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Love You Lots…

It all started when I found this little package of kitty Kleenex…

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They were so cute and caught my eye because I knew my sister who suffers from early onset Alzheimers Disease would love them.  She has been in a care facility for five years now and when I visit I like to take her something.  She loves and appreciates anything I take but over time it becomes hard to know what to bring.

So being the consummate stamper that I am, a box to cover these little guys in new stamps and colors plus a loving message to remind her how much she is loved seemed just the ticket.  So here is the package now…

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It opens with Velcro because she can’t manage untying things.  And here is her message of love inside every time she opens it…

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I wish I had a picture of her to show you…she is so beautiful.  Maybe another day.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits for this little box?  Here you go…

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  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo cardstock
  • Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Emerald Envy
  • Stamps:  Swirly Bird, Love You Lots
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large Oval Punch, Swirly Scribbles Thinlets, Aqua Painter, Itty Bitty Flower  Punch, Basic Pearls, Peekaboo Ruched Ribbon, Bitty Butterfly Punch

Digits

Here is a pic of the basic box cut out…

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  • Cut your box from Thick Whisper White cardstock 6 1/2″ x 11″.
  • Score on the 6 1/2″ side at 1″ and 5 1/2″.  Turn to 11″ side and score at 1″, 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 7″, 8″ and 10 1/2″.  Trim tabs along the 11″ sides.  Cut away following photo above.
  • Punch Large Oval Punch on panel with 1/2″ tab.
  • Add Tear Tape on right side of 1/2″ tab, turn to back side and add Tear Tap on all four small tabs.
  • Do all your stamping now before folding over the tissues.  Seal box over tissues.
  • Add a double circle of Velcro to the center of the top flap.  Peel away paper and close lid to set the second Velcro tab.
  • The inside lid piece of Flirty Flamingo is 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ attached to the underside of the lid with adhesive.
  • The stamped Whisper White layer is 2 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  Stamp image and sentiment in Basic Black.  Using the Aqua Painter and Going Gray reinker from ink pad lid, lightly paint the elephant.  Use a little Flirty Flamingo to give a blush to cheek.  Darken areas where stamp designer has shading.  Punch and attach Flirty Flamingo flower to one ear with glue dot.  Add tiny Basic Pearl.
  • Make loops with Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon and tie center with Linen Thread.  Attach to lid with glue dots.  Stamp Butterfly and punch.  Add with glue dot.

Many of us have experienced the cruelty of Alzheimers.  It is the most painful journey to travel.  I have lost a younger sister and my mother to Alzheimers…so if you too have family or friends suffering from this disease, you have my deepest empathy.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  The project today could be made for many different occasions as a small gift.  Hope you feel inspired to give it a try…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Get inky with friends…Be HaPpY!

 

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Affectionately Yours…

Not the designer series paper but the Washi Tape was used to make today’s post which I would call an “all occasion” card…

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Of course this Washi Tape coordinates beautifully with the designer series paper of the same name, but today I’m just using the tape.  Here’s a peek at the inside…

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Both the Affectionately Yours and the Swirly Bird stamp set used on this card will be available next Tuesday!  I’m showing four of the tapes, but there are five different designs in the pack.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…

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  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Dapper Denim
  • Ink:  Dapper Denim, Real Red and Emerald Envy
  • Stamps:  Swirly Bird
  • Tools ‘n Embellishments:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlets, Affectionately Yours Washi Tape and Corner Rounder Punch

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  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″.  Round four bottom corners of card.
  • The Dapper Denim layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  Round two bottom corners and attach to base card with adhesive.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Round two bottom corners.  Stamp “splats” in Dapper Denim and small flowers in Real Red.  Add three layers of Washi Tape vertically toward right side of card then three layers horizontally below center of card front.  Attach to base card with adhesive.
  • Stamp small flowers in Dapper Denim and leaves in Emerald Envy on scrap Whisper White cardstock and cut with thinlets.  Add leaves with glue dots, two flowers with one dimensional and the center flower with two dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a Dapper Denim layer 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.  Round bottom corners.  Add a Whisper White layer with adhesive to the Dapper Denim layer that is 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ with the two bottom corners rounded.  Add a piece of Washi Tape horizontally at the bottom of the Whisper White layer, then stamp leaves and flowers.

Isn’t it cute?  And the great thing about this cute card is you can add just about any sentiment you need and it works!

Have you ever seen a cardinal baby bird?  We feed the birds here and love watching them.  Right now we have several nests in our yard and this Weeping Cherry tree seems to the favorite spot for mom and dad to park their babies while they “shop” for food to feed them…and this cherry tree is right smack in front of one of our windows.  So we get a front row seat.

Here’s what the little one looks like…

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Awwww…I know, its so sweet.  When he/her head is turned, you can already see the tuft at the top.  And the tail is already showing reddish.  He/she was nonchalant about getting the pic made.  Even naps a little waiting on dad with food.  So far I haven’t seen mom feeding.  Maybe a little vacation after the “hatching”.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Get inky…Be HaPpY!

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Amy’s Birthday Surprise…

My daughter-in-love’s birthday was yesterday so I waited to show you this project today so I wouldn’t ruin her surprise in the mail…

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Wish I had thought to retake this with the photos I had of them inserted.  They were taken at Thanksgiving of their entire family including the new puppy…a French Bulldog named Stitch.  And I loved the saying included on the mat of this frame.  This frame measures 8″ x 23″ and was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Here’s a close up of the flowers created with the Botanical Builder Framelits…

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Selecting colors is the hardest part of this project I think.  I wanted colors to coordinate with the colors of the mat and copy, but I also wanted the colors to go with her home décor.  They live in Florida so all the foliage and flowers are perfect.

Once you’ve decided on your color palette, cut twice as many of everything in all your colors (including white) that you think you will need including leaves.  You can save your leftovers for other projects…they come in handy!

Stamp and sponge the leaves and flowers that will need it all at one time.

Now you’ve got everything ready and you can relax and enjoy creating your “garden” at the top left and lower right corners.

The leaves were mostly mounted with Tombow Glue or glue dots right to the glass.  The flowers were built with glue dots and dimensionals.  Once your flower layers are all put together, place them on the glass with dimensionals in a formation that pleases your eye.  You just can’t mess us with these flowers…

Once the photos were in it was really cute.  She’s lucky to get it cause I almost kept it!

Hope your Tuesday has gone well so far.  Be sure to stop back by tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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What a nice thought…

If you are inky, you are HaPpY!

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Oh Happy Day!…

This card was made for a masculine birthday, but as I look at it here on my desk it seems a perfect card for a new baby boy too.  Love when that happens with a stamp set.  Here’s the card…

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These stamps are from the Swirly Bird set…so versatile!

Here’s a peek at the inside…

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Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  This Thick Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight  and Pool Party cardstock
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red, Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach,  and Soft Sky
  • Stamps:  Swirly Bird, Thoughtful Banners and Layering Love (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlets, Duet Banner Punch, Scallop Circle Punch

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  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″.
  • The Dapper Denim layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive.
  • The top Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • The Pool Party layer is 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″.  Stamp with Pool Party ink with “splatter” stamp all over. Add to bottom of Whisper White layer with adhesive.
  • Cut “waves” from Dapper Denim and Swirly Scribbles Thinlet.  Use thin tip glue to add over the Pool Party layer.
  • Stamp “sun” in Peekaboo Peach.  Cut swirly “sun” with Swirly Scribbles Thinklet in Daffodil Delight and add over sun stamp using thin tip glue.
  • With scrap paper punch scallop circle and use as a mask while sponging with Soft Sky ink all over the sky but not over sun.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp banner  and sentiment in Basic Black.  Punch out with Duet Banner Punch.  Color stripes with Real Red marker.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • On scrap Whisper White stamp boat in Basic Gray.  Use gray marker around edges and “fussy cut”. Add to water with dimensionals.
  • Stamp sails in Real Red and Dapper Denim and “fussy cut”.  Dry emboss on back with stylus and add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a Dapper Denim layer 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ Whisper White layer.  Stamp sentiment in Dapper Denim and heart in Real Red.

