Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mint Macaron 'Bonjour' - featuring 'What I like about you'

The flowers in the background of this card were stamped with a 3 step flower stampin the SAB stamp set, What I love (like) about you that can be earned for free during SAB.  I stamped the 3 images in black, mint macaron & craft white.  I stamped the stripes in the mounting piece in mint macaron using an image from the Hello stamp set, also available for free for a limited time during SAB, and, of course, 'bonjour, chere amie' comes from the 'Hello' stampset also (as you can see it's a favourite as I've featured it several times before:)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Going Global

I think the Going Global stamp set in the new occasions catty is probably one of my all time favourites.  Here I've used it on this card along with the world map embossing folder and a lace doily and some of the botanical vellum from the stack you can earn for free during SAB.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bloomin' Heart Blessing Card

I created this card using the Bloomin' Heart thinlet on blushing bride cardstock.  I cute the smaller flowers out of rose red and after attaching them I painted them with my wink of stella pen for a little glitter:)  The dsp on this project comes from the Bloomin Hearts stack and the lace is the in colour lace from the annual catalog in tip top taupe.  The greeting is a stamp from the Rose wonder set, and the card base is the new thick white carstock, which is great for card bases!:)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Speaking of Bonjour....

This card again features the same set as I used in my post yesterday, Hello (free for a limited time in SAB).  This time I've used it for a birthday card (bonne fete:)  I've used the heart paper from the bloomin' hearts stack.  The black & white dot paper comes from the going wild stack and then there's the blushing bride glimmer paper which is new in the occasions catty:)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bonjour! ...or should I say 'Hello';)

This is the last of the cards from my stamp club this month and it is made with a stamp set you can earn for free called 'Hello'.  I chose to get the stamp set in French, hence the 'bonjour' above...luv it!!

Bonjour, chere amie = Hello, good friend!:)

The dsp I used on this card come from the Bloomin' Hearts stack in the occasions catty.  The striped background piece though is just whisper white cardstock that I stamped the stripes on using the Work of Art stampset from the annual catalog, in blushing bride.  The card is finished off with one of the cute little bow clips that come in the occasions catty:)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Bloomin' Heart

Another card today from my stamp clubs this month.  This one features the new bloomin' Heart thinklit die in the Occasions catalog.  I love the intricacy of the heart it creates, and here I've paired it with stamps (roses) and sentiments) from the Rose Wonder stamp set (that can be bundled with the rose garden thinlits I showcased yesterday:).  The two little flower embellishments can be cut also using the bloomin' heart thinlit and the striped bakers twine I used for the bow is also new in the Occasions catty (comes in a two pack - melon mambo is the other colour not shown above).

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Rose By Any Other Name...

Here is another card I made with my Stamp Club this week.  It features the Rose Garden thinlit dies.  I love that large rose image!  The greeting on this card came from the same set I showcased yesterday, Sky is the Limit.  I love the font in the sentiments in that set.  I used the trio punch to create the corners and ribbon slot for this little tag.  the background of the tag was just created with with an aqua painter and some bushing bride in.  The dsp project comes from the Love Blossoms stack in the Occasions catty.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sky is the Limit

This was one of the cards we made at my Stamp Club this month.  It features a FREE sale-a-bration stamp set, Sky is the Limit.  I love how versatile the set is and frankly it can be a perfect one for masculine cards, which most of us often struggle with.  Here I've used another new project from the Occasions catty, the world map embossing folder to create the lost lagoon background piece.  I also used some of the vellum from the botanicals vellum stack that is also available for FREE during sale-a-bration...I used the vellum for the clouds and the propeller...the propeller is actually cut out with one of the dies in the flower flair framelits:)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

On MY WIsh List - Picture Perfect

Ever wonder what's on my wish list?  As a demonstrator I was allowed to preorder from the NEW Occasions Catalog in December, and it was hard to narrow down my list.  However, you can't get everything all at once.  As the catalog went live this week, one stamp set that has really stood out to me that I didn't preorder is the Picture Perfect Stampset.  Take a look at this video and you'll see why!:)

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Husband's birthday!

I just realized I never posted the card I made for my husband back in November.  The main image was actually created with an embossing folder a sweet friend gave me, though not SU, I know you'll forgive me given the image:)  ....I ran it through the big shot on black SU card stock and then I inked the embossed image with whisper white craft ink from SU...the card base is soft suede from SU and the bull clip came in one of the paper pumpkin kits from SU...the card was finished off with a few scraps of glimmer paper and dsp which I flagged with the little banner's all finished off with a bit of natural twine from SU.  The inspiration for this card came from a Parisian menu...they often have chalkboard effects and something clipped on the front like features for the evening:)

Friday, January 08, 2016

Tools You can Use! ...for the Big Shot - Precision Base Plate AND Big Shot Die Brush!!

