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SUOC63 – My little Valentine

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Our theme at SUO Challenges this week is Clean and Simple Valentines.  Such a great and timely theme!!  After such a great turn out for our last challenge, I am really excited to see what everyone does with this one.

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My club meeting on Thursday was cancelled because of the snow days but we will be meeting this week instead.  I can’t wait!  We will be making this Valentine card.  I started with the doily and then layered on some circles.  My new Hearts a Flutter Framelit cut the little heart out of Tea for Two DSP.  A little bow from Crumb Cake Seam Binding and a little sentiment from Tiny Tags finish it off.  I love that this has some great details but is still clean and quick to make.

Sorry to be so short today.  We have had some “snow” days and the boys were out of school last Thursday, part of Friday and yesterday.  Thankfully my youngest’s birthday party was able to happen over the weekend…a pool party in January!  The boys had such a great time and they have such wonderful friends.  I am working to catch up, of course!

Make sure you drop by the challenge site to see all the inspiration from the team.  Fabulous as always!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Hope your day is great!

Stamp:  Tiny Tags; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Tea for Two DSP, First Edition DSP; Ink:  Crumb Cake;  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle Punch, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Jewelry Tag Punch, Tea Lace Doilies, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #70

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I am so excited to share this week’s sketch with you!  The wonderful Rita Wright of Rita’s Creations has designed this week’s Freshly Made Sketches layout.  I predict that it is going to be another fabulous week in the gallery!

FMS70 - Hello birthdayI knew that I had to pull out my new Oh, Hello stamp set to use for this one.  I have seen so many awesome cards with it and this is my first one.  It is going to become a favorite fast!!  I made this for a dear, dear friend whose birthday is this week.  I wanted it to have a spring feel but with a touch of shabby chic.  The colors are all spring but combining them with the Naturals Ivory card stock seems to mute them a bit.  The colors are Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, So Saffron and Lucky Limeade.  The flowers were created by dying them in a little container with some drops of Rose Red reinker and water.  I recommend dying the flowers first since it is hard to know how they will take each color until you try.  Because they start as Very Vanilla, the colors are a little different (but still go perfectly).  After they dried, I did not add any additional color and they seemed to be a great match with Regal Rose.  Adding more reinker to the water or touching up the dried flowers with a little additional ink will make the color darker.  It is kind of a fun experiment!  I also have some Saffron flowers because I was playing around with that as well (now to find the right card for them).  Love these!

The team has created some super inspiration for you again this week.  Make sure you go over and take a look!  I know you won’t be able to resist this fun sketch so I look forward to seeing you in the gallery this week.

I’ll be back on Friday with a card that we are making in my Hostess Club this month.  It is a sweet Valentine using more of the Spring Catalog products.  Thanks for stopping in today. Hope your day is great!

Stamps:  Oh, Hello, Affection Collection; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade; Accessories:  5/8″ Flower Trim, Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Dimensionals

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Freshly Made Sketches #69

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So glad to have you join me again today for the latest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches!  I am excited to share this sketch by our awesome guest designer Linda Suarez from Lucky Dog Stamper.  This is her first sketch and I know you will have a fun time with all the possibilities!

FMS69 - Big bow 4 youSo I had all kinds of ideas running through my head for this sketch but I finally settle on a big bow for the center shape.  I pulled out the oh so awesome Tea for Two DSP again (I know, I just can’t seem to stop using it).  I love the newsprint design and thought it would work well against the blue pattern.  I had this lace ribbon from the new Artisan Embellishments Kit out on my table from another project and realized that it was a great pop of color for the diagonal.  Now when I was visualizing this sketch,  I thought that two sections of the Tea Lace Doilies would be perfect for the other elements.  I realized that the lower doily is kind of covered by the bow after everything was glued together.  Sooooo….hopefully this will pass for the sketch!  You’ll have to let me know what you think.  The bow was created from the GORGEOUS new Basic Gray/Basic Black 1-1/4″ Two Toned Ribbon.  I cinched it up with a Vintage Faceted Button and some Linen Thread.  Finally I stamped the little sentiment from Tiny Tags onto the center part that was left from cutting apart the doily and punched it with the Jewelry Tag Punch.  I like that the paper is a bit more sheer.  To attach the bow to the card, I used Crystal Effects.  I know it is intended to make things glossy but it also acts as a really strong glue that dries pretty fast.  Cool!

