31 Dec 2014

Happy New Year!


Welcome 2015!
Happy New Year to everyone far and wide.
I hope this year brings you
many joys!


And to my dear friends (you know who you are)
I love you and hope 2015 is your best year ever!






4 Dec 2014

Updated Clearance Rack December 5th




Stampin' Up! will be adding more items to the Clearance Rack for their Year-End Clearance starting Friday, December 5th.

Discounts will be up to 80%, plus they will be including holiday items.  

But hurry...Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.  

Order directly on-line, or contact me.

Happy Stamping!
Carol

3 Dec 2014

Gentle Peace Lantern

Today I want to share with you a beautiful tea light lantern made by Tracy Elsom of the Atlantic Stampers Ink team.

Tracy was introduced to Stampin' Up! just over a year ago, immediately became a demo, and is loving what she does and sharing with other people!

This lantern stands over eight inches tall and is beautiful night or day! Tracy has designed it so well that the tea light doesn't just sit inside, it is built right into the base. It would make a lovely gift and she has a tutorial for sale on her blog, Then Grandma Says. 



The image is shown on all four sides and looks just like a stained glass window.

I hope you take a minute to visit Tracy's blog to see this and her other creations.

Happy Stamping!
Carol

24 Nov 2014

Candy Dispenser treats for my Granddaughters!

When I saw these on YouTube I knew I had to make them for my granddaughters.


If you feel a need to make them too you can find the video here:

Candy Dispenser Video

Happy Stamping!
Carol

What do Demos Do to Have Fun?

That's one thing Demos do have - is lots of fun, because we love what we do!

This weekend past we had a team meeting at my Stamping Studio - we have one every month so team members manage to attend several throughout the year.

Here are some photos of our day.


Working on the Many Merry Stars


Completed Stars!

And we always share projects we have made - Carolyn's Wreath above.


Sandi's gorgeous card with sponged glimmer paper.


Tracy showed us the card she made using the Hello December Project Life Card Collection. I wish that sentiment was a stamp in that size!

And here is Carolyn's gorgeous framed art - she is our Punch Princess!

Somehow I missed taking photos of lunch (we all bring a bag lunch), our other make & takes, and the goodies that the demos receive when they arrive. Oh well - maybe I'll remember in January! 

If you've ever thought about becoming a demo, now is a great time - there is a 25% discount on the Starter Kit, and you get an extra 5% off your purchases during the month of December (on top of your regular demo 20%) 

Contact me if you are interested!!

Happy Stamping!
Carol

Blockbuster OnLine Extravaganza Sale Starts Today!



It starts today! Be sure to check out the deals here!

Happy Stamping!
Carol

21 Nov 2014

This will make you look forward to Monday!!!




WOW!!! The Stampin Up Online Extravaganza starts on Monday, November 24 with select items and bundles at discounted prices!

For example you can save over $50 on the Blendabilities bundle and up to 50% off a huge assortment of products.

Plus, there will be limited-time doorbusters on the first and last days of Online Extravaganza

This sale lasts from November 24 through December 2, or while supplies last. Learn more about these deals and discover which products (including select Textured Impressions Embossing Folders) are going on sale. 

BUT HERE'S THE BEST DEAL!

Purchase the Demonstrator Kit and take advantage of these additional specials:



  • Choose Sale items as your kit (and / or regular items)
  • Pick $155 for only $125 PLUS an additional 25% OFF
  • Free Shipping
  • 20% off all future orders
  • Bonus 5% Cash Back from all December sales
Just contact me if you have any questions or would like to place an order!

Happy Stamping!
Carol

17 Nov 2014

Bleach Technique - Amazing!

At the East Coast Stampin' event held in Truro on November 8th Tracy Elsom presented a technique tutorial using regular household bleach.

She showed us how to use a paint brush (or an aqua painter without any water in the chamber) to paint the bleach onto embossed images.


You can leave the lightened areas as is, or paint them with another colour (as shown in the two centre card fronts at the bottom of the photo below.

Also by using layers of paper towel dampened with bleach to actually stamp onto cardstock. This is shown in the two outside cards at the bottom of the photo below.


She also gave us a tip on how to avoid the strong aroma of the bleach - store a small amount in a clear glass bottle, after a few days the smell is much less pungent.

Thanks Tracy for the inspiration!

Happy Stamping
Carol

16 Nov 2014

Second Day at the Craft Fair, and the best seller is...

Craft Fairs can sometimes be very tiring, but this weekend I have my youngest daughter helping me and we are having a lot of fun.

I've met some wonderful people who are interested in Stampin' Up! (Hi to you all!) and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better.

The atmosphere at the fair is wonderful - it didn't hurt that we've got some snow on the ground and with the Christmas music playing... it's grand!

My best seller so far has been....(drum roll please)....


Everybody reads them and laughs - even if they don't purchase them. I guess making people happy is about the best thing I can ask for.

And you'd be amazed at how many Grinches there are in the world... I heard about a lot of them yesterday. :)

Here are more of the items I have for sale. 




You can find me at 
The Festive Craft Market
Langille Athletic Centre
Dalhousie Agricultural Campus
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia

today (Sunday, Nov. 16) from 11 am - 5 pm.

Sure hope you can drop by!

Happy Stamping
Carol

13 Nov 2014

Craft Fair Goodies

Well, we've just finished East Coast Stampin's Christmas Event last weekend, and now this weekend I have a two day craft fair... something is wrong with my planning calendar, it bunches dates up when I'm not looking...!

Here are a few of the little eye catchers that I've made up - great for stocking stuffers or even Secret Santa gifts.

The first are Grinch Pills...



And then there are snowman parts:


Of course there is the old reliable Magic Reindeer Food:



I love these little Elf Sleighs made with the Fry Box Die - you can find directions for them on Jackie Topa's blog, she is a genius with a punch!


The sleigh is filled with a bag of candy. Jackie used candy canes for runners but I chose to use our new Kraft paper.

I'll be back with more Craft Fair items tomorrow.

Happy Stamping!
Carol

12 Nov 2014

Tutorial For Sale - Christmas Mantle Banner & Box



Christmas Mantle Banner and Storage Box
$5.00

This is one of the Friday night classes we held at the East Coast Stampin' Christmas 2014 event last weekend.

If you would missed that opportunity and would like 
a six page tutorial with a dozen photos
to help explain the steps, here is your chance.

Once I receive your payment, I will send you the tutorial 
within 24 hours and usually much sooner.

Have fun making a Christmas craft that will last for years.

10 Nov 2014

East Coast Stampin' Christmas 2014 Event a SUCCESS!

After months of planning, and weeks of cutting, counting, and bagging, our Christmas event went off without a hitch (well, at least none that showed too much!) We had such fun!


It is so thrilling to present to 40 women and have them give you back such appreciation and fun. It makes it so worthwhile. Our team consisted of Maree Streeter, Sandi Ross, and myself, with the help of Maree's daughter Amberley on the day of the event.

Of course we had the help of volunteers Tracy Elsom and Shallon Vickers who gave presentations on techniques. And we were thrilled to have been chosen as one of the twelve events in North America to have a staff member from Stampin' Up! Head Office visit with us. We were so fortunate to have Carrie Cudney! Carrie shared techniques, ideas for Project Life by Stampin' Up! and messages from Head Office.


Carrie Cudney

Over the next few days I will show you more photos of techniques and treats that were enjoyed on the weekend. Sure hope you'll check back to see them.

Happy Stamping!
Carol

31 Oct 2014

Happy Halloween!

It's that time of year... the day before I start REALLY concentrating on Christmas! :)

We have a wonderful university student living with us this year (my adopted Kiwi granddaughter) and she has offered to give out the goodies tonight - Something the Grinch and I had stopped doing the last few years. So in honour of her labours I am sharing some Halloween projects given to me by my amazing team, and the September My Paper Pumpkin kit.



This adorable card was made by Linda. I think it gives the perfect feel for Halloween!


She also made this cute little fry box treat (with grown-up goodies!)


So Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you have lots of delightful little monsters at your door this evening. And don't forget the teenagers - they like candy too!

Happy Stamping
Carol

11 Sep 2014

Wednesday Wrap - Weekly Deals, New product, and Upcoming Classes

First this week's deals - available until Monday night, September 15th.

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A beautiful new photopolymer stamp set!

You're Wonderful Photopolymer Stamp Set#139158
Price$29.95


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My Upcoming Classes:
20 Christmas Cards to make in SEPTEMBER

(There are only 14 more Tuesdays until Christmas... just sayin'!)



A card kit from the new 
Holiday Catalogue
to get your Christmas card making kick-started!
Four different styles to copy or you can mix and match, we will make one of each style and you take it from there.
Cards come with coloured envelopes too!
If you can't finish all 20 in class you can take the rest home to finish later.
OR you can simply order the kit and make it up at home with your family.

Sunday, September 28th, 1:30 pm
Tuesday, September 30, 1:30 pm
Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm
Fee: $40.00




STARTING IN OCTOBER I WILL BE HOLDING CLASSES ON FIXED DATES SO THAT YOU CAN SCHEDULE THOSE DATES IN YOUR CALENDAR:

1ST THURSDAY & SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH: 3D projects, large and small

3RD TUESDAY & SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH: Card Class, seasonal themes

LAST FRIDAY & SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH: Welcome to Stamping - 
learn the proper use of tools, new techniques, and more


RE-SCHEDULED to OCTOBER:


STOP FOR A 'SPELL' to relax and have fun

WITH YOUR 'GHOUL' FRIENDS

Make this fun wreath for your door!



Finished wreath is 17 inches

We'll use a kit from the new Holiday Catalogue 
and you can follow the directions or 
create your own masterpiece with the products included.
It comes complete with your own pet spider (no fear - he's friendly)




FIRST THURSDAY AND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

Thursday, October 2, 1:30 pm
Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 5, 1:30 pm

 
Fee: $40.00
(Kit sells for $32.95 + tax + shipping)

Bring a friend who hasn't stamped with me before and receive $5 off your class fee!

Please register by September 17th so that your kits will arrive in time.



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CHRISTMAS CARDS



THIRD TUESDAY AND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
Tuesday, October 21, 1:30 pm
Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 19, 1:30 pm

We will make 2 of each of the above cards plus a package of Nordic Designer Buttons is included in the cost.
Fee: $30.

Bring a friend who hasn't stamped with me before and receive $5 off your class fee!

Please register by October 5th so that I can order your supplies and make up your kits.



Hope to see you in class soon!

Happy Stamping
Carol

More Christmas Swaps!

Have you ever participated in a swap? It's like magic - you make a certain number of card fronts or full cards all in the same design. Put them in the mail, and then a couple of weeks later you receive the same number of cards that are all different! Some with stamp sets you don't have, some with techniques you've never tried, some with embellishments you didn't purchase - and when you see everything in real life it's all so beautiful! And inspirational! Next chance you have to participate in a swap, don't pass it up! :)

Today I have two cards made by Gayle Smith (www.rubberandink.blogspot.com). The Wondrous Wreath Stamp set is one of my favourites!




I really like the way Gayle used the Gold Velum DSP on this card.


The second designer today is Jessica Mink (www.jessicamink.stampinup.net). I don't have this Happy Winter single stamp, but now I want it after seeing Jessica's card in my hands.


And the Get Your Santa On stamp set is so cute, especially paired with the Nordic Noel DSP!


I'll be back with more swaps soon!

Happy Stamping
Carol

9 Sep 2014

Sharing Some Swaps

Today I want to share with you some of the cards I received in a recent swap. It's great to get ideas from other stampers and these are lovely.

The first two are made by Debbie Sowards.

The one is simple and sweet using the Seasonally Scattered stamp set and Real Red.



I really like the colours Debbie has chosen for the Partridge and Pears card. And to be honest, until I received this card I had hardly noticed the stamp in the Holiday Catalogue. That's what seeing other stamper's ideas can do.

The colours are Early Espresso, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake cardstock. Gold Embossing coloured with Smokey Slate, Cherry Cobbler, and So Saffron.




Frances Hicks created the next two cards.

I wasn't drawn to this stamp set (The Newborn King) until I saw it embossed in gold. Now it seems entirely different... and I love it!

Frances also used Brushed Gold cardstock, and the blue is Island Indigo - stunning!


It seems everyone loves Cardinals. The cardinal in the Beauty of the Season stamp set is no exception.


Happy Stamping!
Carol