Saturday, 21 June 2008

Gift Card Holder

I am going to get a gift card for JA's teacher this year, as his end of year gift. Still trying to decide between Chapters, The Book Depot, Timmy's or Canadian Tire. Thoughts? ;)

I got this fabulous idea from my stampin' friend Roxy who has a great pictorial tutorial of how to make them! They are super easy, and really fun!

Here's mine :) The left photo shows the gift card holder put together, and tied closed. The right side photo shows it open. The gift card would go where the yellow post it note is inserted. In real life the ribbon matches better! LOL!

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cardstock: SU! Pumpkin Pie, and Brilliant Blue
patterned paper: Pebbles Inc.
font: QK Sunshine (thanks Joy!!)
Stamps: Background Basics (SU!)
ribbon: double stitched grosgrain Wild Wasabi (SU!)
other: sticky strip to hold it all together!

A girly card

I have a card to share. But it's still on the camera, and the kids are outside. JA had a birthday party to attend this afternoon (she's still there!)... and so I whipped up a card :)

I"ll share later, so check back!

Ok, I got it photographed, and loaded and resized!! The first photo is the full card, the 2nd is a closer look at the layers of the crown/scallop circle and ribbon (all popped up!)

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Cardstock: close to cocoa, purely pomegranate, very vanilla
ink: purely pomegranate
ribbon: pomegranate satin wide
stamps: Perfect Princess, and Warm Words (?)
patterned paper: Melissa Frances something
other: stickles (pink and lacy something)

I was inspired for this card, by this card at Splitcoast Stampers. It's a wealth of information and ideas!! Thank you Paula for this fab idea!

Monday, 16 June 2008

So Long, Farewell!! (the retiring list!)

After years of dedicated service, the following stamp sets from the Spring-Summer Collection 2008 are retiring. So, let's give them a big sendoff and wish them all the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives. But don't wait too long--they're only available through August 10, 2008, and then they're headed to warmer climes!

You can view it here at the Stampin' Up! website. Or you can view them here at my blog.

I'm offering a special to go with the retirees!! Who doesn't love a special!? It's a gift with purchase special:

- for 2 retiring stamp sets you purchase, you'll get a FREE Signo Unigel pen

- for 3 retiring stamp sets you purchase, you will get a FREE full sized classic ink pad of your colour choice (1 of 48 colours!)

- for 4+ retiring stamps sets you purchase you will get a FREE Uniball White Gel pen & a FREE full sized class ink pad in your choice of 1 of 48 colours!

So without further ado, here's the list of retirees! (You'll have to click on the picture to get the bigger fonts!!) The list of retiring accessories will be out on July 21st!!

Monday, 9 June 2008


eScape with Stampin' Up!

Put down the phone, turn off the computer, and break free from the ‘e’!

Remember when you got letters in your mailbox instead of your inbox? On June 25, 2008, Stampin' Up! is taking the day to unplug and unwind, and reconnect on a personal level with friends and loved ones through handmade cards. And we invite you to eScape with us throughout the month of June!

Take advantage of the 25 percent discount on select products in the eScape bundle to help you create that special message from the heart. The best thing is that the Love Notes can be mailed! The Post Office has confirmed that these cute notes can indeed be sent by snail mail!

eScape Bundle (item 113700):

Description Page Number Price
Circle of Friendship stamp set p. 143 $22.95
Love Notes assortment p. 167 $11.50
Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad p. 165 $6.75
Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon p. 191 $10.50
Total (non-bundled) $51.70
eScape Bundle price $36.05

A Sneak Peek at the NEW CATALOGUE!

While the release of the new catalog is still a couple of months away, Stampin' Up! is offering us a sneak peek of two great products to come. The Fresh Cut stamp set is a design that is versatile and stylish. All the stamps are die cut! This feature helps save you time and gets you stamping perfectly every time.

In addition, the Fresh-Cut Notes are like no other precut cards we've ever offered. The notes package includes 15-4" x 4" laser-cut note cards with envelopes. The pair complements each other perfectly for a one-of-a-kind gift card or an exceptional hand-delivered thank-you card.

For a limited time when you purchase the brand new, die-cut Fresh Cuts stamp set, add on the coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes for only $5.95!

Whether you're a customer or a hostess, June's sneak peek into the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalogue has something fresh and new just for you!

When you purchase the brand new, die-cut Fresh Cuts stamp set, add on the coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes* for only $5.95!

Host a $525 workshop during the month of June, and receive the Fresh Cuts stamp set and coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes FREE--over a $35 value--in addition to your regular hostess benefits!

A fun SB page

My friend Karen has been bugging me to share this layout of her sweet daughter and my cute son at The Scrapping Nook Gallery, so I did. I also thought I would share it here!


I had such a fun time doing this layout! Karen challenged me to do a 'busy' layout. I have always loved the look of them, but never get to doing them, as my layouts are usually much simpler! :)

I used a mix of stuff for this layout - Wild Aspargus paper and embellishments, paper flowers and buttons from my stash that came with my new bag I got in Florida, thread, SU! cardstock, SU! ink, Cuttlebug die cut circles, SU! wide and narrow grosgrain ribbons, and the SU! Signo Uniball white gel pen. TFL!

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Another Boy Card

Why are boys cards so hard?? I have stuff for little boys (see the car card!)... but not for the 9 year olds! So I came up with this one. The little boy's name begins with an R, so why not!? (See, he's still a 'little' boy, but getting older!) JA went to his party (where it was only HER invited, as they went for a FULL Day to Niagara Falls!)... and he LOVED his card, and was especially taken with the way the R was popped up! LOL!


And a close up of the popped up R.

SUPPLIES: All materials Stampin' Up!
cardstock: wild wasabi
Embellishments, sticky die cuts (star), patterned paper: Creative License Simply Scrappin' Kit
other: pop dots, Gelly Roll sparkly pen (altho you can't see them wel on this photo, I outlined the star, and dotted all the little stars on the R with it)

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Boy Birthday Cards

I struggle sometimes. LOL It's not too hard for little boys like Zachary tho. So I created this fun little card on Friday afternoon. Zachary had a birthday party to attend (with the whole family!). So I thought I'd share with you all. I was inspired by a card I found at Splitcoaststampers but I tweaked it to make it my own :)


and a close up of the popped up wheels

Supplies used:
Stamps - By Land (SU!)
Cardstock whisper white, basic black
ink: real red, basic black, white Craft
markers: summer sun, real red, garden green