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Monday, 31 December 2012

Spring Sampler card

I made this card for our demo group swap (using items from the new Spring Catalogue)
I chose to use the Spring Sampler set and combined it with the Cannery Set Framelits and matching Perfectly Preserved stamp set (both from the Holiday Catalogue - both carrying over for the spring).

I thought the Spirng Sampler stamp set works perfectly with the Perfectly Preserved set - all those little things to put in the jar :)
The little bees flying outside of the jar are stamped with StazOn Black and coloured with watercolor pencils. I handcut them out and popped them up with pop-dots.

The green is "Gumball Green".

I also used the new Gray/Black Two-Tone ribbon and the new Silver Basic Designer Buttons - love them both! And the background is done with my NEW favourite embossing folder: Honeycomb! It looks stunning on this So Saffron Card Stock, but even better when used with the new Core'dinations paper (Real Red, Pool Party and Primrose Petals).

Friday, 28 December 2012

My 2012 Faves for MDS2 Challenge

Here is my page for the "2012 Faves" challenge on
It has pictures of my favourite person in the world - my husband Tom - and the pictures are from one of my favourite travel destinations - New England (coast of Maine and mountains in New Hampshire).
And I used my favourite downloads for MDS2 from 2012 "Pinwheel parade" and "On the Go".
Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Winter Memories

I cased this card from a fellow demonstrator Karen T. Colbun. I just loved all the details and colours. Reminds me of old traditions.

Monday, 17 December 2012

MOJO Monday 272

For this weeks Mojo Monday card I wanted to make a Valentine's Day card, but didn't want to use the hearts suggested in the sketch.
And I knew I wanted to use the new products from the Spring Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration brochure.

So the colours are Raspberry Ripple, Primerose Petals, Very Vanilla and Summer Starfruit.

The background paper is from the "Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack", the stamp set "Ciao Baby!" (both from the Spring Catalogue) and the punch is the "petite curly label punch" from the Sale-A-Bration.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Christmas Project

I was inspired for this project by several "subway art" projects I have seen on Pinterest and on various blogs. I wanted to make it into a Christmas art project and I used various fonts and some stamps and embellishments available.

I did the background with Heather Summer's instructions

And all the text is done with Whisper White (with 80% opacity). Most of the fonts have been downloaded from

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Handmade gifts, DAY 12

So this is my last gift idea in my "12 Days of Christmas".

I purchased simple metal headbands from a drugstore and embellished them with fabric flowers, which I made with "Fun Flowers Bigs L" die. I used the "Spice Cake Designer Fabric "and some tulle. I upholstered 2 plastic buttons with the fabric and stiched thigs together (you can use hot glue gun also)

You can easily make the flowers into hair clips also (1 flower per clip).

This is a great gift idea for a little girl or even a co-worker!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

MOJO Monday 271

Here is the sketch for this weeks MOJO Monday card >>>

In my card I again wanted to use some of the new products from the Spring Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.

Crumb Cake, Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy

Ribbon: Primrose Petals
- Window Frames Collection Framelits (Holiday Catalogue p. 30, still available as of January 3rd 2013)
- Festive Paper Piercing Pack (Holiday Catalogue, p. 30)
- Delicate Designs Folders (Annual Catalogue, p. 188)
- Large Scallop Edgelit (Annual Catalogue, p. 190)

Stamps: Vintage Verses (Sale-A-Bration Catalogue)
Pattern Paper: Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Pack (Spring Catalogue, p. 16)

Mojo Monday 270

Okay - I know this is a week late, but I still wanted to post it. This weeks MOJO card will come tomorrow :)
So here is last weeks sketch > > > > > > > > >

I wanted to use some of the new supplies from the Spring catalogue.

I this one I used the "Hearts A Flutter" stamp set and the matching framelits and the pattern paper is from "Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack".
The tag is punched out with the "Ticket Builder Punch" (annual catalogue) and the ticketstamp is from the new "That's the ticket"

Colours: Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit and Whisper White

12 Days of Christmas - Handmade Gifts, Day 11

 I've wanted to do one of these pouches ever since I got this Summer Smooches Designer Fabric. I have a bread "basket" in this style and thought that I'd like to get couple of smaller pouches for keys and other nick-nacks.

This is not too big - the bag is approx. 5" wide and about the same hight.

