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Hi there, thank you for stopping by. I am a Canadian Stampin Up demonstrator who loves what she does. I so enjoy being able to share different ideas and techniques to others and seeing the looks on the faces of those that think they will never be able to do it, you all know who you are. I am married to lovely man that just smiles at my stamping addiction, two great kids that I just could not imagine having as a part of my life....not that they are perfect...smile!!!!! I do have a furry little girl too that is just to sweet for words. Now you know a little about me I hope you enjoyed your visit and come back anytime. Happy Stamping!!!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Sad Occassion


Good Afternoon!!!!!!!!!!!

Well I went from having 2 children to having 4 children and now back to 2...phew
I had my BF's kids over they are the same ages as my kids and they are all becoming very good friends...each year gets better and better.  My daughter is the youngest by one year and our boys are only 4 months apart so she feels like she is left out more than she really is just the age.  That being said I know my girlfriend will understand when I say am I very happy that I quit at 2 it felt like I had twins and two one year apart and .....no thank-you....smile

Anyways I figured that mommy mad time for her kids to have some play time and now that it is a little quieter here I thought it was time for mommy to have some play time and really not for the best of occassions,  We had a family friend whos son-in-law passed away suddenly so I unfortunately needed to make a sympathy card for his father.  It doesn't matter that this man was approx 50 yrs old no one should have to bury their child, oh and the wife left behind it is awful in every way.

So this card is made with the new set from the Occassion mini Plane & Simple along with the Vintage Garden DSP I also used the caring set form the mini as well that has some wonderful stamps for sympathy

So thanks so much for coming by today and take a little time to find your inspiration
Happy Stamping
Crystal

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Build a Blossom Bloom




Happy Sunday!!!!!!

Well I guess tomorrow I am going to have to get myself back into the craft room....I mean I really want to it is just I am sure I am going to have to share....however I am going to go in again since this is that last of the few I was able to make the other day.

As soon as we previewed the Occasssion mini as demonstrators I KNEW I had to HAVE this set and matching punch....oh my I love it and I think it has many possibilities.

I also had to have the vintage gardern designer paper.....ahhhhhhh

Anyways I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration in your blogging travels.
Happy Stamping
Crystal

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Classy Occassion Mini CASE

Hello, Hello

Is it not amazing just how much you can get done without two extra pairs of hands getting in the way.  I actually got a few cards made up.....this one was totally inspired by an example in hte Occassion mini....I did not have the thanks stamp used in the sample so I improvised, I also did not have the safety pins and I made my card a 5x5 size.
Otherwise it was a very fast and easy card to duplicate and I really like the classy look it gives with the Black and vanilla.

I sure hope you enjoyed and I hope you are able to find an inspiring picture in the mini or catalogue as well.

Happy Stamping
Crystal

Friday, December 24, 2010

Clearly for You Vintage style


Good Evening to you all!!!!!!!.

So I know what you are all thinking here is a lady that goes and starts up a blog...has me coming every couple days to see what she has been up to and well I have been MIA.

 I have no excuse other than my children are home from school for the Christmas holidays and well my daughter (age 4..almost 5) well lets just say there is a good possibility that she could be a future recruit...smile.  I gave her a taste of what stamping can be like when she made her teacher a card.  Well she loved the making of it and especially the gratification of giving it to her....so my short story made long (LOL) is that whenever I even get near what used to my private haven I have this litle shadow that follows me in there, and then well it is not about what I want to do or the ideas going through my brain it is all about making this little monkey with big blue eyes, and the making her happy.  Today however it needed to be about ME and the wonderful man that I said "I DO" to took them out to do some errands....today.  Does he deserve an award or what?!!!!!!

I went a little crazy with this Occassion Mini, I don't know if it because our family chooses to not celebrate the holidays that there was just not a tremendous amount of items I wanted or needed from the Holiday mini.....AND I was ready for some new stuff and I just seem to want everything I thought I had gotten lots and then silly me missed the one set I really wanted...BUT hey the mini is good for a few months it will still be there for later.

So onto todays card I was in the mood to make a 5x5 cards (probably because I finally remembered to order more 5x5 envelopes) I had no occassion to stamp for and no offense to all you WONDERFUL ladies that come stamp with me on a regular basis it was just nice to stamp for me not because of a class or club....just for the sake of stamping....ahhhhhh, it was lovely

Now here are the supplies needed:
STAMPS: Notably Ornate, Clearly for You
INKS: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzaz, Marine Mist
PAPER: New DSP from Occassion ( not sure if I am allowed to be telling), BBreeze, MMist, PPizzazz
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Circles #2 die, Big Shot MAchine, Wallpaper EF, Victoria, lace, wide oval punch, half pearls

So I hope this wets your appetites for the Occassion Mini if you have not recieved yet.  As for my customers ...you all know who you are IF you have not recieved your mini in the mail along with the Sale-a-Bration mini let me know and I will get one out to you ASAP
Also hope you found some inspiration that you can use with your own supplies and thanks so much for coming by and visiting.

Happy Stamping
Crystal

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What a Fun Promotion

 Hello there all my friends

This promotion goes from December 17th to January 24th to see prices and more information go to the following link at my  website http://www.layerqueen.stampinup.net/

As promised I will be back later as I will be going to my beloved crafting room to do some long awaited stamping....smile.

Until later hope you are finding inspiration and I would love to hear what it is that inspires you.

Happy stamping
Crystal

Monday, December 20, 2010

I have not forgotten you ALL

I am sorry I have been missing in action, BUT with 5 snow days and now the kids officially out for the holidays, i just have not gotten the opportunity to get back into my room other than to make some Gift Certificates

Believe me I will be scheduling myself some me time back there in the next couple days, and will have some things to show you from the upcoming Occassion Mini real soon....my new stuff is crying out to me to be played with!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until then i hope you are able to fit in some stamping time for yourselves

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trying Something New


Good Evening!!!!!!

Well we had yet another snow day with buses cancelled and so I had promised both of my kids that they could make a card BUT I thought that it would have been after I got to make mine and they had been gone to school all day...smile

So this is the reason for the late post.....finally got them into the bathtubs, washed and to bed. 

Now for the card some time ago while blog hopping I saw the incredibly talented Michelle Zindorf use a stencil on her card in the background...it was a flourish shape and I thought WOW.  I mean I had seen the christmas ornamants done on cards ut there was something about the flourish that just set it apart.....SOOO I have a stencil but did not want to case anything I wanted to just use that as an inspiration.

So on one of the last orders I had put in I had added a package of the Elegant Notes and took one of the cards popped out the pieces and used that half flourish as a stencil.

I sure hope you like it and it inspires you in some way...if you have no idea who Michelle Zindorf is you have got to check this lady out....she is the queen of scenes and brayering http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/  go visit you will be glad that you did

Thanks for coming
Crystal


 STAMPS: You're a Gem (Occassion Mini)
 INKS: Blushing Bride, Basic Grey
 PAPER: Blushing Bride, WWhite, Basic Grey, BBride DSP (LVL 1 Hostess)
 ACCESSORIES: Blushing Bride Twill, half pearls, Scallop Square Punch, Sponge Daubers (LOVE those little things)

Monday, December 13, 2010

This is for your Ruth


Yep that is right this card is for Ruth ...not literally BUT since she put her order in for our Occassion mini before me and I just got mine today and hers is still delayed because of the weather here in Southern Ontario, I am uploading a card done with a small section of the product I chose and since I believe she did not order this set I thought maybe she would like to see it.

I just LOVE all that came in my delivery today and cnnot wait to get my hands deep into everything

I though cannot post certain stuff about what is coming in the Occassion so to not give to much info you are going to love it AND if you are one of my customers your should be out in the mail shortly and if you do not have it by Jan 4th let me know and I will get you another one.  You should be getting a Sale-a-Bration mini as well.

Lastly you cannot see it clearly in the picture but I put a medium pearl on each tulip and sponged along the edges in crumb cake...it does look a lot more soft and sweet in real life.

Hope you enjoyed and it has wetted your tastebuds for more!!!!

Happy Stamping
Crystal

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My First Time with Decor Elements


Alright enough is enough....I am the first to enjoy and love my children however 3rd day of snowdays and I am starting to remember why it was I didn├Ęt continue into my teaching career....and I only have 2!!!

Oh Well better them with me than on the road in the bus and end up in some form of accident...that would be very bad.

So my point is this, since the first two snow days I still had some very brave ladies that did not let the snow stop them from coming OR had not come down with some kind of bug came to the scheduled classes.  Which then means that the kids had to miss out on my attention...SO today it is all about them and I have told them I would stay out of the craft room.  However they did go outside with daddy while I did some unfinished cleaning up from the last couple days of card making.
Of course I got that finished before they were ready to come in which allowed me some time to try my hand at some of this Decor Elements.

