Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge

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Ready for another fun blog hop?  This month the Stamper's Dozen blog hop theme is a color challenge.

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I just received my Holiday catalog pre-order (one of the perks of being a demonstrator, you get to pre-order!)  and I was itching to play with something new.   This was a little bit of a challenge since this color combination doesn't exactly scream Christmas.   I looked through the stamps I ordered and realized these colors just might work with the Beautiful Baubles stamp set.


Don't you love all those colorful ornaments?  I embossed the image with silver embossing powder  and colored the ornaments in using an Aqua Painter and Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, and Melon Mambo ink refills.  I also used a new embossing folder, Swirls & Curls.  This is an embossing folder that can be used all hyear long.  The last sneak peek item is the Merry Christmas to All bundle.  Don't you love the big and beautiful "Merry"?  That was cut using the Merry Christmas thinlits and "Christmas" is from the coordinating stamp set.



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Be sure to hop along and see what the other members of the blog hop created with this color combination.


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Blended Season Stamp Set and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge!  This week we have a clean and simple sketch that I love!



I wanted to use Blended Seasons stamp set.   This beautiful and very versatile stamp set is only available in August.  There are coordinating framelits but I didn't use them on today's project.


I love the flower image, which is  so much fun to color.  I used the soon to be released Mango Melody Stampin' Blend to color the flowers.  This new combo pack will be available in the upcoming Holiday catalog.  In addition I used the Old Olive combo pack and the dark Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.


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Not to be Missed, these fabulous August promotions

*Color Your Season-Limited edition bundle

*Bonus Days-Earn in August, Spend in September

*As the Ink Dries online Hostess Code special gift- Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

Be sure to check out the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog to get all the details on how you can participate in this fun challenge and to see what the other members of the design team created with this sketch.

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Animal Outing and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

It was getting near bedtime and it hit me that I had not made a card for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  What!?!  It is like those dreams you have where you realize you have a big test that you totally forgot about or that you left the house with no clothes on.  Is that TMI?  Anyway I went into the stamp room and got to work.  Now I was a little panicked because I am a SLOOOOW stamper.  It takes me a long time to make a card, even the simplest of cards takes me a while.  Here's the sketch.


I reached for my patterned paper and pulled out the adorable Animal Expedition DSP.  The designs in this pack are just fabulous.  One side has those adorable animals and the other side more handsome, clean designs.

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It didn't take me very long to create my card.  The hardest part was trying to decide which papers to use, so many great choices which is a wonderful problem to have.  


Here's what I used to make my card.

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I should also have listed the Stamparatus because without that tool I would have never been able to change the orientation of the sentiment!


I hope you will join in this challenge!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary design team created and all the details on how to play along with the challenge.

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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop-Picnic Paradise

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use the July Picnic Paradise kit.

When I saw this adorable kit and those lovely apples all I could think of was caramel apples.  So, I set about working on making some caramel apples.


How to make caramel:

    * Trace the shape of the apple on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock

    *  Cut a uneven edge to mimic the way caramel looks. 

    * Ink up the "caramel" with Versamark ink and heat emboss it using clear embossing powder. 

    *Repeat the above step one more time for  a smooth and shiny caramel.

Next I had to make a stick.  If you have some popsicle sticks that would be the easiest solution.  If you don't have any on hand here's what I did.

    *Cut So Saffron card stock 1/2" wide by 3-1/4" long, round one end

    *Ink it up with So Saffron ink

    *Insert into the apple and apply the leaves

I trimmed a piece of a plastic bag to fit my apple and used one of the gingham vellum pieces to set my apple on and tied it with the white twine from the kit.  The next thing I did was make one of the baskets in the kit.  I didn't attach the handle so it would accommodate my real caramel apple.  Off to the store I went to get a caramel apple.  Well, I found out that August is not the month for caramel apples so I scoured the shelves and came up with another idea.


Did you know that the cute little cards in the Picnic Paradise kit makes the perfect cover for caramel apple lollipops?!  I followed the directions in the kit for the cards, the only extra step was I punched two little holes.  I inserted the lollipops and tied them up using the twine from the kit.


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A caramel apple lollipop bouquet!!  Wouldn't this be a fun little thank you gift?  I hoped you enjoyed this alternate idea of how to use the Picnic Paradise Paper Pumpkin kit!  Now it is time for you to hop on and see what Shirley has created for you!  I know it will be amazing!

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If you are not Paper Pumpkin subscriber now is the perfect time to try it out!  Contact your demonstrator or if you do not have a demonstrator I would love to help you.  You have until August 10th to sign up for Paper Pumpkin and get 50% off your first box.  What do you have to lose?





Color Your Season-What's New at Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

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Welcome to the What's New at SU! blog hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from around the world who are Hoppin’ With Exciting Ideas to share with you. Today we will feature products from the Color Your Season suite. I know you will find a lot of wonderful ideas  on how to use the Blended Season stamp set,  Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies, and the new Watercolor Pencils assortment 2.


