A Work in Progress

Hello stamping friend! I’m afraid that I don’t聽 have a new project to share with you today. It’s not that I haven’t been creating – in fact, I’ve been spending a lot of time doing just that! However, it’s all a work in progress.

As I’ve mentioned before, this Sunday is my Sale-A-Bration Celebration, to kick off of the start of the new Occasions catalogue, and Sale-A-Bration. So, while I do have lots of new projects, I’m kinda keeping them ‘under wraps’ until my guests see them on Sunday! 馃檪

This picture I took a few days ago of my work table; also known as my dining room table!


A Work in Progress

As you can see, it’s in pretty good shape! I had recently cleared it up, so that I’d have some more room to work. For Christmas, my boys had bought me a special holder for my Stampin’ Blends markers, and I had just finished putting them away.聽 As much as I love this case, wouldn’t it be great if Stampin’ Up! came out with one of their own? I have a weak spot for SU! branded merchandise! It looks cool, and helps people identify the products I use and sell!

Once I had my Stampin’ Blends all organized, I stamped a bunch of images from the Bird Banter stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and took them & my Blends to the couch, to watch tv and do some colouring!


A Work in Progress

I’m not the only one who does this, right? Because I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who stamps into the night…. As you can see, some of the birds I’d already cut out. Yes – by hand, with my Paper Snips!

I really enjoyed colouring these images with the Blends markers; they colour so smoothly, without leaving streaks and blend very well. Plus, these birds are just so cute!


If you love colouring – or especially if you don’t, but you want your colouring to look good – I highly recommend these markers! They’re high quality, dual tip alcohol markers, and they come in Stampin’ Up! colours. That means that聽 you can easily coordinate your images with your project. They can be purchased individually, in pairs, or in a whole set. You’ll also want to get the Color Lifter, for creating highlights and removing colour. CLICK HERE to see them in my online store.

So, you’ll just have to either attend my Celebration this Sunday, or come back on Monday to see the projects, the make & takes, and the fun we have!

If you’d like to order, click on the images below, or my signature, to go to my online store.


Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!


Are you ready to party?! Wow, I’ve been so busy working on samples for my Sale-A-Bration Celebration kick off party this coming weekend that I’m stoked! Using the new products and stamp sets really gets you in the creative, party mood, you know?

You’ve seen my previous posts, showing off one of the Sale-A-Bration sets called Heartfelt Blooms. If you missed them, or want another look, click HERE and HERE for the post. (they’ll open up in new windows, so you won’t lose your place!)

This is what the stamp set looks like:

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!

Isn’t this amazing? The detail is incredible! The stamp was created by taking a photo of an actual, living bouquet of flowers – then turning it into a stamp! When stamping, the stamp lays down the ink at different opacities, making it look like you’ve done a 2 or 3 step stamping, but in fact only stamping once!

Here’s a video created by Stampin’ Up! showing you ways to use this amazing stamp.


Isn’t technology amazing? And this is just the first in Stampin’ Up!’s new line of Distinktive stamps! I can’t wait to see what comes next! 馃檪

Another set that I really love, that I already have from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue is the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlits.

Here is the Amazing You stamp set

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration

And the Celebrate You Thinlits:

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration


For every $60 CAD you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product. For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting new announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving your customers more flexibility and options for their free items.

Let鈥檚 break it down:

  • If they spend $60 CAD, you get one free聽level 1聽product.
  • If they spend $120 CAD,you get one free聽level 2聽product, OR, they can choose two聽level 1聽items.
  • If they spend $180 CAD, you have the option to choose three聽level 1聽items or one聽level 1聽item and one聽level 2聽item.

This new option allows everyone to create a personalized Sale-A-Bration experience!

So, to get the Amazing You stamp set PLUS the Celebrate You Thinlits, you spend $180, and get the stamp set, which is level 1, and the thinlits, which are level 2!!

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up!, showing the possibilities of using these products separately, and together.


I’ve been having a blast creating with these new products – but I’m not going to show my projects until after my kick off party this weekend! I can’t spoil all the surprises!!


If you haven’t done so already, click these links below to check out the free products you can get during Sale-A-Bration!

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration

Another thing to keep in mind – in mid-February, Stampin’ Up! will be releasing a second round of products to select from, added to the existing Sale-A-Bration products! So even if you think you’ve gotten all the freebies you want – stay tuned for more! 馃檪

Let me know what you think about the new products, and the new 2 levels for SAB products! Just leave me a comment on this post – I always love to hear your thoughts!

If you’re not able (or close enough) to attend my Sale-A-Bration Celebration this weekend, but would like to receive the catalogues, send me a message at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll look after it!

Welcome to Sale-A-Bration

PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Hello there, stamping friend! It’s the new year, a new week – and a new challenge!

This week the Paper Craft Crew has a sketch challenge for you, and I can’t wait to see what you design!


PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

This fun challenge has lots of elements to play with! You get to choose whichever stamp set and colours you want to use. All you have to do is stay within the basic sketch when creating your project. You can keep the sketch orientation as it is, or you can flip it sideways, backwards, or upside down!

For my project, I decided to use a new FREE set from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue called Beautiful Peacock.


PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Don’t you love this beautiful bird, showing off his plumage?


AS you can see, I kept with only 2 colours for my card. I wanted to keep the focus on the shape of the peacock, and his feathers.

On a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the body of the bird in Bermuda Bay ink. Next stamp the tail feathers in Lemon Lime Twist ink. With these photopolymer stamps, it’s easy to line up the tail feathers right behind the bird. Again with Bermuda Bay ink, stamp the 2 different long feathers in Bermuda Bay ink, extending behind and above the tail.聽 For the feathers on the left side, I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker to ink only part of the long tail feathers to add behind the left side.

After stamping, attach the image panel onto a panel of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock that measures 4″ x 5 1/4″, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add that to a Bermuda Bay cardstock base, again with Dimensionals.

To finish off the front, add a 2017-2019 In Colour Bitty Bow in Lemon Lime Twist to the bottom left of the bird. Next, add some silver Metallic Enamel Shapes – circles – to the bow, and to the plumage.

PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch ChallengeINSIDE DETAILS

Of course you need to add a panel to the inside. Since there’s no sentiment on the outside of the card, I decided to combine the 2 sentiments in this stamp set and put them on the inside.

PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

The first sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink; the second in Lemon Lime Twist ink. To add a bit extra inside, I stamped the long tail feathers down the right hand side in Lemon Lime Twist ink.

PCC274 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

This could easily have been done as a 1 layer card, but I think adding the extra layer of colour makes it ‘pop’ a bit more!


If you haven’t already visited our Paper Craft Crew challenge page, be sure to go there and see what the rest of the Design Team have created. You will also find the link there, to add your card to the challenge.


You can make this card yourself! The Beautiful Peacock stamp set can’t be purchased, but you can earn it for FREE with a qualifying purchase of $60 (before tax/shipping) during Sale-A-Bration. If you really like this set, you’ll want to order sooner rather than later, as we’ve had some really popular sets run out in the past! The other supplies can be ordered by clicking on the product images below or on my signature. My online store is open 24/7, so you can start ordering from the new Occasions catalogue, and earning your FREE Sale-A-Bration sets, as of today, January 3rd! 馃檪

Last Day for Holiday Catalogue Orders

Can you believe it? TODAY is the last day for Holiday catalogue orders! That means that whatever you’ve had on your list, but still haven’t bought – NOW is the time! Santa didn’t come through for you? Hubby forgot to place the order in time? No problem – you got this!

The Holiday catalogue, the Retiring products and the Year End event all end today.聽 Your order needs to be submitted online by 10:50 pm PST, or 11:50 pm MT.

Check out the Year End Sale by clicking the image here:

Last Day for Holiday Catalogue

The Retiring Favourites here:

Last Day for Holiday Catalogue

Holiday Catalogue here:

Last Day for Holiday Catalogue orders


By clicking on any of the images above, you’ll be taken directly to my online store. You can shop directly from there. If you’d prefer to have me place聽 your order, email me with your info at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll take care of it!

Be sure to come back tomorrow, when I’ll be sharing more looks at the Occasions catalogue products and Sale-A-Bration items!

Last Day for Holiday Catalogue orders

It’s A Sale-A-Bration Celebration!

It’s a Sale-A-Bration Celebration – and you’re invited!聽

It's A Sale-A-Bration Celebration!

I’m very excited, and looking forward to showing you the latest and greatest from the new Occasions catalogue! Of course, you’ll also see the Sale-A-Bration brochure, and you’ll take home your own copies of these 2 publications.


