Sunday, January 28, 2018

Casing and Welcoming

 I started to play around with this stamp set - but I only got as far as CASING one of Tamara Bertram's cards.  I did change the mat colour because waaaaaaay back when Amy and I started our business together my "trademark" was "black and white and a touch of teal".  So instead of a completely black and white card - which I also love, I added some Island Indigo.  I will be posting some more samples using this stamp set because it's a "patent pending" stamp.  It's so cool how the ink creates more depth in the image.
Also, it's a Sale-a-bration set so you can get it for FREE with a $60 purchase!

 Okay - so I had 8 sets of papers ready to make this card, which was used at a workshop earlier this month.  Well......I got into the assembly line mode and stamped my "Angel Policy" stamp on the card base so that it's layout was horizontal - it's original design was vertical - see the photo below.  I'm pretty pleased that I didn't need to rework anything - I just repositioned things.  Oh, and I changed the greeting from a siimple "Welcome" to "Welcome to our Team" - because I have a goal to add people to my Inkspired Divas team.
The Kit deal is soooooooo appealing - even if you just grab the kit and run.  No obligations to be a demonstrator - you can "supply your own crafting habit" or walk away.  It's that simple.  To purchase the kit you can see more details explained HERE
or visit my website  HERE
This stamp set is also a Sale-a-bration set you can get for FREE with a $60 purchase.

We FINALLY got a big dump of snow here yesterday.  The first one this winter!!  I went out to shovel the sidewalks yesterday, all bundled up (although my daughter scolded me for not being warm enough).  I was up to my shins in snow.  It's all cleared away now - thanks to my husband for snowblowing the driveway.  And the pile in the backyard is better for the grandson to play in!
Although, I need me some snowpants if I'm going to join him.

Hope the weather is good in your corner of the world.
Thanks for stopping by,

Products for Amazing You Card

Products for Welcome Card

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Love Today Planner Kit

I know it's nearly the end of January, but I finally opened my "Love Today Planner Kit".  When I got my first Stampin'Up! planner it was for 2007-2008.  Over the years I changed the cover, and then I just changed the year.  Eventually I stopped changing anything - the "dark years".  But now - fresh and ready for business, I have a more trendy planner that I know I'm going to love!  It has pockets to keep things in, mini photo sheets and stickers to use to personalize it.  And, best of all, there are refill kits available so I can keep this planner going for a number of years!  Wooo Hoooo!   (With a quote from Reading Rainbow)....But don't take my word for it, let Stampin'Up! tell you all about it.

Here's a video featuring the kit:

You can order yours through my website link on the sidebar.
The great thing about this planner is you can start it at any month because you write the dates in.

Have fun,
Thanks for stopping by,

Love Today Planner Kit  144257

Love Today Refill Kit - 145386

Monday, January 15, 2018

Foxy, Dapper or Sharp Gentlemen

What a wonderful True Gentlemen Suite Stampin'Up! has in the 
Occasions Catalogue this year...

the paper is "cute"
the ribbon is rich
the buttons are faux wood
the punch is "tesselating!!!
 the colours appeal to anyone
the stamp set can be bundled with the punch.....
 And we all know that a bundle is the way to go!  

I even pulled out my Bow Builder Punch to make a little bow tie to go with the paper.  If you check out the pages the suite is featured on in the catalogue, you'll see how awesome the DSP looks "tied" in a bow!  

A great set for masculine birthdays, Father's Day, and generic birthdays! 
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Navy Heartfelt Sympathy

I decided to "remake" the sympathy card I created the other day, but keep it simpler for my upcoming All Occasions Stack.  Really, all I did was change the background to plain cardstock, omit the matting from the layered pieces and change the metallic thread to pearls.
Easy Peasy - and, at the Occasions stack, you will be able to use a different sentiment. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a stampy sort of day!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Want a SHARE of Stampin'Up!'s 2018 Occasions Paper?

Isn't it all enticing???  Want it all???  
Have no fear!  
My 2018 Occasions Catalogue Designer Series Paper Share is here!

There are 7 patterned packs as well as a STUNNING glimmer pack on offer.  Ordering a pack of all 8 papers would cost you $144.98.  Yes, they're gorgeous, but that's a LOT of money ... and a LOT of paper!  Instead get a 6" x 6" sampler pack of each of the papers ... and pay only $45!

You'll get 114 sheets of 6" x 6" papers for just $45 flat (for local, Fort Saskatchewan peeps) - $60 to cover the additional shipping cost for anyone who can't pick up.

All papers will be 6" x 6" in size and you will receive at least 2 samples of each design (since our papers are double sided you need to have BOTH sides, right?)

EVERYONE WHO PURCHASES A SHARE WILL BE ENTERED INTO MY DRAW FOR A FREE "HEARTFELT BLOOMS" CLEAR SET (which can normally only be earned with a minimum $60 product purchase!)

Here are the papers you'll receive....
 24 Sheets of Picture Perfect Party DSP Stack

12 Sheets of Sweet Soiree DSP

12 Sheets of Painted with Love Specialty DSP
(The one I call Luscious!)

12 Sheets of Petal Passion DSP
(Another favorite I haven't used yet)

12 Sheets of Myths and Magic Specialty DSP

24 Sheets of Tutti Fruiti DSP Stack

12 Sheets of True Gentleman DSP

6 Sheets of Myths and Magic Glimmer Paper
(to die for!!!!! So Sparkly)

Make sure you message me by 7:00 pm MT next Tuesday, January 16th to get in on the draw!

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Stamping

You're Awesome!

The artist in me just keeps reaching for these Brusho Colour Crystals, and I used them again yesterday on a set of cards using the Epic Celebrations set that you can receive for FREE when you purchase $60 in product during Sale-a-brations.  This is a perfect set if you have tweens and teens in your life.

I created all of the cards fairly simply because I will be using this sample in my upcoming All Occasions Stamp Stack.  The background was created on watercolour paper and once the sneaker image was stamped, I sprinkled a TINY amount of crystals onto a clear block and used the Aquapainter to pick up pigment and colour in the soles of the shoes so that they blended in with the rest of the background.
You'll find with the Brusho, that you will never get the same result on any two cards, which is the beauty of this product.  One of my stampers last night said the results are "perfect imperfection"

At the bottom of this post you will find a video from Stampin'Up! introducing the Brusho Crystal Colour

Here are the rest of the cards I experimented with yesterday.  I didn't use all 5 colours. However, on the orange card you will see the remaining images from the FREE stamp set.


Don't forget you have three options to 
participate during

Option #1 
Shop on-line and have your order delivered right to your door.
January's Host Code is GMJKFGH9. 
ps.....if you have an order worth $165 .......GO DOWN TO THE "JOIN" information
You'll get what you want, plus you get to choose 2 EXTRA stamp sets FREE and you don't have to pay shipping/handling or GST!!!!!
I would LOVE to have you as a member of my team,  but it's good to know there is no obligation to hold workshops or take orders. Just take advantage of this awesome offer.

Option #2
If you would like a fun night stamping with friends I will come to your house with 3 samples to complete - $10 per person -Hostess is free.
If you would like a fun night of stamping with friends without the stress of cleaning your home - carpool to MY house to create 3 samples - $10 per person - Hostess is free.  Bring along a small snack ,only if you want, and I'll do the rest. 

Option #3
I have set a goal of adding at least 4 new members to my Inkspired Divas Team.  You can join with no obligation to do workshops - just get a discount on your own orders and be part of a great group of women.  Or, if you are wanting to earn cash as a part/full time demonstrator - I can help you with that!  Or, if you are only interested in the best deal around, simply purchase the kit and enjoy your crafting!  No obligation, no pressure.

Here are the products you'll need to create a set of cards like my samples.....

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wishing You a Happy Day

I just love this Lemon Lime Twist colour!  Too bad it's an In-Colour; but it does make me happy.

This card was created for my Stamp Camp coming up on January 26.  My stamp camps involve doing different kinds of techniques to make your creations a bit more interesting.  Sure, you can take this embossing folder from the Petal Pair, included in the Occasions Catalogue, and simply emboss the white cardstock.  It will look nice!
What I did was press one side of the embossing folder onto the Lemon Lime Twist ink pad before placing the paper inside and running it through the Big Shot.  I even like how the paper isn't evenly inked.  And, don't you absolutely love the new  Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper in the Occasions Catalogue.

