Monday, March 25, 2013

This and That and Easter!

Hello spring!!!  Well, at least the calendar says its spring.  But if you were to look out my window you would wonder.  Still snow, still cold.  BUT my tulips are starting to peak out in my garden. 

I love spring.  And Stampin' Up! is kicking off spring by giving a wee peek into what the new main catalogue will have for us paper crafting addicts.  And they are offering a special bundle for a limited time to help get you excited for the new catalogue.

First up is the This and That bundle   In the bundle you get some sweet washi tape, an awesome rotary stamp, a pack of the gorgeous Epic Day This and That Designer Series paper, Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers, and an Epic Day This and That Journal.  All of these items are currently available in a bundle for 15% off. You can view the PDF HERE. to see the goodness that is This and That.  And don't forget to watch the video below to see some of the endless possibilities this bundle is capable of.  Mine is currently on order, and I CAN'T WAIT to get my hands on it.   And don't wait, this special bundle is available only until April 30.

I recently participated in a Swap put together for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators by my dear friend Margie   And now that the swap is officially over I thought I would share the card I made.  The theme was spring, and spring is of course Easter and bright happy colors.  

I had fun experimenting with Stampin' Up's Watercolor Pencils.  It was a fun card to put together.  

The supplies used are as follows:

Stamp Sets:  Everybunny Stamp Set 
Ink:  Staz On Black, Whisper White Craft Stampin Pad
Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Whisper White 
Designer Series Paper:  Sunshine and Sprinkles (Spring Catalogue)
Tools:   Big Shot, Modern Label Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Sponge Daubers, Aqua Painters
Embossing Folder:  Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver Dazzling Details, Melon Mambo 3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon (Spring Catalogue)
Adhesives:  Snail, Stampin' Dimensionals
Miscellaneous:  Watercolor Pencils

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Quick Update and Treasure That Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight

Another non crafty post.  Just a quick update on what has been going in my corner of the world.  

Hard to believe its March already.  Wow.  And around here in Ontario, we are a week away from March Break for the kids.  Laura is anxiously awaiting to here from  a couple of universities she applied for. she heard back from one already.  Dave and I are finishing up packing up my mom's apartment, next up is arranging a storage locker and movers to transport her belongings.  

It was strange packing up her apartment.  Packing up someone's life, and she is still alive but unable to make the decisions of what stays and goes.  And all the photos I have found has me excited and overwhelmed.  I have about 4 large boxes full of photos and memorabilia.  We have photos not just from my sister's and my childhood and onward, we have heritage photos from my grandparents, great grandparents.  All kinds of memorabilia such as  immigration papers from both my parents (they came over separately and met here in Canada), letters my dad wrote to my mom when they were pen-pals (he lived in Houston, B.C., my mom in Brockville, Ontario).  Last weekend I came across the last letter my dad received from his best friend just before his friend was picked up by the Nazis and subsequently died in a concentration camp, Unfortunately it is completely in Dutch, I need to find someone to translate it for me and the other stacks of letters written by my grandparents. Sorting through these boxes and organizing everything, is a huge project that I will be working on for a long long time. Being the scrapbooker and having always been fascinated in old photos and documents, it is an exciting project that I am most definitely looking forward to. 

Last weekend we took the kids to Woodstock with us to visit my mom and help with some of the packing.  At the end of the day they were fighting over this object pictured below.  This little treasure has been used as an umbrella stand for as long as I can remember.  It has always sat by the door to the home we were currently living in. I knew what it was and thought it one of the coolest things ever.    My kids have always seen it, but never knew what it was.  I handed it to the kids and asked them what they thought it was, Daniel right away said, "It's a mortar shell casing!"  Ding Ding!!!  We have a winner.  My dad picked this up in Holland.  Not sure if he picked it up after or during the war.  I am sure there were hundreds of these laying around at the time.  We know it is an allied mortar shell since the writing is in English on the bottom.  And the kids fighting over who gets this item ensued.  I ruled for now it will be in a common area of the house.   


Hopefully by the end of this weekend the apartment will be completely packed up and ready for storage.  When this is done that will be one huge item on my long to do list scratched off.  

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Friday, March 1, 2013

March 1 Update!

Hard to believe it is March already.  Amazing how time flies  And since it is the first day of another exciting month we a couple of announcements.  First we are introducing our first Photopolymer Stamp Set to our line of stamp sets.  They are transparent for perfect placement every time and work perfectly with our firm-foam ink pads.  I can't wait to get my set, it is on order and I am ready to start stalking UPS when I get my shipment notification!!   Photopolymer PDF

It is Stampin' Up!'s 25 year anniversary this year and they are celebrating in so many ways.  Including the Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets.  Each month they will be releasing a stamp set with some of their most popular images and one never before seen image.  For the month of March we have Best of Flowers.  Gorgeous!!!  And for each Best of stamp set you order during 2013 you will get a special 25 year proof of purchase sticker and a collectors card.  Fill up the card and get a FREE stamp set of your choice up to a $17.95 value.  How sweet is that!!!   Best Of Flowers PDF

I would like to leave you with a sneak peek of something I am working on for a card swap that I am participating in.  The theme is Easter and right now I am waiting for the Dazzling Details to dry before attaching to the cards.  They better hurry up.  I have to have these cards handed in tonight at our team Meeting!!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the new exciting products listed above feel free to contact me at or shop via my stampin up website:   Ria's Stampin Up Website

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