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SUO Challenges 87 & Sneak Peek

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Well, here we are, the last day of 2013! Can you believe that it’s over? I think that the year just flew by. It seems like just yesterday I was at Convention. And now in a little over a week, I’ll be leaving for Leadership. Amazing just how fast things move. Hopefully it’s warmer in Texas than it is here because it was freezing today and it’s supposed to be 12 degrees on Friday! Brrrr!

For my last post of the year I have my card for the SUO Challenge. This time we ask you to create a card using January colors…

SUO Challenges 87-WM

When I think of January, I think of cold, so I used blues and some snowflakes for my card. The base of my card is Island Indigo. For the background I used a piece of the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper. Another piece of Designer Series Paper backed with a piece of Island Indigo is on top of that. A banner of the Silver Foil Sheet goes across that and my flag is cut out from a piece of Bermuda Bay with the Banners Framelits Dies* and embossed with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Two more pieces of the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper are cut out with the Festive Flurry Framelits and adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. My greeting is from the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set, is stamped in Island Indigo and cut out with the Word Bubble Framelits*. How’s that for a festive, chilly birthday card?! If you’ll notice, I didn’t tell you what the name of the Designer Series Paper that is backed with Island Indigo is called. Let’s play a fun little game! Let’s see how many of you can tell me what it’s called. From all of you that answer correctly, I will select one random person and send them a little surprise. No cheating and reading the other comments. LOL! I hope you enjoyed my SUO Challenges card this time around. Head on over to the blog to see what the other designers have come up and don’t forget to enter your card in the gallery so we can see your take on the challenge! Have a great day, and we’ll see you back here next year! Woo hoo!!

Oh, and don’t forget that if you want any of the Winter Frost Designer Series Paper or Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack you only have three days left to order it before it’s gone! 🙂

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White

Specialty Card Stock: Silver Foil Sheet

Designer Series Paper: Winter Frost Specialty and ???

Ink: Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Set: Bring on the Cake Clear Mount

Framelits: Festive Flurry, Banners* and Word Bubble*

Embossing Folder: Northern Flurry

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

*2014 Occasions Catalog (January 3, 2014)

Bring On the Cake CM

Winter Frost Specialty DSP

Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack

Silver-Gold Foil Sheets

Festive Flurry Framelits Dies

Northern Flurry Embossing Folder

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Crisp Starfruit Stars & Little Sneak Peek

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How was your Sunday? Mine was pretty good for the last one of the year. I went into Manhattan in the morning and when I was finished with my appointment it was raining. That sort of dashed my hopes of taking a walk. When I got back on the Island I went to see my friends Kim and Kevin, Izzy and Savannah. We had some wine and Kim made ravioli parm for dinner. It was a much needed visit and Kim is just awesome! I also got to see Andrew for a minute. He has been very sick with the flu but is doing much better! I did manage to take one picture when I got to Penn Station. It’s not very exciting but it is the home of the new LIRR station, the former Post Office. You can see how rainy and gloomy it was too.

Post Office Penn

There is no Paper Players card for today. Instead I have another fairly simple card, sort of a collage with unusual fun colors. The base of the card is Summer Starfruit Card Stock. My background is a piece of Whisper White. I stamped the large stars from the Simply Stars Stamp Set and the small ones from the Banner Blast Stamp Set** both in Smoky Slate randomly on a diagonal. The greeting is from the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set and is stamped in Early Espresso on a piece of paper from the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper Pack. Another piece is adhered to one of the tags from the Stamp a Tag Kit and a piece of  Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape* is adhered around the end. Some Whisper White Bakers Twine is looped through the hole for the tie. I stamped another greeting from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set in Early Espresso and punched it out with the “Vintage” Large Star Punch.  Three more stars are punched out with the Merry Minis Punch Pack from Silver Foil Sheet and all of them are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I really love all of the colors, I think they go quite nicely together and the Washi Tape and Silver Foil Sheet give just the right amount of sparkle. Thanks very much for coming by to see my card for today. I always appreciate your visits and love your comments! Have a good last Monday of the year! 🙂

Crisp Starfruit Stars-WM

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Summer Starfruit and Whisper White

Specialty Card Stock: Silver Foil Sheet

Designer Series Paper: Birthday Basics

Ink: Early Espresso and Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen, Bring on the Cake, Simply Stars and Banner Blast** Clear Mount

Kit: Stamp a Tag

Punches: Merry Minis Punch Pack and Large Star (Vintage)

Embellishments: Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape* and Whisper White Bakers Twine

Tools: Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

*2014 Occasions Catalog (January 3, 2014)

**2014 Sale-A-Bration Catalog (January 28 to March 31, 2014)

Simply Stars CM

Delightful Dozen

Bring On the Cake CM

Birthday Basics DSP

Merry Minis Punch Pack

Stamp a Tag Kit

White Bakers Twine

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Hexagon Hello & Peeks

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I had a very quiet Saturday, but sometimes that’s necessary no? I’m not really a fan of relaxed and quiet, I would much rather be busy. I ran some errands, worked on some projects and enjoyed the somewhat warm sunny day. I did take a little time to just sit outside and be for a bit. I don’t do that often enough and it felt good. How is your weekend going so far? I’m off to Manhattan this morning. Hopefully it won’t rain!

Today I have a simple card for you that I made using some scraps that I had lying around. The base of the card is Whisper White Card Stock. I punched out two pieces of Pool Party with the Hexagon Punch and smaller hexagons are pieces that were leftover from using the Hexagon Hive Thinlit Die*. I simply adhered them to the card and then stamped the greeting from the Four You Stamp Set in Pool Party. Simple yet fun and highly mailable. I hope you enjoyed my simple sunday card and thanks for coming by. I hope you have a nice simple Sunday! 🙂

Four You, Hexagon Hive Thinlit, Hexagon Punch

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango

Ink: Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Set: Four You

Thinlit: Hexagon Hive*

Punch: Hexagon

Tools: Big Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

*2014 Occasions Catalog (January 3, 2014)

Four You CM

Hexagon Punch

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Perfect Peachy Notes Sneak Peek

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Ahh yes, the weekend! Everyones favorite time of the week, well, at least my favorite! Work again was pretty calm yesterday and I’m sure that will change come next week. It was really cold here again, I’m over that! In less than two weeks I’ll be in Houston for Leadership! It really has come quickly but I’m really excited to go, it’s going to be a good time! 🙂

My card for today has a bit of a funny story behind it. A friend of mine, Emily, had said that she liked the Mr. & Mrs. card that I had done for last week’s Pals Paper Arts but wasn’t sold on the Stamp Set because of the “bathroom” couple. I had to think for a minute and then I realized that she meant the stamp I have used on my card today. She said that if I could show her a card that makes them not look like “bathroom” people she would like the Stamp Set better. So here is what I have come up with…

The base of my card is Pool Party Card Stock and I used a piece of So Saffron for the background. A strip of paper from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper Pack goes down the left side. My main image is from the Perfect Couple Stamp Set* and is stamped in Basic Gray on Pool Party and the mini heart is punched out with the Owl Builder Punch. The frame around it is created using the Squares Collection Framelits Dies and the Oh Snap! is form the Hip Notes Stamp Set* and is stamped in Real Red. I adhered it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The hearts are punched out from Real Red with the Small Heart Punch. I used the Peachy Keen Stamp Set* to stamp the arrows along the bottom and they are cut out with the On Film Framelits Dies*. I also cut out a piece of Silver Foil Sheet with them for the camera. All of the elements are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals and some silver sequins complete the card. So, what do you think? Do they still look like “bathroom” people? I don’t think they do at all! I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thank you, as always, for stopping by! Enjoy your Saturday! 🙂

Perfect Peachy Notes-WM

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Pool Party, So Saffron, Whisper White and Real Red

Specialty Card Stock: Silver Foil Sheet

Designer Series Paper: I Am Me

Ink: Basic Gray, Real Red and Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Perfect Couple*, Hip Notes* and Peachy Keen* Clear Mount

Framelits: On Film* and Squares Collection

Punches: Small Heart and Owl Builder

Tools: Big Shot, 2-Way Glue, Multi-Purpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

*2014 Occasions Catalog (January 3, 2014)

I Am Me DSP

Squares Collection Framelits

Small Heart Punch

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Pals Paper Arts 185 & Sneak Peek

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Ahh.. you gotta love a little holiday on a Wednesday because it makes Friday come that much quicker! Work today was quiet again and I’m loving it. I had to go to the eye Dr. for my yearly exam after work and then I had some dinner and finished up some projects that needed to get done. I’ll be off to Manhattan on Sunday for a bit so I hope to get some pictures for you guys! Thank you for all of your sweet comments about yesterday’s post and little Daniel. You guys are the best!

Before I get to today’s post I wanted to thank the team over at Pals Paper Arts for choosing my card as one of the their top three picks for last week’s challenge. You can see my original post here and the winners post here. This week is the last Pals Paper Arts challenge of the year! I don’t know about you but 2013 flew by! This week the talented Nicole has given us a nice simple sketch…

PPA 185

This was one of this times where I saw the card before I sat down at the desk! The base of my card is Pool Party Card Stock. For the background I stamped a piece of Crumb Cake with the Hardwood Background Stamp* inked with Crumb Cake. A strip of paper from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack* is backed with some Real Red and adhered to the card on the right side. I cut out a piece of Pool Party with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies and stamped the greeting in Real Red from the Express Yourself Host(ess) Stamp Set. My flower is from the Simple Stems Stamp Set* and is stamped in Real Red and cut out with my Paper Snips. Some Stampin’ Dimensionals hold the flower and the label to the card. I love the colors in the Fresh Prints DSP, well I love the colors in all of the new DSP! I hope that you enjoyed my card for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge. Only a little over a week until you can order from the 2014 Occasion Catalog, get your lists ready! Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic Friday! 🙂

PPA 185-WM

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White

Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints Stack*

Ink: Real Red Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Simple Stems*, Hardwood Background* and Express Yourself (Host(ess)) Clear Mount

Framelits: Deco Labels

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

*2014 Occasions Catalog (January 3, 2014)

Express Yourself CM

Deco Labels Collection Framelits

Logo_for_Spencer

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A Birthday Card & Sneak Peek

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Happy day after Christmas! Did you get everything that you wanted? I certainly did! I got to spend the first part of the day with my family. I have some pictures for you too. The second half of the day Andrew came by and we just hung out. He is doing well, just some eye discomfort. We also had a Jewish Christmas dinner as he put it, Chinese food! I hope that all of you had equally wonderful Christmas days! I did get to see my little nephew yesterday too. In the first picture you can see that he is hanging on my every word! LOL!

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Either that or he is thinking what is this nut talking about! Oh, and if you look on the wall behind me you can see me when I was little! The next picture is Daniel, my brother Jason, his wife Erika and I. Can you tell that we are related?!

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Daniels is bored with the entire process that is going on! He did have a very cute little sweater on though, and the shoes!

Today I have a birthday card that I sent to a very good friend of mine who lives out in Indiana. I had actually just gotten my box of goodies when I made this card so all of the stuff on it is from the 2014 Occasions Catalog that you can order from starting January 3, 2014! The base of the card is Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock and the background is a piece of paper from the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper Pack*. The frame, filmstrip, camera and arrow are all cut out with the On Film Framelits Dies*. The frame from Coastal Cabana with So Saffron and the filmstrip and camera from Gold Foil Sheet. The arrow has a greeting from the Express Yourself Host(ess) Stamp Set and is stamped in Tangerine Tango. The greeting in the middle of the filmstrip is from the Peachy Keen Stamp Set* and is also stamped in Tangerine Tango. It’s a fun colorful card and I love the gold accents. I hope that you enjoyed my birthday card and pictures for today’s post. Thanks so much for paying me a visit, have a great Thursday! 🙂

Greg B'day 2013

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White

Specialty card Stock: Gold Foil Sheet

Designer Series Paper: Retro Fresh*

Ink: Tangerine Tabgo Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Express Yourself (Host(ess)) and Peachy Keen* Clear Mount

Framelits: On Film*

Tools: Big Shot and SNAIL

*2014 Occasions Catalog (January 3, 2014)

Express Yourself CM

Logo_for_Spencer

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Paper Craft Crew 73 & Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope that you have a day planned with family and friends and that you get everything that you want for Christmas! It’s funny how your outlook on Christmas changes through the years. It used to be all about the gifts and now for me it’s about knowing that the people that are important to me are healthy and happy and that I get to spend time with the ones that I care about. Not just on Christmas but all through the year. Time is precocious and we need to remember that. Speaking of people, Andrew’s surgery went well and he is comfortably recovering at home. He read all of your comments yesterday and remarked that people can be so nice. He thanks you for keeping him your thoughts as do I. I also want to thank all of you for your visits and comments, they really brighten my days and keep me going! It may sound cheesy but your guys are the best!

Today is not only Christmas day but it’s also time for this week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge…

PCCCS073 Sketch 12-25-2013

Since yesterday’s card was so simple I needed a nice full one today! My card starts off with a base of Smoky Slate Card Stock and a piece of Pool Party for the background. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the greeting from the More Merry Messages Stamp Set in Cherry Cobbler. The strip across the middle is a piece of paper from the Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack backed with a piece of Cherry Cobbler. I adhered some Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around the back with Sticky Strip before I adhered it to the card. Two flagged pieces, one Smoky Slate and one Cherry Cobbler, sit behind a piece of Bermuda Bay that I cut out with the Labels Collection Framelits Dies. The Festive Paper-Piercing Pack is used to pierce just the sides. My snowflake is cut out with the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies from a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper. In the middle is one of the Frosted Finishes Embellishments backed with a piece of Cherry Cobbler that I punched out with the 3/4″ Circle Punch. The small chevrons along the bottom are cut out with the Circle Card Thinlits and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Two Basic Jewel Rhinestones and another piece of ribbon tied in knot complete the card. I love the Bermuda Bay and Pool Party with the Cherry Cobbler, you know me, I’m all about non-traditional! I hope that you enjoyed my Design Team card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch. Stop by the blog and check out the other Designer’s projects and enter yours in the gallery. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me. I wish you and all of your peeps a very Happy Christmas! 🙂

PCCCS073-JK-WM

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Cherry Cobbler

Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer

Designer Series Paper: Winter Frost Stack

Ink: Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Set: More Merry Messages Clear Mount

Framelits: Festive Flurry and Labels Collection

Thinlits: Circle Card

Punch: 3/4″ Circle

Embellishments: Frosted Finishes, Basic Jewels Rhinestones and Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

Tools: Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

More Merry Messages CM

Circle Card Thinlits Dies

Festive Flurry Framelits Dies

Labels Collection Framelits Dies

Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack

Silver Glimmer Paper

Festive Paper Piercing Pack

3:4%22 Circle Punch

Bermuda Bay 1:8%22 Taffeta Ribbon

Frosted Finishes Embellishments

Basic Rhinestones

Current Promotions:

Big Clearance Rack Sale starts today! New items added up to 80% off!

Need some cards quicky? Stampin’ Up! has a brand new kit that allows you to create 20 cards, all you need is some adhesive and you’re all set. Click here for the Everyday Occasion Card Kit!

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 Eye-Catching Ikat. 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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