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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Painted Sunflowers--#tgifc133

For this week's TGIF Challenges sketch, I pulled out my Painted Harvest stamp set and created a Thanksgiving card:


Here's the fun sketch:

See more cards using this sketch on the TGIF Challenges Blog.

Here's my supply list:
Painted Harvest Bundle, #146021, includes at 10% off:
     Painted Harvest stamp set, photopolymer, #144783
     Leaf Punch, #144667
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Kraft from the Merry Little Christmas 12" x 12" cardstock pack, #144622
Wood textures designer series paper stack, #144177
Ink:  Cajun Craze, #126965; Crushed Curry, #131173; Soft Suede, #126978; Old Olive, #126953; Pear Pizzazz, #131180
Subtles Enamel Shapes, #141679
Layered Leaves dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #143704


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Colorful Winter Snowflakes

The Inspire.Create.Challenge this week is a fun color challenge:  Island Indigo, Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White.  I don't know why, but when I saw the colors my mind went right to snowflakes and would not budge.  So a snowflake "just because" card is what I made (my mind is a stubborn thing sometimes):

I used snowflake images from Colorful Seasons stamp set in two colors and added the tiny snowflake images from the Carols of Christmas stamp set in Soft Sky to create the background.  I added sparkle with snowflakes die cut out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Fun discovery:  as I removed the little bits of glimmer paper from the die cuts, I realized the perfect circle throw away pieces made great little sparkly snow drops for my card.

Here's where you can see more fun projects using this color combo:
Inspire.Create Stamping Challenges.

Here's my supply list:

Colorful Seasons Bundle, #145348, includes at 10% off:
     Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143726
     Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies, #143751
Carols of Christmas stamp set, clear mount, #144804
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Island Indigo, #122923
Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, #135315
Ink:  Island Indigo, #126986; Flirty Flamingo, #141397; Soft Sky, #131181
Flirty Flamingo baker's twine, #144356
Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, #145372
Layering Circles Framelits dies, #141705


Friday, November 10, 2017

Creation Station OnStage Swap--Best Birds

Today is the second day of OnStage, the November global demonstrator convention held in Salt Lake City this year (with OnStage Live one-day events held in various locations in our other markets).  I am sad that I was not able to attend this year--I so hoped I could meet the North American members of the Creation Station design team in person.  However, I was still able to participate in our swap.  I mailed my swaps to a team member and she will take them to the meet-up at lunch today. 

Our swap parameters were:  Annual Catalog products, full cards, and "fancy, wow, and showstopping".   A TALL order!!!  I decided on watercoloring, embossing paste and Best Birds with some dazzling diamonds glitter, gold metallic thread and a few pearls thrown in:


I can't wait to get my swaps from the other gals on the Creation Station team!  I'll be sure to share them here or on my Facebook pages.

It's a good day!  Hope you have one, too.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Neutral Palette--#tgifc132

This week's color challenge at TGIF Challenges is a neutral one:  Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.  As is my wont, I thought about how I would use these colors as I walked my dog early in the morning.  I started picking up leaves in neutral colors and looked at them closely.  This little bowl of leaves became the inspiration for my card:

Notice how the leaves are mottled with neutral colors?  I decided to use the baby wipe technique to recreate this look on my leaves.  I placed a baby wipe in a lid, added drops of Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake inks to the baby wipe and, thus, created my own multi-colored ink pad.  Here's how my leaves and my card turned out:

If you look closely at my bowl of leaves, you will see a bit of gold on the leaves, so I chose to add some gold foil leaves to my mix of neutrals.  To create my mottled background, I used a sponge brayer to sponge Soft Suede ink onto the inside of the Woodland embossing folder before inserting Sahara Sand card stock and running it through my Big Shot.

Be inspired by more neutral projects over at the TGIF Challenges blog.

