Baby Girl Celebration

Baby Girl Celebration

A sweet baby girl coming into a family is so precious and is a real cause for celebration.  Baby Sophia made her entrance into a family who is filled with joy at her arrival.

Babies are a source of joy and this one is no exception.  She will have a big brother and 2 chocolate labs to watch over her.

I created this card using the new 2016/18 In Color – Sweet Sugarplum for the ink, cardstock and DSP.  The Blooms and Bliss DSP is so pretty and I will be able to use it for many cards, projects and even some scrapbooking.  This card also uses the new Sparkle embossing folder which can be used for many different themed cards.  The other new products used are the Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine and the In Color Enamel Shapes.


Baby Girl


Stamps: Something for Baby, Perfect Pairs.

Ink/Markers: Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Blooms and Bliss DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Baby’s First Framelits, Lots of Labels Thinlits, Sparkle Embossing Folder, Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine, 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, Neutrals Candy Dots.

I wanted to add some depth to the baby carriage and make it stand out from the embossed panel. To achieve this, I first stamped the carriage in Tip Top Taupe for the wheels and handle and then stamped another image using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  After die cutting with the carriage framelit, I trimmed the wheels and handle and added this piece of the previously stamped carriage using dimensionals.

Do you like to create cards with images that give the illusion of depth?  Leave me a comment an tell me how to add some depth to your cards.

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Dino Dinosaur Birthday Celebration

Dino Dinosaur

It’s a Dino dinosaur birthday celebration for an 8 year old. Most children go through a stage where they’re lives are filled with Dinosaurs and my Grandson is no exception.  In that regard he is much 20like his Dad.  I remember when his Dad was little, he knew every dinosaur name and if someone was to get it wrong, we sooned learned the right name.

One summer we did take the kids to Drumheller, Alberta. The City is knows as the Dinosaur Capital of the World.  This exhibition has grown over the years and and I am sure that it is even larger now.  If you ever have a chance to go to Drumheller, it is well worth the trip.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum houses many fossils and various exhibits with hands on experiences for all.  The tour of the exhibits takes your through the various stages of earth like the ice age, the history of the earth, the hall of the dinosaurs.  There is so much to see and do that one should allow at least 1 full day if not 2 days.

For more information on the Royal Tyrrell Museum, visit their Website.


Dino Dinosaur

Dino Dinosaur


Stamps: No Bones About It, Botanical Garden.

Ink/Markers: Smokey Slate, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky.

Accessories: Big Shot, Outdoor Adventure Framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, Copper Embossing Powder.

Here are some highlights about this card:

  1. The mountains were die cut using Crumb Cake and Old Olive card stock and sponged to give some highlights.
  2. The hills against the mountains are done in Garden Green cardstock and free hand cut using the Paper Snips.
  3. The clouds were die cut in Whisper White and sponged in Smoky Slate.
  4. The dinosaur was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using the new Copper Embossing Powder.

The No Bones About It is a great stamp set for the younger crowd.  So, create a Dino Dinosaur to celebrate a birthday.

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Special Thank You – Classy and Easy Card

A Special Thank You

A special Thank You card that is classy and easy to create.  What could be better if you like classy and easy.

When I first saw the Floral Boutique Suite, I fell in love with it and just knew that it would be my first order. And It was.  The stamps, paper and framelits are more beautiful in person than what is in the catalogue. And it looks beautiful in the catalogue.

Special Thank You


Stamps: Floral Phrases.

Ink/Markers: Night of Navy.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Floral Boutique DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Floral Thinlits, Pearl Jewels.

Although the designer paper is in various shades of Night of Navy, you do not have to stick to the Night of Navy and Whisper White theme.  I am partial to navy and white so that is likely the reason I was drawn to this particular suite.

However, you could also use the Affectionately Yours DSP and/or the Blooms &Bliss DSP and get entirely a different feeling.

Here is a sample of these 2  Designer Series Papers.

Special Thank You

As you can see from the pictures above, the feeling created using any of the papers from these two collections will provide a completely different reaction.  The card would still be classy.

A couple of points about this card:

  1. The Detailed Floral Thinlits measure 4″ across, so take that into consideration when you are planning and designing your card.
  2. The Precision Plate needs to be used with this set of thinlits so that the small pieces will come away from the card stock.  Remember that this is a very intricate thinlit and you may have to remove some of the small pieces. Before you go to other methods of removing the tiny pieces, use the Big Shot Die Brush.  This tool will help release the paper from the thinlit. To remove the final tiny pieces left, use the Paper Piercing Tool.

In addition to the stamps, paper and thinlits, these is also matching Solid Baker’s Twine in Night of Navy and 3 rolls of Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape in various patterns.

If you have any questions about these tools, please contact me – EMAIL

You too can create this special thank you card for someone special.

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Foxy Friends Birthday Celebration

Foxy Friends

What better way to celebrate a birthday with the Foxy Friends stamp set.  What is even better is a matching punch for the different parts.  And, you are just not limited to a fox, but you can create a badger, cat, skunk or a dog.  I am sure there are more but that is all I can think of right now.  The stamp set also has a couple of trees that match the Perfect Rines Framelits. Wow! The possibilities are endless.

You can create woodsy scenes with the tree stump, the leaves and even the toadstools.

Foxy Friends


Stamps: Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners

Ink/Markers: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Emerald Envy, Soft Sky, Basic Black Archival, Garden Green.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Cajun Craze, A Little Foxy DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Pines Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits (retired), Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Duet Banner Punch, Fox Builder Punch..

A few points about this card:

  1. The banner at the top of the card was created using A Little Foxy DSP.  I choose the pattern with the banners and cut them out individually.  A piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine was strung across the top and the banners were attached using Mini Glue Dots.
  2. The background was sponged with Soft Sky ink for the sky and Garden Green for the ground.  Of course I had to add those cute little toadstools.
  3. The fox was stamped in Cajun Craze and an extra head was stamped and punched with the Fox Builder Punch and attached on the original stamped head with dimensionals.  This gives the fox some depth and personality.  THe eyes and nose are on a separate stamp so it was easy to stamp them with Basic Black Archival ink.
  4. The sentiment is from the THoughtful Banners stamp set.  The banner was stamped first and the words were carved and stamped in Cajun Craze and punched with the Duet Banner punch.

This was a fun card to build and I am sure that my 8 year old grandson will enjoy it.

You can purchase any of these products from my Online Store and create your own woodsy scene.  Or, call me or email me with your order and I can put it through for you.

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Celebrate Dad on Father’s Day

Celebrate Dad

Celebrate Dad as his special day is coming in a couple of weeks. As my Dad is 92 years young, I value the time that I spend with him.  I am going to be taking him to his home town for a visit and time to reminisce. This visit will probably be his last.  Thank goodness we are flying and trip will only have 1 airplane change.

This will be the first time in over 40 years, that my Dad and I have gone on a trip with the 2 of us. So it will be quality time spent with him.  He is so excited to go.  Every couple of days he calls me and tells me how many days we have before we go.

We will be gone for Father’s Day, and I made this card that I will give to him to celebrate the day. I made a square card using the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set and matching Duet Banner Punch.  This is a great stamp set as you can mix and match the words and come up with a personalized greeting exactly how you want to say it.

Celebrate Dad


Stamps: Thoughtful Banners.

Ink/Markers: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Marina Mist.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Dapper Denim Neutrals DSP Stack (Gold Diagonal Stripe).

Accessories: Big Shot, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Duet Banner Punch, Subtles Candy Dots (Marina Mist), Candy Dots Brad Bases.

Like a said above this card is a square card.  I thought it would look great using masculine type colours like the Dapper Denim and the Brick Wall embossing folder.  To add some interest to the brick wall, the edges of the Dapper Denim were sponged.I did case a card in the 2016/17 Annual Catalogue and changed it up a bit with the words and colours.

The lines were fairly easy to stamp as I used the handy dandy Grid Paper.  I lined up the Whisper White card stock on a grid and made sure that the paper was square to the grid.  Then I lined up the stamps to the 1/4″ grid lines on the paper.  There is a 1/4″ space between the bottom of one colour to the top of the next.

On each of the 4 corners on the Watermelon Wonder panel, I added the now retired Candy Dots which I attached to the retired Candy Dot Bases.

How are you going to celebrate Dad?  If you require any supplies to make your card for Father’s Day, click on any of the images below and you will be taken to my ONLINE store.

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Start Your Stamping Business In June

Start Your Stamping Business In June

Why is June a perfect time to start your stamping business?

Start Your Stamping Business


I have 3 reasons for the perfect timing in June:

  1. June is the start of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  Anyone and everyone who know about stampin’ Up!’s products is excited about this yearly event.  Not only is the catalogue jammed with new products, it is also jammed with new ideas.
  2. June gives you time to get established in your business to go into the busy fall season leading up to Christmas.  I know it’s a bit early to talk about Christmas.  However June, July and August goes quickly and the time between September and December goes even quicker.
  3. New Recruits in June receive 2 FREE stamps in their Starter Kit. That’s an added bonus of up to $136 CAD depending upon the stamp sets that are chosen.  You will receive products valued at $165 CAD, plus the additional stamps, plus a business package valued at $70 CAD. All this for, wait for it, $135.00 CAD.

I am here to help you get started and provide you business ideas and encouragement to get your started and be successful.

To find out more about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, visit the link below and start your stamping business in June.

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If you have questions, please contact me




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Send a Wish In The Mail

Send a Wish

Do you send a wish through the mail?  So many wishes today are sent by email, by facebook or my some other means of electronic messaging.

Sometimes I think that we have lost the art of communicating with people .  If you look around when you are out, how many people do you see texting on their phones.  Often, people are sitting side by side texting and not even talking to each other. To me phones have their place.

Wouldn’t it be nice to send a personal greeting card.  Even better, make your greeting card and send it.  The person receiving the card would be delighted to receive a card in their mail box.

Yes, mailing a card is a slow way to get your wishes, but does everything need to be fast?


Send a wish


Stamps: Swirly Bird, Endless Birthday Wishes.

Ink/Markers: Tip Top Taupe, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Emerald Envy.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe.

Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Jewel Rhinestones, 1/8” Silver Ribbon.

This wishes card is simple to create using the Swirly Bird stamp set and the matching Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.

This card is very straight forward.  Here are highlights to create this card:

  • One large circle with the swirls was stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink on Pink Pirouette cardstock and the other circle stamped in Flirty Flamingo on Pink Pirouette cardstock.
  • The middle sized circle was stamped in Pink Pirouette ink on Pink Pirouette cardstock.
  • The smaller circles were stamped with Flirty Flamingo ink on Pink Pirouette card stock.
  • The leaves stamped in Emerald Envy were popped behind the middle flower, rhinestone jewels added to the small flowers.
  • The Tip Top Taupe swirly die cut breaks up the pink and adds an interesting element to the card.

So, the next time you need to send a wish, create a greeting card and mail it or give it to the person personally. They will appreciate the attention.

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Hello From The Tropics

Hello From The Tropics

It’s a hello from the tropics as we transition from the old to the new.  Yes, the 2016/17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue goes live tomorrow.  That means you can finally get your fingers inky with new inks and stamps, touch and feel the beautiful designer series papers and embellishments. This catalogue is a WOW!

One of the whimsical stamps is the Pop of Paradise which introduces the mighty pink flamingo, or maybe I should say reintroduces the pink flamingo.  Whatever is old becomes new again and that is something we can depend on.  A new generation of stampers and crafts may have never seen front yards filled with pink flamingos for someone’s birthday, anniversary, or the birth of a new baby.  Yes, it’s retro tropics from the 70’s and 80’s.  Woohoo!

Hello From The Tropics


Stamps: Pop of Paradise.

