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My little brother is getting married this fall, and I am so so so excited to be gaining a fabulous new sister-in-law!  Welcome to the family, Ashley!  This past weekend some of their friends pulled off a surprise shower for them – what fun!  Too bad the shower was in Pennsylvania and I live in Alabama.  It was just too far for a weekend trip, and I had to mail my gift and card.

Since all my wedding shower-specific stamps are kind of girly, I pulled out my owl punch and the same colors of cardstock used for their wedding invitations:

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  A Word For You, Betsy’s Blossoms
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade (Stampin’ Write Markers)
  • Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, and some leftover scraps of DSP from a retired Simply Scrappin’ kit.  Plus a tiny scrap of Pumpkin Pie for the beaks.
  • Tools and Accessories:  Owl Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearls Basic Jewels

Tip: I positioned the owls on the branches BEFORE I adhered their eyes.  That way it was easier to make sure the owls really appear to be looking at each other.  When I have tried to guess where the eyes should go before placing the owls on a page, they sometimes end up looking kind of cross-eyed (or just crazy-eyed!)  Liquid adhesive in very sparing amounts and a nice sharp tool like a paper piercer to gently scoot the tiny pieces in place help make this process easier.

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A Cup of Tea

In our world today it is so easy to keep in touch with friends via facebook – what a treat it is to see pictures of my high school friends’ children growing up and my college roommate’s adventures abroad!  I just love it.  Facebook connections are a little superficial, though – for some reason I am feeling particularly out of touch with a few old friends lately.  Sure we are facebook friends and follow each other’s blogs, but it’s just not the same type of personal connection that we used to have.   Example:  some dear friends of ours (as in, this guy was the best man at our wedding) just had a baby last week and I realized I did not have their current mailing address to send them a card and gift and had to ask for it.  This is someone who my husband and I used to spend hours a day hanging out with, and it was a shock to realize that I had no idea where he even lives now.

I’d love to keep in better touch with my friends, and a great way to do that for friends who do not live close by is to send a card not for a birthday or holiday, but just to say hi.  Here is a great example of a card that you’d send to a friend “just because”.  It is yet another of my swaps that I received last month – this one was created by Patti Keitzma.  Great job, Patti, I love it!

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Tea Shoppe
  • Ink: Elegant Eggplant
  • Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Elegant Lines embossing folder, Elegant Eggplant 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Color Spritzer tool with Elegant Eggplant Stampin’ Write Marker

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Boy, I’d love to be by the seashore right now!  We are more than halfway through summer vacation, counting down the days until we will find out which kindergarten teacher my daughter has been assigned to for the upcoming school year.  I can’t believe back to school sales have already started, I have been couponing for crayons, scissors, glue sticks, construction paper, you name it!  But I am still savoring our last month of lazy summer days for sure.

I love this card (which was yet another of my swaps that I received last month) – the use of the new chevron embossing folder is lovely!  You could use this basic design and just swap out the stamped image and the cardstock/ink color for an infinite variety of great, simple, but impressive cards.

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  By The Seashore, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Ink:  Calypso Coral, Basic Black
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Naturals Vanilla, Calypso Coral
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Chevron embossing folder, Word Window punch, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon

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Yet another swap from last month – I just love this one, it is really my style!  I love the simplicity of it, but the embossing and framelits really provide a nice setting for those little baby feet.

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Baby Prints, A Word For You
  • Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and Labels Framelits, Pretty in Pink 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon

 

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Get Well Owl

Here is another swap I received last month – I chose this one today because it seems like a BUNCH of people I know are coming down with random illnesses.  I love (LOVE) my owl punch and I’m totally motivated to go make a cute little nurse owl now for someone special who’s feeling under the weather!  Several of the products used in this card are retired now, but it just gives you a great idea of what kinds of things you can do by embellishing that cute little owl.

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Materials:

  • Stamp Set: Word Play
  • Ink: Real Red, Basic Gray (Stampin’ Write Markers)
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Patterns Stack DSP (Real Red)
  • Tool and Accessories:  Owl Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Round Tab punch (retired), Real Red 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon (retired, but you could just use the new 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon which is similar but even cuter)

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Yesterday I explained how card swaps are a GREAT way to get new ideas…the one I participated in last month gave me nearly 40 new ideas!!  My own swap used the Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set, and I received two others using that same stamp set:

Card by Annette Takko, Columbia TN

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Itty Bitty Banners
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy
  • Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Dazzling Details

Card by Charity Wright

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Betsy’s Blossoms, A Word For You
  • Ink:  Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green
  • Cardstock:  Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  3/8″ Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, sponge dauber

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Swaps Galore

One of my favorite things about the Stampin’ Up! community is sharing ideas.  We have a great term for this free exchange of ideas:  CASE (Copy and Share Everything).  With all the galleries I have access to online where really generous people share their beautiful projects, I can always “borrow” ideas and find a lot more uses for a particular stamp set or die cut shape than I would think of by myself!  I was an engineer in my pre-stamping life and while I am REALLY good at looking at a card or 3D paper item and figuring out how to replicate it without directions, I do not consider myself all that creative in terms of designing things from scratch.  I have much more success looking at other ideas and changing out colors or sentiments, or even combining two or three different designs.  Good thing everyone shares a lot!  And YOU can feel free to borrow anything I share here…

One of the other great ways of sharing is a swap.  I participated in two swaps in June, one of which had about 40 other people participating, so I just came up with ONE card idea and made 40 copies of it, and in return I received 39 different cards from other people.  I have a huge stockpile of ideas to work from now – so much fun!  Here is my swap to start, and I will be posting the others over the next week or so.

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Betsy’s Blossoms, Curly Cute
  • Ink:  Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse
  • Cardstock:  Gumball Green, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Sponge Dauber, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Snips

You may notice that this is remarkably similar to a card I made a few weeks ago, but here I decided to concentrate on the new 2012-2014 In Colors, I love the look I got! Midnight Muse is a really beautiful color, can’t wait to use it more and more.

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