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I am honored to be a part of Operation Write Home‘s Veteran’s Day Blog Hop. Operation Write Home is a fabulous organization. They are a group of crafters from across America (and beyond!) who make handmade cards for deployed heroes so they can keep in touch with their loved ones at home! They serve all branches of the military in all deployed locations, including those stationed aboard ships. Please visit their home page for more information on supporting this wonderful cause.

As part of the blog hop, I will be showing you two cards today. The first is an “Any Hero” card. It is a thank you card that will be going to one of our service men or women, in appreciation of the sacrifices they are making for our country. I wanted to make a patriotic card, but since Eve was writing the message for the inside, I chose a design that reflected that. It is both patriotic and kid-like. (The great shape at the top is made by turning the Top Note die cut 90° and running it through the Big Shot a second time.)

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Stamps: Beary Best Friends, Beary Nice Wishes
Ink: StazOn Black, Night of Navy
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Jackpot Designer Series Paper (dress), Hostess Prints Pack Designer Series Paper (Night of Navy)
Other: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Top Note Bigz Die, Big Shot

Here is Eve’s note on the inside:

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The second card I have to share with you today is one of the blank Valentines that will be sent to the troops. so they have Valentines to send home to their loved ones. It may seem early for Valentines, but when you figure shipping time abroad and back, it’s not too early. I wanted to make something that was not “lumpy,” so it would be easy to mail, as well as something that would be appropriate for a man or women. This is what I came up with:

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Stamps: A Happy Heart
Ink: Real Red, Creamy Caramel
Paper: Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Jackpot Designer Series Paper
Other: Sponge Daubers

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on Operation Write Home‘s Veteran’s Day Blog Hop.

Your next stop is Cindy at Heart’s Delight Cards.

I can’t wait to see what she has made!

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This week’s challenge over at Pals Paper Arts is a theme challenge, with the theme being Gratitude and Thanks. As I was looking through my stamp sets trying to decide what to do with this theme, I realized that I hadn’t used Cheep Talk in quite a while. And since the weather has finally turned fall-like (here in Los Angeles that mean the low 70s…), I decided to use Cheep Talk with a fall color combo. I’m very happy with the way it came out!

CIMG8431Stamps: Cheep Talk
Ink: Stampin’ Write Markers in Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango
Paper: Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry Designer Prints Series Paper
Other: Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig

I just have to say again how happy I am that the Stampin’ Write Markers are available in the In Colors this year!

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K.I.S.S.

The Pals Paper Arts challenge this week was to Keep It Simple, Sweetie or K.I.S.S. (a much nicer version than what I have heard before!) Their suggested guidelines were:

  • Clean with lots of ‘white’ space
  • Simple Designs
  • Minimum time to create
  • Limited layers and embellishments

In general my cards are fairly clean and simple, so this wasn’t too much of a stretch. Finding the time to actually do it was a whole ‘nother story! But we only have time for that which we make time for! So I made the time. (Who really needs to sleep, anyway?) Here is my K.I.S.S. card. It uses one of my all time favorite sets that I haven’t used in a really long time! I took the colors from the beautiful Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper.

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Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Fresh Cuts
Ink: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

I thought about adding some brads, or ribbon, or maybe some dazzling diamonds, but I decided that I was going to keep it as simple as possible. After I decided on the design, this card only took about 15 minutes to make. Simple, yet elegant.

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Wow! I just love this Build-a-Bear stuff! Stamps, die cuts, embosslits… They are all so much fun! When I saw this week’s color challenge at Pals Paper Arts I knew it would work perfectly with the boy bear.

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Then of course came the question — do I make one on the Big Shot, or use the stamps? Oh the dilemmas! I was more in a mood to color, so I chose the stamps.  I used my Stampin’ Write markers to get nice bright colors. Of course I had to add some Creamy Caramel for the bear.

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Stamps: Beary Best Friends, Beary Nice Wishes
Ink: StazOn Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Creamy Caramel, Brocade Blue, Ruby Red, Crushed Curry)
Paper: Brocade Blue, Ruby Red, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Accessories: Rich Regal Brads (Brocade Blue)

I love how it came out! These are fabulous colors together!

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Another fun technique we did with reinkers at my last class was the shaving cream technique. This is a little bit messy, but has a great result! To do this technique:

  • Fill an embossing tray or paper plate with shaving cream (foamy, not gel)
  • Smooth it flat with a plastic knife
  • Place several drops of reinker in your chosen color on the shaving cream
  • Swirl the reinker through the shaving cream with the tip of a knife or fork
  • When you are satisfied with the look, lay a piece of glossy card stock on it, glossy side down
  • Press the glossy card stock down, and leave for a minute
  • Remove and wipe off  the shaving cream
  • Enjoy your beautiful creation!

Here is the card we made at the reinker technique class. Want to learn how to do this and other great techniques? Contact me to schedule your class today!

CIMG8089Stamps: Elegant Thank You
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Glossy White
Accessories: Scallop Square Punch, Shaving Cream

Eve had fun playing with the shaving cream too. She made the same size piece as me, but turned it into something entirely different. That’s the beauty of stamping! You can always put your on personal touch on things! (Eve’s 6, by the way)

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Stamps: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories
Ink: StazOn Black, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Glossy White
Accessories: Designer Label Punch, Watercolor Pencils, Shaving Cream

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Would you believe that I didn’t notice the So Swirly Jumbo wheel was on the Last Chance list until a couple of days ago? Maybe I was in denial or something… I love this wheel! It adds such a touch of elegance, so quickly! My friend Erin asked if I could design some Thank You notes as a gift for a wedding she is going to this summer and this wheel is the first thing I tthought of! I made two versions of the card — it will eventually be a gift pack of 12, in matching portfolio. (Yes, I do custom orders, just let me know what you need!)

Here is the first version, clean and simple.

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And here is the second, kicked up a notch, but still elegant.

CIMG8009Stamps: Fresh Cuts, So Swirly Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Baja Breeze
Paper: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Here is what the wedding invitation looked like. I tried to capture the same feel.

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Leave me a comment and let me know which version you like better. So far my husband and daughter like the second one better. And then quickly go order this fabulous wheel before it is gone!

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Wow! Kristina Werner picked some truly elegant colors for Color Inspiration #55. And look at those shoes!

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Colors like these need an elegant stamp set, and what could be better than a brand new set that will be available in the upcoming catalog? I love this new stamp set, Circle Circus. The designs are amazing, and what is really fabulous is how all of the circles coordinate with Stampin’ Up’s circle punches! This was really a quick and easy card to make!

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Stamps: Circle Circus, Fresh Cuts
Ink: Basic Grey, Really Rust, More Mustard
Paper: Basic Grey, Really Rust, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch

I’ll be giving you more peeks at items from the new catalog as we draw closer to July 1st!

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