Craftin' Caro: December 2007

Saturday, December 29, 2007

 

New Canadian Price Chart for 2008!

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As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Stampin' Up! has decided to further adjust the lowered 2008 catalogue item prices by an additional 7% (in Canada only).

Because the catalogue had already gone to print when they made this decision, they have now created a handy-dandy price conversion chart for us to use.

Here is a full page version that you can print out to keep with your new catalogue.

For my own personal use, I trimmed all 4 sides by about 3/4" and then just pasted it to the back cover of my book for handy reference.

I've also added the link permamently to the blog on the left-side, so you can access it any time you like.

Long live the strength of the Canadian dollar -- LOL!

Happy stamping,
- Caroline

Friday, December 28, 2007

 

Happy Holidays to all... now, come & get 'em!

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Thanks to my hubby taking some unexpected additional time off, I've enjoyed a few extra days of holiday downtime with the family. Yippee!

We all deserve a special break now and then, and ours has been filled with snowfights & forts, great food, family & friends. I'm hoping your holidays have been wonderful too!

With the kids home from school and only returning back on January 7th, I'll be keeping only a very light work schedule between now and then, but will continue to update the blog with fun projects for you.

THE NEW STAMPIN' UP! CATALOGUES ARE HERE!

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus -- and he's brought me many gorgeous cases of the new "Spring-Summer 2008 Collection" to share with all my stamping friends!

If you pre-ordered your catalogue through me, you are welcome to stop by my studio Friday evening (6-9pm) or Saturday (9am-3pm); mail-outs of catalogues will begin today as well. If you forgot to pre-order, that's okay too, as I ordered some extras. Just drop me a line and we'll make arrangements to get you yours.

FINAL CLASS OF 2007!

I'm holding my final stamping class for 2008 tomorrow, Saturday Dec 29 at 1pm -- a Kid's Stamp camp for you and your favourite junior stamper (6+ please). Class details can be found on my Events page, please RSVP if you would like to attend (Toronto and GTA).


Happy Stamping!

Caroline

(yes, go ahead and laugh, I'd fallen and couldn't get up -- LOL!)

Monday, December 24, 2007

 

Day 24 of Holiday Countdown: Cards

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Well, it's December 24th and we're home safe and sound in Toronto from a wonderful few days in Belleville, with many great memories of snowforts & snowball fights, feeding llamas, "Enchanted" and quality time with Papa LeBel, Mary and their cats Octavia & the super hippopotamus-feline hybrid Sylvie. I'm sure I'll have some great pictures to share in the days to come.

We arrived this afternoon with just enough time to unload the car, put the house back in order, have some dinner and then make our traditional cookies for Santa. We've now put up the stockings, and watched "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Cosmic Christmas" with the kidlets. The carrots are out for the reindeer, and Morgan is too pooped to stay up so he asked to go to bed early, "so that Santa will come here quicker!" ETA: It's now 8:35 and it's back out of bed, and tracking Santa via NORAD with his big sister.

I want to wish you ALL the most wonderful Christmas season of joy and peace. May this time be spent with those near and dear to you all, with love and happiness.

These last 3 cards were received from Robin, Carol and Juanita.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and I'll be back briefly on Boxing Day to check in with you all!

Much love,
Caroline



Saturday, December 22, 2007

 

Day 22 of Holiday Countdown: Dressing up Cookies

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So long....farewell... auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!


I'm off to Belleville for a few days of family holidays, so I leave you with this quickie Holiday Countdown post, courtesy once again of Geri & Mary.

This is how amazingly easy it can be to dress up a simple (and delicious!) gift of homemade Xmas goodies. A bit of stamping, a few ribbons, a tag and voila! A treat that you almost don't want to open up 'cuz it looks too cute. Theese two sure make me wish that I could bake more than just refrigerated Pillsbury dough cookies.

I leave you all with warm wishes for this weekend and I hope to be back in time to wish you a merry Christmas :)

HAPPY STAMPING!
- Caroline



Friday, December 21, 2007

 

Day 21 of Holiday Countdown: A Christmas Countdown Clipboard!

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Okay, you SO have to click on the clipboard to see it enlarged, because this shot simply does not do justice to it.

I received this today from my friends Mary & Gerri, and it's just the coolest magnetic Christmas Countdown clipboard EVER! I love all the beautiful detailing and craftswomanship that went into it -- it's so positively fab. And I'm dying to know how you magnetised it, Gerri... I also got all the little tags with numbers that I need, each with a small magnet on the back so that it stays on the board.

C'mon, honestly, it's this the BEST??!!!

I also got a cute stamped bag of cookies that they baked together, but I'll share that with you tomorrow. Not the cookies, silly... those are all mine. Yeah, yeah, I guess I can share with the kidlets and Brent... but that's it.

I'm leaving bright and early for glorious (ahem) Belleville for the weekend to celebrate the holidays with family, but stay tuned on the blog for some more holiday countdown fun while I share more stamping creations from my peeps.

Mary & Gerri... thanks again so much. And that little baby Zoe is just too cute for words -- can't wait for a proper playdate in January with her and her mommy so I can see her in her proper screaming glory, and my ovaries can scream back with some baby lust - LOL!! :) :) :)

HAPPY STAMPING!
- Caroline

Thursday, December 20, 2007

 

Day 20 of Holiday Countdown: Quick Giftables

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I don't know about you, but at this time of the year I'm constantly remembering that I need gifts for those everyday peeps in my life: the coffee gals at Country Style, Loula our crossing guard, my Man in Brown and the postman too.

Rather than just slap a bow on a box of chocolate, I want to do something a LITTLE bit "more", but frankly Miz Scarlett, I just don't have the time for it. So here's a nifty compromise that still lets me feel crafty for a minute or two.

A 2" strip of designer paper, some scrumptions Pomegranate satin ribbon and a label from the "Hand Selected Accents & Elements" tin (part of the "Wrapping Up the Holidays" promo).



















Truly, it doesn't get much easier than that!

Happy stamping,
- Caroline

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

 

Day 19 of Holiday Countdown: Distressed Card

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No, the card is not sad. It's not lonely, either.

But it has been distressed around the edges with White Craft ink, for that lovely snowy effect. Isn't it pretty?

I got this in the mail today from my dear friend Sheilagh (who I miss dreadfully -- come play with me soon, girlie!) so I'm sharing her beautiful card with all of you.










I've just returned from my son's Holiday school concert, and what a blast that was. There's Mister Morgan in the bottom-right corner, the one in the blue. The one squinting and making a face when he saw me with the camera. He cracks me up totally!!

At the intermission, this little six year old stud-muffin asked me for money to buy a treat from the bake sale for his best "girl friend", as he wanted to surprise her with something. Sigh.

HAPPY STAMPING!
- Caroline

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

 

Merry (early) Christmas to me!

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So here's the story...


Yesterday I had to go to the dentist for a procedure that required sedation. Yes, I'm a big chicken and there are just some things I need good drugs for, and letting people stick sharp implements in my mouth is one of them.

I got home in the afternoon and was pretty much put to bed right away to let the meds wear out. As I was snuggling under the blankets and closing my eyes to drift off to lala-land, Brent brought up the mail and showed me that WOW! my new "Spring Summer 2008" collection had arrived. Yippee -- I was now one of the lucky Stampin' Up! demonstrators in Canada who had her mitts on one. I managed about 2 minutes of flipping through it before I PASSED RIGHT OUT! Sheesh, do you think they'll revoke my demonstratorship when they find out??? The shame and horror of it all...

I was tempted to share the picture Brent took of me asleep in bed with my catalogue clutched tightly to my chest, but frankly, it's not the most attractive photo ever taken. Instead, here's a picture of me AWAKE this morning with my precious.

To all my gals who have pre-ordered copies (that includes you Stampers Club members too), Canada Post is supposed to deliver my 20 cases of books on FRIDAY DECEMBER 21. I will keep everyone posted and I *will* make myself available that afternoon/evening for pickups before I leave Toronto for Belleville Saturday morning. Anyone who has opted for mailed delivery WILL have it mailed that day too.

Stay tuned for more details.... and happy stamping!
-Caroline

Monday, December 17, 2007

 

Day 17 of Holiday Countdown: Cards

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This will be a short post today since I'm off to be sedated at the dentist (oh joy and bliss!), so I'll present 2 lovely cards I received this weekend from some of my downline gals

The first is from Cherie and the 2nd from Joyce... have a great day everyone!

- Caroline



Saturday, December 15, 2007

 

Day 15 of Holiday Countdown: Dreaming of a Green Christmas

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That's kind of a joke... since Toronto is being bombarded with snow as I write this. But I *did* want to share a few green holiday cards with you anyhow, made by my friend and fellow demonstrator Sheree Timmermans.

Aren't they lovely? The horse cards were custom designed for someone, and the last green card was the one she gave me for Christmas. Love them! I especially love the sparkle of "snow" on the ground by the horses, y'all know what a fiend I am for glitter.

I'm currently high off all the brownies and holiday nibblies I've been eating since the first of my classes began at 9am this morning... let's hope I come down from all the sugar and caffeine eventually!

Happy Stamping,
- Caroline




Friday, December 14, 2007

 

Sneak Peek #2 on new sets, papers...

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Okay, just taking a QUICK second to show you the next 3 cards for tomorrow....

The first dress card was CASE'd off a card by Jeralyn Baker, which was featured on the demonstrator website yesterday -- I freaking LOVED her idea of making a dress using the Designer Series papers and Simply Said set, so I just had to include it in our projects. Technically, I'm not cheating since I also used the new Celebrate Everything sayings set.



SS: Celebrate Everything, Simply Said

Inks: Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst, Basic Black

CS: Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst cardstock & Designer Paper, Whisper White, Basic Black

Other: Paper Piercer, 3-flower punch, Vintage brads, Sponge Dauber, Stamp-A-ma-jig











This next card uses a new jumbo wheel for the background, as well as the Enjoy Every Moment set that was given to Regionals attendees this past year. I didn't get to go to the Hamilton one (being otherwise occupied -- hee) so Carol-dahlink loaned her set for us to play with. Can I say once again tht I just luvvvvvvvvv the Build-A-Brads?

SS: Enjoy the Moment, Beautiful Jumbo Wheel

Inks: Certainly Celery, VersaMark, Purely Pomegranate

CS: Whisper White, River Rock, Certainly Celery, Purely Pomegranate
OTHER: Paper Piercer, pewter Build-A-Brad, Bali Breeze Designer paper, River Rock & Purely Pomegranate stitched ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, ¾” circle punch




Card 3 was CASE'd from Angie Juda's birdy card, but I changed it around a bit since I'd already used River Rock in the previous card, plus I wanted to play with the Stampin' Pastels (chalks) a bit AND use microbeads over the ribbon for added texture.

SS: A Little Birdie told Me, 3-flower Punch Box kit

Inks: Basic Black, Taken with Teal

CS: Bali Breeze Designer paper, Certainly Celery, Naturals White, Tempting Turquoise, Taken With Teal

Other: Punches: 3-flower Punch, 1” circle; Stampin’ Pastel chalks,q-tips, Sticky Strip, Micro Beads, Celery grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Pop-Up glue dot, White Gel pen



HAPPY STAMPING!
- Caroline

 

Sneak Peek on new sets, papers...

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Good morning everyone!

And it IS a good morning; with Morgan back at school, my new Stampin' Up! "Spring-Summer 08" collection pre-order goodies at hand, a nice French Vanilla coffee at my craftin' table and the next few hours ahead of me to finish preparing for tomorrow's Quarterly Stamp Camp.... yes indeed, a good morning.

Here is a little sneak peek for you of 3 of the 8 cards we'll be making (since I already showed you the scarf earlier this week). I'm going to be naughty and NOT write up the recipes for these until later, as I'd rather jump back to keep on stamping. You all understand that, non? I do promise to come back and add them later on this afternoon, since I also have to share some of the tags that were made last night.

According to the Weather Network, it's going to feel like -19 with the windchill tomorrow here in Toronto, so to all my gals coming over to play: BUNDLE UP!

HAPPY STAMPING!
- Caroline






Thursday, December 13, 2007

 

Day 13 of Holiday Countdown: Cards

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No holiday tags to show you today after all, since with Morgan still at home with "the-cough-&-cold-that-would-not-end" (although he's on antibiotics now for the ear infection, so my fingers are crossed he'll be back to his crazy 6-ear old self soon) there's been no stamping time for Momma.

Ooh, how was that for a run-on sentence?!

Anyhow, instead I'm happy to show you two beautiful cards that arrived in the mail instead, bringing me some much needed holiday cheer!

The first is a beautiful window card by Laurie Pallozi, using some gorgeous watercolouring and clever uses of punches and brads. The "snowy" background is seen through clear acetate to further the illusion that you're looking through a window.
























The second is a lovely copper "Peaceful Wishes" card from Sandy McCulloch. She's using one of my favourite sets here, and I actually used it for about a quarter of the cards I'm sending out this year too.




















Thanks to you both for the great cards! Visiting peeps, please feel free to leave them some praise here if you are so moved...

Happy stamping,
- Caroline


P.S. There WILL be tags tomorrow for you anyhow, since tonight is my "Stamp-Til-You-Cramp" tag making night. If you're interested in coming, please let me know and don't forget your adhesive and scissors. Ciao til then!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

 

Day 12 of Holiday Countdown: Silk Scarves

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Stamping on silk scarves is remarkably easy, and is an elegant way to customize a gift for someone special.

Here's a sneak peek at a new set coming up in the "Spring-Summer 2008 Collection", and we'll be making this scarf on Saturday (please click on image to enlarge).

FYI.. the colours used are Rose Red, Taken with Teal and Rose Romance, all Rich Regal Craft inks.

Tomorrow's post will show some holiday tags plus a few more "sneak peeks" at the projects we'll be making this weekend, since my big pre-order of new sets, accessories and papers arrives today. YIPPPEEEE!!!

Happy stamping,
- Caroline


P.S. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! Some of the demonstrators out in Calgary got their complimentary catties WICKED EARLY. Let's hear it for Groooooooooovy Guava being the main colour; I've seen a pic and it's darn purdy :) Could this mean mine will be here soon? A girl can dream....

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

 

Day 11 of Holiday Countdown: Coupon or Gift Certificate holders

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One thing I love giving at Christmas are custom-made coupons, things like "Girl's Night out" for Serena, or "Free Video Game Rental with Mommy" for Morgan, and of course "Date Night" ones always go over well with Brent :) They're easy to create using Word, and you can make them be for whatever you want.

Here's an example of how they can be dressed up... I used the retiring "Cerise" Designer paper with Real Red cardstock, and created a belly-band and tag to go over the whole kit-n-caboodle.

These are going out to all my "Spring-Summer 2008 Collection" pre-order gals. If you live in Canada and want to get YOUR personal copy as soon as they're released, contact me and you'll be the envy of all the stampers on your block!

By the way, this Saturday is my big quarterly Stamp Camp, where we'll be making projects using all new sets & accessories from the upcoming book. I still have space remaining for several of the time slots, so if you would like more info on attending, please click HERE.

Happy Stampin',
Caroline























Idea CASE'd from the oh so talented April Roycroft.

Monday, December 10, 2007

 

15% off your Retiring Accessories (and more)

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Here we have it, the official Retiring Accessories list from Stampin' Up! I'll be placing orders daily, since all items are "WHILE SUPPLIES LAST" so I'll be doing my best to help you get what you need while it's still in stock.

BLOGGER'S SPECIAL!

I'm offering 15% off all your retiring accessories plus I've extended my "Buy 3, get 1 Free" offer on the retiring sets until December 15th. Don't forget, you MUST quote "website special" to get either of these exclusive deals, otherwise I'll assume you aren't interested in saving money (hehehe).

