It's been awhile...but we're "Humming Along"

Christmas is over and we wait for the new year to begin.

I haven't posted since December 18th.  I had the best of intentions last week to get my blog post ready and then on Thursday, the West Coast of British Columbia had an unbelievable windstorm.  Wind gusts of over 100 km per hour on parts of Vancouver Island.  Trees down, power line down!  I was out about noon on Thursday to pick up my husband.  I could see the debris on my way there but luckily there were no trees blocking my way.  I the space of 10 minutes as I waited for him to pack up, two trees came down and blocked our road out.  We had to take the long way home.  Thankfully a man in a truck was ahead of me and every so often he would stop and clear a branch out of our way.  It was definitely scary!  Our power went out early afternoon on Thursday and didn't come on for 29 hours.  We actually were one of the lucky ones - some people in the area just go their power back on Christmas Eve.

This taught me a valuable lesson - not only to be prepared with blog posts and not to leave them to the last minute.  More importantly it reminded me of the importance of an emergency kit with flashlights and candles and other supplies.

Here are a couple of images of the damage.  This is not my house!

Now that we're back to normal, I've been playing with all of the new products in the Occasions Catalogue.  Today's card features the Humming Along stampset.  Dale Hampshire did an amazing job demonstrating this stamp set at OnStage in Orlando.  I loved how he used the Brusho Crystals to colour in the hummingbird on his card, so I tried the same on this one.

We're lucky to have hummingbirds on the West Coast all year round.  I was walking by a neighbours the other day and at first I could only hear it - the wings are moving so fast, they make a noise!  Then I noticed him trying to get something out of the feeder.  Amazing!


  1. Score Night of Navy Cardstock (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") in half to make card base.
  2. Emboss a piece of Mango Melody Cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") using Subtle Embossing Folder. 
  3. Stamp hummingbird image on Watercolour paper using Tuxedo ink
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of Yellow Brusho crystals on humming bird and then a very small amount of Prussian Blue.  Spray gently with water and let the magic happen!
  5. Let dry and then fussy cut out (or use the coordinating Framelits)
  6. Adhere to Mango Melody Cardstock using Dimensionals.
  7. Tie a piece of Polka Dot Tulle around card from and time a knot.
  8. Stamp sentiment in Tuxedo Black ink and adhere to card front using Dimensionals
  9. Adhere to card front.
All of the new products I used for this card will be available starting January 3rd.  Check out the supply list below


The new catalogue from Stampin' Up! is just around the corner!  You're going to love it!  I'm hosting a Paper Share from the Occasions Catalogue. Receive 6x6" samples of the 2019 Occasions Catalogue Designer Series Paper when you join my paper share.The 2019 Occasions Catalogue Paper Share includes 82 pieces of 6x6" Designer Series Paper from 7 new paper packs:
  • All My Love paper = 12 pieces
  • Floral Romance paper/vellum = 12 pieces
  • How Sweet It Is = 12 pieces
  • Happiness Blooms = 12 pieces
  • Gingham Gala = 10 pieces
  • Needlepoint Nook = 12 pieces
  • Classic Garage =  12 pieces
Cost:  $34.00 plus $5.00 postage (Canada only)
Reserve now by emailing me at  I will send you an invoice on December 28, 2018.  You can pay by e-transfer or credit card by January 2, 2019.  You product will be shipped mid January.

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Free Cards!

When you place a $50 order (before shipping and taxes) using the Host Code MDKREYTAI'll send you four cards and instructions by mail as a thank you.  If your order is over $200, please do not use the Hostess Code as you'll qualify for Stampin' Rewards, but I'll still send you the 4 free cards! 

Happy Stamping

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