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ColorLab 43

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This week’s ColorLab Challenge colors are courtesy of…..me!  The design team chose colors for the whole month and this is what I came up with.  I knew this palette would be awesome for Father’s Day cards and now is the time to get working on them!!  Of course the Last Chance lists came out yesterday (see yesterday’s post for more information) and that inspired me to pull out the Father’s Day stamp from All Holidays, one of the retiring sets.

This is one of those word stamps that provides focal point and sentiment all in one.  Then, I just let some accessories do the rest of the work.  The Early Espresso Baker’s Twine was cinched by tying on a Regals button (technically Cajun Craze but with the Not Quite Navy behind it, it goes perfectly).  The Not Quite Navy panel was embossed using my Big Shot and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I used the layout from the Fall-to Layout 142.

I can’t wait for you to see what the rest of the team has created with these colors and I look forward to seeing your creations too!  Thanks for stopping in today.  See you again soon!

Stamp:  All Holidays; Paper:  Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red; Ink:  Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Regals Buttons, Dimensionals

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Last Chance Lists

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Stampin’ Up has finally posted the Last Chance lists for the 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalog!!  Without further waiting…..here they are:

Last Chance List June ’11 – Stamps

Last Chance List June ’11 – Accessories

Last Chance List June ’11 – Definitely Decorative

Please know that the Accessories and Definitely Decorative  items are “while they last” so please don’t wait to order them!  Contact your demonstrator or shop at my online store any time to order.

SHOP THE LAST CHANCE LIST

Of course, you can always contact me with any questions or with an order and I’ll be happy to help you personally.  See my Demonstrator Website for all the information to contact me.

Take advantage of some specials and make sure you get those must have items before they retire!  Have a great day!

SUOC20 – All about Dad

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For the next two weeks at SU Only Challenges, it is all about Dad!  In my house Dad (and Mom) are all about airplanes so my Plane & Simple set was the obvious choice.  It wasn’t carried over from the Occasions Mini so isn’t available right now but sometimes a set just has to be used!!  I also pulled out some retired DSP, Deck the Halls, left over from the Holiday Mini.  The First Edition DSP was carried over, though, and is still available.  I am working to use up some left over papers to get ready for the new catalog launch coming on July 1st.  Tomorrow, the Last Chance lists will be available so be sure to check back to hear more about what is retiring!  The sketch for today’s card comes from the Inkspirations Challenge and it is a fun one.  I went for a distressed look and used Early Espresso ink for stamping and sponging.  Thank goodness my husband never looks at my blog so this should still be a surprise for him.

I can’t wait to see all the fabulous Father’s Day cards you will make over the next two weeks.  Make sure to link your SU Only creations back to the challenge!  Don’t forget to go see the fabulous projects from the rest of the design team…more amazing stamping!

I’ll be back tomorrow with retiring product information and back Thursday with another ColorLab Challenge.  Have a great Tuesday!

Stamp:  Plane & Simple; Paper:  First Edition DSP, Deck the Halls DSP (retired), Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Antique Brads, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Take time to remember

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I want to wish you a very happy and safe Memorial Day!  One of the best things we can do as card makers is pay forward with our talents and creativity.  One of the best places we can pay forward is Operation Write Home!

They have started a challenge to collect cards during the month of June.  Our deployed heroes are requesting cards to send home.  What better way to say thank you than to send them some of your beautiful cards??!!  All of the information is on their website.  Just click the logo above to link right to the page.

This is one of the cards I will be sending in to Operation Write Home to help fill the requests.  I pulled out my Vintage Vogue set (one of my favorites) to make this.  The layout is basic but the pearls and the popped up flowers give it a special feel.  The background paper is from the Elegant Soiree DSP pack and is one of my favorite prints!  This is one of those cards that just came together quickly…perfect for donating!  If you have lots of cards to send, the team at OWH will be very happy but they will be just as happy to get just a few special creations that are made from the heart.  Again, you can read about shipping details (envelopes, tucking, no glitter) at the OWH site.

I am entering this in The Paper Players Challenge this week since their theme is Anything Goes.

I hope that your weekend is wonderful.  Please be safe and take time to remember our brave heroes!

Stamp:  Vintage Vogue; Paper:  Elegant Soiree DSP, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze; Accessories:  Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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Just because…

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I feel like lately every card I make has had a purpose, either a class or a design team card.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to stamp “just because” and I really needed it!  I had some time this week to search around some of my favorite sites and I found this great layout from Stampin’ Royalty:

In knew it was perfect for just playing around.  I needed a change of color palette so I pulled out my Greenhouse Gala DSP and found just the right print.

I love these flowers and they really demand to be the focal point of a card.  This layout really highlights the DSP (although a stamped panel would be beautiful too).  I took the bow and words off center which seemed to balance the print better.  Not sure why, but making this card made me really happy.  It came together quickly and I love the pop of Pumpkin Pie.

I hope you get some “just because” stamping time soon!  Thanks for stopping in today.  I’m looking forward to a busy weekend…soccer, an 8 year old birthday party and my mom in town!  Hope your Memorial Day weekend is happy and safe.  Don’t forget to remember this weekend!  I’m thankful for those who serve and those who have sacrificed.

Stamp:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Subtles Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 42

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Imagine my joy when I saw this color palette over at the ColorLab Challenges this week!!  These are some of my very favorite colors and I have been doing a lot with them lately.  I knew that I would have to use my Elegant Soiree DSP for this one because it is gorgeous and has these colors.  Of course, narrowing down to what I wanted to make was the hard part and I went to the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge to help out.

I pulled out my brand new Fun Flowers die for this one…it is fun!  Basic Pearls were the perfect finishing touch.

My WordPress is intermittent today so I’m going to publish this without any more details (this is my third re-type).  I’ll try to update with more if I can.  I’ll be back tomorrow (WordPress willing) with a “just for fun” card I was able to make this week.  Hope you enjoy this week’s ColorLab colors!!

Stamps:  None; Paper:  Elegant Soiree DSP, Soft Suede; Ink:  None; Accessories:  Big Shot, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Basic Pearls

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ColorLab 41

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If you are a purple and pink fan, you will love this week’s colors at the ColorLab Challenge!!  Just take a look.  Not sure I would have thought to put the Concord Crush and Perfect Plum together but they are really pretty, especially when you add in Blushing Bride.  All of the main colors are In Colors this year and they coordinate so well.  Within a month, we’ll be seeing next year’s addition to the In Color family with 5 more colors.  Don’t forget, though, this year’s colors are here for another year (yes, we will have 10 In Colors!).

I used the flower from Friends Never Fade since it is so fun to add multiple colors to it.  The coordinating Pear Pizzazz paper is from the Greenhouse Garden DSP and is one of my favorite prints!  I created my own Concord Crush Satin Ribbon by dying some Vanilla Satin Ribbon, dyed some of the new Baker’s Twine in Blushing Bride and tied on a button.  I am so glad that Concord Crush is staying around for another year.  It seems to take me a while to “warm up” to some colors and the more I use this beautiful purple, the more I love it!

I hope your week is going well.  The family is almost recovered from the stomach yuck, thank heavens!  I have another class tonight and then will have a bit of a break to stamp just for me.  Hopefully I’ll be posting a bit more regularly starting next week.  Thanks for stopping in today.  Can’t wait to see what beautiful things you create with this color palette!!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Whisper White; Ink:  Concord Crush, Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  Vanilla Satin Ribbon, White Baker’s Twine, Neutrals Buttons, Sticky Strip

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SUOC19 – Decorate it with flowers

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I guess I took the SU Only Challenge pretty literally today!  This card is really covered with flowers.  I started with my Greenhouse Gala DSP and used pieces containing the same flower.  Then I cut out two butterflies from Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White, stamping the same flower on the Whisper White butterfly in Pear Pizzazz and Chocolate Chip ink.  I created the butterfly’s body with the new Baker’s Twine from the Summer Mini.

This was a card we made in my Mother/Daughter stamping class last Friday.  We took two layouts and made them each two ways – a mom version and a teen version.  It was such fun and the girls really showed their creativity!!

Fighting a stomach thing in my house so this is short and sweet!  Hope your week is going well!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Espresso/White Baker’s Twine, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 40

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Ooh, take a look at the pretty colors this week at the ColorLab!!  I love Not Quite Navy and it is really pretty paired with Rose Red.  As soon as I saw these, I knew I was using flowers and Seam Binding!  After all, I think I have Seam Binding in all the available colors and keep hoping for more.  What was that…it isn’t in the new mini??!!  Well, it is still available because it is on the carry over list.  YEA!!!

Actually this card is pretty much an advertisement for the carry over list.  Framed Tulips Embossing Folder…check, Beveled Windowpanes…check, Rose Red Seam Binding…check!  All of them are still available.  Now I am sure you are wondering (or maybe not), where is the Baja Breeze??  Well the challenge did call for just a touch and I put it on the largest of the flowers along with Not Quite Navy.  Apparently I blended too well and it is hard to see.  Oh, well…it is there (and only the barest touch).  I love Silhouette Sentiments with the Beveled Windowpanes and have seen this tying technique around lately.  It comes together easily and I’m certain I’ll be using it again!

Thanks for stopping in today.  I can’t wait to see what you make with these colors!  I’m finally catching up from the weekend with family and should have more to post next week.  I have a Mother/Daughter Stamping Class tomorrow night that has some fun projects.  Hope the rest of your week is great.  See you again soon!

Stamp:  Silhouette Sentiments; Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Whisper White; Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze; Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Beveled Windowpanes, Rose Red Seam Binding, Thread (non-SU)

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Rose Butterfly

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Quick post today since I am still catching up from the First Communion weekend.  This card uses a variation of the Stampin’ 411 sketch this week.  This butterfly is one of the Presto Patterns DSP and Elements of Style combinations I had been playing around with.  I like the ideas of distressing the papers and using some Soft Suede to age it.  I have some First Edition DSP sticking out from the corners and was so excited to find out that it is still available for purchase (it is on the carryover list along with the seam bindings!).  The ribbon uses the thread pulling technique and is overlaid on the beautiful Victoria Crochet Trim.

I hope your week is going well.  I’m working hard to catch up and I’ll be back with another ColorLab Challenge on Thursday.  See you then!

Stamp:  Elements of Style; Paper:  First Edition DSP, Rose Red, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Rose Red; Accessories:  Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Victoria Crochet Trim, Rose Red Seam Binding, Antique Brad, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Basic Pearls, Blender Pen, Sponges

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