A Challenge to Make a Masculine Card!

Aloha, all!

     I'm all ready for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge card!  But before I get to that, I'd like to update you a bit on where I am!

     You may recall that last week I said I was on my way to the United States Mainland to visit family.  So far I've visited with my sister and one of my brothers, two sisters-in-law, a niece, a couple of nephews, and a few grandnephews and grandniece. There were some friends in there, too, includin a BFF from Maryland, Janet. Whew!  That's a lot of visiting!  As you're reading this, I'm probably on yet another airplane headed for the Virginia Tidewater area where I'll meet my husband, and the two of us will drive to North Carolina's Outer Banks to vist one of our children and her family.  Can I say, "Whew!" again??

MasculineCASESmall     As you might imagine, with all the blog posts for which I had to get ready before I left home, I had to find a lot of challenges and and projects to CASE (Copy and Share with Everyone) to get them all done!  As today's project was FOR a Challenge, I needed to go the CASE route.  I found the original of this project on a display board at the 2013 Stampin' Up! Convention last July.  You've seen some other projects that I've CASEd from those samples.  And you'll recall that there's no indication on the display board as to who made the cards.  I'm hoping that I'll find out who came up with this design because I'd love to give him or her credit!

     Anyway, that design screamed, "Masculine," to me, so I decided to work with it for the SUO Challenges Masculine Challenge. 


     In looking for a set of papers to use, I spotted the Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper over on the edge of my work table (no, I hadn't put it away like I should have!).  I was so excited to see it because, while I like making cards that aren't frilly or cute – thus making them NOT masculine – I don't necessarily subscribe to the idea that masculine has to be made with browns and blacks and other neutrals.  I like color!

     To make the hollow square shapes – actually for this project to make ALL the shapes! – I used the Squares Collection Framelits.  To cut the squares with the centers punched out, I used two framelits at a time, centered over the card stock or Designer Series Paper, and ran those through the Sizzix Big Shot.  One of the nice things about this layout was that I was able to use both pieces of paper/card stock that were cut at one time. For my sketch below, rather than say which framelit I used (as in "3rd smallest" or "2nd largest"), I'll just give the measurements.  A quick check with a ruler will help you find the right framelit.

     The hard part for this card was all that paper piercing around the squares.  Rather than CASE the piercings, I just did it my way.  Of course, after I put the whole card together, I found that I'd missed a few spots.  So some of those piercings show through to the top inside of the card.  No worries, though, as I usually put plain writing paper inside a darker colored card for writing notes inside.  So those wayward piercings will not show!

     I found a greeting that I liked from the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set.  While I usually like coloring the letters in this greeting, I thought keeping them opened carried the open square theme of this card into the greeting nicely!

     Once again, I made a sketch for this card.  I did NOT include the paper piercings.  It's just as easy to do it yourself in a way you like it.  But I hope you'll have fun with this sketch piercings or not!


     Oh!  Look at the size of the card!  5" x 6-1/2"!  Guess what I used to make an envelope for this odd sized card.  Yep, the Sizzix Envelope Punch Board.  I don't know what I'd do without it!



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World Card Making Day – 2008 and 2013!

Aloha, all!

     One of the earliest projects that I made for my Robin's Craft Room Blog was for World Card Making Day 2008.  Five years ago!  I can't believe I'm celebrating Five Years as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and crafting blogger!  To celebrate, I've been going back over my first blog posts to see if there's something I might want to update a bit for 2013.  My 2008 World Card Making Day card presented a nice challenge. 

2008WCMD     Here's my original 2008 card:

    The only product left in the Stampin' Up! catalog from this card is the Tangerine Tango Ink I used to stamp some of the flowers in the center element.  So I decided to CASE (copy and share with everyone) my OWN project to come up with one for the 2013 World Card Making Day!


     Here you can see that I've kept to a square shape for my card, along with the two different pieces of Designer Series Paper (DSP) cut into triangles to form the background.  I also have a central image, but that's where the identical parts of the CASEd card end! 

