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Monday, July 31, 2017

WWC129 - Libby's "All About Christmas" Challenge

A quick entry for the challenge this week at the Watercooler Wednesday and it is all about Chrismas: WWC129 - Libby's "All About Christmas" Challenge  which actually feels refreshing on this very gorgeous but hot summer day in Southern Ontario.

Here's the very CAS card I want to submit:

As you can see, it could not be any simpler. A very pretty card I think, and so very easy and quick to make. Don't forget that as of tomorrow August 1st, customers will be able to pre-order the bundle I have used on this card!

And the banner for the challenge: 
Here are some of the details:

Card Base:           Real Red  8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
Front Layer:        Whisper White – 5 ¼” x 4
Inside:                  Whisper White – 5 ¼” x 4
DSP:                      Be Merry DSP – 4” x ½”
Stamps Sets, framelits and inks used on card
  • Carols of Christmas          (C 144804)          
  • Card Front Builder            (144674)             
  • Real Red                            
  • Basic Black
 Other:  Basic Rhinestones

So don't forget to let me know what you think and if you would like to order this bundle during the month of August, you can contact me or go to my online store. Do pay a visit to the Watercooler blog to see what the Watercooler Artists have created for this challenge and scroll down on the page to see all the wonderful entries.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

WWC128 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Carols of Christmas and the WWC128 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge........ do you think this card works as a masculine card?

This week  it's Heidi's turn to be hosting and she has opted for one of the of the very popular challenges over at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: the Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge.  And as I wanted to play with this brand new set available only to demonstrators in July (and it will be available for  customers as a pre-order in August), I decided to create a masculine card , a Christmas masculine card.  

I used the Card Front Builder thinlits that coordinates with the stamps set, both on the front of the card and inside, sponged some clouds using the clouds mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, die cut trees and a few deers, and stamped the large sentiment inside together with more deers.

For the trees I was inspired by what another demo (
Karen Bernhardt ) had posted on FB. I too used the Whisper White ink to put some "snow" on the trees but instead of using glitter, I sprinkled white embossing powder and then brushed Wink of Stella over the melted powder.  Here's a close-up of the trees:

Inside I stamped one of the large sentiment from the stamps set and for a 'masculine touch' I also stamped the 3 little deers at the bottom.

Card Base:           Tranquil Tide  8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
Front Layer:        Whisper White – 5 ¼” x 4 – Die cut with Card Front Builder
Inside:                  Whisper White – 5 ¼” x 4 – Die cut with Card Front Builder
Trees:                   Garden Green – sponged with Whisper White, sprinkled with White Embossing powder
Deers:                  Early Espresso – sponged with Whisper White and Wink of Stella
Stamps Sets, framelits and inks used on card
  • Carols of Christmas          (C 144804)          
  • Card Front Builder            (144674)             
  • Tranquil Tide                     
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Whisper White
  • Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz (for clouds and background behind trees)
  So what do you think? Do you consider this card to be masculine enough for a guy? I think it could even be a winter birthday card, don't you think?

Don't forget to go check the Watercooler Wednesday blog for great ideas and wonderful samples created by the Watercooler Artists, and have a look at the entries so far! WOW so much inspiration for your masculine projects. 

Thank you for stopping by and please take a few seconds to let me know what you think of my card. And again thank you to Judy for choosing my card as worthy to rock the watercooler last week for her challenge! That was a wonderful  surprise and sure helped to put a smile on my face and make me feel like a 'rockstar'.


WWC127 - Judy's "All About Birthdays" Challenge

Update: So proud of displaying this badge! Thank you so much Judy for selecting my card..

I had so much fun with the last Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (and you can see my original entry and my badge! right here) I decided to enter a card for this week too.

This week it is Judy's turn to host and she wants it "All About Birthdays"
If you want to see all the other samples and entries go to their blog: WWC127 - Judy's "All About Birthdays" Challenge
Here is the card I would like to submit for the challenge. It's a fun card that could be for either a boy or a girl.

and here's the inside of the card:

and a little bit of details about the Stampin'Up! products that I have used on this card.

Stamps Sets, framelits and inks used on card
  • Birthday Delivery              (P 143660)           NEW Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
  • Work of Art                        (W134111)          Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
  • Playful Backgrounds        (P141920)            Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
  • Birthday Friends (143658)              NEW Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
  • Pacific Point                      
  • Crumb Cake (or Soft Suede)
  • Soft Sky (for sponging on front panel) and Basic Black (inside)
  • Stitched Edge – Pacific Point (144199)       NEW Annual Catalogue 2017-2018

So don't forget to go pay a visit to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog.
And if you come and visit, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my card and all the fabulous products in that Suite.

Have a great day and Happy Stampin'

Monday, July 17, 2017

WWC126 - Fiona's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge - Birthday Girl

Update: My card was chosen as Penny's Choice:  Beautiful use of new In Colours and Birthday sets on side-step card. Inspiring.    Thank you Penny!  Proudly displaying my badge

It has been a long time since I have been able to upload any pictures to my DBWS but it seems, fingers crossed, that a solution has finally been found!!!!

