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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Just For You

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We are just about half way through Sale-A-Bration.  On Tuesday, Stampin’ Up! will add four new products to the Sale-A-Bration products.  (I’ve seen them and they are fun).  They’ll be featured in my posts at the end of this week, so be sure to check back.  I can safely say that the Sale-A-Bration stamp set, “Botanicals For You”, and the DSP, “Wildflower Fields”  will be around until March 31st.

Inside of card…

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I created four cards for today’s post, because I wanted to show you how one stamp set and one package of Designer Series Paper can create the same card but set a very different tone.

  • The first card featured above is what I call the “Contemporary Elegant” version.  Basic Black, Hello Honey and Whisper White are gorgeous together.  The patterned paper is simple, contemporary and fun.  The flower embellishment is also simple and fun.  It’s the pattern, colors and embellishment that sets the tone for this card.  It has a simple elegance to it, don’t you agree?

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  • Next is my “Classic Quiet” card… simple and classic.  Basic Black and Whisper White, that’s all.  The Basic Black Candy Dots set the mood here.  Very straight and uniform.  They work nicely with the pattern paper, but set a completely different tone than the card above.  Same card design, same stamp, different patterned paper, colors and embellishment.

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  • Next stop is my “Cottage Charmer”.  Very different from the two above.  Lots of color, floral patterned paper which has more going on, a doily and flower embellishments.  Not as “quiet” as the first two… it has a different personality.  And that Lost Lagoon is beautiful with Blackberry Bliss… very warm and inviting like a country cottage.

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  • And, finally my “Contemporary Fun” card.  This is colorful, bright and bold.  Buttons, more buttons and some eye-catching patterned paper.  This card has a lot of movement… in the flow of the pattern and the placement of the buttons, not to mention the colors!  Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive pair nicely together, but they are not “quiet” at all.

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So, there you have it.  Just one stamp set and one pack of patterned paper.  They’re all pretty, but my favorite is the first one.  Which is your favorite?

Both the “Botanicals For You” stamp set and Wildflower Fields DSP are each FREE with any $50.00 catalog product purchase.  Click on the Sale-A-Bration Brochure below for more details.

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Dream, Celebrate & Go Wild!

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When I first looked at Stampin’ Up!’s new Occasions Catalog, I put a big star next to this stamp set “Enjoy the Little Things”.  It’s fabulous and I promise you this won’t be the first time you’ll see it in my posts.  There’s a variety of fonts and a few little background stamps… very versatile and sure to be another favorite “Stampin’ Staple”.

So, let’s get to today’s project.

  • I needed a masculine card and I wanted to use the “Go Wild” DSP Stack because I knew I was going to use the “dream BIG” sentiment stamp and I also knew it was going to be stamped in black. (I decided that while I was cooking).
  • I cropped my Basic Black layer and added the arrow patterned paper. I was determined to use “dream BIG”, but my dilemma was how. Once I saw the wide striped patterned paper in the Stack, my problem was solved…  I would create my own DSP for another layer!  This little creative exercise was actually fun. So, my new “Debbie’s Special Paper”, or DSP was born.

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  • Since I already used my sentiment stamp for my new DSP, I needed a sentiment stamp for the card and “Celebrate Today” worked nicely.
  • On went my sentiment banner stamped in black on a little slice of the patterned paper.
  • A Whisper White Candy Dot and my lined envelope finished this project nicely.

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Below are the dimensions for the layers:

  • A Standard A-2 card base (5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″)
  • First layer is 5 1/4″ X 4″
  • The second DSP layer is 5″ X 3 3/4″
  • The DSP (Debbie’s Special Paper) layer is 5″ X 1 3/4″
  • The sentiment banner is 2 1/2″ X 5/8″
  • I attached the vertical DSP and sentiment stamp to Basic Black card stock cropped slightly larger.

So, grab a great stamp, crop a slice of simple patterned paper and create your own DSP for your next project.

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FMS 171 – A Better Place

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Rita's super simple sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches was my inspiration for today's project.

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Happy colors, a happy sentiment, and a big burst of energy in the background immediately set the tone for this card. The little bit of sparkle pushes the sunburst forward. A quick, easy and fun project.

So, grab a happy sentiment, add a little sparkle and create something magical!

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Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:  Card Stock – Whisper White, Moonlight DSP Stack, Best Year Ever DSP (Free Sale-A-Bration product).  Stamp Sets – Kinda Eclectic and Starburst Sayings.  Ink – Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana. Tools – Starburst Framelit Dies and Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Sneak Peek “For You”!

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Good morning and I wish you a happy new week!

Today's post is a mix of old favorites, new favorites… and a "Sneak Peek". 

This sketch is definitely an old favorite of mine. It's symmetric, balanced, and you can do almost anything with it.  

My Squares Collection Framelits cropped the squares. Even though the patterned paper is beautiful… I thought my squares needed a little something more. Originally, I tried my 1/2" Circle Punch, but the circles were too small for my squares…so, I looked over my punches and the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch worked beautifully. A few silver sequins added just the right amount of sparkle.

"For You" is part of the "Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies" which will be available on January 6th with the launch of the new Occasions Catalog. These Thinlits are already a new favorite… and the pretty DSP is also a Sneak Peek from the "Best Year Ever" collection, part of the new Sale-A-Bration product line and FREE with a $50.00 purchase.

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Let's talk about the color in this card… warm blues. I know I've talked about certain "blues" having warmer tones and Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay definitely have warmth… that's why they both pair so well with the warm Calypso Coral. Gold sequns would have been pretty in this card, but the silver helps the Whisper White to pop out of the squares so you realy do focus more on the sentiment, which is the focal point.

So, grab your squares, crop a sentiment, add some bling and create something symetric and stunning!

Oh, and I just found out that one of my recent card projects was selected as a CAS Favourite over at Splitcoastampers. Here's the Blog Post, and the link to the Splitcoastampers Gallery. This was a happy surprise!

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