Monday, June 30, 2014


Hello on our last day of June! I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by - we're already halfway done. It seems so fast too since our winter was longer than normal... ugh! I definitely do not want a repeat of that! Yesterday I taught a mixed media art class at my work for my favourite senior peeps! I haven't taken any art classes, but it seemed easy enough! It is really fun too, and you get to make a mess and that's always fun! Then I get to clean it up and organized everything again.. which is fun too!! I know I'm a weirdo...this is nothing new!! I love that each person's work turned out completely different, but awesome at the same time and they were all quite pleased. I think I'm going to have to try this art thing again!!
One of the sets I immediately had to have was 'A Happy Hooray'. I'm a sucker for shapes, especially the hexagon! I really love the flower silhouette and the feather too. This set definitely has a lot of miles on it already!!
Here's how I made my card... I started by cutting a layer of Basic Black, then Very Vanilla and another layer using the 'Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack'. Then stamping the 'Hooray' image 3 times and cutting them out, it was quick since it's straight lines! I punched out 3 Basic Black 'Label Bracket Punches' . I stamped and cut out 2 feathers and added a bunch of twine. It was quite simple and I love the contrast of the Black, Vanilla and Lost Lagoon!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps: A Happy Hooray
Papers: Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Basic Black & Very Vanilla Cardstock
Inks: Lost Lagoon, Black Stazon
Accessories & Tools: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Label Bracket Punch, Paper Snips
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Calling all heroes: Tiled card

Hello, it's nice and sunny out today and that can never be a bad thing!! I have a short and sweet post today. I was playing with the new Photopolymer set, 'Calling All Heroes' the other day. I made a few cards, I shared one earlier this week and I have another one for you today! This time I made a tiled-type card. I made 3 'Heroes', and one city scene. All were stamped on Whisper White and matted onto Basic Black. So many possibilities with this fun set, I'll share some more next week. Have a super, duper weekend :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps: Calling All Heroes, Photopolymer
Papers: Whisper White & Basic Black
Inks: Black Stazon, Real Red, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories & Tools: Paper Snips, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ombre Stars

Happy Thursday!! I just love getting to play with my new stamping toys - to be creative, and dream up fun ways to use them. One of the first things I absolutely had to have when I saw the new catalogue was the 'Decorative Masks'. They are a stencil, which can be used with Sponge Daubers, or sponges, spritzers, a brayer, stamps, markers or ink pads directly! Whatever your heart desires! These masks are super affordable too, at only $3.95 for TWO!! I'm going to be teaching a Mixed Media art class at my work this weekend and I'm using these stencils for the project. Hopefully my favourite senior peeps will enjoy what I've designed!! Onto my card for today...
I began with a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I then cut a Whisper White layer, which I layered my stencil onto (the stars obviously!). I chose 3 colours of ink and using my sponge dauber made an ombre effect. I then cut 2 squares, 1-1/4"x 1-1/4" of each of my 3 colours. I added each square beside the sponged stars to add more to the ombre effect.

I used the new Lost Lagoon, Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana. I must say how much I love, love, love these colours!! I lined up the stencil with the larger cluster of stars towards the top to make it like it's trickling down the card.
The hi there sentiment is from the new set 'A Happy Hooray', another favourite of mine! It's no coincidence the set contains a hexagon!? I layered the punched hexagon onto a punch out using the 'Label Bracket', which I also love. Go figure right?! I added a piece of the new Coastal Cabana, 'Thick Baker's Twine'. I frayed the ends, since I just love doing that!! That's it, quite simple to create.
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps: A Happy Hooray
Papers: Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay cardstock
Inks: Lost Lagoon, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana
Accessories & Tools: Decorative Masks (hearts and stars), Hexagon Punch, Label Bracket Punch, Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Paper Piercing Tool, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

you & me # love

Good morning! What a down pour we had last night! It was raining buckets, and buckets... figures since I watered the garden. Not much sun today, maybe tomorrow?! I have a fun card today that I had brewing in my head for some time... lots of brewing, all the time - just like a coffee machine! Funny since I don't drink coffee.
I love a paper punch. If you've read any of my previous posts, you know that I am enamored with the hexagon and triangle punches. My head kept giving me ideas using the 1" square punch to make fun backgrounds for my projects. So I sat down the other day and gave it a go and here's my final project! Check it out below!!
I used the new Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist. I love the retro feel to the new colours, very 70's! Of course I always gravitate towards oranges, yellows and greens.. those are my colours! I like the look of the orange and green together. I cut a whole bunch of squares in both colours and cut them diagonally in half. Then made squares with one half on top of the other, until my piece was full of half squares (triangles!). I like the effect it created. I layered it onto a piece of Basic Black and then to a piece of the new 'All Abloom' Designer Series Paper.
Using the 'Blockhead Alphabet' photopolymer stamps I made my words and symbols! I added a couple of hearts to fill in the blank space, and I thought it could use a bit more black contrast on the left side of the card. And there you have it "you & me # love".
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps: Blockhead Alphabet (Photopolymer)
Inks: Mossy Meadow
Papers: All Abloom, Basic Black, Tangelo Twist, Mossy Meadow
Accessories & Tools1/2" Circle Punch, 1" Square Punch, Paper Trimmer, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Starburst Ray of Sunshine

Hello, finally a day off! I have so much stuff I want to get done today. Tidy my yard, weed my garden, finish my edging, paint, clean my cats room, and well of course craft! I'm going outside to get some Vitamin D first.
Speaking of Vitamin D, I have a card made with rays of sunshine. I used the brand new set called 'Ray of Sunshine'. I love this set - not only for the sun stamp, but the sentiments are lovely. I designed this card for a stamping friend of mine, who has been having a rough time health-wise. I hope it cheers her up! Every time I use yellows or oranges always cheers me up!! Check out my card below and I'll tell you how I made it...
So I started by making my sun with the help of my handy dandy Stamp-a-ma-jig (don't know what I'd do without this great tool!). I stamped the circle first, then added the sunbeams. I re-stamped my circle to darken it a bit, then added the face with Hello Honey - I cut the sun out. I cut 1-1/4" strips of the new designer series paper stacks, 'All Abloom' and 'Moonlight'. Moonlight has the new Hello Honey colour and the 'All Abloom' has Daffodil Delight. I cut a strip of Hello Honey and embossed with the new 'Tiny Triangles' folder. I stamped my sentiment onto the starburst panel. Then I added the starburst pattern to the top of the card, over the embossed panel. I wrapped some Baker's Twine - Crushed Curry colour, around the adjoining pieces 3 times. I then added my sun, raised on dimensionals.
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Ray of Sunshine [wood: 134339 - $33.95; clear: 134210 - $24.95]
Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack [133701 - $8.50]
All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack [133703 - $8.50]
Baker's Twine [Crushed Curry: 134586 - $3.95]
Tiny Triangles TIEF [133740 - $9.95]
Colours Used: Hello Honey, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black
I hope you like my share, now I'm going to keep my face towards the sunshine - before it rains again! Have a super day, happy stamping :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Calling all heroes: Have a SUPER day!

One more day, then I finally get a day off! I am exhaused and have had hardly any time to craft...... That's the worst part... tomorrow will be my day to craft :)
I made this card using the super, awesome, fun new stamp set, 'Calling all heroes'. I just love the fun images and projects that can be made. I've made a couple and will show you them later. I used a bunch of different stamps to make this card. The set has 60 stamps!!! Including a complete alphabet and numbers.
I stamped the city scene for the top of my card and layered it onto my black layer. I then stamped my greeting, one letter at a time, layered onto Hello Honey, and Basic Black cardstock.
 Then I made another layer with this fun dotted stamp, I stamped one way, then flipped it to get this zig zaggy effect. I like it! I then stamped and cut out a lightening bolt and made my superhero, which was cut out with the 'Starburst Framelits'.
And ta-da! a fun superhero card ready to send! Not sure if I can part with this ?!!
Maybe for the right person!!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Calling All Heroes [138002 - $31.95] Photopolymer stamps
Starburst Framelits [132967 - $32.95]
Colours Used: Basic Black, Hello Honey and Whisper White
Hope you have  SUPER day!!! Happy Stamping :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Never under estimate the power of TWO! Cat Framed Art

