Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wood you be mine? - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome back Artisan Design Team blog hop followers!

Are we really at the end of January?! As you are reading this I am enjoying sunny Orlando Florida with Stampin' Up! at the annual Leadership Conference! I will be blogging and posting during my trip. To stay up to date with all of the Stampin' Up! fun you will have to check back here and follow me!! (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook links are just to your right on this screen).

Our January Artisan boxes included the Wood You Be Mine Stamp set. I could not let the month past with out doing a project with this set. I love love love it! I think it is fresh, new, cute, fun, playful ... you get the point. See for yourself:

I know you love this mountain man as much as I do! How could you not!? My husband came into my craft room when I was creating him and even he loved him!

Do you love the wood back ground? Here is the quick technique:
1. Ink the inside face of your Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with Soft Suede Classic Ink. I simply rubbed the stamp pad directly on the folder. Hint: the "front" of the folder has the Stampin' Up! logo on it.

2.  Place your cardstock inside the folder and crank through your Big Shot Machine. I used Soft Suede Cardstock.

I colored him with Stampin' Blendabilities Markers. I learned a lesson when I was coloring the jeans. The Night of Navy Blenabilites needed a bit more blending of the three colors. As a result the ink bled a bit past the stamped image line as I was working with the color. Next time I would not color with the markers too close to stamped line. That way the marker can bleed up to the line rather than past it.

Next up on the hop is the talented Lisa Harlow
Click on over to see what she is up to this week!

Thank-you for visiting! Keep your eyes peeled for all of the Florida fun this week! Have a creative day!

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My dark truth update - Bell Let's Talk day

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day. A wonderful day to bring awareness to metal health and to help end the stigma. With every text, call and tweet Bell will be donating money to this initiative. Check out the link!

Let's talk.

A year ago I shared my dark truth with you on my blog post. I wanted to share my struggles with mental health in a hope that I could make one person not feel alone. I know that I achieved that by the comments and conversations that happened with many of you that followed. I have to say that I am extremely grateful for that. I am continually touched when I meet someone (virtually or in life) that is willing to share their journey or offer me love and support.

My wish is that we can all be more open and honest about ourselves. I know that as many people that have reached out to me there are far more that have not. These people are in our lives and often are suffering alone. If you are, please do not feel that you need to be as public and open as I am. We all need to be ourselves, to find comfort in any way that we need. But I do know that there is a freedom in sharing. It is liberating to be honest. And more importantly it is amazing to be loved and supported. We all need that.

If you do not suffer from mental illness and you are still reading you may be asking me what the deal is. I will tell you that I personally struggled with sharing my dark truth for a long time. The answer is simple. Because I was scared of judgement. I was worried about the labels and stigma attached with metal health. I am a strong successful woman and my pride thought that if I was honest people would think less of me. If people have thought that I they certainly have not told me so. And we all know I cannot control someone’s thoughts. What I can do is help to educate those thoughts in a hope that we all can become more understanding and compassionate.

There are many resources today that you can read about metal health and the statistics are staggering. I can guarantee that someone you know is struggling. I would encourage you to visit Bell Let’s Talk and read some of the stats.

So how am I today? A year later? Well, not so great. I suffer from depression and anxiety. I have actively been in therapy and self-improvement classes for at least six months. The road has been long and my happy was a long two years ago. But I know that I will slowly, someday, get back there. For now I will continue what I am doing. My husband, my mom and close friends are my lifeline.  Some days are better than others. Every day I do not want to get out of bed. But I do. I keep myself (and my mind) busy. I strive to surround myself with positive energy. Many days I am a robot and am just working through the actions. But I know I survived another day and am a step in the right direction.

With my anxiety I have learned some great coping skills. I do breathing exercises, mindfulness, thought logs and I talk to myself. I tell myself that things will be okay. It is not magic and does not work with the snap of my fingers or a wiggle of my nose … but over time it is progressively getting better.

In the past I have shared with about my 8 year old daughter. She is doing very well with her ADHA, Anxiety and SPD (Sensory processing disorder). She too is benefiting from therapy and a lot of coping skills. I am so very proud of her strength and determination. She is becoming more and more self-aware. She has bad days but we are here for her and we are working through it all as a family.

I guess my message to you today is hope. I have hope that our family will continue to heal and grow. That I will find my happy.  I hope you have your happy. If not I hope that you will find the strength to get there. And most of all I hope that we all are more compassionate and understanding of each other. I hope that we can end the stigma attached with metal health so that we can all be a little bit more open and free.

Thank-you for taking your time to read. I sincerely appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

valentine class!!! registration is open!

Got kids? Got valentines on the to do list?

Join me for my upcoming class and create 30 valentines 
for your little one to take to school!!

Email me to register! ( I would love to have you!
ps ~ candy not included! 

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Birthday Balloon Card - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome back to the weekly Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

This weekend coming up my daughter has been invited to a birthday party and I wanted to create a card for the occasion! The new Birthday products in the Occasions Catalogue were calling my name.

The stamp set is super cute ... full of balloons, ribbon, bows, banners and more! In fact there are 17 stamps in this photopolymer set ($31.95 CAD). I am a sucker for any punch or framelit that coordinates with a stamp. You guessed right, this has just that ~ the Balloon Framelits Dies. Of course Stampin' Up! loves you and offers the pair bundled for a 15% discount!

The balloon on my birthday card was created using a sheet of Designer Series Paper packaging paper (you know, the one that you usually throw away?). I like the thicker weight of it for the balloon (and that it was free!). Have you played with the new Designer Washi Sheets? I love the colors and patterns! I cut a small square and stuck it to the paper before I ran it through my Big Shot (the washi sheets are self adhesive). I will be playing with them a bit more to discover other ways to use them. If you check out page 10 of the 2015 Occasions Catalgoue there are a few great ideas using them right from Stampin' Up!.

One of my favorite details on this card has to be the texture that the cotton ribbon brings. I cut one stitched side of the ribbon away and frayed it to pull out the threads. I tied the threads in a knot for the balloon "tail". The remaining piece was used as the banner on the balloon. For a video tutorial on fraying your ribbon visit here!

Thank-you for visiting today! Next up on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow
She is an amazing designer ... click on over!

Have a creative day!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DIY valentine frame - artisan design team blog hop

Welcome to this weeks Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! I feel like it was just yeaterday that we were sharing our monthly Stampin' Up! Facebook projects for December. I can hardly believe that it is time to share our January Stampin' Up! Facebook projects with you!

But it is true! Today is the day! We are half way through January. Valentines day is less than a month away. Over the years Valentines has become one of my favorite holidays (lets be honest, Christmas is exhausting). Hatters may say what they wish but I love the occasion. Why wouldn't you love a day to celebrate the good and happy things in your life? Everyone loves someone ... and that is reason to celebrate!

I picked up this in expensive frame from IKEA recently. I thought our super cute Valentine products from the Occasions Catalogue would be the perfect pairing for a Valentine decor piece.

The Designer Series Paper Stacks fit the 4x6 frame almost perfectly as a background. I used a little washi tape around all four sides of the DSP to hold it in place against the frame backing board.

I adhered the photo with washi tape and added a little stamping and embellishing. I left the glass in the frame and before I put my hand-stamped page in I sprinkled some punched silver foil hearts. It was a fun detail that makes it a giant shaker!

The ampersand was stamped in Basic Black ink and sprinkled with Basic Black Embossing Powder. I used the heat gun to emboss the ampersand. It has a shinny raised surface that is so beautiful. This picture does not do it justice!

To add the banner I punched 12 mini flags using the Banner Punch (133519). Each banner is sandwiched to the Whisper White Bakers Twine with glue dots. I left space between each banner so that I could add some Basic Black Ribbon knots.

I wrapped the White Bakers twine banner around the back side of the frame and used scotch tape to hold in place.

The picture in this frame does not have to be a hunky man like Arturo. You could display your love of a pet, child, vacation spot ... just celebrate love!!

Before I go I have to share one more photograph. I created this project over the Christmas break when my kiddies were home. My "medium" girl S was a great helper and insisted I take a photo of her with the frame.

Next up on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow. You are going to love what Lisa has in store for you today! Remember ... keep clicking through the hop to see all of the 16 international designers!  

Have a creative day!

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Join a stamp club this year!

I am kicking off all of my stamp clubs and have some wonderful news! I have a few spaces still open!! If you live in the Edmonton area I would love to have you join us!

I have been running stamp clubs for 8 years and happy to say that I have five active groups that meet once a month to stamp, create and have a fun night out.

Stamp clubs work to all levels and experience. If you are a first timer or an advanced stamper you are welcome!

You have the choice to create two 12x12 scrapbook pages or two handmade cards each month. All the supplies, tools and instructions are provided to you. The projects are free for stamp club members with a minimum $25 Stampin' Up! merchandise purchase (includes catalogues, clearance rack, digital software, digital downloads or print services).

Take a look at the two cards my stamp clubs are creating in January ...


If you are more of a scrapbooker - do not worry! You have the option to make two 12x12 scrapbook pages! Check out the scrapbook pages for January Stamp clubs ...

More photos of these layouts are on my blog post from January 7, 2015.

You will learn stampin' basics, techniques and use a wide variety of Stampin' Up! products. Your monthly purchase in the stamp club will help you build a collection of Stampin' Up! products to use at home.

An extra perk of the stamp club is that once in the year you will act as a party host! This means you get the party rewards for the total sales of the stamp club that month. This means a free shopping spree for you (based on the party total sales).

All stamp club meetings are in my studio in Edmonton (approx. 153 ave & 137 st.).
I am just minutes off of the Anthony Henday at 127 Street and just outside of St. Albert.

I run groups on the following evenings at 7:00pm -
   second & third Tuesday of each month
   second, third & fourth Wednesday of each month

I have a few spots still available. If you would like to register or have any questions please drop me an email (

I do hope you can join us for all of the fun! Have a creative day!

For supply list refer to my blog post on January 7, 2015.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

what makes you happy? - artisan design team blog hop

Welcome back to the Stampin' Up! weekly Artisan Design Team blog hop!!

As we start the New Year many of us make resolutions. We ask ourselves what we want from the year ahead. What do we want to do, achieve or accomplish? Many popular resolutions are based on diet, exercise and fiances. My goal this year is none of the above. I simply want to do more of what makes me happy.

These scrapbook pages sum it up. My family. They make me so happy. I want more time with them. More laughter and more memories. Simple.

Being on the Artisan Design Team has given me more of what makes me happy too! Our weekly blog hop has given me the opportunity to fall back in love with paper crafting and to do projects "just for fun". (Well ... and for a blog post, but it really has been fun and relaxing to create things that do not need to be based on a class or event). 

The journaling pocket was creating using the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die.
I love the custom button on it! I punched a piece of Designer Series Paper
with the 1/2" Circle Punch and used the new Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers! 
Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers

You can see that my journaling card just slides out of the pocket.
I journaled about my family and what we do that makes me happy.
The tab was created by punching a piece of Designer Series Paper with the Ticket Duo Punch.
I folded it in half and stapled it on the journaling card.

I hope that you have had a wonderful start to this New Year! Comment and tell me what you have resolved to do this year!

Next on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow
Click along to see Lisa and the rest of the Artisan Design Team!

Thank-you for reading! Have a creative day!

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