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January 2013

Ribbon Flower Card

Temperatures have been warm the last few days and the snow around our place is melting. I thought I'd celebrate with this bright and cheery ribbon flower card!

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The flower was made entirely of ribbon scraps that I had in my ribbon stash.  I simply started out by attaching a punched 1 1/4" scallop circle on my Crumb Cake card front to use as a guide for placement of the ribbon.  I folded 2"-3" long strips of various polka dot ribbon in half.  Then, I placed them around the punched circle, securing the ends with a little bit of SNAIL adhesive.  The stem and leaves are scrap pieces of Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon.  To create the bottom of the card, I simply placed a piece of Sticky Strip to the top of a strip of Certainly Celery striped ribbon.  I then peeled off the red backing on the Sticky Strip and accordion folded the ribbon.

Quick and easy and a great way to use up ribbon scraps!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Pennant Parade

Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: Jewelry, 1 1/4" and 7/8" Scallop Circle punches, scraps of ribbon, Sticky Strip, button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Early Espresso Core'dinations Swallowtail

We have a quick and simple sketch this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used Stampin' Up's Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock and Stampin' Sanding Block.  First, I rubbed the sanding block over the card stock, sanding away the upper layers and leaving a nice textured and vintage looking background.  The swallowtail was stamped using Versamark, then heat embossed using white embossing powder.  Simple, simple.

 

Here's the original sketch

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Swallowtail background, Loving Thoughts (MDS download)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock

Accessories: white embossing powder, heat tool, Stampin' Sanding Block, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Dimensionals

 

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Iris Folded Christmas Ornament-Merry Monday Challenge #47

I am very honored to be the Guest Designer this week over at the Merry Monday challenge site!

Our sketch was a Tic Tac Toe challenge.  We could use any of the boxes, up, down or diagonally in our design.

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I chose to work with the upper row, "Blue, Dry Embossing and Snow", for this Iris Folded Christmas Ornament.

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For the "blue" in the challenge, I used some of my blue-patterned scraps of paper from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Pack.  The card base is Bashful Blue and the greeting is stamped in Island Indigo.

I embossed the background for the ornament using my Big Shot and Northern Flurry embossing folder for the "dry embossed" part of the challenge.  This embossing folder also took care of the "snow" part of the challenge.

Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite techniques. For more Iris Folding instructions, along with a video tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE.

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Four the Holidays

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo (for the iris),Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Circle Spellbinders Nestabilities (non SU!),flower and rhinestone brads, paper piercing tool and mat, rhinestone, Dimensional

The ornament was made using a basic Iris Folded circle pattern and can be found HERE

 Thanks for looking!

Happy Stampin'!

Fingerprint Heart-One Layer Wednesday "Doodle Up" Challenge

This week's challenge over at One Layer Wednesday is called "Doodle Up!"  We were asked to add a "doodle" to our one layer card. What fun!

This 3x3 Valentine's Day card is my contribution:

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For whatever reason, I instantly thought a postage stamp heart would be fun for this challenge. That thought moved in the direction of making a fingerprint heart.  Have you ever tried making fingerprint art?  Maybe with your kids or grand kids?  It's a little messy (nothing that water won't clean up), super simple and a lot of fun!

Here's how:

For this card, I started out by making a postage stamp template.  I simply punched out a piece of card stock using my postage stamp punch.

I set it on my card base and sponged on some Pink Pirouette ink.

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I then made a heart template using my Big Shot and the small heart out of the Hearts Framelit Collection.  I laid it on my sponged background,

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inked up my finger tip using Raspberry Ripple,

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and "stamped" my finger on one side of the heart template.  I reinked and "stamped" the other side of the heart.  Removed the template, and I had a perfect fingerprint heart!

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For the "doodle", I simply drew around the edges of the postage stamp background using a black fine tip marker.  I added the postage amount of .02 using the marker and stamped the greeting using Raspberry Ripple ink.

I made a few to send out as thank you or Valentine cards in February!

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Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: All Holidays

Ink: Pink Pirouette, Raspberry Ripple, Basic Black marker

Paper: Whisper White (card measure 3 x 3)

Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelit, Postage Stamp punch, sponge, finger tip!



 

Happy Stampin'!

Sweet Threads Nacho Average Color Sketch #30

A bright and cherry color sketch is on display this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge site!

Colors are Real Red, Baja Breeze and Primrose Petals.

