Monday, February 20, 2017

Playing Perfect Plum - GDP075

I was shopping at Joe Fresh this week fell in love with the spring colors! The entire women's department was Lilac, Plum, Grey and Black. Joe Fresh often does a trending color combo for a seasonal line. It is so satisfying to my senses to see a store neat, organized and color coordinated! Plus - it is fun to coordinate office wear, active wear, lounge wear and outerwear (My OCD dream). I purchased a couple of new shirts and new Plum floral sports bras - perfect for my stay at home mom uniform.

I do not craft often with purple, but I was so inspired by my shopping trip, I busted out my Perfect Plum ink!

My dragonflies were inspired by the Global Design Project challenge "Winged Creatures", #GDP075. Click over the the GDP to see more amazing projects and to learn how you can create along with us! 

I am not planning on putting away my purple inks just yet. Next I am going to add Smoky Slate and Basic Grey to my color combo. Are you a purple fan? What color is your least used color? Comment below, I would love to hear from you. Maybe it will inspire me to try something new! 

Have a creative day,

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Egg-cellent Easter Table Decor

In Edmonton this week the weather has been over 10C! The snow is melting and the warm sun is a welcome change. The days are getting longer and I noticed last night, when I was cooking dinner at 5:00pm, the sun was still up (starting to set, but up!). 

This makes me want to freshen up my decor and has me thinking about Easter. My followers will know that I love to do tablescapes, party treat tables and DIY home decor projects. In fact, the people at Arhaus have noticed my work have invited me to do a tablescape blog post this week.

One click over to Arhaus and I was in love. Can redecorating your home be a hobby? I swear, I could endlessly change my furniture, artwork, colors, etc.. Currently on my home shopping list are new kitchen chairs. We have had these ones for 15 years! The fabric seats are tearing and the metal frames are chipped and covered with paint smudges and little fingerprints from kid art projects. Of course, you can't purchase the chairs without a new table (what fun would that be?). Arhaus has beautiful dining room collections and they are inspiring me make an update. 

These egg carton place cards are created with Stampin' Up! products, of course. They actually came together in no time but have a huge WOW factor. The egg cartons are a new Stampin' Up! product in the Spring Catalogue. In fact, they have been so popular, they are not available in North America until the end of March. That may not make it for your Easter table this year but you could always purchase them and plan your Easter table - 2018! 

The small Mint colored easter eggs are actually chocolate covered almonds from Bulk Barn! They are almost too cute to eat - almost. I did have to taste test one and they were delish!

Over the years I have acquired a large shopping bag full of multipcolored, plastic Easter eggs. You may have guessed, but if they do not match my decor they do not get used. I decided to upcycle these tacky plastic eggs with some spray paint.
They all have little holes in the top and bottom. I stuck a toothpick into the end of the eggs and then stuck them into a block of green floral foam. Spray them and let them dry. Flip the eggs over and spray the underside.

Adding glitter to these eggs is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 ....

I had a square of wet paper towel when I was creating these.
It quickly and easily let me wipe the glue and glitter from my fingers as I was working.

I love to have fresh cut flowers on my table. Keep your table decor in mind when you are shopping for your flowers and choose colors that tie into your tablescape. I took it one step further at tied a matching ribbon around my jar (yes, jar ... I had an old IKEA storage jar and had broken the lid. It is the perfect size and height for my table).

Growing up, my family always beautifully set tables for family gatherings and special occasions. I learned, one of the most important table setting rules is to iron (my Grandma would say "press") your table cloth and napkins (you always need cloth napkins and a table cloth). Ironing a tablecloth on an ironing board can be challenging. They are long and acquard to work with. Here is my life hack:

I hope that I have inspired you to freshen up your tablescape for spring! Thank-you so much for visiting. Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you and how you change your table decor for the season or holiday. Have a creative day!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Have a foxy Valentine's day!

Happy Valentine's day to you! I wanted to stop share a quick little valentine card that I created today. I have been stamping a lot and have been in a happy, creative groove. I did not purchase any products from the Valentines product line in the Spring Occasions Catalogue from Stampin' Up! so I was in search of stamps that I owned that could make a cute valentine. 

Foxy Friends Stamp Set + Fox Builder Punch
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Photopolymer   142326
$50.75 CAD

I have to admit that I am a punch girl. My Big Shot holds a special spot in my heart but I love the quick use of a handheld punch.

Want to see what my kids created for Valentine's to take to school?? We stamped 70 of these and then they spent the weekend coloring them and adding names. It was a great family activity.

I hope that you are having a wonderful day. Tell someone you appreciate them today and spread the love!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Basket Bunch Blog Hop - the Crafty Carrot Collective

Hello and welcome to another Crafty Carrot Collective Blog Hop! Today we are sharing projects featuring
the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set and Basket Builder Framelits Dies

February is our qualifying period for our March reward program. Are you new to the Crafty Carrot Collective? Here is a little bit about us .... 

WHAT: A stamp set of the month & customer reward program.

WHO: You! Shop with us in February and purchase the Basket Bunch Stamp Set (or product of equal or greater value).

WHERE: Shop with your local Crafty Carrot Demonstrator (find yours here). If you are from Canada you shop with moi! Be sure to use our unique monthly host codes when you are shopping so that we can identify those that are joining the program.

WHEN: Shop before February 28th and we will add you to an elite, private group in March and you will have access to weekly PDF tutorials, weekly LIVE classes, challenges, prizes and more - all featuring this stamp set! 

So todays blog hop is a taster. We hope that you are going to love this stamp set and join our March reward program!

Here is what I have created for you ... 

I think this may have been the first Easter stamp set that I have purchased. It seems to be the holiday that I forget about. I am so excited to have this set in my collection! In fact, I have been so inspired that I think I am going to plan my Easter table decor around it! (I will be sure to share when it comes together).

Our January stamp set of the month was Suite Sentiments and I can honestly say that I have never used a stamp set more! I got my monies worth out of that stamp set, boy! I just know you are going to feel the same way about February's stamp set! 

Are you ready to join the March Crafty Carrot Co. program and purchase the Basket Bunch Stamp set? Before you shop, I should remind you that it is Sale-a-bration!! This means with a $60 product purchased (plus shipping & tax), you can choose any one limited time product - free! 

Bundle the Basket Bunch stamp set with the coordinating Framelits Dies
and you will earn a free Sale-a-bration item!
Basket Bunch Bundle
$60.25 CAD
What should you choose for your free Sale-a-bration item? Of course you can choose any one of the twelve items available but the Crafty Carrot Co. will be featuring the Any Occasions stamp set in our March program, just saying.
Any Occasion Sale-a-bration Stamp Set
free with a $60 product purchase

There are 5 international demonstrators on the Crafty Carrot Co. team. The blog hop is short and sweet so be sure to click and visit us all. Next on the blog hop is Crafty Carrot sister from New Zealand - Susan Wong!

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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Hot Airballoons are hot! - GDP074

Hot air balloons are a hot trend right now, so of course, Stampin' Up! has "hopped on board" with the cutest stamp set and coordinating Big Shot Thinlit dies

This is not the first time that I have shared this Dolce Color Combo. I pulled these colors from the Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack. If you are looking for color inspiration do the same! Check out the colors listed for each Designer Series Paper in all of our Stampin' Up! catalogues.

Today's blog post was brought to you today by the Global Design Project Challenge #GDP074! I have been a proud design team member for the GDP for 74 weeks! Click over the the GDP to read more about joining the fun and to see dozens of projects inspired by this weeks challenge! 

If you are loving this hot air balloon trend - check out the projects I shared last week for my February card club, scrapbooking club and Project Life club. My customers have been so excited to create these. (If you live in the Edmonton Area I have space in my Tuesday night stamp clubs. Contact me for more information).

I have not stopped creating with these adorable hot air balloons and I assure you that there will be more blog posts featuring them! Have a creative day my friends,

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