Friday Focus – Cool Treats Bundle

I am so excited to share with you some amazing projects from some fabulous demonstrators featuring the Cool Treats Bundle.  The Cool Treats stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelit dies are another set of products that will no longer be available to purchase in a bundle at a 10% discount as of May 31st! In the summer, my husband and I organize a party at our home for family and some friends with a bbq, mini golf tournament and a bonfire.  I already have visions in my head of creating fun invitations for the party using this bundle! I have some fun cards to share with you from a few lovely ladies.  I inquired about sharing their projects and they all kindly said yes! The first design I'm sharing with you comes from Stephanie Pike.  I am loving the bright colours she used for her frozen treats. Rather than stamping them directly on her card front, she stamped on scrap cardstock and die cut using the framelits.  She then layered them in a neat and tidy stagger pattern.  The die cuts along with the patterned paper, yummy Sprinkles Embellishments and bold sentiment make for a truly eye catching card! Next, we have a super yummy card by Amy O'Neill. If my husband saw this card he would not be surprised that I love it!  He would tell you that I can sniff out ice cream a mile away LOL.  I love the simplicity of the layout and at the same time how this card just pops with all the colour and scoop upon scoop of ice cream! With a few embellishments like the sequins and linen thread and a strip of scalloped cardstock, this card is delicious!   Next let's check out Michelle Long's ice cream sundae card! You know the saying 'less is more', well it sure is working for this card.  I love the clean layout and the large polka dot embossing.... one of my favs!  The sentiments in the Cool Treats set are a great size and I love the bold cursive writing mixed in with the more classic, boxy font.  Michelle did not add any embellishments outside of the die cut spoon, cherry and sprinkles which is great because your eye is drawn to that sundae!   Now, how about something a bit different?  Like this fun tri-fold card by Julie Kettlewell. Kick your card design up a notch with this cut "fancy fold" card. Layer upon layer of designer series paper and ice cream treats.... yum, yum, yum!  I really like how Julie carried the Stitched Shape circles throughout her card.  Your eye is immediately drawn to the fun treats layered on them. Get this bundle and save 10% now!  You'll be on your way to creating some super fun cards and projects, just like the ones created by these lovely ladies.    

Hooray – Happy Birthday!

Sometimes it is best not to mess with a good thing.  I truly enjoy seeing Brian King's creations.  He has a very crisp and clean style.  I found a card of his on Pinterest and it was perfect for CASE'ing and I thought my stamp club ladies would enjoy creating it as well.  I made some very minor changes for my card. Where Brian used plain circle cut outs only, I used the Stitched Shape Framelits to die cut my Smoky Slate circle.  I find it helps pull your attention to the word "hooray" He used the sentiment "so proud of you" and I changed mine to "Happy Birthday" The last changes I made were layering my matte directly to my card base, where it appears that Brian used Stampin' Dimensionals to raise up this layer and using White Craft ink for my Hooray rather than Heat Embossing with White Embossing Powder. This card would be great for a young boy's birthday! Did you know that the Foxy Friends bundle is retiring?  (not the products themselves but rather the opportunity to purchase it in a bundle for 10% off!)          

Clearance Rack – New Items Added!

Have you checked out the Clearance Rack lately? Stampin' Up! has added a slew of items to it at some fantastic discounts.  This is a perfect time to place an order as you can select from the Clearance Rack and Retiring List. Remember that Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last and items on the Retiring List are available until May 31st or while supplies last (whichever comes first)

Celebrate Life

Hello!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I attended a retirement party for an long time acquaintance who has incurable brain cancer.  How do you say Happy Retirement when the reason for it is not a pleasant one. Creating a beautiful card was the easy part for me, it was knowing what sentiment to stamp that was the struggle. You want the day to be a happy one but also to acknowledge that it isn't based on sunshine and roses.  After a bit of a struggle I decided the best sentiment I could make for the occasion was "Celebrate Life".  It is so precious and each day is a blessing.  To celebrate each day of life is so important. You may be wondering what stamp set I used.  Well it is a combination.  The word celebrate is from a new set that will be available in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue called Tabs for Everything, while the word "life" was stamped letter by letter, using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. The card base is Whisper White 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, while the patterned paper layer is 4" x 5 1/4" cut from Pop of Pink designer series paper.  Now this is where I realize I should have written the dimensions down because I recall the Whisper White top layer is 4 1/4" long but I can't quite remember the width.  I believe it is somewhere around 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 but don't quote me on that! I used the stamp set Swirly Bird to stamp my leaves and flowers in Melon Mambo and Cucumber Crush inks.  I stamped off for the leaves so they weren't so bold.  I also used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit Dies to cut the leaves but also to cut the swirl from Basic Black cardstock.  I did trim the swirl down slightly so it would fit on my cardfront.  It is attached to the stamped white layer with SNAIL adhesive and the stamped white layer is popped up on my card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. You'll also see that I stamped a Melon Mambo flower on a scrap piece of Whisper White, fussy cut it and popped it up over the other stamped flowers. Now, you may have noticed I added Basic Pearls (retiring and already sold out) and while they are so pretty on the card, I do wish I hadn't used the largest size.  I tried to take it off but the adhesive on the back of it was beginning to rip the cardstock, so it remained as is! Oh, I almost forgot to say that the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper is retiring and is also discounted right now, as well the Swirly Bird Bundle is retiring and will not be available at the discount in the new catalogue!  Be sure to get your order in soon!  Use the hostess code listed to the right when placing your order through me!          

Friday Focus – Playful Pals stamp set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits

My goal is to share a specific product focus with you each Friday. Today the focus is on the Playful Pals stamp set and the Pyramid Pals Thinlit Dies.  Gasp! This adorable stamp set and framelits are retiring!  Have you seen the seriously cute projects you can create with them?  These are great for creating fun party favors for childrens birthday parties, or themed events such as a Petting Zoo party! Or how about fun cards or scrapbook pages! With so many elements/ images to the stamp set you can build so many different "characters".  Take Margriet Tournier's adorable monster card for example.  She used a few different stamp images to build her cute blue monster and rather than stamping an eye, added a googly eye (easily found in the craft section of dollar stores). Her card layout is simple yet super fun! Next up we have a really fun elephant card created by Lilian Withers.  I love her light pink and white colour combination.  She added a window opening to the card front with a sweet pink elephant head layered over the window.  Lilian used both the stamp set and the thinlits to create her elephant head.  I am so drawn to this card, everything looks so delicate and happy!  I do believe this will be a design I CASE!  I think it would be great as a baby shower card where you know the mom-to-be is expecting a girl! Finally, I'm taking you back to an original, classic project image.  This one comes directly from stampinup.com and showcases the Pyramid Pal thinlits with the addition of stamped faces and ears from the Playful Pals stamp set. Party favours...? Room decorations?   Well.... what do you think?  Have you fallen in love with these products?  You have until May 31st to order these before they retire (or while supplies last). Ordering both of these products through me will help you earn 2 Loyalty Points!  If you aren't familiar with my Loyalty Program you may read about it HERE!  

Beginners Card Class

  Are you new to stamping or would like to learn how to stamp?  This card class is perfect for beginners but even if you are an experienced stamper and would like to participate in this class creating simple cards, you are welcome to sign up!

We will be creating 3 fun cards.
Class fee is $12.00 per person. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register!
Space is limited!
Register by May 1st,2017

ALL NEW – LOYALTY PROGRAM

I love sharing my passion and creativity with others and I wanted a way to say thank you to my customers for supporting me and my business. This is why I have put together a Loyalty Program where my customers have the opportunity to earn a free stamp set.

LOYALTY PROGRAM

My Loyalty Program is my way to thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator! I sincerely appreciate my customers support and loyalty! How to Earn Loyalty Points:
  • Loyalty Points are earned for individual/ direct ship orders, club orders (min. $40.00 over and above required club amount) or On-Line orders using the Hostess Code. Loyalty points are not given for Workshop orders.
  • For every $40.00 purchase (before s/h and tax), you will earn 1 Loyalty Point. (Ie $105.00 order equals 2 points)
  • When you earn 10 Loyalty Points you will receive 1 FREE photopolymer or clear mount stamp set of your choice (value up to $30.00). Simply e-mail OR mail me your completed tracker!
  • I will ship your FREE stamp set directly to your home address.
The Finer Details:
  • You may not combine smaller or partial orders to equal $40.00 total.
  • The Hostess Code MUST be used to receive Loyalty Points for On-Line orders. Each month a new code will be posted on my blog
  • Earn Hostess Rewards for orders over $200.00 (meaning more free products!), however if you are placing this order on-line DO NOT USE THE MONTHLY HOSTESS CODE.  You will still receive Loyalty Points for this order.
  • You are responsible for tracking your own orders and Loyalty Points.
  • One customer per tracking sheet only!
  • Order points are valid for two years from the date of the order (ie. points earned for an order placed  April 2017 will expire on the same date in April 2019)
Click on the link in the menu bar labelled Loyalty Program for complete details and to print a copy of the tracker form. This program is effective as of April 1st, 2017. This program is valid for Canadian residents who order directly from myself.  

