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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Swaps!

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I participated in another group's swap last month. This group's leader is in Longview, but I must be in her downline somehow...I get the emails at least.  The theme for August was DSP. This card by Sherron K. made nice use of DSP on this simple, yet striking card.

Also, my boys started school Tuesday. Here they are posing for their first day of school picture. That is Jack on the left (first day of middle school- sixth grade) and Coop on the right (old pro at middle school - 8th grade). Yep, those are my boys and they are AWESOME!



Here's what Sherron used to make her card:
Stamps: For All Things (wood $ 24.95; clear $19.95)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Color Me Autumn DSP
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Extras: Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape, Linen Thread



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Endless Wishes, Work of Art & Paper Pumpkin

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I've been hard at work this past weekend making samples for our Busy Bee Stampin' Extravaganza which is being held on October 18, 2014. Click here if you still need registration information. You may be able to guess which set my (and Carol B's) project uses by taking a look at this card... or maybe not. Only one set is used on our Extravaganza project. This card uses three.

I CASEd this card from one I saw on Stampin' Connection by Diana C. Her original card rocks a lighter color scheme.
Work of Art - Thank You

The rhinestones, though small and relatively few, add a little bling to the mayhem of colors and spots. This is my first non-Christmas card I've got to show that I've made with this set. There are others... so keep checking my blog.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Endless Wishes (photopolymer $15.95), Work of Art - large dot (wood $29.95; clear $21.95) and Seriously Amazing - small dot (August Paper Pumpkin Kit)
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon
Extras: Rhinestones


Monday, September 1, 2014

Wondrous Wreath Bundle

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Today I have a successful experiment to show.  I've been seeing a lot of layered die cuts and have been wanting to give it a try.  This card is made with a great bundle: Wondrous Wreath and the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.

See how that Noel greeting is layered?  I cut four (five?) Noels out of Cherry Cobbler card stock on which I had used a self adhesive sheet. Thus, each die cut was in effect now, a sticker. It was very easy to lay one right on top of the other. (Easier than I thought it would be by leaps and bounds.) Finally, I did a Gold Foil sheet layer in the same manner and presto! A greeting with dimension! 

The wreath framelits and stamp set work together wonderfully, but only if you know how.  Check out this video that shows you the trick to this coming out perfectly every time. By the way, if you don't subscribe to Stampin' Up!'s YouTube channel, you should. They have lots of great tips over there.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: **Wondrous Wreath (photopolymer $25.95)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets, Under the Tree Specialty DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi
Extras: **Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Transfer Adhesive Sheets, Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon

** Bundle Price: Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer + Wonderful Wreath Framelits ($43.25; 15% savings)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Endless Wishes Joy

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I saw a cute birthday card on Stampin' Connection and wanted to use the design.  I also wanted to use our new framelit set called Wonderful Wreath. This is the card that blended those two wants....

We made this at last week's Beach House Stampin' and it was a great success.  To get the Joy to stick, we used adhesive sheets (page 204 of the Annual Catalog). Basically, it is a sheet of double-sided tape. You stick on side to the back of your card stock and then cut your design. After the design is cut, you peel the other side and presto... Joy sticker! It was not difficult at all to do.

The splotch from Work of Art is Marina Mist. It was stamped off once before stamping onto the Whisper White panel.

This was the card that was my inspiration. It is by Gloria K.
Endless Birthday Wishes



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Endless Wishes (photopolymer $15.95), Work of Art (wood $29.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink: Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Extras: Wonderful Wreath Framelits


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Loydean's August Swap

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This one is a faux shaker card by Loydean W. She made this for our Busy Bee Barbeque swap in August. Loydean is quite a talented lady.

It is called a faux shaker because rather than building up a layer of cardstock and using window sheets etc. Loydean just used a tiny zip lock bag and filled it with a tag and some sequins. You still get fun, shaking action without all of the work.



Here's what Loydean used:
Stamps: Merry Everything** (wood $21.95; clear $16.95)
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Whisper White, All is Calm Specialty DSP
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Extras: Frosted Sequins, Note Tag Punch**, Whisper White Cotton Ribbon, Tiny Zip Locks (not Stampin' Up!)


**Purchase Merry Everything & the Note Tag Punch together and get bundle pricing (save 15%! wood $32.95; clear $28.95)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Color Me Autumn Washi

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This is a super-simple card, but I really think that it is great. Just right for any quick need. We made this one at Beach House Stampin' last weekend.

I like how the Gorgeous Grunge splatters show through the tape a little bit.  I did CASE exactly this one from Dorte Kessling off of Stampin' Connection.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Good Greetings (Hostess set for parties over $300 through October 31, 2014), Gorgeous Grunge (wood $24.95; clear $17.95)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White Notecards
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Extras: Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape, Linen Thread, Sweetheart Punch, Household stapler/staples


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Christine's August Swap

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Here is another card from our group's swap in August. This one was made by our fearless leader: Christine E. The rich, bold colors are beautiful and Christine did a great job getting good coverage on thos Blackberry Bliss Flowers.

Christine also did some nice layering on that Bloom. I also think it was a nice touch to grab a center from another flower set and use it here. Best of all, all of these shapes were cropped using punches rather than the Big Shot. Sometimes I forget how great the punches are since I love my Big Shot sooo much! Thanks for the reminder Christine!

Beautiful work!


Here's what Christine used on her card:
Stamps: And Many More (wood $36.95; clear $26.95), Beautiful Bunch (wood $27.95; clear $19.95), Bloom for You (wood $9.95)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP stack
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey
Extras: Extra Large Oval Punch, Fun Flower Punch, Modern Label Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Rhinestones, Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jocelyn's Kinda Eclectic

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Tuesday night we had a Busy Bee Extravaganza meeting, which means Extravaganza is on our horizon! Invitations will be sent out shortly. Keep your eyes open for more information. Since I was at a meeting last night, I'm posting another card from the Busy Bee BBQ swap we had in August. This beauty was made by Jocelyn R.

Jocelyn's card really grabbed my attention. I love the combination of colors and images she used.  I love the double-time sunburst stamping effect on the oval layers. (Jocelyn actually stamped the sunburst first, then cut out the oval and popped it up on another oval. And I also love the way the whole thing came together.



Here's what Jocelyn used:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (wood $27.95; clear $19.95)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon
Extras: Ovals Collection Framelits, Rhinestones, Pearls, Linen Thread, (something that Jocelyn colored the butterfly's pearls), Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Color Me Autumn Washi Tape


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit (Day 4)

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This is the last sample I'm going to show of the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit...for now. These last few days I've shown cards that were made as the kit's instructions suggested. Who knows what kind of other samples I can make from these great supplies.  I'll probably come back to the kit in the future because the elements are awesome and I need to practice my watercoloring!

I love the details on this card. From the two layers of trees, to the glimmer "happy" to the subtle woodgrain texture on the large panel, this card has a little bit of everything.

I am planning on having a World Card Making Day celbration at my house on October 4 from 10:00 to 5:00. Just purchase a kit after September 5th with my hostess code (that I cannot get until September 5th). Kits are on pages 196-203 in the yearly Idea book and Catalog and on pages 36-39 in the Holiday Catalog. For the celebration, just show up and bring your kit (or another project you've planned), adhesives and scissors and I'll provide a place, stamps and ink as necessary. There will be a drawing for hostess benefits, so someone out there may earn $25 in free product (or more!) Join us!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Watercolor Winter Too (Photopolymer $11.95)
Paper & Extras: Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Old Olive