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January 2016

Botanical Blooms all fancied up

I decided to go a little crazy with my Botanical Blooms set. Hmmm, actually I didn't even use the stamp set. I only used the coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits.

These are so pretty and some of the framelits even have "dimension."

I chose the colors soft sky and mint macron for a soft pastel look. Really, this was very simple. Its just a lot of die cut flowers, layered on the front of a card. I didn't really know how I wanted the card to look. I started by die cutting a bunch of flowers and leaves in the three colors, whisper white, mint macron, and soft sky.

I cut a circle from the circle framelits dies in basic gray cardstock and then start placing them on the circle.

It all went together from there.

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I added a bit of shimmer with a clear wink of stella brush on the petals of the flowers and lots of rhinestone jewels.

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I embossed the happy birthday greeting with white emboss powder to make it pop on the basic gray background.

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I topped it off with the silver satin ribbon, silver sequin trim and a basic silver metal button. I love all the dimension and the bits of sparkle.

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I love how it turned out. It was unexpected "fancy-ness" from a bunch of die cut blooms.

I think this card turned out pretty special. I'll be saving it for my mom's birthday, because I think she's pretty special too.

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A Rose is a Rose - Stampin Up Rose Wonder

I've been playing with the Rose Wonder stamp set a lot lately. There are just so many possiblities with this beautiful set. I love the verses and the coordinating Rose Garden thinlits too.

For this card, I only used two colors of ink.

I first embossed the flower image in white embossing powder onto the watercolor paper. I used pink pirouette and mint macron to color it in with an aqua painter. I did a soft wash of each color all over and then went back in with the same colors to highlight. Its easy to stay in the lines when the image is embossed first.

I layered it on a white card, followed by Its My Party designer series paper and gold foil sheets. I also added metallic gold sequins in the corners, which I attached with our multipurpose liquid glue.

 

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You can see the emboss detail here. I also embossed the verse in gold emboss powder and added metallic gold thread and 3 dots of gold glitz dazzling details glitter, along with the gold ribbon.

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I think this card design is so soft and pretty. It would also be great as a birthday, mothers day or wedding card.

If there is one set in the Occasions Catalog that is a "must have" this is it.

I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed creating it.

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Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebration- Occasions Catalog

The new Stampin' Up! set Balloon Celebration has a coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch. I don't know about you, but I love when our stamp sets have matching punches. It makes it so easy for me to design and create.

My favorite color is pink. So, I went with melon mambo and blushing bride inks. For the balloons, I stamped off first before I stamped on the cardstock. That means, that I inked up the stamp and then stamped it on my scratch paper- then I immediately stamped it on my card. This gives the balloons a softer, more pale look.

It seems like I haven't used vellum cardstock in forever. I decided a vellum banner would look soft and pretty on this card and not cover it up too much.

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Heres a close up of the details.

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Of course, since my favorite color is pink and I love glitter... I had to use the new blushing bride glimmer paper for the main balloon. I punched it out with the new Balloons Bouquet punch. This punch actually has 2 different size balloons. I used the larger one on this card.

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Ahhh... I am in love with this blushing bride glimmer paper.

This is a quick and easy layout for you to use in any color. I hope you like it!

 

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Apple of my Eye - Stampin Up Occasions Catalog

I love citrus. Especially the vibrant colors and juicy sweet scent. I wanted to convey that in a card that I made with the new Apple of My Eye stamp set.

I chose a few bright colors and then juiced it up with some water and clear emboss powder. I wanted the card to look like I just peeled an orange, a lemon and a yummy grapefruit. 

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I inked up my stamp with crushed curry first, then used a sponge dauber to add pink pirouette and calypso coral directly on the stamp edges and center. I did this with pink pirouette and melon mambo and calypso coral and pumpkin pie combinations too. You may use those colors in any combination.

Once I had the stamp inked up, I spritzed it with water. I held the water bottle about 12" away and lightly spritzed the rubber. I then stamped it onto my water color paper. I over- lapped all the other colors until I had the card front filled.

Then I sprayed the watercolor paper with water. I lightly misted the paper- do not to soak it. I then poured clear emboss powder over it and heated it with the heat tool. This gave it the juicy, orange peel look.

These are the supplies that I used.

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It looks almost good enough to eat!

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I chose the "Have a Cuppa" designer paper for the inside. How perfect that the paper has lemons on it!

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Cucumber crush ink and cardstock paired with melon mambo ribbon, tied the look together.

Ok, so now, I'm craving a big juicy orange. Yum!

Go ahead, give this techique a try. I think you'll love the results.

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A Unique Card Fold Idea

I love when I find a new technique or unique card fold or even re-visit an old technique.

A Stampin' Up! demonstrator friend shared this card fold idea in a swap that I participated in with other Stampin' Up! leaders. This card is so unique and very pretty.  I wanted to share my version with you and create a pattern for you to use.

Its made with the Botanical Blossoms stamp set, Botanical Builders Framelits and Botanical Gardens designer paper from the new Stampin Up Occasions catalog.

This awesome idea came from Missy Shipman. I pretty much cased her card except for the verse.

How cool is the pleat on this card???

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Here's a template for you so that you can try this yourself.

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Here's another card I made using It's My Party designer paper with the Grateful Bunch stamp set and coordinating Blossom Punch from the Stampin Up Occasions Catalog.

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Close up of the designer paper, Blossom punch and pearl jewel detail on the pleated card.

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If that fold isn't the coolest ever, I don't know what is!

Hope you take some crafting time and try your hand at making this unique and super cool card fold on the next card that you create.

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Stampin' Up! - Going Global

One of the new stamp sets in the Stampin Up Occasions catalog is Going Global. I loved the idea of a set that I could use for masculine cards and pages too.

I wasn't quite sure how to start, but I knew I wanted to use the World Traveler coordinating emboss folder. I am totally loving this emboss folder. I can see myself using this for a multitude of projects.

I started out with the colors of earth and sky. So I went with mint macaron, soft sky and crumb cake.

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The World Map background stamp was perfect for the base of this card. I stamped it in crumb cake ink onto the crumb cake cardstock for a tone on tone look. I finished it off with some mini brads, metallic sequins, metallic bakers twine and chevron ribbon. Note: for attaching the stars, I rolled glue dots in a ball, which popped the stars up to give them dimension.

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I really like these colors together. I'm thinking of some other projects that I can incorporate the same color scheme.

Hopefully I will be able to squeeze in some stamping tomorrow, so that I can play with more of my new products from the Stampin Up Occasions catalog.

Hope this post inspired you to make some masculine themed cards or try a new color combination.

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