One Stamp Wonder – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #9

Hello my stamping friends! Wow, I can’t believe it has been TWO WEEKS since my last post! I have been enjoying the last of summer with my hubby…school starts for him next week. I’m already counting the days until NEXT summer!! lol ANYWAYS…that’s not why you are here! You are here for a NEW Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Woot Woot! And without further delay…here is the newest challenge board!

I was immediately drawn to the top row of ‘thank you, sequins, and all things round’. But funny story about that last category…all things round? I tend to be quite literal so I pondered that for awhile and then I even posed that question on my FB page to get my friends to sound off on their ideas for ‘all things round’. I LOVED their suggestions and looked through every stamp set I own before finding ONE LITTLE STAMP in a Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Work of Art that sealed the deal for me. Remember how I said I tend to be quite literal???ย  Take a look at this!!

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Ha! Can’t get much rounder than that!! TeeHee!! Okay, maybe a circle shaped card but I’m not a fan of odd shapes so that was out… Okay, on to the dets:

Details:

  • The variety of choices in Stampin’ Up!’s Work of Art stamp set gives you as an artist an infinite range of possibliliities. Unless you are me, then you will only see the obvious:) But the obvious can be fun too!

  • I used the tiny circle stamp, rotating it each time I stamped it so that the tiny clear spot in it would be more random looking. I based my color palette on the ribbon I wanted to use, the 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon in Peekaboo Peach. I added Daffodil Delight, Powder Pink and the retired Crisp Cantaloupe. And now I’m craving Sherbet ice cream!!
  • I started stamping in the bottom right hand corner and changed colors with each circle I stamped to get some consistent spacing between the dots. It wasn’t a lot of work, I just had to remember to clean the stamp each time so I didn’t stamp Peekaboo Peach into my Daffodil Delight ink pad! Yikes!

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  • I love this thank you sentiment from the One Big Meaning stamp set, it’s perfect for circle die-cutting.
  • The rest of my layers were a bit more tricky. I discovered that I didn’t have any circles in my Stampin’ Up! stash to do three graduated layers like this, I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t. So the white layer is the Stampin’ Up! Stitches Shapes Framelits, the Daffodil Delight layer uses a circle die from The Stamps of Life and the darling stitched scallop layer in Peekaboo Peach is made by MFT Stamps.
  • This Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon is a MUST for your stash. It is seriously great to work with. I truly hope they come out with it in more colors. I will buy a full roll of each color, it’s THAT amazing!

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  • When I stood back and looked at my card, I decided it needed a little bit “more” so I pulled out this super darling itty-bitty butterfly stamp and die from the most recent Catherine Pooler Stamps of Approval box. I added some Wink of Stella to it and of course a sequin!
  • My last sequin is covered up by ribbon in this photo but be assured, there are three sequins…because odd numbers always look better!
  • I layered everything on to Crisp Cantaloupe and Daffodil Delight card stock and then added circles to the envelope flap…they are so stinkin’ cute!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my interpretation of ‘thank you, sequins, and all things round’. Please pop on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see what the rest of the design team has for you this week! They are amazing!! We would love to see your art in the gallery!!

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Price: $110.00

Pretty Posy โ€“ Tic Tac Toe Challenge #7

Welcome to a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Today, designer Teresa brings some fun new elements to the mix! I chose to draw inspiration from the far right column: die cut; floral; and yellow. Remember, you can chose any row or column, or on the diagonal, just as long as you choose three in a row! Here’s my card for this challenge:

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Yup, I pulled out the Beautiful Bouquet bundle againย (said in my best Forrest Gump voice), I’m just so in love with it! Floral, well, that’s obvious; Die Cut, yup, I think I have that covered as well, and yellow! My first inclination was to make the entire CARD yellow, but I’m glad I went for a more balanced option today ๐Ÿ™‚

Details:

  • Tip for the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle: Make sure you know which stamps have matching dies and which do not! Contrary to what I believed, the floral stems stamp does NOT work with the floral stems die! I took a bit of time in preparation to create, and laid all the dies out on a piece of 4.25 x 8.5 ย card stock and ran it through the Big Shot. This helped me identify what stamps and dies matched up. I cut the negative in half and now have it stored with the stamp set so I will forever more be able to be sure that the stamp I want has a matching die!

  • The flowers stamped on the background are what I think of as filler, or Baby’s Breath, and are stamped in Soft Sky.
  • I stamped the pink flowers on the background after I had laid all of the dies out. I love how Powder Pink blooms peek out and add a subtle touch of softness.

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  • The other flowers are stamped in Crushed Curry (with Chocolate Chip centers), Perfect Plum and Island Indigo. The flower stems are stamped in Always Artichoke.
  • The bow is stamped in Island Indigo to play against the small flowers and the teeny tiny (adorable) tag is stamped in Crushed Curry to play against the largest flowers.