This stamp set has 24 stamps and is bundled in the new catalog with the matching Swirly Scribbles Thinlet set. for a 10% savings.  The new catalog will “go live” a week from today!  Tomorrow I have a different card entirely from this same set…be sure to stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Seriously!

Hope you are inky and HaPpY today!

 

 

 

 

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News Flash…

Good grief…it’s Saturday again.  Every time I turn around it seems it’s Saturday.  Where does the time go?

Today’s post is a really cute card showcasing the Designer Series Paper, Pop of Pink, and the new catalog stamp set, Pun Intended…

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Does that Melon Mambo every stand out with the black…

And the camera has a 3-D effect with Crystal Effect (retiring May 31st) on the lens…

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And here’s a peek inside…

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Can’t wait to mail this one out.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Pop of Pink DSP
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Melon Mambo marker
  • Stamps:  Pun Intended
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Crystal Effects. Duet Banner Punch

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  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The first DSP layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The pink horizontal layer is 2 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ attached to card front with adhesive slightly off center toward the bottom
  • The next vertical pink layer is 2″ x 5 3/8″ with DSP layer is 1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ attached with adhesive on top of the pink layer slightly off center to the left.
  • The next layer of vertical DSP is 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ with a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ DSP attached with adhesive.
  • The last layer of DSP is 2 5/8″ square with a 2 1/2″ square of Thick Whisper White attached with adhesive.
  • Stamp camera three times on scrap white with Basic Black ink.  Fussy cut one lens and one camera without flash.  Attach to each other with dimensionals.  Add Crystal Effects to lens only and let dry.  When dry, add to card front at an angle with dimensionals.
  • Stamp banner and sentiment on Whisper White, punch with Duet Banner Punch, color with Melon Mambo marker and attach to card front at an angle with dimensionals.
  • Inside add a layer of DSP 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a Whisper White layer 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black.

This stamp set is really cute and has unusual sentiments to go with the art.  It will be available June 1st.  If you need a catalog, let me know.  If you shop from my blog, I’ll do a HaPpY dance!

Hope you are planning a great weekend of things you love to do.  I will see you right back here on Monday!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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A friend who lives in Arizona sent me this today…thought I’d share it with you too!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

 

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Always There…

Showcasing more of the upcoming product in the new catalog today…

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This DSP is from Affectionately Yours and the banner and sentiment stamps will also be in the new catalog available June 1st.  Here’s a peek at the inside of this card…

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Don’t you love the sentiment?  This will be a card to send over and over to friends.  And you’ve got to love those chubby kitties made with the owl and bird punches.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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Paper:  Thick Whisper White. Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach and Crumb Cake cardstock, plus Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron and Basic Black

Stamps:  Sheltering Tree, Thoughtful Banners and Love You Lots (sentiment)

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Bird Punch (tails), Owl Punch, Hearth & Home Thinlets Die (ledge), Duo Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Gently Falling Embossing Folder

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The DSP layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″, stamp leaves from Sheltering Tree several times in Mint Macaron then over stamp with Cucumber Crush.  Emboss with Gently Falling EF.  Punch ledge from Crumb Cake.  Using ink from the lid of the Crumb Cake ink pad with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter, paint a shadow on the ledge.  Attach to card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Punch an owl from two DSP.  Cut the ears off and reset with glue closer together to look like a kitty.  Attach a couple of Adhesive Strips to back and set them on the ledge slightly leaning toward each other.  Punch the limb from Bird Punch and trim for a tail.  Attach with glue.
  • Stamp banner in Basic Black on scrap of Whisper White.  Stamp sentiment inside.  Cut with Duet Banner Punch and attach to card front with Adhesive Strips.
  • Punch flowers, use your foam pad and piercing tool end to give them dimension then attach with glue dots.
  • Inside the DSP layer is 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and the top Whisper White layer is 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  Attach to inside of card with adhesive.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and add flower with glue dot.

Seriously this card makes me smile.

Hope you are planning a fun weekend doing exactly what you want to do.

Here’s you “B-ism” for today…

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Me on Saturday morning talking to Sweetums…

Make plans this weekend to get inky…Be HaPpY!

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Sally’s Birthday Surprise…

You just never know when and where you might meet someone you feel you’ve known your whole life…I mean like sisters from another mother.  That’s just what happened last August on the beach while on vacation.  Sweetums and I met Bill and Sally and we’ve been fast friends ever since.

Sally even decided to start stamping and joined my team…

To celebrate her birthday today I sent her this package just to let her know we were thinking of her…

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All done in her favorite color combination and birthday cake with no calories.  The lanyard I know she will use with new snips and a little nosegay of roses she can pin to her blouse or jacket.

Here is a close up the of corsage of roses…

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And the lanyard was packaged like florist might …

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She’s already texted me and seemed really please with her surprise so I’m not ruining anything by posting this today.

The card included was posted on my blog and can be found under the “Birthday” button in the left column on this page.  The lanyard I purchased.

The birthday cake was made with the Cutie Pie Framelits and the roses with the Spiral Flower Die.  Her colors are Mint Macaron, Soft Sky and Pool Party.  The roses were hot glued to a scalloped circle of Mint Macaron and a jewelry pin hot glued to the back.  A little looped piece of Mint Macaron lace ribbon was tucked in one side for sweetness!

We plan to meet again at the beach this August…I bet this year we will be stamping at the beach too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Happens to me every time…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

 

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Expression of Love…

One of “the littles”, my granddaughter Lyla who just turned nine, will emphatically tell you she is an artist…and she definitely is.  As we create our paper, ink and stamp pieces we too should be just as emphatic about our artistic status.  There are artists of every kind…we just happen to create with our own media.  Just sayin’…

Today’s post is another sneak peek at new product available June 1st from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog…

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A shaker card!  And here’s the inside…

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This card showcases the new DSP paper stack Playful Palette and stamp set Painter’s Palette not to mention some of the new InColors…

Here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, and Thick Whisper White cardstock, plus Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Peekaboo Peach
  • Stamps:  Painter’s Palette
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, Window Sheet, Sequins and Framelit Label Flip Card set, foam adhesive strips.

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  • The Blushing Bride base card is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Peekaboo Peach layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to the card front with adhesive
  • The Whisper White layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″ attached to Peekaboo layer with adhesive
  • The first DSP layer is 2″ x 5″ attached with adhesive
  • The second Peekaboo vertical layer is 1 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ with a DSP layer attached with adhesive that is 1 3/4″ x 4 1/8″.  This layer is attached to card front with adhesive centered top to bottom and a little left of vertical center.
  • The third Peekaboo vertical layer is 1 7/8″x 3 5/8″ with a DSP layer attached with adhesive that is 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.    Add a piece of Peekaboo ribbon around one end and attach at back with adhesive.  This double layer is now attached to card front with adhesive centered top to bottom and overlapping vertical layer 3/4″ .  Loop ribbon three times and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add to card front with glue dots.
  • Stamp easel on Thick Whisper White cardstock in Soft Suede and “fussy cut”.  Cut through one corner and cut away center of frame.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet 2 1/2″ square and glue with Tombow to back of easel frame.  Add foam adhesive strips to the back of the frame on all four sides.  Cut a piece of DSP 2 1/4″ square.  Lie the easel face down, pull off foam adhesive paper, add sequins and lay the DSP piece over the opening.  Glue easel to card front.  Shaker card!
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Whisper White and cut with framelit.  Cut a second framelit in Peekaboo Peach and cut in half.  Add to back of sentiment.  Snip away any points that stick out.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a piece of Peekaboo Peach 4 1/2″ x 3″ attached to a Whisper White layer 4 3/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Early Espresso.  Add brush stroke in Peekaboo Peach.

Aren’t all the colors and patterns in this DSP Pack awesome?  I love how they coordinate for a real punch.

Thanks so much for stopping by today…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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…but with a good attitude you can go places you’ve never dreamed!

Get inky…Be HaPpY!

 

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It’s the Little Things…

The sentiment on the inside of today’s card post read, “Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.”  Awwww…can you stand it?  Take a peek…

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This one would make a cute baby card for a little girl.  Let’s take a peek at the inside…

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Love it!  Done in blues this would make a cute little boy card too.  You are going to kill me…this card uses three stamp sets, two punches and a good look at the new specialty DSP called Pop of Pink.  It was so much fun to make!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

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  • Paper:  Basic Black and Thick Whisper White cardstock plus Pop of Pink Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Love You Lots, Layering Love (inside sentiment) and Thoughtful Banners (front sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, White Seam Binding, Duet Banner Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Circles Framelits (retired), Aqua Pen

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  • Punch smallest balloon from DSP.  Add three dimensionals to back and cover front with Crystal Effects or glue from thin tip bottle and let dry out of the way.
  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The first Basic Black layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ attached to the card front with adhesive.
  • The Melon Mambo layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″ attached with adhesive over the Basic Black layer
  • The first horizontal Basic Black layer is 2 1/8″ x 5″ with a DSP layer 2″ x 4 7/8″ attached with adhesive.  Attach these two layer to card front about 1/2″ from bottom of card.
  • The second horizontal Basic Black layer is 1 7/8″ x 4 5/8″ with a DSP layer 1 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ attached with adhesive.  Attach these two layers to card front about 1/2″ from top of card and overlapping the first two layers.
  • The last Horizontal Basic Black layer is 1 7/8″ x 3 1/8″ with a DSP layer 1 3/4″ x 3″ attached with adhesive.  Wrap a piece of seam binding around the left end and attach to back with adhesive.  Attach these two layers to card front about 1/4″ from the bottom.
  • On a scrap of Thick Whisper White stamp the elephant with Basic Black.  Cut out with whatever circle punch or framelit.  This one is 2 1/2″ round.  Dampen the image with water from an Aqua Pen then use ink from lid of Smoky Slate.  Leave some areas with no color.  Come back and darken areas indicated by designer’s shade marks.  Add a little Melon Mambo lightly to the cheek area.  Awww…  I have cut fun foam with same framelit and glued to back of the elephant then to the card.
  • If your balloon is dry, pace where you want it and dry a line to trunk and add a small bow with a journal pen.
  • Stamp your banner punch and sentiment on scrap and punch.  I used the Melon Mambo marker to color stripes.  Add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Make loops with seam binding and tie in center with Linen Thread.  Add over previously place seam binding with glue dot.
  • Inside there is a Basic Black layer 3″ x 4 1/2″ with a 2 7/8″ x 4 3/8″ piece of Whisper White attached with adhesive.  Stamp sentiment in Basic Black and add heart with Melon Mambo.  Attach to inside of card with adhesive.

I do love this little card…wish somebody would have a little girl so I could send it out.  Seriously though, I think this card could also be used for a birthday…you having one?

Hope you enjoyed seeing products from the new catalog used on this little card.  This is such an exciting time of the year!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Oh my goodness this is so true…what would we do without our girl friends?

I’m inky…and HaPpY!

 

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New Catalogs…

Every year about this time Stampin’ Up! releases their annual catalog…and the excitement begins…

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The first time going through the new catalog, I like to brew a cup of Joe and just look at all the new products.  Peace and quiet with no one around is perfect.

The second time little post it tags are attached to pages that shows product I want…notice all the tags?

The third time all the samples are perused for possible class projects and/or blog content.

Then the “wish list” begins…which is where I am presently.  It’s a loooooonnnngggg list!

Do you have a demonstrator?  If not, no matter where you live in the U.S., I’d love to send you a catalog so you can enjoy it as much as I do.

Along with your catalog and “wish list” there will be a little something to show you the exact color of all five of the new “in colors”.

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Hope to hear from you…in the meantime I’ll be planning projects using goodies I received in preorder so you can enjoy sneak peeks!  So be sure to stop back by tomorrow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

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Get inky…be HaPpY!

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