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

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Catalogue is Live Today!!!!!

Exciting news to share - the products featured in the new catalogue are now live

Click on the image to view the online catalogue or come to my Open House on Sunday, June 4 from 1:00 - 4:00 to get your own copy. Make sure to register for this event by noon on June 2. Register here. Registration ensures your catalogue is reserved along with a catalogue survival kit, supplies for the make & take and a thank you gift for attending.

If you like to feel and touch before you buy, I will have a number of products and projects on display

To wet your appetite for the exciting new products check out several videos by Stampin' Up!

Designer Series Paper Stacks

Designer Series Specialty Papers

Exciting New Products Not Seen Before

New to Stampin' Up! - a planner

Embossing Paste

Bundles (stamp sets and framelits/thinlits/embossing folders) 

A Little Wild Bundle

At Home With You Bundle

Coffee Cafe Bundle

Eastern Beauty Bundle

Home Life Bundle

Oh So Eclectic Bundle


Color Theory Suite of Products

Wood Textures Suite

Embossing Folders

Remember that fabulous Cable Knit folder that came out last Christmas? Many of you purchased it. Then in the spring catalogue, the Hexagons embossing folder came out. This was a fabulous folder creating not only a masculine texture but a great background for anything 'bee' or 'nature' related. Well they are back again along with thee new ones. You must build your Big Shot sandwich a little differently from the other embossing folders and this video shows you how.

3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Brand New or Back from Years Ago

A really exciting new product are the smaller version of the dimensionals on page 203. Imagine - no more cutting them in half.

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Another new product is embossing paste on page 201. This has been around for a while and Stampin' Up! has recognized its popularity for adding dimension to projects. And the best thing - you can colour it using your re-inkers. I will have a class on this for sure. Other must have for using this paste are the palette knives, decorative masks and the silicone craft sheet.

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Stampin' Up! used to carry glossy paper on page 194 - fabulous for inking techniques - and now it's back.

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Oh and I have to tell you about the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. You know those intricate details dies? Examples are the Butterflies Thinlits, Bloomin' Heart Thinlits and the Detailed Floral Thinlits (to name a few) and any word dies. Well these have presented challenges with how to both cut them out and adhere them to our projects. Well, to cut them out, you really should have the the Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot Die Brush. And for sticking them down - no matter which glue we use, the glue seems to seep out leaving a glossy mess. This is where the adhesive sheets come in - no more mess and they ensure better adhesion. Check out this new Happy Birthday die.
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I could add a few more things here, but I think I've taken up enough of your time. I'm hoping you have enjoyed this preview. Now go on, register for my Open House. I'd love to see you!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Masculine Themed Card

Welcome to my blog and be sure to check out our other member contributions this month. They are listed at the end of this post.

With Father's Day just around the corner, the Father's Day/ Masculine theme for this month is perfect. I sadly cannot celebrate Father's Day since my dad passed away when I was 22 so I made a birthday card instead but before getting into that let me tell you a bit about my dad.

My father passed away from a second heart attack at 52 years old. It was a shock at the time as to me he was such a strong man. As my 52 birthday was closing in, I thought of him everyday - in particular his age at death. At the time, I thought of him as an old man, but even now in my sixties, I don't think of myself as an old woman so I realized just how young he was - robbed of so much more life to live. My father was an extremely hard worker, often putting his customers before family which meant he didn't spend a lot of time with us.  Typical to those days, my mom cared for her three children and so he attributed his long hours to wanting to provide the best life possible for us. He did and I am forever thankful. He was kind, generous, and funny. There was always a smile beneath his thick black mustache. Here I share a photo the two of us on a rare holiday in Cape Cod.

For the background on this card, I used a technique I learned from Gina K. Designs called 'woodgraining'. It created a perfect backdrop for the Nailed It stamp set bundle. Unfortunately this bundle completely sold out.

To start with I cut a piece of Whisper White to 3-3/4" x 5". Place the short side of the card stock on your score board and score at 3/4", 1-1/2", 2-1/4" and 3". Rotate it to the long side and then randomly score between the horizontal lines to create the look of a hardwood floor or brick wall. Hopefully this next photo will show you the lines I created.

Pick out three ink pad colours. I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Always Artichoke.

Starting with the lightest colour, drag the ink pad across the card stock. You want to tilt the pad slightly and drag slowly from the short end of the pad. You don't' want to lay the pad flat and drag. It will just stick to the card stock and create an outline of the pad. Turn the card stock so you can drag from the other end, applying as much colour as you want. Switch to the next colour and repeat, then do the same with the darkest colour. Here is the result:

You can choose to leave in as much white as you want or not want. You decide. I really enjoyed how simple this technique was and will be doing it again experimenting with different colours. If you have any of the sea/ocean themed stamp sets, imagine a background with a whitewashed look. For two more 'woodgraining' looks, check out Gina's video below.

Happy Stamping everyone!
Bruni P.
Jean M.

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

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!