Monday, September 4, 2017

Deck the Halls!

So, school starts in the morning. I've enjoyed summer. I really have. While it's been busy, and my list of things I wanted to do this summer definitely didn't get finished, we had fun. I got to play with my kids, and I enjoyed it so, so much. I'm kinda sad that they'll be away so much.

But apparently I'll be busy :) I have been creating this week to get ready for my stamp club and new catalog launch party! Want to see what we'll be making?? Of course you do!

These are the projects we'll be making at my classes this week. Stamp club members get to make them for free! Also, anyone who places an order of $50 or more can attend for free. Options are Tuesday morning from 9-12, or Wednesday evening from 7-10. I'd love to have you join us!

I'll be posting later in the week with specific details on these projects, so check back. Which is your favorite?


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Heck Yes!

When I saw this stamp set, I just had to have it. I am a huge sucker for large text-only stamps. And this month, I wanted to show them off along with my very favorite designer series paper in the catalog, the Whole Lot of Lovely pack.

I kinda like the result, don't you?

PS - that woodgrain background is achieved by embossing a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic 3D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (try saying that 10x fast!) and then applying some Soft Suede ink with a sponge brayer. Lovely!

Thanks for stopping by! Which of the three cards in this set were your favorite?


PS - Gotta have it? Click on the images below to visit my shop and make your purchases!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

So Very Sorry for Everything

This was the second card that we made at club this month. :)

I'm terrible at making sympathy cards. Probably because I'm even worse at sending them. I just never know what to say. I get all anxious about it and end up never saying anything at all because I figure that no matter what I say, it will be the wrong thing. Obviously, I overthink it. Anyone with me?!?

Fortunately, this card says it all.

And in a kinda pretty way, I might add. There's that Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper again. It really is a showstopper!

Any advice for the awkward sympathizer?

Thanks in advance!!


Here's what I used to make this card! Click on any of the images to go to my online store where you can buy them!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sending a Whole Lot of Lovely

I'm so excited to share this set of cards with you this week! This was my number-one-top-favorite-gotta-have-it-immediately item in the catalog. This paper. I LOVE IT. I want so much of it. And I don't want to waste a single tiny strip of it.

So I didn't. :D

I created this series of cards because I wanted to show how a single card layout could be tweaked by using different paper, different colors, different stamps, and different embellishements. I hope you'll enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed making them!


Here's what I used to make today's card:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What type of planner are you?

Hey friends!
I have a question that I'm hoping you can help me sort out. Stampin' Up! has come out with this awesome, phenomenal planner. Here's a photo so you can enjoy it almost as much as I do:

 It. Is. Gorgeous.

And I've had it in my hands for a couple of weeks now - and some of you have expressed that you'd also like one - you can purchase them here from my online store! I've also been thinking about putting together a planner class. I have some ideas; I could put together embellishment kits for the class... but the big question remains.

Are you a September - August planner or a January - December planner?

There are pros & cons to both.

September planner
- It is the school year/many activities & programs run Sept thru June
- Many people don't do much advance planning during the summer, so it is a natural time to transition to a new planner year
- You don't have a single calendar year all in one place
- Most planners are sold for a single calendar year

January planner
- Single calendar year is all in one place
- Start off the new year fresh with a new planner!
- I find that I run a dual planner system all through the fall when I do it this way - because I'm planning ahead for the next year. (honestly, I've got tons written in my 2018 planner already!!)
- I find the need to get the next year's planner in summer/fall, because I find out dates for activities and want to write them down so I don't forget!

One of the lovely benefits to the Stampin' Up! planner is that it comes with a whole bunch of coordinating items like pockets, stickers, post-its, and more. 

 You can even add photos in! How cute is that?!

So, what do you think? Start a new planner in the fall or in the new year? I am going to say that either way, it would be fun to start it off with a planner class in August! The cost will be $65 and will include your planner, some treats, some prizes, and some ideas for how you can plan your life! First person to confirm gets to pick the date; I am open to multiple dates/times! You may even want to have a planner party with your friends. Or you may want to come here and meet mine :) If there are 4 people registered, I'll give away the Tabs For Everything stamp set with the class. You can an entry for coming, and an extra entry if you bring a friend that's new to me! If there are 8 people registered, I will throw in the Round Tab Punch too :) 

You can email me to register! And let me know your thoughts about the September vs. January debate in the comments :)


Friday, July 21, 2017

Pocketful of Somethin'

I'll be honest with you. If I hadn't won this set at OnStage, I wouldn't have bought it. And if I hadn't won it, I wouldn't have gotten the framelits either. It didn't jump out at me as a gotta-have.

I'm glad I do have it, though - cuz look at this adorable card I made with it!!

I loooove it! And I love that a gift card fits so perfectly inside that pocket. Which actually is a real pocket, by the way. You can make it into an adorable little gift box, too! so stinkin' cute. And check out the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the background, there, too! (I know. That one's a mouthful!) I also, again (because it was for stamp club) used the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper as my inspiration. So yes, the cards I've posted this week make quite the cute little set :) and can all be made using the same designer series paper pack! Yay!

Here's what I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Sometimes, I feel a little like Lorelai from Gilmore Girls. As in, I could live off of coffee alone. It's all I really need. Sometimes I feel like it's my best friend. Yes, I know that it's an unhealthy dependence and I should probably quit. I have before. Obviously, not forever ;)

When I was designing cards for my July club, I really wanted to play with the Coffee Break Suite. I looooove this pack of designer paper, and I love the colors and stamps/framelits/accessories that go with it! So I had a ball putting them all together! I also love how this suite very coincidentally coordinates with Starbucks colors - so you could easily slip in a Starbucks card and it will just look like the card was MADE for it!

Here's what I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by today! Now I'm off to get me a grande coconut milk flat blonde. What's your favorite drink?


Monday, July 17, 2017

A Foxy Little Wedding Card

So my studio computer crashed last week... I had the blue screen of death on it. I'm still not really sure what I should do with it. I've had it for a few years and this has happened before. We had to put a new hard drive in it I think. I don't think I'm willing to pay to do that again... so I might need to get a new one up there!

Anyhoo... I have a pretty card to share with you today! This one is pretty special to me because I made it for my sister and brother-in-law. They had a gorgeous little wedding in Tofino, and this is to celebrate them :)

They looooove the outdoors and hiking and so I wanted to make them a card that reflected those interests! I used the Foxy Friends stamp set and punch and took my color inspiration (as well as a few pieces of paper!) from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. I absolutely love those combos! and the sentiment is from the Sunshine Wishes framelits. And look how nicely the corrugated elements and little enamel heart goes with all of it! 

Here's what I used to make the card (clink on any of the links to visit my online store!):

Also, don't forget about the awesome deal that is ongoing this month for new demonstrators! When you purchase the starter kit, you get a FREE Essentials pack that includes lots of good stuff - including a sneak peek of a new stamp set (and hint: you can get the matching framelits in your starter kit to get a jump on your Christmas card planning!) Check out for more info, or just give me a shout at and I'd love to answer your questions!

Have a great day!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Coffee Break meets A Little Foxy meets Happy New Baby!

I had a friend ask me to make a large card for a baby shower - one that would be big enough for many people to sign.

I left it until 10:30 pm the night before.

I knew that I wanted to play with the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and I wanted a little fox on there too. I loooove the result! Hope you love it too!

PS - that ribbon is to die for. It ties the nicest bows!!


I sometimes try to make cards using just one stamp set and items that come in a bundle... today was not one of those days. Today was one of those days where I look for just the right thing and take stamps from three different stamp sets (I used another one on the inside!) and mix & match. That's another thing I love about Stampin' Up! - you can mix  & match!
Here's what I used to make this card:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bonus Days are Coming!

This awesome promotion is happening again this year! Spend $60 during July and you'll get emailed a $6 coupon that you can use towards your purchases in August. yesss! I'm already collecting orders that will go in soon! This is a great time to order - and host!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daisies, Daisies, everywhere!

Hello friends! I hope you're enjoying this week!

I sure am.

For starters, I got my biiiiig box of new catalog product last night, and spent the evening with a couple of friends going through it. I'm going to be doing my unboxing video on facebook live as soon as I get a chance - maybe tonight! Keep checking back there to see it!

Today I wanted to feature the Daisy Delight bundle. I just couldn't help but pair it with the Wood Textures crate! SOOOO stinkin' adorable!

And then I decided that it needed a matching card. Wouldn't this be adorable as an end-of-year teacher gift? You could stick a little gift card in the crate! Want to make these? Contact me and we'll set up a little class where we can make these with your friends!

