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Happy Birthday, Brandi!

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My fabulous upline, Brandi, has a birthday coming up!  Yea!  Of course I needed to make a card using my latest products.  I really wanted to make another card using Friends Never Fade and Greenhouse Gala DSP, but this time using a darker color palette.  I found this great layout over at the OCC Sketch Blog:

I knew it was just right!  For the small rectangle, I used a piece of the DSP that has Chocolate Chip as the main color.  I wanted the darker piece so that I could use my cool new 1/8″ Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon.  It is really fun ribbon!  I have to say that I have been leaning towards wider and wider ribbon the longer I have stamped so this was kind of a gamble (or so I thought) to buy.  No fear, it is awesome to work with and, frankly, works in places that wide ribbon won’t.  I colored directly on the flower stamp with Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Real Red and Early Espresso markers.  The words are from the Well Scripted set (ret).  Here is the result:

The little bow was inspired by Kerin Sylvester‘s card for this week’s Stampin’ 411 sketch challenge.  I used Early Espresso paper for the layering and it really goes beautifully with this DSP!  I find it funny how the addition of some new colors can change how I feel about the existing ones.  Real Red has generally not been my “go-to” red but somehow it feels updated when added to the Daffodil, Baja Breeze and Espresso.

Brandi, I hope you have a wonderful birthday!  Thanks so much for being my upline and inspiring me to become a Stampin’ Up demonstrator!!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Well Scripted; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso; Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso; Accessories:  1/8″ Daffodil Taffeta Ribbon

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Cherry Silhouette

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I have to say, the new colors at Stampin’ Up are making me happier and happier!!  Every time I use them, the Color Renovation makes even more sense.  Today’s color of choice was Cherry Cobbler and what a fabulous red this is…don’t even get me started on what lovely Christmas things will happen with it!  My starting inspiration today is challenge number 11 over at Stampin’ Celebration:

Look at those beautiful flowers…yep, I see Cherry Cobbler!  I also pulled a little Baja Breeze from the table cloth as an accent color.  The flowers look just like the ones in my new hostess set Silhouette Sentiments so the stamp set choice was easy.  I found this layout over at Clean & Simple:

I love the little panels with the tiny flowers of the stamp set!

The little Baja strip of DSP comes from the Play Date set of papers.  I can’t tell you how much I will be using the new Early Espresso family of products (it is a “Getting Started” color so it has lots of coordinating accessories)!!  The color of this ribbon is so much richer in person. 

This card is for my wonderful sister’s birthday.  This red is a color I have always associated with her since it is just beautiful on her.  How lucky for me that I have it as part of the new color palette!  Thanks for taking a look today.  Don’t forget to leave a comment since they are much appreciated!

Stamp:  Silhouette Sentiments (hostess level 1); Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Play Date DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Espresso Satin Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, Thread

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A "Blue Carrot" Funk

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This is definitely NOT to be confused with a blue funk.  Today over at Splitcoast, their Inspiration Challenge uses a store called Blue Carrot.  I found this really cool picture there and it reminded me of my brand new, never yet used set called Funky Four (p. 93).

The colors also worked for the coordinating paper called Play Date (p. 175).  Then I  found this great layout from Stamping 411:

Before I get into the card details, I have to give a huge thanks to the Operators at Stamping 411.  I had read their tutorial on mounting the stickers on Stampin’ Up’s new cling mount stamps.  Well, I just got my first set of those and the tutorial was right on target (although I don’t trim the rubber)!!  My cling mount stamps cling perfectly and I may be a convert!!  Check out all the great info over there…it is fantastic!

Back to my card.  I must say that this one came together pretty easily (it had to, it is a Saturday and my house is crazy on Saturdays!).  I am in love with the little leaves in both Funky Four and Apple Blossom (hostess level 2), and I am thrilled that they are in the DSP.  Using my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the three flowers using the plate as a motivation.  The Olive button is from the new Brights Designer Buttons collection and it was the perfect way to make a quick bow with my Real Red Wide Grosgrain.  I added another little flower inside the card and it is ready to send off to one of my sons’ schools.  They were kind enough to put together a bag of 4th of July cookout goodies for military families and the one they gave us was amazing.  How lucky we are to have such a community!!

