Monday, March 30, 2009

Brown Paper Packages for this week

These are a few of my favorite things for this week:

1. Faux Alligator Wristlet by Gretchen Barron
2. Wonderful Watercolours Card by Josee Smuck
3. Blooms & Buttons by Mary Fish
4. Punched Tulip by kstamper (SCS)
5. God's Beauty by Stacey Schafer

Hope you enjoy the stuff I found while bloggin' this week. I hope it brings you lots of inspiration. Leave me a comment to let me know if you like this feature. I will be back tomorrow with some new cards. And don't forget that tomorrow is the last day of Sale-a-bration!! Contact me to place an order ASAP to take advantage of the promotion before it is gone.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

First ever card class!

Happy weekend everyone!!

And it is a beautiful day here in Toronto. Some of you may have noticed that I changed my blog banner yesterday. Let me know what you think of it? Why the Bee you ask, well for years my sisters have always referred to me as "B". And when I was trying to come up with a blog name a while ago, the "Bee" just made sense. And now that I have 3 team members, I am affectionately calling them members of the "hive".

Anyhow, I wanted to share with you two of the 8 cards that we will be making for my upcoming "Eight Great Greetings" class next Sunday. If you have not yet RSVP'd please do so as soon as possible. There are still a few spots left.

The first card is for Father's day. I got the idea from this card and changed up the colours a bit.
The second card I just played around with. I think that primary colours are fun for Congrats, and that way the card is good for lots of different occasions, season and male vs. female etc. I really hope that you like what you see, and if you want to join us on April 5th, just send me a message.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Colour Inspiration Challenge #47

Wow! 2 posts in 1 day!!! I know, I am out of control. Well you know how much I love Kristina Werner's colour challenge (and yes, for us Canadian's it is spelled C-O-L-O-U-R). Although I didn't love these colours (I have been in a very springy mood lately) I did like the card I made. I used the design I came up with for my London Regional swaps and changed it around a slight bit. Instead of using my Texturz plates for the So Saffron layer, I used a piece of FREE Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper. And since I needed to make a Thank You card for one of my Hostesses, one of the sentiments from Trendy Trees was perfect.

Products used:
Stampin' Up "Trendy Trees" stamp set,
Stampin' Up Card stock- Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Stampin' Up DSP- Sale-a-bration Delicate Dots
Stampin' Up Ink- Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Accessories- 1 3/4" Circle punch, Whisper White 1/4" grograin ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Hope you enjoy! And don't forget to visit often!


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A new member of the Hive!!

That's right, another smart cookie decided to take advantage of the 15% discount (and free stamp set) off of the Starter Kit. Lori is the newest member of the Bee Hive!! Welcome Lori! I look forward to stamping with you.

For those of you who are on the fence, there has never been a better time than now to join the Stampin' Up! family. As a Demonstrator you always get 20% off of all your purchases and there are always lots of ways to earn free stamp sets and other stuff!! Right now you can purchase the starter kit for only $209 (regular price is $249) and you get to choose one stamp set for FREE (a $56.95 value). In addition to that for a limited time you can purchase the Starter kit with 3 easy payments!! Like I said, there has never been a better time!

Since there are only 5 more days of Sale-a-bration now is the time to order!! I will share for you a few more Sale-a-bration cards.


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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Colour Inspiration #45

Hi there,

It's almost Friday!!! I am very much looking forward to the weekend. It's going to be a busy one as usual, but at least I get to spend most of it with the family! Kristina Werner posted her new colour challenge tonight, and I just had to play. I love these colours but I did struggle trying to come up with a design. The card I created has been in my head, in one version or another for some time. It was really difficult to photograph. I also tried using my black embossing powder for the first time. There were many many mistake hearts stamped and embossed because I learnt the hard way that black is not very forgiving. It shows all the mistakes!! The embossing buddy is a MUST when working with black embossing powder!! I took two pictures, one of the card laying down, and one standing up because I wasn't sure how it would turn out in the pics. I also struggled with this one because I wanted to add a sentiment, but wasn't sure that I should. I didn't want to over complicate things, if you know what I mean. Anyhow let me know what you think about the card.
I would love to get some feed back.

