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Thumping Thursday – A Note For You!

If you have fallen in love with the Wood Textures DSP and the Wood Crate Framelit, then chances are you are familiar with the scrap piece of designer series paper you have after die cutting.  Put those scraps to good use! Here is a quick and easy card using the Note Cards and Envelopes that you can whip up using most of that leftover.
  • Cut the leftover Wood Textures DSP into 1-3/8" x 5" strips (you should get two pieces if you are sparing with your DSP when cutting the crate from the 6' x 6")
  • Cut a piece of 1-5/8" x 5" Powder Pink cardstock
  • Adhere the DSP to the Powder Pink cardstock using SNAIL Adhesive
  • Stamp the heart image from Wood Words on Whisper White cardstock in Powder Pink ink
  • Die cut the heart using the Wood Crate Framelits
  • Stamp the floral image from Word Words in Powder Pink ink on the top left of your 3 1/2" x 5" Note Card
  • Attach your patterned DSP panel to your Note Card using SNAIL Adhesive
  • Ink your word stamp 'A Note For You' in Archival Basic Black ink and stamp above the patterned DSP panel.
  • Using a Stampin' Dimensional, pop up the die cut heart on your card front
A very quick and easy card that can be used for a variety of occasions and a great way to use your patterned paper scraps!  

Memory Monday – Simply Sketched

Such a busy weekend and Monday has flown by so quickly, here I am writing this post late ...sorry! Sadly I had to make some sympathy cards this weekend and I took the opportunity to use an old retired hostess set called Simply Sketched. With a few lovely images and a sympathy greeting it was ideal to use for this card. I cut some Watercolour paper small enough to suit the image and sentiment, as well as allow enough room to cut the end in a banner shape. I stamped the sentiment and  image in Archival Basic Black ink. Next I water coloured using Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi and Soft Sky ink and an Aqua Painter. I added some new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, which I also added a banner cut to, in behind the watercoloured piece and adhered these to pieces together using Tear & Tape.  Before attaching these to my card base with Stampin' Dimensionals, I used Soft Sky ink to stamp the leaf image on the Pool Party card base. A simple, yet heartfelt card.  

Friday Focus – Beautiful You

Friday already! Woo hoo! LOL  Weekend here I come 🙂 but before I head into the weekend, I need to share my Friday Focus with you.  This week brings you one of my current favourite sets, Beautiful You. I agonized over which creations to use for today's post as the gorgeous designs with this set truly showcase the incredible talent of stampers and the scenic settings they have created featuring the images in this set are simply inspiring. Let's get straight to it then, shall we! Hello!!! Julie DeGuia certainly created a stunning scene by combining Beautiful You with Sheltering Tree.  Using a simple masking technique she was able to stamp the trees in the background.  Not only did she ground the trees with one of the Sheltering Tree stamps but she used it to ground the woman, creating a perfect balance.  I can't wait to try out a card like this. Julie has inspired me.   Next we have a classy design by Claire Daly, who used another 'woman' stamp from the Beautiful You set.  Notice how she cropped her cardstock closely around the woman and left lots of 'white' space on her card front.  This, along with the colouring of the image and background, really centers the focus on her. A simple banner cut on the stamped cardstock as well as the patterned paper banner behind it subtly point your eyes upward to the image yet again, as does the neutral coloured card base.  Stunning! You can tell Claire has a great eye for art.   On to the beautiful dancing lady and this lovely card created by Kristi Gray.  I love her colour choices and talk about great highlighting with her watercolouring. Notice how she used a banner, a circle and a ribbon to create a triangle composition. Another great element of composition here is how Kristi made sure to tie in the gold on the embossed patterned paper by adding other gold elements.  See the gold stars? And how about the Gold Metallic Thread behind the red ribbon? Gorgeous, wouldn't you agree!   Typically I share three projects, however today I had four kind women grant me permission to use their designs, so I am sharing them all with you! Our final work of art was created by Jane Allmark.  She also use the stylish woman and stamped her randomly on the card front, colouring in each differently.  Notice how she added some shading behind the woman.  Small touches such as this help draw your eye without you even realizing it.  Sometimes you need to look at a card two or three times before you even notice these details. This card is perfect for that friend who is a fashionista! Jane also has a video up on YouTube showing how you can add a few lines to this image so that she is wearing a bikini!  Yes, this set is very versatile 🙂   I hope you are feeling inspired by these fantastic designs.  Pull out your stamp set and discover what scenes & styles you can create!  If you don't already own this set and you live in Canada, then pop on over to My Store to place your order! Wishing you all a blessed weekend!

Thumping Thursday – Marbled Card

Have you ever played with Glossy Paper, Shaving Cream and Ink? So fun, so easy and to be honest, a bit messy 🙂 Once you get rolling though, the cards are quick and easy to make.  Never made a marbled card using shaving cream and re-inkers?
  • Use wax paper, or a cheap non-porous plastic plate that you can use for your crafting
  • Shake your shaving cream well (Barbosal - original works great) and spread a nice layer over your was sheet or plastic plate
  • Add drops of different colour re-inkers over the shaving cream
  • Use a butter knife or cake spreader and gently mix the re-inkers into the shaving cream. (depending on how you mix will determine how it appears on your card)
  • Smoosh the glossy side of your Glossy Cardstock into the shaving cream and peel back out.
  • I lay this flat, face up on a paper towel and use the flat edge of my cake spreader to scrape the excess shaving cream off the cardstock
  • Set aside to 'dry'
You will be left with a beautiful background.  Play with the colour combinations, play with how you mix it in and see what marble designs emerge on your Glossy Cardstock! I typically create a 4" x 5 1/4" marbled background piece and if I need a smaller piece, I just trim the larger piece down to the size I need. This is what I did for today's card. I had done this for a 3 x 3 card and the leftover piece was a bit smaller than I wanted for another 3 x 3 card which is how today's card was created.
  • The card base was created by cutting a piece of 3" x 6" Island Indigo cardstock, score at 3" and fold in half.
  • The leftover piece of marbled design was trimmed on the longer edge to 2-3/4", the width was left as is.
  • I stamped "Time to Party" in Archival Basic Black ink, using the set Confetti Celebration on my marbled design
  • To make up the excess space on the width, I cheated and used some Washi Tape from the April Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • I used SNAIL Adhesive on the back of the Glossy Cardstock, however it is a thicker cardstock so Tear and Tape would hold better.
  • Re-inkers used for this cards marble design - Archival Basic Black,  Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy
Are you a visual person? Would you like me to make a video showing this technique?

Live With Passion – Scrapbook Page

I have let my scrapbooking get away from me and it is time to get a handle on it and begin creating again.  Recently my husband and I went out for the day to get my hair done and do some clothes shopping.  Yes, my husband is a willing participant! He is usually the one suggesting we go out to do these things and yet he doesn't go to buy clothes for himself.  He is stubborn! I am however grateful that he doe shop with me as he has great taste in clothing (not always perfect but close) and I am still getting a grasp on "looking good". Now perhaps you are like me, always behind the camera, rarely in front of it. Even for those few occasions I am in front of the camera, I often don't like how the photo turns out.  However, while we were out and stopped for lunch, my sweet husband managed to snap a great shot of me. I love the floral print on this dress (I won't lie, I have a matching purse and matching shoes!) and decided I would put together a page using the Lovely Friends Bundle and this picture!  To think, my husband picked out this dress for me.... and the necklace! I was looking for a clean layout so as not to take away from the photo.  The small flowers in the Lovely Friends set suited the task well.  I stamped randomly over my 12 x 12 Whisper White cardstock base, using the two-step stampin' technique. I also did the same on some scrap Whisper White using the larger of the two flowers and die cutting. While the flowers are not identical, I was still able to make them look similar by using the same colours.  As you can see in the above photo, I used Wink of Stella on the centre of the flowers that have been die cut and popped up on my page, while the flowers stamped directly on the page base feature the the Clear Faceted Gem. The leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink to match the leaves on my dress as well. I also die cut a few leaves using the Lovely Laurels Thinlits dies from Old Olive cardstock and placed them randomly on the page. I did cheat a smidge and used the Live, Laugh, Love sentiment stamp from the set Beautiful You as my 'title' on this page.  This was stamped in Archival Basic Black ink and then die cut using the Lots of Labels.  I was worried this would blend into the page background, so I sponged the edges with Old Olive ink and attached one of the die cut leaves. The last thing I have yet to do is add a bit of simple journaling, such as the date and what we were doing that day. I am not a huge fan of my hand writing or printing. That along with writing on an angle and not in straight lines tend to make me hold off until I trust myself not to mess it up! LOL I hope I'm not alone in this! I hope you enjoyed todays scrapbook creation.  Is the Lovely Friends Bundle an item that you have on your wish list?  

Good Friends Card and 25% off Paper Pumpkin – Last Chance!

With the release of the new catalogue there are so many amazing new products to share with you that I struggle at times, deciding what projects and products to share with you. Today though I am sharing the Lovely Friends stamp set.  While it does have matching framelits (Lovely Laurels) and is available in a bundle at a 10% discount, for today's card I only used the stamp set. We all have a good friend (or two) that we appreciate, and the saying is true.. good friends are hard to find.  Make sure they know how much they mean to you.  Without love we have nothing. This world just might be a better place if we showed more love towards one another. I'm loving the fresh vibrant new In-Colours and paired with the 2016-2018 In-Colours they work beautifully with the flowers in this set. I used the Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist, along with Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach. I first stamped my large sentiment on my  4" x 5 1/4" Whisper White card front. Then I added my solid floral images by inking up the stamp, stamping off once and then stamping on my card front for the flower base. Next I used the detailed flower image, inking it up and stamping in full strength over the solid floral image.  This gives a beautiful two-tone look without using more than one colour. Once all my flowers and leaves were stamped, I added Stampin' Dimensionals to the back and popped up on my Thick Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4" x 5 1/2" when folded. Wait until you see the scrapbook page I created using this set! It somewhat co-ordinates with my outfit in the picture! I'll share this project with you tomorrow. Now I don't want to be slacking in sharing promotions with you so I best make sure you are aware of the Paper Pumpkin promotion currently being offered! Time is running out to take advantage of this great offer!  If you have never subscribed to Paper Pumpkin before you can save 25% on June, July and August's kits when you sign up by June 10th. Each month a jam packed red box of creativity will arrive on your doorstep, complete with instructions so you aren't stressing over what to make.  Sit back, grab your adhesive and scissors (and clear block once you have received your first kit) and enjoy all the wonderful creations you will create each month with the Paper Pumpkin kit. And as an added bonus, I create alternate project ideas using the kit contents and share them on my private Facebook page for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers! Get ready to explore a fun, stress free world of creativity when you subscribe to this monthly kit! See you back here tomorrow when I'll be sharing the scrapbook page!  

Memory Monday – Bear Hugs

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We had a great time at the bodybuilding competition.  Our competitor took first place in his class and I even participated in an impromptu, fun pose down against two other women and won!  My husband was so proud of me, as he knows I'm really shy. Today's Memory Monday feature is a product that just retired!  Bear Hugs.  I was blessed enough to be allowed to use this product that one of my stamp club members had purchase. I layered my stamped images on the long retired Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper to complete a fun outdoorsy look. The bear was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and then coloured in slightly with the brown Watercolour Pencil.  I used the Watercolour Pencils to also colour the flower, the bears apron, as well as the honey pot. The image is attached to an Old Olive matte which has been popped up on the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The honey pot was die cut using the Bear Framelits and also popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional. I love the sentiment as the bears open arms and smiling face are the perfect invitation for a hug. I thought this card turned out 'beary' cute 🙂 Thanks for visiting and see you again soon!  

Friday Focus – Guy Greetings

It's Fridayyyyy!!! Woo hoo, we are one step closer to the weekend.  After a stressful evening and morning because I made an uh-oh on my website and had to pay to have it restored back a week, I am back to the world of sanity and happiness! I was checking my calendar the other day and every weekend is fully booked this month.  That is crazy, especially when you think that not one weekend involves stamping or stamping events!  Gasp! That just sunk in... what am I going to do?  I mean it's new catalogue time right!? That means we all want to be in our craft room playing and crafting and creating.  I guess there is not much I can do about it. Well today we are focusing on a stamp set that is a bit older - Guy Greetings.  I find that many of my customers, myself included, can find it difficult to create a nice masculine card. The focus of this set is men! Which means that half the work is already done for you in creating the perfect card 🙂 Here are some wonderful creations by some talented women. There are quite a variety of images in this set, from classic, to business man, to the hands on man. First we have a subtle and very manly card created by Tracy May.  Tracy used a very neutral colour palette with the Marina Mist, White and Black ink.  I love the background she created behind her stamped images and the simple yet effective layering of the images and the sentiment.  We know how macho men like to think they are, right? 😉 Next we have another manly card from Maria Willis.  She included a variety of hats in the stamp set.  I love the shadowing on the cardstock below the hats and the man! Did you notice the ribbon sticking out the left side and the cut in the front of the card?  Move the man and he suddenly is wearing a different hat. Clever. Check out the cool background Ceal Pritchett created for her card around the classic car. Did you notice how she grounded the car by adding washi tape below it?  A simple yet effective way to make sure your image isn't left hanging in mid-air.  (don't get me wrong, you can do this but for certain images like cars, they should be grounded to look right.) Again a nice neutral colour palette because let's be honest, men typically don't care for flashy, frilly cards. All beautiful creations!  Has this inspired you with new ideas for some masculine cards? See you all again on Monday. I'm off to a bodybuilding competition tomorrow to support a competitor we have been coaching and training.  I think I may be as nervous as he is!

Thumping Thursday – Wood Pile

Today is a special day.....!  The new catalogue goes live today!  Check back after 2pm to start browsing the catalogue!  You will not be disappointed 🙂 Asides from the release of the new catalogue, today is also Thumping Thursday.  This means it is quick and easy card time!
I selected the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack that will be available to begin ordering later today!  There are so many wood themed patterns and with wood and crates being so trendy right now as well, your projects are sure to be a hit when incorporating them in your designs.
  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and score at 4 1/4" long the length.  Fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Select the Wood Textures Designer Series paper with the logs on it and fussy cut a portion to attach to the bottom of your 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Crumb Cake
  • Adhere to the Crumb Cake layer using SNAIL Adhesive
  • Using your Paper Snips, trim off excess hanging off edge.
  • Stamp your sentiment from the new set Wood Words on the top right of your card in Chocolate Chip ink.
  • Lightly sponge Soft Suede ink around the edges of your card front.
  • Apply Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of your card front  and attach to your card base.
These colours and the wood theme paper make this a great masculine card.   It can be easy to forget to send cards to the men in our lives who help us out. Whether they will admit it or not, chances are they will appreciate a hand stamped card.
That's it for this weeks Thumping Thursday. I'll see you here again tomorrow!

It’s a ‘Crate’ Love

I hope you are as excited about the new products you've been seeing from the new catalogue, as much as I am.  I seriously adore the Wood Crate Framelits.  The crates are so quick and easy to make and assemble.  There are so many possibilities of things to put in them, events to use them for and on and on!
Now I will admit that for this sweet project I did use the retired clothespins and lace doily (I like the one currently available but need to use up my old stash before I buy more!) The crate was created using the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack.  I like the variety of wood designs that come in this package. I cut a portion of the Lace Doily and folded it over the top edge of the crate. On Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the heart image in Real Red ink, and the weathered circle image in Daffodil Delight ink before stamping my sentiment over this in Archival Basic Black ink. I used the Wood Crate framelits dies to cut out the heart and a 1" Circle Punch for the sentiment. Rather than attaching it permanently to the crate, I used the clothespin to attach it.  The idea behind this is so that the recipient may remove them and use these on a project of their own. Next I filled a 4" x 6" cello bag (no longer available but you can get the 3" x 6" gusseted cello bag instead) with Sweet Tart candies and attached a bow to seal it, using the Copper Trim ribbon.  

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I know....  you're probably wondering how you can take advantage of this great opportunity! Here are a few ways to host a party with me:
  • Book an in-home workshop
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Memory Monday – Swallowtail

Good morning and Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a good weekend. The forecast had called for rain all day yesterday and instead it was the most beautiful, warm, sunny day!  Small yet wonderful blessings 🙂
With so many retired stamp sets in my stock that I enjoy too much to clear out, I sometimes find it difficult to settle on which one to use for my Memory Monday card. However when my eyes came across the Swallowtail stamp, I immediately pulled it out and set to work on my card.  I first started with the retiring Watermelon Wonder cardstock but wasn't overly thrilled with the look and switched my design to Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  • Cut your cardstock at 4-1/4 x 11" and score at 5-1/2".
  • Run your Embossing Buddy over the front and back of the card
  • Ink up the Swallowtail stamp in Versamark and stamp on your card (over the front and the back).
  • Apply Gold Embossing powder, tap off excess and heat set using your Heat Gun.
  • Trim 1/2" off the card front so it is now only 5" long.
  • Using a wide Washi Tape of your choice (I used a retired gold accented washi tape), attach a strip along the edge of the 4 1/4" width. With your cardfront closed (and being 1/2" shorter than the card base, you will be able to see the washi tape
  • Ink up your greeting (I used the retired set Blessings from Heaven) in Archival Basic Black ink and stamp on the card front.
It can be a struggle to create a single layer card while also ensuring that it is also eye-catching. Simple steps such as trimming the card front and adding washi tape to the inside are a great way to add appeal and depth.  Do you ever challenge yourself to create a single layer card?