Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Copper Peace on Earth

Happy Tuesday!

PHEW!  What a week!  Been busy busy BUSY all day every day!  Everything from stamp classes to nursing a chest bug of some sort to appointments for the kids to deliveries … you name it!!  I made a card on Thursday for class Friday morning (cause that's how I ROLL these days *lol*) and totally LOVE how it turned out.  I started off in a panic because it was 7:00 pm and I wanted to design 2 cards … but also wanted to go to bed.  That is the WORST frame of mind to be in when trying to create so I gave my head a shake, took a few deep breaths and calmed down!  I then figured I'd start with a "product" rather than a "layout" and go from there.  I looked at the delicious Fancy Frost Specialty DSP … nope … wasn't feeling it … but I WAS feeling texture.  I rummaged through my drawer of embossing folder and WHAM!  Spotted a new one I bought but hadn't used yet … "Holly".  Well … about 10 minutes later I was done.  I just went with the flow and it all came together (and is my new favourite card *lol*).  Check it out …
I ran a Whisper White layer 5" x 3 3/4" through the Holly EF.  LOVE!

 I wanted a clean, simple sentiment or image.  Scrolled through my sets and fell upon Be Jolly, By Golly (seriously??)
I embossed the Peace on Earth sentiment in the yummy copper embossing folder  I really like how the copper melts.  No, they don't all melt the same - the black (retired :( ) and silver have been my favourite … and now copper jobs the list.  It gives a very even melt, not "spotty" like I find the winter white melts … but I digress …

Punched the sentiment out with the (retired) 2 1/2" circle punch (quicker than using my framelits).  Just needed a few embellishments.  I found the new burlap ribbon pairs nicely with the copper … so on that went (with tear 'n tape).  Then added a bit of copper thread (I use a bit of tape on the back of the piece, stick one one of the thread to the tape and then make circles with the thread.  I use another piece of tear 'n tape to "sandwich" the thread so it stays put!)  I Popped the sentiment up on dimensionals.

Needed one last pop.  Found my Copper Foil Sheets ….

… (currently we can't order them - they were so popular they sold out … SU will let us know when they can be ordered again.  I grabbed my Holly Berry Punch …
… punched out the holly and berries and attached them with glue dots.

Wa-low!  Quick, clean, cute.  LOVE!
This card was a hit at class and we'll be making it again this Friday … and maybe at my next Stamp-a-Stack.  It's a keeper!

Gotta run - dinner is ready!  Thanks for popping in - have a stampy evening!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Star Of Light Do-Over

Happy Tuesday!

Today is "Monday" up here in Canada as yesterday was our Thanksgiving Holiday.  I'm thrilled to say for ONCE I didn't eat so much that I wanted to unzip my skin! *lol*.  As always, my brother was in town (from The Sunshine Coast in BC) and we were all blessed with a lovely meal at Mom and Dad's house.

I was super sick all weekend with some sort of nasty chest bug.  Still coughing up a storm today but 90% better than I was!  I DID manage to spend a little time in my Craft Cave (in between naps!) and, in particular, wanted to share my Star of Light Do-Over card!  My Christmas Stamp-a-Stack is this Sunday morning.  This was the card I had originally designed …
… but it just wasn't sitting well with me.  It needed SOMETHING!  I tried a few things, but they were "too much".  FINALLY I struck on JUST the right balance.  Ta da ….
The only thing I added was about 1 1/4"of the "Sparkle" embossing folder to the top layer.  JUST enough to cut down on the "white space" but not enough to detract from the clean, simple, sophisticated look of the card.

Love :)

Thanks for popping in!  Have a stampy day!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Star of Light

Happy Tuesday!

No time for long rambles today … tomorrow is Alicia's birthday so I need to wrap some presents!  Before I do that I wanted to share my last card for my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack coming up on the 16th.  Check it out!
I love it … more or less … I keep moving between love it and "it just needs a little more".  Whilst I DO like me some "white space" (or vanilla space in this case lol) it just looks a LITTLE too clean to me!  I think I have to go down and revisit and embossing folder or Gorgeous Grunge splotches in a very subtle solar … just a HINT of something … we'll see.

Until then, let's review how to make the card, shall we?

I started with a Very Vanilla layer of 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and used the Star of Light Thinlits to cut out the star.

Stampin' Up! makes Christmas card making super easy with this bundle (and you save 10% when you buy the bundle!) ...

For my card I just used the thinlits …

I then punched out the inside piece using our gold glimmer paper …
I popped the vanilla layer up on dimensionals on a Cherry Cobbler layer measuring 3 3/4" x 5".

Next up I stamped the sentiment from the Tin of Tags set ... 

… punched it out with my 1 3/4" circle punch and then punched a 2" circle from the gold glimmer paper.  To attach the two you need to use glue dots - other adhesives don't stick to the glitter very well!

I popped the sentiment up on dimensionals, added three gold sequins from the Sequin Trim roll and wa-low!  A quick, easy, sparkly card :)

Wanna see the whole batch of SAS cards we'll be making?  Here y go!

I've posted all of these cards over the last few weeks.  Scroll down through my older posts if you want the deets on those.

Off I go to wrap some presents!  Have yourself a stampy night!


Monday, October 3, 2016

Christmas Bella

Happy Monday!

Ever have one of those days where you just seemed to take one step forward and three steps back … alllll day?  Or how about days where you feel like you're walking through thick mud … everything just seems to take hours … or just spinning your wheels?  That was me today.  I guess at the end of the day I DID accomplish a few things bit it was a looooong, tedious process!  I had NOTHING on the calendar.  NADA!  The plan was to rely focus on nailing my last two Christmas cards for my upcoming Stamp-a-Stack.  Have I made it down to the Craft Cave yet?  Have I heck!  That is DEFINITELY on my "to-do-next" list … right after I share this ADORABLE card I made last night.  I've had tis one in my head for a few days so it came together in about 5 minutes.  Seriously.

Love love LOVE this card!!!!

I started with a 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Whisper White layer.  I added some Candy Cane Lane Washi tape ($10.75 for 5 rolls) …
I stamped the puppy image from Bella and Friends in Memento Black in a scrap piece of paper and punched it out with my 2" circle punch …
I used my Garden Green and Real Red markers to colour his collar and then I grabbed my Blender Pen and Smoky Slate ink to add some shading. I just used a touch of the tray under the pup and on the left hand side of her fur.

I then used my Jolly Hat Builder punch to make a Santa hat.  I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen and a glue dot to put it together and then put the hat on a dimensional before putting on the pup.  The entire circle is popped up on dimensionals as well.

I toyed with not having a sentiment on the front at all … but then my eyes fell on my Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and it used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place it just so, using Memento Black ink.

A single rhinestone on her furry little butt finishes it off.

Bam!  Done!  … bad my third card for the Stamp-a-Stack is done!

That's it for today!  Don't forget the 25% off select items sale is on until Wednesday night … and the Buy 3 Get 1 Free on DSP is in effect all month long.  Message me if I can help you with your project supply list!

Have a stampy night :)


Saturday, October 1, 2016

World Card Making Day!

Happy Saturday!

Oooooo it's a cold, wet one here in Edmonton this morning .. LOVE it!  Yes, "Sweater Weather" for SURE this week.  PERFECT excuse to stay tucking inside making cards!  (Like I need an excuse *lol*).  Need an even BETTER excuse??  How about World Card Making Day?? Yup.  There's a day for that!  Stampin' Up! says it perfectly …

Do you remember the last time you received a card in the mail? In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card is a simple thing that really stands out to the person who receives it. Sending a card is a small gesture that shows just how much you care about that special someone in your life. With World Card Making Day coming up on October 1, celebrate by making and sending a handmade card to someone who could use a little recognition, love, or just a boost (which is anyone, really!)

At the beginning of September I mailed out about eight handmade cards for birthdays, congratulations and sympathy.  I received four Facebook messages thanking me and telling me how it brightened their day.  What a great feeling for ME knowing that I miles someone a smile.  THAT'S what it's about.  It doesn't just say "Happy Birthday", it says "You are my friend, in this busy world we live in I a) REMEMBERED it was your birthday b) made that fact important enough for me to plan ahead and mail a card that c) I took 10 minutes OUT of my schedule to let you know how important you are to me".  THAT'S what mailing a card says.  Time is the most precious commodity we have these days.  Telling someone they are important to you and that you will spend that commodity on them … well … it matters.

Mail a card to someone you love today - just because :)

To help spread the love SU had a 25% off sale on select card making staples … but only until Oct 5!

In addition to the 25% off sale there is a promotion on all $14.50 Designer Series Papers for the month of October.  Buy 3, get 1 free (so essentially 25% off that as well *lol*)

If you are in Canada and would like to order through my online store to have your items sent directly to you door you can do so here.  If your order is under $200 enter hostess code  T7D47D7E  at the checkout to be entered into my draw for free product!  (If your order is $200 or more then YOU are the hostess and get to scoop the free spending!)

I'm off to take Rebecca to her sewing class which means I have two hours to sit and get caught up on things.  Todays mission is put together my Stitched With Love Christmas Card Kit.  I LOVE having two hours of uninterrupted time to "work"!

Whatever YOU get up to today I hope you have a stampy one!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Super Quick Teeny Tiny Treats

Happy … what-the-heck-day-is-it??

Where do the hours GO???  I had NOTHING on the calendar today.  NOTHING!  It was cold and windy and the "plan" was to clean the house (I swear I heard the bathtub whimpering, begging the bath towel to fall off its hook and wiggle around to clean it!).  Alas … the call for "more soup, please!" came from the in-laws so off I went to Costco to stock up on soup-making supplies.  I LOVE making soup and my in-laws love EATING my soup.  Who am I to deny my fans??  … and I love being able to help them have a nutritious meal.  They eat like birds and, at 80+ years old they aren't into cooking much anymore.  I make them a few batches of soup to have in their freezer.  A 2 cup freezer bag will feed both of them for one meal.   Any-who …. got the food … then needed more freezer bags, so off to Dollarama … then needed taco shells for dinner, so off to Sobeys … then home to put it all away … a bite of lunch, a quick delivery then off to get the kids.  I think I finally got to make my BED around 3:30 … and DID manage to clean the house by 4:30.  Bam!  Day gone!  Why am I rambling on about all this??  Well, I suppose to give you a little snippet of my days and to let you know that you aren't alone in your "there aren't enough hours in the day!" feeling.  So!  Who the heck has time to make little gifts for teachers, friends, co-workers?  With THIS little project, pretty much anyone!  Check these out .…
Seriously.  The only remotely time consuming thing about these little cuties was assembling the boxes!  If you haven't seen the Clear Tiny Treat boxes in the catalogue you need to order some.  You WON'T be sorry!  They are the cutest little 2x2x2x2 boxes EVER!  They are $10.50 (Canadian) and you get 16 of them.  Cheap like borscht!  (As Pa would say).
Once you assemble your box you're almost done! *lol*

I took 1 sheet of the fanTABULOUS (should TOTALLY be a word!) Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper ($14.50) …
.. and cut it into 2" x 6" strips.  I then scored each strip (GENTLY so you don't cut right through the paper!) at 2" and 4".  (sorry I didn't take any pictures!)

I then simply placed the "U" shaped strip inside the clear box - I didn't even attach it with adhesive!

I then cut another 2" x 2" piece and DID attached that to the inside of the lid with a little snail.  I SUPPOSED I could have just used a 2" x 8" strip of paper instead but I figured there would be a little error in the scoring and didn't want the DSP to buckle when I closed the lid … so I just went with the 2" x 6" strip and cut the separate 2" x 2" piece for the lid.  Make sense?  I DID find that I had to trim the 2" x 2" piece a HAIR smaller to fit perfectly.

I filled the boxes with the traditional striped Christmas peppermint candies and "scotch mints".  I think I used 5 of each.  Then I just needed some ribbon to keep it closed and add the finishing touch.
I made some with 22" of the Real Red 3/4" Stitched Edge Ribbon ($11.25) …
I then spotted my Tip Top Taupe Striped Ribbon ($10.75) ..
… and used 22" of that for the remainder of my boxes.  Although the DSP uses Crumb Cake the Taupe still works.  I've gotta say whilst I like the traditional red ribbon LOOK, the Taupe ribbon was more pliable and easier to tie.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these little treats!  Aside from being so stinkin' cute they are ridiculously quick, easy and inexpensive to mass produce AND you can use any DSP you have on hand for any occasion!  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentines Day, Mother's Day … flu them with paperclips, flowers seeds, tea bags, candy, bath salts, chocolates - the possibilities are endless!  My kind of project!

So that's it for my rambling for tonight.  Time to grab a cup of tea and watch a few episodes of Corontion Street.  I seem  to have 26 episodes recorded.  Yup - where DO the hours go???

Have yourself a stampy evening! xo


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Candy Cane Cute!

Happy Saturday!

I've got about half an hour while my broccoli soup perks away so thought I'd post.  I SHOULD be cutting paper for my Stamp-a-stack tomorrow alas my feet are acting up today so I have to keep taking breaks …

Today I'm sharing two cards I made using the DELICIOUS Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper.  Seriously.  I haven't loved a DSP this much in AGES!!  ALL of the designs are great but I just couldn't WAIT to play with the gingerbread house design.  This is what I came up with ...
I LOVE it!  This is one of those cards that you CAN jazz up with every embellishment you have … or it can pretty much stand alone without ANY embellishments.  You can just grab your 2" circle punch to inch out the "short" house image, pop it up on dimensionals, stamp a sentiment and be done!  … of course that's not usually the way I roll so I DID dig out a few more toys, just for fun.

I used the Flurry of Wishes stamp set in Early Espresso for the sentiment.  I also ran a 2" strip of Whisper White card stock through the Softly Falling embossing folder, added some of the Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine.  The final touch (which I loved!) was adding a punched heart from.  I used the same DSP sheet as the houses, just the reverse side … and used the teeny scraps from between the circles I cut out.  What crafter doesn't love using up all the little scraps????

I layered Whisper White Crumb Case and Real Red for this little cutie.

I had so much fun with that one I decided to make another one, using the tall house...
This one has a 2 1/2" circle punched out of the DSP and the house popped up on dimensionals.  I made a banner, stamped the sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness in Early Espresso and some Candy Cane Land Washi tape.  I added some gold thread to the chimney (hee hee) and then cut out one little gumdrop from the Washi Tape to add to the banner.  Key-ute!

I prefer the first card - not as "busy" in my opinion but I do love them both.  This suite of products really does make crafting easy!

I need to tend to my soup now so I'll go.  Pop in again soon - and have a stampy night!