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Just Add Ink 180

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Ahh… the first day into the three day weekend! So, did I get out of work early yesterday you might be wondering? Well, I did get to leave at 4:00 but I had to go back at 5:00 so that really doesn’t count does it?! Not good! But I did have a very nice dinner with my friend Anthony and my Fred stopped by for a bit too. I also got to see my friends Brian and Kim and the kiddies in between work. Today I’m off to a block party to see more friends, that should be a lot of fun!

I do want to mention that Shelli Gardner the CEO of Stampin’ Up! fell off of her horse yesterday and hurt herself pretty badly. Keep her in your thoughts and wish her a speedy recovery along with me please. Without her I wouldn’t be able to be as creative as I am.

On to the business at hand, today’s card which is for this week’s Just Add Ink. The lovely and talented ladies choose my card for their Top Pick last week! You can see the original post here and their winners post here. This week we have a challenge to use markers, aqua painters, crayons, chalks etc. for some coloring. I choose to use some sponge daubers and went with an ombre style look.

The base of my card is a piece of Vellum Card Stock. The card front is made from a piece of Very Vanilla. I used the Bitty Butterfly Punch to punch out a piece of Window Sheet and a piece of Printer Paper. I used the punched Window Sheet as a stencil to sponge the butterflies with Soft Sky, Pool Party, Costal Cabana and Bermuda Bay ink. I then used the punched piece of Printer Paper as a mask to stamp all of the butterflies with the same ink colors. The stamp is the script from the Notable Notions Stamp Set. I stamped the greeting from the A Dozen Thoughts in the same ink colors too. The large butterfly is another piece of vellum and is cut out with the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and embossed with the Pretty Print Textured Impressions Folder. Three Basic Jewels Pearls complete the card. I love the stencil and masked butterflies and the ombre effect. Thank you for stopping by to see my card for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge. Have a very nice Saturday peeps!

JAI 180

Stampin’ Up! products used

Card Stock: Very Vanilla

Specialty Card Stock: Vellum and Window Sheets

Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Costal Cabana and Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: A Dozen Thoughts and Notable Notions Clear Mount

Embossing Folder: Pretty Print

Bigz Die: Beautiful Butterflies

Punch: Bitty Butterfly

Embellishments: Basic Jewels Pearls

Tools: Big Shot, Sponge Daubers and Vellum Adhesive (NON SU)

A Dozen Thoughts CM

Notable Notions CM

Pretty Print TIEF

Beautifile Butterflies Bigz Die

Bitty Butterfly Punch

Basic Pearls

Current Promotions:

Butterfly Bundle – get the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set and the Bitty Butterfly Punch for a special price now through September 30, 2013!

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! The latest one is Another Thank You. It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

Freshly Made Sketches 101

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Well, it’s finally here! FRIDAY! I know, I get way too excited about Friday every week but I do love my weekends! I don’t have any big plans but that can change at any time. I’m going to have dinner with my friend Anthony tonight and I’m hoping that we get out of work early today (fingers crossed)! Other than that not much going on and that means that I can get in some quality crafty time! The weather, hmm… it was overcast here but didn’t rain by me but they say it will be raining in the morning for a bit and then clear up. I know, the weather is thrilling isn’t it?!?! LOL! But the highlight of my evening last night was getting to video chat with my friend Carolyn from Australia! It was so nice to actually get to speak to her and I look forward to doing it again soon!

Today I have my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches. This week’s sketch is from Linda…

Freshly Made Sketches #101

I have been wanting to do another freestyle collage card and this seemed like the perfect layout! The base of my card is Whisper White Card Stock. A piece of paper from the Subtles Collection Designer Series Paper Stack and some Cork Sheet are flagged and adhered to the card. I stamped the Smoky Slate panel with the Filmstrip Stamp in Smoky Slate and adhered it to base over the two flags with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The circle is cut from Whisper White with the Circles Collection Framelits Dies and is adhered with more Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut the ampersand out with the Typeset Bigz Dies, the bird is from the Morning Meadow Host(ess) Stamp Set, the flower is from the Secret Garden Stamp Set and is cut out with the Secret Garden Framelits Dies and finally the small flower is punched out with the Boho Blossom Punch and a Basic Jewel Rhinestone is adhered in the middle. The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and is cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies. It’s a lot of products but I really do love the collage look and the blues look so nice together. Thank you, as always, for coming by to see my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Here’s to a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!! 🙂

FMS 101

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay

Designer Series Paper: Subtles Collection

Ink: Midnight Muse and Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Morning Meadow Host(ess) and Secret Garden Clear Mount and Filmstrip and Teeny Tiny Wishes Wood Mount

Framelits: Bitty Banners, Circles Collection and Secret Garden

BIgz Dies: Typeset Alphabet

Punch: Boho Blossom

Embellishments: Basic Jewels Rhinestones

Tools: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Morning Meadow Host CM

Secret Garden CM

Filmstrip WM

Subtles DSP

Secret Garden Framelits

Bitty Banners Framelits

Circles Collection Framelits

Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies

Boho Blossoms Punch

Current Promotions:

Butterfly Bundle – get the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set and the Bitty Butterfly Punch for a special price now through September 30, 2013!

