Craftin' Caro: February 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007

 

Carte Postale x 2

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As promised, here is some of the projects that we'll be doing tonight at the "Carte Postale" Stamp camp.

I had received this Winter Mini set back in September, when I was at Stampin' Up!'s Founder's Circle retreat, and I just fell madly in love with it! When the mini was released and I saw it also had a matching jumbo wheel, background stamp AND background papers...well didn't I just think I'd died and gone to heaven??!

For this first project, I was heavily inspired by my downline Lisa's card (visit her blog or her SCS gallery, they're great!).

This is a pretty simple donut card (you know, with a hole in the middle?). The small circle area is actually cut out and lifted with Stampin' Dimensionals so that it is slightly raised through the circle punch when the card is closed.





The second card uses the Brushed Copper paper (love it), vanilla embossing powder, copper cord and matching Pearl-ex...something we played with at this month's Stampers Club. Did you know that "Mon Amie" means "My friend" in French? What a great card to send to a special girlfriend you haven't seen in a while.



If you are interested in learning more about tonight's class, click HERE to visit my Stampin' Up! website where you'll find all the details!

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

 

Cards, cards and more cards

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Here are a few more cards for you, these were either made at or inspired from cards from my latest 10 card camp. They range from the simpler to the more time-consuming, but each was fun to make! As always, please click on the card to see the details up close).

"Happy Harmony" SAB set & Print Background & one of the All Year Cheer sets. Flowers were coloured in with markers and a bit of glitter was added to the centre. Colour scheme: Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery




"Happy Harmony" SAB set with silver eyelets & Zig painty. Clean lines, sharp card! Colour scheme: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Silver



"So Very" SAB, "Heartfelt Thanks" and Aida Cloth background. I based this card design off of Corinna's card from the SAB Mega swap. Colour Scheme: Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, Blush Blossom



Rock 'n' roll "Petal Prints" with faux dry-embossing & masking. I love the Shimmer paper used here... gives a nice little sparkle. Color Scheme: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron.



Next time I post, I'll share some of the projects being made at tomorrow night's "Carte Postale" stamp camp. Until then, happy stamping! :)

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

 

A fresh spring card + the new Mini.......

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(click on card to enlarge)

When I participated in the SAB Mega Swap last December, I got a really cute "Delight in Life" card from Pam Lee, another talented Canadian demonstrator (her cards always insire me!). Since I didn't have the "Seaside" ribbon she used on her card & needed to use the "Sweet Shop" instead, I changed her colour scheme from blue & brown to apricot & rose, and switched stamp sets around as well.

Instead, this card uses the wonderful "Polka Dots & Paisley" set that all demonstrators received FREE from Stampin' Up! these past months. It'll be available for sale next month in the new Spring mini catalogue, as well as part of a great promotion called "Spring Fever". Sound exciting? You bet! Sign up for my newsletter (on the left) and find out all about upcoming promotions, as well as get stamping tips, info on my classes & events, etc.



Isn't it almost time to start stalking the postman for your copy of the new Spring Mini Catalogue? You're going to love it!! If you live in Canada and would like to receive your own copy, please drop me an email at caroline@canadiansink.ca and I'll be happy to add you to my snail-mail list!

HAPPY STAMPING!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

 

Serena's Sunday Stamping Fun!

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In the Kobayashi-LeBel household, Sunday is family day, and dollars to donuts that means my 9 year old daughter will want to do some recreational stamping with good old mom. We leave the boys behind to play video games, and head to the studio.

But first things first... you need to load up on CHOCOLATE! I've explained to Serena all about the primal need for chocolate that many stampers crave, and she was more than happy to give in to that.



I pretty much give her free reign to do what she wants, how she wants, as long as it all gets cleaned up before we come home. She's been stamping since she was 4, and is an old pro at it :) Serena often "brags" that her most has the best job ever and has told me she wants to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator when she grows up too (insert collective "awwwww" here)

Sunday she wanted to make chocolate nugget holders for her friends and teacher, so she went straight to work.






We stamped together for 3 hours straight, listened to music, laughed our butts off and consumed far more chocolate than was good for either of us.

In all, a MOST EXCELLENT TIME!!

