Work of Art

Is it sad that I haven't really created with my "Work of Art" stamp set since I got it? I was so excited to finally get it, I created one card and then... nothing. So I decided I needed to pull it out and play. Well, I had so much fun with it, that I designed a mini class!

This is one of the cards I designed.
I decided to use the primary colours, since the stamp set looks like paint strokes. I was hoping the colours would combine to produce green and orange... well, the yellow and blue worked beautifully, the red and yellow... not so much. But oh well, it still looks good.

I then added my greeting and a few rhinestones for bling and voila, a quick and simple card!

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Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating!

Pictogram Punches Bookmark

Hello and happy Monday, Just a quick post today, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Last week I mentioned that I made a make'n'take for my crafting vacation. So today, I thought I would share it.

I decided to design a little 3D make-n'take using the Pictogram Punches stampset and one large paperclip.

I must admit that I am loving this stamp set. It's fun, versatile and coordinates beautifully with the punches!

I found these large paper clips at my local dollar store and sandwiched them between 2 scallop punch outs with Stampin' Dimensionals!
Would you like to come out and play with my stamp sets? Well guess what!?!... I just posted 2 mini classes! If you live in London ON or surrounding areas, check them out and contact me today to join!

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!
Happy Creating!

Let Your Greatness Bloom!

Hello everyone! I'm sorry for how sporadic I've been this week... My Mom, Dad and Sister have been down camping this week and I've been busy visiting with them as much as possible. I always have the best of intentions of posting in the evenings when I have guest, but after a day, chalked full of activities, my bed always wins out.

The good news though... I have lots to share, so there are many post to come!

As I mentioned the other day, a few friends and I went on a little crafting getaway. Well, as always, we decided to do pillow swaps and today I'm sharing mine.

I really wanted to make each of my friends a beautiful Blended Bloom flower, as they all loved the one I did on this card.

I didn't know what the final project would be, but I knew with 8 to make... I knew I needed to work on the flowers. So I stamped out 100 flowers and off I went!

At the time, I only had the 1st round of the Blendabilites Markers. So I created 2 flowers in each colour. Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Coastal Cabana and Rich Razzleberry! Yep! I created 10 flowers!

While I worked on the flowers, I kept my eye out for some cheap, little square frames for me to mount the flowers in, but didn't really find anything I liked...

If you follow me on Facebook, you would've seen this picture... This was me working on my pillow swaps. I had to colour so many flowers that I made a little flower "guide map" for me to refer to AND I only coloured the petals showing on that layer. The rest I filled in with the darkest marker of the trio.

Then one day, while walking through the dollar store, I found this! The perfect, little sized easel and canvas and I knew I had found what I was looking for!

I bought 10, took them home and painting the canvas' white!

Each flower was 7 layers and used almost a sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals. once they were assembled I used glue dots to twirl my linen thread behind them and then secured it even further by putting a drop of hot glue on top.

To create my leaves, I used the New In-Colour Ribbon: Meadow Moss and the New Cotton Ribbon: Pear Pizzaz. I cut off little snippets (maybe 1.5 - 2" long), twisted them and glued the ends together with hot glue. Then I glued one inside the other and glue them to the back of my flower with the hot glue again.

When everything was assembled and done, I couldn't forget about presentation! I wrapped each one in a cellophane bag and added a little tag (created in MDS and punched with the scallop tag topper punch) that read: Let your greatness Bloom! Each one colour coordinated with it's flower!

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great week-end!

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Blendabilities Course!

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The details to my Blendabilities Course are now available!

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Summer Stamping Retreat 2014

As many of you know, Stampin' Up! had it's annual Convention this past week, and I would love to say that I went, but unfortunately I didn't. Convention is an amazing experience and lots of fun, but unfortunately, once you throw in airfare and accommodations, it becomes a once in a life time kind of thing... or in my case - twice in a lifetime. One day, I hope to go again, but we'll see.

Anyways... a few girlfriends and I decided that since we couldn't go to convention, we would go on a little (much cheaper) crafting getaway together! We rented a cute little cottage right on the water and packed up all of stampin' stuff and as much junk food as we could! Okay, we brought some healthy food and clothes but really, that wasn't the important stuff!

