I’m Back…

Sorry…it seems like I’ve been gone forever!  I didn’t mean to take such a long break from blogging – but sometimes life just gets in the way of what we’d like to do!

While I was “gone”, I also had some issues concerning my blog.  I’m not quite sure how to fix some of it yet…but I’m learning!  It may take a while to get it the way I want it, but it’ll get there.  I find I’m “technically challenged” when it comes to doing some things with the computer and blogs!

I’ve had some exciting things happen over the last few months, though!  The first – and most exciting is that our 6th grandchild should be arriving any day now!  It will be so nice to have another little one here!  I’ll keep you posted.

The other exciting news is that I’ve been asked to be part of the Country Farms Marketplace – a new farmers’ market which has started up in Confederation Mall.  Janine Bubnick is the manager of the Marketplace and asked me if I’d like to join them.  I have a space and am selling my cards – which is something I’ve always wanted to do.  Go onto Facebook – Country Farms Marketplace – and you can see some of the photos that Hannah has taken of the Marketplace.  There is local  – baking, sausages, perogies, cards (of course!), jewelery, bath fizzies, baby quilts, as well as Tupperware, Scentsy, Epicure…and lots of other things as well.  Come for coffee and the special of the day!!  We’re there every Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, so if you’re out and about on Saturdays, stop by!  I’d love to see you!!

I don’t have any cards to post today – but will later on!  By being at the Marketplace, I now have a chance to use my paper, stamps, ribbons, buttons and anything else that isn’t current.  I’ve got some fabulous stamps that haven’t seen enough ink and some gorgeous Designer Series paper that needs to meet up with some cardstock!  So…later on down the road, you’ll be seeing some cards made with retired products.  But if you like the style of the card, you can probably swap out the retired products for current ones!  If you have any questions about what you see, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Tomorrow is going to be a fabulous day (and I don’t care what the weather’s like!).  I don’t have to go to work – so my whole day will be spent with stamps, ink and paper!  Love it!!!  I want to get a few more cards made for Saturday, but I’ll be able to spend the day at home playing working!  Can’t get any better than that!!

Take care…thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs & blessings…


“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”  Ephesians 3:20


Your Creative Get-Away…

My Paper Pumpkin

Isn’t it wonderful to have a hobby? Statistics actually prove that people are more content and live longer when they have a hobby.  And it’s even better to have one that you are truly passionate about!

So….whether you’re just getting started and need some help or you’re an avid stamper…My Paper Pumpkin is the perfect solution! It’s a well thought out kit that arrives on your doorstep each month….along with a tutorial on great ways to use your products and make the project shown!

Today, April 10th is the last day to subscribe for this month’s creative get-away, so click here to get started. And please…choose me, Brenda Blum, (Postal Code S7J 3H9) as your demo.  Then you’ll also be eligible to join us at the “Pumpkin Patch”… an evening when those of us who have Paper Pumpkins can get together and either make them as they are or step them up with other embellishments and more ideas!!  You can also “try it”  just for a month if you’d like!

Remember…check out My Calendar for classes on card making and other fun things to sign up for!

Inky hugs & blessings…Brenda

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there my be food in My house.  And try Me now in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”   Malachi 3:10

Fabric Frenzy…This week only!!

Dates: Monday, March 25 – Friday, March 31, 2013

Details: Spring into our Fabric Frenzy! For one week only, all of our beautiful Designer Fabric is 50% off:




Retail Price

Sale Price



Essentials Designer Fabric





Floral District Designer Fabric





Comfort Café Designer Fabric





Summer Smooches Designer Fabric





Twitterpated Designer Fabric





Timeless Portrait Designer Fabric





Beau Château Designer Fabric





Spice Cake Designer Fabric





Flirtatious Designer Fabric





Tea for Two Designer Fabric





More Amore Designer Fabric



*From the 2013 spring catalogue

Need ideas for using our fabulous Designer Fabric? Click below to watch a video with fun ideas!

