1 Card – 2 Challenges

Hello Stamping friends!

Are you ready for the big day tomorrow – the Retiring List announcement!  I know I’m doing my best not to chew on my fingernails, but I do always worry a bit about how many of the sets I own will be retiring.  On the other hand – that means I’ll have more room for new sets, right?! ;)

Well, let’s take our minds off that for now, and I’ll share with you a new card that I’ve done!  This one actually ‘fits the bill’ for 2 challenges – the Watercooler Challenge WCC22, and The Paper Players PP241.  Both challenges call for water colouring, so I thought – why not?

The challenge for the WCC22 is for a watercolour background with a silhouette; here is the sketch:



And here is the challenge for the Paper Players:



So here is my interpretation:

watercolour challenge card

I started with a panel of Watercolour paper, and taped off 1/4″ all the way around.  First I inked up the image stamp from Thoughts & Prayers in White Craft Ink, and heat embossed using White embossing powder.  After lightly wetting the paper, I used an Aqua Painter and re-inkers to create the background.  I applied Basic Black to the top and bottom, Old Olive , Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight (bottom to top).

I layered the Watercolour paper onto a panel of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, the added a piece of retired Old Olive ribbon along the side.  The front panels were then attached to a card base of Old Olive cardstock.  I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to line a border around the image.  I decided to leave off any sentiment, so that it would stay clean & simple, and the focus would be the watercolouring.

I really enjoy watercolouring, and the freedom it gives you.  I like that no 2 cards will be exactly the same, and by simply changing colours, you can change the entire look of a scene.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing my card today!  If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll check out the Watercooler Challenge and the Paper Players pages for lots of great inspiration!

If you want to be sure not to miss my posting of the retired list, just click on the ‘Subscribe to Blog via Email’ on the left side of this page – enter your email address, then click subscribe – and you’ll received updates each time I add a new post to my blog.

Thanks for visiting!  Until next time – happy stamping!

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Beautiful Bouquet

Last night was my Stamp & Create class using the Build a Bouquet Project Kit – and it was such fun!

The total kit makes 25 flowers – 5 of each kind – which is way too many to make in one evening class, so everyone made 5 flowers – 1 of each kind.  It made for a very pretty small bouquet, and if anyone wants to add to theirs, they can do so by purchasing the whole kit and making them at home.

Here is what you get in the entire kit – it is A LOT of product!!

SU build a bouquet kit

It may not look like too much in this picture, but trust me – when you have it all separated out by flower type, and individual flowers, it took over my dining table!

You get cotton paper flowers, die-cut cardstock elements, cotton ribbon, linen thread, gift tags, floral tape, floral stem wires, and faceted buttons for flower centres.

Instead of making the tag to go with our bouquet, we made a Mother’s Day card.

Here is what 15 of the flowers together looks like (unfortunately, Chantal had left before I thought of taking the picture, so it’s 15, instead of 20!)

build a bouquet plus card

These are so pretty!  I just love the colours used for the flowers; Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Strawberry Slush, Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey.

wild rose & daisy

In this picture (above) you can see the stamping inside the Wild Rose (Crisp Cantaloupe) and inside the Daisy (Hello Honey inside the white petals).  I think that the stamping, while not necessary, adds some dimension & depth to the flowers.

I didn’t purchase the coordinating Build a Bouquet stamp set (#137166 $41.95), but instead used stamp sets that I already had – we used the Gorgeous Grunge set, and the Flower Patch stamp set, and I think they worked really well! :)

Let me know if you’d like to see close-up pictures of the individual flowers, and I’ll post them if you’d like.  I’ll be posting a separate post with just the card, and full details of how we made that, later.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the results of our class!  It was lots of fun, and there weren’t many singed fingers from the glue guns!  I’m going to be making more flowers (I bought an extra kit :) ) so that I have a complete bouquet for myself….or someone else….or myself!  If you would like to make these flowers yourself, just click on the image below to order your Kit; if you’d like to get together with some friends to make these flowers, or anything else, just give me a call or email, and we can arrange that, for a date that works for you!  My email is debsmart@shaw.ca, or call me at 604.298.0472 if you’re in the Lower Mainland of B.C.

Thanks for visiting me today – have a great day, and happy stamping!

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The Butterflies Have Landed!

Finally – the Butterfly Thinlits Dies have landed in the Stampin’ Up! warehouse – and YOU CAN BUY THEM!!

butterfly basics & thinlits

That’s right – the ship finally docked; the container came off the ship, and now – the container was delivered to Stampin’ Up! – and now YOU get a SPECIAL DEAL!

