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Saturday, April 19, 2014

My April Swap

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We had our monthy shoebox swap last night. The theme was masculine or juvenile. This was the card I brought for othere to make.

I grabbed the colors from the Color Throwdown. I was trying to see if I could make something that had a masculine feel and also had pink on it.  I actually think it turned out to be more of a juvenile-looking card.


I really liked the Thanks stamp with the arrow along with the arrow folder. If you're coming to the Beach house, you'll be making one of these bad boys!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Hip Notes (wood $14.95; clear $11.95)
Paper: Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Melon Mambo)
Ink; Basic Gray
Extras Banners Framelits, Rhinestones, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon

Friday, April 18, 2014

CASE of Amiee C.

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I've got another CASE for you today. There was something about this card that really caught my eye. Here's mine:

As is my rule, I had to make some adaptatons to the original. For example, I used different stamps for my circles of color. I think Amiee used stamps from a Paper Pumpkin kit in hers. Here is the original from Aimee C.:

I really loved the off-set corner!. I like white on white, but sometimes feel it is too subtle, This treatment is the best of both worlds. I see in this closeup that my dog may have left one of her hairs in this picture!

Other changes include the color of blue used and the arrow.  I hope you like this card!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Just Sayin' (wood $29.95; clear $18.95), My Friend (wood $27.95; clear $19.95), Oh, Hello (wood $25.95; clear $18.95)
Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Brights DSP Stack (Pacific Point)
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Black StazOn
Extras: Circle framelits (to create mask for chevron circle), Word Bubbles framelits, Label Card Framelits (for arrow shape), Rhineshones, Brights Candy Dots, Envelope Punch Board (for corner rounding)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Simple CASE

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Todays card is a case of one I saw on Stampin' Connection. The original artist was Dianne S. Here is my version.

As is often the case* with my CASE projects, I didn't have the same stamp sets as Dianne used so I had to improvise a little.  Here's the original card. I like her Backyard Basics layered butterfly. I'm not totally sure, but I think one of those butterflies is from the "Best of Butterflies" set that is no longer available. I also don't know where that cute five-petaled flower came from, but I like it!
You're One In A Million

I tried to double-layer my butterfly using the Beautiful Butterfly Bigz Die, but the shapes weren't quite right. I opted insted for an almost invisible Crumb Cake shadow.



*I crack myself up! :)

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge (wood $24.95; clear $17.95), Papillon Potpourri (wood $18.95; clear $14.95), Petite Petals (wood $15.95; clear $11.95), Really Good Greetings (wood $18.95; clear $14.95)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo
Extras: Elegant Butterfly Punch (though I considered using some bling...)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Retro Angles

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I hopped over to the Retro Sketches blog for today's inspiration. At first my card was too plain, and now I think I may have overdone some of this!

I had some fun playing the angles today. The Basic Gray pieces are cut with the Perfect Pennants BigzL die. This view shows my best stamp-a-ma-jigging. Those two greetings are pretty lined up. The other two lines needed a little more attention to detail I suppose.

The card seemed pretty masculine to me, so for my bling I went a little metallic. I used Basics Glimmer Brads and Candy Dot Brad Bases as well as some rhinestones.  I chose this view to show close-up because the other brads are too close to my most misplaced stamping!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Delightful Dozen (wood $32.95; clear $24.95), Positively Chevron (wood $17.95; clear $13.95)
Paper: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler
Extras: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Rhinestones, Basics Glimmer Brads, Candy Dot Brad Bases, Perfect Pennants BigzL


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Masculine Marine

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This here card is number six of the projects we shared with our Stampin' Extravaganza guests back on March 22. We always try to include at least one masculine card for these big events. This one was great!

I am pretty sure Loydean brought this one to our group at project selection night. It was well liked from the beginning. I believe the only change made to the original was the shade of blue we used.

I really like the layered stamping both on the main Vanilla panel but also there in the lower right corner with the woodgrain, anchor medallion and coral fan all overlapped.



Here's what the team used:
Stamps: By the Tide (wood $27.95; clear $19.95), Hardwood (wood $17.95; clear $ 13.95), Perfect Pennants (wood $29.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede
Extras: Burlap Ribbon, Naturals Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread, 3.4" Circle Punch

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tag a Bag Gift Boxes

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Back on March 26 I participated in an online stamping event. I pre-orderd the All Wrapped Up bundle from the Sale-a-Bration flyer, logged on to YouTube and watched and stamped along with many other stamers. One of the greatest things we learned was how to alter the sizes of the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes. This link with take you to a shorter version on the instructions. The box on the left is the size of the box you order, the one on the right has been shortened and the one in front is even shorter.

I made almost all of this with the items in the bundle. The exceptions were the "Gee, Thanks" stamp that come from the aptly named set, "Really Good Greetings" and the Bermuda Bay ink I used with it.

Box 1: Normal Size is nearly 7". This was super fast and easy. Just stamp once, layer some tags and tie a bow. Couldn't be cuter either.

Box 2: shortened to about 4-1/2" tall. Also cute and easy. This one has the ribbon tied in the opposite direction but sticks with the layered tag concept.

Box 3. This one is 3" tall. I've turned this one on its side for the label. The Baker's Twine and mini clothes pin comes in the Accessory Kit as well. These boxes all seem just right for packing some Easter treats!  I'd better get going on that!

Check out the video. The directions were very easy to follow. I love when you find new ways to use products. All of the products in this bundle are available through May 31. We're counting down to the new catalog going live on June first. I don't get mine until the end of this month and I CAN'T WAIT!



Here's what I used:

All Wrapped Up Bundle:
Stamps: Oh, Goodie (wood $10.95; clear $8.95)
Paper: Tag a Bag Bundle (Bags + Accessory Kit), Tag a Bag Box Bundle (Gift Boxes + Accessory Kit) 
Ink: Gumball Green Pad, Smoky Slate Marker.
Extras: Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon and Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon

Beyond the Bundle:
Stamps: Really Good Greetings (wood $18.95; clear $14.95)
Ink: Bermuda Bay

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Late Post... Travel Delay

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My eldest and I got home very late last night after his State Science Team competition so I took the morning off today.  It's a long drive from the eastern side of the state... especially when the awards ceremony went past 7:00 p.m.

The card I made today is a scrappy little thing. I'm still trying to use some of those Tag a Bag Accessories. Can you spot them here?  I've used the little between strips from the Smoky Slate Paper Tape as my stripes. I like how it turned out!

The sketch is from the Mojo Monday challenge blog. I'm getting this entry in just under the wire today. As always I altered this a little. I stacked those three elements and couldn't get a banner layer to look quite right so I abandoned that all together.

The happy spring colors come from the Colour Me! team.  This is a perfect spring combo because our weather is a bit like this. We'll have a couple of gray days and then for a minute the sun will break free.  Today is beautiful! And yep, that is a fork bow.
My bright flower has a great French knot for its center. Hope you like it!


Here's what I used:
Stamps: Lots of Thanks (wood $22.95; clear $16.95)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Brights DSP stack (Daffodil Delight)
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Extras: Tag a Bag Accessories Kit (Smoky Slate strips), Blossom Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon

Saturday, April 12, 2014

SAB Extravaganza Project #5

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This is the fifth of our seven Sale-a-bration Extravaganza projects. My sister, Sharon, along with Jessica and Pam worked on this project. The card is bold enough to be called masculine, but not necessarily so. I believe it was a big hit.

There were lots of elements to run through the Big Shot. I believe the team pre-ran the Argyle texture for the customers. The gold Starburst and Hearts-a-Flutter banner came though the machine at one time and I think the rest may have been punches. I'm not sure if the Starburst on the banner was done for the customers in advance or not. The large rhinestone at the top really packs a punch.

Down below, they used smaller rhinestones as an accent that draws some attention all the way across the card.



Here's what they used:
Stamps: Starburst Sayings (wood $25.95; clear $18.95)
Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Fancy Foil Vellum
Ink: Island Indigo
Extras: Argyle TIEF, Starburst Framelits, Hearts-a-Flutter Framelits, Circle Punches (2-1/2", 1-3/8", 1-1/4", 1", 1/2")


Friday, April 11, 2014

Bright and Wonderful!

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I think I mentioned a while back that I wanted to post some of my projects that I made with the Tag a Bag Bags, Boxes and Accessories. I'm also back trying to do some more challenges. All of that came together for this card. Sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches, Colors from Create with Connie & Mary and of course, I used my Tag A Bag Accessories Kit as well.

The only things I added/changed about the sketch today were adding an extra Daffodil Delight layer and using a tag shape instead of the rectangle. I think that's pretty close... for once!
For the colors, I went whole hog BRIGHT! I feel pretty good about the ratios I used. I played around with having a Tangerine Tango layer instead of the Daffodil Delight. I opted (obviously) for the Daffodil Delight.

The other great thing about this color combo it that it is bold enough to warrant using the In Color Dahlias. Those babies are retiring with the colors in just a couple of months! I'm excited to see the new colors that will be in the new catalog.

I'm also pretty happy with the use of those splotches... It makes it look like I goofed a bit. Which fits because.... the card may not be perfect, but I hope that it makes someone feel wonderful!



Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge (wood $24.95; clear $17.95), Perfect Pennants (wood $29.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Brights DSP (Tangerine Tango), Tag a  Bag Accessories Kit (striped banner)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
Extras: In Color Dahlias (Gumball Green)