Stampin' Up!'s "Wrapping Up the Holidays" is also ending on the 15th as well.

In the next few entries this week, I'll show you projects I've made from some of those promotion items, like the empty silver tins, and the awesome assortment of tags I created using the Hand Selected "Accents & Elements". If you're looking for a night out to do some stamping, why not attend this Thursday's Holiday Tags camp, where you can stamp-til-you-cramp and make as many tags as you possibly can in 2 hours? Please RSVP a spot if you want to attend.

Oh yes, one last thing: because it's Monday and because I said I would, I've updated all the retiring card samples on my Art Gallery page. These samples will stay up for one week, and will be changed again NEXT Monday :)

HAPPY STAMPING!
- Caroline


Please note, items in red are sold out, updated 11am Dec 13

ACCENTS & ELEMENT TINS
109198 Accents & Elements Borders & Blossoms
109199 Accents & Elements Little Reminders 2
109197 Accents & Elements Tagged

SCRAPBOOKING RELATED
100700 Album Leather Post Black 8-1/2x11
105385 Album Linen Post Mellow Moss 8-1/2x11
104520 Album Linen Post Natural 8-1/2x11
104517 Album Linen Post Navy 8-1/2x11
105382 Album Linen Post Real Red 8-1/2x11
105392 Album Linen Ring Mellow Moss 8-1/2x11
104510 Album Linen Ring Natural 8-1/2x11
104513 Album Linen Ring Navy 8-1/2x11
105388 Album Linen Ring Real Red 8-1/2x11
103145 Page Protectors Post 8-1/2x11
104523 Page Protectors Ring 8-1/2x11
104184 Post Extenders


109722 Simply Scrappin' Creative License Hostess Level 1
109611 Simply Scrappin' Happy Me Hostess Level 3
109596 Simply Scrappin' Out & About
109626 Simply Scrappin' Primary Colors
109649 Simply Scrappin' Round Up
109635 Simply Scrappin' Secret Garden
109663 Simply Scrappin' Winter Bright

12x12 DESIGNER PAPERS
109149 Designer Series Paper Brocade Background
109161 Designer Series Paper Cerise
109162 Designer Series Paper Charbon
109155 Designer Series Paper Creepy Crawley
109152 Designer Series Paper Darling Doodles
109150 Designer Series Paper Dashing
108503 Designer Series Paper Petals & Paisleys
109156 Designer Series Paper Linen Prints
109147 Designer Series Paper Notations No. 2
109148 Designer Series Paper Outlaw
109158 Designer Series Paper Uptown
109157 Designer Series Paper Wintergreen

DIE-CUT ELEMENTS
105067 Boxes & Tags Pockets & Pieces Assortment I
105068 Boxes & Tags Pockets & Pieces Assortment II
108798 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Confetti White
107246 Boxes & Tags Tiny Takeout Kraft
107235 Tag Sheets Bold Brights
107239 Tag Sheets Confetti White & Kraft
107236 Tag Sheets Earth Elements
107240 Tag Sheets Kraft
107237 Tag Sheets Rich Regals
107238 Tag Sheets Soft Subtles

PLASTIC CASES
105747 Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Large
105748 Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Large Divided
105744 Boxes Stamp & Supply Extra Small
105749 Boxes Stamp & Supply Jumbo
105734 Boxes Stamp & Supply Large
105746 Boxes Stamp & Supply Medium
105745 Boxes Stamp & Supply Small

TOOLS
101052 Brayer Attachment Foam
105962 Perfect Layers Tool
103953 Stamp-a-ma-jig Imaging Sheets Refill
100894 Watercolor Brush Flat
101551 Watercolor Brush Medium
101331 Watercolor Brush Small
105395 Wire Works Metallic

ENVELOPES & CARDS
107293 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Very Vanilla Medium
107285 Envelopes Open End Very Vanilla Large
107284 Envelopes Open End Whisper White Large
107296 Envelopes Shimmery White Medium
107287 Envelopes Square Vellum Large
107310 Envelopes Square Very Vanilla Mini
107294 Envelopes Vellum Medium
107290 Envelopes Very Vanilla Large
107291 Envelopes Whisper White Large

OTHER PAPER PRODUCTS
103598 Paper Vellum 12x12
105652 Wrapping Paper Whisper White

EYELETS
101016 Eyelet Tool Kit
105317 Eyelets Bold Brights II
105379 Eyelets Silver
105315 Eyelets Soft Subtles II

FIBERS
107282 Fancy Fibers Bella
107283 Fancy Fibers Elizabeth

GLITTERS
103352 Stampin' Glitter Romantic Red
103349 Stampin' Glitter Silver Shine

ADHESIVES
106650 Greeting Glue
102620 Liquid Glue

CHALK PASTELS & ACCESSORIES
105543 Pastel Refills Bold Brights
105544 Pastel Refills Earth Elements
105547 Pastel Refills Neutrals
105545 Pastel Refills Rich Regals
105546 Pastel Refills Soft Subtles
103174 Stampin' Pastel Applicators
100852 Stampin' Pastel Erasers


PUNCHES
106522 Punch Spring Bouquet Flower

CARD KITS
107415 Simply Sent Friendship Shapes
109230 Simply Sent Happy Day

INKS
105580 Spectrum Pad Blue Frost
101492 Spectrum Pad Celebration
105579 Spectrum Pad Cotton Candy
101336 Spectrum Pad Pumpkin Patch
100000 Spectrum Pad Un-inked

105675 Stampin' Kids Pad Boxcar Blue
105677 Stampin' Kids Pad Bear Brown
105676 Stampin' Kids Pad Beetle Black
105674 Stampin' Kids Pad Gumball Green
105673 Stampin' Kids Pad Poppin' Purple
105672 Stampin' Kids Pad Princess Pink
105671 Stampin' Kids Pad Robin Red
105670 Stampin' Kids Pad Yahoo Yellow


100081 Stampin' Write Marker Going Gray

100945 StazOn Ink Refill Timber Brown
103088 StazOn Pad Timber Brown

101460 Stampin' Around Cartridge & Ink Refill Whisper White
104432 Stampin' Around Cartridge & Ink Refill Clear Embossing
102391 Stampin' Around Ink Refill Clear Embossing
103017 Stampin' Around Ink Refill Whisper White
103151 Stampin' Emboss Powder Hologram Highlights


Stampin' Round wheels
100360 Acorns
109812 All about Birthdays*
109690 All about Christmas*
109812 All about Gratitude*
109676 Autumn Dots
104070 Bloomin'
107466 Bodacious*
105750 Bouquet*
107481 Butterflies & Blossoms
104065 Fishy
100267 Happy Jacks
107563 Ho Ho Ho
104312 Hot to Dot
104279 Leaf Prints
106062 Leaves Awash*
107479 Rough around the Edges*
101927 Snowman Fun
107465 Speckled*
105521 Spooky Skyline*
108979 Spotted*
107480 True Hearts
105033 Wings & Things

* Jumbo Wheels

 

Day 10 of Holiday Countdown: Starburst Snowman

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I saw this WONDERFUL starburst card recently on Dawn Griffith's blog -- and I adore her work, incidentally; she inspires me constantly.

Anyhoo, I took her original idea and then...because I seem to have a "problem" with glitter (ei: can't seem to not use it), I decided to add our Dazzling Diamonds
along the "rays" criss-crossing the card. It was a fun effect to do, and gives off all that flashy bling that seems to be my signature style.










Now, while the following cards aren't holiday-themed, they do use a bit of an offshoot technique that's similar to what was done above. Often called "retiform" or "grid", they involve the masking off of a centre image with different shading & alternate images stamped within. Judging by the copyright notices, it looks like I stamped these back in 2003, it's kind of funny to look at my cards from way back then :)

Enjoy.....

Caroline



Sunday, December 09, 2007

 

Day 9 of Holiday Countdown: Designer Paper cards

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With the deadline for mailing your holiday cards looming closer, why not look at how you can take a few time-saving shorcuts to pull them together faster? When I need to whip a card together and I'm short on time, the number one item I'll grab from my stamping supplies will ALWAYS be my patterned paper.

Luckily for me, Stampin' Up! has some beautiful ones that coordinate with our colour selections & stamp sets, so it makes cardmaking likety-quick!

The first 3 cards are from this past Holiday card camp that make use of our Designer papers. The 4th card is a better close up of Lisa's card (shown in production mode yesterday) so while it wasn't what I'd call a quick card, its still darn gorgeous and since it uses our papers, I'm adding it for your pleasure!

HAPPY STAMPING,
- Caroline


P.S. Don't forget to visit the blog on Monday when the retiring wheels & accessories will be posted, plus I'll be extending my "Buy 3, Get 1 free" offer on retiring stamp sets until the 15th. Although I can no longer guarantee a holiday delivery, I *can* offer a good deal!

























Card #1 inspired by Heather Pacheco
Card #2 inspired by Carolynn McFarlane

Saturday, December 08, 2007

 

Day 8 of Holiday Countdown: Mass Production

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Today's post is thanks to a photo sent to me by my friend Lisa Oppitz, sharing her most recent "mass production" of holiday cards.

Yes my friends, when you are creating a bazillion cards all at once, this is the ONLY way to go! Click on the photo to enlarge..

I'm scared to ask her just how many cards she was actually making here but in her words:

"30 ‘production’ steps to each card and yes, all of those little flowers, trees, flakes and ‘&’ were cut out by hand, yep, 1200 teeny, tiny, beautiful little pieces!"


She then joked that she has an eye doctor's appointment next week... at least I HOPE you're kidding, Lisa!!!!

Do YOU have a stamping story or card to share? Email me and I'll be happy to post it up for the world to see!

Happy stamping everyone,
Caroline


P.S. Thanks to everyone who sent my family well wishes in the past few days. I'm well on the road to recovery, Morgan's fever broke sometime this morning, Serena is just fine and poor Brent is officially down for the count :(

Friday, December 07, 2007

 

Day 7 of Holiday Countdown: Metal Edged Vellum tag card

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Since I'm still stuck at home with a sick child plus a sick me, here's another card pulled from the archives for you to enjoy.

Here's a card that I made back in 2005, but got a lot of positive feedback about. It's a pity the scan of the original card is so poor, as the main embellishment wasn't nearly so dark.

We heat-embossed the snowflake in silver on one of the vellum circle tags, and then used the brush end of the Brilliant Blue marker to colour in the reverse. The layers were just cut freehand in Brushed Silver and Whisper White, so it's a super easy card to pull together.

BTW...I hope the girls at Stamper's Club last night were easy on my hubby Brent, who was my designated pinch-hitter and stepped into my stamping shoes (ha) when my stomach bug kept me at home. I'm not much better right now so I'm letting you Friday night gals know ahead of time he might be there, so that you don't rib him too much!

HAPPY STAMPING,
- Caroline


P.S. This picture is proof positive that kids will play with snow no matter where they are... even building snowmen in the grocery store parking lot!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

 

Day 6 of Holiday Countdown: Marble Tumble Tiles

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Today's Holiday Countdown project is stamping on tiles to make coasters.

These tiles can be found at places like Home Depot or your local tiling store, for less than a dollar each. I prefer the tumbled marble tiles for their fun texture and ease of use, but you go with what YOU like.

These were stamped with Stazon ink and coloured in with Sharpies... it was a fun project for kids to work on so I love to feature them whenever I do a workshop with Brownies or Guides. That's when I get to pull out my favourite retired Stampin' Up! kid-holiday stamps, and let them go to town and stamp their little hearts out!

There are a variety of ways to stamp your tiles, so I'd recommend checking out one of the online tutorials, such as the one at Splitcoaststampers.


When I'm done with the stamped top of the tile, I usually flip it over and adhere small cork or felt "feet" with a dab of Crystal Effects. This makes a nice coaster or trivet, and you can wrap a set up as a nice gift, and make a matched tag (or card, or box, or wrapping paper, or bow...hahaha... the list goes on!).

I hope this inspired you to have fun playing with tiles, I know I do!

HAPPY STAMPING!
- Caroline



p.s. If you're wondering what I'm doing up at 3am today, that's okay...so am I. Poor Morgan is running a fever and so I've getting him meds & water, but at least he's sleeping now. Me? not so much :( Let's hope my munchkin's better today.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

 

Day 5 of Holiday Countdown: Snowflake Cards

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Here is one of my all-time favourite snowflake sets that Stampin' Up! retired a few years ago: "Enchanted Snowflakes".

I loved the funky-ness of the flakes, and it really appealed to my non-traditional style that occasionally needs letting out of the closet (the same me that once had Rose Red red hair, nose rings and multiple tattoos!)

This technique of "enamelling" requires you to make mutiple layers of heated embossing powder until it basically puddles into a steaming pile of lava. Okay, not really, but it will be melted and so you can press in your stamp and allow the EP to cool around it. Don't worry about damaging your stamp -- they can handle the heat!

I then trimmed the image out, layered it on burgundy and then my glorious Shimmery White paper. Gawwwwwgeous, if I say so myself!

My second card uses the same set, and a dual embossing technique of Gold and Silver powders. We'll be using this technique at Saturday's Holiday 10 card camp, but we'll use "The Snowflake Spot" set instead, to keep things current.

Brushed gold and silver cardstocks keep things shimmery in a low-key way, and it creates a cool effect in all.

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HAPPY STAMPING!
- Caroline

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

 

Day 4 of Holiday Countdown: "Lovely As a Tree"

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I've been a-digging through the archives again in search of some old standbys to share with you, and found one of my favourite "Lovely As a Tree" cards.

In fact, we'll be making a very similar card to this on Saturday as part of the Holiday 10 Card camp. The nice thing about this card is that it's fast and easy to stamp, but the beauty & simplicity of the images make it an elegant holiday card to give away.

I'm sure stampers around the globe heard my MASSIVE sigh of relief Saturday morning when the Retiring list was announced and my beloved LAAT was spared. Phew! I have at least another 6 months to keep sharing my lurrrrrve of that set with my peeps.

Happy stamping,
- Caroline

Monday, December 03, 2007

 

Day 3 of Holiday Countdown: Advent Calendar

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One of my favourite holiday memories as a child was that of the annual paper chocolate calendars, where you opened one "door" each day in December. The chocolate was uniformly pretty bad and waxy, but I just loved opening up those little squares each day - what a treat.

Imagine my thrill when I got an email from my friend Ardyth, showing me the Advent calendar she had made using a stretched white canvas, Designer papers and little metal tins (seen here with her adorable daughter).

She was quick to tell me that is wasn't her original idea - she'd first seen one on Beate's blog.

My response to that was, "Who cares where the idea comes from? I love it! Make ME one!!"

I think this was the first time I'd ever commissioned a piece of art, but I definitely did not have the time nor materials at hand to pull one of these babies together by December 1.

Besides, Ardyth's work is so beautiful...why not pay her to make me one, and have it be destined to become a family favourite?

Needless to say, I was tickled pink (or should that be, green & red) when she delivered our new Advent calendar last week. Hey, she even stuffed each of the tins with 2 pieces of Lindt chocolates, knowing my monsters would be looking for the goodies within.

Ardyth, I absolutely love it -- you did a phenomenal job and I'm seriously impressed. It was worth every penny and my family thanks you for the years of holiday magic we'll have with it! :) You rock, girl!


HAPPY STAMPING, EVERYONE!
- Caroline


p.s. Despite Kathy thinking me a wussy weather wimp, we DID end up going out in the slushy sleet/rain yesterday afternoon to play with the white stuff & pick our Christmas tree out.


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