Thursday, July 23, 2015

Remarkable You Thinking of You

I love flowers and butterflies.  Lately, I can't get enough of flowers and butterflies.  There's something so beautiful about both things, isn't there?  I made this card for my chemo angel before I left for the other side of the state.  
When I made the supply list I forgot to put both of the butterfly punches shown below!  Don't forget these great punches!  I used vellum to make it look more soft and clean.  I just love the pretty look of the butterflies and the flower.
I even decorated the inside of the card using the Heartfelt Sympathy Stamp Set.  Wondering how I colored the flower?  I used my aqua painter and reinkers.  I love the look on the petals.
Don't forget the Fluttering Embossing Folder!  I love the new size of the embossing folder, but be careful when you put it in the Big Shot... it fits just perfectly.  If you shove it, you will smash the embossing folder sides.

Check out the supply list below and I will see you tomorrow!

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Class includes Photopolymer Stamp Set Watercolor Words ($26), Metallic Sequins ($5), all supplies to make cards plus full-color pdf of projects. The only thing you supply is the ink and the adhesive. Cost: $40 (local) or $46 (shipped). RSVP by August 2. Will be shipped on August 11th.  Contact me to order now!  Already own the stamp set?  Order the project pdf for $8.  Contact me to order pdf only!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Birthday with the Cutie Pie Thinlit and Sweet Stack Stamp Set

Good Morning!  We have traveling back to the other side of the state to celebrate the life of Marc's Aunt who recently passed away.  It was a very sudden passing, but with her diagnosis of Liver Cancer, it didn't seem to be a good prognosis.  Auntie Pam was the sweetest lady and her life touched many in her years working in a hospital and a school.  

Luckily for you, I have lots of things to show you and will be posting while I am gone.  This adorable piece of cake was a big hit at my Birthday Bingo last week.  I didn't get a picture of the back but it opens to fill it with candy.  
I used the Thick Whisper White Card Stock to make this project and enjoyed decorating with the pieces that come with the thinlit.  Check out all of the pieces that come in this thinlit set:
Here's what is included: banners, candle, three tags, bow, scallop edge (for frosting), words and a flower.  Don't forget that you also get the cake slice!  It's perfect for a birthday party, wedding treats, even just because (everyone needs cake for a bad day)!
I love the coordinating stamp set to decorate this cake slice and you must get it!  Check out my post from a few days ago using this set here.  It's not only great to go with the Thinlits set, but it's also great on its own.  Want to get it?  Shop in my store anytime - click on the orange "shop now" link on the right. 
I will see you back tomorrow for a special card I made for my chemo angel!  You are going to love it!  Here's a little sneak peek:

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Class includes Photopolymer Stamp Set Watercolor Words ($26), Metallic Sequins ($5), all supplies to make cards plus full-color pdf of projects. The only thing you supply is the ink and the adhesive. Cost: $40 (local) or $46 (shipped). RSVP by August 2. Will be shipped on August 11th.  Contact me to order now!  Already own the stamp set?  Order the project pdf for $8.  Contact me to order pdf only!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ombre Birthday Card using Age Awareness

Do you love ombre?  I love the colors stacked up together like this, it looks so pretty!  Today's card was another inspiration from the Annual Stampin' Up! catalog!  Do you have a copy?  Click here to email me and I will send you one ASAP!  You need one in your hands!
I used the candles and sentiment from the Age Awareness Stamp Set in Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon.  Do you like the "shag" look?  I used our fridge scissors to create this effect.  I used the same colors plus I added in Cucumber Crush.  I also used the Thick Whisper White Card Stock to make this card sturdy.  It's a wonderful base for cards and it's a new item.  You definitely want to add this card stock to your next order!  Links for all supplies are on the bottom of this post.

RSVP NOW for the To-Go Classes:
Class includes Photopolymer Stamp Set Watercolor Words ($26), Metallic Sequins ($5), all supplies to make cards plus full-color pdf of projects. The only thing you supply is the ink and the adhesive. Cost: $40 (local) or $46 (shipped). RSVP by August 2. Will be shipped on August 11th.  Contact me to order now!  Already own the stamp set?  Order the project pdf for $8.  Contact me to order pdf only!

