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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pumpkin Spice ALL THE THINGS!

If you've known me for more than a minute, you know that Pumpkin Spice Season is my most favourite season of all!

My friends say that Pumpkin Spice Season is the reason I became a partner at Starbucks - early access!

This week over at the Paper Craft Crew we were given a colour scheme:


We don't do much Halloween around here (our children are older), so I was struggling to find something to stamp that wasn't Halloween-y - enter the Merry Café Stamp Set!


I started off with a base of Thick Whisper White Cardstock and added layers of Lemon-Lime Twist and Fresh Fig. Then I stamped the images from Merry Café and Coffee Café, cut them out (some with the Big Shot and some by hand) and attached them all to the front of the card.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Coffee Café, Merry Café
INK: Basic Black, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie
PAPERS: Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Warm Wishes

Of all the packs of Designer Series Paper Stampin' UP! has produced this year, only ONE of them has a Very Vanilla base. I had to get creative so the cards for my Boot Camp class wouldn't be all be white!

Here's what I did:


Some of the papers in the Merry Little Christmas DSP pack are just Old Olive and Basic Black, so they work great for use on a Very Vanilla base.

This is one of the note cards (they're available in Very Vanilla now!) and I added a layer of Merry Little Christmas DSP. I punched out a circle of Old Olive and stamped the sentiment from Cookie Cutter Christmas in Real Red onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.

The teeny little ornament is from Carols of Christmas and the Real Red Solid Ribbon is just the right finishing touch!

Here's the sketch we all used this week:


Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Carols of Christmas
INK: Real Red
PAPERS: Very Vanilla Cardstock; Merry Little Christmas DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Don't look at me like that! When I created this card last week, it was exactly THREE months to BOXING DAY! That means that in three months from today, it'll already be NEW YEARS!

Have you started your Christmas Cards yet? That's one bonus of being a Stampin' UP! Demonstrator...since I'm planning for classes, I get a jump start on my Christmas Cards each year...and you're just gonna LOVE this year's line up!

Anyway...this week at the Paper Craft Crew we were tasked with a Tic-Tac-Toe Board:


And just to change it up a bit, I actually used a whole row...you know...instead of jumping around all over the place - LOL!

I chose the top row: vintage, baker's twine and something new. Now, I realize that the two stamp sets I used aren't exactly *new* since they've been available since September 1st (August 1st for Demonstrators), but up until last week, I'd been so busy that they hadn't even seen ink! I know! CRAZY!!

Here's the card I came up with:


I actually started off with the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper as my jumping off point this time and went from there. I've always thought of sheet music as "vintage" (maybe because I'm getting old and took piano lessons as a child? Who knows!), but the sheets in this DSP package are white and white is NOT vintage (IMO). So...since I had some Soft Suede Ink on the table, I went to town with my sponge...then I went nuts with my scissors distressing the edges of the DSP and even tore a piece off - GASP! I just LOVE the way it turned out!

I stamped the tree from Ready for Christmas in Always Artichoke and cut that out using the accompanying dies and my Big Shot. And that got some ink around the edges too.

Then I cut out a strip of Very Vanilla Cardstock for my sentiment. And that got some ink around the edges too. :) Do you see a theme here??

I attached the DSP to the Soft Suede Cardstock and wrapped my Very Vanilla Bakers Twine around it before attaching it to my Always Artichoke base.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.


What do you think?

STAMPS: Ready for Christmas, Merry Cafe
INK: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and Always Artichoke Cardstock; Merry Music Specialty DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Baby Bums in Pink!

Welcome to another week of "A little wild"! I have finally got my hands on this set (after cutting out of a bunch of cuteness with my downline's set) and can't wait to create even MORE!

There's a similar set coming out the Holiday Catalogue, so be on the lookout for THAT!

Today's card is kind of a girly version of last week's card. At least I think it's a little more girly with the addition of pink. :) I just LOVE the Stitched Shapes Framelits and use them every chance I get!


I started off with a base of Soft Sky and added a layer of Whisper White. Then I added a strip of DSP and a little piece ribbon. I didn't want to add just the button, so I punched a ¾" circle of Whisper White and attached the button (retired, sorry!) to that.

