Dream Theme International Blog Hop - Sealed With Love Bundle - Occasions 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Welcome from Renate's blog! Have you seen some wonderful creations so far?

I used to just love Valentines Day when the children were growing up. I would do things like tie helium Valentine balloons onto their kitchen table chairs, make a cake, arrange some fun Valentine activities, buy them cards (before I got into this line of creativity), etc. Now they are all grown up with families of their own, so I don't do all those things any more, but I do love making the cards for my blog, because it always brings back those wonderful memories.

So, here is the card I am sharing with you today. I used the "Sealed With Love" Bundle in the 2017 Occasions catalogue.

The inside of the card, I used my Stampin' Write Markers to alternate colours on the line of hearts.

This bundle is so very fun to work with! It has so many parts that lead the imagination to many wonderful and fun Valentine ideas!

If you missed the previous blog...



The next blog is to the talented Jennifer Pauli!

2. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
3. Tracy May (UK) 
4. Delphine Lorelli (France)
5. Amy Koenders (USA
6. Renate Ecklmayr (Austria)
7. Sabrina Radeck (Canada) ...that's me...
8. Jennifer Pauli (Germany) 
9. Krista Driessen (Netherlands)

Hope you are enjoying the hop and inspiration collected along the way. Be sure to leave everyone with some love as you go from blog to blog.

Happy creating!

My 2017 Occasions Catalogue & Sale-A-Bration Launch/Open House

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Saturday, January the 14th, I held my Open House after just a week of returning home from my visit with my daughter and grandchildren. It was exactly what the Doctor ordered. I had only about 10% of what I wanted to make for the Open House done, before I left. So in the week after I had to reorganize my craft room (with the help of a friend) and prepare for the event!

I managed to take some photos of the tables, but I forgot to take photos of people trying out the new Watercolour Pencils on the Sale-A-Bration "Inside the Lines" paper.

Here we go with my display. This is the first time I'm getting photos from my iPad to my computer, so we''l see how that turns out.

In the photo above, you see a green table. This is were people sat (2 to 3 at a time) to try out the new Watercolour Pencils on the Sale-A-Bration 12 x 12  "Inside the Lines" colouring paper that I had cut down to 4" x 4" squares.

I 'demoed' some tips and as the day wore on I was able to complete my piece, and I created a card with it.

The "Pacific Point" matted colouring and heat embossed sentiment are all popped up with dimensionals. I was happy with my first attempt at colouring with the pencils and paper. I look forward to creating some coloured projects. Should we add a class using this paper and the new watercolour pencils? I can see what else I can create. Perhpas two cards per class with all the colouring involved...

The biggest hit at the open house was the "Beautiful You" stamps for the cards and sampler.

If you wish to check out the classes I have scheduled through March, have a peek on my website Event's page, here.

See you soon, and happy colouring!

Paper Inlay with Detailed Floral Thinlits - Sympathy Card

Monday, January 16, 2017

I forgot to post this sympathy card a while back. I tried my hand at some paper inlay which I don't do very often. I think if you use multiple colours it is a little more dramatic and eye catching. The the receiver loved it and that's always the main thing, right?

A closer look. I used my sponge and So Saffron to colour, or darken, some of the pieces a bit.

Somehow, I forgot to take a photo of the inside...

I created the black frame to position over the die cut piece to hide the edges after cutting it down to size.

Paper inlay takes time and patience, especially with this die, but it is worth the effort. Are you inspired to try it?

Happy creating!

Valentine Sampler Class

Sunday, January 15, 2017

OK everyone, I'm back into the swing of things with a lot of catching up to do! Health, life, Christmas, and a quick trip to Calgary, AB to visit family got in the way of my regular posts and newsletters. Now with the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration launch/open house done on Saturday, I can get back to work.

I have one class scheduled for January,and it is being posted a little too late, but we can still make a go of it if I place the class order for you and have it shipped overnight! So you can still register if you like.

Sealed With Love Valentine Sampler

 Light, airy pastels

Traditional Black, White & Red


Monday, January 23 - 6:00 - 9:00pm
Tuesday, January 24 - 1:00 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, January 24 - 6:00 - 9:00pm
Wednesday, January 25 - 1:00 - 4:00pm

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT DUE – Monday, January 16, 2017

Just the Sampler- $27.00
Sampler & Stamps - $30.00 (142815 - $26.00)
Sampler & Bundle - $65.00 (144705 - $59.25) 

The Christmas Sampler was such a success with requests for more sampler projects! For this one we will be making cardstock frames that will already be cut and scored for you (I'll show you how to create and assembles these), stamping, and assembling the many die cuts onto the Valentine Sampler. Don't forget to watch for next month's sampler project! Choose the colour sceme you wish to create.

BRING TO CLASS – Scissors, paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive tape, liquid glue, mini-glue dots, dimensionals, non-stick craft mat, pencil & ruler & eraser, clear stamp blocks, & stamp cleaner.

Lots of fun little frames to make! You can use this idea for so many things - cards, actual frames, on boxes, etc. Below are the items used from the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue!

Happy creating!


Make Your Own 2017 Planner With Project Life!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Many of us use our electronic devices to plan our schedules, however if you like to keep a record of your activities and experiences, it's real nice to have an actual planner where you not only schedule your appointments and activities, but can include small photos and stickers to express your feelings of the day. It is a great year long, daily activity, that is quick and easy rather than scrapbooking. And it's more exciting and fun to go through years latter than a written journal alone.

Right now you can purchase some pretty great planner kits that include some fun stuff to use and can purchase additional items to use in the planner. However, it can be a little on the costly side.

Today I am showing you that you can make your own with some Stampin' Up stuff you may have at home already with maybe just a couple of items you may still need to purchase.

I already had a Kraft Project Life binder and an entire Hello Lovely Project Life card set. I just had to order the accompanying accessories kit!

All I had to do was find something to fill it with. I decided that options were to design and print my own pages, download free already designed pages to print, or find some inexpensive pages were I could fill in my own dates. I chose the latter. (Purchased from Steals.com as seen above and below.)

So now I will show you all the photos of the planner. I just want to say that I decided to keep it pretty simple. I didn't cover the binder with DSP and just double matted a 4 x 4 card from the set and added a 3 x 4 on top of it. I then fussy cut a wreath of flowers out of one 4 x 6 card and cut it in half. Then placed half on the top and the other half on the bottom.

Here is a closer look at it.

Next I pulled some coordinating cardstock colours and created 14 dividers using the Envelope Punch Board. Then came stamping the months on the tabs (except for the first one) using the Perpetual Calendar stamp set. You could also use the Project Life "Date It" set, but the text may be a little too large for the months with longer names.

Then I pulled cards from the Hello Lovely cards and figured out what colours to mat them with and which month to add them to on the dividers.

So now you can just scroll down to look at each month's divider.

For some of the months, I did end up stamping a sentiment on the card, as you see below.

This tab is left blank. I can use this for the next year January, or just for a notes section, or any other need.

On the back of each divider, I attached an envelope to put receipts, photos, or other keepsakes.

An lastly, you will want a place to store accessories for your planner. I took some of the items from the Hello Lovely Accessories set to keep with the planner in a zip loc pencil holder. You can get these at the Dollar Store. I used one I already had. Any other stickers you might have on hand or can find at the Dollar Store that would work for your planner, you may add as well.

So that's it for creating your own planner! I had a lot of fun creating it and look forward to using it!

Let me know, in a comment below, if you have an interest in having a class where you can create your own Planner.

Happy creating!

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