Sunday, 22 January 2017

Beetles & Bugs - Product Feature!

This post originally appeared on the Stampin' Up! Corporate Blog on January 19, 2017.

Hello friends!  As I was browsing through the fabulous 2017 Occasions Catalogue, one of the stamp sets that called out to me was the Beetles & Bugs.  These fabulous images were bold and graphic, and they’d be great to throw in a TON of colour - my favourite!  

Having a five-year-old son, bugs (and mud, and trucks...) are a big part of my life.  James always goes through the new Stampin’ Up! catalogues with me and is excited to be involved in the ordering process... especially opening my orders when they arrive!  This set was one of his favourites too.  My little boy is my right-hand man, and he was so happy to join me to help with me with blog post.  

I used him as my inspiration for my first few projects; we have recently been changing his room to be a little bit more of a “big guy” bedroom.  He’s been adding posters, and we added a little reading nook for him.  I recently took out the shadow box I made when he was born (sob!) and I thought a handmade bug diorama would be a great addition to his grown-up decor.  

Combined with the Hardwood background stamp, making this display of (faux!) mounted bugs was so easy!  Stamping the beetles was a blast; each piece lined up so perfectly and it was so quick and easy to do.  The Simply Scored Scoring Tool makes mitered corners on the frame a snap, and I also used it to add a stand to the back of this framed piece so it will stand on its own.  It’s a great addition to his bookcase.  

Lunchbox notes are such a fun and easy way to add a bit of cheer to your child’s day.  The ants in Beetles & Bugs just screamed “picnic” to me, and I wanted to make a little lunch-inspired tag with them!  Paired with the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack and some food from Tasty Trucks (free during Sale-A-Bration!), these tags would be great for lunches, or you could repurpose the design for invitations to a picnic, take-home favours from a party, or a bug-themed birthday.  So easy!  

Speaking of birthdays - we’re going to need a card, aren’t we?  This bright collage of beetles makes a great card for someone of any age.

While this stamp set immediately appealed to me because of my little dude, I know lots of girls who love bugs too.  My friend (and one of my favourite in-laws!) Carolyn will be on the receiving end of this card... what’s more perfect for an entomologist?!  

The beauty of an all-images stamp set is that it pairs beautifully with virtually any sentiment.  I wanted something big and bold, so I used Badges & Banners and Scenic Sayings for these cards, with little touches of sentiments from Thoughtful Banners.  Perfect! 

While I was whipping up all of these fun projects, there was a recurring theme - my son kept sneaking into my office, crawling up into my lap, and asking if he could make some bugs too.  Because I was working on a deadline, I kept having to say no - a shame, since we love to stamp together!  That night, after I was finished and as I was lying in bed, I had a great idea - why not have James collaborate on a scrapbook page with me?!  

Using a 12x12 Cardstock in Whisper White, I stamped a bevy of bugs in Archival Ink in Basic Black and then let him go wild with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I took a picture of him working on this page, and then used that for my layout.

Using the Good Vibes Project Life Kit, I was easy to slot in a few pre-cut cards to create this fun layout.  I love the combination of his art with my journalling and photo - and involving kids in the process is such a fun way to preserve family memories. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today; I really hope this post helps get the gears turning with this fabulous stamp set!  


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Hello, Love! Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop

Hello friends, and welcome to my blog!  You are probably coming from the incomparable Rochelle Blok in Australia (not going to lie - pretty intimidated to be next in line; Rochelle is a tough act to follow!) and you're visiting me, Shannon Lane, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I'm so glad you're here! 

I'm so, so excited to welcome you to the first official blog hop of the 2017 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team.  We are the official design team for Stampin' Up!, and I'm so pleased to be back for a second year with a brand new group of ladies (and a few of my returning friends!)  

We are kicking off the month with a themed blog hop - and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, our assignment this week was the Sealed With Love bundle - you'll find this in your beautiful Occasions 2017 catalogue, which is loaded with amazing goodies.

I am one of the first to admit that traditional isn't my jam.  It never has been.  Valentine's Day can be more than just red and white, so don't let the patterns and colours in the Designer Series Paper make you disregard this collection entirely!  Grab those stamps and dies and get to work creating something fabulous, funky, and YOU.

This girl LOVES colour - the brighter, the better - so I ignored the classic red and pale blue and dove directly to my Brights.  These three colours make one of my all-time favourite colour combinations; Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Melon Mambo.  Paired with the stark contrast of crisp Whisper White and bold Basic Black, this card is modern and fun - perfect for your new-school valentine!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope this is your first of many visits this year!  Let's go see Sylwia in Germany and see what she's created for us!   

Cheers and happy stamping! 

Shopping with me in Canada?  Please use the links below!  I'd love to be your demonstrator! 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Home is Wherever I'm With You

Oh, HELLO!  So good to see you again!  Who has two thumbs and has been up to her freakin' eyeballs in stamping?  THIS GIRL!  But you wouldn't know it from my blog!  I've had deadlines and work on my desk for Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team projects and Corporate Blog posts, Fancy Friday blog hops, team swaps, display stamping for the Canadian Business Conference, custom orders, and more - which is to say I've been stamping my buns off and I can't share ANY of it with you!  Ack!  Soon, my pretties, soon... it will all come together one day soon.  But alas, today is not that day.

Today, however, I do still have some old cards up my sleeve!  Thank goodness for my twice-yearly retreats; I make a boatload of stuff (most of it just for fun!) and those cards are usually photographed and laying on the back burner, just perfect for times like this.  

This one is my favourite... and I can't believe I waited this long to share it! 

This card started with that totally amazing knock-your-socks-off DSP and it grew from there - I needed all things rustic, so naturally burlap was a good fit.  And then the stitched shapes, the sweet sentiment, and the fabulous flowers from Jars of Love.  Oof, this one just gets my heart beating.  I love the vintage-rustic look of everything together.

I hope you're having a wonderful week - I'll be back bright and early on Thursday morning for the first Artisan Design Team blog hop of the 2017 year!