Monday, November 30, 2015

Embellished Ornaments Watercolour Card

Hello my friends, and happy Monday! I spent the entirety of this weekend in bed, feeling absolutely terrible, so I'm happy that I'm finally feeling well enough to share some creative inspiration with you. 

Today's card was one we made at my October SE Calgary Stampin' Up! Card Club. As soon as I saw the Embellished Ornaments Bundle in the Holiday Catalogue I new it was going to be a must have. And although I didn't use them on this card, check out those beautifully intricate dies.
If you're thinking you've seen this card before, you're kind of right! This is my version of a card that's straight from the pages of the Holiday Catalogue! 
I'm a big fan of watercolouring, which is no secret, so of course I grabbed my Aqua Painter and got busy blending the colours of this stamped image around to give it a more organic look. I also added some hints of gold with the Gold Foil Paper as well as Gold Dazzling Details.

Don't forget that today is the LAST DAY of Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza Sale! 
There's a fabulous Project Life by Stampin' Up! Bundle on SALE for TODAY ONLY at 30% off! 

Regular price: $70.75 SALE PRICE: $49.53! 
And don't miss this awesome tag bundle! Perfect for the holidays!

Regular Price: $45.00

SALE PRICE: $36.00

Shop all the deals in my Canadian Online Stampin' Up! Shop.
Happy Stampin'

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Card Fundraiser

Hi friends! I have a very important class announcement to make today! It's time for my annual fundraiser for the Calgary Food Bank! This year I'm pleased to offer a Christmas Card Class, as well as completed, handmade Christmas Cards. There are two ways you can participate:

Christmas Card Class
Sunday, December 13th @ 1pm
Make 10 Beautiful Christmas Cards 
$19 = $10 donation

Purchase these 10 Christmas Cards, handmade by me
$25 = $10 donation
*Free delivery in SE Calgary*

I really hope you'll help me make a difference in the lives of some people here in Calgary. Here are some fun facts about the Calgary Food Bank from their website:
  • Every dollar donated allows them to distribute $5 worth of food. It costs about $60 to feed a family of four for a week
  • 141,271 people were able to access emergency food during 2014
  • 3,000,000 meals were provided to their clients in 1 year
  • 90% of critical jobs performed at the Calgary Food Bank are done by their volunteers
*this fundraiser is not endorsed by the Calgary Food Bank, they are just one of my favourite local charities :)

Please contact me to reserve a spot at my class, or order your handmade cards. Help me help the people of Calgary!

Happy Stampin'

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Salted Background Technique: November Card Club

Hi friends! Thanks for visiting me today! I have a fun technique to share that I did with my SE Calgary Stampin' Up! Card Club in November. I've seen quite a few versions of this technique over the years, so needless to say, I have no idea who first invented it. 

Salted Background How To:

  • Using the clear block size of your choice, apply ink to the block by dabbing the ink pad onto the block
  • Be sure to work from lightest to darkest (Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo & Night of Navy used here)
  • Spritz the block several times with water
  • 'Stamp' block onto watercolour paper 
  • Before the paper becomes dry, sprinkle with salt
  • Spritz paper with water
  • Allow to dry (or use the heat tool to speed up this process)

I love how the salt plays with the colours in the ink. Everyone in the group had backgrounds that were completely different, but all were stunning.

If you'd like to join me for some stamping classes, make sure you sign up for my newsletter HERE. I'll be sending out my December calendar in just a few days!

Thanks for the visit!
Happy Stampin'

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Punch Art Lollipops w/ Owl Builder Punch

Hello my friends! I'm excited to be participating in the 2016 Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Achiever's Blog Hop today! With this blog hop you'll visit some of the top Stampin' Up! Demonstrators in the world - all of which have earned the Mediterranean Cruise! Can you believe lil ol' me is included in this group of fabulous stampers? Eek! 

Well without further adieu, here's my contribution, from my stamping studio here in Calgary, AB Canada!
I made these fun punch art lollipops for my recent craft fairs and they sold very quickly! I only have a few little penguins left looking for new homes (local friends, let me know if you'd like to adopt them - 3 for $5). 

All of these cute little punch art friends were made using the Owl Builder Punch. The possibilities with this punch are nearly endless. There's been SO MANY fabulous little creations made with it. I chose to make a reindeer, a penguin, and an owl Santa.

I have a little video to share with you to show you how I created these lollipops:
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If you'd like to purchase the supplies to make your own Penguin Peppermint Patty Lollipops, please visit My Canadian Online Stampin' Up! Shop, or click any of the product links at the end of this post.

Thank you so much for visiting me today. Make sure you go and visit all of these talented stampers on the blog hop to see what they've created. 

Happy Stampin'

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November Inkin' Elite Team Gathering

Hello my friends! I have a super special post for you today! Last week I had some of my amazing team, the Inkin' Elite, over for our November gathering and I had the pleasure of recognizing several of them for some outstanding accomplishments! Check out all their awards!
Four ladies promoted to the next level, so that equals free goodies from me! Two got Project Life Bundles (card collection, accessory pack, & stamp set), one got a stamp set/framelits bundle, and one a very large wood mount stamp set. I'm so proud of these ladies and their hard work! Congratulations MaryAnne, Krista, Brenda, and Carolynn. 

I also am THRILLED to announce that Shannon Lane, one of my downline, closest friends, and partner in crime, was also selected to be on the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. I am so excited that we can share in this experience together! And of course I wanted to do something special for her to recognize this incredible honour!

Then we had our personal news reporter, Krista Clark, fill us all in on the most recent Stampin' Up! event - OnStage Local. 
Krista's presentation was absolutely captivating! She had us all wishing we had attended the event with her. She was also kind enough to create a make n' take for all of us with her BRAND NEW stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue (released in January).
Isn't that little car SO cute?!

Krista brought enough supplies for everyone, so we could all have a cute little car card to call our very own. 

Lastly, before the ladies packed up their SNAIL and headed home, I gave away a few fun door prizes.

Having my team of Canadian Stampin' Up! demonstrators over for some stamping fun is always so rewarding. I love that we can share in each other's successes, and cheer each other on through the ups and downs of our businesses.

If you're thinking of joining the Stampin' Up! family of demonstrators, I'd love to have you join my team! Click HERE for a little more info on this great opportunity, and feel free to call or email me with any questions! 

Happy Stampin'