Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Five Months From Today...

...is Christmas Day!! Sorry for that little reality check, but we crafters have to plan ahead! That's why I'm already playing with ideas for Christmas projects and cards. (That and the fact that once school starts in September I will be a VERY busy gal!) Tonight I'm hosting my sold-out Christmas in July Stamp-a-Stack, complete with Christmas cookies and festive music. I thought I would share one of the projects we'll be making with you...

I used several products from the Be Merry Suite in the catalogue for this project. Aren't you glad that Stampin' Up gives us lots of great holiday options all year long? That cute little deer is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set. I stamped him in Early Espresso ink on a piece of Wood Textures DSP and then die-cut an oval using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I then stamped some pine branches from the Christmas Pines stamp set in Garden Green ink around the edges and layered the stamped oval on a copper foil scalloped oval, did-cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits.

The Whisper White background panel is embossed using the Woodland TIEF. I then added a 1-1/2" strip of Be Merry DSP along the bottom edge and added some 1/4" Double Stitched Cherry Cobbler ribbon. I die-cut a couple of pine branches from Garden Green card stock using the Pretty Pines Thinlits and added them behind the focal image prior to adhering it to the front of my card using dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Oh, What Fun stamp set and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink. The only embellishment is a little star from the Hearts and Stars Elements.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink and more pine branches using Garden Green.

Now, today is also the day that we demonstrators get our first peek at products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue. I can't wait to see what crafty goodness Stampin' Up has to offer this season!

Have a merry, 5-months-till-Christmas day!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Christmas in July!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I was busy prepping for my Christmas in July event tomorrow evening...I even baked Christmas cookies! I have to say, Christmas baking is much more enjoyable when it isn't done in 30+ degree humidity!
This is also the week that we demonstrators get our first peek at the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalogue, so in honour of that, I thought I would showcase some holiday projects to get you in the festive mindset. Not only that, but today's project features a bundle that you'll be able to order starting August 1st (or TODAY if you purchase the Starter Kit!)...

How fun is Lemon Lime Twist for Christmas?? I love the funky, contemporary pop it gives and combined with the vintage-style font of the greeting, I think it really works. I stamped the greeting from the Carols of Christmas stamp set in Real Red ink...isn't it cool the way it almost looks 3D? I love the shadow effect on the letters. I highlighted the greeting by inking just the word "the" with a marker and stamping it again and then punched it out using the Classic Label punch. I popped it up using Mini Dimensionals. The circles for the greeting are die-cut using the Layering Circles Framelits.

That fabulous background paper is from the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP pack. I added a strip of Eastern Palace DSP behind the greeting as well as some (retired) Real Red Stitched Satin ribbon. (Can't WAIT for more Real Red ribbon in the Holiday Catty...I'm missing it BIG TIME!). The trees peeking out from behind the greeting are die-cut from gold foil card stock using the new Card Front Builder Framelits. These awesome new dies and the coordinating Carols of Christmas stamp set will be in the Holiday Catalogue, AND will be available as part of a special sneak peek promo starting August 1st. The only embellishments on this card are some iridescent sequins.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped a sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set in Real Red ink. I added a 3/4" strip of the DSP from the front of the card as well as another die-cut gold foil tree. Here's a paper-saving tip: When cutting card fronts from a sheet of 12" x 12" paper, cut six 4" x 6" panels. Then trim each one down to 4" x 5-1/4" and you'll have a perfect 4" x 3/4" strip left. Using the panel on the front of the card and the strip on the inside. Voila...no waste!

Now, I couldn't resist trying this project in another colour scheme...check this one out:

Here, I substituted the Lemon Lime Twist for Tranquil Tide...and I love it too! The DSP behind the greeting is from the Coffee Break DSP pack.

So now, the question is which do YOU prefer: Lemon Lime Twist or Tranquil Tide? Leave me a comment and cast your vote. Then be sure to stop by tomorrow for more Christmas in July inspiration. Have a great week!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wood Textures Note

Happy Friday-Eve! Almost the weekend...wahoo!! I hope you are having a good week. Yesterday my son and I tackled organizing and purging his playroom. What a job that was! It took us the entire day, but both of us are thrilled with the result. First thing this morning, before even heading downstairs for breakfast, he went in and sat down and said "Ahhh...I love this". Now we'll see how long it stays neat and organized!

Today I have another of the projects we'll be making at tomorrow night's Suite of the Month class. As you're likely aware, this month I am featuring the Wood Textures Suite...

I love the homespun vibe of this card. The woodgrain background definitely sets the stage on this one. I used one of the many options in the Wood Textures DSP pack and heat embossed in white the floral image from the Wood Words stamp set. Then I layered half of a Delicate White Doily over top, ensuring that the floral image was peeking out from behind.

The rooster and sun images are also from the Wood Words stamp set and are stamped in Night of Navy and So Saffron inks respectively. I used a 2" circle punch to punch the stamped images and then layered it on a punched starburst in Night of Navy card stock. I layered that on a 2-1/4" circle in So Saffron. The sentiment, also from the Wood Words stamp set, is stamped in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White card stock. I used lots of embellishments on this card to help give that homespun flavour. The 1/2" gingham ribbon in Night of Navy is fantastic and super-easy to tie into a bow. I also added some copper accents with metallic thread behind the focal image and a few scattered copper sequins. The final touch was a little wooden heart from the Hearts and Stars Elements.

I kept the inside fairly clean to allow lots of room to write. I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped the floral image in Night of Navy ink in opposite corners.

It's not too late to get in on my class tomorrow evening. Click HERE to visit my events page and then click RSVP to reserve your seat!

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