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I created this pretty card using a new stamp set from the big catalog that started in June. I absolutely LOVE the gorgeous, extra large sentiments that are part of this set. This card is all about the stamping – there are no other embellishments on here. I wanted the sentiment to be the true focal point on this card, so I just added a few flowers in the corners to add some "zing". All of the stamping is done with the one stamp set, and the flowers are "2-Step" stamps as you can see here. I paired lighter and darker colors for the flowers, and then used a Night of Navy dot for the center. For the large flower I paired Powder Pink with Calypso Coral, and for the small flowers I paired Soft Sky with Marina Mist.

I must confess that I didn't purchase the bundle when I bought this stamp set. I just didn't envision that I would ever use the interlocking garland-y type pieces that are the main part of the dies. If you think that you would use them, then by all means purchase the bundle to save the 10%. I think that this is one of those special stamp sets that is truly wonderful all on its own, and the coordinating dies aren't a "must have". What do you think? Are the dies calling to you?

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Posted on : Jul 12 2017
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For Becky

I received the new catalog when I was at the Savannah On Stage event back in April. After they handed out the catalogs, they gave us a few minutes to pore through it and ooh and ahh over all the new things. Every so often you would hear an outburst when someone discovered something that they were excited about. I let out a loud cheer when I discovered that glossy cardstock was BACK! There are so many fantastic techniques that you can do with glossy cs, and I now I can share them with you again. And I immediately thought of my friend Becky who was so bummed when the glossy cardstock was retired a few years ago. I was so excited to tell her that it was back again! 

I featured the crayon resist technique on this card at the June stamp club gathering. It is really easy to do, but glossy cardstock is an absolute requirement in order to pull it off. In fact, this card was so easy that we finished up our club meeting for the month in record time! Here are the steps so you can have fun with crayons and glossy cardstock:

  1. Stamp line art images on the glossy cardstock with Basic Black ink (or StazOn if you have it).
  2. Add highlights to the image using a light colored crayon – I used a pale yellow one when I did the sample. A white crayon is ideal, but it can be a little difficult to see where you've added highlights until you are applying the ink (which is too late).
  3. Add colors in a circular motion using a sponge dauber for each color. Blend the colors into each other where they meet so that the full panel is colored.
  4. Wipe off the top with a paper towel to get any residual ink that may be hanging out.
  5. Use your artwork panel in a project like you would use patterned papers.

I used this old color challenge that you see here for the design of this card. In case you couldn't guess, it originally came out in the Halloween zone of the year. But – purple and orange flowers with green leaves seems like a great color combination in the spring/summer, too. I noticed that several of the designers on this old challenge made non-Halloween cards with the color scheme, so I decided to go with it.

And I used this oh-so-versatile sketch as the layout. There was a special challenge on the blog site when this sketch challenge was active because it is the 200th one. So many different companies offered "swag" to challenge participants to celebrate this big milestone for the blog site. I'm proud to say that Stampin' Up! was one of the sponsors – because they are simply awesome. I do really like this simple sketch because I think it is so easy to create something with this layout. I have revisted this one before, and I'm sure that I'll do so again and again.

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Posted on : Jul 11 2017
Posted under Color Combo, Sketch Challenge, Stamping, Techniques |

Black-eyed Susan

I created a few of these cards a couple of weeks ago so that I could send Thank you notes to some people that had recently placed orders with me. A few years ago I used a stamp/punch combo to create some black-eyed Susan flowers and I thought it would be great to do it again with our new, fabulous Daisy Delight bundle. I'm really quite pleased (if I do say so myself) at how these flowers turned out. I do miss the small oval punch that would have been absolutely perfect for the centers of the flowers, but I am still happy with the results using a small circle punch. I embossed the circles with an embossing folder to give them a little texture which adds a little bit to the end result.

