Wednesday, 25 November 2015

WWC44 - Congratulations (Buffy's Anything Goes With Weddings Challenge)

I love "Anything Goes" challenges, don't you?  I saw Buffy's and noticed that it has a wedding theme.  That made it even more fun.  As for her inspiration photo, she says herself that the colours don't matter, it's the theme that counts.  Well, that made it perfect.  After a whole lot of fall and Christmas cards, I was ready for a change and making a wedding card would be just that:  a change.

I began with a base of the Heavy Weight Whisper White cardstock.  For my next layer I turned to Hello Honey because that was one of the colours in the Designer Paper which I intended to use and I thought it gave a "nod" to Buffy's colours.

For my main layer, I decided on the beautiful Shimmery White specialty paper.  I love the subtle shimmer in that paper as well as its body.  It has been one of my favourite papers from the beginning.  My piece measured 4" x 5 1/4" and I carefully arranged the swallowtail framelit along its left side, tilting it to have the image at an angle.  I carefully put the die-cuts aside even though I had no plans for them for this card.  Waste not, want not.

Then I took a piece of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and cut a swallowtail butterfly from that, carefully saving the pieces.  After that I cut another swallowtail butterfly from a piece of the stained glass window design  which is from the Season of Cheer designer series paper.  I carefully saved all the pieces, of course.

Assembly time!  I covered the piece of Hello Honey with Fast Fuze, leaving a tiny border free of adhesive.  Then I attached the Shimmery White layer (you'll remember it has the swallowtail shape cut out of it, right?)  I took the outline die-cut of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and carefully fit that into the Shimmery White.  Then I carefully took each little cut-out from the Season of Cheer butterfly die-cut and fit it into the empty spots.  It took a while but they attached tightly to the layer of Fast Fuze which I had spread.

To finish I fussy cut the body from the Season of Cheer butterfly and glued it to the Dazzling Diamonds body.  Then I stamped the antennae from the Watercolor Wings stamp set using Hello Honey and (sorry, it's retired) the sentiment from the A Word for You stamp set also using Hello Honey ink.  A scattering of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper hearts cut using the Confetti Hearts punch and some Tombow Glue finished the card.

Pretty?  It's downright dazzling!  For more cards by fellow Watercooler Artists, check out the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

I've also entered my card in another "anything goes" challenge over at the AAA Cards Game.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

PCCCS172 - Noel

Sometimes mixing up the new with the old can be so satisfying.  For this challenge I did exactly that.  After all, what good is it having a stash of retired favourites if all you're going to do is look at it?

I began with a base of the Naturals Ivory cardstock.  I'm still in shock that they retired this paper.  It's so gorgeous and there is nothing out there that is similar.  But I have a good stock and I love using it.  My next layer is a piece of Mossy Meadow on which I first used my Softly Falling embossing folder.  I put the most embossed section to the bottom of the card since I covered the top portion with a piece from the Season of Cheer DSP.  To make the embossing stand out, I softly sponged it with some of my Encore Silver ink.

My next layer again came from the Naturals Ivory but this time I cut it into an oval and topped it with an oval of Soft Sky which I embossed using the Elegant Dots embossing folder.  My little Bambi is from the Home for Christmas DSP and was attached using Dimensionals after I carefully fussy-cutting it.  I added a Mossy Meadow banner heat embossed in Silver and a ribbon of the heavy-weight Cherry Cobbler twine.  A little sequin snowflake with a silver sequin in the centre completes my card.

You can find more cards using this sketch at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 172. #papercraftcrew #cardsketch

For fun I've entered my card in the Christmas Card Challenge which is "Anything Goes.

And finally, I've added my card to the Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenge.

Monday, 23 November 2015

It's the Black Friday of Stampin' Up!

Every year Stampin' Up! puts on their own version of Black Friday and holds it for a week.  Instead of Black Friday, they call it their "Online Extravaganza".  And the prices definitely prove it's an extravaganza.  With shipping in lots of time for Christmas, this is a great way to get some gifts for the crafter in your life or some stocking stuffers for people you know.  And if you happen to sneak in one or two (or three) little extras for yourself, well, you deserve something for all your work, right?

