Friday, March 30, 2012

Fabulous Framed Art ** Kits to go!

During the year I have created several seasonal Framed Art pieces.  The classes have been quite popular for both gifts and people making them for their homes.

The next class is on April 10th where will be creating this SPRING framed piece.  Time of the class is 6-8 and there are 4 spots remaining.

BUT many people have missed out on the FAMILY and NOEL class.

Until April 2nd you can purchase a "kit to go".  I will prep the NOEL and FAMILY framed pieces so you can create this piece at home. Supplies are limited and the cost is $20 without the frame.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to get a complete season of framed art.

The summer version is still to come. 


Thursday, March 29, 2012

A busy spring break so far . . .

So far we have wasted no time in getting into spring break mode.  Monday  - sleep in day and lunch out, Tuesday - went to see the Lorax movie and hockey Wednesday - skiing at Nakiska and today - piano and re-coop day  It never ends! Friday the plan is sleeping in and hockey at night!!!

I guess you can tell that not much stamping has been occurring on this front.

I will share with you one of the Angry Birds boxes I promised Janis I would post.  Sorry Janis, I forgot last week.

Wouldn't this but a cute WOW project??  Hint hint, maybe in May.

The colour is a bit off in the photo but the box base is black.
Two more days to enter my newsletter contest. Email me the code word found in the newsletter and you will be entered to win a spool of ribbon.  Contest ends March 31st and the winner will be announced April 1st right here!  PLUS check out the April WOW class posted here on the 1st.  Too exciting!!!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Nathan

Today is Nathan's 10th Birthday.   I can't believe it!  I have two kids in double digits!!

Here are some cute pics Pete found.

 Yep, still has the crazy hair (when it's longer), super cute smile and still loves his onsie jammies!!

We are having a family celebration today and a friend party in a couple of weeks. Nathan is a Star Wars nut (Happy Potter too) but for this party he picked a Star Wars theme.

Here are the invitations I created with help from Rose Coleman's fantastic punched instructions here.   I saved this card from Heather Summer's mom's card and I saw CASE all the way!

Happy Birthday buddy!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A card from my upline, Kim! And a thanks to you!

Here is a fun card I received in the mail! I love getting happy mail!

Why did I receive this card?

Well, a couple of weeks ago I earned the Stampin UP Getaway trip.  Each year Stampin UP has an incentive trip for demonstrators that reach a certain point in sales and leadership. Thanks to my wonderful customers and fabulous downline I earned this awesome opportunity.  

Thanks to you I received this card!! And a trip to Hilton Head Island!!


Monday, March 26, 2012

New Class and my newsletter is coming!!


It's been a very busy week so here is a quick post.
Here is a peek at an upcoming class I have.  Some of you may have seen this project if you've been at my house in the past few weeks.

Date - April 10
Time - 6-8
Cost - $32 including the frame (black or natural) or $20 for just the SPRING insert

Please register by April 2nd.

My newsletter is almost done and will be sent out in the next day or two. If you would like to be on my mailing list please contact me.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Zombie Kitty

This post is a bit off but you'll get a better chance to see what I've been up this past week.

A couple of weeks ago my friend, Jacquie was telling me about this show that she's been watching - The Walking Dead.  Have you heard of it?  Well, I hadn't heard of it but listening to her re-tell the plot lines and how intense the shows are peeked my curiosity.   She had season one on DVD so she let me borrow it.

On Tuesday I plugged it in and got to work on my swaps.  Then ACK!  She was not kidding when she said the show was INTENSE!!! I was jumping around my scrapbook room, covering my eyes and watching the scenes in between fingers and even staring down at my kitties (thinking happy thoughts) hoping all the characters wouldn't die!!  Just a warning if you haven't seen this show it is DEFINITELY not for the faint of heart - lots of blood or fake blood and quite gross!! BUT sooo good and addicting!  I don't usually like stuff like that but I can say I'm hooked now.  If anyone knows of a way to find season 2 online (the dvd is not out until July, I think) please let me know!!!!

On to the funny creative side of this post.

While I was making the Hello Kitty swaps (and watching The Walking Dead) I kept thinking how this show is warping my mind and if I wasn't careful they would end up looking like zombie kitties.  So I had to make this one as a joke . . .

I wouldn't dare swap it with anyone but I thought it was pretty funny.  Hey, it uses all current Stampin UP products (eyeball and mouth from the Make a Monster set).  I used a black pen to make the stitches.  I'm all set for Halloween!

Have a great weekend and start to Spring Break!! Yahoo!!!

PS I'm working on my newsletter and a list of new classes for April and May.  Watch your email boxes this weekend.



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hello Kitty swaps

Greetings :)

This week has been wonderful.  I've prepped for my upcoming classes, the weather has been great and I've been stamping what I want to stamp. 

Enough babbling, on to what I've stamped. . . 

I used this "me" time to stamp my swaps for my upcoming Stampin UP trip.  I'm participating in a swap and share night on the Disney incentive trip so I thought I'd make some Hello Kitty cards to share.  Yes, they are a little labour intensive but I only had to make 26. Even 26 seemed like a lot once I got to putting those bows on.

