Friday, 16 March 2018

an oldie but a goodie | #tgifc151

It's an oldie stamp set.
It's been around at least two years.
But its a goodie.

It's a stamp set I reach for whenever I want to colour a flower.
Its a stamp set whenever I want a cursive + serif font combination.

So you should probably add this stamp set on your list.
Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!
You can thank me later.

Today's project is created for the TGIF Challenges Design Team. Each week we bring challenges in order to inspire you.  This week's challenge is an easy one for me - I am so ready to see signs of Spring that colouring and stamping flowers bring joy to my heart.

While this is a simple card, the colouring was done using the Stampin' Blends markers. Specifically the Light and Dark Calypso Coral colours as well as purple tones with Rich Razzleberry. Of course, the image is outlined with Light Crumb Cake.

As always, I am so glad you dropped by today - I sure hope you have an amazing day and even more I hope that you see signs of Spring all over your little edge of the Earth.


Thursday, 15 March 2018

she is... Picture Perfect. | Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Well, hello there my friends.
I am so glad you've dropped by.
It is most definitely "nice to meet you".

It's your lucky day because today is the March 2018 edition of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop where sixteen Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world join together in the hopes to inspire each other and of course, you!

Like other months, we are focusing on a specific product.  This month we are focusing on the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set and the Picture Perfect Party 6x6" Designer Series Paper. Quite honestly, I was in love with this product suite from the very start. 

Surely, you are right.  It's different with its photographic prints but different is nice sometimes, isn't it? And can the stamp set get any more perfect?

My finished product is a birthday banner.  These banners are becoming more and more trendy as we celebrate our loved ones lives in the forms of pictures. This banner is no different showing several layers coming mutliple products but at the end of the day, the star of the show is the pictures.

Photo Credit throughout this post goes to White Willow Photography


When I started this project, I began laying out the products along with the photos. I mixed and matched ribbons and varying shapes and sizes of cardstock and patterned paper. Sometimes I take a snap shot of this so that I can have a different perspective.  Here's how it looked before I finalized what would go where.


Once I decided the placement of everthing, the Birthday Mini Binder Clips made it easy to join the Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon and Silver Mini Sequin Trim to each of the photos. The paper banner behind the photos is made up of a combination of Berry Burst cardstock and the Picture Picture Party Designer Series Paper strung together with Whisper White Baker's Twine.

Finally, I decided that all that was needed was the words "happy birthday" using the Large Letter Framelit Dies in Soft Sky Cardstock.  Are you wondering how they are floating? Glue dots are your best friend sometimes - Instead of using a hole punch, I adhered the letters to the Whisper White Baker's Twine using glue dots. #boom #adttricksandtechniques

I am so thankful that you have dropped by to check out my project today.
Be sure to keep hopping to check out the amazing Charlet Mallet!

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Please see below for a list of Stampin' Up! products used in today's project:

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

You Are Simply Amazing | Stamp to Share International Blog Hop

I am so excited to be back with the International Stamp to Share Blog Hop this month!

This month we are featuring the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration items: 


Today's card features a technique where I don't fully cut out the die cut. Leaving a sliver of cardstock in tact at the bottom as you can see in the photo below. There's lots of fun things you can do with this technique so give it a whirl!

In order to achieve this you may need to try this a could times but lay the top cutting pad from your Big Shot Die Cutting Machine just above the bottom of the thinlet.

To make life easy for me, I use my scoring tool to create a soft line where I'd like to cut the line.  It also is a neat trick to help you get the inside bits and bobs a little easier.

In addition, the final project included Stampin' Up! product items True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, Linen Thread and Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack

As always, I am so glad you dropped by but most of all...

you are simply amazing.

Keep hopping along to my friend in the UK, Monica Gale!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

home. | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine

This day and this moment was like it was made for a Newfoundland Tourism commercial. Jack and Jane frolicked in the tall grass next to the iconic Cape Spear lighthouse with the beautiful ocean views in the background. Soon the sun would fall and we would feel the cold breeze in our hair. On this day I watched life in all its simplest beauties. I am so thankful for living on this island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. An island that is raw and sometimes unforgiving but if you look close enough, you can find pure joy. From the sounds of the brutal winds, to the sights of the whales dancing off the shores or simply the little girl doing cartwheels down the oversized wooden steps, you can find your peace. 

This layout was created for the March 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 Story Kits, Stampin' Up! washi, Stampin' Up! enamel dots and Stampin' Up! cardstock

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

she's a garden girl. | Be Inspired Blog Hop

It's February 28th and we are just off our very first official snow day of the year yesterday.
Typically on this island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean we've had several snow days. It was actually starting to feel like we were never going to get any snow.  Well, we spoke too soon.

I am simply oh so ready to be a Garden Girl.

This is my very first time hopping with the Be Inspired Design Team and I am very excited to be here! We have some amazing talent and I am so happy you have dropped by to check it out. Each month they have a theme in which to help creative types to step outside their comfort zone. Today's theme is TEXTURE.

What is TEXTURE?

1. (noun) the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance.
2. (verb) give (a surface, especially of a fabric or wall covering) a rough or raised texture.

How do you create TEXTURE IN STAMPING?

Creating texture in stamping is not limited to some of the ideas but rather creating texture can be somewhat of an opinion - you might look at something and think there's texture but someone may see a project in flat thus not seeing the texture that you might.

1. Adding multiple layers of paper, trims and stamping to your project.
2. Using mixed media projects such as sprays or embossing paste such as today's project.
3. Use embossing powder in order to raise a project.
4. Add glitter or glimmer papers.
5. Use the fine tip glue in order to add gloss.
6. Add embellishments like sequins, pearls, buttons, etc.

Today's project uses the Embossing Paste by Stampin' Up! along with a cloud mask. The paste was applied through the stencil on water color paper. Once dried I used the Stampin' Up! Write Marker's and refill inks in order to colour the background as well as the stamped images.

This project totally got me ready for spring despite the huge snow flakes outside my window. It's trickery at its finest. :)

Are you ready for Spring?
I hope that groundhog was right...

Be sure to keep hopping to my friend, Carolynn Sander - she's a shining star here in Canada.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Creating a masked background |#tgifc148

Oh hello, my beautiful friends!
I just can't get enough of mermaids or unicorns these days!

Today's project was created for the TGIF Challenges Design Team, where each week on Fridays we bring you new creative challenges to inspire you.  This week we are looking for your masking techniques.

While there are many ways to mask, I opted to use a simple bit of washi to create a square background.  The bottom is a Post-it note. Using a sponge and my Tempting Turquoise ink, I was able to mask "an ocean".

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to link up your own projects by Thursday 10am PST on the TGIF Challenge Blog.


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Meet Mr. Dragon Pants Face. | Fancy Friday Blog Hop

There he is.
Mr. Dragon Pants Face.
Giving you the stink eye.
A face... oh so perfect for a birthday card.
Wouldn't you say?

Today's project was created for the Fancy Friday Blog Hop team. 
This is a team of current and past Stampin' Up! Artisans so it's safe to say that every month you are in for a real treat. Each month we come up with a theme to help inspire ourselves and all of our stamping communities.  Thanks to Krista Frattin for designing today's colour challenge logo!


Back to that face.
Mr. Dragon Pants Face guy comes from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.  All I did was cut him out.
Of course, the background of the card is a little more tangly.
First, I applied the Stampin' Up! embossing paste through the brick mask onto watercolour paper. After it dried (or not. more like I didn't want to wait for it to dry.)
...As I was saying, after it dried, I used my emerald envy reinker and an aqua painter to apply some colour to the background. I dropped a couple specks on to the surface as well to look like rain drops.
After it dried... I really dried it this time with a heat gun.
Then it was a "bit of this and a bit of that".

Oh. You noticed the ballon. I cut that sucker right off the one of those Party Pandas (an exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set). I cut the twirly whirly string too. I glued it all together and got perfection!

Inside the card, I continued the wording from the sentiment stamp set and added a knight (to fight off the dragon, of course) found in the Magical Day stamp set which I had previously coloured using my Stampin' Up! Blends.

Happy Birthday!

Thanks for dropping by today - Krista Frattin is up next. Krista's style is amazing and she always seems to inspire me! 
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