Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Looking to stock up on birthday cards?

Birthday Card Stamp-a-Stack
Sunday January 29th at 1pm OR
Monday January 30th at 9:30am or 7pm

You can never have too many birthday cards on hand! Start the year off with a stack of birthday cards ready for all your upcoming birthdays! Create 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs - masculine, feminine, juvenile and generic) using new product from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration brochures. Class fee of $15 + $60 order (placed in class) OR $35 includes all pre-cut supplies and envelopes. Please bring all types of adhesive, scissors and bone folder to class.

Can't attend the class? Ask for it to go!

Payment and registration is due by January 23rd.

Register today!


Monday, 16 January 2017

Birthday Bright Project Kit

I'm always in need of birthday cards so when I saw that Stampin' Up! had come out with a birthday themed project kit, I knew it was going to be on my first order. The cards in this kit should cover a couple months of birthdays! It makes an amazing number of projects: 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs) and 12 gift tags (4 each of 3 designs).

When this arrived in my order mid December, it was actually one of the first products I played with. I thought I'd share a close up of the projects so you can get a better idea.

This birthday shaker card is my favorite from the kit. You end up with so much of this confetti left over, I look forward to making other shaker cards with it!

This was a quick and easy card to whip up. I love the diagonal stripes peeking out from behind.

I also love this card. That cake looks so pretty. I'm looking forward to creating with the cake shaped punched pieces that I have leftover. I was actually surprised how many pieces are left after creating all the projects. I love that even after you've finished the kit, you still have pieces left to create with.

I now have a nice selection of birthday gift tags to use. I may end up turning a few of these into cards to use but I will definitely keep some as tags.

Kits really are the best way to create quick and easy projects without requiring a ton of supplies or time. I whipped up all 24 projects in this kit in just a couple hours! Hope you have time to get crafty today!


January 2017 Hostess Code
Use this hostess code when you shop online with me to receive 
Order at least $60 through my online store or join the Treasure Stampers team, in January, and you will receive the Dragonfly Dreams tutorial absolutely free ($24.95 value). The tutorial includes a supply list and step by step instructions, with measurements, to create these three cards created using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and the Delicate Details SAB stamp set.

Friday, 13 January 2017

So In Love by Stampin' Up!

I'm having so much fun coloring with our new watercolor pencils! Before we had them I would pretty much avoid purchasing any stamp sets that needed to be colored in, now I'm drawn to anything that can be colored! I just can't seem to get enough!

A couple weeks ago, I participated in a couple of swaps and this was the card I created for one of them. I loved coloring in all the flowers - I did not, on the other hand, enjoy cutting them out! You'd think after participating in swaps for so many years I would learn. They were for a great group of women who I know will appreciate them so it makes me feel a bit better:)

On to the details of this card... I started by creating my own patterned paper - it's hard to notice but it's under the vellum. I stamped the flower image from So in Love using daffodil delight ink. I found it a bit on the bright side so I added the vellum overlay to soften them and it worked perfectly! I filmed a video sharing all the details and will include a supply list below.

Have a creative day!

Just For You Supply List:
Stamps: So in Love (WM 143112 / CM 143216)
Inks: Staz On Black (101406); Daffodil Delight (126944)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (101650); So Saffron (105118)
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot Die Cut Machine (143263); Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372) - these are temporarily unavailable due in stock Jan. 16th); Gold Thread (138401); Blender Pens (102845); Watercolor Pencils (141709)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Looking to clear some clutter?

Do you have piles of little papers on your desk, each with a little note about something you don't want to forget?

Or torn pages from notebooks with favorite quotes or books to read?

Phone numbers and contact information for people you may need to contact down the road?

I love pretty little notepads and sticky notes but I also find that they can take over areas in your home and often complicate matters. Have you ever jotted something down that you didn't want to forget and then not been able to find the piece of paper? I used to do that all the time. Either that, or I'd have to weed through a stack of little papers in order to find what I was looking for.  Not a very productive use of time!

Since I started using a travelers notebook system, I don't have this problem anymore. Don't get me wrong, I still use pretty note pads and sticky notes but everything gets filed or transferred to where it's permanent home. I've been working on this system for a bit over a year and it has saved me a ton of time and headaches. I now know exactly where to find everything! This is just one of the things I will be covering at my upcoming planner class. If you're curious, you can find more information here.

When we think of planners, most of us think of a dated calendar type system. Did you know that planners don't necessarily have to be dated? A planner can be any type of notebook or binder - basically anything that helps you stay organized! I tried several different types before I found what works for me. And I continue to find ways to improve how I'm using them.

Choosing a planner can be overwhelming. There are many different options and styles available. We will be covering some of those options in the class as well. One of my favorite is the travelers journal (Midori) system. I love notebooks and their versatility so this method really appeals to me. Here's just a little peak at one of the pages in my 'collections' notebook.

This page is basically a collection of what I'd like to accomplish this year. Some of them are little projects, some bigger. Instead of just making a list - which works too - I wanted to make it a bit more fun. So I used the Up & Away Framelits and some pencil crayons and traced the shape of the balloons. Inside each balloon is the task I want to accomplish. Once that task is completed, I plan on coloring in the balloon. I left a few balloons empty because I know that throughout the year, I will add a few more things to this list. All of these are personal tasks or goals, I record my business goals a bit differently and keep them in a different notebook. It's just a fun, creative way to set some goals - and I look forward to coloring in all those balloons! At the end of the year these pages should look very different than they do now!

I have so much more to share with you! I hope you'll consider joining me. Registration for the planner class closes on the 13th so be sure to register soon!

Have a creative day!

Register for the Planner Class Today!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Making Something Old, New Again

Before Christmas, I had posted the photo above on Instagram sharing that I was working on some handmade gifts. I thought I'd share some of the finished projects with you. I enjoyed making them once I figured out the tricks of working with vinyl.

These started out as dinged up wooden charger plates that we had. We never used them and I was going to just donate them. But they were really nice chargers and not cheap. I put them away thinking that I would come up with a project idea down the road and I'm glad I did!

I used some chalk paint that I had leftover from a few other projects and painted them. Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a few sayings related to family from vinyl. I love how they turned out and no two are alike!

They aren't perfect, some of the words are crooked and not completely centered. It's funny that I don't notice the imperfections until I take a photo of a project! Regardless I still love how they turned out. And I love that I was able to use something that I had on hand.

They can be used in a plate stand or hung on the wall. I loved it so much, I made one for myself but I still need to add a few paper flowers. I want to dress it up a bit. I can't have a project that doesn't include paper on it! I am, after all, a paper crafter!

I have a couple extras, available to purchase. They will be in my little 'shop' that I'm working on in my studio. I'm hoping to be ready to share a little tour within the next week or two.

Have a creative day!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Lift Me Up Desktop Calendar and another Papercrafting Hobby

I am in love with this Carried Away designer series paper that's in the SAB brochure! I can't seem to get enough of it. I've already gone through an entire package of it. But no worries I have two more packages here waiting for more projects:) The color combination - Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder - in this paper pack is so fun and is helping me use colors I don't use often like Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder! It also helps that it has a cute new set - Lift Me Up - that coordinates with it!

The calendar (link below) is one that we as Paper Pumpkin subscribers received as a download. It's the perfect fit for a standard size project 4-1/4"x5-1/2".  I simply stamped the month across the number to add a bit of contrast. The months are from the Project Life Date It stamp set (#141563).

2017 Paper Pumpkin Calendar

I've filmed a quick video showing how this all goes together. It includes dimensions and I've attached a list of supplies in the description of the video but if you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

I had mentioned that I've used a whole package of the paper - here's another project using them.

These are the travelers journals for my 2017 Treasuredori set up. I will be sharing how I'm using them and a bit more information on planning and planners at my upcoming Planner Class (details below). Here's a look at my 2017 planner stack!

Is it incredibly geeky to be so excited about using paper planners? I've always been a pen to paper girl but even more so now. I love notebooks/planners and the freedom they allow to be creative! Just another creative hobby for this paper craft loving girl! Here are the details on the upcoming class...

Before I forget - I have a friend - who's a menu planner - coming to share a bit about planning for leftovers! The information that she has to share is awesome and I think something we can all benefit from!

Planner Class
Tuesday January 17th at 7pm

Planning with paper and pen has been around for years. With the rise in popularity of technology, you'd think it would be a dying craft. You may be surprised to learn that the planner community and the love of paper planners is becoming more popular and a current rising trend! If you are curious about the types of planners, what all the hype is and/or how you can use a planner to stay organized, I'd love for you to join me at my upcoming class.

Class fee of $15 includes an abundance of information on types, styles and how to use planners, two make and takes and a brief talk from my friend Stacy on menu planning.

If you own a planner(s), please bring it along with adhesive (available to purchase in class if needed) and scissors to class.

Payment and registration is due by January 13th.

Register Today!

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Sale-a-Bration starts today!

Sale-a-Bration starts today and you know what that means - free products! Everyone loves free stuff and free stamping products are even better! You've probably been seeing lots of samples using new products from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration (SAB) catalogues over the last month or so if you've been on Pinterest. But before I share my favorites, let's talk about all the benefits of Sale-a-Bration!

Customer:  As a customer during SAB, you have the opportunity to choose a free product, from the SAB brochure, with every $60 you purchase (before shipping & taxes)!

Host: Parties are the best, and now they’re even better! Host a qualifying party during Sale-A-Bration and earn $35 more in Stampin’ Rewards! You can even use your Stampin’ Rewards towards your Starter Kit.

Join: Now is the perfect time to join Stampin’ Up!® During Sale-A-Bration, your Starter Kit will be extra special. Get your choice of $165 worth of product for only $135. Plus SU will throw in your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS—that’s an added value of up to $136!

Contact me today to let me know which option you'd like to take advantage of!

View the 2017 Occasions Catalogue
View the 2017 Sale-a-Bration Catalogue

If you would like physical copies of the catalogues and don't already have a demonstrator, contact me with your address and I'd be happy to pop them in the mail for you!

There are some wonderful new products that I'm super excited about. I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. We'll start with the Occasions catalogue...

First up is our new Watercolour Pencils. These pencils are so soft, blend so smoothly and coordinate with some of our exclusive SU colors! You are going to LOVE them!

These Lace Doilies are so pretty! They are white on one side and vanilla on the other and perfect for adding color so you can make them whatever color you'd like. So beautiful!

This Cool Treats suite is so cute. The colors are fresh and fun and the images in the stamp set and coordinating framelits are awesome!

This Falling in Love designer series paper is beautiful and something you must see in person. The colors and patterns are so soft and muted - perfect for wedding, sympathy or simply elegant cards!

You have to check out these adorable egg cartons! I'm so excited about these things I ordered three packages of them as soon as they were available! They can easily be sprayed with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and ink refill so that you can color them whatever color you'd like!

There are plenty of other products I'm excited about, these are just a few! Now moving on to the SAB brochure...

The Inside the Lines patterned paper is right on trend with adult coloring - except now you can put your coloring to use by turning it into a handmade card! It's a win win!

The Hey Chick stamp set is so adorable. I'm not normally into chickens but this set is just so cute I had to have it!

I don't know how many times I've been asked if it was possible to just order the tins from the Tin of Cards kit. Well SU must have been listening because one of the SAB items is a beautiful gold tin - just like the tin of cards tin! It's perfect for storing your cards or photos and comes with dividers. Love it!

As I share some samples over the next few months, I'm sure you'll be able to pick out some of my other favorite items:) I'd love to hear what your favorite items are!

Have a creative day!

January 2017 Hostess Code
Use this hostess code when you shop online with me to receive 
Order at least $60 through my online store or join the Treasure Stampers team, in January, and you will receive the Dragonfly Dreams tutorial absolutely free ($24.95 value). The tutorial includes a supply list and step by step instructions, with measurements, to create these three cards created using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and the Delicate Details SAB stamp set.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Last chance to order from the Holiday Catalogue

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year! I had good intentions of posting between Christmas and New Years but things just got away from me. We've had lots of family time together and unfortunately, since last Thursday, I've been nursing my husband, who has come down with not-so-fun kidney stones! A wonderful way to end 2016 and ring in the New Year!

I did want to pop in before it's too late and remind you that tomorrow (January 3rd) is the last chance to order from the Holiday Catalogue before many of the products are gone for good! I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite holiday catalogue projects from the last few months...

I loved this little snowman shaker card created using the Jar of Cheer stamp set. So sad to see that it's not carrying over.

I also loved the whole Warmth & Cheer suite! I'm happy the Cable Knit folder is carrying over but the stamp set and patterned paper are not. The Warmth & Cheer paper stack is actually on sale for 50% off right now - only $6.25. Perfect to snatch up. What makes this paper even better is that it's not just for Christmas - it makes great masculine cards as well!

This little fairy house was also a favorite project using the Home Sweet Home die. Both the stamp set and the framelits will be carrying over but not available as a bundle at a savings of 10%.

This moose from the Jolly Friends stamp set is one of my all time favorite stamp images ever. And you add the hat with the jingle bell and you can't help but smile!

This Pine Bough embossing folder embossed on copper paper - sigh - so pretty! Happy the copper paper is carrying over but the folder isn't.

And lastly - the Holly Jolly Layers hostess set. I love this set and the fact that it coordinates with the layering circles framelits which are on sale for 50% off makes it all the more worthwhile!

Here are some links you may find useful:

Retiring Product List
Year-End Closeout Product List

I will be leaving the December hostess code up and the December promotion until January 4th and then switch it over to a new code.

December 2016 Hostess Code
Use this hostess code when you shop online with me to receive 
DECEMBER BONUS: For every $50 you order through my online store, in December, you will  receive your choice of the following items absolutely free! Please email me your selection after placing your order. Limited quantities of each item are available and available while supplies last.

Choose 1 item for every $50 you spend from the following:

 Glitter Ribbon

 Mini Muslin Bags
Pretty Paisleys Embossing Folder

Venetian Crochet Trim

 Shop the Year-End Closeouts.

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Gift Packaging

I received this beautifully packaged gift from my friend Donna the other day. She always creates the most beautiful projects. I thought I'd share in case you are in need of a quick gift or packaging idea. She used one of our Petite Cafe Gift Bags and then tucked the card under the flaps that hold the bag shut! Inside are some homemade treats and they are DELICIOUS! Here's a look at the two pieces.

The pocket was created using one of our Kraft Tag A Bag Gift Bags. All she did was emboss it using the Holly embossing folder and then folded it at the 3-5/8" mark to create a pocket. She added several embellishments, because she loves her embellishments:) and then used the stitched shapes framelits and layering oval framelits to create the focal point. I will list all the supplies with product numbers and indicate what is retiring at the bottom of this post. Here's a closer look.

This would make a beautiful gift card holder! It is so beautiful in person, the photos just don't do it justice!

Supply List:
  • Petite Cafe Gift Bags (#135826)
  • Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags (#138315)
  • Holly Embossing Folder (#141634)
  • Layering Ovals Framelits (#141706)
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits (#145372) - temporarily unavailable expected date January 16th
  • Christmas Greetings Thinlits (#139659)
  • Holly Jolly Greetings (WM #139879 / CM #139882)
  • Very Vanilla 1/2 Lace Trim (#141672)
  • Linen Thread (#104199)
  • Kraft Cardstock (#133674)
  • Vanilla Cardstock (#101650)
  • Copper Foil (#142020)
  • Holly Berry Happiness (#142061)
  • Mini Pinecones (#141990) - RETIRING
  • Kraft Rope Trim (#141996) - RETIRING and on sale for 40% off!
  • Soft Suede ink (#126978)
Have a creative day!

December 2016 Hostess Code
Use this hostess code when you shop online with me to receive 
DECEMBER BONUS: For every $50 you order through my online store, in December, you will  receive your choice of the following items absolutely free! Please email me your selection after placing your order. Limited quantities of each item are available and available while supplies last.

Choose 1 item for every $50 you spend from the following:

 Glitter Ribbon

 Mini Muslin Bags
Pretty Paisleys Embossing Folder

Venetian Crochet Trim

 Shop the Year-End Closeouts.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Tasty Trucks Card

Only 6 days left until Christmas! Are you ready? I still have a ton of things to do - including some crafty gifts to make. I keep thinking that I don't need to worry. I have the whole week. The kids are in school until Friday. But my list continues to grow and time is running out! It's going to be a busy week! But first I'm going to enjoy a nice brunch with some friends this morning. I'll worry about what needs to get done AFTER that!

I love January for many reasons one of them being Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion of the year - Sale-A-Bration (SAB)! Who doesn't love the opportunity to earn free products with a purchase?! As demonstrators we've had the opportunity to earn SAB products since the beginning of December. So I've been enjoying a bit of play time with some of the sets. This adorable little food truck is part of a set called Tasty Trucks and would make an adorable addition to your stamp collection. And of course it's colored in using the wonderful new pencil crayons which will be available to order January 4th.  If you are on my mailing list, you should see the Occasions and SAB catalogues come in the mail over the next week or so, if they haven't yet arrived. If you aren't on my mailing list and don't already have a demonstrator, send me an email and I can pop one in the mail for you!

Have a creative day!



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