Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mosaic Just for You

Especially made for you. Mosaic or quatrefoil is all the rage in clothes, decorating and definitely made its way to papercrafts. 

To make the daffodil delight colored edge I punched several mosaic/quatrefoil pieces. I did carefully line them up so the middle one was centered and there were an odd number. Rule of odds when it comes to repeating elements for better visual. Even numbers can be unsettling. 

The words piece was cut out using the windows framelit 129021. Must get Framelits. Put that on your to do list today. Along with the magnetic platform for the Big Shot 130658. Must must have. Makes using the Framelits so much easier. No need for postit notes to hold down your die. 

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Congrats Grad

We had several graduations this spring/summer. All of them out of town. I think there were 6 in all between family and friends. We attended as many as we could, which was no small feat.  Given that the graduations were both male and female I wanted to come up with a card that would suit both and be classic. I went with the traditional white and black and added in the new Smoky Slate color to soften the harshness of the black/white combo.  Any other color would have worked but had the possibility of looking too male or too female. Yes I know I could have individualized the card, but choose not too. 

The mortarboard is just a simple square popped up with a dimensional. The roll of paper is copy paper. I tried using cardstock but it was way to heavy to curl up tightly. In the end good old printer/copy paper did the job. I tied it off with white Bakers Twine. 

Yes I cut all the letters with the Big Shot. That was no big deal. I found it took a long time to glue, yes glue! down the individual letters. I guess I am not used to putzy work like that. Or at least I think its putzy. There was probably an easier way to do it, but I did not use it. 

Congratulations to all the grads. Well done ladies and gentlemen.

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Masculine Card Happy Fathers Day


Fathers Day having recently passed, this card is "suited" to the occasion.  It gets its masculine flair from the Natural Composition Specialty paper 126917. I used the woodgrain sheet. Even the backside, which is not printed, has a nice old school kraft paper look and feel.  this paper can be dyed to match your project. I am sure I will be posting more about it in the future. 

I made a few extra of this card and saved the greeting as blank. One I will already be using as a grievance card for my husbands hometown neighbor who recently passed away.  It is a basic card to suit many occasions.

Give the paper a try. $12.95 for 12 sheets of specialty paper you cannot go wrong. 

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Honeycomb Happiness

First off, sorry about slightly fuzzy photo. Happens when you do it late at night. 

If you do not yet have you do need to get the Honeycomb embossing folder (129379, page 191). How can you not love it's hexagon cuteness! And just trying making a card without either a Framelit or Embossing folder these days. It's just so "old school" not to 😉. The Framelits can be found on pages 186 & 187 of the current catalog. And life with the new magnetic base 130658 $39.95 is just a breeze. No post it notes needed. 

Give me a call when you are ready to purchase. In the meantime happy stamping, Sandy

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mad for Mosaic Coastal Cabana card


Happy afternoon. Welcome summer. Wish I was on a cool coast with temperate air sipping something fruity and tasty. 

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Good Morning


I overslept (or slept in) and missed an appointment this morning. It is not like me at all. First cup of joe down. Percolating awake now. I have not slept past 6 or 7 or 8 in months. Heaven. Fortunately my Chiro woke me up and rescheduled me for later.   

Have a great caffeine fueled day, Sandy

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Simply Sent app for IPhone

If you own an iPhone I recommend this app stat! Simply Sent by Stampin' Up! 

It is easy to use. Similar principles to My Digital Studio but smaller scale. Contains plain cardstock and decorative papers, ribbons, buttons, bows, pearls and rhinestones. All can be resized and you have color choices. Oh yes, punches too. Add your message using one of the fonts, add a picture or three. 

Saves as a .joeg file to your Camera Roll making it easy to access and use your projects. 

Think about it. Need a nice birthday greeting for someone on Facebook, instead of the standard Happy Birthday x! Spend two minutes and create a much more personal greeting. Or a quick card, or just feeling the need to scrapbook but no time? Saves as the same high resolution iPhone photos so you could enlarge and print later. 

Show me your creations, be happy to share here! 



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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beat The Heat Card


How are you beating the summer heat? With ice cream of course!

Here in Minnesota we have had quite the heat wave and storms. My mother lost power for 25 hours. Not real long compared to others but when it's you it is long. 

I used the fanfare embossing folder to get the cone texture. The scoops are the scallop circle punch (any size). I edged it with the glitter glue bottle. 

What do you think of the baked brown sugar color? I am liking it. Nice mid tone brown that seems to go with a few colors. 

Alternate summer flavors. 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Herribone In Color Friend #Card


My challenge to myself when I got my demonstrator preorder supplies to the new catalog was come up with a card that used all 5 new In Colors. Bonus, I was able to work in the other truly new color - Smokey Slate, into the mix. The other colors in the refreshed color palette are returning In Colors from previous years and that was not my personal challenge. On that thought, so so so happy that Island Indigo is here to stay, Wisteria Wonder (who knew Sandy Liked purple, not me :-) and a few others. I will accept Island Indigo for now, as I call it, my poor mans substitute for Take with Teal. I am hoarding, yes hoarding, all of that for now. I am finally letting go of previously retired colors. I had been hanging on to them, to use for scrapbooking, to go with some of the retired DSP for my personal scrapbooking but truth be told, I was not really using it. I mostly use MDS and when I do paper scrapbooking I have enough to get by. Its my own pages and I am working on not being a perfectionist. All pages do not need to be little works of art. 

