Roses Are Red…

This project was originally inkspired by a card created by fellow Canadian demonstrator, Tracy Elsom, using the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set from this year’s Sale-a-bration catalogue. As soon as I saw it the idea for this card popped right into my head! (I love it when that happens)

Since I don’t have the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set I decided to use the Forever Blooms cling stamp set. I had a lot of fun doing some Collage Stamping with the Timeless Tropical cling stamp set recently and so I was glad to do some more.

Roses Are Red close up wm

For the card base and smaller border piece I used Purple Posy cardstock and all the stamping was done on Whisper White cardstock. For the images I used the large cherry blossom branch, the small blossom, the bud as well as both the single and double leaves.

The large blossom branch and buds were stamped using the Purple Posy Stampin’ Write Marker by simply using the brush tip to “colour” the stamps. The small blossom was stamped using Seaside Spray and the leaves were stamped with Mint Macaron.

On the smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the phrase first, using Purple Posy and Seaside Spray, and then stamped images around it.

I cut out the phrase as well as the Purple Posy border using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. The piece of Vellum cardstock behind the phrase was also cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

To finish it off I popped up the phrase using some Stampin’ Dimensionals and added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to add some bling.

Roses Are Red wm

I really like how this turned out and while I made it a Valentine’s Day card, you could really choose any phrase to make a Mother’s Day card, birthday card or even a wedding/anniversary card.

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Inset De-Embossing

Last week I got to spend some time with my smaller Stampin’ Up! team and as always we talked shop for a while and had a lot of fun. As part of our meeting we also make a card and so with Valentine’s Day less than a month away (crazy right?! are you ready? cause I’m not!) the card we made was of course a Valentine’s Day card.

There are so many reason why I LOVE this card… how the colours pop off of the Basic Black card mat… the embellishments (the From my Heart Faceted Gems and the Real Red 3/8″ Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon)… the embossing… it also uses the Heartfelt Bundle which I’ve been having a lot of fun creating with lately!

My favourite part of making this card though was learning Inset De-Embossing. It’s so simple and it looks amazing!

To start we used the scalloped heart punch from the bundle on 3 different colours of cardstock; Real RedFlirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo. These 3 hearts were adhered to the top of the Basic Black card mat just with SNAIL Adhesive. Then they were run through a die cutting machine with the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder and to create the de-embossing effect you insert the cardstock into the folder the opposite way that you usually would; with the raised side of the folder on the top of your sandwich.

De-embossed Hearts close up wm

So instead of having the swirls, etc. popping out at you they’re sunk into the cardstock and doing it this way also gives the effect of the hearts being part of the black cardstock instead of an additional layer on top; hence the name Inset De-Embossing.

I also learned with this card that you can use the Watercolour Pencils to colour on white heat embossed phrases and images. It does take a couple of layers so I would not recommend this on large images, unless you’ve got a lot of time to do it, but this is definitely something that I will keep in mind for future projects!

Coloured Heart close up wm

Here’s the card…

From my Heart to Yours wm

There’s always something new to learn which is why I enjoy these meetings and being a part of the Stampin’ Up! family.

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Collage Stamping

I think I sparked a creative bug when I created a project last week using the Timeless Tropical cling stamp set, as I’ve got a few ideas floating around my head now. For this project I decided I would do some Collage Stamping, which I learned about at OnStage Local back in November.

We’ve all created a collage at some point in our lives. I totally remember sitting surrounding by magazines and other forms of media digging around for different images to glue to my page. Collage Stamping is a similar idea in that you’re looking to fill the page, or in this case the cardstock, with a number of different images. Colour and size don’t matter as much as the theme or idea that your trying to create with the images. You also don’t have to worry about properly spacing out your images, it’s totally fine if they overlap.

For this card I thought that it would be fun to create a tropical/island theme and so the Timeless Tropical stamp set was perfect. Next came the decision for colours….

I chose Crumb Cake cardstock for the card base because I thought it was a nice neutral colour, plus it reminds me a bit of the beach! Then for the card front I used Very Vanilla cardstock. To help make the phrase and flowers pop I used Bermuda Bay cardstock.

Rest & Relax wm

For the images I chose the pineapple, the leaf and the smaller flower from the set as they were different sizes and all went with the tropical theme. The pineapple I stamped in Crumb Cake, the flower in Bermuda Bay and the leaf in Old Olive. (I also stamped the phrase using Old Olive ink.)

It was fun not having to worry so much about where I stamped the images and as I stamped more images I simply kept filling in the spaces with more images. The card front ended up looking like a piece of Designer Series Paper almost which I think is kind of cool.

In addition to the Bermuda Bay cardstock to make the phrase stand out I also used some Stampin’ Dimensionals to literally have the words pop out. I also added some of the Crumb Cake twine from the Nature’s Twine pack of thick twine to add a little something more and draw out the Crumb Cake from the pineapples and card base.

When I was finished I felt like the card still needed a little something more. I wished that I had the Tropical Oasis Trinkets to add to this card, unfortunately no such luck 😦   So I dug around for my Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins and added a few of the Daffodil Delight flowers.

Rest & Relax with flowers wm

I really like what the flower sequins do for the card, but I’m still not sure which one I like better. I’d love to hear which one you prefer, so post your choice in the comments… flowers or no flowers?

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Re-inking your ink pad

I was stamping and scrapbooking years before I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and so I’ve had some of my ink pads for a LONG time! Some I don’t use as often as others, but recently I had to re-ink one of my ink pads.

I was noticing that when I was trying to stamp an image with this particular ink pad that the colour was not coming out the way that it used to, often coming out lighter. For a while I was able to get around this by inking my stamps using the edges of my ink pad instead of just trying to ink up in the centre, but I finally decided that it was time to re-ink.

If you’ve never re-inked an ink pad before, it’s very easy! All you need is your ink pad, the ink refill for that particular ink pad and a plastic spoon.

ink before

Simply squeeze about a half a dozen drops of the ink pad’s refill in and around the centre of the ink pad. I ended up with a few extra drops when I re-inked this ink pad, but don’t worry if that ends up happening to you too.

ink with spoon

Use a plastic spoon (or tool of choice, just make sure it couldn’t potentially damage the foam of the ink pad) to spread the refill drops around the ink pad.

ink after

The ink pad will look a little darker after you’ve spread the ink around, but it will even out. I used this ink pad right after I re-inked it and the first couple of images seemed a bit darker but that didn’t last long and it wasn’t that much darker that it was an issue.

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Little Lily Impressions

I’ve got a couple of swaps going out this weekend and so I thought that I would share one of them with you here. (I’ll be sharing all my swaps once I get them back on my Facebook page so make sure to like my page so that you get a heads up!) In the meantime here’s a cute little card I made using a couple of products from this year’s Sale-a-bration catalogue.

As you may have seen from a previous post I’m just loving the Lovely Lily Pad photopolymer stamp set and I can’t wait for the Lily Pad dies to arrive (which should be soon)! So of course with my love of lily pads I just had to get the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper and I thought this would be great to use for my Sale-a-bration card swap.

Lotus DSP Birthday wm

As I said this is just a little card, 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (once folded) of Whisper White cardstock, because I really wanted to highlight the DSP. And I left a very small Whisper White border around the outside edge for the same reason.

I also used the Free as a Bird bundle for this card. I stamped a phrase using Bermuda Bay ink from the Free as a Bird cling stamp set and cut it out using the Stitched Nested Labels dies.

Lily Impressions close up wm

I chose to use Bermuda Bay ink for this card because I thought it would help draw out the blue in the Designer Series Paper and also because I wanted it to coordinate with the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequin combo that I also used for this little card. I simply wrapped the Bermuda Bay twine through the inside of the card and tied a bow on the outside, popped up the phrase using some Stampin’ Dimensionals and then added a few of the sequins.

This card was so easy and quick to make and I love how it turned out! I hope my fellow swappers feel the same.

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Another Paper Craft Crew Challenge!

My creative juices were really flowing this past weekend… with rain and icy roads we didn’t go anywhere which meant I spent ALOT of time stamping! I can’t remember the last time I did that, definitely need to do that more often. As part of my weekend creativity I created a card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge (PCC365). Here’s the sketch…


I also took this opportunity to create a Valentine’s card. I’m in the midst of stamping and crafting for a February craft fair and trying to get ahead on Valentine’s Day so this was a fun way to combine my efforts.

For the colour combination, I went with one that has been in my head but didn’t have a design yet as my starting off point; Petal Pink and Rich Razzleberry. I used Petal Pink cardstock for the card base and Rich Razzleberry cardstock for the card mat. Then for the majority of the stamped images I used Very Vanilla cardstock with a little bit of tone on tone stamping on a small piece of Petal Pink cardstock.

