Wednesday, July 4, 2018

ICS Blog Hop Paper Palooza: Nature’s Poem

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to share this month's card with you today! I had so much fun designing it. Our blog hop theme this month is Paper Palooza: that means showing off all of the awesome designer series papers that are on sale in the Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale this month! Tropical Escape is my favorite; that's what I'll be getting!

 For this month, I used the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper!

With paper this gorgeous, it's not hard to come up with awesome projects!!

I LOVE the effect you get by attaching the ruffled ribbon to the top & bottom of the layer here! And the marble stamp is just such a quick, easy, and versatile background. I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set for the sentiments here, too, and some gold metallic thread and the Tropical Elements buttons finish it off perfectly!

These were two of the cards we made at my Artisan Stamp Club this month. Nature's Poem was our them; can you tell??! This one (below) was made using the Thank You Thinlits and the Handwritten background stamp. It was interesting to compare the two styles of background stamps: wood-mounted and cling-mount using the stamparatus. With the wood-mounted background stamp, I like to ink up the stamp and place it rubber-side up on my workspace, and place my paper and then a piece of scrap paper and rub in circles on top. To use the cling-mount stamp in the stamparatus, it was SO easy to place the stamp inside the stamparatus and stamp on my scrap paper. Then, I place my paper layer inside the stamparatus so that it is centered inside the stamped image (you'll know it's centered because you'll have the stamped image showing still on your scrap paper underneath). viola! Perfect stamped images every time!! I may be converted to cling mount background stamps!!

So yeah, this card was super fast and easy. And if you wanted to make it a birthday card, just switch out the thinlit to the Happy Birthday thinlit! so fast and easy, and you could easily make this using any designer paper with any color combination. I love cards that can be remade and CASEd easily!

Thanks for stopping by today! Drop me a comment to let me know which card you liked better. And I'll include product lists for each of the cards below so that you can recreate them at home! All of the products can be purchased in my Stampin' Up! store by clicking on the images. If you don't have a demonstrator already, I'd love to be yours (as long as you're in Canada)! Shoot me a message and I'll even send you a catalog. Now, go visit my good friend Joni who is next in the blog hop!
You are Wonderful Card:

Thank You Card:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

ICS Blog Hop: It's A Guy Thing

Welcome to the May Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop! This month, our theme is "It's a Guy Thing." Let's face it. Masculine cards can sometimes be tricky for me to make. I like flowers. I like pink. Well, hey, I like turquoise too - but that's maybe more of a girly blue. Anyways... we were tasked with making a masculine card. And while I freely admit that this might not be the most manly man masculine card... I love it and I'd totally give it to my man - or my boys! They are my knights in shining armor every day :)

For this card, I used the Magical Day stamp set. I loooooooove it, and I am so sad that it's not carrying over into the next catalog! It is just so stinkin' fun to color in with the Stampin' Blends, or Watercolor Pencils, blender pens, or Aquapainters. We just have so many great coloring options right now!! I colored these images with the Stampin' Blends, using Night of Navy, Bermuda Pay, Pool Party, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Ivory, and Pink Pirouette. And a little light touch of the Color Lifter here and there. I used the coordinating Magical Mates framelits to cut out those images with the Big Shot. I love how they cut them out so perfectly!

Also. That background behind the "Happy Birthday" stamp!! Simply take a piece of plain Whisper White cardstock, and color a gradient using the Blends. Start with the darkest color and color a strip. Then, add the next lightest color and add another strip, blending it with the first. Continue on until you have a gradient you're happy with! I started with the Bermuda Bay dark Blends, moved to the Bermuda Bay light Blends, then Pool Party Dark, then Pool Party Light. Then I cut a circle using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, embossed the Happy Birthday stamp image with white Stampin' Emboss powder, and layered it with a scallop circle in silver foil. And those rhinestones? Simple rhinestones, colored with the dark Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends marker.

Hope you like it! I love the Blends, and I love any excuse to use them as much as possible. What's your favorite technique with the Stampin' Blends? Leave me a comment to let me know you were here :)

And then go see the next person on the hop - Shirley Merker. Simply click on the button below, and enjoy the rest of the hop. Thanks for stopping by! If you're interested in any of the products I used on this card, scroll down for the product list. Clicking on any of the items will take you to my online store where you can purchase them, if you're in Canada. If you don't already have a demonstrator, I'd love to be yours! If you're outside of Canada and you're looking for a demonstrator, I can direct you to one of my friends. Enjoy the hop!

Here's what I used on this card:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Let's Celebrate...

... just how amazing this Painted with Love Designer Series Paper is. Have you enjoyed seeing how beautiful it is over the last week? I sure enjoyed playing with it. You don't even have to work to create beautiful things... they just kind of fall together. It's an amazing thing to work with products you love!!

Each of the sheets has gold foil on one side and printed patterns on the other side. Both sides are gorgeous... but I can't bring myself to hide the gold. ever.

All I paired this paper with today were the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Celebrate You thinlits dies (which! Sale-a-Bration item - spend $120, get them for FREE!).

I love how this card is so versatile. You could switch out the Designer Series Paper and colors, and make it with basically any papers & colors. How easy would it be to make this into a masculine card?? So easy. I love products that give this much versatility!

Click on any of the images below to shop in my online store. Don't forget to hit the $60 or $120 mark so you can earn a free Sale-a-Bration item!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sure Do Love You (some more!)

Here's Part 2 of 3 of our February Stamp Club projects! This one is intentionally simple - it is a cute little box made from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies, and the leftover heart from the previous posts' card. Then, I just added a card base and stamp, and some Painted with Love Designer Series Paper, and viola!

I love these because they make super cute, easy boxes that would be perfect for a small chocolate bar or candy pack. Great for Valentine's Day, or Easter, or birthday favors... the list is endless!

The clear-mount bundle for the stamp and framelits is $64.75 - which would automatically earn you a free Sale-a-Bration item. Awesome, right?? I'll post a list of all of the products I used below. Click on any of the images to go shopping in my online store!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sure Do Love You!

I loooooove this stamp set and framelits bundle. SO much. And this paper - the Painted with Love pack, is my absolute favorite thing in the Occasions Catalog! We made this card at Artisan Stamp Club this week - come and visit over the next week to see the other projects we made!

I started by stamping the heart with versamark using the new Stamparatus... you are going to love it. It's coming out in June, and you will want to have your order ready to go for it then!! It is a beautiful product. I then embossed the heart with white embossing powder and cut the heart out using the framelit in the bundle. I made this into a shaker card using window sheets and the new Gold Glitter Flakes (which, by the way? awesome!!), and then finished it off with a little banner, bow, and gold metallic thread. Easy, peasy, and totally gorgeous. I think I'll make a few of these with the kids this weekend, and show them how to make shaker cards!

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to purchase the products I used to make this card, just click on any of the images below to visit my online store. A purchase of $60 will get you a free Sale-a-Bration item, remember!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ICS Blog Hop: Party Pandas

 Hi everyone! And welcome to this month's Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop. I'm proud to represent Canada in this awesome group of stampers!! If this is your first stop on the hop, a big welcome! Relax, sit back, and enjoy all the inspiration that this talented group has to offer. Simply click on the next arrow at the bottom of each post, and you'll be whisked away to the next stop on the hop!
This month, we were given a color challenge as well! So fun! Color challenges are such a fun way to be inspired! My project features the Party Pandas Sale-a-Bration set. It is free with a $60 purchase, and it is soooo stinkin' adorable! These pandas are great for a variety of occasions. And who doesn't like pandas??
 I also used the turquoise (hello, Bermuda Bay!) Glimmer Paper from the Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper pack and the Basics Pack 3 Washi Tape. The colors were perfect for this color challenge!!

 Thanks for stopping by! Now, click the NEXT arrow to go see the next person on the hop - my sweet friend, Joni!
Until next time,

Here's what I used to make this card! Click on any of the images to visit my online store. If you're in Canada, I'd love to be your demonstrator if you don't already have one!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

ICS Blog Hop: Amazing You

 Well hello everyone! And thank you for visiting me on today's Blog Hop. Which just so happens to be on the FIRST day of SALE-A-BRATION!

If Stampin' Up! is relatively new to you, you may be wondering what the heck kind of cheesy name that is. It's the name Stampin' Up! gives to their big annual sale where if you spend $60, you get a free item from a catalog of exclusive Sale-a-Bration offerings. These items are available while supplies last until the end of March and they cannot be purchased - only earned with a $60 purchase. And new this year - there are a couple of big-ticket items that are earned with a $120 purchase! (and yes, they are totally worth it!!).

For this month's Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop, we wanted to show you some ways that you could get to $60 and get a free item! Woohoo! So get your shopping list ready and visit a few of my friends today for some awesome ideas!!

The Amazing You stamp set is my Number One Top Favorite stamp set in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. Why, you may ask? Well, for one reason, I really like the fonts. I like that you can use the words to make a few different sentiments. Let's celebrate you. You are simply amazing to me. Celebrate amazing you. Let's celebrate. Amazing you. So many options! Plus I love the wild rose. It brings back memories of my Quadra Island days :) But the main reason why I love this stamp set is that there is a set of THINLITS that coordinates with it. It has the three words celebrate, amazing, and you - in the same fonts as in the stamp set. What a great way to coordinate stamping and paper! Imagine that "amazing" in gold glimmer paper?! I looove it. Totally my top two favorite items in Sale-a-Bration. Here they are, for your enjoyment!!

Soooo, I thought that I'd give you a couple of options for ways that you could earn this stamp set! It is free with a $60 purchase (FYI, the thinlits are free with a $120 purchase). We all have different supplies, so one option may appeal better to meet the gaps in your supplies!

OPTION 1: (basics - cardstock, ink, embellishments) Total: $64.50 CAD

OPTION 2: (for those who may have all the colors already!) Total: $62 CAD

Now, I'll be honest. I did use a couple of inks that were not in the marker set I indicated above. And I'll put them in my supply list below. But really, the colors are flexible. You can use what you have to create a new and different look that's all your own!

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you enjoyed my card, and my recipes for Sale-a-Bration success! Now, go see Deb Naylor to see what she's cooked up for us!

Happy Stamping!

Here's the full details on what I used to make this card. If you click on any of the images, they'll take you straight to my online store where you can purchase them if you're in Canada. If you don't already have a demonstrator, I'd love to be yours! If you do, please contact your demonstrator.