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Party Wishes for a Friend

My son is going to his best friend's 7th birthday party in a matter of minutes.  With the gift wrapped all that was needed was a card to go with it.

And because it's me....it has to be handmade....

My son is always incredibly excited when I let him use "my stuff".  Probably because I'm so strict about them not touching it.  EVER.

They have their own stamping bin....but this is a special friend....so I pulled out my BRAND NEW "Party Wishes" set.

SO. MUCH. FUN.




The glue isn't quite dry here....but I wanted to show you the fun little candles that he punched out and the cool balloon Washi Tape!


I love this suite of products and I can't wait to feature them at my Birthday Card Stamp Camp (see "Upcoming Events" for more details).  It is such a versatile suite and easy to use.....clearly....my son is only 6!

Happy Stampin'!


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Hello to Sale-a-bration

Hello!  Welcome to Sale-a-bration 2016!

Sale-a-bration is, hand's down, my FAVOURITE Stampin' Up! promotion!  Before I was a demonstrator I used to save up my purchases until this time so I could get more for my money....who am I kidding....I still do!   Some of my favourite Stampin' Up! stamp sets are Sale-a-bration sets!

Here's one of the best of this year's Sale-a-bration sets...."Hello":


There are so many possibilities!   Here is one design that I used for 2 different cards:

 I heat-embossed the "Hello" image using White Emboss Powder and then, using my AquaPainters, watercoloured over top of it.  Then I used paper from the "It's My Party" DSP package (which is HUGE by the way....48 sheets!) for the background.   There is a good mix of really "Birthday-ish" themes and more neutral ones.



Using the "flip" side of the DSP allowed me to make 2 cards, with different messages, really quickly!

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Welcome Words

Happy New Year!  I hope that all of you reading this have had a wonderful holiday season and that 2016 holds many blessings for you!

With a new year come new beginnings.  In the Stampin' Up! world that means a new Occasions Catalogue launching on January 5th.   I had the good fortune of being able to participate in Stampin' Up!'s "OnStage Local" event in November and got a look at this catalogue early.  One of the first sets to catch my eye was the "Welcome Words" set.

Here's why....I have a friend who is a travel consultant and she has been looking for a "Welcome Home" or "Welcome Back" stamp for a number of years now.   Every time a new catalogue comes out we scour it for one....and this time it was there!  Yay!

I ordered it in the demonstrator "pre-order"....another great perk of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.....and had fun playing around with it last night.

Here's the one I like the best:



I also used …