To-go Class Coming Soon: Christmas in July!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Happiest of Birthdays using Sweet Stack Stamp Set

Good Morning!  I only have one month left of summer (boo) and I really should start thinking about school again - but for now, it's a Birthday card.  I made this card using an example in the Stampin' Up! catalog.  Have you looked at some of the examples in the catalog?  They are beautiful and this is one of them! 
I made the banners using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies.  There is a banner die (the size of the red sentiment).  In order to cut the smaller size, I trimmed the Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight banners to make them shorter banners.  I added the squiggly lines using one of the stamps in the Sweet Stack stamp set and then added the polka dots using the Uni-ball Gel Pen (have you tried it? It's only $4 and works wonderfully!).  Don't forget the star embossing folder!  This card was time-consuming but when you cut everything out first and then assemble, it goes fast!  Check out the supply list at the bottom of this post.

RSVP NOW for the To-Go Classes:
Class includes Photopolymer Stamp Set Watercolor Words ($26), Metallic Sequins ($5), all supplies to make cards plus full-color pdf of projects. The only thing you supply is the ink and the adhesive. Cost: $40 (local) or $46 (shipped). RSVP by August 2. Will be shipped on August 11th.  Contact me to order now!  Already own the stamp set?  Order the project pdf for $8.  Contact me to order pdf only!

To-go Class Coming Soon: Christmas in July!
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Build a Birthday Stamp Set as Candles

So far it's a beautiful day out today in Lutz, Florida and I am hoping to spend some time at the pool today (let's hope it stays this way).  This entire week has been rainy and dark!  Yesterday was a great birthday!  We enjoyed some Cheesecake Factory - I love the Farfalle Pasta and then I took home a piece of the Reese's Peanut Butter cheesecake.  We played some Sequence and Yahtzee when we got home (the wonderful rainy weather we have).  
I used a card in the catalog as an example for this card.  I love the simplicity of this card but looking at it now, you can most definitely use an embossing folder on the Bermuda Bay or even a background stamp (Dots for Days?) to give it a step up!  My ladies loved how the cake layers (from the Build a Birthday Stamp Set) turn into birthday candles.  The little flags came from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  I was proud of my button use as I rarely use buttons on my cards!  Supplies are listed at the bottom of this post!

RSVP NOW for the To-Go Classes:
Class includes Photopolymer Stamp Set Watercolor Words ($26), Metallic Sequins ($5), all supplies to make cards plus full-color pdf of projects. The only thing you supply is the ink and the adhesive. Cost: $40 (local) or $46 (shipped). RSVP by August 2. Will be shipped on August 11th.  Contact me to order now!  Already own the stamp set?  Order the project pdf for $8.  Contact me to order pdf only!

To-go Class Coming Soon: Christmas in July!
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Happy Birthday to me with Birthday Blossoms!

Happy Birthday to me!  This is the first year in several years that I have been home for my birthday.  Usually the Stampin' Up! convention happens over my birthday and I am in Salt Lake City.  Last year I decided I wouldn't attend this year because we want to go to our class reunion in Michigan.  Then Stampin' Up! changed the dates to next week (haha but I am still not going).  
To celebrate I wanted to do Birthday Bingo last night with my customers!  Over $200 of prizes were given away and we made 4 different birthday cards!  This is one of the four cards the attendees made.  I'd say it's my favorite but I really loved all 4, so you will see one for each of the next three days.

I made this card on a Crumb Cake base and stamped the small bunch of flowers as a background.  I used Versamark ink and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.  It turned out SO pretty!  We didn't do it this way in class do to time constraints but it's so pretty!  I also used the metal trimmed pearls (which are on sale until Monday as a Weekly Special).

This is the actual card we made in class, instead of embossing they using Soft Suede ink to stamp the flowers on the card base.  Wondering how I made the flowers?  I used a sponge after I stamped and punched the flowers using the Pansy Punch.  In my opinion they look so real!  Which card do you like better?  See you tomorow for another Birthday card!
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Garden in Bloom Thank You Card Set

Today I am featuring a set of cards I made for a gift.  I took these pictures after I put the card into a clear cello bag, so sorry for not the best photography!  I can't begin to tell you how much I LOVE Garden in Bloom!  It has a watercolor wash look to it (almost like you colored it with crayons or colored pencils).  
 This is a single layer card to make it easy to reproduce (great for making lots of them).  I will have some examples coming as to "how" you can dress up cards like this.  I used the new set called One Big Meaning for the thank you sentiment.  
A simple embossing of the "tag" with the new Fluttering Embossing folder adds so much fun to this package!  I added a bit of ribbon in one of the colors (Melon Mambo).  All of the supplies are listed below!  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have!  
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Over the Rainbow Mailable Monday Card

Today I have been working to get all of my class previews done and ready to post.  Did you know that I host to-go classes?  Come back tomorrow to find out more about this!

Today's card features the Over the Rainbow Stamp Set which is one of my most favorite new sets!  I made this card for my chemo angel - I am sending her a box of cheer.  Everything in the box is yellow!  I thought this card works perfect for this stamp set. 
I used several colors that are listed in the supply list below.  I did add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter with a two-way glue pen.  It's hard to see in the picture above but I am hoping it shows below.  I have to tell you that I did use retired Designer Series Paper.  I couldn't resist using the multi-colored strips!
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

A World of Thanks and Groovy Love

Today we are spending the day at home with some pool time and stamping time.  The best thing about summer is getting some relaxation time!  I need some thank you cards after our trip and this card is perfect (and easy) for a Thank You notes.  
When I first saw this stamp in the catalog I fell in love.  I love all of the different languages featured and the different patterns and the font.  I added some punched hearts using the Groovy Love stamp set.  You could easily replace the hearts with stars as well!  Check out the supply list below and add these items to your shopping cart in my online store.  

Let me know how I can help you and if you have any questions!
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Fab Friday #68 Sketch with Lots of Joy

It's another Friday and we have a great sketch for you over at Fab Friday!  Come over and join us by adding your link to our page.  Click on the sketch below to go over to the Fab Friday page.
I used a card from my friend Selene that is perfect for this sketch.  We will be making this card in my Christmas Card in July class in a few weeks!  To make the "hook holder" I stamped just that part onto the back of silver paper.  I then cut it out and punched a hole using the 1/16" handheld punch.
I am in love with this new Elegant Dots Embossing Folder.  When I first saw it, I wasn't excited but when I used it - I LOVE IT!  It makes such a good impression and is really striking.  Check out the supply list below and I will see you tomorrow!  Thanks for following me!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Manly Thank You Card using Traveler

It's hump day... and I am late getting off to my training.  They are hardcore in my district about being on time for trainings.  If my friend and I aren't there by ten minutes after the start time, your seat is given away to a "walk-in" so we have to leave super early to make sure we get there early.  I guess that's what happens when you work for the 9th biggest school district.  

Anyway... the card I have today!  Do you have a hard time coming up with manly cards?  I know I do sometimes and this card is perfect.  You can easily switch the sentiment for a birthday, or even a congrats card!
Again, my editing skills stink... now that I am home, things should be better!  Check out the supply list below and let me know if you have questions!  Come back tomorrow for some inspiration!
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Another "You've Got This"

Happy Tuesday!  We are traveling back to the other side of the state today so this post is going to be short!  Lots to pack and then unpack.  I have two trainings this week for work (see teachers do work during the summer).  In case you are wondering, they are not paid!  LOL

This is one of the first cards I made with the new catalog stuff.  I love the big flower and the sentiments are great!  I used Watermelon Wonder and Tip Top Taupe (say that five times fast).  Don't you just love the background?  It's included in the stamp set!  
Here's the set in case you haven't looked at it (which you really do need it!).
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Monday, July 6, 2015

"You've Got This" Background

How was your holiday weekend?  Travel?  BBQ?  Beach?  Or did you work and avoid all of the craziness?  I remember my days of retail working (I was a manager for Bath and Body Works prior to becoming a teacher) - I always had to work the holidays!  Now, as a teacher, I get the holidays off and am able to enjoy them.  We had fun in Key West with family.  Nothing like a fresh Grouper sandwich watching the sun set in the most southern point of the USA!  
 Marc's mom took these beautiful pictures at dinner.  Isn't it purely beautiful?
 This is after the sunset... I would love to see this every night!
This is Marc and I downtown Key West (it was 95 degrees and I forgot sunblock).  We walked around for 3 hours straight.  Needless to say my cheeks were quite red and I was a sweaty, gross mess.  That's what happens when you live in Florida!  Anyway, hope you enjoyed seeing a little of our weekend!

For my creation today I used the new "You've Got This" stamp set.  At first glance you might wonder what Designer Series Paper I used in the background. but I didn't!  I inked up the top portion of the flower (no stem) and stamped all over a piece of white card stock.  I didn't worry if they overlapped.  I wanted the random look.  Do you like it?
As you can see from the list below, I only used two colors: Cucumber Crush and Smoky Slate.  I wanted you to see how EASY it is to create beautiful but simple cards!  I used a small snip of the new Dotted Lace ribbon tied into a loose know and added it to the stem with a glue dot.  

I'd love to see your creations using the technique of creating your own DSP.  Email me your pictures and I will feature them in an upcoming post soon (or post it in my facebook group)!  Thanks for following me and see you tomorrow!


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Gone Fishing

Good Morning (or afternoon if you were up late last night)!  I have been excited to share this card with you for awhile.  It's Marc's birthday card!  I saw some other cards online similar to this one for months and had it stored in the back of my mind to make for him.  Marc's birthday typically falls during my last week of school, which equals insanely busy.  I made this card one morning early (read= 5am) before work.  He loved it and I loved how the elements came together.
Most of you are probably wondering how to get that pole - it's a skewer from the kitchen.  I cut it using my heavy duty scissors to make it the size I needed.  I did use some thick twine in a retired color, but you can use one of the other colors now available (Smokey Slate?).  I used a favorite set of mine called By the Tide.  It's perfect for Florida and summer!  I stamped the fish and fussy cut them out to attach to the pole.  Marc made a joke about two fish on one pole.  LOL What do I know?  I'm not a fisherman!
This is the inside of the card... I wanted to carry over the beach them from the front.  I just love how the inside turned out.  Remind me of being at the beach!  I used a sponge and added Island Indigo to the edges to really give the water feel.  Check out the supplies below and let me know if you have questions.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friendly Wishes

Happy Independence Day and welcome back to Stampin' in the Sun!  What are you doing today?  Marc's mom is making ribs on the grill and we are having some family over for a pool party.  I am sure we will make some other fun summer stuff!

I am so excited to have so many new creations to share with you!  I have been trying to share several cards from the same stamp set so you can see how versatile they are!  Yesterday I shared a birthday card using the Friendly Wishes stamp set and today I have another.  I didn't mean to use the same color combination as yesterday as well but I really love Pool Party and Bermuda Bay.  
I used the new Banner Punch for this card.  You can cut three sizes of banners: 1", 1 1/2" and 2".  I love how easy it to cut banners no.  No more trying to cut my own banners (and making them look goofy).  I also stamped the little flower as a background with the Pool Party ink.  The other component I really love is the silver mini clothes pin -- so adorable!

Do you like the new floral paper I used for the banner?  It's from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack,  There are 4 papers for each color: floral, strips, word script and polka dots.  Check it out here:
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Friday, July 3, 2015

"Friendly Wishes" with Cotton Flower

Good Morning and welcome back!  We are taking a day trip to Key West today so we are up super early!  I am looking forward to getting some good pictures and enjoying some delicious food (maybe Key Lime Pie?).

Everything is a learning experience and my photographs today leave a little bit to be desired.  LOL  When I first made this card, I quickly snapped pictures and then mailed off the card to my friend Jessica for her birthday.  She is a great friend and also celebrated a birthday in June.  Check out her blog here.  Well, I didn't think about my background and you can see the messy scrap paper under the card.  Oh well!  LOL  I did copy this card from someone, but I can't find it now.  If this is your original design, please let me know!
This card has a lot of elements and is really a lot more than I usually create, especially for classes.  All of the elements pair so nicely together and that pretty flower using the new Cotton Paper is just yummy!  I will list some the supplies at the bottom of this post, but if you have a question, please let me know!
I did use both Fabulous Four and Teeny Tiny Wishes on the inside of this card with some sparkly hearts (to cover the ink smudges).  I love the Cherry on Top Washi Tape (coordinates with the outside Cherry on Top paper).
For this cute tape I used the Ornate Tag Topper and embossed using white embossing powder.  I love the Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, it adds so much fun to this card.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Zoo Babies with It's Wild Background Stamp

We have really been enjoying some relaxation, family and fun.  I have to admit that I have also been reading a good amount (okay, maybe a lot).  Being a teacher, I have to catch up on my reading (for fun) during the summer.  Anyway, today I have a cute card I made for a friend who just had a baby girl.  I wanted to send her a card letting her know despite not working together, I am so excited for her becoming a mother to a beautiful baby girl!

 I stamped the "It's Wild" background (with a circle mask so the center did get the design on it) in Melon Mambo.  I then used the baby zebra stamp from the Zoo Babies stamp set.  I love this stamp set for not just baby cards - the little animals are so cute!  The sentiment is also from the same set.
To add some baby flair, I added Blushing Bride hearts using the heart from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  The mat in the same color really ties it all together.  Who wouldn't love this cute baby card?  Check out the supply list below if you'd like to purchase any of these items in my online store.

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