Take It Or Leave It Challenge

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Am I the only one who thinks Fridays come pretty quickly lately?  It just seems like it was last Friday a couple of days ago.  That is a good thing in some ways because Friday is the day Buffy, Jackie and I have our Stamp Off Challenges!

Today’s challenge is a Take It Or Leave It Challenge.  This is where we are given a few items to use and we can use them or not.  In other words, it is pretty much a do whatever you want challenge!


For once, I actually used everything on the list!  I know.  Don’t fall over in shock.  I am getting better at following directions!

Wondrous Wreath, Wonderful Wreath, Tine Of Year, Stampin Up, Susanstamps.wordpress.com

I used the stamp set called Wondrous Wreath.  It is an older stamp set that is in the Annual Catalog but it is still a favorite.  This stamp set has a matching set of Framelits called Wonderful Wreath.  The banner is a stamp from a Hostess Set called Time of Year.  I used the new Real Red Glitter Stampin Emboss Powder.  It works just like regular embossing powder only it is sparkly.   I know it is hard to see in the picture but it really is sparkly! It also comes in Emerald Envy.  The Baker’s Twine also has a sparkly red thread running through it so they went well together.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made for this challenge.  I am sure we will all be delighted!

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A Spring Wreath

Wondrous Wreath, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Thoughtful Banners

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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Watercooler Challenge WCC28


It is that time again for a Watercooler Challenge!  This time Buffy gave us a color challenge.  I don’t know why, but I had a hard time with this one.  I guess that is why they call it a challenge!  If it was easy, then it might not be as much fun.  Here are the colors we needed to use:


Wondrous Wreath

I managed to use four out of the five.  I just couldn’t fit that last one into my design without getting a rash.  I used the Christmas stamp set called Wondrous Wreath but made it a spring/summer wreath instead of a Christmas one.  The background is a new embossing folder called Brick Wall and the punch at the bottom is also new and is called Washi Label.  The sentiment is from Tin Of Cards.

If you would like to see the other participant’s gorgeous creations, click HERE.  We would love for you to participate.  Just make a card using these colors (or as many of them as you can without giving yourself a rash) and post it to the Watercooler Challenge web site!

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A Wondrous Wreath Thank You

Wonderous Wreath

The Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Wondrous Wreath does not have to be used only for Christmas.  This card can be used for Thanksgiving or just a Fall thank you card.

I made this card using a variety of different products.  The sentiment is from For All Things and is also in the Holiday Catalog.  I cut the leaves out using a Bigz Die called Autumn Accents.  You can cut out  four leaves and an acorn with this die.  I also used two different embossing folders.  One is Perfect Polka Dots for the leaves and the background is called Argyle.  I finished it off with a Designer Button from the Neutrals Collection and piece of Linen Thread.

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Wonderous Wreath

Wonderous Wreath

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly club meeting.  The stamp set is called Wondrous Wreath.  It has matching Framelits which are always great to have.  No fussy cutting (as they like to say).  Normally you would use this stamp for Christmas but all I did was change the colors and now it becomes a Fall wreath.  I also love the new Embossing Folder called Filigree Framed Textured Impression.  All of these items are in the 2014 Holiday Catalog.

There is a trick to using this stamp and the Framelits.  Here is a great video that Stampin’ Up! made explaining how to line them up.  Once you watch this, it becomes really easy to do!

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