If you want to purchase the Butterfly Thinlits Dies by themselves – you get them at 15% OFF – special price is $26.30  If  you want to  purchase the Butterfly Thinlits & Butterfly Basics Stamp Set Bundles – already at 15% off – you can choose 1 of 3 FREE SALE-A-BRATION PRODUCTS!

For pictures of the free products you can choose from, click here to read my full blog post.

To GET SHOPPING, CLICK HERE!  Hurry – the free items are while supplies last, only!

Happy shopping!

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Weekly Deals, Updated Classes

Hello stamping friends!  Well, one more day to go until the weekend :)  Do you have any special plans?  Perhaps you’ll be spending some time making your wish list, in preparation for the Retiring List coming out on Tuesday?!

Stampin’ Up! has some great Weekly Deals for you – these special prices are good through next Monday, April 20th.

SU weekly deals apr 14

A set for Mother’s Day cards, in plenty of time for you to make that special card.  And look at all those Framelits & Thinlits!!  If I didn’t already have all of them, I’d be getting one of each, for sure!  I am going to add the awesome Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets to my list, though.  Did you know you can use your punches, thinlits and framelits to cut shapes from these Washi sheets?  Then just peel, and stick to your project!

I also wanted to let you know that I’ve updated my list of upcoming classes and events; get ready for Father’s Day with ‘For the Guys’, and be ready for wedding season with ‘Brides and Babies’.  I’m also planning a New Catalogue Release Party – so save the date!  Sunday May 31st!  Check out my Calendar for all the details, and reserve your spot ASAP!

I’m off to finish prepping for tomorrow’s class – we’re making the flowers using the Bouquet Builder Project Kit!  I can’t wait to share pictures with you :)

Until next time-happy stamping!

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PCCCS139 – Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Welcome back, stamping friends!

I’m here to put in a last-minute card for the current Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge; I’ve been so busy with classes and things, that I’m getting behind on my challenges!  The cut-off is tonight, so I figured I had better get cracking :)

Here is the wonderful sketch we have to work with:


Here is my interpretation:

PCCCS139 Perfect Blend

I used one of my favourite sets from the Annual Catalogue (I bought it as soon as the catalogue came out!) called Perfect Blend.

I started with a 5″x 10″ card base of Chocolate Chip cardstock, scored & folded in half.  I then layered a piece of Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper on top.  My next layer is a piece of cork sheet – yup, that’s cork!  I found it a the dollar store, of all places; and it even has a peel & stick backing on it!  Perfect as a ‘mat’ for my coffee cups :)  I stamped the cups 3 times; once to cut out the whole cup, a 2nd time to cut out just the lid, and the 3rd time to cut out the ‘sleeve’.  I cut the cup & lid from Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Crumb Cake ink, and then cut the sleeve from Crumb Cake cardstock – then ran it through my (retired) crimper, for that authentic look!

To make the coffee rings, I took a small glass, dipped the rim in Early Espresso ink (quite fitting, don’t you think?), then stamped it down onto the card front.  To get the coffee spills, I used the splotches image from the Perpetual Calendar stamp set.  The coffee bean images are from a retired set called Espress Yourself ;)

I stamped the sentiment- also from Perfect Blend – in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock, and used the Small Oval Punch, then layered it using the Oval Scallop Punch and a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  To finish the card off, I double looped some Hemp Twine around the top, and tied it off in a knot.

I hope you like today’s card; I had fun making it!  If you haven’t already, you should check out the Paper Craft Crew page – there’s tons of inspiration from the amazing design team, as well as the other cards submitted for the challenges.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Butterfly Basics Bundle – Good News Coming!

Hello stamping friends!

If you’ve been following my blog the last month or so, you’ll probably have noticed that I’m a big fan of the Butterfly Basics bundle – that is, the bundle which includes the Butterfly Basics stamp set, and the Butterfly Thinlits Dies.

butterfly basics & thinlits

Unfortunately, due to the extended west coast dockworkers strike, and now the backlog of containers to be unloaded from the ships, then trucked to their destinations. the Butterfly Bundle has been unavailable (because the Thinlits Dies are still sitting in a container, on a ship, in port).

It was disappointing that you were unable to purchase the bundle during Sale-a-bration, and their expected arrival during the week of free shipping didn’t happen.

Well, Stampin’ Up! feels your pain and disappointment, and wants  to make it up to you!!

Because the container has yet to be discharged from the vessel, the soonest the Butterflies Thinlits will arrive in our warehouse is the beginning of the week of April 13; our best estimate for orderability, based on this information, is April 15.

From the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30, we are bringing you two special offers:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits  Dies at a 15 percent discount–just $26.30!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price (wood, clear or photopolymer) and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

In case you don’t remember what these 3 Sale-a-bration products look like, here’s a reminder (I have all 3, and LOVE them!!)

SU best year ever dsp

SU best year ever accessory pack

SU irresistibly yours dsp

So – the minute that we are told that the Bundle and/or Butterfly Thinlits Dies are available, I will immediately let you know!!

I’ll be back again tomorrow with a project share for you, along with the Weekly Deals.  I hope I’ll see you then :)

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Stamping Fun with Kits!

Hi everyone!  I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday, whether it’s your lazy day, or your run-around-get-things-done day :)  It’s usually a combination for me; I usually sleep in, having had a class the night before, but once I’m up, it’s go, go, go.

We had such fun last night with the Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit, that I wanted to share it with you.  Unfortunately we were so busy during the class, that I forgot to take pictures :( , but here’s a picture of what I call “craftermath”; you know, what your craft area looks like after a spectacularly productive session!


This is just my seat – and it’s not actually that bad, because I have such a wonderful group of ladies, that they did their best to tidy up before they left!  Aren’t they the best!? :)

I have to say, the picture in of this kit in the Catalogue, while showing all the pieces of the kit, just can’t do it justice.  This is what it looks like, in the catalogue:

SU hooray its your day kit

I mean, sure – you think to yourself ‘wow, it’s got lots of parts to it!’ – but everyone at the class last night was so impressed with how all the cards come together, and how you use all the parts of the kit (and have so many tools left over, after building the cards – like the stencils and the spritzers); one person said that it “exceed their expectation”!

So, because I forgot to take pictures during the class – here is what the cards look like when completed (I took pictures of my own cards):

hooray its your day

And here are the cards open –

hooray its your day - open

You can see on the far left the tab card, which used the scallop stencil, then the gift card holder; a standard card with the balloon which used the sun stencil; then in the front is the file folder with the ‘tab card’ insert – these are so cute, and unique!

We used the coordinating Hooray Its Your Day stamp set, but you could substitute your favourite stamp set, if you wish.  We used Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz  ink refills for the spritzing, and Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo ink pads for the stamping.    The total kit makes 20 cards; 5 each of 4 designs.  That’s a lot of cards to carry you through at least part of  the birthday season! :)

Next Friday we’ll be using the Build a Bouquet Project Kit – I can’t wait to see the beautiful flowers everyone will be making!  I’ll do my best to remember to take pictures during the class, too! ;)

If you’d like to order this kit, or any of the products we used making it, just click on the picture icons below, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Watercooler Challenge – WCC21

Thanks so much for visiting today, and I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s pictures of the tulip fields :)

I’m back today with a card for the Watercooler Challenges - it’s WCC21 – and this time it’s a colour challenge, by my talented friend Susan Horr!  If you haven’t yet checked out Susan’s blog, or the Watercooler Challenge blog, you really should!  Just click on the names; I’ve provided direct links for you!

Here are the colours that Susan chose for us to use:  Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Sahara Sand.

So, how do you work in that many colours?  You make a flower pot! :)


Plus – this is another way to use that cute Berry Basket Die!  All you have to do is die cut only the bottom 1/2 of the basket (just above the score line), and cut 1/2 of the basket trim.  I decided not to include the handle, but you can certainly do that, too.

I cut the basket from Sahara Sand cardstock, and sponged the edges using a Dauber and Crumb Cake ink.  For the flowers, I used a few different sets; Crazy About You, Flower Patch, Petite Petals and Flower Shop.  Of course I used the challenge colours for the flowers; Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and So Saffron.  The only colours I included that weren’t part of the challenge were for the leaves; I used the Flower Patch set, with Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive inks.

I then used the coordinating punches & dies to cut out the flowers & leaves – I just LOVE it when I can do that!!  Thank you, Stampin’ Up! :)   I used the Pansy Punch (for Flower Shop), Petite Petals punch (for Petite Petals), and the matching Flower Fair Framelits Dies for the Flower Patch flowers & leaves.  If I had the 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, I could’ve used that for the Crazy About You flowers – but I don’t, so I hand cut them.

I attached everything to the Bermuda Bay card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and tied some White Baker’s Twine around the basket.  I then used the sentiment from Crazy About You (actually 2 separate words that I lined up), stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.  I then used the tag die from the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die, and attached it.

