Craftin' Caro: November 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Day 26: Magic Reindeer Food!

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Happy Sunday, folks!

Today I'm sharing a fun little project you can make with the kids or to GIVE to the kids.. it's Magic Reindeer Food! Don't tell them, but it's just some rolled oats and cake sprinkles bagged up with a cute stamped topper. Yes, that's the Top Note die folded in half again -- I don't know what I did before I had my Big Shot!

The poem is printed and adhered to the back:

Happy stamping,

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Day 25: Top Note cards & gifties

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Wow! We're already half-way through my 50 days of Holiday Extravaganza ideas... time sure is flying.

Today's idea uses the "Holiday Treasure" Designer paper paired with my "Top Note" Bigz Sizzix die. I covered small Hershey Nuggets in the paper and created little baggies of them, with a folded over "Top Note" piece.

But then what to do with all those negative pieces of the Designer paper after you've cut out the centre? Well, I paired them with the "Thanks" sentiment from the Illuminations set, and added a bit of glitter to make a simple but striking matching card!

I'll be selling cards and other fun holiday treats at the Hospital for Sick Kids with my friend Christyne on Monday -- if you're in the Toronto downtown core, please stop on by!

Happy stamping,

Friday, November 28, 2008


Day 24: More "Old Saint Nick" cards

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You're probably getting bored of me saying it, but I *love* rub-ons! They're just so stinking easy to use...and I do like easy.

So here are the two last cards to share with you of what we're doing at the "Old Saint Nick" Rub-Ons Cards class. (If you missed the previous ones, you can see them all here...)

Don't forget the 20% off RUB ON's special....good through Nov. 30! Go ahead and throw one in your shopping cart if you're taking advantage of my free S&H special.

My #1 recommendation? I think the Chit Chat one is an especially fabulous deal with oodles and oodles of handy sentiments to use in both White and Chocolate Chip.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: NONE Inks: White Craft ink, Riding Hood Red
Papers: Kraft, Mellow Moss, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Sponge Dauber, paper piercer, Vintage brads, Jumbo brass eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Alpine Ribbon originals, Old Saint Nick rub-ons, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: NONE Inks: NONE Papers: Pacific Point
Accessories: Old Saint Nick rub-ons, White taffeta ribbon, Top Note die

Thanks so much to everyone who sent birthday wishes to my little miss Serena yesterday! Hard to believe she's 11 years old now - she's already in a size 9 shoe and inching up closer to her mom's 5'4" faster then I would like!!!!

And yes, she thought that "Twilight" was da bomb and wants to go and see it again soon. Aie carumba!

Happy stamping,

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Day 23: Punch Owl & "Breakfast Television"

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Today's Holiday Extravaganza sample comes from my friend Dina.

She's a very talented stamper and I'm also lucky enough to have her as part of the "Canadians, INK!" team too.

If you've ever had a chance to meet Dina at a Stampin' Up! event like Convention or Regionals, you know just how much fun and enthusiasm she's filled with. We're currently working on trying to get her to Leadership in Orlando... keep your fingers crossed. Florida will never be the same if she gets to go spread some stampin' magic there!!!

She brought this swap card for all of us at the most recent get-together and I knew I'd have to feature it here for my blogging friends to see!

BTW, can you figure out all the different punches that were to make this owl? I was astonished when I tried to mentally recreate it -- there's LOTS!

As for my news... I've been asked to showcase Stampin' Up! projects on Breakfast Television next week, how cool is that? I did a Mother's Day Segment on Rogers Cable back in April, so at least I already have some live TV experience. But BT is filmed live in front of a studio audience, so that will make it even more exciting.

If you're in the Toronto or GTA area, be sure to check it out next Friday morning!

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, November 26, 2008



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** this post will stay at the top of the page until December 2 **

For a limited time, you can purchase any of the Holiday Extravaganza bundles at a special promotional price -- from 20 to 50% off! To see the fabulous bundles... just click HERE to view them online or else HERE for a handy .pdf flyer.

As a special "THANK YOU" from me, you'll also receive FREE SHIPPING from me for any Canadian order when you include any of these bundled offers with your order (online orders will have S&H reimbursed).

This sale only lasts till Monday December 1 and quantities are limited, so please place your order early to avoid disappointment.

Remember, all orders over $200 also include exclusive free stamps & merchandise -- why not take advantage of this great deal and stock up?!

And what with the Curly Label punch being on sale, take a look at two of the Thursday "Curly Punch Bundle" class cards ... enjoy!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Cute & Curly, Fundamental Phrases Inks: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Papers: Bella Rose Designer Series paper, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: crimper, Curly Label Punch, Scallop Square punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge dauber

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Cute & Curly Inks: Riding Hood Red
Papers: Holiday Collection kit's Designer Papers, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Riding Hood Red ribbon, Top Note Bigz die, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy stamping,


Day 22 : "Curly Label Punch" meets "Holiday Trinkets"

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Aren't these little mini tag/cards cute? It was just so simple to pair the "Holiday Trinkets" set with the Curvy Label Punch (bundle now on sale for $29.97 CDN!)

