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...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!









 


How to - Stampin Up Best Bunny

I have a sweet card to share with you today. Its a super cute bunny card, made with the Best Bunny stamp set and coordinating Bunny Builder Punch.

I stamped the bunny in memento black ink and colored him with Stampin Blends alcohol markers. I colored the bunny before I punched him out. It makes it easier to manage and I don't have to hold little tiny pieces with my big fingers and try to color them.

I used soft subtle colors for both the bunny and the background of the card which is one of my favorite new colors, soft sea foam. The designer paper strip is from the Share What You Love designer paper pack.

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First let me share a tip when punching out the bunny. I wanted to punch the bunny all at once and not in separate parts. To do that, I first used the bunny builder punch and punched out the image on a piece of scrap paper, like so:

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Next, I placed the photopolymer stamps in the punched holes that matched the stamp images- make sure you place the photopolymer stamps with the stamping side facing down. See below- these are the stamps, placed in the punched bunny spaces.

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Lastly, place a clear acrylic block over top of the photopolymer stamps and "pick them up" onto the block. They will now be in the exact position as to how the Bunny Builder punch with "punch" them out. * See photo of Bunny Builder Punch below, in the supply list- you'll see how the layout matches the punch exactly.

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Ok, so back to the Best Bunny card. I used the light crumb cake Stampin Blends alcohol marker to color the entire fur of the bunny. I then shaded with the dark crumb cake marker. I did the same with the petal pink light and dark markers on the belly, cheeks and ears.

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Notice the beautiful embossed background on the soft seafoam cardstock? The background was embossed with the "Subtle" emboss folder. Its so pretty and has a gorgeous "linen" look to it.

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I added a rhinestone jewel and a couple self adhesive Basic Sequins to finish off the sweet bunny card.

I hope you enjoyed the card and the special Bunny Builder Punch "tip".

Thanks for stopping by today!

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...

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Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise Incentive Trip


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, most likely you've seen and heard most everything about the Stampin Up Alaskan Incentive trip that I'd earned. I first want to give a huge "shout out" to all my wonderful, supportive and amazing customers that helped me earn this cruise! You are truly the best of the best!

I'll share several photos over the next few posts as well as some sneak peeks of new products coming in September!

We flew into Seattle, where we boarded the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. This has been a dream vacation destination for my son for as long as I can remember. So, he was my guest as well as my daughter, who loves to travel as much as I do. My youngest son was working an internship for school and did not want to miss work, so he made the tough decision not to go. My husband also did not go because he had missed so much work with his shoulder surgery and couldn't miss any more. He had gone on the last SU Alaskan Cruise, so all was good.

Our cabin

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The Promenade

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The first night we got aquainted with the ship, had dinner and attended the Stampin' Up Welcome Reception. Lots of great appetizers, slushy drinks and a warm welcome from our co-founder, Shelli Gardner.

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Back at the room, we received our first pillow gifts from Stampin' Up... A logo bag and some new Holiday designer paper! (sneak peek alert)

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Oh wait, that was the second nights pillow gift.... this was the first nights gifts... Stampin Up logo jackets. These are so awesome and so soft!

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The next day was a sea day and Stampin Up's General Session. We heard about upcoming promotions, saw new products and won prizes and give aways! Maci and I also visited the spa- as it was her birthday!

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One of our gifts- The Take Your Pick Tool- coming in September!

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Happy Birthday Maci! The dining staff had a cake, music and a song prepared just for her big day.

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Stampin Up always has a "hospitality" room for us on the trips. They have snacks, candy, new product displays, card and scrapbook samples, as well as prizes and an opportunity to chat with the SU Executive Team.

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Lots and lots of Candy...

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Photo Opportunities- the room was all rustic with an Alaskan camping theme.

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The next day, we docked in Juneau. It is said to be the most beautiful State Capitol in the US. I can totally see why. Its actually and island and can only be accessed by boat or plane.

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Chase had a fishing excursion planned and Maci and I hiked to Mendenhall Glacier, rode the Mt. Roberts tramway, had a Salmon Bake picnic and shopped. 

Mendenhall Glacier is the largest glacier accessable by land. It is amazingly gorgeous!

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The Mendenhall Glacier is 13.6 miles long and is part of the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest National Forest in the United States at 16.7 million acres. Its also a rain forest!

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Nugget Falls at the Glacier. This waterfall drops 377 feet and we walked right up to it and put our hands in the water. Its breathtakingly beautiful!

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Maci and I then enjoyed a quiet mountain picnic where we were served a delicious meal of grilled salmon, chicken and Alaskan blueberry cobbler, while a musician strummed his guitar and sang to us.

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Next we went back into Juneau and rode the Mt Roberts Tramway. It took us up 1800 feet for a spectacular view of Juneau.

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This is a view of the tramway car from the ship. If you look real close, you can see the tiny car floating in the trees.

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We didn't know it at the time, but our friends Cindy and Lynsay were in the car, on their way back down.

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View on the way up..

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It only took us a few minutes to get to the top. However, we had to wait in line 45 minutes to get back down. Good thing we didn't wait until the end of the day to ride, or we would have missed the boat!

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We shopped and then decided to have Alaskan King Crab legs for dinner. Oh my, they were delicious. I won't even tell you how much they cost us... in Alaska, no less. We each had one leg and that was just enough to satisfy us.

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Meanwhile, Chase was heading back from his fishing trip. He caught Halibut and Flounder. I asked him to take lots of pictures. He took 4. We didn't get to see photos of the whales, seals, bald eagles and all the fish that he saw, but we did at least get to see him with his Halibut. Nice catch, don't you agree?

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He had the best time. This fishing trip was a big highlight for him and I'm so happy he was able to enjoy it!

What a beautiful view he had from the fishing boat.

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Maci and I wanted to squeeze in one last thing before meeting Chase back at the ship. My friend, Heather was born in Juneau and she tipped me off to the new whale sculpture that had just been completed in Juneau. We jumped in an Uber (there was only one in Junuea) and took a ride to the park where the whale sculpture was displayed.

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The whale is life size, complete with spouting water and colored lights at night. It seriously looks so real!

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Well, that's Juneau in a quick post-there is more to come. I'll sign off with a couple display boards from the Stampin Up Hospitality room, which was dubbed, Stampers Base Camp.

Enjoy these swaps from top demonstrators around the world!

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Until the next time...

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Stampin Up Varied Vases bundle

I'm loving the colors of this Varied Vases thank you card. These colors were showcased on our Stampin Up demonstrator website, and I just fell in love.

I used highland heather and whisper white cardstock as well as grapefruit grove designer paper. The card is a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card. The whisper white is cut to 3 3/4 x 3 inches and the "in color" designer paper is cut at 5 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches. I stamped the flowers images in memento black ink first, starting with the middle one and spaced them about 1 1/4 inches apart. I then punched out the vases and layed them on scratch paper and stamped the flower stems in them - then simply lined them up with the flowers on the card.

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I added several "Share What You Love artisan pearls" and some grapefruit grove ribbon to add some interest and dimension.

For the water in the vases: I masked off the top of the vases with a post it note and then sponged some balmy blue ink on the bottom of the vases. Works great for the look of "water".

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I colored the flowers with grapefruit grove, mango melody and highland heather Stampin Write Markers. I also used tear n tape to attach the ribbon onto the card. The vases were so easy- because there is a coordinating Vases Builder Punch to punch them out, quickly and easily. I love punches!

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A few of the vases were "popped up" with mini Stampin Dimensionals and the others were simply taped in place with snail adhesive.

Such a darling little stamp set with so many fun possibilities!

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