Thoughts of You Bring Smiles

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How FUN is Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper???!! I love it!

PPA221This design was inspired by the Paper Pals Art Challenge #221.  I knew I wanted to use some of the Motley Monsters DSP and when I saw these silly smiles I knew which text stamp would be perfect!

It was easy to cut out their goofy grins with our 1″ square punch.  For added flair I intentionally punched them so that the monster faces weren’t centered in each square.  It’s easy to punch exactly where you want to by looking at the underside of the punch.t

I “fussy cut” the banner at the bottom with our Paper Snips Scissors which you’ve heard me boast about in previous posts.  These scissors are super sharp and cut “like butter.” 🙂

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Sometimes life is just a bowl of cherries…

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Cherry Cobbler is my new favorite.  It’s such a rich, sophisticated red.  Yum! This photo was taken on a gross day, though, and you can’t see the true yumminess for yourself.   And it’s hard to see that the Whisper White has been embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder.

This is Giggle Greetings. If you’re familiar with my blog you may remember the dog stamp that I used in a spinner card. I think this stamp set is hysterical! Each image with the corresponding text always makes me smile!

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The Peace and Beauty of Ornamental Pine

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I used to rant and rave about the All Abloom DSP Stack.  Now I’m consumed by the Trim the Tree DSP stack in our Holiday Catalog.

It’s interesting to me that I used to be all about the rubber stamping.  Alone.  “Let it speak for itself” kind of attitude.  And while I loved “scrapbook paper”  I used it to cover journals, make boxes, etc.  Now I understand the magic of marrying these yummy papers along with the artistry of the stamping.  And with this new mindset, I’m seeing a whole new world of color combinations, layout ideas, etc. I really, REALLY enjoy rubbing stamping and all that is involved.  Can you tell?

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Excercise Good Cheer

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Aren’t these Santa’s  cute?!  They make me laugh!

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WHAT WAS I THINKING????

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When rubber stamping, do you ever get “in the zone” so deep that your project takes a completely different turn and you don’t even realize it until it’s done?

And does a red and black Christmas card makes sense? Well, it DOES if you live in Atlanta, GA as I do. (Think Atlanta Falcons and UGA). BUT … (sigh) … does it make sense for ME, a New Orleans native and LSU grad, to make a red and black Christmas card? HECK NO!!!!!!

What was I thinking???

If I had planned to go in that direction in light of football season I could have made this black and gold for my beloved Saints, or purple and gold for my LSU Tigers. But nooooooo. As I said earlier … I must have been “in the zone.” The wrong “end” zone.

Here’s how it developed: I knew I wanted to make a red wreath using the pinecone stamp. PPA220And then I wanted to incorporate one of the yummy DSPs from my Trim the Tree stack. But because I was following the PPA 220 sketch , I couldn’t make it work to my satisfaction. One thing led to another and … well, you see the result. All kidding aside, I actually do like this card. I just can’t send it to any members of my family …

WHO DAT?!! GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!

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Freshly Made Sketches Finds a Home with Nordic Noel Paper

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You know from previous posts that I’ve had a lot of fun with our Holiday Home stamp set.  Here the main attraction is the coordinating Designer Series Paper, Nordic Noel.  I fussy cut a few homes and let them play the lead role with these cards.

This is my interpretation of the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #154. FMS Final 154-001Originally I was going to use the “from our home to yours…” greeting which is why I featured the one home in color on white and muted the others in the background tone on tone. However, after all my cardstock was cut, I realized that greeting wouldn’t fit.  I went with plan B and stamped “Merry Christmas.”  Now there’s a lot of white space.

Does all of that white space work?  Do you have a better suggestion? I’d love to hear some feedback.

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Endless Wishes for Every Holiday Season

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Here’s my take on the Mojo Monday 363 challenge.  I love these challenges.  They stretch my imagination and get me out of my creative comfort zone.  Here’s the challenge sketch. Mojo363Sketch

For the circular feature, I stamped the big snowflake from Endless Wishes and fussy-cut it out using our Paper Snips.  If you don’t have our Paper Snips yet, I highly recommend them.  They’re super sharp and their precision is spot on!  They are a must-have!

To add a little “bling” I embellished the snowflakes with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Rhinestone Jewels.

Endless Wishes isn’t just for Christmas.  “A little dash of Joy”, “Celebrate the Season” and “Sending you Cheer” are just a few of the other greetings it includes.

While creating this today, I finally had the opportunity to tear open my new package of All is Calm Designer Series Paper. This pack is by far my favorite holiday DSP.  The colors and so YUMMY!!!!  I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures, but the DSP on the far left in both of these pictures is printed with metallic silver.  Beautimous!

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For All Things – Final Post of Four Series

I hope you have enjoyed the last three posts featuring our Holiday Catalog stamp set For All Things. And I hope that you have fallen in love with For All Things and the coordinating Color Me Autumn DSP and Washi Tape as I have! This is the last of the series and I have waited until today to share with you my absolute favorite project.

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I don’t know what it is about these two beauties … is it the color combination? The creativity it took to see a Fall wreath out of wheat stalks?Both? I dunno. All I know is that they make me happy. And I can’t take the credit. These were designed by Karen Stroik Schroeder who graciously said “yes” when I asked if I could share them here.

Tip: How to Mask
The wheat stalk stamp has a longer stem than shown here. And because I needed to preserve a blank area in the center I created a “mask” with a sticky note. Using our 1-3/8″ circle punch, I punched a sticky note over the sticky area and stuck the circle in the center of the card. Then I stamped the wheat three times each with Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss (stamp off on scratch paper once for a lighter ink color) and Hello Honey around the sticky note circle. That “masked” or kept the center area blank.

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For All Things – Day Three

This is the third post of a series of four featuring the incredible For All Things stamp set from our Holiday Catalog. I’m saving my all-time favorite project for my last post, so be sure to check back tomorrow.
And please leave a message below if you would like me to mail you a Holiday Catalog.

Today we’ll take a look at three projects – two of which include some of the coordinating accessories for For All Things – the Color Me Autumn Washi Tape and Color Me Autumn Designer Series Papers.

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One of the stamps in the For All Things stamp set is a watercolored-looking background stamp. I’ve used this small background stamp with other stamp sets as well. I stamped off the background stamp on scratch paper before stamping on the card. The image stamped on top is in the same color – but without stamping off first – so it’s darker. I love how you can get two colors from one ink pad!
I stamped the leaf image in the middle first so that there would be equal room on the left and right of it for the other images.
Products used: For All Things stamp set, Hello Honey, Old Olive and Very Vanilla cardstock;Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pads; Sponge.

thanksColor Me Autumn Washi Tape: Whether you cut or tear, measure or eye-ball, washi tape is always quick and easy to use – and adds the perfect finishing touch.
Products used: For All Things stamp set, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Very Vanilla cardstock; Mossy Meadow and Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge, Color Me Autumn Washi Tape.

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My post yesterday featured a different sheet from the Color Me Autumn DSP. Here’s another sample of the yummy colors and designs that blend so perfectly with the images of For All Things. Love it!
Tip: The bow on this last card is made with fibers from the 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon. Cut an 8″ length of the burlap ribbon, cut off the binding on one side, and pulled three fibers free to tie into a ribbon. Attach with a glue dot.
Products used; For All Things stamp set, Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla cardstock; Hello Honey, Mossy Meadows and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Classic Pads; Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge, Burlap Ribbon, Glue Dots.

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For All Things – Day Two

Yesterday was the first of four posts highlighting the fabulous For All Things stamp set featured in our Holiday Catalog*.

Today’s project incorporates our coordinating Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.

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I LOVE the richness of the Blackberry Bliss. It’s so yummy I could eat it!

The wheat stamped on the Blackberry Bliss cardstock is embossed with clear embossing powder. While it’s an option to stamp the wheat with Blackberry Bliss ink on the Blackberry Bliss cardstock, I wanted the images to really pop and stand out against the dark cardstock so I embossed instead.

To create the starburst background with the Blackberry Bliss cardstock and Color Me Autumn DSP:
Determine where the central point of your card will be (in this case, where I adhered the wheat image). diagramOn a scratch piece of paper, draw lines through that central point to opposite ends of the card. Label each section as to what cardstock or DSP you will use for that section. Punch a circle at the central point and then cut each segment out to use as stencils for the cardstock and DSP. The punched out circle will help you place your cut cardstock and DSP in their correct positions.

To make the speckles of Blackberry Bliss ink on the white cardstock: Our Gorgeous Grunge stamp set can be used. But if you don’t have that stamp set in your arsenal, you can create the speckles with Aqua Painters as explained in this previous post.

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