Monday, May 29, 2017

Rose Wonder and One Day Craft Crop to Aid Refugees

Saturday was the One Day Craft Crop to Aid Refugees that I have been planning for several weeks. We did most of the set up on Friday night so that we were already to go at 9:00 am and people started arriving around 8:45 am. The day was beautiful which meant that we had lots of natural light in the church lobby and there's was lots of room for all 29 participants. There were a lot of scrapbookers and an equal number of card makers and we had a few other interesting crafts as well!

My friend, Janice and her crew cooked up some amazing meals, and our pastor's wife, Nikki, came in twice on her day off just to run our specialty coffee bar for a couple of hours! We had lots of muscles, male and female, helping with the set up and take down and hauling my equipment back and forth, including my dear hubby, Ken! I'll share a few photos of the day in a bit, but first I wanted to share one card that I made at the retreat.

Because I was hosting, I didn't have a lot of time to craft, but I did get some things done and one of my main goals was to make a birthday card for my friend, Lorraine, who was helping me all week with the preparations for the event! Her birthday was over two weeks ago, so it was long overdue, but we both had been travelling, and working on this event, so this was the first opportunity! I used the rose stamp from the set, Rose Wonder and enjoyed myself with the Watercolour Pencils and Blender Pens!

  • The first step was to stamp the image in Versamark ink on Whisper White paper and heat emboss it using White Stampin' Emboss Powder. That gives you a nice boundary for all the areas you will be colouring in with the Watercolour Pencils. It also gives a nice, soft look to the finished image.
  • I used the Rich Razzleberry Watercolour pencil to colour at the base of each petal where it joins the flower or where it emerges from under another petal. That changed toward the center, as it looked to me as if the petals stopped curling outward, and stood upright to form the tighter core of the rose. The Blender Pen is used lightly to blend that colour toward the center of the petal. 
  • Then I used the Melon Mambo Watercolour pencil to add a thin line of colour at the outer edge of each petal and next to the Rich Razzleberry. Again, the Blender Pen was used to draw the colour to the center of the petal from both top and bottom.
  • For the leaf, I used Old Olive and Daffodil Delight in the same way.
  • The sentiment is from Rose Wonder and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink, and outlined with the image from the Rose Wonder set stamped in Garden Green. The Rose Garden Thinlit Dies have a die to cut that exact shape. It's hard to catch the background paper of the card in this photo, but it is a card base of Rich Razzleberry and a backing of Garden Green.

Only 3 more sleeps until the new Annual Catalogue comes out and the old Annual Catalogue and the 2017 Occasions Catalogue are history! Make sure you get your orders in before it's too late. I am putting in an order today which will likely be my last one for the retiring products so message me with your order before 7 pm.

Here are more photos of our fun at the One Day Craft Crop to Aid Refugees!

Pre-event set-up!

 Some of the fun people attending the Crop!

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

At Home With You The Clock is Ticking

I'm excited to preview another new stamp set and framelit bundle from the new 2017-18 Annual Catalogue! I've been itching to use this set ever since I saw it demonstrated at the OnStage Event in Calgary in April! You're going to love it, I know, especially since it is so versatile. It's called the At Home With You Bundle* and consists of the At Home With You stamp set* and At Home Framelits Dies*. Besides being the coolest front door ever, that opens to reveal any message or image you want inside, it has accessories that will dress it up for any season. It's going to be amazing for Christmas cards especially when you pair it with the new Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments*! It has spring and summer wrapped up with the flower pot and flower wreath, and autumn is amazing with sunflowers and pumpkins.

You can use it for a House Warming gift, or a Hospitality Thank You, or a warm I Miss You card. Trust me on this one - it's going to be a staple in your craft stash!

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

Here I used it as a thank you card with a personal touch:

  • With the wood grain door, stamped and die cut from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack*, I thought a crisp, clean palette of white, yellow and navy would make a good contrast.
  • The door was stamped with the Basic Black Archival Ink (and the stamp immediately cleaned to avoid staining) and die cut with three of the framelits from the At Home Framelits* set. One cut the outline of the whole door. One die cut the window panes and one cut the door on three sides and scored on the third so it would open.
  • The three accessories I used were the flower wreath, the welcome mat and the flower basket. The mat was stamped in Night of Navy, while the other two were stamped in Basic Black Archival in and coloured with Stampin' Write Markers in Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz. Each accessory has its own coordinating die to make it so easy to cut them out and add to your card.
  • As you can see, I stamped another secret greeting inside the door, making sure none of it would show through the die cut windows at the top.

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

If you have your catalogue already, this set is on page 54. Mark it and think about how useful it would be! Add it to your wish list, which is no doubt growing very large about now!

The Clock is Ticking!!

Next Wednesday is the last day to order products from the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue and the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. Retiring stamps sets now are available only while supplies last! Make sure you don't miss out! 

This weekend, I will be hosting the One Day Craft Crop to Aid Refugees, and I will likely be placing two orders next week: one on Monday, May 29th for the Retiring Products, and one on June 1st for new Annual Catalogue Orders. Message me with your orders and I will see that yours get submitted with the rest.

Here are some samples of retiring stamp sets that you might want to get before they are no more:


From Land to Sea (and Gorgeous Grunge)

And these are just a few! Don't miss out on something you love!

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.