Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Everyone needs laughter.  It is what helps keep up young :)

This Christmas card helps remind us to laugh and smile and I think the sentiment is just wonderful.  Because of this I wanted the sentiment to be the focal point.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I ran the Old Olive layer through the Big Shot with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and then added a layer of Jolly Holiday designer paper over the left side.

I added the Merry & Bright rub-on's sentiment on Very Vanilla Cardstock and layered this on a Cherry Cobbler matte.  I applied a couple dimensionals to the back and popped up on the card front.

Take care and enjoy your day.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday DSP, Very Vanilla, Old Olive  :  Accessories - Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Merry & Bright rub-ons (retired), dimensionals

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sweet and Jolly

I love this card.  I think it is because I added to the inside on this one and left the card front very simple.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I cut the front flap a bit narrower and punched the long edge with the Scallop Border punch.  I then ran the front flap only through the Big Shot using the Finial Press embossing folder.  I wrapped Vanilla Taffeta ribbon around the card and tied it in a bow.  I then added a Brushed Silver snowflake made using the Northern Frost decorative strip die and added a Bright Glimmer brad through the centre and adhered to the card front.

The inside of the card is quite simple as well.  I added a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock and then a strip of Jolly Holiday DSP along the right hand side.  The Jolly Holiday paper is also punched along one side using the Scallop border punch to make it match the cardfront.

I appreciate you stopping by and hope you enjoy your Monday.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP, Brushed Silver  :  Accessories - Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, Scallop Edge punch, Northern Frost decorative strip die, Brights Shimmer Brads, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Little Bit of Red to Make It Pop

Ooohhh Sunday - one day closer to Monday... but that is okay cause I have the day off - Yippeee!

My creation for you today is using the Joyful Season Letterpress plate again.

My card base is made from Baja Breeze cardstock - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".   My cardfront is clean and simple.  I inked up the Letterpress plate with Chocolate Chip ink and pressed it onto Very Vanilla cardstock using the Big Shot.

I pulled out Real Red Polka Dot ribbon (retired - check the on-line clearance rack for this item) and wrapped it around the cardfront.  I added three adhesive backed rhinestones to the bottom right corner and attached the card front to the Baja Breeze base.

Enjoy your Sunday and come back soon for more inspiration.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla  :  Inks - Chocolate Chip  :  Accessories - Big Shot, Joyful Season Letterpress plate, Real Red Polka Dot ribbon (retired), Adhesive Rhinestones

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snowflakes and Ornaments

The card I have to share with you today is super basic.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

My card front is Whisper White cardstock embossed using the Northern Flurries embossing folder.  I stamped an Ornament image from Tags Til Christmas in Cherry Cobbler ink on my card front.  Next I stamped another ornament on a scrap bit of cardstoc and punched it out using the Ornament punch. I folded this in half and adhered over the ornament on my card front. 

Chris felt that I needed more on the card (which he was right about) but I just didn't know what to add.  So the silver snowflake in the bottom right corner was Chris' idea.  This was cut out using the Northern Frost decorative strip die.

I layered the cardfront onto an Old Olive matte and attached to my cardbase.

Thank you for looking and enjoy your Saturday.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Stamp Sets - Tags Til Christmas  :  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Brushed Silver   :  Inks - Cherry Cobbler  :  Acesscories - Northern Flurries embossing folder, Northern Frost decorative strip die, Big Shot, Ornament Punch

Friday, December 17, 2010

Filled With Love Promotion

Have you heard about the new Valentines Bundle?  It is cute and a great value.

Beginning today December 17, 2010, through January 24, 2011, receive a FREE package of Bitty Buttons (a $6.50 value) when you purchase the Stampin' Up! Filled with Love Bundle.

Wood Mount Bundle - 124380 - $40.45
Clear Mount Bundle - 124381 - $33.45

The Filled with Love Bundle contains the Filled with Love Stamp Set (in wood-mount or clear-mount) and the exclusive Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack. The Bitty Buttons are a great addition to the bundle. So many cute things you can make with using them!

Love Patterns Designer Paper - 124156 - $12.50

The paper is also available to purchase separately and is an exclusive pack available only during this promotion period.  ** The Free buttons are not available with a purchase of paper only. **

To order the Filled With Love Valentine's Bundle or any other products, please visit my online store HERE.

