Craftin' Caro: February 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010


CONTEST: Join my Facebook page and become a FAN!

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Want to get all my "Craftin' Caro" updates via Facebook? It's super easy... become a fan!

Here's my contest for you:

Add yourself as a fan by Friday March 5, 2010 and be entered in a draw to win a fabulous new Hostess set: the 8 piece "Picture This" set from the Occasions Mini catalogue.

Already a fan? No problem -- you'll be automatically entered in the draw on Saturday March 6th!Please note that while anyone can become a Fan for my Facebook page, this contest is open to Canadian residents only == thanks!

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Saturday, February 27, 2010


Still time for February's FREE tutorial!

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Do you want to learn how to make these 5 cards?
If you're in Canada, there's still time for you to place an order with me this month and receive a 22 page FREE tutorial that features the new Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch and Sweet Pea Designer paper pack.

The 5 cards use the bird punch in both traditional and unique uses that will get your creative juices flowing! From serene reflections to silly clowns, this set covers the gamut so you can be ready for any occasion year-round.

In this tutorial you will learn to make:

* Five Cards
* One Belly Band for the card set

There's even a set of ALTERNATE card ideas included!

More about the tutorial...

Place your order now and receive this great .pdf tutorial to play with!

Friday, February 26, 2010


3 more Sale-A-Bration cards for Saturday... and Monday!

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I've had a few people ask if I'd be willing to also have a Monday afternoon class for the Sale-A-Bration 10 cards class that I'm hosting on Saturday... and the answer is YES!

If you can't make it to tomorrow's 1pm class, you can RSVP for Monday at 1pm instead. Just let me know and I'll save you a spot :)

FYI... if the idea for this first card is familiar, it's because I CASE'd it from Shelli's blog. It was one of the M&T's she made for a "Workshop of a Lifetime" she demo'd at.

I'm HUGELY excited to see Shelli when she comes to Markham next month and enjoy dinner with her -- I promise to take lots of pics!!

Happy stamping,

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Saturday's class: Sale-A-Bration cards

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Hi everyone! Here's a sneak peek of one of the 10 cards we'll be making on Saturday for our Sale-A-Bration 10 cards class.

Hope you can join us!

Happy stamping,

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Monday, February 22, 2010


Stampin' Palooza THANK YOUS!

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I want to take a moment to thank everyone who came to craft in Toronto and attended this weekend's Stampin' Palooza events for helping make it a truly fabulous time.

I was thrilled to see so many smiling faces and really appreciated each of you who stopped to tell me what a great time they were having. It sure does the heart good! I look forward to sharing many wonderful pictures with you here on the blog over this next week.

Special thanks also go out to my amazing presenters who did such a good job: Linda Hansen, Blair Moch, Chanda McLean, Dina Anker, Lesley Poper, Michelle Sturgeon, Christyne Richardson and of course I can't forget my very own "Big Shot" Brent.

My incomparable helpers for both the day and behind-the-scene efforts can't be neglected either: Bernard from WPI Events, Brian Korson of Video Excellence, Christyne, her daughter Lauren, Michelle Surrette, Serena & Granny "Weezie". Thanks also to the very talented stampers who brought display boards and artwork to share. If I've managed to forget someone in these lists...please forgive me.

Take a look at our 4 Name Badge Contest winners: Caroline with her flower pot, mom & daughter pair Michelle & Barbara, and Julie with her MDS badge. I can't wait to post the Badge Parade participants as well, since they were all soooooo cute!

But the FUN hasn't ended as we want to keep the party going, and there's still time for you to get involved as Stampin' Palooza ONLINE goes live this Friday!

Over the next 6 weeks, 'Palooza Peeps will get access to hundreds of wonderful display board samples and photos posted, exclusive videos, six bonus project tutorials using the featured "With All My Heart" set, stamping challenges and MORE.

For those of you who missed out on the weekend's festivities but still want to be included, I'll be posting more information about how you can order the "Palooza-TO-GO" kits. So stay tuned!


Friday, February 19, 2010


It's Stampin' Palooza weekend!

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The excitement's been building for a while now and this is when all the hard work and prep time will pay off: a fabulous day of stamping, great presentations, tons of prizes, food and fun.


If your plans for the weekend have fallen through, I still have supplies for a few more people to join us at this weekend’s events... we have lots of space and loads of food :)

And for all of you out-of-towners, the driving weather is looking great! And of course, we have our worry-free winter weather guarantee – just in case the weather guy is wrong…

With 3 cards and 3 projects, here is another sneak peak at some of what you'll be making on Saturday: a Fancy Favour treat box, a Hearts Cup card plus a 12 page "Me" chipboard scallop circle mini-scrapbook album.

Hope you can join us!


Thursday, February 18, 2010


Breathe a sigh of relief.. it's not too late!

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In case you missed out on a couple of favourites offered in our last Holiday Mini catalogue, Stampin' Up! has chosen to carryover several products so you can still get them now.

This list of products (shown below) is available for purchase both through myself, as well as through Online Ordering. In addition, these products will be available in the next Idea Book & Catalogue!

Item # Description Price
116794 Ornament punch $22.95
116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint $8.95
116854 Frost White Shimmer Paint $8.95
116807 Platinum Shimmer Paint $8.95
116829 Décor Elements Blocks $13.95
116824 Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty $10.95
116821 Stampin' Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers $39.95
116819 Stampin' Up! Table Setting Bigz XL die $57.95
116823 Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Merry Details die $7.50
116822 Stampin' Up! O Christmas Tree Pop-Up Bigz XL die $57.95
118140 Stampin' Up! Tree Decorations Sizzlits die $7.50
118108 My Digital Studio $106.95
116519 Charming stamp set $26.95

Also, if you are coming to Stampin' Palooza this weekend, you'll be sure to see Big Shot Brent working his magic with some of these items (shhhh.... he wouldn't want me to give it away!!)

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Join us for an intimate evening with LINDA HANSEN this Friday!

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If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Toronto, the GTA, or anywhere else in Southern Ontario, be sure to join us this Friday evening for an evening of business & life motivation, stamping and FUN!

Our guest speaker is the one and only Linda Hansen from Salt Lake City, Utah, who is returning once more to Toronto to be with us!

Linda has been a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, vocal coach, singer, and stamper for the past 35 years. She was hired as the first demonstrator trainer at Stampin' Up! where she worked for nine years, and is currently helping demonstrators achieve balance in their lives, while sharing her love of stamping.

On Friday evening, both Linda and myself will be speaking to demonstrators.

You will also enjoy new display boards with current samples, over $100 in door prizes, refreshments and 2 stamp projects using the new Occasions mini "With All My Heart" stamp set.

We are also accepting food bank donations and cards for the Toronto Ronald McDonald House location, in the hope of giving something back to our community!

DATE: Friday February 19, 2010

TIME: 7:00 – 9:30 pm (doors open at 6:45)

LOCATION: Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 9 Dawes Road, Toronto (INFO HERE)

PRICE: $20 per demonstrator, special $10 price for "Canadians, INK!" team members

BRING: Your stamping kit of scissors, adhesive & bone folder; your camera; a smile!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Bringing home the GOLD means FREE Shipping across CANADA!

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Thank you, Alexandre Bilodeau!

If you're a Canadian blog reader here, you already know that Bilodeau won the gold medal in men's moguls this weekend.

This win marks the first time a Canadian athlete has captured the top Olympic prize at a Canadian game, and cheers erupted from sea to shining sea! It was a spectacular sight to see, as was the medal ceremony last night.

Ahhh... who says Canadians aren't patriotic?!!

To help celebrate, I'm offering free shipping on all new Stampin' Up! orders placed with me this week only (Tuesday Feb 16 - Monday Feb 22). Orders over $60 can be shipped direct to you, under $60 they must be picked up at my studio.

The excitement will continue as the Olympics do, and in the meantime, congratulations also go out to Jennifer Heil for her silver in Ladies Moguls, Snowboarder Mike Robertson with another silver medal in Men's SBX, and Kristina Groves for her bronze in the Ladies 3000m speed skating.


Saturday, February 13, 2010


Gearing up for Valentine's Day..... #9 (Always)

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Tired of the traditional Red & Pink colour schemes one usually associates with Valentine's day? Look no more!

This lovely combo of Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Regal Rose might just do the trick if you are looking for a softer palette to work with (using Always stamp set).

Happy stamping,


Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Learn more about using FABRIC with the Big Shot!

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Super-talented stamper Lesley Poper will be bringing her gorgeous fabric creations to display at next weekend's Stampin' Palooza event. I'll have more pictures tomorrow to share as well.

Be sure to join us and check them out, and learn more during Lesley's presentation!

Happy stamping,

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Monday, February 08, 2010


MDS Monday & Blog Candy WINNER!

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It's MDS Monday here on Craftin' Caro, so here's my latest fun project using My Digital Studio: announcing the winner of last week's BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY.

First of all, I want to show you that 2 new digital downloads recently became available... the Corduroy brads/buttons assortment and the "Sending Love" Epoxy brads from the Occasions Mini!

I'm a sucker for embellishments, so I had to nab these to play with right away :)

Anyways... on to the winner!

Last week I posted about my newspaper article and invited you, my faithful blog readers, to leave comments and get a chance to win a free "Welcome Neighbour" Designer Paper pack. Using the number generator, comment #3 won!

Congrats going out to KAREN in BELLEVILLE! Send me your address, and I'll pop it in the mail to you :)

Happy stamping,

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Saturday, February 06, 2010


New video featuring Corner & Border punches!

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Be sure to check out my friend Bonnie Thurber in this great little video that features our new Corner & Border punches.

Be careful, she's going to "punch you out" with her ideas! :)

Did you know that if you buy 3 of our full size or border punches ($22.95 CDN), you can get a 4th punch for free? It's true!

With our Sale-A-Bration sale, your $65 CDN order allows you to choose the new & exclusive Scallop Trim Border punch for FREE!

Now, of course you don't need to just buy punches to be able to take advantage of this special, nor do you need to pick this item as your free reward.

After all, there are plenty of other goodies to choose from too!

If you want to learn more about our new style of punches that have been launched in the new Occasions mini catalogue'), click here!

Happy stamping,

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Friday, February 05, 2010


Valentine's projects fun!

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Here are a few of the projects we're making on Saturday as part of the Valentine's class I'm holding.

"Fox & Friends", and just threaded some black cardstock in through the red corduroy button!

Candy treat container, loving that "Sending Love" DSP!

And even more "Sending Love" paper, this time inspired by a cascading hearts card design from Barb Mann:

I have 2 spots left for the 1pm class - please drop me a line if you'd like to attend!

Happy stamping,


Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Join my Satin Ribbon Share!

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There are 9 beautiful new 5/8" satin ribbons being offered in the Occasions Mini catalogue, and they add a soft and beautiful touch to your projects.

However, at $13,95 CDN a roll, it can be a bit pricey for you to invest in all 9 rolls. So I'm offering a SATIN RIBBON SHARE for you to take advantage of!

I've already done the math, and can split each 15 yard spool in 5 groups of 3 yards each, for only $30 CDN (+ tax & SH) - you'll receive 3 yards each of all 9 colours= 27 yards.
Want 2 sets of ribbons? Get it for only $55 CDN!

Contact me today to join a share group and order your ribbon at this great deal!

BTW, if you like product shares, check out my SWEET PEA DESIGNER PAPER share too!

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


February's Free Tutorial offer!

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Receive this fabulous tutorial by email FREE with ANY order placed with me or paid class attendance in February 2010!

You will enjoy the adventure of creating unique and fun cards using the new Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch. The cards feature the bird punch in traditional and unique uses that will get your creative juices flowing! From serene reflections to silly clowns, this set covers the gamut so you can be ready for any occasion year-round.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make:

* Five Cards
* One Belly Band for the card set

These projects feature the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch and the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack (DSP). The projects feature fun and colourful punch art and punch techniques that showcase the versatility of the bird punch. All the inspiration you will need to make beautiful and thoughtful cards year-round.

Happy stamping,


Monday, February 01, 2010


FREE Blog Candy and my Sunday Sun article/video!

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You can imagine my excitement when I learned that a FULL-PAGE article about me was in the Toronto Sunday Sun this past weekend!

I had had Sun reporter Ian Robertson contact me and then come for an interview back in December, since he had heard about my Stampin' Palooza event from my friend Velarie and thought it sounded like a fun story.

I'll admit that it was a bit of a thrill to have him come by the studio one morning as Christyne and I were preparing for a class, until the VIDEO part arose.. yes, he wanted to film our interview too. EEK!

Let's here it for the wonders of video editing though, since the little blurb they did turned out pretty good and made me sound much smoother than I am in real life :)


So go ahead and read the article, watch the video, and then let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

On Saturday the 6th of February, I'll draw from all the names and give away a free "Welcome Neighbour" Designer Paper pack to the winner. Easy peasy!

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