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Holiday Catalog is now LIVE!

Good Morning Stampers! Today is the day that the Holiday Catalog goes LIVE!

As usual, I’m having difficulty linking the catalog photo to the actual catalog. This happens with each new catalog – so I’m posting the catalog here for you.

 

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Just click on the photo to view the wonderful items inside this super Holiday Catalog.

Have fun! You can order on line using my Shop Now button or you can call me with your order. 

Happy Stamping and Happy shopping!

Donna

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Circle of Spring Greetings

Hello my fellow stampers! Hope you all had a good week. Today I have a visit back to the Wonderful Wreath Thinlits and the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. **Note – sorry for the yellowish tint on my photos. I took these outside but in the shade of the house and I’m afraid the beige stucco of the house cast this tint on my photos.

The Flirty Flamingo cardstock is so nice and springy along with the little Pink Pirouette and Tempting Turquoise flowers. The Daffodil Delight centers add another touch of spring. I used Wild Wasabi for the leaves and Old Olive ribbon – they blend together well.

The background was done using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.

After making a couple more of these, I decided to sponge the wreath with a little Wild Wasabi. I like the white on white but decided the wreath needed to stand out a bit more.

I haven’t finished a card with this sponged wreath yet but I think it will stand out better. Where you see the blank flowers is where the cut out Tempting Turquoise flowers will be “popped up”. I purposely had darker spots rather than all the same color green. Any comments?

 

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets – Circle of Spring, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi)

Paper – Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo

Accessories – Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Wonderful Wreath Thinlits, Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon (R)

 

Now that I look at the white wreath on white…I’m not sure about the sponging. 🙂 I need to complete a card with the green sponging and then I’ll make a final decision before I complete the rest of the cards. I had quite a few left over from my March classes so I’m finishing them with various greetings – Mother’s Day, Birthday, etc. for my upcoming Craft Fair. This is proof that the more we look at a card the more ideas we can come up with.

Take care, stay healthy and have a great weekend! Until Monday…Happy Stamping!   Donna

 

Double Z Fold Christmas

Welcome back my dear stampers! Today I have a Double Z Fold Christmas card. I’m sure you have seen this all over Pinterest and everywhere else because it is absolutely beautiful. I actually have two versions to share with you today. Let’s first take a look at the Star of Light version.

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The original card I saw had two or three layers of cardstock and DSP which made the card very heavy. If I’m going to use these for Christmas cards I don’t want to also pay double postage! I simplified and used Vellum on the thin strip which reduced the weight quite a bit.

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This photo shows off the embossed lettering in the sentiment…very cool.

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When opened all the way this is just stunning. You may notice that I brought the thin band down to the bottom of the card unlike most on Pinterest. I just changed it up.

Here’s another version of this fold – did this in my stamp class.

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I love this one. I cut the darling little gingerbread house out of our Candy Cane Lane DSP in the Holiday Catalog.

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Look whose peeking out behind the house. 🙂

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Open all the way. Do you notice that I brought the band up higher on this card. I like the way the front sentiment circle overlaps the band. I really like this style fold for display purposes. Many people like to display their cards (like me) and this is so cute opened up.

 

Products Used (Green for the Star of Light card and Red for the Gingerbread card):

Stamp Sets – Star of Light, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Tin of Tags

Ink – Versa Mark, Chocolate Chip

PaperNight of Navy, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White, Winter Wonderland Vellum (R), Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane DSP

AccessoriesSilver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Rhinestones, Real Red Woven Satin Ribbon

 

Directions for the Double Z Fold

Use an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock, cut into pieces 4 1/4″ x 11″, 1 1/4″ x 11″ – you will have a piece of 3″ x 11″ left over to use for your star or circle.

On both red pieces score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″

From Whisper White cardstock cut:  (2) 2 1/2″ x 4″, (1) 4″ x 5 1/4″, (2) 1″ x 2 1/2″, (1) 1″ x 5 1/4″

From DSP cut:  (2) 7/8″ x 2 3/8″, (1) 7/8″ x 5 1/8″

 

I hope you will try this fold because I think you will get “hooked” and find yourself using it often.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to hear from you and your comments.

Until Friday…Happy Stamping!

Thank You Series Using Scrap DSP – #2

Today I am sharing #2 in my series of Thank You cards using scraps. Keep in mind these are quick and easy cards. They all can be embellished to become fabulous. I’m giving you a starting point.

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This card is so easy. I’m thinking about adding some bling or little flowers. What would you do to “jazz” this up a bit?

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Added just a couple things – ribbon and rhinestones – what a difference!

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Not so plain. It’s amazing what a little touch of embellishment can do.

I used the retired “Another Thank You” stamp set for the large Thank You. This is such a handy set for different fonts and sizes of thank you. I carried the same DSP on the inside with a simple message of thanks.

I would LOVE if you would share some of your creations with me. I’ll post them and feature you as my Guest Stamper.

Happy Stamping!

 

Sculptured Flowers

I was invited to join a stamp club with some VERY experienced and excellent card makers. They use products from every company and create masterpieces. (I think I’m way out of my league.) One of the gals taught us this awesome technique and of course I had to adapt it to Stampin’ Up! flowers since she used another source. This is what I came up with…

 

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It’s tricky to see how the flowers are formed in a photo but each flower and leaf is molded so that it does not lay flat.

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This was another version but I used the leaf from Birthday Blossoms and it looks more like a rose leaf. Also used pearls for the centers.

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This is really a close up so you can see the crinkle that gives the flower depth.

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I stamped all the flowers and leaves with Memento Tuxedo Black, then colored each with Stampin’ Write Markers and sculptured each.

 

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Birthday Blossoms, Botanical Blooms, Falling Flowers

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Whisper White, Very Vanilla

Accessories – Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Botanical Builder Framelits, Stampin’ Write Markers, Pearl Basic Jewels

 

I am now going through the new catalog AGAIN looking for great flowers that will work with this technique. So, keep watching for more sculptured flowers!

Have a wonderful 4th of July and…

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floral Phrases Sympathy

I know no one really likes to make sympathy cards but we all eventually need them. The next three posts will show my June class cards – all sympathy but many of the class participants used other sentiments rather than making six sympathy cards. I try to create cards that adjust to different sentiments.

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Sorry for the extra large photo but I’m experimenting with my phone camera rather than using my Canon. They came out blurry when I tried to make the photo smaller. Give me some time…I’ll work it out OR I’ll go back to my camera! 🙂

I immediately fell in love with the bundle on page 77 of the new catalog. I’m also loving all the new dies in this catalog. I joined a stamp club with gals who make FANTASTIC cards using ALL products from almost every company. They use a lot of different dies and I’m so happy that Stampin’ Up! has provided us with so many new ones. There are so many things you can do with this thinlit set.

I really like the white on white with Night of Navy.  This color combination is so classic.

Products used:

Stamp Set – Floral Phrases

Ink – Night of Navy

Paper – Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories – Detailed Floral Thinlits

This card is fairly easy and doesn’t use a lot of products…another reason why I like this bundle so much. You may have noticed that the floral bouquet looks like I didn’t ink properly…it’s supposed to be that way. The stamp itself is designed to show depth. Pretty cool, huh.

Be back in a few days with Card #2 from the June class. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the remainder of your Sunday.

Happy Stamping!