Sweet & Simple

Stampin Up Regarding Dahlias

 Stampin’ Up! Regarding Dahlias

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:

Stampin' Up! Regarding Dahlias Strawberry Slush

Stampin Up Regarding Dahlias Strawberry Slush

Card No. 1:

  • 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)
Stampin Up Regarding Dahlias Bermuda Bay

Stampin’ Up! Regarding Dahlias Bermuda Bay

Card No. 2:

  • 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)

If you’d like more detailed information, such as paper dimensions or step-by-step instructions, please leave your contact information and I will be happy to send them your way.

Turning Over A New Leaf

Stampin' Up! Gently Falling

Stampin’ Up! Gently Falling

So…yeah…it’s been over a year since I last blogged. WHAT?! Where has the time gone?! This summer has just flown by, and it seems to have disappeared before my very eyes. It’s now pouring rain outside (in Vancouver, shocker, I know), which can only mean one thing…IT’S ALMOST FALL!!! My absolute favourite time of year!!! So, you know what I say? Time to turn over a new leaf, so to speak. And what better way to do that then to actually share with you what I’ve been doing?

First off, let me explain that I have been trying to get my hands on this stamp set for ages. See, every spring, Stampin’ Up! comes out with its new catalogue, and as much fun as it is to get all the new stuff, it also means Stampin’ Up puts out a retired list of stamps, meaning they stop producing certain stamps in order to make room for the new ones. Once they sell out of the retired stamps, they become really hard to find and you can only buy them secondhand. I fell in love with Stampin’ Up!’s Gently Falling stamp set, and for the life of me, I have no idea why I didn’t buy it. By the time I realized it was on the retired list, it was too late. I missed my window. Lucky for me, I met an awesome local stamper named Sarah Newman who just happened to be selling her set. YESSSSS!! Victory was mine!!! I was so excited to finally get my hands on these stamps that I needed to create something right away! And I knew just what to make.

I have to say, I’ve been amazingly blessed with the people who have come into my life over the years – family, friends, colleagues – some of the most selfless people I’ve ever met, and I get to know them. How lucky am I? So why not show them how much they mean to me by designing cards just for them? I’ve been on the receiving end of handmade cards, and it always means so much more to me knowing that someone created something just for me. It makes me feel special.

If you’ve got someone in your life that might need a little thanking, this sweet and simple card might be just the thing to show them just how grateful you are.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this card:

Stamps:

Gently Falling (retired Stampin’ Up! stamp)
Giving Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)

Colours and Tools:

Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (card base) and NEW Blendabilities Markers
Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Ink
Stampin’ Trimmer by Stampin’ Up!
Simply Scored by Stampin’ Up!
Liquid Multipurpose Glue

If you’d like more detailed information, such as paper dimensions or step-by-step instructions, please leave your contact information and I will be happy to send them your way.

Summer Baking Challenge: Cake Pops

Cake Pops with Stampin Up Label Love and This Day Forward Tags

Cake Pops with Stampin Up Label Love and This Day Forward Tags

Here’s a little something you may not know about me: I LOVE to bake. When I was a little girl, I used to sit at the kitchen table, watching my mom in awe as she created the most elaborate pies, puffs, pinwheels, and piles upon piles of sweets not to be touched until our company arrived. I remember studying her every move, taking in the most incredible smells, just hoping she might spare even the tiniest morsel. I yearned to get my hands in the process – kneading the dough, scraping the bowl, licking the spoon… I had a taste for it, so to speak, but it wasn’t until the day my Nana tied an oversized apron around my waist and imparted her insight into crafting the finest cinnamon buns I’ve ever had, that my passion for the trade was truly ignited.

My favourite time of year to bake, of course, is around the holidays. If you were to walk into my place anytime in December, you’d be pretty much guaranteed to find me in the kitchen, rolling-pin in hand, flour in my hair, and a focused expression on my face, not to mention the festive music blaring out of my iPhone. The rest of the year, however, seems to be less of a priority for me in terms of baking. It’s not that I enjoy it any less, but life gets in the way, other crafting projects take over, and it tends to get set aside, unless, of course, an opportunity arises which is why, when a friend suggested we do a little summer baking, I jumped at the chance.

A couple of months ago, a friend and I attempted to create a treat I had only ever heard of in rumours: cake pops; tiny balls of deliciousness dipped in chocolate; a kind of Timbit on a stick if you will (shout out to my Canadian readers). My friend had only attempted said pops once before – an epic fail as she recalls (though I’ve seen the pictures and I was actually pretty impressed). Our batch turned out pretty well; so well, in fact, that my friend Julia requested a tutorial in how to make these little balls of splendour.

