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2014-07-22 Banner Blast & dollar stamp


I’ve had the set Banner Blast and matching punch by Stampin’ Up for a number of months now but never used the stamp set. I’m glad I finally got it inky. I copied the sketch and color combo from the wonderful gallery at SplitCoastStampers.

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A close look at the banner. I used 3-d mounting tape and Tacky Glue to make it look like the little flags were attached to the string.

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The close up of the medallion shows another dollar stamp. I used Nestability dies by Spellbinders to cut out the circle and scallop circle. I kept the round die on and sponged on additional color on the sentiment with Antique Lace distress ink.

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And one last look at the card before you go on about your day….
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2014-07-20 Gecko Birthday Greetings


I’ve been making more birthday cards. As I put this one together I thought of my youngest son who’s birthday is today.

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I used paper piecing so that I didn’t need to color the Gecko. I’m liking that technique more and more! I can’t believe I never tried this until a month or two ago. I also added some crystal effects to the eyes.

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I used two different Cuttlebug embossing folders to create the background. In addition to the Gecko image I also used another of the dollar stamps.

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Enjoy the rest of your day!

2014-07-18 Let’s get together! Dollar stamp


I am again bringing out the first supplies and tools I ever bought. Here is a dollar stamp from Michael’s and a border embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

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To add color to the border section I used watermark ink and then dusted with chalk. It looked just OK, so I also added the crystal gems and I believe that stepped up the look. I also again used the new Memory Box die and balanced it out with the sentiment.

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One more look at this clean and simple card before you go on about your day.

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2014-07-16 sketch challenge


I made this design for a swap using a specific sketch (see below if you’d like to try it out too). I think it turned out great and the added foil sticker really finished it off.
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The vase is by Stampin’ Up from a long retired set called Long Time Friend. I picked this partial set up when I was at a rummage sale last year for $1. Can’t beat that price! I used pastels and a blending stump to carefully color in the vase and flowers. If you are not the greatest at coloring (like me), this is the perfect medium for you. It’s really forgiving as you can blend easily and if you make a mistake…just erase! Same thing if you want to stay inside coloring lines; a post-it note and a clean eraser works wonders.

The verse is an acrylic set by Jillian Vance. I won it as a price for an on-line contest a while back.

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The die cut represents one of the layers in the sketch. It is a new die that I picked out using my store credit from a rummage sale. It’s a Memory Box die. If you need the exact name, let me know and I’ll look it up for you.

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Here is you’re last look before you go on about your day. Did you wonder how I got the script embossing folder (it’s a vertical folder) by Cuttlebug to go across the whole width of the card? I embossed twice; to line it up I eyeballed it and embossed. I knew the layers would cover up any discrepancy.

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Do you want to play along? Here is the sketch
Link back to this post so I can see what you did with it!
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2014-07-12 Summer fun theme; free standing pop up


For today’s sample I went through my files and found the free standing pop up tutorial. Here is the open card. The theme is summer fun or what I like to do in summer…eat, pick-nick and barbeque!!

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Here is a close up of the tag portion of the card. All of the pick-nick images are from a set by Close to My Heart. I used a stencil and sponged both the clouds and grass.

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For the bench I glued two pieces of card stock together for strength, stamped the bench then masked and added the chips and pop. Lastly I added a tiny 3-d flower.

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The nice thing about this card is that it folds flat and fits in a standard A2 envelope for mailing. I decorated part of the bottom so when the recipient pulls it out of the envelope it will still look decorated.

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This was fun but time consuming as I slowly figured out where to put things so as not to interfere with how the pop up would open. I may have to make a few more so I really get the hang of it.

And for those of you who need the instructions; here is a link to SplitCoastStampers: Free Standing Pop Up Card

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2014-07-10 Punched Lace & Letter Press


I needed a few cards and just made these quickly and easily. The lace punch is by Martha Stewart.

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One of my favorite flowers.

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Here you see the card opened and I lined the inside with a green text weight paper. I found a Hero Arts stamp that fit into the space so that when the card is closed you wouldn’t see it.

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This sample is a quick and easy letter press. The die cut and matching stamp is by Hero Arts.

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I die cut 3-4 of the center medallion pieces and stacked them so it would have more of a chipboard weight.

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and before you go on about your day here are both samples for your review.

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2014-07-05 Humorous birthday & best wishes


Birthday cards are always needed so I sat down to use up some DSP and make a birthday card. I pulled out an old rummage sale find and began with it. My next step was to find a sketch design that I thought would work with the sizes of the images I had to work with. Here is a sketch that worked well.

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I used one of the first dies Cuttlebug came out with for ribbon slides and then stamped the sentiment on one of the dsp scraps and cut out the word bubble.

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The small banner was made using a Stampin Up punch, faux brad and a sentiment by Hero Arts.
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And one more look at the card before you go on about your day…
There are tons of layers and yes I decorated the inside using scraps of the DSP so it is pretty inside and out. You may have noticed that I didn’t bother with coloring this image; I opted instead for paper piecing and using more of the DSP to make it all look like a matched design.

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Thanks for stopping by today and as always; you’re comments are welcome!


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