Craftin' Caro: January 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Fabulous alFabet Fun for February!

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Okay, okay, I *know* that's not how we really spell "alphabet", but I was having so much fun with all those F sounds that I got carried away for a minute there.

With February being such a dreary weather month, I thought I'd liven things up with a fantabulous theme for the month and go through our Stampin' ABC's together -- introducing February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun!!

February 1rst will feature something with "A", the 2nd will be "B" and so on, leaving a few days at the end for some special projects. Does that sound good?

Here's a sneak peek card for you using numbers instead, just to get the mojo going! It's a pretty clever way to make a moving announcement - the next time your friends try to find your house, they'll know exactly what numbers to look for!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Neighborhood jumbo wheel
Inks: Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Going Gray,
Old Olive, Jet Black Stazon Pad
Papers: Always Artichoke, Confetti White,In Color 12X12 Textured Card Stock, Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories: On Board Timeless Type, Baja Breeze 5/8 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Sanding Blocks

February also heralds the beginning of Sale-A-Bration, SU's biggest give-away sale of the year. While I can't officially post the actual images or mini catalogue for you all until tomorrow, I certainly CAN tell you what's in store for you.

For every $60 purchase you make in Stampin' Up! product, you can choose one of 6 exclusive SAB gifts... for free! There will be 4 different stamp sets, 1 cool ribbon bundle and a 16 sheet 12x12 paper assortment. Get as many as you like – there’s no limit!

Happy stamping,

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Friday, January 30, 2009


Caroline's "Big Shot Starter Kit" Specia!

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Have you been loving all the cool projects you've seen that use the Big Shot machine and our great dies?

Have you been dying to get one for yourself, but wanted to wait until the BEST POSSIBLE TIME?

Well, that time is here!

From February 1 through to March 31, you can order my special "Big Shot Starter kit" for $232.95* and receive over $130 worth of products FREE!!

Caroline's Big Shot Starter Kit!

You will ALSO receive ....You can see why now is the perfect time to get started with the Sizzix Big Shot machine and the basic dies, decorative strips, and cutting pads you’ll need to create splendid projects in a breeze. Create cards, scrapbook pages, home décor, and more using card stock, Designer Series paper, fabric, chipboard, plastic, etc.

Please note that this special is ONLY available through me until the end of March; please contact me directly to order.

Happy stamping,

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Thursday, January 29, 2009


"Puns from the Past" cards with matching box

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This class was a LOT of fun to put together... it's an 8 mini-card set with matching 3"x3" box using the "Puns from the Past" stamp set.

Now, it's hard to tell whether or not I fell in love with this silly set on its own merits or because I'm married to the biggest punster around! Regardless, I found the vintage-themed images and silly sentiments to be just adorable, and the sizes were perfectly suited to a 3x3" format for mini cards. Thus the idea of a cute box with matching set of cards was born!

I used 2 different colours of Designer Series papers: the Chocolate Chip and Rose Red ones. I grabbed all kinds of my punches and just went to town experimenting with them!

(just click on the images to enlarge for greater detail)

Happy stamping,

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Using the Sizzix Texturz plates in the Cuttlebug!

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Good morning everyone!

I've had a few people ask me if the new Backgrounds Texturz plates from Stampin' Up! will also fit in the Cuttlebug, as well as the Big Shot.

I did a bit of research for you and the answer is YES! Here's how you would sandwich it if you are using it in your 'bug:


- Impressions Pad (hard plastic)
- Silicon mat (soft)
- card stock
- Texturz plate, side you want to use facing UP
- shim (if necessary)
- Cuttlebug A plate


I hope this information helps you Cuttlebug owners out there. That said, you have GOT to see the fabulous Big Shot Starter Kit sale I'll be having beginning February 1. Details will be here on the blog tomorrow morning, so be sure to come back and check it out!!

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Save 15% off Stampin' Up!'s Starter Kit + a BONUS stamp set!

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From February 1 – March 31, purchase your customizable Starter Kit (over $400 value) for only $209...that’s 15% off the regular price of $249!

There's no shipping or handling or GST charged on it either, so you save even more money this way.

You will ALSO get to choose any retail stamp set (a value up to $56.95) from the current catalogue when signing up during this promotion!

