Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stamping Room Sign

How cool is this?! My upline Jen had a team meeting yesterday for everyone in her downline and she gave me this sign. She designed it to match my condo- it's fantastic! My bedroom is actually pretty in pink (I colour matched cardstock) and my living room is very similar to baha breeze. I mean look at the detail in this- it's so amazing! And it is inspiring me to use my chipboard letters and order some hardware.

As soon as I finally organize all the bookshelves in my stamp room I will post some pics

Monday, March 30, 2009

215- Silhouette Card

This card was inspired by a previous card that I had cased using pocket silhouettes. It involved tone on tone stamping on each piece of coloured cardstock, then I two-step stamped on top of the images in white. I saw this on here before and I just loved the effect.


Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes

Paper: Whisper white, baha breeze, kiwi kiss, pacific point

Ink: Baha breeze, kiwi kiss, pacific point, whisper white

Accessories: Brads, brad punch, oval punches

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tip of the Week

This week I just wanted to share the colour rule that one of my uplines Laura Robinson swears by. Every colour that you use when making a card should be used at least twice on a card. It just makes the card look more finished and polished. For example, if you stamp an image in kiwi kiss make sure to also use cardstock or a ribbon in kiwi kiss to pull it together. It really is a simple and effective rule to follow when stamping.

214- Bella Bunny

As soon as I saw the colours for this week's colour challenge (CC211) I knew I wanted to make a punch art bunny. I decided to name her Bella Bunny because well- she's just pretty! I was inspired by Heather Summers to make the back of the card look like a bum.


Paper: Pretty in pink, Hawaii papaya DSP, Urban Garden DSP

Ink: Black

Accessories: 1 3/4", 1 1/4" 1/2", 1/4", 1/8" circle punches, large and small ovals, corner rounder, 5 petal punch, marker, cotton ball

Monday, March 23, 2009

213- Easter Basket Card

This week's technique challenge was to make an Easter Basket but I really don't need one. I don't have any children to give treats to but I still wanted to do something with a basket. I don't have any Easter stamps so I used punches and scraps to assemble this.

I first used the Sanded background stamp over the so saffrom before I cut out the basket. To make the basket I cut out the third largest oval from the coluzzle for the handle and cut a piece of cardstock into a trapezoid for the base.

The initial idea for the background was to do a sunset using the baby wipe technique and a brayer. To do this you have to use reinkers and unfortunately I just didn't have the right colours to do it. I do like the way it turned out though because it is textured and bright.

The eggs were punches out from scraps of DSP- a great way to use up all those pieces that you accumulate. I then put crystal effects on top of them to make them look glazed.


Stamps: All holidays, Sanded

Paper: Glossy white, baha breeze, so saffron, kiwi kiss, DSP scraps

Ink: Baha breeze, so saffron, kiwi kiss, pink pirouette, riding hood red

Accessories: Brayer, reinkers, coluzzle, hemp twine, cropodile, photo corners punch, mat pack, tag and small tag punches, large and small oval punches, Crystal Effects

Sunday, March 22, 2009

212- Chalkboard True Friend Card

I wanted to experiment with my chalks and make more chalkboard cards. I also wanted to use the Taken with Teal and do some ribbon weaving. If you are interested in using chalks there are still spots available in my chalks class in April- email me for more information


Stamps: True Friend

Paper: Taken with teal, basic black, old olive

Accessories: Stampin Pastels, old olive ribbon, double rectangle punch, sponge daubers

211- Mother's Day Card

I found it quite hard to do this colour challenge (CC210 as it is not my normal esthetic. I thought I would do a Mother's Day card with them even if they aren't conventional colours. I just got this flower layer die for the big shot and wanted to try it. I got the idea for the background from a card I received at a swap- it is glossy white paper that is sponged with ink to give it a really nice effect. I also clear embossed the sentiment over the inked sentiment using the stamp a ma jig to make it stand out more


Stamps: All holidays

Paper: Summer Sun, Kraft, Riding Hood Red DSP

Ink: Riding Hood Red

Accessories: Flower layer die, big shot, build a brad, 1/2" circle punch, big shot texturz plate, slot punch, 1/4" riding hood red taffeta ribbon, sponge, clear embossing

210- Seeing Spots Bookmarks

I needed to make a few bookmarks quickly that were bright and pretty. I learned at the meeting in London last year at a demonstration by Heather Summers how to fray the ribbon. You can pull a loose thread on one end of the 5/8" grosgrain and it will fray the ribbon. These take minutes to make- it's a great hostess gift.


Stamps: Seeing spots

Paper: Regal rose, pumpkin pie

Ink: regal rose

Accessories: corner rounder, 5/8" regal rose grosgrain ribbon, slot punch

209- Very Blue Upsy Daisy Card

I realized that there are a lot of different blues that Stampin' Up makes that I just never use. I wanted to use my brayer and use all those colours that I've never used...and I always go to the standby upsy daisy set because I adore it.


Stamps: Upsy Daisy

Paper: Not quite navy, brocade blue, whisper white

Ink: Night of Navy, not quite navy, brocade blue, ballet blue, bashful blue

Accessories: Brayer, 5/8" brocade blue grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" bashful blue grosgrain ribbon, sponges, light blue fine cosmo glitter, ticket corner punch

208- Ribbon Framed Thank You

I was excited to try this technique challenge (TLC212)- I love the effect of the ribbon frame. I think I would try it again with a smaller image but I am still happy with the effect. It gave me a reason to use my favorite ribbon- the double sided kiwi kiss/very.vanilla satin ribbon. Love it! There is also a scored frame around the image


Stamps: Close as a Memory, Wonderful Words

Paper: Pink Pirouette, kiwi kiss, very vanilla

Ink: Pink Pirouette, kiwi kiss

Accessories: Kiwi kiss/very vanilla satin ribbon, hobby knife, scoring blade, bone folder

Tip of the Week

With the new catalogue all of the stamp sets became die-cut to the delight of almost all of my customers. It makes it so quick when assembling our stamps and still leaves us with dimensionals. The only thing is there still might be some residue from the stamp edge when you stamp. I recommend that you stamp first on a piece of scrap to see if you get any residue. I always keep an exacto knife on hand when I stamp so I can cut off the extra bits and edges so that I never get the residue on my project.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

207- Butterfly Spring Card

This is a card that I made for the SC220 layout challenge. I wanted to use spring colours and for it to be able to be used as an Easter card. I went into the colour challenges and found this colour combo in CC205 that I thought would be perfect- Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette and Perfect Plum. It was a great layout to use a lot of my retired DSP


Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Inspired by Nature

Paper: Pink pirouette, perfect plum, whisper white, Urban Garden DSP, Bella Rose DSP, Hawaii Papaya DSP

Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum

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Accessories: Big shot, top note die, dazzling diamonds, crystal effects

Thursday, March 19, 2009

206- Embrace Life Sponging Card

Becca first turned me onto this amazing website that has completely inspired me. The most beautiful cards can be found here- Michelle Zindorf is so incredibly talented. We were actually going to go to her brayering workshop but unfortunately there were no spots left. She uses a lot of brayering and sponging techniques- both of which I have been wanting to practice and play with. For a little while you will see me casing these cards as I practice- I am by no means at a level where I can just create a card.

As soon as I saw this card I knew that I had to try to make it. I needed to make a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" for a work colleague so I decided to do this. I had to make a larger background but essentially it is the same card. I highly recommend going to her website- you will be inspired.


Stamp Set: Embrace Life

Ink: Pretty in Pink, basic black, cameo coral, whisper white, apricot appeal, close to cocoa, creamy caramel

Paper: Apricot appeal, chocolate chip, whisper white

Accessories: clear embossing, versamarker, markers, sponges, brad punch, brads

205- Birthday Viewmaster Card

One of my friends challenged me to make her a moving card for her birthday. As soon as I saw the view master cards in the technique section I knew I had to try one! I also wanted to make it visible from space so used all bold brights


Stamps: Crazy for cupcakes, party hearty, eat cake

Paper: Pink passion, yoyo yellow, only orange, whisper white

Ink: Pink passion, yoyo yellow, only orange, brilliant blue

Accessories: Big shot texturz plate, crimper, silver brad, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches, scallop punch, 3/4" circle punch, markers, coluzzle

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

204- Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! I just wanted to make a quick card to get me into the spirit of things!!


Keywords: Polka Dot Punches Full Heart St Patrick's Day shamrock

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches

Paper: Gable Green, Whisper White

Accessories: corner rounder, full heart punch, white embossing powder

Monday, March 16, 2009

Starter Kit Payment Plan

Stampin' Up has just made an incredibly announcement regarding the starter kit- you can now purchase it on a payment plan!! Instead of one lump sum you can pay for it in three monthly installments- how cool is that?!?! This is a fantastic offer for those of you who can't justify the cost all at once and want to spread it out.

This offer is available until the end of Sale-a-bration at the discounted price of 15% off of $209 and then until the end of April at the regular price of $269.

Here is the payment option chart:

*Payments indicated are for the cost of the Starter Kit, and, if selected, the Stampin' Memories add-on, including shipping. They do not include any applicable taxes. (Please note that any applicable taxes for the total amount of the Starter Kit and, if selected, Stampin' Memories add-on, price will be added to the first payment.)

Please note that you cannot sign up through my online website if you want to use the payment plan to purchase the starter kit. The Three Easy Payments option is only available to new recruits when the Starter Kit form and other paperwork is mailed to the Stampin' Up! Calgary office. If you want to sign up please contact me and I can email you the forms

As always, I have a thank you gift for anyone who joins my team- a FREE PUNCH!! Who can't use a new punch?!

For more information please email me

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pick a Number- Any Number!

For every $25 that you spend on product(before tax and ship) you will be able to pick a square. Once the whole card is filled I will draw a number and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for Stampin' Up products through me!

I will backdate this to March 1st and contact those of you who have placed orders so you can pick your numbers. This offer will also apply to anyone who places online orders

Remember- you have 2 weeks left to take advantage of Sale-a-bration! For every $60 that you spend you will receive a free product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue- and you can pick spots on my number board!!

Tip of the Week

For any of you out there who are embossing I highly recommend using an embossing buddy- it is an amazing little tool! As you know you have to remove all residue of the embossing powder before you emboss or it will remain on your cardstock. The embossing buddy gets rid of all the static on your paper so you don't get all the extra little spots on your cardstock after you've embossed. You just rub in on your paper before you stamp your image on the cardstock with the versamark. There may still be some residue even with the buddy- I like to use a qtip to remove these before I emboss. The buddy is especially useful when you are embossing on dark colours or are embossing black on white. It is only $8.25 and worth every penny

Monday, March 9, 2009

Upcoming Stamping Classes

Hi everyone,

I have quite a few classes coming up that are going to be fantastic- wait until you see the projects!

SCRAPBOOKING- I am going to have the first ever scrapbooking day at my place and I'm so excited! I have been scrapbooking quite a bit recently and can't wait to do it with you! The class will be on Sunday, March 29th at 1pm. Now there are two options for this day- you can either come with all of your supplies and scrapbook with me OR if you are just getting started you can purchase a Simply Scrappin kit. These are found on pages 162-165 of the catalogue and give you everything that you need to make 8 great pages. I will have detailed instructions and the layout for the pages for you if you do this option. The cost for this will be $30. The only thing that you need to bring is your adhesive. Please let me know by next Monday, March 16th if you will be attending and which Simply Scrappin Kit you would like. If you can't make it you can purchase a Simply Scrappin Kit and will receive the instructions and layouts.

BIG SHOT- The next big shot class will be held on Tuesday, March 31st at 6 pm at Tali's Condo at 15 Stafford in Toronto. If you want to see cards from the last class they are posted on my blog. In this class we will be using materials other than cardstock in some of the projects and will be continuing to play with the different dies available for the machine. The cost of the class is $15 and we will be making 3 projects. If you are interested please let me know by Friday, March 27th

STAMP A STACK- If you are around Easter weekend I am planning a stamp a stack on Saturday, April 11th. There is a twist to this stamp a stack- it is a Mother's Day stamp a stack. You will be making a gift for your mom- 6 coordinating cards with a matching box to put them in. You will also make a Mother's Day card to go with the gift. The cost of this class will be $25 and this includes all of the envelopes that you will need. Please RSVP by April 8th

CHALK CLASS- I know a lot of you recently got chalks and are unsure how to use them. I will be holding a class where we will be doing 3 cards using various methods and techniques of applying the chalks. If you are interested and already have the chalks the cost of the class will either be $15 or $30.95 worth of product (before tax and shipping). If you do not have the chalks, the cost of the class will either be $15 or you will have to order the chalks ($30.95). I will be holding two classes- one will be at 6pm on Thursday April 16th and the other will be on Sunday April 19th at 1pm. Please RSVP by April 6th

REINKERS CLASS- In this class we will be making 3 cards using techniques involving reinkers. Remember all ink pads and markers are refillable and we sell the ink refills for these. These little reinkers are what we will be using. The cost of the class will be $16- you will get to choose two colours of ink refills from any of the colour families and also a gold or silver one (pg. 190). Once again I will be holding two classes- one on Thursday May 7th at 6pm and the other on Saturday May 9th at 1pm. Please RSVP by April 27th

That's it for now- hopefully I'll be stamping with you soon!


Sunday, March 8, 2009

206- Super Star Card

This card was presented by Ally Fereday at the megameeting. The front is great and uses my new favourite wheel- classic stars- and my star punches. Then you open it up and SHAZAM:

How awesome is that?!!?!?! I LOVE THIS CARD!!! It is a spiral pop up card and you can learn the technique on splitcoast here:



Stamp Set: Cute and Curly, classic stars wheel

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Whisper White

Ink: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango

Accessories: large star and star punches, 1 3/4" circle punch, 5/8" riding hood red striped grosgrain ribbon, sticky strip

205- Cheers To You Magic Card

This is another card that was presented at the megameeting by Laura Robinson. The card looks nice and simple enough but then you pull up the top for a surprise

Love it! The technique is here:



Stamp Set: Cheers to You

Paper: More Mustard, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black, Jet Black Stazon, More Mustard

Accessories: Crimper, 1 3/4" circle punch, acetate, slot punch, 1/4" basic black grosgrain ribbon, brads, brad punch, blender pen

204- Inspired by Nature Sponging Card

I held an advanced technique class to make 3 cards that were presented at our team megameeting in January. As soon as I saw the cards I knew that I wanted to make them because they were so fantastic. This is the first card that we made and it involved two techniques that I've been wanting to practice- sponging and brayering. This card was presented by Laura Robinson and I just adore the finished product


Stamp Set: Inspired by Nature

Paper: Glossy White, More Mustard, Ruby Red

Ink: More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Bravo Burgundy

Accessories: Brayer, sponge, 1 3/8" circle punch for masking

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203- Eastern Blooms Cracked Glass

This is the swap that I made for the regional conference next weekend. I have been wanting to try cracked glass for a while and am really pleased with the finished product.

Here is the inspiration card that I saw that made me want to try this:



Stamps: Eastern blooms

Paper: Baha breeze, basic black, real red, whisper white

Ink: Real Red, Basic Black, Baha Breeze

Accessories: Glassy Glaze Enamel embossing, sponges, markers, versamark

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Anniversary Sale

Hi everyone,

Today is my one year anniversary as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator! I have had such a fantastic year stamping with all of you and I really wanted to do something to say thank you.