I think this card would be perfect for just about any occasion, but wouldn’t it be super cute for Mother’s Day?!  I know I love getting flowers of any kind on Mother’s Day :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card for this challenge; please leave me a comment if you have time, and let me know what you think!  And if you have a chance, check out both the Watercooler Challenge page (you know you can enter the challenges, too!) and Susan’s blog, for more creative inspiration.

Until next time – happy stamping! :)

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Last Call for Free Shipping & Gorgeous Tulips

Hello, stamping friends!  That’s quite the combination for a post title, isn’t it?!

Well, I just couldn’t let you forget about the amazing FREE SHIPPING that ends today, Friday April 10th!!  If you’re on the West  Coast here, (PST), you have until 11:00 pm to get your order in, and pay nothing – nada- zilch – for shipping!

I know I’ve said it before, but this is the PERFECT TIME to STOCK UP on the 2013-2015 IN COLOURS before they’re gone for good!!

Yes, the Retiring List comes out on April 21st, but you know all the retiring in-colour stock will be gone before you even get out of bed!!  C’mon folks – you’ll get free shipping, and you won’t be sad & disappointed come April 21st!  It’s a win-win!

Here’s a reminder of the gorgeous colours we’ll be losing (sob! sniff!)  From left to right, there’s Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush.

SU 2013-15 in colours


Remember – it’s not just the cardstock in these colours that will be disappearing – it’ll be ALL inks, re-inkers, markers, and embellishments in these colours that will be going!  (I personally don’t know how I’m going to handle the loss of Coastal Cabana! *sniff*)

Okay – don’t say I didn’t warn you! LOL  Now onto cheerier things – my trip yesterday with my BFF Susan out to the Agassiz Tulip Festival!  We planned this trip over 2 weeks ago, without knowing of course what the weather would be like, but keeping our fingers crossed.  Well – it worked!!  We had beautiful sunshine, a nice breeze to keep us from over-heating, and go-r-geous tulips to see – acres & acres of them!!

Agassiz tulip festival

This is part of the tulip field; that’s Mt. Cheam in the background.  Spectacular!

me & Susan

This is me (left) and my BFF Susan, trying to share a plastic milk carton, while a nice lady took our picture! :)  Everyone was helping everyone to take pictures – who wouldn’t want a backdrop like that?!  And there was a gazillion (yes, that’s the number) of those selfie-sticks out there, too!

It was well worth the 1 1/2hr drive to get there; and the place was jam-packed with people!!  We left just before closing, and back at the parking lot (about a 20 minute walk from the field) there were still at least 3 bus-loads of people waiting to get to the fields, and they were turning away people who were still trying to come in to park!  If you’re on Facebook, you can check out their page HERE – and plan a trip for next year!

Here’s a couple more pictures – for your sheer enjoyment :)


Agassiz tulip festival

I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing this amazing little outing with me – thanks for spending some time with me here! :)

I will  be back tomorrow to share a new card for the Watercooler Challenge; and I’m looking forward to seeing my friends in my Hooray It’s Your Day class Friday evening.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Free Shipping Starts Today!

SU free shipping header

On your mark; get set; SHOP!!

That’s right – today is the 1st day of FREE SHIPPING, which lasts all this week!

Want to know how to get the best out of the free shipping offer?  Here’s a few tips for you:

– Shop BIG!  As you know, the shipping cost is a minimum of $9.95, or 10% of your purchase price.  So right there – you’re saving at least $9.95; even more if your order is over $100!

– Shop from the current Weekly Deals – get a fab discount on awesome products; then shop again on Tuesday, from the new Weekly Deals!!  With no shipping!

– Stock up on all of the 2013-2015 In Colour products that you don’t want to run out of!  That means anything in Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar or Pistachio Pudding.  Make sure you have all the ink pads, re-inkers, cardstock, baker’s twine, markers and embellishments in these colours BEFORE the Last Chance List (retiring list) comes out.  They’ll be gone before that sale even starts!

Make sure you take advantage of this awesome opportunity, because it only happens once a year (maybe twice, if the stars are shining brightly on us!).  Last week this deal was only for a weekend – this year, we have a whole week!

Ordering is easy-peasy; you can click on my ‘Shop Now’ button at the top of this page, or you can CLICK HERE to go directly to my store.  You can also call or email me (604.298.0472 debsmart@shaw.ca) with your order, and I will gladly place it for you!

Are you still reading?!  Get shopping!  And have fun!

Until tomorrow – happy shopping & stamping!

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