Sunday, 26 August 2012

I HAVE A NEW BLOG ADDRESS

Hello, Stamping Friends!

I have some exciting news - I have had a new web page professionally designed by Cristena Bagne of www.gcblogdesigns.com - and it's fabulous!!

PLEASE COME TO MY NEW ADDRESS AT www.stampandcreate.net

I will be updating my blog from this new address, along with posting my card creations, upcoming classes, specials, and everything else! 

I will not be updating this blog effective today, August 26th 2012.

The LNS Treasure Hunt will continue on my new site at www.StampandCreate.net

Thursday, 23 August 2012

MORE SHARING!

Okay - I just had to share something else!! 

I found this on Jenn Webber's blog, and just had to share -



Can you relate?!  Share it with your 'true friend' who helps you hide your stash! 
Then - go visit Jenn at her blog - just click on her name - and see the other goodies she has to share!

Happy browsing - and stashing - and stamping!

~Deborah

SHARING - Is what it's all about!

Hello Stampers!

I hope that everyone is having a fabulous week - I know I am!  One of my wonderful nieces and her husband are visiting with us this week from out of town - although we keep in touch throughout the year, having them visit in person is so nice!!  She is my sister's youngest daughter, so it's kind of like seeing part of my sister at the same time :)  (bonus - my sister is coming to visit me next month for my birthday - now that's a great present!!)

The world of Stampin' Up! is kind of like an extended family - it's wonderful to meet these great people whether it's on our online demonstrator site, or in person, like at one of our Regional meetings or annual Convention.  (extra bonus - I'll be attending my first Regional meeting next month in Tacoma, and I'll get to meet lots of the great people I've only met on line to date! Life is good!)

Now, you know we're having this terrific Treasure Hunt right now, which gives you the chance to enter to win $150 FREE STAMPIN' UP! PRODUCT!  And to do this, you visit the blogs of the Late Night Stampers Group to collect the clues, to enter.

Well, I don't want you to be so busy collecting clues, that you miss the fabulous work that these demos do - so I thought I'd share them with you! :)

If you look on the LNS Web Ring list, Kimberly Morris' blog is listed after mine - have you checked out her creations?  Here's some -

 



How great are these?!  And - Kimberly shares her tutorials on her blog - that's right - you can create these beauties yourself!  So - click on her name - Kimberly Morris - and go visit!  Tell her I said 'hi'!   :)

Sunday, 19 August 2012

FALL 2012 TREASURE HUNT!

Watson - the game is afoot!!

Or rather - the Treasure Hunt is on again!  Yes, that's right!  Once again, the Late Night Stampers group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators is holding a Treasure Hunt for YOU to WIN!!

Last Hunt, 'Heather - Cricut Diva' won the 'Betsy's Blossoms' stamp set from me! 

This time, there will be 50 demonstrators playing, and every entry from all 50 demo websites will be combined for one GRAND PRIZE of $150 in Stampin' Up! Product!!  You heard it right - $150 in Stampin' Up! product of your choice!!

Here's how to play:

-go to the page (listed at the top of my blog) titled 'LNS Web Ring'
-visit each of the blogs listed (it's always nice to leave a comment!)
-look for participating Treasure Hunt players - they will have the picture of the SU! box (below), and they will list their clue
-make a note of what the clue is, and whose blog it is on
-once you've collected 50 clues, email them to ME at debsmart@shaw.ca  listing each clue & where you found it
-you have from Monday August 20th to Wednesday, October 31st 2012 to collect 50 clues and email them to me, to be entered into the contest
-Contest closes Wednesday October 31st 2012 at midnight PST

Here's the box that tells you that I'm participating in the Treasure Hunt


Here is my clue - you'll want to write this down, and the name of my blog:

MDS2 - My Digital Studio 2 is out - get it while it's hot!


Now - go hunting!!  Remember to keep checking back on the  blogs for the clues - even though our start date is tomorrow, Monday Aug. 20th, some blogs may not have their clue posted yet.

Have fun, Stampin' Friends, and come back to visit me often!  You never know if there may be another surprise in store for you....

Happy Hunting - and Stamping!
~Deborah

Friday, 17 August 2012

Triple Time Stamping - New Technique

Hello Stampers!

I hope you are all keeping well!  We're going through a bit of a heat-wave here; now, my youngest say "it's not that hot", but at 32Celcius, and with the humidity on top of that - it's just too hot for comfort!  It's been like this all week - thankfully, it's supposed to cool down a few degrees on Monday/Tuesday, so I'm looking forward to that!

One of the things I like best about being a SU! demonstrator (besides being able to get my 20% discount on all products! what's not to like about that?!) is the way all the demonstrators share so generously with each other - tips, techniques, etc.

This card that I've done is using a technique called 'Triple Time', because you actually stamp on 3 different sizes of card stock at the same time, and when you layer it with the solid colour card stock in between - well, as you can see, the effect is fabulous!


For this card, my base card and solid layers are the new Midnight Muse card stock.  I used one of my favourite stamp sets, 'Elements of Style'; stamping the flowers in Crumb Cake, and the swirls and hummingbirds in Not Quite Navy ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  The sentiment, from the 'Loving Thoughts' stamp set on Very Vanilla in Not Quite Navy ink, and I cut the ends banner style and popped it up on the card with dimensionals.

You really should try this technique - it's really a lot easier than it looks!  Rather than 'reinvent the wheel', I'm going to direct you to the video by Dawn Olschefske - she explains everything very well, and takes you through step by step.  Here's the link to the page on her blog  with the tutorial http://dostamping.typepad.com/dostamping_with_dawn/2012/06/triple-time-stamping-video-creative-elements-and-new-naturals-designer-buttons.htmls See what I mean about SU! demo's being super helpful & friendly! 

