Happy Halloween!

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We had a lot of fun with the Fall Fest and Tee-Hee-Hee sets at our Halloween class last month. It dawned on me that I never posted any of the cards. My sample cards have gotten pretty beat up, but here’s a cute one using the shoes from Tee-Hee-Hee.

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I thought I’d better hurry up and show it to you. For the next two months, I’ll be focusing on fall and Christmas cards. I bought so many beautiful things out of the Holiday catalog, I’m not sure how I’m going to blog about all of them before Christmas!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween! I’ll be spending the weekend running the Zombie Insanity 5K, and yes, I am insane for trying this, but I’ll be doing it with my husband and son. You know what they say, the family that does mud runs together … um, gets really dirty?!

Leukemia and Lymphoma Light the Night Walk

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As some of you know, my father was diagnosed early this summer with Stage 4 Lymphoma. It’s been a long, hard summer, but I’m happy to report that he is in functional remission. We are so thankful for all the prayers and well wishes from friends, family and all my stamping friends.

On Saturday, November 15, my husband, son and I will be doing the Light the Night Walk in Boca Raton. This walk raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which funds research to advance therapies and treatments that are saving lives every day. Our team name is Mike’s Posse and you can help us by donating to our team or to any one of us by visiting our team page. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Nancy

Why You Need the Fry Box Die

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I love my Big Shot. I use it all the time with my embossing folders. They’re great for adding texture and interest to cards. And I have lots of framelits that I use. But my dies have been gathering dust lately. Then the fry box die made it’s appearance in the annual catalog and I knew I had to have it!

We used it at the Halloween class to make cute treat holders, as you can see here. We used Pumpkin Pie cardstock and lined it with cute candy corn paper from the Motley Monster designer series paper, then topped it off with the black chevron ribbon.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up fry box die

My upline and friend, Shanon, made several cute boxes and gave them to me, complete with candy. I ate the candy before I took the pictures – sorry. :-) But aren’t they adorable? I love the color combinations she used. The stamps are from the Merry Everything set which has a matching punch. If you look closely, you’ll see she punched an additional tag out of coordinating card stock and placed it behind and slightly above the main punched tag.

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Google “fry box” or search Pinterest and you will find some amazing ideas out there, from holiday treat boxes to characters like Frankenstein and Mickey Mouse. Here’s a great St. Patrick’s Day treat box created by Nancy Dawson, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Virginia. How cute is this!

St. Patty's Fry Box by Nancy Dawson
And here are two more cute fry boxes. These were made by Stacey at Stacey’s Creative Corner. She used an electronic cutter, but I think the fry box die could be used as well.
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See what I mean? You need this die!

Stamp Review Crew – Serene Silhouettes

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Hello and welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. This time around we’re focusing on the Serene Silhouettes stamp set.  If you’re hopping in order, you just came from Adriana’s blog, where you always find great ideas.

I love our blog hops, because it challenges me to get outside my comfort zone and try new things. While I love this set and have used it several times, I’ve only inked up the tree silhouette. The other stamps in the set weren’t getting any love. So I inked up the birds on a branch, my next favorite stamp in the set, and came up with this card:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Serene Silhouettes

I used paper from the Gold Soiree DSP, which has gold in it. The branch was embossed in gold and I used the gold baker’s twine. I embossed two feathers in white on vellum. I originally embossed in gold, but it didn’t show up as well as the white.

Now, for a blast from the past, here is a card I made for Convention last year using the tree from this set:

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I hope you like my cards. Thanks for stopping by. And now on to Tanya’s blog for more great ideas.

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Stamp Review Crew – Work of Art

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Hello and welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. If you’re new to our blog hop, we’re a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators who get together twice a month to focus on a single stamp set from Stampin’ Up! If you’re hopping in order, you just arrived from Shana’s blog, where you got some great ideas for this set. But you can jump in anywhere and follow along.

This is truly a great set. The swooshes can be used for so many things. I’ve used it previously on my thank you cards as you can see here.

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For today’s hop, I combined the chevron stamp with the #hello set to create a card to send to my daughter, who’s away at college. We’re always saying “love you more”, so I think she’ll like this. I combined Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe because when you ink up the chevron with Calypso Coral and keep stamping without re-inking, you end up with Crisp Cantaloupe.
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I hope you liked my cards. Now on to Tanya’s blog to see what great ideas she has in store for you.

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Watercolor like a Pro!

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I love the Simply Sent Watercolor Winter kit in the holiday catalog. It has everything you need to make 20 cards in 4 different designs. The kit includes instructions and plenty of extras to make additional cards.  Here’s a look at what you get in the kit.

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The great thing is you can make them exactly as suggested or mix things up and make your own designs. Combine with your other Christmas stamps and paper and there’s no telling how many cards you’ll get out of this set.
These are easy cards to make. You need to wait a little for the watercolor to dry, but if you’re really impatient, just pull out your heat gun! :-) Here are a few I made last night. The first two I made as instructed, but the third one I changed up a bit based on cards I saw on Pinterest. I replaced painting wiggly stripes with the Hardwood background. Really like how it turned out.
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Don’t you just love them? I’ll be offering a class later in the month where you can make a set of 4 (1 of each design), or buy the whole kit to make 20. Details coming soon.

Experimenting with Mixed Media

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Every Friday, Splitcoaststampers has a Mixed Media challenge. I love the work I see displayed there, but I have yet to try my hand at it. Until this weekend. The current challenge is to incorporate signs of fall. Well, I’m a sucker for pumpkins and I’ve seen some really cute pumpkin canvas ideas on Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try.

The definition of mixed media is the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or paint and collage combined into a single composition. Well I started to play and ended up pulling out just about everything but the kitchen sink. I used ink and stamps, gelatos, designer paper, filter paper, stencils, embossing folders, charcoal and something that may have been twinkling H2Os, but it had no label so I’m not really sure. I used it like water colors, but it had a metallic shine to the colors.

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out and had so much fun making it that I will definitely be doing more of these!