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Quick & Easy Tuesdays

Hello & welcome to another Tuesday! Here are some quick and easy projects to get you through the week.

I actually designed these several months ago for a team meeting, but it's fitting to share them with you today because not only are they quick & easy, but you could earn some of the products for FREE until March 31st!

Click here to be taken to the list of current catalogue products you can now earn for free in the final week of Sale-A-Bration! There's cardstock, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Washi Tape & even embossing folders! One of the products you could earn for FREE is the Party Animal DSP that I've used on these cards. Here are a few ways to earn your DSP and make these projects:

Balloon Adventures Bundle - Stamp Set & Thinlits - $68.25, #144708
Party Animal DSP - ($14.50), #147365 - FREE


Balloon Adventures Stamp Set - $32, #142823
Balloon Punch - $23.50, #140609
Note Cards & Envelopes - $8.00, #131527
Party Animal DSP - ($14.50), #147365 - FREE

Of course you could order any products totaling $60 and choose any items for FREE, including other products from the suite, any catalogue or online item, Clearance Rack and numerous Sale-A-Bration freebies. But the reason I chose these cards to feature as quick and easy projects today is because the Animal Party Product Suite makes it easy with coordination.

By the way, the Washi Tape from this suite can also be earned for free. ;)

Until next time, stay crafty!

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A Sketch Challenge - HSS #259

Happy Monday!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend. I thought I'd start my week off with a sketch challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. It was just what I needed to finish designing the last card for my class next week.

With Sale-A-Bration coming to a close on March 31st, I wanted to incorporate some of the awesome Inside the Lines DSP that you can earn for FREE with a $60 order. Just because it's colouring paper though, doesn't mean you always have to colour it.

I used the dies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and cut from Kraft Cardstock. I created a panel (actually, it's a card I cut apart from a past card kit... but you could easily create one yourself) and turned it into a shaker card! I love how the beads and sequins are highlighted against the black and white paper.

Before putting my shaker card together, I embossed the card layer with an embossing folder that I thought was carried over from the Holiday Catalogue, but just discovered it was not! Oops! A great alternative thought would be the current Petal Burst embossing folder.

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Here is the sketch I used and the challenge where I entered this card for consideration:


Alternative Projects for Paper Pumpkin March 2017

You know I love Paper Pumpkin... just as much as I love altering the kits every month to create something different then what was intended. ;) Yesterday, I posted a video to my YouTube Channel that walks you through the kit and then the projects I posted below. I promised in the video that I would post some still shots of the projects, so here they are!

Here's what the kit makes - so adorable, right?! I really loved all the different faces you could stamp and how nicely you could stamp on the fabric bags.

By having some Note Cards and Envelopes on hand and the willingness to cut your kit apart a bit, you could create the following two cards...

I really enjoyed playing around with the stamp images in this kit! By doing some repeat stamping with the "eyes", "whiskers" and "mouth/nose" you can create some great backgrounds or patterns. Cool, eh?!  For the card on the right, I used one of the "ears" to create petals. I coloured them in with Watercolour Pencils and blended the colours together with a Blender Pen.

I explain more about the next two in the video, but I used the tissue paper that comes in every kit and applied it to the card front. It adds lots of interest and colour. I also created a shaker card - those are so fun!

Lastly, I turned those easter eggs into dinosaur eggs... and combined them with the No Bones About It stamp set. :)

Hope you loved these alternative projects! Don't forget, a 3-month Paper Pumpkin subscription is on sale until March 31st, and purchasing one before the end of the month qualifies you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. It's a win-win! In addition, Sara Douglass (CEO of Stampin' Up!) has created April's kit and included a free gift to everyone inside each kit!! Can't wait to see what it is... don't forget to subscribe by April 10th if you want in on her kit.

Here's the video:

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Quick & Easy Tuesdays

Hello! At least once a month, on Tuesdays, I offer a "Quick & Easy" project class in my studio. So I thought I would start sharing these simple and easy projects on my blog, every Tuesday!

Today's card was inspired by a sketch over at Paper Craft Crew and I'm actually entering this card into their challenge PCC234. Check it out:

To keep this card quick and simple, I searched through my scrap drawer and mixed and matched pieces of DSP - Designer Series Paper, making sure to keep them in tones of blues and greens.

The splatter on the card layer was created with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush - I simply knocked it on a clear block until I got the look I wanted. Next, I added a strip of DSP, tearing the bottom edge for more texture. The Glitter Paper is from the FREE pack you can earn until March 31st (or while supplies last). The flagged banners are scraps also and were flagged with the Banner Tripple Punch. I created the flower with a couple of retired scalloped circle punches - haphazardly layering three together with a glitter center. I tucked the sentiment in behind before gluing & chose the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Lastly, I added another strip of glitter paper along the inside edge, because who wouldn't love opening this card to see more glimmer?!

