Friday, January 29, 2010

Page Maps Sketch Contest

PageMaps BG challenge

I think I'm cutting it close with this sketch challenge. The deadline is the 31st, so I have a little time to spare! :)

Page Maps, if you haven't been heard of it, is an awesome site full of sketch ideas for scrapbooks and cards. Best of all, it's free!

Click this link to see the sketch that Becky designed for the challenge.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

365 Cards - Chocolate Challenge

365 Chocolate

For this challenge at 365 Cards, I wanted to try the easel card tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I've seen it on several blogs and the card is so elegant that I had to give it a try.

Mmmm.....chocolate cupcakes and pink frosting. Yum! Yum! Yum!
The card was made using the following colors: Close to Cocoa, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. The images were filled in with various markers.

I am very far behind on the 365 Cards challenges. There's already a whole bunch for this week that I haven't tackled. I better get to it.

Thanks for dropping by!

The Goods:

Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo
Punches: Scallop Border Trim, Ticket corner
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad

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Inspired Crafters Saturday Challenge #4

SSC #4

I'm on a roll. I decided to create another layout using another challenge from Inspired Crafters. I really enjoy this blog!

Play along with them, if you wish. There are some really great challenges put out each week and there is no deadline (unless stated). This works out well for me since I am a slow scrapper and I get easily distracted.

This challenge was a two-page layout, but I decided on using only the right-hand side of the page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More scrapbooking fun


I think this challenge from Inspired Crafters was supposed to be for a card, but I turned it into a scrapbook page. Again, more photos from our trip to Mexico.

For this layout, I used the Simply Scrappin' kit, In Colour ribbon (Bermuda Bay), the top note die cut and playground buttons. Other items were non-SU, but worked well with the layout.

Thanks for looking!

The Goods:

SU! Materials: Sunny Day Simply Scrappin' Kit, Ribbon (Bermuda Bay), Playground buttons, Top Note die
Other: Letter stickers, photo stickers

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from the sale of the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set to the American Red Cross to help those who have suffered tremendously in Haiti.

Help to make a difference. Order your I {Heart} Hearts stamp set today!

Contact me to place an order or order online 24/7 at

365 Cards - Recipe Challenge

365 Recipe

Last Wednesday's challenge at 365 Cards was a recipe challenge. I've never tried a recipe challenge before so it took a little bit of thought.

These were the ingredients:
4.25x5.5 card
4x4 piece of patterned paper
2x2 piece of patterned paper
3 buttons
1 ribbon

And here is my version of the card.

Thanks for looking!

The Goods:

Stamp Set: Whoo's Your Valentine?
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade, Sending Love
Accessories: Scallop Trim border punch, Markers, Grosgrain ribbon (Pretty in Pink)
Other: Buttons

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Caardvarks - Red Heart Challenge

Caardvarks Red Hearts

This real red and chocolate chip card was created for the Caardvarks Red Heart Challenge.

I was trying to make a card in the shape of a heart like I did in elementary school. :) (I will edit this to show how the card opens up.)

The card was simple to make and I loved using the I {Love} Love jumbo wheel to create a sentiment. And the Sending Love DSP is perfect for this time of year.

Happy Tuesday! Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Inspired Crafters Ad Challenge

SSC #3

One of my many goals this year is to get caught up with scrapping my vacation photos. However, I often find myself lacking inpsiration.

I used this challenge from Inspired Crafters to get me jump started on this page about our visit to Mazatlan.

The advertisement I used is from Food & Wine magazine which my husband has lying all over the house. I didn't try to use the magazine layout exactly, but rather, pulled the colors (yellow, orange, green, red) to create my page.
Inspired Crafters Ad

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mini Favour Bag

Valentine favor

At my last Sea to Sky Stampers' meeting, we made this cute mini favour bag. The nice thing about this favour bag is that it's only 2" high and you can use up a lot of scraps laying around. Mini!! Perfect for a Hersey kiss or a small candy.

This is great Valentine's gift for kids or co-workers. In a different season, this favour can be used for weddings, baby showers, or whatever your heart desires.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Clean & Simple Sketch #74

Clean & Simple 74

I am in love with this sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping!

For this card, I ran the front of the card through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder. (Love the little dots!!) The image is from the Happy Moments set available through the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

Clean & Simple 74 close

I added some glitter to the circles on the top gift box so that the card wasn't too plain. A little bit of paper piercing and popped up using dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today!

The Goods:

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Real Read, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Happy Moments
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots impressions folder, paper piercer, Stampin' dimensionals, glitter

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Valentine's Choo Choo

This is a less girly card to give out on Valentine's Day.  Perfect for a young boy or a big boy. Not too girly. My husband likes that.

