Craftin' Caro: June 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006


Thanks for the Pahhh-tayyyy!

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Many thanks to the gals who came to my free "Kiss-Em Goodbye" Retirement party last night!

Much fun was had by all, and everyone got to make 3 cards using some of the retiring sets and accessories, pick up free Inspiration Sheets and take advantage of some GREAT stamp sales.
The evening ended with a drawing for the "Simply The Best" stamp set, the June Hostess Appreciation Set being offered and it was won by Miss Cheryl (who was oh so fashionably late, thanks to her brand-new car!). I know everyone came super-excited to get their paws on the new catalogue, so I let them leave with one in hand. I'm just soooooooo nice! :P


**sigh** Loving SU!

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Well, the kids are officially off school and are home for the summer, so that means I'm not working from the studio anymore (except for Saturdays of course, my usual 18 hour catch-up day!).

This means I'm HOME with the monsters for the summer, yippee!

But that's okay --- because I have my new BFF (my trusty new catalogue) that I can take with me anywhere. The past few days have been crazystooopidbusy what with wrapping up both the school year and the 2005/6 SU fiscal year at once; I have one last order to close tonight and I'm DONE for the year. WOOHOO! I'm thrilled at how my hard work panned out and feel very proud at having recently promoted to Instructor level (like Executive in the US) and being recognized for my various accomplishments. This will be my 5th catalogue transition and I'm loving it more and more... I truly feel like I'm blessed with a dream job! :)

Right now, all Serena can talk about is next year's cruise.. the Panama Canal. The ship we'll be on (the MS Zuiderdam) is the sister ship of the Oosterdam we were on in March, so she'll know the layout inside and out. She's very excited about leading the "group tour" when we arrive on the ship... she's torn between whether to show Morgan the Kids' Club first or the Ice Cream bar (gee, I wonder where we'll end up first?). Since we'll be travelling as a family this time, it tends to be the main topic of conversation at the dinner table these days.. but that's okay with me! I keep teasing Brent with photos I find on Webshots from other cruisers.. such as pics of the late night chocolate buffet, or the private cabanas on Half Moon Cay. You won't hear much complaining from him about my business, that's for sure.

"You need to go work on stamping cards for a class? You go ahead, honey, I'll make dinner and bathe the kids!" hahahhahaa.. seriously though, he is uber-supportive. I'm blessed all around!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


New Catalogue Pizza Party!

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Yesterday afternoon when the catalogues arrived (amidst much hollering & whoopping, scared the poor CanadaPost driver to bits!), I began calling all the other "Canadians, INK!" girls who had preordered cases so they could come to my 3rd annual New Catty Pizza Party! We ate, drank, but mostly DROOLED over the wonders of a new book. Can I just say, it's the BEST ONE EVAHHHHH!!!

Today will be all about beginning to label and box them up, so that everyone who preordered them will get them in the next few days. PHEW! A big job, but someone's got to do it!! LOL!

Monday, June 26, 2006


Happiness is....

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Friday, June 23, 2006


Ahhhhh!! The suspense is KILLING ME!

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Apparantly there are sightings of the new 2006/7 Idea Book & Catalogue near Ottawa, where some fellow Canadian demonstrators got theirs early !


We still have no tracking numbers on our pre-ordered cases of catalogues, which is enough to drive me squirelly but to know they are out there... and I don't have one... and I NEED one... well, that will plumb drive me around the bend!

Here's hoping and praying for my sanity's sake that I get them before the weekend!!! Oie.

Thursday, June 22, 2006


Discontinued Accessories... WOW!

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They are FLYING out the door!

