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March 2014

A Few Last Minute Sale-a-Bration Cards

Hello there! I have a few last minute cards that feature some Sale-a-Bration items to share today. I mixed some of the SAB items with a new favorite stamp set Big Wish. This first card uses the Circle Card Thinlits Die also. The SAB items I used are the Sweet Sorbet DSP and the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (the twine and the cork items). I threw in some gold sequins also.

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The card base is Pistachio Pudding, and scallop circle and phrase come with the card die set.

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I love that streamer stamp...lots of fun!

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Here is part one of the inside greeting.

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And part two! Look at that cute little cupcake! I love this font too.

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Ok, second card for the day. This one is super simple. The colors are Pool Party, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Basic Gray, and I used more of the lovely SAB twine.

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And, here is the third card. For this color combo I used Strawberry Slush, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Tempting Turquoise and Basic Gray. I dry embossed the Strawberry Slush card base with the Decorative Dots embossing folder from SAB. It's one of my favorite patterns, so I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of it even after Sale-a-Bration is over. I used some White Baker's Twine and the Word Window Punch to add the greeting. The neon sequins are from Studio Calico. I sure hope that Stampin' Up! comes out with solored sequins in the next new catalog.

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Oh, I think you'll be seeing more of those balloons around here in the future.

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Well, that is all for today. That was plenty, huh! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy all those SAB freebies!

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More Retro Sketches #107

Hi there! I have another card to share using the Retro Sketches #107 sketch. I'm getting a head start on my spring cards. Yesterday an Easter card; today a Mother's Day card! This one features my favorite print from the Sale-a-Bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series paper stack. This is only available until March 31st, so order yours for free with a $50 order while you can!

I started with a Whisper White card base in 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" card base, added the same size piece of the patterned paper and then stitched around the edge with my sewing machine. next I took a piece of the Naturals White Cardstock, and die cut this butterfly negative cut-out using my e-cutter. I'm working on a short video of that process to share here soon. I sponged the butterfly cutout with Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit and Pistachio Pudding inks, and then sprayed the whole piece generously with Vanilla Smooch Spritz. This really softened the colors and gave it such a great shimmer in person. I stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Whishes onto Whisper White Cardstock, adhered it to the bottom of the butterfly coutout piece and then adhered that to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Next, my butterfly stack. I took a piece of Vellum Cardstock, adhered rows of the gold dotted Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape and cut out a butterfly shape using the Beautiful Butterflies Stampin' Up! Bigz Die. Next, I cut another smaller butterfly from the large gold dot from the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. Last, I ran a piece of the Vellum Cardstock through the Decorative Dots
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and then punched a butterfly out using the Elegant Butterfly Punch. I adhered all of these together with a small amount of SNAIL and then tied a piece of gold embroidery floss around separating the ends.

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Here's another look at the card front.

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And, here is the card sketch that I used from Retro Sketches. It's so versatile!

 

Ok, that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by!

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Playing Along with Retro Sketches #107

Hello there! I have a quick card to share with you today. I used lots of different media on today's card, and a simple greeting stamp.

The card base is Naturals White, and it is 4" x 4". I cut a piece of Watercolor Paper to 3" x 3", and then die cut the egg shape from the Backyard Basics Framelits Dies from the left side of the square. Next, I watercolored this piece with Island Indigo ink and an Aqua Painter. Next, I cut four layers of the Crepe Filter Paper to 1" x 3", and stitched them all together. I sprayed this piece with an alcohol and Pear Pizzazz ink mixture and then fringes into it. I adhered this to the bottom of the watercolor piece and scrunched up the fringe.

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Under the egg cutout, I adhered rows of Washi Tape from the Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape set. Then, the watercolor piece was adhered over the top with Stampin' Dimensionals. The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, stamped in Jet Black Stazon.

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Here is the sketch from Retro Sketches that I started with for today's card.

 

Well, that is all for today! I have one more card to share with this sketch. Thanks for stopping by.

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Fancy Flower Fun in 3D

Hello there! Get ready because this post is full of pictures. I've been playing around with flower dies, patterned paper, crepe filter paper, spritzing, baker's twine, brads...and lot's of other supplies. I was inspired by many tutorials that I've seen online for these types of 3D flowers, but didn't copy any specifically. I started with these reclaimed Izze bottles. I love their printed labels, and they are all in different colors for different flavors.

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Here they are from another angle. You can see the labels better in this image. I started with the Apothecary Labels die cut from Coasterboard and covered with text patterned paper from Modern Medley DSP. The next layer is cut from Core'dinations Cardstock with the Deco Labels dies, and with the edges sanded lightly. Next, I stamped the scroll image from the Morning Meadow hostess set in matching ink onto vanilla cardstock, and die cut into an oval shape. For the top layer I printed out words from the Loving Thoughts Digital Stamp Brush Set onto Vellum Cardstock, and cut them into little banner shapes.

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This set features Melon Mambo, and the label was tied onto the bottle with Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta, Gold Sequin Trim and Gold Baker's Twine. I used both the Basics Glimmer Brads and the Antique Brads for all of the flower centers.

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This one features Pear Pizzazz, and I used Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, baker's twine, and gold embroidery thread to tie on the label stack. The flower dies I used are the Floral Frames Framelits Dies, the Floral Fusion Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Die, the Blossom Party Stampin' Up! Originals Die and the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die.

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This one features Calypso Coral, and I used the Chevron Ribbon, gold embroidery thread and Baker's Twine to tie on the labels. I also used the Autumn Accents Bigz Die for the leaves. The layered leaves are stitched together.

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This one features So Saffron, and I used Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim and gold embroidery thread. I added some white sand to the bottles to keep them from tipping over easily.

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This set features Strawberry Slush, and I used the Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim, Gold Baker's Twine and gold embroidery floss. In addition to several different patterned papers, I used the Crepe Filter Paper that was spritzed with a mixture of ink and alcohol, and the Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.

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Here are some close-up shots of the flowers and leaves. The colors featured are Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana and Gold.

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For this flower, I cut the pedals with the Fringe Scissors, and made a simple pompom center from the Gold Baker's Twine.

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To complete the flowers, I formed a piece of white floral wire with a loop on one end, hot glued it to the back of the flower and hot glued a white cardstock circle over that to finish the backs of the flowers.

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Whew! Did you make all the way to the end of this post? I hope so. It took me severals days to make these, but that was because I had lots of decisions to make about what colors and prints to use. But, these fun flowers are now gracing my craft area, and they make me happy to look at! What kinds of paper crafting projects do you like to make for your home? Next up on the blog I'll have more cards to share, including some for current challenges. Thanks for stopping by!

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Freshly Made Sketches 128

Hello and welcome back! I thought I would play along with Freshly Made Sketches this week. I'm also trying to feature more of the Sale-a-Bration items while they are still available. Remember, you only have until March 31st to get these cute items free with any $50 purchase!

This card features the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper and the See Ya Later Stamp Set. I started with a Naturals White card base, and dripped on some Pool Party spritz as well as Summer Starfruit spritz. I picked these two patterned papers because I think the top one looks like rain, and the bottom flowers are so happy! They go along with the sentiment so well. I adhered them to a piece of Naturals White Cardstock to give it a little more stability. I wrapped Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon around the piece, and then adhered it to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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I colored the greeting with Summer Starfruit, Pool Party and Basic Gray markers on Whisper White Cardstock, punched it out with a 2 1/2" Circle Punch and then pierced around the edge. This was mounted to Basic Gray Core'dinations Cardstock die cut with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies, and adhered to the card front with more Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Here is the terrific sketch that I used for my card.

I decided to make another card similar to this one, but adjusted the sketch just a bit. I raised the greeting to the top third of the card. My card base is Sahara Sand this time. I used the Pistachio Pudding print from the same paper pack, and adhered it to some Whisper White Cardstock with a stamped border in Pistachio Pudding from the Petal Parade Stamp Set. I used the same Summer Starfruit and some Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Ribbon at the border of the patterned paper. That was adhered with the Stampin' Dimensionals to the card front.

