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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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For the Birds – And Butterflies Too!

I love to color…a little.  The For the Birds stamp set is perfect for those of us who like to do just that!

Here is a summery card – complete with butterfly accents!

For the Birds - Butterflies

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For the Birds – Support Alphabet Card

When I look at the color blue, I think of my sister Mary Jo.  She’s always been drawn to the color blue.  She’s been such a support to me this year as I ventured into re-entering the workforce.  Thanks, MJ!

For the Birds - Support Pool

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Beautiful Bunch – Tie Dye Circles Card

At my Technique Tuesday class this week, I taught my stampers the Tie Dye Circles technique.  I love this technique – it is a great watercoloring method.

You will burnish three colors of various intensities into your watercolor paper – lightest shade first to cover the largest area and then move in with your middle shade.  Finally, you will sponge in the darkest shade in the center – but keep in mind to go for a more natural look – it looks more artistic and whimsical with varying circles.

You will then take an AquaPainter (or a plain paintbrush and water) and go around the circles – again, starting with the lightest.  You are basically taking away ink from the circles.

Set aside and let dry or, if you are in a hurry, use your heat gun on it!

Finished this card off with seam binding, the butterfly punch and pearl, and a phrase from A Dozen Thoughts.  My color combination was Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss!

Beautiful Bunch-Tie Dye Circles

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Blended Bloom – Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Card

At my Try the New Tools Night a few weeks ago, my stampers couldn’t wait to use the new Blendabilities markers.  This stamp set makes it so very easy to look like an artist!  I had several sets out so my stampers could take their time with their creations.

Did you know you can use the Blendabilities markers to color in pearls and gems?  LOVE THAT!

This is a perfect summer birthday card!

Blended Bloom - Top Note Daffodil

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Secret Garden Watermisting Card

I love our watercolor paper – it is so thick and absorbs watercoloring techniques so well.  Here is a card made using the Secret Garden stamp set and the Water Misting x2 technique.

Watermistingx2-Secret Garden

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Saying Goodbye to…Just Believe Stamp Set

The Just Believe stamp set has been a staple of my stamping room table for several years.  I loved the phrases and the images with this set.  I've made many swap cards, class projects, and personal cards with these beautiful images.  My first sample is one of the Technique Tuesday cards from last month:

Framelit Mask-Just Believe

The card features the Framelit Mask technique.  There are little pearls inside the flowers, but the camera didn't pick them up.

Here are some of the other cards I've made with this set throughout the years.  You can still get this stamp set through JUNE 3rd.  Be sure to order from my website – www.stampwithjane.stampinup.net .  It is available in clear mount for $25.95 (120543) or wood mount for $33.95 (116948)

just-believe-square

just-believe-punch-gems

believe-diamondtopnote

just-believe-marinanon

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