As of 8:30pm Tuesday June 27, the following are no longer available:

Envelopes Confetti Cream & White (medium)
Envelopes Kraft (medium)
Envelopes Shimmery White (medium)
Envelopes Vellum Square (Large)
Envelopes Vellum (medium)
Envelopes Whisper White Square (medium)

Mulberry Paper: Earths, Regals
Puzzles & Envelopes

Eyelets: Small Squares, Small Stars, Small Flowers, Small Triangles
Classy Brass: Shapes & Shadows, Little Layers, Love without End
Punch: Folk Heart, Corner Rounder Large, Handheld 1/4 Inch Circle, Create-A-Corner, Party Hat

Brayer Attachment Acrylic
Memorabilia Pockets
Checkbook Covers
Stampin Carry
Stencil: Cloud Moon & Stars
Envelope Template Assortment I & II

Simply Scrappin Quick Strips I & II
Simply Scrappin: Toy Box, Buttons Bows & Twinkletoes
Designer Series Paper 12x12: Sassy, Sweet
Designer Series Vellum 12x12: Candy, Pool Party, Slumber Party

Stazon Ink Refills: Azure, Blazing Red, Olive Green, Pumpkin, Royal Purple and Ultramarine
Stazon Pads: Azure, Pumpkin & Royal Purple
Top Boss Embossing Pad Tinted and refill
Color Box Chalk Ink Refills (all)

Fancy Fibers: Regals, Neutrals, Earths, Brights
Ribbon Organdy 7/8 Inch : Celery, Gold, Lavender, Navy,

Boxes & Tags Mini Gable: Bold Brights, Rich Regals, Confetti White & Kraft, W&V
Boxes & Tags Party Favor: Rich Regals, Earth Elements, Whisper White
Boxes & Tags Bloomin: Soft Subtles
Boxes & Tags Pillar: Rich Regals
Boxes & Tags Purse: Rich Regals
Boxes & Tags Petal Card: Bold Brights, Rich Regals, Soft Subtles
Door Hangers & Tags Whisper White
Door Hanger Pouches Whisper White
Tag Sheets: Confetti White & Kraft, Rich Regals
Boxes & Tags Book Kit: Accordion Assortment 2
Gift Bags: Oatmeal

Wheels: Whimsical Blossoms, Double-Line Stitched Plaid, Funky Firs, Splat, Swirling Leaves, Tropical Turf, Swirl Style, Ruff Fun, Springtime, Island, Heart of Africa, Chocolate Chips, Crayon ABCs, Delicate Design, Lovely Ladybugs, Party Fun,

Jumbo Wheels: Carnival Fun, Posies & Polka Dots, Bold Blooms, Cool, Lilies, Sports Fans

You can find the entire Discontinuing Accessories link HERE

Friday, June 16, 2006


How many Dilbert readers actually got this joke?

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Thursday, June 15, 2006


More about the Card Tin Organizers Class...

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here are a few more pictures of the tins made last Saturday! Didn't everyone do a smashing job? I think I got pictures of everyone's apologies if I missed any!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


My Card Organizer Tins class!

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Saturday's Tin Organizer class was an absolute BLAST!
It was really amazing to see what everyone came up
with when given free rein to just play and experiment!

We used the plain white Provocraft tins as the base of our organizer, and each participant chose the designer papers & colour scheme to decorate them. Once the base & lid are done, you can embellish with ribbons and other accents as desired.

We also made colour co-ordinated folders for the inside, to keep your cards organized (like "birthday", "baby", "wedding", etc).

After completing the tins and folders, everyone also made 3 cards using some of the retiring sets, so they'd have cards to put in their tins right away!

I plan to do another one of these classes in the fall, so people can make tins as gifts for the Holiday season!

Monday, June 12, 2006


My upcoming "Bud Basics" class...

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This past Saturday, I spent some time prepping for my "Bud Basics" class for this Friday night.

Here are 3 of the 5 cards we'll be making together (just click on image to see the cards in greater detail)...

The first one uses the new double-sided designer papers from the SUmmer mini catalogue, and a vellum front (image embossed in white and coloured in from behind).

The 2nd card uses glitter (doesn't scan well unfortunately) and ribbon.

The third card uses the matching Jumbo wheel and the paper piercing tool from the Crafters Toolkit.


Simple Pearl-ex card...

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Ha! I bet you thought I was done with those darn coffee cards, eh? Not yet...

Here's a simple card we'll be making at my next 10 card camp on June 24th. The words are embossed with gold EP and the little mugs are VersaMark'd and then brushed over with Pearl Ex. I have found that the trick to removing all the excess "halo-ing" is to use a Swiffer cloth over the cardstock. Gently wiping over the surface after you've brushed on the PE won't remove it from the VersaMark'd images... just the residue on the cardstock.

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Shaker card ... using coffee beans!

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Okay, I know you'll all be sick & tired of this set by the time I'm done this little series on it, what can I say? I love it!

Anyhoo, Here's a super easy shaker card I made using a small flat cello bag under the oval cut-out. You can use the paper piercer to poke small holes throughout if you want it to be a smelly shaker... using the flavoured coffee beans, it's an awesome smellng card!

Friday, June 09, 2006



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One of my favourite stamping tools, and one that seems to intimidate my clients again and again, is the trusty Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. I seriously think no stamper should be witthout one and honestly, once you "get" it, there's no turning back!

Back during SAB of 2004, I used the flower border in the "Smorgasborders" set to create this mandela-like design. It was easy to do, but gave a new out-of-the-box application to that particular stamp. I also recreated the same effect this year using the "Noteworthy" SAB set at one of my stamp camps (which gave me a chance to teach the marvels of the SAMJ to new folks).

You can purchase extra Imaging sheets for the SAMJ if you need them -- one handy tip is to create a permanent image template (use Stayzon for permanency) of any of those trickier sets that use the SAMJ on a regular basis, and keep it right in the case along with your stamps. This cuts out one step of the process for you and makes it super-easy to get exact placement time and time again!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Coffee coasters...

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One of my favourite stamping projects has always been creating coasters. Using Stayzon ink, you can stamp your main image on a tumbled tile marble piece (usually 4"x4") , and colour in using one of a variety of ways. With the "Espress Yourself" set, I loved using the earth tones of Sharpies to colour them in, and that requires no baking or heat-setting of the tiles. A quick & easy gift idea is to make up a set of 4, wrap them in nice ribbon with a matching tag and you're done!

You can also use the Chalk petal pads for colouring -- just touch the ink to a piece of wax paper and use your blender pen to colour the images in. That method requires heat setting (15 min at 200F does the trick) for the colours to become permanent.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Quote of the Day (this goes out to my hubby!)

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"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." ~ Scott Adams

Monday, June 05, 2006


Fun with Watercolour Pencils..

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This is one of my favoured "surprise" techniques to show stampers, and I'll be featuring it at my next 10 card camp!

With this card, I stamped the flowers in the White Craft ink first, and let the images air dry for a minute or two.

Then, you colour over the white with the Watercolour Pencils, shading as you go. It gives and amazingly vibrant appearance in real life, especially against a black backdrop!

Saturday, June 03, 2006


ha! I always *knew* stamping was a cult...

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CraftinCaro --

A person of questionable sanity who starts their own cult

'How" will you be defined in the dictionary?' at


Bye-Bye Backgrounds...

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One of my all-time favourite backgrounds has always been 'Soft Swirls". The funky swirly style just goes with so many of my fave sets... here it is paired with my beloved 'Espress Yourself". I used the Crystal Effects again like in the last card, only this time I used it over the mugs to create a shiny, shellack-ed appearance.

Next on the list of backgrounds I'll miss is "By Definition". I've used this puppy a zillion times and still come back for more. With a background that uses this much detail, my favourite way of using them has always been to ink up the stamp, lay it on its wooden side (rubber up), and then lay my cardstock on top & CAREFULLY run a dry brayer over top to get a crisp & clean impression.

Gonna...(sniff)... miss you guys!

Friday, June 02, 2006


Gonna miss...

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"Espress Yourself" when it retires! :(

I was leafing through my samples last night in preparation for a card class I'll be doing, and found this coffee-bean card I made years ago. I don't think I'll be letting this one go any time soon!!

I attached the beans using Crystal Effects and used the fine tip of the VersaMarker to colour in the hearts on the mugs.

There had better be a GREAT coffee set to replace this one....

- Caro

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