I really miss travelling

I have cancelled two planned trips since Covid-19 started, which breaks my heart because I love to travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend getaway or a trip to a foreign country. I love to be able to say “have bag will travel” and am fortunate enough to be be able to do that. Since travelling isn’t really an option right now, I can only dream until things improve. Now that being said, after seeing the new Beautiful World Bundle along with the coordinating Specialty Designer Series Paper, I decided to create this framed sampler depicting travel destinations. How could I not? For now, it will remind me of better days to come.

I love the versatility of this Bundle set and all the possibilities that allow us to create. I used some older retired stamps from the recent Sale-A-Bration sale as well which made it so easy to create. Bundles are a great way to bring it all together plus you save 10% when you purchase a bundle instead of purchasing items separately. If you would like to explore and see all the products available for cards, scrap books, gift boxes etc, just Click here to visit my online store and you too can create something beautiful.

I recently posted this card I made for a monthly card swap I participate in. It’s a great way to stay in touch with people while sharing design ideas. This card was also made using the Beautiful World Bundle.

Here is another bundle sample which makes beautiful cards. Blossoms in Bloom (#154123) is another favourite bundle of mine. With both the stamps and dies you can make gorgeous cards in any colour combination, as shown below.

With Bonus days happening through throughout July and ending August 3rd, now is a great time to purchase a bundle and earn valuable coupons. If you are unfamiliar with this promotion, for every $60 CAD you spend by Aug 3, 2020, (before shipping and tax) your will earn a $6 Bonus Days coupon code which you can use anytime between August 4-31, 2020 for additional products. This is a win-win scenario. Click here to find out more.

Staying Home to Craft

Hi Everyone,

Well with my card classes cancelled for the time being, and lot’s of time spent at home, what’s a girl to do? Crafting of course.

Ok, well I would be crafting anyways but now I have more time, so decided to try something new. I made up this gift card box (or book) which holds five cards and envelopes to match up with the paper. How cute is that?

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out and it would make a great gift for someone who cannot get out and about. Add some stamps and they are all set. I left the inside of the cards blank so they can be tailored to suit any occasion.

With Sale-a-bration ending March 31st, don’t forget to take advantage and earn the free items with every $60.00 purchase while supplies last. Just click on the link below to shop and earn your freebies.

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Tiny Keepsake treat box

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I started working on my Christmas crafts because Christmas is only 84 days away, can you believe it?   Tick Tock…

I remember having chocolate treats hanging on our Christmas tree as a kid. These cute little treats can be stuffed with a chocolate of your choice but is the perfect size for a single Ferrero Rocher chocolate and who doesn’t love those.

You can hang this on a tree or it can be placed at your table setting for a cute look. Of course, it is also a wonderful little thank you gift to show appreciation to people you deal with every day.

They could be fully customized to suit any occasion such as wedding favours or baby shower gifts. You are only limited by imagination

Using the die cut in this set, I cut out the keepsake and tags, then folded it up. I stamped a sentiment on the tag and to dress them up a bit I used the Sprig Punch to punch out some leaves and glued them to the back of the tag. This of course is optional but I like how it looks.
I threaded a ribbon through the tag hole and tied it to the handle of the treat box. How easy is that?

To purchase this set, just click on the link below
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National Lighthouse Day

National Lighthouse Day honors and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea.

On August 7, 1789, through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation’s lighthouses. The government recognized the importance to ships at sea to find safe harbor during fog and storms. Over the years, lighthouses have saved many ships, and an untold  number of lives.

Throughout maritime history, Lighthouses have shined their powerful, sweeping lights through the fog and storms, allowing ships of all kinds to find their way back to port during inclement weather. With the advent of radar and GPS technology, lighthouses have taken a back seat in guiding ships to port. However, they remain the universal symbol of safe harbor to ships and communities that rely upon the sea for their livelihood.

 There are numerous local and national lighthouse preservation societies and lighthouse organizations. They serve to preserve and promote lighthouses, and their historical significance to communities, and to the nation.

Enjoy National Lighthouse Day by visiting a lighthouse, or learning more about your local lighthouse preservation society. Or, read a book about lighthouses.


Origin of National Lighthouse Day:

On this day in 1789, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation allowing the federal government control over the creation and maintenance of lighthouses.  This special day evolved out of this event, and in recent years, through efforts to preserve lighthouses as a important historical symbol in America.

Wedding gift

Wedding or anniversaries are to be celebrated and remembered. I made up this 12 x 12 picture frame using the beautiful Magnolia designer series paper from the Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue. I left the green squares blank so special pictures can be added later. A perfect keepsake to commemorate the special occasion.

With Bonus Days going on during the month of July, now is the perfect time to stock up on crafting supplies.  If you are unfamiliar with this promotion, for every $60 cad you spend before July 31 (before shipping and tax) earns a $6 cad Bonus Days coupon code that can be redeemed during August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn in July and then you get to cash them in in August for even more products. So how great is that?

Just click on my shop now button to start earning coupons. Don’t forget to use the July Host code to earn hostess gifts.

Magnolia Diamond Fold card

MAGNOLIA DIAMOND FOLD CARD

I Love the Magnolia stamp set and when you combine it with the diamond fold technique, it makes a gorgeous card. I saw this on YouTube and just had to give it a try. I cannot wait to demonstrate this at my next card class.

