2022 Jan-Feb SAB

It's Marbleous, Simply Marbleous

I have been playing with the Simply Marbleous DSP, a Sale-A-Bration choice.  What a fun pack of paper and it is free with a qualifying purchase but only for another week,  Yes, sad to say that Sale-A-Bration will be over at the end of February.

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I paired up the Blossoms in Bloom bundle with the Basic Gray Simply Marbleous DSP.  I cut the outline die of the flower in Basic Black and the bolder die in Basic White.  The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set and it was heat embossed in white embossing powder.  The sentiment was cut out using a Stitched Rectangle die.  I added a few Iridescent Rhinestones to add a little bit of sparkle.  

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I also made the same card except i used the flip side of the Simply Marbleous DSP.   Isn't it amazing how different it looks?  This side is so much more dramatic.  I thought about adding another kind of gem maybe in a color.  In the end I decided I liked this study in shades of gray, black and white.  

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Thanks for stopping by and come by tomorrow for even more Simply Marbleous cards,

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It Is Almost Over!

Yes, the January-February 2022 Sale-A-Bration is almost over!  In fact today(Feb 28th) is the last day.  January and February sure flew by in a flash.  Here's a little tour of some of the projects I shared using the Sale-A-Bration choices. 

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The Simply Marbleous DSP in Gorgeous Grape and the Color and Contour bundle featured on the blog here. 

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Simply Marbleous DSP and the Blossoms in Bloom bundle featured in this blog post.

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More Simply Marbleous and the Blossoms in Bloom bundle featured HERE.

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Daffodil Afternoon DSP (SAB) and the Daffodil Daydream bundle featured HERE.

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Another Daffodil Afternoon DSP and the Daffodil Daydream bundle featured HERE.

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Catching Butterflies (SAB) and the Sweet Symmetry DSP featured HERE.

 

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Catching Butterflies and the Rainbow & Sunshine DSP both Sale-A-Bration choices and can be found  HERE.

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This is one of my favorite cards using the Sunshine & Rainbows DSP.  It is simple and shows off this super fun and happy DSP.  You can see the details about the card HERE.

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This card shows both the Sunshine & Rainbows DSP and the Driving By stamp set.  The blog post is here and there are some tips and tricks on the post.

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This sample shows some of the fun designs in the Sunshine & Rainbows DSP along with the Measure of Love stamp set (Annual Catalog).  You can find more information about this card HERE.

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The Awesome Otters are so dang cute!  This cutie is welcomed in 2022

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This card paired the Awesome Otters with the Sweet Talk DSP. More information can be found on this blog post.

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Another pairing of the Awesome Otters and the Sweet Talk DSP.  This was one of favorite cards made using the Awesome Otters. and you can get more information about this card HERE.

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The Friendly Hello stamp set and coordinating Designer Series Paper was definitely a favorite of mine.  This pocket card was featured on this blog post.

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This card featuring the Friendly Hello stamp set with the Merry Melody Embossing folder  can be found here.  Whew that was a lot to review.  Be sure to get your order placed to qualify for Sale-A-Bration by 10:50 pm PT.  

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You Look Marbleous!

I try to schedule my blog posts to go live in the early morning (Pacific Time).  Sometimes that doesn't work, for example when I am participating in a blog hop or some other kind of event.  Lately it has been a lot more random and I hope soon I will get back to posting at a consistent time.  You can  subscribe to my blog which means you will receive an email when a new  post goes on the blog.  On  the right side of the blog you will see a subscribe form, you can sign up for blog updates there.  Thank you!

Yesterday I shared some samples using the Basic Gray Simply Marbleous DSP (Sale-A-Bration choice) and the Blossoms in Bloom bundle.  Today I want to share with you the rest of the colors of the Simply Marbleous DSP.

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On this card I cut the bolder die out of the Blushing Bride Simply Marbleous DSP.  The DSP design creates a flower with lots of different colors and hues.  The Basic White layer was embossed using the Tasteful Textile folder

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This card was made using all the same ingredients as the previous card except using the Gorgeous Grape Simply Marbleous DSP.  

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The next 3 cards were made using the Simply Marbleous DSP as a layer.  The flowers were made using Basic Black for the outline image and Basic White for the bolder image.

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Thanks for stopping by and remember Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28th.    

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Catching Butterflies Birthday

It is Friday and time for a new Festive Friday Challenge.  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that features an Inspo list inspired by a festivity.  The Inspo list has 10 items on it and to play in the challenge you need to use at least 3 of the items on the list.  National Peanut Butter Lovers Day is the festivity that inspired the Inspo List.  You do not have to use the festivity in your project but you can.

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I used the following on my project from the Inspo List: brown, stripes, circles, interactive.  I will be the first to admit that some of the ways those items are represented on my card are pretty weak but they are there.

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I used the adorable Catching Butterflies stamp set.  This stamp set is free during Sale-A-Bration (end February 28th!) with a qualifying order.  I sometimes mistakenly call this the Chasing Butterflies set.  This made me think of how I could show her chasing a butterfly which led me to the Give It a Whirl dies.   One of my team members, Kerri taught me this alternative way to use the dies.  Doesn't it look like she is chasing a butterfly?

This is the interactive element of my card.  I used a piece of Sunshine & Rainbows DSP (another Sale-A-Bration gift) and paper pieced a striped dress and this sweet little girl's brown hair is courtesy of the new Natural Tones Stampin Blends- SU200 and she is attached to a circle. Inside of the card i added a few more butterflies, the ones that got away and a sentiment from the Best Year stamp set (wishing you your best year yet). CatchingButterflies-ff-in

 

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ICS Blog Hop...Time to Sale-A-Brate!

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Welcome to the Inspire Create Share blog hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather together on the 2nd Tuesday of the month for this blog hop.  Every month we have a theme and this month it is, Time to Sale-A-Brate.  In case you are not familiar with Sale-A-Bration it is a fun  promotion that occurs twice a year.  This period of Sale-A-Bration runs from January 4 to February 28th.  During Sale-A-Bration you can choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration  product with a qualifying purchase.  You can see the Sale-A-Bration products HERE.

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For my project I am using 2 Sale-A-Bration choices, Driving By stamp set and the Sunshine & Rainbows DSP.

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 This card has a little secret it opens in a different way than  a regular card.

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Kind of fun right?  The right edge folds back which allows the card to open.  Here are the details.

  • Midnight Muse card base- 5-1/2" x  7-1/2" scored at 3-1/4" and 6-1/2"
  • Sunshine & Rainbows DSP Granny Apple Green pattern 3" x 5-1/4"
  • Sunshine & Rainbows DSP Midnight Muse pattern 3/4" x 5-1/4"
  • Basic White CS 3" x 5-1/4" inside of the card
  • Basic White CS 3" x 3" cut using the Layering Circle die 2"-3/8"
  • Midnight Muse CS 3" x 3" cut using the Layering Circle die (scallop) 2-1/2"
  • scrap pieces of Basic White for the balloons.

You can see that I omitted part of the sentiment.  I used a self adhesive page marker to cover up the "hi" and then inked up the stamp.  Be sure to remove the page marker before you stamp the sentiment.

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I also added a few dots using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  This marker is a handy one to have.  I could have also used the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color in the sentiment instead of an ink pad.  If I had used the marker I wouldn't have had to use the page marker to cover up the word.  

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The inside sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.  I also masked the car to stamp only the balloons.

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This time I used a post it note to cover up the car before i inked up the balloons.  

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Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what Dana has created for you!

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Thank you for stopping by, enjoy all the fabulous stops on the hop , and remember Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th!

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Catching Butterflies

I just recently received the Sale-A-Bration set, Catching Butterflies.  The set reminded me of when my son was in elementary school and had a science segment on insects.  He was very into bugs and we spent many an afternoon looking for bugs and trying to catch them.  

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I used Stampin' Blends to color the girl and used one of the colors from the new Natural Tones Stampin' Blends for her skin.  It is wonderful to have so many more options for coloring.  I also added a few flowers from the Peach dies in Pale Papaya, So Saffron, and Calypso Coral.  

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Here's the Create with Connie and Mary sketch that was used for the card.  The Create with Connie and Mary challenge is a weekly challenge that alternates between sketches and color combinations.

