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Friday, July 25, 2014

Hello Honey, Brilliant!

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I grabbed two challenges and came up with a pretty cool, quick card. It took me awhile to decide on my papers. First I was stumped by the DSP choices because I had an embarrassment of riches. With the Moonlight paper stack and the Lullaby DSP selection, there were lots of Hello Honey patterned papers to choose from.

After choosing the DSPs I had trouble deciding on the background papers. I tried Chocolate Chip (too red), Early Espresso (that one was a close second), Hello Honey (washed out the DSPs too much), Whisper White (too much contrast), Soft Suede (close as well) and finally I ended up with Baked Brown Sugar. That choice was, of course, Brilliant! The Monochromatic color challenge from the folks at The Paper Players was the inspiration.

Once the papers were chosen, this card came together very quickly. I did have to rotate the squggly striped paper to make it diagonal, but that too, went quickly.

The team at Create with Connie and Mary came up with this simple sketch which is perfect for showcasing the DSP that is on sale this month.
To make the star stand out more, I cut a Whisper White one as a bright shadow. I also made a star trail with that great ribbon.  My high school art teacher, "Uncle" Dave as we referred to him (not to his face) would be quite disappointed. He hated when we drew "hairy suns" or "hairy stars."



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Be the Star (wood $28.95; clear $20.95)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Champagne Glimmer, Moonlight DSP stack, Lullaby DSP
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
Extras: Stars Framelits, Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Getting Scrappy!

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I had a bunch of scraps on my crafting table today and decided to put them to use for the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. Tissue paper from my Paper Pumpkin Box? Check! Leftover brad from June kit? Check! A shaving of a piece of Silver Foil from my garbage can? Check! And what do you get?  Awesomeness!

Yep, I made that flower out of scrap tissue! Talk about a bonus in your Paper Pumpkin Packaging! Love it.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: None
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Silver Foil
Ink: None
Extras: Big Brad from June 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, Large Polka Dot TIEF

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Loydean's June Swap

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Waaay back in June our group had our last shoebox swap of the catalog year. The theme was any new/in new catalog set. Loydean brought this cute card for us to make.

Super easy and super cute (even though I left off the DSP panel that was supposed to be on the Night of Navy card: oops!).

The crab and the lobster from this set are tres adorbes (is that a real language?) Anyone who gets this card can't possibly help but feel a little better.

Thanks Loydean!


Here's what we used to make Loydean's card:
Stamps: Sassy Salutations (wood $23.95; clear $17.95), Sea Street (wood $22.95; clear $16.95)
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Real Red
Extras: Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Circles Framelits, Rhinestones

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Four You, Mixed Bunch

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Well, well, well have I got something bright and beautiful for you today (okay, more accurately, bright and bold.

What I wanted to do for my post today was to try and use my Blendabilities markers. I don't have many open-design stamps, so my options are limited.  I've used both the Daffodil Delight and the Pumpkin Pie marker collections to color this blossom and the area surrounding it.

The colors from this card come from the DSP called Sweet Taffy. Don't forget that DSP is on sale this month.  The sketch comes from the folks at Retro Sketches. My little FORK BOW is in honor of the challenge over at SUO (Stampin' Up! Only).

Here's that close up of that BOW!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Four You (wood $14.95; clear $11.95), Mixed Bunch (wood $27.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy DSP
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Extras: Blossom Punch, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Markers

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin Kit Came!

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I do have to say that the last two kits I got from the Paper Pumpkin subscripton through Stampin' Up! have been awesome! My plan is to post the suggested projects the Monday after I get my box, then each Monday following I'll post something else using items from the kit. So, welcome to my first Paper Pumpkin Monday!

Here's what I made:

In my kit I received enough to make six cards AND six boxes!  The item list is as follows:
  • Wish Big Stamp Set
  • Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Spot
  • 6 white card bases
  • 1 sheet of border stickers (the diagonal stripe)
  • 2 sheets of blue stickers (WISH, Hearts and Stars)
  • 1 sheet of silver foil stars (40 star outlines and 40 stars)
  • 12 die-cut round tags
  • 6 printed boxes
  • White 5/8" Satin Ribbon (6 yards)
  • White Baker's Twine (7 yards)
  • 6 white envelopes

All for $19.95!  But wait! If you are a first time Paper Pumpkin purchaser, you can get the next TWO kits at half price. Check out the promotion link here. This is a limited time offer. If you'd like to see the corporate video about this kit click here.

And, for close ups: here you can see the WISH stickers and the border stickers pretty well. Birthday and For You are both stamps in the set.

Here you can see the round die-cut tags, a star sticker and a foil star outine, as well as a tiny star stamp that came in the set.

Check me out on Pinterest here. Just a heads up, I'm starting a Pinterest Board for Paper Pumpkin Subscribers only. You'll get an invite as soon as I can get some projects posted.

Paper Pumpkin is better than ever!  C'mon over next Sunday, July 27 for a Paper Pumpkin Playdate at my place. I've ordered an extra kit this month in case you want to get in on the action!



Here's what I used:
July 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit (and that was it besides scissors!)


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Simply Sports for My Big Boy

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I've got the young one home from basketball camp and the next day I sent the eldest to a lacrosse tournament.  I made him this card in his team colors...kinda. I substituted Silver Foil for the gray that is on their uniforms. I tucked this one in his bag, but the chances of the 13 year old in a dorm with his buddies opening the bag to get clean unders in it is slim.

The sketch was a simple one from the folks over at Freshly Made Sketches. This was perfect for this set.

This close up shot is better of the Silver Foil. Also, for this stamp, I markered the image in Night of Navy and Pear Pizzazz. The lacrosse stick then had a white section through the player's body that I colored free hand after stamping. 



Here's what I used: 
Stamps: Simply Sports (wood $29.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink: Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz
Extras: Circle Framelits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon, Silver Ribbon, Arrows TIEF

Saturday, July 19, 2014


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I am just learning how to use Pinterest and am learning quickly!  Yesterday I pinned a cute card to remind me to do a block to paper technique. Lo! and Behold! my pinspiration turned into a card for a couple of challenges.

The challenge inspiration were from Clean & Simple Stamping (300) and Fab Friday (46)


This is the card that reminded me to try this technique again; it is by Kim Cagle. I didn't realize I'd used the exact same stamp until just this minute! I  only remembered the pastel colors and the block stamping... weird how the brain remembers and then doesn't remember that it's done so.
Stamp and Sew For Fun - Watercolor Technique using Stampin' Up! Clear Blocks and Ink Refills. Feel Goods Stamp Set.

And my card again, because I kind of like it! To do this, I markered in the three colors then sprayed a mist of water on the block and the paper. Then I stamped the block directly on the paper.  I let it dry really well before adding the embossed sentiment.
So if you do pinterest, follow me!  I'm laurainstanwood and I've got a few different stamping boards started. Someday soon I'll figure out how to make a cute little button you can click to get you there.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Feel Goods (wood $25.95; clear $18.95)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush
Extras: Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush Thick Baker's Twine, Gold Sequin Trim, Black Stampin' Emboss Powder


Friday, July 18, 2014

'bout Time, Sister!

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For our last Busy Bee Group Shoebox Swap way back in June, my sister Sharon designed this great card for us to make. Funny, we don't talk before, but we both used vellum and pre stamped it so the ink wouldn't smear at the swap. We're totally connected ... in the mind.

This card was awesome!  It uses two new In Colors and some great DSP from the Moonlight DSP stack. Simple and beautiful! I think I like it so much because it is pretty without being frilly. Clean lines and rich colors make this right up my alley.

We've got a lot of family from different places coming and going this week. So, thanks to my sister, I was still able to have a post ready for today! I guess putting off some things helps once in a while.



Here's what we used to make Sharon's card:
Stamps: Another Thank You (photopolymer $15.95), Flower Shop (wood $23.95; clear $17.95)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP Stack, Vellum Card Stock
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Extras: Circle Framelits, Pansy Punch, Rhinestones, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon

P.S. I'm super excited! My newest Paper Pumpkin kit is due to arrive ANY DAY NOW! If you want to take a peek or play with me, I'll be having a Paper Pumpkin Playdate on July 27th at my place. Let me know if you want to come by!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Christmas Bliss in July

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Hand Stamped Sentiments and Colour Me...! were my inspirations for this card. I've also brought back one of my favorite sets, Snowflake Soiree to accompany a brand new photopolymer set, Christmas Bliss.

The shine of the foil paper is hard to capture. I've tried again. You can also see the great snowflake and rhinestones better in this photo. Snowflake Soiree is still available though it is not in a current catalog.  Get it while you can!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Christmas Bliss (photopolymer $15.95), Snowflake Soiree (wood $29.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink: Island Indigo, Smoky Slate
Extras: Stars Framelits, Circle Card Framelits, Stylish Stripes TIEF,  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestones, Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon, Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon