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March 2013

A Round Array and Button Buddies

You might need to put on some sunglasses cause the card I am showing today is pretty bright!  I have been having fun with the new A Round Array stamp set and the 7/8" Scallop Circle punch.   I love a stamp set and coordinating punch, just like Button Buddies and the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle punch.

Round Array Button Buddies

Stamps: Button Buddies, A Round Array, Hey There
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, White Craft Ink
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Punches: 1-3/4" Scallop Circle, 7/8" Scallop circle, 1/2" Circle, Bird Builder  
Big Shot: Perfect Polka Dots folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit

You can order the Spring Surprise Bundle (133899) which includes the A Round Array stamp set and the 7/8" scallop circle punch for $23.95.  This price is 15% off the regular price.  This offer is only good until May 30, 2013.   

In Colors and Array of Sunshine

Today I was shifting things around on my crafting table to ease some of the congestion and found a treasure.   Back when the 2011-2012 was brand new, Gail K (good friend and downline) cut out, glittered and layered the big flower from the Array of Sunshine hostess set in the then new In Colors.  She packaged them in a cute little box and gave them to me.  You will see that it was a lot of work  and she did a beautiful job.  

In Colors 2011-2013

Yes, each flower is made up of 3 layers all glittered and popped up with dimensionals.   I knew I did not need to do too much since the flowers are the show stopper so I just used some Whisper White card stock and Calypso Coral DSP.    The sentiment is from the Welcome box of My Paper Pumpkin.  I love this stamp.   My dear friend who passed away last fall  would always call and say "hey there"  so I knew I needed this stamp and I think about her everytime I use it.

If you are wondering aren't there 5 In Colors?  You are right.  I ran out of room on this card and so I had a Wisteria Wonder flower left to use on another card.

Wisteria Wonder flower

Pretty simple card but i am totally going to make a set of cards using this layout.   I used the same elements as the first card except i embossed the sentiment with Black embossing powder to make it stand out.  Thanks again Gail for making these gorgeous flowers for me.  

These In Colors are supposed to be retiring soon but I know that the Calypso Coral and Pool Party are used in the new This and That product Suite so I assumeat least those two colors will be sticking around.   We will know more soon and I will let you know.  

If you would like to learn more about My Paper Pumpkin you can go here.  If you decide to subscribe please consider listing me as your demonstrator (Sharon Burkert, Auburn WA 98092) Thanks!



Oh, Whale!

Love this little whale set, Oh Whale in the Occasions Catalog.  I have not used it enough so I decided it was time to get it all inky!  

Oh, Whale Pacific Point Pumpkin Pie front

First off who knew that Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie would look so good together?  The Color Coach knew and that is how I came to use this color combination.   I use the Color Coach a lot.   It really is a good tool to help broaden your color choices.  The second thing I learned is that it is much, much easier to cut the whale out first using the Clearlits die and then stamp it .   I did need to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig but I found this sequence much easier than stamping and then die cutting.  

Stamps:  Oh, Whale (129312 CM, 129129 W), Oh, Hello (130733 CM, 130730W)
Ink: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Polka Dot Parade
Punches: Owl Bulider punch (heart)
Big Shot: Happy Whale (129403) , Tasteful Trim, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets
Extras: Pacific Point 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Color Coach (120148), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

Oh, Whale Pacific Point Pumpkin Pie

Another little tip for you is to use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets ( 120805 page 177) when you cut out small pieces like the water spout.   I placed my Pumpkin Pie card stock on a small piece of the adhesive sheets and then ran it through the Big Shot.  I took off the individual drops of water from the cut out and since there was adhesive on the back I could place it easily on the card.  It just made it a little easier than using any other adheisve.  I did the same thing with the anchor.

If you are a fabric lover be sure to check out  SU!'s Fabric Frenzy!  All fabrics at 50% off for one week only March 25-31!.

NEW Product Alert! Check out SU's new product line, This and That.  If you want to start capturing your life's This and That then you can order the whole bundle of products (133350) at 15% off through April 30th.  The bundle of products is so cool and I am patiently (ok maybe not so patiently) for my product bundle to arrive.  Can't wait to share it with you!  

As always a lot going on!  Thanks a ton for stopping by and I will be surfacing again soon with more samples to share! 

Flowering Flourishes

I had big plans to showcase lots of Sale-A-Bration samples this week since Sale-A-Bration is ending tomorrow ( Friday the 22nd) but it just was not meant to be.  My allergies have been crazy this week and I have not felt very creative.  I spent a frustrating couple of hours in my craft room which is usually my happy room, before giving up.   Lots of starts and fails and nothing looked right.  Here is the only card I completed, even this simple card was a struggle.  

Flowering flourishes front

I am still not sure about it but since it was the sole survivor I decided I would share it with you.  

Flowering flourishes

The card base is 4-1/4" x 8-1/2" and the panel extends above the base about 1-1/4".  

Stamps: Flowering Flourishes (C126367), Blooming with Kindness (C 126422)
Ink: Black Stazon 
Paper: Basic Black CS, Whisper White CS, Red Stripe Brights DSP Paper Stack (117155) , Twitterpated DSP (125406)
Punches: 1-1/4" Circle (119861), 1-3/8" Circle (119860)
Big Shot: Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138), Scallop Square Bigz Clear (115950)
Embellishments: Pearls colored with Black Sharpie (11947), Black 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119962)

I am back in the craft room today and armed with some new allergy medications so i am hopeful that it will be a productive and creative day.   Remember to get your Sale-A-Bration orders in soon.  If you need assistance please feel free to contact me.  

Hope to stamp with you soon!


ps: I would never send you an email with just a link in it so if you get one just delete it.  I am way too chatty to send just a link so you know someone else is up to no good.


Another Sycamore Street Pocket Card

Here's another pocket card made with the Sycamore Street DSP and the Vintage Verses stamp set.  You have just a few days left to take advantage of the fabulous Sale-A-Bration so don't delay.

Sycamore dsp

I used one of the Paper Doilies from the Occasions Catalog to dress up the pocket.     I also used the Sycamore Street  Ribbon and Button bundle.

Close sycamore dsp

I love the button and In Color Polka Dot brad combination.  I shared with you how to cut out the design from the Sycamore Street DSP in the previous post-  Totally fun!  

Sycamore dsp out

Here's what the card looks like outside of the pocket. That is it for now.  I have been struggling with my allergies the past few days.  I love spring but all the pollen in the air is tough on me.  

Hope to stamp with you soon!


Sycamore Street DSP Pocket Card

There's just one more week to go until Sale-A-Bration is just a memory.  I would hate for you to miss out on the free products so be sure to get your orders in!  

Sycamore St DSP pocket card

Here's a pocket card made with the Sycamore Street DSP and the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button bundle.  

     Sycamore St closeup

Are you marvelling at my most excellent cutting skill? Can I share my secret with you?  Promise not to think less of me?

    Close up floral framleit and DSP

I cut them out using the smallest framelit in the Floral  Frames Framelit!  When I saw this design in the Sycamore Street DSP pack I thought it looked familiar and was thrilled to figure out that you can cut the design out perfectly with the framelit!  Total bonus!

Sycamore St DSP pocket card out

Here's the card outside of the Sycamore Street DSP pocket.  The sentiment is from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set.  

Hope you enjoyed the card and learning about my awesome cutting skills.   Have a wonderful weekend and remember to get your Sale-A-Bration order placed.  I would love to be your demonstrator!




Sycamore Butterfly and Flowers

I have been working on my mid-month newsletter and decided that it needed some new samples using Sale-A-Bration products since the end of Sale-A-Bration is coming up quick on the 22nd of March!  Here's one of the projects I will be sharing .

Button flower card

This is definitely a card that will require some extra postage.  DOn't you just love a lumpy, bumpy flower! Here's a close up of the flower.

Close button flower

Love the Sycamore Street Buttons and Ribbon pack.   In the center of the flower is a large Pearl (page 175).   It has been fun finding different elements to put in the middle of the buttons.

Inside button flower

Here's the inside of the card.   The great sentiments are from the Vintage Verses SAB stamp set. If you would like to subscribe to my newsletter go to the upper left hand side of the blog and sign up.  

Happy π Day!




Patterned Occasions Thank You

Yikes!  There's less than 2 weeks remaining of Sale-A-Bration!  Didn't it go so fast?  Here's a quick and easy card using the Patterned Occasions stamp set and the Sycamore Street DSP and ribbon.

SAB patt occ elephant

I think the Patterned Occasions set is great!  It is an easy set to use and the images and sentiments cover all kinds of occasions.  I also have to tell you that I love  the Sycamore Street DSP.  I will definitely miss this pack of pattern paper.  There is a nice mix of patterns making it easy to make cards for everyone.  

Here's what I used to make this card:
Stamps: Patterned Occasions SAB set
Ink:  Basic Gray, Basic Black, Lucky Limeade Stampin Write Markers
Paper: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Sycamore Street DSP
Punches:  2-3/8" Scallop Circle,  1-3/4" Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot: Honeycomb folder, Circle # 2 die
Accesories: Rhinestones, Sycamore Street Ribbons and Button pack

If you would like to place an order please contact me or visit my online store and remember SAB end on March 22!

They're Back!

Who's Back?  The Easter chicks are back!   These little punch chicks are quick and easy to make and I updated them using the Card Base Pop'n Cuts and the Dress Form Pop' n Cuts.  

Pop n cuts chix in a pot closed

A pretty simple card front.  Isn't it cool how the card closes?  I love that the Card Base Pop' n Cuts have these slits and tabs to keep the surprise inside a surprise until you open the card.

Pop n cuts chix in a pot open

I built the flower pot and chicks and then attached it to the dress form.  If you want to see how I made the chicks here's a video  tutorial   I made.  The You Tube channel is an old one and I have a new one that the Embossing with 2 Folder video is on, with more videos to come.  

Pop n cuts chix in a pot open close up

Here's the new chick!  She's just a baby.   I used the 1-1/4" scallop punch to make her and the Bitty Butterfly punch .  Hope you enjoyed seeing the chicks again and here's a link to more  Easter Chicks.

If you have any questions you know how to find me so don't hesitate to ask.

Hope to stamp with you soon!




A Quick Post

Lately it seems like I have been doing a lot of quick drop by posts.  Today is no exception.  I thought about not posting but found this card that I never shared before.  

Envelope card

Love the Natural Composition DSP and the Print Poetry DSP stack!   Isn't the Two-Tone ribbon just so yummy?

Envelope cardout

Recognize the flower from the Oh, Hello set?  Here's a look atht the inside of the card.

Envelope cardinside

That is it for today.   Hope your day is going more smoothly than mine is!  Hope to stamp with you soon!