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Remembering…

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As we approach this Memorial Day weekend, my title has two meanings.  First and most important, I want to thank those who serve and those who have served our country in the Armed Forces.  For the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice, there are no words of gratitude to express my family’s appreciation.  While I’m a big fan of cooking out and getting together with family (doing both this weekend), my heart is sad for those whose loved ones are deployed and whose parties will be missing that special somone this year.  My own husband is away this weekend but I am so lucky to have him home every couple of weeks or so.  I know that he is particularly happy to be able to bring needed supplies to the frontline troops who need them!!

My title, for the second part, is about saving special memories.  As we approach the end of Stampin’ Up’s celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, it seemed fitting to post a scrapbook page.  This one was created using My Digital Studio.  Talk to your demo about it because it is a super program with new “papers”, “stamps”, and “punches” becoming available all the time.  I have been working on a scrapbook project (traditional) and have been using some of the designer layouts from MDS as a springboard.  Such a time saver!! 

The layout today comes from Margaret Moody over at Pals Paper Arts, their challenge PPA44.  Go take a look at their wonderful projects using another super-usable sketch!  I also used the colors from Diva Coffee Break Designs, DCBD 178.  The patriotic colors matched my patriotic sentiment this morning!! 

The pictures were taken in the cargo compartment of a C-5 at last year’s Andrews AFB airshow.  Jacob just loves that big airplane!!

Thank you for stopping by.  Wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday!!

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Retiring Ruby

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When I first saw that Ruby Red was retiring, I must admit that I was worried.  I mean really, Ruby Red works so well with some of my favorite colors (Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip).  Then I saw that Riding Hood Red was coming back and I started feeling better.  Well, THEN I saw the new Cherry Cobbler and fell in love!  You are going to “need” that red!!!  Just like I have been doing with other retiring colors, I have started using it up.  Yep, I’m committing to it all being gone.  Since I was in a “retiring” mood yesterday, I pulled out some really old stuff to play with.  As I looked around for inspiration, I went over to Stamping 411 and saw this really great sketch:

I needed a birthday card for a friend’s 40th.  His wife threw him a fun party yesterday and he is a very good sport when I enable his wife on all things Stampin’ Up!  I have loved the Wonderful You set for masculine cards since I first got it.  I also had some old kits with tag stuff (I even forget what it is called).  But it had the scalloped rectangles made with the Kraft paper, so I was ready to work on this layout.  Kraft, Chocolate and Ruby….fantastic together for a “man” card!  I made my own little tags but it just shows that I need another punch…LOL. 

Now, I shouldn’t tell you because I want the blog candy but the Operators over at Stampin’ 411 are offering some amazing blog candy for your participation in this challenge.  There is a fun game to play over there too, so check it out!

Hope you have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Wonderful You (ret), Short & Sweet; Paper:  Ruby Red, Kraft, Chocolate Chip; Ink:  Chocolate Chip;  Accessories:  Chocolate Grosgrain, Linen Thread, Retired Tags product in Kraft

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Almost time to say goodbye…

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to Almost Amethyst!  I must admit that I haven’t been a big user of this purple but the Tea Party DSP has given me a new appreciation for this shade.  Yesterday over at Stampin’ Celebration, they posted this fabulous inspiration:

Beautiful, isn’t it??!!  As previously stated, I don’t have a lot of purple but Tea Party seemed to fit the bill nicely with the Saffron and Celery that are also in the paper.  I saw the newest sketch from the OCC Sketch Blog, their OCCSC16.  Love this one!! 

The big flowers on the DSP and the sketch seemed to be made for each other.  I cut out a couple of the flowers and pulled out my lovely Celery satin ribbon.  The scallop border will be available again soon (I got it FREE during Sale-a-bration!!) and I really like the lacy look it gives.  Here is the end result:

If your computer is like mine, the Amethyst looks a bit blue but I promise it really is purple!!  Something about the afternoon lighting in my house, I guess.  All the work on this card was really done by the DSP.  I put a matching strip at the bottom of the inside and cut out another flower to put in there.  Thanks for taking a look today (and don’t forget to give these challenges a try!).  Have a great weekend!

Stamp:  Short & Sweet; Paper:  Tea Party DSP, So Saffron, Certainly Celery; Ink:  Almost Amethyst; Accessories:  Celery Satin Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals

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Masculine Sage?

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I tried to combine a few challenges today and the first was from Our Creative Corner.  The challenge was to make a masculine birthday card.  I also used the latest sketch challenge from Stampin’ Royalty, their challenge #20.  Finally, I used the colors from Makeesha over at Inkspirations.  Take a look at the colors and the sketch!

The colors pretty much “required” me to use the Nouveau Chic DSP.  Now that Sage is retiring, I am using up my stock. 

Without further discussion, here is my card (yes, the image panel does look crooked…I fixed it but didn’t have time to take a new picture):

I started with Oh, So Lovely (Ret) and tried to make it more masculine.  The paper certainly did the job but I’m not so sure the image is “manly”.  Oh well, challenges are jumping off points and I gave it the college try!  I have really enjoyed this DSP…just think, when I first ordered it I thought it would be “out of the box” for me!  I continue to find that the DSP’s from Stampin’ Up always exceed any expectation that I have!!  I did a little sponging  but otherwise the card is pretty straightforward.  I don’t have a particular need for this card but it is always so nice to have some in the “stash” ready to go!  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Oh, So Lovely (ret), Short & Sweet; Paper:  Nouveau Chic DSP, Sage Shadow, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Sage Shadow, Basic Gray, Apricot Appeal, Going Gray; Accessories:  Gray Corduroy button, thread (dyed Sage with the Marker), Blender Pen, Sponges

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One sketch, two cards

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I made these a while ago and never posted them (not sure why).  They use the beautiful Thoughts & Prayers set and the same layout.  Sadly, I can’t remember the source of the layout so if you recognize it, please let me know so that I can give proper credit!  These both have a clean and simple feel which makes them great for quick cards.  I love a “go-to” layout when you need a card in a hurry and this is certainly a good one.  It requires just a little designer paper to get a nice pop of texture and color.  The first card uses the flower from the set that was colored using Stampin’ Write markers in Bordering Blue (a retiring color), Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip.  The ribbon is retired SAB’09 grosgrain.

The second card uses the tree from the set.  I LOVE this tree.  Love it, love it, love it!!  I colored the tree with Sahara Sand and Chocolate markers and then used the rock-n-roll technique on the top with a Not Quite Navy pad.  The paper is Bella Bleu DSP.

I made these with a dear sister-in-law who was looking to have a set of cards for all occasions.  I love how you can make very different cards with the same layout just by changing the colors.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Don’t forget to talk to your demonstrator about Bordering Blue and all the other retiring colors!!  Have a great Sunday!

Sweet Baja

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Yes, oh yes, Baja Breeze is coming back!!  I’m so happy that Stampin’ Up chose to include this color as part of its Color Renovation.  This week’s Color Throwdown #92 includes this beautiful blue so I had to give it a try, of course.  The colors are Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Old Olive and Kraft.  I also wanted to give the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #68 a try.  Take a look at this great layout:

Ever since I first saw the new Summer Mini, I have been wanting to try out the look of the bag on the front cover.  It uses the Elements of Style stamped onto the Presto Patterns DSP.  Wow, is this cool paper!!  I stamped the flowers, then watercolored with my blender pen and finally sponged with Sahara Sand ink.  I had intended to use some of my old Baja DSP for this card but once the stamped image was done, it just didn’t work.  Instead, I pulled out an Old Olive piece from the Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions mini, ret).  Much better!  I also played around with Baja and Kraft paper layers but finally came to this arrangement.  Yes, I added Chocolate Chip and hopefully no one minds too much.  The image panel just didn’t pop enough against the lighter colors.  I turned the sketch on its side and used some So Saffron wide grosgrain (SAB’09, ret), a Chocolate corduroy button and some thread that I dyed Old Olive.  And here it is:

I wanted this to be an anniversary card and I think it has the right romantic feel for that.  If you haven’t already tried this Presto Patterns paper, talk to you demonstrator.  You will have a great time with all the possibilities!  Glad you stopped by…have a great rest of your week!

Stamp:  Elements of Style; Paper:  Presto Patterns DSP, Sweet Pea DSP (Occasions mini), Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White (inside);  Ink:  Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Old Olive;  Accessories:  Blender Pen, So Saffron ribbon (ret), Chocolate corduroy button, Dimensionals, thread

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A new challenge and an old favorite

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I was looking for inspiration for a thank you card today and I found it…times two!!  First of all, I found a brand spankin’ new challenge from Stampin’ Celebration!  You’ll recognize some of the names and faces, and you’ll be inspired by the fun colors.  Just look at this picture:

Conveniently enough, there is a compatible challenge over at Pals Paper Arts (PPA41).  For some reason I can’t link the picture so go take a look!  I used the colors from Stampin’ Celebration and the cool birds from the Pals to get my card moving along.  After I decided on the birds from Of the Earth, I played around with variations of using those squares.  As I started putting the card together, I realized that I had settled on a version of the Pals sketch from a few weeks ago (PPA38).  Well, a good sketch is one you can come back to over and over!!  I used the Melon Mambo DSP from the level 3 hostess set Lovely Flowers.  Can I tell you how happy I am that Melon Mambo is staying on as a new core color??!!  I’m not much of a pink girl but this pink really works for me! 

I’m using this as a thank you card for a friend.  I hope she like the happy colors, too!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!

Stamp:  Of the Earth (hostess); Paper:  Lovely Flowers DSP (hostess), Taken with Teal, Melon Mambo, Whisper White; Ink:  Melon Mambo, Taken with Teal, Pumkin Pie; Accessories:  White Organza ribbon, Playground buttons, thread

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Brilliant Olive Pumpkins?

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No specialty pumpkins here, just a cool color combination from Stampin’ 411!  Their Color Inspiration calls for Brilliant Blue, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.  I was a little skeptical at first but the colors are really fun together (and I need a fun birthday card!).  I saw the sketch challenge over on Splitcoast yesterday (SC279) and had to give it a try.  These colors seemed to call for using my Sweet Pea DSP (from the Occasions Mini).  That paper pack has sure been great to use…so many super designs and so much paper!  I pulled out the Big Shot and created some butterflies with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (still available!).  This card came together so quickly but it still felt like it was missing something.  You know, when in doubt try ribbon or punch some holes for texture!!    Ribbon didn’t work so out came the Mat Pack.  A few holes later…here it is:

This is just the kind of card I was hoping for!  I love the unique layout and these colors are a bit out of my norm.  I have lots of Brilliant Blue so I am happy to have used some of it.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Have a great day!

Stamp:  Short & Sweet; Paper:  Sweet Pea DSP (ret), Old Olive, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White; Ink:  Old Olive; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Thread

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Mojo 137 – Bella Thank You

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I have been doing some lobbying to prevent outsourcing of pilot jobs.  Yes, even pilot jobs are at risk, if you can believe it!!  The details of this are for another post but if you want to know more about the bill I am working for, it is H.R.4788 “Aviation Jobs Outsourcing Prevention Act”.  In any case, I have been heading to Capitol Hill about once a week and helping with scheduling (this explains the lack of cards!).  Tomorrow I am going to the office of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from FL.  Back in my March posts, I told the story of my Aunt Frances and her Congressional Gold Medal.  Well, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was one of the people instrumental in getting the legislation passed to honor the WASP.  While I will be in her office on other business for a while, I asked the staff if it was okay to share my thank-yous with all those who worked on the WASP ceremony.  I’m not a very political person usually so this may be my one opportunity to give my appreciation.  As I step outside my pilot role and into my family role, it seems appropriate to bring a few pictures with me.  And of course, what is a thank you without a card??!!  So, off to work I went today trying to make something appropriate.  I saw the Mojo Monday sketch and decided to give it a go.

I loved the idea of the vertical piece with different papers.  In my continuing effort to clean out my retiring colors, I pulled out some retired Bella Birds DSP.  I mixed up the sets a bit, too.  The swirl comes from the new Elements of Style (Summer Mini), the flower comes from Vintage Vogue (still available…yea!!) and the word from Baroque Motifs.  I added some Chocolate corduroy buttons and the Chocolate satin ribbon as the finishing touches!

I love how the swirl turns into a stem for the Vogue flower!!  This was another fun sketch and I recommend you give it a try this week.  Thanks for taking a look and I look foward to your thoughts! 

Stamps:  Elements of Style, Vintage Vogue, Baroque Motifs; Paper:  Bella Birds DSP (ret), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue, So Saffron; Accessories:  Chocolate satin ribbon, Chocolate corduroy buttons, dimensionals

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A True Friend…

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I am lucky to have a number of amazing, true friends in my life and this is for one of them.  I guess there is double meaning since I am starting my fond farewell to some other “true” friends…one of which is Sage Shadow.  I must admit that I was a latecomer to the Sage Shadow fan club.  I could never make it work.  Then this lovely Nouveau Chic paper came out and I am happy with every card!!  But, I already have a sample of the newest colors that will be arriving in the Color Renovation (a wonderful perk of being a demo!) and I am sure that I will have new friends in no time.  Until the new catalog, though, I will happily use my lovely retiring colors with reckless abandon!  Yes, you’ll be happy to know that I am not at all that fickle when it comes to my real friends.  They are rocks in my life and I don’t know what I would do without them!!  So to my dear friend (she knows who she is), thank you for being a wonderful person!

The card uses the Splitcoast sketch challenge 278 which is a wonderful square card layout.  This is another of those sketches that will become a go-to for me, I think.  I used the retired SAB ’09 Botanical Blooms for the image and the words from Lovely Flowers (Hostess).  While it isn’t a part of the promotion, I convinced myself that the two-step stamp was in the spirit of the Two-Step into Spring promotion (details on my side bar).  The ribbon and the button just kind of came to me at the end when it didn’t look quite finished.  That really seemed to put the right touch on the card. 

The colors look a little washed out in the picture to me compared to the card but you get the idea.  I’m so happy you dropped by.  Have a great day!!

Stamps:  Lovely Flowers (hostess), Botanical Blooms (SAB’09 Ret); Paper:  Nouveau Chic DSP, Sage Shadow, Basic Gray, Watercolor; Ink:  Going Gray, Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal; Accessories:  Gray Taffeta ribbon, Gray Corduroy button

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