Thanks for stopping by today - now I've got to go to work, and tonight I will be back to playing with my mounds of new catalog stuff. I can't even wait to show it all to you - there are SO many beautiful and fun and awesome things in there!!


Want to make these projects? Here's what you'll need. Click on the links to go to my online shop!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Product Spotlight Blog Hop: Happy New Catalog Day! (I mean, Happy Father's day...)

I mean, come on. What are we really so excited about today?!? Have you already put in your new catalog order?! If not, I can help you with that. If you did, what was the top item on your list?? What are you the most excited about?

It's time for our Product Spotlight Blog Hop today! Whether this is your starting point or you've arrived from Robbie's blog - welcome! And make sure you visit the other blogs in the hop to see all the projects we've got for you today!

Today, I am sharing a couple of my TOP favorites in the new catalog with you - my favorite framelits, my favorite stamp set, AND my favorite designer series paper. WOW! triple threat!!

Wouldn't you love to make this card for Father's Day?! It reminds me of the pallet wall I have downstairs in my living room. I love this! You've got woodgrain all over the place, paired with the Happy Birthday thinlit (I just cut the "birth" out of it), paired with the Labeler stamp set (make any saying you want!!), paired with the Wood Textures designer series paper, burlap, and black metallic twine. I dare you to tell me you don't love this.

If you haven't put in your order yet - you're in luck. You can still get these items on it! Click on any of the images below to enter my store and shop there if you're in Canada. And then come back and follow the blog hop to Amanda's blog to see what she's cooked up for today!


Monday, May 29, 2017

Love is Truly Artistic

Warning.... there's another sneak peek here ;)

When I saw these two stamp sets in the new catalog, I just KNEW that they had to go together. We were given the Crafting Forever stamp set at the Stampin' Up! CentreStage event in Calgary (this is a reward dinner event for achieving demonstrators), which was soooo nice! Later that evening, I was flipping through my copy of the new catalog and I saw the Just Add Text stamp set - and this sentiment. It reads, "I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." It's a quote by Van Gogh, and it so perfectly encapsulates my worldview. I believe that loving the people around me is an art, and an honor, and something that will take me a lifetime to perfect.

Challenge accepted.

Along the journey, there will be (as there have already been so many) failures and flops. Mistakes. Frustrations. Attempts which just don't even make sense. But there will also be beautiful works of art - unintentional glimpses into a parallel reality where things are perfect. Those rare but unforgettable moments when a connection forms between the vast depths of two souls, and the security of unconditional acceptance that follows. It is, quite honestly, one of the things I wake up every day for, and is a huge part of the reason why I love Stampin' Up! and the community that's developed out of it for me. I love my art form.

You didn't think I'd get all sappy and philosophical, did you?
Thanks for stopping by! Let's get together in person sometime!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

A pretty sparkly Happy Birthday to you!

I'm in the middle of my biannual (twice a year) Stamp Your Heart Out Retreat this weekend, and I'm having SO much fun playing with some of the new stuff that's being released later this week (June 1 - can hardly wait!!). So here's a little sneaky peak for ya!

How much do you love that watercolor-washed background! I don't know if you can tell, but it was watercolor pencils washed with a clear Wink of Stella to give it a satiny sheen. It is SO pretty IRL. And that "Happy Birthday" is from a new thinlit (go figure, called the "Happy Birthday thinlit") that is pretty much my favorite thing in the whole new catalog. I simply looooove it. And it makes such amazing cards without a whole lot of effort. It is an item that will make you look like a cardmaking superstar!

A tip for using those thinlits? Cut two in contrasting colors, and layer them together to create a shadow for added dimension. You're welcome!

Thanks for visiting! What's your favorite item in the new catalog?


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Take Heart, my friends!

Hi friends!

Welcome to the Product Spotlight blog hop for this week. This week, we're featuring bundled products that are carrying over. You may have come from Amanda's blog - and if not, make sure you follow the blog hop until you get there. :)

The good news? Almost every.single.thing on this card will still be available next month. (everything except the designer series paper).

The bad news?

That cute stamp-set-and-framelit-bundle is retiring, and so is the 10% discount that applies when you purchase it before the end of May! But wait! There's more good news! If you purchase the Sunshine Sayings & Sunshine Wishes bundle before the end of May, you can still get the discount. yay!

