Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday Mayhem!

Happy Monday!  There is so much to tell you about, starting with another Flash Sale to mark Cyber Monday and the end of the Online Extravaganza promotion.

Click the image to  view all the items that are on sale. Hurry! These deals go away at Midnight tonight!

Here are the items available for today's one-day Flash Sale:

143211 Project Life Bundle - Reg. $70.75 Sale Price: $49.53 
143212  Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Bundle - Reg. $45.00 Sale Price $36.00 

My order will be going in tonight at 9:00 if you want to save a little on shipping and order directly through me. If you don't want to take the chance of these sale items selling out, feel free to order through my webstore using Host Code NXBVPDSH

Now for a project!  How about a sneak peek of some new products from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue?  I decided to use this week's sketch over at Sunday Stamps for my inspiration.  There's still time to play in this challenge! Check it out:

Masculine card featuring the new Going Global stamp set, World Traveler TIEF and Going Places DSP Stack (all available starting January 5th in the Occasions Catalogue!)
I have to say, this is THE product suite that caught my eye when I first say the new catalogue. It has so much potential and is perfect for the men in our lives....and who doesn't need more ideas for Man-cards??

I used three products from the suite: the Going Global stamp set, which I foresee becoming one of my new favourites; the World Traveler embosses a world map...enough said(!!); and the Going Places DSP stack, which has so many yummy prints and rich colours.  This suite is definitely one you are going to want at the top of your wishlist come January.

On the inside I used two more stamped images from the Going Global set...can you see why I love it so?  Here is another look at one of the Make-n-Takes we did at OnStage...

This one showcases more of the DSP from the Going Places stack...the globe is even stamped on a piece of it!

If you are in Canada and would like a copy of the Occasions Catalogue mailed directly to you and do not currently have a demonstrator I would be happy to mail you one free of charge. Just drop me a line and request your copy and then get your post-it notes ready...there is lots to flag in this one!

Because I used so many new products on these projects, I can't give you a complete supply list.  Here are the current products I used:

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Nearing the End...

...of my Christmas cards this year! And I have to say I am thrilled :)  I have been doing Christmas since June and I am so ready to move on to other things. Bring on the new Occasions Catty and Sale-a-bration! My pre-order goodies are still sitting waiting to be unpacked and shown some love and I fully intend to do so this weekend.  Before I do, I have a couple more Christmas-themed projects for you. This one is an almost exact CASE of a card I found on Pinterest by Judy May, who had CASE'd a sample on page 67 of the Annual Catalgoue.

Christmas card featuring the Lots of Joy stamp set and Merry Moments DSP.
Here is the original version from the Annual Catalogue:

To create this card I embossed the background Whisper White panel using the Stylish Stripes TIEF. I used Merry Moments DSP for both the bottom panel and the striped tree, which I punched using the Tree Punch. I also used silver glimmer paper for the second tree and the mat behind the sentiment circle.

The sentiment is from the Lots of Joy stamp set and is stamped in Real Red ink and punched using the 1-3/4" circle punch. The little tiny silver stars are punched using the Confetti Stars punch and adhered using the Fine Tip Glue Pen...where has that one been all my life?!? The only embellishments are some silver cording trim and a Winter Wonderland Embellishment.

On the inside I stamped another of the sentiments from the Lots of Joy set in Real Red and accented it with a couple of rhinestones. The whole card is built on a Smoky Slate card base.

I can't wait to crack open some fresh rubber this weekend...I promise to share what I create next week, so be sure to stop by for some Occasions Catty Sneak Peeks ;)  In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend!

Here are all of the products used to create this project:

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tie-Dyed Joy

Happy Hump Day!  Two more days till the weekend, here in Canada, and for my American friends it is Thanksgiving Eve...Woohoo! Even more exciting is the fact that one month from today is Christmas Day!
To help you get in the festive spirit I have a card that features the Tie-Dye Technique for you:

Christmas card featuring the Tie-Dye technique and the Wondrous Wreath stamp set.
This was a card I made a while back, fully intending to shoot a how-to video to go with it. Unfortunately life got in the way of my shooting the video, but I love this card so much I can't wait any longer to share it.  To create my tie-dye ink pad I used baby wipes and Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz reinkers. I love the way the Pool Party and Melon Mambo combined to create the  soft mauve shade as well, adding a bonus fourth hue.

I inked the wreath from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set using my homemade ink pad and then stamped on Whisper White card stock. I then stamped the accent leaves using Versamark ink and heat embossed in silver. The wreath was die-cut using the Wonderful Wreath framelits. The sentiment was also die-cut, using the same set, from silver foil sheets. The card base is a piece of thick Whisper White card stock that I embossed using the Softly Falling TIEF. I added some rhinestones and silver cording trim by way of embellishment.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment from the Wondrous Wreath set in Melon Mambo ink and then some of the accent leaves using my tie-dye ink pad.

I love playing with colour...don't you?  Have you tried any non-traditional colour combinations for your Christmas cards this year? I'd love to hear about it!

Don't forget that the Online Extravaganza sale is on all this week.  Fabulous deals on fabulous products. Click the image below to visit my webstore and check out the savings!

Click to view the sale items!

Here is the complete list of products used to create this project:

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Extravaganza Begins...

...with a FLASH SALE!

Take advantage of these deals TODAY ONLY!

Buy 3 Select Designer Series Paper, Get 1 Free

Reg. $21.00
Sale $10.50

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In addition to the above 24-hour sale items, there are dozens of additional products on sale all week. Click HERE to visit my webstore and check out the deals. Remember, these sale prices are on limited quantities, so order early so you don't miss out. 

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Well so far this week has been crazy!  Between a funeral, Stampin' Up! OnStage, two days of jury duty and report cards, I don't know whether I'm coming or going!  My posting has been rather sporadic and will likely continue to be for the next couple of weeks until things settle down a bit. My poor stamps are feeling very unloved.
I do need to share with you that the retiring products list for the Holiday Catalogue has posted. All accessories are now available only while supplies last, so you'll want to pick up your favourite items sooner than later. Stamp sets are guaranteed until December 28th.

Click the image to view the list of retiring items.

Now for today's project.  It is the last card I designed for my final round of Christmas Card Buffets this week.  It was inspired by the work of Mindy Backes

Christmas card featuring the Season of Cheer DSP and the Oh, What Fun stamp set.
I love the softness of the watercoloured images on the Season of Cheer DSP. I used two patterns here and matted each on Mossy Meadow card stock. The sentiment is from the Oh, What Fun stamp set and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.

I added a wooden snowflake, a gold button and some gold baker's twine, as well as half of a gold metallic doily. The card is built on a Crumb Cake card base.

On the inside I used a sentiment from the Six Sayings host set...I love that the font is the same as the sentiment from the front of the card. Can you believe I didn't use the Big Shot for this card?  I can't remember the last time I did that!
This is a really quick and easy one to put together, if you're in need of a stack in a hurry. Time is passing quickly and it is time to start thinking about getting Christmas cards in the mail. ;)

Have a good week!

Here are all of the products used to create this card:

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

A New Sketch from Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a good weekend.  I spent most of the weekend with lots of Stampin' Up! friends at the OnStage local event here in Mississauga, Ontario. It was good to see so many old and new faces and to get our first look at the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure. Sooo many good things coming our way in January!  Watch for some sneak peeks here over the next couple of weeks.
Today marks the start of a new sketch challenge over at Sunday Stamps. This one will run for THREE weeks because of the US Thanksgiving holiday, so there is lots of time to give this sketch a whirl.  Check it out:

Here is my card for the design team:

Christmas card featuring the Holly Jolly Greeting stamp set and Perfect Pines and Wonderful Wreath Framelits.
I was in a neutrals state-of-mind when I designed this one! I started with a Whisper White panel on which I stamped the snowflake from the Holly Jolly Greetings set in Tip Top Taupe ink. I then added the little confetti stars image from the same stamp set in metallic silver Encore ink. I added some spatters from the Gorgeous Grunge set that I heat embossed in gold. I was liking the hit of gold, so I Versamarked the edges of the panel and embossed in gold again.

The bottom panel is a piece of Tip Top Taupe card stock that I embossed using the Softly Falling TIEF . I added a silver foil doily and some 1-1/4" Striped Vanilla Satin Ribbon. Then I die-cut a tree from white corrugated paper using the Perfect Pines Framelits. I decorated the tree with some gold metallic thread and an Iced Rhinestone Embellishment. The sentimet is die-cut from silver foil sheets using the Wonderful Wreath Framelits. The entire card is built on a thick Whisper White card base.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment from the Holly Jolly Greeting set in Tip Top Taupe ink and added a snow flake in Crumb Cake ink. The final touch was a few more confetti stars in silver metallic ink.

I have to say this is one versatile sketch!  So many possibilities to play sure to check back over the next few weeks for more with this one!  Also check out the rest of the Design Team's projects...they are FABULOUS!  Have a great week!

Here are all the products used to create this card:

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Red and Green Christmas

Happy Friday!  Are you as happy as I am that this week is finally over??  It has been a VERY long one around here.
Today I have a project I designed for my final set of Christmas card buffets this season. Recently a customer remarked that I really don't do red-and-green Christmas cards...and when I thought about it, she was right! I tend otoavoid traditional Christmas colours like the plague...LOL.  So, today I am rectifying that with a very traditional colour palette...

Christmas card featuring the Jolly Christmas stamp set.
How's that for traditional??  I used Real Red, Old Olive and Whisper White, along with a hit of gold glimmer.  I stamped the Real Red background with the snowflake images from the Jolly Christmas stamp set using ink of the same shade. I also sponged the edges to add some depth. The DSP strip is from the Merry Moments pack.

I added a tree die-cut from white Corrugated Paper using the Perfect Pines Framelits (which are ON SALE THIS WEEK!). The sentiment is die-cut from gold Glimmer paper using the Wonderful Wreath framelits. I also added a little Reindeer Clip and a Real Red Candy Dot for his nose. The whole card is built on an Old Olive card base.

Inside view with sentiment from Versatile Christmas.
On the inside I stamped the sentiment from the Versatile Christmas set in Real Red ink and added a little gold glimmer star.

I hope you have a fabulous sure to check in on Sunday for a new sketch challenge from Sunday Stamps.  Till then, happy stamping!

Here are the products used to create this project:

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Changing Gears

I know I've been all about Christmas for a while now, but I do actually work on other things! Today I want to show you two of the Project Life layouts I designed for my Project Life club this month. We are all about Halloween this month, using the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 card kit from the Holiday Catalogue.

Halloween-themed Project Life layout featuring the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 card kit.
So I pulled out some of my favourite photos of my son from when he was just a wee one for this layout. As sad as it is, I am waaaaay behind scrapbooking his life.  Thanks to my new-found love of Project Life, I am making some good progress getting his book(s) done.

On this page I used lots of products to pretty-up my page. I used some Happy Haunting DSP, Spider Web Doilies, black Glimmer paper, and the Cheer All Year  and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets. I also made a little shaker card using sequins, a window sheet and some Washi Tape.

On this page I again used some Happy Haunting DSP, black and gold Glimmer paper, Spider Web doilies and the Alphabet Rotary stamp.  So fun!

If you haven't yet jumped on the Project Life by Stampin' Up train yet, I'd be happy to have you join me! My next Project Life club starts in January with all new layouts. I'm even offering a long-distance option for those who want to participate but aren't local to me.  Stay tuned for more information in December!

Here are the products used to create these layouts:

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Morning CASE

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Today I have another project from my upcoming Christmas card buffet. It is a CASE of the amazingly awesome Kimberly VanDiepen.

Christmas card featuring the Winter Wishes stamp set
I love the neutral colour palette of this one. I used Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Early Espresso.  So warm and wintry ;)  I stamped the sled in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White card stock and then matted the stamped piece with Early Espresso card stock. The background panel is Sahara Sand card stock that is embossed using the Woodland TIEF. The card is built on a base of thick Whisper White card stock.

For added texture, I used a strip of white Corrugated Paper and then added some (retired) 7/16" Natural Ribbon Trim.  I love the texture of that ribbon...reminds me of a cozy sweater. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink on a strip of Sahara Sand card stock. I added a wooden Snowflake Element and a bit of Linen Thread, wrapped around the snowflake and tied in a bow.

On the inside I stamped the sentiment from the Lots of Joy stamp set in Early Espresso ink. I then stamped the pine bough in Sahara Sand ink over the stamped sentiment as well as along the upper edge.

Here are all of the products I used to create this card:

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ghostly Dove

Today I have another project AND a tutorial video that uses the Stampin' Mist ghosting technique. I am SO loving the magical mist!  Check it out:

Christmas card featuring the Dove of Peace and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets using the Stampin' Mist Ghosting technique.
Isn't that dove image GORGEOUS??  I so love it!

I'm not going to go into a whole lot of detail about how I created this one, as I cover it all in the video. Be sure to check it out and if you like it, don't forget to share it :)

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Magic of the Season

Today I have a project I designed recently for my November Christmas card buffets.  It features the Home for Christmas DSP.

Holiday card featuring the Cozy Christmas stamp set and Home for Christmas DSP
This layout really grew out of another, completely different, sketch I had seen. It is a bit unusual for me to use a sentiment as my focal point, but I think it works in this case. I began by heat embossing the sentiment in gold on Very Vanilla card stock. I die-cut it using the Circles Collection Framelits and layered it on another circle cut from Real Red card stock. The label is punched from Mossy Meadow card stock using the Ornate Tag Topper punch. I punched both ends so that I could add the ribbon at both the top and the bottom.

I added half of a gold metallic doily peeking out from behind the label. Behind that I layered two different patterns from the Home for Christmas DSP pack which I then mounted on a Real Red card base.  The only embellishments are some 1/8" Striped Ribbon in Real Red, a wooden Snowflake Element and some rhinestones.

On the inside I added another little tag that I also heat embossed in gold and punched using the Note Tag punch.

Here are all of the products I used to create this project:

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

All Is Calm for Sunday Stamps

Happy November!  Can you believe it? Where has the fall gone??  If you are one of those people who can't start thinking about Christmas until after Halloween, the time has come! Time to get going on those Christmas projects! Today I have some inspiration for you from this week's new challenge over at Sunday Stamps.  It is a colour challenge this is the inspiration photo:

Here is my project for the Design Team:

Holiday card featuring the Wonderland stamp set and Home for Christmas DSP
This card was SO much fun to make! It has been a very long time since I have been able to just sit and play with ink, paper and rubber. I began by sponging a piece of the sheet music patterned DSP from the Home for Christmas pack. I used Island Indigo and Night of Navy inks for the sponging. Then I stamped the trees from the Wonderland stamp set in Soft Suede and white Staz On ink. I then spritzed the entire thing with Stampin' Mist. I played some more, adding hints of Versamark ink around the edges and sprinkling with gold embossing powder.

The stamped panel is matted on a piece of Soft Suede card stock and then mounted on a Kraft card base. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold on a strip of vellum. I added some gold metallic thread, a wooden Snowflake Element and a single rhinestone.

On the inside I stamped the pine branch in Soft Suede ink, stamping off once. The sentiment, which is from the Six Sayings host set, is heat embossed in gold.

I am sooo happy with the way this one turned out.  Amazing things can happen when you just let yourself play.  Give it a go and see what this colour challenge inspires you to create, then share it with us over at Sunday Stamps. :)

Here are all of the products I used to create this card. Clicking any one of them will take you directly to my online store for easy ordering.

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