Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snapshots Scrapbook Page

Today I wanted to share a scrapbook page I created for my club members.  This double page features the I Am Me designer series paper.
  I really love the color combination in this paper and it probably is one I would have come up with on my own.  The second page of this layout is my take on one from this year's annual catalogue.  I was happy with the fact that this could be used for so many different pictures!  This layout would also be fun with Instagram photos.
I also played a little with negative space on this layout.  I used the chevron border punch on the left page and then layered colored strips behind it so the color is recessed into the page.  I used chevrons punched out to do the reverse effect and had them raised on the right page.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Monochromatic Christmas

Happy Monday and welcome to December! 
Today I wanted to share a couple of monochromatic cards that I created for classes and swaps this past month.  I LOVE the crispness of white and silver together.  I CASED this card from a similar card I found on Pinterest (I am not sure of the original creator).    It features the "Joyful Christmas" stamp set. 
The poinsettia is stamped on vellum (with versamark ink) and heat embossed with silver.  It also uses the beautiful frosted finishes embellishment for some extra sparkle.  I am going to create some more of these cards as well as a scrap page featuring this ideas as well.
My next project is a tag I created for a swap that I participate in with some fellow Canadian demonstrators.  I created the Christmas tree with Paper Lace Doilies. 
I added some sparkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter (at this point in the Christmas season I think this stuff is just in the air in my house!  I can be sparkly without even crafting!)  The greeting is heat embossed with silver and I added a bit more sparkle with a punched star out of our silver glimmer paper.
I also embossed a little verse on the other side of the tag.  The finishing touch was the white organza ribbon.  I love the sheen of this ribbon with this tag. 
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Festive Flurries Scrapbooking

 Well here on the Canadian prairies, Mother Nature has already brought the cold temperatures and we have had a few dumps of snow!  I am sure it will be a White Christmas this year!  I have some snow pictures (that I still need to print-please tell me I am not the only one who is horrible at getting digital pics printed!) that I can't wait to scrap! 
I created this page for my November scrap club and I can't wait to get some black and white photos on them!  I used the Festive Flurries snowflakes as well as the Endless Wishes polymer set to stamp and emboss snowflakes around this page.  I added some rhinestones as well as the brad bases (for the candy dots) and added a larger rhinestone into it to hold the layered snowflakes together.  I used the Hearts a Flutter framelits for the "joy" words (that were stamped with the Noteable alphabet set).
The paper I used was the Smoky Slate textured cardstock and the designer paper is the Winter Frost Paper stack.   I added some frosted finishes embellishments for a little extra sparkle too.  They are just stunning! 
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Vintage Santa

I just love working with this image of Santa! 
 Today's card has more of a vintage feel than the one I posted the other day (you can see it
here.)  I stamped Santa with Soft Suede ink on vanilla cardstock.  I sponged around him with crumb cake ink to "age" the paper.  I mounted it on a rectangular cherry cobbler mat to give the feel of the (very trendy) Polaroid look.  I also sponged the edges of the mat. 
I love the "Believe" sentiment from the Snowflake Soiree set-it just fits so well with the magic of the season and with Santa himself!  I added some burlap ribbon and a snowflake from the Festive Flurries set (and cut it with the Festive Flurries Framelits).  I finished it off with a pearl and some dazzling diamonds on the fur of Santa's coat.  It was a simple card to create and was pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you like him!
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Clean and Simple Christmas

I love creating quick and beautiful cards for the holidays!  I always seem to need a few extras after I have created my main card and clean and simple are the way to go!  This one was CASED from the lovely Jenny Peterson.
For this card, I used the Endless Wishes photopolymer stamp set (now sold out :(  boo hoo!)
I stamped some snowflakes in Cherry Cobbler, Gumball green and heat embossed some gold ones.  I added a greeting on a little banner (from the same set) and some pearls to finish it off.  I also used dimensionals to pop up the top layer to give it more of a punch!  Clean, quick, simple and I love it!  I can't wait to make some for of these in some other color combinations!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lovely Winter Trees

Wow!  I am on a roll and I MUST keep this up!   This is 3 posts this week! 

Today I am sharing a simple card I created for my Christmas card club.  It is much prettier in person but I really wanted to share it.

I masked off the edges of the vanilla paper, leaving a rectangle in the center.  I sponged it with Pistachio Pudding ink.  I then inked up  the evergreen (from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set) with Always Artichoke and colored the trunk with an Early Espresso marker.  While leaving the mask on, I stamped the tree twice (one is darker and the other faint as I didn't re-ink it).  Then I repeated that step.  After I removed the mask, I inked the stamp a final time and stamped the full tree.  I added a greeting from the Joy To the World set and finally some Dazzling Diamonds to finish it off.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Quick and Easy Christmas Card!

I absolutely love the colors on this Christmas card!  It comes from a kit called Merry Little Christmas Simply Created kit.  I paired it with the Merry Little Christmas stamp set to create the cards that Stampin' Up! has in their Holiday Catalogue. 
I love the colors in this card as well as how easy it was to create!  The kit comes with enough pieces (that are all pre-cut and scored I might add!) to make 8 cards!  This is a great card to mass produce for the holiday season. 
The only extra thing I added to this card (just to step it up a bit) was to add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the odd white stripes on the designer paper.  I love glitz for the holidays and I think it really adds to this card!
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Santa's List

Can you believe it is only 1 month until Christmas??  Wow!  Where does the time go?!  I started my Christmas cards over a month ago and I am sure glad that I did! 
Today I want to share a Christmas card I created for one of my Christmas classes using the Santa's List stamp set.  I love this image!  He looks like a Santa I had on a puzzle or a story book that I had as a child and it makes me smile every time I use it. 
I embossed the card with Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder (in the holiday catalogue).  I stamped Santa with black Staz On ink and colored him with markers.  I then die cut him with the Oval Framelits along with another oval in Early Espresso.
I adhered them to the card and added some Dazzling Diamonds to the fur on his coat and hat.  It give it so much more life! 
The greeting was done with Espresso embossing powder and the More Merry Messages stamp set.  I punched it with the Designer Label punch and matted it with 2 more punches that I cut in half and adhered to the back.  The finishing touch was to add a knot of Cherry Cobbler Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
I hope you enjoyed this bit of Christmas inspiration and that you will stop by again soon for some more Christmas ideas!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Holiday Sale!

It's here!  Stampin' Up!'s annual holiday sale begins today with some fabulous deals! 

For today only, there are 3 items at 30% for 24 hours only!

The Diagonal Scoring Plate (for the Simply Scored tool) is regular $15.95 and for today it is only $11.17!

Many Marvelous Markers collection (all of our gorgeous Stampin' Up! colors in a storage case) are regular $135.95 and are on sale for $95.17!

My FAVORITE trimmer (yes this one is the best one I have owned!) is regular $41.95 and is on sale for only $29.37!
Remember these 3 items are only discounted TODAY!!  Get yours (or have someone get it for you for Christmas!)

You can see the entire list of products on sale here.   This sale runs from today through December 2. 

You can order directly through me or shop in my online store here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Celebrating 25 Years with a SALE!!

Hi Everyone!

2013 is Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary year and they are adding another great special to the celebration!

From today until October 28, 25 sets will be 25% off! 
To order, you can shop my online store here or email me.

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Monthly Planner with My Digital Studio

Today I want to share a project I created in the summer using My Digital Studio.  When I was teaching school, I relied on a daily planner to keep myself organized, well planned, and on track.  I decided to create one for myself for my Stampin' Up! business as I seem to have lots on the go (and my mommy brain is more forgetful than it used to be!)
 I started by using the "Up to Date Planner" download which is full of lists, calendars, boxes, etc.  It was perfect to create my planner!
  I used some of the templates from that download for some pages, and just components of it to create some of my own. 

Here is my cover:
This is my back cover.  It features Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart (a mission statement I love) and it is also a download.
For each month, I have a calendar and "to do" lists that correspond with that month.  There is a space for birthdays, goals, projects, and notes. 

In each month I have class sign up lists, social media lists, and even pages for sketches for using while I design each month's classes.

For each week in the month, I have a week plan where I make my daily "to do" lists.

I also have included pages with important dates, my goals and results, mileage and expenses, and even an incentive trip tracker.
When I had finished designing it, I had it printed and coil bound (with a plastic cover and back page). 
I am thrilled with how it all turned out and definitely rely on it daily!  My Digital Studio helps me with so much more than just scrapbooks.  If you don't have it yet, you need to get it!  It is so much fun to use on so many projects!  I hope you enjoyed today's project!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fall Leaf Wreath

Hello and Happy Fall!
I love this time of the year-the cool weather, the crunchy leaves, and the stunning colors!  I was feeling inspired by the changing leaves after going for a walk with my daughter last week so I decided to do a "just for me" project!
I pulled out my Big shot, some colored cardstock (early espresso, more mustard (retired), pear pizzaz and crumb cake), champagne glimmer paper, brushed gold cardstock, and my autumn accents bigz die.  My daughter and I cut sheet after sheet of leaves.  I decided I wanted to turn them into a fall wreath.  I started by turning the leaves into ones that were a little more realistic looking. 

Here was how I went about transforming the leaves from this

                                                                      to this   :

1.  Start with a plain leaf.  I set it on my piercing mat and used the stylus from my Simply Scored tool to add the veining in the leaf.  I started with the center one and added the side veins next.
2.  I added some sponging with my sponge daubers.  It brightened them up, added extra color and brought out the veins.  Each leaf I seemed to sponged differently.
3.  I stamped some water spots on the leaf using both the French Foliage set (retired) and the Gorgeous Grunge set.  You can see the spots better on the maple leaf.  Then I folded/bent the leaves along the score marks to give the leaves some dimension and "life".
4.  My last step with the leaves was to add some homemade shimmer mist for some sparkle and shine.
You could use these leaves on any project-cards, gift boxes, 3D items, and scrapbook pages.  I choose to make a wreath.
I got a foam wreath and hot glued my leaves on, working around the wreath in the same direction.  Because of the folds, they had lots of dimension and easily covered the spaces.  I added a tulle bow with a large button to finish it off.
Here is my completed project!
Here it is hanging in my porch with a banner I created a couple of years ago (sorry, the lighting isn't great in the pictures!)

I had so much fun creating this wreath and look forward to hanging it up every fall now!

Thanks for stopping by!