Chinchilla Out with a Color Challenge

The first day of May 2020 feels like it needs some CHEERFUL colors, and the TGIF Challenges team delivered just what the doctor ordered: 262

This pIayful palette called for something light-hearted, and the Witty-Cisms stamp set was the first to come to mind- that chillaxing chinchilla image has been begging for me to ink it up!

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It was so adorable in just a simple color-block, that I wondered how it would look with a little texture. Grabbed two of my favorite embossing folders and made a stepped-up version:

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Which one do you like best?

I’ll be sad when this stamp set retires on June 2nd because it has such clever greetings paired with adorable drawings! If you love it as well, sign up for my Witty-Cisms VIRTUAL Class in the mail HERE before May 15th: It includes instructions and supplies for 6 cards, the stamp set, Everyday Label Punch and 4 Stampin’ Blends Markers. This Chinchilla card is a bonus one you can make at home now!

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Heads up: Both of the embossing folders are retiring too, but the good news is that a NEW Die Cutting/Embossing Machine is coming soon!!!

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Be a Gold-Dipper!

I’m sorry to say that Sale-a-Bration 2020 is almost over, but the crafting will continue because we are all still stuck at home (thanks, Covid-19): Are you prepared to keep making pretty things? If not, you have a few more hours to earn Sale-A-Bration rewards by shopping in my Stampin’ Up! store! It all ends March 31st at midnight, Mountain Time.

To end with a fun technique, I’m playing along with TGIF Challenges and their “Gold Dipped” #tgifc257 challenge:

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I chose to demonstrate this card LIVE on my Creative Juice Facebook Page today, so you can watch the replay by clicking the link. Hint: There is a giveaway, too!

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The Butterfly Punch is a newly added option for Sale-A-Bration and I paired it with the Power of Hope bundle (another S-A-B option you could choose free): IMG_5053-(W)

It’s kind of hard to see, but the gold embossing powder is really shiny!IMG_5056-(W)

I’ve been mailing a card (or two or ten) each day during the quarantine and I think the sentiment inside is perfect for keeping us going:

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Play along with this challenge- or any other- to keep your sanity! Crafting (and sending something you’ve created to someone else) will get you through this lonely time.

Reach Out From Home

Just because we are quarantined doesn’t mean we are alone: It’s a blessing that we can talk on the phone or via video and MAIL a card! I challenge you to make and mail a card each day you are stuck at home thanks to Corona Virus!

I chose to combine my card today with a challenge: Why not expand your creativity at the same time you are doing a service?

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Cute sketch from TGIF Challenges, eh? The Peaceful Poppy Suite is the one I chose again because I wanted a card to match the frame I made here…it will be a birthday card and gift for my friend Carolyn!

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It’s going to be perfect and I’m off to package it so it can make it’s way to Canada! IMG_4878-(W)

Heartfelt for Valentine’s Day

Are you ready to spread some love? That was my first thought when I saw the Global Design Project Color Challenge, since those colors just happened to be out on my desk anyway:

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This is the card that was born:

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You may notice an image that isn’t in the Heartfelt stamp set (the heart outline that says “with love”)…that was from the January “I’ll Bee Yours” Paper Pumpkin kit and coordinates with the Heart Punch Bundle, and it felt perfect for the project:IMG_4394-(W)

If you are planning to shoot a few Valentine cards off, you need to get your supplies ordered soon! IMG_4401

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A Beautiful Difference

It only takes one person to make a difference in your life for the better: A mother, a teacher, a friend…any of them could touch you in a way that changes your course in a beautiful way.

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The sentiment on the card I created today for the #TGIFC246 Sketch Challenge could be perfect for anyone who has helped you in your life while they are here are when they are gone:

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The meaning changes with what you add on the inside of the card: Happy Birthday, With Sympathy, Happy Mother’s Day.

Whatever you want to say, this card is a simple way to express your feelings.

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Poppies in Berries

Feeling “berry” pleased to share one of my favorite suites from the new Mini Catalog with you today as I participate in the #tgifc245 color challenge: 245

Truly, I vowed not to buy any more floral stamps when the January-June Mini Catalog was about to be unveiled…and then my willpower flew out the window when I saw the Peaceful Poppies Suite:CM101025B

Yesterday I demonstrated the “spotlighting” technique on my Facebook page during my Monday Lunchtime LIVE Crafting with a different card, but carried the idea into the color challenge today: IMG_4273-(W)

HOW TO: 

  1. Cut two pieces of Very Vanilla card stock, 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 2-1/2″ x 3-5/8″. Layer the smaller one on top of the larger one with a bit of adhesive in the middle to hold together just while stamping the outline images of the poppies using the Rich Razzleberry ink pad.
  2. Remove the smaller layer and color with Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends, then layer together on the card with the largest scalloped die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.
  3. Emboss your sentiment on a strip of Blackberry card stock for the top and add a few of the coordinating sequins.

It’s really easier than it looks!

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I’ll be back with more poppy-inspired crafts soon, meanwhile, I hope you’ll get your fingers inky, too!

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A Watercolor Rose For Christmas

I’ve been looking for an excuse to try watercoloring on darker paper, and the Global Design Project color challenge #GDP213 gave me the perfect reason to pull out the Aqua Painters!

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This is also a sneak peek at a NEW product suite coming on November 1st and I’m using the “Christmas Rose” stamp set from that breathtaking collection:

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It looks sumptuous, doesn’t it? But it was surprisingly simple! I embossed the outline image on the top and bottom of the Smoky Slate card stock in white, then did a quick watercolor wash with an Aqua Painter and a few drops of Whisper White ink over the places I wanted to color. Once that dried, I picked up the colors with my cleaned Aqua Painter and started to add the color.

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The embossed image helps keep the ink in place and the colors just POPPED off the paper! I practically broke my arm patting myself on the back, it turned out soooo pretty!

After multiple ribbon variations, I settled on a flat “mailing” bow to finish it off, and dressed up the inside of the card like this:

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This is also going to be one of the cards we make at my Christmas Card Class on November 9th in Spanish Fork, UT:  if you register for the class, you’ll find out how easy it really is!

Cardinal in Blue

Driving parallel to the Utah Rocky mountains this week I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road and not on the breath-taking colors on the mountains! Naturally, I decided to create a card to pay homage to the fall foliage and the #GDP210 sketch seemed like a great place to start:

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I’ve been wanting to use the cardinal from the Toile Christmas Stamp set in a color other than red, so that’s where I started:

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I don’t know who I’m sending it to yet, so I opted for a simple sentiment and can write whatever I want inside later.

Sponging a bit of white ink on the trees embossed with the Woodland embossing folder gave the feeling of walking through a grove of aspen trees, which are in glorious color currently. IMG_3373-(W)

Hope the leaves in your corner of the world are as lovely as they are here!
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Wildly Happy to Craft!

It’s Fri-YAY because sketch challenges make me WILDLY HAPPY! It’s a creative exercise I look forward to as often as I have a moment to create. If you need to strengthen your imagination, sketch and color challenges are the best “strength training” you can do.fb_img_1560993860054

Something else that makes me WILDLY HAPPY is babies: Grandbabies, baby animals, whatever! And stamps make me giddy, of course, and the Wildly Happy stamp set is the first one that came to mind when I saw the #tgifc220 sketch.

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This was also a great excuse to use the Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies: What’s not to love about that adorable little detail? wildly happy

I added just a bit of light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend marker to the bunnies and grounded them with light Crumb Cake. If you don’t have the polka dot tulle ribbon, make sure it’s on your next order: It will be your favorite accessory for your cards, and you don’t even need much to give it a little pizzazz.

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Gingham-Style Multi-Crafting

“Multi-Crafting”= the act of creating a greeting card for more than one purpose

You know you are an avid paper crafter when you can’t bear to throw away “useable scraps” of Designer Series Paper and now I feel justified in saving the strips from my Gingham Gala paper pack: It was the theme of  #tgifc213

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WHY this DSP isn’t carrying over into the new catalog is beyond comprehension, but make sure you order your Gingham Gala paper stack before it’s gone- or by June 3rd- whichever comes first.

I demonstrated how to make this card on my Facebook Page for my weekly live crafting video today and it’s so adorable~ Do you ever stamp an image that just makes you giggle with delight? Totally happened here.

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Since I was Multi-Crafting, it occurred to me that I could do another version with a sneak peek of a new stamp set (coming in the 2019-2020 catalog on June 4th) that would work with #GDP191

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And that was just the beginning of a full-blown gingham-style craft-attack:

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The good news is I have a bunch of thank you cards to mail out to customers, I’ve used up most of my Gingham bits & pieces, I can check off my Monday LIVE video on my task list, and can participate in two creative challenges. I think I’ll take the rest of the day off 🙂

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