Products used:
Stampin' Up "Polka Dot Punches" stamp set,
Stampin' Up Card stock- Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red
Stampin' Up Ink- Basic Black Craft Ink
Accessories- Full Heart Punch, Scallop edge punch, Black Embossing powder, Heat Gun.

Polka Dot Punches is one of the FREE Sale-a-bration sets available now until the end of the month. Contact me to place your orders!


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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Paddy's Day & a swap card!!

I am like 1/8th Irish so that counts right? But isn't everyone Irish on St. Paddy's day?? I thought I would show you a card that I made at my Upline (What's an upline you ask??? She is the person who I signed up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator under, and if you were to join my team like Cindy and Barb have, I would be yours!), Caroline LeBel's at our Canadians, Ink! team meeting this month. Since, today is really the only day it is appropriate. The clover is actually 3 hearts stamped using the FREE Sale-a-bration set Polka Dot punches and is then punched out with the Full Heart punch. Oh how I love sets that coordinate with punches! The word Lucky is actually cut out from the image that is acheived when you roll out the "Pinch Me" Jumbo Wheel. And then it has Dazzling Diamond glitter on it! Oh, and the paper is the FREE Sale-a-bration Designer Paper, Darling Dots. Don't forget that you only have a few weeks left to take advantage of Sale-a-bration!!! The promotion ends on March 31st.

But since I am not actually going out to celebrate the day, and since I rarely drink Beer anymore, and most certainly not green beer, I thought you might want to see another card that has no green on it too.

This past weekend Stampin' Up! held the Regionals in London, Ontario. I unfortunately did not go, but I made sure to make up a bunch of swap cards (What's a swap you ask? When Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's get together they swap card fronts so that they have lots of ideas to share with you, our customers!) that Caroline offered to swap on my behalf. I picked up my swaps today and I must say there are some very talented Stampers in the area! So, I thought I would show you the card that I had swapped this weekend. I hope that everyone who got one liked it!

Products used:
Stampin' Up "Trendy Trees" stamp set, "Thank you Kindly " stamp set
Stampin' Up Card stock- Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy
Stampin' Up Ink- Rose Red, Close to Cocao
Accessories- Night of Navy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Texturz plates Background 1 Small polka dots.


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Monday, March 16, 2009

This weeks brown paper packages

We have had some beautiful weather this weekend!! Spring is finally here! Here are a selection of cards made by some very talented stampers that I found while surfin' this week.

1. Cupcake cutie by Robin Merriman
2. I'm happy for you by Sophia Landry
3. A Card without Colour by Julie Davidson
4. Flight of the Butterfly by Mary Jo Albright
5. St. Patrick's Day by Pam-airbornewife


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Saturday, March 14, 2009

A new team member!

I would like to welcome Barb, my wonderful Mother-in-law to my team, now affectionately called the "Bee Hive"! :)

Barb was one smart cookie and like Cindy decided to take advantage of the 15% discount, and free stamp set.

For those of you considering becoming a demonstrator and would love to join my growing family, Stampin' Up! has just provided you with an easy payment option for purchasing the Starter Kit. From now until April 30th you can purchase the Starter Kit with 3 easy payments!!! There has never been an easier time to get started.

Contact me to sign up, or visit my Stampin' Up! page, choose Join Now and use the password "Canadian" to get started today!


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Friday, March 13, 2009

Tonight is my first club!!!

I am soooo excited because a group of wonderful women are coming to my place tonight to stamp their hearts out!!! They are a part of my first Stampin' Techniques Club! What's "Club" you ask.... well it's really quite simple. Each month (second Friday) they come over to my place where they will get to make 2 to 3 projects. Each month will focus on a different technique. This month we are doing Embossing!! Contact me directly if you are interested in joining a club. I am looking for another group of 10 women to start my next club. Some of the perks of club are:

  • Free catalogue
  • Hostess benefits in your month
  • Detailed instructions
  • hands on learning
I thought I would share with you a couple of tonights cards. Since we are focusing on embossing tonight, one uses heat embossing and the other is embossed using a template I created and a stylus. The 3rd card (not shown) uses the Big Shot and one of our Texturz embossing plates.

