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{Some Fun Card Ideas from Melinda}

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Melindaassorted_edited-1 These are some quick and easy projects set to me by my soul-sister, Melinda.  She belongs to a monthly stamp class club where she lives (in Idaho) and also has always made cards each and every month for all birthdays, anniversaries, blessings, baptisms, eagle scout courts, graduations . .  you name it.

I love to see what my customers are creating – please send me pictures of your projects!  Speaking of inspiration from Monday's post, I often get inspiration from others' work! 

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{A Happy Heart Gift Bag}

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This is a super quick and easy project shown to me by my dear friend and fellow demonstrator, Anabel Welch.

Stampinuprecipegift I wanted to give a young girl a gift for watching after my children and untangling the huge WAD of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets I had.  She enjoys baking, so I whipped up a wrapper for this cookbook for her using one sheet of the Dashing Designer Series Paper combined with the A Happy Heart Stamp set. 

And this stamp set is fantastic – I'll use this one well past Valentine's Day.  In fact, I am using it on a page for later in the week  . . . 

These are colours I would have never put together on my own, but took the inspiration from the front of the book.  I Stampinuprecipegift2 like the combination!  It's my opinion that you can find inspiration nearly anywhere.  My favourite place to look is at the fabric store or at people's clothing.  Where are your favourite place to find your inspiration?  Leave your ideas in the comments, please; I'll be interested to hear what inspires you!

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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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