Tuesday, September 29, 2009

302- Silhouette Congratulations

This is another potential congratulations card for a friend of mine. I tried a new technique on this card that I had not done before- I embossed the sentiment right on the ribbon. I am trying to get to more "simple" stamping- really pretty cards that don't take too long to make. I definitely think this one fits in the category

Helpful hint- make sure you use your embossing buddy and have a q-tip handy- the powder will go into the grosgrain.


Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, For the bride

Paper: Rich razzleberry, crushed curry, basic black, whisper white

Ink: Basic black, white gel pen

Accessories: Black embossing, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" 1 1/4" circle punch, 1/2" crushed curry grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch

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Stampin' Up! Clearance Sale!!

From now on there will be a CLEARANCE RACK section in my online store! How exciting is that?!!? There will be retired and discontinued items which are up to 80% off- and trust me they are some really beautiful items!

To order you must go to my online store- unfortunately I cannot take email/phone orders for these items. I have to say this may be one of Stampin' Up!'s best ideas ever! And that is saying a lot!

Happy Shopping!

301- Baroque Congratulations

This is a congratulations card that I made for a friend for the purchase of her first house. I needed to make it fairly gender neutral as it is for her husband as well but I needed to add some flourishes. It is also very eyelet heavy because I feel like I haven't used my cropodile in ages.

I used the congratulations stamp from the For the Bride set- it is my most favorite congrats stamp by far.


Stamps: Baroque Motifs, For the Bride

Paper: Rich razzleberry, bermuda bay, whisper white

Ink: Rich razzleberry

Accessories: cropodile, jumbo eyelets, metallic eyelets, 1/2" rich razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, scallop square punch, white embossing

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Monday, September 28, 2009


And for week 2 I have done a 2 page layout! I have to keep on track with this as it is a Christmas gift for my mother. My goal is to complete an entire scrapbook using only Stampin' Up! products.

I decided to keep these pages very simple and clean because I just wanted to highlight these amazing pieces that I saw in the National Museum in Athens. Just the pictures layered on the colours I'm using in the scrapbook. I will try more techniques on future pages but I like the simplicity of these pages.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

300- Dahlia Baby Card

This is a card that I made for a friend to welcome her new little girl. I wanted to make something very feminine and pretty for a beautiful new baby. She wants to make a candy themed scrapbook for Simone so I needed to think of something candy related. A dahlia reminds me of a nice big lollipop

I like using DSP when making a dahlia fold card- it's just a lot easier to make all the folds and you get a nice pattern on both sides.


Stamps: Warm words

Paper: Pretty in pink, whisper white, Parisian Summer DSP

Ink: Pretty in pink

Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, ticket corner punch, large and small oval punches, scallop oval punch, rhinestone brad, 1/4" pretty in pink taffeta ribbon

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

299- Alligator Pop-Up Card

This is a fun birthday card that I made for a 6 year old boy's birthday. All of the alligators were clear embossed and they are supposed to be climbing on a mountain or on a boat- I'll wait to see how he interprets it.

When using the cake Pop-Up die I like to use DSP- it folds better and keeps the shape of die better. To make sure the alligators stayed on the cake I used sticky strip- I have a rule where I always use sticky strip when there is any movement on a card.

To make the alligator skin print on the card front you versamark the entire piece of cardstock and then put clear embossing on top. You then use your bone folder or another straightedge to draw lines horizontally and vertically. Once you use the heat tool you will get the alligator skin pattern. It's a really simple and incredibly effective technique


Stamps: Wild about you

Paper: Glorious green, tempting turquoise, chocolate chip, Hawaiian papaya DSP

Ink: Glorious green

Accessories: Clear embossing, big shot, cake pop-up die, scallop circle punch, scallop oval punch, large oval punch, ticket corner punch, sticky strip

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Friday, September 25, 2009

298- Megameeting Make and Take

This is one of the cards that was designed by Laura Robinson for megameeting. I absolutely love the layout- it is a really quick card with the Big Shot and punches


Stamp Set: Flight of the Butterfly

Paper: Whisper white, Basic black, Pretty in Pink

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, white gel pen

Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, Big Shot, texturz plate, butterfly punch

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

297- Tilt Swivel Wiper Card

This card is made up of two techniques that I learned this weekend at my team's megameeting- a tilt swivel and a wiper card. The swivel slider technique was created by my upline Laura Robinson (www.hyperstamper.com). I just love the fluttering butterflies on this card- they are so cute!

