Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Label Love Birthday Card

I made this card for a friend who's birthday was on December 24th.  The background is the Ex Libris background stamp and then I layered up dsp and glimmer paper and paper doilies and trinkets and other embellishments with the greeting stamp from Label Love.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Mini Journal - From my Heart

Today I'm posting a little mini-journal I made for a friend using the From My Heart stampset.  The clock charm is from the retired tea-time trinkets, but I saw t hem the other day on the clearance rakc if you wanted a set:)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Burlap & Blooms Wreath Class

The new Occasions Catalog starts January 3rd!  If you haven't received your copy and are in the Saskatoon area and would like one, be sure to contact me and we'll connect.
There are several wonderful simply created kits in the Occasions Catalog, and the Burlap & Blooms Wreath Kit caught my eye in particular, and I know that in January once the Christmas decorations are down I'm going to want to start thinking of new d├ęcor items, and maybe even spring, so I've ordered myself a kit and will be making it in January.  As several of you have asked for a January event for us to get together, I thought I'd invite you to join me....
I will hold a Burlap & Blooms Wreath class on January 16th, 2014 at 7pm.  If you'd like to attend, you will need to rsvp to me no later than January 2nd so I can order enough kits for everyone.  If at all possible, I'd like to collect the class fee at that time, but if we have trouble connecting we'll work that out another way.  The class fee is $27.50 (the cost of the burlap & Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit in the upcoming catalog).  If you'd like to add a silicon matt (as this project is glue gun intensive) to have one in your craft supplies (I know I will be using mine that day!), just say so when you email me to register for this class.  Adding the silicon matt to your kit will bring your class fee to $35 (and if you're doing the math, you will realize that I have applied a 20% discount on the silicon matt...happy new year!)
What do you need to bring to the class:
- paper snips & adhesive
- glue gun if you have one (if not we can share)
- bone folder (if not we can share)
- paper piercer if you have one (if not, we can share)
Be sure to rsvp to me by Jan 2nd if you want to come as I want to make sure your kit arrives in time!! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ringlet Wreath

You have, no doubt, seen these paper wreaths all over the blog-o-sphere his holiday season.  I think the idea originated with Jill Olsen, but I can't be sure.  I thought it would be fun to make these wreaths with my downline etc. with the festive dsp left from the season.  The wreath above was actually made with some of last year's dsp, but it is available currently on the clearance rack, as are the embellishments I used.  Click on 'shop now' in my right sidebar --> to visit my SU website and see what's all still in stock in clearance.

To make a wreath like this (and you can make one for any season...doesn't have to be Christmas...I might just have to make a spring one this year, I'm thinking;) all you need is:
- a 10-12" foam wreath
- 140 or so stick pins
- 6 sheets of double sided patterned designer series paper (cut into half inch strips)
- a bone folder (to curl each of the strips of dsp into ringlets)
- about 1.5 - 2 hrs to play & create:)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gift Wrapping & Bows

Whether you use the Pretty Presents gift bows kit that's available in the holiday catalog or the new bows bigz die, also in the holiday catalog, these bows certainly make pretty impression on your parcels.  As I was wrapping gifts this past weekend, I had so much fun making and adorning coordinating bows and tags:)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

From Scraps to Gift Tags...

This weekend I looked at the scrap pile from all the cards, gifts and packaging I have been making and I turned those scraps into gift tags...we all need to replenish our gift tags this time of year...and I also made the little envelop box above to store the gift tags in.  Leave me a comment if you'd like the dimensions and I'll add them, but it was simply made with the envelop punch board (*my new favourite tool!) and some left over snowflakes I'd made with the Festive Flurries bundle...simple!  The tags pictures above are just a few that I made this weekend based on the stamps at hand...the Ornament stamps were stamped in versamark and embossed in white...the gold ones come from the ornament and last year's single snowflake stamp, embossed in gold...a little paper ribbon & dsp and voila...all kinds of tags:)

Another Gift-Wrapping Option...capped with a Pretty Bow:)

Today I've got another option..these boxes close with a slider acetate piece.  They also are in the annual catalog and are a great value for your money.  You can roll up a t-shirt to fit in here, you can fit golf balls...baking...all sorts of things.  And this one I simply decorated with a belly band and then I made a bow with the Pretty Presents kit from the holiday catalog.  The tag comes from the Pretty Presents tag kit and the stamped piece was done with the Label Love bundle from the annual catalog.  It was all finished off by punching a little heart from some glitter paper:)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Packaging & Decorating...with Snowflakes:)

Just wrapping a few gifts today and these craft boxes from the annual catalog are great for those items you don't what to do with...from ornaments to jewellery to baking...  And there's a bigger version available in the holiday catalog too.  To decorate this box all I did was add some designer series paper and tie with some silver ribbon...easy-peasy!  Then for the topper I kept layering snowflakes that I made with the Festive Flurry bundle and I capped it off with one of the beautiful Frosted Finishes embellishments.   Now I just hope the recipient knows to remove the snowflake (it's held on by 2 dimensionals only and it can be hung on their tree:)  and then untie the bow!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Clearance Rack Bliz!

Clearance rack blitz starts today!  Products are available only while quantities last.  Numerous items have been added to the clearance rack & marked down.  To view what that includes, click here to visit my SU website and place an online order.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Birthday Card for a Fabulous Lady...and envelope box

Do you ever have that happen, by the time you finish making a card for a friend, it doesn't fit into an ordinary envelope?  That's why I love the envelope punch board...I made the coordinating envelope box for the card above in it:)
Today's card is a birthday card for a fabulous woman.  I took the pictures in the evening so I'm sorry the lighting doesn't lend itself to a good image.  I used the From My Heart stamp set for the main image and created several layers with it, cutting out the main piece with the apothecary accents framelits.  I also used some Soho Subway DSP  (and a bit of Modern Medley DSP too) and some of the in color ruffled trim & embellishments.  The bow is made from crumbcake taffeta and a vintage button.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pop Up Card...in a Box - Club Project #2

This was our second project at club this week.  I took inspiration from Monica Vale and she so graciously tried to share her measurements with me but they were all in cm's and even with my wonderful math-skills(!) they didn't convert the same...did you know that UK cardstock is even a different size than here?!  So I include my measurements below and many thanks to Monica for the inspiration:)

Rough dimensions & meaurements (in inches):
- start with a full piece of cardstock (baked brown sugar)...score (landscape) at 2 5/8, 5 1/4, 7 7/8 and 10 1/2
- turn (portrait orientation) and score at 2 5/8 and then cut at 5 1/4 piece (*keep the piece you cut off...will use later!)
- you now have the base of your box...cut up each of the tabs as you would for assembling any other box (the little 1/2" x 2 5/8" tab next to the tabs you've cut gets cut off)
- cut a piece of white card stock to 5 1/4 x 2 5/8 (this is for the back of the box that stands straight up)
- cut 4 pieces of dsp (patterned paper) at 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 and 3 more different ones at the same size (these are for decorating your box)
- now take the baked brown sugar piece you cut off and cut it down to 3 5/8 (by the 2 3/8 it already is in width)...then turn it and cut it in half (that will be at 1 5/8...it will end up scored on both ends at half an inch...these are your 2 inserts for in the box to hold the snowflakes:)
We decorated our pop up snowflake cards above with the Season of Style dsp.  The snowflakes are from the Festive Flurry bundle (with framelits!) and the other two stamped images come from That's the Ticket and Tags 4 You. 
It's a fun project and does fold flat so you could mail it in a 6 x 6 envelop.  Here's a link to one Monica did using flowers so you can see how this idea can be used beyond Christmas.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Clear Envelope Christmas Album - Stamp Club Project #1

This was the first project at last night's stamp club.  We made this little mini album using SU's clear envelopes for the pages to slip your photos in inside.  I've made albums with pages from clear envelopes before (there was even one in a tin back in 2008!)  This particular one was inspired by Josee Smuck (see here for her's...although mine looks completely different...the inside is the same idea).

The dimensions for the cardstock are:
Base 4 7/8 x 8 1/2 scored at 1/4 and 1 1/4
Cover 4 7/8 x 6 1/4

I used the Calm Christmas stampset to decorate the album.  The dove is stamped in gold and 'peace on earth' is stamped in espresso.  The background for this focal point was also stamped first with the dictrionary background stamp.  The cover was embellished by running the cherry cobbler piece through the big shot with the pretty print embossing folder.  The patterned paper comes from the Season of Style dsp pack and we also used some of the crumbcake washi tape from the Epic Day assortment.  The album was fastened together by punching two holes in the spine with the cropadile and then lacing some cherry cobbler seam binding through and tying a bow.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Sale

The Holiday Sale (formerly called 'Online Extravaganza') starts today and only runs to December 2nd.  Visit my website to shop online or contact me to place an order!  Here's a link to the Holiday Sale Flyer!!!  I just can't believe how many wonderful things are on sale!!!  So many framelits, stamps, embellishments and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Festive Flurry Kit!

Here's a little video to show what comes in the *new Festive Flurries Kit.  You can make 10 of these awesome snowflakes as shown in the picture above...you can use them to decorate your home as a garland or tree ornaments or you can use them as bag or tag toppers or even on cards or boxes.
You can order yours online at this link or by contacting me.  The price per kit is just $17.95!
If 3 or more people are interested, I can set up a date in early December to make some of these awesome snowflakes together...all you have to do is purchase the kit and indicate your interest to me and I'll let you know what date I set it up for.
If you do place an online order, please use the following hostess code which is effective til Thursday November 21st!  Thanks:)

Christmas Card Idea using Postcard Background Stamp

I playing around with a Christmas card idea I had using the Postcard background stamp as a base.  I really *love* the Calm Christmas stampset in this year's holiday catalog and so it was used to stamp the other main images.  The stamp in the corner though comes from the Postage Collection set (a hostess set...used for the border) and then the 'merry' comes from Pennant Parade.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Anniversary Card

Sorry for the long absence...my husband & I had gone on a trip for our anniversary and when we came back we were fighting colds and then there was this conference I was working and then my work in my day job got really busy.  I have been creating a bit, but not finding time to post.  So today I will start to remedy that....

This is the anniversary card I made for my husband this year.  Our 11th anniversary was November 7th.  I used several stamp sets on this card including:  the Postcard background stamp, Notable Notions, Postage Due and Ciao Baby (which was in last year's occasions mini).  I also used my circle punches, the little label punch & the postage punch.  The color combo on this one is:  cherry cobbler, island indigo, coastal caba and pool party.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Envelope Punchboard File Folder Card & Gift Card Holder!

This is my version of the file folder card that so many are trying out with the new envelope punch board.  It is one of the options for my next stamp club...I've made 3 or 4 options so I'm having a hard time choosing.  Because many people ask me for ideas for gift cards, I wanted to share this idea with you.  As you can see, I embellished with the festive flurries bundle (a bit of an addiction these days).  The file folder card shape is cinched together and the pocket it creates includes both a tag using Chalk Talk (don't you think this works well when stamped in cherry cobbler for Christmas?!) and a gift card envelope which I also made with the envelope punchboard.  These cards would also be ideal this Christmas for those who send a family photo or a family letter in their Christmas card...the possibilities are endless.

If you want to get a basic sense of how to make a file folder card with the envelop punchboard, here's a link to Catherine Pooler who has a video on it (though there are lots of versions out there).

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Festive Flurry Banner - a different kind of banner

So I didn't have great lighting for this photo and I don't have any of my Christmas stuff out yet to really give it effect, but I'm thrilled with how this idea turned out.  As you can see, I'm still playing with the festive flurry bundle.  And if you've been following my blog long you know that I love to make banners for holidays & occasions but this time I thought I'd made a wall banner that hangs down instead of across...and each element of the banner has a snowflake as it's base.  So  stamped and layered snowlfakes to my hearts content and then I strung them on some cherry cobbler seem binding.  I cut the JOY letters out of red glitter paper using the big shot, and the embellishments on the snowflakes in between the letters were actually in color accents that I embossed in gold (they were originally crisp cantaloupe, but you'd never know that now...see you can repurpose or remake anything to your suiting;)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Festive Flurry Bundle - Ornament Idea #2

Here's another ornament idea I've tried with the festive flurry bundle.  This one is made from 3 different sizes of the snowflakes each stamped in a different color (cherry cobbler, gumball green & gold)...then I layered them together (folding each in half first) and assembled similar to how I did yesterday's ornament.  I bet that gold will catch the light of the Christmas tree well:)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Festive Flurry Bundle - Ornament Idea #1

I can't seem to get enough of stamping snowflakes with the new festive flurry stamp set, and cutting them out is a cinch with the coordinating framelits.  This ornament was made from five of the large snowflakes stamped in cherry cobbler and cut out...then I folded each one in half and punched a half circle out...then I glued them together and before I closed up the last snowflake the first one, I strung some of the new silver ribbon down and made a little dangle to hang in the punched circles out of some glitter paper punched five times with the small heart punch.  Now that I have the basic idea, I want to try with some other snowflake sizes, I think the next size down might be easier for folding purposes than this one was, and I wonder what else I could dangle in the 1 1/4" circle the ornament creates?!:)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Envelope Punchboard - Gift Card Holder, Thank You Card