If you'd like to become one of us - super helpful friendly demonstrators - I'd love to have you join my team! 
Join Stampin' Up! in your way . . . with our completely customizable Starter Kit for just $125!
Build your own personal kit by picking $155 worth of any of our high-quality traditional or digital products. We'll add in a business supplies pack valued at $70 (to help you get your business up and running), and you've got a customizable kit worth up to $225!
It's that easy.
I can answer you questions, and/or I can help you with the sign up process - just give me a call or leave me a message (604 298 0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca ) or, you can sign up yourself online at my SU! online site www.stampandcreate.stampinup.net

Be sure to check back here on Monday - there's going to be a special treat in store for you!!

Until then - Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

Saturday, 11 August 2012

'Birthday Bash' Fun & Another Christmas Card

Hello Stampers!

Well, it was lots of fun today at the 'Birthday Bash' class -there were lots of cards, goodies and laughs!

One comment that I hear a lot from people when copying a card in a class is "but mine isn't exactly like yours!"  You know what - that's a GOOD thing!!  There are no mistakes in creating - only opportunities for creativity!  The cards I prepare as examples are just that - examples.  I love it when a client will add, delete or change something on a card!  It shows the crafters personality, and you know what - the card that they changed - that they think they made a 'mistake' on - is always the one the crafter is most proud of!

Here's a picture of my good friend and client Susan - proudly showing off the card that she changed up, and made her own!


Doesn't she look thrilled with how her card turned out?  Yes - and she should!!  It's gorgeous!

I had made these little treats for each stamper to take home!  (they had chocolates in them, of course!)

I used the now-retired Pillow Box die, and decorated each with a mix of new and retired DSP to decorate them.  Who doesn't love a treat - chocolate, even!?

I promised you another new card using product from the new Holiday catalogue - and here it is!


How cute are these little mittens?!  They are from the 'Chock Full of Cheer' set (pg.10 Annual Catalogue #126715w $26.95 or 126717c $20.95 set of 7), and punched out with the new Mitten Builder Punch (pg.11 Holiday cat. #127824 $21.95).  I used a DSP from the Festival of Prints DSP Stack (#126904 $8.50 Holiday cat.), using the Labels Collection Framelits (#125598 $32.95 Annual cat.)to frame the mittens.  To soften the look, I sponged the outline of the frame with Gumball Green, and stamped the mittens with Gumball Green and Real Red classic inks.  The sentiment, also from the Chock Full of Cheer set, was stamped in Real Red, punched out with the Scalllop Oval punch (#119856 $22.95).  The mittens were 'tied' together with Baker's Twine in Lucky Limeade (#125572 $3.95 Annual cat.)  Both the mittens and the sentiment were popped up with dimensionals, to add depth to the card.  The card base is Whisper White card stock.

Well, it's been a fun & busy day - I hope you've had a good day too, and have enjoyed seeing my latest creation!

Remember - if you'd like a copy of the catalogue(s), feel free to contact me - either by phone or email at 604 298 0472 debsmart@shaw.ca  Or, you can place an order any time 24/7 online by clicking the 'Shop Now' button at the top right of this page!

Until next time  - Happy Stamping!
~Deborah


Friday, 10 August 2012

Christmas comes Early!

Hello Stampers!

 I hope everyone has had a great week, and had some time to do something creative!  Did you make any cards, scrapbook pages, or just get your fingers inky?

I've had some time (finally) to play with some of the new stamp sets from the Holiday catalogue - you're going to love the selection!!  For me, it was a much shorter list of what I didn't want, rather than what I did want!!

In playing with my new stamps, I'm also getting ideas for upcoming Christmas stamp-a-stacks that I'm going to be doing, as well as cards for Christmas craft fairs.

Let me know what you think of this card:


This card highlights the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set (#128048w $42.95 or 128051c $31.95) and their matching Framelits Dies (#127816 $30.95)  The great thing about these is that you can order them seperately, or save 15% by ordering them as a Bundle (#129949w $61.95 or 129950c $52.95)
Isn't that a great deal?!!  The DSP is from the new Festival of Prints DSP paper stack (#126904 $8.50) which is 48 sheets, 4 each of 12 double sided designs!  This set is so versatile, and the size is great for both card making and scrapbooking. 
The sentiment is from the Joyous Celebrations stamp set of 9 images (#128066w $27.95 or 128069c $19.95 pg7).  I popped up the ornaments and sentiment with dimensionals on top of the DSP and Old Olive card stock (the edge of which I scalloped with the Adorning Accents Edgelits #125595 $11.95 pg 190 in the Annual catalogue).

So - let me know what you think!  What kind of cards and items would you like to see at a Christmas stamp-a-stack, or when you go shopping at a Craft Fair?  I'd love to hear your feedback! 

Tomorrow, I'm busy with my 'Birthday Bash' card class, but hopefully I'll have time afterwards to post another picture or two.  Now, I'm off to see a movie with my oldest son!

Happy Stamping, friends :)
~Deborah

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Too Hot to Work!

Hello Stampers!

Well, I have to apologize for not posting lately!  It's been quite hot here - right now, at 10:30 at night, it's 82 degrees F in the house - I don't know how I'm going to get to sleep tonight!

So, this afternoon I was working on prepping for my upcoming 'Birthday Bash' card class (it's not too late to register - leave me a message on this post, or email me at stampandcreate@shaw.ca)  but I couldn't even get that finished!

