Best of…Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

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Welcome to our December edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

This month we are featuring ‘The Best of…’  the Best of Current Stampin’ Up! stamps & products, the Best of Retired Stampin’ Up! stamps & products, and the Best of one project of one of our Wacky Watercooler gang!

For the Best of current and retired, each of us have chosen our own stamps & products to showcase.  For the Best of one of our gang, each of us was randomly assigned the name of another demo who takes part in the Watercooler Blog Hops; we then chose 1 project out of all the projects that person had done in the past year, and ‘cased’ it.  CASE meaning – Copy and Share Everything!  Since we often draw inspiration from each other’s projects and designs, it seemed the perfect thing to do!

Before I share my projects – a little housekeeping information: if this is your first time enjoying a Blog Hop, prepare to enjoy!  It’s very easy to navigate; each participating blog is linked to the one before and after, so as long as you click on the ‘Next’ (or ‘Back’) button, you will be taken through all the participating blogs, and you won’t miss a moment of creative inspiration!   Alternatively, you can go to the bottom of this post, and you’ll find the list of blogs – you can simply click on the names, and you’ll be taken to that blog.

If you arrived at my blog by clicking on the ‘Next’ button, then you’ve just seen the amazing creations of  Jeanne Kupsh – one of our ‘International’ demos, who is currently living in Germany.  Jeanne never ceases to amaze me with  her creativity, and I love her sense of humour! :)  If you’ve been travelling backwards via the ‘Back’ button, then you’ll be putting your socks back on, after having them knocked off by Priscilla Ivler, and her terrific projects!  Right now I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Priscilla, hoping that the storm heading her way isn’t too severe!

Now – here is my choice for the Best of Current Stampin’ Up!stamp set – it was very hard to choose, but I decided to stay with a Christmas theme, so that narrowed down my choices – a bit!!  What really helped me decide was the fact that I realized that I have used these stamp sets the most of any of the holiday sets I’ve purchased.  So that clinched it!  Yes, I did say stamp “sets” – I couldn’t use one without the other, they go together so well!

Here it is – my Holiday Home and White Christmas card:

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I loved this card so much, I made many of them, and sent them out to my family as my Christmas card for 2014!

I made this side-step card with a base of Smoky Slate card stock (I also made a 2nd version, exactly the same but with a Soft Sky base).  I then layered All is Calm DSP on each of the panel levels, then cut ‘snow drifts’ from Whisper White card stock.  I then stamped and coloured the houses, trees and Santa & sleigh from the Holiday Home stamp set; the houses were then cut out using the matching Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies.  The trees and Santa’s sleigh were cut out by hand.  I stamped the snowman from the White Christmas stamp set.  You may also notice that I added in a larger tree, from the Festival of Trees stamp set!   (the only non-SU! product used are the little birds and the rabbit).  Everything was coloured using the Blendabilites markers.  I added a little sparkle to the scene by using my 2 Way Glue Pen, then sprinkling Dazzling Diamonds on top of the glue.

Here’s a side-view, so you can see each of the 3 side-steps:

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I hope my family enjoys receiving these cards – and that they don’t hate me for any glitter that may follow them until the New Year! :)

For the assigned Best of – Wacky Watercooler buddy – I was very lucky to have drawn my friend Heidi Weaver!  As Heidi has been participating in the blog hops as long as I have – which is since the very beginning – I had lots of fabulous projects to choose from – that was the hardest part!!  Which project to CASE??

I finally decided to CASE a terrific little gift box for which Heidi created her own tutorial (of course I made it easy on myself!).  You can see Heidi’s tutorial HERE – it’s super easy to follow!

Here is a picture of Heidi’s original gift box – she made hers as a gift for her husband:

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Isn’t that lovely?  Well, of course this little box is perfect for gift-giving for any occasion – so I kept with the Christmas theme!

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I assembled the box using the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper; it’s very sturdy, and if my gift is a bit heavy, the weight of this DSP can stand up to it, no problem!  What’s that, you say?  Oh yes – I’m using may favourite stamp set again! :)  This time, the focus is on White Christmas.  I wanted to create  a winter scene, so I cut my Whisper White card stock to wrap all the way around the box, and did my stamping & colouring before attaching it to the box.  First I stamped the snowfall in Versamark Ink, covered it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it.  That way, when I sponged my sky using Sponge Daubers and layering Soft Sky, Pool Party and Night of Navy, the snowfall showed up white!  (that technique is called Embossed Resist, in case you were wondering).  I then shaded some snow drifts using Soft Sky and Pool Party inks and Sponge Daubers, using torn card stock as a mask.  The tag is stamped from the Christmas Tagables Photopolymer stamp set in Real Red ink onto Whisper White card stock, and layered onto Real Red card stock.  I used the Curly Label and Label Bracket punches to do this layering.

