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4/30 Fresh Cuts For You

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The challenge this week at Late Night Stampers is an inspiration piece that gave birth to another card . . . this one using the stamp set called Fresh Cuts. You can see the first card I created for this challenge HERE. I love the quiet colors of this card . . . Soft Suede, Kraft, Old Olive and Very Vanilla. What will you be inspired to create today?
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Stamps: Fresh Cuts Paper: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Kraft, Very Vanilla Ink: Soft Suede Tools: Scallop Border Punch, Small Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals
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4/29 Quick & Easy Fishy Friend Card

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Do you know a kid who likes to fish? This might be the perfect card! May is the start of the fishing season here in Minnesota and this sweet card could just make someone's day . . . whether they take home a keeper or not! One of my customers requested a punched fish card to make at an upcoming workshop and I was excited to come up with this design for her. It's also an "easy, demonstrable challenge card" for Late Night Stampers.

The first thing you do is wheel some swirls and bubble across you card front. I used the Jumbo Wheel called Whimsy. I think it is the perfect underwater look! The square that the fish is mounted to is 2.5" square. Create your fish (notice I made another punch art tutorial? I hope to collect a whole 6x6 book of them for my customer's reference!) and mount it to the white square with Stampin' Dimensionals. Stamp the word hello from the stamp set "Hello Again" with Brilliant Blue ink onto a Ballet Blue paper scrap and punc…

4/28 S'more Season!

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This is a sketch challenge card from Stampin' Connection . . . a demo only website full of fun, friendship and great ideas to get you stampin'. As you can see by the sketch, I took liberties! lol! Originally, I was going to put the bear in the center panel with the S'mores on the outer panels . . . but it just looked better to having him actually grabbing the S'mores. (There's always that greedy S'more eater . . . getting his second before every one else has even had their first . . . well, that's HIM! lol)
I used a new Impressions folder called Square Lattice to make the background panel. To emphasize the bear and his S'mores, I used some Jumbo Pewter eyelets . . . and that also follows the sketch. (have to point out where I did actually follow the sketch!) The image is colored with an Aqua Painter and ink from the lid of my ink pads. I used a Chocolate Chip marker to emphasize the chocolate piece in each S'more. The puffy marshmallows are really cu…

4/27 A Lunchtime Sketch

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I cruised by to check out the Lunchtime Sketch Challenge that Mary Jo Price-Williams posts on her blog each Monday and knew I would have to find time to do it. I haven't made a square card in a long time and this one is just so cute because the circle portion takes up almost the whole square. And, it's so easy to make a large scallop and matching circle with Sizzix Dies and the Big Shot Machine.

I used the stamp set called Garden Whimsy. I think the images in this set look so good when you two-tone them. I did that by inking up my butterfly in Lovely Lilac, but before I stamped it, I used a sponge dauber inked up in Rich Razzleberry to put a bit of edging on my butterfly. I did the same with the butterfly on my inside panel. I created the "trail" with my Rich Razzleberry marker.

This card was such a quick and easy card to put together . . . but I do so like how fresh and fun it looks. It is 4 1/4" square so it fits into a regular size envelope just fine. I'…

4/27 Inspiration Challenge for LNS

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Late Night Stampers posted an Inspiration Picture for our challenge this week and the first thing I noticed about it were the colors of brown and orange. So, I grabbed my Lovely as a Tree set to make a sunset card. I love how it turned out and I think I will feature it at one of my upcoming classes.

The base of my card is Soft Suede. I stamped the Woodgrain background stamp onto it and fastened a Polka Dot Soft Suede ribbon to the left of the card . . . but where are the Polka Dots, you ask? This is a reversible ribbon so you can use the Polka Dots or not. I stamped the trees with Soft Suede onto Pumpkin Pie card stock. Then, I stamped them again on a strip of Soft Suede card stock and tore the card stock along the "ground", lined it up with the sunset trees and then trimmed the edges to line up with the Pumpkin Pie Panel. I used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes (my most used stamp set ever!) and adhered it all so a panel of Kraft card stock which I then mounted to my car…

4/26 My GoDiva Swap!

