Craftin' Caro: April 2008

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


"Loonies For Littles" Philanthropic Campaign

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Purchase a "Loonies for Littles" Stampin' Kit for my special price of $29.95 (regular $32.50) and Stampin' Up! will donate $2 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSCA)!

The Loonies for Littles campaign benefits the "Littles" (kids) and "Bigs" (adult volunteers) in the BBBSCA's In-School Mentoring program.

The Loonies for Littles Stampin' Kit includes the following:

- Exclusive double-mounted Good Together stamp set
- One 5" x 5" On Board Art Journal
- Two sheets of double-sided Designer Series paper from Boho Blend Simply Scrappin'
- Three sheets of self-adhesive die cuts from Boho Blend Simply Scrappin'
- Four sheets of 12" x 12" textured card stock
- Two Classic Stampin' Spots: 1 Old Olive, 1 Pumpkin Pie
- Full-color insert with photos of projects, along with step-by-step instructions
- One 12x12 Craft Keeper

This kit, including the stamp set, was designed exclusively for this campaign and will not be offered again after May 31, 2008. This offer is available only in Canada.

As an additional bonus from me, anyone ordering this kit is welcome to come to a special free class on Friday June 13, where we can work on the kits together.



Cutting Combo Pack Special Offer!

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Until May 31, order the 12x18 Cutting Mat and get the Hobby Blade with 5 refills for FREE! (see both on page 184 of the current Spring Summer 2008 Collection).

The non-slip mat allows for safe cutting while protecting your work surface. Grid lines provide a guide for precise cutting with your hobby blade everytime!

My special promotional price: $17.99 CDN (regular $19.48). Please call or email me to order anytime. Please use item code #113421 to get this special free bonus offer.




Get on Board with CHIPBOARD!

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Spend $40 on any Stampin' Up! products and get 30 percent off any "On Board" chipboard items from the Spring-Summer Collection (until May 31).

All On Board products (pages 178-179) qualify for this promotion! This special 30% offer is only available through me.


Monday, April 28, 2008


Mother's Day card featured on Roger's "daytime" show

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This morning I was thrilled to have been featured on Roger's live "daytime" show, where I was able to teach the hosts Jacqueline & George how to create their own hand-stamped Mother's Day card, using Stampin' Up! products.

If you missed this morning's show, it will be repeated at 4pm and 11pm (Cable 10 & 63 York Region).

Here is the supply list of what I used to re-create the projects:

All Holidays
So Swirly Jumbo Wheel

Barely Banana

Real Red Classic
VersaMark ink cartridge

Die-Cut Blooms (Occasions mini catalogue)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Crystal Effects
Chunky Glitter
Fire & Square Round Rhinestone brad
Jumbo Wheel handle
Confetti envelope

BONUS FOR VIEWERS: the first 5 people who email me and tell me what did Jacqueline forget to add to her card, will recieve a free "Spring-Summer 2008 Collection" book from me! If you see the show, drop me a line to let me know what you thought!

- Caroline

Thursday, April 24, 2008


See you at the CreativFestival!

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For those of you in Toronto and the GTA, why not stop by the CreativFestival at the International Centre this weekend? I'll be at booth #404 and will have loads of lovely stamping samples to show you, plus great show specials too.

You'll even receive a special free gifty from me if you say "BLOG SPECIAL" when you visit the booth!


- Caroline

P.S. the past 2 weeks have been super crazy with all the renovations, computer & internet problems etc, but I'm happy to say that my move into the new studio is practically completed. I am looking forward to welcoming all my class attendees and guests there in May!

Friday, April 11, 2008


Cruise '08 Memories: Samples (part 1)

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At General session, Shelli talked with us a bit about the benefits of balance in our lives. She also showed this adorable little treat holder she made her grandchildren for Easter....

Next is a new set coming out in August called "Bella Blossoms", and a card that Pam made with it. I loved how she used Crystal Effects around the edges of the blossom and then applied the Chunky glitter to it -- looks faboo in person.