What’s really great about Heidi’s gift box is that she designed it so that it has a closing top, as well as the decorative Scallop Tag Top – tha t way, there’s no peeking!!  Here’s a better view of the top:
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This is a picture with the Scallop Top open – you can see the closed top!

And here you can see when all the flaps are open:

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Thanks to Heidi’s fabulous tutorial, this box really is easy to make – you should give it a try!  I know I’ll be making lots more :)

Finally, I had to choose a Best of Retired.… and I just couldn’t!  But I knew that I had to make a choice, so first I narrowed it down by again staying with a Christmas theme (’tis the season, right?!)

I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demo for only 3 years, but I have a lot of stamp sets – more than I thought!  Not only that, but after I joined as a demo, I was still seeing fabulous sets that were already retired, that of course I had missed, but wanted!  The set that I finally decided upon was one of those – a set that retired before I became a demo, that I purchased from another demo after it’s retirement, simply because I “had” to have it!  Let’s see if it was one of your favourites, too:

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Merry Crittermas!

Do you remember this set?  I think these critters are just adorable, and they are perfect for colouring in using our new Blendabilities Markers, and Stampin’ Write Markers.  This set lets you set your imagination free, in colours to use and scenes to make.  I think I’m drawn to these cute sets because it reminds me of Christmas as a child; I’ve always loved animals, and the best gift I ever got (I was 10 years old) was the book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908, in which the main characters Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger have many adventures!

I created this screen card with a base of Bermuda Bay card stock; each panel has a layer of Crumb Cake card stock under the image panels in Whisper White.  I again used Soft Sky and Pool Party inks to sponge the sky background, and Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder and torn card stock to mask the snow drifts.  Each critter was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then coloured with Blendabilities and Stampin’ Write Markers.  (I find that it’s okay to use the Stampin’ Write Markers with the Memento ink, as long as it’s thoroughly dried).   After gluing the panels onto the screen base using Tombow Multipuprpose glue, I then added some snowflakes and sequins from the Frosted Sequins.  The sentiments – both from the Merry Crittermas stamp set – were stamped in Bermuda Bay ink onto Whisper White card stock, the cut out using the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, and the edges sponged with Bermuda Bay ink.  They were then added to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my selections and creations, and perhaps inspired you to revisit the stamp sets in your stash that have been neglected for a while – you never know what you’ll find, once you start looking and playing!

If you’re heading forward, please click on the ‘Next’ button below to visit Priscilla, and check out what she has in store for you – you won’t regret it!  If you want to go back and re-visit Jeanne’s projects, then just click on the ‘Previous’ button.

Before you go, I’d appreciate it if you leave a comment, to let me know what you thought of my projects and this edition of the Hop – I always love reading your comments!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Christine Giuda – http://www.dancinstamps.blogspot.ca

 

KatheD – http://kathesadventure.blogspot.ca

 

Jean Fitch – https://jlfstudio.wordpress.com/

 

Gail Allen – http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Marsha Reed – http://coffeepotstampingcafe.com-

 

Jeanne Kupsh – http://happy-jeannie.blogspot.ca

 

Deborah Smart – www.stampandcreate.net  YOU ARE HERE!

 

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

 

Marie Green – http://mytanglewoodcottage.com

 

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

YEAR-END CLOSEOUT DEALS!

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WOW – GET READY TO STOCK UP AT AMAZING LOW PRICES!

 

You seriously want to HURRY to the Clearance Rack & take advantage of the super deals on amazing products!  There’s even current Holiday catalogue products on sale!!

These are just a few of my favourites that are currently available on the Clearance Rack – but they may not be there for long!

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No need for a burglar mask to grab these steal of a deals – just jump over to my online store and start shopping!  I’d appreciate it if you would use HOSTESS CODE P6E1A3GH when you place your online order; or contact me & I’ll place your order for you!

Happy Shopping!

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Last Chance to Join My Team for 25% LESS!

Hello Stamping Friends!

I want to share a great opportunity with you – one that I have been enjoying for 3 years now!

Have you been thinking about becoming your own boss, making some money, and having fun sharing your love of stamping & creating with others?  Perhaps you’d just like to get a ‘permanent discount’ of 20% off of every Stampin’ Up! order you place?

Well, you can do it!  Act quickly, and you can do it for LESS!  

