GSF Blog Hop 21: Design Challenge

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Hello There,

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Today I am very excited to share with you a card I made using a design that was pre-decided for me. I’m excited because I’ve never done a challenge like this before, and I really like it when I have some design parameters in place.

Here is the design we were given to use. 31230470_10156155428950479_7928509022825611264_n

When I was planning for this card, I had just gotten a new stamp set that I had planned to use, however, when I actually sat down to craft, another set totally inspired me.  I’m pretty sure that it was because I really really wanted to use the layered leaves embossing folder, and it didn’t really go as well with the other stamp set,  which was Crafting Forever, while this set is really cute, I personally don’t think it coordinates with leaves.

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I absolutely love Petal Palette, it is a great bundle, however, the bundle is retiring, but the stamp set itself is not. I just love how many stamps are included and how you can use them in many different ways, and then all of the thinlets that go with it are just so helpful to get the creativity flowing. I think this set is perfect to coordinate with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Say that 10 times fast, a bit of a tongue twister isn’t it? I love the texture that it provides, it’s the perfect way to add a little extra to your card.

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You may also notice that there is a touch of new on this card.  The designer series paper is from the new Share what you love Bundle. There are in fact three different bundles you can get, but the only one that has the DSP is the Gotta Have it all bundle, and I have to tell you, I really did have to have it all. For more information on what’s available in these bundles please click here. Please don’t forget to choose me as your demonstrator.  There are two wonderful stamp sets and lots of other goodies in there.

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I do hope you like my card, and I would love it if you would leave a comment and go on to the next person participating in our hop today by clicking on their name below or clicking the next button.  Happy Hopping!

Card Details:

Card Base: Old Olive 5.5″x8.5″ scored and folded in half

Matt Layer: Tranquil Tide 5.25″ x 4″ embossed with Layered Leaves DTIEF

Strip: Pool Party 1.25″ x 4″

DSP: Share what you love specialty designer series paper .25″ x 4″

Stitched circle: Share what you love dsp 2″ circle

stamped circle: Whisper white 1.5″ circle

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1.Jenn Curtis Charles
2.Tricia Butts 
3.Anastasia Radloff
4. Anita Wifladt
5. Anja Reuss
6. Jan Musselman 
7.Lisa Ann Bernard 
8.Angélique Stempelkeuken
9.Sharon Dalton
10.Vicky Wright
11.Marieke Bart 
12.Mary Ann Kay Rossiter
13.Sarah Mcdermott
14.Kimberly Anne Morris

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GSF – Extraordinary Blog Hop Exciting Times!

Global Stamping Friends LogoWelcome to a special blog hop. As demonstrators twice a year we get to go to a special event called On-stage, where we get to see the new catalog before anyone else and get some free stuff, and pre-order.  I have yet to go to one of these events, but I have seen the catalog now, and I got to pre-order a special bundle that our customers will get to pre-order in May, so that is what I’m going to show you today.

 

 

There are three different bundles you will get to chose from in May as part of the pre-order. You can see the flyer below.

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I decided to make my card based on the amazing designer series paper called share what you love specialty designer series paper. I absolutely adore the pearlized shimmer on the flowers and that color… mint macaron… my favorite.  I know you might be thinking… ” I thought that was retired” and you are right, but as part of Stampin’ Up’s color revamp, they brought it back. Along with several others.

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I used the flower from the new stamp set Share what you love, and I colored it in with Stampin blends I think this card is really pretty and really simple. I tend to love the simple cards the most, and if you look on the back…

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Ah, I love this.  This was created by using a new stamp set called Make a difference. It is pretty tedious to get the letters lined up and I did use both of the plates on my stamparatus, but it was well worth it. It’s so cute!

I want to Thank you for checking out my card today, I hope you will stick with us and click on the next button to see what Mary Anne Kay Rossiter has created.

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  1. Libby Dyson
  2. Courtenay Heuston
  3. Sharon Dalton
  4. Anastasia Radloff
  5. Karie Beglau
  6. Amanda Bates
  7. Rebecca Urban
  8. Lisa Ann Bernard
  9. Anita Wifladt
  10. Mary Ann Rossiter
  11. Kimberley Morris
  12. Jenn Curtis Charles
  13. Angelique Stempelkeuken
  14. Vicky Wright
  15. Amanda Farlinger
  16. Sarah McDermott

 

Global Stampin Friends Blog Hop 20: That little bit Extra…

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Welcome to the Global Stampin Friends Bloghop number 20:  I’ve missed a few months, I lost my crafting mojo for some reason, probably because I’ve had enough of the cold and I’m ready for Spring to make a real appearance here in Alberta. I figured the only way to get my crafting mojo back is to actually sit down at my desk and play, and challenge myself, so here I am.

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I just got this stamp set on Sunday. Fitting since Sunday was Easter. I sat down Monday night, put on a 90’s playlist on youtube, and started playing.  Now,  I don’t know if you all have gotten a chance to play with the Stamparatus, but if you haven’t, oh my goodness!!! It is my favorite stamping tool by far!!!

I have the baby bear stamp set that is this same photorealism style stamp like this bunny, and before the stamparatus, it was a real challenge for me to line up those stamps properly, but I think I was also doing it wrong. I always used to stamp the lightest color first, but did you know you are supposed to stamp the darkest color first? Maybe your not supposed to, but it is WAY easiest to line up if you go darkest to lightest instead of lightest to darkest. My friend and upline Brenda showed me that at a party she was running.

Enough of verbal diarrhea eh, let’s get to the card, shall we?

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This month the theme is that little bit extra, and you know,  I think that all the cards we make have that little bit extra because they are handmade. They have our loving touches on them, but my interpretation of this theme was the embellishments and touches that we add to step things up a little. There are a few things that I did to this card that give it that little bit extra. To start I dry embossed the card base with the ruffles embossing folder,  if that wasn’t enough, I added some blushing bride ink to the embossing folder so that the ruffles would look a little deeper for that extra extra added dimension. I also added a doily. I”m not sure, but I think they might be retired, but I have them so I use them.  I fussy cut the bunny.  I added a pink ribbon, which I flip-flopped between this one and a satin one, but I couldn’t tie the satin one as small as this one so this one won.  I popped up the bunny and the sentiment and I put the sentiment on a banner. All of these things I think add that extra little something to a card.

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The last thing that I did, which ended up being my favorite thing, was to stamp the inside panel with the little flowers that came in this set. At first, I was only going to add a few in the corner, but I loved them so much I covered the entire thing. I added the inside sentiment to a stitched shape and matted it.

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After all that I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed making this card. I absolutely love how it turned out, and it was exactly what I needed to get my creativity flowing again. Thank you for joining me today. Please check out the other lovely projects in our hop today, and if you find yourself in a crafting rut like I was, maybe you will find something to inspire you.

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1.Lisa   Bernard
2. Anastasia Radloff
3. Karie Beglau
4. Tricia Butts
5. Libby Dyson
6. Jane Musselman
7.Anita Wifladt  You are here
8. Rachel Macleod
9. Courtenay Heuston
10. Lisa Henderson
11. Rebecca Urban
12. Erica Jones
13. Jenn Curtis Charles
14. Amanda Farlinger
15. Marieke Bart
16. Amanda Bates

GSF Blog hop 17: It’s Sale-a-bration time!

It’s my favorite sale of the year at Stampin Up because… who doesn’t love free stuff. Every year Stampin up has a sale for three months where if you spend $60 you can choose a free item from the sale-a-bration pamphlet, and this year they have kicked it up a notch so now you can get two levels of items so if you spend $120 you can get a big free item.

Anyway on to the hop part of my post. My reason for posting. You have probably joined me from another amazingly talented crafter and I thank you for joining me today.

If you have had a chance to peruse the sale-a-bration flyer I’m sure you have laid eyes on the cutest pandas you have ever seen.

These pandas!!!

My niece just celebrated her second birthday on Jan 1, yes she is a New Years baby, so I decided these pandas were perfect for her. I did use some retired items, that bermuda bay glitter paper is from sale-a-brations 2016 and I got a ton of it and actually haven’t used it much. The sprinkles are also from last years annual catalog, they went with the cool treats suite.

I finished the inside with a panda and the sentiments are from the carousel’s and cupcakes stamp set, so, unfortunately, a lot of the product I used on this card is retired, but I am a firm believer in using what I have on hand and I don’t have a ton of new stuff yet.

Happy New Year everyone I hope you enjoyed my card. Hop on to the next blog, which is Kristie Neal Walthall,  I can’t wait to see what she has created.

Lisa Ann Bernard
Amanda Farlinger
Anastasia Radloff
Jan Musselman
Karie Beglau
Kimberley Anne Morris
Libby Dyson
Tricia Butts
Ellen Woodbridge
Jenn Curtis Charles
Anita Wifladt You are here
Kristie Neal Walthall
Courtenay Heuston
Rebecca Urban
Mary Ann Kay Rossiter
Lisa Hardie
Cheryl Algie
Marieke Bart
Amanda Bates
Angelique Stempelkeuken
Rachel Macleod
Georgia Missy Aubrey-Gaydos
Lisa Henderson
Sarah McDermott

It’s December Daily time!!

Last year I joined my sister in this really awesome project called December Daily. As far as I know the concept came from Ali Edwards but a lot of people take part and have made it there own. Last year I did not have any of Ali Edwards product because I started to late in the game so I used what I had and that was mostly stampin up. This year I did buy Ali Edwards kit, however, because I’m a stampin up demonstrator I will be incorporating Stampin Up as much as possible. I’m going to share most of my days with you here hopefully. You will have to forgive me if I miss some, but I will do my best.

This is my cover page. I got the album from Ali Edwards. The deer sticker came from Michaels as well as the alpha and the numbers.

It took me a really long time to decide what I was going to do for my first page which is traditionally a reason why or intentions page. In the end I copied another crafty lady who is part of the December Daily Facebook page. The words are obviously mine but the idea of using the tag was hers. I really would like to give her credit here however I can’t remember what her name was and there are way too many posts to scroll through to find it, if you know who it was let me know please.

The green page is from the feed your craft kit that Brandi Kincaid designed called comfort and joy I believe.

And now for my day 1 page.

My kids have elves and this year for Dec 1 their elves brought them a gift. They each got their own supplies to do December Daily with me and they were thrilled. They absolutely could not wait to get started. It fills my heart so much that they are all in with this project with me.

Day 2:

For my second story I wrote about wrapping presents. This is very much a part of my Christmas tradition that I enjoy so it has to be included.

Sorry this has been a long one today. I will try to keep you posted more regularly. Thanks for joining me and I hope that you’ll continue with this project with me. Leave me a comment to let me know you’ve been here I’d love to hear from you!!!

Bring on the Merry!

GSF Blog Hop 16: Festive Celebrations

 

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Hello and Thank you for joining Global Stamping Friends Blog hop today!

Christmas is my favorite season and what’s more, today, is my birthday.  I think it’s a wonderful birthday present to have a blog hop fall on my birthday with the theme of my favorite season, so here we go.

For this month’s projects, I have decided to share two with you because one is made with product that is totally retired… however in my heart and home Christmas product never retires.

Here is the first card.

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I love this card! I love the colors and I love the ornaments. Recently I went to a Stampin up sale and I bought some retired Christmas sets that were before my time as a demonstrator, these ornaments were from that set, and the background stamp is my favorite from last year.  I’m not going to give the details of this card because the product is retired, but I wanted to include it because I don’t just make cards to showcase the product to have people purchase from me, I actually use all my product personally.  I love my Christmas sets and to me they are timeless.

My second card.

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This card kind of happened by accident.  I was playing with some masks and embossing paste and I used old olive cardstock thinking I would put trees or something on it as a Christmas card, but when I was done I HATED it. I wished I had done it in a different color because I had wanted it to represent the sky, well the sky is blue, not green so back to the drawing board, however, I didn’t want these card bases to go to waste so I had to think on how to use them.

I absolutely love the coffee cafe bundle as well as the merry cafe stamp set so I cut the large cup and the medium cup from the same designer series paper I just flipped one over. I really appreciate that the front and back of a sheet of dsp tend to coordinate. The snowflake is one of our foil snowflakes flipped over to the very vanilla side. I also added some dazzling diamonds glitter to the embossing paste to make it look more like snow.  I don’t know why, but this card just seems to speak coziness to me. There is nothing cozier than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day.  I love how it turned out and I love that I didn’t have to waste the card base.  Let me know what you think by giving me a comment and also head on over to see what Rebecca has made by clicking the next button!

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  1. Anita Wifladt You are Here
  2. Rebecca Urban
  3. Libby Dyson
  4. Jan Musselman
  5. 5. Lisa Ann Bernard
  6. Karie Beglau
  7. Amanda Farlinger
  8. Kimberley Anne Morris
  9. Tricia Butts
  10. Amanda Bates
  11. Kristie Neal Walthall
  12. Anastasia Radloff
  13. Erica Jones
  14. Jenn Charles Curtis
  15. Marieke Bart
  16. Courtenay Heuston
  17. Angelique Stempelkeuken
  18. Sarah McDermott

First Day of School

Hello everyone,

I know I already shared a back to school page with you, but this year my littlest guy started school so I’m going to share this page as well. img_7835

I stayed with the fall theme, as I love the colors, and that designer series paper, I absolutely adore it. There is actually a sale on designer series paper this month. You can buy three selected packages and get the fourth for free, so I know I will definitely be taking advantage of that sale to get more of the painted harvest designer series paper.

The 12 x 12 background sheet is actually a retired in-color, hello honey, but I had it and wanted to use it up so I inked the edges of the dsp with hello honey ink to tie it all together.

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I also sponged the little leaf cutouts in hello honey right onto the background so that I would get the color in the leaves and also add some design to the page at the same time.

 

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I had a lot of fun creating this page.  I hope you enjoy it as well.