Hydrangea card

thoughtful branchesWhen I saw all the samples online featuring a pretty hydrangea I couldn't wait to make one myself. Mid-late August is the time that we vacationed in Cape Cod for several years. So, I had to commemorate those trips by making a blue hydrangea which are in full bllom at this time on the Cape. I don't know what it is that makes them blue – is it a variety that we can't grow here in VT? Is there something in the soil on the Cape that makes the blue show up? Whatever the reason they are gorgeous flowers, and I really enjoyed creating my paper variety.

I designed this card for the stamp club gals because I wanted to feature the Thoughtful Branches bundle at our August meeting. You'll see another post very soon that shows the second card that we made, too. This superbly versatile bundle is only available until August 31st, so place your order online to so you don't miss out on this great set.

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Posted on : Aug 29 2016
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Swirly Bird Flowers

Swirly BirdI created this card back in June for a demonstrator only new catalog swap. I actually used two new stamp sets for this card – the greeting is from Layering Love, and the rest of the stamps are from Swirly Bird. I used the masking technique on the flowers to create a layered look without adding any paper layers. It takes a little bit of time to create the masks required for this technique, but I think that the end result is totally worth it. I added some sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim to have a bit of bling on the card. The end result is a card that isn't "bumpy" and therefore can be sent through the mail without any concern. Also, I used the stamping off technique for the peach splotches that you can see faintly around the floral images. That worked perfect to create some fill for the images that didn't overwhelm them.

I used this sketch as the design launch point for this card. The cluster of flowers take the place of the partial circle in the upper left corner of the main panel on the card. I can see using this layout to go in many different directions, so don't be surprised if you see me use it again. Hmmmm – perhaps for one of my holiday cards?

I also used this color combination when designing this card. I'm soooo glad that we have a peach color in our palette again, thanks to the addition of Peekaboo Peach with the latest In Colors. I also made some other substitutions so that I could use currently available colors; Pear Pizzazz = Certainly Celery and Pool Party = Cool Caribbean. I also added black for a mat layer, but since there are no rules for using old color challenges I feel totally free to do that. laugh I really like how these colors came together on this card – what do you think?

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Posted on : Aug 26 2016
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Birthday Fun Fold

So many stamps!

This card is almost an exact CASE of a card from a lovely fellow UK based demonstrator named Jan B. I changed up the color scheme a little as well as the patterned papers, but the stamped and punched flowers are inspired by her original. And of course, I replicated her Double-Z fold layout. I watched her YouTube video to learn how to make this card, and you can find it quite easily with a search. I picked the color scheme and made this card to show my stamp club gals this cute card design. One of the women took the design and made a masculine retirement card featuring fish instead of the flowers on the front section of the small Z – she said that he Loved it!

I went to my favorite color challenge site and found this cool color combination. I think I was looking for a combo that used Turquoise, but I'm not 100% sure. I actually created this card a couple of months ago so I'm a little foggy on the details. Happily all of the products that I used are still available so I can share it here – and you can replicate it if you want to.

I just put together the product list for this card and I remembered laughing with the ladies about the massive number of different products that we used for this card. Five – count 'em – five – stamp sets! Three different Framelits sets and two different punches. Based on the picture you may be wondering why the stamp set Cottage Greetings is on the list. I used one of the greetings from the set on the middle panel that you can't see because it's on the section that faces into the center of the card. If you had to start from scratch to make this card you might have to take out a home equity loan to purchase all of the supplies! Thankfully I've acquired the various products over time, so I had all of the supplies available without breaking the bank. cheeky The gals appreciated that it was actually pretty easy to put together, and you can adapt it to use punches, paper and stamps that you have already. I definitely encourage you to give this card design a try!