For the challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week, Fiona wanted "us to play with some of our "girlie" stuff, especially the bling and the pretty feminine colours. "

By the way you must visit their blog and see the new banner!!! So cool.

Here's the card I want to enter for this challenge:

That little girl is so sweet. This card was part of my class and the ladies really loved it. It is a special fold - side step - and while there were some "measurement challenges" with the first class I finally figured out where I went wrong and able to fix the error for the evening class, thanks to the patience of the afternoon ladies!

Here's the inside of the card:
Card Base:           Fresh Fig  8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”  
Panel 1:                2” x 4” – Powder Pink – embossed with Oh My Stars embossing folder
Steps Panels:      ¾” x 3” Berry Burst – 1” x 3” Powder Pink – 1 7/8” x 3” Lemon Lime Twist
DSP:                      Birthday Memories (to die cut little girl)
Others:                 Scraps Whisper White to die cut cupcake with Cupcake Cutouts framelits
                              Powder Pink on Multipurpose Adhesive sheet (144106) to die cut the word “Sweet”
Inside:                  2” x 4” – Powder Pink panel
                              1 7/8” x 3 – Whisper White panel
Stamps Sets, framelits and inks used on card
Stamps:   Sweet Cupcake   (P141498)           
  • Birthday Friends  (143658)              NEW Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
  • Cupcake Cutouts  (141474)              Annual Catalogue 2017-2018
Embossing Folder:  Oh My Stars  (143710)   NEW Annual Catalogue 2017-2018

Thank you so much for stopping by and having a peek at my card. So happy that I was finally able to find the reason why I had not been able to upload any photos lately (issues with some automatic updates! grrr....). I was ready to cancel my subscription!

Let me know what you think of my card. I always love to read your comments and suggestions.  Thanks so much and don't forget to visit the blog and see all the other entries and wonderful work of the Design Team.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Masculine card with a Fun & Fancy Fold and Nailed It!

Fancy Fold:  Z-Fold Flap Card
I made this card for our Jammin'Stampers Monthly Community Challenge (it might, just might,  make its way to an upcoming class....what do you think ladies?)

The front flap tucks underneath the wrench, ruler and sentiment to help keep it closed. You could also use the thin velcro closures:


To make this card that I had seen several examples on Pinterest, I followed this "How to" video from Dawn Griffith:

 Here is a view from the top of the card so you can see a little bit better how it opens up:
And another photo to show the card when fully open
Measurements and Supplies
Main Card:          Basic Black  – Cut: 11” x 4 ¼” – Score at 5 ½”  and 2 ¾”
1st Panels:            Real Red – Cut: (1) 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” and (2) 2 5/8” x 4 1/8”
DSP Panels:         Urban Underground – (1) 4 x 5 ¼” and (2) 2 ½” x 4”
Flap Card:            Basic Black – Cut: 3 ¾” x 7 ½” – Score at 3 ¾”
1st Panels:            Real Red – Cut: (3) 3 5/8” x 3 5/8”   –  Top Panel: Silver Foil 3 ½” x 3 ½”, dry embossed
Others:                 Scraps of Real Red – Silver Foil – Delightful Dijon – Early Espresso - DSP

  • Guy Greetings     (C 137178)           from Annual catalogue 2016-2017
  • Nailed It               (C 143077)           from Occasions 2017
  • Basic Black  and Stazon (for Silver Foil)
  • Build It                 (143230)              from Occasions 2017
Embossing Folder:
  • Hexagons Dynamic (143231)        from Occasions 2017
  • Urban Underground (142786)       from Occasions 2017

Well I was just taking a mini-break from finishing my swaps...... so I better get back to it. OnStage Toronto is on Saturday and I can't wait to be there and celebrate Stampin'Up! Canada 's 15th Anniversary!!! I am certain there will be "something special to celebrate".... :-)

Heavy rain today in Cambridge (Ontario, Canada) so this is the perfect day for some stamping and crafting!

Happy stamping!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams in Mint Macaron

I created this card last week for a class. It is monochromatic and very CAS. I used the soon-to-be-retired Mint Macaron: cardstock, ink pad, envelope paper. I wanted to show my ladies a different option so for the inside I used another soon-to-be-retired ink, Tip Top Taupe. I hope these colors will eventually come back, sooner than later. There are favorites of mine.

Here's my card and the inside, which to keep it really monochromatic, could have been stamped with Mint Macaron.


