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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!

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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!


Organization 101

I did a little re-org in the studio yesterday and swapped around some of my containers and such. I love seeing everything and having things close at hand. For about the last 10 years, I've been using those wooden storage cubes that you can configure a bunch of different ways. They've seen me through several moves and tons of reconfigurations (that's what I love about them!) and finally I think I've found a configuration that works. Here are a few shots of some of the organization...

I'm not sure what I originally bought this cube for, but I did a little happy dance when I discovered the dividers fit my ribbon spools perfectly!

Same applies for my twine & trim drawer. I just love opening these up and taking a peek inside.

This last pic is obviously not a drawer, but this container now sits inside one of the shelves. It was actually in a pile to give away and then I thought it would be a better embellishment holder for all my little do-dads. Now I can just open it up and use my little scoopers to pick what I want. Aren't those sooooo adorable?!

Until next time, stay crafty!


October Promos!

Just a quickie post today to keep you in the loop about some great promotions in October!

This promo ends today a 11:59pm MT. Be sure to check out the deals here where you can find some paper packs, adhesives & tools on sale up to 25% off!

This Paper Pumpkin offer ends in a few days on October 10th. Be sure to check out all the details and subscribe at using promo code BOGO. If you don't have a demonstrator, would love it you chose me - Steph VanDorp. ;)

Lastly, this sale on select papers is on for the month of October - B3G1. What a great deal! I'll be showcasing several projects using all our pretty papers this month. I don't know how I ever lived without double-sided paper before!!

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Until next time, stay crafty!


Sprinkles? Yes Please!

Today I'm sharing a card I designed for my Shaker Card Class on Thursday night. To create my shaker, I used real sprinkles - it's so yummy, I could eat it!  The stamp set Sweet Cupcake looks so real already, so it was a no brainer for me to use real sprinkles.

I kept the card fairly simple to allow focus on the cupcake. I used the Confetti embossing folder to frame my shaker component and some retired 3/8" Pool Party Glitter Ribbon. If you love that look, you can get the Pool Party ribbon dirt cheap on the Clearance Rack right now, or purchase the Blushing Bride & Silver combo pack from the Holiday Catalogue.

The sentiment on the front is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set - isn't it just perfect for this card?! On the inside I used images and a sentiment from the cupcake set.

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Mixed Media

Over the weekend I was feeling inspired by something other than cards... that seems to be the case lately anyway! As I sat down to paint with my kiddos and one of their friends, I was suddenly inspired to create a mixed media piece... my first ever I think! Check it out:

I love the way it turned out! I started by painting a background on the canvas in my favourite colours. Since I was just fooling around and didn't quite know what I wanted to do, I headed to my stamp wall for inspiration. I stared until something jumped out at me - my Flower Patch stamp set. Do you ever do that when you need inspiration? Anyway, I began by stamping my larger flower with white paint, followed by the smaller flowers & sentiment in ink. I just kept adding until I was happy.

To spice it up a notch, I added some copper accents. I lightly rubbed my VersaMark pad throughout the background and along the edges. For the white flowers, I used my VersaMark Pen so that I could get the powder exactly where I wanted it. Lastly, I stamped the smallest flower on top of the other flowers that I stamped in ink and then heat those up.

What do you think?

Until next time, stay crafty!

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