Oct 2, 2015

New year, new beginning!

It has been a really, really long time since I last posted. I lost my mojo, got caught up with school, planned an anniversary party that was really as much planning as a wedding, and had a wonderful visit from family. I haven't been crafting as much as I'd like, but I do have a huge backlog of cards that I have created, and haven't yet managed to get them any further than my craft room. 

When you create a blog, you start mainly for yourself; it's a great way to be accountable to yourself, create a record of what you've been up to, and a connection to people 'out there' who might be just like you. However, once you've created your blog and than haven't posted for a while, well, it's hard to get back on that horse. For me, there is a sense of guilt, and a recognition that by publishing a new post, any followers you have that have probably forgotten you had a blog in the first place, are going to get a 'ping', thereby thrusting your failure to keep up with your blog posts right in front of them. It's much easier to get back into it quietly. 

I do have a card today, and of course, it's late, but I'm hoping this will be a new beginning for me. In the spirit of the Jewish New Year, I am forgiving myself for not keeping up with my blog, and just going to use it as a record of when I do feel I have something to post, whether that is card-making or some other form of creativity. 

Apples and honey are traditional Rosh Hashanah foods, symbolizing the roundness and sweetness of the new year. I used the cupcake bottom and candles from the Sprinkles of Life set to make this apple basket, and the apples and matching punch to fill it. The 'Sweet!' is from the Bravo set and the honeycomb embossing folder is embossed on gold foil. 

Thanks for still being here, those of you who are :)

Jan 30, 2015

One Tag Fits All

Happy Friday! Here's another card I made at my recent class, focusing on love, weddings and babies. It's a cute Valentines card using the One Tag Fits All stamp set and the Stacked with Love DSP stack. Both of these products are so versatile that they can be used for many occasions!

I used the front and back side of the DSP for the patterned pieces, and by pairing the focal image with Blendabilities to colour the rhinestones and the staple (holding the ribbon), this card goes from simple to 'wow' easily. Just a few extra touches can make all the difference!

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Have a wonderful weekend,

Jan 28, 2015

Christmas Cards - Part 2!

Here are some more of the Christmas cards I made this year.
 This was one of my favourite cards this year! I used Pool Party card stock, embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. The Santa is from the Get Your Santa On stamp set. That little Santa is so cute!

 Here's another stamp from the Get Your Santa On stamp set! This little fireplace lends itself beautifully to colouring using our Blendabilities markers. I used the skin tone markers to colour the fireplace. This is such a simple card, I didn't even add a sentiment. I wanted the fireplace to hold centre stage.

 This card looks great in real life, the photo just doesn't do it justice. Using Coastal Cabana ink on Crumb Cake card stock gives a really nice vintage blue effect. I sponged the stars using Whisper White Craft ink with the Stars mask, then stamped the tree from Festival of Trees and the sentiment from the Wondrous Wreath set. A small bow of linen thread finishes the card off. Good news: both these stamp sets are still available as carry-over items from our holiday mini catalogue!

 This card and tag set came straight from the November Paper Pumpkin kit. The snowflake gate-fold card is held together with white and silver twine, which was also included in the kit. The colours are Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White and silver.

This next set of cards were inspired by the Nordic Noel DSP from the holiday catalogue. The card on the right features a large block of the DSP, wrapped with white satin ribbon. The ornaments were cut directly out of another sheet of the DSP and adhered with dimensionals. The presents on the left-hand card were cut out of the DSP as well, and adhered in a pile on a white base. This DSP has some amazing patterns and these cards really allow the DSP to shine!

This final card was one of my most popular designs over my Christmas events. The tree image was punched out of the white layer, and because the stamp are photopolymer, it was easy to line up the tree image from Festival of Trees with the punched out shape. Stars were punched out using the Confetti Stars border punch, and put in a shaker frame with a window sheet over the top. Lost Lagoon ribbon was tied around the card, with a white twine bow and an All Is Calm snowflake embellishment attached. The sentiment, also from Festival of Trees was stamped in Lost Lagoon ink at the bottom right hand side of the tree.

Thank you so much for reading this far! If you have any questions about the products I've used, or how you can come to a class to make some cards for yourself, please do feel free to contact me! I'd love to hear from you!

Jan 26, 2015

Christmas Card Recap

I realized that I never posted pictures of any Christmas cards I made this year! The school council at my son's school ran a Grade 8 fundraiser selling greeting cards for Christmas. We sold modern and traditional Christmas cards. Here are a few pictures of some of the designs! I had over 150 cards to make within the week, so it was busy but we made a good dent in the fundraising plan!

 This one uses Wisteria Wonder, Silver Glimmer Paper and Whisper White, and the Ornamental Pine stamp set. The pinecone images are covered in Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

This card has a base of Baked Brown Sugar, with a Lost Lagoon layer and Very Vanilla. The stamp is from Seasonally Scattered, and the ribbon accent contains our Natural Chevron ribbon, Lost Lagoon taffeta ribbon and Gold Sequin trim.
 Here's a cute card using the Get Your Santa On stamp set, with Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White card stock. I used our Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to colour in the Santa image.

 I used some retired stamps on this card: Snowflake Soiree and Greetings of the Season. The colours are Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant and Very Vanilla.

 This is a cute card using the specialty sheets from All Is Calm DSP. The sentiment is from Mingle All The Way, and I cut out the stars using the Stars Framelits.

 This card is so simple to recreate! The card base is Blackberry Bliss with a layer of Gold Foil card stock. Another layer of Blackberry Bliss is stamped with the Dotty Angles stamp set in Gold Encore ink, and the sentiment (retired) is from the Greetings of the Season stamp set.

 Here's another card using the Snowflake Soiree stamp set. I used the emboss resist technique and sponged around the snowflakes in Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana and Pool Party. A few sequins, some silver glimmer paper and a sentiment from Good Greetings finished the card off.

 Check back later this week for some more of my Christmas cards! I'll also have some samples using new Occasions catalogue and Sale-A-Bration goodies :)

Thanks for reading!

Jan 22, 2015

Something Old, Something New...

Hi! We're almost at the end of the first month of Sale-A-Bration; have you gotten your SAB freebies yet?

There are some amazing products in the new Occasions mini catalogue. Today I have a card using some of the new Something Borrowed DSP and the Sahara Sand lace trim in the 'weddings' section of the catalogue. I paired the new products with an older stamp set, called Cheers To Love from the Annual Catalogue.

Without further ado:

In class, we dressed this card up with some pearls on the left hand side. If you are interested in purchasing any of these products or coming to a class with me, please visit me online here, or click on the items below.

Thanks for looking!

Nov 8, 2014

Christmas is coming!

It always surprises me how quickly Christmas creeps up on us; I counted on Wednesday and it's only 6-1/2 weeks away! If you're anything like me, you'll be running behind on your holiday crafting, so I'm going to be posting some quick and easy retro cards with great layouts for CASing. These cards use retired product, but you can easily substitute what you have on hand. I'd be happy to make some suggestions if you need to purchase anything! My usual go-to colours for Christmas are Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake for traditional cards.

This card uses tired paper with current card stock and the Happy Hour stamp set for a fun card. This would be great paired with a hostess gift for any of your holiday parties, just change up the colour scheme!

Banners are still really trendy, and paired with traditional colours, this card is suitable for anyone on your card-giving list. I also love how the ribbon and circle focal point look like an ornament; if that was left loose at the top, this card could easily do double-duty.

Sometimes you have a large focal image that just needs a little extra wow. Adding the button and ribbon embellishments here, along with the thin DSP strip, adds just enough interest without taking away from that beautiful bird image.

This classic layout could be easily adapted for any occasion! Make your DSP do the work and add a simple sentiment. The top section could be embossed for extra interest.

I hope this helped get some creative juices flowing. As always, you can contact me if you need any products or suggestions, or shop online at www.shelley.stampinup.net.

Jul 31, 2014

Summer Swap Cards

I love making swap cards for Stampin' Up! events, whether it's the annual convention, or monthly team meetings. I made two swap cards for convention this year, the first of which featured the Blended Bloom individual stamp.

This was a card I did at my July 'Quick and Easy' card class. I charge $15 for 4 cards with envelopes, and they are all as cute as this one! For this card, we used the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities on the flower. You can see the full supply list below, place an order on my website here!

For my swap for convention, I wanted to use a sturdier base, so I used Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss as my base layers, withe the decorated layers (as seen above) on top.

Check back again for the second convention swap!