I did get 2 special cards done; one Sympathy card for my neice's boyfriend, whose Mother has just passed away; the other a Birthday card for my cousin, who lives in Scotland.  Now, her birthday isn't until the beginning of September, but I still have to choose a gift and mail it off,and it will take several weeks to reach her - so I'm determined not to wait til the last minute!

So, because these 2 cards are special, and neither has reached the recipients yet, I don't want to post them, in case they happen to see them here!

If you have a special card, or technique that you'd like to share, I'd love to see it!  Or, if there's a type of card, or technique that you'd like ME to share - let me know and I'll be happy to try it out!

Tomorrow is supposed to be a *bit* cooler - so hopefully I'll have something to share with you!

Until then - keep cool, and happy stamping!
~Deborah

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

SNAIL Adhesive - Manufacturer Change

Hello Stampers!

Stampin' Up! has advised us of the following change made to the 'Snail' adhesive that we sell - as follows:

Small Change to Snail Adhesive July 31, 2012
We just wanted to give you a heads up that we're switching the type of liner used in the Snail Adhesive. This new liner is tinted blue and thinner than the previous liner making the roll appear to have less adhesive. Rest assured that you're still getting the same amount of adhesive; the only change is the liner itself due to the supplier no longer carrying the current liner.

So - when you receive your Snail, if it looks a bit different - not to worry!  It's just the liner that has changed.  I'm still using up my supply of the existing Snail -so if you've received the new Snail, and would like to share your feedback, please feel free to leave your comment here! :)

REMINDERS - Registration is still open for the upcoming 'Birthday Bash' card class on August 11th! There are 4 spots left - so HURRY - save your spot NOW!  Call or email me at 604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca

                      - Tomorrow is the 1st day of the NEW HOLIDAY CATALOGUE!  I just got my box of goodies late today - so I'll be posting new pictures tomorrow!  Let me know where I can send you your copy of the catalogue!

I'm off to play with my new products (teehee!) See you tomorrow!

Happy Stamping,
~Deborah

Saturday, 28 July 2012

"BIRTHDAY BASH" Themed Card Class!

Save the date!!  Saturday, August 11th 1:00pm - 3:30pm


WHEN:            Saturday, August 11th 2012-07-27     

                         1:00pm – 3:30pm

 WHERE:          My home, In Burnaby, BC
 

COST:            $18.00 includes card kits, adhesives, envelopes, snacks, beverages & fun!!


WHAT:         Have fun making 5 designs of Birthday Cards.  Each card is a unique design, made by you, that will ‘WOW’ your friends and family!

All the cutting and measuring has been done for you – all you have to do is use the quality products supplied – stamps, inks, punches and adhesives – to assemble these fabulous cards!


REGISTER:     Call Deborah at 604.298.0472 or email debsmart@shaw.ca to reserve your spot!

                        Registration open from July 28th – August 9th

Pre-registration required to ensure adequate supplies prepared.


These are the fabulous cards we'll be making!  Space is limited, so don't delay
Register NOW!

Friday, 27 July 2012

An Impartial View on Stampin' Up!

Hello Stampers!

There's a recent article that was brought to my attention - it was written by someone who is not employed in any way by Stampin' Up!, who was invited to attention our recent Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 I'd like to share the link with you, because I think it's great to see an "outsiders" view of not just a Stampin' Up! event, but they also give their impression(s) of the company and it's products.

Please - have a read!  I'd love to hear your comments :)

http://www.scrapbookupdate.com/2012/07/27/events-2012-stampin-up-convention

Later, I'll be posting some pictures and details about my upcoming class.  Until then -

Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

New Holiday Catalogue Coming Soon!

It's true!!  The NEW HOLIDAY CATALOGUE will be arriving on Wednesday, August 1st!!

And if you thought the new Annual Catalogue was great - wait til you see what's in the Holiday one!  Plus, it's about 10 pages longer, and bigger, than the old style holiday catalogues.  Oh my gosh - I want one of everything!!  Of course, I can't have it all (well, at least not right away - lol) but I have placed a pre-order, which should be here just before the catalogue goes live!  If I work fast enough, I'll be able to give you a couple of sneak peeks :)

If you want to be on the list to GET YOUR COPY of the new Holiday Catalogue, either leave me a message on this post, or email me at stampandcreate@shaw.ca or give me a call at 604.298.0472

You're gonna love it!!

For now - I'm working on pulling together everything for my next card class - so save the date - Saturday, August 11th for my 'Birthday Bash' card class!  We'll be using lots of new stamps, colours and papers from the new Annual Catalogue.

I'll be posting the details, and samples, in the next couple of days.

Until then,
Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

Monday, 23 July 2012

PRODUCT SHARE


PRODUCT SHARE!

1/4” STITCHED GROSGRAIN RIBBON

Want to have all the ribbon you need, but can't afford to buy it all yourself?
This is the solution for you!
Daffodil Delight 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Early Espresso 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon 

Pacific Point 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Pretty in Pink 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Real Red 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Whisper White 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Wild Wasabi 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Night of Navy 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain RibbonRich Razzleberry 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon





Colours are:
Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry.



 
Simply pay for two spools ($6.75 X 2 plus shipping & tax =$17 total), and I will cut and package all the ribbons for you and up to 4 other ladies. There are no added fees for this, and you will receive 2 yards of each of the 10 colours that are available!



Order by AUG. 3RD by sending an email to stampandcreate@shaw.ca with your name, address, and email address, and I will send you an invoice which you can pay either by Paypal or personal cheque.

(Ribbon will be shipped within 2 weeks, and after payment has cleared)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Gift Card Holders

Hello Stampers!

Well, a few days ago I told you that I would show you the gift card holders that I made for my friend's birthday, so here we go!

This first one I sort of made up as I went along


I started with a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock at 4 1/4" x 11"
Then score 3" in from each end, and also in the middle (at 5 1/2")
Fold at the score lines, so you get a 'W' shape.
Put adhesive along the bottom 2 outside pieces , adhering them all together (I used our red line sticky tape - no worry about it falling apart!)
Using your small circle punch, punch a 1/2 circle at the top of the middle section (to pull the gift card out).  You'll have to punch hard - going through 2 layers of cardstock!
Then, slit open the centre fold, and insert the gift card.
Finally - decorate as you like - I used some pretty paper and ribbon left over our Sale-a-bration!.


Here, you can see how the ribbon unties, and there's the gift card in the centre!

For this next gift card  holder, I used a tutorial made by the talented SU! demonstrator Lorri Heiling; the tutorial can be found here http://stampingaddict.blogspot.ca/search/label/SWAK



It's a super cute holder, especially since I tucked a Starbucks gift card inside :)



I used Whisper White cardstock as the base, embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  For the 'sleeve' in the middle, I used Close to Cocoa card stock, embossed with the Stripes embossing folder.  I used the NEW Layered Labels stamp set with the matching Apothecary Accents Framelits die, popped up with dimensionals on top over the super cute 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler.

These were such fun to make, I will definitely be making more!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these gift card holders - if you'd like to join a class to make some of these, or other projects, leave me a message here, or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca or call me at 604 298 0472 to join the fun & get creative!!  (wouldn't these be perfect for those Christmas gift cards you'll be buying soon?!?!)

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Tri Shutter fold Card

Well, it's Sunday night - and that means that the weekend laziness comes to an end tomorrow!  Although actually, with my boys on summer vacation from school, our regular schedule is kind of out the window, too!  Not such a bad thing, actually.  Aside from the usual chores, it's nice to be able to do what we want, when we want (except for my hubby, who still has to go to work Monday - Friday!)
Yesterday I had a wonderful dinner with my BFF - celebrating her birthday!  My oldest son went to a  'Slash' concert (he's the guitarist for Guns 'n' Roses) which he enjoyed immensely.  We dropped him off and picked him up, as it was downtown Vancouver, and even though he is 17, I'm still 'protective'! 
Anyway - I promised to share with you the card that I made for my friend's birthday - here it is, a special tri shutter fold card!  This is how the card looks open:


I just love this style of card - it's a great 'WOW' card, that isn't all that difficult to make.
I used the tutorial for it ,made by a fellow demonstrator named LeAnn Greff - you can check out her great website at www.flowerbug.typepad.com
Basically, you start with a base cardstock of  5 ½" X 12". Score on the long side at 2", 4", 8" & 10". Next you’ll need to cut the slits along the horizontal or long sides. Using a Fiskars type paper cutter (or a ruler and exacto knife) insert the card stock to cut it 1 ¼" from the edge cutting from the 2" mark to the 10" mark. Do this for the opposite side too. Now make the folds as in the pictureYou can adhere your choices of DSP and embellishments as shown.  Here, I used the new 'Floral District' designer series paper on each end and the middle sections (bottom & top) and for the butterflies (die cut using the Big Shot and the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die).  The stamps are the large main flower you may recognize from 'Betsy's Blossoms', and I coloured, stamped and punched the 2 end butterflies using the new 'Papillon Potpourri' stamp set and 'Elegant Butterfly' punch. The sentiments are from  a retired Birthday set.  You can see I sponged the edges of the Whisper White cardstock with the sentiments with the new Raspberry Ripple ink, also used to stamp the sentiments.

Here's how the card looks closed - so it does fit into our standard A2 card envelopes.



Well, that's it for tonight.  Tomorrow I'll show you the 2 cute gift card holders I made! 

I hope you like the card as much as my friend did! If you make one yourself, I'd love to see a picture of it - I could even post it here for you! :)  Send me a copy, along with your contact info to stampandcreate@shaw.ca   I look forward to seeing your creations!

Until tomorrow,
Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

Friday, 13 July 2012

A Reason to Smile

Good evening, stampers! (or morning, or afternoon - depending when you're reading this!) 
I hope that wherever you are, you're having as nice weather as we are here - hot & sunny - perfect summer weather :)

Today I was busy making a birthday card for my BFF - but I'm giving it to her tomorrow, so I won't post it quite yet!  Instead, I'll share with you a card I made with a new, Special Limited Edition set - 'A Reason to Smile'

This great stamp set is ONLY AVAILABLE FROM JULY 1st - 31st for ONLY $5 with any order of $60 or more (before s/h & taxes) - in your choice of either wood or clear mount!!  What a deal!!

Here's a picture of what you get in the set



And here's the 'For You' card I made.  I had made it for one of my son's teachers (one of the perks of being a SU! demonstrator - I got to order mine early!) to give with a year end gift.


Recipe: Whisper White card base; 1st layer: Cherry Cobbler card stock, embossed with the 'Polka Dots' embossing folder; 2nd Layer: Whisper white card stock, stamped with the 'A Reason to Smile'  large flowers in Raspberry Ripple (back 2) and Primrose Petals, the smaller flowers in Raspberry Ripple, and the leaves are from the Papaya Collage stamp set. I 'bunched' the 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler across the bottom, and popped up the 'For You' sentiment on dimensionals.  The sentiment I stamped with the new 'Layered Labels' stamp, and die cut it with the matching 'Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies'.  I tell you - I love the framelits that match the stamp sets!!  It makes stamping and cutting so quick, and so professional looking! :)  To finish off the card, I adhered 3 small pearl accents in the left corner.

