Monday, August 19, 2019

Heirloom Frames and Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peeks!

Happy Monday! Just two more left till school starts...argh! So much to do and so little time! I need to spend the next two weeks buried in my studio to get ready for all of my fall events.
Speaking of fall, I am absolutely LOVING the gorgeous fall-themed products in the new Holiday Catalogue! So much so, that I decided to combine this week's featured product with some awesome sneak peeks from the upcoming catalogue! I am featuring the Woven Threads Suite and love how easily the products from this suite can be used for seasonal projects. Here are the items in the suite...

Woven Threads Suite (Item #152184)

For today's project share I combined products from this suite with the Gather Together bundle from the Holiday Catalogue for a fall-themed sympathy card...

I love this Terracotta Tile linen-look DSP pattern for fall! I used it for my background and then stamped the sentiment directly on it in Early Espresso ink. The frame is die-cut from Early Espresso card stock, embossed with the coordinating embossing folder and them distressed using the new Golden Glitz Delicata metallic ink. I love the way the gold ink accents the beautiful embossed pattern on the frame.

I adhered the frame to the background panel, centring it around the stamped sentiment, using dimensionals. I created an arrangement of leaves and twigs using the Gathered Leaves dies, which BOTH cut and emboss in one pass through the machine. LOVE that!! One tip that I have discovered is that if you lightly mist or brush your card stock with an Aqua Painter before die-cutting, you get a much deeper impression on the leaves. The little twigs and sprigs were die-cut using the new All Around Wreath dies...I am loving these little accents for more than just wreath-building!

See those little tufts peeking out from behind the leaves? Those are tassels created from the Woven Threads Trim! It's super-easy to do by simply removing the bottom thread on the trim...quick and easy tassel embellishments! The final touch was a little double bow tied with some Cajun Craze twine from the Come To Gather ribbon combo pack.

On the inside, I added a Very Vanilla panel on which I stamped a beautiful sentiment from the Woven Heirlooms stamp set in Early Espresso ink, as well as some flourishes in Pretty Peacock.

Sympathy cards are never fun to make, but using beautiful products like these makes it much easier.

I will be featuring this card and two others in tomorrow's Live @ Five video over on my Facebook business page. I hope you'll join me then, but if you miss it, you can check out the replay later in the week on my YouTube channel or on the Video Tutorials tab above.

Before I go, just a reminder that my Holiday Catalogue Product Shares are now open for ordering. You can reserve your Designer Series Paper and Ribbon Shares by clicking the appropriate images below. Deadline to order shares is September 2nd. Shares are available to Canadian residents only.

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

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hoot Hoot Hooray for Halloween and a Blog Hop

Well, here it is...the 15th of August already! I am beginning to realize that my summer holidays are nearly over...just 2-1/2 weeks and I'll be back in the classroom with my students (though I'll be back sooner than that to prepare!). As much as I love teaching, I love having the summer to focus exclusively on my Stampin' Up! business...having two jobs is hard! But, as I said, there are still two and a half weeks left and I fully intend to make the most of them. I am spending long hours in my studio designing projects and classes for the fall and I have to say, I am LOVING them! You can check them all out on the Upcoming Classes and Events tab above.

Today also marks the launch of my Holiday Catalogue product shares! I am offering paper and ribbon shares and, because I have had several requests, I'm including Annual Catalogue papers and ribbons too! To learn more, simply click the images below. You'll be taken to the online order form where you can choose only the papers and ribbons you want. I'm even offering pre-tied bows, where appropriate! This is the perfect way to get a sampling of the gorgeous new products without breaking the bank!

Click the image to learn more or place your order

Click the image to learn more and/or place your order

The middle of the month also brings our Stamping Symphony Blog Hop, where I and several members of my uber-talented team bring you seasonal projects. This month we are all about fall...

All week long I have been featuring the Hoot Hoot Hooray stamp set from the Experience Creativity beginner brochure. As I've shown, this versatile set isn't just for beginners! There are so many fun possibilities with it! Here is a cute Halloween card I made using that adorable owl...

Now, I'm not big into Halloween, but you can be assured that if I make a Halloween project it will be a cute one...and this one certainly fits the bill! I fussy-cut out the owl after colouring him with Smokey Slate Stampin' Blends. I used Light So Saffron for the eyes and added some extra shimmer with a touch of Wink of Stella. The stars and moon are punched from Crushed Curry card stock using the Twinkle Builder punch. I also Winked the stars and moon because...well...I could!

The gingham DSP is in Basic Gray from the Neutrals Colour Family DSP pack...can I just say how much I LOVE having gingham in every single colour?? The background panel is Crushed Curry card stock on which I stamped the stars image from the Hoot Hoot Hooray stamp set in black. I took the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings THAT is a must-have for every stamper. A sentiment for every occasion!

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped more stars and that adorable little owl...I just can't get enough of him!

If you haven't checked out the Experience Creativity products yet, you absolutely NEED to do so. Like right now. Click HERE to view the PDF. Then be sure to hop on over to Sandy's blog to see what fall goodness she has created.

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

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray!

It's Monday...again! They just keep coming around, don't they? I just have three more Mondays till I am back to school...not quite ready for that yet!
This week I am featuring a new stamp set that is easily missed because it isn't in the Annual Catalogue. Did you know Stampin' Up! also has a beginner brochure designed with newer stampers in mind? It's called Experience Creativity and, although it is targeted at beginners, there are some FANTASTIC products in there that are perfect for any level of crafter. This week's featured product is a adorable stamp set called Hoot, Hoot, Hooray...

Hoot, Hoot Hooray stamp set (Item #149352)
Now, aren't those images absolutely the cutest?? I had such fun designing projects with this set! So much so, that not only am I featuring in this week's Tuesday Live @ Five video, but also in my monthly Girls' Night Out Class at the end of the month. Here are the projects we'll be making on August 29th...

If you're local to Cambridge, I hope you'll join us!

Here is today's featured project and one I will be demonstrating in this week's Live @ Five video...

Isn't that little owl just the sweetest?? I absolutely adore him! I used Smokey Slate Stampin' Blends to colour his body, Light So Saffron for his eyes and Dark Daffodil Delight for his beak. The stars are coloured using shades in the DSP: Dark Old Olive, Dark Daffodil Delight and Dark Calypso Coral. One thing I should mention is that with ALL of the stamps in this set, I performed minor surgery and separated the sentiments from the images, making them all more versatile. I do this with just about every stamp I buy that includes and image and sentiment on the same stamp. It's super-easy to do with a good pair of scissors and, if you decide you want to use both the image and sentiment together, it is easy to mount them together on one block again.

Both patterns of DSP I used are from the Bird Ballad DSP pack. How perfect are those little birdie footprints on the yellow background panel?? The label for the image is die-cut using the Stitched Nested Labels dies...I am utterly addicted to those!

I added a little silver Mini Library Clip and a bit of white baker's twine by way of embellishment.

On the inside I stamped some more stars, colouring them with my Stampin' Blends as I did on the front.

This little owl is just too cute and as I made this card my mind was racing with ideas for other projects using him. Be sure to stop by on Thursday for our monthly Stamping Symphony blog hop when I'll be showcasing another card I made using the owl image. In the meantime, I hope you'll tune in tomorrow on my Facebook page for my weekly episode of stamping TV. I'll be Live @ Five pm ET, but if you miss me you can catch the replay on my YouTube channel later in the week or on the Video Tutorials tab above.

Thanks for stopping by...I hope you have a fantastic week!

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