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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

Your Canadian Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

 

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Second Day of Christmas – Window Box Advent Calendar

The Second Day of Christmas window box has a completely different look to the first. If you missed yesterday’s post, be sure to check it out!

I went with a black and silver combo and used the Bunch Of Banners Framelits on the Merry Music specialty designer series paper. The black shimmer ribbon, rhinestones, silver metallic thread and silver foil add lots of shimmer to this window box! All the foil numbers on the boxes will be popped out using mini stampin’ dimensionals.

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second day of christmas, window box advent calendar, stampin up, canadian stampin up demonstrator, ink n inspiration

Hope you liked the Second Day of Christmas window box. Keep checking back to see how the rest come along!

Happy Stamping!

Nature

Your Canadian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator


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First Day of Christmas

Today is the first post in my 28 Days of Christmas Blog Series! For the first day of Christmas window box I used the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper along with the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper. I  I have decided to stick with these two sets of paper for the whole project.

To embellish this window box I used a Lots of Labels framelit die, a piece of old olive ribbon, mini black sequins, pearl basic jewels, and the Pretty Pines thinlits to cut out the pine branches in Garden Green cardstock. The Number of Years dies will be used on all the boxes to die cut the numbers for the boxes out of foil cardstock. I also used the second smallest square from the Stitched Shape Framelits to cut out 3 side panels for this window box. There are only 3 decorated sides as the other sides will be affixed to other boxes. I will add decorative squares on all exposed side panels of all the boxes, with the exception of the gold foil window box at the top.

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first day of christmas, window box advent calendar, stampin up, ink n inspiration, 28 days of christmas blog series

If you are creating your own version, don’t feel like you have to make every box different. I wanted to show 28 different ways of embellishing these window boxes. You could do the same design on all the boxes and it would look fabulous!

I hope you enjoyed this First Day of Christmas window box! 27 more to go!

 

Happy Stamping!

Nature

Your Canadian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

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Big Shot

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Glue Dots

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New Look!

Hi friends!

You may have noticed some changes happening here and on our various social media sites. I have a new logo and have incorporated some new colours. I am preparing for an exciting expansion and will be posting and official announcement in regards to this in the upcoming week. What do you think of the new logo?

Busy Bee

Hi Stampin’ Friends!

Thanks for checking in! It’s been a busy couple of weeks! If you’ve visited my Instagram or Facebook page you’ve likely seen the projects I have been working on, but I thought I would update my blog so that you have the supply list as well. Here are three new cards for you to use as inspiration. This first card was a card I had to come up with super quickly as I was asked at the last minute to put together a make n take for my team meeting the next day. I wanted to do something with a bit of a wow factor that didn’t use up too many supplies or require I lot of prep time. This card uses an emboss resist technique along with an incredible easy watercolouring technique. The watercolouring makes every card look just a little bit different. If you’d like detailed instructions let me know and I’ll shoot them your way! I love the way the feathers from the Feather Together stamp set shimmer on this card!

 

feather together

 


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The next two cards I had been working on were for a Father’s Day Card class hosted by another mama, for other mamas. The kids all had fun playing together while we worked on our cards nearby. I prepped everything on my big shot ahead of time, which made for quick assembly. This first card is simple and sweet and features the Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper and the Tabs for Everything Stamp Set. I love the vibrancy and mix of patterns in this paper!

 

 


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The second card we made at our class featured the Wood Textures Designer series paper and the Wood Words stamp set. I love how the two go seamlessly together and the wood textures paper makes the word DAD really pop.

 

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Soon to come on the blog will be a couple gift packaging features. Stay tuned!

Happy Stampin’!

Nature

Happy Celebrations!

Hi Friends!

I have been playing with a new Stampin’ Up! stamp set recently and working on my photography skills and thought I would share some of my recent projects with you. All 3 cards feature the Happy Celebrations stamp set which is carrying over from the Occasions catalogue to the new 2017-2018 annual catalogue. I will post a tutorial featuring this stamp set in the not so distant future. This set is quite versatile and allows room for SO much artistic expression. I used watercolour techniques on two of the cards and basic stamping on the other. For this first card I  wet the watercolour prior to stamping the HAPPY background colours and allowed the ink to bleed. After the paper dried I stamped the HAPPY outline.

 

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On this second card I used the HAPPY embossing folder to deboss prior to wetting the shimmery white cardstock. After I stamped the background on the wet paper I used the aqua painter to add more water and blend the colour further.  Can you tell I adore the ruched ribbon? It is retiring but you can replace it with one the fabulous new ribbons from the upcoming 2017-2018 catalogue! This card also feature the new glitter enamel dots…so much shimmer!

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The final card for today uses the Celebrate embossing folder. I am a big fan of this one and you are likely to see me using it frequently. The happy and celebrate embossing folders come as set, double the fun! This card also features the Birthday Banners stamp set.  The glimmer dots and ruched ribbon give this card its pizzazz!

