Friday, August 26, 2016

Guy Greetings for a Masculine Vintage Birthday


It was the BBQ birthday party for a good friend of the family a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to create a masculine birthday card for him, so I turned to an old favourite stamp set, Guy Greetings, but paired it with some new Designer Series Paper and texture stamps to get a vintage look.

My post today is a bit abbreviated, as I have eight extra people in the house, four of whom are squirmy, wiggly, giggly little ones as my family gathers for its yearly summer get together and we are waiting for my last daughter and her family to arrive tonight. The house is chaos but it's all good and I have had so many wonderful grandbaby snuggles!

Here's a closer look at the card:


  • You might recognize the pattern from Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack in the background of the card, but behind the antique card, there is a new pattern from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack* from the new Holiday Catalogue.
  • I've stamped the images from Guy Greetings in either Early Espresso Ink or Soft Suede, and added texture from either the Timeless Textures stamp set or the Touches of Texture stamp set, both from the new Annual Catalogue. Everything has been sponged with Soft Suede ink around the edges to enhance the vintage look.
  • I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Guy Greetings, stamped in Early Espresso and die cut it using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelit Dies. I die cut it twice, making it shorter than normal and then die cut a normal sized backing from Soft Suede cardstock.
*New Products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2016.

Just a reminder that you only have a few days left to order the beautiful Thoughtful Branches Bundle, only available until Aug. 31.



Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.


Product List


Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack*

*New Products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2016.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Paper Pumpkin and Bogo Deal for New Subscribers

It's a wonderful card kit for August's Paper Pumpkin and if you don't have your kit yet and would rather have the surprise of finding out for yourself, you might want to skip this post. If not, enjoy the next video from Paper Pumpkin, highlighting the August kit:


         



If you would be interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, but have not yet given it a try, this deal is for you:


Offer Dates: August 11–October 10, 2016
Offer Details: Use promo code “BOGO” at PaperPumpkin.ca, you’ll pay the regular price of $26.95 CAD and get your second month for FREE! If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free. If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free.

The Fine Print:
  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, you cannot cancel or suspend your subscription during your first two months—if you do, the offer is void. You can’t put your subscription on hold or cancel until after the first two full months.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).


And here are another couple of reminders from Stampin' Up! First, don't forget to redeem your Bonus Days coupons before the end of August! You worked hard to earn them! Why leave money sitting on the table!



You only have 1 week left to order the wonderful Thoughtful Branches Bundle before it is gone for good! This is one of the most beautiful and versatile sets I have ever seen, so don't miss out. It's only available until August 31st, while supplies last. Call or text me at 250-768-7379 or email me to get your orders in. Or shop anytime at my On-Line Store.




Monday, August 22, 2016

Paisleys and Posies for the Pals


Well, I got out my new Paisleys and Posies stamp set* yesterday with the intention of making a nice warm and inviting fall card, but I ended up going in a totally different direction! As I sat there staring at all the beautiful paisley shapes, I felt like I just didn't quite know how to put them all together to make a design that I wanted. I didn't really know what design I was looking for. I thought about all the paisley prints I had seen in my life and you know what came to mind most often? Neckerchiefs! That's right! The western style bandannas worn by all the good cowpokes out on the range. And hippies... all the hippies wore them, too! I wore them during the sixties!




















So what emerged was a western design, with the paisleys featured on a bandanna! It roughly (ahem) fits the sketch from Pals Paper Arts Challenge this past week:


Some of the products I used for this card are current products and some are sneak peeks of products you will find in the up-coming Holiday Catalogue.


  • I used Real Red cardstock to make the bandanna, using my Stampin' Trimmer to cut in in roughly the shape I wanted, then rounding corners with the Project Life Corner Rounding Punch and making the neck curve using one of the Layering Oval dies. I arranged some of the Paisley and Posies* stamps on a large clear mount base and stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on the red cardstock. Then I filled in any gaps with a couple of the smaller designs.
  • With a Blender Pen and some White Craft Ink I added some white highlights to the paisleys on the bandanna. It really reminds me of the ones I used to wear.
  • I was dying to try out the new Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder* and originally thought that I would just have the bandanna sit over that used on some Very Vanilla cardstock. But when I added the boots and the sentiment on the Very Vanilla as well, there wasn't enough contrast. I decided to just use a strip of the Cable Knit* embossed paper on top of some of the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack* paper, which looks very western as well and that added the colour difference I needed.
  • The boots are from the Country Living stamp set in the Annual Catalogue and I used a Blender Pen with some Soft Suede and Crumb Cake ink to shade them in. The sentiment is from the Paisley and Posies stamp set* and is stamped in the Memento ink. The bottom part of this is trimmed with the Stampin Trimmer, but the boots at the top are hand snipped. Some White Thick Baker's Twine was coiled and added behind the boots for an addition touch of western charm.
*New Products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2016.


Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.


Product List

Paisleys and Posies stamp set*, Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder*, Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack*

*New Products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2016.