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I am an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator and love to share what I do.
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Friday, January 31, 2014

More Than Cards

A few weeks ago I decided to start another blog - More Than Cards. I wanted a place to share other things I enjoy, besides just my Stampin' Up! cards. (I will continue to do that here.) I will have some cards on my other site, but I will also share other projects and possibly some other activities I enjoy.

Please join me on some other adventures, and let me know what you think.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Springtime Potpourri

I was inspired by a card at In My Craft Room. Since winter has decided to avoid the west coast, my mind is going towards springtime.
Stamps - Papillon Potpourri, Summer Silhouettes
Paper - Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango
Punches - Bitty Butterfly, Corner, Elegant Butterfly
Accessories - Summer Starfruit Satin Striped ribbon, Woodgrain embossing folder, Ribbon Slide, Crystal Effects

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wetland Birthday

This is a birthday card for a friend. Of course, looking at just the front, you would never be able to tell it's for a birthday. This layout was inspired by a card I found at Paper Into Love. As you can see, it could be used for a lot of different occasions, or just to send a note to a friend.

Stamps - Wetlands
Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink - Elegant Eggplant
Punches - 1" Square, Postage Stamp
Embossing Folder - Square Lattice

The lacy adhesive trim is from Stampin' Up!, but I can't remember what it's called. This is actually the first time I've used it. Not sure what took me so long.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bendi Zoo

More little Zoo Babies and more room for them to play. These cards are great because they fold flat for mailing and then, by placing the tabs in the slots, the cards can stand on their own.

Stamps - Secret Garden, Zoo Babies
Paper - Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core'dinations
Ink - Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Midnight Muse, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Wisteria Wonder

Silhouette - Bendi Card with Fence

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thinking of an Afternoon Picnic

I created this card using the sketch at Operation Write Home. This is a fun sketch to play with. Give it a try.
Stamp - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder
DSP - Afternoon Picnic
Ink - Pear Pizzazz
Punches - Circles, Scallop Edge
Framelits - Circle Collection

Monday, January 20, 2014

Simple Sorbet

Love playing with the different patterns from Sweet Sorbet. The colors really do remind me of ice cream - cool and refreshing.
Stamp - Simple Stems
Card Stock - Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
DSP - Sweet Sorbet
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe

Friday, January 17, 2014

Bendi Birthday

Have you seen these yet? They're called Bendi cards, and are so fun to make. My first one was a castle card which I made from a Silhouette download, and posted at More Than Cards, made with Stampin' Up! card stock. I used the same base layout to create this one.

MDS Stamp - Lovely as a Tree
Stamps -  On Your Birthday
Paper - Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink - Elegant Eggplant

The card base pieces and trees were cut using the Silhouette

Monday, January 13, 2014

Special Work of Art

I know, this is a nice card, but there's nothing extra special about it. If you read the sentiment, you'll understand. this was another easy card to put together.
Stamp - Trust God
Card Stock - Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
DSP - Afternoon Picnic
Ink - Pear Pizzazz
Ribbon - Crochet Trim

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sweet Floral Sorbet

I just love playing with new product, don't you? Even better, the Designer Series Paper was FREE! For every $50 of product purchased, you can get an item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for free. This is one of those Easy-Peasy layouts that goes together very easily.
Stamp - Papillion Potpourri
Card Stock - Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Smoky Gray, Whisper White
DSP - Sweet Sorbet
Ink - Pool Party
Punch - Corner
Ribbon - Satin Pool Party
Jewels - Pearls

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fresh Stems

I just love playing with new stuff! I received the package yesterday, but just go a chance to play today. I'm really liking the Fresh Prints DSP and the Simple Stems stamp set.
Stamps - Banner Blast, Simple Stems
Card Stock - Whisper White
DSP - Fresh Prints
Ink - Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Edgelit - Adorning Accents
Ribbon - Satin Taffeta Crumb Cake
Jewels - Pearls
Punch - Banner

