Wednesday, 27 January 2016

All You Need Is Love - Mediterranean Achiever's Blog Hop

Howdy Friends!  I hope you are all ready to hop-along with the rest of us!  We've got lots of super projects for you this month, with our "All You Need Is Love" theme.  

You may just be starting the blog hop here (I'm Cynthia Millan) - or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup is listed at the bottom.

But while you are here, let me show you my simple but super project.

I love the new Balloon Celebrations bundle and thought that a bevy of beautiful hearts might be just the thing.  But honestly, I needed to spice it up a little for a Love theme, don't you think?  

So I promptly punched large hearts using my Sweetheart Punch or  small hearts using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I needed a medium sized heart and lo and behold, the Circle Card Thinlit has a perfect-sized heart to use.  But even using hearts as my balloons didn't quite have the oomphf and impact that I wanted.  So I used one of my favourite embellishments....Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  

Honestly, coat Pink Pirouette or Blushing Bride hearts with versamark then Iridescent Ice, and you end up with a totally cute and super sparkly heart that has a lot of Wow-factor.

I also wanted to break up the white space around my balloons, without detracting from them as my focal point.  Enter the  great flourishing vine image from the First Sight stamp set.  Stamped in versamark ink then embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder, once again gives a fantastic but subtle sparkle to the card.

And my sentiment?  Well that is from the Sale-A-Bration set, What I Love.  And it is just perfect, don't you think?

Of course, all these beautiful balloons would be flat and uninteresting without that perfect little tool that Stampin' Up! sells......the dimensional. 

Have I told you before that the SU! dimensionals rock!!  They are waaaaay better than any other knock-off on the market and are worth their weight in gold.  And doesn't a little 3-D effect totally make or break a bevy-of-balloons card, anyway?
You'd almost think these were ready to float right up off the card, wouldn't you?

I am planning on sending this card to my eldest daughter, believe it or not.  She is in Australia for a YEAR(!!!) - doing missionary work with kids in high school.  She's only been gone 3 weeks but her absence is being felt in our home.  She left behind 2 other sisters and a brother who all miss her.  A lot.  Not to mention her Dad and Mom.  But we *ARE* proud of her, I can tell you that!  So a cute card to tell her "What I Love" is pretty perfect!  For the record...the inside of the card answers the question.  The answer, of course, is "You".

At any rate, this month's theme suited me just fine.  All you need *IS* love, right??

Hope you enjoy this project.  Have a great time hopping through all the other blogs.  And have a super rest-of-the-week.   God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <><

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Floating Re-Inker - the Video

I posted some VERY popular cards yesterday HERE and was asked to post a video so here it is.  

And UPDATE - adding Wink of Stella at the end really kicks it up a notch.  See the glitz and glitter on these roses?
Close up - see the sparkle?

Wink of Stella on the Completed Rose

Watch and see how easy it is to re-create this fantastic effect!

Have a wonderful day, have fun stamping, and God Bless,   ~Cynthia    <><

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Floating Re-Inker and Rose Wonder Question

Hello My Friends

Back at last.  A long story - for another time perhaps.  But for right now, I just HAD to show you these cards.
Pink Rose

Blue Rose
Coral Rose

As soon as I saw the Rose Wonder stamp set, I *knew* I would be using the Floating Re-Inker technique on the image.  My only problem is, I cannot decide which colour scheme I prefer?

 What about you?  Do you prefer the:
1)  Blues (Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Tempting Turquoise)?
2)  Oranges (Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight)?
3)  Pinks  (Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo and Watermelon Wonder)?

We are making this card at club this month and I am having a hard time deciding which version to have my friends make.

What is your favourite?

Everyone who leaves me a comment will be entered into a draw to win one of these gorgeous cards.  So leave your comment below (and also some way for me to contact you if you win......!)

And what about you?  Do YOU want to join us as a guest at club this month and make one of these jaw-dropping beauties?  Come tonight or tomorrow or this weekend....Tues Jan 19 or Wed Jan 20 or Fri Jan 23, all from 7-9 pm at my home in the east end of Ottawa.
If there is enough interest I may add a Saturday club (10-noon).  
Make this card plus 3 others - all for $20 or FREE with a $30 order.  (And if your order is $60, you get the class free and you ALSO get to pick a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE)
I'd love to have you join me.  Just let me know!!

