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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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.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Dotty Angles and You've Got This
 

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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America’s Newest Citizen

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I spent this morning down in Oakland Park at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services building watching my daughter-in-law, Mariana, get sworn in as a naturalized citizen of the United States. I had never been to one of these ceremonies, but I have to tell you, it was really moving. Today there were 151 people from 38 different countries taking the oath. Here is the prettiest one:

America's newest citizen

 
We are all so proud of Mariana. She worked very hard to meet all the requirements. When my son Michael first brought his Brazilian girlfriend home to meet us, she was very shy and only spoke limited English. Michael was working in a cigar shop run by Cubans and was fluent in Cuban slang and Mariana had spent a couple years studying in Spain. Between her Portuguese and the Spanish she learned while abroad and his slang, they were able to talk with each other very well.

It’s very hard to get to know someone when you speak different languages. She and Mike would come over and sit on the couch. We would say something and Mike would translate to her. She would answer back to him (very quietly) and he would translate for us. Occasionally she would answer yes or no. Gradually her English became much better and if Mike would try to translate something, she would tell him to speak in English please!

But even with the limited conversations we had, I could see what a sweet young woman she was (and is). She is kind and generous and smart and makes my son extremely happy. We are all so glad she is a part of our family.
 

Michael and Mariana
 
I love this picture. That smile is just so proud and happy. And there were 150 other smiles just like it this morning. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these ceremonies, please go. I thought maybe they just herded everyone through and that the people running it would be bored by doing it so many times, but that is not the case! They took the time to make it a very meaningful ceremony. Of course, having a family member taking part makes it even more so. We are celebrating today. God bless America!

One for One Swap

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I was so excited to be a part of Brian King’s 1 for 1 swap. Brian is a well-known Stampin’ Up demonstrator. He has an awesome blog that I check often – I just love his style! So when I was checking it out recently and saw that he was running a swap, I jumped at the chance to participate.

I’ve already posted the card I sent. I made a shaker card using the You Little Furball set. You can see it here.  Now it’s time to show you the card I received. This great card came from Laura Laures, another Stampin’ Up demonstrator. I love this card – it’s a great card to give to that special someone in your life.

Stampin' Up card by Laura Laures

 

When I first saw this card, I thought Laura had used the World Map stamp for the background, but on closer inspection, I saw that she used the Typeset paper and colored it in. The anchor and sentiment are from Guy Greetings. And I love that she used the Old Olive two-tone trim. It’s a carry-over from the Holiday catalog.

 

Stmpin' Up!! card by Laura Laures

 

Laura used Basic Black for the card base and adhered a piece of Very Vanilla to the inside for a written message. I think she created a very classy masculine card. You can see more of Laura’s work on her blog.  Be sure to drop by and check out more of her cards.

Stamp Review Crew – Four Feathers

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Welcome once again to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. On the first and third Monday of each month, our group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators feature a current stamp set on our blogs. This time around, we’re featuring Four Feathers, a set with matching framelits that carried over from the Holiday catalog.

Spoiler alert: this post features a couple of items from the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog. I recently received my first pre-order from the new catalog and one of the things I got is the Bohemian designer series paper. This set features ikat style designs in rich colors, including Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss,  and the new Delightful Dijon, one of the five new in colors.

I grew up in Oklahoma and the papers in this set remind me a bit of Indian blankets we saw (although not necessarily the colors). Pairing the designs with feathers seemed like a natural to me.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Four Feathers

 

There’s no related sentiment in the Four Feathers set, so continuing with the blanket theme, I used “you warm my heart” from the Sheltering Tree set. The twine around the feathers is a found object from a clothing tag I saved (you never know when something will come in handy. ;-) )

Thanks for stopping by – I hope you like my card. Click on the links below to move forward or back through our hop. And please feel free to leave us comments – we love hearing from you!

 

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You Little Furball Shaker Card

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I bought this set for my sister, the original cat lover in our family. I got it last year and made this Halloween card. And then I put the set away for awhile. The new Occasions catalog came out and there were too many new toys to play with. But at our last Coffee and Cards class, the focus was on shaker cards, and I decided to pull this set out again and see what I could do with it.

The layout is based on a sketch challenge I saw somewhere – sorry, I don’t remember the site. But I thought it would be great to replace the circle image in the center with a “see through” shaker card. We made this one with fun foam – you can find tutorials on the ‘net. It’s pretty easy to do, you just have to be careful with the glue. I love the way it turned out:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up You Little Furball shaker card

We filled the cards with mica (retired Stampin’ Up), the beautiful new Bermuda Bay sequins, and seed beads from a craft store. The beads are a little large, so if you’re going to make a shaker card with this technique, make sure you get the teeny, tiny seed beads.

Behind the circle, we stamped the little fish swimming around and the “Love your cat-itude” sentiment. Of course he needed a little pal looking from the outside in. Here is a close up.

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Loving the fun cards you see from our Coffee and Cards class? Join us – we meet the first Saturday of every month – email me if you want to be on my mailing list to get all my class information.

When you clean out a closet …

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There’s no telling what you’ll find. I am on a mission. I have a bedroom that right now is housing all the things we have been keeping in there over the years for lack of a better place to store them. But now the room has a new purpose in life – a home gym. Nothing fancy, it’s a small room. But I have a workout bike and we’re being gifted with an elliptical, so I’m sorting through and selling, donating or finding a new home for about 95% of the things in the room.

The big bug-a-boo in the room is the closet. It’s a fairly large walk-in closet and it’s packed with old family photos, games, previous hobbies and unfinished projects. One of the projects I came across is a scrapbooking venture that my daughter Cara and I started when she was about 11 or 12. We had seen cute (and not so cute) scrapbook pages being sold on ebay for ridiculous prices.  So we began making 2 page spreads to sell. Well, that little side business didn’t really take off, but we did learn to make the cutest little “tear bears”.

Iguanastamp! Tear Bear card
 
These little bears are made by tearing shapes from a fuzzy mulberry-type paper. This particular piece was part of a little girl bath-time spread we created. Doesn’t she have just the cutest little face?
 
Iguanastamp! Tear Bear
 
We learned how to make them from Cindy Trombley, who, for all I know, is still selling tear bear scrapbook pages on ebay. I took this sweet piece and turned it into a card I’m sending out to my daughter. I think it will bring back some fun and fond memories.
 
I never really got into scrapbooking, but with all the pictures sitting in that closet, I will be taking it up again. But this time, I plan to keep it simple and quick by using Stampin’ Up’s Project Life products. But who knows, a tear bear or two may find their way into my albums. :-)