Hot Air Balloon

Happy Monday!  Have you been loving all the new products and stamp sets in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue? I’m sure you have seen tons of ideas all over the internet already.

I have been seriously behind in sharing projects with you all. I did sit down over my Christmas holidays to craft one day and today’s card is one of my creations from that day.  I know I’m horribly late in sharing!

When I first saw all the pieces in the thinlit set I was worried about the balloon being finicky and having to die cut so many pieces (because I can be lazy in this regards) but I had so much fun picking my colours for my balloon background and it ended up taking no time at all.

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I used my Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Glue to attached the coloured cardstock in behind the intricate detailed hot air balloon cut out.  I then popped this up on my cardfront using Stampin’ Dimensionals but not before stamping clouds on the cardfront using Pool Party ink.

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The balloon and sentiment colours used are Bermuda Bay and Watermelon Wonder.  I wanted the word LIFT to pop out even more than it already did being in caps and a different font, so I stamped it in Bermuda Bay, cut it out and popped it up over the original stamped word.  Simple techniques such as this can help make a card more interesting and visually appealing.

There are so many sets that I’m loving from the new catalogue that I simply can’t pick one favourite.  Are you struggling with the same issue or do you have one set in particular that you absolutely love more than the others?








New Year – New Card

Happy New Year everyone!

Wow it has been awhile since I have shared any creations with you.  I spent a lot of time in the months leading up to Christmas crafting and creating.  So much that I only began Christmas shopping one week for Christmas!  Talk about hustling to get everything done.  Somehow I ended up on Santa’s nice list, which was surprising because Santa and I had a talk about not spending any money on each other LOL It turned out neither one of us listened. Did you have a good Christmas?

While I have been on holidays I still haven’t had much time to get into my stamp room to craft but I did receive a message late one evening last week asking if I could make a custom Anniversary card.  I sent a pic of something I thought they might like and with some discussion on colour change I went straight to my room and whipped up this card.


Since it is for a man my customer wanted blue tones with a heart(s).  I used some retired newsprint DSP, die cut the large intricate heart from Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits and lightly sponged Pool Party on it.  Next I stamped flowers in Bermuda Bay ink on my Bermuda Bay cardstock base using the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

The Happy Anniversary sentiment and banner were created and die cut, using Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits.  I had to die cut two banners to fit the words and I snipped off the end of the banner with Happy on it.  Since I didn’t like the straight edge on the end of this, I stamped and die cut a flower and strategically placed the straight edge of the banner behind one of these flowers.

Of course a card needs some dimension, so I popped up the Anniversary banner and for a slight touch of bling, I added a Basic Rhinestone to the centre of a flower.


The final touches were stamping the back with the From My <3 image found in the “I Stamped This” set and adding a stamped heart from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.







FINAL SALE DAYS!!! On-Line Extravaganza and November Specials

We are winding down into the last days of the month long November sale, as well as the On-Line Extravaganza.

Click on the images below for more details on what is on-sale!



Currently the Stitched Shapes Framelits is on non-orderable status as they sold out so fast.  This will become available again once new shipments arrive in to Stampin’ Up! and the current backorders have been fulfilled.  Also note that this item will still be available to order after November 30th!  Woo hoo! 🙂

Then we have the one week Online Extravaganza!  With select items on sale and one day only deals on Monday November 28th, don’t miss out on these great savings.  Click on the image to be taken to my site with a full list of items available!



It’s like Christmas has come early with these deals!



Calendar Message Board

Something I love about Stampin’ Up! products is the ability to create quick and easy gifts.  Transform a clear acrylic picture holder from the dollar store with some patterned paper, cardstock, adhesive, a mini calendar and some mini note cards!  Keep this handy by your phone or on your office desk.


Start with you acrylic picture frame – I like the 5″ x 7″ frames myself but you could select a 4″ x 6″ if you find the 5″ x 7″ too large.  Cut your solid cardstock to the size frame you selected and cut your patterned paper 1/4″ smaller on both the width and length to leave a nice matte.


The pocket needs to be created to suit the notecards that you use.  I found mini lined notes at the dollar store that were perfect for this project. For the pocket and the calendar I used Sticky Strip (Tear & Tape) to hold them to the acrylic frame!


The mini calendars come in a few different sizes as well so you will need to cut the matte for this 1/4″ larger on width and length as well.

Boy my descriptions sure aren’t helping you today, are they! LOL

I hope you get the gist of the project from the pictures to be able to re-create your own 🙂


Stitched Shapes Framelits and 25% off select stamp sets


Have you seen the beautiful new Stitched Shapes Framelits?  This is a new set of framelits that will be officially released in the new 2017-2017 Annual Catalogue next June but Stampin’ Up! is allowing us all the opportunity to purchase it now!  Whether you like to add thread to the stitching or leave it blank for that pierced look, this set of 12 dies (4 ovals, 4 squares and 4 circles) is sure to be a hit in your creations.

Here are some samples using these sweet new framelits!

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Another fabulous mention is the 25% off select stamp sets this month!



For more information on the Stitched Shapes Framelits, watch the below commercial!



Are you excited for this new product? I know I am 🙂


Cookie Cutter Shaker Card

Hi All – I seem to be light on the posts lately as I design and create for craft fairs!  Not only do I papercraft but I crochet as well and needless to say between all that, family and a full time job, little is left for anything else!

I created this card quite some time ago and forgot to post it but thankfully we are still well ahead of Christmas!  The shaker part of this card is created just like any other shaker card.  I have a written tutorial for shaker cards and a video tutorial as well that you can check out.


With this card I simply put a couple gingerbread men/ women inside the shaker section and added some white mica flakes that seem to have disappeared from view! LOL


I did stamp the large jar from the Jar of Love stamp set, using Jet Black Staz On ink on the window sheet.  I also stamped a lid in Old Olive and die cut. What is a cookie jar without a gingerbread lady trying to jump out!


I wanted the focus to be the gingerbreads in the jar, so I kept the rest of the card very simple, with the sentiment stamped in Old Olive near the top and a simple strip of Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape along the bottom.  The Whisper White card front sits on a Real Red base (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4″)

I think this stamp set and punch are wishing they had a break from me!  Talk about being well loved 🙂








Sweet Treats with September Paper Pumpkin

The September Paper Pumpkin was so much fun with the test tube vials.  So many ideas on what could be put inside and different ways to decorate/ embellish the vial.

With today being Halloween, I thought I would share two quick treats I made with the vials and the Jar of Haunts stamp set.  This set is so cute!


So the first project was made with Pumpkin Pie cardstock, 2″ wide strip, so that the end could be punched in the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  This simple project can be scored to any height you wish.  I used my 1″ hole punch for this first project so that the tags attached to the vial could fit through since I made a deep ‘pocket’ for the vial.


I had to add a holder in the bottom section as well, otherwise the vial would have the ability to move around and slid out.  I simply created a ‘u’ shaped bit of cardstock, punched the hole again and attached inside.  I used some retired designer series paper and completed this treat holder with one of the eyeball jars I stamped from the Jar of Haunts and diecut with Everyday Jars Framelits.  I coloured the eyeballs and water in using Blender Pens and the Pool Party and Wild Wasabi ink pads.


The second project is a bit more basic than the first.  I had cut a strip of Whisper White and scored in 4 places to basically create a belly band (for a box).  I punched a 3/4″ dia hole in the top portion and sandwiched this between two die cut mummies from the Jar of Haunts set.


I put my vial in and it toppled over!  This is when I realized I needed to add some strength to reinforce the holder.  I created two ‘u’ shaped pieces of Pumpkin Pie cardstock to insert into the open sides of the holder. This helped provide the stability it needed to hold up the vial!

As you can see, projects like this are trial and error for us demos as well 🙂  If at first you fail, try again until you succeed!

Happy Halloween and have a spooktacular day/ evening!








Bringing Birthdays Back – October Edition

I have been working faithfully each month on sending out birthday cards to friends, family members and anyone else who requested to be on my birthday list.  I sit down at the beginning of each month and sort out who all has birthdays, when and then get my cards all filled out and ready to go in the mail at a somewhat appropriate time of the month in relation to their birthday. Having said that, there are times where I have ended up sending a card a bit late….oops! Yet as they say, better late than never.


I love using the #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp as well on the back of the cards!  Makes it even more fun and personal! While this stamp is not available in the catalogue, it is listed in the on-line store and available to purchase !  Item ID is 143573 and it is called #imbringingbirthdaysback at a sweet price of $12.00 CDN.


This month had a nice little stack, although I’m thinking next year may see even more people on the list!


Have you been faithful in sending out birthday cards?  Why don’t you join the challenge of #imbringingbirthdaysback and start sending out birthday cards as well!





Bookmark Magnets – Video Tutorial

Hello Tuesday and warm weather!  After some cold days last week starting at 0°C, heading out at 6:30am this morning it was nice to see 19°C on my thermometer!  Fall is in full swing, our trees are changing colour and dropping leaves fast, which is a sign that winter is not far off now 🙁  Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate all four seasons but two things I’m not fond of with winter are the dark mornings and nights when I leave for and return from work and the bitter cold/ winds that come.


Since we are on the topic of winter now, lets have a look at a video I recently posted to my YouTube channel.  It focuses on creating Magnetic Bookmarks using the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle.  Now keep in mind that this can be done with any set throughout the year that features a coordinating punch, and while I haven’t tired it yet, I imagine it would work with coordinating dies/ framelits as well (I wouldn’t try with thinlits/ detailed dies, that may be asking for trouble)

The video takes you through the basics of creating these sweet gifts. If you have book lovers in your life, I am sure they would appreciate some of these sweet bookmarks in their stocking this Christmas.  You could make one for each season 😉


Some easy stamping, colouring, punching and gluing and you are good to go!




Hummingbird in the Serene Scenery

Morning all!  I can’t believe I missed posting back on Monday!  It was Thanksgiving and all and I thought it would be nice to do a post sharing things I’m thankful for and ….. well the day got away on me and Wednesday’s post was already written ahead of time, so here I am at Friday already! Insane!  I can’t believe how busy this week was and I’ll be honest, I’m looking forward to the weekend.  I’m sure Karma is as well, so she can spend more time with me.  She has always been a Daddy’s girl but since Madden passed, she has been clinging to me.  The only time of day she gives Chris is when she cries so much that he ends up taking her on his errands with him.  She loves going for a drive but I think more than that, she likes knowing she’s not alone.


So on to my post for today!  I’m a bit torn on this card.  Sometimes I look at it and think, yeah -that’s beautiful and other times, not so much LOL.

The card base is thick Whisper White cardstock which I can’t get enough of. It really is sturdy and I love seeing my cards in my work area and not falling ‘flat on their faces’, like they would with the regular Whisper White cardstock.  I added a piece of the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper which has so many beautiful images that are so ‘real’!  They do make for quick and easy cards.


The hummingbird was left in my ‘scrap’ box of stamped images that I hadn’t used for previous projects.  If I remember correctly, I used Crumb Cake ink and Chocolate Chip ink, along with Island Indigo for the throat.  Can you believe that I only used ONE stamp set for this card?  Often I grab a second set just to get a sentiment that works with the card but I only used Picture Perfect this time around!


I trimmed the cardstock down a bit, sponged around the edges with Old Olive ink, added the sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink and a few Basic Rhinestones to complete the piece.  I then used my Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop this up on my card front.


It’s amazing what a few products can do to pull together a card.  Stampin’ Up! never ceases to amaze me with their ideas, product coordination, colour and image trends…. I could go on but I’m pretty sure it’s evident how I feel about them 🙂

Thanks for popping by. I have lots of work to do this weekend for upcoming classes and parties, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of inspiration to share with you next week!









Simple Christmas

Have you been convinced yet to purchase the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set with the overwhelming abundance of inspiration found on blogs,  Pinterest and Facebook pages?

Too often we stress over making masterpieces, with multiple layers, bling and embellishments.  Sometimes it is good to take a step back and limit what we use to create.  It can help us focus on our ability to be creative and what can be accomplished without going overboard.

A few weeks ago while laying in bed waiting for sleep to overcome me, I envisioned a card in my mind.  Since I am too stubborn to keep a notepad and pen beside my bed or turn on the light, I rely on a really good, yet very short memory to produce the creation the following day! Ha! That being said, by the time I went to create it, some of the elements had vanished but I still had a few simple elements that helped me create the two cards I am sharing today.


These cards are essentially the same with minor variances.  This first card has all the trees stamped on Whisper White and die cut.  It is clean and simple with only a few stars stamped in the top right corner and the sentiment stamped in a straight line in the bottom right corner.



The second card is very similar yet with some simple changes.  Two trees are stamped directly on the card base, with the third tree being stamped on Whisper White and die cut.  If you look closely at the trees stamped on the Pool Party cardstock, you’ll notice one is shorter than the other.  This was accomplished by not inking up the entire tree.  I used a Wild Wasabi marker to close in the bottom of the tree.


The star image was stamped on both sides of the trees and the final difference is the curved sentiment.


This is one of the simple tricks that you can do with photopolymer stamps.  As the material is so flexible you can curve images into slightly different placements than just a straight line.

I hope these cards inspire you to pull out just a few supplies to create simple, yet eye catching cards!








Ghoulish Treats! – Video Tutorial

I promised last week that I would share a treat box I had created to hold some fun treats, such as chocolate eyeballs, candy corn and spooky pumpkin face chocolates.

I created a video to help re-create this fun and easy box.

Here are a couple close ups of the completed boxes.


Are you loving the Ghoulish Grunge backgrounds?  I held off ordering these for awhile but finally broke down and got them.  I just know that I’ll be using it for more than just Halloween projects.


I have a small confession to make.  I don’t normally eat any of the treats I buy to create projects like this but after realizing that some of the chocolate eyeballs are fudge inside and others are caramel, I couldn’t resist eating a few….!


Hopefully you found the instructions easy to follow.  I created this video with Madden laying in the room behind me Sunday afternoon as he enjoyed, what I would later realize was, the last few hours of quality time with me before the Lord took him to His heavenly home.  I am grateful for that time with him.  He was so quiet and well behaved, I needn’t have worried about him barking while I shot the video, as was my concern originally!

What ideas are coming to your mind after seeing this project?