Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Alana!

Today is a dear friend & tea-lover's birthday! When you are born around Christmas I'm sure it sometimes just gets mixed in, but this is a very special lady, so I always make sure to separate it in my mind & heart and, of course, in her gifts and card. This is this year's special birthday card.

I took some inspiration from Artistic Avenger in terms of coming up with the idea for what to use to make the tea bag. It's a piece of ivory cardstock, with the punchouts from the eyelet border punch and a heart punchout and then a piece of vellum which is folded around:)

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - natural ivory, early espresso, cherry cobbler, old olive
DSP - jolly holiday
Stamps - take a sip, occasional quotes, tiny tags, very vintage
Ink - cherry cobbler, old olive, early espresso, versamark
Buttons - button latte
Ribbon - victoria lace

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Santa Stockings

I saw this idea last weekend on Becky's blog and decided to make my own for my neighbour gifts this year since I was running out of time but still wanted to make something a little special. Usually I give a bit of my baking, but since I haven't had time to bake yet, this year it's store-bought, so at least I made the stockings - kwim! I also loved that it gave me an idea of how to use some of my punches in new ways like the ornament punch!:)

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - old olive, cherry cobbler, naturals ivory
DSP - jolly holiday
Ink - early espresso, versa mark, old olive, cherry cobbler
Punches - ornament, xlarge oval, small oval, 1 3/4 circle, 1/2 circle (and bird punch if you have it; if you don't use ornament punch and trim down for the moustache!)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Noel Banner

I made this 'Noel' banner this weekend using an early Christmas gift from my hubby. He gave me a Bigz alphabet for my Big Shot and gave it to me early because he wanted me to make a Christmas banner. The initial idea for this banner was a fall banner - see this link (and it's original inspiration came from Kimberley as linked in that post:)

The dimension of each flag of the banner are 3 1/2 x 8.

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - crumbcake, cherry cobbler, early espresso
DSP - deck the halls
Stamps - medallion, tiny tags, winter post
Ribbon - cherry cobbler seam binding, chocolate taffeta
Accessories - vintage brads, vintage trinkets
Punches - ornament, label, tag
Buttons - button late

Friday, December 17, 2010

Filled with Love

It's never to early to start thinking about valentines or love by any means! Stampin' has started a new promotion when you pick up the new Love stampset and the Love patterns paper, you get the coordinating buttons for free:))
And fellas, if you need a last minute Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for your wife or girlfriend for Christmas, contact me by December 22nd and I can provide you with a Stampin' Up Gift Certificate. Just call or email me at:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December Non Traditional Challenge

One of the challenges over at A Charming Place (ACP) this month was to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colours. I chose marina mist & early espresso. My inspiration came from the fact that I hadn't even used my new marina midst ribbon & ink yet.

Recipe (all SU except for charm which is from ACP):
Cardstock - early espresso, baja breeze, natruals ivory, crumbcake
Stamps - winter post, contempo Christmas, baroque motifs
Ink - crumbcake, marina mist, eary espresso
Ribbon - marina mist satin & chantilly lake & linen thread
Snowflake is a la a sizzex die
Punch is large oval
Buttons are from button late
Right corner uses vanilla smooch spritz

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Post-it Notes

I was helping my daughter get her secret santa gifts ready for next week and made this little post-it note pad for her friend. The ornament punch sure made quick work of it!

Well, I placed the last SU order with guaranteed delivery for Christmas this week! I actually taught a mini-album class to a group of fun ladies Wednesday evening as well. At it, I was asked if I could "help" if one of their husband's contacted me for a Christmas idea for them - and I can!....

If your husband or friend wants an idea for you send them my way and I'll put together a Stampin' Up Gift Certificate of almost any amount so you can go shopping after Christmas or into the new year when the new Occasions Mini comes out! I might even be convinced to wrap it! (Any gift certificates sold are only redeemable with me as SU does not directly offer certificates.)

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - old olive
DSP - jolly holiday
Stamps - baroque motif
Ink - old olive

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Simply Adorned Bundle

This necklace was made with the Simply Adorned bundle that SU has on sale until December 16th. It comes with the charm, a 24" chain and the coordinating stampset 'Charmed' which can be used for making charms and so much more.

I love the simply adorned charms - the quality is amazing and the bevelled glass on the front adds such dimension (hard to see in the picture)- and can accomodate some layering. These are such quality pieces (so much better than memory glass which shattered when I tried to make a necklace).

If you are interested in ordering the bundle you can click on the link to my website on the right bar and click 'shop now' or contact me before December 8th because this will be the last non-online order that I place before Christmas. Stampin' Up is recommending ordering by December 8th if you want delivery before Christmas.

I plan on making of of these for my sister for Christmas and making a number of inserts that she can switch out throughout the year depending on seasons or outfits.

Recipe for inserts above (all SU)
Stamps - artistic etchings, charmed, tiny tags
Cardstock - natural ivory
DSP - naturals dsp pack
Ink - basic black, cherry cobbler, crumbcake, bravo burgundy (on the create charm back), always artichoke
Accessories - black bauble & vanilla satin ribbon

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Hockey Night in Canada

Saturday is Hockey Night in Canada - our team, the Canucks, isn't playing tonight, but we recently celebrated my father-in-law's brithday and his team, the Habs are. He is their best fan and if they would only listen to him they would win the cup every year!;) It's sometimes hard to come up with card ideas for male family members, but I just always try to go back to what they love. I may love romance & vintage, but that definitely isn't my FIL, so I made him this card using his favourite team's colours. I used SU's All in the Family stampset along with the Family Accessories and came up with an equation that made him smile. My FIL + hockey = winning combination. I tied a piece of striped taffeta around the bottom and attached a computer charm from ACP on the bottom since he does most his coaching from his computer!;) It's not my favourite card I've made, but it was one of my FIL's favourites so I achieved my goal!:)

Recipe (all SU except for charm which was ACP):
Cardstock: cherry cobbler, not quite navy, very vanilla
Stamps: All in the Family & Family Accessories
Ink: basic black, cherry cobbler + markers

Friday, December 03, 2010

Jolly Holiday Contempo Christmas

This is a card that we've been making in my workshops lately. It uses a stampset & paper pack that are part of current bundle Stampin' Up has that is still 20% off until December 16th. If you're interested in the bundle or learning about any of our other current specials, be sure to contact me!:)

Recipe (all SU):
Stamps - contempo Christmas
DSP - jolly holiday
Cardstock - old olive, very vanilla, cherry cobbler
Ribbon - cherry cobbler seam binding
Accessories - rhinestone

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fabric/Sewing Challenge

I made this journal for a challenge over at A Charming Place this month. The base of the journal cover is one of Stampin' Up's new fabrics as is the skirt. I love it! I've used it to make ribbons and flowers and now a journal. It's fun to paper-craft with a different supply.

If you might want to try it out, it's on sale right now in the online spectacular...50% until November 30th. Here's a link. (There are 2 designer packs of 3 to choose from!) There are a lot of other great things on sale too at 30, 40 & 50% off and don't forget to check out the clearance rack while you're there!

Cardstock: SU crumbcake & naturals ivory
Designer fabric: SU deck the halls
Ribbon: SU cherry cobbler seam binding & ivory satin
Charm: A Charming Place
Dress form: Ooh-la-la designs
Brad & pin: SU vintage brads & vintage trinkets
Lace: Old remnants from my tickle trunk
Ink: SU Early espresso, cherry cobbler, crumbcake
Stamps: Notably ornate & broadsheet alphabet

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tri-Shutter Album Class from the Weekend

I held my first tri-shutter album class last weekend and have 2 more to go (both full!) I'm game for another though if you are interested - all we need is a minimum of 5 people to sign up!

In the class I teach you how to make a tri-shutter mini album (all paper is precut and scored for you). I also teach you the technique to make this flower on the front.

