Monday, October 21, 2019

Snowman Season and Toothaches

Ouuucchh! I have a toothache! Probably an abcess, but I can't see the dentist until you're reading this on Monday. (I'm writing this Sunday night!) Is there some kind of Murphy's Law that states that toothaches can only manifest over the weekend when dentists are off? I've had abcesses before, but never this amount of pain! Strangely, this tooth acted up last weekend, when it was a long weekend for Thanksgiving, but I took an extra-strong pain killer and it settled down and the pain didn't come back again, so I thought it wasn't anything, until this Saturday night, when it reappeared with a vengeance - weekend pain, see!

Anyway, if my post doesn't make much sense, that is why! And don't expect a major essay either! I'm lucky if I get the basics in before I retire to bed with another pain killer and an ice pack.

I'm designing simple Christmas cards for my Christmas Buffet class on Saturday and I wanted a fun design, so turned to Snowman Season stamp set for that.

  • The Real Red/Pool Party palette always makes for an ambiance of fun, and when you add some Silver Glimmer Paper in the mix along with the new Real Red Curly Ribbon, it's just full of playfulness!
  • The background DSP is the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper with its flocked designs of snowmen, mittens and scarves!
  • I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured using Pool Party, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends Combos. To step this design up a notch, you could add some Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and heat set it so it puffs up.
  • I die cut the image panel using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. That set is rapidly becoming my go to die set!
Just a heads up! Something big is happening this week, so watch this space carefully for more news!

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Enjoy Life for a Mountain Biker

My middle daughter and her family live up in what we call the north, but is actually only halfway up British Columbia, even though it takes us a good 10 - 11 hours to get there by car. It is significantly colder there in the winter, however, and in the summer, they have daylight much later than we do, so you know that you are at a higher latitude. My son-in-law is an avid mountain biker and it's his birthday today! I'm so glad that we have the Enjoy Life stamp set, just for that reason. It's the only halfway realistic mountain bike image we have, although David would be the first to point out that the rider is not wearing a helmet!

Anyway, using fall colours in the background, I sponged the sky and then stamped the silhouetted grasses and bicyclist in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

  • My hubby noticed that the bike was not right on level with the grasses and I guess I was thinking that the grass was beside the road and not "the" road, but I see how it looks now, so I told him the guy had just done a jump and was getting some air time! lol
  • The background paper is from the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper. I added some Braided Linen Trim around it, then tied another small piece of the trim to it. I used one of the Bird Ballad trinkets, added with a glue dot to add some warm interest and balance to the layout.
  • The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set. I used the Stamparatus to stamp the grasses, the cyclist and the sentiment to make sure I got solid images. I had to move the grasses on the plate because it didn't work to just shift the plate in the hinges.
  • The colours in the sponged area are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Terracotta Tile and Cajun Craze.
Hope you enjoyed this sample! Have a great weekend and Happy Stampin'!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

What's New at SU Blog Hop with The Raven

I'm so pleased that you are joining us for our hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are Hoppin’ With Exciting Ideas to share with you. Our theme this month is Fall or Halloween! I hope you'll find some exciting ideas to help you!

The products that I'm sharing with you are The Raven stamp set, the Wicked Dies and the Coffin Treat Boxes. All these products can be found in the Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue.

I also used some Shimmery White Embossing Paste, dyed black and the new Basic Pattern Decorative Masks, also from the Holiday Catalogue. You can see the effects of this treatment on the coffin lids.

  • Before assembling the coffin treat box lid, I dyed a small amount Shimmery White Embossing Paste with 2 drops of Memento Tuxedo Black Refill ink. I then used the brocade pattern decorative mask on the tops of the coffin lids and the palette knife to spread the Embossing Paste thinly and smoothly over it to create a pattern on each one. You need to let them dry thoroughly before assembling and clean off all embossing paste from the tabs before they dry to make applying the adhesive to them much easier, and allow them to close snugly.
  • I also dyed some tulle fabric in a small container of rubbing alcohol and Memento Tuxedo Black refill ink. I used over 20 drops of ink for about 1/8 cup of alcohol. (Even though my daughter has been out of ballet for 15 years, I still have scraps of tulle lying around!) I used some of it to gather in a tuft behind the raven on one of the coffins and for a bow on the other coffin. You might want to wear gloves to do this as the black dye does come off the tulle even when it feels dry.
  • I stamped and fussy cut two feathers and two ravens. I used the Stamparatus to stamp them in order to get a sharp, full coverage image with the Memento ink. One coffin had the two ravens on it - an "Attempted Murder" of crows you might say! Lol. The two feathers went on the other along with the word "Wicked", die cut with one of the Wicked Dies from Gorgeous Grape cardstock. There is also some of the Black Satin Ribbon on the other one.
  • The card has a sponged background using a mask for the moon, Soft Seaform, So Saffron, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Smoky Slate and Night of Navy inks. The branch and sentiment were stamped directly onto the sponged background, while the raven was stamped on Whisper White, fussy cut and glued to sponged layer for a bit more depth.
  • The word "Wicked" is die cut again from Granny Apple Green cardstock and glued to the cardfront.

I hope you enjoyed my design with The Raven. Now please hop on over to Loni Spendlove's blog to see what's new with SU in her world:

Or try moving back to Sharon Burkert's blog for her creation:

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Keep Creating!
Heather Cooper

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