TGIFC100 - Casing Mercedes!

Hello and welcome back! Today is a special day over at the TGIF Challenges Blog. It's our 100th challenge! Isn't that amazing. To help celebrate this fact, we are highlighting the blog's founder Mercedes Weber. Mercedes has fabulous style, mixing in lots of layers, shabby chic goodness and fun details.


I chose to copy this card from Mercedes' blog. I loved the bold stripes in the background, the layers with a doily, flower and circle greeting, and the banners as well. So, I copied those elements. I used the Cool Treats suite of products which are some of my favorite products from this Occasions catalog! I used the Crumb Cake striped paper from the Neutrals paper pack, over a layer of Peekaboo Peach Cardstock as the background. I covered the stripes with a layer of vellum to tone them down just a bit. Next, I layered a Watermelon Wonder doily, and a piece of the cute strawberry/cherry patterned paper from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

Friendship card featuring the Cool Treats Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! by Marisa Gunn

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TGIFC98-Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! It's time for the next TGIFC#98 Challenge based on this cute sketch.


I love this whole Cool Treats Suite with the Cool Treats Stamp Set, Frozen Treats Framelits Dies and Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. I haven't made too many creations with it yet, so it's about time I used it. Honestly I just stared at all of the cute dies for awhile, and tried to figure out which ones I wanted to use. (I feel a big card set coming on, so check back next week!)

Birthday Card featuring the Cool Treats Stamp Set from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn for #TGIFC98.

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TGIFC96 - Designer Challenge

Hello and welcome back! I'm back this morning with the next TGIF Challenge 96. This week it's #96, a designer challenge with the talented Bibi Cameron as our inspiration!


I just loved her card trio that was highlighted in the graphic below, so I took my inspiration directly from that set.


I copied her lovely card layouts, but I used butterflies instead of flowers for my main images. I stamped the butterflies in Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder and Basic Gray.

Set of friendship cards featuring the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn for TGIFC#96

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TGIFC90 - Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm back with the next sketch challenge for the TGIF Challenge Blog. We're at challenge #90!


I took a few liberties with the sketch, and moved my focal point away from the center a bit. Hopefully you can still see the resemblance to the sketch! I stamped rows of the plants from the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set using Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay inks. Below this background, I added a strip of Bermuda Bay Cardstock and the Sweet Sugarplum ribbon from the Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack.


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#TGIFC82 - Theme

Hello and welcome back! So, today I have some exciting news. I have joined the Design Team over at TGIF Challenges! There is a fabulous group of designers there, and I'm so excited to start working with them on a regular basis. I've participated in the past with as many challenges as I could fit into my schedule, as they have some really fun and unique challenges!

So, today's challenge is a theme / inspiration challenge. We started with this graphic.


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Playing along with TGIF Sketch Challenge 68

Hello and welcome back! I'm sharing a project I made for the TGIF Challenge Blog using the Thoughtful Branches bundle and their Sketch Challenge #68. Have you seen all of the terrific samples made with this limited time bundle? Here and here are links to two blog hops with lots of amazing samples made by this year's Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team if you need more temptation to purchase these items! Get it while you can, as it is only available until August 31 (while supplies last).

This is the great sketch that I started with today. Diagonal designs are very popular right now, and this was a lot of fun to work with.


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OSAT Blog Hop - Dog Days of Summer

Hello and welcome back! Today is our monthly One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop, and our theme this month is the Dog Days of Summer! I think some on the hop will also share some ideas for Back to School projects, so you'll have lots of interesting things to see. I went with the summer theme, and inked up a new set I have called Pop of Paradise. I colored the pineapples with a few different colors of yellow and green markers, spritzed them with water and then stamped. This gives the fruit lots of variations in color, and it gives the card more interest I think.

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Summery card and gift box with tag featuring the Pop of Paradise stamp set from Stampin' Up by Marisa Gunn

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