Holly Berry Happiness Cards for The Paper Players

img_1738-001The Paper Players had a lovely sketch this week which is the foundation for today’s card.  I always love it when layers are tilted, and Sandy’s sketch is a classic!  This card, which features the Holly Berry Happiness set,  is quick and easy.  Since I couldn’t decide on a background for the plaid panel, I photographed both of them.

img_1750Maybe I’ll emboss the Cherry Cobbler panel with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and create a third version. But, that will have to wait for later! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today’s card!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

Because this card is so simple, it needs very little explanation, other than the Holly image.   Here is a little “Mini-Tutorial” to explain how to recreate the look.

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  1. Create a 2-1/2” Whisper White oval and coordinating Gold Foil scalloped oval with the Layering Ovals framelits. Emboss the white oval with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and layer onto the gold foil oval.  Adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  2. Stamp the Bow and Holly Spray Outlines in Archival Basic Black ink. Use the correlating solid images with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green inks to fill in.  Snip out the spray, and punch out the bow with the Holly Berry Builder Punch.  Adhere to the oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Stamp and fill in two Single Leaves. Add to the spray as pictured, popping up on dimensionals.
  4. Embellish with Pearls as shown.

Holly Berry Happiness is a fun holiday set.  In case you are inspired to create other projects with it, here are a card and gift box I made earlier this year.

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What do you think of today’s cards? Do you prefer the Whisper White embossed background or the Cherry Cobbler one? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?

In case you missed the information about Stampin’ Up!’s Year-end Closeout and Retiring List, please check out this post for all the details. You won’t want to miss out on these bargains.  If you need assistance in placing your order, I’m here to help.  And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away!

I am going to leave you with a picture of the flowers that are blooming next door.  I can’t believe we have flowers in bloom in December in Iowa!  Until next time…

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An In the Meadow Holiday Card for Freshly Made Sketches

img_1717As always, the team at Freshly Made Sketches is back with another fabulous sketch.  As they state, each week, one member of their design team creates a sketch for us to try.  The twist is to keep the project clean-lined and fresh!  Well, I may have failed that directive this week.  My water coloring technique is fresh, I think, with its soft pastel colors, except for those pesky pines! But, it was a fun card to create, and that is what it’s all about!  Enjoy!

fms-final-265-001The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

  • Pounce!  The background for this card was created using baby wipes and inks.  I simply scrunched up a baby wipe, inked it up on my ink pad, and pounced around on the surface of the paper. I used Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, and Blushing Bride inks. Next, I added some Soft Sky Snowflakes created with the Snowflake stamp from Christmas Pines.  In addition, I stamped some Smoky Slate Trees and Always Artichoke Pines, courtesy of Lovely As a Tree.

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  • Oh, deer! For the central image, I used the Doe and Fawn image from In the Meadow.  I colored them using Blender Pens with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.  They were outlined with Soft Sky to give them a little depth. The white accents were created with StazOn Cotton White Opaque reinker.  A little sparkle is courtesy of Clear Wink of Stella.

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  • A wee bit of sparkle! Sometimes it’s difficult to capture the sparkle on a card, despite my best efforts. But as I sat here typing up this post, I glanced over to where this card was sitting on the corner of my very messy desk.  And lo and behold, I saw sparkle! So, I grabbed my cell phone, and snapped a picture in the reduced light of the basement.  I simply used my Fine Tip Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.  The white lines you see on the left of the card, by the sentiment, were created with a stamp from Timeless Textures which was heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. And that sentiment? Why it is from Holly Berry Happiness.

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There are several tutorials that explain how to watercolor with baby wipes.  One of the best has been written by Kim Jolley, a true artist.  Can you believe that in almost seven years of stamping, I have never tried this technique?  I will say it’s always fun to try out new things.  What do you think of today’s card? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?

