Thursday, November 30, 2017

Smitten Mittens

I'm a knitter, too. My sister-in-law asked me if I wanted to learn to knit a couple of years ago. She had NO IDEA. Neither did my husband. He's repeatedly told me over the last two years that knitting has opened up a whole new side to me that he didn't know existed. Well, hey. I didn't know, either! If you're a knitter, too - come find me on Ravelry! I'm purlsaremyfave.

I just finished these for my middle son :)

Anyway, when I saw the Smitten Mittens stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, I We made this card with my stamp club recently. This would be a great card to accompany a gift to any knitter, right?? Or even just someone you're gifting knitted goodies to!

So simple and cute! Enjoy!

Also - don't forget! My customer appreciation special is on today still! Buy the Love Today planner and get the Petal Garden Memories & More card set FREE! Just use host code 3XYS6FQ3 at checkout, and I'll send you an etransfer refund for the cards!


Here's what I used to make this card. Clicking on any of the links will take you to my Stampin' UP! online store where you can shop. (if you're in Canada!)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Ongoing Extravaganza!!

You may not be aware, but the Online Extravaganza is STILL on. I know! There are some really fabulous deals on tons of framelits and thinlits, but one of my favorites is the Watercolor Pencils. Anyway, wouldn't you like to be able to see all of them at once? I thought so.

Here's the 10% off list:

Here's the 20-30% off list:

And last but not least, the 40% off list!!

And remember to use host code 3XYS6FQ3 when placing your order. And also remember about my CUSTOMER APPRECIATION dealio going on right now: when you purchase the Love Today Planner Kit, you'll get the Petal Garden Memories & More card set for free! Just add it to your cart, and I'll send you an etransfer refund!

Happy Shopping!!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

You're Priceless! (no, really - you are!!)

Hi everybody!

This whole month feels like it's been a bit of a whirlwind! I wanted to share with you the card I made for my OnStage swaps, as well as some details around how it was made. I made about 80 of these for OnStage, and had a lot of fun swapping them and giving them away!

First of all, I just love the sentiment in this stamp set. It's perfect to give to someone for a celebration - but it celebrates not just what people have DONE, but what we ARE. We are valuable just in the pure fact that we exist. That is something worth celebrating!! 

I started off making this card by taking the mosaic thinlit from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and cutting into a piece of Window Sheet that was a little bigger than the size of my card front layer.  I used this as a stencil for embossing paste. Cool, huh? You can make literally any framelit into a stencil!! Once I had the embossing paste on, I removed the stencil and sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter. Now - a couple of notes about embossing paste - it dries fairly quick. So don't leave the lid off of it for a super long time, or you'll get crusties inside. Ew. Also, because it dries so fast... if you're making a lot of one project (like I was, when I was making 80 of these!), then you'll want to clean off your stencil periodically. Dried-up embossing paste will accumulate in the corners of your stencil and you won't get a crisp, clear stencil. Nobody wants that. Even if you make only one, you'll want to clean your stencil and your palette knives quickly after using them. It's just easier that way.

Next, I made the Night of Navy scalloped border using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. Because I was making so many of them, I'd just do whole strips down the long (11") side of my cardstock, then attach my Naturally Eclectic designer paper strip and trim with snips. That punch, by the way? Genius. Double-sided genius.

OK, the diamonds. I stamped them in Memento Ink, and let them dry. (Ok, not intentionally. I stamped 80 of them. By the time I was done stamping, those first ones had looooots of time to dry!) Then I colored them with our all-new-absolutely-fabulous Stampin' Blends. (Can you tell I love them???) I used the Pool Party light and dark markers, as well as the Color Lifter to blend. Then I got my Big Shot out and got a show going on my ipad because I knew I was going to be there for a while.

