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2014-09-20 Name that SU set….a happy hello


This style of card is perfect for mailing, no bumps, no lumps and it’s not too heavy!

The verse, A happy hello is by Stampin Up. However; I do not know what set it is from as I purchased it at a rummage sale. If anyone knows, please advise me so I can mark the stamp (Thanks in advance for your help!)

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The rose leaf is from a set of 4 I believe called Nature Prints by Hero Arts. It was inked with distress inks and stamped as usual.

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And a last look before you go on about your day….
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The sewing holes were made using a Stampin Up template. I think it adds a little something to the over-all design. The border stamp is by Cloud 9 Design.

2014-09-18 ATC with Wisecracks by SU


A few weeks ago I joined in on a ATC swap. (Atrist Trading Cards). My partner was so pleased with what I sent to her that she sent me another ATC and and thank-you card to boot! She had told me in a short note about her circumstances and I decided to start a 1-4-1 swap with her if she is interested. And to lift her spirits I decided to send a humorous ATC. The stamps used are from the retired Stampin Up set, Wisecracks.

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No matter how I tried I couldn’t get a good focus on the central image due to the thickness of the crystal effects. I colored the image using chalks. I also wanted to frame the picture using a double mat but just plain ran out of room. This was framed using Spellbinders classic oval dies.

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One last look…

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To decorate the ATC just a bit more I added foil stickers. The homemade background was made using distress stains on water color paper. While it dried it was sprinkled with chunky salt which gave it a mottled look.

I hope my partner decides to take up the ATC challenge with me. I’ve had fun making them!

2014-09-16 Chloe Stem and no rubber stamping


I found a sample of this style of card on Pinterest. I changed the size of the card, embellishments, added additional texture and omitted the sentiment. So the same, but different.

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I used a Memory Box die called Chloe Stem, Stampin’ Up’s square lattice embossing folder, pre-embossed mini note cards from my friend Chrissy, Bakers Twine and glitter glue.

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And one last look before you go on about your day…

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2014-09-14 Autumn Blessings


Today’s sample was made using a new die that I’ve had for a while and not used. I’m sorry to say, this particular set confuses me a bit. I’m sure I will get more used to it as I try to use it.

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The tiny acorn by Cottage Cutz from the Build-A-Grapevine wreath set was left over from a previous card so I added it as it was on my desk. The leaves & leaf punch are by Martha Stewart.

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The sentiment is by TPC Studios from the Autumn Harvest set. I made the rings in the background by die cutting Small & large standard circles by Spellbinders.

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The Die cut background was made using Majestic Labels 25.

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Do you have a die set that befuddles you?

2014-09-12 Modified Tri-Shutter fold


Today’s sample shows a fold something similar to the Tri-Shutter card. I used 2-sided DSP, die cuts and some stamping to decorate.

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This can be folded in two different ways. I chose to have the sentiment covered and opened as a surprise. For the interior sentiment, I stamped on white vellum; Thinking of you – Close to My Heart.

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For the medallion I used Spellbinder ovals. My Friend by Endless Creations.

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One last look before you go on your way…
Orange Flower Petite Petals & matching punch by SU

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If you are interested in the folding/scoring instructions you can let me know.

2014-09-10 Fall Wreath


For today’s sample I pulled out supplies I bought last year (at the end of the fall season) which were put away and never used. I’m talking about the Cottage Cutz die called the Build-A-Grapevine Wreath. It’s a different kind of die from what I’ve used in the past…as it is a small metal plate (maybe 4″ x 5″?) that has all of the dies on it. They do not come apart which has it’s pluses and minuses as to use.

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I used some additional supplies that haven’t seen much action as well. Embossed Zig-zag embossing border by Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations
Scallop border by Spellbinders Scalloped Borders Two

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Rather than use the Cottage Cutz plate to individually cut out the various leaves I went with a quicker method of stamping then using a hand held punch by Martha Stewart.

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I originally wanted to use raffia for my accent however with having moved, I can’t find where I put it. So I opted for something already on my desk instead of making myself crazy trying to find supplies. Gold metallic sewing thread.

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Thanks for stopping by. Maybe I’ve inspired you to get out a supply that hasn’t seen any use? Let me know.

2014-09-08 Background challenge


One of my stamping friends send me a sample of an embossed, distress ink resist. I liked it so well that I made the same type of background, even using the same colors.

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This was clear embossed onto white card stock then wrinkle free distress technique used in orange marmalade; mustard seed and peeled paint.

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A short list of some of the supplies: die cuts: Spellbinder sets Fancy Tags Two ; Majestic Labels 25; words by SU Teeny Tiny Words set.

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