Project Life Partners with Stampin’ Up!

Wow – this is BIG NEWS, Stamping Friends!!

Stampin' Up! just announced that they have partnered with Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, and starting May 1st you'll be able to order through ME your Project Life supplies – in our amazing Stampin' Up! colours!! 

Here's the official release, and what you'll be able to buy to start with:

We are so so so excited to let you know we’ve partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, we’ll fill you in: it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.
 
You’ll be able to order a selection of Project Life products starting May 1! And with the launch of our new annual catalog on June 2, you’ll be able to buy from our complete line of Project Life products.
Can’t wait that long? Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will be able to order the limited selection starting April 21. So if you’re a demonstrator make sure to check the demonstrator website that day; if you’re not a demonstrator, sign up to join my Team and you can order the products early too!
Here are the items you’ll be able to purchase on May 1:

 

How exciting is this!?!!  If you already have started with Project Life, you can add to your collection, but with the super-coordination of Stampin' Up! products and colours!  If you're new to Project Life – like me – this is a great, easy way to start scrapbooking, without all the time-consuming fussiness, and searching for papers and embellishments that coordinate with your page.

If you'd like to Join My Team to be the first to get your hands on the Newest Stampin' Up! & Becky Higgins Project Life products, plus get to pre-order from the upcoming Annual Catalogue (demonstrators get to order on May 1st!) – all at a discount of 20% – 30%  CONTACT ME NOW!  Call me at 604.298.0472 or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca.  Want to sign up  immediately?  You can do it yourself online – just click the 'Join My Team' button on this page!

I'm looking forward to hearing from you :)

 

Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop – Spring has Sprung!

 

That's right – we dared to call this the 'Spring' Blog Hop, whether or not the weather outside your window is cooperating, or not!  We'll just have to go by the calendar, not the weather report :)

Regardless of weather, we're always excited to see you back again, to join in and enjoy sharing our creativity with you. 

In case this is your first Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, let me give you a brief introduction as to who we are.  We are a group of like-minded demonstrators who have all gotten to know each other (some only virtually, some in person) through the demonstrator-only site called Stampin' Connection.  (It's one of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator – you meet so many amazing people, from around the world!)


 We've decided that we like getting together (virtually) to create, and by the numbers of viewers from our past Blog Hops, we're guessing that you enjoy it, too!  So we've started doing these Hops monthly, and we hope you'll keep coming back to join in the fun!

The Hop runs in a circular fashion, so no matter where you started, as long as you keep clicking on the "Next" button, you'll go through all the particpating blogs.  If you like to 'hop around', you will find a list of all participating blogs at the end of this post, as well as by clicking on the "Home" button, which will take you to the Wacky Watercooler home site.

If you started at the beginning, you'll have come to my blog from the amazing Debbie Martin's blog.  She never fails to inspire with her wonderful creations!

So now it's my turn – I hope you enjoy what I'll be sharing.  My projects for this Hop are actually doing double-duty – what you see here today is what my Easter class will be making tomorrow evening!  They don't usually get to see what they're making before-hand – I hope they don't mind me sharing this time!

 

I'm a little late to the 'mini coffee cup' dance, but here I am, all the same!  (I like to think of it as being 'fashionably late'!)  Although I designed these with being an Easter treat in mind, you can use them – even decorated the way they are here – for any occasion!  Here's some other views, so you can see some of the details.

Of course, carrying 2 cups is much easier with a little carrier – one piece of cardstock, and there you go!

As you can see, I'm still in love with the Spiral Flower Die - I only used 1 layer of cardstock to make each of the roses, and yet look how pretty & full they look!  I used the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, and sponged the edges with the matching Crisp Cantaloupe ink.  The flower behind the rose is stamped using the Mixed Bunch stamp set, and punched with the Blossom punch.  The 'For You' is stamped with in Pool Party ink with the Layered Labels stamp set, and cut out with the coordinating Apothecary Accents Framelits.  (I do apologize for using some of the Sweet Sorbet designer paper from Sale-a-bration that just ended; normally I wouldn't do that for a Hop, but I do use some retired items in classes).

