Saturday, August 11, 2018

Creative Retreat

Be Creative!
You're invited to get away for a Creative Escape!
7 hours of Crafting, Creativity and Fun!

Saturday, August 25, 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm
Place: Fort Museum Program Room - Fort Saskatchewan Alberta

Your fee includes:
* A table for you to work at all day on your personal projects
* 8 Make-n-Takes
*A $25.00 Goodie Bag
*3 Gifts throughout the day
*Snacks and Candy
*Coffee, Tea, and Water
*Use of all my supplies: A Big Shot Station, Colour Station, Inspiration Station, Punches & Stamps sets

You will also have 2 optional classes to choose from to add to your fun!
*Adhesive and kits for sale that day
*Bring your own lunch

Cost: Early Bird $65.00 if paid by July 29
Cost: after July 29 $70 due by August 11.
Register for this event - HERE
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Little Christmas in the Air

Today I've been playing with some Christmas goodies in preparation for my Creative Retreat.  We will be stamping Christmas Cards in the afternoon.
The first card uses the Seasonal Wreath DynamicTextured Impressioins embossing folder.  I also absolutely love the little red rhinestones that are available.  I've used them on every Christmas card for the retreat.
I'm glad that the Pretty Pines Thinlits carried over to the new catalog.  They help by giving you a variety of themes in your Christmas cards.  The pine cones are fussy cut from a sheet of the Designer Series Paper.
This Mistletoe Season is a new set in the catalogue.  I like the two step stamping bow: you get the two tones by stamping off some of the colour for the body of the bow.
This Blended Seasons set is really new.  It's not even in the catalogue, so we'll hope to see it in the future.  Of course, the holly berries are rhinestons!  Lots of shiny bling.

If you want more information about my Creative Retreat you can see it HERE , or contact me and I'll help you with whatever questioins you have.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, July 6, 2018

Tea Time

I'm starting to prepare the projects for my Creative Retreat in August....details in the next post.  During the morning stamping class we will be using pieces from the Tea Room Suite: Stamp set, Framelit dies, ribbon and DSP.  I like these little doily pieces from the framelits dies - they are quite versatile.  I also like how Stampin'Up! has gotten intricate on some of their dies to add to the details of the piece: like the little hole cut out where the teacup handle.
For the above card, I fussy cut some of the DSP to get the little floral arrangement.
 For two of the cards I took images from the "Big Wishes" set.  The candles are stamped in Rich Razzleberry and coloured in the coordinating colours from the DSP for this Suite.  This sample shows the verstility of the doilies in the framelits set.  I cut it in half to make it appear as though it is bigger than the oval.
The coordinating DSP for this suite is so delicate.  Reminiscent of Grandma's tea cups.  This time I've used the smaller doily to hold the sentiment, cut out some stamped flowers and used the butterfly from the "Springtime Impressions thinlits.
This is the fourth card that will be included in the Creative Retreat....along with the above three.
This final card was created because I put the "wrong" DSP on the envelope - so I had to make a matching card.  I've added an embellishment to the little doily from the "Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers" and put some Copper Thread behind it.

With the products that are included in the goodie bag for the retreat, there enough yardstick and DSP to create 7 more cards.

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by,

Time for  Tea Bundle - Photopolymer - 148410 - $51.25 (save 10%)
Time for Tea Stamp Set - Photopolymer 147069 - $22.00
Spot of Tea Framelits Dies - 146821 - $35.00

Tea Room Specialty Paper - 146894 - $19.00

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Happy Stamping.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy Little Mistakes

I was playing around with the new embossing powder in the new In-Colours a couple of weeks ago and made a happy little mistake on one of the cards. It ended up taking some patience to get all the different colours on in the same sort of spread out fashion, but it was worth it in the end.

This is what each card in this series was suppose to look like - but variety is good.

To add to the variety, I decided to use the thinlit that co-ordinates with this stamp set.  The Framelit die set includes the little candle, flame and the piece that makes the little diamonds along the top.

I continued playing with the Framelits and pulled out the DSP that goes along with this Broadway Bound Suite.
 I love this Broadway Marquee included in the Framelits.  Rhinestones or pearls can be used for lights around the edges.
The last creation was a birthday card to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday.   The numbers were cut out of one of the sheets of DSP which is covered in numbers, so you can create whatever age of birthday card you need.  This set and paper would be great for teens.

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Broadway Birthday Bundle - Photopolymer 148321 - $54.75 (Save 10%)
Broadway Birthday Stamp Set - Photopolymer - 147067 - $22.00
Broadway Lights Framelits - 146317 - $39.00

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Monday, June 11, 2018

More Peaceful Water

 Maybe it's because I've been near the oceans twice this year, that I'm being pulled toward the images that we have with water.  Although, the reason why I love this "Lilypad Lake" set is because of one of the sentiments "Be Calm and leave it to God."

This is another bundle offer with the stamp set and matching framelit dies.  I like how there are "extra" framelits included - ones that don't cut out the images, but provide additional pieces.  The grass, for instance, is not a stamped image, but is a nice addition.  There are also two "label" framelits to cut out the sentiments with.

For my first card, I used watercolour paper and the "water" image.  I stamped from the bottom up in Night of Navy, Pacific point, and Bermuda Bay. I stamped twice: once to provide deep colour and the second time to help merge into the next colour.  After all the colours were placed, I spritzed the piece of paper with water, causing the colours to run just a little bit. For the sky I used Balmy Blue, which I painted on with an aquapainter.

 Watercolour paper was used for this second card also, providing a background for the silhouetted diecut images.
The coordinating "water" framelit was used to create the background for this card.  I noticed, in the samples from the catalogue, that the crane's legs were tucked in behind the water, making the birds look like their legs were emerged - so that's what I did with this card.  The grasses were tucked into the "water" too.

Bundles really are the way to go.  You get a 10% discount and you get extra pieces to help create your cards or scrapbook pages.

That's it for today. When ordering your bundles, remember to use this month's hostess code:
Have a terrific day.

Lilypad Lake Bundle - Wood Mount 148365 - $70.00 (save 10%)
Lilypad Lake Bundle - Clear Mount 148366 - $60.25 (save 10%)
Lilypad Lake Stamp Set - Wood Mount 146493-$41.00 Clear Mount 146496-$30.00
Lakeside Framelits Dies - 146351 - $37.00

Sunday, June 10, 2018


I have to be honest and say that I have been doing a lot of casing lately of cards that are in the new Annual Catalogue.  After all, our catalogue is overflowing with lots of creative ideas, so why not copy.

I always look for different ways to use the cat punch other than using it for Halloween.  I'm glad it made it into the annual catalogue.  This card is found on page 16 of the catalogue and I've made a couple of changes to it because I didn't have all of the products that were used in the photo.

I love the gold embossed background, and the way that the cat was coloured and the layers created by using little bits of different items!  I used the new Itty Bitty Greetings and fussy cut the flower from a piece of our "Share What You Love" specialty DSP.  Our new tiny coloured Artisan Pearls are perfect for adding a subtle bit of bling to the card.

If you haven't received a catalogue of your own, let me know and I will get one out to you as soon as possible.  You'll love flipping through to see all the creative ideas you can copy.

Thanks for dropping by,
Have a wonderful day,

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Rooting for Rooted in Nature

 I'm a nature sort of girl.  I love walking in the woods: listening to sounds around me, taking in the aromas and looking for nature amidst the nature.  So, I love our tree and leaves sets through the years.  I'm excited about this Rooted In Nature set because it can be bundled with the Nature's Roots Framelits so the images can be cut out easily to create different arrangements on your cards.

However, for my first card with this set, I didn't use any framelits.  I just stamped the leaves multiple times in three different colours: Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron.  These are three of the  colours featured in the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper that coordinates with this set.  I've used some of the paper on a number of my samples.
 This big tree is one of my favorite images.  The shading among the leaves is wonderful.  I like the sentiment from this set also.
 For this card, I cut out the leaves with the framelits and then embossed them with the embossing framelits.  I much prefer when paper has some texture in it rather than leaving it flat.  I sponged some coordinating colour onto each leaf just to add a bit more interest.
 Rich Razzleberry and Petal Pink are also colours included in the Nature's Poem DSP.  Paired together, they make for a more feminine tree card, for those nature gals in your life.
Finally, I embossed some Soft Suede and Gold Foil together with the Woodland embossing folder and then popped up the tree image and the sentiment (from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous)  This sentiment could easily be changed for a retirement, sympathy or anniversary card.

I'm having fun playing with my new toys and creating a bunch of cards from one set.  I hope you find some inspiration here and are also moved to create cards for events in your family and friends' lives that go beyond Birthday.

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 Rooted in Nature Bundle - Clear Mount 148353 - $99.00 (Save 10%)
Rooted in Nature Bundle  - Wood Mount 148352 - $115.00 (Save 10%)
Rooted in Nature Stamp Set - Clear Mount - 146482 - $57.00
Rooted in Nature Stamp Set - Wood Mound 146479 - $75.00
Nature's Roots Framelits Dies -  146341 - $53.00
Nature's Poem DSP 146338 - $15.00