Saturday, January 20, 2018

Hudgehugs and Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

Happy Saturday!

I thought it was high time I stepped away from the "promotions" posts and finally post some PROJECTS!

The ones I'm sharing today were the swaps I created last month that I've been DYING to share.  I love them both so much!

Check them out!

Ska-WHEEELLL!  These are also two of the three cards we created in my classes last week - the third one was the Party Panda crd I shared in a previous post
Does anything look similar on all of these cards?  How about the layout?  Yup - I wanted to do a "one layout 3 ways" theme for my class ad these were what I had come up with.  They all have a banner, a strip of solid card stock and a shape, yet they all have a different "feel" to them.  Coming up with a simple layout is one of my biggest struggles when I sit down to design a card.  This just goes to show that you don't need to reinvent the wheel every time - just have a general template in mind and tweak it as you go! 

Wanna know something funny?  THIS is the card that I used for inspiration ...
Whaaaattt?  *lol* . Yup - I started off trying to CASE this layout and it morphed into my first card ...
(???!!!) and from that card the other two developed.

Funny how the creative mind works, isn't it?  Ok a few deets on the cards, then I'm off to walk my Doodle Dog.
This one is my fave.  I could stare at it all day long!  I used the new Hedgehugs set from the 2018 Occasions catty. $26 CDN Clear; $37 CDN wood.

I used the Delightful Daisy DSP ($14.50 CDN) for the 1/2" x 4" strip and Tranquil Tide for the 1" x 4 1/4" strip, punched with the Triple Banner punch.

I ran the ScallopedOval Framelit through the Big Shot (using Very Vanilla) and THEN stamped the little dudes.  The sentiment (also from the Hedgehug set) is stamped in Old Olive.

I colored the Perfect White Accents with my Dark Crumb Cake Blends marker ($6 CDN) and popped the oval up on dimensionals.

BAM!  Done!

Next up ...
Love this one too!
The stamp set is Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts and it was one of the first sets I was drawn to in the 2018 Occasions catty.  I stamped the image in Archival Black on a 2 3/4" x 3" piece (I think ... gotta go measure it again!).

The colored strip on the left is from the free Bubbles and Fizz DSP you can get from theSale-a-brations borchure with a $60 (CDN) purchase. 

The 5" x 1" strip is Lemon Lime Twist.
The sentiment is stamped in Smoky Slate
I colored the image with my Stampin' Write Markers, shaded the grey areas with my grey watercolor pencil and colored the 3 Perfect White Accents with my Dark Calypso Coral Belnds marker.  The whole shebang is popped up on dimensionals.

Finally the third card ...
That one you can check out here

The cowboy boot card you can check out here

OK - that's it for today - Doodles is staring at me, which means it's time to get this show on the road.  Pop in again soon and have a stampy day!


Thursday, January 18, 2018


NOPE.  Don’t do it.  Don’t order any crafting supplies until you seriously consider the chart below.


Can you spot the difference between the columns? 

Purchased via Me

Charming Cafe Bundle                     $56.50
Café Builder Framelits                           Incl
Tutti Frutti Washi Tape                     $10.75
Tutti Frutti Adhesive Sequins           $  9.25
Tutti Frutti Designer Stack                $12.50
Tutti Frutti Card Stock                      $10.00
Acetate Boxes                                  $ 8.50
Hold on to Hope Bundle                  $57.50
Cross of Hope Framelits                       Incl
Better Together Wood Set               $64.00
Flourishing Phrases Set                  $64.00

TOTAL:  $293.00
ADD Donation to UPS & GOVNT:  $45.42

TOTAL DUE:  $338.42


Purchased via Kit

Charming Cafe Bundle                     $56.50
Café Builder Framelits                           Incl
Tutti Frutti Washi Tape                     $10.75
Tutti Frutti Adhesive Sequins           $  9.25
Tutti Frutti Designer Stack                $12.50
Tutti Frutti Card Stock                      $10.00
Acetate Boxes                                  $ 8.50
Hold on to Hope Bundle                  $57.50
Cross of Hope Framelits                       Incl
Better Together Wood Set               $64.00
Flourishing Phrases Set                  $64.00

TOTAL:  $293.00
ADD Donation to UPS & GOVNT:  $0

TOTAL DUE:  $135.00


Sooooo - did you spot the difference?

Yes, the left column is a list of products that total $293.00
Yes, the right column is an identical list of products that total the same $293.00

The obvious difference
  • on the left, when you place an order through me, you will pay $338.42
  • on the right, when you place an order for the “Try It” kit, you will pay $135.00
  • By ordering the kit you save $203.42

  • on the left, when you place an order through me, you will be
    • paying Stamping’ Up! $158.00 more than you need to
    • AND donating $45.42 to UPS delivery and the Canadian Government for no reason other than ‘cause you’re really swell like that!

Stop and think about that one seriously for a minute …

Order (in this example) $293.00 in product - pay $338.42

Order $293.00 of the exact same product and pay $135.00

So really, the only question is …. How do you get the kit?  Simple …
  • Go to
  • Click on “Join the Fun” in the top right hand corner
  • Click on “Join Now” - the pink bar across the middle of the page
  • the system walks you through the process - and you simply add the items you want “to cart”

If you have any questions on WHY you should buy the kit or HOW to buy the kit just call me!  No, there are no requirements, quotas or penalties when you buy the kit.  You can just scoop the deal and run.  If you WANT to save money on future supplies you certainly CAN place orders but there is no obligation to do so.  When I bought MY “Try It” kit (12 years ago this month!!!) I was VERY leary of the deal.  I kept asking “What’s the catch”.  There is none.  Never has been.  You will simply be a good customer of Stampin’ Up! who knows a great deal when they see one.  Period.

That’s it for now - stay tuned for my next post which will be on joining one of my clubs.  It’s for those who say “I don’t HAVE $135 to buy the kit but I still want craft stuff … and free stuff”.



Friday, January 12, 2018

Lots of Happy Card Kit by Stampin' Up!

Happy Friday!

I had a chance to put together this fun kit this week.  If you love coloring THIS is the kit for you!

Check it out, stay warm and have a stampy Friday!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Stampin' Up!'s 2018 Occasions Catalog Designer Series Paper

Isn't it all GORGEOUS???  Want it all???  Have no fear!  My 2018 Occasions Catalogue Designer Series Paper Share is here!

There are 7 patterned packs as well as a STUNNING glimmer pack on offer.  Ordering a pack of all 8 papers would cost you $144.98.  Yes, they're gorgeous, but that's a LOT of money ... and a LOT of paper!  I have a better idea - a 6" x 6" sampler of each of the papers ... and for only $45!

You'll get 114 sheets of 6" x 6" papers for just $45 flat (for local, Edmonton peeps - $60for long distance Canadians to cover the additional shipping cost)

All papers will be 6" x 6" in size and you will receive at least 2 samples of each design (since our papers are double sided you need to have BOTH sides, right?)

EVERYONE WHO PURCHASES A SHARE WILL BE ENTERED INTO MY DRAW FOR A FREE "HEARTFELT BLOOMS" CLEAR SET (which can normally only be earned with a minimum $60 product purchase!)

Here are all the papers you will receive:

24 Sheets of Picture Perfect Party DSP Stack

12 Sheets of Sweet Soiree DSP

12 Sheets of Painted with Love SpecialtyDSP

12 Sheets of Petal Passion DSP

12 Sheets of Myths and Magic Specialty DSP

24 Sheets of Tutti Fruiti DSP Stack

12 Sheets of True Gentleman DSP

6 Sheets of Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper

Make sure you message me by 7:00 pm MT next Friday, January 12th to get in on the draw!

Bundle up out there, Edmontonians - a balmy -33 with the wind!  Have a stampy day :)


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Party Pandas - FREE Sale-a-bration Set!

Happy Tuesday!

It's class day today - Yay!  I haven't help a "proper", traditional card making class since November and I've missed it!  I had a lot of fun using all my new toys to come up with three projects to share.  All three of them use the same general layout/design, but with new stamp sets, designer papers and Sale-a-brations items.  "One Design Three Ways".  I wanted to highlight how easy it is to take a simple design and use whatever products/stamp sets you've got on hand to come up with a fresh, new card.

This is the first one (I'll share the others once my swaps have been received by my friends)
It uses the new FREE (with a minimum $60 CDN purchase) Party Pandas Sale-a-brations set.  These little cuties make a quick and easy birthday card for kids OR adults!
The card base is Whisper White, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
The Real Red strip is 1/2" x 4 1/4"
The Designer Paper is the new Petal Passion DSP in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue, at 1" x 4"
I used the Starburst Punch (new in the 2017-2018 Annual Ctalogue - just got his one - HOW did I not notice it before???) for the Panda and then the 2 1/2" punch (also new in the annual catalogue) for the Basic Black layer. 
The panda is stamped on the card base and then again on scrap and punched out, and then popped up on dimensionals. 
The balloon is colored with my Real Red marker, and a rhinestone finishes it off.
** Top Tip - given that the panda has a lot of solid black areas on his body it can be difficult to get a strong, saturated, crisp black image.  You have to make sure your ink pad is nice and juicy ... orrrrrrrrrrrr .... use your Stamparatus so you can reink and restamp the image as many times as you need to in order to get that perfect image!

I know most of you don't have the Stamparatus yet - only members of the design team have them now, but hopefully you got in on the first reservation window and will have yours soon!  It really is a great tool to have on hand for solid images like this panda!

Right - on with my day.  Today's mission is to come up with a Designer Series Paper Share too offer.  Stay warm - and have a stampy day!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Charming Café Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Happy Sunday!

Yay for FINALLY getting into the Craft Cave yesterday!  Given the number of hours I was in there I would have thought I'd create a lot more but I took it slow and steady and enjoyed the process - something I have't done in a very long time!  It really is SO therapeutic!  I'm usually so rushed when coming up with projects.  Being stressed and under a time constraint does NOT help get the creative juices flowing.  Yesterday was lovely.  I used sets I WANTED to use, not ones I felt I NEEDED to use, if that makes sense.

First up was the Charming Cafe set and framelits.  Now this one I REALLY sat on the fence on.  It's $56.50 CDN for the bundle, which is not a small bit of change post-Christmas and I DID wonder if it was a bit of a one trick pony ... so I thought I'd see.  I challenged myself to make three projects with it.  Yup - mission accomplished.  I'm now crushing on this set and realize it can (and WILL) be used often for quick and easy cards, as WELL as intricate, time consuming works of art.

Check out the first one I made, primarily CASEd from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue.  It's a tri-fold card.

The base is cut from a piece of 10 1/2" x 5 1/2" Crumb Cake paper, scored at 3 1/2" and 7".  The Designer Paper on the front comes from the new Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper Stack (2018 Occasions catty).  Before I made the card I watched two videos - I watched the Stampin' Up! video first and then one by fellow UK demonstrator, Gaynor Boyce.  I've posted the videos below.  Watch the for tips and tricks to save you time and confusion.  The first time you use the framelits (particularly for the tri-fold card) will be the hardest/most time consuming.  It took me about 45 minutes to make mine ... but I was watching the videos at the same time.  The next time I use it, it will be much faster.  Learning curve, and all that!

After spending so much time on one card I wanted something QUICK!  I just love the little table and chairs and they fit PERFECTLY on the new Narrow Notecards and Envelopes (page 19 of the 2018 Occasions Catty - $10.75 CDN for 20).

BAM!  5 notecards, all in different colors, that I'll use for a little hostess or teacher gift. I LOVE these and they only took about 10 minutes to whip up!
Finally, I wanted a third project that was somewhere in between the time consuming one and the quick one.  I had a bunch of extra pieces on my desk ... and a Z-Fold card base I had been playing with on another project and all that turned into this ...

Cute!  Do you have a stamp set on your shelf that you haven't used yet?  I challenge you to take it out and make THREE projects with it.  It's fun to push yourself and the results are usually pretty stinkin' cute!

Off I go to start my day.  Have a stampy Sunday!


Friday, January 5, 2018



If you are in the Edmonton area, want at least 3 of the FABULOUS Level 1 Sale-a-bration items and like discounts and free stuff then this mini club is for you!


- make a minimum $60 purchase in January, February and March

- at least $180 worth of merchandise (*lol*)
- 20% off your purchase in one of those 3 months
- a chance to win the Beautiful Peacock Sale-a-bration stamp set (1 in 3 chance of winning!)
- a discount on my classes in January, February and March
- a thank you card or treat in with your order each month

Who's in???  Message me now!