17 Mar 2017


I've just traced my ancestry back to Michael Burns 
in Kilkenny, Ireland, 1776!

To honour my IRISH Heritage I'm offering


That includes paper, ink, ribbons, embellishments and 
whatever else you can find that is green!

Contact me at: carolmatthews@ns.sympatico.ca

Happy Stamping!

5 Feb 2017

Valentine Cards for my Granddaughters

As some of you know I have two wonderful granddaughters, unfortunately they live 3,000 miles away from me in Alberta. So they are the recipients of many of my cards.

These are the ones I made for them for Valentine's Day this year:

They both use the Sealed With Love Bundle found in the Occasions Catalogue!

The first one is for Becca, and the colours are Very Vanilla, Real Red and Blushing Bride.

The bundle has everything you need! There are 27 photopolymer stamps and 14 dies. There is a die that cuts out those cute little envelopes and tags that go inside.

The second one is for Bella and uses the really neat edge die that cuts out the hearts, and more of those adorable little envelopes. The colours are Whisper White and Real Red.

The cards are really easy to make, they're a standard 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base, with a front piece that is 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

I used the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack to make the envelopes and add to the front of the second card.

All of the supplies required to make both cards are listed below.

Happy Stamping!

Product List

4 Feb 2017

FUN Sale-a-bration Products!

Have you had a chance to order any Sale-a-bration products yet? There are some really terrific ones this year, and I'm sure there's at least one you would like!

Here are some samples of what you can do with the products:

The first is Avant Garden - a stamp set with 10 photopolymer stamps including images and sentiments.

And here's a cute set called Tasty Trucks with sixteen stamps in the set!

You can make a whole variety of sweet cards, and even 3D favour items!

If you like to colour there is a whole package of 12x12 sheets with beautiful images called Inside the Lines.  You can see a video showcasing it here.


There's also a kit with everything you need to make 8 Thank You/Hello cards. I made up this kit with my granddaughters after Christmas - they used them to send their thank you notes! A fun and easy way to teach the importance of thank you cards.

 There's another eight products to choose from, and they are all FREE with a $60 purchase.

 If you're not sure how Sale-a-bration works, just click here.

Happy Stamping!

5 Jan 2017

Stampin' Up! Video of my Favourite Bundle!

Now that the new catalogues are out, and the website is working again, I want to share with you my favourite bundle from the new Occasions Catalogue. I ordered it today and can't wait for it to arrive so I can play!!

It's called the Balloon Adventures Bundle...

And another thing I like about this bundle is that it allows you to earn a free item from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue!

So I chose this one (Free with any $60 purchase of other product):

Aren't they adorable?!! I'll have some handmade samples for you soon!

If you would like a catalogue you can see them on-line by clicking on the links on the right hand column ->

Or you can contact me to pick one up at my Stamping Studio.

Happy Stamping!

4 Jan 2017

Stampin' Up! Website Down But Here's a Fun Video

Stampin' Up! is having some problems with their website today, so we haven't been able to place any orders from the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration Brochure.

But we can still dream!! Here's a video that will give inspiration and anticipation for the Stylish Stems/Special Reason Bundle (#144720- Clear Mount  $59.25)


3 Jan 2017

The 2017 Occasions Catalogue is Here!

Although I agree that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the (crafting) year, January has its own special delights, and one of them is the 2017 Occasions Catalogue!

Combine that with the annual Sale-a-bration promotion, and it's a wonderful time indeed!

Here are some hints of what you will find in the Occasions Catalogue:

Contact me if you'd like to pick up a copy of your own Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogues!

Happy Stamping!

Sale-a-bration starts Wednesday, January 4th!

It's Sale-a-bration time again! 

This is how it works:


for every $60 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product, that means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.


Need another excuse to get together with friends? Just host a qualifying party with at least $330 CAD in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $35 CAD more in Stampin’ Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!


It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $135  and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

Contact me to get your Sale-a-bration brochure, AND your new Occasions Catalogue!

Happy Stamping!