Here's my supply list:

Colorful Seasons Bundle, #145348, includes at 10% off:
     Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143726
     Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies, #143751
Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, #121043; Soft Suede, #115318; Crumb Cake, #120953
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
Ink:  Soft Suede ink pad, #126978, and refill, #115663; Sahara Sand ink pad, #126976, and refill, #105220; Crumb Cake ink refill, #121029
Metallic Enamel Shapes, #141678
Linen thread, #104199
Sponge Brayers, #141714
Banner Triple punch, #138292
Woodland textured impressions embossing folder, #139673

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hearts Come Home--#GDP111

The Global Design Project theme challenge this week is Family Time.  The Hearts Come Home stamp set celebrates an important family gathering, so I thought it was perfect for this challenge.  Here's my card, a double z-fold card made with this stamp set and coordinating Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies:

I wanted to create a snowy scene, so I chose Night of Navy as my card base, adding a layer of vellum card stock that I embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I added gold accents to the Night of Navy and Whisper White card with sequins and Gold Foil layered behind the houses and church.   I added a piece of Whisper White card stock to the back of the card for space to write a message to the card recipient.

Enjoy a celebration of family time over at the Global Design Project blog.

Here's my supply list:

Hearts Come Home Bundle, clear mount, #146068; includes at 10% off:
     Hearts Come Home stamp set, clear mount, #145416
     Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies, #144671
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Night of Navy, #100867; Vellum, #101856
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
Night of Navy classic ink pad, #126970
Metallics Sequin Assortment, #144214
Softly Falling textured impressions embossing folder, #139672
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706


Creation Station November Hop--Perfect Packaging

Welcome to the Creation Station design team November Blog Hop.  This month we are sharing ideas for Perfect Packaging.  To see all the team members' great ideas, just click on the "Next" or "Back" buttons at the end of my post and each post thereafter until you've seen each one.

My idea of Perfect Packaging is something easy, but still with a great WOW factor.  That means lots of cellophane bags with fancy tags, plus a few fancy packages underneath the tree.  

The Merry Little Christmas Suite in the Holiday Catalog is designed for gift packaging.  I think I used every single product in the suite to create my packaging.  I love everything about this suite!  And I love that we have so many other accessories that coordinate with this suite.

At the top of the photo are my gifts wrapped with the fantastic  6" X 17" gusseted cellophane bags (in the Annual Catalog) and tied with fancy tags.  These are perfect for bottles of wine or sparkling sodas.
  You might not actually need a cellophane bag for a bottle of wine, but I think it makes the gift a bit more special.  They are also perfect for lots of different food gifts--including homemade breads and a batch of my homemade granola (I cut a couple of inches off the top of the bag for my granola).

For each of my tags I started with a 6" X 2-7/8" piece of designer series paper and a same-sized piece of card stock for backing.  I adhered the two pieces together using Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  I die cut the top end of the tag using the largest size of the Lots of Labels Framelits. To cut just the top, you place the top of your piece under the end of the die leaving the rest of your piece over the die.  I usually keep mine straight by using a piece of retired Washi Tape to hold the die and the card stock stable on the cutting pad.  You roll the piece into the Big Shot only until it cuts the top end (you might hear it click as it cuts that top edge), then roll it back out.  That way you will not get any grooves from the framelit on the other end of your tag.  

Here is a close-up of the tag on my gift of wine: 

For this tag, I used a piece of the Jingle Bells sheet music pattern in the Merry Music specialty designer series paper pack layered over a piece of Whisper White Thick card stock.  I added a strip of 7/8" Basic Black and Whisper White striped ribbon to one side of my tag.  The Old Olive trees were die cut using the Card Front Builder thinlits.  The greeting is from the Merry Little Labels stamp set.  I stamped it in VersaMark and then heat embossed it with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I die cut it using the second largest circle die in the Stitched Shapes Framelits, then layered it over a silver Foil Snowflake from the Year of Cheer Suite.  I tied the bag closed with a piece of Silver 3/8" Metallic-Edge ribbon, pulled the ribbon through a hole I punched at the top of the tag and tied it in a bow.  Before I tied the bow, I slipped on a silver Mini Ornament strung from a piece of Basic Black solid baker's twine. 