You can fit 3-4x6 pictures & 2-3 x4 pictures in this album - I prefer to matt them down though (so 1/4 inch smaller)

Cardstock - basic black, naturals ivory, ridinghood red
DSP - love letter
Ribbon - black satin
Punches - eyelet border & scallop
Stamps - vintage vogue
Bigshot used for letters & swirl
Vintage Brad

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tag book for class

Here's the tag book we'll be making on December 4th.

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - very vanilla (although there will also be old olive & cherry cobbler)
DSP - jolly holiday
Stampset - Winter Post

Online Spectacular

From now until November 30th - Stampin' Up just announced online order specials with discounts of 30, 40 and 50% yesterday! Here's a link to shop online and get the savings!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Part of the upcoming tag class...

Just a couple of the vintage tags for the class on December 4th. I'll post the contempo tag book too in the next couple of days.

Recipe for these:
Cardstock - crumbcake, cherry cobbler
DSP - deck the halls
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, always artichoke, early esspresso
Ribbon - chantilly lace & artichoke seam binding & linen thread
Stamps - contempo Christmas & music notes
Two tags big shot die & peace joy & love decorative strip

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vintage Peace, Joy & Love

Just playing around with some vintage paper, a frame and my Big Shot this morning. If you are looking for a holiday gift idea and would like to make one these, get in touch with me and we can maybe set up a class in December if there is enough interest:)

Recipe (all SU except charm which is from A Charming Place):
Cardstock - crumbcake, cherry cobbler
DSP - deck the halls
Ribbon - crumbcake taffeta
Other - clear embossing & versamark
Stamps - winter post, tiny tags

Monday, November 15, 2010

Simply Adorned

I've been interested in these ever since they debuted last year, but at first I tried the memory glass option available at a local craft store thinking it was was cheaper alright...the glass breaks and the final result wasn't wearable:(

This was my first attempt with SU's Simply Adorned - this one is the largest charm and the longest chain (34") - and I'm loving it! I just love the beveled glass and the way you can even add dimension in the element you create for inside! AND I love that you can change out your inserts and create all sorts of looks!!

Recipe (all SU!):
Cardstock: naturals ivory
DSP: Neutrals
Stamps: Charmed, Artistic Etchings, Broadsheet Alphabet, Tiny Tags
Inks: Crumbcake, Early Esspresso
Embellishments: rhinestone jewels, pearl bauble, chantilly lace:)

Hostess Cone

Just a little cone I made for my workshop hostess on the weekend:) We had a fun time on Saturday...the ladies really enjoyed all of the projects and I enjoyed meeting, creating and chatting with all of them! If you're in the Saskatoon area and would like to book your own workshop, contact me and we'll set something up!

Recipe (all supplies, SU!):
Paper: Deck the Halls
Ribbon: Striped Grosgrain (red), chocolate chip tafetta
Embellishments: Champagne glass glitter, vintage brad, buttons, vanilla smooch spritz (the holly looks so much cuter in person because of this part;)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Interested in Becoming a Stampin Up Demonstrator?

If you've ever thought about it, there's a special coming up later this month that might interest me for details:)

Sunday, November 07, 2010

8 Years!

8 years ago today I married the man of my dreams...and I'm still struck, even more today actually, at how gracious and extravagant God is to have blessed me with such an amazing husband! Happy anniversary Les, Je t'amour!!

Recipe for anniversary card (all supplies SU):
Inks - early espresso, cherry cobbler, versamark
Cardstock - cherry cobbler, early espresso, crumbcake
Stamps - artistic etchings, music notes, en francais
Accessories - vintage brad; square punch

(Picture taken this week when he surprised me one afternoon with a walk along the river...and then a trip to Earls for one of my favourite meals:) ...our anniversary date night this weekend was spent at The Granary as has become the tradition:))

Friday, November 05, 2010

Tri- shutter Album Class

I spent the morning preparing some of the paper for my upcoming tri-shutter album class. Here is an example of what we will be making, but we'll be updating my previous album to current SU paper designs (using several papers from the love letter dsp pack). The cover will be customizable to various titles...'family', 'travel', 'you & me', 'paris'... and I'll also teach you how to make a 3 dimensional vintage flower embellishment with one of our vintage brads on the front.

When: Saturday November 20th 2 pm
(a further class may be scheduled in December or January if this one fills up and
there is enough interest)

Where: My home

Cost: $25 (includes all paper to construct album; project will be pre-cut and scored)

Supplies to bring: Adhesive (tape runner, sticky strip), scissors, any extra embellishments you might want to add, pictures (if you already know which ones you're putting in), black ink pad, any distressing ink & sponge you may have if you want to distress the dsp.

Contact me at if you would like to register or have any questions. Registration deadline is November 13th.

Also, if you can't make it to the class but would like to by the cardstock base for this album (cut & scored), contact me and I can put something together for you.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Another Treat

Just another little treat project from the weekend...

Cardstock: Crumbcake
Ink: Early Espresso; Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Take a Sip; Vintage Vogue
Ribbon: Striped grosgrain (choc chip) & twine
Punch: Boho blossoms

Monday, November 01, 2010

Workshop #1; Project 2

This was the second make & take at this weekend's workshop.

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Natural Ivory; Crumbcake, Early Espresso
Patterned paper: Deck the Halls
Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" seam binding
Stamps: Winter Post, Music notes

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Workshop #1; Project 1

This was the first make & take project at my first workshop:)

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock: Old Olive, Crumbcake; natural ivory
Ink: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Punch: Three for you
Ribbon: Choc chip taffeta
Punches/Dies: Modern label punch; top note die
Stamps: Season of Friendship

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Workshop #1; Demo 1

I had a fabulous workshop today! I had so much fun sharing and creating with the ladies who were all so gracious to me!:)

Here's is a little demonstration treat project I made. I'll post the make & takes tomorrow:)

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock: tangerine tango; crumbcake
Ink: Early espresso
Stamps: Neighbourhood & Holiday Best
Ribbon: Twine & Choco chip stitched
BS Die: Top Note

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Winter Post 3

Yet another card today with the Winter Post stampset:) ...and 'no' for those coming to my workshop tonight or the one on Saturday, none of these winter post cards are workshop projects. I'll post the workshop projects after the workshops... We may or may not use winter post in one of them;)

Here's the recipe (all products SU):
- Cardstock: crumbcake, always artichoke, cherry cobbler, vanilla
- DSP: deck the halls
- Ribbon: is our new! fabric - deck the halls!
- Stamps: winter post & tiny tags

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Winter Post 2

Another card made with Winter Post stampset today.

Here's the recipe:
- cardstock: Cherry cobbler, chocolate chip, crumbcake
- ink: - Chocolate chip, always artichoke, basic black, cherry cobbler
- stamps: Winter post, artistic etchings, en francais
- ribbon: Cherry cobbler seam binding

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Winter Post 1

I've been creating all sorts of things lately and just realized I haven't posted my Winter Post cards yet. I've made 3 or 4 of them lately and will try to post them this week.

Recipe (all products SU):
Stamps - Winter Post, Tiny Tags, Vintage Vogue
Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Vanilla, Early Espressso, Always Artichoke
DSP - Deck the Halls
Ribbon - Crumbcake/Kraft Taffeta
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Chocoate chip, Versamark

Monday, October 25, 2010


I made this thank you this weekend for a wonderful woman I met this week who has booked me to do a workshop this month. I took some inspiration from the Artistic Avenger's blog.

Products used are (all Stampin' Up):
Cardstock - crumbcake, vanilla
DSP - neutrals pack
Stamps: Artistic etchings, notably ornate, broadsheet alphabet and short & sweet
Ribbon - vanilla satin

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Treats for all!

