Baby Bear

While at OnStage I was able to see some fun new products in action and better yet, the chance to win some great products.  One of those items was the new stamp set Baby Bear.  It is SOOOOO cute!  I couldn’t wait to get home to play with it.  Needless to say reality set in when I arrived home and I had so many other things take up my time that it wasn’t until last night that I had a chance to sit down and play with it.

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This new set is one of our newer sets that feature three step stamping.  The colour combinations are endless and the results are so adorable!  The bear looks like a real life stuffed teddy bear, that is how well the various images layer over top one another.

I would have loved to have made more cards and projects with the set but I ran out of time, so I’ll have to find time again another evening to play with it!

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For this 5 x 5 card, I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso to stamp the bears three layers.  The card base and embossed layer are Pink Pirouette  and the bow on the bear is Pink Pirouette and the new In Colour Flirty Flamingo (stamped off once).   I used the Lots of Labels framelits to die cut my hello baby sentiment. Check out the patterned paper …. it comes from the new Designer Series paper stack Playful Palette.  It has a lot of great patterns and colours in it that remind me of a painter swiping ink across a canvas!  This pattern is a bit more subtle, which is what made it perfect for this baby card.


The bow is a two step stamp image.  I fussy cut this and adhered over the bear.  I did stamp an image where I masked the bow but it did not turn out as well as I had hoped.  I’ll try it again another day and see if I get better results 😉

What do you think of the new set Baby Bear?






A Little Foxy

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The new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue has some fantastic new products and many are available in Bundles, which is great because you save 10%! One of these bundles is the new Foxy Friends Stamp Set and Foxy Builder Punch.  Be sure to watch for these products in the new catalogue as they can create some super cute creatures other than a fox! The above card was showcased on the Display Boards at OnStage Live 2016 in Salt Lake City.  It is sooo adorable!

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If you are a fox lover though, you will be sure to fall in love with the “A Little Foxy” designer series paper stack!

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If you purchased the builder punch or stamp set, what creature would you create with it? Leave me a comment and share your idea!



Stampin’ Up! Retiring List ! While Supplies Last

Sorry I haven’t been around lately.  The past few weeks were filled with designing for card swaps and for Stampin’ Up! OnStage Display Boards as well! I returned from my trip to Utah to participate in OnStage and look forward to sharing so much great information and projects with you over the next coming weeks.


Just a quick note to let you know that the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue retirement list has been released and items do tend to sell out fast.

Be sure to get your orders in quickly.

If you live in Canada, you may place your order via my On-Line store and have it shipped directly to your home! How easy is that?  Please be sure to use Hostess Code : 46EQARPR

I’ll be back later today with more information!



Weekly Deals Ending! … And Items Added to Clearance Rack

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Stampin’ Up! has announced that as of April 18th the Weekly Deals are ending!  This week they are offering 15 items on sale and I must say there are some fabulous products available.  Check them out HERE and be sure to place your order on-line with me before these deals disappear!

Here are just a few that I love that are on sale this week!

Rose Wonder Thinlits

Rose Garden Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!


Sunburst Thinlits Die

Sunburst Thinlits Die by Stampin' Up!


Gift Bag Punch Board

Gift Bag Punch Board  by Stampin' Up!


Clearance Rack

If you haven’t checked out the Clearance Rack lately, then now is a good time!  Several new items have been added to the Clearance Rack and popular items tend to disappear fast.

Take some time to peruse the items available and get your order in quickly so as not to be disappointed!

As always, please feel free to message me if you have any questions!




Marriage made in Heaven

This weeks Mojo Monday Challenge 439 is a sketch layout and personally I think it is fantastic!  I first selected the designer series paper I wanted to use and then I pulled the rest of the card, stamps and card stock, together based off of the DSP.



The Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper in the Occasions catalogue is fabulous and I find myself drawn to it often.  I think it is because of the wide range of patterns, images and colours in this package.


Since I love the pop of White Embossing Powder on Basic Black card stock against a card that has a lot of white space, I knew it was the right selection to use on this card.

As I think of class and elegance when I think of weddings, the 5/8″ Whisper White Organza Ribbon was a quick and easy choice for me.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Rose Wonder Stamp Set   140697   $33.00

Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper  140557  $13.75

Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Watermelon Wonder Cardstock   138334  $8.75

Watermelon Wonder 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Whisper White Cardstock   100730  $10.50

Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Basic Black Cardstock  121045  $8.75

Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

White Embossing Powder  109132  $6.25

White Stampin' Emboss Powder by Stampin' Up!

Versamark Ink   102283  $9.25


VersaMark Pad by Stampin' Up!

Heat Tool  129053  $37.00

Heat Tool (US & CAN) by Stampin' Up!

Whisper White Organza Ribbon    114319  $7.50

Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon by Stampin' Up!

Big Shot   113439  $136.00

Big Shot by Stampin' Up!

Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  139672  $10.50

Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Dimensionals  104430  $5.00

Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up!


Sunset at the Seashore

I thought we could take a closer look at the ” Sunset at the Seashore” card from one of my earlier posts.

Using shaving cream to create unique backgrounds is one of the easiest techniques I know.  Granted it can be messy if you’re not prepared but so worth the outcome.


I fought with myself over how to use the starfish image from the Occasions Catalogue stamp set, Picture Perfect and came up with the idea to create a sunset scene by the seashore.  I misplaced a flat plastic tray I typically use to put my shaving cream on, so I substituted with a large piece of wax paper.  I shook the can of shaving cream and squirted a sufficient amount onto the wax paper and smoothed it out a bit using an icing spreader.  You don’t want to spread it too thin but over an area that is larger than your card front.

You need to use re-inkers to create your background scene.  For this particular card, I used Crumb Cake and Tip Top Taupe for the beach, along the bottom of the shaving cream.  A few drops of each colour goes a long way. The next colour was  Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive in the middle section of the shaving cream, again using very little of the brighter colour.  I was hoping to make it appear that some seaweed was in the water.  At the top I used Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, and one drop of Real Red.  Using the icing spreader mix each individual section, lightly swirling the colours together.  Clean off the spreader between doing each colour section to reduce colour contamination.  The one drop of Real Red, I attempted to swirl in one spot to make it appear to be the sun setting.  It didn’t quite work for this one, although I have another cardfront that this particular section did work a bit better. As you can see by the image, sometimes an air pocket forms and if this occurs the ink does not have a chance to die the cardstock.  When this happens, you end up with white spaces.


Take your Whisper White card front and squish it into the shaving cream, ensuring good coverage.  Once I pull it out of the shaving cream, I hold it for 15-30 seconds before using the icing spreader to remove the excess shaving cream from the cardstock.

Set aside and allow it time to “dry”.  The inked side of the cardstock will feel really smooth from the shaving cream.  Everytime you create do the shaving cream technique, your background will come out looking different.  This is one of the fun things about this technique!

Once this process was completed, assembling the rest of the card was easy.  I layered the background onto Calypso Coral Cardstock and wrapped Linen Thread around the card.

I stamped the starfish using the solid image, in Chocolate Chip, followed by the detailed image in Early Espresso ink.  I then fussy cut out the starfish.  I added Stampin’ Dimensionals and popped it up on my cardfront.  I selected the sentiment I wished to use from the same stamp set and stamped it on my card using Archival Basic Black ink and then adhering the cardfront to the Crumb Cake card base.

Should I have the opportunity to videotape this process and post on YouTube, I will be sure to link it here as well!

What technique would you like to see me share with you next?  Comment on this post with your choice!

Picture Perfect   140520  $33.00

Picture Perfect Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Crumb Cake 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock 120953  $8.75

Crumb Cake 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Calypso Coral 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock  122925  $8.75

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Whisper White 8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock  100730   $10.50

Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Crumb Cake Classic Ink Refill  121029  $4.00

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink Refill  138330  $4.00

Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Ink Refill  by Stampin' Up!

Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink Refill  101041  $4.00

Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Old Olive Classic Ink Refill  100531  $4.00

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Blushing Bride Classic Ink Refill  131157  $4.00

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Calypso Coral Classic Ink Refill   122934  $4.00

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Real Red Classic Ink Refill   103287  $4.00

Real Red Classic Stampin' Ink Refill by Stampin' Up!

Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad 126979  $8.00

Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad  126974  $8.00

Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Archival Basic Black Ink  140931  $8.75

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad by Stampin' Up!

Linen Thread   104199  $5.75

Linen Thread by Stampin' Up!

Paper Snips   103579  $12.50

Paper Snips by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Dimensionals  104430  $5.00

Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up!

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive   104332  $8.50

Snail Permanent Adhesive by Stampin' Up!


Balloons & Stripes

Last night I popped into my stamp room to prep for tonights card class, only to find one of my cards missing!  If you teach classes, has this ever happened to you?  So while I managed to prep the card from a photo I have, the ladies making it will have to go off the photo on my iPad.  Thankfully the layout is relatively simple and I can explain anything they may be unsure of.  I simply didn’t have time to make another card as a sample 🙁

Today I’d like to share another simple card with you that is fun and easy to make!

FullSizeRender (12)One of the first things I love about this card is the colour palette!  Blushing bride, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and the pop of Basic Black for the sentiment and the balloon outline.

The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White cardstock, scored and folded in half to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  To get the fun striped background, I used the Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks and Blushing Bride ink and a sponge.  I stamped the balloon outlines, from the set Balloon Celebration,  on scrap white cardstock in Basic Black Archival ink and then stamped the solid images in Mint Macaron ink.  I love these two step stamp sets as they provide a lot of depth to an image without a lot of work.  Using the matching Balloon Bouquet punch, I then punched out the balloons.  I adhered two directly to my card front using SNAIL Permanent Adhesive and I applied Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the top balloon before attaching to the card front.

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The card needed a little something more, so I stamped the little stars on the card using Daffodil Delight ink. I stamped Happy Birthday in the Archival Basic Black ink and added a few rhinestones because really, lets be honest, bling completes a card!


Whisper White Card stock  100730  $10.50

Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks  133775  $3.75

Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks by Stampin' Up!

Blushing Bride Ink Pad  131172 $8.00

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Sponges  141337  $4.50

Stamping Sponges

Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Bundle 140810  $45.75

(stamp set and punch, clear blocks are note included)

Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Basic Black Archival Ink Pad  140931  $8.75

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad by Stampin' Up!

Mint Macaron Ink Pad  138326  $8.00

Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad  by Stampin' Up!

Daffodil Delight Ink Pad  126944  $8.00

Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Basic Rhinestones  119246  $6.25

Rhinestone Basic Jewels by Stampin' Up!

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive  104332   $8.50

Snail Permanent Adhesive by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Dimensionals   104430  $5.00

Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up!

I hope you have enjoyed this fun card!

Have a happy, crafty day!


Grazing in the Meadow

I don’t know about you but I tend to forget about making masculine cards.  Thank goodness for Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous sets that are designed around men and nature.  The set In the Meadow, featured in the current Occasions Catalogue is perfect for men!

I found a card on Pinterest that really pulled the various images in the set together so well.  I must admit I CASE’d the card imagery and have to give a shout out to Stephanie Fischer who created the original.

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Sorry for the imperfect photography on this!  I used a few techniques to create the card.  First was masking:  I stamped the deer first, created a mask and then stamped one set of mountains, masked them and then stamped them again.  I did have a little oops with this particular card.  I double stamped the trees as the image didn’t show up well.  When I stamped the second time, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for perfect positioning, I forgot to mask the mountain again and accidentally stamped on it!  Oops!  I always tell my customers that there is no such thing as a mistake in papercrafting.  The recipient of your card does not know what your intentions were when creating the card and what might be right or wrong on it.

Before stamping my grass, I watercoloured the deer using an Aquapainter and Crumb Cake ink and Soft Suede ink and the mountains are coloured in with Smoky Slate.

Once the grass was stamped, I sponged the leftover white areas of the card.  Any white space below the mountains were sponged with Wild Wasabi ink and any white space above the mountains were sponged with Pool Party Ink.  By not sponging the entire solid blue, but leaving bits of white, it made it appear as wisps of clouds in the sky.

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And when you’re making birthday cards (especially masculine ones), it is always a great idea to make several!  The only change I made on a couple was the stamped sentiment.

Soft Suede Cardstock 115318  $8.75

Soft Suede 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!

Watercolour Paper 122959 $6.25

Watercolor Paper by Stampin' Up!

In the Meadow Stamp Set (w) 140751 $34.00 (c) 140754 $25.00

In the Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Archival Basic Black Ink 140931  $8.75

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad by Stampin' Up!

Sponges 141337  $4.50

Stamping Sponges

Pool Party Ink Pad  126982 $8.00

Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Wild Wasabi Ink Pad  126959  $8.00

Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Smoky Slate Ink Pad   131179  $8.00

Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Chocolate Chip Ink Pad  126979  $8.00

Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Garden Green Ink Pad  126973  $8.00

Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Aqua Painters 103954  $21.00

Aqua Painters by Stampin' Up!

If you are using a clear mount stamp set, you will also need the appropriate clear blocks for stamping.

I hope you enjoyed todays creation and I would love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment!






60th Anniversary

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Hearing of someone being married 25 years seems to be such an amazing thing nowadays but when someone is married 60 years, it leaves you with a feeling of awe, and not just to be married that long but knowing that the couples life has been blessed to still be here with us.

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This month marks the 60th anniversary for a couple who are close to us and for me this calls for a special hand made card.

I admit that I dipped my hands into some of my retired Designer Series Paper stash to find the perfect patterned paper for this card.  I used the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlit dies and the Large Numbers Framelits dies from the current Occasions Catalogue to die cut my heart and my numbers.  The white heart did not stand out on its own against the patterned paper, so I sponged it with Blushing Bride ink and added some die cut flowers using the Pretty Petals DSP paper stack.

Since a diamond represents 60 years, I felt it was fitting to use the White Glimmer paper which shimmers like a diamond, to die cut the numbers.

This card came together so quickly for me as I had a rough idea already playing in my mind and I love the final results!

What do you think?





New Sale-A-Bration items – Last Month!

Sale-A-Bration is such a fun time of year!  With so many great products released in the Occasions Catalogue at the same time as Sale-A-Bration, placing orders is such a win-win!  Who doesn’t like free products right?

This year Stampin’ Up! has done something a little different.  They began with a few items that were limited time only in the brochure along with some items available the entire time, but then halfway through…. they added a few new, great products to the mix.

Have you had a chance to check out these new items?

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I just received the Pedal Pusher set and look forward to creating with it and sharing some creations with you!

Be sure to place your qualifying order before Sale-A-Bration ends, as time is winding down!

As always, please feel free to message me with your stamping questions!



Summertime Fun – Mojo 438

After a wonderfully warm day I think many of us have spring and summer on our minds. I joined in the Mojo Monday sketch challenge again this week and used the new set Happy Home from the Occasions Catalogue, along with the Hearth and Home Framelits Die.


I really wanted to add texture so the die cut circle is embossed using the World Traveller set and I embossed the white layer with a Dots Embossing folder.  The window frame was die cut from the Color Me Irresistable Specialty Designer Series paper and the girl and kite image was coloured with the Stampin’ Write Markers and the background sponged with Wild Wasabi and Pool Party ink.

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If you haven’t tried these sketch challenges yet, I recommend that you try.  They are fun and take half the work of your card design for you!

Don’t forget to check out the cards made by others and leave them some blog love!


New Weekly Deals – Fav of the Week

Each week on Tuesday, Stampin’  Up! posts new items  on sale for the Weekly Deal.  This week you can order some great products, at great prices.

Let’s check them out and I’ll share with you my favorite deal of the week and a card created using it.

Basic Black Bakers Twine (134576) Reg. price $3.75,  Sale Price $2.81
Great to add that extra something to a card without going overboard.

Basic Black Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!


Bow Builder Punch (137414) Reg price $22.00, Sale Price $16.50

Bow Builder Punch by Stampin' Up!

Color Me Irresistable Specialty Designer Series Paper (138439) Reg. price $16.00, Sale Price $12.00

Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Handpicked Framelits Dies (137361) Reg. price $31.00, Sale Price $31.25

Handpicked Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!

Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)  Reg. price $6.25,  Sale Price $4.69

Rhinestone Basic Jewels by Stampin' Up!


And my favorite product of the week …… Color Me Irresistable Specialty Designer Series Paper. I don’t know about you but I really like the most current 2015-2017 In Colours.  The Color Me Irresistable paper features 12 sheets total – 12″ x 12″. Six sheets are white, each with a different embossed design on them and then the other 6 are one each of  Black, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Watermelon Wonder.

With the white embossed sheets you can brayer, sponge or even spritz ink onto them to make them any colour you wish.  The fun part?  The embossed design remains white and stands out!

I have used this paper a few times now in my most recent projects and I love that I have control over how the finished look will turn out.

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I have created this card as part of my Balloon Celebration card class coming up next week.  The bottom features the Color Me Irresistable Specialty Designer Series Paper, sponges with Pool Party Ink.  To learn more about this class, please visit my Stampin’ Up! website!

If you have any questions about the products shown here today, please feel free to email me your questions.

Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll see you again soon!