Peace on Earth

Welcome to this week’s sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew Design Team! I’m using the holiday stamp set that you’re able to pre-order this month for yourself, called Carols of Christmas.  Aren’t you glad that you get to pre-order this set before September – a perk that’s usually just for demonstrators!  My card  uses the Peace on Earth sentiment.

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Peace on Earth

I love the grouping of the focal point with the smaller stamping/embellishments on the left side of the card.  For once, the white space didn’t intimidate me! 🙂

PEACE ON EARTH

Peace on Earth

I’m really liking the large sentiments in this stamp set!  I chose to go with a non-traditional Christmas colour, although some people may call Tranquil Tide a kind of green.

DETAILS

I stayed right on the sketch this time, I think.  The sentiment is from the Carols of Christmas set.  Since it was going to be my main focus, I decided that I wanted to make it stand out.  First I inked the stamp in Versamark ink, then immediately inked it with the Tranquil Tide ink.  After stamping onto Whisper White cardstock, I covered it with Clear Embossing Powder, and set it with the Heat Tool.  This is a great way to emboss in any colour, even without coloured embossing powder!

The Layering Circles Framelits are used to die cut the scalloped circle, and the sentiment is die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I offset the layering, so as to show off the scallops.

To create the background, the stars images from the Carols of Christmas were stamped in Versamark ink, then embossed in Gold Embossing Powder, on the Whisper White cardstock panel.  I used the retired Stars shapes framelits to die cut the star from the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, as well as cutting strip from the gold & white foil design from the same DSP. The larger banner strip is Gold Foil Paper.

After layering all the pieces, I added some of the Glitter Enamel Dots to the card front. Finally, the front panel was attached to a Tranquil Tide cardstock base.

Peace on Earth

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!

Come join the challenge! Check out what the rest of the talented Design Team have created, and grab the link on our Paper Craft Crew challenge page. Then when you’ve created  your card, link it up for  the challenge.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

ORDERING SUPPLIES

Click on the images below to order the supplies needed to make this card.  You’ll be taken directly to my online store. If you’d rather, contact me directly, and I’ll place your order for you!

Thanks for taking the time to have a look – I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave for me!

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New Clearance Rack Items!

Hello stamping friend! I’m in Glasgow, Scotland – but I’m still keeping up with what’s happening! I’ve found out that there are NEW CLEARANCE RACK ITEMS in the online store!

New Clearance Rack Items

Everything from embellishments to Thinlits have been added,all at amazing prices. Be sure to check them out,  and don’t delay!  All  Clearance Rack items are ‘while supplies last’only- so once they’re gone, they’re gone!!

Plus, anyone who placesan online orderwith me before August 31st of $25 or more (before tax/shipping) using this month’s HOST CODE NPSAM4BS will receive a thank you gift from me in September – from the Holiday  Catalogue!!

Happy shopping!

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Hello from Glasgow, Scotland!

Hello from Glasgow, Scotland, stamping friends!  This is the start of just over 2 weeks away from home, which is usually in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

We just arrived in Glasgow this morning, after an all-day trip; 3 different planes, and 2 layovers later, we made it! 🙂  There’s an 8 hour time difference for us to accustom ourselves to- but we’ll get through it!

WHY GLASGOW, YOU ASK?

Why not?! LOL!  Actually, there is a reason.  My youngest son will be starting Edinburgh College towards the end of the month, so we’ve flown in earlier so that we can do some sightseeing and visit family, as well as get him set up in his accommodation.

Yes, I did notice I said ‘Edinburgh College’, not Glasgow College!  The month-long Fringe Festival, and 3 week Tattoo is going on in Edinburgh, so you can image how busy it is there! We’ll be staying here in Glasgow until Friday, the 18th, then moving over to Edinburgh.  It’s just over 1 hour drive between the 2 cities.

I highly recommend visiting Scotland at any time, if it’s possible.  The people are friendly, the scenery is gorgeous, and the history is amazing! THIS SITE is a good one for learning some more about Glasgow – of course, my future posts will be, too!

Having experienced travel with suitcases on British trains last year (oh, the agony! and thank goodness for the kindness of strangers to a small women with a large suitcase!), we’re pampering ourselves, and have hired a car (and driver!) for the trip 🙂

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to exploring Glasgow and the surrounding areas.  My best friend was born in Glasgow, and my parents were born and lived in the Lanarkshire area (Wishaw and Motherwell).  It’s also my first time visiting here, as well as my son’s, of course.  I have been to Edinburgh, but that was a lifetime ago – before we came here to B.C.!

