Birthday Cards

{Val McGunnigle}

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Val pocket silhouettes Please meet the lovely Val McGunnigle and enjoy her first submission to the Creative Challenge Team!

Val has generously made two projects this month. The first is a lovely card done with Pocket Silhouettes (I think this is one of her – and my – favourite stamp sets!) and the  Bella Bleu papers.  I love how this little flower set layers up with colour to create a neat main image or a background.

The three Sherbet Buttons make a nice feature along the bottom – adding colour and texture. 

And tying the ribbon into a neat knot like that is easier to acheive and uses far less ribbon than a bow, too. Looks great!

Val heartfelt thanks Val's next project uses a beautiful set called Heartfelt Thanks – one that features the effective two-step stamping technique. 

She's used a bit of the Fifth Avenue Floral papers here and the scallop edge punch for some nice accents.

Again the ribbon is tied into a neat knot and then finished off with some decorative pins.  Beautiful!

Thanks, Val!

Next month's challenge: Sweet Treat Cups! 

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{Diana Farthing}

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Please welcome Diana Farthing in her first appearance on my blog!  Again, this month I gave the Challenge Team the new Sherbet Buttons and the new Pink Pirouette Ribbon to feature in a project.

Dec 09 Challenge 1

 Diana used the Pink Pirouette ribbon and certainly celery button on this one with the 'Great Friend' stamp set, punching holes around the card and then drawing a white line around the whole thing.  She said to me, "You showed us that at camp and I love it because it adds elegance without too much fuss." (about using the white gel pen). 

Cool – good to know I do sometimes impart some useful gems!

Dec 09 Challenge 3

This card is a birthday card for Diana's niece.  She's used the retired Flitting By wheel, Great Friend for butterflies (on acetate and cut out) and sentiment and thn placed the gorgeous button in the middle.  She just wanted to use pink and white for this one, so the dsp from Tea Party was perfect.

Dec 09 Challenge 2

 Dianaused the Snow Swirled set and stamped on acetate with the White Staz-On, and then layered certainly celery, pumpkin pie and white cardstock, very vanilla and Pink Pirouette ribbn an the pumpkin pie button.   The ribbon is wrapped all around the back of the certainly celery cardstock, so you can see it on the other side.  Looks really pretty!

Thanks, Diana!


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{Paula Dobson}

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Please meet and welcome with me the new Challenge Team!  We have four talented ladies joining us for the next six months – please check our their bios and their fantastic work here each Wednesday.

Guest Artist 005(1) This month, December, each artist was given the 1 1/4 inch Pin Pirouette Grosgrain ribbon and the Sherbet buttons, both from the new Summer Mini Catalogue.

Paula has made for us a very sweet baby card, which also features the Animal Stories set, another new goodie in the Summer Mini.

Paula has used faux stitching to highlight the layers with a white gel pen and has also scored the pumpkin pie layer to add interest.  She also made up the envelope out of Pink Pirouette and stamped to match.

Supplies used:

Stamps: Animal Stories set of four $28.95

Colours: Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink

Other: Sherbet Buttons, Pink Pirouette ribbon, White Gel Pen, Mat Pack


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{Just for Fun}

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An email sent to me by my father – the last one is the best:


1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks? 

2.  Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know? 

4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words? 

5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? 

6. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing? 

7. Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing? 

8. Why do "tug" boats push their barges? 

9. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?

10. Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting? 

11. Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"? 

12. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected? 

13. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites? 

14. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things? 

15. Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds? 

16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it? 

17. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting? 

18. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? 

19. If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right? 

20. Why is bra singular and panties plural?

21. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote controlwhen you know the batteries are dead? 

22. Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase? 

23. How come abbreviated is such a long word? 

24. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them? 

25. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? 

26. Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one? 

27. Christmas – What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?

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{Pam Cregeen}

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Featuring the Soft Holly Wheel, Pam created these three works of art:

Stamp Set:  Season of Joy
  Stampin' Around Wheel Soft Holly


Tree Card:   Kraft and Very Vanilla cardstock

    Riding Hood Red & Kiwi Kiss Stampin' Pads
Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon 
    Star Brad from Hodge Podge Hardware


Joy Card:   Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla cardstock
  Riding Hood Red & Always Artichoke Stampin' Pads
  Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  White Gel Pen for dots.



Parcel Card:   Whisper White & Sage Shadow cardstock
Always Artichoke & Riding Hood Red Stampin' Pads
Designer Series Papers & Jumbo Eyelet

Wow!  Hard to choose a favourite!  Beautiful, precise work, as always, Pam. Thank you so much for sharing!

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{Elaine Franklin}

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I think this was Elaine's favourite challenge yet!

Elaine made us up a beautiful box and tri-fold card in her elegant style.

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That's quite a beautiful pointsetta on the box and card, Elaine!

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The month's featured product is the Soft Holly Wheel, and Elaine has used it here around her box and as borders on her card.  It makes for a quick and beautiful matching set!

Thanks, Elaine!  Your work is awesome!!

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{Tilly McLeod}

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Welcome to November, our last month for this team of designers!  (Apply for the next team here)  This month's featured product was the Soft Holly wheel, Stampin' Up!'s lone Christmas wheel.  If you need fast, the wheels are a great way to go.

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This first items are a place card, matching napkin ring, and a wine glass charm.  It's so easy to make your own, customized table decor, as shown here.  No need to spend lots, and each year you can do up something different.  Guests could even take their bits home as a gift.

Tilly then made up three beautiful, matching cards for a complete coordinating set.  The first one is a neaty, stylized tree, the leaves of the tree made up by just a hint of the wheel.  I wouldn't have thought to use a wheel in this way – it's great to have such talent around us!

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 The second project echoes the wine charm in a trio of stars this time, all edged in gold and wheeled with the Soft Holly wheel.  Another background of the wheel across the bottom finishes it off nicely.

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The last card is my personal favourite of the three – so elegant.  Tilly has cut out a triangle, wheeled it in the Soft Holly, and then split the triangle into three neat sections.  Edged in gold, each piece is mounted with dimensionals and stands alone.  Just lovely.

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Thank you, Tilly, for another great outpouring of talent!

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{Punch Pals Window Frame Challenge}

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Stampinuppunchpals I took up karen's challenge to make another project using the Window Frame technique.

I think this little penguin is a cutie.  I think this is the first set I ordered out of the catalogue when it first came out.

I just did minimal colouring to keep with the black & white penguin-y feel – with Only Orange and Baja Breeze.  I couldn't resist using the chunky glitter again and then used the fine Dazzling Diamonds on the snow.  Have you ever seen black snow before?  I mean, falling from the sky?  (I've seen plenty along the side of the road growing up in Montana).Stampinuppunchpalsinside

Now I know you'll ask where I got the 4×4 envelope to fit this.  I made it in about 20 seconds.  Let me show you how!  Tune in for Movie Monday and I'll show you a demonstration of how to do this.  (It might have to be next Monday because my camera man will be in Italy next week . . )

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Punch Pals set of twelve $66.95

Colours: Basic Black, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Only Orange

Other: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, Chunky glitter, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Mono Adhesive, white gel pen

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