Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A big Thank You to my stamp clubs!

I was a tad sad on Monday evening as it was my last Monday night stamp club with my current crop of participants.  My Thursday group met last Thursday evening, so this round of stamp club is over.  

As a Thank You to all of my participants, I gave each of them a cute birthday organizer in a tin.  I saw an organizer similar to this at a Stampin' Up! gathering that I went to in London earlier this year.  Unfortunately I didn't write down the name of the demo that created it, so I'm not able to give proper credit to her for such a wonderful creation.  The tins can be found at (same site as the DVD tins).   Click here to take you there.
I have used Bella Rose DSP for the inside and outside of the tin.  The cardstock used for the various months is Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss, and Riding Hood Red.  The stamps that were used for the months are from the retired Day to Day Flexible Phrases set.  They are the perfect size for the tabs at the top.  You could also run them through a printer to ensure that you have the correct font size.

I kept these top secret over the past couple of weeks as I wanted to surprise my clubs.  I hope that all of my participants like them!!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

DVD Tin Photo Albums

I was looking at my calendar last night, and realized that I have a very busy few weeks coming up!!!  Workshops, classes, a Stamp-A-Stack, and a big birthday party for my son who's turning 6.  Somewhere in there I need to find the time to carve 13 pumpkins this week.  Yes, you read that correctly.  13 pumpkins.  

In the meantime, I can finally post some more pictures of my top-secret projects because they are no longer top secret!!!  My stamp club met last night, and everyone finished off their DVD Photo Albums.  These albums are quite quick and easy to make, and will make great Christmas gifts.  In the past I have given my mom and mother-in-law mini-scrapbooks for Christmas with photos of my kids that have been taken over the past year.  This year I'm going to put these together.  

The tins were purchased at  The link to the tins can be found here.  They are very reasonably priced, and shipped very quickly (the fact that they are in Toronto and I'm in the GTA certainly helped!!).  

The paper used on the tins is from the Holiday Treasures DSP, with a bit of Chocolate Chip cardstock added to the front.  The 1" wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain has been added to the front as well.  The letters and numbers were punched using my QuicKutz alphabets Marisa and Snowday.  I don't have any Sizzix alphabets as of yet, so even though this isn't an SU! alphabet, it worked quite well for the project.  I've added a small chipboard heart, covered in Riding Hood Red classic ink, to the front.

Directions for the inside of the tin can be found here at SplitCoastStampers.  I have glued more Holiday Treasures paper inside, and have left the lid of the tin blank so that it can be personalized to fit the photos inside.  I will likely add some journalling here about the specific pictures that I add to the album.  The sleeves are Stampin Up! clear envelopes, and I've used 2 jumbo eyelets and some 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon to secure them.  

If you need some additional information about the tin, don't hesitate to ask!!!

Happy stamping!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Birthday Party Invite - Hallowe'en Style!

One of my friends sent me these really cute pictures the other day.  Her daughter's birthday is on Hallowe'en, and they wanted to make some invitations to her upcoming party.

Karen and Emily used the Batty for You stamp set, along with some black embossing powder to make the images on the front of the invite.   They added some very cool Hallowe'een paper, and a great sentiment on the front of the card.  

On the inside, they added another Batty for You image, and all of the party particulars.  I love how the invite opens from bottom to top!  

Very cute invitations!!!  Thanks for sharing Karen and Emily!!!

Happy stamping everyone!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Happy Housewarming card for a friend

One of my top-secret projects last week was the creation of this card.  A good friend of mine (as well as a demo in my downline!) recently moved into her house.  I thought that a card using the Neighbourhood wheel was in order.  

I wheeled some houses onto some Confetti White cardstock (which I love because it's thicker and sturdier than Whisper White).  Using some snips, I cut around the houses and coloured them using my blender pens.  I initially tried to colour them using an Aqua Painter, but I need loads of practice with one of those before I can actually send off a watercoloured card!!!  The main card is constructed using Bordering Blue.  This is where I got stuck.  I don't have any ribbon that goes with Bordering Blue.  So, I went searching online for colours that go well with the blue and was surprised when I found that Kiwi Kiss is a pretty interesting match. 

 The sentiment was stamped in Basic Black Craft ink, and I added a small doodle beneath.  I really need to find me a good "welcome to your new home" stamp.  Hmmm... a trip through the catty may be in order...

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

One more "it didn't make the cut" card.

This card will look familiar because you've seen a version of it before!  This is a slightly different version of a card that we made at the Demonstrator Mega-Meeting that was held in September.  The background of the card has been changed from Old Olive to Mellow Moss, a strip of Riding Hood Red Prints Designer Series Paper has been added, the ribbon is now Chocolate Chip grosgrain, and I've changed the sentiment.

We liked this card but... we already have two cards for the stack that have a bit of colouring in them.  Corrie and I thought that if we had three we'd be pushing our luck! 

Happy stamping!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Another secret is left on the table...

Here is the second of the cards that didn't make the Stamp-A-Stack cut.  It almost did, but our friends swayed us into changing the card to a different design.

The main card is made using Whisper White cardstock.  A strip of Riding Hood Red cardstock has been punched using the Scallop Edge punch.  It has been adhered just underneath the Designer Series Paper from Holiday Treasures.  The main image was stamped in Riding Hood Red ink.  The image comes from the Season of Joy stamp set - one of my favourites!  It has been mounted on Old Olive and Riding Hood Red cardstock.  The gorgeous ribbon is Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon.  I love the white edging on this ribbon!!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Top secret no longer

Corrie Birnbaum and I sat down last night to finalize the Stamp-A-Stack cards.  We had a little help from our scrapping friends, and I think that we have some really nice cards for the stack!  What do they look like?  Well, you'll just have to come and see!

There's still room if you (and a friend!) would like to come.  E-mail me at or call at 905-655-9347 to sign up!  It's only $25, you'll be stamping in a room with lots of windows and friends, and you'll leave with 12 designer Christmas cards to give to those special people in your life!  

I'll give you a couple of small hints of what's to come:

... one of the cards has snowflakes 
... another uses Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper
... two have some colouring (bring your blender pens!) 

Here's one the cards that didn't make the cut.  I CASE'd the card from one that I saw on Splitcoaststampers created by Julie Monroe.  You can see the original card here.  

I've changed the card slightly, but I still love the look of it.  It would look lovely with some sparkle added, or maybe some Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  The main card has been made using Brocade Blue cardstock.  I have cut/punched the middle layer in Night of Navy, and the Snowflakes from Snow Swirled have been stamped in Brocade Blue and Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Top Secret Somethings...

Yes, I know.  It's been a week.  I have nothing fun to post for you either.  It's not that I don't have anything, it's just that I've been working on Top Secret stuff.

Stay tuned...


Thursday, October 9, 2008

One of my Favourite Friends

So... who is one of my favourite friends?  Why it's the crab from Crab & Company!  

This cute card is for the friend of one of my boys.  Joshie's birthday party is coming up fast, and he needs a cute card because he's a pretty cute kid!  I hope he likes this one - the crab spins!!!  He reminds me a bit of Mr. Krabbs from SpongeBob.  He's even attached to pennies.  For those of you that have ever watched the mighty Sponge, you'll know that Mr. Krabbs is obsessed with the almighty buck.  

Crab & Company is one of the sets that is on sale this month.  He's a great set to have because he comes with a Santa hat and Christmas sentiments too!

Happy stamping - and spinning!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack - the time is near!

We will be hosting our annual Christmas Stamp-A-Stack on Saturday, November 15th.  It will be held at the Winchester Golf Club (east side of Brooklin) from 1-4pm.  

You'll be making 12 cards - 2 each of 6 designs - all for only $25.  All of your paper is precut and instructions and supplies are provided.  We'll also have door prizes!

Registration is first come, first served, and space is limited.  To secure your registration, please pay your entrance fee as soon as possible - it's the only way that we can guarantee your spot!  Registration closes on October 27th to ensure that we have enough supplies ordered and prepared for our stampers.

*NEW*  Have a friend that I haven't met attend the event, and I'll chop $5 off your registration fee.  Sign up 2 and I'll chop $10.  Bring 5 and you get in for free!
Last year's Christmas stamp-a-stack was a lot of fun (see photo above for one of last year's cards).  We hope that you can join us for this year's stack!  Please e-mail me at or call at 905-655-9347 to secure your spot!

It's Birthday Central in Stampingland

I've spent my evening making fairly simple cards because I'm in the middle of prime birthday season.  It seems as though a lot of our family/friend birthdays fall in a fairly short period of time, and this is it!

My sister's birthday is near the end of October.  Her card was created using the Party Hearty set (currently on sale at 20% off if you spend $20!), and the On Your Birthday sentiment set.  Colours you ask?  Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point.  The hats were stamped off once before being stamped on the card because Pacific Point is quite a strong colour and I didn't want them to overwhelm the card.  

My mom's birthday is this weekend.  I saw a version of this card at our recent Mega-Meeting, and thought that I would recreate the swirls and flowers from Priceless.  I added some striped grosgrain ribbon, a sentiment from On Your Birthday, and some Dazzling Diamonds for good measure.  Colours on this card are Bashful Blue and Pixie Pink.

Tomorrow's card features one of my favourite friends... watch for it!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Tile Workshop - November 17th

I just finished writing and sending my October newsletter.  Most of the info is the same as my last blog entry but... I've added something.  My November class will be a tile workshop.  The cost is $10 for one set of tiles, or $15 for two sets of tiles.  Included in the cost is the box for your tiles - we'll make these while they are drying.  If you purchase a background stamp at the workshop, I will waive the workshop fee for one set of tiles!  

The date is Monday, November 17th.  The place is my house!  You can sign up for one of two sessions - 9:15am, or 7:30pm.  

If you're interested in coming to this class, please e-mail or call ASAP to secure your spot.  Space is limited!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wow! October has some FUN promotions!

What a busy month!  Along with the release of the Holiday Mini Catalogue and the second phase of the Decor Elements, there are some terrific promotions this month!  Here they all are...

Birthday Promotion (October only)
Stampin' Up! is celebrating its 20th birthday, and they want everyone to share in their birthday excitement. Spend $20 on regular catalogue product, and you will qualify to purchase any preselected birthday stamp sets (see below) at 20 percent off.
Item # Page # 


Retail Price     20% Off Price   109439  62

Big Bold Birthday 

 $32.95 $26.36 111532 63

Party Hearty* 

 $31.95 $25.56 110994 64

Bitty Birthday 

 $15.50 $12.40 111618 64

Crazy for Cupcakes* 

 $28.95 $23.16 111702 65

Time to Party* 

 $19.95 $15.96 111546 65

Simple Birthday Thanks* 

 $20.95 $16.76 108559 68

Crab & Company 

  $32.95  $26.36*Stamp sets are die cut.

Hostess Promotion (until November 30)
Host a workshop with sales of $460 or more, and choose any stamp set from the Fall & Winter Catalogue Sampler free in addition to regular hostess benefits!

World Card Making Day (October 4-11)
In honour of World Card Making Day on October 4th, Stampin' Up! is offering 20 percent off Simply Sent Card Kits and Simply Sent Card Elements - but only until October 11th.

Aqua Painter Offer (while supplies last!)
Purchase the large-tip Aqua Painter for $8.50 - no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number that you can purchase.  While supplies last!  This is a great tool for watercolouring, and the price is outstanding as our regular price for a pair of Aqua Painters (1 large & 1 medium) is $19.95.

Starter Kit Promotions (until October 11th)
Join now as a demonstrator with the standard $249 Starter Kit and choose one stamp set out of the Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalogue for Free OR become a demonstrator for only $119 by purchasing one of three special mini Starter Kits priced at $119.

Give me a call to sign up under one of these awesome promotions.  Or, go to my Stampin' Up! site, and click on "Join Stampin' Up!".  The password to join my team is "wendyfee".  

As always, you can call or e-mail me directly to place an order.  Or, you can can go to my website and click on the Shop Now in the upper right hand corner to shop at your convenience, and have your order shipped to your front door!

Whew!  What a lot of fun information!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Decor Elements - Phase 2 release!

Hello again!!

If you haven't had a look at our Decor Elements recently, you need to look again.  Phase 2 was released on October 1st, and there are some gorgeous designs.  The colour choices for the second phase is much broader, and the images themselves have a broader appeal.   There are some great images for kids rooms (bugs, sports, baby), as well as some wonderful Christmas images.

Come and have a look


Come and see what's new!

The Holiday Mini Catalogue was released on Wednesday, and there are some wonderful new things to play with!  This morning I spent a bit of time with the Star Bright Designer Series Paper Ornaments, and the Season of Cheer Rub-Ons.  Here's what I came up with on the fly...

All of the pieces in this kit are die cut, and just need to be separated from the larger piece of paper.  The stars and circles are also scored, so there's no need to sit there with a ruler and a stylus, scoring your paper.  Stampin' Up! also includes 12 silver brads (for the round ornaments above), and 10 yards of silver elastic cord for hangers.  

I wanted to create a few small embellishments for these ornaments without going overboard because I'm heading out to a workshop this evening, and don't want to scare everyone away with crazy ornaments!  The easiest way to create cute little tags is to use rub-ons and some scrap paper in Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, and Old Olive.  

I attached the green star to the red star using a dot of Tombow Multi-purpose adhesive.  Great adhesion, and the green star still "pops" off the red star.  The kit contains 54 stars, which is enough to decorate your house, or oodles of Christmas gifts.  

Now... this last guy certainly doesn't scream Christmas!  While I had my paper cutter out, I decided to make a quick pumpkin using some of the Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper.  I think he's kinda cute!

For those of you on my mailing list, I will be sending out the October newsletter this weekend.  If you are not on my mailing list but would like to be added, please drop me a quick e-mail at and I'll make sure you receive the latest issue.  


Thursday, October 2, 2008

More from Back to the Future - Whitby style!

Back to this past weekend's scrappying...  I forgot to mention yesterday that when we were sitting around the table we were all a bit uninspired.  I had hoped to get a bunch of pictures glued, with good stuff to go with them.  I got a whack of stuff glued, and that was about it.  I finished these off a couple of days ago.  

I have to laugh (better than crying) because these two pages are incredibly unbalanced!  I generally have a lot of symmetry on my pages, and these two are anything but.  I did use some awesome rub-ons though, and managed to get some journalling down.  

Once again, pages that make me cringe, but the names and faces are there - and that's what counts in scrapbooking.

I'll get back to some 2008 stuff tomorrow.  I've been playing with glass etching this week.  Come and see what my results are!


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Going Back in Time

When I set out to scrap on Friday evening, I realized that I didn't have any of my 2007 pictures matched with paper and ready to go.  I did however, have pictures from 1986!  When I ran out of photos a  year ago (and didn't want to start the crazy A-Z album) I went back in time a bit.  The book that these pages are in contains photos that are at least 20 years old.  

The object of this book is simply to get everything down, with names to the faces.  I haven't been going quite as crazy as I have in my other ongoing project, and consequently I'm not loving these pages as much.  However, I do have a permanent record now of my friends, and I won't lose any of the pictures along the way.  

Just wait until they discover though that their high school faces are actually posted on the Net...