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SUOC59 – Fun Folds

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Oh yes indeed…the theme this week at SUO Challenges is Fun Folds!  You know you love them…and when you try them, you remember how easy and “wow” they can be.  If you haven’t tried them, the design team will lead you in the right direction.  No time like the present to give it a try!

I thought it would be fun to re-visit the Joy Fold.  I just love this one and it always makes me so happy!  Let’s face it, the Designer Series Papers do most of the work.  I used this tutorial as a starting point.  The Basic Gray background pieces use the measurements given in the tutorial for DSP with a small exception.  It seems that there was an error on the measurements needed for the inner and outer panels on the small section.  My Basic Gray layers are 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ (since the inner card folded becomes 3″ x 4″).  I thought that the colors in the Storytime DSP would be fun with the snowflakes from Snowflake Soiree and they are great with this fold.  Here are some pictures with the stages of being opened:

I stamped the snowflakes in Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze, and the sentiment in Basic Gray.  The sentiment on the inside is from More Merry Messages (what a great set!!).  I used a little Sticky Strip to hold on the button since I know it will hold with the opening/closing.

I had a sneak peek of the design team’s card and I see new folds to try.  Make sure you go take a look and get some inspiration!!  I hope we’ll see you in the gallery too!

I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic (for those of you who celebrate)!  I was so lucky to go to a cousin’s house for the day.  They had the most wonderful turkey and sides.  All I had to do was bring pie and cranberry sauce (a recipe that my boys love!)  Lucky me!!  My mom has been here all week but she leaves today.  We did get some stamping time…so fun…and I got some more instruction on my sewing machine.  Yes, I really will get braver with using it!  I keep pinning ideas!  Back tomorrow with a fantastic sketch from Rita at Freshly Made Sketches.  Hope to see you then!

Stamps:  Snowflake Soiree, More Merry Messages; Paper:  Storytime DSP, Whisper White, Basic Gray; Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Neutrals Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Sticky Strip


SUO Challenges #58 – CAS Holiday

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Happy Tuesday!!  You will be so happy to see the theme for SUO Challenges this week – CAS (Clean and Simple) Holiday.  Yes, for all of you who are like me and are behind on your cards, we have loads of inspiration to help you create fabulous cards that are easy to duplicate.

A couple of weeks ago when I was working on another wreath card, I noticed that my Daydream Medallions set would make a cool wreath too.  Finally I got the chance to try out my idea.  I have to say that I really like this stamp as a wreath…a lot!!!  The size of this stamp lends itself to a clean and simple (CAS) layout and this one is a go-to for me.  Basic but the frame gives a little extra pop of color.  Of course no wreath is complete without a big bow so I added one of my “potato masher” double bows (tutorial here).  I love these bows!!  The sentiment from Snowflake Soiree is just the right scale for this, don’t you think?  Finally, I added some tiny Basic Pearls that I colored.  I simply love those little pearls!

When you see what the design team has created, you will want to copy every one!!  Such a talented team!  We can’t wait to see what you have to show us so make sure you post your Clean and Simple Holiday cards for us to see!!

Back tomorrow with a new sketch designed by me for Freshly Made Sketches.  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Daydream Medallions, Snowflake Soiree; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke; Ink:  Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Dimensionals

SUOC57 – Fall Elegance

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With the leaves in deep color here in the Eastern US, the SUO Challenges theme this week seems perfect – Fall Elegance.  Sadly I think most of my leaves will be gone in the next couple of days due to this storm hitting the Eastern seaboard.  I hope that all of you reading this who live in the affected areas remain safe during this event.  (I am pre-posting this just in case I lose power)

I suppose this card is appropriate for this storm but it is actually for the principal at my children’s school.  He is a wonderful man and loved by our boys and suffered a family loss.  When I think of fall and elegant there is one stamp that simply MUST be used…French Foliage.  I love these leaves. I love the other stamps.  It is awesome!  I wanted to keep the palette fairly muted except for the leaves and I am happy with how the leaves look like some in my yard right now.  I stamped the script in Basic Gray (it was stamped off first to keep it subtle) and then added the post mark and the water marks.  The leaves were first inked in one color (More Mustard for the bigger leaf, Cajun Craze for the smaller). Then I sponged on a secondary color at the edges using a sponge dauber (Cajun Craze for the bigger leaf, Basic Gray for the smaller).  I cut them out and then sponged additional Basic Gray ink on them.  The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs set and seemed perfect for this card.

I used a sketch from this week’s The Paper Players challenge.  Nance really came up with a great one!  I turned it on its side to make it work better for me.

I hope that I will be able to update you by tomorrow (and that our power stays on).  Regardless, I will have a post because I am pre-posting it as well.  We have a wonderful new sketch all ready for you at Freshly Made Sketches.  Until then, have a great (and safe) day!

Stamps:  French Foliage, Petite Pairs; Paper:  Naturals Ivory; Ink:  More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Basic Gray; Accessories:  Neutrals Buttons, Linen Thread, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

SUOC56 – Christmas Fun

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Our theme this week at SUO Challenges is really fun!  Animals of all kinds!  So many wonderful animal stamps from Stampin’ Up and apparently I don’t own as many as I thought.  Now I seem to have lots of butterflies and birds but I was looking for something else.  Nothing, nada.  Hmmm….I might have to enable myself to fix that!  But for now, I went with birds.

I pulled out my Snow Much Fun set because I just love these little birds.  I haven’t used the snowmen yet this year and now that it is out, that will have to change.  But this week we can focus on these fun little fellows.  I used a sketch from  Create with Connie and Mary.  I missed their deadline but I just thought it was too fun not to play with!  The stamping in this was so quick.  I inked up the tree with Black Stazon ink and stamped.  Then I used my Stampin’ Write Black Marker to ink the little bird from the snowball stamp and the notes from one of the snowmen.  I drew in the little curve under the bird on the ground to make it match the tree.  I colored first with Wild Wasabi using my blender pen and then outlined with the Stampin’ Write Marker in the same color.  The birds are Riding Hood Red and some of the ornaments are Baja Breeze.  I used the Storytime DSP pack for the pennants.  This is one of those cards that would be easy to make in bulk and still feels special.  I might make some of these with the snowmen too!

Well, the check ride is complete and I am so happy to be done!!  It entails 3 days of academic review and simulators where lots of failures occur.  I always feel so tired after those three days since the are long and stressful!  The final check went as well as can be expected and our check pilot seemed pleased with the overall day for our crew.  That is always a great feeling.  I had yesterday to recover a bit and will be back to stamping today.  YEA!!

Make sure you go check out the rest of the team’s projects and the winners from last week’s Textures theme.  There is some amazing inspiration to see!

Back tomorrow with a new Freshly Made Sketch from one of our guest team members!  Make sure you plan to come back on Friday too because I will have an awesome guest dropping by with a fabulous project!  Until then, have a great day!

Stamps:  Snow Much Fun, More Merry Messages; Paper:  Storytime DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze; Accessories:  Dimensionals, Blender Pen

SUOC55 – Leaves and Brocade

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This week at SUO Challenges, we are all about Textures!  If it adds texture, we want to see how you use it!!  So many wonderful ways to use your Stampin’ Up products!
There are so many advantages to being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator!  One of them is the Stampin’ Success magazine that comes every month.  It is full of ideas from Stampin’ Up designers and from fellow demonstrators.  My card today is based on a card by Lisa Dolson.  I changed the stamp set and some of the elements to make it my own.  I used the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder and the Labels Collection Framelits on the back panel.  The leaves are from French Foliage and are stamped in More Mustard, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso.  After cutting them out, they were sponged with Early Espresso and the edges of the textured panel are sponged too.  It is finished with a Brushed Bronze Button and some Linen Thread.

The design team has such a variety of projects and you are sure to be inspired!  Can’t wait for you to join us!

I’ll be back tomorrow with the latest challenge from Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you have a great day!

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude, French Foliage; Paper:  Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard; Accessories:  Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF,  Labels Framelits, Brushed Bronze Buttons, Linen Thread

SUOC54 – For the Kids!

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Our theme over at SUO Challenges this week is near and dear to my heart – For the Kids!!  Let’s face it, kid projects and cards are always such fun to make.  They bring out the kids in all of us who create, I think!  The team has come up with all kinds of awesome ideas so get ready to pin and CASE!

I went with a really clean card for this one.  Why?  Because these were mass produced!!  I made them as birthday thank you cards for one of my sons and needed to make quite a number of them.  The best part is that while it is clean, it still has some great little elements that make it special.  First of all, I am in love with this little alien from Blast Off.  My guys love this set and they actually helped me choose this fellow and his color (Lucky Limeade).  I stamped him and the planet on Whisper White and the punched them out with my 2-1/2″ Circle punch. Then I stamped another alien, fussy cut him and popped him up on a Dimensional.  I used the new Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack to pierce a circle and then put the punched circle up on some more Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from Made For You.

Making cards like this is fun, especially when the kids pitch in to help.  I hope you will share your projects for the kids with us this week!

Back tomorrow with a new Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I hope you are having a great week so far.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Blast Off, Made For You; Paper:  Whisper White; Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Real Red, Daffodil Delight (all Stampin’ Write Markers); Accessories:  Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Stamp-a-ma-jig

SUOC53 – Boxes and Bags

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SUO Challenges has such a fun theme this week – Boxes and Bags.  With all the variations of these out there, I’m certain we will see all kinds of fun things!!  Look no further than the design team and you will know what I mean.  There are some awesomely fantastic examples posted!

When I saw the theme, the first things that came to mind was the Kraft Gift Boxes.  I love these things…love them!  They are easy to decorate, hold all kinds of cool things and the price is unbeatable!  I have seen lots of cute decorations for these so I wanted to take a different direction.  Sort of shabby chic.  I’m sure you know by now that this isn’t my normal stamping style but I love it and always admire those who do it well.  I wanted to go with the latest trend I’ve been seeing and use some burlap and combine it with different textures.  The burlap is a quick fabric store find and combines so perfectly with our Stampin’ Up products.

I cut out a piece that was 2″ x 13″ and started seeing how it could form a belly band around the Kraft Box.  After a bit, I figured out that I love the contrast of the new 3-1/2″ Scalloped Tulle Ribbon against the roughness of the burlap.  But how to attach it??!!  Here comes the funny part (you’ll have to pardon the length of the post).  At the beginning of the summer, my mom (who is a quilter) brought me a sewing machine…a really nice one that had been hers.  Way back when I was pregnant with my oldest, I had taken sewing lessons and learned some of the basics.  This is about the time frame where I discovered stamping too.  Well, I haven’t really sewn anything since then and my mom gave me some reminders and machine specific instructions while she was visiting.  Then I put the machine away and continued with the summer craziness.  Well, I realized that sewing was the best way to attach the tulle to the burlap and mostly had the machine set up right…mostly.  Had to call mom to figure out the last details, of course!  She reminds me that with flying airplanes, I should be able to handle a Bernina.  Uh huh.  I practiced on a few scraps and then committed to sewing the pieces together.  As my two boys and one of their friends “supervised” I did it!  I chose a zigzag pattern just to make sure more ribbon got attached and it worked pretty well.  I’ll even show you how it looked if you promise not to laugh too hard at the stitch variations (user error) but they are functional.

I knew I was planning on an additional layer on top of the stitching so the variations are ok.  You can see that I just bunched the ribbon in the middle to make the scallops the right width.  Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombo), I attached this layer to some Naturals Ivory Card Stock that had been distressed and sponged with Early Espresso.  I stamped the box with the flourish from Creative Elements in Early Espresso and then spritzed it with water to distress the ink a bit.

Finally I attached some Very Vanilla Seam Binding to the top of the Tulle Ribbon with Sticky Strip and tied on a bow made out of Seam Binding.  The butterfly is made using the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and I cut the large full butterfly out of the burlap and out of some Naturals Ivory card stock.  Then I cut two of the smaller butterflies out of the Tulle Ribbon for layering.  The layers were attached using Crystal Effects.  Finally I added a rosette made from the Seam Binding and topped it off with a Basic Pearl.  The whole butterfly is attached to the belly band using Crystal Effects.

As usual with 3-D items, I had a hard time getting a picture that shows how pretty it is in person.  I didn’t put a tag or any sentiment on it yet since I haven’t figured out who it is for.  I think I will make a coordinating set of 3″ x 3″ note cards to put inside.

