November 30, 2009

I'm ALIVE!!!!!!

 For those of you who thought I dropped off of the face of the earth... I'm still alive!  Unfortunately last weekend I had a major seizure (don't worry, I have epilepsy, so not all that unusual)  But as my sis refers to it... my brain did a "control, alt, delete"  and the reboot process seems to be much like working on a computer with the Vista program installed:)  I'm now back to the land of the living and looking forward to some serious crafting.

This was a page I managed to pull off on one of my days of recovery!  Poor Lucas had his family dinner the same day as his birthday party so we just continued on with the same cake (notice the bottom half is missing in the second photo!)

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My Digital Studio: Happy B-Day Designer Kit

November 26, 2009

Don't Miss Out on SU's Clearance Rack!

The idea for these quick and easy Thank You cards came from a card I saw on Andrea Walford's blog.   I made the one's that Andrea had designed and noticed my little Felt Flurries in the same container.  I couldn't resist!  These adorable embellishments are still available in Stampin' Up's Clearance Rack by placing an online order through my demonstrator site.  You can't go wrong at $8.99 (regular $18.95) for 69 laser-cut felt snowflakes in Ruby Red, Baja Breeze and Whisper White!  One minor change that I made was to use a White Signo Gel Pen to do the accents in the scallops instead of punching holes. 

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Stamp Set(s):  Thank You Kindly 111700
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Ruby Red
Baja Breeze, Ruby Red
Embellishments: Felt Flurries Accents and Elements, Clear Rhinestone Brads
Sizzix:  Scallop Square Bigz Die

Simply Sent Thank Yous!

I love to acknowledge all of the wonderful people who come out to my workshops and what nicer way of doing it than with a card!  I really love the Simply Sent Card Kits for this reason... I can make multiples of a card or two and not spend a ton of time prepping materials.   When I send out these thank you cards I make sure to write my little note on a post-it so that they can re-use the cards.  These little thank you notes will also mention your Rapid Rewards for the month!  These card kits are perfect for the stamping pro and non-stampers alike!  They come with everything you need including: stamps, ink, ribbons, brads, buttons, cardstock, DSP, and envelopes!

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 Simply Sent Card Kit:  No One Like You #114598

November 24, 2009

One Space Left of Last Stamp-a-Stack!

 Well,  I've got a cancellation in my last Stamp-a-Stack of the season and first one to reply gets it!  Remember, a $75 merchandise purchase means you do the Stamp-a-Stack for FREE!  Feel free to combine this with the current Holiday Extravaganza sale and I'll place your order now!  This class is on Sunday December 6th from 7-10pm.

November 23, 2009

Holiday Extravaganza Sale Starts Today!

Regular Price
Discounted Price
Framed with Love Bundle
  • Framed with Love stamp set
  • Full Heart punch
Thank You Kindly Bundle
  • Thank You Kindly stamp set
  • Scallop Edge punch
Thank You Kindly Bundle (French)
  • Tous mes remerciements stamp set
  • Scallop Edge punch
Animal Crackers Bundle
  • Animal Crackers stamp set
  • Star Designer brads
Corduroy Button Bundle
  • Kraft Corduroy buttons
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
  • Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
  • Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons
Game Night Bundle
  • Card Games stamp set
  • Game Night stamp set
Four Square Bundle
  • Four Square stamp set
  • Scallop Square punch
Heart to Heart Bundle
  • Love You Much stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Heart to Heart Bundle (Spanish)
  • Te Quiero Mucho stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Heart to Heart Bundle (French)
  • J't'aime beaucoup stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Chipboard Letter Bundle
  • On Board Timeless Type
  • On Board Loads of Letters
Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle
  • Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Rose Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle*
  • Best Wishes & More stamp set
  • Eight Great Greetings stamp set
  • On a Pedestal stamp set
  • Earth Elements Stampin' Spots
  • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Flower Designer brads
Build-A-Brad Bundle
  • Calendar Alphabet stamp set
  • Pewter Build-A-Brad
  • Antique Brass Build-A-Brad
Enjoy Every Moment Bundle
  • Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
  • Circle Designer brads
  • Flower Designer brads
Enjoy Every Moment Bundle (French)
  • Profiter de chaque instant stamp set
  • Circle Designer brads
  • Flower Designer brads
Cheep Talk Bundle
  • Cheep Talk stamp set
  • Note cards
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
Sock Monkey Bundle
  • Sock Monkey stamp set
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons
Sock Monkey Bundle (French)
  • Sing-chaussette stamp set
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons
Alphabet Bundle
  • Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
  • Lovely Letters stamp set
Simply Said Bundle
  • Simply Said stamp set
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Full Heart punch
Simply Said Bundle (French)
  • Amitié stamp set
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Full Heart punch
On Board Bundle
  • On Board So Tweet
  • On Board Batch of Blooms
  • On Board Essentials
Christmas Décor Bundle #1
  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Kraft, Real Red)
  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
Christmas Décor Bundle #2
  • Holly Beary Wreath Décor Elements (Chocolate, Real Red)
  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
Christmas Décor Bundle #3
  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Old Olive, Real Red)
  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
For All You Do Bundle
  • For All You Do stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
For All You Do Bundle (French)
  • Merci pour tout stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
For All You Do Bundle (Spanish)
  • Por todo lo que haces stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
Striped Ribbon Bundle
  • Bashful Blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Bling Bundle
  • Sticky Pages
  • Sticky Cuts Sweet
  • Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter
  • Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter
Fresh-Cut Bundle
  • Fresh Cuts stamp set
  • Fresh-Cut Notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
Fresh-Cut Bundle (French)
  • Fraicheur exuise stamp set
  • Fresh-Cut Notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
Pendant Note Bundle
  • Pendant Park stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
Pendant Note Bundle (French)
  • Adorable parc stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
Pendant Note Bundle (Spanish)
  • Un dia en el parque stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
Sporting Bundle #1
  • Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
  • Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements
Sporting Bundle #2
  • Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements
Sporting Bundle #3
  • Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
  • Black Just Sports Décor Elements
Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements
Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements
5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
Scallop Square punch
Full Heart punch
Heart to Heart punch
Scallop Edge punch
Circle Designer brads
Flower Designer brads
Star Designer brads
Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements
Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements
Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements
Medium Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements
   *This bundle is only available while supplies last.

Things to Remember:
  • Orders may be placed as customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online orders.
  • The sale begins Monday, November 23, 2009, 12:01 AM (MT), and ends Monday November 30, 2009, 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Discounts range between 30 percent and 50 percent.
  • For online orders, discounts will be shown in the shopping bag at checkout.
  • The Distribution Center will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, 2009,                             for the US Thanksgiving holiday. No orders will ship on those days.
  • Order deadlines:

    • Phone: Monday, November 30, 2009; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX and Online: Monday, November 30, 2009; 11:50 PM (MT)

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These items are available as part of club orders as well as we couldn't have timed it better!

November 20, 2009

Putting a Serious Dent in Christmas Cards

I having been looking at this Holiday Photo Card Kit #115667 on my desk for the past couple of weeks and today I finally got off my buns and spent 30 minutes FINISHING these 12 Christmas cards and coordinating envelopes.  Yes, you read it right... FINISHING!  As I send out over 70 Christmas cards every year... this kit is the solution to my  problems!  I have a large family back east who expects their Christmas photos of the boys every year. I've got a great start on my cards now between this kit and the 40+ cards I've done for Stamp-a-Stacks this season.

As a special promotion... anyone who orders three of these cards kits for their Christmas photos will get the coordinating Christmas Greetings #115448 Stamp set for free!  That would mean 36 Christmas cards ready and a free stamp set to boot!

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Stamp Set(s): Christmas Greetings
Paper: Holiday Photo Card Kit
Ink: Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red
Embellishments: Holiday Photo Card Kit

November 19, 2009

So Easy!

 This was just a quick and easy page I completed using My Digital Studio.  This was our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch with my niece and nephew.  I haven't asked for permission to post their photos so I'll need to wait to show you those pages!  I love how easy this program is and the fact that I actually seem to be catching up with my scrapbooks!

*All orders of My Digital Studio placed between today and November 30th will receive a gift certificate for $20 from me that they can use towards an upcoming class or product purchase!*

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My Digital Studio:  Cast-a-Spell add on

November 16, 2009

Last Two Classes of the Year!

First off, I must start by saying that this adorable idea was not mine, and I can't give credit.  I put the picture of this adorable little project in my iPhoto box and didn't add a title, which usually includes the address.  The original was slightly different in colour, but if it was yours, please email me and I'll give you credit!
In this class we'll be making this adorable little card holder in case you want to pass some of these sweet tags on as gifts as well as 8 of the gift tags.  Not only that, but you'll also go home with the stamp set so you can do all of your Christmas tags!  This class will be limited to 8 (that's all my classroom fits:)

Sparkly and Bright Christmas Tag Class

When:  Tuesday December 8th from 8-10pm
Cost: $30 
(includes card box, 8 tags and Sparkly and Bright Stamp Set)

RSVP no later than Monday November 23rd to guarantee the arrival of your stamp set!
For those of you who decide to RSVP immediately I'll order your sets as soon as possible so you can have them ASAP to make other Christmas cards!  For those of you in Canada, this kit can also be shipped to you to complete in the comfort of your own home! Email me for details!

Christmas Tag Class
When: Thursday December 3rd
Time: 7:30-10pm
Cost: $10
*FREE with $35 product purchase that evening*

We will be making 30 tags (3 each of 10 different designs)

RSVP early to avoid disappointment, class will be limited to 8

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November 15, 2009

I Needed A Break

Since I got done as much on my report cards as I could this weekend, I decided that I should be rewarded:)  I gave myself some play time tonight.  Check back tomorrow for a class announcement that you won't want to miss:)  This was just a quick card that I made using the Faux Vellum technique that we did for club this month:)

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Stamp Set(s):  Wings of Friendship, En Francais
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Soft Suede, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango
Embellishments: Soft Suede Ribbon

November 14, 2009

What To Do When You're Procrastinating:)

 I've been working on my Report Cards for HOURS today and I promised myself that there would be no going into my craft room until they were 75% done!  Fortunately for me my MDS is on my laptop and not in my craft room:)

I decided to give myself a break and play with some photos of the boys that were recently taken at their school.  I haven't done photos like these in three years now, and although they seem to cost an arm and a leg they are sooooo worth it!

Now, back to the report cards!  

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November 10, 2009

Quick and Easy!

I just wanted to show one of those quick and easy gift tags that is absolutely perfect for using up all of the little scraps of DSP that we seem to have left over.    This particular 3x3 card has a 2 7/8" square of Soft Suede.  To make the perfect size squares of DSP for the mini notecard I used my 1 3/8" square punch.  I love making up a little set of these from one sheet of 12x 12 cardstock as you can get 8 cards out of it.  Finally I finished it off my using my Delightful Decorations #116517 stamp set with the coordinating Ornament Punch #116794.   Last but not least I finshed it off with my absolute FAVOURITE embellishment, the Clear Rhinestone Brads #113144.  If you want the perfect solution for packaging these little notecards, check out this post:

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Stamp Set(s): Delightful Decorations
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP, Real Red
Ink: Real Red
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestone Brads
Punches: Ornament Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch

November 09, 2009

Couldn't Resist:)

I couldn't resist sharing these two pictures with you.  The first is of the cake that I made for Lucas' 4th birthday on Sunday and the second... my favourite... is of his face when he saw his birthday cake in the morning!  This was one of those traditions that my mother started with my brother, sister and I when we were born and somehow it has carried on!  I think that I have carpal tunnel after this one:)

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November 08, 2009

I've Opened a Can of Worms!

Well... not literally!  I finally had some time... or really I didn't, but I was procrastinating:)  I decided to put these gorgeous Decor Elements on the walls of my Craft room.  I'm in love!  This all stemmed from those little trash buckets I was working on the other day:)  My personal favourite was the one that I originally bought for one of the boys' rooms.  As one of my girlfriends said, "the only way to make it any more perfect would have been to change the paper airplane into a Big Shot!"

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Sizzix: Beautiful Butterflies, Vinyl
Decor Elements: Create

November 07, 2009

Pretty Trash!

Yesterday, one of my downline members had commented on the little garbage pails on the table in my club night photos.  She was just commenting on how cute they were:)  Well, first of all, the idea for the little bucket garbage cans came from one of my customers after doing a workshop at her house last weekend.  She had put 2 on each table for the ladies to dump their little scraps into.  I loved the idea as I am an organization freak and this would keep the table a lot tidier.  I remembered that I had bought 8 of these in the summer thinking, "maybe these will come in handy someday!" Well, they found their purpose!

Now, after my downline's comment I decided that I should probably go and add some embellishments to my buckets to "Stampin' Up" them:)  I thought that this was the perfect use for some of my Decor Elements.  Not only that, but I got to use my SU vinyl and make the butterflies using my Big Shot!

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Embellishments: Rose Red and Chocolate Chip 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon,
Decor Elements: Rose Red and Chocolate Chip Flower Decor Elements (Bulk buy for Demonstrators only),  Decor Elements Sheets (Chocolate)

Sizzix:  SU Beautiful Butterflies Die

November 06, 2009

Battery Problems a Bonus!

Have you ever had one of those days where you wander around in circles not getting anything done?  Well today was one of those:)  I've been meaning to get some cards posted but I couldn't find my camera cord, in my search I ran into a basket of laundry that needed folding and when I realized that there was only one of Lucas' gloves in the basket I went off looking for that.... anyone else see where this is going???? 

Anyway, the camera cord has now been found and the laundry folded!  As for that glove, it apparently walked away on its own! 

This card was a case of Mary Fish's card, but as you can see it changed a little along the way. I too was needing a birthday card for my brother-in-law that day and loved this idea!  I love how clean the Circle Circus Stamp #115778 set looks!  When I first went to take my photo, the camera batteries must have been dying because I could only get black and white photos.  I really liked the look of it and think that I may have to recreate this card using the Basic Gray and Going Gray!

