A little while ago I joined my team for a card swap using products from the new Annual Catalogue. I love doing these swaps because it gives me a chance to get inkspired, plus it also gives me the chance to see projects using products that I don’t have (my wishlist is always waaay longer than my budget allows for).
A couple of weeks back I shared a few of my favourites using the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle, you can check those out here, so I’m long overdue to share a few more. These cards use the Forever Fern cling stamp set and the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper. I’ve been having a lot of fun creating with the Forever Greenery DSP and so it was great to see how other people are creating with it.
This first card is probably my absolute favourite! I wish I knew the name of it, I may just have to ask Carolyn Matthews who’s the demo from my team who created it. For this card she used Pretty Peacock cardstock for the card base which is one of the colours from the Forever Greenery DSP. She also used the Christmas Layers dies and the Lovely You cling stamp set.
These next cards use either the Forever Greenery DSP, the Forever Fern cling stamp set or both. The Forever Fern stamp set is super popular. The phrases and images that are part of this stamp set are very versatile.
The top left hand card was created by Diana Langman and while you can’t tell from the picture, she used the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing folder on the card front.
The top right hand card is a Z-fold card created by Moira Sands and uses the Forever Greenery DSP, the Forever Fern stamp set as well as the coordinating dies. This one is definitely up there as one of my top favourites.
And the card at the bottom is a nice simple card by Lisa Hardie using the Forever Fern stamp set and she steps it up just a bit by adding some Linen Thread and a couple of Rhinestone Basic Jewels (which are a big go to for me when I’m creating projects).
Here are some of my projects using the Forever Greenery DSP…
Triple Cube Pop Up Card
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This week has been just that… a week and I’m glad that the weekend is finally here! Every once in a while things just get really busy and stressful and this was one of those weeks. So I’m glad to be back here sharing another project with you.
This project came to be with a little help from a demo from my team, Eileen, who offered samples of the new Little Treat Box dies from the upcoming August-December Mini Catalogue that’s launching next month. Thanks again Eileen!
So a few days ago I got some happy mail with the Little Treat box and all the extras that come with it. Here are all the extras…
These little treat boxes will work for just about any occasion, especially when you combine it with the coordinating stamp set; Little Treats. And while I was tempted to create something for Hallowe’en or Christmas I thought that I would stick with something that went a little more with the current season. (I may just have to get these dies for myself so I can have fun with all the little pieces!)
I used some Whisper White cardstock to stamp the flourish image from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set with Pear Pizzazz ink (the “hello” also came from this stamp set). The purple cardstock is a retired colour, Fresh Fig, and I thought that the green would work really nicely. I also coloured the flourish using the Watercolour Pencils.
This little treat box was super easy to put together and it’s super cute too! The size of the box also works great for different kinds of chocolates and treats. It’s up to you if you want to use some adhesive to put it together. You don’t really need to, but I still did even with using some Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to tie it together at the top.
If you live in Canada and want to get your hands on a copy of the upcoming August-December Mini Catalogue just send me an email with your name and address to email@example.com.
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It’s time for another Fancy Fold Design Team blog hop! This month we chose the Triple Cube Pop Up card. I have to admit that before starting these blog hops I was pretty intimidated by fancy folds. They always looked like they would be so complicated, but as I’ve been creating them it turns out that they’re usually pretty straight forward. Here’s a video showcasing this month’s card and I’ve also created a simple project sheet that you can download, so make sure to keep reading through to the end.
For my card design I used the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper as my jumping off point. From there I pulled Pear Pizzazz and Pretty Peacock from the DSP as my main colours, but also thought I’d throw in a splash of Purple Posy. (you can find 12″ x 12″ Pear Pizzazz in the Subtles 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Pack)
To spruce up the outside of my Triple Cube Pop Up card I used the small butterflies dies from the Butterfly Beauty dies with Pretty Peacock and Purple Posy cardstock. The Fine-Tip Glue Pen made it very easy to attach those tiny butterflies and raise their wings to give a little extra dimension. I also used the Timeless Tulips bundle with Purple Posy, Pretty Peacock and Pear Pizzazz ink.
For my phrase I used the Butterfly Wishes cling stamp set, this is also where I got the small butterfly images. The phrase was stamped using Pretty Peacock ink and for the butterflies I used the Purple Posy Stampin’ Write Marker to “colour” my stamps. Then I framed the phrase and butterflies using the Stitched Nested Labels dies.
This card looks so cool and I love how it can easily fold flat to fit into a square envelope, although I can’t guarantee it’s a standard square envelope.
Here’s my finished card…
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2020 Triple Cube Pop Up Card Sheet
To keep going on this month’s blog hop head over to Gina’s blog next!
This month’s #simplestamping challenge from Stampin’ Up! is to create a thank you card using just stamps, ink and paper. Every month for the last year and a half Stampin’ Up! has been issuing a challenge for demonstrators to create cards using just the basics (stamps, ink and paper). Once in a while they’ll throw in a little something extra like a punch or some Designer Series Paper, but that doesn’t happen too often.
For my card this month I’m using a colour combination I haven’t used before… Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral as well as some Basic Black. I came upon it by accident actually… when I placed my pre-order for next month’s upcoming new August-December Mini catalogue I also ordered some Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana cardstock and when I saw them next to each other the combination really caught my eye.
The “thank you” came from the So Inviting stamp set. Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to make invitations with it yet, but I’ve still managed to use it for some other projects.
I kept my layout for the card pretty simple to keep with the #simplestamping idea, but I still wanted it to have a little something going on so I used some of the images from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set. This stamp set is totally one of my go tos when I’m making cards. I love the versatility of the images because it then can go with just about any other stamp set, plus I LOVE butterflies. It’s also a handy set when I’m doing Collage stamping.
So here’s my card…
I love how the Black pops against the Coastal Cabana and the Calypso Coral ink adds a nice splash too!
The timing of the #simplestamping challenge also worked out well because I’m making some thank you cards for my customers. For their cards I’m going to step up this design and add some Stampin’ Dimensionals, the Whisper White Faux Linen ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season ribbon combo pack, maybe the Stitched Rectangles dies and of course some bling with a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
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I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ideas for my cards and other projects. I honestly couldn’t tell you how many pictures I have on my phone right now of cards and other projects I want to try out! And that’s actually where the idea for this card came from.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a Facebook post by another Canadian demonstrator, Tracy Elsom, and just loved the layout and colours she used. On her card she used the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, which is still on my wishlist for now, so I decided to create my own Designer Series Paper.
For my card I used Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride for my colours, I just love how greys and pinks go together. To create my “Designer Series Paper” I decided to use the Heartfelt stamp set and used a combination of Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate ink to stamp the different images.
The phrase comes from the Tasteful Touches cling stamp set which I then framed using the Stitched Rectangles dies and popped up with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also used some of the Whisper White faux linen ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season ribbon combo pack.
For the card base I used Smoky Slate cardstock and the layer behind my Heartfelt “DSP” is Blushing Bride cardstock. I also added a few Pearl Basic Jewels in the top right hand corner of the card front.
I kind of like how this turned out and I think if I wanted to give this another go I would use the Stitched Rectangles dies on the Blushing Bride and Whisper White pieces of cardstock too and emboss the Smoky Slate card front with the Subtle 3D embossing folder.
To finish off the card I stamped an image in each of the four corners of the Whisper White cardstock that I added to the inside of the card.
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It’s back…. spend this month and earn coupons to use next month. Every summer Stampin’ Up! kicks off it’s Bonus Days promotion and this year is no exception.
So what does that mean for us Canadians? Every $60 spent from now until the end of the month you will receive a $6 coupon to spend in August (which is perfect because the new August-December Mini Catalogue is launching next month). So a $60 order will get you one coupon, an order of $120 will get you two and so on and so on…
And as an added bonus, for Canadians who place an order through my online shop of $60 or more you will receive a FREE gift from me. Plus if you use this month’s host code you will also be entered for a chance to win this month’s host benefits.
Take this opportunity to stock up on essentials or splurge on that item that’s been sitting on your wishlist for way too long. Remember Bonus Days are only here until July 31st.
For the last couple of months my team has started posting weekly card sketch challenges. At the beginning of the week the sketch is posted in our group and anyone who wants to join can. I love card sketch challenges, especially when I’m not sure what I want to create and this week’s sketch sparked an idea almost immediately so I decided to join in.
I’ve been having a lot of fun crafting with the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper and so when I saw this week’s card sketch that’s what popped into my head and kicked off my design.
From there I went with Basic Black as my card base and Crumb Cake as the card mat. I also added a piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card base and stamped a few leaves from the Free as a Bird cling stamp set using one of the new In Colours, Just Jade, to carry over the leaves from the front of the card.
On top of the Forever Greenery DSP I stamped another set of the leaves onto a small piece of Whisper White, stamping off a couple of times first before I stamped onto the Whisper White. I wanted the leaves to be a kind of background and to make sure that the phrase on top would stand out. The phrase also comes from the Free as a Bird cling stamp set and I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp on top of the leaves.
Then I cut out the phrase with the Stitched Nested Labels dies and popped this up using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also added a few pieces from the In Good Taste Elements behind the phrase. Using the Fine-tip Glue Pen made this really easy!
I debated as I was crafting about adding some Linen Thread instead of the wooden elements, but I really liked how they complimented the leaves from the Forever Greenery DSP. So in the end this is what the finished card looks like…
I really like how this card sketch turned out. We’ll see what my team thinks when I post it later on today.
I’ve also participated in sketch challenges with the Paper Craft Crew. Here are a couple of those cards…
Paper Craft Crew Challenge #372
Paper Craft Crew Challenge #360
Paper Craft Crew Challenge #352
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I know that we don’t get to celebrate like we usually do this year, my family usually enjoys attending or setting off fireworks which is something we’ve done since before I can remember, and so I hope that you’re able to enjoy this holiday in whatever ways you can think of.
For the most part we’re relaxing inside and enjoying the air conditioning. My munchkins also each made a Canada flag.
Happy Canada Day everyone!!
It’s been a while since I participated in one of Stampin’ Up!s #simplestamping challenges. Things have been pretty hectic around here with having to work from home as well as home school my two munchkins. So when I saw this month’s challenge I thought it was about time to give it another go.
This month’s #simplestamping challenge was to create any kind of card using only stamps, ink and paper featuring the new 2020-2022 In Colours. So when I was looking at the new ink colours I thought these colours would work really well with the Timeless Tropical cling stamp set. I played around with what colours to use with which images for a bit and in the end used 4 out of the 5 colours; the only In Colour I didn’t end up using was Magenta Madness.
For the card base I went with Bumblebee cardstock and since I was using a number of different colours to do some collage stamping I decided against using another colour of cardstock for a large card mat. (To find out more about collage stamping check out my blog post)
In terms of the images I went with Bumblebee ink to stamp the pineapples, Just Jade for the leaves, Cinnamon Cider for the palm trees and Misty Moonlight for the flowers. I also used Bumblebee to stamp the phrase and created a border behind it with some Misty Moonlight cardstock.
If you wanted to step this up a bit there are a few easy things that you could do… use another piece of cardstock to create a card mat behind the stamped card front, pop up the phrase with some Stampin’ Dimensionals, add some Linen Thread or even add a few of the 2020-2022 In Colour Enamel dots.
I love how cards don’t have to be super fancy to look beautiful and #simplestamping is a great way to remind yourself of this. If you’d like to check out some of my other #simplestamping projects check these out…
#simplestamping with Broadway Birthday
Celebrate with #simplestamping
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I love new Annual Catalogue time… not just for all the awesome new stamping products, but because my team always does a card swap! This is great because my budget never matches up with my wishlist, so it’s nice to see how other stamp sets, Designer Series Paper and other embellishments are used. In this swap I got 14 different cards and so I thought I would put together a couple of groups to share with you.
In this group I used sunflowers as a theme. I just love the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle, and there are also some sunflowers in the Jar of Flowers bundle. Both of these are definitely on my wishlist and seeing these cards just makes me what them more!
The card on the left shows off the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle with some vellum, Flowers for Every Season 6×6 Designer Series paper and Stampin’ Blends. I love all the layers with this card and the Linen Thread adds a nice simple touch. (This card was made by Laurie Alexander)
On the right is the Jar of Flowers bundle along with some of the 2020-2022 In Colour 6×6 Designer Series paper and the Bumblebee Gingham Trim. I really like the colours for the flowers, not too bright or overpowering. (This one was made by Diane Kent)
These other two cards both used the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. On top it was paired with the Bumblebee Gingham Trim and the In Good Taste Designer Series paper for a nice, simple card with some country feel to it. (This card was made by my team leader Jenn Tinline)
The bottom card adds in some Misty Moonlight Ribbon and uses the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. Misty Moonlight has quickly become a favourite of mine and I really like it on this card. (This one was made by Alison Mcaulay)
There are lots of reasons why I love my team and the inkspiration I get from these swaps is definitely one of them.
If you’d like to join my team now is a great time because you can choose an additional stamp/tool bundle of your choice from the catalogue on top of the $165 worth of Stampin’ Up! products. Check it out on my website and let me know if you have any questions; firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Tuesday I’ll be showing off a few more cards so make sure to follow my blog to get notified whenever I post.