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My thanks to SUO Challenges and Stampin’ Royalty for choosing this wreath as the SUO Top 3 and a Goddess Pick!!  All the projects were stunning and I am thrilled to be chosen!

Sing along with me!  Deck the Halls with fabric and ribbon, fa la la la la, la la la la!!  Or, just use Deck the Halls fabric and Seam Binding ribbon to make something fabulous!  Conveniently enough, there are three challenges this week which want you to use fabric or ribbon.  The first is the SUO Challenge #4 which asks you to use Fabric or Waffle Paper on your project.  The second is from Stampin’ Royalty with the theme Ribbons, Ribbons, Ribbons.  Last is WT293 (Ways to Use It) over at Splitcoaststampers.  Ever since seeing the new fabric offering from Stampin’ Up, I have had the idea of a wreath spinning around in my head.  You must understand that this is significant since I don’t really sew!  My mother is a quilter and makes the most beautiful things but…yes, I don’t really sew.  That meant my wreath had to be a no-sew project.  I had a pretty good idea of what to do for the wreath itself but when I saw these rosette flowers created by Betty at Kitty Stamp, I knew this was the perfect embellishment.  I have to make sure that I give credit to my mom.  When I first made this, it only had three flowers.  I sent the picture to my mom for an honest critique and she told me to add two more for a better balance.  She was right, don’t you think??!!  I am in love with the clean lines of this wreath! 

Here is a close-up of the flowers:

The best part is that I can actually make two of these out of one package of fabric and still have some of the Cherry/Vanilla fabric left for other uses. 

This wreath will be part of a  gift class I am offering in November.  Please forgive me if I hold onto the specifics until that class is over.  I can’t begin to tell you how lovely this fabric is in person.  In fact, getting this inspired me to finally give in on the Deck the Halls DSP.  I know…it is shocking that I held off as long as I as i did!  I hope this starts getting you into the spirit of creating and giving your “Handmade Holiday” gifts this season (don’t forget the Handmade Holiday bundles listed on my sidebar)!!

Fabric:  Deck the Halls; Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding; SU Accessories:  Sticky Pages, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Mini Glue Dots; Non SU items:  Wreath form, pins

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Gratitude for River Rock

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My stampers here know that River Rock became my go-to color when it was first introduced as an In Color by Stampin’ Up.  It is quite a color chameleon, frankly.  I love how it skews green when paired with blues and moves toward brown when paired with brown family.  It is absolutely lovely with Soft Suede and the introduction of Early Espresso completed the set for me.  So why haven’t I made more cards with this color??!!  Can’t tell you (other than I am also in love with Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz……)!  Imagine my joy when I saw the Pals Paper Arts inspiration picture this week.  Lots of River Rock leaves, Soft Suede tree trunks, a Very Vanilla Sweater…take a look:

October 3

I also found this great sketch from Karen and her Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 89:

I found some very old DSP and knew it was just perfect.  One of the leaves from Day of Gratitude got the Ilina Crouse treatment.  I knew this technique would be great with lots of color combinations.  Today it is River Rock, Soft Suede and Early Espresso.  The tip from Pals Paper Arts is to remember layers and I added a torn layer underneath the image panel.  I thought it would add balance to the frayed ends of the ribbon.  Here is the final result:

I am thrilled with the masculine feel of this card and may do a birthday variation, too.  Hope your weekend has been full of fun.  My kids had their first leaf pile jumping of the year…one of my favorite things!  Thanks for stopping in!

Stamp:  Day of Gratitude; Paper:  Retired DSP, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Ink:  River Rock, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Espresso Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Neutrals Buttons, Sticky Strip, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

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One sketch, two cards

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I found a great sketch over at Splitcoase today, SC302.  I liked it so much that I actually made two cards with it!  The first also uses the Color Throwdown 114 colors for this week, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip.  I actually substituted Early Espresso for the Chocolate because I am low on Chocolate paper (the horror!!).  I used the Play Date DSP as my starting point and added some dimension to the Poppy panel with my Big Shot and the Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates.  The ribbon is from my little stash my upline gave me at Regionals.  I need a birthday card for one of my nephews and I think this will do the job nicely.

