Monday, August 22, 2016

finally playing with the foxy friends - GDP050

One of my first "must haves" from the 2016/17 Stampin' Up! Catalgoue was the Foxy Friends Stamp Set & Fox Builder Punch. After owning it for over two months I decided that it was finally time to play with it. Looking at the 29 stamps in the set I was overwhelmed. Faces, eyes, tails, legs, bodies ... but what animals are these supposed to be? I discovered that the Stampin' Up! Catalogue has four critter ideas on page 56, but there had to be more to it. So, I logged onto Pinterest and found 362 other ideas (give or take).

Once I started to see all of the stamps come together as little animals I was so inspired! I settled on a raccoon for my Global Design Project card today. 

I cut the two banners from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper. The raccoon's flag was created with the Classic Label Punch and the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set.
Each Monday the Global Design Project issues a challenge. This week the challenge is to create something inspired by this layout sketch. Stampers from around the world are invited to create and share their projects all week long using #GDP050. Click over to the GDP for all of the challenge details.

Thank-you for reading! Have a creative day!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Back to school with the TGIF team - #TGIFC69

Here in Canada we are 12 days away from school starting (not that I am counting). My patience is wearing a little thin with the three kids home all day. They are sick of each other and picking on one another like cats and dogs. If I hear "MOOOM" yelled one more time I swear I may loose my mind. On top of all that, I am still trying to run a business from home. I am looking forward to dropping them off at 8:24 AM and heading home to attack my to do list in peace and quiet (and guilt free). 

The TGIF Challenge this week is back to school inspired. When I created my card for this challenge I was thinking of my mommy friends. This card is for them. Back to school is always a happy day! I may just gift it with a bottle of wine to a deserving mom! 

I thought that the new Classic Label Punch was perfect for a pencil! Here is how I brought it to life ..

Are you excited for the kids to return to school? Or are you one of the amazing moms or dads that loves having the kids home for the summer break? 

Click over to the TGIF Challenges and see what the design team has created. You are invited to play along and share your project with TGIF. We would love to have you!

Have a creative day!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

One of Fave products! - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop! 

Today the team is working with the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set & Big Shot Thinlits dies. This stamp set has 18 stamps, 15 of those are greetings and phrases. The 10 thinlits are to die for and easily are one of my favorite dies in the 2016-17 Stampin' Up! catalogue.

WOOD 141531
CLEAR 141534

I love all of the romantic details on this bag. The In Color doilies go perfectly with the elements cut with the Flourish Thinlits. I used the In Color Envelope paper to make the bag filler. I still get excited that everything from Stampin' Up! matches. No where else on earth would they ever match! To make the bag filler -  I ran the envelope paper through our paper shredder and crumpled it up.

This is a new color combo for me. It feels like the perfect combo to start creating those Autumn projects. 

Next on the Artisan Blog hop is Marissa Gunn
Click over to Marissa and see what she has created for us using this bundle.

Todays blog hop projects will be featured on the Stampin' Up! Facebook page. I always feel so much pride when I see my work on the corporate Facebook page! Follow Stampin' Up! on facebook and watch for the post at the end of this week! 

The Artisan Design Team is back with another blog hop on September 1, 2016. Come back and visit!

Have a creative day!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Flower Patch Card - GDP049

Hello everyone! It has been a quiet week on the blog. I have a summer chest cold and have spent all of my time trying to sleep it off, unsuccessfully at that. At the cabin this weekend I hardly left my bed. The beautiful weather and all of the fun passed me by. You would think after all of that I would be on the mend. Sigh. No luck.

Thankfully the Global Design Project got me out of bed to stamp a quick card.

My weekend in bed kept me from a friends baby shower. I created this with her in mind.

Last month the Global Design Team announced a change to the color challenge. Play along and you could earn your way to being the September Color Challenge Guest Designer!

Want to know who the guest designer winner was from last month?

I am determined to get back on my feet soon! I have a couple of blogs in the works this week. Come back to visit!

Have a creative day.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

A sketchy card with a cute color combo - TGIFC67

It is a TGIF day today! We have been at the cabin for over a week and due to my country state of mind I am posting about 12 hours late. We have gone boating and tubing, spent a day strolling around town, made a 1000 piece puzzle and have watched Ms. Doubtfire 5 times in the last three days (yes, 5 times). We own dozens and dozens of DVD's but this is the current favorite. In July when we stayed here for 12 days we watched The Spy Next Door at the same intensity. 

I love that I can pack up my business and move out here in the summer, when I do not have stamp clubs or classes. It is harder to stay on top of my daily to do list and work priorities with the sunshine and fun but I have been doing a pretty good job at juggling it. Until I woke up this morning with the feeling that I had forgotten something!

I had designed my card last week before we left Edmonton. Thankfully, I just needed to shoot some pictures and post it. 

The sketchy look of this card takes me back to my Architecture days. I used a Stampin' Write Marker to draw the lines around the front square cardstock. The sketched circle is a stamp from the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set. The background grid is from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set.

I am new to the Enamel Dot craze and I have to say that they are just darling with this card with that the circle stamp. I will have to figure out a way to use the stars and hearts that come in these packages. Got any tips or ideas for me?

Visit TGIF Challenges to see more amazing ideas with this color combo and to play along!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Touches of Texture & watercolor - Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the second blog hop this week with the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team! Yesterday we blogged about a new, limited time, bundle. If you missed that amazing blog hop, click here.

Today I am sharing some 3x3 note cards created with the Touches of Texture stamp set and the Thoughtful Branches stamp set

I wanted to create some quick note cards. If you are a follower, you will know that I can not resist watercoloring. I tried something new with my watercolor back ground. Here is what I did today:

* Ink your stippled stamp from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set with Pool Party Ink.
* Stamp the image on a scrap piece of paper to "stamp off" the ink.
* Do not re-ink the stamp
* Stamp onto Shimmer White Cardstock

*  Add water to an Aqua Painter
* Wash the stamped image with the Aqua Painter on the paper. This will run the stamped image and color.
* To add more watercolor:
   * Drop Pool Party Reinker onto a Clear Stampin' Block 
   * Drip some water into the Pool Party Reinker
   * Pick up some of the colored water mixture and paint on the watercolor wash

* Use a Heat Tool to dry the watercolor background. (Or leave to sit, if you are patient).
* After using the Heat Tool, allow the cardstock to cool a bit
* Use VersaMark and stamp your flowers
* Sprinkle Silver Embossing Powder & heat set with a Heat Tool

I the process of creating these, I had a few other designs that I thought I would show you. This first note card was created with Calypso Coral and a smaller flower from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

The next note card uses only Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set. There are nearly 50 words in this stamp set. Image all of the simple watercolor note cards you could make!!! I watercolored this with Marina Mist. I have not used this color in ages!! I used a lot of water when I was coloring and it gave a really subtle watercolor background. I love it! 

Next on the Artisan Blog Hop is Marissa Gunn.

The Artisan Design Team will be back on August 17th. Come back and visit!

Have a creative day!

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