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Monday, 22 April 2019

CARD: In Color Swap - Butterfly Fig

Good morning!  I hope your day is off to a wonderful start.

Today I will begin sharing some of the swaps from a recent In Colour swap I participated in.  The challenge was very simple, create a card using the retiring 2017-2019 In Colors:  Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink.  The card needed to have at least one layer, and use one embellishment.  

The first card I’m showcasing was designed by Shirley Hannah and uses a unique fold that I’m going to have to try out myself!




It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the black flag with the sentiment on the front actually opens to the side, and then the card front, which is narrower than the base, lifts up to open. It’s a simple design that packs a wow punch.

The stamp set used is the Butterfly Gala stamp set from the Occasions catalogue and the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch.  I absolutely love how the basic black makes the colours pop on the front and the heat embossed sentiment adds another layer of that wow.

Friday, 19 April 2019

OnStage Make & Take: Free As a Bird

I love all the perks that come with being part of the Stampin' Up! family.  Perks like getting to play with new stamp sets before they're released. Today's project is one of the make & takes from OnStage last week.  It features a new stamp set called Free As a Bird that will be available for purchase June 4th.  

Demonstrators can purchase from the new catalogue May 2nd.  Ask me how you can join my team to take advantage of the preorder!


This card is super cute right?  Free As A Bird is quickly going to be a favourite.  I've seen many samples using this set at OnStage and it's top on my list of sets I need!  What do you think?

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

PAPER PUMPKIN: Hugs From Shelli

Good afternoon and happy hump day!  It’s a beautiful sunny day in Hamilton, Ontario and it makes me almost as happy as the May Paper Pumpkin Kit will make you!

While at OnStage in Québec over the weekend, we got to sneak peek the upcoming kit which was designed by Stampin’ Up! cofounder Shelli Gardner.  You're going to want to subscribe by May 10th to ensure you get this beautiful kit.

Check out this video from Shelli.



We were fortunate at OnStage to have the opportunity to play with a sample from this beautiful upcoming kit.


How stunning is this card?  I love how soft and feminine it is; while still incorporating earthy elements.  Even better is that the kit coordinates perfectly with a NEW stamp set from the Annual 2019-2020 catalogue "Free As A Bird".  Check back later this week for a sneak peek at this new set.

Happy stampin'!

Monday, 15 April 2019

Get 'Em Before They're Gone - Retiring List



Good afternoon!  It's a sunny day here in Hamilton and I'm back from OnStage in Quebec.  I'll post about my experience a little later.  First, hot off the press, is the Retiring Lists for both the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue and the Occasions Catalogue.  

Check them out below; but don't wait to shop as items are only available while quantities last!

Occasions Catalogue




Friday, 12 April 2019

CARD: Beautiful You Watercolour

Good morning!  I’m writing to you this morning from the Montreal airport as I await to board my flight to Québec for OnStage Local!  I’m super excited and I’ll have lots to share along the way.  Before that though, I have a gorgeous card to share with you all.

This card was one of the projects from my watercolour class Wednesday night.  



We used the Beautiful You stamp set and paired with a basic black Cardstock base measuring 8 1/2” x 5 1/5” and folded to create a card 5 1/2” x 4 1/4”.  A layer of daffodil delight at 5 1/4” x 4” is then run through the swirls & curls embossing folder before adhering a piece of black satin 5/8” ribbon about a third of the way up from the bottom.  The image is stamped in black on whisper white measuring 2” x 3” with a basic black matte at 2 1/4” x 3 1/4”.  The image is coloured using water colour pencils in pumpkin pie and daffodil delight.  I started with the pumpkin pie along the right edge of the image.  I then added the daffodil delight starting darker from the pumpkin pie and getting lighter as I got toward the left side of the image.  The aqua painter is then used to pull the darker colours from right to left.  The sentiment is stamped with black on whisper white and cut using the stitched rectangle dies.  Both the image and sentiment are adhered with stampin dimensional.  The rhinestones I coloured with the dark daffodil delight blends marker before adhering the to the card.

I’m quite happy with the result and so were the gals who attended my class.  Check out my events page for upcoming classes.

Happy stampin’!

Monday, 8 April 2019

CARD: Painted Friend

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a beautiful weekend.  While mine was busy, it did not involve sitting in an arena at all and for that I am thankful!

This week will be crazy busy as I get ready to attend OnStage Local in Quebec City this weekend.  My eldest daughter and I will by flying out on Friday to spend the day in vieux Quebec before I go to the event on Saturday.

I thought I'd share my swap card with you before I head out.  Of course, you know I'll have posts with all the projects I receive back once I return.



I used the now retired set, Painted Seasons, from Sale-a-Bration and the Well Written framelits to create this card.  The butterfly and "friend" are cut from champagne foil paper.  The base is a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" sheet of whisper white cardstock, folded in half to create a quarter fold card, 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  The next layer of petal pink card stock measures 5 3/8" x  4 1/8".  The third layer is 5 1/4" x 4" in whisper white.  I used the Simply Scored scoring tool to add 1/4" vertical lines across the bottom of the half of that 3rd layer.  A piece of 5/8" petal pink/whisper white variegated ribbon is then tied with a bow around the petal pink and whisper white layers, hiding the top of the score lines.  The images are stamped on whisper white using petal pink, tranquil tide and calypso coral ink.  The cardstock measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/4", 1 1/2" x 1 1/2", and 1 1/2" x 1 1/4".  I used washi tape to hold them together on the back and stamped randomly.  The petal pink matte behind measures 4 5/8" x 1 5/8".
I'm very happy with the soft and gentle feel of this card and I hope you like it too.

If you're heading to OnStage in Quebec and would like to swap with me, seek me out!

Happy stampin'!