Wednesday, 9 October 2019

World Card Sending Week

Hello fabulous card makers, followers, friends and lurkers,

This fun card was created as part of a challenge. Thousands of Stampin' Up Demonstrators are sending each other cards. I don't actually know the person I'm sending a card to and I don't know the person who's sending me one. All I know is mine is going to Iowa and the one for me is coming from somewhere in Australia! It's all part of World Card Sending Week.

As papercrafters, we make all these beautiful cards. And most of the time, what happens to them? They often sit in a box or on display. This week, we're hoping to change all that. Our mission is to send 50,000 cards around the world. If you mail a card you've made, message me and I'll add you to the list. If you mail more than one, let me know.


The reason I made this Designer Series Paper (DSP) laden card is, like our cards, we often collect DSP. I figured since I was sending this to another demonstrator, she could probably relate so I should use a bunch of DSP. I actually tore open a brand new package of current DSP which I was saving. For something. I'm sure. #useyourdsp

The Coastal Cabana Cardstock measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". It was scored, burnished and folded at the 4 1/4" mark. The next layer, in Real Red Cardstock measures 4" x 5 1/4". Also using your Real Red Cardstock, punch out a circle with your 2 1/4" Circle Punch. With your 2" Circle Punch, punch out a piece of Sparkle Glimmer Paper.

Stamp your greeting with your Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad and the flowers with your Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad. The greeting comes from Crafting Forever and the flowers come from Dashing Deer. Cut it out with the 2nd smallest circular die from your Stitched Shapes.

Cut 2 strips from 2 different but coordinating DSPs, measuring 1 7/8" x 2 1/2" (for a total of 4) I used the delightful Let it Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper. Decide what order and orientation you want them in. Mark a spot at 1/2" and 1 7/8" on opposite corners (for the piece that will fold up.) When you line them up, the 1/2" mark will be close to the outside edge and the 1 7/8" will be at the inside. I then scored the line on my Paper Trimmer.


Fold the corner back, along the score line and apply a Stampin' Dimensional to hold it in place. (Tip: Try to put the dimensional near the outside edge of the paper.)


I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach the 4 DSP rectangles to the Real Red and then to attach the Rea Red to the Coastal Cabana card base.  With the same glue I attached the greeting to the glimmer paper and the glimmer paper to the Coastal Cabana circle. To attach this completed circle to the card, I used Dimensionals.

And, of course, add a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

My shop is here for all your creative needs. On orders under 200, please use the Host Code found to the right of this post, underneath the picture of the catalogue. If your order is around the 100 mark, you can JOIN THE FUN for only 135. You'll get 165 worth of product of your choice (plus NO shipping and NO tax.) Once you've signed up, you'll get a 20-25% discount on your future purchases and become part of an incredibly friendly and supportive local and global creative community. Message me if you want more information or have any questions.
See you next week.
Cheers,
Adrienne








Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Star of Joy

Hello all,

Welcome to my Wednesday morning blog. Today I'm going to show you how to make this lovely card with the fabulous So Many Stars Bundle. I am having SO much fun with this set. It's definitely my favourite from the Holiday catalogue ...so far.


If you're a visual person, you can find this project on my YouTube Channel. Be sure to subscribe! 

To start, trim your Gorgeous Grape Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11" and score it in the middle at 5 1/2".  Trim a piece of Highland Heather Cardstock to 5" x 3 3/4" and a piece of Whisper White Cardstock to 4 3/4" x 3 1/2". Trim a piece of Gorgeous Grape to 5 1/2" x 1/8". You'll also need small pieces of all of these cardstock colours for the stars and greeting.

Use your 3rd largest and 3rd smallest stitched star dies to cut out stars form the Highland Heather. With your largest and smallest "lacy" star dies cut out the stars from the Gorgeous Grape. Using the 3rd smallest die, from the Layering Circles, cut out a circle from the Gorgeous Grape.

Emboss your Whisper White piece with your Woodland Embossing Folder. Since this is a directional folder, make sure the trees are facing the right way. Sideways trees might look a bit odd.

Stamp your JOY with your Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' Pad on a scrap of Whisper White and punch it out with the 1 1/2" Circle Punch

For the assembly, use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach the embossed Whisper White to the Highland Heather. Next, using the same glue, stick the Gorgeous Grape strip across the front of the Whisper White, wrapping the ends around the back of the Highland Heather. I used the glue to attach the card front to the card base as well. You could also use your snail for this last part. (Tip: When using your Snail, make sure to burnish or rub the area to ensure it's stuck.)

Make sure you have poked out all the pieces of the lacy stars. Also make sure all the stars are the right way up. 

Optional: If you want to give the stars a bit more dimension, use the back of the old Paper Piercing Tool or a pen cap and your Stampin' Pierce Mat. Gently make small circles in the middle of each star. Be careful with the "lacy" ones - they don't need much. This process will break down the fibers of the paper and cause the edges of the stars to come up bit.

With Mini Glue Dots, attach the large Gorgeous Grape star to the Large Highland Heather star. Repeat with the smaller stars. I chose to offset them. Then attach the two sets of stars to each other with a Stampin' Dimensionals. Attach the assembled star to the front of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Finally attach a Rhinestone Basic Jewel! And bam! You're done.

Here is my class schedule for October. 


My shop is here for all your creative needs. On orders under 200, please use the Host Code. It can be found to the right of this post, underneath the picture of the catalogue. Now if your order is around the 100 mark, you can JOIN THE FUN for only 135. You'll get 165 worth of product of your choice (plus NO shipping and NO tax.) Once you've signed up, you'll get a 20-25% discount on your future purchases and become part of an incredibly friendly and supportive local and global creative community. Message me if you want more information or have any questions.

See you next week.

Cheers,
Adrienne




Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Snowbunny Tealight

Hi all,

This week, I'm featuring my original 3D project created from the lovely new Nature's Beauty set. I'm ridiculously excited to say at our recent Vancouver Island Meeting it won, "Queen of the Swap!"


In addition to being filled with completely lovely and versatile stamps, this set has a special purpose. Stampin' Up! is donating $4 from every set Mental Health Organizations. When you order this set through me, I will donate my full commission, $7.25, to the Island Community Mental Health Association.


Complete instructions, including the supply list, are here on my Youtube channel. To ensure you don't miss any future videos, please subscribe. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

I have had a few requests for the image of the template, so here it is.



My shop is here for all your papercrafting needs. If your order is under 200, please you the current host code, which can be found to the right of this post, underneath the picture of the catalogue. Now if your order is around the 100 mark, you can JOIN THE FUN for only 135. This will give you a 20-25% discount on your future purchases and you'll become part of an incredibly friendly and supportive local and global community. Message me if you want more information.

The Designer Series Paper Sales Continues until Sept 30th. Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on select DSPs. As of yesterday morning, the Clearance Rack was updated. Those items are while supplies last.

Cheers,
Adrienne

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Seashore Stampers September Blog Hop



 Hello all and welcome!

This month, in the Seashore Stampers Blog Hop, we are celebrating all things Thanksgiving and Halloween. I chose to focus on Thanksgiving. In addition to all the delicious food, it's a time where family and friends gather...often to give thanks, funnily enough.

I have so very much to be thankful for this year. My honey has finished his cancer treatment. My recovery from surgery has been amazing. And the icing on the cake, our daughter is coming home from Montreal. I am filled with gratitude for all the support we received this year. You guys rock!

We've slowly been getting the thank you cards out - there are a LOT. I created this one for my brother and sister-in-law who did SO much for us during those really challenging months. Since they will be hosting our family's Thanksgiving celebration, I'll give it to them then.


The base is Early Espresso (4 1/4" x 11", scored at the 5 1/2" mark), the next layers is Pretty Peacock (3 3/4" x 5") and the lovely paper comes from the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper package (3 1/2" x 4 3/4".) This part of assembly is straight forward and the 3 layers can be attached using your Snail.

Ride with Me has the adorable truck and pumpkin. They were stamped in Memento Ink and coloured with Blends. I used the Crumb Cake Set, the Light Smoky Slate, the Black Set and the Pumpkin Pie Set. Wink of Stella was used on all the "metal" parts of the trunk and the window. The wheels received some added dimension and sheen from Fine-Tip Glue Pen. The truck and pumpkins were fussy cut and attached with Dimensionals. Alternative: If fussy cutting isn't your thing, this card would still work with the truck stamped on a small rectangle or oval of whisper white.




"Thanks" comes from the Well Written dies. I did it in Pumpkin Pie and Pretty Peacock to add dimension and visual interest. They were attached to each other with a small amount of Multipurpose Glue and then slightly offset. The "thanks" was attached with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

My shop is here for all your papercrafting needs. If your order is under 100, use our current host code, which can be found to the right of this post, underneath the picture of the catalogue. You can JOIN THE FUN for only 135. This will give you a 20-25% discount on your future purchases and become part of an incredibly friendly and supportive local and global community. And so much more.

The Designer Series Paper Sales Continues. Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on select DSPs. This offer expires Sept 30. Also, the Clearance Rack was  just updated.

Enjoy the Blog Hop! See on Wednesday for my regular post.

Cheers,
Adrienne

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

A Star, A Star.

 Hello wonderful people,

This card a created for a demonstrator swap. (Each demonstrator makes enough cards to share with everyone in the group who is participating. This way we wind up with a bunch of cards from sets we might not own or with designs we may not of thought of.) All the supplies, excepting tools and adhesives. will be listed at the end of my post. Stampin' Up! recently upgraded my website, so it's still a work in progress. Message me if you have any questions.


Trim your Night of Navy cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11" and your Silver Foil to 4" x 5 1/4". You'll also need a piece of Night of Navy, measuring 3 3/4" x 5". For the star grab some Silver Foil and Vellum, measuring at least 2 1/4" x 2 1/4". The star swirl needs a 1 3/4" x 4 1/4" piece of Silver Foil. You'll also need a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of Whisper White for your greeting. (And this is why we hang on to our scraps. Although the longer I do this, the bigger the scrap has to be.)

Emboss your 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Night of Navy with the new Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder. (This is one of those amazing embossing folders where it's tough to choose which side to use.)

From your fabulous So Many Stars Bundle, cut the star swirl & largest "fancy star" from Silver Foil. Use the 4th largest star die (that is the same size as the fancy star) on your Vellum. (Tip: Be sure to save the little stars from the swirl to decorate the inside of the card or the envelope, or save them for another project.)

With your Whisper White, using your Stamparatus, stamp your greeting in Night of Navy. Without removing the stamp, clean it with the Simply Shammy. Give the stamp and the image a moment to dry. While keeping the paper still in place, wipe your greeting with your Embossing Buddy. Reink the stamp with VersaMark and stamp over the Night of Navy. Remove your paper and sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over the VersaMark. Using your Heat Tool, make the magic happen. Your 2nd largest Stitched Shapes Dies oval will cut it out in the right size.

I used the Multi Purpose Liquid Glue to attach the layers and the swirl. The greeting was attached with Dimensionals. Attach the Vellum star underneath the Silver Foil star with a Mini Glue Dot. I then used a Mini Dimensional to attach the assembled star to the card. Finally I added a few Basic Rhinestone Jewels. (So many of my posts end with this sentence...lol)

My shop is here for all your card making and scrapping needs. If your order is under 100, please you the current host code, which can be found to the right of this post, underneath the picture of the catalogue. You can JOIN THE FUN for only 135. This will give you a 20-25% discount on your future purchases and become part of an incredibly friendly and supportive local and global community. And so much more.

The Designer Series Paper Sales Continues. Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on select DSPs. This offer expires Sept 30. As of yesterday morning, the Clearance Rack was updated. Those items are while supplies last.

We'll see you Saturday for the Seashore Stampers monthly Blog Hop.

Cheers,
Adrienne

Supplies:
Whisper White Cardstock; Night of Navy Cardstock;Silver Foil;Vellum;So Many Stars Bundle;Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder;Stitched Shapes Dies;Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Ink;VersaMark;Clear Embossing Powder; and Basic Rhinestone Jewels.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A Chance to Help

Hello all,

Each year approximately 1 in 5 people are affected by mental health issues. Look around you. It's someone you love, a friend, a sister, a parent, a student. It can be anyone.

About 20 years ago, I was at a conference where our guest speaker was an Emergency Room doctor. He asked how many people in the room had been in the ER. Just about everyone put up their hands. He asked how many of us had received stitches and tons of hands were raised, some proudly. He asked who had broken a bone and quite a few hands went up. He asked who had undergone surgery and a bunch of hands went up. He asked how many people had a mental health issue and not a single hand was raised. Miraculously, out of the the 300 people in that room, no one suffered from mental health issues. He then told us to look around our table. He said the odds were 2 people at each table were suffering. And they couldn't admit it because of the stigma they would face. Thankfully we are finally starting to talk about mental health and there are so many more supports in place. But we still have a LONG way to go.

This week, I'm featuring a card created from the lovely new Nature's Beauty set. Stampin' Up! is donating $4 from every set Mental Health Organizations. When you order this set through me, I will donate my full commission, $7.25, to the Island Community Mental Health Association.


Although it's the second to be published, this is the first card I have made with all my new Christmas supplies.


The card base is Early Espresso, measuring 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at the 4 1/4 mark. The Whisper White layer measures 3 3/4 x 5. It was embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder. Using a piece of my Stampin' Sponges, I sponged a little Smoky Slate into the embossing folder, on the top side, where it says "Sizzix." Since I just wanted to reduce the stark white look, I didn't use much. (Tip: To clean your folder, simply rinse it off in cool water.)


Garden Green is the colour of the boughs and greeting. Beautiful Boughs was the die set I used for the boughs and the greeting tag, which comes with the adorable little holes. Be sure to use a precision plate when using detailed dies. I used the Linen Thread to tie the greeting around the piece of Whisper White (it's actually taped on the back.) To get the look I have, fold the thread in two and poke it through the hole on the top of the greeting tag. Then loop both ends through. Repeat this procedure for the other side. The deer was stamped in Early Espresso and fussy cut.

For assembly, I used Mini Dimensionals under the greeting before taping down the Linen Threads. Multipurpose Glue was used to attach the Whisper White layer and the boughs. Finally, the deer was attached with the Mini Dimensionals as well. I thought about adding some sparkle to this card but decided to leave it as is.

My shop is here for all your papercrafting and scrapbooking needs. If your order is under 100, please you my current host code, which can be found to the right of this post, underneath the picture of the catalogue. You can JOIN THE FUN for only 135. This will give you a 20-25% discount on your future purchases and become part of an incredibly friendly and supportive local and global community.


Message me if you have any questions. Until next time.
Cheers,
Adrienne

p.s. My Stampin' Up! shop is currently being updated. If you have any problems or can't find something, please contact me.







Thursday, 5 September 2019

Inspiration

Hello all,

One of my favourite things is coming up with my own card designs. People often ask me where do I find my inspiration? Well, you never know when it's going to strike. Sometimes it's right in front of you. Other times it can sneak up on you. Or, as in this case, it can be hanging around your neck. Yup, it came from my ukulele strap!



This card was created as part of a Holiday Swap with other Victoria area demonstrators. For this swap each of us needed to make 2 cards from the same set. I decided to feature the So Many Stars Bundle. Since I didn't want to cover up the glorious Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper, this is a fairly straightforward card to make.

You'll need a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Blackberry Bliss, scored half way at the 4 1/4" mark. Trim down a piece of your favourite Perennial Essence DSP to 3 3/4" x 5".  Using your Snail, attach the DSP to the front of the folded card base.

The Mercury Glass Designer Acetate Sheets are amazing! (Tip - The do have a protective plastic wrap on the front which can be peeled off after you run it through your die cutting machine.) I used the 3rd largest star from the So Many Stars Bundle. Attach your star to the card front with Tear and Tape. (Tip - You don't need a lot and I tried to attach pieces under the silver parts of the star rather than the clear.)


I stamped the greeting in Blackberry Bliss and cut it out with the Rectangle Stitched Dies. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach it to the card.

To add a little something extra, I attached 3 Metallic Pearls.

Since it uses a die cutting machine, this technically isn't considered a beginner card but it was so EASY. If you have machine, grab your favourite Designer Series Paper and give it a shot.

Speaking of Designer Series Paper, this is the time to stock up. All of our papers on pages 165 & 166, and the first 2 at the top of page 167, are Buy 3 Get 1 Free. This fabulous offer expires Sept 30th.


My shop is here for all your papercrafting and scrapbooking needs. If your order is under 100, please you my current host code, which can be found to the right of this post, underneath the picture of the catalogue. You can JOIN THE FUN for only 135. This will give you a 20-25% discount on future purchases and you'll become part of an amazing local and global community.

Message me if you have any questions. Until next time.

Cheers,
Adrienne

Supplies:
Whisper White Cardstock, Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Perennial Essence DSP, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate Sheets, So Many Stars, Rectangle Stitched Dies, Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin  Ink and Metallic Pearls.