Give My Regards to Broadway

My husband and I recently experienced New York City for the first time with our daughter and it was a surprisingly wonderful experience. From biking around Central Park to the Statue of Liberty, we painted the town for 3 days (and I found some creative juice)!

My favorite part had to be Broadway, though. I began my college career with the intent of studying musical theater, so that has a place in my heart. We only had time to see one show and we chose “Dear Evan Hansen”.

Do NOT miss the opportunity to see this incredible musical (by the same guys who wrote Greatest Showman) if you get the chance: But don’t make the mistake I did of going without a box of kleenex. And I *ugly cried*.

Today I wanted to pay tribute to that amazing vacation with a stamp, of course! So here’s one you are going to love playing with: The Broadway Bound suite from Stampin’ Up!

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This project was also inspired by the the #tgifc163 sketch challenge:

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You can download the tutorial for my Broadway Birthday Bag HERE.

Know what else is TOTALLY AWESOME about the Broadway Bound suite? The June Paper Pumpkin Kit is going to coordinate with it!

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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

Birthdays, Blooms and a Class for You!

Whenever I get a moment to create just for fun, it’s a special day. Today I wanted to play, but had work to do first. Once work was done, I rewarded myself with stamping time following the #tgifc155 sketch:

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As I’m getting geared up for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards Class next week in Utah County (have you registered?) I wanted to showcase the versatility of this simply lovely stamp set, Perennial Birthday:

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I also wanted to use a few retiring Stampin’ Up! colors, so pulled out my Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Peekaboo Peach (with a little Soft Saffron that isn’t retiring) and did an emboss resist card for the challenge:

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The Wisteria card is also embossed with the quilt top embossing folder…if you missed it at Christmas time, you’ll be happy to know you can order it again when the 2018-2019 catalog sales period starts on June 1st.

RSVP for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards class by Monday, April 16th so I can get your supplies in time for the class. Meanwhile, create something pretty with rubber stamps, ink and paper and share it to make the world a lovelier place!

 

Lemon-Lime Daisy Twist

It finally snowed (on February 10th!) but it’s blooming in my craft room!

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I wanted to try the #tgifc146 sketch challenge, and I just turned it on it’s side and replaced the heart with a daisy using a few of my favorite punches. tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2018-0111

Use your bone folder and delicately curl the petals of your daisy (punch it twice) to give it a little dimension: Watermarked2(2018-02-10-1405)

It’s a VERY simple card to create and I hope you’ll have time to create your own and send it to someone who has served you recently!

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Rockin’ Around the Tree

When I’m not playing with paper, I’m making music with 12 incredible young (and young-at-heart) people who inspire me to be a better teacher. This opportunity has molded me into a better pianist myself, but I often want to go back and HUG all my piano teachers for all they endured with me~ I can say with conviction, “THANKS, MOM, for not letting me quit (when it probably would have been easier to let me…)”

That aside, last night we held our Christmas Concert at a local Beehive Home (so it doubled as a service project, too!) and these budding pianists TOTALLY rocked the house:

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It’s a privilege for me to help students learn to play the piano and love music. I wanted to create a gift for them that was unique and sentimental to this performance, so I pulled out my papercrafting supplies and used the “Musical Season” stamp set for the purpose I intended: Ornaments!Watermarked1(2017-12-16-1342)

One of the students (Madi) even played “Little Drummer Boy” so it was a perfect gift!

As cute as the front is, the back really carries the message I want them to remember:

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And it’s just as cute in white!

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What could be better? Oh yes…that it also falls under the #tgifc138 Christmas Carol-Inspired Challenge! tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2017-044

This Musical Season bundle is one of the most overlooked treasures in the Holiday Catalog, but will retire at the end of the year (or when supplies are depleted) so make sure to order yours from my store:
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Simple Thoughts for a Friend

Do you ever avoid sending a note to a friend because you think you have to create a artistic masterpiece to carry your thoughts? I’m guilty of this, but I’m working on sending a message or a card *AS THE INSPIRATION HITS ME*

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When I saw the sketch challenge on TGIF Challenges today, the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack came to mind and I decided to make a simple card for a friend:

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Nurturing a friendship takes time and effort and sometimes a quick card to say, “I’m thinking about you” lasts longer than a text or even a phone call. Some things you could include in your card may be a bullet list of 5 things you love about your friend like:

  • Thanks for seeing the best in me and others.
  • You never let me wallow in self-pity and I appreciate your honesty.
  • Of all your features, your curly hair and dimples are what I see when I imagine your lovely face!
  • When I’m with you, I know I’m going to laugh heartily and it feels so good!
  • Isn’t it great that we can pick up right where we left off even if we haven’t seen each other in years?

