Thank you so much for joining us on our very first Kaleidoscope Stampers Blog Hop! We are very excited to share what we have been working on for you.
       Hi All!  I had the unexpected opportunity to find out how much nearly all of my stamping supplies weighs this     
       weekend.  My Mom is housesitting at a huge house out near Okanagan Lake and invited several of "the girls" aka all 
       of our female family members out for a crafting weekend and sleep-over.  I didn't plan my projects out ahead of   
       time (Lesson #1) so I decided to take everything....for one night (Lesson 2) one gigantic Rubbermaid bin
      (Lesson 3).  Kudos to Rubbermaid for making such sturdy bins.  ANYWAYS....on with the stamping.  
       One of the things I worked on this weekend was trying to keep things simple. Sometimes I have a hard time with 
       that. (No! Me?) My favourite part of these cards is how well the Pool Party colour coordinates with any of the colours  
       of the Sale-a-Bration Sycamore Street Paper (127540).  I couldn't help giving these cards a little dimension with my 
       favourite Honeycomb Embossing Folder (129378) on the Pool Party Core'dinations (129321).  
       The "Thanks" sentiment  is so versatile! Don't be fooled by the name of this Sale-a-Bration set (Vintage Verses - 
       129633) It fits with styles from vintage to grunge to modern and blends easily with the look and tone of the card    
       around it. 
       I just couldn't leave off an embellishment and some bling, so I pulled out the coordinating Sycamore Street ribbon 
       and buttons and topped them off with one of the gigantic new large rhinestones (129324) from the new Occasions 

      Thanks for hopping over to check out what I have been up to. 
Hop on over to the next blog by the following the next link:

1. Tamara Casorso

2. Kristin Noble

3. Tara Angus

4. Desirée Spenst

5. Danielle Calder

6. Heather Cooper
Even though I totally think that Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday I quite enjoyed it this year.  I have for many years completely discourage the celebration of this "holiday" though I did allow my children to participate.  
I must have got bitten by the love bug this year because I have made several Valentine cards, a festive banner, and my son and I made candy bags with a stamped Valentine's topper for his class.  But all of this does not come close to my Valentine piece-de-resistance! 3-D photo Valentines! 

I took a photo of each of the boys (with the Valentine's banner background) with their hand outstretched. I played around with my camera settings until I could get a large enough depth of field to have both their faces and their hands in focus.  Then I went to My Digital Studio 2 software (you can try if free for a month) and added the Valentine sentiment from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and their name. 

I sent these photos to Walmart as I was slim on time.  When I got home with them I used an exacto knife to slit the photo at the top and bottom of the boys' fists and then slipped the Valentine sucker through.  Doesn't it look great!  The boys were thrilled with how they turned out.  

And you know what I LOOOOVE (besides these two handsome lads)? It is the fact that it cost me less than $10 for 30 Valentines! VDay Score!

I hope you all get a little bit of extra stampy LOVE today. 

With the most "LOVE-ly" of occasions coming I thought I better make a sweet little decoration for my mantle.  Helps me get into the feeling of Valentine's Day I think.  I used a bit of a lot, as you can probably tell.  Paper, Ribbon, Stamps, Doilies, Punches, Embossing Folders, and even Fabric.  It came together quite quickly once I made a couple of patterns. Then I just strung up some of the Natural Cotton Ribbon and used retired clothespins to hold my banner pieces together. 
Here is a closer photo of the main elements of the banner. It sure did turn out sweet. 

Stampin Supplies
Paper: Designer Series Paper Stacks (Brights) 117155, Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (119685), First Edition Specialty Paper (121878), Pool Party Core'dinations (129321), Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (129312), Silver Glimmer Paper(124005)
Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners (W:126255, C:126257), Hearts a Flutter (W:129249, C: 129252)
Inks: Pool Party (126952), Cherry Cobbler (126966)
Tools: Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
Big Shot: Hearts a Flutter Framelits (130159) Large Scallop Edglits (127019), Chevron Embossing Folder (127749), Honeycomb Embossing Folder (129378), Typeset Alphabet (127553, Labels Framelits (125598)
Ribbons & Embelishments: Paper Doilies (129399) Pool Party Sale-a-bration ribbon (130812) Crochet Trim (118481), Real Red Ribbon Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126875)
I love trying out new ideas. I am always on the look out for new things to try.  This background technique, called stamp collage was introduced to me at our team meeting this month. I sponged white cardstock with several inks until the cardstock was saturated and then added several stamps to create the background.  I used white embossing powder to highlight the "swish" and the Love sentiment is stamped with white Stazon on a window sheet. 
This special card is for my hubby for Valentine's.  Do you think it's too girly and mushy to give to a guy?

Stampin Supplies
Paper: White cardstock (100730), Window sheets (114323)
Stamps: Everything Eleanor (W:124162, C: 124164), Affection Collection (From holiday catalog and not currently available), Bloomin' Marvelous (Sale-a-Bration W: 129651 C: 129654, Travel Journal Wheel (126937)
Inks: Melon Mambo (126948), Primrose Petals (126858), Regal Rose (126947), Wisteria Wonder (122936), White Stazon (106960)
Tools: Decorative Label Punch (120907) Hea
Ribbons & Embellishments: Primrose Petals ribbon from the Artisan Embelishment Kit (129328) White Emboss powder (109132), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) 
For one of my bestest friends' birthday this weekend I made her an uber-special card and matching gift box for her gift. 
Pool party is my new favourite colour! I jus't can't use it enough.  The card is skinnier than a regular card to allow for all that crazy "flag action" on the side to still fit in a regular-sized envelope. 
This card oozes with dimenson with the use of several embossing folders, Core'dination cardstock, Crochet Trim, and Pool Party Sale-a-Bration ribbon.   The Stamp is from the Vintage Verses set (also a Sale-a-Bration item) and was the perfect sentiment for a perfect friend :)

I was feeling a little paralyzed about making her a card as she stamps gorgeous cards and I wasn't feeling "up to the job." But this turned out great.  Do you ever feel like your work isn't good enough to give to others? 





I try not to lead a very dramatic life. But once and awhile it feels good to be all-drama.  Here is a Valentine that I have been working on that let me get my "drama on". 
I used the letters L O V E from Morning Post Alphabet (a personal favourite set) and heat embossed them with white embossing powder on black cardstock.  Then I accented with the frame from Papaya Collage with black embossing powder.  The background is the Travel Jounal wheel (notice how it coordinates with the Morning Post Alphabet) inked in black and stamped on Very Vanilla. Then I finished it with the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and a heart-shaped Bitty Button tied with a Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.   
So very pleased with my creation.  Now....who to spoil with this lovely card??

The sweetest treats for you, your friends, your children, and all their friends too! 
The best news is that the bundle is only $7.25 and you get the Happy Heart single stamp along with 50 little treat bags to fill with your favourite treats! (Bundle Item: 132771)  
Not only affordable but easy with the Full Heart punch ($22.95 Item: 119883), so that even the youngest members can help stamp, punch, fill, and tie.  They'll be so proud and pleased to hand these out to all their friends at school. 
Hurry!  The bundle is only available until tomorrow!!
These will go come together so quickly and you will have so much fun that you may like to make a couple special Valentine cards too. Here is one for a special teacher or to send to Grandma.   
This one was made by Angie Juda and I just {heart} it :)

Stampin Supplies
Paper: White cardstock (100730), Black Cardstock (121045)
Stamps: Happy Heart* (132771), Hearts a Flutter (W:129294, C:129252)
Inks: Black Staz-On (101406), Real Red (126949)
Big Shot: Hearts A Flutter Framelits (130159), Perfect Polka Dots EF (117335)
Ribbons & Embellishments: Real Red 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon (119251)
*Available exclusively in the bundle
Sweep away the mundane - your creativity carriage awaits!

I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a  sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:

All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone can enjoy!

It took just minutes to make this card from the first kit - the Welcome Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin Kit you will receive in your first month of membership.  The Welcome Kit
includes a free gift-a clear acrylic "D" block!

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program now by visiting and click "Get It."  Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!

IMPORTANT  TIP:  If you are my customer (or would like to be), please be sure to choose me as your demonstrator (Amanda Turner), near the end of the Paper Pumpkin ordering process.  Once you have completed your subscription order (or sooner if you have any problems), please email me to let me know you subscribed and I'll be here to take good care of you.

Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
- Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project - cards, journal, decor, and more! We've even colour coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
- Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories - everything but adhesive
- Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
- Paper Pumpkin ships around the 15th of the month
- A Paper Pumpkin Membership is $24.95 per month
- There's no commitment. You can cancel your Paper Pumpkin at any time. You can also skip a month if you want

Feeling like you don't want to commit?
Jots and Thoughts journal in the Ty Me Kit

Starting in early March, Stampin' Up! will offer the above Try Me Kit if you would  like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month. You can order the Try Me Kit for only $20.95 (plus shipping) through my on-line shopping store using product #132599 (available in March).
QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact me by email at
Okay, maybe not yet, but the new Stampin Up Spring catalogue is here! 
My favourite things are all the new embelishments and the embossing folders! Oh, and of course, the Artisan Embelishment Kit! LOVE! I have been playing with it and have lots os sweet ideas. If you would like your very own copy of the spring catalog just let me know and I will get one to you. 
Once you see it you will probably like a taste of many of the items from the new catalog...well then you may like to be a part of a share – that’s where several of us share the cost and split the packages of products..

You have your choice of a Ribbon and Trim Share, and Embelishment Share, A Paper Share or I Want it All! 

A. Ribbon & Trim Share - $22
-5/8” Flower Trim – approx. 15”
-1 ¼ Two-tone ribbon– 1 yd each pink pirouette/rose red and basic gray/Basic Black
-Natural 7/16” Trim Ribbon – 1 yd
-3/8” Striped Organdy Ribbon – 2 yds each Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, and Old Olive 

B. Embellishment Share- $14
-Tea Time Trinkets (1)
-5/8” Flower Trim – approx. 15”
-Doilies (4.5)
-Large Rhinestones (8)
-Designer Builder Brads (3)
-Soda Pop Tops (3)
-Cute Clips (4)

 C. Paper Share - $25
-Tea for Two (6)  6x6”sheets
-More Amore Specialty (6) 6x6” sheets
-Parkers Patters (6) 6x6” sheets
-Sunshine & Sprinkles (6) 6x6” sheets
-Print Poetry Stack (12) 4 ½” x 6 1/2” sheets
-Paper Doilies (6)
-Filter Paper (1) 6x6” square and (1) 6” circle
-Canvas Creations (1) 6x6”

D. I WANT IT ALL Spring Share - $50! 
Includes A. B. and C.
Awesome Value!!

Get ahold of me by phone (250)300-5683 or email and let me know which share is right for you. 

Yep, I'm still naive enough to make New Years resolutions.
And this year is even worse!
I've made a new project. A new DAILY project.  
That's right I a doing a Project 365 - where I will take a picture everyday and post about it.  

My new blog is 
Check it out and let me know what you think of this silly idea. 

Do you have anything new you are doing this year?