And just in case you have missed the information about Stampin’ Up!’s Year-end Closeout and Retiring List, please check out this post for all the details. You won’t want to miss out on these bargains.  If you need assistance in placing your order, I’m here to help.  And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Year-End Closeout and Retiring Products

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Stampin’ Up! has been doing a little year-end cleaning, and WOW! It’s time for their annual Year-End Closeout! Boy, do they have some great deals for us!  From December 1, 2016, through January 3, 2017, a selection of holiday retiring products, clearance rack items (while supplies last) and high-inventory catalog items will be discounted (up to 60%).  Here are the highlights of the 2016 Year-End Closeout:

  • The Holiday Catalog Retiring List.  Stampin’ Up! has released it’s list of retiring merchandise from the Holiday Catalog.
    • Click to see the retiring holiday products!  The files will be updated Monday through Friday at 4:00 PM (MT). Sold out merchandise will have an “X” in the last column on the right.
    • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will only be available while supplies last.
    • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.
    • All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3.
  • Closeout & Sale.  Many of the retiring items and high-inventory items will be offered at a discount between December 1 and January 3.  High-inventory items will be available after January 3rd at the original price.

CHECK OUT WHAT’S ON SALE & CLOSING OUT!

Closeout Stamps

Closeout Bundles

Closeout Paper

Everything Else

Don’t be disappointed…SHOP TODAY!!!  If you have any questions, I am only an email away! Until next time!
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Jolly Christmas for Freshly Made Sketches

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Freshly Made Sketches features a classic sketch this week which I can see myself using again and again! I was in the mood for something a wee bit elegant, so I decided to ink up a retired set which is one of my all-time favorites, Jolly Christmas.  This is one of my sets which has seen a ton of use, since I used this same deer to create 115 swap cards when I attended Stampin’ Up!‘s last Founder’s Circle.  I think this design just may be a winner for this year’s Christmas cards, too!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2″ wide x 4-1/4″ tall when folded.

  • Touches of elegance!  Gold embossing, Very Vanilla cardstock and Gold Foil pair up for a rich and elegant combination.  The Tree die cut, made with the Perfect Pines Framelits, is decorated with Pearls.  Retired Gold Cording Trim accents the punched circle nicely.  Since this was the last of my cording trim, my Christmas cards will be sporting Gold Baker’s Twine.

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  • Gold snowflakes! I pulled out my retired Gold Encore ink to ink up the Snowflakes from Christmas Pine.  This image is turning into one of my “go-to” stamps.  I love the background it creates.  If you do not have Gold Encore, consider one of Stampin’ Up!’s neutral shades of inks, like Crumb Cake, and stamp off to lighten it. For a touch of color, Soft Sky would be lovely, too!
  • img_1671Merry Christmas! In keeping with the elegant tone of this card, I opted to use a sentiment with a cursive font.  This one is from the Star of Light stamp set.  I just LOVE it, don’t you?  Soft Suede ink looks great with the gold.

img_1678If you do not have the  retired Jolly Christmas set, don’t despair.  This is such a wonderful sketch, you could put a variety of images in the focal circle, and the results would be amazing. I could have used current sets.  Bells, pine cones, stockings, trees, ornaments…the list is endless! But every once in awhile, nostalgia strikes, and I just have to pull out one of my oldies but goodies.  When I saw the circle on this sketch, I immediately thought of this leaping reindeer.

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DON’T FORGET! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale Ends Monday, November 28th!  It only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! Through November 28th, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

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Be sure to wake up early  to take advantage of the 24-Hour Flash Sale!

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As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Cozy Critters for The Paper Players

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The talented Claire at The Paper Players has the perfect challenge for this busy Thanksgiving week: Clean and Simple Christmas.  I had all types of clean and simple designs floating through my head. Most of them were clean and elegant.  Surprisingly enough, I opted for clean and cute, and inked up the Cozy Critters Host Set for the first time. I hope you enjoy today’s effort!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
When folded, this card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall.

  • Fox on a box! I stamped the Present from Cozy Critters three times: Emerald Envy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight. I then cut off the Real Red lid and adhered it to the Emerald Envy image.  I did the same with the Daffodil Delight ribbon.  The result has so much dimension!

