Monday, December 10, 2018

Lilypad Lake - Kylie's International Blog Highlights


Hi Friends!  Welcome to my blog today. I am participating in an international blog hop by Kylie Bertucci in Australia.

This month's theme is Gratitude and Thankfulness.  I chose this card to share with you today because it is full of tranquility and there is no better way to share Gratitude and Thankfulness than with a bit of tranquility and peace.

At this time of the year, we are all so busy getting ready for the Christmas season, our lives are hectic to the max.  I hope you are able to find some Gratitude, Thankfulness and Tranquility in your life this month.


This card is made using the Lilypad Lake bundle of products.  This consists of the Lilypad Lake stamp set and coordinating Lakeside dies.  I used some wink of stella on the sun so it is sparkley just like a reflection off of the water.  We used to own a sailboat, and the sailboat image takes me back to our times out on the water.  Sailing is so peaceful when you shut off the engine and have the sails out full.

Recipe:
Cardstsock:  Thick Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White
Ink:  Pool Party, Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Memento
Blends:  Dark Pineapple Punch, Light Lovely Lipstick
Stamps:  Lilypad Lake, Rooted In Nature, Southern Serenade
Other:  Rhinestones, 1-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch

Thanks for dropping by. Please hop on over to Kylie's blog and vote for me!  Click HERE or click on the picture below.
 
https://www.craftykylie.com/2018/12/international-highlights-december-2018.html
Stampin' Smiles




Friday, November 16, 2018

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Hi Friends

Recently I came across a gorgeous card on pinterest using the Winter Woods bundle of products. I loved the card and decided to case it and change it a bit. I don't remember whom I cased it from, but thank you!  Please EMAIL ME if this card is yours so I can give you proper credit.


I used Sahara Sand and Real Red just like the original artist did.   However, I used a sentiment from Christmas Pines and added some Bright Copper Shimmer Paint in two ways.  The first way I made up a spritz with 70% rubbing alcohol and spritzed it onto the big tree. The second way I stamped the sentiment in Real Red using the Stamparatus, then I cleaned the stamp and used a sponge dauber to add Bright Copper Shimmer Paint to the stamp and stamped right over top of the real red image. Wow!  It's gorgeous, let me tell you.


Have you tried the 4 Shimmer Paints yet? There is Champagne Mist, Frost White, Bright Copper and Vegas Gold and each of them can be used in so many ways. These two are just a couple of them.

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/search/shimmer%20paint?dbwsdemoid=2028928
Just click on the image above to go to my online store and check out all the details.

Have a special day
Stampin' Smiles

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Seasonal Chums Card Share

Hi Friends!

Sometimes we get caught up in using all the new Stampin' Up! products and completely forget about the ones that have carried over from previous years.

On the card I have to share with you today, I used the Seasonal Chums stamp set and co-ordinating Seasonal Tags dies that carried over from last year.


The background paper is from Under The Mistletoe designer paper, and I coloured the snowman with Stampin' Write Markers and Wink of Stella glimmer pen.  I tied a bow using the Real Red Satin ribbon and punched the sentiment using the classic label punch.

Such a fun, quick and relatively easy card. You could whip up a whole bunch of these, using different patterns for the background, in no time at all!

Have a special day!
Stampin' Smiles

Monday, November 12, 2018

Santa's Workshop Designer Paper Card Share

Hi Friends

I just love the entire Santa's Workshop suite of products on page 18 and 19 of the 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.

CLICK HERE to view the catalogue online.  Or CLICK HERE to go the online store to see it all.


I decided to use the Santa's Workshop specialty designer paper to create a card that is almost stampless!  I KNOW, how can that be?  But this paper is so great you can just cut pieces of it out and use them as they are. The Santa's Signpost dies also cut out the designer paper!


I used the softly falling embossing folder for the background, then just added the simple Merry Christmas sentiment above a strip of the designer paper.  I did use a snowflake cut from the new Sparkle Glimmer Paper on the top as well.

Have a special day!
Stampin' Smiles

Friday, November 9, 2018

Caterpillar Birthday Card Share

Hi Friends

Yesterday I posted the first of 2 cards I created (in this case it was cased from pinterest) for the recent children's free introductory class at our local recreation department.  CLICK HERE to go to that post and see the Bella and Friends card.

Here is the second card - the one I cased from pinterest ....


This adorable caterpillar is made using the 1" circle punch and some retired bubbles and fizz designer paper. You can use any colour combination you desire, but I thought these bright cheerful colours of Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay would appeal to children of all ages.

I used to do classes that I called "Punch Art".  We created cards using all sorts of punched out card pieces to create various creatures and images.  I have not made one for quite a while, and it was fun to do this one!

