Friday, February 20, 2009

PreSchool Scrapbook page

Here's another scrapbook page I made recently, this one has a pre-school theme, for my little Michael. I had these handprints of his, still in the keepsake box, and wanted to incorporate them into his album.

Because they were made with blue paint onto orange construction paper, the color combo was hard to pick out, but I did it!

2009 Stamping Retreat (43)

2009 Stamping Retreat (44)  

Love these cheeks!

  I used some retired Summer Picnic paper and cut out the little apples, and used the Crayon Kids stamp set and Alphabet (retired) to make the crayons and the title. The crayons are paper-pieced too.

Even though I don't usually use bright colors, the Old Olive paper really helped me enjoy making this, and I LOVE how it turned out!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Altered Notebook

Well, I have been using one of my kids old school duo-tang books as a bank deposit book for some time now, and I have to say, it was well used! Just looking at it was getting on my nerves, so I decided instead of buying a new folder, I would spruce it up a bit!

Here's how it turned out. Instead of trying to figure out how to cover up the spine, I just incorporated that color into my theme. (You can still see the purple duo-tang poking out the side)....

Altered Duo Tang (2) 

I covered it (front and back) using Old Olive prints patterned paper, and a gluestick, then tied some Twill Tape around the front cover, adding some 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon in the middle of the knot. The focal image is stamped on Very Vanilla using Priceless (still one of my favorite stamp sets!) in Old Olive and Lovely Lilac classic inks from Stampin' Up. I backed that with some Very Vanilla and Lovely Lilac cardstocks. I also cut out additional butterflies and flowers and popped them up with Dimensionals.

Altered Duo Tang  

Even though it is still an old book, it only took me about 15 minutes to make it prettier, and I am soooo much happier doing my paperwork now :) I smile everytime I take it out!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Weekend Retreat pics

Hello, I just wanted to show you some of the fun pics of the ladies enjoying my Stamping Weekend Retreat recently. We had too much fun!

2009 - Jan 021  Here are Sharon, Jeanette and Lori stamping away!

2009 - Jan 023  Shauna, Barb and Ruth playing with My Big Shot machine.....

2009 - Jan 041 Heidi and Ashleigh working on their scrapbooks......

2009 - Jan 026  And, here's action!

2009 - Jan 016  Can you believe I brought ALL my stamp sets and punches and Big Shot paraphenalia?! Oooh, what fun! We also planned a Shoebox Swap for the Saturday afternoon, so that was neat to go around and make other people's projects, and give our minds a little rest :)

2009 - Jan 047 The meals were awesome, as usual, and we ate so much, all we could do was sit and STAMP! Imagine how difficult that was! :)

I will be holding another one next year, but I am also hosting a one-day Stamp Event on May 23rd if you'd like to join us this time. It will be 9am-9pm on a Saturday, and will only be $30 including dinner!

Contact me to register......



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another Boy Scrapbook Page!

Here's another one of my favorites I made at my Stamping Weekend Retreat.

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2009 - Jan 037

(You can click these to see a larger version.)

These pages are made using a Simply Scrappin Kit (now retired). I love to use those, as they make such fast pages, and they ALWAYS look GOOD! I like things that are so easy. I often use the ideas that come in the kit, and just copy them, or alter them to my liking. They are great for inspiration!

To check out our current selection of Simply Scrappin Kits available, you can go to my website, and click on Shop Now in the top right corner. Type in "Scrappin" in the Search field, then click the Category drop-down arrow and select "Simply Scrappin". There are some beautiful kits here, and they are only $23.95! Here's what they include:

■ Each Kit contains
8 sheets of 12" x 12" textured card stock
6 sheets of 12" x 12" patterned paper
6 sheets of 6" x 12" self-adhesive die-cuts

You can make TONS of scrapbook pages, cards and other gift items with one kit! And right now, when you place an order thru my website, you will get a FREE IDEA BOOK sent to you along with your order!

Have a great day!


Monday, February 9, 2009

Paper Share!

I am hosting a Paper Share coming up, and wanted to let you know!

You will receive 125 6x6 pieces of all of our current designer series papers shown on pages 158-161 (I am not including the Patterns Designer Series Papers on page 159).  Your sampler will include the 16 regular Designer Series Papers, the 4 fabulous NEW Specialty Designer Series Papers and the cool NEW Taste of Textiles Papers (page 156). 

The "Rockabilly Specialty" paper has glossy accents, and the "Parisian Breeze", "To the Nines" and "Sweet Slumber" Specialty papers are TEXTURED cover weight paper...awesome!! 

You would need to spend over $300.00 to purchase full packs of all these papers.  This is a great way to get all of these beautiful papers at a really great price of only .30 cents per sheet!

I will order as soon as I have a group of 8 ladies signup, so sign up NOW, and get in on the first group!

Paper share 1 

Choose one

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Scrapbook Ideas!

I LOVE scrapbooking! A short time ago I hosted a Stampin' Weekend Retreat with 13 ladies attending, at a local Camp and Conference Centre, and we had a fabulous time! The meals and accomodation were all wonderful, and our stamping space was more than roomy. I actually completed (start to finish) 22 scrapbook pages over the weekend, and was so thrilled to catch up on a year's worth of photos. I will share some pics of the ladies in upcoming posts, but first I wanted to share some of my completed scrapbook pages with you.

I was working on my middle son's album, and I sometimes find it hard to do boyish pages, but I was on a roll! Below is one of my favorites...."Love Your Smile" Page.

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2009 - Jan 035

(You can click on these to see the larger version.) It is made using the Big Deal Alphabet, Short Order Alphabet and corner rounder. Cardstock colors are: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, White, Night of Navy, Summer Sun, and Tangerine Tango. I also used the Jumbo Eyelets and the Crop-A-Dile to set them. I embossed the "smile" letters with Clear Embossing Powder, and cut them out, and added some Chocolate Chip sponging around the rectangle pieces. I also added a few Photo Corners using the Photo Corner Punch and matching cardstocks. Hope you like it!

I will share some more next time.....

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Catalogue Launch & Open House!

This Friday, I will be hosting an awesome New Catalogue Launch and Open House! I am so excited to show you some of the new products from Stampin' Up, and let you try them out!

There will be demonstrations, refreshments, prizes, and a free Make & Take if you RSVP by Feb 5th! (I won't show you a pic of the make & take yet----you'll have to come by to see it first!)

I am also doing a Mystery Hostess Draw for the hostess credits that night, and you can get a ticket in that draw for every $30 you order, 10 tickets for signing up as a Demonstrator that night, and 5 for joining my Big Shot Club! You will want your name in this draw, TRUST ME!

There will be other draws, and you can get extra tickets for bringing a friend, and more!

And, to top all this, you can earn a FREE SALE-A-BRATION product for every $60 you order!

If you live in the B.C. lower mainland, come on out to my Open House this Friday night at 7:00pm. (Demonstrations will start at 7:30pm). Can't make it? Place an order prior to the event, and get your name in the Mystery Hostess Draw! .........And don't forget to RSVP at for your FREE MAKE & TAKE!

See you on Friday!


Monday, February 2, 2009

Valentine's Class coming!

I am holding a Valentines and Anniversary Card Class coming up, and you are invited! We will be making 5 cards, some using the Big Shot, and some with embossing.

Below is one of the cards we'll be making.....

Owl card with sig 

The little Owl (from Owl Together Now) is embossed with black embossing powder, stamped again on Olive Patterned paper, paper pieced, and the wings are glued on top. Isn't he cute?

If you want to join us, the classes I am offering will be on Weds, Feb 11th at 7:00pm or Thurs, Feb 12th at 9:30am. Space is limited, so register today. The $15 class fee includes all materials and instruction, and must be pre-paid by cash, cheque or Paypal by Feb 5th. Please bring your own scissors and adhesive. Email me at to register.

 I will share some more of the cards after the registration cutoff.....

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Starter Kit Deals!

Just announced this morning, Stampin Up is offering an amazing deal on the Starter Kit! During Sale-A-Bration, not only do you get an extra free stamp set of your choice (value $56.95),  but now you will also get 15% off the price of the kit, bringing it down to $209 (from $249)! And, I am going to top that off with a free Sale-A-Bration product from me! You can't miss out on this offer! You are getting a value of over $470 for only $209! (only 7% tax, no shipping, on this.)

If this interests you, Read on.........

The kit is customizable for most products (you can choose which 5 stamp sets, 5 ink colors, and 2 assorted cardstock packs you get, as well as wheel, and cartridge and more), and is such a great savings! Now you even get a Decor Elements vinyl wall art included!

You have a few options with what to do with the Starter Kit once you receive it:

-Use the stamps, paper and ink for your personal use, and do not hold classes, or workshops. (Without meeting the sales minimum, you will simply drop from the demonstrator list in about 6 months.-no need to pay anything back)

-Start a small stamp club with a few friends, meeting the $400 sales minimum every 3 months.

-Run a successful business for as long (or short) as you like, holding some stamping classes, and maybe a Stamp Club, plus whatever else you choose to offer. I can help you get started, and provide you with tips and ideas along the way. You are never on your own!

Want to join my team? We have a great time sharing stamping ideas, techniques and business successes, and love to get together and stamp! You can check out my Demonstrator Business page to read some more about our group, if you like. We have optional meetings, a Yahoo group, challenges, prizes and more!

Take advantage of this great DEAL, and contact me today to get the password to order the Starter Kit online from your home, or to get a list of the Starter Kit contents!

Happy Stamping!