You could very easily punch a small hole in the corner and run some gold elastic cord through it in a loop, to create a small tag. The 3"x3" size means they make great gift enclosures plus they fit our wee envelopes too. With a dash of our Dazzling Diamonds to highlight the images, you have just enough bling to please your recipient with!

And before you ask, yes... we are making these at tomorrow's class!

(click to enlarge)

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Trinkets
Inks: Stampin' Write Markers
Papers: More Mustard, Handsome Hunter, Really Rust, Whisper White
Accessories:2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Curly Label punch

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Day 21: Canada Post Guidelines

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If you haven't checked it out yet, Canada Post's website has an online guide for Holiday delivery.

Basically, if you are using Lettermail to send your cards in Canada, Dec. 18 is your deadline for a December 24th delivery if sending WITHIN your province, Dec 17 if sending to outside.

If you're sending cards to the US, C.P. recommends December 10th.


Did you know that your children can send mail to Santa, no matter where you live in the world and he'll respond? Absolutely!

Here's some info from Canada Post about this great program, now in it's 27th year:

Please have your children address their letters to:

Santa Claus
North Pole

Happy stamping,

Monday, November 24, 2008


Samples from this weeks classes!

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Woooweeee -- it's sure going to be a crazy but fun week here at Caroline's Studio as I have 3 great classes planned for your stamping pleasure.

Here's what I have available for you if you're in the Toronto/GTA area:

Details on the classes (fees, times, RSVPS, etc) can be found on my Events page. That's always the best place to check and see what classes I have coming down the pipeline!

Here are three of Tuesday's Birthday Cards: (samples HERE)

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Voila, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Inks: Basic Gray, Going Gray, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Yoyo Yellow, Bashful Blue
Papers: Shimmer White, Certainly Celery, Basic Gray, Ski Slope Designer Series paper,
Accessories: Aquapainter, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter,

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Wow Flowers, Simple Birthday Thanks
Inks: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa marker
Papers: Whisper White, Pink Passion, Pink Pirouette, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Always Designer Series paper
Accessories: 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Fire round Rhinestone brads, Paper piercer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crimper, punches: 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, scallop circle, 1/16" hole punch

Card inspired by Paula Goff
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Bitty Birthday, Boho Blossoms background
Inks: Rose Red, Regal Rose
Papers: Whisper White, Confetti White, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red Designer Patterns paper
Accessories: Round tab punch, Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, half-back pearl (from Pretties Kit)

Here's one of Thursday's "Curly Label Bundle" Cards (samples HERE):

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Cute & Curly Inks: Night of Navy
Papers: Night of Navy, Shimmer White, Old Olive, Urban Garden Designer Papers
Accessories: 2-way glue pen, Chunky glitter, Curly Label punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Coluzzle, Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon

and one of Friday's "Old Saint Nick Rub-Ons" Class (samples HERE):

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Papers: Night of Navy, Brushed Silver, Whisper White (for interior layer)
Accessories: Old Saint Nick Rub-Ons, Filigree Brads, Paper Piercer, Small Felt Flurries, Silver Cord

Let me know if you want to come out to play -- would love to see you!

Happy stamping,


Day 20: Décor Elements frame idea

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What happens when you combine some Designer Series paper, a small Décor Elements and a $1.99 frame from Value Village?

Well, come and take a look for yourself!

It was as easy as applying the "Season of Thanks" Décor Elements (12" x 7-5/8" in Old Olive vinyl) to the glass front, and then covering both sides of the cardboard backing with different themed paper. Haiku for the fall, and Holiday Treasures for Christmas.

See how easy gift giving can be when you put to use all your favourite SU goodies? :) You can hang the "Season of Thanks image" in your home to remind you and your loved ones of everything you have been blessed with.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Papers: Haiku, Holiday Treasures
Accessories: cheap Wood frame, Season of Thanks Décor Elements

Happy stamping,

Sunday, November 23, 2008


The Secret Stampin' Sale that even *I* don't know anything about!

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How's that for a wacky blog post title??!?!

But it's true -- Stampin' Up! has been teasing us with hints of a great big Holiday Extravaganza Sale that will be held this week to help correspond with US Thanksgiving, traditionally a big sales period in the United States.

This sale will be held on Wednesday November 26 to Monday December 1 and has been designed specifically to appeal to those crafting shoppers who are looking for a great deal before Christmas.

Hey, this here Canadian gal won't be complaining, since I like a good sale as much as the next chick! So I'm here to just give you a heads up that you WILL want to check back early on the 26th for all the details as they are released.

P.S. The 26th is also my Serena Bean's 11th birthday, so you had better bet that I'll have an EXTRA SPECIAL deal happening for anyone who orders on that day. WOOHOO!

Happy stamping,


Day 19: Tumbled Marble Tiles

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Happy Sunday, stampers!

Today I get to go and see Twilight with my SerenaBean -- to say she's excited would be a serious understatement.

I got a real kick out of reading Shelli's blog a few days ago when she talked about how she and Sterling got hooked reading the books last week in Hawaii! The photos of her reading it in the pool, at the table, in the car and in her jammies really cracked me up.

Today's share will be the marble coasters we made last week at one of my Saturday classes. They're done in a 4 seasons motif using the Season of Friendship set from the Holiday Mini catalogue.

LOVE IT and easy as cherry pie :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Friendship
Inks: Craft Inks
Accessories: Marble tiles

Happy stamping,

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Day 18: Holiday Stepper Boxes & Welcome!

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It's the weekend, folks! Hope you've been having a craftin' good type of day... I've been here at the studio since early this morning enjoying the various Holiday 10 card classes :)

My belly is sending out an extra-special thanks to Iva for bringing the yummy pie & chocolates, even if it means an extra 1/2 hour on my Wii Fit tomorrow!

Today I want to share with you the holiday Stepper boxes we made last weekend. They fit those delicious Ghiradelli chocolates... ooh la la!

These next ones were made Saturday evening when some of my "Canadians, INK!" demonstrators got together for some wine, chocolate and stamping!

I'd also like to welcome to the "family" to Lisa and Patricia who both joined my team in November! Can't wait to have you come and stamp with us too, gals... the more the merrier :)

Tomorrow will be the marble tiles we stamped, so come back to check it out!

Happy stamping,

Friday, November 21, 2008


Day 17: even more Holiday 10 Cards Class samples

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Hey there gang, it's time to get ready to celebrate the weekend, 'cuz it's Friday!!! Let's just ignore the -15 windchill outside, shall we?

The past 2 days I have featured 6 of the cards for tonight and tomorrow's Holiday 10 Cards Class (see them here and here) so here are the final 4 for you to enjoy.

FYI, do you remember me telling you all about how much I love checking out the card samples on Stampin' Up!'s Stampers Showcase? Well, this first reindeer card was based on a beautiful card made by Tepa Farias that I saw there. I just changed the colour scheme to use different Designer Series papers & ribbon, but the inspiration was all hers.

Sigh...I just *love* being a demonstrator!!!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Post (Holiday Mini Catalogue), Christmas Cardinal (sentiment)
Inks: Basic Brown
Papers: Certainly Celery, Kraft, Whisper White, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Alpine Ribbon Originals (Holiday Mini Catalogue), paper piercer

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Cute & Curly
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White craft
Papers: Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Curly Label punch, striped Real Red ribbon, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, sponge dauber, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Friendship (holiday Mini Catalogue)
Inks: Rose Red, Pink Piroette, Regal Rose
Papers: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Rose Red Designer Patterns paper
Accessories: 2-way glue pen, Chunky Sprinkles Stampin' Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Post (Holiday Mini Catalogue), Holidays and Wishes, Twill Background
Inks: Ruby Red, Basic Brown, So Saffron
Papers: Haiku Designer Series paper
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, paper piercer, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, sponge dauber, exclusive Top Note Die, Sizzix Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals

Don't neglect the insides of your cards! Make 'em pretty too, just like the envelopes. What's the expression I always tell everyone?? NO NAKED ENVELOPES! did you like the cards this week? I'd love to hear from you if you did!! Have a super day :)

Happy stamping,

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Happy Mail day from a Blog Candy Winner!

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Look what lucky me received in today's mail!

It's a beautiful "Thank You" card from my recent Blog Candy winner, Kerry J. She won the Level 1 Hostess gift, "Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper", which ad 60 sheets of double-sided designs in 5 cool colours.

And for the record Kerry, I totally forgive you for using your Cuttlebug on the card -- LOL! :) Thanks a bundle for the gorgeous card, I'm so happy you've been enjoying your prize!

Happy stamping,


Day 16: more Holiday 10 Cards Class samples

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Woooweeee! Winter has come to Toronto! :)
This morning everyone was fluttering around madly ("Mom, where are my boots?" followed by "Mom, my boots don't fit!") trying to get ready to go out in the snow for the daily walk to school. So maybe no one had matching gloves, hats or scarves, but that was okay.

It took us at least 10 minutes longer then usual, what with all the impromptu snowballs being flung willy-nilly. My kids are true Canucks and LOVE the white stuff something fierce.

Me? I'm hunting for a snow shovel here at the studio, with none to be found! I think a wee side trip to Canadian Tire is in the works today....


Here are three more for this weekend's Holiday 10 Cards Classes. Saturday's classes are almost completely filled so please contact me ASAP if you want me to save you a spot for either day!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Big On Christmas, Spotted background
Inks: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, VersaMark, various markers
Papers: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Bella Rose Designer Series paper
Accessories:2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Vanilla wide grosgrain ribbon, Crimper, Sponge Dauber, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Scandanavian Christmas (Holiday mini catalogue)
Inks: Tangerine Tango, Basic Brown
Papers: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Always Designer Series Paper
Accessories: 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Home For Christmas (Holiday Mini Catalogue)
Inks: Mellow Moss, Whisper White craft
Papers: Naturals Ivory, Juntas Designer Series papers
Accessories: Ivory Wide grosgrain ribbon, paper piercer, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Blender pen, 2-way glue pen, chunky clear Glitter.

Happy stamping,

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