Friday, December 16, 2011

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited about this promo and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! The Clearance Rack Blitz is on from now until January 5th. There are over 200 new items on the Rack and the discounts are crazy – up to 80% off the original catalogue prices! Right now there are still a ton of punches, ribbons, chipboard and papers left… but it’s a first-come-first-served sale so once the stock is gone – that’s all! Make sure you get your order in sooner than later as your faves might be gone!

If you order through my online site, all the awesome benefits still apply. You will get preferred pricing with me as your Demonstrator. You will also get hostess rewards if your order hits $200. (You could even ask your friends what they want and add theirs to yours to hit a higher total and get more free stuff!). What a great bunch of stocking stuffers these items would make for the scrap-addict in your life!

You can check out the promo on my website and just click the big picture to be brought to the shopping site.

Happy shopping!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Shoes & Stamps!

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been a blogging stranger over the past little while!  I got rolling with a new business venture that I am absolutely loving - J9 Design shoes!  It really took off in my hometown and surrounding area so the past month and a half or so has been CrAzY bUsY!!!  If you would like to see what all the hype is about, check out Manitoba's own "J9 Design" on Facebook or on the web.  We are the very first shoe party company in the province!

So now that you know all about my affair with shoes and that I've been cheating on my stamps with  my shoes for months now.... it's time to refocus on crafting!

I got the inspirational kick-in-the-pants when I got my demonstrator-only sneak preview of the Occasions Mini catalogue and Sale-a-Bration brochure!  When I placed my preorder online, I was treated to 2 free gifts for recruiting in November!  With my preorder, I was eligible for Sale-a-Bration items - a total of 5 FREE ones!  I also got $55 of hostess dollars to spend!  A total FREE haul of 3 stamp sets, 2 digital ensemble CD's (for My Digital Studio), pack of patterned paper, ribbon & brad bundle, decorative journalling spots, glass glitter, Sweet Pressed cookie stamps AND a punch!  Woo hoo I love my job!

If you want to get on the list for an Occasions Mini catalogue and a Sale-a-Bration brochure, be sure to contact me.  If you haven't heard of Sale-a-Bration, PLEASE do contact me!  It's the most exciting time of the Stampin' Up! year!

Here are a couple cards I made out of my favorite paper, Pocketful of Posies.  I love the large, bold patterns and how easy it is to add just a few embellishments and have a card done!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Don't hate me, but....

Hi everyone!

Just a spoiler alert... I will be posting a couple Christmas cards today!  I know, I know, it's still early, but don't hate me just yet!  Despite the fact the weather has been absurdly beautiful this October, the month is almost over.  Then comes November, then comes December!  I know that if you're like me, you'll have an insanely busy November and early December, so why not get those cards done now??  It will save you time in the long run and you'll be so proud you got them done early; saving time for more important things like visiting friends and family this coming season.

Here are a couple cards I made which will be featured in my November Christmas Card class (please contact me for more details). 

 This one features the Gifts of Christmas stamp set.  It was stamped in Versamark ink then sprinkled with silver embossing powder and heat set.  It was mounted on old Xmas patterned paper, but you can use any old stuff you have handy.  Then a sparkly knotted bow was added diagonally and anchored behind the patterned paper panel.  I also added 3 cute mini brads in the lower right corner.  Then the whole thing was mounted on a Not Quite Navy standard sized card panel.
This card uses an old hostess set called Patterned Pines - which is still one of my favorites! The trees are inked up with individual markers in Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Island Indigo (a new In Colour!).  I used 3 assorted silver brads to top the trees, then double matted the trees on Baja and Indigo paper leaving 1/8" border.  This fits perfectly into the frame created by the Tulip Border embossing folder which was used on the Chocolate Chip card base.

Hope you enjoyed a little sneak  peek at next class!  Best wishes on your Christmas crafting!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Flu's of Fall!

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the delay in not posting! I was really busy in the last half of September. I had a great time at my first card class with 8 wonderful gals. We made 6 awesome cards and had lots of fun. The rest of September was spent prepping for a tradeshow in a neighbouring town. It was my first time to this town for Stampin’ Up!, so it was great to meet new people and find new customers. A little boy was so excited to find a truck card for his grandpa, it was adorable.

Anyhow, I wanted to share a card today that is very current to what’s happening in my life! First of all, I absolutely LOVE fall; the colours, the crispy leaves, the chilled breeze, the excitement of oncoming holidays! But….while I’ve been lucky enough to avoid the seasonal coughs/colds/flus, many of my friends have gotten bugs and have been under the weather (even though the weather is unseasonally warm here! It’s like June!). This inspired me to make a get well card with a fall theme.

I used Soft Suede cardstock as a base for my card. I used the Leaves #2 die and my Big Shot to cut out different leaves in the colours of Pool Party, More Mustard and Soft Suede. These colours coordinate with the Spice Cake designer series paper that I used. To make the texture, you glue the leaves to the patterned paper panel then run the whole thing through the Big Shot with the Lattice embossing folder. It creates an inlaid embossing look. I anchored the panel to the base with 4 Mustard brads then added the “get well wishes” sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

I hope you and your families are not suffering any of these fall flus. It’s far too beautiful outside to be sick!

Take care!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Big Fat Greek Wedding Card

Hi everyone!

I wanted to show you a custom card I made at the request of a lady I work with. She wanted a Greek style wedding card. I don’t know a whole lot about Greece, despite having visited there on a school trip. I do remember the beautiful blue of the ocean against the white of the shoreline houses though… So I jumped off from that for the inspiration on this card.  I ran into problems when I saw the vision of the card in my head, but realized I don’t even have the Lattice die that I would need! Luckily, my sweet friend Linda came through for me and saved the day by lending me hers {{thank you Linda!!}}.
I used her Lattice die with Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot machine then adhered it to a Pacific Point card backing. The base of the card is also Pacific Point, but matted to 1/8” with White as well. I rolled Old Olive cardstock through the Big Shot twice with our Little Leaves Sizzlit diecut. I cut the leaves a bit to space them out more on the bottom of the card. Then I punched a bunch of tiny Always Artichoke dots using the Cupcake builder punch. These are my olives on the olive branches!! I have no idea if they realistically resemble an olive or not, but I think the Greek newlyweds will get it!

The card is finished off with the “congrats” sentiment from the Tagtastic hostess set.

I also wanted to show something else I’ve been working on….My new kick is BOOKMARKS! You can get one done super fast and feel really good that you’ve accomplished something. That feeling is few and far between for me lately. I just feel so busy and guilty that I’m neglecting my stamping stuff. But you can bust one of these out in less than 15 minutes, so it makes you feel great!!!
This one was made by cutting our DSP cardboard packaging insert down to 8” by 2.5”. Then I covered it with Baja Breeze cardstock. I stamped a few different images from the Artistic Etchings set all over both sides. Then I adhered some retired black jewels that I’ve been hoarding since last Halloween. I sponged the edges with grey and a bit of black. I punched a hole near the top, set a jumbo eyelet in it for strength then tied some Pool Party ruffled ribbon and other thin black ribbon through.

Hope you liked these things and hope you can find a spare 15 minutes to try your hand at a bookmark!

(P.S.  Yes, Clive Barker is one of my favorite authors!  I will read anything by him, as well as by Lee Child!)

Friday, August 12, 2011

August Promo & "Let's Party" Pants!

Hi everyone!

I wanted to show you a couple cards today (for different reasons). The first one I made for my Grandma’s birthday.

It uses Perfect Plum for a base and then a layer of the retired Botanical Gazette DSP. I stamped my new favorite (yep, I have a new fave every time you talk to me!) image from the set Field Flowers. It’s a 2-step stamper but really easy to use and forgiving – you don’t even need the Stamp-a-ma-jig positioner. I stamped the flower heads in Perfect Plum and Concord Crush for a darker accent. The middle of the flowers is More Mustard with Soft Suede accents. I finished it off the image panel with some distressing, tearing and sponging. Then I adhered 3 gorgeous little pearls at the top and a knot of Chantilly lace across the bottom. My Grandma loved it and called it a masterpiece (she may be biased though!).

The next thing I wanted to talk about (and show you what you can do with) is our August promo! It’s great – I was ecstatic when SU announced it… For the month of August, when you buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper (DSP) you will get a 4th for free! That’s a $13.50 value! And it means you can stock up on your favorites. Or get one of everything. Or like me, get 2 of everything – then you can reserve one pack for scrapbooking and one pack for cards.

