Friday, February 28, 2014

On Film Framelits for As You See It Challenges

Time again for another As You See It Challenge!  This week, Amanda has come up with a theme challenge and the theme is:

I dug out my On Film Framelits and played around and had some fun!  Here's the result:

  • Film made me think of Hollywood, and I picture Hollywood in black, white and gold, with a little Coastal Cabana thrown in!
  • I used the Hostess Stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue called Making a Point, for the glamour sunglasses in the Polaroid frame.  I stamped the image in VersaMark ink and embossed it using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Hostess sets are only available as Hostess rewards.  They are priced lower so that your Hostess dollars go further.  If you would like the opportunity to spend some Hostess dollars, contact me about hosting a workshop or joining my Stamp Clubs, on-line or local.
  • The background uses the film strip die over gold embossed Gorgeous Grunge.  I'm really liking the glitz of the gold.
  • The polaroid fame itself was just too big for the card front.  I liked it much better when I cut off about 1/4" from the bottom.  It's hard to see in this photo, but the bottom of the frame is dry embossed with diagonal stripes.
  • To use these framelits, take advantage of this one trick to make your life easier:  put a piece of wax paper between the cardstock and the framelit before you run it through the Big Shot.  The cardstock will pop out of the framelit as slick as a whistle, and save you from having to pry it out with a craft knife or paper piercer.
  • It's a little hard to see here but the polaroid frame is popped up on dimensionals for some vertical variety!
  • A little In Colour Boutique Detail in Coastal Cabana draws your eye toward the middle and creates a focal point.                      
I hope you enjoyed this sample and that you will get out your On Film Framelits, or better yet, your Polaroid camera, and have some fun with this theme this week!  Go to As You See It Challenges to enter.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Paper Pumpkin

Yesterday, I promised you a look at what you get with the February Paper Pumpkin kit and I know you're really going to like what you see.  I was very impressed by the quality of everything in the kit.  Here's a photo of the innards:

  • The kit includes 5 kraft heavy duty gift bags.  They are well-made and would stand up to a lot of wear.
  • There are die cut letters (with lots of every vowel - Yay!!), die cut Bermuda Bay circles and die cut Whisper White starburst circles that you can stamp on.  There are also 10 heavy-duty white ribbon handles for the bags - also impressive quality.  You get a stamp set, ink, dimensionals, mini-clothespins and bakers twine.
Here's what I made with mine:

  •  I've decided to use mine as gifts for some of my Hostesses in my Stamp Club, when it is their month to get the benefits.  I will fill them with Stampin' Up! goodies.  The letters were already printed as I mentioned before and they are mounted with dimensionals on those white starburst shapes, stamped with each of the 2 design stamps that were included along with a little stamping spot of Pistachio Pudding.
  • I added the panel of DSP from the Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks, front and back.
  • I used the mini clothespin to clamp the first and last circles to the bag, then slipped a pre-cut piece of Baker's Twine (included) under the circles and up and into the clothespins.  Then I clipped the middle two circles to the twine.

  • In this shot you can see the heavy duty grosgrain ribbon that you add for the handles.  You feed the ends through the grommets and tie in a knot on the inside of the bag.  Those babies are NOT coming out, ever!

  • Here's a side view that lets you see how well constructed the bag is!  Would you like one of those filled with Stampin' Up! products?  Then why not host a workshop during Sale-A-Bration?  You could even have it at my house to save you the cleaning and baking!  Just invite your friends for a fun Girls Night Out (or Guys) and you could earn yourself extra free Hostess Rewards that Stampin' Up! is offering only during Sale-A-Bration until March 31.  Give me a call or email.  Times are booking up quickly.
Stampin' Up! has pledged to improve the quality of the Paper Pumpkin Projects and so far, I'm impressed. You can subscribe yourself for a mini-Creative break every month, with everything you need to complete the project except for adhesive!  Here's where you go to subscribe:
I would be very appreciative and happy, if you would choose me as your demonstrator during the sign up process.  Thanks in advance!  Until March 31, if you subscribe, you'll get a free pack of In Colour Stampin' Write Markers!

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Card Stock : Brights Designer Series Paper Stack [130134]
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Time Again

I wanted to catch up with some of my Paper Pumpkin kits and to show you how the quality of the kits has been upped a notch by Stampin' Up!  Today I'll show you the January kit.

It was a squeeze to get all three samples in this photo.  There are only three here because my hubby used the other one to make me a birthday card!  Yes, he did!  (So proud of him!)  There are no real instructions, but a lot of different elements to add and a little stamping involved!  The danger is the temptation to add too many elements to your card.  You have to keep reminding yourself that less is more.  I'm not sure I totally succeeded in that.