Yes, the brown one is very similar (okay it's the same) as the card I did for Kristina's colour challange, I just loved it so much and when I saw her colours I suddenly pictured it in black and white, but this was the original. The second card uses the Sale-a-bration Polka Dots punch set, and it's very hard to see in this picture but it has a simple embossed frame around the Whisper White piece. Hope you enjoy, and if you like what you see, why not contact me about joining my next club???


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Colour Inspiration and an appology

I didn't get a chance to get the Brown Paper packages up this week. I didn't seem to get much blogging done at all this week. I am going to work on getting stuff up with more regularity. I have been making lots of cards lately mostly thank you cards for all of my hostesses!! That's right on top of getting to pick out free stamp sets and other products for free, you get hand-made cards from me!!! :) Is there really anything better than collecting the mail and finding a personal hand-made greeting??? So, because I have been actively card making lately, I had a chance to do this weeks Colour Inspiration challenge.
Black, grey and white. Classy, crisp and bold!! Perfect for a card style that I came up with yesterday and is one of the cards that my club girls will be doing this friday (but in a different colour scheme). The inspiration for the card was from a picture I saw from Leadership 2009. The card from Leadership was using the Manhatten Impressions folder for the Big Shot, but I loved the look!
Products used:
Stampin' Up "Fifth Avenue Floral" stamp set, "Warm Words " stamp set
Stampin' Up Card stock- Whisper White, Basic Black
Stampin' Up Ink- Basic Black, Basic Grey, Versamark
Accessories- Sponge Dauber, Basic Grey ribbon, Clear embossing powder, 1 3/4" circle punch, large hole punch, eyelet border, heat gun.


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Sunday, March 8, 2009

I want to welcome Cindy!

That's right!! Cindy was a very smart lady and took advantage of the 15% discount on the starter kit and therefore she is the very first member of my Stampin' Up team! Way to go Cindy!

Don't wait to join.......join now and not only will you get 15% off the price of the starter kit (now only $209) but you will also get one free stamp set of your choice!!!

So, who's going to be the next member of my team????


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Monday, March 2, 2009

This weeks "Brown Paper Packages"

Yes, it is already that time again!! I can hardly believe it. I hope everyone had an excellent weekend. Today it's very cold in Toronto, and my husband had the wonderful pleasure of lining up for daycare registration very very very early this morning!! So, there will be a BIG pot of stew on the stove shortly to warm him up when he gets in from work. I too felt the need from some warmth. All of these cards really said spring to me.

Cheep talk & Retro fun from Meg

Scallopped Butterflies from Wendy August

Girly Invite from Catherine (A time to create)

Cheep Talk
from TreasureOiler(SCS)

Flowerpot pocket card
from Stephanie Luman

Hope you enjoy this dose of inspiration on a cold Monday morning!


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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Egggggcellent Easter stamps!

Can you believe that it is March already? Crazy!! You know what else is crazy??? Stampin' Up has released a selection of NEW Easter Stamps!!! These stamps are part of the new Mini-catalogue that is not available until April 1st, but since that doesn't leave much time to make Easter projects, they are allowing pre-orders of the following stamp sets:

Item Description Retail Price

An Egg-cellent Easter


Wagon Full of Fun


Eight Great Greetings


Ocho saludos geniales (Spanish Eight Great Greetings)


Huit souhaits sympas (French Eight Great Greetings)


Egg Hunt Stampin' Around wheel


Click here for the flyer.

Egg-cellent Easter
Wagon Full of FunEight Great Greetings
Contact me to order, and don't forget, it's still Sale-a-bration!! Every $60 ordered earn you a free gift!!


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