ll be back tomorrow with details on the cards, so be sure to come back!


Card Swap with Friends

Card Swap with Friends

Here it is – my final post in this series to share the cards from my card swap with friends.  This all started a couple of weekends ago when Margaret, one of my team members, held a card swap.  It’s a great idea to create and swap cards with friends, because you come away with not just  lots of awesome cards, but great ideas & tips for stamping!

If you missed the previous posts, you can see all of the cards HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  Six of us took part in the swap, and we each made 2 cards .  That’s a lot of cards to share 🙂

Vintage Watches

This first card is Margaret’s; I just the vintage look!  I believe the stamp set she used is a retired Stampin’ Up! set, but I’m not positive.  I sure do like it, though!  Margaret did use the Stampin’ Up! Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder on the background cardstock, and the retired World Map stamp.  The whole card reminds me of the sepia toned old photographs, and the small clock embellishment is terrific.

Card Swap with Friends

Vintage Car

As you can see, Margaret does very well with the vintage look!  I’m kinda jealous, as I find this look isn’t easy to achieve for me; I really have to work at it.  The vintage card is another retired Stampin’ Up! set.  I love all of the layers and sponging on this card.

Card Swap with Friends - Margaret's car card

Copper Foil

One of Margaret’s friends knows that she loves copper – so she used a LOT of it on this card 🙂  From the dry embossed background to the heat embossed butterfly, this card was certainly a work of art, and heart!

Card Swap with Friends - Copper Foil

Silver Foil

Do you remember when Stampin’ Up! carried the Co’oredinations cardstock?  It’s the kind with the white core, and the sand-able top.  You use a very fine grit sandpaper to sand the top layer, and reveal the inner core colour.  That’s how this look was achieved on the bottom part of this card.  There’s also some really cool ‘non stamping’ products used on this card; the very thin silver strips above & below the sentiment are actually a foil tape, as are the gold stripes & squares!  How cool is that?  And it was found at the Lee Valley Tools store!  We were all having a good laugh, saying that the store was going to be wondering why all of these ‘craft ladies’ were storming the store, just for their metal tape! 🙂

Card Swap with Friends - masculine birthday

Dragonfly Dreams

This Dragonfly Dreams card was made by Lynn, another of my talented team members.  I can’t wait to try out the technique she used to create the quilted background look!  The combination of the Melon Mambo, Silver Foil and Silver Glimmer Paper is just gorgeous.  And to add to the shine, Lynn studded the quilt look with the tiny Rhinestone Embellishments.

Card Swap with Friends - Dragonfly Dreams

Vertical Greetings

Last but certainly not least, is Lynn’s card using the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  Don’t you just love how the Petal Burst Embossing Folder mimics the leaves in the topiary?  I really like how Lynn kept to the 2 main colours (I think Dapper Denim and Pear Pizzazz), then added the pop of Real Red with the bird.

That’s It!

Well, that’s it!  Now you’ve seen all of the cards from our  card swap with friends.  Hopefully  you’ve enjoyed seeing them as much as we did creating and swapping them.  We had so much fun that we’ve already booked our next card swap!

Now is a great time to grab those stamp sets that have been on your ‘wish list’, before Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st!  Remember that for every $60 spent, you get to choose 1 FREE item from the SAB brochure.

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PCC235 Sketch Challenge with Hey Chick!

PCC235 Sketch Challenge with Hey Chick!

Welcome to this week’s sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

PCC235 Sketch Challenge

I really like this sketch, but to accommodate the stamp I wanted to use, I flipped it from left to right.


PCC235 Sketch Challenge

This Hey, Chick! stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure is so cute, I think!  The funny chickens with their own personalities make me smile 🙂 Did you notice that I flipped the sketch, so that the chicken was looking backwards at the sentiment?  Like someone is calling to her!

There’s only a couple of weeks left of Sale-A-Bration, so if you haven’t gotten this set for FREE yet – better get shopping before March 31st!


I pulled  the colours from the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper that I used.  I like the Basic Black with the Delightful Dijon, and I added in Cajun Craze on the chicken and in the Candy Dots.

The Very Vanilla cardstock is embossed using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.   A tip to getting  the best result with this folder is to spritz your cardstock on both sides before placing it in the folder.  That way, the fibres of the paper are softened, and they accept the deep impression of the folder without tearing.

To colour the chicken, I used the Delightful Dijon and Cajun Craze ink pads and a Blender Pen.  By pressing the lid into the ink pad, while the lid is closed, you transfer some ink onto the lid.  Then it’s easy to pick up the ink with the Blender Pen, and add layers of colour.

PCC235 Sketch Challenge

I gave the egg it’s shiny look by applying glue with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, like I did to the Tasty Truck window in THIS POST.

Your Turn!

Be sure to check out the cards created by the rest of the Design Team over on the Paper Craft Crew blog page.  After you create  your card, link up for the challenge; I’ll be looking for your card 🙂




A Paper Pumpkin Designed by Our CEO!

Get April’s Paper Pumpkin Designed by Our CEO!

Wow – now here’s a chance at an exclusive!  Get a Paper Pumpkin designed by our very own Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass!  Sara has designed the April edition of Paper Pumpkin!

A Paper Pumpkin Designed by Our CEO


Sara herself describes the kit as ‘bold, vibrant, artistic – and with a little bit of sass!’  (I think that’s kinda like Sara herself!)  I can’t wait to see what she’s designed – how about you?

As if a Paper Pumpkin kit designed by our CEO, Sara  is not reason enough to sign up, there’s more! She’s including a FREE gift inside every April box! We’re keeping it a surprise, but you won’t want to miss it – I know I don’t!

Why You Want to Join Paper Pumpkin

Well, of course the April kit itself is going to be very special, what with being designed by Sara Douglass, and including a FREE gift! But there’s a lot more reasons WHY you’ll  love your Paper Pumpkin subscription:

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

An Extra Perk for Pre-Paid Subscriptions

Sign up for a Pre-Paid Subscription before March 31st, and instantly qualify for a FREE SALE-A-BRATION item!

Pay only $74 (a $4 savings) for your 3 month Paper Pumpkin subscription before March 31st, and you’ll receive the April, May and June Paper Pumpkin kits, PLUS a Free Sale-A-Bration item, PLUS the FREE gift in April’s Paper Pumpkin kit!

How To Sign Up

For a Pre-Paid Subscription, you can either contact me to place your order, or ORDER ONLINE in my store, which is open 24/7.

For a 1 Month subscription, CLICK THIS LINK to place your order –  you’ll be signing up to receive the April kit, which will ship around April 15th.  You’ll receive an email when it ships 🙂

It’s a Win, no matter how you sign up!


More Card Sharing with Friends

More Card Sharing With Friends

Welcome back, stamping friend!  I’m back, as promised, to continue with more card sharing with friends.  A couple of weeks ago, Margaret, one of my team members, held a card swap for friends.  We each created 12 cards; 6 each of 2 different designs.  Then, we swapped our cards with each other, explaining what we used and how to create each card.

So far I’ve shared my cards in THIS POST, and THIS POST, and one other set of cards in THIS POST.

Today I’m going to speed things up a bit, and share 4 cards!

Detailed Die Cuts

more card sharing with friends

This card was made by Colleen, who happens to also be a lovely client of mine, as well as a good friend of Margaret’s.  Colleen loves detailed die cuts, as you can see by her use of the frame and shoe, both by Tattered Lace.  You may recognize the little butterflies, which are from the retired Stampin’ Up! Sizzlits .  (I still have these, too – I just love butterflies of all sizes!).  Also, you may be able to see the new Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper in Bermuda Bay behind the white oval – isn’t it gorgeous?  The rhinestones add some extra bling 🙂

Happy Birthday Fancy Die Cut

detailed die cuts - more card sharing with friends

How about this fancy dress die cut for a Happy Birthday!?  Like I said before, just because I’m a die-hard Stampin’ Up! gal, doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the lovely dies and sets created by other companies 🙂  I love Colleen’s combination of purples with the silver foil and glimmer, and the pearls to add to the sleek shine.  This dress makes me think of the ’50’s ‘flapper’ dresses!

Rose Garden Thinlits

more card sharing with friends Rose Garden Thinlits

The beautiful Rose Garden Thinlits take centre stage on this beautiful monochromatic card in blue and white!  This card, and the next one, were created by Denise, who is a niece of Margaret.  I wonder if Denise has joined the Stampin’ Up! family yet – she is going to decide before the end of March, so she can take advantage of the awesome 2 FREE STAMP SETS during the Sale-A-Bration Sign Up promotion!  Smart lady, Denise is! 🙂  To read more about the promotion, READ THIS post – maybe you’d like to join my team!

Denise created the card base of Night of Navy cardstock, then created 2 layers with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  The large rose die cut is attached in the middle; you can’t see it in the picture, but Denise added some Clear Wink of Stella to the middle of the rose for a beautiful shimmer.  By using the ‘for you’ sentiment means that this card can be used for a lot of different occasions.

Modern Mosaic

more card sharing with friends - modern mosaic

Do you remember when this beautiful modern mosaic designer series paper came out, along with coordinating stamp set, embossing folder and punch?  I still have the embossing folder and punch 🙂  You can see the Summer Starfruit Ribbon on this card; it is a retired In Colour from about 2 years ago, I think.  The sentiment is from a current stamp set, Balloon Adventures.

So you See…

…it doesn’t matter whether you’re all Stampin’ Up!, or you mix and match with other brands, or even mix current with retired.  You’ll still come out with beautiful projects that are perfect for sharing with friends!  I still have a few more sets to share with you, so make sure you come back again to see them.  Until next time, I hope you have a good time stamping!


Sharing Cards with Friends


I’m back today with some more Sharing Cards with Friends!  If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you may remember that last Friday, one of my team members held a fun card swap with friends.  I shared the 2 cards that I made; today I’m here to share a couple of cards made by one of the other ladies.  If you didn’t see my earlier posts, you can read them HERE and HERE.


Card Sharing with Friends

I was so happy to see that someone else loves this set as much as I do!  While she didn’t use the coordinating Special Reason stamp set wasn’t used for the card, good use was made of the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies.  And – she used the Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, just like I did.  Great minds think alike, right?  (and we had never met before that evening).  The great part is that this nice lady has just recently signed up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and is loving it! How cool is that?!  If you look carefully behind the flower die cuts, you can see that she used the Falling in Love Designer Paper to give extra colour and dimension to the flowers.


Sharing Cards with Friends

This adorable card features one of my favourite sentiments from a retired stamp set, called “Tea Shoppe“.  In fact, I still have this set; it’s from 2012, and features images of tea cups and half a dozen lovely sentiments.  The paper and embossing folder used aren’t Stampin’ Up!, but can you spot the colours?  They’re Blushing Bride and Pool Party – a gorgeous combination!

Yes, I am pretty much a ‘Stampin’ Up! Only’ kinda gal when it comes to my own creations (it makes good business sense, I think), but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a pretty paper, etc. when I see it 🙂

I have a lot more cards to share with you, but I don’t want to overload you will them all at once!  Don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow to share some more.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in becoming a part of my Team, and enjoying fun times like this – you should do it!  Seriously – we get together at least quarterly, spend some quality stamping time together, swap stories, share business ideas and stamping tips – and have fun!  While you are welcome to join at any time, if you decide to join before March 31st, you will be able to choose 2 FREE STAMP SETS of your choice, and add them to your Starter Kit.  Plus, there’s no shipping!  To read more about why you should join my team, READ THIS PAGE, and then click the link to JOIN.

Until next time, happy stamping!