New Tutorials Added

Hello, my Stamping Friends!

I hope you've all been keeping well, and hydrated, if you're experiencing heat like we are here!  Hopefully you're not in any of the places that are experiencing the terrible weather like hurricanes, severe storms and/or lightning strikes!  If you are – stay safe!!

I am counting down the days until I'm able to pre-order from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue!  That's right – if you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you get to start pre-ordering stamps and supplies from the Holiday Catalogue starting August 1st!  I've seen it on-line (still don't have a 'hard copy' yet in my hot little hands!), and let me tell you – you're going to love it!  There are so many fabulous stamp sets, lots of new dies and framelits for the Big Shot – I could go on, and on.  

If there were some stamp sets and/or framelits from last year's Holiday Catalogue that you didn't get to pick up – it's not too late!  Click HERE and you can see the many sets that are still available – but ONLY UNTIL  AUGUST 27th – and while supplies last!  

I'm also getting ready for another great Creation Station Blog Tour, which will be happening this coming Sunday, August 3rd.  Be sure to come back & check it out – we'll be celebrating Birthdays! :)

I posted a while back about my Technique Junquies Club; it's a group of clients who get together once a month at my place, and I show them at least 2 new techniques, and we create a completed project using the techniques.  Our first 2 techniques were Bleached Stamping, and the Shaving Cream technique.  We had so much fun, and everyone was amazed at how easy & fun it was to do!  

This is the completed card:

We used the Blended Bloom stamp as our Bleached Stamping image.

Here's what the pan of shaving cream, with the re-inkers swirled through it, looked like!

I've put these 2 tutorials on my Tutorials page now, for  you to access, and have fun with these techniques for yourself!  I would love to see your completed projects when you're done – just send a picture to me in an email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I'll share them here, on my blog!

Okay – I've got to get back to creating, and finished working on my classes & events schedule!  I'm so looking forward to having fun with you over the next few months!

Until then – Happy Stamping!

 

 

Act Quickly for these Specials!

Hello, Stamping Friends!

How have you been?  It's been pretty much life as usual, here – except I'm having an awful time sleeping these days.  Most  nights, I see 3:00 am roll around, and I'm still awake….not a good way to get through the day!  Unfortunately, that's been effecting my creativity, so I don't have anything new to share today :(

I do want to remind you that the BUY 3, GET ONE FREE Designer Series Paper Special is ending on July 31st, so if you don't have your order in yet – don't delay!   You are going to love the new designs this year; everything from soft & warm like Lullaby to vibrant & cheeky like Sweet Taffy, classical like Back to Black or cheerful & homey like Flowerpot and Park Lane.  There's something for everyone – or if you're like me – get it all!!  

If you're looking for some crafting spontenaity in your life – how about a monthly crafting escape that is delivered directly to your door?  Try out Paper Pumpkin now, and you can get your first 2 months at 50% OFF!  That's like one free month!!  

 

Each Paper Pumpkin kit contains everything you need to make a fabulous craft – just add your own adhesive!  That's right – stamp(s), paper, embellishments, even ink is included in the kit!  You can follow the enclosed directions to make exactly what was designed; or, you can get adventurous – and add in your own extras and imagination and come up with something completely your own!!  

Know someone who always admires your creations, but claims they "could never do that!"  Well, they can, with Paper Pumpkin – and you could send them a gift kit, at 50% OFF!  What a great surprise would that be! :)

To sign up, simply click HERE, and enter the code HALFOFF2.  It's that easy!  Each Paper Pumpkin kit ships approximately the 15th of each month, and depending on where you live, you (or your lucky friend!) will receive it about 5 days later.

Currently I'm working on my schedule of classes and events for the rest of the year; I'll be adding some new classes, along with some return favourites (like the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack!).  I'm also working with my downline member and INKcreadibly Creative Team member Debbie; we're planning a full day-long retreat!!  It's going to be super-fun, super-special, and you're going to love it!!  There will be goody bags, door prizes, classes, and of course lots of stamping!  We're still working on the details, so stay tuned, and I'll be back with more information when you can sign up!

If you would like to have lots of fun stamping, learning new tips and techniques, all while having your own business or simply 'paying for your hobby' and being part of a FUN , FABULOUS TEAM – I'd love to  have you JOIN US!!  You can be a member of my INKcredibly Creative Team simply by signing up to be a Demonstrator, and choosing to join up with me!  

You can either click on the "JOIN MY TEAM" button to the top left on this page, or contact me and I'll be happy to talk to you about the benefits of being your own boss, and having fun while doing it!  My phone is 604.298.0472 or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca  It'll be your best decision ever!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

 

Creation Station Blog Tour – Flower Patch

WELCOME BACK to another WONDERFUL Blog Tour with the Creations Station Design Team!

I'm so glad to see you here – I hope you're enjoying our Blog Tour so far!  If you started at the 'beginning', you are joining me from the amazing Jennifer Downey's blog; isn't she just SO talented?!!  I just love browsing through Jennifer's blog – it makes me smile :)  If you've traveled the other direction, then you've just seen the awesome Jen Arkfeld's creations – I'm not exaggerating with the word 'awesome', right?!  This is such an amazing group to be a part of; I pinch myself every 2 weeks to make sure I'm awake! :)

If this is your first Creation Station Blog Tour, all you need to do to take the tour is continue clicking either the Next or Back buttons to get to the next participating blog.  We are all linked in a circle, so keep clicking, and you'll be taken all the way around, and back to where you started.  If you get lost at any time, just go to the bottom of the post, and you'll find a list of all the participating blogs – just click on the name, and you'll be taken straight there.

This blog tour we decided to focus on the stamp set Flower Patch, and the matching Framelits set Flower Fair.  I've had this set for a little while now (you may have already seen some of my past creations) and I love playing with it!  The matching framelits set makes it so easy to create fabulous layered and dimensional projects, without the time-consuming fussy cutting!  

I've prepared 2 projects for you today; here is my first card:

See what I mean about layering?! :)  I started out with the idea of showing the 'masking' technique – but just couldn't stop there, and had to add even more dimension with popped-up layers.  You can also tell I'm still lovin' the new In Colours :)  The card base is Lost Lagoon, layered with Tangelo Twist.  The flowers are all stamped with Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Twist and Hello Honey; the leaves are stamped with Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow.  The masking was so easy to do, as all I had to do to create the masks was use the matching framelits to cut the shapes I wanted to mask!  Just for good measure, I added a few flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set – easy peasy with the matching Petite Petals Punch.  (Demonstrator Tip – I find that when stamping the larger photopolyer stamps, placing the Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath your cardstock ensures an even transfer of ink from the stamp to your cardstock.  If you don't yet have a Stampin' Pierce Mat, using a few layers of fun foam craft sheets works in a pinch!). 

I knew I wanted to use the 'Happy Blooming Birthday' sentiment from this set; while I was pondering how to  place it, I spied the large leaf Framelit, and  - ta da!!  My little stroke of genius, if I do say so myself! :)

My next project is doing double-duty; I taught this in my techniques class last night, to learn 2-step stamping (with and without the Stamp-a-ma-jig), and how to make a Waterfall Card.  It was lots of fun; everyone got inky, learned how easy the Stamp-a-ma-jig is to use, and also found out how the Photopolymer stamps don't even need the Stamp-a-ma-jig to 2-step stamp!  

Here's what we made:

This is the card closed; you can  see that we made our own background, instead of using Designer Series Paper.  More fun stamping, and getting in 2-step stamping practice!

By pulling the tab towards the right, the stamped squares 'flip' over, revealing the one underneath!

Finally you see the 3rd square, and the sentiment on the waterfall tab :)

Once again we used the new In Colours; Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist, with some Pear Pizzaz and Smoky Slate as well.  The cardstock is Whisper White for stamping on, a base of Tangelo Twist, and smaller squares of Hello Honey.  The ribbon on the waterfall tab is the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Hello Honey.  

This was such a lot of fun to make; I will be posting the tutorial on my blog during the week, if you'd like to check back.

Those are my projects for this Tour; I hope you've enjoyed them!  I'd love it if you would leave a comment, and let me know what you think!  

Now, be sure to continue on to see Jen's fabulous creations – just click on the Next button below.  To go back to Jennifer's blog, click on the 'Back' button.  

All supplies I've used are listed below; if you'd like to order any of them, just click on the product picture to be taken directly to my online store.  Of course, you can always contact me to place your order!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

PARTICPATING BLOGS:

Jenn Arkfeld

Ilina Crouse

Kathy Kartak

Cindy Beach

Teneale Williams

Sara Levin

Heidi Boos

Jennifer Frost

Jennifer Downey

Deborah Smart – You are here! :)

 

SUPPLIES USED:

 

Wacky Watercooler 1st Anniversary Blog Hop!

Can you believe it  -  a whole year of amazing-ness!!  

Yes, my stamping friends – this is the 1st Anniversary of the Wacky Watercooler's Blog Hops!  We're still going strong, and we hope you're going to continue joining us for monthly sharing of amazing and creative projects to help get your creative mojo going :)

If this is your first time joining in a Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – welcome!  (be sure to check  all the previous months too, so you're not missing out on anything!).  The Blog Hop goes in a circular fashion, so no matter where you started, as long as you keep clicking the "NEXT" button at the bottom of each blog, you'll go all the way 'round through all the blogs, back to where you started.  Of course if you're a rebel, you can click 'PREVIOUS', and go backwards through the Hop! :)  We like ALL kinds of personalities – probably because we ARE all kinds of personalities in this group!

If you've done the 'conventional' way, you've come to my blog from the fabulous Heidi Weaver's blog; I'm not exaggerating using the word 'fabulous', am I?!  I always enjoy seeing what Heidi has created.  If you're doin' the reverse direction, then you'll have already seen the creative genius that is Marsha Reed!

With this being our 1st Anniversary, I was going to make it a 'party' theme….but then thought, well, I did just do a 'confetti' party type theme on the last blog hop I did with a different group. 

So, I decided to focus on the friendships I have made with this group of amazing ladies who belong to the 'Watercooler'.  The 'cooler gang has been around a lot longer than a year; that's just when we started doing the blog hops.  I've been fortunate enough to be a member of the group for almost 3 years now (time flies when you're having fun!).  I do mean 'fortunate', for this group of ladies, even though I've only 'known' them online, I am blessed to call my friends!  This is the kind of group that  you can bring your funny stories, your sad stories, your 'can you believe this?!' stories; not to mention your questions, problems, concerns; your 'I did it!' and 'rats, I blew it'; and you can always get the support, kindness and generosity you'd expect from any of your closest friends!

Here is my first card, using the 'Lullaby'and '2013-2015 Backgrounds' Designer Series Papers to do the 'Starburst' technique.

The card base is Baked Brown Sugar cardstock, embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  Using the Labels Collection Framelits, I cut the smallest size in Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, and layered that behind the sentiment stamped from the Flower Patch stamp set.  A Rhinestone Basic Jewel on either side, coloured with the Crisp Cantaloupe Marker finishes it off.   As I said earlier – the ladies in this group are AWESOME! :)

My next card is interactive, and pretty fun – no matter what your age! :)

This is a spinner card!  I started with a cheery card base of Coastal Cabana cardstock, then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the words, repeatedly stamped 'Cheers' across the Whisper White panel in Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush.  I love how there's an exclamation point after the word :)  I used my Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio  Pudding markers to colour in the drink and olive stamps, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then punched it out using the Curly Label punch, and then backed it with a 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punched in Coastal Cabana.

In this picture you can see how the drink spins over to the other side of the card when it is tipped – such fun! After putting the panels together, I decided that it needed a little something more – so In Colour Sequins to the rescue!  The only stamp set used for this card was Happy Hour – a favourite I've had since it first came out over a year ago :)  I think this card properly says "Cheers!", a toast to my friends in the Watercooler gang!

For my final card, I wanted to try a unique step-card layout that I saw a while ago.  I hope you like it!

This is how the card looks when open; you can see the 'steps' on the left side of the card.  I couldn't resist dipping into my Blendabilities markers to colour the beautiful flowers and leaves!  The largest flower is from the set Choose Happiness, as are the leaves and the sentiment; the smaller flowers are from the stamp set Everything Eleanor.  First I stamped the flowers on Whisper White cardstock in Blackberry Bliss ink, then using the Rich Razzleberry Assortment coloured them in.  The leaves were coloured using the Old Olive Assortment.  The flower centres were coloured with the Daffodil Delight Assortment, using only the medium and light markers. I added more dimension to the card by stamping and cutting 2 of the large flowers, and by fussing cutting the branch with leaves and popping them all up with Dimensionals.

 

Here you can see how the card looks closed; all the important elements are still visible.  I didn't want any Designer Series Paper taking away from the flowers, so I made my own background using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, and Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss ink pads.  The sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White cardstock; I used a retired border punch to add some interest to each end, then sponged more Blackberry Bliss around the edges with a Sponge Dauber.

I think this card says it perfectly about my friends in the Wacky Watercooler; whether they participate in these Hops or not; "When I need a friend, you're there."   Thanks for being there, my friends!!

And thank  you to you, my stamping friends, for following my blog, showing me your support as a reader and with your comments; every visit and comment is greatly treasured by me!  

Be sure to continue on with the Hop now – click 'NEXT' to see the incredible creations of Marsha Reed, or click 'PREVIOUS' if you're heading towards Heidi's terrific post.  

All the products I've used are pictured at the very bottom of the page; if you'd like to order any, please click on the image to be taken straight to my store.  

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

WACKY WATERCOOLER PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

Jackie Susnik 

Heidi Weaver  

Deborah Smart - You are here! :)

Marsha Reed 

Priscilla Ivler

Kath R.

Stefanie Pletscher 

Terri Antoniw 

Bev Quinn 

Kathe Deck

Card Classes = Fun with Friends

Hello Stamping Friends!

I  hope you've enjoyed your weekend; it's been a very hot one, here!  Actually, the whole past week has been quite hot and muggy – Vancouver is known for it's humidity – and the upcoming  week will be more of the same!  So, that's about it for my explanation of why I haven't been blogging – it's been too hot to stay indoors, and in front of the computer :)  

Do you attend card classes with me, or with another demonstrator?  Get together with your friends and spend some quality crafting time?  I just held a class on Friday, and we all mentioned how it seemed like it had been forever since we'd seen each other!  Usually I hold classes every week, but with the summer holidays, it's been more sporadic.  I just love getting together with my lovely customers and doing some stamping; we enjoy the crafting part of the evening, but also the social time just as much!  Amanda was telling us about getting ready for her 'Dirty Dash' competition (everyone dresses in funny costumes, and races around a mud-filled obstacle course – all in the name of fun & fundraising!); Debbie was talking about her sister's baby shower that was happening the next day, and keeping her little girls entertained over the summer; and Lynn was feeling rushed as she arrived late, due to being out in a friend's boat, and the engine dying!  

So you see, if  you don't already take part in classes, you should consider signing up; it's more than just putting together cards, it's about friendships, stories, laughs and sharing with people with whom you share a common bond. :)

The class on Friday was Yeah, Baby – All About Babies (which I figured was a natural progression, since the class before that was all about Weddings! LOL).  We had fun getting creative with the 'Something for Baby' and the matching 'Baby's First' Framelits.  Here's what we made:

 

This card has soft colours that are gender neutral, so if you need a 'new baby' card in a hurry, you can use this one!  The card base is Smoky Slate, with a panel of 'Lullaby' DSP in Crisp Cantaloupe with the cutest little hearts on it!  The middle panel of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock is embossed using a retired Decorative Edges embossing folder; too bad it's retired – it works perfectly with the hearts on the DSP.  The baby carriage is stamped in Lost Lagoon, and of course cut out with the Big Shot & Baby's First Framelits Die.  Have I told you before how much I love matching framelits?!!  I mean, I don't 'hate' fussy cutting, but a framelit/die makes the image look much more professional, in my opinion (based, of course, on the quality of my fussy-cutting!).    The sentiments are from Petite Pairs stamp set, in Lost Lagoon ink, and cut using the Banner Framelits

Pistachio Pudding is another good gender neutral colour; that's what we used here, with Whisper White.   Each of the squares on the right have an image stamped & popped up with dimensionals.  The long panel of Whisper White on the left is embossing with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  The 'Sweet Baby' sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, and cut using the *matching* (yippee!) Bitty Banners Framelits set.  (can you see how easily this card goes together?!)  The edges of each piece of Whisper White is sponged with Crisp Cantaloupe ink using a sponge dauber to add some depth.  

For this next card, I just had to go with the ducky – and what else – a bath tub!  It just seemed right :)

And of course no ducky tub is complete without bubbles!!  This paper from the Lullaby DSP pack reminded me of wallpaper, so I used that on top of a card base of Coastal Cabana.  The bath tub I made by using the largest of the Apothecary Framelits dies, and cutting in in half; you get 2 tubs from one piece!  I then sponged the edges with Coastal Cabana, and popped it on top of the DSP with dimensionals.  The duckies were stamped in Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana; the little socks are stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe.  I needed something else to decorate the 'wall', but didn't want anything big….so I decided to make a picture frame!  I used a retired baby set to stamp the baby's face in Baked Brown Sugar, punched it out with the Petite Curly Label punch, used the 1" Square punch for the 'frame' of Hello Honey, and topped the picture with a bow made of Thick Baker's Twine in Coastal Cabana.

The bubbles were punched using the 1/2" Circle Punch, and the smallest of the retired Itty Bitty Punch Pack circle, using Coastal Cabana card stock and Vellum card stock.  Some I layered together, and adhered them to the bath tub using glue stick and Tombow liquid glue.  I used the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen for the 'shine' on the bubbles.

Here's a close up of the bubbles, so you can see the layers:

This next card is made with one of last year's Single Stamps – and it's perfect for this class!

How cute is this?!  I saw a similar card done by another demo, Mary Fish, and wanted to use it for this class – so here's mine.  The (retired) single stamp is called 'Oh, Baby!'; and it's stamped in Versa Mark and Black ink, and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  (If I had black embossing powder, I would've been able to skip the black ink).  I used the Daffodil Yellow polka dots from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack; the rest of the card is in Whisper White, Basic Black and Daffodil Yellow.  The flower is stamped with the Petite Petals set and punched with the matching Petite Petals punch.  Did you know that you can make your own glimmer brads?  Yup – that's what I did!  I needed a black glimmer brad, so I took a grey one, covered it in Versa Mark ink, then Heat & Stick Powder and heated it with my Heat Gun.  Then, I sprinkled the brad with Black Stampin' Glitter from last Hallowe'en!  Presto – a black glimmer brad!!  You can do this with any colour of embossing powder (you don't need the Heat & Stick powder for that) or glitter, so your brad will match your project perfectly! 

