Avant-Garden 2- Sale-A-Brations

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Yesterday I shared with a card made with the Avant Garden stamp from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Today I have another card to share using the same stamp set and the new Watercolour Pencils!

I used this stamp four times to create this tall stem of flowers. The background droplets were quite fun to do as it a random thing.

The little leaf stamp on the sentiment is just the right touch.

You can see the layering of the card, below.

The inside.... (I second and third stamped the drops)

SO there you have my second card using the Avant Garden stamp set. And like I said yesterday...

How to get this FREE stamp set? During Sale-A-Bration, for every $60 spent from the Annual & Occasions catalogues, you can choose something for free from the SAB brochure!

Why don't you try this card in a variety of colours...  Place your $60 order today ($120 gives you two free items, and so on) and add this set as a free choice!

Have fun with this and see what this one would like in different colours, too!

Happy stamping!

Erica's Birthday Gift - 'Beautiful You' & DIY Picture Frame

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Squeezing this post in amongst the posting of projects for classes. As most of you know, I belong to a Stampin' Up group here in the area called 'Seashore Stampers'. We try to get together every month, and usually do. This year I am finding my schedule of Saturdays, to be filled more with other things, like classes,  and won't make as many of them as I'd like. Today's meeting I was originally unable to attend, however the class I had scheduled for today was cancelled a few days ago, and even though I had a cold, I was hoping to be well enough to go to the meeting. Yeah!!!!

Anyway, one of the things we are doing each month, is if anyone in our group has a birthday that month, we each make a papercrafting gift to the birthday girl or girls. For January, Erica has just recently celebrated her birthday, so this is the gift that I made for her.

I wanted to use Copper Foil for the project, but found that I was out! So in my search for a substitute, I found an unopened package of retired Champagne Glimmer Paper! I love that colour and was sad when it was discontinued. I know that Erica likes a bit of glitter, you just have to look at her phone cover to know that, (lol)

If you are wondering I how I used one stamp, with very closely spaced lettering, to get some words heat embossed and the rest stamped... well, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig, and my Soft Suede Stampin' Write marker for the small text. Then I used the Stampin' Buddy over the area and used a VersaMarker Watermark pen (not Stampin' Up) to colour the two words I wanted to heat emboss (using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up). Then you can go ahead and heat emboss!

Of course I used the new Stampin' Up Watercolour Pencils and Blender to colour in the woman.

I decided that I needed to make a stand for the frame so that it could be displayed where ever Erica wanted to place it. So I had to come up with a way to make that. (Details are further below)

So there you have the project. Since I have a cold, a video on how to make this is out of the question, so you will have to make due, again, with photos and written instructions.

When this frame is completed it measures 6 x 6 x 3/4 without the stand. With the stand it measures 6 x 6 x 3. The working space inside the frame is 4 1/2 x 4 1/2.


To start you will need a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock for the frame.

  1. On your score board you will score @ 3/4. 1 1/2, 2 1/4, 3, 9, 9 3/4, 10 1/2, & 11 1/4.
  2. Turn you paper and score @ 3/4. 1 1/2, 2 1/4, 3, 9, 9 3/4, 10 1/2, & 11 1/4.
  3. Now on two opposite sides you will score @ 3 3/4 & 8 1/4 JUST DOWN TO THE SECOND SCORE LINE

  • Next you will cut all four corners as you see here. (I left one corner uncut so that you could see what it looks like. The remaining corner will be cut just like the one to the right.)

  •  It will look like this when all cut.
  • Add your adhesive tape (glue sometimes make the paper buckle too much) on the right side of your paper as indicated in the photo above.

  •  On the wrong side there will be adhesive required in the four little triangles as shown in the photo above.
  • You will also need to attach your background DSP BEFORE folding the frame. It will measure 5 7/8 x 5 7/8.
  • Start with the two straight cut sides. You see one done above.

  •  Do the same on the opposite side as seen above.

  •  Now tuck the other end under as you did on the other two sides, but be sure to have the corners lined up before press the adhesive down in the corners.

 When done your frame should like this one.


  •  You will begin with a coordinating piece of cardstock the same colour as your frame measuring 5 3/4 x 5 3/4
  • Score @ 2 1/4 & 3 1/4. this gives you a 1" space to attach to the frame
  • With a ruler, at the top, measure 3/8" on each side of the score line and make a mark
  • At the bottom, measure 3/4" from the bottom two corners up
  • For my spacer cut, I used the largest of the  'Lots of Labels' Framelits (138281) because the top curve is exactly 1" wide. Line it up on the edge of the platform so that it only die cut down the straight sides about 1 1/4".
  • On your paper trimmer, or score board,score from the die cut edge to the scored line, on either side.

  •  Now you will cut from mark to mark on your paper trimmer, and fold all your score lines
  • Place your adhesive tape as indicated in the photo above. You see that adhesive is not placed on the center section of the spacer, just on the ends.

  •  When assembled it should like the above photo (only neater as I just stuck the tiniest piece of adhesive on those two flaps)
  • You will than attach this on the center back of your frame with the bottom of the stand lining up with the bottom of your frame, as seen below.

Now you are ready to create what you will on the front inside of your frame! Hope this all helps you create your own lovely frame projects. Just think...Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Congrats, Encouragement, etc! A lot can be done with these!

Adding these photos after giving the gift today. I had forgotten to take photos of the gift bag made by piecing scraps together and the coordinating Birthday card.

I had to ask Erica to take photos of her card and gift bag...

Hope you enjoyed this post, and happy creating!

Avant-Garden 1- Sale-A-Brations

Time to share something made from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure with you! This is a case from the brochure itself. It's quick and easy, and fun to make. If I had had the time I would have created several in a variety of colours!

And, for the inside... (you could also do this on the outside of a card stamping a larger sentiment in the center)

How to get this FREE stamp set? During Sale-A-Bration, for every $60 spent from the Annual & Occasions catalogues, you can choose something for free from the SAB brochure!

Why don't you try this card in a variety of colours...  Place your $60 order today ($120 gives you two free items, and so on) and add this set as a free choice!

Happy Stamping!

Beautiful You - Sampler - Home Decor

Friday, January 20, 2017

This is the third of the 'Sampler" classes. The goal is to create samplers that fit a variety of occasions and be switched in a 12 x 12 frame. This will be a fun project to make (repeatedly) and to give away as a gift!

Monday, February 27 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, February 28 - 1:00 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, February 28 -  6:00 - 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 1 - 1:00 - 4:00pm
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT DUE – Thursday, February 16, 2017

Just the Sampler- $27.00
Sampler & Stamps - $35.00
(141749 - $31.00)

This is a great Sampler for any fill in month with no theme, or just to have around and make you, or a special friend, feel better. For this class you will have your choice of DSP from the "Blooms and Bliss" collection, so when you register for this class, be sure to give me the number from the sample photo. Stamping, paper piecing, and just a touch of watercolour pencil will be a part of this class.

BRING TO CLASSScissors, double sided adhesive tape, dimensionals/pop-ups, Clear stamp blocks and stamp cleaner, Stampin' Write Markers (can be borrowed from me in the colours of swatch choice), pencil, ruler & eraser. You can bring your 12 x 12 frame if you wish to see it in there at the end of class.

REMEMBER to let me know your choice of background DSP so that I can coordinate everything for your class kit.

Happy Stamping!

Beautiful You Class - Cards

Thursday, January 19, 2017

At the recent Open House I had, many expressed interest in this class, so you had better reserve your spot before they are all gone!


Monday, February 20 - 6:00 - 9:00pm
Tuesday, February, 21 - 1:00 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, February, 21 - 6:00 - 9:00pm
Wednesday, February 22 - 1:00 - 4:00pm
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT DUE – Thursday, February 9, 2017

Just the Cards - $27.00
Cards, Pencils & Blender - $33.00 (141709 - $21.00 & 102845 - $7.00)
Cards, Pencils, Blender & Stamps - $55.00
(141709 - $21.00, 102845 - $7.00 & 143637 - $34.50) GREAT DEAL!

Great fun for this class! We'll be learning some new stamping techniques, sponging, watercolouring with the new pencils,  fussy cutting for paper piecing an image, and splitting a sentiment stamp on two different papers to line up as one. You'll want to go home and make more of these cards!

BRING TO CLASS – Scissors, double sided adhesive tape, dimensionals/pop-ups, liquid glue, Stampin' Write Markers – Pekaboo Peach & Bermuda Bay, Clear stamp blocks & stamp cleaner, and if you are purchasing your stamp set for this class, please bring the following ink pads if you have them: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray & Basic Black.

If you have any questions regarding this class, please contact me.

I will be showing these cards to you individually at a later date. In the mean time, Happy Creating!

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