More good news. Even the Pop of Pink designer series paper is available now! And it's on sale!! You can head over to my store and use host code AAF43JR4 to qualify for my May mystery host party! 

Here's a complete list of the products I used today - you can also click on any of the images to head to my store. Don't forget to place your order for retiring products before the end of May so that you can still get those items you love :)

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, go see Robbie at her blog. And we love to read your comments, so drop a note to let us know you were here!

 Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Ribbon Shares are COMING!

I will admit it.

I am a sucker for ribbon.

I have lots of good reasons though! It just adds SO much.... especially when it's Stampin' Up! ribbon and the color *so perfectly* matches the ink and paper. I remember the days before Stampin' Up!, when I'd try to color-match, but all of my projects always felt like they were missing something. Then, I discovered Stampin' Up! and I realized what my previous projects were lacking.

Complete Color Coordination.

There is just something perfectly pleasing about a project that doesn't clash in the slightest. When all the colors are the same tone. They don't compete with one another. I just love it.

SO, all that to say that I am offering some pretty stellar ribbon shares this year!! Stampin' Up! is coming out with a fantabulous ribbon offering this year, and I want them all! And I need you to help me, so we're going to do ribbon shares. Each share includes 1/5 spool of each included ribbon or twine - for most ribbons that's 2 yards, for a couple it's 1 yard, and 5 yards for twines!! Here's what I'm offering this year:

Metallic Shares: $22 for 19 yards of 10 different ribbons (does not include metallic thread)
Regals Shares: $20 for 19 yards of 8 different ribbons/twines
Neutrals Shares: $29 for 37 yards of 13 different ribbons/twines
Subtles Shares: $18 for 17 yards of 7 different ribbons/twines
Brights Shares: $24 for 23 yards of 10 different ribbons/twines
In Color Shares: $45 for 47 yards of 19 different ribbons/twines!
- Add an In Color Designer Series Paper Share (1/2 pack!) to the In Color Ribbon Share for $15 (regularly $18!)

I am offering all of these combined - the I Want It All Combo! for $150.

I'm also offering ribbon shares by type:
- 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon (2017-19 In Colors) - $12
- 3/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (2016-18 In Colors) - $12
- 1/4"  Stitched Edge Ribbon - $10
- 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon - $12
- 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon - $10
- 1/8" Sheer Ribbon - $9
- 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon - $12
- 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon - $8
- 1/4" Ombre Ribbon - $8
- 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon - $8
- 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon - $8

Ribbon Shares will be ordered on June 1 and ready for pickup or mail by the 15th. Shoot me an email to to get your name on the list for these awesome ribbon shares!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

May's Mystery Host Shopping Code!

Hi friends!

Well, my April Mystery Host Shopping party was so much fun, I'm doing it again this month! The shopping code for this month is AAF43JR4. When you shop online with me, you can enter this code at checkout. All the online orders that use this code will work towards earning free host rewards, and those who order will have the opportunity to get those rewards for themselves! I divide it the following way:

FIRST: 50% of host rewards

SECOND: 25% of host rewards
THIRD: 12.5% of host rewards
FOURTH: 12.5% of host rewards

and there will be consolation prizes for those who don't get drawn for host rewards. This is my way of saying THANK YOU for your patronage & ordering online! You can order from anywhere in Canada and have the orders shipped straight to you. SO FUN!

In April, I got to give away over $120 in host rewards. The only thing I like better than getting free stuff myself is getting to give YOU GUYS free stuff. Seriously. My job is so much fun!!

Now, get shopping! I will do the May Mystery Host Draw on June 1. :)


Monday, April 24, 2017

So, as you all know by now, there are a whole bunch of items retiring from this current catalog. What you may not know is that there are some tricks to navigating this whole retiring-item thing. Some of the things on your list may not be discontinuing - yay! That's great! But you do need to know that even if the items are sticking around, the bundled price of 10% IS NOT. So here's a nice, concise list of which bundles are going away so you can make sure you get them for a discount while you can!

You can purchase any of these bundles through my online store - and make sure you use the host code KTSAGV3Q! I am doing this as a Mystery Host party - so the host rewards will be split between four of the orderers - first draw gets 50%, second draw gets 25%, and third and fourth draws will each get 12.5%. YAY! There is already over $50 in free stuff on this order!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping :)


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Product Spotlight Blog Hop: Watercolor Dragonfly Dreams!

hey friends!