Now - if you want to own this versatile stamp set for only $5.00 - you have to act quickly!!  Here's how to order:


Promotion Details: During July, you have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer!
Get the Reason to Smile Set-up to a $25.95 value-for just $5 when you spend $60 on any Stampin' Up! products.
Description
$5 Item
Price
Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set
131274*
$5.00
Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set
131275*
$5.00
*Enter the $5 item number after reaching $60 on your order.

You HAVE to key in one of the above Item Numbers, in order to get the set for $5.00 (if you're placing your order online yourself).  Or, call me to place your order - I'm happy to do that for you!


I hope you've enjoyed today's card and promotion!  I may not be back tomorrow (my BFF's birthday celebration) but I'll see you on Sunday!

Until then - Happy Stamping!

Deborah

Thursday, 12 July 2012

I'm Back - with New Creations!

Hello Stampers!!

I know - I've been gone for over a month, and I'm reaaaally sorry!  I have to admit - I was in a bit of a creative slump, then was busy with family visiting from Scotland - but now I'm back, and with NEW creations with NEW fabulous Stampin' Up! products!

Before I show you my first new card, I just want to remind you of the great new Hostess Benefits (posted below) if you hold a party with me.  Don't want to call it a "party"?  Call it a "private class"!!  Invite your friends, offer some basic refreshments (juice/tea/coffee with cookies, perhaps), and I'll provide the entertainment (I've been told I have a good sense of humour!), and the great project to make with the latest Stampin' Up! stamps, colours and cardstocks.  And if your friends place a total qualifiying order , you as Hostess get the benefits! 
Send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca , or a call at 604 298 0472  to set up your party/private class today!

Here's one the new stamp sets I've been lovin' -

This great new set is called "Happy Hour", and is perfect for all kinds of celebrations - Birthday, Wedding, Congratulations - it even has a Christmas/New Year's sentiment stamp!

Recipe: Base - Very Vanilla cardstock  First Layer - Old Olive cardstock 1st Panel - Cherry Cobler cardstock  2nd Panel - Floral District DSP (item#126919 pg.163)  Inks: Summer Starfruit (ink pad and marker), Midnight Muse (ink pad & marker), Raspberry Ripple (ink pad & marker). 
I stamped the '3 Cheers for You'  sentiment in Raspberry Ripple on a scrap of WW c/s, then cut the ends to look like a banner, and popped it, and the drink glasses, up with dimensionals.

Here's what you get in the "Happy Hour" set (item #126640 wood $36.95 or #126642 clear $26.95)




I just know that you'll fall in love with the new 'In Colours', as I have!  Let me know what you think - do you have a favourite new colour?  I love to hear your opinion!

I've been creating more, so I promise to post another new card again tomorrow.
Until then
~Happy Stamping!
Deborah

Friday, 1 June 2012

New 2012-13 Catalogue is Here!

It's here - the day we've been waiting for!  The new 2012-13 Stampin' Up! Catalogue is here, and it's live!  That's right - you can order from it RIGHT NOW!! 

If you don't have your own copy yet, leave me a message or send me an email at stampandcreate@shaw.ca with your info, and I'll get one to you!  Or, if you just can't wait - click on the picture to the left, and browse on line! 

As if a new Catalogue isn't exciting enough, Stampin' Up! has MORE SPECIALS to offer!!

If you'd like to join my Stampin' Up! team, you can join by contacting me, or joining online - and getting more free stuff!!  That's right - have a look at this -

NEW DEMONSTRATOR BONUS
For just $125, join Stampin' Up! and get up to $155 worth of products that you choose, and
 during June, new demonstrators not only get to choose the products for their fully customizable Starter Kit, they'll also get products from the brand-new Patio Party Suite for FREE, including the Make a Cake Set, Patio Party Designer Series Paper, and the Patio Party Digital Collection DVD! That's up to $60 in additional FREE products!

Page
Item
Description
Retail Value
44
126740
Make a Cake Set (wood-mount)*
$17.95
44
126742
Make a Cake Set (clear-mount)*
$14.95
165
126916
Patio Party Designer Series Paper
$13.50
199
127215
Patio Party Digital Collection DVD
$28.95

*Choose wood- OR clear-mount; clear-mount set does not include clear blocks

Just look how cute this set is!
Make a Cake Clear-Mount Stamp SetPatio Party Designer Series Paper


There's never been a better time to Host your own Stampin' Up! Party, either! Because at Stampin' Up!   -




Bask in the extra $60 in FREE products you'll receive when you host a qualifying party* during June and July that celebrates your creativity. With hundreds of innovative products to choose from, there's never been a better time to party!
Your Party Sales*
Regular Hostess Benefits
Additional Hostess Dollars
Total Hostess Benefits
$575
$90 + 1 item at 50% off
$60
$150 + 1 item at 50% off
$650
$110 + 2 items at 50% off
$60
$170 + 2 items at 50% off
$775
$130 + 2 items at 50% off
$60
$190 + 2 items at 50% off
$900
$150 + 3 items at 50% off
$60
$210 + 3 items at 50% off
$1,025
$170 + 3 items at 50% off
$60
$230 + 3 items at 50% off
$1,150
$190 + 4 items at 50% off
$60
$250 + 4 items at 50% off
$1,275+
$210+ 4 items at 50% off
$60
$270 + 4 items at 50% off
*Minimum $575 party; party sales do not include tax and shipping

Seriously - all that, just for getting together with your friends (and friendly Stampin' Up! demo - me!) making fabulous cards, and having fun!  It can't get much better!

 
So, with all these new goodies - what will you do first?!  My suggestion to you is this - contact me to set up your own Stampin' Up! party so that you can get even more free product before July 31st, then sit back and browse the new catalogue, to decide just what you can't live without!

Or, if you'd rather have it all now - Join my Stampin' Up! team, and become a Demonstrator!

Contact me for more information and to book your party at 604 298 0472 or stampandcreate@shaw.ca

Talk to you soon!  Until then - Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Only 9 More Sleeps!

Hello Stampers!

When you were little, did you count down the number of 'sleeps' until something exciting was going to happen - like your Birthday, or Christmas, or someone special coming to visit?  I did - but I'm not sure if it made the waiting any easier!

Right now, I'm counting down the number of sleeps 'til the New Catalogue goes LIVE!!
Only 9 more sleeps!! 

What are you hoping to see in the Catalogue?  The fabulous new stamps?  The In Colours?  Maybe some new Framelits or Dies for the Big Shot?  It's so exciting - I know you're going to love it!

And the Catalogue itself  - has a super new layout that's really 'user friendly',  colour and product groupings....  Well, to see it for yourself, just leave me a message here or email me at stampandcreate@shaw.ca and you can have your own Catalogue

In the meantime - here's another sneak peek for you - another new stamp set called Papaya Collage!


Once again I used the new In Colours - these will be around until 2014, so there will be lots of time to enjoy them!  The Summer Starfruit for the frame; Rich Razzleberry for the rose (and the 1st layer of cardstock); Gumball Green for the foliage; Midnight Muse layered over Gumball Green for the butterfly. 

Have sweet dreams, dreaming of the new Stampin' Up! catalogue - maybe I'll have time to create and post something else new tomorrow!

Until then - remember that there's only 9 more sleeps until all the Retired stamps and Accessories go away, too!  Make sure you click on my 'Shop Now' or 'Retiring Sets' buttons, and go shopping - before it's too late!

Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

And the Winner is......

Ladies and gentlemen, drumroll please......the Winner of the Stamp and Create with Deborah 'Treasure Hunt' is.....

"HEATHER - CricuitDiva"!!!!   Congratulations, Heather!! 

Here is what you've won:

If you live in Canada, you have won a $25.00 certificate from me for Stampin' Up! product!  Perfect, as the new Catalogue will be released in 16 days!!


However, if you live outside of Canada, laws prohibit me from selling to you.....
In which case - I will send you - from the NEW CATALOGUE - the fabulous 'Betsy's Blossoms' Stamp Set in clear mount - a set of 6 stamps, valued at $26.95!!

Now, to keep the suspense, and because it won't be 'released' until June  1st, I won't show you the stamp set - but I will show you a card I made with this set...


The stamps you see, with the exception of the sentiment, are all part of Betsy's Blossoms, plus there's a couple I didn't use.

So Heather - check your email - I'm sending you a message now!!  Congratulations on winning the Stamp and Create with Deborah 'Treasure Hunt'!!

Happy Stamping, everyone!
~Deborah

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Final Days of the Treasure Hunt!

Well, hello stampers!  Sorry I've been away longer than I said....I haven't even had a chance to play with my new 'Sneak Peek' Catalogue items!!  I  promise, I will do some creating tomorrow, and share with you.  The new stamps sets look amazing, and the new In Colours - well, wait til you see them!

In the meantime - time is running out on our Treasure Hunt game!!  It's so easy to play along - and have a chance at winning FREE product!!  C'mon - have a go - find the 20 clues, and send me an email to enter.  You won't regret it!!  Winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 15th. 

So, go Hunt, have fun, and I'll see you back here tomorrow!

Until then

Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Out with the old, in with the New!

It's less than 1 month until the new main Catalogue is released, and there is major excitement amongst us Stampin' Up! demonstrators!  You see, we've already had a small 'sneak peek' at some of the new product - you're going to LOVE them! - and tonight at midnight Mountain Time, we're able to have a preview of the ENTIRE new catalogue, and order our supply of them so that we're ready to hand them to YOU, stamper - on June 1st!!  Woo-Hoo!!!  So yup, it'll be a late night for me tonight! :) 

Tomorrow (or rather, tonight!) I'll be ordering a few of the 'sneak peek' items that we're allowed to.....now, I'm not able to show you the actual product, BUT - I will be able to show you what I create using the new product!!  So, I'll order tonight, receive the order next Monday (14th) and show you some fabulous new creations next Tuesday!!

But hey - don't wait til then to treat yourself!  Remember 2 great things going on right now;

 - ORDER your products from the RETIRING list, before they're all gone!
- PLAY the TREASURE HUNT game!  for a chance to win a fabulous prize from me! :)

The Retiring list items are available only while supplies last, until May 31st.  After that - they're gone forever!
The Treasure Hunt game is on all this week, until next Tuesday, May 15th.  On the 16th, I will do a random draw, and announce the winner here on my blog.

To go shopping (24hrs a day-even in your jammies!) just click on my 'Shop Now' button on the right sidebar, or click on the 'Retiring Lists' button on the left sidebar, to browse the lists, first.

Tomorrow I'll let you know how excited I am about my new order!  What are you hoping to see in the new catalogue?  Let me know, and maybe I'll give you a hint if you'll be pleased....

Until then - Happy Stamping!

~Deborah

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

IT'S A TREASURE HUNT!

Are you ready to have some fun, check out some fabulous Stampin' Up demostrator blogs, and have a chance to win FREE Stampin' Up! merchandise from me?! 

