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Tracey’s 40th B’day!

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Well that weekend just flew by! Lots to do makes time go quick. It was a busy weekend here on my blog too. We had the Control Freaks Blog Tour that started Saturday night and then my Paper Players Guest Designer post on Sunday morning. The Blog Tour was great! It’s quite awesome to be in such good creative company. And did you see all of the other designers cards over at the Paper Players? They just keep on getting better and better! I really do love being able to have the ability to share my creative passion with you and to be surrounded by such talented people. Let’s not forget all of you! Your comments and visits make me want to be the best I can be! So thank you very much!

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Today I’m posting a birthday card for my cousin Tracey in England. I would doubt that she has received it yet so I’m hoping that she forgets to look today! She is turing 40 today and she honestly doesn’t look a day over 26! Her favorite color is pink and she manages a pub in London so this is what I came up with for her. The base of the card is Rose Red Card Stock. For the background I embossed a piece of Pink Pirouette with the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The flags at the top are cut out with the Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies. The top one is stamped in Rose Red with an image from the Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set and the lower one is stamped in the same color using the Memorable Moments Stamp Set. The middle panel contains images from the Happy Hour Stamp Set. The drinks are stamped in Pink Pirouette and the olive in what else… Old Olive! I backed it with piece of Rose Red and all of the pieces, including the greeting, are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Speaking of the greeting it is also from the Happy Hour Stamp Set and again stamped in Rose Red. I think that the card fills the pink and pub manager requirements, don’t you? I hope that Tracey likes the card and that you enjoyed it too. Thank you for spending some time with me and I hope that you all have a very nice Monday!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Rose Red and Pink Pirouette

Ink: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Old Olive

Stamp Sets: Happy Hour, Memorable Moments and Hearts a Flutter Clear Mount

Framelits: Hearts a Flutter

Embossing Folder: Chevron

Tools: Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ DImensionals and SNAIL

Tracey B'day 2013

Happy Hour CM

Memorable Moments CM

Hearts a Flutter CM

Hearts a Flutter Framelits

Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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Swallowtail Christmas Sneak Peek

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Happy Saturday peeps! I’m off to Manhattan this morning and I’m taking the train in because of the snow they say we are going to get. The only good thing about the train is that I will get some reading done. I’m trying to get through the second Hunger Games book Catching Fire, I usually only get to read on the train and I haven’t been taking the train in a lot so it’s taking me a long time to get through it! Hopefully I can finish it today.

My post for today is the Christmas card and gift bag that I gave my mum. I have mentioned before that she is a big fan of butterflies. When I saw the Swallowtail* in the new 2013 Spring Catalog I knew I had to have it. The base of the card is Gumball Green Card Stock. I stamped the Swallowtail Stamp* in Raspberry Ripple on Raspberry Ripple Card Stock. I like that the stamp is so large that it goes off the card stock. The greeting is from the More Merry Messages Stamp Set and is stamped in Versa-Mark and heat embossed with some Gumball Green Stampin’ Emboss Powder. For the bag I used a small size white bag that I got from the craft store. I stamped the Swallowtail Stamp*, again in Raspberry Ripple on Whisper White Card Stock. The image is the same as the card but I stamped it in Gumball Green ink this time. My mum loved the card and gift bag. This is a great simple elegant card and could be used for so many occasions with a simple greeting change. I hope that you enjoyed the Swallowtail card and bag. Thank you for checking in with me today. I hope that you have a great Saturday!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple and Whisper White

Ink: Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green Classic Stampin’ Ink

Specialty Ink: Vers-Mark

Stamp Sets: More Merry Messages and Swallowtail* Clear Mount

Embellishment: Gumball Green Stampin’ Emboss Powder

Tools: SNAIL

2013 Spring Catalog (January 3, 2013)

Mom Christmas 2012

Mom Christmas Bag 2012

More Merry Messages CM

Gumball Green Stampin' Emboss Powder

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Eggplant Pool Congrats

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Good morning everyone. How was everyone’s day yesterday? I had the Bridal Shower and it rained here in the morning but stopped around 12:30 just in time for the shower to start. There were all kinds of good food and we had fun. Today I’m posting the card that I gave Erika. I wanted it to coordinate with invitations so I kept clean and simple. The base of the card is Whisper White Card Stock that I stamped in Pool Party with the Distressed Dots Background Stamp. I cut a piece of Elegant Eggplant out with the Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies and mounted it to the card with SNAIL. On top of that is a piece of Pool Party that I cut out with the Floral Frames Framelits Dies and embossed with the Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The main image is from the Love & Laughter Stamp Set and is stamped in Elegant Eggplant. I used my Paper Snips to cut it out and mounted it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is from the Sweet Essentials Stamp Set and is stamped in Elegant Eggplant and backed by a piece of Elegant Eggplant. It’s also mounted to the Card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Love & Laughter stamp set has some great wedding images and I like the color combination of Elegant Eggplant and Pool Party. After the party I came home and started working on expanding my craft area so I don’t have to rearrange so much while I’m working. I’ll finish that up today and I can’t wait! I hope that enjoyed today’s card and thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant and Pool Party

Ink: Pool Party and Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Love & Laughter, Sweet Essentials Clear Mount and Distressed Dots Wood Mount Background Stamp

Tools: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies, Floral Frames Framelits Dies, Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Don’t forget to check out the Anchor Rewards tab at the top. Earn 10 Anchors and get a FREE Stamp Set of your choice from any current catalog. If you purchase $150 worth of product you will be eligible for $25 in Host(ess) dollars to get one of the great new Host(ess) Sets or any other items from the NEW 2012-2013 Catalog or the NEW Holiday Catalog!

This month’s promotion is for the Howl-O-Ween Printer’s Tray Project. Earn this for FREE when you sign up to be a Demonstrator.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Good morning everyone and Happy Father’s Day to all of you dad’s and to the mom’s that do double duty. I’m posting two cards today, one that I made for a friend of mine and the second one for my dad. The first card uses the very first set that I purchased from Stampin’ Up!, The Open Sea. It was in last year’s Summer Mini and it is still one of my favorite masculine sets. The base of the card is Whisper White Card Stock. I embossed a piece of Chocolate Chip with the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. All of the image are from The Open Sea Stamp Set. The ship and the Anchor are stamped in Night of Navy and the log page is stamped in Chocolate Chip. The ship and anchor are cut out with my Paper Snips and mounted to the log which is backed by Night of Navy and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set and is also stamped in Night of Navy. For a nice finishing touch I tied a piece of Linen Thread around the log before I mounted it to the card With Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The second card is actually a CASE that I saw in a video from Brenda Keenan on Stampin’ Connection (The Demonstrator Forum). I used Early Espresso Card Stock for the base. The shirt and tie are Nautical Expedition from the Clearance Rack that coincidentally was intended to go with The Open Sea Stamp Set. The collar is held down by double Stampin’ Dimensionals and two Silver Mini Brads. The dad is from the Family Reunion Stamp Sets and is stamped in Marina Mist. If you would like to see Brenda’s great video tutorial you can head over to her blog and check it out here.

Thank you so much for checking in with me today and once again Happy Father’s Day!! 🙂

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card 1-

Card Stock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Night of Navy

Ink: Chocolate Chip and Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: The Open Sea and Delightful Dozen Clear Mount

Embellishments: Linen Thread

Tools: Big Shot, Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Card 2-

Card Stock: Early Espresso and Whisper White

Ink: Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Set: Family Reunion

Designer Series Paper: Nautical Expedition (Retired)

Embellishments: Silver Mini Brads

Tools: Word Window Punch, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

Don’t forget to check out the Anchor Rewards tab at the top. Earn 10 Anchors and get a FREE Stamp Set of your choice from any current catalog. If you purchase $150 worth of product you will be eligible for $25 in Host(ess) dollars to get one of the great new Host(ess) Sets or any other items from the NEW 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog!

Now is also the best time to host a Workshop. If your Workshop (or individual order) totals $450* you get $115 in Host(ess) dollars plus one item at 50% off!! That’s $115 worth of items FREE plus one item at 50% off from the New Catalog!

*The total is for items that are purchased only and does not include shipping or sales tax.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Good morning and Happy Mother’s day to all you mom’s out there! I hope that all of you got lots of flowers, presents and most of all… love. Today I am posting my mom’s Mother’s Day card. She loves butterflies so that what she gets! I started with a base of Very Vanilla Card Stock. I added a piece of Gumball Green (2012-2014 In-Color) to the front. I used a piece of Watercolor Paper and stamped the flowers image from the Elements of Style Stamp Set in Black Staz-On Ink. I used my Aqua Painter and Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit (All 2012-2014 In-Colors) to color in the image. The greeting is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set and is Stamped in Primrose Petals and mounted on a piece of Gumball Green Card Stock. The Beautiful Wings Embosslit was ran through my Big Shot with some Primrose Petals Card Stock and the greeting and the butterflies were adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I hope that my mom likes her card and doesn’t sneak a peek at my blog before I give it to her. Thank you so much for stopping by and again, have a great Mother’s Day!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Gumball Green (2012-2014 In-Color) and Primrose Petals (2012-2014 In-Color) and Watercolor Paper

Ink: Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit (All 2012-2014 In-Colors) Classic Stampin’ Ink (New Firm Foam Pads) and Jet Black Staz-on Ink

Stamp Sets: Elements of Style and Delightful Dozen Clear Mount

Tools: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

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Happy Birthday Uncle Bruce

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Hello and welcome to the weekend! Happy Saturday everyone! I’m off to Manhattan today to see some friends and it’s supposed to be a nice day for the most part so it will be a good time! For today’s card I’m posting my Uncle Bruce’s birthday card. He lives in London, England and he is by far one of the funniest people I know. Masculine cards can be a challenge so I have some go to sets, one of my favorites is The Open Sea Stamp Set. It has been a write in item since it made it’s debut in the Summer Mini Catalog last year. The base of the card is Not Quite Navy. A piece of paper from the Well Worn Designer Series Paper pack creates the background for the card. The images and greeting are stamped in Not Quite Navy, except for the ship which is stamped in Early Espresso. The greeting is from two sets, Family Reunion and Occasions Alphabet. They are all stamped on Very Vanilla and mounted on Cajun Craze. I had to keep the embellishments to a minimum seeing as it was being sent overseas. This is a nice simple masculine card with great rich colors. I hope that you enjoyed today’s card and thank you so much for taking some time to pay me a visit. Have an great day! 🙂

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze Smooth Card Stock

Ink: Not Quite Navy and Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: The Open Sea, Family Reunion and Occasions Alphabet Clear Mount

Designer Series Paper: Well Worn

Tools: Paper Cutter, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

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Happy Birthday Taylor

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Hello all of you people out there! It’s Friday and Easter Weekend! I hope that you all have some plans to spend time with family this weekend. As I promised yesterday here is my daughter Taylor’s birthday card. She really likes anchors and ships and more blues and grays so there are no frills or flowers on this card. I started with a base of Not Quite Navy and I took a piece of Baja Breeze and ran it through my Big Shot using the Perfect Details Texturz Plates. The nautical images are from The Open Sea Stamp Set and are stamped in Not Quite Navy and Basic Grey. The whale is from the Fox & Friends Stamp Set and is also stamped in Basic Grey, I think it adds a little whimsy to the card. The whale and anchor are backed by Not Quite Navy and the ship is backed with Basic Grey and has three Neutrals Collection 3/16″ Brads in the upper right corner. The greeting is from the Party This Way Stamp Set and is stamped in Not Quite Navy and is punched out with the Word Window Punch. I used the daughter stamp from the Family Reunion Stamp Set and placed some more Basic Grey behind it and a piece of First Edition Designer Series Paper on top of some Not Quite Navy. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to help prop up the easel part of the card. Taylor loved her card and I hope that you like it too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Basic Grey and Baja Breeze Smooth Card Stock

Ink: Basic Grey and Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: The Open Sea, Fox & Friends and Family Reunion Clear Mount

Designer Series Paper: First Edition

Embellishments: Neutrals Collection 3/16″ Brads

Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Word Window Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

SUMMER SMOOCHES PRE-ORDER STARTS APRIL 1ST  AND RUNS THRU APRIL 30TH. Get your taste of the new catalog months before it comes out!

Don’t forget to check out the Anchor Rewards tab at the top. Earn 10 Anchors and get a FREE Stamp Set of your choice from any current catalog.

Happy Birthday Dad!

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Good morning everyone. It’s Thursday and you know what that means… we are almost there!! Today is my Dad’s birthday. I plan to drop the card off early this morning to him so I figured it was safe to post it before he sees it. I used Tempting Turquoise and my most neglected color, Sahara Sand. I don’t know why I don’t use it more, it goes with a lot of different colors. Anyway, the base of the card is Tempting Turquoise. For the background I ran a piece of Sahara Sand through the Big Shot using the Texturz Plates Backgrounds 1 Harlequin Embossing Plate. The image is from the Set Uncharted Territory and it’s stamped in Temping Turquoise. The happy birthday is from the Party This Way Stamp Set (Sale-A-Bration) and dad is from Family Reunion, both are also stamped in Tempting Turquoise. For a little sparkle I added a Brights Glimmer Brad. It’s a nice masculine simple card for the best dad that anyone could ever hope to have. Happy Birthday Dad! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Tempting Turquoise and Sahara Sand Smooth Card Stock

Ink: Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Party This Way (Sale-A-Bration), Family Reunion and Uncharted Territory Clear Mount

Embellishments: Brights Glimmer Brads

Tools: Big Shot, Texturz Plates Background 1, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Stampin Dimensionals and SNAIL

Come back later on today for my big announcement! I’ll post it around 7:00pm New York time! 🙂

Happy Birthday Louis

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Good Monday morning to everyone. I hope that you all had a great weekend. For today’s card I am posting a card that I sent to my good friend Louis. We have been friends for a long time, he’s a great person and I’m happy to call him friend. It’s nice to get to make a masculine birthday card every once in a while. I used some Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze Card Stock. The image is from the Uncharted Territory Stamp Set. It’s a great set for a masculine card with it’s lighthouse and sailboat images. I stamped the sailboat image in Not Quite Navy on Very Vanilla. The background for the card was created using the Square Lattice Texture Impressions Embossing Folder and Not Quite Navy. Finally, the greeting is from Happiest Birthday Wishes. I use the set a lot because it has so many great birthday greetings. I hope that you enjoyed this quick birthday card. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze Smooth Card Stock

Ink: Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Sets: Uncharted Territory and Happiest Birthday Wishes Clear Mount Stamp Sets

Tools: Big Shot, Square Lattice Texture Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

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Mom’s Valentine

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Good morning all, I hope you had a Valentine’s day filled with love and lots of chocolate! I had a nice dinner with my friend  Kim, baby Izzy and her brother Kevin. For today’s card I’m posting the Valentine that I gave to my mom. One of her favorite colors is purple so I used Wisteria Wonder Card Stock for the Base of the card. I used my Big Shot with the Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on Very Vanilla for the background, I love the deep detail this folder gives. The Mixed Bunch Stamp Set and the Blossom Punch are two of my favorite items from the Occasions Mini. I stamped the flower in Wisteria Wonder Ink on Wisteria Wonder Card Stock and punched it out with the Blossom Punch. For the leaves I used the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch and inserted them half in the punch for a second time to make the leaf shape. A 2011-2012 In-Color Designer Printed Brad through the middle creates a great flower. The greeting is from the Messages for Mom Stamp Set, It’s really versatile because it comes with greetings that can be used for a variety of cards. I popped it all up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. My mom also loves butterflies so I added two from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit for a great finish to the card. I hope you like the card as much as my mom did and thanks so much for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzaz Smooth Card Stock

Ink: Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin’ Ink

Stamp Set: Messages for Mom and Mixed Bunch Clear Mount

Embellishments: 2011-2012 In-Color Designer Printed Brads

Tools: Big Shot, Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Blossom Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL

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