Happier Than Happy Welcome Card

Tuesday 29 November 2022

The Stampin' Up! Happier Than Happy Bundle is so darn cute, but I have to admit that I only recently added it to my stash!  I was sure that I didn't need it, but I've been seeing so many adorable cards.  Yep, bought it!  Check out this fun card I made to welcome a new member to my Team of Ink and Paper Stampers.  

International Blog Highlights Winners Blog Hop - November 2022

Monday 28 November 2022

I’m so excited to be featured in the the International Highlights Top Ten Winners Blog Hop hosted by Kylie Bertucci. I was selected to participate in this hop by finishing in the top ten in the November 2022 International Highlights. Thank you to everyone who voted for my A Fish & A Wish Shaker Card.

Share It Sunday - A Fish and A Wish

Sunday 27 November 2022

It's time for another Share It Sunday Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world and we are sharing our projects with you as part of this blog hop.  There is no theme for our blog hop today. 

Festive Friday Challenge #123 - National Letter Writing Day

Friday 25 November 2022

It's time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  Every second Friday we post a challenge for you with a specific theme and an Inspo List of 10 items to choose from to create your project.  We encourage you to create a project based on the theme and Inspo List and then post it using at least 3 items from the inspiration list.

Canada Inks Up! Blog Hop - November 2022

Wednesday 23 November 2022

Time for another Canada Inks Up! Team Blog Hop.  This month our theme is "Birthday".  I used the beautiful Fitting Florets Bundle and Designer Series Paper for this Diagonal Fold Fancy Fold card.  Wouldn't you love to get this beauty in the mail for your special day!

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly - Kraft Card

Tuesday 22 November 2022

During a recent Creativity Abounds Stamp Camp, I challenge everyone to make a card inspired by a picture of a Mince Tart.  I had no idea what cards everyone would create.  It was so much fun to see how everyone was inspired by the picture in different ways.  Have you ever looked at a picture or saw something when you were out and about that you have used as an inspiration for? 

Trip Achievers Blog Hop - November 2022

Monday 21 November 2022

Welcome to the Trip Achievers Blog Hop.  I am so honoured to be participating in this Blog Hop and I am so thankful for the support I received from my Customers and Team Members so that I could achieve this trip**!  Thank you so much!  We're off on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords in May 2023!  

Boughs of Holly in Untraditional Colours

Sunday 20 November 2022

Have you ever been challenged to make a card using colours that you just don't think go together and then add on including an element from a Christmas Bundle?  I was sure it wasn't going to work, but I surprised myself.  For a recent Stamp Camp, we were challenged to use a least 2 of Parakeet Party, Polished Pink and Silver PLUS use something from the Boughs of Holly Suite.  

Stamping With Friends Blog Hop - CASEing a Demonstrator

Saturday 19 November 2022

Welcome to the Stamping With Friends Blog Hop as we share what projects we are currently working on to inspire you! You will be visiting with our Design Team Members as they share their wonderful projects and ideas to help spark your creativity.  This time our theme is "CASE another Demonstrator".    Do you know what CASE means?

Casually Crafting Blog Hop - November 2022 Colour Challenge

I'm back with another casual card for the Casually Crafting Blog Hop. We're a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that love to stamp and love to share.  We share card and projects that are simple and easy to create with a few products and are perfect for the beginner and casual stamper.  Our blog hop goes live on the third Saturday of each month.  I hope you'll join us and "hop" around our group to be inspired!

Stack, Cut and Shuffle - a fun way to make multiple cards!

Friday 18 November 2022

I received a card during Stampin' Up! BackStage that I thought was such a great idea and a great way to use Designer Series Paper that we all have!  Unfortunately there was no name on the card, only "Stack, Cut and Shuffle".  If this was your card, please let me know.  I'd love to give you credit!

I taught this technique on a recent Zoom class and everyone loved it!  Here's the cards I made using the Lovely in Linen Designer Series Paper.    So quick and easy to make 4 cards!

Creativity Abounds Blog Hop - November 2022 - Gift Packaging

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Time for another Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are a group of very keen Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from all around the world who are coming together to share our creative ideas with you. We are happy that you can join us and hope that we can inspire you to make creations of your own. You may be starting here or you may have come from someone else's blog - either way there is a list at the end of this post to help you move around all the different blogs and get many amazing ideas. We all have our country listed - so if you are looking for a demonstrator in your country, these demonstrators would love to look after you with your Stampin' Up!® shopping or if you would like to join our Stampin' Up!® teams. 

Gift Packaging - Gifts for OnStage

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Today I'm sharing some easy gifts I made for friends attending Stampin' Up! OnStage in Vienna.  I excited to meet some Demonstrators that are part of the Creativity Abounds Design Team for the very first time in person!  We've been working together for almost 2 years!  I used the Delicate Detail Treat Boxes to create these gifts.

Demonstrator Training Blog Hop - Customer Thank You

Monday 14 November 2022

I'm excited to be training with Bruno and Kylie again this year and participating in our monthly Blog Hop with amazing Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world. The purpose of the group is for the group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that are part of the program...to share ideas and to learn from each other...to help us in our Stampin' Up! Business. Our theme for our blog hop each month is "Thank You" and I've created these beautiful cards using the new Stampin' Up! Fitting Florets Stamp set and added some masking using the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks.  

Frameless Shaker Card - Joyful Flurry

Sunday 13 November 2022

Do you love Shaker Cards?  I have so much fun making them.  I've been doing a series on Shaker Cards on my Technique Thursday Live on Facebook and YouTube.  I created todays card on the 3rd in the series.  Check out the YouTube videos for the first two Shaker Cards made using:

Today my card is based on a technique shared by Patty Bennett and demonstrated by my Team Member Nancy Wong on a recent team meeting.  I love this and used the Stampin' Up! Joyful Flurry for my version.

Festive Friday Challenge #122

Friday 11 November 2022

It's time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  Every second Friday we post a challenge for you with a specific theme and an Inspo List of 10 items to choose from to create your project.  We encourage you to create a project based on the theme and Inspo List and then post it using at least 3 items from the inspiration list.

Christmas Lights Heat Embossed Z Fold Card

Thursday 10 November 2022

Time for a bit of an untraditional holiday card using Tahitian Tide!  I had fun creating this Z fold card using the Stampin' Up! Christmas Lights Bundle.  I shared this card as part of an Instahop with fellow demonstrators.  If you're on Instahop and don't follow me, check me out at @stampingwithmelva and click the follow button.  You can check out all of the amazing projects in the InstaHop as well!  

Fond of Autumn Paper Piecing

Tuesday 8 November 2022

The Stampin' Up! Fond of Autumn Bundle is amazing!  It doesn't have to be just for Autumn cards but my card today definitely has that Autumn feeling!  Did you know that there is a die that will cut the large image from the Stamp Set into 4 pieces!  That's what I used on my card that combines colouring and Paper Piecing!

International Highlights Blog Hop - November 2022

Monday 7 November 2022

I'm excited to participate again in Kylie's Monthly International Blog Highlights for November. I created this pretty shaker card featuring Stampin' Up! A Wish & A Fish Bundle.  I love shaker cards and love how this one turned out!  What do you think!

Lighthouse Point Card

Sunday 6 November 2022

I shared a card recently using the Lighthouse Point Bundle and commented on how much I love light houses.  Living on the West Coast I'm always intrigued by the story of light house keepers and fascinated to read about life at a Lighthouse.  Of course, today all of our lighthouses are automated so there isn't anyone living there.

Check out this fun "peekaboo" card I created using the bundle.  I love how this turned out in Night of Navy and Gray Granite.  


  1. Cut Night of Navy cardstock 4 1/4" x 7" and score at 5 1/2".  Fold on score line to form card base.
  2. Cut Night of Navy cardstock 1 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  3. Cut the 5th largest Deckled Rectangle from Basic White cardstock
  4. Stamp rocks on bottom using Gray Granite ink - full strength and stamped off.
  5. Align Night of Navy cardstock piece (1 1/2" x 4 1/4") along bottom of card base
  6. Adhere stamped rectangle between the Night of Navy pieces using Dimensionals.
  7. Stamp light house using Gray Granite ink on Basic White cardstock
  8. Stamp strips on lighthouse using Night of Navy ink
  9. Cut out using Die
  10. Colour in top of light house using Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends or marker
  11. Cut out 2 rays of light from Daffodil Delight cardstock
  12. Adhere to the back of the light house
  13. Adhere lighthouse to rectangle using Dimensionals.
  14. Wrap linen thread around bottom of card base 2-3 times and tie a bow
  15. Cut Basic White cardstock 3/4" x 2" and stamp sentiment using Night of Navy ink
  16. Adhere to rectangle 
  17. Adhere Rustic Metallic Dots

You can find all of the supplies for this card in my Online Store.

Shopping with Me!

Use the following links to PDF copies of the catalogues:

Please be sure to use the current Host Code 3T62M47C to receive a free gift from me. When you place a $50 order (before shipping and taxes) using the Host Code, I'll send you a Thank You card by mail and a FREE tutorial by email 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 Thank You card and tutorial! 

You can also purchase this tutorial with 13 "Boughs of Holly" Themed tutorials for $20!   Check them out in my Square Store

Creativity Abounds - October 2022 - Boughs of Holly

Creativity Abounds - October 2022 - Boughs of Holly


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Here's my gift card holder card that is included in the tutorial.  

Monthly Card Club

I'm excited to be offering a Monthly Card Club either In Person or by mail.  Each month I will select a stamp set or bundle to feature.  You will make 3 cards with envelopes and receive 1/2 package of Designer Series Paper, package of Embellishments and a roll of ribbon.  Cost is $45 In Person (or local pick up) and $50 mailed.

You can join my club monthly.  If you join for 6 consecutive months and get a swag bag valued at $25 from me as a gift.

The In Person classes will be held on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 12noon or 1-3pm.  Space will be limited to 3 people per class and masks will be mandatory (as well as any other requirements announced by the Provincial Health Officer).

Registration is now open for the November Club featuring Abigail Rose. Registration closes November 13th

Register for November Now!

Your Creative Escapes Retreat - LAST DAY TO REGISTER

Join Diane and I on Friday, December 2nd from 6:30pm to 9pm and on Saturday, December 3rd from 8am to 8am for our Your Creative Escapes Retreat.  We have such fun during our retreats!  There will be stamping, challenges, Make and Takes, prizes, time to work on your projects and of course, lots of laughter!

Cost is $115 and includes:

  • 2 stamps sets - Cup of Tea and Sending Smiles (you can substitute if you already own them)
  • 6 Make and Take Projects
  • Pillow Gift
  • Prizes
  • Challenges
Add ons:

  • Tea Cup Dies $38 extra
  • Smiles Dies $46 extra

Your Creativity Awaits

The November Kit features Fitting Florets - a brand new suite that is early release from the upcoming January to June Mini Catalogue!

Do you love to craft and are you looking for a kit that ships directly to you each month with special perks each month? Then you will LOVE “YOUR CREATIVITY AWAITS”!  

With “Your Creativity Awaits”, each month you will receive an exclusive make and take kit (2 cards of 4 designs) plus a PDF Tutorial.  All for only $60 per month shipped directly to you or $56 local pick up.

After 6 consecutive months of membership, you will receive a thank you of $25 product credit (before shipping and taxes) to spend on whatever you choose! 

Each month, the Design Team will choose one stamp set or bundle and design fun projects for you to create.  The stamp set is included in your kit. If you don't already own the dies or punch, you may add it to your kit or use what you have.  

  • Featured stamp set - Framed Florets Stamp Set
  • 8 Cards (2 each of 4 different designs) - designed by Your Creativity Awaits Team
  • Exclusive Project tutorials you can follow along with to create your cards
  • Extra product (value will depend on the price of the stamp set)
  • Shipped: $60 monthly
  • Porch Pick-up: $56 monthly 
  • Add on the coordinating dies - $59

Your Creativity Awaits Kit Timelines

  • The upcoming kit information including supplies needed will be announced by the 15th of the previous month
  • Sign up must be done by the 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Kits will be shipped and tutorials emailed out by the 4th Tuesday of the month (subject to unforeseen delays in the shipment of product from Stampin’ Up!)
  • Available to Canadian Residents Only


We have a bonus this month!  Add on the coordinating dies, Gold Swirl Embellishments, Designer Series Paper and the Framed and Festive Stamp Set for $128 extra - local pick up $184 and mailed $188  - and you will receive a bonus project including a box and 3 additional cards.

The November kit features the Stampin' Up!® Fitting Florets.  Check out these sneak peeks.

Register now for November. Registration closes November 13th

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