Wednesday, 26 August 2015

GV Blog Hop - Holiday Sneak Peek

Hello My Friends

This month our Grand Vacation blog hop will highlight some wonderful items from the new Holiday Catalogue that goes live on Sept 1.  So you get to enjoy a Sneak Peek of some fantastic treasures!

For me?  I LOVE cutting out and using the Santa images from the new "Home For Christmas" Designer Paper but my heart was breaking at the idea of leaving behind so many cute "partial" Santa Clauses around the edges of the paper.

Then the light bulb went off.  Or rather, should I say, the light bulb went "on".

Take a look at this cutie-pie.

I used one of the images from Cozy Christmas to stamp flying reindeer in the sky and used versamark and Iridescent Ice embossing powder to create the sparkle of gently falling snow (snow stamp from the Happy Scenes stamp set). 
Subtle sparkle of snow falling outside

See from a different angle how totally cute and totally effective, yet subtle the falling snow is? 

Torn and roughed-up white cardstock became a glittery snowbank, thanks to a 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds.

'He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake.  He knows when you've been bad or good....'   Can't you just picture Santa peeking in the window, keeping his eye on you!

The sentiment is from the new set 'Oh, What Fun'.  Considering that this is a sneak peek of new products, don't you think that "No Peeking" is a great sentiment for this card?  
Didn't look fast enough - and you almost missed seeing him!

Pretty neat, huh?  Even the partial Santas without any of the face showing lend themselves to really cool cards.  Almost as if you looked out the window a fraction of a second too late and almost "missed" seeing the jolly old guy completely!

All in all, I am very pleased with how these cards came out.  Every one is different.  Every one has character.  There are fuller images of Santa.  And there are images that are just fractions of him.  

I managed to get 16 partial Santas and made up 16 totally different cards.  And I still have all the complete Santas left, ready to be used in their entirety.

I plan to make up a whole lot more of these cards over the next little while - I have a special swap with some very special people coming up in September.  And I think they'll enjoy getting their very own "Peeking Santa", don't you?

In the meantime, you really should hop on over to the next blog on our blog hop.  You're going to want to visit them ALL!  I know you will see loads of wonderful projects using new products from the Holiday Catalogue.  The catty goes live on Sept 1 and you don't want to miss out.  (If you need to order some of these fantastic treasures, contact me and I will be happy to help you out! )

Have a terrific time hopping through the Sneak Peek posts.  Find some inspiration.  Leave a comment or two.  And enjoy your day!   
Till next time!    God Bless,    ~Cynthia    

Still Totally Amazed - My Talented Team

Hello Friends
Ellorie H

Cecilia C

If you follow my blog at all, you will know that each month I challenge my Team members to get creative.  I give them all something identical - then tell them to use their imaginations!

In July I challenged everyone again.
Carole B

Carole (Inside card)

I gave everyone a couple of our Tea Lace Doilies, 18" of our White stitched satin ribbon, and a half dozen of our metal-rimmed pearls.  They could colour them, cut them, punch them, stamp them, whatever....The only rule is that their card had to use a fragment (at least) of all 3 elements.

Jennifer D

Meredith W

I so look forward each month to seeing what they will come up with.  And they *never* disappoint!!

I will be posting a super-cute set of Christmas cards later today as part of the Grand Vacation Achievers blog hop.  But for now, I think you should take a look at how wonderfully talented and artistic my Team Members are!!
Julie G


Lynn CG

Lynn CG

Prepare to be amazed!  I know I was....

And just for the record -- Sadie (card pictured here) is the granddaughter of one of my Team Members (Lynn  CG).  I think I can safely say that Sadie has inherited Lynn's talent and artistic eye, wouldn't you say?

If you want to join us for our monthly Challenges, sign up for your Starter kit and join us each month.  You'll have a blast.  I guarantee it!
Dianne R

Janet B

Jan B

Jan B (see the unique way this card opens?)

And to all of you - have a wonderful day and God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <>< 

Sylvie H

Sylvie H (Inside)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

And They Do It Again - My Amazing Team

Hello Friends
Julie G

Rachelle A

Each month I challenge my Team members to get creative.  I give them all something identical - then tell them to use their imaginations!

In June I gave everyone a piece
Val V
Johanne B
of Cucumber Crush cardstock and 18" of the Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim.  I had heard some people complain about this new colour (personally, I love how bright it is!) so I wanted to challenge them to use it so they could see how gorgeous and versatile it really is.

Lynn CG

Cecilia C
I think it worked!

These ladies turned a bit of cardstock and some ribbon into absolutely beautiful creations.  

Go ahead and see for yourself!!

Wait until you see what they did for the July Challenge.....

Heading off to a Team Meeting now, to share the July Challenge cards with all of the Canadian Sunshine Stampers (our team name).

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Lynn L

Hope you have all had a fantastic weekend.  And are looking forward to a wonderful week ahead!

God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <><

Jan B

Dianne R (Shutter Card closed)

Dianne R

Dianne R (Shutter Card opened)

Meredith W

Karen G

Sylvie H

Sylvie H

Janet B

Friday, 21 August 2015

Fast & Fabulous Friday Sneak Peek - Dove of Peace


I need to get to work.  So I made this one Fast.  Totally Fast.  In fact, I would go back and cut out a step now...but I need to go so I won't change anything.

Love the new Dove of Peace stamp.  Embossed in's classic.  Pair it up with the Boughs and Berries embossing folder and it is gorgeous.  I ran a sponge dauber with versamark over the embossed edges and used gold embossing powder to give it the antique frame look. 

And to my delight on this fine Friday morning, I also have some friendship-love to share with you.  Suzane R left me this ever-so-gorgeous card she made for me, using last season's Sale-A-Bration set, Lotus Blossom.  The love, care and attention that went into this card are undeniable.

Thank you Suzane.  Love, love, *LOVE* it!

Off to work now.
Hope everyone enjoys their day!!  God Bless,    ~Cynthia   <><  

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