A Stamp Off Thanks

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I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving and that you were filled with family, friends, good food and thankfulness.  Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is called “Let’s Be Grateful”.


I decided not to use the tradition Fall or Thanksgiving colors and theme for my card.  Instead I went with pinks and purples.

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Whenever I get stuck on making a card, I look for a sketch challenge to do.  I found one similar to this layout but I changed it a bit and made it simpler.

I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These Framelits are actually going to be in the 2017 Annual Catalog but Stampin’ Up! decided to release them early.  This made me so happy since I love the look of the stitching.  The best part is this set of Framelits have circles, ovals and squares!

The flowers are from the stamp set called Wild About Flowers and the sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners.  The Designer Series Paper is called Blooms & Bliss.

Someone asked me how I cut the triangles of paper so evenly.  It is super simple!  You just cut a square (this one is 3″ x 3″) and then make a cut from one corner to the opposite corner.  That way both sides are exactly the same size.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy have made for their Thank You cards.  I am sure we will be awed!


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Totally Trees

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This week has been amazing weather-wise.  We covered three of the seasons in this card.  Last week it was Fall with the trees full of bright colors and fluttering to the ground.  It was in the mid to high 50’s during the day. Then on Saturday it was almost 70 degrees and Rob was out mowing the lawn (well more like mulching the leaves) in shorts.  Then came Sunday.  It started snowing.  We are supposed to get anywhere between 2 and 18 inches.  As of writing this post we have gotten about 6 so far.  Schools are closed and I am hiding inside.

I made this card using the stamp set called Totally Trees.  It is in the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  It doesn’t really fit into all the holidays this time of year but it certainly fit well with the weather lately!  This set will be available until January 3rd which is the last day for the Holiday Catalog.  The 2017 Occasions Catalog starts on January 4th and you are going to love it.  The sentiment and banner is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and Duet Banner Punch.  You can save 10% by purchasing both in a Bundle.

In the meantime, Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza goes until November 28th!

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A Stamp Off Negative Space Challenge

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TGIF!  It is Friday and we have another Stamp Off Challenge for you.  This one is called Negative Space.  It is where you die cut a shape out of card stock but instead of using the cut piece, you use the piece you cut out of.


Here is my card for this challenge:

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Two amazing things happened with this card.  First, this is my first negative space card.  I have no idea why I have not done this before and you can expect to see it more often because I really like the look.  Secondly, I used Delightful Dijon for the first time.  I never liked this color.  It was drab and plain ugly but amazingly enough it is perfect for Fall.  It looks awesome with Cajun Craze and when the leaves were at their peak in this area of the world, this color was everywhere (it was a gorgeous fall up here!!)

I cut the first oak leaf out of Cajun Craze cardstock with the Leaflet Framelits and then used that cardstock (not the leaf I cut) as a background.  I lined up a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock behind the cut out and stamped the oak leaf from the stamp set called Vintage Leaves using Cajun Craze ink.  I used Dimensionals to raise up the Cajun Craze cardstock over the Very Vanilla.

The sentiment I used is from the stamp set called Thoughtful Banners and the matching punch is called Classic Label.

Now let’s go see what awesome creations Buffy and Jackie made!

PS:  Thinking of you, Dad.

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Falling Flowers And Thoughtful Banners

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Here is a quick and easy birthday card that you can make in just a few minutes.  I used the stamp sets called Falling Flowers.  This stamp set has a matching set of Framelits called May Flowers and you can save 10% buy purchasing them in a Bundle.  I didn’t actually use the Framelits for this card but it is always awesome when you can buy matching Framelits.  That is one of the best things about Stampin’ Up!

The sentiment is from the stamp set called Thoughtful Banners.  This stamp set has a matching punch called Duet Banners (again, you can save money by purchasing the Bundle).

I forgot to share Madelyn’s Halloween costume.  As some of you know, Madelyn has a dog named Waffles.  Waffles is a Sheep-a-doodle.  Madelyn’s parents decided to dress her up as a Sheep – Baby for Halloween!  She is just adorable, if I do say so myself!


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Swirly Bird Kites

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Here is another way to use the stamp set called Swirly Bird.  If you look at the set, there are a couple of weird looking stamps.  It took me a while to figure out what they were for.  I finally inked them up and stamped them to see if I could figure it out.  I realized when you put the two of them together, they make a kite!  Isn’t that clever?  The set also includes the tiny little bows that you can put on the kite string.

The cloud shapes came from the set of Framelits called Umbrella Weather.  If you don’t have that set (why would you not have it?) you could always cut the clouds out by hand.  Seems like a lot of work to me, so you really need to buy that set too!

Lastly the sentiment comes from the stamp set called Thoughtful Banners.  All of these items are in the 2016 Annual Catalog.

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A Patriotic Stamp Off Challenge

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It is my favorite day of the week and another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to make a patriotic card to celebrate the Fourth Of July.

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Of course, I had to use Real red Whisper White and Night Of Navy.  What other colors could you possibly use when making a patriotic card?!

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This card was easy to make because I had a ton of real red scraps leftover from trimming cards.  It did take a while to line all those strips up, but it wasn’t too bad.
Happy Birthday, America!

Now let’s go check out Jackie’s and Buffy’s blogs to see what wonderful projects they did!

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A Spring Wreath

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Now that Spring has finally arrived in Northern New York, I feel like I can post pretty spring flowers and nice subtle colors to match the season.

This card uses some old and some new merchandise from the catalog.  The old, of course, is the wreath made with the stamp set called Wondrous Wreath.  This set has some matching Framelits to cut out the wreath and the flowers. The window is from Hearth and Home Thinlits.  These Thinlits have also been around for a little while and I am so glad they stayed.

The new is the sentiment and matching banner I used.  The banner is a punch called Duet Banners. The stamp set is called Thoughtful Banners and you can save 10% by buying both in a Bundle.  The nice things about this stamp set is it is a Photopolymer Set.  That means it is flexible so I was able to bend the stamp set to match the arch of the banner.  You can’t do that with rubber!

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Marquee Messages

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This is one of the card we made at our monthly stamp club.  Marquee Messages is a stamp set from the new 2016/2017 Annual Catalog.  It is also the stamp set that all Demos received at OnStage in Salt Lake City.  When we were there, the staff of Stampin’ Up! showed us a card similar to this one.  This is why you see this card in different colors all over the internet.  I think this is a very cute card and apparently every other demo did too!

I decided to use it on other cards to show everyone that this stamp set can be used in other ways other than the one above.  Here is another card I made using this set.

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Now you can see how one stamp set can be used to make two totally different cards.  Tomorrow I will show you a couple of more cards made with this set so you can see how versatile it is.  The background lines were made with another new stamp set called Thoughtful Banners.

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In With The New, Out With The Old

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All month I have been talking about how sad I am that some of the Stampin’ Up! products I love are retiring.  The thing is, though, it is also a really exciting time too.  Stampin’ Up! demonstrators were allowed to purchase some of the new items in the Annual Catalog that starts June 1st.  I decided to make a card using one of my favorite sets that is going to retire (Zoo Babies) with one of the new sets that is coming out.  That set is called Thoughtful Banners.  It also has a matching punch called Duet Banners.

In addition to that, I also used a new In Color with this card.  It is the dark blue color and is called Dapper Denim.  See the ribbon?  That is a new Ruched Ribbon that is also in Dapper Denim.  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this ribbon.  I thought it might be hard to tie but it was actually easy.  It is a little stiffer which makes it easier to tie.  It comes in all the new In Colors.  You are going to love it!

Here is a picture of Madelyn on her first birthday in the dress I bought her.  She looked adorable in it, although she did not really cooperate with having her picture taken.  We must have taken a hundred photos and none turned out as well as wished.

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The Countdown Has Begun!

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There is only a week left before the the 2015/2016 Annual and 2016 Occasions Catalogs retire. That means there is only 7 days left for you to buy some awesome products that will not be available beginning June 1st.  Yes, the new catalog coming out is amazing, but make sure you have gotten everything you want out of the older catalogs before it is too late.

One of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog is called Going Global.  It was an entire suite in that catalog and included stamps, an embossing folder and beautiful Designer Series Paper.  I am sad that it is not being carried over.  I think it makes great masculine cards and we all know how hard that is to do.

I mixed a little new with the old on this card.  The banner and sentiments are from a new set in the new Annual Catalog called Thoughtful Banners.  It is a set that has 53 (yes FIFTY THREE) different stamps in it.  Plus, it has a matching punch called Duet Banner (because it punches out two different banners).

Remember, June 1st is coming soon!

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