To do the tilt swivel butterflies use your 1/2" circle punch twice to make an eight in the paper. Then you mount your image on pennies like with a slider card- but instead of sliding all over the card they will flutter in place. So fun!

I did a fun technique on the brads that Katrina taught me. Once you have placed your brad put a glue dot on the top. Then you dip it in your dazzling diamonds- this give a fun shimmer to your brads.


Stamps: Flight of the butterfly, it's beautiful wheel short and sweet

Paper: Lovely lilac, basic black, whisper white

Ink: Lovely lilac, basic black, whisper white

Accessories: 1/2" circle punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, 1/4" whisper white taffeta ribbon, scallop edge punch, glue dots, pennies, dazzling diamonds, gold brads, brad punch, chunky essentials glitter, tombow

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Monday, September 21, 2009

296- Fall Make and Take

Here is another one of the beautiful cards that was designed by Laura Robinson for megameeting. I have never really noticed this flower today but it definitely got my attention today- it's so pretty!


Stamp Set: Bloomin' Beautiful

Paper: More Mustard, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie

Ink: craft white

Accessories: 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot, texturz plate

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Greece Scrapbook Page

Finally a page for my Greece Scrapbook! I started this over a year ago and was all gung ho. I sorted all of the pictures and all my mementos and everything organized for each page. Then when it came to actually assemble the pages it all just seemed to die because I always had other things to do.

But I'm back! Julie challenged me to a page a week and I am going to do it!! So here is my first attempt- yes I am aware that it is rudimentary but I like the simplicity of it. This will be the colour scheme for the whole album because they are the colours of Greece to me- Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White and a variety of bright pink highlights to show off the colours of the flowers that I saw everywhere

Saturday, September 19, 2009

295- Snow Swirled Tuxedo Card

I wanted to make a tuxedo Christmas card- it is a twist on the traditional Christmas colours. In the background all of the snowflakes were stamped and embossed with iridescent embossing powder.


Stamps: Snow Swirled

Paper: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Silver embossing, iridescent embossing, corner tag punch, 1/4" basic black grosgrain ribbon

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I just got megameeting and let me tell you I am BURSTING with ideas! Keep a look at all of my upcoming classes- we will be making some amazing projects that will blow you away!

I wanted to show you these three cards that my upline Laura Robinson presented today. Aren't they gorgeous? As you can see they all use a beautiful silver material that was run through the big shot. What is that material you ask...tinfoil! Tinfoil! How ingenious is that?! So simple inexpensive and something that we all have in our homes!

These megameetings that Laura holds are just so informative and fun! You get to stamp 8 projects and you leave with a stamp set. These are the kind of perks that you get as a demonstrator- along with the 20% discount of course! If you would like more information please send me an email at mcgill15@hotmail.com and we can chat about all the possibilities and perks that come with being a demonstrator.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Silver and Gold Product Share

After the success of my last product share I am going to do another one- a Holiday Embellishment one! This will be titled Silver and Gold- in it you will get 50 silver brads, 50 gold brads (pg. 179), 5 yards each of silver and gold elastic cord (pg. 27 of Holiday Mini).
For $9.50 you will receive all of the items above (includes tax and shipping). This is a great way for you to get a sample of all of these products for your Holiday Cards!

To order you can either email/call me or pay right now with paypal. As soon as the order comes in I will send it out to you cut and sorted. Please note that this offer is only available to Canadians

Thursday, September 17, 2009

294- Alligator Surprise Pop-Up Card

It's been a while since I did a faux croc background and I wanted to do it with my alligator stamp. I used the poppin' pastel technique to colour the image- you use your blender pen with your stampin' up chalks to colour in an image that has been embossed in white. The fold of this card is a Surprise Pop-Up.


Stamps: Wild about you

Paper: So saffron, always artichoke, handsome hunter

Accessories: Clear embossing, white embossing, stampin' pastels, blender pen, cropodile, jumbo eyelets, 5/8" so saffron grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" always artichoke grosgrain ribbon, scallop oval punch, large oval punch, sticky strip, corner tag punch
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

293- Apple Suspension Card

Yet another experiment with my chalks and making a suspension card. Definitely have to keep working on my chalking techniques since it gets messy. One thing I liked was the background on the black- I clear embossed apples to add some shine to the card and I love the finished product.


