Friday, September 28, 2018

Wishing You Well for The Paper Players

Still trying out new stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue! I like the clean and simple look using  this sketch from the latest challenge from The Paper Players. I think it was the Designer Series Paper that I chose that worked together with the Wishing You Well stamp set to give such a crisp look. Here's the sketch I worked from:

The Wishing You Well stamp set is one of the DistINKtive type of rubber stamps that give different opacities of ink with just one stamping. I think it's one of the most beautiful and certainly one of the easiest to get a good image with.

  • I used the Classic Label Punch to crop the sentiment and made it shorter by sticking in each end of the already punched sentiment into the end of the punch from the top and punching it shorter. Then, when I punched out the label in Copper Glimmer Paper from the Joyous Noel 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper, it was larger and showed up behind the sentiment.
  • It needed a little something for interest and balance, so I added the Leaves Trinkets. I didn't have any Copper coloured ones, but I don't know if I would have used them even if I did have them. The silver make a good contrast and work with the Gray Granite.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Spirited Snowmen- Simple Seasonal Sampling

It's the last week of September!! That means it's the week I work on my October newsletter. This month I have decided to include a cute seasonal sampler card tutorial featuring the Spirited Snowmen stamp set for the benefit of my subscribers for free! It will be a photo tutorial and there may be a video tutorial posted here on my blog at a later date. To get your hands on the free tutorial, you just need to sign up for my FREE monthly newsletter, with the understanding that you can easily unsubscribe at any time. I promise I will not inundate your inbox with a never ending stream of annoying emails. I will just update you on Stampin' Up! promotions that didn't get covered in my monthly newsletter.

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Here's a closer look at the featured card:

  • This is a great design for any level of stamper and I will present alternatives for you for some of the products used.
  • It uses a great design sheet of Designer Series Paper from the Festive Farmhouse series.
  • Although the image was coloured using Stampin' Blends, there are other ways of colouring it as well, and I will share those with you in the tutorial, as well as changes you will need to make if you use the alternate colouring methods.
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Flourishing Phrases With First Frost and Cross of Hope Sympathy Card

A close friend of ours lost his mom recently, and though she lived to be 100 years old and had a full life, losing a parent is never easy, no matter when it happens. We wanted to have a beautiful sympathy card for the family to express our support for them and prayers for their comfort in their time of grief.

I find myself drifting towards First Frost frequently these days for the sheer beauty of the stamp set and coordinating dies and also the lovely Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper that is part of that suite. Simply gorgeous does not do it justice, and you really have to see it in real life to appreciate the shimmer of the paper. Photography is so inadequate.

Here's how I combined First Frost images with the Cross of Hope Framelits and Flourishing Phrases sentiments to create this card:

  • I chose a palette of blues and teals for the peaceful, healing vibe they give and added some Sahara Sand for contrast. I have Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Tranquil Tide as well.
  • I love the frame from the Frosted Bouquet Framelits which gives you the option of making a thin border around the outside. I used the Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper in Tranquil Tide to create that frame and also the intricate cross from the Cross of Hope Framelits.
  • I layered several different types of foliage and flowers around the cross including some baby's breath die cut from vellum card stock. The roses are stamped in Tranquil tide and Bermuda Bay.
This past Saturday, I held a very successful Holiday Catalogue Launch at my house and I thought I would share some images of the decor I used:

Many of the designs you see were CASEd right out of the Holiday Catalogue. There are far too many to make in a short time for me to come up with all my own designs, but I added my own touches to some and some are entirely my own, but they were effective in giving my customers a good look at what the different products could do and what they looked like. We had a good time with games, door prizes, make & takes and food (pumpkin roll bar is delicious!) And it was free. And my retired products were on sale! You'll have to come out next time!

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