Thursday, October 25, 2012

Watercolor Winter

The first Christmas card of the season is always a lot of fun to make and always being a little more glitzy than any card I would send out!  You know the type: lots of techniques, specialty paper, tons of embellishments, too heavy for the mail, etc.

Watercolour Winter is such a gorgeous stamp set and so simple to use for a two step set!  I stamped the holly and leaves and the other fan looking thing (someone want to help me out with what that is called?), and then rolled over that with the Music Notes that one!  Then I stamped the poinsettia and used gold embossing powder for the overlay.   It's popped up with a dimensional to make it the focal point.  A little Champagne glitter paper is super stunning on the side!

It's a little hard to see but I stamped my greeting in Versamark before inking it up and then embossed it to give it some shine.  I love that I can keep the colour I want but still have that pretty, embossed look.


Stamp Sets: Watercolour Winter (129727), More Merry Messages,(126402), Music Notes wheel (120327)
Inks: Cherry Cobbler (126966), Always Artichoke (126972), Old Olive (126953), Soft Suede (126978)
Paper: Soft Suede (115318), Old Olive (100702), Very Vanilla (101650), Champagne Glimmer (127885), Festival of Prints DSP (126904)
Tools: Heat Tool (129053), Decorative Label punch (120907), Scallop Trim Border punch (118402)
Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992), Early Espresso 1/8 Taffeta (119959), Naturals buttons (127554)


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Convention 2011 Highlights

Happy Sunday friends!  Instead of uploading all my pictures from Convention I thought I would let Stampin' Up! do all the work.  So here is a short video with just a few of the best moments from Convention. 

If you would love to attend an event like this, why not become a demonstrator?  You could be in Salt Lake City in 2012 having an amazing time with brand new stamping friends!  Find out more about becoming a demonstrator or jump right in and use the password 'stamp2009' to join my team!

Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Time is running out on the very special Designer Series Paper Promotion!  Until August 31, when you buy three packs of Stampin' Up!'s high quality, double-sided Designer Series Paper you will receive an additional package in a design of your choice for FREE!  Learn more or start shopping.

The Holiday Mini catalogue is coming soon!  In it you will find a huge variety of new and exciting products covering holidays including Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, even Valentine's Day!  Even better is that you can earn ANY of the stamp sets in this Mini for FREE when you hostess a workshop or have your own private class.

Want to earn your favourite stamp sets for free?  Check out the new and improved Hostess Benefit plan here.  Contact me to learn more today!

Friday, August 26, 2011

With Love & Caring

I know I had promised another Holiday Mini sneak peek but yesterday got away from me.  My day became consumed with last minute cutting for my Basic & Beautiful class yesterday evening. 

This card is one that I made a month or so ago but every time I look at it I fall a little more in love!  Everything about it turned out just the way I hoped.  This very rarely happens!  The sentiment is from the retired set With sad that one didn't carry over.  :(

Tips & Techniques:
  • After colouring on your stamp with your Stampin' Write markers, spritz a little water directly onto it before stamping to give it a slight watercolour effect.
  • Curling the wings of the larger butterflies makes them look like they are about to take flight off the card!
  • Scrunchy ribbon across the bottom of the card provides the perfect base for a vintage safety pin and a little linen thread which creates a softness.
  • Does tearing freak you out?  Let it go!  The torn edge here adds so much texture.

Stamp Sets: Just Believe ( 120453), With Love & Caring (retired)
Inks: Old Olive marker (100079), Baja Breeze marker (120965), Crumb Cake (121030), Basic Black (101197)
Paper: Concord Crush (119792), Baja Breeze (111352), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), Neutrals Patterns DSP (117157)
Tools: Big Shot (113349), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138), Decorative Label punch (120907)
Embellishments: Baja Breeze Seam Binding (122331), Linen Thread (104199), Vintage Trinkets (118764), Bitty Buttons (118761), Basic Pearls (119247)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fast & Fun!

