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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 ūüôā 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!  

Book Card Tutorial

Well I just realized that while I thought I posted¬†a video tutorial here on my blog a while back, I hadn't! A couple months ago I shared a book card created using the Beautiful You Stamp set,¬†which also featured some watercolouring.¬† As I had been asked how to make it in more detail, I created a video to provide a visual aid! Without further ado - here is that video tutorial I created ūüôā I am definitely a visual/ hands on person, so having images and videos to go by certainly help me and I hope this video and these pics help you as well! For this video I used the Lift Me Up Bundle (you can still purchase the bundle and save 10% but only until May 31st - visit my on-line store to order yours before it's too late).¬† I also used the now retired Sale-A-Bration designer series paper, Carried Away! Here are some still shots of the card: What stamp set¬†would you use¬†to create a book card?¬† Leave me a comment <3        

Occasions Catalogue – Final 3 Weeks

Yesterday I just could not wait to get home and stamp.¬† My mind was whirling all day with ideas and designs and of course, by the time I managed to get to my stamp room my brain was so full that I could not quite focus and pull up one particular design in my mind that I had visualized earlier.¬† This happens to me often and I find it quite frustrating.¬† If I had the ability to sketch them really quickly as I think of them it would help but they tend to pull together at the most inopportune times for me.¬† Does this happen to anyone else? Well I did manage to put together one card fairly quick using upcoming new products but I won't be sharing that with you today.¬† This card is one that I also made last night but wasn't one that my mind had been toying with.¬† While the card looks quick and easy (and it is), it took me a while to decide what colours to use, what embellishments and so on. Keep in mind my brain had fallen asleep on me by 9:30pm and it was already 10:30 and well past my bedtime, so its not really a surprise that I was struggling! The card base, made from Very Vanilla cardstock, was cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored lengthwise at 4-1/4" to create a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" folded card base.¬† I barely used the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalogue (which by the way is already sold out and no longer available - GASP!), so I decided to use it for this sweet teddy bear card. Before adhering with SNAIL to my card base I added some Gold Natural Trim ribbon, tied in a sweet bow. I love these new three step stamps.¬† They add so much depth and dimension to the image and done well, can look life like.¬† For the bear I used Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso ink.¬† The scrap paper he is stamped on measures 3" x 3-5/8" and the Soft Sky matte that I layered him on is 3/16" larger both ways. (3-3/16" x 3-13/16").¬† I stamped "love you" sideways on the top left in Soft Sky ink and I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up on my card front. As¬†I mentioned this card is actually quite easy and quick to pull together.¬† The hardest part is layering your three bear images over one another to achieve the detailed appearance. Well we are in the final three week of the Occasions Catalogue and I have to tell you that for me, it was one of the best! I¬†'fell in love' with so many products that I didn't believe my bank account would sustain me. This video helps showcase some of these great products and fun projects created with them.¬† What was your favourite product from this catalogue?          

Memory Monday – Crosses of Hope

Let's take a walk back in time ..... My husband and I purchased a gold cross and chain to give to a young woman attending our church who is going through some difficult times.  As we wanted to give a card along with the gift, I headed up to my stamp room and dusted off my stamp set Crosses of Hope.   This was absolutely perfect to go with the cross necklace! I used the retiring Specialty Designer Series Paper - Affectionately Yours and tied a bow of Blushing Bride Cotton Ribbon around it. I attached this layer using SNAIL adhesive to my Whisper White Note Card. On a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped in Versamark the cross and sentiment, poured my Copper Embossing Powder on and heat set it. This was then popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Talk about a quick and easy card! I love how the Blushing Bride Ribbon softens the appearance of the copper embossing.  I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane, using the Crosses of Hope stamp set!