Margaret :)


Sometimes you just have to forego a sentiment on a card.  That is what I did with today's card. Oh, and...no stamping again.

I created the base using Cherry Cobbler cardstock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").

For the card front I embossed Old Olive cardstock with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.  I then added some Jolly Holiday DSP over the embossed front and wrapped Old Olive Satin ribbon around the card front.  I attached these layers to my card base.

The snowflake was cut from Silver cardstock using the Northern Frost Decorative strip die.  I adhered this to Very Vanilla cardstock layered on an Old Olive matte.  To finish this card, I added a Neutrals button to the centre of the snowflake.

Have a wonderful day.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP, Very Vanilla, Brushed Silver  :  Accessories - Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Northern Frost decorative strip die, Big Shot, Neutral buttons, Old Olive Satin Ribbon

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shining Season's Greetings

Wow to think we are one week and two days away from Christmas.  This weekend I plan to start my Christmas shopping.  Life has been too hectic to start earlier so here we are down to crunch time.  I would love to say I have finished my Christmas cards but really I haven't.  I have simply run out of time to make more and get them in the mail before Christmas.  I finished preparing the last of my cards last night for the mail and they will be off today.  So I will apologize now to anyone who does not receive a card from me this year.  I am thinking of you.

I have some really cute Christmas cards to share with you that I absolutely adore but I need to wait a few days at least before I can share them as I don't want to spoil it for the recipients as I know they read my blog :)

I am sorry if some of you are getting tired of my colour scheme.  This year I chose to make each card different using pretty much the same colours instead of making one or two designs and creating them in volume.

So today I am sharing this classy card.  The base is Very Vanilla 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I stamped my Season's Greeting sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink from the set Snow Swirled.

My image is the Medallion background stamp.  I inked it up in Cherry Cobbler and then spritzed it with my Gold Smooch Spritz before I stamped it on my Vanilla cardstock.  It makes the stamp a bit messy but I love how the gold is only in the image and not all over the card front.  It does take a long time to dry and even a couple weeks after making it some of the gold was still coming off on other papers laying on it.  (I have to be honest, I used a bit too much spritz LOL)

I layered my image onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler and added to my card base.  I then used retired Gold Cord and wrapped it around the card a few times and tied in a bow.

Enjoy the day and come back soon.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Stamp Sets - Medallion Background, Snow Swirled  :  Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler  :  Inks - Cherry Cobbler  :  Accessories - Gold Smooch Spritz, Gold Cord (retired)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Warmest Holiday WIshes

Okay - quick and easy for you today.

I used an Old Olive base with a layer of Cherry Cobbler that I embossed using the Northern Flurries embossing folder and added a strip of Jolly Holiday DP and then a bit of Old Olive Satin ribbon.

I used the Merry and Bright retired rub ons over Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out using the Ornament punch.  I added some dimensionals to the back of it and popped it up on my card front.

How do you like that for easy? :)


Monday, December 13, 2010


Don't you love how original my titles are - LOL

Today's card is super easy.

I stamped my Medallion stamp in Versamark ink on Whisper White cardstock, added silver embossing powder and heat set.  I layered this on Silver cardstock and added my sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, which I also embossed. 

The sentiment was punched out using the Modern Label punch and held in place by Silver Elastic cord that is strung through holes punched at each end of the label and adhered to the back of the Silver matte.

This was then adhered to my Whisper White card base.

Thank you for stopping by - have a fantastic day.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Stamp Sets - Medallion background, Teeny Tiny Wishes  :  Cardstock - Whisper White, Silver  :  Inks - Versamark  :  Accessories - Silver Embossing powder, heat gun, silver elastic cord, Modern Label punch, 1/8" handheld punch

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Still Joyful

Another Joyful Season card.....This letterpress plate is fantastic.  I inked it up with Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.

I wrapped Old Olive satin ribbon around the card front and ruffled it up a bit.  I have been using regular Tombow tape and I find that the rufffles come undone after a day or two, so if anyone knows which adhesive works best to hold these scrunchy ruffles in place I would love to hear from you.

To keep this card light and carefree I layered my cardfront onto a Baja Breeze card base.

So simple... :)

Have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla  :  Inks - Chocolate Chip  :  Accessories - Joyful Season Letterpress plate, Big Shot, Old Olive Satin Ribbon

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Warmth & Love

I love the simplicity of this card.  I have thoroughly enjoyed making card after card that are all different yet all quite simple.

This is a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Very Vanilla card base.  I cut a piece of Jolly Holiday designer paper to layer on top and used the Scallop Edge punch along one edge.

I added a bow around the card front using the stunning Old Olive Satin ribbon (as I told my Stamp Club gals this week - I am SO in love with this ribbon).

Once again I used the retired rub on package Merry & Bright from last years Holiday Mini.  This was the perfect finishing touch to this card.

Thanks for looking and hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DP  :  Accessories - Old Olive Satin ribbon, Merry & Bright retired rub-ons, Scallop Border punch

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mmmm Mmmm Good

For the first time ever I joined a Cookie/ Baking Exchange.  I'm not a huge baker, I like to make banana bread and sometimes I make cookies but I thought this would be a lot of fun.

A few weeks ago Taygan and I spent time in the kitchen testing recipes.  I shared some of the treats with my co-workers and had them 'vote' on which one they liked best.  Everyone said they liked both goodies but they all picked the Mocha Brownies.

So earlier this week I went ahead and whipped up 3 pans full, which gave me 7 dozen and I was all excited cause I only had one more batch to make but first I had to remove the brownies from the pans so I could use them. Well.........lo and behold.... they were all burnt.  I was not very happy.

See, our oven that we have doesn't work very well.  When a recipe says 350C, I have to put it at about 425C and cook at least twice as long as the recipe calls for.  I thought I would be smart and use the oven downstairs, so I set the oven at 350C and the timer for the 25 minutes it called for.  My downfall.... I missed reading the part in the recipe where it said to check my baking with a toothpick, so alas, I used a fork and some batter clung to it so I cooked it for another 5 minutes but still it clung a bit so I did another 4 minutes.

Well here I was last night needing to now start from scratch and I didn't have enough supplies to re-make the Mocha Brownies.  I scoured the recipe book and found Pineapple Brownies which I have never made before.  It looked easy enough and I had ingredients for it.  So I set about making them, set the oven downstairs and the timer for 5 minutes less than the recipe called for and checked with a toothpick.  PERFECTION!!!  Okay maybe I shouldn't say that because I haven't actually tried one yet but they sure did look good.  I should have taken a picture of them.

Anyway, I wanted to package them neatly and I have had a large package of take-out boxes sitting in my stamp room forever and they desparately needed to be used.  So here is how they turned out.  I needed to do something quick and easy as the night was wearing on and I have to drop these off this evening after work.

Looks good eh?

I even went on MDS (My Digital Studio) and printed up the recipe cards.

I hope everyone likes them.
Margaret :)

Bells Are Ringing

Happy Friday everyone! 

I would imagine everyone is beginning to go into panic mode to prepare for the holidays.  Let's see what is done on my list - most of my Christmas cards - check,  tree - no,  decorations - no, gifts - no, last of the Christmas cards - no.  Okay so I am a little behind and I am hoping I am not the only one. Sigh...but....

I do have another card to share with you :)

This is a quick card that I CASE'd (for the most part) from another demo, Wanda Johnson. 

My card base is Crumb Cake with a layer of Cherry Cobbler embossed with the Petals A Plenty folder and a layer of Deck the Halls designer paper.  I tied some 1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon around the card front in a bow. 

My image is stamped in Basic Brown ink using the Holiday Mini Bells & Boughs set and coloured using Watercolour Pencils.  I punched the image out with the 1 3/4" circle punch and layered on the Always Artichoke 2 3/8" scallop circle punch.  I added dimensionals to the back of the scallop circle and popped up on my card front.

Thanks for looking.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Stamp Sets - Bells & Boughs  :  Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Deck the Halls DP  :  Inks - Basic Brown  :  Accessories - Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/4" circle and 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, Watercolour Pencils, dimensionals

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wintery Trees

Lately I have been using my brayer and glossy cardstock more than I have in the past.  I would have to say that seeing Michelle Zindorf's creations has sparked a little flame in me. 

I kept the card very simple with no embellishments as I did not want to detract from the beautiful landscape image.

I brayered my Glossy White cardstock with So Saffron ink.  Then I placed a post it note circle where I wanted my moon.  Then I brayered over my card again this time with Pumpkin Pie ink.

I stamped the trees in Staz On black ink using the classic set, Lovely As A Tree and the greeting is from Snow Swirled.  Then I sponged some black ink around the base of the card.

I layered onto a black matte and attached to my Whisper White card base.

Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Lovely As A Tree, Snow Swirled  :  Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Glossy White  :  Inks - Basic Black, Staz On Black, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie  :  Accessories - brayer

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Digital Downloads for MDS!!!

Check out these fabulous new downloads available to purchase for MDS.

2011 Noteable Desktop Calendar Collection
Item # 125148
Price - $18.50

Calm and Bright Photo Card Template
Item # 125145
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Good Cheer Photo Card Template
Item # 125147
Price - $2.50

Holiday Greetings Photo Card Template
Item # 125146
Price - $2.50

Leadership 2011 Stamp Brush Set

Item # 123968
Price - $2.50

Serene Snowflake Stamp Brush Set
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Price - $2.50

Woodgrain Stamp Brush
Item # 123987
Price - $2.50
Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper Item #123982
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Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper Item # 123985
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Just Believe Stamp Brush Set Item # 123986
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To You & Yours

So another quick card for you today. 

The card base is Very Vanilla 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with a layer of Jolly Holiday designer paper over top.  I'm sure I have mentioned it before but being as I use it so much I'm saying it again - I LOVE THIS PAPER.

The sentiment is another one of the silver rub-on's from a retired Rub-On package.  One of these days I will actually read the proper name off the packaging and let you know which one it was.  I punched it out using the Ornament punch.  Since the silver rub on is more visible on Vanilla cardstock I needed to make it stand out on the card more, so I punched two ornaments from Old Olive cardstock and carefully layered in behind the sentiment.

The sentiment is popped up on the card front with dimensionals and then I created a bow using that fabulous retired Real Red polka dot ribbon and used glue dots to attach to the card.

I hope you like this simple holiday card.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday designer, Old Olive  :  Accessories - Ornament Punch, retired rub-ons, glue dots, Real Red polka dot ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Red Cardinal

As you may have noticed, I have been working on keeping my Christmas cards simpler this year.  I still love how they are turning out and other than the cards I have done for workshops I am not making any two the same.  I love it.

Today's card is created using the A Cardinal Christmas set.  I stamped my image on Whisper White cardstock in Staz On Black ink.  I coloured the image with Real Red and Old Olive markers.  The image was then layered on Real Red cardstock and attached to my Old Olive card base.

I added a few adhesive backed rhinestones as well because bling on cards is just so right (smile)

Do you remember the clearance rack blitz, well I just had to get me some of this superb polka dot ribbon and it was the perfect final touch for my card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies : Stamp Set - A Cardinal Christmas  :  Cardstock - Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White  :  Ink - Staz On Black  :  Accessories - Real Red Polka Dot ribbon (retired), Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin' Write Markers

Monday, December 6, 2010

Joyful Season

Have you seen or tried our new Letterpress plates?  I am so in love with the Joyful Season plate I can hardly describe it LOL

This plate is so much fun.  I used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour my plate and carefully followed the directions that come with the plate to run it through the Big Shot.   I love how bright and fun these stockings look, don't you?

I took a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot using one of the Texture Plates and then layered my Joyful Season cardfront to this.  This layered nicely on my Whisper White 3 x 6 card base.

This card screamed snowflakes to me, so I ran some Baja Breeze and Real Red cardstock through the Big Shot using the Northern Frost decorative strip die.  I layered these snowflakes, added a Rhinestone brad and used glue dots to adhere it to my cardfront.

Thanks for looking.

Supplies:  Cardstock - Whisper White, Real Red, Baja Breeze  :  Accessories - Joyful Season Letterpress and Texture plates, Big Shot, Stampin' Write markers, Northern Frost decorative strip die, rhinestone brad

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Sunday....today I get to spend time with some dear stamping/ demo friends to chat, catch up on life and perhaps even stamp. :)  I am so looking forward to it.

