Monday, October 30, 2017

Hometown Greetings Lumiere for Free Newsletter Tutorial

This past week, we were up in northern BC visiting our daughter, her husband and their family - our two grandkids, Kesten and Cedar! It was a lovely visit and came to and end much too quickly. We didn't take many photos, (too busy having fun) but here are a few:

Cedar is planning to go out on Halloween dressed as Merida, from the Disney movie, Brave! Kristen made her whole costume except for the wig and the bow which were ordered. The funny thing is that it's the perfect character for Cedar. She is just as feisty as Merida, but she is full of sweetness as well and we got lots of hugs and snuggles. Kesten is adjusting to full day Kindergarten and didn't like having to be at school while Grandma and Gramps were there. We tried to make up for it after school. His costume for Halloween is a triceratops which, you guessed it, his mom made as well!

However, near the end of the visit, both Gramps and Grandma came down with the same nasty respiratory bug that Kris and her family have been fighting. I'm still quite sick, so blog posts are a bit of a nightmare to do. The weird thing is that this bug has also affected my eyesight, so I struggle to focus clearly on anything which makes stamping, die cutting, photography, editing, and typing a real ordeal. So please cut me some slack if I miss a typo or punctuation mark. I truly cannot see it properly.

I want to share with you a project that will be the free photo tutorial for my November newsletter. It's a Christmas card/lumiere, standard sized, made with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies and the Hearts Come Home stamp set.

Take a closer look:

The two photos show the inside of the card in two lighting conditions: full light and candle light. Of course, I use only battery powered tea lights!!  

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Since I will be giving all the step-by-step instructions complete with photos, a supply list and measurement, I won't include any here (which is great, because I don't have to strain my eyes any longer to finish this post!)

There are two promotions finishing up tomorrow, so just reminding you so you can't get mad at me if you miss out:

Get in touch with me if you need more info on either one.

Annnnd....2 more sleeps until you can order them yourselves:

Hope the rest of your Monday is awesome!!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Vintage Leaves Thank Yous

We decided to leave a couple of days early to visit my daughter and her family up north, and so that meant a bit of scrambling to get everything ready in time! And, of course, a huge order came in just a couple of days away from departure date! That needed sorting and thank you cards written up for customers so I had to make some cards pronto! I got out an old favourite stamp set, Vintage Leaves to help me with the task, along with a package of Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes.

The Notecards & Envelopes are just the right size for a batch of thank yous. They are 3 1/2" x 5" which is not such a large area to fill, but you can still use a sizeable sentiment on them and it looks good. I got out my go-to thank you sentiment set: One Big Meaning and got busy.

  • I used a 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" panel on the front of each card and stamped it with three of the leaf images in the Vintage Leaves set. I stuck to warm fall colours such as Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie for the leaves and Early Espresso for the sentiments.
  • I stamped off all the leaves at least once (twice for the Cajun Craze) before stamping them so they wouldn't overpower the card. That way, too, the sentiments which are both very large, could be stamped over the images and not be lost with the leaves have too intense a colour.
  • Some Regal Enamel Shapes added a few finishing touches.

Last weekend for this sale. Grab a couple of friends and share the cost and the paper to make it worth your while!!

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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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Birthday Variation on October's Paper Pumpkin

We are up in BC's north country, visiting my daughter, her husband and my two grandchildren this week and enjoying the crisp weather and fall colours and a wee bit of snow! I got my October Paper Pumpkin Kit just before we left and I brought it with me so my daughter and I could have some crafting fun together assembling it. But before we got going, I wanted to make my son-in-law a birthday card, and since he is an avid outdoors person who loves hiking and mountain biking, I thought one of the designs in this month's kit would be perfect for him. It's very masculine looking anyway, and with the fir trees in side the shaker card, it looks very outdoorsy!

Here's how it turned out:

  • The only modifications I made were to add a birthday greeting on the front. I choose one from Birthday Delivery stamp set with Basic Black Archival Ink. Because the cardstock from the kit has a stitching texture to it, it was hard to get even coverage of the letters. I ended up filling them in with a Stampin' Write Marker.
  • I added some Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine around the card front between the shaker part and above the sentiment.
Here is the Paper Pumpkin Official October 2017 video for you to watch:


If Kris and I get the rest put together in time, I'll add the rest of the photos. If not, I'll share them at a later time!

I hope you have your subscription! So much fun to have that little surprise package arrive once a month, right to your doorstep! This fall, the October and November Paper Pumpkin kits are coordinated to help you with your Holiday Season tasks such as greeting cards and gift giving. Even if you've missed the October kit, you can subscribe before November 10th and get the November kit. Once you are a subscriber, you may then be able to back order an October kit and not miss out! Just go to and click on subscribe! It's a great deal!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Year of Cheer for Freshly Made Sketches

I'm absolutely loving the mixed metallics look from the Year of Cheer Suite in the Holiday Catalogue! It's so elegant that you just can't miss, no matter what you design! I had some projects left over from a Holiday Catalogue Launch that I wanted to do something different with, and they happened to contain different sized mixed metallic circles from products in the Year of Cheer Suite, so I thought they would be perfect for creating something for this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. Check it out:

With lots of white cardstock on the base, it also created a fairly CAS project which is what Freshly Made Sketches is known for.

We're heading into the last week or so of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper Promotion and it's a good idea to take advantage of that while you can. I get that 4 full packages of DSP might be a bit much for those of you who only get to craft on the weekends, buy why not consider getting together with a couple of friends to share the packages and the savings!

Here are the Designer Series Paper Packages that are part of the promotion:

Contact me today to get in on the savings or order yourselves online at my On-Line Store.

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