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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

By Special Request - Crazy for Cupcakes

Recently, I had a special request for cards featuring cupcakes.  I searched my brain (archives) and realized that I had NONE - or, if I do have any, I can't find them!

So, here are TWO cupcake cards using the "Crazy for Cupcakes" set:

Now, I promise, absolutely 100% promise that BOTH these card bases are Melon Mambo.  I don't know WHAT is up with the funky colours, but they are both the same and they are both Melon Mambo. And that strip across the top of the card on the right?  Yeah...NOT Crushed Curry. It's Daffodil Delight!

For the card on the right, I used a REALLY old Sweet Sunday Sketch - in fact, it's the FIRST EVER Sweet Sunday Sketch and I had fun with it! I think I need to go back and use them all.

Here's a close up of the balloons:

If YOU have a special request for something you'd like to see on my blog (Stampin' UP! of course), why don't you let me know? I'll do my best to get it done for you.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Crazy for Cupcakes
INK: Staz-ON, Melon Mambo
PAPERS: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painters

Happy Stampin'!

P.S. Yes, these are watercoloured on Whisper White Cardstock - it can be done!

P.P.S. Don't forget that TODAY is the VERY LAST DAY to take advantage of the sale of the Digital+ starter kit!

Monday, May 30, 2011

MDS Monday - At Grandma's

Good afternoon peeps!  If you're in the US, I hope you're have a great Memorial Day and that the weather is cooperating for all the grilling you're likely to do.  If you're here with me in Canada, hope you're having a GREAT day at work *snort*

Today's MDS features photos taken last year (at some point - LOL!) when we were visiting my in-laws. While they don't live in the country, they do live in a considerably smaller town than we do and have pretty much "trained" the wildlife to come and hang out in their backyard.

On this day, the kids were all outside waiting for "Chippy".  Of course, I have NO idea if it was "Chippy" 1, 2, 3 or 4, but it was one of them.  The chipmunks are, of course, the kids' favourites.  They'll come eat right out of your hand if you're very, VERY still.  They have even been known to climb right up on your lap and eat the peanuts out of the dish you may be holding - FOR REAL!

That's it for today, but DON'T FORGET:
  • Today and tomorrow are the LAST days for you to take advantage of the "join my team" special! You can get the Digital+ starter kit for just $150.50 instead of $215. Keep in mind that My Digital studio ALONE is $106.95, so this is a FANTASTIC deal! Even if you don't want to make Stampin' UP! your business, you'll get 20% off every single order you place as a demonstrator.  That's a great perk right there!  And let's not forget the opportunity to see the catalog before LOTS of other people!
  • June 1st (just two more sleeps!) is the day the last chance list gets released from Stampin' UP! At that point, you will have until June 30th to get the stamps you love from the last chance list. After that, they're GONE! Accessories will also be discontinued and these will be available on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. This means that once they're gone, THEY'RE GONE!!! The discontinued list of accessories may include (but is not limited to), designer series papers, ribbons, brads, buttons and other embellishments.  If it appears on the discontinued accessory list, your best bet is to go to my online store and place your order IMMEDIATELY! Once again, GONE=GONE!
If I don't get a chance to post tomorrow, I hope you understand!  I have a craft fair for which I need to prepare and it's on Wednesday!  My regular Watercolour Wednesday post is ready to go and as soon as humanly possible, I'll also have the last chance list up on my blog too.

Happy MDSin'!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Did You Know?


Simply Gorgeous

Presenting Simply Adorned, Stampin' Up!'s all-new line of charms and chains, ready for you to adorn with your personal style.

Stampin' Up!'s nickel-plated charms feature tempered, beveled glass on front, flat glass on back, and a lobster clasp. The locket-style charm with hinge allows you to easily insert custom artwork. Charms are available in three sizes; the largest charm makes a beautiful Christmas ornament that can become a cherished keepsake.

The Simply Adorned stainless-steel chain--available in two lengths--features a toggle clasp and exclusive Stampin' Up! charm identifier. The finish coordinates perfectly with the Simply Adorned charms.

Visit the Online Store now to view these products or to start shopping!

Or learn how you can get 20 percent off these, and all of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous products, when you become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Monday, May 23, 2011

MDS Monday - Free Workshop Coupon

Howdy peeps!!!  It's MDS Monday!

Today, I'm sharing the coupon that I'll be including in my catalog package to sell at the craft fair in which I'll be participating next Wednesday, June 1st.

If you live in the Mississauga area, I'd LOVE for you to come out and join the fun!  The fair is a fundraiser for a local public school, Osprey Woods.  It's only for a few SHORT hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

I created this (and several signage pieces for the event) all using MDS and all using Blushing Bride Designer Series Paper.

If you love MDS as much as I do, there are only 8 more days to take advantage of the National Scrapbooking Month promotion and join my team!  For $150.50, you will receive the Digital + starter kit, delivered RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR with no tax and no shipping! Remember, the My Digital Studio program ALONE costs $106.95 and has more that $300 worth of downloads included on the disks.  The Digital + starter kit is valued at almost $400 (NOT including the download value of the disks).  And, the first person to join my team will also receive a FREE Colour Coach (valued at $18.95). Contact me TODAY!

Happy MDSin'!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Did You Know?

When you pick up a piece of Stampin' Up! card stock, you'll notice the exclusive colours, impressive weight of paper (80 lb.) and that it's dyed all the way through so you won't get a white core when tearing. You'll also love that our textured card stock has an exclusive pattern, comes in the same great colours, and is acid and lignin free (just like our regular card stock) so it's great for scrapbooking.

In addition to our card stock, our other paper products are equally as exciting:
  • Designer Series paper. Combine Stampin' Up!'s exclusive artwork and colors on paper, and you've got Designer Series paper. Choose packages of 12" x 12" double-sided designs in beautiful colour combinations. Designer Series paper is a great choice for scrapbooking as it is acid and lignin free.
  • On Board chipboard products. Chipboard is a hot product, and we've got some of the best designs around. Our selection includes alphabets and images so you'll have plenty of choices whether you're colouring, covering, or leaving your chipboard raw.
  • Window sheets. Our window sheets bring a whole new look to your creations. Use them on scrapbook pages, embellish them with Rub-Ons that you use as overlays, or layer them on card stock. Create shapes with the Big Shot die-cut machine, sponge the edges with Craft ink to color, or make see-through boxes. There are countless options! They come in two different thicknesses, as well as a printed option. 
  • Envelopes. Once you've designed your project, share the joy by sending it to someone--in one of our envelopes! Stampin' Up! envelopes come in many of the same neutral colours as our card stock, and the exclusive flap design helps you make your project distinctive.
  • There's more! You'll also want to check out our selection of cards & envelopes, bags, calendars, Simply Sent card kits, and more.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Watercolour Wednesday - With Images!

I'm back!  My apologies for leaving you hanging, but youngest DS had a dentist appointment this morning. Since it was raining, we had to leave pretty early and I didn't get a chance to upload my post for you.

Everything went well, his teeth are all shiny and we're ready for the afternoon!

So, today I'm sharing some "Sunny Fun" with you!  I just love, love, LOVE this new set in the Summer Mini and as a's PERFECT for watercolouring - WOOT!

To start, here's a close up of the sentiment detail:

How perfect is THAT? Popsicles and ice cream treats with a sentiment that says, "That was so COOL of you"! Cute, cute, CUTE!!!

Next up is the ATC portion of the card:

I did have to cut off a portion of the treats to get the ATC size, but I think it still worked out pretty good. My watercolour paper is cut to 2 1/8" x 3 1/8" with my Tangerine Tango layer at 2 1/4" X 3 1/4" and Tempting Turquoise layer at 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" making it ATC size.

The full card:

I used a piece of Sweet and Sour Specialty Designer Paper.  I LOVE this stuff and hope, hope, HOPE that Stampin' UP! decides to leave in the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog coming out on July 1st. It's so bright and cheery! Plus, since it's "specialty" paper, one side of each and every sheet has some clear embossing on it.  Yep!  LOVE!!!

And, last but not least, a little piece of the inside of the card:

I simply stamped across the bottom of the piece of Whisper White, using the same image and Tangerine Tango Ink.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Sunny Fun
INK: Staz-On, Tangerine Tango
PAPERS: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango and Tempting Turquoise Cardstock; Sweet and Sour Specialty DSP; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painters, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

P.S. If you've read this far, I have a little secret about this card!  If you can figure out what it is, leave me a comment! Of the CORRECT answers, I'll draw a name and that person will win this:

I'll leave the contest open until my NEXT Watercolour Wednesday post on May 25th.  GOOD LUCK!!!

Watercolour Wednesday

It's been busy around here lately!  I DO have a Watercolour Wednesday Project for you, but I'll only be able to post it later on this afternoon. Please come visit again later on.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Terrific Tuesday SUDSOL BLOG TOUR!

Welcome to the MAY edition of the SUDSOL BLOG TOUR! If you've been on the tour before, you know how awesome the demonstrators work is.  If not, you're in for a treat!

If you've arrived from the SUDSOL site, rest assured, you are in the right spot! If you're a demonstrator and took the time to look at some the information on the site, you know what a GREAT deal joining SUDSOL is. If you're not sure about it, you can try it out for two weeks for FREE!  Just click on the link in my left hand sidebar. I can promise you that you won't be disappointed! I joined SUDSOL the week after I became a demonstrator and find the resources invaluable. you're REALLY here to see are some projects!  Here's my first set of two cards:

For this Blog Tour, I've decided to feature a new set from the Summer Mini called Pretty Postage. It's a set of four darling little stamps that can be used for several occasions. When you purchase the set, be sure to also purchase the matching punch. It layers beautifully with the 1 3/8" square punch. The set is just PERFECT for little 3 x 3 cards that can be attached to gifts. This set could also be given as a hostess gift.

Two more cards:

As you can see, I also used the large floral image from Fabulous Florets, another set in the Summer Mini. I've shown you projects using this set before, here and here. The Fabulous Florets set is on of my favourites out of the mini since it lends itself to both simple and elegant designs. It can be watercoloured or just stamped in a single colour.

My last project uses the same set again, but this time the birthday image was stamped three times and lined up on the right hand side of the card:

I cut a piece of Whisper White to 4 X 5 1/4" and ran just half of it through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. On the other half, I repeated the Fabulous Floret image. I tied a double loop bow, attached it to the card front and then adhered it to the card base. I added the three "Happy Birthday Image" down the right hand side.

If you'd like to see some of my EXCLUSIVE work, I was a previous featured stamper as well as Design Team member. You can see my gallery HERE.

I hope you've enjoyed my stop on the blog tour. Your next stop on the tour is Jackie Topa.  I haven't seen her projects, but I can assure you that you are in for a treat!

STAMPS: Pretty Postage, Fabulous Florets
INKS: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point
PAPERS: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point
ACCESSORIES: Postage Stamp Punch, Ribbon, Square Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, May 16, 2011


This post will remain static at the top until the SUDSOL blog tour!
Scroll down to see what else I've been up to!

SUDSOL Blog Tour - May 17th

MDS Monday - St. Mike's Majors

Welcome to another edition of MDS Monday - I'm glad you came!

Today's layout is brought to you by my son Jonathan! Well, he didn't MAKE it, but he is featured in it!

It's a pretty basic layout, but I like it. The photos are centre stage which is how scrapbooks should be, IMO.

In case it's too tiny, the journalling reads: Jonathan and several of his class mates and school mates were invited to sing the National Anthem at a local hockey game. Following the singing of the anthem, the students as well as their parents remained to watch the game. Our team WON!

My background paper is the "Baja Breeze Distressed" and I used the "Cracked" font in Baja Breeze for my titling. My journalling is in Century Schoolbook (my very FAVOURITE journalling font) using Not Quite Navy.

I hope this layout starts your week off with a smile!

Happy MDSin'!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Beyond the Garden - Card Set

Welcome Back!!!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's sneak peek!  Today, I'll share the full cards with you. The design/sketch idea is based on cards by Mickey Roberts. I figured if she wasn't scared of the bright colours, I should give them a shot myself.

 All four cards are the same design, using different portions of the paper and different images from the Tiny Tags set. As I mentioned yesterday, rather than using the Tiny Tags Punch, I used the small oval punch (item # 120908 - $15.95).

I also used Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and the little safety pins from the Vintage Trinkets set.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Tiny Tags
INK: Pacific Point
PAPERS: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point Cardstock; Beyond the Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Basic Rhinestones, Basic Pearls

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sneak Peek Saturday with Beyond the Garden

How about a little sneak peek of something I've been doing? If you've seen the Summer Mini, you've seen the paper featured there, called "Beyond the Garden." I've got to tell you, that stuff is WAY outside my comfort zone!  However, my Caroline is using it for Stampin' Palooza, so I kinda need to get used it.

Here's a sneak peek at my first attempt:

I used one of the less scary papers (at least to me) for this one to lessen the shock - LOL!

I don't know if you can tell, but even though I used Tiny Tags, I didn't use the Tiny Tags punch, I used the small oval that was in the Holiday Mini (and is still available). And, you can JUST make out the safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets. I really didn't think I needed these, but...ummmmm...yeah - NEED 'EM!!!

And here's another sneak peek:

On this one, I used a Basic Rhinestone.

These two sneak peeks will be part of a set using all the same colours as well as the same design.  Each of the sentiments is different.

What do you think?

Come on back tomorrow and I'll show you ALL the cards!

STAMPS: Tiny Tags
INK: Pacific Point
PAPERS: Whisper White, Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight (even though you can't see it) Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Did You Know?

Starting with the new 2010 Occasions Mini Catalogue and continuing with all new punch designs going forward, Stampin' Up! has adopted a new body style for our punches!
A few features of the new punch style:
  • Low-profile, rectangular punch body allows for easier stacking and storing
  • Punches lock shut for easier storage and transport
  • Dual labels on top and end allow for easy identification and selection when stored
  • Available in three sizes: small, medium, and extra-large
  • New punches allow for larger punched images and more intricate designs while providing greater ease of use.
    • Extra -large punch images also allow for two-step designs like the Two-Step Bird punch in the Occasions Mini Catalog
  • Corner punches allow you to punch a corner design along the inside edges of a page, not just corners
  • larger, whole-hand handle design provides better leverage for easier use
  • Available in an exclusive Stampin' Up! color

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

For Teacher - The full set of teacher cards

This is my second post for today. Scroll down to see what else I've been doing!

I thought you might like to see the whole set of Teacher cards put together, so before I sold them, I took a picture.  If you'd like to purchase your own set, let me know.  You'll get all four cards and coordinating envelopes, packaged in a lovely white box tied with ribbon.

Here are all the cards together:

And here's a close up detail of the envelopes:

I learned long ago from my upline that you should NEVER give a card in a naked envelope! Normally, I would stamp on the envy, but in this case, I decided to add some coordinating DSP to the flap.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes
INKS: Staz-On
PAPERS: As listed in previous posts
ACCESSORIES: As listed in previous posts

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolour Wednesday - For Teacher

I hope you've enjoyed this series of Watercolour Wednesday Teacher Cards.  Today's card is the last in the series.

Here's the detail on the front of the card.  I had SO much fun colouring my little Valentine girl.  I think she looks just adorable in So Saffron! Her little bow matches her dress - how cute!

For this card, I used Blushing Bride and So Saffron (despite the fact that, at least on my monitor, it looks more like Daffodil Delight).  I just love the combination of these two subtle colours together.  It DEFINITELY makes me think SPRING!

I sponged around the edges of the watercolour paper circle in Rose Red.  The sentiment is stamped using Rose Red and the stamping off technique.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK: Staz-ON, Rose Red
PAPERS: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and So Saffron Cardstock, Blushing Bride DSP (from hostess pack); Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painters, Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, May 9, 2011

MDS Monday - Here's the deal!

My apologies for posting so late in the day!  My boys had a professional development day at their school today, so they have kept me hopping!

Better late than never, right?

Here is today's MDS offering:

My plan was to stamp the image from Artistic Etchings the last time I was at my upline's so I could show you a comparison of the MDS version and the paper version, but she's leaving for cruise next week and so kept me VERY busy when I last worked with her!

At any rate, one of the reasons I simply LOVE MDS is that it allows you to "make" a card without using any paper.  Don't like the size of the background on your image panel? Just change it!  Think a different colour would work better? No problem! You get to create your card virtually and THEN, if you like, transfer it to paper.  No mess, no wasted paper.  Who wouldn't love that?

Well...if YOU like that idea, there is no better time than NOW to act! MDS, on it's own, is priced at $106.95. But during the month of May, which is National Scrapbooking Month (and digital scrapbooking is STILL scrapbooking!), you can get My Digital Studio as part of the Digital Starter Kit for just $150.50 instead of $215.

Check it out here:

You'll also get traditional stamps and papers as part of your starter kit as well. If you like, you can also add on the Stampin' Memories Kit for $42 instead of $60. You can't beat those prices!

So, for $150.50 you're getting over $375 worth of Stampin' UP! goodness! Of course...there's always MORE! The next five people to sign with me (and you can do that HERE) will get their choice of ANY PRICE stamp set from the NEW 2011-2012 catalog as soon as it goes live!  I'd LOVE to have you as part of my team. It doesn't matter if you're from Toronto, Tatamagouche or Squamish or anywhere in between! I support my team no matter the distance. You'll be joining a dynamic team of fabulous demonstrators.

Happy Stampin', Scrappin' and MDSin '!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Sketch on Mother's Day

The first thing I have to tell you is that this ISN'T my sketch. At some point I'll like to get back to doing my Sunny Sunday Sketch series, but right now that doesn't seem feasible - there is just TOO much going on!

The sketch I used for today's card is from i{heart}2stamp:

And here's my card based on it:

Design Details:

  • I started off with a black card base onto which I adhered a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock (4 1/8" x 5 3/8") and a layer of Love Notes Designer Series Paper (4" x 5 1/4").
  • I continued adding layers based on the sketch and added a strip of cardstock as well.
  • For my circle detail, I used both of the swirly images from Priceless and stamped them in Riding Hood Red and Basic Black Classic Inks.
  • My butterfly was stamped three times in Riding Hood Red and then hand cut before being adhered to the front of the card using both glue dots and Stampin' Dimensionals. You can see the technique using a different butterfly in this post.
  • I stamped the "So Kind" sentiment in Riding Hood Red onto Very Vanilla Cardstock and punched it out using the Large Oval Punch.  It was then adhered to a piece of Basic Black Cardstock punched using the Scallop Oval Punch. Of course, Stampin' Dimensionals were used to adhere it to the front of the card.
Here's a look at the inside of the card:

I repeated the butterfly here and sponged the edges of the Very Vanilla Cardstock with Riding Hood Red Ink.

And finally, a close up of the butterfly detail:

With special thanks to Diana Gibbs! I won't pretend that I'm an accomplished photographer, but I do know a thing or two about my camera.  I can use it (with some success) in aperture mode as well as shutter priority mode.  Why then did it NEVER occur to me to use "macro" when doing close ups?  It seems Diana had the same issue, so when I read on HER blog that one of her friends had suggested she use "macro", well...let's just say it was a "face-palm" moment. *sigh*

What do you think?

STAMPS: Priceless
INK: Basic Black and Riding Hood Red
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Riding Hood Red Cardstock; Love Notes DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Things I learned on National Scrapbook Day

Thing 1:

  • 12 X 12 Pages are HUGE! I'd forgotten just how big!  When I first started scrapbooking, I couldn't even begin to imagine how one would scrapbook on anything SMALLER than 12 X 12.  I mean...I had SO many pictures! How would I EVER get them ALL scrapbooked if I used anything smaller than 12 X 12?
  • These days, when I scrapbook (which isn't very often), I think 8 X 8 is LARGER THAN LIFE!
Thing 2:
  • Taking pictures of a 12 X 12 layout is hard!!! Getting it all into focus with NO shadows is next to impossible.
Thing 3:
  • 12 X 12 scrapbooking leaves LOTS of room for journalling.  This is foreign to me now.  When I taught scrapbooking classes (before SU!), I would almost literally pound into my students' heads the need for handwritten journalling.
  • These days (thanks to my discovery of 6 X 6) most of my journalling is reduced to a date or a quick caption...sometimes I even let the photos speak for themselves - the horror!!!
Here's my 12 X 12 for the day:

The journalling reads:
  • Happy National Scrapbook Day! What does that have to do with these photos? Nothing really...except that I'm scrapbooking them on Naitonal Scrapbook Day. The photos themselves were taken on July 1st, 2004 when Jonathan had barely learned to walk, Colin still had "baby fat" and Lauren wasn't anywhere near "13 going on 30". We spent the day enjoying a country concert at Sunnyside Beach.
Products Used:
  • 12 X 12 Whisper White Textured Cardstock
  • Celebrations Designer Series Paper
  • Celebrations Quick Accents
  • 8 1/2 X 11 Real Red Cardstock, trimmed
  • Pacific Point Marker, for journalling
And now, my preferred 6 X 6 size:

To note:
  • I don't have a garden - LOL!  But when I do (we live in a high rise condo at the moment) I know I'll enjoy scrapbooking it since I much prefer taking pictures of "nature" than people. (Does that make be a bad momma?) The flowers can at least "stand still"...unlike my children. *sigh*
  • When using a set of Sizzlet Die Cuts, use lower case if the size of the combined letters will be larger than your page - OOPS!!!  Thanks goodness creative license allows for overlapping!
  • This layout uses the colours from the Stamping 411 challenge, which can be found here.
A closeup:

Design notes:
  • I stamped the flower three times and then cut it out to make the different layers.
  • The bottom layer is attached using glue dots and the next two were attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the stem directly onto the Whisper White Cardstock using Pear Pizzazz ink. 
I hope you're enjoying National Scrapbook Day and that you have managed to get some scrapbooking time in!

Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Did You Know?

Stampin' UP! isn't just about making cards.  What better time to explore our scrapbooking line than during National Scrapbooking Month!

Preserving Memories with Stampin' Memories
Combine your passion for stamping with your desire to preserve special moments by introducing rubber stamping into your scrapbooking. We offer a variety of options to help you capture any theme. Use our stamp sets to create personalized elements for your scrapbook pages, such as titles, accents, and journaling pieces.

Your friends and family will be grateful that you took time to preserve your memories. Explore the variety of options Stampin' Up! provides to help you capture any theme or occasion with our Stampin' Memories line specially formulated to keep your memories safe. With Stampin' Up!, you can preserve your memories so that your family will enjoy reminiscing over your albums in the future. 

All of our stamp sets can be used for scrapbooking, and you will especially enjoy using alphabet, word, and phrase stamps on your pages. In addition, we offer a range of scrapbooking products, including Craft ink, Simply Scrappin' kits, patterned paper, and more. Products especially suited for scrapbooking are designated with a Stampin' Memories logo.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Watercolour Wednesday - For Teacher

Welcome to week #3 in my series of Greeting Card Kids for teacher. This week features the Christmas card.

Since I coloured my little girl using blues, I went with non-traditional Christmas colours for  the card. Bashful Blue and Night of Navy make for a great combination! For my Designer Series Paper, I chose one of the patterns from the Regals Collection (item # 117154 - $24.95). This is a great collection of papers with 10 different colours featuring all the colours in the Regals Collection of colours.

Here you can see the sentiment detail, where I once again stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes onto Whisper White Cardstock.  I used Night of Navy and then matted the sentiment on Bashful Blue punched with the Modern Label Punch.

And, last but not least, the inside of the card.  All of the cards in this series are finished in the same manner.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes
INK: Staz-On, Night of Navy
PAPERS: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Night of Navy Cardstock; Nigt of Navy DSP; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painters, Punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, May 2, 2011

MDS Monday - Vegas Baby!!!

Two years in a's all about Vegas baby!!!

My Caroline has asked me to join her in Vegas pre Founders Circle for two years now.  How could I say no?  There's lunch at the Bellagio and walking the strip.  Too much fun!!! The best part is all the Stampin' UP! friends I get to see once a year - WOOT!

And really...what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

Happy MDSin'!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Strength and Hope - Campaign Starts TODAY!

With the launch of the summer mini, the Strength and Hope Campaign has officially begun!

With the purchase of each and every set of stamps (as well as the digital download), Stampin' UP! will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. How awesome is THAT? You get a great stamp set and the BCRF gets a donation!

If you've seen this post, you've already seen the set in action.  And on this post, you get a REALLY nice close up of the butterfly.

If you want to see more projects that you can make with this set, just click here. Do note however, that the card listed as 6 X 6 is actually 3 X 6.

In other news, this is National Scrapbooking Month!

My love of paper crafts started just over 11 years ago in early spring 2000. A friend of mind dragged me to one of those parties (you know the one!) and we made a scrapbooking page.  I'm pretty sure I signed up that night! I became disenchanted with the company and their incessant need for the consultant to carry this huge inventory, not to mention the fact that they wanted us to say that if wasn't their product it was NO GOOD.

I never gave up my love of scrapbooking though...not until I discovered Stampin' UP! in 2004 (or somewhere around there!).  Then, I was all about the CARDS!  My scrapbooks lay untouched, pages unfinished - I think some of them still need journalling!

In an effort to get back into scrapbooking, I've challenged myself to complete a Page a Day in May!

To whit:

There's NO WAY that I could do a 12 X 12 page, which is kind of funny because when I first started scrapbooking, I simply could NOT understand how people created all these mini albums - LOL!

My poppies (from the BRAND NEW set Fabulous Florets released today) are stamped in Staz-On ink on our Watercolour Paper and coloured using our watercolour crayons and aqua painters.  *Really Christyne? You used watercolour crayons and aqua painters? How novel! We've never seen you use THOSE before!* Yeah...right - LOL!

Anyway...after they were coloured (and dry), I cut them all out (seven of them!) and adhered them to my page using either glue dots or Stampin' Dimensionals.

My white photo mat (still need to find a pic!) is sponged in Poppy Parade and my whole page was sponged with So Saffron Ink.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Fabulous Florets
INK:Staz-On, So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Wild Wasabi
PAPERS: Whisper White and So Saffron Cardstock; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painters, Sponges, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Scrappin!