Summer Stamp Camp – Post-it Note Holder

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This past Saturday we had a summer “stamp camp for grown ups” at my house. This end of summer event was a chance for us to get together and use stamps and inks to create projects beyond basic cards. I’ll post the projects this week as I have time.

First up is this cute little post-it note holder.

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This particular style holder has a little place to hold your pen. I got these mini gel pens from Amazon, but if you’re lucky, you may find them cheaper at the Dollar store.

Love the paper – it’s from the Pretty Petals paper pack. Each sheet of 6×6 paper is enough for 4 covers. The flower stamp is from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit. Its shape looks very similar to the flowers in the paper. Finally, the sentiment is from the Happy Happenings stamp set. This particular one is something I would say to my daughter.

Here is a look at the inside:

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I think it turned out really cute. I’m tempted to keep it, but they’re so easy to whip up, I guess I can bear to part with it and send it to my daughter.

We had a fun time. Prepping for the camp was a lot of work, but I think everyone had fun. We might just make this a regular event. Camp Iguanastamp – kind of catchy, don’t you think?

Best Thoughts

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I think sometimes the hostess stamp sets at the back of the catalog get overlooked, and that’s a shame. I like all the sets in this year’s annual catalog, but Best Thoughts is at the top of my list. The hydrangea lends itself to several fun coloring techniques. For my card, I used blender pens with Stampin’ Write markers on the Shimmery White paper. This is the first time I’ve used this paper, but it’s lovely. It’s got a slight shimmer to it and it holds up to water brushes and blender pens better than regular Whisper White paper.

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I embossed the flower with white embossing powder and colored the flowers with Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and a touch of Melon Mambo in the flower centers. Here’s a closer look.

 
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I was going for a water colored look, which doesn’t need to look perfect. It’s ok to go outside the lines and leave unpainted spaces – much less stressful that way. Of course, I’m my own harshest critic, and at first I wasn’t sure I liked how it looked. But I set it aside for awhile and now I’m really liking it.

What do you think?

A Graduation Card

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I’m a little late getting this card out to my daughter’s boyfriend, but I hope he will think it’s worth the wait. I decided to go with the card in a box. It’s been awhile since I made one, but fortunately, I put the directions on my blog the last time I made one.

Their school colors are black and gold and at first I was a little stumped as to how to keep it from looking bland. I generally use more colors in my cards. Unfortunately, my pictures aren’t helping. Someone told me my lens might be foggy. Might be time to switch to another camera.

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I used gold paper on the tassel and seal on the diploma, but the card needed more gold. So I pulled out all my stars – punch, border punch and framelits. I punched out the centers of the biggest stars and adhered a smaller star in the center on the strips of window sheet that support the standing stars. I scattered the small stars from the border punch on the bottom panels. Here is a closeup:

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And here it is (almost) closed. You should test periodically as you’re building your card so that nothing sticks over the edges like it does on mine.

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Of course, now my daughter is complaining that the card I made her didn’t have nearly the same “wow” factor to it, so I reminded her that his gift isn’t nearly as nice as what she got. ;-)

Stamp Review Crew – Crazy About You

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Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. In case you’re new here, we’re a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators from all over the world who get together to do a blog hop on the first and third Monday of each month. We focus on a single stamp set so that you can see the variety of ways in which to use it.

Looks like I’m kicking off the hop today, but you can start from anywhere and hop forwards or back. Today we’re highlighting the Crazy About You stamp set. This versatile set has a variety of words and phrases that you can use alone or in conjunction with the coordinating Hello You framelits.

The card base started out as something entirely different that I set aside because it wasn’t working for me. The paper is from the Farmers Market designer series paper. I love how it looks like an old wooden fence. And when I looked at the larger flower in the stamp set, it reminded me of the purple clementine flowering vines that cover an old wooden fence in my neighborhood. So here is how my card came together:

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It’s a little overcast here, so the picture is not as vibrant as the card is. I stamped the flowers with Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum and used 1-3 layers. The centers are candy dots (so fun). I love the look I see on a lot of cards lately of words that look like they were punched from a labeler, so I used white embossing powder on black paper. I think it ties in well with the black “hello” and the knotholes in the wooden fence.

I think it makes for a fun card to give to someone. What do you think?

Now you can hop on over to Holly’s blog to see what she has in store. If you get lost at anytime, just click the banner at the top of this page to see the entire list of blogs. I guarantee you’ll find some great ideas for this stamp set!

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Stamp Review Crew – Watercolor Wings

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Welcome back to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. You may have noticed I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. It all began when my laptop finally bit the dust. My sons had been keeping it alive for me for the past few years, but it finally passed the point of no return. Then we had a family vacation followed by a couple of trips transporting my son to camp and visiting him at the half-way mark. All while a major re-org was going on at work. I don’t know why I always think things will slow down during the summer and I’ll get a lot done. Never happens.

But I’m back with a new laptop and a bit of free time and SO happy to be a part of this week’s hop. I love that there are two different sets of butterfly framelits in the catalog that coordinate with stamp sets and with each other. And the Watercolor Wings stamp set is gorgeous! I plan to get a lot of use out of this set.

There are so many ways you can go with these butterflies – I’ve seen some beautiful color combinations. I was trying to recreate the butterflies I chased as a child. Besides the orange and black Monarchs, I remember vivid blue and black butterflies. I used Marina Mist and Night of Navy along with Momento Black to make my butterfly.

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I love the little “bokeh” dots in the set, as well as this sweet sentiment. On a sad note, while I was writing this blog post, my cat jumped up on the counter (something she’s not supposed to do). I leapt out of my chair, setting my laptop on the coffee table and knocking over my glass of iced tea in the process. My poor card was splashed. SO glad I had already taken a picture of it! The card base and part of the Marina Mist background was soaked, but not to worry – the image panel and the butterfly are fine. I will repurpose on another card, luckily for my cat.

Back to the hop – you can go on to Jessica’s blog to see what lovely things she has created, or if you missed it, hop backwards to Deb’s blog. I always love to see what creative ideas she comes up with.

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear what you think of my card.

 

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Look What I Almost Missed!

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I just got my order from the new catalog and I feel like a kid at Christmas! I got several things on my wish list (it’s a very long list). But one of the stamps I almost didn’t get. When I first saw Definitely Dahlia, I thought – nah, I don’t need another big background image. But those concept artists at Stampin’ Up really know what they’re doing. There’s not one, but TWO gorgeous samples in the catalog made with this stamp. Can you find them?

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I love the way they made big, bold, graphic cards out of this stamp. It definitely needs a bold sentiment to go with it, otherwise the flower would swallow it up. I used one from the One Big Meaning set. It has a variety of “thank yous” – really, can you have too many?
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You’ll need to use a lighter color for the flower so the saying will show up. I used Calypso Coral, possibly my favorite Stampin’ Up color. At least for now. ;-) What do you think?

 

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Ok, did you find the cards? Here they are.

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Need a catalog? (yes you do!) Email me and I’ll get one to you or you can come to my catalog Open House on Saturday, June 27 at 1:30 and pick one up.

Stamp Review Crew – Dotty Angles

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Can you believe it’s (almost) the first Monday of the month? So much is happening – the 2014-2015 and the Occasions catalogs are coming to a close and the new annual catalog goes live this Tuesday. And, it’s time for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop!

This time around, we’re highlighting the Dotty Angles stamp set. If you just came from Deb’s site, you’re in order. But don’t worry, there’s no right or wrong. You can skip to any site on the hop and if you get lost, you can click on the banner above to find your place.

This set is more of an accent than the main player, although I’ve seen some pretty creative uses for it. I used a sketch from the Mojo Monday sketch challenge site (#386) as my starting point. I also used some things from the new catalog to make my card. Have you seen the new cotton papers? Love them! I used the colors of these papers for my card – Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, and Cucumber Crush (two new in colors). I also used the You’ve Got This set.

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I colored the stamp with markers and then did a little creative color blocking, reversing the colors of the flower. It’s not my usual style, but I think it’s a fun card.

I hope you like my card. Next up is Tanya’s blog, where you’ll find more creative ways to use this set. Thanks for stopping by!

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