Monday, October 15, 2018

A Halloween Blog Hop

Whew...what a whirlwind weekend! It went waaaay too fast! Saturday morning I held my quarterly team training day for my Stamping Symphony. It is always so good to get together with my stamping friends and celebrate our successes, set goals for the new stamping year and, of course, stamp together. Then, in the afternoon I held my Stamping Symphony Promotion Commotion, celebrating the accomplishments of those on my team who earned title promotions this year. We had a catered lunch and then participated in a private wood sign making workshop with DIY Workshops. It was so much fun to try another craft and the results were amazing! Here's a picture of all of us with our finished signs...

Unfortunately some members who qualified to attend weren't able to join us...we sure did miss them! It was such a fun afternoon.

Today is the 15th of the month, which means it is time for another Stamping Symphony Blog Hop. We took couple of months off during the summer and we're back today with some fun Halloween projects to share with you.

This project is one I will be featuring during my Tuesday Live @ Five video over on my Facebook page this week. It uses this week's Product of The Week: the Making Every Day Bright stamp set. 

I absolutely LOVE this set because it makes the Christmas Bulb Builder punch carry throughout the entire year. Check out this Halloween card...

I used DSP from the Toil & Trouble pack...I love the Gorgeous Grape, Lemon Lime Twist and Pumpkin Pie colour scheme. I'm not a big Halloween fan...not crazy about the gore and horror side, but I sure do love fun and cute! This is definitely my kind of Halloween card :)

In addition to the Making Every Day Bright stamp set, I also used the Warm Hearted Host set for the sentiment. It is a two-step image that creates the cool shadow effect. The banner is die-cut using the Farmhouse Framelits. I used the Subtle TIEF to emboss the background layer.

I'm not going to go into too much detail of how I made this one for sure to check out the video on my Facebook page Tuesday at 5:00 pm ET and later in the week on my YouTube channel for all the specific info.

Till then, be sure to visit the next blog in the hop...I have some super-talented stamping friends!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Harvest of Thanks

Happy Tuesday! I'm a day late posting this week because of our Thanksgiving long weekend yesterday. We had a great time with family enjoying turkey and all the trimmings as well as visiting our local fall fair. Although the weather was dreary, it was anything but around our house.  Today also marks my husband's and my 14th wedding anniversary! I can't believe it's been that long already, though when I look in the mirror I sure do look that much older ;) I am so very thankful for the many, many blessings we receive each and every day. We truly are blessed beyond measure.

In the spirit of fall and the season of thanks, I have a pretty card to share with you today...

Don't you just love the rich colours of fall? I was inspired by the beauty all around me when I created this one! It features this week's Product of the Week: the Falling For Leaves bundle. I soooo love the images and sentiments in the stamp set and the dies DIE FOR! (sorry(;)

I especially love the ghosted images of the detailed leaf in the colourful background. I'll be demonstrating the how-to for this technique this afternoon in my Tuesday Live @ Five video over on my Facebook Page. If you're reading this after the fact, you can check out the video on my YouTube channel. I won't take the time to go into detail here, but let me just say, it is an easy technique to do and doesn't require any special tools. The Early Espresso background is embossed using the Pinewood Planks TIEF (still a favourite of mine!) I die cut two of the leaves from the Detailed Leaves thinlits from copper yummy!

The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink on a 3/4" wide strip of Whisper White card stock which I then trimmed using my Everyday Label punch. I love using that punch to create labels of all sizes. I added a little Braided Linen bow and a few copper sequins for some sparkle.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped the detailed leaf image in Crushed Curry (stamped off once) and another sentiment from the Falling for Leaves set in Early Espresso ink.

I hope you'll join me live at 5:00 pm ET today for my weekly Facebook Live, but if you can't be sure to look for the video later this week on my YouTube channel.

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

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy October!

Happy Monday...and happy first day of October! It sure is looking and feeling like fall around here! The air is cool and crisp and the trees are starting their fiery display of fall glory! I love this month!

Today also marks the start of a brand new business year at Stampin' Up!® and for me. Last year was truly best year ever. Not only did I earn the Incentive Trip, but I also promoted in title twice, reaching a level I never imagined possible. I am so very grateful for each and every person who takes the time to stop by my blog and leave a kind comment, places an order, attends a class or joins my team. I am so tremendously blessed that I get to do something that makes a difference in the lives of others while also earning enough to pay my son's school tuition, and allows me to keep working my full-time teaching job. That we are also able to take a free family vacation of a lifetime to the Greek Isles next summer is beyond my wildest dreams! THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of your crafty journey and for enabling me to keep doing what I love.

The new Stampin' Up!® year is kicking off with a fabulous promotion! World Card Making Day is coming on October 6th and to celebrate, Stampin' Up! is having a week-long sale on select products...including ADHESIVES!! NOW is definitely the time to stock up on Stampin' Dimensionals and Tear 'n' Tape! For all of the details on this 7-day sale, click the image below.

Now for even MORE exciting news! Starting this week I will be doing a LIVE stamping video on my Facebook business page! Join me every Tuesday afternoon for LIVE @ FIVE when I'll showcase my favourite products on various projects. Don't worry if you miss the live broadcast...I'll post the recorded video on my page so you can view it any time. Click the image to visit my Facebook page now and be sure to follow it so you don't miss a single episode!

Now, for some stamping! This project uses my favourite new/old product from the Holiday Catalogue...shimmer paint! This stuff was around several years ago and I loved it then, but am loving it even more now. Check this out...

Isn't that background gorgeous?? What you can't see in the photo is just how shiny and shimmery it is! To create it I used Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint along with Brusho...what a fantastic fall backdrop! I'm not going to go into detail as to how to achieve this'll need to tune in to my Facebook LIVE tomorrow for the how-to...but believe me when I say it is easy and well worth getting a bit inky for!

The other elements on the card were created with the Falling for Leaves bundle. I stamped images from the stamp set on my shimmery background using Soft Suede and Early Espresso inks and then added the die-cut gold foil leaves using the Detailed Leaves dies. The sentiment is stamped on a strip of Country Lane DSP which I trimmed into a label using the Everyday Label punch. The only embellishments I used were some gold metallic pearls and a bit of Braided Linen Trim.

On the inside of the card I added a Whisper White card stock panel on which I stamped more images from the Falling for Leaves stamp set as well as a sentiment from the Perennial Birthday set.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll pop on over to my Facebook page to check out my video tomorrow afternoon. Till then, have a fantastic week!

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