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It is Friday and time for another fun Festive Friday Challenge!  This time the Inspo List is inspired by  National Simplicity Day!  What does this mean to you?  Check out the Inspo List and choose 3 things to use on your project and post it in the Festive Friday blog gallery!  Here's the Inspo List.

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Lots of fun things on this list!  I chose Stitching, Birthday theme and Floral theme.  Surprised?  Me too!  I was all set to do the B & W with a pop of color cause that is usually my jam but wait I guess I kind of did do that.  I will let you be the judge.

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It is hard to see but the Basic Black layer does have a stitched edge and so does the sentiment.  You can see the floral and birthday theme but where is the white?

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There it is!  Okay, this might be pushing what is really meant by b&w and a pop of color.  Magenta Madness definitely is a happy pop of color and it is still my favorite new In Color but to be fair I haven't used the other colors as much.  

Guess what?! I have a tutorial for you with all the measurements and supplies.  CLICK HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and I  hope you play along with the Festive Friday Challenge #FF62.  I love seeing what your creations in the gallery!

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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Going, Going, Gone!

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  Today on the hop we are focusing on the Retiring Products list for the 2019-20 Annual Catalog and the the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog. 

I chose to use the retiring products  Bonanza Buddies bundle and the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper  from the 2020 January -June  Mini Catalog. I also used the the Well Written dies which are not retiring.

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What do you think?  I love that the cute little animals are holding the words.  All the animals were cut out using the Bonanza dies from the Birthday Bonanza DSP!   Super cute and easy to do.  The balloons were also cut out from the DSP and placed on a stamped and fussy cut bunch of strings from the Bonanza Buddies set.  The presents in the back were also stamped and cut out.   I cannot call this fussy cutting since they are basically just rectangles.

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Here are the basic details of this fold.  The main card base piece measures 5" x 10-1/2" scored at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 4-1/4", 6", 8-1/4".  I used the Thick Whisper White cardstock for the base to make it a little sturdier.  As long as you  keep the height of the card below 4-1/4" it will fit in an A-2 envelope.

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Here is the list of all the stops on the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Thank you for stopping by!  Remember retiring items are only available while supplies last.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, I would love to have the opportunity to be yours!.  

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What's New at SU!..April Blog Hop

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Welcome to the What's New at SU! Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from around the world who are hoppin’ to share some  fun and exciting ideas. Today we will featuring products from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog.

One of my first purchases from the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalog was the products from the Clubhouse  suite.  This suite is just perfect for  my family.  Most of the men in our family golf or at least try to.  I am sad to say that I haven't played with this set very much so it was my first choice for today's blog hop project.

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It was so much fun creating this bridge card ( I think that is the right name for this fold) using the Clubhouse bundle and the Country Club DSP.  This is a pretty simple fun fold which allows you more time to play around with how to decorate it.

  • Night of Navy CS (card base) 4-1/4" x 8" scored at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 5-1/2", 6-3/4"
  • Night of Navy CS (bridge) 1-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • DSP pattern #1  cut 2 @ 1-1/8" x 4-1/8" (front 2 panels)
  • DSP pattern #2 cut 2 @ 1-1/8" x 4-1/8" and 1-1/8" x 5-3/8" (inside panels and bridge)
  • DSP pattern #3 cut 1 @ 2-3/4" x 3-3/8" (center design)
  • Whisper White CS cut 1 2-3/4" x 4" (back of card to write a note)

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Here's a birdseye view of the fold.  The center DSP panel was colored using Mint Macaron Combo, Crumb Cake Light, Balmy Blue Light and So Saffron Light Stampin' Blends.  In retrospect I think this was supposed to be a water hazard.   I saw it as a sandtrap, a might big sandtrap!

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What is really nice about this card style is that it folds up nicely to mail.  

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It fits nicely in a Stampin' Up! medium envelope (A-2).  I love that it sits up nice to be displayed and is also easily mailed.  

Hope you can use this idea!  Now it is time for you to see what the talented Jackie Lawless has created for you!

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If you have just come from that direction check out what the creative Tricia Butts has made for you!

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Here's a list of all the stops on the hop! 

Anke Heim- Scraphexe

Cheryl Hamilton- Create with Cheryl

Tricia Butts- Tricia’s Stamping Creations

Sharon Burkert- As the Ink Dries

Jackie Lawless- Stamping Jack

Joyce Whitman- StampinScrapper

Diane Browning- 247inkspiration

Heather Cooper- Playing with Paper Crafting

Pat Ertman- Gifted Hands Ink

Brenda Copper- Stamping with the Copper Cropper

Mary Ann Rossiter- StampinMak

Loni Spendlove- Creative Juice by Loni

Enjoy the hop!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Spring has Sprung!

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen April Blog Hop... Spring has Sprung!

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Yes, I am using the Forever Blossoms bundle again!  Before  Covid 19  started, we made plans to go to Japan to see the cherry blossoms.  I have been to Japan but never in the spring. In fact if all had gone according to plan we would be just getting ready to return home.  Needless to say we didn't go so instead I have to satisfy myself by stamping a lot with my Forever Blossoms stamp set and the Cherry Blossoms Dies. 

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In addition to coloring the flowers using Stampin' Blends I inked the entire image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it using a custom mix of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter (i start with equal parts and adjust from there).  I call this mix Glittery Goodness.  Lots of sparkle and very little shedding of glitter.  

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Stamper's Dozen April 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Enjoy the hop!

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On to Adventure

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week we have a color challenge.

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I haven't played with the On to Adventure stamp set in quite a while and knew that it would be fun to color my favorite character from the stamp set using these colors.

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I did a little masking and have her holding balloons instead of her suitcase.  The balloons are from the Special Someone set and cut out using the Special Days dies.  The Special Days dies are part of the Coordination Product Release and like Sale-A-Bration will end March 31.  I have had so much fun with the set and the coordinating dies.

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The sentiment is from the For the Love of Felt stamp set which coordinates with the For the Love of Felt Project kit.  The For the Love of Felt Project kit is one of my favorite kits.  The cards you make are so pretty and you can choose to make them exactly like the kit directs or do your own thing.  A kit may be just what you need during this time of social distancing.  You can order it and other paper crafting supplies directly from my online store and have it delivered to your home.  

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Final Days of Sale-A-Bration

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Welcome to the March Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  We are still Sale-A-Brating with Sale-A-Bration!  

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Earlier in March 5 new Sale-A-Bration products were released.  I used 2 of the 5 products that were released, the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP and the So Very Vellum Specialty DSP.  I also used a die from the Ornate Layers Dies which is part of the Ornate Garden Suite,  an early release from the upcoming annual catalog.  Products from this suite will be available starting April 1, it is a beautiful suite of products, definitely something to look forward to!

The flowers from the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP were colored using Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends.  These flowers for the most part are pretty easy to cut out and the parts that were a little fiddly, I chopped off.  The sentiment is another Sale-A-Bration choice, Sending You Thoughts (from original SAB release).  The card base is the Pool Party So Very Vellum Specialty DSP.  

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I also lined the inside of the front to hide the adhesive.  Adhesive and vellum can be a little tricky, so if the adhesive shows through I cover it up with some cardstock.  I chose a Stitched Rectangle die that was smaller than the Ornate Layer die.  Love that you can see some of the pretty details of the ornate Layer die from the inside of the card too!

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This sentiment is also from the Sending You Thoughts Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I really like when sentiment sets include a saying for the inside too!

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Here is the list of all the stops on the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.

 

Stamper's Dozen March 2020 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  10. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  11. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the Hop and stamp on!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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The Host Code for March is PFZWJCN2  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $50 or more I will also send you 2 card kits  including completed samples as a thank you gift.

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

 


What's New at SU!...Sale-A-Bration

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Welcome to the What's New at SU! Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from around the world who are hoppin’ to share some  fun and exciting ideas. Today we will featuring products from Sale-A-Bration! 

A little over a week ago the 2nd set of Sale-A-Bration products were released.  The release included 3 new stamp sets and 2 new Specialty DSP packs.  What I love about the new release is how some of the products coordinate with the original Sale-A-Bration release and/or the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog. 

If you follow my blog or Facebook page you know that I fell hard for the Happy Birthday to You stamp set (Sale-A-Bration) and the Birthday dies (Coordination Product Release).   With the 2nd Sale-A-Bration Release there's another product that coordinates...Flowering Foils Specialty DSP!

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Right about now you are wondering, "Huh?".  Hold on things will all become clear very soon.  The Flowering Foils Specialty DSP features rose gold and silver foil designs on a white background.  The white background is perfect to try out all kinds of coloring techniques.  Here I used a sponge brayer to create this ombre effect.  I started with the lightest color, Petal Pink, then Grapefruit Grove, and finally Calypso Coral.  I used the same brayer to do all 3 colors.  I rolled off the color on my grid paper before inking up the brayer.  

The cake was silver embossed on Shimmery White paper and then colored using So Saffron Light, Petal Pink Combo, Calypso Coral Combo, and Old Olive Combo Blends.  The cake was then cut out using the Birthday Dies.  The pedestal was cut off from the stamped image and I added a Silver Foil cake plate using the Birthday Dies.  I stamped, embossed and color an extra flower to decorate the base of the cake.

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Now do you see the coordination?  This flower was cut out from another of the designs in the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP and looks like a grown up version of the flowers in the Happy Birthday to You stamp set.  This flower was cut out and colored using Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  This particular flower was not a full flower which is why I hid the bottom underneath the strip of DSP.  These flowers are too pretty to waste.

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We are entering the last few weeks of Sale-A-Bration!  There are already items that are no longer available: Kerchief Card kit, Metallic Baker's Twine & Sequins, and the Golden Honey Specialty DSP.  Be sure to get your Sale-A-Bration choices soon!  

Now it is time for you to see what the talented Diane Browning has created for you!

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If you just came from Diane's blog, then hop on over to see what the creative Tricia Butts has made.

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March 2020 Blog Hop Roll Call

Tricia Butts- Tricia’s Stamping Creations

Sharon Burkert- As the Ink Dries

Diane Browning- 247inkspiration

Loni Spendlove- Creative Juice by Loni

Heather Cooper- Playing with Paper Crafting

Brenda Copper- Stamping with the Copper Cropper

Jackie Bultje- The Pampered Stamper

Thank you for stopping by! If you want to see what else I have made using the Happy Birthday to You, Birthday dies, and/or the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP, you can check them out here,  here, here,  herehere,  here, and here.

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Bonanza Buddies Birthday

I couldn't resist the Bonanza Buddies suite in the JJ 2020 Mini Catalog (January-June Mini Catalog).  We do have a bunch of new little ones in our family which was my rationale for buying it but if I am being honest, I probably would have bought it just cause I thought it was so cute.

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This card was made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC602.

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Love this fun sketch!  It allowed me to play with the fun presents and balloon stamps and the Birthday Bonanza DSP.  Except for the Stitched So Sweetly dies (White scalloped rectangle) everything else is from the Birthday Bonanza suite.  

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Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is also from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set.  

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Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for this sketch.  

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Happy Birthday to You in Seaside Spray

Happy Friday and it is time  for the Festive Friday Challenge!   This time we are celebrating the festivity of Girl Scout Week!  Here's the Inspo List.

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To play along with the challenge you need to pick a minimum of 3 items from the Inspo List for your project.  Easy peasy!  Lots of possibilities and inspiration to fuel your project.

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From the Inspo List I chose blue, silver, birthday sentiment, and cake. 

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This week I have been focusing on the Coordination Products Release and today's card uses the Birthday dies.  I paired the Happy Birthday to You (Sale-A-Bration set) with the Breathtaking Bouquet stamp.  I think these 2 sets go together so beautifully.  

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This card opens in just a little different way as you can see in the picture above.  Using the Birthday dies makes it easy to cut out the flowers as there is a die that cuts out them out.  I separated one of the flowers with just a few snips since most of the work was already done for me by the dies.

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If you would like a tutorial for this card, guess what I have made one for you!

CLICK HERE FOR THE TUTORIAL

In fact, did you know that every Festive Friday Design Team Member posts a tutorial of how they created their project?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the team created.

Festive Friday Design Team

Kelsey May Webster 

Miranda Webber

Anne Marie Hile

Nicole Watt

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert (you are here)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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The Host Code for February is VRH7HE4C.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $50 or more I will also send you 2 card kits with a tutorial and a completed sample as a thank you gift.

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

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Forever Blossoms Birthday

We came back from vacation a few days ago and I have been struggling to get out of vacation mode.  While away I had planned on posting to the blog and that didn't happen.  I also planned to send out a bunch of cards  and well those cards came back with me too!  Now it is time for me to get serious!

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The Forever Blossoms bundle is definitely one of my favorites from the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalog.  Here it is teamed up with one of the Delicate Lace dies from the Annual Catalog.   I have been neglecting these dies.  They create beautiful edges and I like the look of the Flirty Flamingo peeking out from behind the lace.

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The cherry blossom spray was colored using Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  This stamp has a lot of shading which makes it an easy one to color.  I applied Wink of Stella to each flower and a Red Rhinestone center. 

Now I need to get my well travelled cards completed and in the mail!  Thanks for stopping by and if you have any suggestions on how I can get out of vacation mode, please let me know.  I can use all the help I can get!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

The Host Code for February is VRH7HE4C.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $50 or more I will send you 2 finished cards, tutorial, and the supplies to make them.  

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

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