Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A Floppy Earred Bunny | Stampin' Up! Display Stamper Blog Hop Day Three


Well, hello again my new and old friends!

Welcome back to Day 3 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.
I was floored when I first played with this three step stamp on how realistic this stamp appeared. Unless you see this image in real life you might never catch the true dimension and realism. I have fallen in love with this little guy as she looks exactly like my daughter's Jellycat.  I am sure many of you know exactly what I am talking about.

A Jellycat is a sweet floppy eared bunny - the traditional toddler soother.
And now we all fall in love.
Perhaps this stamp might be perfect for your "sweet little somebunny".


I couldn't stop at just one so I continued creating with this stamp and made a shaker card with the newest oversized glitter flakes. 


The little doilies work perfectly on the largest Circle Die from Stampin' Up! I love how you can get this soft border around the circle.


Hope you enjoyed today's projects! Keep hopping along to Diane Browning and be sure to check out all 20 of the display stampers!

Love,
Cathy
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Simple is Stunning | Lets Get Hopping Blog Hop


Welcome to the third Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop designed to inspire you in some fun and different themes all the while learning the in and outs of blog hopping. This month we are looking at ways to create projects simply using only paper, ink and stamps.

Each blogger will give you their ideas on how to make 
SIMPLE turn into STUNNING.


My classic style is the definition of simple.
Many of my cards is a stamped image water coloured on paper using markers or ink. Sometimes with a pop of colour here or there.


Since many of my cards are already simple, I look for ways to give my cards an extra something such as the glitter and sequins shown above or the the popped off ornament.

1. Glitter: // Add sparkle whenever and wherever you can.
2. Pearls: // Add pearls to the image itself or to the outskirts. I love using pearls on floral cards.
3. Sequins: // I often add three sequins in varying shapes on the card.
4. Pop Up an Image: // Pop off a hat, a flower or an ornament like I did above.
5. Rhinestones: // Add rhinestones to cupcakes, the night sky or an ornament.


6. Fine Tip Glue Pen: // Add the fine tip glue to make shiny objects (or eye balls) pop! You can also make bubbles for fish or little bumps on flower creating cool texture.
7. Skinny Border: // Add the skinniest border about 1/8" giving a skinny frame.
8. Pop Up a Layer: // Add dimensional foam to pop off a layer.
9. Watercolour a background: // Create depth by watercoloring some shade - whether that be under an image's feet or the background layer.
10. Patterned Paper: // Add patterned paper to bring your card to a Wow.


And last but not least...

11. Outline Your Colouring: // If you've been colouring then outline the outside edge of your image. In the card above, I used the Light Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend marker to outline the outsides.  This gives it depth and makes images pop off the card.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by today! Be sure to hop along to my Canadian friend, Carolynn Sander. She's pretty amazing so be prepared to be blown away.

Cathy

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A black and white striped birthday card | Stampin' Up! Display Stamper Blog Hop Day Two


Well, hello again my new and old friends!

Welcome back to Day 2 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 Saleabration 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.
Today is double trouble...
Just like a "Twonie Tuesday" deal.

I always end up buy-ing double because its on sale rather than one. 
Two pizza slices. Two ice cream scoops. Two bags of onions. 
Ugh.

There's a card.
And a scrapbook page.
Ta-Da!

The card is simple as it shows off the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, as well as the Perennial Birthday stamp set. One of my signature styl's is certainly simple and clean; however, I am a big fan of trims, ribbons and... well, "dangly, danglys" as my old Acadia University coach used to say when referring to our earrings. If you look closely you can see the Berry Burst "Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon trim", as well as the mini sequin trim hanging down the centre.


Do you see what I see...? The bottom half of my "Happy Birthday" sentiment is embossed in gold. 

How did she do that? It's simple. I stamped like I normally would with the Berry Burst ink pad. Before it completely dried I shook some gold embossing powder and set it with the heat gun. But I made sure that the powder only went on the bottom half. Yup. Not rocket science but still pretty cool.


The Painted with Love Specialty Paper is going to be a must have item for you. Each of the 6 double sided designs in this pack is foiled and absolutely stunning.  I used every morsel of this heart background paper in all of my projects.


Of course, true to my style again you can see the vintage lace trim and the new Picture Perfect Paper Ribbon (which resembles stitched fringe). You can also find mini sequins where I quite literally dropped them onto the page and then glued them on with the fine tip glue pen.


I am so happy that you dropped by for this amazing hop. I am sure you are starting to understand that the new Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions and Salebration catalogues are amazing! 

Keep hopping along to Diane Browning and all 20 of the display stampers!
Love,
Cathy
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Monday, 20 November 2017

Stampin' Blends on DSP | Stampin' Up! Display Stamper Blog Hop Day One


It's been a whirlwind since the Stampin' Up! OnStage event wrapped up in Salt Lake City last week and it's now back to real life for me on the East Coast of Canada. For me that means laundry, morning meltdowns, struggling to maintain a work-life balance all the while creating and blogging in between.

This week is extra special and that's because I am blogging with 19 other exceptional Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world. Each of these demonstrators were selected to be a "Display Stamper". A "Display Stamper" is a Demonstrator that is sent product from a future catalogue in order to create projects to inspire those at a Stampin' Up! event called OnStage.

Over the course of the next 7 days, we will each show you projects that we created for those display boards in the respective regions.  My projects were displayed in the only North American event in Salt Lake City. 

Thanks for dropping by and I hope we inspire you with these products, which will be available in the 2018 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue or Salebration catalogue on January 3, 2018.
Today's project was brought to life using the Stampin' Up! Blends alcohol markers. This Petal Palette Designer Series Paper is actually in black and white; however, blending Stampin' Up! alcohol markers made this page turn into a piece of art. While the Blends are amazing with stamped images, don't be afraid to use them on any patterned paper.


While it's a simple card, the colouring took time - I enjoyed every moment and channeled my inner Connie Collins floral style. 

It's worth noting that Connie will be joining me on the 2018 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design team and I couldn't be more excited to be reunited with my 2013 Artisan friend. I am pretty sure I am her number one fan as every project she creates looks like it was created with great thought and love. You can find her at Constantly Stamping.

I can't wait to show you more projects over the next few days. For now, I'd like to introduce you to my new friend Diane Browning - let's see what she created!
Love,
Cathy
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Friday, 17 November 2017

Thanks with Blends + Floral Statements | #tgifc134


Sometimes a stamp does everything for you. 

Floral Statements by Stampin' Up! does just that. In fact, I did not stray very far from the example in the catalog. Isn't that gorgeous?


With the American Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am here to inspire you to CASE this card and to use your Stampin' Blends! I used the Rich Razzleberry markers as well as Pink Pirouette.

Sneakily I used the Merry Music Specialty Series Paper... can you tell it's holiday paper? ... Didn't think so!

And be sure to play along with TGIF Challenge Team this week as we create with the theme of gratitude.


Have a Beautiful Thursday Friends.
Cathy

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Dreaming of a White Christmas | Fancy Friday


Welcome to Fancy Friday!

Our Fancy Friday Team continues to grow - we are a group of current and past Stampin' Up! Artisans who get together once a month for an extra special blog hop. Through the experiences of each of our Artisan teams we have a connection.

Sometimes you can't explain a connection.
But I am pretty sure that we feel a closeness because we love to share what we do and have a true passion for our crafts.

This month, we are showcasing our beautifully talented Jennifer Timko's sketch. Feel free to use her sketch and tag us.


A sketch is something that is hit or miss for me. I can always start with a sketch but when the going gets tough, I will often bail.

Do it. Bail if you want to.
The sole purpose of a sketch is to inspire you and if it means you've turned the sketch upside down and inside out then so be it.

I didn't bail this time.
Are you surprised?

Perhaps the inspiration came straight from my dinner table... perhaps it never.  You'll never know.  #secrets #iheartwine


If you are like me then you are probably already half way to the kitchen to have a taste of your favourite red... (Kind of like the show Scandal - it seems it makes me drink wine?!?)

Keep hopping while you take a load off.

Krista Frattin is next and I believe today's her birthday.  SEND HER SOME LOVE. She deserves it.  She's pretty much amazing.


Until next time,
Cathy

Let it Snow Merry Little Labels | Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team


"Let it Snow."
Or not...
I don't want it to snow.
And I certainly I don't want to shovel snow.
Winter is coming to Newfoundland, my friends.


But playing with this stamp set Merry Little Labels by Stampin' Up! was fun.  There's so many things I love on this card... let's talk about those, shall we?

#1. The Stampin' Blends: // It was incredibly easy to play with these markers.  I blended the daffodil delight and night of navy together until the sunset looked just right. Note that I heat embossed clear embossing powder over the archival ink so that the blends didn't bleed outside the lines.

#2. The Foiled Snowflakes: // Enough said.

#3. The Everday Label Punch: // Ummmm yeah, this is a punch that I use almost every time I sit down (similar to the retired banner punch)

#4. Basic Pearls: // I use them on every single one of my projects. Either pearls or sequins - take your pic.

#5. Whisper White Baker's Twine: // Because nothing is complete without it being wrapped up with white twine.

Until we meet again, my lovelies - Thanks for dropping by to say hi. Hop along to my gorgeous friend Dani.... she probably isn't ready for the snow yet either...

Cathy



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Products used in my projects today includes the following: