Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Do more of what makes you happy! - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to March Artisan Design Team followers! I am soooo looking forward to crafting with the March Stampin' Up! Artisan Box. Love love love! Squeal!!

When I started my Artisan journey in August I blogged about it being a new love affair. I am happy to report that seven months later it is still sizzling! I can not keep my hands off of the goodies that Stampin' Up! sends. I have made so much time for "us" over these seven months including many long sleepless nights together *wink*.

But all good things must come to an end, or so I thought. I found myself worrying about the honeymoon ending in August (Typical to be worrying about the end when I should be still enjoying the romance). Like anyone I just do not want the love affair to end!

Then I received the absolute, most exciting news ... our love affair has been extended!!!  I get to stay on as an Artisan Design Team member until October! Now this is no diamond ring but who needs that when you have Stampin' supplies!!!!

I think this week I designed the perfect projects to celebrate this news!

Everyone needs to do more of what makes them happy, right?! In fact, I was at the doctor yesterday for my "check up from the neck up" and he reminded me that I need to say no, know my limitations and take time for myself. In other words, do more of what makes me happy! I should have got a doctors note for that, eh?! Sorry hubby, I can not cook dinner today. The doctor said that I need to say no and go stamp!!!

This button is Whisper White but I covered with with Washi Tape to create a custom button finish! I used sewing thread to thread the button and add the loops of thread behind.

The button, Designer Series Paper & Washi Tape are all from the Sweet Dreams suite in the Occasions Catalogue. I am obsessed with the color scheme! Basic Grey, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand & Whisper White. Yummy!

Hello Life ... It can mean so many things! First to my mind is it would be to welcome a baby but I think there can be a lot more to it. You could gift this card for a retirement, for someone starting a new career, a graduation, an engagement, a wedding - for every chapter we celebrate in out lives! HELLO LIFE!

Next on our hop is the wonderful Lisa Harlow
Click on over and see what she created this week!

Thanks for reading my friends! Have a creative day!

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Monday, March 02, 2015

2015 spring retreat - registration is open!!

The elves have been working hard in the studio the last few weeks (oh wait, that was me), and I am finally ready to release the 2015 spring retreat details!

Here is a peek at the four projects available this year ...

For all of the complete details about this exciting event please click here! or visit the 2015 spring retreat tab at the top of this site.

This event is extremely popular and space is limited! Register early to avoid disappointment!

Have a creative day!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leadership Artisan Samples 2015 - For the new two!

Welcome to our third week of the Artisan Design Team Leadership Samples 2015! If you have missed my previous two posts check them out here!
 Adventure Bound
 Little Sunshine

This week the product I was asked to focus on was the For the New Two Stamp Set!
For the New Two Stamp Set
This stamp set has some beautiful and romantic products that coordinate perfectly! I was so inspired that I actually created four things with this set!

I wanted to create a non-wedding project with this set to show versatility!
I am in love with this happy card!

The treat bag die for the Big Shot makes pocket cards quick and super cute!
I am a wedding gift gift card giver (say that 10 times fast), and thought this is a a great
gift card holder! 

I cut down the Tag a Bag box with this project and wrapped it with the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper. I colored the Paper with a Brayer and Classic Ink Pad. The Rosette was create with the Spiral Flower Die and the Big Shot. Before I assembled the flower I colored the Designer Series Paper with Blendabilities!

This little bow came from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies.

I love the stitching on this layout! It was perfect to layer a sheet of vellum over the Designer Series Paper with out having to use adhesive.
Follow my fellow Artsians this week and see what they created for the display boards. I can say that all of the projects are stunning!
Allison Okamitsu - Nice People Stamp
Becky Cowley - Scrap Junkie
Cindy Schuster - Nutmeg Creations
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn
Kate Rueda - Paperland Creations
Krista Frattin - Stampin' Dolce
Lisa Harlow - Dwell Delightfully
Mercedes Weber - Paper Paradise
Sarah Sagert - Sarah Sagert

Be sure to come back next Friday for our final post with our display board projects! 

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Beautiful Butterflies - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to this weeks Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! We are at the end of February and I could not let the month pass with out playing with the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set & Butterflies Thinlits Dies that came in our box this month!

If you follow me on social media you may have read that I was needing some color inspiration this week. I posted that I was using the Color Coach to find a new color combination. This gem is a go to for me ... do you use it?

I did find a fresh spring color combination - and I used it on these cards. When I opened my Wisteria Wonder stamp pad I found that it was shiny & new! I posted this picture and asked my followers to guess what color it was. There were many guesses ... and believe it or not, none were correct! Apparently there are a few colors that I do not use often. I think I need a color challenge!!! Post a color below in the comments that you want me to use on an Artisan project and I will select one! I do have some blog candy to give away if you play along and I will randomly select a winner from all of the entries below!! Up for grabs is a package of Pearl Basic Jewels & a new Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink Pad!

Okay - back to the cards!!! Here is a close up look at all of the romantic details on these two cards!

When I used this die for the first time I was so frustrated. Getting the butterfly out of the die was a nightmare! I have read on Pinterest that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies work best on the Big Shot with two special ingredients ... wax paper and a dryer sheet. And believe me - it is true! 
Here is your sandwich recipe (working from the bottom up):

     * platform
     * cutting pad
     * dryer sheet
     * cardstock
     * wax paper
     * thinlit
     * cutting pad

This bow was created using the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine.
I separated the thick white twine into thin strands and only used a few for this bow.

I could not bring myself to throw away the wax paper butterflies so I used them on the cards. In the card above I placed the wax paper butterfly behind the Wisteria Wonder butterfly.

In the card below I left the wax paper on the cardstock (as it came from the big shot). I stapled the butterflies in the center so the pieces all stayed together. The wax paper lifts a little on some edges but I love the texture and soft color that it adds to the paper!

This butterfly technique is in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue on page 27. Here is how I did the technique ...

1.  Gently ink the blade side of your Thinlit with classic ink. Be careful to only ink the blade (that means do not press it into your ink pad, simply pat it on it). If you get ink on the back side of the metal clean it off with a Q-tip. You can see on the bottom left of my butterfly that I had ink on the metal back of my Thinlit. oops! I left it in the sample for educational purposes.

2.  Here is your sandwich recipe for the Big Shot (working from the bottom up):
     * multipurpose platform
     * standard premium crease pad
     * watercolor paper (it is thicker for this technique)
     * Thinlit
     * standard cutting pad

Up next on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow
Lisa's creative style, photography and brilliant projects never disappoint - hop on over!

Thank-you for reading today! And do not forget to comment a color below for your chance to win this weeks blog candy!! Have a creative day!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Breaking news for March - new Sale-a-bration rewards!

Stampin' Up! announced this morning that they will release four new Sale-a-bration items in March! What is Sale-a-bration?? Well only the best deal ever! With every $60 (CAD) you purchase in Stampin' Up! products you can choose any one SAB (Sale-a-bration) item completely free! Look at what is coming!!

I have a number of March dates still available for a private class or party! Get your friends and family together and I will bring the creative fun! Host Rewards are sweetened during SAB and you can earn an extra $35 in free product! 
You're welcome!! ;)

Have a creative day!