Erica Edney - Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Victoria, BC Canada

Sunday, 14 May 2017

New In-Colors Sneak Peek

Coming soon - the new Annual Catalogue - and with it new in-colors for 2017-2019. They are bright and colourful and will coordinate wonderfully with the rest of the colour family. Here they are alongside the in-colors from the 2016-2018 collection.
To coordinate with these new colours, there is a new paper stack. Do you recognize the print? It's the same print featured in the Designer Series Paper called .Floral Boutique. That paper was so popular they decided to duplicate the patterns in the new in-colors.

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For your card bases, there is the standard 8.5 x 11 inch card stock and it's available in 12 x 12 as well, a size often required for boxes and bags.
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You will be able to purchase all five ink colours together along with a package of the Stampin' Write markers. 

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As for embellishments, there is coordinating ribbon in all five colours and take a look at these adorable bows (for those of you who have trouble making bows from scratch). Enamel dots are so popular in card-making - new this year are these gorgeous coordinating Glitter Enamel Dots.

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You will be able to see all of these new products at my Open House in June so save a day and time that works best for you. More details will be forthcoming.

Thursday, June 1 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 3 9:00 - noon
Sunday, June 4 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Happy Stamping everyone!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Paper Pumpkin Cards

I wanted to share with you the cards I made using the April Paper Pumpkin kit. This was a special kit because the CEO of Stampin' Up!, Sara Douglass, had a hand in designing it. The kit featured white embossed watercolour paper, a small set of watercolour pencils and a paint brush.  And the glimmer  flowers are gorgeous. It's bright and edgy with a different box from the regular orange Paper Pumpkin box.

The box included instructions for making multiples of 3 designs. Here are those three designs:

The next three are other designs I created using the watercoloured heart:

From the watercoloured grid design, I created these three cards:

 And lastly, I made these cards to use up all the contents of the kit:

This kit was so much fun. If you are new to stamping and want to give it a try, a subscription to Paper Pumpkin will get you off to an easy start. To subscribe through my store, visit this link.

To see samples of past Paper Pumkin kits, visit the Paper Pumpkin YouTube channel.

As always, happy stamping!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Mother's Day

I miss commemorating Mother's Day. I always did something special for my mom and even during the years since I moved away I made sure to send a card and a gift and a call to tell her how much I appreciated her and all she had done for me. I miss doing that.

All I can do now is to remember those times and remember some of her favourite things - blue was her favourite colour. When my mom and dad renovated their bathroom, Mom wanted everything blue: tub, sink and toilet.

And when the princess style telephone came out - it was the blue one that she picked.

Her favourite flower - Forget Me Not.

And her favourite fine bone china teacup ... the Forget Me Not pattern by Royal Albert.

And I remember the stories she told of walking in the English woods enjoying the thousands of bluebells at her feet.

And my mom loved jewellery. Never a day went by without a pair of earrings and a gold chain around her neck. I guess that's where I get my love of jewellery (and my Dad's mom also loved jewellery). So it's in my genes to wear jewellery and my sister too. We both love it. But it's skipping a generation because both our daughters are not so keen. Oh sorry, I digress.

So this Mother's Day, I have a card I made especially for my mom that I will place on my mantel to express how much I miss her and love her. I used three blues in the Stampin' Up! collection: Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Pool Party. The stamp set is Special Reason - so popular it is now completely sold out.

So if you are lucky enough to have your mother still present in your life, sit down and make a special card for her. It will bring her back in time to your earliest works of art that she held onto so dearly. Truly a special gift!

Now please go to the next blog to see our wonderful Seashore Stampers contributions.

Bruni P.

Jean M.
Please visit this month's contributors:
Adrienne H.
Bruni P.
Erica - you are here and welcome
Jean M.
Mi Ran B.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Watercolour Balloon Background

Hello and welcome once again to my blog. I got the inspiration to make this card from France Martin. She did a balloon background with a simple embossed greeting over top. You can see her video here.

I started with one card and loved it so much I just had to keep going with other colours. So these are the three cards I made complete with ribbon, dimensional balloons, Wink of Stella and I used the enamel embellishments as well. The stamp set is Balloon Celebration and the greeting banners are from the Cards & Labels framelits.

Card One     

Card Two

Card Three

Card Four

I video taped the making of Card Four to share the technique with you. As I was filming, I started to recognize the number of tips I was passing on so be sure to grab a pen and paper so you can take some notes.

Enjoy the video and scroll down to get the card measurements and ink pad colours used.

Cutting Measurements and Colours

Card One
Card Base: Crushed Curry 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored in portrait position at 4-1/4" for a side fold card
1st Layer: Island Indigo 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Top Layer: Watercolour paper 4" x 5-1/4"
Inside panel: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
Ink Pads: Island Indigo, Pool Party, So Saffron

Card Two
Card Base: Pink Pirouette 4-1/4" x 11" scored in landscape position at 5-1/2" for a top fold card
1st Layer: Rich Razzleberry 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Top Layer: Watercolour paper 4" x 5-1/4"
Inside panel: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
Ink Pads: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz

Card Three
Card Base: Cajun Craze 4-1/4" x 11" scored in landscape position at 5-1/2" for a top fold card
1st Layer: Daffodil Delight 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Top Layer: Watercolour paper 4" x 5-1/4"
Inside panel: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
Ink Pads: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Mint Macaron

Card Four
Card Base: Pacific Point 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored in portrait position at 4-1/4" for a side fold card
1st Layer: Soft Sky 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Top Layer: Watercolour paper 4" x 5-1/4"
Inside panel: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
Ink Pads: Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight

If you would like to purchase any of the products you see here, please visit my online store. Any questions, please feel free to contact me via a comment her on my blog, or by email.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Second Colour Challenge

Hello again.
So it looks like my upline Sue will advertise the colours every Sunday. My plan is to create a colour challenge blog post and publish every Tuesday. That gives you time to create a card of your own before the following Tuesday. This is the plan anyway.

The colours this week are Pacific Point, Sahara Sand and Soft Sky. Here is my card:

This colour combination did make me think of the ocean - the sand, water and sky especially having experienced such elements during my recent trip to the Hawaiian Islands. My inspiration came from a card made by Amanda from The Craft Spa blog. The three pearls represent seashells one could find while on a walk. However, I didn't find any. And besides, we are no longer permitted to take anything from a beach. It's really frowned upon. We are to simply look and admire.

This card measures 5 x 5 in Soft Sky. I cut the Whisper White piece to 3 x 3 and the Sahara Sand cardstock was cut with the Layering Squares framelits (one of the scalloped framelits).

I created the sand by dragging the Sahara Sand ink pad across the paper a few times. I did the same to create the sky with the Soft Sky ink pad.

I stuck the Whisper White piece onto the card base with a small piece of removable tape. I inked up my images and stamped, being sure to go over the edges onto the card base.

I removed the Whisper White piece from the card base and glued it to the scalloped piece then adhered them to the card base lining up the images.

This technique is often referred to as double-time or triple-time (3 stamped layers) stamping. You can find a few videos on You Tube to see more of how it's done.

Now go ahead - take out these colours and make a card. And I'd love to see what you come up with.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Colour Challenge

I'm participating in a weekly colour challenge created by my upline Sue and I'm challenging you to join me.

How it works: Sue will select a colour combination and post it to her team. The challenge is to incorporate these three colours on a card. The media used can be card stock, ink, or embellishments such as ribbon. We may be given one other base colour such as Whisper White or Very Vanilla as we need these colours for stamping on.

The first colour challenge is Peekaboo Peach, Wisteria Wonder and Smoky Slate.

Now you place those three stamp pads or card stock side by side and see what you think? Not very 'together' is what I thought. Oh well, on with the challenge.

I used the stamp set called Avant Garden, a Sale-A-Bration free item that, by the way, you can till get until March 31. It's a versatile set because of the ability to build the flowers, lovely greetings and a bit of background grunge.

 Here is the card I created:

I loved this card so much, I decided to make another one.

The colours here are Pacific Point, Tip Top Taupe and Calypso Coral and this choice was inspired by a card recently send to me. I decided to film the making of this card so that, if you like, you can make one as well. If you don't have these colours, challenge yourself and pick 3 of your own colours. If you don't have this stamp set, use any other floral set you have. I would love to see what you create so send me a photo.

Here are the card measurements:

Card base - thick whisper white 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
First layer - Peekaboo Peach 4" x 5-1/4"
Second layer - Smoky Slate 3-1/2" x 5"
Stamping layer - Shimmer White 3-1/4" x 4-3/4"

Happy Stamping!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Easter

With Easter just around the corner this month's Blog Hop is devoted to showcasing a hand made project for this springtime event. Most of us purchase some treats for our children, husbands, grandchildren. etc. so there are lots of options for packaging up such sweet gifts.

For example, you could purchase a set of mini egg cartons, fill with treats and decorate the exterior. Or, in the Annual Catalogue, there are varying sizes of cellophane bags. Fill them up ad tie with ribbon or create a bag topper.

As for creating cards, take a look at page 18 in the Occasions catalogue to see a wonderful stamp set and coordinating framelits.

I will be making a number of things but here I am showcasing a card to send to my sister and her family. I used the Basket Bunch stamp set and coordinating framelits to create this card.

This was a labour of love as there were quite a few pieces to cut out using the framelits plus the colouring of the bunnies but it was so fun to make. If you look carefully at the photo, you will see the top half of the baskets extend beyond the top of the card. This was achieved by cutting a pieces of the thick Whisper White card stock to measure 6 x 5-1/2". On the 6" side, score at 3", fold and burnish. The finished card base now measures 3 x 5-1/2 inches. When adding the baskets, be sure not to extend higher than 4-1/4 inches otherwise the finished card will not fit inside the A2 envelope.

I hope you enjoy this card and if you have any questions, please leave it in the comment section.

The supplies used are listed below. Please note that the glimmer paper is a limited time offer and is a free item you can earn with a $60 minimum order (before shipping and taxes) during Sale-A-Bration which ends March 31 so if you would like to purchase any of the products used for this card project, order through my online store or send me your order via email.

Here are the supplies used:

Please visit the other members of Seashore Stampers to see what they have created. Thank you for stopping by.
Bruni P.
MiRan B.

Bruni P.
MiRan B.
Sabrina R.