Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ribbon and Bath Salt and Bingo, Oh My!

Happy Sunday!

I'm up bright and early and just about ready to head out of my walk with Doodle Dog before it gets too hot.  Going to be a lovely, 27 degrees Sunday- woo hoo!

It's been a crazy busy week that has had my multitasking skills stretched to the max!  No one thing, just lots and lots of little, time-consuming fun.

I got all of my ribbon in for my ribbon shares.  First cutting ...
.. then sorting ... then wrapping.
 Next up is packaging and labelling, finishing with mailing and pick up!

Oh ... I have another Ribbon Share being ordered today ... Canadians who would like in on it drop me a message!  $65 for a whole SWACK o' ribbon!

Rebecca had a fun week as they celebrated the end of the year with some fun activities and and award ceremony.  She won an award for the top achievement in her grade for Construction.  She (and her wood-working Papa) were over the moon!
I spent the better part of Tuesday night making bath salt gifts.  How cute are THESE?
I have a case of the great little jars I swiped from my Dad's stash.  The hold the perfect amount of sweets ... or salts ... for gift giving.  For the bath salts I used:
1/4 c epsom salt
1.5 tablespoons baking soda
2 drops essential oil (I used a floral scent but any would work)

I decorated the jar with some Lemon Lime twist DSP (from theEastern Palace DSP), a punched out label from the Label Me Pretty Bundle (stamped in Berry Burst ink) and a sentiment from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  ***  Using Fast Fuse tape or Tear and Tape is a MUST for this project.  Even though I "curled" the card stock with my bone folder snail just doesn't hold more than 24 hours!

I finished it off with a rhinestone and some bakers twine.

I had a boo boo this week ... caught my nail on Koda's leesh and bent it backwards half way down my pinky.  Youch!  Couldn't type with it for 2 days!
Had another epic Bingo Night Friday ... but I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures!

I DID take pictures of the quick and easy projects we made though ...

I'm tellin' ya - our Notecard and Envelopes are the BOMB for quick and easy cards!  I was designing these at 1:00 pm the day of the bingo (bingo was at 6:30!)  LOVE them!

It was a fun, albeit busy, week ... and it will be even busier THIS week with Rebecca writing all her exams (and coming home at 11:00 each day) and Alicia having non stop activities .. games day, field trip, Grade 6 Farewell, lunch out with friends and last day party.  I still have teacher gifts to complete and package up, memory books to have signed, cards to make and write, "grad" presents to package up ... and a Doodle to walk so I better get on with it!

Whatever you get up to this week, have a stampy one!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

At Home with You Bundle

Happy Wednesday!

How's THIS for a fun bundle???

Next order goes in this weekend!  Canadians can order through my store here.  Orders under $200 need to enter hostess code 6SB4EFVE at the checkout to receive a gift in the mail from me.

Have a stampy night!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Color Theory Suite

Happy Monday!

No time to chat - LOTS to do before June 30th so a few more videos I found.

Check out the FAB, SO VERSATILE product suite Color Theory.

If you would like to place an order (in Canada) hit my online store here.  If your order is under $200 enter Hostess Code 6SB4EFVE at the checkout and I will mail you a Thank You gift and handmade card :)

Have a stampy Monday!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bright Wishes and Crafting Forever

Happy Sunday!

... and Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!

Craig is sleeping in and, once I finish this post, I'll walk Doodle Dog so I can get back and start making brunch.  Our Dads are coming over so we can pamper them with food, coffee and *maybe* a rematch of some Crib.  We seriously are so blessed to be able to call these men our dads.  Two of the very best men around :)

So today I am FINALLY sharing a card I made quite a few weeks ago ... I just never got around to sharing it.  It uses the new set Bright Wishes ...
I love this card!  I hemmed and hawwwwed a lot when I first saw this set as to whether or not to get it.  I thought it really was a bit of a "one trick pony", but I just loved the image so I got it.  It's kinda like a bag of chips ... when you CRAVE the chips you might as well just HAVE the chips cause you know EVENTUALLY you're gunna.  Right?  Same thing with me and stamps.  I'll EVENTUALLY get it so let's just buy it now and get it out of our system ... and it's calorie free! *lol*

For this one I simply silver embossed the image, matted the layer on Basic Grey card stock and colored the flowers with my Real Red and Wild Wasabi markers.  I popped up sentiment and some bling jazz it up a bit.  I love the simplicity and the little pop of color.

