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February 27, 2009


The featured stamp set of the week is from the Manhattan collection, which is one of my favorites. Central Park is both elegant and trendy, plus it's the perfect match for the Urban Oasis Designer Paper.  To show you how completely different you can change up styles, I have created 2 different original designs in the following cards.

ONE OF A KIND CARD  The first card works with the color palette of Kraft, Basic Black, Going Gray and Kiwi Kiss.  The flowers were stamped several times in one color without re-inking to give the softness of the back images.  To add a little bling I used the Versamarker on the main black flower and then embossed it with a combination of Basic Black and Iridescent embossing powders.  Edges of the main piece were sponged with both Kiwi Kiss and Going Gray to continue that soft look.  Who says black has to be harsh!

The greeting was created with the Urban West Rub Ons and then punched out with the Designer Label Punch.  This time I sponged the edges with black ink to make it pop.  Designer paper is from the matching Urban Oasis collection. Three antique brass eyelets were set in the bottom right of the card.

CENTRAL PARK BIRTHDAY CARD  For the second card I chose a much softer palette of Whisper White, Sahara Sand and Baja Breeze.  The plaid leaves were stamped first on the designer paper using Sahara Classic Ink.  I then created a mask with a post it note and covered each of those images to stamp the Baja Breeze line image leaves.  This gives the appearance that the Sahara leaves are in front of the Baja Breeze Leaves.  Matted on a Sahara cardstock mat and then embellished with the 1" Baja double stitched ribbon and a decorated hat pin from the Pretties Kit.  The greeting was created with the "A Perfect Day" Rub Ons and the window punch.

If you would like to duplicate these cards you can download the:


February 26, 2009


The focal point is the  one aspect of the page that stands out and immediately draws your eye to that portion of the page.  It should express the most important part of the memory or story that you are trying to tell on that particular page. 

Usually the most important part of your page is a photo or a group of photos that all express the same theme.  Often we  create a focal point by using some form of contrast that stands out on the page.  Great focal points are created wen we use contrast in size, in color or in shape or line, and finally in how an item is placed on the page.  Here is an example of using design and embellishments to draw attention to the focal point.

COOL DUO SCRAPBOOK PAGE To create the color contrast the photo was matted on the Always Artichoke mat to contrast the background of the predominantly Not Quite Navy designer paper. Secondly most of the page consists of straight lines, rectangles and squares.  The half circles down the left hand side of the photo create interest and draw your eye to the photograph.  Even the title on this page draws attention to the photo by partially framing it from the top and the bottom.  The last element used is the list of contrasting characteristics which was placed on the right hand side of the page.  Notice that it was purposely placed at an angle to once again draw attention to the photo. 

The most wonderful thing about this picture is that my grand-daughter Madison and I were having such fun wearing the sunglasses!  My daughter snapped the picture and of course I had to make a scrapbook page with it!  This page was created with the Simply Scrappin' Kit Tailor Made, chipboard letters and one of the new library clips.

February 25, 2009


Today's feature product is found on page 156 of the Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalogue.  The Taste of Textile Specialty paper coordinates perfectly with the Manhattan Collection which includes 5 different designs of textured papers of different weights.  These wonderful papers provide a textured feel which adds subtle dimension to your paper crafting. Included are 10 - 12x12 sheets: 2 ea. of 5 paper types:

  • 105 # Cover Bronze Metallic
  • 48 # Clear Vellum printed Polka Dots Not Quite Navy
  • 80 #Cover Black Linen Texture
  • 80 # Coated White Pin Stripe
  • Printed stripes of  Kraft  & Close to Cocoa


Here's a card I created with the Not Quite Navy polka-dot vellum and the White on White pinstripe papers from the pack.  I also used the Big Shot machine with the Tulip die and accented with a pearl from the Pretties Kit and Silver from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Kit.


This card is featured in the Stamping 101 Class for March called Butterflies & Blossoms.   

Now for the good news!  Anyone who orders this package of paper between today and Friday, February 27th, will receive the catalogue price of $11.75 with no shipping or tax. Regular Price $14.60.  You save $2.85!

To order your package(s) email or call me today.  Pre-payment by PayPal or Credit Card required.

Deadline to order: Friday, February 27th at Midnight.


POLISHED STONE EASTER CARD Tomorrow evening the Technique Club will be meeting to discover how to use Alcohol and Shaving Cream to create some beautiful backgrounds.  Although messy, the results are well worth the mess!

This card was created using the new Fifth Avenue Floral Set and the Polished Stone technique.  Background color palette was created with Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst and Pretty in Pink re-inkers. 

View the Class Photo Album

February 24, 2009


Isn't it annoying when you get adhesive where you just don't want it?  Well Stampin' Up! has 2 great products that can help with those adhesive dilemmas.

I103684S The adhesive remover is just like an eraser, accept that it erases adhesive.  You simply rub it on the unwanted adhesive and like magic it is gone.  If you find the edge of the adhesive remover is getting dirty, simply trim off the soiled edge with your scissors.  This wonderful product is such a great price at $4.50.