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Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used the new Sweet Threads embroidery kit in the current Spring Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up!  I instantly knew I had to have this kit when I first saw it in the catalog.  I used to embroider as a kid, and this kit brought back all kinds of good memories.  Once the kit arrived, I got busy making fun cross-stitch cards.  (see my posting on December 29 for more details)

I knew I wanted to use the cupcake cross-stitch die cut for this color challenge.  The colors of the embroidery floss included in the Sweet Threads kit are Primrose Petals and Lucky Limeade.  Lucky Limeade was not part of the challenge, so I had to come up with another plan to get Pool Party into the mix.  I have some white, silky string in my embroidery supplies (yes, from when I was a kid.  I saved it all!), so I decided that I would dye it using Pool Party reinker!  I placed the string in a baggie with several drops of the reinker and a little bit of water and let it set for an hour or so.  Once it dried, it was not quite dark enough, so I simply ran my Pool Party marker over it.  Voila!  Pool Party embroidery floss!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 

Supplies Used ( all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Essentials

Ink: Real Red, Pool Party reinker and marker

Paper: Pool Party, Real Red patterned paper (from one of the older Hostess Paper Patterns Pack-I liked this paper because even though it is Real Red, the lighter part of the design looks like Primrose Petals)

Accessories: Sweet Threads Simply Sent kit (cupcake die cut pattern, Primrose Petals embroidery floss, embroidery needle, Dimensionals), white string (non Stampin' Up!)

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Summer Solstice "Friend" Challenge

This week's challenge over at Less is More is "Friends."

I wanted to use the stamp set Summer Solstice because of the greeting found in the set, "We meet no ordinary people in our lives."  I thought this sentiment was very appropriate, especially after I attended a funeral for a neighbor this week. The small community of Wetmore is mourning the loss of a very special lady and friend, Carolyn Shellenberger. 

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The flower color combination is Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze, which came directly from my Color Coach.   This one makes me smile.

Technique: Masking

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Summer Solstice

Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery

Paper: Baja Breeze, glossy white

Accessories: Post-it-Note, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Single Stamps! Assortments #3 and #4

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Stampin' Up! has issued 2 new assortments of never-before seen single stamps.

Available now through March 31!

 

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Click Here to view Single Stamps Flyer, Assortment #3

Click Here to view Single Stamps Flyer, Assortment #4

Single stamps won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).

This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.

The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer.

 

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Chevron Happy Birthday-Seize the Birthday Challenge #2

Time to create those challenging masculine-themed cards this week over at Seize the Birthday .

Here's my contribution:

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I needed a card for my nephew's upcoming birthday, and I didn't want a lot of fancy stuff on the card!  Just a clean and simple design. This week's sketch was simple and to the point!

To create the chevron pattern, I layered Cajun Craze and Island Indigo card stock to a Sahara Sand card base.  I then ran the whole thing through the Big Shot using the Chevron embossing folder.  This way, the pattern is lined up without any fuss. 

I wanted a simple and to the point greeting as well.  I didn't like the greetings in my stamp supply, so I simply created one in my word processing program.  I  printed it out on Sahara Sand card stock and cut out using the Big Shot and one of the Labels framelit dies.

Done, done and done!

Here's the sketch:

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Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Greeting: computer and word processing program (non SU!)

Ink: Cajun Craze (sponged on greeting)

Paper: Sahara Sand, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo

Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Labels Collection framelits, Cajun Craze button, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Fine Feathers-CASology Blue Challenge

"Blue" is our color challenge this week over at CASology.

I''m kind of partial to blue as Blue is my maiden name!  So, I had to participate in this challenge.

 

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Technique: Masking

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Sets: Fine Feathers, Essentials

Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze (color combination taken right off the Color Coach)

Paper: Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Circle brad, 1/8" hole punch, Mini Glue Dot

 

Happy Stampin'!

Pennant Punch Trees-Merry Monday Sketch Challenge #45

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It seems odd to be making Christmas cards already, but that is the point over at the Merry Monday Challenge site.  Make Christmas cards throughout the year, so by next Christmas, you'll have a stash of cards ready to go!

So, here's my contribution to this week's sketch:

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This card was inspired by the view outside my living room window here at our small house in a big forest.  We received just a bit of snow last night so there is a light dusting on the ground.

The trees were punched out of scraps of designer series paper using my Petite Pennants punch.  The background and landscape pieces were embossed using my Big Shot and Snow Flurry embossing folder.  I always have a slight panic attack whenever there are those pesky banners in a sketch.  I have such a hard time with them as my points never seem to be even.  I actually think I did a pretty good job on the banner for this greeting.  But, I won't tell you how many tries it took me :)

Here's the sketch:

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Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Four the Seasons

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Bashful Blue, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Flurry Embossing Folder, Circles Nestabilities (non SU!), Petite Pennants and Star punches, rhinestone, Dimensionals, sponge

 

Happy Stampin'!

Rain or Shine Shaker Card-Nacho Average Sketch Challenge #29

Week 29 over at the Nacho Average Challenge site, and we have a sketch challenge!

Here is my contribution:

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I love, love the new stamp set "Rain or Shine" from Stampin' Up! (found in the Spring catalog), and this sketch is perfect for creating a shaker card.

I started by cutting out a frame out of Baja Breeze card stock covered with a layer of Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper using my Big Shot and Labels Collection framelit.  I then stamped my images on a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 3 3/4" x 3 1/4".  I then cut a piece of window sheet the same size, 3 3/4" x 3 1/4".  I attached the window sheet to the back side of the Baja Breeze frame using SNAIL adhesive.

Now for the fun part-creating the shaker pieces.  I started by punching some Gumball Green, Rich Razzleberry and Baja Breeze card stock using the Pierced Hearts punch.  When you use this punch, you are left with a bunch of itty, bitty punched hearts.  I collected them in a pile and realized that I would have to punch a whole lot of them to fill the shaker card!  So, I got out my 1/16" hole punch with the intent of punching a bunch of little holes.  What was punched out would be what I used in the frame.  I then realized that the hole punch had a little compartment where all the pieces that I have punched over the years were stored!  I simply opened up the little door, and out came a pile of itty, bitty circles that would easily be enough for the card.

Here's the pile! Isn't this pretty??

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Once I had my shaker bits and pieces, I added some Shaker Frame pieces around the edge of the back side of the window sheet.  The Shaker Frames come in various circles, so I simply snipped the circles, opening them up to long pieces, then fitting them around the edges of the window sheet.  Once that was done, I carefully put all my shaker pieces on top of my stamped image, keeping them towards the center of the image.  After peeling off the backing on the Shaker Frames, I simply laid the upper frame over the stamped image.  The shaker pieces are in between the window sheet and and stamped image.

Because the Whisper White card and window sheet were larger than the the Labels frame, I simply trimmed away the edges to match the frame.  I then cut another frame out of Rich Razzleberry and 2 of the Labels framelits.  I attached this frame around the Baja Breeze frame, covering any of the excess window sheet.

Here's the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin'  Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Rain or Shine

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Gumball Green

Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Shaker Frames, Pierced Hearts Punch, 1/16" hole punch, window sheet

 

 

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Fabric Strip Flower-Seize the Birthday Challenge #1

Have you checked out Seize the Birthday, a new challenge site dedicated to birthday cards?  This site will help to inspire you to make birthday cards all year long with fabulous feminine and masculine themes. February is a busy birthday month for me, so I will definitely soak up the inspiration!

This is my contribution to this week's sketch:

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I saw the idea for this fabric strip flower over at Becky's Inking Idaho blog site, and immediately knew I needed to make one (or several!)

This flower is so simple to make.  Here's how:

Start with a strip of fabric about 8" long and 1 1/2" to 3" wide, depending on how big you want your flower to be.  For the flower on the card, I started with an 8"x3" piece of fabric.  For this mini tutorial, my fabric measured 8"x 1 1/2".

Apply a strip of Sticky Strip along one of the long edges on the back side of the fabric.

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Remove the red backing on the Sticky Strip and and fold the fabric in half.

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Apply another strip of Sticky Strip along the upper raw edge of the strip.  Then, cut from the folded edge up to the Sticky Strip, about every 1/4".

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Remove the red backing on the Sticky Strip and roll the strip along the Sticky Strip side.

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When done, fluff the flower.  You can trim off the strings or pull to ravel them for a more shabby chic look.

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Here's the original sketch:

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Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Real Red Print Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Candy Cane Christmas fabric, Sticky Strip, scissors, Real Red button, Pool Party Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dot

 

Happy Stampin'!

Class in an Instant-Ciao, Baby! Masculine Card Class

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To order January Class in an Instant-Ciao, Baby! Masculine Card Class, please click here

Do you get frustrated trying to make the perfect masculine cards for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and other occasions? Worry no more – with this tutorial, you have the challenge beat!

Combine the bold graphic patterns and colors of the Parker’s Patterns Designer Series Paper to create stylish cards. These cards were designed with the men in your life in mind, but you’ll find they are great for anyone.  With this bold set, you’ll have those hard-to-design masculine cards on hand for special occasions. Enjoy!

Cost of the Class in an Instant is only $9.95.

