Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's Here!! The 2014 Holiday Catalogue!

Fall is the best time of year for crafting!  With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner there is never a shortage of fun projects to be made.   This years Stampin' Up Holiday Catalogue has so many wonderful inspiring items to get you in the mood to create!

Here are FIVE of my favourite items from this Catalogue.

Fall Fest Photopolymer Bundle

Fall Fest Photopolymer Bundle - 137628   $43.25

Holiday Home Photopolymer Bundle

Holiday Home Photopolymer Bundle - 137631  $39.75

Confetti Stars Punch

Confetti Stars Punch  135861 - $29.95

Wonderous Wreath Photopolymer Bundle

Wonderous Wreath Photopolymer Bundle - 137624 $53.25

All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper
All is Calm Speciality Designer Series Paper - 135823  $15.95

Of course there are 30 or 40 other items I could put on this list but these popped out at me right away.  The bundles are such a great deal and all of them are so versatile.  I have many clients who love to scrapbook and create cards and these are great for both!  I used the top one "Fall Fest" for my Thanksgiving Centrepiece last week as well as for next months Scrapbook Club page.

Click on the catalogue above to link to the on-line store. 

Watch for my Christmas Card classes, where we will surly be using the product above to create some great cards for your friends and family.

Have a wonderful day.

Scrapbooking - Join the fun!

Do you wish you had more time for Scrapbooking?  Do you have a bunch of supplies at home but you do not know what to do with them?  Or maybe you are just getting started and don't know what to buy or how to make your pages look like art!

Maybe it's time to join a scrapbooking club.   Once a month we meet at my house, there is great company, wonderful food and a chance for you to create a 2 page 12x12 scrapbook layout.  I design the pages and supply all of the stamp sets, ink and other hardware needed to create a great keepsake for you to take home.  

What is involved when you join?

-  Every club one lady is named the hostess, the hostess supplies the yummy treats and gets to take advantage of all of the hostess benefits for that month. 

- You may be required to bring some 12x12 card stock for the base of the page and you will be responsible for your own title, photos and journalling but ALL other supplies are included.

- Cost?  That will be determined by the number of members we have.  In the past with 7 or more people participating the cost was a $20 order of Stampin' Up product for you to keep and a $10 contribution to the hostess' kitty.

          -- What is the Kitty??  This is a pot that everyone contributes to so that when                 it is your month to be hostess you get an additional sum of money to add                 to your hostess benefits.  This way if you have been eyeing up a more                     expensive product like a Big Shot or Ink Pad set you can purchase it                       without breaking the bank!

Here is a little sneak peek from September's Scrapbook page.  

Our First meeting is September 6 at 6:30 pm.   
note - we do not meet in December (it is just too busy!)

Other great reasons to join.   
- Every month I challenge our members to go home and re-create the scrapbook layout with their own supplies.  We will share these pages at the next club and this will help you use the supplies you have or buy as well as get your creative juices flowing.
- You will meet some wonderful ladies in your community who also love to create. 
- Club members get all of the catalogues for free as well as some special gifts from me!
- If you miss a meeting I will ensure you still get your pages but I encourage you to come as often as possible so you do not miss out on specials, creative ideas and camaraderie.

If you are interested please contact me ASAP by email at or comment on this post.   I live in the Royal Oak/Rocky Ridge area of Calgary.  


Look for my Christmas Card classes coming in November.   Events are posted at the top of this page under the Events Tab.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Bird House - Centrepiece

I know what you are thinking .. Thanksgiving is a long way away.  It really is not.  It is only about 7 weeks away here in Canada!  Can you believe it!?

I spent a good part of Friday last week working on this adorable bird house for our Thanksgiving Centrepiece.  Some of the stamping is from ALL NEW stamp sets in this years Holiday Catalogue.  

I got the bird house at Michaels Craft Store, it was unpainted so I started with painting it in the brown/orange fall colours that you see here.  Once dry I added the flower garden and roof decorations.  This is where I spent most of my time but I love how it turned out so it was worth it.  

The wreath and pumpkins were stamped with the Wondrous Wreath and Fall Fest Stamp sets. I added some punched out birds, embellishments such as the leaves (got to love that bird punch) and button, to finish the look.

I hope you like it.

 The flowers were made using a small scallop punch, the retired boho blossom punch and the wonderful all new fringe scissors. I added leaves using the bird builder punch.

For the sunflowers I used the retired Boho blossom punch again and a 1/2" circle punch. I sponged in some colour and used my piercing tool on the center to look like seeds.   "Give Thanks" is from the stamp set "Good Greetings" a hostess set and is framed in gold card stock.

The wreath is from the new "Wondrous Wreath" set but I did cut down the wreath to fit on this bird house. The original is almost double the size.  A little linen thread finished the look.

This was so fun to create.  I cannot wait to share it with my family at Thanksgiving. 

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sneak Peek - Holiday Catalogue

In 8 days you will be able to order from this years Stampin' Up Holiday Catalogue! Let me tell you, every page of this catalogue inspires me to create some fun holiday project!   There are wonderful MDS downloads, great Project Life kits as well as other really cute card Kits.   There are a number of great bundles and some amazing stamp sets of course.

Below are just a couple of very simple cards I have created with the "White Christmas" stamp set and the All New Confetti Stars punch (OMG I LOVE IT!).

I hope you like them and I hope you are as inspired by the new Catalogue as I am!

This card was created using the "White Christmas" stamp set. I also used some of the Blendabilities markers.  I added a little glitter with some dazzling details and backed the image with Lost Lagoon Card Stock. 

 Sorry but the pictures of this card are a bit washed out. I used Vanilla paper as my top layer, Soft Suede and Cherry cobbler for my other layers. The "Merry" is from a now retired Framelits set that was still on the clearance rack the last time I looked.  My favourite part of this card is all the little stars!   These were made with the new "Confetti Stars Punch" in the Holiday Catalogue.   I love this punch. I used champagne glitter paper to punch out the stars and gold and cherry cobbler paper for the "merry".

They were two quick and simple cards and I hope to have more to show you later this week.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back in the Swing of Things...

Hello all.  Sorry for my long absence.   This has been one of the busiest summers the Yates Family has seen in a long time!   We have a fun new place at a nearby lake and we have been visiting with friends and family.  Then there was that 2 weeks where I had really bad strep throat!

Well my oldest girl heads back to school tomorrow and I am back on track.  I just got my pre-order from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue and I have to say OMG!!!!   Every page of this catalogue is packed with great ideas and product for the upcoming holiday season.  I cannot wait to get in my craft room, create and share.

In the meantime I have started to organize my 2014/2015 Club and there is a couple of spaces left.   If you are interested in joining please email me for details at

Look for upcoming Card Classes for Christmas too.   I have updated the tabs at the top too.   Some upcoming events, News and specials not to mention a couple of Product Shares.

My goal this week is to post some sneak peeks from the Holiday Catalogue so check back soon.

I hope you are enjoying what is left of summer.

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