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Wedding Card for Melissa and Alex

Last weekend was a particularly special wedding for a work and stamping friend, Melissa. Here is the wedding card I created using our new Tufted embossing folder:

She has a fondness for our Tangerine Tango (and we are both sad it retired).  This card did have a bit of bling!

Happy for this wonderful couple!

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Easter Bunny Card

At my Spring Cards Stamp Camp, we created an Easter Bunny card using the Layering Ovals Framelits, the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder, and a few other punches (3/4″ for nose, Cookie Cutter Builder for the eyes, and Holly Berry Builder for the bow).  Color combination is Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, and Whisper White.  Stamp set used was Teeny Tiny Wishes for the Easter saying.  Add a gem and the journaling marker for whispers, pop up with dimensionals, and you have my bunny!

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Hawaiian Couple Punch Card for Joe

Tragedy struck our home last month when my youngest son took his life.  Yes, those are probably the worst words to have to type (and I am sure they are not easy to read).

Although healing has begun, getting back into “business mode” feels almost paralyzing.  All my family, friends, customers, and peers are supporting me and telling me to take all the time I need to get back.  I’m taking little steps, but the first of the month is always crucial for delivering news, specials, and my monthly fun holiday listings.

The night our Joe took his life I hosted my Summer Fun Punch Class.  My sweet, funny boy was known for wearing Hawaiian-style shirts at school.  So as a tribute to him, I am sharing my Hawaiian Couple punch card.

At his wake/memorial service, we suggested guests wear Hawaiian shirts.  We were truly so thrilled to see so many of our family and friends honor Joe by wearing them.  

Love you forever, my Joe.  I pray you keep bringing me joy in the little signs we witness you are with us.

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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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Throwback Thursday – Nativity Christmas Punch Cards

Punch cards have been a customer favorite for many years.  For Throwback Thursday, I had to revisit an old version from a stamp camp in 2011.

Baby Jesus lying in his manger…complete with some hay.

This year, I created a companion piece for the nativity…the Three Wise Men.

I love our glimmer and foil papers – they were perfect for the crowns.  The phrase comes from the Star of Light stamp set.  My customers loved this card, and it was a big hit as a swap at the Madison OnStage event last weekend.

Doesn’t this card beg for you to start singing Christmas carols…We three kings of Orient are…

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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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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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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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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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Fabulous Friday – Punch Art Palette Card

Today was the last day for our summer school munchkins.  We put on a Cinderella production with 1st through 5th graders.  It was an amazing success, and we had five middle-school helpers who designed and painted all the stage sets.

I created thank you cards for our helpers.  I tweaked an earlier version with current merchandise.  Sorry for the bad picture.  I took it way too early this morning!

The girls loved the cards and pronounced they would be saving them on their bulletin boards.

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