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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

It's the most WONDERFUL time...

...of the year!

It's Christmas in July...but also all the back-to-school stuff is starting to show up - LOL!

I love summer, don't get me wrong...but I LOVE routine even more and CRAVE back-to-school time when everything runs "tickety-boo" and everyone has a place to be at a certain time of day.'s card has NOTHING to do with back-to-school, but EVERYTHING to do with my "Christmas in July" class on July 29th.

Here's just one of the cards we'll be creating:

If you're coming to class, you'll be THRILLED to know that I have ALREADY fussy-cut all the little reindeer. :)

I started off with a base of Soft Suede and added a layer of Whisper White. To that, I added a small square of Be Merry Designer Series Paper (new in the 2017-2018 annual catalogue) and a smaller square of Whisper White Cardstock. I added the little reindeer and the sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe set.

The tree off to the left is from the same set and it was stamped onto more Whisper White Cardstock and cut out using the Big Shot and the smallest of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.

The finishing touch was a little bit of linen thread tied into a bow...because who doesn't love linen thread??

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

What do you think?

STAMPS: Merry Mistletoe
INK: Soft Suede and Garden Green
PAPERS: Soft Suede and Whisper White Cardstock; Be Merry DSP
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Linen Thread, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Tag...from my Kitchen

This week's challenge at the Paper Craft Crew was to "Use something NEW" - or at least something that you hadn't used many of us have "HAD TO HAVE IT" and then let it sit unused because you had so many other "fun things" to use? Raise your hand! I know you've done it too. :)

While I haven't had the stamp set I used today "forever", it is definitely new (available in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue) and I have had it for about 2 months.

Check it out:

Super cute, right? I used the sentiment from Label Me Pretty and stamped it in Bermuda Bay unto Whisper White Cardstock and punched it out using the coordinating punch which is part of the bundle.

I had grand illusions of baking some cookies that I could then package up and attach the tag to, but I recently started a new job at Starbucks (I LOVE IT!!) and time has gotten away from me!

After I stamped and punched the sentiment, I cut out the tag and added the layer of Bermuda Bay Cardstock which I stamped using images from Touches of Texture. I then added a length of Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon and attached the sentiment on top using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I added some Bermuda Bay Stitched Satin Ribbon and tied it up with my FAVOURITE linen thread 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: Label Me Pretty, Touches of Texture
INK: Bermuda Bay
PAPERS: Whisper White and Bermuda Bay Cardstock
ACCESSORIES: Punches, Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

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!