Friday, 28 September 2018

Stampin' Up! Bokeh Dots Stamp Set - #TGIFC179

Hi everyone! Welcome to another fabulous Friday with the TGIF Challenges Team! My name is Carolynn Sander. I am a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Today the TGIF Challenges Team has a lovely theme to share with you! We are creating all sorts of backgrounds this week! & We would love to have you join in the fun with us by creating your own project with a handmade background of your choice! Make sure to visit the TGIF Challenges page for more details and inspiration!

So I kinda cheated this week and did a CASE (that means "Copy And Share Everything" for those who may not know) from the annual catty. Check out page 152 of the annual Stampin' Up! catalogue for the look alike card that inspired me today! I pretty much replicated the card exactly, with the exception of the colours. For a full list of supplies used today check out the supply/shopping list at the end of today's post.


This was a fairly simple background to create. There was a lot of stamping, punching, and piecing. But it makes for such a wonderful effect! We made this card as part of the August card making class I hosted last month. Everyone's cards turned out beautifully! As well many fell in love with the Stampin' Up! Bokeh Dots Stamp Set! Check out the images in this set below! They are oh so versatile and on trend!
This set is definitely one of my faves!


Well that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed today's project! Remember to browse the Stampin' Up! Catalogues and CASE your own project! There are so many ideas to be shared! Thank you so much for stopping by! & Remember to stop by the TGIF Challenges site to join in the fun this week! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. As well, if you are from Canada check out my online 24/7 Stampin' Up! supply shop below!

Cheers & Happy Stamping!

Carolynn 💖




Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop - Stampin' Up! Better Together Stamp Set

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop! You are currently visiting Carolynn Sander in Calgary, Alberta, Canada! If you have been hopping along, you most likely arrived here via the wonderfully talented Cathy Caines!I have a feeling that she left you feeling pretty inspired today!


The theme for today is Sympathy, or Get Well Soon. This can be a tough theme for some. Saying that, Stampin' Up! has a great line of products to work with. There are many ideas to be shared today so I hope that you get a chance to follow the hop full circle.


It's ironic that I chose this theme for today's blog hop quite some time ago. It's autumn here in Canada right now. This is my favourite time of year. We got married on a gorgeous fall day in October almost 17 years ago for this exact reason. I love autumn. But this fall has been particularly difficult for me. I have been gifted with all of the most beautiful blessings anyone could ever wish for in life. A husband I love. Three beautiful children who fill me with so much joy that it brings me to tears. Yep! My cup is overflowing with tears of joy. My heart is so full. Yet this year I feel this season has mostly been a period of grief for me. Is it because my babies are growing and I know they are entering a phase of life where they are becoming more independent? That this means I am closer to that day when their little laughs will no longer bounce off the walls inside this house we call home? Is it because this September marks 8 years without my dad? My dad who always called me Care Bear. Is it because my grandma is nearing 90? She always said she would live to be 90. What next? Is it because I work in a job where we are submerged with daily reminders of just how fragile life is? Is it because I am nearing forty and my own age is trying to remind me just how precious every moment we have on this earth is? Is it because I feel everything around me with all of my heart? Is it because I am not good with change? Yep! That part is true! But big truth is.... it's been a hard month. I have talked to friends. I have cried. I have worked through the emotions. I am doing pretty good now. I spoke with a counsellor and she helped normalize all of this. I know I have it good. I am sharing today because I want everyone to know that it's okay to talk. To share. To love. And I am pretty much done with the "Sympathy" Theme (lol). I am going to keep living every moment to it's fullest. Saying that, sympathy cards are one of the most meaningful projects we can create and share with others. I hope that today's project and hop inspire you to create a few sympathy cards to keep on hand for those unexpected moments when they are most needed. And in the meantime take care of you, hug your loved ones, and live.💖 


Today's project was created with a number of my favourite Stampin' Up! products. I took a variety of favourites (some old... some new) and truthfully slapped this baby together! For a complete list of products check out the supply list below. Thanks for visiting today! I hope that you enjoyed today's project. Up next is the amazingly talented Brian King! I can't wait to see what he has to share with us today!

Thanks again! If you have any questions in regards to today's project feel free to contact me! As well, if you are in Canada and you are interested in purchasing Stampin' Up! products, I would love to have you visit my Stampin' Up! online shop! Just click on the shop button below if you wish!

Cheers & Happy Stamping!

Carolynn 💖

Friday, 14 September 2018

Stampin' Up! Nature Sings Stamp Set #TGIFC177

Hi everyone! Welcome to another fun Friday with the TGIF Challenges Team! My name is Carolynn Sander. I am a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Today the TGIF Challenges Team has a fabulous sketch to share with you! We have lots of inspiring creations that utilize this sketch over at TGIF! As well, we would love to see your take on it! We look forward to having you share your crafty creations with us! So come on over and join in the fun!



For my project this week I decided to pull out a Christmas set that is new to me! The Stampin' Up! Nature Sings stamp set is a beauty. & With so many wonderful coordinating products, this card was a breeze to make!


Check out all of the lovely stamps that are part of this pretty set below...

Aren't each of these stamps fabulous? From the picturesque images, to the coordinating sentiments, this set is a definite holiday favourite for me!


I pulled out a couple of my favourite Designer Series Papers for today's card as well. I love how the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels compliment the berries on the Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper as shown in my project pic above. Beautiful embellishments such as these can transform your simple projects to wow projects with ease!

Well that's it for today! Thank you so much for stopping by! & Remember to stop by the TGIF Challenges site to join in the fun this week! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. As well, if you are from Canada check out my online 24/7 Stampin' Up! supply shop below!

Cheers & Happy Stamping!

Carolynn 💖

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