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  • I added Blushing Bride and Island Indigo Enamel Shapes to the flower centers and then just added Wink of Stella to the Crushed Curry flower centers.
  • I couldn’t stop there so I unwound a length of Linen Thread and used just a half thickness of thread to loop behind the flowers, peeking out to add some texture!

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  • I left off stamping a sentiment on the inside as I know I want to write a personal message. I keep the decorations minimal, with only Crushed Curry and Perfect Plum layers to mimic what what done on the outside.
  • The envelope liner is made using a retired pattern from the Regals DSP Stack that retired with the last catalog. I think it compliments the design nicely.

So…what do you think? Are you sold on the Beautiful Bouquet bundle yet? No? Okay, I’ll keep the samples coming! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please pop over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see what the design team has created for you this week! I hope you are tempted to play along…we would LOVE to see you in the gallery!

Hugs until next time!

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Price: $110.00

Clean and Simple Dragonfly Dreams

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This weekend I wanted to show a friend how the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) works. I just grabbed a stamp set and started stamping – NOT how I usually work. That saying “Hold on while I overthink it” fits me to a T!! Somewhere along the way I fell in love with what I had created and realized that it can be fun to just sit down and play!

Details:

  • This is literally the first time I have inked this set up! I stamped the outline of the dragonfly in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and demonstrated how, if the first stamp isn’t sharp enough, you can re-stamp it easily! Then I added the wings detail stamp in Sweet Sugarplum (randomly picked from my inks), demonstrating how easy it is to line layered stamps up and make sure you get it right! Wink of Stella adds a pretty sparkle to the wings and body of the dragonfly.
  • Next came the sentiment. The grid lines on the MISTI make it simple to get the sentiment stamped straight and without the dreaded “shadow” that can happen with a wood stamp or acrylic block.
  • A simple snippet of sparkly (retired) ribbon stapled to the card with the retired Stampin’ Up! stapler and a few layers of card stock and BOOM! done! Super pretty and super fast – I think it took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish!
  • The envelope is lined with retired DSP, the perfect shades for this card!

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  • I kept the inside simple with no layers this time…just a pretty sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will check back in soon for more inspiration!

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Gingham Garden Birthday – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #6

Good Morning! I hope your weekend has been a good one! Today I am playing along with the latest Tic Tac Toe Challenge! This week’s fun board was created by Shannon Fralish. There were so many fun options to choose from, but in the end I went with the top row: shadow, layers and square:

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Details:

  • Can you see all my squares?!? I’m pretty sure a gingham pattern qualifies for squares ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to pull from my retired stash for this oldie but goodie. It’s from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper pack and is about, oh, five years old? I absolutely could not part with this cheerful paper!
  • Layers, layers, layers. When in doubt, add a layer ๐Ÿ™‚ I built several layers using the Island Indigo pattern paper and Basic Black card stock.

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  • Shadow. This was was a cinch! I cut two of the Happy Birthday die cuts and then glued them together with the Basic Black die cut slightly offset to create the shadow.
  • I adore these flowers and tend to reach for them when I need a small detail. I stamped them using a flower stamp from the Best Birds stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating die. Are they the sweetest popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and with matching retired Candy Dots for their centers?
  • The simple knot from retired Island Indigo cotton ribbon pulls everything together and then I carried the theme over to my envelope as well.

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  • Inside is a sweet sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I love the curly font!

I hope you are inspired to play along with the Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week! It closes on Tuesday at noon CST so you still have time!! Please pop over to the Tic Tic Toe Challenge and see what our designers have cooked up to inspire you this week!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a crafty day!!

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Price: $110.00

Christmas in July – Freshly Made Sketches 295

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I know…you’re thinking “whhaaaattttt????” But it IS July and despite the fact that it was 106 degrees yesterday, we cannot hide from the fact that Christmas is only 170 days away! Time to start thinking about those beautiful handmade cards we promise ourselves we are going to create and send out every year…let’s make THIS the year we actually DO it!!

