Monday, January 16, 2017

Blue Monday, You are loved - GDP070

The third Monday of January ... Blue Monday. The most depressing monday of the year. I have heard that it is because Holiday credit card bills are due. When I googled it, Wikipedia told me that it has been calculated to be the most depressing day of the year from these factors: "weather conditions, debt level (the difference dept accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our news year's resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take an action"

I have had my share of blue mondays, blue tuesdays, blue wednesdays ... too many blue days. If you are having a blue day today please know that you are not alone. Someone loves you. Someone needs you. I have been very blessed over the years to have many friends listen. I know that it can be hard to talk but, from experience, I can tell you that sometimes they do not even know you are struggling. We become very good at acting like everything is perfect, when on the inside we are suffering. As hard as it may be, please talk to someone. Know that you are loved.

The layout for my card today is inspired by the Global Design Project Challenge #GDP070. Each Monday I stamp for the GDP. All week crafters will be sharing their cards inspired by this sketch. Visit the Global Design Project to see these amazing projects plus those created by the GDP design team. 

If you are feeling blue today do something you love! Creating always takes me to my happy place and washes my troubles away, even if it is just for a short while.

Have a creative day my friends,

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Birthday Blast Card - GDP069

Hello! Welcome to another week. It is hibernation weather here in Edmonton, a typical miserable January. Thankfully I had a brand new box of Stampin' Up! products to play with this past weekend. 

It was the first time I had touched a stamp since before Christmas and it has been well over a month since I designed something. I was a bit overwhelmed! I had so many new things that I did not know where to start (plus my studio was still a mess from Christmas wrapping and projects). I spent a day cleaning and organizing (and maybe procrastinating). When I finally got to create a card for today's Global Design Project challenge GDP069, it took for ever! I could not get it to come together and I will tell you that it took me a full afternoon to create this! 

The GDP challenge this week is a color challenge with a twist. We have challenged you to use Delightful Dijon and Silver but to throw in a third color of your choice. I added Smoky Slate ... which is kind of cheating because it is very similar to Silver. I stamped the image with Basic Black and used Very Vanilla Cardstock front base. 

I feel like this card has everything but the kitchen sink on it. You should feel how much it weighs!

Have you ever thought about playing along with the GDP? Did you know that it is open to anyone ... my customers, followers, fellow demonstrators - everyone! Here is what you need to do:
* Stamp. Create with Delightful Dijon, Silver and one color of your choice
* Click. Take a photograph of your card
* Share. Post your image on Facebook, Instagram, Split Coast Stampers, a Blog, etc.
* Love. In the caption of your photo, mention #GDP069 and The Global Design Project
* Link. Click over the the GDP. Scroll to the bottom of the post and click "add your link". Upload your image and the link to where you shared your project

Whether you play or not, you can follow the GDP all week long. On Monday, January 9th, the design team will share projects to inspire you. Keep checking in all week long to see what stampers from the world are creating. 

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

the new 2017 spring catalogue & sale-a-bration are here!

The new 2017 Stampin' Up! occasions catalogue has arrived. It is 55 pages of fresh spring crafty goodness that you are going to love! I have received my products and can not wait to get stamping. 

sale-a-bration 2017

From January 4th, 2017 to March 31st, 2017, Stampin' Up! will have the annual Sale-a-bration promotion. This means that with each $60.00* order that you place you will earn a free select limited time product. This year there are 12 items to choose from - 7 stamp sets, 2 packages of paper, a project kit, a card tin, and ribbon!

*$60.00 CAD, excludes shipping and applicable taxes

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Suite Sentiments and the Crafty Carrot Co

You may have heard me talk about the Crafty Carrot Collective. Now that the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue is here I wanted to give you some more information. 

The idea is simple ... to bring you tutorials and Stampin' Up! products.

This design team is comprised of 5 international Stampin' Up! demonstrators. We all have held a spot on past Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Teams. Between us we have a lot of talent and ideas to share. 

We are extremely proud of our tutorials and are excited to offer you the following:

  * will be sharing tutorials to show you how to "step up" a card
     (how to add those artisan touches to take a simple card to a wow)
  * inspiring you "CASE" a card
  * teaching you techniques & trends
  * showing you how to memory keep with scrapbooking and project life
  * and even walking you through DIY home decor and party ideas

Each week the Crafty Carrot Collective will release a PDF tutorial using a focus product. For the month of February, the Crafty Carrot design team will have four PDF project tutorials. Our product focus will be the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set from the new Occasions Catalogue.
Clear Mount Stamp Set $25.00 cad  (142971)
Wood Mount Stamp Set $34.00 cad (142968)

Here is our our program works ... during the month of January you purchase this stamp set (or product of equal or greater value). In February you will receive the weekly tutorials - FREE!

We have added the "and we love" to our brochure because we know that you are going to want a free sale-a-bration item when you are shopping! With every $60 in Stampin' Up! merchandise that you purchase you will receive a free exclusive product of your choice. (the the 2017 Sale-a-bration brochure here).

I often hear from my customers that they just can't get away to come to my events and classes. This program will bring my ideas and instructions into your own home so that you can stamp at your leisure. Plus, by making the qualifying purchase, you are building your personal Stampin' collection! 

Canadian followers can shop with me in January with this host code
to qualify for the February tutorials.

If you live outside of Canada, please shop with one of my design team members:
(click each host code to link to your countries Crafty Carrot Demonstrator)

We want you to have a taste of this wonderful program so in we are offering our January tutorials free! Our weekly tutorials will be using the Weather Together Bundle. Like us on Facebook for access to the free tutorials this month.

To kick the excitement off, the Crafty Carrot Design Team did a blog hop sharing projects with the Weather Together Bundle. Come visit the blog hop to see our amazing projects.

Follow us on Instagram: @thecraftycarrotco
Email us:

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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Monday, January 02, 2017

Weather Together - Crafty Carrot Co Blog Hop

The day is finally here!!!! Today The Crafty Carrot Collective is launching the new interactive customer reward program! To celebrate, we are here with a design team blog hop!

During the month of January we will be sharing our tutorials for FREE. We wanted to give you the opportunity to see what we are about and to get you excited about this amazing program. Our product focus this month is the Weather Together Stamp Set and Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies. 

On the Stampin' Dolce blog I often share Dolce Details to help you create these projects at home. Here are some quick tips to create your own Pocket Gift Tag:

If you love "how to" tutorials you will want to participate with the Crafty Carrot Collective! Purchase with us in January you will earn access to our February project tutorials. These tutorials will feature 5 project ideas complete with color photographs, step by step instructions, videos and more!

Want to gain access to the February Crafty Carrot Program? It is easy. All you need to do is purchase the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set (or product/s of equal or greater value) with your country's Crafty Carrot Demonstrator. 

Remember to use your unique country host code. 
Canadians - your shopping information is below!

Are you ready for some more Umbrella Weather inspiration? 

Thank-you for visiting. Have a creative day!

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A simple start to the new year - GDP068

Happy New Year my friends! I took the last two weeks off and spent time relaxing and celebrating with my family. It is January 2nd and I am excited to be back to work and a normal routine. 

To kick off the 2017 Stampin' Dolce blog year I have a simple project for you today for the Global Design Project Challenge GDP068.

For me, January means simple. I like the clean feeling of the house after the Christmas decorations are taken down. I like the quiet winter nights at home. I like that we avoid restaurants and take out. It is all just a little bit more simple in January.

When I was creating this card I was tempted to add a stamped image, some twine or thread or some pearls or diamonds. In the end I decided that it was perfect the simple way that it was.

I stamped the background Mint Macaron Cardstock with Whisper White Craft Ink and the Touches of Texture Stamp Set. Remember if you are stamping with Craft Ink on Cardstock you need to give it time to dry. If you do not have time to let it set you have heat it with a Heat Tool to speed up the dry time.

My trick the the perfect bow ... Wrap the 5/8" Ribbon around the Night of Navy Cardstock and adhesive to the backside. Tie a bow and use a Mini Glue Dot to add it to your card. I have been told that I have a talent for tying bows. Some of my customers are bow challenged and they love it when I tie bows for them. For years I have tried to walk people through tying bows but I think it is just that practice makes perfect. Do you have any bow tying tricks?

I hope that you are having a crafty start to the new year! I have loads planned for the blog this year! Of course you can watch for me each Monday with the Global Design Project. You can follow the blog my email (scroll up and find the field on the right side of this blog). This will send you email notifications of new blog posts from Stampin' Dolce. You can also follow me on Social Media to stay in touch! (you will find these links at the top of this post on the right hand side).

Visit the GDP to see what the rest of the design team has created. You are invited to stamp along with us! Learn more!!

Have a creative day!

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