Hanging Around – Fairy Fun

It's already Monday again!¬† We spent Saturday clearing out our basement and moving furniture around in my stamp room to make room for an antique pine hutch that we picked up in the fall. I was so grateful for the extra hands that we had to move these pieces as they are heavy and awkward.¬† Once I have my room a bit more organized, I'll share some pics. April was a hectic month for me and as I was preparing for my monthly stamp club, I was in need of CASE'ing so as to stay on my timeline.¬† I had just received the stamp set Fairy Celebration and hadn't had a chance to use it yet.¬† I took to Pinterest and found a pretty card created by Rochelle Blok.¬† It was beautiful and perfect to share with my club ladies how to colour using markers and blender pens on thick Whisper White cardstock. Stampin' Up! used to sell a Marker air spritzing tool and since¬†I wasn't able to locate mine and I wasn't in the mood to get dirty, I took to using another method to get splatter on my card front with the Gold Wink of Stella.¬† I squeezed the¬†maker to make sure there was plenty of gold ink in the markers tip and then, while holding over my cardstock, I blew hard on it.¬† Just like that, I had some great splatter marks on my card front. I am grateful for a resource like Pinterest when I'm in a pinch.¬† I do like to come up with my own ideas but some months it's just not feasible. Hope you have a great Monday and I'll see you back here soon!          

Sneak Peek – Daisy Delight

Happy Good Friday! I had the fantastic opportunity to pre-order some products that will be released in the new catalogue in June and it arrived in the other day.¬† Now if you're anything like me, you just can't wait to dive in and start playing! I was (still am)¬†sick all week and didn't have much energy to do anything.¬† I hadn't spent much time with my husband since I was in bed a lot, so I wanted to enjoy time with¬† him and I wanted to stamp. This meant I had to compromise and select only so many products to work with while I sat at the tiny coffee table in our living room so I could be near him.¬† And so my cards today are relatively simple as I didn't use ANY Big Shot dies. I limited myself to the ribbon I had pre-ordered and a roll of burlap ribbon from my stamp room, collected a few additional ink pads, blender pen, etc and went to work with the new Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating punch. The fruits of my labour are as follows: This was actually the last¬†card I created for the evening. My intention was for my the colour palette on my designer¬†series¬†paper (DSP) to start with light at the top and gradually go darker towards the bottom.¬† Unfortunately I wasn't paying attention when I attached the crackle patterned DSP and so the light tones begin at the bottom. This designer series paper is from the upcoming Colour Theory Designer Series paper stack in the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. Oh my word! Did you see those enamel dots?¬† They come in 5 colours, 3 sizes if I'm not mistaken and the colour throughout the sizes is gradual, so some are light, others darker and they are glittery!¬† Totally love them and can't wait to make my projects pop with these cute dots! The stamp is actually from another new set, Special Celebrations.¬† This set covers life's main occasions and includes the basic sentiment as well as verses that can be stamped inside the card.¬† I love the combination of print and script font on this sentiment and felt it was perfect for this card! Let's not forget about the daisy itself! Stamped on scrap white twice, punched out and layered together with some two-step stampin' for the flowers centre, the new 2017-2019 In Colour Berry Burst just pops! Next, lets check out another bold and bright card.¬† While the Daisy Delight stamp set does feature that beautiful large daisy, it also has a variety of flower stems and flowers that you can use.¬† These are two step stampin' images!¬† Love the effect of light and dark using the exact same ink pad. You may be able to tell that 1) I was in a hurry when photographing the cards 2) The lighting in my room was not great.¬† Sorry for the poor quality images - yeesh, I'm normally more careful.¬† I must have been awfully excited to share these! So¬†I mentioned that these are two step stampin' and in this photo you can see that not only are the flowers two steps, but so are the stems. Check out that shorter stem with the tiny little flower buds showing! Super cute ūüôā Let's have a closer look at the embellishments for a minute. Check out that new 3/8" chevron ribbon! The chevrons blend in so you barely see them and what is that on top of the ribbon..... Oh yes! Some gorgeous new faceted gems! This one is a clear gem but so pretty!¬† Further down you'll see a card with a Gold Faceted Gem. I love the new Delightful Daisy¬†Designer Series paper that coordinates so well with the stamp set.¬† I used a beautiful olive striped pattern piece for this card. On to our third card. This was actually the first card I made when¬†I opened my products. The base is Pool Party with a layer of Calypso Coral matted below a piece of the Delightful Daisy DSP. I added some 5/8 Burlap Ribbon (held down with Tear and Tape) and added a strip of the 3/8" Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon. I will warn you now that this ribbon does fray easy, so use baby¬†fingers when touching the cut ends. I'm not sure if I am drawn to the saying itself, or if it's the font used for this sentiment but it is so crisp and clear, it is as though it conveys the message precisely! Okay, remember I mentioned earlier about the Gold Faceted Gem... HELLO, here it is!¬† What do you think?¬† It works perfectly as the centre of the daisy.¬† Oh, I should also say that these come in a few sizes as well!¬† I used the largest one for the centre of this flower. Did you like this card?¬† So bright and screaming "come on spring!" On to my final card I squeezed out while sitting at the coffee table! This one was inspired by one of the samples in the catalogue. The catalogue sample used¬†strips of¬†the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper but horizontally. I changed the rest of my design outside of that! Once again I double stamped and punched the daisy, this time stamping the centre with the new In Colour Tranquil Tide. To create the banner I stamped the tiny daisy's along the top and bottom of my Whisper White strip in Tranquil Tide and the "Thank You" was stamped in the new In Colour Powder Pink. I used my Paper Snips to cut the banner ends. Finally on to the ribbon again. Originally I had this card completed with out it but I wasn't completely happy with it. I showed it to my sweet husband and said "what do you think?" He loved it but I told him I wasn't thrilled, so he gave one of his go to replies - "add some ribbon"¬† (his other one is "add more bling") This resulted in me tying a small bow and attaching it to the corner of the banner using a glue dot.¬† Beautiful!¬† I am so happy with this final result!¬† Sometimes, and I do only mean sometimes LOL, does it help to listen to your spouse ūüôā I hope you had fun checking out these cards featuring the coordinating Daisy products!¬† Seeing them isn't as much fun as touching them and using them yourself!¬† Hopefully these will make it on your wish list of new catalogue items! Wishing you all a Happy Easter!            

Little Piggy – You make me happy!

I have been under the weather for a few days now which means I have been unable to do much stamping.¬† I did however summon the strength to slip into my stamp room when my husband went out to run an errand yesterday. While¬†my husband¬†is disabled and struggles to get around, he did everything he could to take care of me!¬† I needed him to know that he is special, that I appreciate him¬†and he¬†makes me happy. Well after attending OnStage Local on the weekend and receiving the sweet new set This Little Piggy, I knew it was perfect to create a fast and cute card. When this set was shared with us on the weekend, we were shown some ways to colour and I was so excited to learn of a way to watercolour easily on Shimmery White cardstock.¬† I can't wait to get better so I can create a video to share with you this simple watercolouring technique.¬† It has suddenly made me better at watercolouring (in my opinion anyways LOL) So the retiring list was revealed the other day and the designer series paper I used here from the Neutrals pack is on that list.¬† If you love it as much as I do, I highly recommend getting your orders in before they are gone! I didn't want to detract from the cute piggy image, so I kept my layers and embellishments to a minimum and added a little strip of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon.¬† It seems to go well with this card! What did you think of this cute little piggy?¬† Do you think it may need to be on your new wish list?          

Inside the Lines – Watercolouring

Happy Monday morning!¬† The sun is shining and we are expected to hit 20+ Celsius today!¬† To me this is a¬†blessing, especially with a lingering headache today, the warm weather makes my heart happy! I don't know about you but our¬† weekend was exceptionally busy.¬† A highlight for¬† me was attending Stampin' Up!'s OnStage Local event in Toronto.¬† Attending events such as this is an amazing perk of being a demonstrator.¬† We had the opportunity to see the new catalogue and even receive some new products!¬† I cannot wait to share with you the projects I am planning with these items.¬† For right now though, I can't show you anything but come back tomorrow¬†for¬†a sneak peek ūüėČ While I love coming up with my own card designs¬†(which we all know can be very time consuming), sometimes its nice to just copy someone else's designs. When I'm in a time crunch for a class I have a tendency to CASE. My last stamp club I wanted to showcase the Inside the Lines designer series paper that had been available during Sale-A-Bration and I came across a card on Pinterest by Bonnie O'Neill that just popped and spoke to me.¬† I think it was because she used Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder and I love those colours together. I changed very little from Bonnie's¬†design. I created my card with one less layer on the base, as well as no matte under the designer paper. The only addition I made was a Basic Rhinestone to the sentiment banner. This was a great way to share some Watercolouring with my stamp club ladies.¬† Each womans piece turned out a bit different and it was neat to see their watercolouring abilities evolve as they coloured. See you soon with some great SNEAK PEEK items from the 2017-2018 catalogue!      