For the following project, I love how after stamping the main image, the paper piercer was used to add teeny holes across it all. I've done that technique before alongside the stamped image (like with the big flourish in "Baroque Motifs") but never right into the line itself. Looked very cool!

Here are a few more items shown to us... hope you enjoy them!

- Happy Stamping,

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Cruise '08 Memories: General Session

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Here are some of the new & upcoming products from the "Fall/Winter 2008 Collection" that were revealed to us on the Sunday Morning's General Session...

(please click on images to enlarge)

Now, do you want to see some pretty SAMPLES of projects that were demo'd/shown on the cruise????

- Caroline


Cruise '08 Memories: Kids stamp TOO!

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As you saw in one of my March blog entries, both my children signed up for the Kid's swap on the Bermuda cruise. Serena had participated in one before, but this was Morgan's first and he was SUPER excited!

Here are some photos with them and their fellow swap players (thanks Sheilah!)

Serena and Morgan are 2nd & 3rd from the left...

Morgan and Sammy hamming it up for the camera....

Once the kids were done swapping, they ran back to our suite to examine them all...and tear open the ones that had candy in to devour them! LOL!

My plan at this time is NOT to take them on the next incentive trip in Hawaii, but rather to bring them to Orlando in January when we'll have our next Leadership conference (+ a litle Disney). Whatever we decide, they sure love that Mommy's a Stampin' Up! demonstrator :)

- Caroline

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Cruise '08 Memories: Real Men DO Stamp (part 2)

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I promised you some of the OTHER Brent's creations, and here they are. One of the best parts of any major Stampin' Up! even has ALWAYS been Brent Steele's stamping.. plus he has a sense of humour that just cracks us all up like crazy. My hubby was in stitches watching him!

Aren't the jeans adorable? I've stamped on t-shirts and the like before, but I *love* the idea of using our Craft inks on denim.

He then did a card where he HEAT EMBOSSED on our wide grosgrain ribbon... got to admit, I'd never thought of that myself, but it looked wicked cool.

He then demo'd a "manly man" card made from sheet metal which was absolutely hilarious. You had to see him with the pink metal cutters to fully appreciate it all. I'm almost frightened to think what he'll have to come up with next time to follow up this virtuoso performance :)

Then he embossed a MARSHMALLOW! LOL! I mean, really....

I never thought I'd feel bad for Pam Morgan but how do you compete with that?? :) I'll show some of her gorgeous projects and a sneak peek at some new papers and sets tomorrow...

- Caroline


Cruise '08 Memories: Real Men DO Stamp (part 1)

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Okay, maybe they don't eat quiche, but over 20 of the hubbies on the recent Stampin' Up! cruise decided that they WOULD stamp some cards and join in on the madness & fun of swapping.

They were there, bright and early at 8:30am on the Tuesday morning, swapping away. Aren't they adorable??? (that's my guy in the red)

Now, I have to tell you... I've seen all the cards that were swapped, and most look suspiciously as if the wives had a hand in "helping" (ahem). But that's okay, 'cuz now Brent claims he just has to "up his game" next year for the Hawaii Husband Swap Event :)

Tomorrow I'll share some stamping that another Brent did... Brent Steele! Very cool stuff using NEW sets, you don't want to miss it.

- Caroline

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


And now for the BIG NEWS!

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I teased a few weeks ago about how I had some big news to share (and no, I'm NOT pregnant) and I'm officially sharing it with everyone today:

My studio is moving!

Beginning May 1, my new location will be at:

2243 Danforth Ave - rear studio
(at Danforth Avenue at Gledhill, 1 light east of Woodbine Ave)
Toronto, ON M4C 1K4


I will be right opposite my children's school -- so I look forward to including some more daytime and after-school classes into my schedule. For those of you who like the convenience of coming to my events using public transit, I'm about a 5 minute walk from the Woodbine subway station, or 8 minutes from Main Street station, if you need elevator access.

My husband and his staff will be taking the front upstairs offices, and I will be installing myself on the ground floor rear studio, accessible through the side entrance.

This new space means I will have a private office, a stamping room, a vestibule for jackets, etc, plus oodles of room for stamping tables, numerous display boards and shelves to show off the fun 3-D items I'm always collecting at Stampin' Up! events! Doesn't that sound wonderful?

This is also one of the reasons you may have noticed that my Events & Classes calendar is so light through the end of April... what with preparing for the Creativ Festival, painting & packing everything up, I've had to do a lot of shuffling to move my classes into May & June. But that's okay - we'll have a wonderful fresh new place to stamp in... YIPPEEE!!

I plan to have a great big New Studio Open House event on Saturday May 10th, so mark the date on your calendar since it's going to be HUGE!!!!!

Happy stamping,


Cruise Sneak Peek: new 2008-9 "In Colors"

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The NEW In Color's which will be released in the new SU catalogue in August are:

- Pink Pirouette
- Riding Hood Red
- Tangerine Tango
- Kiwi Kiss
- Bali Breeze
- Pacific Point

More new stuff later today.....

- Caroline

Monday, April 07, 2008


Home Sweet Home!

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Hello out there in blog-land!

We landed back in Toronto Sunday night and are now trying to re-adjust to life without room service, deliciously prepared meals and non-stop FUN FUN FUN. It's always sad when a vacation ends but never more so when it's a Stampin' Up! one as well. Such is life -- and I'm *almost* ready to begin tackling the 5 luggages worth of laundry I came home with, plus responding to a zillion email.

I'll begin the MASSIVE job of sorting through the hundreds of photos I took, so that I can share with you some of the sneak peek items that Stampin' Up! has in store for us all (new sets, papers and IN COLORS!) and will start posting them tomorrow.

But for now... if you're thinking you might want to dream about the 2010 Incentive trip (which you can work towards during the 2008-2009 SU year), here's where it will be!

- Caroline

Sunday, April 06, 2008



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Today is Sunday, and I am extending my special until MONDAY evening at midnight to take advantage of my Cruising Special, with NO shipping or handling charges plus NO TAXES. What better time to order all the Stampin' Up! goodies your heart desires than with this awesome deal?!?!

Details can be found HERE!

See you soon and Happy Stamping!

- Caroline in Toronto

P.S. This offer is valid in Canada only - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Friday, April 04, 2008


While I am gone (Friday April 4)

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One more from the Leadership boards, using a Mini Catalogue set :) (please click to enlarge)

Today is Friday April 4, and our final sea day enroute back to NYC. There will be the much-anticipated demonstrator "Make & Take" event this morning, and then I plan on hitting the spa with Brent for the afternoon before packing everything back up.

To visit my SU Bermuda Cruise blog, visit:

If you're in Canada -- you'll DEFINITELY want to take advantage of my super duper Stampin' Up! CRUISE SPECIAL, no shipping/handling or taxes -- yippee!

- Caroline

Thursday, April 03, 2008


While I am gone (Thursday April 3)

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Today is Thursday April 3, and our final day in Bermuda. We will be doing a glass-bottom boat adventure this morning, and then sailing away around 5pm. It's also our final Formal Night so it's ballgowns and tuxes this evening!

To visit my SU Bermuda Cruise blog, visit:

If you're in Canada -- you'll DEFINITELY want to take advantage of my super duper Stampin' Up!CRUISE SPECIAL, no shipping/handling or taxes -- yippee!

- Caroline

Wednesday, April 02, 2008


While I am gone (Wednesday April 2)

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Here are some samples from a great set we got at Leadership, at the Manager's Reception -- "Always".

Today is Wednesday April 2, and I have no idea what we'll be doing today... we've left our agenda WIDE open!

To visit my SU Bermuda Cruise blog, visit:

If you're in Canada -- you'll DEFINITELY want to take advantage of my super duper Stampin' Up! CRUISE SPECIAL, no shipping/handling or taxes -- yippee!

- Caroline

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