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{You Crack Me Up}

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Stampinupeastercard Easter is one of my favourite times of the year.  And, being raised in the Northern Hemisphere, this cooler time of year feels a bit more festive to me anyway, adding to the special time that Easter already is.

This card idea is taken from brandycox; thank you for sharing your creative ideas.  This industry has a lot of give and take, which I really appreciate especially for those times when one hits a "creative block"!

I realize that the papers here and two of the colours are now retired.  However, you can still use the idea with new papers and/or I have a few bits and pieces left here you can order if you want exactly what is shown here.

IMG_6013_edited-1 The little chicky and both sentiments are from the stamp set A Good Egg.  I coloured in chick straight with markers and then added a load of glitter.  He looks awesome!

The edge is done with the Scallop Edge Punch for a "cracked egg" look.  Just a fun card today!

Suppplies used:

Stamp sets:  A Good Egg

Colours:  Ruby Red, River Rock, Groovy Guava

Other:  Ginger Blossom Designer Series Paper, Designer Label Punch, Small Oval punch, Scallop Edge punch, Earth Elements brads, River Rock Ribbon

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{Like it a Latte Explosion Box}

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Stampinuplikeitalattebox Oh, this is one of those retiring sets that will take me some time to part with  . . . I have used and adored these swirly images!  I am not a coffee drinker nor a big chocolate fan, but I still love the style of this set.  And it's great for little gifts for those who are!

This explosion box is one I did actually a few years ago, loving the Real Red and Chocolate Chip combination.  The word chocolate on the top fo the box is acheived by inking up just the one word on one of the sentiment stamps with a Chocolate Chip marker (gee, how many times have I written "chocolate" in this post?), and then stamping.  This is a great way to get lots of uses out of your sentment stamps – pulling a word or phrase out here and there.

Stampinuplikeitalatteboxope The foam was lots of fun!  I used Liquid Applique here and before heating it up, I sprinkled in some red microbeads and also a dash of glitter. 

The explosion box itself is a very easy template, but a cool wow! for the recipient!  I added a sachet of hot chocolate powder to this, wrapped up in the Red Gingham ribbon.

Add in loads of Chocolatey sponging, and you've got a perfect gift for a chocoholic!

Stamps Used:  Like it a Latte  (RETIRING in 12 days!  Order today!)

Colours:  Real Red, Chocolate Chip

Other:  Red gingham ribbon, Liquid Applique, red microbeads, sponges, markers

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{Kristina Werner Challenge #45}

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Stampinuppaintcan Last night I did a fun class on Altered Paint Cans … but this sample is not it!  I woke up today and decided I wanted to make something for my dear husband.  And the paint can was still sitting on my desk and the Kristina Werner Challenge was a definate masculine possibility . . .

So I've made Jared a can to put on his desk.  As you can see, I've removed the paint handle and added a knob instead.  I've filled up the tin with black and white mints for those days when he has tuna for lunch.

The "enjoy" word is made using the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet and using the Stampamajig to line up the letters how I wanted them.  It works really well!

The top emblem is made up with various circles and the Seeing Spots and In the Spotlight stamp sets (both retiring).

What do you think? 

Stampinupenjoypaintcan Stamp sets used:  Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Seeing Spots, In the Spotlight

Colours Used:  Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other: buttons, thread, jumbo pewter eyelets, mat pack, ribbon (brand unknown)  Stampinuppaintcan1

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{Spinner Card!}

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IMG_1295_by_Anne_Dil[1] Another contribution from our lovely Anne!

I've had several spiiner cards on here before, but Anne felt the photo just didn't do them justice, and they don't!  So she's made this little video clip to show you how they work.

You won't be able to keep your kids from playing non-stop with these!

These are so easy to do and such a wow project.  What do you think of these?

Anne's samples here are made with Designer Series Paper and Boho Background stamp set. 

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{Masculine Peek A Boo Card}

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Peekaboo cards are a fun twist on the traditional card and hold a sweet inside!  This is a take on the lovely card AnneMarie designed a few weeks ago. 

Stampinuppeekaboo Once you know where to score, this one goes together very quickly.  The centre window is made using the circle scallop punch, and then the remaining image is used to layer on the front.

The focal image is done using In the Stars stamp set and the two sizes of star punches.  I added just a bit of glitter, even though I was going for masculine!  I did run this by my husband, and he gave his approval. 

Colours Used: chocolate chip, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi

Stampinuppeekaboo2 Stamps Used: In the Stars, Rough Texture jumbo wheel

Other: Scallop circle punch, both star punches, Scallop Edge Punch, silver brad, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

The chocolate heart inside is from the Chocolate Boutique and come in a myriad of colours.

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{Chipboard Accents Techniques}

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Stampinupsomethingfishy3 Are you like me?  Do you sometimes pick up those chipboard pieces and wonder what to do with them?

I fiddled with these last week and came up with a result with which I am very pleased.  (Eldest daughter Madeleine "helped" me by telling me when it looked bad).  I used this technique on the title of my Sun Fun scrapbook page.  And, of course, chipboard is an easy accessory for those tricky masculine projects.

See below for the tutorial of what I did; Stampinupsomethingfishy2  this is just the basics – the possibilites are endless!  See here for the tutorial on how I did the flowers for this page.

I'd love to see how you use your chipboard!  Besides embossing, some other ideas are:

1. cover with designer series paper

2. cover with versamark and pastels

3. stamp straight onto the board itself

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{Kristina Werner Stampin’ Up! Sun Fun Layout}

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020409-color[1]   I love these photos!  I am lucky my father is an ameteur photographer, so I have loads and loads of awesome photos!  These beautiful shots are of my second daughter at a beach in Washington state taken by my father.  She's was such a happy kid!  Still is!

I actually had these colours pulled out before the colour challenge was put up this week, although I have swapped the Taken with Teal for it's daughter, Stampinupsomethingfishy Tempting Turquoise.  I struggled with this one for three days . . .I believe this is a scrapbooking thing: it doesn't work, doesn't work, and then the next day you wake up and it just fits.

I *really* wanted to use this wheel, Something Fishy, and the coordiating stamp set, Life's a Breeze. I just adore them & they had not yet seen ink! 

I wanted to go with the clear buttons on this one, to sort of repeat the "bubble" theme from the wheel images.  So I've got clear buttons in the centre of all the flowers, on the hidden journaling tag, and on photo #2 over punched circles of Designer Series Paper from the Petals and Paisleys collection.

Stampinupsomethingfishy5 The title just turned out so neat!  I fiddled and fiddled with what I would do, and really love the final result.  Movie Monday will show what I did here and how.

All supplies Stampin' Up! except the embroidery thread through the clear buttons

Colours used:  Tempting Turquoise, Taken with Teal, Whisper White, So Saffron, Old Olive, Certainly Celery

Stamp sets used:  Life's a Breeze, Something Fishy wheel

Other: Clear buttons, Petals and Paisleys Designer Series Paper, Mat Pack, Apricot grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Pretties Kit (flowers), reinkers, various circle punchesStampinupsomethingfishy4 

 

Order the stamp sets and wheel, the Designer Series Paper, the clear buttons, and one ink pad and receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration set!  Click here to see the Sale-A-Bration brochure and Here to place your order!

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{Masculine Valentine Double Card}

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Rivetmaleapproved Likely the most difficult cards to design . .  masculine!  And a Valentine to boot! 

Inspired by the beautiful elements from Nicki Tidbold's swap, I set out to design a card for the men in our lives. 

IMG_5309_edited-1 I have used a double card design here for added interest.  The concept is simple – make a smaller, coordinating card and adhere to the front of Stampinupmasculinevalentine your main card, which gives you lots of room for writing love notes (or for an invitation!).  I told my ladies that were here for class that if you didn't have much to say, then just do some conveniently extra stamping inside the cards!

This card uses a neat trick with the crimper.  First, run your card through one way, turn it 90 degrees, and run it through again. Repeat until you have the texture you would like. 

Stampinupmasculineval The buckles or hinges here is the Designer Label punch turned sideways.  Love it! 

The hearts used here are great for Masculine Valentine because they are not toooo girly.  They are from the set Polka Dot Punches and you can only get this set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration (running through the end of the month) with any qualifying order or workshop.  I love the punched tin look of these stamps.  And the fact that they coordinate with the punches makes them extra easy to use!

Yes, you still have time to get this set before Valentine's Day! Email me to get yours sent out today!

Colours used:  Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate chip, Whisper White, Soft Sky

Stampin' Up Stamps Used: Sanded Background, Polka Dot Punches

Other: Crimper, jumbo eyelets, Designer Label Punch, Sponge Daubers, Double stitched ribbon

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