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Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge

I’ve had a stroke of good luck recently; every time I have sat down to make a card in the past few weeks, it has come together in less than 30 minutes.  That includes design, color scheme, cutting, and assembly.  I sure hope this streak continues!

Here is the card I made from the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge this week.  I am very pleased with how this turned out; I’ve been very afraid to use Crushed Curry but I’m trying to tackle that!  I’m also on a textured card stock kick; I just love the dimension it adds!

Supplies:  Bermuda Bay cardstock, Crushed Curry cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Soft Suede cardstock, Bermuda Bay marker, Crushed Curry marker, Soft Suede marker, Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon, Dimensionals, Large Oval punch, Scalloped Oval punch.

Stamp Set:  Watercolor Trio (Summer Mini catalog)

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Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge

 I finally found a little bit of time to stamp this past weekend and was able to play along with the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge.  Here is the sketch I had to work with.  And here is my creation:  I put the scalloped edge on the bottom instead of the top and I added a sentiment; I really liked how it turned out.  Also… I really need to learn how to take better pictures of my cards.  =\

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Easy Gift Idea

KitKat 4Everyone, including me, is always looking for cheap, easy gift ideas that look really great.  That’s why I am so glad I was shown this simple idea – and why I’m passing it on to all of you.  🙂  Today’s project is a gift wrapped candy bar.  A kit-kat bar, to be exact.  I cut a piece of Designer Paper into a 6″x6″ square, set the kit-kat bar in the center, put adheasive on all four sides of the paper, and folded the two sides down.  I used my crimper to seal shut the remaining two sides.  I tied it all off with a piece of ribbon (I find the wider ribbon looks best) and created a little tag to go along with it.  All in all this took me five minutes.

These are great to make as favors for a party or as a simple thank you gift for someone.  They are inexpensive (you can get four “wrappers” out of one piece of designer paper!) and very quick to make.  I love making these for guests at my Stampin’ Up! workshops and everyone always adores them.  I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate? 

KitKat 2

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I’m Back!

Cards 072Hi folks!  I am finally back after taking a break for the birth of my son.  Here is a card that I made just last weekend for a wedding.  I used the card on page 197 of the Idea Book and Catalog for inspiration.  I think it turned out rather lovely.  I used my big shot to cut out the leaves and layered them with a flower from the Pretties kit.  A green rhinestone brad finished it off.

Supplies:  Chocolate Chip cardstock, Maine Blueberry DSP (retired), Whisper White cardstock, Old Olive cardstock, Pretties Kit, Ice Rhinestone brads, Scalloped Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Scalloped Edge punch, Paper Piercer, Big Shot

Stamp Set:  Together Forever

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Stitched Exotics

Cards 053Today’s card is one I copied from someone – but from memory.  I don’t remember exactly what the original card looked like, but the idea is what I remembered most.  I randomly stamped designs from the Stitched Exotics stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I covered all that with a piece of vellum and tacked it down with some brads.  The ribbon and the sentiment were layered on top.  I like how the vellum toned down the bright colors – Bold Brights are definitely not my favorite.  🙂

Supplies:  Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Pink Passion cardstock, Vellum paper, Tempting Turquoise ink, Pink Passion ink, Green Galore ink, Temptin Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Small Oval punch, Large Oval punch, brads

Stamp Sets:  Stitched Exotics (retired), Warm Words

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Refreshing

Cards 065The card I am posting today is a very summery card – don’t you just want to sit back with a nice, cold glass of lemonade now?

Anyway, I made this card quite some time ago at a class.  It looks complicated, but it’s really not.  The “cup” is just a piece of Vellum paper cut into an almost-cone-shape, sponged with Yo Yo Yellow ink, and scored on each side to create tabs.  You use the tabs to put your adheasive on and adhear the vellum to the cardstock.  A real piece of a straw and some dazzling diamonds glitter completes the look.  Yummy!

Supplies:  Yo Yo Yellow cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Vellum paper, Yo Yo Yellow ink, Basic Black ink, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 2-Way glue pen, straw

Stamp Sets:  Tart & Tangy, Warm Words

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CASEing myself

Cards 056 I still remember the very first card I ever made – it was at a workshop I went to with my mom.  I was really skeptical that I could make something so pretty, but Robin coached me through it.  When it was all done I was so impressed with myself; realizing it wasn’t so hard when it was broken out into smaller steps.  I was hooked from that day forward.  The card I am posting today is almost an exact replica of that very first card.  A friend of mine asked me to make some invitations for a wine tour she will be coordinating this fall at various vineyards throughout the area.  I  really had fun making these for her – I was able to reminisce on that first feeling of accomplishment I had from making a card from scratch.  Some people get that same feeling from cooking, baking, carpentry, gardening, etc… I definitely get it from card making.  It’s a good release.  🙂

Supplies:  Natural Ivory cardstock, Elegant Eggplant cardstock, Mellow Moss cardstock, Elegant Egglplant classic ink, Mellow Moss classic ink, Kraft Taffeta ribbon

Stamp Sets:  Blossoms Abound (retired), Hugs & Wishes (retired), Great Friend

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