The Lord…..and gave me strength

I realize I just shared a card with you from the Strength & Prayers stamp set and as I had mentioned, it was a must have set for me.  So why not share another creation featuring this set!

Shaker and window cards have suddenly become very popular…. at least with myself anyway!  Clear Window Sheets allow you the opportunity to make both of these styles of cards and todays share is a window card.

I have a renewed passion lately for heat embossing.  The new Copper Embossing Powder definitely has something to do with that.  I stamped my dove image on my Clear Window Sheet, poured on the EP and heat set it.

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I did have to die cut my circle through a few layers of card stock and had to be careful it all lined up nicely.  I wanted to see inside the card and have the wonderful bible phrase from the set showing through as well.

Sometimes it can be difficult to decide what is too much or too little on a card.  I just knew I needed a frame around the circle but it didn’t quite feel enough.  That’s where the super nice Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon came into play.  I seriously hope Stampin’ Up! comes out with more colours in this ribbon because it truly is nice to handle and work with!

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I applied some Fast Fuse to my card front and simply ruffled the ribbon as I went along.  Not too much and yet not too little!

Are you inspired yet to pull out your Clear Window Sheets and begin creating some new designs with them? What? You haven’t purchased them yet! GASP!  Good thing they are available to purchase from my On-Line Store 😉

See you again soon!


Strength and Prayers

One of the beautiful things about the crafting world is the joy of CASE’ing.  Copy And Share Everything!  Whether you create an item identical or use certain elements of a design, CASE’ing is a great way to whip together the perfect card, scrapbook page or even gift for that someone special.

The first time I saw the set Strength & Prayers in the catalogue, I knew it was a must have.  With the stunning dove image, paired with two wonderful sentiments, it allows for quick yet meaningful cards.

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Today’s card is a near identical CASE from the card shown on page 50 of the new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  I layered my Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper onto a Pool Party card base and I used ribbon and the Handheld Stapler instead of another piece of Designer Series Paper.

Since I wasn’t 100% sure how the concept artist created the spatter on the card, I used my Calypso Coral marker and flicked the tip to get spatter.  Since it wasn’t “heavy” enough, I dabbed the brush tip of the marker on the Watercolour paper a few times and used my Aquapainter to soften the dabs.

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Do you have a new favourite designer series paper yet?  If not, I recommend checking out the Serene Scenery.  Many images are like real life photographs!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you’ll check out more posts soon.


Rose Garden Shaker Card – Tutorial

I promised earlier this week that I would share a tutorial with you on one of the shaker cards we created at the card class earlier this week.  I’ll try to be as clear and succinct as possible 🙂

First let me show you the completed card!

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And a close up shot!

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The card base is Basic Black and cut @  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored along the long side at 4-1/4″, to create a folded 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (A2) card.  Since you can’t use a regular pen to write on black cardstock I like to add a layer of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of the card.  This piece is cut to 4-1/16″ x 5-5/16″.

step 1 card base and inside layer

The next step is cutting a piece of white cardstock (I used Whisper White but Shimmery White would work better) at 3-15/16″ x 5-3/16″ to stamp your large rose image on in Archival Basic Black ink, from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  TIPS: for stamping with Archival Black Ink – Clean the stamp with your Stampin’ Scrub first.  Then ink up the image and stamp image on white cardstock without delay.  I find if you fuss too long to line up the image over your paper, the ink starts to dry on the stamp and you won’t get a clear image. Also ensure the following, you have a Pierce Mat under your paper and you apply even pressure over all areas of your image.  Be sure not to press too hard around the edges of the image to avoid stamping a ‘halo’.

step 2 stamped coloured image

Colour the image using ink refills and an Aquapainter.  I used Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi for this card. Set aside to dry.

Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4-1/16″ x 5-5/16″ and a piece of Gold Foil Paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the Rose Garden Thinlits and the Big Shot, die cut the large rose image from both these pieces.  When die cutting the white cardstock be sure that you have enough space around all edges to add foam adhesive strips in behind without showing outside the edges.

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The sandwich for this is the Big Shot Platform with the tabs closed (or the new Platform with the spacer tab on it), the Precision Plate, your cardstock, your thinlit die (make sure the metal edge is facing down) and finally your cutting pad.

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Use the new Big Shot Die Brush and Foam Pad to gently remove the die cut Rose image from the thinlit.  Be sure to save your Gold Foil paper bits as the smaller pieces are perfect to add in the Shaker card.

