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Our friend Tracy was kind enough to let Steve stay at her house on his latest trip to Massachusetts, so of course I had to send her a nice pack of cards as a thank you! I made a few different ones, that I will show you over the next few days. This first one is my favorite. Tracy brews her own beer, so I knew I had to make her one with this set. It uses the ultra-cool Movers and Shapers Die which lets you cut a window in the card. There a variety of different shapes you can cut with it. I used the Curly Label one for this. The hole is just a smidge bigger than the Curly Label Punch, so you can fit a punched piece in the window, and use the part that gets cut out with the die to matte it! Here’s the front of the card:

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And here’s what it looks like when you open it up:

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Stamps: Cheers to You
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Whisper White
Other: Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die, Curly Label Punch

Don’t forget about Stampin’ Up’s new Clearance Rack! Visit my Demonstrator Website, click on Shop Now and then Clearance Rack to see what’s on sale!

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Or rather, who doesn’t love a sale? Exciting news from Stampin’ Up this morning! There is now a Clearance Rack Section to the online store! It includes a variety of items — ribbon, paper, rub-ons, chipboard, and more — all at deep discounts. Amazing stuff at amazing prices! How do you get there?

But remember, items are only available while supplies last, and all purchases are final. The good news? You can combine this order with any other Stampin’ Up products and if it totals $150 or more you earn Stampin’ Rewards (otherwise known as Hostess Benefits!) Questions? Contact me.

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Fall Medallion

This week’s Pals Paper Arts Challenge is an Inspiration Challenge which means you look at a certain picture and create whatever it inspires you to do. They chose a beautiful fall picture from pottery barn.

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To me, this speaks of Fall in an elegant way. I love the colors together! So inspired by this I decided to make an elegant fall card. Here is what I came up with:

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Stamps: Medallion
Ink: More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Really Rust
Paper: More Mustard, Always Artichoke,Very Vanilla
Other: Always Artichoke 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Fresh Favorites Button (Always Artichoke)

To create the multi-colored stamped image, I first inked up the medallion stamp with More Mustard. Then I used my sponge daubers to add Always Artichoke and Really Rust to it.  I love how it came out! I threaded a tiny sliver of More Mustard card stock through the button to finish it off.

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One of the exciting new products in Stampin’ Up’s Holiday Mini Catalog are these cute little Sweet Treat Cups. They are clear plastic cups that can hold a variety of items, like candy, button, confetti, and more. I’ve been wanting to use them for a while now, and when I saw today’s sketch challenge on Stamping 411, I knew this would be the perfect time. How perfect is that circle for the Sweat Treats Cup?

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On our drive across the country we stopped at M&M World in Las Vegas. They have M&Ms there in a wide variety of colors, and Eve had fun picking out some great colors. I decided to use some of her great colors, with her permission of course. I had thought these M&Ms were Pretty in Pink, and I was going to use the Tea Party DSP, but it turns out they are closer to Orchid Opulence, so I used the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper instead. Love that paper! Here is what I came up with:

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Stamps: Sweet Centers, Teeny Tiny Words
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Accessories: Old Olive 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Sweet Treats Cup, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch

The petals are made from the petal stamp in the Sweet Centers stamp set. It is an odd little shape, until you realize that it is a petal! It takes 8 of them to go around the circle. The 1 3/4″ Circle Punch makes a hole of the exact right size. Because I did not want to waste the chocolate, or have someone destroy the card to get to it, I used Becky Robert’s tip of creating a sliding panel to get it out. Pulling the Old Olive Ribbon tab on the left slides out a piece of cardstock and allows access to the M&Ms through the inside. Yum!

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Quilting? Yes, quilting! As I have mentioned before, the Big Shot Bigz Dies cut a wide variety of materials. One of the things it cuts is fabric. And what better to do with pieces of fabric then to make them into a quilt! At Stampin’ Up’s recent Founders Circle trip, the demonstrators there were treated to a view of Jill Olson’s amazing Big Shot Quilts. While I was not on the trip, the wonderful Stella MacKay was, and she has given me permission to share these pictures with you!

This first quilt appears to be made with pieces from the scallop square die.

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How beautiful are these? And think of the time quilters can save when they cut out the fabric with their Big Shots!

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This was made with the pieces from the 3D 5 pointed star die.

Quilt3This is made with the same die, but with the points turned in towards the middle.

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And one more beautiful quilt.

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If you would like to see the Big Shot in action, contact me! I’d love to set up a demonstration.

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How cute is this growth chart?  I wish I could show you mine, but unfortunately it is still in its cardboard tube, as I have not had time to put it up yet.  I will be putting it on a full-length mirror, so that it can move with us!

This fabulous Decor Elements Growth Chart is only available until September 30, 2009. The colors are Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Taken with Teal. It is $24.95 and comes with a free Decor Elements applicator. Contact me to order yours today, or shop online 24/7!

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First Day of Fall

Happy first day of fall! It sure doesn’t feel like it here in Southern California, where the weather was still in the high 80s, but that’s what the calendar says! This is another card that the 4th graders will be making on their service learning field trip to the Jewish Home for the Aging. The main image is stamped in Chocolate Chip and colored in with Earth Elements Stampin’ Write Markers. The sentiment is from the Level 1 Hostess set, Holiday Best.

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Stamps: Harvest Home, Holiday Best
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Earth Elements Stampin’ Write Markers (Really Rust, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa)
Paper: Really Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Other: 5/8″ Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge Daubers

I’m really looking forward to this field trip! For more about Brentwood School’s Service Learning program, see their web page.

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