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SC501 – Thank You and a Reveal!

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Finally!  I can share with you the great news!!  I am officially on the Dirty Dozen Design Team at Splitcoaststampers!!!  As of today!  For the next six months I will be creating projects for the monthly theme….wow it is fun!  Here is the deal.  In order to see what I have created, you have to be a member of the Splitcoast Fan Club.  But seeing my cards is definitely the tip of the iceberg!  You get access to the whole Fan Club/Dirty Dozen Gallery plus all the other perks outlined in the club link.  Yeah…it is awesome!

When Lydia asked me a few weeks ago, I almost passed out!  I remember when I first started stamping and Splitcoaststampers was my go-to location for card ideas.  I was simply in awe of the amazing talent and what people could make with ink and paper.  Well, that hasn’t changed much.  I’m still in awe!!  To be on the Dirty Dozen Team is an honor I could have never expected. Let’s face it….many stamping greats (you know them by first names!) have gotten the call from Lydia.  That my name would be included was not on my radar.  So after I caught my breath, I wanted to ask Lydia if she was kidding.  But I didn’t want her to say she was so I gave her a big YES as quickly as possible!  So….I have 7 projects ready to show you in the gallery and it is live now!  Please let me know what you think….the theme is such fun!  Am I Babbling?  Yep….think of all the great ideas you will find from the entire Dirty Dozen!

SC501 - Thank youI couldn’t leave you totally without a card so I chose this week’s Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge (SC5501) for this one.  The beautiful new hostess set, I Like You, and Blendabilities.  The perfect match!  I hope you like this sweet little card and will come visit me in the galleries too.

Thanks so much for you patience as I have been busy creating!  I love when I finally get to share!  I’ll be back on Sunday with one more big announcement.  Yes, these are the ones I promised earlier in the month!  Until then, have a great weekend!

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Stamp:  I Like You (hostess); Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Gray; Ink:  Blendabilities – Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories:  Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Stampin’ Pierce Mat

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Petals for you

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Just a quick card today…a birthday card for a dear friend!  She is a beautiful and elegant person so I wanted a card to match.  What fun to make a card like that!  I have Open Stamp at my house and it is so fun to get together with my friends.  They make wonderful cards and have such great creativity.  Today was our day to stamp and I used the sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers.  The sketch is very similar to yesterday’s card and is fun to use!

The focus of this card is on the Paisley Petals DSP pack.  What beautiful paper!!  I chose the neutral pattern as the background and then some flowers to cut out of another sheet.  The Bravo Burgandy print adds a great pop of color.  Finally, I pulled out some Always Artichoke Seam Binding and made another “potato masher” bow from yesterday’s tutorial.  The sentiment comes from the hostess set Precious Butterflies.

Hope you like this one as much as I liked making it!  Because it is a birthday card (the inside says “Celebrate”), it also qualifies for The Paper Players Challenge to make birthday cards this week.  I’ll be back tomorrow with another project from the Creative Crew Challenge.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Stamp:  Precious Butterflies; Paper:  Paisley Petals DSP, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

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ColorLab 44

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I’m here with another ColorLab Challenge card and we have another fabulous group of colors!  I have a confession, I actually had another project made with these colors that I liked a lot more.  It was a set of cards boxed up as a teacher gift.  The problem…in my chaos to get out the door with the gifts, I forgot to take pictures!  ARGHHHH!!  I guess some days are just like that.

So I got home and pulled out the sketch from Splitcoaststampers SC336 to get to work.  I have only a few scraps of the Greenhouse Gala paper left but will find a use for every piece.  I have loved that paper!!  If you are a fan of Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz, make sure you get it before it is gone (it is retiring)!  I inked up the coordinating flower from Friends Never Fade, stamped it and cut it out.  The quote is from a retired hostess set, Of the Earth.  Hostess sets really are the gift that keep on giving!  This card is for a teacher and I can think of no better phrase to thank her!

Since I allowed other gift card sets out the door without pictures too, I’ll have a little less to show you tomorrow.  Fortunately, there is still one here!  Don’t forget to check out the projects from the rest of the design team!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps:  Friends Never Fade, Of the Earth (retired, hostess); Paper:  Greenhouse Gala, Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush;  Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush; Accessories:  Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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ColorLab 33

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I am back with another ColorLab Color Challenge and these are so pretty together!