Hello.....If you have met me you know that I love my fur-babies! I found my two baby kitties two years ago under a shed at my work. I know they're not babies, but they are the first kittens that I've ever had - so they are to me! After two weeks of trying to catch all the kitties and momma too! I will mention that all 6 kitties are happy and very loved. I made a cute frame for one of my favourite photos of my Tabitha and Jeffrey playing when they were so teeny, tiny! Jeffrey is a BIG boy now, 16 lbs.!! But he's still as cute as ever. I love this photo of the two of them playing with ribbon - it ended up all over them... they sure did get into mischief, they still do from time-to-time!!
I just had to break open my new set, 'You Little Furball'. I love all the sayings and the cute kitties you can create! I used coordinating cardstock to match the ribbon from the photo, Pumpkin Pie and Pear Pizzazz. I stamped my sentiment from 'Yippee Skippee', never underestimate the power ot two.  I thought it was quite fitting as you can never underestimate these two.
A closer shot

 I ripped the cardstock to appear as though the kitties tore the paper. I added some Whisper White Baker's Twine to look like pieces of string. I just made random patterns with the twine and adhered with glue dots.

  I stamped and cut out two of the cute kitties and fussy cut them out. I just love this sentiment - LOVE YOUR CAT-ITUDE! so cute.
This frame is proudly displayed on my gallery wall of photos.
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps: You Little Furball, Yippee Skippee!
Papers: Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Inks: Black Stazon
Accessories & Tools: Baker's Twine (Whisper White), Paper Snips
My kitties and I thank you for visiting, happy stamping :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bloom with Hope and Butterflies

Hello, what a wild couple of days we've had - weather wise that is! We actually had a tornado in parts of Ontario. We don't usually get weather like that in our neck of the woods! Well, it has been rainy most of the week - so my yard is still in need of a clean-up! Maybe tomorrow - too much to do today before work. I haven't had much time to craft this week - I'm going into day 8 now without any time off, unfortunately I have 5 more to go! We are having a big High Tea social at my work today to honour my favourite senior peeps at the retirement home - should be a fun day!
Well, I do have a card that I made last week to share with you. It is featuring all new products. I cut a layer of Moonlight Designer Series Paper (I love, love, love this paper stack - I'm in love with Hello Honey!!) I made my own background layer using the 'Work of Art' set and the zig zag stamp from that set. I used 3 colours of yellow: Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Hello Honey! I used an extra piece to punch out my butterflies. The flower image is from the 'Bloom with Hope' set, I coloured it with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. 

I hope you like my card, and have a wonderful day - Happy Stamping :)
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps: Bloom with Hope (hostess), Work of Art
Papers: Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Hello Honey, Basic Black & Whisper White Cardstock
Inks: Hello Honey, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Black Memento Ink, Cherry Cobbler Assortment Blendabilities, Old Olive Assortment Blendabilities 
Accessories & Tools: Circles Collection Framelits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Moonlight & Flowers

Oh my goodness, is it ever windy outside! What a mess I'll have to clean up tomorrow - stuff blown all over my yard! Ah well, it can wait until tomorrow. I have a very pretty card to share today that I made last week. It looks more complicated than it is, honest! Although, I tend to over-complicate things in general - not sure why?! I used the new & fabulous 'Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack', such beautiful papers and I love the colours in them. I cut 1/2" strips of various sheets from the stack and attached them in a diagonal pattern. I then punched out a whole bunch of tiny flowers from the new 'Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack' - one of the first things I had to have in my pre-order! I added a teeny, tiny Basic Pearl to the center of each flower. I used a glue dot to attach my flowers to my card. I finished with a sentiment from the new hostess only set, 'Bloom with Hope' - such a pretty set with lovely sayings.

I hope you like my share, have a great day and happy stamping :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack [133787 - $22.95]
Extra-large Oval Punch [119859 - $22.95]
Decorative Label Punch [120907 - $22.95]
Moonlight DSPS [133701 - $8.50]
Bloom with Hope [wood: 133949 - $27.00; clear: 133952 - $21.00] Only available to hostesses or through Stampin' Rewards - Minimum $200.00 order.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Little letters can say a lot!

Hello... no sun yet today! It feels like it's going to rain - I was hoping to get some gardening done before work, oh well... I guess I'll just have to craft instead?!! Did everyone enjoy Father's Day? I did. I ran our annual Father's Day social at work and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, so that makes me happy. Then we had my Dad over for a barbecue... it was a good day!
Today, I'm sharing the card I made for my Dad using the brand NEW 'Little Letters' diecuts. These cute letters are something I was hoping Stampin' Up! would have in the new catalogue - they didn't disappoint me... they are FABULOUS! They are the perfect size for most sayings and I like the font. When I first saw the catalogue cover, I saw these letters and got excited to see all the other goodies that may be inside!! When I finally got to see the catalogue in person, these letters went right to top of my list of products to order on June 2, 2014 - #1. Now I just need a set of numbers!! 
Check out the card I made below...  

Here's how I made my card: First I cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock and aligned the "D" and "A", since there is only one of each letter - I added the second "D" after I ran the first two letters through the Big Shot with my Magnetic Platform. I wanted the void part of the diecut - to look like a stencil to create a tab at the top of the card. Then I cut the letters to make the words HAPPY, FATHERS and DAY.
I then cut 1" strips of three of the new in-colours, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, and Hello Honey - my 3 favourites, coincidence? Nope!! I ran them through my Big Shot with the new 'Tiny Triangles' textured impressions embossing folder - #2 from my list of must haves!! I'm a sucker for geometric lines and shapes!! These funky colours are very 70's, and I like the retro look added with the triangles! I used a 2-way glue pen to adhere my letters, the attached each word to a different colour. The letters fit perfectly since the strips are 1" and the letters are 3/4" high. It still needed something, so I added some hearts from the new 'Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack' and some 'Basic Black Baker's Twine' - which was #3, not specifically black but the new baker's twine colours in general! I didn't realize that I used my favourites until now? I love Baker's Twine, it comes in many colours, it adds a nice effect to projects and the price.... well, you can't beat it! Well, I hope you all have a great Monday and that you like my card!! 
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Little Letters [130730 - $35.95]
Tiny Triangles [133740 - $9.95]
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack [133787 - $22.95]
Basic Black Baker's Twine [134576 - $3.95]
2-Way Glue Pen [100425 - $5.95]
Colours Used: Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Basic Black and Whisper White.
Happy Stamping :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Elegant Work of Art

Hi there... it's Friday! I don't get too excited, since I still have the weekend to work - but I will have some time this afternoon to play with some of my new toys and the prospect of that makes me happy :)
Today's card features the 'Work of Art' stamp set once again... it's not so obvious, but I used it on the butterflies! I used the zigzag stamp in an ombre effect using Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Hello Honey. I punched 3 Elegant Butterflies out, added a Basic Pearl to the center, which was coloured with Daffodil Delight Blendabilites markers. I popped each butterfly up on a dimensional onto a 'Label Bracket Punch', which was carried forward from the holiday catalogue - so yay! I cut a piece of Basic Black, layered it onto a piece of Crushed Curry. I used some gold 'Watercolour Wonder Washi Tape' instead of ribbon or twine. I stamped the sentiment from the 'Six-sided sampler' set, I used White Stazon ink... then I traced over it with a White Signo Gel Pen to make it appear as though I wrote it. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Label Bracket Punch [132153 - $21.95]
Elegant Butterfly Punch [127526 - $21.95]
Daffodil Delight Blendabilities [130998 - $15.95] not available yet
White Stazon Ink [106960 - $15.95]
Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen [105021 - $5.25]
Watercolour Wonder Washi [133000 - $6.50]
Work of Art [wood: 134111 - $36.95; clear: 134114 - $26.95]
Six-Sided Sampler [wood: 130953 - $32.95; clear: 130956 - $22.95]
I hope you like my share, happy stamping :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Blended Blooms

Hi there! Today, my share is called Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Blended Blooms! Well, try to say that 10 times fast... Blendabilities blended blooms, blendabilities blended blooms... well you know! I will admit that I was a skeptic when it came to the new Blendabilities markers. Stampin' Up! announced that they were going to be releasing them in the first half of 2014, I wasn't as excited as some other demonstrators as I've never been a fan of colouring. I've tried Copics and really didn't get all the hype. Well, even though I was skeptical - I ordered a few colours to give them a try and they proved me wrong...... I LOVE THEM! They are very smooth when colouring, the tip doesn't fray, the colours don't bleed or pick up dark colours with lighter markers. I still need a lot of practice and have ordered more colours to play with. I'm very excited for their upcoming release and am sure that you all will love them too!
For my card today, I started with a piece of Whisper White. I stamped the 'Blended Bloom' stamp - since it's a wooden stamp I used my 'Stamp-a-ma-jig' so I wouldn't overlap my flowers. It made a nice Black + White background for my card. I coloured 3 flowers, one in a lighter shade, medium and darker. I did use all 3 colour markers from the Pumpkin Pie assortment, I just changed the marker that I started with. I like the lightest one the best - but hey, they're all orange so they are all fab! I fussy cut all of the flower out and attached them to my B+W layer from lightest to darkest. I finished with a piece of Whisper White Baker's twine and a banner with a thinking of you sentiment from 'Teeny Tiny Wishes'.
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Blended Bloom [135906 - $14.95]
Teeny Tiny Wishes [wood: 128748 - $45.95; clear: 127802 - $32.95]
Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Assortment [130997 - $15.95] Not available yet
Banners Framelits [132173 - $32.95]
Baker's Twine [Whisper White: 124262 - $3.95]
Have a great day, happy stamping :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Work of Art: Butterfly at the end of the rainbow

Hello on this rainy Wednesday! I have another fun project made with the 'Work of Art' stamp set. This time I created a butterfly using the watercolour stamps. I used the 'Stamp-a-ma-jig' to make sure everything was aligned just the way I wanted them to look! Everything is stamped, except the antenae on the butterfly - I used a Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker to draw them on. I actually stamped, then cut out the butterfly so I could pop it up on dimensionals. This set is so fun to play with, it's amazing just how many fun and interesting creations can be made with it!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Work of Art [wood: 134111 - $36.95; clear: 134114 - $26.95]
Stampin' Write Markers [Neutrals: 131261 - $29.95]
Colours Used: Crushed Curry, Tangelo twist, Pacific Point, Real Red, Soft Suede & Mossy Meadow

I hope to see you again soon, Happy stamping :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CHEERS... We're in this together!

Hello....... What a beautiful day Tuesday today! I'm usually off on Tuesdays, but I only have one day off this week. Every June we celebrate Senior's Month at my work, we have a bunch of events throughout the month and today is one of them. So not much time to stamp today...I will try to squeeze in a bit since my new goodies are to arrive soon and who can resist new toys to play with?! Not me!! 
Well, I do have a super cute card (it's really cute, only a 4x4"). I used the brand new 'In this together' stamp set on page 169 of the new annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. I used the new 'Blendabilities' to colour in the lady using the Rich Razzleberry Assortment for her dress/shoes and the skin tone for her hair and well, skin. The martini is with the Old Olive and I added a bit of Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight to her belt. I used the 'Ovals Collection Framelits, but I opted to cut a 1/4" of the oval off, since the card was so small it wouldn't have looked right - it's hard to see in the photo with the Basic Black cardstock, but it's embossed with the 'Decorative Dots TIEF', the Cheers is from the 'Happy Hour' stamp set. This cute card would be great for a gift for a hostess, with a bottle of wine or sparkling cider maybe?


Unfortunately, Blendabilities markers are not available to everyone yet... only demonstrators. Hopefully they will be available at the end of June or early July. If you can't wait until then - Stampin' Up! has cut their starter kit fee in half to $60, for $65 in product and $70 in business supplies. You could select Blendabilities in your kit if you just can't wait until they are available?!!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
In this together [wood: 133866; clear: 133869 - $20.95]
Happy Hour [wood:132013 - $36.95; clear: 126642 - $26.95]
Metallic Baker's Twine [Silver: 132976 - $3.95]
Ovals Collection Framelits [129381 - $32.95]
Decorative Dots TIEF [133520 - $9.95]
White Stazon Ink pad & refill [106960 - $15.95]
Blendabilities markers [Rich Razzleberry: 131003 - $15.95, Daffodil Delight: 130998 - $15.95, Cherry Cobbler: 130995 - $15.95, Old Olive: 130999 - $15.95, Skin Tone Assortment: 129370 - $31.95] Not available yet
Momento Pad [132708 - $7.95]

Thanks for stopping by, Cheers and Happy Stamping :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Moonlight Blended Bloom

I hope you had a nice weekend. I worked the weekend, but we had my husband's parents and grandmother over for a birthday BBQ. It was my father-in-law's birthday on June 5. I decided to make another yummy chocolate cake. I had never before made a cake completely from scratch - I must say that the cake is so much more moist than the boxed cakes. It takes longer, but it is so worht it!! He called my cake exquisite. The cake had Starbucks coffee, chocolate pudding, Greek Yogurt, applesauce... probably why it was so moist?!
Well, I've got a pretty card to share today. I finally had a chance to sit down and craft for a bit before work the other day. I pulled out the new 'Blended Bloom' single stamp. It was one of the items I chose for my pre-order from the new catalogue - the stamp is actually quite large. Instead of stamping and colouring the bloom, I decided to try something a little bit different. Why not stamp onto designer series paper and cut the flower out. I used the new, and stunning paper stack called 'Moonlight'. It has 48 sheets of 4-1/2" X 6-1/2" pieces of paper - with beautiful patterns for both femine and masculine type cards! I used one of the polka dot papers, it has the new Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon along with Basic Grey, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  I layered my flowers with dimensionals onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock. The sentiment from 'Something to Say'. I added a Basic Pearl to the center of the blooms, coloured with the Daffodil Delight Assortment of Blendabilities! It's great that you can make pearls or rhinestones any colour now - completely coordinated to Stampin' Up!s colours!! Love it.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Blended Bloom [135906 - $14.95]
Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack [133701 - $8.50]

Something to Say [wood: 134177 - $36.95; clear: 134180 - $26.95]

Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Assortment [130998 - $15.95] Not available yet
1-1/4" Circle Punch [119861 - $21.95]
1-3/8" Circle Punch [119860 - $21.95]
Basic Pearl Jewels [119247 - $6.50]
Black Stazon Ink [101406 - $10.50]

I hope you like my share, have a wonderful Monday & happy stamping :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