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I wanted to create the illusion that the butterfly was actually flying so I fussy cut the butterfly out, attached it to a strip of window sheet and attached the strip  to the back of the Layering Circles dies.  The sentiment is from the Sweet as a Peach stamp  set and cut out using the Peach dies.

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The patterned paper is the Sweet Symmetry DSP. I love these happy colors and designs.  It is a great pack of paper to mix and match the patterns.  Inside of the card I added a little strip of the DSP and stamped and colored a few butterflies.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

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Sale-A-Bration Friendly Hello Birthday

Today I have another birthday card featuring the Friendly Hello stamp set.  When I see the bird on the branch image,  I can imagine her singing a sweet song, maybe at sunrise or sunset.  That idea is what inspired today's card.

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I started off creating the "sky". I used Blending Brushes on Basic White CS and started with Mango Melody, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, and then a bit of Night of Navy ink.  I just kept on applying ink and blending  until I was happy with the sky.   I added a few splatters using Water Painters and watered down White Craft ink.  

I die cut a circle using the Layering Circle dies and then embossed the Basic White layer using the Merry Melody 3D Embossing folder.   This embossing folder debuted in the 2021 July-December Mini Catalog and has been carried over, which means it is still available to purchase.  I thought it was the perfect choice to accompany my singing bird.

I stamped the bird using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloring her in with Stampin' Blends.  I will post the colors I used below.  I fussy cut the bird and branch out.  After I fussy cut I go around the edges with the brush end of a Black Stampin' Write Marker.  This gives it a finished look and also helps cover up any white edges.  

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Behind the bird I cut a Petal Pink flower using the Meadow Dies and colored over the stem using an Old Olive Stampin' Blend.  I also die cut the leaves from the Forever Flourishing dies in Gold Metallic Specialty Paper.    You can also see inside I added a full die cut flower using the Meadow Dies.

The sentiment was stamped on the lovely label which is in the Meadow Dies.  

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The last addition I made was to add the Coastal Cabana rhinestone from the Holiday Rhinestones to the sides of the sentiment label and the flower centers. 

 

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Sale-A-Bration Friendly Hello Birthday Pocket

The Friendly Hello stamp set and Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper is one of the 2022-J-F Sale-A-Bration choices.  It hardly gets any better a lovely stamp set and coordinating paper ...FREE with a qualifying purchase.

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I love florals, add a cute bird and I am all in.  Isn't she a sweet little Pool Party bird?. I colored the image using Stampin' Blends (see below for all the colors I used).  I used the same little trick I shared here.  The image was a little too big for the size circle I wanted to use so I stamped the image on the circle and then stamped the bird image again (on another piece of Basic White CS), colored it and fussy cut just enough to fit over where I needed to add on the tail.  The image is now complete with the tail extending over the edge of the circle.  

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This pocket is one of the card styles I use a lot.  I like to show off both sides of the pretty paper and this pocket does that.  The pocket measures 4" x 12", just a bit narrower than a standard card base but this allows me to get 3 of these pockets from one sheet of 12" x 12" paper.  The DSP is scored at 5-1/2" and 10".  The flap was cut using one of the Basic Borders dies.  The pocket is held together with the Fresh Freesia ribbon.  

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The inside card was finished with a strip of DSP and a couple of stamped, colored and fussy cut flowers and leaves.  The Fresh Freesia CS is 3-7/8" x 5-3/8" and the Basic White CS is 3-3/4" x 5-1/4". 

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I added 3 Iridescent Rhinestones.  One near the sentiment and 2 in the flower centers.  Isn't cool how they look so different?  I love how they reflect the colors around them.  They are definitely one of my favorite new embellishments in the new J-J 2022 Mini Catalog.

 

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Awesome Otters...Guess Who Loves You?

Yesterday I posted two cards featuring the Awesome Otters stamp set and the Sweet Talk DSP.  I actually made 3 cards using the same supplies.  Here is the third card I made.

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Here's a little funny about this card.  I showed this card to my son and he said he thought the gophers were pretty cute.  I laughed and told him they were otters and he said they look like gophers.  If you didn't know they were otters, they do look like gophers!  Without the clues of the long tail, fish or water they could pass as gophers.  

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I used 2 more patterns from the Sweet Talk DSP and fussy cut some hearts too.  The sentiment is from the Banner Year stamp set.  I cut the sentiment apart so I could have the one otter/gopher holding it like a banner.  

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Inside another strip of DSP and a fussy cut heart.  Simple and cute way to dress up the inside of the card.

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The Awesome Otters stamp set is a Sale-A-Bration choice and free with a qualifying order of $50 (US).  If you like cute animals then this just might be a perfect set for you.  If you would like a J-F 2022 Sale-A-Bration or J-J 2022 Mini Catalog and do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator please contact me and i will get them sent to you.  

 

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ICS Blog Hop...Awesome Otters

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!  This month the theme is time to  Sale-A-Brate!  We are sharing projects using Sale-A-Bration products.  I chose to use those adorable Awesome Otters.  

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I paired the Awesome Otters with the Sweet Talk DSP.   Love that I can show both sides of the DSP on the pocket.  The pocket is secured together with the Real Red 3/8" Faux Linen Ribbon.

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The cute otter was stamped on Basic White CS .  Both the Basic White circle and  Real Red scalloped circle were cut using the Layering Circles dies.  The otter was colored in using Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.  The little hearts the otter is carrying it was cut using the Give It A Whirl dies from the Sweet Talk DSP. The sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.

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Another fun little otter stamped on the insert for the pocket.  

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Since I had all the supplies out I decided to make another card.  This is a simple 3 panel DSP card.  The panels measure 1-1/4" x 5-1/4".  Quick and easy card that shows off more designs of the DSP.  I made a third card using the same supplies and will post it tomorrow. 

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The otter is now holding a heart instead of a fish.  The heart was cut from the DSP using the Give It A Whirl dies.  I thought about masking the fish or cutting it away but decided covering it with the heart was so much easier and quicker too!

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I like to decorate the inside of my cards.  Here I simply added a strip of DSP (another cute design) and a heart.  

Now it is time for you to see what the creative Joni Metras has made for you!

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Stamping Inkspiration Blog Hop...Sketch Challenge

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I have been away from my craft cubbie for about 2-1/2 weeks.  When we got home I was ready to get back to stamping.   I was looking forward to playing with some new products from the J-J 2022 Mini Catalog and the J-F 2022 Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  

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It was harder than I thought it would be.  I recycled a lot of starts,  questioned myself whether something was good or not, and when I look at what I made I am still not sure.  It is a strange feeling.  I still enjoyed the process and know that I need to flex that creativity muscle and use it and it will get stronger.

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Thank goodness the January Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is a Sketch Challenge.  It made it much easier to create the project.  

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I used the bright and happy Sunshine & Rainbows 6" x 6" DSP.  This pack of paper is one of the Sale-A-Bration choices which means it is Free with a $50 purchase.   I used 3 different designs and you know I like stripes and polka dots!  

The adorable cupcakes are from the Measure of Love set.  Love the little cupcakes, each decorated with a little flower and pearl.

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I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the DSP. The squares were cut  using a retired die set, Stitched Shapes.  I know I am not alone in wishing that the Stitched Shapes would come out of retirement and re-appear in the Stampin' Up! catalog.

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The ric-rac shape on both the outside and inside of the card was created using the Basic Borders dies.   This is a fun way to dress up the inside of the card and use the little strips of DSP.  The Sunshine and Rainbow paper is too cute and I don't want to waste any of it.

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Thank you for stopping by!  Now it is time to head on over to see what the talented Danielle Kassing has created for you!

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Here is a list of all the stops on the  Stamping Inkspirations January blog hop!  

Angie McKenzie  ●  Susan Simpson  ●  Donna Lester

Karen Egan  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Cheryl Hamilton

Leonie Stuart  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Tricia Butts  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Jill Chapman

Sue Allen  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Chris Smith

Jo Blackman  ●  Lorraine Tierney  ●  Marieke Bart

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Danielle Kassing  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Kirsty Patrick

Mo Rootes  ●  Judith Patterson  ●  Teri West

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball

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