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Stamp Set(s): Circle Circus, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White
Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Old Olive
Embellishments: Vintage Brads
Punches: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch

November 04, 2009

A Simple Card... but wait!

When my club ladies arrived tonight I showed them this simple card front.  It was probably a little disappointing for a group of very talented women ready to learn new techniques.  What they didn't know was what was inside!

We finally made our first Pop Up card!  Now this was just my sample, there's were much more beautiful when they finished.  After making my first tree, I decided to remove all sharp objects from the table while they were working:)  

It was a little embarrassing at how fast they all put their trees together.  Mine required watching the video in slow motion a multitude of times!  I got it down by card three:)

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November 03, 2009

Club Sneak Peak:)

Tomorrow night is one of my favourite nights... Club Night!   I love to blog surf looking for creative new techniques to share with my girls.  This particular technique using the Autumn Days stamp set #115452 is called, "Faux Torn Vellum".  Although I made some changes, the original idea for my card came from Gretchen Barron's blog.  I love the combination of the current In Colours.  I masked off my envelope and did just a small corner to coordinate with the cardfront. 

Check back tomorrow for our second club card!

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Stamp Set(s): Autumn Days, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango
Embellishments: Vintage Brads
Tools: Modern Label Punch, Sponges
Sizzix: Curly Label Movers and Shapers Die

November 02, 2009

The Most Talented Girls!

I've been blessed to have a PHENOMENALLY talented group of women in my West Coast Creators Team.  Not only have I been blessed to learn many new things about stamping/ scrapbooking, but I have also made many close friends.

I wanted to share some swap cards with you from our recent West Coast Creators Meeting.  Make sure to click on the names to check out the girls blogs!

This gorgeous card was done by Heather Johnston.  I'm a sucker for fall colours:)

 This stunning card was was created by Jody Makela.  I love the way that they background texturz plates tie right in with the DSP!

This beauty was made by Meilani Smith using one of my favourites, the Ghosting Technique for the background:)

 The next card was done by Sarah Newman.  I love how she using a punch to create a stencil for the masked portion of the center of the card!  How beautiful!

 I will admit that  I am in love with the Holiday Lounge DSP and as a result I was smitten with Sandra Farrell's card.  I love the use of this colour on a Christmas card, and her layout ROCKS!

This adorable punch art card was done by Sabriena Satchwell.  Although the singing reindeer is an idea many of us are familar with, I love how Sabriena made it her own!  Oh, and if you didn't notice, the dazzling diamonds along the snowline finishes the card perfectly!

 This super cute card was created by Shanda Stirk.  I will admit that after seeing this card I've given in and bought the stamp set!  I love her layout too!

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November 01, 2009

A Gift for My Hostess

I had a great afternoon today with an AMAZING group of women.  This was just one of the gifts that I made for my hostess.  It was a box with four completed Christmas cards and coordinating envelopes.  I love to demonstrate ideas for my friends that they can package their cards in.  I demo'd these easy card boxes and then I email all of my ladies a PDF file with instructions if there's a project that I think that they would like to try and make at home again:)

I'm now booking my workshops for January... it's Sale-a-bration time again!  Make sure to book yours early to guarantee that you get a date!

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Stamp Set(s):  Serene Snowflake, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Simple Snowflake
Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty, Soft Suede, Brushed Gold Cardstock, Glossy White Cardstock
Ink: Versamark, Soft Suede
Embellishments: Gold Brads

Tools: Modern Label Punch, Curly Label Movers and Shapers Die, Magnetic Movers and Shapers, Oval Frame Die, Snowflake Punch

Catching Up...

I've got tons of stuff to post for you and what seems like a shortage of hours in the day!  I'm almost on top of everything and should be back to my regular posts by tomorrow!  In the meantime... here's a fabulous new offer from Stampin' Up.  They've announced their Holiday Extravaganza Gift Giving Guide Promo.  With every $65 worth of merchandise purchased from the listed items, you'll receive ANY DECOR ELEMENT up to $22.95 in value for FREE!  There is no limit to how many free Decor Elements you can receive... for example if you purchase $185 from the guide then you can get three Decor Elements for FREE!  By clicking on the Decor Elements catalogue picture in my sidebar you will be able to view the catty; there are some GORGEOUS Christmas decorations in this catty so don't miss out.  *** There is even a Big Shot Package in here****   You can check out more details by clicking on my Shop Now link and then choosing Shop Now in the top right and then Holiday Gift Guide:)  Have fun!  Remember that any order over $50 qualifies for my Rapid Rewards Program!

This page is a just a sampling of one of three pages of items available!

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