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Christmas Cheer – Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge #005

My Christmas Cheer card is part of this week’s inspire.create.  sketch challenge:

inspire. create challenge #005

With the holiday’s approaching I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card and opted to go with non-traditional colours. I really wanted to play with my Stampin Blends markers so I chose colours based on those and opted for Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake.

I used the Merry Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cafe Framelits for the cup and sentiments and coloured the cup and lid in with the Stampin Blend alcohol Markers. “A CUP OF” and “CHEER” are silver heat embossed.

The card  is 4.25″ x 4.25″ and opens in the middle. The lid of the cup is positioned so that it helps hold the card closed as the tip of the silver metallic snowflake tucks underneath. The inside sentiment is from the Every Good Wish stamp set.

christmas cheer

christmas cheer

christmas cheer

christmas cheer

Hope you enjoyed today’s Christmas Cheer card. Be sure to check out the other design team projects and submit your entry!

Happy Stampin!

Nature

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #003 – Festive Theme

festive theme challengeWhen I first realized the theme for this week I panicked a little.  “Festive” to me brings forth images of a traditional red, green, and white Christmas. I had not ordered any traditional Christmas products this year. I opted for the more modern and musical holiday papers. How was I going to come up with a “festive” card??  It  then occurred to me that I could make my own traditional Designer Series Paper and embellishments using my sponge brayers and Stampin’ Blends (NEW product alert! Available to customers November 1st!)

I used garden green ink and a brayer to colour the Merry Music DSP . Then I used my dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin Blend marker to turn white pearl embellishments into red berries and change the white trimmed gold ribbon to cherry cobbler trimmed ribbon!

The wreath is the 2 layer flower from Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Harvest set. The sentiment and decorative banner are from the Christmas Pines stamp set. They are both heat embossed (one in gold and one in white).

After I had come up with design for this card it was clarified that “festive” didn’t have to be Christmas-y (so don’t panic if you don’t have anything holiday themed for this challenge- but you might want to order some holiday products because you’re cutting it pretty close with getting your holiday cards done -haha!). I really liked this card though so I decided to use it for my design team entry anyway.

This festive theme card measures 4.25″ x 4.25″ and fits in a standard envelope.

 

festive theme inspire.create. challenge #003

Be sure to check out the other great inspire.create. design team cards and submit your own entry into this Inspire.Create. Challenge!

Happy Stampin’

Nature

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Pink Blog Hop!

pink blog hop

Thanks for hopping along to my blog! This blog hop is in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month. My card for the Pink Blog Hop was inspired by a cupcake topper order I received for a Baby Shower. The request was for pink, gold and forest creatures.  I thought the pink and gold were the perfect fit for today’s Pink Blog Hop!  Babies and boobs….what goes together better! As a mom of a two year old who is still breastfeeding, Breast Cancer awareness is a big deal. My grandmother had Breast Cancer and I know other women for whom this has been a battle as well. How cool is it that we are able to shed light on this important issue through crafting!

My Pink Blog Hop card features the Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper, the Foxy Friends and Special Celebrations stamp sets and the Woodland Embossing folder. I must say that I had not ordered this Designer Series Paper before I received the special request and now that I have it I love it! The gold foil inlay is beautiful!

To make this card I heat embossed the fox using gold embossing powder on Very Vanilla thick cardstock then watercoloured using Blushing Bride ink and an aqua-painter and fussy cut it out using paper snips.. It is popped up using stampin’ dimensionals.

The Bundle of Love DSP is die-cut using Stampin’ Up!’s Stitched Shape Framelits

The Welcome Baby sentiment is cut out using the Classic Label punch and affixed with mini stampin’ demensionals

For additional gold accents I added the 1/8″ gold ribbon and the gold foil snowflakes. The snowflakes I trimmed into 2 quarter-ish pieces.

Here is the finished card:

 

 

welcome baby pink blog hop

welcome baby pink blog hop

Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride

Very Vanilla

Very Vanilla

Gold Foil

Gold Foil

Colour Combination

I hope you enjoyed my Pink Blog Hop card. Be sure to keep hopping along and check out the other great projects!

Happy Stampin’

Nature

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Special Celebrations Wood-Mount Stamp Set

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Bundle Of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper

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Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad

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Blushing Bride 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

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Gold 1/8" Ribbon

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Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

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Classic Label Punch

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Spooky Cat – Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge #002 – Stampin’ Up! Handmade Card

Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge #002

Welcome to another Inspire.Create Challenge! This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge. You can find the sketch below. My design team card for this challenge was inspired by my desire to play with the Spooky Cat stamp set and show off the Halloween Designer Series Paper. The sketch back ground reminded me of a z-fold card and I was happy that I was able to bring the my 3D vision of the sketch to life. Here is the sketch for this week’s Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge #002:

When I made this card I had actually only planned to come down to my craft room to pick out the paper and end up playing around and finishing the whole thing before going to bed. The fun thing about this bundle is that the cat punch and cat stamp not only co-ordinate with each other but also with the designer series paper!

