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February 2017

Cake Crazy and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #311

Time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge!  As a member of the Design Team I submit a project every other week.   It is a lot of fun and sometimes very challenging.  

Here is the sketch for challenge #311.  The optional theme is Checkerboard or Plaid.

TSOT 311

I knew just the stamp set I wanted to use, Cake Crazy!

Cake Crazy set #stampinup

I have been fascinated by cake decorating for quite a while.  I even have a full set of decorating tools.  One of these days I am going to take a class and put those tools to use, until then I am going to use the Cake Crazy stamp set to satisfy my cake decorating dreams.  I can make all kinds of fun designs without a single dish to wash and zero calories too.

Cake Crazy


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I hope you will join in the challenge and be sure to check out what the other designers created for this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by and please stop by tomorrow for a new feature,  Month in Review.  I will be highlighting my favorite projects from February.  If you want to be sure to see all my blog posts be sure to subscribe to my blog feed.  Look on the right hand side of the page under Social Media.  Click on the orange symbol (Feedburner) to subscribe!

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Simple Sunday: So in Love in Calypso Coral

I have been away from my craft room for about 10 days.  It was great to be back in my room again but I needed a jump to get me started again.  I decided to do some coloring.  I randomly stamped the large flower from the So in Love stamp set  on a piece of Shimmery White card stock.  I also used the small leaf image from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set.  

So In Love stamp set #stampinup

It was very relaxing to color in this beautiful flower.  I used the Calypso Coral and Old Olive watercolor pencils.  It didn't take very long to get all the flowers and leaves colored.  I used the Tin of Cards stamp set for the sentiment and I like this bold font, it almost looks like hand lettering.  I added some black twine and black sequins to finish up the card.  

So In Love stamp set #stampinup
This card is a very simple design that would work for lots of different stamp sets.  

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I hope you liked today's Simple Share.  If you need to purchase any supplies just click on any of the supply items above and it will take you to my online store.  Thank you for stopping by!

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Love Sparkles Continued

Here are a couple more color combination using the Love Sparkles stamp set.

Love Sparkles

This card uses Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry.  Playing with the Watercolor pencils has really made me appreciate Pacific Point. 

Love Sparkles

Here we have the same card in Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.   You can see 2 other combinations I used here.  So, which color combination do you like best?  

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Basket Bunch and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #446

Today we have a Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge.


Did I hear you say "yikes"?!  Well,  that was my first thoughts when i saw this combination.   Where to start?  This is what I did.  I pulled out scrap pieces of the card stock and clipped them together and put them on my stamp table.  I would arrange them and rearrange them  in different orders hoping, just hoping that inspiration would strike.   Well, it was coming down to the wire and I was still drawing a big blank.  In a last ditch effort I thought maybe I should ink some stamp up and maybe the colors won't be so bold .  Guess what was on my table?  Yup, Basket Bunch!  I looked at the set and it hit me...what is orange and green?  You got it...carrots!  

Basket Bunch bundles #stampinup

I inked up a lot of carrots in Emerald Envy ink and colored them in using a Tangerine Tango marker.  Cutting all these carrots out took no time at all thanks to the Basket Builder dies.  I incorporated the Rich Razzleberry by using it to make a basket with the liner being Tangerine Tango.  Thanks again to the Basket Builder dies which made this so easy.  I used an Aqua Painter and a lot of water to thin down the Rich Razzleberry ink to use it to color in the bunny's ears and tail.   The cute little bunny's bow tie is also Rich Razzleberry just not  diluted with as much water.  

Basket Bunch bundle #stampinup

The cute sentiment is part of the Basket Bunch stamp set.  I decided that I needed to pull in more of the Emerald Envy color so I used Emerald Envy ink for the sentiment.  So, what do you think?  Did I do okay?  I have to tell you that I am relieved and happy that I made something that doesn't look too forced.  I would love to see what you make with this color combination.  Please join in the challenge and be sure to check out what the other designers made.  I know they came up with something brilliant!

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Love Sparkles

Way back towards the end of the Occasions catalog is the set Love Sparkles.  I received this set when I attended a Stampin' Up! event last November.   This set has great words in a very fun font.  

Love Sparkles

I used the Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter to color in the hearts.  I used the color combination of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Pacific Point.  This card is a great one to practice watercoloring.   The card was finished with some thick Melon Mambo Baker's twine and rhinestones.

Love Sparkles

On this card I used the Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight , and Real Red pencils.   Don't you like the word sparkle?  There is another sentiment in the set that says, it's your day.  I just love that.  We all need to sparkle a bit more, especially if it is our day.


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This card is fun to make and easy too.  I have a couple more color combinations to share using the Love Sparkles stamp set and will post them in s a few days.  