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Posted on : Aug 22 2016
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Yard Sale 2016

Great deals to be had!I have lots of stamping supplies that need to find a new home so that I can free up some space for new products that I've been acquiring. Most of the items are retired products from Stampin' Up! but I do have a few "contraband" items as well. Here are the specifics for the sale:

  • Date: 8/20/2016
  • Time: 9:00 – 1:00
  • Location: My house in Essex
  • Lots and lots of retired Stampin' Up! products – stamps (of course), tools, Sizzix products, embellishments, retired color packs, DSP, and so much more
  • Please bring cash because I can't accept checks (in the yard sale tradition)

So far the weather forecast is looking good, and I'll keep my fingers crossed that it comes true. I hope that you'll be able to come to my yard sale this Saturday to help me with my problem. angel

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Posted on : Aug 18 2016
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Twisted Flowers

garden in bloom I just love the Triple Time card making technique, and I had to try this variation that has the layers "twisted" to give a different look. I made up this card for the card buffet that I held back in June, but I've been delayed in sharing it here because there have been so many other things that I wanted to talk about. The good news is that the colors and stamps that I used are still avaiable with the catalog change-over, so you can make this exact design if you want to.

I also used a color scheme from a challenge blog when I selected the colors to use for this card. In fact, I think that the challenge may have been current back when I first created the design. But – I couldn't share it at the time because I wanted to save it for an event, and I couldn't spoil it by revealing it early. I really like how these colors go together, and I think that they worked well on this card.

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Posted on : Aug 10 2016
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Thoughtful Branches

Last month I shared via my newsletter a limited-time bundle that Stampin' Up! is offering for the month of August. Well now that it's officially available, I just had to share it with you here on my blog.

Here are the images for the stamps:

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And here are the images for the Thinlits:

beautiful branches thinlits

And for all my friends that appreciate a bargain, you can purchase both items together as a bundle and save 10% off the combined price. You can use this link to navigate to my on-line store and add the bundle to your cart.

Stampin' Up! devised this bundle to partner with the Bonus Days promotion that happened in July. So, if you earned some of those $5 off coupons during Bonus Days, you can use them to reduce your out-of-pocket money to get this sweet bundle. Of course, you can use your coupons for other products if you want, but who can resist this fantastic bundle?

To further make your mouth water for this bundle, the Artisan Design Team for Stampin' Up! held two blog hops featuring these great products. Here is a link to get you started on the first hop that happened back in July. There are several members of the design team, and not all of the blogs are in English, so have your Google Translate button ready! There are some truly fabulous projects featured, and I just had to share some for inspiration. Keep in mind that these posts were from early July so most of them are also referencing the Bonus Days promotion that is now over. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I was able to pre-order the bundle in July, and I'm getting ready to bust this bundle out to create some projects for the August stamp club gals. I can't wait!

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Posted on : Aug 08 2016
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Punchy Flowers

bunch of blossomsI created this card for the recent card buffet that I held in June. I do have to confess that this was probably the most time consuming card that I had on offer, but a couple of the gals made it up and were pleased with the results. The stamps that are used for this card are part of a bundle that is all new in the "big" catalog that launched in June. Earlier this week I shared a card for a couple of challenges that use the same bundle. These stamps make it easy to create soft flowers like I shared here, as well as more line-art like in this sample here. I really appreciate the variety in these stamps, and the greetings in the set are great, too.

I drew inspiration for my card from this sample from the big catalog. I decided to use the stamps more for the flower and leaf images, and I featured the new In Color called Flirty Flamingo. It was a total accident that my flowers were swapped in orientation – it all started with the hand cutting of the stems. But, I think this look is just as pretty as the sample. I also like the brighter colors in my card (but I'm a little biased, I admit). This is one of the fantastic aspects of the Stampin' Up! catalog – there are fantastic samples that you can copy exactly, or modify to use supplies that you have on hand.

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Posted on : Jul 22 2016
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Botanical Thanks

suite sayings I created this card ages ago in preparation for the card buffet that I held back in June. The products that I used here were originally offered in the Occasions catalog, and thankfully they were all carried forward into the "big" catalog that started up at the beginning of June. I do have to confess that the leaves that I used here are a little fiddly for getting out of the die after you've cut them, but I love them so much that I think it is worth a bit of extra effort. I do dearly love pairing these gorgeous flowers with a simple sentiment to create a "clean" card.

