Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop - Colorful Seasons Sneak Peak (and a Technique)

Hello My Friends. 
 
Boy do I ever have a treat for you today!  Because our Thailand-Achievers blog hop is highlighting sneak peeks from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue – that YOU can order beginning on June 1.  That’s only a week away.  Trust me, you will want pretty much everything in this catalogue!   

You may be starting at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or perhaps you've already hopped around?  Either way, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post and visit all of the blogs because my very talented friends from around the world have some delightful creations to share with you. 
As for me, I have a gorgeous card to show you, and am also revisiting a super-cool technique since Stampin' Up! is going to be carrying Glossy cardstock again.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  We FINALLY have Glossy cardstock again.  You are going to want to order yours right away since there are so many fun techniques that use this product.
 
Moving on to my card and the new Colorful Seasons Bundle…..Full disclosure- Colorful Seasons is probably my favourite bundle in the new catalog and I expect you will see it on my blog.  A lot.  (and I do mean a LOT!) The stamps are gorgeous and the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits are positively exquisite! On their own the stamps or dies are fantastic but together as a bundle they are downright phenomenal!
 
Now, for those of you who didn’t already know, I am a VERY proud Canadian, and 2017 just so happens to be Canada’s 150th birthday -- so the Maple leaf images and thinlits are going to get quite a workout from me this year.  More full disclosure…I already created a brilliant card for the occasion, but since the card is for a swap and my demo-friends have not received it yet, I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  You’re just going to have to wait to see it.

I also happen to be smitten with the Muskoka chair thinlit and outdoor lounge chair stamp from the set.  What great images for the hot summer to come.  And don’t even get me started on the Fall and Winter cards I will create with this luscious set!   
 
 
 
 





As for today, I used the branch and blossoms to create a simple but beautiful card.  Since all of the crabapple and cherry trees are in full bloom in Ottawa now, this looks a lot like the scene out my window today. The 3 blossoms can be die cut with either simple outline framelits or more detailed thinlits, or they can be stamped first and THEN cut out with the outline or detailed thinlits.  How fun, right?

I love the gorgeous new In Color, Fresh Fig.  It is just right for these blossoms and will be a go-to colour for me for a lot of upcoming projects.
 

My special sneak peek on this card is the background paper. Did you notice how shiny it is? Did you notice that it is various colours and looks like marble? No this is not designer paper, this is the result of the “Polished Stone” technique using Glossy cardstock.  Yee haw!  Hot Diggety!  (I warned you that I was excited to have glossy cardstock back, didn’t I?)
Glossy Cardstock, Rubbing Alcohol, ink and Cotton Balls

Drops of re-inker on an alcohol-saturated cotton ball

The Polished Stone technique is simple – just saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol), then spot on several drops of re-inker of your choice (I used 2 drops of Soft Sky, 2 drops of Pool Party, one drop of Bermuda Bay and and one drop of Pink Pirouette).   
Start splotching the cotton ball on the Glossy Cardstock

Splotch until the Glossy Cardstock is covered to your liking

Splotch the cotton ball all over the glossy cardstock and voila.  It is that simple.  The colours will run a bit and the edges will smooth out as the alcohol spreads into the cardstock and the colours will fade just a bit as it dries. 
Colours spread and fade as they dry
 


Close-Up of the marbled look of the Glossy Cardstock

What you are left with is a one-of-a-kind work of art! Essentially luscious Designer Paper that you created yourself!

Colorful Seasons Bundle, Glossy Cardstock, inks, stamps, Big Shots…you name it, I’d love to help you get it.   

If you live ANYWHERE in Canada then contact me or visit my online store   HERE, (if your order is less than $200, please use this hostess code at Checkout   Y99PJGMN) I would love to help you get your hands on these fabulous goodies!

Remember, just one more week!  Get your list ready so you can order on June 1.  Or send me your list and I will order for you.  Need a catalogue?  Let me know!  (Last Full disclosure of this post – I warn you now, when you get a catalogue, you will fall in love with EVERYTHING and want it all!).



Until then, thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy all the sneak peeks and don't forget to leave a comment when you see something you like.  Me and my stamping friends love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful week and God Bless you all.     Cynthia   <><
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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER MY FRIENDS



Hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful Easter weekend.  I am lucky enough to have lots and lots of friends who deserve a card this weekend.

Very briefly --> I stamped Easter Message on Very Vanilla and used an aquapainter to bleed the colour throughout the cross (and watercolor pencils to colour the ropes).  Then Daffodil Delight was used to sponge just a hint of the glory of the blessed event that saved us all.

Christ is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed!

God Bless,    Cynthia   <><


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Friday, 24 March 2017

Fast and Fabulous Friday - Timeless Textures AGAIN!

Hello My Friends!  

I have no time.  AGAIN!  Literally.  No time.  So glad it is time for a Fast & Fabulous Friday!

I decided to CASE myself today !   (Copy And Share Everywhere)

Remember the gorgeous and easy fast & fabulous Timeless Textures card I made for last Friday (you can see it HERE).  Well, I repeated it today, using Wisteria Wonder instead of Mint Macaron as my monotone colour.  Easy peasy.

Timeless Textures makes a gorgeous background using one inkpad, one stamp set and random stamping.  Add a diecut dragonfly and done!

Get what you need to make this or any other project by placing your order online HERE (at check out, please use the hostess code YKYHPPFD) or contact me to place your order for you.  

And if you want a LOT of stuff?  Well then, save yourself a TON of money - up to $200 - by making your purchase into a fully customizeable Starter Kit purchase.  See the details HERE or contact me so we can save you lots of money while getting you everything you want.

Hope your upcoming weekend promises to be spectacular!   God Bless,      Cynthia   <><
  
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop - Last Call For Sale-A-Bration!

Hello Friends

There are only 10 more days for you to get your Sale-A-Bration freebies so this is your LAST CALL.  And of all the items available, the Avant Garden stamp set is my favourite by far.....
Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron

You may be starting at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or perhaps you've already hopped around?  Either way, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post and visit all of the blogs.  

And if you live ANYWHERE in Canada and want to order to get your FREE Sale-A-Bration goodies, then contact me or visit my online store.  I would love to help you get your hands on these fabulous goodies!

Place a Sale-A-Bration order with me before March 31 and you'll get your choice of any one of these cards!!  E-mail me to tell me which colour you prefer!  
Elegant Eggplant and Calypso Coral


The Avant Garden stamp set is gorgeous any way you look at it and makes beautiful cards.  But I think it is particularly lovely (and pretty easy too) when you use the "Emboss-resist" technique.  It's a fast and easy technique - just stamp your image with versamark then apply embossing powder over the image (I used white).  
Soft Sky and Smoky Slate

Once you have heated the powder to melt it, you can sponge over top of it using the same colour of ink as the cardstock.   The embossed image seems to absolutely pop off the card when you sponge just a bit of tone-on-tone ink around it.  Aren't the results absolutely gorgeous?!?
Crumb Cake and So Saffron
Whether its Sweet Sugarplum ink sponged on Sweet Sugarplum cardstock,  Calypso Coral ink on Calypso Coral cardstock, Slate on Slate, Indigo on Indigo, Saffron on Saffron or ....well.... you get the idea....it doesn't matter what colour you use.  Whether bright or subtle, colourful or neutral, thay all turn out absolutely gorgeous!  don't you think so?

They're all beautiful, but tell me, which one is your favourite??
Island Indigo and Melon Mambo

I'm not certain how easy it is for you to see, but the stamped piece of cardstock (whose edges have all been sponged with the same colour of ink) has been layered onto a card base that has been embossed with one of various patterns.  For today's cards I used any one of Petal Burst, Boho Chic or the Elegant Dots embossing folders.  And, fun fact, I used the debossed side in all cases.  That means the raised pattern is facing AWAY from the front of the card.  I thought it gave them all a "softer" look.
Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder
 
You really don't want to miss out on all the wonderful Sale-A-Bration items that you could get for FREE.  One item for every $60 you spend.  You only have until March 31 so contact me today and place your order (or visit my online store HERE, and if your order is less than $200, please use this hostess code at Checkout   YKYHPPFD)

Thanks for stopping by. Have an absolutely fantastic rest-of-the-week.   Enjoy all the great projects you see as you hop through our blog hop.  And remember - you need to place your order by March 31 in order to get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Hurry!!  You don't want to miss out!
 
 God Bless you all, ~Cynthia <>< 

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Fast and Fabulous Friday - Timeless Textures

Hello My Friends Friends!  

I have no time.  Literally.  No time.  Zip.  So a Fast & Fabulous is all I can do.  Good thing it is Friday, right....?

I can always count on Timeless Textures to make a gorgeous background for my card.  One inkpad, one stamp set, random stamping.  It doesn't get any faster or any easier.

Then just adhere the diecut of your choice.  It could be a butterfly, a dragonfly, a hot air balloon, a flower, a flourish....you name it, any die cut will do.

Done.

For today I chose to use one of my favourite retiring colours - Mint Macaron - before it disappears. The 2015-2017 In Colors officially retire at the end of May, so hurry and order yours now - and get something free from Sale-A-Bration while you are at it.  Every $60 order qualifies for something free, but only until the end of March so hurry!!

And I happened to have a stack of black dragonflies sitting on my desk (from the cards I made HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE) so I used one of those.  

Get what you need to make this or any other project by placing your order online HERE (at check out, please use the hostess code VP7YFXQ9) or contact me to place your order for you.  

And if you want a LOT of stuff?  Well then, save yourself a TON of money - up to $200 - by making your purchase into a fully customizeable Starter Kit purchase.  See the details HERE or contact me so we can save you lots of money while getting you everything you want.

Hope your upcoming weekend promises to be spectacular!   God Bless,      Cynthia   <><
  
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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Thankful Thursday - Beautiful You with a Flourish!

Hello My Friends.

This Thankful Thursday installment is a quick card I made to thank one of my co-workers for tirelessly and selflessly offering to help clean up after an all-day Retreat we had last Friday.  Everyone else just wanted to take off for the weekend.  But my co-worker stayed until the last mug was dried and the last chair was stacked.

So this Thank You card was made for her.  

A brief how-to:  Stamp the Beautiful You girl then colour her dress quickly using an aquapainter.  Stamp the sentiment below the girl then use the Lots of Labels die to get the main card piece.  Sponge around the edges and mount onto an embossed card front that has 2 Flourish Thinlit embellishments at the corners.  (You might notice that I like to use the de-bossed side for this embossing folder.)

Once again I am feeling blessed that I am in constant need of Thank You cards!!  Life is good!!

Do you live ANYWHERE in Canada?  You can order from me online HERE (at check out, please use the hostess code VP7YFXQ9) or you can contact me to place your order for you.  

And if you want a LOT of stuff?  Well then, save yourself a TON of money - up to $200 - by making your purchase into a fully customizeable Starter Kit purchase.  See the details HERE or contact me so we can save you lots of money while getting you everything you want.

Hope you are looking forward to a very Thankful Thursday!   God Bless you all,      Cynthia   <><
  
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Lots Of Thanks Clear Stamp Set
Lots Of Thanks Clear Stamp Set
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