Here's the tag on the bag of granola:

My tag base is the Basic Black and Old Olive plaid pattern from the Merry Little Christmas designer series paper pack layered on Kraft card stock exclusive to the  the Merry Little Christmas 12" X 12" cardstock pack.  I added another strip of an Old Olive pattern from the same paper pack on the side before I die cut the tag top.  I added some Kraft die cut trees, a little deer image from Carols of Christmas stamp set stamped in VersaMark, heat embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, and die cut using the Card Front Builder Thinlits. The greeting is also from the Merry Little Labels stamp set.  I stamped it in Versamark, heat embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and punched it out with the coordinating Everyday Label Punch (you can purchase the stamp set and punch in a bundle at 10% off).  I layered the greeting over a second label punched out of Basic Black,  To finish off the tag, I added Basic Black solid baker's twine and some Black Rhinestone Jewels from the Spooky Night Suite.  I used a metal twist tie to close my bag securely.  Then I wrapped Jute Twine around the bag to cover the twist tie, tied it in a knot, brought the ends through the hole at the top of my tag and tied it in a bow.  

One elegant tag and one rustic tag!


The 12" X 12" Merry Little Christmas card stock pack came in handy to create my little gift box.  It is Kraft as the bottom and a Merry Little Christmas paper pattern as the top. These little boxes are very easy to make and rather than giving you the instructions, I'll refer you to this video by Stampin' Up!'s resident gift box guru, Donna Griffith.  I've been making these boxes for years, but Donna gave me some great tips.

Once, I had my box, I created a belly band with a black and white leaf design from the Merry Little Christmas paper.  Then I went all fancy decorating it.  I tied on some of the 7/8" striped ribbon for my bow.  This ribbon has wired edges so it is easy to make your bow look extra special.  I tied a mini ornament to the bow with Linen Thread and tucked in a Green Sprig behind it.  I used the Pretty Pines Thinlits to die cut an acorn layered in Basic Black and Silver foil and a leafy shape in Old Olive.  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to create my tag in Whisper White.  The Old Olive ornaments were stamped using an image from the Carols of Christmas stamp set. The "for you" image is from the Blooms & Wishes stamp set.

The last little package is part of our Christmas dinner tradition.  I truly enjoy seeking out a perfect little gift for each dinner guest to wrap as a place marker at the dinner table.  Sometimes each gift is very different, sometimes they are all similar, like Christmas socks or bars of locally made soap.  But my gift to myself is always the same:  a box of chocolate covered coffee beans--my Christmas treat:

The Merry Music Specialty designer series paper is perfect for wrapping small gifts because it is a lightweight paper.  All of my dinner gifts will be wrapped in this!  I used a simple decoration of Silver 3/8" Metallic-Edge ribbon, a mini ornament tied to the bow with Silver Metallic thread, and my name tag.  For the tag, I die cut the smallest ovals in the Layering Ovals framelits in Whisper White layered on Silver Foil and added a Silver Metallic enamel shape.  Journaling Pens are perfect for writing in the names.

I just realized that I didn't use one product in the Merry Little Christmas Suite on this blog post--the Acetate Card Boxes.  I'll have to get busy with some card sets or find a perfect necklace to fit inside one.  Then fancy some of these up for gift giving.  I'll show you what I make later--but maybe you'll see some on this hop!

I hope you've gotten some great ideas here.  Now continue around the blog hop for more great packaging ideas.

Next up is Valerie Moody!

Or go Back to Sara Levin . . .


Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Today, I made my first eclipse card!  It's Technique Time over at TGIF Challenges and it was just the challenge I needed to try out this very popular card technique.  It was fun to do:


The Lovely As a Tree stamp set has been around longer than I have been a demonstrator and it was one of the first stamp sets I purchased.  So, every year I make a Christmas card with this set--my own stamping tradition.  This time I stamped the multi-tree image in VersaMark and embossed it with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I love the copper with the Garden Green pattern from the Be Merry designer series paper pack and the Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments (I unwound the wreaths to frame my "JOY").

Once I embossed the tree image, I arranged my Large Letters Framelits on the card stock, adhered them with a bit of retired Washi Tape and die cut them with the Big Shot.  I layered my Whisper White thick card stock piece on Copper foil, then adhered the center of the die cut "O" directly to the copper foil.   I mounted the letters over the cutout shapes with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

If you want to be wowed by more of these wonderful eclipse cards, head over to the TGIF Challenges blog.

Here's my supply list:
Lovely As a Tree stamp set, wood mount, #128655
Whisper White Thick card stock, #140272
Be Merry designer series paper, #144111
VersaMark ink pad, #102283
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, #141636
Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments, #144176
Large Letters Framelits, #141712