Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Online Extravaganza!


It's that time of year again... the Online Extravaganza is here! You can save 20% to 50% off select items and bundles until November 28th.You can order yourself online (click the link above) and have it shipped right to you, or you can contact me with your order, and I will place it with others (this will save you some shipping costs if your order is smaller. I have an order going in today, and another going in the 28th that you can add to if you'd like. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Aviary Peekaboo Window Card

We made this card a few months ago in my Stepped Up Cards class. I saw it on another blog and wanted to try something similar.

I cut a 3" circle in the card front, and cut an insert for the inside of the card. I cut a thin slit about 3" long in the middle of the insert to hold the peekaboo piece in place. The peekaboo card stock is just under 3" wide to fit through the circle, and cut at one end with a label framelit. It is scored about 3/4" from the other end to secure it to the inside of the card. I stamped the birds and cages on the card stock strip, and added the punched and die cut leaves to keep it from going all the way through the circle when you open the card.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Floral Frames Tag/Ornament

We're making this tag/ornament in my Big Shot Class this weekend... this is another one I found on Pinterest and had to make myself.

I stamped the images from Floral Frames on Whisper White card stock with Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple, then cut them with the Floral Frames Framelits. I heat embossed the sentiment (from Greetings of the Season) with black on the Brushed Gold card stock (I think you can see the shimmer in the picture... so pretty IRL). The Cherry Cobbler scalloped tulle is so pretty as the hanger for this tag.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Metallic French Foliage card

This is one of the cards we'll be making this weekend at my Stepped Up Cards class . I found a card on Pinterest made by Vicky Hayes a while ago, and finally got around to making it myself.

This card uses one stamp from French Foliage, and three embossing powders (clear, silver and gold). I rubbed the edges of the stamped layer with VersaMark, and dipped them in Silver Stampin' Emboss powder to get the edging on the top layer. I love the way this turned out!

Stamps: French Foliage, Pennant Parade
Inks: VersaMark, Early Espresso
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Other: Stampin' Emboss powders (Clear, Silver, Gold), Sm Oval Punch, Linen Thread

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The new Stampin' Trimmer

I have tried many (many) different trimmers, and the new Stampin' Trimmer has a lot of great features that I love! You can see many of the great features in the video above, and here are my favourite features:
  • The cutting base is 6 1/4" (you don't have to flip out the arm to cut most cards), and the extended measuring arm is 14 1/2".
  • The cutting track is longer than 12", so you can leave both the cutting and scoring blades in all the time... no more switching back and forth! Plus, the scoring blade doesn't cut through the paper like I've had happen with other trimmers.
  • Straight cuts!!! Yes, this seems like it should be a given, but I've had many trimmers that I couldn't get straight cuts with.
  • I love that all the ruler and grid marks on the base are covered in plastic... no way they will rub off over time like my last few trimmers.
  • Non-skid feet to keep the trimmer in place while I'm cutting.
  • A storage compartment under the base... perfect to hold a pencil and bone folder or scoring tool, extra blades and other small items that I always lose if they're out on my table.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Two pocket cards!

These cards were from my Simple Cards Class over the weekend (and we'll be making them at my Christmas Card class in Ridgetown this Saturday). I offer a Christmas version and an All Occasion version this time of year, and I wanted to show that by changing a stamp set and a few colours, you can use the same supplies to make these different cards. I saw this card on Julie's blog and had to make two for myself! It is a pocket card, and the insert shows through the window of the pocket.

I used Always Artichoke, Naturals White and Early Espresso card stock for both cards. I also used Garden Green and Early Espresso ink for both cards, cut a window using the same Apothecary Accent Framelit, and used the same design and sentiment stamp set (Sassy Salutations). For the birthday card (above) I used the French Foliage stamp set, and added some More Mustard and Cajun Craze inks. I tied the pocket closed with Linen Thread.

For the Christmas version, I used the Watercolor Winter stamp set and added Soft Suede ink to the mix. I tied the pocket closed with Early Espresso stitched grosgrain ribbon.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fright Night

This is one of the layouts we'll be making in my Scrapbook Class this weekend. It features the Howlstooth and Scaringbone patterned papers, the Toxic Treats stamp set and 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon.

I sponged the edges of all the patterned papers with Basic Black ink and embossed the top corner of the dotted paper with the Spider Web Textured Impressions Folder (and sponged over that with black ink too). I paper pierced the Window Frames die cut with the Holiday Frames piercing template, then used a black marker to create the faux stitching. I also heat embossed the fence with the bird with Black Stampin' Emboss powder.

Merry Snowflakes

This is one of the cards we'll be making this weekend in my Simple Cards Class. It features the Snowflake Soiree stamp set and Platinum Stampin' Emboss powder.

I created two masks with copy paper and the Labels Framelits, and sponged inside with two inks. I stamped the large snowflake and the sentiment with VersaMark so I could emboss them with Platinum Stampin' Emboss powder. I stamped more snowflakes with the same inks I sponged with, and added a piece of Midnight Muse Stitched Satin ribbon.

Stamps: Snowflake Soiree
Inks: VersaMark, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Other: Midnight Muse Stitched Satin ribbon, Platinum Stampin' Emboss powder, Labels Framelits

Monday, November 5, 2012

Free Digital Downloads!

To celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day, Stampin' Up! has made three digital downloads FREE until midnight tonight! You can use these downloads in any digital scrapbooking programs (you don't need My Digital Studio, although if you haven't tried it yet, you can also download a 30 day trial of My Digital Studio 2 HERE). To see (and download) the three free downloads, click HERE. Get them before they're gone!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ink-redible! Free ink pads!

Stampin' Up! just keeps giving and giving... from now until December 16th, if you join my Gold Stars, Ink. team by buying the Starter Kit ($155.00 in product of your choice for $125.00--no tax or shipping) you can choose a colour family of ink pads for free! Choose from the Brights, Subtles and Regals (over $80.00 if you ordered them normally). That means what you would normally pay over $270.00 for, you will get for $125.00!!! I love the new firm foam ink pads, and getting them for free is even better!

If you are just starting out, you can get all the essentials (the new awesome paper trimmer, card stock, stamps, adhesive and the ink pads for free) in your Starter Kit. This would also make a great Christmas present for yourself (I hope I'm not the only one who does this)... You choose all the things you want--Big Shot dies, stamps... anything in the catalogues! Joining my team also gives you early access to the new catalogues and pre-orders (The Spring Catalogue will be up for Demonstrators December 1st, and Sale-a-Bration is coming soon too), lots of great ideas from other demonstrators and my help to support you if you want to turn your hobby into a business!

If you have any questions, or are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please contact me!