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Halloween Treat!

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My son had his first Halloween party today at preschool!  He was terribly excited and dressed up as a giraffe....so cute!  I tried to convince him to be a horse because his little sister is dressed as a cowgirl but he didn't bite : )

He was allowed to bring treats to school so we had fun using Stampin' Up's cookie stamps to make sugar cookies for his classmates. 






I put them in 4 x6 cello bags and used the Top Note die to create little "toppers" for the bags in Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black.  Then a stamped an owl from the Owl Occasions stamp set in Pumpkin Pie and Basic Grey ink.  I was really pleased with the result and for a moment felt like a "super mom"....Stampin' Up product is so easy to use and coordinates so well that it makes it pretty simple to make something cute!

Happy Halloween!

Congratulations on MDS

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My friend, and downline, AP, received a promotion today and I'm really excited for her!  I wanted to send her a congratulations card immediately and so  I turned to my My Digital Studio (MDS) program to create a card for her.  I've been using the program a lot more lately and I'm having fun with the FREE downloads that are available this week.  I used one of them, "A Split Second", to create her card for her.


Isn't it great!  The background paper, tag and zigzag are from the kit and I used Kiwi Kiss (remember that colour!) polka dots to add another layer.  I'm discovering, quickly, how many things I can do with MDS....including creating Christmas cards for my parents!  My husband has been working on a scrapbook using MDS too!  It's great!  I especially love how many Stampin' Up stamp sets and papers the program comes with.

You can receive a FREE trial of MDS 2 simply by clicking on the "My Digital Studio" tag on the sidebar or by going t…

Fancy Friends kit

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I hope no one blows away tonight!  It certainly is blustery here already in this corner of Ontario....and Sandy has hardly arrived.  After stocking up on some groceries I've hunkered down for the night to create some goodies for my son's preschool Hallowe'en party tomorrow.  But before we get to that I've got a great new item from Stampin' Up! to share with you. 

The "Fancy Friends" kit!!!!  I think it would make a great gift for a person in your life who is new to stamping but enjoys sending handmade, personalised notes.  The great things about these kits is that ANYONE can use them and make beautiful cards.



Isn't it pretty!?  I'm certainly going to invest in this!

Here are the details:

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $17.95 (item 132319)! If six isn't enough, add Note Cards to your order (item 107311)-we've already included extra rhinestones in the Fancy Friends kit.

To assemble the cards:

Stamp the doily image in Daf…

Blooming with Kindness Stamp Sale

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Here's a card that I did a few weeks ago when planning a technique's class.  We were working on masking and I created a bouquet of mums using the flower from the "Blooming With Kindness" stamp set.


The stamp really is so pretty!  The whole stamp set is great actually!  You can now purchase just this flower stamp as an individual stamp!  Stampin' Up has made a number of stamps from sets available for purchase individually as well as some never before seen stamps.  Click here or on the 24/7 icon on the side to see what's available.

And, if single stamps wasn't exciting enough you can purchase them as well as all of Stampin' Up's stamp sets, background stamps and personalised stamps for 15% OFF on Monday, October 29th!!!!  What a great deal!

Happy Stamping!

Pretty Poinsettia and Big Stamp News

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Here's a card I made for a fellow demonstrator to thank her for letting me borrow her "Watercolour Winter" stamp set.



I literally put it together in a minute from some scraps I had on my desk and an image that I had been experimenting with.  I embossed the Lucky Limeade strip using the Delicate Design TIEF.  Here's a close-up of the poinsettia:


I love the Watercolour Winter set partly because it is a 2-step stamping set.  I stamped the poinsettia in Real Red ink first and then took the "outline" stamp and sponged it with Frost White Shimmer paint to give it a little sparkle.  I like how understated it is.....it's actually more overstated in the photo than in "real" life.

If you love this stamp set you can get it for 15% off on Monday, October 29th!  That's right....ALL  Stampin' Up Stamps are 15% off on Monday.  You can place your order online by clicking the "Shop 24/7" link on the side bar or by contacting me directly.

Stam…

Owl Occasions For You

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I'm really behind in my blog postings!  It's just been one of those week's where I hardly get a chance to sit down let alone to any blogging.  So, I'll keep this short and sweet tonight.   This is a card that I made a couple of month's ago for my brother and his wife to go with a housewarming gift.



 Isn't it cute?!  I purchased Stampin' Up's "Owl Occasions" stamp set on a whim but I have to say, I'm really glad I did.  It's so much fun to play with and offers a lot of possibilities.....just wait until I use it for Christmas!

Here are the details of the supplies I used:

Stamp Sets:  Owl Occasions, Itty Bitty Banners

Paper:  Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Whisper White and International Bazaar DSP

Ink:  Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade

Accessories: Bitty Banners Framelits

Happy Stamping!

New Clearance Items and Blog Candy Winner

A quick post to let you know about some great new deals to be found on Stampin' Up's clearance rack.  Some favourites like Naturals Ivory envelopes, the old "mat pack", Simply Scrappin' kits, lots of ribbon and many more items can be found at deep discounts.  Check it out on my demonstrator website http://lauragardiner.stampinup.net .  You can place your order online or directly through me.

And....drum roll please....the winner of my very first blog candy giveaway is.....

CARLY!!!! Thank you to everyone who became a follower of my blog this week.  I really appreciate the support!  I hope you continue to follow me and tell your friends about Idlewood Cards.

I used random.org to randomly generate a winner for this giveaway.  Congratulations to Carly!  I will be in touch with you to arrange to get your blog candy out to you. Stay tuned for more cards soon. Happy Stamping!

Pile of Leaves

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My son went on his first field trip today!  It was all very exciting.  His preschool class went to a local Heritage Farm to learn a little bit about farming and livestock today.  He LOVES tractors and was so excited this morning!!!  He had a great time and we both learnt a lot!

While the day started off cold and rainy (not great for an outdoor field trip) it ended up as a gorgeous sunny fall day.  When I was creating this card for my Technique Tuesday class I was thinking about jumping in leaf piles on a clear, autumn day.  We worked on the "masking" technique last night which is a great technique for making a leaf pile : )


In a previous class a couple of us were talking about the colour combination in Stampin' Up's Orchard Harvest DSP....Raspberry Ripple, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso.  Those colours seem an unlikely combination but really do work together.  My friend mentioned that the Island Indigo is like a clear blue …

Freshly Made Ornaments

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I've recently started following the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  This challenge blog is SO my style; clean lines, simple designs; I really like it.   Though I've been following it I have not had a chance to enter a challenge yet.   Last night, in another late night stamping session (and yes, "Jesus Freak" was playing in the background again) I created a card using this week's sketch.

Here's the inspiration:



Here is my card:



For this card I turned to some new product again, mostly from Stampin' Up's Holiday Catalogue as well as some "old" favourites.  It's been a while since I've used Baja Breeze and it was nice to use it again on this card.  The colour combination in the Snow Festival DSP pack is so great!!!  I used Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green and Baja Breeze for this card.

I had fun with my Ornaments Keepsakes stamp set and Framelits die in combination with the Festive Paper Piercing pack.  Yet again, Stampin' Up has done…

TSOT 87 and BLOG CANDY!

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Wow!  I've made it to my 100th post! 

I have to admit, I've struggled over the past week to find the energy in the evening to sit down and actually create.  I've got TONS of ideas floating around in my brain but when 8:00 comes around and the kids are in bed, the dishes are done, the shopping's done and I've got some time to myself it's often hard to find the motivation I need.  Well, I've been promising "blog candy" when I got to my 100th post and I'm not going to delay it any longer.

But first,  I must share my inspiration.  Yet again, the ladies at Try Stamping on Tuesday had a great sketch to work from.  I shut the door to my office and put on my favourite CD...surprisingly, it's not Bach, but "Jesus Freak" by DC Talk  (Bach is too distracting....I just have to stop everything to listen...lol).   Here's the sketch followed by what I came up with:


 I had fun playing with this sketch with my music blaring in the background…

Butterfly Thank You

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The card I'm sharing with you tonight is one that I CASE'd from an issue of Stampin' Success (Stampin' Up's demonstrator magazine).  I really liked the colour combination and the simplicity of this card.  I did this card at my September Make and Take and it was very easy.



I used the Simply Scored tool to create a little more interest in the top right corner.  The Simply Scored tool is a great way to add a little "embossing" without having the Big Shot.


The Papillion Potpourri set is so pretty and the coordinating punch is just great!

Here are the rest of the details:

Stamp Sets:  Papillion Potpourri, Itty Bitty Banners

Ink and Paper:  Pool Party, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White

Accessories:  Simply Scored tool, Delicate Doilies Sizzix die, Bitty Banners Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Pool Party Baker's Twine, 1' Circle Punch

Stayed tuned for my 100th post and Blog Candy!  Become a follower of my blog to be eligible.

Happy Stamp…