Unscripted Sketches 156 Christmas?


When I first reviewed this week's challenge, I immediately considered creating a scrapbook page. Wouldn't it be great for that? But no, I was in a card-making mood and for some strange reason felt compelled to make a Christmas card. Yes, in April. Add this one to the make-a-few-a-month challenge we have going at Stampin' Addicts and I will have absolutely no excuse to forgo sending cards this year...

Fa La La La La, La La La La!
Be sure to stop by the Unscripted Sketches site for additional ideas and inspiration. Our design team has so many gifted crafters and you will be WOWed by the variety of styles shown. Want to play along? Link to your project so we can stop by and check it out!

In case you were wondering :) 
Colors: Basic Black, Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White
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SA Retiring Stamps Blog Hop begins today


In need of inspiration? Check out the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop going on all weekend. Enjoy 15 stops this time, all featuring stamp sets set to retire in May. You may already have some in your collection, so how about some more ideas on ways to use them?  Start hoppin' here!

Would you like to share some more ideas or see what others are saying?

On the Grow and A Kind Word revisited


Well, we are nearing the end of another catalog year and lamenting over the sets that will retire. Or not. A few of us are anxiously anticipating all the new goodies in the next Catalog! teehee

I am truly excited; but, I  do try to slow myself down a little and remember that I have plenty of stamps already, including some that retired previously. So why not bring them out and get them inky?

First, here is a card using On The Grow, a stamp set from the 2011 Summer Catalog. I also used some retired gingham ribbon on this one. Maybe I should have saved this post for a "Use It Tuesday" post? lol
On the Grow
In case you are wondering, NO - I did not lug out the sewing machine. I used our Paper Piercer and Mat Pack to poke holes and then ran cross-stitch thread through the holes (with a needle). For future reference, you will know I have used a sewing machine when you see completely crooked lines...

Next, I found this really cute DSP (patterned paper) in a folder. Isn't it sweet? I just knew it would look right with this little girl from A Kind Word. Love this set.
A Kind Word
This card also uses retired felt flowers and a small crochet flower made by my friend Adela. Cross-stitch thread, crochet flowers... it is amazing how other crafts flow right into making cards, isn't it?

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Use It Tuesday Designer Series Paper Easy Events


Before we get to today's project, I wanted to share a link with you for a site I stumbled across. It's called Shopping our Stash; how perfect is that for Use It Tuesday? The site posts challenges that encourage you to create and use supplies you already have on hand - perfect! I encourage you to scroll through a few posts and enjoy the variety of samples posted. The highlighted area above is linked.... but before you go, read on! :)

Got a stash of paper to use up? Then I have just the card for you! This quick and easy card uses two strips of patterned paper and an easy layout to create a fun any occasion card. I chose to make them into thank yous, but any sentiment will work!

I saw the layout for this card in a recent edition of Paper Crafts magazine. The original has solid stamped flowers, while I chose to paper piece mine. This was a quick and easy card to make; so easy, in fact, that I made four!

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Resources: Paper Crafts
In case you were wondering :)
Stamps: Easy Events
Colors: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla (card base)
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Simple Scrapbook Page


Hidden away at the back of a drawer is an envelope full of pictures. Some are duplicates that need to sent to family members, but most are photos awaiting a place on a scrapbook page. Truth is, I put off making my pages because I know I am going to get sentimental. My kids are just growing up too fast... way too fast.

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The boys played a few seasons of baseball before they decided to try other things. This page includes pictures from their first season when they played together on a machine-pitch team. I can't believe it's already been four years since these pictures were taken! I kept the page simple; all that's left is to add a little journaling and then I can move on to the next set of hidden photos ;)

In case you were wondering :)
Title and notes created using My Digital Studio and printed at home
Colors: Garden Green, More Mustard, Whisper White
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Unscripted Sketches 155 Earth Day


Hi all! In celebration of Earth Day, today's challenge at Unscripted Sketches is to use the following sketch along with something recycled. I was surprised at what I was able to find to add to my card. Take a look around and you might be surprised by your stash, too! First, here's the sketch:

My hubby and I order coffee from Caribou every once in a while and we just received a shipment last week. As soon as I saw the box I knew I had to use part of it on a card. This one goes to my friend Jenny, who always appreciates silly!

She also sings, so I couldn't leave the "sing out loud" part on the box! But the silly part won me over so for an embellishment I used another recycled item - a key chain in the shape of a toilet lid that says "tops for bottoms"! My father and brothers are Master Plumbers and my dad had his own business for ages; this is a key chain one of the suppliers gave him years ago. Not only does it add a pop of color, but it is definitely silly :)

Thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to stop by the Unscripted Sketches site for more inspiration!

In case you were wondering, my brother Jorge owns a plumbing business now. So if you are in the Atlanta area and need a plumber, look up About Plumbing! :) 

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Retro Sketches 7 Confia En Mi


Did you know that some of the Stampin' Up! stamp sets are available in multiple languages? It's true, you can now find sets in Spanish and French as well as English. I wonder which language we'll add next?

The stamp set used here is Confia En Mi, the spanish version of Lean On Me. I used one of the images in this set along with Retro Sketch #7 to make a card for my little brother. Little....well,  he's 6'2" and built tough, but he's still younger than me and in my heart remains my "little brother". 

The sentiment reads: "Mis pensamientos son libres de ir hacia donde quieran, pero es sorprendente cuantas veces se dirigen hacia ti." Or, in English, "My thoughts are free to go anywhere, but it's surprising how many times they head in your direction." True of the ones we love most, isn't it?

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In case you were wondering :) 
Stamps: Confia en mi, Itty Bitty Bits (the heart in the faux charm)
Colors: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Pocket Full of Posies Designer Series Paper
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FMS31 Loving Thoughts


There's a new sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches. This one is #31 and you are going to love the variety of cards being created with it. (Check it out HERE.)

I thought it might be fun to let the paper do the talking this time; so, I used a lovely image from our Pocket Full of Posies pack as the main focal point. The sentiment is from Loving Thoughts, currently available in our Occasions Mini catalog:

This card is for my cousin Natalia who graduates from nursing school this month. She has been working so hard for so long... I should probably insert a gift certificate to a spa while I'm at it!

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In case you were wondering :) 
Stamps: Loving Thoughts
Colors: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Poppy Parade
Other: Jewels Basic Rhinestone, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
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Color Q 133 PS I Love You


Bumping around blogs yesterday I ran across the latest Color Q Color Challenge. I had a black embossed image (from Bordering on Romance) sitting on my desk, so I grabbed my Stampin' Write Markers and gave the challenge a whirl.
Challenge colors:
 More Mustard, Dusty Durango (I subbed Cajun Craze), Basic Black, Basic Gray and Whisper White

I wanted to make this a "missing you" card, but do you know I couldn't find even ONE stamp with this sentiment in my sets?! Amazing.... just goes to show my collection is not quite as complete as I thought ;)

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Resources: Color Q Color Challenge
In case you were wondering :) 
Stamps: PS I Love You, Bordering on Romance
Colors: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, More Mustard
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Use It Tuesday - Brads and Felt Flowers


A recent Mojo Monday sketch was what I needed to kick-start some creativity AND use up some hidden goodies. The brads and the felt flower are all retired items as is the sentiment stamp, so they are the highlight of this week's "Use it Tuesday".

 The circle layer was cut from Whisper White card stock. It had been stamped and heat embossed using white embossing powder. To add color, I rubbed on some Stampin' Pastels -  a tool that doesn't get enough use around here! I wish I were a better photographer because this is much cuter IRL than it looks here.... says I ;)

Now... Have a great day and go use something from your stash!

In case you were wondering :)
Mojo Monday sketch 285
Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts (ret.), Bordering on Romance (embossed images in circle)
Colors: So Saffron, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
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Unscripted Sketches 154 Quarter Sheet Card


Hi all! Time for a new sketch challenge at Unscripted Sketches:

My card today is a quarter sheet card with a finished size of 2-3/4" x 4-1/4". Thanks to our new diagonal plate and Jackie Topa, I was even able to make a little coordinating envelope for it. This sized of card is just right for my favorite gift, a Starbucks gift card :)

I followed the sketch almost exactly, using alternating bands of seam binding and lace trim for the 3 bands and scraps of the same along with a brad for an extra touch at the top. The background is a simple tone-on-tone, stamped with Versamark and our French Script background stamp. All that was left was to have fun coloring. I've been practicing since kindergarten... I'll eventually get that last part right ;)

Visit the Unscripted Sketches site for additional inspiration, or visit the individual designer blogs listed in the sidebar. (Depending on the size of your screen, you may need to scroll down a bit.) Thanks for stopping by!

In case you were wondering :)
Stamps: Every Moment, French Script background
Colors: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Naturals Vanilla, Cajun Craze
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Heat Embossed Thank You Tags


Orders from Debby P's workshop are due today. It's so exciting when the UPS guy drops off the box and I get to go through and prep everyone's order. Here's a look at the tags I'll be hanging on each guest's bag. They are inspired by a feature (and project) in the latest Paper Crafts magazine showcasing the various ways to use heat embossing, a favorite technique for most stampers.

This is one of those cases where my photography doesn't show the project as well as I hoped.  After stamping the bee (Nature Walk), I stamped a large flower (Raining Flowers) with VersaMark and then heat embossed using Clear Embossing Powder. You can just catch some of the shiny finish on the left-most tag. So fun - and this bee doesn't sting ;)

To coordinate with the greeting, I used our Itty Bitty Punches to punch out flowers and topped them with Itty Bitty Buttons. If you haven't tried them yet, these two products are made to coordinate so the punched shapes fit the clear buttons perfectly! I love it when things are easy!

And speaking of easy, check out this easy recipe for Toffee Chocolate Chip bars from Our Best Bites. I'll be making this one day for a class because I am pretty sure if I make it on a regular day I'll eat it all myself!

Stamps: Thank You Kindly, Nature Walk, Raining Flowers
Colors: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Basic Gray
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Stampin' Up! Morning Cup


Trying to cut back on coffee makes me feel a bit like this tower of coffee cups... wobbly!

Maybe Toby Keith will sing a song about love for coffee next? Then I'll be able to get that "Red Solo Cup" song outta my brain....

Resources: Brenda Quintana (Qbee) click here to be directed to her tutorial
Stamps: Morning Cup
Colors: Whisper White, Assorted Stampin' Write Markers to Color
Other: Clear Window Sheet, Scallop Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Brad, Garden Green 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
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Brayering a sunrise


This week in card class we will be working on a technique to create a sunrise.

If you live in Melbourne, Florida and would like to join us, please contact me for additional information. All RSVPs are due by tomorrow morning.

BY THE WAY - Stampin' Up! has added a bunch of new stuff (50+ items) to the clearance rack. You will find dies, punches, scrapbook sets and lots more all discounted up to 60%. Check it out today!

Resources: Michele Zindorf
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Use It Tuesday - Eyelets and CPS257


ETA: If you saw this post earlier, you may recall that I had said the flowers were "brads". What was I thinking, they are eyelets!! Sorry!
It has been a while, but it is time to resume a type of post I used to do weekly, "Use it Tuesday". This is where I share a project including goodies that, for one reason or another, rarely see the light of day. As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I always have lots of great supplies to introduce and use so retired items and non-SU! items tend to get neglected. I was feeling a little guilty abandoning them that way and decided to bring them out to play.

How fun! My favorite "hidden stash" item on the card are the little flower eyelets. I read today that eyelets are making a come-back in the crafting world. I guess that puts me at the forefront of trends this time? Yeah, right.

By the way, I was having issues getting the bow to stick in place. A glue dot just wasn't working so I pulled out my Crystal Effects and added a dab of that instead. I definitely recommend using it - this bow isn't going anywhere!

Now - go use something from YOUR stash... :)

Card Sketch: CPS sketch 257
Image and sentiment: Your Next Stamp (grab bag)
Cardstock, Jewels and Ribbon: Stampin' Up!
Brads and Designer Paper: I have no clue where I got these... sorry!
image was colored in with Copic markers.

FMS29 Believe


Today is Easter. This morning, our Pastor reminded us of a choice we have that makes all the difference in how we experience life: the choice to BELIEVE.  In honor of that choice, I'll say the flower this little girl is resting on is a SON-flower :)
The layout for this card is Freshly Made Sketches #29. I only added a couple of extra details (the button and the circle with the sentiment). Great sketch! To play along, visit the FMS site HERE.

Images: Your Next Stamp, colored in with Copic markers
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Unscripted Sketches #153 Vida en Cali


Woo-hoo it's the weekend! While you are enjoying free time, why not try this week's challenge at Unscripted Sketches? All you need to do is to create something using this sketch:
Use it to create a card, scrapbook page, 3d item... whatever your fancy. We invite you to play along and share your project using the linking tool shared on the Unscripted site. Three winners are chosen each week but even if you are not into competition, I encourage you to check out the site. There are so many great projects shared each week!

I used our sketch to create a scrapbook page with a few pictures from our Colombia trip (fall 2010) to visit my husband's family. The colors are based on that nation's flag: Yellow, Blue and Red. On this page, the pictures capture a few of the differences between the daily life in Cali and at home here in the states. Check it out:

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My son Devin still misses the guy selling fresh bread every morning. (Note the picture in the upper right corner.) When we asked D if he was ready to visit again, his first question was if the man in the photo still has the route to sell bread. Gotta have your priorities, ya know? I won't tell his grandmother...

Colors: Night of Navy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Chipboard letters, Night of Navy craft ink, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, heat tool
Boho Blossom flower punch, border (non-su!), Big Shot, Headline Alphabet die, Jewels Basic Rhinestone, jumbo white flowers (ret.), Jumbo button (ret.), Red taffeta ribbon (ret.)
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Stamp-a-stack April 15


I finally completed all of the samples and am now ready to officially say,"Time to RSVP for the upcoming Stamp-a-stack!"

For this round, instead of relying on Designer Series Paper to set the tone, we will be doing a bit more stamping! What a novel idea... ;)

Here's the lineup:
Brights Birthday
Calypso Nature Walk

Congrats Graduate!

BFF Perfectly Penned
Class date: Sunday, April 15
Class time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Materials fee: $15 (includes materials for 8 cards total, participants must provide their own adhesive.)
What you'll make: choose 2 designs and make 4 of each card.
*Note: If you would like to make the graduation card, please let me know if you would like colors other than the Garden Green and Daffodil Delight used here. The card base will still be Basic Black with Whisper White, but I will be happy to provide you with an alternate set of matting colors. (All 4 cards will use the same color combo.)

RSVP right away to reserve your spot. Space is limited to 12 participants.

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Stampin' Up! Just Add Cake SASC129


Banners seem to be a popular addition in both card making and scrapbooking. Paula, our fearless card sketch gal at Stampin' Addicts, included one in the latest sketch challenge.

I thought it might be fun to create a card to welcome some new neighbors to the 'hood. I don't know that I have ever welcomed anyone to the neighborhood. Mostly people move in and we just wave at the mailbox. (Like "Hey, neighbor", on Seinfeld...) A real welcome seems like an older tradition that is worth reinstating, what do you think?

The cloud and the little house are both chipboard elements from our Merry Medley set. I covered them with Craft ink (White for the cloud, Garden Green for the house) and then poured on embossing powder. The cloud received Iridescent Ice e.p. to make it sparkle; for the house I just used clear powder, so it is shiny but not sparkly. Kinda cute!

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases
Colors: Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi
Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper
Other: On Board Chipboard (Merry Medley), Heat Tool, Clear and Iridescent Ice embossing powders, Dots Folder and Big Shot, Circle Die #2
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