     I'm not sure how I ended up with this particular paper and stamp – this is one of those designs that "just happened."  I must have been in a mood for subtle colors and the Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper set caught my eye.  For a stamped central image, I had to look no further than the Tea Party Stamp SetOh, I could have used the printed flower arrangement from the newsprint-style paper (it's just about identical to the stamped image), but I really do like stamping – so the stamp won out!  I colored the rubber with Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, and Basic Gray Stampin' Write Markers before stamping it onto Very Vanilla Card Stock. I added a stamped sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set to complete the stamped layer.

     I knew that I wanted to have a layered look using the Labels Collection Framelit set, but I couldn't decide on which of the papers in the Designer Series Paper set I wanted to use.  I ended up using NONE of them.  Instead, I went to the Subtles Collection Designer Series Paper Stack and found the polka dot design in the Pear Pizzazz color.  Perfect!

     I created the top background layer with the DSP triangles, matted it with some Pear Pizzazz Card Stock and wrapped a length of Wisteria Wonder 3/4" Chevron Ribbon around the layers. Then I adhered this group to a card made with Wisteria Wonder Card Stock before adding the central die-cut layer to the front with Stampin' Dimensionals

     After a couple of blog posts with projects a bit out of my comfort zone, here I was back in it with a layered project and soft colors!  Oh, and a sketch to share!  I hope you have fun with it!



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Posted on : Oct 05 2013
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Love Those Pumpkins!

Aloha, all!

     Can you believe that tomorrow is October already??!!!  I can't either, except that I'm on my way to the United States mainland for my October trip there, so I guess I should find it easy to believe it's already here!

     And when it comes time to think about October, I think about some of the fun that I used to like to have on Halloween.  I was never much into the ghosts and goblins and scary stuff at Halloween.  But I sure did enjoy carving pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanters and putting candles in them to light up the night in front of our house.  They were always happy little guys and gals, too!  None of these scary crooked sneers – it was smiles all the way – just as in the Stampin' Up! Stamp, Halloween Happiness.


     The last couple of times that I used this stamp (yes, all four pumpkins and the greeting are on one stamp), I stamped it in several colors and then cut each of the pumpkins out and adhered them to the main stamped image.  This time I decided I just wanted to use one color.  And if you can't use Pumpkin Pie for Pumpkins, I'm not sure why anyone would ever call it Pumpkin Pie!  I decided I wanted the image to be stamped once in the center of the card and then once on either side of the main image.  Then I wanted that main image to be lifted up off the card front a bit and then matted with a different color to highlight it a bit.  

     But first I had to decide on the size of the card so I could decide where I wanted to cut the center stamped image.  I ended up with a card that's 6" wide by 4" high.  That gave me enough room for two of the pumpkin images to be repeated on either side of the main image.  To make the whole look more effective, I wanted the pumpkins on either side of the main image to be only partially on the main layer.  I stamped all three images on a scrap of  Very Vanilla Card Stock and found that a width of 3-1/4" worked beautifully, along with a height of 2" that allowed a nice bit of space both top and bottom of the image.

     To get everything stamped the way I wanted, I cut a good piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock to the side of the center piece (3-1/4" by 2") and adhered that to a larger (5-1/2" by 3-1/2") piece of Vanilla Card Stock with a removable adhesive.  Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for this stamping, I stamped all three images across the center.  There was a bit of card stock that didn't get fully inked up at the edge of the top layer.  But that was all right as I was going to mat the top layer anyway.  I chose Always Artichoke for the mat, as well as for the color of the stems and vines on the top of the pumpkins.

     And doesn't that Witches' Brew Washi Tape look nice under that top layer?  I have a little secret about that.  Originally it was go to more towards the bottom of the card.  But I found that, no matter how hard I tried to clean the words, "halloween happiness," from the two outside pumpkin images, a ghost (appropriate for the season) of the words appeared.  Washi Tape to the rescue!  I kind of liked the nicely tucked look; but now I felt there was too much space on both the top and the bottom of the card.  So out came my Paper Piercer to outline that top layer!

     No ribbon or other embellishments.  BUT I did have a 6" by 4" card, and no envelope to fit it.  So out came my Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board and in minutes I had the perfect envelope!  With stamped pumpkins, of course!

     As I've been discussing some of the measurements of this card, I thought I'd share the sketch for the final project.  Definitely a fun project to welcome October! 


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Posted on : Sep 30 2013
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Fun with TWO Challenges!

Aloha, all!

     While I'm procrastinating on doing some chores today (chore is NOT a fun word!), I looked for some online Stamping Challenges to keep me busy.  Not only did I find one challenge that seemed like it would be especially fun, I found a second challenge for which I could use the same project as I had in mind for the first.  Two-fers are good things!

     The first challenge that got me started was from my online Stampin' Up! Demonstrator group, SUDSOL. The challenge there was to use something from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog in a non-Holiday way.  I'm always trying to make use of seasonal stamp sets in a way that's different from their stated purpose so that I can help you (and me, of course!) justify buying a seasonal stamp set.

     Then, as I was building my challenge list for the day, I came across the Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge for the week.  Aha!  Some fall colors that go with a set of Designer Series Papers, Sweater Weather – in the Holiday Catalog!  I was off and running…


     …to make a Birthday Card!!   The stamp set with the pile of gifts is from the Christmas Set, Wishing You, on page 23 of the Holiday Catalog.  And, of course, I jumped right on that Sweater Weather paper set to accent the Christmas set.

     All of the papers, except for the Very Vanilla Card Stock that I used for the stamped image and the card base, are from Sweater Weather.  I focused on the colors from the Create with Connie and Mary color challenge, which are Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, and Chocolate Chip. 

     The gifts are all in one stamp.  I stamped the whole image, using Chocolate Chip ink, onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock, then cut it out using two dies from the Stampin' Up! Sizzix Framelits Set, Chalk Talk.  It's really easy using the small piece through which I ran the Baker's Twine to make the bow.  The outside edge of that little piece fits nicely right up to the inside edge of the larger framelit die.  I then stamped the image separately in Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip (again!), cut out the 3 "gifts," and adhered them to the main image to give the card a bit of texture.

     Now about that Baker's Twine:  There is no really small ribbon in the current Stampin' Up! lineup that features any of the colors I was using today.  So I decided to tint some White Baker's Twine with some Tangerine Tango Ink.  I did this by laying one end of the cut Baker's Twine on my Tangerine Tango Stamp Pad and then I used a Blender Pen, with which I picked up some color from the stamp pad, and colored onto the Baker's Twine that was lying there.  This way both sides of the twine were colored with the Tangerine Tango.  I ran the twine across the stamp pad in small sections until it was all colored.  If you do this, wait a while for the twine to dry, and run it through a paper towel or tissue to catch any leftover ink.

     Oh, and that "Birthday Wishes" stamp is from the annual catalog set, For You.

     So here I am with a card that meets both challenges!  Anyone can join in the Create with Connie and Mary challenge just by clicking here and adding your own project using the link at the bottom.  If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and don't belong to SUDSOL, you can try this fun group out for two weeks for free! Just click here to check it out!

     It's been a while, but I thought perhaps I might try to get back into some layout sketching.  So here's my sketch for today's card.  I hope you have fun with it!


     Now off to do some more procrastinating.  Maybe those chores will just go away?



Posted on : Aug 29 2013
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Celebrate Patriotism!

Aloha, all!

     Here we are on Tuesday, with another of the SU Only Challenge Blog challenges!  I have to tell you that this one had me scratching my head about what to do.  The theme is Patriotism.  If we were just for stamping friends in the United States, we might have made it Fourth of July.  But many of our challenge participants are from other countries, and that wouldn't make much sense for them.  I can hardly wait to see what people from countries other than the U.S. make!

     Anyway, I looked through my collection of stamps and there was NOTHING!  Nothing for making a patriotism-themed card, at least for me who does happen to live in the U. S.  Who thought up this theme???  Oh, it was I.  Hmmm.  So I'd better come up with something!  And, of course, I did.


     My first thought was to make something that looked like an American Flag.  But, after trying a few different layouts, I thought I'd just use elements of the flag and layer them up in a bit of a different formation.  For the stripes, I ran a piece of Naturals White Card Stock (the card stock used throughout the project) through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Stripes Embossing Folder.  Then I used my Brayer and Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink to color the raised stripes.  After I'd run the brayer across the card stock several times, I decided I liked the almost rustic look of the partially colored stripes.  So I decided that would be the look for the entire card. 

     My next part of the project was the star.  There are no star punches or Sizzix dies with stars in the current catalog. And while there are some stamp sets with stars – most notably Simply Stars and Words of Courage – I don't own either of them.  What to do, what to do.  Then one of my childhood memories popped up in that little lightbulb above my head.  We used to fold paper and make one cut and, voila!  We had a star!  Oh am I glad I'm here in the age of the internet.  It just took one try and I found the instructions for that (it came back to me pretty quickly, but I was glad to have the reminder anyway).  (Here is a link to instructions for making the folded-one-cut star that I used.)

     Let me tell you that using card stock to make a small star is not a great idea.  But I did want my star to go with the rest of the card, so I worked with it as best I could  I started with a 2-1/8" x 2-3/4" piece of card stock and followed the instructions from there.  The star was a bit wobbly, but I just hand-trimmed it until I felt like it was OK. 

Star2     I wanted the star to have some texture, so I ran it through the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Once I sponged the edges of the star, I found that there were perfectly placed polka dots on the left and right points, and that made the other three points look a bit, well, naked.  Rather than redo the star, I used a stylus to make indentations on the other three points and then colored them with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker.  That looked better, at least to me!

     When I went looking for a "celebrate" stamp, I found the stamp from the Perfectly Penned Stamp Set right away, and stopped looking for any others.  I think this looks right at home on this card, stamped on the Naturals White card stock with Midnight Muse Class Ink and matted with the same Midnight Muse Card Stock on which the star is placed..  And here I go tying my project up with a ribbon!  This time is was a piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, with the bow off to the side so you can read the sentiment and see the star.

     So, without much in the way of patriotism-related products (actually NOTHING in the way of such products!), I made a card that certainly meets the challenge!  I hope you'll try out the SU Only Challenge with this theme!  Lots of Stampin' Up! users are going to be looking for ideas, and yours might be just the one they want! 

     Now here's something I haven't done in awhile – I have a sketch for you!  I forgot how much fun it is to make these sketches, and I hope to be doing more of this during the summer!


Posted on : Jun 17 2013
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Something Old and Something New!

Aloha, all!

     No, there's nothing about a wedding in this blog post!  But I'm showing off quite a few retiring Stampin' Up! products as well as one fairly new product.  And there are a few current products that will be carried on in the soon-to-be-released 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog.

     First let's look at the new product that pushed me into this particular card layout:  the Best of Butterflies Stamp Set, that is one of the stamp sets that will be released each month in 2013, Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary Year!  Once each set is released, it will be alive and well to purchase until March of 2014.  Click on the link on the right to see all the "Best of" sets that have been released so far – there will be a new one May 1st ( today for most of you reading this), and I can hardly wait to see what it is! 

     Now about those retiring products.  In order of how much I'll miss them, they are the Not Quite Navy Card Stock and Ink, the Riding Hood Red Card Stock, Ink, and 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, and the First Edition Specialty Designer Paper.  When I decided to use a stamp from the Best of Butterflies set, I immediately thought of the butterfly theme in the First Edition Specialty Paper, and cut a piece so the image of a butterfly would show at one side of the card.  I liked this layout the best, though you could certainly try it out with the top layered element moved over to the left.

     The products that will still be with us this next year are the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, from which the "thinking of you" sentiment is taken; the two punches on which the sentiment is layered – the Word Window and Modern Label Punches; and the Very Vanilla Card Stock

     I adhered the small layered element using Stampin' Dimensionals, and then applied a Stampin' Dimensional to the left side of the Punched Layer, just applying some snail to the right side of the Punched Layer.  This keeps the whole Punched Layer on the same level as each other.

     And here's something I haven't done in awhile!  I've created a sketch of this card for you to use if you'd like to try it out, with or without the butterflies! 

     Whatever you end up making in the next day or two, I hope you have fun with it!

Products in this project:

Not Quite Navy Card Stock, Item 101722, $6.95 (24 sheets)
Not Quite Navy Classic Ink, Item 126971, $5.95
Riding Hood Red Card Stock, Item 111348,  $6.95 (24 sheets)
Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Item 122988, $6.95 (10 yds)
Riding Hood Red Classic Ink, Item 126968, $5.95
Modern Label Punch, Item 119849, $16.95
Word Window Punch, Item 119857, $15.95
First Edition Special Designer Paper, Item 121878, $12.95 (24 sheets of 12" square paper)

Posted on : Apr 30 2013
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Love the New Simply Scrappin’ Kit!

