Sunday, 23 October 2016

Christmas Magic

Hi Friends. I love this sweet Christmas cards, especially with the pops of red and green.
 A fast and easy card that packs a lot of "WOW"!

  • Stamp SetsChristmas Magic (wood #142116, clear #142119); Lovely as a Tree (wood #128655’ clear #127793)
  • Card Stock – Cherry Cobbler #119685; Old Olive #100702; Smoky Slate #131202; Whisper White #100730
  • Stamp Pads – Smoky Slate #131179; Cherry Cobbler #126966; Black Stazon #101406; Whisper White craft #101730
  • Misc. – Bright Stampin’ Write Markers #131259; White Stampin’ Chalk Marker #132133; Clear Wink of Stella #141897
  • Cherry Cobbler 8½ x 5½ fold in half for card base           
  • Old Olive 5¼ x 4
  • Smoky Slate 5-1/8 x 3-7/8
  • Whisper White 5¼ x 4 *for inside   
  1. Stamp the train and the North Pole using Stazon ink onto the Smoky Slate card stock
  2. Stamp the train and the North Pole on post it note cut them out. This will be used for masking
  3. Mask the train and the North Pole with the cutout
  4. Stamp the trees with Smoky Slate ink and Whisper White
  5. Remove the mask.
  6. Color the wreath and garland with Old Olive and the bows/balls with real Red markers.
  7. Color the smoke and the snow with chalk markers and then apply some Wink of Stella
  8. Stamp the greeting using Cherry Cobbler ink.
Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Seasonal Bells

Today I've got another sweet Christmas card to share with you. 
The Seasonal Bells bundle is also great for other occasions, such as weddings, too!

·        Stamp SetsSeasonal Bells (142104-wm; 142107-cm)
·        Cardstock – Rich Razzleberry (115316); Sweet Sugarplum (141418); Shimmery White (101910)
·        Stamp Pads – Rich Razzleberry (126950)
·        Misc. – Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper  (135315); 3/8” Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack (142015); Layering Ovals Framelits Dies (141706); ; Big Shot (143263); Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Bell Punch (141846)
·        Sweet Sugarplum:  5-1/4” x 8”              3” x 4”
·        Rich Razzleberry:    4-1/4” x 5-1/2”       3” x 4”
·        Shimmery White:    3-3/4” x 5”              3” x 3” (bell)
·        Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer:              1-1/2” x 3-3/4”
·        Ribbon:  8-1/4”       
1.    Fold Sweet Sugarplum cardstock in half. Attach to Rich Razzleberry card base.
2.    Stamp sentiment on lower portion of shimmery white cardstock.
3.    Attach glimmer paper strip across shimmery white cardstock.
4.    Wrap 4-1/4” ribbon across glimmer paper strip; attach to back with scotch tape.
Attach shimmery white cardstock to card front.
5.    Die cut Rich Razzleberry cardstock using #4 scallop oval framelit.
Die cut Sweet Sugarplum cardstock using #4 oval framelit.
Layer oval onto scallop. Attach to card front using dimensionals.
6.    Stamp bells on shimmery white strip; punch out.
Attach to center of oval using dimensionals.
7.    Tie knot in 4” ribbon; attach to top of bell using mini glue dot.

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Greetings from Santa

Hi Friends. Today's project is a great Christmas card featuring products from our awesome Holiday Catalogue.  

  • Stamp Sets: Greetings from Santa (w-142069, c-143269))
  • Inks: Dapper Denim (141394)
  • Paper: Dapper Denim (141414), Whisper White (100730) Cardstock
  • Other: Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies (141836),Big Shot (143263), Precision Base Plate (139684), Big Shot Platform (142802), Metallic Enamel Shapes (141678), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Die Brush (140603)

Dapper Denim cardstock: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, score at 4 ¼” to make card base
Whisper White cardstock: 5 ½” x 4”


  1. Fold Dapper Denim card base in half and crease well.
  2. Using Santa Thinlit, run Whisper White piece through Big Shot using Precision Base Plate. Use Die Brush if necessary to remove any pieces stuck in die. 
  3. Using Dapper Denim, ink up sentiment and stamp below Santa.
  4. On back of Whisper White piece, run SNAIL along the bottom, sides and top. Before adhering to card base, carefully use Fine-Tip Glue Pen all over Santa image and then turn over and adhere to front of card base. If any of the intricate die-cut is not fully adhered, use fine tip to put a small amount of glue so that it lays flat.
  5. Place five silver stars into open space next to Santa.
Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Wondrous Wreath Card

Hi Friends! Here is a gorgeous card that would be perfect for any occasion. 

§  Stamp Set: Wondrous Wreath stamp set #135047, Rose Wonder stamp set #140697, Brush Strokes stamp set 139533, Hardwood stamp #133035
§  Ink: Delightful Dijon #138327, Rose Red #126954, Cajun Craze #126965, Soft Suede #126978, Basic Black #140931
§  Paper: Cajun Craze #119684, Whisper White #100730, Soft Suede #115318, DSP: Serene Scenery Stack #141642
§  Misc: 5/8 burlap ribbon #141487, 5/8 gold satin ribbon #134547, linene thread #104199, Wonderful Wreath framelits #135851, Rose Garden thinlits #140619, Big Shot 143263, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Corner Round Punch #134346


o   Cajun Craze Card Base: 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” (fold in half)
o   Serene Scenery DSP: 5” x 3-3/4”
o   Scrap: Whisper White & Soft Suede

1.    Stamp Brushstrokes image in Cajun Carze on the front of the card base.
2.    Stamp frame and words from Rose Wonder in black ink on whisper white card stock scrap.
3.    Stamp wreath layers in Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze and Rose Red.
4.    Stamp Hardwood in Soft Suede ink, on Soft Suede card stock.
5.    Using the Big Shot, cut label,  wreath & star panels (all can be cut at the same time).
6.    Punch the corners of the Serene Scenery panel with the Corner rounder punch.
7.    Cut banner tails in the ribbon sections, and tie a bow in the linen thread.
8.    Assemble card.

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING! 
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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Vintage Leaves Autumn Card

Hi Friends. Wowsers, I can't believe it's been a whole MONTH since I last posted. I really can't believe how fast time has gone - I've been doing good but really busy squeezing in the last of the nice weather. Here's an update of what I've been up to: friends of ours invited us to stay at an oceanfront cottage in Prince Edward Island; how could we resist? I love PEI. I went there for the first time last year and I've really been really looking forward to going back. It was so nice to have my morning coffee, watching the sunrise, over the ocean. Years ago I used to live in a small beach cabin back home in Courtenay, so this trip truly reminded me of how nice it is to wake up to the smell of the fresh sea and the peacefullness of the ocean:

I really needed this time to catch my breath and just RELAX. And that I did. We toured the island, stopped at Farmer's Markets, did a little shopping and then enjoyed BBQing back at our cottage and visiting together as the sun set. Lots of laughs and VERY good time indeed.  The highlight for me was simply walking on the beach, feeling the sand under my feet, and looking for shells. The ocean was incredibly warm too, I couldn't believe it - especially for October!

Back home in Nova Scotia, I've been picking apples and the last of my veg from the garden and putting them up for winter. I made applesauce and the most incredible tomato chutney and I STILL have three huge tubs of apples to prepare for the freezer and make some jam.

I love canning - it's a lot of work, yet relaxing at the same time and VERY satisifying to hear the jars 'pop' as they seal. It's been a few years since I last canned, with all the moving and changes in my life, so it was quite nice to get back at it, now that everything has settled. I also made blackcurrant liquer for the first time - it turned out absolutely delicious! Now I'm planning on making some more, this time with apples, as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Speaking of Christmas, I've also been busy knitting and crocheting gifts whenever I can squeeze in the time to do it. A friend mentioned to me this week that there are only 10 Monday's until Christmas - can you believe that??? 

While the weather has been nice and warm (though I've already had to scrape frost off my car a couple of mornings) I've also been taking my dogs for lots of walks to the nearby river, as well as to the ocean (only 10 minutes by car!). I know once winter hits and the snow comes I won't be able to get them outside quite as much. Needless to say, my hounds have been in their glory, running and swimming and playing. 

The evenings have been fun, sitting around our bonfire, watching the stars and enjoying the country quiet (albeit with a few coyotes howling in the background):

I love sitting by our bonfire, especially this time of year!
Then of course, we had our Thanksgiving last weekend with family and friends; there were nine of us in total. Such a nice time and oh my gosh, I do love a roast turkey dinner. Just had the last of the leftovers last night, with my favourite turkey pie that my mom used to make. Absolute comfort food!

Mmmmm, turkey pie! This is so good and a perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!
I've been working my Stampin' Up! business too (even though I haven't blogged in so long).  I've started up my training again as a few members of my "Serene Stampers" team and I are working on earning the 2018 Grand Vacation cruise to Alaska! I'll be starting up classes in the area so if you live nearby I'd LOVE for you to come stamp and create with me!  I'll post all the details on my calendar of events, classes will begin in November, as I'll be away the next couple of weeks.  I'm flying home to Vancouver Island to visit my family - so excited!
The gorgeous Comox Glacier.
I've been wanting to get home to Comox since this past Spring (my Dad had some serious health issues, but is doing MUCH better now) and I'm anxious to see him. Also, my Grandma, who lives with my Dad and his wife, is turning 93 next month and I'm looking forward to enjoying her cooking and playing some yahtzee together. Grandma is doing AWESOME for her age; except for getting a little wobbly now and then you'd NEVER know that she is in her 90's! But I want to squeeze in every visit that I can.  As much as I love living on the East Coast, it's definetly hard sometimes being so far away from my family. 

So that's about it, you're now up to date with my world! Thank you to those who left messages/emails letting me know you've been missing my posts and wanted to make sure I am OK. That truly warms my heart! XO

Alrighty, time to get on with today's CARD!  I made a whack of cards last week for my team (celebrating birthdays and achievements) and customers (thank you for your online orders!!). My inspiration came from all the colours of the Fall foliage here in Nova Scotia right now. The trees are truly spectacular.  So I grabbed my "Vintage Leaves" stamp set and decided to use the "Baby Wipe Technique". I used "Post It" tape to mask off the edges, stamped my images, and lightly sponged Crumb Cake on top. The maple leaf is cut out using the "Leaflets Framelits". A little gold Wink of Stella on the leaf added some pretty shimmer:

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By the way, if you've never tried the Baby Wipe technique, you've GOT to! It's awesome.  This technique is an oldie but such a goodie! Here's a video I made a few years ago, showing you how it's done:

Have a great weekend, sweet friends, and HAPPY STAMPING!

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