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February 2017

Nailed It, Manly Man

Masculine cards are always something I'm in need of. I can never make enough. So, when Stampin Up released the Nailed It stamp set and coordinating dies in the Occasions Catalog, I had to have it!

I got to use all the cool manly man accessories that were made in coordination with this set, too!

I wanted this card to be clean, simple and to the point.

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I used the silver foil sheets with the new Hexagons emboss folder as well as the new Urban Underground designer paper.

Check out the cool "screw" attached to the card. Its one of the Urban Underground embellishments.

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Tip: If you look close you can see that I outlined the tools with the crumb cake marker, then went over it with a blender pen to give it some soft shading. The tools were stamped in early espresso, so the blender pen also softened up the darker ink as well.

This is actually a card that we made at one of my card classes. Pretty simple and very manly. Perfect for that special dude in your life.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Unique Card Folds: Dutch Door Fold with Cool Treats stamp set

Today I want to share with you a card fold called "Dutch Door Fold." I was in my friend Linda Bauwins stamp studio a few weeks ago and noticed this cool fold. She always has such fun and creative folds to share.

I used the Cool Treats Bundle to make this special card. Its really quite easy, and really cute.

Here's the closed card. It looks pretty much like a basic card except for the split down the middle.

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When I stamped the ice cream on both cones, I used the "stamp off "method. So, I used the flirty flamingo for one of the cones, but I inked the stamp, then stamped off once onto my scratch paper before I stamped the image. Next, I inked up the detail of the cone in the same color, and stamped it directly onto the ice cream. This gives it a perfect two tone effect using the same color. I did the same with the peek a boo peach ice cream.

Here's another look at the Dutch Door fold:

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I'm going to give you the measurements of the cardstock, so that you can create your own Dutch Door fold.

1 piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 -Watermelon Wonder cardstock

1 piece of 2 1/4 x 11 -Watermelon Wonder cardstock- scored at 5 1/2

1 piece of 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 -Tasty Treats Designer Paper

1 piece of 2 x 5 1/4 - Tasty Treats Designer Paper

1 piece of 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 - Pool Party cardstock

1 piece of 2 x 2 whisper white cardstock (this is the piece that the peek a boo peach sprinkles are stamped on)

This is what it looks like when it is open:

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Give it a try. You'll be surprised that this unique card fold is so easy and fun!

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Aqua Wash Technique, featuring: "Lift Me Up" stamp set.


I had a lot of fun with this new technique today. Its called Aqua Wash with markers. This is a very pretty watercolor background technique that can be used with pretty much any stamp set or detailed dies.

This technique is super easy and super cool. You'll need the Stampin Up watercolor paper or shimmery white paper, an aqua painter and some markers in various colors. You'll also need to grab a quart sized ziplock bag.

For this card, I used the Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating Up and Away thinlits. As I mentioned, I used the watercolor paper as well as the melon mambo, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight Stampin Write Markers.

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Here's a card using the elegant eggplant, wisteria wonder and rich razzleberry markers along with the aqua painters:

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I've created a quick tutorial for you...

First scribble on a ziplock bag with your markers.

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Next, use your aqua painter to brush water onto your watercolor paper, kind of in a zig zag motion.

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Then, you will turn the bag over so that the ink is facing down and smoosh it into your watercolor paper.

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Lift up the bag and voila!

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Lastly, let it dry either naturally or zap it with a heat tool and apply the Lift Me Up diecut hot air ballon and embellishments.

This one, I used the basic black cardstock for the hot air balloon, instead of the whisper white cardstock.

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 Here's my You Tube video if you'd like to watch it in real time.

 

I had so much fun using different color combinations and different dies and stamp sets with this technique. I hope you try this awesome aqua wash with markers, stamping technique. And if you do, let me know if you like it!

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Stampin Up - Dragonfly Dreams Elegance

I resisted buying this stamp set until I saw all the amazing projects that were created with it. Now,
Dragonfly Dreams is one of my favorites from the Stampin' Up! Catalog.

I created an elegant card with both the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly thinlets.

My favorite "elegant" color combination is gold and elegant eggplant. So, for this card, I used both the elegant eggplant and gold foil sheets as well as a bit of wisteria wonder cardstock.

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I stamped the background of the elegant eggplant cardstock with the dragonfly stamp in elegant eggplant ink. It gives the card a subtle tone on tone look.

I also used the ever popular Stitched Shapes framelits for the ovals. I did a little "sponging" around the small oval with a sponge dauber dipped in elegant eggplant ink.

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And don't forget about sparkle, when it comes to making an elegant card... The gold glimmer paper really makes this dragonfly pop off of the card. I used the wisteria wonder cardstock behind the detail of the dragonfly. A little more shimmer and shine was added with the gold satin ribbon and metallic enamel shapes in gold as well.

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I used the fine tip glue pen to attach the detailed dragonfly to the wisteria wonder dragonfly under it. Plus, I popped it up with a few dimensionals to give it some dimension.

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I think this card would absolutely brighten someones day- just to say "hello."

I hope you give this card a try and if you don't have the Dragonfly Dreams bundle, you need to get one for yourself. You'll be glad you did!

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Card Fold- Triple Panel Standing Card

I designed a birthday card for my friend Cindy, using the Pineapple stamp set, of course, because she loves pineapples, just like me AND she lives in Hawaii.

Her favorite colors are pink and black, so I wanted to use all of those elements when making this card.

I decided to try a unique card fold for my unique and special friend. Its called the Triple Panel Standing card.

Here's the pineapple birthday card:

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 The designer paper is from the Pop of Pink designer paper pack. I used whisper white and basic black cardstocks as well as flirty flamingo, melon mambo, pear pizzaz, wild wasabi and basic black inks.

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To make this card fold:

Cut basic black cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Lay the 8 1/2" edge in the paper trimmer against the top of the trimmer.

Score at: 2", 3 1/8", 5 3/8" and 6 1/2" and fold on score lines.

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Here's a view from the top:

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A view of the inside- which is actually the back of the card.

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Pretty cool, huh?

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I know its the middle of winter here, but I wanted to customize this card for Cindy. Her gifts also all fit the theme of black, pink and pineapples too! I hope Cindy enjoyed her card and her birthday gifts that I chose especially for her.

I hope you learned a new card fold technique as well!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Card Class Card- Special Reason Stamp set

I want to share a quick card that we made at my Card Class last week. I used the Special Reason stamp set and Stylish Stems coordinating dies.

I also used whisper white, mint macaron, and rich razzleberry cardstocks and inks. The paper behind the diecut flower is the beautiful Blooms and Bliss designer series paper.

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This birthday card was super easy to design and I love the peek a boo window that the flower framelit forms on this card.

I also used the Petal Burst emboss folder and the Classic Label punch to punch out the greeting, which I trimmed on the right side to be in line with the edge of the card.

The ladies at card class loved the look and the quick and easy way this card went together.

I hope you all like it as well!

Thanks again for stopping by my blog today.

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