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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Time's UP!

Today, July 31st, 2016 is the LAST DAY to get in on the Bonus Days $6 coupons.

Earn a $6 coupon for each $60 you spend.  Then spend those coupons on any size order in August. 

Suggestion:  Purchase one or more of our bundles.
They are already 10% off. Then get your $6 coupon(s) and you have even more savings for next month!.  There is a whole section titled BUNDLES in my online store.  

Use this host code RCWUQHFY when placing your online order and get a free gift from me along with a hand-stamped thank you card.  That means even more free!  I love to spoil you:)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

All Inclusive Card Kits

Just add adhesive!

Have you tried our All Inclusive Card Kits yet? They're a great gift if you'd like to complete them yourself and an even better gift if you'd like to give the gift of crafting to a friend. Just add adhesive! You may remember this post from when my daughter and I took a road trip to Quebec City. And this one where I gave you a few more details about the Watercolour Wishes Kit.

Now, I haven't purchased the Oh Happy Day Card Kit yet, but it's on my wish list! I might even buy one for a friend who doesn't stamp yet, so she can join me in the joy of stamping!

And if YOU order one today (along with a couple of different sticky stuffs), you'll get a coupon code to spend in August! For every $60 you spend, get a $6 coupon code sent to you via email. Just click HERE to place your order and be sure to use hostess code: RCWUQHFY if you'd like to receive a card in the mail!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, July 28, 2016


But just a colour one - aren't those the best?

I was checking my email this morning and came across the Colour Throwdown challenge. I was inspired by one of the cards created by the design team, so I whipped out my water pen and went a little nuts!

Check it out:

I was having so much fun that I went a little nuts and created SIX! Here are the details:

  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock, 5 ½" x 8 ½" scored at 4 ¼"
  • Peekaboo Peach (a new In Colour!) cut to 4 ⅜" x 3 ⅜"
  • Watercolour Paper cut to 4 ½" x 3 ¼"
  • Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron Ink/Re-inkers
  • Hello You Thinnest (hello sentiment, cut from Whisper White Cardstock)
  • Blushing Bride Bakers Twine
  • Wink of Stella (which may or may not have exploded on one of the cards - OOPS!)
If you'd like to receive one of these cards in the mail (Canada ONLY), head on over to my Facebook Page and follow the directions! :)

What do you think?

INK: Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron
PAPERS: Whisper White (Thick and Regular) and Peekaboo Peach Cardstock; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Die Cut, Watercolour Pen

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hope it's AWESOME!

Do you have an expression? Like a favourite one? That you use A LOT?

For a while, mine was "That's SOOOOO CUTE!!!" Lately though, it's been "WOW! That's AWESOME!" And today's card reflects that. :)  I created it for my friend Jill's birthday (it was last week, so I'm not spoiling any surprises) and I sure hope she liked it!

Check it out:

I started off with a base of Sweet Sugarplum and added layers of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (same sheet, different side - I love that Stampin' UP! paper does that!). Then I cut out a tag and may or may not have gone a little crazy - LOL!

For Whisper White tag, I cut out a Sweet Sugarplum Swirl using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, stamped and punched out some Flower Shop flowers in Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum and added a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes (I love that set!) in Sweet Sugarplum.

I stacked it all up and added some ribbon and linen thread:

Do you have a favourite accessory? Like something that pretty much goes on ALL your cards? And sometimes you even try to find ways to add it to your cards? Mine would be the linen thread. I think I add it to every single order! I just LOVE that stuff!

And here's where the AWESOME comes in!

If you look closely at the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, you'll notice that attached to the "hope it's" is an "an". In order to get the sentiment the way I wanted it, I just inked up the stamp and used my finger to wipe away the ink on the "an". everyone knows, you haven't really been stamping if there's no ink on your fingers, right?

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

What do you think?

STAMPS: Endless Birthday Wishes, Flower Shop
INK: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum
PAPERS: Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock; Blooms and Bliss DSP
ACCESSORIES: Dies, Punches, Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016's magic!

I've always wanted to create a card like this and could never find the right tutorial that made it all make sense. Brandy to rescue! Thank goodness she knows I'm a visual learner! ;)

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tag! You're It!

Oh wait! Wrong game...