The first card came together so quickly that I had time for a second before heading out to the local “Cows and Corn” for a school field trip.  I had been playing around with the medallion from Day of Gratitude and the technique taught by Ilina Crouse at Regionals…Rock and Roll with a Twist and a Huff.  Mine started with More Mustard and I sponged on Cajun Craze using a sponge dauber.  I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder this time and some of my cool buttons.  You all must know by now that I am a ribbon hoarder and this came off a package I received (Williams-Sonoma, I think).  Great match for Cajun Craze!  This is also for the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge 60 to create a thank you card.  The scripture this week is:

1 Timothy 4:4 “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving…”

I still need some thank you cards so I’m glad to have another one completed.  The weather here is beautiful and field trip was fantastic.  There’s nothing like fall in Virginia!!  Hope your day is great too.  See you soon.

Card 1:  Stamp:  Party Hearty; Paper:  Play Date DSP, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz; Ink:  Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Poppy Parade 1/2″ Stitched Poly Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

Card 2:  Stamp:  Day of Gratitude; Paper:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons; Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Non-SU Ribbon

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Club projects

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I had one of my Hostess Club meetings this morning and I finally get to post the projects.  I had such fun with these cards (and with my stampers)!  The first is a demonstration of the Cracked Glass technique using A Wish for Peace.  I love scenes like this with the antique look you get from cracked glass.  I sponged the horizon in So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and a touch of Chocolate Chip after stamping the main image in Soft Suede.  A little So Saffron was put in the church window and then I painted on Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint for the church.  The “snow” is Frost White Shimmer Paint applied with a slightly damp Aqua Painter.  Click on the picture to see all the details.  I embossed it, cracked it and applied a little more Soft Suede to help highlight the cracks.  The layout is last week’s sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers, SC301.  I used my new Victoria Crochet Trim and made just a little tab to add some interest.  The embossing on the Soft Suede comes from the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and my Big Shot.

The shimmer paints never photograph as pretty as they are but they are beautiful through the embossing.  I am also including my other project which is a shameless CASE of a card I saw at Baltimore Regionals.  I don’t know who the original designer is but thank you!  It uses my new Day of Gratitude set and I love the little bit of lace peeking out from the edge.  This big medallion is so wonderful and I’m in love with that little acorn!

It appears that I am fully into my fall color palette, now that I look at my last few cards!  I hope you enjoy these…thanks for stopping by!

Card 1:  Stamp:  A Wish for Peace; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Ink:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Shimmer Paints, Victoria Lace Trim, Dimensionals

Card 2:  Stamp:  Day of Gratitude; Paper:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, More Mustard; Accessories:  Victoria Lace Trim, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Fall thank you

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Thanks to the SUO Challenge team for choosing this as Top 3 Winner!!

I mentioned yesterday how much I have to be thankful for and I continued on my thank you card trend today.  While I was at Regionals, my fabulous upline gave me some fun goodies to play with so I “had” to use them today.  Brandi knows that I can’t resist a pretty ribbon and she gave me a whole pack of samples to use (expect to keep seeing them).  One was the beautiful Victoria Crochet Trim.  How did I not already have this??  Rest assured, it has been ordered now!  She also included some Antique Brads which are particularly great with the Crochet Trim.  Of course I used the Day of Gratitude set again.  Here is the result:

The sketch comes from Stacey Schafer who is a guest designer at 2 Sketches 4 You this week.  I used her bonus sketch.  This card also meets the requirement for the Stampin’ Up Only Challenge #3 to use products from the Holiday Mini.  Finally, it is another card for Shelli’s October Challenge .

The leaves are stamped using a technique taught last weekend by the very talented Ilina Crouse from My Creations.  You ink up the image and then sponge another color on the edges using a sponge dauber.  Love the look!  I going to be playing with variations of color and this technique for a while. 

Hope your week is going well.  I’m going to be working on more fun stuff for my hostess clubs that meet next week so expect to see those soon. 

Stamp:  Day of Gratitude; Paper:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Versamark; Accessories:  Victoria Crochet Trim, Antique Brads, Dimensionals

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Day of Gratitude

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This is, in fact, the name of a new stamp but the phrase means so much more.  Gratitude is an attitude!  I know that I run through my life so quickly sometimes that I forget to say thank you to the many people who bless my life.  Something about the change to fall weather reminds me of all the things for which I am thankful.  Today, I am infinitely thankful for my weekend.  I was so lucky to attend Stampin’ Up’s Regional in Baltimore on Saturday and have an entire day of stamping, fun, business training and swaps.  I know…that is a lot to be thankful for!  Now consider the fact that I got to be with my wonderful upline Brandi and I have even more to be happy about.  But the most amazing thing is what happened for me to have this opportunity.  My husband is in the Air National Guard and travel is the nature of his life.  Even with the best laid plans, many times he simply must be gone when we thought he could be home.  Last weekend was one of those times.  I had never been to an official Stampin’ Up function and could not miss the opportunity to go to a Regional so close to home.  I signed up knowing the risk that he wouldn’t be here.  Sure enough, that is what happened.  A dear friend and a wonderful sister-in-law stepped up to watch my boys so that I could take this time for myself.  How can I even express my gratitude to them??!!  Both boys had a fantastic weekend and I was able to enjoy my time knowing what good hands they were in.

Fortunately, part of the package of goodies for Regionals was the Day of Gratitude stamp set from the Holiday Mini.  The entire set is so beautiful and the projects on Saturday that used it were so much fun to create.  There is nothing more inspirational to my stamping than a new set so of course I needed to use it right away.  Even better is that the set expresses exactly how I am feeling.  Here is one of the cards for my gracious helpers this weekend:

This card uses a few challenges.  The first is the So Shelli Challenge (from Shelli Gardner) to create a project using Fabulous Fall as the motivation.  The Our Creative Corner challenge this week uses these colors:

They pretty much say Fabulous Fall, don’t you think?  The sketch is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and was so fun to use.

I hope you have a wonderful week and, just like the stamp says, your common days are transformed into Thanksgivings. 

Stamp:  Day of Gratitude (Holiday Mini); Paper:  Cajun Craze (smooth and textured), More Mustard, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Old Olive, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, Thread (dyed using Early Espresso marker)

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Regionals!!

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Hi everyone!  Through the magic of technology, this is being posted while I am actually at the Stampin’ Up Regionals in Baltimore, MD.  I am here to show you my swap cards (as promised).  I wish I could say that they are finished as I sit here and type but I have great confidence that they will be done in plenty of time.  After all, most of the paper is cut…

I stuck to the same color palette for the simplicity of taking stuff with me (yes, I knew I wouldn’t get done!).  Without further discussion, here they are:

The Dasher card and the Rejoicing in Christmas card are variations of things I have posted before.  The Friends Never Fade card uses a layout from Operation Write Home’s Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenges.  Go take a look at all the lovely sketches to choose from (and don’t forget to make a card for a hero!).

I have lots of cutting left to do, so that is it for now.  Have a great weekend and I look forward to sharing fun new projects with the stamp set I will get this weekend.  See you soon!

Birthday Flowers

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Yes, yes, I know…it looks like I have been neglecting my stamping, but I haven’t!  I have been busily working on swaps for this weekend’s Stampin’ Up Regional in Baltimore.  I’ll be posting those on Saturday (while I am busily swapping them).  Until then, I needed a little break from all the browns and Cherry Cobbler (hint, hint).  One of my dear sisters-in-law has a birthday soon so I made a card for her.  It will be a little late by the time it gets there but I only profess to be a card maker, not a card sender.  I found a great sketch over at Splitcoast today.  It is their Sketch Challenge 300!!  Go take a look because they have some prizes.  Cool! 

I used my Greenhouse Gala paper and stuck to the Chocolate Chip and Pear Pizzazz pairing.  The big flowers are cut out of the DSP and one is popped up on dimensionals.  The words come from Teeny Tiny Wishes and fit just perfectly.  Finally the ribbon is the Espresso Satin and I love that it coordinates with the browns in the paper.

This Pear color remains one of my new favorites.  I thought maybe it would move back on the list a bit during my fall color transition but I love how it pairs with the Chocolate Chip and still feels seasonal.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Back to the card front assembly line for me!!  Have a great week!

Stamp:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip; Ink:  Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Seasonal thanks

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One of my dear friends was over stamping on Tuesday and left a couple of sets accidentally.  I admit that “borrowed” stamps are almost as fun as new stamps and it could not go back to her house until I had put a little ink on the rubber.  Now add to it that one of the sets was Lovely as a Tree and you can understand why I couldn’t resist.  Yes, I know what you are going to say.  How is it that I don’t own this set??!!  Good question and no good answer!  Furthermore, I didn’t even use the trees.  Yes, I know…I SHOULD hang on to it for another couple of days just so the trees get some ink too!  But, she is a really, really good friend and I’m sure she’ll be missing this and what kind of demonstrator hijacks her friend’s stamp sets and…well, you get the point.  I’m just glad I got to play a little with the set!

I recently discovered a challenge that I love called the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge.  Their challenge this week is Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everthing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  With the changing of the seasons, you are to use fall colors and/or leaves.  Wait…I have leaves from the Lovely as a Tree set…hmmmm.  Pals Paper Arts posted their PPA61, a sketch challenge created by the wonderful Margaret Moody.  I always love her sketches (hop right over there to see it!). 

I originally intended for this to be a much more complicated card.  I have been playing around with the idea of doing cracked glass for my next club meeting and I thought this might the right card for it (maybe it still will be).  But when I held the stamped panel up to the layout, it just seemed done.  I think it is good to go with your gut feeling on that so I did.  I used the wonderful Watercolor Paper and my blender pen to put the color on the leaves.  Conveniently enough, some of my trees are starting to turn already so I looked at a fallen leaf for my color inspiration.  With the lack of rain we have had in VA, my leaf had a bit of brown on the edges and I incorporated that in.  My ribbon is the retired Chocolate Chip 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  I have to admit this would be prettier with the current Early Espresso ribbon but I had to finish up this before I would allow myself to buy it.  I simply can’t encourage my own ribbon hoarding.  I’m sure you have your own little stashes and know what I mean!  In any case, here is my final result:

You can click on the picture to see more detail.  I have always loved this quote from the Inspired by Nature set and it really seemed to fit with the biblical quote for the challenge.  You see, I find that when challenges present themselves, good friends always step in and help you know that God is watching over you.  It also seems like those are the times when you don’t have a spare moment to make a meaningful card.  This one is going into my little box for one of those days.  I hope that you find some inspiration in the words from Ecclesiastes, too.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Lovely as a Tree; Paper:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Watercolor; Ink:  Early Espresso, River Rock, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Stazon; Accessories:  Wide Striped Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread

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Rejoicing in CAS

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Now I have to admit that I almost didn’t post this card because it is similar to another I’ve already posted.  The reason I changed my mind is that I wanted to show you how the addition of a textured panel can really take the card up a notch.  My layout today is a slight modification of the OWH Sketch #35.  They post wonderful sketches every Sunday, most of which are the Clean and Simple style (all the better to make lots of cards for heroes).  I mentioned last week that there is a new challenge, SUO Challenges, and they have a new challenge up – SUOC2.  They are, in fact, the reason I decided to post this card.  While my little panel is a small example of how much the Big Shot can add to your stamping, I thought it important to show how this tool can help you add dimension.  When I am stamping in monochomatic or subdued tones, texture becomes very important.  I love how the Square Lattice Embossing Folder adds that certain something to this card.  On the stamped panel I used watercolor paper for its lovely blending qualities.  On both Mary and Joseph’s headpieces, I finished the watercoloring by adding shimmer paint.  Champagne Mist was used on Joseph and Frost White on Mary.

Here is a closeup of the shimmer paint.

I continue to love this set!  It lends itself to clean and simple cards that put the focus squarely on the Holy Family itself.  I got a bit behind on my own Christmas stamping with my OWH card drive so this one (and the ones I will make like it) will go a towards my little stash of personal cards.  I hope you have a great day…thanks for stopping by!

Stamp:  Rejoicing in Christmas; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Watercolor; Ink:  Stazon, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Shimmer Paints, Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

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