Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Long day, but not too late ...

Today was a very long day for me, snow on the ground in the morning, I had to play snowplough all the way to Westport Rd. Bus was stuck in traffic on the way home, but guess what - I will have great news for all of you: Come here tomorrow and see what's up with Stampin'Up! I promise, there will be a very interesting, very different, and VERY FREEEEE promotion for each and any of you out there.

On my way to bed, good night!



Monday, January 30, 2012

Product List - Scallop Easel card

Last night I did not have time to post the list of supplies used for the Scallop Easel card. Here it is now:

Stamps: Flower Fest (pg 124 Idea Book & Catalogue = IB&C), Inviting (pg 165 IB&C)
Paper: Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Whisper White card stock
Ink: Marina Mist, Mellon Mambo, Wild Wasabi Classic Inks
Accessories: Big Shot die cutting machine, 3-1/2” Circle Originals Die, Scallop Circle Die, Large Sizzlits Paper Doily Die (2012 Occasions Mini Catalogue)
Sponge Dauber, 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Glimmer Brads (Basics), Stampin' Pastels, Crop-A-Dile, 1 3/8" Circle punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, 5-Petal Flower punch, 2-way glue, Multipurpose Liquid glue, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Interested in making this card, just contact me, let's schedule a class.

If you have made a similar card, I'd love to see it, please send me the link to your post.



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scallop Easel Card

A little while ago I watched this video by Dawn Olchefske. I decided to give it a try and see what I made:

Check out the inside

I am looking forward to see some comments about this card.

Tomorrow morning I will be going back up to Ottawa, hope to check this site later on the day.



Friday, January 27, 2012

Stamping with my Friends

The day was dreadful and yet, it ended on a very nice note:  Amy, Kaylie and Madison came over for Card Buffet.  Around 7pm they arrived on their ATV, bundled up in warm clothes and ready to stamp.
It is nice that we were able to get together, they enjoyed it a lot and so did I!
They made the full set of 12 cards, Mom and her 8 and 10 year old working together.  I am so proud of them!

Have a good evening and a nice weekend.



Card Buffet - Session 1 - postponed

Due to the poor weather conditions in our area this morning I had to cancel today's Card Buffet. A new date will be picked as soon as possible. Stay home and be safe!

This is what it looked like at 9.30am

and at 2.20pm it looks like that.
Time to play with my stamping toys - talk to you soon!



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why not Sale-A-Brate?

Earn a FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog for every $60 in order you place. And if you are a hostess during Sale-a-Bration, you can earn a FREE shopping tote for workshop totals over $200. And if your workshop orders total over $525, you earn the FREE shopping tote, $90 in Hostess Dollars, 1 item at 50% off, AND a FREE bundle of products.

The Hostess Bundle includes the products found on pages 6-7 of the Sale-a-Bration Catalog, including
Fresh Vintage stamp set (wood- or clear-mount)
Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack
Check here for the bundle details.

Well, you certainly get your money's worth during this sale, but remember: to earn the FREE Extras you need to have a qualifying workshop ($525). Online orders are not part of these Extras, however your online orders still qualify for regular Hostess Benefits.
Just Contact Me today to pick your workshop date!



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sale-A-Bration 2012 - Card #1

I am excited to share with you my first card made with FREE SAB 2012 product.
Only the card base (Lucky Limeade cardstock) is a product from the current Idea Book and Catalogue. All other items are FREE products from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalogue. You cannot buy these items, you will earn them: Each $60 you spend from Jan 24th to Mar 31st, 2012 will earn you one FREE product from SAB 2012.

Check out this card and tell me if you like it.

Keep checking here for more details on Sale-A-Bration 2012.

Wishing you a good night and a very successful and enjoyable week.



Sale-A-Bration 2012 - Counting down ....

We are definitely counting down to Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion of the year. From Jan. 24 through March 31, 2012, customers will earn a free Sale-A-Bration gift for EVERY $60 they spend on Stampin' Up! products (including the on-line clearance rack). Spend $200 or more and you will receive both Sale-A-Bration gifts AND earn Hostess Benefits!

Sale-A-Bration is an ideal time to take your stamping skills to the next level and SAVE $$$!
Starts Jan. 24, 2012.

The Starter Kit is discounted to $150! SAVE $65 and it ships FREE. Over $425 in products! See Standard Starter Kit contents here:

BONUS! Receive your choice of either FREE Designer Series Paper (you pay for shipping) or a FREE My Digital Studio Download (no shipping charge) EVERY MONTH that you are active, from February through December, 2012. Great value!
Enjoy demonstrator discounts and benefits thru June 30, 2012 with no obligation to purchase anything further or host workshops. There's no penalty to drop. Learn more.
Please EMAIL ME with any questions or your interest in joining my team of hobby and career demonstrators.

Memories of Delft, The Netherlands

The other day I saw a card made by Tamara Bertram. Check it out here.

This card brought back memories of my visits to Delft, The Netherlands. Our tole painting club went to Delft to the Royal Delft Pottery every year - we all got to paint our own personal tile in original Delft blue. It was so much fun and just thinking of it makes me homesick for good old Europe .....

And this is my take on Tamara's idea:

I used Confetti White cardstock as base, layered Not Quite Navy and Whisper White, used Not Quite Navy ink. The brad is a Basic Gray Glimmer Brad. The stamp sets used are Delicate Doilies and Vintage Vogue

I hope you like my card. I'd love to show you how to make it.
Leave me a comment. Thank you.



Friday, January 20, 2012

New Job for Me

I am happy and proud to let you know that I will be working in Ottawa for the next 4 months. This is a return job for me, I did the same work last year.
NO WORRIES - Stampin with Christine will not stop at all, in fact, my calendar is filled with bookings for workshops, classes and Card Buffets.
Check out My Calendar of Events and mark the dates in your calendar.
I will be available for bookings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and I am looking forward to hear from you and see you at my events.

Happy Stamping!



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Message from a Birdie

I made this card with sunshine and warmth in mind.
... and guess what: The sun is back. It is -13 Celsius, but I should not push my luck by asking for too much.

Leave me a comment, if you like it.



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

An Armour of Ice

Due to the bad weather I spent most of the day in my Stampin' Cabin. Working away, doing some bookkeeping, cleaning up, and so on.
Eventually my stomach was telling me it's supper time and I opened the door to head back to the house: THE WHOLE OUTSIDE IS COVERED IN 1/2"INCH OF ICE I decided to inch my way off the stairs on my behind, then stepped into the snowbank and hopped over to the back steps. slipping and sliding for the last few meters. What a sight that must have been! I am now inside, safe and dry.
I have never ever seen that kind of weather before.

Good night to All!


Paper Doily Die

I just watched Carrie's video, and now I know what I will be making this morning.

By using Stampin' Up!'s new Sizzlix Paper Doily die it is possible to create beautiful detailed doilies in a size that has not been possible before.

Leave me a comment, I'd am looking forward to hear from you.



Stamping on a "Freezing Rain Day"

What a drastic change in weather - this morning we are at + 3 Celsius, two days ago we had a frosty -29 Celsius. Looking out toward the lake I see nothing, just fog.
I am going to have take mood-booster - heading to my craft cabin right now.
This is what's so good about stamping and paper crafting: Within a few minutes you feel relaxed and excited working with inks, stamps, cardstock. It's all about making a little something with your own hands.... It feels like walking in sunshine when you are doing it.

Wishing everyone a great day!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Designer Rosettes!

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a nice weekend.

This is a new video from Stampin' Up! home office.
Emily Montoya is showing our new Designer Rosette Die (Order # 125594).

I have this die and it works like a charm!

I love the products in the 2012 Occasions Mini Catalogue

How about taking a class using this new die?
I am available Fridays and Saturdays all day and evenings and on Sunday afternoon.
It would be great to hear from you - let me know which day and times work best for you and your friends?

Have a great week!



Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kiera's Birthday Party

On January 7th a very special and beautiful girl turned 10.
I was asked to help make her party a success.
The girls made two projects, and we had lots of fun. Kudos to Shelley for keeping them all organized and for helping me. It would not have been as easy without her.

The design of the journal belongs to Tamara Bertram. You can see it here
Thanks for the idea Tamara.

The "Magnetic Boxes" - from Stampin'Up! clearance rack - were decorated with flowers and glimmer brads.

Thanks for a fun afternoon Kiera and Shelley!



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Birthday Cupcake Duo

Today was a good day to stay inside, as we experienced freezing rain and snowfall in our region. It was the perfect time to work in my stampin cabin. I finished the last 3 cards and am proud to report that 12 boxes are ready to go on the Card Buffet table.
I decided to add an additional date to my calendar: Monday, 16 January, starting at 9.30am - Early Bird Session - January Card Buffet. I already have several bookings, time is flexible to accommodate all my customers as best as I can.

Card #12 - Birthday Cupcake Duo, pick your colour - blue or red.

Please leave me a comment, I'd love to get some feedback.

Good night everyone, be save and sleep well.



January Card Buffet - Card #3

The clock is ticking and it is time to register for this next Card Buffet.
I am excited and working hard at my designs. There are so many ideas out there and I have to limit myself to 12 cards. There will be a vast variety of design, colors and styles. Most of the cards can be used for any occasion, which I feel is very important ...

This morning I am sharing Card #3 with you. This design has been copied many times, I saw many versions of it posted by fellow demonstrators. The technique used is called "Magnifying Glass technique" and I can't wait to show you how easy it is to make this card.

And here is a close up of the "magnified image" ...

Trust me, you can do it. Come on over and let me prove it to you.

I am looking forward to your call or e-mail.
Thanks for looking and have a very nice day.

Hugs to all,


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Q & A - January 2012

Q: I have a friend who would like to start stamping with me and I’d like to give her a gift to get her started. What are the best things for a beginner stamper to have?

A: Sharing the fun of stamping with a friend is one of the things that Stampin’ Up! is all about. There is nothing like the joy of seeing the sense of accomplishment and joy that a new stamper feels when she first discovers the art of stamping. What a great thing for you to experience with your friend! Some of the basic supplies a new stamper needs are stamps, ink, card stock, and tools.


As much as we may want it all, we have to start somewhere! For new stampers, I suggest a versatile set, like the Easy Events (#116958 wood-mount, #123225 clear-mount) stamp set. It includes images and greetings for a variety of occasions. Plus, the Easy Events stamp set is ideal for your friend to test out simple techniques like
colouring, or stepped-up techniques like watercoloring.
Easy Events Stamp Set Project


New stampers don’t need the full spectrum of colours in order to get started. A couple of ink pads in versatile
colours or favourite colours are a great place to start. One of the ink pads I recommend most is Jet Black StazOn (#101406). The quick-drying, permanent black ink is versatile for many images and perfect for a variety of techniques that new stampers will want to try. Another great ink pad to consider is the VersaMark pad (#102283). Since VersaMark is a clear ink, it creates a slightly darker watermark-type effect when stamped on most any
colour of card stock. A Colour Collection of Stampin’ Spots is another budget-friendly option for beginning stampers who like a lot of colour options. Each Stampin' Spot Colour Collection includes anywhere from 8 to 11 ink pads that are 1” square in size.

Card Stock

Not all paper is created equal! Most of us have learned by trial and error that there is a difference. Help your new stamping friend avoid the frustration and expense of poor-quality card stock. She’ll appreciate the crisp images she can achieve with our ultra-smooth Whisper White (#100730) or Very Vanilla (#101650) card stock. Pair the Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock with an assorted pack of card stock from one of the Colour Collections and the Neutrals Collection, and your friend will have the basis for many beautiful creations!


It seems obvious, but it is important not to forget the basics like a Paper Cutter (#104152) and a SNAIL adhesive (#104332) along with a couple of refills (#104331). Once you have those basics, consider fun and functional tools like our great punches. A couple of circles that can be layered together are a great place to start because circles are a very pleasing and versatile shape that you can't cut by hand without making yourself crazy! (You know what I mean if you’ve tried it!)

Got to have it all?!

Do you know the best-kept secret deal in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue? It’s the Starter Kit. Yep - with stamps, ink, card stock, and basic tools, the Starter Kit is valued at $425, but only costs $215, making it a steal-of-a-deal and an ideal way for new stampers to get all the basics in one affordable bundle. Plus, when new stampers join Stampin’ Up!, they’ll have a whole host of great online resources, including an amazing online community of demonstrators for training, ideas, and support. Talk about having it all! Contact me today to find out more about the Starter Kit, including the limited-time extras and discounts available only to new team members who join during Sale-A-Bration!

Starter Kit

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Monday, January 9, 2012

CAS = Clean and Simple

Today I watched a video showing how to make a card, I liked it and I copied the design. I do not know the name of the original "owner" of the card, but she is a fellow Stampin'Up demonstrator. I will give credit as soon as I find her name.

I called my card "5th Avenue Rose" after the stamp set used - Fifth Avenue Floral.
The "Rose" will be Card #5 of my January Card Buffet.

I am looking forward show you how to make this card.

Have a closer look - it does have some glimmer and glitter.

January Card Buffet will be held o:
Friday, 27 January and Saturday, 28 January.
Check "My Calendar of Events" for more details.

Have a nice evening,


Sunday, January 8, 2012

January Card Buffet coming soon ...

I have been busy getting ready for my next Card Buffet. The December sessions were a big hit. 140 cards were made and we sure had a lot of fun.
There will be a few improvements for the next events. For the next Card Buffet I will be pre-cutting all of the pieces required for the cards to enable us to stay within the time frame of 3 hours. You will still have to stamp and add embellishments to your cards.
I am so much looking forward to see you all again, and I challenge each of my December Card Buffet participants to bring along a friend and receive a gift from me.

12 different cards will be waiting for you, have a look at Card #1.
You can choose ... for a boy or a girl.

Dates & Times:
Session 1: 27 Jan 2012, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Session 2: 27 Jan 2012, 6pm to 9pm
Session 3: 28 Jan 2012, 2pm to 5pm

Don't wait much longer, pick up the phone and call me to register or send me an e-mail at alwardc@kingston.net