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! The latest one is Another Thank You. It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

Mojo 308

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Thursday, how nice to see you again! One more day people! Rumor has it that we are going to get out of work early tomorrow and there will not be many people there anyway! Love days like that. My boss asked me to make two thank you card for her and I also managed to get another card made last night too. I love when I can get three cards made in one night. The weather here was sunny but overcast and at one point it looked like it might rain but didn’t. I don’t think the weather man has high hopes for the weekend either but I think they do that sometimes just in case it’s not the greatest. I don’t have any big plans, maybe just lay low and get some work done around the house. I also desperately need to organize my craft area which I have been doing little by little. Really little though!

Before I get to today’s post I want to let you know about two promotions from Stampin’ Up! announced today. First up they have released the Best of Set for September, the Best of Autumn. You can see them below or click here for a PDF.

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Second they have a new bundle available and it’s one of my mum’s favorites! You can get the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set and the Bitty Butterfly Punch for 15% off now through September 30th. Wood is $29.67 (savings $5.24) and Clear is $26.27 (savings $4.54). The flyer below has the prices reversed but you can take a look at it or click here for a PDF.

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Now for today’s card that is for this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch challenge. This time our sketch is provided by Julee Tilman…

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My card starts off with a base of Pistachio Pudding Card Stock. For the background I used a piece of Crumb Cake and the Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set stamped in Pistachio Pudding and Crumb Cake randomly. A piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon is adhered around the back before the panel is mounted to the base. The greeting is the new Magical Season Single Stamp stamped in Cherry Cobbler and cut out with the Ovals Collection Framelits and paper pierced with the Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack around the edge. I backed it with a piece of Pistachio Pudding cut out with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits and embossed with the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Some Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake punched out with the Boho Blossom Punch creates the flower. One Basic Jewel Pearl in the center of the flower and three in the lower right corner complete the card. I really like the Cherry Cobbler with the Pistachio Pudding and the oval back by the label is pretty cool too. Thanks for spending some time with me today to see my Mojo Monday sketch card for this week’s challenge. Have a very enjoyable Thursday!

Mojo 308

Stampin’ Up products used:

Card Stock: Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pistachio Pudding and Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Magical Season Single and Snowflake Soiree Clear Mount

Embossing Folder: Beautifully Baroque

Framelits: Ovals Collection and Deco Labels Collection

Punch: Boho Blossom

Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon and Basic Jewels Pearls

Tools: Big Shot, Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Sticky Strips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL.

Magical Season Single CM

Snowflake Soiree CM

Deco Labels Collection Framelits

Ovals Collection Framelits

Beautifully Baroque TIEF

Boho Blossoms Punch

Basic Pearls

Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack

Current Promotions:

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! The latest one is Another Thank You. It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

Paper Craft Crew 56

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Good morning, or good evening, depending on what part of the world you’re in. It’s Wednesday and that’s always a good thing because it means we’re halfway through the work week! To all my Aussies, I’m jealous, you’re almost into Thursday already! My boss at work told me today that she’s going away for a vacation for the first time in 3 years. She’s going to Secrets in Montego Bay, so I of course looked it up; it looks like a beautiful place to go. I will be taking a little trip in September but I can’t share all of the details with you just yet… it’s a surprise ;-).

For today’s post I have my Paper Craft Crew Design Team card for this week’s sketch challenge…

PCCCS056 8-28-2013

The base of the card is Very Vanilla Card Stock. The background consists of a piece of Soft Suede and a piece of Crumb Cake that are stamped in Soft Suede with the Woodgrain Background Stamp. To hide the seam I used a piece of Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon. The collage of flowers in the middle starts off with a piece of Soft Sky cut out with the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies. The flowers and leaves are from the Secret Garden Stamp Set and are cut out with the Secret Garden Framelits Dies. I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in coordinating colors to darken some of the petals on the flowers. The middles of the flowers are So Saffron punched out with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. I added a couple of dots on each one with my So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker for a little texture. The greeting is from the Chalk Talk Stamp Set and is stamped in Primrose Petals and punched out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch. A little piece of Primrose Petals is flagged and tucked behind. I like the collage effect of the flowers and we all know that I love the Woodgrain Background Stamp! Thank you so much for stopping by to see my Paper Craft Crew Design Team card for this week’s sketch challenge. Head on over to the blog to see what my fellow Design Team members have for your inspiration and enter one of your cards in the gallery so we can see your take on the sketch challenge! Have a wonderful day!

PCCCS056

Stampin’ Up products used:

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Primrose Petals and Pink Pirouette

Ink: Soft Suede, Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Ink

Markers: Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron Stampin’ Write

Stamp Sets: Secret Garden and Chalk Talk Clear Mount and Woodgrain Background Wood Mount

Framelits: Secret Garden and Ovals Collection

Punches: 1 1/4″ Circle and Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Embellishments: Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon

Tools: Big Shot, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Secret Garden CM

Chalk Talk CM

Woodgrain WM

Secret Garden Framelits

Ovals Collection Framelits

1 1:4%22 Circle

Itty Bitty Bit Punch Set

Primrose Petals 3:8%22 Stitched Satin Ribbon

Current Promotions:

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! The latest one is Another Thank You. It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

SUO Challenges 78

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Hey there! How is everything going? I’m much better than I was yesterday. My headache finally went away around 11:00am. I don’t think I have had one like that in a long time and hopefully not again anytime soon! It was nice here again today with a little more cloud cover and they are saying rain for tonight into tomorrow morning. Hopefully it will be nice for the three day weekend coming up! I do love a three day weekend! 🙂

Today I have my card for SUO Challenges. This time we have a ribbon and bows challenge for you. I decided to use some of the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, I have had it for a while and thought it was about time to break it out. The base of the card is Soft Suede Card Stock. The background is just a plain piece of Sahara Sand and I adhered the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon around the back with Sticky Strip. I also used another piece behind the sentiment to hold it flat. The panel is then mounted to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The image is the new Wonderful Blessing Single Stamp and it’s stamped in Midnight Muse and cut out with the Circles Collection Framelits. I brayered one of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies in Midnight muse and backed it with a piece of Midnight Muse that I also cut out with the Circles Collection Framelits to make it a little more sturdy. The whole thing is adhered to the card with more Stampin’ Dimensionals. I love the nice big size of the Wonderful Blessing Stamp and these would be great to make a bunch of for Christmas! Thanks so much for coming by to see my card for the SUO Challenges Ribbon and Bows. Head on over to the blog and check out what me teammates have for inspiration and add one of yours to the gallery. Have a fun Tuesday! 🙂

SUO Challenges 78

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Soft Suede, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla

Ink: Midnight Muse Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp: Wonderful Blessing Single Clear Mount

Framelits: Circles Collection

Embellishments: 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon and Tea Lace Paper Doily

Tools: Big Shot, Brayer, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Wonderful Blessing Single CM

Circles Collection Framelits

1 1:4%22 Burlap Ribbon

Tea Lace Paper Doilies

Current Promotions:

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! The latest one is Another Thank You. It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

Paper Players 160

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I know that I say it every Monday but boy did that weekend fly by. Yesterday was pretty nice, I did my projects and played around with some new ideas. Then around 8:00 I got a raging headache so I took some Excedrin and laid down. Wouldn’t you know I fell asleep and woke up at 12:00! Ha, that was definitely not a good thing. When I got up I wanted to sit at the craft desk again but I thought that would be a bad idea! It took a while to get back to sleep and I was up early this morning. Let’s see how long before I need a nap at work! LOL! The weather here yesterday was gorgeous, nice and mild with a breeze and perfect leave the windows open sleeping weather last night. The weather everyday should be like yesterday!

Today my post is for this week’s Paper Players. Before I get to it I wanted to thank Nance for selecting my card for her Cut Above for last week’s one layer card. You can see the winners list here and my original post here. This week Nance has given us a really cool sketch to work with…

Paper Players #160

I had a picture in my head of what I wanted the card to look like before I got started, love that! The base of the card is Gumball Green Card Stock. I used the Off the Grid Stamp and some Tangerine Tango Card Stock and Tangerine Tango Ink to create my background. Next up is some Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape on the diagonal with a thin strip of Gumball Green in the center. The stamped image is from the Halloween Bash Stamp Set. I stamped it three times, once in Gumball Green then in Tangerine Tango and again in Basic Black. The Gumball one is punched out with the Decorative Label Punch, the Tangerine one with the Scallop Oval Punch and the bat is cut out with my Paper Snips. All of them are adhered to each other and the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The three Gumball Green chevrons are punched out with the Chevron Border Punch and are also adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I really love the Gumball with the Tangerine and Black, it gives the card a nice pop of color. I will definitely incorporate more Gumball into my Halloween projects! Thank you for visiting me today to see my Paper Players card for this week’s sketch from Nance. Have a good Monday! 🙂

Paper Players 160

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla

Ink: Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango and Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Halloween Bash Clear Mount and Off the Grid Wood Mount

Punches: Chevron Border, Decorative Label and Scallop Oval

Embellishments: Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape

Tools: Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Halloween Bash CM

Off the Grid WM

Scallop Oval Punch

Decorative Label Punch

Chevron Border Punch

Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape

Current Promotions:

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! The latest one is Another Thank You. It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

Freshly Made Sketches 100 & Just Add Ink 179

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A good Sunday to you all! My Saturday didn’t turn out quite the way I had envisioned. I had breakfast with my friend Joe and that was very nice. I came home and started working on some projects and then my friend from work texted me to say that she couldn’t go to Manhattan. Bummer! I decided that it was way too nice of a day so I called my friend Louis and we went for a ride in the convertible and did some shopping. After, we had some gyros for dinner and they were delicious! So not a bad day after all. I will have to postpone my reviews for another time. LOL!

Today I have a double post, I don’t know where the week goes sometimes! It’s Freshly Made Sketches 100th Challenge! How great is that?!?! I have been playing along since sketch 38, so that 62 sketches! Pretty cool! For the 100th challenge they brought back the sketch from their very first one…

Freshly Made Sketches #100

I went for a retro feel to my card with some new products to sort of pay tribute to the sketch. The base of my card is Midnight Muse Card Stock and the background is a piece of paper from the Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack. I used the Delicate Details Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss a piece of Crumb Cake to go across the lower half of the card. The tilted panel is a piece of Midnight Muse, embossed with the Perfect Polkadots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and backed with a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe. For the greeting I used the new Cheers Single Stamp, again stamped in Midnight Muse and backed with Crisp Cantaloupe. I flagged a little piece of Midnight Muse to go across the top that mirrors the stamped part of the bottom of the greeting. An ornament from the Christmas Collectibles Stamp Set that I inked in Crisp Cantaloupe and punched out with the Christmas Ornament Punch completes the card. I really like the Midnight Muse and Crisp Cantaloupe paired with the Crumb Cake, I think it makes and interesting combo!

FMS 100

My second card today is for the ladies over at Just Add Ink! I thought the sketch was really cool and perfect for the Rev Up the Fun! Stamp Set…

JAI Sketch 179

My card base for this card is Whisper White Card Stock. The background is a piece of Smokey Slate stamped with some Gorgeous Grunge in Pacific Point, I rounded the corners with the 1″ Circle Punch. All of the images and greeting are from the Rev Up the Fun! Stamp Set except for the flag that is stamped with one of the Paper Pumpkin Stamps. The tire marks and dust are stamped in Basic Black and the car in Pacific Point. For the greeting I used some Versa-Mark and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The Ovals Collection Framelits Dies are used to cut it out and some Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere it to the card. The images from the stamp set are fun and help to make a great masculine card that would work for any age.

JAI 179

Thank you, as always, for stopping by to see my post for Freshly Made Sketches 100th anniversary and Just Add Ink sketch challenge 179. It’s always great to have you check in and I hope that you enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Freshly Made Sketches Card:

Card Stock: Midnight Muse, Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake and Whisper White

Designer Series Paper: Season of Style Stack

Ink: Midnight Muse and Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Cheers Single and Christmas Collectibles Clear Mount

Embossing Folders: Perfect Polkadots and Delicate Designs

Punch: Christmas Ornament

Tools: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Cheers Single CM

Christmas Collectibles CM

Season of Style DSP Stack

Perfect Polka Dots Texture Embossing Folder

Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Christmas Ornament Punch

Just Add Ink Card:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pacific Point and Basic Black

Ink: Pacific Point and Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Ink

Specialty Ink: Versa-Mark

Stamp Sets: Rev Up the Fun!, Gorgeous Grunge and Paper Pumpkin Clear Mount

Framelits: Ovals Collection

Embossing Powder: White

Tools: Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Rev Up the Fun! CM

Gorgeous Grunge CM

Ovals Collection Framelits

White Stampin' Emboss Powder

Current Promotions:

Paper Pumpkin! Get your first two months for only $10! Click HERE to sign up!

Make your own stamp! New Undefined stamp carving kit. Available now! Click here for the PDF.

Check out all of the Photopolymer Stamp Sets! The latest one is Another Thank You. It’s a completely clear stamping option you are going to love!

Thinlits Card Dies! A fast and easy way to make a flip fold card! Available August 1st! Click here for the PDF.

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