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I’m very happy to be participating in a blog hop with fellow Canadian demonstrator Stefanie Pletscher, The Crafty Medic. The theme for the hop is PRIDE!

This is an important topic for me and my family, as we strive to be good allies and uphold the rights of all – regardless of skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factor. This past month has shown all of us that we need to do more: not just show acceptance and tolerance, but stand up to bigotry and prejudice in al its forms. My family and I will keep working toward this goal, now and always.

My daughter Gwen (12) absolutely loves rainbows, so I enlisted her help in creating this card. I blogged here about how to create a rainbow background just a few months ago, but I knew Gwen would take it in a whole different direction … and she didn’t disappoint! She is a true artist. Just look at all the amazing backgrounds she created… no two are the same!

All I had to do was choose one, and overlay the die-cut from Detailed Hearts on top of it for a bold Pride card.

I’m not even sure this card needs a sentiment – it seems to have a message on its own, doesn’t it?

Warning for those who would like to try the rainbow background technique: it will stain your bone folder. But then again, if you’re a rainbow fan like Gwen and me, you might just find that to be a benefit!

Now be sure to click the links below and visit the other blogs to see more wonderful Pride projects! Happy Stampin’!


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Good morning everyone and welcome to my blog! It’s time for another blog hop, this time to celebrate Father’s Day with some masculine cards.

My card uses products from the World of Good suite, which is in the new annual catalogue. If you’re one of my customers, you’ll be receiving this catalogue in the mail soon; if not, please contact me and I can get one to you. The new catalogue is jam-packed with awesome products for a wide variety of occasions, and there are so many wonderful items that you’re going to fall in love with! You’ll be able to order from it starting June 3rd, but if you can’t wait till then – and you want to take advantage of the best deal in the catalogue – you can join my team to get $165 in product for $135, and yes, you can include items from the new catalogue in your starter kit! You can learn more about this amazing deal right here.

This is the very first card I’ve created with this suite and I know I will be making many, many more. I think it is absolutely stunning with its old world aesthetic and elegant charm. Plus, do you remember the Stone 3D embossing folder from the Power of Hope bundle during Sale-a-Bration … and how much I loved the intense texture and hoped they’d have something similar in the new annual catalogue? My wish came true with the Old World Paper embossing folder. Just look at this amazing texture …. and just like with the Stone folder, both sides of this paper are so lush!

On a more personal note, I am looking forward to honouring my husband this Father’s Day. He has been working so hard to keep our family safe and cared-for during the pandemic, in addition to working long and difficult hours (at home) for his IT Helpdesk job. And he does it all without a word of complaint. We are so lucky to have him!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend, and that you are safe, healthy, and comforted in these challenging times.

Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other masculine cards. Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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The Seashore Stampers are hopping again, and this time our theme is Mother’s Day/feminine cards. I’m featuring a card I made using the Timeless Tulips bundle in the Spring Mini Catalogue. In fact, this card is almost exactly the same as the sample shown on page six – I’ve CASE’d the Catty!

This card is part of the Timeless Tulips Class by Mail I offered for the month of April. If you order the bundle, you will receive the kits and instructions to make five beautiful cards, as shown here. Since I couldn’t hold in-person classes this month, I thought Class-by-Mail would be fun! It’s not nearly as fun as getting together in person, but at least it keeps us crafting!

 

One thing is for sure, Mother’s Day (as well as many other celebrations) is looking pretty different this year. I hope you’ll take a moment to send a card to someone you care about – whether it’s your own mom, or someone else you admire and appreciate. It’s sure to brighten their day!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other Mother’s Day-themed creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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Hello stampin’ friends! I hope you are finding some ways to take care of yourselves (particularly with mental and emotional health) during these enormously challenging times. No surprise that I have turned to crafting as a good way to keep myself busy and soothed during our self-isolation. Remember that crafting stimulates dopamine production (meaning, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and worth) not only when you’re actively engaged in the creative process, but also upon completion or when you share your creation with others. Meaning, put that lovely card in the mail and brighten someone’s day!

This month’s Blog Hop is all about Easter!

For my card, I hand-coloured the background of the gorgeous Flowering Foils paper to really make those flowers pop. This paper is truly stunning, featuring rose gold foil and silver foil on every sheet! Then I used my Medium Daisy punch to create some bigger flowers to decorate, and added a simple sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set!

I coloured a whole collection of card fronts in different colours. I just love the look it creates! I’ve finished two more of them for specific people/occasions, and have three more on hand for whatever inspires me next. Which colour do you like best?

This gorgeous paper is a Level One Sale-a-Bration reward item, meaning you can get it free with your qualifying purchase – but only until March 31st, just a few days away! Stampin’ Up! has also added a third release of free items for us to earn, all from the annual catalogue. You can check them out here on my website. It’s a fun collection, with a little something for everyone!

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other Easter themed creations. Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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This week I’m participating again with the crafting blog hop, “As You See It” Challenge. These weekly challenges are meant to inspire creativity and encourage participants to interpret the theme as they wish. Anyone is welcome to participate!

This week’s theme is “Fragile Flames”, named for the colour scheme of Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove, and Mango Melody.  I decided to experiment with a technique I just recently learned, using a baby wipe and ink refills to pull colour across the cardstock (watch for an upcoming blog post on how to do this technique!).

I used the Stitched All Around stamp set for the sentiment, and the co-ordinating Stitched Labels dies for the little hearts. It’s a little hard to see in the photo above, but the black layer is also embossed with the stitched detail dies from the same set, to add texture.

 

I hope you enjoyed my project! Don’t forget to click on the image below so you can visit the other blogs and see their projects using this same colour scheme. If you like my project, you can see the products I used in the shopping list at the bottom of the post.

If you’re interested in playing along next time, visit the Facebook page or the blog for the As You See It Challenge and get inspired!

Happy Stampin’!

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Hello stampers! So glad you’re visiting my blog today. Another month has flown by and it’s time for another Seashore Stampers Blog Hop! This time the theme is St. Patrick’s Day and/or green.

I wasn’t sure whether I would get inspired for this hop, especially with lots of other projects on the go, but wouldn’t you know it – I got lucky and remembered the adorable trend I’ve seen recently of using the Pine Tree punch to create gnomes. So I tried my hand at creating a leprechaun, complete with a pot of gold! (How charming is that crooked little smile?!)

I’m always intrigued when I see punch art online, but I haven’t done a lot of it myself. I think this turned out pretty cute, and I would definitely like to play around more with this technique.

I’ve included a product list below so you can see exactly what I used to create this little charmer. I hope you enjoyed my project! Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Adrienne’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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This week I’m participating in a new-to-me crafting blog hop, the “As You See It” Challenge. These weekly challenges are meant to inspire creativity and encourage participants to interpret the theme as they wish. Anyone is welcome to participate!

This week’s theme is LOVE! I decided to showcase the card I made for a recent swap, and tell you a little more about it. All the products I used are from the Parisian Beauty Suite in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Mini Catalogue.

With this card, I tried to create the look of the flowers having been pressed in a book, along with other souvenirs that are linked with the love story. The strip of Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper, covered in words of love and passion, is like a love letter, while the cardstock, stamped with postage images from the Parisian Beauty stamp set, reminds us of the envelope that the love letter arrived in.

I used the gorgeous Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder on the black layer to add texture. The flowers are from the Forever Blossoms stamp set, cut out with the Cherry Blossoms dies, and coloured with Blends markers. I added some Champagne Rhinestones to embellish both the sentiment and one of the flowers.

I hope you enjoyed my project! Don’t forget to click on the image below so you can visit the other blogs and see their love-themed projects. If you like my project, you can see the products I used in the shopping list at the bottom of the post.


If you’re interested in playing along next time, visit the Facebook page or the blog for the As You See It Challenge and get inspired!

Happy Stampin’!

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I don’t know about you, but from my neighbourhood in South Nanaimo, I can see a winter wonderland as I type this blog post! Schools, including the university where I work, have been shut down for the last few days as the roads have been unsafe; however, it looks like we’re past the worst of it now (knock on wood) and we’ll soon be back to school/work/business as usual.

