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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Last batch of Xmas cards

This was another stamp set I loved to use.  
The first card was cased from Peg Coombes. I loved the use of the partial images of the Santa stamp from Santas Stache set

The second card was cased from Alvins Cook using the same Santas Stache stamp set
I like the nutcracker stamp set better, it is more 'balanced' so it is easier to center on the card

Monday, 22 December 2014

Row of Holiday Homes

Here is one more card created with my this season's favourite stamp set 'holiday home.
What I did I adhered all the 3 houses on one acrylic block and stamped them few times on the card front, then used the snow flakes from the same set and the reindeer sleigh. The nice thing with the photopolymer stamps is that you can bend them - that's what I did with the greeting

The colours are Soft Sky, Baked Brown Sugar and Real Red

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Ornamental pine Christmas cards

These wee inspired by Cynthia Millan's cards but since I had no iridescent ice embossing powder I had to improvise. The first card has some dazzling diamonds glitter on the branches. The edges have been sponged with early espresso

The second card is otherwise the same but without the glitter

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Gingerbread houses

Here is my little village of gingerbread houses I made this year.

The small ones were inspiroi by something I saw on Pinterest. They are to hang at the edge of mug (filled with hot coco). They didn't turn as nice as I planned. I should have paid more attention to the size of the parts and also use icing to assemble them instead of melted sugar. Also I opted to buy coloured icing this year - NEVER AGAIN!!! It is too runny! I had to freeze them and still they kept running. So maybe next year we get a prettier batch :-)

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Monday, 8 December 2014

Xmas card galore

Today I finally got all my Xmas cards for Finland ready. They are not 100% all Stampin'Up! but I still wanted to post them here

Saturday, 6 December 2014

More Xmas cards

Here are couple of the Christmas cards from last weekends card class

The first one is done using Work of Art stamp set, Garden Green ink, golden Encore ink and gold embossing powder and a star punched out from champagne glitter paper.

The second card is based on Soft Sky and using washi tape and embellishments. The image is stamped with Silver Encore ink and embossing powder

I'll be posting more ideas in the next few days.

Oh and wait until you see the Spring Occasions catalogue and sale-a-bration catalogue.... Oh my!!!!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Traditional looks with Ornamental Pine stamp set

Both of these cards were cased from Pinterest and they showcase this stamp set really well.

The first card has a top layer of Crumb Cake cardStock with oval cut out. The cut edges were sponged with Whisper White craft ink, which was also used to stamp splatter from Gorgeous grunge on the images.

This next card was done using the pine cone stamp from the Ornamental Pine set in Old Olive and Lost Lagoon inks. The image has also some glitter and lost lagoon ribbon. The even circle in the middle was done with a 1-1/4" circle, masking the center before stamping the pine cones

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Holiday Home

This is one of my FAVOURITE stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue. I just love little houses :-)

This next card was cased from Cindy Schuster, who is a member of this years Stampin'Up! artisan design team.

I just love the simplicity of the card. I did change the greeting on the card to a Good Greetings Hostess set greeting,

This next card was inspired by a card by Ann Bower. The windows were created by stamping the houses with Early Espresso on So Saffron CardStock and cut out. The other colours on this card are Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Stampin'Up! Event projects

Last weekend I attended the Ottawa regional conference. We had couple of venues where we created some Xmas projects.

Hope you like them

This week I have 2 venues. One in Kanata tomorrow (during the day time) and a public event this Saturday at the Park Place retirement centre in Central Park. Looking forward seeing you there!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Storage for framelits

As part of my craft room reno, I wanted to have easier access to my framelits. Until now, I have stored them in DVD-cases with magnetic business card stickers. I kept few of the cases so that I can easily transport my framelits to venues and workshops, but for 'in house storage' I wanted them on the wall.

First I thought if magnetic paint, but after reading several blog posts I figured it might not work as well as I though, so back to the drawing board. Second option was to get s metal frame (even a cookie sheet) and stick magnets behind it, but after trying that, the framelits were pulled around by neighboring magnets, so it looked a bit messy.

Here are the currently available Stampin'Up! framelits:

Then I thought if those magnetic sticker business card bases, but I would have needed a ton of them. The. I saw larger sheets available at Michael's. The sheet was about 12"x24" and for 2 frames I needed 4 sheets. Priced at about 16cad, I had to run there 4 times so that ai could use my -40% daily discounts :-)

I also used some retired Designer Series Papers to cover the black magnets (adhered them with spray adhesive). I wanted them to be different colours so the current Stampin'Up! Framelits would be on one frame and the retired and non-SU ones would be on the other.

Here are the retired and non-SU framelits

Friday, 31 October 2014

Curvy keepsakes pumpkin treats

I made these treat boxes for Tom to take to his work. The paper is retired a more mustard stamped with Tangelo Tango chevron and the face is stamped with Early Espresso.

The curly ribbon is always Artichoke seam binding rolled on round peg and heated with heat gun.
The label is with Old Olive and the shape is one of the curly keepsakes box labels

Friday, 24 October 2014

-15% until Monday

As a sale promotion for the Doll show, I will be giving 15% discount for your order. 
To process your order, you will have to email me your order, as I cannot give discounts on online orders.

Contact me by Monday October 27th to get your discount.

Nutcracker and Santa with curvy keepsakes box

I just love this stamp set with the nut cracker and Santa. 

As I was creating samples for the dolls and miniatures show, I thought of making some Santa boxes. I had seen others create them, but only with the Santos's belt. Then I thought of the stamp set.... And added the head and mustache too. Then I just had to crate the nut cracker too. Although the nutcracker reminds me of a police officer with the buttons :-)

The hats have been coloured with blendabilities markers and the mustaches are cut out from silve glimmer paper

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Curvy Keepsakes Witch

Okay, this was not as easy as it seems and what I thought it would be :-)
Sure, the box itself was super quick but then I started with the hat.... I think it would look better if you'd do a cone shaped hat... This one has a circle as the rim and a triangle as the top. I think I will do another one and try the cone (although making cones is NOT my cup of tea, I have such a hard time making the edge straight....)

And yes, I know the face is smudged.... This is because I FORGOT to stamp the face BEFORE I assembled the box... (And I had stapled the box closed and attached the hat). Try stamping on a curvy surface....

So a new try is in order.... Maybe over the weekend, as right now I'm putting together a magnetic frame for my framelits.... My fingers are SO sticky.... I went and used spray adhesive.... Oh my... I hope it turns out fine... Pics to come....

Have a great weekend - oh and if you are heading to the Women's Show at E&Y centre, stop by at my booth at the Doll Show (entrance $2 to benefit the food bank), it's in the same building on Saturday from 10am until 4pm!

Halloween cards

Here are couple of pictures of the halloween cards from last card class

I just love the ghost with the mustache :)

This embossing folder (from the holiday catalogue) works perfectly with the pumpkins, don't you agree? And the thick bakers twine... LOVE it!!!

Both the ghost and the pumpkins are from Fall Fest set and the matching framelits Fun Fall.
Have a wonderful fall!!!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Love these little houses!!!

I just squeaked when I saw this stamp set and matching framelits in the Holiday Catalogue!

I just love these little houses. Funny thing, I have almost matching house patterns for cross stitching too.

Instead of making this a holiday card, I used more neutral colours (found some small scrap pieces of So Saffron, Marina Mist and Crumb Cake). I used two pieces of Crumb Cake card stock for the ground. It does not show that well on this photo, but there is a bit of separation with those two layers to give more dimension on the card. And the houses have been popped up with pop-dots. The base colour on the card is Soft Sky.

Cannot wait to post some pictures of my Halloween houses...

stay tuned!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Pumpkin curvy keepsake boxes

This coming Saturday's class is all about pumpkins :-)

you'll get to make 2 pumpkins using the new Curvy Keepsake box thinlits dies.

You can decorate them differently. I have various stamps, embossing folders etc for you to use.

The course fee is 15 CAD, or if you place an order of 20 CAD from the current Stampin'Up! catalogues, the course is free. Please RSVP before Thursday evening, October 2nd.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Easy peasy pumpkins

So, it is that time of the year, when pumpkins start appearing everywhere. They are already in front of all the grocery stores and I cannot wait to carve mine!!! you know, we don't carve pumpkins in Finland, well we don't really even celebrate Halloween! In Finland kids go around the towns, door to door, during easter time, handing out decorated willow branches and dressed up as easter witches (well now a days  boys tend to wear more halloween type costumes, but when I was a kid, even boys dressed up as witches with skirts and all :-)

Now these are the easiest pumpkins you'll ever 'carve'
I just used the Work of Art stamp set. the pumpkins are stamped with Pumpkin Pie and the stem is with Mossy Meadow (just coloured part of the tall straight stamp and stamped id on top of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pie anyone???

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Lovely as a Tree, encore

Here is an other card created using Lovely as A Tree stamp set. This is one of my favourite sets. It has so many usages. You can create fall cards, birthday cards, Xmas cards and summer cards with it.

The other very versatile set is Work of Art, and I used that as the background stamp for the tree. The colours are: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz. The tree is stamped with Early Espresso

Friday, 19 September 2014

Full crafting room reno going on

I know, excuses.... this card was actually created before I started my full on renovations.

I used the "lovely as a tree' stamp set and to create that multi tone look, you take your sponge daubers and ink your stamp using them. At the end (before stamping the image) you need to "huff'" on the stamp to moisten all the inks. Remember. the colour you add last, is going to be most visible.

The embellishment leafs are done with Bird builder punch using Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry card stock. And the sentiment is from the new FREE hostess special reward stamp set.

So what is this craft room reno, you ask??
I'm relocating my craft room from the small bedroom to our guest bedroom (so my current craft room will become our guest bed room. A lot of work and moving stuff, plus I need to patch all the walls in my old craft room once the book cases and IKEA picture ledges are removed. I see some serious painting and stencilling happening....
Any yes, you will get some pictures, once I get some parts set up ;-)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Buy One -Get One Free / Part 4 (final)

Okay, so here are some images of the papers.
I only took pics of the full sets but as you can see from the first image, I have a big pile of single sheets, pretty much covering most of the Stampin'Up!'s designer series papers from the past couple of years ;-)

I have full packs of Summer Starfruit and Gumball Green cardStock (one of each) and the other retired colours are sold either as single sheets (10c/sheet) or as a whole stack 0.50-2 dollars per stack, depending on the amount of sheets

The designer series paper stacks are 5cad per pack or you can buy single sheets for 10c/sheet