Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Paisleys & Posies - Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hey friends!  It's our favourite day of the week - Artisan Blog Hop day!  We are cruising around the world sharing Paisleys & Posies today; unless you're starting here, you've come to me from beautiful Rachel in France, and you'll be off to see Steffi in Germany next, but for now - enjoy the stay in Canada with me, Shannon!

I have a total love affair with paisley, so this suite was right up my alley -  I was SO excited to see it arrive in our last box of products!  Paisley is so beautifully, quintessentially fall, and the colours in the DSP with this suite remind me of harvest season.  I wanted to bring that into my projects, but without using the DSP - I have other plans for that, and I'll be sharing it with you shortly!

Lucky for me, though, the stamps in this set create a beautiful collage effect to create your own DSP.  And so that is the focus of my projects today - customized stamped paper!

The card really packs a punch with a large piece of that custom paper - I simply inked up one or two stamps in each of four colours and went to town.  It's so easy to make and provides a great focal point.  I embossed the background piece, and I love that just the edge of the border peeks out.  Such a nice little touch!  This card would be great for anyone, but especially nice around Thanksgiving - maybe for your host?  

While you're at it, what about a little gift for a friend or neighbour?

A gift box whips up in a flash with our Gift Box Punch Board (using the coordinating paper, of course) and a customized tag and beautiful box finish it off beautifully.  Don't hesitate to mask off portions of a sentiment with washi tape - you can remove words to get exactly what you're looking for, like this simple "thank you."

My garden and I bonded this summer, which means that fall has left me in the kitchen, canning up a storm.  A mason jar full of rich, purple beets looks even better with a matching tag.  I love the colours of autumn.

Garden Green, Delightful Dijon, Pumpkin Pie, and Rich Razzleberry with a touch of Copper are so lovely and so seasonal.  

I hope you enjoyed today's projects - now click the button below to go see what Steffi has been up to! 

Have a great week!


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Back To School... For The Very First Time!

Hello friends!

Holy moly, this girl needs to get her life together!  The last few weeks have been a struggle to keep my head screwed on straight.  Too much happening all at once and I'm not up to snuff to take it all on!  And yes, that relates to these projects... I promise.

I mentioned a while ago that my baby boy (my one and only child!) started school this year; we are almost two months in and he is loving every single day.  The dude is totally in his element.  He raves to me at pick-up each day about how much fun he's having and what he's learned.  It's so wonderful.

I took a few pictures on the first day of school - just snapped with my cell phone - and with my fabulous Selphy printer, I was able to print them off in minutes without leaving my house and get working on a scrapbook page and a Project Life page.  And then I set them aside and saved them, because I thought they'd be perfect for our October Artisan Design Team blog hop.  You know, the one I had already submitted projects for?  And I didn't realize that until about two days ago?  SIGH.  Seriously.  I need to get my life together.  (That blog hop is coming on Wednesday night, by the way!) 

So without further adieu, since these projects don't have a home, I may as well share them today!  

I whipped these up with the All Year Long Project Life kit.  But that's not a Project Life page!  Yeah, I know... I'm not THAT confused!  I love using PL kits and cards for traditional scrapbooking, too.  They're colour-coordinated, they're pre-cut, and they have matching embellishments.  It doesn't get any easier than that!

A little boy's first day of school deserves a special layout.  I love slotting traditional pages into my Project Life albums - they're a nice focus and a great break for the eyes.

But for all of those extra photos - Project Life is where it's at!

And I can add a bit of journalling, of course.  This was a pretty big day in our lives, after all!

Thanks for stopping by today - I'm off to my craft room to get next month's Artisan project done... for real this time!  Oi!


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Number One Friend

Hello friends!  Happy Tuesday - it's more of a Monday in Canada, since yesterday was thanksgiving day - high five for a short week!

I mentioned in my last regular blog post that I'd had some surgery on my jaw - well, things snowballed after that (as they tend to!) and following the surgery, I got an infection, then the incision reopened, and THEN I got the flu.  Because why not, right?!  It was a pretty nasty week and I've gotten way behind as a result.  I'm sorry.  I'm starting to get my life together again, I promise.  #fingerscrossed

This card hit the post box last week and should be delivered today (once again... #fingerscrossed!  Canada Post isn't the most reliable.)  I figured it should be safe to share today.  

My bestie joked when I made this card that it would be for her, obviously - because she's my numero uno - and she was right.  Girl saved my butt this week when my family cancelled their visit and I needed someone to watch my boy.

Doesn't the ombre ink pad just shine on this card?  I can't decide if I like that better, or the faux metal medallion... decisions, decisions!

Hope you have a great week!


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Jar of Haunts - Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop

Hello friends!  Thanks so much for swinging by today!  You're either starting here with me, Shannon in Calgary, Canada, or you're coming from Rachel in France; either way, get comfortable and take some time to enjoy the blog hop!  We are featuring the fabulous Jar of Haunts today, just in time for some halloween creations!  

Halloween is kind of a big deal in our house.  We don't really "go big" for many holidays, but on Halloween, we are all in.  The house is decorated, we have family costumes, and deciding on candy to hand out is a major negotiation process.  We both want it to be the best!

Usually dinner is quick, since we have limited time to eat before the trick-or-treaters start showing up and my son is ready to run out the door too, but we like to make it special and festive.  

A really easy way to make a table setting special is with a festive place marker - and since Halloween is all about the spooky and the candy, why not make it both?!  These adorable little boxes make a great treat for the whole family. 

The boxes came together in a flash with the Gift Box Punch Board - it's one of my favourite tools for quick and easy treats!  A quick stamp with Ghoulish Grunge and a sponging in black ink gives them a spooky finish.  Eyeballs in a jar?  Why not?!  Blender pens make your colouring easy.

The Labeler Alphabet makes personalization easy; with multiple vowels, it's easy to just line up your letters and stamp your names in one fell swoop!  No more stamping individual letters... well, except for all of those Ns in Shannon!  Haha!  

Thank you so much for joining us on our blog hop; make sure to click through and join Steffi in Germany.  I'm sure she'll have something wonderful up her sleeve!