RemArkable Ink Big Blog Hop – National Craft Month – Picture Perfect Party Suite


Welcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for March 2018. This month our theme is Anything Crafty! You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog or may have come from the talented and creative Anna Krol of  Anna’s Stampin’ Cave in the UK.  If you get off track at any time, the full line-up is below to help you move from to blog to blog so you don’t miss any of the fantastic projects.


As soon as I read this month’s theme, I knew exactly which suite of Stampin’ Up! products I wanted to play with — the Picture Perfect Party Suite for sure (all those P’s – so much fun to say!!). Two of these cards are directly CASE’d (Copy and Share Everything)
from page 4 of the wonderful Occasions Catalogue. The third (the smaller, notecard size) uses a special cutting technique posted by Patty Bennett, one of my favourite Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. She constantly shares tips and tricks to get the most out of our Stampin’ Up! products. She posted way back in the summer of 2016 the how-to’s to cutting the beautiful Serene Scenery 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper so that you’d be able to create 2 beautiful notecard size cards with each piece of the 6 x 6 DSP. If you cut all 48 sheets, you can actually make 96 notecards and be ready to celebrate every occasion on your calendar!!

0318-rctc-blog-hop1.pngI love the simple and happy designs of the Picture Perfect Party DSP – isn’t it wonderful when the paper shouts out, “let’s celebrate you – it’s Party time”? The party starts when you take out your supplies to begin creating something fun.

If you haven’t already purchased this suite of coordinating 6 x 6 Designer Series paper, photopolymer stamps, Simple Stripes Embossing Folder, Cardstock Pack, Classic Stampin’ Spots & Mini Binder Clips, whatcha waitin’ for?

You know you’ll definitely use each and every item in the Picture Perfect Party Suite so, if you live in Canada, go order them right now at my “Shop With Me” button on the right side of my blog. All on-line orders receive a special thank you from me including a cute card and a delight and surprise of the month! Now is the best time to order all of the Picture Perfect Party Suite as you’ll qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for each $60 Cdn you spend from now until March 31st.

1. Be sure to share your contact info with me so that you’ll receive:
(a) a thank you email
(b) a hand-stamped Thank You card in the mail from me
(c) if you are regularly spending at least $50 Cdn over the past six month period, I put you on my list to automatically receive our Annual Catalogue in May, our Holiday Catalogue in August, and Occasions Catalogue in December.

If you believe you’ve checked out from your on-line order as a guest or clicked “no contact” from your demonstrator and so have not heard from me, please email me and we’ll look into this so I can see your info and send you cards, surprise and delight gifts and catalogues.

2. Purchase this stamp set (Picture Perfect Birthday #145519 Photopolymer $21 Cdn) as Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Setpart of an order of at least $60 during Sale-A-Bration and you are eligible to choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration item for each $60 of merchandise. Receive a bonus just from me of my PDF by email with cutting and creating instructions for the notecard set with decorated acetate box (includes instructions for the technique I used for the Polka Dot decoration of the box)!
3. The 2017-18 Annual Catalogue Retiring List will be posted soon by Stampin’ Up! Don’t wait until then as last year many In-Color items were sold out within hours of the list being posted.  We know already that all the 2016-2018 In-Colors products will disappear May 31st including Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim. Now is the time to complete your colour collection so you don’t miss out.

Thanks SO much for stopping by to see my project for the National Craft Month Blog Hop.  Next on the list is Jamie Albaense at  Happy Stampin’!

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It’s Time to Check!

It’s time to check WHAT?

It’s time to check into your favourite 2016-2018 In-Color items.  Did you know that last year, as soon as the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List was posted, many of the retiring in-color products sold out — that’s right, they sold out!

Take a look through the products available in the beautiful retiring 2016-2018 In-colors:
Dapper Denim
Emerald Envy
Flirty Flamingo
Peekaboo Peach and
Sweet Sugarplum

Stock up on your favourites (especially the ink refills) now and enjoy the Sale-A-Bration benefits before March 31st.  Cardstock and ink refills have always been the first to sell out.  Click on “Shop with Me” here on my blog and please use the Hostess Code for March: MQVJRPKM so that I can thank you with a card and a little Surprise & Delight gift.  You are welcome to contact me directly through email or phone and I’d be pleased to add your order to my workshop orders this month if you prefer.

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Hi Stampin’ Friends.

OKAY — did you look?  Don’t watch these videos unless you realize you’re going to fall in love with the freshest, most charming, fantastically elegant and absolutely gorgeous fall and Christmas supplies. (I think you realize how much I really love this year’s catalogue!!)   If you peek, you’ll find wonderful cards, packaging and more and you’ll be writing up a list for your next order and you’ll be getting ready to spoil all the special people in your life with the perfect Holiday project.

Click HERE to view the whole Holiday catalogue–you’ll be inspired to create beautiful projects for the holidays!  Contact me if you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would like me to mail you your very own copy of the Creativity Delivered 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

Click on each product description below and then choose to watch the YouTube video–take a moment to check them out and then click to purchase your own supplies.

Play Merry Little Christmas Suite

Play Snowflake Sentiments Bundle

Play Ready for Christmas Bundle

Play Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

Play Year of Cheer Suite

Play Hearts Come Home Bundle

Play Graveyard Gate Bundle

Play Carols of Christmas Bundle

Play Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack

Play Quilted Christmas Suite

Play Smitten Mittens Bundle

Play Be Merry Kit

Play Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!

Please contact me directly if you need any help–Happy Stampin’!!

Our Family & Summer 2017

I can’t believe summer holidays will be over in just a few days. We’ve taken a camping holiday visiting our newly-retired friends in the Okanagan area of British Columbia and otherwise been home for most of July and August. On our way back from BC, we stopped in Vernon to pick up fresh peaches and I’ve canned, jammed, frozen and made pie filling galore–so much delicious fun. In our household, school supplies and back to school clothes are bought and ready to go–I’m not sure we’re all ready for the jam-packed routine again but here we go! It’s grade 12 for our son and high school football season is upon us–practises and games and lots of cheering–I’m so excited to experience this last year in high school as we cheer on our favourite Defensive Back–go Tigers!

While we were away, I didn’t have much Stampin’ time as we attended a jazz music night, visited several Kelowna BC wineries and spent time with friends we don’t often get to see these days.

This Labour Day long weekend, we’re home for the most part so my To-Do list has scheduling as a priority — the classes are planned and now it’s time to schedule dates and get the information out! Watch for some new activities this fall including Stampin’ Bingo and my BOGO retired product sale.


              If you live in Canada and need a demonstrator, you can order your supplies                        in my online store using the Shop with Me tab!

Pretty Kitty Wagon Play

The ladies at the July Technique Class loved the playful kittens in this card we made.  The kittens remind me a beautiful little cat we had when I was growing up.  Snowball was perfectly white and had the softest long hair and a super sweet pink nose.  I coloured the images in on my cats to include pink noses just because of Snowball.  It’s funny how childhood memories flood back with a cute image of a playful kitten!! I love how stamping with friends (new and not-so-new) lets us share our lives while we stamp, use the Big Shot or even during a few minutes of fussy cutting.

Here is what we made:

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And here is how we made it:

  • Chocolate Chip card stock 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″ and folded
  • Light-coloured sheet of Wood Textures DSP stack, cut down to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued to the card base using snail adhesive
  • 3 or more kittens stamped on Whisper White card stock with Early Espresso ink and cut out using paper snips.
  • punch 2 circles with the 0.75″ circle punch
  • choose a contrasting sheet from the Wood Textures DSP and cut out one crate (without the bottom piece as it will not be used) and at the same time, cut the little tag shape from the same thinlit set using a leftover scrap of the lighter DSP.
  • use a scrap from the crate DSP and hand cut a handle (see picture).
  • stamp the “for you” greeting onto the tag shape and tie the tag to the top slat of the “wagon” using the old olive sheer 1/8″ ribbon. Add a dimensional underneath the tag if you prefer that the tag not move.
  • add a dimensional to the back of each black circle, near the bottom edge and a little bit of snail adhesive to the top of the circle and adhere as in the picture.
  • Add kittens to “wagon” with snail adhesive and use mini dimensionals to adhere the kitten just outside the back of the “wagon”.

If you’d like to make this card, click on any of the products below to shop with me.  I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you live in Canada.


