Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Let's hope the weather is okay for Trick or Treating tonight! My kids are very excited. Okay, well Xander a little less so, because he doesn't have a clue about the whole thing, but I am sure he will enjoy it once in the moment.

I thought I would share with you a card made with My Digital Studio. As easy as it was to make a scrapbook page, it was even easier to make a card! I absolutely love using this program. I can think of so many practical applications to card making in this way. Think about how easy it would be to make hundreds of custom Christmas card designs? And never mind digital cards, think card designer....

Ever found yourself cursing because you were trying to make a card, but it didn't quite work out as planned but you wasted a ton of materials making it? Why not design it in my digital studio first! No waste and beautiful cards every time. I know that's an benefit that I will be taking HUGE advantage of!

Happy Halloween everyone! Eat, drink be scary!


Friday, October 30, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Hey Guys,

I haven't been missing, just busy like crazy! We are actually in the process of selling out house! So it's been very very very crazy around here. And on top of that, it is my most favorite time of the year............... Halloween!

So in honour of Halloween I thought that I would share with you my first My Digital Studio page layout!!!

I created this page using Stampin' Up's NEW My Digital Studio!!! And can I tell you how easy it was to create? I love this this new software. It is the best Digital Paper Crafting solution ever! Not only can you create Digital & Hybrid scrapbooking pages, but you can also create cards (in a variety of dimensions), calendars, slideshows and videos! The best part is that all the colours and images coordinate with everything Stampin' Up! And you can even print your projects as photo books etc using Stampin' Up's print services!! Talk about an all-round digital solution!

I hope you enjoy this preview. I will be showing you more as I get a chance to play with this awesome product.

Want to get your own copy? MDS sells for $106.95, however if you host a private class with me in November or December you can earn the software for FREE! Contact me to book your private class today!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Santa's Workshop Christmas Gift Sale!!!

Finally, my big announcement! I have organized a HUGE Christmas Gift sale that will feature over 10 different vendors representing a HUGE range of products. One stop Christmas shopping!

Vendors attending represent some of the following companies with more to be confirmed in the days to come: Stampin' Up, Silpada, Pampered Chef, Epicure Selections, Optionelle, Creative Memories, Mary Kay, Fashions that Move and Tupperware!

Join me at this awesome event. I am holding it at the Banbury Community Centre (120 Banbury Rd.) in Don Mills (Leslie & Lawrence Ave. E). The event runs from 1 to 4pm and is FREE to attend! Come by, take care of your Christmas shopping and enter to win a HUGE gift basket featuring products from all the vendors valued at over $200!!!

Can't wait to see you there!!!!!!


Monday, October 19, 2009

New Deal of the week!

Hey Guys,

Wow! It's Monday again, and my vacation is officially over :( Oh well, only a few weeks until my birthday and then less than 2 months until Christmas!! I love this time of year.

I owe you a brown paper packages, stay tuned! I will get to it some point this week. Oh, and stay tuned tomorrow for a SPECIAL announcement!

First things first- the new Deal of the week is HARDWARE!

1/2 inch Library Clips for only $5.49 (regular price $9.75)

Circle Designer Brads for only $5.49 (regular price $8.50)

Basic Jumbo Grommets for only $6.49 (regular price $9.50)

Mini Library Clips for only $12.99 (regular price $18.95)


Friday, October 16, 2009

Awesome 6 Card class on Sunday!

Hi Guys,

FINALLY!! The pictures of my AWESOME 6 card class. This is the first class of this kind that I have offered, but I have wanted to do one for some time.

When: Sunday, Oct. 18th at 1pm
Cost: $29

And not only will be be making 6 cards, all using the Merry Moments Designer Paper, but we will also be making an awesome card folder to put them in!!! What a great gift idea! Or keep it for yourself. I would have a hard time giving it away, it's too awesome!! :)

I still have a few spots left, space is limited so contact me immediately! You don't want to miss out.

Oh, and I almost forgot, the cost includes a pack of the Merry Moments Designer paper, that is used to make the cards and folder, but you get to keep ALL the left overs, and there are a ton!!!! You will be able to make bunch of cards with the rest.

Like what you see? Let me know, I would be happy to design more classes like these.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Technique Club day!!!

