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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.  

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?

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!

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?

Friday Focus – Pop of Paradise

Good morning!  Can you believe it's already Friday?  This means it is Friday Focus today.  Our featured product is the stamp set - Pop of Paradise.  I have discovered some great projects to share with you! First let's check out a fun card by Mandy!  Talk about crisp, bold colours! I like how Mandy layered her flamingo on the leaves and tucked her sentiment in between.  She left plenty of white space around her flamingo/ sentiment that your eyes can't help but be drawn to the image. Next we have a 3-D project from Juana! She created a beautiful box thank you card.  How cool is this?  Her colour combination feels so tropical and the great part of this card is that it can be displayed as a desktop work of art!  I smile each time I look at her creation. To round off this weeks projects, we have Yvonne who created this super fun pineapple card.  Don't get me wrong, the flamingo is great but it nice to see how Yvonne incorporated the leaf images from the Pop of Paradise stamp set with the Pineapple Stamp (which is retiring!)  I realize the Pop of Paradise set has a pineapple image in it, but not nearly the size of this one and those leaves sure do work well! That's it for this weeks Friday Focus. I hope you enjoyed these fun creations!

Thumping Thursday – A Colourful Work of Art

Thumping Thursday came around so quick I nearly forgot to create a card for it.  I was in my stamp room ready to wrap up what I was working on(at 10:30pm no less) when I realized I still had to create a super quick card. Sometimes I do well under pressure. I spun around, looked at my stamp sets and when I saw Work of Art, my card instantly formulated in my mind.   I used the new In-Colours to pull this card together. Have you seen the new Glitter Enamel Dots?  They look so yummy .... just don't try to eat them. Here is the breakdown on todays thumping card:
  • Cut your Fresh Fig cardstock at 4 x 1/4 x 11" and score at 5 1/2", fold in half.
  • Cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • On one piece of White cardstock, stamp your Work of Art mid-sized 'water brush' image in Powder Pink ink along the top left, followed next by Berry Burst below that and finish it with Fresh Fig at the bottom.  Remember to clean your stamp between colour changes so you don't transfer ink to your other ink pads and ruin them.
  • Ink up your sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink and stamp along the bottom right.
  • Add three Glitter Enamel Dots randomly on your card front.
  • Adhere your stamped layer to your card base using SNAIL adhesive
  • On your second piece of Whisper White cardstock, ink up your smallest 'water brush' image in Powder Pink ink and stamp near the bottom right.  This is a fun way to highlight your signature.
  • Attach this to the inside of your card using SNAIL adhesive
This card took less than 5 minutes once I had my supplies all gathered.  I think I still made it to out of my stamp room before 10:45! Do you have a favourite new In-Colour?  

Memory Monday – Harvest Blessings

Growing up I lived in the country.  We had chickens and a massive vegetable garden to feed our family of nine but that was the extent of our farming.  As kids though, we did help out at the neighbours with things like stone picking as the fields were prepared for seeding.  Some of my fondest memories involve tractors.  One included driving the neighbours tractor for stone picking while everyone else slugged it out, picking up the stones.  I was too young to keep up with them, so this was the best task for me.  As well growing up, my father owned a 1927 McCormick Deering tractor.  Every so often during the summer he would fire it up and would take us for rides, either on the tractor itself (we would sit on the large tire fender covers) or he would hook up a haywagon style wagon and would jump on that for a ride. These were simple joys of life and memories I will forever cherish. Perhaps these memories are the reason why I keep stamp sets such as Harvest Blessings.  The old tractor is a great reminder of these times. I used the Harvest Blessings stamp set to pull together a very quick card.
  • Cut Pool Party cardstock at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2, score along the length at 4 1/4 and fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Stamp the Hardwood background image in Soft Suede ink on the Whisper White cardstock
  • Attach to stamped Woodgrain layer to the Pool Party card base
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3" x 4 1/4"
  • Stamp the tractor and sentiment from Harvest Blessings, in Archival Basic Black ink
  • Sponge Soft Suede ink around edges of 3" x 4 1/4" stamped white cardstock
  • Add Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of the stamped image and attach to your card front
  Pretty easy right?     Do you own this set? And if so, for any particular reason?              

Friday Focus – Confetti Celebration

Welcome back to Friday Focus.  This week we are checking out some great designs using the Confetti Celebration stamp set. Whether you need to make a card for a child, a teen, an adult, male or female, this set is so versatile which its images and sentiments, you can create the perfect card for anyone on your birthday list. Let's take a quick look at some of these ideas.  First up is Christine Miller with this star/ balloon card. With the colour combination and sentiments she used I can see this being a great card for a pre-teen to teenage boy. The Metallic Thread may be the only embellishment but with the heat embossing and popping of the star, this card has plenty of depth and masculinity to it. Now if you scour images on the internet for this set, you will find plenty of shaker cards.  This stamp set really works so well for creating fun shaker cards and that is what I am sharing with you next.  This card was created by Stephanie Pletscher and features bold colours and super cute star confetti in the shaker window.  Now if you look closely, you'll see the circle window is not just a window, but a balloon!  Stephanie cleverly added a balloon 'nib end'  with a bow and then scribbled in some strings attached to the balloon. Simple, clever, pretty! In these colours, this card is great for women, young and old! Finally we have another masculine card by Debbie Henderson. This card is a step outside of your standard fold. Debbie used a gate fold for her design and created a simple belly band to wrap around the card to hold it shut. The stamping continues to the inside of the card as well adding to the surprises.   While this set doesn't have a slew of images to select from, the few it has are all you need to create cards for all ages! If you wish to keep up with more projects, tips and ideas be sure to follow me on Instagram!