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…
February Paper Pumpkin was a set of pull out candle invitations. No party in my future so I created 3 birthday cards that could hold a gift card or money in the original design. Aren’t they cute! They would make a fun invitation to a party!
And then I went to town! Using just a few other supplies I created a card in a box, three more birthday cards, a mini tissue box and a Christmas card.
The intended projects
Whoops forgot to trim the ribbon!
Card Box open
Card Box closed
Card Box from above
lots of circles use up the scraps!
Feeling under the weather?
Hope this helps 🙂
Christmas in Feb? Why not…d
Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that brings a fun new project right to your door. What you do with it is up to you!
Inking of you!
This past weekend another demo, Heather, and I held a joint project class. We each designed 5 cards from one of the Occasions catalogue bundles and a cute box to hold them in. It was tons of fun! Heather and I will be collaborating again around the end of April so watch for our Spring Card Buffet!
My set of cards used the So in Love bundle. How beautiful those intricate die cuts are! They lend themselves well to celebration cards of all kinds! The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper has lots of wonderful patterns including the trending digital photography patterns that bring that extra bit of life straight to the card!
Heather used the Lift Me Up bundle. Now even if you don’t want to fly in a hot air balloon, who can resist the vision of balloons floating across the horizon. It just looks so peaceful. This bundle goes so nicely with the Lift Me Up Designer Series Paper that you can get for free with a purchase of $60.
Thank you so much to those that were able to join us for this event. What a wonderful group you were. We hope to see all of you at our next joint event!
Inking of You,
Remember Stampin’ Up!’s big sale starts today! Don’t miss out on some great deals for the stamper in your life. Check out what is on sale HERE!
- If you are placing an order, don’t forget to check the weekly deals and clearance rack for any other goodies! Remember the weekly deals will change! Monday will be the current deals and on Tuesday we get our new deals of the week!
- Also, check out the list of RETIRING HOLIDAY CATALOGUE items.
It’s not too late to make your very own Christmas cards. Homemade cards can be simple and fun! Contact me if I can help you out.
Visit my online store to place an order. Thanks!!
Inking of you…