Simply Citrus

My Stampiversary is over, but the last thank you cards need to go into the mail. It seemed only natural to make some “creative juice” cards to encourage the customers who ordered from my Flash Sale to live with ZEST!

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Using the words from a stamp set as your background can make a dramatic impact: For this card, I stamped once with my stamp loaded with Lemon-Lime twist ink, then stamped again without re-inking it and then ONE MORE TIME for the lightest impression.

Thanks to the Global Design Project for coordinating the color challenge to support my theme (not really…it was just good luck):

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I added a little Daffodil Delight to the palette so I could include the lemon, and now I’m off to write my appreciation to my customers!

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Every Last Piece: Paper Pumpkin August 2017

When I opened the August Paper Pumpkin box yesterday, I decided I was going to finish the projects and use Every. Single. Piece.

Once I finished making a few of the cards as shown in the kit, I got a little more creative (as shared yesterday) and finished off the cards but still had die cuts and leaf stickers left over! So I grabbed some whisper white card stock, some painter’s tape, some sponge daubers and 3 ink pads: Peekabook Peach, Pool Party and Pear Pizazz (not included in the kit). Here’s what I did:

I taped the edges of the paper down and used the empty die-cut pages as a stencil for sponging flowers! Add a few leaves and sponge around the edges, and when you peel back the tape, it gives the illusion of layers…pretty neat, eh?

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All I had to do next was add the pre-printed sentiment die cuts and embellish with the leftover goodies: IMG_5047

All left-over leaves and flowers found their way onto the envelopes:

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If you are ready to try your hands at a SUPER SENSATIONAL monthly craft kit delivered to your mailbox, subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before September 10th using Promo Code HALFOFF0917 to get your first kit (September 2017) for 50% off!

Then stalk your mailbox for a thank you card from me (maybe one of these!) while you wait for your first kit to arrive. Shareables-1_PP_Sept_Promo_Aug0817

Gingham and Pig Tails

Did you know that I am LIVE each Monday at 12:30 on my Facebook Page? Today I showed how you can cut up your stamps to make them work better for your crafting needs and we made this stinkin’ cute card:

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Each of the This Little Piggy stamps comes with a saying attached to it, but if you order the clear mount stamp set and cut off the words, you can use the pigs alone, or mix and match with the greetings!

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Click here to order the stamp set!

Switch around the colors, and add a gingham ribbon, and you’ve got another card (which my guests created at the Card Class last Saturday): Watermarked1(2017-07-31-1300)

Because my Mother-in-Law has the largest pig collection in the western hemisphere, this card is off to thank her for the birthday gift she sent!

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Thoughtful Daisy Card

Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? They cheer and brighten a room and are always appreciated, so here’s a happy daisy card to make & give ~ inspired by the Global Design Project Sketch #GDP090.

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This bundle (and more specifically, the daisy punch) has been SO POPULAR that it is on backorder at Stampin’ Up!…. but it will be available later this month, so put it on your list (or contact me and I’ll order it for you when it is back in stock). It’s going to be a staple in your craft arsenal for years to come!
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Stretching My Muscles with Mosaic Madness

It was a challenge in the truest sense of the word: This color combination from Create with Connie and Mary made me stretch my creativity!

Since it was a challenging color scheme, I chose to use a stamp set I haven’t had any inspiration with either (a double whammy, I guess you could say). Here’s my creation:

It turned out better than expected, and I feel more confident in using the Mosaic Madness stamp set, too.

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Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Yippee Skippee
Ink: Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango ink pads and markers
Paper: Naturals White, Always Artichoke and Sahara Sand card stock
Accessories: Mosaic Punch (131267), Big Shot (113439) and Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder (129984), 1/8″ Mini Brads (122941), Stampin’ Dimensionals
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Send a Card, Send a Hug

“A card is a hug with a fold in the middle”

When you send a hand-stamped Thank You card, the sentiment carries an invisible hug…what a sweet way to recognize the kindness of someone who has touched your life! At one of my stamp clubs this month, they swapped Thank You cards:

Then we created a “File Folder” card using the new Envelope Punch Board (#133774):

Want to learn how to make this cute card? Schedule a Stampin’ Up! party for October and I’ll show you how!

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Feminine Colors and County Fair

Needed a special thank you card and the color challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary this week epitomized the person I am sending it to:

And here is my finished project :

Card Recipe (all from Stampin’ Up!):
Stamps: En Francais background stamp, Too Kind and Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Versamark
Paper: Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers (102892). Big Shot Machine, Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102), Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder (129984), Silver 1/8″ ribbon (132137)

In other news…I won a blue ribbon (actually two) at the Utah County Fair for some of my paper creations!

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Bridal Shower Open House

Last week I had the pleasure of throwing a Bridal Shower for my new daughter-in-law-to-be (that made me feel old while I typed it). Kayson chose a beautiful young woman to marry and we are happy to welcome Whitney to our family!

This was the invitation which matched her wedding colors of Pool Party, Silver & White, and we threw in a pop of Melon Mambo, for fun:

The new Cloudy Day embossing folder (127022) was the perfect addition to the background! I found the umbrella stamp in the Carry On stamp set (a hostess set you can choose when you hold a SU! party) but there is also a really cute NEW stamp set in the Spring catalog called Rain or Shine that would be fun to use, too, in case you are making invitations and want to “borrow” this idea!

I hope you can see this adorable banner that says “WHITNEY”: we made it with the new Paper Doilies (129399) from the Spring Catalog and the Typeset Alphabet Die (127553) and the Big Shot, the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309) and a few Rhinestone Jewels, because you know how I feel like everything needs a little bling!

Her sister made red velvet cupcakes and we served our traditional warm “Shower Sandwiches” and fruit. That is Whitney and her mom in the background 🙂

Since it was Open House Style, we asked people to write advice or solutions to potential problems for Whitney’s book (above) and took pictures of Whitney with each of her guests to go into the book I created with SU!’s clear envelopes, card stock and DSP.  For some awesome pre-made (and free!) Problem/Solution Printables get them HERE!  The Label Framelits (125598) made it easy to cut all the advice papers, too, and this is my FAVORITE response:

We also asked guests to write their address on an envelope to make it easy for Whit to send “Thank You” cards and I created a stack of simple cards for her using the Million Dollar Moments set (another Hostess-only set from the Spring Catalog!)