Thanks for stopping by for this week's Product Spotlight Blog Hop. You may have clicked over from Robbie's blog (if not - click through the hop until you get to her!).  Today we're featuring the Dragonfly Dreams bundle, which - yay! - is carrying over into next year's Annual Catalog. Today I decided I would pair it with the Silver Foil Sheets embossed with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. If you don't already own this embossing folder, open a new window, go to the SU website and add it to your cart, then come back. You need it. It is a must-have, just like paper, ink and stamps!!

Isn't it crazy?! That was just plain silver foil cardstock. The Hexagons embossing folder changes it so much!!

To make the watercolor wash background, I used watercolor paper with the Watercolor Pencils - in Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight. Then I used the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to blend the colors. You'll be happy to hear that the clear pen is not being discontinued - but the gold one is! So go back to that other window you have open with the hexagon embossing folder and quickly add the gold Wink of Stella, then come back. Good.

You might be looking at the stamp set and wondering where the sentiment came from. I took a black Stampin' Write marker and just colored the "Thanks" portion of the stamp, and stamped it in the corner. That's my supersneaky trick for making cards say whatever I want.

That Pacific Point Designer Paper is from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper, and the ribbon is from the Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo Pack. And of course, the dragonflies are from the awesome Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.

Thanks for stopping by! Now go see Joni (and the rest of the blog hoppers) and then submit your order for that fabulous embossing folder and gold Wink of Stella. And maybe you'll want to add a few things of your own accord :) Don't forget to drop me a comment to let me know you stopped by. Thanks, and have a wonderful day!



Here's what I used to make my card today. Click on any of the images to go straight to my online store where you can shop (but only if you're in Canada)! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wood Textures OnStage Product Spotlight Samples - Part 2/2

Hi friends!
As promised, here is the second set of my samples from OnStage. I was so excited to be asked to demonstrate the Wood Textures suite! These items will be available for purchase in June, but I wanted to share a little sneak peek with you all so you could see what I had been working so hard on!

These flowers were just begging to be paired with lace.

See that copper trim? It's a mesh tube! I opened it up and inserted a piece of white cardstock into it. :)

And who wouldn't love to make this adorable set of six cards?! I made a double-long crate to hold them by cutting out four crates and then trimming off the ends on two of them. With the focal point in the middle, the join is hidden. 

I am also including the video that I posted on Facebook Live for those of you who don't do the facebook. :)

Thank you for stopping by to see my projects! Which was your favorite?


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Product Spotlight Blog Hop

Hey Stampers!

Welcome to the Product Spotlight Blog Hop. You may be just starting the hop or you may have come from Robbie's blog. Whatever the case, WELCOME HERE! and please go and check out the other hoppers today!

Today, our challenge was to feature the Dragonfly Dreams suite. I added an extra challenge for myself - I wanted to show you some of the items that we'll be saying goodbye to here soon - they're on the retiring list. There are some smokin' good deals there - so go and check it out! I have a fantastic promotion going on for any of you Canadian stampers - when you place an online order using the host code KTSAGV3Q, you'll get entered to win some of the host rewards! There will be 4 names drawn - the first will get 50% of the host rewards to spend, the second 25%, and the third and fourth will get 12.5% each. How fun is that?! And there are already enough orders to qualify for host rewards! yay!

OK, so back to our challenge. Here's my card :)

My card features the Hello, Lovely Project Life cards and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. I think I may have set myself a record for the least number of items I used to make this card. Haha! My cards so often have things pulled from a few different places. That's one of the things I love about Stampin' Up! - it can be used soooo many different ways. The retired items I mentioned earlier? The Hello Lovely Project Life Cards and the Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Seriously. Go scoop them both!

Thanks for stopping by! Now go check out Joni's blog. Make sure you leave us all a comment to let us know you stopped by! 


Here's what I used on my card today (click on any of the images to go directly to my store):

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

OnStage Sneak Peeks! Part 1/2

This past weekend, I attended one of Stampin' Up!'s biannual conferences in Calgary, Alberta. SO.MUCH.FUN. I roomed with a few of my closest Stampin' Up! friends and we had such a great time. Not only did we get to see and play with new, as-of-yet-unreleased product, we got spoiled like crazy. Stampin' Up! Canada sure is a great company to work for!

Anyhoo, I was so excited to be asked to be a Product Spotlight presenter at the conference. This meant that Stampin' Up! sent me brand-new product that won't even be released until JUNE and I got to introduce it to the other demonstrators! I also got to play with it ahead of time and make some samples to show it off. So, without further ado, here are some of my samples. I hope you like them! Please leave me a comment to let me know which one is YOUR favorite!

This can be a cute little gift bundle, complete with matching stamped envelope. That Pool Party strip on the card is the same paper as the circle piece; just sponge brayered with Pool Party ink.

 Wouldn't these be cute on your Thanksgiving table? A candle holder and name place cards with a little space for treats. (HINT - 2 Kcups fit perfectly inside that little crate!)

I know a few people who might be getting this one this year! helloo, Starbucks!

Thanks for visiting! Now, tell me, which one was YOUR favorite?!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

4 more days of Sale-a-Bration!

 Do you love these colors? Well, they are available for just a limited time now! Come mid-April, the Retiring List will come out, detailing which stamp sets and accessories are being discontinued to make room in the catalog for new product. These lovely colors - and all the coordinating products that go with them like paper, ink, ribbon, embellishments, etc - are all going bye-bye and will be VERY tough to get once that Retiring List hits.

Be smart. Get them now before they're sold out.

Be even smarter. Get them now before the end of March, while you can still earn Sale-a-Bration freebies for every $60 you spend!

You're welcome.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Product Spotlight Blog Hop: Glam it up with Glimmer Paper!

Welcome, Product Spotlight Blog Hoppers! You may have come from Darla's blog - click the links at the end of the posts to hit each blog on the hop to see projects made with the new (Feb. 21) Sale-a-Bration products!

Hello, my name is Jenilee, and I love glitter.

And sparkle. And shine. And you get the idea.

So how excited was I when Stampin' Up! announced that one of their Sale-a-Bration "late to the party" additions would be a GLIMMER PAPER PACK?

Very. (would be an understatement).

I wanted to show you all a card that is quick and easy. Because I made this when I was packing to go to San Diego, and I needed to go to bed. And I made it in 5 minutes. Which is pretty much a record time for me.

This paper just makes it so easy!! Grab your favorite punch, punch one of each, wham-bam-thank-you-maam your card is done.

You seriously need to get your hands on some of this stuff. Put in a $60 order and you can get some for FREE! Only a few days left; Sale-a-Bration ends when March does and then this lovely glimmer paper pack is gone for good.

ETA: I wrote this post before leaving on our trip. Sadly, it sold out super quickly. Stampin' Up! Just announced yesterday that they've added some new items from the occasions and annual catalogs that can be redeemed as free items - - and one of them is the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper.  That would by far be my first and favorite choice!!

Now, go check out Amanda's blog and see what lovely project she has to share with us!!

Thanks for stopping by, and please leave a comment to tell me what YOUR favorite FREE Sale-a-Bration product has been this year!!


Like what you see? Click on any of the images below to go shopping in my online store!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Product Spotlight Blog Hop: Hooray for new Sale-a-Bration picks!

Hello everyone! This may be your first stop on the blog hop, or you may have come from Robbie's blog. Make sure you stop at all the blogs on the hop to see the awesome projects created for you today!

Sale-a-Bration is my favorite time of year - hello free stuff! And I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the three new products that they added on Feb. 21. These are still available until the end of March and are FREE when you spend $60 in Canada. I think I'm the only Canadian blogger on the hop - so if you're in Canada, you can click on the links below of any of the product images to visit my shop and place an order.

This card uses the baby wipe technique to get the multicolored image. Simply take a baby wipe and use the Classic Ink Refills to create a custom ink pad! I started in the middle with So Saffron and added Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Watermelon Wonder on one side and Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo on the other. Then, just use it like you would any other ink pad!

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I love to see your comments, so please leave one below to let me know you were here!

Now, go see my good friend Amanda at her blog.

Happy Stamping!


Here's what I used today!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oh, Veruca!

Welcome to the Thursday Product Spotlight Blog Hop! You may have come from Amanda's blog - I'm the token Canadian in the hop and I'm happy to have you here!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my all-time favorite books when I was growing up. I loved to read just about anything by Roald Dahl. My oldest, James, is almost 9 and he loves the books too. He's read most of them 4 or 5 times. Not even kidding. I think the kid likes reading even more than me, which is saying something.

