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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

This week's challenge is actually a TWO week challenge, so it should give you lots of time to create YOUR cards as you celebrate either Canada Day or Independence Day. You can play Tic-Tac-Toe along with the design team:


For my card, I chose the right hand column: Cake, Baker's Twine, Clean & Simple and created this:


My base is Soft Sky and I added a layer of Whisper White cardstock unto which I stamped the cupcake base. Before I attached the Whisper White layer, I took my 1/16" hole punch and punched two tiny holes on each side of the cupcake base through which I threaded my Whisper White Baker's Twine.

I stamped the frosting in Soft Sky and added some Wink of Stella for a little bit of sparkle.

I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede and added a tiny rhinestone for the finishing touch.

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

What do you think?

STAMPS: Sprinkles of Life
INK: Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
PAPERS: Soft Sky and Whisper White Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: 1/16" hole punch, Tree Builder Punch, Baker's Twine, Rhinestones, Wink of Stella, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I got a job!!

I mean...I had a job. I was working at Georgetown Yarn. And it was LOTS of fun! But I needed a few more hours, so I had to start a search and you'll never GUESS where I'll be working in a couple of weeks! I can't WAIT!

Maybe my card will give you a hint?


I started off with a base of Pear Pizzazz and added a layer of Whisper White Cardstock cut to 4 x 5 ¼". My next layer was a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Coffee Break pack.

Next up was some die-cutting using the largest of the Stitched Shapes circles and the larger of the scalloped circles in the Layering Circles Set. I stamped the sentiment from the Coffee Café set using Soft Suede onto the Whisper White circle and added the two tiny cups. There's a die in the Coffee Cups die set, but you all know how much I LOVE fussy-cutting, so I sat down one afternoon and cut out the entire sheet of coffee cups/percolators/cups. It was SO much fun!


And how about that awesome bow!! I just love, love, LOVE our Linen Thread. I'm pretty sure that every time I place an order, I add Linen Thread to it - LOL!

Well...if you haven't figured out where my new job is yet, I'll tell you! Starting on July 4th, I'll be working at one of my local Starbucks! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this new opportunity!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out what the rest of the Crew have been up to HERE.


What do you think?

STAMPS: Coffee Café
INK: Soft Suede
PAPERS: Whisper White, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock; Coffee Break DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Are you ready for some inspiration??

OH. MY. GOSH! When I first saw this inspiration piece I fell in love and the ideas just started to swirl like crazy! Check it out:


And since it's my birthday today, you KNOW I had to create a birthday card! Check this out:


I chose the colours as my inspiration and decided to go with Lemon Lime Twist and Tempting Turquoise though I also considered Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.

I started off with my base of Tempting Turquoise and added a layer of Lemon Lime Twist Fresh Florals. Then I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and stamped the balloon strings onto it. I stamped the "birthday" from the "Happy Birthday" in Happy Birthday Gorgeous under it.

I stamped balloons from the Balloon Celebration and Happy Birthday Gorgeous sets and punched them out. They were added the front of the card using both Fast Fuse and Stampin' Dimensionals.

The "happy" banner was stamped in Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist and fussy cut before adding it to the card front also using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Let me know in the comments below which part of the pillow would inspire YOU and don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE. You're going to LOVE it!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Balloon Celebration, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Number of Years
INK: Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise
PAPERS: Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise Cardstock, Fresh Florals Paper Stack
ACCESSORIES: Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

P. S. You have one more week to send me a birthday card and be entered into a draw to win a free stamp set!

Monday, June 12, 2017

MOJO Farewell

Last Monday, Julee posted the very last of the Mojo Monday Sketches - NUMBER 500! It's been almost 10 years since she started posting and she's decided to focus a bit more on her family these days.

I haven't participated in ALL of the sketches, but I do really like the ones I've done.

Here's my interpretation of the very last Mojo Monday Sketch:


I started off with the ATC onto which I stamped the splatter from Touches of Texture Stamp Set using Powder Pink Ink and the small flowers from the same set using Berry Burst Ink (stamped off).


Next up I stamped the pot of paintbrushes from the Crafting Forever Stamp Set using Basic Black Archival Ink and cut it out. No. There is no die for this image (or this set for that matter). Yes. I fussy cut it...and several like it as this ATC was the make and take for my catalogue launch this past Saturday. Everyone loved it! I may or may not be one of those crazy people that enjoys fussy cutting (and by may or may not, I mean I am 100% one of those crazy people! And I'm proud of it too - LOL!)


Then I coloured in the stamped pot with my watercolour pencils and aqua painters. It was adhered to the ATC using Stampin' Dimensionals.


After that, I set about sorting out the card base and decided I'd use ALL of the new In Colours for 2017-2019! Because...well...why not!

As a special treat, I'm going to give you EXACT measurements of each and every element of the card. I'm often asked about providing this information and while I sometimes do, for the number of blog posts I create, this process would become VERY tedious if I had to do it every time (and I'd probably stop creating). I'll try and do it a little more often for you though.

So, here you go (from the card base up):
  • Lemon-Lime Twist Card Base - 5 ½" x 8 ½", scored at 4 ¼"
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 4" x 5 ¼"
  • Lemon-Lime Twist Designer Series Paper - 3 ⅞" x 3 ½"
  • Powder Pink Cardstock - 3 ⅞" x 1 ½"
  • Lemon Lime Finely Woven Ribbon - 5" long
  • Tranquil Tide Cardstock - 4 ½" x 7/16"
  • Berry Burst Cardstock - 3 ¾" x ⅝"
  • Fresh Fig Cardstock - 2 ½" x 3 ½"
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 2 ¼" x 3 ¼"
  • Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon - 4" long
  • Whisper White Baker's Twine - about 6-8" long (enough to tie your bow)
  • Stamp Sets:
    • Touches of Texture
    • Crafting Forever
  • Ink:
    • Powder Pink
    • Berry Burst (stamped off)
    • Basic Black Archival
  • Accessories:
    • Watercolour Pencils
    • Aqua Painters
    • Glue Dots
    • Stampin' Dimensionals
So there you go!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Have you picked a favourite?

The catalogue has been live for 7 days! Do you have a favourite yet? I'm sure I'll have more than one favourite, but this week it's Crafting Forever.

And I was inspired to use it with our super fun sketch:


The sketch is so versatile, you could use it with just about any stamp set. Here's what I did:


I used Touches of Texture to stamp the background and stamped the brushes in the pot on watercolour paper. I cut the image out and coloured it in using my watercolour pencils and aqua painters and then did the same with the "Made with Love" image.

They were adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.


Love, love, LOVE this this stamp image - so cute!

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


What do you think?

STAMPS: Crafting Forever, Touches of Texture
INK: Archival Black, Powder Pink, Berry Burst
PAPERS: Thick Whisper White Cardstock; Watercolour Paper
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Pencils, Aqua Painters, Rhinestones, Pearls, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

P.S. It's my birthday next week! Everyone who sends me a HANDMADE card will be entered into a draw to win a FREE stamp set!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations!

This week at the Paper Craft Crew we have a fun sketch for you to try out! It's a simple sketch with SO many options! Check it out:


Here's what I decided to do:


To choose my colours, I pretty much put my hands in a box that's been holding leftovers from my last class and odds and ends from previous creations. It think it worked out! :)

My base is Pool Party with a layer of Calypso Coral and then a layer of So Saffron. I then added a layer of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.

I had a little strip of Calypso Coral left over from trimming the larger layer and it was just perfect to tuck under the Daisy. I added a length of Night of Navy Bakers Twine for a little bit of contrast.


I stamped and punched two daisies in So Saffron and attached them with a Stampin' Dimensional. Then I stamped the Congratulations sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and then punched it out using the Classic Label Punch. I trimmed the punched sentiment and tucked it under the Gold Faceted Gem.

I am in LOVE with the brand new Daisy set! And it seems SO many of our demonstrators are also in love with it! Sadly, this bundle WON'T be available to order on June 1st, as it was SO popular with our demonstrators that we went through MORE than a usual years supply in the first two weeks of our pre-order.

On the up shot, by the time you can order YOUR Daisy Bundle, there'll be SO many ideas on Pinterest that you'll be able to create for MONTHS with everything you've seen.

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


What do you think?

STAMPS: Daisy Delight, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
INK: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy
PAPERS: Pool Party, Calypso Coral and So Saffron and Whisper White Cardstock; Delightful Daisy DSP
ACCESSORIES: Daisy Punch, Classic Label Punch, Gold Faceted Gem, Bakers Twine, Stampin' Dimensional, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tic Tac Toe - Three in a row!

It's a game of Tic Tac Toe over at the Paper Craft Crew this week! And for a change...I didn't pick my squares from all over the board - LOL!

Check it out:


I chose Bright Colours, Favourite Stamp Set and Ribbon - SEE? All in a row!

And here's my card:


My favourite stamp set is Gorgeous Grunge! It's retiring this year and I'm sad to see it go, but I'll console myself with my next favourite: Touches of Texture. And there's a few new stamp sets in the NEW Annual 2017-2018 catalogue that are sure to become favourites too!

Here's where the ribbon comes in:


I used the ribbon from the Love Bundle that was in the outgoing Occasions Catalogue. I like that it's narrow and not "in your face", if you know what I mean. Plus it was red and matched my card base - LOL!

Take a look at this fun fold:


The card is 5 ½" by 11" so you can still create one out of a regular size (8 ½" x 11") piece of cardstock. If you have 12" x 12" cardstock, you can get two from one sheet!

And here's the inside:


And...I'm sure it's pretty obvious that I used bright colours - LOL!

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Crew have been up to HERE and come play along with us!


What do you think?

STAMPS: Gorgeous Grunge (retiring), Happy Birthday Gorgeous (coming in the new catalogue!)
INK: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Real Red
PAPERS: Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Die (coming in the new catalogue!), Ribbon, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Happy Stampin'!
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