Christmas Gleaming

Christmas Gleaming


Hello stampers I am finally using voice dictation and it sure is a  different way to write a blog post. I definitely have to get used to it; it’s hard to think what you want to write and I’m sure I have to go back and fix some mistakes.  Hopefully this break will make my thumb feel better. It really is amazing what technology can do! Yesterday I made a card using some retired products and today I’m going to show you what I did with brand new holiday catalogue products: the Christmas Gleaming stamp set and some of the other products in the Brightly Gleaming Suite.   I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.


Brightly Gleaming Suite


Brightly Gleaming Suite from the Stampin'Up! Holiday Catalog


Before you design the card it’s a good idea to lay out all your supplies on the table.  This gives you a great visual and helps to get your creative juices flowing and I also stamped a few of the ornaments in different colours and in different embossing combinations to see what might work best. I absolutely love the beautiful vibrant colours in this suite of products you can see copper, pretty peacock, night of navy and old olive.  It was hard to cut into this beautiful paper but then I remembered the #loveitchopit philosophy. I cut strips of 4″ by 12″ and that was safe for transforming into any cards. Once you decide to cut into your pretty paper it really gets easy to design cards.


My Card



I used the same sketch from Freshly Made Sketches as I did yesterday. This is a totally different colour scheme with all blues and coppers rather than red and green. What do you think? Do you like this non-traditional look?


The Measurements


Card base:  pretty peacock 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4″

very vanilla – 4″ by 5 1/4″

copper: 7/8″ by 4″

Brightly Gleaming specialty paper:  3/4″ by 4″

Small square: pretty peacock 2 1/8″ by 2 1/8″, Brightly Gleaming patterned paper 2″ by 2″

Larger rectangle:  pretty peacock 2 1/8″ by 3 1/8″, Brightly Gleaming patterned paper 2″ by 3″

I coloured three pearls with the pretty peacock dark Blends and embossed the two ornaments with copper embossing powder on very vanilla cardstock. I used a small piece of copper trim tied in a knot and frayed on each ornament, these are secured with a glue dot.


The Swaps


I always love a picture of the whole group of cards together; there’s something striking about the pile of swap cards laying there prettily. I hope I’m not breaking any rules by posting a picture of my swap card.  I just sent them in the mail today and this is all I had for a blog post so I hope I’m forgiven and I haven’t ruined any surprises.



The Opportunity


If you live in Canada you can get these products now already if you choose to get the amazing deal on the starter kit. Yes, you can put items from the brand new Holiday catalog into your starter kit. In fact, you can put $205 worth of products in there and pay only $135. You will also get a $14 coupon code to use on your order in September. I hate to break it to you, but you will probably want more than just $205 worth!! Thankfully you have until the end of December to use your own discount without having to fulfill any minimum purchase requirements. Have I told you that I would love to have you on my team? That there is no pressure from me, only encouragement to help you meet YOUR goals.  To get the starter kit, you can simply click here. Remember to click “no” when asked if you have a host code for the kit and then click “apply”.


Shopping Online


Have a super day and thanks for dropping by. If you do choose to order online, please help me out by also using the current host code:  XBTQ47UR.  Just click on the links below and that will take you straight to my online store. Online shopping is great if you live far away from me and are not regularly coming to classes. Even if you do live in town you may want to consider ordering online. If your order is close to $100 you are not paying any extra to order online and have it shipped straight to your door. How wonderful to get exactly what you want and not have to leave your house!!




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Inspired by a Sketch

Hello stampers! I have learned from some very savvy demonstrators that using a sketch challenge can really spark your creativity. So that is exactly what I turned to today when I realized that I had committed to participating in a Canadian Greek Cruise trip achievers swap. The cards have to be in Winnipeg by Friday and I hadn’t even started. What did I do? I headed straight to Freshly Made Sketches and their sketch challenge closes at 3pm EST so I am down to the wire!


Freshly Made Sketches challenge


I think I will publish this post with my sketch challenge contribution and then edit it later so that I will make the deadline. For the swap I am required to use products that we received as pillow gifts on the cruise as well as other new products from the Holiday catalog. Of course I want my card to be beautiful but I also don’t want to waste precious limited resources on a possible dud! My solution? Make a trial card using retired paper just so I get a good idea of whether this sketch will work for me. Here is the card I came up with. I used the new set called Christmas Gleaming as well as the old retired set from saleabration called Painted Seasons. I am really happy with how it turned out and I look forward to hearing what you think about it.


Freshly Made Sketches challenge


Thanks so much for joining me today. My thumb is still killing me, so this is going to be a short post. Tomorrow I will share the swap card that I am making using this sketch. Don’t forget about the amazing deal on the starter kit!! Click here to get $205 worth of your choice of Stampin’Up! products including products from the new catalog. This will only cost you $135 with no shipping or tax!



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Stamping with Your Framelits

Hello stampers! In the midst of packing up for the move to my new house I cannot resist going into my stamp room to play a little. I simply love stamping with my framelits.  With our relatively new embossing mats we already knew we could emboss with many of our detailed framelits but now I am going to show you that you can also stamp with them! That means with a small investment of $21 plus shipping and tax for the embossing mats you can get three times as much use from your framelits. I had hoped to use the Snowfall thinlets as an example, but I have given them to a team member to use for prepping a class for me. Plan “B” was to use the classic Christmas stamp set from the annual catalog Star of LIght. I am really happy with how it turned out. I am simply going to post three pictures and then you can watch the video at the end to see how  I did it. With all the new house stuff going on I just don’t have time or energy for a long detailed blog post. I know you understand.


Star of Light cards


Use your framelits to emboss and stamp


Do you see that the card is bigger than the normal 5 1/2 by 4 1/4″? That is because it is! I used the Memories and More cards and they are 6 1/4″ by 4 1/4″. I really love this size and the convenience of having a larger card and matching envelope all ready to go. I cut a gold foil mat 6 1/8″ by 4 1/8″ and the white card front is 6″ by 4″.


See how beautifully the framelit made a stamped and embossed image?


Here is one last close-up shot of the beautiful stamped and embossed image using a framelit!! I love the addition of gold metallic thread, metallic pearls and regular pearls. I gold embossed the various stamps in the background. They are all from Star of Light.


Beautifully stamped image using a framelit from Star of Light.


The framelit from Starlight thinlets was “stamped” using Vegas Gold shimmer paint and a sponge dauber. Take a look at the video, a “picture” is worth a thousand words! Using your framelits as stamps is such a great way to get more bang for your buck. I would love to hear from you if you try this with other framelits.


Have a super weekend and if you want to get in on the Snowflake Showcase bundle, today is the last day, you have a few hours left!! Check out this blog post for item numbers and descriptions.


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Christmas Traditions Punch Box



Hello stampers! Today I am focusing on the Christmas Traditions punch box. Let me tell you why. I love a product that can be used in many different ways. I love what I do and I love to share that as well. I think we all know that the world needs more joy and happiness and one way to achieve that is through creativity. When we use our hands to make something pretty it alleviates our stress, it takes our mind off daily problems and it brings joy to other people. With this pretty tin you have creativity in a box. It comes with a big clear block, two ink spots, a punch and a six piece stamp set. All you need to do is add some card stock, envelopes and pretty paper and you have a portable card making station that you can take with you anywhere. You can stamp with people who have never stamped before and you can bless them with a Christmas card or a tag. I challenge you to take this box along to a doctor’s appointment, a hospital visit or a coffee shop. Just start creating and see who comes to see what you are doing. Then invite them to join you and then send them home with whatever they have made. Bingo! You have just brought unexpected joy to someone’s life and made the world a better place. It really is that simple.


Pay it Forward


In order to help you do this I am going to offer 25% off on this Christmas Traditions Punch box. That means that instead of $61 it will be $45.75. Since this is my sale instead of Stampin’Up’s sale it doesn’t work when you order online, so for those of you who order online from me, I will send you a package of pearls and a package of rhinestones in the mail because Christmas cards can always use a little extra bling! Just be sure to use the current host code: NKS3BT2T. Here is a picture of the punch box:



You could be totally selfish and just order it for yourself. My perspective is that if you know what you want you should just get it. You are allowed to spoil yourself. It looks pretty amazing under the Christmas tree, it doesn’t even need to be wrapped!



Do you see how pretty those tags look? That’s right, you can cheat a little. You can take the products out of the tin, use them to make pretty tags and packaging for your loved ones and then tuck it all back into the tin as a guilt-free gift to yourself!!


Look at all the pretty tags that you can make with the Christmas Traditions Punch box


Not only is this Christmas Traditions Punch Box great for making cute tags, it also works great as a focal point for cards. My talented team member Alison Reid made the following three cards for me to use for coffee and a card class next week. If you live near Chatham and have never made it out to one of these classes I would love to have you join us. We have a wonderful group that comes regularly and they are always happy to welcome a newbie!


Christmas Traditions Punch Box also for Cards!


Christmas Traditions punch box used for the sentiment.


Doesn’t it look great with the Winter Woods trees and the Farmhouse Christmas paper? So simple to stamp the trees on the barnboard paper and then cut it into three pieces for added interest. Simple but genius.


Corrugated embossing folder pairs with Christmas Traditions Punch Box


Sadly this beautiful Joyous Noel paper is sold out. The lesson in this, just like with clothes shopping or shopping at Costco, is “if you love it, don’t wait”. Get it before it’s gone. It’s always better to err on the side of caution. Thankfully I have enough left over to share with you in a class!


Joyous Noel paper and Christmas Traditions punch box


Small but mighty is how I would describe the cute punched images from the Christmas Traditions punch box. They would also look great on little 3×3″ cards that you could tuck into our mini pizza boxes as a gift or party favour.


I hope that I have inspired you with this beautiful tin Of course you could also fill it with some Christmas Cookies or some of your lovely handmade Christmas cards. There are LOTS of great things to do with this beautiful tin as well as all the great things that come in it. Please take advantage of my 25% off deal, it ends Tuesday at noon. All stamps from the annual catalog are also 10% off today.


10% off stamp sets from annual catalog today


As always, the best deal in the catalog is the starter kit. Have you seen the beautiful tote that is only available to demonstrators? We got a sneak peek of it at OnStage in Orlando and mine is on its way right now. You can have one too! If you put it in your starter kit you can also get two stamp sets, a package of patterned paper, a package of assorted cardstock, thick bakers twine, glimmer paper and dimensionals all for $135. If you purchased them the traditional way you would pay around $205 and you would NOT be able to get the tote. Check it out. Tell me you don’t love it!! The tag matches my gorgeous luggage and purse. If you do decide to get the starter kit, the item number for this tote is 149696.


Craft and Carry exclusive tote


I took a screenshot of some of things I would suggest you put in your starter kit but you can add whatever you like to make the total come to $165. You only pay $135, no shipping and no tax. I would love to help make this happen for you. If you want to do it all on your own, here is the link that will get you started on your fun journey. Remember, there are no strings attached. You don’t need to ever “demonstrate” anything or sell anything or hold a class. You can just get the great deal and after that it is up to you if you want to take advantage of your very own 20% discount. Did you know that in December you can already preorder from the Occasions catalog and earn free sale-a-bration items? Just one more perk to joining my team.


Possibilities for your starter kit...tote not on there yet....

I will finish this post with sharing a video that I did showing you the Christmas Traditions Punch Box. This beautiful tin also holds all the current Blends, so that is an added bonus don’t you think? I wish you a very happy day and thanks for reading to the end!




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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Hello stampers! We are having an early winter here in southern Ontario and Christmas music is even more appropriate. I love Christmas. I love how we celebrate that God loved us so much that He sent his son as a baby into the world so that he could truly understand what it is like to be human. I love the cozyness of decorating the house and the smells of Christmas baking. I love Christmas stories. I always read beautifully illustrated Christmas books to my five kids and now I can do it for my two grandchildren. One of my favourite songs is I’ll Be Home for Christmas.


Our stamp set Farmhouse Christmas with it’s adorable truck reminds me of this song. It is also extremely on trend. While I was in Orlando we did some shopping with our team. You can imagine how excited the shopkeepers were when we ten women walked in talking and giggling. Ka-ching, Ka-ching they were thinking as they imagined their cash registers in action. When we were in Joanne Fabrics and in Pottery Barn I noticed lots of Buffalo Plaid and Farmhouse trucks with trees in the back. Do you know how hard it was to leave those things there?! Amazingly in the last few weeks I have been surprised by little gifts from my team members and customers who were also similarly inspired. I am so very blessed to be surrounded by so many lovely people. My heart is full. I have the best job in the world!


Unexpected Gifts


Here are a couple of things that I received that inspired this blog post. I think you will agree that they coordinate perfectly with our stamps.


Doesn't this remind you of the truck in Farmhouse Christmas?


Doesn’t this remind you of the truck in Farmhouse Christmas? Thanks so much Amy for this lovely gift, it will be a treasured part of my kitchen in the new house! Just looking at it makes me happy.


The wrapping is as nice as the gift!


Thanks Debbie for this lovely gift. Debbie is a fashionista. I can always tell if Debbie is at a class because of the cute footwear by the door! So it was no surprise that she took the time to make a coordinated tag and gift liner to put her gift “over the top”. She told me she whipped up the tag in just a few minutes. Do you recognize the old stamp set Loads of Love? The gift was three coordinating tea towels. I think the white one with the truck will have to be purely decorative. I don’t want to get it stained!!


Farmhouse Christmas inspired tea towels


I just had to include a closeup so you can appreciate that gorgeous truck. This will be the inspiration for my Christmas home decor piece that I will design next week. If you have made the Spring, Summer and Fall sampler you are not going to want to miss the Christmas one that I am designing to fit the frame.


Here you can see the two stamp sets that are so on trend right now. Buffalo Check and Farmhouse Christmas.


Some Actual Cards Made with Farmhouse Christmas


Now I guess I should really show you some cards made with these stamp sets! With all the early snow it really gets you in the mood to make Christmas cards and to start decorating for Christmas too. I hope you are inspired here today.


Swap card I received from Dana Hancock using Farmhouse Christmas.


I love this swap card I received from Dana Hancock. She used the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set, the tin tile embossing folder and the Festive Farmhouse paper to make this beauty. The next card was made by Helen Bennett for our team swap. No truck in this one, but I love how Helen coloured the house and decorated her fence. That fence will be so versatile for your cards all year long and also a lovely addition to a scrapbook page or a home decor piece.


Festive Farmhouse swap card


So now that we are talking about I’ll Be Home for Christmas, who are you expecting home for Christmas? Do you have some big ticket stamping items on your list? If so, don’t forget about the best deal in the catalog, the starter kit!! I know that some of you are secretly disappointed at Christmas time because well-meaning family members give you gift certificates to other crafting stores, but what you really want is more of the best stuff, Stampin’Up! So you can do a number of things to fix this problem. You can tell them that I sell gift certificates. You can tell them to get a starter kit for you (even if you “started” your stamping stash a long time ago) When you tell them that they will be paying no tax and no shipping and that they also get a $30 bonus of products they will be very happy indeed. Then you can start getting your own discount. No need to ever teach a class or “sell” anything.  Don’t want to save money? No worries, you can also order online using the host code and I will send you a lovely Christmas card in the mail. I’ll even leave it blank so you can gift it to someone else.


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Celebrating Thirteen Years With Some Amazing Awards

Hello stampers! My heart is full of gratitude today as I write this. I don’t usually make a big deal of my Stampin’Up! anniversaries but this year marks thirteen years of doing what I love. I can honestly say that I love it even more than when I first started. The main reason for that is YOU!!! It is because I now have so many amazing people in my life that my work is even more rewarding. My customers, my team members and my fellow demonstrators have become amazing friends. Especially in this last year when life has thrown me some curveballs I have had such tremendous support from all of you. For this I am grateful beyond belief.


Number 4 in Canada, such an honour and surprise!


Finding out yesterday from a fellow demonstrator in Toronto, Selena Merali that I had won some awards was just the icing on the cake. These things are important milestones in my career so I share them with you because you are also a big part of these accolades, I’m not trying to brag.


Number 4 in all of Canada!!!

Number 55 in all the world. There are more than 50,000 demonstrators just so you understand the magnitude of this number. It made me get goosebumps!!


Number 55 globally, holy cow!!!! Out of approximately 50,000 demonstrators.


In Canada I was also #8 in Leadership #9 in recruiting, and #13 in sales. Not too shabby at all. We have some amazing talent in Canada and around the world and I am humbled and honoured to be a part of it all. Thanks for letting me toot my own horn. I am “direct to the company” so I don’t have an upline who would to this on my behalf, otherwise I would let him or her do it for me.


Well, enough about me, and let’s talk about stamping shall we? Today I want to share with you an amazing home decor piece. I was inspired by fellow demonstrator and friend from Minnesota, Sandy Carlson. The neat thing about this framed art is that the “O” is interchangeable. It has a velcro backing so that you can switch it up according to season or mood. I have mind behind the glass right now to keep it from getting dirty, but some people omit the glass to make it easier to switch the decor piece. I used the Large Letter framelits to cut out the letters with both basic black cardstock and with a thin foam that you can get at the dollar store. This gives it added sturdiness and dimension.  Let’s take a look:


Snowflake Showcase is great for home decorating too!


Here is a cute Santa version. I also changed up the background a bit. I found it quite tricky to use the simple stripes embossing folder on a 5×7″ mat. It meant that I had to run it through the Big Shot with the stripes going vertically and that ruins the paper. There is no way to run it through horizontally. I used our retired corrugated paper and I think it looks quite nice. I love using my card making supplies for home decor and it sure is nice to have something on the wall or the mantle that you have made yourself. Being able to use it all year long with a simple substitution is also a huge bonus. With Christmas just around the corner this would also make a beautiful but inexpensive gift.


Large Letters and Signs of Santa for a cute home decor project


The last one I made is actually the one I cased from my friend Sandy. I love it!! I used the Rooted in Nature bundle as well as the Colorful Seasons bundle for the maple leaf. The “M” looks like it is shaded, but it was a cloudy rainy day here in southern Ontario and that is just a shadow, so just ignore it.


Fall home decor cased from Sandy Carlson.


I will be teaching this as a class on Wednesday November 28 at 1pm and 7pm. Cost is $30 and it includes the frame. Number of spaces depends on how many frames I can source.  Here is a short video showing how the velcro piece works. I didn’t take a picture of the velcro on the “O” pieces, but the video explains it for you.


I almost forgot to say that I would love very much if you would order from me if you don’t already have a demonstrator. I am also very happy to have you join my team and to share my 13 years of experience with you to help you succeed as well. If you do choose to order online, it is even nicer if you take the time to use the host code that is posted on the sidebar of the blog post. I appreciate each and every one of you so very much. Have a super day!




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