This card uses the Whoo's Your Valentine? set and the scallop trim border punch available (for FREE) through Sale-A-Bration.
If you are loving this border punch as much as I am, I would suggest getting it now. The punch will be available for sale in the new catalogue which comes out July 1st.

Don't forget about the Retired Items Sale this Sunday, January 24th from 1 - 3 PM! Lots of patterned paper, cardstock and stamps (of course) will be deeply discounted. All to make room for new goodies and my new baby!

See you there! E-mail me for directions.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Stitched Felt Flowers

Love Wheel

Have you seen the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt flowers? They are really beautiful pieces that are full of whimsy.

The felt flowers coordinate nicely with the Sweet Pea DSP stack. For $32.95, you get 48 sheets of double-sided designs. A great deal.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TESC #98


Another great challenge at Taylored Expressions!

This time,  I used the fabulous combination of chocolate chip, very vanilla, real red and pretty in pink. I was thrilled to use the new clear mounted stamps, designer series paper and the jumbo wheel from the new mini-catalogue. And, of course, the polka dot embossing folder!

Thanks for looking!

The Goods:

Stamp Set: Vintage Labels ~ Sale-A-Bration; I {Love} Love jumbo wheel
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pretty in Pink cardstock, Sending Love DSP
Ink: Real Red, Pixie Pink, Chocolate Chip
Other stuff: Very Vanill grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Trim border punch, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Monday, January 18, 2010


I completed my December Daily album last week. It felt great to get this project off the table and start on new ones.

I kept the pages simple and hand journalled everything. It helped to have a photo printer so I could print off my photos at my leisure.

Here's a look at some of the pages in the album:

December 2009 album 002

December 2009 album 003

December 2009 album 004

I used a lot of my stash, particulary the number stickers and die cuts, plus most of my holiday-themed scrapbook paper.

Will I do this project again? Not sure. I enjoyed it, but I was not always in the right frame of mind to do this.

This year, I have a photo-a-day or project 365 theme in mind. So, hopefully, this project will take over the December Daily. I'll keep you updated on this new project as I complete it.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tea for Two - 365 Cards

365 Tea Time

I came across this card challenge blog ~ 365 Cards ~ purely by accident, but I'm so glad that I did.

This card was made for Day 320 - Tea for Two. I'm not fond of tea or coffee, but I felt this cute cup from the Pun Fun set would work for this challenge. I'm really loving the colors of pinks, reds and browns at the moment. Maybe next week, I'll start using non-traditional combos. We'll see.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Goods:

Stamps: Pun Fun, All Holidays
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Rich Razzleberry, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Other stuff: Gold brads, circle punch, scallop trim border punch

Friday, January 15, 2010

Caardvarks New Year Kick-Off Challenge

Caardvarks is one of the many amazing card challenge blogs out there. One of my goals this year is to improve my cardmaking and participating in challenge blogs is a great way to do it.

This exclusive sketch was designed by Becky Fleck, creator of Page Maps, where I was lucky enough to be published in last year!

My card used the Whoo's Your Valentine? set which is brand new in the Idea Book & Catalogue. I also used the new Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to give the card texture. The bottom border was punched out with chocolate chip cardstock using the scallop trim border punch available now through Sale-A-Bration.

You can get this punch for free! Ask me how.

The background paper in the above image is also new. It's called Sending Love. Each sheet is double-sided and it shimmers!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sale A Bration Open House & Retired Items Sale

Come join me on January 24th to kick of Sale-A-Bration and the new Mini Occasions Catalogue.

Sunday, January 24th from  1 - 3PM
Please call or e-mail for directions.

Here's your chance to play with the new products available from the mini occasions catalogue and the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

But there's more!

To make room for all the new Stampin' Up! products I will be receiving (and the new baby on its way!), I must sell all my retired SU product and other scrapbook items.

Here's a quick peek:

Garage sale photo

Garage sale

The majority of these items have not been used or are gently used.

Check in soon and I'll have a list of some of the items up for grabs.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Scrapbook Catch Up

I finally took an opportunity to start on scrapping our photos from our recent trip to Mexico. There were over 300 photos to sift through.

I used the Sunny Day Simply Scrappin' Kit (#115700) as the basis for all the layouts in this album. What I love about this kit (and all Simply Scrappin' Kits) is that they coordinate with a stamp set in the catalogue.

Cabo Pg 1 Cabo pg 2

I didn't use all the kit contents for these two pages, but as I go through the process, I will use the majority of the kit for the remainder of my layouts. And all my stash. Lots of things for me to use up there. :)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Color Inspiration #57

Another card challenge from KWerner. Her color challenges are far and few, so when she puts one up, it's good to just jump right on in.

I used the Manhattan Flower embossing folder and colored the embossed portion with Cameo Coral.

KWerner 57

Thanks for looking!

TE Sketch Challenge #97

My first challenge submission of the new year!

I love the Sizzlit Cupcake die cut. Not only does it come with a heart embellishment, but also candles and sprinkles.


Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Stinky Sweet

Gearing up for Valentine's Day (what! already!?). What's cuter than a stinky sweet skunk giving a flower to your honey?

Valentine skunk

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another Pun Fun Card

If you read yesterday's post, here is another variation of the invitation using the rocket image from the Pun Fun set.

This is a cool invite for a boy's birthday party.

Rocket invite

Rocket invite open

I also made a birthday card from the same image and similar colors.

Rocket BDAY

With all the new products coming out, it's often nice to revisit my older stamp sets and see what I can create.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pun Fun Invites

I came across this invite and loved it so much that I created one using my Pun Fun stamp set.

I am in love with this colour combo at the moment - orange (of course!), cream and green.

Hip hip invite

The slot punch holds the card nicely in place. Pull out the card and the info is there. Of course, this card can be turned into a birthday card. I love the idea and I'll be posting many more variations.

Hip hip invite open

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In Colour Inspiration

One of the nice things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that I get a magazine called Stampin' Success - exclusive to demos - that is full of fantastic ideas.

I was inspired by Jan Tink's cards that were featured in the magazine. I cased the colour combinations that she used - the in-colours with old olive.

In Colour Bday 2

In Colour Bday

The bright colours are great inspiration for the dreary January that we face.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sale-A-Bration 2010 is here!

Promotion Dates: January 5-March 31, 2010

Promotion Details

Now is a great time to get in on all the fun. With your order, you can receive stamp sets for FREE! Our Sale-A-Bration promotion gives reason for everyone to celebrate!

Customers: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $65 purchase (before tax and shipping).

Hostesses: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $395* in workshop sales**, in addition to our regular hostess benefits.

Click on the catalogue below to see the Sale-A-Bration items.

New Occasions Mini Catalogue

Click on the image to view

The 2010 Occasions Mini Catalogue is full of fabulous new stamps and accessories. Need to get a head start on your Valentine's Day cards? Birthdays? Easter? This catalogue has all the stamps you need and more!

New to Stampin' Up! are repositionable clear-mount stamps. I love these stamps. They take up very little space and you can see exactly where your image will be stamped! And still have Stampin' Up!'s excellent quality.

The clear-mount stamps are available in this mini-catalogue and will be available in future catalogues. For those who are stamp purists, the wood mounted stamps aren't going anywhere.

Starting with the new 2010 Occasions Mini Catalogue and continuing with all new punch designs going forward, Stampin' Up! has adopted a new body style for our punches!

A few features of the new punch style:

  • Low-profile, rectangular punch body allows for easier stacking and storing
  • Punches lock shut for easier storage and transport Punches lock shut for easier storage and transport
  • Dual labels on top and end allow for easy identification and selection when stored
  • Available in three sizes: small, medium, and extra-large
  • New punches allow for larger punched images and more intricate designs while providing greater ease of use.
  • Extra -large punch images also allow for two-step designs like the Two-Step Bird punch in the Occasions Mini Catalogue
  • Corner punches allow you to punch a corner design along the inside edges of a page, not just corners
  • Larger, whole-hand handle design provides better leverage for easier use
  • Available in an exclusive Stampin' Up! color
This is a long post, I know, but I'm very excited about this new catalogue. If you haven't received your 2010 Occasions Mini Catalogue yet, send me an e-mail and I'll send one your way for FREE.

With your order, you can receive stamps sets for FREE! Read about Sale-A-Bration in my next post.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

What's your New Year's resolution? If you want to get your creative mojo going, now is the best time to join the Card Attack Technique Club.

We are club that meets once a month to learn a new stamping technique and you get to use all my great tools.

What you get:

·FREE monthly club meetings with your ‘club mates’, where you learn techniques, do make n’ takes, and use my tools, punches, stampsets and die-cut machine (The Big Shot).

· One month where YOU get to be the ‘hostess’ and receive the first level of hostess benefits ($20 free merchandise & a free stampset).

· Increase your benefits in your hostess month by hosting a workshop for you and your friends. All orders placed at the event will be added to the club month, to increase your hostess dollars dramatically! Or, just sit back with your automatic first level benefits if you choose.

Now is the best time to join since Sale-A-Bration is here! Get free stamps sets with your order!

What you do:

· Sign up for 6 months in the club.

· Each month, contribute at least $25 in orders (post-dated cheque or Visa/MC authorizations) - which will go towards the benefits of that month’s ‘hostess’

Date & Time: Fourth Tuesday of every month (January – June). From 7 – 9 PM


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