Wednesday, May 24, 2017

World's Greatest

Well, this is a surprise mid-week post! My life is gradually becoming less hectic as the school year begins to wind down and I'm finding I have a little bit more time to blog :) Now to find the time to actually do some STAMPING with my new catty goodies...that is definitely in the cards for this weekend!
Before I get to today's project, I have to give a shout out to my amazing students. Last week I took my senior concert band to perform at MusicFest Canada Nationals in Niagara Falls. They performed brilliantly and earned a gold award! I am so proud of each and every one of them for their hard work, dedication and commitment to making beautiful music. Anyone who wonders about the youth of today need only stop by my band room at 7:00 am some morning to see that we are in good hands. These are truly fabulous kids!

Now for some I have a man-card for you. I know many people struggle designing projects for the men in their lives, so I thought I'd show you one that could work for Father's Day or a birthday, as I did here:

I used lots of retiring products on this project, so if you like what you see you'll want to act fast before they're gone for good. The background is a piece of DSP from the Urban Underground specialty pack. The word DAD is from the Urban District stamp set and is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink on Very Vanilla card stock. Then I used my Delightful Dijon marker to colour selected images from the stamped letters. I chose images that relate to my own dad to personalize it a little.

I stamped "world's greatest" on a strip of vellum card stock, punched one end into a banner using the Triple Banner punch and then adhered it to the stamped panel using a glue dot at one end so that I could hide it with the twine. One of the tricky things about using vellum is you always need to think ahead to how you're going to conceal the adhesive ;)
The only embellishments I used, besides some linen thread, were some metallic sequins, which I adhered using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

 On the inside I added another Very Vanilla card stock panel and stamped a sentiment from the Super Duper stamp set in Basic Black. I added a hint of colour once again using the Delightful Dijon marker.

As I said earlier, this card could easily be transformed into a Father's Day card by simply changing the inside sentiment. Gotta love when projects can do double duty!

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Eastern Thanks for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday...and if you're in Canada, happy LONG WEEKEND!! This marks the unofficial start of summer for Canucks and though the weather isn't exactly perfect (it's raining as I type this!) there is a promise of warm summer days to come.
Today marks the start of a new colour challenge over at Sunday Stamps. Check it out:

This challenge is the PERFECT  way to showcase two of the new In-Colours from the upcoming 2017/18 Annual Catalogue, which is what I did on my project:

Isn't that bold citrus just fabulous? It is called Lemon Lime Twist and is my new favourite colour. It pairs perfectly with just about anything for a fun pop of sassy colour. Here I used it with Bermuda Bay and Tranquil Tide (another new In-Colour!).  I really wanted to showcase the colours so I added bold strips of card stock to my project. I embossed the strips using the new Oh My Stars TIEF, which will also be available on June 1st in the upcoming catalogue.

I used the Eastern Beauty stamp set to create a bold stamped pattern to fill in the remaining white space on my card front. I created the focal image by die-cutting a medallion from gold foil card stock using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. I added the stamped sentiment, which I die-cut using the Layering Circles Framelits, as well as a Lemon Lime Twist card stock mat behind it.

I glammed up my project with some gold 1/8" metallic ribbon and a gold tassel.

On the inside I stamped more of the same images I used on the front using Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Tranquil Tide inks. LOVE this fresh colour combo!

Why not give this combo a try on a project of your own? When you do be sure to share it with us at Sunday Stamps. In the meantime, have a super Sunday!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today marks the very first Tri-City Stampers Blog Hop and I am super-excited! Some of the girls on my Tri-City Stampers team asked if we could start doing a monthly blog hop and I was more than happy to participate. There are some super-talented stampers that I have the priviledge to call my friends, so you are in for a treat. We even have a special header....

So? Are you ready for a new catty sneak peek? Check this out...

I used several new products from the Delightful Daisy Suite on this card and gift tag set. The stamp set is called Daisy Delight and is available in a bundle with the coordinating Daisy punch. I used both to create my 3-D flowers. That gorgeous DSP is called Delightful Daisy and features hand-painted images that are simply yummy. I also used some 1/4" Double-stitched Ribbon in Daffodil Delight. This ribbon is fun because one side features cross-stitched X's and the other a double dotted line. Both are fantastic and super-sweet with this ensemble. Here's a closer look at just the card...

...and here is the tag:

Did you notice those 3-D centres on the flowers? Those are the new Faceted Gems and they are awesome! They come in clear and gold (I used clear here)...and you know what's even better? You can colour the clear ones with an alcohol-based marker and get gems in any colour you want! How cool is that?? I just wish I had realized that before I took these photos, or I would have coloured my flower centres yellow ;)

Now, if you haven't just come from there, be sure to check out Steph's and Sandy's sneak peek projects as well. You can find them at:

Have a marvelous week!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Succulents

Happy Friday!  I hope you've had a good week. This has been a long one for sure!! I'm looking forward to some serious studio time this weekend to play with all of my preorder goodies that arrived this week. So many ideas swimming around in my brain that need to be brought to life.
This weekend is also Mother's Day which means (hopefully) that I'll get a bit of a break on the house and yard work which means more me-time :)
In celebration of Mother's Day I thought I would share with you a card I designed for a private class I did last weekend. The hostess had asked for a card that would work as both a Mother's Day or a feminine birthday, depending on her guests' needs. This is what I came up with...

I think this may have been inspired by Pinterest, but it has been a while since I designed it so I can't remember exactly whose card it was. I used some Succulent Garden DSP for the background panel, mounting it on a larger piece of Whisper White card stock. I layered that on a piece of Mint Macaron card stock embossed using the Petal Burst TIEF. The wreath is die-cut using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits and the flower is done with the Succulent Framelits. I use Mint Macaron and silver glimmer paper to construct the flower.

The sentiment is from the Oh, So Succulent stamp set and is stamped in Mint Macaron ink. The only embellishments are some lace trim peeking out from behind the DSP panel and a single rhinestone in the centre of the flower. Just the right touch of bling :)

On the inside I stamped some flowers from the Oh, So Succulent stamp set as well as another sentiment in Mint Macaron.

This card was a hit with the guests at my class...and what's even better is that most of the products I used, although retiring, are on sale until the end of May or supplies run out. The Succulent Garden bundle is one of my favourites and I am sad to see it go away, but plan to get lots of use out of it before it does.

Have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend!

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Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace Trim
Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace Trim


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