31 Aug 2012

Tutorial for sale for Autumn Wreath


Thank you to everyone who contacted me and asked if I would be selling a tutorial. Here it is!

This wreath can be made in different sizes, the one shown is 11" in diameter. Since I hate to purchase a tutorial and then find out there are tools that I don't have, here is a list of what I used.

Big Shot, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Little Leaves Sizzlet, 1 ¾” Scallop Circle Punch, 2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, Glue Gun, Glue Sticks, scissors, piercing tool, artist’s paint brush, Sticky Tape, spongers, 6 gold brads.

The wreath can also be used as a centrepiece with a candle:

I had fun making this and plan to do more for gifts. 

If you would like to purchase the tutorial just click on the PayPal link below. It includes 13 pages of information and instruction, and 34 photos to make assembly easy!

30 Aug 2012

Autumn Accents Wreath

I thought of this project as soon as I saw the Autumn Accents Bigz die in the Holiday Mini Catalogue, and it's turned out pretty much as my mind saw it!

I love the colours, and the fact that it looks almost real but it will last longer than the real thing, AND I made it myself!

Hope you like it too. I hope to post a tutorial for sale in the next couple of days.

Happy Stamping

29 Aug 2012

Winter Memories Watercolour

Considering that I'm not that enamoured with cold weather, leafless trees, slush, and ice, it might seem surprising that I get all nostalgic about the 'magic of winter'.

But the winters I remember were magic! Beautiful snowfalls, piles of snow to play in, flying across the fields in a one-horse-open-sleigh (yes, I actually did that once!) It was cold, but it was beautiful!

Anyway, that's my lead in to today's card - an image from the stamp set "Winter Memories".

When I was small I had a sled much like this one (yes, I am that old!!) And there was a long, snow-covered lane just across the way from our house - wonderful to sled on! So this image really brought back memories.

The base of the card is Basic Black (8 1/2" x 5 1/2"). The Whisper White front is cut at 4" x 4 3/4" and embossed using the new "Lacy Brocade" embossing folder found in the Holiday Mini Catalogue. The eyelet strip below is made using one of the Finishing Touches Edgelits (p. 190 of the Annual Catalogue) and attaching to the bottom of the embossed sheet.

The Basic Black mat under the image is 2 1/2" x 4", and the water colour paper on which I stamped the image is 2 1/4" x 3 3/4".

The ribbon is Raspberry Ripple 3/8" stitched satin ribbon.

Although I'm not a super watercolourer, I want to share some tips on how I did it.

I used a piece of sturdy plastic cut from an overpackaged package for a base to hold my palate of colours. Then I used our Marvelous Markers to scribble some colour on the plastic. The image is stamped with Stazon Black Ink that won't run when you watercolour:

The colours are Raspberry Ripple, Certainly Celery, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Tempting Turquoise, and Primrose Petals.

A Blender Pen was used to pick up the colour 

And add it to the image

When you are finished with a colour simply scribble lightly on scrap paper until the colour is gone, and then pick up a new colour.

After colouring the shed, I used Primrose Petals to colour in the cardinals.

Then I went over the cardinals with the Raspberry Ripple leaving the stomach of the cardinal slightly lighter.

Next I coloured in the sled's metal parts with Raspberry Ripple. As you can see the colouring is by no means perfect! But you can go back and fill in things as you notice them, or with the magic of the blender pen you can lighten areas by using a clean pen (after you have scribbled out all the colour) to pick up colour. Plus part of the charm of watercolour are its imperfections. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!)

The wooden parts of the sled were coloured in with Crumb Cake - in this case I used the actual marker as it is such a light colour.

Then using the Blender Pen and Early Espresso I added shading/dimension to the wood.

The bow was coloured first with Primrose Petals.

Then I added Raspberry Ripple to the outsides and centre of the bow as well as the ribbons.

And then using the blender pens moving in small circles I blended the two together, making sure to leave light areas (remember you can pick up colour if it gets too dark by using a 'clean' blender pen.) You really need good quality watercolour paper to do this as other types of paper will pill and eventually tear.

The wreath was coloured in two shades of green - first of all I used the Certainly Celery marker to colour the whole wreath.

And then coloured in leaves here and there with the Gumball Green to give it texture. I also used the Raspberry Ripple to colour in the berries scattered among the leaves.

After finishing the rest of the image I added glitter (Two-way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds) to the snow.

There you have it!

I hope you like the card and found the tutorial helpful. And I also hope you have wonderful Winter Memories to enjoy!

