Monday, May 28, 2018

Four More Sleeps!

Happy Monday! It's a definitely a good day...just FOUR more sleeps until the new 2018/19 Annual Catalogue goes live! I am so excited to get my hands on the beautiful new products. We demonstrators have Wish Lists too, you know!
Now, lucky for me, I did have the chance to pre-order a selection of new products and today I want to showcase some of them. Check out this beauty...

I designed this one for this month's Stampin' Blends club and I am SO loving it! While the card layout itself is simple, it is a stunner, thanks to the gorgeous Graceful Glass Designer Vellum, which I coloured using my Stampin' Blends. The beautiful, Gothic script of the fonts in the coordinating Painted Glass stamp set work perfectly with both the images in the vellum and in the stamp set. Here's a closer look...

I used the dark Cherry Cobbler and dark Old Olive Blends to colour the vellum and then adhered it to a strip of Whisper White card stock, making the colours just pop. Here's a tip: when gluing the vellum to card stock, using tiny little dabs of Fine Tip glue on the areas you have will be virtually invisible!
The Real Red card front is embossed using the Garden Trellis TIEF (which is carrying over to the new catty...woot!). Because I wanted the vellum to be the focal point of the card, I only added a few scattered rhinestones by way of embellishment. So simple, yet so pretty!

 On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped another sentiment from the Painted Glass stamp set as well as another butterfly, which I also coloured with my Stampin' Blends.

I can't wait to play with this suite more...there are so many gorgeous possibilities...and I have barely even touched the coordinating framelits! Soooo much fun to be had! Be sure to check back later in the week for more new catalogue goodness!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hoard no More!

Happy Tuesday! Did you have a good weekend? Mine was fantastic...I was spoiled by my boys on Mother's Day, complete with breakfast in bed and tickets to the symphony to hear Beethoven's Ninth. It was just incredible...I was moved to tears by the power and beauty of that mammoth work! My hubby and I even got to go out for dinner afterwards...such a treat!

Can you believe it is already the 15th of the month? We're half-way through May, which makes this teacher VERY happy! Not long till summer vacation and more time to focus on stamping and my business. Since today is the 15th, it is time for another Stamping Symphony blog hop.

This month we are focusing on the Last Chance List. There are so many amazing products going away in just two short weeks we wanted to highlight them one last time before they're gone for good. Today My post is about USING all of the pretty paper you've been hoarding in your stash. You know, the stuff that's just too gorgeous to cut? These projects will knock your socks off and get you using that beautiful paper rather than hiding it in a cupboard. Now, before I show you the projects, let me say that this is NOT my design. This ingenius idea is from the perfectly fabulous Rhonda Wade, so I want to give full credit to her for this fabulous idea. You can see the video Rhonda made that showcases how to make these bags HERE.

Now, ready to be wowed? Check these out...

These gift bags use two sheets of matching DSP and are SUPER easy to make! The large ones use two 12" x 12" sheets and the small one uses two 6" x 6" sheets. The best part? Each bag has built-in card holder so the card attaches right to the front of the bag. No envelope required and no additional decoration needed on the bag. Here's a closer look at each one:

This one uses the stunning Sweet Soiree DSP. It's a great choice because it is specialty paper and is a heavier weight, making this bag super-sturdy. You get one bag and one card out of two sheets of DSP! These bags are huge and measure 6" x 8", so there's lots of room for gifts. Here's the card on it's own:

I used the coordinating Cake Soiree stamp set to stamp the label on this card. Thankfully that set is carrying over to the new book! Did I mention that this is a full-sized 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card?

I figured that with Father's Day coming it would be a good idea to have some masculine bags on-hand. This one uses the True Gentleman DSP. Here is the coordinating card...

Sadly both the DSP, stamp set and corduroy trim are retiring at the end of the month. Those cute buttons will be in the new catty, though:)

Now, I don't know about you, but I have LOTS of 6" x 6" paper kicking around too, so I thought I would give this idea a try with the smaller sheets. It totally worked! I simply halved all of the dimensions! How cute is this little bag and card?

I used the Tutti Frutti DSP and coordinating Fruit Basket stamp set, both of which are retiring on the 31st. Check out this adorable card...

I have to admit, I'm a bit addicted to making these bags. I may even start using them to deliver smaller customer orders! They're such fun! If you have a DSP problem (and you know who you are!) give these bags a will seriously change your life :)

Now, be sure to hop on over to the next blog to more Last Chance inspiration. There are some super-talented Stamping Symphony players;)

1. Leena (You are here)
2. Sandy
3. Barb
4. Jennifer
5. Steph

Now, don't panic at the length of this product list...remember that this is for three different bags ;)

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