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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Retired Accessories

The retired accessories list posted this morning! It's TWELVE pages long!!!

Here's the PDF of the Retired Accessories List.

Please note that even though there are scissors on the list, they were included in ERROR. NONE of the AMAZING Stampin' UP! scissors are retiring. PHEW!

You can check out and shop in my online store. Some of the retiring accessories are discounted UP TO 70% so don't delay! Once a particular item is depleted, it's GONE! Don't miss out on getting some of your favourites!

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just one more week!

This is a VERY busy post day...please keep scrolling down to see what else is going on in my stamping world. :)

If you're in LOVE with Summer Smooches and want to get it BEFORE it appears in the new catalogue, now's your chance! After April 30th, this suite won't be available again until June 1st! And don't forget...the fabric brads and the stencil are GONE FOREVER at the end of the month!!

Happy Stampin'!

Are you ready??

Tomorrow is Stampin' Queens's also accessories retirement day!!!

The retiring accessories list posts TOMORROW!!!

I can say with certainty that ANYTHING with 2010-2012 retiring In Colours will be GONE. That's anything with Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade and Concord Crush.

In years past, this stuff has gone VERY fast and MANY people have been disappointed! If you want ANYTHING with In Colours, I STRONGLY suggest you order it today.

Go to my store now: and get all the goodies your little heart desires!

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bright Blossoms for Mother's Day

I love the 20th of the month! And not just because it's baby bonus day in Canada - LOL!

On the 20th of each month, the FREAKS go on tour!!! It's by far the best and my favourite blog hop. The ladies and gentlemen on this team are just BEYOND awesome!

This month was NO exception and I just knew when I saw Deb's card that I would have to CASE it. It was too perfect to pass up!

Check it out:

It was SO easy to make! I had both cards done in just under 10 minutes. The most time consuming part was cutting out the little flower. Don't you just love it?

The card base is Whisper White and I added a piece of Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper to the front.

I used the direct to rubber technique to colour the stamped the image and stamped it on another piece of Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the flower on a scrap piece of Whisper White and cut it out before adding it to the card using a Stampin' Dimensional. A Basic Rhinestone was the finishing touch.

Don't forget! The Summer Smooches products are only available until April 30th and then you'll have to wait until June 1st to get your hands on them again! If you liked the Summer Smooches Fabric Brads, you'll need to get THOSE before the end of April, because they WON'T be available in the new catalogue.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Bright Blossoms
INK: Island Indigo Classic Ink Pad; Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight Markers
PAPERS: Whisper White Cardstock; Summer Smooches DSP
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Shout out for Retro Sketches!

WOOHOO!!!! I got in JUST under the wire for Retro Sketches and was lucky enough to get this:

for this card:

I love my job!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Just the Girls - Complete Tutorial

It's done!!! I've just completed the full tutorial for the "Just the Girls" class. Here's a little peek:

If you participated in either one of my classes on April 14th and would like this tutorial for your own, please let me know and I am happy to send it to you.

If you weren't able to make it to class or you live too far away, you can purchase the tutorial (as well as others to come) by clicking the link in my right hand side bar.

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Going Retro for Father's Day

I had an idea when I saw the Retro Sketch for this just took a little while to get it out of my head and on a card - LOL!

This is another of the cards we'll be creating at my SOLD OUT class in May. I have another (different) class in July, that you're more than welcome to attend. Better sign up quick though, it's already filling!!

I was going to stamp the ties in Basic Black...until I realized that I had CRAFT re-inker and not CLASSIC re-inker - OOPS!!! I think I like it better this way, so it all worked out!

So, the ties got stamped in Sahara Sand and I really like the "almost" monochromatic look of the card.

I didn't add a sentiment, so it can be a card for ANYTHING!! I'll let my class participants decide what THEY want to put on the card.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Best Dad Ever
INK: Sahara Sand
PAPERS: Whisper White, Basic Black and Sahara Sand Cardstock; Basic Black DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Open Sea for the Stampin' Queens!