I went out to my favorite color combination blog and pulled up this old combination for this card. I augmented the colors with Crumb Cake for the card base, but I think it is still pretty true to the challenge. What's a little extra of a neutral color between friends? Plus, that's what artistic license is all about and since I'm not submitting for a current challenge I am totally fine with my slight deviation. Oh yeah – I used Calypso Coral instead of Cameo Coral, since the color listed in the challenge is long since retired. When creating the flowers I sponged the centers with the Calypso Coral ink to make them a little darker than the outside edges of the petals.

I also went to the "old trusty" sketch site for the layout inspiration for this card. I switched the orientation to landscape but left the rest of the design in place as it is shown here. I replaced the circles on the layout with the different die-cut flowers. That is a great thing about sketch challenges – shapes are readily replaced by something different that works with what you have. Also, I wasn't really feeling "circle-y" when I was designing but I was having a blast with these flowers. I just can't seem to get enough of them!

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Posted on : Jul 20 2016
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Soft Pastel Blossoms

bunch of blossomsI created this card to participate in two challenges. I haven't been stamping quite as much lately as I would like, so it was fun to bust out some stamps and ink to create this pretty card for these challenges. Both of the challenges are ending today, so I'm posting (and participating) just under the wire! And I'm adding another entry to my New Year's resolution to participate in challenges while they are still active. 

The sequins were a late addition to the card because I wasn't quite "feeling it" and I like the little bit extra that they add. I dearly wish that Stampin' Up! would offer some sequins in iridescent pastel colors, but I made do here with some Old Olive sequins from the Brights Sequins.

It has been ages since I made a square card, so I decided to stick to that aspect of the sketch. I usually avoid square cards because of the extra postage that is required. But I'll let you in on a secret – If you make your card 4 1/4" x 4 1/4", you can still use a regular A2 envelope and avoid the whole extra postage deal. The patterned paper at the bottom of the card is from the "B" side of the Serene Scenery stack. The front side is the blue-ish word pattern which seems a little wonky to me. The patterns in these papers are fantastic, so you can expect to see more creations with them.

I also haven't participated in a color challenge in AGES! When I received notification of this one, I knew that I had to do my best to enter a submission while it was active. I adore the soft colors on this challenge, and I hope that I did it justice with my entry. I don't have the new flamingo stamp from Stampin' Up!; I think it would have been fun to incorporate that image into the sketch as another tie-in to the color challenge. Wouldn't that be cute?

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Posted on : Jul 18 2016
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Champion Adhesive

tear & tape adhesiveThis amazing product came out in last year's "big" catalog, and I have found it to be truly amazing. As shown in the picture, you can see that it is good to use for the Mini Treat Bags that you can make with the Thinlits dies. This tape was introduced in the catalog as a replacement for the old Sticky Strip tape that we used to have. That adhesive was also really sticky, but those danged red liners would cling to your fingers like crazy. And – you had to cut the tape off the roll because the plastic liner was, well… plastic. I found my scissors getting all gummy (which is easily remedied with Goo Gone, but it's still a pain in the patoot).

Enter the lovely Tear & Tape Adhesive (and crafting angels wept). There is another brand of similar tape that is available (can't say the name), and I can say that our tape is just as good. I have used this tape for lots of different 3D items and they hold up wonderfully – no un-sticking happening here! The next best part – you can just tear it off from the roll and you don't get any more sticky scissors. And the backing liner is not anywhere near as static cling-y as the old red liner from the sticky strip. In the winter time here in VT, those little cling-ons would attach to your fingers and were a bear to get off. If you haven't tried this tape, I strongly encourage you to add some to your next order. You really won't regret it!

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Posted on : Jul 12 2016
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