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2/28 Pretty Is as Pretty Does!

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Cindy Beach created a card that I absolutely fell in love with! She has a blog called Stamps, Paper & Ink and the minute I saw the card I knew I had found the "perfect workshop card!" I've been demo'ing this card all month long at my workshops and it's been a huge hit with my customers. I did modify it just a bit . . . but not too much. It's hard to mess with perfection! Thanks for the inspiration, Cindy B!! . Supplies to create this card: Stamps: Vintage Vogue Clear Mount (118598), Whimsical Words Clear Mount . . . a set that you can get for free when you purchase $50 from Stampin'Up during Sale-a-bration (119119) Paper: Crushed Curry (115319), Kraft (102125), Whisper White (100730), RazzleberryLemonadeDSP (115675) Ink: Crushed Curry (115659), Basic Gray (108602), Rich Razzleberry (115658) Tools: Clear Mount Block Sizes A (118487) and C (118486), Paper Piercer Tool (), Big Shot Machine (113439), Top Note Die (113463) Accessories: Gold Brads (104337), Basic …

2/25 Go Green Treat Holder

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How about another Ghirardelli Treat Holder? Dark Chocolate and White Mint . . . perfect for St. Patrick's Day. I just love all the fun little goodie holders you can create with your Big Shot Machine. . Here are the details: . Stamps: Go Green (117074) Paper: Glorious Green (101697), Green Galore (101768), Whisper White (100730) Ink: Glorious Green (103040) Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Petal Card Die (113467), Circles #2 Die (114526) - one of the circles on this die is a perfect fit for layering behind the 1 3/4" Circle Punch!, 1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), Paper Piercing Tool (116631) Accessories: Bold Brights Brads (106957), White Satin Ribbon (114616) Adhesives: Sticky Strip (104294), Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430) . Stampin' Up Specials Stampin' Up Shopping at Stamping to Share Stamping to Share Events Join the Team Stamping to Share

2/22 Sunny Day Card

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Even though this card uses the stamp set called Vintage Vogue, I realize that this card is NOT very vintage . . . as bright and vintage do not normally go together . . . but I have such good news to share! The average high in southern MN will not be less than 32 degrees until late November! We've turned the corner and spring is on the way . . . at least according to the averages! (We'll just forget that tomorrow brings us another polar plunge! What's that I learned in Math class again? An average is just the midway between extremes? Well, that describes MN exactly!)

This card uses designer paper from Kaleidoscope. The other colors that make this card so, so bright are Melon Mambo and YoYo Yellow. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

To recreate this card, you will need the following supplies:

Stamps: Very Vintage Clear Mount (118598)
Paper: Melon Mambo (115320), YoYo Yellow (102824), Whisper White (100730), Kaleidoscope DSP (115680)
Ink: Melon Mambo (1156…

2/21 Fancy Favor Leprechaun

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Last year, I was blog surfing and came across this post HERE by Mercedes Weber and I was so enchanted by it . . . that I saved it in my March "to do" file for almost a year! My customers will be making this Fancy Favor Leprechaun favor box at my Big Shot class this coming Tuesday. Isn't he just the cutest?

I used the Fancy Favor Die as the box base and the Scallop Circle. His sweet little face is cut from the Circle Scissors Plus. I used the 3/4" Circle Punch for his nose. A sponge dauber highlights the nose and cheeks with tone on tone color. (Blush Blossom ink on Blush Blossom paper.) The googlie eyes are attached with Mini Glue Dots and the mounth is drawn on with the narrow end of the Basic Black Journaler. The top hat is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2 " with the Tag Corner punch accented the corners. The bottom of the top hat is flush with the bottom of the brim. The brim is 3/4" x 4" and corner rounded. The handle is 2" x 11" and attached with Ear…

4/20 Stamping 411 Challenges

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Here we go . . . another sketch challenge and another color challenge from Stamping 411! You can see the sketch off to the left. One thing that you will notice is that I took the sketch and stretched it taller. I had an idea in mind, but needed the card taller, not longer. The thing you have to remember about challenges is that they are your starting point. Never feel like you have to follow them exactly in order to play. They are meant to "jump start" the creative process . . . so check out the fun at Stamping 411 and show us what you can do with a stampin' challenge!

I used my Full Heart Punch to create the three leaves of my clover and to give them some extra texture, I just put them into the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit Die and ran them through my Big Shot Machine. . Have you noticed the way the sentiment is layered? I LOVE how that turned out. I created it by using a die from the Lots of Tags Sizzlit die set. I trimmed one of the tags so into a rectangular shape…

2/19 A Fancy Irish Tote

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I have a Big Shot Class coming up and decided to create a Fancy Irish Tote for my customers to make. I used Green Galore paper for the tote which goes together lickity-split when you use the Fancy Favors Die with the Big Shot Machine. When I first started making Fancy Favor Boxes, I thought you had to start with a 12" piece of paper to successfully make the box. But, I've since discovered that you can use paper only 11" long. It's just that your overlap flap will be shorter . . . which is really no problem, especially when you use Sticky Strip Tape to assemble your box. I actually like the shorter overlap so the 11" length is working out great for me.

The wonderful circle rings which looks so Irish to me, are made with the Lattice Die. I used Handsome Hunter and Glorious Green and layered them together. To make it more "circular", I just cut off the tips. You can see on the photo where that happened, but I don't think it detracts in any way from the…

2/18 Just One More ... Fun Fold!

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This is the final card in a series of cards I created for my Fancy Fold Class. It's called an "Easel Card" because the top panel can be propped up like an easel. And again . . . I used that awesome, wonderfully, sparkly paper called Sending Love. Will I ever get tired of it? Hmmmm, not so far! . Above is a picture of the card propped up by a brad that is inserted into the inside panel. The Real Red Epoxy Brad is made to coordinate with the Sending Love Designer Series paper. You can find it on page 13 of our Occasions Mini Catalog . . . along with a picture of the paper.
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Here are the supplies you would need to create this card:
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Stamps: Happy Moments Clear Mount (119125) FREE through March 31 with a $50 product purchase from Stampin' Up, On Your Birthday (111664)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), Very Vanilla (101650), Sending Love Specialty DSP (117153)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315)
Tools: Clear Block D (118485) you can put both the sentiment and the image on this clear block s…

2/17 Another Fancy Folds Card!

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The Fancy Folds Card Class has been so much fun!! Here is another card from this popular class that highlights our new Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch. This card also features our fun new specialty paper called Sending Love. . Supplies you would need to create this card:
Stamps: Whimsical Words Clear Mount (119119) FREE with a $50 purchase from Stampin'Up
Paper: Real Red (102482), Chocolate Chip (102128), Very Vanilla (101650), Sending Love Specialty DSP (117153)
Ink: Real Red (103133)
Tools: Jumbo Wheel Handle (103661), Clear Mount Block B (117147), Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch (117191)
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon (109067)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430) . Stampin' Up Specials Stampin' Up Shopping at Stamping to Share Stamping to Share Events Join the Team Stamping to Share

2/15 Stamping 411 Challenges

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To the left you can see the sketch challenge that Stamping 411 posted for the week. I used the set called "Happy Moments" which you can get for FREE from your demonstrator when you place a $50 Stampin'Up product order. I also used Itty Bitty Backgrounds around my flower image . . . another Sale-a-bration Reward Item available for FREE with a qualifying order! Isn't this a great time of year?

One thing that you might be noticing about this card is the darling flower embellishment. It's just a Scallop Circle punch with the scallops snipped in, stamped with Itty Bitty Backgrounds, distressed a bit and layered with designer series paper and a Jumbo 5/8" Brad.

Here are the supplies you would need to recreate this card:
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Stamps: Happy Moments Clear Mount SAB (119125), Itty Bitty Backgrounds SAB (120240)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Basic Brown (104315), Old Olive (102277), Real Red (103133)
Tools: Medium Jewelry Tag Punch…

2/14 Love Bird for Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Day! I was playing with some die-cut scraps and this is the card I came up with! A sweet love bird . . . most fitting for the day! The only stamping I did on this card was to create a background on the Top Note die. I used the vine image from Vintage Vogue. I just love making backgrounds with our Clear Mount Stamp sets. The colors on this card are Ruby Red, Old Olive and Kraft. I spritzed my Ruby Red panel with a bit of Isopropyl Alcohol before running it through the Big Shot Machine using the SU Texturz Backgrounds 1. Misting your paper with the Isopropyl Alcohol helps break down the fibers so that your plate leaves a nicer impression and unlike misting with water, the alcohol dries very quickly. You can also mist your Texturz Plate instead of the actual paper and I often do this so that if I get too much spritz in one spot I can smooth it out a bit with my fingers.

Have a great day!! Here are the supplies you will need to recreate this card:

Stamps: Vintage Vogue…

2/13 Birthday in Blue & Coral

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This is a card I designed based on a card I saw on page four of the Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog. I think it is a fun, bold look and would work well for either gender. I had no idea that Brilliant Blue would look so awesome with Cameo Coral . . . add in some Chocolate Chip and you have a color combo that really makes a statement! I'm excited to use this card in my upcoming workshops. I like to offer a Thank You card, a Birthday card and a quick, simple and seasonal 3-D item. If you are in the Twin Cities area and would like to book a Stampin'Up Workshop with me, please contact me and we can work out a place and time!

Supplies you would need to recreate this card:

Stamps: Party Hearty (111532)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128), Brilliant Blue (100721), Cameo Coral (100475), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Cameo Coral (103035)
Tools: Circle Scissors Plus (112530), 3/4" Circle Punch (107217), Scallop Edge Punch (112091)
Accessories: 1 1/4" Chocol…

2/11 Vintage Flower Thanks

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Here's a card I've featured at a couple of workshops this past month and also at my club nights. Isn't it pretty? This is the first card I ever made with the Vintage Vogue set that is found in the Occasions Mini catalog. I made it way back in December, but just never quite got around to posting it. I purchased this Vintage Vogue as a clear mount set so it was my first experience in trying out the new SU clear blocks and from the moment I stamped the tone on tone background . . . I was "in love" with the new clear mount system. How wonderful to be able to see exactly where you've already stamped . . . sooooo handy for creating stamped backgrounds! My customers are loving it, too!

The card features three sizes of silver brads and lots of punches. I love the way the colors go together . . . Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Regal Rose. The flower, it's stem and base are all raised up on Stampin' Dimensionals. I just love the "pop" that you ge…

2/10 Petal Card Die Ideas

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Here is very quick and cute Valentine's Treat Holder that you can made with the Big Shot and the Petal Card die cut. My club members really enjoyed this and it is such a fast little project that you can make a bunch of them in no time.
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To make it, just die-cut the Petal Card die with your Big Shot Machine, cut off to of the "petals" so that you are left with a heart shape. Put a 2 1/2" square piece of coordinating designer series paper into the square of your heart shape. I used a piece of DSP from the paper pack called Pink Flamingo. Fold up the remaining two petals and secure with Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive. If you use tape, it may pop open when you insert the candy. I haven't had a single problem when I use the Tombow glue. I enhanced the treat holder with a 1" punched out stamped image from "A Happy Heart" stamp set, and a scrap of white organza ribbon secured with a glue dot.
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As you can see in the picture below, you can fit a Ghirardelli C…

2/8 Stamping 411 Challenges

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I love the challenges at Stamping 411! This is my card for this week's Sketch Challenge. It's one that photography does not do justice to. This card is super, super sparkly in real life . . . like real sugared flowers! . As you can see, the image panel gives you a lot of room to play and I hadn't played with my 5th Avenue Floral set in some time. I just randomly stamped the flowers on Whisper White, colored it up with my Aqua Painter and ink from the lid of my ink pads and then Versa Marked the whole thing. I sprinkled on Heat and Stick Powder and after using a heat gun to sticky it up, I poured on Dazzling Diamonds and heat it to set it. . The rest of my card went together very quickly. I used some designer series paper from the Sweet Pea pack featured in the Occasions Mini, along with some White Satin Ribbon wrapped around the bottom edge of it. My main image panel and the sentiment panel are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. . Here are the supplies: . Stamps: Fifth Aven…