You will be using the negative space of the White cardstock for this card and the die cut rose from the Gold Foil paper.

Next cut a piece of Window Sheet to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and adhere in behind the Whisper White negative die cut cardstock using Tombow Mono Adhesive.  Then going back to the front of the Whisper White cardstock, add the die cut Gold Foil Rose to the front of the card using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  This will fit into the negative image space of the White die cut cardstock.  You do need to be careful so as not to get glue all over your Window Sheet with this step.  TIP: A drop of Lemon Essential Oil on Kleenex helps remove adhesive from smooth, non-porous surfaces such as a Window Sheet. Be careful not to rub on Gold Foil paper as it will remove the Gold colouring.

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Your next step is to add the awesome new Foam Adhesive Strips on the backside of the window sheet.  The best way to get this to mould to the fine curves of the image, is by removing the liner on the adhesive strip (just don’t handle the sticky part too much or you’ll remove the stickiness).   Then using the Embossing Buddy, rub around the inside of the Foam Adhesive on the Window Sheet to help prevent your shaker items from sticking to the edges once the card is assembled.  I use Kleenex to wipe up excess powder from the embossing buddy from the Window Sheet so it is clear.  Double up some Stampin’ Dimensionals and add them to the corners to the card has consistent dimension to it.

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Normally with a shaker card you will add your items to the inside area of the foam strips but since we need to line up the die cut window image to the hand stamped layer we created earlier, we will need to carefully add the shaker material on the stamped image piece.  For this card I used the smaller leftover Gold Foil pieces and the Metallics Sequin Assortment embellishments.  Keep it on the stamped area and you should be fine.

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Next remove any liners left on your Foam Adhesive Strips and Stampin’ Dimensionals and lining up the die cut image with your stamped image, adhere the two pieces together.

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Hand stamp a sentiment onto a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock, 7/8″ x 3-5/8″, using Archival Basic Black ink and trim the end into a banner shape using your Paper Snips.  Add some Fast Fuse adhesive to each end of your banner, gently add the right side down to your card, gently ‘pucker’ the cardstock so it is not flat to the card front and adhere the left side down to your card front. I also added a few Sequins from the Metallics Sequin Asst to the card front as well.

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Last but not least, apply adhesive to the back of your completed card front layer and attach to your Basic Black card base.

step 13 adhere shaker layer to base

Your shaker card is complete.  I hope this makes you more confident in creating one yourself.  Once you do one, you will see how fun and easy they can be!


Simple Flower

Happy Monday 🙂   I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I was busy the entire weekend but managed to do a little of everything… from baking to cleaning to pulling my race car engine and dropping in a new one to watching movies with my husband to going to church to stamping for an upcoming class!  Talk about non-stop.  I’m surprised I had time to sleep!

Tomorrow evening I am teaching my first ever shaker card class.  For so many years I have been afraid to create one and now that I have…. well, lets just say it is so much easier than I anticipated.  I think the new foam strips Stampin’ Up! has in the new catalogue helps a lot as  you don’t have to piece all the foam bits together and it is flexible so you can shape them around odd cut outs.  Stay tuned for a tutorial this week on one of the shaker cards I made!

Today I am sharing a simpler card featuring the Swirly Birds stamp set and the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  By now I’m sure you have seen oodles of projects featuring these new products.  I think it is a favourite because of the versatility of the images in the set.  This was one of the make n’takes at my Open House held earlier this month.

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Featuring Peek-a-boo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and a hint of Emerald Envy, all new In-Colours, this card is bright and vibrant.

With a touch of Flirty Flamingo Ruched ribbon (truly nice ribbon to work with) and a bit of 2016-2018 In Colour Designer series paper, this card is complete.


Moroccan Nights – Notecard Simplicity

I hang my head in shame as I admit that until a couple months ago I had not bothered to purchase the Notecard & Envelope set from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  The Dutch in me was saying, “Why buy pre-made notecards when you can make your own folded cards?”

Here are two good reasons why:

  1. when you’re in a hurry to create something, the notecard takes away some of the work in a heartbeat.  Allbeit a small part, it is amazing how much time you can spend just deciding on a base colour
  2. who really wants to waste their 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock to create 3 1/2 x 5 folded cards?

I have come to love that when I just need to create with little time available, I can grab a note card and add some simple stamping and embellishments.  While I did add some layers to todays card, the overall process took me less than 10 minutes go gather supplies, stamp, dry emboss, heat emboss and assemble.

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The new Copper embossing powder is really nice and adds such a great look with the hanging decoration from the Morrocan Nights stamp set.

Depending on the lighting the look of the copper tends to vary, at times appearing bold and other times more vintage/ antique-y.

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Have you had a chance to emboss with this new colour yet?  With the new catalogue here this item is available for purchase!


You Light Up My Life – Pun Intended

The new 2016-2017 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue was released just over a week ago and by now I’m sure you have had a chance to peruse all the wonderful products and project ideas contained within it.  One great feature of each catalogue is the Hostess Only Exclusive stamp sets that hostesses have the opportunity to purchase with their Stampin’ Reward dollars from their qualifying workshops.

One such set is featured on todays card and the set is called Pun Intended.  It showcases some great images with cute sentiments that coordinate with the image.

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After stamping my lightbulb image in Archival Basic Black ink and colouring with markers, ink refills and aqaupainters, I used a simple watercolour wash technique around the image on the Shimmery White cardstock.  This cardstock works quite well for watercolouring, although it does take longer to dry than proper Watercolour paper.

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If you look closely at the card you will notice some gold spatter.  This was a simple technique that Sheila Gardner, Stampin’ Up!’s co-founder, shared with us while at OnStage Live in Salt Lake City in April.  Using the Gold Wink of Stella and your finger tip, simply flick the tip of the brush and it spatters your creation.  Simple, yet effective.  Nothing a baby wipe won’t remove from your skin 😉

Host a workshop and you will have the opportunity to get this set!  Email me by clicking on the Email button at the top left of this page for more info!

REMINDER: The Paper Pumpkin promo begins tonight!  Missed what all the hype is about?  Click here for full details!



Affectionately Yours – A Fresh and Fun Designer Series Paper

The other night I so desparately wanted to stamp and create yet I knew my husband really wanted to “spend time” with me.  I put quotes around these words because it’s really about being in the same room as him while he’s watching TV in the evening.  He enjoys my company even if we’re not actually being productive.  Since I’m not a big on watching TV it kills me to sit idle.  So I compromised!  I gathered up some stampin’ products and sat at the coffee table in the living room to craft.  Let’s just say that I’m pretty sure I get a bit of a workout with all the stairs I climb because I forgot a stamp block, oh wait I need this colour ink, this card isn’t complete without the right embellishment.   Does anyone else face these struggles of balance between work, home and craft life?

Having a basic idea in mind of what I would like to create does help in selecting the best products to pull from the stamp room, so I was grateful that I had already envisioned parts of this card.  The balance fell into place when I decided to grab my “spare/scraps” container.  I recently started this container where I put any pre-stamped images or die cuts or leftover Paper Pumpkin products that I haven’t used on previous creations.

Since I couldn’t decide which design to complete my card with,


I ended up making two similar cards to use up my “scraps” that I had selected.

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This first card features some stamped flowers from the Flower Patch stamp set and die cut using the Flower Fair Framelits.  The star of this card however is the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Specialty Paper.  Copper is such a hot ‘colour’ right now and this paper is so rich with the copper flowers embossed on it.  Layered on Watermelon Wonder cardstock, it makes a great statement!

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The sentiments used for both of todays cards are from the set Picture Perfect.   They are simple, yet beautiful sentiments!

For my second card, I used a spare die cut rose from the Rose Garden Thinlits.  The black pops off the card with the copper embossing in behind.

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I needed a simple embellishment for these cards and the little Bow Paper Clip Embellishments that are available in the new catalogue were the perfect touch since they are coppery looking as well!

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That’s it for me today!  I’ll be back to share more inspiration with you later on.


Paper Pumpkin – Madness Sale!

Before I delve into the insane Paper Pumpkin news to share with you I need to keep my promise from yesterday.  (scroll down to see yesterday’s post if you missed it)  While there are numerous colour combinations that can be used to 3 step stamp the sweet bear in the Baby Bear stamp set, this colour combination works really well.

3 step stamping


You can see how each step looks different and how the completed image pulls all the finer details together.  You stamp the most full image (but not much detail) using your lightest ink colour.  Next you stamp the second most full image (with a bit more detail) over top using a darker ink contrasting ink colour. For the bear image, I line up the blank spaces between the arms and body first over the previous stamped image, then rotate the stamp as needed to line up the head/ feet.  Finally, you complete the process by stamping your third, most detailed image using your darkest contrasting ink colour.

