Gift Wrapped Bundle

Gift Wrapped
Here is the new Gift Wrapped Bundle - a fun stamp set an punch bundle.  I have been wanting to play with this for some time now and finally got around to it!
I thought it would look awesome with the Plaid Tidings DSP but I couldn't bare to not show both sides. So, I created a "collar fold" and layered a piece of white cardstock behind so that I could stamp the greeting (Pretty Peacock). The bow was stamped on white and colored with Stampin' Blends. For a little extra texture I punched out another bow from the remaining bit of the DSP and a few gold sprigs using the Sprig punch. The final touch was to add a few of the Gilded Gems & some gold twine from the Forever Greenery Trim Pack. I hope you like my card. Be sure to leave me a comment below!

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Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - August 2020 - Holiday Catalog

Welcome to the August 2020 Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. This month our theme is based on anything from the new Holiday catalog. Oh boy! Decisions, decisions, decisions!  There is way to many nice things that it is hard to pick just one thing. So, I finally decided to create a project with the new "Warm & Toasty" stamp set. Oh my these images are adorable and my favorite is the cute reindeer. 
My project is a fun fold card called "Faux Shadow Box".  It is a fun 3D card that folds down flat to fit into a standard envelop. 
To make this card you will need 2 pieces of card stock - one neutral and one contrasting. I am using Balmy Blue as the background and White with a layer of Snowflake Splendor DSP adhered over the top. I tried to avoid getting adhesive in the center of the card so that I could die cut it with the Stitched Shapes and use the white layer to stamp and color my image which I then adhered to the background layer (Balmy Blue). This creates a "peek-a-boo" look to the card.
The snowflakes inside the circle are suspended with window sheet to give it the effect of floating.  These have been die cut with the So Many Snowflake dies and Balmy Blue Glimmer paper. The center of each snowflake has a Blue Adhesive Backed Gems
Here is another look at my card showing the "Faux Shadow Box" & the suspended snowflakes. Such a cool effect!
The greeting was stamped in Memento and I used the new Banners Pick a Punch to flag the ends of the cardstock. The greeting has been popped up with dimensionals.   
I hope that you have enjoyed my Faux Shadow Box card. 
Like I said earlier, there are so many wonderful products in the new Aug. to Dec. holiday catalog. If you don't have a copy of this catalog and live in Canada, please use my "Contact Me" form on the left and I will send you one. 

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Kre8tors August Blog Hop - Anniversary

Welcome to the August Kre8tor blog hop. Our theme this month is  "Anniversary", which is perfect timing for me as I celebrated my 26th wedding anniversary on the 6th! No travel plans this year!  So glad that my hubby and I were able to go to Las Vegas last year for our 25th!  
Have A HootHere is the card that I created for my hubby for our Anniversary. It features a new stamp bundle from the Aug. to Dec holiday catalog. The stamp set is called Have a Hoot and it really is a "hoot".  Such adorable images!
I got a little creative with the greeting as the actual stamp reads, "Owl I want for Christmas is you." What I did, was stamp the greeting and then use the Classic Label punch to capture only what I needed for my greeting. The sky was sponged with Balmy Blue ink and glycerin  to give a smooth finish.
Have A Hoot
Here is what I used to create the card.
Cardstock & DSP: Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, In Good Taste DSP, Balmy Blue
Ink & Blends: (Ink) Memento, Balmy Blue, (Blends Combo) Ivory & Bronze
Stamps: Have a Hoot
Dies: Peek-a-Hoot, Stitched Be Mine
Other: Classic Label, Flowers for Every Season Gems

Well I hope that you have enjoyed my "Anniversary" card. Please continue your journey by clicking the next button to go to Angie McKenzie's blog. 