Happy Stamping!

Retired Designer Series Fabric on Special!

Exciting Offer on Designer Fabric


For a limited time and only while supplies last, the following discontinued Designer Fabrics from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue will be available at the low, low price of just $1.19!

Item Description Price
121716 Deck the Halls Designer Fabric $1.19
121715 Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric $1.19
121817 Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric $1.19
121818 Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric $1.19

There is no limit to the quantity of these Designer Fabrics that you can purchase; however, this offer is only good while supplies last. 

Each package
■ Combines exclusive designs and colors with high quality fabric
■ Coordinates with other Stampin’ Up! products
■ Extra wide fat quarters -
28" x 18"
■ 100% cotton
■ Includes instruction booklet highlighting five projects you can create using fabric
■ 3 coordinated designs

Deck the Halls
 Candy Cane Christmas
 Springtime Vintage

 Sweet Stitches
Contact me if you wish to order!

Happy Stamping!

28 Aug 2012

Mark the Date!

I'm so pleased to be taking part in the upcoming 

Whether or not you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, 
you'll enjoy visiting the 25 blogs and 
discovering plenty of ideas using the products from the 
Holiday Mini Catalogue.

Be sure to mark September 6th on your calendar,
 and make time to see all the super ideas!

Happy Stamping!

16 Aug 2012

A Spooktacular Offer from Stampin' Up!

When you join Stampin' Up! for $125 you will receive $155 worth of your choice of products, PLUS you will also receive this fun Hallowe'en Kit (valued at $75) for FREE.

But only until August 31st, so ... think about it!

Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is a fun way to meet people, set your own working hours, follow your passion for stamping, get a discount on your supplies, win awards, allow your creativity and/or business acumen to soar!

There are so many ways of filling your demo commitment. You must sell $400 worth of product every three months (not necessarily all at one time though) to remain active. However there is no penalty if you fail to do so (except you will lose your demo perks).

If you just want the 20% discount and remain a 'Hobby Demo', simply fulfill the requirement yourself, or with a group of friends. You will still receive the monthly magazine, access to the demo website for ideas and inspiration, and be able to connect with a group of fun demos.

If you are more business oriented you can build your Stampin' Up! business YOUR way - there are no strict obligations, just ideas and suggestions such has:
  • Offer Workshops where crafters can make a sample card and order product.
  • Hold classes to make cards, scrapbook pages, 3-D items, etc. and charge a set fee.
  • Make finished projects and sell them at craft fairs or local stores.
  • Establish regular clubs where crafters meet monthly to create and earn hostess benefits.
  • Sell tutorials, kits, finished product on-line. 
 The ideas are limited only by your imagination!

If you have questions, I would love to answer them, and if you live in Canada I would love to have you join our group. Just contact me via email.

And here is what comes in the Spooktacular Offer:

  • Toxic Treats Set (page 25 in the Holiday Mini catalogue)
  • Printers tray shown in photo
  • Ribbon & Bakers Twine
  • Buttons & Rhinestones
  • Papers & Dimensionals
  • Cobweb
Everything but the Ink!

Make your decision, then contact me before August 31st.

Happy Stamping

14 Aug 2012

In Pursuit of my Tennis Passion

So I've been away for a bit and it was exciting. First of all I got to visit my middle daughter who has just moved with her husband to Toronto! It was a double pleasure because I had purchased tickets for the Rogers Cup (Canada's Tennis Tournament) even before we knew they were moving.

I spent four exciting, hot days at the Rexall Centre watching people like Milos Raonic, Andy Murray, Djokovich, Del Potro, and Tsonga, exercising their skills. This was the first afternoon so there wasn't a huge crowd...

But I had a great seat... beside the camera man!
And in case you don't see how this has anything to do with stamping, well... Lindt is one of the sponsors and gave a free box of chocolates to everyone who brought in their ticket stub... and I was there for 8 sessions...

And we all know stampers LOVE chocolate...

Unfortunately there aren't any Lindt Chocolate Boutiques in Nova Scotia where I live so I gave the ticket stubs to my daughter in Toronto and she picked them up after we left. :0) (Or I would have eaten them all myself!)

I'll be back tomorrow with a paper stamping sample to share!

Happy Stamping

2 Aug 2012

Creativity Goes Digital!

