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Mmmmm…Sweet Chocolate Cherry Crumb Cake

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No, not a recipe for Thanksgiving but what a great idea!!  Instead this uses the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 94 and the Splitcoast Color Challenge 298, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.  Not much time today so I’m just going to post the card.

I colored the Day of Gratitude medallion with my Espresso, Cherry and Crumb Cake markers.  The Square Lattice Embossing Folder came out again for the Crumb Cake panels and I added some Espresso Satin and a button with Linen Thread as final details.  I love the different feel this medallion takes when you change up the colors! 

I’m not sure I’ll post again before Thanksgiving so I wish you a safe and happy holiday!  See you soon!

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Friends are like pearls…

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I was so fortunate to stamp with a dear friend of mine while I created today’s card.  It was all the more special because she has been very busy lately and I have missed seeing her!  She and I have a tendency to love the same colors and papers and we were both working with Deck the Halls today.  This seemed the right card to post for the Our Creative Corner Challenge this week “An Attitude of Gratitude”.  I am so lucky to have a friend like her and enjoyed the time stamping tremendously!!

There is another challenge today from Splitcoaststampers, their Inspiration Challenge IC257.  It is based on the work of Miyuki Sakai which is stunning (I did have to reduce the size of the page to see everything – bottom right corner of your screen).  Here is the picture I loved:

I love the holiday feel of it and the little flowers trailing off reminded me of pearls.  Then it hit me that good friends are like pearls.  They are beautiful when new but get even more fabulous with time.  They are precious and timeless!  How lucky I am to have a number of friends like this in my life!!

My card started with cutting out the bells and ribbon from the Deck the Halls DSP.  I used last week’s sketch from Stampin’ 411.  I didn’t meet their deadline but I still wanted to use the sketch.  I put the cut out paper on the flip side word paper and love the effect.  I added Basic Pearls to the bells and love the result.  After I tied the bow, it was missing something so I added some additional pearls to the center.  Here is the final result:

I am just in love with this DSP.  You should see the cards my friend made…lovely!!  Well, I hope you have a great weekend.  I’m off to enjoy the VA fall weather. 

Stamp:  None outside; Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory (inside); Ink: None outside; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Espresso Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Thread (to cinch bow)

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Thinking of Saffron and Suede

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Oh yes, my friends, So Saffron and Soft Suede are gorgeous together!!  I wanted a change of pace from the Christmas card mania I have been living in and needed a “thinking of you” card.  Actually, my mom was here visiting and she asked to take some cards home.  Hmmm…an excuse to stamp with my mom…awesome!!  She did attend my Christmas card class too but this stamping was just for her.  I pulled up the inspiration challenge from Our Creative Corner this week and saw this lovely picture:

Beautiful, isn’t it?  I also used the Mojo Monday Sketch 163.  I haven’t done one of those in forever and this is a great one!  My new Deck the Halls paper was calling out to be used for a non-Christmas card and my Elements of Style set seemed perfect for the inspiration picture.  Take a look:

I stamped the “toile” image on Very Vanilla and did some light coloring with Saffron and Suede ink.  I sponged the DSP and the stamped pieces with Soft Suede and pulled the words from my Silhouette Sentiments Hostess set.  The Victoria Crochet Trim was a natural fit for this look and I used an Antique Brad to cinch the bow together.  This card is perfect for my mom!

Tomorrow I will post another card that we stamped.  Thanks for joining me today.  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Elements of Style, Silhouette Sentiments; Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Soft Suede, So Saffron; Accessories:  Victoria Crochet Trim, Antique Brad, Dimensionals, Sponges

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New address and a new look

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Hi everyone! This is my first post on my new blog address:!! If you thought you clicked the old address, you probably did and were routed here. I want to make sure that I don’t lose any of you in the move!! To make sure there was no confusion, I did update my look a little. My blog header was made using My Digital Studio designer paper…love how easy that is!! All of the old information is still here in case you need to look at a previous project.

I have a quick post today but couldn’t leave you without a card. This is a card from my Christmas card class this week. The classes kept me really busy (along with a class project for my oldest son’s Halloween party)! I should be back to normal posting by mid-week.

This trifold card uses Rejoicing in Christmas from the Holiday Mini.  I love this with the Night of Navy Satin Ribbon!  My photo doesn’t show the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on Joseph’s head piece and the Frost White Shimmer Paint on Mary’s head piece, but it is beautiful in person.  My stampers did an amazing job with their watercoloring during the class!!

Thanks for stopping by my new home!  Hope you’ll be a regular visitor!

Stamp:  Rejoicing in Christmas; Paper:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Watercolor, Very Vanilla (inside); Ink:  Stazon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Blush Blossom, Night of Navy, So Saffron; Accessories:  Shimmer Paints, Aquapainter, Blender Pen, Night of Navy Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates

Dashing around

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Well, this is a Dasher post but it also describes my last week. Yes, I have been a posting slacker but I have an excuse…really!! I had/have 3 Christmas card classes this week and have been prepping, cleaning up and getting ready for the next crowd. Also, there are some changes coming to my blog. Namely, I’m going to be moving. It should be mostly transparent and with the help of the current administrator is pretty uneventful so far. That said, it is taking up some of my stamping time. With any luck, I will have the new blog up by Friday and there will be forwarding from here for a little while.

Ok, on to my projects! In my last post, I showed you a wreath that I made for a Christmas Gifts class. Today, I am showing you a companion project for the class. A candle, complete with the packaging. I used the tissue paper technique for stamping on the candle, putting Dasher on three times. The box is not from a specific template but uses dimensions that I figured out to be the right size for this candle. Again, I will post the specifics after the class (demos can contact me if they want info for their own class). Now you want to see this, don’t you??

And here he is out of the box:

As much as I love the candle, I have to say that I really love it inside the little box! The perfect little package for holiday giving!!

Well, of course this needed a card and the class will offer a little gift card to go with it. For today, though, I made a card using the Splitcoast sketch SC304. This card came together so quickly for me (only 30 minutes which is pretty much record time). I just got this DSP and haven’t had any seasonal DSP for a while. I may have overdone it (is there such a thing?) but this paper is SOOOO pretty!!!! Honestly, DSP makes card making so easy…especially when it is this great. I love the Cherry Cobbler design with Dasher antlers. If you look closely, you’ll see shimmer paint sponged on the Natural Ivory paper with a sponge dauber. It gives such a lovely shimmer. You can click on the picture to see it closer.

And here are the two together:

Sorry about the clarity on the last picture but I wanted you to see how lovely they are as a pair!

I will be back really soon with a picture of one of my class cards from this week along with my brand new blog address. Hope you have a great week (and that your dashing around doesn’t keep you from stamping!).

…Fa, la, la, la, la…

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My thanks to SUO Challenges and Stampin’ Royalty for choosing this wreath as the SUO Top 3 and a Goddess Pick!!  All the projects were stunning and I am thrilled to be chosen!

Sing along with me!  Deck the Halls with fabric and ribbon, fa la la la la, la la la la!!  Or, just use Deck the Halls fabric and Seam Binding ribbon to make something fabulous!  Conveniently enough, there are three challenges this week which want you to use fabric or ribbon.  The first is the SUO Challenge #4 which asks you to use Fabric or Waffle Paper on your project.  The second is from Stampin’ Royalty with the theme Ribbons, Ribbons, Ribbons.  Last is WT293 (Ways to Use It) over at Splitcoaststampers.  Ever since seeing the new fabric offering from Stampin’ Up, I have had the idea of a wreath spinning around in my head.  You must understand that this is significant since I don’t really sew!  My mother is a quilter and makes the most beautiful things but…yes, I don’t really sew.  That meant my wreath had to be a no-sew project.  I had a pretty good idea of what to do for the wreath itself but when I saw these rosette flowers created by Betty at Kitty Stamp, I knew this was the perfect embellishment.  I have to make sure that I give credit to my mom.  When I first made this, it only had three flowers.  I sent the picture to my mom for an honest critique and she told me to add two more for a better balance.  She was right, don’t you think??!!  I am in love with the clean lines of this wreath! 