Ok, the team has made some fun things this week.  Such different styles!  I know that means the gallery will be exciting to watch so make sure you play along.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more information about fun new products from Stampin’ Up.  Until then, I hope you have a great day!

Stamp:  Tiny Tags; Paper:  Tea for Two DSP, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray; Ink:  Primrose Petals, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Basic Gray 1-1/4″ Two Toned Ribbon, Vintage Faceted Button, Linen Thread, Artisan Embellishments Kit, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Jewelry Tag Punch, Crystal Effects

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SUOC62 – These are a few…

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…of our favorite new things!!  Spring Catalog things, that is!!  At SUO Challenges this week, our theme is “New Toys”!  Perfect for the new year, don’t you think?  Now we know that all of you don’t have your new products from the Spring Catalog yet, so if it is new to you, we’d love to see it!

SUOC62 and Control Freaks - BannerI am so excited to finally get to share this card with you.  Finally??  Well, I actually made this back in December for a Control Freaks Spring Catalog swap and have been looking forward to posting it!  My very first, “had to have it” product from this new catalog was the Hearts a Flutter Bundle…yep, the stamp set and the coordinating framelits.  They are so much fun!!  All I did was stamp the images in a little row, line up the framelits (use a small piece of a post-it note to hold them in place), and run them through the Big Shot.  I added in this fun little doily and put some texture on the background with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  I thought Linen Thread was the perfect banner holder.  I tied a little loop in one end and put a separately tied bow on the other.  A little sentiment from Tiny Tags and it is a fun little Valentine.  I loved that it uses non-traditional colors!

I can’t wait to hear what you think about this.  I really can’t wait to see what you create for our challenge this week!  I know you’ll love what the rest of the team has created so head right over there to get inspired.

If you didn’t see the fun announcements from yesterday’s post, make sure you roll down to take a look.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, I’m so glad you stopped in.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Tiny Tags; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Calypso Coral; Ink:  Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Big Shot, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Honeycomb EF, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Boho Blossoms Punch, Basic Pearls

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Being Create-ive!

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 *** If you are looking for my Freshly Made Sketches card, click here***

conmarspring13guestFinally, today is the day that I get to tell you about my big surprise!!  Yes, I am going to be a Guest Designer for the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Edition!  I cannot tell you how excited I was to be asked to design for them for the first time.  I can’t imagine that you would not be familiar with the Create with Connie and Mary editions but just in case…  The team will create EXCLUSIVE tutorials only available from this Spring Catalog edition.  That’s right!  You get access to fresh, exciting ideas that are perfect for both personal or class use.  This is available for customers and demonstrators alike.  Ok, the deal gets even better because Connie and Mary are running a special with Early Bird pricing of $29.95.  This price is only available until Jan. 19th!

Create preview - PrimroseNow for some more fun!  Each designer will focus on a stamp set or product for their tutorials.  I get to share this fun card featuring mine!  Can you guess what it will be??!!

Remember this is just a sneak peek and I will be creating a project and a card exclusively for the Spring Edition.  Since this is guest introduction week, you can see all the designers who will be Create-ing for you by heading over to Create with Connie and Mary.  While you are there, go ahead and sign up.  You really don’t want to miss out on this special price for over a month of amazing projects!

Thanks so much to Connie and Mary for the opportunity to be a Guest Designer!

Stamp:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Tea for Two DSP, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Primrose Petals; Accessories:  Artisan Embellishments Kit, 5/8″ Flower Trim, Big Shot, Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Crumb Cake Seam Binding

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Freshly Made Sketches #68

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FMS68Welcome to my Freshly Made Sketches post for today!!  Don’t forget to check my other post today for a fun announcement!  Our sketch today is from the oh so amazing Jen Mitchell of I Create.  I just love her style and this sketch is right up her alley!

FMS68 - Honeycomb ThanksI am still completely obsessed with all the new things in the Spring Catalog and today I wanted  to play with the new Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  It is awesome!!  I zipped a Naturals Ivory piece of card stock through the Big Shot with the folder to start.  Then I used some small scraps of the Tea for Two DSP (about 1″ or so square), sat them over the hexagons on the folder and ran those through the Big Shot.  It is easy to follow the lines to cut them out.  I wasn’t so sure I would like this method but it was fast and worked like a charm.  I continue my winter love fest with Crumb Cake (I seem to want to make everything with it!) and it is the perfect background for this DSP.  I used the Natural 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon as one of the layers on the crossing panel and the tied a Bronze button on a second piece with Linen Thread.  The Cotton Ribbon has carried over into the Spring Catalog so it is still available!  Finally a sentiment from Tiny Tags to finish it off.

Jen really gave us a great sketch to use and I can’t wait to see the entries this week.  Last week’s cards just blew me away, I have to say!!  The design team has provided loads of inspiration so make sure to go see their amazing cards.

I’m so glad you stopped in today!  Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon!

Stamp:  Tiny Tags; Paper:  Tea for Two DSP, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Honeycomb EF, Natural 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread, Bronze Button (ret)

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Wedding Flowers

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I hope you enjoyed the Hawaii Ink Spring Catalog Blog Hop yesterday.  We had such fun sharing with you and we are already planning our next hop…sure to have even more participants!

I am back today to give you a few more details on how to create this wedding card.  You will be amazed at how quickly it comes together…no, really!!  The 5/8″ Flower Trim is so elegant yet so easy to use.  I simply cut two strips of the flowers off of the roll (one with 7 flowers, one with 6 flowers).  I embossed a layer of Very Vanilla card stock using the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  It has carried over from the Holiday Catalog so if you don’t already have it, you NEED it!!  I “framed the embossed layer with another layer of Very Vanilla to give it a little strength since it need to support the flowers.  I stamped a 3/4″ strip of Very Vanilla with the sentiment from Crosses of Hope in Basic Gray and the cut the little flag in the end.  I attached it to the embossed layer first.  Then, I placed some small strips (approximately 1”) of Sticky Strip on the card stock near the edges, pulled off the red protection layer and laid the piece with 7 flowers down.  Next I made a shabby bow using this tutorial from LeAnne Pugliese.  I tied it with a Vintage Faceted Button and some Linen Thread, with the thread knotted in the back.  I topped the button with a Basic Pearl.  Once the bow was completed, I put some more Sticky Strip pieces along the edge of the first flower row and attached the piece with 6 flowers leaving a small space between the two rows of flowers where I wanted the bow.  I then “smooshed” the bow in between the rows onto the Sticky Strip.  The whole embossed panel is attached to the main card base using Dimensionals.

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Here is a close-up of the bow.  You can see how it is centered in between the two rows.

Thanks so much for dropping back by today.  I have all kinds of fun things coming for you as the week goes on, including a fun announcement.  If you want to make sure you see every post, just subscribe and the ideas will come right to your inbox (it is under the calendar on the right).

I hope you have a great week!  See you soon!

Stamp:  Crosses of Hope; Paper:  Very Vanilla; Ink:  Basic Gray; Accessories:  Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, 5/8″ Flower Trim, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

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Hawaii Ink Spring Catalog Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first ever Hawaii Ink blog hop!!  We are a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators in the downline of the fabulous Lisa Curcio and we are so excited to share with you some ideas from the new Spring Catalog.  But first, a little about our group.  Lisa is our team leader and we have about 90 demonstrators that span from Hawaii, to the continental U.S. to Germany.  Many of us are, or have been, associated with the military which explains our great diversity!  There are experienced demonstrators and brand new ones too, and we all share a love of creativity and Stampin’ Up!

Now…on to the hop!  If you have been following along, you came over from Whitney Richardson’s blog, Whitney’s Stampin’ Studio.  Talk about talented…isn’t she wonderful??!!  I decided to share with you another idea for one of my favorite new accessories in the Spring Catalog…the 5/8″ Flower Trim!

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I simply love the romantic feel of these flowers and I thought it would be fun to create a card that really shows them off!  I have been using them one at a time on some other cards but the are truly a “wow” when used in bunches.  I added in a shabby bow made of Very Vanilla Seam Binding that has a Vintage Faceted Button at the center.  The sentiment is from one of my favorite stamp sets, Crosses of Hope, and I thought this would be a nice card for weddings that are sure to be coming this spring.

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 My sketch is courtesy of Fab Friday 09.

I know you will want to continue on the hop but make sure you stop back by on Monday to get more details on how I created this card.

I am scheduled as the last stop but if you are starting here or started in the middle, we are linked continuously.  The next stop if you are continuing on is Lisa Curcio’s blog, Lisa Curcio.  I know you will love what she has created to share with you!

Thanks so much for stopping in.  I’ll see you again on Monday!

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Freshly Made Sketches #67

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FMS Final 67-001Happy New Year!!  I am so excited to start off the new year of Freshly Made Sketches as the sketch hostess.  I knew that after all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it would be nice for everyone to work with a basic sketch.  I embellished my sketch with hearts but any shape will do.

FMS67 - ButterfliesI wanted to really focus on the new Tea for Two DSP from the Spring Catalog.  The catalog goes into effect tomorrow (Jan. 3rd) so you will be able to start ordering these amazing products!  I used my Beautiful Butterflies Die and my Beautiful Wings Embosslit to pop out these pretty butterflies.  I love them against this So Saffron print!  I embellished the big butterfly with the new 5/8″ Flower Trim (I cut off just one) and some Basic Pearls.  Some retired Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon was a perfect finishing touch.  The sentiment is from Made for You…still one of my favorites of the new catalog.

I can’t wait to see your interpretation of the sketch this week.  The design team has created some lovely cards and I know you will be so inspired!

I am back on reserve with United today but will be officially on a bit of a break after Friday.  I have some fun new things coming up with the new year and I can’t wait to share them.  Make sure you drop in next week to see the news!  Until then, I’m so glad you came by today.  See you soon!

Stamp:  Made for You; Paper:  Tea for Two DSP, Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede; Ink:  Soft Suede; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Large Scallop Edgelit, 5/8″ Flower Trim, Basic Pearls, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Mini Glue Dots, Mulitpurpose Glue

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Freshly Made Sketches #65

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FMS Final 65-001Just take a look at the fabulous sketch we have at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  It is courtesy of the extraordinarily talented Linda Callahan.  Don’t you love it??!!  It is perfect for this busy time of year…no muss, no fuss, just a great layout!

FMS65 - Two 4 YouI have to confess that I still have about 15 Christmas cards to make but I needed a bit of a rest from them.  And there was this little preorder sitting on the table begging to be used!!!  Oh yes…the Spring Catalog preorder has arrived and there is so much to celebrate in it.  Today, I am previewing some DSP called Tea for Two.  I am already completely in love with it!!  Such pretty prints!  I did add just a little bit of distressing with the Stampin’ Distress Tool.  A fun, fast way to add the vintage look!  The flower here is made with another new product called Creped Filter Paper.  I cut it out using my Fun Flowers Die and layered the flowers together (after crumpling them).  I sewed on a Vintage Faceted Button with some Linen Thread to keep the whole stack together.  Finally a little tag with a sentiment from Tiny Tags.  I have some December birthdays in my family and I always like to make sure that the cards have a decidedly non-Christmas look to them.  I think this one is perfect for the job!

The design team has more spectacular inspiration for you so click right over to check it out.  I think I’ll be using some of their ideas to CASE the last of my cards!

I’m so glad you stopped by today.  I hope you like this little preview of the new products!  They will be available on January 3rd.  Now…back to Christmas cards.  I hope to have some to share with you over the next week.  Until then, have a great week!

Stamp:  Tiny Tags; Paper:  Tea for Two DSP(new), Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Stampin’ Distress Tool (new), Creped Filter Paper (new), Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted Button, Jewelry Tag Punch

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