These are teeny weeny in real life.

Bowless Kitties

All dressed up

Finished swaps!

I told Pete I'm ready to go to Disney now - swaps are done!  His response?  I don't think I'll do swaps this time.  What a character he is!

Tomorrow I'll share a bit of a twist to the Hello Kitty card and my latest obsession!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More swap cards

Here are the remainder of my March swaps.  I can't wait until next month.

These monochromatic butterflies are stunning!  Created by Erin

I love the creative scallop border made with a hole punch.  Created by Bev

This inspired me to use a stamp set that I've neglected for a while. Love the colours.  Created by Myrna
What a different use of the ribbon and if you know me at all you know that putting anything diagonal on a card is a stretch. This card helped me think outside my box!  Created by Cathy

Creative use of the Pennant die and I love the hand cut flowers.   Created by Darlene
I'm working on swaps today so I'll take some pics and share them with you tomorrow.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Downline swaps

Beginning this month (and for the next 3 months) I'm participating in a swap organized by Avery, a member of my second level downline. I received 8 envelopes of happy mail over the past two weeks!  It has been unbelievable seeing the fantastic creativity of so many in my downline! It has opened my eyes up to trying a new colour combination, dig out a stamp set I haven't used in a while or seeing a punch in a whole new light.  I hope these samples inspire you to create!

Can you recognize the punch used on the tulips?  From the Queen of the Owl punch fan club.  Love the white gel pen detail too.  Created by Kim M

I love the "fancy" way to attach the ribbon and man,  NOW have to buy this stamp set.  Great whimsical spring card! Created by Rachel

Loving the clouds on this card!  A definite must have stamp set - Send me Soaring.  Created by Allison
Those pennants are super popular now!  Each pennant is threaded through!!  OMG!!  Created by Avery


Monday, March 19, 2012

Recipes from the Card Buffet

Happy Monday morning!

I hope the weekend was good to you and you are as excited about the start of spring this week!  It was a busy one here at the Burns household with a fun school performance on Friday night, hockey on Saturday (nothing new there) and Card Buffet classes Sat and Sunday.  Can you believe over 180 cards were made this weekend!!!  Awesome!!  Lots of Angry Birds, penguins and punched flowers were created in one weekend.  Thanks to all that attended the card buffet this weekend.

We had some yummy snacks so I thought I'd share some of the recipes from the weekend.

Peanut Butter Cups - I've posted this one before but it is soo popular I'll post it again.
1c peanut butter
1c margarine
1c white sugar
1c brown sugar
2 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3 pkgs peanut butter cups ( I usually purchase them at Superstore)

Cream butters and add sugars.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Mix in flour and baking soda and shape into 1" balls.  Place into mini muffin tins and bake for 11-13 min for 350 degrees.  Immediately upon removal from oven press one peanut butter cup into each cookie. Makes about 48 and they freeze wonderfully.

Extraordinary Cheese Dip from Epicure



1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
2. Combine all ingredients until well-blended and spoon into Epicure’s Baker.
3. Bake 20–30 minutes, or until heated through.

Hot Artichoke Dip from Epicure



1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
2. Combine all ingredients.
3. Spoon into Epicure’s Baker. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbling.

Have a great day and check back tomorrow for some paper inspirations!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Easter Bunny treat bags

Here is the special Easter Treat bag we created for club on Wednesday evening.

 These were super easy to make and so cute!

Supplies needed
Paper - Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Inks - Pretty in Pink
Punches - 1/2" circle, small heart, Large oval and extra large oval
Other - Top Note die, sponges, sponge dauber, black felt, white gel pen, and 4x6 cellobags from Stampin Up

Hope you have a great weekend!  Mine will be busy with a full card buffet on Saturday and Sunday.  Can't wait to see all the cards created this weekend!!!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cardmakers' club projects

Last night was another fun evening with my Cardmaker's group. Thanks to Colleen for hosting a great night out!

Here are the card projects we made.

While this technique is rather easy it's always a WOW!

A card using the Poppin Pastels technique

Just a flower pot??

Of course not . . .  it's a card.
Thanks to all of you that inquired about my hand/arm.  It's feeling much better after a night of rest and now I'm ready to continue crafting!!

Tomorrow I'll share with you the special Easter project we made for club!
** If you are interested in joining a cardmaker's or scrapbook club for the new catalogue year please let me know.  I'm beginning to compile lists and work out scheduling for the next round.  I'd love to share Stampin UP with you.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The wonderful things you can do with Blossom Builders!

This is a quick post as my arm is a little messed up from volunteering at Nathan's school.  Long story but let's just say I'm one finger typing this post AND it's my right arm - MY STAMPING HAND!!!

Here are the rest of the scrapbook pages from last weekend.

Aren't the growing flowers on the right hand side super cute!  Created by Tracy H

I love the addition of the little Boho Blossom flowers too.  Created by Michelle C
The colour choice for these photos is fantastic!  I love the flower grouping on the right hand page.  Created by Sherri P
Wish me luck that a good night's sleep will solve the problem!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A sneak peek at something new!

Hi all

I thought I'd share with you a sneak peek of a new stamp set in the upcoming Catalogue beginning June 1st BUT what is even better is that this stamp set will be available for you to purchase between April 1-30!  It's just part of a new Summer Smooches bundle available for purchase during the month of April.

Why do I have the stamp set already??  Because I'm a demo!!  One of the best parts about being a demonstrator is getting a sneak peek at the cool new products.  Better still being a demo allowed me to earn this stamp set in January by attending Manager's Reception in San Antonio.

We also received this awesome bag at Leadership (think possible fabric sneak peek) and oooohh, the additions to this line are sooo exciting!!!!

Interested in becoming a demo??  JOIN NOW for just $150!!  The starter kit is a fantastic deal!!

Contact me and I can answer any questions you may have.


Monday, March 12, 2012

More Blossom Builder sample pages

I hope you had a great weekend.  We had hockey, enjoyed the sun and played outdoors.  What a treat to be able to go to the park in March!

On Friday my second monthly scrapbook group met and created some great pages.  Hope this inspires you to create today!

I love the use of the "flag" piece on it's side.  Created by Shannon P 

I love the bold use of the green stamped flowers on the background paper.  Created by Kim M.

The colours on these two pages make the photos POP!  Created by Alison O
 Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Monochromatic Mood

No I'm not depressed but I was in an orange funk when I created this card. When I was scrapbooking with a friend a couple of weeks ago I was inspired by her orange and blue beach pages.  She had all these shades of orange out trying to choose her background and matting and TA DA card inspiration right there!

Greenhouse Garden is one set I haven't used in a while but one that I love.  The colours I used were Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral and Peach Parfait.  

Hope you enjoy this touch of spring!  If you have suggestions for other monochromatic colour combos leave me a comment!

Enjoy the weekend! 


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thanks for the great response to my Angry Birds stuff

It was great to hear from many of you that you enjoyed my Angry Birds box (or one that I CASED from someone in blogosphere)  I even had some feedback that I should have an Angry Birds class.  Hmm  . . . something to think about.

I'm still working on scanning those directions to make the birds but here are the punches and supplies I used to make the box.

Paper - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Basic Black
Dies - Fancy Favor box
Punches -  2 1/2 circle (Whisper White), 1" circle (Whisper White), 1/2" circle (Basic Black), 3/4" square (Daffodil Delight - cut on my paper trimmer), small strips of Basic Black cut by hand, 5 petal flower punch (Real Red)
Other - Hemp Twine and Sticky Strip

How to add the handles:
1) Die cut one Fancy Favor box in Real Red.
2) Add the Angry birds punched pieces to one side of the box. Add the 5 petal flower punch to the opposite box side.
2) Cut 2 strips 1/2 x 2 1/2" of Real Red and apply sticky strip to these pieces.
3) Place the hemp Twine onto the sticky strip to form the handle and then take this entire piece and attach to the box.

I'm going to have to work on an Angry Birds family!

 Have a great day!


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

This is the BEST Kids Camp EVER!!!!

This is what was said during my Kids Camp this past weekend - quite a bit!

The Angry Birds theme has been quite popular in my crafting room.  Lots of little punched bits flying about and here is what I made.  Of course I CANNOT find the source where I CASED this fantastic box so if this creation is yours please email me.

 I originally planned to do this craft with just my Club Create (7-9 year olds) but since the Paper Crafter's girls were extremely envious of them we'll be doing it next month at your class.

We also made these mini Angry Birds cards.

 I'm working on getting a recipe sheet on how to make these so watch for that in an upcoming post.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I Dig This

More kids cards and this time for the boys!

Just a simple card in bright colours!  The wheels even move on this card.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps - I Dig This
Paper - Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso and Basic Black
Inks - Real Red and Early Espresso
Accessories - Linen Thread, Scallop Duos die and silver brads

Safe driving if you live in Calgary!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Hello Kitty

I hope you had a great weekend with your family.  That sunny weather was FANTASTIC!!

This weekend was Kids camp weekend again and those always are busy and go by much too quickly.

My card today was inspired by my friend Angela.  She wanted to create a Hello Kitty card for her daughter and when she showed me her punched creation I had to CASE it.  Now, as a mom of boys there isn't too much Hello Kitty merchandise hanging around my house (like, none) so I had to check online to get a close up of what her clothes looked like, her arms and especially her legs.  

I think she is too cute for words.  What do you think?


Friday, March 2, 2012

Kids Card ideas

Happy Friday!

That was a quick week!  When this catalogue came out last year there were two sets I was completely drawn to - Dinoroar and  I Dig You.  Must be my preschool teacher background and the fact that I have boys:)

I have had many requests for a simple kids card ideas and today I'm going to share one with you.

I think the inside is my favourite.
 Have a great weekend and next week I'll show you my kids camp projects from this weekend. They're top secret!!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

March WOW Class - Interactive Cards

 Join me in creating these 3 Interactive cards. 
1) Spinner card
2) Maze card
3) Slider card

Once you get your hands on that Maze card your day will be done.  It's so addicting!  Hope you can join me!

Date - Wed, Mar 21
Time - 6-8pm
Cost - $15 or a $40 order

Class maximum is 9.  Don't delay and register today!