Beautiful You “Book” Card

Have you ever created a multi-page card.¬† I don't know if there is a name for this or not but I am going to call it a book card since you create as many or as few pages as you wish! A friend of mine needed a card for his fianc√©e's 25th birthday and I offered to make him a card.¬† Immediately I thought of using the Beautiful You set since his fianc√©e seems quite stylish. multi page card 10 The folded card base is cut from Pink Pirouette cardstock and measures 5" x 5" (cut from cardstock 5" x 10" and folded in half). multi page card 1 Next I cut watercolour paper (from a large sheet size I have) slightly smaller than the card base.¬† I cut this about 9-3/4" x 4-7/8" and scored in half, to create a piece 4-7/8" x 4-7/8". I folded the textured side of the watercolour paper in and then I cut another piece smaller again at approx. 4-5/8" x 4-5/8" to attach to a matte of Basic Black (43/4" x 4 3/4"), to then attach to the outside flap of the first piece of watercolour paper.¬† Confused yet?¬† (LOL¬†-I may need to create a video to explain) multi page card 3 I created a black matte for the card front 4-7/8" square , layered a piece of retired designer series paper featuring sweet hearts.¬† I cut a strip of Watercolour paper and stamped my image in Archival Black ink and watercoloured using the new Watercolour Pencils and an Aquapainter.¬† This was then attached to another black matte to create a divide from this piece and the patterned paper. multi page card 2 I used the Large Numbers Framelits to die cut the letters from Silver Glimmer paper and popped these up on the card front. multi page card 5 multi page card 6 My next focus was the 4 5/8" square piece of watercolour paper attached to the first inside flap.¬† I stamped the dancing woman from the Beautiful You set and again coloured her as I did the woman on the cover of the card.¬† The sky and ground around the woman was coloured using full ink pads, along with the Aquapainter. If you look closely at the womans dress and at the openings in some of the letters in this sentiment, you will see some Clear Wink of Stella.¬† I find this adds the perfect shimmer to images. multi page card 11 Next I went on to stamp the inside of the card.¬† I used the final womans image from the Beautiful You set and masked off the bottom her dress/ body.¬† This allowed me to create the dress in whatever design I wished.¬† I have seen so many beautiful ball gown dresses created with this image, that I had to give it a whirl. multi page card 12 I used the Melon Mambo watercolour pencil to create my solid dress lines and lightly coloured in between, then I blended it using the Aquapainter. Once happy with the result, I let it dry and then added Clear Wink of Stella again! multi page card 7 I added my final sentiments to this "page" of the "book and my card was complete and ready to go. multi page card 4 Just the right amount of bling and dazzle.¬† My friend told me that his fianc√©e absolutely LOVED the card.¬† Knowing that is my reward! I am thrilled at the result and look forward to creating more "book" cards! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature1        

Shimmer and Shine

My Aunt had an accident recently and I wanted to send her a cheery card to let her know we were thinking of her. I love the Sheltering Tree stamp set and after struggling with what my colour scheme would be, I finally settled in to make a card with pink and brown tones. sheltering tree 3 Now I really wanted to make the leaves on the tree stand out so there are a couple things I did to achieve my final look. First I stamped the leaves three times. Once in Blushing Bride, once with Flirty Flamingo and once with Sweet Sugarplum. sheltering tree 4 Next I added some Clear Wink of Stella sheltering trees 2 And then I added some Gold Wink of Stella. sheltering trees It is so difficult to see in the full picture above but when you catch it in the right light and at the right angle, the shimmer and shine on this card is quite stunning! Thanks for popping in and I hope you have fun playing with your Wink of Stella's! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature1