Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sweet Friend, Suite Sentiments

Here it is only the third week of January, and I'm already dreaming about Spring. I told my husband the Redbuds should be blooming in about eight weeks, and we haven't even had any real snow, yet!

Since I had it on the brain, the fresh colors of Spring made an appearance on this card, from the sponged background behind the Window Box die cut, to the adorable little flowers, part of the Basket Bunch Bundle. This was one of the cards we made in the stamp club, and it really went together quickly!

The card base and die cut top are both Shimmery White. The sides of the card base were masked off with painter's tape so when the colors were sponged on, they wouldn't get into the margin where it would show once the top was on. We just buffed Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi on the base, blending the colors together where they met.

The top piece (4" x 5-1/4") was die cut, having the die's straight edge about 5/8" from the top, the greeting was stamped in Wild Wasabi, and the ribbon was added. The whole thing was adhered to the card base with adhesive. Then the flowers were stamped in Calypso Coral on scraps of Shimmery White and a blender pen was used to draw color from the stamped lines into the petals ("color" using small circles). After touching the tip of the pen to the ink pad to pick up more ink, the centers of the flowers were darkened. Once they were die cut, they were popped up on dimensionals.

Seriously, it took me longer to write this than it did to make it!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Control Freaks Sale-A-Brating Continues!

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of the Tour de Freaks, featuring the awesome Occasions catalog, and equally awesome Sale-A-Bration brochure. We just had so much fun with this theme last month, and there is SO MUCH good stuff to share with you, that we're doing it again this month!

You may have hopped here from LeeAnn's blog, Flowerbug's Inkspot (weren't her project's sa-weet?!), or maybe you just started here. Either way, follow the links at the bottom of each blog to take the whole tour. There are fourteen stops today!

I had such a hard time figuring out what I wanted to use, because I wanted to use it ALL! I finally (with great reluctance) decided to focus on just one suite, and since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I went with the Sending Love Suite.

When he was working I used to tuck love notes in my hubby's lunch box every once in a while, so love notes is the focus today. Since he's retired now, I'll have to find some creative ways to hide them for him to maybe inside his iPad case, or in his bathroom drawer, heh heh.

All of these cards are 3" x 3" and were made using the products on page 15 of the Occasions catalog.

The Stitched Shapes Framelits are back in stock, and using them with the Sending Love DSP Stack made the cards look like little teeny tiny cute!

That's a wrap from me today. Now I'm off to find some good hiding places! Be sure to "chick" out the next stop, Lisa's blog, Get Your Stamp On!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Pretties

This is what my desk looks like today, because my Paper Pumpkin kit came yesterday. This month's kit makes 24 of the sweetest little treat bags! Every month I'm excited to see the bright red box in my mail box, because I never know what fun stuff will be inside!


Smiley from Millan.Net

Did you know that during Sale-A-Bration, if you order a 3-month prepaid subscription, that you will save $4 off the regular price AND you'll qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item? It's true! Right now the three-month subscription is $55 (reg. $59), so that means one freebie for you from the items shown below! The shipping is even included in the Paper Pumpkin subscription price, so you'll only pay shipping on the Sale-A-Bration goodie. It's a sweet deal on a sweet product! Here is the video from Stampin' Up! on this month's kit:

One of the best things about P.P. is the community of other (brilliant, talented, and awesomely creative) subscribers, who share alternatives for each month's kit. There's a Facebook group called Paper Pumpkin Fan Club, and lots of alternatives on Pinterest, as well. Seriously, some people just knock my socks off with their creativity! Occasionally a couple of my brains cells bump into each other and spark an idea, but that's a rare occasion. Thank goodness for Pinterest!
Smiley from Millan.Net

If you decide to give the three month Paper Pumpkin a try, please use the Host Code 9ZWPBZKJ if your order is less than $150.00. If it's over $150 then you will earn Hostess Rewards for yourself, so don't use that code!!!

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(Note: Clear-Mount stamps are also available in Wood-Mount, if you prefer)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

FOUR Challenges!

If I didn't know for certain that my BFF loved me, I'd swear she was trying to drive me crazy! It was her turn to choose the challenges, and she thought it would be great fun for us to make a card that fit these four challenge criteria:
  1. Forest theme (CASology)
  2. Winter birthday (Simon Says Wednesday Challenge)
  3. Using Stickles (Shopping Our Stash)
  4. And use this sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch:

Smiley from Millan.Net

I have to be honest with you, this one WAS a challenge! I first thought of using cute little forest critters, and had even stamped, colored, and fussy-cut them. But I just couldn't get them to work with the sketch. (They are now residing in my Box o' Useful Bits, to be used another day.)

Sooo, anyway, this was the final result, after spending way too much time overthinking it. I think I have a brain cramp.

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