Beginning today, you can save from 20% to 50% on a whole list of wonderful items.  There is a bonus, too.  On the first day (today, November 23rd) and on the last day (November 30th) there is a special list of "door-crashers" available for only 24 hours on those dates.  The rest of the items stay on sale for the entire time.

Just go to the right side of my page and click on my shopping cart.  That will take you directly to the Stampin' Up! store and there you can check out the lists.  Excited?  I sure was when I got up this morning.  Who doesn't love a sale?

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Wacky Watercooler November Christmas Celebration Blog Hop

Welcome to our November Blog Hop.  Yes, this time it's all about Christmas.  I'm so excited to be able to concentrate on all my Christmas "treasures", old and new.  That's right, old.  I will get to use some of my treasured stash for one of my projects.  I know exactly which stamp set I will be using, too.  It's one of my favourites.  I wonder if you'll guess which one it will be.

As you will remember, if you've wandered through our blog hops before, our blog hop is presented in a circular fashion.  What does that mean?  Wherever you begin in our blog hop, whether you go forwards or backwards through the participants, eventually you will wind up precisely where you began.  I hope you'll take time to visit all the participating blogs and, perhaps, leave a short message letting us know  what you've thought of our posts.

If you've been moving forwards through the blog hop, you'll have arrived here from a very talented fellow Canadian, Gail Allen.  Weren't her projects terrific?

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My first project is a little 3-D creation.  I've adapted a little box I found on Pinterest.  Actually the person who makes them calls them Belly Boxes and sells the patterns to be used on a personal e-cutter.  Well, I don't have a personal e-cutter but I do have imagination and, even though mine don't look like the originals, they are my version of such a cute creation.  I made the "belly box" using the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlets but modified the pieces. Then I proceeded to personalize it with some fun punch art.  After all, it's Christmas and we want everything to be full of cheer (and sweets).

Isn't he cute?  I used the Heavy Weight Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, my Stampin' Markers, and some of the red and white stripped 1/8" ribbon.  The little sprig of holly is from the Snow Place stamp set, cut out using the Snow Friends Framelits die.

And the reason it's called a "Belly Box" is that the candy fills up his belly.

You can see better from this side angle that I've used my 1/8" punch to put holes along the side and front in order to lace the ribbon through and hold the bos together.  That's right, the only adhesive holding his box together is at the bottom just like in the regular Curvy Keepsake Box but because I don't have the tops which "lock" together, I needed the ribbon.

Along the back, however, I simply used Tombo glue to attach the ribbon.  I'll post dimensions and more photos showing the construction in an upcoming post.  Isn't he just the cutest thing?

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For my next project I decided to use that beautiful Wonderland stamp set.  Those pines are gorgeous, aren't hey?  I made an oversized card in order to use the full pattern of the Boughs & Berries embossing folder.  I began with a base of the Heavy Weight Whisper White, followed by a layer of Mint Macaron and then the embossed layer of Whisper White.  To make the embossing stand out even more, I sponged over it lightly using Mint Macaron ink.

In the centre where there was no embossing, I added my image layer.  First there is a layer of Mint Macaron, then a layer of Silver Foil and finally my stamped layer of Whisper White.  For the pines I used Mint Macaron ink.  When that had fully dried I stamped the snowflakes using Versamark and then heat embossed them with Silver embossing powder.  My banner is vellum onto which my sentiment is heat embossed in Silver embossing powder as well.

Doesn't that bit of Silver Ribbon which I tied in a bow diagonally across the top left look perfect?

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For my final project, I had the best time hauling out my retired stash and playing with some of the wonderful products which I still love.  I've used only four products for this card which are current.  Everything else is retired.  For my base I've used Naturals White.  I still love that cardstock because the random flecks give it such character.  My next layer is Baked Brown Sugar, a colour which is so versatile, especially this time of the year.  I loved it for gingerbread men and also found it was a perfect match for the colour of the burlap ribbon.

My embossed layer is current.  I used the Shimmery White specialty cardstock.  There is nothing else that looks quite the same and it is absolutely elegant.  I used a retired embossing folder and then sponged over the perimeter as well as the embossing with Baked Brown Sugar ink to make it stand out better.

For the ribbon, I really went to town.  My bottom layer is the current Burlap ribbon followed by the very elegant (and current) Very Vanilla 1 1/4" Subtle Stripes Satin ribbon, and then the retired Linen Cheery Cobbler ribbon.  Since the Linen is so tightly woven, it was possible to heat emboss my sentiment on it in Gold embossing powder.  I absolutely love the effect!

The stunning Poinsettia is made using one of my very favourite retired stamp sets, Joyful Wishes.  Yes, after heat embossing the images twice in Gold embossing powder on Vellum, I did have a lot of cutting to do.  But I don't mind doing a lot of fussy-cutting, as you know, and it went more quickly than I expected it to.  Once cut out, I set to colouring the flowers and the leaves.  I hauled out the retired but still-loved Blendabilities and set to work with the Cherry Cobbler and the Old Olive pens.  First I coloured them from the back side of the image and then I carefully coloured the front inside the golden lines.  A bit of curling and bending with my Bone Folder and the Poinsettia was ready to assemble.

For the centre I used one of my favourite embellishments (also retired) but first pushed it into my Versamark, covered it in Gold embossing powder and then used my heat gun to turn it into gold.  It looked perfect in the centre of the flower.

For the inside of the card, I used layers as well.  I decided to use a layer of Baked Brown Sugar and then added my stamped layer, which was Shimmery White to continue the elegance.  Both stamp sets which I used are retired.

And that's it for my projects.  I hope you've enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed creating them.  From here you'll be returning to the beginning of the circle again, and another wonderfully creative Canadian stamper, Deborah Smart.

If you get a moment, I'd love it if you would leave a comment.  

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

WWC43 - Thanks (Kath's Colour Challenge)

It's time for our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week Kath Ricks has provided us with a terrific set of colours for our colour challenge.  Her colours are actually quite perfect for this time of year, especially with the American Thanksgiving looming close.  For me the colours immediately spoke of Fall and the changing colours of leaves.  What do you think?

I love all those colours.  They're wonderfully vibrant and strong colours.  Strangely, Kath didn't choose to use the Hello Honey.  The other three colours, after all, are all part of the 2014-2016 In-Colors.  But I do love the warmth of the Crushed Curry which she chose instead.

Like I said, my first instinct when I saw these colours, was that they would be perfect for a Fall card.  And so that's exactly what I created.  I wanted to keep it rather simple.  My card would be classed as a CAS style of card (that means it's clean and simple).  Sometimes they're the best way to go because they can be so striking.  I used a base of the heavy weight Whisper White and added a layer of Blackberry Bliss.  Then I took a piece of the normal weight Whisper White and stamped two maple leaves from the Vintage Leaves set, one at the top and one at the bottom.  The top one is stamped using the Tangelo Twist ink and the bottom one is stamped using the Mossy Meadow ink.  Then I used my Stampin' Markers to colour the white area in the top leaf with Crushed Curry and the white area in the bottom leaf with Tangelo Twist.

I wanted a bit of dark colour at the top and so stamped a smaller leaf on a scrap of Crushed Curry using Mossy Meadow ink.  Then I cut it out using the matching framelit.  It balanced the colours better once I adhered it using my Dimensionals.  Finally I cut out the "thanks" from a piece of Blackberry Bliss using my thinlit.  Doesn't the white background make those colours "pop"?

I hope you'll make time to check out the other Watercooler Artists' wonderful creations at our Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

I'm also entering my card into the SUO challenge.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

PCCCS170 - Give Thanks

Today is a day we've set aside for remembering those who have lost their lives in preserving our freedom as well as those who have served, sometimes at great loss to themselves.  But we shouldn't just remember these heroes one single day each year.  They should be part of our daily thoughts of gratitude.  Without them, what sort of world might we have?  My father served.  My father's sight was never the same nor was he ever again as strong because of shrapnel and bullets.  But he was my hero.  He never complained.  In fact when his health forced him to retire from the Army early, he continued to serve with the Reserves.  And each Remembrance Day he was out there, foul weather or mild, marching proudly among the other veterans.

I had to create this card using this week's sketch.

I've kept it very plain.  My colours are simply Basic Black, Grey and Red.  The poppy which I made using the Pansy Punch and my Bone Folder is held to the card with a Mini Silver brad.  My images are from  the For Your Country, You've Got This and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets and my sentiment is from the For All Things set, only partially stamped.

I don't think it needs anything more.  

For more cards using this sketch, check out the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week.

For more cards using these colours, check out the Paper Players challenge this week.

And for another challenge using these colours, check out Create With Connie and Mary.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

WWC42 - Celebration!

There is something about photo inspiration challenges.  You can take so many things from the photo, such as the colours, shapes, theme.  Really, it's a wide open smorgasbord of possibilities.  Bev's photo inspiration challenge definitely offers a lot of possibilities.  For me the problem was to focus on just one and  use it for my card.

I finally decided to use a combination of shapes and colours.  Even then it was difficult for me since there are so many ways to use those shapes and colours.  

My colour palette is Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White.  To that I added touches of Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate and a touch of Silver Foil.  I kept primarily to using squares and then added some swirls of colour using the Everything Eleanor flourish image.  I wanted a bit of texture as well and therefore using the Decorative Dots embossing folder on the Rich Razzleberry squares and punched my black squares out of the Black Glimmer paper.  

I invite you to join our Watercooler Artists in creating something special from Bev's photo inspiration at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

WWC41 - Many thanks

I'm so excited about our new Watercooler Wednesday challenge.  This week Jackie Susnik has supplied a wonderful new sketch and I love its simplicity.  I immediately thought of Fall and the beautifully coloured leaves.  I also thought of my owl.  Jackie's sketch lent itself beautifully to a combination of the two and I was off to create my card.

I wanted to keep it simple and focus attention on the leaf and owl.  What better way than to use a base of Whisper White, especially the nice heavy weight that is now available.  My next layer is Tip Top Taupe which I first embossed using the Boho Chic embossing folder.  My next layer of Whisper White is the lighter weight and I kept it plain so that it wouldn't fight for attention.  I used the 1 1/4" Jute Ribbon for exactly that reason as well:  it looks great and satisfies the sketch but doesn't call a lot of attention to itself. 

What I wanted all the attention on, of course, is the maple leaf, cut using the Leaflets framelits die, and the little fussy-cut owl.  My leaf is cut from the script-printed Delightful Dijon In-Color Designer Series paper stack and is sponged with the same Delightful Dijon around its perimeter.  My owl, which I hand-carved using the retired Undefined carving kit, was stamped using the Basic Grey Archival ink and then coloured using my Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso and Basic Grey Stampin' Markers.  I attached it to the card with Dimensionals, making it appear as if it's perched on the stem of the leaf.  I love that little owl!

I stamped the "many" from the Crazy About You stamp set just below the leaf using Tip Top Taupe ink and then added the die-cut "thanks" which I cut from a piece of Early Espresso cardstock using the Greetings thinlits.

I hope you'll check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday challenge site.

I've also entered my card in the SUO challenge which is all about "thanks".

And finally I've entered my card in the Paper Players challenge which has a theme of Fall Thanks.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

PCCCS169 - A Merry Little Wish...

I love it when one challenge pushes me along the road of creativity for another challenge.  As a Design Team member for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge, I can work ahead with the challenges.  Sometimes, however, it seems that I need a "kick-start" to come up with a card for a sketch that has been posted.  That's when a colour challenge can come in handy to make me see new possibilities.

Here is our sketch for this week:

I really couldn't decide whether I wanted a casual card, a Thanksgiving card or a Christmas card.  So I just looked at it every day or so, trying to decide.  And along the way, I wandered over to the Weekly Christmas Card Challenge and saw their colour challenge:

That's when something "clicked" for me and I had absolutely no problems coming up with my card.  It's funny how that works sometimes, isn't it?

It's hard to tell, but I only used the Archival Basic Gray ink for my stamping.  It softened the look and also kept me within the colour palette.  I've always loved the look of wonder that the little snowman from the White Christmas set has and paired him up with the natural looking tree from the Festival of Trees set.  At first I thought I would put a single silver die-cut star near the top which would have caught his attention but then I remembered the Santa and sleigh from the retired Holiday Home set.  A bit of a bend to the photopolymer stamp and the image fit onto my Whisper White piece perfectly.

For a final touch, to keep within the sketch parameters, I added a floral die-cut using the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits die and some Glimmer paper.  Pieced together with the negative bits from my Bermuda Bay cardstock die-cut, it looks great, doesn't it?  A little bow made from Glimmer paper, using the Bow Builder punch finishes it off nicely.

