Tuesday, 17 May 2016

2016-2017 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Hello once again my Friends

Do we *ever* have a fun blog hop for you today.  You'll get to see lots and lots of lovely new sneak peeks from the 2016-2017 Annual catalogue.  And trust me - your wish list for the new catalogue is going to grow and grow!

You may be just starting the blog hop here (I'm Cynthia Millan) - or you may have come from the previous person to me on 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.

There are lots of beautiful new stamp sets to show you, but I didn't want you to miss the lovely hostess sets at the back of the catalogue so I am using one of the great images from the Fabulous Flora hostess set.  Earlier this week I made a simple and quick card to highlight this set for my team members - but I used the beautiful silver foil vellum that is available right now, and that is retiring at the end of May.   Knowing that I love this look, I decided I could create my own designer vellum so that this card could be completely current and reproducible!  
My very own "Designer Vellum" on the card on the left -- retired Silver Foil Vellum on the card on the right.

I borrowed an idea from my friend, Lisa Curcio, and used Tear&Tape adhesive to create silver embossed stripes.  In a nutshell, I laid a piece of our cardstock vellum onto our silicon craft sheet and then laid strips of Tear&Tape adhesive diagonally across it.  I trimmed the overhanging tape, removed the protective coating and poured silver embossing powder over the exposed sticky strips.  Heat emboss, and voila....gorgeous designer vellum!
Tear&Tape Across Vellum (on silicon mat)

After applying silver powder and heating - Embossed Designer Vellum

Gorgeous and fun too, am I right?

Returning to the card itself, the flower image was stamped using versamark ink onto a piece of Whisper White then silver embossing powder was added and heated.  I love the crisp look of the silver and white with our new In Color, Dapper Denim, don't you?

Some silver metallic thread and the luscious Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched Ribbon finish this card off quite nicely!

Hope you like my project.  I'll try to give you a video version of how I created my Designer Vellum when I have a bit more time.  For now - you should be getting ready to enjoy some more terrific projects from my friends!  Don't forget to check out all the blogs and leave comments to let us know what you think!
I'd stay and chat but I, quite literally, have TONS left to do!  I'm off to finish my swaps for the Mediterranean Cruise.  Thanks to SU!, hubby and I are flying to Barcelona on the weekend where we'll meet up with hundreds of amazing demos from all over the world (you met a bunch of them as you hopped through these projects!) and we'll cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic to Italy and France with all of them.  Can't wait to enjoy this week with my friends.  Not a lot of wifi on board ship so I'll hope to post pics when I get home.  But until then, enjoy this hop through some gorgeous projects!  And get ready for June 1 when you can order from the new catalogue too!

Have a wonderful week ahead.  And thanks for popping by.  God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Blog Hopping Through...Baby Love!

Hello Friends

Time once again for a Blog Hop with some of my favourite international demonstrator friends.  Today we bring you Baby Love!!  And what's not to love about babies...right?

If you are starting here (Cynthia Millan) then Welcome!  Or if you've just arrived from one of the other blogs then...well...also welcome!    Please feel free to visit every one (the list is at the bottom of this post) and don't forget to leave comments since as you know, us bloggers are absolute junkies when it comes to comments!   :)

Now to talk about my Project.  

I wanted to keep it simple and gender-neutral (so I could make it in advance of needing it - and use it for ANY baby!).  So I merely stamped the duckies (they are so, so cute!) in Daffodil Delight ink on Whisper White cardstock, and added the absolute most PERFECT sentiment above!  Add a few Softly Falling embossed dots for visual interest and the card is almost done....

I wanted the balloons to look realistic so I stamped on vellum.  Ink dries very slowly on vellum so I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat-set the powder and voila, the balloons look translucent!  Punched out with the Balloon Punch, they could be suspended above the ducklings.  How cute, right?  The Baker's Twine is held to the back of the balloons with a glue dot and this keeps the balloon on the card front too, without adhesive showing through.