Good morning everyone! Are you done reeling from the retired list that posted on Sunday? Hang on to your pants, because the accessories list posts a week from today - EEK!!!

In last year's summer mini, one of my favourite sets made it's first appearance. I was SO sad when it didn't make it into the Idea Book and Catalogue but THRILLED when we found out it was still available as write-in. YAY!

Today's Stampin' Queen card uses the Open Sea:

And here's the sketch on which it was based:

I just love how quickly it came together! Which, let's be honest, is a GOOD thing considering that when I created it last night, I had already spent the day on an outdoor field trip with 38 grade three students. To say I was EXHAUSTED would be an understatement!

Since this card will be one of those featured in my "Manly Man" card class on May 5th, I wanted it to be fairly simple. I stamped the images in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla and then matted them both on Chocolate Chip cardstock. I added two strips of cardstock (one punched) at the bottom of the card, adhered the images and called it DONE! It has the "DH seal of approval", so I think I'm good! LOL!

What do you think?

STAMPS: The Open Sea
INK: Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Going, Going, GONE!

Stampin' UP! has posted the list of retiring stamps sets and it's quite extensive!! I haven't checked in with any of my fellow demonstrator, but I lost 65 stamp sets today! Now...of course they're not REALLY lost and I COULD keep them all if I wanted to, but I'm looking forward to getting NEW stamps!

My list of "I won't part with this" has grown a little bit, but that's OK. I still have LOTS of room to add NEW stamp sets, which means new stamp sets for all the classes you'll be attending this year! I'm most looking forward to the new Christmas stamp sets as I've introduced Christmas Stamp Camp Classes this year.

Would YOU like to see the list?? You can check it out here. If you're ready to start shopping, just click here.

Just a reminder that June 2nd is my open house! Come stamp with me! We'll be creating a card using products from the NEW catalogue and you'll get to shop my retired products! Except for my "I can't part with this" stamps, if it's retired, I'm selling it!! This will also include any retiring In Colour products, retiring paper, scrap packs, inks, refills, markers...well, you get the idea.

You'll want to arrive early for the best selection. The open house/retirement party starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Eleanor Inspired by Ann Schach

When I saw this card on Ann's blog, I just KNEW I would have to CASE it! I wonder if she gets tired of hearing that? LOL! She does such wonderful work that I quite often find myself drawn to her designs!

Here's my take on it:

I didn't use quite as many flowers or embellishments, because it's going in the a whole lot of people! This is my May team card of the month. When I started doing team cards of the month, I had two downline. TWO! In the past year, our team has grown to 23 and we just keep on growing! The Canadian Blossoms is where it's at!

As of February, my team is officially "cross country" as I welcomed a new team member from ALBERTA! You don't have to be local! I support my team members no matter WHERE they live.

Have you ever thought of becoming a Stampin' UP! demonstrator? Now is a GREAT time to join! The retired stamp list publishes on Sunday, the retired accessories list publishes on April 25th and the preview of the NEW catalogue will be available to demonstrators on May 1st! One of my FAVOURITE perks as a demonstrator is that I get to see, touch and play with NEW goodies a whole MONTH before my customers.

If that isn't also get a team card of the month from me - EVERY MONTH. You get a minimum of 20% off your Stampin' UP! products. You get team camaraderie. You get a newsletter (from me) every month to keep you up to date. You get the Stampin' Success magazine (EXCLUSIVE to demonstrators) and...I could go on and on! I just LOVE this company and what I get to do!!! You can love what you do too!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Everything Eleanor (available in the NEW catalogue on June 1st!)
INK: Basic Grey
PAPERS: Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Marina Mist Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Punches, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Going Retro with Tea Shoppe

I was feeling rather uncreative today, so I just sat around surfing the net for ideas. Not much came to me...till I stumbled across Retro Sketches again!

I used their sketch:

To create this:

I love Tea Shoppe and sure hope it carries over into the new Catalogue! And speaking of which...the current Idea Book and Catalogue will be retiring on May 31st. The retiring stamp list will be available in just FOUR short days!