A few days ago I shared a flip frame d├ęcor project I've been working on using many of the new items from the Occasions Catty.  This is another page I'm working on and I created that gorgeous heart with the NEW blushing bride glimmer paper (LUV it!!) and the NEW Blooming Heart Thinlet dies (the greeting below comes from the French version of a FREE SAB set called 'What I love':)

I'll share more projects with the Blooming Heart Thinlet in the coming week as my stamp club meets next Thursday and we will definitely be playing with this new die!!  In the meantime though, I wanted to share with you some videos about 2 tools for the Big Shot that make using intricate thinlets like this so much easier!!

The first is the Big Shot Die Brush, which is NEW in the Occasions Catalog, and I can't believe how easy it makes to get all those little bits out after you cut intricate's been amazing with both the Blooming Hearts AND the Rose thinlet dies from the Occasions Catty (and it's great for those intricate butterfly ones from the Annual Catalog also!!)

Here is a video from SU showcasing not only the Blooming Heart die, but also the Big Shot Die Brush...if you have a Big Shot, I'm pretty sure you're going to want this brush, and the good news is it's pretty reasonably priced:)

The other TOOL that is really good with these intricate thinlet dies is the Precision Base Plate.  I was late coming to the table on this product which was introduced in the Holiday Catalog, but when it was on weekly deal a bit over a month ago, I broke down and with all the new intricate dies from the Occasions Catalog I'm thrilled I did.  Here is the SU video on this tool and a second one with further tips and tricks.  One caution I'd give is to be careful if you use this product with the magnetic platform...Brandy does use the two together in the video above, but as the Precision Base Plate is metal they can create a powerful bond and I wouldn't want anyone to hurt themselves...SU also cautions about this in the videos below.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

2016 Desk Calendar

This is the quick desk calendar that I made for my desk at work...the little airplane images comes from a stamp set called Sky is the Limit which can be earned for FREE during sale-a-bration...and see that black and pool party twine bow on the clip, that comes in a pack of two (the other being melon mambo) in the New Occasions Catalog:)

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Teacup Framelits

One of my favourite things in the new Occasions Catalog are the teacup framelits!  Here's I've paired them with stamps and sentiments from the new Rose Wonder stampset as I made a birthday card for a dear friend over the holidays:)  ...the patterned vellum is also new and is one of the items that can be earned for free during SAB!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

A Few of My NEW Favourite Things

Happy New Year Friends!  First I want to explain the gaps in blogging the last few months...I have been sharing more of my creations on Instagram this past year, and in doing so, I seem to get more response (comments/likes).  On the blog, that two way interaction seems to be harder to come by, and so I suppose that since Instagram is quicker for me and like you all I get busy, blogging sometimes falls off.  I'm willing to update the blog more regularly though if that is something you would like, just let me know:)

With all that said, I always feel the need to update the blog when there's a new catty or a sale and I have both coming up starting January 5th!!  On January 5th the new Occasions Catalog comes out and SU's promotion of the year starts, Sale-a-bration (SAB)!!  I've previewed the products from both and am 'in luv'!  Today I thought I'd share some of the playing/creating I've been doing with a few of my NEW favourite things!:)

I've been playing with this IKEA flip style frame and creating different inserts/pages/layouts with the new goodies I got in my preorder from the upcoming catalogs.  Some of my favourites, so far, that you'll see peeking out above are:
- world map embossing folder!
- rose thinlets
- Going Global stamp set

On this page you see a close up of the large Rose cutout that I created with the Rose thinlets.  Isn't it stunning!  The background card behind it doesn't read too detailed in the picture, but trust me, you're going to like what I used to create it, a stamp set you can earn for free during SAB called, "What I Love", but probably my favourite stamp set so far coordinates with the Rose thinlets & is called "Rose Wonder" and that is where I got the stamp I used with the quote from Isaiah 41 above.

If you live near me and would like copies of the new catties when they come out, please be sure to contact me.  Also, my current hostesss code is: HXQKTCWP  if you'd like to place an online order at

My next Stamp club if January 14th, so if you'd like me to place the order for you, please contact me before then:)