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  • Fox in a hat!  I inked up the Fox from Cozy Critters with Calypso Coral ink, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I repeated this two more times, for a total of three foxes.  Fox #1, I snipped out with Paper Snips.  The body of Fox #2 was punched out with the Fox Builder Punch, and popped atop Fox #1 with dimensionals. I snipped out the head of Fox #3, and also added it Fox #1.  For Santa’s hat, I used the Hat from Jolly Friends, while the Tail is courtesy of the Foxy Friends set.

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  • Stitches and snowflakes! The Snowflake background, from Christmas Pines, was inked in Soft Sky. What a sweetly subtle background it makes for the Present, which was cut out using an Oval Stitched Shapes Framelits die.

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Wouldn’t this make an adorable card for a child? I thought it would.  But when my 27-year-old son saw it, his eyes lit up.  He has a thing for foxes…so Brady, I guess this one will be yours!

online-extravaganza-editedDON’T FORGET! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale is going on NOW!  It only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! Through November 28, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

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As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Hey Chick for Freshly Made Sketches

img_1532-001The talented designers at Freshly Made Sketches have what I think is a very cute sketch this week.  I know I should be making holiday cards, but I really wanted to play with some of my new goodies from the upcoming Sale-a-bration Brochure.  This fun little set is called Hey, Chick.  I thought this goofy little chickie would be perfect to use with this sketch.  Although she will not be available until the brochure goes live January 4th, I still hope you will enjoy today’s card.  And I promise, I will be posting holiday cards for you very soon!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ tall when folded.

  • Easy peasy! I inked this crazy little gal in Basic Black Archival ink and stamped her three times.  I then punched out the images using the 1-1/2″, 1-3/8″, and 1-1/4″ punches.  Her feathers are a mix of Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie, while Smoky Slate was used to highlight her body.  Soft Sky adds a subtle shadow around her.  The image was inked a fourth time and stamped directly onto the card base.  She was colored the same way as before.
  • Speckles! One of my most often used stamps is the Speckles image from Gorgeous Grunge.  For this card, it was inked with Crushed Curry, and used to randomly stamp the lower part of the card. I repeated the process with Smoky Slate.  Of course, I masked off the chicken in the corner to prevent her from getting speckled in the process.
  • Hey, chick!  Every chick deserves a little bling, so I added a single Rhinestone to accent each chick.  I LOVE the way the rhinestones draw the eye right to the circles.

I had a blast creating this quick and easy, clean and simple card.  Since I have a few friends who would be perfect candidates for receiving this card, I  am sure I will be whipping out a couple more!

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DON’T FORGET! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale starts tomorrow!  It only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! For one week only, November 21-28, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

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Jackie the Boxer says, don’t sleep-in tomorrow morning! Wake up early in order to take advantage of the 24-Hour Flash Sale!

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As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Online Extravaganza Sale Begins Nov. 21

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Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! For one week only, November 21-28, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

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Click on the Flyer above to see the complete list of items.

FLASH SALES! To sweeten the deals, Stampin’ Up! will be having 24-hour sales on the first and last days of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only. You can even get a sneak peek AND save on products that will be on the future holiday catalog retiring list.

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Search the Stampin’ Up! library of videos which highlight many of these products!  Here are a few of my favorite products:

Ombre Stampin’ Pads

Gift Bag Punch Board

Gift Box Punch Board

Stitched with Cheer Project Kit

And what a coincidence…I just completed my Stitched with Cheer Project Kit last night.  I will be back this weekend to give you my assessment of this awesome kit!

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Because of higher demand than expected, the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) are in backorder status.  They will be placed on “non-orderable” status on November 21, 2016, at 10:00 AM (MT).  SO PLEASE, order today!!!  However, the stamps that coordinate with these dies are STILL available and are still 25% off through November 30th.

fullscreen-capture-10312016-25802-pmAs always, if you have any questions, I am only an email away!  Until next time…
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Merry Mice for The Paper Players

img_1437First, I would like to thank all of you for your kind condolences.  It lightened my heart during a trying time to know so many of you were thinking of me and my family.

