Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I say this every year but I can't believe how quickly the holiday arrive! It's crazy to think how quickly another year has passed.

I have a simple card to share today, I've been busy packing and preparing to go visit family over Christmas so my stamping has taken a bit of a hit. I'm looking foward to the New Year when life resumes again, lol.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Serene Snowflakes
Paper: Early Espreso, Very Vanilla, DSP-Deck the Halls
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Other: Ribbon, Brads, Shimmer Spray

Well that's it for me for the rest of the year. You can expect to see me posting again in the New Year. I hope very has a happy and healthy Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 17, 2010

How Time Flies!

Some days I wish I had a machine where I could put life in slow motion! I remember growing up it seemed like forever for Christmas Day to arrive, now I blink and it's here with only half of my to do list completed.

I have found though, that some of my best Christmas's were when I had as little as possible on the agenda and just enjoyed the season. Snow sledding with the kids, Christmas movies, Christmas concerts. This year our kids will once again be getting their gifts from us early since we'll be visiting family over the holidays. So for us it seems even quicker, not that the kids are complaining, lol.

Here's a card that we made with my Club girls on Tuesday using the dryer sheet technique. So simple and pretty.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Grey
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Dryer sheet, Satin Ribbon

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Have you seen my mojo?

Arrrrgh, sorry about my lack of posting! I became ill and it's been really hard to get back to my regular stamping. It doesn't help that it's the busiest month of the year either. My Club members have threatened to "tar & feather" me if I don't update my blog, lol. (Hi ladies!!)

I have two projects that I'll post, that might make up for my absence? :D

The first project is a calendar that I saw in blog land and I made one for our fridge. It's on a full sheet of 8 1/2 x11 cardstock, the back has magnets glued to it so you can have it on your fridge, the little snowman is also on a magnet so every day you (or the kids) can slide it to the next day. My only mistake was using weak magnets, so I haven't been able to use it because it won't stay put. Next year I'll buy stronger magnets!

And the next project is a quick Christmas card that we did at a Stamp a Stack with one of my club girls. Many of the ladies that came out were new to stamping so I kept it a little simpler, but still with an elegant touch. The ornaments are sprayed with shimmer paint.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll try not to disappear so long again!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Why oh Why?!

Why couldn't today have been a snow day! Now some of you must be cringing, lol, why oh why would a mother want to have a snow day with 3 kids cooped up inside. I love snow days, there's something to be said about having a snow day. We stay indoors, we watch movies, eat lunch in front of the TV, it's a relaxed sort of day. But alas, it was not meant to be, so I ventured out and brought the kids to school. Because of the wind and blowing snow we have a 2 foot snow bank all across our road so I almost got stuck, I think that should have been a sign... Ok enough whining, I'll get over it, hehe.

I feel like I should play a game with everyone, "can't you spot the mistake?" I'll let you look at it for a bit, lol. I saw this card on SCS and thought I could duplicate it using our Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set, can you believe this was my first time using it?! I really need to stop doing that, I buy, buy, and buy because I love it and than I don't use it. That just seems so wrong!

Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, Serene Snowflakes, Come to Bethlehem (for the sentiment)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Other: Satin Ribbon, White EP, Linen Thread

So did you spot my mistake? The mittens should be the upside down since they're hanging! I know, minor but it's bugging me and I'll change it. OCD much? :D

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 29, 2010

How's this for shocking...

Today's card is not a Christmas card, lol. By this time in the season I've made so many Christmas cards that I'm ready for something else. We made this card at a class that I hold every month in a nearby town. Making this flower is so super simple, everyone is always surprised at just how easy it is! The sentiment isn't really showing up well but IRL it's much more prominent, I promise!

Stamps: Occasional Quotes, En Francais
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Peach Parfait, DSP-In Colour
Ink: Chocolate Chip

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Winter has arrived!

Funny how quickly things can change, a few weeks ago it was above freezing and now we have a winter wonderland out there. It's still snowing, so beautiful!

Here's a card I made this morning using some "contraband" lol. It's a stamp from Stampendous called Lantern Light. I really enjoyed colouring this with my copics. To finish off the image I added dazzling diamonds to the snow on top of the lantern and crystal effects to the glass part of the post, it gives it a really pretty effect. I also added Crystal Effects to the berries to help them stand out against the red ribbon.

Stamps: Lantern Light
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, DSP-Bo Bunny
Ink: Copics
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Seam Binding, Antique Brads

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Some free time.. finally!

Argh, you know how it goes, lol. We woke up this morning to a blanket of fresh snow and both agreed that a day at home would be perfect. So I ended up making roast beef for lunch and tried another batch of sugar cookies in the afternoon while the kids went skating with their dad. My kind of day. And of course while the dough was cooling I had time to make a card, finally.