Have a special day!
Stampin' Smiles


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bella and Friends Card Share

Hi Friends

A while ago I offered a free class to local children to learn to stamp.  I had to create 2 cards that would work for 6 to 10 yr olds as well as 11 to 16 yr olds.

The first one I came up with uses Bella and Friends stamp set ....


I used some retired designer paper called Tasty Treats for the background, then stamped 3 of the Bella images and cut them out with one of the stitched square dies (#2).  I coloured them with Stampin' Write Markers and added a sentiment from Perennial Birthday stamp set

What do you think?  Isn't this card cute?

Have a special day!
Stampin' Smiles


Monday, November 5, 2018

Snowflake Showcase Suite of Products

Hi Friends

For a limited time, you can get the Snowflake Showcase suite of products.  They are available to order from Nov 1 to 30, 2018 only. Then they will disappear forever.



I cased this card from the Stampin' Up! brochure.  It uses the Snowfall Dies and the White Velvet Paper ....


The colours are Whisper White and Soft Sea Foam with a bit of Copper Foil added onto the snowflakes.  The background is a light wash using the Soft Sea Foam ink and a stamp from Waterfront to make the dots.

There are 2 stamp sets, the Snowfall Dies, the White Velvet Paper and some Snowflake Trinkets in the suite.

Happiness Surrounds stamp set - photopolymer - $22.00 Canadian

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/149744/happiness-surrounds-photopolymer-stamp-set?dbwsdemoid=2028928

Snow Is Glistening - Photopolymer - $27.00 Canadian
https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/149742/snow-is-glistening-photopolymer-stamp-set?dbwsdemoid=2028928

Snowfall Dies $53.00
https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/149692/snowfall-thinlits-dies?dbwsdemoid=2028928

Snowflake Trinkets $10.00
https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/149620/snowflake-trinkets?dbwsdemoid=2028928

White Velvet Paper $6.75
https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/149619/white-velveteen-sheets?dbwsdemoid=2028928
Click on any of the pictures to go to my online store for more information!

Have a special day.
Stampin' Smiles


Friday, November 2, 2018

Peaceful Poinsettia Card Share

Hi Friends!

One of the symbols of Christmas is definitely the poinsettia plant.  How do you pronounce it?  Is it poinsett-ia or poinsetta?  I think either way is ok.

The Peaceful Poinsettia bundle is so beautiful and versatile, I am sure you are going to love it if you don't already.  I DO!!!

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/149962/peaceful-poinsettia-clear-mount-bundle?dbwsdemoid=2028928

Just click on the image above to go to my Canadian online store for more details.  This bundle is also available in wood mount if you prefer.

Here is my card share for today ....


I cut out the holly in real red as well and used the real red circles inside the shaded spruce die cuts.  This picky picking is made possible and easy with the new Take Your Pick tool.  On one end it has some sticky putty like substance that sticks to little tiny pieces and puts them exactly where you want them.  I am so excited to have this tool sitting right on my craft table every day!  It is exactly what I need to successfully place itty bitty pieces!  And it's only $13.50 plus shipping and tax!!!!

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/144107/take-your-pick?dbwsdemoid=2028928

I coloured the stamped poinsettia and leaf image with Stampin' Blends - Shaded Spruce and Real Red.  The center of the flower is Dark Pineapple Punch, and I put a bit of Smoky Slate on the berries to add a bit of dimension.  After the card was finished and assembled, I added Wink Of Stella to the flower and leaves.  Isn't it so pretty?

Of course the finishing touch is the Black Glitter Organza Ribbon.  This is in the Halloween section of the 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue, but it works really well for Christmas too.  I just love, love, love that ribbon and have gone through a few rolls of it already. 

Thanks for popping in today, and I hope you have a special day.
Stampin' Smiles

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dashing Deer Trio Card Share

Hi Friends!

Happy Halloween!  I hope you have a scary day with lots of little gobblins in your life!!!

Today's card share is from my recent Christmas Creative One Day Mini Retreat.  We created 6 cards, and this was one of the favourites.


To create the hole for the ribbon to wrap around the bottom left corner, we used the hole die from the Seasonal Layers die set.  Then after wrapping the ribbon and attaching it to the Night of Navy layer, we added one of the Clear or Frosted Epoxy Droplets.  A different way to do your ribbon, and very easy. No bows to tie, just a knot!

The Dashing Deer stamp set is paired with the Winter Woods set to create this peaceful view of what happens sometimes in our back yard.  Colours on this card are Whisper White, Night Of Navy, Real Red, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you have a special day.
Stampin' Smiles

Monday, October 29, 2018

Spirited Snowmen Card Share

Hi Friends!

The Spirited Snowmen stamp set from the 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue is one of my favourite sets this year.

Here is what the stamp set looks like (you can click on the image to go to my Canadian Online Store for more information)

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/148072/spirited-snowmen-clear-mount-stamp-set?dbwsdemoid=2028928
Aren't they adorable?  They are so happy and enjoying the snow and cold.


I used two snowflakes from the Blizzard Die and some of the Under The Mistletoe designer paper.  The Striped Burlap Trim blends really well with the elements on the card.

We created this card at my recent Christmas Creative One Day Mini Retreats in Port Alberni and Powell River.  We had such a great time crafting, visiting and laughing.  Maybe you would like to join us next year?  I host a spring edition and a Christmas edition each year.

I hope you have a special day.
Stampin' Smiles

Friday, October 26, 2018

Sea Of Textures Card Share

Hi Friends!

I have a card to share with you today that is created with the Sea Of Textures bundle.  This bundle consists of the Sea Of Textures stamp set and co-ordinating Under The Seas dies.


https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/148358/sea-of-textures-clear-mount-bundle?dbwsdemoid=2028928

 This stamp set has the cutest octopus in it!  We have named him "Oliver" the Octopus.  Living on the west coast of BC, Canada (and on the west coast of Vancouver Island) we see water life all the time.  It is difficult to see an octopus in the water because they live way down under the sea. But there are aquariums where you can go and see water "stuff" in real life. They actually go out each spring and bring in samples from the ocean and place them in an aquarium setting that replicates where they live. Then in the fall they return the creatures etc back to the ocean. 

CLICK HERE to go to the local aquarium's website.  Here is a picture I found on their website.


Anyhow, back to today's scheduled topic!  LOL

Here is the card I created - I call it an Aquarium Card.


I used the shaker card technique and left out the shaker stuff inside the frame to make it look like Oliver is in an aquarium.  He is sponged with Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron inks.  You have to be very careful not to overlap the colours because they turn to brown if you do!

The background behind Oliver is the emboss resist technique - stamp the sea weed and coral images from the stamp set in versamark ink and use white embossing powder.  I also used the dots from the Waterfront stamp set to add some bubbles at the top.  Once we heated the embossing powder we sponged on some ink.  From the bottom up it is Fresh Fig, Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo and Pool Party at the top.  We also used the Wink Of Stella brush to add some bling to Oliver before we sealed him inside his aquarium.  We added a layer of Tranquil Textures designer paper as well.  The Artisan Pearls finish off the card.  What do you think?????

You can order any of these products online from my Canadian Stampin' Up! store.  Just CLICK HERE to go there and see all the information on the products and to place your order.

Or you can EMAIL ME and I am happy to place your order for you.  I hope you get a chance to create a card (or case a card) using these fun products.

Have a special day.
Stampin' Smiles


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event Cards

Hi Friends!

I recently shared pictures of the 2nd Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer Fund Raiser event that my Team of Craft Room Stampers and I held. CLICK HERE to see that blog post.

Today I am here to share the cards we made during the event.  There were 5 of my Team Members plus myself who created cards, and we had 2 more Team Members who helped in various areas (and some that actually participated in the event itself).


This card was created by Sharon Newman using the breast cancer colours.


Clorissa Ginger created this masculine card using the Waterfront stamp set.


Carla Neville shared a Black Ice Technique card with everyone.


Valerie Barker brought this beautiful Christmas card.  She used the Winter Woods bundle for it.


This card was brought by Louise Berlinski and it was a big hit with the Stampers!


I cased this one from Anne Marie Hile and we created it at the event.  Don't you just love the colours in the Tropical Escape designer paper? Granny Apple Green and Blushing Bride go so well together, then add some Basic Black for a pop!

We hope you will consider joining us in October 2019 for our 3rd Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer fund raiser!

Have a special day.
Stampin' Smiles

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

24 Hour Birthday Stamp Sale

Hi Friends



Stampin' Up! is having a 24 hour Birthday sale on select stamp sets.

You can save 15% on these select sets, but only today - Tues Oct 23rd, 2018

Here is what is on sale ....


https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/20050/it-s-our-birthday-stamp-sale?dbwsdemoid=2028928


https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/20050/it-s-our-birthday-stamp-sale?dbwsdemoid=2028928
Just click on either picture to go to my Canadian Online Store for more information, to see pictures of the sets, or to place an order!

Please use the Current Host Code when placing your online order, and I will email you some card tutorials at the end of the month.  The code right now is 9B97JET7.

Have a special day
Stampin' Smiles

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