Mostly Manly Monday: Tasteful Textures Bundle

This week I am focusing on the Tasteful Textures bundle.

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You can see this bundle on page 11 and page 135 of the 2019-20 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.  


Simple, clean and hopefully masculine card even though there is a bit of sparkle.

Here's how to make this card.

    1.  Cut a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of Basic Black card stock.  Place the largest stitched circle die from the Stitched Shapes set (145372) on the card stock.  Place the Tasteful Background die inside of the stitched circle shape and run it through a die cutting machine.

    2.  Cut a 3" x 3" piece of Sparkle Glimmer paper (146957) and use the #7 circle die (#8 being the largest circle-Layering Circle dies 141705).

    3.  Adhere the Sparkle Glimmer paper to the back of the Stitched Circle using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Place the circle under something heavy to help with adhesion.

    4.  Cut a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Cut using the 2nd to the largest Stitched Rectangle die (148551).  Stamp the sentiment found in the bundle in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

    5.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Thick Whisper White card stock(card base) and score at 5-1/2".  Cut a 3-1/2" x 5" piece of Basic Black card stock.  Adhere the Stitched Rectangle piece (step 4) on to the Basic Black card stock.  Layer the Basic Black piece on to the card base.

    6.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals and attach the Stitched Circle on to the front of the card base.


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To A Wild Rose and the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0038

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  What festivity are we highlighting this time?


I chose to use the Watercolor theme.

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Oh how I love To A Wild Rose bundle!  It is a 2-Step stamp set which means you can use different stamps to color in the image like I did in this post or as an outline stamp. 

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Here's how I made this card.

1.  Rub the Embossing Buddy over piece of  5" x 8" Shimmery White card stock

2. Stamp the outline rose in VersaMark.  Repeat 2 more times.  Sprinkle White Embossing powder over the image and shake off any excess.  Heat emboss.  Stamp and heat emboss 3 outline leaves.

3. Water color the rose using an Aqua Painter, Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride ink.  Set aside to dry.  When dry, use the Wild Rose dies to cut out the roses.

4. Water color the leaves using an Aqua Painter and Mossy Meadow ink.  When dry, use the Wild Rose die to cut out the leaves.

5,  Create a light water color wash using an Aqua Painter and Coastal Cabana ink.  

6. Flick the Aqua painter to create colored drops.  Flick and/or drip Clear Wink of Stella for even more shine.

7. Adhere the roses and leaves on the Shimmery White CS using dimensionals.  Layer on to a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Coastal Cabana cs and then on to a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Thick Whisper White CS.

8. Stamp "hello" in Bermuda Bay ink.


I hope you will join in the challenge.  You can go to the Festive Friday blog for all the details and be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created.

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Tasteful Backgrounds for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC569

It is Thursday and I am back with the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC569.  The challenges this week is to make a project inspired by the card on page 132 of the Stampin' Up!® catalog.


You can use the sketch, colors , stamp set , basically any aspect of the sample to inspire your project.  I chose to use the sketch as my inspiration.  


As you can see I really simplified the layout.  I used the Tasteful Background dies and inlaid Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green pieces into the cut out.   The welcome sentiment is from the Well Written dies.  

I like how simple and clean this looked, so I continued to play with this idea.  To do the inlay is not difficult since the pieces are distinct in shape and not small.  The only one that gave me a little trouble is the tiny teardrop near the bottom of the design.  I may have had to cut that little piece out a few times.  


In this sample I added another cut out and a vellum strip for the sentiment to sit on.  This vellum layer is on the inspiration card.  


Here the designs are side by side. I had so much fun playing around with this dies.  I am looking forward to playing with the other dies and the stamp set.

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Band Together for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Happy 4th of July!  It is hard to believe it is already July! During the month of July  the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a Case the Catalog challenge.  What does this mean?  Every week a sample will be chosen from the catalog and you can use the sketch, color, stamp set, basically any aspect for the challenge.  This week the chosen sample is on page 22, the sample on the lower right hand side.


I chose to "case" the sketch.


I used the Band Together stamp set.  I stamped the images in VersaMark ink and then colored in the flower using a dried up marker dipped in White Craft ink.  Once the craft ink dried, I colored in the flowers using Watercolor pencils.  I used Melon Mambo from the Watercolor Pencils and Flirty Flamingo from the Watercolor Assortment #2.  This is a fun technique and also works well using the Chalk Marker instead of the White Craft ink.

Be sure to stop by and check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

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ICS Blog Hop...Punch Me Out

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Welcome to the Inspire, Cerate, & Share Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on Punches!  One of my favorite new punches is the Medium Daisy Punch.  This new punch is a must have.  It coordinates with the Daisy punch and the Daisy Lane stamp set.


The Medium Daisy punch can be purchased as part of a bundle with the Daisy Lane stamp set or byitself.  The daisies were stamped in Melon Mambo ink and punched out using the Medium Daisy punch.  I stamped and punched it twice for each flower.  The Leaf punch was used to create the Granny Apple Green leaves. 


The background was created using the new Birch background stamp inked with Crumb Cake ink.  The Birch background stamp is beautiful and one of the first things I ordered from the new catalog.


The centers of the daisies were created by inking Granny Apple Green card stock with VersaMark and embossing it with a mix of Clear Embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  A layer of Fine-Tip glue was applied over the centers to create a slightly dimensional and glossy finish.

Now it is time for you to check out what Cynthia has created for you.

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Celebrate with Cake for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0037

Have you seen the Experience Creativity brochure?  It is a new Stampin' Up! brochure that focuses on kits and quick & easy stamping.  I think  this new brochure is great.  In it there is are 3 exclusive stamp sets.  I used one of the stamp sets  for my card today for the Festive Friday Challenge #FFF0037.


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The stamp set is called Celebrate with Cake.  It is filled with simple, bold images  and sentiments too.

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So cute!  The card I made for the #FF0037 Challenge involves some fussy cutting (really not very fussy) and the Bird Ballad Designer Series paper.  In the brochure there are lots of samples of adorable cards that are one layer note cards with just stamps and ink.  I will be making some of those and sharing them.


I have prepared a tutorial for you if you would like to make this card.  Click here for the measurements, supplies, and directions!

I hope you will join in the fun and create something for the #FF0037 Challenge!  I would love to see your entry in the Festive Friday gallery!

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Band Together for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC567!  This week we have a lovely color combination.


This color combination is definitely one to remember!  Have I told you before that I keep a little ring of color combinations on my stamping desk?  Well, this one is going on that ring.  


I used the Band Together bundle (stamps and dies!) for this card.  The flowers and leaves were colored using the Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends.   Sure do love those Blends!  Whenever there it is a color challenge I always check to see if I have the Blends in those colors.  Do you do that too?  


As much as I love the big flowers in the Band Together stamp set, it was those label/band dies that sealed the deal for me.  I cut this label twice. Once in Granny Apple Green and onec in Whisper White.  I fitted a Whisper White label back into the opening for the sentiment.  Don't you love  options?   

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The sentiment is also from the Band Together stamp set.  In this stamp set, there are sentiments for both the outside and inside of the card.  I love that!

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge, so many great ideas on how to use this color combination.

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Clearance Rack Update!

The Clearance Rack is being updated with stamp sets!  It is the first time ever that stamp sets will be featured on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack starting at 11pm June 25.  Please use the Hostess Code F6WYM4NV, if your order is less than $150.  Remember items are available while supplies last.


Stampin' Up! Trimmer Blades (item # 126995) will be back in stock on June 27 (Thursday) at 9 am (PST).  

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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop: A Little Smile


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog hop.  We are hopping to share with you alternate ideas on ways you can use the June Paper Pumpkin kit, A Little Smile.

This month's kit is all about sharing a little kindness and appreciation.  I decided I wanted to make a little gift card holder for my hairdresser who is going on a little trip.  She is going somewhere tropical so this kit was just perfect and I had the perfect gift card too.


You know what really made me happy?  The Paper Pumpkin kit had everything I needed.  I didn't use anything other than what was in the kit and it is a quick project!  Follow along and we can make it together.



I took 2 envelopes and attached one flap of one to the other.  You now have two pockets to use.  


I cut one of the little card in half and used the die cuts and stamps to decorate the cards.  There are a lot of different die cuts to use and I love the variety from vellum to glimmer!  This kit has a generous amount of die cuts.


A gift card fits perfectly in the envelope!  Remember you have 2 pockets so 1 can be used for a gift card and the other for a little note or even another gift card.

Now it is time to hop on over to see what the talented Janey Backer has created for you!


I hope you enjoyed my alternate idea on how to use the A Little Smile Paper Pumpkin kit.  If you are not currently working with a  Stampin' Up! demonstrator and have some questions and/or are interested in Paper Pumpkin, I would be happy to help you.

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Beautiful Friendship for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Ready for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  This week it is a sketch challenge.


I saw this sketch and thought it was the perfect time to use Beautiful Friendship.  


Beautiful Friendship is a great stamp set, perfect for a new stamper as well as an avid stamper.  Beautiful images and great sentiments all in one set.  In addition I used the  Band Together bundle.   This was another must have  for me.  You will be seeing a lot more of these bands in the future.  On today's card I used the band as a label.  The sentiment is also from the Band Together stamp set.


Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie & Mary blog and check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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