Sale-a-Bration – BOGO Sale #2

Well Sale-a-Bration is well on it’s way and there are so many FREE products to choose from with every qualifying purchase it’s a great way to cash in and save. This is also my second installment of my Buy one/Get one sale otherwise known as a BOGO sale. I am selling off some retired stamps to make room in my craft room for all the wonderful new products. What better way to stock up? Win/win right? This sale is only available to residents in Canada.


Make any purchase in my online shop between now and Aug 30th. Purchases can be for any of the wonderful products in either the annual or the mini catalogue. You can then choose a retired product of the same value absolutely FREE from the list below to add to your stash.

Please note, retired products will be provided on a first come basis so don’t wait too long or you could be dissappointed! In order to qualify, you must use my hostess code QNYF6RAE when placing orders under $200. If your order is greater than $200, do not use the host code but you will still qualify. I will then send your product to you at no cost.

EXAMPLE: You make a purchase online for $100 then you can choose $100 worth of products from the retired list below.

The FREEBIES keep coming though, join my team of Canadian Stampers and get even more savings. For just $135 during Sale-a-Bration you will be able to choose $165 worth or products of your choice plus you can choose any of the 12 stamp/die bundles from the mini catalogue FREE, just for joining. To join click here It doesn’t get any better than that, plus you can choose any of my retired stamps/dies of equal value. When you join my team you will also enjoy 20% or more on all your future purchases.

During Sale-a-Bration, you will still qualify for all the usual offers when ordering with me online. With every $60 or $120 purchase you will earn a FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure. You will also receive a free gift from me as a thank you. To visit my online store, click here and start earning those free products!


Although I cannot guarantee a product will be available before you shop, you can let me know which product you would like to reserve in advance and I will put your name on it. When the purchase is completed, I will put it aside for you. Should more than one person choose the same item, I will offer it to the person who checked their order out first.

If you simply want to order in the usual way, go ahead.   If you place an online order in my Stampin’ Up! shop and didn’t choose equivalent value for retired products, I will contact you so you can choose retired items equivalent to the amount you spent. Please make sure you check off that I can contact you before closing your order. If you have any questions, please contact me here.







Experience everything the autumn season has to offer with the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit! This month’s kit includes enough supplies to create 12 treat boxes—4 each of 3 designs. That means you can take your pick of apple, pumpkins, or jack-o-lantern treat boxes! Plus, the Paper Pumpkin box is designed to easily transform into a vintage wheelbarrow for you to display your harvest! How cool is that?

Whether you’re thinking about crisp red apples or you’re ready to carve some spooky jack-o-lanterns (or both!), the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit is a hands-on crafting experience for all autumn lovers! Sign up before Sept 10 by clicking here and you’ll be crafting before you know it.


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 12 treat packages—4 each of 3 designs.
  • The all-inclusive kit includes printed die-cut boxes, die-cut sheets, adhesive, and more!
  • Finished treat box size: 2-1/2″ x 2″ which is perfect gift for a teacher or just anyone.
  • This box also Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin’ Spot
  •  Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Pale Papaya, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Succulent

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Until next time, happy crafting!


Tuesday Tip – Using Dies

Today I would like to show you a card I made using the Hand Penned Stamp & Die bundle which is in the new annual catalogue going live on May 4th. This is fast becoming a new favourite of mine. The stamp bundle also includes 14 dies of flowers and leaves to make designing a card super easy. Not only that but it has absolutely gorgeous designer series paper to go with it.

To make this card

Score your card base at 4 1/2″ on the long side and fold and crease with a bone folder. Set aside for now

For the card front, I lined up the scallop edge die from the Hand Penned Petals bundle along the edge of the card stock. After cutting the edge, I embossed the card stock with the Tasteful Textures embossing folder. I love that textured effect and the stitched edging the die provides. Adhere the card front to the front of the folded card base, lining it up flush with the folded score line.

TIP: Use a little Washi tape to hold the die in place so it doesn’t move.

For the flowers, I stamped the floral image twice, then coloured the flower with my Blender Pens; Fresh Freesia for the flowers and Old Olive for the leaves.

I love how the colours match perfectly to the card stock.

I then cut them out the flowers with the coordinating dies, which line up perfectly. Again, I used some Washi tape to hold it in place. You can see how perfectly it cuts out the image.

TIP: When using blender pens, no pressure is needed, just gently colour with the tip of the pen at a slight angle. This helps the pens to maintain their tip so it doesn’t get out of shape.

I stamped “Happy Mother’s Day” from the Timeless Tulip stamp set onto basic white and punched it out with the Dual Oval punch. I then used the scallop portion to punch out the mat in Fresh Freesia card stock for the sentiment, then adhered them together. I then adhered the flowers to the card front and added the sentiment with dimmensionals. I also stamped the flower on the envelope, because it just finishes the card.

I made this card, using the same Hand Penned Petals stamp and die bundle.

The colours Pale Papaya were used for both the card stock and the coordinating Blender Pens to make this card.

I used the larger floral stamp bundle for this card but the process is the same. I also used the larger scallop edge from the new Scalloped Contour die set. For added interest, I ran a piece of the new Pale Papaya & White ribbon along the edge of the fold

Supplies Used

  • Fresh Freesia Card Stock
    • 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Card Base
    • 2″ x 4″ – Sentiment mat
  • Basic White Card Stock
    • 5 1/2″ x 4″ – Card Front
    • 5 1/4″ x 4″ – Inside card
    • 2″ x 4″ – Sentiment
    • Scrap – stamp two images
  • Stamp & Die Bundle – Hand Penned Petals
  • Ink Pad – Fresh Freesia
  • Stamp – Timeless Tulips (sentiment)
  • Embossing folder – Tasteful Textures
  • Dual Oval punch

Just one more week before the new catalogue goes live. There are so many new products to inspire every level of crafter. However, that also means there is just one more week to stock up any Last Chance products before they disappear permanently. To visit my online store, click here. When you place an order, please use host code 69DMREB2 to be automatically entered into the April draw.

When browsing the catalogue, make sure you watch for these icons.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, please like and follow my blog to see future posts. As always, I welcome your feedback and so please leave a comment.  I invite you to try your hand at making this card and I would love to see a picture of your creation.   

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Tuesday Tip – Card Templates

Have you ever sat down to make a card or craft project and then went blank. Nothing comes to mind to inspire you. It’s similar to a writer looking at a blank piece of paper (or a screen document) and you just sit there and think what can I make? Well today I would like to help you with that and the answer is card templates. These are a great way to be inspired when you just can’t think of anything at the moment.

Card templates can be just a hand drawn design of a previous card you have made or a new design you saw someone else make. Changing up the paper, the colours, the ink and the sentiment will make a a completely different look to your card and will help you just get going with your crafting.

Hand drawn template

So to get started, I just took a piece of paper, drew up a couple of rectangles and a circle. I added a piece along the bottom thinking I would add a piece of ribbon. How easy is that, right? It doesn’t have to be complicated.

Now choose your card stock as your base, then choose coordinating colours to go with it. You could also go with contrasting colours to make it really stand out. Don’t adhere anything together just yet, just continue to cut out your paper, move things around until you are happy with it. it may change several times before you are done and that’s ok.

Now select any stamp/dies and ink that you want to use. Stamp a few images on scrap paper until you have something you are happy with. You can also just use any patterned paper you have on hand and that is ok as well. This process is designed to get your imagination going and once you start it will get easier to put something together.

Don’t forget to add some bling in the form of gemstones, ribbon or whatever you have on hand because that’s what takes a nice looking card to that “wow” stage.

Now once you have the basics the way you want, go ahead and stamp and die cut (or fussy cut) your images and start assembling your card.

Below is an example of three different cards I made using my hand drawn template. As you can see, they all look completely different although the basic template is the same. The layout also inspired me to just add flowers instead of another rectangle to the third card. It may not be exactly the same but it inspired me and that is what the template is meant to do.

Black & White
Blackberry Bliss
Magenta Madness

As an Independant Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I love crafting and sharing crafting ideas and tips with my Canadian Stampers team and am always welcoming new members of all crafting abilities so whether you are a beginner or an avid crafter, I would love for you to join my team. Would you like to be added to my email newsletter? please provide your contact information here

I know I have mentioned this before but products are selling out fast so if you want to stock up on retiring products, now is a great time to shop. Sales could be anywhere from 10% and up and they include Stamps, Dies, card stock, Designer Series paper, ribbon and embellishments, ink pads, Blender Pens and I am sure I have forgetten something. Check out my online store and click on Last Chance Products Sale to see everything on sale. Don’t forget about the clearance rack as well.

I am also very excited to be attending the Stampin’ Up! On Tour this weekend. I love getting together to meet fellow demonstrators at these company-sponsored events. Sadly, it’s a virtual event this year but I look forward to talking about the new catalogue and all the wonderful new products that will become available May 4th. As a demonstrator, I have already had a sneak peek at what’s coming and I cannot wait to share new products and projects with my team.

If you are a crafter and need any stamping supplies, I would love to be your Demonstrator. You can click here to go directly to my online store or you can drop me an email if you have any questions.

My current April Host Code is 69DMREB2. Use this host code for any orders up to $200.00 and you will automatically be entered into my monthly draw for a free gift. If your order is over $200.00, you don’t have to add the code and you will still be entered into the monthly draw.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, please like and follow my blog to see future posts. As always, I welcome your feedback and so please leave a comment.  

I invite you to try your hand at making this card and I would love to see a picture of your creation.   

Have a wonderful day and happy Crafting


Helpful Tip Tuesday – Inks

Today I would like to talk about the various types of ink available with Stampin’ Up!. The Classic Stampin’ Pads contain a fast drying, dye-based ink that is great for general stamping or for colouring techniques like watercolouring.

There are quite a few types and each has it’s own purpose. Although the various colours are grouped into collections to take the guesswork out of colour coordination. Each Ink pad can be purchased separately. Refills are also available for purchase.

Many other products come in the same exclusive colours, so it’s easy to pair stamp pads with card stock, markers, embellishments, and more! 

Below is a breakdown of each of the Classic Stampin’ Pads collection;

Regals Collection The collection contains 10 pads, 1 each of the following Product colours:

Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce

Brights Collection The collection contains 10 pads, 1 each of the following Product colours:

Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade 

Subltes Collection The collection contains 10 pads, 1 each of the following Product colours:

Balmy Blue, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Pool Party, So Saffron, Soft Sea Foam

Neutrals Collection The collection contains 10 pads, 1 each of the following Product colours:

Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Gray Granite, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede

In-Colour Collections are a little different in that they are only available for a limited time (usually 2 years). There are currently two collections available

2019-2021 in color The collection will expire June 2021 and will no longer be available.

The collection contains 4 pads, 1 each of the following Product colours;

Pretty Peacock, Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile

2020-2022 In Colour Collection. The collection will expire June 2022 and will no longer be available.

The collection contains 5 pads, 1 each of the following Product colours:

Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight

Aside from all the wonderful colours, there are also some basic ink pads to look at.

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

This is your basic, go-to black ink pad. It works great for stamping images or sentiments on card stock. It’s also makes it easy to use with your Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers because you can easily colour your stamped images.

Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad. This pad is a permanent ink and should not be used on card stock. However it is great for stamping images you want to watercolour or for stamping on Window Sheets (acetate), cellophane bags, and other nonporous surfaces.

Saddle Brown StazOn Ink Pad This pad works the same way at the Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad above. However, rather than it being Jet Black, it is a Saddle Brown colour. Depending on your project, you may prefer this colour instead of the more standard jet Black ink.

CAUTION: When using both the StazOn Ink pads (Jet Black or Saddle Brown) Stamps should be cleaned with StazOn Cleaner after using StazOn ink. To protect the adhesive on cling stamp labels, rinse cling stamps with water immediately after using StazOn Cleaner.

Versamark Pad

VersaMark ink is used almost exclusively for Heat embossing. Once you stamp your image with this ink pad, cover the image with embossing powder. Use the heat tool to melt the powder on your stamped images for a little extra bling on your card. The effects are stunning. (more on this on another Tuesday Tip)

NOTE: When you stamp your image on your card stock, your stamped image will appear a few shades darker than the card stock it’s stamped on. It makes it great for creating tone-on-tone or watermark effects.

Well I hope you enjoy this post and maybe understand a little bit more about the various inks and their usage.

As always, I welcome your feedback

How cute are these Zebras?

These little zebras remind me up puppies in their exuberance. The stamp set “Zany Zebras” from the Stampin’ Up! annual Catalog (June 2020-May 2021) feature the three zebras above. Below you can see the stamp set and the number of cute sentiments that go with it. I love all the detail. I cannot wait to use this stamp set to make baby cards. Picture a zebra, in the appropriate colour with a stamp set saying “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl” or maybe twins???? It would pair perfectly with the stamp set “Baby Pull Toys” which becomes available in the new mini catalogue Jan – June 2021.

Zany Zebras – Item #152536

Supplies used to make the cards included the 2020-2022 In Colours of Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness and Just Jade. I also used the same in-colour designer series paper to coordinate. This paper comes in easy to use 6″x6″ size and features five colours, including Bumble Bee and Cinnamon Cider (not shown). As you can see, they are all double sided and are perfect for card fronts or scrapbooking. Each package includes 40 sheets – 4 each of 2 double-sided designs in 5 In Colors

In-Colour Designer Series Paper – 2020-2022 – Item #153070

While Christmas is fast approaching, I wanted to share the latest on our Paper Pumpkin kits. These make great last minute gifts because they are all inclusive so you don’t require anything except time. As we social distance, staying home as much as possible, it is a great way to find a different way to stay in touch…. sending cards to those your love.

The January kit includes heaps of heart-shaped elements to paper pieces in red and pink, this month’s kit has everything you need to create eight adorable cards—with coordinating envelopes—for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and every celebration of love in between! To purchase a single kit as a gift, click here or you can subscribe monthly and receive a different kit every month with free shipping included. To subscribe monthly, click here Don’t wait, sign up by Jan 10th to receive this kit.