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Christmas Cards by My Talented Team

 

I wanted to share some of the swaps that my team created for our #1 Stampers Meeting swap this month.

These ladies are so talented and creative. I love seeing their fabulous designs each month and look forward to seeing what they will come up with.

This amazing swap was made by the uber talented Mary Ann Hazlett. She is so good at fine details and 3D projects. This card was made with the Hearts Come Home bundle in the Holiday Catalog.

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Here's a look at it opened:

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This beauty is by Tonya Beatty. Tonya makes such delicate and pretty cards, with a unique twist. I always love seeing her wonderful ideas.

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Here's a cute little card by a cute little teammate- Teresa Fisher. I like the simple and fun nature of this card. This card was made with the Merry Cafe stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.

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The Christmas Quilt bundle is a favorite of mine and this card shows exactly why I love it. Tina DeSalvo made this colorful and and cute Christmas card that would be perfect to send to friends and family this holiday season.

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And last by not least, one of my favorite stamp set bundles, ever- Night in Bethlehem. This gorgeous card was made by Sue Brennan. I adore the colors that Sue used and how she made them pop, by sponging around the edges with the elegant eggplant ink. So pretty!

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I hope you enjoyed all these beautifully made cards, by some of my incredibly talented team members.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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Stampin' Up! Swap and Incentive Trip documents

I received a long awaited packet in the mail last week. It was our flight itinerary, luggage tags, passport case and agenda for the Stampin' Up! All Expense Paid Trip for Two to Thailand!

I'm so excited to be traveling with my daughter on this trip. Total girl time! We have also decided to stop in NYC and Beijing China on our way to Thailand.

Lots of planning and packing to do to get ready- but it will be worth it.

My passport case all wrapped in the new pretty peek a boo peach ribbon.

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And inside is all the goodies. Aren't those elephant luggage tags adorable? We get new luggage tags each trip, depending on the destination and the theme of the trip.

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During the trip, Stampin' Up! sponsors an optional card swap. I decided to use the new Climbing Orchid stamp set and dies.

I think this is such a gorgeous stamp set. I haven't decided yet, if this will be the actual swap. I may tweak it here and there or change the colors or layout. I haven't quite decided - but I am loving creating many beautiful orchids with it, for sure.

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I used peek a boo peach and berry burst cardstock and inks for the flowers and lemon lime twist for the leaves. Its a simple "protoype" right now.

Here's a close up: Notice the fabulous Glitter Enamel dots. Love those sparkly things!

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I'll be sure to post the finished swap before I leave. It may be similar to this one or I may just change the entire card. Who knows? But I am enjoying this set so very much!

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Dragonfly Dreams- from a friend. And Lots of Swaps

I received this beautful Dragonfly Dreams cards from my friend, Elaine Swidzinski. I thought it was so pretty, that I wanted to give Elaine a "shout out." She is such a talented stamper and makes the most beautiful creations, that I wanted to share it with all of you.

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Elaine used the Dragonfly stamp set and coordinating dies, to create this copper foil dragonfly. I love how she embossed the Falling in Love designer paper with the Softly Falling emboss folder. It looks so elegant.

Rhinestone jewels eyes on the dragonfly give it that sparkly touch.

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Thanks Elaine, for making such an exceptional card for me. I love it!

And just for fun, I wanted to add a bunch of swaps that I received from a special swap that I host with fellow members of the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board Alumni. These ladies always "wow" me with their talent!

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I hope you enjoyed these special cards that I have shared today.

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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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Stampin Up Blooms and Wishes with the Color Block, Masking Technique

Last week I posted a card using this same color block masking technique. It was a fall card using the "Every Occasion" stamp set. I also posted a tutorial- which you can view here.

Today I used the "Blooms and Wishes" stamp set to design a colorful birthday card.

I had the idea to use it in a kind of ombre way... so I used 3 shades of ink that were in the coral color family from lighest to darkest.

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I used a simple masking pattern by only blocking off three diagonal lines. I started with the lightest color, flirty flamingo at the bottom, with calypso coral in the middle and topped it off with watermelon wonder ink. So simple and so pretty.

I used the 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" circle punches to frame the greeting from the "Blooms and Wishes" stamp set. I love how this set gives the flowers a watercolor vibe.

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I framed the flowers with basic black cardstock and used flirty flamingo cardstock for the card base. The punch circle is watermelon wonder cardstock. Again I used the Project Life Journal pen for the fine dotted line.

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Its hard to see, but I added a piece of calypso coral cardstock on the inside and stamped the small flower with watermelon wonder.

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I think it turned out sweet. I hope you give this technique a try. Its super easy and super fun!

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Stamping Technique - Bringing it back

Today I had some fun bringing back a stamping technique that I haven't done in ages. Its a color block masking technique.

I just love it! It uses one of my favorite accessories- sponges! So, for this card, I used the "Every Occasion" stamp set. Bold stamps work really well with this awesome stamping technique. I have a quick tutorial to share as well.

Here's the finished fall themed card:

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I started by using post it notes to mask off a section on the whisper white cardstock. I then stamped a solid image within that block and used the same color ink to sponge inside the block before I removed the post it note.

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I continued to mask off blocks or shapes on the whisper white cardstock, while also making sure to cover what I had just stamped so not to overlap the images or inks.

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Feel free to use any shapes and sizes of masking areas. Each card will be unique and have its own special pattern.

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Also be sure to use a different color for each block to create contrast.

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Here's the masking all removed.

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Normally I don't outline the blocks, but today I decided to use the Project Life Journaling Pen to outline each shape. I used a ruler and did a dotted line around all the shapes. We call this technique, faux stitching.

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I love how all the warm fall colors mesh together and form sort of a quilt-like pattern.

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I used the "Endless Birthday Wishes" stamp set for the greeting, "hello"

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One of my all time favorite color blocking techniques, for sure.

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I hope you give this cool stamping technique a try. The "Every Occasion" stamp set is perfect for this stamping technique. It has a variety of solid images for every occasion and season.

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I appreciate the time you spent viewing my blog today. I hope it inspires you to create an amazing fall card as well.

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