Watercoloured Rose

When the new Occasions Catalogue was released I found it very difficult to decide which items to purchase because there are just so many fabulous products!  Sometimes when I flip through I worry that maybe I own too many as I’ll flip a page and say, I have it, flip to the next page… I have it and so on…..LOL  Stampin’ Up! really does provide us with complete product lines that allow us the opportunity to create little masterpieces without struggling to draw the designs.

I don’t often watercolour but have been stopping more often lately to try my hand at it.  I saw a beautiful card on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl.  I modified it just a smidge to suit my needs and the supplies I have on hand.  I love the end result and I hope those who sign up for the Rose Wonder class later this month will too!

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The ink colours used are Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder, and Rose Red for the flower and Old Olive for the leaves. First though I stamped the image lightly in Smoky Slate ink.  The sentiment was stamped in Archival Black ink.

The watercolour paper really allows you to colour your image well and in several layers.  You do need to allow it time to dry between each colour application.  Although my watercolouring may not be perfect, I am very happy with the results!

The watercolour paper was layered on Calypso Coral cardstock and to make the card front more interesting I added small strips of Gold cardstock along the right and top of the card.

One thing I still realize as I create is that the more you play and try your hand at something, the better you get at it.  It seems silly to marvel at since we have always been taught that practice makes perfect and yet ….. well, it still like a new revelation each time I work harder at the things I try!

I’m looking forward to having you stop by again soon!

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Planes, Chicks, Flowers and more…..

There are so many fun products available in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, from paper to stamps, that I wanted to give my customers the opportunity to make some cards featuring these exclusive products.  It was difficult deciding which sets to use as they are all fantastic but I am thrilled with the result of the final 5 card designs that we will be making at next week Thursday’s class.

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These products are exclusive (only available for a short period of time).  Want to know how you can get these items?  For every $60.00 in product purchased (before s/h and tax), you get to select one FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue!  You can always visit my on-line site to place your order or send me a message and I would be happy to help you. *

If you live local to me and would like to sign up for the card class, I would love to hear from you.  Class fee is $20.00 per person and you must RSVP by Feb 2nd.

See you again soon!

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*Applicable to Canadian residents only

 

 

Turning 17…..

After being off sick several days I am back into the swing of things!

My daughter will be 17 in a few months and while it may seem a bit early, I already have her birthday card made for her.

Last night was the Number of Years card class where the ladies created 3 cards using the Number of Years stamp set and the Large Numbers Framelit dies.  Each person created their cards to reflect their own personal needs for upcoming birthdays.

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I love the boldness of some of the 2015-2017 In – Colours.  The Cucumber Crush really pops, as does the Watermelon Wonder.  There are several steps for the stamping, as the leaves and flowers are separate images.

The banner die in the Large Numbers Framelit set is great because it die cuts the banner image from the Number of Years stamp set (140653),  the Bloomin’ Love stamp set (140643)  and the You’re So Lovely stamp set (140762) , all available from the current Occasions 2016 catalogue! And if you purchase the Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelit die as a bundle (140811) you save 15%.

For a bit of dimension on the card, I popped up the birthday banner using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks for popping by and hope you’ll stop in again soon!

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Dear Friend…..

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We are living in an era where snail mail is almost unheard of.  So many people use social media and the internet to stay connected with loved ones all around the world and have forgotten the old ways of writing a letter or filling out a card and sending it through the mail.

I love cardmaking for several reasons, but one of the most important is that it helps me to pause….. to take a moment and write something personal and finally, sending it off knowing that soon someone will open their mailbox and know that someone is truly thinking of them.

Today’s card is a simple ‘friend’ card.  Perfect really for any occasion, a simple hello to thinking of you to happy birthday or you did it!

This happens to be one of the cards that we will be making in next weeks Bloomin’ Love class.  I focused the class around the Bloomin’ Love stamp set as well as the Bloomin’ Heart die (purchased in a bundle to save 15% 140818) and used some other fantastic products from the new Occasions Catalogue.  This beautiful floral patterned paper is from the package of Birthday Bouquet Designer Series paper (140557) and the ribbon is the Blushing Bride 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon (from the Annual Catalogue).    Ink colours used were Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Old Olive and Soft Sky.  The word “Friend” was stamped using Memento Black ink.

I hope you’ll be inspired to create a card for a friend, write a thoughtful note and send it off to them, special occasion or not!

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you back here again next week!

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Paper Pumpkin – Sale!

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Have you hear the good news?  Paper Pumpkin 3 month pre-paid subscriptions are on sale until March 31st and there is no better time for this!  Why?  Because it is happening at the same time as Sale-A-Bration and this means that by purchasing  a 3 month pre-paid subscription for $69.00, you also get to select one FREE exclusive item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue!*

WHAT IS PAPER PUMPKIN?

It’s a little red box of creativity that is shipped to your doorstep each month.  It contains stamps, ink and pre-cut paper all ready to be put together with the instructions that are included.  The only supplies you need to have on hand to complete these are scissors and adhesive and a clear mount block. (preferably Block D)

Paper Pumpkin is the perfect solution if any of the following apply to you:

  • You don’t have a lot of time to papercraft each month yet would like to make something without taking up too much time
  • You feel overwhelmed by the catalogue and don’t know where to begin
  • Looking for a gift for a friend
  • You have never tried Paper Pumpkin before and would like to see what it is about!

Another option is a 12 month pre-paid subscription available for $275.40 ($24.00 savings compared to a month by month subscription), which qualifies you for 4 FREE exclusive Sale-A-Bration items!

*Sale-A-Bration items ship for free with a qualifying product purchase of $50 USD/$60 CAD or more. Paper Pumpkin subscriptions alone do not qualify for free shipping on Sale-A-Bration items. A shipping charge of $6.95 USD/$9.95 CAD will be charged to orders with only Prepaid Subscriptions.

Contact me to purchase your pre-paid subscription or order on-line through my site!

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Fundraiser Extended – Brightening a Seniors Day!

Valentine’s Day is not too far off now!  These little occasions seem to sneak up on us quickly and while we think about those close to us and near and dear, we often forget that there are many people who are alone, who have no family, or who have family that does not visit with them.  Likely the largest population of these people… are seniors.

This year a wonderful friend, who is also a Thirty One Consultant, has taken it upon herself to run a fundraiser to brighten the day of seniors in a local nursing home.  She has extended the fundraiser to Friday January 22nd in hopes of still reaching her goal of selling 31 pouches. Details are included in the photo below.  Kelly is using the commission she will receive from the sale of these pouches to fill them with goodies for the recipients at the nursing home.

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As Kelly had mentioned that it would be nice for these seniors to receive Valentine’s Cards as well from anyone who would like to buy or make any, I thought it would be a great opportunity to help in brightening someone’s day.  I’m happy to support Kelly by having sponsored an Oh Snap Pocket, as well as making a batch of Valentine’s cards.

After browsing Pinterest, I took some elements from a card I saw and created my own version of the card with some light modifications.  I began my little assembly line last night.  So far I have my stamping done and my hearts die cut, but I still have plenty more die cutting to go.

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And of course I can’t tease with this, without showing you the final card design!

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I hope you’ll take the time to check out Kelly’s Facebook page and consider sponsoring a pouch for a senior today! A small act of kindness that can make the difference in someone’s life!

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GIVE-A-WAY TIME!

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I am very close to $100,000.00 in sales in my Stampin’ Up! career and I am so grateful to all my customers for their love, loyalty and support over the years.  To celebrate (as I anticipate hitting this milestone by the end of January) I am having a give-a-way!

Receive an entry in the draw for every $60.00 (before s/h and tax) purchase placed with me.
You must live in Canada to qualify!
Orders must be placed between January 1st – January 31st, 2016 to be eligible for entry into the draw!

One name will be pulled at random and that lucky winner will receive this super sweet, Cute Conversation Paper Pumpkin kit!  Just in time for Valentines Day!

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Message me for more details or order through my on-line site and remember to use Hostess Code  7RF77PPP

 

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Honeycomb Happiness

When I first received the Sale-A-Bration catalogue I fell in love with the cute little chick from the set Honeycomb Happiness and the coordinating Honeycomb embellishments from the Occasions Catalogue….. need I say more!

Then while browsing Pinterest, I saw the cutest card and knew instantly that I wanted it to be one of the cards at my upcoming Sale-A-Bration card class.

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I used regular Whisper White cardstock for my card front and quickly washed the Calypso Coral ink across the front using my Aquapainter.  The little chick however, I stamped using the Archival Black ink on Watercolour paper.  Since I was watercolouring the image and adding extra colour to several spots  I needed a proper paper that wouldn’t pill or tear.

I finally started using my candy dots as well.  Talk about super easy to use!  Just like a brad but without poking a hole through your layer and having a bump from the ‘legs’ of the brad.

Don’t you just love the Honeycomb embellishment?  Since the pack only comes in three colours of which none are yellow, I had to use my re-inker and spritzer to dye a white honeycomb.

Quick, cute and very easy to make!

See you again soon!

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SALE-A-BRATION time is here!

 

If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up! already, then you know that Sale-A-Bration is the best time of the year!  For every $60.00 purchase (before s/h and tax) you get to select one item FREE from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, and really…. who doesn’t like free!

Since Sale-A-Bration coincides with the release of the Occasions Catalogue, there are tons of great new products that are bound to make it to your ‘must have’ list!  My poor bank account was having a hard time with the release of this catalogue :)  There are so many beautiful products and so many ideas floating around in my brain!  I had to work hard to pare it down and lets just say that it wasn’t much of a pare down.

I am scheduling several classes over the next few months featuring many of these great new products.  With so many wonderful products and bundles available, I felt each class should be focused on one main product or bundle at a time!  To see the current list of classes scheduled, visit my website HERE!

Another item to note about Sale-A-Bration are the items at the back of the catalogue that are available only until February 15, 2016 (or while supplies last)  One of those items is the stamp set, Sky is the Limit 141282 Wood Mount or 141349 Clear Mount (set of 8)

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I have created a few cards already using this set and I won’t deny that I use Pinterest a lot to get ideas.  Often I don’t have everything that someone else has used, so I simply modify to suit what I do have available.  The card below is a CASE from Pinterest.  It came together quite beautifully.  It features only this stamp set, stamped on Watercolour paper. The card base is Whisper White and I used the English Garden designer paper (Item 138440) from the Annual Catalogue, as a layer under my Watercolour paper. A little sparkle never hurt anyone, so the card features a bit of Silver Glimmer paper and for some added embellishments, I used Crumb Cake buttons from the Neutrals pack.  The new Archival Black Ink (140931) from the Occasions catalogue is also fantastic for stamping and watercolouring your images!

 

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I hope you enjoyed todays post and I hope to see you back here soon!

 

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2014-2015 Annual Catalogue Retirement List

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Can you believe it is that time of year again already?

Stampin’ Up! has released the 2014-2015 Annual Catalogue Retirement List and there are lots of goodies on sale!

Just remember that the items are only available while quantities last. If you wish to avoid disappointment, I suggest getting your orders in quickly!

Click HERE for the Retirement List or HERE for the MDS retirement list.

Be sure to visit My Site to place your order on-line or contact me via e-mail!

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Last Month of Sale-a-Bration

 

This is the last month of Sale-A-Bration and Stampin’ Up! has done something I have never seem them do before!  They added several items to the Sale-A-Bration free product line up.  These additional four items are only available in the month of March for qualifying $60.00 orders!

 

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Check out the fabulous new items HERE and be sure to place your order on time so you don’t miss out!

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Wedding Party Favors

Chris and I were married last month and life is slowly settling back into a routine and some normalcy (well what we consider normal)  I’m sure you noticed the great decrease in my posts over the past half a year and preparing/ planning for our wedding, was the reason why.  We did so much of the work ourselves, the decorating, party favors, invitations, programs, centerpieces, etc. It was a lot of work but we ended up having everything just as we had wished it to be.

I created cute little party favor wedding dress and tuxedos to hold Hershey nugget chocolate bars.  The wedding dress was created using the Dress Up framelits (sadly this is retired now :( but currently still available on the Clearance Rack), with a small pocket made from a folded strip of cardstock adhered inside. The tuxedo was simply a strip of cardstock, with a slit cut at the top and the “flap” folded over to create the lapel on the tux.  Add a piece of white cardstock in behind, colour some Basic Pearls black with a Sharpie and you’re done :)

These went over well! Some people didn’t want to eat the chocolate for fear of damaging the party favor.

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Beside the party favors, you can also see the name cards I created for each persons place setting.  These were made using My Digital Studio, a printer, label framelits/ Big Shot, Basic Rhinestones and Memento Black Ink sponged on the edges.

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be posting a bit more often now!

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