29 Nov 2012

So Cute!

November 29 – January 2

Are you looking for cute ways to package little treats and gifts for co-workers, teachers, neighbour, and friends? At 20% savings, holiday packaging bundles are an affordable and adorable solution.
Simple add a treat or gift and assemble. 
Lighten your holiday load without emptying your wallet!

Order on-line or contact me to place your order.

28 Nov 2012

Christmas Tree Angels

I remember making angels like this a few decades ago (I won't mention how many...), but they were never as pretty as these!

With the beautiful Designer Series Papers overlaid with the lace doily die cut, they are lovely. I searched our town for wooden balls to use as heads, but there were none to be found, so my angels have lovely painted round bells for heads, and their halos are made from Glimmer paper.

The blue angel has Vellum Card Stock as the base for her wings, while the red angel's wings are DSP.

This little treat box was inspired by one from Sandi MacIver's blog. It uses our kraft boxes, Cherry Cobbler Tulle, and Glimmer Paper stars.  The Gumball Green holly leaves are embossed with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.

I still have more ornaments to prepare, so stop back soon!

Happy Stamping

26 Nov 2012

What's on YOUR Wish List?

I know you're probably busy making sure you have all the right gifts for everyone on your list, tracking them down, picking them up, wrapping... Unless of course you get a thrill from shopping on the 24th - more power to you - I can't even imagine the stress that would put me through!! :0)

But how about you? Do you have any items on your Wish List from Stampin' Up!? If so I can help you with that... I have two ways to help with your wish list:

1. Give me a list of the things you'd like to receive and the names of people you would like to receive them from, and I WILL CONTACT THEM FOR YOU!! Yes! By phone or email, and just let them know that there are some things on your Wish List that you would really like, and that I'll even gift wrap it for them!! You don't have to do a thing after you email me with your list. Except open those wonderful gifts on Christmas!! Email me at carolmatthews.ns.sympatico.ca.

2. I will send you a Wish List that you can print out, and fill out, and give to your loved ones yourself. My information will be on the list and they can contact me at their convenience. And I will gift wrap their choices! Email me at carolmatthews.ns.sympatico.

The deadline for ordering is December 5th, so email me right away!

Happy Stamping

Pathfinder Projects


I hope you're having as much fun today as I am! I'm getting ready for a Pathfinder meeting tonight. For those of you who are not familiar with the Girl Guides of Canada, Pathfinders are the 12-14 age group, after Guides, and before Rangers.

Now I was a Guide Leader and a Ranger Leader for a total of 11 years (in another lifetime!), so I'm really looking forward to spending some time with the Pathfinders.

Here are the projects I have chosen for them:

 The Elf Shoes card is cased from Becky Roberts. I think it's adorable and I hope the girls like it too.
I used Real Red, Gumball Green, and Whisper White for cardstock, and Gumball Green for the ink.
The shoes are made with the Top Note die (cut in four). The pom poms on them are punched from our Real Red Glimmer paper - Gotta have some bling!

 I've also included the Hot Chocolate packet, but used different embellishments this time. The bling is a little harder to find on this one, but it's there!

And because I find the girls work so much faster than I anticipate, I've included a simple tag to make if we finish up ahead of schedule.

I made sure to include stamping and punching, because that's what the girls seems to like to do the most! But I did all the cutting, embossing, and scoring to make things move along.

Thanks for visiting. Tomorrow is back to Christmas tree ornaments!

Happy Stamping

23 Nov 2012

Decorating for Christmas!!

I'm so happy! The sun is shining and my husband is putting up the garland and Christmas lights outside. Have I told you before I LOVE Christmas!!

So here is a new Christmas decor item that I have created and want to share with you. It does use one retired item (can you pick it out?) but the rest is all available!

I looked everywhere - even in stores - but this was the best I could come up with from which to hang the tags. 

And then just decorated the tags with a variety of images!

The letters are 'shadowed' with the same letter die cut in Soft Suede and attached slightly above and behind.
The poinsettia is stamped three times, with two cut out and layered on top.

Sure hope you like it, and maybe even make one of your own!!

Happy Stamping

22 Nov 2012

Happy Thanksgiving America!

I want to say a special Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who live south of our border of Canada. I am grateful for you and wanted to share this card that I made last year (but may I say - I love it!!).

Enjoy your long weekend - hope you have time to stamp!


21 Nov 2012

Projects from Hostess Club

We had our Hostess Club meeting last night and I want to share our projects with you. The first card was cased from Diane Vander Gilien and uses the Come to Bethlehem stamp set that is on sale right now!

I really like the way she used the Scallop Trim Corner Punch on two different pieces of the paper. And my ladies loved the bling of the rhinestones!

The card stock is Not Quite Navy and Whisper White. The sponging is done with Baja Breeze.

The second card (not my design) was also done in blue tones. This time the cardstock is Marina Mist and Bashful Blue. This card has lots of texture including two embossing folders - Square Lattice and Polka Dot, dimensionals, ribbon, a button, and lots of layers.
And although it's not on this card (this was my sample card) I had to add some bling for my ladies so the part of the snowflake in Bashful Blue became Silver Glimmer paper, and the blue button became a Vintage Faceted Designer Button!