Having a few extra days at home was just fine by me, as I got to spend some time in my craft room designing cards for upcoming events and classes. Years ago, before I became a papercrafter, cross-stitch and embroidery were my crafts of choice, so I was excited to see photos online of people using the beautiful heart doilies to create string art. I just had to try it for myself!

It is really quite easy to do (even, I think, if you are not an experienced needleworker) and using the metallic thread creates a stunning effect. The fact that the doily already has all the holes there for you to work with definitely makes this easier! In fact, the only reason I opted not to teach this card at a class is that I don’t have enough needles for everyone.

I finished the card with rhinestones and Real Red ribbon, along with a stamp from the Meant to Be stamp set. I like how simple yet striking this design is!

I’ve put the shopping list for the card below – it’s a short list as you really don’t need much to create this card! I hope you enjoyed my project and that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other Valentine creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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It’s the last blog hop of 2019! As another year draws to a close, I am so grateful for the customers, teammates, and class attendees who choose me to be their demonstrator. With your support, this year I got to:

What an amazing year it’s been – and I couldn’t have done it without YOU! Thank you for making me a part of your stampin’ life!

The theme for this month’s blog hop is New Year’s, and I’m sharing a project that was a big hit at my recent craft fairs. I CASE’d this project from Jeanette Cobb, a demonstrator in the US. It is so easy to make, and it’s a fantastic gift item – with a post-it notepad, a pencil, and a 2020 calendar, it’s so useful to have! Best of all, it folds up into a super portable – and, as Jeanette would say, ‘purse-worthy’ – package!

The thing that really makes this project pop is the finished edges on the DSP. This is achieved by scoring along the long side of your DSP so you can fold in those edges. This makes it so sturdy and attractive!

I buy my calendars from Tricia’s Custom Treasures, a crafty friend of mine who lives in Nanaimo but will mail anywhere in Canada. Her calendars have all the Canadian holidays marked on them, and she can even customize the font to match your business branding! I’m happy to support another small business with my crafting creations!

I think Jeanette used magnets for her closures – I experimented with both magnets and velcro dots, but ultimately found that the most elegant solution was also the simplest. I’ve attached the punched shape with dimensionals, and positioned it so I can slide the top flap behind the punched shape to keep it closed. Low-tech to the rescue! (And yes, I used some retired punches – but I’ve included some current ones in the product list below which would do just as well for this project!)

I hope you enjoyed my project! I’m sending warm wishes to all my readers, viewers, customers, and stampers for a wonderful holiday season and all the very best in 2020. Whatever your year may hold, I hope you’ll continue to make time to stamp, create, and connect with others!

Now don’t forget to click on the buttons below to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other New Year’s projects! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what MiRan has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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It’s time for the Seashore Stampers to get blog-hopping again! Today’s theme is 3D Christmas projects, and I’m sharing a very cute and simple box I created to hold a pocket-pack of tissues. I don’t know about you, but at this time of year I like to have these little pocket-packs at hand wherever I am! And now with this cute packaging, they make a handy gift or stocking-stuffer.

I based this design on one I saw online by Jo Anne Hewins, using a box template by Angie Juda. However, I altered the box design to make it a landscape layout instead of portrait. Once I wrapped my head around that, I was able to alter the measurements to suit a smaller tissue pack as well. Here’s a pic of the two boxes together.

I’ve been making LOADS of 3D items for my Christmas craft fairs, the first of which is TODAY! If you’re in the Nanaimo area, I hope you’ll come visit me at the Christmas Village, taking place at the German Cultural Center (71 Caledonia Avenue) from 10am to 4pm today.

Next weekend, I’ll be at the Quarterway School Craft Fair, taking place at 1632 Bowen Road, 10am to 3pm on Saturday, November 30th.

Please come and say hello, and maybe pick out some gift items for the upcoming holiday season while you’re at it! I have lots of treat holders, stationery items, gift card holders, decor items, and of course …. lots and lots of greeting cards for all occasions! You can also enter my free draw and maybe win a prize!

I hope you enjoyed my project! You can check out the shopping list below to see what products I used to create it. Then be sure to click on the buttons to continue on the blog hop, and enjoy all the other wonderful Christmas creations! Click on “Previous” to visit Erica’s blog and “Next” to see what Adrienne has created!

Happy Stampin’!

                                              

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