Date: Sunday, January 7th, 2018聽

Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: My place in Burnaby, B.C.

Cost: FREE!

RSVP: by January 2nd, to debsmart@shaw.ca聽聽

The reason for requiring RSVP’s is to ensure that I聽 have enough Make & Takes prepared, as well as copies of the catalogues and course – refreshments!

Along with the Make & Takes, I’ll also be demonstrating some of the really COOL new products, and聽 you’ll see lots of samples I’ve created with the new products. So be sure to bring your camera, to capture some inspiration!

I’ve already shared a few sneak peeks of a couple of the new stamp sets –聽 you can check out those posts HERE, HERE and HERE.聽 These links will open in new pages, so you won’t lose your place here in this post!

I will also have my Designer Series Paper shares sign up, as well as upcoming class sign up sheets out. As well, I’m going to have a special announcement about how to get invited to a special bash in April – so don’t miss out!!


I’m located in Burnaby, B.C., so if you live in the Lower Mainland/Greater Vancouver area, you’re close enough to attend! Just email me a quick message saying you’ll be attending, and I’ll email you back with my exact address 馃檪聽 You can RSVP by either clicking on the image above, or email me directly at debsmart@shaw.ca聽

If you’re not able to attend, and live anywhere in Canada, but would like to receive the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues, email me with your contact info and mailing address, and I’ll send them out to you!

I hope I’ll see you here on January 7th! If not, be sure to request your catalogues, and check back, as I’ll be sharing pictures from the event afterwards! I’ll also share my DSP shares sign up, class schedule and the special announcement, after the 7th.

It's a Sale-A-Bration Celebration

Another Look at Heartfelt Blooms

Hello again stamping friend! I want to share another look at Heartfelt Blooms; the stamp set that you can earn for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration.聽 Sale-A-Bration starts on January 3rd, and runs until March 31st.

The Heartfelt Blooms set is made with a new technique; Stampin’ Up! is calling it ‘Distinktive’ (see what they did there? INK?!) This new type of stamp lays down the ink at different opacities, which gives the finished image more depth. It’s like 2 or 3 step stamping, without the extra steps!


Another Look at Heartfelt Blooms

In this closeup, you can see how the stamp creates it’s own shadowing and detail – what we normally have to do with multiple stamps.


Another Look at Heartfelt Blooms

Since I still had the colours out that I used on THIS CARD, I played with them again!


On a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the full flower image in Basic Gray ink. Next, stamp the image again on another piece of White, this time in Berry Burst ink. Use the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut the flower with a circle.

Use the Leaf Punch (in the Holiday catalogue) and punch out 2 sets of leaves, from Powder Pink cardstock. Stamp the sentiment from the Heartfelt Blooms set in Berry Burst ink onto a scrap of Whisper White.

Attach the large white panel to a card base of Berry Burst cardstock, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Next, attach the die cut image on top of the stamped image, lining them up as best you can. Use Dimensionals to attach it. Add a length of 1/2″ Finely Woven聽 Ribbon in Powder Pink under the sentiment with Tear & Tape, then add the punched leaves with Mini Glue Dots. Finally, attach the sentiment on top of the Berry Burst flower, with Dimensionals.

This is a quick & easy card to pull together, but this stamp gives it a ‘wow’ factor.

Another Look at Heartfelt Blooms


If you want to get this beautiful Heartfelt Blooms stamp set, you’ll need to place a qualifying order of $60 or more (before tax/shipping) during Sale-A-Bration! You can’t buy it – you can only get it for free! Your order can be for any product type, whether it’s from the new Occasions catalogue, the Annual catalogue, or the Clearance Rack.

If you don’t already have a demonstrator in Canada, and would like to receive the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogue, please email me at debsmart@shaw.ca with your information!

To order any of the current products I’ve used, simply click on either the product images below,聽 or my signature. My online store is open 24/7, so you can shop whenever it’s convenient to you!


A Few Timely Reminders

Hello stamping friend! Well, I’m trying to get back to a ‘normal’ schedule, but the fact that I can’t keep straight what day of the week it is…. Oh well! I thought that some of you may be like me, so I thought I’d share a few timely reminders. All links will open in a new page, so you won’t lose your place here, while checking out everything! 馃檪


A Few Timely REminders

The last day to reserve your Stamparatus is December 30th! If you don’t reserve one before then, you’ll聽 have to wait until the new Annual catalogue in June. Reserve your Stamparatus now, and when it’s ready for delivery only then will your credit card be charged (it will be after March 19th). The good news is – since it will charge & ship in March/April, you’ll be able to ADD product to the order that has your Stamparatus, which means you can bring your order to qualifying status for FREE Sale-A-Bration products!!聽 Read all about the Stamparatus and how to reserve in THIS POST.


A Few Timely Reminders

Time is running out! All Year End Closeout items and Retiring Products are now all ‘while supplies last’ – including retiring stamp sets! You have only until January 2nd to take advantage of sale prices, and get those retiring sets that you’ve had your eye on for the last few months! Didn’t get it for Christmas? Time to buy it for yourself now! Check out my online store HERE for these items, and read more about it in THIS POST.


A Few Timely Reminders

Normally, today I’d be sharing a new challenge with you for the Paper Craft Crew Design Team. However, due to the busyness of the holidays, the current challenge is lasting 2 weeks! You still have until next Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, to link your card for the challenge! You can see my card and the challenge in THIS POST.


Word on the street is that 2018’s kits are aaahhmazing! Be sure to sign up before January 10th to get your January kit, delivered to your door! If you’re in Canada, you can CLICK HERE to sign up with me. Once you’ve entered your information, just sit back and wait. Your creative escape will be hand delivered to your door around the middle of the month. Create the project exactly as the instructions say, or check out the Paper Pumpkin Pinterest page for alternate project ideas!


Want to get your hands on the March Paper Pumpkin kit for FREE – and before anyone else??聽 Take the RED BOX CHALLENGE! All you have to do is create an alternate project using a past Paper Pumpkin kit (one from your stash, or purchase one you wish you had!), and share your creation on Facebook or Instagram using #redboxchallenge !

Why the March kit? Well, that just happens to be the 5th Anniversary of Paper Pumpkin, so you can bet that this kit is going to be over the top special!!

Read the details of how and when to enter and qualify.

That’s a lot of information – see why I thought a post of reminders might be helpful!? You’re welcome 馃檪 Come back again tomorrow, and I’ll have another sneak peek for you!

Remember – I want to get your new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues to you – so send me your info, so I can get them sent out NOW! Email me at debsmart@shaw.ca聽聽

A Few Timely Reminders

Happy Leftovers Day!

Happy Leftovers Day! Otherwise known in most places around the world as ‘Boxing Day’! 馃槈聽聽I hope that if you celebrated Christmas yesterday, you had an enjoyable day. I enjoyed having family over for dinner, and cooking the traditional turkey dinner.

Today it’s almost back to normal. Somewhat quieter today, and some family have the day off work.聽 I’m back to share another sneak peek with you! This stamp is one of the FREE stamp sets that you can earn with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration, between Jan. 3rd and March 31st.


Happy Leftovers Day!

The stamp set is called Heartfelt Blooms, and contains the large image stamp, plus 3 sentiment stamps.

You’ll be seeing more of this type of stamp – it’s Stampin’ Up!’s new Distinktive stamps! They lay down the ink at different opacities, giving the finished image more depth. Just ink the surface lightly for a perfect photographic finish!


Start by stamping the water image from the Waterfront stamp set in Powder Pink ink onto the Whisper White cardstock panel. Stamp it 3 times, to create a large enough background area for the floral image.

Next, ink up the floral image from Heartfelt Blooms in Basic Gray ink, and stamp directly over the Powder Pink background.聽 This allows you to see the different depths in the image, while also creating colour for the flowers.

Ink the sentiment stamp with Berry Burst ink, and stamp onto Whisper White. Use the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut the sentiment. Cut a 1/2″ wide strip of Berry Burst cardstock, and layer it under the sentiment.


Layer the image panel onto a 1/4″ larger panel of Berry Burst cardstock. Next, attach both panels to a card base of Powder Pink cardstock. Layer the sentiment circle on top, to the left, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Tie a bow with the new Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon (from the new Occasions catalogue), and attach it with Mini Glue Dots.


Happy Leftovers Day!

Above, you can see better how the design of the stamp creates it’s own ‘layers’, without having to do 2 or 3 step stamping! Pretty cool, am I right?! 馃檪


This new stamp set isn’t available to purchase – you’ll only be able to get it for FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration! For this set, you only need to spend $60 (before tax/shipping) to get it for free. Your order can include any products; from the new Occasions catalogue, the Annual catalogue, and/or the Clearance Rack.


Happy Leftovers Day!


During Sale-A-Bration, hosting a party can bring you even MORE FREE PRODUCTS! That’s right – host a qualifying party of $330 or more, and you’ll earn not just your regular Host Benefits, but ALSO $35 MORE in Stampin’ Rewards!聽 That’s an extra $35 in whatever products you want!!

Book your party with me NOW – while all the best dates are still available!! Contact me at debsmart@shaw.ca, with your information, and I’ll get right back to you! I’ll take requests in first come-first serve order, so be sure to email me right away! 馃檪

You can order the other supplies now, but the new ribbon won’t be available until Jan. 3rd, 2018.聽 Click on the product images below to go to my online store.


Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a Very Merry Christmas! I hope that however you’re spending the day, that you are happy.

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!

Like you are probably doing, I’m spending some time with my family, and making memories.

Enjoy your day – and I’ll see you again soon!

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!

New Stamp Set Sneak Peek!

Finally – I’m getting to play with some of my pre-order goodies! I’ve had them for almost 2 weeks, but I’ve been strict with myself, saying that I MUST finish with Christmas projects, first! So here it is – a new stamp set sneak peek!

This set has a beautiful watercolour painting look that I just love! I can’t draw or paint worth a darn on my own, so I’m very happy that Stampin’ Up! creates these sets. The stamp set is called Waterfront, and contains 16 stamps; 10 image and 6 words.


New Stamp Set Sneak Peek!

Here is the stamp set, with one of the cards that I made. I decided to go with a tropical beach feel (note the palm trees!) with mountains in the background.聽 If I had left out the palm trees, this could be a scene from here in my home town, Vancouver, B.C.!


Using this Waterfront stamp set is really easy! You’re only limited by your own imagination, and the scene you want to create. This was my first play with the set, so I stayed pretty basic.聽 Stamp the mountains in Soft Suede ink. I stamped it twice, slightly offsetting them so one is slightly in the foreground. Next, stamp the grass area in Pear Pizzazz ink.聽 Note that you don’t have to use this image stamp as grass – that’s just what I decided to use it as! For the next step, I used the next larger image to create the sand area, stamping in Soft Suede ink. Finally, I used the largest image shape to create the water, stamping multiple times in Marina Mist ink.

I decided to add a bit of texture, so I stamped the dotted image in Pacific Point ink over the water, and Soft Suede over the ‘sand’ area. Then, the palm trees are stamped in Garden Green for the tops, and Soft Suede for the trunks. Finally, the sun is stamped in So Saffron ink.

New Stamp Set Sneak Peek!

To add the sentiment, stamp it in Marina Mist ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Use the retired Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut the sentiment, plus 1 size larger in Marina Mist cardstock. Layer them together with Stampin’ Dimensional, then attach to the image panel with more Dimensionals.

Put the card together by layering the stamped panel onto a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock, then attach it to a card base of Marina Mist cardstock.


I couldn’t stop at just one card, so I created this one, too!

New Stamp Set Sneak Peek!

This one on the left was fun! I used the same colours, but stamped to the right side of the panel, and left off the palm trees and ‘grass’ area. To give it a different look, I create a frame over the center of the image. Use the 2nd and 3rd largest of the Layering Squares Framelits, with the Big Shot and Crumb Cake cardstock to create the frame. Attach it with the Foam Adhesives Strips, to pop it up nicely. Add the sentiment on the left, in Marina Mist ink.聽 The final look reminds me of a piece of art in a gallery, with the description plaque beside the art!


This new stamp set will be available for you to order on January 3rd! Unless, of course, you decide that you can’t wait, and want to sign up as a demonstrator now! 馃檪 All other products are used are available to order. Click on the product images below, or on my signature, to order through my online store. Just a note – Stampin’ Up! will be closed for Christmas and Boxing Day (Dec. 25th and 26th) so there will be no shipping during those days. Orders can still be made online during those days, though!


If you don’t have a new Occasions and/or Sale-A-Bration catalogue, and are not a current customer of mine, please send me a quick email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll take care of that for you! I’m in Canada, so will only send out to Canadian addresses.