WWC87 – Anything Goes Masculine Theme

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Woohoo!!  Kath has chosen an ‘Anything Goes – Masculine Theme’ for us to work with this week, for the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

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This means that you get to choose your layout, stamp set, colours – anything goes, as long as your card or project has a masculine theme.  We all know that it’s difficult to find inspiration for cards for the men in our lives, so we thought that by having a masculine theme on a regular basis, this will  greatly enhance our library of inspiration!

Kath’s challenge was very timely for me, as I needed to make a birthday card for my wonderful brother-in-law, Glenn.

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As soon as I saw this stamp set – One Wild Ride – in the Annual catalogue, I knew that I would be ordering it, specifically to make Glenn’s card!  He is a huge motorcycle enthusiast; he owns his own bike, and regularly goes on long riding trips with several of his friends (my sister doesn’t care for riding on motorcycles, so she stays home and does her thing).

On the panel of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the tire tracks across the top in Basic Gray Archival ink, and then stamped the motorcycle in the bottom left corner, in Memento Black ink.

I stamped the sentiment badge in Versamark ink, then covered it in Silver Embossing Powder, then heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I added some ‘dirt’ smudges around the bottom of the motorcycle with another of the stamp images, then cut a small banner shape from Basic Black cardstock, which I added just below the tire track.  I then added the stamped panel to a panel of retired DSP, with the black chevron shape on it.

To finish off the card, I wound some of the retired Silver Cording a few times around the top, then attached it to a card base of Basic Black cardstock.

I’m really happy with how the card turned out, and I hope Glenn liked it, too.  (it’s okay – this is posting after his birthday!).

Please go to the Watercooler Challenge blog page, and check out what the rest of the team has designed – make sure to ‘Pin’ them for your future reference!  Then, I hope you’ll link up your card for the challenge, too.  I’ll be looking for you! 🙂

Until next time – happy stamping!

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PCCCS213 Sketch Challenge

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Welcome back, stamping friend, to another challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself with the challenges lately; if you’d like to leave a comment either here, or on our challenge blog, we always love to hear from you! 🙂

This week we have a sketch challenge for you;

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I have to tell you something; when I first see the challenge, I draw myself a little sketch of it, (yes, a sketch of the sketch) to take to my table to work on.  In this case, I was working on several challenges to post ahead of time, as I knew I would be in the U.K. at the time of the challenges.  So, between the time I sketched this challenge, and I came to post it – something got lost in the translation, and my card looks a *little* different!

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Yes – I did intentionally turn the sketch on it’s side; I knew I was doing that!  The part that I mixed up was that I carried the DSP through the entire card front!  (I do admit that while I was working on my card, I thought to myself that it was a bit unusual for us to have the DSP cover the whole card front – but I didn’t get up to re-check the original sketch!)

Oh well – this is my card, so I hope you like it!

Since I was showing off the DSP, I decided to show off the beautiful Blooms & Bliss, in the beautiful blues and greens.  I pulled 2 of the colours from this piece, so I used Mint Macaron as my card base, and layered a panel of Island Indigo on top, and the DSP on top of that.  I stamped the sentiment from the Number of Years set in Island Indigo onto a strip of Whisper White, then added one of the leaves designs in Mint Macaron (I managed this by masking off the rest of the leaf images with painters tape, while inking up the stamp).   I layered the sentiment on top of a strip of Island Indigo after using the Banner Triple Punch to create the tails on each end, added some loops of Copper Metallic Thread, then attached it to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I used the Petite Petals Punch to punch out 3 flowers; 2 in Island Indigo cardstock and 1 in Mint Macaron.

To give the flowers some shape, I placed them on my Stampin’ Pierce Mat, and used the Stylus from my Simply Scored, and rubbed around the middle of each of the flowers.  I then used Glue Dots to attach them under the sentiment, and added a Pearl Basic Jewels to the middle of each one.

I think it turned out pretty well, considering I deviated a bit from the original sketch!  Well, the sketch is a guideline….and I did stick to the basics of it!

I do hope you’ll join in this challenge with us; for more inspiration, check out the rest of the Design Team’s cards on the Paper Craft Crew blog.  By the time this challenge closes, I will be home from Britain, so I will be able to comment on your card!

Thanks for spending some time with me!  Until next time – happy stamping!

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I’m Back from the U.K. with Lots to Share!

Hello there, my stamping friend!  Boy, it’s good to be back home 🙂

Don’t get me wrong; I had a wonderful two weeks in England and Scotland; I visited with family, did a lot of sightseeing and enjoyed myself; but to paraphrase Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz – there’s no place quite like home, is there?