I'm still not sure that I like the coloured rhinestones in the center of the snowflakes but buttons just didn't look quite right and I didn't want to leave it blank. I love the holiday buttons that SU! has but they're just a little too big to layer over a snowflake.

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Merry Crittermas
Paper: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, DSP-Christmas Cheer
Ink: Copics
Other: Ribbon, Shimmer Paint, Dazzling Diamonds

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Yay, it's snowing!

It came a little later than was forecast but I'll take it! Perfect weather for Christmas activities.

It's been a busy week for me so far and it won't be slowing down until Saturday. But I have a card that we made at my Christmas SAS that I thought I would post. It's a simple card but it uses one of my favourite dies for the bigshot, the snowflake die. Love it with some shimmer painted dabbed over it. So frosty!

Stamps: Bright Christmas
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, DSP-Christmas Cheer
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Rhinestone, Ribbon, Frost White Shimmer Paint

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Details...

Hi everyone, sorry I have no card to post today. I had a class last night and this evening as well so I haven't had time to take photos of my latest creations, check back tomorrow!

Doing the Math on the Starter kits. Best deal ever! Get the MDS kit and $1 will get you 3 stamp set, 4 ink pads and MORE!

(Written by fellow demo Lyssa and converted to Canadian pricing by Alesha Walls on Friday, November 19, 2010) Do the math--best deal ever! What's in the two Starter Kits

Ok, by now you've all heard that the Starter Kits for joining Stampin' Up are HALF PRICE from November 15-30, 2010. The kit costs $107.50 total. Here's the deal:

Here’s what is in the CUSTOMIZABLE Standard Kit and the value of each:
1. Any $41.95 or lower Stamp Set
2. Any $35.95 or lower Stamp Set
3. Any $22.95 or lower Stamp Set
4. Any $9.95 or lower Stamp Set
Before we go on, note that the $107.50 kit cost has already paid for the 4 sets above valued at $110.80. That means EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS FREE!!!!!!

5. $24.95 Brights Patterns Designer Series paper stack (OR color of your choice) FREE
6. $20.95 Stampin’ Scrub® FREE
7. $12.25 Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price) FREE
8. $9.95 VersaMark® pad (OR ink pad at the same or lower price) FREE
9. $9.25 Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice) FREE
10. $9.95 Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the same or lower price) FREE
11. $8.50 Assorted color card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your choice) FREE
12. $8.95 Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price)FREE
13. $9.75 SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price) FREE
14. $7.25 Fast Flowers Stampin’ Around® wheel (OR standard wheel of your choice) FREE
15. $4.95 Stampin’ Around Self Inking Handle (standard) FREE
16. $7.25 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
17. $7.25 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
18. $7.25 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
19. $7.25 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
20. $6.50 Uninked Cartridge (standard) FREE
21. $5.50 Stampin’ Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner) FREE
22. $5.25 Stampin’ Dimensionals® FREE
23. $4.50 Stampin’ Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE
24. $4.50 Stampin’ Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE
25. $3.32 Blender pen (single) FREE
26. $2.95 Marina Mist Classic Ink Refill (OR color of your choice) FREE
27. $1.95 Décor Elements Applicator Tool FREE
28. $1.17 Stamping sponge (single) FREE
29. Catalogs ($34.95 for 8), business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off to a great start! FREE

And were you thinking about getting My Digital Studio, maybe for Christmas?
The kit costs $107.50 total. Here’s what is in the CUSTOMIZABLE Digital + Kit and the value of each:

1. $106.95 My Digital Studio™ software
2. $5.25 Stampin’ Dimensionals®

Before we go on, note that the $107.50 kit cost has paid for the My Digital Studio software & dimensionals above.


3. Any $32.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE
4. Any $22.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE
5. Any $9.95 or lower Stamp Set FREE
6. $20.95 Stampin’ Scrub® FREE
7. $10.95 Brights Designer buttons FREE
8. $9.95 Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the same or lower price) FREE
9. $8.95 Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price)FREE
10. $8.50 Assorted color card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your choice) FREE
11. $9.75 SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price) FREE
12. $7.25 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
13. $7.25 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
14. $7.25 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
15. $7.25 Classic Stampin’ Pad® (color of your choice) FREE
16. $6.75 Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price) FREE
17. $4.95 Glue Dots® FREE
18. $5.50 Stampin’ Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner) FREE
19. $4.50 Stampin’ Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE
20. $4.50 Stampin’ Write® marker (color of your choice) FREE
21. $8.50 Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice)
22. $1.95 Décor Elements Applicator Tool FREE
23. Catalogs ($34.95 for 8), business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off to a great start! FREE

Seen enough? Call me today--do not wait--(204) 320-5971--and I'll get you hooked up and answer any questions you have about being a hobby or business demo, our low quarterly minimums, and what happens if you don't decide to stick with it. Or, if you're already convinced, just click on the Stampin' Up! logo on the left side of my blog and click on Join Now. My authorization password is My Therapy and the whole process will only take you about twenty minutes total if you already know what you want in your kit. This offer ends on November 30th at 11:59pm.

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Guess what I did today...

Yup, we set up the Christmas tree. And my husband helped...there must be something in the water. :D We had such a nice day today, a relaxed morning, lunch I didn't have to make, than we headed over to the Craft Show and admired every one's work and finished the day with Christmas music while the kids helped decorate the tree. Although I always end up moving the decorations up since they can only reach about 2/3 of the way up, lol.

I also have a card to post today using a cute penguin stamp set by Stampavie. I once again used my copics to colour the image, the snowflakes are covered in Dazzling Diamonds and the rest is pretty basic.

Stamps: A Pile of Penguins, Tiny Tags
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, DSP-My Minds Eye? (I think)
Ink: Copics
Other: Button, Linen Thread

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 12, 2010

NOW is the time to become a DEMO!

Hi everyone, I don't normally try to push my business too hard on my blog since this is my therapy, lol. But this deal is way too good not to mention! Read on and let me know if you're interested!


What do you call it when you get over $375 in crafting and business supplies for only $107.50? You can call it an amazing deal, but we're calling it an amazing opportunity! From November 15-30, you can purchase either our Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits at 50 percent off the regular retail price of $215 (plus free shipping!), and enjoy these great benefits as a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.

You may be asking yourself, what are some of the benefits to being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Here are just a few of the many perks:
· Earn additional income while sharing creativity.
· Make new and lasting friendships.
· Enjoy access to nearly unlimited creative ideas.
· Receive a free subscription to an exclusive monthly magazine.
· Receive two free months subscription to your own business website.
· Opportunity to earn free products and incentive trips.

If you have ever considered purchasing Digital Scrapbooking Software like our My Digital Studio Program, signing up for the starter kit is actually CHEAPER than the program itself! Cheaper is better right?!

If you decide you'd like to give this a try, there is no obligation to continue. You can simply enjoy the amazing products at a HUGELY reduced rate and never do anything beyond this. Alternatively, you can also continue to make personal purchases and enjoy the constant 20% discount (and 30% off your first order!). You can give the business opportunity a shot and earn a bit of extra income to help cover your purchases. Or you can give it your all and make this a full time business.

You may also be wondering, what does it take to remain a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. If you decide to join our team and it isn't for you, no big deal! You'll never have to have anything sent back, or return anything or pay anything! After you "drop" you simply won't get access to the Stampin' Up! website and you'll no longer get the magazines mailed to you:) So, here's what it takes:

•You have to sell (or buy:) $400 per quarter. Hold one class or party every few months and you're set!
•Your first quarter doesn't end until March (which means you have about 4 months to reach this minimum!)
•Signing up now will allow you to partake in the Sale-a-bration perks of being a demonstrator....who doesn't love free stamps!!!
•Signing up now also allows you to participate in the preorder of our next mini catalogue and Sale-a-bration preorders!!! (I love the pre-orders!)

So if this is something you're interested in, even if it's just for the product, give me a shout at

Thanks, have a great weekend!

Winter Wonderland

Brrr, it feels like winter out there! My darling husband is out there hanging up Christmas lights, the tree is going up tomorrow (or tonight!) and I've been making Christmas cards. I think it's safe to say, we're in Christmas mode over here, lol.

I couldn't believe how many houses were all decked out before Halloween even! I say honour the War Veterans first and than move on to our next holiday. Although if I was an American I don't know if I would be able to wait for Thanksgiving Day before moving on to Christmas! How do you wait that long, ack!

Today's card is using a mixture of Stampin' Up! and Stampendous. The house nestled in the trees is so similar to what we used to sell, HOW did I not buy that stamp! Seriously, I so regret not getting it. But this set is so similar you could easily use whichever one you have.

I brayered the sky in Baja Breeze, then I tore a piece of scrap paper and lined it up for the horizon. Using a sponge, I added So Saffron to the horizon. While the mask was still in place I stamped the trees from Plant Hope, making sure that only a portion of the stamp actually made it onto to scene. I removed the mask and stamped the house. Using my blender pen I coloured in the trees and home. For the snow I added some Dazzling Diamonds, although I think I'll go over it again with Crystal Effects to get a puffier snow. You can barely see it in the photo but I used that same mask to lightly sponge some Baja Breeze in the snow for snow drifts.