Wanna see some close ups? Here you go:

It's a little blurry, but you can see I used Stampin' Dimensionals. If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that very few of my cards go without Stampin' Dimensionals. I just LOVE them!

I stamped the inside of the card with the small flower image. We'll be using this set at class this weekend!

And here's a group shot. I made eight cards since I had some pre-cut Riding Hood Red cardstock. The cards are 3 3/4" square. I'm going to make up some envies using the Simply Scored Diagonal plate and share them with my class attendees on Saturday.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Tea Shoppe
INK: Riding Hood Red
PAPERS: Whisper White and Riding Hood Red Cardstock; Riding Hood Red DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Uncharted Territory for the Stampin' Queens

Happy Wednesday!!! It's time for the Stampin' Queens sketch of the week. Won't you play along?

Here's our sketch for the week:

And here's my take on it:

I left out the sentiment in an effort to make this a REALLY manly card - no embellishments on this one!

I stamped the image on watercolour paper using Staz-ON ink and coloured it in using my watercolour crayons and aqua painters. I LOVE the way it turned out!

This is just ONE of the cards we'll be creating at my "manly man" class on May 5th. There's only SIX spots available, so don't miss out!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Uncharted Territory
INK: Staz-ON
PAPERS: Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Bashful Blue Cardstock; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painters

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Under the Wire for Freshly Made Sketches

PHEW! I'm pretty sure I'm JUST making it for the Freshly Made sketches this week. Better late than never, right?

I have a "manly man" class coming up in May (10 of 16 spots are already filled!) and I've been creating cards for that. Today's card used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch.

Here it is:

I stamped the image on Very Vanilla using Chocolate Chip Ink and sponged the edges to give it a more "manly" look. The papers/cardstock I used are Chocolate Chip and Cajun Craze. Of course, I had to add a tiny little embellishment and chose a brad.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree
INK: Chocolate Chip
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze and Chocolate Chip Cardstock; Cajun Craze DSP
ACCESSORIES: Sponges, Brad

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Let's Play a Game...

In just a few short days, Stampin' UP! will reveal its list of retiring stamps! This is always a bittersweet time (especially for demonstrators). We're excited because the retiring list means that NEW stamps are right around the corner, but we're sad because some of our favourites may no longer be available!

This year, I thought I'd play a little game. Here's how it's going to work:
  1. Go through the catalogue
  2. Make a list of which stamps YOU think will be retiring on April 15th
  3. Email your TOP 10 list - the ten sets YOU think are most likely to retire.
  4. Sit patiently and wait...
  1. Only ONE entry per person
  2. This contest is NOT open to demonstrators
  3. The contest is ONLY open to Canadians
  4. Your list MUST be emailed - do NOT reply to this blog post
  5. The contest begins with this post and ends at 11:55 pm EST on April 14th, 2012
  6. The person who has the MOST correct entries will be entitled to choose a regularly priced stamp set of THEIR choice from the catalogue (no hostess sets)
  7. If there's a tie, the earliest received entry will win
  8. If the list is leaked early, the contest ends early
GOOD LUCK and Happy Stampin'!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Did you hear that?

I think that maybe, just might have been an hallelujah chorus! Last night, I downloaded the beta version of CS6. Now, I can do this again:

Did you see that? Yes, I showed you this card last week (and I'm pleased to report that "envie test" was a success!), but can you see the difference?? It's my WATERMARK! Oh how I have missed my watermark! I can't use my watermark without Photoshop and lately photoshop and my mac have NOT been playing nice. For right now...I have CS6 beta and it's making me happy - YAY!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, April 5, 2012


I've talked about GRID PAPER before but I'm wondering:  If I asked you to make a Top 10 list of your favorite Stampin’ Up! tools, would you even get Grid Paper (102787) on your list?  Maybe you overlooked grid paper as a tool.  Well, think again!  It's one of the best tools you (should) have in your stampin' space.

Grid Paper, 102787, $9.95

  • It comes in an 11” x 17” pad containing 100 sheets printed with ¼” grid lines. 
  • It's only $12.50 for all 100 sheets---which you can use over and over and over till they're just a total mess!
  • There's a 10" ruler that appears on the left-hand side, and 
  • There's a 16" ruler that appears on the bottom. 
  • There's an area for easy reference of Card Dimensions on the right-hand side
  • There's a "Wish List" area on the right hand side also.

So how about benefits?
  • One of the greatest benefits is that it protects your work area from ink, adhesive, and other product stuff you don't want there.  Like glitter?!
  • always recommend that my class participants practice stamping on their grid paper before stamping on their card stock.  You can check the color and intensity of the ink as well as how level the stamp (wood or clear) has been mounted.
  • With the rulers readily available, it's easy to measure the stamp you want to use and the add 1/8" or 1/4" on all sides for your card stock.
  • You can stash your trash in one of the upper corners for a trip to the trash bin when you're ready.
  • You can hold excess Embossing Powder on the grid sheet and roll it in a tube to slide in back into the EP container.
How can you get your own pad of Grid Paper?  Just give me a call (phone number is in the blog banner at the top of the page) and I'll place your order.  Or just click on "Go Shopping" link in the upper left corner and place your own order via my Stampin' Store on my Stampin' Up! website.  Or finally, just come to lots of my classes and take your single sheet home at the end of each class. 
Which way will you choose???
Grid Paper, 102787, $9.95
Special thanks to Blythe for her permission to use this AWESOME article!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bright Blossoms for the Stampin' Queens!

I'm probably one of the LAST demonstrators to have received her Bright Blossoms Stamp Set - SHEESH!!!

In my defence, I'm trying to be VERY good and only spend what I have earned. It's hard work, but so far so good! Then, when I finally DID order it, it was on backorder - UGH!!!

It arrived on Monday and I made this:

based on this sketch:

And here's a close up:

I used snail to adhere all the little 1 1/4" circles except for the last one in the bottom right, which was popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Since I ordered the clear mount set, I was able to put the leaves and the flower cluster on the block at the same time. Then I just used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour the two parts. Easy Peasy! In less than 10 minutes, I had a seriously cute card!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Bright Blossoms
INK: None
PAPERS: Whisper White and Island Indigo Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Markers, Punch, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Want a little smooch?

For the month of April, you can pre-order the entire Summer Smooches Suite before it's even available in the new catalogue beginning June 1st!

The cute little fabric brads as well as the stencil will ONLY be available during this promotion. They won't be appearing in the new catalogue, so if you love them now is the time to get them!

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Let's get STAMPING! With thanks to Jane!

