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You Are Awesome! Say it with Marquee Messages

Maybe it is because I grew up in the 80s and 90s, but I just love the word “Awesome” and love to use that to tell people how much I think of them. Smile  So, when I got the Marquee Messages stamp set and saw it had the phrase “you are awesome”… well, I knew it was perfect for me!

This is one of those stamp sets that there is one main image and then a few different sentiments to change up what you can say in this set.  And honestly, sometimes working with a set that doesn’t make me feel like I have to get wild and creative with how I stamp my images is actually pretty freeing.  I can just relax and enjoy my stamping without having to think too hard! Smile  So, for this card, I had fun playing with colors and little details pieces.

For example, I stamped my main image onto my Whisper White piece in Memento Black and then stamped it again onto a piece of scrap So Saffron so that I could cut out and pop up my arrow.  Just something simple as popping it up makes a BIG difference.  I did more paper piecing by stamping again onto a scrap piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and layering that down directly to the page for the “Awesome” sentiment.  And then stamped again on scrap So Saffron so I could cut out three of the little star shines.  Simple pieces that add a lot to your card.

And what is a marquee without some sparkly lights?  I added some quick and easy bling by grabbing my Gold Glitz Dazzling Details glitter glue and dotting each of the marquee lights for a fun sparkly effect.  You can also use mini-rhinestones or pearls (the smallest size in the packs sold by Stampin’ Up) but I was going for economical, since I could make a bajillion cards using one little $2.50 tube of glitter glue. Smile 

Add some extra hints of color by coloring in the main image on the Whisper White cardstock (I used Peekaboo Peach on those horizontal bars on the left, and So Saffron on the shaded part behind the “Awesome” sentiment).  Then just matted it all with Basic Black cardstock on a Peekaboo Peach cardbase.

I made this card a while ago, but now after sharing it here, I know just some special folks in my life who I need to remind them that I think they are awesome.  Think about your friends and family…. who needs to hear that they are awesome to you?

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2016 OnStage Display Board Samples–Delightful Dijon!

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Oops!  While I was away on my trip, apparently I got the last two display stamper blog posts ready but didn’t actually get them published!  But some of my favorite samples were in these sets so I want to make sure to get them shared for you now.  🙂

Today’s projects all highlight the Delightful Dijon color.  This was not one of my favorite colors when I saw it by itself and I thought for sure it would be my hardest color to work with…. NOPE!  Turns out it is a great color when mixed with neutrals and even some bright pops of color!

For example, my favorite card I made for the boards using the new Swirly Bird stamp set:

Or even as a base with Gold Foil and Mint Macaron.  And yes, that splatter is from the Swirly Bird set too along with the boat!  Great set, huh?

And I couldn’t stop playing with gold and Delightful Dijon.  Check out how well they go together when paired with the Mini Treat Bag:


And finally, the scrapbook layout that I promised my mom I’d do. 🙂  I needed to finish up scrapbook layouts for the boards and I was with my mom at the Mt. Vernon Tulip Festival.  I thought the tulips would make a great background for a photo and since she is a demonstrator and would be with me at OnStage in April, I had her pose with me in a photo and promised I’d scrap it as one of my display projects.  I totally wish I had gotten a photo of it up on the boards with me and mom there.  Such a fun little touch of personalization for an awesome trip to Salt Lake City!

I used the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for my accents and some of the In Color designer paper stack.  Keeping it simple, was a perfect way to highlight the photo and the compact size is great for combining with your Project Life layouts in one of the 6×8 albums!

So, see… even though colors that don’t seem as great on their own, often turn out awesome when you put them together with other colors.  Stick with the color families (so like the Stampin’ Up Brights, Regals, Subtles, etc) and you can be sure that the color tones and coordination will be great!

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Beautiful Botanicals For You–It’s Not Just Flowers!

Alright people, we are at T-minus 2 DAYS of Sale-a-Bration!  Did you get your order in?  If not, let me share with you some more ideas from another of one of the free Sale-a-Bration items you could choose before the month is out!

Today I’m featuring the Botanicals For You stamp set


The name makes you think it is all about flowers, but it is because it matches some of the Botanicals Suite products in the Occasions Catalog.  I just love the big “Just For You” and so created a couple cards with it that I just love:

Fun with Color – Botanicals For You Card

This was one of the cards we did in Stamp Club this month

This was a fun card to pull together.  I used a bunch of my favorite products… but even more fun was playing with color!  I used the 2015-2017 In Colors to pull together my card.  The big letters on the Just for You is perfect for coloring with your markers.  So I used Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, and Delightful Dijon as my focus colors here.  Don’t they look awesome together?

