Friday, December 2, 2022

Speedy Bauble for As You See It Challenge #289

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 Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? When do you like to do it? Real or Artificial? We've had ours up for about a week. We got an artificial tree several years ago when we had a water leak incident with a live tree on our laminate floor that didn't get detected due to the tree skirt. That was the straw! 

Here's a photo of our Christmas tree this year:

christmas tree

Nearly the same as last year! Goes with the d├ęcor of the living room! We've kept our decorations simple this year because we're putting our house on the market. We're trying to downsize!
This week is a new As You See It Challenge, and it's a Speed Challenge! This can be exciting or terrifying, depending on how accustomed you are to doing them. Here's our banner:

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So the way this works is that you have to make a card with the theme of Christmas Baubles in under 10 minutes. You're allowed to plan it out ahead of time, even sketch it. You can gather all your materials. But as soon as you start to stamp or cut cardstock or anything like that, you must start your timer.

I had a problem because the only thing I had with Christmas Baubles, stamps or die cuts, were teeny weeny, so I needed an alternative. I saw someone make a simple tag similar to this by punching out a circle and backing it with coloured paper, so I thought I would adapt it to a card of larger proportions.

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  • I started with a Shaded Spruce card base of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4". 
  • On a sheet of Basic White, I punched a hole near the bottom, centered on both sides, using a 2" Circle. 
  • I cut a 2 1/2" square of the Gold Glimmer Paper and mounted on the card front so the circle would cover it when the Basic White was mounted in the right place. 
  • I used the fir branches  images from the Merriest Moments stamp set to create the Christmas tree limbs to hang the Christmas bauble from. I stamped them in Shaded Spruce ink. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in Merry Merlot.
  • I used Gold Simply Elegant Trim with Glue Dots to anchor it and extended it from the top of the punched hole, straight up and over the top edge of the Basic White cardstock as shown, anchoring it on the back side. I tied a simple bow with another piece of the Simply Elegant Trim and mounted it at the top of the "faux" Christmas Bauble with another Glue Dot.
  • At this point, I adhered the Basic White Layer to the card front adding extra adhesive around the punched out circle.
  • Finally I added a few Festive Pearls to act like mini lights among the branches. It took me 9 minutes 45 seconds to do everything but the Festive Pearls and another 10 seconds to add them. So I finished just under the wire at 9 minutes 55 seconds.
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You have a huge opportunity to save oodles on your favourite products from the July/Dec Mini Catalogue that are retiring, just in time for Christmas! From now until Jan 4, **while supplies last** you can save up to 60% on many products from that amazing catalogue. Your best bet is to go to my Online Store under Last Chance Products and you can see exactly what's still available in real time and purchase from there directly. While you're there, you might want to also check out the Clearance Rack, because it has been substantially updated with dozens of new bargains from the last mini catalogue and other offers at greatly reduced prices. You can either purchase directly from my store or message me and I'll submit the orders for you. Here is a link to help you check out the Last Chance Deals in a list form.



And, just so you know, the last day to order from Stampin' Up! and be sure to get the product before Christmas, all else being equal, is Dec. 12.

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Tree Lot for As You See It Challenge #288



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The As You See It Challenge this week is a Theme Challenge and the theme is Vacation Activities. That's easy and hard for me: Easy because we most often camp when we go on vacation; hard because I needed to use lot of retired products to complete my sample card for the challenge. Here's the challenge banner:


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When we vacation we have a 24' foot travel trailer that lets us go to many places and set up home wherever we travel. I love it. So far, because of Covid travel restrictions, we haven't been out of our home province, but hopefully that will soon change.
trailer

We've always loved camping. It's gets you out in the fresh air and the woods and you meet new people and experience nature. We'll probably continue as long as we're physically able to do so.

Here's my card:

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  • On a card base of Soft Succulent cardstock, I layered a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of the now retired New Horizons DSP.
  • Using the retired Tree Lot Dies I die cut three trees from Evening Evergreen and Mint Macaron, with the Mint Macaron backed with adhesive sheets so they stick like stickers to the larger backing pieces. 
  • The main trailer piece is die cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock with accents die cut from adhesive-backed Silver Foil Sheets and Basic Black cardstock.
  • The sentiment is from the Campology stamp set (still available) and is backed with a Crumb Cake tree ring die cut using the Tree Ring dies (also still available). A bow from linen thread is added.
A quick and easy card to make, but lots of fun, too!

seasonal sale

Today is the Last Day of this great Seasonal Sale with savings up to 20% off on selected products from the Annual Catalogue! 

Create more by spending less during the Seasonal Sale! Between 15 and 18 November 2022, select products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog will be on sale with the following discounts:

10% off all punches
15% of all stamps (Host stamp sets are not included in this sale)
20% off all dies
20% off all embossing folders
20% off all non-specialty and non-assortment Designer Series Paper
With the season of giving upon us, this is a great opportunity to buy gifts for your fellow crafting enthusiasts, or to stock up on supplies for all your upcoming handmade projects. Remember, this sale is for four days only! Don’t miss out!

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If you live in Canada, and don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator,  I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the right side bar at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in Canada by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the top menu or clicking on any of products below from my Online Store.

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Let's Sail for As You See It Challenge #287

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 It's time for As You See It Challenges again and this week it's a recipe challenge designed by former Design Team member LeAnne Pugliese. Here's the Challenge Banner:

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As you can see, to qualify for this challenge, the card must display a masculine theme, blue tones and earth tones, a die cut and twine. I felt that sailing was a good masculine theme and I kept the card fairly clean and simple, so that the Let's Sail bundle was a good set for this challenge.

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  • I used cooler tones of blue and earth tones, like Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Early Espresso and Sahara Sand.
  • On a Night of Navy card base, I added a layer of Sahara Sand cardstock, embossed with the Cascading Ruffles 3D embossing folder on it's side to add a wavy texture, but not before adding a sailor's knot made with navy and tan twine.
  • On a piece of Basic White cardstock I stamped an Early Espresso boat, a Night of Navy sail, a Sahara Sand jib and the sentiment in Night of Navy, all from the Let's Sail stamp set.
  • Since I don't have the coordinating punch, I fussy cut the boat pieces out and die cut the sentiment with one of the Stylish Shapes Dies.
  • On a stitched circle, die cut with the largest Stylish Shapes circle dies, I stamped some Balmy Blue water, with a stamp from the Let's Sail set. I glued on the boat frame right on top of it, then added the sails using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • I backed the sentiment with a stitched square die cut with the next largest Stylish Shapes square from Early Espresso cardstock.
  • I backed the image circle with larger circles made by long ago retired Circle Framelits in Night of Navy and Balmy Blue.
  • This was glued onto the card front and the sentiment frame added with dimensionals.
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And here's something new and amazing that's available for sale NOW!

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This is a versatile and beautiful new suite, some of which is an early release from the January Mini Catalogue, and some which is only available now while supplies last! Here's more info in a video:




It will be available now until January 4th, but don't wait too long because, as you know, these beautiful products sell out only too quickly!
Here are all the products available and their prices:
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If you live in Canada, and don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator,  I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the right side bar at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in Canada by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the top menu or clicking on any of products below from my Online Store.

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Very Vanilla Thick Baker’S Twine
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