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In the class, the participants also made a folding insert for the inside so that when opening the card, the recipient sees the crate move back and forth.  Those instructions were provided for class participants and are part of the perks of stamping with me or making a purchase with the monthly Hostess Code (before August 1: MWYQMANU) or by being part of my group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, Ink and Sparkle Design Team.

Today is the last day for 2 promotions:

  1. Bonus Days end tonight; for every $60 Cdn you spend on merchandise, Stampin’ Up! gives you a $5 coupon to use during the month of August.  Click on the “Shop with Me” icon on the right side of my blog to connect directly with me website shopping and don’t forget to use this month’s Hostess code as you get perks on top of what Stampin’ Up! is offering each month.
  2. Christmas in July ends tonight too; Receive $94 Cdn in free items (2 acrylic blocks to stamp, a snail adhesive, a bone folder, a full pad of grid paper,  paper snips and the Carols of Christmas stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalogue, set for release September 1st. All of this is part of the Starter Kit when you choose up to $165 of Stampin’ Up! merchandise for a cost of only $135 plus GST in Alberta  (no shipping).  What a deal!

Join us in person, shop for supplies or join the Ink and Sparkle Design team–you’ll love it!

Be blessed and let’s get Stampin!

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Just One More Day–July 31

Hi Stampin’ Friends,


There’s just one more day to take advantage of two (not just one!) great promo’s with Stampin’ Up!  If you’ve been thinking about the Starter Kit ’cause:

  • you’ve seen what I do and know you can do it too! (classes are fun and I’ve met some of the most amazing people while offering paper crafting classes)
  • you have so much on your wish list that you’d like to find some way to get the 20% discount (be your own best customer and purchase your products for less)
  • you know someone who’d love these great products and you’re a fantastically generous gift-giver and you’ll buy the Starter Kit for them!
  • you’d like to make some extra money to ease the family budget or make it possible to stretch the budget to include things like music lessons, travel or much more for your family
  • you’d like to connect with an uplifting and encourage community of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators
  • the Stampin’ Up! company is excellent and you’d like to be part of that excellence!

There are as many reasons to join Stampin’ Up! as there are demonstrators and that’s a lot but right now there’s the best reason of all to join before July 31:


These are all the free items included in your Starter Kit in addition to the completely customized products you can choose from the current Annual Catalogue up to and including $165 but you only pay $135 (no shipping on top of that).  Is there a catch? Well, actually, there is… need to act now, before the end of the day tomorrow, July 31st. That’s an absolutely great deal!


Click here to Join the Fun Now!


Carols of Christmas Blog Hop

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Hi Stampin’ Friends and Merry Christmas to each one of you!

Demonstrators have been able to pre-order this beautiful stamp set and coordinating thinlits since July 1st and it’s time to showcase the beautiful images and the awesome creativity in the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator community.

Customers can Join the Fun by purchasing the Starter Kit and receive the Carols of Christmas stamp set absolutely FREE until July 31st!  On August 1st, the bundle and individual products are available to customers as an advance pre-order to the Holiday Catalogue, set to go live September 1st.


I chose to challenge myself with alternative Christmas colours and to use a non-Christmas Designer Series Paper. My goal was a soft-toned & sparkly card showcasing the stamp set with other items in the Annual Catalogue.  Don’t you love it when you find your brand new Stampin’ Up! items coordinate with things you already have?  Buy the stamp set now and you’ll start crafting trendy projects even before you get the Holiday Catalogue in the your hands.

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This is a Double Z 4-1/4″ square card: I inked the “Deck” part of the word stamp in Powder Pink Classic Ink and used a sponge dauber to add a smidge of Berry Burst Classic Ink to the edge of the letters.  The rest of the word image is completely “daubered” (is that a real word? It should be if it isn’t!) with the Berry Burst ink.  The teeny tiny ornaments below are so easy to pop up on the brand new Mini Dimensionals–so cool! You NEED these in your crafting supplies NOW!

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I hope you enjoy my very 1st post to a Blog Hop and the oh-so-creative community of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

Be Blessed and get Stampin’.



Click on the blue frog icon below and select #25 in the list to advance on to see Betty Bickford’s project (  Enjoy!!

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