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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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rustic Birthday

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well. I can't believe we're already into the third week of summer holidays...where did the past two weeks go?? So much to do and so little time before the school bell rings again in September!
Today I have one of the projects I designed for my upcoming Wood Textures Suite class. It is super-simple, but I love it:


See? I told you it was simple...but that copper embossing on the wood textured DSP...*swoon*...love it! To create this look I simply stamped the floral image from the Wood Words stamp set several times on the DSP using Versamark ink. I sprinkled it with copper embossing powder and then heated to reveal the beautiful coppery shine. I layered the embossed panel on an Early Espresso card stock base.


The sentiment is a single stamp in the Label me Pretty stamp set. I stamped it in Versamark ink on Very Vanilla card stock and once again heat embossed in copper. I punched the label using the coordinating Pretty Label punch. I matted the label on a copper foil oval that I die-cut using the Stitched Shapes framelits. The only embellishment on this quick and easy card is a little bow made from 1/4" Copper Trim.

On the inside of the card I added a Very Vanilla panel on which I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set and more of the floral image from the Wood Words set using Early Espresso ink.

This card has a huge WOW factor thanks to the gorgeous copper embossing, yet is quick and easy to put together. Gotta love that!



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