Friday, 21 November 2014

My Spectacular Team

Good Morning My Friends!

I hope everyone has been keeping well while I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging!?  But now that I am back, let me show you something thoroughly spectacular!

I challenged my downline to create a card and use something I supplied.  And honestly, all I gave them as a starting point was a small piece of ribbon and a couple of the snowflake embellishments.  With these they had to make a card and send it to me.

They could use one snowflake.  Or both.  They could use a tny bit of ribbon.  Or all of it.  The only rule was that they had to use at least one snowflake and at least a bit of ribbon.  

And man oh man oh man oh man!  Take a look at the gorgeous creations that I got back!

My apologies in advance - there are so many of them - and they are so gorgeous - there is just no way I could say everything about them that I would like to so I am afraid I did not do them any kind of justice at all.  All I could do was list them by name and leave you to admire how wonderful the artistic and creative efforts of my friends are!

Take a look and see what I mean:
Valerie V (LOVE the cardinal)

Janet B (love, love, love the use of texture)

Cecilia C (so classic and beautiful)

Dianne R (this.  is.  so.  CUTE!)
Cecilia C (loving the pale snowflakes in the background)

Carolyne J (this 3D tree is so stunning!)

Carolyn P (This card also has an uber-cute patterned inside)

Frances W (Classic and elegant)

Janet B (the fussy-cut Pine Cones make this a STUNNING card)

Janet B (Can you see that the snowflakes is *stitched*?!)

Janet B (this is her swing card opened)

Jennifer D (The rhinestone placement is terrific!)

Julie G (shimmer all over the front of this card!

Kathy M (loving this colour combination)

Lynn CG (My favourite stamp set.  Ever)

Melanie M (cool pearlized card!)

Meredith M (clean and simple wow card)

Monique C (Brilliant to stamp on the scalloped wreath)

Rahelle A (LOVE the rustic look to this)

Sonya L (Perfect coordination of stars!)

Susan T (Loving the iridescent ice)

Suzane R (LOVE the pinwheel and this paper pattern is brilliant)

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Fast and Fabulous Friday - One Day Late

Hello My Friends

I meant to post this yesterday, but got all caught up in other things so did not get around to it.  (That is not meant to be an excuse.  Merely an explanation.  I do take full responsibility!)

So let's pretend it is Friday.  My Fast and Fabulous card for you today features a "guest designer".  One of my Team members sent me this card as part of a Designer Paper challenge I gave them last month.  Her card would have been featured in the post HERE, except that she is moving and her craft paraphernalia is packed up and inaccessible.  But she was finally able to grab some of it the other day and created this Fast and Fabulous card.

How cute is that?

And the thing I like the most?   This is Hallowe'en paper on an all-occasion-type card!!  I love that she re-purposed the paper into something that does not limit it to Hallowe'en!!   

Sorry that it took me so long to get Friday's post to you!  Hoping I don't run a week behind in everything else in my life for the next few days!!

Have a spectacular weekend and God Bless!     ~Cynthia   <><

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Back To The Drawing Board

Good Morning My Friends

Well, I thought I had it.  I mean, I really thought I had it!  

One of my friends reminded me the other day about a technique I showed her several years ago - you cover an image with versamark and apply clear embossing powder on top of that and then you heat it.  You repeat this versamark-plus-clear embossing powder-then-heat 2 or 3 times until there is a shiny layer of clear embossing powder over the image....and I thought this would be just the thing to make my Gentle Peace stamp set come alive. 

I figured this would emulate glass much better than the Iridescent Ice embossing powder I tried a few days ago (which ended up being a little bit of a disappointment).

So I tried the layers of clear embossing powder.  Underwhelmed, for sure.

Don't get me wrong.  It's nice.  It is just a bit different.  But Wowzer?  Not really.  Not this time.

So, it'll be back to the drawing room to figure out some combinations of colours that please me in terms of this set.  Come back again tomorrow and you can see how far I've gotten.

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

Sporadic Internet

Hi Friends

Our internet is cutting in and out and I am uncertain if I will get my post up tonight.  Sorry for the interruption - (and I am sorry to realize how dependent I have become on computers) - but that's just the way it is....

Enjoy your evening.   God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

And the Winner Is......

Wouldn't you know it?  I told you I would pick a winner for the Gentle Peace card last Friday...but Friday was Hallowe'en and I got preoccupied doing other things and I never picked that fabled name.  Not till the next day.  And then...then....did I post it?  Did I even bother to tell all of YOU who won?........

Everyone was assigned a number, then I entered all the eligible numbers into the Random Number Generator and it spit out the number 22....and THAT happens to correspond to Nadine S.  So Nadine....keep an eye on your mailbox since your card will be coming to you soon!

Thank you to everyone who weighed in both here and on Facebook and gave me your opinion about which card option you liked the best.  I am gearing up to try some of your suggestions, so stay tuned!  

And thank you to Cathy who reminded me this morning in the comments section that I posted "who" the winner is....but not "which card" was the winner!  Ha ha.  Card #4, no glimmer, was the runaway lead contender.  Turns out all that shimmer can turn Pine Cones into magic, but too much shimmer makes Gentle Peace just a little over-done.  (I was given a better idea though and hope to try it out tonight!)

Hope everyone has a wonderful day,   God Bless,     ~Cynthia    <><

Monday, 27 October 2014

Gentle Peace - How Beautiful It Is!

Hello My Friends

I had a chance to play this weekend with my new favourite stamp set - the Gentle Peace photopolymer stamp that came in my box on Thursday night.  Can I just say - for the record - that I love it.  But I definitely need your help in deciding which direction to take next.

#1 - Orange and Yellow Background
#2 - Background with added Blues

Now most of you know that Gentle Peace was designed to showcase our Stampin' Up! Blendabilities and I have seen some absolutely gorgeous creations on Pinterest, but this weekend I was in a colour-me-fast mood and I didn't want to take the extra time that Blendabilities would need.  So I chose my favourite *fast* method of colouring...using my Aquapainters!

Don't get me wrong, Blendabilities allow you to achieve much more vibrant colours and in truth they do not take 'that' much longer in terms of time...but patience wasn't my strong suit this weekend so I opted for as fast as I could get!

Help me out here friends - first of all, please weigh in on the original 2 images.  Virtually the only difference is the background 'stained glass'.  But I do want to know if you have a preference for one or the other.  So please tell me, #1 or #2.

#2 - Untouched

#3 - Covered With Iridescent Ice

And then....I decided to cover one of the images with versamark and Iridescent Ice since most of you know that has been one of my favourite techniques this Fall.  I was convinced that the shimmer on the image would lend a reality to the stained glass effect.  But now that they are finished, I am not certain one way or the other?

Check out #2 and #3.  Same image, with or without Iridescent Ice.  Hmmm.  Decisions, decisions......

So I mounted my images on cardstock (Bermuda Bay and Blackberry Bliss are such a striking combination, don't you agree?)  Please weigh in your preference for the finished cards....#4 or #5.  I want to know if the iridescent version is a winner before I shimmer up my other versions.  
#4 - Finished Card (no Shimmer)

#5 - Finished Card - Shimmery

I'll pick a name on Friday night and one of the people who comment will be sent the card that they preferred.  So comment please and let me know what you think!

I do have to say, no matter whether the image has been doctored with shimmer or not, it certainly is beautiful.  Serene.  Gentle.  Striking.  I can't wait to play some more.  Check back tomorrow to see what else I have done with it.

Until then, hope you all had a terrific weekend and are looking forward to a great week as well.
God Bless,    ~Cynthia    <><. 

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Team Artistry - Canadian SunshineStampers - part 3

And FINALLY My Dear Friends

Dianne's perfect design - 4-Square
I want to show you all the ridiculously beautiful cards that my downline made using the Trim the Tree Designer Paper Stacks.
Kathy's Brilliant Tree

Dianne's Starburst card.
Lovely Iris-Folded Ornament - Val
Classic Punched Wreath - Lynn

Aren't these spectacular?
And they are all so different too!

Who would have thought you could do quite this much with just some bits of Designer Paper!?
Val's Fallen Leaves

Dianne's Harlequin Tree
I absolutely was blown away with the variety and creativity that these stampers brought with them.  

Iris-Folding, Punch art, rolled branches, Starburst...hard to believe that these all use the same stack of paper, huh?  So much variety.  So much beauty.  Man I am blessed!  :)

Hope everyone elnjoys a wonderful full of smiles and hugs from those you hold most dear!

God Bless,    ~Cynthia    <><