PICTURES TO COME!

As I will only have my iPad and iPhone with me, I’m hoping I’ll be able to post pictures here – I haven’t tried it yet! (I’m a desktop kinda gal!)  If not, be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW my Business Facebook page HERE.

I also pre-scheduled some posts before I left home, so be sure to check in and see them.  They’ll include the Paper Craft Crew weekly challenges, as well as some new product posts!

ORDERING PRODUCTS

My online store is still OPEN 24/7!  You can shop online any time, and your order will be shipped directly to you.  PLUS – as a ‘thank you’ for continuing to shop with me during my absence, orders of $25 or more (before tax/shipping) using HOST CODE NPSAM4BS will receive a ‘thank you’ gift from me in September – something NEW from the Holiday Catalogue!!

Hello From Glasgow, Scotland!

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Card Swaps Among Friends

CARD SWAPS WITH FRIENDS

There’s nothing more satisfying than stamping and creating a card, knowing that the recipient is going to love it!  Okay, I’m not bragging on myself! I am part of a group of friends who have lately (this is only our 2nd swap) started creating and swapping cards.  Card swaps among friends are the best! You know the reaction your swaps get will be great, and everyone there appreciates the time, effort and creativity that goes into creating.

I’m actually pre-writing this post, as we do our swap on Friday (which is tomorrow for me), and I’m leaving for Scotland on Sunday, when this post is scheduled.   That is, we have to be at the airport for 3:30 am on Sunday morning! So you KNOW I’m not writing this post on Sunday, and I know that Saturday will be spent doing laundry, packing, and running to the store to pick up ‘that thing’ I forgot to get last week!

MY CARDS

So for now, you’ll just see the cards that I’ve created.  You’ll have to wait until I get home and have a chance to photograph the ones I receive.  Today I’m going to show you the first one I created.

Since I had preordered the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Framelits, I decided to use that bundle for one of the cards.  It’s never to early to get started on Christmas cards, right?!

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PEACE ON EARTH

I love the simplicity of this card, with the added ‘wow’ of the Silver Glimmer Paper and the frame around the front panel.

The first step was to die cut the frame, using the Card Front Builder Thinlits.  First you die cut the top of the card panel, then switch the thinlit around and die cut the bottom. You definitely want to use either the Precision Plate or a shim with your Big Shot, to get those narrow pieces to pop out.

After creating the frame, I then placed the duo tree thinlit in the upper half of the card, and die cut the trees. The sentiment from the Carols of Christmas set is stamped in Real Red ink onto the bottom half of the panel.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

Once the die cutting and stamping were done, I wrapped a length of 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Tranquil Tide across the middle, securing each end around the sides of the panel with Tear & Tape. I then cut a smaller length of the ribbon, and tied a knot at the center.

The Silver Glimmer Paper was cut to size, so it covered the tree die cuts.  It is held in place with Tear & Tape, on the back of the panel.

Finally, the front panel was attached to a Tranquil Tide cardstock base, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

INSIDE SCOOP

Of course it wouldn’t be a finished card without a stamped inside, and envelope as well!

Card Swaps Among Friends

I cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Whisper White cardstock to line the inside. The sentiment is from a long-retired set, stamped in Real Red ink.  Adding to the inside is the positive die cut of the trees, which had been die cut from the front panel.  No going to waste!! Plus it adds such a nice touch, with the white-on-white.  In the first picture, you can see that I stamped the envelopes with the snowflake image, in Tranquil Tide ink.  No envelope left naked, as our CEO Sara Douglass would say! 🙂

ORDER THIS BUNDLE NOW!

You don’t have to wait until September’s release of the Holiday Catalogue -you can order the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Framelits NOW! While I’m away on holiday, order directly from my online store by clicking on the images below.  Plus, everyone who orders a minimum $25 (before tax/shipping) during August using HOST CODE NPSAM4B2 will receive a thank  you gift from me in September – from the Holiday Catalogue!

Thanks for visiting today – be sure to check back for more project sharing, and maybe some pictures from Scotland! (if I can get the technology to work!) 🙂

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Fall Into Savings with Paper Pumpkin!

FALL INTO SAVINGS WITH PAPER PUMPKIN!

Fall Into Savings with Paper Pumpkin

Interested in Paper Pumpkin but has never clicked the Subscribe button? Maybe you’re not ready to turn stamping into a full-time hobby, but would love a simple, fun creative experience?

Now is a great time for you to join Paper Pumpkin at an amazing introductory rate during our Fall into Savings promotion.

WHAT WILL YOU GET?

You’ll love receiving a special delivery straight to your door, around the 15th of September.  In your Paper Pumpkin box, you’ll get everything you need – papers, die cuts, adhesives, embellishments, stamps and ink spots – to create that month’s project.

GET YOUR DEAL!

Subscribe from August 11–September 10, and we will deliver September’s (gorgeous!) Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off!  Sign up using promo code HALFOFF0917 at www.paperpumpkin.com by September 10.  Be sure to use the Promo Code, and select ME as your demonstrator!

To subscribe, you must have an email address that has not been used to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin in the past – even if it was for a friend.  After September’s kit, you’ll continue to receive your monthly Paper Subscription around the 15th of each month, until you decide to suspend or cancel your subscription.  Subscriptions after September will continue at the regular price of $26.95, billed monthly.

SUBSCRIBE BETWEEN AUG. 11th – SEPT. 10th

Don’t miss out – this awesome deal is only valid if you subscribe between Aug. 11th and Sept. 10th, 2017.  Simply go to www.paperpumpkin.com , or CLICK HERE.  Be sure to use Promo Code HALFOFF0917 (just copy/paste), then sit back & wait for the fun to come to your door!

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Birthday Delivery Sketch Challenge

Hello stamping friend! Don’t let the title of this post scare you off; you can use any stamp set to participate in this challenge.

The Paper Craft Crew design team has a great challenge for you this week:

PCC255 SKETCH CHALLENGE

Birthday Delivery SketchChallenge

 

There’s a lot of leeway with this sketch.  Remember, you can change out the focal shape if you want, or flip the sketch on it’s side, or head! As long as you stay within the basic sketch – the rest is up to you!

BIRTHDAY DELIVERY SKETCH CHALLENGE

Birthday Delivery Sketch challenge

We’ve been having such great weather this past month, that I decided to take my project photos outside, on my deck! I hope you’re not finding that distracting.

CARD DETAILS

Thanks to the wonderful Bundle of the Birthday Delivery stamp set, Birthday Friends Framelits and Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, this card came together in a SNAP! I absolutely love that these 3 products can be purchased bundled together – and you still save 10% off the combined products price! Seriously – you need to buy the Bundle, because some of the Framelits will cut out the images that are in the DSP – that’s what I did here!

Using the Big Shot with the Birthday Friends Framelits, I die cut the poodle image from one of the sheets of the Birthday Memories DSP.  That cute little present was die cut using the same set of Framelits, from another sheet of the DSP.

I tied the colours from the 2 die cuts together by die cutting circles using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, and the Layering Circles Framelits. Pacific Point and Berry Burst cardstock were used, then the die cuts layered on top of them.

LAYERING IT ALL TOGETHER

Cutting a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Birthday Memories DSP, I wrapped a length of 1/8″ Ribbon in Gold. TIP: To save on ribbon, just wrap along the front, and tape the ends to the back of the front panel, using our Tear & Tape (no need to pull of the adhesive backing).   I cut a small length of 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Berry Burst, snipped each end at an angle, and glued it to the back of the Pacific Point scalloped circle.

Finally, I layered all the pieces onto the DSP panel, then added a small bow of the 1/8″ Ribbon in Gold.

Birthday Delivery Sketch Challenge

INSIDE DETAILS

Of course, I just had to find a sentiment that was worthy of this adorable chi-chi poodle, for the inside!

Birthday Delivery Sketch Challenge

I took the sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set, and inked it in Berry Burst ink.  Don’t you think it suits that beautiful poodle, with her bow?!  The small gift box is in the Birthday Delivery stamp set. I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Pacific Point and Berry Burst to ink it up, then stamp.

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!

Head over to the Paper Craft Crew challenge page, and have a look at what the rest of the Design Team have created. Then, grab the link, and link up your card.  You just may be our next Top Pick!

ORDER YOUR SUPPLIES

Ordering from me is easy! Just click on the images below to be taken directly to my online store. If you’d rather have me place your order, just email me directly at debsmart@shaw.ca.  I’m happy to do that for you!

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Ready for Christmas

Please don’t panic after reading the Ready for Christmas title of this post! No, I’m not ready for Christmas, and I’m pretty sure most people aren’t, either!

I am anxiously awaiting my UPS Delivery truck to come today, and bring my Holiday Catalogue pre-order goodies! 🙂  I’m sure  you’ve heard me say it before, but one of the most fun perks of being a demonstrator is getting to pre-order a month before a new catalogue goes ‘live’.  The hardest part about pre-ordering, or ordering any time, is keeping my order within my budget!  Luckily, I have been earning quite a number of Flex Points throughout the year, and so my order included $130 of FREE products!  That mean my spending dollar went a lot further than it would have 🙂

One of the products I ordered is called the Ready for Christmas Bundle.  It’s absolutely adorable, and will be great for use year-round, not just for Christmas.  Here’s the Stampin’ Up! video to introduce you to the bundle, so you know what I’m so excited about.

READY FOR CHRISTMAS

Well – did you squeal with delight as loudly as I did?! You can see the year-round versatility of this bundle, and how it can be used for many different occasions.

AT HOME WITH YOU

As soon as I saw the Ready for Christmas Bundle, I thought it would be fabulous when used with the At Home with You Bundle, which has the front door scene.

Ready for Christmas

You can hear the whirring of my brain, can’t you?! Hopefully I can figure out how to get what’s in my mind transferred onto cardstock! 🙂  I love it when an idea works out just the way you hope it will.  Otherwise, this has been known to happen:

GOOD PLANS GONE BAD

Ready for Christmas

It’s always distressful when a good idea has trouble working out the way you want! I find that putting it aside – so it can just think about what went wrong! – and going back to it later can help. Sometimes I come away with a completely different project than what I had planned!

UNBOXING VIDEO

When I receive my delivery, I plan on doing my very 1st Facebook Live video of the unboxing!  If you don’t already follow my page, CLICK HERE and then click on the LIKE button.   If you don’t see it live, it will remain on my page so you can watch it later 🙂

Now – I’m off to stalk between the window and the front door!  Happy stamping to you!

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New Carols of Christmas Video

Okay, I know that I’ve been going on about how WONDERFUL the new Carols of Christmas stamp set is -especially when you bundle it with the Card Front Builder Thinlits.  Well, I want to share with you the new Carols of Christmas video, done by Stampin’ Up!

So you don’t have to take my word for it – see for yourself how amazing this Bundle really is! Here’s the video:

NEW CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS VIDEO


See what I mean?! You can do SO much with this bundle!  Of course you can use the stamp set and thinlits separately as well.  The edgelits that create the frames, or just corners, are terrific for use on cards or projects for any occasion.

You can see some examples of how I used the thinlits in a non-Christmas card in THIS POST.  In THIS POST, I combined the thinlits with one of the large sentiments from the stamp set.

PRE-ORDER NOW!

You can get your hands on these products NOW – a whole month before the Holiday Catalogue goes live! Order direct from my online store by clicking the images below.  Or contact me with your order at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’ll place your order for you. You might want to act fast – before they go on backorder!

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Team Meeting Equals Stamping!

Hello stamping friend! Every quarter, at least, my team and I get together to talk about what’s new, what’s happening; making plans for the upcoming quarter, etc.  Of course, every team meeting equals stamping!!  After all – that’s what brought us together – our love of stamping, and Stampin’ Up! products. It’s also the best way for everyone to try out new products and techniques.

Last week, some of us got together (so sorry you weren’t feeling well, Lynn!) and I brought out the new Carols of Christmas stamp set, the Card Front Builder Thinlits and the Embossing Paste.  I was thrilled that it was the first time for the others using the Embossing Paste.  I’m a HUGE fan of it, as I’m sure  you’ve noticed, and I really wanted everyone to see how easy and fun it is to use.

Carols of Christmas Meet Embossing Paste

Team Meeting Equals Stamping!

Using the white Embossing Paste on the Tranquil Tide background gives the paste a bit of a ‘green tinge’ to it!

DETAILS

Starting with a panel of Tranquil Tide cardstock, we laid the Pattern Party Decorative Mask on top.  With the Palette Knife, the Embossing Paste is spread across the top left and bottom right corners of the cardstock.  Lift off the Mask, and set the panel aside to dry.  (It only takes a few minutes to dry). DEMO TIP: Be sure to clean off your Mask and Palette Knife right away – or at least put them into a basin of water.  Otherwise, you’ll be spending precious stamping time cleaning off your tools!

