Thinkin’ Spring …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Whew … didn’t think it would take me this long to get back to my computer today!  Sorry for the late post, too many chores last night.  Once I sat down … I was out for the count and woke up around 3:30 this morning!  We’ve all had those days, and now I’m back down in my stampin’ studio!

Today’s card is to inspire you to Think Spring!  I was happy to hear that our forecast of 5 to 8″ of snow has now turned into only 1 t0 3 inches!  I can deal with that.

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I chose the “Watercolor Wonder” designer series paper.  The design is the Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango watercolor sheet.  Those colors are so warming, and that is just what we need right now!

The designer paper is cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ … that will leave a 1/4″ border when you adhere it to the Whisper White card.

The front of the card is also Whisper White and cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″ … then emboss it using one of your favorite embossing folders and the Bigshot.  My apologies for grabbing the one that was from the Holiday catalog … let’s hope they put it back in the new 2014-15 Catalog!  It’s not on the Clearance Rack so let’s keep our fingers crossed!

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I used the cute little “Petite Petals” punch found on page 33 of the Occasions catalog.  Center your punch in the middle of your card front that you just embossed and punch.  Then punch out additional flowers on each side of the center flower.

Now … for the ribbon.  You may remember this technique from my February 22nd post (Faux Dipping) where I colored it with marks and spritzed it.  If not, your in luck because this time I took pictures to help explain how I did it.

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I began with the 3/8″ Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and colored it with my Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Markers.  Just slide your “brush end” (it also has a writing end) across the ribbon, don’t be afraid to go darker.

Once your finished inking up your ribbon, place it on some paper towel.  The paper towel will absorb some of the ink, that is why it’s OK to go darker when coloring it.  Fill your Stampin’ Spritzer with water and spritz over your ribbon… the more water you spritz on, the lighter your ribbon will become.  Set aside to dry.

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Tip:  You can the new Heat Tool to dry your ribbon because it actually has a low setting for drying!

I love this technique and it looks so nice with the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.  Give it a try… it really is quite easy and can add a stunning look to your card.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Here is the list of ingredients I used today …

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 Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper  / $10.95

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 Petite Petals Punch / $12.95

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 Taffeta Ribbon – Whisper White / $6.95

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 Stampin’ Spritzer / $2.95 – Set of 2

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 Pearls Basic Jewels / $4.95

 You may view or purchase any of these items just by clicking on the item number.  It will take you directly to my stampin’ store.  Shop 24/7 – 365

Thank you.

Window to the World …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

How are you this fine Friday?  It’s warming up a bit and the sun is shining today, and you are ready this blog … so it’s a good day!  I’m glad you are here.

Today I want to share a card that I had made in one of my technique classes last year.  I don’t usually post items that were done in my clubs or classes … but, I’m having technical difficulties with my camera.  And – this is a really cool card!

There are actually 2 techniques used on this card, reverse spotlighting and stamping on window sheets ….

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Don’t you just love it!  We began by creating a “mask” with the 2-1/2″ circle punch.  Once we had our mask, I chose to use the colors of a sunrise, something soft yet would pull your eye directly into the card.  Before pulling off the mask, we stamped the birds with “Basic Grey”.  I wanted you to see the image, but not over power the sunrise.

Next, we positioned the “Window Sheet” over the card and stamped the tree image onto it using Black StazOn.  It really pops … doesn’t it!  Using the window sheet gives the card a totally unique dimension.

The card is finished off with the beautiful “Daffodil Delight” Seam binding.  I love how easy the seam binding is to use, and the yellow completes the card.

Here is a list of supplies used for today’s card …

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 PRICE

 DESCRIPTION

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$24.95

 Serene Silhouettes – WOOD

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$17.95

 Serene Silhouettes – CLEAR

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$4.95

 Window Sheets

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$16.95

 2-1/2” Circle Punch

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$7.95

 StazOn Ink Pad

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$6.95

 Daffodil Delight Seam Binding

Clicking on the item number will link you to my on-line store.

Thanks so much for stopping by …

Have an awesome day.

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TWO 4 TUESDAY: Scrapbook page & Fun Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I missed you yesterday.  I was off catching up with friends, preparing for my upcoming Holiday Retreat, and just life in general.

So, today I will share 2 projects!  First is a Fall Scrapbook page, and the second is a fun technique that I shared with my clubs last year.

My fall page is all about the beautiful colors of fall.

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The leaves were created with the “Autumn Accents” Bigz die (127812) found on page 192 of our annual catalog.  This die makes collecting leaves quick and easy.  You will also see the “textures” on some of the leaves … a little roll through the BigShot with the “Perfect Polka Dots” embossing folder and the Core’dinations (129956 / pg.157) sandable cardstock – Neutrals collection.  Yep, a little sanding highlights the texture by exposing the core color which is lighter than the outer layers.  Simple to make … just add your pictures and some journaling and you have another page done!

My second project is a cute fall card using the “Faux Tile” Technique:

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I did create this card last year.  If you have not noticed, we have discontinued the glossy cardstock – which I used here.  If you don’t have any left in your stash … go to any office supply store and purchase the glossy photo cardstock, it works the same.

You will need the “Simply Score” Scoring Tool (122334 / pg.178) for this technique.  By using the  glossy cardstock, you eliminate a couple of steps from the original “Faux Tile” technique.  Cut your cardstock to the desired size for your card.  Place onto “Simply Score” tool and score every 1/2 inch.  Turn carstock 45 degrees (on it’s side) and score every 1/2″ creating a tile pattern.  Now, just simply stamp your images onto the card.  I used the “Gently Falling” (pg.65) stamp set.  My final step was to brayer over the entire piece … careful not to push too hard, you want your “grout” lines to show.

If you don’t have access to the glossy … you can use our Whisper White, score, and stamp, the next step would be to lightly tap your VersaMark pad onto the tiled area (Not too hard … you don’t want VersaMark in the creases).  Then emboss with clear embossing powder.  This will give you a that real tile / grout look!  Just takes a bit longer than the “simple version” described above, but stands out a bit more.

I’d love to hear what you think about this technique.

Thanks for stopping by … I will be back tomorrow with another fun project.

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Birthday Fishes (Wishes)…

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I would like to share with you a card that we did at a past stamp camp.  Masculine cards are always a hit and much needed.

The stamp set I used is “By the Tide” (Wood – 131910 / Clear – 129120).  When I saw this stamp set in the Spring Catalog I knew I had to have it.   Imagine the possibilities … I think this stamp set is so versatile.

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I will admit, it was the fish that attracted me to the “By the Tide” stamp set, as I used to fish with my grandpa, my dad, and even with my mom.  Fishing was always something I did as a kid (unfortunately, not much anymore).

You will be using the “power of the VersaMark” (102283) on this card… watermarks and heat embossing are two techniques used to create the depth of underwater life!

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We begin with our heat embossing … I inked up the first (what I call sea weed for this card) with VersaMark™ and the fish in Chocolate Chip – then use clear emboss powder and heat.

You will also ink the birthday greeting (From the stamp set “Blue Ribbon” (Wood – 131964 / Clear – 125981)) in Chocolate Chip and emboss.  The new formula ink pads work great for embossing!

Now that your embossing is done, you will stamp (with VersaMark) the remaining sea weed… this will create the illusion of the sea weed being “behind” the fish!  We also stamped it on the base of the card, just for fun!

Once you have completed your stamping… you can color in your fish and sponge the edges for just a bit more depth and color.

So…  I mentioned how versatile this stamp set is, and I think you can create any style of card with this set.  From manly to whimsical (I would use the seahorse for that) to anything in between.  Here is another sample …

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I love the clean and simple look of this card, and so totally different from the fish card.  The greeting comes from the stamp set “Sweet Essentials” (Wood – 132085 / Clear – 126457) found on page 41 of the catalog.

I believe both of these cards were done at the same stamp camp… to show the versatility of this stamp set.

Speaking of stamp camps … I have my “Christmas in July … Oops August” Stamp Camp on Monday the 26th.  There is still time to RSVP.  You will be making 10 fabulous Christmas Cards (with envelopes) that will showcase our Holiday Mini Catalog.  You won’t want to miss this … it’s a great way to get a “hands-on ” approach to your Christmas cards!

Remember… if you see a word or phrase highlighted, it will take you to that link when you click on it.  For example … the Christmas in July will take you to my calendar of events.

Thank you for stopping by today!  And a “Thank You” to Ann-Marie for her comment yesterday and many other posts … I will be sending you a package of our beautiful “Rhinestones” for being an active participant to my blog!

I have all sorts of surprises coming, both here on by blog and for my club and class members!

Have an awesome day!!

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Simply Scored Spring Flowers …

Hello Stampers ~

I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful weather we have finally received!  I see many facebook posts about getting your gardens in, so I thought I would share this pretty bouquet of flowers with you!

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I took this picture at the 2011 Stampin’ Up! National Convention who’s theme that year was “GROW”… so what better way to convey the “grow” message than with flowers!  They are so pretty and they spread cheer to anyone receiving them, and my guess, to the givers too.

They are quite simple to make… just get out your Simply Score Tool (122334) and your favorite Designer Series Papers or cardstock!

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Directions:

1) Cut card stock or Designer Series paper to 12″ x 3/4″.

2) Score strip every 1/4″ the entire length of the card stock and accordion fold the score lines.

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3) Adhere ends of card stock together (Sticky Strip works best).

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4) Holding the card stock with two hands, twist one edge of the strip into the center as shown to create a flower shape.

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5) To hold the flower together, I use a hot glue gun and my Silicon Craft Sheet (127853) to hold shape in place.  Just add a dot of hot glue directly onto your Silicon sheet and press the center of your flower into it.  It’s soo cool … it just lifts right off and holds your flower firm.

6) Adhere a punched circle to the flower center on one or both sides.

Tip:Experiment with different sizes and score intervals to create the desired shape of your flower.

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Have fun … and feel free to send me photos of your creations!  I would love to see them.

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Happiest Birthday …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

 

I have birthday wishes for you today!  We are always looking for a pretty card to send to our BFF, so grab your BigShot and lets get stamping!

 

You will need the Apothecary Art  (128415 – W / 125527 – C) and the Loving Thoughts (128436 – W / 125845- C) stamp sets,  the Labels Collection Framelits (125598), the Adorning Accents Emboss Folder (125601) and Edgelits (125595).

 

This simple layout can be used with any Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstocks.  You could use the NEW Gingham Garden with Pear Pizzazz or Afternoon Picnic with Coastal Cabana!

 

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For the embellishments I used the flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309) and 3/8″ Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon.

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SIMPLY SKETCHED …

Welcome stampin’ friends!

I am stoked about sharing my card with you today!  WHY… you say?

Because it is one of my favorite new Hostess stamp sets …

“Simply Sketched”

This stamp set is a beautifully designed “sketch” style that just calls your name.  Oh, and the greetings are so pretty!  The card below is the “Make & Take” that I designed from my 2013 Spring Demonstrator Retreat!  We used aqua painters to do the “Watercolor” technique on the flower.

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The base is “Crumb Cake” cardstock.  The pretty green “Pear Pizzazz” paper comes from the “Gingham Garden” Designer Series Paper pack.  The “pop” of color is the NEW “Strawberry Slush” from the 2013-15 In-Colors.

I used the 2-1/2 inch circle punch (120906) on the flower and the “Window Frames Collection” Framelits (129021) for the mat.  The pretty button came from the new “Very Vintage Designer Buttons” (129327).

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OK… I can’t help it.  I must share my swap card with you too!  The Island Indigo color makes the card “pop” and was chosen to coordinate with the “Soho Subway” Designer Series Paper.  And don’t you just love that little bird!?

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Let me just say … “the picture in the catalog does not do this paper justice”.  I simply fell in love with the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (130140), it’s great for scrapbooking… and any type of card!

And FYI … the “Sympathy” is included in the Simply Sketched stamp set.  Just click on the “Shop Now” button to purchase any of the items you saw here today.

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Have an awesome week!

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My favorite new product …

Hello Stampin’ friends!

When I got my hands on the New 2013-14 Idea Book & Catalog, I knew right away what I had to have!  For those of you who come to my annual Kick-Off party, you know I have a “My Favorite Stamp Set Contest” … and I still will, but I couldn’t wait to share this product with you!

The BIGSHOT … just like the Lone Ranger, now has a side kick you can’t be without!  Meet Tonto!

The new Stampin’ Up! Magnetic Platform for Framelits & Edgelits (130658)

No more post-it notes since the magnet easily holds them in place!  I can’t wait to get my hands on it, because you all know… I love my framelits!

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Watch the video from Stampin’ Up! to see how easy it really works!

Now, you’ll need a cute idea to use with the new magnetic platform, here is a beautiful card that I received from one of my Star’s members Brenda Morateck!  I just love the neutral color pallet on this card, it works well with the “COLLAGE” Technique she used.

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The “Secret Garden” stamp set (page 94)  and coordinating framelits (page 187) were used to create this card.  Some of you will recognize the greeting as coming from the awesome stamp set “Lacy & Lovely” on page 117.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post, and my “Lone Ranger” reference …  
                                               You know I’ll be going to see Johnny Depp as Tonto!

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PLEASANT POPPIES

Hello Stampers ~

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy card made with the “Pleasant Poppies” stamp set (found in the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog).

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The technique used for this card is a “spotlighting” technique.  Begin simply by stamping the image onto Whisper White cardstock.  Then with VersaMark™ stamp the same image onto black cardstock… emboss.  I used the “Tangerine Tango” embossing Powder.

Next, punch out your embossed poppies and layer them over the stamped one on the Whisper White.

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Although this is a birthday card, I think it is quite fitting as today is Memorial Day.  A special day set aside to remember, honor and thank those who have fought for our freedoms.

I hope you are enjoying this holiday weekend… and don’t forget to thank a veteran.

God Bless,

Linda

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