Yesterday evening was spent putting together these sweet little cards.  They are actually invitations for Skyeler's upcoming birthday party.  He gave his input on colours and his consent to the button! Boy they get opinionated, don't they? ;)  Ever since I saw the I Dig You set in the new catalogue I had to have it...with three little boys I'm pretty sure it's going to get regular inking!

Tips & Techniques:
  • Need a background in a snap?  Embossing folders are always up to the occasion! Here I've used the new Stripes folder for added texture.
  • Create a colourful image easily using Stampin' Write markers directly on your rubber stamp. 
  • A brights button adorned with some white Baker's Twine provides the finishing touch...and a little extra fun!
Tomorrow will bring another sneak peek from the Holiday just has so many fun new stamps, beautiful paper and fabric, and, my favourite, embellishments!

Need a copy of the new Holiday Mini Catalogue? If you are in Canada and would like a FREE copy of the Holiday Mini Catalogue sent to you, please email me your address.

Going, going...Don't forget that the Summer Mini will be gone at the end of this here to shop for your favourites before they are gone!  Don't forget that the gorgeous Designer Series Paper in the Mini are included as part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Promotion.

Stamp Sets: I Dig You (122722)
Inks: Stampin' Write Markers in Real Red (100052), Pumpkin Pie (105115), Pacific Point (120968), Daffodil Delight (119677), Wild Wasabi (120975), Marina Mist (119679), Basic Gray (120966)
Paper: Marina Mist (119682), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Strips Embossing Folder (123128)
Embellishments: Brights Designer Buttons (119747), White Baker's Twine (124262)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spice Cake? Yes Please!

First off I must apologize for the quality of my photos.  I don't know what is going on with my camera!

When my "Top 10" list for the new Holiday Mini posts on September 1 you're going to see the Spice Cake paper and fabric really close to the top.  The colours are so yummy and soft.  This card also features the Gently Falling stamp set coming soon!

Tips & Techniques
  • The leaf was watercoloured using an Aqua Painter and More Mustard, Soft Suede and Pool Party ink pads for a truly lifelike look.
  • I dusted off the sewing machine for the edges of this card. It is such a seemingly small thing that packs a mighty punch!
  • Use paper snips to piece out your sentiment for a more unusual word display. 
  • You can't tell from the pictures but this card is 'dimensionalized' to the max...each layer is popped up for pizazz!
BUY 3, GET 1 FREE!  Stock up on your favourite Designer Series Paper with this fantastic promotion.  Don't delay, this offer will expire on August 31...use the link below to shop directly from my website today!

Need a copy of the new Holiday Mini Catalogue?  If you are in Canada and would like a FREE copy of the Holiday Mini Catalogue sent to you, please email me your address.

Stamp Sets: Gently Falling (coming soon), Occasions Alphabet (123598)
Inks: Soft Suede (115657), More Mustard (103162), Pool Party (122938)
Paper: More Mustard (100946), Soft Suede (115318), Spice Cake DSP (coming soon)
Embellishments: Linen Thread (104199)
Tools: 1 3/8 Square Punch (119877), 1 1/4 Square Punch (119865), Aqua Painters (103954), sewing machine

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Beautiful Hello

It really is a beautiful hello for me!  Are you still alive or have you died of shock at seeing a post on here?  :) 

I could get into the details of my extended absence but I won't.  You're really here to see something stampy and pretty, not read my ramblings!  Here is a card I created with the adorable 'Hello' stamp from the Summer Mini.  Love it?  Get it now because in 8 days it's going to be gone!

I really "pimped out" the one above with bling, layers, buttons...even layered buttons!  Sometimes I do get a little carried away with my embellishments.  Ah well, use 'em or...well, they retire! ;)  Here is another one that I simplified to use in a class. 

If you want to make this card there is still time to RSVP for my Basic & Beautiful class on Thursday evening at 7:30.  Use the link to my website to sign up quickly and easily!

Come and visit me again tomorrow to see a preview from the new Holiday Mini that is going to rock your socks! 

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