Monday, May 20, 2019

Nature's Roots

Happy Monday! Here in Canada it is a holiday Monday, which makes it much more bearable than a regular Monday ;) I'm looking forward to an extra day to check things of my never-ending To-Do List as I prepare for the launch of the new 2019/20 Annual Catalogue. One of the things I am most excited about is my Facebook Live virtual launch party! It is happening on Tuesday, June 4th at 7:30 pm and I have TONS of fun surprises planned. Save the date and plan to stop by my Facebook page to join me!

Now for today's project...last week I held a retirement party for my beloved Lovely as a Tree stamp set. This week I am celebrating the set that will take it's place on my stamp shelf...Rooted in Nature. One of the things I love about this set is that it has coordinating dies, one thing the Lovely as a Tree did not.

Now, the good news is that you can get the stamps and coordinating dies as a discounted bundle...the bad news is that the bundle will be discontinued when the 2018/19 Annual Catalogue retires on June 3rd.  You'll still be able to get the stamps and dies in the new catalogue, but not as a discounted bundle. So, if you haven't yet purchased this awesome set, you'll want to do that SOON!

Still need convincing? Check out this cute project...

Now, can you spot the new catalogue sneak peeks on this project? I've used some of the new Garden Lane DSP as well as some of the gorgeous Magnolia Lane linen ribbon. I love the fresh, garden vibe of this card. Did you notice that beautiful stitched label on which I stamped my sentiment? That was cut using the new Stitched Nested Labels dies...oh, my stars, they are fabulous!

I love all of the different greens in the Garden Lane DSP...It is perfect for outdoorsy, nature-themed projects.

On the inside I stamped a few more branches and another sentiment from the Nature's Roots set.

I'll be demonstrating this card and two others in tomorrow's Tuesday Live @ Five won't want to miss it. Be sure to join me as I'll have more new catalogue sneak peeks! If you miss the live broadcast, you can always catch it later on my YouTube channel or on the Video Tutorials tab at the top of this page.

Till then, have a great day and a fabulous week.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It's a Retirement Party Blog Hop!

As hard as it is to believe, it is already the May 15th, which means it's time for another Stamping Symphony Blog Hop! This month our theme is favourite retiring items, so I chose my very favourite, oldest stamp set: Lovely as a Tree. This set was the very first stamp set I ever bought, so it will live in my collection forever. My set is the last remaining wood mount stamp set I own and it has seen its share of use and abuse over the years.

Today's card is one I demonstrated on my Tuesday Live @ Five video this week...

One of the things that I love most about this stamp set is its versatility. Here, I've used it to make a sympathy card using the spotlighting technique. This simple technique requires very few tools, but creates a real wow on this simple design. I stamped the tree image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then used sticky notes with circles punched in them as masks to create the coloured circles. I used the 1-1/2" and 1" circle punches. My colour scheme was Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie and Rich pretty!

To add extra texture and interest, I scored some lines along the bottom edge of the stamped panel using the scoring blade of my paper trimmer. This quick and easy trick adds so much to a simple design.

Because I wanted to keep this clean and simple, the only embellishment I added was a bit of black baker's twine with a bow underneath the sentiment to highlight it.

On the inside I stamped a simple sympathy sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set  and the little leaf from Lovely as A Tree.

Thanks for stopping by...check out my video tutorial for this card, and two others below.

Time to hop on over to Sandy's blog to see what awesomeness she has for us.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Farewell Lovely As A Tree

Happy Monday...I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was jam-packed with stamping...but I checked TONS of things off my To-Do List, which means a relatively relaxed week ahead. As we head closer to the launch of the new 2019/20 Annual Catalogue and the end of the school year, time is in short supply!

One of the sad things about a new catalogue is that we have to say goodbye to some of our most beloved products, as they retire to make room for the new. Lovely As a Tree is one of the sets that is going away, which has come as a shock to many of us. It is the longest running stamp set EVER...18 years! With longevity like that it MUST be an awesome set! It was actually the very first stamp set I ever bought when I discovered Stampin' Up! 10+ years ago. It has held a place of honour in my studio thanks to its versatility and the beauty of its images.

