Monday, January 31, 2011

Presto Patterns DSP Demonstration

At each workshop I try to do a demonstration before the make & takes. This weekend I thought I'd highlight the use of texture on projects. First I did a quick bookmark and dry embossed it with texture plates, and then I highlighted presto patterns DSP as another alternative...particularly for those who don't have a Big Shot...yet.

The background for this page is on presto patterns DSP. First I inked it direct-to-paper...then I came back in with sponge. Then I sprayed the bottom with log cabin smooch spritz...then I used a foam brush...then I let it dry. Then I smooched the word 'Paris' with vanilla smooch spritz...and this was the result:)

Recipe (all SU except for charm which is ACP):
DSP - presto patterns
Card stock - basic black, very vanilla
Ribbon - striped grosgrain
Ink - close to cocoa, chocolate chip
Smooch spritz - log cabin, vanilla

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Workshop Make & Take #2

Ohhhh yesterday's workshop was fabulous!! I had so much fun with all of the ladies!!

And this card was our second make & take project. Well actually, as you can see, there were two choices as to how this card was finished. I just recall how through the years when I was in other clubs some of the ladies would groan when we got near Valentines and the demonstrator would show the valentine we were about to make. I didn't want that to happen, so this 'amour' card came complete with a 'friend' option!;):)

Recipe (all SU):
Stamps - define your life, i {heart} hearts, artistic etchings (and for those with the 'friend' option, fabulous phrases)
Cardstock - cherry cobbler, early espresso, naturals ivory
DSP - neutrals designer series
Accessories - cherry cobbler seam binding OR crumb cake taffeta
Ink - crumb cake, cherry cobbler, early espresso
Punches - designer label

Saturday, January 29, 2011

SAB Workshop - Make & Take #1

Today is my SAB workshop! I love sale-a-bration and can hardly wait for the free goodies to arrive!

At my workshops I try to demonstrate one project/technique and then I have 2 make & take projects that everyone gets to make and take home:) I figure that you prefer creating your own rather than watching me the whole time;) Usually one of the make & takes is a 3D project and one is a card.

This is today's 3D make & take - see what you're missing! It's a little treat holder made from elements of the two tags die (see this post for more details). AND it's filled with chocolate! I've set this entry to post at 2pm just as we're beginning:)

If you want to have a SALE-A-BRATION workshop of your own, be sure to contact me. During SAB my theme is chicks and chocolate - in other words, you bring the chicks (guests) and I'll bring some chocolate:) At a workshop you'll get to make 2 projects you can take home with you and learn some techniques and visit with some great as a hostess you'll get your own Idea Book and Catalog and a small gift from me! AND during SAB you can earn free merchandise from the SAB catalog, so it's the best time to book a workshop of your own (and it's an awesome time for your guests to attend one too)!! Just email me or give me a call and we'll find a date & time that works for you:)

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - chocolate chip, crumbcake, vanilla
Ink - chocolate chip, ridinghood red
Stamps - Eat chocolate, I {heart} hearts
Ribbon - striped grosgrain
Punches - three heart, decorative label, scallop trim border & small oval

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friend Valentine

I love this time of year...I can indulge myself and use as many hearts as I like on my projects!:)

Recipe (all SU):
Stamps - I {heart} hearts & Very vintage jumbo wheel
Cardstock - crumb cake, early espresso, naturals ivory
DSP - neutrals specialty pack
Embellishments - chantilly lace, twill; three heart punch & decorative label punch

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Not-my-style Valentines

Today I'm posting two valentine cards that aren't really my style - they are based on colour schemes that I don't gravitate to but some people I know really like. I think it's of value to create at times with recipient in mind:) That being said - while they may not be totally my style there are certainly elements of me in each of them.

The colours in the first were inspired by the marina mist satin ribbon on my craft desk that hasn't been used alot. I laid a piece on a sheet of the springtime vintage paper and that's where the green/blue/vanilla colour scheme was born. Ribbons & bows are definitely is that little *love* tag:)

For the second card, so many of my friends *love* purple so I sat down with some razzleberry paper & ribbon and my dsp hostess pad with all the in colors and picked the pear pizzaz to *pear* it with (no pun intented;) I pulled out my scallop envelope die for the big shot because I haven't used it in a while and made the little hearts from my 3 heart punch spill out. I love those hearts:) ...which is probably why I used the i {heart} hearts stampset on both cards.

Both of these cards were pretty quick and simple & here are the supplies (all SU) if you want to make them yourself:
Cardstock - Pear pizzaz, very vanilla, razzleberry
DSP - Vintage sprintime, in color designer series hostess I pack
Stamps - i {heart} hearts; tiny tags
Ribbon - marina mist satin, rich razzleberry grosgrain (the dotted version was in last year's catalog but there is an undotted version in the current catty and if you love the dots check out my website as there were still some colours of it available on the clearance rack last time I looked;)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Seam Binding Ribbon & Windowpane Share!

Want to get 10 yards of the new seam binding ribbon in the new colours from the Occasions Mini, but want it to NOT all be of 1 colour, then this share is for you!

Curious about the new beveled windowpanes debuting in the Occasions mini, but want to try them out before committing to buy a full pack yourself, then this share is for you!!

What you get:

2 ½ yards of baja breeze seam binding

2 ½ yards of rose red seam binding

2 ½ yards of crumb cake seam binding

2 ½ yards of very vanilla seam binding


3 beveled in each size available. Ribbon side slits sized perfectly to fit the seam binding ribbon perfectly. Use the on your cards, scrapbook pages or even try making a necklace with one!

Get all of this for $14.50 (shipping & handling and postage included!) Payment must be by cash/cheque. Available to Canadian residents only. Out of town participants welcome and I will tac on whatever Canada Post charges me for actual postage to mail it out to you.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sale-a-brate Good Times!!

Sale-a-bration starts today!! See the link to the sale-a-bration flyer in my right sidebar. Items from the flyer can be earned for FREE...
There are 3 easy ways to earn FREE products:
1 {spend} Spend 60$ and earn one FREE sale-a-bration product of your choice from the brochure. Email me your order or place your order online with me on my business website (see button on the right)
2 {host} Host a workshop of at least $395, and earn one FREE Sale-A-Bration product in addition to the generous hostess benefits. Host a chicks and chocolate party, you provide the chicks & I the chocolate, in my studio or your home
3 {join} Join Stampin'Up! by becoming a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration and get 15% off your Starter Kit. Plus, get a bonus bundle filled with over $60 in FREE products. Want it all, email me to join my family
I'd be happy to help you with any of these just contact me (see links to my website and my business email on the sidebar:)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Blog Awards!

I was so fortunate to receive some blog awards this week from Sparkly Pink Star. You really need to check out her blog...which even includes videos of some of her creations!! She is exceptionally creative!
Thank you so much for thinking of me in such a sweet way!

The Sunshine Award

The Magical Blog Award

The Stylish Blogger Award

Be sure to go and check out the blogs of these fabulous ladies!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Who doesn't need a little chocolate?!

These treat pouches are made from the SU Two Tags die for the Bigshot & each is filled with 4 choco- lates!:) I just *love* the new Eat Chocolate stampset in the Occa- sions Mini!
I saw Kim use the die for treats back around hallo- ween, but I didn't have the die then.

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - ridinghood red, crumbcake & very vanilla
Ink - chocolate chip & ridinghood red
Stamps - Eat Chocolate, i {heart} hearts
Ribbon - 1 1/4" striped grosgrain
Accessories - jumbo eyelets, scallop trim border punch, small oval punch & decorative label punch

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Love Letter Scraps

As you know I've taught several tri-shutter mini album classes over the last two months and the dsp we used was love letter, so I had a bunch of half inch to inch wide pieces of dsp scraps sitting on my cutting bench. What to do, what to do? :) The idea for using strips came I think from Kim maybe a month ago - thanks!!

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - basic black, very vanilla, ridinghood red
DSP - love letter scraps
Stamps - artistic etchings
Embellishments - vintage brad, vintage trinkets & chantilly lace

Also - just a reminder that the deadline for registering for my Sale-a-bration workshop which will be on Saturday January 29th is tomorrow (ie. Friday) - so if you are interested, be sure to email me. OR...if you're interested in hosting your own Sale-a-bration workshop and earning extra free stuff, contact me and we'll set up a date:)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sale-a-bration is just 1 Week Away!!

Have you heard of Sale A Bration? It is the VERY best time to be a Stampin' Up Customer! Basically, this is the gist:

1. For every $60 you spend, you get a FREE stamp set. This is cumulative. So, spend $120, get 2 free stamp sets, and so on.

2. Host a Workshop and earn a FREE stamp set for every $395 in Workshop sales.

JOIN ME! Become a Demo and receive $60 in FREE products, plus 15% OFF YOUR STARTER KIT!! Plus, receive all the fabulous benefits SU offers their Demos!

If you are interested in ANY of the Sale-a-bration fun, please email me at ! I have a few dates still available for Workshops! OR consider yourself invited to my own Sale-a-bration workshop on Saturday January 29th at 2 pm (please RSVP by Friday January 21). Also, if you want to join in the fun but can't do a workshop at this time, please feel free to order directly through my website or call/email me with your order and I'll include it in my workshop!

I will post a link to the Sale-a-bration flyer as soon as it is available to the public. In the meantime, if you just can't WAIT, then contact me and I can give you a peak at mine!;)
Don't miss out on all the FREE fun!

Monday, January 17, 2011

January Challenge #1 at ACP

Each month I try to complete at least two of the challenges over at A Charming Place (ACP). The first challenge for January was just that - a challenge. I had to scrapbook a page of myself which as I sat down to do, I realized that I don't usually scrapbook about me. So here is what I came up with.

Recipe (all supplies SU except for charms which are ACP):
Cardstock - early espresso, naturals ivory, basic black
DSP - love letter
Stamps - artistic etchings
Punches - word window, small oval, label, square & eyelet border
Ribbon - victoria lace
Other - hodgepodge

Friday, January 14, 2011

Occasions Mini Accessories Share

There are some adorable new accessories in the new Occasions Mini. Some have said they want them all but don't need a full pack of them all, so how about this!

Fabric designer brads
- 1 each of 6 designs
Big buttons (springtime vintage)
- 3 each of 4 colours
Rosettes (vanilla)
- 2 each of 3 sizes
- 2 each of 3 colours
Total cost includes taxes & handling $12.95
...and if you are from out of town and would like to participate and have your accessories mailed to you, I will add on whatever Canada Post charges me for actual shipping (not available to customers outside of Canada). (Note all payments must be cash, cheque or money order).

So in total for $12.95 you will get 30 accessories, including the most popular choices from the new Occasions Mini.

Please email if you are interested at:

Also, if there is enough interest I'll also be putting together a ribbon or seam binding share, so let me know in your email if you might be interested in that too!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Card for Les

I recently noticed that I never posted the card I made for my husband's birthday at the end of November, so I thought I would since I'm often asked about masculine cards - and I think this one counts as that as my husband informed me it was 'very rock & roll'!;) ...and apparently he isn't just referring to the guitar image...dots and herring bone are rock & roll he says;)

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - basic black, very vanilla
DSP - love letter
Stamps - music notes wheel, extreme guitar, artistic etchings, broadsheet alphabet
Ink - basic black, crumbcake & versamark
Ribbon - black satin

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Pardon the blog while I'm redecorating...the finishing touches should be complete in the next couple days!:)

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Desk Calendar

I'll share just one more of the calendars I made - this one for my husband as you can see by the sentiment:)

The design is similar to the easel card I posted a couple of days ago, but the idea of the drawer below was inspired by this post I saw on Mary's blog.

Today is January 4th as as a new SU demonstrator, I am participating in 'book-a-thon- to try and book as many workshops during the sale-a-bration period as possible. I have copies of the the sale-a-bration flyer for anyone who'd like apeak at what's coming up, so contact me today to book your workshop and earn extra free product during sale-a-bration! Sale-a-bration runs from January 25th - March 31st.
Also, with today being January 4th, that means the new Occasions Mini is out. Here is a link! I'm 'in like' with so many things in this catalog. One of them being the paper I used in yesterday's post. If you'd like your own copy of this catalog, please contact me:)

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - basic black, ridinghood red, very vanilla, crumbcake
Stamps - artistic etchings
Ribbon - seam binding
Ink - crumbcake, ridinghood red, basic black
Punches - scallop trim border

Monday, January 03, 2011

Purse Calendar

This is the purse calendar that I made for my MIL who loves pink. I just made a basic matchbook design. If you haven't done one of these, there are instructions in the resource section over at Splitcoast (link is in my sidebar). I think their instructions are based on making a post-it note pad holder, but that is something I like to do, adapt things:) Also, you can find monthly calendars that you can printout all over the web, just do a search. The one I printed for each of the calendars I made this weekend was this one. I tried to make the cover fairly flat since it was going in a purse, so there isn't as much dimension between the layers created on the cover on this one.

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - rose red, naturals ivory, crumbcake
DSP - Vintage spring ***new in the Occassions Mini coming out on January 4th:)
Ribbon - Chantilly lace
Ink - Rose red, early espresso
Punches - eyelet border, curly label

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year

For new year's I made 'crackers' for everyone around the table. My crackers don't end up looking like crackers or cracking really - it's just kind of a package that commemorates a new year before the new year's day meal - and in it I put a new magazine that I think the person will like, a couple of their favourite chocolates and something I've made. This year I made everyone a desk or purse calendar. I'll show you a couple of them over the next few days.

This desk calender is what I made for my FIL who loves clocks. The design is an easel card (if you haven't done one before there are instructions over in the resource section on splitcoast).

Recipe (all SU):
Cardstock - soft suede, whisper white, basic black
Ribbon - dotted grosgrain, this was from last year's catty, but I have seen some on the clearance rack online
Stamps - Sense of Time
Accessories - silver hodgepodge
Ink - basic black, versamark (the phrase banner was black embossed)