Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Birthday, Canada! for Pals Paper Arts

Tomorrow is the 148th birthday of my country of Canada! That's pretty young as countries go! Canada came into being on July 1, 1867, when four colonies decided to form a confederation and became the first four provinces of Canada: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Then the other 9 provinces and territories joined up at various intervals, the latest being Nunavut in 1999!!
Here's a picture of the Father's of Confederation:

I decided to make a Canada Day card for the occasion, and as I was coming up with the concept, I remembered that we now have Leaflet Framelits, which include a maple leaf, which as you may know, is the symbol of Canada! I used the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #257 sketch for this one:

  • I used various layers of Real Red and Whisper White, plus a narrow border of Silver Glimmer Paper in the background layers.
  • The background itself features some stamped stars in Real Red and embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder to simulate fireworks! The little stars stamp is from the Be the Star Stamp set.
  • I wanted the sentiment to say, Happy Birthday, Canada!, but I couldn't figure out a way to add Canada easily. I tried to write it myself using a Project Life Journaling Pen, but my penmanship is just not good enough to look professional, so I left it at Happy Birthday, using a sentiment from a new set I just received called Birthday Blossoms! It's just as well, because when I went to place the maple leaf and the Silver Glimmer Paper Heart (punched with the Sweetheart Punch), there wasn't room anyway for the word Canada!
  • The leaf and heart and the silver glimmer paper layer are all popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals here to give a little vertical variety!
Happy Canada Day, my fellow Canadians! Celebrate well!


Stampin' Up! is Rampin' Up the savings from Jun. 30 - Aug.3!  During that time they will be adding more product to the Clearance Rack with savings up to 60%. They will also be adding more Weekly Deals with savings up to 30% off! You will have to act quickly though, because there are only limited supplies available for the sale prices!  Here's the new Weekly Deals for Jun. 30 to July 6:

Today is also your last chance to earn an extra two free stamp sets for purchasing the Stampin' Up! Starter kit! After today, your chance will be gone!  The Starter Kit is such a wonderful deal and being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is a great opportunity! Since we have stamp sets worth over $60 each, you could get an extra $120 more on top of the already great deal of $155 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products for only $125!  Do you have a big Wish List?  This is the deal for you. If you don't want to sell, you simply drop after 4 months, but in the meantime, you get to enjoy 20% discounts!  To join TODAY, just click on Join My Team in the top menu and follow the prompts. Or email me today and I will help you through the process.  Remember, this promotion ENDS TODAY!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Birthday, Everyone for Freshly Made Sketches

Well, this weekend, it was HOT!  If any of my non-Canadian readers still believe that Canada is a place of perpetual ice and snow, this weekend my part of Canada hit temperatures in the high 30s Celsius which is around 100 degrees Fahrenheit! That's hot no matter where you live. Normally our summer temperatures are in the eighties and nineties, but hitting one hundred this early in the summer broke a few records!  We have central air conditioning and that kept it quite comfortable, however. We also had to pick our cherries. We have one cherry tree but it produces almost 200 pounds of cherries each year. Once they're picked we begin the process of finding homes for them all, since we can't begin to eat or preserve them all.

But one nice part of the weekend was a surprise birthday party for a friend who is also one of my downline! Her hubby had everything planned and we spent a warm, but enjoyable evening at a BBQ in her honour. I needed a card for her and I used the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge sketch for the layout. I used the Host Set, Happy Birthday, Everyone for the first time, and I love that Happy Birthday sentiment. The great thing about this stamp is that you can pair it with one of the other six sentiments to make your card much more personal. In this case, I chose "to an amazing woman" because my friend is amazing! She is funny, personable, incredibly organized and a very hard worker! I'm so honoured to be her friend!

As you can see, I flipped the challenge sketch and used the seashell from By the Tide Stamp set for the shape.

  • I've always liked the Hardwood Background stamp when it is stamped in brown on Pool Party paper. This time I used the new Tip Top Taupe ink for that job, but stamped it off once before stamping on the cardstock so it wouldn't compete with the sentiment.
  • The sentiments, from Happy Birthday, Everyone, are stamped full strength in Tip Top Taupe, as well. I love the muted effect of stamping it in the same colour as the background.
  • The background DSP is from the In Colour Designer Series Paper Stack in Tip Top Taupe. Those Colour Collections are so worth your money. You'll never lack a background DSP in any colour if you collect each of the colour collections. Purchase one a month to stretch out your budget a bit. Right now the Regals and Neutrals collections can't be ordered as there was a sizing issue, but that will be corrected soon and you'll be able to get them.
  • I stamped the seashell from By the Tide in both Pool Party and in Tip Top Taupe and hand snipped both of them. I added them to a bit of the White Jute Ribbon, cut into a flag, and some loops of Linen Thread.
This card was perfect for the job and well received by my friend!

My Retired Products for Sale

Well, I finally have my retired products inventory ready for you to look at and purchase! Every year, to make room for new products, Stampin' Up! retires some of it's current inventory. As a demonstrator, it makes no sense for me to continue to demonstrate retired products when my customers can't purchase them from Stampin' Up! so I sell my products at a reduced rate.  There are two ways to buy my products.

  1. One is to pay the slightly discounted price and then get 50% of that price in free new product of your choice.
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To purchase any of these items, send me an email at hcooper52@gmail.com and I will send you a PayPal invoice for the items of your choice. It will include the cost of the items and a shipping fee. If you live close to me, I can deliver without the need for the shipping fee.

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