Craftin' Caro: May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Are you ready for June 1????

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It's going to be a CRAZY exciting day for all Stampin' Up! demonstrators! We get to see and then pre-order the new 2009/10 In Colors, Level 2 & 3 Hostess sets, new sneak-peek stamp sets & accessories from the upcoming catty AND get our free new catty included in our order so we'll have it in our hot little hands in DAYS!

Oh yes, and the retiring stamp sets & accessories list come out tomorrow as well.


Okay, that might have been the run-on sentence of the year, but can you tell how psyched we all are? It's a great time to be a demonstrator, that's for sure. And if you are reading this on Sunday, you can still have today to buy your $99 Starter Kit and get in on all the fun on Monday!

Regardless of whether you want to join the team or not, you DEFINITELY want to be back here on June 1 to see the lists and find out what's new and exciting for June, so tune in again.

OH YES! I'd be a bad demo if I didn't remind you that you can still take advantage of the "BUY 3, GET 1 FREE" Papers promotion -- but today is the last day. If you want to stock up on all those yummy Designer & Textured papers, now is the time. If you're not too sure how to use Designer papers in your cardmaking, be sure to visit Splitcoaststampers and do a search for "DSP" ... you'll find over 6000 great projects to inspire you!

Happy stamping,

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Say "Bye-Bye" to the 2008/9 In Colors!

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It's that time of year as we prepare to say "Adieu" to our current crop of In Colors as they ride off in the sunset.

"Adios" to Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango and Pink Pirouette. We'll miss you!

NONE of Stampin' Up!'s products that include these colours will be available in the next catalogue, so all of those fabulous ribbons, Simply Scrappin' kits & Designer Series papers will be selling out fast. I don't want you to lose out on them, so be sure to order them right away to avoid disappointment.

So be sure to pick up your ink pads, re-inkers, cardstock (both 8.5x11 and 12x12 & textured), ribbons and Designer Pattern Papers.

Packs also including 2008/9 "In Colors" and likely to go 'Au revoir" ....

Designer Papers
Rockabilly Specialty
Parisian Breeze
Sweet Slumber
Urban Garden
Bella Rose
Candy Lane
Bella Birds
Good Morning Sunshine
Raspberry Tart
Sweet Always
Urban Oasis
Washington Apple

Simply Scrappin' Kits
Best Ever
Hoppy Memories
Sweet Nothings
Sunshine Garden
Love Stories
Rock-A-Bye Boy
Rock-A-Bye Girl
2 Sweet

Blooms Again Die-cuts
Bright Delights rub-ons
Soho and Hooray Designer Hardware
Button Bouquet
Corduroy Buttons (Kiwi Kiss & Pacific Point)
Flower Infusion Too
All 3 Ribbon Originals
1" Double-stitched Grosgrain ribbon (Baja Breeze)
all 6 5/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon
Kiwi Kiss Satin ribbon
Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon
1 1/4" Grosgrain (Pink Pirouette)

Before I go, let me welcome FOUR more stampers to the "Canadians, INK!" family today: Tricia, Karen, Josephine & she-who-wants-to-stay-anonymous - LOL!

Tomorrow (Sunday the 31) is the LAST day to take advantage of the $99 sale on the Scrappin' Starter Kit -- please let me know if you want to join now and be ready to hit the Retiring List and all the pre-orders on June 1 :)

Happy stamping,

Friday, May 29, 2009


Last day for the LAST CHANCE CONTEST!!

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See that coupon there??

Wouldn't you like one JUST like it?

It's super easy! Today is the last day for my Retiring Sets Contest, and you just need to email me your top 10 choices of sets YOU think will be retiring.

All the contest details can be found HERE, so good luck :)

Also, don't forget that SUNDAY is the final day for the awesome $99 Starter Kit that SU is currently offering. If you are looking to save 20-40% off your purchases or to start your own business, you won't find a better deal than this one. See here to learn more.

I'll also be at the studio on Saturday from 10am - 4pm, so you can drop by or call/email me anytime so I can answer your questions :)

Happy stamping,

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Last 2 birdie cards!

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Here are the last 2 class cards we are making, using Good Friend, Cheep Talk, the Funky Forest wheel as well as "Good Morning Sunshine" Designer Paper.

(inspired by mrs_hawkins' card on SCS)

Please take a look at yesterday's post to see the other 3 cards. Hope to see you at the class!

Happy stamping,


Want to learn more about Stampin' Palooza?

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...then be sure to check out my video message!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Love those Funky Birds and Flowers...class!

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Here are some of the Thursday class projects we are making, using Good Friend, Cheep Talk, the Funky Forest wheel as well as "Good Morning Sunshine" Designer Paper.

We have to make good use of all those gorgeous Kiwi Kiss and Pacific Point papers before they retire next month, after all!

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Wonderful tags with wonderful little birds!

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Make a loved one’s day with this very adorable, sunny tag tied to a gift (candy, anyone?).

With bright, cheerful birds, flowers, and leaves — and polka dots to top it off — you’ll should have no problem leaving a lasting impression.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Cheep Talk
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie and Riding Hood Red
Papers: Whisper White, Neutrals 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Accessories: Pig Tails Ribbon Originals, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Bright Delights and Planter Box Rub-Ons, Stampin' Dimensionals

If you like these cute little birds, you should consider coming to my Thursday class -- we'll be making projects using Good Friend, Cheep Talk as well as the Funky Forest wheel!

