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I  will need to go “back in time” a smidgen and wish everyone happy holidays when I have a few more minutes.  Today I just wanted to quickly share my (late) project for he AYSI challenge.  Next year we will have the timing a bit better figured out. This year we have a sketch challenge for you to enjoy… if you are tired of Christmas cards it’s time to pull out something new and bright!

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Here is my take:

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I used my new “sneak peak” Sale-a-bration paper! Whoot!! That’s right Sale-a-bration is coming 🙂

As You See It BLOG CANDY!

I am right in the thick of designing and creating Christmas cards. I am pleased to report that they are easier this year than last. Maybe its the stamps, maybe its my practice, maybe I’ve found my style, maybe I’ve got some creative mojo happening. Whatever it is…I like it 🙂
The As You See It sketch challenge #12 was my inspiration for this Christmas card.

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I stuck really closely to the sketch this week.  Here’s my take ->

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I kept the elements all really simple but they all go together so nicely I think.

Did I mention Blog Candy?!? Yep, play along with tis weeks sketch and you could win the Pop and Place Tags!
Create a project, upload it (pinterest or splitcoast or Facebook or a blog) and then add your project link to the As You See It site. Easy peasy lemon squeezey – you’re entered to win! Good Luck! Small print: you must reside in North America to win.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas, Endless Wishes
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White and Early Espresso cardstock, Champagne Glimmer paper
Accessories: Season of Style Washi tape, Pearls

What happened to summer?

Seriously…what happened? It is very cool and very rainy today.  I wanted to get a photo to illustrate what a gray and wet day it is here.  I guess I won’t be drying my clothes on the line today…

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Since it is the beginning of the end of summer… I may as well just make Christmas cards. HA!
I’ve got Christmas on the brain as I just did a Holiday stampers dozen class last evening… If you missed it, watch for more this fall.

Retrosketches #77 had me thinking snowflakes…

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so I went with it.
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I am really loving the winter combination of Pool Party, Island Indigo and  Silver.  Can’t get enough of it, in fact.  Do you like blues on your Holiday cards?

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
Stamps: Greetings of the Season
Ink: Island Indigo
Paper: Winter Frost Paper Stack, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White Cardstock, Island Indigo Cardstock
Big Shot: Festive Flurry Framelits
Accessories: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, Rhinestone

Happy Birthday Ewan

It is my father-in-law’s birthday today, but I can’t yet show you the (fantastic) card I made for him because he follows my blog! I will update the post later this afternoon with more photos.
I can, however, show you the card that inspired his birthday card.

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This version is clean and simple using the new Label Card Thinlits Die. The stamps are from Happy Hour set. To spice it up just a tad I used Crystal Effects on the drink stamp to give it a bit of dimension…but it’s hard to see.

Stay tuned for the glammed up version…

Here we are in Merritt and the SURPRISE PARTY went off without a hitch! YAY!!

As promised here is the special 70th birthday card:
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Happy Hour set with the Thinly Card Die, but this one has lots of embossing in black and gold glitter. Even a special gold glitter button!
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I hid the 70th birthday wishes inside…just in case he was still telling the ladies he was 60… 😉

Retrosketches #74

Inspiration from every angle these days.

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For Retrosketches #74 some of the design team cut out the background shapes (in the example, it was the clouds) which made me immediately pull out my new Thinlits (Available August 1st!) to give them a try.

Carbs ShmarbsWho doesn’t LOVE that sentiment?  Wouldn’t you enjoy hearing that from someone on your birthday?  The arrows are cut out of the Modern Medley paper using the *NEW Thinlits* and the cake is from the Make a Cake set and embossed in black.  I fussy cutted the extra Pink Pirouette piece and stuck it on top of the Melon Mambo piece.  I stuck on some rhinestones and slapped on the sentiment (from Yippee Skippee).

I should mention that all the Designer Series Paper (like Modern Medley) is on sale right now until July 31st -> Buy 3 get the 4th FREE!

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Appreciation

Last week I participated in an child care provider appreciation event to honour the hard work of child care providers in our community.  One of the ways I supported the event was to create paper flowers to give out to each of the child care providers.  I got the idea from my friend Danielle Calder over at StampEnvy.ca, where she made flowers as teacher appreciation gifts (check out Danielle’s here.)

Since we were giving out just one paper flower per person I made them all the same size, but each unique with colours, designs, and embellishments.  I also added a Thank you flag to each flower.  Here they are displayed at the event –

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These came together rather quickly with the Fun Flowers Bigz Die and the Big Shot for the Designer Series Paper.  I also added two layers of tissue paper cut with two of the flower punches. I found that  cutting the tissue paper with a layer of printer paper worked great.  The stems were made with a large coil of craft wire that I cut to size.  The paper flower layers were held together with Tombow glue. The craft wire I sandwiched with a glue gun between the largest flower and the second largest paper flower layer, which left the back of the flower nice and tidy.  Lastly each flower was embellished with a coordinating button, large rhinestone, coordinating dahlia, or a new simply pressed clay flower.

It felt great to hand each child care provider a flower that would last forever, just like their love and attention for the children in their care.

Watercolour play

I’ve been playing with doing some watercolouring. It really is a little more “art” than “create”. You see I consider myself creative, but not an artist. I worked with the aqua painter, and while it took some trial and error, I ended up with this very pretty card for my Grandmother-in-law’s (is that the right term?)  birthday.

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The stamp sets I used are Thoughts and Prayers for the tree and Bring on the Cake for the sentiment.  I stamped them in the Black StazOn ink pads as it will not run on the water-based ink I used on the background.

The card turned out subtle and sweet and I think it fits the occasion well.  Happy Birthday Grandma June!