Creation Station Blog Tour – Harvest Party!

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Welcome, Stamping Friends, to the Harvest Party edition of the Creation Station Blog Tour!

If  you started at the beginning of the Tour, you’ve arrived here from the wonderful Jennifer Downey’s blog – how could you not love her projects?!  She always inspires me :)  as do the rest of this incredible design team!

The Tour runs in a circular fashion; everyone’s blogs are linked to the person before & after them, so as long as you keep clicking through, you’ll see all the amazing creations.  If you want to hop around, or visit a specific blog, you can go to the list at the bottom of this post, and click on the link(s).

Every 2 weeks, the group  gets together and creates projects based on a selected stamp set, theme or accessory.  The choices for this Tour were

  • Stamp Set: For All Things (Holiday Catalog)
  • Theme: Harvest Party.
  • Accessory: Petite Cafe Gift Bags

Well, I don’t own the For All Things stamp set, nor do I have the Petite Cafe Gift Bags  :(   I know, I know – I thought I owned just about everything in the catalogue, too!)  So,  without those two options, I hope you’ll be happy with what I came up with for the Harvest Party theme.

Creation Station Harvest Party

So you can see that I decided to create a candle decoration, as well as a couple of gift boxes using the adorable Curvy Keepsake Gift Box Die!  Let’s start first with the candle decoration; here’s a closer picture, so you can see what I did:

Creation Station - Candle Wrap

Yes, I did say that I didn’t have the For All Things stamp set – but I do have the Holiday Catalogue, so what I did was trace the outline of the oak leaf from the picture of the stamp set!  First I traced the leaf onto Vellum Cardstock, then traced it onto another piece of  Vellum cardstock, and cardstock in Baked Brown Sugar, Cajun Craze and Hello Honey.   Of course, fall leaves are hardly ever in ‘pristine’ condition, so I put a couple of drops of  Real Red re-inker into a Stampin’ Spritzer with some rubbing alcohol, and lightly spritzed all of the leaves I had cut out.  While they were wet, I crumpled them up in my hands, giving them that worn look.  Then I sponged them with Sponge Daubers and ink pads of Real Red, Hello Honey and Cajun Craze.  I did the same with the Vellum leaves.  Do you like the button in the center?  You can make one of those!!  It’s made using our versatile Simply Pressed Clay and the Buttons Molds.  To achieve the colour, I held the button with a pair of tweezers, and pushed it into the Cherry Cobbler ink pad.  I then used the Blackberry Bliss Marker to accent the ridges on the outer rim, as well as the holes in the center.  Then I glued a bow made of Linen Thread into the centre.

Once my leaves were ready (using the alcohol in the spritzer means they dry fairly quickly), I wrapped my candle with our gorgeous Burlap Ribbon.  I then attached some looped Linen Thread and attached it to the Burlap Ribbon with hot glue.  Using hot glue again, I attached each of the leaves.  Finally, I glued on my custom-made button to the center.  Voila!!  I’m planning  on decorating a couple more candles like this, for our Thanksgiving table!

Here are my next projects – they’re the same, but different!

Creation Station - Harvest Theme

It’s official – I’m in love with the new Curvy Keepsake Gift Box!  I love the size, the shape, and the fact that you can use any type of paper or card stock to create with it.  The one on the left is a little gift box that I’ve stamped & sponged to look a bit like a pumpkin; the other I’ve hidden something different inside!

Curvy Keepsake Box Pumpkin

For this box, I used Pumpkin Pie card stock, and cut it with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die.  Then I stamped the lines using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, and sponged the edges, all in Pumpkin Pie ink.  This little box goes together so quickly & easily – glue the 2 pieces of the box together, bring the 4 top pieces together, and you’re done!  I didn’t need to tie anything onto the handles to keep it closed, but I wanted to add one of the little tags that come in the Die set (it has 3 different shaped tag dies, along with the box die piece).  Using the Something to Say stamp set, I stamped the sentiment in Pumpkin Pie onto Very Vanilla card stock, and sponged the edges as well.  I then used another of the oak leaves that I had traced and cut out in Hello Honey, and attached the 2 of them to the box again using the Linen Thread.

Creation Station Curvy Keepsake Vellum

This Curvy Keepsake box isn’t made from yellow card stock – it’s made from Vellum Card stock!  It look yellow-ish in this picture, because I tucked a little battery operated tealight inside, and lit it up!  I just love the soft glow it gives off; I’m thinking of making a whole garland of these, and stringing them up as little accent lights for Thanksgiving!  Wouldn’t that be cute!?  Or, for Hallowe’en you could leave off the tags, and instead add some spooky eyes & a mouth –  and you’ve got a ghost! :)

After assembling the box, I stamped the sentiment in Hello Honey onto Whisper White card stock, and cut it out using one of the other tag shapes that come with this die set.  I also used another of the oak leaves traced from the For All Things stamp set, and I also stamped and cut out the oak leaves from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  I used the Baby Wipe technique to achieve the multiple colours in the leaves.  Pretty cool, right? :)

After tying on the tags with Linen Thread, I added a little bow of Hello Honey 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon to the handle, to finish it off.

Well, that’s it for my projects this time – I hope you’ve enjoyed them and gotten some inspiration for your own creations!   I hope you’ll leave a comment to let me know you were here, and what you thought of my projects; I just love reading your comments.

Now it’s time for  you to head over to the ever-amazing Justin Krieger’s blog – he never disappoints with his wonderful work!  Just click the ‘Next’ button, and you’ll be on your way.  Or, if you’d like to go back & take another look at Jennifer’s amazing projects, you can click the ‘Back’ button.

All the products used to create these projects are pictured at the bottom of this post; to order, you can simply click on the picture to go directly to my store, or give me a call, as always!

 

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Jen Arkfeld

Ilina Crouse

Kathy Kartak

Cindy Beach

Sara Levin

Heidi Boos

Jennifer Frost

Kallan Quinn

Jennifer Downey

Deborah Smart – You are Here! :)

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Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop!

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WELCOME TO THE SEPTEMBER WACKY WATERCOOLER BLOG HOP!

I’m so glad to see you here – if you started at the beginning of the Hop, you’ve come here from the amazing Heidi Weaver’s blog – isn’t she just so creative?  I love her projects!

If this is your first Blog Hop with us, let me give you a little background…  Why Wacky Watercooler?  Well, it comes from the name of a thread on a demonstrator-only site; the thread (or conversation) was started by a long-time demonstrator named Darrah, who felt that it was good for us to have a place to gather, and chat about things not necessarily work-related.  You know; just like a ‘physical’ office has it’s water cooler, or coffee pot, for you to hang around and chat with your co-workers.

So, it was suggested that us like-minded (read, ‘wacky’! LOL) ladies would start a monthly blog hop, to share what we love to do – which is create!

The Hop goes in a circular fashion; each of us has our blog linked to the next one in the circle, so no matter where you start, as long as you keep clicking on the ‘Next’ (or ‘Back’) button, you’ll go all the way around, and see all the blogs.  If at any time you get lost, or want to just randomly hop about, you can  click on the ‘Home’ button, and you’ll be taken to the Wacky Watercooler Blog home page, which has a list of all the participating blogs and links (I also have a list at the bottom of my page).

This month we decided to focus on the upcoming seasons and holidays; whether it’s Fall, Hallowe’en, Winter or Christmas – we’ve got them all covered for you!

So without any more blather on my part – here are my projects!  I decided to focus on Fall – which is kind of funny, as I don’t have any stamp sets that are ‘marketed’ specifically for Fall!  So I’ll show you how you can use your stamp sets for the occasion you need.

Wondrous Wreath

I used more than one stamp set for this card; the wreath is stamped from the fabulous Wondrous Wreath set; and the sentiment from Flower Patch.  I wanted to try to capture the colour of the turning leaves in Autumn, so I used a great technique for achieving multiple colours – the Baby Wipe technique!  I folded a Baby Wipe (yup, the same kind you use for their bottoms – but this one was clean!) and randomly dropped drops of re-inker in Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist.  I then inked the biggest wreath stamp directly from the baby wipe, and stamped onto Whisper White card stock.   Then I wanted to add a little bit of green – after all, the leaves don’t all change at once – so I inked up the smaller of the wreath leaf stamps in Old Olive, and stamped it on top.   The sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and I cut the ends into banners, and inked the edges with Hello Honey ink and a Sponge Dauber.  A bow of Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon finishes off the wreath.  I layered the wreath on top of a panel of Hello Honey card stock that was embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder, over a panel of Park Lane Designer Series Paper.

Holiday Home for Thanksgiving

I call this card ‘Holiday Home for Thanksgiving’!  It combines 2 of my favourite sets from the Holiday Catalogue; Holiday Home,and White Christmas.  I started with a card base of Pumpkin Pie, then a layer of Hello Honey card stock.  On the top panel of Whisper White, I stamped the trees and hills from the White Christmas stamp set.  To make the trees appear more like fall than winter, I used the same Baby Wipe technique as I did for the 1st card; in fact, I used the same baby wipe!  I simply inked the leaves stamp from Holiday Home with the baby wipe, and randomly added the leaves to the trees, and a few on the ground.  I wanted to add some background colour, but didn’t want it to be dark, so I used my Aqua Painters with Soft Sky for the sky, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and some Pumpkin Pie ink pads for the ground.  I then stamped & cut out the houses using the Holiday Home stamp set and matching Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies, and did a bit of colouring again using the Aqua Painters and ink pads, to keep the colours light.  I used the terrific Good Greetings set – which you can get for FREE just by having a qualifying Stampin’ Up! party or personal order – to stamp the ‘Give Thanks’ in Tangelo Twist, then added the little pumpkin (stamped in Pumpkin Pie ink, of course) from the Holiday Home stamp set.  I punched it out using the Modern Label punch, and popped up the houses and sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For my last project, I decided to go 3D!