My picture seems a little blurry but it will have to do for now (off to play outside with the kids).  Your comments are valued and I look forward to your thoughts on all the new items!

Stamp:  Funky Four, Apple Blossoms (words); Paper:  Play Date DSP, So Saffron, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Ink:  So Saffron, Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Real Red Wide Grosgrain, Brights Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, Thread, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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New Friends!

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Is there anything better to spark creativity than new stampin’ stuff??!!  I certainly can’t think of it if there is!  Yesterday, my box of new Stampin’ Up paper, stamps and accessories showed up and I got some time to break into it this morning.  I have to say that no matter how beautiful I think the designer papers are going to be, the paper from Stampin’ Up always goes way beyond my expectations.  I ordered the new Greenhouse Gala paper (p. 173) and the coordinating Friends Never Fade stamp set (p. 99).  All I can say is WOW!!  I thought the the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 76 would be perfect to highlight both the stamp set and the DSP.

The coordinating accessories are the new Brights Collection Designer Buttons (p. 186) and the new 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Daffodil Delight (p. 191).  The latest addition to the buttons is this one with cool variations of color throughout.  The skinny ribbon is going to be so fun to work with, too!!  I used the words from the Silhouette Sentiments (Level 1 hostess, p. 11) to finish the card right off.  I stamped a matching flower inside and the card is all ready for a friend who needs a lift right now.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about all the new offerings in the Stampin’ Up catalog.  I hope this card brightened your day.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Silhouette Sentiments; Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Greenhouse Gala DSP; Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze (all Stampin’ Write markers); Accessories:  Brights Designer Buttons, 1/8″ Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

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Double the fun!

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As I posted my baby cards last weekend, I told you that I had been working on a big (for me) project.  Well, the secret is out and I can share now.  A dear friend of mine is pregnant with twins and I was part of a group that made her matching scrapbooks.  Her twins are actually one boy and one girl so the scrapbook use the same layouts (bacically) but with different papers.  You may or may not know that I am not much of a scrapbooker.  I have used My Digital Studio with some wonderful success but have never made entire traditional scrapbooks.  Together with two of my friends, Christine and Simone, we committed to making these books.  Let’s face it, the mom of twins isn’t going to have time to scrapbook for a while!! 

We started by getting two of the adorable Olive Polka Dot 6″x6″ albums from the Summer Mini.  Then, we chose the Petal Party and Happy B-day Simply Scrappin’ Kits as the base for each.  It is amazing how stampers with totally different styles can create a unified project just by using the same papers!!  The best part is that we had lots of paper and self-adhesives left over so that the mom can add finishing touches once the pictures are in.

To add to the fun, there is a challenge over at Stampin’ Royalty this week that is about “Seeing Doubles” – SR#26.  It seemed like the perfect time to post some of these great pages.

To start, I have the two cover pages (created by me):

I really don’t have room for all the pages but I am going to show you a couple of my favorites!  Take a look at the fabulous artwork on the “first tooth” pages created by Simone (on the left, each pairing).  Her dear husband drew it for her…wonderful!

And the following pages were created by Christine as “Grandparent” pages:

We tried to leave lots of room for journaling and embellishment after the pictures are put in.  We were so thrilled with the final result and, more importantly, the mom-to-be seemed to love it!  So glad you stopped by and I hope to see you again soon!

Busy, busy, busy…

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It is official…I have survived the first week of summer break and I’m still able to be awake after the kids go to bed.  We have had a lot going on and I have been sadly lacking in my posts.  I’m definitely having to adjust to the new schedule!!  That said, I have been busily creating but I can’t post it quite yet.  I can tell you that I was working with some friends on a special gift for a special someone who is having a baby shower this weekend.  I don’t want to spoil any surprises so I will say no more!

Because I was doing the “other” project, I just got around to cards yesterday.  Now, this shower is for twins…how fun is that??!!  Well, maybe not for Mommy late in the pregnancy but fun for the rest of us!!  I did, however, come to the rapid conclusion that most baby stamps use the words “one”, “baby” and other singleton things like that.  Not only that, I have virtually no baby stamps (a situation that will be fixed soon after July 1st!).  I went to one of my Stampin’ friends and raided her stamp stash.  Once home, Margaret Moody and the Pals Paper Arts  team saved me once again.  They have a sketch challenge this week (PPA48), thank heavens!!  As usual, I can’t seem to load their sketch so you’ll have to drop on by and see it for yourself (and give it a try)!!  Now that I have my new catalog, I have doubled my efforts to use up old papers.  Because the twins are a boy and a girl, this left me room to use pink and blue (I know, pretty traditional but it works).  I saw the onesie in A Little Love and knew what I wanted to do!  The idea is in no way original but I have never used it and I’m so happy with this card!

I used retired DSP (Bella Birds) with the Bordering Blue and So Saffron strips.  The onesies were paper pieced to add a little interest after I colored them with Pink Pirouette – my brand new marker – and Bordering Blue (popped up on Dimensionals).  I used the “Welcome” part of “Welcome Baby” from the Short & Sweet set.  Finally, I dyed some thread with my Chocolate Chip marker for the clothesline.  I must say that this card makes me smile!! 

I needed another card for the same shower and turned to the So Many Scallops set (ret, SAB).  I love the little baby set in it other than it says “Sweet One”.  I used my Pretty in Pink and Bordering Blue markers to fill in everything but the words on the stamp and stamped it first.  I cleaned the stamp thoroughly and then inked up the “Sweet” word only.  Using my handy-dandy Stamp-a-ma-jig, I put the word right where it belongs.  I must say, I’m feeling pretty clever about these modifications (and very sympathetic to parents/friends of multiples when it comes to stamping)!  I used last week’s Stamping 411 sketch, SSC156.  Take a look at Lee Conrey’s card here and you’ll see my ribbon inspiration for this sketch.

The DSP on this one is from the Sweet Pea paper pack (ret).  I used the beautiful White Organdy ribbon and cinched the bow together with a 5/16″ White Jumbo Brad. 

Well, these are the cards and I can’t wait to share some of the gift pictures with you!  Thanks for stopping in.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Card 1:

Stamps:  A Little Love (ret), Short & Sweet; Paper:  Bella Birds DSP (ret), Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White; Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Bordering Blue, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, thread

Card 2:

Stamp:  So Many Scallops (ret); Paper:  Bordering Blue, Whisper White, Sweet Pea DSP (ret); Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Bordering Blue; Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, White Organdy ribbon, Jumbo brad, Dimensionals

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Love You, Dad!

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While I posted a Father’s Day card a few back, my husband had seen that one (a club card).  That, and I do like to make sure he gets his own original cards every now and then!  Branch Out is the set I wanted to work with for this card.  It is one of the few retired sets that I keep just for my very own stamping…mostly because it always makes me happy to work with it.  I used a new to me challenge for the layout over at Clean&Simple Stamping.  This is their Fall-to Layout #95:

I also used the colors from Stamping 411‘s Thursday color challenge…Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Certainly Celery.  The Baja DSP is left over hostess paper from when Baja Breeze was an In Color.  I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to see it come back!  Not much else to explain.  See, doesn’t this tree just make you happy??

I hope that your family has a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!  Give all those Dad’s big hugs for all they do (I know we will!)!!

Stamps:  Branch Out (ret), Short & Sweet; Paper:  Retired hostess DSP, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze; Ink:  Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Celery Satin ribbon, Chocolate Corduroy button, thread

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Sweet Trendy Thank You Cards

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One of my dear sons had a birthday a couple of weeks ago and I am woefully late in getting the thank you cards done for him.  I turned to the Trendy Trees set because those trees are just perfect for a boy card!!  I am still trying my best to use up my retiring colors and DSP’s so I wanted to use the Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions Mini).  I found a great sketch over at the TechnoStamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  Take a look at this one…love it!

I change it into a square to better fit the thank you card plan (less space to fill on the inside).  I was also thrilled to see that the challenge over at Stampin’ Royalty this week is “Masculine Themed” cards.  I felt like Taken with Teal (retiring) really has a boy look to it…hopefully that is masculine enough!  The Sahara Sand cloud paper is part of the Sweet Pea DSP Pack.  I simply used the part of the paper that didn’t include the birds.  The Chocolate Chip poly-twill ribbon (ret) finishd the job.  I am really trying to use up my Chocolate Chip ribbon and, trust me, that is a lot of ribbon!!!  How else can I justify buying some of the lovely new ribbons from the upcoming catalog??!!  Here is my card (and its friends).

I just cut out some Sahara Sand squares for the inside that my son will write on.  I really like how the clouds  add interest to the card without taking away from that cute tree!

Thanks for taking a look.  Hope your day is fantastic!

Stamp:  Trendy Trees; Paper:  Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Pea DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip;  Accessories:  Chocolate Poly-Twill ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Willow Anniversary

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Nine years ago today, I had the great privilege of marrying a wonderful man.  Today, I celebrate the Willow/Pottery anniversary with him!!  We try very hard to stick to the “yearly” gifts.  And trust me…that can require some real creativity!  At least the card was easy to come up with!!  There is nothing truly original here but this is the first time I have used the set this way.  I was inspired by Carol ‘Anne’s work over at Stampin’ Stressaway.  I didn’t brayer but used sponges on Whisper White paper.  I started with Blush Blossom, added River Rock and finally finished with Soft Suede.  The base of the card is the new Early Espresso (GORGEOUS!!) and the ribbon is non-SU (I just can’t wait until Jul 1st to order the new SU Espresso Satin ribbon!).  The little cattails are punched out of Espresso with a slot punch. 

The sentiment is from Well Scripted and sums up exactly how I feel about my dear husband.  Thanks for stopping by.  I have some more cards to post so you can expect to see them tomorrow!

Ghirardelli box

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Happy Monday, everyone!  For those of you returning after the blog hop…welcome back!  I promised further details about the Ghirardelli candy box and here they are.  I realized that the black paper used in my original box was difficult to photograph so I made a different box for simplicity.  Since I was looking for lighter colors, it seemed like a great time to use the Stampin’ Celebration challenge for this week.  Just look at this beautiful picture:

It fits with my project perfectly!!  Now the original instructions for this box come from Splitcoaststampers and this tutorial.  I have altered some of the dimensions slightly and used my available tools instead.  You can click on any picture to see it larger.

Start with a 4 1/4″ by 7 1/8″ piece of Certainly Celery paper.  Using my paper cutter, I scored 1″ away from both short sides.

Then I scored at 2″, 3″, 5″ and 6″, using my paper cutter again.

Now you have an end with a long rectangle and one with a short.  Use your paper cutter to remove the outer two sections on the short rectangle side.  The picture explains it better!

Cut the 1″ score lines and it will look like this:

Add Sticky Strip to the flaps as shown, attaching the little flaps first the then the rectangles so that the flaps folds towards the back.

Once the box is together, I used the corner rounder punch on the flap.  Then use a 2″ by 7 1/2″ strip of DSP (I used Tea Party), attaching it around the box with Sticky Strip.

Where I used my Scallop Circle punch with the lady bug on my Blog Hop box, today I decided to use the puffy flower made with the Scallop Circle.  Corie over at Creations by Corie has a great tutorial on the flower.  I made sure that my bottom layer was not crumpled, however.  Using scraps from the Tea Party DSP, I made the flower and secured it together with a 5/16″ white Jumbo Brad.  Put dimensionals on the bottom of the Scallop Circle to attach it to the box (using those edge pieces is really useful here).

You can see that 4 pieces of the Ghirardelli chocolate fit in perfectly here.  Just tuck the little flaps on the packaging toward the back.

Here are the finished box and the two boxes together.

Thanks for dropping by!  Have fun with this little box…it is a cinch to put together!!

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