Friday, June 23, 2017

My Big Birthday Weekend of Awesomeness!

Welcome to my big birthday weekend of awesomeness! My birthday is on Sunday and, since my big day just happens to fall on a weekend, we've decided to make it a weekend-long celebration. It all begins tonight with tickets to see U2!!!!  I am soooo excited to see Bono and the was so good of them to plan a stop on their tour schedule in time for my birthday :)

The fun continues as I have some retail therapy planned for tomorrow, along with my summer pedi...nothing like a little pampering to make a girl feel special, right? Sunday, my actual birthday will be dinner with my sweetie and sending my sweet boy off to Grammy & Grampy's for his annual summer kick-off. Today is his last day of grade FOUR!!

Now, lest you think I have forgotten you, I also have some birthday fun planned for my fabulous customers. This weekend, when you place your order of  $25 or more you will receive a special gift from me: a 4" X 6" sampler of the new Fresh Florals DSP in each of the 5 new In-Colours. This DSP is absolutely gorgeous...I know you will love it as much as I do! That's not all! If your order exceeds $46 (before shipping and HST) your name will be entered into a draw for a $46 gift certificate (can you guess how old I'm turning?) How sweet would an extra $46 be to spend on your new catty wishlist? Orders must be placed by 11:00 pm on Sunday, June 25th to qualify for both offers.

Now for a sweet birthday card to inspire you. This is one that I designed for my upcoming Daisy Delight bundle class in July.

 I have a HUGE clump of rudbeckia growing in my garden. I love their late-summer colour...they just make me happy. I tried to recreate some on this card and love the way they turned out. Isn't that background awesome? I used the new Burlap background stamp on Crumb Cake card stock using ink of the same shade. the texture it adds is fantastic! To create my rudbeckia, I sponged Crushed Curry and Peekaboo Peach ink on Daffodil Delight card stock and then stamped the daisy image over top in Crushed Curry ink. I punched the stamped images using the Daisy punch and layered them. The centres are Early Espresso card stock, stamped in Early Espresso ink and punched with the 1/2" circle punch. The stem and leaves are Pear Pizzazz card stock.

 The sentiment is from the Special Celebrations stamp set and is stamped in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock. I punched it using the Pretty Label punch and added some copper metallic thread and a 1/4" copper trim bow.

 On the inside I added a panel of Very Vanilla card stock on which I stamped another sentiment from the Special Celebrations stamp set as well as more daisy images from the Daisy Delight stamp set.

If you haven't yet registered for my Daisy Delight class its not too late!  Live too far away to attend in person? Take advantage of my Class-To-Go option. Click HERE for details on both options.

Have a fabulous weekend and don't forget to place your order before 11:00 on Sunday to be eligible for my birthday weekend offers.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Seasonal Thinking of You

Happy Tuesday! I hope you're having a good week. I am counting down the days till school finishes...not long now!
I know summer is just starting but I'm already starting to think about fall projects, thianks in part to the fantastic Colourful Seasons bundle! Check out this card I created recently:

Aren't those die-cut leaves just fantastic?? Here is a closer look...

So intricate and pretty! I die-cut them from copper, gold and silver foil for this card...I am loving mixed metals these days! Besides, fall leaves come in all colours, right? I used some of the Wood Textures DSP for the background, stamping and embossing some leaves in copper using the coordinating Colourful Seasons stamp set. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink on another strip of Wood Textures DSP which I matted with copper foil. The only embellishment is a bit of linen thread.

On the inside I added a Very Vanilla card stock layer and stamped some more leaves in Early Espresso ink, stamping both full-strength and stamped off once for depth.

I am just starting to play with this fantastic bundle...can't wait until school is out and I have more time to get my creative juices flowing!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet

Happy Sunday...and happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there! Today marks the start of a new colour challenge over at Sunday Stamps and it is a perfectly summer one!

There are so many possibilites for this yummy palette, but I chose to break in my new Beautiful Bouquet bundle. I've been dying to take these new products for a spin and this was the perfect opportunity. Here is what I came up with...

Isn't that a pretty bouquet? Here's a closer look...

I used Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral for the flowers and Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz for the greenery. I was so easy to build this bouquet and involved NO STAMPING! I added a hint of shimmer with some clear Wink of Stella on the Flirty Flamingo flowers. The background watercolour wash was done on watercolour paper using my Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz ink pads with an aquapainter. That cute little tag was stamped using the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and die-cut using the Bouquet Bunch framelits.

I added some Linen thread to the tag and some yummy Calypso Coral ombre ribbon to the bouquet. The background layer on my card is done using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF...I used Sahara Sand for both the embossed panel and the card base. I added a touch of whimsy with a little bit of a Delicate White Doily peeking out from behind the focal image.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped the sentiment in Sahara Sand ink and the flowers in Wild Wasabi and Calypsot Coral. All images are from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

This colour combo is positively yummy! Give it a try and share your project with us at Sunday Stamps this week...we'd love to see what you create!

Have a super Sunday!

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