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A Note for our Heroes

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Ok, the final push is on!  Friday is the Open House for my Operation Write Home card drive.  I am trying to step up the pacing and actually create a few more cards at a time.  I am not known to make cards quickly so this is harder than I thought.  The effort is made easier when you have a good sketch and a challenge to stay Clean and Simple.  The sketch comes from the Operators over at Stamping 411 and it is another great one.  They have added some wonderful features over there so please go and check them out.  What a wonderful resource they are!!  The Paper Players threw out a Clean and Simple challenge for the week…perfect for me!! 

One of the things I have been trying to do with my Operation Write Home card making process is use all my lovely (previously hoarded) retired designer papers.  In today’s card, I used some of my old Parisian Breeze Specialty Paper.  I also pulled out one of my very favorite retired stamp sets, Branch Out.  I don’t hold on to many of them but this one sure is a keeper!  All I did was stamp the main image panel (3″x3 3/4″) and then cut it into 3 one-inch strips.  It adds a lot of visual interest with almost no extra work…translated, simple.  The ribbon is retired Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and I just tied on a retired Chocolate Corduroy Button.  Tying on a button is WAY faster than any bow…yep, more simple.  The sentiment comes from the Apple Blossoms Hostess Level 2 set and, other than the actual card colors, is the only current thing on this card.  I think this is exactly the kind of card that will be perfect for one of our heroes to send home!

Now I don’t feel so bad for having kept these beautiful retired products.  I’m so glad they can go to a wonderful cause!!  If you haven’t ever thought about it, consider putting together your own box to send.  The wonderful volunteers at Operation Write Home make it very easy.  Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day!

Stamps:  Branch Out (ret), Apple Blossoms (Hostess Level 2); Paper:  Parisian Breeze Specialty DSP (ret), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Kraft Taffeta Ribbon (ret), Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button (ret), Dimensionals, Thread

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Cracked glass Christmas

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I’m back today to give a little more detail on the cracked glass card I did for the Stampin’ Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop.  I talked a little bit there about the stamped image.  I think what made me the happiest was how the sparkle of the Shimmer Paint came through the “cracked glass”.  I wasn’t sure if that detail would be lost after all the embossing but instead it seemed to intensify.  Here are some more pictures of the card:

I recommend that you click on the first picture and then click again in order to see all the details.  I kept the colors muted in order to give it a faded/aged feel.  While I had put Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the entire panel with a sponge dauber, I also added more Shimmer Paint with a Blender Pen tip on the star and the halos.  I am considering making more of these and putting chipboard on the back of them to create ornaments as gifts.  I just feel like this would be lovely on a tree!

I want to give you a little more about how I made the background panel, as well, since I discovered something cool.  I got the idea from watching a training video made by Stampin’ Up about the new Distressing Essentials.  In the video, it was recommended to used the stamp in the kit to apply the ink in order to control the application.  I don’t have the kit (yet) so I used one of the clear blocks and “inked” it with a Soft Suede ink pad.  Then I rubbed gently over the embossed panel.  The ink was a bit random and highlighted the raised sections.  It was easy to control and I could add as much as I wanted without overdoing it.  Just another reason I am glad to have those clear blocks! 

After stitching the Linen Thread onto the black panel, I put a line of Sticky Strip across it.  The Seam Binding was then randomly ruffled across.  If you have a ruffle that sticks up a bit to much or won’t go where you want it, just add a Mini Glue Dot. 

I think everything else on the card is self-explanatory.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you have a great rest of your week!

A Pals Sketch Birthday

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The son of a dear friend turns one this week and I needed a card, of course!  In a dramatic turn from ALL of the Christmas cards I have been working on, I pulled out my Play Date DSP to see what I could come up with.  The Pals Paper Arts this week was designed by Margaret Moody so of course it is fantatic.  Make sure you go check it out!  I have done a similar card concept before with the numbers but, as I mentioned then, the  numbers are what made me buy this paper.  I love the idea of highlighting the specific birthday using the monochromatic and the mulitcolored papers!  That is what I did again on this one.  I love the bold colors in this DSP and I let the paper do most of the work.  After I got the numbers panel completed, I needed a little something for balance and tied on a button from the Brights Designer Buttons collection.  I layered the Oval Punches and used the phrase from Teeny Tiny Wishes. 

Didn’t this turn out cute?  The mommy of the little boy loved it and I’m happy that it highlights the special birthday.

Now, since I can’t let you go without SOMETHING from Christmas, I have a close-up of one of my cards from the Stampin’ Addicts Blog Hop last weekend.  I shined a light on the card so that I could capture all the shimmer from the Shimmer Paints I used.  I am not normally a “glitter girl” but the sparkle from this card is so pretty in person.  I hope this gives you more of a feel for it.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Tomorrow I will have close-up pictures and details about my cracked glass card from the hop.  Have a great day!

Stamp:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Play Date DSP; Ink:  Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Large and Small Oval Punches, Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain (ret), Brights Designer Buttons, Dimensionals

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Christmas is in the air!

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It may be the end of August but Christmas is in the air around my house.  I continue to work towards making cards for my Operation Write Home challenge.  Only two more weeks until the big “stamp-a-palooza” known as an Open House.  Today I am posting two more cards made for my donation box.  But first, as promised in the Stampin’ Addicts Blog Hop post, I have some more pictures of the candle I made using Rejoicing in Christmas.  The picture shown over the weekend shows the subtlety of the colors but didn’t quite show the shine on the candle.  As I mentioned in that write-up, I watercolored the ink onto the tissue paper and then applied Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on top.  One of the unexpected effects of this was that the Shimmer Paint took on a gold-leaf feel.  Here are some pictures that show this a little better:

Now on to my cards for today.    The first uses this week’s OCC Sketch Challenge 30 which is a super layout.  The start of this card was actully the tag.  As part of the “creative process” for the blog hop, this was a leftover piece.  Not one to waste a good scrap, I realized that it fit perfectly into the sketch.  I pulled out my friend Dasher again (really, I do have other sets but he works with so many things!).  The result is a card I really like and that isn’t too complicated to replicate.  The ribbon, I confess, is non-SU and was tied onto a gift box from Mother’s Day (perfume).  This nice piece of grosgrain was just waiting for the right card.  Here is the result:

The final card for today uses last week’s OWH Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge 31.  This is one of those go-to layouts that will work time and time again.  They have a lot of super ideas over there, by the way, so check them out!  I pulled out some retired SU paper from last year, Christmas Cocoa DSP.  The snowflake paper immediately inspired another tone-on-tone card.  I sponged some Soft Suede on the Whisper White paper and then added a little Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint with a sponge dauber.  Dasher was out and I threw a little more ink on him.  While I certainly want each card for OWH to be special, I also need to make as many as I can.  For me that means staying with one “theme” per stampining session.  I am encouraging my participants to do the same so we can fill a nice big box for those heroes!!  Ok, the rest of this card explains itself so here it is:

Thanks for dropping by today.  Tomorrow I will have a birthday card (for a change of pace) and on Wednesday, some more details on my cracked glass card from the blog hop.  If you missed the hop, please go over to Stampin’ Addicts and take a look at all the wonderful projects from Stampin’ Up’s new Holiday Mini.


Stamp:  Rejoicing in Christmas; Ink:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard; Paper:  Tissue; Accessories:  Blender pen, Aquapainter, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Heat tool, Espresso Satin Ribbon

Card 1:

Stamp:  Dasher, All Holidays; Ink:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black; Paper:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Ribbon, Shimmer paint (on tag with sponge dauber)

Card 2:

Stamp:  Dasher, Short & Sweet; Ink:  Soft Suede; Paper:  Christmas Cocoa DSP (ret), Soft Suede, Whisper White; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons

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Holiday Mini Blog Hop – Rejoicing in Christmas

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Welcome to your next stop on the Stampin’ Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop!!    If you missed someone or want to see the whole hop list, just click on the banner above.  I am sure you loved Cindy’s projects with Jolly Bingo Bits!  If you missed it, jump right on over to her blog, Heart’s Delight Cards.  My chosen set for this hop is Rejoicing in Christmas and let me tell you, this set is worth rejoicing over!  I have been looking for the right Holy Family set for a while and this exceeds all my hopes.  You can see any project closer simply by clicking on the image.

My first project is a card that really puts the focus on the Holy Family itself.  I kept the card stock colors a bit subdued in order to shine the light on them…and I mean shine.  Yes, my shimmer paint has returned in full force for this set of projects!  I stamped the image on watercolor paper to start.  Using my blender pen and Crumb Cake ink I colored Mary’s dress and Joseph’s garments.  I used Night of Navy and Early Espresso on the borders of Mary and Joseph’s head coverings, respectively.  Some Cherry Cobbler was used for Jesus and So Saffron for the halos.  This is where the fun started.  I pulled out my Champagne Mist and Frost White shimmer paints.  Mary’s veil had no color on it and I used the Frost White to give it a beautiful shine.  I added a little that was left on my Aqua Painter to put some shimmer on Jesus.  Finally, I used the Champagne Mist on Joseph.  To up the wow factor, I sprayed my homemade shimmer mist (rubbing alcohol and Shimmer Paint) onto the Crumb Cake paper.  I tied on the richly colored Cherry Cobbler seam binding (p. 21 Mini) and was done.  The sketch is the Fall-to Layout 103 from last week.

My next project started looking towards holiday gifts for teachers.  As I say that, I have to admit that this one will stay right here at my house and I’ll just have to make more.  I have never stamped on a candle before but this set seemed tailor made for it.  I used white tissue paper and stamped the Holy Family, the star and the quote in Early Espresso ink.  Using my blender pen again, I gently applied Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy and More Mustard ink to the image.  On Jesus, the star, the halos and the headpieces I applied Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  I cut the image and used wax paper to hold the image on the candle.  Heat was applied with my heat tool to melt the paper into the wax.  Finally, I put on Early Espresso Satin Ribbon using Sticky Strip.  You can see the motivation for the colors in the candle in the picture beside it.  I will have a more detailed set of pictures on Monday so watch for that.

My next project is a card that takes advantage of the vintage trend.  I started by cutting out a large oval of watercolor paper with my Ovals die and my Big Shot.  I sponged the paper with Soft Suede and then applied Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint with a sponge dauber to the whole oval.  I stamped the star and the Holy Family with Black Stazon ink and watercolored them lightly using Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Not Quite Navy.  I punched a hole in the top of the oval with my 1/16″ Circle Punch.  I then used the Cracked Glass technique on the oval.  Again using my Big Shot, I rolled out my Cherry Cobbler paper with the Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate.  I hand-stitched linen thread onto my Basic Black paper strip and added the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding.  Finally, I made the oval look more like an ornament by adding more Seam Binding and a black button from the Neutrals Designer Buttons.  I will have more available on this project on Wednesday.

My final project is probably my favorite of all.  Yes, it isn’t technically my project but I did convince my 7 year old son to make it for me so that should count for something.  As much as I love my “serious” items above, what drew me to this set was the friendliness of it.  So, using my Watercolor Pencils, he generously colored this beautiful image.  We chose Pacific Point paper to match his work when he was finished and tied on some old Chocolate Chip ribbon (I apologize for the one non-current item but he chose it and I couldn’t say no).  It is impossible not to smile after seeing this.  He is so proud of it that he is going to donate it to my Operation Write Home challenge

If you have any specific questions about any of these, make sure to leave it in the comments so I can address them in my posts next week.  I hope you love these projects as much as I do!

Now it is time to head on over to Barbara’s Creative Stampin’ Spot to see her wonderful things made with A Cute Christmas and the Candy Cane DSP.

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Monochromatic Wish

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I haven’t been posting this week because I have been working on some projects for a Blog Hop coming up this weekend.  I am participating in the Stampin’ Addicts Hop this weekend featuring products from Stampin’ Up’s new Holiday Mini.  My set is Rejoicing in Christmas and I have had so much fun it.  Here is a sneak peek:

Lots of sparkle, yes indeed!!  Make sure you drop back by this weekend.

Now for today’s post I have made another Christmas card using a beautiful set called A Wish for Peace.  I used the Sketch Challenge 295 from Splitcoaststampers and the Stampin’ Royalty challenge #34, Monochromatic Neutrals.  I chose brown as my neutral (big surprise) and started with Naturals Ivory paper.  I stamped the church image and then sponged on Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and Early Espresso ink for the sky.  Hard to see in the picture but I used Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint for the church and Frost White Shimmer Paint for the ground.  Finally, I used some Smooch Spritz on the whole image.  Pulled out the Square Lattice embossing folder (well, that would assume that it had been put away, but you understand), tied on the button with Linen Thread and attached the Espresso Satin Ribbon.  Here is the final result:

This card is going right into the stash for my Operation Write Home Challenge.  It came together quickly so I’ll probably make a few more just like it!

That’s it for today.  Make sure to stop back by on Friday (or during the weekend!).  Have a great Wednesday!

Stamp:  A Wish For Peace; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Shimmer Paints, Smooch Spritz, Espresso Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Neutrals Designer Buttons

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All dressed up

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The wonderful team over at Pals Paper Arts have redesigned their website and it looks fantastic.  Their challenge this week is “Day into Evening”.  First you make a basic card and then you dress it up.  Fun!  My idea for the dress up was to add a little something to the card…a corner bookmark.  For the basic card, I found a cool layout over at Unscripted Sketches (their sketch #67).  I missed the deadline but I thought this was worth trying.  I pulled out my Friends Never Fade set again and the coordinating Greehouse Gala DSP.  Here is the result:

The card itself is pretty basic and would be lovely to send all by itself.  But to “dress it up” a bit, I created a surprise when you open it.  I found a tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers a while ago for these corner bookmarks and knew that I wanted to try them for my club.  I found that the 4″x4″ bookmark they show was a bit too big, so I modified it to 3″ square.  After playing with the decoration of the bookmark, my square turned into a 3″x2 5/8″ rectangle.  The Espresso piece is 2 7/8″ long which allowed for the perfect scallop with my Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Espresso square (diamond) is 1 1/2″ square.  I secured everything on the bookmark with Sticky Strip to make really sure that it stays together.  Here is the dressed up inside of the card:

I used this wonderful 1/8″ Taffeta again and it is just the right size for a little addition like this.  I’m not sure who will get this card yet but it is nice to have a card with a little present, all in one!  In keeping with my Operation Write Home Challenge, I made a second card for my ever growing box of cards to send to our heroes overseas.  Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1/8″ Daffodil Taffeta, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

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Silhouette vases

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This week I am meeting with my clubs for the first time this year and what better way to celebrate than use a new hostess set??!!  I love the new Silhouette Sentiments and have wanted to try punch vases for a while.  Michelle Zindorf is an extremely talented Stampin’ Up demonstrator who kindly shares many tutorials.  I used her Punched Vases Tutorial as inspiration for my vases.  I also loved the OCC Sketch 28 and used that layout.  I am so happy with the result!

As you can see, I used the sponging technique to give a shadow to the vases and then popped them up on dimensionals.  My Square Lattice Embossing Folder came out again…told you that you would see it alot!  The best part is that this is pretty easy to make and yet the details make it special. 

Now, I had an extra surpise today.  One of my new club members, Nancy, brought me a lovely bundle of cards for my Operation Write Home challenge.  Just take a look at these!

How can I thank her enough for all these lovely cards?!  Aren’t they pretty?  She has certainly put me well on my way towards filling up a box for the OWH project. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you have a great rest of your week!

Stamp:  Silhouette Sentiments (hostess level 1); Paper:  Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink:  Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy; Accessories:  Small Oval Punch, Sponges, Espresso Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

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He's back…with a challenge

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Oh, my little friend Dasher is back!!!  He went into a rest period after his big trip with Santa last year but it was time to pull him out again.  I seriously LOVE this reindeer!!  Now, rest assured, he is not back in this August heat without a really good reason…actually two reasons.  First, I have issued a Christmas card challenge to my steady group of stampers.  No excuses, no procrastinating, now is the time to start with the Christmas cards.  I asked them to figure out how many people they estimate to be on their nice list (you know, deserving of your finest card making nice).  Take that number and divide it by four, then make that many cards a month between now and November.  No muss, no fuss, and your cards are done before the true holiday panic sets in.

As of today I am putting out another challenge, or at least drive, request.  In one month, we will celebrate Patriot Day (Sep. 11th).  As a United Airlines pilot and a former Air Force pilot, I find this day particularly sad.  I would like, instead, to make it a day of thanks for those serving in our Armed Forces.  If you are not familiar with Operation Write Home, click on over there right now and then come back for my challenge. 

I am looking to join in with them to celebrate their Birthday Bash.  I’m asking my stampers to donate as many cards as possible to the cause (some Christmas and some all occasion) and I will end my month with an Open House on Sep. 10th.  If you live in Northern VA and would like to donate cards, please let me know and I will get you the specifics.  Operation Write Home does have some pretty specific rules about glitter (NONE) for the safety of our troops, so please nothing sparkly that can rub off in any way.

Ok, so now that I have TWO card challenges in place, I needed to get going!  I found the sketch over at Splitcoast today (SC293) really helpful to get me moving.  Additionally, I wanted to add some embossing for the Our Creative Corner challenge – It’s Embossable.  Naturally I pulled out my new Square Lattice embossing folder…yea!  As I stated above, there is no glitter allowed on the OWH cards but a little shimmer is always a good thing.  I started with a Naturals Ivory panel, sponged it with Soft Suede and then applied Champagne Shimmer Paint with a sponge dauber.  A little mist of Smooch Spritz and I was ready to stamp on Dasher (p. 20 IBC) and the words from A Wish for Peace (p.38 IBC).  I inked up “A wish for peace” because it seems particularly appropriate for my OWH kick-off.  The Cherry Cobbler embossed panel really added the dimension I wanted for this and the Early Espresso satin ribbon finished off the card.  I just wish you could see the shimmer on little Dasher!

Now, you will notice that there are two cards.  Part of my OWH request was that every time a card gets stamped, just make two.  Yep, design once, stamp twice!!  Easy!  Yes, I know where is he??!!!!  Wait no more…

You can click on the photo to see it bigger if you’d like.  Now aren’t you glad to see this fellow again??  Both of these are going into my OWH stack and I will take a picture on Sep. 11th with the final result. 

I hope that this motivates you to donate some cards too.  There are shipping details and lots of card ideas at the OWH site.  Thanks for dropping in today.  Happy stamping!!

Stamps:  A Wish for Peace, Dasher; Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Champagne Shimmer Paint, Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Espresso Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

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A little birthday Mojo

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Having my company in town last week was so fun but of course that meant that stamping just didn’t happen.  I guess that is part of summer…and the visits are one of the best parts of this time of year.  Today I needed to get right to work, though, because I need a card for a birthday party tomorrow.  Where else to turn on a Monday when you are looking for inspiration but Mojo Monday??!!  Their sketch number 151 is another great one. 

I have made a few other cards with the new Play Date DSP from Stampin’ Up but making birthday cards was my reason for getting it.  The first time I saw this paper, I envisioned playing with the numbers to highlight a specific birthday year.  The best part…it actually worked as I had it in my brain.  Usually, I have to move paper around and see it together to make it work so this was quite a happy thing for me!  As I am sure you can tell, the birthday boy is turning 7.  I used the single-tone Chocolate Chip number sheet for the focal image and then cut the number 7 square out of the multi-colored number sheet.  The DSP really does all the work here.  I used the words from my Teeny Tiny Wishes set, stamped it on the Tempting Turquoise sheet and punched it out with the Large Word Window punch.  I added the Modern Label underneath the Word Window and punched out another to split in half as the “border” beneath the Turquoise panel.  I kind of like how that turned out and that it gives a continuity.  It seemed like something was missing so I added my new favorite accessory…well, my second favorite because SU ribbon is like an addiction for me…the new Designer Buttons.  Done, done, and done…love it when that happens! 

The best part about this paper is that the number sequences guarantee that I can make other variations of this card for other birthdays.  While I know that most of this will be lost on a 7 year old boy, his mother is one of my club members who will surely appreciate it!  I hope you find this card as fun as I do.  Have a great week!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Play Date DSP, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (inside);  Ink:  Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Brights Designer Buttons, Real Red Wide Grosgrain, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Dimensionals, Thread (dyed with Tempting Turquoise ink)

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