I hope you'll check out the other Design Team cards at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

More cards with this colour palette can be found at the Weekly Christmas Card Challenge.

I've also added my card to the Just Add Ink challenge which is "Just add W".  I think this card with the snowman's sense of Wonder and its Merry little Wish suited the challenge perfectly.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

WWC40 -- Joy!

I'm so excited!  This week for the Watercooler Wednesday challenge it's my turn to set the challenge.  I've decided on an "anything goes" which is always such fun, isn't it?  But wait!  For my "anything goes" challenge, you have to add holly somewhere on your creation.

Wait until you see Jean's card.  She got a bit sneaky with adding the holly.  But it just goes to show you that there are many ways to satisfy this challenge.  I know all of the Watercooler Artists had a lot of fun with it.

I got a bit ambitious with my holly.  I stamped the image from the Embellished Ornaments set and then, after colouring it, fussy-cut it out.  Somehow, and I know I had to have an Angel sitting on my shoulder throughout the ordeal, I managed to cut that intricate image out and a) I didn't lose my mind or b) it didn't fall apart.  Both options were distinct possibilities.

The ornament is cut out from the new Red Foil with one of the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits dies.  Then I cut into the die-cut ornament with one of the Bold Butterfly framelits.  After that I cut another butterfly from the Silver Foil and then inlaid the silver butterfly into the ornament.  Fussy?  Yes!  But the finished effect is everything I had hoped for.  I laced some of the pretty new Real Red Striped Ribbon through the top of the ornament as well as through the "Joy" which I had cut from Garden Green cardstock using one of the Wonderful Wreath framelits.

The reason for the sheen on both the holly and the "joy" is due to the generous coat of Crystal Effects with which I covered each of them.  The holly berries also have a bit of extra dazzle because they are actually tiny circles which I cut from the Red Glimmer paper.

I hope you enjoy my card as much as I enjoyed creating it.  For more creations using holly, check out our Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

I've also entered this card into the Weekly Christmas Card Challenge.

Since the Stampin' Royalty Challenge is having an "anything goes" challenge this week, I've also entered my card into theirs.

Sometimes I do my posts late at night and obviously my thought processes have already begun to shut down.  I posted this to the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge using the wrong url and not linking back.  My apologies.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

PCCCS168 - Happy Wonderful Christmas

I love the easily cut out images that make up the beautiful Home for Christmas Designer Series paper.  I've already cut out one of the Santa Claus images for a card and this time I chose the adorable baby reindeer.  The sketch challenge for the Paper Craft Crew just seemed to be perfect for it.

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 168. #papercraftcrew #cardsketch

To make the image "pop", I kept my colours to a minimum.  I used the heavy weight Whisper White for my base, added a layer of Cucumber Crush and then a layer of the normal weight Whisper White.  Across the lower portion of the card I added a strip of Basic Grey onto which I added some of the pretty Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim ribbon.  Then I stamped the holly branch from the Embellished Ornaments set onto a die-cut circle twice, extending onto the layer of Whisper White.   After colouring the images, I added the fussy-cut image of the young Rudolf, mounted on Dimensionals.   The sentiment from the Wondrous Wreath set completed my card.

For more cards using this sketch, I invite you to visit the Paper Craft Crew challenge.

I've also entered this card in the Weekly Christmas Card challenge.

For another fun challenge, I invite you to check out the Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

Friday, 23 October 2015

CCMC378 - Hello Fall

I've never created with Connie and Mary before although I have, many times, enjoyed the results of their challenges with the inspiration that they've given me.  But it's time, I thought, to give a bit back.  And so I've finally created something for one of their challenges and am posting it in time to play along.

I love colour challenges.  For me, however, Autumn usually brings forth thoughts of oranges, reds, yellows, browns and greens.  Connie and Mary decided to have only three of those colours in their challenge.  Well, that's what makes challenges such a good exercise, making full use of what is there.