I wanted to share another fun card that we made at last months stamp club.  BINGO!  This is such a fun set and I can't wait to make some bingo games with it. 

I stamped the Bingo background in Chocolate Chip ink and then used Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Chocolate chip for my images.  I layered my card front onto my Old Olive base.  I created this card as a 5 x 7 instead of the usual 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I just had to use the Tags Til Christmas set because it has so many fun sayings in it.  The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive ink, punched out using the 1 1/4" square punch and layered on a scallop square of Marina Mist cardstock and popped up on the card.

I hope this gives you some added inspiration.
Margaret :)

Supplies :  Stamp Sets - Jolly Bingo Bits, Bingo Card, Tags Til' Christmas  :  Cardstock - Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Marina Mist  :  Inks - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip  :  Accessories - Scallop Square punch,  1 1/4" square punch, dimensionals,

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Wow can you believe this? I am posting on a weekend.  I never post on weekends but with the holidays fast approaching and so many holiday cards to share with you I figured I would stay 'on top' of things and post some extra days.( yayyy LOL)

This card was super quick and I'm still debating on whether I should add a greeting in the bottom right corner.

The card base was created using the Scallop Square BigZ die from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

I used my Jolly Holiday designer paper and layered it over Old Olive cardstock.  I stamped and punched out some ornaments using the set Deligthful Decorations and the Ornament punch.   I punched a small hole in the top of each ornament and strung some gold elastic cord through and taped in behind the Old Olive layer to hold it in place. The ornaments are attached to the card front with a bit of adhesive. Then I added my card front to the card base.

Thanks for looking and I hope you are having a great Saturday.

Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Delightful Decorations  : Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday Designer paper  :  Inks - Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler  :  Accessories - Gold Elastic Cord (retired), small hole punch, Scallop Square BigZ die, Big Shot, Ornament Punch

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Party Dress

Last month in my Stamp Club I had the ladies create a couple holiday cards.  When I was at Hamilton Regionals in September I fell in love with a dresser card that Jackie Topa had made.  I simply had to make this card and decided that a Holiday Party dress would be the perfect thing to put by the dresser.

I won't go into all the details of how to make this card as you can get the dimensions and watch the video on how to properly cut, score and fold this card all on Jackie's blog.

The dress however I will give you the info for.  I used my Scallop Circle # 2 BigZ die and cut out the larger of the two circles using Deck the Halls designer paper.  Next with a pencil I drew lines as to where I wanted to trim to form the shape of the dress.  Once I was happy with this I cut off the excess.  I wrapped a bit of Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon around the waist of the dress and popped it up on my card front.

This card was actually quite simple to create, so long as you pay attention to Jackies' instructions on folding (I say this because I tried folding the card twice before I decided to sit down and watch the video)

Thanks for popping by and have a fantastic day.
Margaret :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Non-Traditional Christmas Colours

Today I am sharing a quick card with you in some extremely non-traditional holiday colours.

My card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Baja Breeze cardstock with a layer of So Saffron over top.

My card front is created with Whisper White cardstock that I ran through my Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty embossing folder and an Oval Wood frame to create a flat spot.

I stamped my image from the Bells & Boughs set (another set that is part of a 20% off bundle currently available until Dec 16) in Basic Brown ink.  I coloured in the image with my markers and attached this to my card base.

Thanks for looking.

Supplies - Stamp Set: Bells & Boughs  - Cardstock:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Baja Breeze  - Inks:  Basic Brown   - Accessories:  Big Shot, Wood frame, Petals a Plenty embossing folder, Stampin' Write markers

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Simple Rub-On

So a lot of cards I made this past weekend had NO stamping - GASP - I know eh!

Here is a quick and simple card I made using a rub-on as my sentiment.  I had no idea that the rub-on was silver and not black.  I guess it would help if I read the packaging first - right? LOL

If you haven't already noticed, my favorite holiday colour this year is Cherry Cobbler.  I have used it on so many cards I can't even keep track. 

