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CL24 – Blushing Blossoms

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The colors for today’s ColorLab Challenge 24 are really beautiful!  Just take a look:

These colors lend themselves to soft, vintage style cards.  While I would love to tell you that is what I made today…it wasn’t happening.  Believe me, I tried to make it happen but I had to cut my losses and make something else.  After over an hour of trying to force things, I pulled out my Apple Blossoms hostess set to see what came of it.  Thankfully, a much better card.  I inked up the big and little blossoms of the set with Blushing Bride and used a sponge dauber to add Rose Red around the edges.  How pretty they are together!  Soft Suede for the stems and the flowers were done.  The stem for the little flower is just the stamp for the stem done upside down.  I inked the words in Blushing Bride and sponged on the residual Rose Red to make the sentiment match.  My touch of Crumb Cake is the new Crumb Cake Seam Binding from the Occasions Mini.

While the colors are soft, they aren’t as soft as this picture looks.  I guess some days are just like that when you are stamping.  The layout comes from the wonderful team over at Stampin’ 411 and their SSC185.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I can’t wait to see the beautiful things you create with these colors!!  Don’t forget to go to this post to see the blog candy offered for my blog-iversary!  See you again soon!

Stamp:  Apple Blossoms; Paper:  Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede; Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Basic Pearls

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My Blog-iversary Celebration!

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Technically, my blog-iversary was last week (Jan. 5th) but this seemed a better week to celebrate.  As promised, I am bringing you a box tutorial today and, as part of the celebration, some blog candy!  Ohh, I love blog candy!!  Since the box used to make the tutorial is already spoken for, I made another one with a little set of matching cards.  Now in order to be in the running to win this set, you have to do two things.  First you have to leave me a comment and (a little harder) tell me which of my cards has been your favorite over the last year (I love to see which ones are really hits!).  I will randomly choose a winner from all the comments left through 10pm EST on Sunday, Jan. 16th and announce the winner on Monday.  Winner must have a U.S. mailing address.  I think my favorite is from the post Monochromatic Wish and I used this as a model for some of my Christmas cards this year. Now to the tutorial.

Start with 2 pieces of card stock measuring 4 1/8″ x 6″, 2 pieces of designer paper measuring 3 1/4″ x 4 3/8″ and 2 pieces of designer paper measuring 3 1/4″ x 7/8″.  Any additional embellishments are up to you.  Score the card stock along the long side at 4 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ and on the short side at 3/4″.  Fold along all the score lines and cut off the little rectangle as shown in the picture.

Attach the designer paper and then run a line of Sticky Strip down the narrow flap on each piece of card stock.  Pull the red protection layer off of one strip and attach it to the inner side of the large rectange on the sister piece of stock.  Finish the sides of the box by doing the same with the other narrow flap.

Tuck the little bottom flaps in first and then run another line of Sticky Strip along one of the bottom flaps (the one that will be at the outside of the box bottom).  Now you can decorate the box however you want!  This will hold 4-5 cards and their envelopes depending on the decorations on the cards.  I like that you can see the top part of the cards and any stamping on the envelopes.  It is also great because it is super quick to put together…perfect as a gift or blog candy!!

Oh, yes…back to the blog candy!  Here are some pictures of the set you are entering for:

This is a four card set with two “thanks” cards and two “for you” cards.  Only four fit in the box because of the size of the bow.  That said, it would be easy to give the box more depth by simply making the stock a little longer and scoring wider apart.  I used the Friends Never Fade stamp set and the Greenhouse Gala DSP to decorate this box and make the cards.  They are done in Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso and Whisper White.

I pulled out the tag punches and flowers cut from Greenhouse Gala to make the little tag on the box.  It was stamped with Teeny Tiny Wishes, a wonderfully versatile set that I reach for all the time!  The bow on the cards uses the technique I showed in a previous tutorial – Ribbons and Bows.  The only difference is that I left tails on the cards’ bows.  This is a bow I use all the time and I can show that further if there is enough interest (just let me know by your comments).  The bow on the box uses a threaded button to cinch it down but is very similar.  I tried to keep the embellishments down to a minimum since the simplicity is part of the joy of this project!

This first year with the blog has had quite a learning curve and I so appreciate the lovely comments and support you have given.  Things to look for in the upcoming year…a new Demonstrator Based Web Site (DBWS) where you can order from the comfort of your home (coming Jan. 17th), added features to help with the blog ease of use and, of course, more projects!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I can’t wait to see your comments!

Stamps:  Say It Simply (Occasions Mini), Friends Never Fade; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Espresso Satin Ribbon, Neutrals Buttons, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots

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SUOC 10 – Hello Baby

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Our challenge over at SUO Challenges today is to create baby cards (or anything related to babies like baptisms, showers, etc.).  Talk about great timing!  A sweet friend of mine just had her first baby and I knew just what I wanted to make for her.  One of the greatest things I got when my oldest was born was a set of cards for him.  I had no idea then how many thank-you cards I would need for all the fantastic support I would receive.  I just knew that the new mommy would appreciate some cards for her little one.  Ever since she found out she was pregnant, the baby has been called their little monkey and the nursury is full of wonderful monkey themed items.  Naturally, the monkey from Fox & Friends was required for this project!  Here is the total set and then I’ll follow up with individual shots and specifics:

I made a box with five thank-you notes and a coordinating gift card.  The box template was created by me to accomodate the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ cards and their envelopes (details on the box will follow tomorrow).  I made two styles of gift cards, one with an Early Espresso base and one with an Old Olive, that are very similar.  Finally I wanted a more personalized gift card for little Logan.

Logan’s nursery is decorated in green and brown so I used a design from the Play Date DSP as a starting point.  I really wanted to put the baby’s name on the card but didn’t have an alphabet set that was the right size.  Hmmm…what to do??  My Digital Studio (MDS) to the rescue!!  You may recognize the letters as the ABC Alphabet Lower.  The beautiful thing with MDS is that I can re-size things and that is just what I did here by shrinking the letters a little.  I printed it out on Whisper White card stock and then cut it to the layer size I wanted.  Of course the colors coordinate perfectly since MDS uses just the right color codes.  The rest of the card was really quick with a stamp of the monkey in Early Espresso and a little piercing with my piercing tool.  I tied on a little bit of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon to finish.

You can get a better look at the front of the box here and the two styles of cards.  I really just flipped the card stock colors and tied the buttons on opposite sides.  This makes the cards stack a little nicer in the box.  The sentiment is from Say It Simply (Occasions Mini) and seems to be just the right word set for everything I am making lately.

Here is the box with all the cards in place and the gift card.  I did stamp the envelopes too just to complete the package.

I hope that she loves this little set.  Mommy is one of my stampers who moved away and I want her to know how happy we are for her and her husband!  I hope that you can play along with this challenge (remember that you have two weeks to play).  Don’t forget to stop over at the SUO Challenges site to see the other amazing projects!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Please join me again tomorrow for the box tutorial and a blogiversary celebration!

Stamps:  Fox & Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Short & Sweet (inside card); Paper:  Play Date DSP, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Whisper White; Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive; Accessories:  Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Old Olive Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Designer Buttons (Brights and Neutrals), Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, My Digital Studio

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ColorLab 23

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Welcome to the first ColorLab Challenge of the new year!  Our first color combination is so beautiful, so spring-like, so….well you get the point.  I love it!  Take a look:

The new focus this year for the color challenges is to use the actual ColorLab as the inspiration.  If you ever wonder “what goes with ____ (color of choice)”, then this is the place for you!  We all have our go-to palettes but struggle with certain others.  This will help you put colors together that are sure to work! 

My card today was one of the last thank-yous that I needed post-Christmas.  I told you that my stamping resolution was to try to get cards out on time and I only needed one more.  Pretty good, given my normal track record.  I’ll say that this one came together quickly since I was definitely ready for a change of pace. 

Marina Mist is really a fantastic blue.  I admit that I hadn’t take a serious look at it until recently.  I was so excited to see Baja Breeze come back in the Color Revolution and then I was straight into Christmas stamping.  I can’t wait to use this one more (and to get more coordinating accessories…translated, taffeta and satin ribbon).  The grosgrain I used was a gift from my upline who knew I would fall in love with it.  The background paper is the Playdate DSP and the Pear Paper comes from Greenhouse Gala.  I inked up the flower from Friends Never Fade using my Stampin’ Write markers and used the sentiment from Say It Simply (Occasions Mini).  I love that the DSPs do all of the work and make the most of a basic layout! 

Don’t forget to go over to the ColorLab Challenge and see the fantastic work of the other designers!  I’m going to be un-decorating my house for the next few days but I have another fantastic project planned for Tuesday and the next SUO Challenge.  Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Say It Simply (Occasions Mini); Paper:  Play Date DSP, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Ink:  Marina Mist, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  Marina Mist Narrow Grosgrain, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Dimensionals

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Fabulous Wishes

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Today I was inspired by all kinds of challenges and actually managed to group three of them together!  You may notice that I have been using a lot of hostess sets with my cards and today is no different.  This is to remind you of how many amazing sets are available FREE!  Oh, I love free!  With Sale-a-bration right around the corner and the new Occasions Mini already available, now is a great time to become a hostess. 

I am sending out the last of my thank-you cards today (so far, so good on the resolution!) and now want to get ahead on some upcoming birthdays.  Perfect timing since Stampin’ Royalty is celebrating their birthday with a birthday card challenge.  Arielle is their new Goddess so I thought it fitting to use her ColourQ Challenge #66:


Beautiful colors, aren’t they??  Finally, I used the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 314 for my layout.

I don’t have any Soft Sky so I substituted with Baja Breeze.  I think it has the same feel to it.  I used the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder again but created a rectangle using a similar method as Sharon Field did at Created By You.  My rectangle is 2 1/2″ x 4 1/8″.  I simply used the short side of the folder instead of the long one.  My flowers are one of the two-step stamps from Fast & Fabulous (hostess level 2).  I started by inking with So Saffron and Daffodil Delight and then added Baja Breeze (these were all Stampin’ Write markers).  I took a sponge dauber to the stamp to soften any edges to the colors.  The outline was stamped in Basic Black.  A little “flag” was created by snipping a rectangle and tucking the still square end under a black button (Neutrals Designer Buttons).  I colored my thread with the Baja Breeze marker.  The image panel is popped up on dimensionals and another dimensional tucked under the raised section of the flag.  The beautiful paper is from the main catalog’s Greenhouse Gala DSP.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another beautiful color combination from the ColorLab Color Challenge.  Thanks for stopping in…see you soon!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Fast & Fabulous; Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Basic Black; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Thread (non-SU)

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Say it with Style!

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Happy New Year and welcome to my new followers!  I was so motivated by the weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop and couldn’t wait to get stamping this week.  My first job this year to show you how to make the square frame from my hop cards.  While I would love to take credit for the idea, Sharon Field over at Created By You is the originator of the technique I used.  I had been playing around with ways to do this but she figured it out first!  I simply modified her instructions to make the square.  Since many people are visual learners, I have taken pictures of what I did.

Start with a 4 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ square and line it up so that you have equal spacing on three sides.  Roll it through the Big Shot and it will look like this:

Next, take the card stock and slide it down so that the bottom lines up with the bottom design of the folder.  You should be able to feel the design slide into the “grooves” and it will match up with the folder (except the unembossed bottom, of course).

It will look like this from the other side and you can check your placement.

As Sharon specifies, start to roll it through your Big Shot but only a little bit.  Estimate how much roll it takes to emboss only the bottom design (she says about 3/4 of a turn).  Then back the design out.  And here is the final square.  The pressure of the Big Shot flattens the previous design and forms the corners nicely!

My card from the Blog Hop was given away as a card set for Christmas so I “had” to create a new one, of course. 

I inked up part of the image from the Elements of Style stamp and then colored it in with Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and Basic Gray.  The sentiment is from the new set Say It Simply.  I brought in an Antique Brad because it went so well with the gray.  The ribbon, I must confess, is retired Basic Gray Taffeta.  Given that I have a ribbon “collecting” (okay, hoarding) problem, I am trying to use up some of my retired items.  To save you some time, the Basic Gray piece of the inner square is 3″ x 3″. 

This is also for the Creative Crew Catalog Focus Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  It is a challenge to use new items from the Mini.  Check out the link to see more fabulous projects from the Creative Crew.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I wish you a safe and happy new year filled with loads of creativity!

Stamps:  Say It Simply, Elements of Style; Paper:  Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Ink:  Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Antique Brads, Basic Gray Taffeta (retired), Blender Pen, Dimensionals

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Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop

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Welcome to your next stop on the Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop!  I am so thrilled to have you drop by!  Didn’t you love Twila’s use of the new Eat Chocolate set over at Stamp A Little Longer?  I’ll completely understand if you need to go take a little chocolate break right now.  My job today is to give you a bit of an accessories preview.  I will be showing you the new Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the new Beveled Windowpanes, along with the new word set Say It Simply.  I’ll start with two cards that show the beautiful framing capacity of the Framed Tulips Folder.

On the first card, I used the debossed side.  I love that the embossing folder takes a basic card and simple layout and gives it a wow factor!  The words from the Say It Simply set use a font that has a great deal of flexibility and the words are the perfect size.  I finished it off with the new Baja Breeze Seam Binding (oh, yes…more colors of this lovely ribbon!) and a Crumb Cake button from the Neutrals pack.

Next is card that creates a more distinctive frame effect.  I love how this stamp from Elements of Style has a tulip shape in the flowers.  And yes, the frame is a square instead of the original rectangle.  Cool, huh?  I’ll give more details on that next week.  Crumb Cake Seam Binding this time to finish the card.

You’ll have to see these Beveled Windowpanes in person to understand how really cool they are.  They come in three different sizes and add such dimension.  For the first card, I used another hostess set (Silhouette Sentiments) on a small rectangle cut to match the inner raised part of the Windowpane.  I created a frame with the addition of a Baja Breeze piece cut to the same size as the full Windopane.  This was layered on Daffodil Delight stock and attached using the Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon.

I fell in love with the Play Date DSP because of the feature of being able to highlight numbers.  The little square Windowpane is conveniently the same size as the number so I just had to play with that!  I added Pear Pizzazz ribbon to attach it and left the rest of the card basic to leave the focus on the number (the inside is a birthday sentiment, of course).

I hope you like my projects with the new accessories and don’t overlook Say It Simply.  At $7.95, it is a must have!  Next up is an Oh Sew Suite look at the In Stitches Wheel and Sweet Stitches DSP with Sara over at Lily’s Ink Pad.  Thanks for stopping in and I hope to see you again soon!

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SUOC9 – A shiny new resolution

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The challenge from SUO Challenges today…Bring on the Bling!  Like many of you, the last week has been a bit time-pressed and the upcoming week promises more of the same.  With my children happily playing with the new Legos (that I spent much of the weekend building), I managed to get this card done.  Now, technically the challenge wanted us to put on the bling with our New Year’s card.  My first thought, though, was that I need to keep working toward my stamping new year’s resolution.  Yes, I am committing myself to actually SENDING cards….on time.  Oh, I know that is just crazy talk but I really want to make a go of it!  *smile*  So here is my not-so-New Year’s card complete with bling! 

Yes, those cool shimmery flower centers are my In-Color Glimmer Brads!  I was lucky enough to get these at the Stampin’ Up Regionals I attended in early October and they were demanding some attention.  These are the Peach Parfait brads and they sort of have a coppery feel to them.  Love them!  I put on my Early Espresso Satin Ribbon to add another layer of shine to the card.  It was great to pull out the Vintage Vogue set and to use decidedly un-holiday colors (although I did use a piece of Deck the Halls DSP)!  The sketch is courtesy of the Operators over at Stampin’ 411, another fantastic layout to work with!

I will be back on Friday for the Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Blog Hop.  I can promise you won’t want to miss all the exciting projects sure to be on this hop!  Until then, I hope you have a wonderful week and are enjoying time with family and friends!

Stamp:  Vintage Vogue; Paper:  Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Deck the Halls DSP; Ink:  Peach Parfait, Early Espresso; Accessories:  In Color Glimmer Brads, Espresso Satin Ribon, Neutrals Buttons, Sticky Strip (to bunch ribbon), Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

ColorLab 22

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Beautiful blues!!  That pretty much sums up the color challenge from ColorLab this week.  Take a look at this wonderful inspiration:

While I have to admit that it was really tempting to be literal with the challenge and use snowflakes (and I am certain that it would be pretty together), I really need a birthday card.  I also “needed” to finally pull out my new things from the upcoming Occasions Mini to put them through their paces.  I opted for the beautiful flowers from Fast & Fabulous (Hostess Level 2).  I initially inked the filler stamp with Baja Breeze and then sponged on Marina Mist and Pacific Point.  Then I inked the outline stamp with Night of Navy.  The new Framed Tulips Impressions Folder was used for the side panels.  Finally, I layered the Night of Navy Satin Ribbon with the new Baja Breeze Seam Binding and cinched the bow with a button.  The layout come from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 97

I hope the birthday girl enjoys this because she is a special niece.  I will be back next Tuesday with a new card from the SUO Challenges.  Until then, I hope that you enjoy a peaceful and joyous holiday season.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamps:  Fast & Fabulous, Elements of Style; Paper:  Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Ink:  Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Night of Navy Satin Ribbon, Baja Breeze Seam Binding (Occasions Mini), Neutrals Buttons, Framed Tulips Impressions Folder (Occasions Mini), Big Shot, Thread

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Color Lab 21

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There was great cause to celebrate when River Rock came back during the Color Renovation!!  I was down to the last of my stash and could only use it sparingly.  I love how it changes with different pairing of color!  Imagine how happy I was to see this week’s Color Lab colors…take a look:

River Rock is great with Soft Suede (and Early Espresso, for that matter) and adding Cherry Cobbler, awesome!!  I went a little different route as I continue prepping for Christmas and made a tag.  I may have gone a little pearl crazy on this one but who can stop once you get going on those fun little things??!!  Admittedly, this will have to be for a VERY special package…good thing my husband doesn’t read this very often!!  Enough typing…here is the tag:

I’m in love with this little tree from Holiday Hoopla and the pearls just went where the ornaments are on the stamp.  I even added a pearl to the Antique Brad to finish the look.  The base of the tag is the Two Tags Die for my Big Shot.  I can’t wait to see this one on the package.  I found some Cherry Cobbler wrapping paper (yes, I took my card stock with me) and this will be perfect!

I hope the rest of your week goes well.  I have a lot to do to finish getting ready for my family’s Christmas so I probably won’t post again until next week.  Thanks for stopping in today!!

You may have noticed that the colors this week include Real Red and not Cherry Cobbler.  Apparently in my Christmas chaos, I missed that fact.  I hope you like the tag with the Cherry instead…sorry about that!

Stamp:  Holiday Hoopla; Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP, River Rock, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Ink:  River Rock, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Shimmer Paint (sponged on image panel), Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Antique Brads

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