Creativity is for Everyone

 Creativity “I’m not creative”. How many times have you heard someone say that? Yet, is it really true? The Creative Process When someone makes that statement in reference to card-making, to me it means “I have not had the chance to play and explore enough to feel confident in using the products available and coming up with my own designs”. Did you make your first card or your first art project completely on your own, with no instructions, and with materials you had never used before? If you did, were you overjoyed with the way it turned out? The Learning…

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Stampin’ Up! Another Side to Best Year Ever!

In the past few days I’ve shown a couple of cards with one sheet of paper from the Best Year Ever package, available as a FREE ITEM when your Stampin’ Up! order reaches $50 (before tax & shipping). Today I’m excited to show you the reverse side of this paper used to create two easy cards. Here’s the first one: This card is very quick and I love the bokeh effect on this paper! Cut an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Coastal Cabana card stock into two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card bases. We’ll use one for this card, and one…

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Versatile Best Year Ever Paper

Tonight is a frigid night here in Wisconsin, so I’m at home playing! As promised in my last post, I have two more samples using the 3″x 3″ squares that we cut from a 3″x 12″ piece of the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. Happy Birthday Card: Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base from Crushed Curry cardstock Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock Cut a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Soft Suede cardstock Adhere the whisper white piece to the card base with Snail, or your favorite adhesive. Adhere the Best Ever DSP 3″…

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Big News Birthday

Birthday cards seem to be the cards I need most often, so I like to keep a variety on hand. Today’s card is an easy (less than 10 minute) card for the Song of My Heart Christmas party Shoe Box Swap. If you’re not familiar with shoe box swaps, basically each person who is attending designs a card and cuts a set of all the pieces for each person who is attending and puts them in a shoebox or other container. Then they add the stamp set, any ribbon, embellishments,  a glass block, punches, ink pads, etc. to the box…

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Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 5

If you’ve just joined this series of Everyday Occasions cards, you can see the 16 cards created from this kit in my previous four posts, beginning Monday, August 18th. Wow! 16 cards PLUS the 10 cards made in the workshop, for 26 cards total, and I STILL have stuff left. If you’re ready for more, I have the last four cards for you! Card #17: Since I send a lot of birthday cards, I was inspired to make one using the Gumball Green, Pool Party, and Whisper White color scheme from the sample brochure. The Whisper White card stock measures 3”…

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Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 4

After the workshop I mentioned on Day 1 of this series, I had 10 card bases left. I made three additional 3”x3” thank you cards to complete the set of 4 small cards yesterday, so now I only have one of the original card bases left. BUT I still have LOTS of tags & embellishments! First I’ll share the last card I made from the kit card bases: Card #13: This one is very similar to the sample, but I exchanged a glimmer paper circle for the scalloped circle and added a silver glimmer heart. Whew! 13 cards done, and I…

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Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 2

Don’t forget to check the great weekly deals available this week! The links are in the sidebar, or just click the Shop Now button to go to my online store and select Weekly Deals. Yesterday I shared the first four cards I created with the Everyday Occasions kit after my last workshop. Today I have four more for you:   Card #5: On this card, I simply added an arrow clip to the top of the tag. Since my tag is larger than the sample, the top looked “naked”, so the clip added that extra ‘sumpin’.   Card #6: No…

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PPA211 Color Challenge

This week there’s another color challenge at the Pals Paper Arts – PPA211! Here is the pretty color combo for the challenge and my card :   The inspiration for my creation was this beautiful card by Lynn on Pinterest. I liked the central butterfly image and the colored square layered on an embossed piece of whisper white card stock, so I started with those, but chose to incorporate more Daffodil Delight in my design. I love bright yellow, whether it’s in my garden, on a card, or on my kitchen walls! The butterfly was stamped in Night of Navy on…

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Celebrate in June with PPA209!

