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Hostess Gift

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These boxes were the hostess gift and door prize at my workshop Monday night.  Made with the Fancy Favor Box die and filled with Hershey’s Kisses, they were a big hit!!

It’s easy to add a window to this box – just use any appropriate sized punch to cut a window from one of the panels before you assemble the box.  Adding a window sheet allows the box to be filled with little pieces.  I LOVE the simplicity our Big Shot dies provide while creating such unique projects. 





Birthday Celebration Class recap

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I finally held my big birthday celebration class a couple of weekends ago.  I celebrated 9 years with Stampin’Up! AND Stampin’Up!’s 10 years in Canada.

21 friends came to enjoy 5 birthday-themed projects and a whole lotta fun.

I featured the 5 projects a couple of weeks ago, but here are some photos of the actual event.  Please note the lighting in the rented room was terrible for photo-taking!

This photo shows the prizes for the evening.  A few were door prizes and then we had to have prizes for the games which were “Name that Stamp Set” and “What is the Stampin’Up! Color” – catalogues on the tables were a big help to some stampin’newbies!  lol

This mini cupcake box was filled with delicious chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting.  Instructions to make the box  can be found in my Homemade Goody Packages Tutorial.

A blossom box filled with kisses – and it fits a lot of those tasty little guys!  The blossom box die is on the retiring accessory list and won’t be around much longer!

This little cutie is also carrying a bunch of kisses.  You can find the instructions to this purse at  Inking Idaho and is in Becky’s Tres Chic Handbags tutorial.  My friend who won this bag was so thrilled!! 

I prepared quite a birthday spread for my friends too.  I used colors from the Sweet Shop designer series pack to decorate the table and the cupcakes!  We also had red velvet birthday cake, mini banana split bites, ice cream sundaes, strawberry shortcake kabobs and 3 different punches.  No one went home hungry!!

A very special thank-you to all my friends who came to celebrate my anniversary with Stampin’Up!  I had a great time visiting with you one-on-one!!





Summer Petit Purses

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These precious little purses are made with a new die for the Big Shot and it’s called Petit Purses.  It’s available for the month of April only – until the new catalogue comes out in June. 

I made these 4 samples as the prizes for my monthly stamp club challenge, which in April, was to make a card using pastel colors.  I didn’t take photos of the samples my customers have made this month so I can’t share their brillance with you 🙁

Don’t miss out on this sneak peak product – the purse is so easy to put together and has such a wow factor!





While previewing the new Summer Mini Catalogue last month, I was inspired by the new Designer Series Paper pack, Beyond the Garden, to create some beach themed items.  Beach bags immediately came to mind! 

I always seem to be collecting a new beach bag every year (mostly cause I can’t find the previous year’s one!)  and I love the fun bright colors they all have and of course, their capacity to hold lots of items for a day outdoors.  So, to stay true to the purpose of a real beach tote bag, I created these three replicas keeping space in mind.

All three totes are large and strong enough to be used as gift bags for that special summer or Hawaiian themed party:

*** Flower Rimmed Wild Wasabi tote  measures 8 1/2″ wide at the top, 7″tall excluding handle (11″with handle) and is 2″ deep

*** Daffodil Delight Nautical Striped tote measures 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and is 2″ deep

*** Round Clutch Handle tote measures 7 1/2″ long, is 6″high and 1 1/2″ deep

Beach Tote Ensemble Tutorial includes:

15 pages of written instructions and measurements to complete all three projects

40 step by step photos to assist you in recreating the projects

$3.99 CAD

The tutorial will be emailed to you as a PDF file following your purchase through PayPal.





Something’s in the works here…

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It’s going to be quiet around here for most of this week, as I’m working on something a little bigger than usual for you.

Enjoy the photo teaser above and I hope to see you Thursday!




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Occasions Mini highlights-part 1

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All this week, I’ll be sharing projects that I’ve prepared for a special Occasions Mini class next month.  There are SO MANY amazing products in this mini catalogue, it just seemed fitting to use as many as I could for one class!

Because of the long weekend, I lost a day in my week, so I’ll be sharing 2 of the projects today:

You should know just how much I love this stamp set – Easter Blossoms- that’s why I showcased it first!   I also used Springtime Vintage DSP which pairs so well with the set. I loved Lisa Young’s card layout here, and made it my own for this class.

This is a fun little box created with the Petal Cone die.  Also from the mini, I used the Eat Chocolate stamp set.  Thanks to Kim Sinclair, one of my new stamping friends, for the idea!

See you tomorrow with another project!