Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Honey Bee Tricorn Card

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are keeping safe and well in these days of social isolation and quarantines. It sure is a different world than is was just a couple of months ago! I am doing something I never imagined I would do...teach instrumental music (band class) online! It has been a HUGE adjustment, with tons of time spent recording instructional videos for my kiddos, but so far it has been going fairly well. I am fortunate that I have lots of experience with online tools from my Stampin' Up! business...it is making my learning curve much smoother than some of my colleagues'. As a result of the change in my work status, I am going to be posting here, weekly, on Tuesdays instead of Mondays for as long as I am working from home. My Mondays are all about posting assignments and answering questions from my students at school these days!

Last week, Stampin' Up! announced the list of retiring products from both the Jan - June Mini and 2019/20 Annual Catalogues. There are SO many favourites on there that I will miss terribly, so I am going to focus for the next several weeks on some of the ones I will miss the most. Keep in mind that any products I featured are available while supplies last and that, at the time I write my blog post, are still available for ordering. To check out the full list of retiring products, click the image below:

One of the big surprises on this list is the Honey Bee bundle from the Jan-June Mini Catalogue. This item was HUGELY popular and was on back order for quite some time. However, it is now back in stock and is available to order while supplies last...

Check out this cool fun-fold I made using this bundle...

This fold is called a tricorn (I suppose because it looks like a tricorn hat) and is actually much easier than it looks. The best part is that it folds flat for mailing in a standard envelope!

Now, the details of how to create this fold are too complicated to explain here, but I will be demonstrating it in today's Live @ Five video over on my Facebook business page today at 5:00 ET. If you can't make the live, I will post the video here once I am done. It will be the first of three projects I'm demonstrating, so you'll want to watch right to the end to catch the other two!

I can, however, tell you what colours and products I used. The base of the card is Coastal Cabana card stock. The striped Daffodil Delight Designer Paper is from the Best Dressed pack. I stamped the bee hive in Daffodil Delight ink and die-cut it using the Detailed Bee dies. The sentiment, bee and flowers are stamped in Basic Gray ink and then coloured using Dark Daffodil Delight and Light Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends.

The honey comb is cut from Champagne foil using the Detailed Bee dies. The layered circles are cut from Whisper White and Coastal Cabana card stock, using the Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles dies respectively.

There is even space on the back to write a message! 

I really love this fold and have to admit it is a little bit addictive! I will post more ideas using it on my Instagram feed and Facebook Business page this week. If you aren't already following me on social media, you're missing out! I post project ideas daily, so be sure to like and follow me so you don't miss a single thing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you are staying safe and staying home...be well!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Under my Umbrella

I don't know about the weather where you live, but here in Southern Ontario, we are experiencing some serious April showers! Now, I know they are supposed to bring May flowers, but the gloomy skies, pouring rain and chilly temperatures sure make it hard to believe warm sunny days are ahead. Maybe it's a bit of cabin fever as a result of social distancing, but I am so craving warm sunshine-filled days! I decided this would be a good week to focus on the Under my Umbrella bundle and the retiring In-Colors. The retiring products list posts tomorrow, and when it does, all of the out-going In-Color products will sell out fast. If you haven't yet snagged your reinkers, card stock and DSP pack yet you may want to do so today while they are still available. Check out my webstore now, before you forget!

Because I am craving sunshine I made a bright sunny card to share with you today...

Now, how's THAT for a happy card? I opted to create a rainbow with the five out-going In-Colors using the gingham pattern from the 6" x 6" DSP pack. I cut the strips 3/4" wide and adhered them to a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base. I added little punched flowers in the coordinating card stock for a little extra happy. I curled them a little by burnishing the centres with my stylus and added an epoxy dot for some sparkle.

The umbrella is stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink and is coloured using Dark Pineapple Punch, Dark Call my Clover and Dark Lovely Lipstick Blends. I made the sun by punching a 2" circle and a Starburst from Pineapple Punch card stock and layering them. Before doing so I sponged the edges lightly with ink of the same shade for a bit of a shadow.

On the inside I simply stamped another sentiment from the Under my Umbrella set in black ink.

I'll be demonstrating this card and two others using the Under my Umbrella bundle in today's Live @ Five video over on my Facebook page. I hope you'll join me for the live broadcast, but if you miss me you can catch it shortly afterwards on my YouTube channel.

Thank for stopping by today. Be sure to check back tomorrow for all the scoop on retiring products and the Last Chance Promotion! Till then, be well and stay safe!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Ornate Style for Mom and a Blog Hop

Happy Wednesday! Are you surprised to see me today? If I'm posting mid-week it can only mean one thing...it is time for another Stamping Symphony blog hop!

This month we are all about cards for Mom. In these days of social distancing it will be even more important to recognize ALL of the moms in our lives this Mother's Day. Check out this super clean and simple card I made using the Ornate Style stamp set...

I wanted this card to be all about that gorgeous floral image, so I kept it super clean. I first stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock. Then, using Stampin' Blends, I coloured the image. You can check out the supply list below for all of the colours I used. I also added some shimmer using Wink of Stella (my guilty pleasure!)

I die-cut the coloured image using the Stitched Rectangles dies...I love that there is stitching detail on both the die-cut and the negative...it makes for an easy frame for this image...no layering required!
I layered both pieces on a Mint Macaron card stock base, adding some soft and pretty Mint Macaron ribbon and a few Gilded Gems. The sentiment is from the coordinating Ornate Thanks stamp set, is stamped in black ink and punched using the Classic Label punch.

On the inside, I added a Whisper White card stock panel on which I stamped a sentiment from the Strong and Beautiful stamp set as well as a daisy from the Ornate Style set. So simple and pretty!

Be sure to check out the other blogs in this month's hop...I have so many talented stampers in my Stamping Symphony family!

Thanks for stopping by today...in case you missed it, check out my latest online class featuring products from the Ornate Garden Suite!

This class includes all supplies, prepped and cut for five cards (3 standard cards and two fun folds), PDF supply list and cutting guide and step-by-step tutorial video.
To complete the projects in this class you will need:
Ornate Thanks stamp set
Crumb Cake ink pad
Old Olive ink pad
Terracotta Tile ink pad
(Optional: Versamark ink pad and gold embossing powder)
Classic Label Punch (or similar)
Adhesives (Tombow/SNAIL, Glue Dots, Dimensionals)

Last day to order this class is April 28th, 2020. Place your $60 order in my online store today to make sure you don't miss out. 

Remember to use Host Code: Y3CTRE36 so that I know you want your this awesome free class!

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