Sunday, August 13, 2017

Autumn Blessings for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday! I find myself relaxing at the lake on this glorious day; I hope that wherever you are you, too, are able to enjoy some downtime and just be still.

Today marks the start of a new colour challenge over at Sunday Stamps...


Although this colour pallette certainly speaks of fresh, summery citrus, my mind is already on fall and Autumn's splendour, so I chose to go with a somewhat fall-themed card:

I began with a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of watercolour paper and masked off a border using Washi tape. Then, using an aqua painter and my ink pads I created the watercolour wash. I used Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral. I love the ombre look that resulted. Once the panel had dried completely I stamped several images from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in copper. When I remover the Washi tape mask I was left with a beautiful single-layer background.

The sentiment, also from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set, is also heat embossed in copper on Very Vanilla card stock. I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to die-cut the oval and then layered it on a scalloped oval cut from copper foil sheets using the Layering Ovals framelits. Then I went a little crazy with the embellishments ;) I added a bit of burlap ribbon, part of one of the new Metallic Snowflakes (the reverse side is Very Vanilla!) from the Holiday catty, a Touches of Nature wood element and a few iridescent sequins. The final touch was the little die-cut copper swirl from the new Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits (also from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue). The card is built on a Crumb Cake card stock base.


On the inside, I added  a Very Vanilla card stock panel on which I stamped several of the paisley images using the Rock and Roll technique with Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo ink. I love the way it mimics the watercolour look from the front of the card.

These colours truly were a breeze to work with. Why not give our colour challenge a try yourself and then share your creation with us at Sunday Stamps? We'd love to see your work!


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Lovely Friend

Happy Friday...the weekend is here! Wahooo!! I am leaving tomorrow to head up for my annual week at my parents' place. I'm so looking forward to some rest and relaxation by the lake. This is the one week in the year when I truly do nothing...my mom takes care of everything...I just sit and read and nap :) Can't wait!

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Today I have another project I designed for my upcoming Suite of the Month class. This month we're focusing on the Naturally Eclectic Suite...



I so love the colours in this suite...bright and bold, but with soft watercoloured images...so pretty! Here I began with a piece of watercolour paper on which I did a quick wash using Night of Navy ink. Once it had dried, I used the embossing die from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits to create the impression of the leaves in the watercolour paper. I love the subtle texture it adds.

The lattice is die-cut from silver foil once again using the Eclectic Layers dies. Because that die is designed to cut a window, I used my paper snips to cut out the lattice to use as an element on my card. The flowers are stamped in Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Bursy and Night of Navy ink. All are die-cut using the Eclectic Layers thinlits. The leaves are die-cut from vellum using the same die set.  The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy and combines two different sentiments from the Oh, So Eclectic set. The only embellishments are some Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon and some Pearl Basic Jewels.

On the inside I stamped more flowers on the Whisper White panel using Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst inks, as well as another sentiment in Night of Navy. The card is built on a Lemon Lime Twist card stock base.

Did you know that I feature a different suite every month and that each month's class is available as a kit to go? Click the Upcoming Classes & Events tab above to learn more.

Have a fabulous weekend and be sure to stop by on Sunday for a new colour challenge from Sunday Stamps!


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Musical Christmas

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a good week. I've been spending lots of time playing with my new Holiday Catalogue pre-order products and am I ever having fun! SO many fabulous ideas for classes this fall! Today I thought I'd share a little sneak peek with you....

This card makes my musician-heart just sing! ;) There are several music-themed products in the upcoming catalogue, so naturally I had to order them ALL! I used several of them on this vintage-inpired card. The background paper is from the Merry Music DSP pack. (You'll find this paper on page 13 of the new Holiday Catalogue) This pack is all black and white, so I sponged the paper with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink to make it look aged and worn. I also tore one side to make it look like it had been ripped from a songbook (not that I would EVER destroy perfectly good sheet music!) I also crumpled the DSP to add texture and interest.

The die-cut French horn is cut from gold foil using the new Musical Instruments Framelits. SOOO excited about those! The sentiment is heat embossed in gold using the coordinating Musical Season stamp set. (Both the stamps and dies are available in a discounted bundle on page 25...yippee!!)  The pine boughs behind the horn are cut from Always Artichoke and Garden Green card stock, using the new Christmas Staircase Thinlits. I think these dies are already my most-used from the new catty (you'll find them on page 6). The pine boughes make perfect accents and embellishments! The only embellishments on this card are some pearls that I coloured with an alcohol marker and some gold metallic thread.

On the inside of the card I added a Very Vanilla panel on which I stamped another sentiment in Soft Suede ink and the border image in Cherry Cobbler. Both are from the Musical Season stamp set.

I designed this card for a creative challenge I issued to my Tri-City Stampers team recently. We were to create a project using our least-favourite Stampin' Up colour. My least favourite colour is Always Artichoke. I find it very muddy and difficult to use, but, on this vintage-looking card, it totally works! Maybe I misjudged poor Always Artichoke...perhaps it's time to rethink its virtues ;)


If you are in Canada and don't currently have a demonstrator I would be happy to send you a copy of the new Holiday Catalogue. There are sooo many fabulous new products in there! Just send me a quick message and I'll get one in the mail to you lickety split so you'll have lots of time to make your wishlist before it goes live on September 1st.

Have a great day!


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