Craftin' Caro: February 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

 

FFAF Day 28: All together now, "A, B. C. D, E, F, G..."

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I want to thank everyone for the great response I've had to my February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun -- it's been a blast.

So for the month's grand finale, we needed to use ALL the letters of the alphabet!

Why not write love messages in this little journal or even fill it with reasons you love the person or favorite things you've done together! Using some of our fun "In Colors", this book is bright and cheerful, and will make your loved one's day when they receive it.
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Abc Alphabet Lower, Defining Alphabet
Inks: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie
Papers: Baja Breeze, Confetti White, In Color and Rich Regals 12X12 Textured Card Stock, On Board 5X5 Art Journal, On Board Batch Of Blooms
Accessories: Flower Designer Brads Flower Assortment, Button Bouquet, Bright Delights Rub-Ons, Chit Chat Rub-Ons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heart To Heart Punch, My Way Punch, Spiral Punch


I'll also take this time to officially welcome 2 more stampers to the "Canadians, INK!" family: Dianne & Donna. I'm so glad that you both decided to join us -- get ready to have some fun!

Also, one final reminder to everyone that TODAY is the *final* day for my awesome 48 sheets of free cardstock promotion. Be sure to get those orders in to me no later than tonight, so that you too can get some delicious Stampin' Up! paper to play with.



Happy stamping,

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Friday, February 27, 2009

 

FFAF Day 27: We're not quite done yet!

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We're almost at the end of the month, which means my February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun is getting ready to wrap up.

But I'm not quite done yet, just because I've run out of letters. For today, I'm going for the NUMBERS NOW!

Create a fun and funky little birthday note that the recipient will treasure years down the road. This note features bright colours, a metallic circle that a four-year-old will love, and intricate details that she'll appreciate years from now.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Time To Party
Inks: Old Olive, Pacific Point & Tangerine Tango pads, Basic Black & Bashful Blue Stampin' Write Markers
Papers: Confetti White, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango,
On Board Lots Of Letters
Accessories: Bashful Blue 1/4 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, 1-3/4 Inch Circle Punch, 1 Inch Circle Punch, White Circle Aluminum Metal Edge Tags



Everyone has a birthday, and this card can be adapted for anyone. Just stamp the appropriate month, highlight the appropriate day, and swap out colours if needed. And for the record, mine is actually the 13th of September -- don't forget! :)


Stampin' Up! Supplies:Stamps: Full Calendar, Mark The Date
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
Papers: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Earth Elements and Rich Regals 12X12 Textured Card Stock, Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper, On Board Essentials
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sanding Blocks


Kids only turn five once, so celebrate with the special occasion. Whether you use this small notecard for a party invitation or a birthday card, you'll love how simple it is to make!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Short Order Numbers, Family Phrases, Family Accessories, Contempo Alphabet
Inks: Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Papers: Baja Breeze, Confetti White, Textured Love Notes II
Accessories: Dots Classy Brass, 1 Inch Circle Punch, Empressor Stylus, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter


Happy stamping,

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

 

"Thinking of You/Sympathy" Cards class samples

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Have you ever have one of those days where you're just so STINKIN' happy to have the friends that you do, because they help make your life that much better?

Well, this has been one of those days so I'm taking the time to just send out some luv and a quick "MWAH" smooch to all my favourite peeps out there.

Thanks for brightening my days!



Back to stamping.... here are the 5 cards that we'll be making as part of tomorrow's class. We have 2 sympathy cards, 1 "get well soon" and 2 "thinking of you" cards. Believe me, the last thing I ever feel like making are these kind of cards, but it's awfully handy to have them ready for when you need them. So we'll have a fun & cheerful time with LOTS of candy and music while we stamp, and we'll keep the gloomies away!

If you are interested in attending, I only have 2 spots left for tomorrow evening's class or you can come on Saturday afternoon instead -- just let me know.










Happy stamping,

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FFAF Day 26: The letter "Z" is for Zoofari!

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Before I finish off the alphabet with today's post, I just wanted to give a big shout out to Velarie, the latest stamper to join the Canadians, INK! "family". I'm so very glad that you're now a part of the team and coming with us to the London Regionals event next month -- it's going to be a BLAST!

To anyone else thinking of purchasing the Starter Kit while it's on sale, there's still time...why not take a peek here to learn more and then let me know if you have any additional questions.

And on to the stamping fun!

Today is Day 26 of February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun, and we've finally reached the end with the letter Z.

I don't want to bring you any ZZZZZZZZ's though for today's letter, so I picked the "Zoofari" set to showcase. It evens has a zebra, so I think I get double bonus Z points for that.

The line-art outlines of the cheery beasts of this set are ideal for watercoloring, and their smiling faces are sure to brighten up your projects.


You can do so much with these little animals, so here's a baby card example. The colour scheme and bird images are just right for both boys and girls and the new mom will love knowing that you're all thinking of her and her little one.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Zoofari
Inks: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Jet Black Stazon Pad
Papers: Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery Patterns Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Bashful Blue 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon, Fashion District Rub-Ons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, 1/16 Inch Handheld Circle Punch


I'll be back later on this morning to share with you the 5 different cards we're making for tomorrow's "Thinking of You/Sympathy" card class. See you then!

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 

Some Birthday Cards Class samples

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Hi Peeps!

Here are 4 of the 5 cards we're doing today as part of the Birthday cards class. As always, we make 3 "adult" and 2 "kids" cards -- that way you have an assortment of cards at the ready to give out when you need to.

Card#1 - Eastern Blooms (idea from Lisa Pedrini as posted on Alison Solven's blog)



Card#2 - Fifth Avenue Floral using Heat & Stick powder and our new Fine Galaxy glitter (got the idea from the super fabulous Barb Mullikin!)



Card#3 - Zoofari -- cute little animals climbing on top of each other, DEFINITELY not an original idea of mine! You'll be seeing this stamp set again tomorrow as part of the February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun.



Card#4 - Wild About You where our alligator friend takes a big CHOMP out of the bottom corner of the card!




Happy stamping,












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FFAF Day 25: Y is for YOU!

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Today is Day Y of February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun, and we're continuing with the letter "Y" for YOU.

The star hardware and boho flowers on this card will make anyone feel important. Make it for a friend just to say "hello"!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: True Friend
Inks: Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, Versamark Pad
Papers: Kraft, Ruby Red, Whisper White, In Color, Rich Regals 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Accessories: Baja Breeze 5/8 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Star Designer Brads, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Billboard Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die


Easter greetings are a cinch when you start with a Scallop Note! Add in a colorful image created using our exclusive Two-Step Stampin' technique, and you've got a cute card that would crack anyone up!


Stampin' Up! Supplies:Stamps: A Good Egg
Inks: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink
Papers: Certainly Celery, Confetti White, Soft Subtles 12X12 Textured Card Stock, Scallop Notes II
Accessories: So Saffron, Pink Pirouette 5/8 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Soft Subtles Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, 1-3/4 Inch Circle Punch


Serena LOVES this set, and even themed her birthday party around it. Tell your tween-ager that she rocks with a funky skull and lots of polka dot patterns. I'm especially enamored of the glittery heart eyes!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Just Jawing
Inks: Basic Black
Papers: Basic Black, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper, Rockabilly Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter, Kiwi Kiss 5/8 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dress Up Ribbon Originals, Button Bouquet, Stampin' Dimensionals, Circle Scissor Plus, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4 Inch Circle Punch



Happy stamping,

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 

FFAF Day 24: X is for "X & O"s

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Today is Day X of February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun, and we're continuing with the letter "X".

No xylophones or Xrays here, folks - nope, it's all about hugs & kisses, X's & O's!!


Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Owl Together Now
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red
Papers: Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Whisper White, Earth Elements, In Color and Bold Brights 12X12, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1/4 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Earth Elements Brads, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Greatest Moments Rub-Ons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Circle Scissor Plus, Scallop Edge Punch


Happy stamping,

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Monday, February 23, 2009

 

FFAF Day 23: W is for 3 WONDERFUL cards!

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Today is Day 23 of February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun, and we're continuing with the letter "W", which stands for WONDERFUL!

#1: The beautiful colour scheme and fun combination of patterns on this card will make any of your wonderful friends smile.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Boho Backgrounds
Inks: Ruby Red, So Saffron
Papers: Ruby Red, Whisper White, In Color 12X12 Textured Card Stock,
Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Kraft 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon, Button Bouquet, Pretties Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals, Crafters' Tool Kit


#2 - No frou-frou here! With its subtle embellishment and rich colors, this masculine card is a perfect way to let a husband know that he’s loved whether it’s for your anniversary, his birthday, or just because. If you are interested in making more Masculine cards for the guys in your life, be sure to check out my class on Wednesday March 11!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Nature Silhouettes
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Papers: Kraft, Naturals Ivory, Not Quite Navy, Earth Elements 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1/4 Inch Grosgrain Ribbon, Earth Elements Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals


#3 - Whether you give this card to say "I love you" on an anniversary or just to add a splash of color to a loved one's day, everyone likes to hear that someone thinks they're wonderful. Make this bold, tropical flower using the "Baby-wipe" technique -- it's bound to make them smile!


Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Wonderful You (Dormant list)
Inks: Old Olive Classic, Riding Hood Red, refills: More Mustard, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie & Rose Red
Papers: Whisper White, Earth Elements and Rich Regals 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Accessories: Whisper White 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Wide Oval Punch, 1/16 Inch Handheld Circle Punch, babywipe


Upcoming classes this week will be the Birthday cards class on Wednesday, and the "Sympathy/Thinking of You" cards class on Friday. I'll try to start posting the pictures for those beginning later this afternoon!


Happy stamping,

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

 

FFAF Day 22: V is Violin and Victor Hugo!

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Today is Day 22 of February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun, and we're continuing with the letter "V".

Looking for a card to congratulate someone on an outstanding concert? Let a handmade, watercoloured card help you express your pride in their musical talents.
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Music Expressions
Inks: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Jet Black Stazon Pad
Papers: Always Artichoke, Confetti White, Kraft, Earth Elements 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Accessories:Twill Tape, Linen Thread, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blender Pens, Crop-A-Dile, Photo Corners Punch



Happy stamping,

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

 

FFAF Day 21: U is for "Urban"

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Today is Day 21 of February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun, and we're continuing with the letter "U" for "Urban"!


Right now, we have 2 fabulous sets of Urban Designer Series papers -- the Urban Garden and Urban Oasis assortments.

They work great with a variety of sets and colours, and the design scale of the 12x12 papers can be used for both cardmaking and scrapbooking alike. Try them out and tell me how you like them!


Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Frames With A Flourish, Upsy Daisy
Inks: Not Quite Navy
Papers: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper






■ Coordinates with: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Not Quite Navy

■ Coordinates with: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, and Kraft


Happy stamping,

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Friday, February 20, 2009

 

FFAF Day 20: T is for Thanks

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Today is Day 20 of February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun, and we're continuing with the letter "T" for "Thanks", which feels very appropriate for today.

This particularily charming thank-you card is sure to make a lasting impression on friends and family alike. With its unique use of twill tape and simple beauty,you might even see it exhibited on a refrigerator or two!


Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: If the Halo Fits
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Perfect Plum, Riding Hood Red
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, In Color 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss 5/8 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Twill Tape, Natural Hemp Twine, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Aqua Painter, Crop-A-Dile, 1 Inch Circle Punch



Happy stamping,

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FREE CARDSTOCK & a very special THANK YOU!

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I want to start my day off by giving my heartfelt thanks to ALL of my wonderful customers and demonstrator team members this morning.

I thank my lucky stars for all of you everyday anyhow, but today I feel especially fortunate since I'm able to announce that thanks to your help, I have earned Stampin' Up!'s fabulous 2010 Incentive Trip!

We'll be going on a Southern Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's beautiful "Adventure of the Seas" ship. Morgan and Serena are beside themselves with glee since all their hard work labeling catalogues and helping Mom stuff envelopes has really paid off - LOL!

