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February 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!  


I modified the January Paper Pumpkin project.  I cut off 1-1/2" from the original card.


Now it holds a tea bag perfectly.  


I used the framelits from the Lots to Love Box framelits to hold the tea bag in place.  I enjoy receiving the Paper Pumpkin kit every month.  The stamp sets are on trend and perfect for the upcoming season.  I also like having everything cut and ready for me to create with.  If this sounds like something you might enjoy Sale-A-Bration is a perfect time to purchase a Paper Pumpkin subscription.   Consider it a Valentine's gift to yourself.

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Picture Perfect Birthday and the What Will You Stamp Challenge

I am happy to be a guest designer on the What Will You Stamp challenge.  This fun challenge chooses a Stampin' Up! stamp set as the theme of their weekly challenge.  I often check their blog on Mondays to see if I have the stamp set and if I do I try and participate.  This week the challenge stamp set is the Picture Perfect Birthday set.

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I created this simple birthday card using the sentiment in the stamp set as a border.  I added the candle from the stamp set to make it a birthday card.  This sentiment and card would also be perfect for a graduation card or any kind of congratulatory card. 


I used the 1-3/4" circle punch to create the opening for the photo.  This picture of my son is probably 11 years old and remains one of my very favorite pictures of him. 

Please join in the challenge and create a project using the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set,  I look forward to seeing what you create!

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Petal Palette Thank You

Made this card using the Petal Palette bundle and Petal Pair Embossing folder for a team meeting make & take.  



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Graceful Garden and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #496

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!


I used the lovely Graceful Garden stamp set from the 2017-18 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.   I love the coloring this beautiful rose image.  The image was embossed with White Embossing Powder and colored using an Aqua Painter, Calypso Coral and Old Olive ink refills.  


I also used the Petal Garden DSP which is one of the prettiest 6" x 6" stacks of paper.  It is an easy one to mix and match and the colors are so pretty.  

Thick Whisper White: 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 5-1/2",   5/8" x 4"

Petal Garden DSP:  4" x 5-1/4",  3" x 5",  7/8" x 4"

Shimmery White CS: 3-1/8" x 4-1/2" ( I used Shimmery White CS since I was using an Aqua Painter.  The paper does not absorb as quickly which allows you to move the colors around.


I used the Decorative Ribbon Border stamp to cut out the little scallop.  The sentiment I used is from the Floral Phrases stamp set.  The  font is so pretty.  Hope you enjoyed seeing what I created using the sketch.  Now be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary Design team created.

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Heartfelt Blooms and the Triple Time Stamping

The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is an elegant and beautiful stamp set.  It is a set that lends itself to lots of different techniques.  


This technique is called Triple Time stamping. It is very easy and I think it looks great with this set.  Here are the measurements for the different layers.

Very Vanilla: (cut 2) 4" x 5-1/4",  3" x 4-1/4",  2" x 3-1/4"

Basic Gray: 4-1/4" x 11"  (scored at 5-1/2"),  3-1/4" x 4-1/2", 2-1/4" x 3-1/2"

Place all the Very Vanilla layers on top of each other like they are in the completed card minus the Basic Gray layers.  You might want to secure each piece down with a tiny bit of adhesive.  Stamp the sentiment and then stamp  the flower as shown in the sample. Stamp a few random splatters with the Timeless Texture stamp.  Carefully separate the layers and now layer the largest vanilla piece on to the cardbase.  Layer the middle vanilla piece on to the Basic Gray layer and tie a bow using the Basic Gray ribbon from the Shimmer Ribbon pack.  Apply adhesive and secure it down, taking card to line up the images.  Layer the smallest vanilla piece to the Basic Gray layer and attach it to the middle layer with Stampin' Dimensionals. Stamp the remaining Very Vanilla piece and then adhere it to the inside of the card.  



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This project uses 2 Sale-A-Bration products and they are 2 of my favorites.  When you place a $50 order you are eligible to receive one of these fabulous products free.  If you place a $100 order you can choose both of these products for free.  Sale-A-Bration is a great time to be a customer, hostess and/or a demonstrator.  

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Happy Birthday Thinlits and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

It is Tuesday and time for the Try Stampin'on Tuesday  Challenge!


Here are the challenge colors.


I used the colors Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Powder Pink.  I realize now that the pink I used is a little lighter than the one in the challenge picture.  We could also use any neutral and I am sure you knew I was going to use black.  

I used the Happy Birthday thinlits and cut it out in Powder Pink.  I used sponge daubers and added the Pool Party and then transitioned to Bermuda Bay.  I got this idea from Jenny Engelke.   I then inked up the thinlit with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I actually repeated the embossing process to get a really shiny look.   I cut the die again on a piece of Basic Black card stock.   To make it easier  I attached a piece of black card stock behind the area I cut out the words.  Why?  When I fitted the words into the black card stock I did not have to worry about putting the little pieces back in. 


I also cut out and embossed the little flowers from the Flourish thinlits.

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I hope you will join in this fun challenge!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with these colors.

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Heartfelt Blooms Glitter Panels

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing!  There are so many great options to choose from.  Heartfelt Blooms is one of my favorites (yes, I know I have a lot of favorites) and it is so pretty and interesting too.  The way the stamp is created it lays down the ink in different opacities which means some areas are darker or lighter.   You stamp like normal and the stamp does all the work.  I love a stamp that does all the work for me.  


What do you think?  It took me a bit to figure out the correct measurements and then once I had the image cut up I decided to glitter them.  

All About the Paper:

Very Vanilla Thick 4-1/4" x 11 scored at 5-1/2",  3-3/8" x 3-3/4" these are the panels and are cut again to measure 1-1/8" x 3-3/4", scrap for the sentiment

Basic Black  3-3/4" x 5"

Berry Burst 4" x 5-1/4" and scrap for scallop oval

To glitter the image I inked up the entire strip with VersaMark and then embossed it using a mix of Clear Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  I start with a  1-1 mix and then add more embossing powder as needed.  I call this mix Glittery Goodness.  Stampin' Up! used to sell an embossing powder called Iridescent Ice which is the inspiration for Glittery Goodness.



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Remember you can get the Heartfelt Blooms set for Free with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration  If you would like to see the Sale-A-Bration catalog or the new Occasions catalog email me and I will send them to you or you can click on the links on the right hand side of the blog.  

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Amazing You and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #495

I know you have heard me say this many a time, this week's challenge was a tough one for me.  Strangely enough I had a concept of what I wanted to make and the card actually came together pretty easily.  The tough part was deciding if I liked the card I made.  I went from thinking I should probably make another sample to I like it.  


Here are the colors for the Challenge.


Are you wondering where these colors are from?  I think they were inspired by the colors in the Painted with Love DSP.    

I embossed the flower from the  Amazing You  Sale-A-Bration set with gold embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock.  To color the flowers I used an Aqua Painter and Rich Razzleberry ink refill.  I fussy cut the flowers and surrounded them with gold foil leaves cut using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  The "love" die cut is from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits and cut it in both gold foil and Melon Mambo.  The Melon Mambo was laid on top of the gold foil to give it a gold shadow.  


This is what I really like about participating in challenges.  They force me to stretch and try new combinations and ideas.  Sometimes they turn out, sometimes they don't, either way I learn something.  

This week you really need to check out what the other members of the design team created.  The cards are all so different and inspiring.   

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