On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

Snowflake Sentiments

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole, an endeavor undertaken with my friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Watt, of Pixel Maven’s Retreat.  In “case” this is your first On the CASE visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free step-by-step tutorials! Let’s get on to today’s CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments!

Snowflake Sentiments
Page 35 – Holiday Catalog 2017

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

Let’s face it.  I’m mad about plaid!  I’m smartin’ for tartan! I am a wreck for check!  And since ah hae a wee bit ay Scottish bluid coursing through my veins,  this piece of plaid perfection screamed out, “CASE me!”

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake SentimentsAt first glance, I thought this CASE was going to be a piece of cake. There must be a punch or a framelit for the label on which the sentiment is stamped – right?  WRONG! Or at least if there was, I couldn’t find it.  But don’t despair – I’ll provide the instructions in my step by step tutorial.  Now, let’s get on the CASE!

Colors of the Day

Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps: Snowflake Sentiments
Paper:  Basic Black Cardstock  (3″ x 1-1/16″), Garden Green Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″), Old Olive Cardstock (3″ x 3″), Real Red Cardstock (2″ x 4″),  Whisper White Cardstock (6-1/4″ x 2-1/4″,  2 pieces: 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ ), Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper – Green Plaid pattern (4″ x 4-1/4″)
Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Real Red, VersaMark
Other:  Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies,  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Banner Triple Punch, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, SNAIL Adhesive, Christmas Around the World Embellishments

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the Garden Green cardstock at 4-1/4″ to create the card base.

2. Run the two pieces of 3/4″ x 4-1/4″Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot with the “Holes” framelit.  Adhere the resulting dotted strips to the back of the plaid designer series paper and adhere to the card base.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

3.  Create a banner from the Real Red cardstock using the Banner Punch. Randomly stamp the banner with the snowflake image inked with Real Red ink.  Adhere to the card base.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

4.  Run the Snowflake Edging framelit through the Big Shot with Whisper White cardstock.  Snip out two of the snowflakes.  Save to use in the next step.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

5.  Create the Old Olive stitched circle from the 2-3/8″ Stitched Circle framelit. This is Circle #3 as labeled in the photograph.  “Pop” up on Stampin’ Dimensionals, but before adhering, position and adhere the snowflakes from Step 4 underneath the circle as shown in the photograph.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments 6.  Create the label by using the Tag framelit.  Place the black cardstick under the Tag  framelit.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

Run it through the Big Shot JUST UNTIL the “roller” on the Big Shot clears the scalloped end.  Flip the cardstock 180 degrees.

 

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

Repeat to punch out the second decorated end.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

7.  Stamp the sentiment in VersaMark onto the label you just created and heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Be sure to use the Embossing Buddy in order to avoid annoying white speckles.  Adhere to the Old Olive circle.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

8.  Ink the “Wishing you a Season” sentiment in Basic Black.  Stamp onto Whisper White cardstock, and cut out ” Wishing You” and “A Season”.  Adhere to the circle above the heat embossed label.

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9.  Using the Fine-Top Glue Pen, adhere the wooden bow.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

Layers! Heat embossing! Snipping snowflakes! A custom made label.  There is a lot of time involved, and a certain level of precision is required, too!  But the results are well worth the effort you will put into creating a few of these plaid beauties for those very special people on your Christmas  Card List.  Difficulty Level:  4 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASE-ing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Nicole BannerNow head on over to Nicole, the Pixel Maven, to see the CASE file she has been working on from the Annual Catalog.  It is amazing.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you! And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.

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The Stamp Review Crew: Merry Café Edition

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It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew.  If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, we are a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways. This week we are featuring the Merry Café stamp set. I am #12 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #11, the talented Cindy Elam! After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #13, Natalie Lapakko. Enjoy today’s hop!

Merry Café – Joy Fold Card

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When I found out we were using the Merry Café stamp set for this hop, I wanted to create a card in which I could tuck a little  cash or a check.  I needed something elegant, and so for the task at hand, I created a Joy Fold card using Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper and Champagne Foil.  To create the fold, I used this Splitcoast tutorial.  It’s my “go-to” pattern whenever I make Joy Fold cards.

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I embossed the Champagne Foil using the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and trimmed the front edge.  A Velcro dot holds the panel closed.

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Rhinestones add a touch of sparkle to the inside front panel.

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The top of the cup and edge on the right are not adhered.  A little moolah or a folded check snuggles in nicely.  Abe looks quite cozy, don’t you agree?

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I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with the Merry Café set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #13, the incredible Natalie Lapakko, to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.

Stamp Review Crew Next SRC Previous BadgeIf you would like to try your hand at creating today’s card, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Until next time…
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On the CASE: A CASE of Gourd Goodness

Gourd Goodness

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole, an endeavor undertaken with my friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Watt, of Pixel Maven’s Retreat. In “case” this is your first On the CASE visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASE-ing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free step-by-step tutorials! Let’s get on to today’s CASE!

Gourd Goodness
Page 51 – Holiday Catalog 2017

Gourd Goodness

Fall is my favorite time of the year! I look forward to the beautiful hues of autumn, and the turning of the leaves.  I also adore a card filled with texture and detail.  SO – it is no wonder I fell in love with this Gourd Goodness  card.

Gourd Goodness

This was my first time playing with embossing paste, and I was worried.  After all, I am the woman who cannot frost a cake and have it look edible.  But luckily, the card was very forgiving, and I LOVE the textural detail the paste imparts.  I can’t wait to play with it again. Enjoy my Gourd Goodness CASE!

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps: Gourd Goodness
Paper: Early Espresso Cardstock or any brown of your choice (4-1/4″ x 11″, 3/8″ x 2-7/8″), Crumb Cake Cardstock (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, scraps), Whisper White Thick Cardstock for making the masks (3 pieces at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″), Whisper White Cardstock (5 pieces at 2″ x 3″, 2″ x 2″)
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango
Other:  1-1/2″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Embossing Paste,  Palette Knives, Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1. Score the Early Espresso cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.
2.  Create three masks using Whisper White Thick cardstock and the intricate Leaf thinlit from the Seasonal Layers detailed dies set.

Gourd Goodness Masks

Coat the back with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Allow the glue to dry to form a repositionable bond.
3. Position the masks on the Crumb Cake layer.

Gourd Goodness

Apply Embossing Paste over the masks using a Palette Knife, spreading it like you are buttering a piece of toast.  (Be sure to clean the knife immediately after using.)

Gourd Goodness

Carefully remove the paper masks. Set aside to dry.

4.  Create three Crushed Curry leaves. Stamp off once for the bottom layer, and use full strength for the detailed over-stamp.  Repeat with Tangerine Tango ink, creating 2 leaves. Snip out all five leaves with Paper Snips.

5.  Using the Seasonal Layers thinlits, cut 2 smaller leaves from Crumb Cake.

Gourd Goodness6. Create a banner from Early Espresso cardstock. Snip a “V” into both ends. Adhere the banner.  Add the lace, gathering it up on one side.  Use Mini-Glue Dots to hold the ruching, or gathers, in place.  Add the Gold Mini Sequins. Note:  I did not adhere the ends of the banner, in order to insert leaves under them.

Gourd Goodness7. Ink the sentiment in Soft Suede, and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Punch out with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch.

8. Assemble the card as shown.  Pop the sentiment and selected leaves up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

If you love lots of texture and dimension, today’s card is for you.  The techniques involved are not difficult, but there is a learning curve involved with the Embossing Paste.  It dries quickly, so pull out what you need to use on your palette knife, and close your container.  Of course, two-step stamping is always fun…and adds so much dimension. Just remember to stamp off the base stamp.  Difficulty Level:  3-1/2 out of 5 due to the Embossing Paste, fussy cutting, and ruching the lace

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASE-ing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Nicole BannerNow head on over to Nicole, the Pixel Maven, to see the CASE file she has been working on.  It’s another awesome card from the Holiday Catalog. You will love it! And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.

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It’s Holiday Catalog Time at The Stampin’ Schach

It’s Holiday Catalog time…my favorite time of the Stampin’ Up! year!

It's Holiday Catalog TimeClick HERE to view the 2017 Holiday Catalog.

While placing your order, be sure to take advantage of the Merry Patterns Stamp Set promotion!  You will LOVE this adorable set!  Watch this video to learn more!

  • The promotion period runs from September 1 through October 31.
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set will not be available after 11:50 PM (MT) on October 31.
  • In order to qualify, the merchandise total must reach $300 before shipping and handling.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set, but you can only earn one set per qualifying order.
  • Customer orders placed through me, workshop orders, and online orders placed by you through my online store qualify.
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to Stampin’ Rewards!

Remember, you can earn this set with a $300 order (before tax and shipping) OR by having a workshop.  Because this set is SO adorable, and I want as many of you as possible to earn it, I will be holding a limited number of face-to-face workshops during the months of September and October. In addition, you can host a “book party”, where you show the catalog to friends and collect their orders.  I can also help you have a virtual party, where we open up a Facebook event and add your friends. I would post samples, videos, and a tutorial. Once again, there are a limited number of time slots in October for these virtual parties.

If you do not have a Holiday Catalog, and would like one, just let me know, and I will drop one in the mail pronto! As always, if you ever have any questions, I am only an email away!  Until next time…

 

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Faux Water Color Video Tutorial

Faux Water Color Video Tutorial
The Christmas in the Making stamp set tugged at my heart strings from the first moment I saw it. Maybe it’s because it reminded me of the carefree days of my childhood and the wonderful Christmases of my youth. At any rate, once I colored the first image, which you can read about HERE,  I was smitten with the idea of coloring all three and having them framed to display on my mantle during the holiday season. I hope you enjoy the second card I’ve created with this set.

Colors of the Day

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

When I faux water color, I simply touch the tip of my Blender Pen to the ink pad, release a little of the color onto scrap paper, and then color away. I remove quite a lot of color in the process before touching the image, because it is always easier to add more color as I shade. Another little tip is I will outline in Stampin’ Write Markers, and then pull the color into the image using a Blender Pen. This is very evident on the Real Red bows and Lemon Lime Twist apron.

Faux Water Color Video Tutorial

Everything is “shadowed” in Soft Sky, and although it does not show in the picture, I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the holly leaves and the ornament.

Color Right Along with Me Using This Faux Water Color Video Tutorial

I have prepared a video that illustrates the technique I use.  Originally, it was going to be a mini-tutorial, but it just grew longer and longer.  Many of you remember my video tutorials from a few years ago.  Things haven’t changed much.  I’m a low tech gal, as you will see! But like I always told my students back in the day, if you learn just ONE new thing, it was worth the time.

If you would like to color along with me, grab your Blender Pens and the following inks and Stampin’ Write markers:  Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Powder Pink, Real Red, So Saffron, and Soft Sky.  Before starting the video, stamp the image in Archival Basic Black ink onto a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Shimmery White card stock, and you’ll be good to go! Full screen will enhance your viewing.

Here are the first two cards, side by side:

Faux Water Color Video Tutorial

I hope you will visit me next week for the final card in the trio.  And remember, if you ever have any questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

There’s still time to participate in my Holiday Shares! Here are the SHARE OPTIONS.  Just email me with your choice.

Looking for a retired stamp set, framelit or punch? Please check out MY LIST and send me an email!

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Faux Water Color – Christmas in the Making

The faux water color technique has always been one of my favorites. I love getting out the Blender Pens and inks, and coloring my cares away. It just so happens that Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog has several sets which are perfect for this process, including the one I used on today’s card:  Christmas in the Making.  I hope you enjoy today’s card as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Faux Water Color - Christmas in the Making

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

This folded card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

When I faux water color, I simply touch the tip of my Blender Pen to the ink pad, release a little of the color onto scrap paper, and then color away.  I remove quite a lot of color in the process before touching the image, because it is always easier to add more color as I shade.  Another little tip is I will outline in Stampin’ Write Markers, and then pull the color into the image using a Blender Pen.  This is very evident on the Real Red bows.

Faux Water Color - Christmas in the Making

Clear Wink of Stella accents the snow and the pleats on the dress, as well as provides a layer of frost on the mail box. And the fur?  It just happens to be Stampin’ Up!’s Embossing Paste!  Notice how everything is “shadowed” in Soft Sky.

Faux Water Color - Christmas in the Making

The Christmas in the Making stamp set is one of my favorites from new Holiday Catalog.  If you are one of my current customers, you should be receiving your copy within the next few days, if you haven’t already.  Of course, if you need a copy and are not  associated with another demonstrator,  just let me know! I will drop one in the mail pronto!

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for My Holiday Catalog Shares

Only a few days remain to reserve your spot in my Holiday Catalog Share program! I will be closing my shares on August 29th.  Please do not miss out on your chance to take advantage of a Stampin’ Schach tradition.  To find out the details, CLICK HERE.

Looking for A Retired Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set?

Check out my current list of retired goodies. Simply CLICK HERE.  If you find something you need, simply email me at [email protected]

I hope you enjoyed today’s Christmas in the Making card.  It’s vintage vibe is right up my alley!  As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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The Stamp Review Crew: Window Shopping Edition

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It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, we are a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways. This week we are featuring the Window Shopping stamp set. I am Stop #6 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #5, the talented Charlet Mallett! After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #7, the amazing Nikki Spencer. Enjoy today’s hop!

Window Shopping
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The Window Shopping stamp set has a wonderful “friend” sentiment that I absolutely love.  It became the focus of my card.  My original goal was to create a classy black and white background using the square floral stamp from this set.  But you know me – one thing led to another.

After using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to create the not-so-perfect background, I decided it needed a “pop” of color, so out came the Berry Burst Stampin’ Write Marker.  I colored in a few of the daisy style flowers with it.  I decided to add a little Bermuda Bay to the center of other flowers.

I probably should have stopped there, but my thoughts began to wander back to a glorious party dress that my Aunt Evelyn wore back in the 1950’s.  One of the early memories from my childhood centered around that wonderful dress.  It had black flocked flowers, very similar to this pattern.  There were sequins and glitter;  bugle beads and shimmery metallic thread.  It was the most beautiful dress this little girl had ever seen.  That dress became my inspiration.

The Stamp Review Crew Window Shopping

I added sequins and pearls and a healthy dose of  Clear Wink of Stella to everything, as this close-up shows.

The Stamp Review Crew Window ShoppingI stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink, and cropped it out using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I then stamped it again in Berry Burst, and cropped out the “For Being A Great” section.  The ends were snipped, and it was popped atop the circle with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Three sequined and pearled flowers embellish the banner.

The Stamp Review Crew Window ShoppingPictures really do not do this card justice.  It is indeed a shimmering confection of sequins and Wink of Stella.  It will be heading off to a dear woman who truly is a great friend, but not before I reminisce one more time about Aunt Evelyn’s dress…


 

From the Archives

The Stamp Review Crew Window ShoppingIf you would prefer a cleaner design, the above card might be right up your alley.  Although the Blooms and Bliss designer paper is retired, there are a multitude of fabulous Stampin’ Up! papers which can be substituted.  You can check out the original post HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with the Window Shopping set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #7, the incredible Nikki Spencer, to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew Until next time…

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On the CASE: The CASE of the Sheltering Tree

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Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole, an endeavor undertaken with my friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Watt of Pixel Maven’s Retreat. In “case” this is your first On the CASE visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASE-ing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free step-by-step tutorials! Let’s get on to today’s CASE!

Sheltering Tree
Page 150 – Annual Catalog 2017 – 2018

On the CASE Sheltering Tree

The beautiful sponged background over white embossed “leaves” of this gift bag appealed to my simple side.  I loved the “pop” of brightness and the bling, while the tissue paper is absolutely fabulous!  But alas – I did not need a gift bag…

On the CASE Sheltering Tree

So enter the card!  For the most part, I stayed true to the catalog version, except for the “card conversions”.  I can’t wait to drop this one in the mail!

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Paper: Whisper White Thick Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″), Whisper White Cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″),  Crumb Cake cardstock (4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, 2″ x 1/2″)
Inks:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Soft Suede, VersaMark
Other:  Iridescent Sequins, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Heat Tool, Stamping Sponges, Linen Thread

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1. Score the Whisper White Thick cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.
2.  Stamp the tree image in Crumb Cake ink.    Stamp the “leaves” in VersaMark, and heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

On the CASE Sheltering Tree

Note: The leaves were tinted with Crumb Cake so they would show up for this picture. On the actual card, clear VersaMark was used, and then heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

4. Ink a wedge from a stamping sponge with Pool Party ink. Remove some of the ink on scratch paper, and then apply over the embossed leaves as shown.  Repeat until the desired shade of color has been reached.  Remove the excess color using a tissue or a paper towel.  Adhere to the Crumb Cake panel.

5.  Add a snippet of Linen Thread around the front of the card. (I doubled mine to make it thicker.) Adhere the card front to the card base.

5.  Selectively ink the sentiment in Soft Suede and stamp onto Crumb Cake.  Snip a “V” into each end using paper snips. Adhere to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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6.  Embellishment with a Linen Thread bow and Calypso Coral colored sequins. Tip:  Adhere the sequins with a spot of glue, using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

If you like to heat emboss, today’s card is right up your alley.  The techniques involved in making today’s card are not difficult at all. Just remember, patience is a virtue.  You can always deepen the color, but it is far more difficult to lift color off.   Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASE-ing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

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Now head on over to Nicole, the Pixel Maven, to see the CASE file she has been working on. You will love it! And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.

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  • Add the above monthly Host Code to your online orders of $75 or more, before tax and shipping, and a special gift from me.  This month’s gift will be a special surprise from the Holiday Catalog.

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Happy Birthday, Twins! Muffy and Brody

Happy birthday twinsIt always amazes me how quickly time flies.  It’s seems like just yesterday, my family was welcoming not one, but two little bundles of joy into the house.  After the death of Missy the Boxer, we had decided our house was just too quiet without the pitter-patter of puppy paws, so the search began for another Boxer to share our love.

I will never forget when Muffy was delivered to our house.  Once her breeder sat her down, she ran straight to me, and never looked back.  That is the way it is today.  She never leaves my side.  She shared my bed and my pillow from her first night here – and she still does.

Brody arrived the very next day.  He was the last of the litter to find a home, and their breeder, seeing how Muffy immediately bonded with me, offered to sell him at a reduced price.  Soft-hearted me could not bear the thought of the two being separated, so like I fool I agreed to buying him.  I will never forget my husband’s horrified response when I told him at supper that evening that another puppy would be arriving the next day.  “What were you thinking?” he asked.  Well, clearly I wasn’t.  But what a great name!  And Cimarron’s What Were You Thinking came to his forever home the next day.

Happy birthday twins

Yes, time does have a way of flying over us, leaving within our hearts memories of days which have past, and leaving us with a yearning for more.  We’ll spend the day letting the Twins do all of those things they love.  There will be baths, and they will tussle over who gets in the tub first.  There will be a walk around the block, and while Brody will be a goofball, Muffy will be all business.   There will be a trip to the pet store to pick out a special toy and a treat.  And all the while, I will be wondering if this will be the last time the Twins will celebrate their birthday together.

We have switched Brody to a raw diet, and I have added herbal supplements to his regimen. He is tolerating his medicines well, and other than having blood in his urine, is feeling fine.  He plays.  He eats.  He drinks. He snuggles. He is my clock, letting me know when it’s time to get up and when it is time to feed the pack.  In fact, he is doing so much better than me.

But for now, we will celebrate.  Happy birthday, Twins! August 9, 2010. 8 – 9 -10.  Until next time…

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The Stamp Review Crew: This Little Piggy Edition

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It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, we are a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways. This week we are featuring the This Little Piggy stamp set. I am Stop #2 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #1, the talented Rochelle Block! After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #3, the amazing Natalie Lapakko. Enjoy today’s hop!

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Using this set in a new and unique way was a challenge for me.  I put on my creative thinking cap, and came up with a way to use all three pig images – and a story behind the card.

Once upon a time, there was an adorable little Blushing Bride piggy named Lucy,  who carried a beautiful Sweet Sugarplum Glitter Acrylic flower in her well-manicured piggy hoof.  The day was warm, with only a few Embossing Paste clouds floating in the Soft SkyWink of Stella glistened on her little pork bottom as she traveled down the dusty Crumb Cake road on her way to the abbey.  “If only I could fly, I could get there quickly”,  thought Lucy.  “But sadly, I have no wings.”

This Little Piggy

At that point, her Fairy Pigmother appeared.  “Lucy, why are you so sad?” she asked.

“Fairy Pigmother, the road is dusty and the way is long.  If only I could fly…”

“Lucy, you have the power within you to achieve great things.  All you need to do is believe in yourself.  Have faith, Lucy.”

At that point, two little wing buds sprouted from Lucy’s pork shoulders, and she began to take flight.

This Little Piggy

She floated effortlessly above the Pear Pizzazz meadow into the Soft Sky.  By the time she reached the Embossing Paste clouds, she was sporting two full glorious Wink of Stella wings, and a beautiful diamond on her pork butt.

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The moral of the story:  She believed she could, so she did.

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But wait, there’s another twist to the tale of our porcine friend. As fate would have it – on the day our little piggy took flight, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were walking down that same dusty Abbey Road.  Yep – you guessed right. She was the inspiration behind the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.  And there you have the rest of the story…

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I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with the This Little Piggy set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #3, Natalie Lapakko, to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew Until next time…

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