Monthly Archives: January 2014

Right side of the Barn

2014_01_31IMG_0543 (3) Well I used my yesterdays card as my inspiration to make this sympathy card for my aunt who lost her husband, my dear Uncle Rick, who my son referred to as “Barn Man”.  To honor Barn Man I chose to make an old barn with 2 etched hearts symbolizing the 59 years of marriage and the love for their 7 boys and their families.

I used soft suede ink on 2 pieces of crumb cake cardstock using the direct to paper method.  I then used the Hardwood Background stamp and espresso ink and stamped the barn on both pieces of cardstock.  I then used the Hearts framelits #125599 to cut a heart in one of the pieces.  I stamped the heart using the Hearts a Flutter #129252 stampset and colored it with pink pirouette marker until I got the desired color and was happy with the way it turned out.  RIP Rick Matson.  You were a good man and a legend in your own time!

2014_01_31IMG_0543 (4)So then I wanted to take it one step more and make it a little simpler so instead of stamping and coloring I just used the small heart framelit to cut another hole and reveal the pink heart.  I then added the sentiment from the Hip Notes #133504 and now I love this card too.   So my inspiration from yesterdays post was a double bonus!

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You + Me

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For today’s card, I wanted to create the look of love etched in a tree so I punched out a Full Heart #119883 from a post it note and put it on a piece of crumb cake cardstock.  I then inked up the woodgrain background #128763 and stamped the image onto the crumb cake cardstock.  I removed the heart mask and added the sentiment from Hip Notes #133504 stampset  and the arrow from the Geometrical stampset to give the etched look.  I matted it on a double layer of pink pirouette and early espresso cardstock.  I like it but don’t love it because it seems so flat but sometimes less really can be more!

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Filed under Anniversary, Cards, Friendship, Valentine, Wedding

People Like You


Today’s card is a beautiful card that I created for my beautiful friend Debbie Mason and features the fabulous single stamp called People Like You #133215 from the Stampin Up occasions catalog.  From the minute I saw this card in the occasions catalog, I knew I would use the stamp for Debbie.  It’s like the sentiment was made with her in mind!  I feel the sentiment exactly… the world is a better place because of beautiful people like Debbie Mason.  This stamp is so versatile that it can be used for birthdays, mothers day, Easter, Thinking of you or just about any reason to honor a special friend.

I used the raspberry ripple and real rose color scheme and textured the rose layer with the all new Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder #132971.  It’s hard to tell from the picture but for both flowers I stamped them twice and then cut out sections of each flower and popped them on the main panel.  I also cut out the sentiment and placed it on a gumball green decorative label #120907 punched piece.  I added razzleberry double stitched satin ribbon #126845  to complete the beautiful card.   Happy birthday Debbie.

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Time to Sale-A-Brate!

Free Gift with each $60 purchase! Only during Sale-A-Bration, Jan 28-March 31. Shop now.

Earn FREE, exclusive products during Sale-A-Bration, our annual sales event with perks for shopping, hosting a party, or joining Stampin’ Up! You can take advantage of all Sale-A-Bration has to offer from January 28−March 31.

Check out the  sale-a-bration catalog today

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Feeling Groovy

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It’s a Tuesday and that means that it is digital download day at Stampin Up. Be sure to check out the newest downloads for MDS available on the Stampin Up site.  Today’s groovy scrapbook page is from the book I made for my mother-in-law and is circa 1970’s and was easy peasy to make using the fun retro kit complete with background paper and fun coordinating embellishments.

Even more groovy is today the annual Stampin Up Sale-a-bration begins and runs through March 31 and you can earn free products for every $50 spent in merchandise.  This year the products are more fun then ever and feature 2 free MDS downloads.  I will post the catalog later today when Stampin Up releases the catalog for viewing.

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Its a banner day


2014_01_27_SABLaural Mnt, Sunshine and Val 001-SAB ThanksIt’s a banner day at Stampin Up because tomorrow the annual sale-a-bration goes live!  Sale-a-Bration runs from January 28th through March 31st   For every $50 spent (before tax and shipping) you earn free products from an array of exclusive products in the sale-a-bration catalog.  Today’s card features the super cute Banner punch (there is also an adorable coordinating stampset)from the sale- a- bration catalog to make the sun’s rays and the card base is the decorative dots textured impressions embossing folder that is also one of the many free products available.  The suns circle was cut from the circle framelits #130911 in the Stampin Up annual catalog.  The  clouds were cut from the word bubbles framelits #132968 from the Stampin Up occasions catalog .   The sentiments are from the Simply Celebrate #133224 stamp set.

Stay tuned tomorrow and I will post the catalog to see the complete listing of free products available.

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Filed under Birthday, Cards, Friendship, General, Thank You

Sew Glad we are friends


Most everything  about this card is not new or even current Stampin Up product but today is my friend Lynne’s birthday and I always make her a sewing related card. It’s always fun to pull out the old stuff and make a fresh card.  The base layer DSP is from the Stampin Up catalog a few years ago called Attic Boutique line. I then stamped the dress form using the now retired Stampin Up Everyday Elegance stampset. The sentiment is from the now retired  Pun Fun stampset.  I added a scalloped edge #119882 punch border to frame the main panel.  I added a flower from the itty bitty punch pack #118309.

Happy Birthday Lynne.

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Bee Mine

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Reposted with the card image.

I started making my Valentines and today’s post is a fun design.  Don’t be fooled by the simple design because I made sure it had lots of layers. Here’s the Buzzzzzz on what I used to make this card. I used crushed curry, white and black as my color palette. To continue with the bee theme, I used the all new Hexagon Hive #132965 Thinlit from the Stampin Up occasions catalog and cut it from whisper white.  I layered the hive on the crushed curry base.  I added a thin black strip and a piece of the fabulous crushed curry Chevron Ribbon #130019. For my focal piece, I stamped the bee using the Stampin Up Crazy Mixed Up Love #131071 stampset from the annual catalog.  I added a heart punched from the Owl Builder punch #118074.  I matted it on a black circle cut using the circle framelits #130911 and then affixed that atop of a decorative label framelits #130102.

Even more important Buzz…. if you are having trouble with your Hexagon Hive or other Stampin Up Thinlits try layering a piece of waxpaper between the cardstock and the die.  It really works!  After making this card 1 time I was about to give up and then I researched the problem and gave the wax paper a try.  I made several more of this card an a few other designs that I will post later.

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Coffee & Friends


Today’s card is the perfect friendship card for male or female friends and features the Perfect Blend stamp set#131392 from the Stampin Up annual catalog. Cammie created the background using a combination of striped DSP and the Off the Grid stamp to make her own background. The coffee cup is stamped and handcut out. Cammie made the coffee sleeve by using the Gorgeous Grunge #130517 stampset on using Cajun craze ink on Cajun craze cardstock.  She finished the card by adding the sentiment and accenting it with white candy dots and the chevron border punch.

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Coral Reef


Cammie is known for her keen brayering and extreme color combinations and today’s card is no exception.  The Crisp cantaloupe and Real Red color combination really makes the card pop.  Cammie used the In Color DSP and then created a panel using the resist embossing technique and the coral stamp in the Stampin Up By the Tide stampset #129120.  The cantaloupe squares are stamped in red ink and the center square has a starfish in the center.

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