Whether you want a fun and flexible full or part-time career, discounts on your personal orders, great demonstrator perks or you simply want some great products at a terrific deal, you can't beat the value of our Starter Kit.

To learn more, please visit my Information page and then I'll be happy to answer any questions you have!

ALL READY TO ORDER YOURS? Click HERE to order your Starter Kit online (password: canada)

It's hard to believe that I have been a demonstrator for almost 7 years, ever since Stampin' Up! came to Canada. What was once a total hobby for me has morphed into a supremely satisfying full-time job THAT I LOVE, and I'd be thrilled to have you join our happy team of demos!

Happy stamping,

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Valentine's Stamp Camp - Wed Feb 11

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Here are 4 of the 5 projects we'll be making at the Valentine's Stamp Camp on Wednesday February 11.

"These are all very cute cards, Caroline, but what's project #5?", you ask??

Now, now... I can't show you yet! But I will say it's a VERY cool box and it involves CHOCOLATE (duh!)

There are spots available for both the 1pm and 7pm spots, $24.95 per person or class is FREE with an $80 order placed that day (+ 1 FREE SAB set!). Please RSVP to hold your spot!

In order of appearance, these 4 cards were CASE'd from Leadership swap cards made by the following talented stampers: Diane Tritz, Robin Merriman, Kathy Shifflet and JoLynn Larsen (no longer the "unknown stamper", thx Ann C!).

Happy stamping,

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Stampin' Up! Regional Event in London, ON on March 14!

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Demonstrators all over Ontario are pretty excited about the Stampin' Up! Regional event that's planned for Saturday March 14th in London, ON. I know that myself and many of my "Canadians, INK!" team girls have signed up for this event and have begun planning our swaps, reserving hotel rooms for the Friday night, etc.

, Stampin' UP! allows us to register non-demonstrator guests (AKA stamping addicts!) -- so if YOU want me to try and nab a spot for you, please contact me ASAP!

Each full-day training seminar ($90) includes

* Informative creative stamping presentations.
* Six stamping projects.
* The Best Wishes & More stamp set from the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalogue.
* Beautiful and inspiring stamped displays.
* An opportunity to swap with other demonstrators.
* A boxed lunch.
* Door prizes.

Regional events are always a boatload of fun, so please let me know if you want to join us - I'd be thrilled to include you in our fun!!!

Happy stamping,

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Friday, January 23, 2009


Free "In Color" Texturz Assortment!

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Happy Friday, folks!

Here's a quick preview of the Texturz-embossed "In Color" quarter-sheets of cardstock that I'll be giving out FREE this weekend to all of my Open House guests.

I'll also be mailing these out as a "Thank you" gift to anyone placing an order with me anytime today through midnight, Sunday January 25th! You can place your Stampin' Up! orders by phone, email or else by placing it online though my store. Don't worry, if you placed an order with me earlier this week, you'll get one too :)

These Texturz texture plates add an embossed look and feel to thin surfaces with remarkable patterns and designs. You can use the "In Colour" sheets I'm sending you that are embossed with the Backgrounds 1 plates to create the perfect background for whatever project you're working on!

Happy stamping,

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Thursday, January 22, 2009


A few points of interest about the new Catalogue...

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Happy Thursday, everyone!

I think many of you will be THRILLED to hear that this time around, every single stamp set in the new catalogue has been DIE-CUT to make mounting your stamps that much easier. WOOHOO :)

Another thing that you'll notice is that Stampin' Up! did not include any "recipes" of the projects (AKA the list of Stampin' Supplies) in the catalogue this year. This meant they were instead able to save those pages to squeeze in some extra new products for us! But do not fear, there still IS a complete list that you can reference anytime! I have it included in my sidebar (right under the catalogue) so you can look it up whenever you want to.

I have also included a handy link to the Dormant Stamp sets list, which are stamps that are STILL available for purchase however are not included in the current catalogue.

These include some Halloween and Christmas favourites such as Batty for You and Snow Swirled as well as several others. But don't worry -- I'll still showcase several of the dormant sets throughout the next 6 months to keep them fresh in your mind!

Last but not least, there were a couple of boo-boo's that got missed in the catalogue, so I've created a Catalogue Corrections page to reference. I'll update it whenever someone spots something else wrong (eek).

I'll be busy today preparing for this weekend's New Catalogue Open House -- I hope to see some of you then.

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009



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THANKS so much for all the prayers, thoughts, crossed fingers & eyes, but I just got the news (at 8pm at night!) that all is good and the lump's benign.

much love to you all!!!

Caroline :)



If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator....

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...looking to strengthen your business, check out this new program!

John Sanpietro is starting a new kind of group dedicated to those demonstrators who want to run a successful SU! business.

The BusinessStampers Group is a network of BUSINESS-MINDED stamping business owners EXCLUSIVELY! The BSG will feature:

· monthly conference calls
· twice-weekly audio and video messages
· a “Strictly Business” message board
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Please click on the image or HERE to learn more!

Happy stamping,

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New Trees for me -- yippee!

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Now, I'm not saying that this set will ever replace the affections that "Lovely As a Tree" has in my heart, but I was still pretty darned excited to see this new set in the Spring & Summer Catalogue.

I love the skinny branches, and the variety of accents and embellishments that could dress the tree up. I'm even imagining how cool the babywipe technique would be for the leaves, don't you think so? Oh, I see a class in the future with this set, for sure!!!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Branch Out
Papers: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Really Rust, Very Vanilla
Inks: Always Artichoke, Bordering Blue, Bravo Burgundy, Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss, Really Rust
Accessories: Mellow Moss 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon, Canvas Cuts Accents & Elements, Mini Library Clips, Chit Chat Rub-Ons, Stampin' Dimensionals

BTW, I'm still waiting on the test results from my second mammogram but hopefully will hear some good news today. Let's keep our fingers crossed!!

Happy stamping,


Tuesday, January 20, 2009


"Stamp & Share" is on Wednesday!

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A quick reminder to all my local "Canadians, INK!" team gals, this Wednesday is the kick-off of the monthly "Stamp & Share" drop-in, where you can come for the afternoon or evening and use my stamps/tools/etc! (details here)

I'll have my Leadership swaps out for you to see, and some of the new catalogue stamp sets to play with. If you pre-ordered some of the Hostess sets, bring 'em along too.

If you're NOT a demonstrator on my team yet, pop by anyhow and I'll tell you more about some of the other great perks there are! A new year and a new catalogue launch are only 2 of the great reasons why you should join our happy family of stampers soon :)

For more information about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator on our team and to learn about the new Starter Kit, please click HERE.

Happy stamping,

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Love Cookie Basket!

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If you're looking for a fun Valentine's Day project, check out this yummy little cookie basket! It's made using the Big Shot and the Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL die and decorated all pretty for the season.

You & Moi stamp set


• Pink Pirouette card stock
• Regal Rose card stock
• Rose Red card stock
• Whisper White card stock

• Rose Red
• Basic Black Stampin’ Write journaler

• Pink Pirouette 5/8” striped grosgrain ribbon
• Rose Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
• Linen thread
• Stampin’ Dimensionals
• Sizzix® Big Shot
• Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL die

Happy stamping,

Monday, January 19, 2009


The new Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalogue has officially launched!

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Allrighty stampers, come and get it!

The new Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalogue has just been launched, so it's time to sit down and start working on those wish lists!

You can order ONLINE through my website or you can always call or email me with your new catalogue order now.

Want to browse through all the NEW products? Just click HERE!

And because you can't POSSIBLY have even more stuff to look at, the new Décor Elements line has been released, with some fabulous new vinyl art offerings that will knock your socks off.

If you are in the Toronto/GTA area, you are also welcome to stop by this Friday or Saturday for my New Catalogue Open House (details here). I'll be having free Make & Takes, card sample ideas, specials, retired product for sale and more. I'd love to see you so come on by!

Happy stamping,

Saturday, January 17, 2009


More retiring card samples!

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Baby, it's COLD outside!

It was -30C with windchill when I walked to the studio at 7am this morning, and I couldn't wait to get a nice hot cup of coffee inside me and stamp stamping to warm up my chilled bones. Brrrrrrrr....

Here are the remaining samples for you of today's Retiring 10 cards camp, enjoy!

Happy stamping,

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