I can honestly say that I've been blessed in my business beyond all measure, and I just want to continue working even harder to help keep my stamping friends and team happy with what I can offer them. I truly welcome all ideas and feedback from you -- I want this new 2009 year to be the best one ever for us all!

Anyhow, mushy stuff aside -- let's bring on the LOOT! Yes, I want to thank you all not just in words but in FREE GOODIES, and Sale-A-Bration is already such a fabulous time for me to do that.

FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY -- you will receive a fabulous FREE 48 sheet assortment of ALL of Stampin' Up!'s 4 colour families: one 8.5x11" sheet of each of the Bold Brights, Rich Regals, Soft Subtles and Earth Elements for each $60 order you place with me. You heard it -- not only will you get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration set per $60 purchase, but you'll also get 48 pieces of Stampin' Up!'s delicious cardstock from me. YUM YUM!


You can place your order online or by phone/email to take advantage of my special gift -- I'm just so happy to be able to help say "Thank You" in one more way!

Happy stamping and many, many thanks,

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

 

FFAF Day 19: S is for SWEET!

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Before we get started on today's letter of the day, here are a few little announcements for you:

  • My mid-month mini newsletter was sent out to my Canadian subscriber list yesterday and included a super-cute candlewrap project from Stampin' Up!. If you haven't joined my list yet, you can do so anytime and I'll re-send it to you.

  • My classes page has been updated all the way into JUNE! That's right -- the Virgo in me has me planning everything for all the way AFTER the CreativFestival, so go take a peek at what fun events I have planned for you and let me know which ones you want to come to. Speaking of the CreativFestival, I have a special free gift I'll be giving to all attendees who stop by my booth -- just bring this coupon to claim it!

  • This week's events are all demonstrator-based: yesterday was the team's monthly drop in "Stamp & Share Day", where my gang can come play for the day and use my stamps, etc. Friday will be "Demo Information Chat" time, so anyone can pop by if they want to learn more about the Starter Kit, etc and Saturday is my team's Quarterly meeting! That's when I set up some fun projects for them to make & we get together for fun, fun, fun. If you want to join us to see what it's like, please email me for an RSVP.

  • Next week's Birthday Cards and Sympathy/Thinking of You Cards classes are both filling up nicely -- I'll try to have the samples up for you by Monday at the latest so you can see what we're making.

  • A quick welcome to Gayle from London for having joined "the family" yesterday -- I'm so glad you did!

  • Last but not least, it was announced last night that Stampin' Up! is going to begin launching an ANNUAL catalogue starting July 1! There will still be exciting and fresh mini catalogues released throughout the year that will also include NEW hostess sets to choose from. Should be fun!

    Now let me return you to to our regularly scheduled February's Fabulous Alphabet Fun.
    Today is all about the letter "S" for SWEET, just like all of you!

    Here are 3 different kinds of sweet things -- a candy jar, a sweet booklet card for a special friend and a yummy "sweet baby" box of jelly beans.

    Stampin' Up! Supplies:
    Stamps: Sweet Sampler
    Inks: VersaMark
    Papers: In Color 12X12 Textured Card Stock, Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper
    Accessories:White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Valet Ribbon Originals, Button Latte, Heart To Heart Punch, Wide Oval Punch


    Stampin' Up! Supplies:
    Stamps: Totally Tabs
    Inks: Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Riding Hood Red
    Papers: Kraft, Whisper White, In Color and Earth Elements 12X12 Textured Card Stock
    Accessories: Baja Breeze 5/8 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Riding Hood Red 3/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon, Clear Buttons, Clips Assortment, Fashion District Rub-Ons, Stampin' Dimensionals, punches: Round Tab, Scallop Circle, 1-1/4 Inch Circle, 1-3/4 Inch Circle, 3/16 Inch Corner Rounder



    Stampin' Up! Supplies:
    Stamps: Cute & Cuddly
    Inks: Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal
    Papers: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal, Whisper White
    Accessories:Valet Ribbon Originals, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, punches: Scallop Edge, Scallop Square, 1/16 Inch Handheld Circle



    Happy stamping,

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