Tuesday 29 October 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow: Pop N' Place

We have a little special treat for you this week!!! We have a new product out at Stampin' Up! called Pop n' Place Holiday Gift Tags. That makes it easy for someone who doesn't have enough punches or a Big Shot die cutting machine.  It also gets bundled with a super fun stamp set.. but you'll have to check out the other Artisans work for this!

Here's a Christmas Banner?!?

Whattttt... Christmas?


Psst.... Don't you just love the Blog Hop buttons and badges?  Love Jane Lee for hooking us up with those babies. A-DORBS!
Check out Cindy - she's up next! 
(click next below)

And make sure you drop by Catherine and Cathy Create for your chance to win a prize! Link up your project to one of our three challenges by October 31st!

Oh, and I am only taking orders for 3 more weeks for these unique Christmas Cards and Tags demonstrator samples... or even someone who doesn't have time to make their own cards.
Check it out here!!

Wednesday 23 October 2013

A Special Edition: The Daily Debit

I am a Blogger.
And I have been "found".
Lately I've been feeling a little like....*turtle.turtle.*

(Yes, this is an inside joke...)

BUT if you are an accountant you might appreciate it.
.. if you are NOT... scroll down, there's a little project for you too. :)

So, to my special visitors...introducing...
In today's news, 175 markers walked out on the job in an undisclosed location.  Screaming and shouting for higher wages and better working conditions.  They've been under extreme work conditions and many of the employees are complaining of work related injuries. The list is ongoing but includes squinty-eye syndrome, numb-bum and sing-song tourettes apparently caused by watered down coffee. One marker was seen shaking uncontrollably when the burnt cookies showed up an hour and a half late.  The early mornings and late nights are taking a toll on the markers as they've resorted to eating Halloween-sized chocolate and chips (now known as hashbrowns) in the wee hours of the morning to stay nourished. Most of the markers can be seen walking the picket lines with "claw" hands and screaming out "No More Arbs, Until We Get Carbs!" They are forced to answer Questions of the Day and shackled to their desk to meet production quotas. It's a grizzly situation and only time can tell if we can get these employees back in the building. 

*End Inside Joke*

Another project... :)
Accountants are pretty awesome... don't ya think?
We all need a real job, right? Right?


Tuesday 22 October 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow: Tablescape Wreath

Who wouldn't want to use this woodgrain background for anything and everything! Think canvases. Think scrapbook pages. Think your cork boards and your kitchen drawer liners.
Yeah. I love it that much.
(Want it? See the Thankful Tablescapes Simply Created Kit)

Since it came in a roll.  I started rolling.
This wreath is super easy.
And with the Gift Bow Bigz L Die, it made it way too easy to embellish it.

Did I mention it was easy?  Those leaves come pre-cut in the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit!
Lately, I love crinkling my seam binding ribbon.  All you do is mist your ribbon and hold it in your hand just for a little while.  Let it dry. (It doesn't take long.) Ta-Da!

It's Cindy's turn!! Oh, I am loving this week's projects! I love this team!

Monday 21 October 2013

Back to My Love

Can you tell I am travelling and away in Montreal?

I'll be back soon with lots of new products and projects.

Side note.
I (heart) coffee.
I'd never make it without it these days.

I am leaving you with a special project today.... I hope you love it as much as I do.

Using very few products including the Build-a-Banner stencils, I captured the spirit of my lovely Jane.
Yeah... enough said really.

Photo Credits: Sandra-Lee Photography.

I love her.

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow: Index Cards

We got the envelope punch board in our box this month.  
And yeah, it makes pretty amazing envelopes... 
And people have been doing some pretty amazing file folders...
And yes, my life is a bit more unorganized than the "averageeeee... bear.."
"eh, Boo Boo?"
(oh my, I need to stop doing post so late at night...)

And so, I decide to make index cards so that I can organize one little part of my life.

And every index card needs some friends and a box.
So, why not re-use the box that Stampin' Up! uses to ship their stamp collections in?
"Hey..... is that a pic-a-nic basket..?"
"Eh, Boo Boo?"

I couldn't resist.  If you don't know what I am saying chaulk it up to a Crazy Canuck! But make sure you check out what Cindy is up to!

Monday 14 October 2013

CCC#012: Monograms Tags Challenge


This monogram tag is from the Simply Created Christmas Accessory Kit.  I am loving rosettes lately, as well as silver and gold. 
 But I couldn't stop there - Use the Build-a-Banner Kit for these days. Now the photo doesn't quite do it justice as there is silver and gold embossing on these tags.  Super cute.

Join the Challenge! (There's BLOG CANDY!)

You have until October 31st!
Catherine & Cathy also have two other challenges due on Oct 31st:
 October monthly challenge (any project goes): Black & Orange
October card challenge: In Threes

Sunday 13 October 2013

Scrapbook & Cards Today

I am so lucky to have been asked to create some projects using Stampin' Up!'s Build-a-Banner and Christmas Accessory Kit... and today they were featured on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog....
Check it out!! (And try to win a prize!)

Here's a sneak...


I'll show you details in the next week or so! :)

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow: Thankful

In honor of the Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday, I thought I would use the
Tablescapes Kit to create a gift card holder.
To create it, I just cut off the top and used sticky strip to create pockets. Place the gift card in the pocket on the left hand side and write your thank you note on the lines inside.
Yeah.  I love the kits.

Well, there's lots more of this hop left and I can't wait to see what everyone has in store.  Check out Cindy next!

Monday 7 October 2013

Join now + promos!

Wow, Stampin' Up! is throwing out a lot of online exclusive savings. All in honor of their 25 years celebration.

Stay tuned for every Thursday in October, they are throwing a new daily deal!

Make sure you are staying on top of the promotions so peeking in my "Stampin' Up! Promotions" tab - don't miss out!
Now from October 7th, 2013 to 20th, you can join the Stampin' Up! family for only $25 for a special kit.
  • During this offer, only the special $25 starter kit will be available; the regular $125  starter kit will not be available. The $25 Starter Kit includes
    • $26.95 worth of Stampin' Up! product (it must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95 before tax)
    • Business pack which includes
      • A box of annual catalogues
      • A package of the current seasonal catalogue
      • Getting Started DVD
      • Order Forms
      • Customer postcards

Not only that but for a limited time, I will give you $50 worth of product of your choice when you join!

Contact me for details right away or click on the "Join My Team" tab for more details!


Project Life: Any Mummers Allowed in?


mum·mer  (mmr)
1. A masked or costumed merrymaker, especially at a festival.
a. One who acts or plays in a pantomime.
b. An actor.

This week's Stuck on You Sketches Project Life challenge is: USE A CALENDAR!

Definitely play along - I had fun with my Christmas pictures from last year's "Mummering" tradition at the Rooms.  Something I most definitely am looking forward to this year!

The picture of the mummer is a cut out of the "coloring" page that they distributed to the kids. My daughter didn't color hers but I kept it. So, I cut it out and used it here! This was cut out and put on top of the page protectors.
(click to enlarge!)

Have a great day!!

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Artisan Wednesday Wow: Burlap covered canvas

Wow.  Its been a BIG day here in the Caines' household.

Mr. Man had his first haircut.  He also discovered that "pointing" is Uber-Fun. And for the first time he was tugging on my leg and standing.  Ahhh, I love that.  He's so proud of standing and moving now.

So, its a day of firsts.

And doesn't that make us all so thankful?

I thought I'd document that.
(click to see it bigger)
Can't see the details... 
("you gotta see the details kiddos")
The rosettes are made from the burlap ribbon and the cotton trim!! If you don't know how to make these rosettes, see my post here. And honestly, who can get enough of that gold foil and expressions thinlits.  I felt like I robbed my daughter's kiddy bank when I took the mini clothespin out of the Tag a Bag Kit... :)
How'd I do that? Well, I thought I'd do a canvas of some sort at first but I was inspired by the stamp sets sitting in front of me.  And the burlap that continues to be strewn around my house.  All I did was layer the burlap over the canvas and staple in the back.  Super easy.

You might be wondering where that gold doily came from.  Well, I broke out my gold ink pad and soaked it up.  Usually I would use gold embossing powder on top of it but for these purposes I didn't think it needed it.
I used the Tablescapes Kit for the pieces in behind the photo.  Seriously.  The paper in this kit is super awesome. I literally scrunched it up in my fist to distress them. F.U.N.
Well, there's lots more of this hop left and I can't wait to see what everyone has in store.  Check out Cindy next!
Did you see what's new at Stampin' Up!?

In my opinion, this polymer Halloween set is a must have!!
Bite Me Photopolymer Stamp Set
There's a new Everyday Card Making kit! This kit is $36.95 and makes 20 cards.  Its fabulous for the beginner card maker!
The October "Best of 25" stamp was released today and guess what?!? It's BEST OF CHRISTMAS! Wahoo!
Best Of Christmas Clear-mount Stamp Set
And for even better news... there's MORE hostess benefits in October!
Get $25 more hostess dollars when your workshop hits $350! Let me know if you want to host a party!! Don't forget that you can do this online now!
And if you want to join Stampin' Up! now's the time.  It's only $25 for a period of two weeks (vs the regular $125).  This promo begins on October 7th and runs for two weeks. If you are Canadian and want to be part of my team check out my "Join my Team" tab!

Boo Banner

Wow, its October!!

Yesterday felt like Summer, it's amazing!  But it's definitely October on that calendar. Geez! It also means a new challenge at Catherine and Cathy Create.  This month the challenge is to use black & orange. Easy peezy!!

Make sure you play along - you have until the end of the month!
I've been playing around with banners again - this time making a Boo Banner.  This is really easy so give it a whirl. Each square is 6x6 inches.  The edges are sanded and then edged in black.  I again used the Simply Created stencils
I just love the Simply Create Halloween Accessory Kit.... especially that bat.  I had to put some googly eyes on him!! So fun!
Have a great day!