Back with the rest of the immediate family (the trip was just me and my  youngest son); back closer to immediate family and extended family and friends; and of course back to business and you, my wonderful stamping friend and customer!  I do hope that you continued to visit my blog posts, and the 2 weekly challenge posts for both the Watercooler Wednesday and Paper Craft Crew Design Teams, as I did work and schedule these posts ahead of my trip.

Let me tell you – I may have been on holiday, but Stampin’ Up! sure hasn’t!  I have a LOT of news to share with you, and it’s all good, and money saving!  So I  hope you’ll stick with me to the end of this post, because there’s lot of good promotions coming up 🙂

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That’s right – World Card Making Day is coming up this Sunday, October 1st!  Of course, we in the crafting industry can’t just celebrate for one day, so we take the whole week to not just celebrate, but to shop and create!

Stampin’ Up! is offering a number of Essentials on sale during October 1st – 5th – have a look:

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These are essential that you can use all year long – but get them on sale for 5 days only!  I know I’ll be stocking up on my cardstock – and look at that – the Envelope Punch Board is 25% OFF!

And the Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit – this Kit is amazing – have a look at what it contains:

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Kit includes
* 16 card bases and envelopes
* Printed tin box with lid, 6-3/4″ x 4″ x 5-3/8″ (17.2 x 10.2 x 13.7 cm)
* File tab dividers
* Printed die-cut images
* Die-cut Designer Series Paper and vellum
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* White cardstock tags with gold foil print
* Washi tape
* Baker’s Twine
* Sequins
* Gold paper clipsCoordinating colors:Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
make it on your own with these additional products:
* Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set
* Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin’ Pads
* Fast Fuse Adhesive
* Mini Glue Dots
* Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

Ready for the next great Sale?

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This sale coordinates perfectly with the Oct. 1st – 5th World Cardmaking Day sale – coordinate your sale cardstock with this fabulous Designer Series Paper Sale!

Buy ANY 3 of the listed Designer Series Paper, and GET THE 4TH ONE FREE!  Two of the selections are in the new Holiday Catalogue, perfect for your Holiday projects and Christmas Cards!

Here is a picture of each of the papers; each one is a clickable link to my online store, so you can take a closer look at each of the patterns:

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Time is running out!!  You only have until October 10th to sign up for your Paper Pumpkin subscription – pay for the first month, and get the 2nd MONTH FREE!

It’s easy peasy to sign up – just click HERE, and you’ll be taken to the sign up page.  This offer is for new subscribers (you must have a valid email address that hasn’t been used before for a Paper Pumpkin subscription).

Did you see the current Paper Pumpkin kit, for September??  Oh my gosh – it’s adorable, and perfect for giving out Hallowe’en or party favours!

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Now, when you sign up for your Paper Pumpkin, the first kit you’ll receive is for October – not the kit above.  But – want to know one of the PERKS about being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber??  You get to order PAST KITS, AND REFILL KITS!

That’s right – no need to be sad because  you won’t receive this fun candy-tube kit; once you’re a subscriber, you can order the Refill Kit! 🙂  (I was so sad, because I was away, I had put this month’s kit on hold – meaning I skipped this month.  But – then I remembered that I could order the Refill Kit, and use my own stamps, and I was happy again!)

Also – each month, Stampin’ Up! puts out a video on how to use the Paper Pumpkin kit; both following the directions as planned, and also offering alternate ideas!  Here’s the video with Carrie showing us fabulous alternate ideas for the September kit – in case you need more ideas!

How fabulous are those ideas?!  Since my boys are grown up, and we don’t get many children to our house on Hallowe’en, I’m definitely going to be using my kits for Christmas and New Years! (yes, I said *kits* – because I’m ordering at least 2!  There are stockings to fill, and table gifts to make, you  know!)

Well – I  hope I  haven’t overwhelmed you with too much information!  Don’t worry – I’ll be reminding you about all these amazing deals, so that you don’t miss out!

A quick re-cap:

NOW – order your BOGO Paper Pumpkin subscription by Oct. 10th HERE

October 1st – 5th – Card making Essentials on Sale!

October 1st – 31st – Designer Series Paper Sale!

Oh – and for those of you who are wondering about my trip – I will be sharing pictures over the next little while, but if you can’t wait, I have been sharing on my business Facebook page – you can ‘like’ my page and see them at https://www.facebook.com/StampandCreate/

Until next time – sign up for your Paper Pumpkin, and get your shopping list ready for October 1st! 🙂

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Watercooler Wednesday Fall Theme

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It’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday challenge – this time Gail Allen is hosting!  Gail has chosen to do a Simply Stamping challenge, with a Fall theme.