 With this tutorial, you will learn to make:

-4 Cards

-1 Envelope Style Card Box

This tutorial includes:

-Detailed instructions with step by step photos

-Envelope-Style Card Box Tutorial

-Bonus ideas and samples for creating alternate projects using different color combinations,themes   and stamp sets for many personal styles

-a complete list of supplies, along with the opportunity to purchase the featured products for these   projects at a 15% discount

 With the purchase of January's Class in an Instant, you may purchase the following product at a 15% discount through February 9, 2013. Regular shipping (minimum $6.95) and taxes apply.  This discount cannot be combined with any other offers, stamp clubs or workshops.  Product will deliver direct to US customers only via UPS. Please Email or call (719-784-2275) me to place this special order.

129645 Ciao, Baby! stamp set (wood mount), regular price $17.95, discounted price $15.25

129648 Ciao, Baby! stamp set (clear mount), regular price $13.95, discounted price $11.85

Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper, regular price $10.95, discounted price $9.30

122334 Simply Scored Scoring Took, regular price $29.95, discounted price $25.45

125586 Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, regular price $11.95, discounted price $10.15

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To order January Class in an Instant, Ciao, Baby! Masculine Card Class, please visit here

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Ready, Set, Snow!-CASology Winter Challenge

This week's CASology challenge is "Winter."  Here in the high country of Colorado, nothing says winter more than snow!  So, I made a snowflake card!

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The snowflakes were cut out of Island Indigo and Pool Party Designer Series Paper using my Big Shot and Snow Flurry die.  I used a Vintage Faceted button, one of my all-time favorite accessories, tied with Island Indigo Baker's Twine in the middle for a little sparkle.  The greeting is from Best Wishes and More.  This stamp set is retired, and I had to get into our storage room to get it out of the box of retired sets.  I knew it would go perfect with the snowflake theme, so it was worth the little extra effort!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Best Wishes and More

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Island Indigo and Pool Party Designer Series paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Flurry die, Vintage Faceted Button, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Rain or Shine-Nacho Average Color Challenge #28

We have a color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge Site-Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade!


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Here's my contribution

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For this card, I used my brand new stamp set Rain or Shine and Cloudy Day Textured Embossing Folder, both found in the latest Spring Catalog from Stampin' Up!  

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Jenni

Rose

Sharon

Tammy

 Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Rain or Shine

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade

Paper: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist

Accessories: Big Shot, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

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Black, White and a Touch of Color Rain or Shine-Less is More Challenge #101

This week's challenge over at Less is More is to use black and white with a touch of color.

Here's my contribution:

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In my opinion, you can't go wrong with the color combination of black, white and red!

Supplies Used (all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Stamp Set: Rain or Shine

Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Black marker

Paper: Whisper White-one layer!

Accessories: None!

 

Happy Stampin'!

Quick and Simple Thank You Cards

Here's an idea for making quick and simple thank you (or any occasion!) cards.  It's a great way to use up scraps of Designer Series Paper.  Thanks to Tammy Fite, my Fabulous Upline for sharing this idea.  It is brilliant in its simplicity!

 

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Supplies Used

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) and scraps for greeting, Twitterpated DSP (5 1/4 x 4), Cherry Cobbler scraps for greeting

Accessories: Modern Label and Scallop Oval punches, Dimensionals

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Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Pacific Point

Paper: Whisper White (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), scraps for greeting, International Bazaar DSP  (5 1/4 x 4), scraps for greeting

Accessories: Modern Label and Scallop Oval punches, Dimensionals

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Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Baja Breeze (4 1/4 x 4 1/4), Twitterpated DSP (4 x 4), Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler scraps for greeting

Accessories: Modern Label and Scallop Oval punches, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

More Amore-Iris Folded Heart

I am very excited to be a part of the new Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Design Team!

What is Splitcoaststampers? 

Splitcoaststampers is an online community of crafters who readily share their love of paper-crafting. 

Need an idea or inspiration?  Check Splitcoaststampers! 

Want to learn a new or revisit a stamping technique?  Check Splitcoaststampers! 

Need a crafting question answered?  Check Splitcoaststampers!

You get the idea, right?

Be sure to check out the great projects by the 2013 Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew HERE.  You don't need to be a member or log on to see the gallery.  My submissions can be found on pages 5&6 HERE.

One of our first challenges was to create a card using one of the Designer Series Papers found in the new Spring Catalog from Stampin' Up!

I chose More Amore Speciality Designer Paper and created this Iris Folded heart card just in time for Valentine's Day!


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For the heart pattern, iris folding instructions, along with a video tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page HERE


Supplies Used ( all supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
Stamp Set:  Seasonal Sayings
Ink: Primrose Petal
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Pool Party, Red Glimmer, More Amore Speciality DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Owl Builder Punch, Dimensionals, heart pattern for Iris Folding
Happy Stampin'!