Saturday, February 25, 2017

MOJO Throwdown!

Spring is in the air! Or at least it was on Thursday when I was creating this card! We had such a beautiful day here in Southern Ontario that I was tempted to don a pair of shorts. I didn't...but I did wear flip flops and have my nails done. :)

What's the weather like where you are? Are you looking forward to spring? The groundhogs were divided on whether or not it was going to be an early spring this year, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

This card reminds me of spring, and I'm hoping it might bring a little colour to your computer too! :)


I started off with a base of Perfect Plum. I don't use this colour very often, but it seemed perfect for this card and the Colour Throwdown challenge, so I went for it!


I added a layer of the new (available right now in the Occasions Catalogue) Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper which was sponged using Sweet Sugarplum Ink. The banner uses the same DSP and a layer of Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock, both also sponged. This element is based on the Mojo Monday Sketch.


As usual, I took some liberties with the sketch, but it's pretty close, right? ;)

I just love the new (ish) stitched shapes! They add just the perfect touch to the die cuts. Don't you think?

Here's a look at the inside:


I sponged the DSP as well as the layer of Whisper White and added some doodles to the edges, because, why not?? Who doesn't love doodles?!

And here's a little close up:


The new succulent bundle is AMAZING!!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Oh So Succulent, That's the Tag
INK: Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush
PAPERS: Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum and Perfect Plum Cardstock; Succulent Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Linen Thread, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Inside the Lines

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and Stampin' UP! has even added THREE new items that you can get for FREE to the already great list of items that has been available since January 4th, 2017. How cool is THAT??

For this week's Paper Craft Crew Sketch, I decided to use the Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper which is just ONE of the MANY free items you can get during Sale-A-Bration.

A quick and easy way to earn the Between the Lines DSP is to purchase the Stampin' UP! Artist Kit:


In the Artist Kit, you'll receive: Watercolour Paper, Watercolour Pencils, Aqua Painters and Blender Pens. The pre-tax total of $63.75 means you can choose a free Sale-A-Bration item! You can choose the Inside the Lines DSP or any other free item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure - YAY! You can order the artist kit HERE (each item must be ordered individually in order to create the kit) and be sure to use hostess code: JYXZZKDF at checkout.

This brings us to today's sketch:


I thought the large space would be PERFECT for showcasing the Between the Lines DSP, so I went to work!

Here's what it looked like with just the colours put down (before blending):


And here's what it looked like AFTER blending:


Last but not least, here's the completed card:


My base is Thick Whisper White Cardstock and I added a layer of Old Olive Cardstock under my coloured image panel. A couple of little banners on the top left corner balance the sentiment on the bottom right corner. I added the little white ribbon for just a little bit of contrast and the perfect finishing touch!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Designer Tee (SAB) and coordinates with the Custom Tee Bundle in the Occasions Catty
INK: Archival Black
PAPERS: Thick Whisper White and Old Olive Cardstock; Inside the Lines DSP
ACCESSORIES: Watercolour Pencils, Blender Pens, Punches, Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Stamper!

Oh my goodness! When I first saw this set at OnStage in November, I KNEW I had to have it! The whole set is cute (of course!), but I totally fell in love with the "Happy Stamper" sentiment! Check it out:


Totally cute right?? And you don't even have to worry about fussy cutting all those bits because there's dies that go with it! And at $58.50 for the bundle, all you have to do is spend another $1.50 (for a total of $60) and you'll qualify for this:


An adorable little companion set to even further customize your t-shirts! You could, of course, choose any number of FREE Sale-A-Bration items...these just go together. :)

Anyway........all that to say, here's the card I created for Freshly Made Sketches:


Totally cute, right??

I started off with a base of Blushing Bride and added layers of Sahara Sand and Whisper White. I sponged some Rose Red Ink all over the Whisper White, because stampers get inky. Am I right?

Then I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits - I love that they do all the work for you - run them through the big shot and they come out pre-decorated. :)

What do you think?

STAMPS: Custom Tee
INK: Rose Red
PAPERS: Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand Cardstock; Falling in Love DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Love is in the Air

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! It kind of snuck up on me...I swear it was just Christmas yesterday! The beginning of this year has just flown by!

Our theme for this week was LOVE. We were encouraged to think outside the box and not create something specifically for Valentine's Day.

My hubby and I have been together for a LONG time (at least by some of the standards that my high school friends have set - many are divorced and some twice!).

I credit our long marriage to the fact that we still give each other little things for no reason (he buys me flowers just because and I often tuck a card in his briefcase or leave one on his desk here at home). That and we always remember to say "thank you" even for crazy stuff like doing the dishes or making the bed. Last August we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and on Feb. 28th this year, we'll have been together for 31 (!!!) years. Yep! We started dating in HIGH SCHOOL!

So...I made him this:


And I gave it to him "just because". I was going to save it for our Date-o-Versary on the 28th, but I couldn't wait to give it to him. :)

The little envy on the front opens up:


That little bow is a pain in the butt though - LOL!

And here's a look at the inside:


Cute right??

Details and Digits:

  • Basic Black Cardstock: Cut @ 2" x 7 ½", score @ ¾", 4 ¼" and 4 ½:
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 1 ¾" x 2 ¾"
  • Sending Love DSP: 1 ¾" x 2 ¾" and ½" x 1 ¾"
Don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have been up to HERE.

What do you think?

STAMPS: Sealed with Love
INK: Real Red
PAPERS: Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock;  Sending Love DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Glue Dot, Staple (not SU!)

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Ready, Set, STAMP!!!

Are you ready for some SPEED STAMPING??

You're going to LOVE this class! You'll be in and out in just under TWO hours and have TWENTY cards to show for it. Nope! That's NOT a typo. Twenty cards, two hours.

Check it out:


I can't decide which of the designs is my favourite, so for right now I'm choosing this one! :)

After class, you'll have to tell me which is YOUR favourite!

See you there!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pretty Pocket Card Kit

Can you believe it?? It's FREE!



When you spend $60 on anything in either the Occasions Catalogue or the Annual Catalogue! Click HERE to go directly to my online store and be sure to use hostess code: 7EUW7ZBA at checkout.

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Very Vintage

Where do you find your inspiration? Pinterest? Google? My blog? ;)

Recently, my friend Kim posted a vintage treatment she'd done on the cover of her Project Life Album, so I thought for this week's Paper Craft Crew, I'd give vintage a try!

To me, vintage means muted colours, sponging and I guess, "classic" - you know...like something that will never go out of style.

Here's what I came up with:


I started off with a base of Soft Sky (I know it looks like the old Bashful Blue, but I was down to the wire and dealing with minimal light - EEK!) and added layers of Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand. The Designer Series Paper is one that's now available in the Occasions Catalogue and may well replace my beloved Blooms & Bliss and favourite DSP for the remainder of the year!

My image (from Beautiful You) was stamped in Sahara Sand onto Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut out using the Circles Thinlits and my Big Shot.

I sponged EVERY layer (except the base), including the butterfly (which was cut from the same package of DSP) and assembled my card.

Then I finished the inside:


I used the sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set here. I was going to use the sentiment on the front of the card, but it just didn't look right...so I made a quick change of plans and this is the result. I think it turned out great!

What do you think?

STAMPS: Beautiful You, Dragonfly Dreams
INK: Sahara Sand
PAPERS: Very Vanilla, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand Cardstock; Falling in Love DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Dies, Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!