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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Hello!!

Happy Hello to you today!  It is Wednesday, and time to Hop!  I cannot even believe that we are halfway through the week already!  I am so far behind from the "snow/cold" days for the kids, that I don't think I have even stopped moving this week!  I thought I would go with a really clean and simple design for today's card.  I haven't played with my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set lately, and was missing it, so that's what I decided to use.  Here are our inspirations photos/colors:

and here is what I did with them - By the way - I decided to avoid adding Sahara Sand in this project - seems like I am using it a lot lately:

 and a close-up of the sentiment:
As you can see, I stamped on the Vanilla panel, then I cut out the "hello" sentiment with a thinlit and glued it over the stamped image.  The real trick in gluing down these skinny sentiments, is the Two-Way Glue Pen.  I can't imagine the mess without it!   I really like how this simple card turned out, and think I will be making several with the Thanks thinlit and packing them up!  If you started with Robbie, then you found the beginning, but if you began here, be sure to hop forward to Carol's website to see what she has made for you today!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

She Shoots...She Scores - She took the Plunge!

Good morning, and happy Friday!  It has been frigid in Chicago, and kids have been out of school because of the extreme temperatures.  Still, hard to complain when I know some of my East Coast design team partners over at The Paper Plunge are literally buried in show!

Today I am sharing with you a white on white card I did for our weekly challenge, where the theme was "scoring as a design element".  I have not used these great feather stamps before, but I am really loving them.  The matching framelit makes all of the difference in the world!

and here is a close up of the great feathers:

I stamped them with Versamark on vellum, then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  When they cooled, I used my Big Shot and coordinating framelits to cut them out.  You can also see a bit more of the scoring detail here.  I used my diagonal plate for my simply scored score board to give more interest to the background.  The center panel strip is also vellum, and dry embossed (also with my Big Shot) with an older embossing folder.  The Love Life sentiment is from the A Happy Thing stamp set that is one of the great Saleabration free choices - Love this set!  I will list all of the "ingredients" below.  Also, I used a sketch from a site I haven't visited in a long time, and have missed, Try Stampin' On Tuesday.

If you are feeling up to a challenge this week, be sure to take the plunge and join us at The Paper Plunge for our scoring challenge!  We would love to see what you create!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pasture Birthday...Story of my life!

When I first saw this stamp set, I knew I needed it... not just the adorable animals, nor was it just the open line design that is just too fun to color with Blendabilities, but the sentiments are perfect for me.  You would think that I would be better about sending birthday cards in a timely manner - yet it always seems that I have one in my car - ready to be mailed, ON the ACTUAL birthday...

This just happened to me, again, and I had a great opportunity to make a fun card!   One of the best things here is that you can get several of these Blendabilities FREE as one of your Saleabration selections!   Here is what I did:

I can only say, if I missed your birthday - because it is February afterall, so I am a whole month behind..., then you may just see a card like this in your mailbox soon!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Sheltering Tree

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!  Looking out my window lately, I see nothing but white.  There is snow everywhere, and it really seems to just keep coming!  Besides the sugar-coating that the snow gives the trees, they are bare.  I was feeling nostalgic for the soft green hazy colors of spring, and then I saw today's colors of today's challenge.  If you started with Robbie's website, then you started at the beginning, and you can just keep hopping from here, but if you started here, you will come full circle and see all of the cards if you just keep hopping.  Here are today's photos:

And here is what I have for you:

This is from a brand new stamp set called Sheltering Tree, and I am in love with it!  There are so many things you can do with it, that I just can't wait to play with it a little more!  It's hard to tell here, but instead of just punching the little flowers out of solid cardstock, I sponged the colors onto whisper white cardstock, then punched them so that the flowers all had different color intensities.  I will be posting a video soon about this very cool tree technique - so be sure to follow my website by email (over on the right) so you don't miss it!

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Be sure to swing by Carol's blog and see what she is cooking up today!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Emboss that Plunge!

Friday at last...  What a week.  My studio has been crazy, and I have spent time down there the last few days trying to get it all sorted out... um, yeah... the problem seems to be that just when I go to put something away, I think of a REALLY COOL PROJECT that I could make with exactly that item... Hence, nothing ever gets put away.

In any case, this week's challenge over at The Paper Plunge is an embossing challenge.  There are so many ways to emboss, but I am just showing the standard dry embossing.  this is one of the cards I used for my swaps for the recent Leadership Conference.  Yep, still working my way through showing you all of that cool stuff.
I have used the Groovy Love stamp set again here - and since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, it is still timely!  One of the things I love so much about this stamp set is that there are coordinating punches that work perfectly with it!  If you have a few minutes this weekend, give an embossing project a try!  Be sure to upload your creation to our challenge:  The Paper Plunge.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stippled Blossoms Wednesday HOP!

Hello, and happy Wednesday!  It is time again for our Coloring Down the Lines Blog hop.  If you started here, no worries, we are a circle - you will loop back to Robbie in no time!  Today's photos are kind of romantic to me.  I guess I am thinking about Valentines Day!  I have yet to make cards for my kids and my husband - so funny!

Here is today's inspiration picture:
and the corresponding colors!
and here is what I have for you:

I am going to list my supplies, minus that really cute (retired *gulp*) button.  The first person who correctly lists the item name and color for that button in the comments here will receive, from me, a roll of this beautiful Sahara Sand lace ribbon!  You are gonna love it!  (please include your email address in your comment).
When I am using two step stamps, particularly if they are NOT photopolymer - (this set is clear mount), I always use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me line up the second step.  In this card's case, for the larger flowers, I first stamped the more solid Real Red flower, then used Cherry Cobbler for my second step on top.  The small flowers went in the same order...  Blushing Bride first for the more solid image, the Melon Mambo for the top stamp - because it was too bright, I did stamp off with the Mambo before stamping on the flower.  I used Fast Fuse here too, to hold down the ribbon.  There is a learning curve with this sticky stuff, but I think I will never go back now!  It holds so well, and no clingy film to try and peel off!  One swipe with the Fast Fuse, and I could ruche the ribbon exactly as I wanted it!

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Now be sure to hop forward and see what Carol has for you today!  I am wondering if she has love on her mind too!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sending Kisses -February Kits and Crafts

Hello! It is February - and time to add our new Sending Kisses Kit! This month we have come up with some fun cards for you using the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  Of course we couldn't just get the stamps when we have such great tools to use with it - Butterfly Basics stamp set has a coordinating Framelits collection, that will really give your projects a POP, without all of that frustrating and time consuming fussy-cutting.  To make matters even better, Stampin' Up! offers a BUNDLE, which gets you a 15% discount!

Here is the sneak peek for our projects this month:

Remember!  If you order your stamp set online HERE, using the Hostess Code: JHFNZ6NC
You will receive a FREE PDF with step by step directions and guided photos to make all 4 of the cards pictured above.  Do you already have this stamp set?  Just need some fresh ideas??  Well, you can still get this PDF, with the cards we have only posted here - they will not be posted on any other public forums, for only $3!  It will come straight to your email inbox!  See more details HERE!  Stampin' Up! gives you all kinds of choices for stamps and bundles - find yours below:

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stacked With Groovy Love

Good morning!  Two days in a row  - I just have so much stuff to show you, I am trying to figure out how to get them all out to you!  If you don't want to miss any of these cards and projects, then please be sure to enter your email in the column on the RIGHT (said that wrong yesterday), and you can get these samples and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

As you can tell by the crazy name of this post, this is a Valentine's Day card.  It was also one of my swaps at the Leadership conference I just attended.  It is an easy-peasy quick card using the Stacked with Love paper pack (this is a GREAT value), the Groovy Love stamp set, a little embossing, and some Dimensionals.  Not hard, and has lots of texture.  you may also notice the little red gem in the top righthand corner of the heart.  This is just one of our Basic Rhinestones that I colored using my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker... no more searching for the right color of gem - now I just color them myself!  I am going to list the supplies here, NOTE:  the Sweetheart Punch is actually on sale right now- check out the right hand column for Weekly Deals.

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You will also see that the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities are listed as FREE.  This is because it is Saleabration, and this 3-pack of markers is included in that catalog as a selection.  If you were to purchase the supplies listed to make this card - those markers would be FREE to you too!  See what else is free in the Saleabration catalog on the right!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Saleabration Leadership Gifts!

Hello!  I am home from a great Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Because of the extreme snow in Chicago, I spent an extra two days in Florida waiting on cancelled flights to bring me home! I am going to break up all of my cool samples over the next week or so, so please be sure to stop back!  If you think you may not remember (and you don't want to miss out - believe me), then be sure to follow me by email by adding your email address in the space on the left!

Leadership is a great time to get a refresher on business, and see some great stamping, but my very favorite thing about Leadership is spending time with leaders and friends from all over the country!  I have made some great friends, and seeing them twice a year is something I look forward to the rest of the year!  One of the fun things we do here, is make small gifts for each other!  It is always fun to see what everyone will create!  Here is a picture of the gifts I made for one of my downline teammates:

I will list all of the supplies below , but here are a few extra details...I created the bag by just using my trimmer - both the cutting blade and the scoring blade.  I punched two holes in the top, and threaded the Saleabration ribbon through the holes and tied the bow.  I tucked the white jute ribbon over the top of the bag, and through both sides of the ribbons.  I used a Big Shot and Die to cut out my teammate's initial to add it to the bag.

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I made the little box also using the same supplies above, with the addition of Coastal Cabana cardstock.  At the top of the little box, you are going to see one of my very favorite products in the newest Occasions Catalog - the Bow Builder punch!  Perfect little paper bows - everytime!

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The little notebook - yes, it is a hard case with a little notebook inside, is made with the same items above, but with the addition of the Clear Mount Stamp cases!  These are great to use for all kids of things, and the Wood Mount stamp cases are one of my go to items - I use those for little craft supplies to go, and since they all fit in DVD storage tower, I have converted many of my older style wood cases into this style!  I will list them below, although the ones I used that are shown in the picture are the Clear Mount style.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Vellum Valentine - Take the Plunge!

Welcome!  Today I am sharing with you, my submission for The Paper Plunge Design Team's challenge this week - Vellum.  We are allowed to cut it, punch it, emboss it (this is what I did), stamp on it, etc...  I thought I would show you a cute Valentine decoration I made using Vellum this week!
This is my project.  I used vellum, and the Curvy Box thinlit to create this cute favor!
After cutting the pieces, but before assembling, I embossed the vellum with the brand new Happy Heart embossing folder!

You can kind-of see it in the photo above, but since it was vellum, I thought I would add a little light inside.  This is a great way to showcase vellum's opacity.  I used a little battery operated "candle".  If I were giving this away, I would probably fill it with candy (afterall, who doesn't like candy??).  I took a photo of this in the dark so you could see the light inside:
I hope you enjoyed this little project, and that you will share your creation with us over at The Paper Plunge.  Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Soft Colors blog hop

Hello!  I owe you and my very good friends, an apology.  I thought I had set this post to publish, but I hadn't.  My friend and fellow hopper, Joni, let me know during the day, but I was in a video conference, and promptly forgot to fix it the minute I got off ~ then life happened.

Sorry I am late, but here it goes:
If you are hopping over from Robbie's website, then you are on the right track.  We are a big, happy circle, though, so you can keep on hopping from here and you will circle back!

Liz picked the following picture for us to use this week:

I liked the black outline against the soft colors, so that is what I also did this week:

I stamped the image with Staz-On, then used just my clear blocks, and tapped them straight on my ink pads.  I then spritzed the blocks with my Stampin' Mist, and stamped them right on the page.  I like colorblocking, so this is a fun and easy way to create a background! I will list all of my supplies below, but to see what everyone else did, be sure to hop over to Carol's website to see what she is up to...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines- Poppies

Hello, and happy Wednesday!  Let's Hop!  If you started with Robbie, then you started at the beginning, but if you began here, be sure to keep on hopping - don't worry, we are one big circle! 

This week's photo and colors just made you say Poppy!  Check them out!

I didn't have the die I was looking for, but knew the materials I wanted to use!  I wanted soft, wispy petals, so I used filter paper, which I cut with my Flower Frenzy die, then I used Calypso Coral and Real Red reinker to dye the filter paper.  Here is what I did:
 and a close up:

Now hop on to Carol and see what she did today!  Be sure to stop back on Friday to see what we will be doing over at The Paper Plunge!  Also be sure to check out below to see the All New Sending Kisses!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sending Kisses - YAY! First Month!

Hello, Happy New Year, and Oh, Happy Day!  Today we launch our very first Sending Kisses Kits & Crafts!

You will see the tab above (on my website - if you are receiving this email by email subscription, then you will need to click on the title of this post to get to the website) for Sending Kisses.  Every month, my buddy Robbie and I will select a specific stamp set, (for January it is Groovy Love).  If you order that specific stamp set from one of our websites - mine is, and enter the Hostess Code for that month (this month it is: AXGDUWPB) then you will receive a pdf (actually it is usually 4-8 pages), that contains 4 exclusive cards made using that set, along with photos, measurements, supply lists, and step-by-step directions- with pictures when needed, for you to complete the cards at home!
Here is the stamp set you will need:
Groovy Love
And here is a Sneak Peek of the 4 great cards you will make:
Order NOW!
Do you want to order all of the supplies to make the cards at the same time as you get the stamp set (you could take advantage of Sale-a-bration benefits with each $50 purchase beginning January 6th), 
email me here, and I will send you the general supplies we used so you can order ahead! (no measurements,  instructions, or PDFs will be included until you place your order using the hostess code:
There are a few other options to help you along too! 
Card Kit
You can order the card kit from us here for only $8!  With this you will receive the PDF (just like above), but you will also get the complete kit - all supplies, accessories, etc... for two of the cards (minus the stamped images per Stampin' Up! policy)... You can use the stamp set you ordered to complete the cards.

PDF Only
Already own Groovy Love?  No problem!  If you don't need the stamp set, but still want access to the exclusive cards and directions, you can buy the PDFs only for just $3!  What a deal!

Are you a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?
You can order the Demo file (no need to order the stamp set from us here) for only $8, and you will be all set to teach this great class. This includes the PDFs for the four cards, as well as a Class Planner!  The Class Planner includes all supplies needed and special cutting instructions, plus any tips or tricks which could be helpful, for a class of 10!  Won't it be great to have the work done for you?  You'll know exactly what you need to order and how to prep - no muss no fuss!

Click Here to get started making your own Groovy Love!