I have found time to do a little stamping.  The Paper Players are having a Color Challenge (Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Real Red).   Since I used these colors on the Merry Mice card I created for Freshly Made Sketches last week, I thought it would a perfect time to create a companion card.  I hope you enjoy this quick and easy card.

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This finished card measures 5-1/2″ wide by 4-1/4″ tall.

I just loved coloring this little fella from Merry Mice.  I dressed him in a Mint Macaron sweater and Real Red pants, using Blender Pens and inks. The mouse himself is Smoky Slate with Blushing Bride ears and nose.  I do like the bit of sparkle on his ornament, whiskers, and tail, thanks to Clear Wink of Stella.

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Because this card is so simple, I added a double cheater bow, crafted from Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy Silky Taffeta Ribbon.  Talk about easy-peasy!

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And just in case, this wasn’t enough texture, I used the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add even more. This folder is so classy and timeless.  I can’t wait to play with it again.

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When I think back, this set was not on my initial order.  I had no desire to purchase it.  But the more I looked at it, the more it spoke to me.  Now I can’t wait to use the third stamp in the set to create a third card!

picmonkey-collage As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  I’ll leave you with this adorable, little fairy rose I found on the bush outside my door yesterday morning.  Just when you think the colors of summer have faded for the blazing glory of fall, Mother Nature surprises us.  Until next time…

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In the Meadow

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My brother passed away last night.  He had been ill for quite some time. But that doesn’t lessen the shock or the sense of sorrow I am feeling.

He was my older brother…older by 14 years.   By the time I was old enough to truly remember him, he had joined the Navy, and was stationed in Florida.  But once he was discharged, he moved back to the Midwest.  I remember spending weekends and vacations with him and his wife when I was still quite young, creating memories to cherish.

One memory stands out above all others.  One winter, I was staying with them on the Missouri farm my parents owned.  Snow fell during the night, blanketing the pasture at the edge of the timber.  We were walking out to check on the cattle to make certain everything was fine.   Suddenly, from out of a thicket, stepped a doe.  For a moment, her eyes locked on us.  She stood like a statue, amidst a field of diamonds, her breath leaving wispy trails in the cold, crisp air.  Then, just as quickly as she appeared, she was gone.  A moment of beauty was shared with a big brother…never to be forgotten.

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He never really knew the creative side of me.  He never visited my blog, and I doubt he really understood the cards I sent him were designed by me.   How I wish now that I had created this card earlier.  We could have shared the beauty of the Day of the Doe, and I could have told him that my world truly was brighter and more beautiful because of the role he played in it…

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Until next time…
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Merry Mice for Freshly Made Sketches

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I have always loved the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I remember filling in for the talented Rita Wright during her leave of absence a few years back.  Although I am a vintage and distressed gal at heart, I LOVE a clean card and admire those who are masters at creating them, like the designers at FMS.  I was thrilled to have a few spare minutes this evening to create a card specifically for Jennifer Brum’s classic sketch.  I hope you enjoy this Merry Mice card.

 

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2″ wide by 4-1/4″ tall.

Our sweet, caroling mouse is sporting a Mint Macaron shirt and hat, Soft Suede pants, and a Cherry Cobbler scarf.  To simulate water coloring, I used Blender Pens and inks.  Isn’t he just adorable? I wish you could see the Clear Wink of Stella on the snowflakes, whiskers and tail.  It’s so subtle, but adds just the perfect amount of shimmer.

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A strip of Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper adds a splash of festive color, while Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon adds a touch of texture.  Even more texture is imparted with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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I don’t usually create what I would call “cutesy” cards, but this one is an exception.  Who can resist this little guy?  I can’t wait to use the rest of the images in this set.   This may be the year when everyone on my Christmas card list receives a different design. How fun would that be!

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As always, if you ever have a questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…
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