Craftin' Caro: October 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008


It's HALLOVERSARY TIME + blog candy for you!

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It's that time of the year -- it's Halloween and that means it's also my Halloversary!

10 years ago Brent and I decided to get married on Halloween, and it's been a blast ever since. To help share in the festivities, I've decided to repeat last's years fun with another round of yummy stamping BLOG CANDY for my readers!

All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment sharing what your FAVOURITE costume has been (maybe yours, a child or a friends) and you'll be entered in a draw for one of Stampin' Up!'s Level 1 hostess Patterns Pack Designer Series paper, with 60 gorgeous sheets of 6x6" papers! No, the cookies are NOT included in the prize -- you wish :P

Entries must be received by Monday November 3rd, with the winner's name posted on the 4th.

In the meantime, here are the anniversary cards we exchanged this morning. I was kicked out of my stamping room yesterday afternoon when he locked himself up in there with Morgan and Serena to work on my secret card. Turns out that the traditional gift for a 10th anniversay is pewter, so he went to town with pewter brads, etc, and affixed a pewter-style bracelet inside!

I found it funny this morning to see how much our colour schemes matched -- I guess the Halloween theme does that for you.

Happy stamping,

PS. You absolutely MUST head over to Kristina Werner's blog to see how Stampin' Up! staff celebrate Halloween... the video at the end will have you PIYP!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


"Season of Joy" Stamp-A-Stack!

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How much fun are Stamp-A-Stacks?? LOTS! After all, anytime you're stamping a stack worth of cards is bound to be a good time :)

On Saturday we'll be making 12 cards using the "Season Of Joy" set, making 3 each of the following 4 designs. If you are interested in learning more about my classes, please visit my Events page to see what's coming between now and January!

**NEW** If you are hoping to book a home party/workshop with me between now and January, please check out my new Available Dates page -- it lists all the dates I have free so you can choose one that works for you!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Joy Inks Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip Paper: Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Frosty Days Designer Paper Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 2-way glue pen

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Joy Inks Tangerine Tango Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Frosty Days Designer Paper Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, Rhinestone brad from Pretties Kit, Paper Piercer, Sponge Dauber

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Joy Inks Basic Brown, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango Paper: Cardstock Vellum, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss & Riding Hood Red (textured) Accessories: Gold brads, Paper piercer

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Season Of Joy Inks Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze Paper:Ski Slope Designer paper, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Accessories: Paper Piercer, Ice circle Rhinestone Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals, punches: Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Heeeeeere's Frankie!

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Here was the 5th card we made for my recent Punches card class, and I CASE'd the idea from smartblonde_2000 on SCS. My kids wanted me to give him to my husband on Friday for our Halloversary, but I think he needs something just a touch more, um, romantic.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Inks: Gable Green, Basic Black marker, White Gel pen Papers:Gable Green, Basic Black, Whisper White, Accessories: Sizzix Big shot and exclusive Top Note die, punches: 1 1/4" circle, 1/2" circle, round tab; sponge dauber
Happy Stamping,


October Stampin' Reminders!

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With only 2 days left in the month, I figured I'd best remind you of what specials are finishing up so you don't miss out on them.

Birthday Promotion:
Stampin' Up! is helping to share in their 20th birthday excitement by offering this fun special in October. Spend $20 in regular catalogue merchandise and you will qualify to purchase any of these preselected birthday stamp sets at 20 percent off.

Please click HERE to see the stamp set images.

You can contact me anytime via email, phone call, or just go online and place your order.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Punch Class #4 - Tree card

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Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps:A Beautiful Thing Inks: Old Olive Papers:Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Haiku Designer series paper Accessories: punches: small star, small oval; mini glue dot
Happy Stamping,

Monday, October 27, 2008


Punch Class #2 & 3 - Santa and Snowman

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Hello again stampers!

Thanks to the radio's forecast of flurries here in Toronto, I've decided to share 2 of the winter themed cards we'll be making as part of the Punches class tommorrow.

FYI: Both cards were inspired or CASE'd from hirobinson's cards on Splitcoaststampers -- I especially loved her recent series of punch cards!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Inks:Basic Black marker Papers: Bashful Blue, Basic Black (textured), Old Olive (textured), Close to Cocoa, Tangerine Tango (textured), Whisper White cardstocks, Snowy Days Designer paper Accessories: punches: Scallop Edge, Word Window; 1 1/4" square, 1 1/4 circle, Boho Blossoms; Paper piercer, Vintage brads, Chit Chat rub ons, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Inks:White Gel Pen Papers: Blush Blossom, Basic Black, Real Red (textured), Shimmer White Accessories: punches: Scallop circle, 1 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1" circle, 3/4" circle; Stampin' Dimensionals Happy stamping!


Punch Class #1 - Scallop Punch Bra card

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Happy Monday everyone!

Today brings with you sample card #1 for Tuesday's "Get Punchy" class, where we'll be making 5 fun cards primarily using Stampin' Up! punches.

This easy card can be pulled together super quickly, using little scraps of pretty Designer papers for the bra's "material".

The other cards we'll be making using punches will include a snowman, a Santa, a Halloween monster + then one more surprise card.

If you would like to RSVP for the class, just drop me a line!

Stamp set: Sassy Suzie (R) Inks: Riding Hood Red Papers: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White cardstocks, Bella Rose Designer paper Accessories: punches: Scallop circle, Word Window Punch; Paper piercer, Filigree brads, sponge dauber

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Upcoming Classes and stamping fun with me

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Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you are having a much better weekend than I am at this point. I had a blast yesterday with all my Holiday 10 card class peeps but now I'm dealing with my youngest child Morgan being sick as a dog, Serena up all night coughing, and now I sound like I have Cookie Monster stuck in my throat. Oh Joy!

One nice consolation this morning was discovering that I've just had my 3rd card posted to Stampers Showcase. Yippee! I'm sure some of you who stamped with my this summer will recognize this card made with Pick-A-Petal and the new In Colors.

Let me share with you another contest entry, this time from Winnie, a new demonstrator on our team. Cute little sock monkey with his matching pumpkin, eh? I love the fall colour scheme - great job, Winnie!

If you are in or around the Greater Toronto area, I have updated my Stampin' Up! "Classes and Events" schedule for you from now through January (I'm such a Virgo, trying to get organized here). You'll see that most classes are available both in the afternoons and evenings, to help accommodate my stampers with differing schedules.

Some of what's coming up in the next few weeks:Please let me know if you are interested in reserving a spot.

Happy stamping,

P.S. Oh yes, and for my "Canadians, INK!" demonstrators ... please visit this link for your reduced pricing on classes (just one more perk for being part of my team!)

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Another Fall Contest Entry

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Here we go with other contest entry for my e-newsletters subscribers this month. My gal Christyne just sent me her entry... and I think it's stinking gawwwwgeous. Don't forget, October 31 is the deadline to get your cards in to me!

BTW, she and I will be at the Toronto Hospital For Sick Kids (555 University Ave) on Monday December 1 -- we have a table where we'll be selling cards, etc. Maybe you can stop by and say hi?

Happy stamping, everyone :)


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Friday, October 24, 2008


Some Fall Contest entries!

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Happy Friday everyone!

Let's end this week off with a few entries for my e-newsletter Fall-themed card contest this month -- so any fall, Thanksgiving or Halloween card would work. Here are 3 of the recent ones from some pretty fabulous stampers I know:

If you are one of my e-newsletter subscribers and want to play, check out my October newsletter for contest details or contact me directly. The use of Stampin' Up! sets and accessories is NOT required, and you still have until October 31!!

Happy stamping,

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Shelli's holiday place settings!

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This 6 1/2 minute segment on Studio 5 shows three holiday place settings, each one including a napkin ring, nameplate, favor, and confetti - all based on the same template.

You'll find Stampin' Up! product lists & instructions there as well - go take a peek.

Many thanks to Vivian Swain of Stampin' Design School for sharing this video link with us!

Happy Stamping,

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A few more Holiday Cards!

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You guessed it! I'm sharing a few more cards from this week's Holiday 10 card camp, 5 of which were posted yesterday.

Card # 1 was inspired by a cupcake birthday card I saw by Amy Smith. I kept the general sketch idea and adapted it to a gingerbread man card instead, using the yummy felt ribbon from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday mini catalogue!

Card #2 was based off a sketch idea from Angie Bennett -- I just changed the colour scheme to use the new In Colors and a reindeer from the "Merry & Bright" set. I also snagged a vanilla brad from the new Hodgepodge Hardware kit to add as an embellishment near the bottom.

For the life of me, I can't recall where I got the inspiration for the 3rd "A Christmas Cardinal" card, but I remembered the general colour scheme and layout from somewhere -- probably from one of many blogs I visit. If it's one of yours, please let me know :)

Later today I'll post some of the contest entries I've been receiving from my newsletter subscribers for the "Fall-themed cards" contest. You still have time to participate... entries must be received by October 31!

Happy stamping everyone,

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


5 Holiday cards to inspire you (for this week's class)

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Hello everyone,

With all of the recent Toronto Creativ Festival preparations & happenings, I've not had much chance to showcase many cards for you here on the blog. So let's change that up right now!

Here are 5 of the 10 cards that we will be making as part of the Holiday 10 card classes being held this Thursday and Saturday. All products are from Stampin' Up! -- please contact me if you need any information about the supplies/colours used today.

FYI, this last card was strongly inspired by creativetracks on SCS.



Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Big Shot Approved Materials!

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For those of you who would like to know more about the Big Shot by Sizzix, here's a list of 50 approved materials that it can take (depending on the die used).

Please note the maximum thickness of several materials:

* Brass (.055)
* Light weight steel
* Aluminum (.016)
* Tin (.008)
* Aircraft plywood (1/64")
* Basswood (1/16")
* Balsa (3/32")
* Paperwood
* Mat board (adhesive or none)
* Chipboard
* Fabric
* Silicone
* Foam with chipboard (.1)
* Corrugated pad
* Adhesive-backed cork
* Fine sandpaper (.00)
* Styrene
* Extra thick template plastic
* Template plastic
* Plastic canvas (7 mesh)
* Bubble wrap
* Sheet foam
* Friendly (jewelry) plastic
* 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax)
* Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
* Ruffleboard
* Static cling vinyl
* Warm & natural batting
* Fusible fleece
* Quilt batting
* Adhesive and non-adhesive flexible magnet
* Heat n' shrink plastic
* Adhesive and non-adhesive felt
* Pop-up sponge
* Shiny self-adhesive and non-adhesive paper
* Iron-on fabric
* Poly foam adhesive and non adhesive
* 3-D illusionary plastic
* Glow in the dark adhesive and non adhesive
* Suede paper
* Funky fur
* Personal Embossing Plastic (PEP)
* Shaggy plush felt
* Canvas
* Vinyl flooring
* Shelf lining
* Placemats
* Embossing rubber
* Thin leather
* Gasket material

Want to see the Big Shot in action? Why not host a free workshop or come to a class? I would love to give you a hands-on demonstration of the Big Shot and several dies. I can also help you learn fun ways to use your Big Shot and dies in all your creative projects!

For Additional Information:

* Using the Big Shot
* Big Shot Projects
* Big Shot Approved Materials (in .pdf format for easy printing)
* Training Video
* Available Big Shot Products

Happy stamping!

Monday, October 20, 2008


Thanks for visiting me at the Creativ Festival!

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Thanks to everyone who came by my Stampin' Up! booth to say hi this weekend, I had a blast and hope you did too. Special thanks to all of you regular blog readers who introduced yourself... it's nice to meet those who actually read & enjoy my site on a regular basis!

Extra special thanks go out to the gals who helped in the booth: Chanda, Michelle and Helayne, and my behind-the-scenes helpers: Cheryl, Christyne, Rebecca & Judy. Thanks also go to my kids who even helped label catalogues one day after school... the family that works together, sticks together :)

What's coming this week? I'm having my 2nd 10 Holiday cards workshops on Thursday Oct 23 (1pm and 7pm) and Saturday Oct 25(4pm, 1pm is sold out). I'll be posting sample cards for it beginning later today, so hopefully those help inspire you in your own holiday card making.

Next Tuesday is the "Get Punchy" card class, where we'll be making 5 cards using fun punch art, and then I'll be having an Information Night on Thursday the 30th for anyone who'd like to learn more about the business opportunity and becoming a demonstrator.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Oops! I did it again....

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A few days ago I posted about how one of my Convention 08 swap cards was chosen and displayed on Stampin' Up!'s Stampers Showcase.

Guess what? I had a second card posted this week -- woohooo!

When both Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red were released as new In Colors this year, I couldn't wait to pair the two together.

This was a simple 2-step card that came together really quickly in my head, and turned out nicely once I made it. I used the large rhinestone brad from the Pretties kit to add some extra bling to the flower. Throw in a couple of punches to do the detail work and use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for lining up the 2 flower images precisely. All in all, easy peasy!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend... I'll still at Toronto's Creativ Festival (booth 286) for the rest of the weekend and can't wait to see more of you there. Yesterday was a real blast and I had such fun catching up with everyone, and meeting some of you blog readers for the first time :) So please come on over and say hi -- I'd love to chat!!

Happy stamping!









Friday, October 17, 2008


October's Video projects -- "Just Jawing" plus more

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Happy Friday, chickens! Come check out the "Just Jawing" video that's been posted to my SU business website.

It features Shannon from Stampin' Up!, doing a Halloween card and showing a scrapbooking layout and a candy rub-on jar.

Please note, the amount mentioned in the video for the *NEW* Hostess Promotion was the US dollar amount. In Canada, if you host a $460 workshop you can choose one stamp set from the Fall-Winter Sampler for free! Sound like fun? I think so :)

Anyhow, please enjoy the video projects. I'm at the Creativ Festival today so if you're in the Greater Toronto Area, I hope you pop by sometime over the next 3 days!

Happy stamping,

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Gifts for the picky Stamper/Scrapper on your holiday list!

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We all have them... someone that's just SO hard to buy a good gift for. If she happens to be a stamper, scrapper or crafter, then make life easy on yourself this holiday season and get her a Stampin' Up! gift certificate.

These can be made out in any denomination you like or even for a class outing if you're in the Toronto area.

Maybe you need to pick up a teacher gift, or something for your Secret Santa recipient?

Maybe it's for the Sister/Mother-in-law who loves home decorating and could get some fabulous Décor Elements from our latest offerings.

Or just MAYBE IT'S FOR YOURSELF!! LOL! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink to the spouse or family member who needs to get you something special.

Of course, another alternative is to use my online Wishlist service -- just fill it out with whatever your heart desires from the catalogue and I'll take care of the rest.

Whatever you need, I am happy to help you with it. And since Stampin' Up! ships everywhere in Canada, you can send it to anyone from PEI all the way to BC.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, October 14, 2008



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How exciting was it this morning to learn that my "Owl Together Now" Convention swap cards was chosen to be on Stampers Showcase this morning!

For all the non-demonstrators out there, Stamper's Showcase is an exclusive feature on the Stampin' Up! demo website. Everyday they post a few cards that demos have submitted to them, either as contest entries or at SU events. After 6.5 years as a demonstrator, I finally got one of my cards posted there -- I feel so... special :)

Anyhow, there's my happy news of the day to share. This week is going to fly as I get everything finished and packed for the Creativ Festival -- hopefully I'll get to see several of you there!

Happy stamping,

Monday, October 13, 2008


Creativ Festival is this week!

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The Fall Creativ Festival is rapidly approaching… For anyone who may be in or around Toronto for the weekend of Oct 17-19, I recommend that you attend!

It’s a vast show, with 200,000 square feet of shopping (paper crafts, fabrics, yarns, patterns, papers, jewellery supplies - you name it, you can find it there), learning about new tools and techniques, and the chance to meet creative and crafty industry experts.

I will be at my Stampin' Up! booth (that’s booth #286) all weekend, so please remember to come and introduce yourself… if you remember to say the code words "CRAFTIN CARO" to me, you'll get a free stamp from my basket!

Happy stamping,

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving Weekend & FREE SHIPPING!

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Here's an "oldie-but-a-goodie" from the Stampin' Up! archives... one of my favourite retired sets, Espress Yourself.
I figured it was kind of relevant with the arrival of my new coffee machine and all the fun we've been having sampling the different flavours!

Yes, those are real coffee beans that were Crystal Effect'd onto the card. Quick but cute, and I really do miss having a dedicated coffee set. Maybe the new Spring/Summer 2009 book will have one? A girl can dream!

In the meantime, I want to wish all my fellow Canadians a happy & safe Thanksgiving long weekend. To help commemorate my thanks to all of you, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING on all orders, until Tuesday October 14 at noon.

So get busy shopping, call or email me with your orders, and then try not to scarf done too much pumpkin pie!

Happy stamping,

416-694-4074 (Toronto)
866-694-4074 (toll-free)

*orders over $100 can ship direct to you; orders under $100 will ship to my Toronto studio for pickup. Sorry, offer valid in Canada only.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Last day for 20% off Simply Sent kits and Card Elements!

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As part of Stampin' Up!'s World Card Making Day promotion, Saturday October 11th is the final day to get 20% off any of our Simply Sent kits and card elements!

If you are in Canada, you can contact me directly to place your order or you can shop online by visiting my business website and clicking the "Shop Now" button.

Here are the 5 different kits available:

Flower Power Simply Sent Card Elements (#112028)
Sale Price: $15.16

Rock Star Simply Sent Card Elements (#112021)
Sale Price: $15.16

Handmade Holiday Simply Sent Card Elements (#112016)
Sale Price: $16.76

Lifelong Notes Simply Sent (#109868)
Sale price: $40.76

Sending Happy Thoughts Simply Sent (#109231)
Sale price: $51.96

Happy stamping,

P.S. Welcome, Michelle, to our "Canadians, Ink!" group -- I'm so glad you took the plunge! To everyone else, don't forget that the 11th is the final day for the personalized Starter Kit specials. You can order yours online, just use password canada when signing up!

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