Thursday, October 28, 2010

Holiday Bundles From Stampin' Up



Even though Stampin' Up! predicted the popularity of the Decorative Label punch & ordered extra it's in such high demand that it is now on back-order. 
And because it's included in one of the Holiday Bundles, here's what Stampin' Up! has to say about it: 
  • We will continue to offer the Tags til Christmas Bundle as part of the Handmade Holiday promotion. This will allow you & your customers who still want the bundle to order it now and still receive 20 percent off. The Tags til Christmas Set will ship immediately and the Decorative Label Punch will ship as soon as we have the Decorative Label Punches in stock. 
  • As another option for customers, we have created an additional Tags Til Christmas Bundle that includes the Ornament Punch instead of the Decorative Label Punch. This bundle will be available throughout the promotion even when the Decorative Label Punch is no longer on backorder. 



So check out the new Holiday Bundle and place your order today before this special is no longer available. Just select the 'Order Stampin' Up On-Line' button and you will enter my Stampin' Up Store ~ select ~ Shop Now ~ Happy Shopping!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Enjoy Your Day!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Peaceful Christmas

Faux Silk ~ have you tried this yet ~ what a fun Technique, I found this on Splitcoaststampers and knew I needed to try this out. It's really hard to see the effect on my card, but IRL it's totally different, too bad...but then again, if you want to see the effect, you should try this Technique! So here's a few peeks at what I created. The Faux Silk Technique was done on the Lovely As A Tree portion of the card.



I used the Northern Flurry Embossing folder on the inside of my fancy fold card. I then used my dauber and Frost White Shimmer Paint on the center raised portion of the snowflakes! Looks amazing!



The sentiment on the card front, snow flakes & inside where embossed with Silver Embossing Powder, the effect is beautiful against the Whisper White CS.


The 'grass' areas and tree centers were daubed with my 2 way glue pen and then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds! Very subtle, but stunning!




 ~ I hope I have inspired you to create ~
Thank you so much for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!


Peaceful Christmas ~ Nov, 2010
  • Stamps:  Lovely as A Tree, Serene Snowflake, Teeny Tiny Wishes, All Holidays
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Tissue Paper (non SU)
  • Ink:  Versa Mark, Basic Black 
  • Acc:  Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Silver Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Large Oval Punch
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Christmas Tag Box

Here are some Christmas ideas to help get you motivated and in the Christmas spirit! We just finished our Christmas Stack and now we need to create some Christmas Tags to grace our gift giving ~ so our next class will consist of just that ~
I love to create 3D projects and this one was created by yours truly ~ woo hoo, I was so excited when I saw this coming together ~ I can't wait to teach this to my girls and stuff it full of Christmas Tags! Have a peek and let me know what you think!


So here's the top of it looking down, under the Tab is a small magnet to keep the box closed!


Here's a peek inside where we will be tucking our Christmas Tags into there appropriate sections!



You can just see the little magnet peeking out from behind the DP.


Thanks for stopping by today ~ I hope you have a great day!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Two Challenges in One ~ PPA65 & Stampin 411 SS174


 Who doesn't like Bling...I knew I needed to play along when I found this at 
Pals Paper Arts and then found a sketch that I really wanted to create from Stampin 411 ~ so here are the two challenges that entered.  

Be sure to pop by tomorrow and have a peek at a tag box that I created to hold Christmas Gift Tags ~ I'll be teaching that class in November ~ sure hope you can join in the fun!


The bling on the flower, stem and leaves doesn't really show up well in this photo, but IRL it looks gorgeous and sparkles, sparkles, sparkles! I created this with an Anniversary Card in mind, but I think this would also make a stunning Wedding Card. I tried to crop my crystal rock out on the lower left side out of the picture, 
but then it cut to much of the card off.
 ~ enjoy your day, may you be blessed today and be a blessing to someone!
Thanks for stopping by today!


  • Stamps:  En Francais, Happy Harmony, Because I Care
  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Ballet Blue 
  • Ink:  Ballet Blue
  • Acc:  Scallop Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Bling on Flowers & Ribbon (non SU)
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!






Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

My girls have been asking me for this recipe for quite some time now ~ so I thought I'd post this and share it with everyone! I've made this a few times for 'Cardmakers" and it's been a real hit. Such an easy recipe and absolutely delicious, so give it a try, I'm sure it will be a new favourite in your collection of Cheesecake recipes! Enjoy!


Ingredients
1-1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 30 cookies)
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, melted

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

GARNISH:
Whipped topping, optional
Additional gingersnap cookies, cut into wedges, optional
Directions
Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan; set aside.
In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and pecans; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 9-11 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
Place 1 cup filling in a small bowl; stir in the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining sugar. Remove 3/4 cup pumpkin filling and set aside. Pour remaining pumpkin filling into the crust; top with plain filling. Drop reserved pumpkin filling by spoonfuls over top; cut through filling with a knife to swirl.
Place pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with whipped topping and cookie wedges if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day, the weekend and this fabulous recipe!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Holiday Bundles From Stampin' Up

Take a peek and see what Stampin' Up is offering for 20% off the regular price when bundles. Click here to shop with me and get your Holiday Bundle into your hands so you can start creating your Christmas surprises!


For further details, click here and feast your eyes on these Bundles that have been created for you.
Hope you enjoy your shopping experience ~ Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

~ 411 Challenge 173 ~

What a fun week of card making ~ Christmas music playing in my studio ~ and on Thursday I had two girlfriends come over for the Christmas Stack and then continued today with more girlfriends sharing, creating and just having a wonderful time together. I love what I do and sharing it is the absolute bonus for me.  
I saw this 411 Challenge and I knew I needed to play along ~ I'm still in the Christmas theme and enjoying Christmas in October! So here is my creation ~ it is a little challenging to see in the photo, but I'm pleased with the outcome ~




I embossed Whisper White CS with the Northern Flurry Impression Folder, found in the Holiday Mini (love this folder, it's is a definite 'have to have' in my studio) ~ I then used a sponge dauber and Frost White Shimmer Paint on the embossed flurries.


The tree from 'Wondrous Gift' and the decor from 'Delightful Decorations' were heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder ~ I liked how this was coming together. 


I really had a hard time getting the angle correct when taking this photo ~ the sentiment is also from the Wondrous Gift stamp set and heat embossed ~ the border punch used is non SU and it goes so well with the decors of Delightful Decorations ~ love it!


  • Stamps:  Delightful Decorations, Wondrous Gift
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black 
  • Ink:   Versa Mark
  • Acc:  Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Rhinestone Brad, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Silver Ribbon & Border Punch (non-SU)
All Supplies Stampin’ Up Unless Noted!

Thank you so much for stopping by ~ have a blessed day today ~ 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Our Christmas Stack

I love planning a week of creating and hanging out with my friends ~ so as promised here are the creations we will be blessing others with as we wish them a Wonderful Christmas!



here is a little sneak in, of our grandsons ~ grandparents day at school...so I just had to go pick up Isaac and surprise Seth with his little cousin ~ love these boys :D



So all of these cards will be tucked into our card tote along with their decorated envelopes!
This last card was CASEd by Robin Merriman ~ I absolutely love her style, have a peek and you will definitely see what I mean!  ~ I'm in my studio with my friends. It is definitely one of my happy places!
Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stack-O-Christmas

After a very busy and super fun Thanksgiving weekend ~ food ~ family ~ friends ~ fun ~ did I mention food and food....hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving & Columbus Day weekend as well. Glad you took the time to pop by and have a peek. My Christmas stack begins tomorrow morning, and then again in the evening and then the last class on Saturday. Each class includes one card tote, 12 cards & envelopes and a piping hot bowl of homemade soup...and of course, the coffee and tea are on all day/evening as well. Can't wait to hit the paper with my friends ~ if you're in the Winnipeg area, I've got a few spots open ~ sign up fast before they're gone. Take a peek at what we'll be creating ~ hope to see you out!
Here's a picture of the card tote to house all of our creations! I purchased the plans for the tote from the very talented Andrea Walford. She is amazing, you really should check out her blog!


Pop by tomorrow and have a look at the cards we will be 
creating and stacking into our card totes! 
Have a wonderful evening and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

MIA ~ I'm Back!!!

What a crazy week ~ all fun, but non-stop and no time for stampin' other than grabbing a minute here and another one there. So this card took me ALL week to finish. First of all the color is a real stretch for me! When I saw the challenge on Paper Pals, I couldn't get it out of my head, I knew I needed to go for it ~ had no idea where to start so I hunted around and found this layout on Techno Stamper. So here's a snap of a week of work and I had a blast once again playing in my studio! Sure hoping to hit more challenges this week (with paper that is)!



So my Versamarked "En Francais" didn't really show up, good thing though...it's upside down & I'm not sure why my corner looks bent? hmmmm....picture taking is not one of my strengths :-D 



  • Stamps: Punch Potpourri, En Francais, Occasional Quotes 
  • Paper: Pear Pizzaz, Melon Mambo, Peach Parfait, Whisper White, DP (non-SU)  
  • Ink: VersaMark, Melon Mambo  
  • Acc: Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Word Window Punch, 1/2 Square Punch, Lace & Rhinestones (non-SU)
Thanks for stopping by and Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving Day & 
Happy Columbus Day to all!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's Tuesday ~ and no Stampin' :(

I really wanted to enter another challenge today, but found myself too busy getting ready for my next workshop...and I really should tidy my house before my girls come over....not fun in my books, but one of those necessary evils ~ 
can anybody relate or is it just me? 

So rather than no post at all, I want to share a picture of a darling birthday cake that my girls surprised me with on my last birthday! My girlfriend Cheryl brought this over for me and her daughter Connie created this masterpiece ~ isn't it just amazing! the entire cake was eatable, the stiletto, the buckle, the pearls ~ all are fondant! and the cake was SO good ~ 
it was a beautiful white cake with strawberries inside ~ yum yum yum! 
Thanks Cheryl & Connie!



Some create cards, some create cakes, some create music, 
some create ______ (fill in the blank) we all have gifts ~ sure hope you have time to create with the gifts that you have been given!
Thank you so much for stopping by ~ have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Paper Players Challenge #18




Good Monday Morning ~ hope you all had a wonderful weekend ~ we spent Thursday to Saturday with dear friends and then picked up Marc at the airport on Sunday afternoon! yippee ~ so nice to see him for a couple of days! 
So I mentioned a sneak peek on Friday, for today, but, I've changed my mind ~ (am I allowed to do that?) ~ I actually decided to enter another challenge that I saw as I was hopping around ~ here's a challenge from Paper Players,  Challenge #18, created in Monochromatic colors. And the Christmas card done in neutrals ~ well, black & so saffron 
~ hope this is acceptable for the challenge ~  

This was heat embossed using Gold Embossing powder and then punched using the Ornament X-Large Punch (love that punch)


Once again, this card is far more stunning in real 
~ the inside was punched with a Christmas themed border punch ~

  • Stamps:  Delightful Decorations
  • Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron
  • Ink:  Versa Mark
  • Acc:  Ornament X-Large Punch ~ SU, Embossing Folder, Metallic Rub Ons Paint, Gold String, Gold Tinsel Wrap, Border Punch (all non-SU)
In keeping with the Christmas theme, I'd like to share an up coming Stampin' Up Special with you ~ Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your day!


It's Christmas shopping time once again and Stampin' Up is offering some Christmas bundles starting Oct 19th, be sure to take a peek and get your wish list together. Let me know what I can order for you today and get a jump on your creations!

Friday, October 1, 2010

It's Friday!

Our youngest son is coming home for the weekend and I can't wait to see him! His is very gifted musically and is being interviewed on a local radio station ~ Marc is an independent local recording artist and so this is the reason for the interview ~ check out his 'my space' and have a listen to his music. I think you'll really enjoy it!

Here's a picture of a card that we created last week at one of my classes. This is called the black magic technique, and I can't for the life of me remember where I saw this technique for the first time, but absolutely love it ~ everything just pops on the card, too bad the picture doesn't do it justice for one second!


The butterflies really look stunning in real life ~ they were 'shimmer misted' and popped on the face of the card as well as inside! I know....it's really hard to see! Be sure to pop in on Monday for a sneak peek of the card we'll be creating on Tuesday evening! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!


  • Stamps:  Occasional Quotes, Fast & Fabulous
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Lovely Lilac
  • Ink:  White Craft
  • Acc:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Gold Smooch Spritz, Pencil Crayons (non-SU)