Only until Tuesday December 2nd, you can JOIN STAMPIN’ UP! and my Team for 25% OFF the regular sign-up kit cost.  Here’s what you get:

-Starter Kit costs only $93.75  (only thru Dec. 2nd)

-Create & Customize your Starter Kit with up to $155 in Stampin’ Up! product- you can choose product from the Annual Catalogue, the Holiday Catalogue, the Clearance Rack, and the Online Extravaganza!

-Get $70 of business supplies free

– FREE SHIPPING on your Starter Kit

-Be the First! – You’ll be able to pre-order product from the upcoming Spring Occasions Catalogue, AND earn FREE Sale-a-bration products!

-Great demonstrator DISCOUNT!  You receive a 20% discount on every order you place (or 20% commission on orders your customers place through you).  If your first order is $200 or more in the first 45 days, you receive a 30% discount!!

-RISK FREE!  You have until the end of March 2015 to decide if you want to continue as a demonstrator, or just keep your kit and products.

There’s lots more perks, like access to 24/7 online demonstrator website; online training from Stampin’ Up!, plus invitations to live Stampin’ Up! events; membership in my INKcredibly Creative Team with constant support & training from me and other team members, and more!

If you’d like to discuss this great opportunity with me, just give me a call at 604.298.0472 or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca   You can also sign up online immediately by CLICKING HERE, then click ‘Join the Fun’.

Go ahead – it’s the best decision you’ll make!

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Christmas Crafts, and Free Shipping!

Hello, Stamping Friends!

I know I’ve been away for a while, with the exception of posting about Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza – I just couldn’t let you miss that great deal!

The reason for my absence is that my husband had a very serious heart attack 2 weekends ago; it was a shock to all of us, and after a brief stay in the hospital and a stent operation, he’s been at home, trying to take it easy.  I say ‘trying’, because it’s very difficult for someone who is used to being on the go all day at a physical job to suddenly do next to nothing – even for a short period of time!

Combine that with the numerous follow up appointments, the fact that I have to take him everywhere (he hasn’t been allowed to drive), and that leaves little time for crafting, let alone posting here!

I did manage to steal some time at my craft table, though, so I thought I’d share some projects with you :)  Some of these were started earlier on – before my husband’s attack – in preparation for a craft sale I was registered to attend, but then had to cancel.

Before I share my projects, I just wanted to remind you that there’s only 3 DAYS LEFT to take advantage of the super deals in the ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA, with one more DOOR BUSTER SPECIALS on Monday, Dec. 1st.  As my THANK YOU to you, my wonderful, loyal customers, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING until the evening of Monday Dec. 1st – that’s another 10% savings for you!  All you have to do is make your list of what you want to order, send it to me either by phone or email (604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca) and I will submit all orders at 8:00 pm Monday, Dec. 1st.  This will allow you to take advantage of the Door Buster Specials, and get what you want from the sale list.  Of course, you can also order from any of the current catalogues (Annual and Holiday), and choose from the Clearance Rack – all qualify for the FREE SHIPPING offer.  This is a special offer just from me, to you; so you need to send your order through me, so I can pay for your shipping.  You must also live within Canada, as I’m not allowed to sell outside of Canada.

My first project is these cute little 4 oz. coffee cups with lids; I wrapped them with the All is Calm Designer Series Paper, and created a holder for them.  Bonus – see that little band at the top of the back?   It’s the perfect size to slide in a Gift Card – so your recipient gets a cute little cup filled with goodies (I put Hershey’s Kisses inside), plus a Gift Card.  Wrapped with the Stampin’ Up! Gussetted Cello Bags and a tag, and you’re ready to surprise a friend, co-worker, babysitter or mail carrier with the perfect little gift!

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My next craft project is a cute little treat holder, specifically for the plastic tubes that I’ve filled with yummy jelly beans!

Tube treat holders

These are super cute, and easy to make!  I’ll be adding a tutorial in a few days, so be sure to come back and check.  I used a mix of new and retired products for these; I used the now-retired Gumball Green card stock and DSP from last year’s holiday catalogue.  Then I used this year’s Festival of Trees stamp set and the matching Tree Punch, and the fun Christmas Bliss photopolymer stamp set for the sentiments.  I stamped the sentiments in Real Red ink onto Whisper White card stock, and used the Banners Framelits Die to cut them  out into perfect banners.  A couple of sequins for some ‘bling’, and they’re done!  (of course, I did had to sample some jelly beans while putting these together – in the interest of quality control, of course! :) )

Everyone loves to enjoy the warm glow of candles at Christmas, so I did some candle sets!

Bright & Beautiful Candles

These were stamped using the Bright & Beautiful stamp set for the stars, and Everything Eleanor for the ‘swirl’.  I stamped using Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey inks.