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Have A Hoot - Faux Shadow Box Card

Having some fun with the Have A Hoot Bundle from the Au
g. - Dec Holiday mini catalog. I had the pleasure of attending a Zoom call this past week with demonstrators from all over the world!  The organizer ran a "Mystery Card" challenge. We were told only the measurements of cardstock to have ready along with some stamps, inks & dies. Ultimately we ended up making a Faux Shadow Box card and although this is not the card I made during the Zoom call (will be posted at a later date) I did create this card after the call.  

Have A Hoot
I love the different levels & dimension to this type of card! There are layers in the foreground, middle and background!
So many amazing products used on the card. Including Black Glitter paper (Yay! It's back!), Have A Hoot Bundle, Snowflake Splendor DSP, Adhesive-Backed Snowflakes

Nothing's Better Than

Nothings Better Than
Such a quirky stamp set ~ Nothing's Better Than. With the hot weather here these days (Ottawa) I felt that this card was screaming for bright bold colors!  So I have used the new Magenta Madness with Daffodil Delight!  The die cut in the center is from the Love You More Than set that coordinates with the stamp set. 


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Arrange A (Christmas) Wreath Class Aug. 22, 2020

Upcoming class featuring the Arrange A Wreath bundle and some wonderful new products from the Aug. to Dec. Holiday mini catalog. 
I will be opening up my home for the first time since March for this class and will only be accepting 4 participants at a time. Depending on demand, I may hold additional classes.  I will send out guidelines to the attendees that we will follow while at my home. I want everyone to feel safe and comfortable. 

This class is for the "avid" stamper.
Date: Saturday Aug. 22, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Register here
Class fee is required to secure your spot
Registration closes Aug. 12th

Class Options:
Option #1: $80
This class will include three cards with envelops and the Wreath Builder dies.
Location: My home.

Option #2: $95
This class will include three cards with envelops and the Arrange a Wreath bundle.
Location: My home.
**Best option as I am not charging for the cards**

Option #3: $30
Just the class. I will provide you with the supplies (cardstock & embellishments) and an instruction .pdf file for you to create the cards on your own. You will need to have the Arrange A Wreath bundle to complete the project
Location: Your home

Another "Non-Traditional" Christmas Card

Arrange a Wreath
After creating the first "non-traditional" Christmas card (see post below) I had some inspiration which led me to this design. Again using the same color palette and the Arrange a Wreath bundle, I came up with this card. 
My base colors are White, Balmy Blue and Purple Posy. I have used the Snowflake Splendor DSP (available Aug. 2020) to create the poinsettias. I die cut 2 poinsettias for each using the Wreath Builder dies and offset them.  I then layered this onto a Balmy Blue snowflake using the (gorgeous) Balmy Blue glimmer paper and So Many Snowflake dies (available Aug. 2020). Each poinsettia has a Beaded Pearl in the center and each have been popped up on a dimensional and placed over the silver wreath. The white foliage is one of the Forever Gold Laser-cut images cut in half & flipped over to expose the white side. The greeting was stamped in Balmy Blue on Purple Posy card stock. The final touches to this card are the 2 bows that I made. I used the 3/8" Pool Party sheer ribbon but changed the color using a dark Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends. 

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Arrange a (Christmas) Wreath

I am taking a "non-traditional" approach to the typical Christmas colors.  I just love this color combination and I really think it works well for this card. Using Arrange a Wreath bundle I have cut the 2 different wreaths that come the Wreath Builder dies. One in Balmy Blue glimmer paper (available Aug. 2020) and the 2nd in silver foil. 
The card layers consist of Purple Posy, Balmy Blue and Whisper White (which was embossed with a new embossing folder called Winter Snow (available Aug. 2020). The greeting was stamped in Balmy Blue and then the ends were "flagged" with the Banners Pick A Punch (also coming in Aug. 2020). And "la piece de resistance" are the centers of the flowers. These are called Beaded Pearls

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Ink Stamp Share Blog Hop - Blossoms in Bloom Wedding Card

Welcome to the July Ink-Stamp-Share Monthly blog hop. This months theme is "Other Celebration" (but Birthday).  So, I have designed a Wedding card.  Unfortunately, I don't know anyone getting married right now, so, I will tuck this one away until the occasion comes.

Blossoms in Bloom

I have moved away from the traditional card size of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and designed a "full size" card and by that I mean I have taken an 8-1/2" x 11" and folded it in half to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". This gives me twice the surface size to design on. And the Many Layered Blossoms dies are perfect for this size of card. With such a large die cut it's screaming to be shown off to its fullest!

In my mind, when designing this card, I envisioned a wedding bouquet and I wanted to use a soft color pallet. So, I have chosen Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam and gold for my card. Here are the steps to make this card. 

To create the bouquet,
  1. Stamp the large floral spray from Blossoms in Bloom bundle (to make the bouquet) in Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. 
  2. Fussy cut the image such that it will hide behind the 2 die cuts (next step) that will be layered over top.  
  3. Use the 2 different dies from the Many Layered Blossoms
    1. Blossoms in Bloom
    2. The outline - Gold Foil
    3. The inset - Very Vanilla
    4.  Adhered all 3 layers together. 
  4. Next, die cut 8 of the small flower outlines in gold and 5 of the inset in Soft Sea Foam. 
  5. Adhere the 5 Sea Foam pieces to the matching gold pieces and place a mini dimensional on the back of each of them and then adhered on top of the "bouquet" as shown.
  6. For a pop of color, used the dark Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends marker and color over the surface of some vellum card stock. Then run through your die cutting machine with various dies from Forever Flourishing
To assemble all the pieces, 
  1. Start with the Mint Macaron vellum pieces on the card front - arrange the vellum pieces on the card and place the bouquet over top to judge the placement of the vellum. Adhere the vellum to the card front.  
  2. Add the 3 gold foil pieces (from Forever Gold laser cut paper) on the bottom ferns as shown above. 
  3. Adhere the bouquet with the new foam adhesive sheets (it is a bit thicker than the dimensionals and I wanted the bouquet raised up higher) to the card front.
  4. Stamp the greeting ("Here's a Card" stamp set used on my card) in Versamark and emboss with gold embossing powder.
  5. Tuck in under the bottom right corner of the bouquet.
  6. Adhere the 3 remaining gold foil flowers,as shown, with glue dots, a few rhinestones (I used the Holiday rhinestone jewels) and a bow (Pool Party 3/8" sheer ribbon) to the card. 
Blossoms in Bloom
Would you like to recreate this card? Click here to view & order the supplies that you will need. 

I hope that I have inspired you with my "full-size" Wedding bouquet card. Please be sure to hop onto the next blog for more creative ideas. Thanks for stopping by!
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Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at a few products coming the Aug to Dec Holiday mini.  
I started with a fun fold Star card and a matchbox holder (with a special surprise inside) using new DSP  called Snowflake Splendor.
On the star card is another couple of new product - the stamp bundle & dies -
Snowflake Wishes bundle.  This bundle has some very delicate snowflakes!!  LOVE THEM!! To the center of the snowflakes have added Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems (also coming Aug 4th), and on the points of the star I added some Snowflake adhesive-backed embellishments). 
On the matchbox I have used the Gift Wrapped stamp set, color the hollies with Stampin' Blends and stamped the greeting in Pacific Point.
When you open the matchbox there is a
special surprise - a pair of earrings that I made using (another new product coming Aug 4) Beaded Pearls.  The moment I saw these I knew immediately that I was going to make some earrings. I have used a piece of the new Balmy Blue glimmer paper to attach the earrings too and they are then tucked inside the little pocket of the matchbox holder.

Stampin Dreams July Blog Hop - Masculine Cards

Welcome to the July Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop!
This months theme is Masculine cards - any occasion. 
So I thought I would try something I hadn't done in a VERY long time! 
I thought a water color wash would be fun (and "summery") so I used shimmery white card stock, one of the new water painters and 3 colors of ink - Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana & Just Jade.
Wow!  I love these colors together!  I have to admit that I am somewhat surprised at how the Pacific Point appears to be more of a Turquoise (I miss Tempting Turquoise).  Love it!!

I wanted to keep my card "relatively" simple, but I can't seem to help myself and so what is a card without glimmer paper and gems!  Check out this gorgeous new glimmer paper from Stampin' Up! RAINBOW GLIMMER PAPER!!!!  LOVE IT!!  The little gems on the card are a new item coming in the mini Aug - Dec catalog (you can order them in Aug) - they are call Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems - so cute!
To create the sparkly seaweed, I used the dies from Smooth Sailing with the RAINBOW  glimmer paper (squealing inside!) and adhered them on the bottom corners of my card. 
I hope that you enjoy my water color wash creation! All these items used on my card can be purchased from my online store.  Be sure to keep your hop journey going and hop on over to the next blog for more "manly" inspiration!
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Oh No.... I Didn't Just....

I know what you are thinking.... Christmas already??? Well, yes, sorry but I received my Holiday catalog pre-order and I couldn't resist trying out the new Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, the Snowflake Wishes stamp set  and the Winter Snow embossing folder (OMG!! This folder is awesome and a MUST HAVE!!) - both the EF and glimmer paper will be available starting in Aug. You have to get these!
So a couple of notes when creating this card:
1. The embossing folder is quite thin - probably thinner than any of the others SU sells so the sandwich with the "old die" cutting machine (which will remain nameless - LOL) is the base plate, then the thin die adapter, the embossing folder and then the 3D embossing plate. 
2. Stamping with Versamark on silver foil paper.... not so easy - super duper slippery!! TAKE YOUR TIME!
3. To make life easy when adhering the snowflake, use the Adhesive sheets (thank you SU for bringing these back!) on the back of the Glimmer paper - makes adhering the snowflakes a breeze.

So here is the rest of what I used to create this card. The base is Balmy Blue, then I layered a piece of silver foil - I cut out the center so that I didn't waste what is hidden by the white embossed layer. All the snow flakes are from the Christmas Layers dies. The ribbon is actually the Pool Party Sheer ribbon of which I took my Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends to darken the ribbon - worked like a charm! The greeting was flagged with the Banners Pick a Punch - available August 2020 - and finally all the little itty bitty specks of Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper are the pieces that were inside each of the snowflake centers - wast not want not. I wanted to make sure I used every little piece of the gorgeous Balmy Blue glimmer paper. 
I hope you enjoy this little hint of Christmas! 
Need a copy of the Aug - Dec Holiday mini catalog? Live in Canada? Leave me a comment or use my "Contact Me" on the left side bar and I will pop one in the mail for you!  Happy Stamping!

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Kre8tor's July Blog Hop - Tropical Nights Color Challenge

Welcome to Kre8tor's July Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Tropical Nights Color Challenge and we have been asked to use a specific color palette consisting of any or all of these colors: Black, Basic Gray, Rococo Rose, Night of Navy and So Saffron. 
My card features Rococo Rose, Night of Navy & Basic Black. Using this color combination was a bit of a challenge for me but in the end the card finally came together. In all honesty I don't think I have ever stamped anything with Rococo Rose until now.

I have embossed the white layer with the Old World Paper EF and laid one of the card fronts from the Forever Gold laser cut specialty paper over top.
The stamped images were created from Forever Greenery using Night of Navy and Rococo Rose (stamped off). Two of the ferns were treated to "rock and roll" where I stamped in the Rococo first and then rolled the edges in the Night of Navy ink pad - and "oldie but a goodie" technique.
My card also features Black Glimmer paper (coming in Aug).  How excited am I to see this come back - even if it is only until December. 
The sentiment, from Forever Fern, has been stamped on black and heat embossed with white and then framed with a gold hoop from the Forever Greenery suite. I finished off the card with a vellum die cut, a tiny flower (from Timeless Tropics) and some black rhinestones.
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