Details:

  • When I think of Christmas cards, I think of sending everyone a beautifully detailed, intricate one-of-a-kind Christmas card…and then I wake up and realize that the only way I will EVER get done is to mass produce! So…I make cards that can easily be recreated and for me that means simple and BOLD.
  • I absolutely adore this particular pattern from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack, it is SO striking! I originally had the entire background as this pattern paper but in the end relented, if only to follow the challenge sketch…so I added it as an envelope liner instead ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Are you wondering if those white splatters are a mistake?? Nope! The paper comes that way and I LOVE it! It adds such a fun texture to the design!
  • Simple stamps and their coordinating dies, both called Santa’s Sleigh, make an eye-catching focal point without a lot of fuss – always a plus in my book! Santa’s Sleigh is a carryover from last year’s holiday catalog and I am delighted to have another year to play with it!!
  • I have been pondering this Merry Christmas sentiment from the Better Together stamp set for a long time, trying to figure out what to use it with so it would look good…I think it works perfectly in this design, very graphic and clean!
  • The simple wreath, stamped in Garden Green, around the reindeer’s neck added a sweet pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic card. I stamped it, die cut it, and made a snip at the top so I could wrap it around the reindeer’s neck.
  • I added a small strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock at the top of the pattern paper. I thought it was a nice detail to have it popping out above the ribbon. The ribbon is retired, probably from last year, but I didn’t have any current ribbon in Cherry Cobbler and this ribbon is so soft and flexible, it makes a great looking knot!
  • The large enamel dot is retired product as well but I used it in conjunction with two other sizes of Cherry Cobbler Enamel Shapes for a fun detail that also goes along with the sketch. So cute!

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  • I used the coordinating stamp from the Better Together stamp set to stamp the inside of my holiday card. You could easily stamp directly onto the inside of the card without adding the Cherry Cobbler card stock frame…I just like layers ๐Ÿ™‚

This sketch from Narelle of the Freshly Made Sketchesย design team was my jumping off point for my first Christmas card of the year:

A big THANK YOU to Narelle and the whole team for their inspiration week in and week out…you guys keep me stamping!!

I’m so glad you popped by today. I would love to hear if you have started your cards yet or when you plan on getting started!

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Price: $110.00

Butterfly Basics Bold Birthday โ€“ Tic Tac Toe Challenge #5

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It’s Thursday and that means a new Tic Tac Toe challenge! The Tic Tac Toe challenge board is such a fun concept to aid you in designing your unique projects. Each square represents an element that you can use in your design. Simply chose any elements/supplies on the board as long as the three elements form a vertical row, horizontal column, or on the diagonal. That’s it! Pick from the menu and create using any supplies!

I chose the bottom row: birthday, pattern paper and pink. How fun is THAT?

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Details:

  • I chose to highlight this delicate bloom from the Butterfly Basics stamp set. I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, using a post it to mask off the area for the sentiment
  • After I stamped the flower, I went back and positioned the sentiment in he masked off area. The ability to do this is why I love photopolymer stamps. And the MISTI. It makes stamping a dream!
  • I thought about coloring in the bloom but in the end decided to leave it as is. I think it makes such a statement in black, framed by the Powder Pink card stock and the bold black pattern paper from the Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper pack.

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  • And I had to fuss with it a bit, but I was DETERMINED to use this 3/8″ Shimmer ribbon again. It has the most wonderful sparkle to it…I want to use it on everything! And the sparkle really stands out with the black ribbon.
  • It didn’t photograph well, but I went over all the shaded areas of the bloom and stem with Wink of Stella and the effect is stunning.
  • Two retired Candy Dots provide a bit of balance to the upper left hand corner of my card.

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  • I SO wanted to add a butterfly to my card and couldn’t make it work on the front, so I added one to the inside as well as adding several in black to the envelope. The lace pattern of the stamped butterfly looks AMAZING in the black ink!!

Please take a moment to see what the other designers have created with this week’s board over at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and then pick YOU three elements and play along!! Hope to see you over in the gallery!! XX

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Quick & Easy Card Idea

It’s the Fourth of July here in the States, time to celebrate our heritage and rejoice in our freedoms! A day for parades, hot dogs, BBQ’s, and fireworks! We usually go to the ball park to celebrate with good ole baseball and fireworks, but this year I have to work tomorrow ๐Ÿ™ so I will be going to bed with a pillow over my head! lol

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So I decided to celebrate the day with paper crafts instead! Today’s card is sooooo quick and easy you may want to make a bunch of them!

Details:

  • I actually saw a similar card done with watercolor splatters and I thought “Hey! I can make that so easily using the Gorgeous Grunge splatter stamp!” And so a card was born…

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  • I stamped the splatter stamp from the now retired but ever so useful Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in three complimentary colors: Old Olive, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral.
  • I then stamped this AWESOME birthday sentiment from the Big on Birthdays stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Three little clusters of sequins finish the card off perfectly!
  • I pulled out my retired stash for the envelope liner. This pattern is from the Best Year Ever DSP pack, probably two springs catalogs ago now

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  • The inside is very clean as well with just a single sentiment from the Birthday Banners stamp set.

Honestly, there are so many possibilities for cards with this concept! Any large sentiment will work! And if your sentiment is horizontal rather than vertical, just change the orientation of the splatter stamp! Cute, Quick and easy to mass produce! And flat for mailing too!

Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you might use this idea!

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Country Chic Wedding – Tic Tac Toe Challenge #4

Happy Tic Tac Toe Thursday to you!! It’s time for a brand new Tic Tac Toe Challenge board! The team I am on is “off” this week so you are in the very capable hands of Team “O” this week. The uber talented Jeanie has designed a fun challenge for us!

It’s so easy to play along! Create a new project and use any elements/supplies as long as they fit within the three elements (in a row, column or diagonal) of your choosing from the tic tac toe challenge board. That’s it! So fun to challenge yourself!!

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This week I chose to use the middle row: DSP (i.e.:pattern paper), embossing and floral. I was torn on what type of embossing to use…heat embossing, an embossing folder, or embossing paste? Decisions, decisions. I went with embossing folder but feel free to choose any type of embossing.

Details:

  • I looked at all of the elements on the board and the first one to speak to me was ‘blue’. So I looked through all my DSP and found these patterns in the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. When I laid them side by side, they screamed “COUNTRY CHIC WEDDING”. Yes, that loudly. It could be because the series I’m reading has dedicated an entire book to preparing for two upcoming low country weddings. Low Country as in Charleston. And my mind made this association! I don’t really know if this is country chic but it sure is pretty to me!
  • I again reached for the Beautiful Bouquet bundle. I thought a simple bouquet of these darling blooms in Dapper Denim would be so elegant!

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  • Do you love the decorative ribbon separating the two pieces of DSP? I used the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch to create it. It creates such a pretty transition between the two papers!
  • I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to create a base for my bridal bouquet and then ran it through the Big Shot using the retired Falling Petals embossing folder because I think they look like hearts ๐Ÿ™‚
  • This Dapper Denim Baker’s twine is so yummy and perfect for this card design!
  • Super teeny tiny Pearl Basic Jewels add just the right splash of elegance as does the sentiment in this dreamy font…

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  • The same dreamy font carries through to the inside of the card as well. Both of these sentiments as well as LOTS more can also be found in the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle. You can purchase the Beautiful Bouquet photopolymer stamp set and the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies separately or purchase them together and save 10%!

Nance with The Paper Players design team has created a fun sketch which I used as my guide this week…it always helps to work with a sketch! Please be sure to stop by The Paper Playersย and check out their awesome inspiration this week!

So what do you think? Is this Country Chic? That crackled paper makes my heart go pitter patter! I would love to hear your feedback!

Make sure you pop over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see what Team “O” has designed to inspire you this week and maybe even play along!!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

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Price: $110.00

CASEing the Cattie – Beautiful Bouquet

CASEing the Cattie?? Whatever am I talking about?!? CASE is an acronym that stands for Copy And Share Everything. Yes, if you see a card you like, CASEing is perfectly acceptable. Many time CASEing isn’t an exact copy, it can be a jumping off point. In my CASE (haha, see what I did there??), I copied the card in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog almost exactly. Why would I do this? Because it is a beautiful card! See for yourself:

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Such a beautiful bridal bouquet, but really the potential for this set is unlimited.

See the stems die? It’s amazing that a die can be made like that. And it has a coordinating stamp image! And so many other pretty dies, I can’t wait to sit down to stamp and die cut each and every one! Here’s a closer peek:

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And the sentiments! Isn’t the font lovely? Look at the companion sentiment for the inside!

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I hope you have enjoyed todays card…remember CASEing is always okay. You don’t HAVE to come up with a unique idea every time you sit down to create. If you publish your card, please do give credit to the original designer.

Thanks for stopping by…Have a great day!

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Price: $110.00

Bold Birthday – Freshly Made Sketches 293

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It’s still so hot today, 105 degrees, that I feel like I’m melting so…this is a day best spent indoors in my craft room! I have a very quick and easy card today for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

Details:

  • This bold red pattern paper from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper is so crisp and clean that I really wanted to showcase it and keep everything else very minimal
  • The stitching on the curve was done using a die from Lil ‘Inker called Border Builders

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  • Isn’t this birthday sentiment fabulous? It’s from the Celebrate You stamp set. I stamped the image in Real Red and ran it through the Big Shot with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and then paired it up with the corresponding scallop oval shape from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
  • Bow, Bows, Bows. I’m really into bows right now! This 3/8″ Stitched Satin ribbon in Real Red is retired but looks so pretty here tied in a double bow!
  • Star Enamel Shapes make the perfect finishing touch for this very clean and simple card!

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  • I even kept the inside clean and minimal with just this darling sentiment from the Birthday Delivery stamp set

And here’s the sketch that started it all from the awesomely talented Karen of the Freshly Made Sketches design team:

Thank you for stopping by! Stay cool!

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Price: $110.00