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Bliss Card

I was going through my photo album getting ready to post some pictures from here in Arkansas and I found this card.


A friend of mine shared her system of tracking cards and making sure no one gets the same card twice – thanks Val! I’ve been trying to follow it and hopefully it will work for me.

The color in the photo isn’t terrific – it is actually Night of Navy and Rose Red. I used the Stampin’ Up! set called Bliss. It is retired now but I really like it so some of you reading this will probably see cards using it in the future!


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I’m spending National Quilting Day making  cards . . . would you ever have guessed?  Maybe if we get home early enough this afternoon, I can get in a little quilting!

Today is my Cottage Garden Card Workshop.  We are all making these eight cards – using the Cottage Garden stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

It was a bit of a challenge to come up with eight cards all using only the Cottage Garden stamp set.  I also limited the cards to only the Soft Subtle color family thinking it would make it easy for my friends if they wanted to reproduce the cards later but it really just made it hard to put on a workshop for 12 since there was so much overlap!

I’ll let y’all know how it goes (both on the card making and quilting fronts) later today!

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CPS Card Sketch 180

I haven’t had much time to do many sketch challenges.  Over the weekend I did use CPS180 even though the thread is already closed for the week.  Lisa has the terrific flower ribbon punch and I am loving it!

There isn’t too much going on but I like the simple elegance of the finished card.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Flamingo DSP (retired)
  • Cameo Coral Cardstock and Marker (retired)

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Stamping the Weekend Away

I spent the weekend hanging out with friends stamping. It was really a great time. I even managed to get a few cards finished. Staying focused is a big problem for me so I gave myself a challenge to use up what was left of my Flamingo DSP. There was quite a bit left!

Here are some of the cards I made:

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My girlfriend Jennifer helped out with the challenge.  She first made these two cards:

These were so great that I was inspired to make this red/yellow card.  It was Jennifer’s idea to put the Crystal Effects on the cake stand.  I ended up adding it to every card I made with that stamp!  My friend Lisa has been making terrific gatefold cards so I figured I had to try that too.

Here are a couple other cards that Jennifer made:

Aren’t they just the coolest?  I really loved that layering of the image with the sentiment!  You can’t see it too clearly but Jennifer put glitter on the yellow flowers in the back card.  I used that idea too, on a couple of cards.

One more card by Jennifer:

It was Lisa’s idea to use the blue background on sock monkey!  Doesn’t it just make the card pop?

I’ve still got to finish up all the insides and them I’m going to send a pack of Birthday cards off to my Mom.

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Yes, it is another sketch challenge!

I had made a couple of cards similar to this one with the More the Merrier stamp set but when I saw the TSSC135 sketch challenge, I realized it would work great.  Once again, I water colored the image – this time with Garden Green, Real Red and a little Certainly Celery.

The red gingham ribbon worked great – not too much of a bump for mailing.  I had been considering ordering some of the new thinner (1/8″) taffeta ribbon from Stampin’ Up! and I think now I’m sold.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
  • Real Red Ink and Cardstock
  • Garden Green Ink and Cardstock
  • Stamp Set:  The More the Merrier (retired)
  • Stamp Set:  Circle of Friendship (retired)
  • Punches:  1″ circle and 1-1/4″ circle

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Teal Layers

Somewhere on the Internet there is a sketch that looks like this card:

I belong to several groups where members share their card creations.  Someone posted a card with a “Go To Sketch” but I don’t know where it came from.  I did scratch it out in my notebook –  I’ve had to start keeping a kind of journal where I keep track of the sketches and other things I use for “inspiration.”

The background is made by sanding white-core card stock after putting it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.  I thought it looked pretty enough to keep and I’ve had it mixed in with my embellishments for months.  I’ve got several samples using other Cuttlebug techniques that I’m going to make an effort to use in the near future!

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Caffeine Card

For the last four months, I have practically eliminated caffeine from my diet.  It has made a big difference in my sleep but that didn’t stop me from ordering this adorable stamp set – Morning Cup.

This is the sketch from Utah International Divas that I used as inspiration for today’s card.  These straight-forward sketches are usually easier for me – fewer decisions to make!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
  • So Saffron Cardstock and Ink
  • Not Quite Navy Cardstock and  Ink
  • Elegant Eggplant Ink
  • Sweet Pea DSP (retired)
  • Morning Cup Stamp Set
  • 1-1/2″ Hole Punch

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