Varied Vases Pocket Card

Stopping by with a quick post.  We are heading out to one of our favorite spots for a hike, picnic, and a good book next to a waterfall.   


Bright and cheery card to hopefully brighten someone's day.  Poppy Parade and Basic Black always a good idea.


Want to make a pocket card of your own?  You can find a tutorial for this style of card HERE and for a slightly different pocket card HERE.   

That is it for me for today.  Summer is fleeting where I live and I need lots of memories of summer fun to reflect on when it gets rainy and gray. 

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Graceful Garden and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

This week we are playing with a color combination on the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  


If this color combination looks familiar it is because it is the colors of the paper in the Tropical Escape card stock pack.   


I embossed the flower from the Graceful Garden stamp set with White embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock.  I used an Aqua Painter and the Blushing Bride, Granny Apple Green, and Shaded Spruce ink refills to color in the image.  This is one of my favorite ways to color.  



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I hope you will join in the challenge.   Go to the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog and get all the details on how you can join in the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for this challenge!

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A Good Day toTic Tac Toe

Today's Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge is Tic Tac Toe.  What is that?  Well, it is kind of a pick your own challenge adventure.  You choose any line: horizontal, vertical or diagonal and those are the elements you use for this week's challenge.


I chose: Yellow. Geometric, and Circle.  I sure hope you could tell that was what i chose.



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What way to tic tac toe will you choose?  

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Christmas in July

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Christmas in July.   Wait, I am not even ready to start thinking about Christmas.  I have a few Christmas stamp sets from prior years but somehow that didn't feel right, then an idea came to me.  


I just received the hostess reward set, Artfully Folded and thought it would be a  great set to use for Christmas.  Origami cranes are a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.  It is believed that if you fold a 1000 origami cranes your wish will come true.  In fact when we got married (it will be 32 years this September) friends of mine folded 1000 gold cranes for us.  At our reception I had strings of gold cranes hanging from a white paper umbrella.  It was beautiful and full of so many wishes for a happy life.


All the images on the card are embossed in silver embossing powder.  If you look very closely you can see a few flecks of glitter in the swirl image (Star of Light stamp set).  I mixed in some Dazzling Diamonds glitter with the silver embossing powder.  I wanted to add just a little more shine to the star swirl.  Do you see the shimmer in the crane?  I first colored in the crane using Wink of Stella.  It was pretty but very subtle.  I had a Wink of Stella that was pretty much empty and one of my team members reminded me that I could add some alcohol to it and even some ink refill, so I did.  I filled the Wink of Stella pen with alcohol and added a drop of Smoky Slate ink refill.  The result is a silvery Wink of Stella shine.  Love it!


Be sure to check out all the projects on the hop.


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Vertical Greetings and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

This week the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge is a sketch.   I like this sketch a lot especially once I turned it.



I am using this rich color combination of Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow.  Both of these colors are now part of the Stampin' Up! Color Collections.  Merry Merlot is a Neutral and Mossy Meadow (a returning In Color) is a Regal.  

The stamp set I used is Vertical Greetings.  This is a great set to have in your collection as it is one of the few that have well, vertical greetings.  I also like topiaries and think they can also be used for a masculine card.   

Here's how I inked up the topiary.  I inked the whole image up in Mossy Meadow and then wiped off the stem parts with a swab and then used an Early Espresso marker to color in the stem parts.  If the green I am using for the greenery is fairly light I don't wipe it off and simply marker over it.   I punched out a pot from the 6" x 6"  Neutrals DSP pack using the Tailored Tag punch.  


I used the Subtle embossing folder on the Merry Merlot layer.  This folder is another must have. It really adds just a little texture  to the card.  Doesn't it look like I used textured paper?  

Be sure to go to the Create with Connie & Mary blog and check out what the other members of the design team created.  While you are there be sure to read all about how you too can play in the challenge!  I would love to see how this sketch inspired you.

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Abstract Impressions

I am so happy that Poppy Parade has returned to the color lineup.  It has been fun discovering the different color combinations.  Today I am using Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive. 


Isn't it a great color combination?  I used the Abstract Impressions stamp set and love how easy this stamp set is to work with.  The flowers are either 2 or 3 step stamps.   I used just one color for each flower.  The trick is to "stamp off" the stamp once to create a lighter color.  I did this for all the bold images and used the ink full strength for the detail stamp.  


