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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Just Add Text

My awesome downline Michelle just celebrated her 10th year as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!  I made her this card to share my excitement of this accomplishment with her!  There's a lot going on on this card!  But it all works together.  I stamped a bunch of flowers and leaves from the Oh So Eclectic set and cut them out with the coordinating framelits.  I embossed the greeting from the Just Add Text set in white on some Chocolate Chip cardstock. 
All of that is adhered to a piece of watercolor cardstock that I added some embossing paste to with the diamond stencil.  After the paste was dry I watercolored over it and die cut it with one of labels framelits from the Lots Of Labels set.  Finally to finish it, I stamped some tone on tone flowers on the base of the card and added some gold thread. 
This card is not your standard size card, I think it ended up being 3.5"x7.  So I pulled out my envelope punch board and made my own envelope.  I used some plan kraft wrapping paper that I got from Target.  It worked like a dream.  I think my new plan for envelopes-wrapping paper!!  I always have a hard time using my DSP for envelopes because you always need such a large piece for envelopes, maybe I just like to hang onto my paper too much LOL.  But I love how great the wrapping paper worked!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Graceful Birthday

I love coloring images like this rose from the Graceful Garden stamp set.  I think it's so pretty and lots of fun to color.  Often what I'll do, to hopefully save time down the road, is stamp a bunch of flowers (or whatever image I'm coloring) and take them in the car with me when I go pick up my kids from school.  I bring along a few items to color with and I color on the go.  Then I have a nice stack of colored images so when I need a card in a hurry I can grab one and attach it to a card and have a beautiful card in no time!  
The background is a simple watercolor wash with some Tranquil Tide and Soft Sky ink.  I heat embossed a greeting and punched some leaves out of vellum.  Basically this card was done!  So fun and quick with my pre-colored pieces ready to go! 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Merry Patterns Again!

I couldn't end the week without sharing another cute card with the hostess only set Merry Patterns!  I love this adorable reindeer!  He just makes me happy!  The reindeer is two images the outline image and the inside image and OMG!  If you put that reindeer in a sweater you know I'm gonna go crazy for it!  
I love how perfectly everything lines up and all the intricut details on it.  I added in some DSP from the Coffee Break pack.  Proving you don't have to use just Christmas stuff on a Christmas card.  So cute!!!  Make sure to check out yesterday's post for all the details on the Merry Patterns promotion. 

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Merry Patterns Host Exclusive

There is an amazing new stamp set that hostess can earn free.  The Merry Patterns stamp set is earned free with a $300 workshop or order.  This set is so adorable!  I love all the fun sweet images and I love that they layer together.  This card is super simple.  Two ink colors and some ribbon and that is it!  

I love all the detail in that Peekaboo Peach 'season'.  This set is available for hostesses to earn through October only.  Once it's gone it's gone!  Don't wait contact me to get your hands on this set today! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

You Dazzle Me

I have these adorable sunglasses sitting on my desk for a few weeks.  They're stamped with the sunglasses from the Pocketful Of Sunshine stamp set.  I stamped them and just wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.  I finally decided to pull a card together and I think it's pretty cute! The background is ink blended with some sponge daubers, Crumb Cake and Soft Sky ink.  
I fussy cut the sunglasses, they do have coordinating dies in the Pocket set.  But I didn't want the border around it so I fussy cut them.  Before I stuck them on the card I added some of our Fine Tip Glue on the lenses to give them a glossy shinny look.  After they were completely dry I added them to the card.

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!   

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Birthday Cards

Before we get to today's cards I have a few updates.  Summit prep is in full swing and my craft room is starting to fill with boxes of goodies for the Summit.  We're less than 3 weeks away!  It will be here before I know it!!  I'm working daily (and making my family work) to get everything done for it!  While I'm hoping to emerge as the amazing organized stamper I think I am I think and blog everyday I feel that I should prepare you for the possibility that it might not happen and over the next 3 weeks or so my blogging may be very sporadic.  Just a heads up :)  But planning is going well and I'm so excited about everything being delivered and arriving, it's very exciting!  But let's get to some cards today!  And boy do I have a stack of cards to share today!  Last week was my birthday and I was showered with lots of hand stamped birthday cards! They're all fun and inspiring.  Check them out!  

 This card is from my amazing Disney friend Anne.  

 This card is from my also amazing BFF Kim.

 This card is from the also amazing Nikki.

 This card is from my good friend Karin.   The day I got this card, this was the only mail we got that day.  It's always extra special when you get one piece of mail and it's good mail!

 This card is from my sister Joyce.  

 This card is from my mom. 

 This card is from Logan.  Logan is a big fan of Paper Pumpkin and I often let him do them with me, so he's got a nice stash of Paper Pumpkin cards. 

Finally this card is from Megan.  Megan also has a stash of cards that she's accumulated from attending classes of mine over the years. 

Thanks for looking, see you soon! 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Day 5: Week of Great Big Greetings

We've reached the final day of my week of Great Big Greetings.  This final card was definately the card that took the most time and gave me the most problems.  There's lots that I love about this card, there's a few things I don't like.  So let's start with the technique.  I took a piece of DSP from the Naturally Eclectic pack, then I clear embossing the greeting on it, then I sponged some Night of Navy ink over all it.  Where the greeting was embossed the pattern shows through.  Where it wasn't embossed it picked up the ink. 
I love the paper, but for this technique I think I choose a busy pattern that in the end didn't work great.  The results are still cute and fun, but looking back I'd choose a different piece of DSP.  The biggest problem I had was where there was Night of Navy patterns on the DSP the image got lost.  I ended up going around the embossed areas with a white gel pen to help the image stand out.  Especially where there was the Night of Navy pattern underneath.  You can see this most on the right side of Y and the left side of the O. However, it wasn't so much of an inconvenience that I was annoyed by it.  It was an easy fix.  That being said.  This technique is so much fun to do.  Especially with big, bold images like this one.

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 4: Week of Great Big Greetings

We are on day 4 of my week long salute to the Great Big Greetings set.  What do you think so far? I love this sweet simple card!  It's one of my favorites.  This card would be easy to customize in ANY color!  I used Berry Burst and Powder Pink for mine but you could make this in shades of blues, greens, yellows, oranges, reds there's no end!  It's super sweet!
For the bottom heart in Berry Burst I wanted it to stand out a little more so I covered the heart in our Fine Tip Glue and then sprinkled a little Dazzling Details Glitter over it.  Then let it dry completely.  I love the sparkle and shine it gives!  Tomorrows my last day of the Great Big Greetings week long celebration!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Day 3: Week of Great Big Greetings

The Great Big Greetings set is perfect for masculine cards.  but I thought that I would turn this 'You're awesome' sentiment into card more suitable for a girl.  I started by clear embossing the greeting on some Crumb Cake cardstock.  Then I cut it out with the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I pulled out my Foil Frenzy DSP because it's sooooo pretty!  
After attaching the greeting to the DSP I still felt like it needed something so I stamped and fussy cut some flowers from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set and punched some leaves with our new Leaf Punch in the Holiday Catalog-(Seriously this is one of my favorite punches!). To finish it, I added a bow with some White Sheer Ribbon.  So pretty! 

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Day 2: Week of Great Big Greetings

It's day 2 of my week of Great Big Greetings.  This card I love.  I love the colors, I love the embssing, I love the sequins. I just love it all! I stared with some watercolor paper and got it wet. Then I dropped in some colors, I used Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and Berry Burst.  I love this color combo!  After it was dry I heat embossing the greeting with some white powder.  I finished it off with some sequins from the Iridescent pack.    

Thanks for looking see you soon!