**Demo tip – in preperation for embossing, make sure you rub your cardstock with your Embossing Buddy.  This will ensure that you have no residual finger prints or static on your page that your embossing powder will stick to – where you don't want it to!

So that's how we spent our Friday night – what fun!!  :)   

Before I go, I just want to remind you of the terrific deal on now on Designer Series Paper – BUY 3, GET ONE FREE!   That's a savings of $13.95 here in Canada – money you could put towards another ink pad, perhaps?  Or a stamp set that's on your wish list? :)  This offer EXPIRES JULY 31ST, SO ORDER NOW so you won't be sad!  

Here are the products I used in the above cards; if you'd like to order them, simply click on the picture(s), and you'll be taken directly to my on line store.  You can also call or email me to place your order – I'm happy to do that for you!  My contact infor is 604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca  

I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon!  In the meantime – Happy Stamping! 

 

 

 

 

Christmas in July? Why not!

Hello my Stamping Friends!

Yes, I did say Christmas in July!  Stampin' Up! knows that we all like to get a head start on our Christmas cards and projects, and while there are lots of stamps Christmas-themed stamps that are still available from last year (but only until August 1st!); we all love a new stamp, don't we?!

We asked, and Stampin' Up! has given us this beautiful stamp called 'Beauty of the Season' - and you can ORDER IT NOW!

I absolutely love the Cardinal – can you just see it, colours blended so beautifully with your Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers, or your inks and Aqua Painters?  Even your regular Stampin' Write Markers would do a great job!  The 2 sentiments are so versatile (love the Dickens' one!) that they can be used outside of the Christmas season, for sure.  This set is available in Wood Mount – item #135776 $26.95 or Clear Mount #135779 $20.95

Okay, so if colouring isn't your thing – then how about this great Photopolymer set 'Christmas Bliss' - 

How cute is this set?!  Look at all of the sentiments, star, trees and baubles!    Below is a sample of just a few different ideas for using this set.

I bet you could come up with a lot more ideas, couldn't you? :)  I know I'll be looking forward to making some projects with this set.

This set is available in Photopolymer only; item #138897 $19.95

While we're on the subject of new stamp sets – the 'Sweetie Pie' stamp set with the little girl faces was so wildly popular, it sold out in a flash!  So you'll want to act quick on this set - 'Dear Heart' – with the little boy faces, sayings and accessories stamps!  Just look at all the stamps you get!!  

Okay – yes, it can be difficult to 'see' Photopolymer stamps – so here's the solid images!

 

Now, I have two teenaged sons myself – so do you think I'll order this set?!  You betcha! :)  

This set is available in Photopolymer only, item #138157 $31.95

There is another recent Photopolymer set that you may have missed – after all, Superheroes do like to keep a low profile!  This one is called "Calling All Heroes"

Is this amazing or what?!  I just love the masks, and how you can make your own words (like 'POW!' and 'WHAM!') to fit inside those speech/sound bubbles!  (do I hear a 'Bazinga' from any Big Bang Theory fans? :) )

Now if all these new sets weren't enough – I have a couple of more things to share with you!

This Thursday, July 10th, the Clearance Rack will be updated with new items added!!  Woohoo!  We all love a good discount now, don't we :)  

Coming up for August – if you've been thinking about purchasing a Big Shot – August is the time to do it!!  Along with the purchase of a Big Shot during the August promotion period you'll receive your choice of 1 of 5 FREE exclusive Stamp Sets and Framelits Bundles!  Already own a Big Shot?  - you'll get 15% OFF those selected bundles!   Check back closer to August 1st for all the juicy details!! :)

Last but certainly not least – this week's WEEKLY DEALS start today until next Monday July 14th :

What – you're still here reading?!  What are you waiting for - go shopping!!  :)

To go directly to my store, simply click on any of the product pictures below; you can also order the Digital Download once you're at my store, too.

Happy Shopping & Stamping!

 

 

 

Thank You! and Flower Patch

Hello my Stamping Friends, and Thank You! for making yesterday's Creation Station Blog Tour such a success!  I'm always thrilled to see so many visitors to my blog, and when you leave a comment – well, that's just golden for me!!  I love to read comments left by you; how you liked the projects, any questions you may have, or suggestions for future projects or changing things up.  All golden! :)

Today I'm going to share a card with you that I made as Thank You cards for my wonderful customers – I thought it was appropriate, as I'm thanking you today, too!  