Ink/Markers: Emerald Envy, Mambo Melon, Archival Black, Delightful Dijon, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Pop of Pink DSP, Gold Metallic.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Thinlits, Banners Framelits Gold Sequin Trim, Black/Melon Mambo Thick Twine, Clear Embossing Powder.

Some of the highlights from this car is the Black embossed “Hello”.  But, you may think, “Stampin’ Up! discontinued the Black Embossing Powder, so how can you get black embossing”?  It’s very easy.  You can either stamp your image with Black StaZon ink, which is a pigment ink, and emboss with clear embossing powder, or you can stamp your image with VersaMark and then stamp with Black Archival or Tuxedo Black Memento ink and emboss with the clear embossing powder.

All the you need to emboss is an ink where you can extend the drying time.  So therefore, you can use any colour ink with the VersaMark and emboss with Clear Embossing powder.  Now, you can say, “that was easy”!

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New Baby Spring Celebration

New Baby and the Swirly Birds

A new baby is such a joy and a reason to celebrate. Is there a better way to celebrate the newness of babies no matter what species?  Birth is renewal and the continuation of the species.

I know I have said this before and am saying it again.  The Swirly Bird stamp set and matching framelits is one of my favourites.  Ok, it is for now.  Ask me again after June 1st which is my new favourite.  I think I may have a few.

With this stamp set, let your imagination go wild.  There are so many possibilities.  When I first saw the stamp set, my mind immediately went to bird’s nest.  So, that is exactly what I created.  A mother bird protecting and nurturing her eggs.

New Baby


Stamps: Swirly Bird, Sheltering Tree, Suite Sayings, Brushstrokes.

Ink/Markers: Emerald Envy, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede.

Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Linen Thread, Gold Metallic Thread, Venetian Lace.

The Brushstrokes stamp set creates a great background for this card.  The sheltering tree was stamped with Crumb Cake for the trunk and branches and the leaves were stamped with Emerald Envy once and then stamped again without reinking.

The nest was created using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits from Soft Suede cardstock.  The bottom of the nest was created using Crumb Cake ink and cardstock and then fussy cut.

The eggs were stamped using the stamp that looks somewhat like eggs and then stamped with the dots in Crumb Cake.  Finally the Gold Metallic Tread was looped around the back of the nest and a piece of last tied with linen thread attached to the nest.

The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White card stock, cut out using the Paper Snips, attached to a piece of Crumb Cake and cut to form a border.

Besides a new baby, what images and uses do you think of when you see the the Swirly Bird stamp set?.

Leave me a comment and let me know.


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Great 2016 Projects – Don’t Miss Out

Great 2016 Projects

Receive great 2016 projects in your inbox each month of the year.  And, it will not cost you a thing to receive the supply lists and instructions for the projects.

great 2016 projects

On June 1st, the 2016/17 Stampin’ Up! catalogue will be available to order the great products that go into the great projects.

All you have to do is sign up to the email list and you will automatically receive the newsletter. Simple right?  What are you waiting for?

Here’s how to sign up for my email list:

On this blog post there is a sign up box on the right hand top of the page.  Just put in your name and valid email address.  You do not have confirm that you signed up.  I said it was easy.

In return for your name and email address, I will send you a free gift.  This free gift is a video tutorial that you can follow along with and create a luminary.  Theses are great for summer on your patio or balcony.

Because you will likely make your luminary using paper, I suggest that you use one of the battery operated tea lights.  We know that fire and paper do not mix.

There is something magical about siting around  on a summer evening watching the flickering candle light.

Here are some other perks when you on my my email list:

  • Monthly newsletter with great projects as well as tips on how to use tools in a different way, techniques that you can try and answers to questions.
  • In addition to the free gift, you will be notified of any promotions that may be happening. These include mine as well as Stampin’ Up!
  • Mid-month email if I really need to let you know about something.
  • Class schedules are included.
  • From time to time you will receive extra special projects that will not be available anywhere else- not in a newsletter, not on my blog an/or not on my Facebook Page.

Take no more time to decide and sign up to receive great 2016 projects.







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