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Big Shot

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Glue Dots

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Happy Crafting!

Nature

Top 5 Retiring Products

The countdown is on to the release of the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue! Lots of fabulous new products being realeased! In order to make room for all this great new stuff, some things have to go 🙁  Stampin’ Up! released a list of the products that will be retiring as of May 31st, 2017 and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you. You only have a couple weeks left to get your hands on these goodies, some are even discounted! Here are My Top 5 Retiring Products…

 

Top 5 Retiring Products – 2017

1.Striped 12" X 12" Project Life Printed Album
138468s I love the stylish and simple look of this album. It fits in with almost any décor. Also, it holds SO many photo pocket pages!
2.Oh So Succulent Photopolymer Bundle
145184s I loved this bundle and wish it was being carried over. It makes beautiful cards and packaging for so many occasions and is really on trend.
3.Nailed It Wood-Mount Bundle
144734s Another set that I wish was being carried over. Would have loved to be able to demo this for longer. Great for a variety of cards and projects. I will definitely be keeping it for personal use for years to come!
4.A World Of Thanks Clear-Mount Background Stamp
139315s I love the multicultural and multilingual flavour. This stamp is really versatile and makes for beautiful simple thank you cards! You can use it as a whole or only ink up certain words. You can also cut it up and use as several individual stamps!
5.Pun Intended Photopolymer Stamp Set
141804s This host set was one of my favourites! I enjoy good puns and this set was perfect for quick and simple cards. I loved using these stamps with a watercolour background for a cool artsy look.

Artisan Design Team

Hi friends!

It’s that time of year where Stampin’ Up! opens up applications for their Artisan Design Team. In my opinion,  being selected for the Artisan Design Team is a prestigious honour! There are many considerations that go into choosing those whom  are selected. Although, I would love to be a part of this amazing team of creatives, I was not planning on applying this year as I did not feel that my blog was up to par with what they were looking for.  Therefore I have set it as my goal to work towards being “ready” to apply for the 2019 team when those applications open next year. One of my biggest struggles so far has been with getting my product photography where it needs to be. I am hopeful I will get this figured out sometime in the not to distant future. If any of you want to send any tips my way please do so!! That being said, I decided to apply this year as well. If you shoot for the moon and miss…right! Hopefully, come the application deadline I will have improved my blog, projects, and photographs enough that my application won’t be considered laughable!

Today, I continued to play with the Fresh Florals DSP, loving layers and embellishments these days, here is my latest!

 

 

Happy Crafting!

 

Nature

 

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Fresh Florals

Hi Friends!

I received my pre-order for the upcoming Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 annual catalogue today. I am really excited about the new in-colour collection, Lemon-lime Twist, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide! I wanted to showcase them in a set of cards, but the Designer Series Paper that featured them wasn’t thrilling me.  I spent some time playing with various concepts. I new I wanted to do monochromatic cards which used the in-colour ribbon and bitty bows in addition to the ink and cardstock, but wasn’t sure how I could incorporate the paper in a way I loved. I figured it out though and now I am sure I will be able to create other cards I love using the new Fresh Florals DSP. Here are the cards I created today. You can purchase the supplies needed for these cards starting June 1st!

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Memory Keeping for the Modern Day Mama

Hi Friends,

I had been putting off writing this post as I found the thought of writing again rather intimidating. Before motherhood I wrote all the time and blogged frequently but I have barely written at all in the last 21 months. Before motherhood I was “cool”, I took off on regular road trips, I went to concerts like they were going out of style, I had put a deposit on a full sleeve tattoo, I wore jeans that didn’t have elastic waists! A lot has changed…. Now I take off to mom-and tot programs, doctor’s appointments and swimming lessons, scrape copious deposits of food off of sticky floors (or more often pretend the sticky floor doesn’t exist), and frequent loads of tiny human laundry and my elastic waist pants!

One thing has stayed consistent though…my desire to document life…if anything it has become stronger. I used to scrapbook and spend hours working on intricate designs and layouts for each page. I wanted to do that one my son was born and I tried, I eventually got two pages done…in a year! I have so many photos and so many more moments that I want to remember but the time it takes for traditional scrapbooking is just no longer something that life allows for. Yes, I have Facebook and Instagram, but I really wanted something I could hold and pass down over generations AND I didn’t want to worry about all my pictures being lost if Facebook ever got hacked or shut down. Don’t get me wrong I love Facebook, it helps me keep track of when it all happened and what was going on when it did. It is super convenient…just not something I wanted for the long term. I grew up looking through the albums my mom had put together of me, and I wanted my son to be able to have that same experience. So, of course, I was thrilled when I found a memory keeping system that worked for me. I know the solution I found will not be the solution for every mom, but I’m pretty sure you likely want a way to keep your memories around for years, so I thought I would do a little digging and see what options were out there for us modern day mommies.

