Wednesday, 27 January 2016

All You Need Is Love - Mediterranean Achiever's Blog Hop

Howdy Friends!  I hope you are all ready to hop-along with the rest of us!  We've got lots of super projects for you this month, with our "All You Need Is Love" theme.  

You may just be starting the blog hop here (I'm Cynthia Millan) - or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup is listed at the bottom.

But while you are here, let me show you my simple but super project.

I love the new Balloon Celebrations bundle and thought that a bevy of beautiful hearts might be just the thing.  But honestly, I needed to spice it up a little for a Love theme, don't you think?  

So I promptly punched large hearts using my Sweetheart Punch or  small hearts using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I needed a medium sized heart and lo and behold, the Circle Card Thinlit has a perfect-sized heart to use.  But even using hearts as my balloons didn't quite have the oomphf and impact that I wanted.  So I used one of my favourite embellishments....Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  

Honestly, coat Pink Pirouette or Blushing Bride hearts with versamark then Iridescent Ice, and you end up with a totally cute and super sparkly heart that has a lot of Wow-factor.

I also wanted to break up the white space around my balloons, without detracting from them as my focal point.  Enter the  great flourishing vine image from the First Sight stamp set.  Stamped in versamark ink then embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder, once again gives a fantastic but subtle sparkle to the card.

And my sentiment?  Well that is from the Sale-A-Bration set, What I Love.  And it is just perfect, don't you think?

Of course, all these beautiful balloons would be flat and uninteresting without that perfect little tool that Stampin' Up! sells......the dimensional. 

Have I told you before that the SU! dimensionals rock!!  They are waaaaay better than any other knock-off on the market and are worth their weight in gold.  And doesn't a little 3-D effect totally make or break a bevy-of-balloons card, anyway?
You'd almost think these were ready to float right up off the card, wouldn't you?

I am planning on sending this card to my eldest daughter, believe it or not.  She is in Australia for a YEAR(!!!) - doing missionary work with kids in high school.  She's only been gone 3 weeks but her absence is being felt in our home.  She left behind 2 other sisters and a brother who all miss her.  A lot.  Not to mention her Dad and Mom.  But we *ARE* proud of her, I can tell you that!  So a cute card to tell her "What I Love" is pretty perfect!  For the record...the inside of the card answers the question.  The answer, of course, is "You".

At any rate, this month's theme suited me just fine.  All you need *IS* love, right??

Hope you enjoy this project.  Have a great time hopping through all the other blogs.  And have a super rest-of-the-week.   God Bless,   ~Cynthia   <><

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Floating Re-Inker - the Video

I posted some VERY popular cards yesterday HERE and was asked to post a video so here it is.  

And UPDATE - adding Wink of Stella at the end really kicks it up a notch.  See the glitz and glitter on these roses?
Close up - see the sparkle?

Wink of Stella on the Completed Rose

Watch and see how easy it is to re-create this fantastic effect!

Have a wonderful day, have fun stamping, and God Bless,   ~Cynthia    <><

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Floating Re-Inker and Rose Wonder Question

Hello My Friends

Back at last.  A long story - for another time perhaps.  But for right now, I just HAD to show you these cards.
Pink Rose

Blue Rose
Coral Rose

As soon as I saw the Rose Wonder stamp set, I *knew* I would be using the Floating Re-Inker technique on the image.  My only problem is, I cannot decide which colour scheme I prefer?

 What about you?  Do you prefer the:
1)  Blues (Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Tempting Turquoise)?
2)  Oranges (Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight)?
3)  Pinks  (Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo and Watermelon Wonder)?

We are making this card at club this month and I am having a hard time deciding which version to have my friends make.

What is your favourite?

Everyone who leaves me a comment will be entered into a draw to win one of these gorgeous cards.  So leave your comment below (and also some way for me to contact you if you win......!)

And what about you?  Do YOU want to join us as a guest at club this month and make one of these jaw-dropping beauties?  Come tonight or tomorrow or this weekend....Tues Jan 19 or Wed Jan 20 or Fri Jan 23, all from 7-9 pm at my home in the east end of Ottawa.
If there is enough interest I may add a Saturday club (10-noon).  
Make this card plus 3 others - all for $20 or FREE with a $30 order.  (And if your order is $60, you get the class free and you ALSO get to pick a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE)
I'd love to have you join me.  Just let me know!!

Until then -- Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far.  
God Bless,

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Sale-A-Bration is HERE!!

2016 Sale-a-Bration and Spring Occasions Catalogues from Stampin' Up!

Hello Friends,
I hope you've received both your Occasion & Sale-a-bration catalogues by now.  If you are a customer of mine you may have received both in the mail.  Either that or they are waiting here at my house for you to pick them up!  I'd love to get catalogues into your hands. Just email me and we'll figure out how to make that happen!
I'm so excited about the new catalogue and the FREE rewards this year. Here's some things you should know about Sale-a-Bration:
    • Earn a FREE reward for EACH $60 you spend (before shipping/taxes) from the Occasion/Annual Catalogues/Clearance Rack/Weekly Deals (you can combine them)
    • You can PICK whatever you wish from the catalogues to reach your $60 threshold.  You can purchase absolutely ANYTHING that adds up to $60 to earn free SAB products.
    • You earn one FREE item for a $60 purchase, TWO FREE items for $120, THREE FREE items for $180 and so free item for every $60 you spend.
    • Host a workshop (either in person or online) of $330 or more and receive $35 MORE (than usual) in HOST rewards! So for a party of $330 you will receive $68 in free merchandise (of your choice!)
    • JOIN my team of stampers and receive $195 in product BUT pay only $125 (no shipping and no taxes) - so that's really a $240-value for only $125.  Pretty much half price!  Honestly, what are you waiting for??  
       Ready to learn more about becoming a member of Stampin' Up! where you will earn a minimum of 20% off your product purchases?
Email me or click here for more information.