Sunday, March 16, 2014

FMS127 Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

Another great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches! The Fresh Prints Paper Stack in the Spring Catalog features Real Red, Coastal Cabana, and Crumb Cake. I like that the prints in these 4x6 stacks are petite - meaning they are the perfect scale for card projects. I'm ready for spring, how about you?

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Petal Parade Bookmark

A bookmark is one of my favorite quick projects to make and to give - often I will leave one on a co-worker's desk as a little surprise when they return. The bookmark format is also a great blank slate to play with a new stamp set, or experiment with colors and composition. I couldn't decide which of the twine colors to use, so I grabbed all three!

The Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, and Petal Parade stamp set are all exclusive Sale-A-Bration products meaning you can earn them FREE (one item free per $50 ordered). Sale-A-Bration runs through March 31, 2014.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wine Bottle Tag

The new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is really versatile - here I simply cut a 2" x 4" piece of card stock for the tag base, and used the punch on both ends. Then I decorated the tag with several shapes and images from the Chalk Talk stamp set and coordinating Framelits dies. Perfect for decorating a bottle of wine, olive oil, or flavored vinegar. A 5-minute project, maybe?

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Spiral Flower Die

I believe gift packaging should be as memorable as the gift itself. The centerpiece of this box is of course the beautiful felt flower made with the new Spiral Flower Die. After die cutting the felt, simply roll it up from the outside in, securing with hot glue along the way. The last round tab acts as a base for the flower. I then created a little platform using the Blossom Flower Punch from Coastal Cabana card stock, and gave it some dimension by sponging Baked Brown Sugar around the edges.

The tag was created with the Chalk Talk stamp set and coordinating dies. After auditioning the design elements, I discovered the Ruffled Stretch Trim created a really nice little skirt around the base of the flower. Finally, I glued a Vintage Faceted Button to the center of the flower to give it some sparkle. The nice thing about this box is that it can be completely reused. The belly band slides off - and both the box and band may be used again!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

FMS126 Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

Another great template design by Freshly Made Sketches! I've been itching to use Perfect Blend and paper piece the belly band - these colors are bright and bold - just how I like my coffee! Not a lot of supplies needed for this simple design, super quick and easy.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Planning Ahead - Father's Day

With as busy as life is these days, it's never too early to plan some spring and early summer holiday cards, including this one for Father's Day. The stamp set Lovely As A Tree is priceless - so many uses! I used the new Hardwood background stamp as well - this seemed like a natural choice. (SO happy Stampin' Up now offers the versatile background stamps in Clear Mount! Less expensive and easier to store - YEAH!!) I used an Aqua Painter to add some warmer tones of Old Olive ink around the top edges of the tree. Sort of reminds me of the sunshine filtering through the leaves ... ahhhh ... leaves ... something to dream about! #Chiberia

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Can't ... Stop ... Coloring ...

The Stampin' Up Vivid Vases single from the spring catalog is highly addictive. Who doesn't like coloring? You could use watercolor pencils, ink and blender pens, aqua painter, watercolor crayons, markers, and the list goes on. I got a large scrap of white paper, and stamped the image 3 times in Staz-on ink. I used two of the images for practice, and the 3rd for my final card. Inside you could stamp a sentiment of choice, Mother's Day or even Easter? The colors are light and refreshing, considering we still have 6" of snow on the ground!

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