Marina Mist is such a pretty blue and it works so well with the Pear and Regal Rose!  The only problem…I am almost out of Marina Mist.  The horror!!  So my card today is primarily Pear Pizzazz and I am preparing another order for more supplies.  *smile*  Thankfully it is still Sale-a-bration and I can take advantage of the free products.

When I think of Pear Pizzazz, Greenhouse Gala DSP immediately comes to mind so I pulled it out again today.  I do love this paper!!  Natually, Friends Never Fade had to join it since they are designed for each other.  I used a layout from Splitcoaststampers that seemed perfectly suited to the flower stamp.  The flower was inked up using markers directly to the stamp.  Don’t forget to breathe on it after you finish inking to get a clear image!  I tied a little bow out of the Pear Pizzazz 1/2″ Stitched-Poly Ribbon and attached it to my banner using Mini Glue Dots.  Those little dots are seriously wonderful (and strong!).  I do apologize for the color on the picture being a bit washed out.  I did some editing but I just could not get it as clear as it is in person.

I’m so glad you stopped in today.  Don’t forget to go see what the rest of the design team has created.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a sweet little card I made last week.  Until then, have a great day!

Stamp:  Friends Never Fade; Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Ink:  Marina Mist, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz; Acccessories:  Pear 1/2″ Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 27

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Snow, bad weather for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, cabin fever…I have the solution!!  Bright, happy colors from ColorLab!!  At least your little stamping corner will have sunny weather.

As you can see from my previous card, the weather was affecting my stamping mood.  This color palette shook me right out of the icy colors.  After spending so much time with Funky Four on last weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts SAB Blog Hop, you would think I’d be done with that set.  But no…out it came again.  I’m so excited that you can earn it FREE with your $50 order!!  Of course, who can stop at just one of those free choices…believe me, I couldn’t.  My own free sets should be arriving later today so you can expect to see projects with them next week.

Ok, I digress.  Today’s card came together so quickly and is perfect for a little teacher note I need this week.  All I had to do was stamp the leaf image in the three colors and pop on a sentiment from the Apple Blossoms Hostess Set.  The striped paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack.  What a handy pack of paper to have!!  I seem to be using it all the time.  The final touch was a black button with a little bit of Peach Parfait thread.  Just take a little bit of white thread and color it with your Stampin’ Write Marker.  The sketch comes from the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge this week.  I love the off-center panel and how it steps up a basic layout. 

 I can’t wait to see what you do with the colors this week!  Don’t forget to go see what the other Color Chemists have concocted (say that three times fast).  I’ll be back next week with a new SUO Challenge.  Have a happy and safe weekend!

Stamps:  Funky Four (120438-C), Apple Blossoms (Hostess-120139-C); Paper:  Brights DSP Stack (117155), Basic Black (121045), Pear Pizzazz (119795); Whisper White (100730); Ink:  Melon Mambo (121074), In Color Markers (119801), Basic Black (100082); Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons (119743), Thread (non-SU)

Fabulous Wishes

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Today I was inspired by all kinds of challenges and actually managed to group three of them together!  You may notice that I have been using a lot of hostess sets with my cards and today is no different.  This is to remind you of how many amazing sets are available FREE!  Oh, I love free!  With Sale-a-bration right around the corner and the new Occasions Mini already available, now is a great time to become a hostess. 

I am sending out the last of my thank-you cards today (so far, so good on the resolution!) and now want to get ahead on some upcoming birthdays.  Perfect timing since Stampin’ Royalty is celebrating their birthday with a birthday card challenge.  Arielle is their new Goddess so I thought it fitting to use her ColourQ Challenge #66:


Beautiful colors, aren’t they??  Finally, I used the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 314 for my layout.

I don’t have any Soft Sky so I substituted with Baja Breeze.  I think it has the same feel to it.  I used the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder again but created a rectangle using a similar method as Sharon Field did at Created By You.  My rectangle is 2 1/2″ x 4 1/8″.  I simply used the short side of the folder instead of the long one.  My flowers are one of the two-step stamps from Fast & Fabulous (hostess level 2).  I started by inking with So Saffron and Daffodil Delight and then added Baja Breeze (these were all Stampin’ Write markers).  I took a sponge dauber to the stamp to soften any edges to the colors.  The outline was stamped in Basic Black.  A little “flag” was created by snipping a rectangle and tucking the still square end under a black button (Neutrals Designer Buttons).  I colored my thread with the Baja Breeze marker.  The image panel is popped up on dimensionals and another dimensional tucked under the raised section of the flag.  The beautiful paper is from the main catalog’s Greenhouse Gala DSP.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another beautiful color combination from the ColorLab Color Challenge.  Thanks for stopping in…see you soon!

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Fast & Fabulous; Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Whisper White; Ink:  So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Basic Black; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Thread (non-SU)

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Hoopla Holiday Tree Tags

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I have decided that I must use the word ‘hoopla’ more since it seems to perfectly describe the feeling I have during holiday preparation.  More tags today!  This may be my favorite for this year.  I used the tree from the Holiday Hoopla set and colored with my Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler markers.  The versatility of this set is just wonderful!!  And guess what…the Free for All Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers uses songs from the Nutcracker Suite as inspiration.  I chose Act 1:  Number 1 The Christmas Tree.  I love that music and will now be humming it all day! 

The tag base is the Two Tags die for my Big Shot and the paper used is the Jolly Holiday DSP from the main catalog.  I like that this is so cute but easy enough to make in quantity. 

Now that my tags are pretty much done, you can expect to see some more cards in the upcoming days.  It is crunch time and I still have some work to do to get my card list completed. 

Have a great weekend and take time to enjoy the hoopla!!

Stamps:  Holiday Hoopla, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP; Ink:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler; Accessories:  Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Dimensionals, 1/8″ Vanilla Tafetta Ribbon

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Jolly Hoopla

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Black Friday = Hoopla!!!  There certainly is a lot of hoopla with shopping today and I figured there should be a card to go with it!  Naturally, I pulled out Holiday Hoopla.  I just got this Santa last week and will be using him for a tags class I am holding next Thursday.  He is so much fun and takes hardly any actual work to make him shine on a card.  I paper-pieced his hat with Jolly Holiday paper and then used additional patterns from the same DSP to make the card.  The layout is SC308 from Splitcoaststampers.  It has a lot of layers but comes together really quickly (it had to!).  Just take a look at this happy fellow:

I had a hard time getting a picture because of a cloudy day but finally got this one.  I colored Santa’s face with Blush Blossom to make him a little rosier and added some Dazzling Diamonds on his hat with my Two-Way Glue Pen.  The sentiment is from Short & Sweet (this one seems to stay in heavy rotation this time of year!).  I added the Old Olive buttons and called it done.  This was actually made on Wednesday while I was waiting for my pumpkin pies to bake.

I hope your Black Friday is only filled with Jolly Hoopla!!  Thanks for stopping in…see you again soon!

Stamps:  Holiday Hoopla, Short & Sweet; Paper:  Jolly Holiday, Old Olive, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Basic Black, Blush Blossom; Accessories:  Bright Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, Thread dyed with a Cherry Cobbler Marker

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A new adventure!

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Since this blog was really created to show my adventures in stamping, I am thrilled to tell you about a new one!!  I have been asked to become a member of the Design Team for the ColorLab Color Challenge at My Create, Ink.  I’m flattered that these talented stampers wanted me to join their ranks!!  Thankfully, the first color selection is a natural for my “seasonal stamper’s disorder”.  I have have commented on this before but if you are new to my blog, this is my strong need to stamp in seasonal colors (and the corresponding difficulty in stamping in “non-seasonal” colors).  Here are the lovely choices for this week:

This paper from the Holiday Mini is just perfect for your November cards!  In order to not stray too far on my first challenge, I did pull out my Day of Gratitude set.  Instead of a thank you/Thanksgiving card though, I opted to make mine a birthday card.  In the midst of all my holiday stamping, I am a bit behind on birthday cards and have a few important family birthdays coming up soon.  I used the layout from this week’s Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 306.  The lovely medallion in the stamp set called out to be used for this one!  Here is my take on the challenges:

 It seems that I still can’t get enough of the Square Lattice Embossing Folder so I pulled it out again here.  This is actually for one of my brothers-in-law and I wanted to keep it from being too feminine.  I used the Linen Thread to cinch the bow and through the button.  On the medallion, I used the sponge dauber technique again with More Mustard and Cajun Craze.  After I cut it out, I sponged on a little Early Espresso to finish the edges. 

I hope that you enjoy these colors as much as I did.  When you post your cards (you know you have to make one!), make sure to tell them that the new Jen sent you!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Day of Gratitude, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard; Ink:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border, Espresso Satin Ribbon, Neutrals Designer Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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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!).

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