Then I used the fun follow on sentiment and created a banner to go along the bottom of the card… because, really, people need to hear they are awesome more often don’t you think?

I stamped the flower in Watermelon Wonder and cut it out and it is hard to see, but used some of the Gold Wink of Stella in the middle for a little bit of shine and color.

And what are we thinking of the Brick Wall embossing folder as the background?  I used it for texture along the back of the card… I kind of like it in Mint!  Smile  Then add a hint of the Watermelon Wonder satin ribbon… seriously the BEST ribbon in the Occasions Catalog!

And don’t forget the finishing touch of the Mint Macaron/Black Baker’s Twine from the combo pack!  Tie it in the crease of your card for the just right final touch!

Keep it Simple – Emboss Resist Botanicals For You

Now, if you want to keep it really simple, I have one more option for you…. this sweet and simple emboss resist card.

All you have to do is stamp your sentiment in Versamark and then heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Sponge your favorite color over the top with the yellow Stampin’ Sponges and and the color won’t stick to your words but will make them really POP!

Layer on coordinating cardstock and then pop up on Stampin’ Dimensionals over your favorite ribbon and/or twine… love that gold baker’s twine!  And you are done!

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A Color Blocking LOVE Card with Layered Letters Alphabet Stamps

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always seemed to have at least one alphabet stamp set lying around my craft room…like for years, the stamp set may alternate but I’ve always had at LEAST one set.  I always told myself they would be great for scrapbooking or for custom words on cards…and I’ve used them once or twice, but most of the time I glossed right past them in favor of a sentiment from other stamp sets.  So, when Layered Letters came out and I loved the font, I knew to be skeptical if I would actually use it.

But turns out, I have been having a blast with it and get this – have ACTUALLY MADE CARDS with it! Smile  I know, crazy, right?  Here is one of the cards I created:

Tips for making this card:

  • One of the cool things about the Layered Letters stamp set is that it comes with an oval stamp and a rectangle stamp that perfectly fit behind all the letters.
  • Letters don’t have to be in a line, stack them together to make a block!
  • Use different colors from the same color family (these are the 2015-2017 Stampin’ Up In Colors) for the stamped backgrounds.
  • Compliment it even more by creating a background for your card using the same colors in blocks;, just switch up the positions.
  • Dimensions for the card background:
    – Card base – 4 1/4” x 8 1/2” folded in half
    – Color blocks – 2”x2” squares in 4 colors
  • Add a touch of flair by adding a couple banners, punched perfectly by using the Banner Triple Punch!  Make a 1” banner and a 1 1/2” banner and layer the little one centered over the larger banner.

What do you think?  Fun alphabet or what? Hopefully this gives you some ideas for using your alphabets or just seeing how this one is full of possibilities!

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Clean and Simple Hi Card with the Awesome Layered Letters

I don’t know about where you are in the US but up here in the far Northwest, we are trying not to melt!  We have been hit with a week of 85+ degree weather… which wouldn’t be too bad except none of the houses here have AC!  And I’ve spent the last 2 days outside in my Garage running my Craft Garage sale. Smile   But now today I get to stay inside in our basement and cool off and craft, craft, craft!  I’ll be making all the samples for my Fun Folds Technique class on Tuesday & the Playing with Color – Meet the In Color class on 7/7!

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But for today, I have a card to share that is one of my favorites using the new Layered Letters alphabet stamp set…. check it out:

This card is so easy to do and has a totally fun vibe to it!  Here are some tips for making it at home:

Tips for making this card:

  • The new Layered Letters stamp set is one of the Photopolymer cling sets.  The nice thing is that the letters are really closely cut, so you can place both the “H” and the “I” on the block at the same time and have normal spacing! 
  • When you put the “H” and “I” on your block at the same time, stamp your Watermelon Wonder (red colored) Hi first, then clean off your stamps and then start inking with Smoky Slate and then just stamp in rows starting with the “Hi” to the left and to the right of your red “Hi”
  • Stamp on a slightly smaller than your card front piece of Whisper White cardstock (this was 3 3/4” x 5” paper)
  • Stamp any extra words, like the “there” onto a contrasting cardstock color like this Delightful Dijon cardstock.  Make your own custom words to you can say exactly what you want by using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp for that extra word – you get 13 letters, numbers, spaces, or symbols to work with!

  • I added a little rhinestone for just a little touch of sparkle…always have to have a little sparkle!
  • Pop your stamped layer up on Stampin’ Dimensionals before adhering to your card and you are good to go!

Ok, now I’m off to stamp!  I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun ideas… specifically, I’m going to try to come up with some great ideas you can use if you decide to take advantage of the TWO Free Stamps when you get the Starter Kit deal!  So you can get an idea for all the awesomeness you can get in your starter kit PLUS what you can make with those goodies!


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Sending off Mixed Bunch and the Modern Label Punch with a Blue Bokeh Card

Every year I have one item on the Stampin’ Up retiring list that I can’t believe is going away.  This year, I can’t believe the Modern Label punch is retiring!  Especially since it goes so awesomely with the Word Window punch!  I guess that just means I have to enjoy it now (and hang on to mine and keep loving it after they stop making it too. Smile)

Today I wanted to share another Bokeh card we did in my technique class.  I think I’ve decided I love mixing in colored circles with my white circles when doing the Bokeh technique.  What do you think?

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Tips for making this card:

  • Start with a piece of vellum and some circle punches – I used the 1”, 1-1/4”, and 1-3/8” circles and punch out a template to use for layering.
  • Randomly sponge the background with your favorite color combination
    (this was Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, and Hello Honey)
  • Use your circle template to layer colored and WHITE craft ink circles on top of your background.  It looks best if you overlap your circles.
  • Keep it interesting by adding a punched flower, but trim some of the edges so it fits to colored layer (kind of makes it look like it is behind a window or something, huh?)
  • The Venetian Crochet trim is a nice, soft addition to cards without being too girly because of it’s thin size.

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Quick and Easy Card with a Little Help From My Blendabilities

Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, we are sharing some quick and easy cards for you.  So, I thought I’d share one of the cards I created for my Stamp Club this fall.

I kept it quick to go together thanks to my handy Big Shot and the Scalloped Tag Topper punch, so that we could focus on playing with the Blendabilities!

Tips for making this card

  • By using an embossing folder for your contrasting color of paper, it keeps your simple card interesting to look at without overwhelming the stamped image.
  • Dimensions for this card:
    Hello Honey cardstock – 8.5” x 5.5” folded in half
    Lost Lagoon cardstock – 5.5” x 1.75”, which is just right for two rows of the large polka dots on the Large Polka Dot Embossing folder
    Whisper White cardstock – 4.25” x 2”
  • Cut a piece of the Mossy Meadow ribbon and hold it in place by stapling it to the top of the tag
  • The flower images from the Bloom with Hope hostess stamp set are perfect for coloring with Blendabilities.  In this case, we use the Night of Navy trio!  Who knew the dark sounding color could be so light and pretty when you stick with the lightest color marker for most of your image?!

Just a small amount of stamping, a little embossing, and a little coloring and you have a pretty card that is perfect for any occasion.

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Amazing Birthday Thank You Card–Display Board Sample

I’m back!  Display Board Stamper logoI made it home from the 2014 Stampin’ Up convention and had a great time.  As I mentioned before, I was honored to be invited to create samples for the display boards this year.  Everyone coming to convention received 3 stamp sets – Amazing Birthday, Kinda Eclectic, and Seasonally Scattered (coming soon in the 2014 Holiday Catalog).  So, as display stampers, we received our sets early and were asked to make 8 projects for each stamp set.  I will admit, this was an intimidating task, especially when I learned the caliber of stampers who were joining me with creating for the boards.  I eventually decided to just think of it as “they will make the stunning over the top cards and I’ll make the simpler card class versions” Winking smile.

I wasn’t allowed to post or share my samples until after Convention, so here we are and I’m excited to start sharing with you!

Thank You card with Amazing Birthday

When I first saw this stamp set, I kept thinking I needed to make birthday cards.  But then it hit me, there is this sentiment that doesn’t need to be birthday at all!  So, I started pulling different colors and stamped images together to create this card.

But you want to know the best part?  I mailed this card in to Stampin’ Up in the beginning of June (so they could get the Display Boards together in time) and then on the last day of convention, Shelli Gardner showed this card during her main stage presentation!

Sure they aren’t exactly the same, but my the similarities are there!  It made me feel extra proud of my card that I could have had a little moment where my design idea overlapped with the creative inspiration from the head of Stampin’ Up!

In both cases, we used the striped banner stamp to form a layer between the Starburst pieces – hers pointed out and mine pointed in (you can’t see the banner tips because they are under the Pumpkin Pie starburst.  Plus that super fun Surprise circle for our center element.  With everything popped up on dimensionals of course!

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Also, many of the Display Board stampers are sharing their convention projects up on a Convention 2014 Display Board Stampers board on Pinterest.  So, watch that board for lots more great ideas over the next month or two!

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