Monday, 31 May 2010

Last Chance List arriving tomorrow!!

Keep your eyes peeled!!  The last chance retirment list is coming tomorrow!!  I have cards to share today, for my hostess appreciation night :)  Just gotta get outside and photograph and upload.  I will do that later today.

Just wanted to remind NOW about the reitrment list :)

Have a happy day!
See ya!

Friday, 28 May 2010

I'm lovin' the MDS!

I am loving the ease of this program!  I'm loving the fast pace (when I want it to be!) of getting pages and things completed! :)  It's amazing!!

Oh, there is still so much more it can do, and I'm learning, and taking some webinars to learn more, and get CERTIFIED!!  YIPPEE!!

So this is Sophia's birthday... she was five.  Her birthday is in September ;) LOL  I made her cake.  I don't think I'll be making Dora again.  Perhaps I shall sell the pan, to buy more digital downloads! LOL!

I colour matched the background cs to the Dora cake icing!
Stamps:  Enjoy Every Moment, Schoolbook Serif Numbers, Happy Birthday kit
Paper:  Pixie Pink cs, Happy Birthday kit
accessories:  drop shadowing, corner punch

Have a happy day!

See ya!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Guest Poster - Micheal Beaudry!

My crazy wife made me do this while we were stuck in traffic on the I90 on our way home from Syracuse. I had gone to the Stryper concert in T.O.'s at the Reverb on Sept 27. The concert was absolutly awesome and my crazy wife loves me so much that she got me back stage passes to meet the band.

**I'm not crazy! ;)  I do think Michael would LOVE to see some comment love for his efforts tho... he's mighty proud of his first attempts at scrapbooking! :)

Monday, 24 May 2010

Happy Victoria Day! :)

o it's Victoria Day, and we often spend it here in Ottawa.  So I thought, how fitting to share a page of our trip to Ottawa last year :)  MDS of course... oh how I'm lovin' it!!!

My Digital Studio software
Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Filigree silver brad, Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, Rich Razzleberry brads
Stamps:  Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Schoolbook Serif Numbers
NOTE:  I used a custom background paper, inserted a picture from our trip, and set the opacity to about 30%, LOVE IT!

Have a happy day!

See ya!

Friday, 21 May 2010

More MDS

I saw this great card in a Scrapbooks Etc magazine, so I revamped it in MDS for Sophia's 5th birthday.  It was last September.  That's her with her teacher :)

cardstock:  textured tempting turquoise, bashful blue, night of navy, not quite navy, whisper white

Patterned Paper:  I forget, sorry!

Stamps:  Vintage Overlay brush
Accessories:  scallop trip border punch, button latte, write stuff II flower


Wednesday, 19 May 2010


So I had to draw for a new winner for my 5000 hits blog candy winner. drew a number, 26, and it was an annonymous comment... drew another, and it was number 29, and that's TERRIAVIDREADER (IN USA).  Terri, can you email me asap with your mailing info so I can get your kit out to you!? :)  THANKS!!!

If I don't hear from the winner by Sunday morning at 9am, I will draw another winner Sunday night!

Have a happy day!

See ya!

40th Anniversary card - smooched pansy!

My neighbours from the neighbourhood I grew up in celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past Sunday.  Shout out to Jim and Sylvia for reaching such a milestone!!  A fantastic accomplishment for sure!!  Their children threw them a huge party on Sunday afternoon - more food than we could all eat, music, lots of pictures from the past 40 years, and visiting with friends and neighbours we had not seen in a very long time!

So before we went, I created them this simple yet elegant anniversary card.

Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Shimmery White
Ink: Night of Navy, Summer Sun
Stamps:  Medallian (background stamp), Well Scripted (yes, from the Occassions Mini, but I love it, and hope it makes it to the new catalogue in July!)
Accessories:  White Taffeta Ribbon, Vanilla Smooch Spritz (on pansy, ribbon, and 'congratulations'), silver brad, Stampin' Dimensionals

I so LOVE how it turned out!!  The Smooch Spritz was just the thing to take it up a level!

Have a happy day!

See ya!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Fabulous purses! (Top Note Die)

At Christmas time I was making these fantastic purses to sell at local vendor fairs/craft shows.  I also started making them as the projects for girls birthday parties! :)  What a hit!

I recently had an order for two purses, and one was specifically asked to include turquoise and pink.  Island Oasis paper is just the fit for that!  So I made one... the other purse just had to be pink and girly, so I had one of those on hand already, but thought I would share it here too :)

Cardstock:  Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive (for the circle behind the cut flower 'clasp')
Designer Series Paper:  Island Oasis (from the Summer Mini - link to the right)
Accessories:  Rich Regals eyelets, white taffeta ribbon, Big Shot Top Note Die, Scallop Circle Die, Scallop Circle 2 die, Stampin' Dimensionals
Other:  velcro

Here's the two purses together.

Have a happy day!

See ya!

Monday, 17 May 2010

Top Ten Reasons I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator

Why I love being a demonstrator: (in no particular order!)
  1. I get to set my own hours
  2. I work from home
  3. I have made some awesome new friends - other demonstrators and new clients
  4. I have learned that I can be creative!
  5. The discount is fabulous
  6. The incentives are great!
  7. I get to make money doing what I love
  8. I get to share my love with people around me
  9. Did I mention the great discount?! :)
  10. It gets me out of the house to socialize, and have fun! (what job does that?!)

The starter kit is only 269.00 and includes the following:
  • 2 packagees 8.5x11 assorted colours of cardstock
  • 1 package of Whisper White or Very Vanilla 8.5x11 cardstock
  • 5 stamp sets of your choosing (specific values)
  • 5 classic ink pads in your choice of colours (choose all colours that are continuing!)
  • 1 Versamark ink pad
  • Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist
  • 1 Snail adhesive
  • 1 pkg of 3 Blender Pens
  • Stampin' Pastels
  • 1 standard wheel handle, wheel, and ink cartridge
  • 1 decor elements and applicator
  • 1 box of 8 Idea Book & Catalogues
  • 1 pkg of order forms
  • mini catalogues and other business supplies you will need to get started!
That's a value of more than $430.00!!!  WOW!

As an added incenstive, if you sign up before May 31st, you get TWO Fabulous WORKSHOP WOW/TECHNIQUE DVDS FREE!!!  That's a 53.95 value!  There's not better way to get started then with tips, techniques, wow projects and more from other demonstrators, and the staff at the Stampin' Up! home office!  I have been to two of these regional events and the stuff you learn is amazing!! 

So don't delay!!  I look forward to hearing from you and assisting you in getting started in your business!! 

See ya! 

Sunday, 16 May 2010

5000 hits - blog candy WINNER!

And the winner of the blog candy is....  Lorna May!  Thanks to everyone who checks out the blog, became followers, and sends the comment love!! :)  Below is a screen shot of :)  Ok, I can't figure out how to get a screen shot, so you'll just have to trust me :)

Lorna, please email me with your mailing information so I can get your Tropical Party mini scrapbook kit out to you!
If I don't hear from Lorna by Tuesday, May 18th at 5pm EST, I will draw another winner.

 Check out THIS POST for information on the Class and Class Kit by Mail!  There is still time to sign up,and I will be doing kits by mail until I run out of product! :)

See ya!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Holy Cow!!

When I first posted my contest to get to 5000 posts, I figured it might be the end of May, or even into June before I got to that point.

Today, right now, we are FIVE POSTS AWAY FROM A WINNER!!!  WHOOOOT!  I guess I'll be random.orging tonight :D  - OK, edited to say that when I started writing this post, we were at 4995, and now we are ove 5000! 

How exciting!!  I was featured on the Crafty Storage blog yesterday, and I guess it has driven a lot of traffic to my blog!  YAY FOR TRAFFIC! :D

So, I'm so excited!!  I'll have to start thinking of another contest to move us forward, and this has totally inspired me to get some more crafting done myself!! :D

Ok, here's another MDS project I'm sharing.  It's a card. I might recreate this tonight with paper too :)
My Digital Studio
Cardstock:  Basic Black
ink:  basic black
Designer Papers:  Night of Navy, Basic Grey - Script, blooms, and another pattern I can't remember! LOL!
Stamps:  Enjoy Every Moment

I love that I can change the opacity on my papers, and they get a vellum like look :)

See ya - shortly, I'll do the draw later tonight, after kids go to bed :D

Friday, 14 May 2010

An MDS Creation

Ok, it's been over 6 months since JA turned nine.  It's about time I did something with the photos!! :D  I've decided that at least once a week, one of my shared creations should be digital.  Afterall, what good is the software (which is AMAZING and can be shared between two computers! YAY for Stampin' Up!) if you don't use it?! :)

I should be able to share the supplies I used, but I can't.  LOL!  I was browsing so much and just pickin' through all the selections.  I did use a preset layout, which was new for me.  I was able to whip up this page lickity split!!  JA's favourite colour is blue, so naturally, I used blue :)  I made the cake from scratch thanks to Bernadette sharing her secret recipe!  I carved and iced, and it tasted yummy and looked fun!!  We had an UNsleepover... well, 3 girls stayed the night... the rest came in jammies, with pillows and stuffies.  We watched a movie, played musical pillows, ate pizza, veggies/dip, and cake!  It was so much fun!!!

Remember, a little comment love will get you more entries as we zip along towards 5000 hits!! :) Become a follower, post/facebook/tweet about the blog candy giveaway and earn extra entries!! :)  Don't forget to let me know :)

See ya!!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Butterfly Pansy!

Oh I am LOVING this new technique. The results are amazing, and it's not a tonne of work for a gorgeous result!!  I have seen these all over the internet, and so put my hand to it this morning before work.  Most samples I have seen use Eggplant Envy, but I don't have that colour reinker (I do however, happen to own THREE Night of Navy reinkers! LOL).  So I went searching the net for other colours of pansy.

This pansy is called the "cheeky faced blue pansy" and it fit right in with the reinker colours I have!!  So this is what inspired the pansy card below:

cardstock:  Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Summer Sun
ink:  night of navy, summer sun (reinkers and markers)
stamps:  Well Scripted (from Occassions Mini, now out of print, but hopefully it makes it to the new catty!)
accessories:  Big Shot, Top Note Die, Butterfly Punch, Wide Oval Punch, White taffeta ribbon** (it's there, dyed Night of Navy!!), silver brad, Manhattan Floral embossing folder, aqua painter

**So I wanted to add a bit of 'pizzaz" to my card, and I have the awesome new white taffeta ribbon.  It didn't show up against the shimmery white paper.  What's a girl to do?! Dye it!!  I started using the rinker, but I didn't have a container to put it in, so I whipped out the Night of Navy marker and coloured it.  Turned out FANTASTIC!!  Once the ribbon was dry, there was no ink transfer, now, if it gets wet, it's anybody's game, so we'll just keep our cards and scrapbook pages dry now :) LOL  What a great way to get the ribbon of your choice of colour for ANY project you are working on!!!

Enjoy the day, and don't forget about the contest - a little comment love gets you another entry in the contest! :)

See ya!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Blog Candy!

I recently had to reset my stat counter for some reason.  No, not reset, I had to reinstall.  I lost my counts.  Oh well, such is life.

I have made a few decisions in the past few days.  One is that I'm going to post something EVERY DAY (but maybe not always on Sat and/or Sun).  It makes me create more.  Sometimes it may not be creative, like today, so far.  Sometimes it may be a SU! announcement, or special or something.  But I'm trying to draw traffic to my blog, and therefore increasing my business :)  You see, there's an incentive trip to the HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!!  So it's my motivator.  Starting now :)

So, back to blog candy, and my stat counter.  I see that I'm zipping along, heading quickly towards 5000 hits!  I know, a drop in a pond compared to some, but it's my pond, my drop! :D  So... for comments left between May 1 - until I reach 5000 hits will be entered into a draw for... one free Class By Mail Tropical Party scrapbook kit!  Every comment you make* (one per blog post, you can go back and comment if you like!) will increase your chances of winning!  When the stat counter reaches 5000, I will use to choose a winner :)  Earn extra entries by blogging about any of my creations from May 1 onward, posting on facebook, and becoming a follower.  You'll have to put in seperate comments when you do each of those things.  Yes, you can blog/facebook more than once about my creations, just link back to my blog in your post and put it in your comments :)  Phew... I can't wait for all the commenting to begin!!! :)

* I have made changes to the commenting section, so you should have no problems now! :)
See ya!

Carry Over Items!

Lots of items have been carried over from the Holiday Mini and the Occasions Mini!  YAHOO!!  Some seriously fun stuff :)  Check out the flyer below to see images and names of what has carried over :)

Carry Over 2                                                            

See ya!

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

SCRAPBOOK YARDSALE! and Punch Your Lights Out Night

Punch Your Lights Out Night! JUN 9  7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Eastern) THURSDAY June 9th!!  PUNCH YOUR LIGHTS OUT NIGHT!!!  A new service I am offering.  For 5$, you can come over to my home, and punch to your hearts content using my punches, big shot, and scraps of cardstock and designer series papers!  I have LOTS of scraps!  I will provide one ziplock baggie for your treasures.  I will be offering this service again in June when I will have retiring colours to use up! :)  We'll start at 7:30pm, drop in style.  Please let me know if you are coming, so I can be listening for you at the door :)

Scrapbook Yardsale! JUN 18  2:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern)
Who has a stash of stuff they have had good intentions for, but not used?!  Me!  I know I'm not alone, so let's turn our old into something new!!  I'm hosting a Scrapbook Yardsale!  Feel free to participate by bringing your unused items to my house to sell (email me for a form for listing your items), and whatever is sold you will get a credit to use in the Stampin' Up! cataogues.  The new catty comes out July 1st, so you'll have lots of new product to choose from!  If you cannot bear to part with any of your stash, feel free to drop in an shop!  Lots of stuff to be had - stamps, stickers, kits, embellishments, tools, etc!
Friday June 18th 2pm - pm
Saturday June 19th 8:30am - 1:00pm

Sweet Scoops!

Sweet Scoops is a fantastic set in the new Summer Mini (link to the right).  Lots of potential for birthday cards, cheer you up cards, and just for fun ones too!  Not to mention the scrappy potential for all those fun in the sun summer pages!

Cardstock:  Tempting Turquose textured, Old Olive, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Designer Series Paper: Island Oasis
Stamps:  Sweet Scoops
Ink:  Melan Mambo, Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories:  Ornament Punch (sundae bowl), white taffeta ribbon, corner rounder punch, stampin' dimensionals

See ya!

Monday, 10 May 2010

Toilet paper tubes, not just for kindergarten anymore!

This neat little scrapbook is made from toilet paper tubes!  Seriously! :) 
Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Melan Mambo
Accessories:  Round Tab Punch, Island Oasis Designer Series paper, Melan Mambo polka dot gros grain ribbon, jumbo eyelets, Stampin' Dimensionals
Stamps:  Tropical Party
Ink:  Old Olive, Melan Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Close to Cocoa

All supplies available in the Summer Mini and 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalogue!

I will be offering this as a class kit by mail!  The price will be 12$ and will include (but not limited to) all of the following:
  • designer series papers cut to size
  • 2 lengths of ribbon
  • jumbo grommets
  • instructions
Please email me to sign up for your class kit!

I will also be doing this as a class!  For 25$ you will complete the project, which includes a full package (minus what you use in class) of Island Oasis Designer Series Paper!  The class will be on WEDNESDAY, JUNE  2nd, 7:30-9:30pm.  PRE-PAYMENT is required by May 18th to ensure our supplies have arrived in time for the class. 

See ya!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Stay tuned!

Stay tuned for a cool, RECYCLABLE mini scrapbook coming later today (Monday).  I am waiting for daylight to take photos!!  I'll give you a couple hints... it uses something you use every day, and SU! wise, it's very summery :)

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Again with the Cottage Wall :)

More pictures from our Tulip Festival trip last Spring! :)  Love that Cottage Wall paper... wish it wasn't gonna go the way of the dodo bird come June 30!!  :)  These pictures are of Sophia in her Easter dress.  It has a bit of crinolin, and lots of material for spinning!!  What 4.5 year old little girl doesn't love a spinny dress?!?  And the flowers matched the tulips, and all matched Rich Razzleberry paper, which of course is a primary colour in Cottage Wall DSP :)

Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery
Designer Paper:  Cottage Wall (what else?! LOL)
Stamps:  Rough Type alphabet from the Summer Mini
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Styled silver hodgepodge hardware, label punch, celery grosgrain ribbon, circle scissors plus

Friday, 7 May 2010

May is National Scrapbooking Month!

And of course, there is a promotion :)  FREE DESIGNER BRADS!  I have a few sets of these, and love them!!  Just wish I wasn't such a hoarder of them too! LOL! :)  A goal this year is to USE USE USE my stuff!!  So far so good... wait for tomorow's post of a scrapbook page for some hardware useage :)

Anyway, back to the special!
During National Scrapbooking Month, May 1-31, get a FREE package of Designer brads with the purchase of My Digital Studio™ (item 118108) or any of these stamp sets shown in the flyer below.

Choose from Floral, Filigree, Circle or Star brads, a value of at $8.50!  (plus saving shipping and taxes on that too!)

What a fun deal!! 

See ya!

Storage of clear mount alphas!

So I got Rough Type, from the Summer Mini catalogue.  I've even used it already, on a scrapbook page!  LOVE IT!  However, as I was looking at putting it together, I wondered how I was going to keep the clear mount alphabet in some kind of order.  With the wood mount alphas, you have a stamp case with slots in it to keep them from getting jumbled.  All my wood mounted alphas are in neat tidy rows in their cases, in alphabetical order.  I can't stand searching thru a jumble of stamps to find the letters I need, or to see if any are missing!  So I pondered and started putting the labels on my foam.  Then it came to me... keep the rubber 'matrix' that is usually tossed into the garbage!  See the photos for how I will be storing my clear alphas :)

Here is the new stamp set, I was giddy with excitement when it arrived!! :)
And here it is opened, and ready to be put together :)  LOVE that everything is die cut in the mini!

...and so I set about putting the label stickers on the foam of these awesome stamps.  When I came up with this brilliance! :)

Do you see what I've done?  I saved the 'matrix' of the stamps, you know, the outline of what was leftover!  I put my labeled stamps back into the slots they came out of, and now the label shows through.  So now I will be able to tell where the letters are, even tho they aren't quite in alphabetical order they are easy enough to find, and I will be able to tell if any letters or the big circle are missing.  *AND* they won't fly all over when I open the case to get them out!! :)  Genious I tell ya! :)  I'm sure someone else has already thought of that tho! LOL!

I'm giving away some blog candy!!  Check out THIS POST for details... a little comment love will get you entries into the draw :)
See ya!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

A summer mini Video!

I am just LOVING the Summer Mini!!  WHOA BABY!  It's got lots of potential...  Stampin' Up! put up a great video for all you to see a glimpse of what is in the mini, and how others have used it :)

So... all these things are so tempting, and so diverse, and so much fun!!  Call me today to book your workshop, email me to place an order, or go to my Stampin' Up! Business Website to place an online order that will ship directly to you!!  With online orders you can also earn hostess benefits, and check out the clearance rack! :)

Have a fabulous day! :)

Monday, 3 May 2010

More Cottage Wall DSP :)

I told you I love this paper!! :) 

One of the perks, of the many many perks, of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is the awesome magazine we get each month.  It's full of ideas for business and creativity!!  There was a scrapbook page that I really liked in there, so I decided to take some of the elements of it that I loved, and put them to my own pictures :)  This is what I came out with, and I love it!! :)

The pictures are from our trip to Ottawa and the tulip festival last year.  Yeah, I'm in no way current with my scrapping! :)

I also did a patterned paper card front swap.  One of the participants put some sticky strip on striped DSP and added glitter. It was fabulous!  So I have done something similar here.  I used a glue pen and stickified the patterns on the punched flowers and the strip of patterned paper between the photos, then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter!  It is so sparkly in real life!

SUPPLIES:Cardstock: Night of Navy, Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
DSP:  Cottage Wall (did I mention how much I love this paper?! LOL)
Accessories:  Large Flower Punch, 3/4 circle punch, Scalloped Trim border punch (from the SAB mini, but will be available in the new Idea Book & Catalogue in July!), Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Ink:  Night of Navy stampin' write marker

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Ornament Punch Flower card

I have been seeing these around, and I have had my friend Lynn's punch since around Christmas time.  It was time to use it, and make something fun!!  This is also the project I did with the fabulous hostess club I have right now :)  Ladies, those who didn't make it out, you missed a fabulously fun project! :)


Cardstock:  Pale Plum, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rick Razzleberry
Accessories:  Modern Label Punch, Ornament Punch, 3/4 inch circle punch, dazzling diamonds glitter, sponge daubers (for the edges of the Cottage Wall DSP)
Designer Series Paper:  Cottage Wall (I love *LOVE* this paper!)

The Summer Mini is here!

I'm getting my pre-order on Monday, so I hope to have a project to share with you by Monday evening orTuesday morning!  Lots of fantastic things in the mini!!!  Wedding, masculine papers, clear stamps, ribbons, papers, accessories and more!!

Click the download below to see your copy of the mini!!