Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hopping Through the Last Chance List

Happy Sunday! I hope you're having a good weekend. Can you believe we're already half-way through April?? It sure would be nice if we got some spring weather go match the date on the calendar. We're in the midst of a major ice storm here! So far the lights (and my computer) have stayed's hoping they stay that way!

It's time for another blog hop with my Stampin' Symphony team and this month we're highlighting our favourite products from the Last Chance List. These are all products that will retire with the end of the 2017/18 Annual Catalogue on May 31st. Here is my project:

I used one of my favourite retiring stamp sets: Awesomely Artistic. This set is fantastic because all of the images layer so beautifully and truly do make one feel like an artist! I began with a piece of Wood Textures DSP (thankfully this stuff is sticking around for another year!) and then began stamping various images from the set using Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke ink (both of those colours are being discontinued as part of the Colour Revamp). I also stamped the spatter image in Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold. Here's a closer look:

The label is heat embossed in gold on gold foil card stock, giving it a faux-metal look. I added some burlap ribbon and lace trim (both of which are NOT retiring) and some Touches of Nature Wood Elements (which are going away).

On the inside I added a piece of Very Vanilla card stock on which I stamped the floral image in Always Artichoke ink and the sentiment in Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is from another of my go-to sets that is retiring called One Big Meaning. I'm going to miss THAT one!

The Last Chance List is truly just that...the retiring items, once they sell out, are gone for ever. Don't miss picking up those must-have items. For more Last Chance List inspiration, check out the projects by these super-talented ladies:

1. Leena (You are here)
2. Sandy
3. Barb
4. Jennifer
5. Steph

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Monday, April 9, 2018

What. A. Weekend!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was simply FABULOUS!! I and more than a dozen of my Stamping Symphony team attend Stampin' Up!'s OnStage event in London, ON. We were there to kick of the official celebration of Stampin' Up!'s 30th Anniversary and for the reveal of the upcoming Annual Catalogue, which goes live June 1st. As if that weren't enough excitement, I also did a presentation at the event that showcased one of the new bundles. This was the first time I've done anything like this and I was SOOO excited! I managed to keep it a secret from my team until they announced my name to go on stage! I had so much fun presenting and just can't say enough about the Stampin' Up! staff who helped run the event. They were amazing and the whole thing ran like clockwork. These photos are screenshots of a video one of my downline shot of the TV screen...not the best photo quality, but I think you can tell it's me ;)

Now that the spoiler advisory has been lifted, I thought I would share a couple of the projects I designed for my presentation. The stamp set I was asked to showcase is called Varied Vases and the coordinating punch is the Vases Builder punch. The stamp set is Mary Fish's Million Dollar Achiever set and it perfectly reflects her clean and simple style. For the first two projects I showcased I tried to channel my "inner Mary" and design cards that were clean and modern with a pop of colour...

One of the best things about this set is that it features two-step-stamping images. So if you're in the mood for a little colour therapy you can colour the outline images using Blends, an aqua painter, watercolor pencils or blender pens. On this card I used an aqua painter and my ink pads.

If you're in a hurry, the solid image stamps add instant colour quickly and easily. Gotta love versatility! Here I used Lemon Lime Twist on the vase and Melon Mambo on the flowers.

I even gave the inside a little love on this one but forgot to show it on stage...

I think this bundle will be popular with stampers of all experience levels because it features both images and sentiments, making it a great value. There are so many things you can do with it...I'll show more of my OnStage projects over the coming weeks as we count down to the new catalogue.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Retiring Products List, which just dropped today. While there are lots of beloved favourites on there, not the least of which are SEVENTEEN outgoing  colours as part of the Colour Revamp, the new products and colours are SPECTACULAR and will make you forget all about your beloved Always Artichoke ;)

You can view the lists as a PDF by clicking the images below or visit my webstore to see (and order) the items you just have to have before they're gone. Remember that all items with the exception of stamp sets are available only while supplies last, so don't wait too long to pick up that Always Artichoke reinker and extra packs of card stock!
Click to view retiring Occasions Catalogue products.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Tulips for Mom

Happy belated Easter! I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with the love of family and friends. We had a fabulous time celebrating the resurrection with our family.
Today I thought I would share a project I designed for my all-occasions card buffet last week featuring the Tranquil Tulips host set...

I absolutely LOVE this stamp set! I only wish I had discovered it sooner. It is such fun to create beautiful tulips in a rainbow of colours. Here I used Berry Burst and Sweet Sugarplum for the blooms and Emerald Envy for the stems and leaves. Here's a closer look...

I stamped off the background layer for each bloom so that the more detailed foreground image would stand out more. I used Basic Black to add the centres to each flower. The sentiment is from a long-retired host set called Something to Celebrate...I just love the scripty font. I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black on a label cut with the Petals and More framelits and then layered it on a filigree label die-cut with the same set. The paint-chip DSP along the side is from the Colour Theory DSP pack.

On the inside I added a Whisper White card stock layer on which I stamped another Berry Burst tulip and a sentiment from the Special Celebrations set.

The nice thing about this card is that a simple change in the sentiment on the front would make a lovely birthday or get well card...gotta love versatility!

Have a super week...thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

A Spring Fling Kind of Weekend

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was crazy-busy, but so much fun! I held my Spring Fling Creative Escape on Saturday...14 straight hours of crafting, yummy food, special treats, great friends and TONS of fun. It made for some rather long days for me, but it was all soooo worth it. I thought I'd share the six make-n-takes my guests did at the retreat. My goal was to put everyone in a spring-y frame of mind...

Tranquil Tulips host set (everyone got one of this set in their swag bags) stamped on Colour Theory DSP, matted on Smokey Slate card stock and mounted on a Tutti Frutti card base. A little softness added with a delicate doily and some Smokey Slate gingham ribbon.

A Good Day stamp set, stamped in Basic Gray ink and colour with a Daffodil Delight marker. Clouds and rainbow die-cut using the Rainbow Builder Framelits. I added Wink of Stella to the clouds, but it isn't visible in the photo. Again, this card is mounted on a Tutti Frutti card base.

Eclectic Expression Sale-a-bration stamp set (my new fav!) stamped in Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand and silver metallic. I am LOVING this colour combo...perfect for masculine cards!

Perennial Birthday stamp set, stamped in Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight and Berry Burst ink. Embellishments include glitter enamel dots and Berry Burst metallic ribbon. Built on a Tutti Frutti card base.

Tranquil Tulips stamp set stamped in Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist ink. Sentiment is from One Big Meaning and is stamped in Smokey Slate ink. Embellishments include Lemon Lime Twist striped ribbon and some Tutti Frutti sequins. Built on a Tutti Frutti card base. (Can you tell I LOVE those??)
Easter treat holder using the Tiny Treat Boxes. Bunny is a belly band that slides off to access the goodies. Face is stamped with the Foxy Friends stamp set and sentiment is from Sweet Little Something.
Everyone got to make one of each make-n-take throughout the day whenever they needed a break from their own projects. I love making my events special with a theme and coordinating decor. Here are some photos of the day...

My guests alway appreciate it when I bring along some inspiration for them.
I forgot how much fun it is to make cute's been a while! I used the Large Letters Framelits for the words and the Tranquil Tulips stamp set for the images.
Looks like spring inside...even if it's FREEZING outdoors!
Everyone had a whole table to themselves complete with a pot of spring flowers, personalized name plaque, welcome swag bag and sweet treats.
Lots of door prizes were up for grabs...including a Stamparatus! Congratulations to Rita Dion for winning that one!
No crafty retreat is complete without a candy buffet and well-stocked fridge full of beverages.
Cathy, Karen and Tanya getting settled in for the day.
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE spring flowers. This photo just makes me happy :)

Of course, we also needed to eat! Our caterer was simply awesome and the food was out-of-this world delish. Here are some pics... but don't look if you're hungry! We had both lunch (shown below) and dinner provided and it was all YUMM-O!!

Lunch buffet included sandwiches, wraps, cheese and crackers, salad, veggies, fruit, the BEST soup I have EVER eaten in my life, and yummy brownies and cookies for dessert.

Lol...I forgot to take a picture of the dinner buffet....I was too distracted by dessert! Buttered Almond and Salted Caramel cupcakes...
...and the BEST buttertarts EVER!

As you can see, we didn't exactly starve ;) Everyone had a great day and it made me so happy to see everyone enjoying themselves and taking time just for them. I truly LOVE what I do!

If you'd like to join me for my Fall Fling Stamp 'n' Scrap Retreat Weekend, be sure to click the tab at the top of the page. For now, have a great week!


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