Don’t be afraid to cut up that 12x12 paper – it’s not just for scrapbooking. Here’s a cute card I made using the new Domestic Goddess DSP.

I selected a chunk that would show the clothes on the line. After cutting out the appropriate piece of DSP, I carefully covered the pants image with Tombow liquid glue then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I got the “Let’s party” by colouring just the 2 required words on the birthday stamp from Occasional Quotes. I did the “party” with the old Jumble Alphabet set and used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure perfect placement. I anchored one of the new In Colour Designer Print Brads in Calypso Coral in the bottom corner.

It’s an eye-catching and humourous birthday card for that special friend that always seems to have their Party Pants on!

Hope you like!

P.S. Contact me today to take advantage of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP sale!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sweet Floral is my New Favorite!

Hi everyone!

Hope this beautiful summer day finds you's so nice out here today.  I just wanted to share a quick card before I'm off to go swim at my friend's pool. 

This background stamp is one of the new ones that made an appearance July 1st with the new catalogue release. It's called Sweet Floral and it is so elegant. 

Here I've made the card base from Blushing Bride cardstock.  Then inked up the Sweet Floral stamp with Staz On black ink and stamped on vellum.  It's very important to use Staz On when stamping on vellum or other less porous surfaces so it won't smudge.  Once the ink dried, I flipped over the vellum piece and simply used Stampin' Write Markers to colour it from behind.  Then the vellum was attached to a same-sized piece of retired Night & Day DSP.  Instead of using my special invisible vellum glue, I just used a mini brad in each corner to adhere the layers. 

The sentiment is from the Hostess only set "Tagtastic".  It goes great with punches of course! 

Hope you liked it!  Oh, and one more thing before I go.  I wanted to introduce my blog helper...
Her name is Kitty Kitty or KiKi for short.  I think she's actually more of a hinderance than a help since I have to type all this stuff one handed. 

But she loves hanging out with me at the computer so I feel bad to kick her off.

Bye everyone!

From Charlene & KiKi

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Hi friends!

I am SOOO excited that I got a chance to play with my new catalogue goodies tonight.  My new favorite products are part of the Domestic Goddess Suite.  It's such a cute, cool, retro suite - you'll love it.  Here are a couple cards I made using the products:
This card uses the new "In Colour" Calypso Coral as a base.  Then I covered most of the card in the Domestic Goddess DSP.  The top edge of DSP is covered with Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon. 

I used the Big Shot to cut the long tag from the Two Tags die.  Then I stamped the ironing board from the House & Home stamp set.  The Thanks sentiment is from the exclusive hostess-only set Tagtastic. 

The new hostess benefits are so flexible - you earn hostess dollars which you can spend on exclusive lower priced hostess sets, or any other merchandise from the catalogue.  You can even earn items up to 50% off.  Contact me today to learn more about hostess benefits!

This card was made pretty much the same as the first, except I used the other tag from the Two Tags die and anchored the closure with an adorable new Mini Clothespin. 

The front of the tag is stamped with coloured images from the Now You're Cookin' single stamp.

When you pinch the clothespin off the tag, the sentiment is revealed....

Hope you enjoyed these cards and new products.

Remember, you can get this DSP and these stamp sets at a great discount when you sign up for the $119 starter kit!  Besides a pack of DSP and 2 stamp sets, you also get 4 ink pads, cardstock, notecards, ribbon, blender pen, acrylic block and Snail glue runner!  You'll also receive all the supplies and instructions to make a very cute and fancy Christmas keepsake box ($50 value). 

There is only a few days left until this promo is over!  Contact me before July 31st!

This is the Christmas Keepsake box that you will get to make if you sign up for the $119 deal!

C' know you want it!

Hope you like!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Super Deals for July!

Hi everyone,

Stampin' Up! announced a super deal for the month of July!  Get 2 stamp sets, 4 ink pads, cardstock, notecards, patterned paper, ribbon, blender pen, acrylic block & glue runner for $119 this month!!! With free shipping!

With this special starter kit, you'll also get a free Christmas keepsake box project (value of $50).  You will join Stampin' Up! and get 30% off your next order, a regular 20% off everything after that, a monthly magazine and access to our online community with over 160,000 card ideas.  You can drop at any time, there is no committment required - after 3 months of inactivity you'll be dropped, but get to keep everything in the starter kit.  You won't get any of the demonstrator perks anymore though :(

Or spend a bit more to get much more! For $215, you'll get 2 more stamp sets, 1 more pack cardstock, Versamark Inkpad, ink refill, 2 markers, wheel stamp with handle & cartridge, stamp scrubber & spray, large punch, small decor element, foam dots & stack of patterned paper!

Click this link for more information or to sign up now! My recruiter password is Shoomka.

Here's a card using some items from the new catalogue! 

This card uses the new set "My Friend" as well as Pocketful of Posies designer series paper.  The butterflies are cut using the Beautiful Wings embosslit for the Big Shot.  I used our Pearls for accents on the swirl and the butterflies. 

Hope you like!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Goodbye, Hello!

Hi everyone!
The paradoxical title comes from this month's news - the Last Chance list is out as well as the July catalogue sneak peeks (for demos anyway!). 

The Last Chance list is where you can find a list of all the stamps and accessories that will not be carried over from the current catalogue to the new catalogue on July 1st.  If you have some favorites on your wishlist, now is the time to get them before they're gone for good!  Click the button on the right sidebar to go there now.

One of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that we get to purchase sneak peek products before they're even available to or seen by the general public!  I've ordered myself some of the newest papers and stamps from the Sneak Peek and I got a free copy of the new catalogue with my order!  Being a demo rocks! 

Here are a couple cards I made using items from Sneak Peek:
This one is a get well card that features the new Lace Ribbon border punch.  It makes a very stylish and delicate border.  Here, I've punched it out of Concord Crush then threaded 3/8" white tafetta ribbon through it. 

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) you see here is also new and it's called Pocketful of Posies.  It's my new favorite - it's whimsical, it's retro-mod, it's eclectic....I just love it!

The base colour of this card you may notice is different...No it's not the old's a brand new In Colour from the 2011-2013 colours and it's called Wisteria Wonder.  There are 4 other new yummy In Colours added to the current 5, making a total of 10 In Colours to play with!

There is a matching stamp set that makes the little rain drops and it's called "My Friend".

I've used the "My Friend" set again for the sentiment on this simple card. 

Then I adhered 3 squares of the lovely Pocketful of Posies DSP and bordered it with Chocolate Chip and another new In Colour "Pool Party". 

A couple buttons faux threaded using a tiny strip of white paper and voila! Done!

I hope you enjoyed your special sneak peek at some of these new products. 

I'm enjoying my new catalogue so much - looking through, making my wishlist, imagining how the new stuff will work so well with my current stuff!  Ahhh June is a great month here at Stampin' Up!

To get your hands on a new catalogue, contact me to host your own New Catalogue Party!  As a hostess you will get a free catalogue plus all of us will have a blast seeing some new products and making something to take home!

Hope you like!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bad News / Good News (a.k.a. Out with the Old, In with the New!)

Hi everyone,

Well....another month long absence from the blogosphere!  Let's just say between personal life, work life and a ginormous flood all across Manitoba, it was a very busy month of May! 

I'd like to just take a quick break from my regularly scheduled programming to say that I am so impressed with my fellow Manitobans and so proud to be part of such a great, big, giving community.  The Flood of 2011 has been so stressful, especially where I work.  It also affected our family personally as well.  My parents', grandma's, and aunt and uncle's house were all in the "danger zone".  I've only been alive 24 years and never in that time have we ever had to worry about flood water; it simply didn't occur in our area.  But this year was different.  A one in 300 year event occured where the cresting of both rivers happened so close together, combined with major snow storms late in the year, plus weeks of was a recipe for disaster.  Our Province and community made national headlines for weeks.  People put their lives on hold to go protect their houses, their family's houses, move their belongings and livestock, find places to stay in event of evacuation.... It's been so busy and stressful that sometimes you forget to stand back and look at the good that is happening. 

When I drove down the main street in my little town, it was taken over by a giant row of sandbags, nearly 10 feet tall.  The Canadian Forces, along with just about every able-bodied person in the village, were loading these sandbags into homeowner's trucks and trailers.  We gathered up friends and neighbours to help sandbag around my grandma's house and my heart just swelled.  All these people donating their time and muscles, everyone in the community pulling together.  This was (and is still) happening all across Manitoba, not just in my little community!  The flood is by no means over, even though the threat level has dropped considerably in my area, it's moved on further north now.  To get a visual of how things looked nearby a week or so ago, this is a living complex off one of our major highways:

Those 2 little dark blobs are people and they are walking across a home made bridge of pallets that are floating on waist high water.  It is nuts here!  So now that you know why I've spent so much time away from the craft room and computer, let's move on!

So for today's blog post I have bad news and good news for you guys... Bad news first, always. 

June 1st marked the day that the Last Chance List came out.  This is a listing of all the items in the current catalogue that will not be available when the new catalogue launches on July 1st.  This means if any of these stamps or accessories are on your wish list, you have less than 1 month to purchase them!    Check to see if any of your favorites are on limited time availability!

Good news is that the new catalogue is coming on July 1st and I promise you, based on the super-secret, demo-only sneak peek I have seen, IT WILL BE AWESOME!!!  I can almost taste the yumminess emanating from the 5 new In Colours that will be added to this year's In Colours.  That's right, in July you will now have 10 In Colours to use to augment our regular 40 colour collection!  Also, the designer series paper is totally rockin'!  It is fresh - or is it phresh?! I can't wait to get my hands on it and I know you'll feel the same.

Despite the flood, I did manage to make some awesome Mother's Day cards!  Take a peek:
This one uses Concord Crush as a base and Perfect Plum as accent colour.  The large flower is made by putting the Fun Flowers die through the Big Shot, then slightly curling the leaves for dimension.  The little rose was made by using Julie William's tutorial - isn't it gorgeous! 

The flower is anchored with an Antique Brad - so pretty!  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (my go-to stamp set for almost every card) and is stamped on a die cut from the Lots of Tags dies.

This next card I think is really fun!  I used to think monochromatic cards were boring, but as you can see, I'm on a monocolour kick now!

This one is Daffodil Delight and the super cute white patterned DSP is from *NEW* paper that is featured in the summer mini and it's called "Beyond the Garden".  Besides yellow it also has vibrant Wasabi, Melon, Pacific Point and Tangerine colours. 

The two flowers are stamped from the coordinating set "Fabulous Florets". 

I just love the new summer mini stuff!  If you'd like to see more of it, book a party and I'll be sure to show off some awesome new projects you can do!

Happy spring!  To my fellow flood buds, stay high & dry!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Back after a busy stretch...

Hi everyone! 
I had a really busy month - I can't believe it's been so long since my last post!  I was sad to see the end of Sale-a-Bration, but May always brings awesome promos.  Sure enough, this year you can 30% off various scrapbooking related products, including professional prints from My Digital Studio.  Check out the link on my sidebar to the right.

I will post a couple cards today...Even though I've been busy away from the blogosphere, doesn't mean I haven't been crafting!  I had a tradeshow last night as part of a Ladies Night event in my hometown.  It was great fun - lots of vendors, prizes, food and even a pole dance demo!  The surprise of the evening was the blizzard that came out of nowhere.  Yeesh, last day of April and we got dumped on at least another 6 or 7 inches.

This card is special because it shows you a sneak peek at some *new* DSP that will be coming out in the new catalogue on July 1st.  It's called Paisley Petals and it's great!  On this card, I tore the edge of the DSP and rolled it down a bit, then distressed with Burgundy ink on a sponge.  The flower is punched from Cherry Cobbler using the XL Fancy Flower Punch and is sponged with Burgundy again.  There are 3 brads - the big one is from Antique Brads and the 2 small ones at the bottom are from Vintage Trinkets.  The sentiment is stamped from my favorite go-to set, Teeny Tiny Wishes.

This card also showcases some new paper and stamps.  The Summer Mini Catalogue is out and it is great! There's some fun summer stuff, nautical stuff, Canada stuff, but my very favorite so far is the floral stuff.

This card uses Tangerine Tango as a base, then the bottom half was covered in the new paper Beyond the Garden.  This paper has bright fun colours like Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and as mentioned, Tangerine Tango.  It's gorgeous but bright and fun too!

The yellow flowers and the sentiment are from the same set: "Fabulous Florets".  It coordinates with the DSP mentioned above.  It's my new favorite set and I really hope we carry it over into the new Idea Book & Catalogue in July.

But just in case, you better get yours now!

Hope you like!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sale-a-Bration ending soon...

Hi everyone!

Since there's only 11 days left of Sale-a-Bration, I thought I'd post a few cards that I made using some of the FREE stuff you can earn!  And if that doesn't convince you, I don't know...!

This card features 3 different SAB picks.  The first is the scalloped "for you" flower stamp.  It's from the free set "Punch Bunch".  All of the images in that set are perfectly coordinated with various punches.

The polkadot scalloped circle was punched out from the Ice Cream Parlour designer paper & quick accents pack.  It has 9 sheets of patterned paper as well as 2 full 12x12 sheets of self-adhesive diecuts. 

The third SAB item is the cute ribbon which is from the Ice Cream Parlour Ribbon & Buttons pack.  It's nice these 2 SAB items coordinate - makes cardmaking "easy peasy"!

This card is one I made for a tradeshow fundraiser coming up on April 9th.  The Pink Ladies Ride for the Cure is putting on a ladies night event and I will be there selling my cards and giving some goodies away!  Contact me for more info on that.  So in honour of the event, I thought I should have some breast cancer related cards on hand.  From the newly diagnosed to the triumphant conquerers of breast cancer, everyone loves a good card!   

The swirl is from the Bliss set and it makes anything look elegant!  The paper is from "Lap of Luxury" collection.  I decorated with a little bit of bling too!

This card was another super easy but still very cute card to make.  The background is done with the large Woodgrain stamp.  Then I punched out scalloped squares from some scraps I had hanging around my stamping table.  On the Tangerine Tango piece, first I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the free SAB set "Punch Bunch" (mentioned above), then I punched it out using the scallop square. 

The pink and yellow buttons are also free SAB items.  They are from the aforementioned Ice Cream Parlour Ribbon & Button pack.  They're adorable little shiny things and you get 48 of them AND a 15 yard roll of the ribbon I showed you in the first card! I'd call that a deal for sure!

Perhaps the neatest SAB offer I've seen in a while is the My Digital Studio content CD.  Basically they digitized ALL the SAB choices and put them on a disc for use with MDS.  I've installed the disc of images, now I'm just having 'play time' with them.  I hope to show you something I made with it soon!

Hope you liked! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Springtime Vintage Fabric

Hi everyone!

I don't know why, but the pictures I tried uploading of recent cards keep coming up sideways.  So I went back in my files a little while until I found one that worked!

I made this card in January for my aunt's birthday.  The base colour is Rose Red.  I brought out the old retired Mellow Moss for the panel, then ran it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Dots embossing folder.  I just love those defined polkadots!

The sentiment is from the set Afterthoughts (which you can earn free by being a hostess).  I coloured the Happy Birthday with marker and just omitted the "Call when it's time for cake" part that typically is underneath it.  The shape that Happy Birthday is on is from the Sizzlit set "Lots of Tags".  It's one of my favorite dies that I reach for all the time.  All the cut outs go so well with other things, like punches!  The pink piece behind the sentiment is the Decorative Label punch.  I accented with 2 Basic Pearls and popped it all up with a few Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Now my favorite part:  the beautiful fabric!  My kind and generous upline gave me samples of the new Springtime Vintage fabric that appears in the current Occasions Mini.  It's so cute and it just makes me want to learn to sew!!!  In the meantime, you don't have to be a seamstress to benefit from this great new product.  I simply tore 2 strips off the end of the fabric piece.  One got wrapped around the Moss panel.  The other I threaded through a matching Springtime Vintage "Big Designer Button" and made a bow.  I hot glued the button and bow onto the existing fabric strip and ta-da - a faux bow!  It's irresistable - you will want to touch this card! 

Remember, Sale-a-Bration is only on until the end of this month.  If you spend $60 on your favorite products (including this fabric perhaps?) then you get to pick a free SAB item!  Also, hostesses get to cash in on another free SAB item if they host a workshop of $395 or more.

Don't wait too long...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bliss Bliss Bliss!!!!

Hi everyone!

Tonight's card is truly elegant - thanks to the work of everyone's new favorite stamp set: Bliss.  Seriously, it's been super popular since it came out. 

Part of its popularity likely stems from the fact it's FREE!  It's one of the Sale-a-Bration stamps that you can earn for free with your purchase of $60 or party of $395. 

The background of this card is stamped using the flourish from Bliss repeatedly in the same colour ink as the cardstock (Close to Cocoa).  It gives a nice "watermarked" tone-on-tone look.

The scallop is from a Big Shot die and after cutting, I spritzed it with water and crumpled it up to age / distress it.  The "Thinking of You" sentiment is from Bird on a Branch.

Possibly my favorite part about this card is the embellishments.  The vintage Victoria lace was the perfect addition to the top of the card.  It is all finished off with one of my very favorite new things in the Occasions Mini - "Vintage Flower Adornments".  They come in Rose Red, Baja Breeze & Very Vanilla and they are so cute I wish I could wear them!  Oh well, my cards like wearing them too!  ;)

That's all for tonight!  Hope you like :) 

SAB ends March 31st, so if you'd like to get your hands on Bliss, better act fast!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Little Surprise in my Inbox!

Hi everyone,

I've got some exciting news before I get back to your regularly scheduled content - I won a blog award!  How cool is that? Little old me!  I got a message from fellow stamper Jessie Arellano that she was passing the Stylish Blogger Award to me! 

Thank you so much Jessie - I was super surprised but super honoured as well.  Make sure to visit Jessie's website too - she does some amazing cards and scrap pages.

Part of the way this award works is that after receiving it, I will do the following:

1) Thank the person who gave this award to me and link it back to their blog
2) Share 8 things about myself
3) Pass this award to 8 other individuals that I have recently discovered
4) Leave a comment on their blogs so that they can pass along the recognition!

Sounds good!  So in no particular order, here are 8 things about me:
  1. I am a cat lover! I've always had cats in my life since I was young and let me tell you - a dog just will not cut it!  (They smell funny.)
  2. I actually like winter (please don't throw rotten tomatoes at me for saying that). Seriously, it's fun! Snowmobiling, building forts and snowmen, snowboarding, the crunch of fresh snow under those super cute new boots I got! 
  3. I am a big "home girl" - I don't mind travelling, but not for extended periods.  I simply love my family and hate being away from them. 
  4. One of my favorite foods is my mom's chocolate chip pancakes!  Mmmm - they're even good cold!
  5. I am a Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and I'm excited to start working more in this field
  6. I do have a full time job (which prevents me from stamping 24-7) but I very much enjoy it because I work with a great bunch of people
  7. I am a fan of dry or sarcastic humour.  My favorite funny blog is David Thorne - you may remember him from Missing Missy or the Piechart one
  8. I am not a good cook. At all.  My "better half" is fantastic though! I'm so thankful to have him and also thankful he can whip up a meal worthy of a Red Seal Chef in no time.
Now here are 8 other people (again, no particular order) that I've been blog-stalking and think they are deserving of a blog award too!  Please do visit them:

  1. Jana Fetch
  2. Tammy Bendel
  3. Nicole Kowalk
  4. Carrie Sampsel
  5. Patricia Thompson
  6. Melannie Diaz
  7. Kelly Rose
  8. Ann Marie
That was great! 

Now bad news is I'm having issues inserting pictures of some cards I've made lately.  It keeps putting them in sideways and won't let me rotate them.  I can't be putting in sideways cards!  Everyone's necks will be sore from staring with their ear on their shoulder!  I will try again later tonight or tomorrow.

Thanks all!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tis The Season!

Hi everyone,

Apparently it IS the season...not Christmas, but weddings!  I guess I don't really know much about weddings, or why there even is a season...but I figure there is.  It's all over the ads in the paper, photographers are popping up everywhere, there are huge conventions to showcase a whole bunch of wedding stuff! 

I'm certainly glad I'm not planning one, ha ha.  Looks like a lot of work!  I am, however, content to make a whole bunch of cards for weddings!  Here are a few I've done lately:

This one was inspired by a card in the Card Creations: Favorite Occasions vol.2 magazine by Maile Belles.  I used a classic stamp set called "Fifth Avenue Floral" - it's really pretty and versatile.  Good for either line art, like you see here, or watercolouring, or layering/collaging. 

The ribbon is retired, it's Kiwi Kiss coloured.  I stocked up on it because it was such a favorite of mine.

My favorite part of this card is obviously the tiny little crown hanging from the ribbon.  They are known as Trinket Crowns and can be found on Pg.24 of the Occasions Mini Catalogue.  They are so gorgeous - you can use them on cards or (if you have a hard time giving them away) you can use the included jump rings to attach them to a bracelet or necklace chain.  They would work perfectly on the Simply Adorned line of jewelery that Stampin' Up offers.

This one here was super easy to make using just cardstock, the Big Shot, a stamp set and a couple simple embellishments.

The background is embossed with a swirly embossing folder through the Big Shot machine.  Then I cut one of the tags from the Two Tags die using the Big Shot.  Conveniently, the scallop circle punch fits in it perfectly.

Around the base of the black tag, I tied a small length of Very Vanilla satin ribbon then hot-glue-gunned one of my favorite new embellishments to it - Vintage Flower Adornments.  They are so adorable and come in a package of 24 - assorted colours of Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze and Rose Red.

Hope you like!

And if there are any brides out there gearing up for your big day - congratulations and best wishes!!! :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Take a Spin with me!

Hi everyone!

What a cold weekend - it's been the perfect excuse to stay indoors and play with  my favorite toys  :)  This next card showcases one of Stampin' Up!'s newest toys: spinner wheels!  It brings me back to childhood memories of board games with friends. 
The stamp set for this card is from the new Occasions Mini Catalogue and it's called "Take a Spin".  It has 4 different wheels you stamp, then attached a game spinner head to.  The spinners are also found in the new Mini.  They're super easy to use - just poke hole, layer the spinner, a washer and then anchor it with a brad. 

It makes for a really fun, interesting and interactive card!  It would also be great for interactive scrapbook pages. 

The paper I used is called Thoroughly Modern.  It is retired now, but I swore that in the New Year I would stop hoarding my retired papers and actually use them.  I have way too much and hate to see it just sitting there.  So although it's unavailable, there are many more fantastic Stampin' Up! designer series paper sets.  I'm going through all my old to make room for more new! 

Hope you like :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Another cupcake for you!

Hi everyone,

I won't type a whole bunch because even my arms are shaking from a great fitness class I had tonight...I'm just afraid I won't be able to get out of bed in the a.m.  haha

I just think the Build a Cupcake punch is the coolest thing ever!  The matching stamp set Create a Cupcake makes it simple to jazz up your creations as well.  For this one, I used Soft Suede ink to stamp the muffin liner onto the punch out.  I also meticulously coloured each dot on the polkadots a different colour and do I ever love how it turned out - just like rainbow sprinkles! Who doesn't love rainbow sprinkles!  The little cherry is also a punch out from the same punch.  I then just coloured it with markers.

That's it, that's all - hope you like!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Occasions Mini is here!!!

Hi everyone!

January is here and that means the Occasions Mini is also here!  It's packed with great stuff; I'm having a blast playing with my new stuff.  I also can't wait to show you guys how to use the products at a workshop/home party.  There's a really great sewing line, botanical line, vintage floral line, etc.  I could go on, but it would take forever.  Contact me to get your hands on a real copy or check out the PDF from my sidebar here or from my website

Here is a card I made using some really innovative new products in the mini.

The sentiment (and matching sentiment inside, which you can't see) is from the set called "Create-a-Cupcake".  The cupcake in the circle is actually not a stamp! It's a .... PUNCH! Gotta love this punch - it makes the cupcake base, frosted top, a cherry and a candle! To decorate the top of the cupcake, I used a heart from a different punch this time though. The sprinkles are from a little stamp that is also party of the Create-a-Cupcake set.  I love that you could make any colour sprinkles you want, or even stamp multiple times in different colours for the multicoloured sprinkles!

It's a really versatile and easy way to make embellishments.  If you want to see it in action - book a workshop with me & you'll get to play with lots of my goodies! 

The patterned paper is not from the mini, but it is still current and you can find it in the big catalogue (Sweet and Sour DSP).  The ribbon is (unfortunately) retired, but I couldn't resist using it because of the polkadots! 
Hope you like :)