I played with this set for quite a while, actually, and I have a few other totally different ideas I still have to perfect before sharing.  However!  I DO have a second one to share that I'm SUPER excited about!

I recently saw cards popping up on Pinterest using the pen from the new Crafting Forever stamp set.

When I first saw this set at On Stage back in April I was on the fence as to whether or not I would get it.  I wasn't sure I'd use it that much.  Now I need it, if only for the pen image!  Check out what I did with it ...
Hee Hee. Love it!  Now I realize it would be better if the pen was a pencil but we'll overlook that, right?

I just think I'm so clever only HALF stamping the Bright Wishes image.  PERFECT for the lazy stamper *lol*.  I used Basic Grey ink for the well.  I tried using Smoky Slate to make it a lighter, more "pencil-like" shade but to be honest the ink was too juicy and although I wouldn't say it "bled" I didn't get the crisp lines I wanted.  To fade the color out a bit I used a finger dauber to soften the edge of the ink.

I used Berry Burst ink for the sentiment (from Work of Art) and Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist markers for the pen.  Yes, I used old fashioned paper snips to cut it out.  I used the edge of my bone folder to curl the pen just a little, and only taped it down on the tip so it popped up off the page ever so slightly.  Three colored enamel dots bring in a little more color, texture and interest.  I matted it on Berry Burst (which I now realize I didn't order more of on yesterdays order!!) and popped the whole thing up on dimensionals.

I really love the final result.  Clean, quick and easy.  I have SO MANY line art sets that this would work well with.  The From the Herd set, the Peacock, lots of flowers sets ... Time to dust a few of them off and get busy!

So that's it for today.  Wishing all the dads out there a fantastic, stampy day!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Home Life Bundle

Happy Saturday!

OK - I think this is the last video for a while.  Check out THIS bundle.  I love that there is (finally) a great set for new home owners / welcome to the neighbourhood-type cards.  Love it!

Have a stampy Saturday!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Oh So Eclectic Bundle

Happy Friday!

Another video!  ... don't worry ... I've been playing and have "real" projects to share soon!  Keep popping back!

Have a stampy day :)


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit

Happy Thursday!

Did someone say "kit"??!!  My Fave!  They are a MUST for the upcoming summer break and camping get aways!  Order yours to have on hand for those rainy days!

Have a stampy day!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Coffee Café Bundle

Happy Wednesday!

I can't wait to get my hands on this bundle!  Any one else see awesome "coffee gift card" cards here??  Coffee gift cards are the go-to Teacher Gift in my circle.  How about yours?

Enjoy and have a stampy day!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Designer Series Paper (2017-2018 Annual Catalog)

Happy Tuesday!

Here are the rest of the designer papers in the new catalogue!

Have a stampy day!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Specialty Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Happy Monday!

... hmmmm ... I feel a paper share coming on ...

Have a stampy night!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Embossing Paste

Happy Sunday!

Gloomy day in Edmonton today.  I fell a Craft Cave kinda day coming on - woo hoo!

In the meantime let's watch another video.  My paste should arrive tomorrow.  I LOVE texture on cards for added interest.  I can't WAIT to play with this stuff!

Whatever you get up to today I hope you get some stamping in ... and that you have a stampy day :)


Saturday, June 10, 2017

You Move Me Bundle

Happy Saturday!

I *may* have squealed when I saw this demo at the On Stage even in April.  Mine comes Monday.  Can't WAIT!

Have a stampy Saturday!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Little Wild Bundle

Happy Thursday!

We got to see this set back in April - it's so cute!  I agree - it does more than just make tags.  There are lots of options for cards too.

