Bundle of Joy!

Hello and welcome back! Today I am sharing with you, baby thank-you's that I made for an old co-worker! Her little one is due at the end of the month and I'm so excited for her!

Thank-you's are such a daunting task, especially if you have a big shower or lots of family. So I like to make up a little gift to help. I put together a little package that contains 20 cards, envelopes and postage stamps!
They don't know if they are having a boy or a girl (Fun!) So I had to make my Thank-you's neutral. I found this to be a challenge, as I'm use to making gender specific baby cards. Did I do okay or are they TOO neutral?

My card is a bit of new and a bit of old! I hope you don't mind. I don't part with my stamps easily, even when they retire and I'm glad I don't.
This adorable bear is from the old stamp set: Bundle of Joy, and my greeting is from an old hostess set: Kind and Caring Thoughts.The greeting and bear were stamped on Crumb Cake card stock with Early Espresso Ink. Then I coloured the bear with Bake Brown Sugar and Crumb Cake.  The heart is punched out of Real Red Core'dinations card stock. I also used Soft Suede and Naturals Ivory card stock. Last but not least I used the new and wonderful: 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon! Love this stuff!

I hope you're having a good week so far, and Happy Creating, as always!


Wahoo! September's Paper Pumpkin!

Did you receive your Paper Pumpkin yet? I did and I must say, it was fun getting a complete surprise in the mail. Well almost...
Just FYI - Don't go on pinterest after it's been shipped :( Some places receive theirs sooner then others.

This month's kit, is the Wahoo! kit. You receive a giant "Wahoo!" stamp, a "You did it!" stamp, a Midnight Muse Ink Spot and enough material to make 4 cards!
The cards are super stylish and I love how they are not gender specific.

I made up a few of the cards and then moved on to make a coordinating gift box! You know me... I love little gift boxes.

So here is what I came up with? What do you think? Wanna make one? Well you can and it only uses 1 cards worth of material!!!

Directions:
- On the 8.5" edge cut .25" off of the target design.
  You should now have a base size of 8.25" x 5.5".
- With your main card base, target design face up. score at 1" and 4.5" on the 5.5" edge.
- On the 8.25" edge and your target design to the left,
   score at 3", (4" is the card fold), 7" and 8".
- Cut on those score marks up to the 1" score lines on each side.
- Cut and remove tiny end flaps (see diagram below)
- Fold on all score lines and assemble by taping the sides together, and tuck box flaps in!

Well, I hope my diagram and instructions make sense! If not, just ask! I don't mind!

Happy Creating!


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I Heart Washi Tape!

I have to tell you, washi tape has turned into one of my favourite accessories! I wasn't too sure about it, when it first came out... I mean it's just fancy tape...right!?! But as soon as I got my hands on it and started playing, I instantly loved it.

The one thing I love the most about it, is that it's forgivable. If I don't like it or placed it in the wrong place, I can simply peel it up and move.

Today, I'm sharing a REALLY simple card. I needed a bunch of little thank-you's and I only had a little bit of time to create, so with the help of my washi tape, I created these quick little cards!

Thanks for stopping by and sorry for the quick and simple post. It's been a long week with everyone in my house hold (including myself) under the weather.

Until next time, Happy Creating!

3 Cheers for You!

Good morning and happy Monday! 
I'm not quite sure how this post is going to turn out, as I'm out of town, without my laptop and doing this with my phone. So I apologize in advance if my photo is huge and jetting off the screen. As soon as I get home, I'll fix it on my computer.

Anyways... On to today's card. Here is a Birthday card that I created using the stamp set: Happy Hour. I love this set as it is so versatile! 

My Father in Law drinks Crantini's, (is that an actually drink name or a nickname?) so I tried to make the drinks on his card to look like them. There are always cranberries in the bottom of his drink, so to give that illusion, I used a cherry cobbler marker, and coloured just the bottom of the drink on my stamp. Then I took a blender pen and blended the colour out to the top of the glass, made little dots in the red, and stamped! I think it turned out well. 

To give the drinks a little more pop, I glossed them up with Crystal Effects!

I also used the stamp set: Gorgeous Grunge, Washi Tape, Rhinestones, and the arrow clip from Hung Up Cute Clips accessories.

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating. 


The Joy of Banners!



I must admit, I've been having a lot of fun with Stampin' Up's, New Product: Build a Banner Simply Created Kit! I love the stencils that come with it! (Who says you can only use them with the banners? Wink Wink!)

Today I'm sharing with you, the Christmas Banner that I made with the banner kit and the banner accessory kit.  My Banner is pretty much an exact copy of the one in the Holiday Catalogue on page 13.

I altered my banner a little, to allow my accessories kit to stretch further. To me, It's all about getting the most use out of my purchases! The accessory kit comes with 4 rosettes to be made, but I cut 2 of them in half to make 4 smaller rosettes, now giving me 6 in total!!!

I LOVE the giant, vintage faceted designer buttons that come in the accessory kit, they're SO Sparkly! I wish I had more!

If you would like to see the Build a Banner Kit and Accessory Kit in action, check out this video!

Would you like to create a Christmas Banner for your home? Then come on out for my class! Please see all the information below!

before I sign off, I want to apologies that I'm a little quiet this week. My sister has been down visiting for the week and we've been having a great time. I have received a few emails, that I haven't responded to yet, but I will, I promise! 



