Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – Holiday Time!

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Welcome to our October Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – featuring ideas for your holiday celebrations!

Wow – do you know that as of today – October 23rd – there are only 62 days until Christmas?!  Yikes!!  I mean, our Canadian Thanksgiving is over, the U.S. Thanksgiving is coming up; so is Hallowe’en – then before we know it – boom! – it’ll be Christmas!

Now, if you’re seriously into crafting of any type, you’re probably thinking ‘what’s the big deal?’, because you’ve been working towards this for the last 6 months, at least!  But for those not-so-prepared – this is it – time to get cracking! :)  Which is why we of the Wacky Watercooler gang are here to provide you with some inspiration and hopefully shave off a few hours of your crafting time (and some of your stress) to help you get ready to celebrate  your holidays in style.

If this is your first blog tour, it’s very easy to take part.  Each of the participating blogs are linked in a circle, so that no matter where you start, as long as you keep clicking the ‘Next’ or ‘Back’ button at the end of the post, you’ll keep moving through each blog, so you won’t miss a creative moment!  Or, if you prefer to hop about at your leisure, simply peruse the list of participants, click on the name that you wish to visit, and you’re there.  Easy-peasy!

If you’re taking the forward route, then you’ve arrived here from the amazing Miss Jean Fitch’s blog – we are so glad to have Miss Jean back with us after a bit of an absence, which was dearly felt by all of us.  Jean is one of the ‘originals’ of the group, along with Darrah Hopper who started the Watercooler on our demo-only site; even though a lot of us only know each other as demonstrators via our online connection, we are a very tight-knit group; a better group of people you’d be hard-pressed to find!

So now that you’ve been dazzled by Jean’s projects – or if you’re traveling backwards, by the fabulous Christine – let’s see if I can tempt you with my projects!

I’m staying with a Christmas theme for my projects – here is my first card:

Faux Stained Glass

This is my first attempt at the ‘Faux Stained Glass’ technique – how do you think it turned out?  I’m pretty pleased with it, but I’d like to do more practicing.  Besides, it’s a fun  technique to do!

I started by combining the house from the Holiday Home stamp set and the trees from the White Christmas stamp set both onto my largest block (Block F) at the same time.  Yes – at the same time!  How awesome is that – you can create the scene before you even apply ink :)  I then inked up the stamps with Staz-On black, and stamped onto a piece of Window Sheet, which is a clear acetate.

When I knew the Staz-On was dry, I flipped it over, and used my Blendabilities Markers to colour in the house, and add some white ‘snow’ to the trees and ground.  Here’s something I wasn’t sure would work – but it did! – I used my Chalk Marker to add the snow!  In the photo it doesn’t show well on the trees, but you can see it on the ‘ground’ underneath the trees; pretty cool, right?  Another use for the Chalk Marker!  I love it when I can find more uses for our tools!

After colouring, I flipped the Window Sheet over again (so that the colouring is on the back, and adhered it to a piece of All is Calm Designer Series Paper.  I just love this particular design – with the streaks of blue, and snowflakes, it looks like a wintery scene all by itself :)  I then made a frame using the largest and 2nd largest of the Ovals Dies in Pool Party card stock, and mounted it all on a Lost Lagoon card stock base.  The sentiment was stamped using the Hostess special set Good Greetings in Lost Lagoon onto Whisper White card stock.  I used some of the gorgeous 1/2″ Seam Binding ribbon in Pool Party, with a 1/8″ Mini Brad in the centre.

My next project is also a card – and as you’ll see, I’m loving the Lost Lagoon/Pool Party combination :)

Angle pocket card

I’m not sure what this kind of card is called; I’m going to call it a Fold & Twist card!  What you do is cut your card stock base at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score on the diagonal lengthwise; fold on the score line, then fold in half!  Then, decorate as you like.  I decided to use a base of Lost Lagoon, with a different design from the All is Calm DSP.  I then embossed just the outside & inside ‘triangles’ of Lost Lagoon’ with the Decorative Dots embossing folder, and added some Frosted Sequins on top.

Fold & Twist card

 

I then stamped the sentiment from the Wondrous Wreath set in Lost Lagoon onto a 2″ x 4″ Whisper White card stock, and used the Scallop Tag Topper punch on the top.    I layered the All is Calm Designer Washi Tape along the top & bottom of the tag, and finished it off with an All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment tied with 1/8″ Silver Ribbon onto  1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon in Pool Party.  The inside of the card has the same ‘pocket’, that you could use to tuck  in a gift card, or some cash, or add another sentiment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for today’s Hop; I would love it if you have time to leave me a comment, and let me know you were here!   If you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used on these projects, simply click on the product image (below) and you’ll be taken directly to my online store.

Now you’re off to see the fabulous Christine Giuda and her amazing projects – all you have to do is click the ‘Next’ button below.

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Marie Green

KatheD

Terri Antoniw

Kath R.

Jean Fitch

Deborah Smart – You are Here!

Christine Giuda

Heidi Weaver

Jackie Susnik 

Stefanie Pletscher

Gail Allen

 

Creative Craft Escape – Fun, Fun, Fun!!

Hello, my stamping friends!  I don’t know about where you are, but the weather this week in my area is a good reason to stay indoors and get your crafting on! :)

I’d like to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who visited my blog over the weekend and Monday, for visiting the Creation Station and the SUDSOL Blog Tours – I hope you had as much fun taking the tours and getting some creative inspiration, as we demonstrators had in creating the projects!  Seriously – you all set my blog view numbers through the roof! and I  hope you’ll join as a subscriber to my blog, so that you won’t miss a thing!  Such as – another Blog Tour tomorrow – the Wacky Watercooler Blog Tour!

If you’ve been following my blog, even randomly, for the last couple of months, you’ll know that one of my team members and I held our very first ‘Creative Craft Escape’ this past Sunday.  Debbie has been part of my INKcredibly Creative Crew for 1 whole year now, and we wanted to have lots of fun, help get you prepared for the holidays, and of course give away some prizes!

We were thrilled with the success of our event, and so happy to hear our attendees make comments such as “I’ll be coming back for sure!”, “this is so much fun”, “these projects are adorable”, and “what – more prizes?!”

For those of you who couldn’t make it this year, I’d like to share some pictures from the event!

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Inspiration Station – projects showing different ideas for using stamp sets, and making home decor items.

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The lighting wasn’t the best (I guess I should have closed the blinds for this picture!).  We also had some fun tools out to ‘play’ with – the Gift Box Punch Board, Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Simply Scored, Paper Trimmer, etc.

Goody Bags

Goody Bags and name tags – all ready & waiting for the guests!  (they’re lined up behind each other, & on the floor.  the bags, not the guests! LOL).  Each guest received their own monogrammed goody bag!  To decorate the bags, I used the Stars from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks (#133777 Annual Catalogue) and sponged in an ombre effect using Island Indigo and Pool Party classic inks and sponge daubers.  The rosettes were made using (retired) Winter Frost DSP, Silver Glimmer paper, (retired) Morning Post Alphabet, and Soft Sky ribbon.

Each Goody Bag contained: White Bakers Twine, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon

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plus All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments,

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A special gift box containing Frosted Sequins

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the wood-mount stamp Wintertime

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And a kit containing all the pieces necessary to make 6 of these cards:

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The adorable Santa box is one of the other projects everyone made; it’s made  using the Curvy Keepsake Box die, and decorated to look like Santa’s belly!  The tag reads ‘Believe’ – because you just have to believe in Santa, right?

This is what the table looked like in preparation of making the Santa boxes:

and here’s the ‘building’ process:

Here Christina shows off her completed Santa Curvy Keepsake Boxes (the ladies were clever enough to not tie their tags on right away, so that they wouldn’t have to untie them in order to place goodies inside!  aren’t they smart?!)

That’s a LOT of pictures for one day – if you’re even still with me, here!  I’ll continue with more pictures tomorrow morning – I hope  you’ll come back to see them!

Until tomorrow – Happy Stamping!

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SUDSOL Blog Tour – Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the first Holiday SUDSOL Blog Tour!  I’m so glad you’re here :)

If this is your first SUDSOL tour, let me give you a bit of background; SUDSOL is an acronym for Simply Unique Demonsrators Sharing OnLine – a membership group for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators only.  This is a fabulous group that helps you focus on building your business, sharing creative ideas and smart business practices.  I’ve been a member for almost 3 years – which is how long I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – two of the best decisions ever! :)

If you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you can join SUDSOL now, or try it out for 2 Weeks for FREE!  Simply click HERE, then fill out your information and enjoy 2 weeks of fabulous sharing, challenges, and chats, not to mention access to business form templates, creative outlines and templates, and a membership perk – free exclusive training videos and information from 2 of the industry’s top Creative Coaches – John Sanpietro and Ronda Wade!   There is simply no way to lose – a FREE 2 WEEK TRIAL, with access to all this information – CLICK HERE for your FREE TRIAL!

The Blog Tour is made up of a group of SUDSOL members who have created projects especially for this Tour.  Each blog is linked to the blog before and after it; all you have to do is click either the ‘Next’ button or the ‘Previous’ button to go forward or backwards through all the participating blogs.  I have the honour of being 1st on the list this time – only because I had my projects done first :)

So without further ado – let’s get on with the real reason you’re here – the projects!

Mantle Decor

I don’t actually have a fireplace mantle to decorate, but if I did – this would be on it!  Instead, I’ll just have to put it on the hearth :)   Although I used a retired alphabet set (sorry, it’s  the only one I have!) you could use any set you have on hand.  The panels are cut from Old Olive card stock, and layered alternately with Whisper White panels and pieces of All is Calm designer series paper.  I used various stamps from the White Christmas and Holiday Home photopolymer stamp sets – I just love mixing and matching the elements from these two sets – my favourites!  You can also see that I used the Frosted Sequins to add some bling and extra interest to the panels.  This was such a fun project to do – I hope you give it a try!

My next project are some holiday gift tags – we all  need them, so let’s make them fun & fancy!

Trio of Tags

 

Starting on the left, you can see a different use of the Holiday Home stamp set – and don’t you just love Santa & his reindeer flying above?!  I stamped Santa and the trees directly onto the All is Calm designer series paper, and used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Everything on this tag, including Santa, the house, etc. are included in the Holiday Home set – a fabulous deal for 24 stamps at only $19.95 Canadian!  The matching Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies make it even easier to cut out the house shape – plus you save 15% if you buy the bundle :)

The center tag features an old favourite Frosty snowman from the Best of Christmas (from last year) but it showcases the terrific Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This is cardstock-weight kraft paper that is heavier than our regular cardstock – perfect for tags that will stand up to a lot of peeking!  The sentiment is from another great photopolymer set  called Christmas Tagables.

The last tag on the right was quick & easy – using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and popping the snowman onto a piece of All is Calm DSP, cut with the Banner Framelits.  Stampin’ Up! tools make crafting so easy!

My final project is a super cute ornament, made especially easy with the Stars Framelits Dies.

3D Star ornament

 

By using different sizes of the Star Framelits, and scoring the cherry cobbler star frame to make it 3D, I was able to quickly pull this ornament together.  In fact, it was so easy that I made it double-sided – the same on both sides!  I liked the Sparkle sentiment from  the hostess special set Good Greetings – I thought it was appropriate for a star! :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for this blog hop; I would love it if you have the time to leave me a quick comment!

Now you’ll want to click on the ‘Next Blog’ button, to see the amazing projects by our Sandy Risi – she always amazes me with her creativity!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Creation Station Blog Tour – Wondrous Wreath

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Welcome to our mid-October Creation Station Blog Tour – it’s great to see you again!

I’m so happy to be back online and posting – not that I haven’t been crafting- the fact is I’ve been so busy creating, I haven’t had time to post!  So sorry about that!  The good news is – my busy crafting means that I have lots of pictures to share with you for the next little while!

Today’s Blog Tour focus is on the fabulous Wondrous Wreath stamp set, which also comes with matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.  This is one set that I highly recommend you purchase the bundle of both the stamp set & framelit set – it’s just a breeze to stamp and then perfectly cut out your wreath; as usual, Stampin’ Up!  makes you look like a pro!  We’re also featuring the Gift Box Punch Board – another one of those tools that you *think* you don’t need – until you have it!!  Yes, we can all figure out how to make boxes from scratch, on our own; but seriously – you can make them so much faster, with cute closures and lots of sizes with the Gift Box Punch Board – which means you can spend more time on decorating the box or making something super-cute to put inside!

If you haven’t taken a blog tour before, no worries – it’s easy peasy!  All of our blogs are linked by the ‘Next’ and ‘Back’ buttons at the bottom of the page, so all you need to do is click on the button to go forward or backward to the next blog – you won’t miss a single fabulous creation!  If you’ve been travelling forward, you’ve come to my blog from the talented Jennifer Downey – isn’t she amazing?!  If you’re travelling backwards (no judgment here – just sayin’!) then you’ve come from Justin Krieger’s blog; he’s a hard act to follow, so I’m glad I’m before him on the list! LOL :)

For my projects, I decided to focus on the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies – it bears repeating that this is a great set – at at 15% Off for the bundled price, it’s a great price, too!

My first project involves some punch art:

I don’t know about you, but a lamp glowing in the dusk, with snow all around just speaks to winter for me!  Of course, we don’t actually have these types of lamp posts in the streets here, but in some gardens in the winter – we have Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver that do a spectacular Christmas light show! – they look great :)  I used a couple of punches for the lamp; the Artisan Label and Mosaic punches; and sponged Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red ink using Sponge Daubers to create the ‘glow’ in the lamp.  For the dusk sky, I sponged Soft Sky, Pool Party and Midnight Muse.  To make the snow banks, I masked off in layers and sponged with the Soft Sky ink, and made shadows using Wisteria Wonder.  I combined Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow for the leaves, and Real Red for the berries and the ribbon (which is also included in the stamp set & framelits dies).

The idea for my next card came from another demonstrator, Diane Malcor; I took her idea and changed it  up a bit, to reflect how I decorate the banister in my own house!

This is a unique way of using the wreath – I stamped it as before with Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow; this time I used Cherry Cobbler for the berries and bows.  I then cut the wreath into 3 pieces to create a garland for the ‘banister’ that I created by stamping Crumb Cake card stock with Soft Suede ink using the Hardwood background stamp.  The sentiment – stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and mounted on Crumb Cake card stock – is also from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set; the idea being to make it look like a plaque or framed sentiment on the wall behind the banister.  Did it work?!

That’s it for my projects this time – I hope you enjoyed them, and gave you some ideas for using this terrific Wondrous Wreath stamp set (have I mentioned that I like it?!) :)   I hope you’ll take the time to leave me a comment – I love to read what you think about my creations!  If you’d like to purchase any of the products I’ve used in the cards, just click on the picture at the bottom of this post, and it will take you directly to my online store.  Or, give me a call to place your order :)

Now you’ll want  to hop on over to Justin’s blog, to see what magic he has wrought – I’m sure you’ll love it!  I always get great ideas from Justin’s creations.  Just click the ‘Next’ button to go there, or if you want to go back and have another look at Jennifer’s projects (always worth a second look!), click on the ‘Back’ button.  A list of all the participating blogs is also listed, in case you get lost, or just want to wander about :)

Thanks for spending some time with me today – until next time, Happy Stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Ilina Crouse

Kathy Kartak

Cindy Beach

Teneale Williams

Sara Levin

Heidi Boos

Jennifer Downey

Deborah Smart – You are here!

Justin Krieger

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Stamp, Stock & Save! plus More!

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Wow – is this a great time to stock up your basic Stampin’ Up! supplies!  Starting October 1st to October 6th, you can stock up on Card stock, Ink Pads, Envelopes and Adhesive at 15% OFF, and select stamp sets at 20% OFF!!  SU stamp stock & save list

How’s that for an early Christmas present for yourself?!  I know I’ll be stocking up!  But hurry – this special deal is only available for 6 days – ORDER NOW to STOCK UP & SAVE!!

Okay – if that deal isn’t enough for you – how about this?  Have you been thinking about joining my Team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Well, here’s another Special Offer to get you off the fence!

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Join my Team between October 1st and October 31st, and you’ll receive a FREE PACKAGE OF DESIGNER SERIES PAPER FOR 6 MONTHS!!  That’s right – for the first 6 months of your demonstratorship, you’ll receive a FREE package of Designer Series Paper!

PLUS – if you SIGN UP between Oct. 1st – Oct. 6th, you’ll also get to take advantage of the Stamp, Stock & Save Sale prices, to build your starter kit!!  That means MORE PRODUCT for you, as  you select your $150 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for your Starter Kit, for only $125!  And – there’s NO SHIPPING FEE on your Starter Kit!!

So – what are you waiting for?  More specials?  Okay, fine!

Here’s this week’s Weekly Deals – that you can also take advantage of, in building your Starter Kit….

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Seriously – the deals don’t get much better than this!  Personally, if I were putting together a Starter Kit for myself, I’d be taking advantage of getting the Ink Pads and coordinating Card stocks, plus at least a couple of the Stamp sets that are on sale, plus the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit from the Weekly Deals.  That way, you’ll be ready to have your first Stampin’ Up! party as soon as you get your Kit.

Give me a call to discuss the terrific opportunity at 604.298.0472 or an email at debsmart@shaw.ca  If you’re all ready to sign up now, you can do so online by clicking the ‘Join My Team’ button on this page – and get ready to start your new adventure as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, or just enjoy the benefits of getting constant discounts on your hobby!

I’m looking forward to welcoming you as my newest Team Member!

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.

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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:

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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! :)

Justin Krieger

 

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!