Friday, July 19, 2019

Under the Sea Dies for As You See It Challenges


This week's challenge at As You See It Challenges is a Theme type. And the theme is one that I've been looking forward to for a long time, Beaches! If you know me, you know how I love the beachy look. My house is all beach decor and I buy almost all the beach related products Stampin' Up! has to offer. Here's the Challenge Banner:


Sand, waves, sea shells, and starfish! I love it all. I didn't hesitate, I went straight for my Under the Sea dies and got to work.

  • I used some of the new In colours including Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile in my project. Can you tell which is which by now?
  • I went to the High Tide stamp set for the sentiment and used the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Layering Squares framelits to die cut it and back it with a scallop square shape.
  • Most of the die cuts are from Under the Sea, but I got a couple of the shapes from other sources. The vellum sea weed is from the Smooth Sailing Die Set, and the glittery sand dollar and the starfish I got from the June Paper Pumpkin pack along with the vellum small coral pieces.
  • I don't know if you can see it, but the Seaside Spray piece of cardstock in the middle was embossed using the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder.
  • The Sahara Sand background paper is from the Woven Threads Designer Series Paper pack and it's the perfect colour and texture for sand, don't you think?
Why don't you play along with us at As You See It this weekend? Just make a card in a beachy theme, photograph it and upload it either to your blog or to a public forum such as Pinterest or Splitcoaststampers or Facebook, then find the URL address of the page you've uploaded it to and go to our challenge site and upload it to participate. Enjoy the fun of creating!!



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June 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit * Only available to Paper Pumpkin Subscribers

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Back on Your Feet for a Get Well Card


This next card I can really relate to, because I've been fighting a respiratory infection for over a week now. I rarely get sick, but it usually happens when I get together with my kids or grandkids when they have a bug of some kind. This one left me with laryngitis and a fierce cough so when I was looking through the new stamp sets that I hadn't used yet, Back On Your Feet really struck a chord.

This stamp set caught my eye right away at OnStage when I got my new Annual Catalogue. I loved the sweet images in it and the funny captions that went with them:


Here's a close up:


  • My colour scheme is Mango Melody and Soft Suede. I stamped the image and sentiments in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  • I used the Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder for the texture layer and the Stitched Shapes dies and the Rectangle Stitched Dies to die cut the sentiments.
  • The Mango Melody Stampin' Blends Combo and the Soft Suede Combo were used to colour in the giraffe.
  • A little bit of braided linen trim formed the bow added just below the top sentiment with a glue dot.

My Retired Paper Inventory has now been updated to include all the recently retired paper products that I had from the old Annual Catalogue and the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochures. Click on the Photo or the caption to access it.



My Retired Tools and Accessories Inventory has now been updated to include all the recently retired tools and accessories products that I had from the old Annual Catalogue and the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochures. Click on the Photo or the caption to access it.

You can find my Retired Stamps Inventory HERE.


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Monday, July 15, 2019

Retired Stamp Sets Inventory Updated

Just a quick post today to let you know that I have updated my Retired Stamp Sets Inventory list with all my newly retired stamp sets and stamp & coordinating die sets. You can access it here:


I will work throughout the week to have my Retired Paper and my Retired Tools and Accessories Inventories updated as well and I'll let you know when that is complete.

Just a reminder that I am a Canadian Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and because of company policy, I can only sell my retired products in Canada!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Using Memories & More Card Packs to Make Quick & Easy Cards


You probably know Memories & More Card Packs as Stampin' Up!'s Memory Keeping System - a pocket scrapbooking system that makes organizing and displaying your family's photos quick, easy and creative! But if you're like many of us, you never seem to get around to doing that and you may just give these card packs a hard pass. You may want to give that a second thought when you find out how they can make it so simple to create beautiful greeting cards in a flash!

I recently held a class doing just that, using both the Come Sail Away and the Magnolia Lane Memories & More Card Packs and I wanted to share with you just a few designs that I came up with using the cards and stickers from the Packs and coordinating products from the suites that they go with in the Annual Catalogue.

First, let's take a look at what you get in these card packs:





As you see you get a variety of 3" x 4"  and 4" x 6" cards with Images, patterns, journalling lines and sentiments, 4 sheets of stickers, and, in the Come Sail Away package, some laser cut sheets of  both sizes. In the Magnolia Lane, instead of laser cut sheets you get some Vellum patterned sheets in the larger size. So much variety.

Now let's see what I did with them:

First, I used some of the 3" x 4" image cards and some of the coordinating suite's DSP from Come Sail Away to make these cards:


  • I also used some of the coordinating trinkets, the coordinating stamp set and dies, the baker's twine from the suite and some of the stickers from the card pack to add detail. 
  • I used Night of Navy and Seaside Spray cardstock to back the cards from the Pack.

  • For this set, I used some of our new 3D embossing folders to create a background, along with  the Glittered Organdy Ribbon in Basic Black. The 3" x 4" cards are more of a patterned type and they provide a backdrop for the sentiment which is from the coordinating stamp set, Good Morning Magnolia. It was die cut along with the backing using the Frosted Bouquet dies.
  • The two 3D embossing folders I used were Bricks & Mortar and Scripty.
  • One one design I added some Metallic Sequins, which are now retired.

  • For these two designs, I used a larger 4" x 6" card as the DSP in the background and a 3" x 4" card as a sentiment, adding some stickers and Braided Linen Trim bows and vellum sprigs using the sprig punch to give it some life!
  • The bottom of the larger card was trimmed to fit a regular sized card using the edge die from the Magnolia Memories die set.
Unfortunately, I just learned that both these packs are on backorder right now. The Magnolia Lane set will come in July 22, but the Come Sail Away won't be available until August 26th, which is quite a time from now. But you can keep these ideas in mind until their available.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Magical Moment with Free As a Bird


I'm back from a camping holiday with my family and thanks for being patient and allowing me one of the first "real" holidays I've had in six years, where I haven't had to worry about having blog posts ready to cover the days I'm away. It was wonderful. It was also wonderful because I had all my girls and all my grandchildren along on the camping trip! (Sons-in-law, too!) While we were at our first location, we had a Magical Moment:

Our camping trip was to the Cariboo. The first part was at Green Lake, near where Ken's parents used to own a cabin where we would spend our summer holidays back when we were young and penniless. We have so many fond memories of our time there. We walked down to see it from our campsite, and Kristen knocked on the door to see if we could just look around the yard again. Well, the lovely owner, an 84 yr old lady, invited us in for a look around (all 14 of us!! Bless her heart!!) and as soon as we looked into the main living area, we burst into tears. So many things had not changed and the memories came flooding in! That was the magical moment! Guess who I made a card for today?



Here are some photos of the Magical Moment:

The cabin as it looks now from the outside.

Ken & I and all 3 girls with all 6 grandkids in front of the big old fireplace! Same light fixtures!

The original curtains looking from the beloved, enclosed front porch into the living room/dining room!

The whole family, on the front deck - added after we left.

This was the cabin back when Ken's parents owned it - it was our last season there!

Hope you enjoyed that little heartwarming story!


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