It's SO easy!  You'll notice that (at the top of this page) I have a page titled Late Night Stampers Web Ring.  On it is a list of us SU! demonstrators who belong to the Late Night Stampers group.  When you click on a name, it will take you to that person's SU! blog. 


When you see this picture (above) you'll know that they are taking part in this Treasure Hunt, and they will have a clue on their page. (here's a helpful hint - you'll know they're participating because their name is in RED, with an asterisk (*) beside it!)

Here's my clue:

Summer Smooches Purse - a girl can never have too many purses!


Once you've collected 20 different clues, email me at stampandcreate.shaw.ca , listing the 20 clues, and you'll be entered to win a fabulous prize of Stampin' Up! product from me!!

Now go play!  You have until May 15th to enter!!

Happy Hunting!!
~Deborah

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Thank You Notes

I recently chaired a committee for our local high school (the one my 2 sons attend).  It's a great way to be involved in my children's school life, and get to know more of the parents.  I was heavily involved when they were in elementary school  - we were there for a total 11 years (both boys combined), and I served as PAC (parent advisory council) chair for 4 of those years, and also chaired and participated on numerous other committees and activities.  It was such fun!  I really miss that part of school life, as it's just not the same for the high school; the students are much more self-directed, which is as it should be, of course!

Anyway - this committee was made up of myself and 4 other parents.  Now that it's over, I want to give them a note of thanks for their time and committment - after all, we are all volunteers, donating our own time!

Here's the Thank You notes I made:



These were super quick to make; I used the Fresh Cut notes (currently in the Clearance Rack!), backed the cut-out flower with some Everyday Enchantment DSP (from Sale-a-bration), and used the coordinating Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brads.  The butterflies are from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits for the Big Shot, cut from Old Olive and Calypso Coral card stock.
Just to fancy up the envelopes, I used stamps from Fresh Vintage (the 'postage looking' one) and a retired set.

One of the school Counsellors coordinated things from his end; as he was doing this on behalf of the parents for the students, I made a Thank You card for him, as well.


As you can see, it's more masculine - suited for a male counsellor!  I stamped the Sprinkled Expressions stars onto Whisper White cardstock in 3 shades of blue - Marina Mist, Baja Breeze and Bashful Blue - and matted that onto a background of Well Worn DSP.  Behind that is a mat of Not Quite Navy cardstock, on top of a Whisper White card base.  The 'swirls' you see on the card and envelope are from a retired 'Season of Joy' christmas set.  Inside the card, I stamped 'Thanks' using the Outlined Occassions stamp set.

Thanks for sharing some time with me today - I hope you enjoyed yourself, and I hope you're playing along in our Treasure Hunt!!  We now have 19 clues listed - can you find them all?  Only 1 more needed, then you can email me with your list of clues to WIN A PRIZE!!

Happy Hunting and Stamping!
~Deborah

Thursday, 26 April 2012

BUY NOW, before we have to say BYE, NOW!


The Retirement List for Accessories and Decorative Items is Here!  It's a long list - including almost 3 full pages of items up to 70% OFF!

All of the items on this retiring Accessories & Decorative items list are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST - so you'll want so SHOP EARLY!  SU! will be posting a list to demonstrators each day at 4:00pm of sold out items, so I will share that list with you each day.  Don't delay in your shopping - you don't want to be disappointed!

BIG NEWS IN THIS LIST -
When you look at the retired accessories list, you'll note that all of our Stampin' Pads are listed. This is for two reasons: (1) Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white; and (2) we are introducing a new Firm Foam pad in our Classic Stampin' Pads with the 2012-2013 annual catalogue.  The Firm Foam pads offer better ink coverage and, in turn, better stamped images.
  • Only select Stampin' Write Markers will be available individually (Stampin' Write Markers in colour collections will continue to be offered)
  • 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock will no longer be offered
  • 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock will only be available in select individual colours and colour collections
So, if  you use a lot of the 12"x12" card stock for your card making or scrapbooking, now is the time to stock up!  The same with the Craft Inks, which  are great for stamping on fabric, tiles, and embossing - they will only be available in black & white after this.

I'm super excited for the new Catalogue coming out, and the new style of ink pads!  You will still be able to use your existing re-inkers on the new pads, with the exception of the following colours which have been reformulated for better colour:

  • Basic Black 
  • Basic Gray
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Tempting Turquoise
All five colours of the reformulated inks have been fully tested and approved. While using the new ink formula in the old Stampin' Pads is fine, we do not recommend using the old ink formula in the new firm foam pads. Any refills purchased after April 30, 2012, will contain the new formulated ink.

Remember my personal special offer - place an order of $75 or more (before S/H) before April 30th and get 15% off your total order!  This offer is only through me, so you must contact me -either email debsmart@shaw.ca or phone 604 298 0472 - to place your order.  

What are you waiting for - go shopping!!  Click the Retiring Items button on my sidebar (left) to go directly to the SU! page of retiring items, browse & make your list, then get back to me!

Happy Shopping!
~Deborah

Monday, 23 April 2012

Occassions Mini Almost Over!

Can you believe that April is almost over?!  Where has the time gone?  If you're like me, with children in school, before we know it, summer break will be here and the usual routines won't apply! 
I am looking forward to summer; this year I have so many family members visiting from all over - Scotland, Quebec, Calgary, Toronto - it's going to be fabulous!  Do you have special plans this year?

Along with the end of April comes the end of the current Occassions Mini Catalogue (April 30th), which makes me sad :(  There's so much in this catalogue that I just love - the Twitterpated Designer Paper, Jelly Bean Brads, Pleated Satin Ribbons, Twitterpated Buttons - and so many of the stamp sets!

