Friday, September 30, 2016

Wild about Washi. . . and ANOTHER challenge. . .

To say that I am wild about washi tape is an understatement. I ADORE this stuff! 

Features and Benefits

- quick and easy to use
- repositionable
- easy to store
-comes in a zillion patterns and colors
- if you purchase from Stampin' Up! has beautiful color coordination with our other products. 

Washi tape is a hot trend for card makers and scrapbookers alike.  

Today we are going to explore some sample scrapbook  layouts I found on Pinterest that I feel have beautifully shown the versatility of this product. 

Hopefully this blog post will inspire you to get out your washi tape and create! 

First up, here is a super simple idea for making a flag banner with washi to attach to add interest to your scrapbook page:

Or why not try this super simple but oh so colorful idea of applying washi to one side of page a a backdrop for the photos: 

Or how about this super creative idea of drawing a shape on white card stock and using inks and washi tape to embellish the shape as a backdrop: 

Here the designer used washi tape strips for a mat layer and added embellishments and photos on top: 

This is a super simple but eye catching layout (and my personal favorite) .  The designer used washi tape to make a border around the the colors and how the frame pops: 

Now here is another cool idea.  The designer used washi tape to create a grid type backdrop. . . LOVE IT:

Now this sample, the designer used strips of dsp....but you could just as easily use washi tape....and I think it would be better because washi is self adhesive....super cute layout! 

And how about this genius idea....the designer used washi tape and candy dots to fill in the white space and totally compliment the rest of the layout: 

Here the designer used washi to not only add horizontal stripes across the layout but also to attach the photo mats for added interest: 

And finally....stars and stripes.....simple yet oh so effective for this lovely Christmas layout:

Hopefully some of these Pinterest layouts using washi tape in various ways have inspired you to grab your washi tape and get busy.  

Hmmmm that sounds like a challenge.....there we go.....this weeks Challenge is to create with washi tape- cards, scrapbook layouts, whatever.  Remember to send me a picture so I can share it on my blog to help inspire others. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Color Challenge submission by Loretta A.

Here is the first card submission to my color challenge......AWESOME .....thanks for playing along Loretta!  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In-Color Card using Mixed Borders and Papillon Potpourri Stamp Sets. . .

Here is a bright and cheery card I made last week as well.  

It features two of the new In- Colors....Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder.  

I used the Mixed Borders Stamp set found on page is easy to miss this beauty....but you have to check it can stamp the border and there is a space left open in the center for you to add one of the is an AWESOME set! 

The flowers are from the bitty punch pack and the butterfly is from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and I used the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Grab a beverage and settle in for this weeks news and promotions: 

Paper Pumpkin ends Oct 10....hurry....
Thoughtful Branches Bundle is almost gone.....last chance to get yours.. . 

World Cardmaking Day is Oct 1.....why not celebrate Stampin' Up! style with a sale on select cardmaking supplies!!!  Hurry save up to 25% sale only on Oct 1-5th:

And just for fun let's add a month long sale on Designer Series Paper- woohooo! 

And is my upcoming classes

2016 Class Schedule



4th Quarter- 2016 Calendar of Events


Sat 1st- Christmas Card Bundle Club 6:30- preregister and prepaid Tue 4TH-Coffee & Cards Clas-6:30 -$20 or FREE with $3catalog orde
Wed 5th- FREE Beginner CarClass-6:30 FREE
Sat 8th- Christmas Card Class- 10:00- $20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Sat 15th- Girls NighOut & Potluck- 4-10-$20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Tue 18th- FREE Beginner Card Class-6:30 FREE
Thu 20th-Technique Card Class-6:30 -$20 or FREE with $3catalog order
Sat 22nd- Christmas Card Class- 1:00- $20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Tue 25th- Christmas Card Bundle Club- 6:30- preregister and prepaid  
Wed 26- Scrapbooking Class- 6:30- -$20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
 Sat 29th-FREE Beginner Card Class-1am or 2 pm- FREE


Tue 1st- Coffee & Cards --6:30 -$20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Sat 5th- Christmas Card Class- 1:00- $20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Wed 9th- Christmas Card Class- 6:30- $20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Sat 12th-- Girls NighOut & Potluck- 4-10-$20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Wed 16th- Christmas Card Class- 6:30- $20 or FREE with $30 catalog order 
Thu 17th- Technique Card Class-6:30 -$20 or FREE with $3catalog order Sat 19th--Christmas Card Class- 1:00- $20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Tue 22nd-- Christmas Card Bundle Club- 6:30- preregister and prepaid 
Wed 23rd- Christmas Card Class- 6:30- $20 or FREE with $30 catalog order 
Sat 26th- Christmas Card Bundle Club- 6:30- preregister and prepaid  
Wed 30th- ScrapbookingClass-6:30--$20 or FREE with $30 catalog order


Sat 3rd- Christmas Card Class- 1:00- $20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Tue 6th- Coffee & Cards --6:30 -$20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Thu 8th- Technique Card Class-6:30 -$20 or FREE with $3catalog order
Sat 17th- Girls NighOut & Potluck- 4-10-$20 or FREE with $30 catalog order
Wed 28th- ScrapbookingClass-6:30--$20 or FREE with $30 catalog order

World Card Making Day English

Joseph's Coat Technique- Vintage Leaves and Best Birds. . .

Here is a fun card I made last week while playing in my craft studio. 

I have done the Joseph's Coat Technique before.....and I absolutely love I thought I would give it another go- and chose colors that are absolutely not in my "normal" color field. 

I chose the Vintage Leaves stamp set for my images and the Best Birds stamp set for the greeting. 

All were stamped on Whisper White card stock 4" x 5 1/4"  using Versa-mark ink. I then heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.  

Next I grabbed a couple of ink pads- Bermuda Bay and Perfect Plum and sponged on some ink-randomly all over the card stock

A Perfect Plum ribbon for embellishment along with a few Fancy Frost Sequins finished the art piece.  I then mounted it on a standard card base 8 1/2" x 5 /2" scored at 4 1/4" in coordinating Perfect Plum card stock. 

Want to learn other great card making techniques?....join the girls in my Techniques Card Making class is Thursday October 20 @ 6:30- reserve your seat by calling 204-232-7744 or email me

Monday, September 26, 2016

September Girls Night Out- Make and Takes. . .

 I hosted my first Girls Night Out Class on Saturday September 17. A GREAT bunch of girls attended and we had a smashing time!  

Everyone brought something to contribute to a potluck supper....and boy oh boy was it good....we had Taco Soup, Salmon Croissant Sandwiches, Greek Salad, Chicken Croissant Sandwiches, Broccoli Salad and Wildberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream- geesh what a feast! 

The girls got to play with a bunch of my retired stamps, dies and embossing folders and made cards.  They each got a gift bag of goodies, a treat, and did two make and takes.  These are the make and takes that they made:  

The top photo is a full sized card made with the Apple of My Eye stamp set and Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I taught them the Reverse Masking Technique-speckled pears with no speckles outside the eh? 

The bottom photo is mini cards made with the Lots of Love Hostess stamp set. 

I decided to take the fun craft time to scrapbook.  I will share the pages with you in a later post. 

If you would like to join us for our next Girls Night Out on Saturday October 15 contact me to reserve your seat...204-232-7744 or email reserve early as seating is limited! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Color Challenge. . .

Don't get stuck in a rut.....always using green and red for Christmas, or pink yellow and blue for Baby cards.....mix it up a on the edge....try one of these color combos.  

Send me your card so I can post it on my blog to help inspire others! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Life is a beautiful ride. . .

Last weekend I was cleaning my stamp studio, and doing some reorganizing, gathering retired products to sell and I came across this card that I made a while back, that I had forgotten to post.

It is a super simple card that says it all.  I used the Beautiful Ride stamp set and the You're Sublime stamp set.  I colored the images with copic markers and sponged the ground and background areas.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Challenge Card. . . . Christmas Blessings. . .

I received this beautiful card from Carole A.  as a submission to my last card sketch challenge.  I LOVE the gold snowflakes with the washi tape background.  GREAT card Carole....thanks for sharing and using your work to inspire others! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

FREE Beginner's Card Making Class. . .

FREE Beginner’s Card Making Class

Have you always been intrigued by the beautiful handmade cards you see? 

Would you like to learn just how easy it is to make handmade cards yourself?

Are you a bit timid of trying new things in an environment with seasoned card makers?

Would you like a fun FREE evening out with the girls?

Well I have just the answer for you!

I offer a FREE, no obligation beginner’s card making class!

Only people who have never made cards before can attend this class, so everyone will be newbies!

I will provide everything….you do not need to bring anything!

I will show you the different card making products and tools and how to use them!  I will show you just how simple and easy the art of card making really is.

You will leave this class with FREE beautiful handmade cards that you can give to your friends and family!

If you,(and your friends) would like to sign up for this class, contact me at (204) 232-7744 or email:

Note:  Beginners class is limited to five seats to allow for proper demonstration and one- on-one guidance. Register early as seating is limited!

Upcoming Free Beginner Class Dates: 
Thursday Sept 29@6:30,
Wednesday October 5@ 6:30,
Tuesday October 18@ 6:30,
Saturday October 29@10am,
Saturday October 29 @ 2:00