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Everybody Do the Twist!

Lemon Lime Twist is the one In Color I am having a little trouble with.  It’s sassy, bold, and wants to stand in the spotlight.  SO NOT ME (well, maybe I am a bit on the sassy side).

Lovely Inside & Out was not on my must-have list, but it was on the preorder list.  Demonstrators tend to get those preorder items no matter what because we know other demonstrators will create beautiful items and we don’t want to miss out.

For Tuesday’s In Color Introduction stamp class, I took both challenges and went to Pinterest to get inspiration.  Pinterest did not fail me thank goodness.  However, like any self-respecting demonstrator, I put my own little twist on the design so I felt it was more “mine”.

Wink of Stella is my new stamping obsession.  When I look at a card these days, I look for a way to use WOS on it somehow.  It just perks up that friend overlay perfectly.

Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst are paired perfectly with the birthday phrase from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in black.

Come on, everybody – let’s do the TWIST!

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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.



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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For the Birds – Pennant Punch Window Card

I held a Crazy About the Pennant Punch Stamp Camp this month.  This was probably my favorite card of the bunch.  I just love those little birdies splashing in the water.

Now, I don’t have Wisteria Wonder curtains, but they were so pretty with the Soft Sky layer!

For the Birds - Pennant Punch Curtains

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Polka Dot Pieces Flower Card

Quick and simple with a rich color combination – that is all I need to say about this card.  Well, and I need to be a better photographer.


Polka Dot Flower



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World Card-Making Day – Miss You For the Birds Card & GIVEAWAY!

Is there someone in your life who needs a little lift?  I think that is the best reason to send a card.  Here’s a card I created for someone that is going in the mail on Monday.

For the Birds-Mailbox

I think the US Post Office mail carriers will be scratching their heads wondering why all these cards are being mailed out all over the world!

Now here’s the information for the GIVEAWAY!!!!

Comment on my blog what OCCASIONS you like to send cards AND your FAVORITE Stampin’ Up! stamp set.  Please include your name and email address in your comment.  I will put all entries into a drawing for a FREE STAMPIN’ UP! EMBOSSING FOLDER OF YOUR CHOICE!  WOO HOO!  Only one entry per stamper, please.  I will run this giveaway through WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH at 6:00 pm CST.

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Gently Falling Laminate Swatch Cards

I’m a craft hoarder.  There, I’ve said it.  I love to go into any kind of store and look for items to craft with, sometimes buying (or if free, taking) too much to use at one time.  Then I have to find a way to deal with it in my limited space.  Craft hoarders can be organized…key word-“can”.  I try, but alas, I don’t always attain my goals in that.

On a not-so-recent trip to a large do-it-yourself store, I found gorgeous laminate examples up for grabs.  Like any good crafting hoarder, I took more than I needed, but squirreled it away for another day.  I found some of these again just a few days ago, and it was if I found gold.  The colors screamed fall to me.

Here are the two I came up with using Gently Falling:

Gently Falling-Helicopter


Gently Falling-Counter Chip Emb

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Swallowtail and Chalk Talk Card

Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush…not sure I'd want to eat it together, but it sure makes a pretty color combination!  Add in just a little Smoky Slate and some bling and you've got this card using Swallowtail and Chalk Talk:

Swallowtail and Chalk Talk

Sweet.  Simple.  Swallowtail.

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For The Birds Word Window Latch Card

At my Technique Tuesday class this month, I taught my customers how to make a Word Window Punch latch card. 

For the Birds-word window latch card

For the Birds-word window latch


Here's how you do it:

  1. Cut your card stock at 4-1/4" along the short end.
  2. Fold card stock in half.
  3. Take the BOTTOM of the base card and find the center of the short side of the card stock.  Make a small pencil mark at this point about 1/4" above the edge of the card stock.
  4. Punch out a Word Window with the small pencil mark in the center.
  5. On the FRONT piece of the base card, punch out a PARTIAL Word Window on each side just at the edge (you'll use about 3/4 of the punch). 
  6. Decorate card to finish!

I used our fabulous Stitched Satin Ribbon – which you can get for FREE this month with a $40 order!

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Punch Bunch Shaving Cream Valentine

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One of the most requested techniques from my customers is the shaving cream technique.  I taught my new recruits this technique last night.  It is always a crowd pleaser!  Here is the finished card:


The Crumb Cake piece is actually attached to the front of the card so when you flip it open you can write on the inside. 

The Punch Bunch stamp set is one of the Sale-A-Bration sets you can pick out this year.  The Owl stamp and the True Friend stamp are from Punch Bunch; the Heart stamp is from the current special stamp set – Filled with Love (check it out on the top right side of my blog); and the Happy Valentine's Day stamp is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  You could easily change this card to an anniversary, friendship, thank you, or birthday card by just changing that last stamp!  This color combination is perfect for masculine cards.

SALE-A-BRATION starts on January 25th!  Contact me if you want to place an order, host a workshop, or sign up to be a demonstrator!

Supplies Needed

  • Punch Bunch/Teeny Tiny Wishes/Filled with Love Stamp Sets
  • Whisper White/Early Espresso/Real Red/Crumb Cake Card Stock
  • Early Espresso/Real Red Ink
  • Real Red/Crumb Cake Dye Ink Refills
  • Shaving Cream/Plate/Spreader/Toothpick/Scrap Paper
  • 2-3/8" Scall Circle/2-1/2" Circle/Heart to Heart/1" Circle Punches
  • Word Window/Modern Label Punches
  • Vintage Trinkets/Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack
  • 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon
  • MonoAdhesive /Stampin' Dimensionals
 In case you have never tried the Shaving Cream Technique, here are some quick directions:
On a disposable plate, spread some some shaving cream out.  I use a disposable plate for quick and easy clean up!
 Put 3-4 drops of each ink color refill (I used Crumb Cake and Real Red on my card).
With a few toothpicks, swirl the drops of ink refills – don't mix too much or you'll muddy the colors.
Lay your cardstock on top of the swirled shaving cream.  Let it sit for about 15 seconds or so.  I find that Whisper White and Very Vanilla work best.  You can use the Naturals or Confettis and even Crumb Cake and glossy card stock. 
Remove the cardstock from the shaving cream pile.  Scrape off as much of the shaving cream mixture as you can with your spreader.
Wipe off the lingering excess shaving cream from the cardstock with a tissue or paper towel.  Set aside to let dry for a few mintues.  (I made two pieces!) 
If you want more effect, you can dip it back into the shaving cream and repeat the process.
You can stamp right on top of it or use it as a background.  You will notice the cardstock will be smoother and will smell nice too!

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Vintage Vogue – Faux Tearing

Vintage Vogue is a new Stampin’ Up! stamp set that I adore!  It has an innate shabby chic feel.  At my Technique Tuesday class this week, I demonstrated the faux tearing technique.  VERY EASY and a wonderful way to add dimension and texture without adding cardstock.  I’ll be using this technique often! 

Create a large piece with a torn edge – this is your mask for your noncolored piece.  Place the cardstock underneath it – you may want to secure it with removable adhesive.  Using a sponge brayer or a sponge, cover the cardstock with a coordinating ink.  If you plan on stamping on the torn piece, do it now.  You can use stamps and ink or a wheel like I did here.  I like the contrast of the Night of Navy ink on the Old Olive-colored torn edge.  Remove the mask.  Finish your card!

Don’t you love the faux button too?


The color is somehow washed out a bit in the picture – I used Night of Navy ink and card stock, Mellow Moss card stock and ribbon, and Old Olive ink (for brayering the torn section).

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