Friday, 20 October 2017

Special Fundraiser for Teens with Scoliosis



 I will be hosting a special Stampin' Up! event to help raise funds for Nova Scotia Curvy Girls, a peer run support group for teens living with Scoliosis.  One of the many things I love about Stampin Up, is how we can use it to help make a difference in the lives of others. Join me for a fun afternoon of Bingo games, with some crafting in between!



All proceeds raised from our fundraiser will support three local girls, Jessica, Paige and Lahna, in attending the Curvy Girl conference held in New York in July 2018. The conference will empower them and teach them to love their bodies despite the deforming disease they live with daily, unite them with teens from all over the world living with this disease and show them that they ARE NOT alone in their struggles.  


Scoliosis is a 3D curvature of the spine and has only treatment options available, but to date there is no known cure. To learn more about Curvy Girls click HERE. 


We will be making 4 Christmas cards in between six Bingo games plus a bonus game, with lots of Stampin' Up! products for prizes! Even if you've never hand stamped a card before you'll have lots of fun as I show you how to create your beautiful cards. All supplies will be provided and pre-cut for easy assembly, envelopes will also be included.
 
Saturday, December 2nd
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Captain William Spry Centre, Halifax
Cost: $50
RSVP required by November 13, 2017
 

How you can participate if you're unable to attend our event:
If you are unable to join us there is an the option of purchasing an all inclusive ornament kit which will be sent directly to your home:
 
Be Merry Ornament Kit
 
 
This kit includes all the supplies to create 12 beautiful rosette ornaments that you can hang on your Christmas tree or wreath or to use as gift tags for packages.
 
I hope you'll be able to join us and/or purchase the Ornament Kit to help us raise funds for these girls to attend this special conference. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Together we CAN make a difference in the lives of others!
 
For more details on this fundraising event and/or to register
please click HERE.
 
 
Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

Thursday, 19 October 2017


Hi Friends! This past Monday I started volunteering at the our local Activity Centre again, after their summer break. It was nice to be back with these folks - I love spending time with them. The Activity Centre is a workshop for clients with intellectual disabilities and my aunt belongs to a similar group back home in BC. So I've got a real soft spot in my heart for this place. I truly enjoy my time teaching these sweet people how to make cards and treats that they can in turn sell to the public (along with their baked goods) and the money they make goes back into their non-profit organization. This week we made cute little Halloween treats, using the Seasonal Chums bundle.

These treat holders are to hold Hershey Kisses but I didn't have any - fortunately the chocolate bars squeezed in perfectly. To make the holder, cut a 4" x 1" strip of Pumpkin Pie card stock and score at 1", 2" and 3". Fold into a triangle, securing the flap with adhesive. Then stamp the Pumpkin from Seasonal Chums onto Pumpkin Pie card stock, colouring in the eyes, nose and mouth with Basic Black marker and the leaves with Old Olive. Cut with coordinating framelit (trimming off the little piece that is for a ribbon). Fold over the triangle piece and glue to front and back.

These treat bags were really easy. I cut the Spooky Night DSP to measure 3" x 5 1/2" to fold over the 3" x 6" gusseted cellophane bags and stapled in the centre. Then used the 2" Circle Punch to cut some Crushed Curry card stock, which we then we sponged the edges with Crushed Curry ink. The "Trick or Treat" sentiment is also from the "Seasonal Chums" stamp set, which we stamped on the 'moon' with black ink. The new cat punch is perfect for these treat bags and we added a couple rhinestones for the eyes. 

Everyone enjoyed making these little Halloween treats that they'll sell along with their hand stamped cards. The members of the Activity Centre also make delicious dinner rolls and baking, so I'm sure their customers will find it hard to resist getting some of these sweet holiday treats too!

I also had some fun using my photo editor on this picture for the Centre's facebook page....everyone got quite a kick out of it.

Supplies Used:






When you place your order, be sure to use my special host code ZWHU4SJT and I will send you a gift package in the mail! 


You will get:

*5 beautiful hand-stamped cards!

*A package of the gorgeous new Foil Snowflakes!
*A free step-by-step PDF tutorial with 20 card projects!

To receive my special gift package, your order needs to be a min. of $60.00 (before tax and shipping) 
and you can do that by taking advantage of the current Stampin' Up! specials or you can simply order WHATEVER you want! Be sure to check out the clearance rack for some deals as well. If your order is under $60 you will still receive my 20 project tutorials as my thank you gift to you!
**Do not use the code if your order is $200 or more (before tax & shipping) to ensure you receive the host rewards - I will still send you this month's special gift!



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Have a great day and HAPPY STAMPING!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Metallic Embossed Card Tutorial


Hi Friends. Well, I think I can't deny it any longer...winter really is just around the corner. This morning I woke up to a very heavy frost - the kind where you have to scrape it off the car windows. It's 1' out and I'm going to have to start wearing a coat and put my flip flops in the closet. So sad. I love autumn with it's colours, warm days and cool nights. Just the other day I was barefoot in the yard, playing with my dogs (I love feeling the grass under my feet). As much as I embrace all four seasons, the cold winters are not my favourite. The good news is I'm still enjoying my veg garden, despite the cooler temperatures we're getting.


Yesterday evening I was in my garden, picking some Swiss chard and leeks to have alongside my butternut squash (also from my garden) and beets for supper last night. Nothing compares to veggies that are THAT fresh, right? I steamed it all up, added a little butter, salt and pepper and I was in heaven. The warm slices of homemade bread topped it all off!

Only one hour, from start to finish, for this delicious bread! Click the recipe tab at the top of the page if you want to make some - it's easy and absolutely divine.


I still have quite a few tomatoes that I picked a few weeks back, ripening in a box. They'll be turned into another batch of salsa tonight - that should be it for my canning this year. Then I think it'll be time to till the garden, plant some garlic for the Spring, and start planning next year's crop of veg. If you're a gardener too, then you know how much fun it is to plan and design - and the patience in waiting to get started!

So that's my gardening update - now let's get onto today's card!

Stampin' Up! has announced that our FABULOUS new "Blends" Alcohol Markers will be available for everyone to purchase starting on November 1st! Woohoo! You are truly going to go crazy over these markers, my friends. They. Are. AWESOME.

I used the Blends on today's card. I first embossed my images then coloured them in with the alcohol markers. Some of the embossing 'disappeared' after colouring so next time I would stamp the images in a soft colour first, like Sahara Sand, then colour with my Blends, then stamp on top and then emboss. I am still quite pleased with how the card turned out though!

 The sentiment is from the "Window Shopping" stamp set, embossed in silver. The leaves are embossed in copper and gold. I also added an acorn, from the "Painted Harvest" stamp set.

Here's a tip I want to share with you; when I use my gold foil paper I hate to waste any of it, so I cut out the 'inside' bit with my paper trimmer to save it for another project. Do you do this too?

To finish the card I added some gold ribbon and some silver and gold mini sequin trim (love these). I also used my Cajun Craze marker along the lines in the sentiment.


Supplies Used:



When you place your order, be sure to use my special host code ZWHU4SJT and I will send you a gift package in the mail! 
You will get:
*5 beautiful hand-stamped cards!
*A package of the gorgeous new Foil Snowflakes!
*A free step-by-step PDF tutorial with 20 card projects!

To receive my special gift package, your order needs to be a min. of $60.00 (before tax and shipping) 
and you can do that by taking advantage of the current Stampin' Up! specials or you can simply order WHATEVER you want! Be sure to check out the clearance rack for some deals as well. If your order is under $60 you will still receive my 20 project tutorials as my thank you gift to you!
**Do not use the code if your order is $200 or more (before tax & shipping) to ensure you receive the host rewards - I will still send you this month's special gift!



 http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=1000037

Have a great day and HAPPY STAMPING!