Our last project was the Hot Chocolate pack I've shown you earlier. It goes together so quickly and is such a nice gift that I've done it with all my groups.

Ladies - thank you for a wonderful evening!

Happy Stamping

19 Nov 2012

Oh Christmas Tree!

I am working on decorating my Stamping Studio's Christmas tree to be ready for the remainder of my Clubs and Classes leading up to Christmas.

I'm in Canada so we don't have the Thanksgiving weekend coming up to officially 'mark' the beginning of the season. Now I don't need any excuse to decorate for the holidays, but my darling husband does, so remember - this is just for business! (yeah, sure...).

It's not finished yet, but I want to show you some of the projects:

This is made using the Candy Wrapper die - so easy! And once you've made a couple of them the folding aspect of the ends is not a mystery anymore! The card stock is Real Red and I wrapped it with Candlelight Christmas Specialty Paper DSP and the gorgeous Champagne Glimmer Paper! The stamp on the oval is from the Christmas Blessings stamp set.

Remember these? Was it only 2 years ago that the "it shall remain unnamed" company started wrapping their chocolate mint patties in square wrap?!!! They no longer fit so neatly between our 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch. Oh the nashing of teeth that we demos went through! (You'll never know the behind the scenes relationship demos have with the size and shape and wrap of candy - it all matters!!) :0) These little treats are so yummy and easy to decorate, they were sorely missed.

Anyway, this year I found a chocolate mint patty from a different company, wrapped in the traditional circle... Oh Joy! So my tree will be loaded with them, and if you have a chance to visit you can pick one off for yourself!

This lovely decoration was one of the projects in the U Stamp with Dawn & Friends latest round - Technique Boutique. It uses the Petal Cone die and lots of ribbons.   The 'Noel' is from the Greetings of the Season stamp set.

There are lots more decorations to show you, so be sure to drop back soon! And if you would like to make some of these decorations for yourself, you can order the supplies from my Stampin' Up! store, or contact me to attend some of my classes!

Happy Stamping

17 Nov 2012


Our biggest online sale of the year, Online Extravaganza, begins Monday, November 19, and ends on Wednesday, November 28. We've got a fantastic selection of stamp sets, accessories, and tools that will be discounted up to 50 percent! 

In addition, there will be three products 20 percent off for 24-hours only on both the first and last days of Online Extravaganza-our very own doorbusters!

Monday, November 19, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
Retail Price
Sale Price
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Big Shot Doctor's Bag

Wednesday, November 28, midnight - 11:50 PM (MT)
Retail Price
Sale Price
118941 Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I)
120279 Clear Block Storage Caddy
109127 Stack & Store Caddy

On Monday you can visit the Online Store to see all discounted products or view this PDF NOW.

The Fine Print
  • Discounts range between 20 and 50 percent-awesome!
  • There's no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion. Sale on!
  • For product bundles, you need to use the bundle item numbers provided. If you use individual item numbers, you won't get the discount-bummer.
  • You can buy additional products from any of our current catalogs on the same order.    

  • Happy Stamping!
  • Carol 

15 Nov 2012

Exciting New Stampin' Up! Promotion

What an exciting day- a new product is available from Stampin' Up! but ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!
The best part is it's an affordable new product!
Introducing the...
Textured Boutique Embossing Machine!!!

In a test trial partnership with Sizzix, Stampin' Up! is offering ONLY.....I repeat.....ONLY 4000 of these new Embossing machines!

So, what does it do?

So, if you LOVE using embossing folders......this is the machine for you!

How much does it cost???

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These will sell out quickly.....SO, run, don't walk, to my online store......
  Remember, there are only 4000 available in 
North America!

Click on "Shop Now", and place your order! It will be shipped directly to you, and you can even combine this order with any other products you may want! Be sure to check out the clearance rack for more great deals too!!

If you prefer, you can email or call me and I'll place your order for you!

Just don't wait!!

Double Photo Frame Tutorial

Hello Stampers!

I have another FREE tutorial for you today, and I think you're going to love it! It makes a great gift for family members, sweethearts, grandparents, travellers, and I'm sure you'll think of even more people who would love to have one.




1.      Cut two pieces of chipboard 5” x 5”
2.      Cut another two pieces of chipboard 5 ½” x 5 ½”
3.      Cut Designer Series paper for outside cover 6 ½” x 6 ½”
4.      Cut Designer Series paper for inside frames 5 ½” x 5 ½”
5.      Cut coordinating piece of cardstock 2” x 5 ½”

1.      Place the 5 ½” x 5 ½” chipboard on top of the 6 ½” x 6 ½” DSP and mark corners, cutting off the points of the DSP.

2.      Place two sided tape all around the outside edge of the DSP. Remove paper from tape.
3.      Center the chipboard piece on the DSP and fold the DSP onto the chipboard.

