Friday, January 19, 2018

Painted with Love Shaker Card for Freshly Made Sketches

Don't you love killing two birds with one stone? Well, not literally! I mean being able to complete two tasks by doing one! Today was a good example. I have a Catalogue Launch coming up on Saturday, so I've been working on samples from the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochure for that. I was planning on creating a shaker Valentine card using the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the new Gold Glitter Flakes. I've also been dying to enter a card challenge and the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week seemed like a good fit. I took a quick look at the sketch:

and designed my card.

The location of the shaker cut out was, in large part, determined by the locations of the gold foil on the paper, trying to keep as much of it as possible. But my memory of the sketch was also skewed by my annoying Left/Right disability. If you tell me to turn left, I really have to concentrate to remember which way that is. Luckily, I grew up playing the piano, because that's how I remember which is which, imagining my hands on the keyboard. Anyone else have this problem besides me?

I didn't stop to think about it this time, and once I'd already cut my shaker opening, I realized that it was on the wrong side for the sketch, but decided to go ahead and enter it any way!

  • Location aside, I really like this design and you can't go wrong with this Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper! It's so rich and luscious with all those broad brush strokes and gold foil that anything you make with it is going to look good!
  • I used the Sweet & Sassy Framelit dies to die cut all the heart shapes in this card, including the shaker card opening, the frame for the shaker opening and the other hearts on the card front.
  • I love the combination of the Calypso Coral, the Blushing Bride and the Gold. So pretty.

  • I took the heart shape that I had die cut from the shaker opening and reversed it to show through the Window Sheet window. I used the Amazing You stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure to stamp the words You are simply.. on it.
  • Foam Adhesive Strips are perfect for forming a barrier around the area where the gold glitter needs to go and are double adhesive sided so that you can stick it to the window sheet and another piece of cardstock behind to lock in the Gold Glitter Flakes.
  • The die cut sentiment is from the Celebrate You Thinlit set from the SAB Brochure as well. It is one of the two Level 2 rewards for spending $120 in one order.

This is a BIG way to earn rewards during Sale-A-Bration! And there are many ways to do it! You could join my Stamp Club. My last host earned $125 in rewards plus a half price item! That extra $35 in Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration for qualifying orders really makes a huge difference!

You could host your own party by inviting some friends over to have some fun stamping! You earn the rewards from their orders!

You could host a Facebook Party or a Catalogue Party. The ideas are only limited by your imagination! Let's get together and figure out a way for you to take advantage of this great offer in a way that feels right for you!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hedgehugs and Thank-yous

Good morning! I originally bought this Hedgehugs stamp set, because I thought it would make a great set for my Valentine Mom & Me class in February, but it has a lot of other cute as button uses to it as well. Here, I'm using it for a thank you card for my customer orders on a little 3" x 3" base.

Yesterday was my birthday, but I also had a team meeting to conduct in the evening and prep for it during the day, so I found myself writing my blog post quite late at night. So I decided to give myself a birthday present and make the post a short one, with a video or two in it!

Here's a closer look at my Thank You cards:

  • On the Crumb Cake base, I mounted a 2 3/4" square piece of Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.
  • The images were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out with either a 2" or a 2 1/2"  Circle punch, depending on the image.
  • The cards were assembled and a sweet little linen thread bow added to each with a Glue Dot.
  • Easy peasy but cute. They will fit perfectly in the 3" x 3" envelopes.
Now, here are some great videos about the new Occasions catalogue:

The Petal Passion Suite:


The Cake Soiree Bundle:


The Charming Cafe Bundle:


There you have it! Happy Birthday to me!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Cake Soiree and Happy Wishes for Freshly Made Sketches

 Had some fun with some of my new stamp sets yesterday afternoon. I wanted to try out my double stamp set, Happy Wishes, which is one of the Level Two Sale-A-Bration rewards, meaning you can earn it when you spend $120 on one order, before tax & shipping. It has some awesome sentiments that go along with two more decorative large sentiments and you can mix and match to make sayings for virtually any occasion. But the large panel needed something more so I added a birthday cake from the Cake Soiree stamp set, also a double set. And to get the effect I wanted on the "Best" sentiment, I decided I was going to use the baby wipes technique to make my own multicoloured stamp set.

I'm entering this card in the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #319, which looks like this:

This is a nice open sketch which allows you to do almost anything, yet you can still keep things clean and fresh. Take a closer look at what I decided to do with it:

  • I chose a bit of a tropical palette for this card. I think it's a secret cry for rescue from the snow and cold and grey skies.
  • With Thick Whisper White cardstock for the card base, I added on a layer of Calypso coral cardstock, embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder. Then I added a layer from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series paper, which is horizontal Bermuda Bay stripes.
  • I stamped my Whisper White cardstock panel with the Best stamp from Happy Wishes. To get the shaded tones, I took out a bunch of baby wipes and folded them to make a sort of stamp pad. I added the colours I wanted from reinkers (see colours above.) Then I used it like a stamp pad, getting that variation of colour shading from top to bottom. It's an easy technique and fun to use.
  • I stamped the cake at the top of the same panel and coloured in the floral designs with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. Even with the fine tips though, some of these designs were just too small to be totally accurate. The Colour Lifter came in handy, but couldn't get it pristine, however it still looks good. By the way, when using the Stampin' Blends, you need to stamp the black image using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink so that it won't run or bleed. The other sentiments were also stamped with this ink.
  • The die cut top sentiment was cut with the label from the Petals & More Thinlits. I cropped it down smaller so that you could see the Calypso Coral backing.

Last May, I helped to host a 1 Day Craft Retreat in the spacious, sunny lobby of our church, to raise money to support a Syrian Refugee Family we are sponsoring and hoping will finally make it to Canada by the summer. I am repeating that event this coming Saturday, March 3, from 9 AM to         9 PM. The lobby is a great space for crafting and space is filling up fast. Lunch and dinner will be provided and everyone will be asked to bring snacks to share. The cost is $50 per person. Here is the link where you can register:  1 Day Craft Retreat! There will be goodie bags, make & takes, the meals I mentioned, beverages, and challenges to play during the day! Plus great door prizes! Don't wait too long to register!

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.

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