Just a reminder to rsvp if you haven't if you want to come to my workshops next week (Thursday at 6:30and Saturday at 1:30). I need to know final numbers to prepare the supplies for everyone's make & takes:)
I normally prepare a small gift for the hostess of a workshop I'm demonstrating at, but since I'm the hostess this time, I decided to make a small treat for everyone attending:)) I didn't buy any hallowe'en product this year, so I used up old/retired product for these since I needed to make so many of them. The dsp was from a 6 x 6 pack that came a hostess benefit in a previous year & the stamp was the set Holiday Best which was a hostess set available in the last catalog.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Promotion and Workshop Dates

Stampin' Up has just announced a wonderful new promotion, The ABC's of a Handmade Holiday - with bundles of products as savings of at least 20%! Click on the link to check out the flyer.

Also, I'm pleased to announce my first workshop dates will be as follows:
Thursday October 28th at 6:30 pm at my home
Saturday October 30th at 1:30 at my home

If you are interested in attending either date, receiving more information or placing an order please either contact me at or leaving a comment below with your contact information and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

The deadline for registering in either workshop is Sunday October 24th.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Keys to Paris

Sorry not to have posted recently but my darling husband took me on a trip to Paris so hopefully you will understand;) Also, when we got home about a week ago I got a terrible cold so I haven't been stamping that much lately.

I found these old keys before we went away at a Home Sense store and I made the tag out of a piece of chipboard and a piece of cardstock that I used an impressions folder on.

Stamps used come from the following Stampin Up sets:
- Artistic Etchings
- Notably Ornate
- Tiny Tags

Also, as of today I've decided to finally take the plunge and become a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I love creating and I mostly use SU products already, so it seems a natural step. I'll be hosting a workshop toward the end of the month as my kickoff once I receive my starter kit and will be sure to post the details on here. Also, I'll be hosting a couple of classes between now and Christmas to help people with gift ideas, so stay tuned! Stampin' Up has some wonderful promotions coming up too, so I'm excited to be able to share them with you as soon as they begin!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fall Banner

I was completely inspired to make something 'fall' yesterday for my home
- the trees are so gorgeous right now with leaves of green, gold, orange and red!
And then I saw what Kimberley made for Founder's Circle (which I was not at...I'm not even a demo...yet;), and I just had to play!

See here for the Boo-banner Kimberley made!

Each piece for the banner is 3 1/2 x 8" and is scored at 6 1/2".

Recipe (all items SU unless mentioned):
- cardstock: natural ivory, chocolate chip, cherry cobbler, marigold, pumpkin
- stamps: medallion, elements of style, tiny tags
- big shot: SU impression plates; lettering-vintage mkt (new from Tim Holtz)
- ribbon: SU kraft taffeta & cherry cobbler seam binding; lace & green were odds and ends I had (the green was actually hard to work with)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lynn's Birthday

It was my sweet friend's birthday on Monday and this was the card I made her:)

Recipe (all ingredients SU):
- cardstock: vintage ivory; always artichoke
- ink: always artichoke, bravo burgundy, caramel
- stamps: vintage vogue, oval all, very vintage
- stencils, brad & hodgepodge
- and oops, the ribbon wasn't SU, but I'm not sure where it was from, I just have a big roll I've been working on forever;)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Vintage Baroque

I was playing around with making flowers out of scallop circles and this is what I came up with...

All supplies SU:
- stamps: baroque motifs; french flair
- inks: always artichoek, close to cocoa, basic black
- cardstock: vanilla, chco chip, always articoke
- ribbon: wide satin choc chip (it's on the clearance rack!)
- antique brad

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Notably Ornate

I'm sure you've noticed by now, I'm totally in *love* with pg 125 of the new SU catalog. From the moment I saw it, it was just me!

Supplies used on this card (all SU):
- stamps: Notably ornate; Elements of style
- cardstock: ridinghood red, chocolate chip; very vanilla
- ink: ridinghood red, chocolate chip
- other: designer label punch & hodgepodge hardware