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Can You Case It #72 - Sketch Challenge

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm sharing my project for the sketch challenge over at the Can You Case It blog.



I pulled out some new goodies for this project. Even though I'm sad to see the old colors and designs go, it's always a fun boost to my creativity to have new items to play with. I used a new hostess stamp set called Silhouettes and Script. The hat is stamped in a new color called Watermelon Wonder. The new paper is from the Cherry on Top 6x6 paper pad, and the lace is also new in Watermelon Wonder. The greeting is stamped in Basic Black ink, and trimmed out. I love the font that looks like label tape!

CYCI72 Sketch Challenge Silhouettes and Script birthday card by Marisa Gunn


A few individual Bermuda Bay sequins and Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments were added to the focal image to complete the card.

CYCI72 Sketch Challenge Silhouettes and Script birthday card by Marisa Gunn


Well, that is all for today. I hope you enjoy the sketch, and please join us at Can You Case It to share you own creation! Thanks for stopping by.

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Try It - Cool Like That Giftable Templates

Hello, and welcome back! Today I have a couple of gift bags to share that are from the Cool Like That Giftable Templates digital download from Stampin' Up! and are die cut using my Silhouette Cameo electronic die-cutting machine. If you own a Silhouette machine, you NEED this download. And, since Stampin' Up! is retiring their digital products, this is only available for a few more days through Tuesday, June 2nd.

Here is the first box. The lid is cut from patterned paper, and has the "yum yum" sentiment inserted into the center of the lid of the box before cutting it.



The bottom of the box is cut from Blushing Bride Cardstock. Some 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon finishes the box.


Here is the next box. I used the flower center for this box lid, and a different patterned paper. Then, I added a flower, flower center and leaf all stamped and die cut with the Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundle.



The box bottom here is also plain cardstock.



Another project I made uses one of the die cut bags, and the heart border. I have previously posted this to my blog, so you can click the link for details. I backed the hearts with patterned paper and used a gold mini clothespin to attach a stamped greeting, gold thread, gold sequins and some thick baker's twine. This was really simple, but I love how it turned out.



Well, that is all for today. If you would be interested in seeing some videos about how to cut these boxes and bags using your Silhouette, let me know and I'll work on another post with that information to share here and on YouTube. Thanks for stopping by!


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Can You Case It #71 - Color Challenge

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm playing along with Can You Case It as a challenger. The 71st challenge is to use two of the retiring 2013-2015 In Colors along with gold. I am really going to miss these colors, especially Strawberry Slush! I remember when it first came out, and I thought, "Ugh a bright pink." Now I use it all the time.



I started with a Crisp Cantaloupe card base, and then added a layer of Shimmer White Cardstock with a "watercolor smushed" background of Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush ink. I also splattered some Crisp Cantaloupe ink over the background for a little more of that color. Next I gold embossed the greeting onto Shimmer White Cardstock, punched it with a 2 1/2" circle punch and then layered it on a diecut of Gold Foil Paper.



Some gold thread, gold and Strawberry Slush sequins and Stamin' Dimensionals finish this card off.



Well, that is all for today! Thanks for stopping by, and hopefully you'll join us at CYCI with your own project celebration these fabulous colors!


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Playing Along with TGIF Challenges 3

Hello, and welcome back! I'm playing along with another challenge today. This time it's from TGIF Challenges, and the theme is cards for graduations as it's that time of year in the U.S.


I pulled out my Celebrate Today Stamp Set, and stamped the balloon in Strawberry Slush, a color that will be retiring at the end of May. I'm really going to miss this color. It's a little more pink than it looks in this picture, and it is a color that I grew to love and use frequently even though pinks aren't usually at the top of my list. I also used the word Celebrate! stamped repeatedly to make my own pattern on the card base. I stamped the balloon on the card base first, and then die cut a second one that is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals over the first.



I also stamped a balloon string in Memento black ink, and the small triangle image in Pink Pirouette. All of the ribbons hanging from the balloon were die cut from Vellum Cardstock, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Gold Foil Sheets and Gold Glimmer Paper. There is also a few strings taken from the Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine. It's hard to see, but I also pierced small holes around the balloon layer on all three sides.



Well, that is all for today! I'll have some other projects to share later this week. Thanks for stopping by!


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Playing Along with Freshly Made Sketches 186

Hello and welcome back! Today I have a quick card to share using the sketch for this week over at Freshly Made Sketches (see below).


I had an unused piece of water-colored Shimmer White Cardstock from a previous project, so that became the main element on this card. I think the colors of ink I used were Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight.



In addition to the background, I used one of the text patterns from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, using the Basic Gray text patterned paper in the slit in the middle of the card. The flower is also from the new Cotton Paper in Crushed Curry, with a Calypso Coral button in the middle. I used the Bouquet Bigz Flower Die to make the yellow flowers with. The greeting is from the Painted Petals Stamp Set.



Ok, that's all for today! I have more cards to share later this week. Thanks for stopping by!


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Can You Case It #70 - May Flowers Challenge

Hello, and welcome back! It's time for another challenge at the Can You Case It blog, this time with a May Flowers theme. As the designers, we could use floral stamps, floral die-cuts or even floral patterned paper. Just make flowers the highlight of your project, and then share with us by linking up your project!



I have a LOT of floral stamps that I could have used, but I surprised myself and used flower die cuts and a small strip of floral patterned paper instead. I was in the mood to make a bolder card. Also, my new Sneak Peak products from Stampin' Up arrived. So, the links below will be a little bare as several of the products aren't available for sale until June 2nd. I used two new colors, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush. Also, this is new Cotton Paper in these colors. I'd describe it as sturdy tissue paper. It die-cuts like butter, and you can crinkle up the petals and leaves and they will keep their shape. I used the front and back of a piece of Basic Gray patterned paper from the new Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. The patterns are this stripe/floral and polka-dots with a hand-writing pattern on the opposite side. I added a little bit of watercolor spatter in Basic Gray to the right side with my Aqua Painter.



For the flower center, I stamped the thanks sentiment from the retiring A Happy Hooray Stamp Set in Versamark, and then heat embossed it in white. Then, I sponged the Watermelon Wonder ink over the embossed design, and then punched it out with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. I also layered it onto two circles punched from the Vanilla Coaster Board for more dimension.



Well, that's all for today! Please join us at Can You Case It, and show off your floral creations. Thanks for stopping by.



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Try It - Simply Pressed Clay Part 3

Hello and welcome back! Today I have the third in a Try It Series about Simply Pressed Clay that I started back in January! It's about time I shared the rest of the techniques with you, and I have a tip sheet for you to download at the end of this post. So, let's get to it.

For this card, I used the alphabet mold with the Simply Pressed Clay. I just pushed the clay into each letter on the mold, and then pulled away as much of the excess clay as I could. Next, I put the mold into the freezer for about 30 minutes. I took it out of the freezer, popped the letters out of the mold and placed them on a plate to dry without fiddling with them too much. Allow the letters to dry overnight. Next I trimmed the edges down with a pair of scissors. You can also use some fine sand paper to sand off the rough edges. To add color, I covered them with a Stampin' Write Marker. I like to make my clay pieces in white, and then color them whatever shade I need for my project. But, you can also add ink to the clay before you mold your embellishment.



Here is the final project with the clay letters added. The stitched greeting and striped background are part of a Paper Pumpin kit.



This card has lots of texture, from the clay and the stitching. I love that these clay items are very light weight, and don't make my project heavy or out of balance.



Here are some other projects I made with the Simply Pressed Clay. Here, I molded the button, and then colored it with a Pool Party marker. The original post is here.



For this example, I colored the feather stamp with multiple colors of markers and then stamped it into the clay. Stamp it just deep enough to add the inked image to the clay. I also used an oval die to "cut" the clay by pulling the extra away from the outer edge after pressing the die into the clay. The original post is here.



Here I rolled out a thin layer of the clay. Then, I cut a small rectangle shape with a plastic knife, and I poked a small hole in one end. I inked up a small word stamp, and stamped it into the clay piece and allow it to dry. I added some Linen Thread to the end, and then adhered it to my spring banner piece. Original post here.



Well, that is all for today. You can click on the graphic below to download a sheet with all of these tips and techniques together. Thanks for stopping by!

Try It Simply Pressed Clay Graphic




Playing along with Can You Case It #69

Hello and welcome back! Today I have a card to share for the challenge over at Can You Case It. We're changing up the format, so every other week I'll be switching between being a team designer and a challenger. It should be fun!

This week is another sketch challenge using the image below.



I decided to use my favorite patterned papers again before they retire from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper. I also used the Cupcake Party Clear-Mount Stamp Set for the images, which has a matching punch. I did fussy-cut the little Happy Birthday pennant though. The yellow banner is stamped with the "party, party, party" phrase from the stamp set in Crushed Curry on Crushed Curry Cardstock. It's fun to use your stamped images to make your own simple embellishment in addition to using them for the focal point of the card.



I added some texture with the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, and also used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the greeting and the top of the cupcake and flag. The punch also has three little circles, so I added a scattering of those in Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist. So happy to have another birthday card for my stash! This one is notecard sized as 3.5" x 5".



Well, that's all for now. I have a few new posts scheduled for another Try It Series using the Simply Pressed Clay, which is on the retirement list. Hopefully it will inspire you to purchase it while you can! Thanks for stopping by today.


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Large 1 -3/8" X 5/8" Oval Punch
Large 1 -3/8" X 5/8" Oval Punch

Hello December Project Life by Stampin' Up Album Part 2

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm sharing the second half of my Hello December Project Life by Stampin' Up! album. I have even more pictures to share today, so this will be another long post!

I used the cork numbers here, and for the "0" in the "20" I used a snowflake epoxy sticker. The picture in the lower left is a picture of my parents' house with Christmas lights which I ran through the Waterlogue iPhone app. Love that! Below the "21", I used markers to color the diamond border stamp from the December Wonder Stamp Set.



I like to use Vellum Cardstock to add my journaling, on the dog photo above using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp cut it into banner strips, and below to write on a larger piece of Vellum Cardstock adhered over a journal card. I added one of the printed acetate overlays over a picture on the left side, and added some ribbons on the right side. I also used the Handheld Stapler quite a bit.



I used some more sticker phrases, and stamped on Vellum Cardstock using the "joy" stamp from December Wonder, and the "you can never have too much pie" from the Sweet as Pie October Paper Pumpkin Kit stamps.



I also used the Banner Punch to add a few little banners like the red one with the silver star sticker. I love these 6x8 full page photos, and add just a cluster of embellishments in the upper left corner. This was the Christmas Eve photo of the tree all lit up.



Here is the Christmas Morning photo of the tree...still pretty magical looking, and again I added just a small cluster of items in the upper right corner. I added some stickers and sequins to the cards on the right side.



For the two small photos together on the 3x4 print, I decided to add a small strip of Whisper White cardstock to separate out the photos a little more. I used more stickers and sequins on the journal cards here.



I used the Many Merry Stars set to make an embellishment, and stamped the Christmas verse using a set from Papertrey Ink. The "Holiday Calories Don't Count" stamp was also from the Sweet as Pie October Paper Pumpkin Kit stamps. I added another printed acetate overlay over the picture of my dog and placed a strip of Vellum Cardstock under it so the word "joy" would be more visible.



 More cork numbers, sequins, star stickers, Waterloque photo and a stamped title on Vellum Cardstock.



 I used a piece of matching Crushed Curry cardstock for the "Go Chiefs!" banner along with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.



 More wonderful embellishments used here include some wood stars, and some stamped stars in Crushed Curry ink on the lower right of the journal card.



 I worked in some more ribbon, stamped titles on vellum and the black polka-dot washi tape.



 There were so many embellishments in this kit. I still have several journal cards left and embellishments. I used most of two sets of the Variety Pack 6" X 8" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages and two 6" X 8" Project Life Envelopes Pages, and it all fits into the album nicely.



 Here are the last few photos. In the first envelope page, I put my Christmas postcard picture side up in the front pocket, and included all the photo Christmas cards that I received in the envelope.



 In the second envelope page, I put the back of my Christmas postcard story side up in the front pocket, and then included all the Christmas cards and letters in the envelope.



Whew...told you it was a long post! Now that I'm done with my Christmas album, I'm going to go back and work on my 12x12 Project Life pages for 2015. I'll also have some other projects to share here including some gift boxes and cards. Thanks for stopping by!


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Playing Along with TGIF Challenges #1

Hello and welcome back! Today I am playing along with a new challenge site, the TGIF Challenges blog. Congratulations to James and all the other designers on their new challenge blog. They have a color challenge this week using Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Pool Party...such fun colors!



I decided to add to my birthday card stash, and I wanted to use the retiring Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die to cut a grouping of butterflies. I also used the two butterfly punches and the Papillon Potpourri Clear Stamp Set for two of the larger butterflies. I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge set for the splattered background in Pool Party ink, and stitched randomly with my sewing machine on a piece of vellum over the splatter stamped piece.



The greeting is from the Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Stamp Set, and I added a patterned piece of paper cut with a label punch and a button to complete the card. I glued the middle of the butterflies only, and folded up the wings to add some more dimension to the card as you can see below.



Well, that's all for today. I have the second half of my Hello December Project Life by Stampin' Up! album to share tomorrow. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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