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This is it!

Friday April 30th is the last day for a few different things:

1.  The last day to order from the Occasions Mini Catalogue. There are some AWESOME items in there that you shouldn’t miss out on! You can click here to view the Canadian Version. Please drop your local demonstrator a line to order the items you love or if you don’t have a demo and live in Canada, please feel free to contact me.

2.  The last day to order for the 2-Step into Spring Promotion! Not only does this promo give you the opportunity to order the Awash with Flowers stamp set before it is available in the 2011 Idea Book and Catalogue but you can order 4 different 2-step stamp sets for 20% off! Click here to read more!

3. The last day to order the Cards A la Carte Country Living kit! With this kit you’ll never be at a loss for an invitation or a note for someone special. Head on over to my website to learn more!

4. The last day to participate in my sketch challenge to win a FREE PASS to the next UStamp with Dawn and Friends!

So to celebrate the end of these events, I’ve decided to post 2 cards that use the products you could be purchasing until the end of today ONLY! First, I’ll start with a card using Awash with Flowers:

This card uses the colours Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Barely Banana and Old Olive. Using a 2-step stamp set makes life SO easy and cards SO quick! I loved Tiffany’s use of the little pins and the Medium Jewelry Tag so I totally cased it for this card!

Next, here is my card based on my sketch challenge:

Yes, I know, both cards are for anniversaries. I’ve had a few in my family of late.

This card uses the Sweet Pea Designer Series paper and the stamp set I (heart) Hearts. I cut the heart out with my Sizzix Big Shot and the Hearts & Brackets die and then used the Perfect Polka dots embossing folder to make the dots. I also ran my Whisper White craft pad over it to make the dots stand out a little. The Old Olive heart is cut out by hand and I added a wee button from the Button Latte.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Soft Suede and I used the Whisper White jumbo brads and a bit of Pretty In Pink taffeta ribbon to finish dressing it up!

If you made it down this far, THANKS FOR STICKING WITH ME! This has been quite the post! I will be placing my last order for Occasions Mini along with the ending promotional items by 10pm on Friday, April 30th. Please drop me a line or if you’d rather, please go directly to my website and place an order that’ll be shipped directly to your door!

Have a wonderful day!

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Ridiculously Fun Rub-Ons

I love to search out different challenge blogs and I was thrilled when I stumbled upon Jen’s blog and her great “Sketch for You To Try”. I was super inspired by her latest sketch and thought I’d grab a product that will be leaving us soon with the exit of the Occasions Mini Catalogue – Chat Room Rub Ons. I always purchase rub ons and just hate to use them so I decided I was going to use them a lot on this project!

The base of this card is Sage Shadow and I’ve layered it with some Basic Gray cardstock and then Whisper White. I’ve totally taken the colours from the Nouveau Chic designer paper – I just love that paper!

For the central panel, I layered Basic Gray and then Apricot Appeal. I then ran a strip of the Nouveau Chic designer paper down the centre, folded the top down and then added two Vintage Brads.

Under that fold I added my rub on panel. I used the Chat Room rub ons in Whisper White and added them to a sheet of Basic Gray cardstock. It was at this point I realized that I needed a horizontal panel as well. Shoot. What was I going to do? I really liked the clean look of this card and didn’t want to mess it up!! So, I added a horizontal panel of Whisper White cardstock which I’d run through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

To finish the whole thing off, I added a bracket from the Hearts & Brackets Sizzix die in Sage Shadow and a few extra embellishments: a button from  Button Latte, an Apricot Appeal button (both buttons are tied with a thin strip of Basic Gray) and a Build-A-Brad. In the brad, I added a star in Sage Shadow from Holiday Blitz punched out with the 1/2″ circle punch.

And there you have it!

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy then now!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal, Basic Gray.