This week I am sending Lovely As a Tree off to retirement in style. I am featuring it as my product of the week! Check out this pretty, #simplestamping card I made...

I saw a similar card on Pinterest that used another stamp set and thought it would be perfect to showcase the beautiful images in this set. I masked off the Whisper White card front using sticky notes and then sponged on Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Highland Heather, Mango Melody and Pumpkin Pie. I love the way these colours work together!

After stamping the pine tree and the sentiment from Rooted in Nature in black ink, I added some texture by scoring lines to the left of the sponged area using my paper trimmer. I love the subtle interest it adds to the design.

On the inside I stamped a sentiment and the little pine branch image in black ink. So simple, but so, so pretty! The beautiful images in this set lend themselves so well to simple cards. It was fun to showcase them and allow them to be the star of my design!

Be sure to check out my Tuesday Live @ Five video this week for all of the details on this and two additional cards using this set. I stuck to the same colour scheme for all three to show that one doesn't need to have a whole craft room full of supplies to make pretty cards! Be sure to check it out over on my Facebook page or on the Video Tutorials tab at the top of this page later in the week.

Have a "lovely" week!

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Everything is Rosy

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was as beautiful as ours was! Saturday was a bit on the cloudy side, but Sunday was a stunner! Gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatures. The leaves are FINALLY bursting their buds...we should have green trees by the end of the week. Spring has finally come to Southern Ontario!

Spring was also blooming in my studio this weekend as my order of the Everything is Rosy Product Medley arrived on Friday afternoon. I spent some quality time playing with this stunning kit and I am soooo in love! So much so, that I am changing my originally planned featured product for this week and replacing it with the Everything is Rosy kit. I just had too many ideas not to! I'll be showcasing the kit in this week's Tuesday Live @ Five video and I also have a face-to-face class planned for this Friday evening. I thought I would share one of the projects from that class with you today...

Have I mentioned I LOVE this kit?? The colour combination of Night of Navy, Melon Mambo and Rose Gold is uh-MAZING! Here, I used the soon-to-be-retired Climbing Vine embossing folder to add texture to the Night of Navy background panel and then layered on some of the rose gold-accented DSP. I added a subtle border of rose gold foil using the beautiful border can see it peek out from behind the ribbon. And can we talk about that ribbon??? Navy satin with rose gold metallic edging...yummo!!

The sentiment is from the Everything is Rosy stamp set and is stamped in Night of Navy ink on a die-cut Whisper White stitched circle. I added a Melon Mambo scalloped circle mat behind it to make it pop against the navy background. I stamped and die-cut several images to create my little cluster of florals. I couldn't resist adding a little Wink of Stella to the petals of the large pink flower.

I also added some of the uber-cool rose gold mirrored embellishments...these things are such a neat accent...I would LOVE to see them added to our regular embellishment line-up!

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped another sentiment from the Everything is Rosy stamp set in Night of Navy ink and them some more florals using Melon Mambo and Night of Navy inks.
If you haven't yet picked up your Everything is Rosy Product Medley yet, you need to do it soon! These gorgeous products WILL sell out. They are available during the month of May and only while supplies last. You won't be able to purchase any of these items outside of this promotion and they won't appear in the new Annual Catalogue. If you still need more convincing, check out this live video I did as I unboxed my kit on Friday...

If you still are on the fence, or even if you want more project ideas, be sure to tune in to tomorrow's Live @ Five video over on my Facebook page. This card is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the possibilities with this kit! Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@lgirsa) for more project ideas all week long.

Before I go, I am excited to announce that my 2019/20 Annual Catalogue Designer Series Paper Share is now open! You can get a little of just a few of the fabulous DSP offerings in the new catalogue, or get it all! All of the details can be found on the order form by clicking the image below.

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Thanks for stopping by today...have a spectacular week!

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