For only my second attempt, I must say the process went relatively well, though with any kitchen project, there are bound to be a few casualties. Of course, Julia and I were willing to sample the pieces that didn’t quite make it (such a sacrifice, I know), but we needed some unbiased test subjects to decide whether our project was really successful. My partner, always willing to be the “Quality Assurance Specialist,” as he calls it, was more than happy to bring the batch of pops to work with him. Lo and behold, they were a hit! One colleague said, quote, “I am in my glory right now. Best cake pop ever.” Victory was ours! Hmmm…maybe I should attempt summer baking more often. Now, if only I could remember Nana’s cinnamon bun recipe…

If you’d like to try making cake pops yourself, here’s what you’ll need:

Cake Mix (any kind will do, but I used Vanilla Rainbow)
Eggs
Oil (the cake mix calls for vegetable oil, but I used extra virgin olive oil)
Icing
Sprinkles
Candy Melts
Sticks
Small clear bags
Curling ribbon

Here are the Stampin’ Up! items we used to make the tags:

Label Love stamp set and coordinating punch
This Day Forward stamp set
Whisper White cardstock
Pistachio Pudding and Smoky Slate ink (from the current Stampin Up catalogue)
Regal Rose ink (retired)
Baker’s Twine

If you’d like more detailed information, such as measurements or step-by-step instructions, please leave your contact information and I will be happy to send them your way.

Stampin’ Up! From This Day Forward

Stampin' Up! This Day Forward

Stampin’ Up! This Day Forward

Here in Vancouver, BC, Canada, we don’t get a lot of sun year-round. From September to June, we Vancouverites are nestled under a blanket of grey; from muggy to misty to near-monsoons, we desperately yearn to soak in the rays of the golden summer sun, and then it hits us: July 1. The sun awakens from its 10-month slumber and beats down on the city without mercy for 60 glorious days, and just like children trying to cram a year’s worth of fun into a two-month summer holiday, we grown-ups are no different: camping, biking, swimming, tanning, traveling, visiting, partying, boating, BBQing, and the list goes on and on. One would think that list would keep us busy 24/7 up until Labour Day, but one thing in particular floods the summer months around here more than anything else: wedding season. Weddings are EVERYWHERE in the city. For example, my partner and I took our dogs out for a long walk in East Van last Saturday, and during our three-hour trek, we saw not one, not two, but THREE outdoor weddings taking place. It’s completely inescapable. Even if you aren’t attending any weddings yourself this season, at least one person you know will be, I guarantee it.

So, do you know what that means?

WEDDING CARDS! WOOHOO!!!

I LOVE making wedding cards! Even if I don’t know personally know the couple, I will find just about any excuse to offer up my card-making services, and as it so happens, my partner is heading to a wedding next weekend. Long-time friends of his are getting married, and since I’m unable to attend, I wanted to make sure he had a beautiful card to give to the bride and groom. I recently got the “This Day Forward” stamp set from the current Stampin Up catalogue, and I was so jazzed to try it out with this card!

Here’s what you’ll need to make one just like it:

Stamps:

This Day Forward (from the current Stampin Up catalogue)

Colours and Tools:

Crumb Cake Cardstock (card base)
Coastal Cabana Cardstock and Ink
Whisper White Cardstock (for the banner and inside mat)
Embossing Buddy
VersaMark Ink
Emboss Powder (white)
Heat Tool
Glue Pen
Glitter (for extra SPARKLE)
Organza Ribbon in Whisper White
Pearls / Embellishments of your choice
Dimensionals, Double-sided Tape, and Quick-drying Glue

If you’d like more detailed information, such as paper dimensions or step-by-step instructions, please leave your contact information and I will be happy to send them your way.

Stampin’ Up! Canadian Card Swap Challenge

Stampin' Up! Chalk Talk and Label Love

Stampin’ Up! Chalk Talk and Label Love

Welcome to my very first blog post! Glad you could join me!

I recently connected with some fellow Canadian stampers through several Facebook groups focused on papercrafting. Not only are these groups great for networking, but they’re a fantastic way to share ideas and inspiration for various crafting projects. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a post advertising a “Canadian Card Swap”. Being new to stamping and card-making, I had no idea what a card swap was, but was intrigued and found myself clicking on the “read more…” button almost instantly. Turns out a card swap is pretty much exactly as it sounds. You send in your name and address, and the administrator of the swap pairs you up with another crafter, providing you with her mailing info, and her with yours. You are then sent a card-making challenge. In this particular case, we were to create four different cards, of any size and style, and mail them to each other by a specific date. What a great idea! Not only can you get fresh ideas from your swapping partner, but you get to share your creative flare AND you get some fun snail mail!!

These are two of the cards I’m sending to my swapping partner in Ontario. I got some great new Stampin’ Up! sets recently, and this challenge allowed me to play around with them.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these cards:

Card No. 1 (left) – Wedding Card:

Stamps:

Label Love (from the current Stampin Up catalogue)

Colours and Tools:

Very Vanilla Cardstock (card base)
Crumb Cake Cardstock (embossed with a folder of your choice – using a Big Shot machine)
Crumb Cake Ink (to sponge the embossed paper for a more vintage look)
Early Espresso Cardstock and Ink
Label Love Punch
Trim Punch and Ribbon / Embellishments of your choice
Dimensionals and Quick-drying Glue

Card No. 2 (right) – For a Friend
(cased from Stampin Up demonstrator Angela McKay)

Stamps:

Chalk Talk
Positively Chevron Background Stamp
(both from the current Stampin Up catalogue)

Colours and Tools:

Whisper White Cardstock (card base – Very Vanilla will work too)
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and Ink
Baked Brown Sugar Ink
Chalk Talk Framelits
Extra Large Oval Punch
Teeny Tiny Rhinestones
Dimensionals, Quick-drying Glue, and Double-sided Tape

If you’d like more detailed information, such as paper dimensions or step-by-step instructions, please leave your contact information and I will be happy to send them your way.