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Here is the sketch I used for this card:


Dragonflies & Tea Lights

I've been inspired a lot by painting and mixed media lately and decided to play around with a piece last night. This is what I came up with:

I posted a few in progress pictures on my Instagram feed yesterday and promised to share the full view today on the blog. I'm so in love with how this turned out!! I started by blending ink (Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay & Emerald Envy) on a wood canvas. Next, I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to add some texture around the edges with Whisper White ink. Once that was dry, I used the splatter image and added heat embossing with copper. As an after thought, I also stamped some small dragonflies throughout in the various inks. Here are some different looks...

Next came the hexagon tea light holders that I created using the Window Box Thinlits. I love the floral cutouts. They fit a tea light perfectly and to continue with the copper accents, I added some copper washi (from the Affectionately Yours pack) and glued a panel of Copper Foil inside so that the light would bounce off of it.

 Lastly, I added the small & large dragonflies that I cut from Copper Foil using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.

Until next time, stay crafty!

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January 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Earlier today on Instagram, I shared a sneak peek of some alternative projects I came up with for the most recent Paper Pumpkin.

I love the cute little treat bags you are meant to make (24 of them), but there aren't enough to make for my daughters classmates and too many to make for any of my upcoming events. Plus, I much prefer cards. ;) Check out the video for a walk-through of the different designs and then scroll down to see the full view of all the projects. Enjoy!

Here are all the projects...

Until next time, stay crafty!

Give Paper Pumpkin a try!  Or, purchase a 3-month subscription... it's on sale until March 31st, 2017 AND purchasing on automatically qualifies you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item. ;)

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Advent Calendar DIY

As promised on my Instagram account yesterday, I was going to share more details about my DIY Advent Calendar today. Here's the full view:

I started by punching 25 envelopes using my Envelope Punch Board and some retired Christmas paper (Trim the Tree Paper Stack). I chose my patterns from the stack and as I was creating my envelopes, I started to notice many had a green pattern on one side. The idea of creating a Christmas tree came to mind and at that point, decided to use only the green patterns.

The stitched-look circles are the new Stitched Shapes Thinlits and the numbers I cut from Red Glimmer Paper using the retired Little Numbers Thinlits.

You might be wondering how I got my envelopes so small - they measure approximately 1-1/2" square. The smallest envelope you can make according to the measurements on the punch board is 3" x 2" (gift card size). I thought surely there was a way to make them smaller. Thanks to Nina at WaffleFlower for teaching me I could make one with a 3"x3" piece of paper & scoring at 1-1/2". ;)

I wanted each envelope to contain a note/activity/kind gesture for the kids & family to do while counting down the days to Christmas. I attached tiny magnets from the dollar store and inserted my paper inside each envelope. I did trim my envelopes slightly so that I could stamp the date using the Project Life Date It stamp set.

Each card has a written note. Some list activities I already have planned, like the one above. Others are kind gestures or "pay it forward" type notes and others are things like making a Christmas craft, decorate the tree, read a Christmas story or our traditional outing - drive around to look at light displays.

The entire calendar was created on a 12"x12" piece of Real Red card stock. I stamped a few snowflakes in the same colour for a little interest using Flurry of Wishes. Once the calendar is finished, I can store it in my scrapbook album & even scrap some pages with the notes. Next year, I can take it out and do it all over again.

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Craft Show Season!

Back again today with another post about craft shows. Yup, it's that time of year again and my first one is next weekend. Yikes! I had several ideas pop into my head today about my display and decided to do a mock up of it. Check it out...

Can you picture it? I know it's looking a little rough, especially without my table covers, signage or proper placement of some items, but it's getting there! Hauling all my product to and from shows really sucks sometimes. This year I'm hoping for it to be a little easier. I've repurposed several storage units from around my house that are multi purpose. They both carry my items AND display them. In years past I've hauled my products in separate tupperware type containers, plus my display containers. Not really smart, eh?! Let's take a closer look at some areas on my table:

This are is where all my greeting cards are. I've got several different varieties and price points. Picture a banner streamed along the back baskets, plus both baskets being the same size.

In this area I'll have some signage about classes and getting crafty, a handful of retired products for sale and some catalogues also. The unit in the middle has drawers (similar to the others I've faced forward) and that's where I'm keeping all my supplies - extra tags, pens & paper, tape, etc.

Lastly, this area is saved for all my gift giving and gift wrapping products. I have lots to choose from and lots more to add too... plus the appropriate signage.

What do you think?

Until next time, stay crafty!