Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Gorgeous Leaves

 Happy last day of August! I'm back from my two-week-long sabbatical and have to say it was SO good to take time away to recharge before the craziness of the school year starts up again tomorrow. I am refreshed and raring to go with lots of fall-inspired projects over the coming weeks. This week I am all about the Gorgeous Leaves Bundle from the Holiday Mini catalogue. 

Check out this elegant card I made...

As much as I love the rich deep regal tones of fall, there is something about leaves in mixed metallics that is so clean and elegant. Here, I've embossed my Very Vanilla background panel using the Timber embossing folder and then stamped the larger spatter stamp from the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set in Crumb Cake ink. I added some beautiful die-cut leaves, cut from the Brushed Metallic foil sheets. The sentiment is from the Pretty Pumpkins stamp set and is heat embossed in gold and then punched using the Label me Lovely punch. 

I added some Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots, again, mixing up the metals to coordinate with the leaves. 

It doesn't take a ton of effort to create beautifully elegant projects with this bundle. Join me for my Facebook Live today at 5 pm ET over on my business page for more with these fabulous products. If you miss me live, the recording will be available on my YouTube channel later this evening. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today...have a fabulous week!

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Penguin Playmates and a Blog Hop

 Happy Sunday...yep...Sunday! It's the 15th of the month which means it is Stamping Symphony Blog Hop time! Now I'm currently taking two weeks off from all things school and business-related, but before I left I made this cute card to share with you today...

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I just can't get enough of the adorable critters in the Penguin Playmates DSP. I instantly fell in love with the polar bear especially...he's so stinkin' cute! I knew this guy with his outstretched arms would be perfect popping out of a pocket on this triangle pocket easel card. I mean seriously....

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Does it get any cuter?? I fussy cut the bear from the DSP and then used a different pattern as my background. I thought the Misty Moonlight stripes on the pocket worked perfectly with his striped scarf. The sentiment is from the Encircled in Warmth stamp set and is stamped in Misty Moonlight ink on the same DSP I used for my background. The snowflakes are die-cut from the leftover negative from the Wonderful Snowflakes. That iridescent paper is fabulous and there's plenty left to cut lots of wee snowflakes. I used the So Many Snowflakes dies to cut mine. 

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The card opens and the little polar bear stands up when the easel is in place. I omitted a sentiment on the inside panel to allow space to write a special message, but you could easily replace the card stock with a small post-it note pad instead. How cute would this guy be standing on your desk all winter?

Now, I had intended to do a tutorial video for this card, but ran out of time before I had to leave to head to the lake. Never fear...I will record one when I get back...this guy is one you HAVE to try! Stay tuned for the tutorial late next week.

In the meantime, check out the rest of the blogs in our hop for more Sale-a-bration inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today...have a super Sunday!

I'm taking the next two weeks off to recharge before another year of pandemic teaching. I'll be back August 31st...see you then!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Nature's Harvest

 Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a good start. Here in southern Ontario we are having a heat wave with the hottest temperatures of the summer so far. The heat and humidity are forcing me to stay indoors and in my craft room, which means lots of new projects for upcoming videos and classes. 

This week I've chosen the perfect late-summer suite to focus on...Harvest Meadow. The cone flower image in the stamp set and dies are exactly what I'm seeing in my garden right now. There is one image in the stamp set that is a bit of a puzzler...

I've had several people ask me about what to do with it, so I thought I'd have a play and see what I could come up with. Check out this lovely sunset background I created with it...

natures harvest

I absolutely LOVE playing with texture stamps like this one! Laying colour and adding depth just makes me feel like an artist! I used Bumblebee, Calypso Coral and Cherry Cobbler inks, working from light to dark to create my background. Then I added some repeatedly stamped Thank You's in Early Espresso. SO simple, but such a vibrant background for my die-cut wheat silhouette!

natures harvest

Now, let's just take a moment to admire the amazing new Cork Specialty paper...it is FANTASTIC! I'll admit, at first I was skeptical about having thick cork on my projects, but this stuff is THIN! The cork is sliced razor-thin and adhered to a kraft coloured backing paper, which is light-weight and easy to die-cut. AND IT'S STAMPABLE!  I used Early Espresso ink to stamp my sentiment onto a die-cut stitched rectangle. So easy! Now it does take a bit longer for the ink to dry than stamping on regular card stock, so you'll want to give it time or use your heat tool to speed it along. I am SO in love with this paper...I am praying it sticks around after this mini is done!

I'll be demonstrating this card and two others using products from the Harvest Meadow suite in today's Facebook Live @ Five. Join me on my business page at 5 pm ET or catch the replay on my YouTube channel shortly afterwards. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to come back on Sunday for our monthly Stamping Symphony team blog hop. This month we are all about Sale-a-bration, so get ready for lots of fun ideas using Sale-a-bration freebies! Have a great week :)

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

It's Time to Sale-a-brate!!

 Happy Tuesday and happy Sale-a-bration 2.0!! Our first-ever summer Sale-a-bration has begun just in time for the launch of the new August-December Mini Catalogue! As always, there are so many ways to earn FREEBIES...

Choose a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure for every $60 you spend. There is NO limit on the number of freebies you can earn, so pull out that Wish List and start shopping!

If your Wish List is long, consider hosting a private class (in person or virtual) or holding a Facebook party. When your party sales reach $375, you'll earn a free, exclusive stamp set called In Your Words. 

Now is the PERFECT time to join my Stamping Symphony family! Not only will you become part of an amazing community of stampers from all across Canada, but you'll also receive a free bundle of your choice from the new August-December Mini Catalogue...that's up to a value of $81.75 added to your starter kit! 

Now, how about a project using new products from the August-December Mini catalogue? How about FOUR?? Here are the projects I'll be demonstrating in tonight's Facebook Live Launch party...

The Harvest Meadow Suite is GORGOEUS and filled with amazing new products...like CORK PAPER!! So fantastic!

The Gorgeous Leaves bundle is simply stunning with beautiful textural imagery and intricate dies.

The Whimsy and Wonder Suite is soooo pretty! The specialty DSP is UH-MAZING!

The Painted Christmas Suite is HUGE, with not one, but TWO bundles. One has gorgeous holiday imagery with coordinating dies and fantastic labels and the other has sentiments and super-detailed dies.

You can see more of all of these products and more project ideas in the replay of my launch party. Grab a glass of something frosty and settle in...

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