High Tide Compilation

I just love the High Tide set in the Occasions catalog. It’s perfect for masculine cards…and we all know masculine cards are the most difficult! I just love sponging and the background of the sand, water and sky are perfect for showcasing the sponging technique.  As you can see from the photo, I cut my round stamping sponges into fourths and staple a little handle on top using the coordinating color of cardstock. As a resident of Southwest Michigan, just a few miles from beautiful Lake Michigan, I can tell you right now that this is definitely going to be one of my go-to sets!

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Stamp Set:  High Tide
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools:  Stamping Sponges

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Softly Falling, Beautiful You

Today we take a dramatic turn from the last two whimsical posts. There are some people I know that are going through trying times right now with physical pain. One of them is my little Hunter Bunter. She’s dealing with a knee injury that happened during a soccer game.  She had looked through the Occasions catalog when I first received it and she really liked the Beautiful You set. It has sweet sentiments and lovely brush artwork. When she saw there were new Watercolor Pencils that included her favorite colors Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie, she insisted we needed them. My little enabler! I am glad that I bought them. The texture of the pencils is smooth and perfect with the Blender Pens.  I wanted a subtle background and the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder seemed like a good fit, as it appears to be tiny raindrops falling. And with that, I hope a card will help cheer my Huntley up, if only for a moment.

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Stamp Set:  Beautiful You
Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie
Specialty Paper:  Watercolor
Ink:  Staz-On Jet Black
Lovelies:  Pearls Basic Jewels, 5/8” Organza Ribbon
Tools:  Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

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Cool Treats Party Time

Last Sunday, I showed you a super fun popsicle card. Here’s another super fun card using the Cool Treats suite on pages 32 & 33 of the new Occasions Catalog. This one uses the same general layout of the previous cards. It’s my go-to layout.  With last Sunday’s popsicle card, I used Wink of Stella on the darker portion of the popsicle. This time, Hunter wanted me to use it on the lighter part of the ice cream cone. It’s perfect! How can you not smile when you see this?

Stamp Set:  Cool Treats
Cardstock:  Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Tasty Treats Specialty
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder
Lovelies:  Silver Sequin Trim, Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape, Clear Wink of Stella
Tools:  Frozen Treats Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

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Sweet Popsicle Thread Wrapping Technique

I am absolutely in LOVE with the Cool Treats suite on pages 32 & 33 of the new Occasions Catalog – the ice cream colors are so happy and fun! Good enough to eat! The Wink of Stella puts the “pop” in “popsicle” and the Thread Wrapping Technique makes this card unique!

Stamp Set:  Cool Treats
Cardstock:  Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Tasty Treats Specialty
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder
Lovelies:  Silver Metallic Thread, 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, Brights Enamel Shapes, Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape, Clear Wink of Stella
Tools:  Frozen Treats Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot

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Blushing Valentine

I wanted to give my Stampin’ Club members sweet little Valentine goodies to thank them for being in my club. I realized the sentiment “You’re the sweetest” from the Sale-a-Bration set Tasty Trucks was perfect! I kept it soft and sweet with the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper in the background. Hunter told me a great tip when it comes to using embellishments like the little pearls. She said that our eyes find it more visually appealing when things are in the shape of a triangle. So, when I added the pearls, I put them into a triangular layout…and I think she’s right!  It gives it a great balance.  I used punches for the sentiment and the tag top, framelits for the circle and thinlits for the hearts. Punching and die cutting makes everything easy and fun, the only thing left to do was to put a couple yummy cookies into cellophane bags and attach the tags!

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Stamp Set: Tasty Trucks
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Falling in Love
Ink:  Blushing Bride
Lovelies:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Blushing Bride Stitched Satin Ribbon, Whisper White Thick Bakers Twine
Tools:  Classic Label Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Big Shot

Let me know if you want to add any of these products to your stamping stash! And if you’re one of my locals, be on the lookout for an invitation to my next Mystery Hostess Party in February!

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Dragonfly Thoughts

Here’s an encore using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle and some lovely accessories.  This is a “Thinking of You” card that I’m sending to a long-distance friend. I hope it puts a smile on her face!

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I die cut the intricate dragonfly die in blushing bride. Layered behind it is the dragonfly’s wings that are stamped in Sahara Sand. Then I used the “Rock n Roll” technique to roll the bottom of the stamp along the Soft Sky ink pad. Makes for a lovely, muted background behind the intricate one.

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Stamp Sets:  Dragonfly Dreams, Wherever You Go
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Falling in Love
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Soft Sky
Lovelies:  Silver Metallic Thread, Fancy Frost Sequins, Blushing Bride Stitched Satin Ribbon, Silver 1/8” Ribbon
Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Big Shot Die Brush

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Falling for Dragonfly Dreams

I finally received my Stampin’ Up preorder with the Dragonfly Dreams bundle! Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE DRAGONFLIES!  In fact, that is the theme in my living room and I even have a framed display of 4 real ones (purchased prior to me becoming vegan, LOL). As you can guess, the second I saw there were dragonflies in the 2017 Occasions catalog, it was over! I also bought the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper. It’s marketed in the catalog with the wedding themed items, but it is soft and beautiful with the dragonflies. I have fallen in love with it!

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I stamped the detailed dragonfly stamp in Versamark on Vellum cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. After die cutting it out, the wings curled up a LOT. So I decided to use the dragonfly framelit die to cut a matching one out to glue behind the vellum. The large dragonflies and the sentiment banners are popped up with dimensionals. This makes my heart happy!

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Stamp Set:  Dragonfly Dreams
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Vellum, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Falling in Love
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Versamark
Lovelies:  Pearl Basic Jewels, White Embossing Powder
Tools:  Banner Triple Punch, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot Die Brush

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