About Me  

My hometown is Calgary, AB but I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. I'm a stay at home mom of 5 year old Taylor and 23 month old Jaiden and I've been married to Bill for 7 years. My life is constantly in high gear!

I attended my first SU 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 much anticipated 2005-2006 catalogue is now AVAILABLE. Contact me now to purchase your copy for only $10 or ask me how you can earn your copy for FREE by hosting a Stampin' Up! workshop.

Stampin' Up! in Quebec

Stampin' Up! expands to French Speaking Canadians.

Specials and Promotions  

RMHC Charities Stamp Set
Summer Mini Catalogue Receive a Free Set of 12 Classic Stampin' Pads

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!
Effective immediately anyone that books a workshop with me will still be entitled to a FREE IDEA BOOK & CATALOGUE but, you will not receive a catalogue until the day of your workshop OR you can pay the $10 for the catalogue and than once the workshop has been done you will receive your $10 back or use it as a credit towards your Stampin' Up! purchase.

Simply Summer - August 2005. Click here for wonderful project ideas.

Free Stamp Draw - Click here and follow the link to the "Enter to win free stamps" draw (** Note this is not available thru me, this is a random drawing thru Stampin' Up!)

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What's New?

I just got back from Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. I spent 5 days swapping, attending business classes, being inspired by all the amazing talent on centre stage. We spent each morning all together, 4,500 "excited" woman being worked by an MC where we would here Shelli Gardner speak inspiring words, than there would be Powertips, Main Stage Talent (Men & Woman), Workshop Wows and so many other amazing things. I've only been back for a week and haven't had a chance to apply the many things that I've learned but I cannot wait to show each and every one of you!

The August long weekend I spent a day at Strathmore's Heritage Days at a vendor booth for Stampin' Up!, boy, was it hot! So it's been a pretty busy week since I got back from Salt Lake City.

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Featured Accessories

Twill Tape

Use alone or stamp for a custom look . 100% cotton twill tape can be dyed with our Classic Stampin' Ink refills. Approx. 9 yards: 3 yards each of 3/8-inch, 3/4-inch, and 1-1/2-inch tape. Tip: use double-sided sticky tape while stamping on it so it doesn't smear. Page 231, Price: $8.95 each CAD

The Trick to Using Embossing Powders

By Maria Nerius

Before you start

1. There is very little difference in embossing powders except that the finer the powder the better the finished embossed designs.

2. There are many types of heat sources....a stove top burner, a light bulb over 60 watts, a toaster oven, regular oven, frying pan, electric skillet, and heat tools (these look like blow dryers for your hair, but never use them in this fashion).

3. Before starting, always wash your hands very well. Oil from your hands can make the powder stick in places you do not want it to stick.

4. You will need: embossing powder, slow drying ink (pigment) or embossing ink, a rubber stamp or ink pen, heat source, and stampable surface.

5. You can emboss on paper, wood, terra cotta, glass, mirrors, and other media so experiment!!

6. Highly detailed stamps are not best for beginners...select word or deeply etched stamps to start.

Tsukineko Stamping Supplies Embossing Powder - Clear How it works

1. Tap the stamp on the embossing pad or on pigment ink...make sure entire surface is covered in ink.

2. Stamp image onto surface and immediately cover with embossing powder. Tap off excess onto a piece of paper and pour back into the powder container.

3. Use your heat source to “melt” the powder. The heat tool is used form the top of the designs, while the others are to be placed under the media. Thick surfaces will be difficult without a heat tool.

4. The powder will go from a dull finish to a very glossy one, and it is done!

A few closing thoughts

1. If the embossing is cracking its been overcooked - use less time to heat your embossing.

2. The powder will not melt evenly so make sure entire image is done.

3. Experiment with mixing small amounts of different colors of embossing powder for fun effects.

4. Make your own embossing ink by mixing 1 part water and 1 part glycerin.

5. Most ink pens will work as an embossing pens.

6. Use dark inks with opaque powders, non-tinted inks with others, and never use gold pigment with gold embossing powder. It will dull the gold in the finished design.

7. Glitter is not embossing powder, but a small pinch in powder is a fun effect.

8. Fill in a design with markers and sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat - it'll look like stained glass!

9. Sprinkle clear embossing powder over a small print/picture and heat, and the powder acts like a lacquer.

10. Practice, practice, practice. That’s the only way to get really good at embossing.

11. Use a small paint brush to remove powder that is clinging to an area you do not want embossed.

12. If a surface is giving you trouble with clinging powder in the wrong spots, just lightly rub a dryer sheet over the surface with your hands - it really helps!

Stampin' Up! It's all about creativity.

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Email Me!

Michelle Nadraszky
Stampin' Up!® Senior Associate
(403) 229-1724
or 606-4282

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