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January 2016

Stampin' Up! Card Project #1

I wanted to share with you the two projects that I designed to take to my friend Lindas this past week.

The first one is a card that is designed to hold a bookmark. So, two gifts in one for the recipient:)

I used the Picture Perfect stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog. This set is a "3 step" stamp set. Which means you can layer the stamps up to 3 layers. I used 2 layers of ink for the rose, on this card. I used the soft sky first with the bolder image of the rose and then layered the next rose in wisteria wonder ink, over top the soft sky stamped rose. I did the same with the leaves, using pear pizazz and old olive inks. The bookmark size is 4" x 2 1/4". The little pocket is a strip of pear pizazz cut 6" x 2 3/4"- and folded in half. I then lined it up on my Stampin' Up paper trimmer with the top left corner on the cutting line and the bottom right corner on the 1 1/2" inch mark on my trimmer. This will make that diagonal cut. I used a thin strip of 2 way glue on each side to hold it together to make the "pocket" for the book mark.


Did you ever wonder how to use this long strip of rhinestones? Well, this is the perfect opportunity to trim the bookmark pocket with some sparkle.


I love the finished corners of the card and bookmark. This was created with the Stampin Up Curvy Corner Trio punch. It will even punch through 2 layers at a time. Awesomeness.


Thats Card Project #1. I hope you liked it!

Stay tuned for Card Project #2, coming soon!

Until next time..

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


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Stampin' it Up in O-hi-O

I was lucky enough to get to visit my dear friend, Linda again this month. I totally don't mind making the road trip to Ohio to see her. In fact, I look forward to the drive.

If you know Linda or I, we are the same kind of "stamper." We have to concentrate when we stamp. Neither of us can talk and stamp at the same time. So, usually we start chatting away right off the bat. That could go on for hours. So we have to remind ourselves that we need to stop chatting and start stamping!

Of course, we have to take a "selfie" or two in the process.


During my visit, Linda shared her card class cards with me. I got to make some of them while I was there. Aren't they awesome? I'm usually the one planning the projects. I don't ever get to just relax and stamp something someone else designed. So I was thrilled to get to make these wonderful cards. Linda always has the best ideas. See her blog here. These cards were all made with stamp set from the new Occasions Catalog.


I also took some projects for Linda. I will post those later this week. But, here's a little peek...


 All in all we had a great day stamping, chatting, doing computer work and especially laughing. Linda always knows how to put a smile on my face and joy in my heart.

Until next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!



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Stampin' Up! Easter Lamb

Easter, already? Why, yes. Easter is early this year. So, its time to think about making Easter cards to send and put in Easter Baskets.

This stamp is darling. It is one single stamp and only costs $10. But, thinking past Easter, this can also be used to make baby cards. Just cover up the greeting or omit it.

For this card I embossed the lamb on crumb cake cardstock in gold emboss powder. I then used our white gel pen to color in some of the wool. The gel pen really pops on the crumb cake cardstock. And its really easy to color in- no going out of the lines, since I embossed it in gold first.



For the scallop edge on the front of the card, I used the circle framelits. Here's how I placed the framelit before I ran it through the Big Shot. I used the circle framelits to make all the circles on this card. This is also the view of the inside of the card. I used the birthday bouquet designer series paper to line the inside.


Let's talk about this watermelon wonder satin ribbon, also from the Stampin Up Occasions catalog.  Oh my goodness- this ribbon is just glorious. I wish we carried it in every color.


I know its not even Valentines Day yet. But, hey, now you have an idea for Easter. So, you are way ahead of the game.


Thank you for taking time to stop by my blog today.

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Stampin Up! Rose Wonder: A quick and easy birthday card

I had mentioned that I have been stamping with this set A LOT. Well, its true. I wanted to share another card that I made with the Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden framelits.

This card is very simple and very easy. Its the type of card that you can whip up a dozen in no time. It can also be used with a multitude of greetings and verses.


I die cut the rose/leaves with the Rose Garden framelits on basic black cardstock.

Then all I did was sponge pumpkin pie and melon mambo ink randomly on a piece of  3 3/4" x 5" piece of whisper white cardstock. What I mean by "sponge"... is I dip my stampin sponge in the ink pad, and I RUB, not pat, the ink onto the cardstock. The two colors will blend nicely together.

On a separate piece of whisper white cardstock ( I used a scrap) I sponged pear pizazz and mint macaron inks. I then traced the die cut leaves onto the scrap paper that I sponged in the mint macaron and pear pizazz inks- and cut it out. I glued it behind the diecut leaves with the fine tip glue pen. The entire diecut was then glued to the card front that was sponged with the melon mambo and pumpkin pie inks. I stamped the Happy Birthday in black archival ink.


Such bright, happy colors. Check out this set for sure. Not only will you love the rose, but the greetings and verses are beautiful too.

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Stampin Up! "A Nice Cuppa"- Mary Engelbreit inspired

To tell you the truth, the first time I saw this set, I thought of the cute little Mary Engelbreit teacups and all the bright and glorious colors of her designs.

I wanted to convey the happy, vibrant colors of the popular and ever so pretty, teacups on this hand stamped card. She uses a lot of black, red, blue and yellow in her designs. So I started with that.



I knew I was going to have to emboss to get that wow, pop of color. So I embossed the teacups in white emboss powder using the Stampin Up  "Dots for Days" background stamp. I cut out the teacups with the coordinating "Cups and Kettle" framelits and then embossed.


I punched out a vellum circle with the 1  3/8" circle punch and embossed the greeting in black emboss powder. I like using the vellum on top of an image, because it doesn't cover it up- the image still pops through so it can be seen. I used a bold brights turquoise button and a real red candy dot with crystal effects on it to accent the black satin ribbon. Lastly, I used the itty bitty accents punch (heart) and added the coordinating itty bitty accents epoxy stickers (hearts) over them.


I think it came together quite nicely. It kind of does have a little of that Mary Engelbreit whimsy, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Botanical Blooms Swap

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for a swap. I actually used it in two swaps because it was a great card to showcase the versatility of the Botancial Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builders dies.


I love, love, love the leaf framelit "border." Its so elegant and pretty and it really makes a statement- especially when using it twice on one card!

This card is pretty easy to duplicate. I also used the coordinating Botanical Garden designer paper, calypso coral, whisper white, mossy meadow and old olive cardstocks.


I used a verse from the Grateful Bunch stamp set and made it into a banner with the triple banner punch. I added some shimmer to the petals with the Wink Of Stella brush in clear and topped it off with a Botanical Gardens flower jewel that I attached with a glue dot.


Here's an aerial view... ;) As you can see, I really enjoy this set and I have more ideas swirling around in my mind to try.

There needs to be more hours in the day, so I can get all my stamping in.

I hope you were inspired by todays post. And I hope you are able to squeeze some stamping time into your day today.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!



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