4.      Place the 5” x 5” chipboard on the 5 ½” x 5 ½” DSP and trim corners.
5.      Place two sided tape all around the outside edge of the DSP. ALSO COMPLETELY COVER ONE SIDE OF THE CHIPBOARD WITH GLUE STICK OR LIQUID GLUE.

6.      Center the chipboard piece on the DSP and fold the DSP onto the chipboard to attach.
7.      Using the Big Shot and the 3 ½” circle die, cut a circle out of the center of the two 5” square chipboard pieces.

8.      Remove the blue plastic from one side of the window sheet. (Use your fingernail to scratch at the corner to get it started). Add two sided tape to all four sides. Center it over the circle cut in the 5” x 5” chipboard and attach, making sure it is straight.

9.      Take the piece of coordinating cardstock and fold it down the center lengthwise. Glue one side to the inside of the largest piece of chipboard, leaving the fold extended about ¼”. Place glue or tape on the other side of the cardstock and place the second piece of chipboard on top so that it lines up with the first piece. Keep the outside on top.

          Place two sided tape around 3 sides of the 5” x 5”chipboard (leave the TOP side open so that you can insert the photos
      Check the design on your DSP to make sure it is going the correct way. Peel the paper off of the two sided tape. Peel the blue plastic off of the window sheet. Attach to the inside of the larger piece of chipboard.

       Decorate the front and insides of the frame if desired.
       Insert 4” x 4” photos in the frames.
       Stamp Sentiment on Whisper White cardstock. Attach to matted contrasting colour and add pearls or brads. Attach to front of photo case.

I hope you like this tutorial - and I would love it if you would leave a message!!

Happy Stamping

14 Nov 2012

Office Gift Idea with directions

So you would like to give a little gift to your co-workers, but you don't want to start a tradition or break the bank...what to do...

Here's a little gift that is small enough to keep the receiver from feeling guilty, but big enough to let them know you care.

You've seen it before on my blog,

but this time I've used Snow Festival Designer Series Paper and it gives it a whole new look and you can make it up in 10 minutes!

It's the Hot Chocolate Gift packet - complete with a rolled wafer to munch while they sip! And if they are smart, they'll keep the packet and refill it to give to someone else!

Directions to make packet:

1. Cut cardstock or Designer Series Paper to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score at 4 1/4" on the long side as you would if making a card. If you have the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, score the front cover at 5 3/4" with the paper fully open. Otherwise fold the card and measure out 1 1/2" on the top, and 2 3/4" on the right hand side and score a line between the two. Fold under and attach.

2. Run a strip of sticky tape along the inside bottom of the card, close to the edge, and attach the two sides together so that the hot chocolate won't fall out of the bottom.

3. Punch two 1/4" holes - one above the other - on the right hand side of the card through both pieces of DSP (see photo above, the hole you see is the top one).

3. Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock (in mine it's Cherry Cobbler) 4 1/4" by 1 1/2". Punch the bottom edge with your favourite border punch, I used the Scallop Trim Border punch.

Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4" x 1" and stamp your greeting. The one I used is from the Greetings of the Season Stamp set.

Glue the Whisper White to the Cherry Cobbler and attach it to the bottom front of the packet, just below the punched holes.

Using the delightful Sweater Trim (approximately 12") thread it from front to back through the bottom hole, leaving 4-5" in front. Then take the Sweater Trim from the back and wrap it around the front - leaving a loop for the wafer and threading it down through the top hole. Place the treat in the loop and pull it snug, tie a bow with the two ends.

Tuck the Hot Chocolate into the pocket and you're done!

I'm sure your friends will appreciate your little treat!

Happy Stamping

13 Nov 2012

Wonderful Winterland

The stamp set Wonderful Winterland has made me smile since the first time I saw it in the Holiday Catalogue (p. 8). It reminds me of when I was a kid, and also makes me think of my grandchildren. Today I managed to take some time to use it on a card!

There are six stamps in the set but I've only used two here. The sentiment is from the No Peeking stamp set but I thought it really suited the action in the images!

The colours used are Bashful Blue, Midnight Muise, and Whisper White. The scalloped mats are cut with the Scallop Rectangle Clearlit die, and the Embossing Folder used on the side of the card is Delicate Designs.

I used Dazzling Diamonds glitter for snow, and rhinestones for a touch of glitz.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping

7 Nov 2012

Small and Sweet

Today I have a cute little tree ornament, or you could hang it just about anywhere! The design is from Becky Roberts' Twelve Weeks of Christmas, and I think the slippers are just adorable!!!

You can fill the slippers with small candy - kisses or candy canes - and it would make a sweet gift as well.

The santa hats are from the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set - so useful when you need small images! And the red points matting the white circle are from the largest flower in the Boho Blossoms punch.

Here is a little gift I gave to each of the participants at my Christmas Workshop, filled with candy. I used the felt embellishments that are on sale in the Clearance Rack online. I use this Candy Wrapper die a lot for business and personal events. They are quick and easy to make and are sturdy enough to be re-useable.

Finally I made one of the double pocket treat holders that one of my ASI team members showed us how to make.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll have more projects to show you soon!

Happy Stamping