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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Gang's All Here

I enjoyed a fun meeting with my team yesterday.  There were seven of us (we missed you Tani, Barb, and Nancy!), and we got together for a little celebration, a little business and a lot of creative sharing.  I thought I'd show you a little bit of our day.

Sampler Swap:
We decided ahead of time that we would all create a 3" x 3" square for a framed art sampler.  I had given everyone the colors in advance (so they squares would coordinate) but the rest was up to their imagination.  The color combination was taken from the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper - Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron and Very Vanilla.  And here is the finished project:

Isn't that fun?  Here's a closer look:

The butterflies (top right) were created by me, and the flower wreath by Gail.

Here are Bonnie's adorable "Jar of Love" and Judy's pretty cut-out Stylish Stems design.

Capturing four squares:  My Flourish (top left) and Timeless Tags (top right), Ceresa's beautiful spring tulips (lower left) and my Hello Sun Shine square, and:

Crystals' lovely butterfly (on her own background paper) --love the sequin "body"!

The beautiful framed montage is now on a table in my entryway, welcoming everyone to "spring"!

You can make one too; products used are listed below.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see one of the great projects we made.  Here we are with our creative endeavors:

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

So Very Much

Here's a simple Thank You card that  you can whip out in minutes:

And the best part?  The stamps are FREE through Stampin' UP's Sale-a-Bration, going on now.

This pretty card uses Avant Garden and So Very Much, two of the FREE offerings through the end of March.

The card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock, with a skinny layer of Sweet Sugarplum.  I stamped on Whisper White; the Avant Garden flowers are stamped with Sweet Sugarplum.  I stamped the first flower with full strength ink, then stamped it again for the lighter shade.  I did the same for the leaves, using Pear Pizzazz.

The sentiment is stamped in Rich Razzleberry, as are the centers of the flowers.

Simple, one layer, quick!  But oh, so pretty!

Supplies used are below; click on the product to go to my on-line store.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Nailed It! Yes, I did!

Remember this card?

I used the new Nailed It stamp set with the coordinating Build It framelits dies.  It was a huge hit.

But today I'm taking it to the next level.  I really liked my "carpenter's apron", but my son's birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make his card an over-the-top one. 

OK, are you ready to see it?  One that takes a masculine card to the next level?  I call this my "card in a (tool) box"...what do you think?

Evan loves everything "tool".  So when I first saw this set, I knew it was going to find a home in my craft room, and I also knew that I'd be creating something special with it for Evan.

I took the basic "card in a box" idea, but made it into a tool box.  It had to be able to fold flat for mailing.

This was NO easy task.  I had to figure out the measurements; my previous card-in-a-box template was for a square card.  But tool boxes are not square.  So back to the drawing board...or should I say "grid paper".   Yes, I sketched out what I wanted, and with a little help from the internet, figured out my measurements.  The cardstock was cut to 3-1/2" x 11".  I scored it at 1", 5", 6" and 10", then turned the paper and lightly scored it at 1-3/4". 

The box is Soft Suede.  I then took another piece of Soft Suede and inked up my Hardwood stamp with Soft Suede ink.  Once stamped, I cut it into pieces to adhere to the face of my toolbox.

Then it was on to the tools.  Such fun to stamp them (on Chocolate Chip, Real Red and [retired] Brushed Silver cardstock) and then cut them out with the framelits.

I struggled the most with the name plate. I used a rotary alphabet stamp [also retired] on Copper Foil.  Of course the foil is slippery--took me about 6 tries to finally get the darn thing inked up with Archival Black ink!  But the nameplate is a die in the framelits, set--isn't it cute on the front of the tool box?

So what do you think?  Will my Mr. Fix It son like his card?  I think so...

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