PCCCS146 – Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew, stamping friends!

I hope you’re ready to play along with us – we have another great sketch for you to start your creative engine!


I decided to mix the current with a new stamp set that I got in my pre-order – I think you’ll like it!

PCCCS146 best thoughts


I really wanted to use the new Hostess Set called “Best Thoughts” – I just love the flower image.  I decided to emboss it, so I stamped it in Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it using Gold embossing powder.  I did the same with the butterfly image, as well, to tie them together.

I coloured the flower using my Aqua painter and Blackberry Bliss ink; the leaves were coloured using the Aqua painter and Old Olive Ink.  I decided to use the same colours and technique in colouring the butterfly too.  I used the Elegant Butterfly punch to punch out a butterfly from Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

I started with a card base of Sahara Sand, and then layered a panel of Something Borrowed designer series paper.  I embossed a 1 1/2″ piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock using the Argyle embossing folder, and layered a 3/4″ strip of Gold Foil paper on top of that.  I punched the flower image using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, and layered it on top of a 2 1/2″ Circle of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  I used the Flower Fair Framelits to cut the leaves from Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and stamped the sentiment from the Bitty Banners stamp set, and cut it out using the Bitty Banners Framelits.

I finished the card off by adding 3 of the smallest rhinestones to the middle of the butterfly.

Please come over to the Paper Craft Crew page, and see all of the wonderful cards that the Design Team have made for your inspiration!  Then I hope you’ll join in the fun – create your own card using the sketch as inspiration, then link your card to the challenge.

I hope to see your card there – leave me a note & let me know if you’ll be playing along!  Thanks for stopping by today :)

Until next time, happy stamping!

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Watercooler Challenge & Weekly Deals

Welcome back, stamping friends!  I hope your week is going well; yes, I know it’s only Tuesday 😉

I’d like to share with you a card that I made for the WCC24 – Watercooler Challenge – this is a group of my friends, some who also participate in the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hops that I take part in; but all  of us ‘hang out’ at our virtual water cooler on the Stampin’ Up! demo-only site, chit-chatting, sharing personal as well as business happenings and stories.

This sketch is made by a fellow B.C. girl, my friend Stefanie Pletscher!



Here is my card:

WCC24 Wetlands

I used my Squares Framelits to cut the squares of Whisper White cardstock and Lullaby designer series paper.  I stamped the images from the Wetlands set, using Memento Black ink, and coloured in the goose image using Aqua Painters and Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe (upcoming new In Colour) and Bermuda Bay inks.  The sandpipers background was also coloured using Aqua Painters, along with Tip Top Taupe and Bermuda Bay inks.

I took a panel of Bermuda Bay cardstock, and stamped it with the splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge, in Bermuda Bay ink, for a tone-on-tone look.  I then wound the Hemp Twine (retired) 3 times around the cardstock, then attached it to the card base of Baked Brown Sugar (counting down it’s last days before it’s gone for good!)using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  After layering the stamped images on top of the DSP squares, I then used more Stampin’ Dimensionals to layer them over top of the Twine.

I hope you will go check out the fabulous inspiration cards made by the Watercooler Design Team – they are wonderful!  Plus, you can have a look at the other cards submitted for this challenge.  You can take part in it as well – you have until Friday to link your card!  C’mon – play along; it’s fun! :)

Now I have the new Weekly Deals to share with you – a lot of these items are not on the ‘retiring list’, but they are in the Occasions Catalogue, which you will only be able to order from until June 2nd!  That’s only 1 week from today!!  

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Wow  – these are some great deals!  You can add in the Weekly Deals to any order; you only have 1 WEEK  LEFT to order from the current catalogue, the Occasions catalogue, and the Retiring List!

On June 2nd, you will be able to order from the current Annual Catalogue, the Occasions Catalogue and the Retiring List, AS WELL AS the NEW Annual Catalogue!  Items carrying over from the current to the new catalogue that have prices changes, will be sold at the price in the current (2014-2015) catalogue price; brand new items in the new (2015-2016) catalogue will be charged the price in that new catalogue.  On June 3rd, the only catalogue that will be available for ordering from will be the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue.

So hurry and get your orders in soon, before it’s too late!  You can go directly to my online store by CLICKING HERE, or give me a call or email, and I’ll process your order for you.

I hope  you’ll come back tomorrow – I’ll have a Design Team card for you for the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Another Fun Stampin’ Up! Party!

Thank you very much to my wonderful Hostess Lynn K., for hosting her Stampin’ Up! party, and having me as her demonstrator!  Lynn has been a wonderful customer of mine for over a year – in fact this was her 2nd Stampin’ Up! party – so I guess we’re doing something right :)

It was such fun to introduce new people to the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products, show off how they coordinate, and how easy they are to use.  In fact, one of the guests already has her party booked for next month!

We spent lots of time hands-on creating; because that’s the most fun, right?!  Even when we were finished out projects, the guests were trying out different embossing folders, framelits and dies; Lynn brought out lots of her own stash to add to the fun!

I really enjoy meeting new people, and spending time creating together.  For me, it’s the best part of this job.  Seeing someone’s face light up, as they look at their finished project and say “wow – I did that!” is just the best :)

So here is our first project – we made this card:

lynn's party -birthday bash

How fun is this?!   We started by layering a strip of one design from the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper onto the balloon image from the same DSP, and tying a piece of Thick Baker’s Twine in Whisper White around it.  Then using the Labels Framelits cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the sentiment from the Balloon Bash stamp set in Calypso Coral.  We then re-inked the stamp in Bermuda Bay, stamped it again, then hand-cut just the word ‘celebrate’ and layered it over the first stamped sentiment, popping it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  A very cute card, that anyone would love to receive on their birthday!

Since the guests were already familiar with stamping, I thought I’d show them that Stampin’ Up! isn’t just about stamping – it’s about creating 3D as well.

lynn's party - curvy keepsake box

We used the Curvy Keepsake Box die, plus the Butterfly Thinlits to create this lovely gift box.

After die cutting the box from Daffodil Delight cardstock using the Big Shot, we used the Petite Petals stamp set and Daffodil Delight ink to stamp flowers all over the box pieces.  We then assembled the box.  The large butterfly is die cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock, and layered with the small butterfly, die cut from the Fancy Foil Vellum in Gold.  The Butterfly Thinlits are perfect for this!  After gluing the 2 butterflies together, we then snipped them in half, down the middle, then attached each 1/2 on each side of the handle of the Curvy Keepsake Box.  This way – the box can be opened, and the butterflies stay intact!

We had lots of fun (and Lynn provided some yummy treats & lemonade, too!), the guests were happy with their prizes, and Lynn of course received a special Hostess Gift from me!  I’m looking forward to her guest’s party next month.

If you’re interested in hosting your own Stampin’ Up! party, having fun and earning FREE product, just send me an email or give me a  phone call – I’d love to help you & your guests have a fun ladies night (guys are welcome too!) and get crafty!  Call me at 604.298.0472 or email debsmart@shaw.ca

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Sprinkles of Life – another Sneak Peek!

Hello stamping friends!

Well, I had originally planned this card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge – but I missed the cut-off time today!  Oh well!  I was just too busy; my lovely customer Lynn is hosting a Stampin’ Up! party tomorrow evening, and I’ve been making sure I’m all prepped & ready for fun with Lynn and her friends!  We always have a good stampin’ good time at a Stampin’ Up! party :)

Plus, I’m holding a “About the Guys” class on Friday evening; we’re focusing on upcoming Father’s Day, and will be making 2 cards and 2 gift card holders.  I’m not the only one who gets a lot of mileage out of gift cards for ‘guy’ days, am I??  It’s not that I don’t bother to shop – it’s that the guys in my life seem to have everything already!!  (they aren’t reading this – it’s okay!  besides; they like going & getting what they want!)

So here I am with another card, featuring another way to use the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set:

sprinkles of life - cupcake

My cards previously using this set included making clouds, flower baskets and an ice cream cone; now here is the cupcake version!!  Isn’t that coordinating sentiment just the cutest?!

My card base is Whisper White cardstock, with a panel of Cucumber Crush embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder on top.  To the left I place a panel of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, and on top of that are small rectangles of Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the bottom of the cupcake in Crumb Cake in on Crumb Cake cardstock;  the top was stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Watermelon Wonder ink.  The sprinkles are stamped (yes, this set comes with a stamp for sprinkles!) in Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.  The cupcake top was punched out using the Tree Builder Punch.

The cupcake was layered on top of a 1 3/4″ punched circle of  Cucumber Crush, which was layered on top of a 2″ Scallop Circle of Watermelon Wonder.  Everything was layered onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment is in Watermelon Wonder ink, and the little bow is made of Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine.

I think this cute card could be given to anyone, for just about any happy occasion; a birthday, a thank you, or just because.  Like I said on previous posts, I am just loving this stamp set; it is so versatile – I’ve used it 4 times, and haven’t repeated a theme yet!  And I haven’t even made a standard tree, yet!  I’m looking forward to getting  a lot more use out of this stamp; I think you’d be happy if you were to add it to your ‘must have’ list, come June 2nd and you can order it!

I hope you enjoyed this card; thanks for spending a few moments of your day with me!  If you’d like to leave a message, I’m always happy to read them :)

Until next time – happy stamping!

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PCCCS145 – Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!   I just love our new header, don’t you?  It was designed by our wonderful team member, Crystal Komara – she personalized each one for each team member :)

This week’s sketch challenge is another fabulous one to play along with:


I’m not quite ready to part with the retiring In Colours yet – so I included them in my card:

pcccs145 something for baby

Coastal Cabana is such a cool, refreshing blue; I  hope it comes back in the next colour refresh, whenever that may happen!  You can see I used the Coastal Cabana for my card base, and layered a panel of Smoky Slate, embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.   I punched a 2 1/2″ Circle from Lullaby Designer Series Paper, then cut off 1/3rd of it, and split the pieces of the circle on either side of a piece of Whisper White cardstock. All of the images come from the Something for Baby stamp set – which I’m happy to say is not retiring!  I stamped the baby onsie image in Crisp Cantaloupe onto a scrap of Whisper White, along with the heart in Coastal Cabana, the hanger in Smoky Slate, and the diaper pin which I coloured using the Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write markers.  I used the Baby’s First Framelits Dies and Big Shot, and was able to die-cut all those pieces!  Isn’t it great when being creative is made easy for us?!  Oh – and the little flowers were also die cut, too!

I stamped the sentiment from Petite Pairs using Coastal Cabana ink on Whisper White cardstock, used the Large Oval Punch to punch it out, and the Scallop Oval punch for the Coastal Cabana layer behind it.

After layering all the pieces onto the base, mostly with dimensionals, I added a small bow using the Crisp Cantaloupe Baker’s Twine.

I just love using sketches for card designs; once you’ve decided on which stamp set to use, the card comes together so quickly.  I hope you’ll come on over to the Paper Craft Crew page and play along with the sketch challenge – you don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to play!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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New Weekly Deals!

Hello stamping friends!

We’re just coming off a long weekend here in Canada (if you’re elsewhere) – yesterday was Victoria Day, in celebration of the Queen’s birthday.  We really appreciate Her Majesty giving us a day off :)

So it’s back to work today  – and an eye exam, which means that after I get those drops in my eyes, I won’t be able to see up-close for a while!  That’s why I thought I’d better post now, before I head for my appointment.

This week there are some great deals; a few of the items will not be carrying over from the Occasions Catalogue, though they aren’t ‘officially’ retiring (which means they may show up in another catalogue later) – so that’s a good reason to grab them now!

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Of course all of the current Designer Series Paper retires with the catalogue, but the Chalkboard Paper and the Chalk Ink are not being carried over – just a *hint* for you! 😉

Another great deal you want to cash in on –

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Sign up or Gift a Paper Pumpkin subscription, and you’ll get 50% OFF of the first 2 months!  Woohoo!!  Imagine – you can give yourself (or a friend) the gift of crafting for 2 months, at the price of 1!  You’ll look like such a hero!

This amazing offer is only available until June 10th, 2015, so don’t delay!  To SIGN UP NOW, just CLICK HERE , type in the code SAVE50 and shazaam – you’re in!

My SPECIAL GIFT for you – I will send you a FREE wood-mount sized with a special Paper Pumpkin insert, for you to stash the EXCLUSIVE Paper Pumpkin stamps and Ink Spots that you receive with each month’s kit.  Just for you!

What?  You’re still here?  Get signed up NOW, before it’s too late!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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You’re Invited to My Party!

Hello stamping friends!

Wow – thank you for making our Creation Station Blog Tour such a huge success yesterday – obviously everyone has been anxious to have a sneak peek at the new products in the upcoming catalogue!  :)

Well, if you want to see more, and if you live in my area – Lower Mainland of B.C., Canada – you’re invited to attend my New Catalogue Kick-Off Party – happening on Sunday May 31st from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

We’ll have lots of fun, with refreshments, prizes, displays of new products & samples, make & takes  and of course everyone will receive their very own copy of the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue!