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I participated in another round of swaps with the GoDiva swappers and let me tell you . . . the cards are fantastic! I just can't wait to put them out on my display boards so that my customers can see them. Our focus this round was the Summer Mini Catalog which most of you have probably seen by now if you had one mailed to you. If don't have a demonstrator taking care of you and you would like to have your own copy of the Summer Mini Catalog . . . I can certainly mail one to you. Just click on the "Send me an Email" button up in the top left column, let me know your address and it will be on its way!

My swap card used one of the a la carte stamps called Happy Grad. The awesome textured background is from the new Impression Embossing folder called Square Lattice. The stars are from our star punches and the swirl accenting the stars is from the Sizzix die called Bird w/Leaves and Flower.

Stampin'Up supplies you will need to recreate this card:

Stamps: Happy Grad av…

4/25 Going for Something "Manly!"

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I am discovering that I LOVE the challenges at Stampin' Connection . . . a demo only website providing inspiration, training and friendship. Today's challenge was to "case" a card in Lisa Young's gallery. I picked this card pictured here at the left. You can also see it on her blog called Add Ink and Stamp. I loved the flowers, but I've been trying to make some manly cards . . . after all, I challenged my team to come up with some "manly" cards for our next swap, so I figured I'd better lead the way!
My card kept the same design, and I even used the Swirls & Scribbles Sizzlit die. However, I changed the colors, the stamp set and instead of three paper roses, I went with three jumbo brads. I also distressed my card a little more intensely by going with the direct to paper technique. (You hold your card edges up to your ink pad and add ink vs using a sponge to add the ink.)
The inside of my card uses a sentiment from On Your Birthday and the th…

4/25 Enameled Hearts

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I LOVE the way this card turned out! I was at Milwaukee Regionals a couple of weeks ago and one of the "wow" demonstrations was all about using Crystal Effects. I'd kind of forgotten about crystal effects. I love using it when I'm highlighting a glass . . . such as our beer stein in the Cheers to You set, but beyond that . . . I tend to forget all about it! But, after seeing the WOW demo, I've been inspired to use it again. This time in a big way!
But first . . . did you notice all the embossing on this card? I used Apricot Appeal with the Perfect Polka Dot Impressions Folder and then I also used the lattice background from the Perfect Details Texturz Plates on the black panel behind the hearts. I know that doesn't show up so great on the photo . . . but it's gorgeous in every way IRL! This is a challenge card for Stampin' Connection . . . a demonstrator only gallery and forum that Stampin'Up established for us to share our creations and be inspire…

4/24 Graduation Punch Art

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I love this cute owl on a graduation card. I borrowed heavily from Sue McNeil. You can see her graduation owl card HERE. It's quick and easy to put together . . . which is why my customers will love making this at my Graduation Card Class next week. The hardest part is free-hand cutting the mortar board! You want a bit of a kite shape. I didn't want to fuss with a tassel or a diploma, but it certainly wouldn't be that hard to add one if you want to. I made a 6x6 cheat sheet to help my customers create the owl and thought I would share it here with you as well.

The inside of my card has a cute saying in it from the stamp set Full of Life. Of course this is optional . . . but I thought it went well with the wide-eyed look of the owl! lol! Here are the Stampin'Up supplies you will need to recreate this card:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Full of Life Paper: Read Red, Whisper White, More Mustard, Basic Gray, Basic Black Ink: Basic Black Tools: Big Shot Machine, Scallop Oval Frame D…

4/23 UDI Inspiration Challenge

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I love inspiration challenges. That is where you look at a picture, let the inspiration in and create! Utah Divas International posted this picture on their blog and I can't resist anything blue so off I went . . . creating not one, but two cards for this challenge!

In addition to the blues on this picture . . . I noticed a sage and cream pillow on the bed. Hmmm, when was the last time I used Sage Shadow? A long, long time ago, I'm sure! It's definitely not one of my "go-to" colors! But . . . Tempting Turquoise is one of my go-to colors. So I used them together . . . all thanks to this picture. I used the stamp set called Bird on a Branch along with the coordinating Designer Series Paper called Flock Together. I stamped the bird on a branch (is that really why they named it that? lol?) and punched it out with my 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I LOVE that punch. It is the PERFECT size for punching out so many stamped shapes. Then, I put it into another circle that I cr…

4/22 A Sweet and Simple Card for Mom

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The challenge this week over at Late Night Stamper Stampers is to make a Mother's Day card. This is the second card I've created for this challenge and it is also one that my customers got to do at my Flower Power Class. (They were given options for their sentiments so I've seen this card made into everything from birthday to thinking of you and all of them turned out beautifully!)

Can you see the two rows of raised up dots along the bottom of this card? That's something new I learned at Regionals in Milwaukee! You get yourself and extra Perfect Polka Dot Impressions folder and cut it into strips. Then you can run your card through the big shot with just a few rows of dots if that is the look you like. Isn't that a brilliant idea??

I absolutely love this set called Awash with Flowers . . . it is sooooo easy to use. Especially if you purchase the clear mount set. It makes two-step stepping as easy as "one-two!" (See . . . it's so easy, you don't e…

4/21 Waves of Blue!

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I made this card for the Late Night Stampers Quick and Easy card challenge with the focus on Blues. I picked my very favorite hostess set called Asian Artistry. I glued on four one inch strips of blue paper to my card base. I used Brilliant Blue, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy and Bordering Blue. Then I adhered a strip of torn Bashful Blue paper to the bottom of the card. I stamped a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes . . . how I LOVE that set! It seems like I can use it on every card I make! Then, I stamped the plant and accented it with Bashful Blue hearts from the Heart to Heart punch.
The inside of my card features the sentiment from Asian Artistry along with another little Bashful Blue heart. The strip of paper is 3/4" wide and cut from Not Quite Navy.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a wonderful day and here is a list of the supplies you would need to recreate this card.

Stamps: Asian Artistry, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Naturals White, Brilliant Blue, Not Quite …

4/21 Lunchtime Sketch Challenge

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MaryJo Price-Williams issues a Lunchtime Sketch Challenge every week and even though I don't always get a chance to play, I enjoy seeing what everyone creates. This week, the sketch challenge inspired me to create a scrapbook page featuring the stamp set called Things I Love. I also made a page with mats to complement the sketch page so down the road, I will put photos on this page as well.

Did you notice all the little dots on this page? That's our new Smooch Spritz that is debuting in the Summer Mini Catalog. Love that look and I can see adding it to my cards and scrapbook pages a lot down the road.


Thanks for dropping by! Here are the supplies you would need to recreate these pages:

Stamps: Things I Love
Paper: Bravo Burgundy (12x12), Sahara Sand (12x12), Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool to make holes for the brads (), 1 1/4" Square Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Pinking Hearts Bo…

4/19 Sneak Peek Grad Card!

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Another great sketch from Stamping 411 resulted in this cute grad card and a Sneak Peek of a brand new set called "Go, Graduate!" I LOVE that Stampin'Up demonstrators get to order in advance of any debuting catalogs and next month our Summer Mini will be out and this cute set will be in it! I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw it. (ha ha . . . like that never happens! When don't I want something new from Stampin' Up! It's one of the reasons I became a demonstrator - I want the fun stuff FIRST!)

This card is a little stretched out compared to the sketch because I wanted to make a card that would make it easy to enclose money or a check. (Grads LIKE getting $$$!) This card is sized at 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" and fits into one of our Long Envelopes perfectly. I used watercolor pencils to color the images and used a blender pen to smooth out the look.

The inside of this card is super simple . . . as most of my inside panels are . . . but at least there is somethi…

4/19 Crayon Resist for Mom

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Late Night Stampers issued another challenge and this week it's to create Mother's Day cards. Well, that worked out well for me since I just happen to have a Flower Power class this week and one of the cards that my customers will make is this one. It's a Crayon Resist card and I will go through the steps that I took to create it.

First, I stamped my rose with Basic Black into onto Glossy White paper. This rose is from the set called Fifth Avenue Floral and it's on sale this month for 20% off! (yeah!) Then I stamped my Mother's Day sentiment from All Holidays using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to aid in its placement. I like to use the heat tool from Stampin' Up just to give my panel a quick hot blast so that I know the ink is very dry before going forward.

Use a white or clear crayon to follow the outline of the rose petals. This is probably the most difficult step in making this card because you can't "see" what you are doing! Sometimes if you hold the p…