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1/31 Super Cute Bugs!

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Stamping 411 issued a Color Challenge last week and I actually had some time to play with it!! Two of these three colors . . . YoYo Yellow and Green Galore are very bright, sunshiny colors. They made me think of summer and that led me to the stamp set called Bugs & Kisses. . I used textured YoYo Yellow for my card base with a strip of Green Galore along the left side. Then, thanks to the awesome tutorials by Gretchen Barron . . . I was finally able to figure out how to make my Scallop Trim Border Punch and Corner Punch line up and managed a fairly decent scalloped rectangle. It's still a little challenging for me but after a few failed attempts, I think I am getting the hang of it. Just don't be in a hurry or you will fall even more behind!!! (Wow . . . that almost sounds like a Chinese proverb, doesn't it? lol!) The link to the Scallop Punches can be found HERE and the link to the Pinking Heart Punches can be found HERE. Thanks a million, Gretchen!! . I punched a 1"…

1/30 Friend Tote

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This is the tote I've been featuring at all of my January workshops and club events. It is so simple to make, yet the paper and easy design give it so much pop! I used the Big Shot Machine with the Top Note Die and the Box #2 Die.

This side view shows the Box #2 Die. I cut my Very Vanilla card stock into 3 1/2" x 11" strips and ran it through the Big Shot by lining it up on the die so that the top portion of the box with the flaps is cut off - you don't need the closure when you make a tote. The handle is a strip of Very Vanilla paper cut at 1 1/4" x 11". You can fasten it to the box with a brad as I did - so quick and easy. . The Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is just so GORGEOUS!! I can't get enough of it and judging by the orders my customers are placing . . . they can't either! The glitter on this paper makes it absolutely irresistible - so fun and flirty! You can make three totes from a full sheet of 12x12 designer paper when you c…

1/29 Catty Cruise Stopping Here!!

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Thanks for taking part in the Catty Cruise! We are highlighting products in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the port before me was the fabulous Kriss Huels who featured the Eggscellent Eggs Kit - it will give you spring fever for sure with all those soft and pretty colors! If you missed her port, just click on the icon above and you can check out her great projects.

I picked Garden from the Heart to work with and every project I created with it has a purpose or solves a problem! Read on and see what I've been up to.


The first project I created is a card box holder. I needed a special place to keep my class and workshop cards. I can't tell you how many times a customer will come up and say . . . "You know that card we made last month, I think I want to get the stamp set and the designer paper." Of course, I'm drawing a complete blank! Those cards have been mixed in with all my other cards in boxes here and there and I haven't the faintest idea which card she…

1/25 Pick Your Own Sentiment

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This was one of the cards I featured at my Birthday Bonanza class and my customers had the option of picking their own sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes collection. It makes a beautiful birthday card . . . but it also works well for Thinking of You, I'm So Sorry or With Sympathy.
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This card shows just how much fun it can be to combine browns! The base of the card is created from Close to Cocoa. I rolled it with the Jumbo Wheel from the Occasions Mini Catalog called Very Vintage using Soft Suede ink. The top layer of the card where I've wrapped my ribbon is Chocolate Chip. The ribbon and the accent edge along the top of my image panel is in Soft Suede. The bird & sentiment are stamped in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla paper. Just a lovely, lovely look. I loved sharing this card with my customers . . . so easy to create and such elegant results.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my blog! If you don't currently have a demonstrator that you are working with, I…

1/24 Pretty Cupcake Birthday Card

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Do you want to make a quick and easy birthday card? This is your ticket . . . a very pretty cupcake card featuring a luscious strip of designer paper, two punches and super quick coloring with our fabo markers and you can call it done! This was one of the cards that my customers made this past week at my Birthday Bonanza class and definitely my fave of the five cards I featured.

Here are the supplies you will need:

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (111618)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), Pretty in Pink (100459), Very Vanilla (101650), Sending Love Designer Series Paper (117153)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch (112091), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403)
Accessories: Markers in Bordering Blue (100070), Creamy Caramel (100078), Pretty in Pink (100045), Real Red (100052)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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1/23 Scallop Circle Valentine Door Hanger

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Stampqueen17 over at Stampin' Addicts inspired me with a delightful hanging Valentine basket that you can see for yourself by clicking HERE. I made my basket just like she did using the Scallop Circle Die, folding the circles in half and gluing them together at the point. But, I decided that I wanted mine to be a Valentine Door Hanger, so I put mine together with the handles to the outside. I just used brads to adhere the Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon to the basket and then tied on some Real Red Satin Ribbon accents.

To decorate the front of my cute little basket, I used a scalloped circle from from the SU Pennant Bigz XL die as the base for my punched out Very Vanilla Heart piece and the sampling of punched out hearts from the set called I {Heart} Hearts. I love how it turned out and of course . . . the beautiful paper makes this project absolutely sing! I love, love, love the Sending Love Specialty paper with the sweet glitter accents! I'm ordering MORE on Monday. It's been…

1/21 Tiny Tags Swap Card

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I just found another swap card that I forgot to post!! You know, gets into a "pile" where it may or may not surface for a week or two or more! I made this card with the Tiny Tags set found in the Occasions Mini Catalog. It was super easy and quick to put together. The scalloped panel is one of the Sending Love Notes found on page 19 in the mini called "Hugs". I accented the edge by stamping one of the images repeatedly in Certainly Celery ink. Of course I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig . . . even when you use our new Clear Mount system, you can't beat the Stamp-a-ma-jig for precise placement! (aaaahhhhh . . . I love perfection!)

The torn vellum panel is meant to lend an air of softness to this card . . . doesn't it remind you of spring? The designer paper I used is from the paper pack found on page 25 of the mini called Shades of Spring. The top flower was created using the Big Shot Machine (gosh, I can't believe how much I use that baby!!) and the Bigz XL die …

1/20 Candy Cane Friend

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Doesn't this bright red and white card remind you of candy canes? I had to name it Candy Cane Friend. I'm craving peppermint right now! lol! . This is a sketch card for Stamping 411. I used the stamp set called With All My Heart from the Occasions Mini Catalog to make this card. I stamped two of the big flower images onto Whisper White and used one of my newest punches, also from the Occasions Mini to punch them out. LOVE that big flower punch! . Have a wonderful day and thanks for dropping by my blog to check it out! Here are the supplies you would need to create this card: . Stamps: With All My Heart Clear Mount (118623) Paper: Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Sending Love Specialty DSP (117153) Ink: Real Red (103133) Tools: Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch (118073), Big Shot Machine (113439), Lots of Tags (114508), Clear Blocks C (118486) and D (118485) Accessories: Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (110714), Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad (109110) Adhesive: Tombo Multi Purpose A…

1/19 Happy Heart Valentine

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This is a card I made based on one that I saw in Stampin'Success . . . a wonderful demonstrator resource mailed to our houses each month. I love that demo magazine and carry it around with me until the next one comes in. All of my Stampin'Success magazines are tattered and loved . . . so many ideas for every kind of demonstrator from the hobbiest to the business-minded. I love how Stampin'Up is there for each of us. If you are one of my customers and you are thinking about trying Stampin'Up out as a demonstrator, there are some specials going on right now!! 15% discount on your Starter Kit for one. Your choice of any stamp set in the catalog when you join during Sale-a-bration for another!! Don't be shy about giving Stampin'Up a try. I really can't think of one single negative about it!!

Here are the supplies I used on this 6x3" card that fits in our Small Open End Envelopes (107286):

Stamps: Season of Friendship (111776), A Happy Heart (111758)
Paper: N…

1/16 Just a Thought Away

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This card has several interesting elements to it, most noticeably is the direct to paper distress that I did using my Chocolate Chip ink pad. I made the row of embossed dots using the Crop-a-Dial tool - no hole punching or eyelets are needed for Crop-a-Dial embossing. Both of the stamped images are Sale-a-bration Reward items. You can earn a Sale-a-bration Reward item with each $50 purchased. The flower is from the stamp set called Bella's Bloom and the sentiment is from the VERY popular Whimsical Words set featured in our Sale-a-bration catalog. You can order online 24/7 with me! Happy shopping!

Stamps: Bella's Bloom as a Sale-a-bration Set (120228), Whimsical Words Sale-a-bration Set Clear Mount (119119)
Paper: Kraft (102125), Chocolate Chip (102128), Sahara Sand (105328), Close to Cocoa (101341), Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog (117161)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Tools: Crop-a-Dial (108362)
Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain (109054), Ma…

1/15 Razzle Dazzle Fun!

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Stamping 411 is now issuing Color Challenges on a Weekly Basis and this week it was Pretty in Pink, Old Olive and Melon Mambo. The card I came up with is a little on the wild side, but that's what happens when I'm just stamping for fun. Creativity is so liberating!!

I put a tag on my card from the Two Tags Die. It's the fold up one that I decorated with ribbon, brads, and one of the stamps from the set called Razzle Dazzle. And, as you can see from the picture below . . . there is a pop out butterfly surprise when open up the tag!!
Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for dropping by my blog. This has been a fun card to make and it makes me happy to share it with you! . Stamps: Razzle Dazzle (116714) Paper: Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730), Razzleberry Lemonade (115675) Ink: Old Olive (102277) just for the sentiment Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Two Tags Die (115954), Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (118138), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Trio Flower Punch (10…

1/14 Garden From the Heart

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This is a card that I made for Quality Control Swappers. I used the new paper pack from the Occasions Mini called Sweet Pea. I thought some of the oranges in there made a nice match with Dusty Durango which is what I used for the card base. The next layer is Basic Gray cut at 5 1/4" x 4". The strips of designer series paper are all 1" wide. The shorter strips are 2 3/4" and the longer strips are 4". The center piece is 2 7/8"x 1 5/8". I used watercolor paper for the center piece and stamped my hat image with StazOn Jet Black. I used a Dusty Durango marker to ink up just the words "from my heart" and a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get perfect placement. My image is watercolored with an Aqua-Painter.

Do you like the teeny tiny butterfly fluttering about the hat? That is a new Stampin'Up exclusive from Sizzix called Beautiful Wings. It's an embosslit die that cuts and embosses all at the same time. There are four butterflies on this one die and th…