Craftin' Caro: August 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


VIDEO: Layering Punches!

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Stampin' Up!'s Triple Layer Punches such as the Blossom Bouquet and Doily punches incorporate three punched images in one great body style — presenting you with numerous layering and designing options.

Watch this helpful training video featuring the fabulous Shannon West to triple your know-how about these innovative punches!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011


Goodness me, a card from SHELLI!

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Okay, to be completely honest it was a card not just from Shelli, but was also signed by Kellene Adams and Lana Joy Limb...but seeing Shelli's signature at the bottom with that cute little heart made me SQUEEEE outloud!

Here is the beautiful card that they sent me as thanks for being the House Lead Demonstrator for the local Ronald McDonald House volunteer group. I've been lead for at least 6 years now, ever since they started the program.

I have to say that it's such a super & fun way to help give back to the community and all by doing something I love to do already: STAMP!

For those of you who have attended any of our Stampin' Palooza events in the past, as you know we also request donations of full cards & envelopes to send to our local Toronto Ronald McDonald House.

It's an easy thing for us stampers to do & help in a small way so please, keep 'em coming! :)

In case you are not familiar with it, Stampin' Up!'s mission statement reads: "To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference."

So to help fulfill this statement, Stampin' Up! launched its "Making a Difference" program in 2003. Through this, Stampin' Up! has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and each year, they design an exclusive stamp set to promote the partnership .

With a portion of the proceeds from each sale of that set, more than $95,000 USD has already been donated from RMHC stamp set sales alone!

The set for the 2011/12 stamping year can been seen on page 16 of the new catalogue, called "Turtle & Co".

When you purchase this year’s Turtle & Co. Set, they will donate $3 US to RMHC!

I plan on having a "Turtle & Co" stamp class in January when I return from the Leadership conference, so keep your eyes peeled for that date later on this year.

Together, we can make a difference!


Friday, August 19, 2011


Team member share: Button Buddies!

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I'm so excited to share with you some absolutely adorable 3x3" cards made by Jennifer Mallette, one of our "Canadians, INK!" team peeps.

She used the Subtles collection of colours (specifically, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, So Saffron) to keep everything in the set cohesive.

The nice thing with Stampin' Up! of course will be the ease in matching colours, since everything is coordinated! So she just needed to pull out her Subtles package of buttons to play with = easy as that.

If you don't recognize the stamp set, it's a new one called "Button Buddies" adorable is that?

The images in the Button Buddies set pair well with the Designer Buttons to give all your projects a one-of-a-kind style. Whether it’s a pink nose on a pink pig, or an orange shell of a slow moving snail, adding a button will add dimension to whatever you are working with!

A little about Jennifer in her own words:

Thanks Jen! We love your cuties :)


Thursday, August 18, 2011


VIDEO: 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch

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Yippee - hooray! My kids come home from camp today :)

With all the excitement that's floating about, I can't think too much about stamping something (I know! sacrilege!) so here's a helpful video from Stampin' Up! instead.

Do you have questions on your 3/16" Corner Punch? Is it working the way you had hoped? If you're having trouble achieving the results you want, hopefully these tips and tricks will help you better utilize it!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011



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As summer begins to wind down, work on the next Stampin' Palooza event begins to wind UP!

Be sure to grab your tickets for our Fall date of Saturday October 1 NOW while the early bird pricing is still in effect.

This time, your registration ticket price includes a new Simply Scrappin' Kit from the upcoming HOLIDAY mini catalogue called "Christmas Lane", which you will be making over 20 different holiday projects & cards with that day!

FYI, photos of the scrapping kit will be posted September 1 when it becomes available to the public, but trust me - it's fabulous.

For more details about this fun day, please visit the ticket page at

Online Ticketing for Fall Stampin' Palooza 2011 powered by Eventbrite

Monday, August 15, 2011


The Summer Mini is preparing to Sail Away

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My Oh My... today is August 15, which means there are only 2 weeks left for the amazing Summer Mini catalogue to be available for you!