Today over at the Paper Crafts Crew, we're playing Tic-Tac-Toe! I, of course, had to be an overachiever - LOL! So, I did a line down AND a line across. That counts as BINGO, right? :)

As you can see from the Tic-Tac-Toe board, I did the top row *and* the left column, combining babies, buttons, pastels, linen thread and die-cuts. And I couldn't be more thrilled with the results!

Take a look:

I started off with a base of the new Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock and added a layer of Blooms and Bliss - in pink this time! Aren't you glad I stopped bombarding you with the blue? At first glance (at least to me) the Sweet Sugarplum appeared to be more purple, but in this colour combination, I can definitely see the pink and I love it!

Sahara Sand and sponged Whisper White was next and then I stamped the sentiment from Happy Happenings in Sweet Sugarplum and stamped the onesie from Something for Baby in the same colour, stamping it off first. The tiny heart was stamped at full strength.

The finishing touch was the button (retired, sorry!) tied with linen thread and added under the sentiment.

I stamped and sponged on the inside too:

This is another one of those cards where I chuckled to myself because I was so pleased with what I created. :)

What do you think?

STAMPS: Something for Baby, Happy Happenings
INK: Sweet Sugarplum
PAPERS: Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand and Whisper White Cardstock; Blooms & Bliss DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Die Cut, Button (retired), Linen Thread, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponges

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Take your watercolour stamping to the next level!

You know how you see a stamp set in the catalogue and you don't think you need it and then...this happens:


Happy Stampin'!

Monday, July 11, 2016

I have the most amazing friends!

This past weekend, I was at the Niagara Lavender Festival - it was...AMAZING! If you're in the area next July, I highly recommend it - especially if you love lavender!

While there, my friend Teresa was volunteering. I knew I'd get to see her, so it was great that she could bring my new Scentsy Bars with her (she's a Scentsy rep as well as an amazing SU! demonstrator). What I wasn't expecting was this:

The stamp set is retired (I kept mine too!) and this is what she wrapped up in it! How thoughtful is that? We both share a love of Paris, so she knew these magnets were right up my alley. :)

I was thinking of putting them on my fridge, but I think I'll buy a magnetic white board/cork board combo and put that near my work/craft space and then add the magnets to that.

I wish EVERYONE had a friend like Teresa! :)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sketch, please!

So....I was surfing around the interwebz and found a new sketch by none other than one of my favourite designers/demonstrators, Angie! How cool is that??

This first sketch was pretty simple, but sometimes, simple is best:

I started off with a piece of 5 ½ x 8 ½" Very Vanilla Cardstock and folded it in half. Then I added a piece of 5 ¼" x 2" piece of This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper and stamped the image from Peace this Christmas. The finishing touch was a length of ¼" Natural Gold Trim.

The original sketch was horizontal, but once I got started, I couldn't stop! And I'm pretty sure I figured out which one is my favourite, but I'd like to hear from YOU! Which one is your favourite?

Let me know which card is your favourite in the comments below and I'll do a random draw from all the comments and send that person all FOUR cards pictured above. You'll have a head start on your Christmas cards and I'll have some more space to display MORE cards! Win-Win!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Peace this Christmas
INK: Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Cardstock; This Christmas DSP
ACCESSORIES: Gold ¼" Natural Trim

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Today is normally Paper Crafts Crew Day, but we're taking a break this week to spend extra time with our families following the long weekend.

Instead, I've got an announcement for you!

But wait! There's MORE!!! Stampin' UP! will also be introducing a BRAND NEW Stamp Set and die bundle in August and if you like, you can use your Bonus Days cash on that! I can't show you what it is yet, but if you're coming to class on July 23rd, you'll get a sneak peek as Demonstrators get to order early (like tomorrow!)

I can't wait!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!

I just LOVE this little Serene Scenery Paper Stack! It has fun photographic imagery on one side and graphic imagery on the other.

Keep checking back this week to see the cards I created with it!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Have you met Pootles?

Pootles (aka Sam Hammond) is an incredible fellow Stampin' UP! demonstrator from the UK. She makes the most incredible boxes - you should check her out!

She recently started a colour combo challenge on her blog and I decided to try it out. I didn't go the regular card route though...check it out:

I found these frames at the "M" store and I knew I wanted them...I just didn't know WHAT I was going to do with them - LOL!

When I decided to participate in Pootles' challenge, this little idea popped into my head and I thought it was just PERFECT!

The background piece is Whisper White and I cut out the pieces using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits in Pool Party and So Saffron. The little boat was stamped on Smoky Slate, So Saffron and Pool Party, but I stamped off all the images first so I could get a more muted look.

Here's a close up of the little boat. I used some Dazzling Details (retired, sorry!) to add a little punch to the image.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Swirly Bird
INK: Smokey Slate, So Saffron, Pool Party
PAPERS: Whisper White, Pool Party and So Saffron Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Dazzling Details (retired, sorry!) and Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hey! You!!

Happy Sunday everyone! Did you get to sleep in today? Or are you one of those people who just can't sleep in because your body just wakes up at crazy 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday?

Normally, I can sleep in a little bit (like say 8:30 or so) but since I normally get up at 6:30 during the week, sometimes that doesn't work out.

During July though, I'm always up super early because I love to watch the Tour de France! It starts airing at around 6:30 for about 5 hours. Yes, I actually watch bikes for about 5 hours. My family knows I love to watch and it's my uninterrupted knitting time. :)

While I'm watching the bikes, you can take a look at this:

Isn't it FABULOUS? I just LOVE the new Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper in this year's catalogue. You'll get to see it all in the video I have coming up on Tuesday. This paper makes it so quick and easy to create a card. You could even use the whole suite:

How amazing is that?? I love the stamping right onto the DSP using our Whisper White Craft Ink and heat embossing tool.

After I created the card above, I created a card for my upcoming Christmas in July class. Wanna see??

What? You didn't think I'd show you the WHOLE thing, did you? You'll have to come to class for that!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Scenic Saying
INK: Crumb Cake
PAPERS: Pool Party and Whisper White Cardstock; Serene Scenery DSP
ACCESSORIES: Silver Metallic Thread, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

What's going on??

Have you even wondered what's going on over at Handstamped from the Heart and would like a handy reference so you can keep track? I've got just the ticket!

When you go to my business website at Stampin' UP! by clicking HERE, you'll see my name in the top right corner (make sure it's my name or it won't be a listing for my events) - I couldn't get everything in the screen cap - and a bar across the top of the page.

On that bar, there are several clickable links that will produce drop down menus, but if you just click on the main word (in this case EVENTS - circled in red), it will take you to a calendar where my current events are listed.

On the calendar, you'll see blank squares and coloured squares. The coloured squares indicate that an event is happening on that day and the colour will let you know what kind of even it is! In the example above, my June calendar, I have two events coloured in a sort of teal colour. The teal colour represents Open House events, where you can just drop in! Other colours designate classes or Stamp Clubs, etc.

Once you're on the event page for the current month, you can click on the arrows to either side of the month/year to see what I was up to or what I've got coming up! Easy peasy! At the bottom of each event listing (on the left) is an RSVP button - click that to let me know you're coming!

I hope you'll join me for an upcoming class or open house - I'd love to stamp with you!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, July 1, 2016

HA! That's so PUNNY!

For this weeks Retro Sketches, I had a few options on my creative table. This one just cracked me up! Hey! Don't judge me...maybe I just need some more sleep...or maybe I've been spending too much time with my father in law - that man loves his puns!

Check it out:

SO many layers going on here! It would take me three days to measure and get back to you on actual you'll just have to use your best judgement and eyeball it. The card is a standard 4 ¼" x 5 ½" card base, so that should give you a starting point.

The Designer Series Paper comes from (you guessed it!) Blooms & Bliss (are you sensing a theme??). I used both sides of the same paper again.

The image from Pun Intended (a hostess exclusive) was stamped in Island Indigo. Then, I used some Daffodil Delight and my water pen and VERY carefully drew some "light" around the bulb. You have to be careful because Island Indigo is not water resistant and if you get the water too close, you'll end up with green instead of yellow.

I wrapped the image panel with Crushed Curry baker's twine before adhering it to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I think I'll give it to my hubby...just because...but also because he's his father's son...and while he doesn't use as many puns as his dad does, he's getting there! Old age should be a blast - LOL!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Pun Intended
INK: Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
PAPERS: Whisper White, Pool Party and Island Indigo Cardstock; Blooms & Bliss DSP
ACCESSORIES: Baker's Twine, Water Brush, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!