Stamps: Plant Hope, Snowy Retreat (Stampendous)
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Ink: Black, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Copic browns (for the house)
Other: Dazzling Diamonds
Inspiration: Barbara Anders

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Tissue Box

Hi everyone! I am really looking forward to the next few days! The kids are home from school for the next few days, we're supposed to get some snow (yay!) and there's a local craft show in town this weekend that I did not join this year but look forward to checking out every one's great work! Oh and my Christmas tree is coming up this weekend, should be a great time!

This is one of the projects that we made at club last night. It's a covered tissue box, so neat. When the box is empty you just simply slide a new tissue box in.

Stamps: None (how did that happen?!)
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, DSP-Deck the Halls
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Simple Christmas

Wouldn't it be nice if we actually could celebrate a simple Christmas! Every year I have the best intentions but somehow things are always busier than I would like by the time December rolls around.

This card took my only 30 minutes to complete, I think that's a record for me, lol. I know some of you are going, huh? How is that fast! Trust me, they usually take A LOT longer!

Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Bright Christmas
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Black
Other: White Gel Pen
Inspiration from: Charlene Driggs

Friday, November 5, 2010

Non-Traditional Christmas

There are super duper talented stampers out there that can create a card in less than 30 minutes and yet it looks like it took them hours to make. There are also stampers out there that can make a card that looks like it would have only taken less than 30 minutes to make but in reality it takes well over an hour. Now which one am I? The slow poke of course! Lol.

This card was a case so you would think it would have been quick! Nope, I went back and forth between paper choices, this was my final decision, take it or leave it, hehe. Totally not a traditional Christmas card, but I think it's nice to throw something else into the mix every once in a while.

Stamps: All Holidays
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, DSP-Christmas Cheer, (the blue panel is from a retired pack)
Ink: Black
Other: Glimmer Brads, Black Ribbon
Inspiration from: Amy Sheffer

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Yay, I'm back!

You don't realize just how much you rely on your Internet until it's not there! Of course my husband teases me that I start getting a twitch if I can't check it in the evenings, lol.

I'm supposed to be busy creating for a local craft show but so far I'm not getting far, so I'll post another card using my new copics and a cutie pie. The stamp that I used on this card is not Stampin' Up!, but how can you resist the cuteness! I will say that even though I might post a card here and there that doesn't use SU!, my love of SU! is as strong as ever! The only problem is that I'm so used to not looking at what company I'm using that I forget and then leave out some details below, I'll have to remember to check those things.

Stamps: Tiny Talk, ?
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, DSP-?
Ink: Copics
Other: Silver Brads

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 1, 2010

I am such a dork

Why you might ask? I am sitting in front of my sisters house (they're not home) with my laptop using their wireless Internet, lol. Our Internet provider had some vandals knock down one of their towers on Halloween, the tower we use! Arghhhhhhhhhhhh, how am I supposed to work under these conditions. Ok, how am I supposed to browse my favourite blogs now! I can't sit here at 10 o'clock at night, my husband would really think I'm off the rocker, hehe. But on to my card...

I have entered the land of Copics, wohoo! Well my budget doesn't say wohoo. My husband's eyes almost popped out of his head when I told him how much my stash cost, lol. I think he's starting to realize that this hobby we women have is not cheap! But here's my first card with these markers, still learning but I love them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 29, 2010

How Bad is it...

That I bought the Christmas Cheer scrappin' kit just so I could get my hands on that designer paper?! :D I'll make sure I use up the other contents of the kit but I love that designer paper!

Stamps: Merry Crittermas, Greeting Card Kids
Paper: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Water Colour, DSP-Christmas Cheer
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Other: Cherry Cobbler Button, Twill Tape, Linen Thread, Silver Brads, Dazzling Diamonds

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vintage Birthday Wishes

Brrr, it's windy and chilly out there! It's days like this that I am so grateful for our home!

Here's one of the cards that I made yesterday, I had a lot of fun with this one. I stamped the En Francais background stamp in Crumb Cake, and than stamped the flowers. I created a mask by cutting out an extra flower and than used the mask where ever I was stamping the leaves. I kept the colouring simple by just outlining the flowers and leaves. And the ribbon is one of the many rolls I bought from SU's clearance rack!

Stamps: Vintage Labels, Growing Green, Happiness Shared
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke
Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Marina Mist
Other: Mellow Moss Ribbon, Pearls

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stamp Day!

Hi everyone! The weather forecast says we're in for a very wet couple of days, possibly even snow, wohoo! Parts of Manitoba might be getting a foot of snow, a FOOT! Now my only complaint is, I wish we were getting that foot of snow, lol. I know, who wishes that?! :D

So as some of you know, when it's raining, I like to stamp. And I finally have a day where I have the time to stamp. Last week was such a busy week for me so I'm really happy that this week is looking a little slower.

A few days ago I was in our LSS to satisfy my need for another Nestabilities set, and I picked up a Paper Crafts magazine and to my delight, it came with a free single stamp! I'm not even sure who it's from but I thought it was nice, especially paired with my new nestabilities. You can't see it in the picture but the sentiment piece has shimmer paint sprayed on it, gives it a really nice shimmer, perfect for the holidays.

Stamps: ?
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla,
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Inspired by: Laurie Schmidlin

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I'm staring at...

Allllllllllllll the kid's lego scattered over the living room floor! But I guess that would be considered imaginative play, lol. Thankfully they're really good about cleaning it up afterwards.

Surprise, I have another Christmas card for you. I was planning on posting something else today but I got home a little tired today and so I haven't made it downstairs yet.

Paper: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke
Other: Early Espresso Ribbon, Silver Brads, Dazzling Diamonds

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 15, 2010


What a lame title, lol. What can I say! My mind is on sparkly since I've got Christmas classes and Stamp a Stacks that I'm preparing for.

Here's a card that we made at club on Tuesday, it's so sparkly in real life. We applied versamark directly to the embossing folder which allows you to add Iridescent Ice embossing powder only to the debossed areas, so pretty. The snowflake has shimmer mist sprayed on it, I think that stuff has got to be one of my favourite products!

Stamps: All Holidays
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso
Other: Antique Brad, Iridescent Ice

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Still Here...

Sorry about the lack of posting, I guess you could say I took a small break, lol. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner with family yesterday and even managed to get a good game of cards in as well. It's nice to just take a break every now and then.

Here's a card that I've had on my computer for a while and just haven't gotten around to posting it. One of my favourite colours SU! now carries is Cherry Cobbler, it works so well for Christmas cards but also looks so pretty when you pair it with neutral colours. Love it!

Stamps: Occasional Quotes
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey, DSP-Love Letter
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Rhinestones, Seam Binding

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Come to Bethlehem

This is the one and only card that I made this afternoon, I stopped by at our local scrapbook store and fell in love with this elegant paper and knew I could pair it well with my SU! cardstock. I wrinkled the seam binding before adding it to my card, love that look and will be doing it again!

Stamps: Come to Bethlehem
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, DSP- ?
Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Other: Seam Binding, Antique Brad, Striped Ribbon, Crochet Trim

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Clearance Rack!

Ladies if you haven't headed towards Stampin' Up's clearance rack you will want to race over there! They added tons of new stuff for up to 80% off! I just stocked up on ribbon and embellishments for a long time, lol.

All clearance rack merchandise is while supplies last only so don't delay! All orders must be placed online, you'll find the link on the left hand side of my blog.

Please note: There are more than just 5 pages of clearance stuff, click on the 3 little dots next to the 5 and it'll take you to the rest.

Check back soon for another card!


Thanksgiving Wishes

I should be cleaning my windows... but I'm not, lol. We've had such beautiful weather and I still haven't gotten out the ladder and washed all the summer dust off of them, maybe tomorrow. (yeah right! :D) Why clean windows when you can stamp!

Here's another card that we made at club, masculine cards can be so hard to make, I love all the ribbon, flowers and girly stuff and I don't know of a lot of men that would appreciate that. The truck was stamped with black StazOn ink and than coloured with various colours. Then we grabbed the colour spritzer tool and a brown marker and gave it a speckled look.

Stamps: Countryside, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, Watercolour, So Saffron
Ink: Black Ink, Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Always Aritchoke, So Saffron,
Other: Brads

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Phew, I feel like I should have an afternoon snooze! But no time for that, my husband would say I should get more sleep, but I love my evenings!

Here's another card that I made yesterday. I think I like this one, it has a soft warm feel to it. The colours are a little off but you get the idea. The pink flower was made with the scallop circle punch and the other two are from our paper daisies. The front piece was sprayed with shimmer paint before it was adhered to the card base.

Stamps: En Francais
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Taffeta Ribbon, Pearls, Paper Daisies

Have a great day!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas Mittens

Hi everyone! Well after a day of stamping, here's one of the cards that I made. It's so nice to have those days every once in a while where you stop everything you're doing and do something that brings you happiness!

It's a little hard to see in the photo but the layer of Crumb Cake paper was run through my bigshot with a texture plate. The mittens were coloured with a blender pen and than covered in Crystal Effects, makes them purrrrrrty in real life, lol.

Stamps: Cute Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Black
Other: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Crystal Effects, Linen Thread, Button

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Monday!

What a beautiful Monday morning! The sun is shining, counters are clean and it looks like we might finally have our yard repaired from all the constuction that took place on our street, wohoo!

I plan on stamping the day away today, but until then here's a card that we made at our last club meeting. Simple yet elegant, and it showcases how to make carnations with our scallop circle punch. Soooooooooooooo easy and yet it looks like it could be complicated! I think I might have given one or two of my club members a panic attack when they saw that we would be making another 3-D flower (hi heather, lol) but they soon all learned just how fast and easy these are, especially compared to the rose we made a while back.

Stamps: Friends Never Fade, Occasional Quotes
Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Soft Suede
Other: Pearls, Shimmer Paint (on the flower)

Thanks for stopping by, have a great Monday!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Christmas Cutie

Happy weekend everyone! We're getting ready to head out to the skating rink with the kids, and that's probably where we'll be every weekend until spring, lol. We bought the kids skates last year and it's turning into a great way for them to burn off some energy during the winter months. Thankfully we have one right in our community that we can normally go to.

I finally had a chance to ink up one of these cute stamps from the "Greeting Card Kids" stamp set, isn't she cute! I used our Idea Book for colour inspiration for this card, I'm not normally a fan of pink for a Christmas colour but it's nice to get out of our comfort zone every once in a while.

I paper pieced her jacket and the rest is coloured in with a blender pen and ink. I also used one of our new wheels, Music Notes. I used heat & stick powder to adhere the dazzling diamonds glitter to the snowflake.

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Merry Crittermas, Music Notes (wheel)
Paper: Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, Watercolour, Always Artichoke
Ink: Always Artichoke, Black, Blushing Bride, Basic Grey, So Saffron
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Crochet Trim, Jumbo Brads

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your having a great weekend!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Friday!

It's nice to have a day with nothing major on the agenda! Wohoo for quiet Fridays, well sort of, lol.

Here's a quick card I made last night, ok, it should have been a quick card but I usually ending up going back and forth for the longest time and changing things up multiple times. I dare you to admit that you do the same, lol.

Stamps: Unchartered Territory, Vintage Labels
Paper: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Watercolour, DSP-Elegant Soiree
Ink: Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Baja Breeze
Other: Hemp Twine, Brads

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Time Flies

I'm staring out through our patio door and can't believe how fast the leaves changed colour, it seems like yesterday that we were camping and it still looked like summer. According to one of the farmers that my husband was talking to we'll have snow by the end of October and it will be here to stay. He claims that from the time the leaves start flying off the trees we have 30 days until winter arrives. Eeeeeeek. Is it bad of me to say that I'm actually looking forward to the snow? I love snow, at least through my living room window, lol.

Today's card is one of the cards that we did at Stamp Club on Monday, the inspiration came from Renee S. I love this designer paper! We sprayed the ornaments with shimmer paint and the rest is pretty self explanatory.

Stamps: Tags til Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, DSP-Deck the Halls
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Seam Binding

Have a great day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Opposite of Clean & Simple

I've had a bit of a chaotic week and so last night my husband took the kids out for a pie and I had some time to unwind, and what does a stamper do to unwind? Stamp! Hehe.

I've been wanting to make a holiday planner for quite some time already and last night was the night. It took me an embarrassing amount of time to complete this but I'm happy with it! My last post is a card that is very simple and I have to laugh at how this project is completely on the other side of the scale, I guess you could call me a bi-polar stamper.

I won't list all the colours and supplies used, I basically used all colours that coordinate with our new designer paper, Deck the Halls. I added Crystal Effects to the berries on the front which I think adds a nice elegant touch and the snowflakes are all covered in the Champagne Shimmer paint. I'm not sure yet, but I might do a class with this planner depending on the interest. I told myself that I was actually going to use it, and not let it collect dust because it's too pretty to ruin with my handwriting, lol. Ask me again at Christmas time if I actually used it!

This planner includes the month of November because most of us are already busy planning like crazy during that month! I added a small envelope for receipts and covered it with some more designer paper, the back flap is left open so you can add receipts as you shop.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Clean & Simple

Ack! Where does time go, seriously! I had back to back classes this week which left me with less time for my personal stamping, thus the lack of posting this week. I'm hoping to finish a Christmas planner today, time will tell!

Here's a really quick Clean & Simple card that I made last night. I love a card with tons of layers, bling, and dsp, but I can also really appreciate cards with clean lines and less is more! I stamped the flower in both the Peach and Kiwi Kiss, but the green looks very yellow in this photo, just envision it to be green, lol.

Stamps: Growing Green, Inspired by Nature
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Peach Parfait
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Peach Parfait, Basic Black
Other: Button, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Hemp Twine

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Elegant Thank You

Hi everyone! I hope you're all have a great weekend, ours is going well, the kids are with their dad in town and that gives me time to quickly tidy up the home. And sneak in another blog post, lol.

The medallion is embossed with whit embossing powder, and I used one of our new glitter brads for the middle, adds a nice touch. The rest is pretty basic.

Stamps: Medallion, Because I Care
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark
Other: Glimmer Brads, Striped Ribbon, White Embossing Powder

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Frosty Flakes

I don't know how the weather is in your neck of the woods but here it's definitely feeling like Autumn has come. The mornings are quite chilly, I've even turned on the furnace a couple of mornings now! Brrr, but just means that my favourite time of year is just around the corner, yup you guessed it...Christmas!

I bought this snowflake embossing folder waaaaaaaaaaaaaay before Stampin' Up! started selling them, and wouldn't you know it, this is only my second time using it. You know how you buy something and afterwards you just can't get it to look ok on a card? Well that's what kept happening with this folder, until of course I saw this card on the web. I believe this card case is from Laura Schmidlin but I could be wrong.

I ran the Crumb Cake cardstock through my bigshot with the embossing folder, and then using a sponge I lightly rubbed white craft ink over the raised snowflakes. In the photo it looks like I got the craft ink over the entire piece but the snowflakes are a little whiter then the rest. I think next time I would use my brayer and see if that would help to get mostly just the raised snowflakes inked with the white craft ink.

Stamps: Bright Christmas
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Ink: White Craft Ink, Basic Black
Other: Grosgrain Ribbon, Button, Hemp Twine

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fast & Fabulous

This card was inspired by a fellow demo from Stampin' Connection, unfortunately I don't remember who. So thank you, whoever you are!

I created a mask first and then sponged Crumb Cake inside the rectangle, then before I removed the mask I stamped the background stamp. For the flowers I used a Level 2 stamp set, Fast & Fabulous.

Fast & Fabulous, Elements of Style
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Lace Trim

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Silence is Golden

I love my kids, love their laughter, the conversations we have, and I smile when I listen to them interact with each other when they don't think I'm listening. Some days they're busy arguing and tell each other that "You don't love me, brothers that love their sisters let them do this or that" and then there's the times where in the midst of playing with their lego one will say to the other "I love you, you know because you're my brother" and then we have the days where everyone is mad at everyone, hehe. But as much as I love them, I love my silence, lol. Everyone went back to school last week and I still can't believe how blissfully silent things are during the day. Of course I look forward to our kids coming home everyday, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the SILENCE!

I'm also a little happy that summer is over, now I feel like I can get back to my regular routine. I've been mentally planning and preparing for some really great classes, and one of those is this month, next week to be exact. We'll be making these super cute CD Envelope Photo Purses, love them! If you're in the area and would like to join us give me a call or an email and I'll reserve a spot for you! You can see my full events if you click on the link on the left side of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you're having a great day!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Hmm, Blogger won't let me schedule this post for Sunday like I planned so you get two posts in one day, lol.

One of the things I purchased while shopping today was a notepad size paper pack, perfect for cardmaking! And I couldn't wait to dig into it so I used it on this card. Such pretty paper! The flower is made with our new paper daisies, I dyed them with Baja Breeze and added just a little bit of So Saffron with an aqua painter to match the dsp. I'm not sure if I went a little overboard with the pearls but it's hard to stop with those things, lol!

Stamps: Occasional Quotes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, DSP -
Ink: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Other: Paper Flowers, Pearls, Lace Trim

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 10, 2010


Hi stampers! Today was a fun day for me, it's my Birthday and I was spent the day in Winnipeg shopping while the kids were in school and then my husband took me and the kids out for dinner followed by Birthday cake. I was spoiled today!

I made this card a few days ago and just haven't had time to post it. It's a very quick and simple card but I like it, and it's the kind of card where you could very easily change the colours and get different looks.

Simple Friendship
Paper: Very Vanilla, River Rock
Ink: Basic Black, River Rock

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

You're Too Kind

Today is one of those really quiet peaceful days. Why you might ask? The kids have their first day of school today, lol. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, I would die for my kids but once they reach a certain age they seem to need the structure that school gives them. We spent 5 days camping over the long weekend. It was so nice just to get away for a little bit and have one last hurrah before Fall arrives and judging by the chill in the air, it's around the corner!