Here is a close-up of the flowers:

The best part is that I can actually make two of these out of one package of fabric and still have some of the Cherry/Vanilla fabric left for other uses. 

This wreath will be part of a  gift class I am offering in November.  Please forgive me if I hold onto the specifics until that class is over.  I can’t begin to tell you how lovely this fabric is in person.  In fact, getting this inspired me to finally give in on the Deck the Halls DSP.  I know…it is shocking that I held off as long as I as i did!  I hope this starts getting you into the spirit of creating and giving your “Handmade Holiday” gifts this season (don’t forget the Handmade Holiday bundles listed on my sidebar)!!

Fabric:  Deck the Halls; Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding; SU Accessories:  Sticky Pages, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Mini Glue Dots; Non SU items:  Wreath form, pins

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Club projects

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I had one of my Hostess Club meetings this morning and I finally get to post the projects.  I had such fun with these cards (and with my stampers)!  The first is a demonstration of the Cracked Glass technique using A Wish for Peace.  I love scenes like this with the antique look you get from cracked glass.  I sponged the horizon in So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and a touch of Chocolate Chip after stamping the main image in Soft Suede.  A little So Saffron was put in the church window and then I painted on Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint for the church.  The “snow” is Frost White Shimmer Paint applied with a slightly damp Aqua Painter.  Click on the picture to see all the details.  I embossed it, cracked it and applied a little more Soft Suede to help highlight the cracks.  The layout is last week’s sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers, SC301.  I used my new Victoria Crochet Trim and made just a little tab to add some interest.  The embossing on the Soft Suede comes from the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and my Big Shot.

The shimmer paints never photograph as pretty as they are but they are beautiful through the embossing.  I am also including my other project which is a shameless CASE of a card I saw at Baltimore Regionals.  I don’t know who the original designer is but thank you!  It uses my new Day of Gratitude set and I love the little bit of lace peeking out from the edge.  This big medallion is so wonderful and I’m in love with that little acorn!

It appears that I am fully into my fall color palette, now that I look at my last few cards!  I hope you enjoy these…thanks for stopping by!

Card 1:  Stamp:  A Wish for Peace; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Ink:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip; Accessories:  Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Shimmer Paints, Victoria Lace Trim, Dimensionals

Card 2:  Stamp:  Day of Gratitude; Paper:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, More Mustard; Accessories:  Victoria Lace Trim, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Fall thank you

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Thanks to the SUO Challenge team for choosing this as Top 3 Winner!!

I mentioned yesterday how much I have to be thankful for and I continued on my thank you card trend today.  While I was at Regionals, my fabulous upline gave me some fun goodies to play with so I “had” to use them today.  Brandi knows that I can’t resist a pretty ribbon and she gave me a whole pack of samples to use (expect to keep seeing them).  One was the beautiful Victoria Crochet Trim.  How did I not already have this??  Rest assured, it has been ordered now!  She also included some Antique Brads which are particularly great with the Crochet Trim.  Of course I used the Day of Gratitude set again.  Here is the result:

The sketch comes from Stacey Schafer who is a guest designer at 2 Sketches 4 You this week.  I used her bonus sketch.  This card also meets the requirement for the Stampin’ Up Only Challenge #3 to use products from the Holiday Mini.  Finally, it is another card for Shelli’s October Challenge .

The leaves are stamped using a technique taught last weekend by the very talented Ilina Crouse from My Creations.  You ink up the image and then sponge another color on the edges using a sponge dauber.  Love the look!  I going to be playing with variations of color and this technique for a while. 

Hope your week is going well.  I’m going to be working on more fun stuff for my hostess clubs that meet next week so expect to see those soon. 

Stamp:  Day of Gratitude; Paper:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Versamark; Accessories:  Victoria Crochet Trim, Antique Brads, Dimensionals

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