PCC close up

In terms of the images, I used two different stamp sets… the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set comes from the Annual Catalogue and the Heartfelt photopolymer stamp set comes from the new January-June Mini Catalogue. I love using the paint splatter and bubbles from the Beauty Abounds stamp set as they can be used as background/accent images for just about any project! Can you tell I miss the retired Gorgeous Grunge stamp set?!

The paint splatter and small hearts I stamped using Petal Pink ink and the large heart and small bubbles I stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink. I really wanted the sentiment from the large heart to stand out and the Rich Razzleberry really helped with that.

Valentines Layers wm

I also added a piece of Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper (which you can earn for free right now during Sale-a-bration) just behind the large heart, popped up the large heart with some Stampin’ Dimensionals and added a few different sized Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Gotta have some bling!!

I love how this card turned out and I’m hoping that it gets a good reception at the craft fair in February. To check out the challenge just check out!

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#simplestamping with Sale-a-bration

It’s a new month and a new year which means that there’s a new #simplestamping challenge from Stampin’ Up!

My designs tend to be more simple and not have tons and tons of layers to them usually, but even with that these challenges have been just that… challenging! To not be able to add some twine, Designer Series Paper or even some bling has definitely been tricky.

This month the challenge was to create a simple card for any occasion using ONLY stamps, ink and paper…. AND the stamp set needed to be a Sale-a-bration stamp set. With that said the obvious choice for me was the Lovely Lily Pad photopolymer stamp set!! I love lily pads and I love that this set is reversible, meaning that I can simply flip the stamp over for another option. In this case one side of the stamp will give you the lines of the lilies, etc. and the other side will fill the outlines in, so to speak.

For this card I decided that I didn’t want to use a Whisper White Notecards like I have sometimes in the past. This time around I decided to use Bermuda Bay cardstock as my card base and then just added a layer of Whisper White cardstock as my card front with no other layers. With Bermuda Bay as my card base I decided that I would use Bermuda Bay as one of my ink colours along with Pool Party to offer a lighter colour. I also like Pool Party for this card as it reminds me of the water.

Since the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set doesn’t have any phrases I went back and forth on whether I would choose something from another stamp set. In the end for the #simplestamping challenge I decided to only use the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set, so this card can really be used for any occasion.

Simple Lotus wm

I also thought that it would be fun to do some #simplestamping on the inside of the card as well. So I added another piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped another small lily in the bottom corner.

Lotus inside wm

Then with that card done I launched into another… Before I had actually even finished my initial card I had decided to step up this card a notch and create another card.

For this card I simply added to what I already had by adding a small strip of Bermuda Bay cardstock, a phrase from the Timeless Tropical cling stamp set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink which I then cut out using the Stitched Nested Labels dies and popped it up using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also added 3 sequins from the Metallic Baker’s Twine & Sequin combo pack that can also be earned as part of Sale-a-bration.

Stepped Up Lotus wm

There are other elements that I also could have added like the Metallic Silver Thread or Rhinestone Basic Jewels instead of the sequins or even a strip of the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper to kick this up even another notch, but I decided to still keep it relatively simple.

I would love to hear what you would have added to step up this #simplestamping project, so post in the comments.

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DIY Winter Decor

I always like to decorate the house according to what season we are in and over the winter holidays we were hosting 2 parties and so I wanted to step up my usual home decor and make a couple of nice winter decor pieces!

The first piece I made was inspired by a fall decor piece I had seen on Pintrest (of course!) that I tweaked a little to work for winter. I used a vase that I picked up when Plant World (in Toronto) was closing it’s store so they had everything on sale. In the vase are some glittery pine boughs, that I picked up at a local Dollarama, and pine cones, some of which were attached to the pine boughs and others are real pine cones that I’ve picked up over the years.

Vase Supplies

I wanted to get a natural looking ribbon to wrap around the outside of the vase. I was actually hoping I still had some of that thick burlap ribbon that Stampin’ Up! had a couple of years ago, but no luck so I got this ribbon which has a bit of sparkle to it from Michael’s on clearance.

For the other pieces I added, I used my die cutting machine and the retired Pretty Pines dies to cut out a couple of pine cones using Copper Foil and for the boughs I used some retired green glimmer paper.

Here’s the final piece…


I really like how it turned out and it didn’t take up too much room so it could be on the same table as all the food.

The other piece I put together was from another Pintrest image; I actually put the link to the website it came from on my Facebook page back in December. I wanted this to be a centre piece and used the tray from our coffee table, that I picked up at HomeSense, to start.

