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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Valentines from Epic Celebrations

Yes, I'm late posting these cards. Although they are Valentines, they would also make great masculine birthday cards. Just use the dots instead of the hearts. Or keep the hearts if you're sending love with the birthday greetings.

Because my brother is a guitar player, I thought this card was perfect for him. The red here is actually the retired Raspberry Ripple. Since I have so much of that paper, I decided to use it on this card.

I must have forgotten to photograph the the card I sent to our son, who is supervisor of recreation at a university in Tennessee. I used the sneakers all over his and colored them with Cherry Cobbler  Stampin' Blends. I'm bummed I can't share that card with you because I think it turned out really cute. Lots of fun with this stamp set, one that I thought I would use very seldom.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Playing with the Waterfront Stamp Set

I was anxious to start playing with the Waterfront stamp set and decided to try something different from what I'd seen before, although I have seen quite a few cards made with this set. When I first saw it in the catalog, I was convinced I had no interest in it. But that changed very quickly, especially when I received a card from another demonstrator who said it was easy to use. I plan to play some more and have class attendees play with it at my February class. I hope to have a number of samples—I can only get better, right?

Anyway, here is what I came up with:

One of the little cabins is in Chocolate Chip, but it didn't show up as well as the Early Espresso one did. I used Crumb Cake for the mountains, Emerald Envy for the grass, Tranquil Tide for the evergreens, Dapper Denim for the water (should have worked some lighter blue in with it), Crushed Curry for the sun and a little Soft Sky for, what else? the sky. I think I should have left out the green grass on the left side of the water.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

More Heartfelt Blooms

The idea for this card came from something I saw on-line. However, I have to admit that I really liked hers more than mine. But her model is the reason I chose Sweet Sugarplum for both my cards. I've always liked this color and I don't know why I haven't used it more often. I'm going to have to do something about that!

 Making this card involved multiple stamped images, once on the actual card piece, and twice on scraps of card stock, obviously using Pear Pizzazz for one of the stamped images. I then fussy cut out the leave and the center daisy. A little sponging around the edges before adhering them to my card front, using glue beneath the leaf and dimensionals behind the daisy. I used the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend to color the center of the flower. What you can't see is the Wink of Stella on the raised daisy. I wanted to use some Crystal Effects on the dew drop, but I haven't used it in so long that it had dried up. At least, I think that's why I couldn't get any to come out.

I thought about backing the word banner with another color but thought it would be too big so I just sponged around the edges. The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is the only one I used and it is from the Sale-a-Bration catalog, which means it is free if you spend $50 or more. My colors are Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake. I think I would have liked this card more if I had centered the colorful image but I wanted to show the best part of the stamped background.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Something Old, Something New

I think this is one of my very favorite cards but it's made almost exclusively of discontinued products, from the Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar card stock and inks to the ruffled ribbon in baked brown sugar. But the flowers are from the Lots of Lavender stamp set available through the current Sale-a-Bration catalog. Even the Pistachio Pudding leaves and the Coastal Cabana ribbon are from that much loved (by me, anyway) in color family. The designer series paper was a scrap laying around as was the piece of doily. I gave this card to one of my faithful customers for her most recent purchase, but it was hard for me to give it away. And, yes, the bouquet is fussy cut. I rather enjoy cutting things out, but I know many do not.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms

My next card class is scheduled for February 22nd and this is one of the cards we will be making. I just love this new stamp! Such vivid dimension for such a flat stamp.

I made two cards with the stamp set today as I planned my class. This is by far the easier one and I actually like it more.

Products Used:
Heartfelt Blooms (4), W 147197; C 147202; free with minimum purchase of $50.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Sweet Sugarplum 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 141418, $8.00
Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 115316, $8.00
Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad, 141395, $6.50
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad, 126950, $6.50

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lots of Lavender

I'm a sucker for flowers! And this stamp set, Lots of Lavender, is designed in such a way that you do not need to do any coloring. For my class, I laid the leaf and stem fill-ins on top of the stamped image and then picked them up with a clear block so we could stamp all three pieces at once. Worked wonderfully! Lots of possibilities with this stamp set.

By the way, I think Stampin' Up!'s dimensionals are the best! So many of the others I have seen are much too thick. Ours are just right. And for those rare occasions when you want something thicker, you can place two on top of each other. And now that we have the Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, you need nothing more. And, although the package says 300 pieces, you have the borders of each card of dimensionals that are so useful, especially on some of those skinny pieces.

Products Used:
Lots of Lavender photopolymer stamp set (11), 147194, Free during Sale-a-Bration
Teeny Tiny Wishes rubber stamp set (24), W 128748, $37.00; C 127802, $27.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $9.00
Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 122922, $8.00
Always Artichoke 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 105119, $8.00
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad, 126972, $6.50
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad, 126985, $6.50
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad, 126944, $6.50
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Ink Pad, 140931, $7.00
Layering Ovals Framelits (15), 141706, $35.00
Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 143704, $9.00
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $4.00

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