Gift Box Punch Board - Box

My first time using the amazingly easy-to-use Gift Box Punch Board!  Seriously, I tend to be a bit intimidated by new ‘tools’, but once I gave this new Gift Box Punch Board a go – I can see I’m going to be using this  A LOT!!  Talk about easy  – just like our Envelope Punch Board, all the measurements and directions are on the board, so all you do is cut your card stock to size (also listed on the board) and away you go!  These boxes don’t even need adhesive to keep them closed; use your Bone Folder to score your lines, tuck in the corners, link the little tabs that you punch – using the board! – and you’re done!  Here’s a picture of the box open, so you can see what I mean…

Gift Box Punch Board - Open Box

See those little ‘crescent shaped’ cuts in the top flaps?  Those slide nicely together, holding the box closed.  You don’t even need ribbon – but I does look nice! :)   You can make these boxes with Designer Series Paper, or Vellum, or Card stock, but I chose to use the new Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is a card stock weight kraft sheet that has a colour print on one side, and white printed patterns on Kraft on the other side.  As you can see in the picture, both sides would be wonderful to use.  I decided to use the side with the Garden Green & Kraft print, as it worked in for my Fall theme, here.  Can you see the other theme running through my projects?  That’s right – I used the Baby Wipe technique yet again!  This time I used re-inkers in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Hello Honey, and inked up the Oak Leaf stamp from the ever-popular Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  I then used the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies to cut it out, and inked the edges with my Crumb Cake ink pad and Sponge Dauber.  The ‘Enjoy’ sentiment is stamped in Garden Green ink from the set ‘Num Num’, and cut using the tag in the Hamburger Box Bigz Die.  I tied the tags to the lovely Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon, and tied it around the gift box.  Perfect for filling with a special treat or gift for someone special!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for this month’s Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  Thanks so much for visiting my page; I would so appreciate it if you would leave me a comment, so I know that you were here :)  If you’re following the Hop forward, you’ll be heading from here to the fan-tab-ulous Kath R.’s blog – I know you’ll love what she has to share with you!  Just click the ‘Next’ button, and you’ll be off!

If you’d like to order any of the products that were used in my projects, just click on the pictured item below, and you’ll be taken directly to my store.   Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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List of Participating Blogs:

Stefanie Pletscher – http://www.craftymedic.blogspot.ca/

Priscilla Ivler –  http://priscillastamps.blogspot.com/

Marsha Reed – http://coffeepotstampingcafe.com

Marie Green – http://mytanglewoodcottage.com

Heidi Weaver –  http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/

Deborah Smart – www.stampandcreate.net

Kath R. – http://kath-allthatscrap.blogspot.com/

Jackie Susnik – http://jackotterstamp.blogspot.com/

Terri Antoniw – http://stampwithter.blogspot.ca/

 

100 Days Until Christmas!

Okay Stamping Friends – don’t hate me for that title!!

Can you believe it – only 100 days until Christmas?!  Well, that explains why I’m getting so excited, and working on Christmas cards, decorations, and prepping for my fabulous Creative Craft Escape, which is happening next month! :)

One of my team members and I (the two Debs, we are!) are co-hosting this fun, creative afternoon, which will include attendees making Christmas cards, gift card tags, and the cutest little gift boxes – all using only the BEST – Stampin’ Up! products, of course!    There will also be a ‘Product Playground’, where attendees can try out some of the newest products and tools – like the Envelope Punch Board, the Gift Box Punch Board, Star Framelits, Blendabilities Markers – and more!  Of course, part of our preparation is making samples – you’ll definitely want to bring your camera to take lots of pictures at our “Inspiration Station”.

The good news is that there are still spaces available; the really good news is that we’ve decided to Extend the Early Bird offer of $50 registration until this Saturday, September 20th!  So hurry – CLICK HERE to go to the Registration page, where you can register instantly online using Paypal, or you can print off the form & mail it to me at the address on the form.

REGISTER NOW to avoid disappointment!  I can’t wait to see you! :)

Just to tease you …. here’s a sneak peek of a couple of projects you’ll see at the Inspiration Station….  I hope you like them!