I'm off to Costco to buy supplies for tomorrow's Coffee and Cards class.  Message me if you are in the Edmonton, Alberta area and want to come!

Have a stampy day :)


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Eastern Beauty Bundle

Happy Wednesday!

A beautiful 29 degrees is the forecast for today - gunna be a LOVELY walk with Doodles this morning!

Another video showing the Eastern Beauty Bundle.  I must admit, when I first saw it I thought "Oh.  Good.  Another medallion set."  ** insert sarcastic tone and eye roll here ** ... but being the addict I am I bought it anyway.  Ya.  I apologize to the medallion Gods.  I was wrong.  So very, very wrong.  We made this card at class last night ...
 There truly are SO many variations of the medallion design you can make with this bundle.  Love it!

Here are all four cards we made last night .... and are making again Friday.  If you are in the Edmonton area and want to come along send me a message!
Here is the video.  Enjoy, and have a stampy day!!!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Happy Tuesday!

Video time!  Check out the new 3D Folders.  Ordered mine yesterday!

Have a stampy day!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Love Today Planner Kit

Happy Monday!

I SHOULD be designing cards for class tomorrow night ... but ... you KNOW that's how I roll!  Procrastinate as loooooong as possible then get all crazy stressed that I have SO much to do!  Hee hee.  I'm not worried.  It ALWAYS comes together ... and with so may great new toys to play with I don't expect it will take long to come up with something FAB!

I want to start sharing videos of some of the new products in the new catalogue.  Planners are ALL the rage these days and THIS little gem is top of my list for my next order.  LOVE it!

Want one??  Live in Edmonton?  Message me before June 14th and I'll add it to my order to save you shipping!  Live elsewhere in Canada?  Order one here.  If your total order is under $200 enter hostess code VN4S2MZF at the checkout and I'll mail you a special thank you gift :)
I guess that's it ... off I go to create something beautiful for tomorrow!  Have a stampy night!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Soft Sayings All-Inclusive Card Kit

Happy Sunday!

I'm yawning like CRAZY this morning and really wasn't done sleeping.  Alas, I'm one who really does rise and set with the sun so around 5:00 a, I start to stir.  All good!  I get to spend a few hours in the lovely quiet, drinking coffee with my favourite fluffy sidekick.

Yesterday was my annual Open House / Catalogue Launch / Retired Product Garage Sale.  As ALWAYS it was a great time and I loved having it on a Saturday rather than my traditional Friday.  Thanks to all who came!

I wanted to show a video of the very first item I ordered from the new catalogue back in April, when I was able to PREorder a number of items.  It's the Soft Sayings All Inclusive Card Kit.  Check it out ...

I love love LOVE kits and this one made me squeal!  As was mentioned in the video, not only can you buy the all inclusive kit but you also have the option of buying REFILL kits (ie no stamp set or ink).  LOVE that!  Loved it SO much THIS is the product each of my 16 Bingo Stampers will receive for my upcoming Stamping Bingo events.  I only have TWO spaces left for the June 30th event so Edmonton peeps, make sure you RSVP this week if you want in on the fun!

I'll leave you with a peek at the displays / tables I had set up at my Open House.  Alicia (my 11 year old) did a GRET job setting things up for my garage sale.  She was NOT impressed, however, when I told her I had to move everything so I could PRICE them!  *lol*  Her solution was to just have everyone come up to me and ask me the price during my event.  Ya no.  Sorry Dear ... had to take it all apart and price it!

I'm off to walk Doodles.  Have yourself a stampy Sunday!!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 Annual Catalogue is now LIVE!

Woo Hoo!

Call a baby sitter, grab a cup of coffee, glass of wine or gin and tonic and lock yourself in the bathroom, and get the credit cards ready!  The new catalogue is LIVE and ready to go!

Click on the 2017 Annual Catalogue image over on the right to see all the AWESOME new toys!

