Global Stampin Friends Blog Hop 20: That little bit Extra…

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Welcome to the Global Stampin Friends Bloghop number 20:  I’ve missed a few months, I lost my crafting mojo for some reason, probably because I’ve had enough of the cold and I’m ready for Spring to make a real appearance here in Alberta. I figured the only way to get my crafting mojo back is to actually sit down at my desk and play, and challenge myself, so here I am.

sweet little somebunny

I just got this stamp set on Sunday. Fitting since Sunday was Easter. I sat down Monday night, put on a 90’s playlist on youtube, and started playing.  Now,  I don’t know if you all have gotten a chance to play with the Stamparatus, but if you haven’t, oh my goodness!!! It is my favorite stamping tool by far!!!

I have the baby bear stamp set that is this same photorealism style stamp like this bunny, and before the stamparatus, it was a real challenge for me to line up those stamps properly, but I think I was also doing it wrong. I always used to stamp the lightest color first, but did you know you are supposed to stamp the darkest color first? Maybe your not supposed to, but it is WAY easiest to line up if you go darkest to lightest instead of lightest to darkest. My friend and upline Brenda showed me that at a party she was running.

Enough of verbal diarrhea eh, let’s get to the card, shall we?


This month the theme is that little bit extra, and you know,  I think that all the cards we make have that little bit extra because they are handmade. They have our loving touches on them, but my interpretation of this theme was the embellishments and touches that we add to step things up a little. There are a few things that I did to this card that give it that little bit extra. To start I dry embossed the card base with the ruffles embossing folder,  if that wasn’t enough, I added some blushing bride ink to the embossing folder so that the ruffles would look a little deeper for that extra extra added dimension. I also added a doily. I”m not sure, but I think they might be retired, but I have them so I use them.  I fussy cut the bunny.  I added a pink ribbon, which I flip-flopped between this one and a satin one, but I couldn’t tie the satin one as small as this one so this one won.  I popped up the bunny and the sentiment and I put the sentiment on a banner. All of these things I think add that extra little something to a card.


The last thing that I did, which ended up being my favorite thing, was to stamp the inside panel with the little flowers that came in this set. At first, I was only going to add a few in the corner, but I loved them so much I covered the entire thing. I added the inside sentiment to a stitched shape and matted it.


After all that I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed making this card. I absolutely love how it turned out, and it was exactly what I needed to get my creativity flowing again. Thank you for joining me today. Please check out the other lovely projects in our hop today, and if you find yourself in a crafting rut like I was, maybe you will find something to inspire you.

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1.Lisa   Bernard
2. Anastasia Radloff
3. Karie Beglau
4. Tricia Butts
5. Libby Dyson
6. Jane Musselman
7.Anita Wifladt  You are here
8. Rachel Macleod
9. Courtenay Heuston
10. Lisa Henderson
11. Rebecca Urban
12. Erica Jones
13. Jenn Curtis Charles
14. Amanda Farlinger
15. Marieke Bart
16. Amanda Bates


GSF Blog hop 17: It’s Sale-a-bration time!

It’s my favorite sale of the year at Stampin Up because… who doesn’t love free stuff. Every year Stampin up has a sale for three months where if you spend $60 you can choose a free item from the sale-a-bration pamphlet, and this year they have kicked it up a notch so now you can get two levels of items so if you spend $120 you can get a big free item.

Anyway on to the hop part of my post. My reason for posting. You have probably joined me from another amazingly talented crafter and I thank you for joining me today.

If you have had a chance to peruse the sale-a-bration flyer I’m sure you have laid eyes on the cutest pandas you have ever seen.

These pandas!!!

My niece just celebrated her second birthday on Jan 1, yes she is a New Years baby, so I decided these pandas were perfect for her. I did use some retired items, that bermuda bay glitter paper is from sale-a-brations 2016 and I got a ton of it and actually haven’t used it much. The sprinkles are also from last years annual catalog, they went with the cool treats suite.

I finished the inside with a panda and the sentiments are from the carousel’s and cupcakes stamp set, so, unfortunately, a lot of the product I used on this card is retired, but I am a firm believer in using what I have on hand and I don’t have a ton of new stuff yet.

Happy New Year everyone I hope you enjoyed my card. Hop on to the next blog, which is Kristie Neal Walthall,  I can’t wait to see what she has created.

Lisa Ann Bernard
Amanda Farlinger
Anastasia Radloff
Jan Musselman
Karie Beglau
Kimberley Anne Morris
Libby Dyson
Tricia Butts
Ellen Woodbridge
Jenn Curtis Charles
Anita Wifladt You are here
Kristie Neal Walthall
Courtenay Heuston
Rebecca Urban
Mary Ann Kay Rossiter
Lisa Hardie
Cheryl Algie
Marieke Bart
Amanda Bates
Angelique Stempelkeuken
Rachel Macleod
Georgia Missy Aubrey-Gaydos
Lisa Henderson
Sarah McDermott

It’s December Daily time!!

Last year I joined my sister in this really awesome project called December Daily. As far as I know the concept came from Ali Edwards but a lot of people take part and have made it there own. Last year I did not have any of Ali Edwards product because I started to late in the game so I used what I had and that was mostly stampin up. This year I did buy Ali Edwards kit, however, because I’m a stampin up demonstrator I will be incorporating Stampin Up as much as possible. I’m going to share most of my days with you here hopefully. You will have to forgive me if I miss some, but I will do my best.

This is my cover page. I got the album from Ali Edwards. The deer sticker came from Michaels as well as the alpha and the numbers.

It took me a really long time to decide what I was going to do for my first page which is traditionally a reason why or intentions page. In the end I copied another crafty lady who is part of the December Daily Facebook page. The words are obviously mine but the idea of using the tag was hers. I really would like to give her credit here however I can’t remember what her name was and there are way too many posts to scroll through to find it, if you know who it was let me know please.

The green page is from the feed your craft kit that Brandi Kincaid designed called comfort and joy I believe.

And now for my day 1 page.

My kids have elves and this year for Dec 1 their elves brought them a gift. They each got their own supplies to do December Daily with me and they were thrilled. They absolutely could not wait to get started. It fills my heart so much that they are all in with this project with me.

Day 2:

For my second story I wrote about wrapping presents. This is very much a part of my Christmas tradition that I enjoy so it has to be included.

Sorry this has been a long one today. I will try to keep you posted more regularly. Thanks for joining me and I hope that you’ll continue with this project with me. Leave me a comment to let me know you’ve been here I’d love to hear from you!!!

Bring on the Merry!

GSF Blog Hop 16: Festive Celebrations


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Hello and Thank you for joining Global Stamping Friends Blog hop today!

Christmas is my favorite season and what’s more, today, is my birthday.  I think it’s a wonderful birthday present to have a blog hop fall on my birthday with the theme of my favorite season, so here we go.

For this month’s projects, I have decided to share two with you because one is made with product that is totally retired… however in my heart and home Christmas product never retires.

Here is the first card.


I love this card! I love the colors and I love the ornaments. Recently I went to a Stampin up sale and I bought some retired Christmas sets that were before my time as a demonstrator, these ornaments were from that set, and the background stamp is my favorite from last year.  I’m not going to give the details of this card because the product is retired, but I wanted to include it because I don’t just make cards to showcase the product to have people purchase from me, I actually use all my product personally.  I love my Christmas sets and to me they are timeless.

My second card.


This card kind of happened by accident.  I was playing with some masks and embossing paste and I used old olive cardstock thinking I would put trees or something on it as a Christmas card, but when I was done I HATED it. I wished I had done it in a different color because I had wanted it to represent the sky, well the sky is blue, not green so back to the drawing board, however, I didn’t want these card bases to go to waste so I had to think on how to use them.

I absolutely love the coffee cafe bundle as well as the merry cafe stamp set so I cut the large cup and the medium cup from the same designer series paper I just flipped one over. I really appreciate that the front and back of a sheet of dsp tend to coordinate. The snowflake is one of our foil snowflakes flipped over to the very vanilla side. I also added some dazzling diamonds glitter to the embossing paste to make it look more like snow.  I don’t know why, but this card just seems to speak coziness to me. There is nothing cozier than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day.  I love how it turned out and I love that I didn’t have to waste the card base.  Let me know what you think by giving me a comment and also head on over to see what Rebecca has made by clicking the next button!

Global Stamping Friends Next Blog

  1. Anita Wifladt You are Here
  2. Rebecca Urban
  3. Libby Dyson
  4. Jan Musselman
  5. 5. Lisa Ann Bernard
  6. Karie Beglau
  7. Amanda Farlinger
  8. Kimberley Anne Morris
  9. Tricia Butts
  10. Amanda Bates
  11. Kristie Neal Walthall
  12. Anastasia Radloff
  13. Erica Jones
  14. Jenn Charles Curtis
  15. Marieke Bart
  16. Courtenay Heuston
  17. Angelique Stempelkeuken
  18. Sarah McDermott

First Day of School

Hello everyone,

I know I already shared a back to school page with you, but this year my littlest guy started school so I’m going to share this page as well. img_7835

I stayed with the fall theme, as I love the colors, and that designer series paper, I absolutely adore it. There is actually a sale on designer series paper this month. You can buy three selected packages and get the fourth for free, so I know I will definitely be taking advantage of that sale to get more of the painted harvest designer series paper.

The 12 x 12 background sheet is actually a retired in-color, hello honey, but I had it and wanted to use it up so I inked the edges of the dsp with hello honey ink to tie it all together.



I also sponged the little leaf cutouts in hello honey right onto the background so that I would get the color in the leaves and also add some design to the page at the same time.



I had a lot of fun creating this page.  I hope you enjoy it as well.


Back to School

I absolutely love this time of year.  I love that the kids go back to school and routine gets back in order.  I love buying the school supplies.  I love that the smell of fall is in the air and the leaves are beginning to change.

Today I am sharing with you a scrapbook page I did for my oldest son’s first day of school.  I just got the painted harvest stamp set and punch bundle and the minute I laid eyes on it I knew I wanted to use it for this page. I had this picture in my mind and I couldn’t wait to put it to paper.


Doesn’t this just scream fall to you?  I could have stamped the entire page, but for what I was wanting it for I knew it would be too much.   Just look at the colors in those flowers, they are perfect. I actually copied the color combination from a fellow demonstrator by the name of Nancy Ferb, she used the color combination of crushed curry and berry burst and chocolate chip, and I have to agree with her that it is just stunning.


Please excuse the mess, but you know what a crafter’s desk looks like in the midst of crafting.  Can you say disaster zone?  Well I know that’s the case for me anyhow.  That journaling card is from the color theory memories and more kit and look at those tiny leaves!  I ended up crumpling them to make them look like real leaves do when they have fallen off the trees.  The pumpkins are my favorite. I absolutely love everything about pumpkins, they are my favorite fall decor.  I cut them out from the painted harvest dsp.


I added some journaling and a few more embellishments and tada! Page complete.  I love the colors and how they work together. The leaves in the background I used the babywipe technique that I talked about in a previous blog post, I used the colors: crushed curry, rich razzleberry and cajun craze.  You can read that blog post here.

I hope you enjoyed this page as much as I have, and that it has inspired you to use your stamps in a new way.

GSF Blog Hop 13: Color Challenge

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20728404_10155426184320479_6670990969876798032_nThank you for joining me today, and if your hopping then you’ve come to me from Stephanie Nash. I haven’t checked her project out yet, but I’m sure it’s lovely.  I’m super stoked about this challenge because the colors are the ones I suggested! How awesome is that! I was inspired by this photo that I found on pinterest. I just loved the colors and how well they went together.


The colors of this challenge were not an issue for me, however what stamp set was I going to use.. that’s where I had the problem, but once I got that sorted I had no issues, so I have two projects to share with you today. The first is my card.


I decided as you can see to go with the Daisy Delight bundle. While I love this set, I haven’t really put it to good use yet so I was more then happy to use it today. I absolutely love how that daisy looks in night of navy, and if you notice the centre. I did use a retired item, an epoxy accent, but this look could also be achieved with our fine tip glue.


The second project was inspired by a layout from our artisan design team here.


I have to admit I don’t do a lot of scrap booking, but I’m getting more into lately, and I really enjoy using memories and more kits in my pocket style scrap booking, but I love how this page turned out. I used a sponge brayer and a mask to achieve that background. It was more work then I care to do again on a 12 x 12 layout, but I am happy with how it turned out. I love the smokey slate, and the butterflies that I sponged the edges of to make stand out. I am really happy with these two projects and I hope you like them too.

Thank you again for joining me now please check out Tricia Butts who is the next person in our hop today.

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1. Courtenay Heuston…/global-stamping-friend…
2. Stephanie Nash…/gsf-blog-hop-colour-challenge.h…
3. Anita Wifladt…/09/01/color-challenge
4. Tricia Butts…/global-sta…
5. Sharleen Luciano
6. Kimberley Anne Morris
7. June Olsen…/bloghop-13-su-colo…
8. Jan Musselman…/global-stamping-frien…
9. Anastasia Radloff…/global-stamping-fri…
10. Rachel Macleod…/global-stamping-…
11. Ellen Woodbridge…/night-of-beth…
12. Karie Beglau…/delightful-daisy-colo…
13. Lisa Ann Bernard…/color-challenge-blog-hop.h…
14. Marieke Bart…/01/gsf-colour-challenge/
15. Christina Walker
16. Angélique Stempelkeuken…/gsf-colour-challenge…