Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Little Elephant | Stamp to Share International Blog Hop

Why hello my Sweets!

I am back this hop hopping along with some Stampin' Up! International All-Stars! Each month we select a product from the current Stampin' Up! catalogues in order to inspire you and get you creating.

This month, we have selected the ever so cute Little Elephant Bundle. It just so happens that cute is right up my alley and as such this was a must have item!

A couple days ago, I did a guest blog post featuring this set so be sure to hop over to this Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog post to check out those additional projects!

However, today's project was inspired by the colour scheme of the Stampin' Up! En Route product suite. You'll notice that my projects has several layers. I am counting 7 but who really can tell. So much dimension that I wonder if this project will ever fit in an envelope.... But all I say to that is #challengeaccepted

This stamp set and punch make life easy for you.
You stamp.
You punch.
And I love easy.
You'll be knocking out cards no time!

Thanks for dropping by today - hope you have a wonderful day! But be sure to keep hopping along to Moira before you go!

Happy Crafting,

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Color Your Season | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

We made it to August.
For those in the Stampin' Up! community,
it's a time when we start planning for the holiday season.
It also marks the release of a new limited-time product called Color Your Season!
So here I am showing you a project to satisfy your jingle!

The Color Your Season bundle is perfect for crafting in any season, in any part of the world! The coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelit Dies are beautiful and the water colour pencils are the perfect addition to your collection!

Customers and Demonstrators are able to purchase this bundle from now until August 31st.
Be sure to buy yours today as these are 'while supplies last'.


This is a 3.5" x 3.5" square on water color paper. I stamped the image three times and coloured it using water colour pencils and an aqua painter. To get the stitched edges, I used the straight edge from the Stitched Labels Framelits. In order to make the red and green pop from the image, I used both these colours on the card front. First I embossed a 4" x 5.25" card front using the Tufted Embossing Folder and secondly, I distressed the edges with Garden Green Ink. A pop of the label from the newly released Stitched Seasons Framelits helped tie it all together.

Thanks for hopping along! Keep hopping to incredibly talented Charlet Mallet!


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Today's project includes the following products:

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Imperfectly Perfect | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine

things are never perfectly perfect.
we know that.
yet, I strive for perfection in some way every day.
Starting with the perfect cup of coffee,
praying for the perfect amount of ‘me time’ in my chair before I hear the perfect pitter patter of feet.
And from there I wish for the perfect weather.
not too hot. not too cold.
mostly not too windy.
 I want my hair to be perfect by spending the smallest amount of time on it.
Many times I wish for my children to behave perfectly. Especially in public.

But I settle for imperfection.
I don’t overthink it.
I can let things go.
Not all the things.
But most of the things.

I don’t care that we leave the dishes on the counter over night or forget to make our beds in the morning.
I see the toothpaste all over the sink then look the other way.
Sometimes we eat meals without vegetables. And other times we might have ice cream twice in one day.
The lights are left on and there’s tuffs of dog hair rolling across each room.
It’s not unusual for me to wear my shirt inside out. And sometimes even two
different shoes.
I sometimes fight with my husband.
Other days I raise my voice too loud at the kids.

My family and I.
We are truly imperfect.
we are living in this imperfect life.
Always in the pursuit of happiness.
Always trying to learn.
Always trying to be better.
so I guess, it would be a great reminder to each of us.
especially me. that maybe.
just maybe.
imperfection is oh so perfectly perfect.

This layout was created for the AUGUST 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, American Crafts, Stampin' Up!

Friday, 27 July 2018

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star | #tgifc170

This stamp set though.
"Little Twinkle".
I am in love.

This week's TGIF Challenge is to use repeat stamping.
By using this set, its incredibly easy.
I repeat stamped the stars to create a starry background.
Of course, using Pacific Point refill ink and an aqua painter to wash over the top of it.

If you are interested in getting more of this Little Twinkle Product Suiteand you are living in Canada then check out my product share below. If you are outside the St. John's, Newfoundland area shares can be shipped for a price of $4 each.

The Nitty Gritty:

$10 for Product Share/Card Kit: What you get is pieces of this carefully selected Suite plus instructions to create your own cards. Stamps are not included in this option. You must complete the cards with your own stamp stash.
$37.50 for the Little Twinkle Stamp + Product Share/Card Kit is only $5
$56.25 for Little Twinkle Bundle - Product Share/Card Kit is free

And if Little TWinkle is not for you but perhaps Animal Expedition is, I have another share for that!

The Nitty Gritty:

$10 for Product Share/Card Kit: What you get is pieces of this carefully selected Suite plus instructions to create your own cards. Stamps are not included in this option. You must complete the cards with your own stamp stash.
$41.25 for the Animal Outing Stamp + Product Share/Card Kit is only $5
$76.25 for Animal Outing Bundle - Product Share/Card Kit is free

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Feeling Those Tropical Vibes | Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Fancy Friday Blog Hop. Every month current and past Stampin' Up! Artisans get together to create a beautiful hop inspired by a common theme. This month's theme is Tropical Vibes. 
It's a true treat to hop with these ladies each month. Each and every one of them have a special way to inspire and create. Enjoy... but perhaps a cup of coffee may be in order first!

Today's project was created using the Waterfront stamp set. I was inspired to use the palm trees in the set. Because this set didn't have every element screaming "tropical", using a silhouette was my best option. 

If you are eyeing the birds in the sky, they come from the High Tide stamp set.  And of course the paper can be found (quite sneakily might I add) in the Share What You Love paper pack.

To create the sunset, I sponged with Mango Melody into Crushed Curry. Starting from dark to light I swirled until my heart was content. #swoon

So now you are headed from one Canadian Coast to the other - Check out Jenn Picard. She is incredibly talented and super easy to talk to. Be sure to leave her a comment on how awesome her project is! Keep hopping along feeling our tropical vibes.
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This is where I show the majority of my projects and inspiration, along side my loves and life.  
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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Make a Wish with Broadway Birthday | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop. Today's hop features the Birthday Broadway Suite from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. It's a perfect group of products to help create fun projects for birthdays of all ages!

I can honestly say I had so much fun with this Broadway Birthday Bundle. 

It was hard to stray from the colours within the Broadway Bound Speciality Designer Paper. I used some of the candle images from the paper and included it on this card. From there, I couldn't help but use it with my favourite new Stampin' Up! colour. Gorgeous Grape.

Isn't that grape gorgeous? #lol

In the card above, the card base is a piece of Highland Heather cardstock. The softer pastel tones down the Gorgeous Grape colours.

Stacking the sentiments on top of each other is one of my new favorite techniques and this particular stamp set encourages you to do so.

Have you tried this technique yet?

Using my Gorgeous Grape refill ink, I created several watercolor backgrounds. Eventually, I incorporated those into my cards. The 'wish' due cut comes directly from the Broadway Birthday Die Thinlets. Stampin' Up! is always making products to help you create quick and easy cards like this one!

As always, thanks so much for hopping along today. 

Its time to keep moving on to one of my favourite crafters, Charlet Mallet!


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Today's project includes the following products as well as the Color Your Season Bundle: