Gorgeous and simple birthday

This is another simple card from my Colonial House stamp camp.  I love our Thursday afternoon together!  We have a lot of laughs — maybe a serious moment or two — and stamp a couple of cards.

There are sometimes physical limitations that come into play, so I try to design the cards without tiny details.

But this leaf from Happy Birthday Gorgeous is really tiny!  Using Clear Block A makes sense because there is less chance to ink the block (and not just the stamp) and get stray ink on the card front.

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Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?

Kathleen Kelly thought so, and it’s hard to argue with her opinion.

That big, beautiful daisy in Daisy Delight really steals the scene, doesn’t it?  Add the stunning Designer Series Paper, and the smaller images in this set barely stand a chance.  I decided to give them some love with this easy (no Big Shot!) card:

I don’t think sympathy cards have to be grim, do you?  This one is ready to go, should the need arise, with the addition of the beautiful sentiment from Flourishing Phrases.

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I Like You

Funny thing about this June camp card:  several people omitted the sentiment on the front.

We laughed about the significance of that!

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When you travel with a stamper

My stampin’ buddy Jennifer Taylor shared the Thailand adventure with me last week.  We met six years ago at a Stampin’ Up! leadership meeting in Nashville and often see each other at regional events.  Cyberly, there can be an awful lot of messaging back and forth!

Despite our age difference (someone last week thought we were mother and daughter, ahem) and living in different areas of the country, we have a lot in common — including the love of stamping!

This was one of her pillow gifts to me — a little ring notebook made of pages cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits. Not only was the front customized using the Labeler Alphabet set, but the pages had the dates stamped on them to keep memories and notes organized.  I’ll include a small picture on some pages.

The perfect keepsake of our trip!

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Splash of Inkspiration registration closes Monday!

I am so looking forward to the first Splash of Inkspiration of 2017!

Saturday, July 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. to noon
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creston, IL

It’s all about the stamping at Splash of Inkspiration — you’ll make 8 cards (two of four designs) in just a few hours.  Then go and enjoy the rest of day (and ask my recommendations for great places to eat).

Of course, there’s more!  Download a pdf with registration form, or register online here.

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More lemon ideas!

Ideas, yes, but they have nothing to do with stamping!

One of my favorite bloggers, Ann Drake of On Sutton Place, published a post some time ago with ideas for decorating, cooking, and even skin care using lemons.  My mouth is watering — check out her fresh lemon ideas from the kitchen here!

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A big lemon-lime hooray!

I never have gotten all my OnStage display projects posted here, so I thought this would be the perfect time to show you this one — in keeping with the citrus theme this week!

So many products used on this card retired at the end of the 2016-2017 catalog, but the takeaway from this card is how to use Lemon Lime Twist.  Some stampers find this 2017-2019 In Color a bit jarring; I don’t share that opinion, but notice how interesting it is when tempered with Smoky Slate and Basic Gray.  Now it’s sophistication with a bite!

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I love lemons — color, aroma, taste (sweetened, please), and just the way they look!  So although the Lemon Zest bundle was not at the top of my wish list, it didn’t take long to move up.

I used the card on page 90 of the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog for my inspiration, mostly changing the colors.  Just that bit of Lemon Lime Twist has great impact!

I used the gorgeous new Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions folder on the banner.  IMO, this is an essential embossing folder to own!  Remember that because the Dynamic folders are thicker, you’ll only use one cutting pad in your sandwich (on top of the folder) and you should insert it fold-first into your Big Shot.

The Lemon Builder Punch, available as a bundle with the stamp set, is used to punch the lemon and two different shaped leaves.  Because all three are punched at the same time, you must plan how you’ll insert the stamped paper into the punch — you don’t want to punch through a stamped image!

I had plenty of practice with the punch, as this is my swap card for Thailand achievers.  That was 130 leaves!  I hope the 26 recipients love it, and I can hardly wait to see what I get in return.

Come back for more citrus goodness this week!

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A beautiful thing

The featured set for the upcoming Splash of Inkspiration is the new Colorful Seasons.  Are you registered for this event on Saturday, July 29?  Read more about it here.

There’s a lot going on in the Color Theory Suite, on page 146-147, and it may be a little confusing to sort out the images in this set.  I used the bundle on this card for the Host Appreciation event early last month:

The branch and Flamingo flowers were die cut, the other flowers and sentiment were stamped.

It’s so easy to make a beautiful card with this set!  I hope you’ll join us for the Splash of Inkspiration at the end of the month and enjoy some Colorful Seasons creations!

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A winter sweater

What am I — nuts?  It’s been hot and humid in Illinois and I’m headed to similar weather in Thailand.  So what’s with the sweater?

The other evening my right-hand stamper, Elizabeth, and I were finalizing the designs for Splash of Inkspiration on July 29.  True to the featured stamp set, Colorful Seasons, participants will be making a pair of one card design for each of the seasons.

This is not one of them.

But as we were messing around (and it was a mess!), I had an idea to make something like a Christmas sweater.  Not the ugly ones, but something more classy.  This is the result.  Even though Elizabeth die cut lots of snowflakes, I used just this one, in both its positive and negative forms.

The Metal Rimmed Pearl is a really lovely embellishment, but if this was going through the mail, I’d replace it with a small punched circle of Glimmer Paper, to match the bands along the cable knit strip.

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