World Map Traveler

Hello.... what a beautiful day, sunny, not too hot! I'm on afternoons today, so I have time to get some things done today. It was my father-in-law's birthday yesterday - we are having a birthday BBQ for him tomorrow, so I am going to bake a yummy chocolate cake. It's a recipe I found on Pinterest, it has Greek yogurt and Coffee in it - very delicious! But, hey it's chocolate so you can't go wrong!!
I must say how nice it is to get my creative juices flowing again after being sick for so long! I have a card today that would be great for a graduate or retiree, it could work for other occasions too but those just come to mind with the sentiment I chose!
I started with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock which I stamped the 'World Map' background stamp onto. I then stamped 4 of the images from the 'Traveler' set, the suitcase, camera, train and globe. You're probably wondering where the globe is? Well, I decided to use it as a base for my sentiment... you can see the stand from it - hey it works! I fussy cut out all the images and popped them up on dimensionals to give them more of a pop off the page. I think this sentiment really suited the theme of the card: Live the life you've imagined from 'Really Good Greetings'. It goes well with the vintage look of the stamps too! 

Last week, I asked my hubby Mike if we could go to Niagara Falls for the day... since I'd been sick and couldn't really do much while off work - I really wanted to get out of the house. It was a beautiful day, and the falls were stunning as always. It's amazing what Mother Nature can create and how many of her stunning creations are right in our own backyard. Well, not literally.. but a little over an hour away! We did a lot of walking, went to Planet Hollywood for lunch, then stopped by the Fudge Factory and the candy shop... I was on vacation so why not get a treat!? They actually had dried bugs for sale... not my kind of candy - but to each his/her own!! You can check out some photos that I took of the falls below... 

I couldn't belive how high the mist was off the Horseshoe falls... when you get really close that's all you can see - it was like being in a giant cloud!
There's that mist I was talking about.
Some tourists on the Maid of the Mist boat tour, I've been on it many times before... I got soaked, with the mist, I'm sure they did too!! 
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Traveler [wood: 134510 - $33.95; clear: 134513 - $24.95]
World Map [wood: 130342 - $21.95; clear: 130345 - $16.95]
Really Good Greetings [wood: 130330 - $22.95; clear: 130333 - $17.95]
Have a great day, happy stamping :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Travel by Hexagon!? Yes please!!!

I have to admit that I this set didn't scream out to me... You have to have me! But, I got the chance to test drive it the other night at a recent stamping get-together at my upline's house. She chose this stamp set as part of her pre-order (did you know that demonstrator's can order supplies earlier than everyone else?!) It's only one of the great perks of being a demonstrator!! I must say that after getting to try this stamp set out, I must have it!! It has traveled onto to my wishlist for my next order - so I'm sure you'll see more creations with this set in the future.
Well, I enjoy making fun and interesting cards with Mr. Hexagon Punch! It's no secret that I have a bit of a crush... okay, I'm completely in LOVE with him (Is it weird that I'm talking like it's a person?! Maybe a little, but I'm a bit weird anyways.... no, not weird, interesting and unique sounds better!) Some people don't understand my obsession but take a look at what HE can create!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I love this sort of puzzle-look cards. I used all of the images from the set 'Traveler'. It features a suitcase, passport, globe, camera, ship and train - the images have a sort of sketched look to them, and produce very nice, crisp stamped images. I used Basic Grey, Smoky Slate and Whisper White - the images look the best in black ink, and what goes better with black than grey and white?!
I stamped and fussy cut out a single camera image, just because I felt it was lacking something. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the brand-new Hostess set, Bloom with Hope - and I will have it next week when my first order of NEW goodies arrive!! Oh, and some Whisper White Baker's Twine... one of my staples in card making is Baker's Twine!!
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Traveler [wood: 134510 - $33.95; clear: 134513 - $24.95]
Hexagon Punch [130919 - $21.95]
Bloom with Hope [wood: 133949 - $27.00; clear: 133952 - $21.00] Hostess only set
Baker's Twine [124262 - $3.95]
Mr. Hexagon Punch and I thank you for your visit and hope you'll check back soon...
Happy stamping :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Fond Farewell to Secret Garden!

Hello... sorry it's been so long since my last post, my craft room was under construction. Not really, but I was re-organizing it once again. When I organize, I pull everything out and sort and recycle, discard, give away...  and I actually managed to get it more organized than the last time - so yay! Last night I finally got to do some stamping, I'd been sick for the past 2+ weeks and really didn't feel in the creative mood :(

Good news is I crafted last night and a bit today and am totally loving all the new goodies that I've played with so far. But for today I'm going to share one of my favourite sets that will be heading off into retirement at the end of today...

My card features the 'Secret Garden' stamp set, this was the first set that I ordered from last year's Occasions Catalogue... and luckily it was carried forward into the annual catalogue so I got to enjoy it for an extra year. But, sadly it is now retired - so we can fall in-love with the new, pretty floral sets that are available now! It's not surprising that I like floral stamp sets as I love gardening (I've posted some photos below)!

With fond memories... of a Secret Garden!
 What a pink card?!! I know, I've said I don't really like pink... but it's hard not to pair flowers with pink - most flowers are pink!! Besides pink gives a nice contrast against black. I stamped the same flower 5 times, fussy cut them out and glued them onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock, which I also fussy cut out - I wanted the contrast so the cutting time was worth the effort for the look I wanted! I used a Basic Black layer for some added contrast and embossed another layer of Primrose Petals with the 'Square Lattice TIEF', which is also headed off to retirement at the end of the day :(
I made a semi-circle with my flowers, every other flower is popped up on a dimensional - I added a piece of 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon and added a 'Thank You' sentiment to finish my card. I hope you like it :)  I've added a few photos from my garden, it's not a secret garden... but I do LOVE it - and it too is worth all the effort!

  This photo is of my back rock-garden, of course Tucker had to make a cameo...
he's just got to follow me everywhere!!  
 I just love this time of year, all the first blooms of Iris, Monarda and my lovely purple Alliums (did you know that they are in the onion family?!)

 This photo (below) is from the first part of my yard...
I have gardens all around the perimeter of my yard!

 Below is part of my front yard garden!
 Below is my favourite garden, it's not as flashy as the others since there isn't a lot of colour... but I love the hostas and astilbes and how low maintenance it is! I change my mind every year which garden is my favourite, this way they don't fight!!! Lol!
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Secret Garden [wood: 131940 - $31.95; clear: 129144 - $22.95]
Square Lattice TIEF [119976 - $9.95]
1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon [Whisper White: 126877 - $6.75]
Rhinestone Basic Jewels [119246 - $6.50]
Have a super, fantastic day - Happy Stamping :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Another Great STAMPIN' UP! Year

Today is the last day of my vacation....and it was quite productive, considering I had the flu for the majority of it! Today is also the very last day to get any products from the 'Celebrate the Everyday' Occasions Catalogue. The card I have today is featuring a couple of the products that will not be carried over to the new catalogue, which goes live tomorrow!!!
The stamp set is called 'Another Great Year', which features a nice main birthday focal greeting, a verse for the inside of the card and some fun birthday related images. I used another item that is not being carried over, the 'Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder', the 'Fringe Scissors' are in the new catalogue, so I'm super excited about that as they are one of my fav's!

To make my card I first cut a piece of Pistachio Pudding Cardstock and embossed it with the 'Scallops TIEF'. I then stamped the greeting with black stazon and coloured the Happy & to you with a Crisp Cantaloupe marker. I cut the image out and matted it onto a piece of Coastal Cabana. I cut a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe and using my fringe scissors cut 3/8" into the cardstock and attached to the bottom of my layer.... and that's it - very quick, and easy - but lovely card nonetheless.

Don't forget the NEW 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Catalogue goes live tomorrow... the BIG day is finally here!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Another Great Year [wood: 133038 - $29.95; clear: 133041 - $21.95]
Fringe Scissors [133325 - $13.50]
Scallops TIEF [132971 - $9.95]

I hope you like my share, happy stamping :)


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