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November 2017

Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Foil, Foil, Foil

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Welcome to another fun Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month it is all about foil!  We are fortunate to have so many foil options in the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog and Holiday catalog.   


I am on a quest to find  healthy options to fill the test tubes.  I found some gorgeous bath salts at my local grocery store and I loved how wintery and jewel like they were.   I knew they would be perfect for a Christmas test tube project.  


The first foil item I used was some of the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi tape.  I love this set of washi.  It is so pretty and perfect for holiday projects.   I also used the silver trim from the Mini Tinsel Trim Combo pack.  Love the sparkle the tinsel trim adds .  


The test tube holder is made using the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.  If you like foil, you will love this pack of paper.  This pack of paper features classic foil designs in champagne, copper, gold , and silver.  It is so pretty.  I also used the snowflakes from the Seasonal Layers thinlit cut out in silver foil.  The snowflakes are dressed up even more with clear faceted gems.  This is one sparkly little gift.

I learned how to make this test tube holder from Laurie who is on my team.  She made an adorable one for Halloween.  

Here's what you will need to make the holder;

Silver Foil:  1-3/4" x 5", 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" (snowflakes)

Year of Cheer DSP:1-1/2' x 5-7/8"  scored at 1-1/2", 2-1/2", 4", 5"

Use a 3/4" punch in the center of the 2nd section of the Year of Cheer DSP (the 1-1/2" section is the top of the holder).  Punch a circle in the 4th section.  It is best if this second circle is a little off centered.  This will help keep the test tube from slipping.  Attach the first section and the last section (Year of Cheer DSP) to the silver foil piece.  Insert the test tube and decorate with the snowflakes.  

This make a super quick and easy little gift or party favor.  It will be so appreciated since the gift includes some lovely bath salts, perfect for relaxing after a long day.

Now it is time to hop along to see what Laura has created for you.

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Just Add Color DSP and the Stampin' Blends

The new Stampin' Blends are so fun to color with.  I made a few cards using the Just Add Color Specialty DSP and the Stampin' Blends.  These are quick and pretty simple to make since all you have to do is color.


I colored the leaves using the Stampin' Blends and added a black card stock layer and some Black twine and put it on Whisper white note card.   Alcohol markers do not leave marker lines so it makes coloring especially large areas so much easier.  

There are 6 different designs in the Just Add Color Specialty DSP pack and you get 2 of each design.

Here is another design from the Just Add Color paper pack. I look forward to coloring more of the teapots and cups.  



Here's another design which features watering cans and flowers.  


There are 3 other designs that I haven't colored yet.  When I do I will be sure to post them for you to see.

Want more information about the Stampin' Blends?   Click here to see what colors are available and more about Stampin' Blends.

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Bike Ride and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is time for another Create with Connie and Mary challenge.  If you follow the challenges you know that this week it is a color challenge!  


My stamp sets from the Annual Stampin' Up! catalog have been feeling a little neglected.  I do feel sorry for them.  It seems like they have such a short time in the spotlight before the Holiday catalog debuts.   I decided that I would  pull out the Bike Ride bundle to create this week's card.


I made my own bike patterned paper by stamping with Powder Pink ink on Powder Pink card stock.  I used the fun challenge colors to create a fun bike with Pool Party tires!  I didn't want the bike to get lost on the Powder Pink card stock so I layered it on a Whisper White stitched circle.  Whenever I am using Night of Navy I always try and use the gingham ribbon.  I love the look of it and the ribbon ties so beautifully.


I hope you will join in the challenge and be sure to check out what the other design team members created.  

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Birthday Blooms and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

Sometimes at the end of a day I just want to sit quietly for a few minutes and color.  I find it a nice way to end the day and transition to going to sleep. I could have used the new Stampin' Blends but I decided to go "old school" and use my Aqua Painter and ink refills.  


One of my favorite images to color is the big floral from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  The image coordinates beautifully with the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper and this is how the idea for my card started to take shape.  I chose the colors based on the DSP and when I was done coloring I realized that I could use the image and DSP for my design team card for the  Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch challenge #347.  

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Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die

 I hope you will join in and play along with the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.  Be sure to check out what my fellow design team members created with the sketch.

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Color Me Happy and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

In honor of the debut of the new Stampin' Blends (Stampin' Up!  alcohol markers)  I decided to use them for my Create with Connie and Mary design team card. 

Here is the sketch for this week.


Here s what I made inspired by the sketch


Are you wondering what stamp set these cute little lanterns are from?  This set is called Color Me Happy. The Color Me Happy stamp set can also be purchased as part of a kit.  I colored in the lanterns using the Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party Stampin'Blends.   The great thing about Stampin' Blends is that they are meant to blend, which means no more marker lines!  It is easy to make highlights and shadowing using these markers.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.  I know you will be amazed at all the different ways the sketch was used.  I hope you too will join in the challenge.

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