Friday, June 23, 2017

July's Free Tutorial Features Bike Ride and Embossing Paste!


As you know, if you've been following my blog, subscribers to my monthly newsletter are able to download from that newsletter, a free photo-tutorial each month. In the up-coming July issue, the free tutorial will consist of a card that features the new Bike Ride Bundle and gets you playing with Stampin' Up!'s new embossing paste!

I had a blast with this set AND with the embossing paste! I can tell you, I'm going to be using both a lot more in the future. The Bike Ride Photopolymer stamp set is one of the best I've found so far for two step stamping. Your images come out so precise! I was so pleased with the outcomes. And the Build a Bike Framelits are extremely accurate as well. Everything fits together like a glove!

And then there's the embossing paste! It's so easy to just experiment with and have fun! The only proviso is that you need to keep up with the clean up so it doesn't dry on your tools and masks!

Here's a closer look at the card:


  • I felt that the Embossing Paste with a hint of blue in it, used with the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks would make a perfect back drop for the bike. On my first try, I used a single drop of Bermuda Bay, right into the dollop of embossing paste on my Silicone Craft Sheet. It turned out to be much too intense in colour. For my second attempt, I added a drop of Soft Sky to the craft sheet, but only gradually mixed some of it into the paste as needed for the colour intensity I wanted.
  • Using the Palette Knives to mix it and spread it over the mask is super simple and gives great results! Don't be afraid to play with it. It dries fairly quickly depending on the thickness of the layer!
  • The way the stamp set and dies work together is another learning curve that I will sort out for you on the tutorial. I was actually kind of surprised that Stampin' Up! didn't make a video for this bundle, as it was a trial and error process for myself! But don't worry! I've made all the errors and done the trials for you, so you can experience success right off the bat.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Birthday Buffet Options


Oops! I was so absorbed, getting my samples completed and posted for my Birthday Buffet class coming up this Saturday, that I completely forgot to do a post for today! Oh, well, better late than never, I suppose.

I thought I would just let you in on all the 8 designs I came up with for the class. I'm asking the participants to let me know ahead of time how many of each they will be wanting to make so I have some idea of how many to prepare.

I wanted a variety of cards to meet everyone's needs and they had to be simple so they wouldn't need a lot of demonstration and wouldn't take a lot of time to do. Participants have only 3 hours to complete from 6 to 16 cards, depending on how many they want to do.

Here are the designs:


This is a juvenile design, but would be fun for anyone. It features the Cool Treats stamp set and some retired Designer Series Paper Stacks I would like to use up a bit more of! It's a bright and cheery design!


This is the other juvenile design, based on the new Birthday Delivery Suite and featuring images die cut  from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper with the Birthday Friends Framelits. Easy to make, but fun to look at.


Collage stamped with the Oh, So Eclectic stamp set and a sentiment from Birthday Blossoms, this lovely feminine design will have universal appeal.


With an image from Big on Birthdays, and a background embossed with the new Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder, this is the second feminine design.


Going nautical is always a great idea for a masculine card and with the bold sentiment from Big on Birthdays in Night of Navy as a focal point, it creates a great card for any guy.


Most guys like motorcycles, even if it's just the idea of them. One Wild Ride, along with the new Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing folder creates a great masculine card.


Like a little humour in your cards? Here's one for anyone getting a little older, but who can take a joke about it! If you can't laugh at life, why bother, eh? This one uses a great little sentiment set called Five for All and the At Home with You bundle for the opening door. There's also a little secret message inside the opening door, courtesy of Teeny Tiny Wishes!


A generic card that would be great for a crafter, a young adult or anyone really, this card is a marriage between the Crafting Forever stamp set and the Painter's Palette stamp set - a new set with an old one, with some Naturally Eclectic DSP in behind!

Hope you enjoyed this little peek and if you're in the area, sign up for this class!

Monday, June 19, 2017

This Little Piggy for Freshly Made Sketches


Two things I love today: The sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and This Little Piggy stamp set!
First, the sketch is so cool and unique. Check it out:

Way to go FMS, for coming up with fresh, new ideas all the time! I think this one was designed by Cecile! I took it pretty literally, because I liked it so much! I didn't want to mess around with something that works so well. Besides, I'm working on some Quick and Cute designs for a class this week and this seemed like the perfect fit.


  • Secondly, the This Little Piggy stamp set has been a favourite of mine since I first laid eyes on it in early April, and I've been dying to ink it up since then. Would you believe this has been my first opportunity?

How would you like to get $88 in free products from Stampin' Up!?? Is there anyone who would say no to that? I don't think so! You just need to be a host. Does that mean you have to invite people to your house for a party? Not necessarily, although that can be fun, too! Think "Mom's Night Out - Craft Night!" You could also host a Catalogue Party. Just distribute some of the beautiful new Annual Catalogues to your friends and collect their orders, or host a Facebook Party run by me. If the retail total of your orders reaches $400, which is easy to do with all these great products, Stampin' Up! will kick in an extra $40, on top of the 12% you normally get at that level for a total of a minimum of $88! What would you order for $88?

There are two weeks left in this promotion. Call me to book at date! 250-768-7379.



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