Anyway, back to Willy Wonka.

Someone just had to make a golden egg with this set. It was practically begging for it.

In a world of blah, it's pretty amazing when you find those friends that are "good eggs." I've been pretty blessed in the last couple of years to have a handful of women that are gold through & through. I think one of them is going to get this card... just a thanks-for-being-there card. Because I don't think we do enough of that - recognize that it's enough to just be there and love one another. I sincerely hope all of you have at least a couple of friends that would deserve this card!!

Want to make it at home? Here's what I used. If you're in Canada and in need of a demonstrator, I'd love to help you! You can also click on any of the images to go to my online store.

Weeeellll, I am off to bed. I've had a couple of busy evenings of classes and tomorrow it's time to pack the trailer, and we'll be off to Cali for a couple of weeks. Thank you for stopping by, and go visit Robbie's blog next!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Watercolor Pencil Technique #5 - Vellum Honeybees!!

Did you know that the watercolor pencils even work on vellum?!? I know, right?! So cute!

I can't even. They're just so stinkin' cute!

I used a blender pen to blend the colors on this card. It's tough to tell in this photo, but the hive is stamped on Shimmery White, too. It's so cute in person!

The stamp set that I used for this card - Shooting Star - features images that can be diecut with the Sliding Star Framelits dies and used to make super adorable slider cards! The wood-mount bundle is $61 - which, if you purchase it before the end of March, would qualify you for a free Sale-a-Bration product. Score! You could get some of that awesome glimmer paper!

What is your favorite Watercolor Pencil Technique?


Here's what I used to make this card - shop at my online store and you can make it from home!

Watercolor Pencil Techniques Part 4: Love Sparkles!

This is a favorite card of mine, for sure. First of all - it employs a watercolor wash background - one of my all-time favorite looks. Secondly... the watercolor was is done on our Shimmery White cardstock, which just gives it a beautifully subtle shimmer. You probably can't see it in the photo here, but in person it's quite pretty!

To create the watercolor wash, simply color strips with the watercolor pencils and use an Aqua Painter to blend them. It's simple and so fun! The more water you use, the more blended the final product will be. I like to use quite a bit of water and then just set it aside for a while to dry before stamping the sentiment. 

The sentiment here is from the Love Sparkles stamp set which is in the Occasions catalog. This is the same set that I used to make Natasha's valentines this year! I love this set. :)

I have another Sale-a-Bration bundle for you today!

143183  $26.00   Love Sparkles (Clear-mount) 
141709  $21.00   Watercolor Pencils
101910  $10.00   Shimmery White Cardstock
142786   $ 8.50   Urban Underground Embellishments
TOTAL: $65.50 - Qualifies you for a FREE Sale-a-bration item! wahoo!

Have a great Tuesday!


Here's what I used to make today's card:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Watercolor Pencil Techniques: Part 3 - with Flower Shop

Hello stampers! It is Monday, and I am ok with that because *fingers crossed* I'm finally starting to feel better. I have had a rough couple of months with sickness, and am hopefully near the end of strep throat this round. Thank you for being so patient with me!!

Today, I'm sharing with you another card that we made at the Watercolor Pencils Technique Class. Again, the card is simple because the purpose of the class was to focus on the techniques rather than the embellishments!!

This card is stamped using the Flower Shop stamp set in Melon Mambo Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock (regular, not the thick stuff). I then took the Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil and scribbled over the flowers, and then sprayed them with water so that the colors would bleed a little. This way, you still get the definition of the stamp but you get some added color from the pencils.

The Happy Birthday stamp is from the Big On Birthdays set - one of my favorites from the Occasions catalog!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Remember that when you spend $60 this month, you get to choose a free product from our Sale-a-bration offerings. Yay! That's a $15 - $25 value right there!! I'd love to help you with your order, or you can order online from home and have your order shipped directly to you. Do you have a lot of items on your list? Consider purchasing the starter kit instead for $135 (no shipping, no tax) and choose up to $165 in product to put in your kit - any product! yay! Not only is the kit itself a fantastic deal, you're then able to get a minimum of 20% off on any further orders you place. Totally worth it, in my opinion!

Enjoy your week!


Here's what I used to make this card today:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thursday Product Spotlight Blog Hop: Hey, Chick!

Hello blog hoppers!