When: Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Time: 1PM
Cost: $45* 
Along with your created banner, you will go home with 15 remaining banners, extra jute twine, extra accessories and all the components of the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit: 30 stencils and 2 spritz bottles.

Please contact me at mdv@rogers.com, by Wednesday, October 30th if you would like to attend. Space is limited.

*Because merchandise will be purchased specifically for you, after October 30th, you are responsible for payment of the class if you cancel.

Mr. Pumpkin, Frankie and My Mummy!

Omigoodness,  I am so excited to share today's project with you. I had so much fun creating these little characters and I think you will too. 






Allow me to introduce you to: Mr. Pumpkin, Franky and My Mummy! I created these guys using the build a banner kit! (Actually... the refill kit! + spritzers) 

For Mr. Pumpkin and Frankie. I spritzed their main colour first. I used approx. 20-23 drops of re-inker in rubbing alcohol. I used the rubbing alcohol because it dries a lot faster. (well technically evaporates, which is really the important part.)  When spritzing the whole banner with colour, it starts to curl and roll up. With using the rubbing alcohol, I'm able to press it under something heavy and still have it dry.




All details, were then added with daubers, inks and some homemade templates! 

For some extra little details, I added a paper leaf and curly cue to Mr. Pumpkin, paper bolts and actual stitching to Frankie, and burlap to my Mummy! 

Now for my other exciting news... I'm offering this as class! Come on out and create your own Mr. Pumpkin, Frankie and Mummy!
When: Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Time: 1PM
Cost: $40*
All materials are included! 
Along with your created banner, you will also go home with 15 addition banners, extra jute twine, 2 spritz bottles and 6 daubers!

Please contact me at mdv@rogers.com, by Wednesday, September 18th if you would like to attend. Space is limited, so the sooner the better.

*Because merchandise will be purchased specifically for you, after September 18th, you are responsible for payment of the class if you cancel.





I hope you like my banner and I can't wait to create some Christmas ones ;)
Happy Creating!




I'm a Little OCD!


Well the Paper Pumpkin promotion has come and gone and I really hope you were able to take advantage of it. 

I'm already looking forward to receiving this month's Paper Pumpkin, as it will be a COMPLETE surprise this time!  Everyone gets the same first kit, so I already knew what I was going to receive for my 1st month's subscription. Bummer. (I hope one day SU will change that, but that's a whole other topic ;)

So I started thinking about how I was going to store my Paper Pumpkin Stamps and of course the obvious answer was an empty stamp case.  

Now,  my craft room is already enough of a mess and I'm already constantly looking for stuff. So I wanted to make sure that my Paper Pumpkin Stamps had a running chance of being found when I go to use them again. SO... MDS TO THE RESCUE!!!

I just had to create a label for my case, and not just any label... a classic SU label! It needs to coordinate! (Yep! I'm OCD) In the MDS program, Stampin' Up! nicely includes their logo, so that was easy to match. I put my title on the front and down the side. I even created a cute little "scan code" with the freeform tool. Instead of a number of stamps, I put: Set of Wonderful Stamps!




You might be wondering why I left the front blank. well that is so I can stamp my paper pumpkin stamp images onto the front, every time I get one!



One thing that is different on my label from a classic SU label is that mine has a back. This is where I placed a few little reminders for my paper pumpkin customers! That's right, anyone that joins Paper Pumpkin with me, receives this cute little case! (Once your first kit ships, I then receive your information and are able to mail this out to you.)


I hope you are inspired by my little MDS project today. Is there anything around your house, that needs organizing, that MDS can help with? Hmmmm...

Happy Creating!

Rev Up the Fun for Birthdays!

This was the 1st stamp set out of the catalogue that I HAD to have this year! I love it! "Rev Up the Fun!" is cute for kids and yet sporty enough for men!

Today's card is dirty & simple! Wink Wink! We can't do a clean and simple card for a boy!
I think, for boys, dirty = fun!
I sponged up the Smokey Slate card stock with Smokey Slate Ink and splattered the red with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Real Red Ink!

But don't worry, I made sure that the car was clean and spiffy by stamping it on Whisper White and cutting it out. I stamped the wheels on Basic Grey and also cut them out.

Then I layered everything, glued it down and put it on top of the very yummy 3/4" Basic Black Chevron Ribbon!

I hope you enjoy todays card, and happy creating!



It's that time of year again!!!

I am happy to announce that the Simply Stars Team is once again holding it's Annual GI Cancer Fundraiser!!!

I love this event, as it is nice to get together with so many wonderful people, do some stamping,  receive door prizes, win prizes AND all for a good cause!

This year we will be making 10 CUTE Christmas cards and an adorable package for them to go in or to be used for anything you like!


The cost of the event is $46! You will receive:
       * The adorable stamp set: Colour Me Christmas
       * A full pack of Season of Style Washi Tape
       * All the supplies needed to make the cards
       * a door prize for EVERY participant!!!
       * and if you attend in person, you will also receive a water bottle and treats!

You will need to provide your own scissors, adhesive and markers. If you want to "match" the marker colours we used, they are: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry.
I am offering a marker bundle, for $18 (That's less then customer cost!) for all 4 markers!

The Fundraiser will be held at Hillside Church on Commissioners Road here in London. If you can't make the even in person, I will gladly put a kit together for you. (only available to Canadians, Sorry)

I hope you can make it out to this wonderful event!
Please click on my photo to get a better view of our flyer (I can't get it to size right.)

I can't wait to hear from you!
Please RSVP as soon as possible to hold your spot!

Happy Creating
Martha