Thursday, October 12, 2017

Quilted Peace Two Ways

Have you started your Christmas cards yet? I have been designing Christmas cards since July! Today I have a project that features the Quilted Christmas of my favourites from the Holiday Catalogue! The first card is one I made at a demonstrator training event I attended in Pennsylvania this summer. It was designed by Connie Heisey.

This is a fairly quick and simple design and, as you know if you've been following my blog for any length of time, I like to step my projects up just a touch. So I redesigned this card and stepped it up...

I love that this card totally works both ways. Quick and easy for the novice crafter (or those in a hurry!) and stepped up for the seasoned stamper. Can you spot all of the differences between the two cards? Here is a side-by-side photo...

Firstly, I added an additional layer of Real Red card stock over the card base, adhering the DSP strip to the Real Red layer and then running it through the Big Shot with the Quilt Top TEIF. I love the extra texture it adds. Using embossing folders is a simple, yet stunning way to step up any project!

Next, I used the stitched detail die on the solid Garden Green pinwheel to add interest. I also added a few sprigs of pine greenery behind the sentiment banner. I swapped out the ribbon, favouring the Real Red, which pops nicely against the greenery.

The inside of the first card wasn't decorated at all, so it was easy to step it up ;) I added a Whisper White panel, stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Quilt stamp set and adhered another strip of DSP.

Isn't it amazing what just a few extra details can do to take a project from fun to fabulous??

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Season's Greetings

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. We are celebrating our Thanksgiving here in Canada, so I am off to stuff a turkey as soon as I finish this post!

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

Here is my take on the challenge:

I love blue with pops of red for Christmas, so this challenge immediately inspired a holiday card. I began with a piece of Cheer All Year specialty DSP and then sponged on Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo inks. I love the way the silver foil pattern pops against the blue background. I layered the sponged DSP on a mat of Real Red card stock and then mounted it on an Island Indigo card stock base.

The sentiment, from the Cheers to the Year stamp set, is heat embossed in silver over a stamped snowflake in Tempting Turquoise ink. I added a pop of Real Red with the swirled circle image from the same stamp set. I punched the stamped images out using my 2" circle punch and then layered it on a Tempting Turquoise mat, punched with the starburst punch. Behind that I added a silver foil swirl, die-cut using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. I added a silver Year of Cheer Embellishment and a little Real Red bow. The final touch was a few scattered silver sequins.

On the inside I added a Whisper White card stock panel on which I stamped more of the snowflakes from the Cheers to the Year stamp set in Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo inks.

This is a fun colour challenge because it works for everything from birthdays to Christmas. Give it a go and then be sure to share with us over at Sunday Stamps. We'd love to see your work!

Now, I'm off to get up close and personal with a rather large bird ;)

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Cheer All Year Photopolymer Stamp Set
Cheer All Year Photopolymer Stamp Set
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Big Shot

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Happy October!

Can you believe today is October 1st?? With the brand new month, comes a ton of exciting news from Stampin' Up! Firstly, today marks the start of the new World Card Making Day Promotion.
From now until October 10th, save 15% on selected stamp sets and notecards & envelopes. Plus, get TWO FREE REFILLS when you buy a Fast Fuse...that's $20 in free refills with a $13.50 purchase! WOW! 
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Remember, this promotion is only valid until October 10th, so place your order today!

Also this month, buy three packages of beautiful Designer Series Paper and you can choose a fourth pack FREE! This promotion includes products from both the Annual and Holiday Catalogues, so it is a great time to stock up for your Christmas crafting needs. The best part? Many of the stamp sets that are on sale during the World Card Making Day promo coordinate with the DSP packs that are on sale! Gotta love great minds at Stampin' Up! ;)

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Want some more exciting news? Stampn' Up has just announced the release of a new line of blendable alcohol markers! Many of you may remember the previous line called Blendabilities. These markers were FABULOUS but, due to manufacturing issues, the line had to be prematurely discontinued. Since then, Stampin' Up! has been hard at work in search of a new manufacturer who could ensure the level of quality that  would live up to  the company's reputation. After several years, I am thrilled to announce that today marks the start of the demonstrator pre-order for Stampin' Blends, our new line of alcohol markers! This is a limited offering for demonstrators only to purchase and experiment with this new product line. Stampin' Up! will monitor and analyse the buying patterns of demonstrators to forecast how much product they will need to ensure a sufficient supply to meet the demand when the product line launches for customers. We don't yet have a customer launch date.

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The great news is, that new demonstrators who join during this pre-order period can also order these fantastic new products! You can even add them to your starter kit! Click HERE to join my Tri-City Stampers team and order your Stampin' Blends before October 15th!

Now for today's project! I designed this one for my recent Christmas card buffet...

Can you guess which paper pack the background came from? (Hint: It's one that is part of the B3G1 DSP promo!). It's Naturally Eclectic! It makes a perfect snowy backdrop for this wintry scene. I used a 3-1/2" x 5" piece of DSP and layered it over a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock which I embossed using the Softly Falling TIEF. I love the perspective it give my scene. The trees are die-cut from silver foil and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper using the Card Front Builder Thinlits.

I stamped the deer from the Carols of Christmas stamp set in Night of Navy ink and die-cut it also using the Card Front Builder Thinlits. The sentiment label is from the Merry Little Labels stamp set and is punched using the Everyday Label punch. The only embellishment is a bit of silver metallic thread behind the label.

On the inside, I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped the sentiment and snowflakes from the Peace This Christmas stamp set in Night of Navy ink.

Thanks for sticking with me through this rather long post...have a super Sunday!

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