I’ve been busy getting ready for the bash; labels for the catalogues, my annual book mark with the new In Colours – here, have a peek!

2015-17 In Colour bookmarks


The bookmark gives you a sample of the cardstock, the ink and the marker colours!  It’s so nice to see them in person, rather than just in the catalogue.   You’ll be able to try out some of the new tools – punches and the Gift Bag Punch Board – and of course, everyone will have a Wish List – you’ll fill it up fast, I’m sure!

So if you’d like to attend, just send me an RSVP by Friday, May 22nd, so I can make sure I have enough make & take kits assembled for everyone.  You can either email me at debsmart@shaw.ca or call me at 604.298.0472 to reserve your spot!  If you can’t make it, but would like to receive a catalogue, let me know!

Now I’m off to do more prepping – I have a busy week, with a Lynn’s Stampin’ Up! party on Thursday, a class on Friday, plus Technique Club next week before the party – wow, I’m going to be doing lots of stamping!  Yay me!! :)   (it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it!)

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Creation Station Blog Tour – New Product Sneak Peek!

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Welcome to our blog tour – this time we’re going to give you a sneak peek at some projects that we’ve made with new products from the upcoming Annual Catalogue!

Every year we are sad when we see the list of retiring stamps and products; but then, we’re quickly taken over by the excitement of seeing the new catalogue, and all the wonderful new products and creative possibilities ahead of us :)

Another reason to be excited – we have 3 new members in the Creation Station team!  Please join me in welcoming the incredibly talented Sarah Klass, fabulous Dena Renkow and creative whiz Martha Inchley  (a fellow Canadian – yay!)  I know you’ll love their contributions to our blog tours, and the inspiration they’ll provide.  Sarah and Martha are joining us this tour, and Dena will be joining us on the next one.

We make it easy for you to enjoy the blog tour; we’ve linked our blogs in a circle, so that no matter where you start, you can simply keep clicking the ‘next’ button to move onto the next blog (unless of course you prefer to go backwards; then click the ‘back’ button!).

I know that you’re all dying to see some of the new products, so let’s dive right in!

These first cards use the wonderful Hostess set called Best Thoughts:

best thoughts

Isnt’ that flower image gorgeous?!  It reminds me of an Amaryllis – but I’m not sure… I’ll have to do some more research.  For now, I was too excited to get stamping!

I just had to try out more than one colour – so I made 2 of these cards :)  The one on the left is coloured with Watermelon Wonder; the one on the right using Mint Macaron.  Here are individual pictures, to share more details:
best thoughts watermelon wonder

I used a card base of Whisper White cardstock, and layered a panel of Watermelon Wonder cardstock on top.  I stamped the flower image in Black Staz-On ink, then used an Aqua Painter and Watermelon Wonder ink to colour the flower.  It is so easy feel ‘artsy’ doing this!  When it had dried a bit, I went back and added more ink, to add dark shading.  The stem is coloured with the Aqua Painter and the new Cucumber Crush ink – it’s a bright green, and I can see me using it a lot at Christmas.  The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White in Watermelon Wonder, and I used the new Banner Triple Punch for perfect tails!  Before attaching it all to the card base, I added a strip of the gorgeous new 1″ Dotted Lace Trim, in Watermelon Wonder, along the bottom of the stamped panel.

This next card is basically the same, in Mint Macaron:


I used the same colouring technique; and Aqua Painter and Mint Macaron ink over the image stamped in Black Staz-On ink, and the stem coloured with Cucumber Crush.  I also did the banner sentiment in the same way, with the new Banner Triple Punch.  On this card, I did add a panel behind the stamped image; this is from the delightful Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack – these are wonderful stacks, in a new size of 6″ x 6″ – perfect for card making & scrapbooking!  This particular pattern is a lovely striped of Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White.

My next card uses another new set (of course) – this is the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  You may already know, but Stampin’ Up! is a staunch supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities; in every catalogue there is 1 stamp set, and $3 from the sale of that stamp set is donated to RMCH.  To date, Stampin’ Up! has donated over $1 Million !!  So if you love this stamp set, rest assured that you’re also supporting a wonderful cause, when you purchase it :)

sprinkles of life ice cream

This is an amazing photopolymer stamp set – it comes with 22 stamps; 14 images and 8 sentiments.  Another bonus – it has a coordinating PUNCH!!  Woot!!  It’s called the Tree Builder punch, and punches out 7 different shapes.

For this card, I created a triple scoop ice cream cone; the cone was hand cut, but the scoops were each punched, as well as the cherry on top.  I used all of the new In Colours on this card; the ice cream was stamped in Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, and Delightful Dijon inks, then coloured using the matching Stampin’ Write Markers.  The cherry was coloured in Real Red.  The ice cream cone was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock using Tip Top Taupe, and coloured using the same ink, with a Sponge Dauber.  The sentiment was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink, to pull in the colour from the Designer Series Paper – another pattern from the Cherry on Top DSP Stack.  I layered the sentiment on top of a piece of  Watermelon Wonder cardstock, after punching banner tails using the Banner Triple Punch.  The Banner Triple punch is called that because you can punch 3 different sizes of banner ends – 1″, 1 1/2″ and 2″, on whatever length of cardstock you want.  It is going to be VERY heavily used by me and my classes, I know that for sure!

To finish off the card, I added some gold sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim – yes, it’s in the new catalogue (with more new colours of sequins)!  :)

The Sprinkles of Life set is so versatile, I had to use it again, to make a totally different card:


sprinkles of life window box

Would you have guessed that this is the same stamp set?!  Along with the ice cream cone, it also comes with this other shape, which you can use for a basket of flowers, as I did here, or you can make it a cupcake!

Here I created a little window scene, with baskets of flowers outside the window.  I stamped the baskets on Whisper White cardstock using Crumb Cake ink, and coloured them using the Crumb Cake ink and a Blender Pen.  The flowers were all coloured using Stampin’ Write markers, in colours of Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Yellow.  I created the window frame by stamping Crumb Cake cardstock with the Hardwood background stamp, in Crumb Cake ink.  The curtains were made using another pattern of the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper stack; I cut the pieces, scalloped the bottom using a retired Adorning Edgelit die, then ran the pieces through the retired paper Crimper.

I decided to make the sentiment like a little outdoor sign hanging from the window; stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I used the individual flower stamp from this set to stamp some random flowers in Delightful Dijon and Mint Macaron, then I distressed the sign a bit using a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink.  The butterfly is from the Best Thoughts set, and I used the Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder markers to colour it.  Everything was layered using Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a card base of Pool Party cardstock.

Well, I still couldn’t stop myself – so I made another card with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set!!  I’m telling you – I’m hooked!  My mind was just racing with ways to use this set, and I’m nowhere near done yet!  This idea was from the South Pacific Convention (I watched the video) where Sarah Douglass shared a card similar to this one:

sprinkles of life - clouds

You see what I mean about the many, many ways to use this stamp set?!  Here you  can see that the ice cream scoops are now clouds!

My card base is of Pool Party cardstock; for the next layer I used the retiring black Chalkboard paper – I just love the depth of this black, and it’s so wonderful to stamp on; it’s too bad that it hasn’t been carried over to the new catalogue.  I don’t know if you can see in this picture, but I stamped some raindrops – yes, there is a stamp for raindrops! – in Versamark ink onto the black Chalk Paper.  I stamped the clouds in Versamark ink onto Smoky Slate cardstock, then heat embossed them with Silver embossing powder.  Because every cloud has a silver lining!  (see what I did there?)  I stamped & embossed the sentiment in the same way.  I  punched out some bright raindrops using the Tree Builder punch and bits of cardstock in Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder, and attached them using Glue Dots.

The tree branch was stamped in Tip Top Taupe, the bird’s nest (which is actually a piece of the leaves shape for the tree) in Cucumber Crush and the bird in Delightful Dijon.  I didn’t have to fussy cut anything, thanks to the wonderful Tree Builder punch :)

I wanted to do more projects, using the new Bag Builder Punch and the Cotton Paper – but I had to stop somewhere!  I’m sure that the other members of the team will have used those for you to see.

Thanks for spending some time with me; I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects, and that they have you looking forward to receiving your new catalogue.  I’d love to hear your feedback, if you’d like to leave your comment!

If you started at the very beginning of the tour, you have now reached the end.  If you started somewhere else, then all you need to do to continue is to click the Next button, and you’ll be taken to our fearless leader’s blog – the talented Jen Arkfeld!  I know you’ll love her projects.  If you’d like to head back and have another look at Sara Levin’s amazing creations, just click on the ‘Back’ button.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Wacky Watercooler ‘Retirement Blues’ Blog Hop

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 Welcome to the May edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – this month we’re all about the “Retirement Blues”!

Are you like us, and mourning the retirement of some of your favourite colours, stamps and designer series papers?  I think as demonstrators, we get hit a little ‘harder’, since we don’t demonstrate products that we can no longer sell (well, sometimes I do, but that just gets you, my customers, frustrated!  so I try not to do it anymore!).   However, we do tend to hoard – er, keep – some of our most treasured sets, just like you.

So today I’m sharing some of the sets and colours that I’m going to miss the most; let me know if mine are on your list, too!

Before I get started – a bit of housekeeping – if you’ve never taken a ‘blog hop’ before, no worries, it’s easy peasy!  All of our blogs are linked in a circle, so that as long as you keep going in one direction – clicking either ‘next’ or ‘back’, you’ll see all the amazing projects we’ve created for you.  If you like to jump about at your leisure, just click the ‘home’ button, and there you will find the list of all the participating blogs, with links you can click to visit.

Okay – we’re off!  My first card is a quick & easy one; which is why I loved this Chalk Talk stamp set so much – making tags & cards with it was so easy!

chalk talk

The good news is that the Chalk Talk Framelits are NOT retiring – so that means that there will be a new stamp set to coordinate with them!  Yay!!

In this card I also used several of the retiring colours; I used Baked Brown Sugar cardstock for the base, and a panel of Lullaby Designer Series Paper.  On top of that is a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock, embossed with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder (which is NOT retiring, but the coordinating stamp set & punch are!).  I stamped the sentiment in Hello Honey onto Whisper White cardstock, and used the Chalk Talk Framelits to die cut it using the Big Shot.  I added knotted Hello Honey and Coastal Cabana ribbon, and some Neutrals coloured Candy Dots to finish off the card.

That card came together so quickly, that I decided that it would just be a ‘bonus’ project!  I have 3 more to share, so grab a beverage, and settle in :)

My next card uses one of those stamps sets I mentioned earlier – you know, the kind that I’m going to hoard keep, even though it’s retiring!

perfect blend


Everyone who knows me, knows that coffee is my thing!  So when SU! came out with Perfect Blend, it was serendipity!

I saw this great new fancy fold, called a ‘corner fold’ on several different demonstrators blogs, and I just had to try it out – such fun :)  (if you Google ‘corner fold card’, you’ll come up with several video tutorials).  The card base is Coastal Cabana, layered with Basic Black and Whisper White cardstocks.  I stamped the cup images in Crumb Cake ink first directly onto  the panel, then several more times onto scrap Whisper White, so that I could cut out the separate pieces to then layer them back together.  The DSP I used for the sleeves is from the Sale-a-bration Best Year Ever pack.  I then used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (not retiring – thank goodness!) in Crumb Cake to make the coffee drips.  I stamped the sentiment onto Whisper White, and used the Curly Label punch for it, and layered it onto a piece of Coastal Cabana also using the same punch.  I layered these onto a piece of the Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon.

This next card was also quick to pull together, using a two-step stamp in 2 different ways.

stippled blossoms

This beautiful Stippled Blossoms set is so gorgeous – and so versatile, I’m really going to miss it (or am I? hee hee hee!)  Here I used 2 of the retiring In Colours; Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding.

On a panel of Whisper White cardstock, I created my own background using the detail image flower stamp in Strawberry Slush ink.  It reminds me of a beautiful toile pattern, don’t you think?  On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I then stamped the background/solid flower image in Strawberry Slush, stamping off once, first.  Then using the ink full strength, I stamped the detail image on top, to create the full beautiful flower.  I stamped 2 of the leaves in Pistachio Pudding ink, using the same technique of stamping off once for the bottom image, then full strength for the detail/top image.

To create the sentiment, I stamped it from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (spoiler alert – not retiring!), then stamped just the base image of the leaves in Pistachio Pudding.  I then die cut it, using the Big Shot with the retiring Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Thick Baker’s Twine in Strawberry Slush and Crisp Cantaloupe tied on the side finish the front panel, then layered onto a base of Strawberry Slush cardstock.

Finally, this card uses a set that I know isn’t on the Retiring List, as it’s in the Occasions Catalogue, but having seen the new Annual Catalogue, I know it hasn’t been carried over – at least, not yet, anyway (which doesn’t leave me too hopeful that it will).  I was lucky enough to have received this set when I attended the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Convention in January – it’s called Balloon Bash.

balloon bash


This set is just so cheerful – perfect for Birthday celebrations :)  I made another fun-fold for this card, because birthdays can be fun (regardless of your age :) )

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 9 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, scored at 2 1/2″ and 5 1/2″, then accordion folded.  On the 2 1/2″ score line, I used the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out the aperture; the punch works even through 2 layers of cardstock, as the Whisper White is not as thick as our coloured cardstock. (if you’re using other cardstock, I would recommend using the Circle Framelits with the cardstock open).   I then embossed just the front panel using the retiring Fancy Fan embossing folder.

On the inside of the card, lining up the images with the circle aperture, I stamped the 3 balloons in Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana.  I then added the ‘confetti’ image along the top, in Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana.  In this next picture, you can see the inside of the card:

balloon bash inside viewI then added the inside sentiment from the Yippee Skippee  stamp set, which is also retiring.  After stamping the inside, I added a back panel of Strawberry Slush measuring 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.  To the front fold, I added a strip of Strawberry Slush cardstock measuring 1″ x 5 1/4″, and scalloped using the retired Adorning Accents Edgelits.  The sentiment from Balloon Bash was stamped in Coastal Cabana  on Whisper White, and die cut using the Chalk Talk Framelits, and layered on a piece of Strawberry Slush cardstock punched using the Decorative Label Punch.

Well, that’s it for me!  I  hope you enjoyed seeing my projects, featuring some of my favourite stamp sets and colours.  What will you miss the most??  I’d love it if you have time to leave me a comment, and let me know what you’ll be missing from the retiring products, and how you’re enjoying our blog hop!

Now you’re off to visit my friend from Vancouver Island Stefanie Pletscher to see what she’ll be missing – just click the ‘Next’ button to go to her blog.  If you’d like to head back and check out Jackie Susnick’s fabulous projects again, just click the ‘Previous’ button.  If you’re not sure where you want to go, just click the ‘Home’ button to get to the Wacky Watercooler main blog page.

Thanks for spending time with me today – enjoy the rest of the Hop!

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My Pre-Order Goodies Sneak Peek!

Hello everyone!

I was so excited yesterday afternoon  when my lovely delivery man  (a.k.a. Mr. Brown) from UPS delivered my 2 boxes of catalogues, and BIG box of pre-order goodies from the new catalogue!

I didn’t even take time to ‘set up’ my table – I just shoved things aside, set up my camera, made a video and took a picture of everything :)

First, here is the picture of my pre-order goodies:

pre order products

I’m so thrilled that I finally get to see the colours in person, and touch & feel everything!  Oh – in my video, I forgot to mention the large 12″x12″ paper pack at the very back (it was together with my Window Sheets in the box) – that is the new Cotton Paper, in all the new In Colours – ohmygosh – just wait til I show you what you can make with it!!

Okay – a bit about the video….  it was my very first video made, so please give me your feedback!  Was I talking too slow, too much, etc., what about the lighting…you know, what you thought about the video  itself.

Next – wow, I thought I would never get the thing to the light of day!!  First, I tried uploading directly to Youtube; I felt like I was back to the old-fashioned dial-up internet service!!  It took overnight – yes, a whole night time – before it finally uploaded, and then it went into ‘processing’….and guess what?  It’s still there!!

Needless to say, I am NOT that  patient; so after some research and consulting with other friendly demonstrators (I just love the demonstrator community; everyone is so giving and sharing!  You rock, ladies & gents!!) I downloaded Window Movie Maker to my computer, uploaded my video to that<insert more waiting> then did some basic editing (added some text), then voila!  It’s finally DONE, loaded  to Youtube, and I’m going to share it here, with YOU!   Because that’s how much I care!

I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting this video (I can see the search terms that lead you to my blog!) so here it  is!!

Please share this with your friends, who are also probably dying to get a look at the new catalogue goodies!  You can either forward them a link to this page, or send them the link to my Youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjkS3rnl6ds&feature=youtu.be

I really hope you enjoy the video, and if you’d like to come to my New Catalogue Kick-Off Party on May 31st, just email me at debsmart@shaw.ca (I’m in Burnaby, B.C).    If you can’t make it to the party, but would like a catalogue, just email me with your information, and I’ll send one off to  you.

Okay – I’m off to play with my new products again!!  Until next time – happy stamping!

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