Craftin' Caro: November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009


MDS Monday -- "trimming" your ribbon

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It's time for another MDS Monday, where I share tips and tricks for using My Digital Studio, Stampin' Up!s digital crafting software.

Today's tip is a fast and easy way to get one of those cool "V" shapes on the end of your ribbons! I love doing this with my cards, but was unsure on how to create this effect with my digital ribbons. Well, I've found a way and want to share it with you!

First, pick your background colour for your layout, and then choose the ribbon you want to use. I chose the "Alpine" holiday mini ribbon in this example and enlarged it slightly.

Next, go to your Design Centre and choose a square punch shape, and rotate it 45 degrees.

Move the shape to the end of the ribbon, so that you cover the end up in that V shape. Fill the square punch with the same colour you used for your background.

Finish your layout by adding photos, a title, journalling and any other embellishments you want. And yes, I know he'll kill me later when he sees this -- hahahhaaa!!

Happy stamping,

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Sunday, November 29, 2009


Spidey asks, "Where's the snow?"

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"What's going on, Caroline?

It's the end of November, for pete's sake... where's all our good old Canadian snow?"

"Now, Spidey, behave", I tell him. "Let's not go asking for snow quite so quick. We do that, and we'll end up with a truckload dumped on us one morning before we've found last years boots!"

So here's some just for Spidey... to best shut him up. Who know what wacky snow dance he'll start up with otherwise?!!

Happy stamping,


Saturday, November 28, 2009


More Holiday cards for you...

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Here are 5 more cards from this weekend's Holiday 10 cards class. Enjoy!

"Canadians, INK!" team gals, the instructions for all 10 card have been posted to the team blog HERE.

Happy stamping,

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Friday, November 27, 2009


And the winner of the "Canadians, INK!" card swap draw is...

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...well, watch the video to see which name Morgan randomly chose!

All participants in the November team card swap were entered in the draw, the prize being a "Holiday Best" Level 1 hostess set.

Congrats to our lucky winner... and we'll see what's up for grabs next month for the December team card swap!













Happy stamping,

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FREE SHIPPING - Black Friday Special!

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In honour of the US's traditional big post-Thanksgiving specials, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on all Canadian Stampin' Up! orders, from today until Monday Nov 30th!

Orders under $50 will be shipped to my studio for pick-up; orders over $50 can be shipped direct to you!

So be sure to go online to see what fabulous specials are being offered right now, and then contact me to take advantage of these great deals and receive your free bonus tutorials!

Happy stamping,


Thursday, November 26, 2009


Saturday's class - Holiday cards!

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Hi everyone! Here's a sneak peek of 4 of the cards we'll be making on Saturday for the #3 Holiday 10 card Class.

I know a certain someone who will be SO excited that this new set is in the studio to play with....

A quick and simple punched snowflake card, using a Build-a-Brad in the centre. If you click on the image, you'll see we used textured Rich Razzleberry paper.

It's hard to see in the original, so here's a close-up -- we punched a Window sheet circle to go over the sponged "ornament"...

Happy stamping,

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A quickie post...

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I'll make this one fast, as I'm leaving shortly to meet Katie Dupuis at! I'm excited to being showing her some quick stamping ideas for the holidays, so I promised to blog all about it this weekend when I have some downtime (ha - stop laughing at me!)

Here is another Shaker Card using the "Sweet Centers" set that we'll be making at Friday's class -- will you join us?

Don't forget that today is Week 9 of my 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign. Your email will have instructions on how to make this cool ruffle embellishment, so you don't want to miss out.

Before I sign off for now, a quick birthday shout-out to my darling S who turns 12 today... love you, girlie!

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Ultimate Stampers Bundle -- What a deal!

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Want a bunch of stamping supplies but don't know where to start? Maybe you would like to put together a fabulous beginners package as a gift? I've got my very own specially priced Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle right here!

This bundle includes:

Catalogue Price for all of this would be $180.70 -- but MY bloggers special price for you -- only $99!

This special offer ends November 30th but is only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

To order, you must either call (416-694-4074 or 1-866-694-4074) or email me to get this price.... the online ordering system does NOT accept personalized discounted deals.

Happy stamping,

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Friday class - Shaker Cards!

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Friday's class is going to be a fun one, as we use the "Sweet Centers" paired with the Sweet Treat cups to make shaker cards!

Here's a holiday ornament card using those roly-poly silver cake balls:

We then used the bees and sentiments in Just Buzzin' By to fly around the "sunflower" we made. Inside the shaker? Chocolate Sprinkles!

I'll be back later this afternoon to share the next two cards we'll be making - one love-themed with the heart stamp and the 2nd card will be using the hot-air balloon!

Class fees: $24.95 for class only or $49.95 INCLUDES the "Sweet Centers" stamp set! Please RSVP for the 1pm or 7pm class.

Happy stamping,


Monday, November 23, 2009


Wednesday's Birthday Cards Class -- "Thoughts & Prayers" card

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Here's our final card for Wednesday's Birthday card class (see earlier posts HERE and HERE for the others).

We're using a classic black & white theme, and adding a bit of sparkle using White Craft ink embossed in Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I also used a torn layer of paper-weight Vellum and the fabulous 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon.

You can save a spot for either the 1pm or 7pm time -- just RSVP. Class fee is $24.95 or FREE with a $75 order placed that day!

Tomorrow I'll begin posting all the neat "Sweet Treats" Shaker cards we'll be making on Friday, and then later in the week we'll start in on all the Christmas cards for Saturday.

Happy stamping,

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Up to 50% off AND a new Free Tutorial!

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Stampin' Up! has JUST announced a fabulous EXTRAVAGANZA sale from November 23-30th with sales of up to 50%!

Please feel free to order online or through me (phone or email)... whichever is more convenient for you.

To help better celebrate this sale, I'm also offering this bonus tutorial on top of my November Tutorial to ANYONE placing an order or coming to a class this week -- yup, the holiday spirit is officially here and I want you to benefit from it!

Enjoy the bold colours, trendy designs and great organized functionality of this unique set! Use the notepad for your daily to-do list or journal and enjoy the rich cheerful colours every day. Having ready-to-use cards organized and at hand in a card folder or Forget-Me-Not Keeper will make sending cards and notes a snap. Now that is sure to bring a smile to your face! Pass on the cheer when you make sets to give as a gift to a friend, hostess or coworker to add heartfelt warmth to their home or office.

In this class, you will learn how to make:

These projects feature the Thoroughly Modern File Folders and Designer Series Paper (DSP). The projects create a colorful spin for home and office style. All the inspiration you need to make beautiful and functional sets for home, office and gifts for any occasion.

Here's an alternate project grouping; same ideas... different colours!

Remember, this special is good from Monday, November 21 until Monday November 30th! Just place an order with me or come to one of my classes and I'll email you copies of both tutorials for your own personal use :)

Happy stamping,

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