I have not, not liked it from the beginning I just did not know where exactly I would put it and what I
liked well enough that I wanted to put it on my walls.  So I started with getting a couple smaller ones and adding them to the front of my scrapbooking albums, and then proceeded to buy some just recently since the customers were starting to show more curiousity with it.

My choices were this HOME swirly item and I have really liked the Butterflies from the beginning so I put them on the wall in my kitchen, we do not really have an entrance way ..you just come directly into the kitchen and then above our kitchen cupboards instead of it being open we have a large bulkhead so along it I will continue more butterflies and another verse of some sort (about family).

So far I am rather happy with it and My daughter thinks the butterflies are sooooo beautiful..cute!!!  :)

So I may not be going into the craft room but I was able to still do a little crafting...I did the medium size medallion up in our 2nd bathroom but I will have to show you that later I need to get the clock hung in the middle of the medallion first.

So that is it for today... I hope all of you in Southern Ontario that are part of this snow squall are staying warm and not going insane with the kids home and if you need to go on the roads I hope you get to where you are going safely.  For all the rest of you I hope you have a great day and you find a little inspiration

Happy stamping or crafting
Crystal

Monday, December 6, 2010

Butterfly Pansies


Wel well well what a snowy Monday!!!!!!!!

I am not a snow lover as I have mentioned before but I am a huge fan of the Snow days.  It looks as though it could very easily be another tomorrow.

Great days for sinking into the craft rooms...except that I had a couple very enthusiastic ladies that braved the weather and came out for a class I was having today and we'll see what the weather brings tomorrow as I am having my last class of the year 2010.  Sure hope the adies can make it BUT really it is all about safety first.

Now I have admitted it before and I will admit it again when I look at the butterfly punch I saw a butterfly but someone out there looked at it and thought hey lets make it a pansy ..... so I said okay!!!

This is my take on a pansy as I am not a lover of winter in any way I decided to make a springy card just to pretend.

I sure hope you enjoyed and was inspired as I have been from others

Oh and the supplies are as such

Garden Greenhouse DSP, Pear Pizzaz, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Whisper White papers
Bashful blue, marine mist, concord crush,pear pizzaz, so saffron, pink pirouette inks
Wide striped pretty in pink grosgrain,  Subtles glitter brads, butterfly punch, modern label and word window punches
The only stamping was the Flower fancy stem.

Thanks for coming by and come back any time
Happy stamping
Crystal

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Club Girls Homework!!!!




Happy Sunday to you all!!!!!!!!!!!

We have begun to get some of that yucky white stuff!!!!  Sorry Corrine I know you love the winter but as much as I am a fan of your stamping style I am not in agreement with you when it coimes to loving the snow....smile

Anyways I have a great bunch of ladies that come and stamp with me on a regular basis BUT one group in particular becasue they are part of a club that has them come once every quarter and spend minimum of $50.00, they then each get a month assigned to them to be the hostess and reap the rewards in free hostess sets and free $ amount.  However they are also given homework, because they only meet every threee months they are given a random sketch challenge from SCS and then I supply them with some DSP and cardstock....I think it is so much fun to see everyones take on both of the challenges.  Now IF I were a smart women I would have remembered to take a picture of everyones to show the talent I have in this group of ladies...I am not sure exactly if they are happy to get homework but hey I am the teacher and that is one of the perks...giggle

SO I may not have everyone elses but I do have mine and next time I will be smarter and take a picture of theirs as well.

I had given them each some of the Greenhouse Gardern DSP and a half a sheet of Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso.  The stamp set and accessories were up to them.

I had chosen the Flower Fancy, Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon and some Cherry Cobbler brads.  I used my blender pens, and dimensioned up two of the flower

Thanks for stopping by and I sure hope you liked what you saw.
Come by again
Happy Stamping
Crystal

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bird Wing Tulips



Good Morning and Happy Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited it is sunny (cold but sunny) and I get to stamp with some great friends today.
These four ladies in particuar today we have all known each ther since I was 12 years old and moved to this quaint town.  They have seen me grow up move away, come back get married, and have my two children...who can get that in the big cities????!!!! I am sure some can BUT I never would have

So this is one of the cards we are going to be making today I had told them we would do some punch art and having so many of you out there that are so nice to share your talents in this way I was able to CASE and show these customers/ friends

Thank You to all of you out there that inspire me in so many ways
This card uses the bird/branch punch, you use the wings of the bird to make the petals....how sweet is that.

Thanks for stopping by
Happy stamping/ Punching
Crystal