Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vacation Time!

Hi everyone! I was really hoping to have some more posts for you before we go for holidays but time ran away on me. Check back again at the end of next week and I should be up and posting again!

Thank you to everyone that stops by to visit my little world, I truly do appreciate it!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Woodland Thanks

We decided to go for a nice family breakfast to one of our favourite restaurants this morning, but so did half the town, lol. You know how it goes, you step in right after a table of 30 ordered off the menu and you know you'll have to wait for those 30 to get their food before you get yours. On the plus side, by the time we got our food the kids were so hungry they gobbled up their entire meal, with almost NO talking, lol.

I quickly made another card last night after I saw one by Andrea Walford made with some of our new DSP, called Woodland Walk, very pretty paper. This card is pretty much an exact case, other then I didn't see that she had actually used Early Espresso and not Basic Black like I did.

Stamps: Growing Green, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, DSP-Woodland Walk
Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Other: Black Satin Ribbon.

Have a great day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Friday!

I love Fridays, almost as much as Saturdays but not as much as Sundays, lol. I was able to make a card today and the kids are having a great day too, well other then the odd blow up but that's normal, right?!

I got the inspiration for this card on SCS, it was for a Techniques Challenge, to double emboss on a card. So you first heat emboss your image and then dry emboss the final product. I have to say I'm please with the results. For the colouring, I used my blender pens and started with the darkets spots first and slowly worked my way outwards. Then I took the darker colours and deepened just the shaded areas.

Stamps: Growing Green, Apple Blossoms
Paper: Water Colour pp, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, DSP-Elegant Soiree
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Basic Black
Other: Black Ribbon

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bling Mania

My garden is loving the rain right now and I am loving the smell of rain. The kids have resorted to using all of our dining room chairs, the living room furniture, and their blankets to make a tent just in case the rain turns into a "bad storm". Now we'll wait and see how good they are at cleaning up once they're done, lol.

I wish the lighting in the house had been better when I took this picture, it really doesn't show just how bright and fun this new Poppy Parade colour is! It's quickly becoming one of my favourites of the new In Colors.

I stamped the image on watercolour pp and used my blender pens to colour the flower and leaves. Then I carefully cut out the flower so I could mount it on the circle. You can't see it in the picture but I sponged some Old Olive lightly on the Very Vanilla circle. The circle is mounted with dimensionals and the sentiment is slightly curled. To finish it off I added bling until I was happy, hehe. Diamonds are a girl's best friend, right!

Stamps: Happiness Shared, Apple Blossom (for the sentiment)
Paper: Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, In Color ds Paper Pack, DSP-Love Letter
Ink: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Basic Black
Other: Clear Rhinestones, Poppy Parade Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pearl Overload

What a beautiful summer day again, right now the kids are playing outside with the sprinkler and I get to stare at my garden that finally received a little TLC again. It's been a busy week and it was crying for some attention!

I knew when Stampin' Up! started carrying the pearls and rhinestones in sheets I would be in trouble, lol. Those things are so easy to go nuts with! This project took me forever to complete, I started last night and finished this morning. Not that it I was working on it the entire time, we did typical summer stuff in between.

I always save the cardboard that comes with our designer paper for things just like this. I glued the soft suede cardstock to the front and back of a square piece of the cardboard and then ran it through my Bigshot with a scallop circle die. To give it some dimension I sponged the edges in Soft Suede. The Baja Breeze flower is made with 3 flowers from our new paper flowers pack, I made them just like in my last post. The Not Quite Navy flower is made similar to all the paper rose tutorials that you see in the blog world. The smallest paper flowers were coloured in Basic Grey. I used the White Shimmer paint on the NQN flower and the small ones too. The ribbon is white taffeta ribbon dyed with Baja Breeze ink, I used sticky strip to go around and then wrapped the ribbon around the base. To finish it off I added a healthy dose of our new self adhesive pearls, LOVE those things.

Phew, I'm tired just reading that, lol.

Paper: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, DSP-Elegant Soiree
Ink: Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Other: White Shimmer Paint, Pearls, Paper Flowers, Taffeta Ribbon

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The A.D.D. Stamper

Yikes, if I look back over my last few posts I'm all over the place in terms of style and colours. You'll agree once you see today's post, lol. What can I say, I love all styles...

This card took me forever to make, I had a vision in my mind and it of course turned out nothing like vision, but not for lack of trying. And of course the picture makes it look a little blah too, I promise it looks better IRL. I really wanted to use the new Crochet Trim and of course the new pearls. LOVE LOVE those pearls. Now I can use as many as I want and not wonder what I'll do with the rest of the stuff in the kit! And they're priced really well too, yeah!

I also used our new paper flowers to make the 3-D flowers. It's very simple. On the slightly bigger flower I used four small flowers and coloured them with my brayer. Then I put a dollop of glue in the center of each one, take on flower and pinch it together forming a small mini flower. Hold together until tacky. Now snip the bottom off of that flower and place it in the center of the next flower, and pinch that together, repeat until done. Super easy. Just imagine how pretty they would be with shimmer spray! The smaller flower uses 3 paper flowers instead of 4.

Stamps: Just Believe
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, River Rock, DSP-In Color Pack Pack
Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride
Other: Paper Flowers, Pearls, Crochet Trim

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 16, 2010

My Tropical Paradise

When you can't go to the tropics, why not bring them to you, lol. I saw this card posted by the talented Theresa Momber (such a talented artist) and couldn't wait to try it. I used the new stamp set "Plant Hope" and tons of different colours. My first attempt I used my brayer but it just wasn't looking even remotely like her card. So I did what she did and grabbed for my sponges.