Today's card is another case from Theresa Momber, I really liked the vivid colours of this and so I kept the colours similar. First I stamped the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral with versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I sponged Daffodil Delight and Peach Parade all over, then I added Riding Hood Red to just a few spots. The Flowers are stamped on water colour paper and I once again used all three colours to colour the image. I will be adding Crystal Effects to the centers of the flowers to finish it off.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, SAB set
Paper: More Mustard, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Watercolour
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Versamark
Other: Black Ribbon, Brads

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Angelic Joy

It's a bit of a Monday in our home today, and it's not Monday! So I figured maybe a card might turn it into a better day and I think it helped, that's what I'll tell myself anyway, lol.

Today's card is showcasing another new stamp set out of the Holiday Mini, this Angel is perfect for a little bit of subtle colour. I finally used some of our new Glass Glitter, which is supposed to tarnish a little as it ages which makes it great for those vintage kind of cards. I used it sparingly to keep the card from looking gawdy, hope it worked.

Stamps: Angelic Joy
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, DSP-Elegant Soiree & Deck the Halls
Ink: Crumb Cake, Black, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Blush Blossom
Other: Glass Glitter, Lace Trim, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Pearls

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Merry Crittermas

Now before some of you ask if I'm blogging on our Anniversary... no I just scheduled this post to get posted today, I don't think my husband would be too impressed if I delayed our date over a card, lol.

This cute little beaver is one of many in a new set from the Holidays mini, it comes with an assortment of cute little critters. I stamped the images on water colour pp and then coloured them in with my blender pen. The circle ruffle that's at the bottom is made by first running the paper through my bigshot with the Polka Dots embossing folder and then punching out circles with the 1 1/4" punch. Glue the tops down and slightly curl the bottoms. The twill tape is something that I've had in my stash forever, a gift that I received a few years back had this wrapped around it and why would I throw that out when I can reuse it!

Stamps: Merry Crittermas
Paper: Baja Breeze, Garden Green, Whisper White, Water Colour pp, DSP-Candy Cane Christmas
Ink: Black StazOn, Blushing Bride, Real Red, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight,
Other: Brads, Twill Tape

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fireside Christmas

I can hardly believe that tomorrow will mark the day that I've been married to my sweetheart for 11 years, it sounds so cliche to say "where does the time go" but seriously! It seems like only a few years ago that we said I do, but realistically we have almost 8 year old boys and a 6 year year old daughter to remind us that we are indeed getting old, lol. But I wouldn't trade it for anything, I love my life and I embrace getting older, well I might have a panic attack when I hit 40 but I still have a few years to brace myself, hehe.

Are you getting sick of Christmas cards yet? Well I'm not so I guess that means you'll have to put up with them, yes I'm getting a little cheeky here! I promise I will get back to your regular scheduled programing soon with only small doses of the Holidays thrown in to keep us on our toes.

Can you believe I had this set sitting in my stash for weeks already and had not inked it up yet until last night?! This was one of the first ones on my list, I love the warmth you feel just looking at it. It took a while to colour this in but it was fun.

Stamps: Fireside Christmas
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, DSP-Deck the Halls, Water Colour pp
Ink: Black StazOn, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Wild Wasabi, Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze (phew, I think that's all)
Other: Lace Trim, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Pearls

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Embossed Tree Trimmings

I'm a little late with dinner today so I thought that would be the perfect to post my card while waiting.
I am such a strange stamper, I buy a bunch of the new stamps out of the new Holiday mini and then what do I get inspired to use? Last year's stamp sets, lol. Go figure, I LOVE the stuff in the new mini but suddenly I'll see a colour combo or sketch that I really want to try and it just so happens that one of my other stamp sets is perfect for the project.

This card started as a case, but I ended up changing it so much that it's definitely my own, hehe. I stamped the ornaments with versamark and then used white embossing powder. I coloured the insides of the ornaments with Baja Breeze which kind of looked greenish when I was done. I originally was going to use Baja Breeze Ribbon and cardstock instead of the green but I'm so happy I went with the green, love that ribbon! I used White Craft ink to soften the edges of the Crumb Cake cardstock and then to finish it off I sprayed the front piece with shimmer paint, you can see a little of it in the picture, I dread the day Stampin' Up! is going to retire the shimmer paints!

Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Tiny Tags
Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake
Ink: Versamark, Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke
Other: Shimmer Paint, Always Artichoke Seam Binding

Have a great day!