Thanks for sticking through the post.  The sewing thing really is pretty funny and the kids’ surprise that it actually worked cracked me up!  I know my mom will get a good chuckle when she reads this!  That said…it could be dangerous.  You may see more sewing (albeit on paper) in the future!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope to see you then!  Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamps:  Creative Elements; Paper:  Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Early Espresso 3-1/3″ Scalloped Tulle, Basic Pearls,  Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Crystal Effects, Sticky Strip, Burlap Fabric (fabric store), Kraft Gift Box

SUOC51 – Designer Papers

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It is SUO Challenges day and our theme this week will work for everyone!  Designer papers!  We all love them and they make stamping so fun and easy!  Stampin’ Up’s designer series papers really are amazing because the coordinate with our exclusive colors and stamps…makes it even easier to make fantastic cards!  The hardest part for this challenge was choosing which paper set to highlight.

It shouldn’t surprise you that I went with the Floral District DSP.  Let’s face it…I love it!  It just says summery and fun.  I thought I’d pull out a new set Daydream Medallions and see if I could make these work together.  I think yes!  Once I stamped the medallions, I went off to search for a sentiment and came back with the Convention stamp set I Am.  This one was exclusive to Convention and I love the sentiments in it.  I thought this was a fun way to show them.  I added a new Vintage Faceted Button (LOVE these) to finish it off.  See, the DSP did all the work of deciding the colors!  The sketch is courtesy of the Fall-to Layout 202.  It was just perfect for showcasing these pretty papers.

Now when you go over to SUO Challenges you will find two notable things.  First, you’ll see that I’m not the only one that loves Floral District DSP!  Second, and most importantly, you will notice a change in our design team.  We have added the most awesomely talented Connie Babbert of Inkspired Treasures.  The whole team is so happy to have her join us!  Make sure you go tell her welcome too.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new card for Freshly Made Sketches. Until then, have a great day.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Daydream Medallions, I Am; Paper:  Floral District DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink:  Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black; Accessories:  Stamp-a-ma-jig, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Thread, Dimensionals

SUOC 50 – Buttons and Brads

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The theme for this week’s SUO Challenge should be perfect for just about everyone!! Buttons and Brads!  I love them and I know you do too!  The team has shown so many ways to use these wonderful accessories and I can’t wait to see what you create.

Remember how I told you I got A LOT of free stuff at Convention??  Well, this card uses some of it.  Because this was my first time at Convention, I was invited to a “First Timers Lunch”.  When we got there, they gave us the Storytime DSP.  How fun is that??!!  I cut a rectangle for the tag and then used the Adorning Accents Edgelit to cut the curve on the top and a Corner Rounder Punch for the bottom.  The image is actually cut straight from the DSP too…no stamping or coloring on my part!  How fun and easy!  I added some Basic Gray buttons tied with Linen Thread and the Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon.

This sketch is courtesy of Retro Sketches #21.  Fun isn’t it??!!  So glad I got to play this week.  I’m so glad you stopped in and I’ll see you again in just a bit since this is the first of two posts for today (due to the SUOC Convention delay).  Have a great day!

Paper:  Storytime DSP, Naturals Ivory; Accessories:  Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Neutrals Buttons Linen Thread, Dimensionals


SUOC49 – Special Thank You

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Well, I am late on my post and that seems to be how everything is going these days!  SUO Challenges has a wonderful theme for the next two weeks…a special thank you card!  I always need a thank you card so this one was fun to do!

I just got a pack of the new Flower District fabric.  Yes, fabric!!  I am not a big seamstress but I just could not resist this fabric!!  I just cut a strip of the fabric the long way (about 1″ wide) and rolled it onto a circle cut from Sticky Pages.  The sketch comes from the Fall-to layout this week (FTL198).  What a great sketch to feature this fun flower!  Now I will say that this isn’t necessarily something I would just drop in the mail due to the thickness of the flower but how cool to deliver by hand as a thank you!  I have just the recipient in mind!

You’ll be seeing more with fabric from me in the near future but for now it is back to swaps and preparing for Convention.  So much stamping to do, so little time!!  With any luck, I will have everything photographed and ready for you to see next week while I am gone!

Make sure you stop by the SUO Challenges site to see the wow designs from the rest of the team!  See you tomorrow for a card using the latest Freshly Made Sketches layout!

Stamp:  Made For You; Paper:  Floral District DSP, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry; Ink:  Rich Razzleberry; Accessories:  Floral District Fabric, Sticky Pages, Bright Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Brights Brads

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