This stamp set is going to be featured in our next Creation Station Blog Tour on July 20th, so this is a little preview for you – though of course, I'll be making different projects, not repeating this one.

As you can see, the Flower Patch stamp set (available only in Photopolymer) has an incredible range of flowers that you can stamp singly, or use the 2 step stamping, and you can mix & match the flower pieces!  If that's not great enough – it comes with the matching Flower Fair Framelits Dies!  No fussy cutting – now that is a bonus for anyone who is short on time, or needs to make multiple cards – or, just doesn't like fussy-cutting, no matter how great Stampin' Up!'s Paper Snips are!

So  here are a few of the Thank You cards  I put together;

Can you tell I'm still in love with the new 2014-16 In Colours?!  The card base is Hello Honey, layered with Whisper White cardstock that has been run through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  Don't you just adore this sentiment?!  I think it's so charming, and wonderful :)  The large large flowers are single stamped in Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey, with the centres inked in Tangelo Twist.  I also used Blackberry Bliss for the smaller flower.  The leave shapes were first stamped in Pear Pizzaz, then I used the 2 step stamp technique to add the leaf outlines in Mossy Meadow.  With the stamps being Photopolymer (meaning clear that you can see-through), I didn't even have to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig!  

 

Hopefully you can see in this close-up picture how the layers go together beautifully; I even coloured the Large Rhinestone with the Hello Honey Marker!

You can see that I didn't use any Designer Series Paper on these cards – that's because I'm taking advantage of this month's BUY 3, GET 1 FREE from Stampin' Up!  

That's right – order 3 packs of Designer Series Paper, and get the 4th one FREE!  To place your order direct, just click on the picture (above) and you'll be taken directly to my on-line store!  Or, if you'd like me to place your order for you, just call me or send me an email (debsmart@shaw.ca or 604.298.0472) and I'll take care of it right away! :)  This special deal is only available through July 31st, so don't wait too long!

If you'd like to order any of the products that I used in today's cards, just click on the picture(s) of the product below, and you will be taken to my online store; of course, you can always contact me directly to place your order ;)

Thanks again for spending some time with me today!   Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

Creation Station Blog Tour – Confetti Theme!

WELCOME TO THE 'CONFETTI THEME' BLOG TOUR!

Hello Stamping Friends – and welcome to another edition of the Creation Station Blog Tour!  Today's theme is  all  about 'confetti' – everyone loves a party, and what says 'party' like confetti!!  The colours, the lightness, the fun of tossing it around – and Stampin' Up! makes it easy to have fun making your own confetti  themed projects.

In case this is your first Blog Tour with the Creation Station, this is what it's all about.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who love what we do, and even more, we love sharing what we do with  you! :)  We're from across North America and are brought together by our love of creating.  Jen Arkfeld is our fearless leader, who chose each one of us to be part of this fun, fabulous team, and I'm thrilled to say I'm part of the team.

The Blog Tour goes in a circular fashion, so as long as you keep clicking on the 'Next' button at the bottom of each blog post, you'll make it all the way around each of the blogs, and back to where you started.  Of course, you can feel free to 'hop' about wherever you like; you can always go the the list of participants at the bottom of this post to re-visit any blog, or to make sure you've seen all the amazing designs.

I was planning on using the fun 'Dotty Angles' stamp set, which was one of our options, but my set hasn't arrived yet, so I'm going to improvise!  

When I think of confetti, the 1st thing that comes to mind is tossing it up in the air, in celebration of an event.  It is common to toss confetti at a wedding, so I thought I'd start there.

How about this as a little table favour for wedding guests?  I pulled out my Petite Purse Bigz L Die, which I haven't used in far too long!  I cut the purse from Fancy Foil Vellum, and filled it with the new In Colours Sequin Assortment – you can also see those spilled in front of the purse.  From the Perfect Pennants stamp set I inked the '&' with the Hello Honey Marker, then inked the 'Mr' and 'Mrs' from the Cheers to Love stamp set, with Blackberry Bliss Marker.   I punched that out using the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, the cut the top & bottom straight across so it would fit the front of the purse.  Sponging the edges with Blackberry Bliss helps the sentiment stand out more, against the vellum.  The little heart sequins were just a little extra touch for the front!

Pretty cute, right?!  The guests can even take home the little purse after they've had fun tossing the confetti! :)

For my next project, I wanted to incorporate confetti into a card, but not in a way that it would fall out.  This is what I came up with.

