Happy Birthday to my husband

51092572_957557267774922_5222670353511219200_nI love this Geared Up Garage Stamp set. I saw this card on Pinterest (where i practically live), and as it happens, my husband is car shopping this. week. Today is his 65th birthday, and I thought, this card is perfect.  I used the “oil drip” stamp with Basic Gray ink to distress the Basic Gray background, then cut two sets of the gears, using the large gear combo in the thinlets, out of the Grapefruit Grove foil.  The foil combo is free with any $60 purchase during our Sale-a-Bration event, from now until March 31st.  I used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits, which are new in the Occasions Catalogue, and can be bundled with the Amazing Life Stamp set, to save 10% off the two items.

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Valentine Team Challenge


As a fairly new Team Leader, I challenged my team to a Valentine Challenge. Two cards, current Stampin’ UP! products only.  I was excited to do this challenge, because a) I needed a Valentine card for my husband, and b) this would make me actually make one instead of just thinking about it. Both of my cards were inspired from cards I’d seen on Pinterest.

I’m crazy about the “Hey Love” stamp set.  It’s whimsical and sweet – just like me, right? LOL.   I used the Botanical Butterfly DSP for the banner (black and white check), as well as the Lovely Lipstick foil sheets for the hearts and the filagree accent from the Petals and More Thinlets.  These two products are FREE with the purchase of $60 each, during our Sale-a-bration event, which continues to March 31st.  The large heart comes from the Support Ribbon thinlets, and the small hearts were punched out with the Dog Builder punch.  The skunk, from Hey Love, was coloured with the Basic Gray Dark Stampin Blend, and the hearts with the Lovely Lipstick Dark Blend Marker.  ADORBS!!!  I used the Layering Ovals and the Stitched Framelits for the skunk’s background.

My second card is on a background of Real Red cardstock.  I created the “ribbons” with the Buffalo Plaid background stamp – Memento on Real Red cardstock, then cut into 1/2″ strips.  The gray background is  Basic Gray cardstock, layered on Basic Black.  First, I stamped the sentiment on to the cardstock, then using a light stamping of Basic Gray ink on the positive side of the Pinewood Planks Embossing folder, I embossed the gray ink into the gray cardstock, to create the beautiful wood background.  The hearts are from the Support Ribbon thinlets, sponged with basic gray around the edges and highlighted with the White Stampin Chalk Marker.

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Pillow Gift Box


I first saw this little pillow box on You-tube, compliments of Dawn Griffith.  Isn’t it adorable?  Some of the products in this project are FREE, when you make a purchase of $60.  During Sale-a-bration, January 3rd til March 31, you will receive a free gift with every $60 purchase.  SO!!  If you spend $120, you can choose two Level 1 gifts, or one Level 2 gift.  Check out the Sale-a-bration flyer here.


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Happy New Year

It boggles my mind that another year has flown by and it’s 2019!  I’m excited, as I approach my 1st anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstator.  What a year!  I’ve made lots of new friends, learned that I do, indeed, have a creative bone in my body and my team is growing.  Thank you so much to my family and customers who have made this possible, and thanks to Jenn Petersen, who encouraged me to “go for it”.

As the new year starts, comes a new Occasions Catalogue, coming live on January 3rd, as well as Sale-a-bration, where you earn FREE product from Stampin’ UP!  For every $60 you spend, you receive your choice of a stamp set, Designer Series Paper, embellishments or a die set.

If you don’t have a Canadian Demonstrator and would like a current Annual Catalogue, Occasions Catalogue and/or a Sale-a-bration brochure, just click on the “contact me” button and I’ll pop one in the mail for you.

2019 Occasions Catalogue
Going Live on January 3rd!

Merry Christmas

A quick note to wish you all a very merry and safe Christmas. This past month has been a whirlwind of completing customers’ quilts, so they could be bound and ready for their Christmas morning recipients. My card making time has been limited, as has my blogging time. My dear friend and fellow crafter, made me these amazing Critters’n Ink, cups and serving plate, for Christmas. Love, love, love them!Classes will be recommencing in January.

Sunday, Jan 20th, 1-3pm, at the Cobourg store location or Wednesday evening , 6:30-9:30pm in Brighton. the cost is $15 pp or, if you place an order of $50 or more, the cost is waived. You will make three greeting cards, and a special project.

Stay tuned, for information on the new Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-a-bration, starting January 5th.

Thanks to everyone, for making my first year as a Stampin UP! Demonstrator, so much fun. Your support and encouragement is immeasurable.

Have an amazing Christmas week, and safe New Year!

January Paper Pumpkin

We all want to be prepared for a “card occasion”, having the perfectly appropriate card handy for any occasion. You can be that prepared!!  Now is a great time to sign up for the January Paper Pumpkin kit. This is just a sneak peek as to what you can expect. Signup runs from Dec 11 to Jan 10 and with Valentines Day coming up in February, you will be fully prepared to share the love.

Paper Pumpkin! Your ONE-STOP-BOX for creative success! Available in a month to month subscription OR in a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month prepaid subscription. Any of these would make an awesome Christmas or Birthday gift 

You can Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, at crittersnink@gmail.com



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Glittery Christmas Card


This beautiful card was inspired by a card by Kathleen Wingerson, a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the US.  She called it the “packing tape” technique, literally using packing tape, to apply the Dazzling Diamonds glitter (133751),  to the window.  I’m sure I’ll be leaving a trail of dimensional backs and glitter up the stairs when I head up for dinner lol.  I layered gold DSP as my first matte, over the Basic Black card stock base, then cut a hole in the top matte (Very Vanilla – )  using the 2″ punch. To get the raised element around the edges, I scored 1/4″ from the edge on all four sides, using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334).   It’s a good idea to stamp your sentiment now. The sentiment, in Memento ink (132708) , is from the Snow is Glistening stamp set (149742).   I laid a piece of packing tape over the hole, from the back side of the card stock, sticky side up to the front (good side) of the card stock.  Then, I sprinkled the Dazzling Diamonds over the sticky tape, burnished it in with my finger, then shook off the excess.  On a piece of 3×3″ Very Vanilla card stock, I used the Sheet Music stamp (143970), to create, you guessed it, the sheet music, using Early Espresso ink (126974).   I applied snail adhesive to the right side of the music paper, and placed it behind the glittery window.  Before I layered the top matte, I placed a small bow and ribbon “hanger”, then attached the top layer to the gold DSP with Dimensionals.  On the inside, I glued in a piece of Very Vanilla card stock as a liner, for your personal message.

If you have any questions about this or any other projects you see on my blog or other pages, don’t hesitate to click on the “Contact me” button.  All supplies are available in my online store, which you can access by clicking “Shop with me” above.