Aloha, all!

     It is SOOO good to be back up and running at full speed, and especially fun for me as today is my Create with Connie and Mary Spring Edition Preview Week project!   My project today is a card, so not much in the way of a tutorial with it.  But I do have a full sketch showing how I used the card stock and two pieces of Designer Series Paper from the new bright and cheerful Flower Fair Simply Scrappin' Kit!  And I have blog candy!!

Simply Scrappin' Kit Card

     ALL the papers and card stock and stickers, and ALL the ribbons and buttons come with the kit.  Even the tag up on the right is part of the kit, on which I stamped my currently favorite word, "Happiness" from the Loving Thoughts Stamp Set.

     The colors in this kit are Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Regal Rose.  What a color combo to show off Spring, and what gorgeous flowers to carry it off!  

     Besides products that come with the Simply Scrappin' Kit, I added some Die Cut Flowers and Leaves, using the Secret Garden Framelits, and I just had to add to the flower grouping on the left one of the brand new Designer Builder Brads.

     The flowers that I made using the framelits are the Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight shapes that I applied with Stampin' Dimensionals to a background made from the Stickers in the kit.  I also cut the two sprays of leaflets from the kits's Garden Green Card Stock and one of the framelits.  These all seem to go perfectly together!

     The Daffodil Delight buttons as well as the Garden Green and Regal Rose 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon are also part of the kit.  It's nice to have more than just the papers in the kit!  And it's great to have a fab catalog FULL of products that are going to make the Create With Connie and Mary 2013 Spring Edition just fabulous!

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A Clean and Simple Christmas Card!

Aloha, all!

     For the last Stampin' Up! Only Challenge over at the SUO Challenge Blog, I was in the middle of my travels to the United States Mainland.  As you read this challenge post, I'm finally back home after having been gone for three weeks.  While I loved seeing all of my children and grandchildren, along with many other members of my family, it's SOOOO good to be back home with my wonderful husband!

     Now that we're well into November, I find that next week is already Thanksgiving here in the United States (early this year!) and before long the only thing on which we'll be focusing are the December holidays.  Hannukah is in just a few weeks, and then there will be Christmas and Kwanzaa.  As they're all coming up WAY too fast, we decided that our theme this time around at SUO Challenges would be a Clean and Simple Holiday Card.  Nothing complicated this time of the year as time is short!

CAS Christmas

     The first stamp set that came to mind when I thought of a Clean and Simple (or "CAS") card was Christmas Blessings, as Christmas is the holiday we celebrate in my home.  With its beautiful line art that requires nothing but ink to make an elegant card, the poinsettia stamp in this set is perfect.  For this card, I colored the lines using Cherry Cobbler and Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Markers and stamped it on Whisper White Card Stock.  I mounted that layer on a slightly larger piece of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock.  I took another piece of Whisper White Card Stock and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, and mounted that layer onto a piece of Lucky Limeade Card Stock.  I adhered all the layers together, stamped a greeting from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, and the card was done.  No other embellishments, and I think that this card is as lovely as any card with Designer Paper, brads and ribbons!

     It's been awhile since I've posted a sketch for a project.  But I thought that, if I gave you the measurements, your project could be even simpler to make than mine was as I figured out what I wanted the measurements to be!



Posted on : Nov 12 2012
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Razzleberry Birthday Card!

Aloha, all!

     Ah, I think I may actually be back into some semblance of normalcy in my life.  That's not to say that there's not a day in my week that doesn't have some meeting or another in it – ALL week!  But at least none of them is taking a huge chunk out of any of those days.  Today was an exception.  But I decided when I arrived home from my usual afternoon-long game of duplicate bridge that I was going to make a card.  So there!!!  But I felt like doing something different.  Working on my Christmas Card Layout eBook this summer meant that I used most of my "standard" folds to spice it up a bit.  So I sat down in front of a football game with my husband and started leafing through the current issue of Paper Crafts magazine.  Bingo!  The "Go to Gals" had some folds! 

Z Fold Outside

     Like this Z-fold card!  There were a couple of things that I liked about this design.  The first thing that caught my eye was the diagonal cut of the card.  I'd seen this before, but I really liked the scallop trim border on that angle.  The other thing that I liked about this particular card was that the left side of the card was adhered at the side and bottom to the back of the card – making a pocket!  So a pocket Z-fold card it was, with a Birthday Present Bookmark!

     Z-Fold Inside

     And here's the inside, opening as you'd expect a good little card to do – on the right.  I used the Petite Pairs Stamp Set to coordinate the Birthday greeting on the bookmark with the greeting inside the card.  Nice!

     And now for all those colors and flowers – they're all part of one of the Simply Scrappin' Sets in the Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 CatalogRazzleberry Splash.  I love this paper and have almost run out of it.  But now that I see how much fun it is to use the flowers and borders that are part of the set, I'm sure I'll be using those up soon, too, leaving me with a really good excuse to buy another kit!

     The accent color that I picked for this paper was the Lucky Limeade color that is part of the Simply Scrappin' Kit.  I removed the adhesive backing on several of the flowers so that I could nicely layer them up on the front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I cut a slit on the left fold of the card to run the Lucky LImeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon around the card front.  I actually just cut an 8" length of the ribbon and adhered the ends to the card front under the flowers and then I tied a bow over at the left side.  It's an easy way to make a bow lean to the side (which I wanted in this case) rather than to the top or bottom.

     Even with all these fun accessories, it still seems that I am no longer able to make a card without my Sizzix Big Shot.  For this card, I used one of the Floral Frames Framelits (the middle sized flower) behind the die cut flowers from the kit, as well as the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder for the bookmark.  There there's the mat layer for the inside greeting using the Apothecary Accents Framelits!  Such nice touches!

     To make this card, I used a 9" x 12" piece of Designer Series Paper from the kit, scored it at 4" and 8" across the top (12" side), and cut it on an angle as shown in the sketch below.  With this cut, you can make two cards out of the one piece of paper.  This also makes a card that will fit nicely into a standard A2 card envelope (Stampin' Up!'s Medium Envelope), though you do have to tuck the bookmark down into the card a bit more than I'm showing.

     OK – now that I've had some fun (finally) making a card to start the week, it's your turn to have some fun!  Here's my sketch for this card in case you'd like to try it!


Posted on : Sep 09 2012
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Thanks for the Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     Yesterday was the first day of the 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention for United States and Canada demonstrators.  So much goes on at convention – new products, new ideas, product training, swaps, meeting other demonstrators!  Unfortunately, there are quite a few of us who choose not to go to convention every year for a variety of reasons.  Mine is that I'm a really long distance from Salt Lake City, and traveling to the U. S. mainland takes a lot out of me.  So I'm taking this year off.

     BUT – my online Demonstrator group, SUDSOL, is one of the groups that is taking care of those of us who are back home and not in Salt Lake City.  The leaders have chosen to give us a challenge every day that begins with a letter of the word STAMP.  Yesterday – the first day of convention – the letter was S.  As I needed some stamping time, I chose to use a stamp set whose name begins with the letter "S" – Sassy Salutations

Thank You Card

     It's not often that we think of taking a set that is just sentiments and making that the focal point of a greeting card.  But that's what I did with this card, repeating the "Thank You" sentiment three times in a nice neat row (made possible by the use of my Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp aligning tool!). 

     My favorite part of this card is how nice the Designer Paper from the Comfort Cafe paper set looks in that border.  The paper's color is Midnight Muse, and another color in that paper set is Cajun Craze.  My thinking was that, if the designers at Stampin' Up! think those colors go well together, then who am I to try to go find another combination!  So I cut pieces of the Cajun Craze Card Stock that are just a smidge larger than the layer on top of it to give the Designer Series Paper just a bit of an accent.  Nice!

     And you know that, when I can, I tie my cards up with a piece of ribbon.  This one was a no-brainer – to use the Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon.  I just love using that ribbon – it's so smooth and so easy to work with!

     It's been awhile since I've shared a sketch with you – though I've been doing a lot of sketching for my Christmas Card Countdown Newsletter (click here if you'd like to get that free e-mail every week from now until Christmas!).  But this card has such a nice feel to it that I thought I'd get out my sketch software and do one up for this card.  I hope you have fun with it!


Posted on : Jul 19 2012
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