It could have been worse. I could have cut both styles of diamonds. Oh wait. I did. In silver foil. This, by the way, is a 2-step framelit. You cut out the center bits, and THEN you cut out the outside diamond shape. You can appreciate, I'm sure, that cutting 80 of these was a labor or love. Or stupidity. Whatever. They're beautiful, right??!

Finally, I cut some 3/4" strips of Lemon Lime Twist, punched the edge with the Banner Triple Punch, and added the sentiment in Old Olive (btw - those colors look good together!) Pop it all together and stick on some rhinestones (because, seriously, can we have a card about gems without rhinestones?! NO!), and you're good to go!

I hope you like the finished product! I was happy with it. Which is a good thing, when you're going to trade your card with OTHER DEMONSTRATORS. I always get so stressed about swap cards... I feel so much pressure to do my best work! If you like my card and want to reproduce it, there's a handy-dandy little list of products I used below. Please also leave me a little comment to let me know you stopped by! It's a really great free way to support my business. A little encouragement goes a long way!

OH. Also, this week, there is a fabulous little thing called the ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA going on. It's an annual sale on lots of Stampin' Up!'s products. On Monday, there's going to be some doorcrashers! woohoo! But I want to add my own little sale to this, because, hey - it's almost my birthday, and I found out this month that I was the #45 demonstrator in Canada. I don't do any of what I do without the help of my friends - both my team and my customers. You, my friends, really are priceless, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. SO here's my deal - when you purchase my favorite product, I'm going to give you a little gift! Everyone who purchases the Love Today Planner Kit will get a FREE pack of the Petal Garden Memories & More Cards. These are great - they almost look like they were made to go together - and they're a great way to scrap-plan in your planner. I have my planner all set to go for 2018! I am so looking forward to it being my daily planner. SO. Place your order online using host code 3XYS6FQ3. Put that Petal Garden card pack into your cart (so it will get shipped right away to you!) and I will send you an etransfer refund for the card pack! So simple! 

Again, thanks for stopping by! You're priceless!


Here's what I used to make the You're Brilliant Card:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Online Extravaganza is HERE!

If you've been a Stampin' Up! stamp lover for more than a year, you'll know that the Online Extravaganza is Stampin' Up!'s answer to Black Friday. And it's here!! Today only, there are a pile of stamp sets that are 20% off. Through this week, there are lots of other great deals that you can check out HERE. And then again next Monday, there are more doorcrashers! So grab a cuppa, sit down at your computer, and get your shop on! For your convenience, I'm listing all the stamp sets here. Just click on any of the pretty images, and you'll go straight to my online shop where you can add them to your cart. Just be sure to checkout using host code 3XYS6FQ3!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Blends Club is starting up NEXT WEEK!

Hi everyone!

It's a super happy day for me because of a few reasons.
1. November is my favorite month.
2. hello?! OnStage!!

If you haven't been over to my studio to check out these awesome, beautiful, wonderful markers, then I invite you over to do so. You can even come and make some cards with me! OK but back to Blends. These are alcohol blending markers, and they are just simply lovely. SO lovely that I am going to offer a couple of offers for you to get your hands on them! I wanted to offer a club option for those of you that would like to pay for them slowly, but know that with both options, you can choose to pay all of it up front and receive EVERYTHING right away - and then continue to attend all the classes or receive them in the mail. 

This bundle includes the Color Me Happy Bundle - the stamp set AND the card kit that makes 16 adorable cards, as well as ALL of the Stampin' Blends. In addition, you'll also get to choose a hostess stamp set!


This bundle includes ALL of the Stampin' Blends, as well as some stamping basics: a pack of Whisper White cardstock, a black Memento Stamp Pad (this is the recommended ink for using with Blends), a Memento ink refill, Pearls and Rhinestones (because!! you can color them with the blends and make them whatever color you want!!).

The cost for either of these options is $250 if paid in one lump sum or only $50 per month over 5 months. There are also two options for class times: Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening!

Tuesday mornings, 9-11 am: Nov. 21, Dec. 19. Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Mar. 13.
Wednesday evenings, 7-9 pm: Nov. 22, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 14.

Don't live nearby? NO WORRIES! I can mail you the project supplies and you can complete them at home. 

If this club interests you, please contact me to join! 

In our first month (Nov 21 or 22) we will be making a set of 4 cards from the Color Me Happy project kit. This is FREE for anyone who has purchased the Stampin' Blends,or $15 for those who'd like to drop in and make the cards with us. RSVP by email to!



Monday, November 13, 2017

An Amazing time at OnStage 2017!

Hi everyone!
Last night, I got home from an amazing time at Stampin' Up! OnStage in Salt Lake City. I probably say this every time... but this trip has been my favorite so far. Not only did we get to look at and order early from the new upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs (you all have to wait until January!!), we got to learn about the new products and spend time with amazing friends. These events are more and more fun the more times you go, because you get to connect with people from all over the world. And each time you go, you know a few more people and the excitement just grows.

This time, I was fortunate to have a couple of my downline attend with me: Jenn Picard, whose blog A New Ink on Life  is just gorgeous, and Elenore Martens - a friend who has been stamping far longer than I've even been a demonstrator. Both of them were SO fun to hang out with this week! Jen was rooming with her friend Connie Collins - a past and recent Artisan Award winner! You can check out her gorgeous designs at her Constantly Stamping blog. If you're in the US and looking for a place to pick up your favorite Stampin' Up! products, I encourage you to buy through her! She spends a lot of time and energy designing the beautiful projects she makes, and I would like to see her continue to do so for a very long time!! If you're in Canada, you can visit my store and purchase any Stampin' Up! products there!

I was especially excited because, for the first time EVER, I got to walk across the stage for an award. I have a fabulous team (Artisans Anonymous!) and they have been so great this year that I received an award for recruiting. I kinda feel like I can't take too much credit for it because they're the ones who've done the work! But I feel so privileged to be their leader. In addition... I made the ranking boards for Canada this year! #45 in Canada! SO excited, and so thankful for all of you that made that happen for me!

We saw a lot of new products that are up and coming - from the newly released Stampin' Blends alcohol markers to Brusho Pigment Crystals to our soon-to-be-released Stamparatus Stamp Positioning tool!! SO EXCITING! For more information on how to get your name on the reservation list for the Stamparatus, contact me before Nov. 16!! For more information on the Stamparatus, check out the video at the bottom of the post. It really is a pretty phenomenal product - I can't wait to get mine!!!

Ok! This post is getting long so I'm going to let you know more about OnStage in the next couple of posts, but I wanted to remind you all that I have a super fun Blends club happening now! You can sign up anytime, and you can attend the classes if you're local or have them sent to you if you're not. The first class is Nov. 21 from 9 am - 11 am or Nov. 22 from 7 pm to 9 pm. The club is 5 months long and is $50 per month. You'll get all the Blends, your choice of hostess stamp set, and a choice between the Color Me Happy project bundle (kit and stamp set) OR a selection of Blends Basics like cardstock and ink. I am accepting registrations NOW so contact me ASAP if you are interested!

Thanks for stopping by! Visit me again in a day or two and hopefully I'll have some of my swap cards up on the blog!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Wonderful Life Together

This summer, my sister was over and asked me to help her make a wedding card for her soon-to-be husband. My other sister was going to a wedding soon too and needed a wedding card for that. I was not only excited to get to stamp with my two beautiful sisters, but I got to play with some glimmer and sparkle... which always makes my day!

Those gold foil striped envelopes? SO perfect for a fancy envelope! And I'll tell you a secret. That heart on the front of the card? It's actually a Memories & More card. I just popped it up on a layer, added a glimmery heart and some gold metallic thread, and there ya go. Insta-card! We made these cards in under 10 min!



PS - Like what you see? Click on the image to see them in my online store, where you can purchase them and have them shipped straight to you at home!