Sometimes life gets in the way of the things we would rather be doing. This holds true for sharing with you as it’s been simply forever since I posted! It doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy in the craft room, but that my creativity has been mostly crisis management. #makeacardsendacard.
When it came time to have my monthly card class, I was again experiencing one of those weeks. That’s when a friend and sideline (Heather Owens) came to the rescue. As we sat talking at a friends house the night before class she generously offered up a recent creation of hers for a CASE for my class. What a lifesaver! As with most situations, I didn’t have everything she used so with a little adaptation, I came up with this.
I love the de-bossed look of the Petal Burst folder and when you sponge Daffodil Delight ink over the ridges the pattern really pops! Our new Blends alcohol based markers are the dream to colour with and make colouring larger areas a breeze!
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My most recent card class was a long time coming it seems. From the annual catalogue, the This Little Piggy set was a hit right away! My daughter loves pigs and I was worried that I wouldn’t get the set in time for her June birthday. Then they gave it to the whole room at OnStage! Whoot! These piggies are just so happy 🙂
The class was product based so all cards were made featuring this fun stamp set. I had so many ideas and there were also plenty of samples on the net! Here is what my class participants made:
This last card has the flying pig on a magnet. I must confess that this is a direct CASE (Copy and Share Everything) from Intatwyne Designs in the UK. She does a wonderful YouTube video clearly showing how to make the pig fly all over the front of the card! I love that Stampin’ cohorts are so open and friendly with sharing their ideas. What fun!!
I still have the story of the three little pigs whirling around in my head and will create something soon but there was clearly no way it was going to fit into class time! Of course I’ll share again when the idea creeps out of my head and into reality!
Like what you see? Consider signing up for an upcoming card class and create your very own cards to give to the ones you love!
Hope you are enjoying our wonderful September weather. It sure makes it hard to be in my basement craft room!
Have a great day!
Can you believe that July is almost over! There are a number of you that have taken advantage of the July deals and I hope you are happy with your purchases, when you receive them!
I wanted to remind you of the last few days of the deals below. I will be placing an order bright and early Friday morning. If you would like me to order anything for you please let me know by Thursday night.
I will be traveling to Ireland and Newfoundland on business from July 28th to August 6th so placing the order on Friday will be perfect for delivery upon my return, and a great opportunity for you to jump in on some extra savings…
Remember if you spend $60 before tax and shipping you will receive a coupon code for $6 savings in August.
That’s 10% you can use for more stamping goodies!
And don’t forget you only have until July 31st to take advantage of these extra July goodies.
Join Stampin’ Up! now and choose $165 worth of product for only $135 plus taxes and also get these $94 worth of flyer goodies. Plus, by joining in July you will have the opportunity to order some of the new product from the Holiday Catalogue during the month of August!
If you have any questions or if I can help you with anything at all, please let me know!
In my garden the daisies are blooming. I prefer to leave them outside so I was inspired to join the daisy bouquet blitz that is taking over the SU world! I picked up the vase in a recent trip to New Brunswick. It’s a beach rock that has been drilled out to be a vase. Yes… I paid money for a beach rock, but the fellow selling them was very nice and I have no way of hollowing out my own beach rocks, so there you go!
But while I quickly put this bunch together (it ONLY took 2 hours) I was thinking about how to add a little life to the bunch. I didn’t want to use our very pretty faceted gems because I want to save those for cards and also I didn’t want quite that much bling. My mind went back to Champagne Shimmer Mist Paint. Remember that? We would add a little to a spritzer with rubbing alcohol for a lovely shimmer. Then I wandered to another conversation of how we could get much more use of an almost empty Wink of Stella pen by adding alcohol. SNAP!!! I opened my Wink of Stella and dripped some into a spritzer with alcohol and I am in love again 🙂
The Daisy Bundle has inspired so many different projects. I hope you enjoy this little tip!
Inking of you,
As this is posted I will be attending OnStage Local in Toronto. These Stampin’ Up! events are one of the fun benefits of being a demonstrator. A couple times during the year we have the opportunity to gather with other local demonstrators to learn about new product and to connect with others that we might only communicate with through social media. It is truly a fun packed day!
Part of the fun is creating swap cards to trade with other demos! You can see so much talent and fun new ideas to incorporate into your craft room!
My swap was inspired by two different cards. One I saw in a facebook group where Jane Allmark had used the reverse image to put two Beautiful You dancing girls side by side. The second was a spinner card I received from Dale Hampshire at the Calgary SU office congratulating me on 5 years as a demonstrator (whoo hoo, where has the time gone?). Suddenly I needed to make those girls really dance!
For those of you not familiar with a spinner card, there will be a videoposted on my facebook page. Here is the instructions for this card 2017-04 Beautiful You – Spinner Card . By winding this lady 4-5 times counterclockwise and then closing the card without letting her go, the recipient will be treated to a nice surprise when they open the card!
I hope you enjoy!
Spring is full of many occasions… Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays galore. Join in our Spring Card Buffet and go home with 12 cards for $40. Let me know if you are able to join us and I will send you the registration forms and card choices.
There are 16 different card options!! From old favourites to the Occasions selections we have something for everyone. Need a different sentiment? Let us know and we should be able to find something suited to your needs.
RSVP by SUNDAY APRIL 9TH With your card choices so I can make sure I have the needed supplies. First, let me know if you are able to attend and I will send you the PDF of the choices!
Spring Card Buffet Saturday April 22/17
9:30am – 4pm
363 Dundas St West, Belleville
Pick 12 cards for $40 dollars
Choosing doubles or more will reduce your time
Additional Cards $4 each
I hope to see you there!
Just popping in for a quick note to say that it’s April 1st and that means that the 3 months of Sale-A-Bration is over. OH NO!!! Gone are the Chicks, and the Tasty Truck and the wonderful In The Lines DSP!!! But never fear there is still plenty of the Occasions Catalogue left before we enter into new Annual Catalogue season! Do we need a Special Reason to love these stamp sets? No we do not!
This was a technique and card idea using the Special Reason stamp set that I CASEd from Alisa Tilsner in Australia and an excellent way to use the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils. I love that they coordinate with our papers and inks! First, stamp with Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive. Second, colour at the base of the petals with the Rich Razzleberry Watercolour Pencil and the base of the leaves with the Old Olive Watercolour Pencil. Finally, use your AquaPainter to draw the pencil colours up the petals and leaves for a pop-off-the-page bouquet of flowers. This card is SO much better in person.
Needing a Sympathy Card is never a happy occasion but expressing your thoughts has never been easier with a flower bouquet created with love.
Let me know if I can help you with your greeting card needs…
Thanks for looking..
My classes last week marked the first time I have done what they call a product based class. For those of you not familiar with the term it means that all the projects we made during the class are focused on one product. People attending the class can choose to pay for just the class or they can purchase the product and get the class for free! Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful You stamp set was the perfect match for this endeavour.
When you come to my classes we make three greeting cards and a special project. Today I am sharing the three cards we made during class. The special project was also a card this month. I will save that for later because it is also my swap card for an upcoming Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in April and class attendees are patiently waiting until then for instructions! No sneak peeks!
Even when wet, life is beautiful! This cutie is brightening the day with a paper pierced Melon Mambo dress on our Shimmery White paper giving the rainy background a little sparkle. The background is created by rubbing and then dragging the ink pad directly on the paper. It takes a little practice and you might get inky but it’s a quick way to create a scene!
I got lots of comments on the colouring for this card. Often I find that people are afraid to mix colours. I have to admit that I didn’t even think about it. Stampin’ Up! makes everything so easy. Colour families and co-ordinating paper means the colours are already complimentary. Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach are in the 2016-2018 In Colour family so they fit together nicely. This elegant lady is ready to celebrate any of life’s events!
This last card was created using only the swoosh stamps meant for colouring over the dresses. Even in a set that is so clearly geared toward women, it is possible to create a more gender neutral card. I love the versatility of this technique. Pick three colours and just go to town filling a piece of paper with your choices to create your very own designer series paper. Add a sentiment and embellish and you are good to go!
Maybe now you can guess which stamp will be used for my OnStage swap? There are a handful of people that already have this card in their hands and it has a special surprise in store. What is OnStage you ask? Twice a year Stampin’ Up! holds a convention across the world. There is a main site, local smaller venues and online experiences that allows demonstrators to gather, share, create and learn what is coming up in the new catalogues from Stampin’ Up! Swapping cards is a fun way that we have to share ideas. People create a bunch of one card and then we trade them over the course of the day. It is always great fun and I will be heading to Toronto on April 8th for this fun event.
In the meantime, why not consider adding the personal touch to your next greeting card and make it one you have created yourself! Let me know if I can help you on your creative journey. Why not try a class? It’s a fun, productive, social night out!!
—Inking of you, Jenn
This weekend we are attending the 65th birthday party of a long time friend and colleague of my husband. Mahandra has been working at the same company for more than forty years and this birthday also marks the beginning of semi-retirement as he works to pass the torch to the next generation. The Large Number Framelits combined with Urban Underground Suite were an obvious choice for this card.
One of the things I love about being a demo is the sharing and caring environment that exists. It’s like we are all part of one big family and CASEing all or part of a card is a regular occurence. I’d like to thank Michaela Vieren for the inspiration using Stitched Framelits (https://www.facebook.com/Yanela-112730249254952/)!
Happy Birthday and Happy Retirement Mahandra! We wish you all the best in your new adventures!
Supplies needed for this card:
- Delightful Dijon,Marina Mist and Very Vanilla card Stock
- Silver Foil Paper
- Urban Underground DSP, Embellishments, and Washi Tape
- Momento Ink, Tuxedo
- Marina Mist ink for sponging
- Large Number Framelits
- Stitched Shapes Framelits
- Number of Years Stamps (the little happy birthday inside the card is from Teeny Tiny Wishes
Thanks for looking!
Recently my husband, Tim, needed a special thank you card for a colleague that had helped him obtain a special 007 keepsake. For as long as I have known him James Bond has been the all time favourite! When he asked me to create a James Bond thank you, I immediately thought of the Beautiful You ladies. They are the Stampin’ Up! Bond girls.
Using Shimmer White paper, re-inkers and water, I created a colourful background reminiscent of the explosions that the Bond films are famous for and stamped the girls around the corners. I created the camera shutter with silver foil paper and black sponging and I used a Bond clip art for the iconic opening pose. Even though the whole background was coloured I sponged heavily with Real Red to emulate the red blood that always drips down the movie screen. More clip art and layering of letters in my Word program turned the 007 gun into the T for Thank you!
Hope you like it!
Inking of you…