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Birthday 411

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This was supposed to get posted yesterday but it has been THAT week.  Yes, the phone line/DSL line went weird, the garage door opener quit opening and we came home from church yesterday to find that the dishwasher was leaking in the kitchen.  The phone line is still crazy, the garage door is fixed and my brilliant husband found the cracked fitting and stopped the leak.  But the insanity didn’t allow time for posting. 

I had some little boy birthday cards to make this weekend and needed them fast.  So I got the Stampin’ 411 sketch for this week and got to work.  Actually, I had looked at the sketch in the morning and then remembered that I hadn’t made the cards for the party and then panicked and started stamping.  Fortunately, the layout was one that stuck in my head (love that kind of layout!!) and I think I mostly kept it right.

I started with my Play Date DSP (it is currently on sale as part of the Online Spectacular!) and added in a little of my Brights Pattern Paper.  Minimal stamping and maximum use of the DSP…a sure way to keep it quick!  My favorite part of the Play Date paper is that you can pop up the special birthday number!  The cupcake comes from Party Hearty and the little sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  These are pretty basic cards so I think the rest is self-explanatory.  Here they are:

With any luck my DSP connection will stay working and I will be able to post a little more tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll see you again soon!

Card 1:  Stamps:  Party Hearty, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Brights Pattern Pack, Baja Breeze, Whisper White; Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze; Accessories:  Bright Buttons, Dimensionals, Thread

Card 2:  Stamp:  None; Paper:  Play Date DSP, Brights Patterns Pack, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise; Accessories:  Brights Buttons, Thread

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Candy-colored Moments

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It must be my lucky week because this was chosen as the SSSC 93 Winner!  Thanks, Karen!

It is week two as a design team member for the ColorLab Color Challenge and this week was definitely more of a challenge for me.  Julie chose the beautiful colors from the Candy Cane DSP – Real Red, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze and Garden Green. 

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They are super together but…oh, no…I don’t own that paper!!  So I started looking at what I DO have in those colors and you know what?  I found more choices than I thought.  I had Real Red and Baja Breeze in my Play Date DSP, and more Real Red in my Patterns Designer Paper Stack (Brights) plus additional Baja Breeze in some retired papers.  I thought about the colors as I was drifting off to sleep (boy, I hope that I am not the only one who does that!) and it came to me that I should use my new Every Moment set.  I have had this set on my wish list since I first saw this catalog and finally was able to get it!!  I chose the word paper from the Patterns Pack and a bit of Baja Breeze DSP from Play Date.  I added Basic Gray as a neutral to ground the colors a bit.  I think this Gray is really pretty and don’t use it enough.  I did a little light watercoloring on Whisper White paper with my Blender Pen.  Remember, when you are coloring on this very smooth paper, think of coloring as dabbing on color instead of blending color.  This helps the paper stay nice and smooth.  I think these colors make for a very happy card!

I stamped the inside of the card with the butterfly again and a Happy Birthday sentiment.  This sketch comes from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 93.  What a fun layout! 

I hope you enjoy these colors.  I’d love to see what you can do with the ColorLab challenge this week so pop on over and post your card!  See you again soon!

Stamps:  Every Moment, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Patterns DSP Stack Brights, Play Date DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Real Red, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, 1/8″ White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Blender Pen

Fabulous!! New stamps!!

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Is there anything better than new stamps??!!  Hmmm, well there is chocolate but new stamps are right up there in my favorite things list!  I received some new things this week and “needed” to put them to good use as quickly as possible.  So I did the challenge search and found some great ones!  First I found this sketch challenge from Stamping 411:

This is one of those fantastic, use it again and again, layouts!  I also saw the color challenge for this week at Color Throwdown for Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Kraft.  Oh my, how I love that combination.  Because I got some new sets, I stayed away from the temptation of using Dasher (but I really wanted to!!).  Instead I went to the inspiration challenge over at Splitcoast today IC258.  I found a cool rug from Company C that reminded me of Fast & Fabulous (my new hostess set, conveniently).  I got to work and here is my card:

I did some light watercoloring on the flowers with Crumb Cake (formerly known as Kraft) and Cherry Cobbler.  It was stamped in Soft Suede.  While the layout didn’t call for it, after changing the direction the card needed something.  Buttons were the solution!!  The dots along the vine on the rug just seemed to call for them. 

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Hope to see you again soon!

Stamps:  Fast & Fabulous, Because I Care (words); Paper:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; Ink:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Buttons (Neutrals and Regals), Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Blender Pen

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A new adventure!

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Since this blog was really created to show my adventures in stamping, I am thrilled to tell you about a new one!!  I have been asked to become a member of the Design Team for the ColorLab Color Challenge at My Create, Ink.  I’m flattered that these talented stampers wanted me to join their ranks!!  Thankfully, the first color selection is a natural for my “seasonal stamper’s disorder”.  I have have commented on this before but if you are new to my blog, this is my strong need to stamp in seasonal colors (and the corresponding difficulty in stamping in “non-seasonal” colors).  Here are the lovely choices for this week:

This paper from the Holiday Mini is just perfect for your November cards!  In order to not stray too far on my first challenge, I did pull out my Day of Gratitude set.  Instead of a thank you/Thanksgiving card though, I opted to make mine a birthday card.  In the midst of all my holiday stamping, I am a bit behind on birthday cards and have a few important family birthdays coming up soon.  I used the layout from this week’s Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 306.  The lovely medallion in the stamp set called out to be used for this one!  Here is my take on the challenges:

 It seems that I still can’t get enough of the Square Lattice Embossing Folder so I pulled it out again here.  This is actually for one of my brothers-in-law and I wanted to keep it from being too feminine.  I used the Linen Thread to cinch the bow and through the button.  On the medallion, I used the sponge dauber technique again with More Mustard and Cajun Craze.  After I cut it out, I sponged on a little Early Espresso to finish the edges. 

I hope that you enjoy these colors as much as I did.  When you post your cards (you know you have to make one!), make sure to tell them that the new Jen sent you!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard; Ink:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border, Espresso Satin Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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All wrapped up!

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My planning for my gifts class next week, that is!  At least almost all wrapped up.  I am so excited to show you my card that is meant to go with the wreath posted here.  My initial inspiration for a wreath card came from Cindy over at Heart’s Delight Cards and her delightful work in the Holiday Mini Blog Hop.  Her wreath card is just stunning!!  After some playing with the idea, I realized that I needed a card that “matched” my wreath a little better.  I saw the SUO Challenge 5 for Punch Art and it got me thinking.  Here is the card that resulted:

So where, you ask, are the punches??  I am definitely not a punch art talent like so many you will see over on the SUO Challenge page, but I am pretty excited about this.  The wreath “form” is made using punches. 

You start with a 1 3/8″ Circle Punch and pop your circle out of Always Artichoke paper.  Make sure you leave room for the larger punch to go around the circle.  Next, center your circle inside the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and make your ring.

Cut approximately 12 inches of ribbon.  This may have to be adjusted based on the width of your ribbon choice.  My ribbon is the Always Artichoke Seam Binding which is 1/2″ wide.  Next, you attach one end of your ribbon to the back side of your ring.  I used Dotto so that I could reposition the ribbon a bit if necessary.  Then you just wrap the ribbon around the ring.

In the interest of space, I kept the pictures small but you can see them bigger simply by clicking on them.  Once I got all the way around, I attached the end to the back of the wreath with a Mini Glue Dot and trimmed the excess.  I put my bow on top of the beginning/end point to cover the overlap. 

The layout was still influenced by Cindy’s beautiful card and I used the Heard from the Heart sentiment.  I love the message in that one!!  I have to show you the wreath and its accompanying card together, of course, so here they are.

See how special it is to make a Handmade Holiday combination??  Stampin’ Up continues to celebrate the idea of the handmade gift with their Holiday Bundles (see sidebar).  On that note, Shelli Gardner from So Shelli (and the CEO of Stampin’ Up!, of course) has posted her Creative Challenge for November…Holiday Hellos.  I think this card fits the bill perfectly. 

I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!  More from the Christmas Gifts Class coming soon!

Stamp:  Heard from the Heart; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Seam Binding in Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke, Mini Glue Dots, 1 3/8″ and 1 3/4″ Circle Punches

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Friends are like pearls…

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I was so fortunate to stamp with a dear friend of mine while I created today’s card.  It was all the more special because she has been very busy lately and I have missed seeing her!  She and I have a tendency to love the same colors and papers and we were both working with Deck the Halls today.  This seemed the right card to post for the Our Creative Corner Challenge this week “An Attitude of Gratitude”.  I am so lucky to have a friend like her and enjoyed the time stamping tremendously!!

There is another challenge today from Splitcoaststampers, their Inspiration Challenge IC257.  It is based on the work of Miyuki Sakai which is stunning (I did have to reduce the size of the page to see everything – bottom right corner of your screen).  Here is the picture I loved:

I love the holiday feel of it and the little flowers trailing off reminded me of pearls.  Then it hit me that good friends are like pearls.  They are beautiful when new but get even more fabulous with time.  They are precious and timeless!  How lucky I am to have a number of friends like this in my life!!

My card started with cutting out the bells and ribbon from the Deck the Halls DSP.  I used last week’s sketch from Stampin’ 411.  I didn’t meet their deadline but I still wanted to use the sketch.  I put the cut out paper on the flip side word paper and love the effect.  I added Basic Pearls to the bells and love the result.  After I tied the bow, it was missing something so I added some additional pearls to the center.  Here is the final result:

I am just in love with this DSP.  You should see the cards my friend made…lovely!!  Well, I hope you have a great weekend.  I’m off to enjoy the VA fall weather. 

Stamp:  None outside; Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory (inside); Ink: None outside; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Espresso Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Thread (to cinch bow)

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Falling leaves

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When my mom and I were stamping earlier in the week, we created a couple of cards using my Day of Gratitude set.  I wanted to show mom that all cards didn’t have to take forever to make (or need tons of products).  I pulled Stacey’s Curtain Call: Act 54 challenge up and saw her beautiful fall colors.

The clean&simple Fall-to Layout 114 was another great help:

 Taking those two, we got to work.  I used the Rock and Roll with a Twist technique again.  I inked up the leaves in More Mustard and then applied Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze with a sponge dauber.  Just make sure you clean the stamp in between to keep the oranges off of your Mustard.  On went a sentiment in Cajun Craze.  It seemed a little plain so I added some piercing and a non-SU ribbon left over from a package.  So quick and so cute!

Not to be outdone, my mom changed up the layout a bit and did straight stamping in the challenge colors.  Here is her card:

Pretty awesome for a new stamper, don’t you think??!!  Well, I might be biased but I love her card! 

I’m off to work on some Christmas cards.  I really do need to get caught up on my own!!  Thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you again soon!

Stamp: Day of Gratitude; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze; Ink: More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze; Accessories:  Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Non-SU ribbon

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Thinking of Saffron and Suede

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Oh yes, my friends, So Saffron and Soft Suede are gorgeous together!!  I wanted a change of pace from the Christmas card mania I have been living in and needed a “thinking of you” card.  Actually, my mom was here visiting and she asked to take some cards home.  Hmmm…an excuse to stamp with my mom…awesome!!  She did attend my Christmas card class too but this stamping was just for her.  I pulled up the inspiration challenge from Our Creative Corner this week and saw this lovely picture:

Beautiful, isn’t it?  I also used the Mojo Monday Sketch 163.  I haven’t done one of those in forever and this is a great one!  My new Deck the Halls paper was calling out to be used for a non-Christmas card and my Elements of Style set seemed perfect for the inspiration picture.  Take a look:

I stamped the “toile” image on Very Vanilla and did some light coloring with Saffron and Suede ink.  I sponged the DSP and the stamped pieces with Soft Suede and pulled the words from my Silhouette Sentiments Hostess set.  The Victoria Crochet Trim was a natural fit for this look and I used an Antique Brad to cinch the bow together.  This card is perfect for my mom!

Tomorrow I will post another card that we stamped.  Thanks for joining me today.  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Elements of Style, Silhouette Sentiments; Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Soft Suede, So Saffron; Accessories:  Victoria Crochet Trim, Antique Brad, Dimensionals, Sponges

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New address and a new look

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Hi everyone! This is my first post on my new blog address: stampinonthefly.com!! If you thought you clicked the old address, you probably did and were routed here. I want to make sure that I don’t lose any of you in the move!! To make sure there was no confusion, I did update my look a little. My blog header was made using My Digital Studio designer paper…love how easy that is!! All of the old information is still here in case you need to look at a previous project.

I have a quick post today but couldn’t leave you without a card. This is a card from my Christmas card class this week. The classes kept me really busy (along with a class project for my oldest son’s Halloween party)! I should be back to normal posting by mid-week.

This trifold card uses Rejoicing in Christmas from the Holiday Mini.  I love this with the Night of Navy Satin Ribbon!  My photo doesn’t show the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on Joseph’s head piece and the Frost White Shimmer Paint on Mary’s head piece, but it is beautiful in person.  My stampers did an amazing job with their watercoloring during the class!!

Thanks for stopping by my new home!  Hope you’ll be a regular visitor!

Stamp:  Rejoicing in Christmas; Paper:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Watercolor, Very Vanilla (inside); Ink:  Stazon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Blush Blossom, Night of Navy, So Saffron; Accessories:  Shimmer Paints, Aquapainter, Blender Pen, Night of Navy Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates

Dashing around

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Well, this is a Dasher post but it also describes my last week. Yes, I have been a posting slacker but I have an excuse…really!! I had/have 3 Christmas card classes this week and have been prepping, cleaning up and getting ready for the next crowd. Also, there are some changes coming to my blog. Namely, I’m going to be moving. It should be mostly transparent and with the help of the current administrator is pretty uneventful so far. That said, it is taking up some of my stamping time. With any luck, I will have the new blog up by Friday and there will be forwarding from here for a little while.

Ok, on to my projects! In my last post, I showed you a wreath that I made for a Christmas Gifts class. Today, I am showing you a companion project for the class. A candle, complete with the packaging. I used the tissue paper technique for stamping on the candle, putting Dasher on three times. The box is not from a specific template but uses dimensions that I figured out to be the right size for this candle. Again, I will post the specifics after the class (demos can contact me if they want info for their own class). Now you want to see this, don’t you??

And here he is out of the box:

As much as I love the candle, I have to say that I really love it inside the little box! The perfect little package for holiday giving!!

Well, of course this needed a card and the class will offer a little gift card to go with it. For today, though, I made a card using the Splitcoast sketch SC304. This card came together so quickly for me (only 30 minutes which is pretty much record time). I just got this DSP and haven’t had any seasonal DSP for a while. I may have overdone it (is there such a thing?) but this paper is SOOOO pretty!!!! Honestly, DSP makes card making so easy…especially when it is this great. I love the Cherry Cobbler design with Dasher antlers. If you look closely, you’ll see shimmer paint sponged on the Natural Ivory paper with a sponge dauber. It gives such a lovely shimmer. You can click on the picture to see it closer.

And here are the two together:

Sorry about the clarity on the last picture but I wanted you to see how lovely they are as a pair!

I will be back really soon with a picture of one of my class cards from this week along with my brand new blog address. Hope you have a great week (and that your dashing around doesn’t keep you from stamping!).

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