Blogging Friends Blog Hop – It’s Holiday Time!


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Wow – can you believe it’s already December 1st, and the Blogging Friends are celebrating all things holidays!  

However you celebrate, I hope that it’s a good season for you.

If this is your first ‘hop’ with us, it’s very easy for you to see all of the fabulous projects created by the participants.  We each have our blog linked to the blog next in line; you can just click the button at the bottom of the post to carry on to the next blog.  If you run into any trouble, or would like to check out the blogs later, you can use the list of links at the bottom of the post.  You should have arrived here by way of Danica Ferrante‘s blog – weren’t her projects just wonderful!

My first project is something that I wanted to try as soon as I saw the Festive Fireplace stamp set and matching Festive Fireside Framelits set:

Festive Fireplace Easel

This is an easel card, that has a special feature – using the fire die-cut, I cut out an aperture so that the fire will ‘glow’ when lit!

No, I’m not suggesting that you light your card on fire – the easel allows you to tuck in a battery operated tea light behind the fire!  Here’s a picture of the side view:

festive fireplace easel side view And the piece de resistance:

festive fireplace easel lit up

Isn’t that great?!  After creating the easel base, I stamped all of the ‘pieces’ – the fireplace, fire, mantel and garland – onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and used the matching Festive Fireplace Framelits to die cut them.  I stamped the fire twice; once onto the Very Vanilla cardstock, where I cut out & kept just the logs; the second time was stamped onto Vellum cardstock, where I coloured in the flames on the back of the stamped image (this helps to prevent accidental smudging, as well as making the colouring look more realistic).  I die cut the fire aperture into the fireplace plus the layers of Timeless Elegance DSP and Smoky Slate cardstock.  I then layered all the pieces of the fireplace together, and added the sentiment – stamped in Real Red ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and layered with Real Red cardstock – about 1/2″ from the front, to help the easel portion stand up by itself.

I think this is a special ‘hand delivery’ card, because you have to give the recipient a battery operated tea-light, too!  Its worth the effort, though, don’t you think?

My next card is made with the Bow Builder Punch for its focal piece:

bow builder punch angel

I had seen this idea on Pinterest, and changed it up to make it my own.  Using the Bow Builder Punch, I used Gold Foil paper to punch the head, halo, bow and body, and punched the wings from Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum.  I put the pieces together using Glue Dots.  I then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the angel to a piece of Merry Moments DSP, then Gold Glimmer Paper, both die cut using the Ovals Framelits.

The sentiment is from a retired set, but I thought it was just perfect to use with the angel.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder on Very Vanilla cardstock, and used the Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut it and a layer of Gold Glimmer paper to layer underneath.

I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, and punched each corner with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch (it was worth the wait while it was on backorder!).  Before attaching the stamped pieces, I wound some of the Gold Cording Trim around the middle, then layered it all together onto a card base of Cherry Cobbler.

I think it’s a very elegant looking card; it didn’t take much time to put together, even with the punched pieces.

My last project was a lot of fun to make – does it look like a Gingerbread House?  ‘Cause that’s what I was going for!

bakers box gingerbread house

This Baker’s Box Thinlits Die set is so versatile, and such fun to play with :)  This is another one of those projects that I had in mind; then I saw a version of it on our demonstrators-only website, made a few changes to make it my own and here it is!

I started with the basic box in Soft Suede cardstock, then used the main shape (the part with the ‘handle) and cut 2 pieces for the roof from Whisper White cardstock.  I ran the roof through the Big Shot with the retired Fancy Fan embossing folder, to get that ‘icing’ look.  I die cut the door and it’s window using the label included in the Baker’s Box Thinlits set.  The windows (there’s one on each side) are made using the smallest Squares Framelit, and I hand cut (yeah, I know – you can tell!) small squares of Whisper White for the glass parts.

To decorate my gingerbread house I used some of the striped paper from the Home For Christmas DSP, and from the Merry Moments DSP I used the 1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out the coloured circles.  I used my White Signo Gel Pen to add the highlights to the circles, then used a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add some sparkle/frost to the windows, roof and the coloured circles.

Of course, this little house will be filled with treats – and you have to be able to get at the treats, without ruining the house!  So I created a chimney by cutting 2 pieces of Real Red cardstock, run through the Big Shot with the Bricks embossing folder, and glued one piece to each side of one of our mini Clothespins.  Voila!  The gingerbread roof can now be opened, and candy consumed! 😉

Well, that’s the end for my projects – I would love to hear what you thought of them; if you have time, please leave a comment! :)

Hopefully you’ll be back to visit me before Christmas, but if not – I wish you the very best of the holiday season!

Now you can click on the link below, and check out the great projects that Jessica Mink has ready for you!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Crystal Komara 
Lisa Kmiec 
Anna Masciovecchio
Chris Pochatek
Libby Fens 
Anne Power
Mary Blocher 
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart  – YOU ARE HERE! :)

2 Week Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Hi there, stamper!  Pardon this interruption to your Cyber Monday shopping… :)

Due to the U.S. Thanksgiving long weekend, and all the general shopping frenzy, the current Paper Craft Crew challenge – PCCCS172 – will last 1 more week.  So, with 8 more days to go, you have plenty of time to play along!

To refresh your memory – here is the sketch:


And here is the card I made:

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If you’ve already read all details on this card, I won’t bore you by repeating them again.  If you haven’t read the details, just click HERE to read the original post.

Now I hope you’ll head over to the Paper Craft Crew page, and see what the rest of the Design Team has put together for your inspiration.  Then, of course, I hope you’ll submit your own card for the challenge – you just may be our next Top Pick! :)

So, while I get a bit of a break from the PCC, I will be back tomorrow with another Blog Hop with the Blogging Friends!  We’ll be here early tomorrow morning with all holiday projects for you.

Happy stamping, my friend!  I  hope to see you again tomorrow :)

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It’s All Ending Soon – Don’t Miss Out!

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Hurry!!  The Online Extravaganza ends today!!  It’s your last chance to get some awesome deals on equally awesome products – we’re talking “must have’s”!

Here are some of my favourite products that are still available:

Bow Builder Punch – 50% Offonly $11

 Gold 1/8″ Ribbon – 50% offonly $3.13

 Fancy Foil Vellum – available in Gold & Silver – 40% OffOnly $8.25

Magnetic Platform – a MUST HAVE for all Thinlits & Framelits – 40% OffOnly $29.40

  Filled With Love Paper Pumpkin Refill Kit – 40% Offonly $6

Let’s not forget today’s 24 HOUR FLASH SALE!

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Here’s everything you get in this Exclusive Project Life Bundle – 30% Off the retail  total at only $49.53

Striped 12 x 12 Project Life Printed Album by Stampin' Up! Variety Pack 2 Project Life Photo Pocket Pages   by Stampin' Up!

This is the Life Project Life Card Collection  by Stampin' Up! This is the Life Project Life Accessory Pack  by Stampin' Up!

The Exclusive Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Bundle is fabulous for making all your own tags this season!

 Scalloped Tag Topper Punch by Stampin' Up!

And you can use the Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder any time of the year – not just holidays!

Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!

Remember – this amazing once a year sale ends tonight at 10 pm Pacific Time – so don’t delay – ORDER NOW!  You can either order ONLINE, or contact me at either 604.298.0472 or and I’ll be happy to place your order for you.

What – you’re still reading this?!  Go shopping! :)

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It’s Small Business Saturday!

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Are  you tired of the impersonal experience at the ‘big box’ stores?  Dislike it when you can’t find a store rep to help you out, or answer a question?

Well, shopping local with your small and local businesses can cure those blues!

When you shop with your small business vendor – like me, your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – you’re dealing directly with me, the owner.  I truly care about making your shopping experience as pleasant and positive as possible.  I will listen to your likes and wants; I’ll even find you what you need!

With all the hype around sales, Black Fridays, and Cyber Mondays (which seems to last forEVER!), I’m here to help make the choice that’s right for you, or the friend or loved one you’re shopping for.

Of course, deals are always great, and we have those, too!  Right now the Online Extravaganza is going strong – just click on this link to see the up to date list of  what’s on sale – but hurry, these deals all end on Monday, Nov. 30th with another 24 Hour Flash sale!

Here’s the full list of sale products: SU Online_Extravaganza_updated list

And here are the Monday 24 HOUR FLASH SALE items:

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If these sales are all too much, and you just can’t decide – or you’re not sure what your friend or loved one would like, don’t worry!  I also sell Gift Certificates, so that when the right item shows up, you’re ready to purchase!

Contact me at either, or 604.298.0472, and I’ll be happy to help you fill your shopping cart with just the right items, or Gift Certificate.

Happy shopping!

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Have You Shopped Yet?

Is that  a silly question – asking if you’ve shopped yet?  By ‘shopped’, I mean – have you started your Christmas shopping?  Or are you one of those rare people who have already finished your Christmas shopping?!  I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those people!

If you’re on Facebook, you should check out a Home Online Shopping Event that I’m doing with several other direct sales vendors!  We’ve all joined together to hold this event, and offer specials for the event – you can see it by clicking HERE.  There are a lot of great products (like Steeped Tea, Scentsy, Jamberry, Usborne Books, Fifth Avenue, and lots more!) so you can order online, and have your order shipped directly to your home!

I hope you’ll come check it out; each vendor is holding a contest and giving away a prize!

Of course, there’s the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza – if you haven’t taken advantage of these amazing deals, you’ll want to hurry because items are starting to sell out!

Here’s the updated list of Extravaganza items: SU Online_Extravaganza updated list

Before I get back to work, I would like to wish all my friends in the U.S. a very Happy Thanksgiving!  May your turkey be moist, blessings be plenty and your gravy lump-free! 😉

Happy stamping!

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PCCCS172 – Paper Craft Crew Challenge

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Welcome back, my friend, to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

It has been so much fun to see so many fabulous cards submitted each week; I love seeing all the wonderful cards; thank you so much for taking part in our challenges.

This week will be no different, I’m sure – we have another great sketch for you to work from; have a look:


Here is my card:

PCCCS172 wonderland It’s funny – I resisted buying the Wonderland set, and now that I have it, I can’t stop using it!

I decided to work with purples this time; it’s such a rich colour.  I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and with Sponge Daubers inked on Perfect Plum towards the center, and Blackberry Bliss around the edges.  I left it very light in the middle, to achieve a ‘backlit’ look for the trees.  I stamped the trees in Memento Black ink full strength in the middle of the panel, the on each side after stamping off, so that they weren’t full-strength ink.  I placed a strip of the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum paper (on sale in this week’s Weekly Deals!) across the bottom of the panel. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink onto Blackberry Bliss cardstock, then heat embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder.  I used the Tags & Labels Framelits to create the ends in both the Blackberry Bliss and the Gold Foil Paper.  I layered both of these together, and added them to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I made some loops of the Gold Cording Trim, then glued them to the back of the Snowflake Element, and attached it below the sentiment using Glue Dots.

The stamped panel was attached to a layer of Perfect Plum cardstock, which was then attached to the card base of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

I think it’s a classy looking card, that came together quite quickly.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing it – if you have time, I always love to read your comments if you care to leave one.

Now I hope you’ll check out the Paper Craft Crew page to see the amazing designs of the rest of the design team, and then join us in this new challenge!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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New Weekly Deals

In case you felt you didn’t have enough sale items to choose from with the Online Extravaganza happening, here are the new Weekly Deals!

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Wow – talk about just what you need for your Christmas and holiday cards!  The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack add such a WOW factor to all your cards and projects – which you can make using the on sale Berry Merry or Embellished Ornaments stamp sets!

Remember that you can add your orders from the Annual and Holiday catalogue together with the Online Extravaganza deals, the Weekly Deals, plus anything from the Clearance Rack – one order, and you’re done!

If you’d like me to place your order for you, please contact me either by phone or email ( 604.298.0472).  If you’d like to order online, just click my signature below, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store – a secure site.  (did you know that you can tell if a site meets online security protocol by looking at it’s URL – if it starts with ‘https’ – the ‘s’ means secure! I always look for that, if I’m ordering online).

Okay – I’ll be back later this evening with another card for the Paper Craft Crew – I hope you’ll join me then!  In the meantime, if you’re on Facebook, I’m participating in an online shopping event with about 8 other vendors – we’re all local in the lower mainland of B.C., but you can shop online at any of our sites, and have your order direct shipped anywhere within Canada.  If you’d like to have a look, click HERE  ; there’s a new prize awarded daily, and lots of variety!

Happy shopping!

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Are you ready to save?!  Then let’s get shopping!

Here are the items in TODAY’S 24 HOUR FLASH SALE:

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I’ve added pictures below, to make it easier for quick decisions!  For full pictures, you can refer to the catalogue pages listed.  Where you see ‘online’, it means that this product is online only, not in any of the catalogues.

The DSP is buy 3, get 1 FREE.  Selection for the 3 plus 1 free must be from the papers listed.

See the full list of all sale items: ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA LIST

**NOTE: there have been a couple of changes to the list since it was first published on Friday, due to low or no items in stock.  The only item that was removed was the Tiny Treat Boxes (#135829) as they are already on backorder, and 2 of the ribbons have been moved to the 30% off list, due to low inventory.

All products in the Online Extravaganza can be added to any order containing items not on sale – i.e. any items in the current catalogues – as well as items currently on the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals.
If you have any questions, or would like me to place your order for you, please contact me at either, or call me at 604.298.0472
Online orders can be placed HERE; please use Hostess Code F2F66X24.
Happy shopping!
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Christmas Market Projects

Hello again, stamping friend!  Thanks for coming back for another visit :)

I thought I’d share with you some more of the handmade items I had for sale at last weekend’s Christmas Market.  I’m always on the look-out for new ideas of gifts and decor to make for Christmas time; hopefully these will give you some inspiration!

These little boxes made using the Curvy Keepsake box were easy to make, and they were very popular with the fair customers!  Each box had 2 yummy Lindt chocolate truffles inside :)

curvy keepsake santa & snowmen

The buckle on the Santa box is made using the retired Curly Label punch and small Curly Label – but you could substitute them with the Square punch and/or Square Framelits, or anything else you have on hand.  The Silver Glimmer paper adds a great ‘pop’ with the Black and Real Red cardstock.

The snowman hat again uses the retired Curly Label punch for the top part of the hat, but you could use the Decorative Label punch, and just cut it in half.  The brim of the hat is made using another retired punch, but the Word Window punch would work just as well.  I cut a strip of Real Red cardstock for the hat band, and the added the holly from the Snow Place stamp set, die cut using the Snow Friends Framelits Dies.

This next card is super cute, and again – easy to make!  The punch art is what takes the longest time to put together.

reindeer punch art card

How adorable are these little guys?!  I’ve seen them quite a bit on Pinterest and other demo blogs, but I’m not sure exactly who came up with the idea.  Thank you to whomever it was! :)

This reindeer just shows you one more way to use the fabulous Owl Builder Punch.  The reindeer head is the body of the owl, with the feet removed; the eyes and red nose are also punched from the Owl Builder punch.  The antlers are from the Tree Builder Punch; the body is a Large Oval, the white muzzle is the 1/2″ Circle Punch; the feet are the 1″ Circle Punch with the bottom cut off; the white chest patch is from the retired Blossom Builder Punch (you could substitute a petal from either the Flower Medallion or Fun Flower punch), and the tail is one of the ears from the body of the Owl Builder punch.  I almost forgot – for the little patch of hair on his head, I used another retired punch, but you could create it using pieces of 7/8″ Scallop punch.  The cardstock I used are Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Red Glimmer Paper.

For my last project sharing today, these are some ornaments that I made.  I had made some last year as well; for this year, I simply used some of the new stamp sets and dies from this year’s catalogue.

sleigh ride edgelits ornament

This one (above) used the Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Whisper White and Smoky Slate cardstock, and Silver Glimmer Paper.  The snow is left over from the To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit.  The ornament is 1/2 of a full globe ornament from a big box store; I attached my die cuts to a circle backing, then attached it to a large scalloped circle in Silver Glimmer paper, and glued it to my ornament.  Our Silver Cording Trim is the perfect accent to tie it off!


The top ornament was made using the White Christmas stamp set (found in the Annual catalogue), and the middle one was made using a set retired a couple of years ago – I think it was called First Christmas; I would check, but I lent it to one of my customers!  The bottom ornament is made to look like a Santa belly; I filled the inside of a glass ornament with red glitter, and added a belt of black ribbon and buckle silver glimmer paper.

That’s it for today!  I hope you enjoyed seeing some more projects, and got some inspiration for yourself.  I’d love to read any comments if you’d like to leave one for me.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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It starts Monday, Nov. 23rd through Monday Nov. 30th

 SAVE UP TO 50% on some of your favourite products!!

There are some amazing deals for you; everything from Designer Series Paper, stamp sets, embellishments, tools and more!  You can even purchase select past Paper Pumpkin Kits and refill Kits – even if you’re not a subscriber!


Monday kicks off with a 24 Hour Flash Sale along with the other deals.  The extravaganza will end with another 24 Hour Flash Sale next Monday as well – make sure you don’t miss out!

There are EXCLUSIVE BUNDLES just for this online sale – make sure that you use the Special Product Code for these exclusive bundles, in order to get the special pricing.

You can of course ORDER ONLINE through my store – please use Hostess Code F2F66X24, or CONTACT ME at 604.298.0472 or and I can place your order for you.


  • Dates: November 23-30, 2015
  • Two 24-hour flash sales for specific products will happen during this promotion: one on November 23 and one on November 30.
  • Past Paper Pumpkin kits and kit refills in Online Extravaganza are available for purchase by subscribers and non-subscribers.
  •  You must use bundle item codes provided for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately. Bundles featured in Online Extravaganza will exist only during Online Extravaganza.
  • There is no minimum purchase necessary for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will range from 20 to 50 percent.
  • Additional products from current catalogues, retiring list, weekly deals & clearance rack can be purchased on the same order.
  • Deadlines:
    •  orders must be placed by Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:50 PM (MT) which is 10:50 Pacific Time

VIEW ONLINE DEALS LIST HERE, and make sure you’ve got your shopping list ready to go for Monday!  This is the perfect time to use the Santa Wishlist that I provided earlier this week – fill one out for yourself, and have your stamping friends fill out one for themselves, and you can doing your holiday shopping online, at  discounts up to 50%! :)

I’m off to make my list – and check it twice!  Until next time – happy shopping & stamping!

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