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Jeani’s Birthday Card

One of my coworkers celebrated a milestone birthday today.  She is  totally devoted to our school kids and is loved by all.  I created this special card for her day.

 

Lots of Big Shot items used on this card – Circles, Stars, and Large Number framelits and the Stars embossing folder.  The balloon punch and silver thread (sorry, not visible in this photo) were also used.  Our school colors are red and blue so that dictated my color combo.

Hope it was a fabulous day, Jeani!

You could easily change this up for an anniversary card, graduation card, retirement card, or even a sports team-themed card.

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Jill’s Baby Shower Card

Last week, one of my coworkers asked me to create a special baby shower card. Her daughter-in-law’s shower was going to be held in Wisconsin, but the mother-to-be lives in California. The shower hostess requested all gifts be shipped to California, but include a message or picture of what will be sent inside the baby shower card. So not only did Jill want me to create a special card, but a purposeful card as well.

To be honest, I don’t often create special-order cards, but I certainly didn’t want to let Jill down.

Most of my project includes RETIRED Stampin’ Up! products…WAITING FOR THE RIGHT PROJECT STORAGE comes to my rescue again.

Basically, the card is a gatefold card with a hidden message section.

#1.  Basic gatefold design – Used Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, and Something Borrowed DSP.

#2  Closed card without embellishments

#3.  Gift scan mounted on Top Note Die used as the “hidden message”  (Pink Pirouette)

#4.  Inside piece – front section of “hidden message” Top Note.  Used Something for Baby stamp set, Circle Framelits, pearls, twine for hair, bow punch from Cookie Cutter punch, 1/4″ circle punch for face.

#5  Back section of hidden message cover.  Love our new adhesive strips!  Keeps the Top Note from sliding down.

#6.  Inside panel with hidden message cover and Top Note message attached.

#7.  Finished card with tag  (Jill used the tag for another item) made with Stitched Framelits.  Sweet Essentials Stamp Set for the baby phrase.

#8.  My final card and the baby shower invitation.  Even I surprised myself at how closely I matched the designs.

Jill squealed in delight when I handed over the card creation.  It was the talk of the lunch table, and I heard it was adored at the shower.  

Glad to be of service, Jill.  You definitely jumpstarted my stampin’ mojo.  

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Hey Chick SAB Card

At the end of every month, I shake my head and wonder where did the time go?  December was no different, but I do know where the time went.  I’ve had many family commitments (don’t we all in December).  But getting my stampin’ mojo back has been a struggle.

Time is ticking away and soon it will be January.  With January comes the new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration!  Stamping goodies galore are coming our way!

Of all the items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog, the Hey, Chick stamp set was my must-have item.  It just makes me giggle!  You’ll hopefully be seeing more samples on my blog and others if you need some inducement to getting this whimsical set.

 

 

Please bear with me as I try to shake off 2016 and welcome in 2017. Sale-A-Bration starts in only 5 days.

 

 

 

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Wacky Wednesday Monster Punch Card

Punch classes are favorite events for my customers!  At my Holiday Cards Punch Class this month, here is the Halloween Punch Card we made:

I did base this off of another demo’s card, but added some of my own creativity too.

Here is what you need to make this card:

  • (2) 1-1/2″ circle punch pieces in Whisper White
  • (4) Tree Builder branches in Real Red
  • (2) 3/4″ circle punch pieces in Pacific Point
  • (2) 1/2″ circle punch pieces in Basic Black
  • (2) Fox Builder tails in Old Olive
  • (1) Fox Builder body in Old Olive (cut for nose)
  • (1) Classic Label punch piece in Whisper White (I punched out about 3/4 of it for the mouth)
  • (1) Star punch point in Whisper White

You do need to trim the branches for the bloodshot eyes.  I also used the chalk marker for the mouth.

The card comes together very quickly.  Don’t forget – how you place the eyes is how nice/wacky/mean a creature can look!

Hope you enjoyed this whimsical card – I think it is a perfect way to celebrate my 16 years as a demonstrator!

 

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Mixed Drinks Step It Up Saturday

I sound like a broken record.  Wish I could put more time into my blog, and I do have good intentions.  I certainly am stamping; in fact, October is my busiest month for stamping.  However, with my other jobs and family commitments and then my major vices Facebook and Pinterest, it is hard to focus on working this part of my business.

Today’s Step It Up card features the stamp set Mixed Drinks.  Love, love, love it for fun and whimsical cards.

Here is my first extremely simple card –

I transformed it into a Z Fold Card and added some DSP and card stock layers.

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I should have colored in the umbrella and the straw.  You could add bling of course.

Hmm…is it too early for a cocktail?

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Totally Trees Step It Up Saturday

I knew I wanted to share this step-it-up set of cards on World Card-Making Day.

The first card was a simple but lovely card created for the Fabulous Fall Stamp Camp.  We used the Totally Trees stamp set and the Rose Wonder stamp set for the phrase.  Also used for this card was the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (sorry, not one on sale), Layering Squares Framelits, and the Ribbon Trio Pack. We did double dip the inking of leaves on this card – start with the lightest color and before stamping lightly restamp into a darker color.

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But even though I liked this card, I knew it was a perfect card to step up.

I added another vertical layer behind the DSP, tied a knot with ribbon, added three copper circles, and embossed both the phrase and the leaves on the tree.  Some very simple changes, but they really make this card pop.

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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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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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