Sunday, July 15, 2018

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good weekend. I held my quarterly team training event yesterday and it was SO much fun! I absolutely LOVE spending time with my Stamping Symphony family. One of the things we enjoy doing is swapping card ideas. This month our theme was Christmas in July to get us all in the mood as we await the release of the new Holiday Catalogue. There were some AMAZING designs and we decided that this month's blog hop should feature some of them. So, here is our monthly hop...

I have been playing with the Follow Your Dreams bundle recently and decided it would make a beautiful Christmas card...

Now, I actually used several different products on this card. I began by die-cutting the Whisper White background layer using the Chase Your Dreams Framelits. I love that I can cut a peek-through window in my card front with it. After die-cutting I embossed the panel using the Subtle TIEF...that one is fast becoming a favourite! I added a bit of gold foil behind my window and then added a die-cut gold circle using the same die, but this time adding the circle die to cut it out fully from the foil sheet. The result is a kinda cool reverse image of the window. The "poinsettia" is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set. I heat embossed the image in gold on Real Red card stock and then sponged  bit of Real Red ink in the centre of the flower for shadow. I also added some Wink of Stella to make it sparkle.

The sentiment is from the Christmas Pines stamp set and is heat embossing in gold. I used the label die from the Petals & More thinlits to die-cut the sentiment and then layered it on a gold foil filigree label, also cut with the same thinlits. The only embellishments on this card are some gold pearls and gold metallic thread. I love how delicate and subtle that stuff is!

 On the inside of the card I added another sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set and some little flourishes from the Eastern Beauty set stamped in Real Red and Soft Suede inks respectively.

I love thinking outside the box and coming up with uses for stamps and products beyond the obvious. It makes my products so much more versatile and helps me see them in a whole new light. For more Christmas in July inspiration, check out the projects on these blogs below. There are some super-talented stampers in the Stamping Symphony!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dream Big!

Well, here it is Tuesday already and I'm just getting to posting. I have been in the process of setting up and familiarizing myself with my new iMac and it has been a bit of a learning curve! My wonderful hubby got me a beautiful new computer for my birthday and the process of transferring files and getting used to the new platform has taken the better part of my first week of summer vacation. But it is going to be FANTASTIC once I get it all figured out.

Today I want to share a card I made with a new bundle that at first didn't appeal to me at all, but now that I've gotten my hands on it, I LOVE! Check it out...

Now, I'm not a big fan of dreamcatchers, nor do I own one; however the stamps and dies in this bundle are just too pretty to pass up. Here I started with a background image using the Gallery Grunge stamp set (THAT is one I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on!). I stamped the herringbone image using Sahara Sand ink and then stamped the dreamcatcher image over it in Crumb Cake. I die-cut the smaller dreamcatcher  from Crumb Cake card stock using the Chase Your Dreams thinlits. This die-cut is soooo detailed and intricate! LOVE it!

I stamped the feathers in Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Pool Party inks and die-cut them, adhering them to the bottom of the dreamcatcher. The word "dream" is also part of the Chase Your Dreams thinlits set and here I die-cut it from Pool Party card stock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Subtle TIEF to add a hint of texture. I also glammed it up a little with some Wink of Stella before adhering it to my card. The final tough was a few basic self-adhesive sequins.

On the inside I added a sentiment from the Follow Your Dreams stamp set in Crumb Cake ink as well as a small flower image in Pool Party.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget about the two AWESOME promotions happening this month!

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Have a great week!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Welcome Little One

Happy Summer!!! I am officially on holidays and it sure feels GOOD!! Now if only my body would catch on and stop waking me up at 5:00 am ;)

It is a brand new month and with come two UH-MAZING promotions! Firstly...

I am always thrilled to welcome new members to my Stamping Symphony family and this month I anticipate I'll be adding several! This deal is just too good to pass up! Join my Stamping Symphony during the month of July and receive an entire colour family set of newly-designed ink pads absolutely FREE! Really. There's absolutely no catch. A $92.25 value FREE.
When you consider the fact that you get to choose $165 worth of products of your choice for your kit and pay only $135 for the kit (there's no shipping or HST on the Starter Kit in Ontario) your total savings adds up to $184 in savings! This deal is a no-brainer!
Start saving 20% on every Stampin' Up! order, get early access to new products (hello Holiday Catalogue in August!), not to mention all the perks and benefits I offer my Symphony members. To learn more, click the "Want a 20% Discount" tab above.

Now, as if that weren't exciting enough...

I don't know about you, but I LOVE every single pack of DSP in this year's catalogue. It has been a while since I've been able to say that, but this year, Stampin' Up! has knocked it out of the park with the paper selection. That's way I'm SOOOO pumped about this promotion. During the month of July, purchase three packs of DSP and choose a fourth pack absolutely FREE! How awsome is that?? Now, I know you're probably thinking you don't need that much pretty paper, but seriously, who are we kidding? This has absolutely nothing to do with need ;) (If it would make you feel better you could always split your order with a friend)

Check out the paper packs included in this deal:

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In order to give you a little inspiration, here is a card I designed that features the Animal Expedition and Twinkle Twinkle paper packs...

I am so in love with the sweet animal images from the Animal Outing stamp set. They are such fun to fact, I'm featuring them in my Colour Therapy class this week! This is one of the projects we'll be making. I used my Stampin' Blends to colour the focal image, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink. The circle is die-cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and layered on a scalloped Crumb Cake circle cut with the Layering Circles framelits.

I added a little scalloped border from the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty paper pack, as well as some wooden hearts from the Frames Elements, some Basic Adhesive-backed Sequins and a bit of Silver and Petal Pink Baker's Twine. The sentiments, also from the Animal Outing set, are stamped in Crumb Cake and Petal Pink ink.

Such a sweet card to welcome a new little person!

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