Canadian shoppers can shop 24/7 through my online store here

Caniadan orders under $200 that enter the Hostess Code VN4S2MZF at the checkout will receive a gift in the mail from me!!

Now GO!  SHOP!  Be happy!


2017 Catalogue!!!!




Remember ... Canadians can order through my on-line store (starting at noon) here.

Orders under $200 that enter the Hostess Code VN4S2MZF at the checkout will receive a gift in the mail from me!

I will update my links so you can access the catalogue around noon today (may take longer as every demonstrator will be on-line placing those first orders!)

Have a stampy day!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Here is the email I sent out to my customers this morning.  Anyone in Canada can order from my website and can get in on the Ribbon Share.  For long-distance orders, additional shipping costs will be added but I will mail them at the most economical rate (to be determined once I take the whole kit-and-kaboodle to the post office for weighing) ...

Happy Tuesday!

My brain hurts.  

I have spent ALL afternoon yesterday crunching numbers!  I have been deciding what PRIZES to order for the upcoming BINGO night Friday, June 30th (only 2 spots left!!!!  RSVP NOW!!!)  AAAAAAAAAND … crunching number so I can offer you a RIBBON SHARE!

RIBBON SHARES:  What are they?  They are a smaller quantity of LOTS of different ribbons.  There are SOOOO many beautiful new ribbons in the catalogue that goes live THIS THURSDAY (!!!) but to order them all would cost an absolute fortune .. and really, who needs 10 yards of EVERY type and color on offer???  These shares/samplers are the best way to go!

Below I am offering 7 different shares/samplers.  You will get 2 yards (approx 6 feet … or 72 inches) of each ribbon indicated.  Order all 7 of the samplers and you get a discount as well as an extra gift from me (Check it out at the end of the email)

If you were to order all 27 ribbons listed below it would cost you $288.46.  Ack!  Not only that but you would be the proud owner of 270 yards (810 feet!!!!) of ribbon.  Ya.  Pretty sure none of you would ever use it all!

Purchasing all 27 through the share will only cost you $65 (flat) for 54 yards (162 feet) PLUS you get and extra bonus (see below)

He’s what’s on offer …..

1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon.  You get 2 yards of each of the NEW five In Colours: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink. Tranquil Tide. $12

1/4" Ombre Ribbon.  You get 2 yards of each of the following three colours: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lemon Lime Twist $8  (You can’t really tell from the picture but the color fades from dark along one edge to light in the other.  VERY cool!

3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon.  You get 2 yards of each of the following three colours: Crumb Cake, Softy Sky, Whisper White. $8

3/8" Shimmer Ribbon.  You get 2 yards of each of the four colours: Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Powder Pink.  $10

3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon. You get 2 yards of each of the three colours.  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Old Olive $8

3/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  You get 2 yards of each of the five 2016-2018 In Colours.  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum  $12

1/4” Stitched-Edge Ribbon.  You get 2 yards of each of the four colours.  Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry $10

*** BONUS *** order all 7 samplers for $65 flat charge ($3 savings) and I will ALSO add in 2 years of the 3/8” Metallic Edge ribbons in both Gold and Silver!!


  • The 2016-2017 and Occasions Catalogues retire TOMORROW, May 31st.  All orders should be placed sooner rather than later as there is always a surge on the website as the deadline draws closer.  Order through my on-line store at and have your items shipped directly to your door (IN CANADA ONLY).  Orders under $200 that enter the Hostess Code VN4S2MZF at the checkout will receive a gift in the mail from me!
  • The NEW 2017 Catalogue goes “live” at noon Thursday, June 1st.  Again, orders under $200 that enter the Hostess Code VN4S2MZF at the checkout will receive a gift in the mail from me
  • My OPEN HOUSE AND RETIRED ITEMS GARAGE SALE IS THIS SATURDAY!  Swing by between 11:00 and 3:00 to grab the new catalogue, shop through my retired stock, grab a cold drink and check out some of the new toys.  It’s ALWAYS more fun to flip through the physical catalogue then scroll through on a computer screen!  PLEASE RSVP IF YOU PLAN TO COME SO I KNOW HOW MANY TO EXPECT!!
  • BINGO - Friday, June 30th 6:30 pm.  $65.  2 spots left.
  • Summer Stamp-a-Stack Sunday, July 23, 2017.  Watch your emails for the cards we will be making.  Spaces are already filling up - only 6 spots left so RSVP soon if you want secure a spot!  