I stamped the "hello baby" from Teeny Tiny Wishes onto a piece of DSP an attached it much like I did last week.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.


What do you think??

STAMPS: A Little Wild, Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK: Soft Suede
PAPERS: Whisper White, Soft Sky and Powder Pink Cardstock; Coffee Break DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Ribbon, Linen Thread, Button (retired, sorry!), Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cute Little Bums!

My friend, and downline, Lindsay received this set at On Stage in Toronto this past April and we ALL (the whole team!) fell in love with it! How could you NOT? It's just so darn cute! My favourite image is the elephant.

The set is on its way to me (it should be here today) so I was happy to borrow Lindsay's at our Canadian Blossoms Team Meeting last month. We created a couple of cards as a team and I had a whole bunch of leftovers to create even MORE.

You can purchase this set as a BUNDLE and save 10% on your purchase. If you earned coupon codes in July, you can use them on this bundle. Don't forget that your coupon codes MUST be used in August!


For today's card, I started off with a base of Pear Pizzazz and added a layer of Whisper White. A tiny strip of the Coffee Break DSP off to the left was just the perfect touch!

I added a length of Soft Sky ⅜" Classic Weave Ribbon and a little strip of DSP which was torn to resemble a little strip of Washi Tape. I added a little button (retired, sorry!) tied with Linen Thread for a little something "extra" and finally stamped on some more DSP using the "hello baby" sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.

Next week, I'll have a more "girly" version for you.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the team have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: A Little Wild, Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK: Soft Suede
PAPERS: Whisper White, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock; Coffee Break DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Ribbon, Linen Thread, Button (retired, sorry!), Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How do I love thee....

...let me count the ways...

The other day, my daughter sent me one of those little quizzes that are all over the internet. It said if I had done/could check off 22/30 I had a VENTI sized Starbucks problem.

Well....I think I have a TRENTA sized Starbucks problem because I got 27/30!

I'm on my fourth week working at Starbucks and I totally love it! I even bought some Cold Brew Packets so I could brew my own at home - that stuff is FREAKING AWESOME!!

Anyway....all that to say, this week our challenge at the Paper Craft Crew was a colour challenge!

We had to choose three of these four colours:


As usual...I took some liberties. *grin*


I'm calling the Designer Series Paper "Turquoise" and the Bermuda Bay is my "Teal". That works, right? *wink* The lime green is pretty obvious in the Lemon Lime Twist.

I started off this card with the little coffee cups that I stamped and cut out a few weeks ago. Then I stamped the image in it using Bermuda Bay. I love having coffee with my friends! And my co-workers too...we have so much fun together. :)

What do you think of that Ombré Ribbon? I love it! And I'm SO happy it comes in THREE colours!

And check out the inside:


There's a sheet of paper in the DSP pack that is a fussy cutter's DREAM! :D

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Crew has been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Coffee Cafe
INK: Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay
PAPERS: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock; Coffee Break DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Ombré Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's the most WONDERFUL time...

...of the year!

It's Christmas in July...but also all the back-to-school stuff is starting to show up - LOL!

I love summer, don't get me wrong...but I LOVE routine even more and CRAVE back-to-school time when everything runs "tickety-boo" and everyone has a place to be at a certain time of day.

Anyway...today's card has NOTHING to do with back-to-school, but EVERYTHING to do with my "Christmas in July" class on July 29th.

Here's just one of the cards we'll be creating:


If you're coming to class, you'll be THRILLED to know that I have ALREADY fussy-cut all the little reindeer. :)

I started off with a base of Soft Suede and added a layer of Whisper White. To that, I added a small square of Be Merry Designer Series Paper (new in the 2017-2018 annual catalogue) and a smaller square of Whisper White Cardstock. I added the little reindeer and the sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe set.

The tree off to the left is from the same set and it was stamped onto more Whisper White Cardstock and cut out using the Big Shot and the smallest of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.

The finishing touch was a little bit of linen thread tied into a bow...because who doesn't love linen thread??

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Merry Mistletoe
INK: Soft Suede and Garden Green
PAPERS: Soft Suede and Whisper White Cardstock; Be Merry DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Linen Thread, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Tag...from my Kitchen

This week's challenge at the Paper Craft Crew was to "Use something NEW" - or at least something that you hadn't used yet...how many of us have "HAD TO HAVE IT" and then let it sit unused because you had so many other "fun things" to use? Raise your hand! I know you've done it too. :)

While I haven't had the stamp set I used today "forever", it is definitely new (available in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue) and I have had it for about 2 months.

Check it out:


Super cute, right? I used the sentiment from Label Me Pretty and stamped it in Bermuda Bay unto Whisper White Cardstock and punched it out using the coordinating punch which is part of the bundle.

I had grand illusions of baking some cookies that I could then package up and attach the tag to, but I recently started a new job at Starbucks (I LOVE IT!!) and time has gotten away from me!

After I stamped and punched the sentiment, I cut out the tag and added the layer of Bermuda Bay Cardstock which I stamped using images from Touches of Texture. I then added a length of Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon and attached the sentiment on top using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I added some Bermuda Bay Stitched Satin Ribbon and tied it up with my FAVOURITE linen thread for the finishing touch.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Label Me Pretty, Touches of Texture
INK: Bermuda Bay
PAPERS: Whisper White and Bermuda Bay Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

This week's challenge is actually a TWO week challenge, so it should give you lots of time to create YOUR cards as you celebrate either Canada Day or Independence Day. You can play Tic-Tac-Toe along with the design team:


For my card, I chose the right hand column: Cake, Baker's Twine, Clean & Simple and created this:


My base is Soft Sky and I added a layer of Whisper White cardstock unto which I stamped the cupcake base. Before I attached the Whisper White layer, I took my 1/16" hole punch and punched two tiny holes on each side of the cupcake base through which I threaded my Whisper White Baker's Twine.

I stamped the frosting in Soft Sky and added some Wink of Stella for a little bit of sparkle.

I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede and added a tiny rhinestone for the finishing touch.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Sprinkles of Life
INK: Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
PAPERS: Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: 1/16" hole punch, Tree Builder Punch, Baker's Twine, Rhinestones, Wink of Stella, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I got a job!!

I mean...I had a job. I was working at Georgetown Yarn. And it was LOTS of fun! But I needed a few more hours, so I had to start a search and you'll never GUESS where I'll be working in a couple of weeks! I can't WAIT!

Maybe my card will give you a hint?


I started off with a base of Pear Pizzazz and added a layer of Whisper White Cardstock cut to 4 x 5 ¼". My next layer was a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Coffee Break pack.

Next up was some die-cutting using the largest of the Stitched Shapes circles and the larger of the scalloped circles in the Layering Circles Set. I stamped the sentiment from the Coffee Café set using Soft Suede onto the Whisper White circle and added the two tiny cups. There's a die in the Coffee Cups die set, but you all know how much I LOVE fussy-cutting, so I sat down one afternoon and cut out the entire sheet of coffee cups/percolators/cups. It was SO much fun!


And how about that awesome bow!! I just love, love, LOVE our Linen Thread. I'm pretty sure that every time I place an order, I add Linen Thread to it - LOL!

Well...if you haven't figured out where my new job is yet, I'll tell you! Starting on July 4th, I'll be working at one of my local Starbucks! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this new opportunity!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out what the rest of the Crew have been up to HERE.


What do you think?

STAMPS: Coffee Café
INK: Soft Suede
PAPERS: Whisper White, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock; Coffee Break DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Are you ready for some inspiration??

OH. MY. GOSH! When I first saw this inspiration piece I fell in love and the ideas just started to swirl like crazy! Check it out:


And since it's my birthday today, you KNOW I had to create a birthday card! Check this out:


I chose the colours as my inspiration and decided to go with Lemon Lime Twist and Tempting Turquoise though I also considered Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.

I started off with my base of Tempting Turquoise and added a layer of Lemon Lime Twist Fresh Florals. Then I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and stamped the balloon strings onto it. I stamped the "birthday" from the "Happy Birthday" in Happy Birthday Gorgeous under it.

I stamped balloons from the Balloon Celebration and Happy Birthday Gorgeous sets and punched them out. They were added the front of the card using both Fast Fuse and Stampin' Dimensionals.

The "happy" banner was stamped in Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist and fussy cut before adding it to the card front also using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Let me know in the comments below which part of the pillow would inspire YOU and don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE. You're going to LOVE it!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Balloon Celebration, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Number of Years
INK: Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise
PAPERS: Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise Cardstock, Fresh Florals Paper Stack
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

P. S. You have one more week to send me a birthday card and be entered into a draw to win a free stamp set!

Monday, June 12, 2017

MOJO Farewell

Last Monday, Julee posted the very last of the Mojo Monday Sketches - NUMBER 500! It's been almost 10 years since she started posting and she's decided to focus a bit more on her family these days.

I haven't participated in ALL of the sketches, but I do really like the ones I've done.

Here's my interpretation of the very last Mojo Monday Sketch:


I started off with the ATC onto which I stamped the splatter from Touches of Texture Stamp Set using Powder Pink Ink and the small flowers from the same set using Berry Burst Ink (stamped off).


Next up I stamped the pot of paintbrushes from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set using Basic Black Archival Ink and cut it out. No. There is no die for this image (or this set for that matter). Yes. I fussy cut it...and several like it as this ATC was the make and take for my catalogue launch this past Saturday. Everyone loved it! I may or may not be one of those crazy people that enjoys fussy cutting (and by may or may not, I mean I am 100% one of those crazy people! And I'm proud of it too - LOL!)


Then I coloured in the stamped pot with my watercolour pencils and aqua painters. It was adhered to the ATC using Stampin' Dimensionals.


After that, I set about sorting out the card base and decided I'd use ALL of the new In Colours for 2017-2019! Because...well...why not!

As a special treat, I'm going to give you EXACT measurements of each and every element of the card. I'm often asked about providing this information and while I sometimes do, for the number of blog posts I create, this process would become VERY tedious if I had to do it every time (and I'd probably stop creating). I'll try and do it a little more often for you though.

So, here you go (from the card base up):
  • Lemon-Lime Twist Card Base - 5 ½" x 8 ½", scored at 4 ¼"
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 4" x 5 ¼"
  • Lemon-Lime Twist Designer Series Paper - 3 ⅞" x 3 ½"
  • Powder Pink Cardstock - 3 ⅞" x 1 ½"
  • Lemon Lime Finely Woven Ribbon - 5" long
  • Tranquil Tide Cardstock - 4 ½" x 7/16"
  • Berry Burst Cardstock - 3 ¾" x ⅝"
  • Fresh Fig Cardstock - 2 ½" x 3 ½"
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 2 ¼" x 3 ¼"
  • Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon - 4" long
  • Whisper White Baker's Twine - about 6-8" long (enough to tie your bow)
  • Stamp Sets:
    • Touches of Texture
    • Crafting Forever
  • Ink:
    • Powder Pink
    • Berry Burst (stamped off)
    • Basic Black Archival
  • Accessories:
    • Watercolour Pencils
    • Aqua Painters
    • Glue Dots
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
So there you go!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Have you picked a favourite?

The catalogue has been live for 7 days! Do you have a favourite yet? I'm sure I'll have more than one favourite, but this week it's Crafting Forever.

And I was inspired to use it with our super fun sketch:


The sketch is so versatile, you could use it with just about any stamp set. Here's what I did:


I used Touches of Texture to stamp the background and stamped the brushes in the pot on watercolour paper. I cut the image out and coloured it in using my watercolour pencils and aqua painters and then did the same with the "Made with Love" image.

They were adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.


Love, love, LOVE this this stamp image - so cute!

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.


What do you think?

STAMPS: Crafting Forever, Touches of Texture
INK: Archival Black, Powder Pink, Berry Burst
PAPERS: Thick Whisper White Cardstock; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Pencils, Aqua Painters, Rhinestones, Pearls, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

P.S. It's my birthday next week! Everyone who sends me a HANDMADE card will be entered into a draw to win a FREE stamp set!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations!

This week at the Paper Craft Crew we have a fun sketch for you to try out! It's a simple sketch with SO many options! Check it out:


Here's what I decided to do:


To choose my colours, I pretty much put my hands in a box that's been holding leftovers from my last class and odds and ends from previous creations. It think it worked out! :)

My base is Pool Party with a layer of Calypso Coral and then a layer of So Saffron. I then added a layer of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.

I had a little strip of Calypso Coral left over from trimming the larger layer and it was just perfect to tuck under the Daisy. I added a length of Night of Navy Bakers Twine for a little bit of contrast.


I stamped and punched two daisies in So Saffron and attached them with a Stampin' Dimensional. Then I stamped the Congratulations sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and then punched it out using the Classic Label Punch. I trimmed the punched sentiment and tucked it under the Gold Faceted Gem.

I am in LOVE with the brand new Daisy set! And it seems SO many of our demonstrators are also in love with it! Sadly, this bundle WON'T be available to order on June 1st, as it was SO popular with our demonstrators that we went through MORE than a usual years supply in the first two weeks of our pre-order.

On the up shot, by the time you can order YOUR Daisy Bundle, there'll be SO many ideas on Pinterest that you'll be able to create for MONTHS with everything you've seen.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Crew have been up to HERE.


What do you think?

STAMPS: Daisy Delight, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
INK: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy
PAPERS: Pool Party, Calypso Coral and So Saffron and Whisper White Cardstock; Delightful Daisy DSP
ACCESSORIES: Daisy Punch, Classic Label Punch, Gold Faceted Gem, Bakers Twine, Stampin' Dimensional, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tic Tac Toe - Three in a row!

It's a game of Tic Tac Toe over at the Paper Craft Crew this week! And for a change...I didn't pick my squares from all over the board - LOL!

Check it out:


I chose Bright Colours, Favourite Stamp Set and Ribbon - SEE? All in a row!

And here's my card:


My favourite stamp set is Gorgeous Grunge! It's retiring this year and I'm sad to see it go, but I'll console myself with my next favourite: Touches of Texture. And there's a few new stamp sets in the NEW Annual 2017-2018 catalogue that are sure to become favourites too!

Here's where the ribbon comes in:


I used the ribbon from the Love Bundle that was in the outgoing Occasions Catalogue. I like that it's narrow and not "in your face", if you know what I mean. Plus it was red and matched my card base - LOL!

Take a look at this fun fold:


The card is 5 ½" by 11" so you can still create one out of a regular size (8 ½" x 11") piece of cardstock. If you have 12" x 12" cardstock, you can get two from one sheet!

And here's the inside:


And...I'm sure it's pretty obvious that I used bright colours - LOL!

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Crew have been up to HERE and come play along with us!


What do you think?

STAMPS: Gorgeous Grunge (retiring), Happy Birthday Gorgeous (coming in the new catalogue!)
INK: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Real Red
PAPERS: Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Die (coming in the new catalogue!), Ribbon, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Happy Stampin'!
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Featuring Daisy Delight

We received this stamp set as part of the Prize Patrol at OnStage back in April, I just love it! I recently ordered the punch (you'll be able to get it as a bundle on June 1st) and I'm so happy with the way all the cards I create with this set turn out - SO FUN!!

We had a fun little sketch to play with today:


I even loved the colours our fearless leader chose - so bright and cheerful! I used the bright green (Lemon-Lime Twist) as one of the layers on my card.


You have to be careful with Lemon-Lime Twist! On it's own, it's EYE SEARINGLY bright! But when you mix it with the other new InColours, it's not so bad!

My card base is Berry Burst and I added a layer of Lemon Lime Twist Designer Series Paper from the Fresh Florals Pack.

I added a couple of extra strips of Berry Burst DSP to the main panel and stamped the sentiment in Berry Burst as well.

Some more Berry Burst for the daisies (I stamped and punched two), a Clear Faceted Gem (because hey! Why not?) and a few wraps of Bakers Twine to finish it off.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Daisy Delight
INK: Berry Burst
PAPERS: Whisper White and Berry Burst Cardstock; Fresh Florals DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Clear Faceted Gems, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sneak Peek!!

If you follow me on either Facebook or Instagram (maybe both?), last week I took a picture of a snippet of a BRAND NEW DESIGNER SERIES PAPER.

Today's card features another peek at it - YAY!! To see some of the rest of it, keep checking back and to see the FULL reveal, be sure to RSVP for my Open House on June 10th!

Our challenge this week at the Paper Craft Crew was to use three of the four colours here:


I chose Pale Yellow (ish), Coral and Deep Blue. And this is what I came up with:


The colours in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper were perfect for the challenge and I couldn't have been more thrilled. I think it's going to be my new favourite paper! I got some after our OnStage event at the beginning of April and I just ordered another pack yesterday with my pre-order.

I started off with floral DSP and used it to create an ATC (the Daffodil Delight cardstock is 2 ½" x 3 ½"). To the ATC, I added the Daisy hanging off the edge and the sentiment from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set.

Check this part out:


The Faceted Gems that will be available to order on June 1st are so much fun! You'll get three different sizes on each colour sheet (there's a silver/clear version too!).

And here's the inside:


I added a single stem with some buds on it (also part of the stamp set - two step stamping) and some Night of Navy doodles around the edge.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Daisy Delight
INK: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy
PAPERS: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy Cardstock; Delightful Daisy DSP
ACCESSORIES: Faceted Gems, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Marker

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

So I saw this thing on YouTube...

If you have children in your house, I can almost guarantee that you've had at LEAST one conversation start in this manner...

This time around *I* was the one who saw a thing on YouTube! And what I saw was a super cute card that was part of the incredibly talented Connie Stewart's collection of "Make it in Minutes" cards.

She made flowers...and I started off making flowers too, but the more I stamped them, the more they looked like Mickey Mouse! :)

Now...if we're friends on Facebook, you already know we're going on a Mediterranean cruise in September. I don't think I mentioned it was a DISNEY CRUISE!!

If you've known me for any length of time, you KNOW our family is a bunch of Disney FREAKS! So...pair that with the fact that I haven't cruised in over 20 years and that a Mediterranean cruise has been on my bucket list for YEARS...well...you can just imagine the excitement around here!

One of the things that happens on Disney Cruise is something called Fish Extenders (I'll let you look that up...it's a post for another day) and another is people spreading Pixie Dust all over the place!

Pixie dust can be anything from a small gift, to a card, to a special thank you, etc.

So...as I was stamping what was supposed to be flowers and seeing Mickey Mouse instead, I decided that these cards would be PERFECT to spread around a little Pixie Dust! So I made 16...


I started off with a base of thick Whisper White Cardstock and added a layer of Marina Mist (I really need to use this colour more often!). My images (from Swirly Bird) were stamped in Pink Pirouette and Flirty Flamingo. I stamped my sentiment (from the retiring Scenic Sayings) in Marina Mist Ink.

The finishing touch was a few rhinestones added to each card and...DONE! Thanks Connie for the great card idea!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Swirly Bird, Scenic Sayings (retiring)
INK: Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo and Marina Mist
PAPERS: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White and Marina Mist Cardtock
ACCESSORIES: Basic Rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, April 14, 2017

From This to That Friday

Back on Monday, I showed you a totally cute ATC.

I love the way it turned out - simple and sweet...which worked out for me since I've been battling a cold for the past week or so. It seems to want to keep hanging on - UGH. I'm doing everything I should be doing - lots of rest, fluids, etc...but this one is stubborn!

But you didn't come here to hear me whine about my cold (I sound like a man - LOL!), you want to see what I did with the cute ATC from Monday, right?

Check it out:


I didn't want to take away too much from the ATC, so I went with the mostly black background. I just love the little hearts in the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper. It's retiring, so don't delay if you love it as much as I do!

Here's a close up of the metallic thread I used:


I went with silver and black this time around. You can't see the black all that well in the picture, but it's definitely there! And good news!! The metallic thread is going to remain in the new 2017-2018 annual catalogue! Thank goodness, because it's become one of my favourite embellishments! Oh...and the enamel shapes are still in there too. :)


What do you think?

STAMPS: Perfect Mix
INK: Archival Black
PAPERS: Whisper White, Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo Cardstock; Pop of Pink DSP
ACCESSORIES: Enamel Shapes, Metallic Thread, Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's time to say goodbye...

Stampin' UP! announced the retiring list earlier this week and it's quite extensive - 10 pages to be exact! Are you ready??


Click HERE for the PDF
Click HERE for the sortable EXCEL file (you can sort alphabetically, by page number, etc.)

A few things to note:

  • All retiring items WILL be discontinued after May 31st, 2017.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are ONLY available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we'll keep producing retiring stamp sets ONLY until May 22nd, 2017. After May 22nd, 2017, all retiring stamp sets will ONLY be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels and discount can NOT be honoured in Canada if they are from another market.
  • Depending on inventory levels, Stampin' UP! MAY add additional discounts in May 2017. However, these discounts will NOT be pre-announced.
  • If you purchase a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin' UP! will NOT refund the difference.
  • If there is a product you would like, I recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it's discounted later on or you may risk it being SOLD OUT.
  • Discounts will be applied to SELECT retiring items only.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with ANY questions!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Last week, my son's girlfriend turned 18 and that was something to celebrate! He treated her to dinner and movie and they had a fabulous time!

I made her this card:


I used the Large Numbers Framelits and my Big Shot to cut out the numbers in both Melon Mambo and Basic Black. They were attached to the Whisper White circle using Stampin' Dimensionals.

And it was PERFECT for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge to use Metallic Embellishments.


I used some Gold and Black Metallic Thread and I just love the way it turned out!

I even created a matching envelope using the Envelope Punch Board.


And closed it with a magnet! I get the rare earth magnets and hide them behind cardstock and DSP. They're really thin, so they're pretty easy to disguise.

What do you think?

STAMPS: None
INK: None
PAPERS: Whisper White, Melon Mambo and Basic Black Cardstock, Pop of Pink DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Metallic Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Magnets

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, April 10, 2017

ATC Monday - You're GRATE!

Don't worry! I haven't taken leave of my senses and I STILL know how to spell - LOL!

Check this out though!


See? Now you understand my CRAZY spelling - heehee!!

It's RETIREMENT day! Today, April 10th, is when Stampin' UP! announces the retiring list - items that will not be carrying over into the next 2017-2018 annual catalogue.

The image above is from the Perfect Mix set that appeared in the Occasions Catalogue (valid until May 31st), but it is NOT making its way to the new annual catalogue, so if you love it, it's best to order it NOW.

I turned this ATC into a super cute card, but you'll have to wait till Friday to see it!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Perfect Mix
INK: Archival Black
PAPERS: Whisper White, Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Enamel Shapes

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, April 7, 2017

From This to That Friday

Happy Friday! Another week in the books and now it's the weekend! Do you have any plans??

I do! Tomorrow is On Stage Local and I can't wait! I'll have to be up and out SUPER early since I'm volunteering at check in, but that's OK! Because there's nothing a good cup of coffee can't fix - LOL!

The best part?? We'll get to see NEW stamp sets and the NEW catalogue (which I can't show you until my Open House - SORRY!). I can't wait to start playing with all the new goodies! You'll be able to see some projects created with the products in the coming weeks.

Now...on to today's card! You'll remember the not very exciting ATC from Monday:


And this is what happened to it!


I belong to several heart related groups on Facebook (two of my children were born with Congenital Heart Disease) and in one group (where the moms chat about getting healthier) I asked if anyone would like to receive cards in the mail. Of course, everyone said YES and shared their birthdays (and mailing addresses) with me. The first birthday since we started the group is coming up next week and this is the card that's going out. K celebrates her birthday next Saturday, but I don't think she reads my blog, so the surprise won't be spoiled.

I started with the ATC and paired it with Crumb Cake Cardstock. I was going to go with Sahara Sand, but I used that on Wednesday's card, so I wanted to choose a different neutral. Originally, I was going to choose a Blushing Bride Base, but all the Designer Series Paper that I had with Blushing Bride as one of the colours also used Very Vanilla as the base colour.  Since I'd already used Whisper White on the ATC, I knew that wouldn't work.

The numbers were stamped with Watermelon Wonder Ink on Whisper White Cardstock and cut out using the Large Numbers Framelits and the Big Shot. They were adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Number of Years
INK: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder
PAPERS: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Watermelon Wonder Cardstock; Crumb Cake DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Basic Rhinestone, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!