Thursday, April 24, 2008

Special Birthday Post.

Hi Daniel, You're 3 today, Happy Birthday!!! This is a picture of the birthday card that I made you but was too silly to put it in the mail on time...It's filled with lot's of love and happy birthday wishes from Will, Gabby and I. I hope you have a great day today and a yummy Bday meal with mom and dad and your brothers.

For anyone else who is interested, here is the recipe for this card:

Stamps: Bugs and Kisses
Paper: whisper white, blue bayou, pumpkin pie, soft sky.
Ink: same as ink + old olive
Tools & Acc.: Spiral punch, circle punches, pumkin pie marker, number sticker from retired simply scrappin kit.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Open House

Ack!! I almost forgot to mention that I will be having an open house Saturday April 26th between 2-5pm. Anyone in the region is welcome to join me. We will be making a mother's day card and a mini scrap book page, plus there will be special offers, door prizes and light refreshments. If you can pop by, even for a moment I would love to see you. Come and see what Stampin' Up! and I have to offer you this spring! for additional info, e-mail me at

Funky Pretties

Well once again I find myself at the end of the day with very little time but, I still want to share a little something with you. From my huge collection of images from montreal I picked out a few that had to do with tomorrow's Dyeing for Spring Class. This class is all about dyeing/colouring embellishments such as the silk flowers in the Pretties kit or ribbon or even metal pieces. The pictures in this post show a few of the wild things you can do to the silk flowers from the Pretties kit.

The first card shows a flower that has been delicately coloured with pastels and then mounted to look like an upright flower. I thought that was really neat and would never have thought to use the blooms this way.

The second picture shows off a cute gift box. The flower on this bow was coloured by pressing it into an Encore gold ink pad, the ink seeps right through it and you'd never guess that it was 'home-coloured'.

The third picture is o
f a really pretty card. The silk flower here was coloured using markers and then covered in dazzling diamonds glitter. It really shimmered.

The final card is really wild, definitely not my style but effective all the same. The flower on this card was 'smooshed' into a Versamark pad and then dipped in black embossing powder and heated. It gives it a very unusual look reminiscent of patent leather or more likely black vinyl!!

I hope these projects have inspired you to play with the pretties kit. If it has I am offering a free re-inker in the colour of you choice to anyone who orders the pretties kit before the end of the month, if you're interested, please e-mail me.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Today's a quicky...

Oof it is really getting to late for me tonight but, I really don't want to break my roll so, here are a few of the swaps I received in Montreal... Ok, while the other projects are fairly self-explanatory I had better tell you a little about this last one. This is actually a pretty little sleeve to hold a nail file. They even stamped right on the file, cool eh? I think my mom and I are going to do a bunch of these to give out to her clients, she's an esthetician so this is perfect! More tomorrow...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Recent Team Make & Takes

Almost every month the team of demonstrators I belong to gets together for a fun evening of visiting, sharing and of course stamping! Here are a couple make and take we made at the last meeting, I thought I'd better share them while they were still fresh.
This first card I think is just gorgeous. I would have never thought up this colour combo but, it has definitely got to be one of my new faves. I believe the combo is Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, River Rock and Ruby Red (it's this last colour I'm not positive on). Isn't it striking? This card uses one of my favourite background stamps Tres Chic and the Stitched Exotics bundle available as part of the current Free Wheelin' Promo . I was supposed to put a beautiful red rhinestone brad in the centre of the flower but I lost mine on the way home so I used a Build-a-Brad instead. Not quite as spanky but, it will do.
This next card is so fun and cheerful, if I look at it long enough I can almost delude myself that there isn't two feet of snow outside! The stamp set is Tart and Tangy and the DSP is Summer Picnic, both are from the current mini caty. Now, as cute as this card is there is more to it. This is a 'Scratch and Sniff" card! We used craft ink to stamp the strawberry and then embossed it using a mixture of clear embossing powder and strawberry flavoured sugar free drink mix. It worked really well I was quite impressed, and this is just the perfect stamp set to use with this technique.

That's all I have from this meeting, I wish I had my camera with me as people shared some wonderful projects. Next month I should have much more to share with you since it will be our quarterly Extravaganza...Too much fun!!

Make and Takes from Montreal

Yay, I'm proud of me, posting two days in a row!! I have to celebrate the little victories...Now, today i decided I would share with you the fantastic make and takes we made in Montreal. They were all quite simple but, really inspiring! The free stamp set we received at the regionals was called 'So Much' (we got the French one, which is why all the pics say 'merci' instead of 'thank you'). This was a stamp set that really didn't fizz with me when I first saw it in the catalogue but, after playing with it a little at regionals...I'm in love!! The other stamp set that was featured at the conference was 'Live Your Dreams' from the mini catalogue. This one too didn't do anything for me...sigh...the dangers of playing with stamp, I love this one too!
This simple but elegant card showed me how much fun the different elements in this stamp set are. Don't you just love that little bird? I really like how they coloured the one flower and added a rhinestone brad to the centre it makes it stand out.
This is a sweet little 6x6 scrapbook page we made using the same stamp set and my favourite design from the Afternoon Tea DSP pack. Stampin' Up! has been using some truly beautiful quotes in their newest stamp sets, this one is particularly inspiring.