This card used a ton of different colours all trying to mimic her colours. I definitely want to try this card again with fewer mistakes. (don't look too hard!)

Stamps: Plant Hope, Uncharted Territory (for the birds)
Paper: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy, Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Other: Black Brads

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Baby Time

Hi everyone! It's a bit of a blah day in our home today, my one son is feeling a little under the weather today and I must be getting old because my body is screaming for me to take a nap and I keep saying no, lol.

Of all the stamp sets staring at me waiting to be used, I went with a baby one last night, lol. Go figure. I stamped the teddy and tees with black ink on water colour pp and then coloured the teddy first with Crumb Cake ink and then used Early Espresso in the shadows. The baby tees were done using a blender pen, it's my preferred tool for colouring smaller areas.

I sponged the edges of the paper with some more Crumb Cake and then used hemp twine for my "wash line". I was really hoping to find some of those little wooden clothes pins at the dollar store but found nothing. So for now the tees and teddy are popped up on dimmensionals.

Stamps: Teddy & Train, Baby Tees, Baby Bundle
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, DSP-Elegant Soiree
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Baja Breeze,
Other: Neutrals Brads, Hemp Twine

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stamp Torture and Fun

I've had a busy week preparing for my Catalogue Kick Off party which we had last night. And wouldn't you know it, that's the day my first big order arrived! It was torture seeing all my stamp sets and pretty papers just begging to be used, but I was too busy preparing for the party to use any of it. My daughter on the other hand begged and pleaded to use the "The Nicest Things" stamp set, she had wanted to colour those two little girls since the second she saw that stamp set. So I had to watch with envy as she hummed and coloured, lol.

But on a fun note, I had my party last night and what fun it was! We were 20 stampers, some were new to me and some were regulars, but we all share the love of stamping! I was going to take photos and completely forgot, oops. We made three cards instead of the two that I announced, with the great response I had to the party I figured it might be better to split into 3 groups vs 2 big ones. There were lots of door prizes, stamp sets, new ribbon and brads, rhinestones, paper and more stamp sets. Can't wait to do it again next year!

I'm posting all three cards that we did but I won't go into detail though. If you have any questions just give me a shout and I'll do my best to answer them. The first card I'll post was my favourite one, I loved the colour combination. We sprayed the front of the card with the champagne shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol before we glued it to the card base. You can't see it in the picture but it really adds such a nice shimmer to the card.

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Ink: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Other: Black Brads, Shimmer Paint

Stamps: Notably Ornate,
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, DSP-Newsprint
Ink: Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Other: Black Satin Ribbon

Stamps: Just Believe
Paper: Concord Crush, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black

Before I go just a quick note, anyone that books a Stampin' Up! party with me from now until the end of July will earn DOUBLE the hostess benefits! So if your party reached $330 in sales you would now get $60 in FREE product instead of $30! (Party must be held within 60 days, book parties do not qualify)
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What's Your favourite Colour?

It's a question that gets asked often as a child, and still gets asked as a grown up. Why do I ask this? Because I'm sure by now you all think my favourite is black, lol. Seriously, I have no favourite colour but it seems like it makes it into my life a lot. Even when I go buy clothing, I find a style that I really like, but it only comes in black. I find a card that I really like, but it's made using black. You get the picture.

And now on to my card, my black card, lol. I saw this card made by Leanne Pugliese and loved how striking the flower was left uncoloured. And you'll notice the new embossing folder too, love how beautiful this one is, and how pronounced! The flower was stamped on Very Vanilla twice and then I used a circle die on the one image, just slightly cutting off the top of the flower. I cut out just the flower head on the second image and popped that up with dimensionals over the first image.

I'll also mention that the Because I Care stamp set is one of many door prizes at my Catalogue Kick Off party on the 13th! Come join me, scroll down to yesterday's post to see the flyer!

Stamps: Because I Care, All Holidays
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, DSP - Newsprint
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Black Brads, Black Ribbon

Have a great day!

Monday, July 5, 2010

It's the Most, Wonderful Time of the Year

Now before you all start singing Christmas carols let me just say that the catalogue release is always one of my favourite times of the year, Christmas is probably still my absolute favourite, lol. Almost had ya, right?! If you're in the Steinbach area and would like a catalogue for $5, give me a shout at btdyck@gmail.com and I'll make sure you get your copy asap.

I love this catalogue, love the designer paper, the stamp sets, the accessories, everything! And I ordered almost everything on my wishlist! Shh, I don't think my husband realizes just how much $$ that is, just another great reason to be a demo. It pays for my hobby (AKA: Obsession) and the hubby just thinks it's a little bit of paper and rubber, hehe.

Today's card is really just a very simple card that I cased off of Carly Roberston. It uses one of the new core colours, Marina Mist. I used the Fifth Ave Floral rose and stamped it in the same colour ink, then I chopped away the bottom corner with a circle die which reveals the sentiment from one of the new Level 3 hostess sets in the new catalogue. I also used the colour spritzer on the Very Vanilla piece to give it a little more detail. And one of the things that I'm sooooooooooooo excited about is that the new catalogue has adhesive backed rhinestones and pearls, yay!! But until I get my order, these cheapos had to do.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Occasional Quotes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist,
Ink: Basic Black, Marina Mist
Other: Clear Rhinestones

And you probably thought I was done!

Are you in the Steinbach area and would love to get your hands on the new catalogue?! Well then come join me for a great evening stamping with friends, and possibly going home with a door prize! Click on the photo to see a larger image of the flyer, and then get on the phone to reserve your spot!! (I'm sounding a little bossy today...lol.)

Now I'm done! :D Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!