You may have come from Amanda's blog, or maybe you're from instagam (I'm artisansanonymous) or facebook (my page is Stampin' Up! with Jenilee Pauls).

This stamp set is hands-down one of the most popular Sale-a-Bration sets this year!! It's awesome because you can get it for free. This is actually a super simple card - I just took a Very Vanilla card base and stamped a bunch of eggs randomly on it, and then used the So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach marker to add accents. I borrowed the little face stamp from the Nailed It stamp set to add a cute little face onto an egg on a scrap piece of Vanilla, and then fussycut him out. Notice that circular Stitched Shape framelit there?! I love those so stinkin' much. They just make every layer look perfect and finished. I love them. Layer it on a scallop circle from the Layering Circles set and ta-da! Lovely layers. That banner of designer paper is from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack which is totally my favorite right now. My April club projects are designed around that paper stack and color scheme and I will be SO EXCITED to show them to you! After club happens. I like it to be a (mostly) surprise. :)

Here's everything I used on this card (and yes, I know, a little bit of a mishmash but some of those things are absolute must-haves!!):

For instance, buy those In Color Stampin' Write markers and the Stitched Shapes framelits, and that's over $60 so you could get the Hey Chick stamp set for FREE!

Thanks for stopping by today! Now go see Robbie & her project!


Nailed It! - A Manly Card

 I love this set. There are just so many fun things that you can do with it! We made this card at my Watercolor Pencil Technique Class last week - and had a good time thinking up ways that we could use this set. It would even be awesome with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set - you could come up with all kinds of puns to use with this tool-themed set!! Which reminds me. I've been meaning to order that Labeler Alphabet stamp set for ages. I'm putting in an order tonight, and I feel like having a special! Order a Labeler Alphabet stamp set from me today, and I'll throw in a Clear Block A as my gift to you!

Of course, if you order the Nailed It stamp set as a bundle with the framelits.... you'll qualify for a free sale-a-bration item (see yesterday's post)! Today is a good day to put an order in!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's Sale-a-Bration!!

Which you probably already know.

But if you don't, hey! It's a great time to make a Stampin' Up! purchase!! Every time you spend $60 until March 31, you get to choose an extra item from the list below, for FREE! yay :)

The server is being worked on at the moment, so I compiled this awesome visual so that we could see all the products :)

Clicking on the images will take you to my Stampin' Up! online store. Place your order there, and the site will prompt you to choose one of these products for free! Please do not look for these on the store - they only come up as options in the checkout page when you have a qualifying order in your basket. Happy Shopping!

Which is your favorite?

Enjoy! And have a great day!


Happy Anniversary!

I designed this card a couple of months ago and we made it in our Artisan Stamp Club. I really wanted to play with the So Detailed Thinlits... and this is what I came up with. I love it - it's just elegant and pretty. And I got to give it away this weekend as a 20th anniversary card. Love it!

AND - yay! When you purchase the So In Love bundle, you can get that beautiful ribbon for FREE along with a Whisper White/Silver version!

ALSO - quick tip - I love the banner from the Cupcake Cutouts framelits. When we went to make this card in class, that's the framelit we ended up using with the Congratulations sentiment. It fit beautifully and looked even better when you popped the edges under!


Here's what I used to make this card! Click on the image to purchase the products in my shop!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Cupcakes & Carousels Are SO FUN!

So last week, I was working on designing projects for my April classes and... I kinda got carried away. You know, when you start making something that's not really practical for mass-producing but is just SO. DARN. CUTE. that you can't stop? yeah. That.

This is the kind of project you make for someone you really, REALLY like. Most of it is super easy - it's just the cutting out and stamping all the little cupcake pieces. It makes is so adorable but takes a little time. But how much do you love it?!? I sure do!!

Here's another view:

I like adding the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper matted with cardstock on the sides - it gives the box added stability. And I checked - this box just fits (diagonally) a gift card. So it would be a super cute way to give a gift card to someone you love :) Which is what I'll be doing with it!

Want to make one of these? Contact me to schedule a workshop. I'd love to come over and show you and your friends how to make them! 

Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely day. I'm doing a couple of blog posts here and then I'm headed back to the couch to rest. This cold/sore throat/strep is kicking my butt this week and it needs to go away! Along with the snow that we're getting AGAIN here today. What a weird west coast winter we're having!!


Here's what I used today - click on the image to buy it in my shop!