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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year and Next Basic Monthly Card Class

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Ready to go back to 'class'?

EVENT DATE:  Wednesday January 10,2018 01:00:00 PM

Basic Monthly Card Class
Basic Monthly cards class - usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month (but check to make sure) - where we will make 3 cards for $10. There might be an easy technique or sometimes a little "something extra". Don't forget to confirm your attendance as soon as possible (deadline Monday noon before the class) to make sure there are enough kits for all.   


EVENT DATE:  Wednesday January 10,2018 07:00:00 PM

Basic Monthly Card Class
Basic Monthly cards class - usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month (but check to make sure) - where we will make 3 cards for $10. There might be an easy technique or sometimes a little "something extra".   Don't forget to confirm your attendance as soon as possible (deadline Monday noon before the class) to make sure there are enough kits for all.   


Go under EVENTS on my site to RSVP or send me an email.

Monday, November 27, 2017

One Christmas Card - 2 challenges

Good Cyber Monday to all of you. I hope you took advantage of the great FREE SHIPPING promotion from Stampin'Up! today! If not, there is a little bit of time....
I would like to enter this very simple and fun little card in two challenges. .....

I followed the sketch - quite litterally too - found at SSC166 ALL LINED UP.     
Here's the sketch : 

I have not been entering challenges very much lately (still too difficult to work with DBWS) but I do love the ones I can find at Sunday Stamps and at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

This week at the Watercooler, it's Kath's "All About Christmas" Challenge WWC146.

So my card created with the sketch and the theme of the Watercooler fits both requirements. I am working on a second card with the sketch, with a more liberal interpretation and hopefully (having some "technical" issues) I will complete it before their deadline and enter a second card for their challenge.

As mentioned this is a very CAS card. I dry embossed the front of a thick Whisper White cardstock with the Holly folder. I then used the Stitched Shapes framelits (the smallest square) to cut 2 pieces of Real Red cardstock  and 1 piece of Silver Glimmer Paper and glued directly on the front of the card. Next I adhered 3 circles with the 1" punch (2 Silver 1 red) and then 3 small ornaments punched with the 3/4" punch this time out of the Be Merry DSP that were added with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Santa's Sleigh and is stamped directly on a pice of the same DSP.

I coloured some berries in Real Red just to add some interest to the otherwise very white background.

Hope you like this simple card and that you will visit both the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog and the Sunday Stamps one too. For the latter you still have a few days to enter your own card.

So thanks so much for visiting and don't forget to let me know what you think. It is always so nice to read your comments. 

Happy stamping and have a great day!


Monday, November 13, 2017


Stamparatus   (no it is not a new dinosaur..... quite the contrary!!)

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!
Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and re-stamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
I need product details!
  • Compatible with Stampin’Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price: $65.00 CAD
How do I get one?
With the launch of this tool, we’re trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true pre-order: you reserve your spot and Stampin’Up! will guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in their warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow Stampin’Up! to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.
The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your STAMPARATUS, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
If you need help or want even more details, please contact me directly either by email or Private Message on Facebook.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Be Merry Designer Series Paper meets Merry Patterns Hostess set

If you have not taken advantage of the Designer Series Paper Sale don't wait too long, it ends on October 31st! How can you resist buying 3 packs of DSP and getting a 4th one for FREE.

Here's a sample I made with the Be Merry DSP (144111) that you can find on page 188 of the Annual Catalogue. You will notice I have used the Hostess set - Merry Patterns - to create this fun fold card. I am not sure how to call it as it is very simple: the big tag/label on the front opens up and then you can fully open the card. (sort of a flap over?)

It is a very simple card made mainly with pieces of DSP on the front of the card base. It is then dry embossed with the Holly folder (141634) and you can add rhinestones or other elements to decorate.

Inside, the tab/label created with the Lots of Labels framelits (138281) is glued before adding the Whisper White panel (also decorated with a piece of the same DSP).
The sentiment on the Whisper White label in the front comes from the Hostess set currently part of the special promotion, also until the end of the month: Merry Patterns. The small branches on the inside panel also are from that same set. This is a 2-step set  (see the word "Season")

A 1/4" magnet has been added to the inside flap and the front of the card to make sure it remains closed.

So as you can see you can easily make beautiful cards with a few pieces of DSP and a little stamping.

If you are curious about how the word "Season" was coloured...... there is a class next Thursday October 26!

Let me know what you think of this card and come back as I will be featuring other cards made with the various DSP you can choose from to select 3 and get a 4th one totally FREE. There are 13 to choose from and if you go to my online store  and hit SHOP NOW you will see on the left hand side  just under HOME a heading that says: Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP Sale. Click on that heading and you will see all the DSPs that are on sale....but only until October 31st...... better hurry!

Have a wonderful day. Time for a second walk and enjoy the gorgeous (but windy) day.

Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thinking of You for WWC 141

I checked this week's challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday: WWC141 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge and I want to enter this card for the challenge:
This is another version of a card I had made for class last week after listening to a video from Linda Cullen where she was showing embossing with a mask, tone on tone i.e. clear embossing powder on Basic Black cardstock. I wanted to experiment with other colours so I used a piece of Early Espresso and for the embossing, I tried with the Copper embossing powder. Quite pleased with the results actually. 

To me this card has a masculine feel to it with the colours and very few embellishments, leaves and wooden element. A card you would send to a male friend to let them know that you are thinking of them.

Here's a comparison with the other card I first made, which was a complete CASE of Linda's card. Love this embossing idea of using masks instead of stamps to emboss.
You can see Linda Cullen's original post on her blog at Crafty Stampin by clicking right here.
So hop over to the Watercooler and check what the Watercookler artists have created to inspire you!. There is plenty of time to enter your own masculine creation for the challenge so check the blog.

If you are having a look at my card and the comparison one, let me know what you think. Which one do you like best?

Stampin'Up! supplies used on this card:

Early Espresso Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Copper Embossing Powder
Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP (to die cut the leaf)
Paper Pumpkin Leaves (September 2017)
Copper Trim
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Have a great day! Don't forget to leave me a comment.......

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Eclipse Technique or Camouflage Die Cut stamping

I am not sure what the exact name for this technique should be but I know I absolutely love the resuts!

A lady that comes to my classes had shown us a picture of a card made by Susan Campfield (you can see her post right HERE) using the cat punch in a very different way. So after the class I researched the post and after reading her description, I could not wait to try this "Two-Tier Eclipse Technique" with an image other than letters or numbers.

So last night I made one with Pumpkin Pie and Black and posted it on Facebook (you can go and have a look right HERE) and it seems a lot of people loved it! So today I decided to make another version, one for Christmas, even though it's hard to think about winter in this 85F/31C temperature we are experiencing in South Western Ontario..... it's HOT and HUMID..... but who's complaining, not me! (except for the humidity that is...LOL)

and a sideview and a little bit more close-up.


This is such a fun technique and relatively easy too. You can research on Pinterest by typing either Eclipse or Camouflage and you will come up with lots of examples. 

Here's my Pumpkin Pie version:

What do you think? Is this a technique you will want to try? I am thinking now it will probably be a card we will be making in class!

Monday, August 21, 2017

WWC132 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

WWC132 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

This is going to be a super quick entry. Just realized I had not posted this one yet..... so here's the card I want to enter for Marsha's challenge.

A very simple, tall and slim (3 " x 6") card that is also a gift card or money holder for a gift to be inserted in the pocket.

Here's the banner and you can just click on it to be taken to the blog and see what the artists have created for you to have a look.

And as always let me know what you think. I better hurry posting this as there is only one hour left I believe. Go hop over to their blog and see all the entries for this challenge.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WWC131 - Kath's "All About Birthdays" Challenge

Update: just saw on FB that my card was selected by Judy  "to rock the watercooler". Thank you so much Judy! 

Here's my badge: 

Just a quick entry for WWC131 - Kath's "All About Birthdays" Challenge

For this week's challenge, it's all about birthdays!  Here is the banner:

This is the inside of my card, for a birthday wish to a little boy, or a 'tween'.

It a fun and easy fold, the corner flip. You can find so many examples on Pinterest. I watched a video from DOstamping and you can find the link below.

Stampin'Up! Products used on this card:

Card Base:           Old Olive  8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”  
                                             (watch DOstamping video at:
Panel 1:                2 ¾” x 2 ¾” – Early Espresso
Panel 2:                2 ½” x 2 ½” – Very Vanilla (sponging optional)            
Others:                 Early Espresso - Very Vanilla labels (sponging optional) - Die cut with Lots of Labels framelits
Inside:                  4” x 5 ¼” – Very Vanilla panel  
                              Very Vanilla Square (sponging optional) die cut with Stitched Shapes (larger)
Stamps Sets, framelits and inks used on card
  • No Bones About It                           (P138756)            Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits              (145372)              Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
  • Lots of Labels Framelits                 (138281)              Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
Inks and Marker:
  • Old Olive
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Early Espresso                  
  • Crumb Cake (Sahara Sand or Soft Suede)

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my card today. Don't forget to go over the Watercooler Wednesday blog to be inspired by what the Artists have created fort his challenge and take a peek at all the wonderful entries that have been submitted. There is still time to enter your own card!

Keep creating and stamping!