Beautiful Season Candles

For this set, I used the retired Beautiful Season stamp set; I just love the little Chickadee on the Holly branch!

Beauty of the Season candles

Another bird set – this time using the Beauty of the Season from the current Holiday Catalogue.  I liked the added Burlap Ribbon for the rustic touch on this candle.  The smaller candle is stamped with the Ornamental Pine stamp set; I think these 2 sets go well together.

That’s lots of pictures for this post, I think – I’ll come back & share some more on Tuesday.

Remember – I’m offering FREE SHIPPING tomorrow, Monday Dec. 1st on ALL ORDERS placed through me (this is my special for you, not a SU! special).  You can send me your order today or tonight, or contact me tomorrow with your shopping list!

 

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Online Extravaganza – Starts TODAY!

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Don’t let the name fool you – just because it’s called ‘online’ extravaganza, doesn’t mean you can only order online – contact me with your order, and I can take care of it for you!

Take a look at today’s DOOR BUSTER DEALS – these are available while supplies last, so ORDER NOW & don’t be left out in the cold!

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The embossing folders – an amazing $7 each – also include all of the embossing folders in the Holiday Catalogue as well!  That’s right – the Filigree Frame (#135818), On Point (#135876) and Lucky Stars (#135817) embossing folders are ALL ONLY $7 each, along with the others from the Annual Catalogue (exclusions listed above).

Here’s some of my favourite cards made using some embossing folders:  This one is the Northern Flurry embossing folder, used with Vellum card stock;

Northern Flurry

 

This card uses the Modern Mosaic embossing folder (#129984)

 

Modern Mosaic EF

 

Remember – you can use embossing folder for more than just embossing!  The card below uses the Honeycomb embossing folder (#129378) and embossing folder stamping technique!

Honeycomb EF

Did you see that the Gift Box Punch board is only $17.47?!  That’s 30% OFF!!  This deal is too hot to beat – and I just love this newest tool from Stampin’ Up!

Here’s a reminder of some of the cute boxes I’ve made with the Gift Box Punch Board:

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You can make boxes using regular card stock, or the terrific new Under the Tree Specialty DSP (#135825) in the Holiday Catalogue; the extra thickness of this Specialty DSP makes it the perfect weight for heavier gifts you need to package.

Don’t forget all of the other products on sale all week – from today Nov. 24th to next Tuesday, Dec. 2nd – with another Door Buster special next Monday Dec. 1st featuring new products at ridiculously low prices!

To see all of the Extravaganza sale items, CLICK HERE to be taken to my online store.  You can either order directly online, or contact me with your order – but HURRY – ALL ITEMS ARE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!  Call me at 604.298.0472 or email debsmart@shaw.ca to place  your order :)

Happy Shopping!

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ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA SALE & 25% OFF NEW DEMONSTRATOR KIT!

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It’s that most wonderful time of year again – super savings time, that is!

Starting Monday Nov. 24th to Tuesday Dec. 2nd, Stampin’ Up! has some AMAZING HOT DEALS for you!  Not only are there specials for the entire 9 days, but there are also 2 days  of DOOR BUSTER SAVINGS!  That’s right – don’t sleep in on Monday Nov. 24th, or Monday Dec. 1st, or you just might miss out on the incredible ‘while supplies last only’ door-busting deals!

If you’d like to place your order directly online, just click HERE to go directly to my online store, then enter Hostess Code  F9FPJSQU.  Of course, if you’d like to make your list & email it to me, or call me with it, I’ll place  your order for you – I’ll be up bright & early so we don’t miss out on the great deals! :)

If you would like to see these deals in PDF format, so you can print it out, just CLICK HERE.
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Great deals, right?!  I wouldn’t kid you!!
How would you like to get even MORE of a discount on these already fabulous deals?  Well – you can!  Here’s how!

Join My Team for 25% off between November 24th and December 2nd.

Join Stampin’ Up! for 25% off the starter kit (normally $125), which consists of $155 of products of your own choosing and enough business supplies to get you off to a great start! But that’s not all! If you join Stampin’ Up! from November 24th through December 2nd, you can get 5% cash back on all your sales/orders in December 2014!

So, it’s entirely possible to join on November 24th, get that great kit for 25% off the price of the kit, making it $93.75 for $155 worth of products! Win! Then as soon as you get your demo ID and access to the demonstrator site (which is normally the same or next day), you can place an order on December 1st for those door busters and get 5% cash back on top of all the savings. Winning again!  Plus, on your first order of $200 or more, you will receive 30% OFF, instead of the normal 20%!  Win, Win, Win!!

To sign up, you can simply click HERE to fill out your personal information, and get started on your new adventure – whether it’s your own business, or just to take advantage of the fabulous perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

There’s never been a better time to Join to get the maximum benefit – and for the first time ever – an opportunity to earn Cash Back based on your own Sales & Orders!
Happy shopping!
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Christmas Ornaments

 

I’m so glad you’ve joined me – we’re busy getting ready for holiday celebrations and decorating – how about you?  Here in Canada we’ve had our Thanksgiving, so our attention is now turned to getting ready for Christmas; especially if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, time is of the essence!  The cold snap we’re having here on the West Coast is helping to get me in the spirit, that’s for sure! :)

My first ornament is made with the Stampin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay.

 

 

Simply Pressed Clay ornament

This clay is so easy to work with; I just rolled it out to about 1/8″ thickness, then cut it using a scallop circle cookie cutter.  Leaving the clay inside the cookie cutter, I placed the whole thing in the freezer to let the clay firm up (I went & did other things, so I ended up leaving the clay in the freezer for a couple of hours; just a 1/2 hour would be enough).

Once the clay was firm, it popped right out of the cookie cutter with no stretching or warping.  I had tried taking it out of the cookie cutter right away – disaster!  The clay ended up sticking to the cutter, and I stretched it – so I ended up rolling it up again, and starting over :)  Trust me – the freezer is the way to go!

After removing the clay from the cookie cutter, I used my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Markers to create the sky background.  I then stamped the tree and the deer images in Memento Black Ink from the White Christmas stamp set.  Since I don’t have the Crumb Cake Blendabilities Markers, I just used my Baked Brown Sugar Stampin’ Write Marker to colour in the deer, and then added some glimmer to the snow & tree by using my 2 Way Glue Pen to trace the snow line, and then applied Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  The snowflakes were added using the Chalk Marker; the Blackberry Bliss smudging in the skyline was an accident – I didn’t know that I had some ink on my finger, and smudged it on my ornament! :(   So, I decided to make it an evening scene….are you buying it?!  Then I threaded some Gold Baker’s Twine through the hole in the top, and tied a double bow.

Here’s an up-close picture from another angle, so you can see the Dazzling Diamonds glitter:

Simply Pressed Clay ornament

I made one more Simply Pressed Clay ornament – this time using a bell-shaped cookie cutter.

Simply Pressed Clay bell ornament

 

This time I used the Holiday Home stamp set, and stamped the Santa Claus  & reindeer silhouette in Memento Black ink, and the stars in Daffodil Delight ink.  The Merry Christmas is also from this stamp set – so versatile! – and stamped in Real Red ink.  A Real Red ribbon hanger and bow finish it off.

This next ornament was inspired by our own Ilina Crouse, who is also a Creation Station team member.  It’s always fun when you get inspiration from another demonstrator, and make it your own.

White Christmas Ball ornament

I combined 2 of my favourite sets from the Holiday catalogue – White Christmas and Holiday Home – for this ornament.

I bought the clear bauble halves from one of those ‘big box’ stores (you can buy either whole ones, or ones that are in 1/2, and can be snapped together if you wish).  First I cut out a circle in Whisper White card stock to fit the bauble, then glued on  a piece of All is Calm Designer Series Paper for the sky portion.  Then I tore strips of Whisper White card stock for the layers of snow, and glued them onto the bottom half of the large circle.  I stamped the snowman, polar bear and trees on a separate piece of Whisper White in Memento Black ink, and used my Blendabilities Markers to colour in the trees and the snowman’s scarf, hat and nose.  I added a few highlights of Sky Blue to the polar bear.  After cutting them out with my Paper Snips, I attached them to the scene base using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then stamped the Santa & reindeer silhouette in Memento Black ink across the ‘sky’.   Once again I added some glimmer to the snow drifts by tracing them with the 2 Way Glue Pen, then covering the glue with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  I then used my Crystal Effects and applied a thin line around the edge of the bauble, then attached the bauble to the scene.  I then attached a scallop circle in Soft Sky card stock to the underside of the whole bauble, and the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon tied in a bow for the hanger.    I just love how it turned out, and I can’t wait to make lots more of these, with lots of different scenes!

For my last ornament, I decided to go (almost) strictly paper, and made this honeycomb ornament.

Honeycomb ornament

I knew I wanted to do a paper ornament, but wasn’t sure what kind – until I found the tutorial for this honeycomb ornament over on Splitcoaststampers.  That site is a fabulous resource for so many things!

I made my ornament from the All is Calm DSP (yes, I love that paper!), and used the Ornament Framelits from last year’s holiday catalogue (c’mon – I’m not the only one holding one to those, am I?!).  The tutorial calls for using ‘agressive glue dots’ – I found out quickly what that means!   I actually had to go back after completing the ornament and add some hot glue in some places; I think that even though the DSP isn’t as thick as card stock, it’s still ‘stiff’ when it comes to making this time of ornament.  It did turn out nicely though, I think!  Before closing it up, I attached the All is Calm snowflake ornament to the Gold Baker’s Twine that I used as the loop.

That’s my projects for this time- I hope you enjoyed seeing them, and I’ve helped inspire you to make some of your own, and create not just ornaments, but memories for 2014.  I’d love to read your comment, if you would please take the time to leave a note.

If you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used to create my projects, just click on the image below to be taken directly to my online store; or give me a call & I’ll place the order for you.

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Festival of Christmas Cards

Hello there, stamping friends!  I hope you’ve been keeping well, and enjoying yourself stamping & creating! :)
I’ve been keeping busy – we just had fun on Sunday at my annual stamp-a-stack.  Each guest made 10 cards, 2 each of 5 different designs.  Lots of the newest stamps from the current Holiday catalogue were used, along with heat embossing, texture embossing and even Blendabilities being used!

Okay, if you insist – I’ll share the cards with you :)  (you know I want to; you just had to ask!)

Here’s how I had things set up; each card had it’s own ‘basket’ with the supplies needed, and kits prepared for each card.  Each guest just had to decide which card to work on, pick up the entire basket to take back to their work area, and make the cards.  That way everyone gets to work at their own pace, with no or minimal sharing of stamp sets and ink pads – lots of fun, and easy!

Festival of Cards set-up

We had Christmas music playing in the background, and mulled cider simmering on the stove!  It was beginning to feel a bit like Christmas! :)

This is one of the cards:

White Christmas

I’ve said it before – I love the White Christmas stamp set!  I think the Polar Bear is too cute for words.  The bear was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock in Memento black ink, then filled in with Flower Soft, to give him that ‘fuzzy’ look.  The trees/hills and snowflakes were stamped on Night of Navy card stock in VersaMark, then heat embossed with White embossing powder.  I added a little Flower Soft on the trees & hills, just to add some dimension to the snow  The star was punched out in Silver Glimmer Paper.  The Night of Navy panel was popped up on a panel of Smoky Slate card stock, and all mounted on a Whisper White card stock base.

The inspiration for this next card came from our Canadian Conference, using the Christmas Bauble stamp.

Bauble

A panel of Real Red card stock was embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder and glued onto a card base of Crumb Cake card stock.  The Bauble was stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder, and coloured with Blendabilities markers in Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler.  It was layered onto Old Olive card stock, on top of the embossed Real Red panel.  Underneath, the sentiment (from the Ornamental Pine stamp set) was stamped on Whisper White in Real Red ink.  Since I don’t have the Framelit (from the Project Life set) that makes this shape, I accomplished it by simply using a small Circle Punch to snip off each corner of the card stock.  Both the Bauble image and the sentiment are attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I got so caught up in the fun, and helping people with their cards that I forgot about my camera!  I did manage to get a couple of pictures of some of the ladies working on their cards:

Domani & Lynn

Here’s Domani & Lynn – both regulars at my classes – putting their cards together.

Janet

This was Janet’s first time at stamping & card making – and she did a fabulous job!!  Not only that, but she loved it, and will be coming back :)

This is the card that you can see Janet working on – it uses the Ornamental Pine stamp set, and it was inspired by a card I saw on our demo-only site.

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I bet you were expecting to see the whole pine bough, with pine cone, right?!  Well, the pine accent behind the candles is a big part of this card, I think.  It puts me in mind of Advent wreaths that I’ve made in the past – in my ‘other’ life as a florist.  The card base is the new Mossy Meadow, topped with a panel of Lost Lagoon card stock.  The front panel is Whisper White card stock, with the pine stamped in Mossy Meadow.  It’s such a rich, beautiful green!  The two ‘candles’ are in Lost Lagoon and Brushed Silver card stock; embossed with the Lucky Stars and Stylish Stripes embossing folders.  I popped up the silver star with Dimensionals, to add some extra interest.  The sentiment is stamped in Lost Lagoon on Whisper White, layered on a panel of Lost Lagoon.  This is popped up with Dimensionals, also.  A few sequins from the Frosted Sequins finishes off the card.