Therefore I am having an anniversary sale from today until Monday at midnight- 30% off all products!!! Remember you can also earn Sale-A-Bration products for every $60 that you spend- this will be on the regular price before the discount.

Please email/call me with any orders before Monday at midnight to take advantage of this great sale!! This is my biggest sale of the year!



202- Tulipe Card

This is a nice straightforward card that I made for my big shot class- it let them try out the big shot and make a really elegant card. I would suggest this as a wedding card because it can be mass produced and is really effective


Paper: Chocolate chip, bashful blue

Accessories: Tulipe die, big shot

201- Scallop Circle Card

This is another card that I made for my big shot class. I loved the shape and wanted to use my saleabration papers in this card.


Stamps: Cheers to You

Paper: Certainly celery, so saffron, bashful blue, whisper white, delicate dots DSP

Ink: Bashful blue, so saffron, certainly celery, real red, pumpkin pie

Accessories: Scallop circle die, 1 3/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle, 1/16" brad punch, so saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, double rectangle punch, markers

200- Big Shot Love Card

This is a card that I made for my big shot class this week. It uses 4 different dies and plates from the big shot so I thought it was a great introductory card


Paper: Riding Hood red, pink pirouette, whisper white

Accessories: Sweetest stem embosslit, join in the cheer, texturz plate, big shot, top note, dazzling diamonds

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Stampin Up Newsletter

Hi everyone,

There is a new mini occasions that is coming out on April 1st. For a sneak peak here it is:


I adore the accessories in this catalogue- the ribbon and the scallop oval punch are definitely on my must have list! All Easter products in this catalogue are actually for sale as of today- you can get your sets in plenty of time to do all of your Easter projects. Here is the flyer with the products that are now for sale:


Sale-A-Bration is in full swing! For every $60 order that you place you will receive one free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue! So exciting!! This event will be going on until March 31st- please note that these products will not be available after that. This is the only time that you can get them- and you can earn them for free!!


The best way to get free product- host a party!! I hosted one last year during Sale-a-Bration and that was what inspired me to become a demonstrator- I got so much free product it stocked me up!! All you need to do is get 3 or more friends together for a super fun night/day of stamping and I'll do the rest. For $15 each your friends will be able to make 3 projects and leave with the satisfaction that they made those beautiful cards! As a hostess you will receive a free catalogue, the class fee will be waived and you will receive a free stamp set as a thank you from me! Plus I always like to through in little treats at the party!

There is still time to get the amazing offer on the starter kit! If any of you have been debating signing up as a demonstrator this is the time to do it! It is 15% off right now! 15%!!! For only $209 you will get $410 dollars worth of Stampin Up products- that is pretty much half off!! In addition to all of the amazing products that you receive in the starter kit you will receive one bonus stamp set of your choosing- up to a $60 value! This is the absolute BEST way of stocking up on products!!! Please do not think that by signing up you have to run a business- I know many people who call themselves "hobby demonstrators". These are people who wanted to purchase a starter kit and get a discount on all of their stamping and scrapbooking products. The first order that you place as a demonstrator is 30% off and all future orders are 20% off which obviously is fantastic. It is the best way really of supporting your habit if you are anything like me! And as always if you sign up through me I will give you a little thank you gift- right now it is a punch of your choice. If you would like more information please let me know- I have included some attachments about the starter kit if you are interested. This offer is available until March 31


And finally, there is still room in the advanced techniques class next week. It will be at 1pm next Sunday March 8th at my condo. Trust me- you do NOT want to miss this! These cards will be spectacular- as soon as I saw them at the megameeting I knew that you would all love them! A quick hint about one of the cards- it will be magic!! And for those of you wanting to add more masculine cards to your repertoire- all of these can fit the bill!

Thanks everyone- Happy Stamping!