This is the inside of the card

Project Recipe:

  1. Cut paper 
    Whisper white 
    5 1/2 x 11″ (card base) 
    5 x 2 1/4 (cut 1) (goes with Mat 3) 
    Scrap paper to stamp flower on 
    Pear Pizzazz 
    3 3/4 x 3 3/4 (cut 2 ) Mat 1 & 2 
    5 1/4 x 2 1/2 (cut 2) Mat – 3 & 4 
    2 1/2 x 2 1/2 (cut 1) 
    DSP 
    3 1/2 x 3 1/2 (cut 2) (goes with Mat 1 & 2) 
    5 x 2 1/4 (cut 1) (goes with Mat 4) 
    Die cuts 
    2 – Large flower petal 
    2 – Medium flower petal 
    2 – Small flower petal 
    3 – Centre of flower 
    2 – Large leaves 
    1 – Small leaf 
    1 – Magnolia 
    1 – Oval (smooth) Whisper white 
    I – larger oval (scalloped) Pear Pizzazz
  2. Adhere the DSP to the matting as noted above using liquid multipurpose glow. Set aside for now.

Stamp Magnolia on scrap whisper white card stock and using die, cut out flower with big shot. 
Colour Magnolia using the petal pink blender pens, being careful to stick to the centre of flower or bottom of each petal, leaving the rest of the leaf white. Colour leaves with Old Olive blender pens. Set aside for now

  • To assemble card, 
    Score card at 2 3/4 & 5 1/2 on the long side. 
    Fold gently 
    With a pencil, mark the bottom of card at 2 3/4″ and cut from mark to first score line. This is the front of the card. Once cut, align the back of the card and cut as well. This will give you that diamond look on the bottom of the card. Don’t forget to erase the pencil mark.

Mat 4 – Glue the mat/DSP to the front between the two score lines. 
Mat 3 – Stamp sentiment to white card stock in Early Espresso. Stamp the small flower in opposite corners in Petal Pink. Glue to mat 3 and adhere between the score lines on the inside of the card. 
Mat 2 – line up square to the diamond cut on the bottom of the card and glue 
Mat 1 – Line up square to the diamond cut on the front of the card and glue. Adhere Magnolia flower to the center of the square using mini dimensionals.

Cut pear pizzazz square in half diagonally and glue to inside of card, lining up with the DSP already glued down.

Stamp sentiment on Whisper white oval and glue to pear pizazz oval. Adhere to front of card and set card aside

  • To assemble flower

Using the sponge dauber, colour the middle of each petal, then dauber around the outside of thepetals leaving the rest white. Curl up the petals slightly to gift it some depth, using a pen or bone folder.

Layer and glue the petals, starting with the largest, overlapping the petals to fill out the flower. Glue the renters to each other and puff them up a bit so they stand up then glue to center of flower. glue the leaves to the back of flower. Give it a minute to dry then glue to the middle of the inside diamond.

When you open the card, it will sit nicely behind the flower as a display. Lots of instructions but quite easy to assemble.

Until next time 
Sue

Supplies needed;

  • Stamp  – Good morning Magnolia Bundle – 151087
  • Paper
  • Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper – 149484
  • Whisper White – 100730
  • Petal Pink  – 146985
  • Pear Pizzazz – 131201
  • Daffodil Delight – 119683
  • Ink                                                       Blender Pens
  • Early Espresso – 147114                      Old Olive – 144597
  • Petal Pink – 147108                             Petal Pink – 147272
  • Other
  • Big shot
  • Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals – 144108
  • Liquid Multipurpose Glue – 110755

Do you have a happy place?

I created this sampler to highlight the Crafting Forever stamp set. It just makes me happy to look at this. I will hang it over my crafting table to showcase my happy place.

Should you wish to create a sample to highlight your happy place, the instructions are as follows;

Paper cutting 
Bird Ballad DSP – 9 x 9″ 
Balmy Blue card stock at 7 x 7″ 
Whisper White – Scrap paper 
Balmy blue – scrap paper

Squares 
Whisper White – cut 2 x 2 ” 
Terracotta Tile – cut 2 1/8″ x 2 1/8″

Rectangle 
Whisper White – cut 1 3/4 x 6 1/4″ 
Terracotta Tile – cut at 2 x 6 1/2″

Stamp – Crafting Forever 
Ribbon – Scalloped Linen Ribbon

Leaving a 1″ border around, I glued the Blue card stock to the centre of the DSP

Each square and Rectangle were then stamped from the Crafting Forever stamp set. The working “My Happy Place” was printed off on the computer then glued & matted using Tom bow liquid glue. I love the colour combination 

I stamped the Whisper White scrap with the pens, scissors, flowers etc and then fussy cut them out. Some are glued and some were adhered with mini dimmensionals. I also punched out the bow, assembled and applied to the front. 
The ribbon was glued down as well.

Supplies required;

  • Crafting Forever Stamp – 143958
  • Bird Ballad DSP – 149592
  • Balmy Blue cardstock – 146592
  • Whisper White cardstock – 100730
  • Terracotta Tile cardstock – 150884
  • Terracotta Tile Scalloped Linen Ribbon – 149705
  • Tuxedo black Memento Ink – 132708
  • Multipurpose liquid glue – 110755
  • Mini Dimmensionals – 144108

Until next time 
Sue