We took a break for lunch, and enjoyed some yummy mini quiche, sausage rolls, veggie platter with mini red-velvet cupcakes and ginger cookies for treats!  Of course, I forgot to take pictures of that, too!

This next card uses the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.

Bright & Beautiful

 

I love the Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler combination.  This card is very simple, but elegant; the largest star is stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock in Crumb Cake ink, and the sentiment – also from this set – is stamped over the star in Cherry Cobbler ink.  An All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment hangs above the star, supported by a bow of sheer Cherry Cobbler ribbon.  The front panel is layered onto Crumb Cake card stock, and the card base is of Cherry Cobbler.

The focus of the last card is the Northern Flurry embossing folder; it’s one of my favourites, and it’s also one of my very first embossing folders I bought when I signed up as a demonstrator!  That  makes it 3 years old, as I just celebrated my 3rd Stampin’ Up! Anniversary on October 19th :)

Northern Flurry

 

I love this frosted look – which is achieved by embossing Vellum card stock with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  It’s layered on top of All is Calm designer series paper, layered on Whisper White card stock, and a card base of Smoky Slate.  The sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set (limited release hostess set) in Real Red ink, and a strip of Real Red ribbon across the top ties it all together, with rhinestones for added shine.

I hope you’ve enjoyed see the cards we made, as much as we enjoyed making them!  Now I’m prepping for a Technique Club meeting at the end of the month, as well as a Vendor/Craft Fair on November 28th.  I’ll be back to share some of the projects I’m putting together!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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Canadian Fall Conference Fun!

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Hello Stamping Friends!  I had a great time this Friday & Saturday at the Stampin’ Up! Canada Fall Conference!  This is one of the perks of being a Demonstrator – we get to attend these terrific events that are allow us to try out new & existing products, plus have a business building session as well.

This is the 1st year that these cross-Canada events have been held, and I’d like to give a shout-out to Dale Hampshire and Carri McMullen of the Calgary office who not only scheduled and prepped for these events, but also facilitate each & every one of them!  Thanks very much, Dale & Carri, for all your hard work!   I was thrilled to  be one of the 250 demonstrator volunteers across Canada; helping out at my local event – this one in Abbotsford, B.C.

Here’s a picture of Carri (standing) & the volunteers at the Registration table – the calm before the doors opened! :)

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Here is “Canada Dale” (right) and demo Melva Peters at the Project Life station:

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Notice something ‘funny’ about Dale??  No, those are not his own teeth! LOL  As Friday was Hallowe’en, he was having fun with some fake funny teeth!

Here are some of the projects shared that were from the SU! page on the Scrapbooks & Cards Today blog, and other conferences:

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These are the Make & Take projects that were made on Friday night:

Friday M&T

Friday M&T

Are these gorgeous or what?!  There’s a medium box made using the Under the Tree Specialty DSP and the Gift Box Punch Board, tied with Burlap Ribbon; Two 3″x3″ cards, again made with the Under the Tree Specialty DSP , a quick & fun Gift tag, and the fabulous Vellum Paper embossed Ornamental Pine card.    Not only did everyone get to make these projects – we also all got the Ornamental Pine stamp set for FREE to take home!!

This is a close-up of the card; you can see that the heat embossing with White embossing powder was done on the Vellum Paper, which was then layed on top of the Pine stamped image.

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The 2nd set of Make & Take projects are just as gorgeous, and just as fun to make!

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The large box was again made with the Under the Tree Specialty DSP; this is great DSP for making boxes, as it’s heavier than regular DSP, and you can really put a gift of some weight into the boxes!  The gift card holder (front) was made using the new Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Die – this made it super-quick to put this together!  What about that shaker card?!    The Christmas Bauble single stamp from the Holiday Catalogue was used, coloured with Blendabilities and filled with stars made with just 2 quick punches of the Confetti Stars Punch.

Here’s a close-up of the shaker card:

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Plus it was okay for us to fall in love with this card because – guess what stamp we got to take home for FREE?  You got it – the Christmas Bauble!!

Everyone loved the Make & Takes, and of course enjoyed making new friends and meeting other demonstrators!   Other perks to attending were of course the Business Session, the dozens of prizes that were given out, and of course the FUN! we all had! :)

Here’s Carri & a demo getting their groove on to some music while the Make & Takes were happening:

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These next pictures may be an instance of the “you had to be there” to find them funny, but here’s the scenario:  it was getting close to the end of the 2nd to last session on Saturday, so we were all getting a little tired, which equals getting a little silly!  Dale had a bowl full of Hallowe’en candy that we were sharing, and we were commenting on how the ‘Popeye Candy Sticks’ used to be called ‘Popeye Cigarettes’ years ago, and how as kids, everyone used to pretend to be smoking, with these candies.  This lead to everyone talking about the days when a lot of people used to smoke, then we were laughing about imagining a stamping class where people were smoking – eyes squinting in the smoke; blowing ash off your projects – so we all got really silly, and started to act it out!!

Here is one of the resulting photos!

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Trust me – no real cigarettes were present or smoked, and it was all  in good fun!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I was up to this weekend!  We are hoping that more of these Canadian Conferences will be happening yearly, if not more often.  If you’re interested in attending with me as my guest to one of the Product Playground (make & take) Sessions, please let me know!  It’s a great way to see a bit of the demonstrator life, and the wonderful community we have!

Until  next time – Happy Stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)

 

 

Weekly Deals, Project Life Giveaway, & more Creative Craft Escape Fun!

Hello there, my Stamping Friends!

As Winnie the Pooh would say (or was it Owl who said it first?) “it’s a blustery day” out there!  Actually, it’s been a wet & blustery week here on the West Coast – which I affectionately call ‘the West Coast’.  There’s a reason why we have such greenery year-round; and it’s name is rain! :)

I want to share with you this week’s Weekly Deals – they’re on special price from now until next Monday, November 3rd. (*ack!* it’s almost November!!!)

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Stampin’ Up! is also running  an amazing Giveaway!  Have you heard of Project Life, by Becky Higgins?  Well, Becky Higgins has partnered with Stampin’ Up! to bring you her special brand of products, but in styles only available at Stampin’ Up! – and of course, in our exclusive Stampin’ Up! colour collections!  This is what Becky Higgins has to say about this special partnership:

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Now, you have a chance to WIN the Becky Higgins Stampin’ Up! line of Project Life Products!

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Can you believe this?  100 winners will receive a Card & Accessory Pack, and 1 lucky winner will WIN EVERY PRODUCT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN THE LINE from Stampin’ Up!!

There’s NO PURCHASE NECESSARY – just CLICK THE ABOVE BANNER, and enter yourself TO WIN!  Good luck to you :)

One more new item you may be interested in; if you’re busy preparing your Christmas cards, and haven’t quite found the right image yet – take a look at this stunning new set titled ‘Gentle Peace’.

SU Gentle Peace

This image is absolutely gorgeous when coloured in with our amazing Blendabilities Markers; try stamping on Vellum Paper or Window Sheet, then colouring from behind for a perfect stained glass effect.  Or, simply stamp and heat emboss in silver or gold embossing powder – the image is powerful enough to stand on it’s own.

At only $19.95 for this 4 stamp photopolymer set, it’s a deal you can’t pass up – this will be a set you’ll be using for years to come!  Simply click on the ‘Order Online’ box, and enter item #139523.

Now, as promised – I’d like to share some more of the fun we had at my last week’s Creative Craft Escape!  This fun event was held jointly with one of my downline, Debbie P., and we had a blast!  The ladies all declared that they had a great time, and asked when the next event will be held?!  That’s gotta be a good thing, right?! :)

Of course when you have an event like this, you want to document it, by taking pictures.  So of course we have pictures – but, we also have PICTURES! :)

I had seen this fun idea done at Stampin’ Up! demonstrator get-togethers, and thought it would be so much fun!  So, I made a larger-than-life picture frame, got some funny photo props, and let everyone go to it!  Look at what came of our fun:

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Debbie P. (right) and I having fun!

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Karen & Karen

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Christine (left) & Debbie

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Lynn  & me (love those lips, Lynn! :) )

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Karen & Debbie (that mustache is hilarious!!!)

Unfortunately, not everyone got their picture taken, as everyone was excited to get started on their crafting!

Here are some of the ladies, concentrating on putting their cards together :)

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We knew that we wanted to spoil our guests, and give away lots of prizes; so we had to come up with a way that was different…..  So I came up with this idea!  You’ll notice that everyone is wearing a name tag….well, I stamped the tags in different In Colours, and when we made the tags for the prizes, we stamped them using the same colours.  When it came time to do our ‘Prize Patrol’ – whoever had the name tag colour that matched the prize tag – got that prize! :)  It was a fun way to give out the prizes, as no one knew who would be next – and of course, we made sure that everyone went home with a prize! :)

Here’s some of the ladies with their prizes:

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We even used Christmas gift wrap for the prizes! :)

I forgot to take pictures of all the yummy food & beverages we had (the house smelled wonderful – we made Mulled Apple Cider!), so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Well, I have a couple more pictures to share, but I think I’ll save them for the next post!  I hope you’ve made it this far, with me!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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