Sparkly Snowflake Card and a Free Card-making Afternoon

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Hello hello hello!

It’s almost December, so I’m nearly done all my Christmas cards for the season.. Then comes actually writing in them, and sending them out!  This card here is one of my very favourites, and it’s oh-so simple to make!

It’ll be featured in my upcoming FREE Christmas Card Making afternoon, so hopefully you can stop by and make a few.

Free Christmas Cards Afternoon
Come make some Christmas cards, enjoy some tasty treats, and have fun with friends!  You’ll surely leave with a festive spirit, and some pretty cards to give to your loved ones!
Sunday, December 1st: 1pm
Contact me to sign up so I can ensure there are enough supplies for everyone!  Let’s have some fun!!!

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Back to the snowflake card.. isn’t it gorgeous?!  I love love love this die, and check out the jumbo jewel in the centre.. and the glimmer paper. oh my!  Everything pairs so well with the Pool Party ink, although Coastal Cabanna would be beautiful too.

Materials
Whisper White Cardstock, and Silver Glimmer Paper
Be Very Merry stamp and Pool Party Ink
Big Shot and Snow Flurry Die (disc)
Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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Oval Punch Bow Card and Free Christmas Cards Workshop

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Hello hello!

Things have been pretty slow on this here blog, haven’t they?  I haven’t had a whole lot of time to be very creative.  I’ve still been teaching lots of classes, but don’t have the chance to come up with my own designs very often. 

We’ve bought a house and get possession in just over a week!  Then renos happen, and we move in right before Christmas!  It’s chaos!

On top of that, I’m right into the health and fitness coaching. It’s so nice to be able to support others on their journeys. I really believe that we can all take control of our health, it’s just not always easy.

I’m placing what will likely be my LAST order before Christmas this week, so let me know if you have anything you’d like me to tack on there!

Back to the stamping!  Here’s a card I did recently in one of my classes.  I love using the oval punches to make little bows like this.  You could do something similar for a birthday card too.

Free Christmas Class:
I’m hosting a free Christmas Card afternoon at my house on Sunday, December 1st at 1pm.  Come, make some cards, enjoy some holiday treats and tea.  This is a fun and relaxing way to make a few Christmas cards!
Please contact me to sign up so I can make sure to have enough space and supplies for everyone.

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Materials:
Whisper White and Island Indigo Cardstock.  Winter Frost Specialty DSP
Basic Black Ink
Greetings of the Season Stamp Set
Large Oval Punch

Shauna

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Making a Great Scrapbook Paper Rack

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve struggled with different methods of storing my 12×12 sheets of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (it’s scrapbook paper, which I use all the time in card making).  I had it standing upright in a paper storage holder, a bit like a magazine holder.  No good. I couldn’t see what I had!

Next, I spread some of the sets out over a few shelves that I managed to free up of other things.  This took up a LOT of space, and didn’t really let me see many of the papers either.  Then I found this awesome tutorial while browsing through craft room ideas on Pinterest.

It’s not free to make, so why didn’t I just go buy a similar rack?  They just aren’t for sale! At least, not around here.  I found a few on EBay for $100+, which I wasn’t about to pay.  Plus, I LOVE this one. It’s perfect.  The 1” spacing is great, although you can always leave 2” if you prefer. 

The cube shelving units are about $35 here in Canada (Canadian Tire, Walmart, Target), and Zap Straps are another $5-$8.  My rack uses two shelving units, but I was donated one of them for free, so I think I invested about $43 into this.  I’d imagine you could do it for less if you found some shelving units at thrift shops.

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I started by putting together a cube using zap straps, and then adding the shelves in.  Finish one level and create another.  Snip off all the sticking out ends and it looks pretty good. Zap ties are strong, so they’re perfect for this project.

Here’s my completed paper storage rack, with 18 shelves.  Love it!  There’s something so rewarding about making something useful for yourself!

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Shauna
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Happy Birthday Frame Card

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Hello!

I started a new fitness program yesterday, in the form of a challenge.  I’ve learned that this is how I have to do things because I don’t love to work out.  It’s a chore to make myself do it, no matter how good I always feel afterwards.  I have crazy motivation once I’ve committed to a program, so I know I can always stick to the schedule.  It’s when I don’t have a schedule that things go haywire (ummm, the last 3 weeks of not doing much physical activity).

The program I’m doing seems to be good for anyone because you do it to your own level.. Meaning it’s always challenging.. It’s 25 minutes long, 6 workouts per week.  The idea is to double up on Fridays, but I’m not sure how that’ll go for me.  I figured I could fit in 25 minutes no matter how busy life gets.  Go go gadget willpower!

In the card world, I’ve been holding out on you!  This card.. well, I made it months and months ago, and thought I’d already shared it, but the blog says otherwise.  Oops!  Isn’t it stinkin’ cute? I love creating frames with those framelits dies!  And of course, the Fabulous Florets again :)  And and, coordinations cardstock, and that awesome honeycomb die.  It’s Shauna heaven.

 

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Yeah, I could easily stare at it all day.  It’s one of those cards that I have to only give to the extra special people in my life ;-)  Either that or I’d better make 50 of them.

Materials:
Pool Party, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White Cardstock.  Calypso Coral DSP.
Calypso Coral and Basic Black Inks.
Fabulous Florets Stamp Set.
Big Shot and Honeycomb Embossing Folder, and Deco Labels Framelits Dies.

Shauna

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Shimmer and Inks Fabulous Florets Card

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I learned this technique a while back from another demonstrator at a local get-together we had.  I love those because I always learn so much!  I’ve sponged on some ink and then spritzed the oval with the Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer. It’s such a pretty effect.  The splotchy dot parts are from a stamp I got in one of my Paper Pumpkin kits.

Once again I’ve used the Fabulous Florets set, and am just smitten with the effect. Clean, simple, elegant. And I love love love this colour: Bermuda Bay – brought back from retirement.  I might have to paint my walls this colour.

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Materials:
Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, and Whisper White Cardstock
Bermuda Bay and Basic Black Inks.
Fabulous Florets and Paper Pumpkin Stamp sets.
Smooch Spritz

Shauna

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Happy Birthday Convention Swap

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The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and travelling for me, with not a whole lot of time to take it all in and mull over everything.  It started with my trip away from the family to attend the 25-year Stampin’ Up! convention.  I met lots of people, saw a lot of stampers who are far more obsessed than I am, and had some fun getting inspired by all kinds of neat projects.

There were parties, there was the chance to play with new products, and there was nail polish in Stampin’ Up! colours.  Yep, nail polish heaven for me!

I shared a hotel room with 3 other demonstrator friends, which meant I had some built-in company.  The experience wouldn’t have been as good if I’d gone all on my own.  I will admit that I dropped the ball a bit on my workouts, but I did make it to the gym for a quick half-hour workout!

This card was my swap card.  I made 10 of them to trade for others’ creations.  Great fun!  See that pretty Strawberry Slush (the pink colour) flower and ruffled ribbon? Yep, I got to put on nail polish in that colour.

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Materials:
Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Baked Brown Sugar Cardstocks.
Whisper White and Bermuda Bay Stamp Pads.
Label Love and Betsy’s Blossoms Stamp Sets.
Big Shot and Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, and Floral Frames Framelits.
Artisan Label Punch.
Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Trim, Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Inspired By: Kimberly Van Diepen – Stampin’ By The Sea

Shauna
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CASED For You Any-Occasion Card

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Friends! New colours! They’ve been here for a month now, and I’m only just getting to play with them.  FINALLY, right?  This one is with Coastal Cabana, which I adore.

This card is a very CASED one that I got from Bada-Bing! Paper Crafting!  I swapped out the yellow for some beautiful Strawberry Slush, and the Pear Pizzaz for Basic Gray. I’m in love with this colour combo. Hearts all around.  And isn’t that white doily stuff cool? It’s a tape! You just snip it to the length you want, and stick it on. Easy peasy.

Oh, about my little life.. An update on the broken wrist! It’s feeling pretty darn good, although I have very little rotation ability.  I’m working hard at it, and it seems to be very slowly improving, so that’s a good sign.  I’ve been back playing ultimate for a month or two.  I started out trying to play left-handed, but quickly forgot about that and have been able to play with the right size.  And since I’ve started my workout program, I’ve had so much more energy and have been able to run FAST! (at least fast for me).  I’d always felt like the slow girl, so this is a big step up! It’s really given me confidence again.

Back to the card… Pretty colours? Yes.. Maybe I should bedeck my house in the colours… get some paint colour-matched. What do you think? Add some of that doily trim here and there.. no? Too much? Darn!

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Notice the really subtle flowers on the bottom left? I stamped those in Versamark. Love that effect!

Materials:
Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray, and Whisper White Cardstocks
Versamark, Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush Inks.
Label Love Stamp Set.
Delicate Details Lace Tape, Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, and Whisper White Baker’s Twine.
Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
3/4” Circle Punch, and Artisan Label Punch.

Shauna

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Happy Day Flowers Card

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Hello hello hello!  I’m still alive, for real!  I’ve been putting a lot of work into becoming a Coach with Beachbody, and working on my own health and fitness.  I’m really excited to be able to help others on their journeys. It’s so very rewarding!  Shameless self-plug: If you want to check out our blog, or facebook page, please do! Give us a like :)  We share stories, tips, recipes, and motivation!

I’ve gotten into a groove and have been able to fit in my workouts, healthy eating, AND now more crafting again.  Thank goodness!  It’s so nice to be back in stamping mode, creating and teaching classes again.

Here’s a card we recently made.  I got the design from a friend who is a fellow demonstrator on Vancouver Island.  I’ve just made a few changes, and I think it came out very well!  This Fabulous Florets set has been my go-to stamp set since the day it came out. I still adore it; every card turns out beautiful!

And have you seen this awesome coordinations cardstock?  It’s white on the inside, so you can zip it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder, then use a sanding block to get that 2-tone look. So pretty, right?  I’ve used a few things that you can’t get anymore.. oops! The sentiment stamp is from Sale-a-bration freebies, and the Lucky Limeade cardstock has been retired, but Gumball Green is a perfect substitution.

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Summer! That’s what this says to me. Happy happy summer! There are sunny days to come, time spent on the lawn, in the pool, with friends on sunny patios.. Sipping cocktails.. Oh yes!

Materials:
Pool Party Core’dinations Cardstock, Naturals Ivory Cardstock, Epic Day This and That DSP
Basic Black Ink
Fabulous Florets Stamp Set
Big Shot and Little Leaves Sizzlits, and Honeycomb Embossing Folder.

Shauna

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Precious Mothers Day Card

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Mother’s Day happened at our house, which seems like a pretty epic thing to me.  Nathan let me sleep in (until I decided it was time to get up at 7:30am).  He got up when Lila did, and did all the morning things. Yay! Next, we went out for a super yummy brunch at Moxies with the in-laws.  I split a stuffed French toast and a bacon cheddar omelette with my mother-in-law. Great choices!  Bonus: us moms were given a beautiful gerbera flower to take home. Sweet little details, right?

Nathan and Lila made me this precious card.  This is pretty epic, considering how much Nathan is NOT into crafting, nor is he into doing things like this with Lila.  Isn’t it cute?  He said he searched Pinterest for ideas (and again, he’s totally not inter pinterest like I am).

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The rest of my day was spent baby wrangling and cleaning up our crazy house. Never-ending battle there, let me tell you!

Shauna
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Pocketful of Stars Birthday Pop-up Card

Things are feeling a bit crispy here, after a couple of 25-28*C days. We even opened up the swimming pool!  We’re trying to make the most of it this summer, since we most likely won’t still be living here next year. We also went to 2 different BBQs.  You definitely have to celebrate the sunny days around here!

Lila has started to say “night night” and “bye bye,” both of which I find suuuuper adorable, especially with the little hand wave that accompanies them. Segue to this card (see what I did there? Awesome segue!).. A fun pop-up card with bright cheerful stars.  This one works for guys too, based on the colours and lack of butterflies or flowers.

For the spiral: punch out a 1 3/4” circle and cut it into a spiral. Stick down the middle and end to the inside of your card.

Materials:
Island Indigo, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, and Summer Starfruit Cardstocks.
Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, and Summer Starfruit Inks.
Merry Minis Stamp Set.
1 3/4” circle punch, Merry Minis star punch, and Petite Curly Label Punch.
Big Shot and Chevron Folder.

Shauna
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Thanks Collage Card

I’ve got my cast off and am ready for new things! It was rough at first, but after a few days I’m getting more confident with using my right hand. I’ve got lots of wrist exercises to do every day, which is super tedious. I never like that kind of thing, but I need to get back some range of motion.

I haven’t really been able to stay active with the cast on, but I have been doing a squat challenge – more squats every day for 30 days.  It’s going well! I’ve got 160 squats to do today, and feel up to the challenge, even though it’s tough. I also did my first real workout in 6 weeks – a short walk/run combo. It’s time for some good momentum to start.

Here’s a fun collage card I put together.  I just love this set and how easy it is to make a fun card with it. And isn’t that lace tape beautiful? So easy to use!

Materials:
Basic Gray, S0 Saffron, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White cardstocks.
Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, and VersaMark Inks.
Oh, Hello! stamp set.
Big Shot and Apothecary Accents die.
Delicate Details Lace Tape.

Shauna
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Get Well Pop-Up Tissue Card

It’s been an eventful few days.  Nathan and I got to sneak away by ourselves to Vancouver overnight, where we watched a Canucks’ game and got to go out for breakfast.  Miss Bean stayed with her aunt and grandparents, and surely had tons of fun.

I’m getting my cast off tomorrow.  My fingers and everything else are crossed in hopes that I don’t need a new cast.  I’m done with all this restricted movement and arm use.  It’d be nice to shower without a bag over my arm! It’d also be nice to be able to make some new cards.  Thankfully I still have a few to share!

This card idea I got from a friend who shared the pop-up tissue box design at a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator meeting we had.  Clever, right?

Materials:
Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Lucky Limeade cardstocks. Calypso Coral DSP.
Basic Black ink. Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.
1 3/8” circle punch, 1 3/4” Scallop Circle punch, mini Punch Pack.
Big Shot and Labels Collection Framelits die.

Shauna
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When you can’t write, type. Or stamp.

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As I’ve mentioned, writing is currently next to impossible for me, unless I’m ok with a snail’s pace scrawl that ends up resembling a child’s messy handiwork. Usually that’s not good enough! Thankfully computers and cell phones have made electronic communication super easy, and I’ve even found uses where stamping comes in and saves the day.

I’m able to – slowly – send off texts, tweets, and facebook posts left-handed on both my phone and laptop. Unfortunately, my thoughts don’t stick with me very well when the typing speed is so much slower. I seem to lose track of my thoughts, or the wording I was hoping to use, but at least the job gets done.

I’ve come across a few things where typing wasn’t going to be an option, but I still wanted the product to look clean and professional, not like it came from my aforementioned inner grade-schooler. One such case was labelling my stamp orders for customers. I couldn’t scrawl their names all ugly-like! Enter alphabet stamps and some crisp black ink.

I punched out a curly label shape from some DSP and stamped on my customers’ initials. Voilà – a simple and elegant way to show whose order is whose.

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Shauna
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Chalkboard Leaf

Hello, hello!

I’m still broken, and feeling el-blah.  A sore neck thrown into the mix never helps… But! The wrist doesn’t hurt much anymore! I actually made dinner yesterday, wielding my knife like a machete. Those yams didn’t stand a chance! We now have a fridge full of sweet potato and lentil chicken curry.

Here’s a card I had saved to share with you.  It’s super easy to make, and uses a lot of retired/past items, including that stamp set and the DSP.  I’ve used a fun chalkboard technique.  This one was stamped in white craft ink, then embossed in clear.  You could definitely skip the embossing step; it’s unnecessary, but provides a bit of shine.

Rub on some white chalk, or sponge on some more whit ink, and you’re done!

Shauna
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Oh, Hello Pop-Up Card and Some Great News

Hello, you! As promised, I have a card to share. This fun pop-up card is from a recent class. I’ve used stamps from Sale-a-bration, so hopefully you got your free set and can recreate this card. It’s all about the layering, and the sophisticated colours. Very London-esque.

The class was all about pop-up cards, so I chose to use a very simple technique here, where a little piece of the inner layer of the card is snipped and folded outwards.

Materials
Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, and Whisper White Cardstock.
Cherry Cobbler and Basic Gray Inks.
Oh, Hello and Feeling Sentimental Stamp Sets.
Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots Folder.

The News:

Stampin Up! just made 2 big announcements!

#1: This Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, shipping is FREE on any order of anything! Online orders are included! Shop online through my site.

#2: There’s a ‘colour refresh’ happening, with some colours being discontinued (and replaced by some favourites). Now’s a great time to stock up on the ones you’ll miss. Do it this weekend to get free shipping!
Colours we’re saying goodbye to:
Regal Rose
Pretty in Pink
Bashful Blue
Certainly Celery
Baja Breeze
River Rock
Riding Hood Red
Not Quite Navy
More Mustard
Bravo Burgundy
Lucky Limeade

I’m going to be super sad to see some of these go, especially Lucky Limeade, but the new colours are great, as always!

Here’s a look at the Colour Refresh:

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Get a head start on some fun new products that will debut in the 2013/2014 catalogue: the This and That product suite. Capture all the fun moments in your busy life on-the-go with the fun smashbook, washi tape, designer series papers, and a new rotary stamp. Or get the whole bundle and save 15%.

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Shauna
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