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5/28 Scrapbook Club Layout

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It's been a while since I have pursued scrapbooking with the fervor I had when my kids were younger. But, I've decided it is time to start having some fun with it again and thanks to customer requests, I'm starting a scrapbook club which will meet once a month for six consecutive months. Of course all of the layouts will be on the generic side so that they can work with lots of different photographic occasions. This one can be considered nature oriented or possibly "manly" which works well for June Father's Day gatherings. This scrapbook double page spread is also part of my design team work for this week's Late Night Stamper Challenge which is to create a masculine card or project. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and hope that this will give you some ideas, too.


And, I also have to share a picture of a little visitor that we had last night. My customers and I were finishing up a Mini Accordion Album project when my daughter popped in to s…

5/27 Punched Medallion Card

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The Late Night Stampers Quick and Easy card focus this week is on brads and eyelets. I think a large grommet counts, too! This card went together in about 10 minutes. I  recently held a Big Shot Basics and Beyond class at my house and one of the things I taught my customers was how to use ink on your SU Impressions Folders to achieve the kind of look that you see above.

In this case, I used the Impressions Folder called Petals-A-Plenty from our Holiday Mini catalog. This folder is still available to order as I believe SU will be carrying it over into the new catalog. I used my brayer with Garden Green ink and rolled it over one of the inside panels of the Impressions Folder. When it was completely covered, I slipped my panel of So Saffron card stock into the folder and closed it up carefully before running it through the Big Shot Machine. Then, just like magic, your entire background is green while the flowers and dots pop up in So Saffron! I take so much joy from the little things li…

5/26 Nature in Suede and Hunter

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This card is one that I featured at a recent Make It Manly class at my home. It also fits into this week's Late Night Stamper's Challenge which is to make something "For the Boys." I used the stamp set called Nature Silhouettes and the feature that I like the best on this card is the wide Twill Tape. I tend to use the medium and small width Twill Tape . . . but the 1 1/2" Twill Tape was always left over and as time went by, I've managed to accumulate quite a bit of it . . . so this card was my challenge to use it!!

Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Nature Silhouettes
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Autumn Days Designer Series Paper
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Soft Suede
Tools: Crop-a-Dial
Accessories: Twill Tape, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesives, SNAIL

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5/25 Razzleberry Bloom

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I've been very busy with family stuff and prepping for classes/workshops and events so I haven't been posting as much lately. That gives me a bit of blogger's guilt! So . . . what can I make that is fast to let my readers know that they haven't been abandoned? Well . . .  a sketch challenge, of course!! I turned to Mary Jo Price-Williams again over at the TechnoStamper and used another one of her Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenges.

I picked my Designer Series Paper first . . . Razzleberry Lemonade and built my card around it. For the circle element I used a Pretties Flower jazzed up with punched layers and additional Pretties pieces. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Stem Sayings.

Have a great day! Thanks for dropping by my blog and happy stamping!!

Stamps: Stem Sayings
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch
Accessories: Pretties Kit
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpo…

5/21 Welcome Neighbor or Christmas?

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I like this card because it can be used as a Welcome Neighbor card . . . or if new neighbors are naught, you can use it for a Christmas card! I was inspired by the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge that Mary Jo Price-Williams post on her Technostamper Blog.

This card got its start from the oval. When I saw the oval on the sketch . . . I started going though my stamp sets to see if I had any oval stamps that I could punch out with my Wide Oval Punch. Of course, I could have used a flower or any other such image and punched it out with the oval punch . . . but I wanted it to be an oval stamp. That's when I came across Sweet Season . . . a holiday set. BUT . . . I have seen some lovely new neighbor cards with it that use that Jumbo Wheel called Neighborhood. Unfortunately, I don't own that wheel. Our neighborhood is pretty stable . . . everyone seems to have been here for years already. Sometimes I wonder if "we" aren't considered the "new" neighbors as w…

5/20 Butterfly Elements

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I made this card for the Quick and Easy Card Challenge at Late Night Stampers with the emphasis on "R". We had to use at least two elements on our card that started with the letter "r". I picked Real Red, Ribbon and Retiring Colors in Taken with Teal and Gable Green. This card is sized at 5 1/2" Square.

I used the scroll stamp from Elements of Style with bleach on Taken with Teal card stock. The bleached out portion looks almost exactly like Gable Green  . . . . don't you just love happy coincidences like that? I saved a portion of it for the inside panel of my card and then I used some of it to die cut butterflies from the Wonderful Wings Embosslit. I used Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to sparkle them up. They are put on with mini glue dots. It really was an easy card to put together.

Supplies to create this card:

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Gable Green, Taken with Teal, Real Red
Ink: Taken with Teal
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, Lattice Die, Mag…

5/19 Elegant Sympathy

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I took some time a few days ago to stamp a couple of sympathy cards. This was one of them. I used a long retired stamp called Stipple Hydrangea. I stamped it onto my card with White Craft ink and let it dry naturally. I framed it with a leftover cut out from the Top Note die. I used the Word Window Punch with a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. It's a very simple card . . . but full of caring and concern. I pray I do not have to use it anytime soon. The inside of my card repeats the image from the front of the card. It has a softer look though because it is the White Craft ink stamped onto Kraft paper. The sentiment is from Close as a Memory.
Here are the supplies I used:
Stamps: Stipple Hydrangea (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes, Close as a Memory for the inside sentiment Paper: Basic Black, Kraft Ink: Craft White, Basic Black Tools: Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die for the Kraft frame, Word Window Punch Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
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5/16 One More Grad Card

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Today I am going to a Stamp and Share meeting with other demonstrators here in the Twin Cities area. I'm really looking forward to it . . . my tummy actually has butterflies I'm so excited! Anyway, I've been busy preparing for it because of course there will be time for swapping! This is the card I came up with and yes . . . it is another graduation card! It's fairly quick and easy . . . but I love its boldness. I've gotten so much mileage out of this ala carte stamp called Happy Grad from the Summer Mini Catalog. And, the best part is that it plays right into the Late Night Stampers Challenge which is to "Make It from the Mini."

Here are the supplies you would need to recreate this card:

Stamps: Happy Grad
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Scallop Oval Frame Die
Accessories: Black Gingham Ribbon
Adhesives: SNAIL, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Mini Glue Dot to attach the ribbon

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5/12 Big Music Thanks

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My daughter's piano teacher has me make a card each year that's big enough for a lot of people to sign and this is the card I did up for her this year. A Late Night Stamper Challenge to "sponge" on a Quick and Easy card inspired me to sponge the edges of my designer paper plus many of the other edges adding extra depth and interest to the card. Although it may not appear to be quick and easy card a first glance . . . it really wasn't too difficult to make once I figured out how to make fairly small images look BIG on this 5 1/2" x  8 1/2" card. The images are from a retired stamp set called "Elegant Notes" and I wonder if it didn't retire after just one year. I guess not enough people out there making music cards. I'm glad I have it as I've used it quite a bit! I used the Wide Oval Punch, the Big Shot Machine and my Circle Scissors Plus to get my shapes. I really like the way the clefs are tied in with the ribbon resembling a measu…

5/11 Graduation Smiles

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Every time I make a card with the "Go, Graduate" set from the Summer Mini Catalog I find myself smiling. It's a fun set to work with! This card fulfills two challenges. One for Late Night Stampers to Make It from the Mini and the other challenge is a Stamping 411 sketch challenge. I also challenged myself to use a set that when purchased this month from Stampin'Up earns you a set of designer brads . . .so I decided to use designer brads on my card, too!

Here are the supplies I used if you would like to recreate this card:

Stamps: Go Graduate, Elements of Style (when purchased in May from your SU demonstrator qualifies you to receive a collection of designer brads!)
Paper: Basic Black, Naturals White, Whisper White, Brushed Silver Ink: Encore Silver, Glorious Green Tools: Big Shot Machine, Lattice Square Impressions Folder, Scallop Border Punch, Paper Piercing Tool to create holes for the brads, Blender Pen Accessories: 1/4" Basic Black Grosgrain, Filigree Brads

5/10 Style is Easy!

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This card came together so quickly and easily. It is for the Late Night Stamper Challenge to use your Summer Mini products this week. I picked the stamp set called Elements of Style from the Summer Mini. I was very inspired by a card that Mary Rindal made recently which you can see HERE. I really like this stamp set - it makes me want to create some Vintage Scrapbook pages . . . Lord knows I would have the vintage pictures to go with it!! Ah . . . but that will have to be another day.