I made this card using the envelope punchboard to get the file folder shapes in the pocked and the gift card insert.  Again, I was playing around with ideas which is why the colour pallet ended up being rather neutral.  I used the shop around roller stamp for the pocket and the greeting comes from one of the paper pumpkin kits from a past month.  I decorated the pocket with a dress from which I cut from black card stock using the dress up framelits, and I embellished it with a pressed clay flower that I made using the medium mold.  The dsp came from the in colour stack.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mosaic Madness Christmas

While I was playing outside of the box on the weekend, I pulled out my Mosaic Madness stamp set and punch and paired it with the Sweet Essentials greetings and came up with this ornament Christmas card idea.  I love it when you get a lot of mileage out of a stampset and I love to find ways to use good basic supplies and stamps for any occasion and that is exactly what happened here.  I've been experimenting with making ornaments out of snowflakes (using the festive flurries bundle...see more thoughts/ideas on that in the days to come on this blog:)....and as I was experimenting I started looking at the idea of folding and combining symmetrical images to create ornaments...and from there these ornaments made with Mosaic Madness were born.  And an ornament needs a ribbon and a string don't you think?!  I think it turned out pretty cute, though if I had it to do again I would stamp the green background piece before forming the ornaments onto it, but since I was experimenting at the time, I didn't know where I was going, and I thought I'd just share with you the raw idea.  If you try it yourself, please let me know...I'd love to see what you come up with too!:)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Vintage Christmas - a new colour palette

The colours for this Christmas card see at first very non-traditional, but I was inspired by some vintage Christmas ornaments...see this link!  In fact, it isn't non-traditional at all to use pinks and turquoise along with golds  in vintage Christmas vingette's at all.  I'm not thrilled with the final version of this card...I think it needs to be shiny-er.  It's prettier in person that the picture captures, but I feel like I could have pushed it just a bit further, but that is all part of the process...we create...and we re-create...and things evolve and take a life of their own.

I'm probably more of a red & green girl at Christmas, but it's far enough away to experiment and create outside of the box a bit;)

Stamp sets used on this card were:  Calm Christmas & World Map

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Up-cycle your old Holiday & Occasions Catalogs!

I made this little Halloween gift bag from pages from last year's holiday catalog.  I saw the idea to upcycle them from another demonstrator and then today I came upon this video from yet another demonstrator that makes it very easy, so I thought I'd share the link here.  My tag was made with the Tags 4 You stamp set & coordinating punch.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Pop & Place

Here's a preview:

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Stampin Up's new Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags come in a booklet of 70+ tags in five designs--created from our existing punch and die shapes. These tags (which coordinate with the Season of Style products in the 2013 holiday catalog) are perfect for anyone wanting to make cute quick tags, even for new customers who may not know what punch or die shapes they are interested in just yet:) 

There are a few different options to choose from depending on your needs:
134975Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book   $11.95
134623Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set  $16.95

Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Bundle includes   $22.95
  • Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book 
  • Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set


Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Starter Bundle includes  $27.95
  • Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags Book 
  • Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Spot
      • Clear Block C                                                                  

Saturday, October 05, 2013

World Card Making Day!

Today is World Card Making Day, and so you know I had to make a card, or two...  Actually, I have a number of other responsibilities today, so I didn't have the time to create all the things in my head, but I did sit down to make this card today to send to some wonderful friend who are going through a difficult time. 
So this is today's card (got some inspiration from Monica Vale:)  On this card I used the following stamp sets:  Layered Labels, Blessings from Heaven & Feeling Sentimental (I also used one of the single stamps from the first Paper Pumpkin kit).  The dsp comes from the Modern Medley pack (and the coordinating envelope was made from paper in the in color dsp stack).  In colors were Baked Brown Sugar & Basic Black.

I'd love to see what cards you made on world cardmaking day so be sure to post a link in the comments below or share with me on Facebook:)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Playing around with Christmas Card Ideas for this Year!

I made about 6 prototypes of what I'll send as our family Christmas card this year and this is my favourite so far.  I used the new script embossing folder along with the Calm Christmas stampset.  Also the background of the focal point was made using the Dictionary background stamp & the this & that rotary stamp.  I also used the new Christmas washi tape on this card.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chalk Talk Butterfly Card

I made this card recently using the Chalk Talk stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I also used the butterfly dies for the big shot AND the itty bitty butterfly punch that is on special this month.  The dsp comes from the in colours stack, and the base of the card is a piece of pistaccio pudding cardstock embossed with the mosaic folder and then inked with some craft white ink.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Notable Notions Anniversary Card

I made this card for my aunt & uncle's 50th anniversary last month.  The numbers were cut out of the gold glimmer paper with the big shot dies.  The stamped images come from the Notable Notions Stamp Set along with the Apothecary Accents one and the greeting comes from Itty Bitty Banners.

The butterfly is one of the images in the Papillon Potpouri stampset and it was punched with the coordinating punch.  The punch & stampset are on special this month as a bundle for 15% off!

The card was finished off with some baked brown sugar ruffled trim and some of the simply pressed clay flowers.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ribbon Jars - Chalk Talk

I made these little jars of ribbon for each of the ladies in my Stampin Club as a thank you for joining.  Each is filled with the in colour ruffled trim.  The jars were decorated with paper doilies and in colour dsp.  I also used the chalk talk stamp set and coordinating framelits along with both of the butterfly punches (just a few days left for the papillon potpourri/butterfly punch bundle special to get yours!)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Club Project #2 - Thanksgiving Card

This was our second project at yesterday's club.  The base of the card is baked brown sugar cardstock and then the inner piece is summer starfruit which I stamped using the dictionary background stamp (stamped off once first).  Then I stamped the 'secret of life...' stamp from the From the Heart stampset in backed brown sugar on the right over top.  The dsp strip on the bottom comes from the Soho Subway dsp.  The focal point of the bottom is a popped up thanksgiving image from the Tags 4 You stamp set bundle (stamped in summer starfruit) and embellished with the 3 flowers from the Boho Blossoms punch and a vintage trinket brad.  The card was finished with Victoria lace trim.

50 New Items on Clearance Rack & HOSTESS CODE

Stampin Up added 50 new items to the clearance rack yesterday...only available while quantities last!  You can click 'shop now" on my right side bar ---> to shop online.

Here's a link to the new items LINK

ALSO, if you are placing an order online today or tomorrow, please use the following hostess code:  UVYVRXSX

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Club Project #1 - Journal

Today's project is our first fall club project.  It's a repurposed journal I picked up some board book journals on clearance for around a dollar at Michael's month's ago...not liking the images on them with this purpose in mind).

I used the world map background stamp as the focal point for this journal and Postage Collection hostess set for the other images.  I also used a Boutique Details embellishment in coastal caban on the bottom right and some of the striped chevron ribbon (love working with this!).  The spine of the book was covered in Modern Medley dsp....and voila 'priceless dreams'!:)

Friday, September 06, 2013

Tags 4 You - Thanksgiving

I made this thankgiving card using the Tags 4 You bundle.  I also used the label image from the Everyting Eleanor for the espresso stamped background for the 'happy thanksgiving' image.  The background of the card was stamped with the dictionary background stamp (love it).  The tails were made of dsp from the Afternoon Picnic pack (I know, it doesn't look at all like it's from that collection, does it?  See you can adapt products and make them your own;)  And the espresso tail is just a piece of coordinations cardstock embossed with the woodgrain folder and then sanded.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Brand New Today ** Envelope Punch Board

Available starting September 1st...that's today!!  Stampin Up has introduced the envelope punch board which can make custom envelopes for over 60 different sizes and shapes.  Even better than using your diagonal scoring board, this tool notches the edges for you and also doubles as a corner rounder!  Want to learn more, watch this video!!

Tags 4 You - Treat or Treat!

I made this little 'treat' jar using the Tags 4 You stamp set from the Holiday catalog.  The set has this image, a Christmas one, a thanksgiving one and a valentine's one - talk about an affordable way to hit the occasions that crafters often make cards, treats or gifts for!  I used washi tape from the This or That line to trim the jar (see the calypso coral piece) and also some of the coordinating dsp on the bow.  The black and vanilla dsp come from my new favourite Modern Medley dsp pack (love it!).  Also the 'treat or treat' tag is popped up on an image I stamped using Chalk Talk (and cut out using the coordinating frameit).  The button on the very top is from the Designer Very Vintage collection.