I used the sketch that you see here as the inspiration for the card. I really didn't deviate very much from the sketch and the layout is great for lots of designs. I bet you can't guess what Designer Series Paper I used for the angled strip… it is from the "B" side of one of the papers in the Pick a Pattern pack. I'm not super excited about the cute-sy images in the "A" side of several of the papers, but I really appreciate that Stampin' Up! has put more monochromatic/non-thematic patterns on the reverse of each of the papers in this pack. This paper is on the backside of the sheet with the campers/moose/bunnies/mountains/etc. This feature is a real plus (imho) of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Papers. I also used part of the color scheme of this DSP for the color combination on this card. That's another great thing about Stampin' Up!'s papers; the packs are labeled with the various colors that are used, so it is easy to coordinate.

I'll gladly share with you how I crated these pretty flowers. The stems are stamped on the Whisper White layer. I stamped the daisy from the stamp set on Crushed Curry paper with Crushed Curry ink. After I punched them out with the coordinating punch, I cut the flowers in halv and glued them together in the center with the petals a little offset. I then glued the punched and embossed flower center where they meet to hide that joining section. I then attached these units to the center panel, over the top of the stamped stems, using Stampin' Dimensionals. And voilà, you have black-eyed Susans!

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Posted on : Jul 03 2017
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Happy Birthday Colin Hay

Colin Hay and the group Men at Work was part of the music soundtrack of my youth. Yes – I do know that I'm showing my age here. surprise I fondly remember listening to "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" while I was hanging out in my room working on homework. I also purchased a music book that included their songs – I played flute in junior high and high school. It was a lot of fun practicing my skills on contemporary music. Now, their songs are probably considered "Classic". *sigh*

Last evening was the June gathering for the South Burlington stamp club group. Due to illness/other commitments we had a small group, so we zipped through our card making very quickly. This was the second/easier card of the night, and the ladies seemed to really like it. I am loving the metallic/kraft Specialty Designer Series Paper in the new catalog, and we used the Soft Sky stripes on the center panel of this card. I brought the full paper pack with me so that the gang could see the pretty colors and patterns, and there was a proper level of ooohing and ahhhhing. The colors on the Specialty papers are Berry Blast, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, and Lemon Lime Twist. All of the colors look fabulous paired with the kraft paper, and the different patterns are great, too. I definitely encourage you to check them out when you get a chance.

I used the sketch that you see here as the basis for this card. I extended the center strip to be the full length of the card, and I moved the focal point panel to be lower on my card, but I think it is still a valid interpretation of the sketch. 

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Posted on : Jun 29 2017
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Summery Seashells

This was the more involved card that we made at the June session for the Essex stamp club. I wanted to tech these ladies about the masking technique so that they would have it in their papercrafting "toolbox". Also, I wanted to create a summery card since we were approaching the official start of summer (which finally arrived last week). What else evokes thoughts of summer like a beach theme with seashells? I also showed them how to incorporate using some household items in their crafting – can you guess what it is on this card?  I'll tell you a bit later…

The masking technique allows you to create a 3-D layered look with your stamps without adding more bulk to the card, and it is super easy. The only special equipment that you need is thin paper (I use light-weight copy paper), scissors and repositionable adhesive. Here's how to create this set of stamped shells:

  • Stamp the largest shell on the Whisper White cardstock, and stamp it again on the copy paper.
  • Cut out the image right on the edges from the copy paper version and adhere it using repositionable adhesive right over the stamped image on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Stamp the scallop shell on the Whisper White, slightly overlapping with the first stamped image that is masked with the copy paper. Stamp the scallop agan on the copy paper. Cut it out, again leaving no border on the edges, and adhere it over the image on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Repeat the process with the sand dollar and the "pointy" shell, slightly overlapping the stamped images each time.
  • All 4 of the stamped shells should be masked when you're done.

Now, here is where the "household item" comes in. wink I had saved up several bags from Halos oranges (the coverings on a box of clementines would work as well). I cut them down a bit, stretched it over the panel, and taped the ends down with painters tape – the ends of the mesh extend beyond the edges of the Whisper White cardstock. I made the mesh tight so it wouldn't shift on me. I then used a sponge with Pool Party ink and dabbed it around the cardstock. It is important to use a straight up and down motion rather than a rubbing motion because you want the mesh to stay in one spot. After I had as much blue as I wanted, I removed the mesh and the masks. Then I stamped the greeting and finished with the rest of the card. Isn't that a cool way to create a beach scene background?!?

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Posted on : Jun 26 2017
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Product Share 2017

While I was preparing for the Open House event last Friday, I decided that I would put together some ribbon shares this year. I haven't offered them for a couple of years, but I decided to get off my duff and offer them again this year. "What is a ribbon share?" you may be wondering… This is an opportunity for you to get some of the gorgeous ribbons in colors that coordinate beautifully with Stampin' Up!'s products. The spools of ribbons in the catalog are quite large, so if you're a "casual" user, you probably don't need 10 yards (!) of a single ribbon. With a ribbon share you will receive several ribbons in shorter, more manageable lengths. If you don't live local to me, I will ship your ribbon shares to you for a cost of $3 (I will combine shares into a single mailer if you purchase multiple). Unfortunately, I am not able to accept credit or debit cards for the shares, so you will need to pay with cash or a check. Here are the details of the shares from the main catalog that I'm offering:

Mini Chevron Ribbon ShareMini Chevron Ribbon

You will receive 2 yards of each color; the colors are Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive. The price of a share is $4.99. These colors coordinate with the Color Theory product suite. These versatile colors will work well with lots of other product suites as well. For instance, Crushed Curry is in the Pick a Pattern suite; Old Olive is in the Birthday Memories suite; and Bermuda Bay is in the Just Add Color suite.

Sheer Ribbon Share1/8" Sheer Ribbon

You will receive 2 yards of each color; Calypso Coral, Fresh Fig, Old Olive, and Whisper White. The price of a share is $5.60. All of these ribbons coordinate with the Petal Garden product suite. These versatile colors will work with lots of other suites, too. For instance, Fresh Fig is one of the colors in the Eastern Palace suite, so you can use that color ribbon from this share with that DSP with confidence.

Sheer Ribbon ShareShimmer Ribbon

You will receive 2 yards of each color; Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, and Powder Pink. The share price is $6.59. All of these ribbons coordinate with the Whole Lot of Lovely product suite, and you can combine the individual colors with other product suites. For instance, the Pool Party ribbon coordinates with the Delightful Daisy suite. The shimmer on these ribbons is subtle, and they really are beautiful IRL.

Contact me today to purchase some of these gorgeous ribbon shares!

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Posted on : Jun 23 2017
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Prince George Birthday

I'm a bit early with my celebration of Prince George's birthday – his special day is actually on July 22nd. But isn't this just the perfect card to give a child to help celebrate their special day? The cute characters on the stamps and the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) remind me of some of the animals from Beatrix Potter and Richard Scarry books. When our son was small we enjoyed several of the different Richard Scarry books, and my husband still says "slow it down Lowly" every so often.

I actually created this card as a Make 'N Take at the OnStage event I attended in Savannah. We had the opportunity to play with several of the new products from the new "big" catalog, and as always it was a blast! I love the bright, cheerful colors from the DSP and I was super excited to find that the Framelits not only cut out stamped images, but images from the coordinating paper as well. Isn't that fabulous?!? And to make it even better, Stampin' Up! is offering a bundle that includes the stamps, Framelits and DSP all together for 10% off. Woo hoo!!! I personally am unlikely to purchase the bundle, but that is only because of my personal stage in life. If I had young kids or (perish the thought) grand kids, I would snatch up this bundle lickety-split.

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Posted on : Jun 19 2017
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Lemon-y Greeting

We had the Essex stamp club meeting last evening, and I was super-excited to showcase a few new items from the shiny new catalog. This card that you see here was the easier project of the two for the evening. The most challenging part ended up being punching out the stamped lemon pieces – those tricksy papers slide around on you in the punch as soon as you take your eye off them. wink I will admit that I find the builder punches to be a little challenging because they punch out multiple pieces at once. If you don't plan your stamping carefully, you can mis-punch a section of one stamped image when you are punching out a second one. I try to plan the paper pieces that I'm using so that I stamp on a piece that is only the size needed for the image I want to punch – and I make sure (most of the time) that the paper is long enough so I have a "handle" to hold while lining up and punching.

I used this sketch that you see here as the inspiration for this card. Sometimes I struggle a bit to pull something together from a sketch, but this card actually came together pretty quickly and easily. And, I'm pleased with the finished product (even if I do say so myself). Can you see the sketch elements in the finished product?

This card features many new products from the new catalog that came out earlier this month. In fact, the only thing that isn't new are the cardstocks and inks. All of the other elements and tools are brandy-dandy new.  Here's a tip – the light background that you see is created using one of the new masks and a stamping sponge.

Isn't this a great summer-y greeting? I had a great time playing with some new toys to create this card for the club gals.

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Posted on : Jun 16 2017
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In Color Club 2017

I am very happy to share with you that I'm offering an In Color Club again this year. This time around will feature the go-juss new colors that came available at the beginning of this month (you can see them pictured above). A friend of mine swooned when she saw Powder Pink at the big reveal I attended in Savannah, and I know many demonstrators are having a blast with Lemon Lime Twist. I think that Tranquil Tide may be my personal favorite, but check with me in a few months because this always shifts over time for me. laugh

What is the In Color Club you may be asking… let me try to describe it, but the high-level gist is that it is a great way for you to make sure that you have all of the products for these gorgeous colors. For five months you will receive an ink pad, pack of cardstock, ink refill, marker, and 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon; each month you will receive a different color and a card made by me featuring the color. One month you will be the "host" and you will also receive the 12" x 12" Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper stack and In Color Bitty Bows PLUS host benefits that allow you to select $17.18 in free Stampin' Up! merchandise of your choice. The membership cost for the club is $40.05 per month for 5 months. As of today, I have two spots left in the first club group. Please contact me to sign up ASAP. Once the group is filled, I will kick off the first month. If there are enough people interested, I'm happy to offer a second group of the club.

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Posted on : Jun 14 2017
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2017 Open House

I'm getting really excited for my Open House event that is happening on Friday June 16th! I will have several samples featuring new products from the 2017-18 catalog, some of the new accessories, the gorgeous new In Colors, a couple of make-n-take projects, and drawings for the fun door prizes that you see here. Just this morning I finished the last sample for one of the classes that I'll have available for sign-up at the event. And, to keep with the tradition, I will have ice cream sundaes for everyone that comes that evening. And the best part… this event is FREE! 

This event will be happening in the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction (39 Main Street) – the entrance is right off the parking lot. We will be starting at 6:30 pm, but you can come at any time. I have to be out by 9:00, but could wrap up early if attendees have finished their projects and ice cream (so don't come too late).

The door prizes will be "raffled off" at the event with several ways to earn tickets for the drawings. In fact, you can earn your first ticket right away – here are the ways that you can earn tickets for the drawings:

  • RSVP by June 13th – 1 ticket
  • Show up at the event – 1 ticket
  • Place an order that evening – 1 ticket
  • Food Pantry donation – 1 ticket
  • Sign up for a class – 2 tickets
  • Bring a new-to-me customer – 3 tickets
  • Sign up to host a party – 5 tickets

I really hope that I'll see you on Friday at this fun event! It is a great break from a hectic schedule, and hopefully a June date means that it won't conflict with summer vacation plans.

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Posted on : Jun 12 2017
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