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It is official…

It is official… published on 7 Comments on It is official…

the holiday stamping season is officially here!  Oh, I know the Holiday Mini went live yesterday but that is NOT what I am talking about.  I know that the holiday stamping season is officially here because Dasher has ink on him!!  And now that he has ink on him there is a good chance he will not leave the stamp table until January.  I know I should not  play favorites among my stamp sets but this little fellow never lets me down!

This week I get to be a guest designer for A La Card Monkey’s Challenge 72.  They have an awesome sketch that is combined with a Christmas theme.  So now you see why Dasher “had” to get inky!  Just look at the layout…doesn’t it just cry out for a reindeer???!!!  Ok, it did to me!

I think it is becoming clear that I am leaning towards monochromatic cards for Christmas this year.  Today I used Early Espresso and Whisper White.  The designer paper is from the Berry Blossoms DSP pack.  Early Espresso Baker’s Twine seemed like a natural to pair with the paper!  I wrapped it around the Early Espresso frame layer first and secured it in back.  Then I tied on the bow.  Some little bows on my buttons and it is complete!  The best part about this card is that it doesn’t take hours to make and you can make lots of them, in a variety of colors, using different Baker’s Twine choices, Linen Thread, or Twine.  Now is the time to get to work on those cards so you aren’t in the last minute rush!  We can now pretend that I’m not always in the last minute rush!!  *smile*

With a layout this fun to use, you need to get right to work and play along!!  Maybe you can pair it with the Creative Crew Color Focus Challenge too.  See??  Your card is almost done!

Thanks for stopping in today!  Can you believe that I have posted this many days in a row??  Might be a new record!  Hang on to your stamps but I will be back tomorrow with some more details about my vintage/chic/steampunk inspired shadow box project.  Have a great day!!

Stamps:  Dasher, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Berry Blossoms DSP, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Dimensionals

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More butterflies

More butterflies published on 17 Comments on More butterflies

I enjoyed making Monday’s card so much that I didn’t want to put away the Precious Butterflies set.  Lucky for me that The Friday Mashup feels the same way about butterflies this week and they have a “Butterflies and Bling” challenge.  I chose to mash it up and use their colors too.  Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and I added So Saffron plus a neutral of Basic Gray.

 A La Card Monkey has this sketch combined with a “thinking of you” card, both of which I used too.

I did end up using a mirror image of the sketch.  I stamped the image panel with intention of following the sketch exactly but when I started to lay it out, I realized it needed to be switched around.  I really love this butterfly flower.  It lends itself to so many cards!  The So Saffon layer is First Edition Specialty DSP that has been brayered with So Saffron ink.  I added some Basic Pearls as the bling part of the Mashup.  Hopefully it is bling-y enough!

It was fun to sit down and stamp with these challenges!  Don’t forget that you can earn this set (and other fabulous choices) by hostessing a Stampin’ Up workshop.  The new hostess program makes it easier than ever to earn beautiful stamps!  I hope your week is going well.  Thanks for dropping by today.  See you again soon!

Stamps:  Precious Butterflies, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, First Edition Specialty DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Basic Gray, So Saffron; Accessories:  Perfect Plum Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Brayer

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