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Wetland Thoughts

This is the latest sketch at Operation Write Home. At first I wasn't sure about it, but thought I would give it a go. After a couple of false starts, I finally got this put together. I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out.
Stamps - Wetlands
Card Stock - Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
DSP - Gingham Garden
Ink - Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz
Punch - 1-3/4" Circle
Framelits - Circle Collection

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Zoo Babies

I just love these little zoo babies. They are a lot of fun to play around with. There are more babies in the set, but these three really appealed to me today. Don't worry, I'll be playing with the other ones too.
Stamps - Zoo Babies
Paper - Crushed Curry, Midnight Muse, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink - Crushed Curry, Midnight Muse, Tangerine Tango
Embossing Folder - Square Lattice

Just a Little Notepad

Another project for the SplitCoastStamper's Creative Crew Design Team. This was simple to make. It just took some basic copy paper, and scraps of card stock and DSP. To create the padding glue, I found a simple recipe at Andrea Arch's blog.
Stamps: Modern Mosaic
Paper: Quartrefancy DSP, Island Indigo and Whisper White Card Stock
Paper Size: 2.75 x 4.25
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo
Accessories: Rhinestone
Techniques: Padding Glue

Remember, check out other projects at the SplitCoastStamper's Challenge Site.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fun on the River

Part of being on the SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew Design Team means that I will be posting projects that aren't cards! We were given a sketch and asked to create something with a scrapbook focus. It's been a long time since I've created a scrapbook page, so I opted to created it using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio.

MDS really makes it easy to lay everything out, move things around, and make everything the perfect size. You can check out other projects at the challenge site, and then submit your own work of scrapbook art.

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Brocade Blue DSP; River Rock Card Stock
Paper Size: 8 x 8
Ink: Basic Black

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thank You Cards

Don't forget to send your thank you cards for all those wonderful gifts you received. Below are three of the cards I made to show my appreciation to friends and family. The layouts are identical and so are the colors. The only difference is the combination of the colors.

MDS Stamp - Thank you Kindly (cut with Silhouette)
Card Stock - Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate
DSP - Watercolor Wonder
Punch - 1-3/4" Circle
Framelit - 1-7/8" Circle Collection

Amazing Glitter

Below is my second Creative Crew installment. It's a bit difficult to tell, but there is some glitter there. Don't you just love the richness of the Baked Brown Sugar?

The challenge is: All the world is glittery! Something with glitter, it can be a glitter technique, glitter sheets, anything that glitters!

Stamps - Lovely Romance
Paper - Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar
Embossing Powder - Gold, Iridescent Ice
Ribbon - Baked Brown Sugar Ruffle

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Birthday Roses

This is so exciting. This my first post as a member of the Creative Crew Team at SplitCoastStampers. I was invited to be a part of the Team and will be taking on this challenge for the next four months. I would love it if you would follow me along this journey.

The first challenge - DSP/Color focus: Show us your take on new Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, using some cool wintery colors (cool blues, soft pinks, all mixed up with some earthy tones of red berries, evergreens). All of the challenges can be found here

It's a little difficult to tell, but under the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum I sponged some Soft Blue and Pink Pirouette.

Stamps - Papaya Collage, Label Love
Card Stock - Smoky Slate, Whisper White
DSP - Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Embossing Powder - Clear
Punch - Artisan Label

Final Batch

Happy New Year!

Here are four of the final six cards (if I've counted correctly) to be sent with my batch of 100 cards to Operation Write Home. I was hoping to have them sent before the end of the year. Although I'm just now posting them, I did complete them before the end of the year, but they still need to be shipped.

MDS Stamps - Fabulous Florets
Card Stock - Basic Black, Very Vanilla
DSP - Modern Medley
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry
Embossing Folders - Flower Garden, Square Lattice

(The flowers were cut out using the Silhouette Cameo.)

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