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In case you haven’t done one of our Simply Stamping challenges before, what it means is that it’s stamping only – no layers,  no embellishments or die-cuts; nothing except the simplicity of stamping for the “clean & simple”. Heat embossing is allowed, since if one decides to use a colour, heat embossing would show better than simple stamping, but dry embossing (with embossing folders) is not allowed.   Yes, it is different from other challenge sites that call it Clean & Simple, but that’s why we call it ‘simply stamping’.

Since last week I had used the Vintage Leaves set for Jean’s colour challenge, I wanted to find something different.  This is what I chose to do:

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This was my first card which, as you can see, violates our ‘no dry embossing’ rule!  Rats!!  I really did like the effect of the new Cable Knit  Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder!  By spritzing the cardstock before embossing, it slightly breaks down the fibres of the cardstock, allowing for an extra deep embossing effect.

But – this card doesn’t count, because it’s not within our rules, so it was back to the drawing board for me!  Not to worry – I simply re-made the same card as above, but without the extra layers, and the strip of embossing.

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For the stamping, I started by stamping the grass using Old Olive ink from the Sheltering Tree stamp set, and stamped that across the bottom.  Next, I stamped the tree trunk in Crumb Cake ink.  I wanted to give the tree a true ‘fall’ look, so I used the small leaf/flower stamp image (I think it does double duty, since it’s a rather indistinct shape), and stamped it first in Pumpkin Pie ink, then randomly in Delightful Dijon ink.  I stamped the leaves randomly in the branches, and on the ground around the tree.

To add to the fall feeling, I added the rake, stamped in Soft Suede ink, leaning against the tree.  I think that the person raking went inside for a hot cup of apple cider, or a hot chocolate 🙂

The sentiment, also from the Sheltering Tree stamp set, was stamped in Old Olive ink.  I simply masked off the portions of the stamp, so that I could separate the sentiment and stamp it at the top and bottom of the card front.

The stamped panel was then attached to the card base of Old Olive cardstock.

So you can see, by these two cards that I made that this is a good way to stamp a ‘basic’ card – no layers, no embellishments; and a ‘stepped up’ version – with the extra layer of cardstock, and the strip of embossed cardstock.  You could step it up even more, by heat embossing the leaves, or adding some Enamel Shapes if you wanted.

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards 🙂  I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave.

I hope you’ll head over to the Watercooler Challenges blog page, and see what the rest of the Watercooler Artists have created, and then link up your own card for the challenge.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Paper Craft Crew Colour Challenge PCCCS212

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Woohoo – time for a twist with the Paper Craft Crew!

This week we have a colour challenge for you – have a look:

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The challenge says that you’re to use 3 of the 4 colours, plus you can use a neutral – such as Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Gray or Black, if necessary.  Well, I decided that I would use all 4 of the challenge colours!

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I’m sure that if you follow my blog, you know how much I love the Jar of Love Bundle – the stamp set and coordinating framelits.   So you can imagine how thrilled I was to see the Jar of Cheer in the Holiday Catalogue!

This new set coordinates perfectly with the Everyday Jar framelits, and comes with the jar and lid outlines; it also comes with 6 main images that fit inside the jar, as well as other embellishment images, for a total of 13 stamps in the set.  Well worth getting, especially if you already have the Everyday Jar framelits.

I stamped the jar outline in Night of Navy ink, then stamped the ornaments image in Night of Navy.  I then used Blender Pens and ink pads in the challenge colour of Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Emerald Envy to colour the ornaments, leaves and berries.  I then stamped the lid image first in Night of Navy ink then Versamark, then stamped onto Whisper  White cardstock.  I immediately covered it in Clear embossing powder, then heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I then used the Everyday Jar framelits to die cut the jar and lid, with the Big Shot.

I used the Thoughtful Banners stamp set for the sentiment and banner outline, stamping in Night of Navy ink, then used the Duet Banner Punch to punch it out.

I used the retired Ovals Framelits to die cut an oval from the new Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper is in White, with embossed patterns on the paper.  You can either leave the paper white, or use Sponges, Sponge Daubers or the new Sponge Brayers and inks to bring out the pattern, as I did; I used a Sponge Dauber and Crushed Curry ink pad to colour the pattern.  I then cut 4 points from Tangerine Tango cardstock, and layered them under the oval.  I then attached the oval to the card front, and added the banner at the bottom , using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

After doing that, I decided that the card needed ‘a little something more’, so I stamped the wreath and bow from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set, and die cut them using the coordinating Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies.  I attached them together, and to the top of the jar lid using Glue Dots.

I hope you’ll check out the cards made by the rest of the Design Team; just head over to the Paper Craft Crew blog page.  Be sure to add your own card for the challenge – I’ll be looking for it!  I may not be able to comment, as at the time this challenge posts, I’ll be in London, England!

Happy stamping!

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Jean’s Colour Challenge for Watercooler Wednesday

Watercooler Wednesday bannerWelcome back to another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

This week, Jean Fitch is our host for challenge WWC85, and she has chosen an interesting colour challenge:

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Well, I immediately knew that I would be using our new Copper Embossing Powder, as I had forgotten to add our new Copper Metallic Foil to my last order! (facepalm).

Here’s what I chose to do:

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Isn’t it amazing how the copper pops, whether it’s on black or white?  I really expected it would be more subdued on the white, but wow!

To work in the black & white combination, I decided to start with a Basic Black cardstock base, then have a panel of Whisper White, with a split panel of Basic Black again, on top.

On both the white and black, I stamped the 2 kinds of leaves from the Vintage Leaves stamp set in Versamark ink, covered them with Copper Embossing Powder, and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I repeated the same steps with the sentiment, which I took from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  I really like the script used in that set!  I made sure to do one piece at a time, to make sure that the Versamark stayed wet enough to grab the embossing powder.

After embossing, I layered the panels on top of each other using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was complete!  Trust me – it took a lot longer to come up with this layout that it took to put it together! 😉

The copper is definitely an ‘on trend’ colour this season; you can see it everywhere, from clothing and accessories, to home decor items.  Stampin’ Up! is always on trend with colours, that’s for sure.

I hope you’ll head over to the Watercooler Challenge blog, and see what the rest of the Watercooler Artists have designed for your inspiration.  Then be sure to link up your own card for the challenge!  I can’t wait to see what you design!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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PCCCS211 – Sketch Challenge

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We have a great sketch challenge for you today, with the Paper Craft Crew!

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Once again, I was initially stumped as to which stamp set to use with this sketch.  Finally, I decided to go with one of the new holiday sets, called Cookie Cutter Christmas.

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This stamp set alone is so much fun, with a total of 17 photopolymer images to the set, but it’s even more fun when you bundle it with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch!  It allows you to not only punch out the 5 main images, but also the smaller layering images, too.

Once I decided to use the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, I chose to start with a card base of Real Red cardstock.  Next, I cut 2 panels of Crumb Cake, and 2 smaller panels of the DSP to layer on top.  I attached those to my card base using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I stamped the Eskimo image in Soft Suede ink onto Whisper White cardstock, and coloured it using a Blender Pen and inks in Soft Sky, Smoky Slate and Real Red.  I added the little ‘blush’ with some Blushing Bride ink and the Blender Pen to the cheeks.  After colouring, I used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to punch it out.

The sentiments, from the Cookie Cutter stamp set, were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock in Real Red ink.  I used the Banner Triple Punch to create the banner tails, and layered the 1st one under the punched eskimo image, and the other on top of another banner of Real Red cardstock.  I looped some of the new Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine in White with Real Red metallic thread under the sentiment, then added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the card front.

The new holiday catalogue really has a lot of terrific stamp sets and bundles, not to mention embellishments and papers!  I hope you’re having fun using them – or shopping!

To see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration, head over to the Paper Craft Crew challenge blog, then be sure to link up your own card for the challenge.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Leavin’ on a Jet Plane!

Hello my stamping friend!

If you’ve followed my blog recently, you may have read my posts about my youngest son being accepted at the University of Liverpool.  Well – today is the big day; we’re hopping on the big ‘ol plane, and heading over to the U.K.!

We’re going to make it a mini vacation, before settling him into his dorm; first we’re landing in London, to spend a few days sightseeing.  I’ve never been to London before, so I’m very excited to see all the things like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, Tate Museum, just to name of few.  Of  course, we’ll manage to squeeze in some shopping in the fashion district 😉

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(of course, this image is from Google – but I’ll have lots of my own to share, when I get back!)

Then it’ll be off to Liverpool, another place I’ve never been.  The University is quite lovely to look at; it has it’s older buildings (it was established in 1881), but also some newer ones, too.

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I’m looking forward to exploring around Liverpool, and it’s famous Albert Docks.  Anyone remember the song ‘Ferry Across the Mersey’, or am I dating myself?!  (I think the song was before my time, but I remember it being played when I was young).  Anyway – the point is, that the Mersey river runs beside Liverpool!  Of course, Liverpool is also famous as being the ‘birthplace’ of the Beatles – please tell me you know who they are!!

I’m also excited to head up to Scotland to visit my cousin and her family – they live in a fabulous border town called Hawick.  I barely remember visiting there, many many years ago, before we moved here to British Columbia.  I haven’t seen them since they visited us here, 4 years ago.  (plus, we’ll be celebrating both of our birthdays! woot!) 🙂

One of the famous sights in Hawick is in the town centre, the 1514 Memorial otherwise known as ‘Ken the Horse’.  It was unveiled in 1914 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of a skirmish between the youths of Hawick where they routed the the English army at Hornshole, and captured the Bishop of Hexham’s flag.  There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to this! https://www.facebook.com/kenthehorse/

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Speaking of Facebook – I will be posting some pictures and sharing some of my adventures, when I can.  You can ‘Like’ my page, and follow along there https://www.facebook.com/StampandCreate/  – I’d love to share, and read some comments from you! 🙂

In the meantime, my ONLINE STORE will continue to be open 24/7 for your shopping pleasure – don’t forget about the Special Offers from Stampin’ Up! – be sure to check for the newest offers this coming Thursday Sept. 15th!  If you do shop online, please use my September  Hostess Code NZ7MQJR7 – everyone who shops using this code will receive a free gift from me, on my return!

I do have my projects and posts written and scheduled to post for the weekly Watercooler Wednesday and Paper Craft Crew Challenges, so I do hope you’ll check those out each week, as well.

Thank you, my friend for spending some time with me!  I do hope I’ll see you here again when I return, on Sept. 26th.  (I do think that my husband and oldest son will be glad to see me back, if for no other reason than a home-cooked meal!)

Until next time – happy stamping!

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New Special Offers

Hello stamping friend!  It’s Thursday today, and that means it’s time for a new round of Special Offers from Stampin’ Up!

 

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These are some amazing deals!  They will be available from today, Sept. 8th through next Wednesday, Sept. 14th.  

 

These items can be used for just about any project you’re working on – for birthdays, Christmas, or just any occasion!  To place your order directly online, you can click on the pictures above, to go directly to my online store.  Just use Hostess Code NZ7MQJR7.
I will be out of the country from Sept. 11th – Sept. 26th (I will have some post pre-written and scheduled to post while I’m away), so I won’t be here to place any orders on your behalf.  Please use my online store, and the Hostess code above for the month of September.  Everyone who uses the hostess code will receive a free gift from me, as my thank you for ordering during my absence!
Be sure to check back again next Thursday, for new deals!
Until next time – happy stamping & shopping!
DebSmartSignature (1)

Watercooler Wednesday – My Turn to Host

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You may have noticed, but we Watercooler Artists take turns; each week one of gets to ‘host’, by which the host gets to choose the challenge for that week, and the host chooses the Top Pick.  And this week – it’s my turn!

I love all kinds of challenges, but I do tend to favour a sketch challenge; I always find them to be such good ‘jumping off’ points, if my creativity is on a low ebb.

Here’s the sketch for this week:

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Nothing too fancy; but then, that’s the kind that always throws me for a loop!  I think y’all know that Clean & Simple isn’t my strong suit! 🙂   Anyway – here’s what I came up with:

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I really hope that you didn’t miss out on ordering the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, or Bundle; it is so amazingly versatile, and I really hope that it was in demand enough that Stampin’ Up! will bring it back in next year’s catalogue.  I think of it ‘Lovely As A Tree – Part 2’!

I started with a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Very Vanilla cardstock, on which I layered the ombre polka dot pattern from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  I then added a strip of Crushed Curry cardstock down the left side, and added a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon beside it.

For my stamped panel, I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and stamped the tree trunks in Soft Suede ink; 3 in the front each full strength ink, and 2 in between stamped off once, to give the illusion that they are in the background.  I inked up the ‘needles’ stamp with Crushed Curry ink, and stamped at least 3 times for each tree trunk; I wanted the trees to look very full.

After stamping, I added a panel of Crushed Curry cardstock underneath, then attached it with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the card front.  I then stamped the sentiment from Sheltering Tree in Crumb Cake ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla, and used the Banner Triple Punch to create a tail on the left end, as well as on a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock that I layered underneath it.

And that’s it!  It took all my willpower to NOT add any Candy Dots, or extra embellishments; I wanted to stay true to the sketch, and I think I did!

I hope you find some inspiration in my card, and the sketch; any comment you’d like to leave is much appreciated!  Then, I hope you’ll look at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenges blog, and the fabulous cards the rest of the Watercooler Artists have created.  I’ll be looking for your card, to be linked to the challenge!  🙂

Until next time – happy stamping!

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