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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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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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Fabulous Friday – Mixed Drinks Wedding Card

For this week’s Fabulous Friday post, I had to start thinking about creating a wedding card for a special couple.  I am not sure this will be my final draft, but I do like the glimmer!

I used the Mixed Drinks and the Thoughtful Banners stamp sets, the Project Life and the new layering circles framelits, the Hearts embossing folder, the hearts border punch, and a little Wink of Stella for the drink shimmer.

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Throwback Thursday – National Pink Day Warhol Technique

Did you know that June 23rd is National Pink Day?  I know in our Stampin’ Up! world, “pink” sounds boring – but Melon Mambo gets me excited to stamp!  I made this meme a while back – still true!

Pink is Boring

Pink is Boring

Today’s throwback is to a stamp set called Touch of Nature and the Warhol Technique.  I created this card in 2007.

I did a little update today and used more pink to celebrate National Pink Day!

Hard to see in the photo, but on the Pink Pirouette panel, I colored the flower in with Wink of Stella.  The stamp set is Perfectly Wrapped – the phrases in this stamp set are fun to use!

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Throwback Thursday – Strawberry Fields Forever

My sister asked on Facebook this week to go strawberry picking.  Believe it or not, I have never done it.  During the summer, we try to do little jaunts because we are both so busy during the school year.  So we are planning to go next week.

In the back of my mind, I remembered the Tart N Tangy stamp set which included a strawberry.  I knew I had some samples of this long-retired stamp set which would be perfect Throwback Thursday.

Here is a sample from 2008:

Tart-celebratestraw

Yeah.  That’s about right.  Loving that Green Galore and Real Red.  Still miss those brads.  Notice I didn’t even put a watermark on this one.  No threat on internet stealing of this idea, right? Ok, enough looking back. We have a brand-new catalog with fabulous new stamp sets and accessories to gush over.

Here is my updated card using the new Fresh Fruit stamp set and coordinating designer series paper.

Colors used were Pear Pizzazz and Watermelon Wonder with Whisper White.  I did use Wink of Stella on the strawberries, scored the bottom of the Pear Pizzazz piece, and added two sizes of pearls.  Fresh Fruit is a two-step stamp set and is made of photopolymer so two-toned stamping is easier than using markers and huffing on the stamp like the older card.

Which one do you prefer?  Thanks for looking back with me!  Can’t wait to go strawberry picking next week!

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