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I was excited to have a chance to do the Stampin’ Addicts Color Challenge today. It is a stunning group of colors that I never would have thought to put together — Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Brushed Gold, and Black. As I was trying to decide what to do with the gold in particular, I remembered that my friend Paula had heat embossed some butterflies (from Great Friend) in both gold and silver and they looked stunning. So I thought that I would try that too! I also broke out the new Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This has a beautiful embossed images in the lower right hand corner. I decided that I wanted a little more embossing, so I flipped it around and ran it through again. It wasn’t quite the same impression the second time. I think I need to play with this idea a little more.

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Stamps: Great Friend
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Brushed Gold, Basic Black
Accessories: Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (turned upside down so the polka dots don’t show)

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Eve has been doing a lot of stamping with me this summer. It’s a great way to spend time together, especially with all of the rain we have been having. I am happy to share three of her latest creations with you. (Eve is my 6-year-old daughter, for those of you that may not know, who has been stamping with me since she was two.)

This first card is of Eve and me together, with our dog Biscuit.

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Stamps: All in the Family, Neighborhood Jumbo Wheel
Ink: StazOn Black, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils

This second card is Eve’s presentation of all of the new In Colors. She wanted to include them all on one card to make them easier to show people.

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Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Eve just got her ears pierced, and this final card is a representation of her starter earrings. She picked the Crystal Rainbow Daisy, which you can see at the bottom of this list. (She got it done at Claire’s. They were great!)

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Stamps: Pick a Petal
Ink: Pixie Pink, Ballet Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Basic Black
Paper: Pixie Pink, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin’ Write Markers

Pretty accurate, huh? I highly recommend stamping with your children! It’s a great way to spend time together!

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My best friend from high school just had a baby, a second little boy. I wanted to make her something to celebrate his arrival, so I thought it would be a perfect time to try the Top Note Wallet. There is a great video tutorial for this on Stampin’ Addicts. Here is what the outside looks like:

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Stamps: All in the Family, All in the Family Accessories
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Accessories: Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Soft Subtle Brads (Certainly Celery), Top Note Bigz Die

The inside uses two 3″ x 3″ envelopes to hold pictures. There is a spot for each of the boys.

CIMG8197Stamps: All in the Family, All in the Family Accessories
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Accessories:
Top Note Bigz Die, Square Mini Envelopes

Of course, I also had to make a matching card. I used Lauren Meader’s Baby Onesie Card design.

CIMG8269Stamps: All in the Family
Ink: Bashful Blue
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Soft Subtle Brads (Certainly Celery)

Congratulations to Nancy, Greg, & Finn on the arrival of Silas! Miss you!

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When I saw this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with that big circle — use my scallop circle die to make it into a big flower!

Mojo97SketchI really like the summery bright yellow of the new Crushed Curry, so I used again for this week’s Mojo Monday, even though I used the same paper last week. This time I paired it with Chocolate Chip, which makes the color “pop” more than it did with the Soft Suede. To make the flower, I die cut the bigger scallop from the Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die. Then I glued on  a 1 3/4″ Chocolate Chip circle. I cut in between each of the scallops, not quite to the circle. Then I fluffed up the “petals” with my fingers to make it look like a flower.  I’m really pleased with how it came out!

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Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry Designer Series Prints Pack
Accessories: Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1/16″ Hole Punch, Paper Snips

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Stampin’ Up just announced their final Deal of the Week for July. Whoo-hoo! Another punch on sale! I love this punch! This a fantastic punch! I used it last Valentine’s Day over and over. And for only $10.99, how can you go wrong?

heartYou can take a look at a few of the projects I used it on. Also, it coordinates perfectly with the three hearted stamp in the Love You Much stamp set. This deal is good through July 31st. Shop now or contact me to place your order today.

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We’ve been having a great time this summer, hanging out at the lake, fishing, roasting marshmallows, and eating S’mores. When I saw this sketch on the Stamping 411 challenge, I knew just what stamp set I was going to pull out!

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I grabbed my Under the Stars set, with its matching Skeeter wheel, and went to work to create a card that reflect both the good and bad parts of the summer. (S’mores = good, mosquitos = bad) Here’s a helpful fishing tip for you. Fish like marshmallows too! We caught more fish with strawberry marshmallows than any other bait! Go figure!

smoresStamps: Under the Stars, Skeeter Wheel
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Earth Elements Brads (Old Olive)

Be sure and stop back tomorrow to see what the next Stampin’ Up Deal of the Week is!

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Summer Fun!

I had such a great day today, hanging out at the lake with good friends, that I just have to post a fabulous summer card. How yummy does this drink look? This was a really fun card to make and to send. It can be used for birthdays or many different occasions, just by changing the sentiment at the top.

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Stamps: Cheers to You, Tart & Tangy, Heard from the Heart
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun, Black StazOn
Paper: Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aqua Painter, Horizontal Slot Punch

Thanks to Michele Force for the original design.

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