Boy did I digress.  Guess a good nights sleep and a little cortisone in my knees is what does a body good. 

In color card challenge, I had this wild thought probably inspired by something I saw in Pinterest of making a multicolored herringbone  pattern. Bling - thats my lightbulb flashing on over my head, why not do it using all the In Colors. Sure sure.  I figured out by running a dummy sheet through the herringbone folder how many rows in each color the finished size would be needed. Two looked good, four rows actually but let us just call it two as in two convex (embossed not debossed) rows.. I just made sure that my In Color scraps were much larger than two rows, needed to be about 5 rows long, not sure of the inches on that, to accommodate trimming later. 

Run your five colors thru your folder, separately, not at the same time. And that was another challenge to this project was normally you see some cute projects out there where they have pieced paper together, taped it all together and run it through the folder, but that would not work because I am not an engineer and could not figure out how to precut the paper to make that happen. So they all had to be completed separately. Trim, by hand, recommend craft knife (I used a scissors and the edges are a little rougher than I would like) down to the two rows of herringbone plus extra for putting it together, leaving your top and bottom rows with finished edges. I started from the top, and like I stated previous, leave some beyond your two finished rows for adhering. Take your top color, in my case I wanted Strawberry Slush on top, just cuz that is my favorite new In Color and I am out of that paper, AGAIN! On the section below your two rows is where you will adhere your next layer, with the cut finished edge. So I may not have made that too clear before, Cut only one edge, making sure all your finished edges are in the same direction and have the same embossed not debossed edges up. 

Tape down your next color with the herringbone edge onto the Slush (or some other) color. You should have four rows showing, two embossed (raised) and two debossed (recessed). Continue adhering layer together until you get to the bottom. Leave a finished edge for your bottom row. I cannot see it in the picture and I do not have the card with me as I type this but I believe I did adhere the colors to a base color for more stability as I did this. Adhere it all to your base project. Finish as desired. 

Do you think you are up to the challenge to try this technique. Send me your results if you do.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Best Friend card

Happiness is yellow and happiness is a best friend. Quick post tonight. Much going on at home and in crafts. Dreaming of being cloned only for a few days. 

You cannot see it in the picture but the DSP was run through the mosaic embossing folder then gently sanded. Looks neat in person. 

Whom should I send it to...

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Day

The flag look as I call it, is so on trend right now. I actually CASEd this layout from the catalog. The paper I believe is called Soho Subway, or at least it's in that suite of products. A few embossing folders were also used. It is amazing what a little embossing will do to jazz up a piece of paper. Cardstock used was summer starfruit, early espresso and crisp Cantaloup. 

Don't you just love how Stampin Up has great product suites. Like the suite, get all the products from papers to stamps and embellishments. Makes coordinating a breeze. 

What is your favorite new product suite this year? Mine might be Soho Subway just because it is so different and there are zero flowers. Don't get me wrong, flowers are great, but there are so many of them and they are no longer a creative challenge for me to work with. 

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Kindness Matters Card


That Baked Brown Sugar color is starting to grow on me. It is a nice medium neutral. And marries well with several colors, especially more saturated colors. 

Our summer has been less than dull. We have had many grad parties, all out of town, a wedding, way out of town, an affirmation, again the opposite of in town, two mission trips coming up for the kids, one convention and a family vacation. Top that all off with staying with my mother to help her when we are in town. 

I am hoping with being home so little that the house will stay clean. Not likely. If you have ever had a busy schedule you know you come home, drop your bags and back for the next thing, without putting stuff away. 

Needless to say it is an exciting summer, jam packed, and will be filled with lots of memories. 

So for the brown sugar corners behind the "windows" framelit decorative layer I just cut a square. The corners just peak out. I believe the square was around two inches. It is an effective technique when you do not want an entire framelit shape layer behind. 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hello Hello Hello card

Card using designer paper from new Stampin' catalog. Hello stamp is from an older set. Cute!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Cards & Coffee

Cards & Coffee class Tuesday. Three cards, one will be a Fathers Day one. $5

Noon at Cambridge Caribou Coffee, 5 pm at Coon Rapids Caribou Coffee. 

Who is in? 

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Wildflower Sweet Orange

Using the Wildflower Meadow stamp set and coordinating embossing folder I create this sweet card.  It could go for many occasions.  Just change the greeting. 

Wildflower Meadow 129165 w 129168 c
Wildflower Meadow Embossing folder 129376 or get the set for 15% discount 132735 w 132985 c
Crisp Cantaloup paper 131298
Tangerine Tango paper 111349
Whisper White 100730
Tangerine Tango ink 126946
Itty Bitty Shapes punch (flower) 118309
Rhinestone jewels 119246 (as much as I use them you'd think I had memorized the item number)
Bitty Banners Framelets 129267
Itty Bitty Banners stamp set 132022 w 126257 c
1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon in Whisper White 126877

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Affirmation Of Baptism

Short post today as we had to head up north for an Affirmation and are actively geocaching our way home. 

Snapped a quick pic of the Affirmation card for our Godson. He likes green. So I used Old Olive and Pear Pizazz, vanilla and black for the card. The stamp set is long since retired (sorry, it is just a great set to use for religious occasions. I think it's called On your special day, or something like that. 

Have a lovely day. I know we are. 

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