Monday, October 31, 2016

Lovely layers - GDP060

Hello everyone! I have a Christmas card to share with you today for the Global Design Project Challenge. This week the team is CASE-ing the talented designer Brian King. The card in the challenge sketch has a lot of delicious layers. A lot of layers on a card means a lot of love!

You are invited to take the challenge and play along with us this week CASE-ing Brian King. Click over to the GDP to see what the design team has created and see what followers from around the world are sharing for #GDP060.

Have a creative day!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

DIY camo cardstock - Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Fancy Friday blog hop! Today the team has been challenged to share a technique idea. This month our son turned 6 and we threw him an army themed party. I was so so so excited when I created a way to stamp a camouflage pattern on card stock! If you have a hunter in your family or have an army obsessed son in your life you are going to love this!

Every party starts with an invitation ... this is what I created! Look at this camo!!! I used the Work of Art Stamp Set and stamped over a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock in three green Stampin' Up! colors.

There are a lot of fun details with this birthday party! It was a blast to put together for Ariono. We had 8 little boys come over in the afternoon for 2 and a half (long) hours of games and treats. We had Nerf guns and over 100 bullets flying around. 

Behind the cake table I created these banners. They were quick to create! I stamped the background stamp from the You've Got this Stamp Set with Always Artichoke Classic Ink on Old Olive Cardstock, Garden Green Cardstock and Always Artichoke Cardstock.  I actually think that is harder to say than to create the banner! Each banner flag is 4-1/2" x 5-1/2". I used scissors to cut a flag tail on the pieces ... not tools or tricks there, I eyeballed it. I used my sewing machine to sew the banners together.

The smaller banner is Crumb Cake Cardstock rectangles. They just happened to be scraps left over from an event in my scrap pile.

Loot bags. Oh, those loot bags. Are they not just getting out of control??? I confess, I may put too much effort into loot bags. These brown paper bags had a candy grenade, candy Popeye cigarettes, a large army man figure and a parachute man. I found plastic dog tags at the party store and had them hanging down the front of the bag.

The birthday boy needed a perfect birthday card for the occasion ... 

When things got a little bit too crazy we put away the guns and played tug of war, did an obstacle course and played wounded soldier. To play wounded soldier, you divide into two teams. Each team chooses a wounded soldier and they lay on a bath towel. The teams race to wrap up the soldiers wounds and then pull him to home base by dragging the bath towel. This was a party highlight. Each kid had to have a turn being the wounded soldier!

After the school friends left we invited our family and friends over for dinner and cake. It was a long day but so worth it. Ariono was full of love and joy (and sugar) when he went to bed that night. I asked him what his favorite part of the day was, he said that it was having all of the people over. That is what it is all about. Being with the people you love to celebrate someone you love.

I hope you enjoyed the look into our army party for Ariono! Don't forget that we are on the Fancy Friday Blog Hop! Up next is Marisa Gunn. Click over to Marissa and she what technique she as in store for you today!
Have a creative day!
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

2017 winter retreat - open for registration

I can not believe how many of you have been sending me messages, dying to see what I have planned for the 2017 Stampin' Dolce Winter Retreat! I have three projects ready for you to see. I have typically offered four projects in the past and have one more project in mind. More details on that will come very soon. Even so, registration is open!!!

project time estimate: 2 hrs

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project time estimate: 4 hrs
project time estimate: 3-4 hrs

Here are the event & registration details. This event is always so much fun and I love spending the day crafting and relaxing with everyone! 

If you have any questions at all please feel free to email me at or text at 780-289-0816. I am happy to help!

Have a creative day!

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