All the crazy rain outside made me decide to focus on water... and the amazing nautical sets: Sail Away and The Open Sea.

The photos of the following cards were all taken while I was on the Stampin' Up! Alaskan cruise back in May, where they were shared on the boards in our common Gathering Place.

Unfortunately that means I do not have the names of the talented demonstrators who created them (boo).

If you recognize any, by all means speak up and I'll label them here!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


"S" bookmark

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The Simply Adorned line brings instant sophistication to the look and feel of your projects!

The locket-style charm with hinge lets you insert custom artwork or photos for a look that's all your own.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Fall & Winter Class schedule -- a quick overview

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Hi everyone! I just sat down with the calendar and made up the class & event list for alllllllllll the way until the end of the year.

I'll have my web gal Eva update the official Classes page for me next week, but wanted to give you all a heads-up on dates & things first.

Please note that ALL EVENTS require an RSVP to attend, even the free ones!

  • Saturday Sept 3: COFFEE & A CARD! 10am-3pm drop-in, visit & make a FREE card today
  • Saturday Sept 10: CANADIANS, INK! TEAM MEETING 7pm, $5 per demonstrator
  • September 22 & 23: OPEN STAMPERS DAY make 3 projects, FREE with a $25 order today
  • Saturday Sept 24 : HOLIDAY 10 CARD CAMP #1, choose either 1 & 4 pm, $45 per person, includes envelopes

  • Saturday Oct 1: STAMPIN’ PALOOZA! All day event 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday Oct 1: CANADIANS, INK! TEAM DINNER/EVENT 5-9pm $25 per person
  • October 6 & 7: OPEN STAMPERS DAY make 3 projects, FREE with a $25 order today
  • Saturday Oct 8: COFFEE & A CARD! 10am-3pm drop-in, visit & make a FREE card today
  • October 12 & 15: BIRTHDAY 5 CARD CLASS, 1 & 7 pm, $30 includes Designer Button Ass't
  • October 20-23: CREATIV FESTIVAL – Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Saturday October 29: HOLIDAY 10 CARD CAMP #2 choose either 1 & 4 pm, includes envelopes

  • November 3 & 4: OPEN STAMPERS DAY make 3 projects, FREE with a $25 order today
  • Saturday Nov 5: STAMPING FOR BEGINNERS! 10am, 1pm & 4pm FREE
  • Wednesday Nov 9: STITCHED FELT CLASS 1 & 7 pm $30, includes Winter Wishes SF kit
  • Saturday November 12: COFFEE & A CARD! 10am- 3pm drop-in, visit & make a free card today
  • Saturday November 12: CANADIANS, INK! TEAM MEETING 7pm, $5 per demonstrator
  • November 16 & 19: HOLIDAY 10 CARD CAMP #3, choose either 1 & 4 pm, includes envelopes
  • Wednesday Nov 23: STITCHED FELT CLASS 1 & 7 pm $30, includes Winter Wishes SF kit. please note this is a repeat of Nov 9 class

  • December 1 & 2: OPEN STAMPERS DAY make 3 projects, FREE with a $25 order today
  • Saturday December 3: COFFEE & A CARD! 10am- 3pm drop-in, visit & make a free card today
  • December 7 & 10: HOLIDAY 10 CARD CAMP #4 1 & 4 pm $45 per person, includes envelopes
  • Saturday December 17: CANADIANS, INK! TEAM HOLIDAY PARTY! 6pm


    Thanks Card project...

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    There are so many different ways to add depth and dimension to hand stamped projects.

    On this card, the butterfly images have been heat embossed, buttons added with Linen Thread, Crumb Cake Textured Card Stock used for the card base, and the card stock is dry embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die!

    Thursday, August 11, 2011


    RIbbon Shares are BACK!

