Here’s To Cheers!

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Cheers for Stampin’ Up!’s “Here’s To Cheers” Clear Mount Stamp Set… and it’s part of the current “Online Extravaganza” promotion going on right now.  Act fast, you can only get this great deal for another day. This stamp set is 20% off and you’ll use it again and again.

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For the past two weeks, I’ve been hosting card classes and this stamp set and card was a huge success.  How’s this for a holiday greeting, or a sparkling “Happy New Year” note, or even a special birthday wish… and how about adding some glitter and gold?

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Same sketch, same stamp, two different cards.

  • I put together both cards using a standard A-2 (5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″) card base with Whisper White card stock.
  • Each flagged banner is hand cropped and measures 2″ X 3 1/2″.  The banner in the first card is cropped from a strop of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (p. 175 in the Annual Catalog).
  • I punched all of the circles with my 2″ Circle Punch using Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White and older Brushed Gold card stock (the Gold Foil Sheet featured in the current Annual Catalog would be just as pretty).
  • The gorgeous Sweet Sugarplum ribbon is from the current Holiday Catalog.  It’s full of shimmering texture and very soft.
  • I added a few Fancy Frost sequins to the top card and punched a few 1/2″ circles from the Gold and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
  • Sweet Sugarplum card stock and ink is a beautiful contrast to the Whisper White base.

So, find that special stamp, punch a few circles, add a flagged banner, and create something stunning!

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A Sneak Peek of Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set

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Stamps, paper and ink… that’s what stamping is all about… and this card illustrates that perfectly.

Last week, I attended Stampin’ Up!’s “On Stage” semi-annual event.  It was a wonderful experience, and of course, I had the opportunity to meet and create with many exceptionally talented ladies.  Along with the social and stamping time, we were able to get a detailed look at the up-coming Occasions Catalog and the new Sale-A-Bration products.  One of the presenters talked about “stamps, paper and ink… that’s what stamping is all about”.  I created this card in less than 10 minutes with nothing more than stamps, paper and ink; and the glue, of course.

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The new products will be available for purchase on January 4th when Sale-A-Bration begins.  Sale-A-Bration’s Free Product Brochure (also available on January 4th) is the best I’ve ever seen.

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  • Dragonfly Dreams has beautifully detailed, two step stamping images, and is photopolymer.
  • I used a Night of Navy card base with alternate Whisper White and Island Indigo layers.
  • The ink splatters were stamped off once with Soft Sky ink.
  • The base of the dragonfly wings is stamped with Island Indigo ink and the dragonfly is stamped over the base with Night of Navy ink.
  • The sentiment font is whimsical and versatile and I’m sure I’ll be mixing and matching the images from this set in many future projects.

Those who have placed orders from me within the past year will receive your copy of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure FREE.  I’ve already pre-ordered for you as a thank you.  These catalogs are scheduled to begin shipping on December 15th.  If you don’t receive yours by the end of December, please e-mail me.

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So, pull out some stamps, paper and ink and create something simple and sweet.

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A Swirly Celebration For GDP061

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Today, I thought I would check in on the Global Design Project’s Challenge Blog to see what I’ve been missing and saw today’s Color Challenge.  The colors immediately inspired me to go to the “Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and just have some fun.  Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black: This combination is bright and cheerful and I immediately thought I should celebrate something.  So, I’ll celebrate the Design Team… Thank you, Design Team!

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Design Tips:  Color Balance and Pattern Repeat

  • The large Basic Black circle (my focal point anchor, inspired by the swirls) on the Very Vanilla card layer was a perfect start.  Both colors are neutral.
  • I punched a 1 3/4″ circle  into the side of the large cropped circle for dimension and to also bring the color balance through to the focal point.  There would have been too much black on the left side of the design.  The thin black edge the punched circle created gives balance to the cropped swirly scribbles because it repeats the pattern.
  • The largest Sweet Sugarplum swirly is balanced by the Sweet Sugarplum card base as is the solid Sweet Sugarplum circle (which is the center of the cropped swirly).  It’s always fun to use those left over pieces, isn’t it?
  • The smaller Emerald Envy swirlys certainly add the fun to this design, but I had to balance them with some Emerald Envy ink splatters.  The ink splatters not only help balance the smaller swirlys, they balance that color as well.
  • Lots of “pattern repeat” helps pull the design together…. circles and swirlys everywhere… even the sentiment font is “round”!
  • A little bit of “bling” adds excitement to the swirly fun.

Note:  When ever you have a lot of “pattern repeat” a design will most always work.  As most of you know, I recently moved into a new home and decided I was going to start with a “clean slate”.  I moved in with very little and purchased most everything new.  I had fun with the shopping and decorating process and realized I applied much of my card designing skills to creating my new space… neutrals with pops of bold color and lots of pattern repeat, and of course, I had to add the “bling”.  It works!

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So grab some swirly shapes, splatter some ink, add a little bling and create something fun!

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All the products for this project are from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

Stampin’ Again With Paisleys & Posies

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The first item on my Wish List  from the Holiday Catalog was the Petals and Paisleys Product Suite…  it’s just stunning, and paisley is very “in” right now.

The stamps, matching framelits and Specialty Designer Series Paper made it so easy to put this card together.  Honestly, the hardest part for me was deciding which color combination to pull from the patterned paper.  I’ve always been partial to the blues and yellows together so I went with Night of Navy and Delightful Dijon… I added a little Rich Razzelberry just for fun.

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This was another project from my Stamp Club last week.  Simple and easy… the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper does the work for you.

  • Start with a Very Vanilla card base  – 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″;
  • Add a 4 1/4″ square of Night of Navy card stock as the first layer;
  • The Delightful Dijon layer is 3 1/4″ X 4″ topped with a 3″ X 3 3/4″ layer of Petals and Paisleys.
  • The “Focal Point” polka dot layer is 3″ X 2 1/4″ and is the backdrop for three stamped and cropped images from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set.  The “Focal Point” layer also anchors the sentiment layer.

Design Tips:

  • The “Focal Point” almost always involves your sentiment;
  • The three elements on the focal point layer anchor the sentiment layer and give the left side of the design balance.
  • I used the “Rule of Thirds” generously in this card… there are three base layers (Night of Navy, Delightful Dijon, Petals and Paisleys DSP) on the right of the design and three layers on the left (the polka dot DSP, the stamped images, and the sentiment).  There are also three stamped elements anchoring the sentiment.
  • I always enjoy taking a look at the different elements of a design, and have to admit that I don’t always realize I’m working with the “rules”.  It’s more fun for me to just let it happen then take a look.

I hope you enjoy today’s post, so grab some beautiful patterned paper, crop a few images, add a layer or two and create something very pretty!

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Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Bundle (Stamp set and Framelits)

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Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper

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