Friday, January 30, 2015

Paper Pumpkin

Are you NEW to stamping? Or looking for inspiration?

Paper Pumpkin is a GREAT monthly kit subscription that you can subscribe to and will come directly to you in your mail box each month.  Its always so EXCITING to see that red box waiting at the Post Office!!!

Right now, during Sale-A-Bration, you can subscribe for 3 months at a discount AND earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products.

And, if you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin through my link (just click on the above image) - I will send add you to my Paper Pumpkin email list where I send out tips, tricks, more ideas and videos using the same Paper Pumpkin kits you receive each month.

Are YOU game?  If, that doesn't get you excited, then I have another offer..........

When I re-signed up to be a Demonstrator, in my kit was a sample Paper Pumpkin Kit and I already have that one and use the stamps from it

For a chance to win this kit below for free, if you subscribe for 3 months or more to Paper Pumpkin via my link, your name will go into a drawing and at the end of February, I will pick a winner and mail this kit to you.  I opened it to see which kit it was and everything is still in there and is now sealed again.

If you already subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, how about surprising a friend with a 3 month gift of Paper Pumpkin Kits.....

Friday, January 23, 2015

Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Project Life is memory keeping of your Everyday life!

Project Life is pocket page protectors where you can just slide in photos or you can include photos with journaling cards.

For 2014, my first year doing "52 You", my version of Project Life, I used two 8 X 8 albums from Stampin' Up.  In the Holiday catalogue of 2013, they had variety pkgs. of 8X8 page protector designs. I thought that size was perfect for the first time.
I didn't know when I ordered the yellow album from clearance, that I would need another one, so had to order the green striped one as that is all they had left in that size.

For 2015, I will be using a 12 X 12 album with all different page protectors (because that is what I have on hand right now), then decide later which design I like the best. The pages are leftover from the Baby album I did HERE for our soon to arrive great-grandson.

Week 2 gives a good over view of what I like to include in my "52 You" project life album.
We are big hockey fans and even bigger World Junior Hockey fans, so when Canada won GOLD....that HAD to be included.

I print all my photos on my Canon Selphy 910 printer which connects wirelessly to my iPad where I have most of my photos anymore.

Embellishing is not as important as recording a little something about the photo. Some photos are self explanatory.

One thing I wanted to do more of, in 2015, is to include more journaling.

Week 3 has journaling cards from the Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection. Backgrounds for the photos were ether 3X4 cards or I trimmed the 4X6 cards.

Even my 2014 albums made it to Week 3, as that is when I finally caught up. I had only just purchased the Canon Selphy in November and catching a few minutes here & there is how I kept up.....oh and having my "52 You" planner helped (more on that below).

Addition: Here is the photo from the top left. We ordered Yoda caps for great-grandson and grand-daughter (its a joke between Biff (her grandpa) & Trista) and when we saw the yoda caps on my Instagram feed - we had to order.

For the photo, on the top left of week 3, I cut the lower part of the design so that the photo could slip under it, like a tab is added on top. This idea came Marcy Penner - she showed this in some of her videos for Two Peas in a Bucket (no longer in business).
The photo and the coordinating journal card are covered until mid March (check back & I'll have uploaded a full view photo then) as its a surprise.

I decided to start Project Life system of scrapbooking because the other way wasn't working - those boxes of photos were still sitting waiting to be put into albums and journaled about.
Lately, whenever the family gets together, we have been going through photos - some we have no idea who the people are or using a system like Project Life would alleviate that for future generations.

As I said earlier, the only way I was able to keep track of happenings in 2014 and then match them with photos in my iCloud or Dropbox folders were my "52YOU" planner.

I draw out the design of the page protector, so I know what sizes of photos or journaling cards or scrapbook papers, I would need.
I include the Week number and the dates for that week. I will make notes below and once the week is over, pencil in the photos into the spaces on the drawn page protector.  Sometimes, I move things around but usually this is the plan that stays.

I don't worry about colours or that all the papers match. I am just making sure that our Everyday Life is recorded......for that great-grandson who is arriving in a few weeks.

If you need help getting started, just comment below and we can work on that together.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello Life

Hello Life stamp set is one that coordinates with the Hello Life project.

I haven't had extra time to make the project yet, hopefully this week. I did use the stamp set for a quick THANK YOU card.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Are YOU ready for FREE Products?

Its that special time of year with Stampin' Up! - SALE-A-BRATION!!!

Little Work of ART!

Using Stampin' Up's Vivid Vases, markers, aqua painter & watercolour paper...

You can create a Little Work of Art as a quick gift.

The frame can be found in any frame section of a Dollar store, Target or Walmart.

I started by using the AquaPainter to wet the watercolour paper, then used a Soft Sky marker and smoothed it out with the AquaPainter.  I stamped the Vase part of the stamp set (I cut the sentiment off and use it separately) onto the dry watercolour paper with the Memento tuxedo black ink.
Coloured the flowers with various markers.

Stamped the vase portion onto another piece of watercolour paper (a scrap) and coloured each vase with differently with various markers. Used dimensionals to add them to the watercoloured paper.

The little frame didn't have a mat so I made one from chipboard and coloured it with Wild Wasabi, as I didn't want the glass to smash the dimension of the vases.

Birthday One Sheet Wonder Card Set Stamping class

Get ready to send a whole lot of Birthday Happiness!  

Join me for this class and you'll learn how you can use the One Sheet Wonder technique to quickly create 8 cards & 1 coordinating bag!  

This is a great way to fill up your stash and have much needed birthday cards ready to use when you need them.

One Sheet Wonder classes are always popular - reserve your spot today by RSVPing HERE!

I look forward to YOU joining in on the FUN!  

DATE: Saturday January 24, 2015
TIME: 1 to 4 pm
COST: $15

LOCATION: Morse Senior Centre, Main Street, Morse, SK


Feeling the need to create....

On New Year's Eve, I had some time between World Junior hockey games (on TV) to make some January Birthday cards.

I decided to try some watercolouring techniques. The first card used the stamp set Lovely As A Tree and the sentiment is an older Stampin' Up! set. 
Cased from page 173 of the 2014/2015 Catalogue.

The second card was using Regarding Dahlias stamps set.  
I had FUN first stamping the watercolour paper with the flower stamp which had been inked with Rose Red and lightly misted with water. Then, using an Aqua Painter, I coloured in the flower. 

There were no leaves on the stamp set, so I looked up what the Dahlias had for leaves and used Old Olive to watercolour my own leaves.

I didn't have a ribbon to match, so used wild wasabi re-inker with some water to colour vintage beige seam binding I had.