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Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Can you believe it?? Christmas is just FOUR. DAYS. AWAY!

And if Christmas is four days away, that means the NEW YEAR is not too far behind.

And if the New Year is not too far behind, that means the Occasions Catalogue AND Sale-A-Bration are starting in less than 15 days - SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

Today over at the Paper Craft Crew, your task is to create a black & white card - with a pop of colour (if you like). Here's mine:

Do you love it??? It's from a new set (available in the Occasions catalogue) called Beautiful You and it's just perfect for creating a quick and easy card.

I coloured it in using the NEW (also available in the Occasions catalogue) watercolour pencils and in less than five minutes I had a card ready to send (it's waiting on the desk of someone very special already).

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE, and take note that due to the holidays, this is a TWO week challenge. I'll be back with another Paper Craft Crew challenge on January 4th, 2017.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Beautiful You
INK: Archival Black
PAPERS: Whisper White Note Card
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Pencils, Blender Pen

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Scene

Truth be told, I should have done this in November when I actually got the kit, but time CLEARLY got away from me...because here we are on December 19th and I'm JUST getting to it. *sigh*

The Paper Pumpkin Kit for November contained the most adorable Christmas scene cards:

With the help of a LOT of Stampin' Dimensionals (they're in the kit) I created this adorable little Christmas scene and I just LOVE IT!!!

Now...the good news is, if you're already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, Stampin' UP! is releasing the REFILL KITS for purchase (in case you need more) and you can order them right HERE. But they're only available while supplies last, so don't wait!

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hey Chick!

Oh. My. GOSH!!! This may be the cutest stamp set EVER and I just love it! Check it out:

The set is called "Hey, Chick" and you can get it for FREE during Sale-a-Bration. I used the new watercolour pencils (Yes! You read that right!) and my blender pen to colour her in. I love that in "Stampin' Land" chickens can be what ever you want them to be and even have Bermuda Bay hair!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Hey, Chick (SAB)
INK: Staz-On
PAPERS: Whisper White Note Cards
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Pencils, Blender Pen

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Get to knitting!

It wouldn't be Christmas if there wasn't a last minute project on the sticks!

Have a GREAT Saturday everyone!

Friday, December 16, 2016

By the numbers...


I am FINALLY done the hubby's Christmas cards for his's a good thing he's cute, because YIKES! Talk about a labour of LOVE!

Here's what I used:

  • 18 sheets of Soft Sky Cardstock
  • 9 sheets of Night of Navy Cardstock
  • 9 sheets of Whisper White Cardstock
  • 2 packages of Watercolour Paper
  • 2 sheets of Designer Series Paper
  • 25 yards of Night of Navy Baker's Twine
  • 160 Stampin' Dimensionals
  • 36 Glue Dots
  • Too much SNAIL to count
And here's the FINAL result:

It was a LOT of work, but I LOVE the way it turned out! Now...anyone want to buy a Merry Mice Stamp set in clear mount? ;)

What do you think:

STAMPS: Merry Mice
INK: Staz-On for stamping; Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Night of Navy and Sahara Sand for colouring
PAPERS: Whisper White, Night of Navy and Soft Sky Cardstock; Season of Cheer DSP (retired)
ACCESSORIES: Aqua Painter, Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Today's "not a card" is one of my favourite quick and easy packages to make. A little bit of Designer Series Paper, a stamp and a die cut or two and you're good to go!

We made smaller bags at class, but you could totally apply this principle to a larger bag. Then again, good things come in small packages, right??

You can purchase the bags at any big box craft store and they come in several different sizes. They're usually available in a "baker's dozen" (13 bags), so you should be able to design lots of different gift bags, depending on which DSP you choose.

The strips for this bag are 2", 1 ½" and 1" wide. You could adjust the length to suit your needs. They were punched using the Triple Banner Punch. This is a fabulous punch, because you can use it with three different widths of it's like getting three punches in one - BONUS!

The "Surprise!" is from the Tin of Tags stamp set. It was stamped in Real Red onto Whisper White Cardstock and cut out using the Big Shot and an oval die. It was adhered to a Real Red piece of Cardstock also cut out using a scalloped oval die and the Big Shot. You could use any stamp really. It doesn't even have to be a Christmas gift bag. It could be for any occasion throughout the year. Why not buy that baker's dozen of bags and create 13 different designs?

What do you think?

STAMPS: Tin of Tags
INK: Real Red
PAPERS: Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock; Candy Cane Lane DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I found it! remember last week when I said I'd probably thrown out the second dragonfly I'd stamped while tidying up? Yeah...about that...turns out I should have tidied my messy work space a little MORE because I found the image - WOOHOO!!

This week at the Paper Craft Crew, we had a sketch to play with:

A nice clean and simple design - I love it! So here's what I did:

I am SO in love with the new Dragonfly Dreams set coming up in the Occasions Catalogue - can't get enough of it!

I started off with a base of Thick Whisper White Cardstock and added a piece of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper with a little sliver of Mint Macaron Cardstock tucked underneath it. Then I tied some Whisper White Baker's Twine around the whole card and tied a pretty bow.

The circle under the dragonfly image was sponged using Soft Sky, Island Indigo and Mint Macaron and I just love the way it turned out! So much so...that if you're attending the Canadian Business Conference in January and you just happen to be in the Dragonfly Dreams group, THIS is the card I'll be swapping! I hope you love it as much as I do!

This card went in the mail right after I made it, so I hope the recipient has it already or the surprise might be ruined. Either way...I'm sure she'll LOVE it!

What do you think??

STAMPS: Dragonfly Dreams
INK: Island Indigo, Mint Marcaron, Soft Sky
PAPERS: Thick Whisper White and Mint Macaron Cardstock; Blooms & Bliss DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Layering Circle Framelits, Baker's Twine, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

P.S. After the photo was taken and before I mailed the card, I added some rhinestones...because I finally found them too!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Little bits of paper

I teach classes. Once a month. And in those classes we use a LOT of Whisper White Cardstock. And most of it is cut 4" x 5 ¼" as we use it for the inserts in our cards.

That leaves a LOT of ½" x 11" and ½" x 4" pieces of Whisper White Cardstock laying around. I mean A LOT. Like HUNDREDS of those little strips! I can't possibly use them all, so a bunch of them just end up in the recycling.

But at this time of year, I'm thankful for all those little bits that I DO keep!!

Because they make adding skinny little sentiments to the front of cards MUCH easier!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, December 12, 2016

So close I can taste it!!

Well...not really since I've never been one to eat paper...

The Night of Navy Baker's Twine was the LAST element I needed to add to the mice - WOOHOO!!! Now I just need to assemble (everything is already cut) and add a sentiment and I'm DONE!!!

This is the latest I have EVER completed my hubby's desk and table are a mess and I can't wait to get them OUT the door! HUZZAH!!!

Happy Stampin'!!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Merry Mice!

I'm using the Merry Mice for my hubby's Christmas Cards this year, but I just couldn't resist putting one of them in my journal too!

Isn't he just adorable? I coloured him using my Aqua Painter and inks. The little bauble was coloured using markers. Cute, eh??

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

On the sticks

Taking a break from cards today to work on some knitting. I felt like knitting with some happy colours today so that's what I did! I'll probably need the hat tomorrow since we're expecting 10-15cm of SNOW! What are you up to today??

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Year End Closeout Continues

Some items are selling out quickly, so don't delay!!

Click the image above to be taken directly to my store and use hostess code: BGF2QQUJ before checking out for a chance to win FREE Stampin' UP! products!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A tale of two tags...

Or gift enclosures...what do YOU like to call them??

During our class a couple of weeks ago, one of the projects we created was a simple fold-flat box. The original idea comes from Sam Hammond (an AMAZING UK Demonstrator) and I just made it a little bit bigger!

The beauty of this little box is that you can make a whole bunch of them and store them flat till you need them! And they're just the perfect size to hold a few little treats. A ½ dozen small chocolates, maybe 2 or 3 cookies (don't forget to use grease proof paper or wrap them in our cellophane bags before putting them in the box) and you're all set to present a quick little gift!

And speaking of little! Check this out!!

Isn't it just SO adorable! Like last weeks post, you get the box, the adorable little tag above and this one out of just one sheet of 8 ½" x11" cardstock:

The teeny tiny tag is just 1 ½" x 1 ½" and it has just enough space inside for a name and that's about it! The larger tag (gift enclosure) is 3" x 3" and has a little bit more room...maybe you can add "Love you" or something along those lines.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Peaceful Pines, Tin of Tags
INK: Real Red
PAPERS: Whisper White, Real Red and Crumb Cake Cardstock; Candy Cane Lane DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Basic Rhinestone, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

When you throw out the one piece you needed...

Well...that was a bit of a fail! Not totally and EPIC fail, but still...

Today's card was supposed to have a dragonfly on it, just like Monday's. But as I was tidying up after Monday's crafting mess, I must have accidentally thrown out the other dragonfly I created. *sigh*

So today's card took a different turn, but I LOVE the way it turned out!

Our sketch this week has a circle on it (just like Monday's card), so that's why I had the dragonfly in mind, but alas....

Here's the sketch:

And here's the card:

The Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper is STILL my all time favourite from the Annual Catalogue...but stay tuned! I have a NEW favourite in the Occasions Catalogue and I just know you're going to LOVE it too!!

For the card, I started off with a base of Soft Sky and added a layer of Mint Macaron. The next layer is a piece of Whisper White and a piece of Blooms & Bliss DSP and that got a ribbon wrap before being popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and added to the front of the card.

The image sentiment panel is a colour washed piece of Watercolour Paper and I stamped on it using an image from the Better Together Stamp Set and Island Indigo Ink. I doodled around the outside edge with my Mint Macaron Marker and attached it to piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock which was diecut with the Layering Circles Framelits. The smaller circle is was created the same way.

Here's a close up of the button:

I know the button is retired (sorry!) but it was just too perfect to pass up! I tied some Whisper White Baker's Twine to it and attached with a glue dot.

And everyone knows that diamonds are a girls best friend, right? Guess what?? So are RHINESTONES!

I just love adding these things to just about ANY card! :)

And last but not least...


What do you think?

STAMPS: Better Together
INK: Island Indigo
PAPERS: Whisper White, Mint Macaron and Soft Sky Cardstock; Blooms & Bliss DSP; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Button (retired, sorry!), Bakers Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Year End Closeout!

Year end Closeouts on NOW! Click the image below to be taken directly to my online store.

Be sure to add hostess code: BGF2QQUJ before checking out for a chance to win FREE Stampin' UP! products!

Products available only while quantities last!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Something Old....

Something New...

I've had a LOT on my plate lately, but I'm getting it all done. I wanted to wait till after I was done with my craft shows for the season to start playing with new goodies from the OCCASIONS catalogue (which starts on January 4th, 2017). My last craft show for the season was yesterday, so this morning I got out the new toys and made this:

The "something old" is the paper that I used as well as the little sequins (I can't find my darn rhinestones in the mess I've created leading up to all the craft shows!) and the something new is the DRAGONFLIES!! Oh. My. GOSH! Just wait till you see this new set! You're going to LOVE IT!

Something borrowed is the technique I used to colour my dragonfly wings. We learned it at On Stage and I just love it! I inked up the wings (they're a separate piece to the actual dragonfly skeleton) in Soft Sky and then sponged on some Mint Macaron in various places. Awesome right? I just love the way it turned out! And I love that no two dragonflies will ever be the same.

Here's a close up of the wings:

On the circle behind the dragonfly I did a watercolour wash using Soft Sky and Mint Macaron. There's a wee bit of Night of Navy on there too, but it's pretty subtle. You can see it better in person, so you'll just have to come to my Open House on Sunday January 8th, 2017 to check out this card and several others I'll be making over the next couple of weeks!

Something blue is my Soft Sky Card base.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Dragonfly Dreams (available Jan. 4, 2017)
INK: Staz-On, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron
PAPERS: Whisper White, Mint Macaron and Soft Sky Cardstock; Blooms & Bliss DSP; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Aqua Painter, Sponge Dauber, Fancy Frost Sequins (only available till January 3rd, 2017), Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

What do YOU think??

I couldn't decide which colour my little mice should be, so I coloured one in each of the colours I thought made sense and sent the image to my husband and a couple of friends to see what they thought.

But everyone had a different opinion!! I know which is *my* favourite and I ended up using the one my husband preferred since they're his cards.

But...what do YOU think?? Do you have a favourite??

Let me know in the comments, and I'll do a random draw! The winner will receive a Merry Mice Christmas Card!

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Merry Mice

I'm at a craft fair this weekend, but I wanted to show you what I've been up to with the mice! Check it out:

I started by colouring in the little hats using my Aqua Painter and Cherry Cobbler Ink. Tomorrow, I'll need your opinion so stay tuned!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Merry Mice!

Oh! Aren't these the cutest things EVER??

I'll be using this stack of adorable little mice for my husband's Christmas cards this year (PLEASE don't remind me how late I am! Last year I was DONE by the middle of October - GAH!)

And here's a DEAL!!! The Merry Mice are part of the Year-End Close Out! And the Photopolymer Set is discounted to $17.60! You can't beat that. And if you order RIGHT NOW, you'll still have time to use these adorable mice for YOUR Christmas Cards. Be sure to use hostess code: BGF2QQUJ at checkout for a chance to earn FREE Stampin' UP! products.

Stay tuned...I'll show what I did with the mice in an upcoming post!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tag! You're IT for 3-D Thursday!

OH. MY. GOSH! Can you believe that it's ALREADY December 1st? Where did the time go!! I'm pretty sure that it was just yesterday that I was enjoying New Years Day brunch with my family and here we are with just 24 shopping days till Christmas. WHAT?? promised, here's the rest of the project that goes along with yesterday's tag:

Don't you just love the little box? It was created with a 6 x 6 piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock using the Envelope Punch Board. You can create all the tags AND the box from just ONE sheet of 8 ½ x 11" Crumb Cake Cardstock. Talk about getting bang for your buck!

The box was wrapped with a 1 ¼" x 8" strip of Candy Cane Lane DSP and then I added the "This is for you" sentiment from the Tin of Tags stamp set. It was stamped in Garden Green and punched out before being added to a larger Garden Green Circle. Be-dazzling is a MUST at this time of year, so that was accomplished with three rhinestones. The circle was then added to the front of the box with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Here's pic of all the tags together:

Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments below and I'll do a random draw from all the comments and send the winner ALL of the tags in the set!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Tin of Tags, Candy Cane Christmas, Cookie Cutter Christmas
INK: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
PAPERS: Whisper White and Crumb Cake Cardstock;  Candy Cane Lane DSP
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Markers, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Washi Tape, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas is in the air!

Today, we're playing with colour!! I was going to use all the colours on LAST week's card, but that didn't pan out, so you get them today! Red (Cherry Cobbler), Green (Garden Green) and Crumb Cake! I don't know about you, but I think these three colours pretty much SCREAM Christmas!

Today's creation is part of a set that you'll see tomorrow for 3-D you'll just have to be a little bit patient. :)

We created the set at my class this past weekend and I'll be selling some extra sets I made at my upcoming craft fair (Fair December in Mississauga, ON) this weekend.

Here's just one of the five tags we made:

The base of the tag is 2" x 5" and it was punched with the scallop tag topper and corner rounded with the Project Life Corner Rounder.

The layer of Whisper White is 1 ¾" x 4 ⅛" and each of the corners were rounded as well.

Then I stamped the images from Candy Cane Christmas in Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake. And...TADA! A tag!

I added doodling around the edge and the 8" of Whisper White Baker's Twine can be used to attach the tag to your gift.

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE and don't forget to come back tomorrow for 3-D Thursday and see the rest of the project!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Candy Cane Christmas
INK: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
PAPERS: Whisper White and Crumb Cake Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Marker, Whisper White Baker's Twine

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, November 28, 2016

The end is near!!

Today is the LAST day for the Online Extravaganza! 
Today is also the ONLY day for these deals! 
Don't miss out!

Use hostess code: AVQCTWM2

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Cheer!

I bet you were tired of the pink, eh?? I thought I'd give you a break and move on to some Christmas stuff! But don't get too attached to it - LOL! I'm in Paris at the moment, but when I come back, I've got NEW toys to play with - WOOHOO!!!

Here's today's sketch:

And here's my take on it:

I took some liberties as is often the case with sketches...and you can too! Sketches are inspiration to get the creative juices flowing, so have fun with it!

My base is Cherry Cobbler with a layer of the Specialty This Christmas DSP. I then added another layer of Cherry Cobbler with some Very Vanilla onto which I stamped the main sentiment. The sentiment is from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set which is one of the stamps available as part of the 25% off stamp set promotion running until November 30th, 2016.

Next up was the PEARLS!! I was going to add the largest of the three sizes from the Basic Pearls package, but I'm all out - EEP!! Not sure how that happened, but I'll definitely be ordering MORE!

And then...there was just a touch of Wink of Stella! You can *just* see it on the largest snowflake on the right of the image above. I need to order some Gold Wink of Stella too. The wish list is NEVER ENDING!

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

What do you think?

STAMPS: Tin of Tags
INK: Cherry Cobbler
PAPERS: Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock; This Christmas DSP

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's HERE!!!!

Here we go!!!

These prices and bundles are available for 24 HOURS ONLY!!

Use hostess code: AVQCTWM2

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Get what YOU want this Christmas!

The Annual Stampin' UP! Online Extravaganza is coming to a computer near you!

Shop online from November 21st through to the 28th with DOOR CRASHER Specials on the 21st and the 28th.

Products discounted up to 40% with specially created bundles for this event ONLY!

Use hostess code: AVQCTWM2


  • Promotion Period: November 21 - 28, 2016
  • Discounted items/bundles available on all order types (customer, workshop, starter kit, and online).
  • You must use the bundle item codes provided. Discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are entered separately. 
  • Some bundles have been created exclusively for Online Extravaganza and will not be available after the promotion ends.
  • There is no minimum purchase required in order to receive the discounted price. 
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
  • Discounts range from 10-40 percent and may vary per market. Note: While some retiring holiday products may be discounted during the retiring list promotion in December, no discounts will be greater than the discounts being offered during Online Extravaganza.
  • Online Extravaganza includes two 24-hour sales.
           * The first 24-hour sale begins at 12:01 AM (MT) on November 21 and runs through 11:50 PM (MT) that same day.
           * The second 24-hour sale begins at 12:01 AM (MT) on November 28 and runs through 11:50 PM (MT) that same day.
  • Paper Pumpkin kits and products on the future holiday catalog retiring list, except stamp sets, are only available while supplies last. 
  • All products that are while supplies last have been noted in the Online Extravaganza deals list.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Or "SALE-A-BRATE" depending on your preference! :)

While today's card doesn't use any ACTUAL Sale-a-Bration items, I *do* have a box sitting by my front door with a Sale-a-Bration set in it! You'll have to wait to see that one though...

For today's card, I *did* use a set that will be available in the Occasions Catalogue beginning in January, so that's a bit of a sneak peek for you. :)

I hope you don't mind the pink theme I've been going with lately! If not, awesome! If so...the good news is, there's no more of it on my desk, so next week, you might just get something different! :)

I started off with a base of Melon Mambo and added a layer of Basic Black followed by a layer of Whisper White which I stamped with the "Celebrate" from the Love Sparkles Set. It was stamped in Smoky Slate which I stamped off first.

Then I added some stars with stamped off Melon Mambo.

For the focal image, I stamped the cake from Endless Birthday Wishes onto Whisper White Cardstock and added the little banner with a sentiment from Love Sparkles.

Just like the sketch, some bakers twine was wrapped around the top of the card:

And here's a peek at the inside:

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

What do you think?

STAMPS: Endless Birthday Wishes, Love Sparkles
INK: Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo
PAPERS: Whisper White, Basic Black and Melon Mambo Cardstock; Pop of Pink DSP
ACCESSORIES: Bakers Twine,

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!!

And I paid attention this time and didn't even go off script - LOL!

I know...shocking! Check it out: I was a *little* off script...stay tuned for the Washi Tape. :)

I used the same colours I had out from last week...because let's face it, I was in mad prep mode for On Stage Ottawa and barely had time to BREATHE let alone come up with a clever colour combination - LOL! Plus...I've always wanted a PINK Christmas tree!

Check out that Gold Metallic Thread! I just LOVE this stuff (and now have it in all four colours)! It's so easy to use and adds a touch of whimsy to the cards. Don't you think?

I was in sponging mode at On Stage - you can see the video HERE - and decided to carry it over for this card. I like the way Smoky Slate add some contrast, but is still subtle.

There's that WASHI!!! I added two strips of Washi from the Pop of Pink Suite to carry the colour combo to the inside 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: Lovely as a Tree (a classic!) and Jar of Cheer
INK: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Smokey Slate
PAPERS: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Smokey Slate Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Sponges, Gold Metallic Thread, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!