Friday, 15 September 2017

Tri-City Stampers Fall Blog Hop!

Welcome friends to the Tri-City Stampers monthly blog hop!  I'm not excited to see summer go, but, truth be known, I LOVE the fall.  I was out for a country drive yesterday and saw leaves turning to gorgeous fall colours.  Amazing!

Our blog hop this month showcases FALL - yay!  I was so inspired by my country drive yesterday, I decided to feature leaves on my card.  What a mix in this card - rustic, textures and a bit of bling.

I started with a Basic Black base and layer.  The layer was embossed using my Petal Burst TIEF.  Before adhering the layer, I attached Burlap Ribbon with glue dots.  Then using one of my Stitched Shape Framelits, I die cut the square in Copper Foil Sheet paper, which I then popped up with Dimensionals. Next, I stamped the leaf from the Colourful Seasons Bundle onto Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, and Garden Green, using Early Espresso ink.

This lovely sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage set.  Using Early Espresso ink, I stamped the sentiment onto Wood Textures DSP, then die cut the circle with my Stitched Shape Framelits. 

Each of the leaves are popped up using Dimensionals. Depth and texture - love!

I'm lovin' the  Wood Textures DSP, thus here it is on the inside of the card.  The sentiment and leaves, both from the Colourful Seasons Bundle, are stamped in Early Espresso.

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Remarkable You - Stampin' Up!

Happy Friday, happy first day of September and happy long weekend!  That's a whole lot of happy! I'm lovin' the crispness in the air, but it sure would be nice to see a few more warm days!  One can hope. 😊

Stampin' Up! hit it out of the park with the gorgeous floral images in the Remarkable You set.  My card today features one of the images, plus a sentiment in that set.  

The artist in me has been itching to play with watercolour paper, and I finally sat down with my inks and Aqua painter.  I don't need a crystal ball to show me the future on this technique - I've already made a few more watercolour backgrounds!

I used are Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay inks. I think they look great together. My next order will include Island Indigo, which is what I used for the card base.  Gosh, I can't believe I don't have a re-inker in one of my fave colours!.  

My concern with using Basic Black ink was that it would be 'harsh' against such a soft background, but those concerns quickly disappeared once I stamped the image - love the contrast!
For a water droplet look, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots. Pretty!

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I have a few trial and errors with the above technique.  My tip - when you experiment with inks and watercolour paper, if you aren't happy with the result, wait for the paper today, then experiment more using the other side of the paper. 

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In Gratitude

Family is everything to me.  We don't always agree, and that's okay.  We're always there for each other, we celebrate, laugh and cry together.  I'm so grateful for my family ♥

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Point Pelee Mini Vacation & a Fall Stamping Project

We went on a wee travel excursion to check out the partial eclipse on Aug 21. My son researched the best place in Canada to see the eclipse, and it turned out to be Point Pelee, the most southern mainland in Canada.  Arriving a day early gave us a chance to check out Point Pelee National Park. It's lovely and the Marsh Boardwalk was the coolest!  We had gone during the day, but it was so hot and busy with tourist, we decided to go back in the evening. There were hardly any people on the boardwalk, and at about the halfway point on the boardwalk we stopped. Silence. It was so quiet - almost surreal.  So peaceful.  Just a few sounds of nature. 

This was taken from the look-out on the upper level.  The pic is a bit overexposed but still, almost picture perfect.

Some of the marsh along the boardwalk.

Viewing the eclipse through a monocular.  We had people taking pictures of this - cool, eh!!
Other than the eclipse, what you're looking at is our welding glass shield.  My son put the welding glass between two pieces of cardboard.  Simple, and perfect. 

 This pic was taken before it got busy. How wonderful to have so many people converge at the same place, same time to witness this astronomical event! By the way, that little bit of land just after the water is the point.  It's in constant change, which makes sense, so the next time I'm there I'm certain it will look quite different.  The current just past the point is quite strong and swimming/wading isn't permitted. But, going into the water to get to the point is okay, and thankfully - it was SO hot!

1:52 pm

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We took pics of the eclipse about every ten minutes.  What an awesome event!  
In 2024, we'll experience a total eclipse right here in Canada, and I'm really really really looking forward to it!! How about you?!!

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On to a bit of stamping! Here's the beginning stages of a little project I'm working on for our next team meeting. 

I'm a huge fan of fall, and fall weather!  The colours I've used remind me guessed it - fall.
I'll post the finished project in early September.

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Here's a neat little segue - a Paper Pumpkin Promo - Fall into Savings!  This is a GREAT time to give Paper Pumpkin a try. New subscriber get 50% off - WOW!  
Everything you need to make the projects, plus instructions are in your kit.
The promo ends on September 10 - don't miss out!
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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Deck the Halls with Carols of Christmas

I wanted you to get another look at the Carols of Christmas set especially now that I'm back into heat embossing. Also, I want to remind you - you can get the Carols of Christmas bundle now and if you have Bonus Days Coupons, you must use them before August 31.

Unfortunately the photo doesn't do justice to the gold embossing powder on Deck the Hall. It's spectacular! After embossing the greeting, I die cut it using my Stitched Shapes Framelits. Next, using my Layering Squares Framelits , I die cut Gold Foil paper, and placed the greeting layer on top.

You're getting a sneak peek at a gorgeous new DSP called Year of Cheer.  I made a 'banner' from it by using the Banner Triple punch. That paper, plus loads of awesome Fall, Halloween and Christmas stamps, papers and more will be available Sept 1.

The card base is Whisper White (oh shock, LOL), as is the layer, which I embossed with my Holly TIEF.  It's so delicate and pretty! Love love love it!

A close up of of the Year of Cheer DSP and the greeting, which is popped up with dimensionals.

I tested the sentiment, from the Merry Mistletoe set, in a few different colours before deciding on Cherry Cobbler. It's a perfect, festive colour!  

At the bottom inside of the card is a die cut tree and deer, both from the Carols of Christmas bundle.
And there you have it - a lovely Christmas card using a bundle you can get now!  Sweet!

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Whether a stamp or die cut image, add a wee something to the inside of your cards for a WOW!

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In Gratitude

I know I've sung the praises of my upline and her team, and guess what?  I'm going to do it again! When I joined Stampin' Up!, my plan was to be a discount demo.  However, having attended several meetings, I decided to make this a business and it's clear that this is more than a singular effort. I have the support of a team of wonderful and talented ladies.  

When you join Stampin' Up! with me, whether it's to be a discount demo or to run this as a business, you will have full support from the team, and from me.  Are you excited to get started!!!

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