If you want to get your photos off you phone, camera card, Facebook etc, the fastest and easiest way to do that is to upload them to a printing service and either pick them up at the store (costcophotocentre.ca, walmartphotcentre.ca) or have them delivered to your door (Blacks.ca) from there you can keep them in a decorative box or stick them in a simple photo album as is.

If you are wanting something a little more informative and organized there are various online apps/websites that you can upload your photos to and captions and they will mail you a printed photo book. Three of the most popular ones seem to be Chatbooks, Qeepsake and My Social Book.

  • Chatbooks – I tried accessing their website on my phone and was given a hacker warning by Google and it would not let me continue. Maybe just a temporary glitch?? I was able to access the site on my PC and got some information on their service. Photobooks start at $8 for a softcover (USD) plus $5 shipping (USD) per book. You upload photos to their service and every 60 photos a new book is sent to you. The books are 6×6 and I think you can add a caption to each photo. They have other customize-able books which start at $12  (USD) each. http://www.chatbooks.com
  • Qeepsake – This service sends you text message questions about your child and saves your responses. You can also text pictures which it saves too. Your information is saved in “journal” on their website which you can access and have printed. The service charges a monthly fee… which ranges from $1.99 to $7.99 depending on how many questions you want and how many pictures you want to be able to text in. The more expensive plans also allow for spouses to have an account too. If you subscribe to one of their plans you have to option of printing out your Qeepsake book. The 10” x 8”, 20 page, hardcover book costs $29.99 USD (plus shipping) and you choose which entries and photos you want included. The book is expandable so you can add additional pages later. http://www.qeepsake.co

 

  • My Social Book – pulls all your posts from Facebook and Instagram and puts them together into a customize-able book which is printed and shipped to you. Books start @ $13 CAD for 25 pages plus shipping. http://www.mysocialbook.com

 

 

None of these options were the right fit for me. Chatbooks was too blah and I wasn’t keen on sending all my innermost thoughts about parenting and my child to Qeepsake. Also, really wanted a family album style so Social Book wasn’t the feel I was hoping for

  • The memory keeping system I found and fell in love with was a pocket page system through Stampin’ Up! And yes, full disclosure; I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, and I became one because I loooooove their products. And now I get discounts on them too! For those of you who are unfamiliar with pocket page systems, they are a hybrid of a traditional photo album and a traditional scrapbook. You can get albums and pages in both 12” x 12” and 6” x 8” sizes. The pages have pockets arranged in various layouts in which you can put photos, memorabilia and memory keeping cards and embellishments. This is where the MAGIC happens! The cards are sold in coordinating theme sets and accessory packages. This makes it soooo easy to make beautiful personalized pages in minutes. You simply slide your photos and cards into the pockets and you are done! Or at least you can be… You can also add the coordinating embellishments and journal on the cards to make it even more personal. They have baby theme sets, holiday sets, year round sets and more! The best thing about it is thought is that you can work on it as time allows and make additions to your pages as you go. Remember how I said it took me a year to get TWO traditional scrapbooking pages done. Well in two nights I got 40 12x 12 pocket pages laid out and most of my pictures added (I had to stop because I ran out of photo paper…more on that later)! I still want to go back and add embellishments and do some journaling but my photos are in an album, laid out in beautiful pages and best of all…. my son has already started flipping through it to look at pictures and point out daddy and mommy and his Mia (my mom). It was such an awesome feeling to see my album finally coming to fruition and I look forward to the day it’s finished. Yes, I’ve ordered more ink and photo paper for my printer, but this album will hold so many more pages…I don’t think it’s even a third full yet.  Below are three of the pages I have been working on, I still want to add journaling and all the embellishments, but I already love them! You can check out the entire Stampin’ Up! Memory keeping line here (http://www.inkninspiration.stampinup.net)
  • The last option I wanted to share with you is called Digital Project Life. It is based on the pocket page system I described above, but it is all done online. You purchase card sets to use with your pictures and journaling and arrange them in pages using Photoshop Elements (you would have to purchase and learn how to use this software if you don’t) and then you can have the pages printed. If you are more tech savvy and less paper crafty this may be a great option for you! http://www.digitalprojectlife.com

 

A special note on printing: If you are going to stick with traditional scrapbooking or complete a pocket page album, I would recommend getting a Canon Selphy photo printer (not being paid to say that…) They are wireless and you can print your 4 x 6 pictures from your phone and computer. You can even use PicMonkey or PicFrame to change up the size of your photos to print 4x 4 and 3×4 photos. Refills come with both ink and paper and are available on Amazon.ca. Each refill box prints 108 pictures. It makes it easy to work on pages in between all the other mommy duties.

If you are wanting to give pocket page albums a go but are unsure of where to start, I’d be happy to chat with you in person or online and give you some pointers.

With warmth & inspiration,

Nature

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