Thank You – I was a Top 3 Pick!

Thank you very much for your support, stamping friends!  Thanks to your votes, a card that I submitted for the Paper Crafters Crew Challenge #127 was chosen as one of the Top 3!!

This was the card that I submitted – I made it using the Butterfly Basics stamp set.

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I am thrilled to be in the company of 2 amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who I look up to for their creative genius – Kath Ricks and Eva Bussom.  Here are the cards that they submitted for the challenge:

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This card was created by Kath Ricks.

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And this card was created by Eva Bussom.

Many thanks to the incredible design team at Paper Craft Crew Challenges, who spend their time coming up with these terrific challenges that help us stretch our creativity!  I’m looking forward to participating in a lot more challenges :)

Thanks again everyone for your support, and voting for my card!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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I’m Off to Orlando!

I’m so excited – this is it!  My very first trip to Orlando, and my very first Leadership conference with Stampin’ Up!  Of course both things are a good reason to be excited, but I’m also looking forward to making lots of new friends, and meeting up with friends whom I’ve only met ‘on line’ on our demonstrator website.  There are so many great reasons to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but I have to say – the amazing friends you make is one of the best!  Not only the fabulous other demonstrators that you meet, and feel like you’ve become one large family, but of course the terrific friends you make holding classes, parties and other events.  It really is fun! :)

I’m also a bit nervous; I’ve done my fair share of flying around the world, but this is the furthest I will have flown on my own!!  Maybe I’ll meet some other demonstrators on one of the planes?!  We’re probably an easy ‘type’ to spot; we’re clutching our carry-on bags for dear life, because that’s where we have our precious swaps stashed!!  If our suitcase gets lost, that’s one thing; but the swaps?!!  Heaven forbid! LOL

I’m also going to be missing my 3 boys for 4 days…4 boys, if I count our dog Shadow (he is one of the family, after all!).  But I will be calling each evening, to make sure they’re surviving without me.  I’ve stocked the freezer with dinners; of course, whether they take them out of the freezer & put them into the oven – well, that’s out of my control!!  They do know how to dial for take-out :)

So before I go – did I mention that I have to be at the airport at 4 a.m.?! – I thought I’d share with you the Weekly Deals, and give you a peek at some of the swaps that I’ve made.

First – take a look at the amazing Weekly Deals – it’s all about making a great impression!  SU weekly deals jan 26

How about this?  6 embossing folders!  Plus, if you like to have a smaller machine for just embossing (it doesn’t cut), you can get the Texture Boutique Machine for only $27.71.  Such a deal – but remember, these hot prices are only good until next Monday, Feb. 2nd – so get ‘em now!  You can place your order online by clicking HERE, or if you want me to place your order, you can email your details to me at – just remember, I’ll be away until Sunday, Feb. 1st.

Okay – so here’s a sneak peek at some of the swaps I’ve made for Leadership.  **if you’re attending Leadership, and are in an organized swap with me – this is your Spoiler Alert!!**

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I did 32 card fronts for one organized swap – those are the cards in the front; and 18 for a second organized swap – the ones in the back.  An ‘organized’ swap simply means that the people participating sign up ahead of time, so that everyone knows how many cards to make.  I used 2 of my favourite sets from the new Occasions catalogue; in the front is Sheltering Tree, and behind is Butterfly Basics.

I’m going to save the ‘close-up’ views until tomorrow – that’s when we’ll be doing our swaps, so I won’t be spoiling anyone’s surprise!  Oh – and the reason why I use the Stampin’ Up! clear envelopes is to keep my precious cargo safe!  No fingerprints, no losing rhinestones or pearls….if they do fall off, they’re caught inside the envelope, and I can reattach them before the swap :)

Okay folks, time for me to finish my last minute packing!  I hope you’ll come back and follow my posts – I’ll be posting updates from Orlando – hopefully the Wi-Fi connection will play nicely!  Did you know I also post to Instagram?  And Pinterest!  You can follow me there, too – STAMPANDCREATE on Instagram, and  for Pinterest.

Until  next time,

Happy Stamping!

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A New WOW! Technique

Hello stamping friends!

Yes, I’m still here – I don’t leave for Leadership until early, early Wednesday morning (my flight leaves at 6 am, so I have to be at the airport at 4 am!  *ack*!!)  I’m using this time to make more swaps – I’m almost finished my ‘organized’ swap cards – that’s where everyone swapping has signed up ahead of time, so we all know how many to make – and I’m hoping to have time to make some extras, so that I can just randomly swap with whoever I happen to bump in to!  I’m starting to get very excited, plus a bit nervous.  I am looking forward to meeting a lot of people that I’ve been ‘virtual’ friends with, on our Demonstrator only forum; meeting them in person will be such a treat :)

My last class was my monthly ‘Technique Junquies’ club; we meet once a month, and I teach 1 or 2 new techniques, and we complete 1 full project using at least one of the techniques.  This past Friday’s class I taught the Bokeh technique, which is all the rage right now!!

Bokeh is from the Japanese word meaning ‘to blur’, and it’s actually a photographic technique where the lens is manipulated to make the points of light out of focus.  Well, leave it to stampers to figure out how to do this with inks and paper! :)

We started with a sample square, that everyone attaches to their written instruction sheet & keeps in their technique binder.

We started by creating the background; first sponging the Blackberry Bliss ink, then adding the Lost Lagoon ink, using sponge daubers.

After the background, we add the circles of ‘light’ by using a template I created with different sized circles, white craft ink, again using sponge daubers.

bokeh sample square


I love this colour combination, but just to show how you can achieve totally different looks just by changing the colours, I did this one;

bokeh sample

This sample was made using Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz inks for the background.  A lot more subtle, isn’t it?  But still very pretty :)

Here are the ladies, concentrating on their samples, even though my instructions included ‘try not to over-think it!’



And here they are with their completed cards – as well as the flower that we made using the new Bow Builder Punch! :)

class finished


This is my completed card; you can see that although everyone worked from the same sample (my card) they all look a bit different.  Depending on the pressure applied when inking your background, and the amount of blending that you do, gives you a different look.  So it’s quite possible to make the exact same card, and come away with 2 different looks!

bokeh my sample

I used the sentiment stamps from the Lotus Blossom set (which you can only get for FREE! during Sale-a-bration), inked in Blackberry Bliss, and added some 3/8″ Stitch Satin Ribbon in Blackberry Bliss on the side, and  3 Pearl Basic Jewels under the ‘thank you’.  The whole front panel is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on a Lost Lagoon card stock base.

I forgot to take picture of the bow and the flower we made with the Bow Builder Punch; they’re still on my table, so I’ll do that, and post them tomorrow!

The products I used are all pictured below; if you’d like to order them, simply click on the picture, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.  If you’d like to have me order them for you, just remember that I’ll be away between Wednesday Jan. 28th and Sunday, Feb. 1st.

Be sure to take advantage of the amazing Sale-a-bration special – with each $60 order, you get to choose 1 FREE PRODUCT from the Sale-a-bration brochure!!  If you want to have a look through the brochure, just click on the picture of it on the right side panel of my blog.

Until tomorrow – happy stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler Welcome 2015 Blog Hop!

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Welcome  back to the first Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop of 2015!  

This time around, we’ve again been ‘assigned’ another Watercooler member to ‘case’ (Copy And Share Everything) for a project from last year’s Sale-a-bration or Occasions Catalogue, as well as choose a favourite stamp set or product from any of the current, and for the last project, I decided to choose an item that’s currently in the Clearance Rack, that I think you should add to your shopping cart!

If this is your first Hop, it’s easy peasy; all the blogs are linked in a circular fashion, so all you have to do is hit either the ‘Next’ or ‘Previous’ button to move to the next blog, or if you hit the ‘Home’ button, that will take you to the Wacky Watercooler home site, where you’ll find a list of all the participating blogs for this hop.

If you’ve been travelling in a forward motion – using the ‘Next’ button – then you’ll have arrived here from my talented friend Priscilla Ivler’s blog; isn’t Priscilla super-talented?!  I love visiting her blog!  If you’ve been traveling backwards, then you’ve arrived from my fellow B.C. Canada gal, Stefanie Pletscher.  We Canadians know how to rock a blog hop, don’t we?! :)

I’d like to start with a project I cased from another talented Canadian gal – my friend Terri Antoniw!  Terri is amazing, and I’m glad it was her name drawn for me to CASE.  The hardest part was deciding what to CASE!!

I finally decided on this card; it’s not my typical style, but I love it, so I thought it would help push me out of my comfort zone a bit.  Here is Terri’s version, which can be found on her blog HERE.

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See – isn’t it gorgeous?!  Terri did an awesome job on this card – so great, I had a hard time making any changes to it!  I didn’t have the Dictionary background stamp that Terri used, so I used the now-retired En Francais background stamp.

watercooler my case version

You can see that I kept Terri’s great layout!  (why tamper with perfection, am I right?!).  As I said, I used the En Francais background stamp in Crumb Cake, in fact everything is stamped using the Crumb Cake classic ink.  The flower is Happy Watercolour from last year’s Occasions Catalogue  (I’m crushed that it didn’t carry over! :( ) , and the sentiment is from last year’s Sale-a-bration brochure, a set called You’re Lovely.  As Terri did, I coloured in the flowers on the sentiment; I used my Blender Pens with Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush and Pear Pizzazz inks.  I also did the same with the flowers stamped over the background.  I also used a current stamp set – Work of Art – to add the soft washes & dots of Crumb Cake ink.  I stamped the sentiment 2 times; punching out the bottom shape with the Decorative Label punch, and then punching the circle 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, and layering them with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I wound some Gold Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment, then scattered some Gold Sequins onto the front panel.  The card front is attached to the Crumb Cake card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I think I managed to do Terri’s card proud – what do you think?

For my next project, I just had to pull out one of my favourite new bundles from the Occasions Catalogue – it’s the Crazy About You stamp set plus Hello You Thinlits Dies; I bought mine in Photopolymer (#138873) for only $52.50 – a 15% savings!!  (This bundle is also available in Wood Mount #139324 $80.50, and Clear Mount #13925 $66.95).  With a total of 33 stamps – that’s not a typo – that’s 33 stamps! – 30 sayings & 3 images; this is one of the best deals in the catalogue!

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How’s that for an eye-popper! :)  I just love these bright colours!

I started with a card base of Soft Sky, then a panel of Whisper White card stock.  On the bottom 1/3 is a panel of gorgeous paper from the Sale-a-bration brochure called Best Year Ever (and FREE makes it pretty darned good!).  I stamped the sentiment from the Crazy About You set in Crushed Curry onto a strip of Whisper White, and layered that on a strip of Calypso Coral card stock, and cut banner ends in both pieces.  Above the DSP panel, I stamped the sun image from Kinda Eclectic (annual catalogue) again in Crushed Curry, showing just 1/2 of the sun, as if it were rising above the designer paper.  The flower was stamped twice on Whisper White, once in Coastal Cabana, once in Calypso Coral; I hand cut both flowers (I don’t have the coordinating punch – yet!), then layered them with a Dimensional.  Using the Hello You Thinlits Die, I die cut the ‘hello’ from Calypso Coral card stock, and used Tombow Multi-purpose glue to glue it down.   I just think this is a super cheerful card; after all, when someone says ‘hello sunshine’, it’s always a good thing, I think :)

I bet your wondering what on earth I found on the Clearance Rack that I thought you should add to your shopping cart!  I do admit, I’ve had this kit sitting around for a while, just waiting for some inspiration to hit…when I finally opened the kit, I was WOW’ed at how much there is inside!!

This is the Heartfelt Banner Kit, and marked down from $24.95 to $9.99 is an amazing deal!

SU heartfelt banner kit

This is the card I made with just a fraction of this kit (that means lots of leftovers  for me to make more things!)

watercooler heartfelt banner kit

The canvas banner pieces are really easy to stamp on with our Classic Inks; the fern was stamped once full strength in Pear Pizzazz ink, then stamped again without reloading the ink.  I stamped the flower image first with Memento Black ink, then used our Stampin’ Write Markers in Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive to colour it.  I brought in the Butterfly Basics stamp set and Butterfly Thinlits Dies to stamp the sentiment & butterfly in Crisp Cantaloupe; I used the Decorative Label punch for the sentiment, and the medium sized Butterfly thinlit to die cut the butterfly.  I used the Linen thread that is included in the kit to tie the 2 banner pieces together, then layered everything on the Crisp Cantaloupe card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  3 Basic Pearl embellishments in the bottom right corner balance it all  out.

I had lots of fun creating for this Blog Hop; I hope you’re having as much fun seeing all the projects, and getting lots of inspiration :)

Before you head on to the next blog, I hope  you’ll take a minute to leave a comment, and let me know what you think about the projects and the hop; I just love reading your comments :)

Since my blog is last on the Hop, depending on where you started you may have already seen the fabulous projects created by Priscilla Ivler, but to see them again just click the ‘Next’ button; if you want to go back & see Stefanie’s creations again, click on the ‘Previous’ button.

I’ve listed all the participating blogs below, plus all the (current) products I’ve used.  If you’d like to purchase any of them, just click on the picture, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks again for visiting – until next time; Happy Stamping!

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Family Birthdays, Weekly Deals & Product Shares

Welcome back, stamping friends!  I hope you had a great weekend; we did here at our house :)  We celebrated our eldest son’s 20th birthday (how on earth did he get so old, so quickly?  I swear he was just a toddler….), as well as my Dad’s 83rd birthday.  We usually combine the celebrations, as their birth dates are only 8 days apart; we just have a big family dinner & celebration here.

So guess what cards I have to show you?! LOL  Yup – birthday cards :)

I decided to take one of the December Paper Pumpkin shaker cards – that I just love! – and add a little bit to it, for my Dad’s card.  Here’s what I did

birthday pumpkin

I added some extra stars on the front, just to carry the colour & theme; on the inside I stamped and added some more stars:

birthday pumpkin inside

Amazing what just a little extra can do for the inside of a card, right?

I made our son’s card from ‘scratch’ – no kit for this one, though the tools and stamps from Stampin’ Up! made it quite easy!

Tyler's b-day card front

I used a whole variety of sets for this card – but I think they went together really well!  The ‘Happy’ is die cut from Silver Glimmer paper using the Hello You thinlits dies; the ‘birthday’ is stamped from the Age Awareness set in Versamark and heat embossed using Silver Embossing Powder on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut the stars using the Stars Framelits set, in Smoky Slate, Island Indigo and Coastal Cabana card stocks.  Everything was layered onto the card base; first a layer of Moonlight DSP, then a layer of Island Indigo card stock, then the Whisper White and stars.

Inside, I decided to have a little (more) fun!

Tyler's b-day card inside

You can sort of tell in the picture – I popped up the ‘Make a Wish’ on an Action Wobble, so that it would ‘bobble’ about when the card is opened!  I stamped in Coastal Cabana (for the stars, I simply stamped once, then stamped again without re-inking the stamp, to achieve the 2 tones of ink).  I achieved the look on the sentiment by using my 1″ Circle Punch, and snipping the very corner of the card stocks before layering them.

Everyone liked the cards, and had fun playing with the shaker, and the wobble!  I love interactive cards :)

I’ve been very busy working on my swaps for Leadership convention, but since I’m not sure if anyone who is swapping with me, also may see my blog, I don’t want to spoil the surprise!  I do promise – when I come back on Feb. 1st, I will share the cards & projects that I made, plus the ones that I’ll be receiving!

In the meantime – how about some great Weekly Deals?  Now’s the time to stock up on your Stampin’ Write Markers, and get the Skin Tone selection of Blendabilities Markers at a great price!

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The My Digital Studio set ‘Box of Chocolates’ is super cute, if you want to print out your own Valentine’s!  If you’d like to take advantage of this week’s deals, simply CLICK HERE to be taken directly to these deals in my on-line store; 24/7 shopping – even in your jammies! :)

I also want to share with you my most recent offer, just from me – PRODUCT SHARES!

These product shares are perfect if you want a lot – or all – of the new designer series papers, ribbons and embellishments, but just don’t think you’ll use them all up.  This way, you share the cost with others, and you get a sampling of everything you want!

CLICK HERE to be taken to my Product Shares page; you can choose to participate in just one share, or all of them!  Get the products you want, and be a friend to your wallet :)  I’ll be placing the 1st Product Share order on Feb. 6th, which means you’ll have your goodies delivered to you – professionally packaged and labeled – by February 16th.    Don’t wait – get in on them now!  Just CLICK HERE & select what you want.

That’s it for me today; I hope you’ll come back on Thursday for our Welcome to 2015 Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  There will be lots of fabulous projects from some of the best demo’s around :)

Until then – happy stamping!

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Butterfly Basics meets Paper Craft Crew Challenge!

Hello again, stamping friends!  Well, I did intend to post yesterday, but time got away from me again!

I’ve been busy prepping for family birthday celebrations at our house this weekend, plus working on my swaps for Leadership, plus regular daily life!  YOU know how it is, right?! ;)

I’m dying to show you the swaps that I’m working on, but I want to keep them secret, until I’ve handed them out at the Leadership convention – which is not until Jan. 29th!!  *sigh*   So, we’ll all just have to be patient….I hope you’re better at it than I am!

In the meantime – I’m joining my first challenge!  A challenge is when a group of people (in this case other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators) form a group, and each week (or month) come up with a type of design challenge, in which other crafters participate.  Sometimes they are a design or layout; sometimes a colour challenge, or a challenge to  use a particular stamp set or product.

This one is by the Paper Craft Crew, and it is Card Sketch Challenge #127.  You can find more information about the Paper Craft Crew Challenges just by clicking on their name.

Here is the sketch that we were to follow:

Paper Craft Crew Card challenge 127


Here is my card, based on the sketch:

PCCSC#127 butterfly basics

What do you think?  This is the new Butterfly Basics stamp set and Butterfly Thinlits Dies.  They are now available in the new Occasions Catalogue.  The best part is that you can purchase the stamp set AND the framelits as a BUNDLE – and SAVE 15%!    Plus you have 3 choices – you can get the stamp set in either Wood, Clear, or Photopolymer!

For this card I started with a Whisper White card stock base, then using the honeycomb stamp, created the background in Crushed Curry and Real Red ink.  I then layered a strip of Flashback Designer Series Paper across the middle, just right of center.  I created the little banners by hand cutting Crushed Curry card stock and another piece of the Flashback DSP.  Using the medium butterfly thinlit (don’t you just love the detail cut out?), I used my Big Shot to cut 2 butterflies; one from Crushed Curry, one from More Mustard card stocks.  I glued them together using Tombow Multipurpose Glue, and added them to the card front using a Stampin’ Dimensional.  To finish it off, I tied a knot in a piece of Burlap Ribbon that I had cut in 1/2 length-wise, and added the 3 Candy Dots in the lower left hand corner.

So I’m quite please with my first challenge card; I hope to participate more in these types of challenges; they’re a great source of inspiration for layouts and colour combinations that one might not regularly use!

I have two more cards to share with you that uses the Butterfly Basics and Thinlits – they are not for a challenge, though!

butterfly basics

For this card I used almost all of the stamps in this set – there’s a whopping 11 stamps!  I stamped the fern leaf in Pear Pizzaz and again in Old Olive ink, then stamped over those with the flower stamp using Rose Red for the flowers, and Pear Pizzaz for the stems and leaves.  The border across the bottom and smallest butterfly were stamped in Wisteria Wonder; the center butterfly was stamped in Rose Red (though the flash has made it look a bit different), then cut it out using the Butterfly Thinlits Die.  I added it to the card base using a Stampin’ Dimensional; a Glue Dot holds the Vintage Faceted Button tied with a bit of Baker’s Twine to the center of the butterfly.  A few scattered Gold Sequins, a panel of Rose Red card stock and the whole card is complete!

If you haven’t seen them yet, here’s a picture of the complete stamp set, and the thinlits:

butterfly basics & thinlits


Finally, I want to share with you the gorgeous, largest butterfly thinlit – it reminds me of the Monarch butterfly in shape.  Here’s a card I created using it, plus the gorgeous Irresistibly Yours DSP from the Sale-a-bration brochure:

butterfly basics & irresistibly yours

Remember the tip I shared about using wax paper when cutting with detailed dies?  You know – (1) Big Shot Platform, (2) Cutting Plate, (3) Card stock, (4) Wax paper, (5) Thinlit die, (6) Cutting Plate – then roll through the Big Shot.  Well, the wax paper is a MUST when using these butterfly dies!  You’ll be so happy you did – the littlest pieces virtually fall out!  No more sitting & poking all the little pieces out for 1/2 an hour :)

You can see that I used Basic Black card stock for the largest butterfly, and Silver Glimmer Paper for the medium one, and layered them together.  The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink, and punched out using the Labels Bracket Punch.

To create the background, I cut a panel of Irresistibly Yours DSP, then spritzed it using a mixture of rubbing alcohol and re-inkers, in our Spritzer bottles.  First I spritzed with Strawberry Slush, then Crisp Cantaloupe, then Bermuda Bay.  (I kept the Bermuda Bay light by adding less re-inker to the alcohol).    Using alcohol allows it to dry much faster than if you used water, and doesn’t saturate the paper as much.  Remember – you can get this fabulous paper FOR FREE during Sale-a-bration with any $60 order!

After layering all the pieces, I then added the card front to a base of Bermuda Bay card stock.

I’m having such fun with these new products, you’ll be seeing lots more projects with them, being used in different ways!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards, along with my first challenge card!  If you’d like to purchase any of the products I used in these projects, just click on the photo icon below, and you’ll be taken directly to my on-line store.

I hope  you’ll click over to the Paper Craft Crew page to see what the designers created, as well as see the other challenge submissions.  Just CLICK HERE and a  you’ll be taken directly to the correct page.  Thanks for looking – and wish me luck! :)

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Ribbons and Punches and Dies – Oh My!!

Before I get into sharing some cards with you, stamping friends, I need to share this with you:

Today is Tuesday – so that means it’s time for new Weekly Deals!  If your looking for some tools of the trade, or embellishments to jazz up your projects, this is a good week for you!

Available from today Tuesday Jan. 13th to next Monday, January 19th – here are this week’s deals

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Stampin’ Up! also released a new stamp set today that is super-duper adorable, plus it satisfies the ‘Angel Policy’ requirement (where you must have an approved ©Stampin’ Up! stamp on any product you have made with SU! products, and are re-selling).

Better than that – there are SO many possibilities for using this set – it’s called ‘Better Thank E-Mail’ (item #140463) have a look:

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How stinkin’ cute is this?!!  I adore that little ‘can’t beat snail-mail’ snail, and the ‘created in my kitchen’ is perfect for those home-made goodies you like to share!  At only $19.95 for this set of 12 stamps, it’s a great deal.  I know I’ll get my money’s worth of use out of this set, for sure :)

One more piece of sales news to share with you, then I’m onto sharing some cards….

During Sale-a-bration, you know you can earn FREE product with every $60 order, right?  Well, how about getting a Sale for 3 months, PLUS FREE product?

Here’s how:

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SU paper pumpkin promo jan                 That’s right – get a 3 month subscription to Paper Pumpkin at $6 off, and instantly qualify for 1 FREE Sale-a-bration product!  Already a subscriber?  Then order a 3 month subscription for a friend – and you can keep the Sale-a-bration item, or wrap it up for your friend!  Either way – you’re a hero :)

To place your Paper Pumpkin subscription order, simply CLICK HERE, fill out your information – remember to identify ME as your demonstrator – and your monthly craft escape will be on it’s way!

Speaking of Paper Pumpkin – here comes the card sharing!

Last Friday I held a class based on the December Paper Pumpkin; I had received my full kit as a subscriber, and thought it was so cute (and I loved the name “All  Shook Up”) that I wanted to share it!  So, my ladies signed up, I order a refill kit for each of them – and we got together to stamp & create – and have fun!

The refill kit includes everything that is included in the subscriber kit, with the exception of the stamp set and ink spot.  However, all the card stock, die cuts, embellishments, adhesives and even envelopes are supplied.  Everyone just used my stamp set from the full kit, and my ink pads.  I know I showed you the cards last week, but here’s a reminder of what they look like:

all shook up paper pumpkin

The kits – original and refill – made 9 cards; 3 each of ‘thank you’, ‘hello’ and ‘happy birthday’.  Everyone had a great time (we always do – we’re such giggly girls!) ; here’s a couple of pictures of everyone working away with their kits:

all shook up class

all shook up class 2 Okay – no giggles right there – everyone was concentrating too hard!

One of the great things about the Paper Pumpkin kits is that even after you’ve made the projects in the kits (in this case, cards), you still have the stamp set and ink spot – which are exclusive to the Paper Pumpkin kit; you can’t buy them in any of the catalogues – to reuse for later projects, but you also have lots of left over die cuts, negatives, and other bits to use for making other cards or projects!

Here are a couple of cards that I shared with the group that I made using the ‘left over’s’ from my kit:

all shook up addtl card

Isn’t this cute?  And it was super quick, because I had everything there already!  Okay – I did add the Strawberry Slush card stock behind the negative of the stars die cuts, and the Bermuda Bay ink for the sentiment – but that’s all!

all shook up addtl cards

How about this one?  I cut down the sheet that the adhesive sentiment was attached to, and attached it to a piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  Using the 1″ circle punch, I snipped off each corner to make it look like a large ticket.  I then glue this onto a Bermuda Bay card base (the light makes the colour look a bit ‘off’), added some 2013-2014 In Colour Sequins, and I was done!  I still have lots more additional pieces left, to make at least 6 or 7 more cards :)  That means I will get 15-16 cards out of a 9 card kit.  Pretty good value for $24.95, right?  :)

I hope you’ll consider taking the Paper Pumpkin ride yourself, or gifting a subscription to a friend or family member.  It makes a great gift – for yourself, or someone else :)

Tomorrow I’ll be back to share with you more new products – the Butterfly Basics stamp set, and the Butterfly Thinlits Dies.  A great combination!!

Until then – Happy Stamping!

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Ready; Set….Sale-a-bration!

Oh my goodness – just 1 more sleep, and it’s Sale-a-bration time!!  Not only that, but the new Occasions Catalogue goes ‘live’, and everyone is free to order as you please! :)

If you haven’t been following along up to this post, here’s the scoop:

Jan. 6th – June 2nd – Occasions Catalogue is ‘live’ for orders.  CLICK HERE to go directly to my online store

Jan. 6th – March 31st – Sale-a-bration is a Go!  – for every $60 order (before tax, s/h) from any current catalogue and/or Clearance Rack, you get to choose 1 FREE PRODUCT from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  Choose from stamp sets, designer series papers, embellishments, Project Life, and Blendabilities!

Host a Party – during Sale-a-bration – if your sales total $330 or more (before tax, s/h), you get AN EXTRA $35 in Hostess Dollars!!  So if your party totals $330, YOU GET $90 in Hostess dollars; if your party is $525, you get $125 in Hostess Dollars, PLUS 1 item at 50% OFF!

I say this is the perfect time to get your party hat on!! :)  Whether you want to hold a traditional party – your friends, at your place; or a catalogue party – you show your friends the catalogues, collect orders and submit them to me; this is a great time for you to have fun, get the new products you want, plus all those extras you had your eye on – for FREE!


It’s Sale-a-bration, so Stampin’ Up! wants to make sure that you get what you want – at a fabulous deal!   I would LOVE  to have YOU as a member of my team :)

First – create your own Starter Kit – choose up to $155 in Stampin’ Up! products (from all current catalogues, or clearance rack) and pay only $125

Next – Choose  FREE STUFF!

SU SAB join option 1

Already chose the kits you wanted?  No problem – here’s another option:

SU SAB join option 2

Finally – FREE SHIPPING!  That’s right – pay no shipping on anything you just ordered!  ‘Cause Stampin’ Up! is just that great :)

Wait – did I say ‘finally’?  I’m sorry – there’s more!

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you also receive a Business Kit in with your Starter Kit – that’s another $70 value in business forms for FREE.

You also get SU demo benefits

So no matter how you choose to Sale-a-brate, now is the time!  If you’ve forgotten that last item from the Holiday catalogue – tonight is your last chance!  Make sure you place your order before 11:00 pm tonight (PST) or you may be out of luck!

Okay – Ready?  Set?  Sale-a-brate!! :)

Until next time – Happy shopping!

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Lotus Blossom – Sneak Peek!

Are you excited?!  There’s only 2 more sleeps until the launch of the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration!!

As I said in my previous post, I only had a small pre-order this time, but I am loving the sets that I did order :)

Today I’m back to share with you a set from the Sale-a-bration brochure; it’s called ‘Lotus Blossom‘, and you can get it for FREE with a purchase of just $60!!

This set is just gorgeous, and can be used in so many ways.  It’s meant as a 3-step stamp, but that doesn’t mean you have to use 3 different colours; you can use just one colour, or two, or three!

Here’s a completed card I made, using 3 colours;

Lotus blossom 3 colours

Isn’t this pretty?!  I just love the water-colour look you achieve, with no effort!

For these flowers, I stamped the 1st (smallest) stamp with  Elegant Eggplant; then the 2nd stamp using Perfect Plum and finally the 3rd stamp using Wisteria Wonder.  The stem was stamped first in Mossy Meadow (darker stem) then in Pear Pizzazz (lighter stem).   I cut out the Whisper White card stock using the Labels Collection Framelits, then hand-cut the 2nd flower and popped it up with Dimensionals on top of the 1st flower.  A panel of Mossy Meadow card stock was cut in the next largest size of Labels Framelit, and both of those were placed on top of a panel of Painted Blossoms DSP (I love this new paper!).  To brighten the card up a bit, I added a strip of Silver Glimmer paper down the left side, as well as under the sentiment, punched using the Label Bracket Punch.  The sentiment is also from this Lotus Blossom stamp set; I inked it in Elegant Eggplant.

This next picture will show you have you can still achieve a great look with this set, using just 1 colour for each flower!

Lotus blossom single colour


You can see that because of the different levels of details in the 3 stamps, you still get a great look of shading in the flower.

The top left flower is stamped the following way:

Stamp 1 – Pacific Point ink, full strength

Stamp 2- Pacific Point ink – stamped off once

Stamp 3 – Pacific Point ink – stamped off twice

The top right flower is stamped full strength on each stamp, using just Daffodil Delight ink.

The bottom left flower is stamped the following way:

Stamp 1 – Elegant Eggplant ink – full strength

Stamp 2 – Elegant Eggplant – stamped off once

Stamp 3 – Elegant Eggplant – stamped off twice

The bottom right flower was stamped full strength on each stamp, using just Crisp Cantaloupe ink.

You can spend as much time as you want, finding  your own colour combinations that you like!  Or, just practice your stamping off (which means that you ink up the stamp, then stamp once on a piece of scrap paper, then stamp on top of your first image stamp) to achieve different looks!  The possibilities are endless!

Here’s one more card I did with 2 flowers, each using slightly different colour combinations:

Lotus blossom blues

This time I used the masking technique to stamp one flower behind the other.  The background flower is stamped using the combination of  Marina Mist, then Tempting Turquoise stamped off once, then Soft Sky.

The foreground flower is stamped using Lost Lagoon, then Lost Lagoon stamped off once, then Pool Party ink.  The stems are again stamped with Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow; the sentiment stamped in Lost Lagoon.  I used a panel of DSP from the Moonlight DSP paper stack behind the Whisper White, all on a card base of Lost Lagoon.  I added a bow using the 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Lost Lagoon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this new stamp set as much as I’ve enjoyed playing with it!  I know I’ll be using it a lot more in the future.  I don’t post everything here on my blog, especially if I’ve already featured a stamp set, so be sure to check out my Pinterest page  for more ideas :)

I’m expecting another delivery late on Tuesday of this week – that means stay tuned for more fun with new stamps & products!  In the meantime, be sure to get your shopping list ready – you can order directly from my store by clicking HERE as soon as the catalogue goes live at 11:00 pm PST (that’s midnight Mountain time)!  Of course, you can always contact me and I’m always happy to place your order for you :)

Until next time – happy shopping & stamping!

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Sneak Peek – New Stamp Set!

Happy New Year, stamping friends!!

I hope that you’re looking forward to a fun and exciting 2015 – I know I am!

And as a stamper and Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, there’s no better way to start a new year (or any time, for that matter!) than with a new Occasions catalogue and Sale-a-bration!  

Being a demonstrator definitely has it’s perks; we get to not only see the new catalogues at least a month before they go ‘live’, but we also get to pre-order from them, as well!  This gives us a chance to try out the new products, figure out how to  use any new tools that are available, and put together new kits – all so that we can show them off to you, our wonderful customers!

So really, it’s a win-win situation; we get to rationalize our purchases in a business sense (we need to show them off to you), and you benefit, because you get to see them before you buy them! :)  That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it! LOL

This January is particularly exciting for me, as for the first time, I’ll be travelling to the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Convention, in Orlando Florida.!  I’ve never been to Florida, either, so this will be doubly exciting.  I’m really looking forward to learning new business skills, meeting a lot of demos whom I’ve only ‘met’ online, and having lots of fun!

Since I’ve been planning & saving for my Leadership trip, I’ve only pre-ordered a few new products – here’s one great new bundle that I purchased:

Crazy about You stamp set


This stamp set is called ‘Crazy about You’ (item #138856wm/138869cm/137137photopolymer), and you can also order it as a Bundle with the coordinating Hello You Thinlits Dies!  Ordering the Bundle is the best idea – you get both the stamp set which contains 30 words/phrases & 3 image stamps, plus the 4 Framelits Dies for die cutting the words ‘happy’, ‘hello’, ‘thanks’ and ‘you’ – at 15% off the combined price!

For this card, I used a Wild Wasabi card stock base, and stamped the leaf image in Wild Wasabi ink.  Then I die-cut the ‘hello’ using the Framelits and Whisper White card stock, then punched the top using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  I rounded the corners of the tag and the card base using the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.  I then stamped 1 of the flower images from the set onto Whisper White card stock twice; first in Daffodil Delight, then in Calypso Coral.  I cut them both out – full image in the Daffodil Delight and then just the inside part of the flower in the Calypso Coral, and stacked them together with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  After wrapping the Baker’s Twine around the card several times & tying a bow, I attached the flower and tag with Dimensionals, and then stamped ‘Just Sayin’ above the tag.

This stamp set has so many phrases & words, you’ll be able to use it all year long, for any occasion – it includes birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, Baby, and lots more!

This next card is using the same set – just different words!

Crazy about You happy spring

I don’t know about you, but I’m already looking forward to spring, and warmer weather! :)

For this card, I embossed the Rose Red card base using the Lovely Lacy embossing folder (in the Annual Catalogue), then added a panel of the gorgeous new Painted Blossoms Designer Series Paper (#137784 pg. 19 Occasions catalogue).  This new paper is so gorgeous, it can be used as the focal point on a card!!  In our catalogue preview, we learned that the papers were printed from actual hand-painted paper originals!  I thought this one was particularly suited to spring – tulips :)

I used the Hello You Framelits Dies to die cut the’happy’ in Blackberry Bliss card stock, then glued it to the card base using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I stamped ‘spring’ from the Crazy about You stamp set in Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White card stock, and used the Modern Label Punch to punch it out.  I made the flowers using the retired Itty Bitty Punch Pack; the embellishments are the Candy Dots in Daffodil Delight and Rose Red.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the new products that I shared with you today; remember that they will be available to order on January 6th!  If you want to be able to order them before that – Join My Team, and become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!  You can enjoy all the same perks that I enjoy :)

If you’re thinking of becoming a Demonstrator – and I’d LOVE to have you on my team! – if you join during Sale-a-bration (Jan. 6th – March 31st) you will not only get to create your own Starter Kit with products worth up to $155 (plus a free business kit) for only $125, but you’ll also have 2 options for MORE FREE PRODUCTS:

SU SAB join option 1

Or here’s Option #2

SU SAB join option 2

How AWESOME is that??!!  :)  What a way to kick-start your demostrator-ship; you’ll be all ready to go with your first party or class, with complete kits or lots of stamp sets, embellishments and everything else you choose for your Starter Kit!

To sign up, you can go directly to my online sign up HERE, or just give me a call at 604.298.0472 or email and I will answer any questions you might have, and I’ll even sit with you while you complete your sign up.  It’s a GREAT WAY to start a GREAT NEW YEAR!

I’ll be back next time with more new products to share with you!  Until then – Happy Stamping,

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