Until then -- Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far.  
God Bless,

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Sale-A-Bration is HERE!!

2016 Sale-a-Bration and Spring Occasions Catalogues from Stampin' Up!

Hello Friends,
I hope you've received both your Occasion & Sale-a-bration catalogues by now.  If you are a customer of mine you may have received both in the mail.  Either that or they are waiting here at my house for you to pick them up!  I'd love to get catalogues into your hands. Just email me and we'll figure out how to make that happen!
I'm so excited about the new catalogue and the FREE rewards this year. Here's some things you should know about Sale-a-Bration:
    • Earn a FREE reward for EACH $60 you spend (before shipping/taxes) from the Occasion/Annual Catalogues/Clearance Rack/Weekly Deals (you can combine them)
    • You can PICK whatever you wish from the catalogues to reach your $60 threshold.  You can purchase absolutely ANYTHING that adds up to $60 to earn free SAB products.
    • You earn one FREE item for a $60 purchase, TWO FREE items for $120, THREE FREE items for $180 and so free item for every $60 you spend.
    • Host a workshop (either in person or online) of $330 or more and receive $35 MORE (than usual) in HOST rewards! So for a party of $330 you will receive $68 in free merchandise (of your choice!)
    • JOIN my team of stampers and receive $195 in product BUT pay only $125 (no shipping and no taxes) - so that's really a $240-value for only $125.  Pretty much half price!  Honestly, what are you waiting for??  
       Ready to learn more about becoming a member of Stampin' Up! where you will earn a minimum of 20% off your product purchases?
Email me or click here for more information.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

New 2016 Occasions Catalogue Product Shares!!

New Catalog Product Shares

For 2016 Occasions Catalogue Product Shares, read below

You've been asking and asking so here it is...... I am pleased to offer new 2016 Spring Occasions Catalogue product shares as listed below! 

Shares are the best way to get a taste of almost ALL the accessories and DSP's that are offered in the New Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue without having to purchase everything yourself!  I'll purchase them and divide them up (cut, separate, and divide ALL the items listed) and send you your "Share" of them all! 
This is the single most economical way to get a bit of everything - at a cost you can afford!!!

All prices as listed are FREE local pick-up in Ottawa.  Otherwise, s&h will apply (shipped via Canada Post letter mail)

1)  Designer Paper Share = $25 
This bundle includes 67 pieces of 6x6 Designer Paper!!
  • It's My Party Paper stack - 12 Double Sided Pieces 
  • Love Blossoms Paper Stack - 12 Double Sided Pieces
  • Have a Cuppa Paper Stack - 12 Double Sided Pieces 
  • Going Places Paper Stack - 12 Double Sided Pieces
  • Birthday Bouquet - 6 Double Sided Pieces 
  • Botanical Gardens - 6 Double Sided Pieces 
  • Shine On Specialty Paper - 6 Double Sided Pieces 
  • Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper - 1 Piece
That's a total of 67 sheets of 6 x 6" paper!!!

2)  Double DSP Shares (SAVE 15%) = $42.50
Get DOUBLE the amount of paper PLUS get a BONUS - receive 8 sheets (1 of each pattern) of the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack (SAB) for FREE!
  • Get 6x12 cuts of the Birthday Bouquet, Botanical Gardens, Shine On and Blushing Bride Glimmer Papers
  • Get double sheets of 6x6 cuts for each of the Paper Stacks --> It's My Party, Love Blossoms, Have a Cuppa and Going Places
  • BONUS - Get 8 different 6x6 printed vellum sheets from the new Botanical Gardens Sale-A-Bration Paper.

