Thursday, 27 July 2017

you smiled so perfect. | Fancy Friday Blog Hop



It was a family photoshoot and like all the others before we did not have high expectations. We can always capture your personality but this time when Jane was finished, you stepped in and smiled so perfect that my heart came right out of my chest.  Today, you surprised me.

I love all these little moments.
Jack Caines.  I love you more than you’ll ever know.

July 3, 2017
As most of you know, I am a memory keeper.  A story teller.  So when the challenge for our Fancy Friday Blog hop was to use the Memories and More Card Packs by Stampin' Up!, it was a no brainer for me to dive straight in and create a scrapbook page.  Although my first intention was to use the divided pocket pages.

As always, my intention and page evolved with the picture and the story.  Like every year, we had a family photo shoot recently at Topsail Beach in CBS, Newfoundland.  Our expectations and goals are always the same for any photoshoot - try to get a family shot and one of the kids... if all else fails and Jack isn't co-operating then we will shoot only Jane, my 7 year old who loves the camera but doesn't want to be a model.


My scrapbooks are now in 8.5" x 11" so I consistently use this size for traditional pages like this. It makes it incredibly easy to type and print it on your printer.  I always use the Remington Noiseless font and try to get the exact place for journaling using Photoshop CC.


I don't nit pick.  I chose some cards out of the Bundle of Love card pack and began to cluster underneath the photo, which I printed at home using my Canon Selphy printer.

I didn't quite realize how much I loved this Pick A Pattern washi tape until I used it on this project.  I am a lover of thin washi tape and these patterns really worked perfectly.


The most exciting part about the Memories and More card packs is that these are now only $12.50 Canadian.  There are plenty of cards, transperancies and stickers for any person looking to scrapbook or tell their stories.  Be sure to chat with me any time if you have questions!


Thanks so much for popping by today - it always means so much to me. But don't stop here! Make sure to hop along to my fancy friend, Susan Wong to see her amazing project.

a birthday wand. what?!? | It's a Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop


Well, hello new and old friends!

Just when I thought I was getting tired of Paper Pumpkin they came out with donuts... and now this month's kit is absolutely stunning... maybe, I mean "really cool" - not stunning. Stunning is more for like glitz and glamour, don't you think?  Words are funny, aren't they?

When I took out the items in the kit my jaw was dropping.  Two rolls of delicious washi tape and cut out card bases with stitching (gasp!).  More water color wash card bases and wood veneers...

Just. Well. See it for yourself.


I am so excited to be part of this It's a Pumpkin Thing Blog hop each month.  These ladies blow me away with their alternate ideas and I know this month will be no exception...

.. although we all know the truth is that it's hard to stray from these gorgeous cards this month!


Once I created a couple of the suggested cards, I went off in my own direction by creating a couple different cards and a fun birthday wand.... Birthday wand?  I totally just made that up.  Last month I created a birthday wand to stick in my daughter's vase of skittles for her birthday party.... (OK, I'll do the birthday post soon... just not today!)

Wow.  I really have a theme of "words" on this hop.


I know what you are thinking... Cathy has lost her mind... Errr... I need this kit.
Yes. You. Do.
Just order the monthly kits. (Oh, you did before and didn't like them? Well, guess what? They are improving becasue Stampin' Up! heard us...) Blah, blah - contact me and I'll hook you up. If you are in Canada, that is.

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Next up is one of my new friends, Andrea - she's quite the card and well, I like her because she's real life.  I like real life.  Real Life + Pretty Things + Ink + Paper = Awesome. Now who ever said I wasn't good at math... (no one. I am an accountant. Piff)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

May all your tomorrows be as happy as today | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop


Hi Friends!

The Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team is showcasing the Colorful Seasons Product Suite this month in the hopes to show you what a beautifully versatile set this is.

"May all your tomorrows be as happy as today."

I have been fixated on this sentiment. It's a perfect saying for a wedding card from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  In fact it's easy for this stamp to get lost with all the gorgeous images and sentiments in this set.


To create this card I used tone on tone with whisper white paper and the Detailed Floral dies.  However, I used my aquapainter with some pool party ink to add some colour in the background.  I layered from ribbons behind the sentiment which was stamped in versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Finally, I added some pearls and sequins to top it off.

And before you go..
How are you living your life without the sequin embellishments?  There are three sizes that make these sequins better than the rest... but that's my humble opinion, of course.

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to see what Dani has this month.


Tanya Boser

Products used in my projects today include the following products available through Stampin' Up!, click on the items for more information and to order.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

enjoy today | #tgifc116


It's been a few weeks since I've played along with my friends at the TGIF Challenge Blog.  I've been struggling to find the time for everything - finding that right balance.  It happens every year.  Being an accountant, there are tax deadlines at the end of June.  I hope to bring you more fun soon as I search for the happy balance.

Until then, be sure to play along with us this week - it's a sketch challenge!


Today's card uses the Stampin' Up! Pieces and Patterns stamp set as well as the corresponding matching paper.  I can't get enough of this set!!

See you soon!
Cathy


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Deck the Halls | Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Stop.
Don't you roll your eyes at me.
It's never... never... too early for Christmas.
I see you gasping when you find the Christmas aisle in Costco.
But next thing you know I've caught you red handed tossing a roll of garland in your cart.


Stampin' Up! is gearing up for the holidays.
Beginning in July, demonstrators have the ability to purchase this Carols of Christmas bundle, which includes the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Thinlet Dies.


Customers can purchase this bundle during the month of August. Be sure to contact your local demonstrator to get your hands on this amazing product bundle to save 10%.  With all the amazing holiday items already in the annual catalogue, it's a great chance to get a head start on your holiday cards!


This multi layered card uses the "Deck the Halls" sentiment from the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set. It's pair with oodles of items from the annual catalogue including the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, the Burlap Ribbon and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

If you have your eye on that mini wreath, be sure to grab the Boxwood Wreath Embellishments,  Brights Enamel Shapes and Whisper White Baker's Twine.


This tag was made in a snap with the Carols of Christmas Bundle.  The Card Front Builder Thinlets include the tree and deer dies.  I am totally in love with the mini deer. Oh deer me! *wink*

This Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop is meant to inspire you with this early holiday release. Make sure to keep hopping to all twenty global Artisans.
My friend Dani is up next!


Tanya Boser

Products used in my projects today include the Carols of Christmas Stamp set and the Card Front Builder Thinlets (exclusive access to demonstrators only in the month of July) as well as the following: