Friday, August 18, 2017

Colorful Seasons for The Paper Players

Happy Friday! And I'm happy to be able to play along with The Paper Players this week finally! It's been quite awhile. They have a colour challenge going on over there and I thought it was a good time to use a little fall design with my Colorful Seasons bundle. It's so great for year round designs, so I wanted to show you the versatility of the set.

Here's the challenge banner:

These are really tropical colours, but I thought they could also be early fall colours, when the foliage is mostly green, and just beginning to show a little hint of orange.

  • I love the sentiment. It is versatile as well: could be a birthday, a wedding, a retirement, an anniversary - you name it!
  • My favourites are the lacy leaves as I like to call them, die cut using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, part of the bundle. They make such a statement on a card, and they are so easy to die cut!
  • I wanted to off set the layers a bit for an asymmetrical look. 
And that's all, folks! Enjoy your weekend! Don't forget to cash in your Bonus Days coupons before the end of August!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Painted Harvest For Fall Weather

I am actually looking forward to fall weather! I usually am pretty reluctant to see the warm summer days go, but this year, our lovely sunny days have been marred by smoke! This has been one of the worst years ever for wild fires in British Columbia, and with several weeks left in fire season, could end up being the worst ever in terms of hectares burned. All the fires have caused the air quality to be extremely poor and many days it was not pleasant being outdoors and hard on your lungs and eyes.

So, cooler weather, with sweaters, frost, RAIN, and pumpkin spice anything is sounding pretty welcoming right now! I was very excited to celebrate that with my first card using a gorgeous new stamp set from the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalogue called *Painted Harvest. If you were to ask me what the best thing from the new catalogue was, I think I would have to choose this set. The art work is stunning and you can create some absolutely gorgeous fall scenes with it. Pair it with the coordinating *Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and bundle it with the *Leaf Punch, and you've got yourself an incredible set.

*Products from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2017.

Here's what I came up with:

  • The sunflowers actually use 3 step stamping to get to where you see them here. I like to start with the more detailed stamp in a darker colour. Here, I used Peekaboo Peach. Then I stamp the background colour in Crushed Curry and finally, the center in Early Espresso. I kind of love how they turned out. I fussy cut them because there are no framelits to go along with this set.
  • The leaves are also 2 step stamping. The 3 leaf twig is stamped first in Early Espresso and then in Garden Green, while the frond-like leaf is Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry. While I also had to fussy cut the frond-like leaf, the other leaf could be punched using the new *Leaf Punch, which is part of the bundle with this stamp set.
  • The sentiment is from the new *Labels to Love stamp set, also from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue. It pairs with the new *Everyday Label Punch, but is not with the bundle. I first stamped the frame using Early Espresso ink, then inked up the sentiment using Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers.
  • The background panel is from the *Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, which is handpainted and gorgeous in it's own right! I created some texture using Linen Thread and Burlap Ribbon, and added a few Enamel Dots.
*Products from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2017.

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*Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp Set, *Painted Harvest Bundle. *Labels to Love Stamp Set, *Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, *Leaf Punch, *Everyday Label Punch

*Products from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2017.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Card Front Builder for Colour Throwdown

Whew! It's been a wonderful but tiring week! I will be saying good-bye this morning to the last of my daughters to leave and the house will be silent once more except for the memories of the little voices and squeals and laughter that took over everything the last eight days or so. It hasn't been without some problems though. My middle daughter and her hubby were on their way home from an afternoon out together while we watched their kids, when a driver ran a red light and hit them. They were at the last intersection before home, too! Their car was totaled, although they only had minor injuries, thank heavens. The rest of their visit was mostly taken up with hunting for a new car, new car seats, insurance and police reports (they were assigned 0% blame) and that kind of spoiled the amount of time we could spend together. On the other hand, I got lots of one-on-one time with my grandsons and granddaughter this week and that has been priceless! Love all the hugs and snuggles!

Cedar's new fall outfit featuring purple and Frozen!
Jaimie and Kris after their near escape from "Exit Kelowna"!

Kesten's cool new threads! 
Kris sporting a new haircut and a mean seat belt burn post accident!

But back to reality and I wanted to use some products from the Carols of Christmas bundle to create a sample to show you today, and to convince you that you absolutely need this in your holiday greeting toolbox this year. There are sooo many possibilities for using it. I had thought to pair the Card Front Builder Thinlits with some of the stamps from the Carols of Christmas stamp set that you can purchase early from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue, but I ended up only using the Thinlits and pairing them with a sentiment from Merry Mistletoe.

The folks over at Color Throwdown #455 have a beautiful colour challenge this week and, even though it's not a traditional Christmas palette, I thought it would look beautiful in a snow scene. Here's the inspiration banner:
Here's how my card turned out:

  • Over the base of thick Whisper White cardstock, I added a piece of regular Whisper White brayered with gradients of Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Bermuda Bay, my best estimates of the colours in the inspiration banner. Believe it or not, it was my first time using the sponge brayer that Stampin' Up! has now and I was surprisingly impressed. I felt it was easier to get good coverage without a lot of lines with this than with the old hard brayer.
  • With the Card Front Builder Thinlits, I die cut the moon and stars and the fir trees from another piece of Whisper White that was 1/8" less in width and length. The sponged paper showed up in the spaces die cut and around the edge in a thin border.
  • I stamped the sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set by inking it up in Flirty Flamingo, then adding some Sweet Sugarplum part way up and some Bermuda Bay ink at the top.
  • I embossed the whole layer with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and added it to the card front on top of the brayered layer.

  • The trees that had been die cut, I covered with Embossing Paste as if it had been snow settling on the branches and the ground, then sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over it, before heating it with the Heat Tool to puff it up and dry it . I mounted them with dimensionals off-setting them over the negative openings made when die-cutting. I wish the photos did justice to the sparkly snow here.

If I've managed to impress you with this bundle, contact me to order yours today! If not, check out my Pinterest Board that shows you more beautiful possibilities for this stamp set and thinlit bundle. If you were smart enough to earn one or more Bonus Days coupons in July, you can use them now to help you pay for your Carols of Christmas bundle. Just let me know your Coupon Code or enter it yourself if you order online.

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