About Me  

My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. We moved to Calgary in 1997. I was a stay at home Mom for over 6 years to 6 year old Taylor and 2 1/2 year old Jaiden until I went back to work part-time as a CSR. My husband Bill and I have been married for 8 years. Like most people we lead a very busy life!

I attended my first Stampin' Up! workshop over 3 years ago and was just blown away, I immediately was hooked! I never thought I could do anything crafty let alone make a business of it. I became a demo in May 2004 and I absolutely love it!


Stampin' Up!® News  

The online version of the 2006-2007 Catalogue is now AVAILABLE. Click on the Online Catalogue picture.

Stampin' Up! in Quebec
Stampin' Up! expands to French Speaking Canadians. Click here for online catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Downunder
Stampin' Up! expands to Australia with their very own catalogue and distribution centre.

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Summer Mini Catalogue

Inspiration Sheets  
These valuable sheets are full of ideas, colour palettes and instruction. They are only available to demonstrators and come out every quarter (4 times a year). If you would like to know how you can get a complete set and receive future inspiration sheets than please contact me NOW.

Start a Home Based Business  
If you have ever thought of owning your own business at a reasonable start up cost and you love Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Papercrafts than Stampin' Up! is for you. Contact me for information. I would love to get a demo package out to you!

Newsflash  

I've decided not to mail out the mini catalogues thru Stampin' Up! at this time. If you are interested in receiving the Holiday Mini which is in effect from September 1 - November 30, 2006 than please send me a quick email and I will mail one out to you or you can check out the online version.

Close Together - August 2006  

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We just returned from a road trip to BC visiting family and friends so my monthly newsletter is a little late! Summer has been great so far, I can't believe how fast Summer always flies by especially since Taylor starts school in only a couple of weeks! We have definately been keeping busy here going to the waterpark, the park, playing outside in the backyard and wading in the "little swimming pool" spending as much time as we can outside because as soon as Winter comes that won't be happening all that much...so we are definately enjoying our Summer. Hope everyone is having a fantastic Summer with family and friends.

I wanted to extend a warm welcome to Aubrey Schmidt and Delphine Anderson who have joined the Stampin' Up! Family...Congratulations Ladies, I look foward to working with you and wish you much success!

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Featured Accessory

On Board Art Journal (Page 215)

Record life's special moments with Stampin' Up!'s chipboard journal. Cover is constructed from high quality, acid-free chipboard that can be embellished with stamps, inks, hardware, Designers series papers, and ribbon. Approx. dimensions 5 3/4 x 8 3/4. Includes 50 sheets of unlined acid-free paper. #107065 $12.50 CAD.

Featured Stamp Set

Wild About You (Page 145)

This is a fantastic all around kids stamp set. I have seen some awesome samples arleady. #107371 $31.95.

Featured Wheel (Page 87)

Scatter Sunshine #107213 $10.95.

How to Use Scrapbook Chalks

Chalking is a quick, inexpensive way to add creativity, color, and character to your scrapbooking layouts and other papercrafts.

With a simple set of chalks, you can add highlights and shading to your paper piecings, diecuts, punch art, stamping, lettering, cardstock, patterned papers, and vellum.

Chalks create professional, custom looks with surprising ease. Here's what you need to know:

What kind of chalk should I use?

It's best to stick to chalks that were designed for use in scrapbooking. You won't want to use artists' pastels unless they are specifically labeled acid-free.

What tools will I need?

A variety of tools create a variety of effects. Use cotton balls for all-over soft color, Q-tips and/or specially designed foam applicators (which look like eye makeup applicators but which you'll find in craft stores) when you want deeper color.

When using Q-tips, make sure to roll the swab around in your fingers to tighten the cotton so you don't get wisps, which can take the color where you don't want it.

One favorite chalk application tool - believe it or not - is a tampon. I got this idea from Creating Keepsakes, and decided to try it. A tampon provides a wonderful firmness and width for all-over color. And when it's time to change colors, you can just clip off the used portion and start again.

How is the chalk applied?

Experiment on a piece of scrap paper and see what kind of effects you can achieve with these simple tools and a palette of chalks.

Start with a light touch and add more color as you wish. Also, start with the lightest color and layer your darker colors on top, where appropriate for shading.

If you are going to be chalking a diecut or other embellishment, make sure you use extra caution when you are gluing because the chalk will stick to the glue. If you get a little wild with your glue, use your Un-du before you use your chalk.

Here are a few ideas to trigger your own creative imagination:

* Fill in - or simply outline - a stenciling template with chalk.

* Use chalks to create just the right color on photo mats or other embellishments. Chalk will even tint ribbons and fibers for a perfect color match.

* Create a rubbing of an embossed diecut by applying the chalk directly to paper that is placed over the diecut.

* Apply chalk to the torn edge of cardstock paper, vellum, or diecuts for a shabby chic look.

* Apply chalk to crumpled paper. The chalk will be most prominent along the ridges.

Can I fix mistakes?

It's surprisingly easy to fix chalking goofs, but you will need a chalk eraser (available at craft stores.) You can always add chalk over a spot that you've erased, but fix mistakes quickly: Chalks become permanent more quickly than you might think.

Do I need to "set" the chalk?

The pigments in scrapbooking chalks become permanently set in the paper several hours after application, so a permanent fixative generally isn't necessary if the layout is going to be in a page protector.

If you apply your chalks with a light hand, they shouldn't migrate, and you can lightly swipe away any loose chalk with a clean cotton ball, or remove extra chalk by placing your page face down and rubbing gently.

You can also use an acid-free spray fixative - available in craft stores - to help ensure the chalk doesn't smear or migrate, but be careful not to spray the photos.

That's it! Have fun, and don't be afraid to experiment. This is where the artist in you is allowed to come out and play!

This article courtesy of www.scrappies.info

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Michelle Nadraszky
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