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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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Celebrate Sunday – Ice Cream Sundae Punch Card

Ok, kind of fun for me to post this Celebrate Sunday card!  At a recent punch class, my stampers made this ice cream sundae card:

Sprinkles of Life stamp set is used to make the scoops of ice cream and punched out with the Tree Builder punch, the bananas are the top of the acorn punch (with the stem cut off), the cherry is actually an apple from the Tree Builder punch.

The new banners punch is great because you can stamp two and layer them.  Photopolymer stamp sets are cool because you can bend them to match a curve like the top of the banner!

 

 

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Nail Polish Technique

Starting off with a bang, I have a card created last month using the Nail Polish Technique.  I’ve known about this technique for years, but just didn’t have the gumption to try it.  My stampers LOVED it – and everyone’s background came out different.  *WARNING – it is messy.  Please protect your hands, countertops, etc.

Here is the card:

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I was thinking of Father’s Day when we created these cards.  Men and nail polish, crazy right? Kind of cool that is Flag Day too with the patriotic colors scheme.

I usually keep my Technique Tuesday cards pretty simple as I want to show off the technique.  I do love the star theme though!

Here are the supplies you need for the Nail Polish Technique:

  • Throw-Away Container
  • Water
  • Throw-Away Stirrer (chopstick/plastic knife/drinking straw)
  • Nail Polish (2-3 colors)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Gloves/Scrap Paper (DEFINITELY USE GLOVES)

Here are the instructions for the Nail Polish Technique:

  • Fill container about 1/3 full of water.
  • Prepare your work area – protect surfaces and hands.
  • Drizzle in a few drops of nail polish, one color at a time.  Do not take too long.  Briefly stir colors.
  • Dip watercolor paper in to container and leave on top for about 2-3 seconds.  Check what is left on the watercolor paper.  If you want more design, dip again.
  • Take out of container and let dry.  If it curls, keep it under a heavy book once it is dried.

Use as a background on a card or tag or even for a scrapbook page.

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For the Birds – Valentine Miss You Card

Sometimes Valentine’s aren’t close by…and sometimes you don’t have to stamp a Valentine in bright Real Red.  Here’s a perfect card for someone you miss…

For the Birds - Miss You Pool

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Angel Punch Art with Pennant Punch

This summer I hosted a Crazy About the Pennant Punch stamp camp.  We really were a little crazy that evening!  I wanted to bring in a Christmas card to the mix, so I shared this one with my stampers.  It really goes together quickly!

Christmas Angel Pennant Punch

 

Punches needed are as follows:

  • Pennant Punch for dress
  • Scallop Circle for wings
  • Owl for hair and heart
  • 1″ Circle for hair bangs and face
  • Cupcake for cheeks
  • 1/2″ and 3/4″ Circles for halo

Of course, the Scalloped Tag Punch is the backing for the angel.

Although this is a Christmas card, it could easily be transformed into a child’s birthday card, a thank you card, a baby card, or even a get well card!

In my religion, today is also All Saints Day so although it is not a traditional card-giving holiday, it does go with the theme of the day.

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Goodbye, Summer – Popsicle Punch Card

Can it be true?  Summer is really ending already?

Let’s grab a popsicle and sit on the porch a while.

Popsicle Punch Card

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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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Sunflower Pennant Punch Card

Summertime…and the punching is easy!

Here’s the epitome of a summer flower – the sunflower!  Easily made with the Pennant Punch for the petals and the 1″ circle and 7/8″ scallop circle for the inner flower plus the large oval punch (embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder) for the leaves.  Camera washed it out a bit.

Sunflower Punch Card

Bring on the sunshine!

 

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Honeybee Punch Art Card

It’s summertime – and no one really likes having honeybees around.  But creating them using punches and card stock make them much more friendly!

Here’s another swap card I made last month.  I love the vellum wings!  I also used two embossing folders on this card.  Bzzzz….

Honeybee Punch Card

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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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