The Fine Print

  • Discounted fabric is available on all orders.
  • There’s no minimum purchase required to receive the discount – shop, save, and enjoy!
  • All items are limited quantity at the discounted price and the discount will be removed once the limit is reached. So shop early!

Put It All Together!

Do you have photos on your computer that have never been printed? … or photos that have been printed but just sit in a box?  I do…and that’s about as far as I get with them.  I know I should do something with them…but never seem to get around to it – it’s just too big of a job!!  But…with this mini album, it won’t take long and a complete event can be put together in no time at all.

Here’s a photo of the Mini Album that we’ll be making in a class at the Lifeway Christian Academy Fundraiser.

Mini Album - Lifeway Christian Academy Fundraiser - Class 001

The Fundraiser is being held on March 15 & 16Friday evening and all day Saturday.    The Lifeway Christian Academy is an inner city school and the proceeds go to purchase various supplies and equipment that they need.  They’re only partially funded by the government, so this is a way to help out and have fun at the same time!  And we have a blast!!  There’s lots of prizes, great food all day long, and lots of room to work!!  I’ll be doing 3 classes – and this Mini Album class is one of them!!  It’s just the right size to capture an event – a family reunion, a recital, a game…!  Make one for yourself – or give it as a gift!  Remember all those photos we talked about at the beginning of this post?  Pop them into this mini album and just add some journalling!  Done!  Easy as that and didn’t even take much time!!  The other 2 classes will be Gift Card Holders (3 of them) and a Never Ending Card.  I’ll be posting each of those in the next few days.

Sign up for all 3 classes and I’ll give you a discount.  The cost for the classes is:

1 class – $25
2 classes – $40 (save $10)
3 classes (best deal) – $55 (save $20)

Register for the Lifeway Christian Academy Fundraiser through Carrie Bueckert (clblueckert@sasktel.net), and you’ll be eligible to register for these classes.  Go to my Calendar of Events scroll down the class list in March, click on the RSVP button and I’ll get your registration. I’ll get back to you with a list of what you’ll need to bring to the class and payment options.

Inky hugs & blessings…Brenda

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”  Proverbs 16:3

Love to Travel…without leaving home!

Pack your crafting bags! I’m offering you and your friends a special limited-time stamp set and Designer Series Paper that’s all about travel. The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper are perfect for documenting family vacations, creating unique invitations, or a myriad of other fun paper-crafting projects!

From now until April 30, you can purchase the Sent with Love Stamp Set or the Sent with Love Designer Series Paper — or both in a bundle at a 20% discount!


The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are only available during this special offer…after April 30, they’ll both fly away!

In addition, you may purchase the Sent with Love Digital Kit (item 132914; $12.50).  Please note that the digital kit is not included in the bundle.

Just so you know…

  • You can purchase as many stamp sets, Designer Series Papers, or bundles as you’d like! There are no limits!
  • You don’t have to do anything special to take advantage of this special offer — shop till you drop!!
  • The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are both available to be purchased separately. But why would you do that when you can buy both, get Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine as a bonus and save 20%?  The Sent with Love Digital Kit is not available as part of the bundle.
  • The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are exclusive to this special offer — you won’t be able to get them after April 30!

And now…about upcoming classes…

  • The Big Shot class is tonight at 7:00 pm.  Remember to register for it!  We’ll be making some projects learning how to use the Big Shot more effectively.
  • The Oh, Scraps class is on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 pm.  Have lots of scraps laying in a box?  Bring them and I’ll show you different ways to use them to make beautiful cards.  Use the same techniques on your scrapbook pages.
  • Scrap & Chat is on Saturday evening, February 23 – from 7:00 pm until whenever!  Bring whatever project you’re working on and come play with us!!  You’re welcome to use my tools – punches, dies, Big Shot, stamps etc.
  • The 3″ x 3″ card class is on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 pm – except this time it’s not the one’s you’re used to!  This class will feature the new small cards – in a new size!  Come – check it out!!

To register for any or all of these classes, go to my Calendar of Events and click on the RSVP button.  All the information is there – what you need to bring, cost, time, etc!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs & blessings…Brenda

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.”   Psalm 27:14

Oh Scraps!

Do you have a bucket, bin or bag filled with scraps?  I’m sure every paper crafter does.  Just like a knitter has lots of leftover yarn, a seamstress has mountains of leftover fabric, we have a billion pieces of leftover paper!  Some are too big to throw out and some are too small (so we think) to keep!  So what to do with them?

There’s an “Oh, Scraps”  class on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 pm.  Get some ideas on what to do with your scraps – and some tips on how and when to cut them!!   Bring your own bin of scraps and start to use some of them up – or you can use mine!  We’ll make some regular sized cards and some 3″ X 3″ cards.

Here’s 2 for starters…

Oh Scraps class - 23 February 2013 001

These are just 2 of the 3″ x 3″ cards…notice how scraps have been used to make the focal point of the cards!  Even the Melon Mambo flower under the button was cut from a scrap that was left after some punches or framelits had been used!  NOTE…Both these cards were made from retired DSP and cardstock.

And this is just the beginning…it’s like a challenge to see what can be done with the scraps so that they don’t get thrown out!  Be sure to register for this class and see what you can do with your gazillion scraps.

Remember…Sale-a-Bration is on and you don’t want to miss out on FREE!  For every $60 order you place from the current catalogues, you can get a Sale-a-Bration item for free!

Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs & blessings…Brenda

“Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”  Psalm 34:10

My Paper Pumpkin … new from Stampin’ Up!

My Paper Pumpkin                     

Sweep away the mundane – your creativity carriage awaits!

 I’m Paper Pumpkin .  .  .

I come to your door each month (a fully decked – out creativity carriage).  I’ll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.

 I come in a sweet box, but you’ll really love what you find on the inside:   All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects.  Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

 Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

 Get Started

 It’s so easy to get started.  Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com and click “Get it”.  Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep.  Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family – every month!

 Of course, you’ll want to know more.  So here’s the nitty gritty:

 Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project – cards, journals, décor, and more! (We’ve even colour-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)

    • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper,  and accessories – everything but adhesive.
    • Each kit gives you a 30 – minute  creativity escape.
    • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.
    • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month’s kit.  If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month.  (Let’s say you sign up on May 10th, we’ll send your kit around May 15th.  If you sign up on May 11th, we’ll send your first kit around June 15th.)
    • A Paper Pumpkin membership $24.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
    • There’s no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime.   You can also skip a month if you want.
    • Starting in early March, we’ll offer a Try-It kit if you’d like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

 Here’s How You Order

 Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting www.mypaperpumpkin.com and click “Get it”.

Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store. 

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership.  The Welcome Kit includes a free gift – a clear acrylic block!

Questions?   We’ve Got Answers

 Why are we offering Paper Pumpkin?

Paper Pumpkin is the perfect introduction to Stampin’ Up! We designed it for crafters that want to create a project each month, but aren’t quite ready to build a stamp collection (yet).

 How does shipping work with Paper Pumpkin?

Your Paper Pumpkin will be automatically shipped to you each month (so fun!).  Because we are auto shipping these, the pricing structure is slightly different from our other Stampin’ Up! products.

Reminder…Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow to check out the 2013 Spring Classes Open House, Saturday – January 19 – from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  Be sure to get your schedule of the new classes, check out the new products and pick up your gift with your coupon for a FREE something!!  Stay for coffee and we can have a chat!  All the new Sale-a-Bration items are here – as well as most of the items in the new 2013 Spring Catalogue.

And remember…Sale-a-Bration starts on Tuesday, January 22!  Don’t miss out!  For every $60 order you place, you’ll be able to get something FREE from the Sale-a-Bration brochure!

Want to get them at a discount and before your friends do?  Talk to me about joining my team and the benefits of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family!

See you tomorrow…stay warm!

Inky hugs & blessings…Brenda

“With God, all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26