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Monochromatic Monday – Sweet Sugarplum Butterflies

We are enjoying the last few days of summer here; in fact, school starts this week.  So before my blog goes all pumpkin spice and gingerbread cookie crazed, I thought I should put up one last summer card.

Today’s monochromatic color is Sweet Sugarplum.  Ok, whenever I look at this color all I can see is mauve.  So I challenged myself to create a card with it.

I did use the Fresh Fruits stamp set for the birthday phrase.  The butterfly punches, thinlits, and embossing folders coordinate nicely.  Love the rouched ribbon especially on this diagonal front.  And yes, pearls again.  I can’t help myself.

Hope you like it!

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Wacky Wednesday-#WeLoveDS (Demo Support) Card

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost 16 years, I have had many occasions where Demo Support has really come to my rescue.

Our plastic stamp cases do NOT like our Wisconsin winters, and replacements are only a quick and friendly phone call away.  Then, there are those mistakes (usually by me) when entering item codes and getting not what my customer wanted.  Again, in a matter of a minute or two, Demo Support responds and solves a problem.  Procedure and business questions come up occasionally too.  Yup, they are more than helpful in those instances as well.  I cannot remember a time where they didn’t solve my problem to more than my satisfaction, even when blame was truly on my shoulders.

So in my eyes, I see them as lifesavers.  I created this card and sent the package to celebrate them (along with other demonstrators around the world) and thank them for helping me succeed in my business.  #weloveDS  We really do.

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Monochromatic Monday-Falling Flowers

Today’s challenge is creating a card with a monochromatic color palette, and my choice was Daffodil Delight.

I’m kind of crazy over our Basic Pearls, and this card uses plenty of them!  Did you know if you press the pearls first before taking them off the protective sheet, they won’t lose their glue dot?  One of my stampers suggested this, and it really does work!

The main stamp set is Falling Flowers, and the phrase is from Layering Love.

Sponging around the focal image softens the overall look.  This card lends itself with any color palette!

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Celebrate Sunday-Swirly Birds

I used the Swirly Birds stamp set and the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set for this card.  My color combination is Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.

The swirls offer lots of options with this stamp set – and if you are on Pinterest, you know the possibilities are endless with this stamp set and framelit bundle.

Tone on tone stamping on the back layer gives depth.

I highly suggest using our pierce pad when stamping the images!

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Step-It-Up Saturday – Falling Flowers

Finally got to my stamping table late tonight as I had a vendor event today.  But I promised a card every day, and true to my word, here is my Step-It-Up Saturday card using the new stamp set, Falling Flowers, and one of my favorite thank you stamp sets, One Big Meaning.

When I sat down tonight, I was clueless as to what I wanted to create.  However, I promised myself I would NOT use the Big Shot.  My Big Shot is my favorite tool for any card, but it can also be a crutch.  Any card you use your Big Shot on is a step up!

I met my challenge tonight, and in addition, I used a color combination outside of my usual comfort zone.  Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango feel like summer to me, and now I can turn to this trio with confidence.

Here is the first card:

Of course, after I take pictures of the card, I notice the tilting pearls on top.  Oh well.  I hope the person who gets this card won’t mind.  Maybe I can fix it too.  Using those pearl lines is another challenge.  Those are always the last ones used on my pearl sheet.

Here is the stepped-up version:

How did I step up this card?  Well, card stock to start with.  I love the quality of Stampin’ Up! card stock, and layers of it on a card just make me happy.  I also colored in more of the stamens on the background and added more flowers to the phrase layer.  The phrase layer flowers also have Wink of Stella which brings some zing to them.  Tighter trimming of the phrase layer leaves less blah space.  I also like to add a pearl when a word has an “i” in it.

Try this color combo – I think you too will feel a little more summery afterwards!

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Fabulous Friday – 25th Anniversary Card

My sister and brother-in-law celebrated their 25th anniversary last month.  My sister adores the color blue, so I knew I had to incorporate blue into the card.

I’ve been using up some older vellum – those hearts are just perfect for backing this card.  Silver Glimmer paper really sparkles, and I love to use it on special cards.  Number framelits and oval framelits hit the mark on this too.

Simple, but made with love.

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Throwback Thursday – Classic Pick-Up Trucks

I live in a house full of men.  Yeah, sounds great, but sometimes not so much.  But I love them, even down to their grease monkey ways.

When Stampin’ Up! has a car-themed stamp set, I am usually ordering it right away.

Classic Pick-Ups is a stamp set from the early 2000s, and I still have it.  When my boys were younger and wanted to make me really happy, they would create birthday cards for their dad and other brothers with this set.  Here is an example of one of our creations:

Now Guy Greetings has a great classic car in the set.  Some stampers have a tough time with this stamp set as there are some images that are not easy to work a card around.  Try using the stamp set with a collage format, and you will love it.

However, I kind of stuck to the same type of image – the Model T.  Of course now we have my all-time favorite tool, the Big Shot.  Lots of Labels framelit set and silver paper help this card pop more this time around.

 

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Wacky Wednesday – Happy S’Mores Day Card

Hello everyone~

Today my Facebook friends got to vote on what card to highlight for Wacky Wednesday.  They got to choose between two holidays – National Duran Duran Day or National S’Mores Day.  You guessed it – they picked s’mores.

I had a totally different idea when I went into my stamping area, but luckily, inspiration came quickly and brought some fire (yes, pun intended) into the design.

I used only three punches for this card and both the Foxy Friends and Fresh Fruit stamp sets (the phrase is from the Fresh Fruit stamp set).

I sponged the bottom of the main image and the marshmallow with Soft Suede.  The stick is our new classic label punch, punched only a one-third width.  The logs are the same label punch, and the flames are the tail of the Foxy Friend punch.  The marshmallow is the 1/2″ circle punch.

Of course, I used a marker to adjust the saying.  I’ll practice that a bit more the next time.

That little raccoon is just the sweetest little thing, don’t ya think?

 

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Technique Tuesday – Washi Tape Peekaboo Window

I am so grateful to celebrate SEVEN YEARS on this blog.  I’ve had www.stampwithjane.com for seven years.  Thank you to all who visit and check out my website whether it be for inspiration, monthly holidays, or gosh forbid, by mistake!

I am going to celebrate this occasion all week.  I am promising you a new card every day.  Read through this whole blog post for a way you can help me celebrate.

Today is Tuesday, usually a stamping night, but I’ve got the night off.  It always feels a little strange when it is 6:30 pm at my house, and the doorbell isn’t ringing on a Tuesday.  Actually, tonight, a stamper did stop by right around that time.  I found that kind of funny.  Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

In July, I taught my stampers the Washi Tape Peekaboo Window technique.  It is actually very simple.  You only need scissors, an assortment of washi tape, stampin’ dimensionals, colored and Whisper White card stock, and stamps/ink.

Here is what we made:

  1. Cut the colored card stock and Whisper White card stock the same width, but the Whisper White can be about a 1/2″ – 1″ shorter in length.
  2. Cut the card stock in an interesting design (but not too intricate), dividing the card stock.
  3. If you plan on stamping, stamp now.
  4. Plan how far apart you want the colored card stock.
  5. Put small pieces of washi tape on the section of white card stock where it will show.
  6. Attach dimensionals on colored card stock and attach to white card stock.
  7. Trim white card stock if necessary.
  8. Layer on a card base.

That’s it.  Really easy and fun – and a great way to use up washi tape.

Ok, now that you’ve read through all of this, I have a little contest to run.  Comment below and I will enter all entries into a drawing for a new Stampin’ Up! accessory!   Drawing will be held on  Sunday, August 14th.  I will contact the winner for their address.

Keep watching my blog this week for more opportunities to WIN!

Thanks for all of your support throughout the years!  You are ALL too kind!

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Wacky Wednesday – Foxy Friends Trash Can Raccoon Party Animal

Hi everyone~

Yeah, best-laid plans for July just didn’t happen.  Sorry about that, but a little bit of life got in the way!

I’m starting out August in true Wacky Wednesday form.  I hosted a Foxy Friends Stamp Camp last night with some very excited stampers.  They have been going bonkers with this stamp set and were primed for a great night of stamping and punching fun.

I oftentimes look at Pinterest to start my planning of stamp camps; sometimes I CASE (Copy and Steal Everything) a project, and sometimes I just use it as a springboard to start my creative juices flowing.

The project I am sharing today is something that came to me late one night, and instead of sleeping, I planned out the pieces and parts of the card.  I just love this one and am happy to share it.  At last night’s event, the card was a horizontal orientation.  One of my customers flipped it, and I actually liked this way better.  Thanks, Linda!

Here it is.  Even a raccoon rummaging through trash is cute with this stamp set!

Foxy Friends Trashy Raccoon

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