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Jingle Jingle Little Star

My title makes me chuckle. Not that clever of a title, really, but I chuckle just the same.

It’s been a CRAAAAZY week. My family has hardly seen me. When they have, they find me completely distracted and disengaged from reality. I’ve been working on my preparations for the BC Crop for Kids event which takes place in Abbotsford this weekend.ย  I am sponsoring a class and hosting my own vendor table on Saturday. I haven’t participated in this particular event, making it all new to me. I also don’t do vendor shows often – maybe once per year, so it takes a lot to get organized. The class I’ve chosen to do has a TONNE of prep, but I have been incredibly blessed with friends who gave their time to cut the gazillions of pieces of paper, ribbons, and dies to help me. Not only that, but many of them also donated supplies toward the class in honour of the BC Children’s Hospital foundation, for which the event is raising funds.

So, I want to give a shout out and a HUGE THANK YOU to all of those gals who spend hours at my house cutting and embossing!

Part of my prep involved having a make and take project at my vendor table for 40-50 ladies to enjoy. The As You See It Challenge this week seemed like a good opportunity to hit two birds with one stone. Here’s the challenge sketch:


My make and take card will be very similar to this one, but the patterned paper will vary, of course.


I used Crumb Cake cardstock for my card base, then a Very Vanilla mat under another layer of Crumb Cake cardstock. The next two layers are Cherry Cobbler and a strip of Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.


I used some Gold Foil paper with my Star Framelits and embellished it with a triple swirl of Metallic Gold Thread. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up off the page a bit.

106bannerIn the image above, you can see how the Very Vanilla banner is curled a bit. I did this by sliding the banner between a bone folder and my thumb until the paper curved to my satisfaction. I tacked down the ends of the banner to the paper with Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue.


The stamped images are from the Jingle All the Way stamp set. I used Real Red ink for the sentiment and Crumb Cake ink for the musical notes.

The final step was to add the Gold sequin with my Fine Tipped Glue Pen.

I think that’s the fastest post I’ve ever written! Back to prepping and planning. I have to be ready to go by one o’clock today. EEK!


Just Mail it Already!!


Oh, how I missed you last week. How’ve you been? I was away at the Leadership Conference for Stampin’ Up! down in Orlando, Florida. The time change was harder for me than ever! But I learned so much and have a lot to work on to improve my business and my home life!ย  I was especially touched and inspired by what our keynote speaker had to say about the power and significance of handwritten notes and letters in this world of emails, texts and Social Media updates. His words and the stories that he shared of people reading messages from loved ones who have passed on, sparked a flame in me to change my ways – just a little bit.

I love making cards. Really love it. And I love showing others how to make cards. But do you think I can get myself to send a card? To remember to send one before the birthday or event for which that card is intended? No. I am TERRIBLE at that! I have an ever-growing collection of hand-made cards that have been mailed to NO ONE!!

So, this week, I decided to share the inspiration with my Monthly Stampers group. I gave them each an envelope with a postage stamp and encouraged them to use one of the cards that we finished in our class that day to mail to a loved one. To write the address on the envelope right then and there. To write in the card, and mail it on their way home. I did this for them, yes, but I did this for me. My card will go to my Granny, whom I seldom see, and it seems as though she is a world away. I have written in my card. I have addressed the envelope. It has been mailed. My hope is that lives will be touched by our hand-written notes of love and gratitude. The notes and cards that share a bit of us. Our hand-writing is only ours. These notes are not about the words on the page so much as they are about the hand that wrote them. Hand-written notes have a personal touch, and therefore, a personal and relational connection, that typed messages will never carry.

Oh ya, and here’s the As You See It Challenge Sketch for my design this week:

#073And the card that I made:

073AmyThis card kinda makes me smile. I can’t say that it’s my favourite, but the colours are happy and fun. It’s playful.

I started with the Coastal Cabana card base and added the piece of Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (only available for FREE through the Sale-a-bration promotion). I adhered that piece with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals simply because I have the added bulk of the Baker’s Twine around it, making it lumpy if I were to adhere it flat to the card base. I have a White Paper Doily behind the Basic Black piece of cardstock. That piece is where the real fun began!!

I used one of my free stamps from Leadership, out of the Balloon Bash stamp set, and inked it up with the clear Versamark ink, stamping it on the Basic Black cardstock and heat setting some White embossing powder on it. I stamped it multiple times over the cardstock, being careful to mask off the words under the candles on this particular image. Then I used my Blendability markers (I received 4 new colours from Prize Patrol at Leadership!) over the embossed candles. It makes them so fun and colourful! I love this technique!!

The Basic Black embossed piece was attached to the card with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals. That same stamp, from which I masked off the words, I now masked off the image and used the words with Tuxedo Black Momento ink on the Pink Pirouette banner. The HB image was inked with Melon Mambo ink, stamped on Whisper White cardstock, and hand-cut to apply (yes, with Dimensionals again!) to the 1-3/4″ circle punch of Basic Black cardstock.

The hashtag sentiment was stamped with Tuxedo Black Momento ink by masking off the HB part of that particular image, so I could just capture the word on that piece of the card. This resulted in a Melon Mambo smudge of ink just under the hashtag symbol, but, guess what, you can barely see it!! Why can’t you see it, you ask? I used my White Gel pen to colour over the pink smudge! Phew! Saved!

073pinkblurI hope you’ll try this technique with your Blendability markers. It only works with the alcohol markers as the water-based markers will wipe right off of the glossy finish. Keep in mind that if you spend too long colouring over the heat embossed areas, the alcohol in the markers will start to break down the embossed material, so keep your colouring brief!

Now, go, make a card for this sketch challenge, load it up to the As You See It Challenge blog so we can all ooh and ahh. Then … just mail it already!!! Bless someone with a hand-made, hand-written, personally to them, card. You’ll make their day better ๐Ÿ™‚



Convention Adventures – Part Three

Home again, home again, jiggity jig.

Can you believe it’s been over two weeks since I returned home from the Inspire.Create.Share Stampin’ Up Convention?ย  It’s always nice to be back home with my husband and three children after being away for a week of adventure. Normal, regular, everyday life definitely has its comforts! I have to say, though, I’m more than ready for school to start. Our teachers have been on strike, though, so we might have an extended summer break. You may think that’s a good thing, and it can be, but our kids need more structure. My sanity demands that our summer isn’t extended too long!

The camera on my phone didn’t take great pictures of the events and classes on stage. The sessions were great and we learned a lot. Feeling motivated to push myself just a bit more and see if I have any chance at achieving that Grand Vacation on that Mediterranean Cruise! If I don’t reach that, I’m bound to get somewhere worth while with a little hard work!

Here are a few more photos from my week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Convention braids and photo bombing

Braids and Photobombs

Convention free stuff!

All-attendee Prize Patrol!!

Convention swapping

Swapping cards

Convention unflattering pose

Unflattering poses are the thing to do

Convention unflattering pose again - Copy

What else to do when your waiting, but more unflattering poses

Convention unflattering pose again again

We look frightened, but we’re just entertaining ourselves while we wait for general session to start.

Convention unflattering pose yet again

Oh, the endless source of entertainment!

Convention good at these unflattering poses

Okay, I know, real mature (hehe). We’re getting good at this.

Convention guilty chocolate hoarder

Someone may or may not have dumped a stash of chocolates into her purse from the Recognition room (no names)

Convention I found him!!

I found him!!!

Convention awards night

Awards night! No awards for us, but PARTY ON!!

Convention prize patrol

Prize Patrol means free stuff!!

Convention no prize patrol

But no free stuff for this sad face ๐Ÿ™

Convention no prize patrol either

…. or this sad face ๐Ÿ™

Convention not a single prize patrol

No prize patrol for these sad sad faces either ๐Ÿ™

Convention Yay for all attendee prize patrol

But wait!!! There’s another all-attendee give away!! Yay!!!

Convention friends

The best part about Stampin’ Up! Convention is hanging out with friends. AWW. Love these gals!

Random out-of-context quotes from Convention:

“the thingy agrees with me. did you hear how it got all fired up?”

“it’s not my fart”

“she’s the nicest person and she’s not even Canadian”ย  -said by our American friend

“I can see you being a German pornstar”

“I pretend to be a rich person in my private pool”

“This baby’s gonna be half Canadian!”

“Don’t get the meat sweats”

“I have your peacock in Seattle”

“I think your bum just asked me a question”

“Crotch sniff!!”





Convention Adventures Part Two

We’ve been having a great time in Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up Convention! Yesterday we had some time to do some shopping and get a pedicure before our check in at the Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin Party began. Then we were up late working on a room-mate’s swaps to help her get them done for the next day (she only had 120 swap cards to make this year!)

Convention officially started this morning. Here are some photos of our adventures today.

Convention check in

Picking up our Convention bags and stamp sets

Waiting for General Session 3Waiting for Opening Session

Waiting for General Session to start

Waiting for General Session to start

We thought it was very funny to take a picture at the sign that says don't take a picture, lol!

We thought it was very funny to take a picture at the sign that says don’t take a picture, lol!

Waiting in line to meet Shelli Gardner

Waiting in line to meet Shelli Gardner



What our cover photo would look like if we were rock stars

What our cover photo would look like if we were rock stars

Home Office Tour - where they box 'em and then they ship 'em.

Home Office Tour – where they box ’em and then they ship ’em.

Home Office Tour - The Rock

Home Office Tour – The Rock

Brown Chicken Brown Cow by Michelle Suit

Punch Art card by Michelle Suit

Dinner at the Blue Iguana

Dinner at the Blue Iguana

Trends and Techniques Class

Trends and Techniques Class

Random out-of-context quotes at Convention:

“I heart you. I don’t remember my life without you”

“that’s how big my husband’s is”

“I’ve asked the Lord to give me a black singing voice when I get to heaven”

“apparently I’m never gonna touch it”

“it’s expelling crap out of it”

“When people get together to stamp, wonderful things happen” – Shelli Gardner


Convention Adventures – Part One

I’m in Salt Lake City!! Stampin’ Up! convention starts in a couple days, but we’re already having so much fun! I love traveling with the girls!

We drove to Seattle yesterday and stayed overnight. Then we flew to Salt Lake City today and here we are! It’s so fun to see friends that we made last year, hang out with them and catch up. The best part is the hugs and the laughs!

Here are random photos to show you some of the fun we’re having.

And Convention hasn’t even started yet!!

fallen asleep

sleeping on the drive (as is traditional after a late night finishing swap cards)

escaping the log-sawing

Escaping the snores by sleeping in the only room with a closing door

mirror ceiling

Mirrored ceiling

Seattle Airport

Seattle Airport

the look

giving “the look”

Yay! On our way!

Yay! On our way!

Chillin' on the plane

Chillin’ on the plane

Squatters for dinner

Squatters for dinner

toothpick wink

Toothpick winkin’

Random out-of-context quotes of the day:

“I didn’t know it was going to spring out at me so forcefully”

“I think we should change the letter “p” to “ped” so that it rhymes better with “zed” in the alphabet song”

“two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking and says it’s own name”

“I’d climb him like a tree!”

“You know I’m all types of screwed up”

“bt-dubs” (= by the way)