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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Welcome Home

I just got back from a quick trip to Portland, OR.  My son and daughter-in-law, and my darling grandson, Declan, moved there last month, and I HAD to see their new home.

And of course, I had to make a card:


Map it Out provided the great US map.  And I thought it was perfect to mark Portland with a star!

Other products used are new, from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  First is that adorable house:


This actually looks quite a bit like my son's new home, a 125-year old farmhouse-style structure that needs LOTS of remodeling.  Think "fixer upper".  But it's my son's dream (and fortunately he has the skills) to turn it into a palace for his wife.  And he'll be true to the time period--he's even refinishing the original windows!

But I digress...back to the card.  😁😁😁

The house, along with two other styles, is featured in the Hearts Come Home set.  Obviously I didn't do a great job of coloring it, but since I was making the card at 11:00 p.m. the night before I was leaving, I went with it...I used Old Olive and Peekaboo Peach markers, along with Basic Black for the roof; colored, huffed and stamped.  Then cut it out with the Stitched Shapes framelits, layered on two more of the Layering Circles dies.


The background paper is new too - the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I love that this paper has patterns that can be used all year round!

It was hard to leave them on Sunday night, but I know they're in a good place, and a wonderful home.  What more can a mom ask?


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sneak Peek

Itching to order some of the new holiday catalog products?  Well here's a little sneak peek of some of the wonderful Designer Series Papers available September 1:




Need a catalog?  If you don't have a Stampin' UP! demonstrator and would like a FREE holiday catalog, contact me and I'll be happy to drop one in the mail for you.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Just a Note

At our Card Club this month, I featured this card:

I love Crafting Forever, and wanted to use the pen on my card.  But I needed some other "things" to add, so check out the extras...

We started with a 3" strip of the wonderful Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  We stamped the Sheet Music background stamp on it, using Smoky Slate ink.  "A Note for You", from Wood Words, was stamped in Island Indigo at the bottom of the strip.


Our Island Indigo layer took a trip through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, giving it a wood-grain look.  To this we adhered our Wood Textures strip.

The gorgeous Island Indigo 1/4" Ombre Ribbon was wrapped and tied around the card, which was then adhered to the Crumb Cake base.

To finish off the front, we stamped the words from Background Bits using Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock; this was cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits and adhered to an Island Indigo oval cut with the Layering Ovals framelits.

The pen from Crafting Forever was stamped in Island Indigo ink and fussy cut (easy peasy with my Paper Snips!) and popped up on some dimensionals.  And the finishing touch?  A few Glitter Enamel Dots.

Can't wait to send this note to a special friend.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tulip Anniversary

It's time for a Tulip Anniversary...or a tulip anniversary card, anyway.  Today is my sister and brother-in-law's wedding anniversary.  And at our Card Club last week, Tani brought this beautiful card.  I thought it was perfect for my sisty:


Tranquil Tulips is a gorgeous stamp set, featuring tulips with a watercolored look.  And the lovely results are so easy to obtain; this is a two-step stamp, but you only need one color of ink (for the flowers; you'll need something else for the stems/leaves).  When you stamp one on top of the other, the image is sheer perfection!

See?  Gorgeous!

We started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped our stems, leaves and flowers.  Then using both the Stitched Shapes square (the largest one) and one of the Layering  Squares framelits (one that fits inside the Stitched Shapes die) we cut out the squares, resulting in a frame and a center square.

We then nestled the "frame" back in the hole that was created (no glue yet).  The center square was adhered flat and we then popped up the frame with Foam Adhesive Strips.  Such a striking feature!

Our card base was Whisper White Thick cardstock, and there's a layer of Berry Burst.  My sentiment, from Beautiful Bouquet was stamped in Berry Burst and cut with one of the Stitched Shapes ovals, then mounted on two off-set Berry Burst ovals.

Isn't that a pretty card?  Perfect for an anniversary!

Tranquil Tulips is a Host set, available only to hosts or those whose sales reach $150.  Why not hold a catalog party and earn your set?  Contact me for details on easy ways to gather orders, and get your Tranquil Tulips today!