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SU Darling Label Punch Box with Very Vintage

August 10, 2018

I love how Navy and Peach work together.
It was so funny how my friend, Jodi posted this watercolor piece yesterday
when I had just finished up my post for this card:)

This simple card packs a lot of texture.
The Subtle Embossing Folder used on the Grapefruit Grove strip creates the first layer of texture.
Well, actually, the Navy border is the first layer, huh?
Next, the ribbon not only adds texture but also pattern because of the gingham design.
Next up is the Basket Weave embossed Darling Labels.
And, of course, where would it be without Stampin’ Dimensionals?!?
(affectionately known as those pop up thingys)

This card actually fits into the Freshly Made Sketches # 349, too!


So I thought I would share another card over there this week:)

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SU Serene Garden with Calligraphy Essentials

August 8, 2018

I loved the Clean and Simple sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #349 this week.

The sketch was so simple that I created a super simple card.
I was going to color the flowers and leaves and even the calligraphy but then thought…I like it just as it is:)

 

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Don’t forget about the August Specials…

Spend $5O in August and get a $5 off coupon good for
any Stampin’ Up Product Purchase in September! WooHoo!!

You must have an email address for the coupon to be sent.
When ordering, you will receive the email from SU with the Coupon Code
that you must keep safe, the code CAN NOT be resent if lost!

Stampin’ Up has released an exclusive bundle of seasonal stamps called

Blended Seasons and framelits called Stitched Seasons:

Available until August 31 or until supplies last. 

Also, sold separately…

Note: Because my image is sized, the “You’re the friend” is 3/4″ x 3-1/4″ for reference.

SU Country Road

August 6, 2018

Taking a break from flowers, and using an awesome, rustic stamp set called Country Home.
I was inspired by the catalog sample on page 163 of the Annual Catalog.
A great card for the guys!

Wondering how I made that rectangle frame?
I started with a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock. I stamped it with the Hardwood Background Stamp.
Then, I used the rectangle die from the Barn Door Framelits to cut out the opening.

I stamped the bottom of the Very Vanilla panel with grass using Old Olive ink and then embossed the horse with Copper Embossing Powder.
Next, I ran the Very Vanilla panel through the Big Sot using the Subtle Embossing Folder. Notice how cool the copper looks?
I roughed up my edges with the retired SU Distressing Tool and sponged some Soft Seude ink on the edges.
I love how the sponged ink seeped in the subtle creases.

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Heat Tool

$30.00

SU Abstract Impressions Bundle

August 3, 2018

I got a card from my friend, Sarah, who used the butterfly
from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits.
It was so clean and eye-catching that I had to CASE it!

I loved how she used the NEW Big Shot Embossing Mats to create the bottom of the card.
The first thing I did was cut out the butterfly, then I did the bottom embossing as follows:
You just place the die on the cardstock, secure it in place with some Washi tape around the back -see photo below.

Now to emboss, use this sandwich from BOTTOM to TOP-

  1. 1. Big Shot platform,
    2. Acrylic Plate,
    3. Cardstock with die in place face down- see photo below,


4. Gray embossing mat,
5. White embossing plate

TIP: Always keep one CLEAN acrylic plate for times you have to put the “good” side down when using the Big Shot. It keeps the cardstock from getting the acrylic pad scratches etched in it. Has that ever happened to you?  With this mat embossing, it probably won’t etch your cardstock but when CUTTING with the cardstock good side face down, it can. You can protect the cardstock by putting a piece of copy paper down first if your acrylic plate is heavily used to hopefully keep those etched marks off your pretty card:)

Here is a comparison of the how deep the impression is with the two embossing mats-
the thicker gray one embossed this way:

the thinner blue one embossed this way:

 

I bet we agree that the thicker mat gave a nicer defined impression
but I can think of other times where a
less deep subtle impressed area would look nice, maybe on a larger background surface-
like the whole corner floral die that is in this bundle?

Here is the card I received from Sarah- thanks for the inspiration!

 

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Don’t forget about the specials going on in August! You can see them HERE

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$5 Off Bonus Days are back…Blended Seasons Bundle Available

August 1, 2018

Spend $5O in August and get a $5 off coupon good for
any Stampin’ Up Product Purchase in September! WooHoo!!

You must have an email address for the coupon to be sent.
When ordering, you will receive the email from SU with the Coupon Code
that you must keep safe, the code CAN NOT be resent if lost!

Stampin’ Up is releasing an exclusive bundle of seasonal stamps called

Blended Seasons and framelits called Stitched Seasons:

 

Note: Because my image is sized, the “You’re the friend” is 3/4″ x 3-1/4″ for reference.

Get them bundled at a 10% off Discount for 64.75!

I used the Gallery Grunge Stamp Set on the sentiment panel to dirty up the stark white.

Look at the detailed stitching on the dies…

AND…a new assortment of Colored Pencils is available now:

Items are Available until August 31 or while supplies last.

Order the Blended Seasons Bundle from me using the Hostess Code

JTXRXMRH

and receive a FREE roll of ribbon of your choice!
(The ribbon will be sent separately the first week of August)

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