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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Out with Old, In with New

The end of a Stampin’ Up! catalog is bittersweet as I hate seeing things I have loved retire, and I’m also excited about what’s coming! Today I used a retiring stamp set and a coming-soon ribbon to create a card of enCOURAGEment on my weekly FB Lunchtime Crafting LIVE broadcast (which happens every Monday at 12:30 Mountain Time, by the way).

It started with the Global Design Sketch #190

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When a friend just needs a little encouragement, a card is a tangible piece of your support and this one almost made itself:

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The colors are Petal Pink and Gray Granite and Whisper White and the stamp set is Ribbon of Courage (retiring June 3). The ribbon is NEW Petal Pink Organdy Stripe (coming in the new catalog on June 4th) with a few silver metallic pearls sprinkled on to give it some bling.

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Mark your calendars for my New 2019-2020 Catalog Reception on June 8th in Utah County where you can snag both old AND new products with my once-yearly BOGO sale, and pick up a new catalog!

Sale-a-Bration Coordination: Lasting Lily

If you hate fussy cutting, this will surely thrill you: For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! has created products that coordinate with our Sale-a-Bration offerings~ stamps, punches and framelit/thinlit dies are available to purchase that will enhance the free stamps you earned, and they are only available during March 2019:

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Today I’m going to spotlight the Lily Framelit Dies that cut out all the blooming beauty of the Lasting Lily stamp set that you could choose free with a $100 order before March 31, 2019.

It was good luck that the Global Design Sketch Challenge #GDP178 sketch and the TGIF Challenge #TGIFC201 color combination combined perfectly to create my card:

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In addition to the framelits include pieces to cut out the flowers and greenery, but there are two label dies that perfectly frame most of the sentiments in the stamp set:

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**A tip for ensuring your stamped images fit in the framelits for the stems and leaves: When mounting your stamps, lay the photopolymer stamps face down on your surface to let the stamp assume the correct shape, then set the clear block on top of it to pick it up for stamping.

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Because photopolymer stamps are pliable, they can be manipulated into different shapes, so if you put it on with your fingers, it may stretched in a way the stamped image wouldn’t match the framelit.

It felt like keeping this card simple really let the lilies shine!

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Disney Dog Daydreaming

Disneyland is my happy place: Just thinking about a day in that magical park brings a smile to my face! Yes, I’m over 50, but like Peter Pan…I won’t grow up if it means I can’t enjoy the delight and wonder that is the happiest place on earth, and I never miss a Disney movie, live action or animated.

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Thus, I’ve been noodling on the TGIF Challenge #195 since it was announced last Friday, and had a brainstorm when I was creating with the Happy Tails bundle from the 2019 Occasions Catalog, I had a jolt of inspiration! I think it’s “spot on”:

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You may recall from 101 Dalmations how the pet owners’ personalities were all reflected in the dogs they owned…it’s become a habit to observe how often that is true! What do you think: Does Tiger look anything like me??

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If we don’t share any physical resemblance, we certainly share the “easily distracted” trait!!

To make the letters stand out, I used the Real Red Stampin’ Marker and just rubbed it along the edge of the letter…sometimes I ran over and marked up a letter, but just use a black marker and make a bigger “spot” to cover your mistakes. I’m a “close-enough” crafter, so I don’t mind a few marks to indicate that “I cared enough to make you the very best card I could”:

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If you’d like to create your own, you may order the supplies from my Stampin’ Store below, and I’d wag my tail AND send you a thank you card! Don’t forget that for each $50 you order through March 31, 2019, you earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product, too.

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Get to the Point

There are plenty of good men in the world, and the best are awesome dads! I decided to use the Truly Tailored bundle from the Occasions Catalog and the #tgifc159 sketch challenge to create a tri-fold card befitting those great guys:tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2018-021

Here’s my card:

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Then you open up the card a fold-at-a-time to see this:

Here are a few tips to create your own: I started with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ Crumb Cake card stock base scored at 5″ and 10-1/2″. Next I put the Tailored Tag punch all the way in on one end and punched (keep the tag you punched out for the front!):

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Use a 4-1/4″ x 5″ piece of Designer Series Paper for the pointed flap (True Gentleman DSP used here, but sadly sold out…a good reminder not to procrastinate now that the retired list is out). I cut a 2-1/8″ square of card stock in half diagonally and adhered half on each bottom corner: Cut them off with your scissors for a perfect point!

