Monday, February 27, 2012

Did you watch the Oscar's on TV?
In our house it is a big event.  Irv hands out ballots and everyone chooses their favourites to win.
J.J. is writing down my answers for me.
I don't watch all the movies so I use a deck of cards to pick my winners.
The best part of our Oscar party is the snack bar that Irv prepares.  There's enough
here for a whole week of enjoyment.
Irv also gives a prize for the most correct answers.  We all watch the show and Irv
keep score.
The winner this year with 7 correct was Irv.
Laryssa and I both used the card method to make our selections and we got 5 right.
You might also be wondering why I didn't blog this after the Oscar's.
 That would be because I fell asleep during the show.  Oops!
An interesting fact:    I NEVER fall asleep while I'm crafting.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fantastic Finds

Yesterday I got to share my Stampin' Up! hobby with Janice Robinson and all her
scrappy friends.  I brought all my punches, the Big Shot and all the dies, markers
and inks to share with everyone.  It's great to see everyone working on their
projects but the best part is chatting with everyone and sharing tips and tricks.
My best find of the day was this absolutely gorgeous, amazing, ridiculously
clever, scrapcase to go!
This is a picture of Kim Deruytter and 
her spectacular case.
It is an old trunk style suitcase that
Kim's Sister in Law, Carrie Deruytter made
and gave to her for Christmas.  This picture does not do the case justice.  It is
so beautiful and ingenius.  In the lid of the suitcase there is a clothespin on the
far right that holds up the pattern or layout idea that you are working from.
To the left of that is some push pin buttons.  So cute.  Hang whatever notes
you need to from these.   To the left of that are containers that are velcro
attached and hold your brads or buttons.   To the left of that is a mini clipboard.
I totally love mini anything.
Too Cute!!!!  I'm dying.  It's just the perfect thing for taking to crops.
To the left of the mini clipboard is some more clips and things.
In the base of the suitcase it a tension curtain rod holding ribbon spools.
Wow!!!!  How incredible is that????   I can just imagine I could fill an
entire suitcase just with rods of ribbons.  Oh, I so want to fill one of these
cases with all my Stampin' Up! goodies.
There's more.  Along the back wall of the base there are pocket envelopes
that could hold journaling cards or small stamped images.  Or how about
some of your favourite stamped sentiments or sayings?  The possibilites
are endless.
So........



Saturday, February 25, 2012

A treat for Croppers

I have been invited to set up my Stampin' Up! table at a crop tomorrow.
There will be 30 ladies working on their crafts all day without interuptions
from family.  They won't have to cook or clean all day.
Each one of them will receive this lovely treat tube filled with skittles.
The pattern came from this month's Stampin' Success which is a FREE
magazine that is just one of my many  perks for being a demonstrator.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Shoe Box Swap

We started off the evening very focused.  I felt like a kid on Christmas Day.  I was so
excited and couldn't wait to get my first shoe box and make my card.
This was all of our first times participating in a shoe box swap.  The idea, as we
understood it was to design a simple card.  Put all of the ingredients to make the card,
a sample card and instructions in a shoe box.  The box gets passed around and each
person gets 10 minutes to make their card.
So we learned a few things right away.
#1  Ria and Denise think 10 real minutes is really 20 minutes.
#2  Kim and Natasha think the Big Shot fits in a shoe box.
#3  Only Denise's ink pads fall apart in Margaret's hands.
#4  Justine, Diane and Kareen are over achievers and make us look bad.  lol
#5 We need a person just to run the timer.
#6 We need 13 minutes and 2 minutes for clean up.

This picture was captured after the first round.  If you look very closely you will
see that there are two cards incomplete.  Yes, that would be the cards designed
by Ria and myself.  Oops, we thought they could get done in 10 minutes.
As the night progressed, we got a little more unfocused.  In fact I am no longer even
in the room.  This could be why I only completed 2 of the 8 cards.
I just wanted to show that I was hard at work at least once in the evening.
We are each holding up the card that we brought to share with everyone.
Mostly we shared so many laughs and stories.  I had a blast and can't wait to do
it again.  
Natasha shared with us a project she has been working on for an upcoming party.
Check out how gorgeous these are.
So I leave you with this thought.  Why not host a party for me and I will show you
and your guests how to make these flowers.
Thanks so much everyone for making such fabulous cards and for making our evening so special.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Shoe Box Swap

I am participating in my first shoe box swap as a participant. I was a helper for one
and this time I have prepared all the materials and instructions in a box for this
card.  I am looking forward to tonight when 8 of us get together and swap boxes.
The timer will run and we will get 10 minutes per card.  This is a real test for me
since I usually take forever to make cards.  In 70 minutes I will  hopefully have
7 cards finished.  I will show the cards here on my blog tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Another square card

Another square card.  I myself hate cherries but I think they look yummy. 
You will find this stamp set and this fabulous Designer Series Paper in the current mini. 