My next project to share is an Easter card – although again, simply by switching the sentiment, the card layout can be used for any occasion.

Once again going with a base colour of Crisp Cantaloupe (is it time for an intervention? do I use this colour a lot?!)  I layered it with Smoky Slate cardstock and the gorgeous Watercolour Wonder designer series paper.  Really – this paper is so gorgeous, I hardly had to do anything to make this card look as good as it does!!  Thank you, Stampin' Up!, for making it so easy to create, and look like a pro! :) 

 

You've probably see this type of closure everywhere by now – blogs, pinterest, etc.; again, I'm 'fashionably late' – but only because my Scallop  Tag Topper Punch was on back-order!  You can see I'm making up for lost time, though! :)  I followed the super-easy video from Tanya Bell – Stamping T(http://stampingt.com.au) to make this innovative closure using this punch.

 

My final project was super fun to make – and surprisingly easy!!  Easy, of course, when you have the fabulous France Martin to tell you how to make it :)  France – or Frenchie, as she is called – came up with a way to make this gorgeous basket from 1 piece of cardstock – and with minimal cutting!  Be sure to check out her blog www.frenchiestamps.com and tell her I sent you!

Too cute, right?!  Sure doesn't look like it was made from only 1 piece of cardstock, does it?! 

Here's a side view.  I used Crumb Cake for my basket, as it's a nice neutral colour.  Think of this basket in different colours – wouldn't a little flower girl at a wedding look adorable carrying this basket down the aisle, sprinkling petals from it? 

I was able to get the 'cross-hatch weave' look by simply using my 'Stripes' embossing folder twice – once straight, then the second time switching the direction!  I stamped the flowers using the Petite Petals stamp set and coordinating Petite Petals Punch (like  a lot of you, I had to wait for my punch to arrive from back-order as well; it's worth the wait, trust me!!)  Add a little ribbon for decoration, fill the basket with whatever treats you want, and you're done! 

I hope you've enjoyed my projects for this month, and hope that I've given you some inspiration on how you can take a seemingly 'seasonal' item, and change it around for whatever occasion suits your needs.  I will be putting up tutorials for these projects on my tutorials page by the end of the weekend, so please do come back!

If you continue on in the circular route, you'll be in for a treat heading to Gail Allen's blog; she always provides a treat feast for the eyes!

So to head to Gail's blog - click this link http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca

To go back to Debbie Martin's page, click this link http://www.cleverandcute.blogspot.com

To go to our Wacky Watercooler Home page, click this link http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

We'd appreciate it if you take a minute to leave us some love by way of a comment on our posts!!  Thanks so much for visiting – until next time, Happy Stamping!

 

 

Weekly Deals & Upcoming Blog Hop!

Hello Stamping Friends!

We're looking forward to some nicer weather here this week – there's actually some  daffodils blooming – finally! – and my lilac tree is in bud :)  It's actaully looking like Spring, believe it or not!

I've been busy with classes, lately – thank you to all who have been attending! – and of course my SPCA fundraiser – a huge thank you to all who supported that!  I had a delighted call from the coordinator at the Vancouver SPCA when she received the donations – needless to say, every dollar counts, and the $153.60 donated was very well received! :) 

I'm so looking forward to this Friday's 'Hop into Easter' class, where we'll be making 2 cards, and 2 treat holders!  You'll be able to see what we're making if you come back and check out my post on Thursday night – that's right, the night before class – as I'll be featuring some of the class projects in our newest April Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  The Hop will run from Thursday night 6:00 pm through Saturday.  Of course, the projects will still remain on the 12 participating blogs afterwards, but they'll be on the front pages Thursday through Saturday :)

Next I'll be holding a 'Mom's the Word' class for Mother's Day on April 25th.  I'm super excited to be starting a Technique club starting May 23rd - I'm calling it Technique Junquies 'Funky Fridays'!  There's still limited space available – act soon!

Be sure to check out my Calendar and Class Schedule page (click on the banner at the top of this page) for all the details and registration dates.  You'll want to make to reserve your spot early!

Stampin' Up! has some awesome products on special for this week's Weekly Deals – have a look!

 

Can you believe that in less than 2 months, the new Annual Catalogue will be out?!!  Of course, before that happens, Stampin' Up! will be releasing the 'Retiring' list - of stamp sets, colours, inks, ribbons, cardstock, designer papers, embellishments, dies, punches, etc. – anything that will not be available after June 1st! 

So keep your eyes peeled – I'll be sharing the list with everyone on my mailing list, and  posting it here on my blog on April 21st - that's when it'll be released!  Everything on the list except for stamp sets will be 'available while supplies last' only – that means get 'em fast, before they're gone!  If you want to be one of the 1st to receive the list, either enter your information by clicking on 'subscribe', or send me a quick email with your contact info, and I'll add you to my email list. :)  debsmart@shaw.ca

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

PAWS to Stamp Fundraiser Fun!

Hello Stamping Friends!

Thanks to my wonderful friends and customers for your generosity!!  Last night we had such fun, and raised $153.60 for the B.C. SPCA!  Woohooo!  This amount doesn't include donations I've received from my online page –  I still have my online donation page open until April 28th, so if you weren't able to attend my event last night but would like to donate, you can click this link http://support.spca.bc.ca/site/TR/Events/GeneralDonationWrapper?pxfid=18081&fr_id=1570&pg=fund   Trust me, every donation counts, and is very much appreciated!

I wanted to share here the projects that were made, and the fun we had :)

We made a coordinating set of a card, tag and bag for a Birthday celebration!  I just love the Banner Framelits, Perfect Pennants stamp set and the Another Great Year stamp set, as well.  The candles on the card were made by rolling strips of Birthday Basic DSP around a skewer, taping closed with Sticky Tape, and then when you peel off the backing, they stick perfectly to the card front! 

This cute bunny tag is made using the new Tag Topper Scallop Punch, the (retired) Chocolate Bunny stamp, Petite Petals stamp set & coordinating Punch, and the grass is cardstock cut with the Fringed Scissors.  The Fringed Scissors (which I love – can you tell?!) were put to good use again on the gift bag.  I made punch art bunnies using the Oval and Circle punches for the body, and the (retired) Blossom Petal punch for the ears.  Bunny's tail is a cute little flower from the Holiday Occasions catalogue, dusted with a bit of Blushing Bride classic ink.

I saw this card over on Glenda Caulkin's blog – www.thestampcamp.com and fell in love with it! So much, that I didn't change a thing, except for maybe the DSP choice and the ribbon used.  The bunny is from the set Eggstra Spectacular, and to be honest – it's the reason I bought the set! :)

 

Here are Debbie, Amanda and Alex, having fun creating their Birthday gift bags :)

This tag is a version of the one I did for the guests at my Open House back in January; everyone commented on how much they loved it, so I thought they wouldn't mind making one for themselves!  This time we used Pool Party cardstock cut with the Apothecary Accents Framelits for the tag base.  The Spiral Flower Die was used with Primrose Petals and Blushing Bride card stock, and the small flowers are from the Petite Petals stamp set and punched out with the coordinating punch.  The sentiment 'For You' is stamped in Primrose Petals ink, from the Layered Labels stamp set, and cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Finishing it off is the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Primrose Petals.

Here you can see Karen, Christine and Alex sharing a laugh while keeping busy with their projects :)

Almost everyone who attended the event has their own pets, or knows someone with pets – so of course I had to send them home with something for their furry friends!  I made punch art puppies using Circle punches and the (retired) Blossom Builder punch, and stamped the Cat using the (retired) C is for Cat stamp set.

Along with the refreshments during the event, I couldn't send my friends of the Animals home empty handed – so I decorated some mini coffee cups and filled them with – what else – chocolate!! 

Thank you again, my friends, for your generous support of the animals in need!  Helping one animal may not change the world, but it will certainly change the world of that one animal!

Shadow (our 11 year old Black Lab) says 'Thank You' too – and he loves it when you come to visit his Mum & do crafts!

 

Until next time – Happy Stamping!  And give your fur-baby a hug for us!

 

Weekly Deals & PAWS to Stamp

Hello, Stamping Friends!

How have you been?  I hope you're doing well, and keeping busy – with stamping, of course! :)  Or at least some kind of crafting.  I know that sometimes I find it difficult to get to my craft table (a.k.a. the dining room table!) but when I do, I feel so much better!  I'm not sure about 'cheaper than therapy' – LOL – but it's certainly more fun!!

I want to let  you know about this week's Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals - they're effective as of yesterday, March 24th to next Monday, March 31st. 

Here's what's on special this week:

If you don't pick up anything else, you'll want to do yourself a favour and get some of the fabulous, yummy Glimmer Paper!!  Oh my gosh – I have to admit my favourite is the Champagne colour, then the Silver is a close 2nd.  It is so rich, and gorgeous, you'll want to use it on everything!  At this price, you can afford to stock up – so do!!

Speaking of 'stocking up' – next Monday March 31st is the FINAL DAY for SALE-A-BRATION orders!!  **whhhaaaahhhhh!!!**   I have fallen in love with the Sweet Sorbet DSP – what will I do without it??!! 

Remember – any order of $60 qualifies for 1 FREE Sale-a-bration item - even if your complete order is made up of sale items (like the weekly deals, or clearance rack items).  So, you can do 2 things at once – stock up on your favourites (or choose some new favourites), AND earn yourself FREE PRODUCTS!!  Win-win, if you ask me (and that's how you'll explain it to your significant other, too! :)

So don't let this be you – call or email me to get your order in TODAY! 

I'd like to say a BIG THANK YOU!!  to my friends – customers, blog-readers, neighbours – who have already donated to my Fundraiser for the SPCA!  You are wonderful, wonderful people; every dollar helps the animals enormously!   There was an article in our local paper just last week, about 2 dogs that were left tied up! to the fence outside the SPCA office early one morning.  Luckily, a worker at a neighbouring business noticed the vehicle speeding away, saw the two dogs, and brought them inside his workplace until the SPCA workers arrived.  If you'd like, you can read the whole story by clicking on this link    http://www.burnabynewsleader.com/news/251016171.html

Here's a picture of little Fred and Ethel, who are going to be benefiting from donations!

I've been having lots of fun coming up with the projects for my fundraiser – here's a little sneaky peek for you!

We'll be making a total of 2 cards, 4 tags, and decorating 2 gift bags :)  Of course, there will also be some special treats – for the humans to enjoy, as well as to take home to their fur-babies! 

If you're able to attend, I'd love to see you – this Friday between 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Just let me know, so I can make sure I have enough kits prepared!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

PAWS to Stamp for a Cause

Hello Stamping Friends! 

I'm so excited about my first fundraiser, combining 2 of my favourites – stamping and animals!  Strange combination, you say?  Well, not really! 

This will be the 3rd year that I'll be participating in the Vancouver Sun Run, but it's the 1st year that the organizers have given us participants the choice to fundraise for a non-profit society.  Well, anyone knowing me knows that choosing the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was a given! 

So, along with my online donation page, I'm having a special stamping event, and inviting everyone to come have fun, do some stamping, and donate to a worthy cause – the animals! 

Here's the details of my event:

PAWS to STAMP

For a Cause

When: Friday, March 28th 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday March 29th 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Where: 855 Everett Crescent, Burnaby
Why: Fundraiser for B.C. S.P.C.A.
What: Come & make 4 beautiful gift tags, decorate 2 gift bags and make 2 greeting cards, all in support of the Animals!
Cost: Minimum $10 donation to BC SPCA
RSVP: by March 21st to ensure enough supplies
To Deborah 604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca
Come have a Stamping Good Time, Support the Animals and make new friends!  Refreshments will be provided!
All supplies are high-quality Stampin’ Up!® cardstock, designer papers, stamps and inks. To see samples, check my blog at www.stampandcreate.net
If you would like to donate, but are unable to attend, you can do so online at

 http://support.spca.bc.ca/site/TR/Events/GeneralDonationWrapper?pxfid=18081&fr_id=1570&pg=fund

So I've sent email invitations to my customers, and have made a flyer (with the above information, and some cute 'clip art' that for some reason won't paste onto here) to drop off at all my neighbours houses, and post at some other places in the neighbourhood. 

I rolled up the flyer invitation, and made a special tag that I tied onto it – what do you think of how it looks?

I wanted the tag to show off some of the pretty papers SU! has, and how something as simple as a tag, could be made to look so pretty!  Would you be tempted to come, if you hadn't stamped with me before? 

I'm busy right now getting the projects ready, and will be posting pictures of samples over the next couple of days.  I'm hoping that if people see what they'll be making, they'll really want to attend! :)

Okay – well, I'd better get back to work, so that I'm ready for the event!  Plus, tomorrow I'm helping Debbie, one of my Team members, get ready for her first class!  Yay for her!! :)

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

Card in a Box + More!

Hello Stamping Friends, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I hope you had a great weekend, and that you enjoyed our most recent Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  Weren't all those projects just amazing?!  Sometimes I just can't believe all the talent out there – and share most willingly by the wonderful Stampin' Up! demonstrators I'm lucky enough to call friends :)  

If you didn't take the Hop tour, it isn't too late – all of the blogs are listed at the bottom of the post below this one – just scroll down; you'll see my projects, and at the end of the post, you'll see the list of blogs.  I know I have to go back and look more than once, the projects are that exciting!

Well, the Blog Hop was lots of 'virtual' fun, but a lot of 'real' fun was had here on Friday, with the gals at my 'Card in a Box + More' class!  My gosh - if laughter is the best medicine, I shouldn't be sick a day in my life!  We always have such a good time, and still manage to come away with beautiful creations.

Here's pictures of everyone hard at work – boy, things get quiet when we're concentrating!

Debbie (front) & Christine

Domani (front) & Amanda

Debbie was the first to finish – what a great job she did!

Here's Christine's Card in a Box – lovely!!

Amanda's turned out beautifully

And Domani's Card in a Box is beautiful!

See?!  I told  you these ladies can have fun, and turn out fabulous projects!  We were all so thrilled, we just had to take a picture of everyone's Card in a Box together:

To make the cards, we used Whisper White cardstock for the base, then layered Pool Party cardstock with Watercolour Wonder DSP.  Then using an assortment of punches (Boho Blossoms, Scallop Circle, Elegant Butterfly, Bird Builder, etc.) we punched out flower shapes, butterflies and a bird, and decorated the cards to our own taste.  I think they all turned out beautifully – don't you?  I am putting my tutorial for how to make your own Card in a Box on my Tutorial page today - be sure to check it out!

After making the Card in a Box, we took a quick break for refreshements, (us girls like our goodies!) then headed back to work and made these two cards.

This card was made using a technique called 'Embedded Embossing', where you punch & glue your shapes to a piece of cardstock or your card base, then emboss over all the layer.  This one we did using different sizes of circle punches, punched from the Fresh Prints DSP stack, gluing them to Real Red cardstock, then using the Big Shot, embossing it with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  That was then layered onto a Pool Party layer on a Whisper White cardstock base.  'Make a Wish' was stamped from the 'Another Great Year' stamp set, and cut using the Banners Framelits Die.  The letter 'a' was stamped again in Pool Party, and popped up in the centre of the sentiment with a Dimensional.  How do you like the Real Red/Pool Party combination?  It really pops, doesn't it?  Nice and cheery for a birthday card!

 

This card would be perfect for either a wedding or an anniversary, with the sentiment we used.  The card base is Crumb Cake, and the panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed with the Mosaic Madness embossing folder.  Once embossed, I used the coordinating Mosaic punch, and punched out the bottom row of mosaic shapes, leaving the detailed look.  A layer of Cherry Cobbler cardstock under the sentiment makes it stand out, along with the one mosaic stamped from the Mosaic Madness stamp set.  The addition of pearls just adds the right touch, I think, to finish off the card.

