Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Moon Baby and One More Sleep!!

It's grandkids' birthday time in our family! We have four grandchildren with birthdays in May and June! It's funny the way that works out, isn't it? Every family seems to have a couple of months that are crazy that way. Kesten and Wyatt's birthdays are at the end of June, one day apart, Cedar's birthday was mid-May, and my youngest grandchild, little Pippa, will be turning 1 in just a few days! One of my priorities at the Craft Crop this past weekend was making a card for Pippa.

I have to share it with you today, because it contains some products that will be retired and no longer available tomorrow!

And why? Because tomorrow, the new 2017-18 Annual Catalogue goes live!! 

Are you excited? You should be, because there are so many exciting new products to choose from! Things I haven't been able to share with you yet! So fasten your seatbelt for the big reveal tomorrow morning!

Do you have your copy yet? If not, please let me know that you want one and I'll be sure to get one to you.

Check back here tomorrow morning! I will have an unusual Thursday post, just to catch the unveiling and post the link to the On Line Catalogue for you!

In the meantime, this is your absolute last chance to get what you want from the  old Annual Catalogue or Occasions Catalogue!

Take some time to make sure you're not missing something you really wanted. Check these links to see what's retiring and still has some inventory left.

Check out my card for Pippa a little more closely:

  • The main images and the bottom sentiment are from the Moon Baby stamp set, which carries over into the new Annual Catalogue! These adorable line images are fun to stamp in Basic Black Archival ink and colour in, here with Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen. I used Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point, and Calypso Coral to add colour to the baby.
  • The background DSP is from a retiring paper stack called Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, from the Occasions catalogue. I simply love the designs on this paper. This swirly, cloudy one was perfect for this card. I added a few stars stamped in Bermuda Bay ink, using the star images from the Moon Baby stamp set. Notice how the Brights Enamel Shapes stars fit inside them just perfectly!
  • The top sentiment is from a retiring stamp set, Fresh Fruit! Make sure you pick it up today if you want to get it at all.
  • The bottom sentiment is paired with one inside that says 'do you know how loved you are?' The best shape for die cutting these out is a retiring set of framelits called Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, and I'm sorry, but I'm not selling my set off! These have been my go to framelit set for sentiments for three years now and I can't let them go! They fit where so many others don't! If you don't have them yet, and you don't get another thing from the old Annual Catalogue, you should get these framelits! They are worth their weight in gold!
I'll leave you with a video from Stampin' Up! promoting one of the new Suites in the new Annual Catalogue:


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.

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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