Stamped separately these images don’t provide much impact, yet you can see once the 3 steps are completed, the bear looks so real!

Now on to the exciting Paper Pumpkin Madness to share with you!


Stampin’ Up! has announced that for just under 31 hours they will be having a Paper Pumpkin sale for first time subscribers!  Sign up for Paper Pumpkin between 5pm MT Thursday June 9th and 11:50pm MT on Friday  June 10th and you pay just $7.00 CAD for your first month!  Seriously!  If I wasn’t already a subscriber, I would be all over this!



In addition to Stampin’ Up!’s madness,  you will qualify for my own promotion as well!  Sign up as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber through me by this Friday June 10th and you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a one month pre-paid subscription FREE!

To subscribe to Paper Pumpkin through me click HERE!


Baby Bear Make’n Take

Happy Monday all!  Sometimes the hardest part of planning make n’ takes for an event such as an Open House, is designing cards that are not too in-depth or difficult for beginners, while still being fun for advanced stampers.


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I felt like I hit the mark on the head when I had an advanced customer inform me that she LOVED this make n’ take from my New Catalogue Open House.  We used the Baby Bear stamp set featuring 3 step stamping.  Essentially you stamp 3 slightly different images over one another in contrasting inks to create an almost life-like image.  Tomorrow I plan to show you the steps along with a completed image.

Adding a bit of texture can change the entire feel of a card and the Brick Wall embossing folder added the perfect touch to this project.  And did you notice the new In-colour used?  Dapper Denim has a such a rich tone and seems to be leading as one of the favourites among my customers!

You can order the products used for today’s creations by visiting my Canadian On-Line Store.



FREE Stamp Sets!!!


June is an exciting month for the simple fact that the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue is revealed but this year the excitement has reached some new levels!

Two fantastic promotions are being offered this month:

Host a party with minimum $400.00 in sales and receive a BONUS $40.00 in Stampin’ Rewards.  With this you can host an in-home workshop, a catalogue party or even a virtual party.

Join – become a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and not only will you receive a customized starter kit with $165.00 worth of product and several business supplies from Stampin’ Up! for just $135.00, you also be able to select TWO FREE STAMP SETS (that is a potential for another $136.00 of product depending on the stamp sets you select)

If you would like more info on these great promos let me know!




Tealight Candle Box

It is simple and easy to create quick and cute 3-D projects using Stampin’ Up!s Box, Bag and Envelope Punch Boards.  I created this sweet box using the Gift Box Punch Board. It is a great tool as it provides you with your cardstock size needed to create the box size that will work best for your creation and helps you score and punch the cardstock at the perfect dimensions.  Originally I wanted to create the box using Vellum Cardstock but after 3 tries and having the edges split when I folded them, I decided to switch to Whisper White.  I checked in the dark first to make sure that a battery powered tealight candle would still illuminate through the white cardstock and it did.

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I wrapped a belly band of Sweet Sugarplum Designer Series Paper along the top edge but before I adhered this into place, I die cut a flower from the Rose Garden Thinlits.  I covered with Versarmark ink, dipped in Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (retiring in a few days) and heat set using the Heat Tool.  I gently creased two “edges” of the flower and adhered them to the outside of the box before placing the DSP over top of this to sandwich the flower in place between the two layers.

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I also wrapped Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon along the seam of the DSP and the Whisper White and tied in a bow.  To complete the bling on this tealight candle box, I added Basic Pearls along the DSP sides and top edge on the side of the box with the bow.

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The die cut flower on the top, covers just enough of the box to allow you to slip a battery powered tealight candle through the opening.

Dust off your Gift Box Punch Board and start creating some sweet tealight candle holders.  Perfect for a quick thank you gift, or even a wedding party favor.



Flirty Flamingo – 50th Birthday

We are less than a week away from the release of the new Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue.  I am really looking forward to kick off day as there are so many fantastic products that I would like to get 🙂

If you have been perusing the various stampin’ sites you may have come across the Swirly Birds stamp set many times.  I’m sharing another card with you featuring a bird created using this set.

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The colour focus is the new In-Colour Flirty Flamingo. The black on the pink and white really helps make this card pop.  The numbers were created using the Number of Years stamp set and die cut using the Large Letters Framelits.

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Using a simple mask you can easily stamp the farthest foot on the bird without overlapping it’s body.  A little bling is also fun on a card, so I included 3 basic rhinestones to the Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon.  This ribbon is really nice to work with and feels great too.

Thanks for stopping by today!