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.

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,

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 Caines (YOU ARE HERE)
Tanya Boser

Products used in my projects today includes the following:

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Colouring on Kraft | Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team Hop

Hi all! Welcome to November!!

Today is the day that Stampin' Up! has released Stampin' Blends!! Stampin’ Up!’s new premier alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, dual-tip markers that come in 12 of Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors, each with a light and dark shade. Maybe you don’t think of yourself as an artist, but you don’t need to be because these markers make it super easy to blend colors and create gorgeous works of art!

For today's project, I wanted to see how the markers did on kraft paper using the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set. While it isn't perfect, it was fun to play with. In fact, I'd suggest using a primer before you colour. Regardless, in this project I did not use anything special. To create the boughs and ribbon, I used a combination of Pink Piroutte, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive

To add some dimension I created some shadows with Pink Pirouette on the outside of the stamped image.  In addition, I used my Stampin' White Chalk Marker to create those tiny dots!

I hope this encourages you to try your alcohol markers on different colours of paper.

Thanks for hanging out with us today.  We know that your time is valuable so thank you for making us part of your day.  Let's see what Dani has made using the Stampin' Blends!


Tanya Boser

Products used in my projects today includes the following:

Thursday, 26 October 2017

When Pigs Fly | Fancy Friday Blog Hop

This Fancy Friday hop is themed for autumn...
If you've been hoping along you'll notice there's a colour theme..
... something does't belong here.
.. Ugh...
..I tried to do autumn.
I did a sunflower...
...but then I saw this on my desk..

... so I proudly prounouced...
"forget this.
Autumn is for the birds.
I'll do autumn when pigs fly."

And that's how it goes sometimes.

Hope you are having a more creative day!

I am always in love with everything Paula Dobson does so be sure to keep hopping because she's next!

#givemeallthesequins | A Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop

This month's Paper Pumpkin was perfection.
It is a kit to make Christmas shaker cards.
The sequins make my heart leap.

I am excited to see everyone's projects in this month's Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop. I've created a card and a matching ornament... if I were a betting woman I'd bet one of these crafters may also have the same project... It seemed so obvious to me to do an ornament by looking at the instructions.
... And then I would call us all geniuses...

To create this ornament, you need two Stampin' Up! Layering Circle Framelits at 3" and 2.75". You'll need to cut the largest circle for both the bottom of the card (after you stamp the sentiment) and to created the outside edge of the rim.

You can, of course, cut the rim using both of the framelits at the same time.


Finally, I created a simple card to finish these projects off. Truth be told this is my type of card... simplicity with a side of sequins. But if you can look really close, the circle has embossed stitched perforations.  Its a small perfect detail that can bring your projects from blah to wow.  Love them!

Rachel Tessman is next up on this hop and she is known for creating amazing variations of these kits.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with! Thanks so much for dropping by!


Friday, 20 October 2017

Ugly Christmas Sweaters | #tgifc130

Do we even have to talk about how amazing these stamps are?

So, I have an amazing stamp set by Stampin' Up!... but what makes this even better are the brand new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers that are being released to customers on November 1, 2017.


They are just amazing.

I am SO ready.
I am SO ready to wear my ugly Christmas sweater.
What I mean to say is that I am SO ready to shop for a new Christmas sweater.

But first - play along with us at TGIF Challenge Blog for our sweater weather theme... and no... you don't have to take it so literal like I did.