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My original card was 4.25″ square, but I had another piece of leftover Pool Party card stock, so I made a 3.25″ note card that would be perfect on a gift, too.

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Now I’m going to mail it to a friend today because my goal for the year has been to mail a card each day and I’m almost there!

A Triathlon Stamper!

Maybe I don’t have a medal to prove it, but today I completed a triathlon! At least 3 creative challenges at the SAME TIME. Amazing, but true.

I started a creative challenge with my Sprinkled Ink team today (and each Monday for the next 6 weeks), and the first challenge was to ink up a Stampin’ Up! stamp they had never used. The Musical Season bundle was sitting on my desk, just begging to be used…musical season.jpg

So I knew it was going to be a triple-threat when I saw the Global Design Project Color Challenge #GDP109 and the TGIF Sketch Challenge #tgifc129 :

This is the result of my creative triathlon:

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Since Monday is also my Lunchtime Live crafting on my Creative Juice Facebook page, and you can watch me make it HERE.

Thank you for ordering your creative supplies from my Stampin’ Store! Your support made it possible for me to continue to share creative ideas.

Girl~ You are Fabulous!

My friend and teammate Amy *is* pretty fabulous (just check out her work on Lilypadstamper.com to see for yourself) and just promoted to SILVER, so it is time to recognize her complete awesomeness…how nice that TGIFChallenges made the #tgifc121 theme this week all about her!

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And with a sassy finger-snap, I fancified this card to be included with a gift to recognize her marvelous achievement:

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Of course, I added a little SILVER bling to commemorate the occasion and make it extraordinary. The Label Frame is a sneak peek at the “Labels to Love” set coming in the Holiday Catalog on September 1st, and coordinates with a new punch! Together, they look lovely layered on top of the Lots of Labels Framelits, don’t they?

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If you are cutting the card stock in half to create a card, you may as well make TWO cards, so I have another waiting in the wings for the next team member who promotes~ It’s such a delight to see my Sprinkled Ink Stampin’ Family progress and promote, and there is always room at our table for friends to join our team
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This Little Piggy Found Zen

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This little piggy is happy it’s Friday!

Today’s card was inspired by #tgifc113 and the fact that the “This Little Piggy” stamp set was sitting on my desk, begging to be used today.
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So if you’ve never tried the Bokeh technique, I’ll show you how I did this one (there are a few different techniques, but this one is the easiest for me). I started with a piece of Pool Party card stock and sponged Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo in circular motions on the top. It won’t look pretty at this point. Never fear~ It gets better!

Next I took a Window Sheet and punched different sizes of circles in it. You could also use the circle framelit dies and your big shot. Lay this over the top of your dried, sponged card and apply plenty of Whisper White Ink with a sponge dauber. Remember to make some of the circles go off the edge of your paper!

 

I like to find a circle stamp (or two) in some of my other stamp sets to add a few stamped circles after the sponging too. This little circle was pulled from the “Sweet Home” set, but any will work. IMG_4593 Next I stamped the happy pig on top using Night of Navy ink and also stamped it on Powder Pink card stock to cut out. I don’t mind a little fussy cutting to make this cute guy really pop off the card. FullSizeRender 7

The flower was stamped/cut out from Daffodil Delight and as I wanted to keep it clean and simple today, I simply added a few of the new Glitter Enamel Dots in keeping with the Bokeh theme:

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Ready to try your hand at the Bokeh technique? Thanks for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store!  Remember to use my host code (posted in the right column) if you are ordering less than $150 as I draw a name for a free gift each month from friends who use the code. If you order over $150, you get to choose Stampin’ Rewards with your order!

Wood Words and TGIF Sketch

It’s a lovely day to send a card! This one is going to my friend Isabel who placed an order on my website (and ordered this stamp set):

It was inspired by the #TGIFC111 sketch:

Order the supplies to create your own and I’ll send you a thank you card as well! Just click on the products:
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Make time to send a card to a friend today!