Sneak Peek – Daisy Delight

Happy Good Friday! I had the fantastic opportunity to pre-order some products that will be released in the new catalogue in June and it arrived in the other day.  Now if you're anything like me, you just can't wait to dive in and start playing! I was (still am) sick all week and didn't have much energy to do anything.  I hadn't spent much time with my husband since I was in bed a lot, so I wanted to enjoy time with  him and I wanted to stamp. This meant I had to compromise and select only so many products to work with while I sat at the tiny coffee table in our living room so I could be near him.  And so my cards today are relatively simple as I didn't use ANY Big Shot dies. I limited myself to the ribbon I had pre-ordered and a roll of burlap ribbon from my stamp room, collected a few additional ink pads, blender pen, etc and went to work with the new Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating punch. The fruits of my labour are as follows: This was actually the last card I created for the evening. My intention was for my the colour palette on my designer series paper (DSP) to start with light at the top and gradually go darker towards the bottom.  Unfortunately I wasn't paying attention when I attached the crackle patterned DSP and so the light tones begin at the bottom. This designer series paper is from the upcoming Colour Theory Designer Series paper stack in the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. Oh my word! Did you see those enamel dots?  They come in 5 colours, 3 sizes if I'm not mistaken and the colour throughout the sizes is gradual, so some are light, others darker and they are glittery!  Totally love them and can't wait to make my projects pop with these cute dots! The stamp is actually from another new set, Special Celebrations.  This set covers life's main occasions and includes the basic sentiment as well as verses that can be stamped inside the card.  I love the combination of print and script font on this sentiment and felt it was perfect for this card! Let's not forget about the daisy itself! Stamped on scrap white twice, punched out and layered together with some two-step stampin' for the flowers centre, the new 2017-2019 In Colour Berry Burst just pops! Next, lets check out another bold and bright card.  While the Daisy Delight stamp set does feature that beautiful large daisy, it also has a variety of flower stems and flowers that you can use.  These are two step stampin' images!  Love the effect of light and dark using the exact same ink pad. You may be able to tell that 1) I was in a hurry when photographing the cards 2) The lighting in my room was not great.  Sorry for the poor quality images - yeesh, I'm normally more careful.  I must have been awfully excited to share these! So I mentioned that these are two step stampin' and in this photo you can see that not only are the flowers two steps, but so are the stems. Check out that shorter stem with the tiny little flower buds showing! Super cute 🙂 Let's have a closer look at the embellishments for a minute. Check out that new 3/8" chevron ribbon! The chevrons blend in so you barely see them and what is that on top of the ribbon..... Oh yes! Some gorgeous new faceted gems! This one is a clear gem but so pretty!  Further down you'll see a card with a Gold Faceted Gem. I love the new Delightful Daisy Designer Series paper that coordinates so well with the stamp set.  I used a beautiful olive striped pattern piece for this card. On to our third card. This was actually the first card I made when I opened my products. The base is Pool Party with a layer of Calypso Coral matted below a piece of the Delightful Daisy DSP. I added some 5/8 Burlap Ribbon (held down with Tear and Tape) and added a strip of the 3/8" Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon. I will warn you now that this ribbon does fray easy, so use baby fingers when touching the cut ends. I'm not sure if I am drawn to the saying itself, or if it's the font used for this sentiment but it is so crisp and clear, it is as though it conveys the message precisely! Okay, remember I mentioned earlier about the Gold Faceted Gem... HELLO, here it is!  What do you think?  It works perfectly as the centre of the daisy.  Oh, I should also say that these come in a few sizes as well!  I used the largest one for the centre of this flower. Did you like this card?  So bright and screaming "come on spring!" On to my final card I squeezed out while sitting at the coffee table! This one was inspired by one of the samples in the catalogue. The catalogue sample used strips of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper but horizontally. I changed the rest of my design outside of that! Once again I double stamped and punched the daisy, this time stamping the centre with the new In Colour Tranquil Tide. To create the banner I stamped the tiny daisy's along the top and bottom of my Whisper White strip in Tranquil Tide and the "Thank You" was stamped in the new In Colour Powder Pink. I used my Paper Snips to cut the banner ends. Finally on to the ribbon again. Originally I had this card completed with out it but I wasn't completely happy with it. I showed it to my sweet husband and said "what do you think?" He loved it but I told him I wasn't thrilled, so he gave one of his go to replies - "add some ribbon"  (his other one is "add more bling") This resulted in me tying a small bow and attaching it to the corner of the banner using a glue dot.  Beautiful!  I am so happy with this final result!  Sometimes, and I do only mean sometimes LOL, does it help to listen to your spouse 🙂 I hope you had fun checking out these cards featuring the coordinating Daisy products!  Seeing them isn't as much fun as touching them and using them yourself!  Hopefully these will make it on your wish list of new catalogue items! Wishing you all a Happy Easter!            

Little Piggy – You make me happy!

I have been under the weather for a few days now which means I have been unable to do much stamping.  I did however summon the strength to slip into my stamp room when my husband went out to run an errand yesterday. While my husband is disabled and struggles to get around, he did everything he could to take care of me!  I needed him to know that he is special, that I appreciate him and he makes me happy. Well after attending OnStage Local on the weekend and receiving the sweet new set This Little Piggy, I knew it was perfect to create a fast and cute card. When this set was shared with us on the weekend, we were shown some ways to colour and I was so excited to learn of a way to watercolour easily on Shimmery White cardstock.  I can't wait to get better so I can create a video to share with you this simple watercolouring technique.  It has suddenly made me better at watercolouring (in my opinion anyways LOL) So the retiring list was revealed the other day and the designer series paper I used here from the Neutrals pack is on that list.  If you love it as much as I do, I highly recommend getting your orders in before they are gone! I didn't want to detract from the cute piggy image, so I kept my layers and embellishments to a minimum and added a little strip of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon.  It seems to go well with this card! What did you think of this cute little piggy?  Do you think it may need to be on your new wish list?          

The Sun is Setting (time to say goodbye)

Can you believe it's that time of year already?  The new annual catalogue is just around the corner which means we need to clear out some product to make room for some great new items! Simply click the image above to open up the PDF file!  Just a note that these items are only available while supplies last or May 31st, whichever comes first.  It is my understanding that a lot of paper has already sold out, so don't delay getting your orders in! When placing on-line orders via my site, the Coupon/ Hostess code this month is 77ENPNQB, so don't forget to enter that 🙂 So with the end of this catalogue it means the 2015-2017 In-Colours are retiring. My two favourites were Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  I love how bright and vivid these colours are.  Perfect for cards with flowers on them! What were your favourite colours that are retiring?      

SNEAK PEEK! Upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue

Eeeeek! If you don't want the surprise to be spoiled then don't look........ but I know you want to! There were SO many fabulous new products demonstrated and shared with us at OnStage Local last Saturday I almost don't know where to begin! First off though, I have to share a pic of the yummy cupcake we all had to celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 15th year in Canada. Mmmmm. So good. From new stamp sets to more ribbon options to new embellishments and paper.... it really is hard to create a wish list when there is so much to appreciate. As we all know, Stampin' Up! offers fantastic bundles with coordinating products and there are so many more coming.  Check out the fabulous Colourful Seasons bundle.  With images and sentiments that cover all 4 seasons, this set and matching dies will  get a lot of use! Oh look! There's me! Yup, I went alone but that did not deter me from having a fabulous time.  I always meet someone new and make the most of the day. So a new planner that is available for anyone to buy!  I remember the old days were Stampin' Up! sold planners to demos only. The fantastic thing about this new planner is that there are no dates in it, so you can begin the planner at any point during the year, and to top it off, you can buy refills!  You can make your planner into a bit of a mini-scrapbook as you go along too! Oooh, ooooh, something that I have been wishing for... mini Stampin' Dimensionals!  Yay!!! There are always small bits and bobs we are trying to add to a project and we end up cutting down the current dimensionals into microscopic pieces just to make them work. How about some incredible projects made by our presenters using some of the new products and stamp sets that will be available June 1st! Hello! Super cute mermaid! And stinkin' cute flamingos! And how about some Muskoka chairs to remind us summer, that is just around the corner! And finally, for today, some old style birthday fun! This designer paper reminds me of images from story books when I was a child. I hope you enjoyed these sneak peeks and I can't wait to show you some projects I have made using new products.  Be sure to check back often!      

Inside the Lines – Watercolouring

Happy Monday morning!  The sun is shining and we are expected to hit 20+ Celsius today!  To me this is a blessing, especially with a lingering headache today, the warm weather makes my heart happy! I don't know about you but our  weekend was exceptionally busy.  A highlight for  me was attending Stampin' Up!'s OnStage Local event in Toronto.  Attending events such as this is an amazing perk of being a demonstrator.  We had the opportunity to see the new catalogue and even receive some new products!  I cannot wait to share with you the projects I am planning with these items.  For right now though, I can't show you anything but come back tomorrow for a sneak peek 😉 While I love coming up with my own card designs (which we all know can be very time consuming), sometimes its nice to just copy someone else's designs. When I'm in a time crunch for a class I have a tendency to CASE. My last stamp club I wanted to showcase the Inside the Lines designer series paper that had been available during Sale-A-Bration and I came across a card on Pinterest by Bonnie O'Neill that just popped and spoke to me.  I think it was because she used Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder and I love those colours together. I changed very little from Bonnie's design. I created my card with one less layer on the base, as well as no matte under the designer paper. The only addition I made was a Basic Rhinestone to the sentiment banner. This was a great way to share some Watercolouring with my stamp club ladies.  Each womans piece turned out a bit different and it was neat to see their watercolouring abilities evolve as they coloured. See you soon with some great SNEAK PEEK items from the 2017-2018 catalogue!