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{Four new colours in one card! She’s amazing}

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Isn't this nice?  This is a swap given to me by the lovely Kelly Slattery.  Most impressive is Stampinupfreshcutshow she's used so many colours effectively on one project.  She's successfully used six colours here - a true colour challenge!  What do you think?

The cool distressing along the edges is achieved by both sponging on ink, although it appears she has rather dipped her edge into the ink, and with the Cutter Kit distressing tool. 

Thanks, Kelly, for sharing and for your beautiful work!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Fresh Cuts

Colours:  Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red

Other: Cutter Kit

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{Another Use for those Pastels}

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This is a CASE of a CASE.  Thanks for sharing with me, you big wide world of creative people!

 Stampinupbaroquemotifs That being said, I resolve to never flat out copy.  As my dear friend, Pam, said, "What's the fun in that?"  I thought a lot about that and realized she's right!  Take on the creative and mental challenge and at least change up one thing!

The technique on this one is straightforward and effective.  Use your Stampin' Pastels and Whisper white ink to create a relatively vivid colour on a dark cardstock.  You need to work relatively quickly with this one – stamp and then pounce the colour of your choice over the ink.  Chalkboard is an appropriate name for this one – it does leave a sort of dusty, hazy look just like a chalkboard. 

Schedule a technique workshop with me!  Only a few dates left for May!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Baroque Motifs

Colours:  Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Chocolate chip

Other: Silver Brads, Stampin Pastels, 3/4 circle punch, Bashful blue grosgrain or taffeta ribbon, hemp

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{Do I love this layout or what?}

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This is the fourth version of this card layout that I've made!  Next up – a scrapbook page Stampinupeasternbloomsraspb with this one.

I love, love, love these new papers!  This version is made with Raspberry Tart Designer Series Papers for a sweet, fresh, berry feel.

What I love about this is that the focal image is embossed directly onto the DSP rather than the traditional white or vanilla card.  The mix of textures is really apealling.

Class "All About Embossing" available for booking now!

Supplies used:

Stamps:  Eastern Blooms, Warm Words

Colours:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Raspberr Tart DSP

Other:  cropodile, Pretties Kit, White Embossing Powder, White Taffeta ribbon

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{To Distract Them from Fighting . . .}

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As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, each year I face loads of retired stamp sets and kits that I must sell off or give away.

Stampinupcontest This week my three daughters have found ample opportunity to get on each others' nerves.

Combining my two aggravations:  each afternoon I have given them a baggie of a leftover kit or bits and pieces.  Their challenge is to make something of their choice using what's in the bag and a few tools. 

Sofie (6) created the Always card, Madeleine (10) made the Berry Bliss card, and Kjirsti (8) made the always looong card.

I thought they all did well, but Sofie surprised me at HOW well!  She got the m&m for the day.  Which one would you pick?

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{Movie Monday – Poppin’ Pastels!}

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Friends 24-7 is one of Shelli's favourite stamp sets.  At first, I wondered why, but I think I really do like this one.  Sometimes it just takes some playing and creating something wonderful to realize the potential!

Stampinupfriends247 And I am also finding as I create new projects for workshops and classes that I keep reaching for those fabulous new colours!  Woo-hoo – aren't they FUN?!

This card features one of the many techniques you can do with your pastels.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! (Besides that I need a good comb)  Enjoy!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Friends 24-7  $53.95, Pocket Silhouettes $39.95, En Francais  $39.95

Colours:  Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Grey

Other:  Label Punch, Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon, Cutter Kit, Linen Thread, Button Bouquet

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{Make Your Envelope into a Card!}

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Stampinupbigboldbirthday Another cute and quick child-proof project!

The card is actually one of our stamping envelopes with a notecard slid inside.  My girls enjoy this little pattern for quick invites and for birthday cards to give to friends.

This is not my best stamping effort . . . However, you get the idea!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Cheer and Wishes

Stampinupboldbirthday Colours: Tangerine Tango, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Summer Sun

Other: 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

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{Pun Fun Chocolates!!}

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Little baggie toppers, as they are so creatively named, are easy and inexpensive to make!  It's a neat way to jazz up an otherwise ordinary bag of goodies.

Stampinuppunfun This is birthday season at my house, with three birthday parties in a row, so this is a quick and satisfying project for the younger set on up.  Madeleine chose the Pun Fun, her favourite and we've use the new, yummy Designer Series Prints.

Now you're all wondering what the chocolates are and where to get them!  They are miniature chocolate bars I found at Gilmours.  The outer wrapper comes right off, leaving just the gold wrapper, ready to be embellished to match your project.

Deal of the Day:  Anyone ordering Pun Fun by 10pm tomorrow night gets 20 of these little bars thrown in for free! 

Supplies Used:  

Stamps:  Pun Fun

Colours: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red

Other:  Wide Grosgrain ribbon, Tempting Turquoise brad, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Blender Pen

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{Cheep Talk Quick Invite}

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Rivetmaleapproved So, my husband thinks he can ask me to make him cards for some reason.  How cheeky.

So I've swapped him for a massage. 

Stampinupcheaptalkinvite Jared trains many of the music leaders in our area, and is putting on a special training night in a few weeks.  So he needs 35 of these babies.  Hence the simple design, but I still really like it.

The colour challenge was a perfect combination – fun and cheery, but not too girly.

Love the cheep talk set!  We couldn't find any stamps suitable for "music", so this was actually a cool little option instead.

Anybody want to play factory with us this afternoon?

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Cheep Talk  $56.95, Cheer and Wishes $39.95, although Really Retro $28.95 would have been better for this one.  I just don't own it (yet!)

Colours:  Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie beak

Other: Kiwi Kiss ribbon

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