Next week she wants to start up on her swaps for the Kids Cruise swap she has joined, which I guess means I had better get cracking on mine too :)

 

Notebooks + Spring Mini Papers & Spiral Punch!

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About a week ago, I received my shipment of Spring mini pre-order items. I opted to buy all the new Designer 12x12 paper packages, such as "Petals & Paisleys",



"Au Chocolat",



and "Notations".



I also NEEDED to get the cute little On Board Art Journal (5"x5" and seen here with a package of beads, so you can get a sense of its size). Wait until you hear about the new Spiral punch that will let you HOLEPUNCH paper and cardstock to make covers and additional pages. And you will... further down!


I also fell in love with the little Accents & Elements tin of "Little Reminders" (which matched the "Notations" paper and the new "Office Accoutrement" set),



and the Long Notes (seen here in Cool Carribean), which are 6 5/8 x 3 1/4".



Okay...so more about those new PUNCHES!!!

As I mentioned, there is a new Spiral punch. I played with this one first as I had one of the larger Art Journals that I had been wanted to decorate for ages. My idea was to create a Cruise Journal, that I could bring on the ship with me in April to jot all my notes & experiences down first-hand, leaving rooms for the occasional picture. I didn't want it to replace my normal scrapbook, just be in addition to it! I decided to go with the "Friends & Flowers" Simply Scrapping Hostess kit as my inspiration, and cut a sheet of the patterned paper to fit my cover. I used the spiral holepunch to punch holes down the side, and decorated the cover with the adhesive elements. FYI, the title reads "happy favorite memories"



Because I wanted the inside to be as inspired as the outside, I used more of the paper and decorative pieces to embellish the inner pages too. Here are just a couple of them:







Now, the 2nd new punch they are offering is a Round Tab punch:



Once my journal is finished, I plan on then creating custom tabs to separate the different areas of my writing, like "Pre-Cruise", "Aruba", etc. You just fold the tab in half and adhere! You can embellish them any way you want, of course, and believe me... I will!


I wanted to check if the Spiral punch worked on other types of journals and not just the Stampin' Up! ones, so I hit my local Dollarama and picked up a notebook to decorate for my daughter. It was ridiculously easy! I kept it pretty simple just by using the "Loves Me" paper from the current Winter mini catalogue, some cardstock & brads. She loved it!!



You might have noticed that there are new sets in my recent order, and you'd be right. But DON'T be thinking that's because there aren't any "must-have" sets in the new mini, since you'd be dead wrong! This is just me practicing extreme restraint and having to wait until March 15 when I can order them ALL! You see, I earned *14 FREE SETS* through Stampin' Up! during the past 2 months and I get to redeem my choices on the 15h...so I'm cleaning out the Spring Mini and getting whatever my little heart desires. WOOOOHOOO -- how stinkin' awesome is that?!!

Stay tuned this week to see cards from the upcoming "Carte Postal" Stamp camp and using the new "Polka Dots & Paisley".

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

 

Playing with Pearl-Ex

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Here's another card that was made at the February Stamper's Club night. It was inspired by a sway card I received from the lovely Julie Dinn, a fantabulous demonstrator in Calgary -- I just switched my colour scheme around to Certainly Celery. Please click on photo to enlarge...



You know... sometimes you guys must think I don't have an original bone in my body, and there are certainly times when it's true and I look for the creative muse elsewhere. I am inspired all the time by the beautiful cards I get in swaps with other demos, and from the artwork shared on Splitcoaststampers and Stampin' Up!'s "Stampers Showcase".

But OCCASIONALLY I come up with the odd idea or two that I can say came from my own wee noggin, and I'll be sharing some of those projects with you tomorrow. You WON'T WANT TO MISS IT... since there will be a SNEAK PEEK at some of the upcoming Spring Mini catalogue items in it (can I say... new punch??)!

In the meantime, don't forget to double-check your Winter & SAB mini catalogues for last-minute items you need... time is running out and it'll be Feb 28 before you know it :) If you want more info on joining one of my Stamper's Club, please click HERE.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

 

Kissing - a tutorial!

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Ahhh, can you feeeeel the luuuuuuuv? It's TIME to get SMOOCHING, stamping-style! Valentine's Day might already be history, but the stamping luvvvvvvvvv remains (and since I found my camera's battery charger, I can finally post the tutorial as promised).

Kissing is a fast & fun stamping technique. It's easy-peasy and you can get some great results...believe me, do a search for "kissing" on SCS and you'll see lots of fun examples (for instance, a really cute lampshade card by leslierich caught my eye!)

We incorporated kissing at my latest Stamp Club meeting using the Big Blossom SAB set + the Paisley background...well, all except for Miss Cheryl, who despises paisley with the heat of a thousand burning suns.



First I inked up my brayer with Rose Red ink and thoroughly covered the Paisley background with it.



Leaving the paisley rubber-side up, I took the uninked flower and pressed the 2 stamps together (*smoooooch*).



When you separate the two stamps, you can see that the pattern has imprinted itself onto the rubber of the flower. Bold stamps like this are EXCELLENT for kissing :)



I stamped the now inked-up flower onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock



Here's a completed card using the Big Blossom kissed with the paisley: while you can't really see it in the scan, we used Night of Navy Craft ink with Heat'n'stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter for some extra bling!



For more information on the classes and Stampers Club's I offer, please visit my official Stampin' Up! website HERE.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

 

Miss me?!

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First things first:
Sorry for the delay in posting anything new -- a wicked nasty cold hit our home last week & knocked both children and myself out for a while. Coupled with the meltdown of my home laptop, it meant there was no joy in Cyber-land for me. Please note, if you have emailed me recently and I haven't responded yet, I'll be valiantly catching up over the next couple of days!

Okay, back to our regularly schedule stamping programming!




Here are the final 3 projects from the recent "Love Matters" class (the previous 2 cards were shared HERE).

The first card has a clever hidden tag that you pull out with the velvet ribbon. I CASE'd this card from colleen2e's (see her gallery here)



The candle is just something fun that I threw together -- I love how easy & WOW they can be to make! I used our Scarlet fibers and while the candle's wax was warm, I pushed through a silver brad. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A TUTORIAL ON CANDLES... please let me know in the comments below, and I'll see if I can do one for next week!




The final card was CASE'd from Jennie/mocjen's sample card (see her SCS gallery here). The main difference with her card & mine is that she used the rikrack from the Flirty ribbons set (I used mine on the previous card) and I chose to use the Shimmer White cardstock for the backing. You can't see it in the scan, but it gives a wonderful & subtle sparkle to the card.



Tomorrow's post will be the KISSING (smooooooch) tutorial I spoke of in my recent e0-newsletter. Come back for some Valentine's Day Stampin' Up! luuuurrrvveeeeee :)

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

 

UHU Project Blog

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Many of you may have seen UHU reviews popping up on your favourite papercrafting blogs in the past few months. At least, that's where I first read about Maria Filosa’s UHU Project Blog, and thought I'd like to participate as well.

The idea is that if you are a craft blogger and would like to try out some of UHU’s products, they will send you some and you simply give an honest review on your blog. Sounds easy, eh? I made my request a little while ago and am looking forward to receiving my new adhesives to try! Much as I love my Stampin' Up! tools, I'm always willing and eager to see what else is available in the crafting market.

I have some ideas in mind already of what I want to try them on, so I'll be busy crafting as soon as they arrive. Stay tuned...

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

 

And the winner is...

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Allison!

Cheryl (my Stampin' Slave, as she is so affectionately known) drew the name out of a bowl of everyone who participated in my Top 5 Stampin' Investments contest. I'm happy to say that Allison is the winner this month -- congrats to you! She won a new & unmounted "Bloomin' With Happiness" Level one Hostess set from the current Stampin' Up! Idea book & Catalogue.

I'll be having another Blog Candy contest starting next week, so be sure to check back in!

My "Card of the Week" program starts this weekend so if you haven't already signed up for it, you can do so HERE. February's e-newsletter is slated to go out on Tuesday so watch your Inbox for that one.

As for today, I'm spending this chilly day inside planning all of February's Stampers Club projects (theme is powders: Pearl-Ex, Heat & Stick, Glitter) as well as prepping the SAB 10 Card camp and the "Carte Postale" Stamp Camp too. Should be a productive afternoon :)

Have a super weekend, everyone!

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