Stamps: Tart and Tangy

Paper: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Basic Black

Ink: craft white

Accessories: scallop edge punch, 1 1/4" 1 3/8" circle punch, dental floss, clear embossing, Stampin' Up! pastels

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

292- Baroque Tuxedo Waterfall Card

I am still on my waterfall kick. I actually used chalk for this whole card- I used the poppin pastel technique for all of the black and the chalkboard technique for the white.


Stamps: Baroque Motifs

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Whisper White craft

Accessories: versamark, vintage brads, brad punch, 3/4" circle punch, Stampin' Up! pastels

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Rosh Hashanah Party!

Today I got to go the Chabad Jewish Discovery Centre to participate in the Rosh Hashanah fun day. There were 10 children and we made a really fun card to celebrate the New Year (below). All the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves- they especially liked playing with the wheel and the punches. Who doesn't love playing with all the fun tools!?

If you live in the Mississauga or GTA area and are interested in a stamping party for your child's birthday or another even please let me know. I would come over and we would all make three fun projects

Saturday, September 12, 2009

291- Rosh Hashanah Cards

I was asked to make Rosh Hashanah cards with the youth group at the Chabad Jewish Discovery Centre. These are some examples that I came up with to inspire the kids for their own creations- I think they are pretty cute


Stamps: Tart and Tangy, Sincere Salutations, It's Beautiful Wheel, Many Merry Messages

Paper: Old Olive, Ruby Red, Whisper White

Ink: Ruby Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: 1 3/8" 1 1/4" circle punches

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

290- Medallion Sun Card

This is yet again another case from the amazing Michelle Zindorf. This is her original card and I made very few changes. I really love using her tutorials to practice my brayering and sponging techniques.


Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Medallion

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Versamark, clear embossing, brayer, sponge

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Stampin' Up! Newsletter

Hi everyone,

It's time for a new mini occasions catalogue! This is the Holiday mini and let me tell you it is by far the best mini I've seen! The Christmas sets are beautiful and it has the nicest Hanukkah set that I've seen. For more information please click here, or if you would like a copy of the catalogue please just let me know


POCKET SILHOUETTES CLASS- In this class you will make 4 absolutely spectacular cards and a coordinating box using this set (see the link below). The class will be on Sunday September 20th at 1pm and will cost $32. You will leave with the boxed set and the stamp set. If you are unable to attend this class it will be available as a class kit and you will receive all of the materials and instructions to make the projects at home. If you are out of town please add $5 for shipping. BYO adhesive


CHRISTMAS STAMP A STACK- Here it is people- my big Christmas stamp a stack!! Come to my condo on Sunday, October 25th between 1-5pm and complete 12 different Holiday cards. Give yourself at least 2 hours to complete the cards. The cost is $25 and all you need to bring is your adhesive. If you cannot make this date please let me know- if I have enough people I will do a second event.

As always if you bring a friend that has never been to one of my classes to any of the above events you will get to choose a free product from my basket of goodies. If they order any products you will get a $10 gift certificate to be used on your next order.

Attention Scrapbookers! Stampin' Up! is now offering exclusive software called My Digital Studio for scrapbooking and cardmaking. Use the same great artwork, colours, and accessory images found in our current product line to create personalized projects. The options are endless: create assorted photo albums, calendars, and greeting cards using My Digital Studio. Once you've created your personalized gift or heirloom, have it printed in our high-quality print facility and delivered to your door. For more information please see the flyer below and the Holiday mini.


A great way to stock up on stamping supplies before the Holiday season is to host a party!! Invite at least 3 friends together for a great 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 throw in little treats at the party!

Stampin' Up! is also offering two amazing hostess promotions from now until November 30th. Host a workshop totaling $330 or more and choose any item from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalogue for only $14 (except my digital studio)! Host a workshop of at least $525 and get My Digital Studio for 50 percent off the retail price (retail price: $106.95; promotional price: $53.47)! Invite at least 3 friends together for a great 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 throw in little treats at the party!

Looking to make some extra money doing something you love? Why not become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?! You can get all new products with the demonstrator starter kit to start your business. You will receive 30% off your first order, 20% off all future orders, sneak peaks and promotions and great commissions. If nothing else it can help pay for your habit! And as an added bonus you will get a punch of your choice from me as a thank you. Come and join my fantastic team of ladies- you won't regret it! As another little bonus anyone who inquires for more information will get three holiday cards in the mail from me for your own use

Stampin' Up! is still offering Growing Up promotion from now until the end of September. There is a great offer on a super cute Growth Chart decor element- which I'm pretty sure will be measuring my new little nephew over the years :).


That's it for now- Happy Stamping!