Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day! I wanted to share with you a few gift ideas for the Mom/Grandma/Wife in your life - as Mother's Day is just around the corner.

1. The Designer Tin of Cards project kit:

Kit includes tin and enough card bases, accents, and envelopes for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. Coordinates with Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set (item 141739). Stamps, ink, and adhesive sold separately. 

I LOVE this card kit. I gave it as presents to my mom and grandma at Christmas and they both loved it! It is super easy to put together and the adorable tin it all comes in makes it easy to gift give.

Here is a quick video for a closer look:

So as I mentioned in the video - in addition to the kit, you need the Designer Tin of Cards stamp set, an assortment of inks and adhesive - but I have the stamps and inks for you to use - just purchase the Designer Tin of Cards kit today and put it together on Friday, May 12th (between 6-9pm) in my Studio.

Not sure you have time - I can put it together for you* and make it super easy to give to that special person in your life.

AND GUESS WHAT - this kit is retiring so its currently on sale for $25.20 (+ tax and shipping). Thought its while supplies last - so if this is something that you are interested in please email me or go online to get your order in now.

*If you would like me to put it together for you - the cost including tax and shipping is $40

2. A Card Class Together:

If your mom is anything like my mom (hi mom!) she wants to spend time with you - so why not do a card class together! Currently my card classes are $20 each month or FREE with a qualifying order - plus if you sign up your mom and you for my June class (Friday, June 23rd) - I will throw in a $10 gift certificate you can give her with a homemade card!

Not sure of dates - I can provide a gift certificate for you to give and redeem on a future date.

3. A Gift Certificate:

If your mom, mother in law, grandma or wife love to craft (ladies feel free to share this with your children and husbands!) why not give them the gift of shopping - she will love the opportunity to shop and enjoy some great deals with our retiring items sale. Plus I will package it all up with a FREE homemade card and gift holder.

4. A Paper Pumpkin Gift Subscription 

The monthly all inclusive kit that comes to your door - Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin - is perfect as a gift - and very easy to give. You can check out more by clicking here.

Or watch this video to see how Paper Pumpkin works:

I hope that gives you some ideas for Mother's Day...this coming Friday we have our April class (2 spots available) where we are putting together Mother's Day and Father's Day cards - want to join us? Email me to reserve your spot! amy.grendel@gmail.come

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Happy Tuesday! I've been crafting today and wanted to share some of the creations I put together using the So Succulent stamp set and papers - I LOVE this suite of products. If you don't have it - you could always do this idea with any stamp set and coordinate colours with a paper line. I didn't purchase the die set so I have been hand cutting the flowers - its really easy and helps give some dimension to the card...

And this morning Stampin' Up! added some GREAT deals to the Clearance Section.
Have you checked it out? Click here and click on Clearance Rack on the left hand side.

There is a great selection of papers, embellishments and tools. 
If you want to add to my next order send me an email or feel free to shop online and have the order come directly to you. And remember for every order placed this week you will be entered to win the weekly giveaway prize (Tasty Treats Paper Pack) and you will receive a free gift and card from me.

Here is a quick glance at a few of the things you will find there:

Monday, April 24, 2017


So we are entering our last week of April - which means I have a winner for week three to announce and its time to reveal our final giveaway prize. Plus I wanted to share what I've been sending in the mail lately...

So the lucky winner of the Gift of Love stamp set is:


And the next and final giveaway for April is:

Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper      

12 sheets, 2 each of 5 double-sided designs and 1 each of 2 single sided sheets with clear glossy coating over designs. Coordinating colours: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White

To enter - please share a recent project you have completed on the Create & Share Facebook Group - can be a birthday card, paper pumpkin card, scrapbook layout, or place an order via email or online
I will reveal our final winner next Monday.

And I thought I would share with you a few of the projects I have been working on... I've sent some of these away already to those of you who placed an order (along with a special gift).

Both cards use products from the Occasion Catalogue - the Urban Underground Suite and Succulent Garden Suite - both product lines are also featured in the class on Friday. There are still two seats left if you want to join us - email to reserve your spot. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Wow - I received my April Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail on Monday. As promised it was fantastic and I had so much fun putting it together!  

I have already seen several people posting pictures of what they have created using the kit on the Paper Pumpkin Fan Facebook Group - be sure to check it out.

As always the kit comes with a handout to show you how to put it together and a video - check it out!
Even if you didn't get the kit there are a lot of ideas and water colouring techniques that you might find useful. 

Here is what I created using the kit:

I put the first three together as per their instructions - the only difference was I used my Aqua Painter Brushes and my own watercolour pencils (you can see a list of supplies at the bottom of this post that I used in addition to what was in the box)

Then I started to play a bit:

Here I added a piece of the Melon Mambo cardstock

Then I started to use my ink pads and aqua painters to put together these:
(I rub the ink pad onto a clear block and then add water - makes for easy clean up)

(I added a few of the Daffodil Delight enamel shapes)

(I added a few of the Melon Mambo enamel shapes)

I started to use my new ink pad - Lemon Lime Twist
(Sara hinted at it in the video - its one of the new In Colours and it will be available with the other four in June!)

I liked the look of it mixed with the Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point

(I also used Pacific Point card stock and enamel shapes)

(I used the Bermuda Bay card stock and enamel shapes)

If you received the April kit - I would love to see what you do with it - be sure to post some of your favourite creations on the Create & Share Facebook group - you will be entered to win a FREE gift!

And if you don't miss the fun in May - be sure to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by May 10th - check it out here for all the details. 


Saturday, April 15, 2017


I always like to take something for my family at our holiday get togethers - something cute, usually involves a treat and something homemade. I love the idea of this little decorated paper cup with lid - I received it from a fellow demonstrator - Nora Hampton

But sometimes I run out of time to come up with a cute idea like this - and thats why I LOVE the Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin kits - the March kit was perfect to help me put together cute gifts for family and friends - check it out:

In this kit - I received all the supplies to make 9 bunny bags and and 9 mini cards.
How cute are they! I just added some of my favourite treats inside - super easy!

I did add some fun little eyes on a few from supplies I had on hand.
And I used Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Dapper Denim ink on the tags to match.

Stampin' Up! also provides great ideas on what else you can make with the supplies in the kit.

You can read more about these projects here.

Also there is a GREAT Facebook Group dedicated to Paper Pumpkin ideas 

And each month Stampin' Up! provides a video for how to put together the kit.
Here is March's Video

And since I've been a little behind on posting about the Paper Pumpkin kits (and because it goes along with this months theme of birthdays) I thought I would also share the February kit

In this kit we received the supplies to make 9 of these unique cards that are perfect to hold a gift card or to be used as a party invite.

Here are three that I put together:
I also used Night of Navy ink and my balloon punch and balloon adventures stamp set.

And since its hard to show how these cards work - here is a quick video

The April Paper Pumpkin kit should be arriving any day to those who were luckily enough to subscribe by April 10th! I had a chance to see a sneak peak at the kit and I know you will have fun putting it together! Plus I'm excited to see the FREE gift included! 

If you don't want to miss out on getting the May kit - click here to subscribe - its easy!
You can either sign up for one to give it a try, do a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month subscription or subscribe for the automatic monthly delivery (and cancel at any time).

Here is one more video to explain what Paper Pumpkin is all about!

I hope you will give Paper Pumpkin a try - its so much fun!

Monday, April 10, 2017


Today is my birthday - so lets celebrate! First I wanted to share with you some beautiful cards I have received from loved ones:

 My best friend April Watt created this beautiful card!

My Stampin' Up! Team Member - Amanda Farlinger (

My mom, Linda McCann, created this amazing card - she is just new at creating cards and is doing awesome!!! She also made me this gorgeous bed runner and pillow set - she is incredibly talented!

I'm so excited to offer today only FREE SHIPPING on all $50 and up orders emailed ( to me (by 8pm)! Just my way of extending the celebration of my birthday to you! And as a thank you - all orders placed over the month you will receive a free gift and a free birthday card from me :)

PLUS - later today I will be emailing details about the retiring products - so you may want to get your order in right away if something catches your aware that its only while supplies last. I will try my best to keep an updated list available for you to review each week, as products do go fast - especially the retiring 2015-2017 In Colours...

AND Today is the last day to sign-up and get the special Sara kit that includes 12 cards, a new colour; Lemon-Lime Twist, and a stamp set with words written in Sara’s actual handwriting! Don’t forget to tell your friends to sign up too! 

I actually got a sneak peak of this kit on the weekend and I know you will love it. I can't wait to see what the free gift is that is included in each box! To order either email me or sign up by clicking here!

And finally as explained at the beginning of the month, we have a prize for EACH WEEK this month and the winner of the FIRST WEEK APRIL PRIZE (Love You Lots stamp set) is....

This weeks prize is:


Each sheet is double sided for double the creative options
12 - 12x12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs

To enter - be sure to post your latest creation (our theme this month is birthday cards!) on the FB Group page, add someone to the FB Group page, comment, share posts and comment on blog posts. 
Can't wait to see who is our next winner!