The Abstract Impression stamp set is a fabulous stamp set for everyone from beginners to experts.  I love when a set has both great sentiments  and beautiful images.  I also stamped the inside of the card which you can get a peek of in the picture above.  

So is this color combination a keeper?  Let me know what you think!

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Remember the Buy 3, Get 1 Free on select Designer Series Paper.

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Also don't miss out on this sweet deal!  I would love for you to be a part of the stamp ladies team!

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Playing with Color

So many new colors to play with!  Today's card is a simple one and uses 3 new colors and 1 In Color.  


Here are the colors I used.

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This is a quick and easy card that looks quite dramatic.  The colored squares were cut using the smallest of the square Stitched Shapes framelits and they were layered on to the 2nd to the largest scalloped square from the Layering Squares framelits.  The large flourish is from the Flourish thinlits  cut in Basic Black card stock.   To create the Lemon Lime Twist berries,  I applied VersaMark ink on  Lemon Lime card stock and sprinkled a mix of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Clear Embossing powder and heat embossed it.  I pulled the Silver and White Baker's twine through the Highland Heather ink pad to color it.   The sentiment is from the Varied Vases stamp set. Such a cute font.

What are your favorite color combinations?  I would love to know!

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Garden Impressions DSP for Simple SUnday

If you haven't guessed by  now I am a fan of the Garden Impressions DSP and also the 6" x 6" DSP that comes in every Color Collection.  Today for Simple SUnday I using them together!

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The top and the bottom pieces of DSP are from the Garden Impressions pack.  The Melon Mambo stripes is from the 6" x 6" Brights DSP.  I love having coordinating stripes and dots in all the colors!  The sentiment is from the Enjoy Life stamp set stamped in Shaded Spruce with little Melon Mambo butterflies from the stamp set,all on a Whisper White stitched circle.  I also used the Silver and White Baker's twine.

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Have you gotten your free DSP yet?  The Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion runs through the end of the month.  It is important to remember that not all of the DSP is a part of the promotion.   

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ICS Blog Hop Paper Palooza...Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!   We are so excited to share with you lots of ideas and inspiration using the Designer Series Paper in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.  I chose to use the Tropical Escape DSP.  I was born and raised in Hawaii so I was drawn to the pretty colors and images of this package of paper along with the entire Tropical Escape Suite.


On my card i used 3 of the designs from the Tropical Escape DSP.  Here you can see 2 of the designs.  I love that the  DSP is designed so one side of the paper is more patterned and the flip side is more neutral.  This makes it easy to use all the papers and mix and match patterns.  I stamped lots of leaves and flowers from the Tropical Chic stamp set and cut them out using the Tropical Thinlits die.  These 2 items can be purchased individually or as a bundle (10% off when you buy them as a bundle!).


The card is free-standing and would also be a great way to display a photo.  Here are the measurements and scoring I used to create the card.

Shaded Spruce card base:  5-1/2" x 8-1/4" scored at 2", 3", 5-1/4", 6-1/4"

Shaded Spruce focal panel: 3-1/4" x 4-1/4"

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    floral and foliage: 2 @ 1-3/4" x 5-1/4,  1 @  2" x 5-1/4"

    Blushing Gride w/white dots:  2@ 3/4" x 5-1/4"

    white with Granny Apple Green lines:  3" x 4"


Here you can see where the Blushing Bride and white dot DSP is hiding.  The lovely ribbon is the Granny Apple Green 1/2" Textured Weave ribbon.  This ribbon also comes in Gray Granite and they both coordinate beautifully with the Tropical Escape DSP.

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what the talented  Audra Monk has created for you.

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Here are links to all the products I used on today's card.  Contact your demonstrator to place an order or if you do not have a demonstrator I would love to help you!


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Beautiful Bouquet for Floral Friday

I am so happy to have the color, Poppy Parade back in the Stampin' Up! Color Collection.  Today I paired it with Calypso Coral and they were made for each other.


Since I pulled out the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and the coordinating Bouquet Bunch framelits out last month I find myself reaching for them a lot.  It is almost like they are new to me, so lovely to rediscover them.

Did you see?  I am using my washi tape!  The black and white strip of washi along the side of the card is from the Pick a Pattern assortment.  In fact, recently a rare spotting in my craft room occurred.


Have you ever seen one before?  Do you know what it is?  An empty roll of washi tape!!  Working on stopping the hoarding and actually using my washi and all the other beautiful things.  Wish me luck!  


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