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    Okay people, there's only so much pestering a girl can take. So when a brand new catalogue means brand new ribbons, and you guys want to get your hands on all of them, I cry UNCLE and pull out the big scissors :)

    The following are the different ribbon shares I'll have for offer -- each one requires only 4 participants (since I'll take one spot myself) to fill... so contact me ASAP if you want in on one or more of them!

    3/8" RUFFLED Ribbon Share: $16.99

    This share will include approx 2 yards of each 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon in the FIVE brand new 2011-2013 IN COLORS (Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder)

    1/2" SCALLOP DOTS Ribbon Share: $26.99

    This share will include 2 yards of each of the 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon in 10 colours. (Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Tangerine Tango)

    HIS AND HERS Ribbon Share: $13.99
    (thank you Dawn O. for the idea!)

    This share will includes 2 yards of each of the following:

    * His Collection Ribbons: 3/8" Blue Denim Jean Ribbon, 3/8" Artichoke Denim Jean Ribbon, 3/8" Twill Tape
    * Hers Collection of Ribbons: 1/2" Chantilly Crochet Trim, 5/8" Victoria Crochet Trim, 5/8" Whisper White Organza

    5/8" SATIN Ribbon Share: $30.99

    This share will include 3 yards of each of the 5/8" Satin Ribbon in 10 colours, of which 3 are NEW! (Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Very Vanilla and Whisper White)

    1/2" SEAM BINDING Ribbon Share: $16.99

    This share will include approx 2 yards of each 1/2" Seam Binding ribbon in 7 colours (Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz and Rose Red)

    NARROW 1/8" TAFFETA Ribbon Share: $20.99

    This share will include approx 2 yards of each Narrow 1/8" Taffeta ribbon with white trimmed edges in 10 colours, of which 2 are NEW! (Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Regal Rose, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla)

    3/8" TAFFETA Ribbon Share: $23.99

    This share will include approx 2 yards of each 3/8" Taffeta ribbon in 10 colours, of which 7 are NEW! (Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Soft Suede and Whisper White)

    1-1/4" STRIPED GROSGRAIN Ribbon Share: $36.99

    This share will include approx 2 yards of each 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon in 11 colours, of which 7 are NEW! (Basic Black, Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Not Quite Navy, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi)

    To reserve a spot in my ribbon shares, please EMAIL ME directly at For multiple shares - contact me for a shipping quote.

    Please include the following information in your email:
    1. Name
    2. Mailing Address (Canadian addresses only)
    3. Which shares you would like to reserve (see above)
    4. Method of payment

    All prices listed are for local Toronto pick-up -- please contact me directly for Canadian shipping options!

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    Kindness Matters box...

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    For a gift that will wow anyone, create a unique handmade box with the brand new Blossom Box Bigz L Die and our Designer Series Papers.

    The innovative designs in these longer Bigz dies give you so many new and interesting creative options -- the sky's the limit! Our ingenious Blossom Box is perfect for small, thoughtful gifts and delightful surprises!

    Add stamped images from our Raining Flowers Set to embellish a unique gift that’s blossoming with style and creativity!

    FYI, the Blossom Box Bigz L Die works best using only one layer at a time. Measures 6" x 8-3/4".

    BTW, the first Designer Paper Share filled up completely so I've opened up a 2nd group for any one who wants to join in!

    Tuesday, August 09, 2011


    Hilarious Stampin' Up! Commercials!

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    Every year at Stampin' Up!'s annual convention, attendees are shown some lighthearted commercials (featuring SU staff members) that advertise their upcoming events.

    I thought you might enjoy seeing the commercials they showed this year!

    Monday, August 08, 2011


    Ribbon Shares & this week at the studio....

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    Here's what's happening this week at the studio:

    You can visit the Classes & Events page anytime for prices, details and updates. Hope to see you soon :)

    COMING LATER THIS WEEK: Ribbon shares! Yes, you've been asking for them so it's time to start another round, including the fabulous new types you want.

    As of right now, I have only ONE more spot open for the Designer Paper Shares, so be sure to sign up quick to participate!

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