Things you need to know.  The Blended Seasons stamp set and the Stitched Seasons Framelit Dies are only available in August and while supplies last.  The Watercolor Pencil Assortment 2 is also available in August and there is a cryptic note that says they may be available in a future publication. 

The Blended Seasons stamp set has so many beautiful images that are perfect to color using the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2.  The images in the stamp set will have you covered for every season.  I couldn't resist the beautiful flowers in the set and thought they would look great colored using the Gorgeous Grape watercolor pencil in the new assortment.   I used an Aqua Painter with the Gorgeous Grape and the Crushed Curry  watercolor pencils to color in the beautiful bloom.


In the Stitched Seasons Framelit dies there are 3 sizes of this great shape.  I love the stitching along the edge of the label.  In fact the the cutting edge of the die is sandwiched between two stitching lines.  The paper you cut the shape from will also have stitching along the outline of the shape.  This makes for lots of possibilities.  The Mossy Meadow leaves were cut from one of the 10 dies in the Stitched Seasons Framelits.  The dies used to cut the "friend" is from the Petals & More Thinlits.


Now it is time for you to hop along and see what the talented Karie has made for you!

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If you have just come from Karie's blog, then hop along this way and see what the talented Jenny has created for you.

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Thanks for hopping along with us and if you have enjoyed the projects shared on this hop be sure to leave a comment!  

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Please contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you have any questions or to make a product purchase. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would be happy to answer any questions about products, the techniques shown here. you can use the links below to order products from me or join my [stamp ladies] team.


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Hanging Garden Half Pocket

I have one more half pocket card to share with you.  This half pocket card features the versatile Hanging Garden stamp set.


On this card I used only one stamp set, Hanging Garden.  This set has both larger and smaller images  and sentiments that can be used on the front  and inside of the card.  This is a very useful and pretty stamp set.   Want to see more samples using the Hanging Garden set?  Click HERE,  HERE, and HERE.

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If you need the supplies to create your own half pocket card, click on the pictures above and they will take you to my online store or click here.  Thank you and I would be happy to help you with your paper crafting projects!

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Climbing Orchid and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Ready for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #521?  We have a lovely color challenge featuring Sahara Sand, Lovely Lipstick, and Blackberry Bliss.


Sahara Sand is one of those colors I just don't use very often.  I really don't know why I don't use it more.  It is a great neutral that changes how it looks depending on the colors it is paired with.


I embossed the orchids with White embossing powder on  Sahara Sand card stock.  Using an Aqua Painter and Lovely Lipstick ink, I colored in the orchids. I use an acrylic block inked up directly on the Lovely Lipstick stamp pad as my palette.   The sentiment and orchid stems were inked using Blackberry Bliss ink.  


Before I placed the orchids on the stems I embossed the Sahara Sand card stock using the Subtle Dynamic Embossing folder.  This is probably my favorite embossing folder and I use it a lot.  The texture it embosses is subtle and yet adds a lot of interest.  

I hope you will join in the challenge.  You can get all the details HERE and be sure to check out what the other designers created for this challenge.

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Animal Outing for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Ready for a fun sketch challenge?


What do you see?  I saw windows and thought the animals from the Animal Outing stamp set  would look so cute peeking out from the circles.


Didn't I do a great job coloring in the animals?  Are you thinking it looks too good?  Well, you would be right.  I actually cut those images out from the Animal Expedition DSP using the Animal Friends thinlits.  I knew I wouldn't be able to fool you.   My coloring is nowhere near that good but a girl can dream right?  The Animal Friends thinlits also cuts out the giraffe and a branch image from the Animal Expedition DSP.   I love this option of cutting out the images directly from the DSP.  

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 Be sure to stop by the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog  and check out all the details on how you can play along with the challenge and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with the sketch.

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Animal Outing Half Pocket Card

Last week I posted a pocket card using the Varied Vases stamp set.   Today's card is a slight variation of that card which I am calling the half pocket card.  



Basically, I used the same card base as the pocket card  except I did not add the  triangle flap.  The card slips in to the half pocket.  The DSP I used is Animal Expedition, which is so fun and cute.  The rhino was cut out from the DSP using the Animal Friends Thinlits Dies.  

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Because I had and extra triangle of the Animal Expedition DSP cut, I decided to make another card.  This time the pocket is at the top.  I used the same supplies except I used the Postcard Pals stamp set for the sentiment.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Buy 3 Get 1 free promotion.  The Animal Expedition DSP is one of the packs of DSP that is part of this great sale.  Be sure to check out the sale and save on some fabulous Designer Series Paper! 

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Postcard Pals for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Today the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch.  When I saw the sketch i knew exactly the set I wanted to use, Postcard Pals.  This set isn't one I normally purchase but I couldn't resist the cute animals and sentiments.


Here's the sketch for Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #520


In addition to the Postcard Pals stamp set i used 2 different packs of DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Both the Wood Textures DSP and the Animal Expeditions DSP are part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.  This promotion ends July 31, so you have just a few more days to get in on the savings.  



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I hope you will join in this fun challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge. 

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