The card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I added a layer of Old Olive with a bit of my absolute favorite holiday designer paper, Jolly Holiday.  (This is in the 20% off Contempo Christmas bundle available until December 16th)  I punched one edge of this paper with the Scallop border punch and tied the Cherry Cobbler Seam binding ribbon around it.  This ribbon is fantastic.  It is so soft and light and so easy to tie, I just love it.

The way the light hits this card the Cherry Cobbler looks more pink than it does Cherry.

Finally I added my silver rub-on which I realized after I applied that it was silver and difficult to read.  I have since used these rub-ons over Very Vanilla cardstock and it is gorgeous.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies -  Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday  Accessories:  Scallop Trim border punch, retired rub-ons, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Warmest Holiday Wishes

Christmas is creeping up fast and although I have made Christmas cards every so often all year long it is now getting down to crunch time.  This weekend I had the chance to make some cards Friday evening while my step-daughter worked on an a birthday card for my nephew and then I managed to get more done on Sunday evening.

I have had the Chunky Silver Glass Glitter for awhile now but haven't really used it so it was time to make a card dazzle using this fun product.

My card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I added a layer of Deck the Halls designer paper with a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and then another layer of Deck the Halls.

I used my green lid Tombow Glue on the edges of the Vanilla cardstock and added my Silver Glass Glitter. So pretty!

Finally I used retired holiday rub-ons that coordinate with our Ornament Punch.  I adhered the rub-on to Chocolate Chip cardstock and punched out using the Ornament Punch.  I placed a few dimensionals on the back and popped up on my card front.

How is that for a cute no stamping card!

Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret :)

Supplies - Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls DP   Accessories - Chunky Silver Glass Glitter, Tombow Glue, dimensionals, retired rub-ons, ornament punch

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sweet Little Owl

My nephew celebrated his 19th birthday a few weeks ago and this past weekend we were finally able to have him over.  Friday evening Taygan asked me if I planned to work in my stamp room and I told her that I did because I wanted to get a card made for Shawn for Saturday.  She told me that was what she wanted to do as well.  So off we went to the stamp room and we got down to business.

On my drive home from work I started working on a card in my mind.  I wanted to create a more masculine card using the Woodgrain background stamp that I just ordered in.  So I set to work and whipped up this sweet card that I had already created in my head.

The base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Chocolate Chip cardstock stamped in Chocolate Chip with the Woodgrain background stamp.

The Happy Birthday stamp from the Level 3 set Occasional Quotes, is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink onto Vanilla cardstock.  I lightly sponged around the edges of this piece to make it stand out more.  I layered this onto a mat of Cajun Craze cardstock and attached to my card front.

Next I punched out my owl's body using the Owl Punch from Chocolate Chip cardstock, then I used the Level 1 Hostess In-Colour Paper Pack to punch out the Owl's belly.  The eyes are punched from Cajun Craze cardstock and the center of the eye from Basic Black.  I used a White Gel pen to make his eyes stand out and I also added a bit to the tops of his ears so that they were more visible being layered over the Chocolate Chip card base.

Using the Two Step Bird punch, I punched out the stem from Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the Owl to perch himself on.

This card was so quick and easy and I love how it turned out.  Nothing too fancy for a male. :)

Thanks for looking.
Margaret :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I know I haven't posted many cards lately.  I do have some to share as well as some scrapbook pages but have not had time to take pictures to post them.

Those who know me and my family know some of the struggles we have been going through.  I wouldn't normally post such intimate details of our private lives but I do believe in the power of prayer and today that is what I am asking for.

Since Chris' motor vehicle accident in 2008, Chris has struggled immensely with, among other things, chronic pain from his injuries, severe headaches, eye pain, lack of sleep due to pain and because of all this, severe depression and anxiety. 

The past few months have seemed more difficult due to a never-ending barrage of assessments to determine the level of his disability and the care he needs.

I cry and pray each day for Chris as I see how much he struggles and although he doesn't want anyone to see him the way he is now, I believe that he can be touched by your prayers.

So today this is my request.  Prayers.  There is no need to leave a comment to say you are praying, just please say a prayer for him each day.  He is not aware of my request and would likely be unhappy that I have talked about his current state, so I would appreciate if you do not mention this to him.  (PS - we share the same e-mail so whatever you e-mail me, he sees also)

Thank you all for your support.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ordering Online - Special Notes

With the On-Line Extravaganza in full swing I am sure many of you would love to get in on the savings.

For those who have never placed an order directly through my website here is some information on how to go about it to receive the best price on products and shipping.

Customers who order directly through my website receive the best shipping rates and are eligible for Stampin' Rewards (with qualifying order).
If you place an online order through www.stampinup.com instead of ordering directly through my DBWS website--even if you choose me as your demonstrator--you will not receive the best shipping rates and will not be eligible for Stampin' Rewards (even if your order meets the $200 minimum).

When you go to shop on my website, either click sign in or create an account.  If you do not do this first and instead fill your shopping cart, when you go to checkout it will actually put you in the stampinup.com website which means you will not receive the best shipping/ product pricing.  This is another reason it is important to create an account or sign in first.

I hope you find this information resourceful and Happy Shopping!


Monday, November 22, 2010


Good Morning everyone!

Oh my word, Stampin' Up! is amazing - seriously.

You absolutely MUST - CLICK and read the PDF linked HERE! There are so many bundles, deals, Big Shot Dies, MDS downloads, home decor, stamp sets, ribbon, embellishments and so much more on sale NOW!!!!

Here's the deal.....if you are a local customer and you'd like to place an order through me, not only will you receive these amazing DEALS but you will also receive FREE shipping!!!! Yes, that's right FREE SHIPPING!

If you place an online order and your order is $200 or more, you will receive FREE SHIPPING!

There are so many amazing deals that would make for great Christmas presents for those special someones (or even yourself)! These deals are only good until November 30th, so grab your catalogue and a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and start making your list! Have fun!

P.S. - Don't forget the amazing 50% off Starter Kits until November 30.  If you missed the post about this click HERE to find out all the details.
Have a wonderful day!


Friday, November 19, 2010


Seeing as this week has flown by I wanted to quickly share a card with you.  This is a bit different than my usual 'style' card.

The Pear Pizzazz base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with a layer of Baja Breeze and Greenhouse Gala designer paper.

I wrapped some Pear Pizzazz striped ribbon around the top layers of the card.

I used the set Just Believe and stamped the frame in Pumpkin Pie ink, stamped off once and then stamped on Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  Next I inked up the sentiment and stamped inside the frame.  I handcut the frame and popped up on my cardfront using dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Exciting News to Share

Want in on a Never Before Seen special!!!!

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From November 15-30, you can purchase either the Standard or Digital + Starter Kit at 50 percent off the regular price..... plus free shipping!

If you'd like to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and a member of my team for the awesome price of $107.50 contact me today or Click here to sign up online....my password is...  recruit101

Just remember that the special starts November 15th.

This offer is valid for Canadian residents only.

Margaret :)

Just Believe

Okay, not to toot my own horn but.... I LOVE this card. (even if my picture quality is poor - sorry)  I have been following Michelle Zindorf's style and have attempted a few cards using my brayer more and adding more sponging.

I created this card to submit for the London Regionals in September.

The card base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" using the current In Colour Pear Pizzaz.

For my image, I used Glossy White Cardstock.  I inked up my brayer with Daffodil Delight ink and covered the glossy CS.  Then I punched out a circle from a Post It note and attached to my CS.  I inked up my brayer with Pumpkin Pie ink this time and brayered over the card just to create a light moon effect.

I stamped my image from the oh, so gorgeous set Just Believe, in Early Espresso ink and stamped onto the brayered CS.  Using a sponge I lightly sponged Early Espresso ink all the way around the edge of the glossy CS.  Next I samped my flourish/ sentiment image, hand cut this piece out and popped up on my card front.  I layered my image onto an Early Espresso mat and placed a strip of Pear Pizzaz striped ribbon around the card front.  Then I adhered this to my card base.

I hope you like this card as much as I do.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Return to the Living

Oh my word,  what is wrong with me.  I have such good intentions to keep my blog current and then life seems to happen.  It's not that I haven't had anything to share, it is simply finding the time to crop and post my creations.

Now I know Halloween is already past but better late than never, right?  I thought my card was too cute not to share.

I whipped this card up for my Stamp Club last month at the last moment.  It is a good thing sometimes that I have a fair drive to work, it allows me time to think up layouts. LOL

The card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 on Whisper White cardstock.  I took a bit of black cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Spider Web embossing folder.  I layered this and a bit of retired designer paper onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

I stamped my images with Staz On black ink on Whipser White cardstock and coloured in using Stampin' Write Markers.  This piece was then layered onto another strip of Pumpkin Pie CS.  I added dimensionals and attached to my card front. 

I just couldn't resist adding a sweet little bat using the cool Bat Punch.

Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bird on Branch

I figured that I have started posting the simple cards created for the Retired Products class from June that I may as well continue and get them all posted.

Today's card features the set Spring Song and the 'technique' I showed was colouring with markers to be able to stamp a multi-coloured image.

The card base is Ruby Red with the sentiment stamped with Ruby Red ink in the bottom right corner.

The bird was coloured with markers and stamped on Whisper White cardstock.  I then layered this on Mellow Moss cardstock and attached to my card front.

To add some excitement to the card, I wrapped 1/4" Mellow Moss Grosgrain ribbon around the card base twice and tied in a bow.

Thanks for looking.
Margaret :)

Supplies - Stamp Sets: Spring Song - Cardstock: Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, Whisper White - Inks: Ruby Red - Accessories: Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa markers, 1/4" Mellow Moss Grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In Need of Masculine

Every so often I need to throw a masculine card into the mix just to remember that guys need some love and attention too.

I had a retiring products class back in June and today's card is one of the simple cards we created using retiring products.

The card base is Close to Cocoa and stamped randomly with images from the set Wanted.  I stamped my main image on Whisper White cardstock, distressed the edges with scissors and ink and layered on Really Rust cardstock.  I popped this up on my card base with dimensionals.

I stamped the word Wanted with Really Rust ink on the Twill Tape and adhered to the card front.

Although the card may not be particulary - woah (LOL) it gave me the opportunity to showcase several retiring products as well as distressing techniques.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies - Stamp Sets: Wanted - Cardstock: Close To Cocoa, Really Rust, Whisper White - Ink: Close to Coca, Really Rust - Accessories: Twill Tape, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cake Shoppe

When I saw LeeAnn Greff's ice cream cone card I fell in love with the cute design.  I re-created this card but made a couple minor changes.

I stamped a cake image from Fast & Fun notes, colouring in with the current In-Colour markers.  For the ribbon I used 1/4" White Grosgrain and for my sentiment I pulled out Sincere Salutations.

This card is too adorable.  I have another card to share with you using the similar idea of a shop front and look forward to posting it soon.

Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret :)

Supplies - Stamp Sets: Fast and Fun Notes, Sincere Salutations -  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink -  Ink: Basic Black -  Accessories:  In-Colour Markers, Word Window Punch, 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hamilton Regionals swap

I've been a bit behind again in posting so I thought I best get moving and post a card to share with you.  Today's card is the swap I created for Hamilton Regionals.  I was skinny on supplies and didn't have time to order more in before the event so I had to come up with something in my stash.  Needless to say I have many packages of Natural Ivory cardstock so it was 'natural' for me to decide to use it.  I also knew I didn't have enough of one embellishment to do 50 cards so I decided to make a card without them.

My card base is Natural Ivory, with a layer of Basic Black cardstock.  I used my Scallop Trim border punch along one edge of the black.

My cardfront is again Natural Ivory and I ran this through the Big Shot using the new Elegant Lines embossing folder.  I added this to my cardbase. 

I stamped my sentiment from the Level 3 hostess set Occasional Quotes in Basic Black ink and punched our the sentiment using the Wide Oval punch. 

I love my sizzlit set called Lots of Tags and knew that the one tag would be a perfect matte to my oval.  I ran it through the Big Shot and cut out a Basic Black tag.  I added my oval sentiment to this and popped it up on my card front using dimensionals.  (The little white dots around the outside of the tag were made using the Smooch Moonlight - I didn't care for the look so I didn't add to my swaps)

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day.

Supplies:  Stamps - Occasional Quotes (level 3 hostess)  Cardstock - Natural Ivory, Basic Black   Inks - Basic Black  Accessories - Big Shot, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Lot of Tags Sizzlits, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals