Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hey Chick for Easter


As you can probably tell by the chocolate eggs in the shops, Easter is just around the corner. If you're looking for a quick and easy (and inexpensive) gift for friends and family, make sure you check out the cute mini egg cartons in the Occasions Catalogue. These come in a natural cream colour that can be left as is, or coloured to any colour of the rainbow.
For this project, the natural colour suited, so I just embellished with a belly band and a cute chook. Inside, I've filled with some shredded paper and candy coated eggs:


These cartons make cute gift packaging for Easter, or any time of year!


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Designer Tee Gift Cards


I have a confession to make. The Designer Tee stamp set started off as my least favourite of all the Sale-a-Bration items. But, as I've used it more and more, it has really grown on me. You definitely don't need t-shirts to stamp these fun sentiments on.
I've stamped mine on some Stitched Shapes and used a little of the Metallic Sale-a-Bration ribbon to glam them up. The Carried Away Designer Series Paper (also a Sale-a-Bration item) is the perfect background for these cute little gift cards.
I always like to have some gift cards on hand to accompany a present. These ones are 3"x3", so all of these cards came from one 12"x12" sheet of cardstock.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Avant Garden from the Cover


If this card looks a little familiar, have a look at the cover of your Sale-a-Bration brochure. Sometimes the best ideas are sitting there, just waiting to be copied!
I didn't even change the colours for my version - I used Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron and Wild Wasabi. I did change a couple of other small details - the washi tape, the sentiment colours, and I swapped out the ribbon stitching for some copper thread.
That's the nice thing about copying a card - you can keep the bits you like, and change others to suit your own taste!


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hey Chick Tower


It's the final week of Sale-a-Bration, and I will be sharing a project every day until the end of the month. So, make sure you check in often :)
How fun is this card?! I've seen a few chick towers around, and I just had to try it for myself.
I had lots of fun colouring these gals. My colour palette is Delightful Dijon and Crumb Cake, with a dash of Cherry Cobbler. The Crumb Cake Designer Series Paper is from the Tasty Treats Selection. Most of the other designs are pretty and cute, but this one suited my colour scheme well, and even looks a little like chicken wire.
I'll be back again tomorrow with another Sale-a-Bration project!


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

CCMC450 Reverse Words


It's Thursday Challenge time again for www.createwithconnieandmary.com , and this week is a fun Colour Challenge. This is what I came up with using these colours:

I was tempted to use flowers with these pretty, spring colours, but decided to pull out my new Reverse Words Sale-a-Bration stamp set instead. This is my first play with this set, and I think I went a little crazy!!
Here are some tips:
  • I inked up the 'hooray' stamp in the 3 ink colours, then gave it a light spritz with water and stamped on Whisper White cardstock. Then I just kept on stamping!
  • I've blinged it up with a few Confetti stars, punched from Sale-a-Bration Glimmer Paper. Since it doesn't come in So Saffron, to make the yellow stars, I tinted some Dazzling Diamonds glitter with ink refill, allowed it to dry for a few hours (do NOT use a heat tool to speed up drying time = glitter STORM!) and then adhered it with fine tip glue.
  • The "I knew you could" stamp is from the Sale-a-Bration Designer Tee stamp set and has been punched out using the Classic Label punch
  • I've used one of my old faves, Gorgeous Grunge in the background.
  • The snippet of ribbon is from the Succulent Garden ribbon combo pack in the Occasions Catalogue. I've attached it with a couple of staples. Simple!
I'll definitely be using the Reverse Words stamp set again, before Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31! Check out what the other talented stampers have come up with HERE. Don't forget you can play along over on the facebook page!


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

8 new products to earn for FREE!

Sale-a-Bration is almost over, and to finish off with a bang, Stampin' Up! have just added 8 new products for you to earn!



You only have until 31st March to earn free products, recruiting rewards, and hosting rewards!

* Please note, to receive one of the Sale-A-Bration final day’s products for free, you will need to use the item code noted above and not the regular item code


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So Very Much in Mint Macaron


The So Very Much stamp set is a great one to have in your collection for when you need to make a quick batch of thank you cards. After events like a wedding, baby shower or birthday it's a lovely idea to send thank you cards and this stamp set will make short work of them. It's a nice large stamp that will do most of the work for you.
My colour scheme is Mint Macaron, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.

...and speaking of Mint Macaron, don't forget that the 5 In Colors  - Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon - will all be retiring soon. Sale-a-Bration is a great time to stock up on your favourites (don't forget your ink refills!). See them all HERE


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Inside the Lines - Fast and Fabulous


A blank sheet of colouring-in paper can be quite daunting...but don't feel that you have to colour the entire sheet. Just choose a few areas to highlight, and they will really pop against the uncoloured areas.
I've used the Sale-a-Bration Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper for these cards, and coloured them using the Watercolour Pencils and an Aquapainter.


For this card above, I've just coloured a panel, and for this card below, I've 'spotlighted' a circle and only coloured that:


These were really fast cards to make and I think the results are quite fabulous! (if I do say so myself!)


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

CCMC449 Make a Medallion

It's Thursday, and that means a new Weekly Challenge over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com
Here's my take on this week's sketch:


I'm trying to get as much use as I can from the Make a Medallion Sale-a-Bration set before it disappears on March 31. This card feels a little Moroccan or Indian to me...maybe it's the colours, or just all those beautiful mandala-like medallions. I've used Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron (with Very Vanilla and a splash of Gold).
Here are a few tips:
  • To make the decorative element in the corner I used the Flourish thinlits, the Classic Label punch, a gold mini paper clip, and some of the gold Sale-a-Bration ribbon. It sounds like a lot, but I think they work together well
  • The gold strip at the bottom, and the gold flourish thinlit actually started out as So Saffron cardstock. I've coloured them in with Gold Wink of Stella.
  • I've also dotted Gold Wink of Stella on various parts of the medallions, and spattered it on the background piece. It's all very sparkly in real life!
I hope you like my card. Check out what the other talented stampers have come up with HERE. Don't forget you can play along over on the facebook page!


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