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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Stamp Review Crew

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.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up You Little Furball

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. :-)

The Butterflies Have Landed!

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Stampin' Up Buttefly Thinlits

After a long wait, the butterfly dies have finally reached the Stampin’ Up warehouse and are now available to order. Can I just say what a great company Stampin’ Up is? They heard us clamoring and complaining about the wait, and though it was out of their control, they are doing something extra special to make it up to us.

From now until April 30, they are offering these special deals:

Here are just a few of the cards I’ve made with the dies so far:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up butterfly framelits    Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Butterfly Thinlits   Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Butterfly Basics and matching die

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Throwback Thursday – Nature Walk

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It’s time for another blast from the not-too-distant past. Nature Walk is one of the sets I think I’ll always keep. I love the images in it. When making this card, I pulled out the coordinating Blossom Gazette designer paper, which I’m embarrassed to say, I hadn’t used much of.

I decided to play with color blocking and came up with this:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Nature Walk

 

On the blue sheet are various birdcages. The saying is from the Pursuit of Happiness set, another retired set I will probably keep forever. I figured the bird is probably grateful not to be stuck in one of those cages. :-)

The colors listed for the paper include Old Olive, Not Quite Navy (retired), Marina Mist, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler. However, the checked paper looks more like Rich Razzleberry to me. Not quite, but a closer match than the Cherry Cobbler. I used a bit of both colors to paint the bird.

Well, that’s it for Throwback Thursday. Hope you like my card.

Age is Just a Number

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It’s been a busy week. I’ve been completely focused on the craft yard sale we had this weekend. We sold a lot of stamps, ribbon, buttons, inks and other craft supplies. Many things were priced at pennies on the dollar. One person said she bought so much, it felt like Christmas!

But the sale is over, all the signs are taken down and the house is more or less back to normal. I didn’t want to let the weekend slip by without posting a card. This is one we made at the Coffee and Cards class last Saturday. It’s a cute tent topper card using the Giggle Greetings set.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Giggle Greetings
We used two layers of Daffodil Delight to create the cheese and punched holes in the top layer with different size circle punches.  We sponged around the edges of the layers and then checked where the holes would line up and sponged on the bottom layer to add depth.
 

We also made a card with the cat image from the same set. I’ll post it as soon as I can find it. I’m afraid I pretty much trashed my craft room while pulling out things to sell and tables to use for the sale. I haven’t had the energy to put it back in order. There’s always next week. ;-)