Black Ice

By | February 15, 2018

Brand New and Fun Technique

Black Ice

I absolutely love the Black Ice technique. I got it from Melissa Kerman. I will be attaching very soon a PDF that you will be able to print off if you like, but for now, you can use the video for instruction.


Tiny Treat Boxes

By | February 12, 2018
Tiny Treat Boxes
I have been making these Tiny Treat Boxes  for some friends and clients.  Below is the supply list of everything I used to create them. If you click on the supply list link at the very bottom of the supply list, it gives you a PDF that gives you step by step instructions.


Hedgehugs just because or for Valentines

By | February 6, 2018

I made 2 cards today, using the Hedgehugs stamp set. Then I realized  that Valentines Day is just around the corner, 7 more days in fact. So I took the cards I made today and added some hearts and Voila, now they are great for Valentines Day too. They couldn’t be any cuter.

Hedgehugs prior to hearts

Normally I would frown at skunks, but how can you resist this cute little guy?  I made him first without the Hedgehog, and then made it again with the adorable Hedgehog.  I did originally stamp directly onto the cardstock, but it looks nicer if you stamp them and then fussy cut.

Hedgehugs Stamp Set

Hedgehugs Stamp Set


Hedgehugs after hearts

Exact same cards, just added 3 hearts.  The Hedgehugs Stamp Set is available in the 2018 Occassions Catalogue, and is available until May 31, 2018.

Hedgehugs Stamp Set Hedgehugs Stamp Set

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Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

By | February 5, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms stamp set can be used in a number of ways. The posting today shows you just how simple it is to change up  as little as one item. You will still have almost the same look, but a few different cards. This Heartfelt Blooms stamp set can be yours FREE from the Stampin’ Up 2018  Sale-a-Bration catalogue.

Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set


Powder Pink and Fresh Fig Heartfelt Blooms Cards

The cards in the first row, still use Heartfelt Blooms and are stamped the same way. The greetings are different and the bows are the same. What changes the looks here the most is, using the Oval Die from Stitched Shapes, and adding a White Perfect Accent to the middle of the one flower. The oval is popped up using dimensionals.

The next row uses the exact same layout, just 2 different ribbons and 2 different greetings. These greetings are included in the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set. The purpose of these 2 designs is to show you that you can co-ordinate colours and ribbons with whatever you have on hand yourself.


Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set

Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim Heartfelt Blooms Cards.

Once again, still using the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set, just changed up colours and ribbon I had available. The top row,is using papers from the Tutti Frutti 6″x 6″ Designer Series Paper. I  got the idea for the one in the top right hand corner from Mary Fish. I absolutely loved her choice of colour combinations. So I cased her card exactly , then I looked to see what ribbon I had on hand, that would match up with one of the Designer Series Paper,  still from the Tutti Frutti series.

The bottom row is just a little bit of extra work. I stamped the flower onto a piece of photo copy paper (it’s thinner than cardstock and works better for this purpose), and then I fussy cut it out. Next, I stamped the flower using Dapper Denim Ink onto Soft Suede Cardstock. Next step was to place the fussy cut flower over top of the stamped Dapper Denim Flower, and used Soft Suede Ink, and the Hardwood Background image over top.

You can if you like, take it one step further by stamping the image one more time on a scrap piece of Soft Suede cardstock, and fussy cutting the middle flower out. Use your bone folder to curl up very slightly the edges of the flower, and adding it to the center.

Remember the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is only available till May 31, 2018. You can’t purchase it, but you can   get if for FREE from the 2018 Sale-a-Bration Catalogue. If you spend $60.00 Cdn from any current Stampin’ Up catalogue, you can get theis stamp set for free.

Cake Soiree Stamp Set to tickle your fancy

By | February 2, 2018

My Motto as always is simple – let Cake Soiree guide the way

Use the Cake Soiree stamp set   to create this elegant and simple card. It co-ordinates with framelits from Stampin Up called Sweet Cake Framelits..

Have you noticed how often I use the word “simple”. That’s because I very strongly believe that a lot of these cards are simple. You just need to have the tools and the know how, and that’s where I come in. I teach classes regularly and often hear at the beginning, “Oh I can’t do that!”.  When they are done and pleased with their cards, I hear “Wow, that’s it? I thought it was going to be hard!” The Cake Soiree stamp set is very versatile. A variety of birthday cakes can be created with it for young, old, male or female.

It’s a fact that we give cards for so many occasions. It’s also not new to discover that purchasing cards can be on the expensive side. Most decent cards average between $6.00 and $9.00. You can make the most beautiful cards for literally under $1.00,  and they are received so much better when they are hand made. One stamp set, a few inks and some cardstock can make many cards. You will see in my recent posts that I used the same stamp set, and showed you variations. I could go further and show you so many more with one stamp set, but I think you all get the idea.

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If you want to learn the craft of making your own cards, give me a call, send me an email, Join one of my classes. I would love to spend time with a group of people for a couple of hours. It’s fun, it’s therapeutic, and most importantly you come out of it with cards for your next occasion. For more information on classes please don’t hesitate to contact me, In addition online classes will be coming soon as well, and you will want to be on my mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out.

If you don’t live close to me (Brantford, Ontario), and don’t have a current demonstrator but would like to order this stamp set, you can email me, or go directly to my Stampin’ Up online shopping! If you order both the stamp set and the framelits together before May 31, 2018, you will save 10% on the bundle.

Cake Soiree

Last card in Series

By | January 17, 2018

Stampin Up High Tide

One last card in the High Tide Stamp Set series. Isn’t it pretty? I used Dapper Denim and Whisper White cardstock, Pacific Point 1/4″ stitched-edge ribbon and the Seaside textured impressions embossing folder.

I actually cheated in the the materials I used, did you catch it? I used a different colour ribbon than I used for the Cardstock, GASP! But sometimes you just have to work with  what is available, and honestly there’s hardly a difference noticed. My previous cardstock for High Tide was Pacific Point so I wanted a bit of change.

The technique this time is almost the same with just a couple of differences. I stamped the lighthouse in Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim. I then masked the lighthouse, and added the rocks using Crumb Cake Ink. Then I used 2 more  masks to  cover the rocks and  mask the sky area.  I then sponged Pacific Point (see, I did tie in the colour) and Dapper Denim for the water. Next I used Craft White Ink to add the ripples over top of the water.

Then remove the sky mask, and mask the water. (Make sure your craft ink is dry before you do this step, it only takes a minute or two. Maybe while you are waiting, you can emboss your Whisper White cardstock with the seaside embossing folder, and stamp your greeting.)

For the sky, I used Soft Sky ink, and just sponged it. Next, leaving the mask on for the lighthouse only, I pressed the versamark pad across the bottom of the rocks and water, and embossed with clear embossing powder. It only makes a slight difference, but subtle enough to make your image “pop”.

Next step is to cut out your lighthouse image, using the Layering Ovals Framelits. Next assemble your card. Your backings behind your chosen greeting and lighthouse are the same as your main card colour, in this case Dapper Denim.

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More ways to use High Tide Stamp Set

By | January 16, 2018

On Friday I showed you a sample done on regular cardstock using the High Tide Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up. Today I will continue ideas using that stamp set. Todays samples are done on glossy cardstock, and ink is sponged on. It’s truly simple to do. There are a few more steps involved but nothing difficult. I would say the most difficult thing is deciding what you want your scene to look like. Should I or shouldn’t I use the light rays? Should my mountains be higher or lower?

I am in the middle of doing a video, but if I’m being honest here, it’s taking me a while to figure out the editing. It’s been a long time since I’ve done videos, so I’m learning all over again about the editing. It would be nice if I could just do a straight run through without any blunders. But alas, that’s not going to happen. So let me try to put it in step form here for you.

