Cards - Birthday

Stampin Up Vintage Leaves with a Cool Ink Technique

Fall is definitely in the air this week. We've had pretty nice weather until just recently, and now its been rainy, chilly and yucky for the last few days.

I would rather have the cool, crisp, colorful days of fall instead of this gloomy stuff. So, the card that I made today, reflects the beautiful days of autumn- warm, crisp and colorful.

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I used the Vintage Leave stamp set, stamped in basic black archival ink. The background is brayered in melon mambo, pumpkin pie and lemon lime twist inks. The technique on this card, I learned from Carolynn Sander from Canada. She does beautiful work and I loved her fun idea with this technique.

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The technique is called Color Lifting. Its pretty simple. I used a Stampin Spritzer filled with water, to lightly spray the background, after I brayered it. I held the spritzer about 12" from the cardstock. Then I used a paper towel to blot the extra water off of the cardstock. Next, I used a Stampin Up Aquapainter and splattered bigger drops of water on the background and used a paper towel to blot it up. Be sure to let the cardstock dry completely before stamping the leaves. You may use a heat tool to speed up the process. I used shimmery white cardstock, as it holds up to water very well. ( in the product list, I have whisper white- this is incorrect)

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I added the beautiful lemon lime twist ribbon and a few Glitter Dots to compliment the colors in the background.

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I have another beautiful card to share with this technique. I'll post it sometime this week.

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Pumpkins A Plenty and an Embossing Technique

Well, I mentioned that I love pumpkins, and now you know that I wasn't kidding. Here's a couple more pumpkin cards from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and coordinating Patterned Pumpkins framelit dies.

One card we made at Kim's Card Class last week and the other is a variation of that. Both in similar color and design.

This one is from card class. The designer paper is from the Painted Autumn paper pack.

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Notice the background? Its the Garden Trellis emboss folder. What I did here, was to stamp the pumpkin and the greeting first and then emboss over it. I kind of am in love with this technique.. and the emboss folder.

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This one is a little different - no embossing but a couple more die cuts.

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I've added some wooden, Hearts and Stars Elements to this cheerful pumpkin card. The colors are mostly the same, but I used soft sky as the card base instead of cajun craze.

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I've attached the elements with mini glue dots and multi purpose glue. The greeting on this card is from the Painted Harvest stamp set and the birthday greeting on the card above is from the Special Delivery stamp set. Don't you just love the colors of fall? Me too!

Which one is your favorite?  I can never choose - I love any kind of pumpkin card!

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Glue Dots
$5.25
Big Shot
$110.00

#1 Stampers Meeting, Make n Takes & Team Swaps

One of my favorite things about my Stampin Up business is getting together and stamping with friends, especially my downline team members. We share business tips, stamping ideas, swaps and also have yummy snacks and fun door prizes during our get togethers.

This month Teresa Fisher shared a make n take project with us using the Magical Mermaid stamp set. Her sample was gorgeous. Unfortunately I messed mine up and ended up coming home and having to re-do my card. However, I did use the same colors and cardstocks of Teresas and I loved the colors she chose. Bermuda bay, berry burst and tempting turquoise. The colors really look magical together.

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 It was Teresas idea to color the ends of the hair in bermuda bay. How cool is that? I love it!

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This is a photo of some of my team from the meeting that night. I remembered to get a photo after most of the girls had already left. Next time, I will have to tie a string around my finger or something, so I remember to get photos early. By the way, that's cute little Teresa to the left of me, in the white sweater.

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I also wanted to take time to share of few of the amazing swaps that the girls created. The theme was fall cards and the girls did a fabulous job as usual.

Card made by: Tonya Beatty

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Card made by: Kayla Cole

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Card made by: Jamie Bartley

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Card made by: Alyssa Trunzo

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Card made by: Mary Ann Hazlett

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Card made by: Lori Wiest

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I hope you enjoyed all the fabulous cards. Here's one more photo from the meeting... Alyssa and I hamming it up.

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Of course I had to bring them all gifts from Thailand too!

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Masculine Card with the Le"men" Zest stamp set

It seems everyone always needs ideas for masculine cards. I know I always do. They are somehow harder to create than the fancy girly girl, flowery, pink and pretty cards we create for our girl friends.

I thought the perfect colors for a masculine birthday card would be the new lemon lime twist and of course, basic black and naturally I had to use the Lemon Zest stamp set- only its a lime this time.

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I did use a little bit of the new Lemon Lime Ombre ribbon- but you could leave that off if you wanted to.

Here's a close up. If you look really close you can see the new Garden Trellis emboss folder on the basic black cardstock. Its the same folder I used on the Coffee Cafe card that I posted last week. Its so cool- and can be used for masculine cards too.

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Here's a little variation of the same card. I used the Layered Leaves emboss folder on the basic black cardstock for this one.

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Either design would make a great birthday card for the great guys in your life. Hey, it could even make a great birthday card for the girls as well!

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The Little Mermaid?

I almost didn't order this stamp set, even though I liked it and have been wanting a mermaid stamp set.

I wasn't sure how I would make it look as good as it should. But, I came up with an idea and I think it turned out just right!

This one was embossed with copper emboss powder and framed with copper foil paper. The card color is wisteria wonder. I colored it in with an aqua painter and drops of re-inkers.

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The water color paper is perfect for the amount of water I used to water color the background and the mermaid.

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Here I used a different color card- soft sky and pool party. I think I like these colors even better. I also used silver emboss powder and silver foil paper for one of the mermaids.

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This is the silver up close. Got to love those Iridescent Sequin Assortment. They remind me of bubbles!

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All the little mermaids in a row.

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I'm singing Under the Sea in my head as I post these lovely mermaids....

Which color did you like the best?

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Heat Tool
$30.00

 


Zippity and Zesty- Stampin' Up Swap

Have I mentioned that I love this Lemon Zest stamp set and coordinating Lemon Builder Punch? Well, if I haven't, let me just say that I do love it! I like that I can use bright and sunny colors and it looks super sweet.

This is a card that I designed for a special swap that I host with other members of the Stampin Up Advisory Board Alumni.

I wanted to wait to post it, so that all the swappers had their cards back and I wouldn't ruin the surprise.

I used the daffodil delight, lemon lime twist and basic black inks as well as the lemon lime twist, basic black, daffodil delight and whisper white cardstocks.

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I attached the lemon over cardstock that was embossed with the Layering Leaves emboss folder. I think it goes perfect with this stamp set.

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Naturally I had to add a few Glitter Enamel Dots scattered around the card. The colors go so well with the inks and cardstock that I used.

And how about that stunning berry burst ribbon? Its so vibrant and gorgeous.

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Here's a bunch ready to be shipped out to my fellow demonstrator friends.

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Seriously, this card makes me so happy and giddy. I just can't get enough of this yummy stamp set!

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Thanks for visiting.

I'll be leaving soon, but plan to schedule some posts for while I'm away on the Stampin' Up Incentive Trip.

One more thing... If you place an online order with me, be sure not to check the box "No Contact" because I won't be able to thank you or send you a hand stamped card.

Until the next time...

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Glue Dots
$5.25