How about this?  An envelope – on the outside of the card! :)  I know the Envelope Punch Board can do a lot more than just envelopes – but hey, that's what I needed this time!  Using the Crop-o-dile (retired) and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (which I'm sorry, but I didn't realize they were retired until just now!), I punched out the 'confetti' in Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss cardstocks, and Silver Glimmer Paper.  This coordinates with the DSP I used from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stacks for the mini envelope.   The swirls and sentiment are from the Age Awareness Photopolymer stamp set, and I used the tiny dots 'spray' from Rev up the Fun (retired).

In this close up, you can see how I layered the confetti pieces; some glued directly to the card base, and some popped up using Dimensionals adhesives, to give the card more dimension and texture.  I think this is a fun card, that can be given to a male or female; you could even change the sentiment and use it for a congratulations, anniversary, or retirement card.

I had been thinking about our recent celebrations both here in Canada on July 1st for Canada Day, and the July 4th Independance Day celebrations for my U.S. friends.  So, althought not strictly 'confetti', this is certainly a card for a celebration – what do you think I was trying to capture?

I was going for fireworks – did you guess that?  I hope so! :)  Since Stampin' Up! doesn't have a stamp set of fireworks, I decided to take a bit of 'creative license' with the Flower Patch stamp set.  Yes,  those are flowers!  I stamped the 2 different flower stamps with Versamark, Hello Honey and Strawberry Slush inks, then embossed them with Clear embossing powder and my Heat Tool.  Then I used one of the larger flowers, and stamp it in the background in Smokey Slate.  Because the smaller flowers had been embossed, the Smoky Slate ink wiped right off of them – that's called 'emboss resist'!  

I wanted to add some stars to the background, so I pulled out one of my new fun tools – the Hearts and Stars Decorative Masks.  I love creating backgrounds with these new Masks – it's so easy, and quick!  I used my Sponge Dauber and Soft Sky ink, and added the stars.  The sentiment, from the Just Sayin' stamp set, is stamped in Black StazOn ink and Versa Mark, and heat embossed with Clear embossing powder on Vellum Paper. (after sponging all those stars, no point in covering them up, right?!)  

 

I wanted to add some glimmer to the fireworks – I mean, they do seem to sparkle in the sky, right?  So, I again used the 'tiny dots' stamp from Rev Up the Fun in Versa Mark; then I covered it with Heat & Stick Powder, heated it with the Heat Tool, then sprinkled on the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Talk about some shine!  I hope you can see it in this close-up.  The card base is Soft Sky, then a panel of Brushed Silver cardstock, to add to the shine.

Those are my projects for this Tour; I hope you enjoyed seeing them as much as I did creating them!  Make sure you continue the fun by clicking the 'Next' button below- it will take you to the amazing Justin Krieger's blog – you're going to love what Justin has prepared for you (and in the middle of moving, no less!)

All of the supplies I used for these projects are pictured below; if you'd like to order any of them, simply click on the picture & you'll be taken directly to my store, where you can add them to your shopping cart.

Thanks for visiting – see  you again for another Creation Station Blog Tour in 2 weeks (July 20th).  Until then – Happy Stamping!

 

    

Participants:

Jen Arkfeld 

Ilina Crouse 

Kathy Kartak 

Cindy Beach   

Specials, and More Specials!

Hello, Stamping Friends!

Thank you all for supporting our recent SUDSOL Blog Tour!  It was amazing to see almost 500 people visit my blog in just one day – I really hope that you enjoyed my projects, and the entire Blog Tour.  If you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I hope you'll take advantage of the FREE 2 WEEK TRIAL of SUDSOL – once you try it,I'm sure you'll be convinced to join!

I also hope that you'll come back this Sunday July 6th for another fabulous edition of the Creation Station Blog Tour – more amazing creations to stir your imagination!

Well, right now Stampin' Up! has some amazing specials on, that you won't want to miss!  Take a look, and see if you agree with me!

Designer Series Paper Packs – BUY 3, Get 1 FREE!!  This speical applies to the 8 DSP's on pages 186 – 187 of the Catalogue.  You save $13.50 (Canadian) on your Free Paper Stack!  I'm stocking up, for sure.  If you'd like to join me in saving money – you only have until July 31st to get in on the savings, so act fast!  Just click HERE to go directly to my online store, or call/email me to place your order (debsmart@shaw.ca/debsmart@shaw.ca) 

If you were at my Open House, or any of my classes, you've already seen them.  You've seen them in the Catalogue.  NOW – YOU CAN OWN THEM YOURSELF!!

 BLENDABILITIES MARKERS NOW AVAILABLE!

How exciting is this?!  Yes, as a Demonstrator I've had some of the Blendabilities Markers for a few months, but I'm super excited that now YOU can get them, too – that means we can have fun colouring together!  The following is the list of colours & accessories that are available to order now; the remaining colours will be available August 1st.

Stampin' Up! has several videos on Youtube on how to use these Blendabilities Markers, and show you the wonderful shading effect you can get on your projects!  You really are going to love how easy these are to use – and how professional your colouring will look!

When you're ready to order your Blendabilities Markers, contact me or order online directly, and I'll set up a date with you to come over & we can colour together, and I'll answer any questions you may have. Finally (for now!) there are the current WEEKLY DEALS – great prices on current Stampin' Up! products!

So while you're busy putting together your shopping list, I'll be working on some more special 'Thank You' cards, to send to you, my special customer!

Until next time, Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

SUDSOL BLOG TOUR – ON NOW!

IT'S BLOG TOUR TIME!

 

Welcome back to another spectacular SUDSOL Blog Tour!

If you missed yesterday's post, I'll give you a quick explanation of what SUDSOL is, and why you as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator should join!

SUDSOL is an acronym for Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing On Line!  And we do just that!  This is a Demonstrator's Member Only group, which gives you access to EXCLUSIVE business and creative ideas and information for your Stampin' Up! business – whether you're a hobbyist or full-time career demo, you can use this information to make your business/hobby better for you!

Curious?  Not sure you should commit?  No problem!!  Click HERE to access your FREE 2 WEEK TRIAL!  You'll be glad you did :)

Now  for our Blog Tour – are you ready to be dazzled by some amazing designs?!  You'll find that we have tried to make designs that you'll not only LOVE, but will be able to make at home, yourself!  It's wonderful seeing amazing works of art, don't get me wrong – but it's also great to see a card or project that you can look at and say to yourself "I can do that!" :)

The Tour goes in a circular fashion, so no matter where you start, as long as you keep clicking on the "NEXT" button at the end of each post, you'll go through all 7 participating blogs. 

So without further ado – here is my first card!

I love this new photopolymer stamp said "Age Awareness"!  Being a photopolymer set, you can literally see right  through the stamps, so lining up words is a snap – even without your Stamp-a-ma-jig!   I made my own background on Whisper White cardstock, using the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks – the Stars mask, obviously!  I place a Post-it® note horizontally mid-line on the cardstock, then used a Sponge Dauber to sponge the stars on the top half.  Then, I switched the Post-it® note to cover the top half, and sponged more stars on the bottom half of the cardstock.  This gave me a nice 'clustered' look of stars around the middle.  Still  not enough stars for me, though!  I then used the small star stamp from the 'Something to Say' stamp set,  and randomly added more stars.

I love how the star in 'Something to Say' has the small lines in it, just like the lines in the Happy Birthday stamp!  You can see them in this close-up.  Talk about coordination!   Of course, I had to add even more stars – using the In Colour Sequins Assortment, I chose a few Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana stars to add to my card front.  Just for a little extra fun, I made a tiny pom-pom using our Thick Baker's Twine in Crisp Cantaloupe.  

Of course coordination is key (and super easy!) with Stampin' Up!® products – I used Pacific Point ink and cardstock, as well as Soft Sky ink and cardstock.  Have I said lately how easy Stampin' Up!® makes it for us to make amazing projects with just a few supplies; all coordinating?!  Gotta love it! :)

My next card uses another one of my new favourite sets – "Choose Happiness".

I could have made this a simple 1 layer card, but just couldn't stop myself from using our Banner Framelits to cut out the 'fence' pieces!  If you don't have the Framelits (why not??!! LOL) you can simply stamp the fence directly onto  your card base – because that is the shape of that stamp!  I stamped the fence in Crumb Cake onto Crumb Cake carstock, and aged them a bit by applying Crumb Cake ink with a sponge dauber around the edges.  

I was very excited to use my new Blendabilities markers in Old Olive to colour the leaves on the branches, after stamping them in Mossy Meadow.  (Did you know that you can order your own Blendabilities starting July 1st?! Oh, Happy Day!!)  My Baked Brown Sugar Marker was perfect for filling in the branches!

I wanted you to be able to see the 'grass' behind the fence, so I used my Sponge Dauber and applied Mossy Meadow ink to the Whisper White cardstock base for the grass, the used a Stampin' Sponge to apply Soft Sky to the top portion for the sky.

I stamped the bird silhouette in Blackberry Bliss – another of my favourites! – and cut it out using my Paper Snips.  I used my Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey Markers to colour the sentiment stamp, and punched it out with the Curly Label punch – perfect size!  The fence, bird and sentiments are all popped up on the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.  

I hope you've enjoyed my 2 cards for this SUDSOL Blog Tour – before you click the 'Next' button, be sure to click my link above (or the SUDSOL button to the left below) to sign up for your FREE 2 WEEK TRIAL!

Enjoy the rest of the Tour – until next time – Happy Stamping!