Took me some time to figure out how to do these, but I finally managed it.

What I did, was I cut a template from paper for the bottom circle. Then I measured around the edge of the circle. In this case the circle is 36cm/14-1/4".

I then cut 2 circles out of matching fabrics and 2 rectangular banners (36cm long each, about 7" high.

I sew the two rectangular banners on the long seam, ironed them flat and stiched the edge to make it crisp. Then I adhered the circle to the matchin fabric. At this point you would have a cylinder shape, with the side seam open. I stiched 90% of the side seam (in-side-out) and then turned the pouch around and hand stiched the rest.

I love how it has two sides and you can turn it around if you wish. I'm going to make another one with Orchard Harvest Designer Fabric (the striped and the pear patterned ones) and one with the Comfort Cafe fabrics.

Monday, 10 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Handmade Gifts, day 10

This is a great gift idea for the coffee lover in your family!

Purchase one of those clear acrylic covered coffee cups (for example from Starbucks). They usually come with a template so you can cut out a right sized piece from your Designer Series paper and decorate it to your liking. This one is mine from the summer time using "summer smooches" DSP.

I did have couple of other samples, but for some reason they post sideways - so I won't bother :)

My current one is actually made with My Digital Studio 2 - and it is the same picture as my blog header.

You can embellish your mug with photos (to make it into a scrapbook page), a nice greeting, a poem, or just enjoy the beautiful Designer Series Paper!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

New Products - Show Me How!!!

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12 Days of Christmas - Handmade Gifts, day 9

This is a great idea for the ones you don't know what to give, or if you might need some "extra" gifts in case you happen to receive a gift from someone you had not bought a gift. I always make few extras and bring them with me to the office (just in case).
I got some empty journals from the clearance rack at Chapters and covered both the front and back with a piece of Designer Series Paper (this one is from the Twitterpated selection - but this would be a great way to use some odd pieces or retired DSP. Then I covered the spine with the new Two-Tone Ribbon (now this was not very smart of me, since this won't be available for public until January 3rd). But you can use any ribbon - the wider, the better. I don't recommend covering the spine with DSP, it won't last and won't look nice. I then adhered a piece of 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Basic Gray to the front and left the top part extra long to make it work as a bookmark (so atleast the length of the book, plus make sure you have some extra to tie your trinket.
This trinket is actually something I found on the street - call me cheap! but works perfectly for this journal! What do we learn from this??? Never throw anything away "someones trash is another ones treasure" (I usually tend to think that "someones trash is still trash")
Then I used a stamp set (again from the Spring catalogue called "Feel Goods". This is the greatest set - and one more thing not available: " Canvas Creations"
Now - don't get discouraged!!! You can use any fabric - or paper for the base of the stamp.
and you can use any stamp set for your sentiment or picture.
Just a note for future: The canvas absorbs a lot of ink - I used Black StazOn and had the hardest time to get a decent image - I think the new classic black might be more moist than the StazOn.... Or maybe the black craft ink.... I have to play with these a bit to see what works best on the canvas.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

My WINNING desing at My Digital Studio November 2012 Challenge

My 2nd time participating at My Digital Studio challenge and I won!!! Last week I got an honourable mentioning and now I won :-)
I had a busy day and was not in the best of mood when getting home and then I got an email from Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio Team. I was so happy! I have only used MDS2 from September 2012 and tried to learn different techniques.

I have to credit Heather Summers and Kimberly VanDiepen for starting the Facebook "Simply My Digital Studio Challenge" group. I used their challenge in my design and learned few tricks on the way - by accident.

Here is the link to the Stampin'Up! My Digital Studio site:
My Digital Studio "November 2012 Challenge"

12 Days of Christmas - Hand Made Presents, day 8

This is the easiest thing to make and would make a pretty trinket for a young girl. You can make this into a bookmark also - just add a piece on both ends.

What are they made off??? WASHERS!!!

I got these from RONA and they are called Fender Washers. The size I chose is 5/16 but it's actually a bit small to use with 1-1/4" punch so what I did I sanded the edges to fit the paper to the washer.

I used the Twitterpated DSP on my washer. Oh and if you make a bookmark - don't use a stretchy cord - works better :)

This is what you do:
  1. cut the SMALLER circle on your choise of Designer Series Paper (you will need 2 since you want to decorate both sides). Just make sure you punch the hole as far into the paper as your punch (Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack - round punch). Then line your 1-1/4" punch so that the small hole is in the middle of your punch opening.
  2. Mod Podge the washer on one side and adhere the punched circle on the washer. Set to dry on a peg suspended in the air or flat on the table.
  3. once one side is dry - mod podge the other side and adhere the second circle - let dry
  4. when both sides are dry - sand the edges (if your paper goes over the edge)
  5. cover the paper with Mod Podge (you can use crystal Effects also, I find Mod Podge dries faster and will not show brush marks as much - sponge brush is actually best on this project!)
  6. once the paper is dry - get a string of stretchy cord (from jewelry making department). I used a silver strech cord, but if you wish the cord to be less visible - you can use the clear Stretch Magic bead and jewelry cord (I recommend the 1.5mm). JUST REMEMBER TO MAKE THE CORD LONG ENOUGH!
  7. Tie a loop on your string, and then pass the cord around the washer. Since the cord is stretchy, you will not have any problems putting it on.
This would make a great stocking stuffer too - or a teacher gift??

Friday, 7 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Hand Made Presents, day 7

Make a shadowbox for your loved one. The base is a 7Gypsies display case and each cubicle is 4x6". I chose to crop and cut my pictures to showcase some paper and stamped images behind. Then I embellished the frame with punched out tags, hearts and ribbon. The letters for "LOVE" are done with "letter-it"-stamp set (Soft Suede on Very Vanilla card stock). I hand cut the letters and mounted them on Baja Breeze card stock and handcut them out again.

This particular one I actually gave to my husband for Valentine's Day, but I cannot risk on posting this years project. The recipient might see it here. You'll get to see it after the holidays :)

Thursday, 6 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Hand Made Presents, day 6


Okay, then to business...

I made these post-it-note holders last year and everybody liked them so I have to do some more this year too (haven't finished this years ones yet, so the pictures are from last year). Again I had used retired products on these- but this way you actually get to use your own imagination on what to use :)

The pens are from Staples Business Depot and they come in a pack of 10 of 12, cannot remember exactly (and I have tossed the packaging so cannot even check)

Post-It Note and Pen Holder (for post-it notes sized 3” x 3”)
  • Cut your base card stock into 7 3/8” x 3 ¼”
  • Score the card stock at 3 1/8”, 3 ½” and 3 7/8
  • Fold the card stock in the middle score line and cut 2 slits from the outer score lines to the center score line.
  • The larger part (3 ½”) is the base of the holder and the narrow scores are the part for the pen.
  • Fold the holder (remember to push the pen holder “slit” up and adhere the part staying under the pen to the back page)
  • stick the post-it note to the base (double sided tape/sticky strip)
  • Decorate the cover and add pen (I used mini gel pens from Staples)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Simply My Digital Studio Challenge Week 1

My idol in digital scrapbooking has to be Heather Summers. You can find more about her from her blog She has started together with Kimberly Van Diepen a Facebook group "Simply My Digital Studio Challenges" where they will be posting their tutorial videos and also linking projects done with their challenge.

This week the challenge was how to group your photos and use multiple photo boxes to hold one image.

Simply My Digital Studio Challenge - week 1
And this is my take on the challenge. What I discovered (by accident - I have to admit) was that when I changed the 2 pictures into sepia, but then clicked "undo" - it only recoloured the top image. I had to double "undo" to recolour both. So I used this as an "extra" feature on my page - I left the background sepia coloured and the top layer coloured. And I didn't mat the picture on the top - just did a heavy shadow. I thought this looked pretty cool.

The fun part of this was that I re-did one of my fav scrapbook pages. I was SO proud of this page when I created it - and still am - I was a novise scrapbooker when I made the page so I guess that made it even more special and fabulous! I could not locate the original pictures, but the place and the people are same - just a different day :-)

Here, as a comparison, is a picture of the original page (sorry for the poor quality old picture)

12 Days of Christmas - Hand Made Presents, day 5

I used retired stamp set and Designer Series Paper for this candle set, I also folded a divider inbetween the candles, but it is not necessary for this to look pretty. Think of also just doing the cover from clear window sheet - that way the candles can be seen even without opening the box.

