Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Thailand Blog Hop - October - Inspired By Nature

Hello my Friends.

Welcome to the first Thailand Achiever's blog hop.
(You may be starting at my blog - Cynthia Millan - or maybe you've already been hopping around?  Whichever is the case, make certain you check the list at the bottom and visit everyone's blog.  You don't want to miss any of the great projects!)

Today we decided to focus on being "Inspired By Nature".  And anyone who has ever been to Canada in the Fall knows that you cannot *help* but be inspired by nature at this time of year!  The Autumn colours are in their full glory and I couldn't not make a card to try to show you what I mean.

"Sheltering Tree" is the perfect stamp set to create a gorgeous Autumn tree with the ever-present leaf pile below it.  My family did their fair share of raking this Sunday so this card is particularly relevant to our recent weekend!  

As glorious as the display of colours is, the raking seems to be never-ending at this time of year, so I liked the idea of using the sentiment from the stamp set, "In the Meadow", at the top of the card.  Sort of a play on words on the outside, although the inside has the Thankful for you sentiment from Sheltering Tree.
This "In the Meadow" sentiment says it all....

Burlap Ribbon with most of the horizontal strands removed

Did you see the cool embellishment across the bottom of the card?  I cut a 1/4" strip from our 5/8" burlap ribbon, then pulled the horizontal strands from it to leave only two at the bottom edge.  This left me with series of vertical wisps that reminded me of a fence.  

And the burlap strands that I removed?  Twist a few into a coil and fasten to the card with a glue dot.  I love when we can alter our existing fabulous products to come up with more variations, don't you?

Now for those of you who have not had the pleasure of visiting Canada, and might doubt how glorious our landscape is right now, I wanted to ensure you that I am not making any of this gorgeousness up.  
View across the street

View from my driveway

These are 2 views taken from my driveway.  Honestly, if little old non-photographer me can take shots this gorgeous using a phone, think how inspiring these views must be in real life,

So although I realize the idea for this card design might be one you have seen before, honestly, you'll understand why I was "inspired by Nature" to reproduce this sort of scene for today's blog hop.  How could I not?

I am looking forward to hopping around to see the projects that have been created by my fellow Thailand achievers.  Hope you like my card and are enjoying the rest of the Blog hop too.  If you are anywhere in Canada, you can contact me HERE and I will be happy to place your orders for you (or you can place your own order online HERE.  If your order is less than $200, please use the hostess code TG3RR66Z when you check out

Thanks for stopping by.  
Have an absolutely fantastic rest-of-your-week. 
God Bless you all,    ~Cynthia   <><

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Designer Paper Special - GET ONE FREE With a Purchase of 3

Hello Friends 

I am trying to get back into the swing of things - slowly but surely - and what better way to make a quick card, than to let the Designer paper do most of the work!

Thankfully, Stampin' Up! has a sale on Designer Paper for the entire month of October (not including Specialty paper or Paper Stacks).  

All 4 of these cards are made using the exact same design.... and it is all based on the designer paper.  Just cut a rectangle of your favourite pattern and glue it onto mat pieces of your choice.  Add a sentiment and there you have it.
Night of Navy Card with Floral Boutique Designer Paper

Whisper White Card with Floral Boutique Designer Paper

It really is that easy to create a beautiful card, and notice that when the focal piece is a 3 x 4" piece of pattern designer paper, you can get 12 focal blocks from every 12 x 12" piece of patterned paper.

That's a DOZEN CARDS from EACH sheet of Designer Paper!!


Think about that. You can create a full dozen extremely easy but absolutely gorgeous cards, in a very short time, from every piece of beautiful patterned paper. 

Why wouldn't you want to buy multiple packs of gorgeous patterns?? 

And when Stampin Up has a deal like this, where you get one package free when you purchase three others, they've made it really easy to create lots and lots (and LOTS) of gorgeous cards.
Emerald Envy Card with Presents & Pinecones Designer Paper

Whisper White Card with Presents & Pinecones Designer Paper

The Buy 3, Get 1 FREE deal is good from October 1 right through to October 31, but why wait?  Order your Designer Paper now.     

If you are anywhere in Canada, I would be happy to help you get your hands on these gorgeous papers.  

You can place your order online HERE and have it delivered right to your door (If your order is less than $200, please use the hostess code EWRZMGSR when you check out).  

If you are local to Ottawa and want to come pick your order up from my home, you can contact me HERE and I will be happy to place your orders for you.

The full list of Designer Papers available in this Buy 3, Get 1 FREE deal is listed below.  Pick your favourites then hurry to place your order.  The sooner you order, the sooner you will receive your paper and the sooner you can start creating....

Hope all my Canadian friends are looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  And I hope everyone is looking forward to getting some great deals on Stampin' Up!'s Designer Papers!

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

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