3)  Ribbon & Embellishment Shares = $22

  • Bakers Twine - 2 yds Basic Black/Melon Mambo 
  • Bakers Twine - 2 yds Basic Black/Mint Macaron
  • Pool Party 3/8" Glitter Ribbon - 2 yds
  • Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Satin Ribbon - 2 yds
  • Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon - 2 yds 
  • It's My Party Enamel Dots - 12 Dots (3 colours x 2 sizes each)
  • Honeycomb Embellishments - 3 embellishments - one each colour (Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and White)
  • Bow Paper Clips Embellishments - 3 pieces 
  • Polka Dot Cone Cellophane Bags - 3 bags 
  • Botanical Gardens Jewels - 3 pieces
  • Have a Cuppa Embellishments - 3 pieces - one of each design

Order Options 1 & 3 ($47) and get a BONUS:
  • Get 6 sheets of 6x6 Wildflower Fields Designer Series paper

Order Options 2 & 3 ($64.50) and get TWO BONUSES:
  • Get the 8 different 6x6 printed vellum sheets from the new Botanical Gardens Sale-A-Bration Paper PLUS
  • Get 6 sheets of 6x12 Wildflower Fields Designer Series paper

How to Order :

To reserve a spot in a share, please e-mail me HERE and include:
1.  Full Name
2.  Mailing Address (Canadian addresses only)
3.  Which share(s) you would like to reserve (see choices below)  
4.  Email address
Sign up for one or more shares.  I will contact you via email to arrange payment via **PayPal or electronic money transfer. Shares will be ordered and filled as groups fill up (SU! policy says I cannot order it and collect payment later) - expect a two week turnaround time to receive your product. 
** A PayPal account is not required to make your payment.  When you receive my PayPal invoice, you can choose to pay using your PayPal account funds or by credit or debit card.  Just follow their SUPER EASY instructions to make your payment via the method that is most convenient for you.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

GV Blog Hop - Bring on the Bling

Hello My Friends

It is so close to Christmas and life here in my house has gotten incredibly busy.  But I still wanted a chance to participate in the Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop this month.

I'll keep this short as, with Christmas on Friday, I still have a million and one things to do in the next day or 2.  But for now, join me and some of my very talented friends as we show you FABULOUS projects that have BLING flashing and glittering from every angle!!   

You may just be starting the blog hop here (I'm Cynthia Millan) - or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup is listed at the bottom.

On to my card - I wanted my project to sparkle and shine like there's no tomorrow so I used silver embossing powder, silver metallic foil doilies and Basic Rhinestone Jewels to light up my card.  

The stamp set is a sneak peek for you.  I used First Sight, a new one set from the upcoming Spring Occasions catalogue.  Love the flourish that I embossed on the front and that I used to add silver embossed detailing to the outer edges of the Smoky Slate card.

And did anyone else notice how perfectly the fancy corners that you create with the Curvy Corner Trio punch (it is held over in the Spring catalogue!!) match the detailing on the metallic foil doilies that we sell?  How cute is that?

The challenge when you use this much bling, of course, is in getting a picture that does the card justice.  This was my first attempt - before I played with the lighting and the angles just a bit. 

Not quite as stunning, is it?!?

I hope you've enjoyed my card.  And don't forget to visit everyone else on the list below.  Hopping is fun and you will be amazed at the sheer gorgeousness of some of these projects!

Have a wonderful, joyful and joy-filled Christmas my friends, and God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><


Sunday, 13 December 2015

Poor Old Frosty the Snowman

Hello Friends.

I have seen a TON of cute snowman cards this winter but by far the cutest one I think is the melting snowman.  
As far as my neighbourhood goes, so far this year there are no snowmen in sight!
Not yet at any rate.
Because let's face it - Despite the fact that I live in CANADA, we just haven't had snowman weather!  The first 2 weeks of December have been unusually warm here (~10 C / 50 F).
Melted puddle below Frosty.....

So here is my version of how December feels right about now.   I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and Tree Builder Punch to create my melted Frosty.  And a sponge dauber with versamark and clear embossing powder did the trick to make the puddle.

I will try to get a quick video up and running in a day or 2 to show you how quickly and easily this card goes together.  For now though, enjoy the card and have a wonderful week ahead!

God Bless,   ~Cynthia    <><