Wednesday, 25 November 2015

GV Blog Hop - Seeing 3D

Hello My Friends and Welcome to the SU! Grand Vacation - Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop

Which is a big long name that means -->  Woot, woot!   Thanks to SU! my hubby and I are going on a Mediterranean cruise next May!  So me and a bunch of my very talented friends who all earned the cruise together are participating in a blog hop to show you some gorgeous 3D projects.  I hope you like what I have to show you today.  And I *know* you will love the projects all of my friends have on display.  Don't forget to visit everyone.  And feel free to leave a comment.  Spread the joy my friends!

So what do I have to share with you today?  I decided to show you just how easy it is to create cute little paper earrings using Stampin' Up! supplies.  These earrings are lightweight, fast to create, easy to make, inexpensive and just plain old CUTE!!  Anyone would be thrilled to receive a gift like this from you.  And you could use ANY symmetrical image/punch or framelits to create similar earrings.  Just like I did several years ago in THIS POST

The super-cool thing about these kinds of earrings is that they are so fun and so FAST to make!!  Just to prove it to you, I created this video.  Honestly my friends, this cute little project will take you mere minutes!

And who wouldn't want to walk around wearing snowflake earrings?  Right?!?

I need to go now to make earrings from our Christmas Tree punch.  And the little snowman from Snow Place.  And maybe a brightly coloured circle (or 2) as ornaments.  You can never have too many Christmas earrings, can you?

Hope you enjoyed your 3D waltz through my blog.  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 terrific rest-of-the-week and God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Some of My Favourite Goodies are Going Away....

Hello My Friends
I am so sad.  The Woodland Embossing folder is retiring soon.  In fact, as a "while supplies last" item, it could be any day now.

And Wonderland.  That beautiful, glorious stamp set.  It is retiring.

And the Sleigh Ride edgelit dies.

I almost can't bear to think of it!

The full list of items that are retiring is listed HERE.  Honestly my friends you really don't want to miss out on some of these fantastic items!!  If you need anything, contact me as soon as possible.  All items that are not stamps are only available while supplies last.  Don't wait too long and risk missing out!

Hope everyone started their week with a smile and I hope you are all looking forward to much more of the same!
God Bless,    ~Cynthia    <><

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Northern Lights WOW Card and Video

Hello My Friends

Many of you may have seen the Northern Lights technique before - and you might even have re-created it yourself.  But man oh man, look at the way you can take a beautiful Northern Lights card to new levels of gorgeousness!
Yellow/Green/Blue Northern Lights

Blue/Pink Northern Lights

I sponged ink onto the sky to create the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) effect.  Since the Northern Lights can appear in virtually any colour, there are no rules about what colours to use.  However, I have most commonly seen the Green/Yellow/Blue variety and the Pink/Blue variety are also often seen here in Canada so...that's what I went with here.  (Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise and Cucumber Crush for the Green/Yellow sky; Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky for the Pastel sky).

I stamped the Wonderland Pine tree image below using the Archival Black ink, and  sponged Night of Navy ink to make sure everyone knows it is night-time.  A few gel pen stars and voila - a beautiful Northern Lights card. 

Shimmery Northern Lights with Lovely As a Tree

Stopping now means you have a beautiful card.  But why not make it absolutely STUNNING?!!

It's as easy as covering the card with versamark and Iridescent Ice embossing powder, then heat-setting the iridescent Ice.  

No.  Really.  It really *IS* that simple.

Watch the video below and I will show you exactly how.

Northern Lights cards are always gorgeous.  But the glimmer from Iridescent Ice makes them drop-dead-spectacular wow!  

Go ahead.  Try it for yourself.

Have a spectacular day my friends.  Enjoy my video.  And God Bless,   ~Cynthia     <><

Monday, 2 November 2015

Christmas Card Classes this Coming Weekend!

Hello My Friends

Well - it's finally here.  Two of my most popular Christmas Card classes are finally back this coming weekend.  

Every year I run a Christian-Christmas Card class and a Festive-Christmas card class (with a discount if you take both classes) and this year is no different.

Come out to Pine Grove Bible Church next Saturday (Nov 7) to make some gorgeous cards.  Details are below.  An RSVP is required to secure your spot.  And a Kit-to-go option is available if you are long distance or are unable to attend.  Contact me HERE for more information. 

Saturday Nov 7   **Take both classes and get a discount
Where:  Pine Grove Church (2144 East Acres Rd, near where Montreal Rd crosses Hwy 174). 
What to bring:  Please bring your scissors and adhesives (I will have adhesives for sale on-site) 

1)  "Christian Christmas Cards" Stamp-A-Stack 

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Make 12 cards plus envelopes (3 each of 4 designs) for $35. 
Class includes $15-worth of product, you take home the extra for use on other cards!
Place a $35 order and get $10 back from your registration.