And you can use the tissue paper method also on pillar candles. Just cover the tissue paper with a sheet of wax paper and hold tight when heating the stamped tissue paper into the candle. You can remove the wax paper when the candle has cooled down.
  1. The box starts as a 3-3/4x8-1/4" piece.
  2. Your longest score lines are at 1/2", 1-1/8", 2-5/8", & 3-1/4"
  3. Your short score lines are at 1/2", 1-1/8", 7-1/8", & 7-3/4"
  4. Cut out the shaded areas and on the cut line to make flaps.
  5. Decorate box as desired.
  6. Crease all folds well with bone folder.
  7. Apply sticky strip  to the 4 outer most sections and assemble to box.
  8. The box cover is made from a 5x6" piece. 
  9. Score lines will be 6" long at 5/8", 2-1/4", 2-7/8", & 4-1/2".
  10. Crease folds well with bone folder and put sticky strip on one edge flap.
  11. Decorate top as desired. 
  12. Peel the sticky strip and wrap cover around box, adhere flaps together.
  13. Fold a piece of tissue paper into 4 layers, and sandwich between 2 layers of copy paper. Punch out your 1-3/8" circles. Leave between the copy paper layers and punch 3 times in the center with the 1/16" punch to make a hole big enough for the wick to fit thru.
  14. Stamp tissue paper with desired images.
  15. Slide tissue paper over the wick onto top of the tealight.
  16. Put tealight down! Do not hold for this step. Heat top of tea light  with heat gun until the tissue  paper melts into the wax. All done!

Here is the diagram for the box

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Hand Made presents, day 4

Village of Cuteness
These wooden decorative houses are such a pretty decoration - through out the year! We first did these at the Stampin'Up! Convention in 2010, and these are based on those - but I changed things up a bit and used new Designer Series Papers.

My Father-in-Law helped me two summers ago cut all the house shapes from left over 2"x4" lumber (I think we cut some 2"x6" shapes too). Then I just sanded them lightly and painted them with acrylic paint. Rest is pretty much paper or various little trinkets. The door hinges are a retired Stampin'Up! product (little paper clips) and the key is from a retired embellishment set, but you can use what ever little trinkets you find.

I made these more generic ones, so I can actulally display them through out the year but I have seen them made into Halloween and Christmas Houses - I guess what ever holiday you have at hand :)

Here is an other look at the houses

Monday, 3 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Hand made Presents, day 3

This is the best gift ever - atleast that's how I feel :-)
First of all - it is super simple and in-expensive and most importantly: IT IS VERY USEFUL!!
You are always looking for coasters and since I'm obsessed by them - I have them all over the place. And this causes an other dilemma - they need to be pretty so that they can be left on the tables :)

So what I did was this:
  • in-expensive kitchen tiles (you can choose what ever style you like - even different colour!). I got mine from Rona, but most home hardware shops would sell them
  • Clean the tiles
  • Stamp your preferred image (in this case I used the "postage due"-set with StazOn black (or white) ink. Note! The ink has to be waterproof!
  • Mod Podge (or you can use Stampin'Up! Crystal Effects) over the stamped image
  • adhere either cork feet/base or those clear "bumps" which you use on your kitchen doors and drawers (available at the home hardware stores - usually where they keep their kitchen door hardware)

Sunday, 2 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Hand Made Presents - day 2

My second present is a pin cushion in a frame. The one at the background is a frame from IKEA and fits a 4"x6" picture. I call this my "serious seamstress" version, as the cushion is very large (well - you could make it into 12"x12"). The smaller frames are from Michael's and are much smaller and work nicely with just your "sew on a button" seamstresses :)

With the pin cushion, you remove the glass or plastic to allow the fabric to pop out of the frame. I used hot glue to adhere the fabric to the frame and then added the background. And a great tip: fill the cushion with STEEL WOOL! why?? this keeps the pins sharp! So there is my tip for all your seamstresses too

Saturday, 1 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas... Hand Made Presents - Day 1

As my "12 Days of Christmas" I decided to showcase 12 different gift ideas, that you can easily get ready before Christmas.

Explosion Box
My 1st day may seem like more work - and that's what it actually is, but atleast you now have time to work on it.

I used the "Merry Moments Simply Scrappin'" kit (from the Stampin'Up! Holiday Catalogue, p. 9).

Explosion Box without lid
The kit allowed me to do 2 boxes (well... probably would have allowed more, if I would not have made a mistake with the lid size TWICE!!! and not used so many embellishment stickers on the boxes :)

Explosion box open (outside)

 I didn't add pictures to this one - I thought the person receiving this can add their own holiday pictures to it afterwards and personalize it to their liking.

The last picture shows where the slits are on the pages. If you prefer, you can cut the 4 corner pieces out all together, or if you want to make it even bigger, you can add a second layer to it. Just use a slightly smaller cardstock to start with, so that it fits inside the box!

And finally, here is the template for the box. Have fun!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Craft room process (everlasting??)

As some of you may know, my craftroom has (and probably always will) gone through several changes - well... I think something would work and then I find something better :)

Like this first set up - this was created when we just moved to our current home 2½ years ago. Well.. I guess it served me well for the 12 months it stayed as such :)

I thought the IKEA Expedit shelving would be THE best solution, but quickly realized that the vertical supports were limiting the items I could store in the shelves, although they at the same time provided some support for scrapbook papers and books (I still have couple lower ones as my side tables). I also QUICKLY ran out of storage space for my clear mount stamps. So these are my solutions now for the stamps and for my ribbon and punches.

What is so great about this stamp storage, is that the cubes (from Solutions Store here in Ottawa) provide support for the stamps and I can store the stamps in "themes" and easily take one with me to a workshop or to the cottage :)

And the ribbon storage are IKEA picture rails and the old style punches are stored on IKEA kitchen railings. Works perfectly. The new style punches store nicely on the picturerails.

The hardest for me was to find perfect storage for my markers. I want to store them flat, so 1st I used poster tubes (which you can see behind the new system) and stored red markers in the red tube and so on. I was actually able to fit all 4 tubes in the Ikea Expedit small cube (as seen on the 1st picture on the shelf above the red drawers).
Then I bought a marker storage from a competing scrapbooking company - nice option, but the markers sat VERY deep in the container and I had hard time getting them out. Then I learned about this system (just 2 weeks ago). It is called "the ultimate pen storage" by Crafter's Companion (this set has 6 levels, each fitting 12 pens - you can get them individually or in larger sets - they mount either flash or little angled for easier access. They click together nicely, so they are very sturdy - and you can add to the side too!


 My 12"x12" papers I store in a Cropper Hopper file cart - best thing ever! (both this and the pen storage I got through

I have 2 carts - one for my Stampin'Up! Designer Series Papers (current only!) and one for retired stuff plus non-SU! papers.

My 8½"x11" papers I store in a regular sized filing cabinet (2 drawers). I have the neutral colours and special colours on the lower drawer and the other colours on the upper - this, as well as the DSP storage cart, are located right behind my chair, so I only need to swing around and I have access to ALL my papers!

My embossing powders I like to store in larger containers - easier to just spoon over the card and shake extra back to the container!
 This is my storage for buttons and other trinkets. They are housed under the glass top (the table top is from IKEA). I got the white containers from Chapters and glued them together with Crystal Effects :-) each compartment fits 4 Stampin'Up! button/brad containers - perfect! and the small muffin pan houses other types of trinkets for my scrapbooking projects.

And then I have my "display wall". This is actually just a piece of MDF painted with nearly tempting turquoise coloured chalkboard paint and then I mounted 3 black IKEA picture rails. This goes with me to craft shows!

And then I have a place on one of the shelves for my business supplies like catalogues, class schedules and other advertisement pieces.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. I'll do an update (most likely at the beginning of next year) when I get the room organized (AGAIN!)

Saturday, 24 November 2012

MOJO Monday 268

Here is the sketch for this weeks MOJO. I wanted to use the Window Frames Collection Framelits from the Holiday Catalogue (p. 30) on this sketch as I just got them and had not used them before. I also wanted to make a Christmas card and use the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, also from the Holiday Catalogue (p. 4).
MOJO 268

Friday, 23 November 2012

My Digital Studio Challenge Scrap Map 3

I learned just yesterday, that MyDigitalStudio has their own challenge for digital scrapbookers. This month's challenge is called Scrap Map 3 and this is the sample


And here is my page based on this scetch

“Scrap Map 3”