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Remarkable You- Part Two

I thought I would go ahead and share the other two cards that I made with the Remarkable You stamp set. I haven't had time to make any Christmas cards lately, other than the Christmas ornaments and make n takes for my team Christmas party and the cards for Kim's card class that will both be held next week- so I don't want to post them yet or I'll ruin the surprise. I will post those things next week though, so no worries.

I used the same copper emboss powder and watercolor paper as I did on my previous cards. I changed up some of the colors as you can see. This one uses flirty flamingo, melon mambo, pear pizazz and wild wasabi.


I added the pearls and melon mambo stitched ribbon as well as a splatter of copper embossing to the background. For the splatter, I simply used the splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and inked it in the versa mark ink pad, then poured the copper emboss powder over it and heated it up with the heat tool. Viola- instant splatter and shine.


I used the cala lily on the final card. I just adore all the flowers in the Remarkable You stamp set. This one I colored in blues. Soft sky, marina mist and dapper denim were the main colors of the cala lily. I don't know if cala lilies actually come in blue, but it looked like a good color to me.


Once again, I splattered the background with copper emboss powder as I did in the card above. I used sahara sand ink from the lid of the ink pad and an aqua painter to give the background a nice color wash.


I hope the recipients enjoyed their special cards as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Thanks again for visiting today!

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A Crisp Autumn Day Inspiration

It was such a beautiful warm sunny autumn day today and it inspired me to create a card using the beautiful "Vintage Leaves" stamp set.

This is my "go to" stamp set when I create fall themed cards. I decided on a birthday/celebration card.

I knew I wanted to use the new "copper" emboss powder in addition to some deep jewel toned fall colors.

I embossed several leaves from the "Vintage Leaves" stamp set with the copper emboss powder on island indigo, pumpkin pie and rich razzleberry cardstocks. I then cut them out with the coordinating "Leaflets Framelits" and sponged the edges with the same ink colors.


For the "splatter" I used my "go to" background set, "Gorgeous Grunge." I inked the splatter stamp in versamark ink and embossed it with the beautiful copper emboss powder.


This angle shows the deep rich colors and the shiny copper sheen. I also used the "copper foil sheets" to frame the card as well as pacific point cardstock for the actual card.


You can see the sponging around the leaves and the mass of copper thread that I used beneath the leaves.

"Celebrate" is from the "Endless Birthday Wishes" stamp set. I adore this font and use it any chance I get. This set has tons of greetings that work great for any card.


The button I used comes from the "Classy Designer Buttons" pack. And I think it works perfectly to gather the leaves in a bunch.


This card captures the true feeling of fall in Pennsylvania.


I love it when my inspiration comes from the great outdoors!


Step outside and feel inspired by all the beauty of nature- you'll be amazed at what you can create with just stamps, inks and paper.

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Kim's Card Class - Fun Fall Projects for All

I know you aren't going to believe this, but I actually remembered to take a few people pictures before the end of Card Class tonight.

I love getting photos of everyone having fun and enjoying their stamping time together. Here's a look at some of the ladies showing off their stamped creations.

Rebekah and Sherree make a great mother-daughter stamping team!


Here's Kristin and Sharen (also a great mother- daughter duo) admiring all the great new stamps and accessories in the fabulous new Holiday Catalog.


Randy and Connie are showing off their fine stamping skills..


Would you like to see one of the cards we made tonight? Of course you would! I'll share one of my favorites. Its a cute and simple pumpkin card. The ladies had a choice of greetings to use on the card. For this one, I chose a halloween sentiment.


Isn't it cute? We used the new pumpkin pie glimmer paper in addition to the gold glimmer paper for the pumpkins. The pumpkins were punched from the 2" and 1 3/8" inch circle punches.


So, for the stem, I used a little trick- we punched it out from the Tree Builder punch and only punched the bottom of the tree trunk. It worked perfectly! And the little gold foil curly Q is from the Sprinkles Punch, which is actually on sale this week!


This card is so sparkly- the photo does not do it justice. I did use two stamp sets on this card.. the stripes are from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, in sahara sand ink and the greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my favorite greeting sets.


The Layering Squares Framlits make the perfect frame for the perfect little pumpkins.


My sweet friend Cheryl cleaning up for me...


Lest not forget this cute little stamper... making her wish list, (and checking it twice) from the amazing new Holiday Catalog. Happy Shopping Raelene!


We had a great time at Card Class tonight as I always do when I get to spend time with some of my favorite people! I'll share another card from class, later in the week, so be sure to check back!

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Stampin' Up! Wherever You Go

When I saw this stamp set in the new catalog, I instantly knew I had to have it. I love how "artsy" it is. It also reminded me of our trip to San Franciso- one of my favorite places in the USA. Plus, it reminds me of home. I live near Pittsburgh, PA and we are the "City of Bridges"- 446 to be exact. Pittsburgh, PA is officially the city with the most bridges in the WORLD! Three more than the former leader, Venice, Italy. So, that's a lot of reasons to love this set.

I have used this quite a bit actually. I used it for 2 swaps and it was also a card we made at Kim's Card Class a couple of months ago. I've also sent a couple of these to some friends to let them know I was thinking of them.

This one, I pretty much copied directly from the Stampin' Up! Catalog, with just a  few minor changes. I used an aqua painter dipped in basic black archival re-inker and splattered it onto the card.


I used the new Classic Label Punch to punch out the greeting and used paper snips to cut a "tail" on one end.


For this one, I moved the sun and used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to stamp the "splatter" on the background. I changed up the verse and used a Metallic Enamel Shape (heart) in gold for the bottom corner of the card. The above card, I used the Metallic Enamel Shapes (circle) in silver on the compass.


I stamped the greeting in garden green ink onto the card, and stamped it again on a separate piece of whisper white cardstock and punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch. I then used a dimensional and popped it over top the image that I stamped on the card.


This last card, I changed up some of the cardstock and ink colors again. I also used the aqua painter and re-inker again for the splatter. And added some washi tape under the Classic Label Punch greeting.


I used the same stamp and punch technique with the compass on this card.


Did you notice how I moved the sun each time? I think it looks great anywhere on the card!

I've got a few more ideas for this set- especially some new layouts. Stop again soon to check them out.

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Stampin' Up! Marquee Messages: Feelin' Retro

I'm totally loving this new stamp set: Marquee Messages. At first I wasn't sure what to do with it, but once Sara Douglass- CEO of Stampin' Up! demonstrated some fun cards at the Stampin' Up! On Stage Convention, I was totally reeled in!

The retro look of this set is so cool. I decided that the first card that I make with this set, is going to be done in a 1950's color scheme for sure. The 50's had some of the coolest colors ever, in my opinion.

I absolutely had to go with the turquoise, pink and black- nothing says retro 50's like this color combination.

So, I used basic black archival, tempting turquoise, soft sky and melon mambo inks and cardstocks. Oh my gosh, this set is so much fun to stamp with.

I stamped the marquee in basic black archival ink onto whisper white cardstock. I then cut it out. I stamped it again on melon mambo and on tempting turquoise and cut out the pieces that I attached back onto the whisper white stamped image. I colored the sign in with an aqua painter dipped in the lid of an inkpad. Soft sky, tempting turquoise and melon mambo inks were used to color the signage.

The splatter background was done with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in tempting turquoise ink onto soft sky cardstock.


The designer paper is from the Pop Of Pink designer paper package. It matched perfectly for the theme of this card. I really just cut random stripes and played around until I got the desired look.


Here's a close up. I wanted to duplicate the big white bulbs that are typical on these retro signs, so I used the Stampin' Up! pearl jewels and they worked out perfectly.


You'll notice that the words and those little starlight things are glossy and shiny... and you are probably wondering how they got that way, since Stampin' Up! has retired the crystal effects...( so sad, so very, very sad) Well, turns out that the Fine Tip Glue Pen works just like crystal effects! It even dries quick AND, it goes on so nicely because of the "fine tip." Oh my gosh, I was so excited to find this out, because I love me some crystal effects. Yay!


I can't wait to make more cards with this set. It has some other very cool greetings as well.


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Kim's Card Class- Featuring the New Stampin' Up Annual Catalog

It was so exciting to finally get to show off the new Stampin' Up! products at my stamp class this week. It was a full class and everyone was so happy to stamp using all the new, fun stamps and accessories.

Speaking of happy stampers, here's Michelle, Rebekah, and Sherree, all with huge smiles on their faces and fabulous stamps in their hands, having the time of their lives.


This card uses the "Fresh Fruit" stamp set with the strawberry image. This is a two step stamp set, which means that the pieces of the fruits are separated so that they can be stamped in different colors. The strawberry is separate from the stem, therefore, we stamped the strawberry in real red and the stem in wild wasabi. There is also an outline stamp for the berry. The outline around the strawberry is rose red and the stem outline is garden green. We also used the "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set and coordinating "Duet Punch" for the greeting on the card.


This card was a big hit at class. The "Pop of Paradise" is an adorable stamp set and ever so trendy right now.

We used melon mambo, cucumber crush and emerald envy inks on this one. Check out the new Ovals framelits- they showcase the proud flamingo beautifully.


Rebekah asked if she could design a card with the pineapple from the "Pop of Paradise" set, as well. She loves pineapples. Well, isn't that a coincidence.. I love pineapples too, Rebekah- especially PINK ones! What a cute card, don't you think?


This card was made with the "Swirly Bird" stamp set. You all know how much I love this set. I had to use it at my class for sure.

I stamped it in one of my favorite color combos, soft sky and perfect plum. The leaves are pear pizazz and old olive.


Last but not least... the "Moroccan Nights" stamp set was used to stamp this sparkly card. We used the stamping technique, glitter splatter, to sparkle it up. I had a quick tutorial on the glitter splatter technique a few days ago, so swing back a few posts and check it out if you missed it. The colors on this card are delightful dijon, elegant eggplant, cajun craze and dapper denim.


Here's the whole beautiful bunch.


One last photo. This is my friend Nancy, who drove over an hour with my friend Michelle K, to come stamp with us. I haven't seen them in forever and was thrilled they were able to make the trip!


Thanks to all my stamping friends for attending my first card class featuring the brand new catalog. It's always one of my favorite events, when I get to see all of you!

And thank YOU for stopping by my blog today. I hope that I've inspired you to make some of these great cards too!

Until the next time...

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