Succulent Garden – no watering required

By | March 15, 2017

Hi Stampers

If truth be known… I do not have a green thumb.   The fact that I forget to water plants might have something to do with it.   So I don’t have any plants in the house.     In the 80’s when dried flowers were the rage, I had a few arrangements but soon realized they were BIG dust collectors, so they ended up getting tossed out.

But NOW…. Succulent Gardens are all the rage .   I have seen them in magazines, floral shops and home decor stores.     I am going to have to look into the real ones, cuz I think they might be drought tolerant, but in the meantime, I wanted to make one… if only for the sake to say “I made one”.    But I love it!     I picked up a container at a local craft store and got to die cutting, sponging multiple colours on the leaves and curling the edges.      Part of what I like about the Succulent Plants are the compact nature of them.   I have this sitting on a table in my Living Room and must admit that it gives a touch of nature to the room.   It isn’t overly large and fake looking (if you know what I mean).

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I hit Dollar Tree to get the Floral Foam and Moss (they were a bargain at $1.25 each.    I had rocks in a candle arrangement that was unused and put them in the planter.     Didn’t this turn out gorgeous… even if I do say so myself.

Tips to create a realistic succulent garden

  • Sponge multiple colours on the leaves.    On the Old Olive leaves, I sponged Old Olive, then Crumb Cake.    On the Mint Macron leaves I sponged Mint Macaron then Crumb Cake.   On the Sweet Sugarplum leaves I sponged Sweet Sugarplum then Crumb Cake.
  • Sponge each leaf tip with Rich Razzelberry to give them the added detail.
  • Use your bone folder to curl the edges.
  • Add height with other elements like the butterfly and dragonfly.
  • I also added height but taking a piece of Old Olive card stock 2″ x 6″.  I took the Fringe Scissors and cut along the 2″ side (ending just before the edge).  Then I rolled the fringe around a piece of floral wire.    I used some hot glue to adhere the rolled piece together then curled the pieces with my fingers.    When I was happy with the shape I added them to the container for a bit of height and additional texture.
  • I added some rocks to the container and placed the Succulents amongst the rocks.
  • I added more moss to the arrangement after I placed the succulents, spilling some over the sides.
  • Keep the container on the small size… the bigger you get the more fake it looks.    My container is about 7″ x 3″.

Give it a shot… there are many types of containers you can use, mason jars, old tea cups, old bowls, clay pots…. the possibilities are endless.

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

Maple Leaf Stampers – Team Get-together

By | March 14, 2017

Hi Stampers

Last Saturday was our Team Get-Together.    I have wanted a LOGO for our Team for a while and finally went on FIVEER (love that place) and got someone to make me a LOGO.   What do you think?     It is perfect and captures what I was thinking ….. no question… we are Stampers from Canada.

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Anyhow….. at the Team Get-together we met some new Team Members,  recognized some Milestones, Titles and Birthdays and talked about Stampin’ Up!, the Canadian Business Conference, our businesses, challenges and successes and Sale-a-Bration.

Last month I sent everyone an envelope containing….

  • a piece of Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-Bration
  • a piece of Dapper Denim square
  • a piece of Whisper White Stitched Framelit square
  • a piece of Dapper Denim ribbon

and I issued them a challenge to create a card using the product I sent them.   They could alter the pieces in any way, use any stamp set / ink / embellishment they wanted.    The goal was to show that even though we all started with the same items, each card will look completely different… and it worked.

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A Team Meeting wouldn’t be complete without a project or two.   There were 3 projects planned, but one was a bit involved and we ran out of time….so everyone took the pieces home for the other two projects to create their own masterpieces.

So… what was the project that was involved…… I LOVE IT!     I have seen many Succulent Garden projects (and I will share another one another day), but what I loved about this was that other than the foam and moss… it is all Stampin’ Up!.   The White Gift Boxes are carried over from the Holiday Catalogue and they are perfect for this project.    You can change the Happy Mother’s Day to be a Birthday, Easter, Get Well box, etc.    Isn’t this purdy?    Of course the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper is perfect for this project.
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Do you love the box as much as I do?

The date for our next Team Get-Together is scheduled for Saturday April 22nd.    I will be attending OnStage on April 8th and have been selected as a Display Stamper so I hope to have a lot to share with the Team.

If you are in Canada and are reading this, you can join the Maple Leaf Stampers and participate in our meetings and challenges.    More info can be found HERE     and you can always contact me for more information.

Have a great evening.

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

Virtual Garage Sale…..

By | February 22, 2017

Hi Stampers

Are you looking for some retired stamp sets / dies?    Check out the “For Sale” page on the blog.    I am cleaning up and selling off some of my retired product to make room for new toys.

Note.. I am in Canada and am unable to sell cross-border.

 

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

Lovely As A Tree…. samples galore

By | January 26, 2017

Hi Stampers

Are you LOVING all of the samples for Lovely As A  Tree?   Well I have more ideas to share with you.    To be honest, I have never participated in a “Sampler Swap” before, but boy… it won’t be the last one.    We all have our own style and it is great to see what others do with the same stamp set.   You would think there would be some duplication but nope.   All the cards were unique.

Now for the next four “Lovely As A Tree” samples (with credit to the creators).

Want to see other posts with Lovely As a Tree

Check out the blog post from January 25, 2017 HERE

Check out the blog post from November 13, 2013 HERE

Check out the blog post from August 24 ,2013 HERE

What can I say… the stamp set has been around for a long time and is very versatile.     Check it out.

 

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

Lovely As A Tree…. samples, samples, samples

By | January 25, 2017

Hi Stampers

Who wants to be inspired?    I participated in 3 swaps at the Stampin’ Up! Canada “Canadian Business Conference”.    One of the swaps was based on Lovely As A Tree.    Did you know that is the longest running stamp set that Stampin’ Up! has in their catalogue.    While it is a very versatile set, I have a hard time thinking of it other than Christmas or Sympathy.   These samples might change my mind.

The swaps were in groups of 10.    We had to make 11 identical cards.  One card went on the Display Board, the other 10 cards were sorted and the next day we received our swaps back.    We also received Display Albums to put them in (I will post  picture of that as well over the next few days)

So let’s look at some samples from participants at the Conference (with credit to the creators).

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

Stampin’ Up! Canadian Business Conference – my final thoughts

By | January 24, 2017

Hi Stampers

The conference is now over but I wanted to share some thoughts with you before I forget them.

There has always been the “myth” (in my mind) that Stampin’ Up! events are special.   I have attended convention and regional events and they were awesome.   However this was this first event that I have been invited to as a leader (ok… an up and coming leader;))     Being in a room with 80 people with the same passion and drive is electrifying.

Day 1

Belinda Ellsworth motivated us with her key note speech on Direct Sales and Adrian Hampshire got us thinking of life and balance….add in some quizzes, a make and take and day 1 was over.

Day 2

Consisted of presentations from some of the top Demonstrators in Canada… they were all inspiring and left us all pumped for the future.   Now it is up to us to make it happen.   Of course a Stampin’ Up! event isn’t complete without some creative time.   We made 3 cute cards that will appear in a class in the future.:)

The organizers had some great ideas… assigned seating  (different for both days) encouraged us to meet others, dinners at a variety of restaurants with facilitators.    It kept the conversations flowing and encouraged communications.     There were 4 different options for dinner and we pre selected where we wanted to eat each night.    The night the Conference was over, 45 of us headed to the CN tower for dinner… we rotated in the fog and had a wonderful time.

My big take-away from the event was how encouraging , helpful, warm and supportive the other Demonstrators were.   I heard over and over that if we support each other individually it makes us all better as a whole.    LOVE THAT!

Can’t wait for the next event… more on that another day.

In the meantime, I have some pictures to share with you.

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Canadian Business Conference Day 2

 

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Dinner at the CN Tower

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

Stampin’ Up!’s Canadian Business Conference

By | January 21, 2017

Hi Stampers

WOW, WOW, WOW.   I can’t express enough to you what an amazing time is being had at the Canadian Business Conference.    Today (Saturday) is our last day and we have a jam packed Agenda.

I checked into the Hotel on Thursday night after picking up my Roomie at the Airport (Lisa H) and headed to the Sandman Signature.    I know… I just live up the road, but I wanted to experience EVERYTHING that the Convention had to offer.   The bonding, networking, meeting new and old friends… well you get the picture.

Thursday night we were to have a meet/greet in one of the Hotel conference rooms but there was a bit of an oops… so we ended up in Jackie’s room (the “Pampered Stamper”).    You know clowns in a mini car… how many can you fit in?    It was like that.   We ended up spilling over to the next room… it was a great way to meet everyone and unofficially start the conference.

I will share more info, pictures, thoughts on the conference in the days to come but want to share one of my swaps with you.   These were organized Sample Swaps and we had to use specific stamp sets.   I signed up for three different swaps.    The first was “Dragonfly Dreams” from the Occasions catalogue.     We handed in our swaps on Friday morning.   They are being sorted and today we will be getting our complete sets.   I can’t want to share the pictures with you.

Here is my swap for Dragonfly Dreams.   Thanks for Linda S. for the inspiration.   Her Christmas card was Copper Embossing on black card stock and I loved the elegance of it.

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Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

Embossing Tip

By | January 14, 2017

Hi Stampers

I am working on some SWAPS right now and am doing a lot of embossing.     I am using black card stock and if you are like me I really dislike the residue that is left on the card stock from the Embossing Buddy.    I know it is super easy to wipe off, but if you use a tissue or piece of paper towel, you can have a bit of residue left over but more importantly you also get the “nails on the chalkboard” effect.     Now I know it is not that bad but it does make me shiver.

I keep one of the cloths for my glasses (or computer) near my embossing supplies and it is super easy to use to clean off the card stock when you finish embossing…… and it doesn’t make me shiver from the feel.

Curious on what the card is going to lo0k like.   You will have to check back on Saturday to get the deets.

 

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

On Stage is coming….. can’t wait

By | January 5, 2017

Hi Stampers

I love Stampin’ Up! Events and am very fortunate this Winter and Spring to be able to attend a few of them.    In a few weeks I will be attending a two day event organized by Stampin’ Up! Canada, the Canadian Business Conference.    I am beyond excited and honoured to be invited to attend this event.   85+ of the top Demonstrators from all over Canada and little ole me.     I will be sharing a room with a Demonstrator from Kingston, dinners have been organized for 3 nights (can’t wait for dinner at the CN Tower!), organized SWAPS, a key note speaker, break out sessions, motivation and team building.   I can’t wait.      And of course I will share it with you.

The other event I am excited to attend will be in April for OnStage Local.    The Main Event will be held in Amsterdam on April 6-8th, but we are fortunate to have an OnStage Local event being held in Toronto on April 8th.     Stampin’ Up! Events are super fun, informative, a great way to bond with other Demonstrators, Stampin’ Up! Staff and we get to play with product!!!!    Cecilia and I attended one of the local events a few years ago and we can’t wait to share this experience together again.

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So why am I telling you all this….. well Stampin’ Up! are looking for Display Stampers for the OnStage event.   I wasn’t going to apply, but at the last minute (the deadline is Jan 6), I decided “Why Not”.      I gathered some of my favourite projects from current product to be reviewed for consideration and this is my blog entry.

 

My projects for review are a scrapbook page, two 3-D items and three cards.    Wish me luck!

Scrapbook Page from the Morocco Trip – a night in the Sahara Desert

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3-D Project – Swirly Scribbles Frame

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3-D Project – Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper Purse (part of an upcoming class)

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Card #1 – Fairy Celebrations Shaker Card (part of an upcoming class)

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Card #2 – Fairy Celebrations Slider (part of an upcoming class)

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Card #3 – Lift Me Up & Up & Away Thinlits (Canadian Business Conference Swap)

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There you have it.    Keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂    I will let you know the outcome.

 

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com

Waking up in the Sahara – October 19, 2016

By | December 1, 2016

Hi Stampers

We got up early this morning to watch the sunrise over the Sahara…. I KNOW… doesn’t that sound amazing!    We could hear the ladies in the other tents slowly waking up, giggling and laughing and talking about the awesome experience that we had all shared.    But the day was just starting.   A quick shower (OK… very quick because the water was COLD!) we got dressed and headed outside to climb the dunes to see the sunrise.     We each found our little spot to sit and watch this welcoming event.   It was quiet, no one spoke as the sun came up.

Looking towards the sun it was a rockier landscape.   When you looked in the opposite direction you were faced with the dunes.    You can see the sand undisturbed, with little animal tracks, then you can see all of our tracks as we started to explore the dunes around us watching out for camel poop 🙂

 

Our camp in the morning light.     On a side note, at some point during the night one of the ladies looked outside their tent.    There was a Tuareg that stayed outside our camp the whole night… I guess to make sure there were no problems.   They really did take great care of us.

 

After a hearty breakfast we were ready to end our amazing journey into the Sahara.    We jumped into the 4×4 jeeps  and started racing each other out of the Sahara.

Before getting too far, we came across some young boys with Desert Foxes….

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Then back into the jeeps to the Kasbah where we left all our luggage the night before.   Cathy, Lori and I shared the ride going into the desert and coming out.   This is our ride leaving the desert.    If you are curious what “waha” means (not sure on spelling) it is “may I” (so you can take a picture and Yalla, Yalla (again not sure on spelling) it is “Let’s Go!”

We had a 4 hour drive to our next stop for the night in Ouarzazate.   Along the way we made a few stops.     I can’t remember exactly what this place was, but it had something to do with ancient water wells.   But there was shopping.

 

Then we stopped at the Todgha Gorge in the High Atlas Mountains near the town of Tinerhir.

Before checking into our hotel, we went to an antique type of store.    A few of us looked around then decided to go outside for some fresh air.   It didn’t last long.   We experienced a sand storm.   The store saw it coming up and they closed the doors.   Luckily our bus / driver was across the road so we booted it to the bus and waited for the sandstorm to stop .   Luckily it didn’t last very long.

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Accommodations tonight were at Le Berbere Palace in Ouarzazate.

 

Thanks for stopping by,
Elizabeth, Your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
www.stampscrapandmore.com