If you're like me, you'll want to stock up on these items before they disappear!  Typically, the Designer papers and embellishments (ribbons, buttons, brads) don't carry over into the new catalogue, which means you won't be able to order them after April 30th.  Some of the stamp sets may, and probably the new Framelits and Edgelits, but I can't guarantee you that, and I'd hate to see you disappointed!

So stock up now - on these, and the retiring stamp sets (see post below and button on the sidebar) - and if you place a $75 order before April 30th with me - you'll get 15% off! 



This "Hello" card I made using the Everyday Enchantment DSP and Fresh Vintage Stamp Set, both from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue that ended March 31st.  I'm sure hoping that the stamp set carries over - it's one of my favourites!  The Beautiful Wings butterfly Embosslits die is from the current Idea Book & Catalogue (item# 118138 $14.95), as are the Scallop Oval Punch (#119856 $22.95) and the Small Oval (#120908 $13.95).   The Framelit Labels collection (item#125598 $32.95 set of 6) are in the Occassions Mini.

I hope you enjoyed having a look at today's card, and I hope you'll contact me to place your order soon!

And remember - keep looking for the clues in the Treasure Hunt!  Keep checking the Late Night Stampers Web Ring list (seperate page) - the demos with and asterisk * by their name means that they've posted their clue!  Gather up your clues, and email me when you've got 20 of them!!

Happy Stamping - and Clue Hunting!
~Deborah

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Faux Pinwheel Card

I had such fun creating this new card!  A fabulous SU! demonstrator named Dawn Olchefske put together a video on how to do this, and it is SO easy!  ( it's easier than you think - but go ahead, let others think it took you forever to make! lol).

This type of card can be used for so many different occassions - perfect for a 'just because' card for a friend, or change the sentiment to suit your need!

Here is my take on Dawn's card


I just know you're going to want to make one of these for yourself, so here's Dawn's website http://www.dostamping.typepad.com/  Stop by, say 'hi' to Dawn, and tell her I sent you! :)

What kinds of cards will you be making next?  Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

'Til then,
Happy Stamping!
~Deborah

UPDATE - Retirement List Contest

Well, stampers, I'm very sad to say that I  didn't receive any entries for the retirement list contest! :(
I don't understand why - don't people like free things any more?  Hmmmm.....

Okay - so what I'd like to know is this - what kind of contests do you like to enter?  Or type of prizes do you hope to win?

I sure hope you'll take the time to enter the Treasure Hunt contest - it may take a few days for lots of demonstrators to post their clues, so make sure you keep checking back!

LET ME KNOW - LEAVE A MESSAGE - I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!  This blog is for you - for fun and information and creativity sharing - so please - let me know what you'd like!

Thanks for sharing!
~Deborah

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Retirement List is Out!

It's here, and it's HUGE!!  Stampin' Up! has released the list of Retiring Stamps for the 2011-2012 Catalogue, and there are a lot of stamps going away!  Yes, it's early, because the new 2012-2013 Catalogue will be released 1 month early this year - June 1st, instead of July.

To see the list of retiring stamps, click on the 'Retired List' gadget on this page (it's 2 pages, in small print, but remember you can zoom in to see it closer up).

If some of your favourites are on the list, you want to act quickly before they're gone forever - they're only available until May 31st

Also retiring will be the 2010-2012 In Colors (in cardstocks, inks, refills, and markers) and more! The retiring Accessories and wall Decor lists will be posted April 25th.

Now I know this means you'll want to order lots of stamps, accessories and decor before they're gone - so I want to make it easy for you!

Place a minimum order of $75* by April 30th, and get 15% off from me!!

Plus, I'll also give you a FREE copy of the new 2012-2013 Catalogue as soon as it's available!

(remember - this special is available only through me, so you must place your order directly with me, in order to receive the 15% off.  Either email, or call me with your order - debsmart@shaw.ca or 604.298.0472)

(*$75 before taxes & shipping)

DON'T MISS OUT - ORDER NOW!!


Happy shopping!
~Deborah

Monday, 9 April 2012

A Contest For YOU!

Hello Stamping friend,

It's almost that time of the year - the existing Idea Book & Catalogue (the big book!) will expire on May 31st - less than 2 months away!  Yes, it's exciting looking forward to the new catalogue - but before that, a lot of existing stamps will be retired!

Of course, that got me to wondering - which stamps will be retired this year?  Which stamp set (or sets!) will I wish I had bought before they were gone?  Which stamps will you miss, and wish you had bought?

Here's where you - and some fun - come in!

Post your comment here, telling me your guess of which 10 stamps (or stamp sets) will be retired.
The person with the most number of correctly guessed stamps/sets will be the winner!

How to enter:
(1) Subscribe to my blog
(2) Post a reply to this post between now (April 9th) and this Sunday, April 15th at 9:00am
(3) Make sure you post the full stamp and/or set name.

How to win:
(1) You're a subscriber to my blog
(2) You've listed up to 10 stamp and/or stamp set names that you think will be retiring from the current catalogue.

The winner will be the person who guesses the highest number (from their list of 10) of stamps that are being retired, according to the offical retiring list, which Stampin' Up!  will be releasing to us Demonstrators this Sunday, April 15th.

The winner will receive the retiring stamp of their choice, from their list, up to a value of $25.!

So don't wait - grab your current Idea Book & Catalogue, and start writing down your list of 10 retiring stamps!  (don't have a catalogue? call or email me, and I'll get one for you!)

Happy browsing!  And good luck!

~Deborah