Tuesday, March 21, 2017

new Free items available for Sale-a-bration!

Stampin' Up! has sweetened the Sale-a-bration offer by adding 7 new items that you can earn for free with a $60cad purchase. These are in addition to the other 13 items still available!

The end of March is quickly approaching and Sale-a-bration will come to an end. Don't miss out!

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Have a creative day!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Up, up and away - GDP079

This week, the Global Design Project challenge is amusment park. When I see a hot air balloon, it takes me to downtown Disney in Florida. Have you been? I was there a couple of years ago for a Stampin' Up! conference. At the time, they were renovating Downtown Disney and giving it a new look. If you have been recently, comment below and let me know ... are the renovations complete? Is the balloon still there? 

I cut the detailed hot air balloon with the Up & Away Thinlits Dies from Stampin' Up!. The set comes with 6 intricate pieces that you can layer behind the balloon to add color (see the image below). I was going for a clean, less busy look ... and well, let's be honest, a quicker solution. (The balloon elements can be fussy and I am not always patient with fussy stamping).

I traced the hot air balloon Thinlit on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with a pencil. Then, I fussy cut it out with Paper Snips, cutting to the inside of the balloon pencil line. You can see that it was a smidge wider than the Very Vanilla detailed hot air balloon shape, but that did not bother me.

Click over to the Global Design Project to see amazing projects from the design team and followers all over the globe. As always, you are invited to play along, it is easy!
1. create
2. take a photograph
3. share on social media using #GDP079 & mention the Global Design Project challenge
4. copy your post link and upload it to the GDP site at the bottom of the post (there are easy prompts and instructions over at the GDP).

Thank-you for visiting! Have a creative day!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cake Crazy Blog Hop - Crafty Carrot Co.

Hello! Today, the Crafty Carrot Collective is bringing you a quick blog hop. We are in the "purchasing phase" of the April program. This means that if you shop with us in March, you will earn our April tutorials - free! Are you ready to see what stamp set we will be using for our April tutorials?

The Cake Crazy Stamp Set creates the most adorable topsy turvy cakes. I went outside the box and created this adorable greeting!

The "birthday" stamp is actually straight in the set. Because it is photopolymer, I was able to curve it when I was applying it to my Clear Stampin' Block. This way it matched the curve of the " hope you have a" stamp. The lines to each side of the "fantastic" are the birthday candle stamp! Brilliant, right?!

A quick card inside.

We have paired this fun and bold Cake Crazy Stamp Set with Watercolor Pencil Crayons, the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit, the Lift Me Up Designer Series Paper and coordinating Affectionately Yours Cardstock Pack. We know that you will be able to create endless birthday cards with all of these lovely products!

Remember that you only need to purchase the Cake Crazy Stamp Set (or product of equal or greater value) to participate. That means you can choose any product that you desire, use the March Crafty Carrot Host Code and you will have access to our tutorials, rewards, prizes and online community in April!

Up next on our Cake Crazy blog hop is my friend Susan Wong from New Zealand. 
Susan has been under the weather this week so give her some love and comment on her blog!
We love you Susan!

Thank-you for visiting! If you have any questions about the Crafty Carrot Collective please visit us here, or comment below! Have a creative day!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Feathers & hot air balloons - GDP078

It has been a couple of weeks since I posted for the Global Design Project and I am so happy to be back! Life just got away from me and I just could not get it together to stamp and post for you all. This week the GDP078 challenge is a layout sketch. I have created two cards with this inspiring sketch and could not decided which to post so I decided to share both! 

You can tell by my inky fingers in this picture that I have been hard at work stamping. I wanted to play with the Reverse Words Sale-a-bration Stamp Set.  We only have a couple of weeks remaining for Sale-a-bration. You can earn this stamp set free with a $60 CAD order before March 31, 2017. With such little time left for the promotion, all Sale-a-bration items are now available while supplies last. I should tell you that the Gold Card Tin has already sold out.

This actually was the first card that I created for this layout challenge, then I realized that I have been sharing a lot of hot air balloon projects, so I decided to stamp the first card above. I guess you can tell that I adore the Up & Away Bundle! If you love it too why not purchase it and earn a free sale-a-bration item?

For the card inside I stamped clouds with VersaMark and heat set with White Emboss Powder. I sponged Soft Sky over the clouds and then stamped the hot air balloon in Night of Navy.

Have a creative day!

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Spring Retreat registration is open - check out these projects!

Join me for the annual Stampin' Dolce spring retreat on April 1, 2017! 


Plan your crafting day. Here is an estimate of time that it may take you to complete the projects offered. Remember that you can make and many as you like. If you do not finish, full instructions are provided and you can take them home to complete.

Here are some exciting details about the event:

One final new detail to the event this year ... I will offer a crop style event. This means that you do not need to create these pre designed projects. You can come and use my studio to create your own projects. Registration for this will open on March 17th (priority registration will be to those guests purchasing the pre designed kits).


Phew! That is a lot of information. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask!

Remember that final registrations close on March 20th! Join us!

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