Leadership Display 2014 ~ You’re Lovely

Stampin' Up! Leadership Display 2014


I’ve got two more projects from my Leadership samples to share today!  These two showcase the ‘You’re Lovely’ Sale A Bration stamp set.  You can get it free with a $60 purchase.  The rest of the Artisan Team is sharing all of their projects now to so be sure to follow the links at the bottom of my post for plenty of ideas and inspiration!

First up is a card with a contrast of Basic Black and Coastal Cabana.

Leadership Display 2014 ~ You're Lovely ~ Sleepless Stamper

I stamped the border image in Whisper White Craft Ink and chose to let it dry rather than heat setting it with powder.  I cut just half of the Deco Label image out of the middle of one side of the Coastal Cabana layer and then embossed the Coastal Cabana layer with the Decorative Dots Embossing folder.  I stamped the image from You’re Lovely with Versamark onto Watercolor paper and then heat set with Black Embossing Powder and water colored the flowers with a blender pen and my ink pads.  It was a fun sketch to work with and this style of card would work great in a variety of colors and with an array of framelits!  I’ll be trying this one again! How about you?

Here’s the You’re Lovely Stamp Set.  You can view the entire Sale a Bration Brochure HERE by clicking the image that says, ‘see the sale a bration brochure now’.  If you would like your own copy, be sure to let me know.

You're Lovely Stamp Set ~ Sleepless Stamper


A couple of weeks ago, I shared a Valentine Notebook.  It was a take on this notebook that I created with some inspiration from a card I had seen.  I wanted to work the concept from my inspiration into a notepad and tie it together with a pencil for writing.  Here is how it turned out!

Leadership Display 2014  ~ You're Lovely ~ Sleepless Stamper


Again, I stamped the image onto Watercolor Paper and then Pool Party with Versamark ink and then heat set with Black Embossing powder before coloring it in with my blender pens.  Just like my Valentine notebook the background pattern is a piece of one of the Chevron bags from the Tag A Bag sets in the Annual catalogue.  I tied some Whisper White Baker’s Twine and some Black 1/8″ Taffeta ribbon around the pencil and tied it up to the notebook with some Pool Party Baker’s Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack from Sale a Bration.


Leadership Display 2014 ~ You're Lovely ~ Sleepless Stamper

This little notebook would make a great host/hostess gift .. something to inspire your host or hostess to earn those Sale A Bration items and it gives them a place to keep their wishlist.  Who can you make a pretty notebook for?!

Leadership Display 2014 ~ You're Lovely ~ Sleepless Stamper

The rest of the Artisan Design Team and I still have plenty to share!  Use the links below to see what they’ve shared so far.  Some of my favorite Sale A Bration items are yet to come .. including Banner Blast! What is YOUR favorite Sale a Bration item?!

Thanks for stopping by to see my projects today.  I hope they inspired you and that you get to fit some stamping in today!

Posted on : Jan 30 2014
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Fly Birdie, fly! …the Petal Cone Die ‘soars’ to new heights with endless possibilities!

I know, I know you can't believe that I'm back twice in 24 hrs (I couldn't resist coming back after the fun Lennon and I shared this afternoon)!  Are you also amazed that this cute little 'beak' is made with none other than the Petal Cone Die!  Seriously, this die amazes me!  The possibilities seem to be endless! With birthday parties on the brain, I can just imagine all kinds of pretty fabric and paper and the 'masks', beaks, party hats & more that can be created so simply with the use of this die!  

Now this 'beak' is pretty simple and if you see it in person you can see what started out as a carrot …Lennon was helping me work on some samples for my upcoming Petal Cone Die class and when he pretended to eat the carrot I looked over at him and realized how much it looked like a beak. … needless to say, my prepping time was out the window and we started having fun coming up with a beak for him to play 'dress-up' with!  How fun!  You can see he enjoyed himself and with the glory of digital photography, he was able to see how his flying skills improved from one photo to the next!  

I must share the excitement of these new found flying skills!  Enjoy! 


I can guarantee, we'll be back with more from the Petal Cone die and in the mean time, I'm off to go craft with my little Super Bird!

Posted on : Mar 22 2011
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My first tutorial(s)! I scream, you scream, we all scream for….

the petal cone die!!!! Bet you thought I was going to say, ice cream?!  Ice cream is a favorite around here and one of my favorite crafting accessories these days is definitely the Petal Cone Die!  It's so much a favorite that I'm going to be offering a petal cone class in early April.  I'll be announcing details of that class soon, so stay tuned!

Ready for a shocker?!  ….can you believe that I thought maybe I wouldn't even purchase this die?!  I know, it's shocking to think there was an item I thought I didn't need?!  I wasn't crazy about it at first sight, but as usual it wasn't long before many a demo out there in blog land were busily, steadily & excitedly sharing crazy wonderful ideas created with this die!  I've done such a 180 with this die that I think I'm ready to proclaim it as, 'the most versatile die we offer' …it might even need a super crafter name?!  Susie, are you up to the task?!   Be prepared to find many, many fantastic ideas out there for this die.  I'll start here by saving you some of the work and am going to share one of my favorite creations made from the Petal Cone.  This is one that I've seen many variations on by many different demos (one in particular is Angie Juda, the basket we made at the Valentine class was a case of one of her chocolate projects…the projects made with this die really are unending!).  I'll save you even more work at my upcoming class if you are able to participate!  I can't wait! 

We'll begin with the Ice Cream Cone card that my stamp club members got to create (with one group yet to come…) this month.  I gave them the option to create a pull-out card or an opening card.  Everyone was surprised at how easy both projects were to create.  The other project was the card I posted last week with the girl silhouette from Easter Blossoms.  It was also a hit!

Here are the two versions they chose from.  The first one is an opening card and the 2nd one has a pull-out and some extra dimension added to the banner. 


I've got plenty of photos to share with you here.  I'm going to attempt my first photo tutorial.  Bear with me…I hope this makes sense and is helpful!  And to those of you who missed, hopefully you'll see how we created your project for you!  I want to show you how easy it is to create a cherry for the top of your ice cream cone, cupcakes etc.  The Bird Punch is another one of our very versatile must-haves.  I used it here for the leaf and stem on the cherry but it has also been used to create flames, tulips and has many other creative uses!  Here goes…

Disclaimer: (smile) After many attempts to put the photos side by side I can't figure out how to get it to appear that way when you view it, so I'm going to have to trail these photos one after the other.  When I do figure it out, I'll try to come back to update my tutorial…but for now I hope this helps!

Creating the Cherry

1.  Punch the tip of the branch out of Old Olive CS.                                


2.  Cut all the leaves off but the one that is on the left

     side of the stem by itself.  


 3. Color the 'stem' with a Chocolate Chip or Early

      Espresso marker on both the front and the          



4.  Adhere the colored stem and leaf to the white

      side of one 1/2" circle of Red Glimmer Paper. 


         (thanks David for the coloring tip!)

5.  Adhere a 2nd 1/2" circle of Red and now you've 

     got a simple to create, but yet adorable cherry!  

     (keep in mind that you will actually only need one

     stem to complete this process.  I just wanted to

     illustrate how it goes from one step to the other

     so I've included as many in this tutorial as there

     are steps to illustrate the change from one step to

     the next).  I hope this makes sense and gives you a

     fun new way to create a cherry!



My dear friend and club member, Susie, shared an easy way (as in easier than cutting off an 1/8" of an inch from each side of the Very Vanilla cone) to make the Vanilla piece fit just inside the Crumb Cake cone.  This one takes just one cut.  Gotta love how easy that is!  Here's my 2nd tutorial ever and all in one post.  


Creating a text space for the inside of your cone

(Using half of the foldable cone that you cut from Very Vanilla CS using the Petal Cone die. (you'll get two inserts from each full cut with the die.))


1.  See here how the Vanilla  piece is the same 

       size as the cone?               


2.  Slide the Vanilla piece towards the top of the 

     cone about an 1/8" so that you have equal

     spacing on each side of the vanilla 'cone'.


3.  Draw a line to cut along or trim off enough so

     that the top is shortened enough to fit below the

     top of the cone as pictured in the next photo. 


4.   You will end up with a Vanilla piece that nicely

     fits just inside the cone with just one cut.   

     Brilliant! Thanks Susie!



NOTE: If you are creating the cone that has the pull-out insert, you will need to cut an 1/8" off each side, but keeping the top of the cone intact.  This will allow you to fit the Vanilla insert into the cone all the way.  Have fun with your ice cream!  

I hope this made sense and helped you out.  Please feel free to leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts.  ….now after all this ice cream, I really can't wait for summer!

p.s. only four more sleeps til the Birthday Boy turns 7!!!  I'm sure our weekend will be FULL of ice cream and excitement!   I hope your week is fun too!  …and maybe even includes ice cream..especially the paper kind!

Posted on : Mar 22 2011
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We definitely have plenty to celebrate, how about you?!  I've also got plenty of photos to share…this one is picture heavy, I've got lots to catch up on sharing with you!

We're still counting down the days and are closing in on the the day that Ethan will turn 7!  We've already completed the countdown to his first time getting 'highlights' …. and so has his class!  He shared his countdown at school and was so excited to share with his teacher that she already knew all about them by the time we arrived at our Parent/Teacher conference!  Ethan was eager to show us his work and we are very proud of his efforts and a job well done at school! 

I wanted to come back and share the projects of a class all about 'celebrations'.  We will create these projects at my Birthday Project Class.  One of my favorite things about this class is that participants will learn how to create two different types of 'paper bows' that will be versatile to use in many of their paper crafting projects or for gift wrapping!

The first date for this class will be tomorrow (Sunday March 20th) and I will offer an alternate date as well after my little escapades to the ER interrupted my class schedule.  Stay tuned for that date.

Much of the paper these are embellished with is from the Ice Cream Parlour set in the Sale A Bration Catalogue.  As you know, brights are not my norm, but I really like these ones!  Don't forget Sale A Bration ends March. 31st, get your free goodies by spending $60 before then!  

The bottle is inspired by one on the front of the Sale A Bration Mini Catalogue.  My goal was to fill it with Skittles, but is was just too bright. …forgive me, the treats had to look pretty in the bottle!  <wink>


I created a similar explosion box to the one pictured at a Valentine class.   It was a hit, so I added it to this class as well.  

The gift card holder is one I've seen created by many crafters and fellow-demonstrators.  Thanks for sharing the inspiration!  This one is definitely simple to make, or as Ethan would say, 'Easy Peasy'! 

These projects were created with

Ink & Stamps: Party Hearty, Tiny Tags, Punch Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait

Paper: Ice Cream Parlour (SAB), Whisper White, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories: Many Punches (comment or email to ask if you'd like to know a particular one), Brights Brads, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, Melon Mambo pom pom trim, Linen thread, Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain, Ice Cream Parlour Buttons, Two Tags Die 

With all the talk of the highlights, I can't leave you without sharing a photo of Ethan's new 'do'! Notice the new gap in the front of his mouth?!  He has grown up so much in just one week, it makes me a little teary… What age did you notice the most change in your kids?  I can't believe the toothless grin stage is here (well, the 2nd toothless grin stage, the first was so many years ago already!) 


Here's Ethan's trusty sidekick, 'Joker'!  …he IS such a little jokester!  …and a sneaky little guy!  Forgive me for the lighting on this one (still figuring out all this photography stuff!) ….this mask is so creepy and hilarious all at the same time that I couldn't resist taking some photos! …even better with the sword and his Paper Jams guitar!  Gotta love that hair, he had quite the fuzzy 'do' goin' on that day!  Seriously, makes me laugh!



Enjoy your Sunday! Hope you enjoyed the photos and a nice LONG read!

At long last…the Ornament Punch is available to order

Some things are just worth the wait!  You might be wondering why I am or you should be excited about the ornament punch in March?!?! …. I know it still seems like Winter at least here in Manitoba it sure does!  The temperature was not quite as cold this morning as it has been, but the wind was nasty enough that when picking up our children for lunch, us parents had tears trickling down our cheeks!  Maybe Spring is waiting for us to stop calling before it comes?!  So, aside from subtle hints here with my cards I'll give the pleading for Spring a rest.

I'm going to share Spring (maybe even Summer…I'm feeling very wishful!) here with you in the form of these projects and have created them using none other than the Ornament Punch!  It has so many uses besides just the obvious ornament.  Punch art truly is amazing!  While I can't take the credit for coming up with these clever uses of our punches in creating things totally different than the shapes our punches are just on their own, I want to share with you some of what has inspired me.  Stampin Connection (our demo message board/resource for sharing) and many other sites have an endless supply of resources and ideas for using punches to create fun and creative characters and things!  

The ornament punch alone has been used to create so many different things like a fish, a rose, an acorn, elves, a cute little mouse, a vase, a strawberry, a spaceship, a pirate, a bunny, a bee and a fox….just to name a few!  

The fish is one of my favorites and is an easier one to duplicate so I thought I'd give it a try and came up with this card.  I've also been eager to give Apple Blossoms (a level 2 hostess set) a try so I used it for a 'seaweed' look.  

This card uses

Stamps & Ink: Apple Blossoms, Love you Much (friend to friend), Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive & Old Olive Craft

Cardstock & Paper: Sahara Sand CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Peach Parfait CS, Tempting Turquoise CS, Baja Breeze CS, Old Olive CS, Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS, Pumpkin Pie & Daffodil Delight DSP

Accessories: Ornament Punch, Five Petal Flower Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1/8", 1/16" and 1/4" circle Punches, Big Shot, Tasteful Trim XL die, Linen Thread, Crystal Effects, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool & Powder Pals and Stamping Sponges! 

That's all the supplies on that one folks! 

Many demos have created this ornament paper rose so I had to try my hand at one.  This is my very first attempt, so it's not perfect but I do like the look.  I used to work in a floral shop as well. One of my favorites of the roses was a two-toned one that we called 'harmony'.  This one reminds me of that.  Enjoy! 

This rose uses:

Ornament Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Whisper White CS, Blushing Bride Ink and Stamping Sponges! That's it, nothing more!  🙂

If you have any other clever uses for the ornament punch, please share them with us.  I'm sure there are many more ways to use this punch!  I'm amazed by what your creative minds come up with.  Thanks for stopping today!  I'll be back again soon with the projects of my upcoming classes and a fun scrapbook layout!  

Have a wonderful Friday!

Posted on : Mar 11 2011
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