  1. First using archival black ink stamp the lighthouse that has the most detail in it.
  2. Next using Real Red ink, and the other half of the lighthouse, stamp directly over top of the black lighthouse to finish it off
  3. Use a scrap piece of paper (just use regular paper and not cardstock. I personally like the thinner paper because then you don’t have the white outline when you sponge) and tear it to make mountains
  4. Stamp just the detailed lighthouse on a scrap piece of lightweight paper and cut it out. This is going to be your lighhouse mask.
  5. Then if you want a moon, punch a moon out on lightweight paper.
  6. Place your mask over top of your stamped lighthouse.
  7. Put a straight piece of paper across your card where you want the horizon to be.
  8. Place your mountain template on top of the card.
  9. Place your moon template where you want it to show.
  10. Now sponge away! I used perfect plum, so saffron, daffodil delight and melon mambo. You can dab lightly, heavier you can go over top to lighten or darken. Just sponge away with your colours until you have the sunset look you are happy with.
  11. Remove the mountain, horizon and moon templates
  12. Now you are going to stamp the rocks around the lighthouse. In the one card, I used Smoky Slate, in the other card I used Chocolate Chip.
  13. Also stamp your rock image on lightweight scrap and cut out to use as your mask.
  14. Place your mask over the rocks
  15. Remember you left the lighthouse mask on
  16. Now position the straight edge horizon, so that it’s covering the top portion of the card where you have sponged your sunset or sunrise, still lining up at the horizon.
  17. Use Pacific Point ink to stamp the ripples into the water area
  18. If you are using glossy cardstock – used a dry cloth (kleenex is fine) and just dab lightly over the ripples. Because it takes a few seconds for the ink to dry, it will still be a little bit wet, so as you dab, it’s going to smear the blue, just enough.
  19. Remove all your masks.
  20. If you want the light rays, stamp them on using smoky slate. You might not want to make the same mistake I did, and have the light rays too close to the moon.
  21. After you are done oohing and aahing, use Black archival ink to stamp birds and greeting if you wish.
  22. If I may make one recommendation it’s this! When you stamp your greeting use your Misti or your stamparatus, or your stamp a ma jig, to make sure your greeting is straight. It’s not a great feeling to complete your card, and then have to start all over to correct your greeting.

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Stampin Up High Tide

High Tide

By | January 15, 2018

I am still determined that I am going to go through all my stamp sets, and make sure I have cards made from every single one of them. I am taking a break from the Occasions Catalogue today, just because I feel like I don’t want to ignore the 2017-2018 Idea Book & Catalogue. There are such great stamps in both, and no matter which one you purchase from, spend $60.00 and you still get a FREE sale-a-bration reward.

Todays card, done with High Tide Stamp set, was all done in Night of Navy ink. It was a 2 step process. The narrow strip down the center is 2″  wide piece of Whisper White Cardstock. All I did was stamp what I wanted to show up on this strip. I stamped on it, in 2 different ways. I would ink up the stamp, and then go directly to the 2′ strip, and sometimes, I inked up stamp set, then stamped on a scrap piece, and then stamped onto the 2″ strip.

Stampin Up High Tide

Next step  was to continue the design onto the rest of the Card. The other piece is a 5-1/4″ x 4″ also Whisper White Cardstock. To complete this step, I first cut a piece of 2″ wide vellum, (because I could see through it).I then put just a small piece of tape on back of strip, and lined up in center of card. Then using stamp-a-ma-jig, I lined up the scenery. If I stamped it directly onto the 2″ wide strip, then I “stamped off” for the continuation of the scenery. If I “stamped off” on the center strip, then I stamped directly onto the continuation.

The background main card is also Night Of Navy. I really liked the way it turned out. I think I am going to do it again, but next time use 2 different colours. Perhaps Crumb Cake, or Sahara Sand and perhaps Pacific Point maybe? Will have to play around, to see what looks the best, and will also have to determine which colour stays on the center strip, and what colour is the continuation? Right now I picture the center strip to be the crumb cake, and the rest to be in Pacific Point. Stay tuned……..

Sunshine and Rainbows

By | January 12, 2018

Who doesn’t love a rainbow? I’ve been known to pull over to the side of a road, to snap a picture of them, to me, they are so pretty, and it’s a sign of hope and promise.

So when I saw the Sunshine & Rainbows stamp set in the new occasions catalogue, I knew I had to have it! Of course I then had to get the Rainbow Builders Framelits with it. You can purchase separately or as a bundle and save 10%. I made 3 cards with this set today.

Stampin Up Sunshine and RainbowsThis was the first card. I stamped the rainbow from Sunshine & Rainbows Stamp Set onto scrap Whisper White Cardstock. I used the colours, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Berry Burst and Sweet Sugarplum. Then I used the Rainbow Builders Framelits to cut out. The greeting was done in Crushed Curry.


For the second card, I just used the Rainbow Builders Framelits to cut out the colours this time. Then I used the cloud stamp from Sunshine & Rainbows and stamped clouds in Sky Blue randomly on Whisper White Cardstock. For the punched out clouds, I just used a sponge, and sponged the edges with Sky Blue too, so they would show up a bit. This time I decided to have a bit of fun with the sun. I added dazzling diamonds glitter to the raindrops, and stamped the greeting in Real Red. The Whisper White has been adhered to Sky Blue Cardstock.

The colours for the rainbow this time were Real Red, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, and Pink Pirouette.

.Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows

The third card, I just went crazy with the the glimmer paper. It’s called Myths & Magic 6″x 6″ Glimmer Paper, and can be found in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue on page 37. Naturally when I used the glimmer paper, I felt that it needed more whimsical, so I added the little Wizard from the Magical Day Stamp Set. It too is found on page 37, with the Glimmer Paper.

Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows

Remember if you want to learn how to do any cards, or even if you have an idea of your own, contact me today to either book your own workshop, or get dates for mine. As a  hostess during Sale-a-bration there are even more ways to earn more rewards, so don’t delay as you only have until March 31 to take advantage of FREE rewards, and extra hostess rewards.

A few more samples with Party Pandas

By | January 11, 2018

How can you not love these guys?

I could create even  more cards, but I have so many more stamp sets to play with. Remember this stamp set is FREE during Sale-a-bration 2018. All you have to do is order $60.00 from any current Stampin’ Up Catalogue, and you get to choose either the Party Pandas stamp set, or any other reward from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. Tomorrow is another day, and will be a new stamp set spotlight from the occasions catalogue. I wonder what it will be?? Make sure you check back tomorrow.

If you go online or even if you order through me, use hostess code 6HYN4BHD. This will get you entered into draw to become hostess for this order. You will receive all the hostess benefits that a hostess would receive for this order!

stampin up Party Pandas


Get ready to fall in love

By | January 10, 2018

How can you not love these little guys?

You know what is more is to love? The Party Pandas stamp set is FREE during Sale-a-bration! Yes that’s right! Can you believe it? They are so darn cute, I can hardly wait to make some more. Back in December I did a card with the reindeer and the Woodland Embossing Folder, and then I thought maybe I could make the Woodland look like bamboo? Close enough I guess.

I stamped 2 of the same pandas, and then the one with balloon. Cut them out, and then cut them on an angle to make it look like the 2 were hiding behind trees. The balloon is an embellishment called Balloon Honeycombs.

Stampin Up Party Pandas

In keeping with tradition

By | January 9, 2018

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – use your stamp sets over and over to create great cards

stampin up Picture PerfectYesterday I posted the card on the right…….. almost! It’s hard to see in the photo, but I cut out some of the bows and popped them up with dimensionals. It adds a depth to the card, and is really pretty. The card on the left is the same stamp set (Picture Perfect Birthday). I love the party favours, The two on the outside are stamped directly onto the cardstock, and the middle one was stamped on a scrap, and then cut out. The ruffle on all 3 were cut out, and curled. It’s great to have so many choices for one stamp set. To add the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set to your collection contact me today.

Another Picture Perfect Card

By | January 8, 2018

This card is fast and easy and uses Picture Perfect

Once again I used the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper, and the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp set.  I just love the colours!  you can easily dress this card up more if you like, using co-ordinating ribbon or twine. I used Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins for this card. They can be found on page 29 of the new Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalogue. Aren’t they cute? Perfect colours for this Picture Perfect Card. (yes a little humour). The colour scheme for this card was Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.

Stampin Up Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect Birthday

By | January 5, 2018

Stampin Up Picture Perfecct BirthdayTodays card is from the new Stampin Up Occasions Catalogue. Love It, Live it, Share it. If you don’t have your copy, contact me today.The stamp set is Picture Perfect Birthday.  The background is the Picture Perfect Party 6″x 6″ Designer Series Paper. There are 48 sheets, 4 each of double sided designs that are all fabulous. Using Designer Series Paper certainly helps in creating fast easy cards. The background cardstock is Bermuda Bay, and the ink colours are Bermuda Bay and Berry Burst. The ribbon is 1/2″ Finely Woven Berry Burst Ribbon. I added a little bit of dazzling diamonds to the flames, for a little extra kick.