Crafting Forever.....housework whenever

This has got to me my Motto in life.  "Crafting Forever, Housework Whenever"  I'm sure a lot of you are like me when it comes to crafting.... once I start something I'm lost in it.  Housework? later.... Dinner? .... Hello Panago...   

I love this new stamp set "Crafting Forever" - watch for something creative to come out of this set for my upcoming Crafting Retreats.  It's the perfect set for that and just begs me to make some kind of gift with it.


This great card was made by Alison Solven which I received in a swap her Team Members (me being one) were in.  Love being part of Canada Inks Up Team, and Alison's downline.  We have such fun!


All new cardstock colors were used here with some watercoloring to boot.  Here are the products used to make this card.


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"I'm all about that...." RIBBON!





Listening to Meghan Trainor's "ALL ABOUT THAT BASS" and thought's more like all about that RIBBON for me.   So happy that Stampin' Up! has brought back a slough of ribbon to play with in all different colors and varieties.  So excited about all the ribbon that I nearly went overboard with my first new catalog order and had over 25 of them on my list when I realized that I have a whole year to enjoy these and pulled it back to 17. Ribbons are definitely something you need to have in hand to appreciate how nice they are.  The catalog pictures, unfortunately, don't do them justice.

It doesn't look like a lot does it?  I'd love them all but this will have to do for now. Plus, it looks like my Stamp n Storage Ribbon holder can only holder another dozen so I'll have to choose wisely and definitely leave room for those Holiday and Occasions Ribbons that I'm sure we'll see in some upcoming catalogs.

I was probably the most surprised with the Shimmery Ribbon, it's gorgeous and the most stunning of all the ribbon.  The Powder Pink Shimmery Ribbon looks more like Champagne with all the glimmer and shimmer in it and would make for perfect finish to an elegant card or even a Wedding Invite or card.  



The second ribbon that really surprised me was the Ombre Ribbon.  Another one of those ribbons that you really need to have in hand to see it's beauty.  I'm eager to try this one out of some cards as well.


So many ribbons to choose from this year and I love it!  It's seems like forever since we have such great choices.

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June's Colour Challenge Saturday!

The weekend is here and it's time for a little Relaxing with your favourite hobby.  I must say, I have many, from quilting, painting, anything paper and of course making cards.  Of course this blog is all about Stampin' so I thought I'd change things up a bit and start each month with a Colour Challenge Post.  I hope you'll play along and tackle the color challenge.  If you're not shy....please post them to my facebook page so we can all see your wonderful creations.

It's alway a challenge when those new in-colours come out; trying to figure out what colours to compliment them with so I thought I'd use the new in colours in this first color challenges.  Today we're trying "Fresh Fig" a new In Line Colour for 2017-2019; Soft Sky; Sahara Sand and Basic Black.

Beautiful You

I recently saw a card on Pinterest with this "style" of dress and learned that they used the Swirly ice Cream stamp from "Cool Treats" to make the zebra like effect in the dress.  Cool huh?  The Birthday Stamp is the new "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" Stamp Set and the ribbon is the new Fresh Fig 1/2" Finely Woven.  Of course, the gorgeous lady is from the "Beautiful You" stamp set.  LOVE that set, don't you! So happy to see her in the new catalog!

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Colour Challenge!  Feel free to post your Colour Challenge Cards on my Facebook Page!  Would love to see your take on these colours.



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Choosing the right Stampin' Up! cardstock for your next project.

There's a lot to be said for Paper and Cardstock weights and their descriptions but in basic terms, the weight of each paper simply refers to it's thickness and sturdiness not "actual" weight.  However, there are a few different paper weight descriptions out there in the printing world.  Stampin' Up! refers to their cardstock/paper using "text paper weight" whereas you may be familiar with the term 20 lb Bond paper which is your common copy paper which can also be described as "50 lb text weight" (or even gsm "grams per square metre).   It's easy to get confused between the terms but simply stated Stampin' Up! paper is measured using "text paper weight".

Stampin' Up! sells four different weights of paper from 70# to 100#. The lightest weight paper Stampin' Up! sells would be #70 text weight paper which would be the Lightweight Designer Series Paper.  Great for uses such as making envelopes, or using a paper layers.  Stampin' Up! Designer Series paper is slightly heavier at #100 text weight paper which is also great for layering and embellishments.

