Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hoard no More!

Happy Tuesday! Did you have a good weekend? Mine was fantastic...I was spoiled by my boys on Mother's Day, complete with breakfast in bed and tickets to the symphony to hear Beethoven's Ninth. It was just incredible...I was moved to tears by the power and beauty of that mammoth work! My hubby and I even got to go out for dinner afterwards...such a treat!

Can you believe it is already the 15th of the month? We're half-way through May, which makes this teacher VERY happy! Not long till summer vacation and more time to focus on stamping and my business. Since today is the 15th, it is time for another Stamping Symphony blog hop.

This month we are focusing on the Last Chance List. There are so many amazing products going away in just two short weeks we wanted to highlight them one last time before they're gone for good. Today My post is about USING all of the pretty paper you've been hoarding in your stash. You know, the stuff that's just too gorgeous to cut? These projects will knock your socks off and get you using that beautiful paper rather than hiding it in a cupboard. Now, before I show you the projects, let me say that this is NOT my design. This ingenius idea is from the perfectly fabulous Rhonda Wade, so I want to give full credit to her for this fabulous idea. You can see the video Rhonda made that showcases how to make these bags HERE.

Now, ready to be wowed? Check these out...

These gift bags use two sheets of matching DSP and are SUPER easy to make! The large ones use two 12" x 12" sheets and the small one uses two 6" x 6" sheets. The best part? Each bag has built-in card holder so the card attaches right to the front of the bag. No envelope required and no additional decoration needed on the bag. Here's a closer look at each one:

This one uses the stunning Sweet Soiree DSP. It's a great choice because it is specialty paper and is a heavier weight, making this bag super-sturdy. You get one bag and one card out of two sheets of DSP! These bags are huge and measure 6" x 8", so there's lots of room for gifts. Here's the card on it's own:

I used the coordinating Cake Soiree stamp set to stamp the label on this card. Thankfully that set is carrying over to the new book! Did I mention that this is a full-sized 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card?

I figured that with Father's Day coming it would be a good idea to have some masculine bags on-hand. This one uses the True Gentleman DSP. Here is the coordinating card...

Sadly both the DSP, stamp set and corduroy trim are retiring at the end of the month. Those cute buttons will be in the new catty, though:)

Now, I don't know about you, but I have LOTS of 6" x 6" paper kicking around too, so I thought I would give this idea a try with the smaller sheets. It totally worked! I simply halved all of the dimensions! How cute is this little bag and card?

I used the Tutti Frutti DSP and coordinating Fruit Basket stamp set, both of which are retiring on the 31st. Check out this adorable card...

I have to admit, I'm a bit addicted to making these bags. I may even start using them to deliver smaller customer orders! They're such fun! If you have a DSP problem (and you know who you are!) give these bags a try...it will seriously change your life :)

Now, be sure to hop on over to the next blog to more Last Chance inspiration. There are some super-talented Stamping Symphony players;)

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

Now, don't panic at the length of this product list...remember that this is for three different bags ;)

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sea of Textures Thanks

Ok, I am having SO MUCH fun with my new catalogue goodies! There are so many fanatastic new products I am having a hard time putting down one suite of products to work with another! Last week I was all about the Share What You Love Suite, now this week I'm onto the Sea of Textures. Now, I have to admit I was skeptical about this one at first. I truly wasn't sold on it, but the displays at OnStage and the gorgeous DSP and unique dies swayed me to purchase the suite. Am I ever glad I did!! It is beyond awesome!! If you are someone who struggles to come up with masculine card designs, this is a must-have for you. Check out this card I made...

Now, I'll admit, I wasn't crazy about that octopus at first...but now I think he's kinda cute! I inked him using Mint Macaron (have I mentioned how happy I am to see that colour back?), Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig. I used the coordinating Under the Sea Framelits to cut him out. I used the same set of dies to cut all of the other bits and pieces to create my under-sea scene. Here's a closer look...

The background is actually a piece of Tranquil Textures DSP (also part of the suite) that I embossed using the Seaside TIEF. I love the sense of motion that folder suggests. I think my favourite thing about this card is the little "pebbles" at the bottom of my scene...

These are the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles and they are AWESOME! They add amazing texture to this card and are a breeze to adhere using the Fine Tip Glue pen. Just squirt a blob of glue where you want your sprinkles to be, drop some sprinkles into the glue and let it sit until set. Let me tell you, that glue is STRONG...those babies aren't going anywhere!

On the inside of the card I added a Whisper White card stock panel and stamped more of the coral images from the Sea of Textures set, as well as parts of two of the sentiments from the set. I love combining bits and pieces of sentiments to create new ones!

I think my favourite thing about this suite is that it is all about texture. I love layering images and playing with different textures in my designs. I hope you're as excited about these new products as I am. Just a few more weeks until it will be available for order...or join my Stamping Symphony team and you could order it RIGHT NOW as part of your starter kit! Click HERE to learn more.

This suite and I have a wonderful future together...stay tuned for more from my new favourite suite!

Have a great week :)

Product List
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
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