Friday, 18 August 2017

Twirling My Worries Away | #tgifc121


This image.
I love it.
I picture a girl that is letting loose in the rain.
She's twirling her worries away.


I created this card for my friend who lost a loved one.
She's strong and she's powerful.
But life is tough and I thought this card might send her some strength.

This image comes with several image and includes the sentiment "life might not be the party we hoped for but while we are here, we might as well dance" as part of the Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set. It's perfect and so true.  Tomorrow, I am jet setting to Toronto, which is a solid three hours plane ride for me. Follow me on instagram to see my adventures and of course, watch me dance as I get ready to see Coldplay.

But first - be sure to join the TGIF Challenge Design Team and play with this challenge this week. You have until Thursday, August 24th at 10am PST.

Cathy

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop


Hi all,

This month's Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop focuses on the Ronald McDonald House 2017-18 stamp set, Sharing Sweet Thoughts. This set is truly near and dear to my heart as I have been lucky enough to be involved with the Ronald McDonald House here in St. John's, Newfoundland. With every stamp set purchased, proceeds are donated to the Ronald McDonald House local charities.

It's such a special charity and trily makes a difference in the lives of families every day.  I am very proud of the association with Stampin' Up! and RMH.


For today's projects, I heat embossed the images with silver embossing powder onto water colour paper.  Using my aqua painter and my Stampin' Write markers I coloured both images creating a tag and card.


Of course, I have been obsessing about using multiple trims on my projects - you can see on the card, I layered several underneath the sentiment.  On the tag, I attached a couple using the silver mini sequin trim, white baker's twine and powder pink shimmer ribbon.


These projects were difficult to capture on camera but the silver really makes this project magical. Be sure to try using the silver embossing powder on your next project!

Thanks for dropping but don't stop here! Keep hopping to see inspiration from all twenty global Stampin' Up! Artisans. My friend, Dani from the United States is up next!


Tanya Boser

Products used in my projects today includes the following:

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kraft is Coming Back | #tgifc120


Look-ee, Look-ee!
Kraft paper is coming back in the 2017 Stampin' Up! holiday catalog and I am so delighted!  Along with that fabulous paper, you can see a sneak peak here some of the musical patterned paper coming along.

The Holiday Catalog is so exciting and I have been working away to sort out how I'd like to launch it.


Today's card was created for TGIF Challenge Blog : #tgifc120 as a sketch challenge.  I always loved a sketch and today it jump started my creativity.  I'd love to see you give it a try.

See you soon!
Cathy

Saturday, 5 August 2017

No Ipads on the Table | Simple Scrapper

Another little story.
Another seemingly unremarkable photo.
But behind this photo there's a story.



We have a no device rule at the table. We’ve had it since the kids had ipads so we don’t have to give too many reminders. But today was Jane’s birthday - when they sat down with their pancakes in the shape of the letter J, I decided that it would be okay for them to share a show. Technology isn’t always connecting each other but sometimes it really does. 
#siblinglove


This layout was created for the August 2017 issue of SPARK magazine, a monthly magazine exclusively for members of the Simple Scrapper online community. Owner, Jennifer Wilson provides sketches and story starters each month that help drive inspiration in your quest to document your memories.

This layout was designed on a 8.5 x 11" piece of cardstock. I typed my journalling using the Remington Noiseless font within the Photoshop Creative Cloud software. This came together quickly until I wanted to use the striped patterned paper until the photo as well as a backing to the page.  As such, I had to secretly but out a hold from the centre of the patterned paper and then adhere it under the picture.  I suppose its a great way to make your patterned paper go a long way.


Thanks for dropping by! If you would like more information on the Simple Scrapper Membership, please contact me. In addition, you can now see ont month of SPARK magazine for free!  This will help you see all the inspiration and resources that Jennifer Wilson provides.

Cathy

Friday, 4 August 2017

That Narwhal Though | #tgifc119


That Narwhal though.
He's SO cute!!!
You can find him with his sloth friend in the Quirky Critters stamp set from Stampin' Up!


This design was coloured as inspiration for the TGIF Challenge #tgifc119.  I had fun watercolouring and moving the colours around so that it was just so. After it dried, I added some fun embellishments! It's hard to see but using my fine tip glue pen, I created several clusters of 3 little drops around the narwhal.  It reminded me of little bubbles in the ocean.


Be sure to play along with us this week for our colour challenge! Use the hastag #tgifc119 so we can see your amazing designs!

Cathy

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Peace in the Kitchen... I mean, Earth | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop


... "Peace on Earth"
... It's pretty ironic right now as I'd just take peace in my kitchen.  Wild Banshees are stomping around looking for containers and food to hold their new snail collection... Yup.  It's a sure sign of peace. 

Stampin' Up! is getting ready for Christmas and although I resisted at first, so am I.  In July Stampin' Up! Demonstrators were able to get their hands on the Carols of Christmas Bundle, which includes the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Thinlet Dies.  Now, customers can purchase this bundle at a discounted price of 10% off.  Next month customers will be able to see the brand new Holiday Catalogue so be sure to contact your demonstrator today to get in on the action.
Last month, I showed you some quick and easy ways to use the "Deck the Halls" sentiment included in the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  This month I created a couple projects using the "Peace on Earth" sentiment.  This stamp fits oh so perfectly in the largest stitched shape square.


Lately I have been using my ribbons and trims more and more.  I simply love creating a bustle and layering it under cards or attaching it to a corner on a project like you can see below.  The binder clips or library clips hold those in place super easily.  This is my version of the tassle and pom pom trend.


I couldn't help but do a emboss resist with this sentiment.  It seems so perfect for the night winter sky. The Softly Falling Embossing folder gives the "snowball" feeling to bring everything together.


As for now, I've got to get some quiet time.... and well... Peace in the Caines Kitchen. Tootles! 

Be sure to continue hopping as you can see inspiration from all twenty global Stampin' Up! Artisans. My friend, Dani from the United States is up next!


Tanya Boser

Products used in my projects today includes the following:

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Love Story Today Planner by Stampin' Up!


Hi Friends,
My Love Story Planner from Stampin' Up! arrived last week, just in time for me to start planning in August.

I am a planner.
Until I get too busy.  Then my life flies off the rails and chaos ensues.
But I am a better person when I plan, I remember things.  I don't think about what's for supper and it helps me stay on task rather than procrastinate.

Currently I use two planners: Leuchtrum Planner + Leuchtrum Bullet Journal.
To see more about how I use these please see this post.

I will be continuing to use my two Leuchtrums but going forward my creative planning will be in the Love Story Planner by Stampin' Up! Today marks the day that I sort out how I can best fit this journal in my life.

Check out my video on my plans and review on this planner.


Upon opening, I was floored how beautiful this planner looks.  The gold foiled polka dots describes my style. The watercolour floral design makes my heart pitter patter.  On the scale o

f how appealing this planner looks is pretty much a ten for me.


The planner comes with a number of items including the binder itself, a book mark, some stickers, post-its and refill pages.  I think its brilliant that Stampin' Up! gives the option to buy refill pages.


Once I began set-up, I noticed that the pages are designed to be arranged in a particular way.  Once you have that figured out, then you can fill in all your months.  Check out the video to see what I mean.  Like any planner, you have to make it work for you.  Here's my initia set up for August 2017:



What I love about this planner:
    - You can start this planner any month and any year
    - You can buy refill pages at any time
    - Love the easy to see monthly tabs
    - You can purchase a co-ordinating stamp set
    - The styling: polka dots + fonts + floral watercolour
    - A quick at glance calendar + notes area before each month begins
    
What I don't love about this planner:
   - It's a 2 ring binder... will it last? Only time will tell.
   - Is the cover durable?
   - It's designed to be arranged in a certain way: Does that bother you?
   - Horizontal daily layouts: I'd prefer vertical

Stay tuned on my Planner journey as I work through the kinks in this Love Today Planner by Stampin' Up!
Cathy