Card Making Canadians Canada Day Blog Hop

Hi there! Thanks for joining us today on this blog hop. We are a small group of Card Making Canadians from all over Canada that wanted to have a fun blog hop to celebrate Canada Day! Today we’re sharing with you cards that have been created with either Canadian products, a Canadian theme or Canada’s colours! We hope they inspire you! And Happy Birthday Canada!! 145 years young today!

You should have come here from the lovely Chelle’s Blog but if you just stumbled upon my blog and want to go back to the beginning of the hop then please go to the Creative Accents blog and follow the links. Be sure to leave a comment as there is a $20 gift certificate to the Creative Accents online store up for grabs – details are at the end of this post.  If you have joined me from Practical Scrappers, welcome. I am so excited to be a new PS designer!!

I have two projects to share with today. The first is a layout (I know, I know, we advertised cards but I’m a layout girl at heart!!) with a very Red, White and Maple Leaf theme!

The journalling is more reflective than normal (I’ve been working my way through Shimelle Laine’s Cover to Cover class and I’m suddenly feeling the need to write down more than I normally would.) It reads: “I was not born in Canada. I moved here with my family in 1981 and became a Canadian Citizen a few years later (1984? ’85?) I love being British and I am proudly Canadian! I love that I can be both at the same time and not feel any disloyalty to either party. My daughters ARE Canadian though. Born and bred (so far) and proud of it! We didn’t have “British Day” growing up but we were sure to celebrate Canada Day at Fort George park (in Prince George) with different ethnic food vendors, bands, entertainers and lots of good friends, One of the best things about living in a  small town again is discovering similar events that we can attend and that become part of our family traditions. These pictures are from the 2009 Canada Day Pancake Breakfast held in the street in front of the Delta Museum. The food is good, there are always fun bands playing – usually Celtic bands which particularly warm my heart – and if we time it right, we get a yummy strawberry cake made with berries from just down the road.  We make every effort to go every year both to celebrate our country’s birthday, and to connect with our community.”

Some close ups of the details for you.

The maple leaves are stamped using the two part stamp set called Gently Falling. I used Real Red for the leaves and Basic Gray for the outline. The chipboard letters were cut out with my Big Shot (took a bit of muscle but I love the outcome!) using the Typeset Alphabet die and then coloured using Basic Gray. I added some rhinestones for a bit of sparkle too!

To make sure the sides of the chipboard letters were coloured also, I used my Basic Gray Stampin’ Write marker to ink the edges.

The patterned paper you see is from the Designer Series Paper Patterns Stacks in Real Red and Whisper White. These are great pads of paper full of sheets in each colour family and simple, basic designs that can accent any project perfectly.
My next project is (as this hop promised) a card! Another of the fabulous things about living where we live is that during the summer we have a market in the streets of “down town” every other Sunday. Last Sunday was a gorgeous day so we went for a wander. Lo and behold there was a booth (The Old Island Stamp Company) selling stamps!! Canadian made stamps no less. I crossed my fingers and prayed they’d have something I could use to make a truly Canadian card for today. Here it is …
I purchased a Canada Flag stamp which is stamped in Real Red onto Whisper White card stock and then cut out to create this tiled effect on the card base. 

I used a scrap of Whisper White Organza ribbon to create a bow.

This little maple leaf was the other stamp I purchased which I stamped in Basic Gray and fussy cut. I used Dimensionals to lift it off my card and give it more presence. 

The “congratulations” sentiment was stamped into Versamark then Whisper White Craft ink THEN heat embossed with white embossing powder. I wanted to make sure it was as white as it could be!! 
This card is currently winging its way to my aunt who moved to Canada 12 years ago when she married a Canadian and who just recently (sorry Aunt Moira, I’ve forgotten exactly when!) got her Canadian Citizenship. I felt the need to send this to her as a reminder of how proud I am that she is now a Canadian too. Truly we are a diverse nation!! Awesome!!
Well, thanks for joining me today. Your next stop on the Hop is Janet. Here is the complete list for you. 

  1. Tara Nixon
  2. Tracy
  3. Barbara G.
  4. Sarah
  5. Roxy
  6. Luce Lavertu
  7. Chelle
  8. Alison Day – YOU ARE HERE
  9. Janet
  10. Donna Whiteman
Please be sure to leave comments on all the blogs as Tara will be selecting one random comment from one random blog to receive a $20 gift certificate to the new Creative Accents online store!! How awesome is that, eh? (Ha, ha, ha! Had to include it at least once on this Canadian blog post!!)

Here are your product links from today’s projects:
Gently Falling stamp set
Big Shot
Typeset Alphabet Die
Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents
Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack – Brights and Neutrals Collections
Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon
Stampin’ Dimensionals
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19 Responses to Card Making Canadians Canada Day Blog Hop

  1. Luce Lavertu says:

    Wow you work hard! The layout is beautiful!
    Our daughter was born in England 13 years ago, but since we are Canadian she’s a Canadian Citizen! We love England and want to go back to visit more and more!

  2. Oh my lovely work.. Love your card.. take care

  3. Donna says:

    Great layout and card!!
    Happy Canada Day!!

  4. Nancy says:

    That’s a great page, love the journal part too! Your card is awesome, love how you designed it!
    Happy Canada Day!

  5. Roxy says:

    Really love your post today, Alison, you did such a great job with both the layout and card! So are you a dual citizen, then? I’m dual Australian/Canadian, which always makes me feel extra special! Hope you get to take the kids to England one day, wouldn’t that be fantastic?! Have fun today (hopefully youd on’t get too wet, looks like we might!) and I’m so glad you got in on this hop today! Big hugs, Roxy.

  6. Tracy says:

    I love both your layout and your card.
    You can’t get much more Canadian then that 🙂
    Your children are just so precious 🙂

  7. Tanya S says:

    Awesome layout and card !! fabulous layout on the card ,love that stamp!TFS !

  8. Great card and layout Alison! I too came to Canada from England. I have been here for 35 yrs. Have a Happy Canada Day!

  9. Karon says:

    Fabulous LO and absolutely love the card design. TFS and Happy Canada Day. We are also proud to say that we are Canadian too, although also British:-) We emigrated in 2005 and became Canadian citizens in 2010. Hope you are having a great day and we are off to the fireworks tonight:-)

  10. AMY says:

    love the bold red and white!!!

  11. ms.espresso says:

    So glad you decided to do both a layout and a card, they’re both fabulous 🙂 Happy Canada Day! Thanks for hopping along with us!

  12. Kimberly says:

    Are those children just the most adorable…great layout and i love all the elements…tfs

  13. Love both the card and the layout..I can never do a Canada day layout that I like.

  14. No wonder you love doing a layout, yours is fabulous. (I don’t scrap) Your card is awesome too I love how you did the background.

  15. Mary-Beth says:

    Love the projects, both are so full of wonderful details and texture!

  16. Romaine says:

    I love the lay-out! Lots of great details! I am west of you in Vanderhoof! :0)

  17. Sarah says:

    Love the layout! I’m a total layout girl too, so I’m very happy to see a layout on this hop! Your card is fab too!

  18. Christine D says:

    I really like h ow you made a layout for this hop! It is hard to just stick to layouts when cards are so easy to make! I love layouts and love your canada day layout! What a great memory!! 🙂 Your card is beautiful as well! 🙂 Love the paper you chose!

  19. Sandy Ang says:

    what a fantastic canada day card. love the grid of maples

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