Thursday, September 17, 2015

September Free For All

Welcome to our September Mix-Up! Why a Mix-Up? Well, maybe it's because right now we have two fabulous catalogues to tempt us - the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue and the Holiday Catalogue which we can order from until January 4, 2016.

Because our Hops always go in a circular fashion, if you are starting here, I'm the first stop on the journey. If you joined in somewhere along the line and are working your way around, you may have come from Deb's Stamp and Create blog. I don't how she comes up with all the amazing creations she shares with us!

Let's jump right in with my first project. The idea of the Free-For-All or Mix-Up is to use products from both catalogues. So my first project features the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Among the Branches stamp set - which very conveniently are offered in a bundle which saves you 15%. I teamed them up with the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set which is also in the Holiday Catalogue.

When I looked at the bear image, I immediately pictured him peeking out from behind one of the trees. I call this card Peek-A-Boo Bear. For products from the Annual Catalogue I used the sentiment stamps from Work of Art and punched it out with a retired punch because I didn't have any current punches that would work for this! Many apologies!

Next, I had to re-visit a favourite technique. Bokeh! Because it reminds me of bubbles, I teamed it up with this very fun jellyfish stamp from the Land to Sea set from the Annual Catalogue.
 The inks are all blues - Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. To make the jellyfish pop - they are stamped with Versa Mark ink and embossed using White Embossing Powder. For an item from the Holiday Catalogue, I chose the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - again, because it can be bubbles or snowflakes!

Thick Whisper White card stock is perfect for the card base.

Finally, I had to go all Christmas. But, Christmas with Bokeh!
This is pretty much all from the Holiday Catalogue - except for the Night of Navy, Whisper White and Thick Whisper White cardstock.

The Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies are just way too much fun! And add such a WOW factor against the Bokeh sky with silver glitter that was so, so easy to do by dabbing small dots of glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Love that glue!!

The 'peace' is cut from silver glimmer paper using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies set. I used the same ink colour as with the jellyfish card.

So I have lots of new toys to play with, which is always fun. Hope I have given you some inspiration!
I know you will get a lot of inspiration from the next Hopper - Debbie. Just click on the 'Next' button, below, to continue your journey.


  1. Gail, I absolutely love your Bokeh technique cards, but that bear doing the peek-a-boo has my heart!! Love it!

  2. (sorry if this comment appears twice - don't know what happened to my first one)

    You made me laugh out loud with the bear peeking out from behind the tree--so cute! And your bokeh cards are beautiful. I just made one recently, but I LOVE the jellies on the bokeh as well as the edgelits--just lovely!

  3. Gail, the little peek-a-boo bear is adorable, and both your bokeh cards are beautiful. How creative to use the bokeh and Softly Falling for bubbles!

  4. Wow...fabulous Gail! That little peeking bear is stealing the show. Care to share a hint on how you got him behind an embossed tree?
    The bokeh projects are beautiful. Embossing the white really makes that Jelly Fish image pop.

  5. Your Bear Peeking around a tree card is amazing. It's like a Bev Doolittle work of art. Love, love, love it. Beautiful mixup of stamps, colours and design. I'm also blown away with your Bokeh cards. I'm going to have to try this technique. I especially like the Jelly Fish card. Lovely!

  6. My goodness what great cards! The little bear picking around the tree is too cute. I do love your other two cards too! TFS

  7. Love that little bear. The bokeh technique cards are really pretty.

  8. Peek-a-boo bear -- how creative. I must try that Bokeh technique as you've showcased it well.

  9. Gail, I love the peeking bear! So Cute! Great Bokeh cards!!

  10. Hi Gail, thanks so much for continuing to be part of our terrific blog hop. As usual, your cards are awesome. I love the way you've used the bokeh technique. The underwater version is perfect, making it appear there are bubbles everywhere. I wouldn't have thought it would work for a Christmas card but you certainly proved me wrong. Wow! A big "wow" as well for that great use of the Woodland embossing folder combined with the Thankful Forest Friends set. Love that bear peeking out from behind the tree!

  11. Gail. I tried to post several times, so hopefully this will "take". Love the bear card, but not sure how you did it?! He fits like he was made to peak around that tree. I love the Bokeh technique, so the other two cards are delightful!

  12. Wonderful projects, Gail! I love the Woodland EF and the backgrounds you created using the Bokeh technique. It's one I've not mastered as of yet.

  13. Love the cards, especially the bear peeking out from the trees. Definitely going to case some of these!


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