Friday, 8 December 2017

Mini Christmas Tree are too cute | #tgifc137


This cute little tree is from the Sugarplam Dreams stamp set by Stampin' Up! Its so cute that you can almost miss it! Using my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers, I brought this tree to life.

And well, if you have a cute little tree than you don't need much else.


This week's TGIF Challenge is a sketch challenge. Sometimes you can take a sketch quite literal but other times you can look at it and think "hey. I have paper that looks like that." I adore stripes and polka dots so I knew exactly what background I would use.



I hope you play along with us - you have a week to upload your links to the TGIF Challenge Blog post.

Thanks for hanging out with me today!
Cathy

Friday, 1 December 2017

Holiday Random Acts of Kindness For Kids | Christmas Advent Calendar


You can feel the crisp chill in the air here on the East Coast of Canada. As I put on my mittens, you can almost hear the jingle bells in the distance. Honestly, it makes me a little bit giddy inside. I truly feel the magic every single year. Like every year, I vow to get organized early. Typically one of the first items on my agenda is to get our advent calendars ready.  The tradition in our family is to select a wrapped holiday book every evening as well as a Lego Advent calendar for each child in the mornings. However, this year my kids are now seven and five.  It’s a great age to begin some Random Acts of Kindness. This Holiday List works the same way as a typical countdown to Christmas where my children will select a note each day.


The Trim Your Stocking Thinlets Dies (144682) is a perfect product to hold the twenty-four pieces of rolled up paper containing the Random Act of Kindness.


To begin this project, I cut out 25 stockings using the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (144621) and the Merry Little Christmas 12x12 cardstock pack (144622). Carefully I pieced each holiday stocking together and placed a number made out of Real Red Cardstock (102482) and the Large Numbers Framelits (140622). Finally, I attached each stock with Real Red 1/8” Solid Ribbon (144631) and hung it on a large decorative frame using the Jute Twine (144625). If you don’t have a large frame, you could use a three foot Christmas Tree to hang these stockings quite easily.


The Trim Your Stocking Thinlets Dies (144682) also comes with a pillow box shaped die, which fits a gift card perfectly.  It allowed me to have a pocket on each holiday stocking where I could place a rolled up Random Act of Kindness.  Since my children are young, I selected some Random Acts of Kindness that did not take a great deal of time and would not be a financial burden. While I researched online for some ideas, it was easy to select twenty-four acts. I encourage you to tailor your own family’s Random Acts of Kindness list to what best works for you.

Here’s the Caines Family Holiday Random Acts of Kindness List:

1.         Send a card to a stranger such as a service man or woman overseas.
2.         Donate new toys to the Happy Tree.
3.         “Sock” a friend by putting a treat in a holiday stocking on someone’s doorknob with a special note.
4.         Make 5 sticky note messages and place them on a mirror or a door. A drawing or a note like “you are beautiful” would be perfect.
5.         Bring a joke to school to read to your class.
6.         Donate food to the food bank.
7.         Help Nanny put away the dirty dishes.
8.         Draw a picture for your teachers along with a treat.
9.         Shovel for a neighbour or clear off their cars before they wake up.
10.       Donate 10 books you no longer need.
11.       Help clean the neighbourhood on a walk. Be sure to wear your gloves and bring a garbage bag.
12.       Go through our old towels and blankets to donate to the animal shelter.
13.       Drop by to the senior’s home and bring them a poinsettia. Be sure to say hello!
14.       Donate some cards to Ronald McDonald House.
15.       Write a list of 5 things you are thankful for.
16.       Pay for someone’s coffee.
17.       Donate some money to a charity.
18.       Leave candy canes on someone’s windshield.
19.       Put a treat in the mailbox for the Post Man.
20.       Call both your Grandmas just to say Hello.
21.       Bring coloring books to the doctor’s waiting room and the gymnastics viewing room.
22.       Decorate rocks using paint and place them around the neighborhood for strangers to
find (Kindness rocks).
23.       Be a helper by picking up 10 things off the floor each.
24.       Give 5 people a compliment. Or more!
25.       Merry Christmas!


I am so excited to share these adventures with my children and I truly believe that these little gestures will make a big difference in our small community. 

I am wishing you all the best in your holiday preparations!

Cathy Caines
2017 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Always add a Santa hat | Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop


I can feel it in the air now.
Yesterday we had a little dusting of snow.
And my first Holiday Party is this weekend.
Naturally my craft room has been an explosion of Christmas for some time now.

With all my holiday prep, I started to put this little Santa hat on all the little stamped critters and images. I just can't help myself - almost any critter is adorable with a Santa hat!


This little cutie came from the Color Me Happy stamp set, which was released when the Stampin' Blends came out.

Of course like most birds and cats, they've gotten themselves into a tangled mess of baker's twine.
Pretty much exactly how my brain feels every morning.

Thanks for popping by! Next in this Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop is Dani, whom always amazes me.  I've been so lucky to share these blog hops with these ladies as their talent and creativity blow me away each and every time.

Cathy


Cathy Caines (YOU ARE HERE)
Tanya Boser

Products used in my projects today includes the following:

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Happy Birthday Carolynn! | Stampin' Up! Display Stamper Blog Hop Day Seven


Happy Sunday!

Welcome back to Day 7, the final day of a week long blog hop bringing together 20 Display Stampers around the world.  A "Display Stamper" is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator that is sent product from a future catalogue in order to create projects for large display boards to inspire those at a Stampin' Up! event.

Over the course of this week long blog hop, we will each show you projects that we created for those display boards in the respective regions for OnStage events around the globe.  My projects were displayed in the only North American event in Salt Lake City. Keep in mind that these projects showcase products that will not be available until January 3, 2018 in the Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues.

If you'd like to see all of my projects that were on display at the Stampin' Up! OnStage event in Salt Lake City in November 2017 be sure to check out this link.

It's a birthday wand.
Something I make a lot of.
Today is my friend, Carolynn Sander's birthday.
And she's pretty special. I'll tell you why. It's because she has the kind of happy sparkle in her eyes. She loves her friends. And she loves Stampin' Up! She certainly has a way to make people feel special. And well. I like to surround myself with people like that.
So - "Happy Birthday" to Carolynn.
And yes, she's a Display Stamper too so here's my hint to send her some serious love - especially if she's ever made you feel special.
Happy Birthday sweet pea and thanks for the support over the past year! Mwah!


And every birthday wand should come complete with a gorgeous card.

Both of these projects are made of the new paper trim, as well as the foiled Painted with Love Designer Series Paper.


As you can see the products that will be released on January 3rd in the new Salebration and Occasions catalogues are amazing. I can't wait for you to get your hands on these items!


Thanks to everyone who took the time to hop along with us. Your time is pretty valuable so I can't tell you how much it means to me.  In the mean time - I hope you had an amazing weekend especially in the United States for their Thanksgiving weekend.

Keep hopping along to Diane Browning and be sure to check out all 20 of the display stampers!
Love,
Cathy
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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Celebrating You | Stampin' Up! Display Stamper Blog Hop Day Six


And it's Saturday!!! Yahoo!

Welcome back to Day 6 of a week long blog hop bringing together 20 Display Stampers around the world.  A "Display Stamper" is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator that is sent product from a future catalogue in order to create projects for large display boards to inspire those at a Stampin' Up! event.

Over the course of this week long blog hop, we will each show you projects that we created for those display boards in the respective regions for OnStage events around the globe.  My projects were displayed in the only North American event in Salt Lake City. Keep in mind that these projects showcase products that will not be available until January 3, 2018 in the Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues.

If you'd like to see all of my projects that were on display at the Stampin' Up! OnStage event in Salt Lake City in November 2017 be sure to check out this link.


This sweet little treat bag comes from the Mini Treat Bag Framelit out of the annual catalogue.  I always forget that it's there!! The sweet tag is made from the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Perennial Birthday stamp set. The adorable little heart comes of the foiled Painted with Love Designer Series Paper.

Yes, I cut that little cutie out of the paper.


Keep hopping along to Diane Browning and be sure to check out all 20 of the display stampers!
Love,
Cathy
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Friday, 24 November 2017

all about the black and white paper | Stampin' Up! Display Stamper Blog Hop Day Five



Hi. Hi. Hi.
Happppyyyy Fri-yayyyyy!

Welcome back to Day 5 of a week long blog hop bringing together 20 Display Stampers around the world.  A "Display Stamper" is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator that is sent product from a future catalogue in order to create projects for large display boards to inspire those at a Stampin' Up! event.

Over the course of this week long blog hop, we will each show you projects that we created for those display boards in the respective regions for OnStage events around the globe.  My projects were displayed in the only North American event in Salt Lake City. Keep in mind that these projects showcase products that will not be available until January 3, 2018 in the Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues.

If you'd like to see all of my projects that were on display at the Stampin' Up! OnStage event in Salt Lake City in November 2017 be sure to check out this link.


Here's the thing.
I like black and white.
With a pop of colour or sparkle or whatever.
This paper is black and white and just the best,
It's the Petal Palette Designer Series Paper so put it on your wish list.


And because I love to layer and tie ribbons and trims together like a Ribbon Ninja...
... I just dare you to even open this gift using the 2" cellophane bags.
Its too cute.
And you know it.


It's kind of like my Artisan Box... 
You just can't open it even though there's Tiffany inside. Tiffany might be cool but that box...
Well, that's perfection.


Right? Right.

Keep hopping along to Diane Browning and be sure to check out all 20 of the display stampers!
Love,
Cathy
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

"I just love you." | Stampin' Up! Display Stamper Blog Hop Day Four


Hi all!

Welcome back to Day 4 of a week long blog hop bringing together 20 Display Stampers around the world.  A "Display Stamper" is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator that is sent product from a future catalogue in order to create projects for large display boards to inspire those at a Stampin' Up! event.

Over the course of this week long blog hop, we will each show you projects that we created for those display boards in the respective regions for OnStage events around the globe.  My projects were displayed in the only North American event in Salt Lake City. Keep in mind that these projects showcase products that will not be available until January 3, 2018 in the Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues.

If you'd like to see all of my projects that were on display at the Stampin' Up! OnStage event in Salt Lake City in November 2017 be sure to check out this link.
On Day One, I showed you a card where I coloured a floral design from the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper using Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. Today I am showing you a similar design; however, I stamped the floral images and then coloured them with the Blends.


The beautiful sentiments come from the Perennial Birthday stamp set. In my mind, the Perennial Birthday and the Petal Passion stamp sets come together beautifully.


My second project for today's hop is a scrapbook page.  I scrapbook in 8.5x11" so this is the perfect size for me.  The paper has beautiful foiled accents and brought in the colours of the photos perfectly. Once available this Painted With Love Designer Series Paper is certainly a must have item!!! 


Scrapbooking is mostly about the stories for me - Because of the limits on display stamping I couldn't tell his story on this page.  However, it was a summer day and he had just gotten out of the pool.  I held this little nugget tight and he decided to stay there for close to an hour.  It might be one of the last times I get to do that so I think I'll hold on to this memory pretty tightly.


"I just love you."
That is exactly how I felt.
"I just love you."

Keep hopping along to Diane Browning and be sure to check out all 20 of the display stampers!
Love,
Cathy
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Diane Browning