Friday, January 31, 2020

Beautiful Moments, Over So Fast, For As You See It Challenges

Friday, and time for another As You See It Challenge! And it's a Speed Stamping Challenge, and I was actually looking forward to it! Can you believe it? It just goes to show that exposure therapy really does work to overcome your anxieties! 

This time our Speed Stamping Challenge was created by Design Team member Amy, and it's in Shades of Brown!

I won't claim to have visions, but I could picture exactly what I wanted to do with this card, the minute I tried to visualize my project! I saw one of the new sketched images from the Beautiful Moments stamp set in the Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue on a Shimmery White cardstock panel (which looks almost vanilla) and then by using an Aqua Painter, having the lines blurred in one horizontal direction, almost like the wind blowing the sand.

  • The blurred lines, which look like wind blowing the sand, erasing an image, to me symbolize the way a beautiful moment can be over so quickly no matter how hard you try to hold on to it! It slips through your fingers, like sand. You just have to be in the moment and enjoy it and hope your memory keeps the feelings and events and people safe!
  • I completed this card in 9 minutes and 4 seconds. It would have been faster, but I had to redo the front, in order to change the ink from Crumb Cake, which was too pale, to Soft Suede which gave the sepia tone I was looking for.
  • The Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder makes the perfect backdrop for this front panel, using a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. This is mounted on a Soft Suede card base.
  • A piece of Braided Burlap trim with a Tropical Oasis trinket created the finishing touch on the front.

Starting on Feb. 4, you will be able to order some coordinating products that will help you make the most of your Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochure Products! These will only be available until Mar. 31 or UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST, so you won't want to dally in placing an order come Feb. 4th. These products will go quickly. Find out more about them here:


And here are the details:

Contact me with your orders for any of these products.

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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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Little Lady Bug Thank Yous

Have you been able to earn the Little Ladybug stamp set yet? If not, you'll want to investigate how you can achieve that.The stamp set itself is adorable, but when you add the coordinating dies that will be available Feb. 4th, it becomes irresistible! I recently created a bunch of customer thank yous using this set and the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper on Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes, and I know my customers are going to flip over them.

Take a closer look at them:

  • Those little ladybugs are so stinkin' cute, even if you just stamp them in black and white. Here, I stamped them in Memento ink and coloured them in with my Stampin' Blends markers using the Poppy Parade combo, the Smoky Slate Combo and the Petal Pink Combo. I added a touch of Light Flirty Flamingo for the cheeks.
  • Then I die cut the little bug using the coordinating Ladybugs Dies* and popped it up on Mini Stampin' Dimensionals on the sentiment label.
  • The two sentiments are also from the Little Ladybugs stamp set and they're stamped on a Stitched Shapes Oval and glued onto the card front. 
  • The background paper is from the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper which goes perfectly with these little creatures.
*Not available until Feb. 4th, 2020.

Here are two other samples:

  • You might be wondering how you can earn one of these adorable stamp sets. Well there are there are a couple of ways you can do it:   You can place your own order of $375 or more and earn it as part of your own Stampin' Rewards. But that's a hefty amount for one person, so why not get a few of your friends together to help you do this? 
  • You can host a party at your home or mine, and we can enjoy some stamping together and when your friends and you order, you will get the Host Rewards for all your orders. As long as the party total reaches $375 CAD before tax and shipping, you will earn a Little Ladybug stamp set.
  • You can join my stamp club, and if your reward month occurs during Sale-A-Bration, there is a good chance that the sales for that month will exceed the $375 CAD limit and you will earn the set.   OR....
  • Have an online or catalogue party with your friends, where you don't have to actually gather together, you just collect orders from them, and the same limits apply.
Contact me and let me know how you'd like to do this!

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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*Not available until Feb. 4th, 2020.

Monday, January 27, 2020

"You Had Me at Crumb Cake!" Masculine Valentine

Last week, I was creating a new Pinterest board based on Masculine Valentines, and I realized I needed a few more of them of my own to pin on my board. Masculine styled cards seem to be more difficult for some people to design, so those pins tend to be popular. And I love to design masculine themed cards - perfect match! I drew from a few sources for this one.

My biggest source was from the Heartfelt Bundle in the 2020 Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue, but I also used a sentiment from Geared Up Garage in the Annual Catalogue and the Braided Burlap Trim and Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder from the Jan/Jun Mini.

Texture and colour are also really important in a masculine card so I drew heavily on Crumb Cake and Copper with just a pop of Real Red and a hint of Basic Black. Here's the card:

  • The basic palette of the card is Crumb Cake, Copper, Very Vanilla and Real Red, but the Crumb Cake really defines the masculine look. The sentiment is stamped on the card base at the start.
  • I embossed the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment from the Heartfelt stamp set on Very Vanilla using Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder and punched it out with the Heart Punch pack. I also punched a scallop heart out of Copper Foil Sheet using the same punch pack.
  • The punch pack also punched a Crumb Cake heart and Real Red Scallop Heart. The Soft Suede heart was cut free-hand.
  • The arrow was stamped using the image from the Heartfelt stamp set and fussy cut.
  • A Very Vanilla panel was embossed with the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder. It was placed over the Copper Panel that the scallop heart was punched from. You can't see the hole as it is covered by the Very Vanilla panel.  
  • The Braided Burlap Trim is added then everything else is added as shown, using glue dots or Stampin' Dimensionals.   

I have another 1 Day Craft Crop to Aid Refugees coming up this spring. It will be held on Saturday March 14th from 9 am to 9 pm in the beautiful, natural light-filled lobby of Emmanuel Church, 2600 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC. Here's the official word: 

The Refugee Care Collective at Emmanuel Church in West Kelowna is hosting a One Day Crafting Retreat /Crop in our bright, spacious lobby on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9 am - 9 pm. The $65 fee will get you lunch and dinner prepared in our kitchen, lots of natural light, room for your equipment, a fabulous goody bag, door prizes, make and takes, challenges, and use of my equipment and stamp collection. But the best part is 12 hours free of housework, kids, responsibilities with nothing to do but craft and visit and eat! All proceeds after costs, and all profits from any orders taken through Stampin' Up! will be donated to the Okanagan Syrian Sponsorship Circle, as we raise the money to bring the family of the Syrian refugees we previously supported to Canada.  Come out and have a great time crafting, but also support a wonderful cause and do something to help relieve some of the suffering in our world.

Here are some photos from one of the last times we did this:


Here's where you can register: Hit submit when you've filled it out and I will get it. You will need to pay the registration fee to secure your spot. Directions are at the bottom of the form.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What's New at SU Blog Hop with the Peaceful Poppies Suite

I'm so pleased that you are joining us for our hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are Hoppin’ With Exciting Ideas to share with you. Our theme this month is the Peaceful Poppies Suite from the Jan. - Jun. Mini Catalogue! I hope you'll find some exciting ideas to help you!

The products from the Mini Catalogue that I'm using for my project today are the Painted Poppies stamp set and the Poppy Moments Dies. I am also using a label die from the Painted Labels Dies and a sentiment from the Honey Bee stamp set. Here's a closer look:

  • The Peaceful Poppies Suite itself is based on deep, rich colours like Real Red, Poppy Parade, and Blackberry Bliss, and you can find hundreds of examples of those on Pinterest. But I have been loving pastels lately, and wanted to see what this set would look like done up in the less intense colours, so the palette I've used here is Whisper White, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz, with a little Champagne Foil and Basic Black thrown in there.
  • Of course, there was no appropriate paper for a background among the patterns in the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, so I went back to the Annual Catalogue and the Bird Ballad DSP for that sweet border of Petal Pink with white dots.
  • I used the texture stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp set to add the splotches in Petal Pink to not only the white background, but also to the poppies themselves. These were then die cut using the solid poppy dies from the Poppy Moments Dies.
  • The poppy outlines were die cut from Petal Pink cardstock with the poppy outline dies from Poppy Moments as well, glue applied very sparingly, and then they were matched to the solid poppy backgrounds and glued on.
  • The centers of the poppies were die cut from Basic Black cardstock and adhered to the project. The solid leaves were die cut from Soft Sea Foam, while the shadows were die cut out of Pear Pizzazz cardstock, glue applied and stuck to the left side of the solid leaves.
  • The full label was die cut using the smaller label from Painted Labels dies. The sentiment, from Honey Bee stamp set, was stamped on a duplicate label and die cut the same way, then trimmed down smaller to show the border in Champagne foil.                                                                                                                                                                                   
I hope you enjoyed my design with the Poppy Moments Dies. Now please hop on over to Loni Spendlove's blog to see what's new with SU in her world:

Or try moving back to Brenda Copper's blog for her creation:

Here's the list of bloggers in our What's New At SU January Blog Hop to help you keep on track:

Please take a moment to comment at the bottom of this post and let me know how you liked my projects or ask me a question about the technique used. Don’t forget to scroll back up and keep hoppin’ with us! – Thank you!

Keep Creating!
Heather Cooper

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