The Happy Wishes stamp set is one you can get for FREE, during Sale-a-bration, by making a purchase of $120.  It's a wonderful set with lots of options for greetings.  Here is a video from Stampin'Up! to introduce the whole set.

I also had to create a sympathy card to send out.  I think that next month I may have a workshop just for Sympathy and Get Well cards, because they are not a card we usually make, because the need for them generally comes up unexpectedly.

And here's the reason I've been behind on my blogging over the last little while - my grandson turned six.  It's so hard to believe!
He's a wonderful little guy and I love him to pieces!

That's it for today.  I'm hoping to get some more creating done today - both cards and art. 
Have a wonderful day, and stay warm if it's cold where you are.
Thanks for visiting - Joan

Here are the supplies you will need if to create the Wishing You a Happy Day card.....

Friday, January 5, 2018

Buy a PUMPKIN get FREE product!

I know a number of my customers have been thinking of purchasing a subscription for Paper Pumpkin......
  • Now is the best time to try Paper Pumpkin. Sign up, grab free Sale-A-Bration items, and get months of papercrafting bliss!
  • Already subscribed? Buy a prepaid subscription as a gift to earn free Sale-A-Bration product(s).
  • Are you a former Paper Pumpkin customer? Now’s the perfect time to sign up again! Because you can get Free Sale-A-Bration items when you come back with using a prepaid subscription. 

If you can't read the note at the bottom of the image, it says:

Order a prepaid subscription at and we’ll email your code. 
Then, redeem it at so you can start receiving your kits! 

You can get to the Paper Pumpkin page through my website

It's like a birthday present every month....EVERYTHING you need for each set of projects is included in the box and you receive a clear block in your first box to use with all the different stamp sets you'll receive.

Have Fun! 


Eclipsed Coral Sunshine

Well, Sale-a-bration is underway and the new Occasions Catalogue is live....and I've been doing more Christmas take-down than creating.  But that should change later today.

I created this cards a couple days ago to highlight the Eclipse technique using the Cat Punch  which has been carried over from the Holiday Catalogue.  I've also used the new Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - phew, that's a long name! Anyway, it's available in the Occasions Catalogue.

 I've flipped over a piece of my favorite luscious Painted with Love DSP , so if you're not into the whole gold glitz, the reverse side of the paper is just as wonderful.

The FREE Shimmer Ribbon (which comes in a pack of three colours: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral in three different widths) really blends in with the Calypso Coral cardstock!  It shimmers AND you can curl it....  how cool is that!
Here is a video from Stampin'Up! showing the Eclipse Technique; and I will be featuring it at my Stamp Camp this month on January 26.

I hope you have a wonderful day
Thanks for visiting

Here are the products you will need for the Eclipse Cat Card

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Things Keep Getting Better

Do you feel the excitement?  Today is one of the best Stampin'Up! days!  The new Occasions Catalogue goes live today AND Sale-a-Bration begins today too.
Not sure what Sale-a-Bration is? 
 It runs from today, January 3 until March 31, 2018, and there are three ways you can participate:

1. Shop...

For every $60 order you place, you'll select a FREE product from the special Sale-a-bration brochure.   What's new this year is that when you spend $60 you get a free Level 1 Sale-a-bration product FREE.  When you spend $120, you can get one Level 2 Sale-a-bration product FREE OR you can choose two Level 1 items.
You can check out the EXCLUSIVE Sale-a-bration products HERE 
Visit my store by clicking the picture above to get to my website.
This month's Host code for shopping on-line is GMJKFGH9

2.  Host...

  We already have FANTASTIC host rewards, but they get better during Sale-a-bration!  
When your Stampin' social party totals are $330 or more, you will earn an 
additional $35 in host rewards! 
If you've ever thought about having a fun stampin' social night with some girlfriends, NOW is the time to book a date with me!
Simply click on the picture above to contact me for scheduling an event.
3.  Join the Fun...
This is my favourite!  Wouldn't you love to get extra special perks like being the first to see and order new products?  Wouldn't you love to get a 20% discount (or more) 

Those are just a couple of the perks of being a part of the Stampin' Up! family!  

I have a growing team of stampers that I call Inkspired Divas.
I would love to have you join the fun that we have! Creative inspiration, business tips, prizes and more are part of the Inkspired Divas experience! 

The best deal Starter Kit is even better beginning today!!!
When you purchase the Starter Kit during Sale-a-bration you get: 
$165 worth of your choice of product, but pay only $135 - NO SHIPPING! 
you get to choose 2 FREE stamp sets of any value to add to your starter kit
(bundles, kits and Sale-a-bration items cannot be selected for this promotion)

It truly is the best deal!

So, purchase the kit for the savings, for the earnings or just for the fun of it! 
Again, simply click on the picture above to Join the Fun! 
Read HERE about more Stampin' perks.

 You can click on the image above to check out the new products for this season.
If you would like to receive a copy, please contact me with your address and I will send one out to you as soon as possible.
Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned for more postings with samples using new products.
Happy Sale-a-bration

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Brusho Crystals and Pandas

I was up early yesterday morning creating cards...went to bed at 2:00 (darn phone games!) and woke up at 5:00 with the cat.  So, what else was there to do, but play in my stamping room.
I experimented more with the Brusho Crystal Colour because it will be featured at my "Product on Parade" class on January 12. (Check my calendar of events on the sidebar)

For the Butterfly Happy Birthday card, I wet some Shimmery White paper and sprinkled the crystals onto the paper letting them do their own thing.  No extra water was added.  I did use the Aquapainter to fill in the few sections of the butterfly.  This butterfly, from Beautiful Day, is available in the Occasions Catalogue which begins TOMORROW, January 3, 2018.

A different colour of crystals was used for this card.  The watercolour paper was covered with water with the Aquapainter, sprinkled with crystals and then the Aquapainter was used to move the colour around.  For the ribbon, I used a strip of "Tear and Tape" and ruffled up the "Crushed Seam Binding" as I lay it down. 

Ya just gotta love these Pandas, which you can choose for FREE with a $60 order during 
Sale-a-bration which starts tomorrow.  I seemed to have used the same little panda in all my cards, but there are two more in the set - just as cute.  I just latched onto this little guy because I knew he could tumble across or down a card. 

My sidebar will have an active link to the Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-a-bration brochure tomorrow morning.  If you didn't get a copy of either catalogue from me in the mail, please let me know and I'll pop one in the mailbox for you - remember to give me your address.  Or you can pick one up at one of my upcoming events.

The next couple months are going to be SOOOOOO exciting.
Thanks for stopping by today - don't forget to drop by tomorrow too for information about 

Here are the supplies needed to create the above cards.....  trying a new format.....hmmm  Certainly takes up less room and the whole grid is linked to my store.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Treat Yourself!


CREATE YOUR OWN KIT!  The Stampin’ Up! $135 Starter Kit is the Ultimate Stampin’ Up! Bundle.  Get YOUR CHOICE of up to $165 in products for $135 (that’s $30 in free products) and the kit ships FREE for another 10% savings.  You may include NEW Occasions Catalog as well as Annual Catalog products in the kit.  Sale-A-Bration rewards do not apply to the $135 Starter Kit purchase.  The kit is already a fantastic deal!

STARTER KIT BONUS STARTING JAN. 3!  CHOOSE TWO FREE STAMP SETS!   Add 2 FREE stamp sets (any price) of your choice to the $135 Starter Kit during Sale-A-Bration (starts Jan. 3).  That’s up to an additional $101 value!   Host Rewards & Sale-A-Bration stamp sets are excluded as free stamp set choices.  Sign up on-line here to purchase your kit thru me during Sale-A-Bration (Jan. 3 – March 31).

HAPPY SHOPPING!  Enjoy 20 – 25% off Stampin’ Up! products on subsequent orders from the day you purchase the kit and join Stampin’ Up! (you’ll have demonstrator status and perks) through at least July 31, 2018 (if you join Jan. 3).  You’ll get to take advantage of your demonstrator discount on the new Occasions Catalog products as well as earn Sale-A-Bration Rewards!  There’s no penalty to drop!