I stamped on the designer series paper with versamark ink and embossed with copper embossing powder. I used the cat punch to cut out one of the embossed cats as well as punch out a cat in the vellum. I love how the copper embossing shines through the cat shaped hole in the vellum. I used the copper and black metallic threads, black rhinestones and vintage lace trim to finish off the embellishments on this card.

Here is my finished Inspire.Create. Stamping Challenge #002 Spooky Cat card:

spooky cat, inspire.create,challenge, canadian stampin' up! demonstrator, ink n inspiration

 

spooky cat, inspire.create,challenge, canadian stampin' up! demonstrator, ink n inspiration

 

spooky cat, inspire.create,challenge, canadian stampin' up! demonstrator, ink n inspiration

Be sure to check out the other great design team cards for this week’s Inspire.Create. Challenge! Then submit your card! We had some really great cards submitted for our first challenge, can’t wait to see what you all come up with this time!

Happy Stampin’

Nature

Your Canadian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

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Work of Art Stained Glass – Stampin’ Up! Handmade Card

Today’s handmade “Work of Art” card features a fun and impressive stained glass technique! I first read about this technique in Stampin’ Success. Stampin’ Success is the quarterly magazine for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. It comes chalk full of project ideas, techniques and tips for growing your business. I always look forward to receiving it.

The stained glass technique can be done a couple different ways. I opted to combine two of them to get the look I wanted for this card. To do this technique you will need vellum cardstock, an embossing buddy, black archival ink, clear embossing powder and a heat tool. You will also need Stampin’ Write markers to add your colour.

Rub the embossing body over the area of vellum you are going to use.  Stamp your image in archival basic black ink and then cover with clear embossing powder. Shake off excess powder and use your heat tool to melt the powder. You will be able to see the image turning from faded black to a nice shiny black. Be sure to keep your heat tool moving so as not to scorch the vellum.

Allow a minute or two to dry before flipping the image over to colour. Use the Stampin’ Write Markers to add colour to the reverse side of the vellum. You can also use a blender pen to add shading and blend colours. Allow a few minutes for the ink to dry before turning right side up again. VOILA! you have a beautiful stained “glass” image!

For this card I used Stampin’ Up!’s Crafting Forever and Work of Art stamp sets. I used the large oval stitched shape framelit to die cut my embossed vellum and the front layers of my card. This gave my card a window effect and allows the beautiful stained glass to be visible on both the outside and inside of the card.

The front of the card also features the wood textures designer series paper.

When I was making this card I completely spaced on the black rhinestone embellishments and used the regular silvery ones. When I teach this card at my card club we will be using the black rhinestone embellishments.

 

work of art, stained glass technique, stampin' up, Canadian stampin up demonstrator, ink n inspiration, crafting forever

work of art, stained glass technique, stampin' up, Canadian stampin up demonstrator, ink n inspiration, crafting foreve

 

Make and send this card to encourage somebody in your life today.

 

Happy Stampin’

Nature

Your Canadian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

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Monogrammed Thanksgiving Silverware Pocket

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I wanted to get started on some DIY projects for Thanksgiving Dinner. We are hosting again this year and seem to have more people attending as each year passes. I think this year we will probably have 15 adults and 2 babes. I put together these Monogrammed Thanksgiving Silverware Pockets (or as we say “cutlery” pockets) to place on the table at Thanksgiving Dinner. Each family member will have their own pocket with their first initial.

The first step in making these was to put together the bags using Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and Mini Treat Bag thinlit dies. After they were assembled I used the two largest ovals from the Stitched shape framelit dies to cut out the center pieces. The largest oval is very vanilla cardstock and the smaller oval is the wood textures designer series paper.

I used the Large Letters framelits and the coordinating Letters for You stamp set to stamp and die cut the monograms. The letters are stamped with versamark and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

It is difficult to see in the picture but there is copper metallic thread in addtion to the burlap ribbon behind the ovals.

The leaves are my favourite part of these monogrammed Thanksgiving silverware pockets. I finally played around with the baby wipe technique. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this technique, you sprinkle around several drops of various colours of reinker on a baby wipe (or wet nap) and then use that as your ink pad to ink your stamp. Re-inking your stamp in different spots on the baby wipe each time. No two stamped images are exactly alike and the colours blend wonderfully! If your wipe is folded or creased this will show up in your inked image. This may or may not be beneficial depending on the look you are going for. Here is a picture of some of the leaves  after stamping. I used the large solid leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons bundle and stamped on very vanilla cardstock.

 

monogrammed thanksgiving silverware pocket

For this project I opted to use both stamps in the 2 step stamping set and stamp the “veins” of the leaves in Early Espresso. I stamped off once first to make the veins a little lighter.

monogrammed thanksgiving silverware pocket

I used the large leaf framelit to cut the leaves out and then used the large detailed leaf framelit to cut a leaf out of copper metallic foil. Each pocket got two stamped leaves and one copper leaf. Here is the finished Monogrammed Thanksgiving Silverware Pocket:

monogrammed thanksgiving silverware pocket, stampin up, ink n inspiration,

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

 

Happy Stampin’

Nature

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