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I colored the greeting with Pistachio Pudding, Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit markers, punched and pierced the edge. The Deco Label is from Summer Starfruit Cardstock this time.

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Well, that is all for today! Those 3D springy flowers will be posted soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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Scrap It - Winter Is Not Messing Around Pages

Hello there! Today I have a couple of scrapbook pages to share with you. This is a two page spread about the tough winter we've had in my area. We have had 80" of snow so far this winter, and there is snow in the forecast again this coming week! At least most of what is on the ground to this point has already melted off. I am so ready for spring. But, I have lots of pictures from this winter. So, I put together this spread to remember just how much snow and cold this winter handed me.

I titled the page "This winter is not messing around!" I started with Very Vanilla Core'dinations Cardstock for both sides. You can't really see it in these pictures, but I spritzed a Pool Party Ink and alcohol mix as well as some Vanilla Smooch Spritz over the vanilla cardstock. Then, I layered on a Pool Party print from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper, the circles print from the Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, and some plain Vellum Cardstock.

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I printed the title onto vellum using the Candy Inc. font in black. I adhere this over my photo, and added some Calypso Coral buttons, a circle of Calypso Coral graph pattern paper and silver embroidery thread to finish this page.

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Here is a closer look at the title area.

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Here is the second page. I edited several pictures, and sized them at 2.5" x 2.5" with 4 in a row on each strip and a small white border in between. I used the same papers in layers, except I used the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from Sale-a-bration on the Vellum Cardstock. You only have until March 31st to get this emossing folder free with a $50 purchase! 

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I used another Calypso Coral button and circle of Calypso Coral graph paper along with a stamped wooden banner. Over three of the photos, I diecut a film strip from Vellum Cardstock, and stamped onto them with Jet Black Stazon and two of the rotary stamps. They are attached with a mini staple. I added some details in my journaling under many of the photos with a black marker.

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Here are some of the other photos and details. In addition to many pictures of snow, I wanted to show the two main things that go me through the winter: my really warm coat and the YakTrax that I had attached to my boots. Even Monty has a winter coat that he wears when it is really cold.

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Well, that is all for today. You'll find the supplies listed below. Soon I'll share some paper flowers that I made to decorate my craft room with. Thanks for stopping by!

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Stamping in Watercolor Part 2

Hello and welcome back! I have another watercolor stamping card to share. I used the same ink mix from my post yesterday, which was Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Strawberry Slush. I stamped the hexagon outline stamp in the ink, and then stamped the pattern onto a piece of Naturals White Cardstock. I also used the same ink mixture with the diagonal stripe stamp. Then, I stamped the greeting in Basic Gray onto Vellum Cardstock, and stitched it with some ribbon in the lower right corner, and pieces of ribbon were also stitched in the upper left corner.

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The card base is from Naturals White also, with a strip of the Basic Gray graph pattern adhered to the left edge. I adhered the whole stamped piece to the card front with Stampin' Dimesionals. The final touch were three Bermuda Bay candy dots.

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Stamping in Watercolor Part 1

Hello, and welcome back! Today I wanted to share a couple of cards I made by stamping in "watercolor". Watercolor is really trendy right now, and it's showing up everywhere. Plus, it's one of my favorite techniques. If I had more money, I would buy lots and lots of watercolor paintings. But, I would need bigger walls to hold them all!

So, instead I play around with watercolor in my creations. For this card, I chose the colors from the Kaliedoscope patterned paper collection, which are Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry as well as Basic Gray. The pink triangle and gray graph papers (behind the greeting) are from this collection.

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To start, I rubbed a swatch of the three inks onto a small pallette.

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Next, I added some water from a Stampin' Spritzer, just until the colors started to run together.

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And last, but not least, I set my stamp into the watered inks. I bounced it around in the ink a couple of times, to blend the inks slightly and to get good coverage on the stamp.

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I stamped the triangles loosely in rows, turning the triangle upside down and right side up as I went and varying the colors of ink I was picking up. I used Naturals White as the base, and used two separate panels of 4.25" x 5.5" for the front and back. I adhered the Strawberry Slush triangle print to the front and back, stitched the seams and then rounded the right corners. I love how it looks like a book cover.

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To complete the card, I colored the greeting with markers in the colors listed above, and then stamped onto a Naturals White cardstock rectangle. This was mounted onto the Basic Gray graph print and then mounted to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. Some candy dots in Real Red and Bermuda Bay complete the card.

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Well, that is all for today. I have another card to share with you tomorrow using this same technique. Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, in 3D!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I started my spring decorating today, even though there was some fresh snow on the ground from last night. I am so ready for Spring to arrive, but it's going to take a while longer to reach Illinois I'm afraid. So, I'll have to be content to have some Spring indoors. I put together a little hybrid ensemble to celebrate St. Patrick's Day using some downloads from MDS and some traditional paper supplies.

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I was inspired by the new color scheme at Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine's Blog, which I pinned to my Color Craze board here. I used Whisper White, Gold, Soft Sky, Gumball Green and Night of Navy from Stampin' Up! to match these colors.

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First, I started with the Lucky Framable Designer Template - Digital Download. I love this item! It comes with individual stamps for all of the sayings on the printable, but they are all put together in this subway style art piece for you. I was able to change the stamps to match my color scheme. It comes as an 8.5" x 11" design, but I reduced it to 5 1/4" x 7" before printing it out on my home printer on matte photo paper. I layered it onto Soft Sky Core'dinations Cardstock, and then covered the edges with gold washi tape.

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Next, I used my Silhouette Cameo e-cutter to cut out the clover stamp from the Luck 'O The Irish Ensemble - Digital Download. I sized the clovers to be about 2", 2.5" and 3" tall, and cut them out of 4" x 6" pieces of the Night of Navy Print in the Etcetera Designer Series Paper, a Soft Sky Polka Dot Print and Gumball Green Core'dinations Cardstock. I placed them with the same center point when cutting, so they would layer over each other, allowing each layer's pattern to be seen. I also used gold stripe vellum over the Gold Foil paper for the background. After I adhered all of the layers together, I added a gold glitter brad, and gold embossed the sentiment on a Night of Navy Cardstock banner. The last detail was the striped gold washi tape around the border.

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Here is what the pieces looked like before they were cut. I laid them out next to each other on the cutting mat so I could cut them all at once.

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After I cut the pieces above, I had the clovers below left over. So, I stacked them up with a little adhesive in the center over the gold stripe vellum and gold foil, and then adhere it all together with a gold glitter brad. I tied some gold embroidery floss around the top, knotted near the ends and then frayed them a bit.

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Well, that is all for today. I'll have some watercolor cards to share this week and another scrapbook page. Thanks for stopping by!

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Scrap It - Cold House Page

Hello there! Welcome back. I have another scrapbook page to share today, and actually it's another winter page! What can I say...we have had a snowy, cold winter ever since the beginning of December. We just got a fresh coat of snow last night into this morning! It's March people...I'm done with winter, but it's not done with us yet I guess. So, all that to say, I have lots of pictures of winter, and you'll be seeing more of them around here in the near future.

My page base is another piece of Whisper White Core'dinations cardstock. I started by piercing some overlapping circles with the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack. Next I adhered two of the patterned papers from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper. I pierced along the edges of each paper, and then hand-stitched a running stitch in the pierced holes with white pearl cotton floss.

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I printed the title onto Whisper White Cardstock, separating the letters in the word "cold" so I could punch them with a 1/2" Circle Punch. They are mounted onto little banners punched with the Banner Punch from Sale-a-Bration. Speaking of that...have you picked up your free Sale-a-Bration item with a $50 order? Time is running out. These items are only available until March 31st. All parts of the banner are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. The font is Candy Inc.

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I finished the page with some Candy Dots and journaling.

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Well, that is all for today. Maybe I'll do us both a favor, and pull out some of my beautiful spring pictures from seasons past to turn into the next round of scrapbook pages. So, is it still winter where you live?

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