Happy stamping,

Monday, May 25, 2009


New Video Tutorial -- Flip-Flop Album!

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Hi everyone!

With all the recent interest in my Flip-Flop albums class and kits, I've created a really quick video tutorial to help you re-construct the spine and flaps of the album using your own kits.

I hope it helps! :)

Happy stamping,


The rest of my "Wagon full of Fun" cards...

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Before I start showing you the stamping goodies of the day, I just want to holler a happy "shout-out" to Nancy in London who just joined the team today -- woohooo!

Here are the final three cards we'll be making as part of Tuesday's "Wagon Full of Fun" card class. If you missed the first two cards we'll be doing, you can see them in this previous post.

There are still spots available for both the 1pm and 7pm classes, so please drop me a line if you would like to attend!

Alternately, if you would like to pick up all the supplies & instructions on how to make this set of 5 cards yourself, you are welcome to order them below!

"Wagon Full of Fun" 5 card kits:

(Please note: as per Stampin' Up! policy, this kit will NOT include the stamped images seen in my class example. That said, you would be welcome to use my set and stamp them all here yourself if you are picking the kit up or else you can stamp them in the comfort of your home!)

Happy stamping,


Designer Series Papers sample - part 4

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Send unexpected wishes and appreciation to friends and family with this watercoloured Spring Bird card. With a one-of-a-kind design, you can let them know how much you care and show off your artistic talents and love of colour!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Spring Song
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red
Papers: Confetti White, Kiwi Kiss, Earth Elements 12X12 Textured Card Stock, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch, Spiral Punch, Aqua Painter

Happy stamping,

Sunday, May 24, 2009


"Basket full of Fun" Watercolor cards class

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Here are 2 of the cards we are making on Tuesday for the "Wagon full of Fun" watercolor class.

I had great fun creating the 5 cards -- all of which use the Washington Apple Designer paper. I'll be sure to post the other three on Monday!

Microbeads were adhered to the centre of the flower...

Happy stamping,

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Stampin' Up!'s YouTube channel

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Can't get enough of Stampin' Up! videos? Check out their fabulous You Tube channel, where they share great stamping projects (and more!)!

The best thing to do is to subscribe to the channel. There is no cost to subscribe (you just create a user name and password), and then, whenever they add another video you will be notified!

While you're at it, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel as well: craftincaro. Now that Brent and I have started to get the swing of recording things, there will be many more projects to come. I've even recorded a message about my Retiring Stamp set contest, so be sure to check it out!

Happy stamping,

Friday, May 22, 2009


Jump for Joy -- new catalogues have been ordered!

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Exciting, isn't it??!!

I've placed a massive catalogue pre-order for Stampin' Up!'s new 2009/10 Idea Book & Catalogue so that they'll arrive before the July 1 launch date.

Want to reserve your very own free catalogue? I'm your gal!

Just contact me now by e-mail or phone at 416-694-4074 (toll-free 1-866-694-4074) and we'll get you on the pre-order list.

The catalogues will be available for pick-up at my studio in July or I can mail it to you if you prefer that (small postage charge will apply).

Happy stamping,

Please note, this offer is only available to Canadians. No fellow demonstrators, please & thanks!


Caro's Retiring Sets Contest!

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Did you know that it's that time of year again?

Yup, Stampin' Up! is getting ready to release their "Last Chance" Retiring List on June 1st, letting us know which stamp sets will no longer be available for sale as of July 1.

Which brings us to the CONTEST!!!!

This year, please email me your top 10 guesses of stamp sets from the current Spring/Summer 2009 catalogue that will retire (not including hostess sets) and get a chance to win "God's Beauty", a Level 1 Hostess set.

The winner of this contest will be the entrant with the highest number of correct guesses -- if there is a tie, then I will draw a name from those participants who have guessed the most.

As an added bonus: if the winner gets all 10 out of 10 correct, I'll throw in a 2nd HOSTESS SET! How's that for sweetening the pot?!?


So I'm giving all of you who "play" a $5 coupon from me that you can use towards any order of $50 or more in June. But you only get ONE entry each, so be sure to think long and hard about your choices :)

Be sure to check back here on Monday June 1 to see the Retiring List in its entirety and the winner of the contest.

Happy stamping,

The Fine Print:
Please note, this offer is only available to Canadians. No fellow demonstrators, please & thanks!
All entries must be received NO LATER THAN Friday May 29th to qualify.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Flip-Flop Album -- take the class or get the kit to go!

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The weather's warming up here in Toronto today so it's time for FLIP FLOPS!

No, I'm not talking about the thong sandals, but about these fun little 6x6 flip-flop albums instead. We’ll be making them on Friday and Saturday using elements from the “Sunshine Garden” Scrapbooking kit (p. 164).

Cost for the class is $19.95 per person or you can request a kit "to-go" with all the pieces you need, full instructions and photos.

Pick-up/Shipping Options

I'll be launching my RETIRING SETS guessing contest tomorrow, so make sure you come back to see all the details. Everyone who participates will also get a special gift from me, so it's definitely one of my "win-win" scenarios.

Last but not least, a warm welcome is going out to Cathy from Vancouver -- go glad you've decided to re-join the Stampin' Up! family. You're so smart to have done so while there's such a great sale going on :)

Happy stamping,

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