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Special Reason and That Old Black Magic

It is so nice having Watercolor Pencils again.  Time to revisit some of those techniques we used to do, like Black Magic.  

Special Reason Black Magic technique

I stamped the flower on black card stock with White Craft ink.  Let the white ink dry, you can  speed up the drying process by using a heat tool.  I used the Daffodil Delight pencil and colored over the white ink.  The White Craft ink allows you to color on the black card stock, which is pretty magical. The center of the flower was colored in with the Pumpkin Pie pencil.  I used the White Craft ink again to stamp the sentiment and the Delicate Detail border.  Since this is a craft ink you can use it to heat emboss which is what I did.  

Special Reason stamp set Stylish Stems framelits

The leaves were cut with the Stylish Stems Framelits in Garden Green card stock.  Doesn't it look like I used two different greens  for the leaves?  Here's what I did.  I cut both the leaf base and the detail in Garden Green.  I inked up the base with VersaMark ink which darkens it just a little and then layered the detail die cut over.  If you are thinking this layout is familiar you are right.  I shared a very similar card here.


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Basket Bunch and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #445

Ready for another Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge?  


You know I am ready for some sunshine, flowers and bright colors.   The Basket Bunch stamp set and coordinating  Basket Builder framelits are just what I need to help me forget about the rain and gray skies.

Basket Bunch bundle

I used the Basket Bunch Bundle for the basket of spring flowers.  I colored the flowers and leaves with the Stampin' Up! Watercolor pencils and an Aqua Painter.  I added touches of glitter to the middle of the flowers cause you know I like my glitter.  I used the Sunshine Wishes thinlits and cut out the "congrats" three times.  I stacked and glued them so they would stand out a bit more.  

Basket Bunch bundle

The tiny polka dot DSP on the front of the card is from the Pop of Pink Specialty DSP pack.   The Daffodil Delight(front of the card) and the Melon Mambo strip ( inside of the card) are from the Brights DSP Stacks.  

Be sure to check out what the other designers have created using this sketch.  You know they always have great ideas.  I hope you will join in the challenge and be sure to let me know if you do!  

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.  This month we are working with a color challenge.

Yes, I had a bit of trouble with this combination until I realized that this combination is part of the colors in the Sale-A-Bration Carried Away DSP.  I used one of the designs from the paper pack and from there things got much easier.

Special Reason Bundle and the Flourish thinlits

I created my own glimmer paper by inking up some Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder card stock with VersaMark ink and then heat embossing it with a custom blend of  Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Clear Embossing powder.  I used these pieces as my base for the flowers I cut out, using the Stylish Stems Framelits.  

Special Reason bundle, Flourish thinlits

I cut out leaves and buds using the Flourish thinlits.   I tucked in the leaves and buds around the sparkly flowers.  I also used the Sunshine Wishes thinlits to cut out the "congrats".   I just realized that I did not use a single stamp on this card.

Stylish Stems framelits, Flourish Thinlits


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Thank you for stopping by.  Now it is time to hop on over to Laura's blog and see what she has created for you.

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Basket Bunch Bundle and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #309

Time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge!  Did you know that there is a new sketch challenge posted on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog every Tuesday?  The great thing is that you have 2 weeks to participate in the challenge.   This week's sketch #TSOT309 is a clean and simple one designed by Vicki.


I am still crushing on the Basket Bunch Bundle so I had to use it for this sketch too!

Basket Bunch Bundle #stampinup

This is a quick and simple card  and an easy one to make multiples of.    I inked the bunnies in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and cut them out using the Basket Builder Framelits.  I did a little coloring with a Pink Pirouette marker on their ears and tails.  

Basket Bunch Bundle #stampinup

The bow ties were colored in using the watercolor pencils and an Aqua Painter.  You really don't even need the Aqua Painter, you can just color the bow tie with the pencils.

Basket Bunch bundle #stampinup

I added the Blushing Bride Glimmer paper hearts.  The larger hearts are from the Mini Treat Bag thinlits and the tiny heart in the sentiment is from the Confetti Hearts Border punch.  i even added some of the larger hearts to the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from the One Big Meaning stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.

It would be great to see your card entered into the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge.  Be sure to go to the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog and check out the projects the other members of the Design Team created.

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Flourish Thinlits in Silver

I had the Flourish thinlits out for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #444 and decided to create another card using the same technique but with different colors.

Flourish Thinlits

This color scheme of white and sliver creates a very elegant card.  The addition of the silver glimmer berries and rhinestone dresses up the card even more.  I think it would make a beautiful wedding or anniversary card.   I am going to wait to add a sentiment until I know exactly what occasion I am going to use it for. 

Flourish Thinlits

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