#Outlander crafts profile – Master Raymond’s Shop #Outlanderseason2

The Outlandish penpals has been an amazing experience! I have met so many wonderful Outlander fans from all over the world.  I have received 100s of postcards, all of which are posted on cork boards on my walls as you walk into my craft room, to be enjoyed daily!

One such person is a lovely lady from Nebraska, whom I have permission to share her amazing work!! Michele Lutz created this extraordinary box showcasing the beauty and detail of Outlander season 2!  Master Raymond’s shop of potions and books really depicts the mystery of the location and characters of our “La Dame Blanche”.


With a perfect mix of photos, text and embellishments, it really is a work of art!

I asked Michele if she’d share her supplies and tips for recreating such a special piece that will be enjoyed for years to come!!

Supplies she used were: (from Michele)

1. I used a 7 Gypsies Printers Box

2. Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue

3. Quality heavy cardstock

4. Tim Holtz bottles and corners

5. I also used charms from different jewelry company

“To start I chose a photo for the central focus and worked colors and theme from that. Bought all my products on sale,” says Michele.

She used real books that she cut to fit in the space, so very cool!


The time and detail is inspiring! Michele, you should be so proud!


The tiny key and ornamental pieces are my favourite.  I just love the little globe!  Great card stock color choice and photos! It definitely recreates the intensity of season 2!


Thanks, Michele!

If you have an Outlander craft that you’d love to share on my blog, please send me an email or Facebook pm and I’ll do my best to share it with the world!  I love to give credit with it is due for hard work and creativity!


Happy Halloween and Samhain!



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Carols of Christmas Card Class #2 Card #3

Card #3 – Deck the Halls – The last of my 3 cards from this week’s class, sorry I’m a couple of days late on the post.

The simplest of all three cards at this class, I wanted to use the gorgeously fun Merry Music specialty designer series paper, so with a bit of pop of color, this creation was a go!


No instructions really needed for this one.  It’s as simple as a card stock base of real red in the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card size.  That is followed by a music piece from the specialty designer series paper at a 4 x 5 1/8 cut. I then added a small 4 x 1 inch strip of the old love with dots from the Merry Little Christmas designer series paper pack.

The deck the halls is stamped in old olive on whisper white and then cut using the square from the stitched shapes framelits dies.  I matted that on to a real read and adhered it to the card using Stampin dimensionals.

Supplies used to create this card:

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Happy stamping!!


Carols of Christmas #Stampin Up Card Class #3 Card #2

Card # 2: Peace on Earth #2

Card credit to JENNIFER CERIZO of World of Jen Craft.


When I started my inspirational search with the Carols of Christmas stamp set on Pinterest, I found a beauty in a creation by World of Jen Craft.  Actually, her whole group of creations using the Carols of Christmas stamp set were mesmerizing!! I chose to dive into one quite like the one we have done in my class, seen above.  Jen’s had a few more details, including inserting more of the red start cut-outs into the spaces and more pearls.  In order to allow for time, so as my attendees wouldn’t be there all night, I opted for a bit less work, but of course, you can make this one as much or as little work as you like.

Paper Dimensions:

Whisper White CS – 4 1/2 x 11 (score at 5 1/2 for card base), 4 x 4, 2 7/8″ stitched circle

Garden Green CS – 4 x 4

Basic Black CS – 4 1/8 x 4 1/8, 3″ scalloped circle

Cherry Cobbler CS – Scrap for flower insets

Click here for the complete instructions!

Click here for the video by Jen!

Supplies needed to create this card:

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Happy Holidays and happy stamping!!



Carols of Christmas #StampinUp Card Class #2 Card #1

Over the next 3 days I will post the three cards we created in my Christmas card class last night.  Two of which were inspired by other demonstrators around the world and the last one, very simplistic in nature, my me 🙂 

Card #1 Peace on Earth

I have to give credit to Pinterest for this one, specifically to Sue Vine of Miss Pink Craft Spot.

I very rarely veer away from the traditional up and down card, so being inspired to create in a landscape format was fun!


This card has wow and elegance, that’s why I chose it.  I also am a huge fan of the trees in this set of thinlits dies (Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies).  I like the doubled trees to give the shadowed look and have stepped out of my comfort zone to stamp right on the card; I know, wild, right?   

Another special part of this card, which was the biggest reason I chose it, was the sparkle on the trees? It was created using some of Stampin Up’s new embossing paste topped with some of Stampin Up’s dazzling diamonds glitter!  How cool is that, right?  I rarely do much with glitter these days so this seemed like a great reason to dig it out and I wanted to show the versatility of the embossing paste too!

Click here for the instructions on how to make the card.  Enjoy!

Supplies needed to create this card: Click on any item to take you to my shop and purchase directly online!

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Happy holiday stamping!





#Catholic Bible art journaling – what Bible do I use?

#yourstampinscrapbooker #Bibleartjournaling journey continues…

Previous Posts about my Bible art journaling journey:

@CSMscrapbooker call for #Bibleartjournaling

#BibleArtJournaling @AllisonOrthner @CSMscrapbooker…the journey has been revived.. #yourstampinscrapbooker style

Bible Art Journaling…the journey of a creative Catholic

So I’ve been doing a lot of talking and not enough actual Bible art journaling.  It’s something that seems to always get put on my to-do list and there is always something more important that needs to get done.  I have realized that I need to start doing more things in my craft room that are actually for me, and what could be better than reading the word, focusing my heart and mind on God and working to grow in my relationship with Christ?  

A Bible art journaling image credit to Allison Orthner – God Bless!


So it’s time for action!  I started this post several weeks ago and something happened today that made me go back to it and get it done.  Continue to read and you will learn what I saw…

So, Catholics, what Bible should we use?  

After having been exposed to many versions of Bible art journals, none of which was a Catholic Bible, I started with catholic.com to refresh my understanding of the many different translations of the Bible that are out there.  

Bible Translations Guide for Catholics – Click here!

So until today, this was my assessment of what type of Bible would be my pick for a Catholic who wants to art journal in a Bible.  The obvious choice would be the Bible of choice for Catholics, the St. Ignatious Bible, it’s a revised standard version of the Bible.  Click here to purchase on Amazon.  


That being said, it’s not at all journaling-friendly.  So, moving on…I will keep my Bible for referencing and choose a Bible designed for art journaling.  

That pick would go to the very inspiring-looking journaling Bible, the Inspire Bible.

Click here to purchase on Amazon. 

Yes, it’s gorgeous!  It’s colourful and art friendly with it’s beautiful wide margins.  That being said, it’s the New Living Translation of the Bible which is great for readability but has been translated for contemporary English and therefore, can lose some of the feel of the original scriptures.  In my opinion, the benefit of this translation is it will allow a more easily understand study of the word, encouraging the reader to connect with the scriptures.  I would encourage any art journalers using this Bible to seek out an additional translation to cross-reference the readings in order to get the most of their study and reflection.  


So, in the end, because the St. Ignatious Bible does not come in a wide-margin version, or if it does it’s a million dollars, and I, personally, felt like I needed to be reading from something more close in translation to a Bible that would be using in church or school, I had chosen to support the purchase of the ESV Journaling Bible (until today, keep reading).  It is the closest journalling Bible I could come up with to that of our preferred translation in the new revised standard version (NRSV).  I do not have one yet, I’m still getting my feet wet with the whole Bible art journaling so, no kidding, I got a King James Version at the dollar store and I’m going to go to town in that first.  I have my NRSV to cross reference the Scriptures to compare.

So after all this analysis and exploration over the past many months, can you imagine my excitement to have see this post on Facebook today?  There is a Catholic Journaling Bible available as of November!!

Catholic Journaling Bible

I had recently joined a couple of groups for Bible art journalers on Facebook, most recently a group for Catholic women, and that is where this announcement popped up! That lead me to Blessed is She!  I’ve checked out the website and Instagram and will spend some time over the next few months getting to know them and what they are offering Catholic women.  I have already signed up for the email daily devotional, which I look forward to seeing tomorrow.  I really need that accountability to connect with the word and refocus my energies on being a follower of Christ so I’m excited to have discovered them and will run with it!  

The Bible is scheduled for publishing in November by Our Sunday Visitor, Blessed is She is taking pre-orders now with release planned for January 2018.   It is a New American Bible-Revised Edition.

I especially like the final line of an article I read and it said, as a response to “what Bible to I get?”  He said… “the one you will use”… Does that not say it all?  Any Bible you will use that will bring you closer to God through the word of the Lord, and will inspire you to use your creativity is the one to get!  Remember, enjoy the process and follow where God leads you!  


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Types of stamps – What’s the difference? #photopolymerstamps #StampinUp

Since the creation of the newest type of stamps, photopolymer, I’ve found myself explaining this difference more often.  Some of Stampin Up’s newest stamps only come out in photopolymer, some come out in clear and photopolymer, and some come in all three types, including the wood mount.

When I first started stamping many years ago, I was only familiar with the wood mount as that was what I saw the most in Michaels and hadn’t been exposed to anything else.  Today, as you can easily see in any craft store, or online, and especially with our stamps from Stampin Up, many of the stamps no longer come in a wood mount.

Before I talk about the pros and cons of each type, in my opinion, I’ll run through the three types.

  1. Rubber – Found on a wood mount block.  It is a rubber material and you adhere it or perhaps you purchase it already adhered to a wood block.  It is forever attached to that block.
  2. Clear – These stamps are also of a rubber material, not really “clear” in nature, but do attach to a clear acrylic block for use.  Therefore, in Stampin Up, we call them clear, because they require a clear block.
  3. Photopolymer – These are a completely “clear” stamp that also requires a clear block and you can see through the stamp and block which allows you to see exactly where it is being stamped.  These stamps are a clingy, bendy material so can be manipulated on the clear block to take different forms, if the stamp allows for it and they stamp with a suction to the paper and can have air bubbles if not stamped properly.  Best stamped on a softer surface, in a downward motion and then peeled off the paper in a reverse motion.  Watch for a future post with video explaining this stamping technique.  IMG_4839Here is a photo of all three stamps side by side. L-R Wood mount rubber, clear and photopolymer

Pros and Cons of each of the three types:

Wood Mount Stamps (Rubber)

Pros – do not have worry about having a block to fit or keeping track, easily transportable, long lasting

Cons – take up a lot more space to store, more expensive, heavier to transport, can appear “dirty” if ink gets on the wood, can’t see through them

See below a side view of the Hardwood background stamp on the wooden block.


Clear Stamps (Rubber)

Pros – Cheaper than wood mount but same good quality of stamp, light and small storage, easily transportable

Cons – Can be difficult to keep attached to the blocks at times, especially depending on size of the stamp, there are numerous ideas out there about how to keep them attached and can’t see through them

See below a side view photo of my Deck the Halls stamp from the Carols of Christmas stamp set.


Photopolymer Stamps

Pros – Completely clear so can best see where you are stamping. Light storage, cheaper than wood, and easily transportable.  Attach really well to the blocks, pretty much suction to them.  Easily removable and can be manipulated to reshape, if the size of the stamp allows it.  

Cons – can get air bubbles if you don’t know who to best stamp them. Do stain from ink use so may appear “dirty” to the owner but the quality of the stamp is not at all damaged.    Do stick easily to things so be sure to put them away so as not to lose them.  

Below you will see a side view photo of the skater in the Talented Trio stamp set.  


As more and more of the new stamps come out only in the photopolymer, I had started to question if perhaps the clear mount rubber stamps would be phased out.  However, there does not seem to be any sign of that actually happening.  I’ll be honest, the photopolymer are my favourite, mostly because they stick so well, and you can see through completely.  I feel like have more control over what I’m doing with them.  I know many will agree with me since many of my customers have shared this same feeling.  They will even get frustrated when they like a stamp set and it doesn’t come out in photopolymer.  I do still like the clear stamps, I do not avoid them, per se, but will always chose the photopolymer over the clear.  

Here are the supplies from these photos:

What are your thoughts?  What is your favourite? Would love to hear some feedback 🙂 Thanks!


Happy Friday!

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Talented Trio Photopolymer Stamp Set

Talented Trio Photopolymer Stamp Set

@CSMscrapbooker call for #Bibleartjournaling

Call for submission!! The deadline to submit your creations to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine for the spring 2018 issue to November 1st!! Allison Orthner shared on her Facebook that there is a call out for Bible art journaling, specially revealing “life lessons”.  This really caught my eye as I’m super excited to see the creations that are out there!! These creations will be so honest, true and inspiring!! Don’t be afraid to step out of the comfort zone and share your work!


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SUBMISSION REQUEST LIST FROM CREATIVE SCRAPBOOKER MAGAZINE! I have been published in their magazine many times and you do get a FREE copy of the magazine if they publish your work!  I will have to really start working on some Bible art journalling and be brave enough to submit 🙂

What to read more about my Bible art journaling journey? I’m due to share an update, I’ll get on that! Here is my last post, click here!

Have a great weekend! Take time for you!


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Happy Thanksgiving, #crafters! #yourstampinscrapbooker

Just wanted to send out a post to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!! Arrived in Saskatoon on Wednesday so have had a great time with family!! We had our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and today took the girls to a city pool! It’s been a wonderful weekend! 

Have had great food, great drinks, great company and some relaxing colouring time!! 

Big finale with Outlander tonight and the drive home tomorrow to go back to reality.  

My craftroom won’t be lonely long, need to get ready for my team meeting Thursday and start organizing for my next Christmas card class.

Hope this finds you all in good health and enjoying a relaxing weekend too!



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