All of these products are continuing into the new catalogue so you can make this card anytime without worrying about finding replacement items.  I love all of these goodies so am glad they are sticking around for at least a year!

I had to make a super quick card for this blog hop as I have very little time today.  But I think I managed to get some Baby Love into this project, don't you think?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  And don't forget to visit the rest of our hoppers too to see the gorgeous creations that they created.

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a wonderful time hopping through baby projects!  God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <><

Monday, 11 April 2016

Botanical Blooms WOW class

Hello My Friends

I must be crazy.

I have done a MOUNTAIN of prep so that my friends can make all SEVEN of these gorgeous cards at my class this month.  

I have cut almost everything in advance so that the cards can all be made in the allotted 2 hours.

These cards are Bee-You-Teeeee-Full!

And the best part is that my friends get to make the cards and ALSO receive the stamp set and framelits and designer paper that was used to create them.

That's right, you leave this class with $84 worth of product AND ALSO seven gorgeous cards.

Crazy deal, huh?

Live too far or can't make it?  I am offering Kits-in-the-mail for this class too!

Want more details?  Check out the link HERE or Contact me.

Hope to see you soon (remember, I can mail the kit to you anywhere in Canada....)

Have a wonderful week and God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <><

Saturday, 26 March 2016

My Happy Easter Happy Mail!

Good Morning My Friends

I love it when my mailbox has a hidden surprise in it.  Happy Mail instead of bills!

One of my dear friends sent this to me and I received it - quite happily - on Thursday.  

S.H. is a customer, one of my Team members, and more importantly, a dear friend - and I LOVE this card she made for me.  So cute and so thoughtful.  Wouldn't you agree?  

And this is not the first time she has sent a handmade card in the mail to me!

Even though we see each other at least once a month, I love how she thinks of me from time to time and sends me gorgeous little pick-me-up cards in the mail.  We should all be as thoughtful as her and send more happy mail to our friends and family - and more often too - don't you think?

And just a note to all of you - if, like S.H. you would like to get all your Stampin' Up! treasures at a DISCOUNT then contact me.  You really should think about purchasing a Starter Kit.  It is always a good deal but until March 31, it is an even better deal.  
You pay only $125 [NO s&h and NO TAX] but you get to choose $195-worth of goodies!!  That is an EXTRA $40 FREE goodies.  Anyone in Canada can sign up to be on my team - the Canadian Sunshine Stampers - I would love to let you know how we can save you money and get you more of the stampin' treasures you want.  Contact me for more information.

In the meantime, there is much to do this Holy Saturday morning.  Prep work for tomorrow's Easter feast.  A little bit of chocolate to attend to.  And as I look around this room, a little bit of cleaning to do too!  (ok.  Maybe a LOT of cleaning to do....)

Have a wonderful, blessed and glorious Easter my friends!
God Bless,     ~Cynthia   <><

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Blog Hopping Through Wedding Dreams.....

Hello My Friends

We have a wonderful Blog Hop for you today with the theme of "Wedding Dreams" and I can't wait for you to see the gorgeous projects that have been created.  If you are starting here (Cynthia Millan) then Welcome!  Or if you've just arrived from one of the other blogs then...well...also welcome!    Please feel free to visit every one (the list is at the bottom of this post) and don't forget to leave comments since as you know, us bloggers are absolute junkies when it comes to comments!   :)
Now to talk about my Project.  "Wedding" and "dreams", for me, meant I wanted something soft.  I began with the idea of staying white-on-white.  I stamped the flourish from the First Sight stamp set with versamark and heat embossed white powder to make a lovely and subtle background.  Then the floral image from the Best Thoughts hostess set was treated the same way, cut out with a Label framelit and layered over the background mat and ... close but not quite.  The card was too subtle to be effective.
Close up of coloured flowers and white embossed background

Out came my trusted Blender Pens.  A quick painting of the flowers with Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz inks and I was much happier.  Still subtle.  Still soft.  And still very dreamy.  

Now with that little bit of colour, my white-on-white could be stepped up a bit.  I hand cut a Pink Pirouette label shape just larger than my focal image piece and layered it behind.  Yes, you heard me correctly, I hand-cut that pink label shape.  Thank heavens for our trusty Stampin' Up! Paper Snips.  Precise and accurate cuts and easy to handle.  Love them!
Close up of embossed background and metallic silver thread detailing

For my sentiment I chose one from the Suite Sayings set in the Occasions catalogue.  Don't you think it is just perfect?  When you find the right spouse (and I am truly happy to say that I sure did), nothing else matters and Forever really does begin that day! 

As a last addition, I wanted to include a few filmy, floating silver metallic loops.  I have really loved these metallic threads in our catalogue.  I hope they stick around to the next one!

The focal piece was mounted on the embossed white mat using dimensionals and a thin Pink Pirouette mat was added behind that.  Once layered on a white card, the effect was complete.  

At least - I "think" it is complete.  You tell me.  Do you think I achieved my goal?  A soft and dreamy wedding card to mark the occasion of the beginning of 'Forever'?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  And don't forget to visit the rest of our hoppers too to see the gorgeous creations that they created.

Thank you so much for joining me today!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and plan to come back soon.  God Bless,    ~Cynthia    <>< 

Product List

Friday, 18 March 2016

An Important Anniversary

Good Morning My Friends

On Saturday it will be two years since Ottawa was blessed to witness the ordination of our newest Bishop (an Auxiliary Bishop, to be precise).  Surprisingly, he is quite a young man (as Bishops go).  Unsurprisingly, he is kind and gentle, with a gracious and loving heart.  He serves us well as our shepherd.

And would you believe that his name is Christian!?!

Honestly my friends!  With a given name like that, how could you not expect him to be wonderful?

In any event, I wanted to make a card to mark the occasion for him, so here it is.  The image of the cross comes from the stamp set, Blessed By God, and is perfect for the occasion.  The sentiment comes from a retired set (Graceful Words) that I will never, ever part with!

The card is quite simple in design.  I used the emboss resist technique (just stamp and heat emboss the images, then sponge to create a shadow-effect) to create a 'simple' card that contains a whole lot of love and appreciation.  It is understated and refined.  Just like the man himself.

It'll do quite nicely.

Hope everyone is looking forward to a wonderful weekend.  And I hope Bishop Christian enjoys his Anniversary - and knows just how very much we appreciate his service.

God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><  

Product List

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Festive Flower Punch ' Bunny Ears - 25% Off in Weekly Deals!

Hello My Friends

What a complete and total coincidence!  This week all of my Club members will make this cute and adorable Curvy Keepsake Box Bunny (complete with Honeycomb Embellishment tail).  And lo and behold, the Festive Flower Punch that we use to make the ears is one of the 25% off Weekly Deals available this week, until March 21.

We also used the same punch to create the ears (and the paws) of the bunny on the Easter card we made last month!

What a terrific deal.  25% off a punch that is a MUST-HAVE....not just to create cute bunnies, but to make gorgeous flowers too!  That is, of course, the original purpose for this punch.

Hope some of my friends get a chance to capitalize on this great deal while it is being offered. And if any of you want to join us for this week's Club Classes, there is still some room.  Just contact me to let me know!  More info can be found HERE.

To all of you, if you want to order the punch, or any of the Weekly Deals, just let me know, or visit my online store (and please use the Hostess Code
SJGYMYC3).   Don't forget, you can still earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products for every $60 you spend (before s&h and taxes).  Wouldn't you rather buy your treasures on sale so your Sale-A-Bration redemption is an even bigger deal!?



I'd love to see you save some money. Have a wonderful day and God Bless,      ~Cynthia    <><  

Product List