Colour Challenge

This card was made for a colour challenge that I participated in.
Just another one of the fabulous perks for being a demonstrator on my team  is belonging to exclusive site where they inspire you and show you their creations. 
All the participants in this challenge are making cards using three colours.  Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie. 
Why don't you give these three colours a try.  I would love to see what you come up with. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID

It's Family Day for the Country and a very special day for our family since we
are celebrating David's birthday. 
He is our first born and we are very proud of him.  He has a fabulous sense of
humour, is very hardworking and enjoys music, computers and movies. 
I chose to make his birthday card using just Basic Black and Very Vanilla.
I also used just Black Stazon Ink and Black embossing powder.
Usually you can make a card using just one stamp set but this time I have 4
stamped images on the card and they are from 4 different stamp sets.  lol
Stamp sets:  Happiest Birthday Wishes
                    Extreme Elements
                     Grunge Rock
                     Pretty Postage
Of course I used the classic Top Note Die.  This die is definately the best
bargain I have ever bought since I use it so often. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

10 to 10ish

I hosted an all day crop in my home today.  Upon arrival each guest
 received this pretty box that I made from Madeline Morcelo's design
called "blossoms" gift box.  I filled each box with some
yummy treats. 
I plan to hold one of these crop events each month.  Next month's is on
 Saturday, March 17th from10am to 10ish.   (More like midnight)

If you are wondering what we do at a crop. Well,  lots of eating, chatting, laughing
and creating.  You can bring whatever projects you would like to work on. 
Some bring cards to make, others bring scrapbooking and some bring boxes of
memorabilia to sort.  Each person gets their own 6 foot table to work at and
all meals are provided and you don't have to do any cooking or do any dishes.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Technique Class

Technique Class is this Tuesday.  It's always fun to learn something new
and then incorporate it in your next project. 
Register today.  
Tuesday, February 21    10am - 12pm  OR  7pm - 9pm
Cost  $12  OR   FREE with a $30 order

A Little Story about my Mom
Everyone who knows me knows my Mom.  If you haven't met her then you
are missing out on knowing the most incredible woman ever.
She is so loving, generous and kind.  But most of all, she is a HOOT!!!!
Mom emails me some crazy things and she emails Irv even crazier things.
It always makes me shake my head and smile when Irv says, "you should
see what your Mom sent me today" 
This is  one of the things she sent me that I do think is very cute. 
A smile - is a sign of joy.
A hug - is a sign of love.
A laugh - is a sign of happiness.

And a friend like me??
that's just a sign of good taste!!


We'll be friends until we are old and senile. Then we'll be new friends.
Another thing you should know is that my Mom's word is shi_
I will let you fill in the blank there.  When my kids were growing
up we had a jar and she had to put 10cents in every time she said
that word.  The little story above had that word in it before I
edited it out.  So, Mom that will be 10cents please. 
Love you, miss you and see you in April.

Delightful Day

A little off the diet.  That's for sure.  Irv sure spoiled me yesterday for Valentine's Day. 
He came home from work early and swept me away to Niagara Falls.
We rode the Ferris Wheel and went to the top of the Skylon Tower for dinner.
In my defense, we shared this Chocolate Cheesecake with coconut nougatt
and I mostly just ate the fruit.
In the past I have always thought that it would be too busy to go
out on Valentine's Day but I was so wrong.
The streets were empty in Niagara and it was a lovely time.

WELCOME KATHRYN and DONNA
Today two lovely ladies, Kathryn and Donna, joined the craftDstamper's team.
They just couldn't pass up the opportunity to get
over $400 of product for only $150.
I don't blame them.  I would like to sign up all over again.
Plus they can get a FREE package of Designer Series Paper
or a FREE digital download each month for a whole year.   SWEET!  
Now they can get a discount on all their future orders.  Woohoo!! 
Happy Shopping Ladies.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day

This is the card I made for Irv.  It's late so I will add more details and tell
you all about my sweet Valentine date tomorrow.   Night all and I hope
you all had a great Valentine's Day too.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Weigh In Week 1

