Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Sweet Symmetry Fun Fold

 Happy Tuesday! I hope you are enjoying the summer so far. Here in southern Ontario we are under and air quality advisory due to smoke from forest fires up north. The sun was red this morning and there is a definite haze in the air. Here's hoping the fires are brought under control soon and that the rain we are supposed to get this afternoon will clear the air so we can all breathe easier!

This week I am all about the Sweet Symmetry suite from the Annual Catalogue. Now, I'll admit, that this wasn't one of the suites I immediately gravitated to, but oh my goodness, it sure has my attention now! The Designer Paper is absolutely GORGEOUS! Check out this fun fold I made that is all about the DSP...



fun fold card

The first thing that REALLY excited me about this modified gate-fold card is the fact that the pattern on the DSP lined up PERFECTLY when I created the card base. I mean seriously, how often does that happen?? The base uses a 5-1/4" x 12" piece of Designer Paper and shows both sides of the sheet, which makes it a great way to showcase this beautiful paper. I adhered the folded DSP base to a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Just Jade card stock to give it strength and stability. Then I started stamped and fussy cutting the beautiful images in the In Symmetry stamp set. I pulled my colour palette from the DSP, using Calypso Coral, Bumblebee, Just Jade and Night of Navy. I love the bold images in this stamp set and that they are super-easy to fussy cut! I adhered the images to the front of my card in such a way that they overlap when the card is closed but also look cute when the card is open...

fun fold card

On the inside of the card I added a die-cut stitched rectangle so as not to cover up too much of the beautiful pattern on the DSP. I absolutely LOVE that this fold really allows both of the patterns on the paper to really take centre stage. Speaking of the DSP...did I mention that it is part of the sale this month? Stock up so you can make this fabulous fold in ALL of the patterns!

fun fold card

I'll be demonstrating this card and two others using this suite in today's Facebook Live at a special time of 7:00 pm ET. I hope you'll join me if you're able or catch the replay shortly afterwards on my YouTube channel.

Thanks so much for stopping by this week. Have a great one!

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Peachy Cherries and a Blog Hop

 Hello friend...happy Thursday! Today marks the 15th of the month, which means it is time for another Stamping Symphony blog hop! This month's theme is tone-on-tone with a pop of colour. Now, I'll have to admit, this one was a bit of a stumper for me until I started playing with the images in the Sweet as a Peach bundle! Then I had a brain wave...change the colour of the peach images and voila...cherries! Check out this fun card...

You're a peach

How fun is that?? I absolutely love the look of black and white with a colourful focal point. I used three different patterns from the host-exclusive Pattern Party DSP pack. Then I had some fun stamping lots and lots of cherries using Real Red ink and the Sweet as a Peach stamp set. The leaves are stamped in Granny Apple Green. I die-cut all of the stamped cherries and leaves using the coordinating Peach dies and then arranged my cluster of cherries on a die-cut circle, layered on a Real Red scalloped circle. 


you're a peach

The sentiment is heat embossed in white on black card stock. That cute little label is actually part of the Peach die set! Now, did you notice the little sneak peek from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalogue? If you spotted the black and white gingham ribbon, good eye! It is going to be one of my go-to ribbons this holiday season...so perfectly easy to work with and can be coloured with Stampin' Blends! 

On the inside of my Basic Black card base, I added a 4"x 5-1/4" Basic White card stock panel to which I added a 3/4" strip of that yummy black and white gingham DSP. It is the perfect way to tie the inside of the card to the design on the front, while still allowing lots of space for a hand-written message. 

you're a peach

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Now be sure to hop on over to Sandy's blog. Have a great week!

Leena – A La Cards (You are here)

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

You're A Peach

 Happy Tuesday! I can't believe how fast the days fly by when I'm on summer break! Here it is almost the middle of July already! This week you'll hear from me twice, as I'll be participating in my monthly Stamping Symphony blog hop on Thursday, so be sure to stop by then!

All week long I am featuring the You're a Peach Suite from the 2021/22 Annual Catalogue. This suite is so...well..SWEET! The bundle is fabulous and the Designer Paper is GORGEOUS (and it's on sale this month)! Check out this cute card I made...

you're a peach

As much as I LOVE the peach images and patterns in this suite, I wanted to highlight the fact that there are also other beautiful patterns as well. Here, I have used two patterns from the DSP pack that are decidedly un-peachy. Balmy Blue is a colour that is often neglected in my studio, so it was wonderful to pull out my seldom-used ink pad and card stock to make this card. I stamped the leaves in Pear Pizzazz ink and the flowers in Balmy Blue, using Pacific Point (stamped off once) to stamp the centres of the flowers. Here's a closer look at the focal image...

you're a peach

I couldn't resist adding a little baker's twine and a wee Honeybee Trinket to embellish my card. I've been waiting so long for them to come back in stock I was excited to use them!

On the inside of my Balmy Blue card base, I added a Basic White panel on which I stamped more flowers using the same colour palette I did on the front. I think I like the inside of this one almost as much as the front!

you're a peach

I'll be demonstrating this card and two others, including a ca-ute fun fold in today's Facebook Live @ Five video over on my business page. Come and join me at 5 pm ET!

If you miss me live you can catch the replay on my YouTube channel.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember to pop back in on Thursday for our Stamping Symphony blog hop. In the meantime have a spectacular week!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Plentiful Plants

 Happy Tuesday! Whew...did you hear that HUGE sigh of relief last Wednesday? That was me exhaling after an absolutely insane school year! I am SO relieved to be on summer holidays...I have never been this exhausted at the end of June!

Of course, it's not all about sipping frosty beverages on the deck this summer. I am still working hard prepping classes and designing projects for upcoming videos and events. It's just so nice to only have to think about one job for a couple of weeks!

Today I am all about the Plentiful Plants bundle and the Bloom Where You're Planted Suite. The bundle and coordinating DSP are absolutely FABULOUS! Check out this cute card I made...


plentiful plants

I love everything about this card! The DistINKtive stamp images are gorgeous and coordinate perfectly with the dies, making it super quick and easy to put together tons of cute potted plants. I sure with it was this easy to grow REAL plants!

The coordinating Bloom Where You're Planted DSP is utterly FANTASTIC...and it is ON SALE this month!


The best thing about this paper is that many of the images coordinate with the dies and can be cut out with a quick pass through the Cut & Emboss Machine. of course, there are also lots of images that look amazing fussy cut too ;) To frame my pot of plants, I used half of a sheet of Paper Lattice...gotta love quick and easy ways to add texture to a project...no die-cutting required!

It doesn't show very well in the photos, but I used the new Thanks & Hello embossing folder on my Cinnamon Cider strip across the middle of the card. It is such a fun pair of folders and, can be easily missed in the catalogue as they aren't part of any product suite or bundle. 


plentiful plants

On the inside of my card I added a Basic White card stock panel and stamped more images and a sentiment from the Plentiful Plants stamp set. 

plentiful plants

You can catch these products in action in today's Live @ Five video over on my Facebook business page at 5 pm ET. If you miss me live, you can catch the replay shortly afterwards on my YouTube channel. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a super week!

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