I know I have talked about how much I love and look forward to my Technique Club. It is just a fun group of women and I love their enthusiasm. If you would like to join one of my clubs, please let me know. You wont regret it! Not only do you get to come over to my place once a month to make awesome stuff, but you get to be the hostess one of the months and earn LOTS of free stuff! We have some great Hostess Promotions running right now, so why not join?

Here are the projects for this months club. Two of them feature sets from the Holiday Mini. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The first card features the BEAUTIFUL serene snowflakes set and is also my entry in to this weeks Pal Paper Arts Challenge.

I wanted to see if Silver, gold & chocolate chip worked together and boy do they ever!! I ADORE this card! I wanted to experiment with some non-traditional colours. The main snowflake is heat embossed in Silver. The background snowflakes are stamped on Very Vanilla using Platinum Shimmer paint, Gold ink and Chocolate Chip. I have even used some Brushed gold paper for framing the sentiment and main snowflake. Oh and under the sentiment is a touch of Silver elastic cord.

This second card was inspired by this card by Kristen Kennedy. I love the colour combo. I changed it up a bit and substituted Melon Mambo for the Rose Red. I used the Patterned Pines Level 1 hostess set from the Mini as well as I created a little embellishment with the snowflake from the set and the Jumbo snowflake punch and a clear Rhinestone brad! I think it's quite a beauty, I hope the girls like it too.

The last project is Halloween Treat pouch. It was one the first things I learnt to make with Stampin' Up Products and probally the reason I became addicted. It is soooooo easy and can modified based on the paper and stamp set you use for almost any occassion, holiday or event! I hope the girls like making them!

Sorry that I don't have the samples of this weekends 6 card class up yet, but I have been very busy working on something, that I can't quite share with you yet. But I will say that it is a fun event of some kind in November....... stay tuned.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm back & Deal of the Week!

Hey Guys!

We returned from Quebec on Sunday evening, and then Ed headed right out to the grocery store before they closed to buy everything we needed for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast on Monday! And what a feast it was! My husband is an excellent cook, and he definitely lived up to his reputation. He makes the most amazing stuffing/dressing! It has apples, walnuts and dried cranberries in it along with the traditional ingredients like bread, onions and celery. It is to die for! And no Thanksgiving feast would be complete without a fabulous Pumpkin Pie. I make mine from scratch. It is awesome. It is from my most favorite Pastry Chef, Anna Olsen. On my birthday this year I get to go to a Wine & Dine event at the near by McNally Robinson Bookstore with Anna Olson! Too fun! Here is the link to Anna's Perfect Pumpkin pie recipe.

And now for this weeks, Deal of the Week. Sorry for the delay. If you have a Big Shot, or have been thinking about getting a Big Shot, this one is for you!
Flower Burst Embosslit Die

Regular Price- $15.95 on sale for only

Pop Up Cake Die

Regular Price- $53.95 on sale for only


Perfect Setting Die

Regular price- $57.95 on sale for only


These items will only be this price until Monday, Oct. 19th. So contact me today to place your order. I have an order going in this weekend. Let me know as soon as you can.

I will post pictures of the trip as the week goes on, and come back later for a Sneak peak of one of this weeks Club projects and I am hoping to have Sunday's 6 Card class ready to show you. There are still a few spots left. Cost is $29 and includes 6 cards all made using Merry Moment Designer Paper and you get to keep the left over paper!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Technology glitches...... still in Quebec!

Hey everyone,

I am still in Quebec, but have not been able to share any pictures with you because although I brought the cables for the camera, I don't for the life of me know where the software is putting the photos. I know that sounds really dumb, and I am fairly computer literate and have tried everything I know of. The path that the pictures are supposed to be in is drawing a blank, yet I can view them in the software. I could go and save each of them a second time and direct them to a specific folder, but I just haven't had the time. So in the meantime I will share a really bad photo of me from Stampin'palooza that shows my name tag. And provide you with the instructions to make it. In case you didn't know, Caroline had a name tag contest at Palooza. This was my entry. I didn't win, but that's not surprising, you should have seen all the beautiful tags people made! Wow! You can look at all of them in the Palooza gallery that I linked to in the previous post.

1. Take a piece of Basic Black card stock & using the Scallop Circle die for the Big Shot cut one circle.
2. Turn the punched out circle on the die and run through a second time so that you get the "pointy" circle instead of the scallops.
3. Stamp the desired name using the "Schoolbook serif" stamp set with Versamark ink, one letter at a time using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
4. Once you have stamped the letter, cover it with heat & stick powder, tap off the excess and heat with the heat gun.
5. Sprinkle the glitter of your choice, I was using the cosmo fine (pink) over the letter. Repeat with each of your letters.
6. Stamp the hive & 3 bees from the "Just Buzzin' By" set with Basic Black ink on Whisper White paper.
7. Colour them in using Stampin' Write Markers & cut them out with your Paper Snips.
8. Mount the Hive on the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.
9. Mount the bees on wire and attach them to the back of the name tag with your adhesive of choice.
10. To attach the name tag to my clothes, I purchased some plastic name badge holders from a Dollar store and mounted it with snail.

We are having an awesome time on our vacation. The weather has been pretty good too! And the leaves are just stunning!! It is definitely peak for the leaves here in the Laurentians. I can't wait to share the pictures with you! Kieran learnt to horseback ride yesterday at a farm near by and is spending the whole day there today (it's a PA Day here in Quebec so the farm is running a full day program for the kids). Tonight we are going to visit with a friend of mine from work who lives just outside of Montreal. Looking forward to it. The other day we went in to Montreal briefly and I stopped into our Montreal office and got to put faces to a whole bunch of names with whom I have been working with for the last 10 years. It was a fun visit, but the baby was starting to make too much noise, so we had to leave.

I may or may not pop in one more time before we head home, but I promise to post pictures on Monday when we are back in Toronto, and still on vacation!!


Monday, October 5, 2009

On Vacation and the Urban Scrapyard in Leaside is closing and Stampinpalooza update!!

Hey everyone!

Greetings from St. Hippolyte, Quebec! My family and I are vacationing in the Laurentians for some much needed R&R. I will be posting throughout the week, but mostly pictures of our vacation. Hope you don't mind!

I got an email this morning that the Urban Scrapyard on Eglinton Ave in Leaside is closing! It's really too bad. It was a nice little store and the girls who owned it are very talented Scrapbookers. Urban Scrapbook customers need not fear however because I am able to bring you top of the line Scrapbooking supplies delivered to your door! And I am super close to Leaside too! Missing the wonderful classes offered by US? Don't worry, I have a fabulous class schedule lined up for this fall, and even a Scrapbooking Gifts class in October! Check out my events page for more info.

Stampinpalooza was this past weekend. I can't believe the event came and went! Visit this link for all the pictures! If you weren't able to attend this one, don't worry because Caroline is doing it again in Feb! So, think about joining if you can! I will be there! I would love for you to join me!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Deals of the Week!!!

October already?????? It's a cold one here in Toronto today! But it doesn't have to be all bad, because Stampin' Up is doing the Deals of the Week again!! Each week (beginning today) Stampin' Up will list something on sale. You will only have until the following Monday to order, so you will want to stay ontop of this one!
So...... the question you want answered is "What is today's deal of the week??"
And my answer to you would be...................... PUNCHES!!! Not just any punches, but the Trio Flower punch & 5-Petal Flower for only $15.99 and the My Way punch for only $16.99! AWESOME! If you don't already have these punches contact me today to purchase them at this awesome price!!!
Here is a card made using the 5-Petal flower punch. It's an oldie, but a goodie, I love this use of the punch. For this card you punch out 6 of the flowers. You ink them all up using a sponge dauber and then you do the following:
1. Stack all 6 flowers and poke a hole through the centre using your paper piecer.
2. Leave 2 flowers intact and attach them together but alternately overlaped.
3. Cut the petals off the other 4 flowers by sniping up the middle of the flower on either side of the petals towards your hole.
4. Adhere the loose petals to the back of the 2 complete ones inbehind the open spaces.
5. Continue to adhere your individual petals following all the open spaces.
6. Punch out 2 ovals using the small oval punch, fold them in half and run them through your paper crimper!
Have a great day!

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