Detail - Curly Paper Wreath

Curly Paper Wreath

Looped Paper Tree

Curly Paper Wreath & Looped Paper Tree Duo

I’ll see you at the Creative Craft Escape!  Until next time – Happy Stamping!

Friends+ Chocolate + Stamping = FUN!!

Hello, my Stamping Friends!

Well, I’m totally bummed that I missed taking part in today’s Creation Station Blog Tour, all because of an update to my blog!!  I know, right?!  Updates are supposed to be good things…. and honestly, I’m not averse to change; I quite welcome it!  This was supposed to be a regular Word Press update – I’ve done many (they’re automatic, all I have to do is press ‘update’ on the screen,  and they happen).
However – this new update decided that it would NOT play nicely with my current blog set-up, and it wouldn’t allow me to post!  Not a word!!  I tried & tried; I searched online for a solution; nada.  No luck.  Well, thank goodness for the miracle worked Amy Celona, who is my blog host – one email to her (of course, by then it was way too late for me to post) – and TA-DA! – Amy had it fixed in no time.

Amy – you are my hero!  This isn’t the first time that Amy has pulled my ‘bacon’ from the fire, and got me back to posting.  So here’s a shameless plug for Amy’s amazing service – worth every penny, mind you – if you need a blog host, trouble shooter, all-around great lady – get in touch with Amy Celona; Webs by Amy; www.websbyamy.com  You’ll love her!

Anyway – back to the topic I’m supposed to be posting about – my Friday night class, which was called Chicks & Chocolate!  This is a favourite class; if I do say so myself, I do put out some yummy treats!  This time it was home made chocolate decadence  brownies, chocolate zucchini cake, and chocolate dipped strawberries.  Yummm!!  Oh – did I mention that we made cards, as well?! :)

For some reason, we were all a little more ‘punchy’ than normal (and I wasn’t serving wine at this class – that was the class before that!).  It started with Amanda opening up an ink pad – and sending the lid flying!  Well, that started the first round of  huge laughter – but not as much as when it happened a second time – and I just could not get the lid back on!  And there was Debbie, asking me ‘but don’t you remember the trick?  they showed us the trick!’  and me laughing ‘well, obviously, I don’t!’

I always enjoy getting together with my ladies; it’s more than just me teaching them something; it’s friends getting together and sharing how your week was; what’s the latest news, and friendship.

But again, I digress….we did manage to make some fun & fabulous cards – here they are!

Kinda Eclectic

This one is made with one of my favourite stamp sets, called Kinda Eclectic.  It’s in the big Annual Catalogue, and the large butterfly stamp in the set coordinates with the Elegant Butterfly Punch!  The card base is Crumb Cake, and the images are stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock – a beautiful alternative to Whisper White.  The ink colours used are Blackberry Bliss (butterflies and sentiment), Mossy Meadow (leaves; stamped full strength & stamped off), Crumb Cake (dots) and Hello Honey (starburst).  I also used strips of the Watercolour Wonder Washi Tape behind the sentiment banner.

Serene Silhouettes birthday

This is a nice, simple and quick birthday card, using the Serene Silhouettes stamp set, a card base of Calypso Coral, a panel of Daffodil Delight and a panel of the awesome Park Lane Designer Series Paper.  The image was stamped in Old Olive, and the sentiment (from Something to Say) inked in Calypso Coral.   A couple of large pearls on the sentiment, and smaller pearls on the flowers, finish it off nicely!

Choose Happiness

 

This is another one of my favourite stamp sets (yes, I do have a lot of favourites!) called Choose Happiness.  The card base here is Mossy Meadow, overlayed with a panel of Fancy Foil Vellum Paper.  The images were all stamped and cut separately, with the exception of the wood-grain look banner, which was cut using the Banners Framelits.  I just love the ease of using Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Snips for doing fussy-cutting :)  The inks used were Hello Honey for the flower, Memento Black Ink for the leaves then coloured using Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow Markers; Crumb Cake for the wood-look banner, Blackberry Bliss for the bird and the sentiment.  A small wood-look button tied with Metallic Baker’s Twine in Gold adds the finishing touch.

Holiday Home Hallowe'en

Next we moved on to some Seasonal Cards – first up was Hallowe’en!  I don’t typically send Hallowe’en cards, but this stamp set, Holiday Home, has stamps for every season, and I just couldn’t resist!

The card base is Pumpkin Pie (surprise,right?!), then a panel of Basic Black under Whisper White cardstock.  All of the images, including the sentiment, are included in this stamp set, plus a whole lot more!  The pumpkins were stamped in – you guessed it – Pumpkin Pie ink, the tree in Baked Brown Sugar and the stars in Daffodil Delight; everything else was stamped with Memento Black ink and either left as is, or coloured in with our amazing Blendabilities markers.  A strip of  (retired) Daffodil washi tape runs across the bottom, with images of leaves and bats dancing about the card base.

Bright & Beautiful Christmas And on to Christmas!  Of course, stars can be used for any occasion, but this time I used the Bright & Beautiful stamp set and one of it’s sentiments for a Christmas card.  This is a gorgeous stamp set, that you can purchase the coordinating Stars Framelits Dies, if you’re like me, and like to spend more time stamping, and less time cutting.  The card base is Blackberry Bliss, with a panel of Smoky Slate on top.  The large star is stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White cardstock; the smaller star in the centre was stamped with VersaMark and Smoky Slate,and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  Both were then cut out using the Stars Framelits Dies.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto to Smoky Slate panel with VersaMark and Blackberry Bliss inks, and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  A small star was stamped in Blackberry Bliss directly onto the upper corner of the Smoky Slate panel.  A beautiful, and easily duplicated Christmas card!

White Christmas

Finally, this is a whimsical card, with the Polar bear seemingly listening to the Cardinals in the trees!  This fabulous set is called White Christmas – and yes, it was one of my ‘I must get this’ sets as soon as I saw the Holiday Catalogue.  This set works together perfectly with the Holiday Home set; I’m having so much fun stamping with them!

The card base is Whisper White, then I used a panel of retired Cherry Cobbler DSP, using the 3rd largest Oval Framelit Die to cut out the centre.  I used Memento Black Ink to stamp the images (so easy to get them exactly where you want them, with this photopolymer set), and coloured with Soft Sky and Baked Brown Sugar Markers.  The cardinals were stamped using Real Red ink.  The star in the bottom corner is cut using the Star Framelits Die from Gold Foil Paper, and a small banner cut from Gold Glimmer Paper using the Banner Framelits Die.  I add a small twist of the new beautiful Cherry Cobbler1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon between the 2 golds.

So as you can see – we did get lots of stamping done, as well as have lots of fun, and yummy treats!  I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did; I can’t wait until our Technique Junquies  club coming up near the end of the month, with some of the same ladies.

Until then – I hope I’ve given you a laugh or two, and maybe inspired you to make some of your own cards!  I’m always hoping you will share your creations with me, so that I can share them here, on my blog.  Just send your picture to me at debsmart@shaw.ca with your name, some details of how you made your project, and your blog address, if  you have one.

Remember – if you live in the Lower Mainland area, please sign up to attend my special Creative Craft Escape – click on the ‘Event Registration’ page (at the top of the page) for all the fun details, and how to register.  I hope to see you there!

I’ll be back again soon with more sharing – happy stamping!

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Late Night Stampers Treasure Hunt – Fall 2014

Welcome to another round of the TREASURE HUNT, sponsored by the Late Night Stampers!

If this is your first time joining in on the Hunt, here's how it works:

At the top of this blog, you'll see a page called 'Late Night Stampers Treasure Hunt – Participating Blogs'.  Click on this page – you'll see a list of Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's names, and their blog addresses.

1)Visit each blog address (just click on the link).

2)On each of the blogs, you'll be searching for a Treasure Chest like this   to let you know they are participating in the Treasure Hunt.

3)You may also see a box like this   to let you know you're in the right place.

4) Now what you need to search for ON EACH BLOG is  A CLUE – the clue will be a specific Stampin' Up! product, which the poster will identify as being their clue.  (in other words, you can't just pick any ol' product they have on their page – it has to be their specific clue).

5) THIS IS MY CLUE – the LUCKY STARS EMBOSSING FOLDER! 

6) Once you've collected 1 CLUE FROM EACH BLOG ON THE LIST, you email your list of clues to any ONE demonstrator on the list WHO IS IN YOUR COUNTRY.  In other words, if you live in Canada, you can email  your list to me, or to Tracy Elsom, or Karina Chin, or any other demonstrator who is in Canada.  

The reason you have to email your list to a demonstrator in your country is simple – Stampin' Up! only allows us to ship products to customers within our own country.  Since we have demonstrators in more than 1 country,  we'll be having a winner within each participating country!!  That's right – you're only competing against others within your own country to win – not against everyone in the world who enters!  That betters the odds in your favour for sure, right?! Gotta love that! :)

7) The Treasure Hunt runs from now until November 15th – you MUST SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15TH.  

8) The winning entry will be drawn & announced on November 25th – this is to give us time to gather entries from within our own country, and do the drawing.

ONLY 1 ENTRY PER PERSON; DUPLICATES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.  In other words – only submit your entry to 1 Demonstrator  on the list – not all of them .

Okay – you have your instructions, you have my clue –  NOW GO!!  Happy 'hunting' – and don't forget to admire the awesome creative projects as you check out each blog – and we would love it if you could take a second to leave a comment, so we know you were here!

Thanks for  playing along – until next time

Happy Stamping, and Happy Treasure Hunting! 

 

Hostess Freebie & Weekly Deals !

Hello, Stamping Friends!  

Is it the first day back to school in your area?  Well, it should be here, but a dispute between the teachers and the government (which has been going on since May!) has put the start of school on hold, indefinetely.  Now, some kids might think that this is fan-tab-u-lous, but if your child is in high school, as my youngest is (going into grade 11), you know that this is not so much fun, as it is nerve-wracking and stressful, as every day that's missed puts them behind in work that is required for graduation.  

*sigh*  I could continue with my thoughts on this topic, but it would not solve any problems, and just raise my blood pressure!   Besides, stamping is more pleasant to talk about, and I have some news to share with  you!

Have you been on the fence about hosting your own Stampin' Up! party, private class, or even a catalogue party?  Maybe this will get you hopping off on the right side!  

FREE EXCLUSIVE STAMP SET!

Now until October 31st, you are able to earn the Exclusive Good Greetings stamp set when your Party (or personal order) reaches $325 (before taxes and shipping).  That's right – a FREE stamp set IN ADDITION to the other exciting and generous Hostess benefits you get!  

This versatile Good Greetings stamp set covers holidays and events from Hallowe'en to Valentine's, and more!  Here's a look at what's included in the set:

This is an Exclusive set that can only be earned with a qualifying order- it cannot be bought or ordered as a regular Hostess set.  It's only for FREE! :)  with your qualifying party or personal order.

Are you wanting this set, but not sure you can host a successful party?  Banish the thought!!  I'm here to help you with tips on inviting guests, planning your event, and keeping it easy & fun!  Plus, you don't even have to hold a 'traditional' party – you can schedule your own private class, for you & your friends; I bring the supplies and designs, and teach you all how to create fabulous projects.  No time?  No problem!  Have a catalogue party – hand out catalogues to your family, friends & co-workers, set an end date for orders, collect them up, and I'll do the rest! 

So let's recap:

– you have a fun event (or a personal order) that totals $325 (before tax & shipping)

-you get a FREE Good Greetings Stamp Set

-you also get your $40 in Hostess dollars to spend on anything you want in either of the current catalogues, or the Clearance Rack

-your order is placed by October 31st

-I will help  you plan your event, share tips to maximize attendees, sales and fun!

Easy-peasy!   Give me a call at 604.298.0472 or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca with your choice of date, and we'll go from there!  Hurry – you don't want to miss out!

WEEKLY DEALS – available Sept. 1st to Sept. 7th

 

I am so excited to see that our Simply Pressed Clay is on special this week – perfect timing for making your own Christmas ornaments!!  Did you see the one on page 14 of the Holiday Catalogue?  It's so cute!

Not only is this ornament adorable, but it's super-easy to make, too!  Stampin' Up! has even created a video to show you how easy it is to make one exactly like this:

I'm planning on making lots of these, plus trying some of my own designs!  I'm thinking of how easy it will be, if I pull out my Christmas cookie cutters!  What do you think?  Plus, if you want to have a coloured ornament, all you have to do is while you're softening up the Clay, add a few drops of Re-Inker in the colour you want, then squish it together to mix in the ink.  Voila!  Your own personal, one-of-a-kind colour and ornament!

Be sure to get your order in soon – these deals are only on until next Monday, Sept. 8th.

Before I sign off for today – one more reminder!  Be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird Sign Up for my Creative Craft Escape, on October 19th.  I'm hosting this fun, fabulous get-away for an afternoon with one of my great downline, Debbie Pollastretti; and we're going to make sure you'll remember this event for a long time!  

Go to the Registration Event page (across the top menu bar) for all the details of the event, and to register.  Early Registration Discount is on ONLY UNTIL SEPT. 15TH – so HURRY!!  

Until next time, 

Happy Stamping!

 

 

Creative Craft Escape!

CREATIVE CRAFT ESCAPE!

It's a 'must-attend' event of the Season!​

Join us & get prepared for the Gift-Giving Season!

 

WHEN: Sunday, October 19th 2014

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Greentree Village Community Centre Association

4295 Garden Grove Drive, Burnaby, B.C.

 

COST: Early Bird pricing only $50 until September 15th

$60 If  registered between Sept. 15th – Oct. 1st

REGISTER WITH A  FRIEND and each of you will receive a FREE GIFT!