Here is a neat and very simple card. All we did to make the outer portion was take a regular kraft envelope, seal it and cut off the top inch. It makes a perfect little sleeve for the card with no gluing and fussing! On this card I used the French quote, I was act

Once again they came up with another fun, simple and yet really unique card. I just love this one, it's so whimsical. Mixing the textured CS with the flat CS and particularly the kraft CS adds great interest to this piece.

This is another super cute card, I won't go into to many details for it now though because I have a little tutorial to share with you soon. You won't believe how simple is is to make.
Here is the final project we made. This is a 12x12 scrap book page which I am just itching to fill with black and white photos of my little one. It was this project that really made me appreciate the circles found in the So Much stamp set. I love how easy it was to make a subtle yet fun background with these stamps and a little bit of VersaMark. At the conference, they did not have an alphabet set available to us so I filled in the green bar myself at home. The title simply says "I love you" and "So Much". I stamped the letters using the Jumbo Outline Alphabet, then coloured them in using my VersaMarker (just to make them stand out a little more), then I added some doodles with my Signo white gel pen, and finally I made the cute little apostrophe with a punched flower and a black brad.

I hope you find the projects as fun and inspiring as I did. I will be back tomorrow to share some swaps and other items!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Carousel Purse

Well, I've been waiting for a sunny day to take pictures of some of my latest projects but, this (on the left) is what it looks like outside my studio window can't tell in the photo but, the snow is really coming down, and the forecast is calling for more!! Anyhow, the project I am going to show you today is what we will be making on May the 8th at our Mother's Day class. I had to break down and set up a few fluorescent lamps so I could actually get the pics taken!

This is my version of JanTink's Carousel Notes purse. She has a wonderful tutorial that you can find on her blog here. When I saw this project I knew imediately that this would make the perfect Mother's Day gift and so the perfect Mother's Day Workshop Project. I had a wonderful time making this purse, it fairly easy to make but the results are really impressive. I actually was not fond of this DSP when I saw it in the mini catalogue, I also thought the carousel notes were kind of usless (I know, I know, I can be kind of negative sometimes) but the moment I saw this project I knew I was sold on the whole lot!!

The wonderful thing about this purse is that the real treasures are inside. There are great mats for photos and spots for journaling, and because it is actually built out of the carousel note envelopes, there are two great pockets to hold the actual decorated note cards. I have not added pics to mine yet but, I thought that black and white photos of a few generations of mother's and daughters would be perfect for it!

If you would like to take this class I need registrations by Saturday April 26th so that I can order the materials. The cost of this class will be $30 and will include a full pack of the Afternoon Tea DSP ($12.95) aswell as a full package of the carousel notes (14.95). You will complete a purse in class and take home complete instructions and more than enough paper to make at least 2 more purses! If you have any questions or would like to take part in this class please contact me.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Time to do some catching up!

My SIL who is an avid blog reader gave me a poke this afternoon and pointed out that it had been ages since I've posted. I was actually shocked how long it had been, have I really been back home for a whole two weeks now? I guess so! Anyways I will blame it all on being exhausted after a cross-country trip alone with my toddler (Yes, I know I was crazy!). An almost 2 year old, multiple buss trips, a five hour flight and far too much luggage is really a recipe for being frazzled, don't you think?

OK, now back to the matter at hand, I have soooo much to share with you, here are some more samples from the Montreal regional conference I just returned from:

this was a cute little tag made by one of the Quebec based presenters. ( I really need to remember to take down names next time!!) I thought it was really sweet and so simple too. All it took to make this one inked up fingers and a black Stampin' Write marker.

This next card was also made by a Quebec demo at the conference. She used the spray and smash technique, shown here, on glossy paper before stamping and cutting out the flowers from Bloomin' With Happiness. I think the effect is really gorgeous, don't you? The other neat thing is is that this is a z fold card and the floral medallion tucks under the greeting to stay closed.

I'm a big fan of daisies so I really liked these two cards. The yellow one on the right is made using the Pick-A-Petal set. I love the one on the left, it's so cheerful and they did a great job of using DSP (check out the grass!)

Isn't this a fun card? I really like the retro feel of it. The colour combo is really sharp but, not one I would have thought of with this stamp set. This is why I love seeing other peoples projects, I can really get stuck in a rut using the same colours and styles etc. but all it takes is to see one fresh idea and I'm off on a new creative tangent!

Well I think I will leave things there for tonight, I have tons more to show you though! If I manage to keep on top of things, I hope to post a few new pics from the conference everyday for the next while. So come back, ya hear?

Unfrogettable Birthday Invites

My daughter loves frogs, and I couldn't be happier, because I'm a total frog nut too! Gabby will be turning 2 in May and I thought, a froggy birthday party would hit the mark. This card is my current invitation prototype. I had soooo much fun making this card I tried out the "No Copics No Problem" tutorial on Julie's blog. If you have the SU! markers, or if you have ever considered getting them, you have to check this out. the only tip I can give, that is not mentioned in the tutorial, is that you should really plan the order you apply your colours to your project. Not only do you absolutely want to go from lightest to darkest, you also want to make sure that anything containing red (purples, browns...) is also done very near the end because, they bleed everywhere if you not careful!! Can you tell I learnt this from experience? (the red toadstool on this card is a good example ). The base of this card is the Wild Wasabi textured card stock that is on special this month. It was a bit of an oddball size but turned out to be just perfect for this kind of pocket card. Now I don't think all the invites will be this elaborate ( I don't have that much time on my hands!) but, I will use this card as my point of inspiration.


-Papers: Wild Wasabi textured CS, watercolour paper, Cutie Pie DSP, Rose Red
-Inks: Stazon Black, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, So Saffron,
-Tools & Accessories: Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, corner rounder, markers, aquapainter.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Bloomin' Caty CASE

This is a simple watercolour card we made at some of my recent workshops, if it looks familiar it's because it's a direct CASE from the Occasions Mini Caty. I really rarely do that kind of thing but I was soooo in love with the card I knew it would make it into my repertoire! I did change it up a bit, I did not have the pretties kit at the time so I went for a more rustic hemp to tie on the image, and I added some bling down below by embossing the word 'bloom' in silver EP bellow. For some reason I cannot recall, I didn't use the spiral punch on my sample piece but my students did and it looks great. Another thing I added was to stamp the bee from this set tone on tone on the blue paper, it just adds a touch more whimsy! I really think Stampin' Up! did a great job at putting together this stamp set besides simply being gorgeous it has all the elements you might want to make cards. For the two main images, one is long and narrow while the other one is square so there is sure to be an image to fit your lay out. The definition and the script-like word "Bloom" work really well together and then you have a bonus bee to through in for an added touch. This set is a real joy to work with!


Bloomin' Beautiful
Papers: kraft, bashful blue, watercolour paper
Inks: Stazon black, bashful blue, Sahara sand, creamy caramel, VersaMark
Tools & Accessories: Rich regal and earth element Watercolour Wonder Crayons, aquapainter, hemp, Silver EP, Spiral Punch

Watercolour I Wonder?

I've been wanting to share these cards for ages! My techniques class last month was an introduction to watercolouring using Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aquapainters or Blender pens. I had so much interest in this class that I had to split it into 2 separate classes. One class was in march and the next one will be on Thursday April 17th at 7pm. There is still a little space if you are interested. The class costs $15 or $10 for Stampin' VIP members and you can RSVP to me by e-mail or phone. This is the first card we did to get used to moving around the colours. We created a sunset background using the colour wash technique Then we embossed the wild flowers and butterfly from The Essence of Love set with black EP so that it really popped! I pushed myself out of my colour comfort zone with this card, did you know that before making this card I had never even touched my Bravo Burgundy? I'm still not in love with this colour but I see that it has its uses ;^>.


The essence of Love
Paper: not quite navy, bravo burgundy, so saffron, watercolour paper, Spring break DSP
Inks: Versamark
Tools & Accessories: Rich Regal Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, spray bottle, black EP, needle tool.

This is the second card we made. I always struggle a little with masculine cards so I was thrilled to see the set 'For Father', this image with the puppy was the one that really sold me. I really enjoyed putting this card together. I tried to echo the boot laces with the jumbo eyelets on the right what do you think? One of the really cool things about this image is that you an easily change the dog breed based on how you colour it. I've seen black, chocolate and yellow labs but I also saw the puppy turned into a beagle. You can turn it into pretty much any kind of short haired hound, hmm... my brother is trying to become a fire fighter, this could be a great image to congratulate him using black boots and a dalmatian.... I'll let you know how that goes!


For Father
Papers: watercolour, bordering blue, always artichoke, chocolate chip
Inks: Stazon black, creamy caramel, basic grey
Tools & Accessories: Earth Elements Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, Crop-A-Dile, jumbo eyelets, hemp, piercing tool

This was the last card we made at the 'Watercolour I Wonder..' class. I think it's my favourite. The colour combo and basic layout was inspired by someone at SCS . If you love to colour you can't get much better than the Bloomin' Beautiful set from the Occasions Mini Catalogue . I created a weathered look on this card by tapping the edge of a creamy caramel ink pad in a random fashion, while this looks OK I prefer the look achieved by my students with the actual Weathered BG stamp talk about instant vintage...yet another stamp I now must order for myself!!


Bloomin' Beautiful, French Script, Weathered
Papers: Watercolour paper, ruby red, old olive, whisper white
Inks: same as paper + creamy caramel & Stazon Black
Tools & Accessories:
corner rounder punch, Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter, old olive polytwill ribbon, styled silver hodgepogde ribbon slide, circle punches, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2-way glue pen.

Remember if you can't attend a scheduled class contact me and see about hosting a class for you and a few friends when it's convenient for you!