Craftin' Caro: February 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008


LEAPing Lizards.. have I got a GIVEAWAY for you!!

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Happy Leap Year, everyone (and Happy Leap Year Birthday to Mary H, too!)

I have some super-duper news to share and to make it an even bigger celebration, I'll be giving away some FREE RUBBAH to commemorate the occasion :)

To make it even more appropriate, I'll be giving away the set "Sweet Celebrations" ... because I am oh-so-sweetly celebrating over here!


1) Guess where I'll be going NEXT YEAR on March 22-27, 2009
2) Write your answer in the Comments area below!

That's it! I'll draw randomly from all the entrants and pick one winner on Monday March 3rd.

If you need a hint.... you'll find a clue somewhere on the main page of this blog. GOOD LUCK!

- Caroline


More samples from Leadership...

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Did you like the ones I posted yesterday? Well, I have LOTS more where that came from! In fact, I think I'll take the pressure off myself from having to stamp something fun (since I'm swamped to the gills preparing for the big International Home & Garden Show next weekend) and just show you all the lovely things I saw while in Palm Springs last month.

Happy stamping,
- Caroline

p.s. Don't forget to take your chance at my big Leap Year Celebration Giveaway!

Thursday, February 28, 2008


More samples from the new Occasions Mini Catalogue!

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I've been holding off on posting these pictures from Leadership until now, what with the new Occasions Mini catalogue release this coming Saturday March 1 and my big pre-order special that I'm offering. So please enjoy them & let me know what you think! There will be more to come tommorrow...

- Caroline

P.S. For Canadians, please note that the 7% reduction pricing WILL be in effect for this catalogue, plus all the stamps are die-cut. WOOHOO!

P.S.S. A special shout-out to the 2 latest ladies who have joined my "Canadians, INK!" team this month: Lisa G & Lana M! So far that makes 5 smart stampers who have taken advantage of the 20% off sale on the Starter Kit during Sale-A-Bration, and will enjoy an additional 2 stamp sets on top of their kit contents. Way to go Lisa and Lana -- I'm so happy you're part of the "family"! Don't forget to RSVP for my Information Night on Friday if you'd like to know more, or drop me an email and we'll chat :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Free "Styled Silver" Hodgepodge Hardware!

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The Occasions Mini Catalogue is chockful of good things, some of which happen to be the awesome new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware pieces! I'm think I'm like a magpie, in that I do so love shiny things and usually want to horde them for myself in my little stamping nest.

But for the next few days, I'm GIVING THEM AWAY!

For every $70 in orders you place between now and March 1, I'll include a free sampler package of everything in the new Hodgepodge Hardware... so you can start playing with it right away. THE ORDER WILL BE PLACED ON SUNDAY MARCH 2, so you can include items from the "Occasions" mini catalogue in your order. Please note, this offer is only valid through me and for Stampin' Up! orders shipped in Canada.

Here are a few cards I created earlier tonight using the Hodgepodge Hardware as well as other special items from the new mini...can you tell which ones they are? (please click on images to enlarge details).

- Caroline

p.s. Don't forget -- Sale-A-Bration is still on so each $70 order also means you get to choose something from that mini for FREE too!


"Summer Days" Flip Flop Album class!

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Here is the Flip-Flop Album we will be making on Thursday night, using the "Summer Days" Simply Scrappin' Kit in the current catalogue. There was NOT STAMPING INVOLVED... (gasp!), just cutting, pasting and of course I added some fun Rhinestone brads to bring the bling.

I only have space for 2 more people at this class, so please RSVP right away if you'd like to attend!!

Happy Stamping,
- Caroline

as always, lease click on images to enlarge!

Monday, February 25, 2008


"Occasions" Mini Catalogue projects!

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Happy Monday, everyone!

Here are 2 of the projects that we made Saturday evening at our "Canadians, INK!" team meeting, both of which utilize some items from the upcoming "Occasions" Mini Catalogue that you can begin ordering from on March 1.

The first is a tent card that uses the new textured die-cut Blooms, the new "Tart & Tangy" fruit stamps set plus the matching "Summer Picnic" Designer Paper.

Mini card #2 uses rub-on's in both white & black from the new "A Perfect Day" package, plus a small ribbon slide from the "Styled Silver" Hodgepodge Hardware. Cutie-patootie!

Please stay tuned for tomorrow's info on how you can get a FREE variety pack of the new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware -- be sure to sign up for my e-newsletter to get the scoop first :)

Happy stamping,

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Last 2 "Embrace Life" class samples

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Happy Saturday!

I'm at the studio today and in a spring cleaning-kind of mood.. I'm looking forward to tackling the insanity which passes as my office. Hopefully I will have time to start in on the studio area too; who would have thought that giving up caffeine and sugar would give me MORE energy??? Go figure... and check in on me again around 2pm to see if I've faded away into nothingness.

Here are the final 2 cards that we made last night at the "Embrace Life" class - enjoy!

- Caroline

Friday, February 22, 2008


A third "Embrace Life" class sample

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Okey doke, here's the 3rd of 5 cards that we are making tonight, and it's a Long-Tall-Sally of a card (please click on card image to enlarge).

I broke out my new "Styled Silver" Hodgepodge Hardware kit, which is coming out in the new "Occasions" mini catalogue next month. I used the silver ribbon slider to go across the thin velvety ribbon from the Sherbert Ribbon Originals, thus giving an easy but elegant touch to this watercoloured card.

I'd best get going to finish chopping the cardstock for tonight's class... see you back here tomorrow!

- Caroline


Melissa's Hostess Gift -- and yet another way to use Rub-ons!

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Here is the hostess gift I gave to Melissa last night at her stamping workshop... it's a hinged tin filled with chocolate nuggets. YUM! Who doesnt like chocolate?!

I got the idea from a tin that Dannie Grave made at Leadership, but for mine I incorporated the SAB Rub-on's right on the lid, since Melissa wanted to see some examples of items made with them.

It was super-easy, and I wrapped the belly band and nuggets using the Ginger Blossoms designer paper, one of my absolute fave sets of papers these days. I just got a massive box with 100 of these little tins in, so I'm looking forward to using them in an upcoming stamp camp as well as to make extras to sell at the International Home and Garden Show in a few weeks.

Happy Stamping!
- Caroline

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Another "Embrace Life" class sample

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Let me share with you another card we'll be making Friday night at the "Embrace Life" card camp.

It's a beautiful card using the "Faux Diamond" technique, which uses Heat & Stick powder combined with Dazzling Diamonds glitter so a super dazzling effect.

This card by Danelle Henry was one of my favourite swap cards from Leadership, and I knew right away that I'd be including it in tomorrow's class. It even uses Blush Blossom, a colour that I think is underutilized by many stampers.

Tomorrow I'll share with you the projects we'll be making on Saturday night at our next "Canadians, INK!" team meeting. If you've ever thought about becoming a demonstrator, why not join us for the evening just to check things out? I'd be happy to have you as an extra-special guest for the night -- please RSVP if you are interested.

Happy Stamping!
- Caroline

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


"Embrace Life" class sample

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This Friday evening I'll be holding a card class based on Stampin' Up!s "Embrace Life" stamp set. I have seen SO many beautiful card samples made with this set that i just knew we needed to do a class based on it.

Here is one of the cards we will be making, which I based off a card I swapped at Leadership with Jackie Vansickle. I used the green ribbon from the "Jersey" Ribbon Originals and I just loved how the texture of the ribbon played off against the subtle stamped Canvas background on the Chocolate Chip card base.

Please click on card image to enlarge for additional details.

Class details can be found here... I still have spaces open if are in the Toronto area and would like to RSVP! Hope to see you soon :)

Happy Stamping,
- Caroline


More fun with Rub-On's!

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As you've probably noticed on my blog recently, I've been having a BLAST playing with Rub-on's. I've been adding them to candles, mugs, glassware, cards...even my computer monitor!

Last week I received my pre-order of goodies from the upcoming Spring "Occasions" Mini catalogue, and in it were some more NEW rub-ons... and I just had to rip the package open to play with them right away :)

Those of you who come visit my stampin' studio on a regular basis will know that I love to keep little bowls of candy out. Well, I picked up this fun & cheerful mug from my local dollar store, in the hopes of decorating it for some Jolly Ranchers.



What do you think? Aren't they FUN?! This new mini will be out beginning March 1, and I promise I'll have more samples to share with you between now and then. Stay Tuned!

Happy stamping,
- Caroline

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Simply Said, thank you!

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I hope my fellow Ontarians enjoyed our first ever "Family Day" holiday yesterday -- it was great being home with hubby & the monsters, even the rain didn't dampen our spirits :)

Here is a card that I received late last week from Sarah at the Stampin' Up! head office. She and I had worked together in January, leading up to when I assisted in presenting a Teleconference on recruiting.

She was such a peach to work with, and I was so touched to have received this "Simply Said" thank you card. Isn't it adorable?

I'll also take a quick moment to welcome my 3 newest demonstrators: Janet, Melinda and Monique. THANK YOU for joining my team & our "Canadians, INK!" stamping family. I'm thrilled to have you with us!

These 3 smart stampers have taken advantage of the 20% off Starter Kit deal that's going on during Sale-A-Bration, as well as being able to benefit from 2 free stamp sets. If you are in Canada and would like more information. please visit my Demonstrator Info page to learn more. If you are in Toronto, why not come to my next Information Night where I'll answer all your burning questions on the perks and benefits of signing up now? :)

Happy Stamping,

Friday, February 15, 2008


My hubby, the stamper

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On Valentine's Day, my husband presented me with a beautiful hand-stamped card of his own, but in his own rather inimically funny way:

He brought it over to me early in the day and when I tried to stop him, saying he needed to wait until the evening when I gave him HIS card, he insisted that I take his now. I must have looked at him strangely, wondering why I needed it right away, and he said, "in case you want to put it on your blog!"

LOL! That Brent, such a show-off.

It did look to me that PERHAPS he went a-stamping in one of the left-over piles from my recent 10 card camp, for the colours & set combo were suspiciously familiar, but that doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, right? We all take our inspirations from somewhere :)

Otherwise, I had a lovely Valentine's evening; we watched "Amelia" with La La La Human Steps (our favourite Canadian dance company - see clip from the film below) while enjoying a nice Pinot Grigio, cranberry brie and then creme brulée with fresh raspberries. Yum!

Happy stamping,
- Caroline

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Free Red Ink Pad or Paper!

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Happy Valentine's Day, my blogging friends!

First, let me start off by sharing two Stamper's Club projects we made this month, both of which could be given as valentines to friends or loved ones.

The first was made using the "Caught in Crystal" technique, using the "Always" set I received at the Manager's reception in Palm Springs. It is a 4.25"x4.25" size card, so it still fits in a standard envelope.

The second is a fun card that uses a variety of punches to make a "fluffy" ladybug card. I based this off a card I received at Leadership from the fabulous Deb Valder! Don't you love it?! I know I do, since I've almost finished making a batch of these to swap on the upcoming Stampin' Up! Bermuda cruise (but my swaps insanity saga is definitely fodder for another day's post...)


Any $70 order placed with me between now and Monday February 18 will not only qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set or rub-ons package, but you'll also get your choice of any RED Classic ink pad or 8.5x11 paper package FREE. Simple quote the special "CUPID" when ordering to get your free gift from me!

Please note, this offer is only valid in Canada -- sorry.

HAPPY STAMPING, now go out and spread some love today!

You are Milk Chocolate

A total dreamer, you spend most of your time with your head in the clouds.
You often think of the future, and you are always working toward your ideal life.
Also nostalgic, you rarely forget a meaningful moment... even those from long ago.
What Kind of Chocolate Are You?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Sale-A-Bration cards...

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Hello everyone,

Have those of you who live in the GTA finished shovelling yourselves out yet? Whooo-weeee... that whipping ice pellets walk-home-from-school yesterday was brutal! I'll be happy not to deal with that kind of snowstorm for a while, thanks, but apparantly there's more to come this weekend. DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!

Here are some of the cards from this past weekend's class, I hope you enjoy them. My next event here at the studio will be on Friday for the "Buck-A-Card" event, where we'll be turning all those lovely retired stamp set sample cards into full cards; should be fun. PLMK if you would like to RSVP a spot :)

Until we next chat, happy stamping!

- Caroline

p.s. please come back tomorrow for my Valentine's Day special -- only available to blog readers!!!

Thursday, February 07, 2008


Fun with Rub On's! Part 2

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Here are a few more ways I've mucked with using our Rub On's, please click on images to enlarge for additional detailing:

On a candle and mug...

On my computer monitor, which was so boring and plain before....

A glass container...

A wine glass (which I plan on storing candies in on my desk, yum!)...

You can even use them on your accessories, like ribbon & buttons!

Here are some tips on how to use our Rub-ons:

1) For best results, cut out your Rub-On image and remove it from the backing sheet. Lay the image on a flat surface, and rub it lightly with your finger to hold it in place. Then firmly rub the image with your bone folder or the wooden stick (included with the Rub-Ons) to transfer it to your project. You’ll know the image has transferred completely when the image becomes lighter on the transfer sheet. Pull up slowly on the transfer sheet, being careful not to slide it. If the image hasn’t transferred completely, simply lay the sheet back down and try again.

2) If you want to transfer Rub-On images to a small embellishment such as a button, you may want to transfer the image to the embellishment before you adhere the embellishment to your project. Stick the embellishment to a smooth surface, such as a cellophane bag, using SNAIL Adhesive. Trim the image from the Rub-On sheet and lay it over your embellishment. Rub your finger over the image to help hold it in place, then transfer the image completely using the wooden stick. Peel the embellishment off the bag and adhere it to your project.

3) You can remove Rub-Ons from most surfaces with our Adhesive Remover.

4) Make sure you store your Rub-Ons with the paper backing or your images will come off where you don’t want them to!!

5)If you need to clean the item the Rub-On is adhered to, wipe it gently with a damp cloth.

- Caroline

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