Thursday, September 30, 2010


I mentioned a couple weeks ago already that if you sign up to be a demonstrator between Sept and October 18, not only would you get an amazing deal on the starter kit, you would also receive the ever gorgeous Greenhouse Gala tote valued at $49.95 FREE.

Well, if you live in Canada and sign up through me by October 10th, 2010, you will also receive FREE the new stamp set Eat Chocolate that will not be available until the next mini catalogue.  Here are some projects made with this set and let me tell you, they are CA-UTE.  I know you can't really see the sayings but they are fantastic.

This is a fabulous time to sign up to be a demonstrator, whether you are signing up strictly for the discount or to make this into a career.

The starter kit is $215.00 CDN and valued at over $375.00.

To learn more about becoming a demonstrator please feel free to contact me.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shelli Gardner and Moi!

Hi all, I've been missing in  action again this week.  I went to Hamilton Regionals on Saturday and had a blast.  I actually got to meet Shelli Gardner.  She is one classy, down to earth, kind person.  I was incredibly happy to have a super quick chat with her.

Here is a pic of her and I together at Regionals.  I hope to be back tomorrow with a card to share.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lace Congratulations

If you remember a wedding card post I did back in August you may remember that I mentioned I had created two cards, one for the bride and groom and one for the parents of the groom.  Well here I am several weeks later finally posting the card for the grooms parents.

The card base is 5" x 7" made from Baja Breeze textured cardstock.  I added a layer of Crumb Cake and another layer of Baja Breeze textured, both with torn edges.

On the top Baja Breeze layer I stamped the large flower from the two step Level 2 hostess set Fast & Fabulous.  Both steps were stamped using the Baja Breeze ink.  I also stamped my sentiment Congratulations from the SAB set Well Scripted in Baja Breeze ink.

I wanted a little Victorian flair, so I added some Victoria Crochet Trim to my card front but rather than laying it flat I created some 'waves' in the trim.  Also to enhance the trim I added an Antique Brad.  I put this through my top layers of cardstock before adhering these layers to my card front. 

This card took me forever to make for some reason.  I just wanted it to be perfect but not overdone.  I am very happy with the results.

Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies :  Stamp Sets - Fast & Fabulous Level 2 Hostess, Well Scripted (retired SAB set) Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake   Inks - Baja Breeze  Accessories - Victoria Crochet Trim, Antique Brad 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Petals a Plenty

How about a super simple yet gorgeous card today.  This is another CASE and I wish I could remember who's site I found it on but unfortunately I just can't seem to recall. I changed the centre of the flower and used Whisper White for my base instead of Very Vanilla.

The card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and I ran it through the Big Shot with the Petals A Plenty embossing folder.  I punched the edge of some Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the Scallop Trim border punch and added a layer of the Jolly Holiday designer paper over top of this.

I punched out two 5 Petal flowers from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and offset them, attaching to my patterned paper strip.  For the flower centre I used an Itty Bitty Buttons flower button which I attached with a glue dot.

The sentiment is stamped using..... you guessed it, one of my favorite sets, Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched out using the Modern Label punch.

Such a lovely card.


Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Teeny Tiny Wishes  Cardstock - Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday designer paper  Inks - Cherry Cobbler  Accessories - 5 Petal flower and Modern Label punch, Itty Bitty Buttons, Petals A Plenty EF, Big Shot

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Treat Folder

Last year at London regionals we made a cute little treat wrap.  I had a workshop class on Friday evening and decided this was the perfect little project to demo as I told the hostess I would show a use for the sanding block.

The folder is made from 4" wide x 12" long cardstock and scored in 3 places.  This creates a base and a back flap.  I used Pumpkin Pie textured cardstock for this.  Next I showcased two-step stamping by using the Fast & Fabulous Level 2 Hostess set.  I stamped the outline and shaded in image using the Pumpkin Pie ink.  I just stamped off before stamping the shaded image to create a lighter look.

I stamped my sentiment from the Because I Care Level 1 hostess set in Old Olive ink on a strip of Old Olive cardstock.  I then cut the end of this strip into a V.

Next I took my patterned paper and ran it through the Big Shot with the Simple Flower Embosslit Die and then sanded the embossed edges to take off the patterned paper and reveal the white interior of the designer paper.  Our solid coloured cardstock does not do this as the colour goes through the entire cardstock.

I attached the flower to the Old Olive strip and punched a hole in the center of the flower.  I added a flower brad to the center of this and attached to the front of the treat folder. 

I filled a medium cellophane bag with some candies, folded the flap of the bag and attached inside the folder.  Finally I attached the back flap of the folder to the backing of the folder with a bit of adhesive.

Thanks for looking.

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Because I Care Level 1 and Fast & Fabulous Level 2 hostess sets  Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie textured, Old Olive, Play Date Designer paper   Inks - Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive  Accessories - Simple Flower Embosslit, Big Shot, Flower Brad, medium cellophane bag

Monday, September 20, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm still very much in love with this new fall set called French Foliage.   I began this card with an Old Olive cardbase 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

On Whisper White cardstock I stamped my images randomly using Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Old Olive ink.  I sponged around the edges with Old Olive ink to give a more vintage look.  I stamped the large leaf, cut it out and popped it up on my cardfront.

I added 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon around my stamped layer and tied in a little knot.  I then added my stamped layer my card base.

Of course I needed a simple sentiment for the card so I inked up Happy Thanksgiving from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set in Cajun Craze ink and stamped on some Whisper White cardstock.  I punched this out using the Modern Label punch.

To make the sentiment really stand out, I ran some Cajun Craze cardstock through the Big Shot using the Lots of Tags Sizzlit die and then I adhered the sentiment to this and popped up on my card front using dimensionals.

I like how this card turned out and think the colours are so pretty together.

Thanks for stopping by and have a superb day.
Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - French Foliage, Teeny Tiny Wishes  Cardstock - Old Olive, Whisper White, Cajun Craze  Inks - Old Olive, More Mustard, Cajun Craze   Accessories - Modern Label punch, 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, Lot of Tags Sizzlit die.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jolly Holiday

With Christmas a few months away I have a lot of people who are already looking for Holiday card ideas and so I am already incorporating holiday cards in my workshops.  Today's card is based on a card done by demonstrator Heather Summers.  Although she created a Joy Fold card I made this a bit simpler as I had several first time stampers.

The card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Old Olive.  I trimmed one end by about 1 3/8" and added a Pear Pizzaz layer to the inside of the card so that it shows where the trimmed front would have been.

I added Cherry Cobbler and Jolly Holiday designer paper to my card front and then created a separate layer that overlaps and goes off the end of the card front.

I stamped my images from the Delightful Decorations set in Old Olive ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then stamped another image in Cherry Cobbler on some scrap cardstock and punched it out using the Ornament punch.  I popped this up over the Old Olive ornaments.  Using a ruler, I drew in 'string' with the Pear Pizzaz marker.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set and stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I attached the image to a layer of Cherry Cobbler and then adhered this to my card front.

I love the fresh fun look of this card.  The Jolly Holiday designer paper really makes the card.

If you would like to place an order for any of these items please feel free to contact me or click on the 24 Hour Online Shopping button in the righthand side bar.

Thanks and have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Delightful Decorations, Teeny Tiny Wishes   Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzaz, Jolly Holiday designer paper   Inks - Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler   Accessories - Pear Pizzaz marker, Ornament Punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Birthday page 6 x 6

This is a quick little 6 x 6 scrapbook page that we made at a workshop last month.  We had focused on the Circle Circus set and for this page we used it to create a watermark patterned paper effect.

The base is Regal Rose and the layers are created using Marina Mist, Play Date Designer paper, Very Vanilla and Whisper White.

Our title was stamped using Sincere Salutations by colouring a word using the Marina Mist marker.  We stamped some images from the Cricle Circus set and punched them out using the 1/2", 3/4" and 1 3/4" Scallop circle punch.

I also added a Filigree brad to spruce the page up a bit.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Wednesday.
Margaret :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I totally love the new owl punch.  This is such an easy punch to use.  It gives you all the pieces you need to create the most adorable little owl.

I totally CASE'd this card from another demonstrator, Jennifer Conrad.  The only real difference is the colour of the patterned paper and the sentiment.  I just thought the card was so adorable and bright.

The paper's on the front are embossed with the Lattice Embossing Folder.  The stems that the owl is sitting on is from the Two Step bird punch.

This card is very easy to make and is so much fun.

Thanks for stopping by.
Margaret :)

Supplies: Stamp Sets - Sincere Salutations  Cardstock - Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Play Date Designer paper, River Rock  Accessories - Poppy Parade marker, Big Shot, Lattice EF, Owl Punch, Bird Punch, 1 3/4'"Scallop Circle Punch

Monday, September 13, 2010

Eiffel Tower

Hey all, I hope everyone had a good weekend.  We had some cooler days but overall it wasn't too shabby.

I'm sharing a card we made at my Occasions Card class in August.  Most of the cards were quite feminine in colour so I wanted to create a card with more natural tones.

I inked my Eiffel Tower image with Certainly Celery ink, touched it lightly along one side on the Chocolate Chip ink pad and then took my Pear Pizzaz marker and shaded in the grass a bit at the bottom of the tower.  I stamped this onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, distressed the edges with the Cutter Kit and sponged some Chocolate Chip ink lightly around the edges. I then layered my image onto a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock.

Next I ran a layer of Chocolate Chip cardstock through the Big Shot with the Finial Press embossing folder.  I wrapped some 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon around the front, created a bow and attached to the flat ribbon.  I adhered this layer to my Very Vanilla 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card front.

I added pop dots to the back of my stamped image and added this to my card front.  The last step was creating my sentiment, which I stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock in Chocolate Chip ink using the Teeny Tiny wishes set and I punched it out using the Word Window punch. I added a bit of adhesive to the end and placed it in behind the stamped image.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Artistic Etchings, Teeny Tiny Wishes    Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery   Inks: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery   Accessories - Big Shot, Finial Press EF, Pear Pizzaz Marker, sponge, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Cutter Kit, Word Window Punch

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Here we are in the middle of another week already. 

We had to take Madden back to the vet on Saturday as he suddenly took a turn for the worse on Friday.  We are pretty sure it was his dogfood and so far he has been doing well back on the gastro food and on a new dog food that we are slowly implementing into his diet. 

Today I am sharing a bright and cheery card to brighten our cold and dreary work week.

The card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 made from Daffodil Delight cardstock.  Don't you just love this new cheerful yellow.  I ran the card front through the Big Shot with the Perfect Details Texture Plate.

The layers are each made from Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White cardstocks.  I used the 2 3/8 and 1 3/4 scallop circle punches and cut them at the valley of each scallop so that the circles now look like daisy's.  I added a Bold Button with linen thread to the top of the flower.  The Whisper White that the flowers are on was dry embossed with the Lattice Embossing Folder.

I stamped my sentiment using the Level 3 Hostess set Occasional Quotes.  I love this set.  It is so versatile.  If you would like to earn this set free contact me about hostessing a workshop (in my local area) or catalogue party (Canada only)

I added some more Bright Buttons with linen thread to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by.

Margaret :)

Supplies: Stamp Sets - Occasional Quotes  Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White  Inks - Tem;pting Turquoise  Accessocires - Bold Buttons, Linen Thread, 2 3/8 & 1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Lattice EF, Perfect Details Texture Plate

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Butterfly Waterfall

August's Stampers 8 club get together we focused on Waterfall cards.  We created two of them and today's post is one of those cards.

I remember the first time I sat down to make one of these.  I felt so intimidated and thought it was going to be so difficult.  It turned out to be so simple, yet the finished effect is such a WOW.

I won't go into many details on how to make the card as you can easily jump over to Splitcoaststampers for the tutorial.

The only change I made was to the size of my card base and the size of the large piece of Very Vanilla cardstock we stamped on.  The card base was created as half a card originally with the vanilla being the part of the card that flaps open.  I wasn't fond of this so I created the Marina Mist cardbase in standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (cut from 4 1/4 x 11" scored at 5 1/2") and the Vanilla cardstock that I have stamped all over measures 4" x 5 1/4".

For this card we used the new colour Daffodil Delight and two stamp sets.  The brand new set called Butterfly Prints from the 2010-2011 IBC and the returning set Inspired by Nature.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Inspired by Nature, Butterfly Prints  Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery  Inks - Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist  Accessories - Metallic Eyelets, Silver Brads,Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Holiday Mini Release Day

Now what would the Holiday Mini Release day be if I didn't share another creation with you using products from this fab Mini.

What's a holiday mini without holiday stamp sets right?

This beautiful new set is called Bells & Boughs.  This set has a timeless, classic feel to it and I just love that.

I had taken only a few supplies with me to work so I could make cards on my lunch break.  With those few supplies I felt limited as to what I could do or make but this card ended up being so beautiful.

My card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Very Vanilla cardstock.  I created a layer of Always Artichoke cardstock and new designer paper called Deck the Halls.  I then attached this to my cardfront.

I coloured my image up using Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke markers.  I stamped this onto Very Vanilla cardstock and then used the Artichoke marker to distress my edges a bit.  Not so great without a sponge I tell you.  So I took my scissors and roughened the edges up a bit so the marker streaks weren't so obvious. LOL

I adhered my image to a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and then attached it to the front of my card.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy all the wonderful goodness in this new Holiday Mini.

If you live in Canada and wish to place an order with me click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and may you continue to be inspired.
Margaret :)

Supplies:  Stamp Sets - Bells & Boughs  Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Deck the Halls Designer paper   Inks - none   Accessories - Stampin' Write Markers