Christmas in July

 

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It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, right?  The designers at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration have whipped up a few holiday cards to inspire you.  You can check out their creations HERE.

I'll be hosting a Christmas in July open house this weekend in Kokomo, Indiana.  If you are local, be sure to check out the dates and times.  I'll have plenty of retired stamps and accessories, lots of card samples, as well as some Christmas make & takes.  Here is your sneak peek at one of the cards my guests will be creating.

 

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I always keep my Make & Take projects very simple so that beginners don't get discouraged or disappointed with their cards. This Christmas card fits the bill perfectly and would also be a great card to create in bulk.  I used the This Christmas Designer Series Paper and the Better Together stamp set, so it doesn't require a lot of supplies either.

The layout for this card is from CAS(E) this sketch.

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Card Stock Measurements

Very Vanilla: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

Very Vanilla:  4" x 5-1/4"

This Christmas DSP:  2-1/2" x 4"

Gold Foil:  1/4" x 4"

 

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By varying the patterns of the Designer Series Paper, I was able to create the cards shown above.  If you'd like to get a head start on your Christmas cards, you'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Card Sketch Challenge

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 We have an awesome card sketch on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog today and we'd love to have you play along with us.  Simply use the sketch below to create a card and upload it to our blog. If you upload to online galleries, please use the hashtag #ssinkcs35 so we can find your creations.

 

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I chose to use the Sweet Cupcake stamp set again today, and I'm using the same color combo as I did in my last post:  Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, and Mint Macaron.  For the patterned paper, I used the Crumb Cake and Flirty Flamingo polka dots from the Neutrals and 2016-2018 IN Color Designer Series Paper Stacks.  These paper stacks are my "go-to" when I can't find a paper in a certain color.  I have all the color families and In Colors for just that reason.

 

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Aren't the little enamel shapes the cutest thing?  I love that they coordinate with the paper and add such a pop to this project.  It's difficult to see in the pictures, but I used the Clear Wink of Stella on the top of the cupcake.  This brush gives the cupcake a glittery, shimmer effect.  It's so pretty!

 

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Don't forget to check out how the other designers incorporated this month's card sketch HERE.  You've got plenty of time to play along, so get stamping!  You'll find a complete list of supplies for my card at the end of this post.

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Monday Montage 73

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!

I had been doing such a good job on sending out birthday cards this year, but the last month has really gotten away from me.  It looks like I'll need to whip up some belated birthday cards and the Sweet Cupcake stamp set has come to my rescue.  

 

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My first card is a fun shaker made with the Sliding Star Framelits and a few embellishments from the June 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit (washi tape & sequins). I started with a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Thick Whisper White card stock and die-cut the Circle Slider mechanism.  When you die-cut the Circle Slider mechanism, you get 3 pieces:  a large open circle, a "ring", and a smaller inside circle.  I placed a 4" x 4" window sheet over the opening of the large circle.  The smaller circle is adhered onto the front of the card with dimensionals.  I created a "tunnel" for the sequins with the foam adhesive strips.  To cover the strips, I added a 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" piece of the gold foil paper from the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.

 

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This stamp set requires 3 individual stamps to create the final image.  The stamps are numbered on the sheet included with the stamp set.  For the cupcake bottom, I stamped as follows:  (3) Crumb Cake stamped off, (2) Crumb Cake, and (1) Crumb Cake.  For the top, I stamped (3) Pink Pirouette, (2) Flirty Flamingo stamped off, and (1) Flirty Flamingo stamped off.  The sprinkles are Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron.

 

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I die-cut the "sweet" from the Cupcake Cutout Framelits in Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo card stocks.  Layering the two of them together gives it a drop shadow effect.  The sentiments were stamped in Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron inks.  I added a small heart from the IN Color Enamel Shapes to the "happy belated birthday" circle that had been punched with the 1-1/2" circle punch.  You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

 

DID I MENTION HOW MUCH I HATE MISSING SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY?

It kinda stinks!

 

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I just couldn't look at the Sweet Cupcake stamp set and not see the fresh, hot, steaming pile of poo.  With a little help from the Jar of Love (flies) and Here for You (sentiment) stamp sets, I was able to make this happen.

 

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I think this card is fairly self-explanatory, but in case you were wondering.....varying shades of Soft Suede seem to be the most normal & realistic color combination I found.  You're welcome!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Julie's fabulous project.

 

 

 

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Just Beachy

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We are featuring Beach-themed cards on the Stampin' Stylin' INKspiration blog today.  Be sure to check out what our designers have created for you HERE.

 

 

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The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper provides the perfect backdrop for my not-so-crabby Crab from the You're Sublime stamp set.  I pieced him together with Real Red, Whisper White, and Basic Gray card stocks.  To make the red even darker, I used a Real Red marker over the card stock to give it more depth.

 

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 My favorite parts of this card are the Swirly Bird beach ball and the Labeler Alphabet sentiment.  I love that you can create any greeting that you want with this new alphabet set.  I'm sure that I'll be using it a lot!

You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

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Patriotic Shaker with Tutorial!

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Yay!  It's Friday and a long holiday weekend!  The best news is that I have another fun shaker card to share with you today and a step-by-step tutorial with pictures.  You'll be able to use the basic tutorial to create all kinds of shakers.

 

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 Keep in mind when you read the tutorial, that you can use almost any die or punch to create the shaker opening.  There are so many possibilities!  You can also use a variety of things to fill your shakers.......I've shown you glitter, punches, confetti, and sequins.  Which one is your favorite?

 

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Click HERE to access the tutorial. You'll find a complete list of supplies with the tutorial and also at the end of this post. 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful and safe July 4th weekend!

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Sunshine Shaker

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 I've got another fun shaker card today for you featuring the Sunburst Thinlits Die.  We are featuring Sunshine-themed cards on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog, so be sure to check out what the other designers created HERE.

 

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This shaker card was a bit more complicated because each individual compartment is technically its own shaker.  The hard part was to keep the small pieces from jumping into other compartments.  I created the confetti with the Fringe Scissors.  I had never even considered using them for that purpose, but there's a great pic in the new catalog on page 189 that gave me the idea.

 

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The die-cut and sentiment are from the Sunshine Sayings Bundle.  I also added just a few White Perfect Accents to the card.  I'm pretty sure these accents are my go-to accessory for everything!

You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Be sure to check back tomorrow.  I'll have a step-by-step shaker card tutorial for you, along with a brand new shaker card!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Fairy Celebration Shaker

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I'm shaking things up with the Fairy Celebration stamp set.  It's no secret that I love shaker cards.  They are just so much fun!  And when you pair a shaker card with fairies and a great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, you get magic!

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If you saw yesterday's post, I told you that I stamped a bunch of the fairy images onto Watercolor Paper with Basic Black archival ink and watercolored with an Aqua Painter and various ink pad refills.  I find it easier to stamp up an entire sheet of these types of images to watercolor all at once and then I'll have images ready for a variety of projects.  It's a great time-saver!

 

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I have a feeling that Stampin' UP! is trying hard to promote shaker cards.  You need 3 things to create the perfect shaker:  Foam Adhesive Strips, Window Sheets, and layered punches or die cuts.  With all the layering framelits dies in this catalog, it's going to be fun to see what shaker cards everyone creates.  I made this stand-alone shaker with the Layering Circles Framelits and filled it with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, AKA Fairy Dust.

 

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In case you think I forgot, I'm still working on the shaker card tutorial.  It will be worth the wait!  I'll be sharing more shaker cards throughout this week, so make sure that you have subscribed to receive email updates (in the right column).

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You'll find the complete list of supplies for this card at the end of this post.

 

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Monday Montage 72

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all 8 stops (2 are sitting out this week).....you don't want to miss anything!

 

There is a 9-year age difference between my children, which means I went a very long time thinking that I would only have one son.  Many of my stamping projects were masculine or boy-ish.....fishing, sports, trucks, dirt, mud....you get the idea.  I loved all the girly stamp sets during that time but I had no reason to actually purchase them.  Well, the girl finally arrived and now I can buy all the girly stamps I want!

 

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Below is a picture taken last weekend.  Daddy planned a sleepover for Bella and her friend.  It was only a matter of time before the dress-up clothes were out.  She is definitely a girly-girl that loves princesses and FAIRIES.  When she saw the new Fairy Celebration stamp set, she insisted that I order it immediately.

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The plan for today's card was to use the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I went a little overboard with the watercoloring, so you're actually getting 2 cards today!

 

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 I stamped several fairy images onto Watercolor Paper with Basic Black Archival ink.  Next, I colored them with a variety of ink pad refills and an aqua painter brush.  And finally, I cut them out very, very carefully.

 

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For the background, I created a wash of water over the watercolor paper and slowly added drops of Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, and Wisteria Wonder ink refills with the Aqua Painter.  I allowed the colors to blend together and dry completely.  I splattered the area with the Gold and Clear Wink of Stella brushes.  At one point, I squeezed too much of the gold brush which resulted in a pool of gold ink.  I took the splatter stamp and pressed it into the gold before stamping onto the paper.....a happy mistake.


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 My first attempt at the watercolored background resulted in a much larger area than I wanted.  So, I cut out one of the larger fairy images and created the card you see below.  Just one more happy "mistake".

 

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As much as I love all of these fairy cards, I'm saving my favorite for tomorrow.  Be sure to check back because it's a show-stopper!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Be sure to visit all 10 stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.

 

 

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Graduation Shaker Card

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We seem to be getting into the swing of summer, finally.  A few weeks ago, it seemed like we were always on the go....mostly with graduation parties.  So today I am sharing one of the graduation cards that I created from a while back.  The graduate's school colors were orange and black (ewwww!), so I didn't come up with this color combination by accident.  It just goes to show, that with the right stamps & supplies, you can make a customized card for anyone and any occasion!

 

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I'm so glad that Stampin' UP! is finally selling Foam Adhesive Strips!  These little things make creating shaker cards so much easier.  I was always saving the "edges" of my Stampin' Dimensionals for this purpose and now I don't have to!  I'm sure if you are a new stamper, that a shaker card may seem a bit intimidating to make......perhaps, I should do a tutorial soon?  I find that once you have the basic steps down, it's really makes sense and then you can translate it to all sorts of shapes.  I'll get to work on that tutorial.  LOL!

 

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 You already know how much I love the Confetti Celebration stamp set.  Now I want to profess my love for the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper and the Sprinkles punch.  You'd probably never guess that there was anything Pink about this card, but the back of the patterned paper is Bright Pink, i.e. Melon Mambo.  I love having the option of basic Black & White patterns in addition to bright, colorful patterns.  And that punch.....how great is it that you can create custom confetti?  I added metallic sequins and paper confetti to my shaker card.....FUN! FUN! FUN!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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New Catalog Goodies

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Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month's theme is new catalog goodies.  Oh, my!  There is so much goodness in this new catalog, that I can't wait to see what my fellow freaks have created!  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, LeeAnn Greff. She always has amazing ideas and I find her so inspiring!

I've got so many favorite stamp sets in this new catalog.  I just had to pick something and run with it for this hop.  This weekend I have been spending time with my oldest and dearest girlfriends....our first girls' trip in 5 years, so I'm feeling a little nostalgic.  The stamp set that I chose to feature is Baby Bear because teddy bears also bring back many good memories.  I think it's the perfect set for creating baby cards, don't you?

 

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Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

 

So, I have a few tips for success with this stamp set.  First of all, it's a 3-step stamping set, which means it takes 3 sets to created the final bear image.  If you look at the clear image sheet that comes with the set, you'll see small numbers 1, 2, and 3.  It's very easy to distinguish the number 1 stamp, but I had a lot of difficulty with differentiating the number 2 and 3 stamps.  I took a black sharpie and wrote "2" and "3" on the flat side of the photopolymer stamps.

I also highly recommend you use the Stampin' Pierce Mat to get a good, clean stamped image.  Having the padding under your card stock will help the stamp be more even.  If you've struggled with this stamp, give it a try.

There are numerous color combinations that you can use to create these adorable bears.  Since my cards are so simple in design, I'm sharing the color combos that I used below each sample.

 

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Stamp 2:  Pool Party

Stamp 3:  Bermuda Bay

 

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Stamp 1: Pink Pirouette

Stamp 2:  Blushing Bride

Stamp 3: Flirty Flamingo

 

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Stamp 1: Smoky Slate (stamped off)

Stamp 2:  Smoky Slate

Stamp 3:  Basic Gray

 

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 Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Don't forget to visit Kelly Acheson to continue on the blog tour. 

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