Friday, July 21, 2017

By the Sea for The Paper Players

When I saw the The Paper Players had a Summer Fun in the Water challenge this week, I couldn't resist! I know you must be getting tired of seascapes but I'm pretty addicted, I'm afraid and I had another reason - I wanted to try another technique with Embossing Paste - adding sand to it, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Here's The Paper Players' Challenge #353 banner:

Isn't that appealing? I love the beach and so happy that we got our kayak this year to get us there more often. But enough of that. Here's my card:

  • The first thing I noticed was that my sponged horizon was crooked. I don't know about you, but I have the worst time with ovals and keeping them straight. They look good to me at the time, but as soon as I see them from a distance or in the photo, I realize that they were crooked. I'm sure it's a genetic eye or brain condition called Ovalitis Nonparallelectoplasm. Does anyone else suffer from that??
  • I used some Post-It Notes tape to tape off the sand and the water when I was sponging them and a reverse oval mask for the whole shape. The sand area was sponged in Sahara Sand. (I managed to overcome my disability for that part somehow!) The sea was sponged in Soft Sky and stamped with the wave stamp from High Tide in Bermuda Bay. The sky was sponged in Soft Sky very lightly with a light touch of Flirty Flamingo to echo the background panels.
  • Then it was time to play with the Embossing Paste. I mixed up a little and coloured it with Sahara Sand ink. I used 1 drop of the refill, but off to one side so I could pull in as much colour as I wanted, and I did not use it all. Then I added maybe a teaspoon full of decorative sand and mixed it well. With the mask still in place, I spread it over the sand area. 
  • Due to the sand mixed in with the Embossing Paste, it went on fairly thick, but I was amazed at how fast it dried even then. I did help it along a bit with the Heat Tool. It definitely creates a 3D effect. I stamped some grass bunches in Always Artichoke on the edge.
  • The starfish and scallop shell are from Seaside Shore, stamped and cut out by hand, and the lighthouse is a two step stamping image from High Tide. Neither have matching framelits and must be fussy cut. The sentiment is from So Many Shells, and you will have guessed that it's one of my favourites!
It's Friday, woo hoo! so have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beach yourself! Maybe we'll get time for a paddle in our kayak!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cherries, Piggies and Paper Pumpkins

It's been crazy busy around here this past week! The cherry harvest is ready and we've been picking red, ripe, juicy cherries like crazy and having other people over to pick some for themselves.  

We only have one cherry tree, but each year it produces hundreds of pounds of cherries, no matter how brutally we prune it back in the spring! The harvest was a bit late this year due to a cold, sunless spring, but it was definitely worth waiting for!  

In between all this, we found a fifth wheel to buy and took possession of that today. We have not yet managed to park it in our driveway, which is steep! That is a learning curve for sure. It's sitting in our neighbour's driveway for now, but I will post pictures later. It's a small one, second hand and fairly old, but in excellent shape and perfect for us! They made things with really good quality back then!

I needed some thank you cards and decided to get out one of my favourite new stamp sets: This Little Piggy to make it:

In all the busyness, I received my July Paper Pumpkin, but have only just had time to glance at it! But from what I saw, I'm looking forward to some quiet me time to put it together. In the meantime, I'll show you the official Paper Pumpkin Video on it:


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Carols of Christmas Card Front Builder for Freshly Made Sketches

I know! I know! Christmas in July is really pushing it! But Christmas starts early in the papercrafting world and we have a marvellous promotion or two on now that deals with this particular bundle, so I wanted to show you all the great things you can do with it! I don't want you to miss out on anything, you know! The bundle is called Carols of Christmas and has a great coordinating die set called Card Front Builder Thinlits, which I wanted to feature in this card. I'm using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches' latest challenge for the layout:

I'll show you what this bundle can do, and then I'll review the two promotions that involve this Carols of Christmas set.

  • I really love the frame you can make for your cards using one of the Card Front Builder Thinlits. It fits a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of cardstock, or foil in this case and you run it through the Big Shot twice, once at one end of the cardstock and once at the other end. I used it on a Copper Foil Sheet, which has been languishing in my cupboard for a while for some reason, and I love the effect, especially when paired with Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler.
  • I started with this frame sitting right on the Cherry Cobbler, but it just didn't show up enough against the dark Cherry Cobbler card base so I added a piece of Whisper White that measures slightly larger, 5 3/8" x 4 1/8". That really popped it to life.
  • I stamped the main sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. It's the perfect font for embossing letters, with the fancy details inside the letters looking like highlights.
  • The ornaments were stamped with Basic Black Archival ink on Copper Foil Sheets and then there are coordinating dies in the Card Front Builder Thinlits to die cut them, as there are for the leaves and the poinsettia you see under the sentiment. The poinsettia is also part of a corner cut-a-way die that can be used as part of a shaker card or just a corner embellishment.

  • I used a permanent marker to add the strings for the ornaments as I wanted them arranged differently than they are in the stamps.
  • The little banner under the sentiment square is from the challenge sketch and was die cut with a die from the Bunches of Banners Framelits.

 So, the Carols of Christmas Bundle will be available for you to order in August! Meanwhile, you can help save up for that bundle in July, by stocking up on basics or taking care of your wishlist from the new Annual Catalogue and earning a $6 Bonus Days Coupon for every $60 you spend in July, which you can redeem only in August, and use, if you want, on this bundle! Or any other product from the current Catalogue, but this bundle will help give you a headstart on your Christmas greeting cards, as it is an Early Release from the up coming Holiday Catalogue which comes out in September.

The other promotion involving this Carols of Christmas stamp set is the Christmas in July recruiting promotion. If you decide to join my team, The Papercraft Cats, during the month of July only, Stampin' Up! will add an extra $94 in free products to the already great deal that you get in the Starter Kit, with no tax or shipping charges. For only $135, you get $165 worth of any products you choose from the Annual Catalogue, a free business package with catalogues and order forms, a free Paper Pumpkin kit and, for July only, a free Essentials Gift Pack worth $94, including the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set!! This is the time to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! Be among the first to see the new Holiday Catalogue and be able to order from it a whole month earlier than the public! And then take advantage of 20% Demo discounts for at least 4 months on all your favourite Stampin' Up! products! Does that sound too good to be true? "What's the catch?" you ask. Well, honestly, there is none! You don't need to carry a risky inventory. You just need to make a minimum amount in sales in every quarter to keep your demonstrator status. If you don't, you just lose your status and that's it. Call or text me at 250-768-7379 to get more information. If you're ready to sign up, click Join My Team, and follow the prompts.

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**Carols of Christmas Stamp Set, * Card Builder Front Thinlits   *Available August 1.
**Available Aug. 1 or in a Starter Kit.