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New at SU!...Lots of Heart

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Welcome to the New at SU! first blog hop of the new year.  This month we are hopping and sharing ideas around the theme Love & Hearts.  Grab something to drink and hop along with us!

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I love the versatility of the Lots of Hearts bundle.  Great dies that go beyond hearts and I couldn't resist the checked heart and the heartfelt sentiments are going to be so useful.   Today's project was the perfect time to try the pretty floral overlay die.  I thought about trying it in vellum but decided I needed to try the new Pearlescent Paper.

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This photo doesn't do it justice but I hope you can see some of the sheen of the Pearlescent Paper.  When I opened the paper I was surprised that it was a lightweight paper similar to DSP, maybe even a little lighter.  This makes it super easy to die cut and doesn't add much bulk.  I am looking forward to experimenting with this paper so stay tuned for that.  The flower centers are the Opal Rounds.  You can see the "fire" in these rounds and they look great with the Pearlescent Paper.

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The Very Vanilla layer was embossed using the Tasteful Textiles embossing folder.  You have probably guessed it is one of my go-to embossing folders.  

I am so happy that twine is back!  The Blushing Bride twine is from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack.  I really like solid colored twine and am hoping that we will see the return of black twine...please. 

You can see that I couldn't resist adding the connected hearts from the Many Hearts dies to the inside of the card.  I layered it on to a black cardstock strip and I love how this looks!

Now it is time to see what the talented Rochelle Smith has made for you.

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Here is a list of all the stops on the hop! 

January 2021 New at SU! Hop: Love & Hearts

Tricia’s Stamping Creations - Kangaroo & Company

Creative Juice by Loni - Treasures of Life

Sugar & Scraps - Heartfelt

Gifted Hands, Ink! - Love Always & Many Hearts Dies

As the Ink Dries - Lots of Hearts you are here!

Stamping Flair - Always in My Heart

Carterie Plus - Heartfelt

Scraphexe - Lots of Hearts/Ganz viel Herz

A Little Kinder - Lots of Hearts

24/7 Inkspiration - Love You Always

Stampin’ Scrapper - Forever & Always

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

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Around the Word on Wednesday Blog Hop...Favorite Inspiration

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Welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop.  We are an international group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators here to share ideas and inspiration.  This month the theme is Favorite Inspiration.

This theme really made me think.  What does inspire me?  In the past I think I would have said magazines.  I still have a few old stamping and scrapbook magazines that I  look through on occasion but now that I think about it, I haven't looked through one in months.  I was going to say my stamps and paper are inspirational but often it is because I have new stamps and paper that I need to be inspired.  I reflected on my process and I realize it is my box of cards I have collected over the years both handmade and store bought that I look through when I need to be inspired.  I look through this beat up plastic container and always find a color combination, fold or layout that sparks an idea.  There are other ways I am inspired but I think this collection of ideas is the one I turn to the most.  Now that I think of it I should treat these projects more respectfully and find a nicer container for them.

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This is the card I pulled out of my box of ideas. I do not  remember the name of this stamp set or how old it is.  I do know that I had a class using this stamp set and this was one of the cards.  I have always liked this kind of sampler style layout.

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This is what I came up with using the Snailed It bundle.  You can see the similarities between the 2 cards and how one inspired the other.  

The card base is 4-1/4" x 9-1/2" scored at 5-1/2".  The snail and the "hellos" were die cut from the Snail Mail DSP using the Snail dies.  I love that the hello is in different languages.  I thought it perfect for this international hop.  The little envelopes were stamped and then cut out using the die.  The little hearts are the Resin Hearts.  The hearts come in Real Red and Whisper White.  I colored the white heart using a Bermuda Bay (Dark) Stampin' Blend.  Isn't that good to know?  The little mushrooms were also die cut using the Snail dies in Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride and Real Red.  

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Inside is a little heart that was die cute from the Snail Mail DSP.  It was originally going to go on the front of the card but it didn't fit, so I added it to the inside.   I am not adding a sentiment to the inside yet.  I think this card would work for lots of different occasions.  I hope it will brighten someone's day.  

Now it is time to see what inspires the talented Teri West.

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Here is the list of all the stops on the blog hop!

 

Angela Meiritz-Reid - NZ

Tatiana Tobin - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Melissa Gifford - AU

Ximena Morales - DE

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Tina Zinck - CA

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US




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Sneak Peek: Art Gallery Bundle

I hope I haven't shared this with you before.  I did a quick search and didn't see it but it feels familiar.  This card features the beautiful Art Gallery bundle that is in the 2021 January-June Mini catalog.

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A simple card in some of my favorite colors.  The flower is stamped in Real Red ink.  The outline image was stamped full strength and the fuller image was stamped off once.  The stem is stamped in Old Olive ink and both were cut out using the Floral Gallery dies.  I added a few dots to the center of the flower using a Basic Black Stampin' Blend.

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All the Whisper White CS was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing folder.  This folder has become my go to for a subtle textured background.  The sentiment is from the Art Gallery set and  is heat embossed in white embossing powder.  The fun shaped label is from the Floral Gallery dies.   The two strips of black cardstock were from my scrap bag.  I use a lot of Basic Black cardstock so I have a lot of scraps. I really like the thick and thin strips. 

I have just a few more things to do this morning  before I can stay  home and be cozy.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Life is Beautiful

It has been a busy few days with lots of blog posts.  Today it is the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge day.  This week we have a color challenge.  

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These are pretty bold colors and the first thing that came to mind when I saw the combination was to do a sponged background.

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It took a few tries to get the background sponged they way I wanted it to look.  I started sponging with Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, and then Pretty Peacock.  Generally I always start with the lightest color first and work my way to the darkest.  The tree is from the Life is Beautiful stamp set and inked in Pretty Peacock.   The bokeh dots were stamped in Cajun Craze.  I love the way the bokeh dots look.  

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It isn't something I do often but I splattered Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the card.  I like the little bit of shine it brought to the card and made it look a little magical/whimsical.  Hard to explain but it added another layer to the image.  Even with the splatters and all the other things going on I felt it still needed something.  I found the sponged backgrounds that I didn't use and punched out the leaves using the Autumn Punch Pack.  I like the way the card turned out but in some ways I don't think it looks like something I made.  This is one reason I like to do challenges, they push me to try new things.

Thank you for stopping by and below you will see a list of all the supplies I used to make this card.

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Band Together CCMC633

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  I  wanted to use a set that hasn't been used recently and chose the Band Together stamp set.  Love this big floral image.  It is fun to color and makes a great focal point.

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I did some quick coloring using Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  It seems whenever I want to color an image I reach for Stampin' Blends first.  I wanted to add texture to the card base.  The So Saffron card base front was embossed using the Delicate Diamonds 3D embossing folder.  The strip of Flirty Flamingo CS was embossed using the Scripty 3D folder.   The texture really adds some interest to the card since the floral image is fairly plain.

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The little label was cut using the Stitched Nested Label die.  The sentiment is from the Beauty Abounds set which was a perfect fit for the little label.  The sketch calls for a strip along the bottom.  Instead I chose to add some Old Olive ribbon from the Ornate Garden Ribbon pack.  

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Thanks for stopping by!  Listed below are all the supplies I used and where you can purchase the and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

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Gilded Autumn Hey There

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week it is a sketch challenge.  When I saw the sketch I knew it was a great one to use patterned paper.  I chose the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP.  This pack of paper is very posh.  There's copper and gold foil on some of the designs and they add even more richness and elegance to the paper.

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The Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP is beautiful and part of the Gilded Autumn Suite.  The Beautiful Autumn bundle is also part of the suite and I used it to stamp the sentiment and also punch out the leaves.  The leaves I punched out were on one of the designs in the DSP.  Being able to  punch out stamped images and images from the DSP makes these punches even more versatile.

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Here are the measurements of the DSP and cardstock I used

  • Cajun Craze card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Early Espresso layer 3-1/4" x 4-1/2"
  • Very Vanilla 4" x 5-1/4" inside of the card, 3/4" x 2-1/2" (sentiment strip)
  • Copper Foil strips  2 strips (1" x  5")
  • Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP  3  strips (1-1/4" x  3-3/4"), 1/2"  x  5-1/4" (inside of the card)

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design Team created for the challenge.

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Whale Done Friends

They say that summer doesn't really start here in the Seattle area until after the 4th of July.  It was a few days late but it looks like summer has arrived!  When I think of summer I think of the beach, which may be why I keep reaching for the Whale of a Time suite.  

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In today's card the Whale of a Time 6" x 6" DSP does most of the work.  This pack of DSP is so much fun  and perfect to create fun underwater scenes.  One of the whales was punched out from the DSP using the Whale Builder punch and the other was stamped. I used the Stamparatus to do a reverse image of the whale and then fussy cut it out.  The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.

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Here's the scoop on how I made this card.

  •     Card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" scored at 2", 3", 5-1/4", & 6-1/4"
  •     DSP 2 pieces at 1-3/4" x 5-1/4" and 1 piece at 2" x 5-1/4"
  •     Piece for the back to write a message, behind the center panel 2" x 5-1/4

 

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Field of Flowers in Magenta Madness

Yes, I am back today using Magenta Madness.  This new In Color is such a happy color, it  lifts my spirits, and definitely brings a smile to my face.  Today I am using it with the Field of Flowers stamp set.  I really like the simple and clean images and sentiments in this stamp set.

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Here are the basics:

  • The card base is Magenta Madness cardstock 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2", 1/2" x 4" strip for the inside of the card
  • Vellum Cardstock 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", cut using the Many Medallions die
  • Whisper White cardstock 2-3/4" x 4", cut using the Stitched So Sweetly die, 1/2" x 4" strip for the inside of the card, 4" x 5-1/4" inside of the card
  • Whisper White cardstock 1" x  3" cut using the Stitched Rectangle die.  Use the edge of the rectangle die to custom cut the rectangle
  • Marvelous Magenta twine sadly, not available for purchase.  This was in the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • Bumblebee cardstock scrap piece to cut butterflies using the Butterfly Beauty dies 6 butterflies in total
  • Magenta Madness and Just Jade ink pads
  • Just Jade enamel dot from the 2020-22 In Color enamel dots

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Sneak Peek: Jar of Flowers Again

I am back with another sneak peek using the Jar of Flowers bundle.  This time I am pairing it up with a product that is retiring, The Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin.  I just checked and it is still available for purchase and it is even discounted!  The tin and the cards are beautiful so be sure to order them soon.

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The Jar of Flowers bundle is a 9 piece photopolymer stamp set with a coordinating Jar punch.  There are 4 different flower arrangements in the set and they are all fun to color.  I posted a sample with one of the other flower arrangements a couple of days ago.  This arrangement was colored using Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, Pool Party, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment is from the Lovely You stamp set. I love the mix of fonts in this set.  

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I lined the front of the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut card with So Saffron cardstock.  I cut the So Saffron cardstock 4-1/8" x5-3/8" and adhered it to the inside of the card front.using a thin line of  Multipurpose Liquid Glue. 

I also added a Pool Party butterfly using the Butterfly Beauty dies.  

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Here is the card without the little butterfly.  Which do you like better?  It is a tiny detail and maybe hardly noticeable.

Hope you liked this sneak peek of this wonderful bundle!  Remember, the new Annual Catalog will go live on June 3.  If you would like a catalog and do not have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator please contact me.  Thank you!

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