Ink the sentiment from the Carols of Christmas stamp set in Real Red ink, and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut.  Next, stamp the ornaments image (either one of the two – your preference!) in Lemon Lime Twist ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  The Card Front Builder Thinlits are used to die cut the ornaments, as well as the trees from Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

By the time you’re finished stamping & die cutting, your embossed panel will be dry!  Attach the panel to a Thick Whisper White cardstock card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Turn the sentiment panel over, and loop a length of Sequin Trim in Silver back & forth, leaving some loops overhanging on each edge.  I use the Tear and Tape to hold it in place. Finally, attach the sentiment, trees and ornaments to the front panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

ANOTHER LOOK

Team Meeting Equals Stamping!

I like that the Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist, paired with the Real Red, are a nice twist on the ‘classic’ red & green for Christmas.

Everyone was surprised, and very pleased, at how easy the Embossing Paste is to use.  It’s just like spreading butter on toast! 🙂 There’s other ways to use it as well; I love versatility in our products! To achieve different looks, the Embossing Paste can be coloured with our Ink Refills, or place the stencil back on top once dried, and add colour with a Sponge or Sponge Dauber.  You can also add Embossing Powder on top of the paste while it’s still wet, and use the Heat Tool to set it.

JOIN IN THE FUN!

If you’d like to join my team for some fun stamping get togethers, it’s easy to do! Whether you’re interested in starting your home based business, or simply joining as a ‘hobby’, we’re ready to welcome you!  Click THIS LINK to join now, or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca if you’d like to talk more about the opportunity.

I’ll be back to share more tips & looks with the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Embossing Paste!

ORDER YOUR SUPPLIES

To create your own card, click on the images below to order the supplies from my online store.

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Summertime Inspiration Challenge

Hellooo, summertime! I hope that wherever you are, reading this, you’re enjoying some wonderful weather! And if not, hopefully it’s on it’s way to you soon 🙂  This week, the Paper Craft Crew has an awesome Summertime Inspiration Challenge for you – have a look:

Summertime Inspiration Challenge

How fun is this!? I love the graphics that Pam used for this challenge.  No BBQ is complete without the ants! Since I don’t have any stamps directly related to a BBQ (would you believe, it was just last week that I sold my much cherished ‘King of the Grill’ retired stamp!), this is what I came up with.

Relaxing Under the Stars

Summertime Inspiration Challenge

Everyone who knows me, knows that I DO NOT like camping! My idea of ‘roughing it’ is if the hotel isn’t 5 stars!  I do, however, love to sit by an evening campfire, relax with a glass of wine, and perhaps toast some marshmallows 🙂  But once the mosquitos come out – I go in! Seriously; I’m one of those people who mosquitos just gravitate to.  And mosquito bites make me ‘welt’ up 🙁

Details

To create the scene, I started with panel of Glossy White cardstock.  I’m so glad that we’re carrying this again – it’s brilliant for sponging and creating techniques.  I used Sponge Daubers and Classic Ink pads in Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie and Night of Navy. I sponged a bit of Archival  Black ink around all of the edges afterwards.

To create the moon and stars, I used my pre-ordered Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies with my Big Shot.  You’re going to love using these when you get them in August!  Next I die cut 2 of the chairs using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies and Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  To create the fire, I used my retired Festive Fireplace stamp set, and coloured it with Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used a combination of Markers and Blender Pens, in Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Basic Grey.  Die cutting was done with the retired Festive Fireplace Framelits. I’m so sad that these are retired, but happy that I’ve kept my bundle!

Putting it Together

I wanted the moon and stars to shine, so I layered a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper behind the die cut area. The chairs and fire were attached using Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sponged panel was attached to the Basic Black cardstock layer, then attached to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock base.

Summertime Inspiration Challenge

I had a LOT of fun creating this card – I hope you can tell! Bonus – no ants or mosquitos! 🙂

Join the Summertime Inspiration Challenge

Are you inspired? I hope so – and I hope  you’ll join in the challenge!  For more inspiration, check out what the rest of the Design Team have created, on our Paper Craft Crew blog page. Grab the link, and who knows? You may be our next Top Pick!

Order Your Supplies

Try out the Glossy White cardstock! Click on the images below to order your supplies from my online store.

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