September 28, 2014

Introducing Leyla Valois




Bio:
Leyla is a self-confessed crafting addict, amateur blogger, and brand new independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with her fiancĂ©, their two dogs, and a pantry overflowing with rubber stamps and crafting supplies (particularly indulging her obsession with Stampin’ Up! and Lawn Fawn). She works full-time and lives a hectic lifestyle, but any spare moment she can find is spent exploring her new found passion of papercrafting. If you’re anything like her, your creative process can get a little… messy, meaning in a matter of hours, her condo can look like it’s been hit with a paper tornado and glitter grenades – a small price to pay for the enjoyment she gets out of it all. Stop by her blog at www.crafterofdisaster.wordpress.com -  she does her best to fill it with ideas, information, and tutorials to help inspire you to embrace your creativity, no matter how chaotic, and if you let her, she can show you that what might start out as a crafting disaster can maybe, just maybe, turn into something pretty darn special.
Project description:
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten someone’s birthday. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve known them or how many birthdays we’ve celebrated together, I have a tendency to lose track of the days and find myself at the eleventh hour without a birthday card to show for it. Because this is actually a pretty common occurrence for me, I’ve started designing super straightforward greeting cards that can be made in ten minutes or less. Today’s project is a sweet birthday card that took me just under seven minutes to create. I’ve made two cards here, using different coloured cardstock and ink, to illustrate how easy it is to change up the look just by switching out the colours. With the stamp set mentioned below, you could even substitute the greeting for a ‘Thank You’, a ‘Feel Better’, or even a simple ‘Thinking of You’. The clean look and versatility of these cards makes them a nice gesture to an array of recipients.
Here’s what you’ll need to make these cards:
Stamp Sets:
•           Regarding Dahlias
•           Sassy Salutations
Basic Tools:
•           Stampin’ Trimmer by Stampin’ Up!
•           Simply Scored by Stampin’ Up!
•           Liquid Multipurpose Glue
Colours:
Card No. 1 (left):
•           Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock (card base)
•           Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock
•           Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Slush Cardstock and Ink
•           Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Slush Designer Series Paper (from the 2013-2015 In Color Backgrounds DSP Stack)
Card No. 2 (right):
•           Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock (card base)
•           Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock
•           Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay Cardstock and Ink
•           Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper (from the Brights Backgrounds DSP Stack)

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September 26, 2014

Week 7 of 12 Weeks of Halloween


I'm a little embarrassed to say I've blown it a little:). I'm away in Washington, D.C. For my amazing Stamoin' Up getaway trip and I thought I was so smart when I decided to travel light and leave my laptop at home in favour of my ipad. Bad idea...  Video was on the computer:). I'll get the video for my project posted when I get home but in the interm I'll at least share a photo of the project with you. In an attempt to avoid giving my own boys more candy for Halloween I've decided to go with iTunes gift cards this year:). The new framelit gift card envelope is awesome and easy!!!!  (You'll see when that dRn video goes up:)



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Watercolor Wonder Simply Sent

This Watercolor Wonder Kit is awesome!!!  Perfect for making 20 cards that aren't too simple, but not  too complicated either:).   Love it!  I'll share the 4 card styles with you over the next few days:)
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September 25, 2014

Had To Share

This stunning card was sent to me by my upline Ann!  Honestly, there is nothing better than getting one of these beauties in the mail!

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September 23, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #195

Make sure to head over and join us for this week's Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge!  I love the simplicity of this sketch!
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September 22, 2014

Introducing Debbie Freeman

Today I'd love to introduce another amazing demo from my West Coast Creators Team... Debbie Freeman!  You'll love her project and the awesome instructions that she has provided!

"Hi. My name is Debbie. Since retiring from nursing, I found that knitting wasn't enough to fulfill my crafty needs. Card making was the perfect fit. It all started with Ange's Trendy Trees Stamp-a-Stack. I learned from the best and so have been a Stampin' Up hobby demo on and off for a few years. Here is one of my cards. "

Christmas card
I make stacks of Christmas cards to give to people I know but not well enough to knit for. :-) The Joyful Christmas stamp has been calling to me for a couple of years. However, the poinsettias required fussy cutting. I am not keen on fussy cutting. I finally CASEd this card from Pinterest: http://istampedthat.com/2011/12/20/last-christmas-card-of-the-year/.  Cutting out the Pointsettis (and the leaves) actually wasn't hard at all. I even made two layers! I love the result. I even fussy cut the Cherry Cobbler frame for the Apothecary Framelit sentiment. I traced the outside of the Framelit, cut and got the perfect border. 

Although the stamp set is retired, Joyful Christmas is available in MDS. 

MDS Stamp sets: Joyful Christmas
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Retired SU Embossing folder: 
Apothecary Framelits
Embellishments: pearls coloured with Daffodil Delight
"Now I love making little treats for my friends. Hershey Nuggets are an all time favourite. They taste great and lend themselves to cute packaging. Labels: I start by wrapping stamped address labels around the Nuggets. In this project Happy Thanksgiving from Teeny Tiny Wishes is the center of each label. Scattering the lacy leaves from French Foliage over the entire sheet, I can mimic the dance of autumn colours. This set is the epitome of fall for me. Although it is now retired, I am glad the stamps are still available in an MDS kit called Autumn Spice. Once I made the pattern for the label sheet, I could print it over and over again. Box: The little box holds four chocolates. It's made with the Envelope Punch board. I had to fiddle with the score lines a bit. Starting with a 5"X5" piece of cardstock, punch and score in two places on each side. First side at 2 1/4" and 3 1/4", then turn and follow the score lines. Round the corners and stamp the outside. I used the sun rays and lovely leaves from Kinda Eclectic and found another set of leaves to use in Summer Silhouettes. The tabs are cut on either side of the widest side. Cut the tip off one of the wide flaps at the curve. 
Closure: I punched the leaves from Kinda Eclectic with the Decorative Label on the Cherry Cobbler cardstock, added the sentiment and then sponged a little Tangelo Twist on the edges. I placed a couple of glue dots close to the bottom of the label. Loop the Linen twine sticking it into the glue dots before each of at least three loops. I needed to add another glue dot to stick the label onto the top of the complete flap in the center of the closed box, so the cropped edge can slide under the decorative label closure. 
SU Stamp sets: MDS Fall Foliage in Autumn Spice; Teeny Tiny Wishes, Kinda Eclectic, Summer Silhouettes, Good Sayings
SU Paper: Tangelo Twist
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, soft Sude, Momento Tuxedo Black. 
Punch: Decorative Label
Embellishments: Linen Twine
Extras: Address labels, glue dots

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September 18, 2014

RSVP Now!

This Sunday September 21st from 1:30-3:30pm is my Holiday Catalogue Open House!  I can't wait to see you there and share with you all the gorgeous products from this catalogue!  Please don't forget to RSVP so that I can have this gorgeous make-n-take prepped for you to create!  I'll have my annual BOGO event where purchases from any current catty will qualify for an equivalent amount of free product from my retired table!  I'll also have a few specials not even being offered by SU right now. (Hint... do you love the Wondrous Wreath Bundle used in the card below... if so you want to be there to place your order! )  If you live out of town and would like to place an order of $50+ I'd love to mail you your make-n-take card to assemble at home and the same specials available to attendees!

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September 16, 2014

Weekly Deals are AWESOME!!!!

I'm sooooo excited with this week's Weekly Deals... definitely some great ones here including a wood stamp set!!!!  I've got an order going in tonight:)  Let me know what you "need" ;)

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September 15, 2014

Introducing Sarah

I'm so excited to be sharing with you some AMAZING demonstrators that have joined my West Coast Creators Team over the past few years!  This group is one of the most supportive and caring group of people you'll ever come across.  For the next few weeks, I'll be featuring a member of my team on my blog weekly.  I'd love for you to head over to their blog and say hello!  www.sarahnewmanstamps.blogspot.com

Introducing Sarah:
"I've been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for just over a year and love the social opportunities to make new friends and share what I love! I'm a working mom and have a 2 year old son who is my pride and joy! I enjoy being able to unwind after his bedtime with some card making and then keeping track of our family by scrapbooking! " 
 Here's what Sarah had to say about these AMAZING cards!  

 "My little guy is now OBSESSED with Elmo! 
So I was looking at ideas for what to make with the "What's your type" stamp set, and got to thinking that it might work to make some Sesame Street Characters...
So happy with how it turned out! "
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September 14, 2014

Welcome Back for Another West Coast Creators Blog Hop



I'm so thrilled to be part of another West Coast Creators Blog Hop!  The creativity from these ladies is AMAZING!!!!  Make sure to head over to Lisa and Devyn's blog to check out their creations!








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Stamp Set(s):Today & Everyday
Paper:Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, Memento Ink Pad
Embellishments:Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon
Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips, Simply Scored, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals
Big Shot:Top Note Die, Large Polka Dot TIEF

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September 13, 2014

Week 5 of 12 Weeks of Halloween

So embarrassing... I'm away until this afternoon and I forgot to take a picture of my project before I left!  I brought my computer with my video to edit so that's here and ready to go for you, but you'll have to watch it to see the final project until I can get home and post it... I'm a BONEHEAD!  Sorry:(



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Stamp Set(s): Merry Everything, And Many More
Paper:Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Black Memento
Embellishments:Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon
Tools: Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Paper Snips, Simply Scored, Stampin' Sponges
Adhesives: Snail,  Dimensionals, Fast Fust
Punches:Note Tag Punch, Modern Label, Word Window, Scalloped Tag Topper

Big Shot: Woodgrain Folder

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