Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Vintage Leaves Embossed Card

Hello Friends! Today I felt like doing some heat embossing on a card. I grabbed my stamp sets, Vintage Leaves and Thoughtful Banners, and started to play! 

To make my card I first wiped my  4' x 5 1/4" Whisper White card stock layer with my Embossing Buddy (to remove static from the paper) and stamped my leaf images using Versamark Ink. Then I sprinkled Silver embossing powder over the entire piece, shook off the excess, and set with my Heat Tool. To colour the leaves I used my aqua painter and ink pads.  Once the leaves were done I filled in the blank areas with a light wash of "Soft Sky" - using the aqua painter really makes colouring sooo quick and easy! 

For the sentiment, I inked the words from "Thoughtful Banners" with versamark and stamped on top of the solid bar image (inked with Black Memento) and used White embossing powder, then heat set.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to raise the words - I love this look. To finish my card, I inked the edge of the Whisper White card stock with my Gold Wink of Stella Pen. Before adhering this piece to my Basic Black card base, I decided to add some 'splatters' so I used a stamp from "Timeless Textures" with Crumb Cake ink. I then added a border around the card with my Basic Black marker.

Some Black Baker's Twine and Linen Thread and a Rhinestone finished the card! All told, this card took me about 15 minutes to make, from start to finish.  I hope you have a great day and I'll be back this week with a new video for you too!

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Swirly Bird One Layer Card

Hi Friends! Whew - what a whirlwind couple of weeks it's been. As many of you know, I recently sold my house (to a very sweet couple from Quebec). So I was crazy busy packing up, cleaning up and getting everything ready for their arrival this past Friday. Thursday was so hard, leaving my sweet home that I loved so very much. But the good news is, I've moved in with my Sweetheart, who also lives out in the country (yet closer to town) and everything is falling into place beautifully. 

My kitty (and hounds, not in photo) enjoy the sunrise at our new home!

And even more good news is, there is a whole room that I have to myself, to set up my new Stamping Studio in!  Suffice to say, the last few days I've been going non-stop unpacking and getting everything organized (quite the task, as us crafters have a TON of stuff!).

Until this morning I haven't been able to sit down and stamp any cards and I've been itchin' to take some time to relax and create. Before I get into the details of today's card, let me first tell you where I got the inspiration for it.  The couple who bought my house have actually become wonderful new friends of mine.  I left a gift basket of goodies for them to find upon their arrival and then, when I visited earlier this week, they also surprised me with a gift basket they brought with them from Montreal! So sweet! The basket was full of wonderful treasures and my friend is very creative - she even made me a card! She drew it all by hand and if you take a look at the envelope, you'll see what I saw - "Swirly Bird"! 
Isn't this pretty???
I couldn't wait to play with my stamps and use my friend's creativity for my card layout today.  Here's my finished card:

This is a simple one-layer card and I used Blushing Bride for the card base. Next, I stamped my images from the "Swirly Bird" stamp set using Black Memento Ink and the sentiment is from the "Tin of Cards" set.  The large leaves were stamped using "Cucumber Crush" and the smaller leaves were stamped with "Wild Wasabi" inks. To colour the images I used my aqua painter (love, love, LOVE the aqua painter!) and ink pads. For the big flowers I used "Melon Mambo"; once dry I added "Flirty Flamingo". The little flowers were coloured with "Tempting Turquoise".  To finish my card I added the lines to the leaves with my Basic Black marker and adhered a gold bow and rhinestones.

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Don't forget about the ongoing "Bonus Days" promotion - you can read all about it in my last blog post or click HERE.

Well, my friends, I hope you enjoyed today's card and that you also take some time to relax and stamp something fun. I'm heading outside to enjoy the sunshine!


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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Bonus Days Are Here and New Bundle Sneak Peek!

Hi Friends! I’m so excited about Bonus Days! This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has offered coupons to customers! All you need to do for your $6 CAD coupon is spend $60 CAD in July. Stampin’ Up! will email you a coupon for every $60 CAD you spend, and you can use coupons on anything you want in August! Take advantage of Bonus Days to stock up on all the basic supplies you need (cardstock, adhesives, etc.) and items on your wish list. Then in August, reward yourself by getting something from your wish list with your coupons.  And if the Bonus Day coupons aren't exciting enough, how about a NEW STAMP SET BUNDLE to whet your appetite???  From August 2nd through to the 31st, Stampin' Up! will be offering a time limited "Thoughtful Branches" bundle! The stamp set and coordinating thinlits are SO CUTE - I love it!!!

 Click HERE to see more samples!

To get your Bonus Days coupons, simply click on the below photo, or HERE, to place your order through my online store.

Be sure to use the following host code before you submit your order (do NOT use the code if your order is $200 and above): 
...and I'll email you fabulous project tutorials as a thank you gift from me!

Here are the details you need to know about the BONUS DAYS promotion:
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email.
  • We strongly recommend that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place—the codes cannot be resent if the participant loses the email, and Demonstrator Support cannot recover lost codes.
  • Participants will receive a $6 CAD Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalogue price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion. Coupons can be redeemed on any order type.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion. FOR FAX AND MAIL ORDERS, email addresses must still be provided in order to qualify for Bonus Days coupons during the promotion period. During redemption, be sure to include your coupon codes on your fax and mail orders.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.


  • Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
  • Promotion Deadlines:
    • Phone/Fax/Mail: July 29, 2016 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: July 31, 2016 by 11:50 PM (MT)

  • Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016
  • Redemption Deadlines:
    • Phone/Fax/Mail: August 31, 2016 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: August 31, 2016 by 11:50 PM (MT)
Note: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. We cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don't miss out on the coupons you earn.*Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalogue price before shipping and tax).

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!
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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Number of Years Birthday Card

Hi Friends!  I hope that my fellow Canadians have been enjoying our Canada Day long weekend! I took a breather from packing up my house (as I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm in the middle of moving) and have had a lovely weekend. The fireworks in town were awesome and the weather has been sunny and perfect for the local festivities.  I managed to dig through my boxes for stamps and supplies I needed to make a special birthday card for my boyfriend's daughter, who turned 19. I had a lot of fun making her card, which featured the "Number of Years" stamp set and coordinating "Large Numbers Framelits".

 To make the card I first stamped the numbers using Memento Black ink, and then the words. I then added the flowers and leaves with ink pads and markers. I should also mention that I cased the card layout from Kristina Werner, who did a similar card using different stamps. Isn't it great how we can see a card and completely change it up just from seeing other people's layouts? There is SO MUCH inspiration out there.  So back to the card; once my stamping was done I cut out the numbers using the "Larger Numbers Framelits Dies" using some silver glimmer paper and raised the numbers using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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