Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a great club meeting last weekend and learned the Joseph's Coat technique.   It is so pretty and I can think of some more great cards to use with this.

This is a fun and easy technique with lots of impact.

For this card we used the "Gently Falling" Stamp set.  The colours for the base were Crushed Curry,  Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze.   The top colour is Early Espresso.  

You can see how it goes from a blend of colours to a pop of colour by adding the clear embossing and a dark coat of ink over the excess.

Below is a You Tube video I found that shows you exactly how to make this.

Sorry for the short post, I thought with both kids in school now I would have so much time to myself!  HA!!  I am busier than ever.

I just want to mention a couple of new Photo Polymer Stamps sets and one in particular that looks really fun for this time of year.  "Bite Me"
134622  $16.95
Bite Me Photopolymer Stamp Set
Fun right!  Can you just picture some really fun Halloween Treats with this?!
Another great new set that will be fun for the traveller in your life is the
"Greetings From" Photopolymer set 134621 $16.95
Greetings From Photopolymer Stamp Set
Well as Fall approaches and drives us inside more I am hoping to have more time to get crafty and update my blog!
And don't forget to check out the LNS Treasure Hunt for your chance to win FREE Stampin' Up Products!   Click Here.
Janet Y


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It Feels Like Fall today!

Here in Calgary we have had a wonderful September, warm and sometimes even hot weather!  Very little rain and lots of sun.  Until today.   Today it is cold and rainy.  I hear there is even snow in the mountains.  On the up side tomorrow things are drying out and warming a little, we may even have some beautiful white-capped mountains to look at. 

It's the kind of day that is made for a good book and a coffee.   Or if you are me, crafting and a chai tea latte!   This weather makes me want to start in on Halloween projects.  Of course I have been working on those since August, but in my house there can never be enough Halloween décor.

Today I will show you a really simple project made from one single sheet of Designer Series Paper!   This year's Stampin' UP Holiday Catalogue has some of my all time favourite Halloween DSP (Witches Brew 132185) and for this project I used one single sheet and made a really fun sign to hang in our entry way. 

Witches Brew - Halloween Sign

Here is how I turned this single piece of paper into a fun holiday decoration;
I cut the paper into the sections that it was already divided into on the sheet. I then attached each section to a piece of cardboard with modge podge and attached each bottom piece to the top piece with wire.

The cardboard I used was the sheet of thin cardboard that came with the DSP. 

I then sponged in some colour where I wanted a hint of colour and used more Modge Podge over the top of the paper.

Once the Modge dried I sanded some areas, added some Washi Tape, added Rhinestones I had coloured with black sharpie, and ribbon to decorate.

That's it!  The rest of the DSP in the package is really fun too, check it out!

Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper
Witches Brew DSP  132185 $13.50

Hope you like the sign.   Let me know what you think.

And don't forget to check out the LNS Treasure Hunt for your chance to win FREE Stampin' Up Products!   Click Here.
Janet Y


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Best Part of Halloween? My complete lack of will power!

As if I need a holiday that is all about candy consumption to get me to eat tiny chocolate bars!  I keep that stuff out of my house all year so that I don't eat it (and yet I still manage to get my fill of chocolate) but every Oct. 31 my kids bring home bags of candy to tempt me.   I do my best to tell myself it's for the kids but that does not stop me from sneaking a little chocolate bar or two!

I enjoy eating the candy just as much as I enjoy dressing it up to make cute little gifts for my kids and neighbours.  One of my favorites from this years Holiday Catalogue are these great little muslin bags that I can use to hold a large variety of candy.  These little bags can be decorated to suit your needs and they are adorable!!

Check out my CASE from the Stampin Connection magazine.  I loved it so I had to recreate it, my way.

 I used Halloween Hello Stamp set for this one.  The ink is Black Stazon, Versamark, and Cajun Craze.  I used Heat and Stick powder for the glitter skull and white embossing powder for the sentiment.   I also colours some rhinestones with an orange sharpie and add those.  I'll admit that little hint of black glimmer paper is not SU but I just loved it!

The bag itself was spritzed with black re-inker and alcohol and then stamped with the skull in Black Stazon.
I used a die from the Chaulk Talk Framelits set to create this tag along with the Decorative Lable Punch. ticket duo punch and a couple of circle punches.  Ok that sounds like a lot of work but I promise it was not!
I also created this little witches broom with a piece of black licorice and some of the Witches Brew DSP.  I have seen these before and wanted to give it a try.  The only draw back to this cute little broom is I do not know a single child and very few adults that like Black licorice! It sure is cute though.  
Mini Muslin Bags
These are great little bags!   132180  14.95 CAD or Bundle it!
Morning Post Clear-Mount Bundle
Morning Post Clear-Mount Bundle 133292  28.95 CAD
One more thing ... Stampin' UP just added some new items to the Clearance Rack!  Check it out.
Stampin' Up! Clearance Products
And don't forget to check out the LNS Treasure Hunt for your chance to win FREE Stampin' Up Products!   Click Here.
Janet Y


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Back to School ... Check!

Well now that Back to School is over, and thank goodness for it, I am ready to start Fall clubs, get started on designing Christmas Card Classes and play in my craft room for hours on end.    Well I know that won't happen every day but some days, maybe, I hope.

Ok so here are my precious darlings who are now in school and I am not one of those moms who is sad about that.  In fact I am happy to have them out of the house for a few hours everyday.  I know they are safe and learning and having fun and I get to have some time for myself!

But I digress, I spent a good chunk of August in my Craft room and I have yet to show you all of the very fun things I have made.   This is by far one of my most favourite projects for this Holiday season.

Stampin' UP has come up with this really great Build-a-Banner Kit.  As usual I did not think this would be for me the first time I saw it and I was TOTALLY Wrong!!  Typical.

 Using the Build A Banner Simply Created Kit I took 4 of the canvas pennants (the kit comes with 18) and arranged them in a patteren that I liked.  I then used the images stencils included in the kit to create the pattern on each of the canvases.  The colours I used were, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay.
Each Pennant was sprayed with a re-inker and alcohol mixture.  Once dry I added the letter stencils and sprayed on the letters in Smokey Slate.

Some had the letters right on the canvas and some on paper. One worked just as well as the other.

 I also added Snowflakes from the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies to the canvas and as accents on the twine.   I used the Silver Glimmer paper and Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Card Stock.

A little ribbon and some rhinestones finish the look.
 I really am happy with how this turned out but more than that I was surprised at how easy it was to create!  It took me a few minutes to get the ink amount right and I did sacrifice one of my canvas pennants to practice with but they do give you 18.

I think I will work on a "Home" or "Create" banner next.   Some fun bright colours and flowers or butterflies!  Loads of possibilities with this kit.

See below for some details on the products I used for this.

Build a Banner Simply Created Kit
Build A Banner Simply Created Kit     133507  $24.95
Festive Flurry Wood-Mount Bundle
Festive Flurry Wood-Mount Bundle      133284 $67.95 (wood) / $57.95 (Clear) 

     Ok so now that I have you hooked, you need to order you kit and get creating!  Don't forget the additional spritzers and re-inkers.   If you do create a banner let me know. I would love to see it.

Thanks for visiting today.

And don't forget to check out the LNS Treasure Hunt for your chance to win FREE Stampin' Up Products!   Click Here.
Janet Y


Monday, September 2, 2013

September ... Are you ready for it?

I have to tell you that I am totally ready for September.   I am ready for it because my oldest has been back to school for 2 weeks and although I have to get my baby ready for her first day of Kindergarten I am adopting the attitude of "Been there, Done that!" 

In early August I labeled backpacks and school shoes. I bought lunch friendly food and started to get myself on a morning schedule of school breakfasts and packing lunch!  That's right I pack lunch in the morning, I'm a rebel!

Another reason I feel ready for September is I have my club project planned and ready plus I have a Product Showcase coming up and I have created so many great things for it! 

As it is the beginning of the month you just know there is Stampin' UP news to be shared, so here we go...

New month means new Best Of stamp ...

Best of Autumn is my favourite so far!  There are some really great images for this one and you will want to get it soon so you can get creating for Thanksgiving (see my last post).

Best of Autumn Clear-mount Stamp Set
Is this not super cute!   Oh the possibilities!
135390    $17.95 CAD
With a new month we also get a fun new product!  This is such an amazing new tool for card makers!  If you like to create handmade cards this is a MUST HAVE for you.
Envelope Punch Board
Want to see it in action?  You know you do..
133774   $24.95 CAD
One more quick notice for September and I will let you get back to making the kids lunch for tomorrow.
New Thinlits Card Dies are making waves on the SU blogs and for good reason!  They are so fun and easy to use! The possibilities are endless,  I just got mine in the mail and will be playing with it this week!
Circle card Thinlits Die
Circle card Thinlits Die
Regular Price: $45.50
Preferred Price: $40.95
Label Card Thinlits Die
Label Card Thinlits Die
Regular Price: $45.50
Preferred Price: $40.95
Well that is what is new and exciting in the Stampin' Up world this week!  I really hope your September gets off to a great start and you can carve out some time for crafting!
Remember I am hosting a Product Showcase on September 15 at 2pm!  There will be loads of samples to look at, prizes and a Make and Take.  Please RSVP by Sept. 7 at
And don't forget to check out the LNS Treasure Hunt for your chance to win FREE Stampin' Up Products!   Click Here.
Janet Y

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