Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2017 winter retreat - open for registration

I can not believe how many of you have been sending me messages, dying to see what I have planned for the 2017 Stampin' Dolce Winter Retreat! I have three projects ready for you to see. I have typically offered four projects in the past and have one more project in mind. More details on that will come very soon. Even so, registration is open!!!

project time estimate: 2 hrs

project time estimate: 2hrs

project time estimate: 4 hrs

Here are the event & registration details. This event is always so much fun and I love spending the day crafting and relaxing with everyone! 

If you have any questions at all please feel free to email me at or text at 780-289-0816. I am happy to help!

Have a creative day!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

scrumptious ombre gift box- TGIFC78

Ever have those moments that think that you have it all together. Even have a little show-offy strut of confidence?! That was so me after I whipped up this gift box in about 15 minutes flat (strut and all). Then I sat down to write my post today, realizing that the TGIF Challenge was not just a candy challenge (as I thought), it is a Halloween candy challenge. *Palm to forehead.

I am sharing anyway cause I know you are gonna looooove it!

Visit the TGIF Challenges this week! You will find candy inspired projects from the design team and from challengers around the world. You are always invited to stamp along and share your creation too!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

one card wonder - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Warning - long blog post ahead. Expect lots of inspiration!

Welcome to the Artisan Design Team blog hop! I have fallen in love with the Petals & Paisleys suite from Stampin' Up!. I have a number of monthly stamp clubs here in Edmonton, Canada. We used this product suite in October to create two cards, 2 scrapbook pages and 2 project life layouts. My customers love that I show them how to create the three types of projects from a single design idea. I hope you enjoy it too!


When I am creating my stamp club projects, I start by creating a card. That is what I am best at. If starting from scratch isn't your thing, you could CASE a card from Pinterest.

project life pages

Turning a card into a Project Life layout can be pretty easy! Card fronts are usually 4" x 5-1/4". Take that same card idea and create a 4" x 6" "card front" and slip it into one of the large page pockets! Awesome, right?!

You can see that the purple card insert on the right matches the card above. I created the project life card insert in landscape format, where the card is a portrait layout. I used the same colors, stamps, designer paper and dies to carry the theme and design to the other pockets. I like to have one "fancy" pocket but keep the other inserts clean and simple. It gives the layout a focal point.

Try using a piece of Designer Series Paper in some of the pockets, or use a coordinating stamp set to stamp a subtle pattern on cardstock. I left my Delightful Dijon insert above blank because I will add some journaling, but I think it looks great as it is too!

scrapbook layouts

Now that I had pockets designed for the project life layout, I took the same ideas and put them into a 12x12 scrapbook page. I know that I make it sound simple and you may be skeptical, but play with it! Give it a try! Take what you love from a card or layout and change the size of it to make it work with another project. If you are struggling with a scrapbook page layout visit Pinterest. There are so many great layouts out there!

Phew, thank-you for making it through that long post! Buckle your seat belts because the ride isn't over yet! Click over to Marisa Gunn, from the USA, to continue on the Artisan Design Team blog hop.

The Artisan Design Team will be back with another blog hop on November 2nd, 2016. Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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