Stampin' Up!s cardstock is 80-90# "cover' weight text paper which is what most of us for our card bases, boxes, embellishment and even paper layering.

New in the last year and adding to this weight category are Stampin' Up!'s "Thick" Cardstock options.  I LOVE this option Stampin' has brought out. Sometimes I just want to make a simple white or vanilla colored card and using the regular 80#-90# option for me (espeically if I'm NOT adding layers) just doesn't make for a sturdy card.  The newer 100# cover weight paper to me is the BEST option for making simple, effective card bases that require or have little paper layering on them. 

It should be noted that Stampin' Up! sells dyed cardstock, meaning when you tear the cardstock it is the same color throughout whereas, WHITE cored cardstock has, you guessed it, a white core. Dyed cardstock means you get a higher quality paper with a cleaner look all around with no white edges.  Plus all Stampin' Up! cardstock is acid and lignin free!

It's a little difficult to show this in any pictures, you'll just have to buy the paper and "feel" the difference.   Here's a handy guide for you to remember all those different weights of paper Stampin' Up! sells and what uses each can help you with on your next project.

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Delightful Daisy Designer Paper and Stamp Set

I hope you've been able to take advantage of Stampin' Up!'s retiring list of products and get some great year end deals for yourself.  We're just a short couple weeks away from the end of one Catalog and the fresh new start of another Annual 2017-2018 Catalog and I can hardly wait.

I've gone through my pre-order box of goodies and have been playing with some of the new product for this year.  Plus I've also thrown myself into a few new product card swaps so I've got to get my groove on  if I'm going to make my deadline for those swaps.  Daisy Delight was the first set I've been playing with from my pre-order.  You will be able to purchase this set as a bundle, being the Stamp Set and the Daisy Punch, in the new catalog at a 10% reduced price.  I also ordered the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper which is Oh So Pretty, don't you think?

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Here's the first card I made today with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch.  

Daisy Delight

If you look closely, the center of the Daisy has the new Glitter Enamel these!  A nice alternative to the typical Rhinestones or Pearls that are often used for flower centers.

Daisy Delight Glitter Enamel Dots

I used the Touches of Texture Stamp set as well to create the background for this card and used the colors: Early Espresso, Crushed Crushed Curry and Old Olive.

Still stamping so I'll show more at a later date....enjoy!


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This Little Piggy...obsession

Well, it's official!  I'm obsessed with this new stamp set from Stampin' Up!'s upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  THIS LITTLE PIGGY

I can't get over it's cuteness! I made lots of samples before my good friend and upline Alison Solven "forced" me to return the borrowed stamp set that she had acquired as a gift by attending one of Stampin' Up's On Stage events.  I thought about holding the set for ransom or telling her I'd lost it but by then she was "on to my obsession".... LOL... that's how addicted I am to this set.  It's the first stamp set on my order for June 1 when the catalog goes live.

Here's another card I managed to make before the set was "stolen" from me and returned to it's owner.  lol  Who knew pigs could make me so happy!  

ThisLittlePiggy You make me happy

This Little Piggy was sadly not on our Demonstrator pre-order so I'm patiently waiting until I can get my hands on my own set.  In the meantime I guess I'm left to play with all the goodies that came with my pre-order and I'm okay with that.......for now!

I'll post samples of those in the days to come!  

Don't forget, there are still plenty of great deals to be had in Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Section and also the Retiring List so get those before they're gone forever!

Plus - I'll have your new catalogs along with some new stamp sets, new in line colors, new ribbons and more all at my next Stamp n Chat Event. If you live locally, and would like a copy of the catalog visit my Catalog Program page to see how to get your catalog for FREE and then RSVP for my next Stamp n Chat Event.

See you soon!


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Pre-Order Heaven!

Last night the UPS guy brought me my Stampin' Up! new catalog 2017-2018 pre-order!  Squeal!  

Just look at all the fun stuff I get to play with today!  So excited! Love this time of year!


I'm more than prepared this year!  I've re-organized by crafting space/office and feel more organized with easier access to all my stampin' supplies. Version 5.0 as my hubby calls it.  Anyway, off I go - I've got some creating to do.

Remember:  Catalogs will be available for pick up (if you local) at my Home Studio on May 18 at my monthly Stamp n Chat Event.  Make sure and reserve your catalog now by simply emailing me at  View my Catalog Program to see how you can get a FREE catalog!

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Dragonfly Dreams & Catalog Wishes!

I'm so excited for the launch of this year's New Stampin' Up! Catalog that I can hardly concentrate on the stamps I have. Having seen the catalog, my first order is written out and waiting for June 1 so I can hit the "SEND" button and get all the new goodies Stampin' Up! has to offer this year.  Well, maybe not all but a pretty good chunk. If you want to see the new In Colors up and personal with a few new stamp sets and you live locally, RSVP to my Stamp n Chat Event and come on over.  I should have the new catalogs to hand out by then as well - (see my catalog program to see how you can get your catalog for free)

Some things are coming back that you may have seen before.  The Dragonfly Dreams will be in the annual catalog....however, it WON"T be bundled like it currently is in the Occasions Catalog.  So if you've been wavering on this beautiful set I suggest you get it now as you'll save 10% on the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.


This card was made using one of the Framelits in the Dragonfly Bundle and the new watercolor pencils.  I took a piece of whisper white cardstock and scribbled several rows of color from the Watercolor Pencil collection and then used my Aqua Painter and carefully blended the colors.  I say carefully, as you can make mud pretty fast if you don't clean your brush before you hit the next color pallette.  Once done, I spritzed some black spots onto the paper using a good ol' fashioned toothbrush and waterdowned black re-inker.  

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Isn't this a beautiful card!  I received this  one from one of my monthly Swap members and I believe Alison Solven may have made this one. I'll confirm with her later.  ;-)  In any case it's stunning.  This uses the Petal Burst Embossing Folder along with the Delicate Doilies and of course, the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.

I'm so glad this set has made it to the new catalog - now I have a longer time to play and share with you all.

Get this now as BUNDLE and save 10%!  After May 31 it will be sold as two separate items.

Of course there are a few newbies coming soon as well, like the "This Little Piggy" stamp set I showed you a couple days ago.  I borrowed this set from my friend who received hers from ON-STAGE as a prize patrol.  I just can't get enough of this cute stamp set. I mean, seriously!?  



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This Little Piggy

Squeal!  I'm SO excited!  Not only have I seen the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog I actually got a hold of one of the new stamp sets long before the catalog goes live; and one of my most favorite of the new catalog to boot.  I was able to stamp up a storm the other day alongside my upline Alison and can't wait to show you what I made.  SQUEAL!   I haven't been this excited about a Stamp Set in awhile so bear with me while I squeal with glee at the fun I had playing with this set yesterday.

But first, before I show you those, I just wanted to say that we were so privileged to be able to present our cheque to Honour House from our first, and hopefully Annual, Honour House fundraiser last weekend.  $3,6.60.00! Can't be more proud of our team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators: Alison Solven, Angela McKay, Ginny Duncan, Melva Peters and myself Liane Binder for all the hard work that went into this day!  Only wish we all could have been there to present the cheque together!

HonourHouse Check Presentation

This is Alison Solven and myself presenting our cheque to the General Manager of Honour House, Craig Longstaff.  Such a well worthy cause and I hope we get to do this again next year.  A HUGE thank you to all of our customers who attended this worthy Fundraiser Event and for your generosity.

Okay, back to squealing!......Check it out!

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Right!? Squeal!  Doesn't "This Little Piggy" look like Wilbur from Charlotte's Web?  Now you know why I'm so excited.  He/She is so darn cute!

This is a simple Z-Card done with the "new" and upcoming "Crate Framelit".  So when it's closed you just see the front.

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I used the Fringe Scissors (which are sadly on the retired list of products but ON SALE right now for only $9.45 Cdn) to make the Hay in the Crate and use Swirly Scribbles Thinlits for the grass. The DSP is also a new product this year - can't remember the name of it but it's all Wood patterns with the same on both sides and specifically designed to make these adorable crate boxes.  It's gonna be an awesome 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog year!  

Here's another one I made yesterday....LOVE making the pig look a little dirty.

ThisLittlePiggy Thanks Card

That's my exciting Squeal for the day!

Remember, the Stampin' Up! list of retired products are going fast and changes daily.  Check out my web store for sales and your favourite retiring products and get them before they're all gone!


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