Well, my friend Marja and I thought it would be fun to turn our little getaway into a mini convention, so without telling anyone else, we designed the essentials for a mini convention or in our case - our Summer Stamping Retreat 2014!

So every retreat needs a bag! Crazy Marja, purchased 31 bags for all of us! How awesome is she! The bag was part of her pillow swap. She had planned on doing a little convention theme pillow gift. I had mentioned one day about doing a funny awards night and making it like a little convention at the cottage... Marja quickly revealed her pillow swap so that we could work together and not have 2 mock conventions! Lol apparently, we think alike!
To decorate her bags, Marja made these cute little tags with a beautiful quote on them.

"Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Einstein"

Inside the bag, there was no shortage of surprises! Make sure to click on the photos for a larger view!

Everything was created with the digital download: Old School. Marja designed the overall theme and I just followed her lead, so everything would coordinate!

First up, Marja made us adorable little name tags that she inserted into little plastic sleeves and tied with the latest In colour, Hello Honey, ribbon.

Then she made a coordinating clipboard with a notepad for all of us to take our "retreat notes" on. (see photo above)
To go along with Marja's clipboard, I designed a pen insert and made our "retreat" pens. It said the same "Summer Stamping Retreat 2014" and the same scissor dsp.

No retreat is complete, without a little memorabilia pin. So of course, I couldn't resist pulling out the shrinky dink! I kept my design pretty simple as 1: I only had one sheet of shrinky dink left and 2: well... Marja and I did this all the week before the cottage!!! Gotta love it!

The pin shown, actually has a little blooper, as I accidentally cut through the handle of my scissors. Once it shrunk it kind of curled in, but I don't mind it.
No stampin retreat would be complete without stamping! So Marja and I each made a make'n'take for everyone to do. Marja created some cute little tags to label them!

Well our mini "Convention" or retreat as we called it, was a hit! everyone loved it! We even had prize patrol and an awards night! We all received award certificates, which coordinated with everything!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope today's post inspires you to add little fun details to your occasion!
Happy Creating!

It's Peacock Day!

Today is the day!

I am finally going to share the peacock with you!

I know you've all been waiting for it, but I wanted to save my best project for last! Sorry!

I have to admit that I am extremely proud of this project! Maybe a little too much, but I can't help it. It just makes me giddy.

This was actually my 1st project of the 8, that I created with the Flower Patch bundle.

How did I come up with the idea? Good question! I don't really know... I was playing and layering my stamp images, when I started thinking of a peacock feather... (don't ask me how, even I don't get my brain sometimes!) Then it took off from there... I realized the framelits would work perfectly for the peacock body, and the tiny flower stem stamp, could be its head feathers. O-mi-goodness, I was a kid in a candy store and I couldn't wait to bring it to life!

Beyond popular believe, this isn't a card! It's actually designed in a frame! A Paper Pumpkin frame to be exact -April's Paper Pumpkin! It was the perfect size for my little peacock!

I decided to save everyone a TON of reading!

I made a little diagram! (click on it for a larger view!)

On it, I've shown you what components of the Flower Patch bundle I used, and for what! I hope you enjoy this method of explaining.

Well, thank you for enduring my 8 posts of Flower Patch projects and for all of your lovely comments over on the SCT blog. If you haven't already, make sure to head over to the SCT blog and leave a comment for a chance to win the Flower Patch Bundle for yourself! How fun would that be!?!

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!

Blooming Birthday

Hello and welcome back to my last project before the peacock! Haha! I know you're all waiting for the peacock! So am I! It was my FAVOURITE! But we have this last one and then I'll share. I promise!

To be honest with you... this is NOT a favourite project of mine. In fact, I'm not overly thrilled with it. I was asked to designed 8 projects for them to chose 4 or 5 projects from. Well, by the time I got to the last project, I was absolutely, creatively tapped out! I figured my card would do... and they wouldn't choose it anyways... Well, I'm eating my words. Don't get me wrong, It has potential, I just don't think I fully got it there.
For this card, I wanted a design that coordinated with the greeting. So I covered it with "Blooming" flowers. I stamped and die cut my flowers, curled their petals with my bone folder, and stuck them down. Easy peazy. Nothing too difficult with this one.
Happy Creating everyone!