It is ANZAC Day here in New Zealand and in Australia.  ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.  Today we remember all who gave their lives for their country and honour our returned servicemen and women.

This week's Your Creative Connection theme is YOUR FAVOURITE DSP.  Choosing my favourite designer series paper was a hard ask as I have many!  I narrowed it down to two, one from each of the annual catalogues:  Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper from the current 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

I have been creating using the gorgeous new Ornate Garden Suite, which is an early product release from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.  The products I love the most from this suite are the Ornate Thanks stamp set with a coordinating Ornate Borders Dies, plus the fabulous Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I have used these products to create this thank you card...

Once a holiday like Valentine's Day, Easter, or Christmas, is done and dusted, we will often put aside the stamps and designer paper that was devised for those occasions.  I want to challenge you to use those holiday-specific products throughout the year too!  For example, this masculine birthday card was inspired by the stunning stripes found in the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper, a set of patterned papers designed specifically for Valentine's Day.

As you celebrate the gift of life this Easter, may you find the renewal of hope, peace, and love in your home.  Wishing you and your family a joy-filled Easter.

This week's Your Creative Connection theme is A RAINBOW FOR YOU.  I had trouble figuring out the best way to include all the colours of a rainbow on one project without it looking over-the-top.  So instead, I created two cards that, combined, cover the spectrum of colours from Real Red to Night of Navy!

To create this pretty collage background for this friendship card, I used the elegant French motifs and postal imagery from the Parisian Beauty stamp set.  It's a great way to create your custom designer paper with themes to match your card design.

Through Stampin’ Up!, I was fortunate to earn the Mediterranean Incentive Trip in May 2016.  It was our first-ever trip to Europe and the furthest we had ever travelled, so Stephen and I decided to extend our holiday to include a week in Paris, in spring!  The Parisian Blossoms Suite was the perfect choice to capture our memories of Paris.