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Sneek Peek Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Thankful card in Cajun Craze.

You are going to love the new Holiday Catalog!  This paper is just one exquisite example of the beautiful papers available September 1.  If you would like a catalog please comment below with your email address.  I will be happy to contact you for your mailing address and get on one in the mail.

Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry with Early Espresso pop this card!  So fun to make.  Bet you wonder  which set the cute little butterfly is from?  ‘She’ was die cut using the little butterfly from Move Me Framelits, smudged the edges in Crushed Curry and the Antenna were colored in Early Espresso.  The Crushed Curry finishes the look and matches the frame.  The butterfly and sentiment were adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give them a little definition.

The inside was laid, the stamp from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set in Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight with Cajun Craze center.  Supplies used in making this card are listed below:

 

Stampin’ Up! Supplies used:

Card Stock:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla

Designer Series Paper: Painted Autum

Ink Pads:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets:  Painted Autumn

Die Cuts: (Butterfly) Move Me Thinlets, Stitched Shapes Framelits (ovals)

Ribbon:  3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon/Crushed Curry

 

Stampin’ Up! Easter Blessings Card in Daffodil Delight

I know, I know, those are Gladiolas!  After all I am from Gladiola growing country, acres and acres of Gladiolas being grown in South Florida.  The best party of this card?  The stamp set “Gift of Love” is a free hostess stamp set you can earn by buying $150 or more!

The base of the card is Whisper White Card Stock, layered with Daffodil Delight Patterned Paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack and the die cut butterfly.   The Gladiola from Gift of Love Stamp Set is stamped in Basic Black.  This stamp set is a three step stamp set.  The outline is first stamped and then the second image is the buds and stems stamped in Old Olive.  The third step was the flowers stamped in Daffodil Delight.  The butterfly die cut is from the Bold Butterfly Thinlets set.  To finish it I placed a Daffodil Delight Enamel Dot for the head from the Brights Enameled Shapes Set.

The Sentiment is from the Suite Sayings Stamp Set and is stamped in Basic Black Ink.

 

The inside is finished by layering Whisper White Card Stock with an image of a lace Butterfly, from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set,  stamped in Daffodil Delight Ink.  All layers adhered using SNAIL adhesive.

 

Here are the products I used in making this card:

 

Stampin’ Up! Succulent Garden DSP Congratulations

Are you going to miss Mint Macaron when it disappears June 3?  If you love it be sure to lay in a supply of Ink, refill and paper before it all disappears.  Supplies go pretty quickly in the favorite colors after Onstage.  Just a heads up.

This card base is  Mint Macaron Card Stock.  Kind of quick and clean.  The picture does not do it justice.  The card front is layered with Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, with 5/8″ mini striped across the lower bottom.  Next a Whisper White Lace Doily (in Occasions Catalog-two sided, one Whisper White the other Very Vanilla) was layered using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.   A piece of the ribbon was also layered on top of that and ends notched. Ribbons were adhered using SNAIL Adhesive.

The sentiment is from Floral Phrases stamped in Mint Macaron and heat embossed using Clear Embossing Powder.  The sentiment was die cut using the appropriate size oval from Layering Ovals Framelits dies. The Mint Macaron back layer was die cut using an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  This was adhered to the doily and ribbon using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The flower is from the Special Reason Bundle.  I die cut the flower first in Whisper White Card Stock and using a Sponge Dauber I smudged it with Mint Macaron Ink.  The back of the flower was die cut from Mint Macaron Cardstock as was the leaf.

Adding pearls to the top left and a bit bigger pearl to the center of the flower.  The flower was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside was finished by layering Whisper White Card Stock and using Mint Macaron Ink and the stamps from the Special Reason Stamp Set I stamped the flower and the leaves. To make the flower more distinctive I just ‘dabbed’ more Mint Macaron Ink on the petals using a Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker.

These are the products I used in making this card:
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Artistically Asian Masking Technique using Mint Macaron and So Saffron

Years ago I taught Oriental Cooking Classes at the Community College in the evening enrichment classes.  I loved to cook Oriental/mainly Chinese, it fit perfectly with my large family of five children.  The beauty of Chinese meals is that you just add a a couple more choices the more people you have.  Also in Chinese cooking you always balance sweet/sour, cold/hot, spicy/bland.  This card is just that!

I did the masking technique again, by taking a piece of typing paper cut to the same size as the front of the card, then drawing a rough outline on it with a pencil, placing the paper on our piercing mat and using the piercing tool scoring the paper on the line.  Then I began to slowly tear out leaving a paper frame.

Using just a small piece of SNAIL I placed the front of the card on my worksheet.  Then I carefully fitted the mask over it and taped the four corners down.  I then took one of the Stampin’ Sponges-cut into four pieces and using Mint Macaron Ink I ‘smudged’ by rubbing vigorously in a haphazard manner inside the frame.  It’s easiest to start on the typing paper frame and move your sponge towards the middle.  Some areas will be darker than others and that adds to the contrast.  Next I took another sponge and using So Saffron I ‘smudged’ again until i had the inside frame covered. It’s always fun to lift up your frame and see what you have created-different every time!

Next I stamped the Oriental Tree from the Artistically Asian Stamp Set in Tip Top Taupe.  The sentiment is also from the Artistically Asian Stamp Set and is stamped in Tip Top Taupe.  I added two Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes and the front was finished!

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The inside of the card was finished by layering Whisper White on Mint Macaron Card Stock. All chinese paintings have the little red character mark/seal  on them! The red mark/seal denotes the who originated the work.  Usually the seal is in a  square box.   So I decided to decorate the inside with that little mark only.  Quick, fun card.

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Here are the products I used in this card:
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Stampin’ Up! Real Red Valentine Tic Tac Holder

Valentine’s Day is is a great opportunity to remember those you work with in a special way.  I have found that just the simple little handmade gift is especially appreciated.  Seeing some Tic Tac Holders on Pinterest for all sorts of holidays-especially cute is the holder with the little snowman and his belly is cut out to show the tic tacs.  Finding just the right size heart for the front of these was difficult.  I made 48 of these.  That’s how many Tic Tac Boxes I had!  Amazon is amazing.  I bought a bulk order of Tic Tacs.  I’ve decided if you can’t find what you want on Amazon then it’s not available anywhere else!

Here is my creation. The Basic Folder  is Real Red or Whisper White Card Stock cut 5″ X  3″.Score at 2 1/8″   and 2 5/8″.  I mass cut these and rounded the corners using the Project Life Corner Rounder.   Next I cut a piece of Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack at 4 3/4″ X 2 3/4″  and again rounded all the corners. Before attaching the DSP I cut a  14″ piece of Real Red 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (also used Whisper White on the Real Red Card Stock) and adhered to the upper 1/3 of the outside.  Then I attached the DSP with Snail Adhesive on all the edges, folded on the score lines and die cut the little heart on the front piece using the heart die from the Baker’s Box Thinlets Die set.  Next I stamped the sentiment on the inside using Real Red Ink.

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Here is the back side.

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And a side view.

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Here is the inside:

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The front is finished using the Lace Doilies (Occasions Catalog) on the Whisper White Side cut into 1/4’s.  Using the Duet Banner Punch I punched out Whisper White and Real Red Card Stock.  Before layering these I stamped in Real Red Be Mine from the Bloomin Love Stamp Set.  The Tic Tac Box was adhered using Fast Fuse to the spine of the inside and attaching firmly.  Last assemble Lace Doily 1/4 Product List

banners and using Fast Fuse adhere to  the front!  Done.

Happy New Year! Stampin’ Up! Occasions and Sale-A-Bration are here!

A new year has begun, Stampin’ Up! has released their new catalog (s): Occasions and companion Sale-A-Bration.  The new catalogs are awesome with some exciting new products to spark our creativity.

Over the past month I have been silent.  Life kind of gets in the way of blogging and I discovered writing a blog is like everything else that we do, it becomes a habit and just a few days away and it has become a habit NOT to blog!

However, that said,  I have a wonderful excuse.  I had several cards made ahead at Thanksgiving, all ready for my anticipated 10 days working at my regular job (RN).  Over the past two years I have been semi-retired working two to three days a week.  One of the nurses where I work was going to be out for surgery and she asked me to fill in for her.  I had anticipated being able to do her job working just three days a week.  It didn’t happen!  I barely got it done in five!  And a couple weeks in December I worked six days.  Long hours,  lots of  steps and paper work.  Not to mention that I drive 35 miles to and from work!

There is no creativity left in my tiny little finger after a 10 hour day + plus drive time!

Okay, my whining is over,  actually, I have to say I am not whining, just thinking in awe of what I accomplished this past December!  But it was crafting or stamping for sure!  I love being a nurse, every day I work is a blessing,  some days more of a blessing than others!

Tomorrow I will begin to blog again two times a week,  Tuesday and Saturday.

I hope you will check back often.  If you sign up with your email addy on the upper right to follow this blog you will get an email every time that I publish a blog.

Happy Stampin’   and  Many blessings for a wonderful and successful 2017!

January 1 – 15 Host Code: 25514140

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2017 Occasions Catalog or the 2016-17 Annual Catalog! That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!

Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog is here!!!

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f you haven’t seen the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog yet, click here or on the image above to go see the PDF version. It’s a fantastic catalog so go take a peek and get your wish list ready!

 

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Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-a-bration has begun! Sale-a-bration is that wonderful time of year where for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product! That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those items you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free. You earn free Sale-a-bration items on purchases from the Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog, Online Store and the Clearance Rack! There is no limit to the number of items that you can earn!

Click here or on the image above to go see the items that you can earn for free with your $50 or greater purchase between January 4 and March 31!  The items that you can earn for free are marked with a little orange hot air balloon with the word “FREE” on it. There are 12 awesome products in the brochure!

My favorite Stampin’ Up! projects, cards and scrapbook page from my blog of 2016!

In reviewing my Stampin’ Up! creations over the past year I decided to choose some of my favorites!  We have some new team members and I have some new followers who may have not seen these. And for the team members who have I  hope you enjoy my lookback at 2016!

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Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane is now retired but such a pretty DSP paper with Real Red Card Stock.

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Here is the Gift card holder open so you have an idea of the mechanism used.

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This little box is perfect for regular size cards!  Or a trinket, candy, just about anything!  It opens in the middle and opens up like a draw bridge.  The DSP was free (now retired) from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration Catalog-free with a $50 order.  The hinges are the white satin ribbon and this box is rather quick to make.

Today January 4, 2017 begins the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!  If you would like have a copy please email me and I will get them in the mail to you!  Be prepared, every page has so many pretty things to look and and purchase.  For every $50 you spend you get to choose a product from the companion Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  This ends March 31.  Happy shopping!!!

 

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Rich Razzleberry is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! Card Stock colors.  Love the coordinating paper on this card, perfect with the Delightfu Dijon Ribbon.

 

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This was my Thanksgiving card, so much fun to color the leaves with three different inks and smudging them got the pretty results.  Old Olive and Cajun Craze are the Card Stock colors here!

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Thank you card intended for a man who had done some special work for me.  I just though the Night of  Navy Card Stock with the wheat just made this a ‘masculine’ card but could be used as well for a woman.  Love the touch of  Crushed Curry Card Stock.  Lovely Stampin’ Up! colors!

 

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This Scrapbook page was my Birthday card to my beautiful granddaughter on her 8th Birthday.  She is quite an artist, had drawn these pictures while she was at my house and I had kept them.  I copied the and resized them to fit the page.  Blushing Bride was perfect for this lovely lady!!!