Monday, June 18, 2018

Tropical Chic Bargello Shaker

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend and were able to spend some quality time with the dads in your life yesterday. It has been a crazy-busy weekend here, as I held my BOGO sale on Saturday. Lots of happy shoppers came through taking home a great deal as they picked up BOTH retired items and new catalogue products. I'm going to be a very busy girl next week delivering all of these orders!
The hot, humid weather this weekend has me in a tropical frame-of-mind, so I thought I would share a fun shaker card I made using the new Tropical Chic Suite...

I've been playing with various DSP techniques for an upcoming class and decided to use the Bargello technique to create the background on this card. It is a really simple technique, but a little bit tedious. I began by cutting my 6" x 6" piece of Tropical Escape DSP into 1/4" strips. Then I adhered each strip to a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock, off-setting each strip slightly from the previous one. The end result is a wavy striped pattern instead of the straight one that is printed on the DSP. It is a fun technique to try with larger patterns as well. Stay tuned for more of this one!

To create the shaker, I die-cut a piece of Shaded Spruce card stock using the Tropical Thinlit dies. I adhered a piece of window sheet to the back of the die-cut square and then applied Foam Adhesive strips all the way around. I added some Iridescent Sequins and voila...a tropical shaker.

The sentiment is from the Tropical Chic stamp set and is stamped in Shaded Spruce ink. I used my Everyday Label punch to create the decorative end on the label. The leaves and flowers are stamped in Shaded Spruce and Powder Pink respetively and die-cut using the Tropical Thinlits. It doesn't show in the photo, but I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the flowers so they shimmer and shine. The only embellishment added to this card is a bit of Granny Apple Green ribbon to coordinate with the card base of the same shade.

 On the inside I added a Whisper White card stock panel on which I stamped more leaves, a sentiment and a flower using Shaded Spruce, Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink inks.

I have to say, this suite is really starting to grow on me. I wasn't entirely convinced I needed it at first glance, but the more I use it, the more I realize its possibilities. It is the perfect summer stamp set!

Have a fantastic week!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

A Fabulous Blog Hop and an Anniversary

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a good week. I don't know about you, but I am ready for the weekend!! Today is an extra-special Friday because not only is it time for our monthly Stamping Symphony Blog Hop, but I am also celebrating my 8th Stamp-iversary! Eight years ago I joined Stampin' Up! to save a little money on my crafting hobby...little did I know where this adventure would take me! I am so thankful for the people I have met through Stampin' Up! and for the opportunities I have had to grow and stretch myself beyond anything I ever imagined. Onward and upward to bigger goals, greater accomplishments and new friends.

Speaking of friends, some of the most amazing people I know are part of my Stamping Symphony team and each month some of us participate in a blog hop to share what we love most. This month we are all about NEW products, so I pulled out a ton of new goodies to put my card together.

Can you spot all of the new products on this card? I started by embossing my Powder Pink card stock background with the new Tufted Dynamic TIEF. It is UH-mazing! To make it even MORE amazing, I added a touch of Wink of Stella to each sparkles juuuust enough. I used some Garden Impressions DSP to create my drapery fold, scoring the DSP alternating at 1" and 1/2" intervals. I love this look and it is a great way to showcase all that pretty paper in the catalogue.
I accented the pretty folded paper with a Melon Mambo card stock strip that I also embossed, this time with the Subtle the hint of texture it adds! I added the white laser-cut edging from the Delightfully Detailed Specialty DSP pack. It reminds me a bit of a string of pearls.

The label is die-cut from Whisper White card stock using the new Stitched Labels Framelits. I stamped the sentiment from the Stitched All Around stamp set in Melon Mambo ink and added a Petal Pink Rhinestone Gem for a touch of glam. LOVE it!

On the inside I stamped another sentiment from the Stitched All Around set in Melon Mambo and the vine image from the same set in Powder Pink.  I think the thing I love most about this card is that it would work for just about any occasion. Gotta love having a few all-occasion cards in your stash!

Now, be sure to check out the other FABULOUS projects by my talented team!

1. Leena (You are here)
2. Sandy
3. Barb
4. Jennifer
5. Steph
Have a FABULOUS weekend!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Make a Wish...Broadway Style

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. It was a busy one here, as I held my new catalogue launch and Bingo event on Friday night. It was a packed house and LOTS of fun was had by all, especially the lucky winners. Saturday was all about cleaning up from the night before and setting up for my big BOGO sale next weekend. More on that later...

Today I want to show you a quick card I whipped up for my display on Friday evening. It features the Broadway Bound Suite.

This suite is SO much fun! I began with the specialty DSP...lots of rich gold metallic accents on that beautiful paper! I layered two different patternes to get the fun diagonal-striped border above and below my focal image. I used the new Subtle TEIF to emboss the Melon Mambo background layer. It doesn't photograph well, but if you have been around for a while and remember the textured card stock, Stampin' Up! used to carry, it will give you a good idea of what the embossed pattern looks like.

The "Wish" is die-cut using the Broadway Lights Thinlits...such a fun, bold font, which makes it a breeze to adhere. I added some gold metallic pearls that really do look like little marquee lights when they catch the light. Such a cool embellishment.

On the inside I added a Whisper Whtie layer on which I stamped another sentiment from the Broadway Birthday stamp set in black ink, as well as the party hat in Melon Mambo ink.

I'm so excited to see this month's Paper Pumpkin coordinates with this fun suite! I can't wait to see what additional touches it will include.

Now, back to my BOGO sale! It is this Saturday, June 16th from 8:30 am -12:30 pm at my home  in Cambridge, Ontario. If you are local I would love it if you stopped by. Drop me a message and I will send my address. I have over one hundred stamp sets, dozens of bundles, inks, paper, embellishment and more, that all need to find new homes. For every dollar you spend at my sale, you'll receive an equivalent credit on product from the new about a deal! Double the stamping fun!! I hope to see you on Saturday. In the meantime, have a great week and be sure to check in later in the week for a special anniversary post and a blog hop!

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