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National Animal Crackers Day
National Stress Awareness Day
National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
Newspaper Columnist Day
Paul Revere Day "The British are coming…" (1775)
Pet Owner's Day
Respect Your Mother Day
Third World Day
April 19th
Get to Know Your Customer Day
John Parker Day
National Garlic Day
National Hanging Out Day
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day
Tim Curry's Birthday (1946)
World Cow Chip Day
April 20th
Adolf Hitler's Birthday (1889)
Clint Howard's Birthday (1959)
Cuckoo Day
Humorous Day
Husband Appreciation Day
Lionel Hampton's Birthday (1908)
Look Alike Day
My Brother Tom's Birthday
National Day of Silence
National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
Patriot's Day
Race Horse Day
Volunteer Recognition Day
April 21st
Andie MacDowell's Birthday (1958)
Auctioneer’s Day
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
Charles Grodin's Birthday (1935)
Charlotte Bronte’s Birthday (1816)
High Five Day
James Morrison's Birthday (1954)
Jan van Riebeeck's Birthday (1619)
John Muir’s Birthday (1838)
Kindergarten Day The first kindergarten was founded by Friedrich Froebel in Germany in 1837.
National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday (1926)
Record Store Day
Tony Danza's Birthday (1951)
April 22nd
Chemists Celebrate the Earth Day
Earth Day
Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day
In God We Trust Day
Jack Nicholson's Birthday (1937)
National Jelly Bean Day
Peter Frampton's Birthday (1950)
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Vladimir Lenin's Birthday (1870)
April 23rd
Home Run Day-Hank Aaron Hit His First Home Run in 1954
International Macaroni Day
International Sing Out Day
Lover’s Day
Movie Theatre Day
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
Read Me Day
Roy Orbison's Birthday (1936)
St. George Feast Day
Sandra Dee's Birthday (1942)
Shirley Temple Black's Birthday (1928)
Take a Chance Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day
William Shakespeare's Birthday (1564)
World Book and Copyright Day
World Laboratory Animal Day
April 24th
Anthony Trollope's Birthday (1815)
Global Youth Service Day
Go Birding Day
Interstate Mullet Toss Day
Jean Paul Gaultier (1952)
Library of Congress Day
National Hairball Awareness Day
National Pet Parents Day
National Pigs in a Blanket Day
National Rebuilding Day
National Teach Your Children to Save Day
Patricia Reilly Giff's Birthday (1935)
Robert Penn Warren's Birthday (1905)
Sense of Smell Day
April 25th
20-Something Service Day
Administrative Professionals Day
Al Pacino's Birthday (1940)
California Poppy Day
Easter Monday
East Meets West Day
Ella Fitzgerald's Birthday (1918)
Hair Stylists Appreciation Day
Hug a Plumber
International Guide Dogs Day
Malaria Awareness Day
Meadowlark Lemon's (Harlem Globetrotter) Birthday (1932)
National Telephone Day
National Zucchini Bread Day
Red Hat Society Day
Renee Zellweger's Birthday (1969)
State License Plate Day
White House Easter Egg Roll
Youth Service Day
April 26th
Audobon Day
Carol Burnett's Birthday (1933)
Eugene Delacroix' Birthday (1798)
Frederick Law Olmsted's Birthday (1822)
Hug an Australian Day
Hug a Friend Day
International Macaroni Day
John James Audubon’s Birthday (1785)
National Kids and Pets Day
National Pretzel Day
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Richter Scale Day
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
April 27th
Arbor Day
Babe Ruth Day
Casey Kasem's Birthday (1933)
Coretta Scott King's Birthday (1927)
Executive Administrative Assistant Day
Ludwig Bemelmans' Birthday (1898)
National Hairball Awareness Day
National Prime Rib Day
Samuel Morse’s Birthday (1791)
Tell a Story Day
Ulysses S. Grant’s Birthday (1822)
April 28th
Biological Clock Day
Cubicle Day
Harper Lee’s Birthday (1926)
Jay Leno's Birthday (1950)
Joey Hignite’s Birthday (my little boy!)
Kiss Your Mate Day
Lionel Barrymore's Birthday (1878)
National Blueberry Pie Day
National Go Birding Day
National Rebuilding Day
Oscar Schindler's Birthday (1908)
Poetry Reading Day
Save the Frogs Day
Sense of Smell Day
Spring Astronomy Day
Workers Memorial Day
World Penguin Day
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
April 29th
Dale Earnhardt's Birthday (1951)
Duke Ellington's Birthday (1899)
Emperor Hirohito's Birthday (1901)
Greenery Day
International Mullet Toss Day
Jerry Seinfeld's Birthday (1954)
National Dance Day
National Pet Parents Day
National Shrimp Scampi Day
Pinhole Photography Day
William Randolph Hearst's Birthday (1863)
Zipper Day (Invented in 1917)
April 30th
Bugs Bunny’s Birthday
Eeyore’s Birthday
George Washington Inaugurated as First US President (1789)
Kirsten Dunst’s Birthday (1982)
National Honesty Day
National Oatmeal Cookie Day
Walpurgis Night
Willie Nelson's Birthday (1933)
World Healing Day