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How to Color using Blends with Stampin' Up's Country Home stamp set.

I am having a ball, coloring and creating with the new Country Home stamp set in the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog.

I really only bought this set because I didn't have many "fall" stamp sets. It didn't really tickle my fancy, but it was "ok" I thought. Well, let me just say- you never know until you try it! I've already made about 10 different cards with this set.

It is just so easy to make a beautiful card with these fall flowers and rustic pitchers and tins. Plus, by adding the Tin Tile emboss folder, a Galvanized button and the ever popular Stampin' Blends Markers, the outcome can only be, fantastic!

Here's the first card I made. Oh my goodness. I love the fall colors on this one.

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I used old olive, pumpkin pie, basic black and whisper white cardstock. The Tin Tile emboss folder makes the most beautiful backgrounds. It looks perfectly lovely by itself, however, on this card I took the cajun craze ink pad and swiped it across the "tile". I just randomly rubbed the ink pad in several spots. It turned out pretty cool, I think.

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I used the smoky slate Stampin Blends alcohol markers to color the jug. I colored the entire jug with the light smoky slate and then went back and shaded with the dark smoky slate. I tried to leave it lighter on one side of the jug where the natual light would actually hit it.

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For the flowers, I used calypso coral light and dark and dark cajun craze Stampin Blends. Again, I colored them first all over with the light calyspo coral and shaded with the darker- using the cajun craze as the darkest shading.

The artichoke was first colored with light mint macaron and then shaded with light and dark old olive Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

The ferns are light and dark mint macaron, the cattails are crumb cake light and dark and the berries are blackberry bliss Stampin Blends markers. If you haven't tried Stampin Blends alcohol markers yet, you need to! They are like butter.. they blend and glide like no other marker, they make coloring, effortless.

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I finished it off with some linen thread, the new garden green Bakers Twine and one of our new Galvanized Buttons.

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I used dimesionals behind the basic black cardstock to pop it off the card a bit as well as hold the thread and twine in place.

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I hope you like this card as much as I do! There are more to come, so stop back soon.

Until the next time...

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Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise Part 3

Its time for Part 3 of our Stampin' Up! Alaskan Cruise trip. This was my most favorite day of the trip. In Part 2, we left off in downtown Skagway.

So, after we took the train and bus tour, we then had another excursion to Denver Glacier. We boarded a helicopter that took us over the mountains, forests, glaciers and the most amazing scenery on our way to Denver Glacier to go on an authentic dog sled ride!

But, first we all had to wear these fancy Glacier Boots to walk on the glacier snow and ice. The boots fit over top of our regular shoes. We also had to wear belts that had a floating device attached because we were flying over water.

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Waiting to board. We were all weighed beforehand as the weight had to be evenly distributed on the helicopter.

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We then boarded the helicopter. I was so excited. I rode a helicopter once before in Hawaii (on our honeymoon) and I got so motion sick. This time, I was prepared, because I wasn't going to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. I was so excited for my kids to ride for the first time and witness their reactions.

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We all had headphones so we could hear and converse with the pilot.

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I must have been praying in this photo.

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All thumbs up and ready to roll!

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The beauty of the Tongass National Forest, down below was breath-taking.

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The Tongass National Forest is the largest National Forest in all of Alaska. It covers over 16 million acres!

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The Tongass is also the largest Rainforest in North America and the 5th largest rainforest in the world.

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We soared over glorious glaciers and majestic mountains with crystal clear lakes in view.

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We can see the dog sled camp, coming into view. The camp is directly located on the Denver Glacier.

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And... we have landed!

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This is the housing and transportation on the glacier. The campers live in these huts all summer long.
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It was super sunny and warm that day. The best weather they have had in forever. In fact, the tour guides told us that this particular tour always cancels due to weather. We were lucky to get to take the tour as it doesn't happen often.

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We were able to meet, make friends and cuddle with these sweet natured dogs as soon as we arrived. These are Alaskan Huskies, which is actually a mixed breed dog. That's why they all look so different.

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There are many college students who work their summers at the dog sled camp. Everyone we talked to loved working with, playing with and taking care of these high energy dogs. These dogs live to run- they couldn't wait to take us for a ride.

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This is cute little Juneau napping in the warm sunshine. They really love the snow and the care takers mentioned that it was a little too warm for their liking.

