Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Climbing Orchid

Hello stampers! 

One of the "must haves" for me from the new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue was the {Climbing Orchid} stamp set and framelits dies. I was totally sold when I saw the gorgeous samples in the catalogue. Today's card was the very first time I "played" with this set so it's quite simple. Although I do think it's just enough and too much busyness would distract from the pretty flower blooms. 


I stamped the orchids with Sweet Sugar Plum with Crushed Curry centers. I stamped the stem directly onto a piece of the {Wood Textures DSP} before adding my flower blooms. 


 I added a few photos below that come directly from the pages of the catalogue and you'll see why I HAD to have this set. They are stunningly beautiful!!






Sunday, June 18, 2017

Watercoloured Pencil Sunset with High Tide

Hello stampers!

Sorry for the long hiatus. I was asked to present at my Stampin' Up! Upline's event yesterday. I presented {Watercolour Pencils} and it was so much fun to sit and have some creative time just for me. I've been on the back burner while caring for my dad. Today, I have a card that I created as part of the display samples for my presentation from yesterday. It is my favourite sample and it is featuring the {High Tide} set, which I love. 

I absolutely love the beach so I really wanted to pull out this amazing stamp set which is perfect for a sunset. I used a bunch of different pencil colours - Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso for the "land" area that I drew. There is something about the watercolour pencils that is like magic. You colour like you would normally colour, then when you add water it magically turns into a painting. So fun to play with and so many of the event attendees were excited to try them out. I hope you like my card, I have a bunch more cards to share with you this week. I hope to see you soon!



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NEW Product Videos

Hello stampers! 

The brand new Annual Catalogue by Stampin' Up! went live a few days ago and is fabulous as always. I unfortunately haven't had an opportunity to "play" with any of my new stamping toys just yet as I have been caring for an ill family member and that takes precedence. I am hoping to have a chance sometime this week so I can share some projects with you all. 

Luckily Stampin' Up! has made a bunch of videos for us to share with all of you and they showcase some of the amazing new products and give you the "how to's". 

Here are a few of my favourites: 






You can find all the product videos under the "tab" at the top of my blog labeled "Product Videos". I hope you have an amazing day (even with the rain). 


Saturday, May 20, 2017

On Stage Local Event Photos & Displays

Hello stampers!

I was lucky enough to attend my first Stampin Up! On Stage experience last month. I decided to get a picture with some of the fun props they brought for the photo booth. 


They gave us a little gift to celebrate 15 years of Stampin' Up! in Canada. Doesn't that cupcake look oooooohhhh... sooooooooo, yummy?! It was. They even had some gluten free options, and you'd never guess that they were (at least I couldn't).


They had samples of all the new In-colours available from 2017-19. My favourites are Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist - they go so lovely together. But all are lovely. It is always nice to have new colours to mix in with the old ones for a fresh look. Fresh Fig is most similar to Blackberry Bliss (now retired), Berry Burst is similar to Rose Red, Powder Pink is close to Blushing Bride, Lemon Lime Twist is quite different from any current colour - but has the bright pop of colour that Green Galore has (retired). My fav Tranquil Tide is similar to Emerald Envy with an infusion of Island Indigo. That's just my opinion, but they are great additions to Stampin' Up!s colour family. 


At the end of the event they decided to give every attendee a stamp set... not just any set, one with adorable little piggies. I LOVE PIGS. I always have. Could be the reason why I do not eat pork products? I've seen quite a few samples floating around in cyber land. I haven't had the opportunity to "play" too much yet, but hopefully soon I can pencil some time in. 


This is the soon to be new catalogue coming June 1, 2017. Do you see those pretty floral images on the cards? I won that set from Prize Patrol. I can't wait to sit down and play with it. 


I took a ton of photos of the displays and card samples... so many beautiful samples that were drool worthy for sure. 

One set that I was immediately drawn to was the Climbing Orchid bundle. I love to make crafts with the seniors I work with - and they will love making some paper orchids. I can't wait to try these out.


I am super excited to try the new embossing paste and pattern party decorative masks
I love the designs, especially the clouds. 


You can see the dimension better in the photo below that is achieved with the embossing paste.


There are a bunch of new embossing folders, I am most looking forward to trying out the Ruffled design. It looks so realistic like the paper is made of fabric. Can't wait to try it. 


You will see some of the lovely new designer series papers below, my top pick is the 
Wood Textures  - they are so lifelike. 







LOVE. Enough said. 




I posed with the completed box sample that they had on display - look how super cute this crate is!! We made one with the Wood Textures DSP and made 3 mini cards with envelopes to put inside. It looks small, but it can hold quite a lot.


The Birthday Delivery Bundle was one of the first sets I was drawn to. I absolutely love the vintage feel to this set and with matching dies it makes your life so much easier than fussy cutting the images out. An added bonus is the framelits also cut out the images in the Birthday Memories DSP

 


I really like the new in colours, Tranquil Tide is my favourite. The 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon is lovely and top quality. Definitely a top pick for ribbons. 


Some cute felt mini bows, also in the new colours. 


Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and Eastern Medallions dies are so fun to play with. The possibilities with this bundle are endless. The dies are amazingly designed and can add that extra special something to your projects. They also have some tassels in the suite and Specialty Designer Series Paper. 


Isn't the paper gorgeous? I love it, the colours are right up my alley. 


There was a bunch of projects on display. These cards by current Artisan Design Team member Cathy Caines were among my favourites. I was sold on this set, a great addition to any stampers collection. With the coordinating dies for even more stunning projects. 


I love everything about this set. I think the sentiments are my favourite thing about it. The script font is beautiful and I love the two step stamping images. 


One last pic of me at On Stage. This was the first time that I got to do something just for me since finding out about my fathers illness. He has been my top priority the past several months dealing with many appointments and treatments. He now lives with us and I am happy to spend much more time with him. I will do my very best to post more often, thank you for visiting me. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hope from a "Special Reason"

Hello stampers! 

I must say that when the retirement list was announced, I was so surprised that the fabulous Special Reason set with coordinating thinlits was on the list. I have seen so many stunning cards made with this bundle of products, I am saddened that it did not make the cut. It did however make my list and it is a keeper for sure. For my card today I used the thinlits and cut out some of the stencil like flower images on watercolour paper. 


I added a bunch of colours to make a fun blended background. I used Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red and Blushing Bride (pink I know!). I just kept adding colour until I was happy... the great thing about watercolour backgrounds it tends to look cool either way. 


I coloured the flowers with the Gold Wink of Stella, another of my favourites that is on the retiring list. I layered it onto some Basic Black cardstock, added some gold thread and the diecut sentiment from the Sunshine Sayings Thinlits with Delightful Dijon (love this colour..sniff, sniff). With all that has been going on in my life - hope is something I definitely have. I hope you all have a beautiful day! 



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Window Shopping ... Thanks Friend!

So sorry I've been MIA... a couple of months ago my Dad became ill and was hospitalized and has since come to live with  me. Needless to say my craft time has diminished. I have a couple of cards to share with you today, I hope you are inspired.

My focus for these two cards was the {Window Shopping} stamp set... which has been carried over to the annual catalogue - yay! This set coordinates with the Window Box Thinlits. I chose to use the floral image, which is a square stamp. I stamped four using two of my favourite colours Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy. I altered the sentiment to have my greeting say from Thanks for being a great friend to Thanks for being great.


Next, I kept it very similar but again editing the sentiment to just say Thanks Friend. Instead of designer series paper in the background I opted for an embossed panel using the {Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder}. My colour combo is Pool Party and Bermuda Bay..love!


This is my Dad's dog Lily. She has now joined our fur-family. Isn't she adorable? This picture reminded me about how sad I am that I still have my pre-order goodies in the packaging... Hopefully soon I will have some time to break them in! 





Monday, April 10, 2017

Lift Me UP + Cupcakes & Carousels

Hello stampers! 

Stampin' Up! released their 2017 retiring product lists today. I'll admit that I am really sad to see so many of my favourites leaving. I think I will miss Mint Macaron inks... cardstock... well everything. 

One of the items that I absolutely love is the [Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack]. This paper is one of my all-time favouites, I love every design and the colours are perfectly suited to each other. I have a card to share today that I created with this stunning paper stack. 


The background really pops with these designs. I added a diecut hot air balloon and a few clouds. I hope you like my card. 





Friday, March 31, 2017

Today is the FINAL day for Sale-a-bration!

Hello stampers! 

Well, today is the last and final day to earn you FREE Sale-a-bration products. A few products have already sold out, so if there was something you had your eye on?!

You will find all the products listed below and which items are SOLD OUT. You will also find some samples I made using some of my products from this years promotion.



Avant Garden


Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper... I made a lot with this paper since I love colouring!!





Carried Away Designer Series Paper



Tasty Truck


So Very Much


So Very Much & Delicate Details + 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo








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