Last week I began my diet journey.  We won't say how many times I have begun this event in my life. 
However, I am motivated and this week I am off to a great start. 
The official weigh in was done on the Wii and for those that have the Wii fit plus you know that it is does not give great words of encouragement.  Instead, you get to watch the scale climb and then this little shocked voice says, "Oh my, that's obese."  lol  Then it makes your little character on the screen grow fat.  My goal shall be to shrink that little character and myself in real life. 
I am going to record my weight loss journey in Stampin' Up!'s 5"x5" Art Journal.
Pictured above you will see how I decorated the front of my journal. 
I used:
  1. 5 x 5 Art Jounal
  2. Rich Razzleberry Cardstock for the base
  3. Flirtatious Designer Series Paper - the centre was cut out using one of the dies from the    Labels Collection found in the Occasions Mini and the edges were inked with Melon Mambo ink
  4. Shimmery White Card Stock- cut out using one of the dies from the Labels Collection and inked the edges with Melon Mambo ink
  5. Serif Essentials Alphabet - Using a 3x3 piece of chipboard I cut a 3 x3 piece of Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets and stuck it on top.  Then I ran it through the bigshot using the die with the Letter D on it.  Then I peeled the Adhesive sheet to expose the sticky side and dipped it in Fine Supernova Pink Glitter
  6. Trinket Heart - I threaded a piece of white Baker's Twine through one of the gorgeous Trinket Hearts from the Occasions Mini
  7. Whisper White Organza Ribbon - I tied a bow and then wrapped the White Twine with the Trinket Heart around the centre of the bow and attached to the front of the journal with a glue dot.
The good news is that I will be able to enter that I am down 6 lbs this week.  Woohoo!!!

HAVE A HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
     
     




Sunday, February 12, 2012

Masking a Scrapbook background

The Create & Keep Simply Sent Kit in the Occasions Mini makes 10 beautiful cards.
After I was done making the cards there were all the outlines from the stickers that still looked gorgeous. 


I used baby powder to take the stick off the back of the sticker outlines so they are now stencils.
I placed the stencils around the outside of a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. 
It doesn't look pretty at this point.
Then I used one of my favourite products.  I sprayed all over with Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz.  It's like spraypaint for scrapbookers.  It's totally fun.  The cardboard was on the table to protect it but I still managed to spray the table too.  Oops!
Then you peel the stencils all back off and see the cool results.

Voila!


Now I'm ready to add photos to my pretty background. 

Research/Girl Time

Diane and I headed to Kitchener today to do some research on booth space for shows and get some ideas.
Of course the only way to gather research is to experience it firsthand.

 Jenny from Cowboys and Angels is roundin' up! the curls on Diane's hair. 



















We saw some great booths.  There were some fabulous demonstrators who had fun showing us their product and then there were some demonstrators who obviously hate what they are doing, 
I definately had fun today and I have a few new ideas to add to my Stampin' Up! booth. 
Jenny did my hair , too.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

CREATIVITY


This is a slide from the big screen at Stampin' Up! Leadership Convention. 

Creativity makes us happy.  
 I definately agree with this statement.
I was very happy to spend many hours creating today.  Of course,
I would have been happier if I was pleased with anything that I
created today. 

Creativity makes us healthy. 
 I hope that's true.  If how long you spend trying to be
creative counts then I'm the healthiest person alive.

 The more we use our creativity,
 the more creative we will be. 
 Oh, Good!  There's hope that tomorrow my
projects might turn out. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Create & Keep



Do you like to send handmade cards?
Are you busy?
Are you watching your budget?

If any of these are true, then this class is for you!

With the Create & Keep Simply Sent Card Kits you can enjoy the personal touch of handmade cards, even if you don’t have a lot of time. Join me and make 10 all-occasion cards in a coordinating box with dividers. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can create beautiful cards, and keep them organized in style for later!
Contact me today at craftdbear@rogers.com to join the celebration! 
DATE:  Friday, February 24, 2012
TIME:   10 am - 12pm   OR  7pm - 9pm
COST:   $25
LOCATION:  3 Royal York Ct, St George, On

You won't want to miss this class because we will be adding some extra embellishments and features.
For example this cute little key that you see pictured below.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Dieting We Will Go

This past Monday I decided it was time.  O.k. so I have decided
many times before but High Ho the Derry Oh, here we go dieting
again.  I have been searching for the motivation to shed some pounds.
So my usual side of French Fries will have to be replaced with salad. 
First I decided that I would search the internet and look for a
bathing suit that I would buy myself once I lost the weight.  After an
hour of wasting time and finding nothing that I liked, that idea was
out the window. 
So my husband and Stampin' Up! are the answer I was looking for. 
I am looking forward to the Stampin' Up! incentive trip in  April to
Walt Disney World.  They have two water parks and I would love
to visit them and feel comfortable walking around in a bathing suit. 
That's good motivation but Irv has added the best motivation.
  MONEY!
So here's the deal.  For every pound I lose he will put some money
away for me in a piggy bank.  I can only make a withdrawal
everytime I lose 10 pounds. 
Of course, if I gain a pound then I have to give Irv money.  Ackkkkk!!!!
So I am going to start a new little album to track my progress.
Weigh in days will be Monday so I will  share my album page
next Monday. 

Team Swap

Tonight I attended my upline, Jamilla Ivits, team meeting.  Each month there
is usually a swap with a theme or challenge.  This month's challenge was to
create a card using Valentine's colours but that wasn't a Valentine's card. 
Each person makes 7 of the same cards and then you get to take home
7 differentcards.  It's always so exciting to see what other's have created.
I think you will agree that these are all gorgeous. 
Attending team meetings is just one of the many perks of being
a demonstrator. 

Another thing that was exciting today was the release of some
new digital downloads. Yes, I'm actually starting to love My Digital Studio
and every Tuesday Stampin' Up! releases new downloads. 
These are the ones from today.
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryID=891 
On this list is a retired favourite of mine, A Good Egg. 
I'm looking forward to playing with that especially with Easter coming. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CraftD's New Backpack


This little backpack was made using the fancy favor die and FREE fabric with
a $60 order.  I just realized that I could spend $60 on my favourite Stamps and
paper and get the Flirtatious Designer Fabric for FREE to give away to my
sewing friends for Christmas.  How cool is that?  Now that's doing things,
"My Way"  Of course now that I've discovered how easy it is to make these
NO SEW projects I may have to keep the fabric for myself.
The creative person who came up with the idea of making a backpack with
the fancy favor die is Christena Bagne.  This is a picture of the tutorial that
Christena created for Inkspirations4u Paper Celebration 2012. 

Isn't it gorgeous? 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Design Day

Today, (really yesterday as it's 2:45 a.m.) I got to spend a lovely day
at home designing.
I worked on several different projects and have many partially done.
Sometimes things just don't go together and the mojo isn't flowing so
I didn't complete very much.
The card above is the best of the batch for today.
I tried the Polished Stone technique.
The colours are Riding Hood Red, Pretty in Pink and Basic Black. 
I think it looks better in person than in the photo. That's not Irv's fault. 
It was me behind the camera.  Irv is catching some sleep because he is  
driving Laryssa and Ben to the airport in a few hours.  I always worry
about Laryssa but for the next week I will worry even more.  They are
off to Mexico for a holiday and hearing the horror stories over the last
few weeks hasn't helped my nerves.  Oh, and no the card above has
nothing to do with Laryssa.  No signs of any wedding bells yet. 
On a positive note, everyone is healthy and happy.  That's the main thing. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February Card Class

This week's card class features some great cards that I have
received at Stampin' Up! events. 

The red hearts card on the left which is great for any occasion (not
specifically Valentines) was created by my dear friend Catherine
Sanders.  At leadership, Catherine was presented an award for
this fabulous card. 

The card at the back of the photo uses a mixture of fabric and
cardstock.  This card was one of the make 'n takes at last year's
convention.  Imagine all the ways you can use up your scrap
fabric once you see how easy it is to add to your cards. 

The card at the front right was at Leadership on a display shelf.
I didn't actually receive this card but I took a photo of it and
put it on my blog while at Leadership.  One of  my dear blog
followers saw it and requested it be part of one of my upcoming
classes.  So here it is. 

Happy Superbowl Sunday! 


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Totally Terrific Team

What a fantastic night!!!! 
Sadly I don't have many photos as I was enjoying the evening so much that I forgot to snap photos.
We started the evening with our Business Development Program and Potluck Dinner.
Wow!!!!  Amazing, fabulous and interesting ideas were flying around the table.   We all have
some new  ideas to try and the food was yummy. 
Our team meeting was next on the agenda.  Margaret was our meet 'n' greet hostess extraordinaire.
Each team member was greeted with a warm welcome and given a door prize for a special basket that Margaret made.  Each guest was treated to a fantastic array of teas, coffees and sweets.  This is a picture of Ria signing her door prize ticket and you can see the cute napkins that Margaret fancy folded for our tea.
Again, I'm sorry I didn't take more pictures but you can just make out the gorgeous little cupcakes Margaret made as well. 

Kareen helped organize our show 'n' share area for the evening.  Everyone brought amazing examples of things they had made this past month. 
Here are just a couple examples of the projects that were shared. 
We played a little game of "Do you know your Stampin' Up! Colours"

There was a lot of thinking going on here. 
Of course we did a few make 'n takes.

It's always fun to learn new things.  Sorry, Margaret but I had to share this next photo.  Irv captured your look of "Oh, I get it now"  beatifully.  I personally think we could have a lot of fun inserting a thought bubble above this photo and filling it in. 

This whole night was so positive and giving.  Our entire team is so generous.  Everyone pitched in and helped with preparing things, helping  fellow team members, sharing ideas, planning generous giving tasks.  The whole room was filled with such a caring, loving spirit.  Thank you all so much for being so positive and such giving and generous ladies.  I am so blessed to know you all and call you my friends.