  • Although the instructions do tell you to use the kraft side out, the printed insides were just too gorgeous to keep to the inside, so on this one, I let the kraft peek out the die cut triangles and added some interest by sticking some of the hearts in those areas.
  • I used the border stickers to create very skinny banners at the top.  
  • I added the hung up cute clips from my own supplies.
  • The doilies are interesting additions to the very geometric shapes otherwise provided.

  • I really like the way this one turned out, with the Calypso Coral peeking through the arrows.
  • There are such a variety of banners, tags and stickers - something for everyone!
  • On this sample, I added some stamps from Off the Grid and Gorgeous Grunge, as well as the Love and the Arrows stamps that came with this set.  I stamped them in Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, and Coastal Cabana.
If you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and have a ready made creative escape show up monthly right to your door, follow this link, My Paper Pumpkin, and please choose me as your Demonstrator.  As soon as you do sign up, you will be able to access some of the more popular past Paper Pumpkin kits.  You can see more details here. ( Scroll down a ways and you'll find it!)  Also, you will be eligible for a set of the 2013 - 2015 In Colour Stampin' Write Markers free from Stampin' Up if you subscribe before March 31, 2014. Join me tomorrow to take a look at the February Paper Pumpkin.

To purchase any of the products listed below used to make this project, simply click on the links which will take you directly to my On-Line Stampin' Up!  Store, where you can view the products and make a purchase if you like.  You can have it delivered right to your door!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Time to Reorganize My Craft Cave and New Weekly Deals

Okay, it was high time to reorganize the Craft Cave!  I call it the Craft Cave because it's in the basement and it has no natural light!  Not the best scenario for a craft room.  It also had shelves of used paint, and bins of my daughters' things that they didn't have room for. There were a few other garage sale items in Ikea style open storage shelves, waiting for spring and a garage sale .  But on Friday, I had had enough of open shelving and messy, tottering stacks of stamp sets!  My hubby found some storage cabinets on sale at Home Depot for $40 each, and we bought them out!  Now I am thrilled with the result.  It's not custom made cabinets yet, but this is a hundred times better than it was.

Here are some before and after picks:

Before - stamps and paper

After - stamps and paper and other equipment
It looks SO much tidier now!  I kept the system of storage for my cardstock the same because it works well. Each shelf has a clear binder pocket with scraps of the same colour in it, so that I actually use them!  They are those wire storage cubes from Walmart.  One pack makes three cubes, but instead, you only make one cube and use the extra sides as shelves which you zapstrap in place.  Five packs gave me 45 shelves. ( I double up the In Colours.)

Wood mount stamps fitting perfectly into the shelves.  I've got to change the
old ones to the new packages!

Here's my clear mounts, alphabetically arranged and easy to find!

And here are my punches.  I should get a second shelf in there, I think.

Here's the bin for my card stash and my photography set up.  My work table
is on the right but it's not too exciting yet.  One day soon.....
Thought you'd like to get a look at how I handle my craft environment.  I feel like it's easier to be creative when everything is easier to find.  What tricks do you have for storing your craft supplies?

Thanks for dropping by today!

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Monday, February 24, 2014


Well, it was a weekend to smile! The Olympics in Sochi, Russia wrapped up and, as a Canadian, I couldn't be more proud of my country!  Under the slogan, #WE ARE WINTER!, Canadian athletes did very well, ranking third overall behind Russia and Norway, with 10 gold medals. This was not quite as good as the results from Vancouver 2010 Olympics, but because both of our hockey teams, men's and women's won Gold, we are all very happy!  Here's a quick montage of some memorable Canadian moments of the Winter Games:


The last photo is of Jennifer Jones, the skip of the Canadian Women's Curling Team who became the first women's team to go through to Olympic gold undefeated!

In honour of the games today, I created a card for Pals Paper Arts Challenge #192.  Here's the sketch:

And here's the card I came up with:

  • I guess I should have made it red and black, but Crisp Cantaloupe is such a favourite of mine that it's hard to resist.  I'm also enamoured with Sweet Sorbet DSP and Sweet Sorbet accessories.  I'm always reaching for them and they really make me smile!
  • The sketch is a simple one and I thought that the Happy Day stamp set would give a perfect but simple message for the design.
  • Not sure about the cork stickers from the Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack, but once on, they won't come off, so there it is!  No, seriously, they are very cute and add a great touch to the card!
  • I used the Banners Framelits to cut the Basic Black flag.  I had originally layered a Summer Starfruit banner on top of it, but removed it because it competed with the main image due to it's brightness.
  • I picked up the Coastal Cabana in the DSP with a little Coastal Cabana coloured twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack.
  • Both the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, and the Sweet Sorbet Accessories Pack can be earned free during Sale-A-Bration.  When you place a minimum $60 order (before tax and shipping), you can choose one item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure free!
How did your country do in the Winter Olympics?  Did you enjoy watching the athletes compete?  Let me know with a comment below.  I'd love to hear from you!

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