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New Crafter’s Companion Dies coming soon!!!

I recently had a parcel of lovely “Happy Mail” from Crafter’s Companion with awesome new products to create with as part of their US Design Team (super fun!!)

On May 9th Crafter’s Companion will be on HSN with LOTS of amazing new products.  The Today Special is a set of Dies that make a beautiful Circle pop out card. I received the set of the Circle Decorative Sentiment Dies that is an addition you can buy to go with the build a card set, so I decided to make something with those.

As you are probably gathering from my posts, I love sparkle, so I decided gold glitter card was where I would start.

1) I matched up the circle Sentiment size with one of the Double Stitched Circle Dies from The Ton Stamps, and cut out the circle.

2) I then placed the sentiment circle onto the cut out circle and ran that through my die cutting machine, next, weed out the bits from the die and set aside.

3) Use the next size up circle die and cut out a pale pink circle, take the next size up again and cut out a black circle.  These dies leave a lovely stitched edge when they cut.

4) I then used a pair of fringe scissors to make a small fringe all around the outside edge of the black circle and adhered the pale pink circle on to the centre of the black fringed circle.

5) Adhere the gold Sentiment to the centre of the pink circle (I find Loctite gel super glue to work well at quickly setting the smooth backing of glitter card to the regular cardstock, as some regular crafting glues even if permanent can still not hold these two surfaces together when dry).

6) Cut out a 5.5″ square piece of background paper and stick to a 5.75″ square card blank (or and square size accordingly adjusted). Then using foam squares adhere your circle to the centre of the card, and voila, a quick and elegant card.

This particular paper had beautiful gold foiling on it so it compliments the gold glitter perfectly.

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Peeps! by Stamping Bella

Ok, I love this stamp and have been waiting to have time to use it…today was the day!

To make this card I used a white card blank, a piece of water-colour paper cut to 13cm x 13cm. I applied a little bit of blue and green distress ink to a piece of waxed paper, spritzed it with water and sponged on the sky and grass.  Once I was happy with the amount of colour I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time.

Using my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press I lined up the Stamping Bella “One of My Peeps” stamp and applied some black Ink. You then colour in the image using the coloured pencils of your choice and then again using the precision press line up the sentiment stamp and dry.

The next step was to dab the clouds on using the white glitter Wink of Stella pen (I like to use a mini pom-pom to do this).

I chose a white glitter card for the frame and then using the We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board cut out a 1/4″ frame to go around the water-colour paper, affixing it all using Crafter’s Companion Glue Tape.  The finishing touch was to apply Dew Drops by the Ton Stamps (I am obsessed with these).

 

Supply List:

Card Blanks

Stamping Bella – One of My Peeps Stamp

We R Memory Keepers – Precision Press

We R Memory Keepers – Frame Punch Board

Watercolour Paper

Distress Mini Ink Pads

Sponge Dauber

Wink Of Stella

White Glitter Card

Crafter’s Companion Glue Tape

Dew Drops – The Ton

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I’m back!

So, I’ve been out of the country for well over amonth, first on holiday, and then to say goodbye to a dear friend and love and support another.

I’ve been missing my craft studio, so will be spending a lot of time there in the weeks to come and have lots of projects to post!

Keep your eyes on the shop section as there will also be lots of new products coming in the next couple of months as well.

In some other exciting news, I am pleased to say that I am part of the 2017 Crafter’s Companion Design Team and with that will be running some specials to highlight some of my favourite products from them, this will be coming in April.

I will end this brief update with a few colouring projects I’ve been doing while getting over my jet lag, the Markers used are Spectrum Noir alcohol markers from Crafter’s Companion.

 

 

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Lovely rose gold!

Today’s card, though a quick make is classically elegant.

The background stamp that I used was the Cherry Blossom Garden Background stamp by the Ton. I stamped the image on black cardstock using versamark and Rose Gold Embossing powder, also by the Ton.

I wanted a little more sparkle so using the We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board I created a perfect glitter backing using black cardstock. I love this tool as it makes a perfect frame and makes saving on card so much quicker and easier!

 

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Panda Can’t Even…

So, my husband broke his leg in two places last week (that’s a Welshman for you, trying to skate on our lake like a Canadian), so I’ve been pretty busy looking after him after his surgery, but I’ve finally had a chance to get back at making cards this morning!

Ever since I started carrying The Ton Brand stamps in my shop I have admired the adorable Panda Can’t Even  Stamps and Dies so I decided today was the day!

For this Cute Little card I started with a 4″x4″ card blank, for the glitter frame I cut a piece of black glitter card stock to 3.75″x3.75″ and the used my We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board to make a 0.5″ thick frame out of it. On top of that I glued a 3.5″x3.5″ square piece of paper from the Papermania Capsule Geometric Mono 6″x6″ cardstack (which has beautiful gold foil designs on it!)

The Panda’s were then heat embossed with black embossing powder, die cut and then mounted onto the front using foam squares.

The hearts were cut out of red glitter cardstock using my Cricut Explore Air machine (available upon request).

Below is the list of items used:

 

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Gold is beautiful! Foiling using Honey Bee Stamps

If you haven’t checked out Honey Bee Stamps you must! Their items are gorgeous and great quality.  In this card their Zen Floral was a perfect image to be gold foiled, and was very nicely complimented by gold glitter cardstock, and classic black & white stripe paper.

 

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The Ton “Celebrate” Challenge

Ok, so I’m totally excited about The Ton stamps launching new stamps and ‘Couture Sequins mixes’, and with that a new Challenge Blog, so of course it was the perfect reason to play with a stamp set I hadn’t used before and some fun items and create a new card!

The theme of the challenge is “Celebrate” so I chose the Pyrotechnics set from The Ton as the main stamps on the card, the sentiment is from the Born Classy Stamp set, also by The Ton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make this card I used an 8″x8″ cream card base (cut down to 7″x7″), with a 6″x6″ piece of gold glitter cardstock with a  a 5.5′” square piece of black card used for stamping.

I stamped a variety of the firework shapes using the Perfect Pearls Medium, and then dusting with a variety of colours of Perfect Pearl Dusts.  I then highlighted some of the fireworks by stamping using Versamark and heat embossing with Gold Nuvo Embossing Powder, to add that extra bit of celebration to the card I heat embossed the sentiment in gold as well.

This was a fun little project as it was my first time using Perfect Pearls, I LOVED them!

Hope you enjoy and make sure to hop on by and check out The Ton Challenge for yourself!

 

Colleen

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Introducing “The Ton Stamps” Holiday Bow Stamps

A friend introduced me to this incredible line of Stamps, Dies, Inks and more! They are amazing, awesome quality and take your card making to the next level with their couture designs and layering stamps.

Maple Syrup Designs is the only Canadian retailer where these items can be purchased and I am thrilled to share them with you!

Over the next few weeks and months will feature more of The Ton products to share their supplies and ideas with you.

 

 

 

 

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Honey Bee Stamps – Little Pick Up

The more I play and use Honey Bee Stamps and dies the more I fall in love with them ALL! Tonight as the business of Christmas card orders has wound down I had an opportunity to make my first card using the Little Pick Up Stamp Set and coordinating dies.

 

The quality of these products is top-notch and the images are super fun and unique, I highly recommend you trying out this line of products (which are available in my shop) and will post links to the items used below my photo steps of creating this card.



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A little fun with new craft supplies

So I’ve been super busy lately but couldn’t resist any longer having a play with the new HoneyBee Stamps, and craft supplies that I ordered in.

I didn’t have much time so I just made a sweet little 3″x3″ notecard using the Zen Floral and Beautiful Life stamp sets that are listed in my shop, they’re perfect for colouring! I used Spectrum Noir markers for the flowers and glitter markers to highlight (I can get these in for you too!).

Here is a quick pic and I will get some more projects up soon.