Craftin' Caro: June 2007

Saturday, June 30, 2007


And the winners are....

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...3 lucky stampers who came to my Retirement Party last night!

Carolynn F. won the "Love Matters" set
Anne P. won the "Happy Harmony" set and
Diana Y. won the "Mini Mates" set.

Congrats to you three!

I had a great time seeing folks last night and I hope you enjoyed it too... it was great to see how empty my sample buckets were this morning after everyone went through them and took bunches home for inspiration. I loved watching everyone pass around my demo copy of the new catalogue

Tomorrow is not only CANADA DAY (wooohoo!) but the launch of the new Fall/Winter Collection. Stay tuned to be able to start browsing it online beginning the 1rst, and keep your fingers crossed that my cases will be delivered on Tuesday July 3 when Canada Post resumes delivery, and I resume my stalking of them.


- Caroline

Thursday, June 28, 2007


This reminds me a little of when I was pregnant...

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...I mean the hugely pregnant, 41-and-a-half weeks kind of pregnant. The feeling of "is this baby ever going to come??" While a bit dramatic, that's how I'm starting to feel about all these catalogues I'm waiting on!!

Yes, I have my copy now and yes, it's supercalifragalistiexpialidocious and all that jazz, but I want YOU all to get your copies too! My downline gals and I are waiting for 19 cases to arrive via Canada Post and if we don't get them today, then it looks like there won't be a big fun pizza party to celebrate them with afterall.


Okay, let's keep our fingers crossed that they DO arrive soon so that those of you who are coming to tomorrow night's Retiring Party will have something fun to take home with you!

I'll keep you posted....

- Caroline, trying to go for the half-full feeling right now

Tuesday, June 26, 2007



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It's here, it's here... my darling enchanting new catty is here!!!

Please note, this is NOT from my pre-order of 8 zillion catties that are coming from the printer. Do not descend like locusts upon me! This is simply the complimentary one that all Stampin' Up! demonstrators are sent. I will be sending out an email to all of those on my Canadian e-newsletter list the moment those ones arrive... I promise.

Until then, I am off to be one with my new best friend -- CIAO!


2 more cards + a big fat pout!

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Who's that sad sack, sorry faced girl I see in the mirror? Oh wait, that would be me.. pouting that I still don't have my new catalogue yet.

So while I sit and sulk, here are 2 more cards from the recent "new catty" card swap, both done by Sarah Pendergrast:

Here's hoping you read a MUCH MORE upbeat post from me later today :) I'm off to start sorting out the swap cards for everyone and then update my card sample wall with current sets.

Happy Stamping!
- Caroline

Monday, June 25, 2007


UPS Memo - hilarious!

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I just got this from one of my contacts at SU's home office... I thought it was too funny not to share :)

- Caroline


UPS Memo

To: Drivers and Security

Date: June 20th , 2007

Subject: Crazy Stampin'Up! Ladies

This time of the year has come around once again. Stampin'Up! is releasing the New Idea Book and Catalog. Please be extremely cautious of Stampin' Up! demonstrators (SUDs) for the next two weeks.

Watch out for the following:

1. At the distribution centers, please be on the lookout for SUDs. In the past they have been known to cut fences and sneak inside covered with close to cocoa ink in hopes of blending in with the trucks.

2. The ladies have been known to run after your trucks. If they catch you and ask if you have a "package" for them, be careful with your answer. They do not take "no" for an answer. If you do not have it, just say "I will double check in the back" and turn and run as fast as you can to your truck and drive away. Do not turn back and look, just keep going until you are a safe distance away.

3. They have also been know to drive up next to you at a stop light in their mini vans and SUVs and ask if you have a package for them. Turn up your radio and pretend you cannot hear them. Do not let them approach your delivery truck at an intersection. SUDs have been know to stop traffic and throw all your packages off the trucks until they find their new Idea Book and catalog.

How to Deliver the New Idea Book and Catalog

1. Be sure you have fixed your squeaky brakes, If not - park your truck two blocks away so the SUD can not hear you coming.

2. Put in your earplugs and secure your safety glasses.

3. If you see children looking out the window, put your finger up to your lips and say "SHHHH".. They are on a "lookout" for you and are being paid to "alert" their mothers (SUDs) when they see you coming to the door.

4. Approach the front door and very quietly, set the package down in front of the door (Make sure you place it in FRONT so when she opens the door, the box will be in the way and give you a little more time to escape).

5. Back up as far as you can and reach for the doorbell, (BE READY TO RUN !!!). Ring the doorbell and make a mad dash back to your truck and drive away....DO NOT LOOK BACK !!!

The UPS corporation is informing you of this because in the past years, SUDs have been known to scream at the top of their lungs with excitement and try to tackle you with hugs for delivering their catalogs. After you have been smothered with appreciation for getting them their catalogs on time, watch out for flying packaging material as they will open up the box before you have had a chance to leave, or they have gone inside.

Best of luck to you with this mission, and remember...

Let's Be Safe Out There!!!!


3 more swap cards...

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Well, today is my final day to receive our team's cards for our New Catty swap, so I'm excited to receive them. Here are 3 more pretties that were dropped off yesterday...

Today's first two cards were created by Robin -- she chose "Garden Silhouettes" & "Vases in Vogue" as her featured sets -- both are hostess sets that are coming in the new catty. She even used Wild Wasasbi and Groovy Guava as her focal colours in the 2nd card. Groovy indeed, Robin!

The third card was made by Cheryl F, using another one of our new hostess sets. I love the raised punched-out circle elements... very cute!

Word on the street is that the complimentary demo catalogues are due to arrive in today's mail (well, today or tomorrow but I prefer to be optomistic!). I'm hoping the 19 cases worth of catties that are being shipped directly from the printer Stampin' Up! uses won't be too far behind, as we have some mighty anxious stampers who are chomping at the bit for them! Keep your ears twitching today for the sound of ecstasy coming from the east-end of Toronto -- hopefully that will be me!

To end today's little note, here's a picture of me from LAST year when the new catalogues arrived and I had to bury my nose in it ASAP. I guess this is one of the last times you'll see me with this one, eh?

Happy stamping, all! - Caroline

Sunday, June 24, 2007


2 more cards + another studio wall....

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Here are 2 more swap cards to share... the last of them are due in tomorrow (Monday) so I'll have some more to post here in the days to come!

The eggplant card is by Helayne, using the new "Pick A Petal" set. I love that this set has 10 different pieces with it and is soooo cute!

Joyce used the new "Year after Year" set for the cake, a new dotted Jumbo wheel "See You Around" down the side & the words are from a new greeting set called "Hugs & Wishes". I've been using it a LOT already :) Thanks gals!

I cleared out the old hostess card samples (prepping to give them all away next week) off the hallway cork board, and I've put up a cardstock display of the 6 new "In Colors" for 07/08, along with some coordinating colours along side them for comparison. Hopefully seeing the colours live and in person will help you see who deliciously scrumptious they are!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone and HAPPY STAMPIN'!
- Caroline

Saturday, June 23, 2007


2 new cards + Studio is almost done!

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Thanks to everyone who came to today's Hostess Appreciation Event -- I sure had a blast and hope you all did too. The only problem is that YOU DID NOT FINISH ALLLLLL THE DESSERTS! Now I have leftover triple chocolate fudge torte and too many other yummys as well that I need to devour... oh, woe is me. Maybe the catties will get delivered on Monday and I can share these with my downline gals. That's assuming there is any left ... bwaahahhahaaaaaa....

Here are 2 more swaps I received yesterday, both by Deanna Tam - a talented demo from Vancouver, BC.

The first card is a beauty using "Baroque Motifs" and the second is from an upcoming set called "Double Line Doodles".

That's a whole lot of cutting out that you did for the petals, Deanna, but the cards look stunning!

As for the studio re-org... it goes on and on. I hit the hardware store and ended up with a 4'x10' length of cork, and had fun (not) staple-gunning it to the wall.

Once it was up, I turned it into the "Wall of Scrap" -- nothing but 12x12 and 6x6 scrapbook layouts to help inspire the scrappers who visit.

If you haven't checked my Calendar of Events recently, go take a peek.... with both Serena and Morgan attending daycamp this summer, I have LOTS of classes and fun stuff planned for you all. If you are interested in a specific class and do not see it listed, email me -- I'm sure we can work something out!

Happy Stamping!
- Caroline

Friday, June 22, 2007


Cards from my Group Swap

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I'm hosting a fun card swap with my group members this month, with the main component being to use new & upcoming stamp sets. The cards have begun trickling in, so I'll show a few of them each day for you :)

Today's offerings are from Diane Cooper and Joyce Taylor (please click on image to enlarge).

Diane's swap card featured "Garden Silhouettes" (a new hostess set) and "Baroque Motifs", with a beautiful combo of new "In Colors": Soft Sky, Blue Bayou & River Rock all paired with some yummy Rose Red. While it might be hard to see in the scan, Diane cut the 2 larger flower blossoms out and mounted them on dimensionals to give extra oomph to the card. Joyce's card features "Baroque Motifs", Purely Pomegrante colour and the new rhinestone brads in a pretty monochromatic scheme.

In other news, the studio re-org is progressing along at a nice clip, although I'm feeling the rush today to get everything done in time for Saturday's Hostess Appreciation party. It sure looks like a bomb exploded in here, what with all the piles & shelving/furniture moving willy-nilly. My goal today is to get the new 8 feet of corkboard to go up on my opposing wall to add more samples, create a display of the new "In Colors" and of course, finishing putting everything back together... easier said then done.

I have 3 different delicious Dufflet pastries arriving for tomorrows party (hehe, is it bad I'm almost as excited about the food as the stamping?). I'm trying to finalize what projects we'll be making and then if I have any left-over time (ha) I'll start getting ready for the final blow-out event of the year which happens next Friday! Hmmm, and somewhere in between all that I'll also host my teams annual New Catalogue Pizza Party, where we get together and OOH & AAH over our new delicious catties. What could be better -- I can't wait until they come!

Happy Stamping everyone,
- Caroline

p.s. Here is the updated Retiring Accessories list... the colour legend works like this: Green = Sufficient supply; Yellow = going fast; Red = sold out. I know some items are already gone so you need to be quick! Contact your Stampin' Up! demonstrator to order before they're gone for good.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Retiring Accessories!

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Good morning everyone!

Well, the retiring Accessories list is here and it's a DOOZIE. The accessories listed below are only available while supplies last and will be retired after June 30. Please don't hesitate to contact me or your local Stampin' Up! demonstrator if you need more information!

104270 Beads Brights
104269 Beads Earths
104271 Beads Neutrals
104268 Beads Regals
104267 Beads Subtles
104583 Brads Vintage

105100 Book Kit Saddle Stitch Assortment 5
105104 Saddle Stitch Book Kit Assortment 1
105097 Accordion Book Kit Assortment 1
107672 Accordion Book Kit Assortment 2
107673 Accordion Book Kit Assortment 3
105094 Accordion Book Kit Assortment 4
105093 Accordion Book Kit Assortment 5
105104 Book Kit Saddle Stitch Assortment 1
107674 Book Kit Saddle Stitch Assortment 2
107675 Book Kit Saddle Stitch Assortment 3
105101 Book Kit Saddle Stitch Assortment 4

102133 Bookmark Large

105079 Boxes & Tags Bloomin Confetti White & Kraft
107253 Boxes & Tags Bloomin Earth Elements
107256 Boxes & Tags Bloomin Kraft
107257 Boxes & Tags Petal Card Bold Brights
107258 Boxes & Tags Petal Card Earth Elements
107261 Boxes & Tags Petal Card Kraft
105085 Boxes & Tags Purse Confetti White & Kraft
107248 Boxes & Tags Purse Earth Elements
107251 Boxes & Tags Purse Kraft
107249 Boxes & Tags Purse Rich Regals
107250 Boxes & Tags Purse Soft Subtles
107241 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Bold Brights
107245 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Confetti White & Kraft
107242 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Earth Elements
107243 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Rich Regals
107244 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Soft Subtles
107252 Boxes & Tags Bloomin Bold Brights
107254 Boxes & Tags Bloomin Rich Regals
107255 Boxes & Tags Boomin Soft Subtles
105073 Boxes & Tags Petal Card Confetti White & Kraft
107259 Boxes & Tags Petal Card Rich Regals
107260 Boxes & Tags Petal Card Soft Subtles
107247 Boxes & Tags Purse Bold Brights

CARD STOCK - In Color's
106673 Card Stock Buckaroo Blue 8 1/2 x 11
106672 Card Stock Cool Caribbean 8 1/2 x 11
106669 Card Stock Cranberry Crisp 8 1/2 x 11
106674 Card Stock Marigold Morning 8 1/2 x 11
106670 Card Stock True Thyme 8 1/2 x 11
106671 Card Stock Vintage Violet 8 1/2 x 11
106683 Card Stock In Color 2007 Assorted 12 x 12
106681 Card Stock In Color 2007 Assorted 8 1/2 x 11