 

You will :

-Receive a Goody Bag (filled with Stampin' Up! products valued at OVER $22)

-Create Christmas cards, Gift Tags and Unique Gift Boxes

-Enter to Win Door Prizes

-Enter to Win a Grand Prize

-Enjoy Treats and Refreshments

TO REGISTER:  CLICK HERE to go to the Registration Page & register on line

OR Print & complete the registration page, and mail with Payment to 

Deborah Smart 855 Everett Crescent, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 2N3

SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER NOW 

TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

 

I am VERY excited to be offereng this creative stamping event for the first time, with one of my terrific Team members, Debbie Pollastretti!  

We are working hard to make this a fun, festive event, with seasonal decorations, music, and refreshments.  We will have an Inspiration Station, where you can see samples of our creations & get ideas for making some of your own – so be sure to bring your camera!  We'll also have a Product Playground, where you can see & try out some of the many fabulous tools such as the Big Shot with Dies, Framelits and Embossing Folders; Punches; the Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored, and even some products you haven't even seen yet – like the Gift Box Punch Board from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue!   

The projects you make during our Creative Craft Escape will be made using some of the newest stamp sets and products in the Holiday Catalogue!  Everyone will receive a personalized Goody Bag upon arrival (hint: only 1 of the items in your bag will be a stamp from the new catalogue!); there will be prize draws throughout the day, and a Grand Prize at the end of the day – and everyone is eligible to win!!

Space is Limited – so Register Now to avoid disappointment!  Bons – Register with a Friend – and you will BOTH receive a FREE GIFT!  CLICK HERE to REGISTER NOW!

I'm looking forward to seeing you there! :)

 

Wacky Watercooler Blog Tour – Holiday Sneak Peek!

Welcome to the newest edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

I'm super-excited for you to be here, because today we're giving you a Sneak Peek at the Holiday Catalogue – from which you'll be able to order in only 7 days!!  Woot!!

I hope you've been saving up for this one, because I'm telling you – after you see what we've created,  you're going to want it ALL!  I know I did, when I saw the catalogue :)  

Before we get to the good part :) here's how the Blog Hop works, if this is your first time joining us (if not – go ahead – skip to the projects! :) )   The Hop runs in a circular fashion, meaning that all of us 8 participants have linked our blog to the person ahead & behind us; all you have to do is click on the 'Next' or 'Previous' button to go forward or backwards, and if you like to start at the very beginning or simply want to see the whole list, click on the 'Home' button.  Easy-peasy!  'Cause that's the way we roll ;) 

If you're going forward, you would've come to my blog from the oh-so-talented Kath Ricks; isn't she amazing?!  Gosh, that gal's got talent :)  If you're traveling backwards (no judgment here!), then you're probably putting your socks back on after having them knocked off by our fabulously talented coordinator, Heidi Weaver!

Now, without further ado – here is my first card!

Okay – don't say I didn't warn you!  You're going to have to have the 2 sets that I used for this card! :)

The houses, lamp posts and wreaths come from the adorable Holiday Home set; and guess what?  No fussing cutting!  That's right – I used the matching Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies for cutting out the houses!  Even better news – you can Bundle & Save the stamp set and Framelits, for 15% OFF!  How's that for starting your holidays early? :)

The cute little car & tree it's carrying is from the White Christmas stamp set; truly the 1st set I said to myself that I just MUST GET from this new catalogue!  You'll see more of it in my next card.

The card base is in Lost Lagoon cardstock, with a panel of All is Calm Specialty Series Designer Paper. I just love the soft snowflake images on this piece!  The images are stamped in Memento Black Ink, and coloured with the fabulous Blendabilites Markers.  It was so easy, and so much fun colouring these images; I just love my Blendies! :)

As promised, my next card shows off more of the White Christmas stamp set:

Is this just too stinkin' cute, or what??!!  

With a Soft Sky cardstock base, the panel of Whisper White is the perfect background for snow!  To make the starry night background, I used the new Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on just the top 1/2 of the Whisper White, then using a the Soft Sky ink pad and a Sponge Dauber, lightly sponged over & around the stars.  The embossed stars picked up the ink nicely, allowing you to see the stars.  This super-cute photopolymer set makes it so easy to do 2-step stamping, which I did to add additional snow drifts and add the birds on the trees.  Shading the snow with my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Markers give it a nice little 'chill', don't you think?  All images were stamped with the Memento Black Ink pad, and coloured using the Blendabilities.  

My final card uses a stamp set that was made available before the Holiday Catalogue pre-order period; so maybe you've already used yours, too.  It's called 'Beauty of the Season', and it is such a classic winter image, I just love it.

I think this gorgeous cardinal could be used year-round, don't you?

I started with a Crumb Cake cardstock base, and layered a panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  I stamped the images onto Whisper White with the Memento Black Ink, and again used my Blendabilities, this time in Cherry Cobbler, to colour the Cardinal and berries.  The branch was coloured using the Baked Brown Sugar Stampin' Write Marker.

I then cut out the image using the Labels Collection Framelits, and gently sponged a bit of Pool Party in the background.  I layered this over a strip of Burlap Ribbon, and added a (retired) wood button tied with Linen Thread.  I think these details kept the card looking very natural and true to the image of a bird in the wild.

Well, that's it for me for now!  It was very difficult deciding which stamp sets to showcase this time around – don't worry, you'll be seeing lots more in the days & weeks to come!  

For now, if you've enjoyed my posting please leave a comment to let me know you were here – I love reading your messages!  Thanks so much for visiting, and if you're heading off to Heidi's blog – hang onto your socks, and click on the 'Next' button!  If you'd like to go back to Kath's wonderful creations, simply click the 'Previous' button; or head on 'Home' to the list of participating blogs.

Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you had fun!  I know I did! :)  

 

 

Oh, my aching back!

Hello there, my Stamping Friends!

Have you ever been going about your daily routine, just minding your own business; then you bend down to pick up something – and as you do, you have that sudden, stabbing pain in your lower back and you know – you just know – that all is NOT right in your world as of that moment?!  

Well, that's what happened to me :(  Let me tell you, it's not nice, and it NEVER happens at a "good" time!!  Of course, there's never a 'good' time for  your back to go out, but hey – there are 'better' times than others!  Like how about NOT the day before you receive your order of Holdiay catalogue pre-order goodies?!  How about NOT 3 days before you have family coming to stay with you for a week?!  *sheesh!*  

As the saying goes, 'the show must go on', and so must the woman of the house! LOL!  Thank goodness for understanding family and friends, for crock-pots for easy meals, and forgiving Design Team members who know that somtimes your body just won't allow you to sit and create, so you have to miss a blog tour :(   In fact, this is my first day sitting at the computer for any length of time, and I have yet to see what the other Creation Station Design Team created focusing on the fabulous Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  I hope you'll join me in taking the blog tour, if you haven't already – you know you're gonna love what the team came up with!  You can start at Justin Krieger's blog just by clicking HERE.

I also received my wonderful August Paper Pumpkin kit, but haven't had a chance to play with it, either!  I can't wait – this kit certainly lives up to it's name – 'Seriously Amazing'!!  Take a look at what's in the kit:

Look at all these goodies!!

With this month's kit, you get to make 4 large cards, 4 small cards, 4 large envelopes and 4 small envelopes!  Of course, you also get all the embellishments, Ink Spot and Stamp set to go with it.  Not only that, but in this kit you also get a sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals plus a sheet of Glue Dots!!  Serioulsy!  Amazing!! :)  

Of course, if your the adventurous type, you can always make different projects that those shown in the instructions; or you can just take it easy, follow the 'rules', and still have 8 fabulous projects to WOW your friends with!   When I get a chance to play with my set, I'll share with you what I come up with.  Will you share with me?  Share your pictures with me – email them to me at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I'll do a Paper Pumpkin sharing page, here on my blog!

Remember – SIGN UP NOW for Paper Pumpkin and you'll get 50% OFF for your first 2 MONTHS!  CLICK HERE to sign up for YOUR monthly creative break!

More good news – this week's Weekly Deals are available now!  More great Framelits, Dies and Embossing Folders for you to grab at great prices – while you're grabbing your Big Shot & Bundles deals!  

 

Remember – the Big Shot & Bundles promotion EXPIRES AUGUST 31st – so ORDER YOURS NOW and don't miss out!  To refresh your memory, if you purchase your Big Shot before Aug. 31st, you get to CHOOSE AN EXCLUSIVE FRAMELIT SET & STAMP SET FOR FREE!!  That's up to $60 in FREE product!  If you already own a Big Shot, you can still take advantage of the Exclusive Bundles at 15% OFF!  Here's what you get to choose:

To see each of the Bundles in detail, CLICK HERE to go directly to my 'Current Promotions' page and see them up close – then either click on 'Shop Now', or contact me to place your order!  

As a SPECIAL INCENTIVE, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING ON EVERY BIG SHOT & BUNDLE ORDERED by AUG. 31st – so what are you waiting for??!!  :)

Well, I think I need to go do some back stretches now – but I hope you'll  come back on Thursday Aug. 21st for the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – I'll be sharing some SNEAK PEEK projects from the new Holiday Catalogue!! 

Until then – Happy Stamping!