To recreate this card you will need the following supplies:
Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Curly Label Die, Movers and Shapers Magnetic Die, Lots of Tags Die Set, Modern Label Punch
Accessories: Melon Mambo marker

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And finally, I had to show you what I got my from day care sweetie. He a…

5/8 An Easy Reflection Card

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I haven't created a reflection (or mirror image) card in quite a long time and I've wanted to use that technique to make a pair of coffee cups from the Pun Fun set for just about as long!. Of course, I also incorporated BUTTONS because that's the focus of the Quick and Easy Card Challenge over at Late Night Stamper's this week. Notice how all the buttons are "naked?" Well, naked buttons are quite OK on an "informal" card like this one. The more elegant your card . . . the more important it is to put a bit of linen thread through the buttons holes.

This is how I did the reflection technique on this card. First . . . I stamped the coffee cup on the right. If you don't have your words cut away from your image, you will have to mask off the words. The easiest way I find to mask off words is to put some scotch tape right over the top of the words. After you ink up your stamp (Basic Black ink used here) it is EXTREMELY important to remember to remove…

5/7 Sometimes . . . It Takes Two!

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Earlier this week at my demo meeting, my newest down line member was fretting just a bit about her swap card. Our theme was to "Make It Manly", but she didn't have much in the way of current manly stamps in her collection so she put together a nice manly card layout and left the stamping up to us! This actually turned out to be a really neat idea - as we could then take our card home and finish it ourselves. To the left you can see what the card layout looked like before I started stamping. I also noticed that Jen's button added the perfect finishing touch and fit into the Quick and Easy Card Challenge at Late Night Stampers to use buttons. (REALLY quick and easy for me! lol!)

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog! Here are the supplies you would need to recreate this Quick and Easy card:

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Extreme Dirt Bike, Smarty Pants
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: 1/4"…

5/6 More Pearls & Swirls!

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Pearls and Swirls are so much fun! That's the challenge this week at Late Night Stampers and this is my second card for the challenge. I used the new Presto paper from our Summer Mini. To color it, I did direct to paper . . . another-words, I took my Melon Mambo ink pad, flipped it upside down on top of my Presto paper and rubbed it across the paper until I had the look I wanted. The embossed areas of this paper "resist" the ink so when you are done coloring the paper, all you have to do is take a tissue and wipe off any ink lingering on the embossed images. Isn't it lovely?

And, how do you like those BLACK pearls!! I used one of the sweet treat cups that I had sitting around, squirted in some StazOn Jet Black re-inker, dropped the pretty white pearls into the mix and swirled until they were completely covered in black ink. Then, I carefully removed them to a piece of scrap paper and let them dry over night. I adhered them to my card with mini glue dots. My butterfly…

5/5 Wet Paper Watercolor

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This card embodies two challenges. The first challenge is the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge. I followed it "almost exactly", but I substituted buttons in place of the sentiment. Which brings me to the next challenge - "Buttons!" Late Night Stampers encouraged us to use buttons in a quick and easy card this week. Well, this card is very quick and easy . . . despite the Wet Paper Watercoloring. More about that later!
My card is the long ways of a 1/2 sheet of paper. I did this so I could wrap my ribbon around the entire front panel of the card. The ribbon is secured with tape underneath my image panel. The background paper is from that cute paper pack that we could get free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration. I think it is called Welcome Neighbor. That piece of paper is trimmed to 4"x5 1/4" and secured with 9 small drops of Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive. (Really, that's all you need!) I did the ribbon wrap, and the top layer of ribbon was tied off in…

5/5 Quality Control Swap Two

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I love the graduation stamps that are in the Summer Mini. I used the ala-carte stamp called Happy Grad along with the stamp set called Starring You to create this card. You will also notice that the silver panel is made with the Impressions Folder called Square Lattice. LOVE that folder because it is more masculine in nature.

The star on the inside of my card is easily achieved. Just punch a small star first (to use for decorating the outside panel) and then use the large star punch upside down over the top of the punched out star and once it is lined up evenly on all sides, punch it out and you have an outline star to decorate the inside of your card.

Supplies you need to recreate this card:

Stamps: Happy Grad, Starring You
Paper: Real Red, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Ink: Real Read, Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Paper Piercing Tool to make holes for the brads, Paper Trimmer
Accessories: Vintage Brads
Adhesives: SNAIL, To…