I decided to have a base of Soft Suede followed by layers of Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow.  Finally, for my stamped layer, I turned to Whisper White and used the Sheltering Tree stamp set for most of my stamping.  For the leaves I alternated between the Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow but off-stamped the Mossy Meadow once to get a greener look.  I did the same with the grasses.  My sentiment is from the For All Things stamp set and, again, I off-stamped the Mossy Meadow once.  The card didn't look complete to my eye.  And so, rummaging through some of my retired sets, I found the Up, Up and Away stamp set, stamped the bird images using Soft Suede and was finally satisfied with the results.

For more cards using these colours, check out Connie and Mary's Challenge.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WWC39 - Today's the Day!

One of the things I love about being one of the Watercooler Artists is that I get to see everyone's creations ahead of time.  You have to understand that seeing the challenge weeks ahead makes it difficult to be patient.  The challenge for this week is a fun one.  Susan has provided a colour challenge and I had such fun with it.  The first thing I thought of was a nautical card.  What do you think?

Maybe it was in part due to those cute banners that Susan used to showcase her colours for the challenge.  No matter, the inspiration came and my card is precisely that, a nautical themed card.

I decided to use a technique which I haven't done for a while, the mirror-image technique.  The ship from the Traveler stamp set lends itself to that technique particularly well.  If you haven't tried the technique, it's actually a lot easier than it looks and it always manages to thrill the recipient.  You just stamp your image on the paper, allowing sufficient room for a duplicate image below it.  Then you use a piece of plastic (I use the Window Sheets) onto which you stamp the image once more.  Quickly, before the image dries, you line it up below the original on the paper and use it as a "stamp".  The image won't be quite as crisp as the one stamped on the paper but it will be the mirror image and works beautifully.

I used both my Stampin' Markers and my Aqua Painter and ink pads to achieve the colours on my card.  Then I used the So Saffron to sponge around the edges of the sentiment as well to balance the colours.  

I hope you'll join us this week and link up your card to the Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

PCCCS167 -- Thanks

Colour challenges are always lots of fun and the new one at the Paper Craft Crew is no exception.  The colours work beautifully for this time of the year.

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 167. #papercraftcrew #colorchallenge

I decided to heat emboss a variety of leaves in white embossing powder all along the top, right side and bottom of a piece of Whisper White.  After that I used sponge daubers to add ink in all the colours of the challenge.  I love the way the white of the embossing is emphasized with the sponged colours, don't you?

A bit of burlap, some gold baker's twine and a die-cut "thanks" complete my card.  Here's a close-up view of the embellishments.

Check out the remaining Design Team cards at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge here.

Stamps at a discount! Yay!

Every once in a while a great sale comes along and this is one of them.  From October 19th to 23rd Stampin' Up! is offering their wonderful stamps, from both the Annual Catalogue and the Holiday Catalogue, at 15% off the regular price.  If there is a stamp that you've been thinking about getting, this would be a great time to get it.  If you decide by Wednesday, October 21st by 10 p.m., your stamp(s) can be included with my order and you won't have to pay any shipping.

Or you can go to my online store and make the order yourself (not with free shipping) and have it delivered right to your door.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Wacky Watercooler October Holiday Round-Up

It's time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop and this one is such fun.  We're having a Holiday round-up.  In other words, we can make anything we want for the upcoming holidays.  When you consider that this time of year is full of holidays, that's really exciting.  You could say we have a "smorgasbord" of holidays from which to choose.

As you will remember, if you've wandered through our blog hops before, our blog hop is presented in a circular fashion.  What does that mean?  Wherever you begin in our blog hop, whether you go forwards or backwards through the participants, eventually you will wind up precisely where you began.  I hope you'll take time to visit all the participating blogs and, perhaps, leave a short message letting us know  what you've thought of our posts.

If you've been moving forwards through the blog hop, you'll have arrived here from the very talented Marsha Reed's blog.  Weren't her projects terrific?

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I like to start off simply and save the best for last.  In keeping with that habit, my first project is created using one of the frequently overlooked but ever-so-handy notecards and envelopes.  I decided to use a package of those for a make-and-take I'm doing for a charity event this weekend and so this card is doing "double duty".  If you're coming to the event, you get a preview today.

The notecards are slightly smaller than my usual cards, measuring 3 1/2" x 5".  That still leaves lots of room to create a terrific Christmas card.  I'll give you a quick preview of the inside of the card.  Yes, I've used the new and ever-so-elegant Joyful Season stamp set.

You can see I've stamped a partial cardinal in the top left corner and also partially coloured him.  The fun thing about this stamp set is that it is a "two-step".  In other words I can stamp the image and then there is another stamp which fits inside that image so it's possible to colour it in by stamping.  Lots of fun!

The notecard is Whisper White on top of which I've added a layer of Tip Top Taupe and an oval of Whisper White.  On that oval I've stamped the cardinal as well as the branch of berries upon which he sits.  I used Real Red for the cardinal and the berries.  For the branch I used Tip Top Taupe and Soft Suede.  I added a bit of sponging to the perimeter of the oval with some Marina Mist.  

Seriously, these notecards are perfect and there are twenty in a package, plus matching envelopes.

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My second project is all about Hallowe'en.  I'm not doing anything special for all the hoards of children who come to the door, but there are a few special ones for whom I like to fuss a bit.  I used the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlit for this treat holder, but not in the conventional way.  For this one I simply cut one side twice and then used adhesive to hold the bottom together.  This way it made a nice little wrap for some candy and used less of my cardstock.  

The treat holder is cut from the black diagonal striped Colour Me Irresistible Designer Series paper.  I love the subtle shine of the stripe.  The black also makes a wonderful backdrop for the images I stamped and cut using the adorable new Howl-o-ween Treat set and Boo to You framelits dies.  This is the back for which I cut "boo" out of a piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock and then sponged it using black ink before glueing it to the treat holder.

For the front I stamped and cut a Pear Pizzazz owl and Delightful Dijon pumpkin.  Yes, I had to give the little owl those spooky eyes!  It's for Hallowe'en, after all.

I finished off the treat holder by tying the top with a Delightful Dijon bow.  I love, love, love that wonderful Dotted Lace Trim ribbon!

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Time for my last project and, as promised, it's stunning.  Yes, I'm patting myself on the back, but I really do love this final creation.  What is it?  Well, it all began with a piece of corrugated cardboard from one of the Stampin' Up! shipping boxes.  I used that to cut a circle within a circle.  Yes, a doughnut, I suppose.  Anyway, I needed that so that I could wrap it up with Burlap Ribbon.

That didn't take your breath away, huh?  Well what about when I add this pretty die-cut, red foil "Noel"?  It looks a lot better now, right?

I'm sensing a degree of disappointment with my project so far.  But you have to indulge me and be patient.  I'm having a bit of fun here.  What do you think I did with these?

By the way, this was my first time playing with the Festive Flower Builder punch.  I made one small Poinsettia and a larger one.  For the green leaves on which they're mounted I used one of the Leaflets framelits.  First I cut all the petals and leaves from Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush cardstocks.  Then I used the same colour of ink to stamp them with the vein images from the Reason for the Season stamp set.  After that I had fun with the pieces, using my Simply Scored stylus along the veins, folding them, crushing them.  All in the name of art, of course.  I love the resulting texture.

Be warned, I'm going off on another tangent.  We'll get back to the Poinsettias later.  What I did for the next part of this project was to take a circle of the white filter paper and stamped it using the images from the Reason for the Season stamp set.  Then I added some holly from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set.  After that, I used my Paper Snips to cut the images out, leaving a narrow white border.

What did I do with that cut out image?  I placed it on a candle, covered it with a piece of wax paper, making sure that the image was being held tightly and without buckling.  Then I took my heat gun and aimed it at the image on the candle.  I knew as the image became brighter and more colourful that it was melting onto the candle with a layer of wax from the wax paper over it. 

 I carefully peeled the wax paper away and had my decorated candle.

So, what did I do with those Poinsettia flowers that I created?  I hot glued them onto the burlap covered circle, the larger one at the beginning of the "Noel" and the smaller one at the end.  And then I slipped the decorated candle inside the pretty burlap circle.

I love the way it turned out.  The candle is wax-covered and battery operated.  In other words this will last forever without melting down.

You can see the burlap candle holder much better from this angle.  I've also turned on the candle so you can see the lovely glow of the flickering bulb.

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Well, that's it for my projects.  I hope you enjoyed them as much as I've enjoyed creating them.  If you get a moment, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of them.

Your next stop will be with a very creative member of our group, Priscilla Ivler.  I'm sure you'll be amazed with her wonderful projects.