November 16, 2017

Fancy Friday Sketch Challenge - Christmas in the Making

Hello friends!  Phew, I'm back again already (two posts in one day!) for a Fancy Friday blog hop!  My veeeery fancy friends and I - a mix of former and current Stampin' Up! Artisans and generally amazing papercrafters - are bringing you a sketch theme this month!  Check it out...

I looooved this sketch - so much that I made two cards with it!  I mean, I love creating from sketches in general, but this one gave me a GREAT canvas for one of those fabulous retro ladies from the Christmas in the Making stamp set, and I've been dying to share this one!  

I'm breaking some rules with this one.  While I stayed super on-track with the sketch, I veered away from one of the best things about Stampin' Up! supplies - the colour matching!  I mixed two different reds and two different greens.  And I don't even feel bad about it.  I mean, she looks fabulous, right?!

That image was a ton of fun to colour with the brand new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  I love the ability to make highlights and lowlights in her dress and hair with such ease.  The markers are a DREAM to use - I can't wait to share them more with you, and I know you'll want to add them to your craft stash too!  

But wait - I said I made two cards, didn't I?!  I saved the second one for Saturday... stop back then to see a same-but-different version of this card!  

In the meantime, let's hop over to my Fancy (and SO kind, and incredibly talented - like WHOA, she humbles me!) friend Paula Dobson and see what magnificence she's whipped up!

But wait!  Before you sneak off,  check out what else is going on this month!  

November Ordering Bonus:  Start your holiday crafting with a FREE Holiday 2017 Designer Series Paper sampler pack!  When you order $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) in my online Canadian Stampin' Up! store, using host code CG2QYZ2G at checkout, you'll receive this Holiday DSP Sampler absolutely free as a thank you for ordering from me!  

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Special Delivery - A Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop featuring Merry Little Labels

Hello friends, and welcome to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop!  We are the official design team of Stampin' Up!  I'm so happy you're joining me, Shannon, in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Whether you're coming from the fabulous Rochelle Blok or starting here, I hope you get cozy and share in our creativity this month!

We are hopping this month to share a gorgeous christmas stamp set called Merry Little Labels and its coordinating Designer Series Paper, called Merry Little Christmas.  I just love the basic and beautiful black and white patterns in this paper, so I decided to modify the stamps a little and create some winter baby cards!  

I'm a big advocate for celebrating everything else that life has to offer during the holidays - birthdays, weddings, new babies, etc. - with its own separate card.  So many times, a "P.S. happy birthday!" or "P.S. Congrats on the new addition!" is slipped into a holiday card, and these special occasions deserve their own recognition!  But with the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue being packed full of beautiful supplies (and only available for a limited time!) I wanted to find a way to modify those gorgeous papers and stamps to fit something other than Christmas.

By covering up the bottom part of this stamp with masking tape, I could ink up everything but "from the north pole," turning this Christmas sentiment into a great greeting for a new baby!

And with so many gorgeous colours, there's one fit for every little prince or princess in your life...

Let's hop over to the lovely Sylwia in Germany and see what beautiful project she has designed for us!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope these cards inspired you to think outside of the box with your Holiday Catalogue supplies!  See you later tonight for a Fancy Friday blog hop with my fancy friends!

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November 14, 2017

Friends - An ADT Reunion (featuring Crafting Forever)

Hello friends!  Thanks so much for joining me - it's been a while!  I've had a super busy month and needed to take some "me" time - sometimes, a work vacation is needed, even when the "work" is making pretty things and blogging! 

November has been an incredible month so far, and I wanted to tell you a bit about what I've been up to, and share this special card.

Earlier this month, something that has been in the works for the better part of a year finally happened.  What originally started as an offhand, mostly-kidding comment turned into an actual, honest-to-goodness THING.

Two years ago, when I started my very first year on the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team, I was given the privilege to design pretty things for this fantastic company, and I was on a team with some of the best and brightest papercrafters in the world.  Over the course of that year, we became friends - and how could we not?  We were all passionate papercrafters with a shared love of all things crafty.  And when someone jokingly said we should have a 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team reunion in Banff National Park at my friend Allison's papercrafting retreat, well... it actually seemed like a pretty good idea.

Easy for me to say, of course - I live an hour away, and I do this retreat twice a year, every year.

But when the gears started turning for my friends in other places, it started to get serious.  Before we knew it, tickets were booked, reservations were made, and this... well, this was HAPPENING!

Last weekend was truly a dream come true.  These women are not only incredibly talented, but they are also kind, generous, thoughtful, funny (completely hilarious, actually!), genuine, and REAL.  We *get* each other.  I mean, we ALL get incredibly excited about gluing paper to other paper and we don't need to shy away from talking about it.

These are my people.  And to have everyone in the same room for a weekend was incredible.  Can you believe we had NINE former-and-current Artisan Design Team members from FOUR countries in one room?!  Plus we had our "go-to girls" from Stampin' Up!'s corporate home office, too - can you believe it?!

How many faces do you recognize?  I love this photo dearly.  I miss these ladies so much already.

As we planned for this weekend, we tossed out the idea of doing a card swap - and that's what I'm sharing with you today.

I wanted to make something that acknowledged both the friendship I've found in this amazing crew, as well as the company and craft that brought us together.

The iconic Stampin' Up! Paper Snips, re-coloured in Pool Party (with the fabulous new Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers, of course!) seemed like a great background image, and it paired perfectly with this sentiment.

We are cut out to be friends.

 That says it all, doesn't it?

Susan, Jenn, Cindy, Becky, Melody, Marisa, Sue, Krista, and Allison - thank you for being my people.  Thank you for being my friends.

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