107109 Cardstock Gable Green 12 x 12
107074 Cardstock 12 x 12 Going Gray
103154 Cardstock 8 1/2 x 11 Going Gray
107078 Cardstock Almost Amethyst 12 x 12
107081 Cardstock Apricot Appeal 12 x 12
106538 Cardstock Ballet Blue 12 x 12
106543 Cardstock Barely Banana 12 x 12
107082 Cardstock Blush Blossom 12 x 12
107092 Cardstock Bordering Blue 12 x 12
106533 Cardstock Bravo Burgundy 12 x 12
107098 Cardstock Cameo Coral 12 x 12
107101 Cardstock Close to Cocoa 12 x 12
107071 Cardstock Confetti White & Cream 12 x 12
106536 Cardstock Creamy Caramel 12 x 12
107085 Cardstock Elegant Eggplant 12 x 12
107096 Cardstock Garden Green 12 x 12
106539 Cardstock Glorious Green 12 x 12
107110 Cardstock Green Galore 12 x 12
106534 Cardstock Handsome Hunter 12 x 12
107077 Cardstock Lavender Lace 12 x 12
107068 Cardstock Naturals Whisper Whiet & Ivory 12 x 12
106547 Cardstock Night of Navy 12 x 12
107095 Cardstock Not Quite Navy 12 x 12
107104 Cardstock Orchid Opulence 12 x 12
107083 Cardstock Pale Plum 12 x 12
107084 Cardstock Perfect Plum 12 x 12
107106 Cardstock Pink Passion 12 x 12
107105 Cardstock Pixie Pink 12 x 12
107099 Cardstock Really Rust 12 x 12
106537 Cardstock Ruby Red 12 x 12
107079 Cardstock Sage Shadow 12 x 12
107097 Cardstock Summer Sun 12 x 12
107090 Cardstock Taken with Teal 12 x 12
107103 Cardstock Tempting Turquoise 12 x 12
107108 Cardstock Yo Yo Yellow 12 x 12
107107 Cardstock Only Orange 12 x 12

107411 Classy Brass Bodacious Bouquet
107410 Classy Brass Finest Flourishes
107409 Classy Brass Love It
104292 Classy Brass Shapes
105589 Classy Brass Simply Circles
100400 Classy Brass Snowflakes
105586 Classy Brass Wonderful Words

101028 Cello Bags Gusset Large
100664 Cello Bags Gusset Medium

107231 Classic Stampin Ink Refill Buckaroo Blue
107230 Classic Stampin Ink Refill Cool Caribbean
107228 Classic Stampin Ink Refill Cranberry Crisp
107227 Classic Stampin Ink Refill Marigold Morning
107229 Classic Stampin Ink Refill True Thyme
107232 Classic Stampin Ink Refill Vintage Violet
107225 Classic Stampin Pad Buckaroo Blue
107224 Classic Stampin Pad Cool Caribbean
107222 Classic Stampin Pad Cranberry Crisp
107221 Classic Stampin Pad Marigold Morning
107223 Classic Stampin Pad True Thyme
107226 Classic Stampin Pad Vintage Violet
103136 Craft Stampin Ink Refill Going Gray
102669 Craft Stampin Pad Going Gray
104281 Encore Ink Refill Copper
104280 Encore Pad Copper
101982 Tattoo ink refill black
101562 Tattoo ink refill navy

