A Stampin' Up Play Date

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hello everyone!

It has been four months since I had to retire as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, and I have missed the fun. I have been very busy teaching classes at Scrapbook Essentials BC along with my duties as a Spellbinders Educator. My fellow Stampin' Up Demonstrator group, the Seashore Stampers, contacted me about having a day to play with them, to have some fun and catch up on what is going on in our lives. A 'play date' as it was called by the group.

Unfortunately, by the time the date arrived, life has a way of changing plans, which was the case for three of the ladies of the group. So I did not get the chance to visit with them. Those of us that were able to make it had a blast! It was so fun to dig out some of the Stampin' Up supplies again and create, and everyone brought something for our pot luck luncheon, and the food was wonderful!

Here are some photos of the get together.

These are three of the wonderful ladies that could make it to the 'Play Date'. And below is a photo with me and two of them.

Next come the photos of the luncheon food. Unfortunately, I did not think to take the photos until after we each had our first serving.

I took photos of each individual item. First, it the Thai Spring rolls with peanut sauce, which are covered with damp paper towel to keep the rolls moist.

Then, someone had nearly the same idea that I did. Here is a bowl of watermelon with Feta cheese.

Next you see two bowls, and no, the one bowl is not filled with peperoni. It is gluten free beat crackers with seeds, which turned out to be popular with one person in particular. Glad that she liked them so much. I must admit that they are very good, or I would not have brought them.

And lastly, my salad. It is made with watermelon, blueberries, cucumber, Feta cheese, a tiny bit of mint, honey and poppy seed dressing.

OK, enough of that. I am thinking that you might want to see what I made that day. We were having so much fun visiting that I do not think we got much work done during those 5 1/2 hours, but I did get three cards made.

I have two grandchildren that have birthdays this month, so I decided that this was probably the only time I would have to get to making them. The first is for my grand-daughter that will be turning 10. I decided using the new Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Blast colours, would be a great colour combo for a girl that age.

Then for my grandson, who will be turning 12, I finally got to using some DSP that I was never able get around to using before, and is now discontinued.

Then, as always, I never have enough Thank You cards, so I had time to make a quick one using some of the gorgeous new Delight Daisy DSP.

So, there you have the three cards made at the Seashore Stampers Play Date. I would like to thank the Seashore Stampers for inviting me to play with them again and visit with them. We had so much fun that we set a tentative date for another 'Play Date' some time in October. Looking forward to it!

It was four months ago I surprised everyone with the news of retiring as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator to pursue the Spellbinders Educator position; well, there is another surprise that I will be posting soon. So watch for it sometime in the next month or so.

In the mean time, I will be busy teaching classes, amongst other things, and wish you all a great Summer and happy creating!

Retiring as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hello everyone!

Today I am saying goodbye to you as a Stampin' Up demonstrator. I love Stampin' UP, but have other opportunities to pursue at this time that I can not pass up. I thank you all for following me here on this blog; also for being such great customers.

If you need to find someone to continue ordering Stampin' Up products from, email me and I will put you in touch with someone to help you.

I would also like to thank you for all the kind and sweet comments you have made on my creations over the past few years. This blog will remain here for the times that I can pull out my Stampin' Up stuff and create projects to share with you. Until I get into a good routine, I think the posts will be a little more sporadic, but hopefully a little more regular later on.

Again, thank you all so very much.

Wishing you all the best, and happy creating!

Thinking of Easter Yet?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Welcome from MiRan's blog! This is a sad post for me, as it will be my Seashore Stampers Blog Hop post.

I love to create Easter cards, because it makes me feel like Spring is here or will soon be here.

There is no way that a Demonstrator can get all the stamps one would like, and it took me a while to get the "Circle of Spring" stamp set. I had the Christmas ones with the coordinating dies, so it only made sense to get the "Circle of Spring" as well to maximize the use of the dies. And with the new Watercolouring pencils, it is an ideal combination to create something really pretty for Easter.

It really looks like Spring by adding all those extra vines and flowers around the wreath of flowers. I both the photos above and below, you can see how I layered everything.

Do you see the flicked Wink of Stella on the card? It adds some lovely sparkle to the card. I stamped and coloured 6 of the circles, 4 of which I cut in half to create a larger circle of flowers around the single one...

...with the remaining cut up for the inside of the card.

You can see how I layered everything in this last photo. Oh, I forgot to mention that this card is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".

 I think this card looks happy. It could also make a lovely wedding card, don't you think?

Even though this is the first time I have used this stamp, I hope it has inspired you to pull it out again and use this stamp again along with your water colour pencils. I know there is other inspiration from the previous blog posts, so you will have plenty of ideas now.

If you haven't seen the other posts yet, there links to hop from post to post below. Have fun hopping!



Bruni P
Erica E.
MiRan B.
Sabrina R. ...that's me!

Happy stamping & creating!

Dream Theme Blog Hop - Easter

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Both my desktop and laptop computers went on the fritz within a week of each other. I just got them back from the repair shop just in the nick of time! It's Dream Theme Blog Hop time.

Welcome from Amy's blog!

Today we are sharing Easter creations! I have a card that involves a bit of fussy cutting using the SAB Avant-Garden stamp set and the beautiful Blooms & Bliss DSP. The piece of DSP I used reminds me so much of the cherry blossoms that fill many of our streets here in Victoria. Just this last Monday I noticed that a few of the streets were beginning to show that wonderful sign of Spring! I decided to create an A7 sized card this time (5 x 7) so that I could get a lot of lowers on the card.

It was an after thought to add the "Happy Easter" border which explains why it is upside down. I would have spaced everything better had I done is before adding the flowers. At least to me it looks upside down. In the photo below, you can see all the flowers and leaves I fussy cut after stamping, and arranged on the card. I decided that I did not want a monochromatic card and included yellow and blue flowers to the colour scheme. Colours associated with Spring colours.

In the side view below, you can see that I popped up the matted white rectangle as well as some of the flowers and the "Happy Easter" banner.

On the inside, I added my usual corner stamping. Since it is a larger card, there is plenty of space for it.

The next blog post to see is that of the very talented Jennifer!



Be sure to leave these talented ladies some love.

Teneale Williams (Australia)
Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
Tracy May (UK)
Amy Koenders (USA)
Sabrina Radeck (Canada) That's me!
Jennifer Pauli (Germany)

Hoping our hop has given you some inspiration for creating your Easter projects!

Happy creating!

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Daily Encouragement/Reminder

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Welcome form Mi Ran's blog! Hope you are enjoying the creative ideas we are sharing with you today.

Our theme for today's post is to create something that can be framed. I wasn't originally going to make a sampler, but as I was going through my stash, I came across the gorgeous Project Life "Hello Lovely" set of cards and accessories. Then as I was going through the cards my mind said, 'OK, there are too many items I want to use on this project. Might as well make another sampler.' I hope that you all don't mind. I chose the lighter colours to go with my home, and set out to make something to encourage me and remind me of things to work on.

You can see that everything is popped up with dimensionals. I used an old wall plaque purchased at a thrift store, and the 12 x 12 just fit on top of the image (well, actually it hangs over the edge about 1/32" all the way around).

The accessory package for this set, has some black alpha stickers and gold foil stickers. Obviously I used the gold, to put on the sampler some of the things that I need reminding of, and encouragement for. Being a religious person, praying in the morning when I get up, and at night before going to bed, is something that helps me in many ways. Unfortunately, as a very busy person it is something that I often forget, or put off. Since this makes my life better when I do it on a regular basis, it is important to me. I thought I would use this sampler as a reminder. Study, refers to reading and studying the scriptures on a daily basis, and Act, refers to acting on the things I learn and know are right. (you can see that I ran out of 'T's and had to great one with two 'I's.

Sometimes when we go through challenges, we need to be reminded that life really is beautiful. I fussy cut a few flowers from another card and popped them up in the lower left of the card.

And I added more fussy cutting here, with the banner as a reminder to think Happy Thoughts.

"Keep the faith" is something that we all need to be reminded of, and this doesn't have to be religious faith, but faith in ourselves, in what we are doing, etc., and not give up hope.

I love to fussy cut, so it wasn't an overwhelming thing to cut out this wreath out of one of the cards. This is the center of the sampler, and refers to all the reminders on the sampler...do do them everyday.

These are just some decorative elements for the sampler, and I love how they look.

As I was taking the photos for the post, I realized that these colours not only go in my home, but in parts of my eldest daughter's home as well. So now, do I keep it for myself, or give it as a gift to here, because I know she too wants to work on these things as well. Maybe I can find another plaque or frame and create a second one!

The next photo shows the plaque hanging on my wall.

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Here is a list of everyone participating in today's Blog Hop.

Mi Ran
Sabrina - that's me...

I hope you have been inspired by the creations we have shared with you today, and that you are inspired to create your own item to frame.

Happy Creating!

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