Sneak Peek – Beautiful You!

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“Celebrate, Life Looks Beautiful On you!  I love, love, love this stamp set and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  Did you ever just know when a you have a perfect match?  The “Beautiful You” stamp set and “Playful Palette” Designer Series Paper Stack is the perfect match.

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“Playful Palette” Designer Series Paper Stack from the Annual Catalog and “Beautiful You” from the upcoming Occasions Catalog were made for each other.  The brush stroke patterns in the paper coordinate so well with the brush stroke stamped images.

It doesn’t get any easier than this to create a beautiful card set.  The stamped images are playful and elegant at the same time; the sentiment fonts are just perfect, and the sentiments are wonderful words to share with your special friends.

“Bautiful You” will be available on January 4th with the reveal of the new Occasions Catalog and the launch of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale event of the year.

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So, grab a great stamp set, find the perfect patterned paper and create something playful and elegant!

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Change Is In The Air!

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Spring is here and change is in the air.  The trees are blooming, the grass is green and I was happily walking on the beach this morning.  A bit of a cool breeze coming off the ocean, but the sun was bright and the sky a beautiful, clear blue.  Hopefully, my schedule will allow for another visit this week and I’ll try to remember to get a picture to share with you all.

Today’s project was inspired by last week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  I never got to join their challenge, but the sketches always inspire me.  I used some patterned paper from both “Love Blossoms” and “Going Places” DSP Stacks.  The stamp set is “Butterfly Basics”.  I used almost every stamp in the set for this one!   I really do enjoy creating those backgrounds and this stamp set has a few neat stamps that can really inspire your creativity to design a simple collage background.  The sentiment is certainly appropriate for this time of year, don’t you agree?

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I thought this card would be a good post for today since there are changes going on over at Stampin’ Up!  Today is a big day… the “Retired Stamp List” is out and it’s time to pull out your catalog and grab what you might want to add to your collection… the retired sets and supplies are only available while supplies last so don’t hesitate.  You can click on the banners below to get all the details.

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PP291 – Two New Wishes to Celebrate Spring

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Today, when I checked in on The Paper Players Challenge, I saw that Sandy posted a Clean and Simple Spring theme.  I created this card to celebrate Spring and wanted to feature it in today’s Simple Sunday Sampler blog post.  I thought it would be perfect for the Challenge also.

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A few days ago, I noticed a few birds in my yard beginning the work on their nest. As I watched them carry small twigs to the tree, I thought that soon enough their little ones will be popping their heads just above the nest while their mother feeds them. So, I titled this card “Two New Wishes”.  Isn’t this a nice way to celebrate Spring?  Year after year, the birds make my weeping cherry tree their home and it seems this year is no exception.

I chose Night of Navy because it’s so classic and peaceful… I just love those blues!  Of course, the silhouette stamped image is simple and serene, as well.  It’s from the “World of Dreams” stamp set.

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The silhouette stamp image is so detailed that I wanted to keep the card clean and simple to emphasize the image. By design, I chose a sentiment that would blend with the image so the image would remain the focal point.  The “wishes” sentiment is from “Endless Birthday Wishes”.

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So, I’m watching the nest take form and soon enough, I’ll know when the “little ones” arrive.

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A Wonderful Journey – Two More Weeks of Weekly Deals

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My pick for this week’s Weekly Deals is the Decorative Label punch.

I designed this project for the very first Global Design Project Color Challenge and it is still a favorite of mine.  This project features, among other beautiful products, Stampin’ Up!’s “Decorative Label Punch”.  As I scrolled back through my blog posts to find this card, I saw just how much I’ve used this punch.  It’s the perfect size for many sentiment stamps and works perfectly with any style card.

Below are more of the Weekly Deals that you can get now.  My Picks of the Week are the Decorative Label Punch and the Brights Sequin Assortment… Sequins… you need Sequins!!  Click on the Weekly Deals Banner for more details.

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You’ve Got This!

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I think Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake make a beautiful color combination.  Although I’ve always been partial to shades of blue, this is so soft and peaceful… and I love this sentiment.

I was originally going to make a thank you card since I needed a few, but when I saw this sentiment, I decided to use it.  It reminds me of one of the ladies at my real estate office.  We’ve been friends for many years.  I was her realtor when she sold her first home and she always reminds me of that and it makes me smile.  My nickname for her is “diamond”… and when either of us goes out with a potential buyer or meets with a potential seller, we always say “You’ve got this”… just a little encouragement.  So, Linda… I’m not sure if you’re reading this, but this one’s for you… You Go Girl…”You’ve Got This!”

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The detail in the background stamp is gorgeous.  My photography doesn’t do it justice.  The flower can stand on its own, without the background, and it’s bold enough to work perfectly with the background.  Just a little hint… I stamped the background stamp off twice to lighten it up and expose more of the stamp detail.  Oh, and that little slice of patterned paper is from the “Love Blossoms” Designer Series Paper Stack.

A simple and quick CAS card that can work with any of your sentiment stamps for any occasion.

So, grab your favorite background stamp, add a great image, don’t forget the sequins and create something pretty!

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