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Then you’ll adhere the DSP to the 1/2″ top of your card base that was scored. Stamp the sentiment on the punched out piece of card stock and use the Bow Builder punch to create a bow tie (which also retires at the end of May- order it soon if you don’t have it!) and attach it with a mini Stampin’ Dimensional or glue dot to the end of the pointed flap:

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I stamped and punched out another greeting from Very Vanilla card stock to attach to the inside of the card, letting it peek through the window of the second flap:

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You can use strips of DSP to add anywhere you feel needs a finishing touch. Finally, when you open up the second flap to the inside of the card, I added the “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment from the Guy Greetings stamp set:

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Wish your dad a Dapper Day and

Share What You Love

Magic happens when you share what you love and I have proof!

Today I decided to create from scratch LIVE on Periscope. I had the #GDP134 sketch and a bundle of new products (by cheery happenstance a suite called “Share What You Love”) and I pushed the “Go Live” broadcast (I was a bit nervous, to tell the truth).

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As I was explaining that these new products from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! catalog will be released a month early (on May 1st), a new stamping friend (Cathy) and an old stamping friend (Esther from England!) jumped in to visit and craft {virtually} with me.

The first thing I did was stamp 4 simple note cards and matching envelopes using just the items in the “Just Getting Started” bundle (the notecards are a free gift when you purchase the bundle):

I knew these would fit nicely in a simple “envelope folder” made of two regular Very Vanilla envelopes put together (tuck the flap of the first into the second envelope and then lick-n-stick the flap of the 2nd envelope to the back of the 1st!)

We were crafting along and they started to share their opinions and ideas: They helped me pick the pattern of paper (from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP that will be included with the “A Little More, Please” and “Gotta Have It All” bundles).

Then we started playing around with the focal point on the belly band that would keep the folder closed: All circles? No. A Label? Yes. Pool Party or Grapefruit Grove? Pool Party with Bermuda Bay ink. Ribbon? Yes~ A loop!

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…and by the time we were done, we had created a masterpiece together:

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If you are a member of my stamp club reading this, you’ll get to make one of these in May! Not a member? New clubs begin in June/July~ You don’t have to be local, you can join from anywhere in the United States! Let me know if you’d like to join.

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Meant to Be

Weddings and anniversaries are special occasions and a perfect reason to break out your rubber stamps and paper!

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The TGIF Challenge reminded me of a technique I haven’t used for a while:tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2018-017

It’s a simple way to get multiple colors on your stamps: Use the brush end of your Stampin’ Write markers (FYI: this doesn’t work with Stampin’ Blends markers) to color directly onto your stamps~

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If you think it’s been too long and your ink may have dried up as you were adding more colors, simply “huff” on it like the big bad wolf just before stamping it onto your paper! The warm air from your breath will re-activate the ink: Watermarked(2018-03-26-1303)

I used the Powder Pink for the flowers (with a touch of Flirty Flamingo in the centers) and Old Olive for the leaves. You can find the Old Olive marker in the Brights marker collection 🙂

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I hope you’ll try your hand at coloring on your stamps, too!

Epic Celebrations & Happy Accidents

If you watched my Lunchtime Crafting video on my Facebook Page yesterday, you saw me create this card (and a few alternatives) from the Epic Celebrations set (one you can choose FREE with qualifying order during Sale-a-Bration~ until March 31, 2018):

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It’s a super easy technique called “Reverse Masking” and the colors were suggested on the #gdp125 color challenge:

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I love coloring Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with Aqua Painters and ink refills to match any project!

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But what you DIDN’T see is the second card I made (since I had to cut a piece of card stock to create one card, I might as well make TWO cards). I accidentally dropped a stamp inked in Melon Mambo on the finished product:

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But as Bob Ross was fond of saying, “We don’t make mistakes {in art}, just happy accidents!” So I pulled out my Classic Label Punch and created some arrows to cover it up:

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Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes ~ Uncommon solutions may be discovered!