Thursday, 18 October 2018

Simply Thankful. | Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

"Simply thankful for all the good things."
What a reminder that sentiment is.
In Canada, we just celebrated our Thanksgiving.
It's this time of year that our gratitudes are top of mind.

But it's so important to remember them daily.

I simply love this sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s Country Home Stamp set.
Not just because of what it says but because I always love the mix of cursive fonts and sans serif capital letters.

I knew as soon as I saw this stamp set that I needed to use it.
A Baker's Box paired with the Detailed Floral Thinlet Dies brought this project together perfectly.

Simply perfect.
Simply easy.
Simply beautiful.
Simply thankful.

Have a beautiful day!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team's projects in today's blog hop featuring the Country Home Stamp SetCharlet is up next!

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Today's project includes the following products:

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Snowflake Showcase | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

It's October already and Stampin' Up! is getting ready for a Snowflake Showcase!

From October 1st to 31st, Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are able to get their hands on these beautiful limited time only products! From November 1st to 30th, customers are able to purchase them. And just in time for the holiday season!

Well friends, I am totally loving everything in this special release suite.
There's two stamp sets: Happiness Surrounds and Snow is Glistening.
One Snowflake Trinket Embellishment pack that you cannot miss!
And some white Velveteen Speciality Paper.
But the star of the show is the Snowfall Thinlets.

While it's difficult to see in the picture, this project uses the Snowfall Thinlets combined with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. The snowflakes are created using the Velveteen paper - it's almost like there's actual snow on the card!

For my two projects today, I am showcasing one stamp set called 'Happiness Surrounds'. I have created ONE project using the Snowfall Thinlet Dies and ONE project without the Snowfall Thinlets. It's amazing how Stampin' Up! can create a non-holiday stamp set to co-ordinate with a Snowflake Thinlets! You can use this stamp set and thinlets any time of year!

Lately, I have been loving all the different purple colours! This patterned paper comes from the Country Home DSP.  How perfect does this paper work with the Sahara Sand cardstock?

Thanks for dropping by today for this special blog hop - make sure that you check out Charlet's projects and the rest of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

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Today's project includes the following products:
Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set
Velveteen Specialty Paper
Snowfall Thinlets
Snowflake Thinlets

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

am/pm: September Routines | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine

September has arrived and we are all craving routine again.

On school days an ideal morning begins with Mom waking up before everyone else around 6:30am. I sometimes will have a sip of coffee. I try to plan out the day and start lunches. However, typically I need to clear off the counter first. And in order to clear off the counter, the dishwasher must first be unloaded. If I am lucky I’ve at least thought about lunches the night before. This year St. Peters Primary does not have any cafeteria service. If we don’t pack a lunch, the kids won’t have one.

I start waking Ryan up about 6:45. He generally doesn’t budge and if he does he finds his way to the washroom. It drives me bananas but I really don’t know why I would expet him to rise and shine on his after all these years?

Kids are up next at 7am. Jane Caines is often the first up. She is always ready to tackle the day. And she is hungry immediately. She usually choses fruit, oatmeal or smoothies. She always has a small glass of juice. This is her only chance for juice on a typical day. Jack on the other hand used to have to be carried downstairs. He will still have his eyes closed. Lately hes hopping into our bed for a couple extra minutes. He’s a true sloth. Jack will eventually ask for a glass of milk and either Cheerios or peanut butter toast. In all likelihood he won’t eat much.

For this year there’s no devices or TV in the mornings when there’s school or places to go. Jack would turn from sloth to zombie. Sometimes I’ll put on the radio or Good Morning Canada. On a great morning it will be the Jay and Dan show on TSN.

Jane gets dressed and rolls her eyes at the prospect of brushing her hair. I am exhausting all efforts to get Jack in the bathroom and to get himself dressed.

By 8am the bus is there and we are ready to rock and roll.... even if I do Jane’s hair at times at the bus stop.

Then it’s Mom’s turn. I never eat breakfast until I am at work. Of course, by then I am famished. It’s so nice to have some time in the morning... just to get a shower. But most days I am rushing out the door with a long to do list in my cleanest yoga pants and running shoes.

Ryan takes it all in stride. He’s easy peezy as his busy work season is slowing down.

The evening routines are quite different depending what is on the schedule. On the weekends, we stretch the bedtimes. However, on the week days we try to get to bed no later than 8:30. The truth of that is that there’s many nights where the kids still awake at 9:30. The truth is that bed time routines are hard. Jane has gymnastics until 8pm some nights and she can’t even get home by 8:30 let alone have some supper. There are nights when I have to lug Jack for pick ups as well. On the night Jane doesn’t have gymnastics we try to have supper as a family, keeping in mind that many evenings we are eating as we pass each other by or snacking in the car from one place to another. We try to do homework and we try to do baths. WE even try to have some device time so that we can all have that alone time we all crave.

We have a new rule where there’s no devices past 7:30pm. It’s making bed time a lot smoother; however, Jack and Jane will still fight with us when we say its time to go brush our teeth.

These days Jack dilly dallies more than Jane. He’s always finding an excuse to fool around with this toy or that. Often he avoids brushing his teeth. Once he gets in the bed, one parent will read him a story. The other parent will settle Jane in. She reads herself now - that has only started recently.

Jack sleeps under the covers with toys surrounding him. Jane sleeps on top of the covers with her stuffies lined perfectly at the bottom of her bed.

Once both kids decide to close their eyes, they sleep quickly. Often I will go into my room while that’s happening and I always fall asleep. 

It won’t be long before Jack will call asking for milk. Milk. Which we cut out int he bed months ago yet he still asks. We get him fresh water. He never wants the water that was there from earlier in the day. 

Jack will sleep with his bunny.
Jane will only sometimes sleep with her hunny.
Jack will spread out his blankie on top of the pillow.
Jane will leave the light on.

Did you hear that?
It’s finally silent.
Mom and Dad will chose a show to watch on the main floor or in the bedroom. Sometimes Mom falls asleep and sometimes she doesn’t. Either way. “Good night good night Construction site”.

This layout was created for the OCTOBER 2018 SPARK magazine exclusively developed for the online Simple Scrapper community. Within the community we are provided with sketches and journal prompts in order to help inspire members.


Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards, Stampin' Up!

Monday, 1 October 2018

Roam | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine

I was in the Woods.

When the sun crepts through the trees and you can see the
shadows oh so perfectly.
When you can only hear the sounds of nature.
When the weather is not too hot and not too cold.
When the people you love
surround you.
That’s when you need to stop and take a minute to take all its beauty in. 
So I did.

This layout was created for the OCTOBER 2018 SPARK magazine exclusively developed for the online Simple Scrapper community. Within the community we are provided with sketches and journal prompts in order to help inspire members.


Supplies for today's project comes from Simple Stories, Ali Edwards, Stampin' Up!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Follow Your Dreams | Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Welcome back to our monthly Fancy Friday Blog Hop where you'll find current and past Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team members show you different ways that we inspire ourselves and each other.  This month we are doing a colour challenge based on the photo below.

That colour combo is wild.
But totally cool.
So I really started by looking at the photo rather than the colour splashes.
By looking at the photo I was inspired to use different textures that I would describe as Bohemian.
I used the Stampin' Up! Vintage Lace Trim as a background and then began layering from there.

Do you recognize that stamp set and die cuts?
You can find that in the Follow Your Dreams Bundle.
Pretty cool, isn't it?

If you are caught in the mess of textures here, you'll find a distressed piece of Blackberry Bliss embossed using the Tin Tile Embossing folder. Followed by several layers of stamped cardstock, die cuts and vellum. There's sequins and brads and even linen thread.

It's a whole lot of stuff that I quite like.
And let's be honest here, this is very much outside my simple style.
Soooo, this "challenge" did its job.

But don't stop here, keep hopping along to my fancy friend,
Sylwia Schreck!

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This is where I show the majority of my projects and inspiration, along side my loves and life.  
Be sure to find me @cathycaines.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

a beautiful destination. | Be Inspired Blog Hop

Welcome back to our monthly Be Inspired Blog Hop!

Each month a handful of Stampin' Up! designers join together to bring you some themed inspiration. This month's theme is sympathy or get well.

This project was created using the Stampin' Up! Beautiful Promenade Stamp Set. I didn't know I loved this set so much until I started using it. The sentiments are perfectly paired and you could make it work for almost any occasion.

The sentiment was stamped onto water color paper and I used the Gorgeous Grape refill ink to water colour the purple splash. I didn't stop there - I water colour the floral element in the top left as well.  This isn't perfect colouring so don't get bogged down in the details!

But don't let me be the only one to convince you of this gorgeous stamp set - check out the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team projects in this blog hop! I am so proud to be part of this team!

Thanks for dropping by.
I think you are going to love this hop so keep moving along to my Canadian friend, Carolynn Sander .

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Beautiful Layers | Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team

Welcome to the September Stampin' Up! Global Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!
This month we are featuring the Beautiful Promenade Stamp Set and co-ordinating Beautiful Layers Thinlet Dies. 


The first thing you'll notice when you look at this project is the gorgeous paper wreath. 
I hand cut the wreath out of the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper
How could I not?
I know it was work but I fell in love with it.

The pairing of the sans serif font and the cursive font is absolutely stunning.
Therefore the sentiment speaks for itself.

Hope you enjoyed this easy card today!
Be sure to check out the entire Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop!
My friend, Charlet Mallett is next!

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Today's project includes the following products: