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The Card Concept #58

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cc58-you-are-enoughI am so happy to share this card with you today for The Card Concept!  First of all, I cannot even being to tell you how much I love this sentiment.  I have been looking for the perfect place to use it and this card was definitely it!  We all need to hear this message over and over (and over and over…..).  There are so many people that will try to convince us that we need to change, that we need to do just one more thing, that there is something wrong with us somehow.  Nope!  Not true.  None of that.  While there is nothing wrong with working to be the best you, at the end of the day YOU ARE ENOUGH.

Ok….with all that out of the way, I’m going to admit out loud that this inspiration photo completely freaked me out.  I first saw it and I had nothing, nada, zilch.  I pondered how bad it would be to just call uncle and bail out this week, haha!  No, I’m not kidding.  So I walked away.  For a week!  And then it was time to face the challenge and woman up!  So I looked at it a different way and saw fun colors and that stitching and I had my answer.  Whew!!!  I used this fun striped print from Pop of Pink and simply added a shaker with stitched circles.  All I had to do was mix up two of my Pretty Pink Posh sequin mixes to get the colors from the inspiration.  I took the Summer Mix and pulled out the teal and added some of the green from the Birthday Bling Mix.  Perfect!  And a Clean and Graphic card created with no wimping out!  Sometimes challenges that give me the most trouble to start help me create some of my favorite cards.  Totally true for today’s card.  I am also submitting this for the Can You Case It challenge this week:  Shaker Cards!

58cyci138-300x300I hope you will join right in with us on this one.  Use any part of the inspiration photo and pick a style for creating….then off you go!  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery.  Now this is my second post of the day.  You can see my Freshly Made Sketches post by just scrolling.  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Versafine; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh (Summer Mix, Birthday Bling Mix for Concord and 9th), Window Sheet, Foam Tape

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Freshly Made Sketches #254

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fms254-lovely-floralsIt seems that I have a theme going this week.  But sometimes when stuff is out on the craft table, it cries out to be used more than once!  We have this super sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week from our resident queen of layers and fussy cutting, Narelle.  And while she gave us layers, she certainly allowed for some great ways to use the sketch.

I immediately thought of washi tape for the vertical pieces and thought this Floral Boutique Washi Tape was fantastic for the job.  I LOVE those prints!!  And frankly, the tape did the vast majority of the work.  I have the new Essentials by Ellen (Ellen Hutson) set called Lovely that was designed by Julie Ebersole and it is a seriously great word set.  I’ll be continuing to use it for a while so just plan for that, haha!  Isn’t this one great?!!  It is perfect for so many people I know!!  I cut it out with a Stitched Circle and added the little flower from the Flourish Thinlets set that coordinates with the tape.  Nothing too complicated but what a great sketch for another busy day.  I got this one done so fast that I had time for a second.  That almost never happens!!

Hope you enjoy this one.  Hop on over to see the gorgeous variations presented by the team.  Time well spent for sure!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Lovely (Essentials by Ellen – Ellen Hutson); Ink: Night of Navy; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Floral Boutique Washi Tape, Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stitched Mat Circles (LID), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)

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Stamp Ink Paper #65

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sip65-hello-with-a-flourishThis week at Stamp Ink Paper, we have a monochromatic challenge for you.  I always love those and knew right away  that I was going to pull out the extraordinary Floral Boutique DSP and the coordinating suite.  Wow, am I glad I did!!

I love, love, love this print.  I know it is just polka dots but they are really awesome polka dots, don’t you think?  I cut it out with my Stitched Rectangles dies and started playing with different elements.  I had not used a doily in forever and thought it was a nice touch with the pattern.  And how could I not used these awesome flowers from the Flourish Thinlits?  The delicate design of these really make them beautiful on so many things.  To add a sentiment, I thought it best to stamp onto vellum so that it didn’t distract from the pretty flowers.  I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The flowers looked like they needed a little bling so I added some Basic Pearls for their centers.

14188256_10153802931398531_5199749635668342472_oNow don’t you love a monochromatic look??  Yeah, me too.  I just know you are going to have fun with this one this week.  Can’t wait to see you in the gallery! (Oh, and it doesn’t have to be blue!!)

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink: Versamark; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP, White Vellum; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Basic Pearls, Doily (SU Ret), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Freshly Made Sketches #249

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FMS249 - Floral ThanksI know you are going to be super happy when you see the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Ok…I know…every week….but this one is awesome!  The incredibly talented and oh so sweet Kim Singdahlsen has a classic for us.  As usual, our team has turn a classic into fresh inspiration!

I have already told you how much I love the Detailed Florals Thinlits and the Floral Phrases stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  But I have neglected to show you the absolutely gorgeous Floral Boutique DSP.  So I picked a print (and honestly, almost any print from the pack would work….they are ALL amazing).  Once I had it cut for the sketch, the card was almost done.  Seriously!  The sentiment from the coordinating stamp set seemed tailor made for the sketch.  I layered some Night of Navy DSP under the sentiment to help it pop.  And then some pearls.  I thought the pearls were an elegant touch to match the recipient of this card, a dear friend.  I added the three but then went a little nuts and added some of the tiny ones on random flower center on the DSP.  You can click the photo to see a better closeup.

FMS Final 249-001Ok, well, I’m flying this week so it will be a few days until my next post.  Hoping to fit in some stamping when I get home though.  So glad you stopped by today.  See you soon!!


Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink: Night of Navy; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Freshly Made Sketches #248

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FMS248 - Flourishing HelloSo another summer week has flown by and I’m back with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches!  My clever friend Linda Callahan has come up with a super sketch for us this week.  Thank goodness….because I didn’t have much time to stamp!

I took her quite literally and kept my card even cleaner than usual (and that is saying a lot).  But as I started putting together the elements, I thought that white space was the perfect way to show off this amazing little leaf and beautiful flower die.  It is easy to lose the details of these kinds of things sometimes and they are worth showing off!  I bet when you looked at the Flourishing Phrases stamp set you were so caught up in the great sentiments that you kind of skipped over this leaf pair.  Yeah…me too.  But as soon as I stamped it in black…..well, wow.  So all I did was add a Melon Mambo flower from the coordinating die set and put a sequin in the middle.  The sentiment is from the stamp set too.  I kind of love how you could make a bunch of these in a rainbow of colors and have them all ready to send out!

Well, I’m back tomorrow and Friday with more from the Dare To Get Dirty week over at Splitcoaststampers.  I hope you will consider joining my challenge on Friday!!!  I’ll give you more details with my card.  Until then, off you go to enjoy all the eye candy from the design team this week!  See you soon!

FMS Final 248-001Supplies:

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Paper: Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Fancy Friday – Pick a Bundle!!

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FF Jul - Floral WeddingWelcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop!  Our team is a group of demonstrators who love to make beautiful things.  Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy!  If you hopped over from my amazing friend Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  For July, our theme is Pick a Bundle!  The team is focusing on the amazing bundles in the annual catalog!!

I know it probably won’t come as a big surprise to those of you who follow my blog, but I chose the Floral Boutique bundle.  I am obsessed with this die set and the stamp is equally gorgeous!  Navy is the seems to be the wedding color of the season since I know of at least 2 brides (meaning that I know two brides, lol) who have chosen Navy as one of their colors.  Stampin’ Up sure hit the trend spot on!  I decided to use the dies to create a background for my stamped panel so I went with a tone on tone look.  But cutting a Night of Navy panel to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and then cutting using the top and bottom dies from the Detailed Floral Thinlits, I had a perfect overlay for my card base (also in Night of Navy).  I used the dies similarly in my tutorial here except to create a stencil.  By attaching it directly to the base, it takes on almost an embossed look but with more detail.  I stamped my flower from the coordinating stamp set, Floral Phrases, in Night of Navy onto watercolor paper.  I took an paintbrush and moved the ink around a bit (and added some) to make it look a bit more hand painted.  I added the sentiment from the set by stamping in Versamark and heat embossing with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  So pretty!!  The image was cut with a Stitched Mat Circle Die and put up on Dimensionals.  A few Gold Metallic Sequins are a nice touch to add a bit more gold.


I think you are going to LOVE all the inspiration from the hop this week!  So many beautiful bundles!!  You are sure to be totally wow’d by Erica at your next stop.  Have fun on the hop!  Make sure you come back on Saturday for the start of the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges at Splitcoaststampers!  See you then!

You can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!


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Stamp:  Floral Phrases; Ink:  Night of Navy, Versamark; Paper:  Night of Navy, Fabriano Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Detailed Floral Thinlits, Stitched Circles Mat Dies (Lil’ Inker Designs), Dimensionals, Paint Brush, Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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Freshly Made Sketches #247

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Jen Timko - FMS247 - Awesomely AmazingWe have an awesome surprise for you this week over at Freshly Made Sketches!!  One of our guest designers has taken on the job of sketch hostess!  Shannon Jaramillo has surely wow’d you and now she has given us a sketch that is bound to get you stamping.  Just think of all the possibilities for this one!

I thought it would be fun to use this flower image for the circle element and I hope Shannon will approve of my interpretation.  The image is from Awesomely Artistic.  I colored it using Copic Markers in pinks and light greens.  So fun to color!!  I’m continuing to try to participate in The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge as much as I can.  I highly recommend it.  Good for your happiness!  My sentiment is (again) from Paper Pumpkin.  I added some of the new Black Metallic Thread and Black Sequins.

I think you will love playing along on this one.  Please make sure you make a special visit over to Shannon’s blog to thank her for the inspiration!  I’ll be back on Friday with this month’s Fancy Friday project and next week I have some real fun for you.  Can’t wait to share more!  See you soon!


Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic  (SU), Paper Pumpkin Sentiment; Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Markers ; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black; Accessories:  Big Shot, Black Metallic Thread, Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Freshly Made Sketches #246

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Jen Timko - FMS246 - Flourish in PinkNow just look at the cool sketch we have over at Freshly Made Sketches today!!  It is so fantastic!  No surprise, my friend Rita has added a tag since she has been making some super fab ones on her blog lately.  Ours are a bit cleaner but it is a fun element for sure!

I decided that Pop of Pink DSP was perfect for this one and used this fun Melon Mambo print for my tag that was created with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and a Corner Rounder from my Envelope Punch Board.  Super quick and so easy!  I love, love this flower that I created with the Flourish Thinlets.   I added some Black Baker’s Twine and embossed the back panel with Softly Falling to add a little more texture.  The sentiment comes from Paper Pumpkin.  Love how all the elements combine so beautifully for a bright and happy card!

FMS Final 246-001The team has such a variety of ideas to show you.  I hope you have fun with the challenge this week and I will see you soon!


Stamps:  Paper Pumpkin Sentiment; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black ; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Pop of Pink DSP; Accessories:  Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Black Baker’s Twine, Softly Falling TIEF, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Envelope Punch Board, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Pottery Inspired Florals

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Jen Timko - Pottery Inspired FloralsI am thrilled to finally share with you that I have been working on a Product Review for Splitcoaststampers over the last few weeks.  I’m sure you already know that Splitcoaststampers is always on the leading edge in looking for the latest and greatest in products, helping put focus on talented designers and a one-stop-shop for inspiration and information!  What a privilege it is to get the call about doing a review for something new!

For this round I am reviewing a new ink offering from Clearsnap called the Colorbox 4-Color Premium Dye Ink.  It configures a color family of inks all into one box to make your stamping convenient and allow you to have perfectly coordinated colors with simply one box.  Hop right over to the Product Focus page and you can see all the reviews and projects from the whole Product Review Team!

For my project today, I used the Summer palette’s blue to create this pretty card.  I was inspired by a cool piece of pottery I saw on Pinterest that reminded me of the Detailed Floral Thinlets (picture below).  I just had to see if I could mimic the look.  Here is the video tutorial showing you the how-to:

If you cannot see it via your email, you can go to YouTube directly by clicking this link:  Pottery Inspired Watercolor


9adf4c5698c3119e40b2f15ac7eb9109I hope that you enjoy this fun technique.  You could totally do this in multiple colors as well for a great result!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!

Stamp:  Flourishing Phrases; Paper:  Fabriano Watercolor, Whisper White (Base); Ink:  Colorbox 4-Color Premium Dye Ink in Summer; Accessories:  Big Shot, Details Florals Thinlits Dies, Paint Brush, Dimensionals, Sequins (Share Kindess set from Pretty Pink Posh)

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Freshly Made Sketches #245

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FMS245 - Happy BirdsI am so happy to be able to share our adorable sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  This one is such fun and lends itself to so many things….DSP, colored panels, great focal images.  Should not come as a surprise that the incredible Jen Mitchell is this week’s sketch hostess!

I opted to focus on a fun stamp from WPlus9’s Happy Birds.  These birds still just crack me up!  I  colored him using my Zig Clean Color Markers (just two colored needed).  I chose zig-zag print from Pop of Pink DSP (SU) and cut it a using Border Builders die from Lil’ Inkers.  The focal panel was cut with a Stitched Rectangles die (SSS).  I chose a sentiment from Paper Pumpkin….I know….those seem to be my go-to lately but they really are so trendy and great!  I finally topped it with a few sequins.

FMS Final 245-001I hope you have a great time with this one.  Guessing the gallery will be just loaded with inspiration!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card that has a Product Review for Splitcoaststampers.  It even included a video tutorial so I hope you’ll stop in!  See you soon!

Supplies (affiliate links included):

Stamps:  Happy Birds (WPlus9); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, WPlus9 Black Dye Ink, Zig Clean Color Markers; Paper:  Thick Whisper White (SU), Pop of Pink DSP, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper; Accessories:  Big Shot, Border Builders Dies (LID), Sequins (SU), Stitched Rectangles (SSS)Summer Mix Sequins (PPP)

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