My Digital Studio 2 software allows you to quickly add photos, 1000's of Stampin' Up! images, colours, ribbon, text and much more to your scrapbook pages, greeting cards, calendars and much more. Beauty in minutes! Expect professional looking results that you can embellish with Stampin' Up! matching accessories for more dimension. It's both Mac and Windows compatible. Stay on top of digital software trends and new releases by visiting here.

What is My Digital Studio 2 Plus (MDS2+)? Full software with design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars, journals, and more. (Including $650 worth of ready-to-go digital content. Click here to see content)

If that excites you, you can download MDS2+ and start creating today for $99.95


What is MDS2? Stampin' Up!'s MDS2 digital design software includes:   Full software with design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars, and more.  Also includes some functional content including a few punches, card stock, and photo layouts. Click here to see limited content. This is a great option if you prefer to order your content individually.

Download MDS2 and create something beautiful for only $49.95 


OR if you already have My Digital Studio you can get all the new features of MDS2, including this digital content with the MDS2 Upgrade, only $24.95. This does NOT include the $650 in content found in MDS2+.

Download MDS2 Upgrade and discover all the new things you can do!


Still not sure if it's something you'd like? Try the FREE 30 DAY MDS2 TRIAL OFFER to help you make your decision. Click here to see Free Trial content. 

Stampin' Up! offers high quality publishing options delivered to your door (or you can print your creation at home).   Check out the Stampin' Up! pricing and publishing options.

Pink is still my favourite

I think I could find my pink card stock if I was blind - I just naturally gravitate to it every time. So this is what I came up with when I reached for card stock this time.

I think I saw a card very similar to this on someone's blog (sorry but I don't remember who) and reproduced it in Basic Gray and Regal Rose. The flowers are stamped with images from Everything Eleanor, the lace is from the Delicate Design Folders, the eyelet on the bottom is made with one of the Finishing Touches Edgelits, and the Whisper White is embossed with the Fancy Fan Folder. The die cut with the sentiment is from the Apothecary Accents Framelits set. I almost OD'ed on all the new product!!

Sure hope you enjoyed your visit - come back soon!

Happy Stamping

1 Aug 2012

Carol's Card Kits To Go! August

My "Touch of Frost" Card Kit To Go is made up of four oversized cards and envelopes in rich autumn colours with just a touch of frost in Champagne (new!) and Silver Glimmer Paper, complete with carrier pouch.

I have chosen to offer my classes in this way for one main reason:

Convenience for you.

- If you have a hard time attending classes, prefer to do your card making in your Pj's, or just want to make one card at a time, these kits are for you.

- If you want to get together with two or three friends during lunch time at the office, or at home on the weekend, these kits are for you.

- If you want to make a set of cards but don't have all the papers, die cuts, embellishments, or embossing folders, these kits are for you.

- These kits are also for you if you want to give a gift to a crafting friend or relative.

What you will find in your kit*:
ALL the card stock and Designer Series Paper you will need to complete the project – already cut to size and scored if necessary!!
EVERYTHING requiring die cuts, embossing folders, punches, etc. has already been done!
ALL of the brads, buttons, ribbons, and other embellishments are included!

A PDF of DIRECTIONS AND PHOTOS (10 pages, 23 photos) to help you complete the projects.

You need only use your own ink and stamps*

If you wish to purchase the die cuts, embossing folders and other products that I used, you will find a list included with the Pdf.

Stamp sets and ink to match the kit:

Stamps: Beautiful Birthday (#125562  $8.95);  Loving Thoughts (#125845 (c) $28.95, #125843 (w) $36.95); Perfectly Penned (#122892 (c) $15.95, #122890 (w) $20.95)

Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad (#126974 $7.25)

*As an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator I am not permitted to sell unfinished stamped images.

The cost for this kit including 
4 cards, 4 envelopes, card pouch, and a Pdf with instructions
(Canadian Dollars) 

Pdf with photos and cutting instructions & prep for demos only

Touch of Frost
Touch of Frost

Holiday Mini Catalogue Goes Live!

We've just finished making our wish lists from the new Annual Catalogue and along comes the  
Holiday Mini! 

And it's a winner!

Bundles!!   Stampin' Up! has bundled matching stamp sets and framelits saving you 15% off the items sold separately.
Kits!!  Several cute kits for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day to make creating easy and fun! 
Suites!!  Four new suites that co-ordinate and inspire! 
Samples!!  Lots of ideas to CASE (copy and share everything)!
If you would like to hold one of the 'real' catalogues in your hot little hands just drop by and pick one up. My first Holiday Mini order is going in tomorrow (Thursday) night!