Just a reminder – there's only 2 weeks left of Sale-a-bration, so if you'd like to take advantage of earning FREE product, or the fabulous Join My Team benefits, time is running out!  To place your order or talk to me about joining, please either call or email me at 604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca , or you can place your order and sign up directly on-line – click on 'Shop Now' or 'Join My Team' on the side-bar buttons.

I'm putting together my schedule for the next few months, so if there's any particular type of class you'd like to see, just let me know! 

I look forward to hearing from you soon!  Until then – Happy Stamping!

March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

The Wacky Watercooler March Blog
Hop
 
I think it's safe to say that in most places in our Stamping world, March has roared in like a lion!  Nothing lamb-like about wind storms, more snow, and rain storms, that's for sure.  What better reason to grab a cuppa, and settle in for another fan-tab-ulous Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!
 
This time we've set a new record – we are at a Fabulous 15 participating blogs, and the addition of our wonderful Jeanne Kupsh in Germany, we're officially 'world wide'!
 
In case this is your first Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, let me give you a brief introduction as to who we are.  We are a group of like-minded demonstrators who have all gotten to know each other (some only virtually, some in person) through the demonstrator-only site called Stampin' Connection.  (It's one of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator – you meet so many amazing people, from around the world!)

We've decided that we like getting together (virtually) to create, and by the numbers of viewers from our past Blog Hops, we're guessing that you enjoy it, too!  So we've started doing these Hops monthly, and we hope you'll keep coming back to join in the fun!
 
The Hop runs in a circular fashion, so no matter where you started, as long as you keep clicking on the "Next" button, you'll go through all the particpating blogs.  If you like to 'hop around', you will find a list of all participating blogs at the end of this post, as well as by clicking on the "Home" button, which will take you to the Wacky Watercooler home site.
Technically, my blog is 'first' on the list of blogs, but you may have come here from the 'Home' page, or from another blog.  Either way, I hope you enjoy the projects I have to offer, and keep on 'hopping'!
 
Here's my first project – I have to say, I am so excited about this one, that I even sent out a 'sneak peek' on Instagram!!  It's my first time doing this project – which, when you first see it, looks like an pretty chill little box….

….until you open it – then "BOOM"! 

 

It's an Explosion Box!! 

How cool is this?!  Now you see why I was so thrilled :)  The box itself is easy to construct, but filling it in can take a bit of time – especially if you're like me, and agonize over the placement of every flower and butterfly! LOL 

I have to share some close-up pictures of the 4 panels and the centre flowers with you – after all, I did take the time to make them, so I have to show them off! :)

These are the 4 panels, which I decorated with butterflies using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  I used strips of Window Sheets to help the butterflies 'fly'!  The flowers were made using a combination of the Boho Blossoms Punch and the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, and made from Creped Filter Paper coloured by spritzing it with reinkers and alcohol mixed in the Stampin' Spritzer

How about these flowers – aren't they gorgeous?!  No, I'm not just lovin' on myself, here – I really do love the new Spiral Flower Die, and when you pair it with new Fringe Scissors , you can see the terrific results.  I'll be posting a tutorial in a the next day or so on how to do the 'full fringe' and the 'partial fringe' with the die, so make sure you come back & check out my Tutorial page!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding

Designer Series Paper: Soho Subway (#130140), Sweet Sorbet (#133521-FREE during SAB)

Inks: Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Ink Pads; Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe Re-inkers

Tools: Big Shot (#113439), Magnetic Platform (#130658), Chalk Talk Framelits (#129983), Beautiful Wings Embosslits (#118138), Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526), Bird Builder Punch (#117191), Boho Blossoms Punch (#119858), 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch (#127811)

Other: Creped Filter Paper (#129392), Stampin' Spritzer (#126185), Candy Dot Brads (#132293), Window Sheets (#114323), Fringe Scissors (#133325), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Anywhere Glue Sticks (#104045), Sticky Strip (#104294)

Easter is on it's way, and so is the Easter Bunny!  My next project was also such fun, because I put the Fringe Scissors to use again, plus I just love the cute little bunny in the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set! :)

What do you think – does it look like the Easter Bunny just hid some eggs, and is now on moving on?  Tee  hee!  I wanted to add some visual interest to this card, so I created 'layers' of grass in which to hide the eggs, and made a little frame for the special bunny :)

Here's a side view, so you can see how I made the layers – popped up each one with Dimensionals, so that I could still hide the eggs. 

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White

Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints Paper Stack (#132996), Watercolour Wonder (#132994)

Stamp Set: Eggstra Spectacular (#133071cm, 133068wm)

Inks: Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad

Tools: Fringe Scissors (#133325), Large Oval Punch (#119855), Ovals Collection Framelits (#129381), Labels Collection Framelits (#125598), Big Shot (#113439), Magnetic Platform (#130658)

Other: Daffodil Delight Ribbon (clearance rack), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

 
Finally, what's Easter without some chocolate eggs?  It just wouldn't happen in my house, so I decided to make some special holders for one of my favourite Easter treats – those wonderful, gooey Cadbury Eggs!  Connie Stewart over at Simply Simple Stamping shared this oh-so-cute tutorial, so I just had to try it out.

Can you imagine the smiles when someone receives one of these little cuties?!  You'll notice that they are each just a tiny bit different – not just because I used a different background stamp on each one, but because I mis-judged the placement of the punch (too high!) on the one on the right!  But it still looks okay, right?

 

Here's a close-up of the cute little chicks – so easy to make, but so cute!  A few punches, a few snips, and you have your egg and chick!

For the top, since I don't yet have the wonderful new Tag Topper punch (it's currently on back-order), I used the Labels Framelit Collection to shape the top of the little egg holder, and used the punches from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack so I could thread my ribbon through to hold it closed. 
 
Supplies Used:
 
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
 
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Sorbet, Watercolour Wonder
 
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding
 
Stamp Sets: Eggstra Spectacular (#133071cm/133068wm), Easter Blossoms (retired)
 
Tools: Big Shot (#133439), Labels Collection Frameltis (#125598), Designer Frames Embossing Folder (retired), Large Oval Punch (#119855), Blossom Punch (#125603), Boho Blossoms Punch (#119858), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309)
 
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755), Stampin' Sponges (#101610), Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (#125583), Paper Snips (#103579)

 Well, I hope you've enjoyed seeing my projects as much as I enjoyed making them!  Next on the Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Jackie Susnick – click on the 'Next' link below if you'd like to Hop forward; if you'd like to Hop backwards, you can go to Bev Q.'s blog by clicking the 'Previous' Button, or you can Hop to our Home page by clicking – you guessed it! – the 'Home button!  You can also randomly visit all of the blogs whenever you like;  the full list is at the bottome of this post, as well as on the Home page.

Thanks for visiting – if you have time, I'd appreciate any comment you'd like to leave for me!  Happy Hopping!

 

 

List of Participating Blogs: in order of appearance

~Deborah Smart – www.stampandcreate.net  (you are here!)
Jackie Susnik – www.jackotterstamp.blogspot.com
Susan Horr -  http://susanstamps.wordpress.com
Marsha Reed – http://www.coffeepotstampingcafe.com
Heidi Weaver -  http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/
Jean Fitch -  http://jlfstudio.wordpress.com/
Jeanne Kupsh – http://happy-jeannie.blogspot.ca
Christine Giuda – http://www.dancinstamps.blogspot.com
Kath R. – http://kath-allthatscrap.blogspot.com/
Gail Allen -  http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/
Stefanie Pletscher – http://craftymedic.blogspot.ca
KatheD -  http://kathesadventure.blogspot.ca
Buffy Cooper -   http://buffycooper.com/   
Terri Antoniw – http://stampwithter.blogspot.ca
Bev Q – http://stampwithbev.blogspot.ca/

Home Page – Wacky Watercooler Stamping – http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

Fun with Burlap & Blooms Wreath

Hello, Stamping Friends!

I hope you're having a good weekend, and staying warm & dry, wherever you are. 

Last night was such fun with the gals making their wreaths using the Burlap and Blooms Wreath Kit!  If you're not familiar with the kit, it's awesome; it comes with everything you need (except the glue gun) to  put your wreath together, including different types of flowers, the burlap wrap and the wreath form itself. 

Here's everything that comes in the Kit – item #133333 $22.95

It's a great value for the price, and while it comes with instructions you can follow to have it turn out like the picutre on the packaging, you can customize it to suit your own home decor!

Susan and Debbie worked very hard on their wreaths, as you can see here -

A glue gun is a must have to put your wreath together!!  You want your wreath to stay together nicely, without drooping flowers, as it brightens your home, so you need to ensure that everything is well adhered!

Here's how I completed my wreath:

I chose to add in some ribbon, and some butterflies made with the Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526 #21.95), Beautiful Wings Embosslits (#118138 $14.95) and the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (#114507 $26.95)

Okay – they're getting near the end here (we broke for refreshments, and came back ready to rock!)

As Debbie put the finishing touches on her wreath, Susan posed with her beautiful wreath!

You can see that Susan added lots of butterflies, and decided that she liked the 'loopy' flowers the best, and focused on those on her wreath.  I love how she used the buttons on the hanging loop! :)

Debbie's wreath is just as beautiful, and yet you can see they look quite different.

This is what I mean about being able to customize a kit to suit your own personality and home decor; Susan and Debbie both used the same supplies, same kit, but made their wreaths they way they wanted them to look.  Which is perfect!!

And of course, we had lots of fun and laughs!

I love these ladies!! :)  And I love spending time with them, creating and enjoying girl time. 

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

Fun with Fringe Scissors

Hello again, Stamping Friends!

As promised, I'm back to share the fun I had making some flowers with Stampin' Up!'s new Fringe Scissors!  These debuted in the Occasions Catalogue, and are available to order – item #133325 for only $13.50. 

I made a little tutorial of how I made the flowers, step-by-step; I'm posting it here, and I'll also put it on my Tutorial page, so it stays there where you can easily find it.

~~FRINGE FLOWERS
-using the new Fringe Scissors from Stampin’ Up!® (item #133325)


Supplies:
Cardstock –colour of your choice
Fringe Scissors
Paper Piercing Tool (item #126189)
Stampin’ Pierce Mat (item #126199)
2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch (item #118874)
Stampin’ Spritzer (item #126185)
Brads – your choice of type/colour
Water
Rubbing Alcohol (70%)

Directions:
1. Using the 2 3/8” Scallop Circle punch, punch out 6 circles from your cardstock    .

 

2. Using the Fringe Scissors cut all the way around each of the scallop circles.

3. Fill your Stampin’ Spritzer ¾ of the way with tap water, then add the 70% rubbing alcohol to the top.  The rubbing alcohol will  help the cardstock dry faster than just straight water.
4. Spritz each of the fringed flowers with the water/alcohol mix, ensuring they are quite saturated.
5. Scrunch each of the flowers, one by one, in your hand. 

6. Stack each of the flowers on top of each other, slightly flattening the out so that they will layer.
7. Place the stack of flowers on top of the Pierce Mat, and with the Paper Piercer, pierce a hole through the centre of the stack of flowers.

8. Remove the Paper Piercer, and place the Brad you chose through the hole made by the piercer, and open the prongs at the back to hold the brad in place.
9. Fluff up the fringes of the flower; set aside to dry.
10. Repeat as many times as you’d like; now your flowers are ready to be used in any type of project!

Of course there are many more uses for the Fringe Scissors - this is just a start!  I'm having more fun, and will be back to share again with you soon!

Until next time – Happy Stamping! (and Fringing!)