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Christmas in July - Double Whammy!

I can't believe it's mid-July already! That not only means that it's time for another Blog Hop (yay!), but it's also Christmas in July (double yay!!). If you can believe it, this is the time of year that I start crafting and thinking up Christmas projects... and I've got TWO for you today!

Ok, seriously, how cute are these pigs?! I just couldn't resist dressing this guy up in a little Santa suit and hat, complete with cotton trimming. :) The stamp set is called This Little Piggy and the paper is from the Coffee Break DSP.

On the inside, I used Labeler Alphabet and a strip of DSP. Did you know that if you cut your 12" x 12" DSP down to 4" x 6" pieces, you can have a piece for the front and one for the inside when you cut 3/4" off. ;)

Here's a closer look at this cutie. Don't you just love when you're able to take your products further?! Did you think I could take some coffee paper and a pig and make a Christmas card??

Speaking of using "non-Christmas" products to make Christmas cards... my Paper Pumpkin arrived today and the kit was so cute, I just couldn't wait to play! However, I didn't create as intended. If you follow me, this shouldn't come as a surprise. haha

I used a few pieces from the kit, but then mixed it with the Oh, What Fun and Flurry of Wishes stamp sets and played a little with the Embossing Paste. That stuff is so cool!! When I saw the wooden mountains contained in the kit, I just thought of white tips and the paste was the perfect thing to make that happen, along with some falling snow. If you're wondering about that braided accent... it was created with the tissue paper that Paper Pumpkin kits come wrapped in.

On the inside, I mixed an image from the stamp set I received in the kit, along with one from Flurry of Wishes. I kept it pretty simple.

Here's a closer look at some of the detail. I did add some paste to areas on the stamped snowflakes, however, I'm not sure that really added much to the project.

Thanks for tuning into this long-winded post! I hope you enjoyed the two projects I shared with you today. I'd love to hear what you think!

Don't forget that this is a Blog Hop... so hop on over to my friends too:

1. Leena at A La Cards
2. Sandy at Lolly & Sand
3. Me, Steph at Hofkissed <<You Are Here

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Tri-City Stampers Blog Hop - Month #2

Hello! Welcome back to a new month and our Blog Hop - happens on the 15th of every month! Thanks for checking in. If this is your first stop, be sure to scroll down and continue moving through the tour. You won't be disappointed!

Today's card focuses on the Birthday Memories Suite. I really have been loving this one! Perfect for kids projects and for someone who loves fussy cutting (me!!). These poodles are pretty sassy and you get an entire page filled with them in the Designer Series Paper pack. One of them you can even cut out with the Framelits.

I chose three of my favourites and then accessorized them with more fussy cut images - a party hat, present and balloons.This suite is so fun and colourful that I think you'll fall in love too!

I hope you've liked today's project - don't forget to jump on over to my other amazingly talented friends too. ;)

1. You are here >> Hofkissed - Steph VanDorp
2. A La Cards - Leena Girsa
3. Lolly & Sand - Sandy McCullough

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Quick & Easy Tuesdays

Hello! Welcome to another week of Quick and Easy. Today I'm sharing several cards I made with one of the new Memories & More suites from Stampin' Up!. I used the Colour Theory Pack. It includes over 70 double-sided cards in 3x4 and 4x6, plus some acetate sheets and sticker sheets. What's awesome about this line is that there are also several coordinating products (something Stampin' Up! does so well) that include paper, stamps, dies and embellishments.

Above is the first card. I simply used two of the 3x4 cards, some twine and one of the stickers from the kit. Quick & easy, right?! No stamping required!

For card two, I again used one of the included cards and some stickers, but then also stamped the sentiment with the coordinating stamp set - Colourful Seasons.To give the camera some dimension, I punched the white circle out with a 2" Circle Punch, glued that flat on the card base and then popped the rest up.

Card three builds on one of the printed cards. I simply cut one of the 4x6 cards down and stamped the sentiment on it. To add some dimension, I cut some cherry blossoms using the coordinating Thinlits, Seasonal Layers.

For card four, I created a shaker card. Did you see that one coming when I told you above that the kit includes acetate sheets? ;) Again using one of the 4x6 cards (that happened to have a blank square on it), I carefully cut it and glued my acetate sheet to it. The snowflakes are cut from the same Thinlits as above - you get 17 dies in that set! Not only did I add a few of the snowflakes in the shaker compartment, but I also layered them together on the front of the card.

Hope you liked today's samples... I feel a class coming soon with this kit. You really can do so much with it. I've only begun to explore (and used a mere 6 pieces from it!).

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Quick & Easy Tuesday

Hello! Welcome to another "quick & easy" Tuesday. I'm happy to get back to creating! To be honest, I've been going through a huge creative block for several weeks. I think I just needed a good break & rest because when I held a class last Friday, it all came back and I can't tell you what a relief that was!

Anyway, today I'm showing you a quick home decor project (with some new products, available June 1st). Home decor doesn't have to be complicated. Several years ago I framed some Designer Series Paper (DSP) in colours that match my other decor and get complimented on it all the time. How simple, right?!

Here's my newest creation and also very simple when you have the right tools:

I got the idea from some Muskoka Chairs (as they're referred to here in Ontario, Canada, Adirondack Chairs elsewhere) that my brother built years ago with a maple leaf back. These chairs remind me of summer, cottage life and relaxation. So peaceful! Not only does this piece fit my decor in my living room, but it also symbolizes the Canadian Flag... very fitting since it'll be Canada's 150th birthday on July 1st. ;)

All the pieces were die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits that can be purchased alone or as part of a bundle with the coordinating stamp set - Colourful Season. I also featured some of the set in this post.

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Sneak Peek Blog Hop!

Hello! Welcome to my first ever Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be participating with some other very talented ladies. Together, we're showcasing some new products that are coming out on June 1st! I decided to focus on one of the suites entitled Color Theory. At first glance, it didn't really inspire me, but once I took a deeper look, I realized how much potential there was!

I've been playing around a lot with this suite - there are thinlits, stamps, ribbon, paper, and embellishments! Not only is this suite focused on colour, but also the seasons! While I didn't end up using the stamp set for this card, you can create projects all year long with just this one suite... how awesome is that?!

For this card, I used a new 6x6 Paper Stack that has several Ombre patterns. I used one sheet and cut it using a scallop edge from the Thinlits. The branches and cherry blossoms are cut from the same set. Don't you just love them?!

I created lots of depth by curling the scallops and layering the blossoms and of course adding some jewels, coloured in various pinks (with Sharpie Markers) to match the ombre look.

Don't forget the inside of your card! Since I didn't use the stamp, I added some more die cuts to the inside too. I just can't get enough of them!!

Be sure to follow along as I continue showcasing this amazing suite of products in the weeks ahead. This is just the beginning! In the meantime though, catch some more sneak peeks as you hop on over to my friends...

1. You are here >> Hofkissed - Steph VanDorp
2. A La Cards - Leena Girsa
3. Lolly & Sand - Sandy McCullough

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Quick & Easy Tuesdays

I know it's been a few Tuesdays since you've heard from me and I apologize for that. I was taking a trip and got busy planning for that and finishing up a few orders before I left. Anyway, here's a pretty little gift package I created that holds 6 mini note cards & envelopes. Choose your favourite double-sided paper (I recommend Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper) and pull your colour scheme from the paper to create your cards.

Here are all the cards I created. I used the Timeless Textures stamp set and I'm happy to report is in the new Annual Catalogue! It's such a versatile set and as you can see below, you can create all sorts of collage stamping with just one set! I had a lot of fun just stamping and then added a few small embellishments to a some of the cards. To coordinate, I added some paper to the flaps of all the envelopes. I love doing that for special projects!

Lastly, here's a better look at my favourite design. I just love all the different types of stamp images that come in this set and how you use them to "colour" different aspects of each stamp set.

Here's a quick video on how to put together the little pouch. I've added the written dimensions in the YouTube description.... just take note that one of the measurements I said in the video is wrong - the right measurement is 1-3/4", not 2-1/4". ;)

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Quick & Easy Tuesdays

Welcome to another Tuesday featuring quick & easy projects. The following are actually what we're making in class tonight. Quick & Easy classes happen monthly on the second Tuesday of the month.

Stampin' Up! makes it really easy to create beautiful projects with all the coordinating suites! For these cards, I used one of my favourite sets - Best Birds - which I'm happy to report is in the new catalogue (live June 1st!).

This set is fabulous because it offers both images and sentiments. I combined some stamping with some paper from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack. My colours were chosen from the paper - Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Early Espresso.

If you're loving this set, it's currently bundled with the coordinating Framelits at a 10% discount. Buy it now or pay full price starting June 1st.

Until next time, stay crafty!

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Quick & Easy #2

Wow... twice in one day! I wanted to enter the challenge over at Just Add Ink, so I thought I'd share another post with you. I've had this idea for a while and is inspired by various "Punch Art", but geared toward kids. I created a couple of characters just for the "Just Add... Critters" Challenge #353.

I created these projects for an upcoming kids class I'm offering. They'll make various punch art figures using just circles... those are the most versatile shape! Above is a bunny card, just in time for Easter. Isn't he cute?!

Normally when I create punch art, I use various shapes and add some sponging, but I wanted to show that punch art doesn't have to be complicated. I bet the kids will love creating these whimsical critters.

Until next time, stay crafty,

Quick & Easy Tuesdays

Hello! So sorry I missed posting last Tuesday... it was a week of Migraines! :( Anyway, I'm back today with another "quick and easy" project. Check it out:

The kids were doing some paper weaving a couple weeks ago (remember doing that in school?) and it gave me and idea to do a little on a card with some pretty paper. This would work well with your paper scraps too! I love Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) because it's double sided and the quality is fabulous. It makes it really easy for coordination AND made this project really quick and easy because I could just flip over the paper and knew it would look great!

Another reason why I choose this card to feature today was because I used the Swirly Bird Stamp Set & Coordinating Thinlits. This set has so many fun shapes to create a variety of projects. For the sentiment, I used the Tin of Cards Stamp Set. By adding some heat embossed elements in gold & using a little Gold Glimmer Paper, you really don't need many layers either.

I hope you'll give paper weaving a try on your next project. To achieve this look, just cut yourself 6 strips of patterned paper, each measuring 3" x 1/2".

Until next time, stay crafty!

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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: