Monday, November 30, 2009

Santa Bears

Santa Bears

I was playing around with the Build-A-Bear dies the other day. I had a blast putting the outfits together. It reminded me of the paper dolls I had as a kid.

This was the same card we made during the Technique Club last week. I think the ladies had a great time using the Big Shot and dressing up the bears as well.

My clubs will resume in January -- just in time for Sale-A-Bration. If you are interested in joining the club, making new friends (or just having girl time) and learning new stamping techniques, then let me know and I'll send you the details!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Merry & Bright

Just playing with some scraps. The card was based on a sketch from Taylored Expressions.

I added some glitter to the wires hoping that they would sparkle a bit more. It looks better in person.
Merry & Bright

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Step Up Card

Punch Pals Step Up

I saw a version of this card in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery and I can't remember who designed it. I loved it so much that I cased it and put it up here for all of you to see.

The card is a stair fold card. The paper is folded at different intervals to create the stair or step illusion. I used the Holiday Punch Pals set (again!) and painted the images in with my aquapainter. If you don't have this set, you really must get it.

The backgrounds were created by tearing whisper white cardstock to fit in each of the stairs. I cut out a top note die cut for the taller background. The card involved a lot of colouring, cutting, gluing and glitter, but I love the end result.

Glad you could stop by!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Online Extravaganza Starts NOW!

Oooh! There is a HUGE SALE on select Stampin' Up! merchandise -- THIS WEEK ONLY!
Up to 50% off on awesome products like card making bundles, scrapbooking bundles, accessories and more.

Here are some of my favourites:

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And there's more! Check out all the great sale items here!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Get Started On Your Wishlist

This year, get everything your stampin' heart desires! The BigShot? The markers?

Print out this wishlist, fill it out with your greatest stampin' Christmas wishes and give it your secret Santa whether it be your husband, boyfriend, best pal or mom.

Should someone wish to fulfil your stampin' desires, I will help them wrap the gift in time to have it under your tree.

Orders must be placed by December 5th in order to arrive for the big day!

E-mail, call or order online.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


A simple card.

I had this vellum quotation sitting in my drawer of forgotten scrapbooking supplies. Actually, I have several of them. As the Christmas season is approaching, I finally felt now was the time to use this quotation. Don't know why. I could have let this piece of vellum sit there for another five years.

But I sure like how it turned out.


As an aside, today is my two-year wedding anniversary. Yay! It promises to be an exciting day! 

Why I love my honey:
  • He takes care of me all the time
  • He makes my meal decisions (because meal preparation is not my forte)
  • He folds my clothes like one would see on display at Holt Renfrew
  • He makes silly jokes that make me laugh
  • He loves all my crafts, even the not-so-good ones
  • He leaves notes around the house reminding me to do things
  • He lets me be me
Happy Anniversary, Babe!

Monday, November 16, 2009

He's Coming!

Santa, that is!!

This stamp set, Just Beclause, is really cute! I really enjoy colouring the image or, in this case, using my aquapainter and watercolour.


It may be difficult to see, but I applied crystal effects to Santa's hat and coat trim which I hoped would give it a glossy look. I also applied some flocking powder to Santa's beard to make it look fluffy.

Santa close

I will try and repost this image again with a closer view of the details.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 13, 2009

My far

Here's a quick peek at my pages for my December Daily album. I'm so excited about starting on this project.

The cover page. I used Stampin' Up!'s textured cardstock throughout this album. I also used up some of my stash. The black numbers on this page are die cut number from KI Memories, probably discontinued, and a small portion of a larger 12 x 12 piece. The letters I cut using the Big Shot.

December 2009 album cover

I dedicated one page per day and kept the numbers and embellishment simple. Since I am a "slap it down" kind of scrapbooker, I don't expect too put too much work into this. I want to enjoy the Christmas season and take in the moments.
December 2009 album 1 to 4

December 2009 album 5 to 8

More to come on the evolution of the album. Play along & use your all your holiday stash. Once it's gone, it will be a great excuse to get more!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gift card holder

'Tis the season. We made this gift card holder at a recent workshop. It was very simple. The card (8.5" by 5.5") was scored at 2" and 6", the shorter flap was glued to the middle by its sides and the rest was decorating.

I love the Christmas Cocoa paper.

Gift card

Inside, place your gift. It can be a gift card or a packet of cocoa or tea.

Gift card inside

A quick & easy card when you're in a pinch.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Missed the sketch deadline

Merry - Red

I originally planned to submit this card to Beate's weekend sketch challenge last weekend, but I missed the deadline. I still wanted to show you this card since it uses heat embossing!

The snowflake, from the Serene Snowflakes set, and the Merry Christmas stamp are embossed with white powder. Such a great technique!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Punch Pals in Green

Punch Pals - green white

I love the Holiday Punch Pals set. It's so versatile. I love how I can use various punches to punch out the shapes just perfectly.

This is a card I designed in green using several different SU colors - old olive, green galore and glorious green to name a few.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 6, 2009

What Am I Up To?

Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, I've decided to embark on a scrapbooking adventure called December Daily. This is a project that Ali Edwards (my favorite scrapbooker) has been doing for a few years now. This year, I decided that I, too, would document the days leading up to December 25th.

I do not have plans to take a photo for each day, but I do intend to document my feelings, moments and sensations that are all part of the Christmas season. By recording my memories in this manner, I don't feel guilt in not taking a picture for each page.

Before one can complete such an album, the structure must be built. Ali does a great job of describing the process in this post. I have decided to take the hybrid approach, that is, a combination of paper and computer scrapbooking. My photo printer has been feeling a little neglect and now is a great time to use it.

December 2009 album printer

These are the supplies I've gathered thus far:

December 2009 album supplies

I'm using a multitude of supplies from Stampin' Up! as well as stash I've accumulated from various shopping sprees and contests. Hopefully, I can use up every Christmas and holiday themed product I have for this album.

My layouts will be 6x6 and I will be using the
6x6 linen album to hold my memories.

This project is not meant to be complicated or overly challenging. You don't have to use a scrapbook album. Pages bound by ribbon or binder rings work too. Whatever your style is, let it flow. This project is meant to help you enjoy and remember the journey to Christmas day. Not add to your stress. Do as much or as little as you want to.

There are no mistakes in the world of paper crafting. Just happy accidents.

I hope you'll play along with me.

Stay tuned as I post my process in the coming days.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dasher on Display

Did you know that Definitely Decorative elements also qualify for hostess benefits?

The Dasher decor element is a Level 2 hostess gift which you can get for FREE with a workshop of $395 or more.

Dasher element

This decor element is fun, elegant and perfect for the holiday season. Rather than place my Dasher on the wall, I painted a 16x20 canvas with a bright holiday red acrylic paint and used the applicator to adhere the decor element to the canvas.

Easy peasy. And a quick way to dress up your home in time for Christmas! This canvas will soon be hanging above my fireplace.

The only way to get the Dasher decor element is to host a fun Stampin' Up! workshop!

Contact me today to get in on this great hostess gift.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Holiday Gift Giving!!

You're going to love this gift giving guide! There are great gift ideas for kids, teens, friends, and, of course, you!

Click on the image to view the gift-giving guide.

Purchase $65 on products in the guide, you'll get a D├ęcor Elements for FREE (up to a $22.95 value)!

Get started on your holiday shopping early or start building your own wishlist.

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