Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sitting Here Card

Hi Friends. Yesterday I FINALLY had time to play with the new "Sitting Here" stamp set that came out in July. With so much going on I hadn't had a chance to pull it out and get creative, but now that I have, I can't wait to stamp with it some more! This set is very versatile and can be used to make quick and simple cards, as well as a more elaborate, detailed ones like I've made:

Because it was a rainy, dreary day, I decided to spend a little more time on this card - which is why my video is a tad longer than usual. But I hope you'll enjoy it and be sure to get this stamp set if you don't already have it - it's awesome!

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Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

PS: I really appreciate the comments you guys leave for me - THANK YOU so much!  xx
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Holiday Sneak Peek: Glamper Greetings

Hi Friends! The new Holiday Catalogue from Stampin' Up! will begin on September 1st - if you're in Canada and would like a copy let me know. As demonstrators we're able to preorder a month early, which gives us a chance to play with the new product. Without question, the first new stamp set that I just HAD to have was the "Glamper Greetings"! What a fun, fun, FUN set this is! I love all things glamping so these stamps are going to be used a LOT. Here is the first card I made using "Glamper Greetings":
 Sooo cute, right? I have a gazillion ideas on how I want to use this set, which also comes with a banner, string of lights, a flamingo, a snowman, the list goes on. "Glamper Greetings" is a set you can use for all seasons, includes sentiments for a total of 32 pieces!

 Trust me, if you're a fellow 'glamper lover', this set is a MUST HAVE.

I popped up the door using a dimensional.    

Remember, this stamp set will be available Sept 1st. 

 Here is the tutorial for you:


  • Stamp Sets: Glamper Greetings (142202); Painter’s Palette (141907W/141910C)
  • Inks: Bermuda Bay (131171); Flirty Flamingo (141397); Daffodil Delight (126944); Smoky Slate (131179); Whisper White Craft (101731); Stazon (101406); Versamark (102283)
  • Paper: Whisper White (100730), Bermuda Bay (131197)
  • Other: White Embossing Powder (109132), Copper Embossing Powder (141636); Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (129053); Big Shot (143263); Magnetic Platform (130658); Layering Squares Framelits (141708); Aqua Painter (103954), Basic Black Marker (100082); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Clear Blocks (118491); Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (141648); Serene Scenery DSP (141642); Paper Snips (103579)

Bermuda Bay Card Base:  11 X 4 ¼
Whisper White Layers:  4 X 5 ¼ + scrap piece


  • Place the largest and 2nd largest Square framelits, one inside the other, on piece of Pop of Pink DSP on magnetic platform. Run through Big Shot. 
  • Cut Serene Scenery sky patterned paper with largest square framelit. Ink stars from “Glamper Greetings”, omitting the moon, with Craft Whisper White ink, and stamp randomly. Use aqua painter to colour in the centre of stars with more white craft ink. Sprinkle White embossing powder, shake off excess and set with heat tool. Glue Pop of Pink frame on top. Adhere to Whisper White card stock.   
  • Stamp trailer using Stazon onto scrap piece of Whisper White. Colour using aqua painters and Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight inks. Stamp trailer a second time & colour the door. Use paper snips to cut out door and set aside. Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere trailer onto card. Add cut out door using a Stampin’ Dimenional (cut in half). 
  •  Wipe bottom section of Whisper White card stock with Embossing Buddy. Stamp sentiment in Versamark ink and cover with Copper Embossing Powder. Shake off excess and set with heat tool. Glue whisper white layer onto Bermuda Bay card base.

Don't forget to redeem your Bonus days coupons before the end of August!

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Monday, 15 August 2016

The Joy of Handmade Cards

Hi Friends!  So I've just got to say, there REALLY IS something magical about receiving a card, especially a handmade one, in the mail. It just makes you feel so warm and fuzzy inside.  I've always said that I love making cards for others because not only is it fun to create something, but you can't help but think of the person you're making the card for. And it always puts a smile in your heart when you give your card to those you care about.  Yesterday was my birthday and I found a very special card waiting for me in my mailbox, from a very special person.  Just over a year ago I received a phone call from a lady by the name of Glenda Jansen, who lives in BC, and she was looking for a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I had been working in BC the previous Spring, so she had my BC phone number, not knowing of course that I had moved back to Nova Scotia a few months later. Well, we had a great chat on the phone and I assured her that I could still help with her orders and Stampin' Up! needs. Soon a friendship was born....

A definite perk of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator are the friends you meet along the way!  Glenda and I began emailing and calling each other periodically and I even made sure we had time to meet for a cup of coffee at a Tim Hortons when I was back in BC last September. Glenda has become one of my best customers but more importantly, she has become someone I cherish too.  
This is the beautiful card Glenda made for me!
 Stamp Set: Touches of Textures (141934w / 143251 c) pg 141 & Rose Wonder (140697) pg 132

So, not only was I surprised that Glenda remembered when my birthday was, but I was also touched that she took the time to create a beautiful card for me too. So thank you, Sweet Lady, for making my day AND for the warm and fuzzy feeling too!  xx
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Picture Perfect Watercolour Card

Hi! I can't believe we're almost into the second week of August already. It's crazy how fast time is going!  I've finally had some time to relax and decompress after all the business of packing, cleaning and moving - and then unpacking at my new home and getting settled in. All is going really well though and I have even taken some time to go fishing. 

I absolutely love fishing - though I'm not used to casting from a shore for trout - I've always been in a boat.  I grew up mostly trolling for salmon and jigging for cod (and some fresh water fishing too). It's a whole new ball game for me now to cast my line as far as I can on the lake and hope to wake up some hungry trout.  However, aside from four small fish that were released back into the water, I've mostly caught grass from the bottom of the lake!  No matter, it's just awesome to be out in nature, enjoying total peace and quiet.  I'm a morning person (for some reason I tend to wake up at 5:30am every day) so it's easy for me to get up and be at the lake first thing in the morning. If I could go every morning I would - it's just the best, watching and listening to the loons, sometimes coyotes howling from a distance, feeling the morning sun on my skin as it breaks through the clouds, and enjoying good coffee.  I'm truly blessed to live in such a gorgeous place where I can enjoy nature like this.

OK - let's get onto today's card. I actually made this one a couple of weeks ago, so I can't recall all the ink colours that I used. But I can tell you how I made it.
  • To make the watercolour background I tapped blue and green ink pads onto a piece of window sheet. Then I spritzed the ink with water until it blended in together a little bit and pressed it onto whisper white card stock and set aside to dry. Once dry I adhered this an Old Olive card base. 
  • I stamped the expression from the "Me = Grateful" stamp set using Versamark ink and embossed in silver. I used my markers to colour in the letters. 
  • The hummingbird is from the "Picture Perfect" stamp set - oh my gosh, this is such a gorgeous set. But I'll be honest, the hummingbird image (which has 4 stamps layered ontop of each other) is a wee bit tricky to use. But once you practise with it and get the hang of it it becomes easier. I stamped the hummingbird twice - once on the whisper white layer and another so that I could cut out a wing and the tail, which I attached to the main image with glue dots and a tiny bit of a dimensional. 
  • A few sequins and bakers twine (and some dazzling diamonds glitter) finished the card!  
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It was a lot of fun to make this card and I'll do a video for you featuring the water colour background. I had actually meant to make a video last week but didn't get to it - so I promise I'll make one asap. Today I'm going to tackle organizing my stamp studio - it's still a work in progress as I continue to unpack and set it all up. I realized I needed more shelving so I picked up a great bookshelf a couple of days ago, so I'm going to put on some tunes, make a tea and get at it!

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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