107278 Fancy Fibers Annie
107280 Fancy Fibers Hannah
107279 Fancy Fibers Scarlet
107281 Fancy Fibers Tiffany
104302 Cord Copper
104303 Cord Gold
104304 Cord Silver
101637 Ribbon Grosgrain Apple Green
105371 Ribbon Grosgrain Apricot
102712 Ribbon Grosgrain Black
100538 Ribbon Grosgrain Bluebird
105372 Ribbon Grosgrain Burgundy
105373 Ribbon Grosgrain Celery
105374 Ribbon Grosgrain Chocolate
100455 Ribbon Grosgrain Cream
105375 Ribbon Grosgrain Eggplant
102950 Ribbon Grosgrain French Blue
105376 Ribbon Grosgrain Handsome Hunter
101666 Ribbon Grosgrain Light Orchid
101926 Ribbon Grosgrain Light Pink
101298 Ribbon Grosgrain Maize
105377 Ribbon Grosgrain Mustard
105378 Ribbon Grosgrain Navy
102682 Ribbon Grosgrain Red
101569 Ribbon Grosgrain Rose
103114 Ribbon Grosgrain Spring Moss
103064 Ribbon Grosgrain Tangerine
101156 Ribbon Grosgrain Taupe
102119 Ribbon Grosgrain Turquoise
102819 Ribbon Grosgrain White
104254 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Black
102217 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Blue
104259 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Celery
104257 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Gold
100589 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Ivory
103019 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Light Pink
104256 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Navy
104253 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Silver
101613 Ribbon Organdy Narrow White
104260 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Wine
103315 Ribbon Organdy Wide Black
100525 Ribbon Organdy Wide Ivory
101224 Ribbon Organdy Wide Red
102978 Ribbon Organdy Wide White
106807 Ribbon Originals Prep School
106809 Ribbon Originals Rustic Retreat
106806 Ribbon Originals Seaside
106808 Ribbon Originals Sweet Shop
107886 Ribbon Stitched Grosgrain Cranberry Crisp
107884 Ribbon Stitched Grosgrain True Thyme
107885 Ribbon Stitched Grosgrain Vintage Violet
104258 Ribbon Organdy Narrow Olive

107061 Designer Series Paper Dots & Dashes
105365 Designer Series Paper Oxford
107407 Designer Series Paper Playhouse Double Sided
104136 Designer Series Paper Pool Party
107064 Designer Series Paper Rebecca
107295 Designer Series Paper Recollections
107062 Designer Series Paper Sarah
107308 Designer Series Paper Sentimental Journey
106686 Designer Series Paper Spring Flowers Double Sided
107461 Timeworn Collection Paper Relics
105368 Timeworn Collection Paper Rustic
106685 Designer Series Paper Spring Showers Double Sided
107406 Designer Series Paper Treehouse Double Sided
105367 Timeworn Collection Paper Weathered
105366 Designer Series Paper Cambridge
107405 Designer Series Paper Four Seasons Double Sided
104135 Designer Series Paper Slumber Party
105369 Timeworn Collection Paper Heirloom

100091 Embossing Stacks Brights
100089 Embossing Stacks Earths
100090 Embossing Stacks Regals
100088 Embossing Stacks Subtles
102440 Stampin Emboss Powder Black
100442 Stampin Emboss Powder Classy Copper
101058 Stampin Emboss Powder Crystal Clear
101040 Stampin Emboss Powder Detail Black
101781 Stampin Emboss Powder Detail Silver
100963 Stampin Emboss Powder Detail White
100837 Stampin Emboss Powder Gold Glory
103273 Stampin Emboss Powder Sterling Silver
105323 Stampin Emboss Powder Vanilla
100551 Stampin Emboss Powder Winter White
101428 Stampin Emboss Powder Detail Clear
103342 Stampin Emboss Powder Detail Gold

101319 Lumiere
104299 Pearl Ex Assortment I
104300 Pearl Ex Assortment II
104301 Pearl Ex Assortment II

103682 Magic Mesh Black
104198 Magic Mesh Linen
103681 Magic Mesh Natural
107420 Magic Mesh Red
103680 Magic Mesh White

103373 Metal Edge Tags Aluminum Vellum Circles
103371 Metal Edge Tags Aluminum Vellum Square
103889 Metal Edge Tags Brass Vellum Circles
103887 Metal Edge Tags Brass Vellum Squares
103890 Metal Edge Tags Brass White Circles
103888 Metal Edge Tags Brass White Squares
103893 Metal Edge Tags Copper Vellum Circles
103891 Metal Edge Tags Copper Vellum Squares
103894 Metal Edge Tags Copper White Circles
103892 Metal Edge Tags Copper White Squares

107924 On Board ATC Trio Album
107922 Page Proectors Ring ATC

107413 Punch Box Designer Label
104391 Punch Corner Slot Simplicity
104392 Punch Daisy
104407 Punch Notched Corner
104406 Punch Paper Piecing
104398 Punch Snowflake
103381 Punch Corner Pocket Square Steps
103378 Punch Corner Rounder Small
103380 Punch Corner Slot Wrought Iron

107451 Simply Scrappin Friends & Flowers
106596 Simply Scrappin I’m Here Girl
107453 Simply Scrappin All the Trimmings
107456 Simply Scrappin At Home
106597 Simply Scrappin I’m Here Boy
106595 Simply Scrappin In Full Bloom
107457 Simply Scrappin Party Pieces
106592 Simply Scrappin Summer Sketches
107455 Simply Scrappin Tickets & Tokens
107460 Simply Scrappin Today & Always
107454 Simply Scrappin Out & About

100659 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Almost Amethyst
107265 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Always Artichoke Jumbo
105202 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Apricot Appeal
107269 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Apricot Appeal Jumbo
101516 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Barely Banana
101678 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Blush Blossom
101186 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Bordering Blue
103198 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Brocade Blue
107263 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Brocade Blue Jumbo
102785 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Cameo Coral
107268 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Certainly Celery Jumbo
100654 Stampin Around Cartridge Creamy Caramel
103671 Stampin Around Cartridge Creamy Caramel Jumbo
105195 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Elegant Eggplant
102117 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Gable Green
103252 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Garden Green
101821 Stampin Around Cartridge Going Gray
100802 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Green Galore
107266 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Green Galore Jumbo
101256 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Lovely Lilac
102871 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Mellow Moss
100566 Stampin’ Around Cartridge More Mustard
103027 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Night of Navy
103084 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Not Quite Navy
107270 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Not Quite Navy Jumbo
102021 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Old Olive
101366 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Only Orange
100809 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Orchid Opulence
101519 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Pale Plum
101139 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Perfect Plum
102667 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Pink Passion
100562 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Pretty in Pink
102927 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Really Rust
105196 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Regal Rose
100520 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Rose Red
107264 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Rose Red Jumbo
102047 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Ruby Red
101475 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Sage Shadow
107262 Stampin’ Around Cartridge So Saffron Jumbo
100660 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Summer Sun
100460 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Taken With Teal
107267 Stampin’ Around Cartridge Tempting Turquoise Jumbo
102576 Stampin Around Cartridge Un-inked Three Cell
102879 Stampin Around Cartridge Un-inked Two Cell
102361 Stampin’ Around Cartridge YoYo Yellow

105031 Stampin Write Journaler Always Artichoke
104179 Stampin Write Journaler Ballet Blue
105334 Stampin Write Journaler Bravo Burgundy
105028 Stampin Write Journaler Close to Cocoa
104177 Stampin Write Journaler Lovely Lilac
104176 Stampin Write Journaler More Mustard
105030 Stampin Write Journaler Night of Navy
104175 Stampin Write Journaler Old Olive
104174 Stampin Write Journaler Pale Plum
105029 Stampin Write Journaler Pixie Pink
104173 Stampin Write Journaler Real Red
104180 Stampin Write Journaler Sage Shadow

103646 Stampin Stack & Store
103648 Stampin Stack

105812 Write Me a Memory Font CD Volume I

Friday, June 15, 2007


Prepping for tomorrow's 10 Card Class

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Much as I'd love to just dive in to all the new goodies I received from the 2007 Preview Brochure, that will need to wait until next week since I'm busy mocking up the cards we're making at tomorrow's 10 Card Camp. We're playing with retiring sets & colours all day long, so it should be fun!
(are you coming to play too?)

To whet your appetite, here are 5 of the 10 cards for Saturday.

Some of the other sets I've pulled out to craft the 5 other cards with are:

- Collage Alphabet
- Love Without End
- Petal Prints
- Sparkling Summer
- All Natural
- Fun Filled

Of course I'll also use up some of this years Designer papers and for sure the retiring 06/07 "In Colors". Then come July, I say "bye bye" to my retired goodies and send them off to new homes with new mommies to take good care of them. Sniff sniff...

In other happy news, one of the amazing stampers in my demonstrator team learned this morning that she just earned the 2008 Stampin' Up! incentive cruise -- WOOHOO for her! She's only been a demonstrator for 1.5 years so I'm so very proud of her and her amazing accomplishments :)

She'll be joining me next March when we sail from New York City on the MS Noordam to sunny Bermuda. I won't say who she is yet since I'm sure she'll be wanting to announce the news first, but I'm SURE you've visited her blog before (if you visit the ones on my blogroll). Let's all wish her a heartfelt "FELICITATIONS"!

- Happy stamping,

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Preview Brochure Goodies are IN!

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Can I hear a "woooohooo?"

What better way for me to celebrate (almost) finishing our business taxes for the year than a great big honking box of Stampin' Up! goodies for me? Yes, I went haywire and ordered everything I wanted from the new Preview Brochure and it's ALL HERE NOW!

What all did I get? Let's see:

I ordered all 6 new "In Color" paper and ink pads... Groovy Guava, River Rock, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, Bayoo Blue and Wild WASABIIIIIIIIII. I thought this past year's "In Color" selections were pretty awesome, and I wasn't sure that anything could replace my fondness for Cool Caribbean and Crisp Cranberry but now I'm not so sure... it's going to be a joy planning out my Hostess Appreciation event projects with these sweeties!

Of course I *needed* the new Punch Box kit with the 3 little ink spots, 9 stamps (die-cut!) and triple flower punch. I saw so many gorgeous little cards made with this while on the Panama Canal Cruise (see here) that I knew it would be a top priority to get in my hot little hands. And now it's mine, all mine (insert evil wicked witch cackling).

I also ordered all 4 packages of new Rhinestone bling brads -- yes, I now have 32 different kinds to play from. I'll be giving these away FREE with my next big upcoming promotion -- if you're Canadian and signed up for my e-newsletter, you'll hear all about it on the 20th (unless you ask me nicely and I'll give you the scoop earlier)!

I also ordered:

- 8 new sets (2 of which are Hostess sets for next year)
- 3 jumbo wheels- an AWESOME package of chipboard
- phenomenal new 12x12 designer papers, that I'm fairly drooling over.

As soon as the last of the taxes are finished, I'll have time to better play with everything and start posting samples, but you know I just could NOT leave all that new rubber & ink untouched so SHHHHHH... don't tell my hubby but I quickly whipped up a card for you all this morning :)

It uses my new absolutely FAVE set Baroque Motifs, River Rock and Purely Pomegranate inks & cardstock, some bling bling, Linen background and the cutter kit to distress the edges. Oh yes... and my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig to do a shadow effect of the main image: once in River Rock and then sightly to the side again in Purely Pomegranate. LOVE THIS SET! If you've visited my blog in the past, I shared a really cool medallion technique that was demo'd on the Big Boat by Brent Steele using this set. I knew right away that this set had to be mine...and now it is. I *love* being a demo :) :) Just click on card to enlarge...

Let me know if there's ever anything you would like me to showcase here on the blog. Leave a comment below and I'll do my best to accomodate you!

Happy stamping!
- Caroline

Monday, June 11, 2007


Stamping for the Guys + stampin' studio update

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Happy Monday, everyone!I hope you all had a lovely weekend, I know I did.

Here are the 5 cards that we made on Saturday for the Masculine card camp.. not a flower or butterfly in site, nary a speck of glitter either. As always, please click onthe picture to enlarge and see the details...

The first of the card uses "Computer Quips", a set I dearly love to use for all the geeks in my life (and I have quite a few!). We embossed the computer in silver and just used the Bashful Blue marker to colour in. The Stamp-a-ma-jig tool comes in handy for accurately stamping words in tight spaces, like on the monitor's screen.

Card 2 uses the "Celebrate in Style" set, another retiring gem. I typically use this set for the octopus with purses or catepillar of many shoes, but the giraffe with all the ties really spoke "Father's Day" to me (inspired by Mistoffoleese's card using a different ribbon).

I call this one my "Manly Man" card I was inspired when I saw lbenden's card on SCS. I love using one of the stamps from "All in a Row" when I want the appearance of faux-stitching. We used the Watercolor Wonder Crayons on our watercolor paper and even *I* couldn't screw it up that bad (and I'm lousy at watercoloring).

This card using "Classic Pickups" was pretty much a straight CASE from Jen70's "Classic Convertible"s card, except for how I knotted the hemp along the bottom. We also used a marker to ink up just the main word "celebrate" from the "Lexicon of Love" set.

This final card was done using the origami shirt fold with some of our designer paper. I got the idea from heyheypaula's card and then found a step-by-step tutorial on Cambria's blog. Once you have the folds down pat, it's an amazingly simple shirt to make... I plan on adding a tie and maybe a pocket for the next one I do!

Some of you have asked me how the studio re-org is going, and I'd have to honestly say: SLOWLY. While the kitchen area is done, I'm still moving around the are in my office where my main shelves will go in, plus trying to clear out my husband's staff room so that I can move my stamping nook in there. See what a disaster it is right now??? I need to clear it up first before I start moving the big furniture about - maybe this week when my biz taxes are done (those of you who Facebook know I've been working on them for days now!).

I did get the first of 3 smaller wall shelves up, where I'll be displaying those cool 3-D items I keep swapping for. You know, the neat-o books, bags, doodads and goodies that you can make with stamping and scrapbooking stuff.

Hopefully I'll have some new SNEAK PEEK goodies for you to see tomorrow, as the Man In Brown should be bringing my humongous pre-order in later this afternoon :) Yeah for me!

Happy Stamping!
- Caroline

Friday, June 08, 2007


What are you doing in March 2009?

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Sunset at the Hilton Waikoloa, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Big Island, Hawaii

How does HAWAII sound to you!!????

While on the recent Panama Canal incentive cruise, we learned that the 2009 Stampin' Up! trip will be to the Big Island of Hawaii, for a 5 day stay at Hilton Waikoloa Resort. Now doesn't THAT sound exciting???

If any of you in my "Canadians, INK!" group want to start planning on how to earn this phenomenal vacation next year, let me know --- come to the July 10th "Aloha Hawaii Night" to help get motivated and reach your goals :)

Hilton Waikoloa Jan 06 170

Thursday, June 07, 2007


Cards for me ('cuz I'm special)

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Okay, maybe not THAT special, but I do *so* love getting nice mail! Let me share the fun goodies I have received recently from some of my fellow Canadian demonstrator buddies:

Here's a card I received from my good friend Sarah Safar from Cambridge, using that cutie-patootie "Polka Dots & Paisley" set from the Spring mini catty. I love how the top flap of the card opens up -- that's adorable!

Another great card from Jennifer Tinline (my fellow Founders Circle chickita), and I just love how the Dazzling Diamonds really perks up this great colour-blocked creation!

Let's see... here's one from Karen Motz and I'm going to be CASEing it for sure at the next retiring 10 Card camp I'll have -- fast, fun and fabulous! I am seriously going to miss "Petal Prints" when it retires, it's one of my fave floral sets.

Last but not least was a card from Alicia Ryckman -- isn't it purdy????

If you're stopping by my studio anytime soon, I'll have these cards up on display so you can see them better in person. Speaking of the studio, I think I'll have the last of the moving/re-org done by 2 weekends from now, just in time for my end of month events. Depending on how well my taxes are going, it might be sooner but I doubt it. I think my accountant will be spanking me this year for getting everything to him so close to Revenus Canada's filing deadline (eek!)- my bad.

Happy stamping!
- Caroline

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


The Fall-Winter Preview Brochure has been released!

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OOOH, the lovely Fall-Winter Preview brochure has officially been released (and I get to show it to you.. yippee!)

It's only 8 pages, but Momma miht have once told you that good things come in small packages. Inside you'll find loads of wonderful new stamp sets, papers and accessories to inspire you, all of which will be released in the July catty.

If you would like want to learn more about how YOU can play with these great sets and accessories, feel free to email me or check out my June Events Calendar for more info on my big blow out party at the end of the month!

Friday, June 01, 2007


TUTORIAL: Mini Explosion Boxes

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Good morning everyone!

Explosion boxes are super-easy and tons of fun... a couple of quick scores and folds and you're basically done. I like making them with Stampin' Up!'s double-sided patterned paper because they're just that much faster to make if I don't have to stamp them myself! LOL ... I'm such a cheater.

Anyhow, if you ever want to make a cute little box for candies or another small item, look no further - and let me show you how to make them.

Step 1: Let's start with the lid!

- Start with a 3.5” x 3.5” piece of Patterned Paper.
- Score a line at the 3/8” mark on all sides. Cut up along the score line once per each of the four corners to create tabs (the bold black lines on lid diagram indicate where to cut).
- Fold along score lines to form lid. Secure tabs to the inside of the lid with adhesive.

Step 2 - The BOX!

- Cut your patterned paper down to 5.5" x 5.5". Score at the 1.5" mark on all 4 sides.
- Score all 4 corners so that it's on the diagonal (see diagram above).

Step 3 - Trim corners.

Step 3: Putting it all together

- Fold in on score lines to create box shape. There's no need to add adhesive to hold together.. the lid will keep the box in place.

TA-DA... you're done! Decorate with ribbon (you could even stamp up a cute tag to go with it) and you're done. And if you're crazy like me, you'll make 50 or so of them to swap out at your local stamping event (groan)

Later today I'll post the projects that were done at the recent Palette O' Prints classes but in the meantime I'll be getting tomorrow's "Card of the Week" email prepared. If you aren't already registered to receive it, please feel free to sign up (on the left) to have it sent to you!

Happy Stamping!
- Caroline

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