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These dogs are THE dogs that run the famous Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. So, they are pretty famous pups!

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It was cool to hear the mushers explain each of the dogs personalities and who liked to have their ears scratched or which dog preferred their belly rubbed. They knew these dogs so well and we could tell how much they loved their jobs.

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It was time to take a ride. We each had a turn at being a junior musher and got to help "drive" the sled.

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There are always 12 dogs pulling the sled. 

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There was one other person on our sled ride with us, besides the musher. He was from Mexico and this was his VERY FIRST time seeing snow! That's going all out on your first sight of snow- don't you think? It was fun to watch him. He kept giggling and giggling as he felt the snow in his hands.

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And we're off! These dogs could not wait to run! In fact, the two lead dogs kept fighting over who was the real leader of the pack.

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It was glacier, snow, mountains and sky, for miles and miles as far as the eye could see.

In fact, the camp workers fly to town only once a week to get a shower. Now thats what I call, "roughing it!" They do have a chef on the glacier that cooks all their meals, so that kind of makes up for the lack of baths. Right?

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Afterwards, we got to "love" on the dogs again.

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And cuddle puppies...

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We had such an amazing experience with these friendly dogs and fabulous camp crew. We learned so much and experienced something that is beyond words.

Now, back into the helicopter we go.

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More glorious scenery to be seen.

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Flying over ice fields and glaciers...

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and Rainforests and lakes..

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Ready to land and we see our ship, Royal Caribbean, Explorer of the Seas, in the distance.

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I think you can see why this was my most favorite day of the entire trip! And its not over yet!

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Next, we were off to get dinner. Chase said he wasn't leaving Alaska until he had Alaskan King Crab legs. So this was our next stop.

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These were the biggest Alaskan King crab legs we've ever seen. Even bigger that the ones Maci and I had the day before.

One and a half pounds each, to be exact!

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We were pulling out chunks of meat the size of golf balls. Yum!

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The shrimp wasn't bad either!  The restuarant was right on the water, so the seafood was literally scooped out and plopped on your plate!

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And since this was a Stampin' Up! cruise- in case you forgot... I've leave you with a few samples from the displays on the ship, featuring the new Holiday Catalog!

Country Home stamp set.

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Trick or Tweet stamp set.

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Pleasant Pheasants stamp set.

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I hope you enjoyed Part 3 of our Alaskan Cruise adventure. I have more to share and will do that soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until the next time...

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Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise Part 2

I'm a little behind in my blogging. Getting caught up on classes, workshops and team meetings. So, I'm ready now to catch you all up on part two of our Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise incentive trip. I left off in beautiful Junea, where we had such a great time. Next stop was Skagway, Alaska. This was my most favorite of all days. We started off early in the morning-7:00 am to catch the White Pass Railway train that would take us all the way up to the Yukon. The Yukon is actually in Canada, so we had to have our passports with us.

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Ready for our 3 hour tour.

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This railroad began construction in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. The railroad linked Skagway to Whitehorse, the Capitol of the Yukon.

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The railroad is 107 miles in length and was completed in 1900 as a means of reaching the gold fields.

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The scenery was absolutely stunning. We were literally driving on the edge of the mountain. Kind of scary when we looked up at the mountain, after the fact.

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So very close to the edge... oh my, thats a long drop.

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I think I found Big Foot... can you see the shadow in the middle of this photo? Hmmm...

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Gorgeous views at every turn.

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We were able to stand outside between the railroad cars whenever we wanted. Loved the view from here.

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This was an old part of the track, no longer in use... thank goodness. ;)

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This is how close we were to the edge. This shot was looking straight down from where we were sitting on the train.

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We took the coach on the way back. It was kind of scary- we had a 22 year old, driving and talking with her hands, while driving down the super winding cliff side road back to Skagway. But we did make it back safe and sound. We stopped to take a photo when we crossed back into Alaska from the Yukon.

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US port of entry back into Skagway, Alaska.

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Beautiful Scenery on the bus trip back down.

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Little houses and a 120 year old log cabin in Skagway. Its a very expensive place to live, with only about 1500 residents. Average price of homes are $350,00 to $500,000, just like the ones seen here.

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The little Log Cabin in town, 120 years old.

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Waterfalls are everywhere. Here's a random one on a hillside going into town.

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Main Street, Skagway where we ate and did a little shopping.

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Alaska is known for its many totem poles carved by Native Americans and Alaskans.

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The most photographed building in Skagway. Arctic Brotherhood Hall was built in 1899 from 8,800 pieces of driftwood.

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Thats all for our first half of the day in Skagway. We then hopped on a helicopter and flew to Denver Glacier to dog sled.

That is Part 3 of our trip, which I will blog about next. So be sure to come back to read all about it!

Until then, here's a little sneak peek of products in the New Holiday Catalog, coming in September!

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These are some of the items, our co-founder, Shelli Gardner demonstrator on the ship.

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How cool is the new corrigated emboss folder? Looks like a log cabin, doesn't it?

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That's all for now, folks.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!
 

 


How To: Card Fold with Rooted in Nature stamps

I'm sharing a card I made for my upcoming, Stampin' Up! Alaskan Cruise swap. Stampin' Up! hosts a swap between all of the demonstrators that earned the trip and they swap them for us.

I'm excited to be cruising with some of my favorite people from my association with Stampin' Up over these past 20 years. Its always so fun to see my friends that I don't get to see that often.

Anyway.. I designed a card made with the Rooted in Nature stamp set and dies. It has a unique little fold in the middle that opens up to insert a greeting.

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I used as the card base, one piece of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" crumb cake cardstock. The designer paper is from the Natures Poem designer paper pack. This is one of the papers that is on special this month for the Buy 3 get one Free promotion. I cut these two pieces 1 x 4" and attached them to the top and bottom of the card.

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The middle fold is a piece of shaded spruce cardstock cut at 8 x 3" and folded in half. Then attached to the middle of the card. I cut a piece of crumb cake and a piece of whisper white for the outside and inside of the fold at 3 3/4 x 2 3/4".

The tree was die-cut with the coordinating Natures Roots framelits. I inked the tree in mint macaron and wiped the ink off of the trunk with a paper towel and inked it with a crumb cake marker before I stamped it on whisper white cardstock.

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A peek at the inside.

The verse was stamped in shaded spruce ink and I hand cut it apart and attached it in pieces.

I then added two mint macaron Faceted Dots to the bottom left corner to pull it all together.

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I hope whoever receives my swap, likes it and is still suprised! lol.

You should give this easy fold a try. Its so simple and quite unique. The Rooted in Nature set works great with this layout and is perfect for a manly card too!

Until the next time...

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Stampin Up Rooted in Nature- I almost forgot!

This is a card that we made during my trip to Las Vegas for the Stampin Up On Stage convention event.

How did I forget to post this? Its one of my favorite cards made with the Rooted in Nature bundle.

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I love all the layers, the layout and the embellishments on this greeting card. The Natures Poem designer series paper looks amazing in the two patterns that were used here. By the way- beginning July 1st thru July 31st, there is a Designer Paper Promotion- buy 3 get one free! Be sure to stock up on your favorites this month.

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The Leave Trinkets and the Natures Twine give this a wonderfully rustic look. Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron leaves are cut with the coordinating Natures Roots framelits. All situated on a lovely soft suede card base and stamped with something "wonderful".

Thanks so much for checking in today.

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Stampin Up Rooted in Nature bundle

This is one of the best stamp set bundles in the entire catalog, in my opinion. The Rooted in Nature bundle is absolutely beautiful and can be used to create cards for any occasion at all. Its also perfect for creating cards for the special men in your life.

We created this monochromatic card at my team meeting earlier this month. Soft suede is the perfect color for this greeting card, because it lends itself to the colors of nature.

The card is the basic 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card. The tree and leave cardstock pieces are 3 x 2 and 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 respectively.

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The designer series paper is the new Natures Poem that coordinates perfectly with this suite. You'll notice that I embossed the leaves on this card. I did that with the framelits from the Natures Roots coordinating dies. I used the new Big Shot Embossing mats to create this look.

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I had to use the beautiful Leaves Trinkets that are part of this suite because they are shiny and add the perfect accent to this greeting card. I attached the leaf with a glue dot. The Natures Twine looks so rustic rolled up under the 1" circle punch. Both were attached with dimensionals.

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This set is a classic and was actually designed to coordinate with the ever popular Lovely As A Tree samp set that has been in the catalog for as long as I've been a demonstrator. Thats over 20 years!

Hope you loved this soft suede monochromatic beauty.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until the next time...

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Glue Dots
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