At our house, June is jam-packed with birthdays, accompanied by an occasional anniversary or graduation celebration or two….or three. Oh, and don’t forget Father’s Day is thrown in there too! All these special occasions have put a serious dent in my card supply! To remedy that I decided to participate in my first PPA card challenge… Here is the card I created: Nicole’s sketch for the challenge: As you can see, I pretty much stuck to the sketch (love it!). I usually tend to center most of the elements on my card, so it was fun to mix it up a little by…

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Retired, Retiring Soon, and Still Here!

It’s that time of year when Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are moving out the old to make room for the new catalog and all its glorious new products! I always feel like I haven’t had quite enough time to play with some of my “old” stamps, paper and accessories, so today’s card is a mash-up of old, not-so-old, and current items. Feel free to substitute what you have in YOUR stash and join me in making a cheerful birthday card. The watercolor wonder paper creates the base of the color scheme with its variations of oranges and yellows, so I carried those…

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Cheery Pink Blossoms

  This week has been all about forgetting winter and anticipating spring! Pick up your favorite floral stamp set and start encouraging those blossoms to spring forth! It’s not too late to get this darling Petite Petals bundle in wood (134821) or clear mount (134822) with the coordinating Petite Petals Punch from my online store to create your own springtime bouquet. Whose day will you brighten today? Product List Itty Bitty Banners Clear-Mount Stamp Set Petite Petals [clear] Sweetheart clear Gumball Green Classic Stampin’ Pad Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Pad Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper Pink Pirouette…

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Birthday Petals

When I think of warmer weather (and who doesn’t dream of warmer weather with the unpredictable winter we’ve had!), the first thing that comes to mind is that my favorite spring flowers will be popping up through the snow, hopefully soon. Since the weather is still snowy/rainy here and the flowers haven’t popped yet, I soothed my spring longing by creating a bright and cheery birthday card. What will you be creating while you’re waiting for temperatures to rise to higher digits? Ready to make your own spring flowers? Click on any link in the list below for more information on…

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Happenings Simply Created Kits

You can create quick and easy cards using the Stampin’ Up! Happenings Simply Created Kit. It comes with the die cuts, card bases, and envelopes. You just need to add a stamp set, ink and adhesive to get started. Includes pieces for making 15 cards: 15 card bases; 15 envelopes; 15 sheets of single-sided, printed designer paper backgrounds, 5 ea. of 3 designs; 15 die-cut accents, 5 ea. of 3 designs; 15 Silver Glitter banners; 15 White banners; 15 pieces of Baker’s Twine, 10″ ea.; 15 buttons. Finished card size: 3-1/2″ x 5″. Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Strawberry…

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Sweet Yummy Birthday

Lots of family birthdays coming up this summer, so here’s an easy sweet birthday card using one of my favorite color combinations: pool party and regal rose. Stamps: Easy Events (123225-retiring soon!) Paper: Whisper White (100730), Regal Rose (126947), Specialty Sweet Shop DSP(Ret), watercolor paper (122959) Ink: Black Stazon (101406) Other: Pool Party, Regal Rose and Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Markers, Dazzling Details (124117), Perfect Polka Dots EF (117335), Pool Party Sycamore Street 1/4″ ribbon (ret), 2-3/8″ scallop circle punch (118874), window framelits (129021)

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Caught By the Tide

I was fishin’ around in my stamp room the other day, and here’s what I caught: This cute little fish is stamped in soft suede ink on tangerine tango cardstock. The coral was stamped in versamark and heat embossed with sugar & spice embossing powder – LOL – I can smell him across the room, but he doesn’t smell very fishy! Stamps: By the Tide(129120), Happiest Birthday Wishes(ret) Ink: Tangerine Tango (126946), Soft Suede (115657) Paper: River Rock (108640), Soft Suede(115318), Naturals Ivory(101849), Tangerine Tango(111349) Other: Tangerine Tango button, calypso coral baker’s twine (125573), retired DSP, ovals framelits (129381)

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