Friday, 24 March 2017

A donut in tribute of Mercedes Weber | #tgifc100


Hello my dear friends.

I have been friends with Mercedes Weber since 2013 when we first were celebrating one of our most proudest moments together in our lives.  I live on the East Coast and she lives the West Coast of North America.  We were joined by our creative love through a company called Stampin' Up! We have shared many ups and downs.  Sometimes its easier to say the hardest things to people outside your current environment.  And that's what she continues to be.  Like a secret society... that lives in a fancy compound where no one can find us. Except its not just Mercedes, there's 10 of us.  And we would be the 2013 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team.  I have never met a group like it.  And I am certain I will never again.  I am so grateful to have gotten to know that group of ladies and will forever call them my friends.

Mercedes.
Yup Mercedes.
When I think of her I think about Karaoke and Piano Bars.  Some green drinks and some blue drinks. I think about hoodies.  I think about California raisins. And rocks. And pins.  And cute irregular sized cards.

But mostly when I see a donut I think about Mercedes.
Yup. Donuts.

She made a card once.  And it was years ago.  In fact, its the one in the picture below.  I wonder if Jeanna whom made the graphic connects Mercedes with donuts as much as me. (Jeanna is also part of the special group of 10.)

Does Mercedes love donuts?  I don't know.
But she made that card and she's pretty much a genius.

#tgifc100 Mercedes Weber

So I made a donut. 
For her... except not for her. 
Regardless.
Another reminder of great friends in beautiful warm places.


You are going to want to know what's in the container.  Well, it's a CUPCAKE.
Yes. A cupcake. 
That's not a donut.
You see, you can really never know exactly what I am up to... and I wanted the cupcake... not the donut for a friend that was sick on her birthday.  She is working hard lately... besides who wouldn't want a cupcake in the shape of a unicorn?

Cupcake is from Sugar Mama's in Mount Pearl Newfoundland
Happy Birthday Nieresa.
Don't forget to take a moment to yourself in the midst of taking care of everyone else.


I hope your day is as sweet as you are...
#forreals

You have a week to play along with our TGIF Challenge.  It's our 100th so please join us!!
Cathy

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Friday, 17 March 2017

... the world just got cuter | #tgifc99


Hi Friends!

This little Made With Love stamp set has been in the Stampin' Up! annual catalog since last year and I finally picked it up. I can't believe I've lived my love this love without it.

I continue to be drawn to simple one layer cards; however, I've been adding a "glow" and some more dimension.


Don't be afraid of simple my lovely friends.

Not to mention how fun watercoloring is so much fun!


This week at TGIF Challenge Blog its all about the babies.  I want to see you fill your card basket with babies!! Show us what you got!


Thanks for popping by,
Cathy

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Dragonflies has another meaning for me | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop


Dragonflies.
They remind me of my friend, Natasha.
She lost her battle with stomach cancer just over a year ago.
She had this thing with them. She loved them like someone would love a butterfly.
She had funny quirks where she hated the sight of a horse.
But a dragonfly would get her giddy.

And so this stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams had another meaning for me. 


The How:// I coloured the large dragonfly on water colour paper using my aqua painter and Stampin' Write markers. I simply coloured with the marker and then blended all the colours together using the aqua painter. I added some dimension using the fine tip glue as well as some iridescent ice glitter on the edges. The co-ordinating die cut makes cutting out this dragonfly a breeze.


As silly as it make seem, this Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper spoke to me.  In my mind, there was an angel captured in the image.  Only because of the lighting effect on this paper.

I added a thin layer of the gold foil sheets under the paper - it is a nice break between the white and the patterned paper.  And of course, added an array of sequins, pearls, doilies and ribbons to finish this project off.


Because I always play with multiple projects at one time, I finished the card below by colouring the dragonflies in the same way as the other card. Again I added a layer of the gold foil behind the images and several white perfect accents and pearls.


There's just some people you meet that you know you really aren't finished with yet.  And today I felt exactly that as I wrote my post.  We thought we had more time and before I knew it, she was gone.  I would have loved to ask her "What really matters?  What matters when you are given a diagnosis?"  I would have liked to have heard her answer for that question.  I like to think that dragonflies and the other things that remind me of her will point me to those answers... although she'd probably say something grim and hilarious at the same time. 

Natasha, "thanks for the smile and everything else".

Thanks for stopping by and listening - I would love to hear what stamp sets or items in your homes that have other meanings to you.  And keep hopping because you are going to see some amazing inspiration on this hop.

My lovely friend Dani is up next.



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Friday, 3 March 2017

a chicken on a box | #tgifc97


It's a colour challenge at TGIF Challenge Blog this week!  Well, that was easy! I took out my Stampin' Write markers and water coloured this adorable little chick and used him to create a perfect tag.


Colour challenges are great to get yourself out of "duplication syndrome".  I get this as I tend to lean towards the same colours.  Although I am not fond of this combination, I was able to create a project that I adore.


I always try to wrap ribbons and twine multiple times around a project.

Make sure to play along with our challenge this week!
Use the hashtag #tgifc97 when posting to Social Media!

Cathy

Thursday, 2 March 2017

may all your chocolate be solid | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop


Welcome back to another Stampin' Up! Artisan blog hop - we always love when you drop by and say hello! This month I am playing around with this Basket Bunch Bundle.

I had some serious fun. The images are darling and the die cuts were so easy.  Check out the connected die cut below with the mini eggs. Yup. That made life so easy.


Here are the ins and outs of this project:

The Bag://  The bag is actually the Petite Cafe bags cut down to 3".  These bags are lined so they are perfect for any baked goods or loose treats.

The Fringe:// I die cut several of the grass dies from the Basket Bunch thinlets using pear pizzazz card stock.  I then distressed the edges with a sponge and old olive ink.

The Tag:// Stamp your sentiment on the Stitched Shape. Colour several images to adhere to your tag.  In my case I watercolored several images at once and then played around with what works best.

How do I watercolour?  Many people have asked so I'll put my old video link at the end of this post.


The Inside:// The best part of this project is the liner that I created to place inside. The paper I used was the Succulents Garden Designer Series Paper.  To see the score lines and the size of the paper, see my picture below.


As always, I have multiple projects going on at the same time.  You can see me clustering and playing around before I am happy with a project. This card came out of the aftermath of the treat bag above.

The fringe on this card pops up similar to the fringe on the bag above.


Of course, in my own style my preferred card is a simple 3.5 x 5" card on water colored paper.  I am here to remind you that simple cards are beautiful.


Don't stop here, there's more projects for you to see.  The beautiful and talented Dani is up next.


As promised, how to colour with Stampin' Write markers and an aqua painter... the easy way.


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Friday, 24 February 2017

Thank You Bibi | #tgifc96



This week on the TGIF Challenge Blog is a designer inspiration challenge.  Bibi is a beautiful artist that makes her projects come alive.  She often uses floral images and techniques. I created this card that showcased her style but remained within my own style.


To create this card, I heat embossed the stamped images onto watercolour paper.  I used an aqua painter with Stampin' Write markers in order to colour these images. The colours used were old olive, crushed curry and watermelon wonder. You can also see that smoky slate was used to lift the sentiment off the page.


With that said, I want to send a huge thank you to Bibi as she has now left our TGIF and Stampin' Up! families to pursue other opportunities.  Thanks for the inspiration Bibi - we will continue to watch you grow.

Make sure to play along with this challenge this week!

Cathy


Thursday, 23 February 2017

a pop of pink | Fancy Friday Blog Hop




This month's Fancy Friday Blog Hop is all about pink. Now when I think about pink, I think about Erica from Pink Buckaroo Designs. She's always rocking bright colours. I am quite the opposite - I rarely use pink in my designs so this challenge could have been a tough challenge.

Almost as tough as finding a hot pink shirt that I have been searching high and low all over the country for. It seems this design will remain in my head until I make it myself. 

I started out by grabbing some of pink cardstock but I was quick to notice the Pop of Pink Speciality Design Series Paper.

As many of you know I water colour and die cut in bulk. This card is a great example of how a project came together quickly because I was able to layer pieces together quickly.


#adttipsandtricks:  I watercolour using Stampin' Write markers and an aqua painter.  But I always make sure to ground the images by creating a halo resembling the floor or a shadow.


Next up is Krista Frattin.  She's a favourite Stampin' Up! designer of mine so I have no doubt you'll be in love with whatever pink-a-licious project she makes.
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