Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Isn't it adorable? The challenge involved using a color scheme that was inspired from the title of one of Joanne Fluke's novels, which all refer to a baked good of some kind (the theme for this VSN is BOOKS). I chose Key Lime Pie (YUM!). You can view the rest of my VSN album here, or better yet, COME PLAY!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Which means it's time to make room for all the NEW GOODIES on my list! :o) Here is what I have so far. If the stamp set name is highlighted, you can click on it to see its SCS gallery, which all feature samples of all the images as well as (in most case) hundreds of samples! All sets (retired) are assembled and in most cases, have seen ink on at least one occasion ;o) I am fairly good at keeping my blocks clean - if there is excessive staining I will note it below. Please note, price is in Canadian dollars and does not include shipping - I have access to Purolator (courier) at work for domestic shipping at very reasonable rates (as in, WAY cheaper than Canada Post in most cases!), but will ship whatever way you prefer (actual shipping costs will be added to price of items). Please contact me by email for arrangements. I accept Paypal and Canadian cheques (order will not be shipped until payment is received and cleared by my bank).
Here is my list:
Riveting - SOLD! (Payment and delivery pending)
Merci - SOLD! (Payment and delivery pending)
Petals Jumbo Wheel - SOLD! (Payment and delivery pending)
In the Spotlight - SOLD! (Payment and delivery pending)
A to Z Accents
Polka Dots and Petals - SOLD! (Payment and delivery pending)
For a Friend - SOLD!
Delight in Life
Basket Full of Fun - SOLD!
Sweet Shapes - SOLD!
Time Well Spent
I have some more, older stamp sets also, but have not dug them back out of my secret hideaway yet. If there is enough interest, I may go searching through... And I have to tell you, some of these I am very sad to part from... Most notably, Office Accoutrements, Sweet Shapes and Delight in Life. But I know from experience that with all of the new sets that I will be getting, these will be sadly neglected, and if they can find a new friend to get inky with, then so much the better :o)
And I know I promised I would do the SCS colour challenge tonight, but to be honest I am POOPED from my looooong day of driving to and from London, AND I have a new cattie calling my name from my table... I will do it though, I promise! I also saw a FAB technique at an awesome stamp store in London (Stamp Art - check it out if you are ever in the area!), and I made a mental note to share it with you soon also.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Now for cattie news: no, I have not received my supply order yet (or my complimentary demo copy). So like the rest of you, I have had to wait patiently at the SU! website to try to load the online version. Be patient, people - it appears there are several (thousands) of us (demos and customers) who have yet to get our hot little hands on a hard copy, and we are apparently overloading the server... but that being said, DON'T GIVE UP!! It is totally worth waiting for, from what I have seen so far!! And hopefully, I will have my order by week's end, and you can all fight each other for your very own copy :o)
Well, that's all I have tonight. It's been a busy work day for me, and I have an early morning tomorrow (driving to London and back - about a 4 1/2-hour drive from here, each way). I will definitely get the SCS colour challenge done tomorrow (if nothing else, it's the one challenge that I try to do each week), and should have something to post at that time.
OH!! And I have another winner to announce!! I had posted an online survey for my customers, and it was also closing last night. I drew randomly from the names of the customers who answered my survey, and the winner is HAPPY MIREAULT!! (Yes, her name really is Happy - and she TOTALLY suits it! :o) ) CONGRATULATIONS HAPPY!! As soon as I get my catalogue and can place that first order, you will be the lucky recipient of a brand-spankin', never-before-seen-new stamp set, as well as other assorted goodies. Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who participated in the survey, also - this blog is actually partially in response to the feedback you provided on that survey.
Oh, and I guess it wouldn't be a stamping blog if I didn't upload at least ONE photo, so here's one of a card I made a few weeks ago featuring some of our new In Colors (LOVE THEM!! This project features Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango and Pink Pirouette):
Isn't it cute? It is a super easy design - and the scallop layer is made that much easier with the use of the new scallop border punch!! Oh and the pink ribbon is actually white taffeta ribbon that I dyed using Pink Pirouette reinker - just squirt some reinker on the inside of your stamp pad lid, and use your aquapainter to pick up the ink. Then simply 'paint' your ribbon - TA-DA! Make sure you use paper towel to avoid getting ink all over the place. You might also need to use your embossing gun to dry your ribbon. This technique can also be used to dye the silk flowers from the Pretties Kit, so they perfectly match whatever project you are working on. Easy-peasy!
OK, I'm really off now.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
This card is actually very simple, no fancy techniques here. The only 'technique' to speak of is what I did to the larger butterfly, which is called the "rock and roll" technique. Basically, I inked the butterfly in Pumpkin Pie, and then rolled the edges of the stamp in Real Red before stamping onto my cardstock. This simple technique yields lovely depth and colouring to solid images. I use it often in my classes and workshops and stampers are always amazed at the results they get :o) I have also used the Summer Picnic Designer Paper on this project - SO HAPPY to hear that it will be offered in the new catalogue next week!! YAY!! I'm onto my third package of it and was hoping I would get to keep demonstrating its versatility this coming season! Plus I love the colour combination it uses: very fresh and fun. In case you are wondering, the two triangles of designer paper are actually a 2 3/4" square that I cut diagonally - easy, huh? And the 'grass' is just a strip of designer paper that I snipped randomly with my scissors - that's it!
Why don't you try the sketch challenge? Post your card to SCS and leave me a comment with the link!
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Introductions: my name is Anne-Marie, and I live in a small town in southcentral Ontario (Canada), on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario. By day, I am a social worker. The rest of the time, I'm a mom to three busy kids, a wife, a terrible housekeeper, and a STAMPER! Capitals and exclamation mark and all, as this is the primary purpose for this blog - to share my love of stamping with the rest of the cyberworld (did I mention that I am also a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?)
And in an attempt to start things off with a bang, I am proposing a wee contest - NAME THIS BLOG and WIN SOME BLOG CANDY! Obviously, "The Bandwagon" is not a very creative title, and for some reason I can't come up with anything clever this morning (although "Hold No Punches" was a brief and promising contender as I was pondering this issue in the shower). So please post your suggestions here - I will pick a winner next Sunday, August 10 and officially name my blog. The winner will receive the darling set of four notecards that I made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge this weekend:
It features three of Stampin' Up!'s newest In Colors, which will be available for purchase beginning August 12. Here's a close-up of one of the cards, featuring textured Baja Breeze cardstock:
The green is called Kiwi Kiss - aren't the colours gorgeous? Kind of retro and contemporary, all at the same time.
So, let your creative juices flow and post your ideas! Can't wait to see what you come up with! Remember, the theme of this blog is STAMPING and PAPER CRAFTS.