There are lots of cards with beautiful flower images, soft colours, and feminine touches. They are lovely, but sometimes you need a card that has a definite masculine tone to it. I know there are a lot of people that struggle to make this type of card, so today I offer some masculine inspiration in my masculine moment.
We are getting to the time of year where we need to be thinking about Christmas gifts, and packaging for them. Some people can be difficult to buy for, and if you want that perfect gift, we all know a gift card fits every size!!
When you open the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalogue, the first suite you find is the Toile Tidings Suite. A beautiful cardinal stamp, traditional Christmas red and green, and some pretty ribbon and other embellishments. Everything in this suite shouts Christmas loud and clear.
Do you ever hear a favourite tune on the radio and just start dancing to it in your living room? I think that is fairly common, I know I certainly do it. It is the perfect opportunity to hear great music, and dance like no one is watching. My card today reminds me of the fun and carefree moments created by that, not to mention it is good exercise!!!
The Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge is to create a project with our favourite holiday product. Are the kidding? Just one?? There are so many beautiful products in the Holiday Catalogue , so many fun products, easy and creative kits, and so much more, you can’t pick just one favourite. I did pick one of my favourites for my cards today though, and it is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful ones. My cards feature the Feels Like Frost Specialty 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.
How many things in life are made better by sharing them with someone, or doing things together? Lots and lots and lots!! Stamping is one of the first things that comes to mind. I love stamping, and spending time in my craft studio, but stamping with friends is the best. We did just that on Saturday at my Stamp-a-Stack. You can see pictures of some of the fun on my Facebook page, Great Stamping With Connie. For today, I have a card that reflects that same sentiment.
This month’s Paper Pumpkin is called Winter Woods, and it makes 10 lovely cards. A snowy winter scene complete with frosty trees, and cardinals. It is a complete kit, giving you everything you need to make these beautiful cards.
My last post featured a card with the new In Colour Seaside Spray. If you missed it, you can see it here. I love this colour, it’s softness, and purple blue hue. I used it again today, combined with a Regal Christmas colour, Merry Merlot.
I spent time in my craft studio playing with Seaside Spray card stock and making some Christmas cards. I love the new In Colour Seaside Spray, and it is perfect for Christmas. The frosty blue colour mixed with a regal colour like Night of Navy makes a striking card to share with friends or family.
I love stamping and making beautiful hand made cards of all types, but one of my favourites is colouring on my cards. When I was little, I loved to colour, and the comfort of colouring remains with me today. I think many people feel the same way, as my colouring classes are very popular, and people look forward to all the creative ways Stampin’ Up! gives us to colour our cards.
When we hear “happily ever after”, we tend to think about a wedding. Wishing the new couple a wonderful wedding day, and that they will live happily ever after. Wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness has the same meaning, but with different words. To me, the first is more fairy tale, while the latter feels like our hope for real life. Either way, they are both lovely, and send joyful wishes to the recipient.
The Stampin’ Up! #simplestamping challenge this month is a Thank You card. How perfect is that? Since we just celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada, being thankful is on our minds, so making a card to share with someone seems like the right thing to do. Simple stamping is a great way to create a beautiful card quickly, and an opportuntiy to create some pretty Designer Paper for the background, as I did for this card.
In Canada it is Thanksgiving weekend, and I am feeling thankful for the beautiful day yesterday, and the glorious world around me. At all times, but especailly this weekend, take time to celebrate the beauty of the season, and the glorious bounty nature provides.
The Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper has hand painted flowers, giving it soft and delicate images. It is so pretty, it is easy to create beautiful cards when you make it the centre of attention, as is the case with my card today.
It is certainly no secret that I love flowers, and the Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper gives us some lovely flower and greenery images. These are photographic images of pressed petals, and the other side has some great vintage designs.
I have spent most of the summer working and living at my cottage. I am so very grateful to have an opportunity to do this. I work as a server at a local restaurant, and I love it. You meet so many wonderful people, and I have also had an opportunity to sell some of my cards. My card today, reflects my thoughts, I am grateful to be able to live in nature, in such a beautiful part of our province, and my heart overflows with gratitude.
Have you seen the Nature’s Beauty stamp set on the back page of the Holiday catalogue? It is a stunning stamp set with line drawings that include a fox, a deer and a bunny, along with some trees, etc. The images are lovely, but the best thing about this set is a Difference Maker set. That means that $4.00 from each set sold will be donated to a Mental Health Organization. In Canada, money from sales of this set will be donated to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
I have been having great fun colouring on Designer Series Paper with my Stampin’ Blends. You can see one of my recent posts here. Today I have another card that uses a gorgeous piece of DSP, and I have coloured it to change it up.
Our Girls Get Away Weekend is this weekend. A whole weekend of girlfriends, crafting, fun, great food, not enough sleep!! and so much more. When I host these weekends I always provide some card making tutorials, so I have been creating and preparing for that.
A couple of years ago I did a Christmas card class, and we made a card using the This Little Piggy stamp set. You can see the post from 2017 here. Some of the people that attended the class are still talking about how cute the card was, so when we did our Christmas class this year, I decided to treat them to a cute Chrismas Cow.
Fall has arrived, but (thankfully!) we still have some beautiful summer-like days in store, at least where I am!! Fall inspires us with the beautiful coloured leaves, deeper hues in our clothing, and rich coloured decorations.
Did you see my recent post with the magnolia I coloured with my Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend? If not, you can see it here. I really like the way it turned out, so I decided to colour a whole garden of them!
It probably isn’t a secret, but blue is my favourite colour. I love the colour blue and would make way too many cards in blue if it weren’t for all the fantastic colours Stampin’ Up! offers, but today my card features Balmy Blue, a colour I love!
Have you started making your Christmas cards yet? The 2019 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue is now live, and filled with all sorts of great ideas and supplies for your Christmas crafing. Here is a #simplestamping card to get you started.
The days are still lovely, but the nights are cooler, and you can feel that Fall is just around the corner. With that, I often turn my colour choices for cards to oranges, greens, browns, golden yellow, and others that remind us of nature’s beauty as the leaves turn colours.
A number of years ago I adoped the word BELIEVE as my word. It was a time of new beginnings for me, and it struck me that all I had to do was believe. Believe I could make a new start, believe that I could be successful. Believe that I . . . whatever I needed at any moment, it was there to support me at any given time. I have a number of items around my home to remind me of this. Plaques, mugs, framed art I have made, an engraved polished stone, whatever I have found and collected over the years. The stamp set Itty Bitty Christmas has a stamp that simply says ‘believe’ and I used it on my card today.