That’s it for now.  Enjoy the sunny weather over the next few days.  Hope to see you Saturday!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Packing Tape and Glitter Tutorial

Happy Monday!

I've been meaning to post for a few days now but classes and nice weather got in the way!  

I was going to wait until after my June Technique Classes to post these two projects but I just couldn't wait to!  

I was trolling through Pinterest the other day and I stumbled across a technique that I have never seen (how can that BE??  I've been doing this for over 11 years and never seen this???  Sheesh!)

It was a technique done by fellow demo Connie Stewart over at

Connie called it the Packing Tape Glitter Technique ... makes sense ... since you use packing tape and glitter!

Check out my cards!

I love them BOTH!  I'm not sure which one I like better!  I love the clean, fresh Fresh Fig-ness of the silver glitter card ... but I'm drawn to the soothing Just Breathe card.  It's says "zen" to me ... love it!

Same technique, different thinlits, paper and glitter.

Start with a card layer (I used 4 3/4 x 3 1/2") and cut an image out using whatever thinlits you fancy (I used the Eastern Palace thinlits)

Oops - picture is sideways.  Sorry;  Turn your head *lol*
Next grab some packing tape.  Yes, I imagine you can use scotch tape too but I had this Elmer's packing tape in my Craft Cave (Dollarama - $1.50, I think) ...
Turn your punched base over to the back side and cover the design with the packing tape.  It doesn't matter if/that the tape will need to overlap.  The seam will be covered with glitter and won't show ...
Next turn the card over - the sticky tape side will now be face up.   Grab the glitter of your choice and cover the cut-out liberally. Use your finger to really push that glitter into the tape.  Yes, you will have sparkles on you afterwards!
Tip the excess glitter back into the glitter container and wa-low!  Ooooooo ... ahhhhhhhh .... sparkly!!!

Finished your card as desired and done!

I used a Fresh Fig layer of 5" x 3 3/4" and some Fresh Fig ribbon ... and sentiment from Eastern Palace
This one used the sentiment from Colorful Seasons (I think that's the name!) and different thinlits from the Eastern Palace bundle.  Such a different look by just changing the two inside thinlits!

I embossed the sentiment in gold and added a few gold sequins.  Done!

There are SO many things you can do with this technique!  Us the butterflies, the dragonflies, and of the shapes .. any glitter!  Who doesn't have a stash of EVERY color SU sold in the past ... and maybe a few sleeves of "other" brand glitters???   I have to admit I have LOADS of glitter from my Christmas Glitter Ball Ornament days many years ago.  Can't WAIT to use some of them on the dragonfly thinlits!!!

That's it for today - I should go wrap up my email about my Ribbon Share.  I spend a few hours this afternoon crunching the numbers but it's not going to do anyone any good if I don't send the darned email OUT!

Hope you have a stampy night!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cool Treat Treats

Happy Saturday!

Just a quick-ish one this morning as the sun is shining, there isn't a cloud in the sky and I'm itching to get out for my walk!  (DESPITE the allergies from hell that have my sinuses aching, my nose tickling and my eyes watering!)

Thursday I headed down to the Craft Cave to have some fun and make some treats for my club gals.  I NEEDED to make them to get the 8 bags of DELICIOUS little gummies out of my house as four bags had already fallen prey to my gummy addiction!  Check out these Cool Treat Treats!

Are they awesome or are they AWESOME???

