Friday, 15 January 2021

Lipstick Hearts

Is anybody else missing their lipstick? Wearing a mask every time I leave the house is making lipstick rather pointless so maybe that's why I was so drawn to this cute Hearts & Kisses Bundle. It's one of my favourites from the new Jan-Jun Mini Catty & I've had great fun playing with it.



Those luscious lips look good enough to kiss - another no-no during lockdown! Unless you live with your sweetie there's no kissing allowed - unless of course you can do it from 6' away!

This cute stamp set has lips, hearts & endearing sentiments that I used on this card. The inside message makes this card perfect for my g'daughters or besties - a great way to cheer them in the middle of our Covid lockdown here in Ontario.


The hearts sprinkled across the front are cut from the Be Mine Stitched Dies. This is a great collection of dies with stitched hearts, funky & classic, & a straight edged die that adds a scallop. Some of the dies are pictured below.


Be sure to check these items in my online store HERE & remember you can earn free product with a $60. CAD order from the any catalogue during the Sale-a-bration promotion until February 28th. 

Stay in & stay well everyone & be sure to share some love on Valentines Day.

Hugs,
Arlene








Thursday, 31 December 2020

"Beary" Cute Cards

 December seems to have gotten away from me! Between preparing for our quiet Covid Christmas & playing with my pre-order from the January-June mini catalogue, I seem to have been MIA.


Hoping that this holiday was the best that it could be during these chaotic times. Even my Paper Pumpkin kit was late  (seriously, that never happens to me) so here, a little later than usual, is my parade of Paper Pumpkin alternatives from the December 2020.

This kit is called Beary Comforting & arrived with the sweetest collection of cards of cheer.


Although the pre-designed cards are delightful, my PP Peeps & I like to mix things up. We came up with birthday cards, get well cards, hey friends cards & a few celebratory cards for just about any occasion.

This first cards uses a touch of gold to trim & emboss this message using the card base & die-cuts from the kit.


The kit comes with die-cuts of the cutest critters ever but also includes some wonderful stamps to add to our collections. Here I used the floral stamp to create a background for the cute koala with a poignant sentiment.


The colours chosen for this month are Rick Razzleberry & Soft Seafoam, a combination that I may not have used until seeing this lovely contrast. Here are a couple more with thanks to Rachel Tessman for her creative design genius.




Next month's kit is all about love. 



 

Be sure to subscribe before January 10 to receive your next kit. Oh, & just a hint - subscribe for 3 months & earn a free goodie from the Sale-a-bration promotion kicking off January 5th. Contact me for details or subscribe HERE after January 5 to qualify for your free product. Subscribe with me as your demonstrator & get free classes every month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Arlene








Sunday, 29 November 2020

It's All About Gingerbread

 


The November Paper Pumpkin Kit is all about Gingerbread! The stamp set includes a sweet gingerbread house, some swirly trim & some sentiments sized perfectly for tags & gift card holders. My P.P. Peeps & I love to make cards so we added a great collection of alternative cards & 3D projects to the intended gift card holder (shown above with it's matching envelope).





This cute gift box is created by taping two of the gift card holders together & wrapping them around a 4 1/4"open box which forms the bottom. This will handily hold a small bag of candies, chocolate or maybe some hand sanitizer & lip gloss for a friend or front line worker. We finished these off with candy embellishments, included in the kit & a simple wish for merriment. The tissue was part of the inside packaging from the kit so nothing goes to waste!!

Here's a pair of tags to go with your gift card or box. There's even a "To: From:" stamp in the kit to make for easy mass produced tags. The ribbon & twine are from previous kits.


I love to use the stamp sets to create alternate layouts for cards using ink spots & colours from previous kits. These kits are a wonderful way to collect stamp sets & "test drive" a variety of colours. This next card uses the stamp set on Cinnamon Cider cardstock to highlight the gingerbread look.


Here's another combining stamps from this months & last.


We finished of our Zoom get-together CASing a shaker card designed by Debbie Henderson - a Paper Pumpkin magician from the United States.


These monthly kits come with everything that you need to make each project(s) but will also provide quite a collection of stamp sets, embellishments & adhesives that you can contiue to use over & over again.

Be sure to check it out HERE or contact me for more details.

















Monday, 9 November 2020

Coming Soon!

 


Wow - what a busy weekend! Stampin' Up! held their huge annual event, On Stage, this past weekend & we all stayed home! That's because it was a fantastic virtual event - On Stage @ Home. It had everything but the hugs & my brain is ready to explode. We had business sessions by experts, prizes (wouldn't be a Stampin' Up! event without Prize Patrol) & we even did tons of stamping. Of course the new January-June Mini catty was revealed (you're gonna love it!) & we had an opportunity to pre-order many of the suites & bundles.

The stamping demonstrations are one of my fave things about these events. We were blown away by the versatility of some of the new stamp sets & bundles & don't get me started about some new golden products.

I'll be sharing as much as I can in the coming weeks & as soon as my pre-order goodies arrive there will be more samples coming.

Some great news - dragonflies are back! I loved the dies from previous years but wait until you see the Punch! It's super easy to use, cuts two sizes of dragonflies & I love the matching stamp set. We got to play around with these beauties so here is a little sneak-peak.





There is stunning DSP & ribbon to match (naturally) so I was in my (messy) glory!

I tried to stay up to speed but alas the faster I stamp the messier I get so here's a glimpse of the rubble left behind!





Although I missed the connection with other demonstrators & friends, I loved watching in my "relaxed" wardrobe with coffee & water at hand.

Why not join my team so that we can go to Onstage 2021 together!

Cheers,

Arlene


Sunday, 25 October 2020

Oh Joy! What a kit!

 The October Paper Pumpkin kit is always one of my favourites of the year. It is traditionally a box full of Christmas inspiration & this month was no exception! The kit, aptly named "Joy To The World", included card bases in Crumb Cake & gold with floral die cuts & gold foil words for embellishment. The ink spot this month is Just Jade & the Cherry Cobbler Bakers' Twine made for easy bows. Here's a card made following the instructions - sort of...




My absolute fave part of this kit is the stamp set. It has a Merry Christmas in a great font as well as a wreath with berries & a terrific floral image suitable for any occasion. Here I used Cherry Cobbler ink (from a previous kit) & the floral stamp to create my own DSP. Don't you love Cherry Cobbler on the Whisper White cardstock? The "to the world" sentiment is heat embossed on a scrap of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.


The Stamparatus helped me line up a parade of "joy" greetings (also from the stamp set) & some more heat embossing adds a final touch. With the Stamparatus this card would be a snap to mass produce for Christmas! So simple but so effective thanks to a pretty stamp & a great font!


The Crumb Cake cards were cut in half to stretch the kit & mounted onto Whisper White card bases. So far I have managed to create 15 cards & I still have lots of embellishments left. Here's a few more with some Cherry Cobbler cardstock mats added for emphasis!



Cutting up the lined envelopes allowed me to mat the gorgeous die-cuts on a background of festive words.

The gold foil words come in three languages perfect for your international friends. Here I used one of the foil words "en Francais" to add a sophisticated touch to an anniversary/wedding card.


This kit really delivered! We had our Paper Pumpkin craft-a-thon via Zoom & had a lot of fun sharing laughs & inspiration for our cards.

Be sure to check out the Paper Pumpkin kit HERE in my online store. Every month you'll get a kit from Stampin' Up! & a PDF with tutorials & inspiration for lots of alternative cards from me!

Thanks for visiting today!
Arlene














Monday, 19 October 2020

Can't Stop the Feeling.....

 Here I am again with a couple more plaid cards! The Plaid Tidings DSP, on sale until the end of October is a fab selection of well, plaid paper! There are colours for every season perfectly coordinated with Stampin' Up! colours. The convenient 6x6" format is perfect for cardmaking. The size provides a enough for at least 2 cards & of course the paper is double sided with a different plaid pattern on each side.


Here I CASE'd a card designed by Tandra Boyer using non-traditional colours (Pretty Peacock & Just Jade) on a 3 3/4" 5" plaid mat embossed with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder. I love how all the layers are embossed  giving the look of fine fabric.



The card on the left uses the leftover 2" strip of DSP matted onto a Just Jade stitched rectangle. I used the Joy Dies with the sentiment mounted on adhesive foam, a fabulous product that adds dimension to just about any die-cut. A splash of Wink of Stella & some Blue Adhesive Backed Gems add the necessary bling.

Be sure to check out all the sale priced papers in my online store.










Thursday, 1 October 2020

Paper Sale!

 


Today is the day! For the month of October, Stampin' Up! is offering 15% of select Designer Series Paper patterns. It's a great time to stock up on DSP for Christmas cards. A piece of stunning paper is all that's needed to add a splash of colour to your card designs.

My fave is the Plaid Tidings 6 x 6" paper. It looks so neat & tidy & creates a tailored gender-neutral card for all the men in your life. Here are a few examples of my love for all things plaid.





Check out the available patterns in my online store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Arlene