My other favorite product for adhesive troubles is the embossing buddy.  When you get a patch of adhesive on something that is going to stick in all the wrong places, then simply run your embossing buddy over the unwanted patch of adhesive.  The powder will stick to the glue and remove its ability to stick.  For example if you are adhering a mat on a gate fold card, you only want the adhesive to be on the left hand side of the card front.  If you forget and put the adhesive on both sides simply rub your embossing buddy over the problem area I103083S and your sticky oops is gone!

Have questions about your stamping and scrapbooking?  Please email me directly and I'll do my best to find you the answers.  Remember all mistakes are just embellishment opportunities!!

February 23, 2009



Here's a simple card you can try at home.  Gather your supplies and let's go!

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Whispher White

Stamp Set: Crazy for Cupcakes

Ink: Basic Brown, Blender Pen

Markers: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa

Tools: Eyelet Border Punch, Tag Corner PUnch


  • Cut a standard sized Chocolate Chip Card 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and score at 4 1/4"
  • Cut a Pink Pirouette mat measuring 5 1/4" x  4"
  • Using the Tag Corner punch clip all 4 corners of the pink mat and adhere to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Cut a piece of Real Red card stock, 3 1/2" x 1"
  • Using the Eyelet Border Punch create the decorative border on one long side of the Real Red cardstock.  Set aside.
  • Cut a Chocolate Chip Cardstock Mat 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • Using Snail Adhesive adhere the Real Red piece to the left hand side of the Chocolate Chip mat and set aside
  • Cut a Whisper White piece of cardstock that measures, 3 1/4" x 2 1/4"
  • Stamp the cupcake tree with Basic Brown ink
  • First color all the cherries with the Real Red marker
  • Next color the base with the Chocolate Chip marker
  • Using a Ceramic Tile or an old CD scribble Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa markers on the tile or the CD to create a paint palette
  • Using the Pretty in Pink marker make one brush stroke down the left hand side of each of the cupcakes.
  • Using the Blender Pen pick up some of the Pretty in Pink and color in the rest of the tops of the cupcakes.  Make sure you smooth out the original stroke so that it blends with the rest of the color.  You want the left side to be darker to create a shaded look.
  • Using the Creamy Caramel marker color the bottom of each of the cupcakes. 
  • Take the Close to Cocoa marker and make a single stroke down each left hand side of the cupcake bottoms.  Then take your blender pen and blend it into the Creamy Caramel.  Again you want it to look shaded on the left hand side.
  • Adhere your finished piece to the Chocolate Chip mat using Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Adhere the matted piece to the center card front using more Dimensionals
  • Using Basic Brown Ink stamp the greeting to the bottom center of the card front
  • Great Work!

February 21, 2009


Just a quick note to let you know that I have now added a Google Search Engine to my site.  This will make it much easier to find the projects or ideas that you are looking for.  Simply enter the name of the product, the technique or workshop; then choose my site as the realm to search...You will then get all the links on my site of what you are looking for.  Looking for more things on the World Wide Web?  Then simply click on the www. button before entering your search word.  Have fun looking for ideas!

February 17, 2009


Today I was busy designing and putting the finishing touches on the March 11th Product of the Month projects.  We will be completing 5 cards featuring the Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Paper and the Chateau Bella Rub-Ons.  If you would like to sign up for this class here are the details:


WHEN: March 11-09

TIME: 7:00-9:30pm


COST: $45 Includes the Designer paper and the Rub-Ons


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Each participant will receive the PARISIAN BREEZE SPECIALTY DESIGNER PAPER and the Chateau Bella Rub-Ons, which includes 1 sheet of Chocolate Chip and 1 sheet of Whisper White.





I'm excited that the first lesson of the new Scrapbook Club is starting on Sunday, March 1-09 afternoon from 2-5pm.  Each participant will receive full notes on what they learn this week.  Topics  included this week deal mostly with the actual elements of design that are included in the wonderful hobby of Scrapbooking.  We will be using colors and elements from the SIMPLY SCRAPPIN' SUNSHINE GARDEN KIT.  Here are the pages that we will be completing.




If you miss the deadline for registering, (Tuesday, February 24-09), you can still purchase the complete kit including the notes and materials to complete the pages shown.  The cost would be $25 plus shipping if you live outside of the Metro Halifax area.  To register or order the kit just contact Cindy.


I'm doing a workshop on Friday night and the hostess has requested scrapbooking for the Make 'N Takes.  She is very interested in doing a boy friendly page but I know there will probably be some guests who prefer something girly, so..........

I came up with one layout, but two completely different looks.  Thanks to our versatile Designer Papers, it can be as easy as turning over the paper. 


This page was created using:

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze

Designer Paper: Urban Oasis, Urban Garden

Big Shot: Small Turtle Die, Top Note Die

Punches: Different Sized Circle Punch

Stamp Set:Best Wishes & More Stamp Set


This page was created using:

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze

Designer Paper: Urban Oasis, Urban Garden

Big Shot: Daiseis #2 Die, Top Note Die, Fence Die, Birds & Blossoms Die

Punches: 5 Petal, 3 Flowers, Scallop Edge

Stamp Set:Best Wishes & More Stamp Set

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