Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wow! Overload!!

Goodness! I can't believe it! My brain is on overload, I guess! I forgot to do a post for this morning, and I never forgot to do that! I can't remember the last time I forgot. Oh, well, the world didn't fall apart and it's probably a good thing because tomorrow is the launch of the new Holiday Catalogue, so I'll do a post for that and you'll get a bonus this week!

Today is the last day to order your Thoughtful Branches Bundle and I'm putting in an order very shortly so you have to message me quickly to get in on it!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Last Call for the Thoughtful Branches Bundles

It's been a long time since I've seen a stamp set and die bundle that has as many incarnations as the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  I could play with them for a long time and still not exhaust the possibilities. But time did run out on me and I wanted to give you one last design before they weren't available anymore, which will be the end of August. This idea I ran into on Pinterest, and, since yesterday my hubby remarked that "Today it feels like fall!", I thought a pumpkin would be an appropriate image. I've added the flourish from the Flourish Thinlits, because I think it works so well as a pumpkin vine, but otherwise it's all the Beautiful Branches Thinlit dies creating the pumpkin. Can you believe it?!

I also wanted to do a couple of challenges, so I went for the new Paper Player's Challenge for the Layout:

And I used the Fab Friday colour palette:

which was a bit of a challenge for this subject matter, I have to say!

  • The card base is Dapper Denim and I was going to use some of the Designer Series Paper Stack designs for Sweet Sugarplum, when I decided to make my own using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set* from the new Holiday Catalogue that you'll be able to order from starting on this Thursday, Sept.1! I added several of the photopolymer stamps to an E clear block and added some Sweet Sugarplum ink and started to fill up the page. Here's what it looked like before adding all the other elements:
*New Product from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2016.
  • I die cut two of the blossom die cuts, one in Peekaboo Peach and one in Flirty Flamingo, using the Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot Die Brush to get all the little bits of paper out of the die and the die cut. I layered the Peekaboo Peach over the Flirty Flamingo die cut, offsetting it  a bit to create a warmer and darker appearing orange for the pumpkin base. The tree trunk die, cut in Emerald Envy works well as the stalk of the pumpkin, when turned upside down and glued behind the blossom die cuts.
  • I also used the Precision Base to die cut the flourish from the Flourish Thinlits in Emerald Envy to use as the Pumpkin Vine.
  • The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners stamp set and is stamped in Dapper Denim and punched with the Classic Label Punch, then trimmed with Paper Snips right to the boundary of the label border. This makes it a bit smaller than the punched image, so I was able to punch a second Classic Label shape from Dapper Denim and mount the sentiment on that. 
  • Both the pumpkin and the sentiment are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.
This past week, I had my three girls and their families home for various amounts of time, culminating in one glorious day where everyone managed to be in the same place at the same time!! I had all 6 grandbabies in the house at once, and while it was chaos, it was also wonderful and I can't tell you how much better I felt after lots of hugs, kisses and laughs! What a tonic! Wish I could bottle it! I'm so tired right now but it's a good tired, as I prepare for my next class tomorrow: my first Christmas Stamper's Dozen, which is full! Here are a few photos of the visit:

Snuggling my two granddaughters by Okanagan Lake! One is 2 and one is just 3 months old!

                                  Me and my three daughters, each with her youngest child.

My hubby got in on this one plus one of my older grandsons, Kesten!

This is what happens when you try to take a family photo just before bedtime! Pandemonium! It was impossible. My oldest grandson, Parker, managed to cut his foot just before we started, my middle grandson, Wyatt, was having a wee meltdown, and Kesten decided to be mischievous. Gone are the days when you can just hold them still. We just had to laugh and chalk it up to the time of day!

After the kids were finally in bed, we played a hilarious home-made game of "Watch Yo Mouth"! I haven't laughed so hard in years!

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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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.

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Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack*

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