Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It's a day to CELEBRATE!!

On Monday evening, my husband's co-worker's water broke! She's expecting TWINS!!!

When I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to make a baby card, so the timing was just PERFECT!

Here's the sketch:


And here's what I did with it:


Adorable, right? My base is Blushing Bride and I added a layer of Perfect Plum and another layer of Whisper White Cardstock. I cut my ovals using the Layering Ovals Framelits and adhered them together. Then I stamped and die cut the cute little onesies and ADORABLE little hangers. They were attached to the front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped onto Whisper White and ends were notched to create a tiny banner. A bit of ribbon makes it just that little bit extra girly. And the pearls don't hurt either. :)

I added "congratulations" to the inside:


It needed a little bit of doodling so I added that and safety pin for good measure!

You can check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Something for Baby, So In Love (sentiments)
INK: Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum, Smoky Slate
PAPERS: Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Perfect Plum Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Satin Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Would you like some CHEEZE with that?

Today's card...it's totally cheezy! That's OK though, because it's also totally cute!

Check it out:


Let's TACO 'bout how awesome you are! Get it? LOL!!

I used my Watercolour Pencils again with my Blender Pens to colour the image. The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry. Easy Peasy! And it took me less than 10 minutes, since I didn't even have to cut a card base. I used the Crumb Cake Notecards and envelopes package as my base.

I'll be sending it out to a pretty awesome young lady I know. I hope she likes it!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Tasty Trucks
INK: Black Archival, Rich Razzleberry
PAPERS: Crumb Cake Notecard; Whisper White Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Night of Navy Baker's Twine; Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's time to Sale-A-Brate!

You DO know what that is, right?? No??

Sale-A-Bration is that glorious time of year when Stampin' UP! gives you stuff...for FREE...just for ordering stamps and other products you wanted to get anyway! How cool is THAT??

This week, I'm showing you some samples that I created using the Tasty Trucks set that is ONLY available while Sale-A-Bration is in effect when you spend $60 on Stampin' UP! products in either the Annual Catalogue or Occasions Catalogue.

Here's the first:


I started off with a base of Sahara Sand and a layer of - wait! What is that?? Is it Blooms & Bliss? LOL! I know...you're shocked and amazed - HA! Can't help it! :)

Anyway...then I took a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, drew some lines on it (which I erased later) and stamped the little ice cream cones from the set. They didn't end up quite as uniformly as I'd hoped, but that worked out at it gave me a few spaces to add a sentiment from the same set and some little pearls.

I used my blender pens and the new Watercolour Pencils to colour in the ice cream cones. Cute right?

The sentiment and pearls were added last. Thank goodness for Photopolymer stamps or there is NO WAY I would have been able to get that teeny sentiment just where I wanted it.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Tasty Trucks - available ONLY during Sale-A-Bration
INK: Archival Black
PAPERS: Whisper White and Sahara Sand Cardstock; Blooms & Bliss DSP
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Pencils, Blender Pens, Basic Pearls

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Anatomy of a Swap - Part 2

When we left off last week, I was about to tell you about my ROOKIE mistake!

Have you ever just been moving along, creating, thinking to yourself "This is going to look GREAT!" and then suddenly you realize...you missed a step. *sigh*

Yeah...that was me. And you would think I'd know by now. I was stamping before stamping was "cool" and LONG before Stampin' UP ever made it's way to Canada (think way back to 1985 or so). So, you would think that I'd be LONG past rookie mistakes...but no.

Here's what happened:


This is the layer for the front of the card. It already has the DSP strip at the top and the Baker's Twine wrapped around it. And that was fine. Then I thought I'd get another step done and attach all the Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of the layer...and that's where I went wrong.

You see (and I teach this in ALL my classes), you should NEVER attach adhesive before you're sure you're done with the piece that is getting the sticky stuff. And I thought I was...but I had planned to put the sentiment directly on the FRONT of the card! Now with the adhesive there, that wasn't going to happen...which meant - PLAN B!!


Sentiment strips that got stamped instead:


Not exactly what I was going for, but it all worked out in the end.

Next up was the dragonflies!


And a little bit of a StazOn high from stamping so many (21, in fact, so I could make sure that I had enough *perfect* ones for the swap).


Then I set about colouring them...which I did by inking them up in Soft Sky, using a sponge dauber to ink around the edges in Mint Macaron and finally spritzing them with water that was added to our Stampin' Spritzers. Lots of steps, but TOTALLY worth it!


After all my dragonflies were done, I set about attaching the circles from last week to a layer of Mint Macaron which was cut using the Layering Circles Dies and the Big Shot.


That's it for today! I'm handing these in at the Canadian Business Conference next Friday, so come back next week to see the finished product!

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thank You!

You may remember this card that I sent to my dad for his birthday (he loved it by the way!). As usual, I had some of the pieces sitting around on my desk and decided to play with them a bit more. I came up with this:


The base of the card is Cajun Craze and then I added a strip of the "DSP" I created using the Paisleys and Posies Stamp Set.

I added a square of Delightful Dijon and then an addition layer of Cajun Craze before adding the sentiment which was stamped onto Very Vanilla using Cajun Craze Ink. The finishing touch was squiggle border created with my Cajun Craze Marker.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Paisleys and Posies, Happy Happenings
INK: Cajun Craze
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Marker, Stampin' Dimensional

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Is it YOUR birthday today? If it is, leave me a comment and I'll contact you for your snail mail addy and send you this card! I only have one...so be quick!

Over at the Paper Craft Crew, our assignment this week was to create a birthday card...so that's just what I did. :)


I received the Birthday Blast Set at our local On Stage event back in November. I hadn't really taken it out because I wasn't a huge fan of it, but I really like the large birthday sentiment!

I stamped it onto Whisper White Cardstock with Melon Mambo Ink and then layered it onto a piece of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper. I liked the idea of putting the sentiment on an angle, so I went with that and I love the way it turned out!

A little strip of Pop of Pink Washi along with a few Basic Rhinestones and I was DONE! Birthday card in less that 10 minutes: check!

I even had a few minutes left to spare...so I finished the inside too:


Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.


What do you think?

STAMPS: Birthday Blast
INK: Melon Mambo
PAPERS: Whisper White, Basic Black and Melon Mambo Cardstock; Pop of Pink Specialty DSP
ACCESSROES: Basic Rhinestones, Washi Tape

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Contagious!

Below is my last page for 2016. If you can read the journaling, you'll notice that I started reading "A Complaint Free World". I highly recommend the book! I remember studying the concept about 8 or 9 years ago via Big Picture Scrapbooking (now Big Picture Classes) and it didn't quite "click" with me back then. This time around, it has. I've realized just how MUCH I complain. And it's not even the big things...it's little things. Like, why in the world did I complain that my husband left his teaspoon from stirring his tea on the lid to my David's tea mug? Sure, I don't drink dairy...but who cares? I could have just removed the spoon, rinsed off the lid and that would have been that. But I complained. *sigh*

So...that's what this is all about. I'm going to go out there and do my best to NOT complain and by NOT complaining, maybe the rest of the world will complain a little less.












And here's what it looks like after I got all the colouring done!


I used a Pitt Artist liner pen to outline to larger font and then I coloured the letters in using my Bermuda Bay marker. The smaller font was written with Tip Top Taupe and I used Rose Red to draw the little hearts.

Won't you join me in a little less complaining? Go out there and make someone LAUGH instead!

What do you think?