Tray Before

I also picked up some larger pine boughs and pine cones from Michael’s on clearance, along with some sparkly white and blue berries/balls from a local Dollarama and the vases came from Walmart.

Tray Supplies

I started by adding some Dazzing Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter to 3 pieces of a Window Sheet by sponging on Multi-Purpose Glue first. Once I’d secured these sheets into tubes with some tape they went around some white pillar candles I had and I slid them into the vases.

Tray Close Up

Then I placed the vases into the tray and to fill up the tray I cut apart the pine boughs as well as cut off the pine cones. Once I’d placed all the pine boughs around the vases I used a few of the large pine cones to fill in some of the spaces.

Finally I added in some of the sparkly white and blue berries/balls (whatever you want to call them) randomly around the tray to add a bit more colour and sparkle.

Tray Finished

Both parties went very well and I even got a few compliments on the pieces that I made. I myself am really pleased at how they turned out and can’t wait to get inspired for some Spring decor pieces!

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Sale-a-bration 2020 is here!

It’s here! Stampin’ Up!s biggest sale of the year….

SAB 2020 square

There are great new products that you can earn for FREE whenever you shop, host a workshop or join my team, and the Stampin’ Up! family, and they’re only available until March 31st or while supplies last, whichever comes first!

So how do you get your hands on these exclusive, free products?! Here’s the low-down…

Whenever you shop from either the Annual Catalogue or the just released January-June Mini Catalogue and spend $60 you can choose products from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue

  • when you spend $60 you can choose 1 level one ($60) product
  • when you spend $120 you can choose either 2 level one products or 1 level two ($120) product
  • when you spend $180 you can choose 3 level one products or 1 level one product and 1 level 2 product
  • and so on….

Then, whenever you host a qualifying workshop, meaning a total of $375 in orders, you will get the exclusive Little Ladybug cling stamp set on top of the usual host benefits of free and discounted product from either the Annual or new Mini catalogues.

little ladybug cling set

Plus… if you’ve been debating about joining the Stampin’ Up! family even if it’s just to get a discount on great stamping and crafting products, now is a great time!

When you join my team you not only get to choose $165 worth of Stampin’ Up! product for only $135, as well you get all the catalogues and business supplies you need to start your own business, you also get….

  • an additional stamp set of your choice from either the Annual or new Mini catalogue
  • a 6×6 Designer Series Paper sampler including paper from the Lily Impressions, Peaceful Poppies, Country Club, Birthday Bonanza, Tropical Oasis and Best Dress DSP packs; 48 sheets total (4 each of 12 designs) and
  • a Mini Paper Cutter;  7-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ x 1-1/4″ (19.3 x 13.7 x 3.2 cm)

AND there’s no tax or shipping!!

SAB 2020 join

Sale-a-bration is always filled with great products and this year is no exception! So if you live in Canada and want to get your hands on the new catalogues or if you live in the Peel/Halton area and would like to host a stamping workshop for you and your friends and family send me an email at

And if you’d like to join my team I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have or you can simply go to my website…


Paper Craft Crew Challenge #363

With a couple of weeks off from my “9 to 5” I was glad to have a bit more time to get to stamping and crafting! So while I was off I decided to participate in the Paper Craft Crew Challenge (PCC363). Here’s the sketch for this challenge…


As soon as I saw this sketch I knew that I wanted to do some watercolouring, the question was what colours was I going to use for the project. I went back and forth on a couple of different colour combinations, but in the end I went with my initial thought which was to use Granny Apple Green and Bermuda Bay.

I used Bermuda Bay cardstock for the card base and Granny Apple Green cardstock for the card mat. For the card front I used Watercolour Paper so that I could use my Aqua Painter to create a nice watercolour background using Granny Apple Green and Bermuda Bay ink.

Watercolour Wishes close wm

I then created some layers using Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Very Vanilla cardstock. For the images and phrase I used the First Frost cling stamp set. I used Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the phrase and two flowers as well as some leaves to create a tone on tone effect on the Bermuda Bay oval. The buds were stamped with Granny Apple Green ink and the ovals were cut using the Stitched Shapes dies.

To finish it off I popped up the flowers using Stampin’ Dimensionals with some Silver Metallic Thread behind and then added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Watercolour Wishes wm

I really like how this card turned out and think it will be a great card for a wedding or engagement. Here’s the link to check out the other projects for this Paper Craft Crew Challenge…

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