Ink: Sage Shadow

Stamps: Holiday Blitz

Accessories: Nouveau Chic Designer Series paper, Vintage Brads, paper piercer, mat pack, Button Latte, Build-A-Brad, 1/2″ circle punch, Hearts & Brackets Sizzix Die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Chat Room rub ons.



I love making cards that are special to the individual – that really is what keeps me crafting, the personalization that making your own cards affords you!

You may notice a little something strange about this bouquet – the stems of the flowers are tool handles. Yes, that was done on purpose! I was making this card for a couple where the wife loves the garden and the hubby is a handyman.

The starting point for this project was the Stamping 411 sketch this week.

Starting with a Naturals Ivory card base, I layered it with Chocolate Chip cardstock on which I stamped the Woodgrain background in Basic Black ink.

Next, I cut a Top Note out with my Sizzix in Soft Suede and ran it through with the Lattice embossing folder (coming soon in the Summer Mini!). I then cut off part of it and added the small square piece as per the sketch. On it, I used various flowers from the Three for You and Boho Blossoms punches, added a few Vintage brads and sponged all the flowers with Soft Suede ink.

For the stems, I stamped three images from Totally Tool and coloured them in. I then mounted them inbehind the flowers with dimensionals and added a knot of Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon for good measure. I also added some Old Olive leaves cut out with the Little Leaves sizzlet.

For the bottom of the card, I layered a piece of Ruby Red cardstock (sponged with Soft Suede) and a strip of 5/8″ Real Red grosgrain.

I then added a Chat Room rub on and did some paper piercing. I also added a 1/2″ circle of Chocolate Chip cardstock and a jumbo brad.

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t be afraid to mix and match your stamp sets!


Let the Sunshine In….

Can you just hear me singing that song? Well, I am…..

The other day I got a little message from the uber talented Monika Davis letting me know she’d honoured me with an award! How very sweet to be honoured with this award from such a talented lady. Thanks again, Monika! Here is what Monika had to say about me:

Hi Carrie,
I am sending you the Sunshine Award!  I always feel so good when you comment on my projects and I love to visit your blog for your bright ideas!  You are so creative!  Visit my blog for the award details –
Thanks so much for always sharing!

Now, here is what I’ve go to do….These are the rules for this Sunshine Award:

1. Put the Sunshine Award on your blog and/or within your post.
2. Pass the award to 12 other bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.

Now I’ve looked at a lot of people’s blogs who’d I’d send this award to and they’ve received the award already! So, there may be some repeats (and its super hard to just pick 12!). Now if you’ve been nominated by someone else, please don’t feel you need to again post another 12 blogs. Please just take this as a big THANK YOU from me for being so creative and so gracious about sharing your talent.

1.  Robin Merriman

2. Tiffany Bauer

3.Patti Chesky

4. Krystal

5. Linda Callahan

6. Kay Kalthoff

7. Lee Conrey

8. Kerin Sylvester

9. Lisa Brown

10. Gretchen Barron

11. Cindy Major

12. Erica Cerwin


A Free Pass GiveAway – but with a challenge!

Yes, it is time for me to announce that I’ll be participating yet again as a Guest Designer for UStamp with Dawn and Friends. This round is called “Hey Big Shot Worldwide…thats how we roll”. Can you figure out what the theme is for this round?

Well I have a pass to give away to one lucky blog reader – and it could be YOU! So here is your challenge:

Make a card using the following sketch and link it here by April 30th at 10pm PST.

UStamp is a great way to learn fun and new ideas and communicate with other crafters. Whether you win or not, I certainly suggest heading on over to check out the details and to sign up! When you do that, you’ll be able to proudly display the following blinkie on your blog or website:

So, get crafting and link your card below!


It’s BBQ Season!

We all have favourite cards. I have had this specific card by Connie Babbert in my SCS gallery for longer than I can remember. I’ve been wanting to CASE it but don’t like to do that too often. However, we were invited to a friend’s BBQ a while back and I thought I’d knock one of these off as I was running out the door!

The base for this card is Whisper White and I layered it with Kraft (soon to be Crumb Cake!).

Along the bottom is  a strip of Old Olive cardstock. I punched it with the scallop edge punch once and then ran it through again punching just a bit off each scallop for the grass.

For the BBQ I cut two narrow strips of Basic Gray cardstock. I finished the bottoms off with a 1/2″ and 1/4″ circle. I added a silver brad to the centre of the 1/2″ circle.

I punched out a 1 3/4″ circle in Real Red and cut it in half. I added a silver brad where they overlap so it could open and close and then I used my  white gel pen to make marks around the outside.

For the BBQ “smoke”, I used the Elements of Style stamp set and stamped it in versamark.

Lastly, I wanted to make it easy to adhere this to a bottle of wine so I punched a 1 3/8″ circle through the entire card and then added a bow of Real Red gingham ribbon and a sentiment in Basic Black from the Thank You Kindly stamp set. So, I just signed the card and put it over the top of the wine bottle and VOILA!

Best of the BBQ season to you all!

Products used on this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Kraft, Basic Black, Basic Gray.

Ink: Basic Black, Versamark.

Stamps: Elements of Style (coming soon in the Summer Mini), Thank You Kindly.

Accessories: 1 3/4″ circle punch, 1 3/8″ circle punch, 1/2″ circle punch, 1/4″ circle punch, white gel pen, silver brads, scallop edge punch, Real Red gingham ribbon.


Sparkle and Shine

I’ve been lurking around blogland and it seems that everyone is making wedding cards so I thought I’d better catch that train!

This summer I’ve got a couple of weddings to attend and, really, it is never to early to get started on those cards. For this card, I made it quite large – I folded one 8 1/2 x 11 Very Vanilla sheet of cardstock in half for my base.

I then layered it with Pretty In Pink and another layer of Very Vanilla. On that top layer is where I did all my embellishing.

The Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper will be heading away once the Occasions Mini is gone so I thought I’d better use it – plus I LOVE the sparkle. I ran a strip down the left side of the card and then added a strip of Pretty In Pink taffeta ribbon.

I cut out various shapes of pink flowers (glittery of course) from the designer paper and adhered them over each other.

I used my Boho Blossoms punch and Three for You flower punch for the top two flowers. I then added a few loops of Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon as leaves. Then I needed words but I wanted the card to stay relatively clean.

Forgetting completely that I have Vanilla Styled HodgePodge, I started with silver (wrong!). So I stamped the circular heart image from With all My Heart from the Occasions Mini in Pretty in Pink and over it the word “love” from the retired Wonderful Words (just can’t get rid of that set!) in Mellow Moss. I punched it out with the Designer Label punch and adhered in behind the hodgepodge piece.

Lastly, I thought I needed to inject a little more Mellow Moss, I tore down the upper right corner and inserted a piece of textures Mellow Moss cardstock.

I am really pleased with this card. It has just enough “stuff” while still being “classy”.

Thanks for stopping by!

Items used to make this project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Pretty In Pink.

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss.

Stamps: With all my Heart, Wonderful words (retired).

Accessories: Pretty in Pink and Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon, Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Boho Blossoms Punch, Three for You punch, polka dot embossing folder, Sizzix Big Shot, Corner Rounder Punch, Styled Vanilla Hodge Podge Hardware, Designer Label Punch.


One Card – Two Looks

Today I found the need to make a few thank you cards for some friends of ours so I headed on over to see what the gals at Stamping 411 had in store and they had a great sketch! I ran with it and came up with the card above.

It uses a few colours that I love to put together – Basic Gray, Pink Passion and Crushed Curry. Not typical but when put on a white base, it looks quite crisp.

I used a piece of Presto Patterns Designer paper from the upcoming Summer Mini catalogue and rubbed over it with Crushed Curry Classic Ink. I then added a piece of Pink Passion and backed them both on Basic Gray. To add a little more to the designer paper, I stamped the outline flowers from Awash with Flowers over top in Basic Gray ink. I added a rub on from Chat Room rub ons and tied over the seam with Basic Gray Satin Ribbon. I also added a brad from the Styled Silver Hodge Podge Hardware for a little extra “oomph”.

So I finished this one and decided that I wanted to step it up a notch and make another one so here it is!

The basic concept of this card is the same – meaning the central panel is the same. The only thing I did differently is make a ruffled ribbon and add a little scallop circle from the Birds & Blooms Sizzlet die and a button from Button Latte buttons. I also added a backing layer of Basic Gray and a layer of Whisper White, on which I stamped a few images from  Awash with Flowers in coordinating colours. Here is a close up:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


For our Trainer

We recently did a stint of training for our new dog, Ben. Our trainer, Donna, was just fantastic. She not only made sure we knew some key commands for our puppy but she also made very sure that our kids were very involved in the process. She was a treasure.

So, I thought I’d better send a special card her way and this is what I came up with.

I was inspired by the colour choices on an old Stamping 411 challenge so that is where I started. I knew I had to use the D is for Dog stamp set too so off I started!

The base is Creamy Caramel and is layered with Ruby Red and then a layer of Naturals Ivory. I stamped this layer with the paw and bone images from the stamp set in coordinating colours. However, I did stamp off each of the images first to get a lighter tone.

I then added a horizontal strip of Chocolate Chip layered with Ruby Red. I then tied over a strip of Very Vanilla 5/8″ grosgrain.

For the focal layer, I used Chocolate Chip layered with Ruby Red and then I embossed the P is for Paws wheel on More Mustard cardstock with clear embossing powder.

I then stamped the dog image in Chocolate Chip craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The image is punched out with a 1 3/4″ circle punch and layered on Garden Green cardstock. To finish, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set and layered it on Garden Green cardstock also. I added a couple of coordinating buttons for good measure and off into the mail it went!

Thanks for stopping by today! I know I do a lot of the Stamping 411 challenges – it actually feels like I’m stalking them a wee bit. But I really enjoy those ladies so much and not only their challenges on the blog; but personally. They are all awesome and supportive so I can’t say enough great things about them. Make sure if you haven’t already, head on over and check them out at Stamping 411.



This past weekend I attended a barbeque to welcome a new family into our neighbourhood. Couldn’t go without a card, could I? And, as I have in the past, I ran for my Neighbourhood Jumbo Wheel and Sweet Season – the perfect combination for the perfect card!

I was inspired by two different challenges on this card. The first is the sketch on Stamping 411 (we all know how much I love those gals!) and a new site by some ladies in my local demonstrator group, Stampin’ Royalty (however I’m posting this too late for the actual challenge).

The base is So Saffron and I’ve layered it with Taken with Teal and a piece of Bride Designer Series paper (LOVE THAT!). I just love the crisp nature of the paper.

Next, for the central panel – I used again Taken with Teal and layered the top with a piece of Tempting Turquoise. I wheeled this with the Neighbourhood wheel and edged the sides with Taken with Teal ink. On the bottom I added a piece of So Saffron and stamped “welcome” from Warm Words in Taken with Teal.

For this card I decided to leave a little gap between the two panels and do diagonal ribbons instead.  I used White Taffeta ribbon for this particular project.

Lastly, I made the centre tag piece.

I used a tag from the sizzlet set, Lots of Tags and cut it in Taken with Teal. I then stamped the image from Sweet Season in Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the wide oval punch. I lastly stamped the oval image again twice – once on So Saffron cardstock which was punched out with the small oval and again on some scrap Tempting Turquoise cardstock. I cut that one out and adhered with a dimensional. Oh, then I stamped it one more time and cut the small heart out in Real Red.

This layout was fantastic to work with and had so many possibilities! I love sending a card to someone new in the neighbourhood – why not do that today too?