Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Swirly Bird Quick Card

Hi Friends. Today's card is one of the make and takes that I had at this past weekend's "New Catalogue Kick Off Party". I personally LOVE this card - it's so quick and easy! I also love Mary Engelbreit and this layout reminds me of her charming style. I cased this card from Sandi MacIver, another awesome Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and just tweaked it.  The Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating framelits were part of a preorder that demonstrators were able to place this month and I'll be honest - at first it really didn't appeal to me. Well, let me just tell ya, once I started playing with it (as well as seeing all the other ideas on pinterest) I am hooked on these stamps! They are incredibly versatile and I know it's going to be one of my favourite stamp sets.

Tomorrow the new annual catalogue goes live - so exciting! I've mailed out catalogues to those of you who have placed online orders with me; it should arrive this week. If you would like a catalogue please contact me - you will also be able to view that catalogue online tomorrow, via my website HERE.

So let's get back to today's card!  For the video I used Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride and Emerald Envy for the ink. The sentiment is from "Tin of Cards" stamp set.

The card below was one of the make and take projects from my "New Catalogue Kick Off" party this past weekend. We used Blushing Bride and Mint Macaroon (my favourite colour combo for this card) and sequins instead of rhinestones. The sentiment is from "You've Got This" stamp set.

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Monday, 30 May 2016

Choose Happiness

Can you believe that TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY you can order out of the current catalogue???!!!!! Many stamp sets (along with accessories) are already SOLD OUT - to see what's still available click HERE.

Have you got "Everything Eleanor" stamp set? This is one of my top 10 favourite stamp sets that's retiring and right now there are still sets in stock!!

This past weekend I was in New Brunswick for my New Catalogue Kick Off Event - it was awesome! And it was so nice to see my friends and customers too. 

I loved seeing my good friends at my event! The beauty of Stampin' Up! are the friendships that are made through it and I have been so blessed with the amazing women that have come into my life, like Cathy (above in the photo with me).

In the next day or two I'll be sharing photos and video tutorials or two of the projects we made - I can't wait to share our new products with you!


Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Retiring Bird Builder Punch

Hi Friends. I can't believe that we're down to the last week of the current catalogue before all our favourite retiring products are gone for good. Many of our punches are retiring and out of them the Bird Builder punch is my fav - I'll never get rid of that one!


This punch is incredibly versatile and so much fun to play with it. So on that note, I thought I'd share some samples today that features this awesome punch - and good news, it's not yet sold out! If you haven't got this punch in your craft room yet, there's still time for you to get it!

FYI, I also use the leaf branches from the punch on a lot of my cards, like this one:
Click HERE for details and video on how I made this card. 

The little bird is perfect for tucking into projects like this card in the box. Click HERE for video.

This is a cute Easter treat holder I made a few years back. Video & details can be found HERE.

Here are some more samples, made by some of my fellow demonstrators:
Bird Punch
Created by Jannneke de Jong
Created by Diane Kanode
Robin in the Apple blossoms
Becky Sadlier
Bird Builder Punch Roses
Created by Jamie Hurley
Welcome To My Garden
Lisa Baisch

Two in a Spring Bush Stampin' Up! Card created by Michelle Zindorf:
Created by Michelle Zindorf
I encourage you to search the Bird Builder Punch on Pinterest too, the ideas are amazing and way to many to share on my blog! 

Everyone who places orders through my online store will also receive 12 stamping tutorials featuring NEW PRODUCTS from the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue! Make sure to click 'allow demonstrator to contact me' option before you submit your order so that I have your email address to send you the PDF project sheets!


Have a great day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Traveler and Thoughtful Banners Cards

Hi Friends! Today's cards features the "Traveler" stamp set and the new "Thoughtful Banners" set (available June 1st).  Both of these cards are swaps I received at a Stampin' Up! event  that I've altered and changed the sentiment.

Original swap from Cheryl Parker; altered by me with the sentiment and embellishments.

To make the card lightly ink up a clear block to stamp the background and then use the image from "Traveler" on top. Such an easy and fun way to use our blocks! I'm also completely addicted to the "Thoughtful Banners" set and have been using a lot!  This is what I used for the "Have a carefree holiday" sentiment. 

Original swap from Carol Johnson; I altered it with the sentiment and banner.
The background on this card was created with the Shaving Cream technique. This is an oldie but a goodie. I've never made a video with this technique and I think I should because it's a ton of fun and creates the coolest effects for cards!
Just an FYI for you:
all of the card stock will be going up in price with the new catalogue, 
so you may want to order your favourite papers before the end of this month.

Also, as with previous years, I've had some customers disappointed they've missed out on getting some of the items they wanted on the Retired List because they're already sold out. Accessories such as punches, framelits, etc always sell out quickly and except for retiring stamp sets, once they're gone, they're gone forever. So make sure to get what you want while you still can. Click HERE to see what's available as of today - if there's an "X" in the last column it means the item is no longer in stock. 

GET YOUR FREE CATALOGUE! You're going to love the new catalogue that comes out June 1st - wait until you see all the new stamps and accessories! Wowsers. If you haven't already reserved your copy scroll down to read the details on how you can get one for FREE (otherwise you can pay for your own copy with your orders beginning June).  

All orders this month will also receive complimentary tutorials that will be emailed to your inbox!  Just make sure to click on the link in before you submit your online order that your demonstrator (that would be moi) can contact you. Otherwise I have no way of knowing your email or who placed the order. 
Make sure to use the above host code before you submit your online order. If your order is over $200 (before tax and shipping) do NOT use this code to ensure that you receive your host benefits. I will still mail you a complimentary catalogue. Offer valid in CANADA only and is a personal offer through Tina Zinck, Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Sneak Peek and Video: Picture Palette and Thoughtful Banners


Hi Friends.  I'm so busy with the last month of our retiring products that I normally don't do too many sneak peeks. But when my pre-order of new items arrived today I simply couldn't resist creating a card. Well, lemme tell ya, I had so much fun making that card that I promptly made a second one, this time filming it so that you could see the new stamps in action too!

I also got my fingers inky with 5 new gorgeous colours today...yup, the 2016-2018 In Colours were in my pre-order too. Fabulous new shades this year - I think you're going to like them as much as I do!  Check them out:

Ok - on with the card. Today's card features two new stamp sets "Picture Palette" and "Thoughtful Banners". Picture Palette is going to be a blast to play with - I already have lots of ideas on how I want to use this set. And Thoughtful Banners, with it's coordinating punch is an absolute MUST HAVE! Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about versatile - there are 53 images in this stamp set so that makes for a lot of different sentiments. 

Here's the first card I made:

 I created a little banner, wrapped with a bakers twine bow.

Here are the supplies and instructions for the above card and the video with the second card, which is very similar, follows the tutorial:

·       Stamp SetsPainters Palette141907 (111111); Thoughtful Banners (141614); Papillon Potpourri (132058)
·       Card Stock – Whisper White Card Stock (100730); Basic Black Card Stock (121045)
·       Stamp Pads – 2016-2018 In Color Collection (141818); Jet Black Stazon Ink (101406); Versamark Ink (102283); Sahara Sand Ink (126976); Smoky Slate Ink (131179)
·       Misc. – Aqua Painters (103954); Heat Tool (129053); Embossing Buddy (103083); White Embossing Powder (109132); Dimensionals (104430); Old Olive Bakers Twine (134579); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526); Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
·       Card Stock 1:          Basic Black 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”          
·       Card Stock 2:          Whisper White 5 1/4” x 4”

1.     Stamp large and small butterfly images from Papillion Potpourri onto scrap paper; punch with coordinating butterfly punchs to create masks.
2.     Ink butterfly stamps with Black Stazon and stamp two butterflies onto whisper white card layer. Place masks over butterflies.
3.     Use stamp-a-ma-jig to line up and stamp image from Painters Pallette over the butterflies. Remove masks.
4.     Use aqua painters to colour butterflies, pallette frame using 2016-2018 In Color ink pads. Add ‘ground’ in grey. Adhere card layer to Basic Black card base.
5.     Ink long bold image from Thoughtful Banners in Black Stazon onto scrap piece of Whisper White card stock. Rub embossing buddy on top. Use Versamark to stamp “You Are” on top and emboss in white. Cut out.
6.     Use Dapper Denim to ink “Expression of Love” and stamp onto scrap whisper white card stock; cut into banner. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere to card.
7.     Wrap Old Olive Bakers twine onto banner and make a bow; add a rhinestone.
8.     If desired, add third butterfly to card as shown, using glue dot to adhere.
9.     Finish card by adding some Dazzling Diamonds onto butterflies.

This is the second card, with video:



Well, friends, that's it for me. It's a gorgeous sunshiny day and I've been anxious to get out in my garden, so that's where I'm heading.

Have a wonderful weekend and HAPPY STAMPING!

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