Thursday, 4 November 2010

Quick update, class photos & Christmas ideas from Convention!

Hi Everyone

I've been really busy, getting ready for more classes, clubs and workshops. I've also put together my monthly newsletter - let me know if you'd like to receive it, and I'll add you to my mailing list. My newsletter will be sent out in a couple of days (via email). In this month's issue there's some great ideas on how to start planning your holiday card making - as well as a great template for a sweet gift box. Just pop your cardstock into your printer, print out the template (it will come out on two pages), cut, adhere and VOILA! Decorate as desired and you've got one stinkin' cute box to fill up with candy, cookies, perfume, gift cards, STAMPS, or whatever! Love it!

Here are some photos of cards I've made and some recent classes I've had:

This group of "Dazzling Divas" enjoyed the "Christmas Stamp-a-Stack" class. Each person made 10 cards, 2 each of 5 designs. We had a SUPER fun night!!!! Everyone LOVED their cards - if you'd like to sign up for a Christmas SAS, the next class is on November 19th. Hurry to RSVP! Seating is limited and I only have three seats left.

I cased some of the cards above and can't for the life of me remember from who - so if you recognize your card, let me know so that I can give you some credit! The bottom card with my mug shot was a template from Debbie McNeil. Her Holiday Helper is FABULOUS!

This is a super fast card to make, with stunning results. The Whisper White card stock was put through the Big Shot with the "Northern Flurry" embossing folder (LOVE this!!!) and the snowflake is vellum, cut with the "Northern Frost" decorative strip die (also for the Big Shot). I added a 'diamond' in the centre of the snowflake for some bling. Isn't the "Peace on Earth" gorgeous? I love this script. This stamp is from a level 3 stamp set in the Holiday Mini. I received this set for FREE while at convention this past summer. YAY!

I also added some sparkle on the snowflake with some 'Dazzling Diamonds'.

I made the above Hostess Invitations for Allison's workshop. This is the stamp that Allison wanted to earn for FREE with her hostess benefits - "Christmas Collage".

My puppy, Rosey, likes to keep me 'company' while I prepare for all my events....

Becky and her Mom, Shelley, took one of my Holiday Gift Classes. We made the above card (with some of the new fabric); a stamped candle and coordinating tile coaster, a glass etched mug and a cute tic-tac holder, perfect for stocking stuffers!

This year for Halloween I decided to MAKE my own candy. I made sponge toffee, drizzled with chocolate. I then decorated all the candy bags. I made about 75.

I only had about 20 kids. WHAT THE HECK! Last year we ran out of candy, we had so many kids! I know it was cold out, but come on! Lesson learned. Never make homemade candy for Halloween. It's just too unpredictable. I gave away a ton of candy the following day. It was pretty darn good, if I may say so myself. I got the recipe here.

My dear friend - and fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, is a birthday girl today! Shallon's blog is called "Shine" - it's her nickname. So when I saw some items at Michael's with 'Shine' on them, I HAD to get them for her. I altered the above journal with the 'Tres Chic' background stamp. I used silver, gold and copper embossing powder. Then I sponged on chalks in purples (Shallon's favorite color).

I masked the circle which I had embossed with Iridescent Ice and then embellished with Champagne Glass Glitter.

Shallon's hubby asked me if I'd make a card for him to give to Shallon; I made the above. This is an old, retired stamp set called "Stella Stamper". The card is an easel card (see the tutorial for this on Splitcoaststampers). REALLY easy to make. All of Shallon's family and stampin' girls bought her Stampin' Up! items from her wish list!

Finally, as I am already getting into the Christmas mode (I have to! Otherwise I wouldn't get my Christmas crafting done!). Here are some photos I took at the Stampin' Up! convention this past July - I am still sooooo inspired by all the amazing projects I saw.

What a quick and easy way to wrap up some baked gifts!!! So pretty!

Check out that wreath! And the music paper fans under the mantel (made from the Newsprint DSP and the glass glitter). Everything just made me squeal with delight!!! Oh - notice the Definately Decorative image on the mirror???? See the candles wrapped in DSP??? *sigh*
I love Stampin' Up!.

Some of the items I saw at convention were so darn cute that I am planning on making them for some Christmas gifts this year. I'll be starting my own Christmas crafting - and holiday card making - this week. As my hubby's family is England, and mine are all out West, everything's got to get in the mail PRONTO! We've already missed the posting deadline for the UK. Yikes! On that note, I'm going to get going and put in an hour (or two) or stamping before bed.



  1. Love all the projects you have posted! You are very talented!!

    I'm lucky follower #13 from the thread on Stampin' Connection. I invite you to follow me as well at
    (#53 on the list)

    Happy stamping!

  2. Love your blog - so many great ideas. Following you from SC.

  3. Following you via SC. You've got so many great projects on your blog. Keep up the great work : )

  4. I'm following you from SC. Wonderful blog, and projects.


  5. Your cards are just lovely! I like the music on your blog, too! Normally, I don't care for that, but you can't go wrong with Charlie Rich! :)
    I'm a new follower from SC!

    Chanda Stehlik

  6. Those Invites using the Christmas College stamp are beautiful! What a wonderful idea for the hostess. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment too :).
    Whereabouts in NB are you?

  7. Great group of cards for your Stamp a Stack! Following you via Stampin Connection