I love how they turned out.  I have been trying to figure our what to DO with these treats for about a month now.  I knew I wanted to use the Cool Treats products (stamp set and matching framelits from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue and carried over to the new 2017 Annual Catalogue - $61 for the bundle but that price is only until May 31st!) ...
... but I didn't know how I was going to PACKAGE them!  I first thought of putting them in little jars I have on hand.  Cute but I'd need to buy a LOT more candy to fill them (the candy is $1 per bag of 18-20 gummies at the Dollarama but each jar need 8-10 gummies to fill).

I then thought maybe our 2" x 8" cello bags ... but I couldn't find my stash ...

I then made a little diaper fold envelope but I just made those back in February and wanted something different ... and I didn't have much of the Tasty Treats coordinating designer Paper.  Certainly not enough to make 25 little pouches .... so I played around  bit and spotted a 2" strip of the DSP on my table.  Bam!  A quick little banner made using my Triple Banner Punch ... and it all came together quickly after that!

I popped 3 gummies into little zip lock bags I always have around (again from Dollarama).  They just HAPPEN to be 2" wide!  The banners are 2" x 4" ... and made into banner.

I stamped the sentiment fromCool Treats directly onto the banner with Chocolate Chip ink.

I cut a piece of Peekboo Peach ribbon about 4" long and stapled it to the banner.

I cut out two popsicle shapes with the framelits - one out of Watermelon Wonder and one from Peekaboo Peach ... and stamped the swirls/indentations in the coordinating inks.  I used my Chocoltae Chip marker to color the sticks then attached them to the banner with snail adhesive.

Stapled the whole piece to the gummies and DONE!
Yup - LOVE how they turned out and LOVE that they are now out of danger of being eaten by ME! *lol*

That's it for today.  I'm off to take that walk now.  Whatever you are up to this long weekend have a stampy time!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nailed It for Father's Day

Happy Thursday!

It's been a lovely day of nothing-ness today ... but I'll pay for that Saturday when I'm all stressed out that I'm not prepared for my Community League Ladies Night function!  Oh well!  It was SUCH a beautiful day today it just called for an extra long walk with my furry buddy before volunteering at the Humane Society with the kids.  Such a great day!

Today I want to share with you the card I made for Father's Day ... and it is also one of the cards we are making in class this week ...
Luuuuuuuvvvvv it!

I have to give inspirational credit where credit is due!  I originally planned to make THIS card .. which is a direct CASE of the one made by Melissa Kerman over at thecraftingtreehouse  It's such a GREAT card!

Here is my version ...
So ... I STARTED with the Happy Birthday card and then realized I wanted an option for Father's Day.  All I did was change the orientation of the metal layer piece and it took off from there ...
So!  If you are anything like me you want to know how I MADE the metal layer piece.  Am I right?  If you Google "tarnished metal technique" you should come up with a lot of great youtube videos.  If that's too much trouble read on ... I have a picture tutorial for you.  You're welcome :)

Start by running Silver, Gold or Copper cards stock through any embossing folder - I used the hexagon folder with silver ...
 I then used a sponge to apply splotches of versamark to the embossed piece, sprinkled copper embossing powder over it and heat set it.
 I then repeated the process but used gold Embossing Powder ...
I then took a sponge, inked it with Archival Black ink and rubbed it all over the embossed piece.  

Finally, I buffed it with a dry paper towel (or dry baby wipe) to remove the excess black ink.  This just gets some black in to the nooks and crannies of the piece and makes it look a little more tarnished.
 Awesome, yes??

I used the Nailed It set for the rest of the card along with the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper ...

Although the "Build It" framelits are now sold out (*sniff) the Nailed It stamp set is still available ... AND IT'S ON SALE!  Only $15.75 (in Canada) for the clear mount set.  It's a great set even without the framelits.  If you want to cut out the pieces you can always do it "old school" with a pair of scissors.  The pieces aren't too fussy!
The Urban Underground paper is also sold out but even just Basic Grey would work well for this card.

That's it for today.  Maybe I'll head down to The Cave and start on my display for Saturday night ... or maybe I'll go watch one of my 49 episodes of Coronation Street .... hmmm

Whatever you get up to I hope you have a stampy night!