Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DIY gold heart canvas - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome back to the weekly Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

This week the Artisan Design Team will be focusing on two beautiful Designer Series Papers ... the Gold Soiree Specialty paper & Moonlight Paper Stack!

I used the Moonlight Paper Pack last week on the blog hop (check out that project here). So this week I am showcasing a project with the Gold Soiree Designer Series Paper!

I created this DIY art in just minutes for under $10! Here is the scoop!
I purchased a small canvas from the Dollar Store. This one measures 8" x 10" and I paid $1.25 CAD!!! There is nothing I love more than a bargain!!

The Gold Fancy Foil Designer Series Vellum is perfect over the canvas. I trimmed it down to fit and applied Fast Fuse adhesive to the gold stripes to secure it to the canvas. This way the adhesive will not be visible through the vellum.

A quick crank with the Big Shot and I had the heart and "happy" script. Have you heard that the heart die, Hearts Collection, is on the retired list and is on SALE for 50% off! That is $16.48* for 6 heart dies! Even better - the Gold Soiree DSP is also on SALE 50% off ... that is $7.98* for the package of 12 sheets of 12x12 specialty paper!
*pricing is in CAD. Additional shipping and taxes will apply.

Randomly add vintage faceted buttons with Glue Dots to finish! Voila!

Before I run, I wanted to announce the winner of the Blog Candy from last week's Artisan post! I only had  a couple of followers comment on my blog to have the chance to win the bundle of Cellophane bags, Bakers Twine and Cotton Ribbon. Selected by random draw, the winner is .... AJ ROSS!
You will have until Friday, April 24, 2015 night at 5pm (mountain time). Comment here or contact me to claim your prize! (This contest was open to Canadian residents only).

Next on the blog hop is Lisa Harlow ... click over to Lisa and see what she created this week using these beautiful designer series papers!

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A tropical treat! - Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop

I have a very exciting treat for you today! I am participating in a HUGE blog hop with 30 amazing Stampin' Up! demonstrators that have achieved the Grand Vacation to Hawaii this year!

If you are already enjoying the hop, you have come from Lisa Curico.

Get your tropical fruity drink and Hawaiian shirts ready - we are sharing our Hawaiian themed projects with you!

I was so proud of this card when I created it. As per my usually routine, I ran upstairs to show Arturo. He had a squishy look on his face and I could tell that he did not like it. Sigh. I was bummed! He said that the flowers were not right. He suggested that I should have researched Hawaiian flowers and done something more on point. He said that the card was okay, but adding Hawaiian flowers would have taken it to the next level. Can you believe that! humph!

When I woke up the next morning Arturo came to me with his iphone showing me with a photo of flowers on it. I am not a morning person and getting the kids out the door is a process. I was not in the mood to look at his phone and I could have cared a less about what he was looking at. He insisted I looked closer ...

Guess what I saw?? The national flower for Hawaii. Guess what it looked like??? YES! My flowers!!!! The Yellow Hibiscus!! There is no better glory than when your husband is WRONG!
image source: State Symbols
Pretty close, right? Anyway, back to my card!! Take a closer look ...

My favorite detail on the card has to be the white washed wood paneling for the back ground.
1. Stamp the horizontal line stamp from Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake on a sheet of Crumb Cake card stock. I had my card stock cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2". It is okay if all of the "lines" do not match up perfectly.
gorgeous grunge stamp set
2. Use you your Stampin' Trimmer and cut the card stock into 3/4" strips.

3. Ink a Stampin' Sponge with Crumb Cake Classic Ink and sponge all four edges of the strip.

4. Ink a Stampin' Sponge with Whisper White Craft ink. Gently wash the card stock running the sponge along the length of the strip.

5. Trim your strips down to fit your card front. I did each of them slightly different to add to the random effect.

6. Use the Stampin' Distress Tool to distress each of the 4 edges.

7. Use a Paper-piercing Tool and a Stampin' Pierce Mat to poke the "nail" holes.

8. Cover your base card stock with Fast Fuse and place your strips down.

Ta-da!!! That is all!! Cool, right?

I do hope you loved my technique (and my card, unlike my husband)! I had a lot of fun making it! I think this may be my swap card for the trip ... As long as I can find enough time to do this technique 26 times!!!

Next on the blog hop is Kim Gavarra ... Enjoy! 

Lisa Curico

Kim Gavarra

Thank-you for reading! Have a creative day!

You do not want to miss a thing on this hop! 
Here is the list of bloggers you have to see!

Blog Hop List

1. Brian King  
13. Dena Rekow 
15. Alisa Tilsner  
16. Tami White 
18. Bec Ross 
19. Ann Craig 
 26. Betty Button 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 retired list is here!

This morning Stampin' Up! released the 2015 Annual catalogue retired list! This is a much anticipated time for customers and demonstrators.

In June we will welcome a new annual catalogue and to make way for exciting new products we must first say farewell to some old favorites.

See the list of retired Stamp sets here.
Stamp sets will be available until May 26, 2015.
At that time they will become "while supplies last". 
All items on the retired list will be forever gone come 11:50 pm on June 2, 2015.

See the list of retired Accessories here
All of these items are while supplies last.

For best selection shop early! Did you know that all retiring items are on sale for up to 50% off?? No wonder there are things already selling out!

Do not forget that My Digital Studio (MDS) will be leaving in June as well. This product line is 30% off!

Happy shopping! Have a creative day!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Class!! Memory Keeper or Mini Album!

Registration & payment are required by 3pm on April 20, 2015.
Payment accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Cash, EMT
Payment is a final sale and is non-refundable in your absence.

I would love you have you join me! To register please email me at

Have a creative day!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Colorful crackers! - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the April edition of the Stampin' Artisan Design Teams Facebook Project blog hop!

Each month we create a wonderful selection of projects for you and Stampin' Up! shares them on their official Facebook page. I know that this monthly posting is always highly anticipated by our followers!

I have named this project Colorful Crackers! As a mom every time I hear the word Crackers I think of Jake and the Neverland Pirates on Disney Jr.. One of many catch phrases on that show is "Crackers"! They use is as you would say "Darn" (I would use a more R rated word here ... if you know what I mean).

One can never know how a cartoon can have an effect on you until you are a parent ... have you watched this YouTube video yet? Awe, Coconuts - I giggle every time!

Here is my project today! Yo ho, Let's go! ...

In the April Artisan Design Box was the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack. This paper was new to me and I have to admit that I had not even noticed it in the annual catalogue. Yey-hey, No Way! The colors and patters are beautiful!

The sheets are 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" each. I simply folded the sheets in thirds to create the crackers. I did not even measure the thirds, I just grab em' and go.

Make sure you use Sticky Strip or Fast Fuse when you are securing the Designer Series Paper. It will give you the best holding power.

The cracker inside is a Gusseted Cellophane Bag (yes - Stampin' Up! sells these). I filled the bag with a few treats, tied a ribbon on each end and then cut the bottom fused edge off.

Add a little pizazz here and there and yo ho, you are ready to go!

The gusseted cellophane bag just slides in and out of the cracker.

Before I send you off to Lisa on the blog hop I wanted to share a treat with you! BLOG CANDY! This week I will be giving away the following bundle to one lucky winner ....  
  • Gusseted Cellophane bags (25 count)
  • A roll of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon
  • A roll of Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine 

To enter to win all you need to do is comment* below on this blog post. Tell me what TV show or Cartoon that your children (or you) have watched excessively! When I was a kid it was the movie The Little Rascals!

*Blog Candy give away is open to Canadian residence only.

Without further ado - click on over to Lisa Harlow

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Digital Studio's will be discontinued

Recently Stampin' Up! made the announcement that they will be discontinuing My Digital Studio's (MDS). Here is the letter that I will be sending my customers ...

Today Stampin' Up! gave us some good news! When the retired list comes out on April 21, 2015 our MDS offerings will all be on sale for 30% off!

Make your wish list and get ready to get those amazing Stampin' Up! digital downloads before they are gone forever!

I know this can be concerning for some of you MDS users. Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you may have!

Have a creative day!