2)  "Festive Christmas Cards" Stamp-A-Stack

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 
Make 12 cards plus envelopes (3 each of 4 designs) for $35. 
Class includes $15-worth of product, you take home the extra for use on other cards!

Place a $35 order and get $10 back from your registration.

**Take BOTH classes for $60
Bring a Friend I have never stamped with before - get $5 off your class OR $5 off your order.

RSVP by Nov 5 - required.
Remember to bring your adhesive and scissors!
Looking forward to seeing you on November 7

Sunday, 18 October 2015

HUGE One-Week ONLY 15% OFF Stamp Sale Starts Monday, October 19

Here is your chance to get what you *really* want for Christmas, or something as a gift for that perfect 'crafty person' in your life....

Beginning tomorrow, Monday Oct 19, *ALL regularly priced stamp sets will be on sale for 15% off!  (*Since bundles, Clearance rack stamps and hostess sets are already discounted, they are not included in the sale) 
Want the BEST DEAL?  Choose discounted stamp sets as part of your custom-created STARTER KIT.  Choose $155-worth of any products at all (yes, you may include 15% off stamp sets) - and pay a flat fee of $125.  No extras.  Just $125, and straight to your door.
Contact me HERE or click HERE for more information or to order your Starter kit. 
Get your wish list ready NOW and send it to me.  Or sign up for the Starter Kit and get absolutely EVERYTHING you could want.  What a wonderful end-of-October surprise!
Hope everyone is looking forward to a great week!
God Bless,     ~Cynthia    <><

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Adding Shimmer to a Card - the first video

My apologies my friends

I tried making a video tonight using my iphone - since the photos that it captures are FANTASTIC quality.  Well - either I don't know what I am doing, or my regular camera is a better quality than I thought, because the video made with my iphone is NOT good quality whatsoever.  However, I will post it anyhow, until I have a chance to make a new and better quality one to replace it!
Shimmery Stamped/Embossed Card
Can you see the shimmer?

In a nutshell, last year I used Iridescent Ice embossing powder to create a spectacular Christmas card that shimmered and glimmered like there was no tomorrow.  You can see that card and video HERE.  Well today I want to show you that you can use the same technique to 'step up' almost any card.  Here, I've used the technique to glimmer up the gorgeous card I created by stamping directly on the embossing folder. 

I promise when I get home form work tonight I will try to make a better version of this video.  But for'll get the idea.

Here you go friends:
Have a wonderful day and God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

GV Achievers Blog Hop - Remember to Give Thanks (Stamped Embossing Folders and a video)

Hello Friends 

This month we are focusing on giving thanks.  If you are like me, you know you have a multitude of people and things to be thankful for, and one posting on a blog just isn't enough.  But we do what we can and we try to say Thank you on a regular basis, right?

For instance - this month I am thankful to the Australians - Kylie Bertucci and Louise Sharp - for managing this blog hop so well (and providing easy instructions for all of us to participate), and to Ann Craig for posting a card on FB yesterday that inspired me to design this easy but "WOW-factor card!
Close up of Pine images "behind" the Birch trees

Closeup of watercolor effect observed using this technique.

As soon as I saw Ann's card, my brain started working overtime to figure out how she did it, and how I could achieve something similar.  I came home from work and designed this and my club members for the past 2 days have been thrilled beyond belief at how cute it is, and how easy it is to reproduce. 

The close-up shots show you what an amazing watercolour effect this technique provides.  Soft, smudgy edges and muted colours.

So thank you Ann.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The video shows you just how easy it is to create this card.
You merely ink up the inside of an embossing folder with one colour (here, Soft Sky), then stamp directly onto this inked surface using a darker colour and an appropriate stamp (Here, Wonderland).  Insert your cardstock and run the proper sandwich through the Big Shot.  What you end up with looks decidedly like a watercolour painting and is absolutely gorgeous!    Watch the video to see for yourself how quick and easy it is!

I have more club and class members to teach this to this week and I cannot wait.  Everyone who has made this card so far has been thrilled with their creations.  Thanks so much Ann for inspiring such a cool card - that I can use to bless my friends and customers!

I know all the other blog hop participants have posted equally fabulous card ideas.  The list and links for participants is listed at the bottom of this post.  You really will want to wander through all of them to see what kinds of gorgeous creations they have made.  And do leave comments for them so they know they were appreciated!

Have a wonderful time hopping through the blogs.  Find some inspiration.  Spread some joy.  And remember to always give thanks!!

God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><

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