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I am a web designer who loves to be creative. I enjoy stamping, card making, pottery and drawing. I have been making cards for years, and only in the past year got into stamping in a big way. I love the Stampin' Up! products so much, I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!
I live in Winnipeg, MB with my boyfriend and our cats.

Note: Stampin' Up! products are copyright by Stampin' Up!.

Ashley
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
Email: ashleysokal@hotmail.com

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pottery!

Yesterday was the last pottery class for the spring session for Mom and I, and I thought I'd post some photos of the things I've made so far.

Toothbrush and Toothpaste holder
I made this because I can never find toothbrush holders that have a large enough opening for the large toothpaste tubes you get at Costco! So I made one myself! The holder has 8 holes around it - way more than we'll ever use, but I think it looks, and works great! It could be used as a pen holder if I ever get sick of it in the bathroom!


Bowls:
 Love the White Cascade.

For this one, I was playing around with glazes - I overlapped four different transparent glazes, the actual colors are the four corners.

This one I got a neat effect by layering two different glazes... 

Coasters:
Love this - The cherry blossoms were stamped into the clay using a retired Stampin' Up! set called Easter Blossoms! It looks beautiful with the soft minty-green background!

I will be picking up the rest of our glazed items this coming Sunday, so I will post more then!

Thanks for looking,
Ashley

Friday, May 25, 2012

Retirement Card - for a dog lover

A friend at work asked me to make a custom card for a coworker who was retiring, and LOVED shitzus. So, I figured I would try to make a punch art shitzu dog for the card! She also loves green, blue and pink, so this is the card I came up with! It is an easel card, which means she can put it on a shelf open and it sits like you see in the photo below. I like doing custom cards as easel cards, as they become a nice keepsake for the receiver.


I thought I'd try the new Labels Collection framelits by SU!, and I am loving them! They are an excellent way to add a beautiful frame to a card easily! The collection comes with 6 wafer-thin dies that cut up to a 5-7/16" wide label - which would be great as a unique card shape! 



 Here is a close-up of the front of the card with the punch art shitzu, flowers, ribbon and lower easel section:
 And the inside:

If you love the Vintage Vogue stamp set, get it now while you can! It is retiring at the end of May, so you still have a few days to contact me to order it!

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight
Stamps:Vintage Vogue, Well Scripted (R), Congrats (R)
Punches: Modern Label, Small Oval, Full Heart, Extra-Large Oval, 1 3/4" Circle, Owl (for the heart shape - nose and bow)
Other: Labels collection framelits dies, metal brads, sponge daubers, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Elegant Lines Textured Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Thank you for dropping by!

Ashley

Do you love to stamp? Do you love Stampin' Up! products? Why not become a demonstrator and earn stamp sets and products for free!!! Contact me to learn more!

To order Stampin' Up! products in Winnipeg, surrounding areas in Manitoba, or across Canada, email me at ashleysokal@gmail.com or call 204-294-4892!

View the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue
(R) - Retired
(H) - Hostess Set
(SAB) - Sale-A-Bration

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Card Making Class May 11 & 12

Next Friday and Saturday I will be holding another card making class called a Card Buffet. There will be baby, birthday, thank you, friendship, sympathy, wedding and of course Mother's Day card options!


At this workshop, you get to decide which cards you make and how many of each you would like to make within a 3 hour time frame!!

Choose from 10 different card designs on the “menu”. Card stock and DSP will be precut and ready for you, including all embellishments and instructions, so all you have to do is stamp and assemble!!

Dates & Times:

May 11 & 12, 2012

· Friday, May 11 - 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

· Saturday, May 12 - 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

· Saturday, May 12 - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


There will be a limit of 6 spots per session; availability is on a first come, first served basis, so send in your RSVP soon, invite a friend, and make it a fun afternoon or evening out!!

Come and go as you please during the designated time period (for the session that you registered to attend). The workshop will not begin before the published start time. If you need to come late or leave early, that's fine.

Cost:

Minimum of $20.00 cash includes 8 cards.

If you make more than 8 cards in the 3 hour time frame, each additional card you make over 8 is only $2.00 per card!

You may finish your cards here or do the stamping, punching, etc. here, and take the pieces home to assemble.

I will also give $5 off a $25 catalogue order when you place an order at the workshop – that’s a 20% discount!

Bring:

Please bring is your own adhesive. I will provide tools and "special" adhesives (sticky strip, glue, dimensionals, etc.) as required for cards completed here.

294-4892
ashleysokal@gmail.com
RSVPs due: by 4pm on Thursday, May 10

Look forward to seeing you there!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Valentines!

Boy, has it been a while since I last posted something! Life's been busy. Went on two trips last year - one to Victoria for work, but took my mom with me and made it into a bit of a vacation visiting her aunt. The other was off to Las Vegas with Phil and another couple - was AMAZING!! We went to the West rim of the Grand Canyon, it was so awesome - It is so vast - just incredible! We also went to see the Hoover Dam, which was very cool! Vegas itself is a very interesting place, but since I'm not much of a gambler, we just walked around and tried to take in as much as we could!

So, other things that have happened - I was in two craft shows - one this fall, and one before Christmas. The first one wasn't great, but the second was really good, at Miles McDonnell Collegiate. I will be there again next year!

I also started a card "buffet" class, where you come and make 10 cards - but you get to pick which ones out of the "menu" you want to make! I held 3 sessions in November, and had a really good turnout! I am probably going to hold another in March - I've just been too busy with other things to get around to planning it!!

So, I am finally posting some cards I made for Valentines Day this year.


Three 3x3 cards made using the retired Pun Fun stamp set colored in with markers and a blender pen. I used the red glitter paper for the hearts and some great retired Melon Mambo Pom Pom trim and Polka Dot Real Red Grosgrain ribbon. Card bases are in Melon Mambo and Old Olive.

The Owl sucker covers are made using a non-SU paper, the Owl punch, red glitter paper cut out with the Small Heart Punch, and the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set.


This is the card I made Phil this Valentines! Made using the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set for the background on Real Red, and the Candy Conversations stamp available in the Occasions Mini, punched using the Small Heart Punch, layered on top of the 1" Square Punch of Basic Grey, on top of the Postage Stamp punched out Basic Black. The strip is Crumb Cake.


This card I gave to my mom this year. Again I used the retired Pun Fun stamp set colored in with markers and a blender pen, which I cut out and layered on top of a Real Red circle cut out using the 2 1/2" Circle Punch.

Card base is Crumb Cake, with Real Red embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder,  Scallop Trim border punch, layered with Old Olive, some Old Olive satin ribbon, another piece of Crumb Cake stamped with the Fine Flourish stamp in Crumb Cake. Also used the "Love" from the Pennant Parade stamp set, and the Jewelry Tag Punch tied off with some embroidery thread.


This card uses Real Red and Pretty in Pink cardstock. I heat embossed the hearts from the Confetti stamp set on the pink cardstock using white craft ink and white embossing powder.

The white circle uses the 2 1/2" Circle Punch, the red layer underneath was cut out using the Circle Scissors Plus, and layered on top of the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. Hearts were punched out using the Heart to Heart, Small Heart and Owl punches. I adhered the hearts inside the white circle, and then ran them all together through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

The {LOVE} stamp from the retired Valentine Defined set was used in the left corner, and heat embossed with white powder. Bottom corners were punched with the Pinking Hearts corner punch. Black 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon separates red and pink layers.


Another card made using the retired Pun Fun stamp set - can you tell I like this little lamb stamp? lol!
Again I cut it out and layered on top of a Real Red circle cut out using the 2 1/2" Circle Punch which is then  layered on top of a Whisper White 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch. I also used a 4 petal flower punch out of Daffodil Delight from the Punch Pack, and a matching clear button from Bitty Buttons.

Card base is Basic Grey, with a scrap Real Red piece I had used with the Top Note Die; a piece of Crumb Cake stamped with the Dot, Dot, Dot stamp.



The beautiful roses Phil gave me, his card and my card. Also shows a Valentines frame I made using a dollar store frame, the I {Heart} Hearts and retired Valentines Defined stamp sets; Real Red cardstock, satin ribbon and red glitter paper. Also used the Elegant Lines embossing folder on the base cardstock, and highlighted the detail using the Smooch illuminate top coat accent ink and pearls.  


Ashley
Do you love to stamp? Do you love Stampin' Up! products? Why not become a demonstrator and earn stamp sets and products for free!!! Contact me to learn more!


To order Stampin' Up! products in Winnipeg, surrounding areas in Manitoba, or across Canada, email me at ashleysokal@gmail.com or call 294-4892!

View the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baby card and gift

One of my coworkers just had her second baby boy, so I made this card and gift.




The card is 6" x 6" square, with the scallop circle big z die. The two circles were cut using the Circle Scissors Plus. I used the Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink to add the dots in the scallops, and highlight areas on Teddy and the train.




The gift bag has 4 Hershey chocolate nuggets, and the bag topper uses the Scallop Envelope die flap run through twice to get the scallop edge on two sides.




Paper: Marina Mist, Old Olive, Dafodil Delight, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Whisper White, retired DSP

Ink and Stampin Pastels: Early Espresso, Real Red, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Illuminate Smooch Pearlized Accent

Stamps: Teddy and Train, Bring on the Cake, Itty Bitty Bits, Occasional Quotes (hostess)

Punches: small heart, word window, modern label, large oval, scallop oval, Marina Mist satin ribbon, circle brad, basic pearls, Bashful Blue gingham ribbon (R),

Other: scallop circle big z die, scallop envelope big z die, Stampin' Pastels, blender pen, clear bag, Hershey Nuggets, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Big Shot, Circle Scissors Plus and glass mat.

Thanks for looking!

Ashley

To order Stampin' Up! products in Winnipeg, surrounding areas in Manitoba, or across Canada, email me at ashleysokal@gmail.com or call 294-4892!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cheerful Thinking of you

Love this color combination!! Dafodil Delight, and Marina Mist!




Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Greenhouse Gala DSP

Stamps: 14 Phrases (R)

Other: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Rhinestones, Marina Mist 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, clear rhinestone brads, Illuminate Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Praying for You

My great uncle is in the hospital with cancer, and i made this card for him.




Paper: Mellow Moss (R) CS & DSP, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla.

Ink: Early Espresso

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Lovely as a Tree

Punches: Decorative Label, large oval

Other: blender pen, pastels, ribbon (not SU)

Thanks for looking!

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