Here are some of the details and products used:
Card Base:           Mint Macaron 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4” – Optional: 2 rounded corners
1st Layer:             Whisper White 4 x 5 ¼” – Optional: 2 rounded corners
2nd Layer:             In Color 2015-2017 Envelope Paper - cut ~ 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” x 5 ¼” triangle
Other:                  Scrap ~ 3” x 3 ½” of Mint Macaron cardstock to die cut dragonfly
Inside:                  Whisper White 4 x 5 ¼” – Optional: 2 rounded corners
Stamps Sets, framelits and inks used on card

  • Dragonfly Dreams            (P142924)            from Occasions 2017  
  • Timeless Textures             (W140514)          from Annual Catalogue 2016 to May 31,2017
 Inks and Markers:
  • Mint Macaron                   In Color 2015-2017 (soon retiring)
  • Tip Top Taupe                   Optional for inside sentiment or could use one color only
Thinlits and Others:
  • Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits            (142749)              from Occasions 2017 
  •  Pearls (119247) or Rhinestones (119246)  from Annual Catalogue 2016 to May 31,2017
I will be entering this card in the Just Add Ink challenge #353 this week where Karen is asking to "Just Add Critters" .

Here's the banner for the challenge:  

Don't forget to go and visit their blog right hereto see all their wonderful project and all the great entries so far.  I may even enter another of my card that has a cute "critter" on it too.

Happy stampin' and looking forward to reading what you think of my little dragonfly!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Do you make Love-themed / Valentine's Day cards? (WWC100)

Good Day - on this absolutely gorgeous but freezing day!

I have a couple of questions for you: Do you make Valentine's Day cards? Or maybe "love-themed" cards that don't necessarily have the "Happy Valentine" sentiment on them? Do you CELEBRATE love?

I am curious. Let me know. (Would you attend a class to make a card or two for this type of cards?)

Here's one I made and will be entering in a very special challenge (WWC100) (scroll down to find out more!). It does say LOVE  and has a very lovely sentiment inside but it can also be for something else other than Valentine's Day don't you think?

It's is hard to see on this photo but all the little hearts at the top having been "painted" with Wink of Stella and so has the larger stamped heart really make this card sparkles. Really pretty IRL.

And I really like this sentiment from the new Oh So Succulent stamp set (142992) that you can find in the Occasions Stampin'Up catalogue (January 4, 2017 - May 31, 2017)

So for this ultra special challenge: can you believe that the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is celebrating their 100th challenge!  WOW I love the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (even though I have not been participating much lately.....but this is a New Year, right!) and I think that this milestone is more than worth celebrating so I am submitting this Love card to celebrate them. Go check them out.

You still have time to enter you very own card for this great challenge. Pay a visit to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog, you won't be sorry!

And I would like to also wish a very speedy and complete recovery to Heidi Weaver, coordinator at WWC, who is a bit under the weather right now. All the best Heidi! 

Happy New Year to All! Have a great one and lots of stamping and creating. As always, I love reading you comments and thoughts so don't be shy, let me know what you think of my celebration card, for love, for an important milestone.  :-)

Stampin'Up! Products used:
Stamps Sets from the new Occasions catalogue:
  • Love Sparkles (Clear 143183)   *New
  • Oh So Succulent (Photopolymer 142992)  *New
Real Red Cardstock (102482)
Sending Love DSP stack 6x6 (142733)  *New
Embossing Buddy (103083)
White Stampin' Embossing Powder (109132)
Versamark (102283) Refill (102193)
Heat Tool (129053)
Basic Black Archival Ink (140931) Refill (140928)
Confetti Hearts Border (135861)
Wink of Stella - Clear (141897)
Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog,   Happy 100th and to many many more 100s!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Watercolor Pencils by Stampin’ Up! - Upcoming class in February????

Let me know your thoughts and if you would be interested!
I am thinking of a class in February, using the new Watercolor Pencils by Stampin’ Up! (P. 24 - 141709)
Check this video (only 8:19 minutes): just click once below and follow the link to the Stampin'Up! You Tube site.
NEW: STAMPIN'UP! Watercolors pencils Video
I don't know about you but I can't wait to order the pencils and try them on one of the featured stamps sets - Beautiful You (P. 24 - Wood 143004 or Clear 143637) really looks amazing don't you think? Working on a few projects with that set for future classes......
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WWC92 - Jean's Sketch Challenge -LET IT SNOW!

So happy my quick and simple card received: 

Thank you so much!

I made this fun little card based on Jean Fitch's sketch for the challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge # 92.

This is the sketch Jean created for us:

I started with a Whisper White card base. For the various layers or panels I cut 3 pieces from the Warmth & Cheer DSP stack. The top panel has been embossed, after applying Soft Sky ink inside the folder, with the Woodland EF. There are some snow flakes stamped with the Craft Whisper White ink but they are really hard to see.

The little snowman peeking through the trees is from the Jar of Cheer. Sentiment and snowflakes are from Snow Place.

Hope you will like my card and don't forget to go over to the blog at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge where you will find a lot of inspiration from the Watercooler artists and you still have time to create a card of your own and enter it for the challenge. Don't you want to rock the watercooler!!!