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September 2015

Happy Mail & Aloha Inspiration

I love when I go to the mailbox and find "happy mail." Who doesn't? Especially when the happy mail is a Hand Stamped Card!

I mentioned a few days ago that I visited my friend, Linda Bauwin of Ohio and that she helped me learn how to post to my blog. Well, wouldn't you know, she sent ME a card thanking me for our time together and how much she enjoyed helping me get started with blogging.

I really was so happy to receive such a lovely note and a beautiful card created with Linda's over the top talent. She has such great ideas and I'm always amazed with her "out of the box" mind set. You can check out her blog here: http://stampingwithlinda.typepad.com/stamping_with_linda/

This card was created with the New "Reason for the Season" stamp set. Its actually a set that features poinsettias. But Linda took it a step further and created a sweet sunflower card. She also used the coordinating Festive Flower Punch to create the petals and leaves of the flower. How sweet  is this?!

Thank you Linda for putting a little sunshine in my mailbox today!

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Speaking of amazing talents... My friend Cindy Baughman always comes to mind when it comes to "out of the box" designs. She has a gift when it comes to designing unique and special cards. Cindy is from Hawaii and she recently did a class featuring hawaiian themed cards. I was blown away by the cards that she designed. She designed this balmy palm tree card using the same, "Reason for the Season" stamp set and coordinating Festive Flower Punch that Linda used. 

Take a look at how different this card is compared to Lindas card and the poinsettia stamps that this set was originally designed for.  IMG_4217

 How cool is that?? Did you notice the verse on the front- its from the "Acorny Thank You" stamp set. Yes, another out of the box idea- HI is the abbreviation for Hawaii. Oh she's got it going on, I tell you! Check out Cindys blog at: http://www.stampedwithaloha.com/  Thank you Cindy for being such an inspiration!

So now, I'm going to show you samples of what the "Reason for the Season" was actually designed for- Poinsettias. It absolutely makes the most beautiful Christmas flowers, without a doubt.  IMG_4218

Heres a few more samples. Don't forget the Festive Flower Punch on your next order, it not only makes beautiful poinsettias, and sunflowers, but can lay down a rockin' palm tree too! 

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Thank you Linda and Cindy for sharing your talent with me as well as your special friendship. Hugs and kisses from me to you. 

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Halloween Swap on a Full Moon

I love doing swaps. If you aren't familiar with the term, in the stamping world, its when we design a card or stamping project and make duplicates to swap with other stampers.

I participate in a small swap each month. Its just a few friends- four of us to be exact. We swap every month and its pretty special. Since there is only four of us, we can get fancy or as detailed and technique oriented as we want. Its so fun to stamp and go crazy if we choose! The only rules are that it has to be all Stampin' Up! current products.

As I was sitting down to type this post, my son asked me to come outside and look at the moon.

It was so beautiful and a little bit spooky. The perfect backdrop for posting about my Halloween swap.

I took a quick photo with my phone. Not the best quality, but you can see how brilliant the moon was.

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Now for the spooky Halloween swap... well, its not really spooky. I don't like spooky. I'm more of a cute and fun Halloween card maker. I think this card is cute and fun AND its a shaker card. Can't get more fun than that!

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I used the Sparkly Seasons stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. I love this set, because its more of an "all occasion" set. It can be used in a variety of ways. I used foam mounting tape under my black glimmer paper. ( LOVE the glimmer paper) The cool thing about this shaker is that I was able to cut a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of glimmer paper and I used the rectangle thinlit from the New Seasonal Frame Thinlits dies, to cut the middle out to make a window for my card. It works perfectly! The word "spooky" also comes with this thinlit set and the new fine tip glue pen is perfect for attaching it to the window sheet. I added crystal effects to the eyes and mouth for a shiny glow plus a sprinkling of sequins and there you have it! I'll be sending this card out on Monday. I hope my friends enjoy receiving it as much as I enjoyed making it. 

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Blogs by Bauwin & The Lost Snowflake

As I mentioned in my last post, I am a new blogger. So, I wasn't sure how to begin or what I had to do to maintain a blog. I've had several friends encourage me to just sit down and do it!

Well, that is exactly what I did.

My friend Linda offered to help me in terms of how to actually post to my blog and offered some cool tips. Linda Bauwin is a dear friend of mine.

Check out her blog here: http://www.stampingwithlinda.com/. I met Linda when we were both chosen, along with 6 other amazing women, who I love dearly...( Cindy, Ronda, Maggie, Tina, Suzanna, Janet) to serve on Stampin' Up!'s Advisory Board. I have Stampin' Up! and Shelli Gardner to thank for bringing these special women into my life. 

So anywaaaayy... 

I was off on a road trip to Ohio this past Wednesday to meet up with Linda at her home, so that she could show me the ropes!  IMG_4151

We chatted, looked at swaps, played in her stamp room, and chatted more. Then we got down to business.

I learned a truck load of information from Linda and she really propelled me off the ground and got me into the blogging world. My head was ready to explode with all the information that I received.

I am so very grateful to her for taking the time out of her day to help me get started. IMG_4160

Linda always makes me laugh and that day was no exception. Now, when I call her with a blog question, she promptly answers the phone with a happy tone: "Hello, Blogs by Bauwin, here!"

Thank you again Linda for all your help. Your are such a blessing to me!

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The other day, I mentioned a snowflake card that I thought I failed to take a photo of.

Well, its been found and I wanted to share it with you today.

This set is called: Flurry of Wishes. It coordinates with the Flower Medallion Punch and Snow Flurry Punch from the Holiday Catalog. I added some sparkle with silver glimmer paper and the new Winter Wonderland Embellishments. I hope you like it!

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#1 Stampers Meeting

I'm so excited ( and nervous) to write my very first REAL blog post.

What better subject to start with than a #1 Stampers Meeting. These ladies are dear to my heart. They are women who love the art of stamping and are part of my Stampin' Up! team. Here's a photo of a few of them that attended our meeting last week.  IMG_4049

We truly have a great time when we get together. I love when clients become friends and friends become part of my team. We are one big Happy Family and I am so grateful for them!

Here's a few projects that we made during our meeting:

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Friendly Forest Friends stamp set, the new corrugated cardstock (love) Into the Woods Designer Paper, Into the Woods 3/8" cotton ribbon in Rich Razzleberry. Inks: Tangelo Twist, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, and Tip Top Taupe. I used a variety of circle punches to layer the images. Check out the darling Into the Woods Elements- it comes with acorns, leaves and banners. 

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Another project that we completed was this sweet little treat bag made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. I just bought these thinlits and I think they are my new favorite item! So very easy to assemble- I whipped up 15 bags in less then 30 minutes. Supplies: Into the Woods Designer paper, A Little Something stamp set, Gold embossed onto Gold foil paper, Season of Cheer Washi Tape. And check out the cute little  SU clothes pin that we covered with Designer Paper- using just our snail!

We had another project, made with the beautiful new Flurry of Wishes snowflake set, but I gave that one away before I took a photo. Don't be sad, because I'm going to share my Meeting Swap with you all instead.  IMG_4034

Once again, the Mini Treatbag Thinlits, Sparkly Season Stamp set, A Little Something Stamp set,  SU clothes pins, Happy Haunting Designer Paper, Crystal Effects and Gold Sequin Trim were used, along with the circle punches and mini star punch. 

I hope you enjoyed my very first post. I hope to get better at this in time. Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back soon! 

 
 
 

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Thanks for your patience as I work my way through learning to blog.

Today I want to share with you a fun technique that was featured on www.stampinup.com our cooperate blog. 

Mixing Technique

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How about mixing it up a bit?  That is what the post is about taking several techniques and mixing them together and coming out with this....

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