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Monday, April 13, 2015

Testing Testing

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After a week off, I'm trying out the new computer for blogging. It required learning how to use a new photo saving and editing system as well, so fingers we go.

Today's card was really an afterthought. I stamped all day yesterday but forgot that today would be a Paper Pumpkin Monday, so last minute I went back to create a Paper Pumpkin card.  I used the sketch from Retro Sketches, but won't enter this one. I'll try another later this week.

Well, just learned that my downloading to the Stampin' Up! server needs some sort of revamping. I had to import this photo quite differently... I'm including this photo of my old dog, Sprite. We lost her last week and I keep looking over my shoulder to see her.  We were lucky to have her for nearly 15 years.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Layers of Gratitude (February 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit)
Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Tuxedo Black
Extras: Hexagon Punch (flag ends), Rhinestones


Monday, April 6, 2015

Technical Failures!

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My computer at home went belly up this weekend. We limped it though, but when I tried to do my post last night, it kept dying... I had to re-start it about 8 times before I decided to hit the hay. So today, I'm at work with my son's computer, no camera and no way to make a picture post. I think my Matt is getting a new computer this afternoon or maybe tomorrow. We have to do it this week since I haven't done the taxes yet... Aargh.

Enjoy your day!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Treats and Waiting

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We've been here prepping food and festivities all morning for our Easter party, And even though it is 3:45, my family looks a little lonesome. The other 10 guests are no where in sight.  Hopefully soon.

This is my family...waiting.

Did you see the cute treats on each person's plate?

My friend Carol B. showed me how to make these cuties.  I just stamped each person's initial and tied it up. In my close ups, they both use the Coastal Cabana ribbon, but half of these (14 total) used the Crushed Curry ribbon. Thanks Carol B!




Here's what I used to make the treats:
Stamps: Sophisticated Serifs (photopolymer $45.95)
Paper: Whisper White, Best Year Ever Sale-a-bration DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Extras: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hello You!

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I spent most of my stampin' time last night working on the Easter table place holders and will show those tomorrow, so today I have a Clean and Simple card for the Clean & Simple challenge.

I went with the Birthday Bash suite again. The background paper is from the DSP and the cross-card strip is pieces of the Washi Sheets over white paper.  The colors are obviously also from the DSP. Below is the challenge sketch.

For the sentiment I used the Hello You Thinlits, but this time when I cut it I remembered two (awesome) things. 1) I remembered to use wax paper to prevent the paper from sticking in the die. And 2) I remembered to use some adhesive sheets first so that the hello is actually a home made sticker which makes sticking that guy down sooo much easier.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: None
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Specialty DSP
Ink: None
Extras: Hello You Thinlits, Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets, Subtles Candy Dots (Calypso Coral)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Daddy!

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Today is my Dad's birthday. He's 79 and is probably the smartest person I know. I love this paired sentiment from Guy Greetings. It is perfect for Daddy.


On the front I used two different woodgrain pieces from the Adventure Bound DSP Stack (light and dark). On the tag I inked up the woodgrain embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink and did a direct to paper type thing under the wrenches.  The yellow string is from March's Paper Pumpkin kit.

Inside I just stamped off the wrenches a couple of times to give the lighter wrench image under the sentiments.

A scrap of the dard wood sheet is paired with whisper white on the sentiment piece here.



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Guy Greetings (wood $51.95; clear $38.95; photopolymer $25.95)
Paper: Whisper White, Adventure Bound DSP Stack
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Extras: Note Tag Punch, Yellow Embrodery Thread (March Sew You Paper Pumpkin Kit)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Your Perfect Day

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This is one of the cards that I got in the March Busy Bee swap. The theme was wedding or baby.  This card was made by Christine Ekrem, our Queen Bee.

I actually think that I got a pretty good image of the Brushed Silver card stock. That subtle sparkle really makes this card beautiful.



Here's what Christine used for her swap:
Stamps: Your Perfect Day (wood $24.95; clear $16.95; photopolymer $15.95)
Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate (under the ribbon), Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Ink: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Extras: Silver Taffeta Ribbon, White Organza Ribbon, Happy Heart TIEF

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Beach House CASE

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At Beach House stampin' I did a case of a card I showed last week on my blog. I didn't have the right color of ribbon, so when faced with a great sketch and concept, you adapt!  This is what we came up with.



Here's what we used:
Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts (wood $26.95; clear $18.95)
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Sheer Perfection DSP Stack
Ink: Basic Gray
Extras: Pear Pizzazz Cotton Ribbon

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pretty Boxes!

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This box was made with our Gift Box Punch Board. It came together really quickly. The paper I used is the Irresistibly Yours Sale-a-bration DSP. We sprayed the paper with Wild Wasabi ink mixed with rubbing alcohol. The flower had the same treatment with Calypso Coral.

I think I was most proud of this little flower. I made it using the White Filter paper and a scallop hole punch. Others at the Beach House Stampin' Day used various flower framelits with great results.  The "leaves" are actually the Gift Bow Punch's tails.  But the best part was a last minute addition of that little Calypso Coral pom pom from the pom pom trim!



Here's what we used:
Stamps: none
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Irrestibly Yours Sale-a-bration DSP, White Filter Paper
Ink: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi
Extras: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Bow Builder Punch, Spritzers, Calypso Coral Pom Pom Trim, Silver Mini Brads


Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Challenges!

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I made a super-cute clean and simple spring card today that satisfies the requirements of many challenges.  I got my sketch from Can You Case It?, the colors from ColourQ and a lot of my elements from The Paper Players.

The first two challenges were simple. I only moved my focal element a tiny bit to satisfy this sketch. For the colors, I opted for the current Wisteria Wonder and lighter Pear Pizzazz rather than retired Pale Plum and darker Old Olive.


But, where I really rocked it was on The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I did EIGHT of NINE squares on this bad boy and the card doesn't even look like a crazy jumble.  I considered going back and adding dry or wet embossing, but I thought I better leave well enough alone.

I've got yellow, pink and blue; polka dots and flowers (layered); ribbon, die cuts (letters) and sequins! Awesome!



Here's what I used:
Stamps: Layers of Gratitude (Paper Pumpkin Kit February 2015)
Paper: Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder
Extras: Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kit (leftover letters watercolored in So Saffron & Sequin), Pear Pizzazz Cotton Ribbon, Pearl, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Dots and Stripes Decorative Masks (for lining up my polka dots