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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PPA290 – Picture Perfect Wonderful

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Today’s project is for the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge this week.  Patti created a fabulous sketch.  The layout gives you a lot of room to play with patterns and shapes, and of course, add a sweet sentiment.

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So, I had some fun with patterns from the “Going Places” Designer Series Paper Stack featuring my very favorite Lost Lagoon… that warm blue is outstanding!

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Lost Lagoon, nautical patterned paper and star fish…  I think I’m ready for the beach, but with the temperature at 35 here in New Jersey, I’ll have to wait a while.

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Picture Perfect Stamp Set – #140520

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  • The very detailed star fish stamps and the sentiment stamp are from the “Picture Perfect” stamp set.
  • Some two-step stamping created the beautiful detail in the star fish – my first layer is stamped with Delightful Dijon and the second layer is Mossy Meadow.
  • A little fussy cutting and some Stampin’ Dimensionals give the star fish some prominence in this design.  They hold up well against the busy pattern behind them.
  • I created the square frame using my Squares Framelits and attached it with a few glue dots since the star fish needed to take the lead.
  • A few sequins and a simple sentiment finished my project.

So, grab some pretty patterned paper, add a frame and a few sequins and create something wonderful to link up with the Pals.

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Wish Upon A Golden Star!

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Happy Tuesday!  It snowed again all day yesterday here in New Jersey, so I worked from home and spent some time in my stamping studio.  I opened the shades and enjoyed the view.  My dog, Buddy, doesn’t like snow or the cold, so he was a little nutty… always loyal, he stayed with me, went to his usual spot under the heat vent and eventually fell asleep.  It was nice to have some much welcomed quiet time.

Today, I have a new “Stampin’ Story”…

  • I planned a few posts for this week and knew I was using this DSP pattern from “Going Places” DSP Stack, along with gold foil stars in today’s post.  How I was going to use it didn’t happen until I sat down.  I knew Basic Black and Whisper White would create my card base and the DSP had to be noticed.

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  • So, I cropped a few stars with the “Stars Framelits” and started positioning them onto the DSP layer… that thin slice of Whisper White card stock is a scrap from trimming my Whisper White layer that got mixed up with one of the stars and literally dropped onto my project in almost the same spot it’s in.  I liked it!  So, I tucked it under the large star.  It adds a little something, don’t you agree? It balances the white!

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  • That “Gold Foil Sheet” is gorgeous.  It’s thick and handles framelits beautifully… a definite “must have”… along with sequins!
  • That beautiful “wish” sentiment is from “Enjoy the Little Things” stamp set, another definite “must have”.
  • Here’s the inside…

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So, grab some eye-catching patterned paper, crop a few stars, drop in a paper scrap or two, and create something smashing!

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