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Playing with Shapes

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So!  Happy September!  I can’t believe this has come around so fast!  This calendar page is one of my favorites.  When the Holiday Catalog came out last fall, there was a stamp set called “Cheers to the Year” (now retired) that was meant for New Year’s.  Images of sparklers and wreaths for the holidays…  but, I LOVED the shapes.  The two different (what were supposed to be wreaths) circles had fabulous ‘texture’ and I really enjoyed putting them together to make some fun geometric patterns.

So, you can see here, the colors are light enough that they can be stamped over the text in the calendar and it still works.  The colors I used were Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, and Lemon Lime twist.  The picture lighting isn’t the best but the cardstock is navy as well.

Happy September to you!  Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

 

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Tasty Treats of Summer

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One of my favorite things to do in the summertime when we went to visit my Grandma’s was to run out and get a special treat when the icecream truck went by.  So, when Stampin’ Up released the Tasty Truck Stamp Set (now retired), I just KNEW it had to be for my summertime calendar!

mvimg_20171230_1720593245543515674445406.jpgThis is such a fun little truck!  I used the watercolor pencils to color in the details!  I like the pencils because they are very pigmented and work well as a pencil or as a watercolor.  It’s super easy to use!

Hope you have a fun summer!  Head over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

 

Spring is ‘Ready to Pop’

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Happy March! Can’t believe it is nearly spring break. As a teacher, every month has it’s highlight and for March, it’s most definitely spring break.

So. The name of this stamp set is Ready to Pop. And it has this awesome little border stamp that works so perfect here. And the little punch (sorry, it’s retired) adds just the right flowers for some sweet sprintime blooms. The paper is blushing bride and the ink is pear pizzazz.

Thanks for stopping by today! Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

Monster Love

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Monster Love

February is always a fun month for me… a return to a normal routine after the holidays and the anticipation of the summer (as a school teacher, February always is an encouragement…that I may actually survive until the end of the school year).  And, I’ve always enjoyed Valentines from a crafting standpoint.  There’s no pressure around the holiday like Christmas brings, and it’s opportunity to do something cute, simple and fun!

This February is no exception.  The 2017 Occasions catalog had this stamp set, Yummy in my Tummy and the minute I saw it I KNEW this lovable beast needed to be in my calendar.  (Sorry, the set is now retired… I know, so sad)

Such a super simple, easy image.  And you can color, or no need…  And, he’s just a little friendly smile to see as you change the months on the calendar.

Hope you enjoy your February!  Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

A Blooming Thank You

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I feel as I am growing up in my cardmaking (I suppose, if you are counting by years in SU, I am now a teenager…oh my), I do notice my tastes changing.  This probably has a lot to do with current trends in just about everything, but more and more I find myself reaching for neutrals and creating simplicity.  This card is that.  Neutral simplicity.

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I love this set called Bordering Blooms.  It is a FABULOUS border set.  And EASY.  I used TWO stamps on this card.  TWO.  The thanks comes from Endless Thanks (also a set I love, and it’s companion, Endless Birthday Wishes). I digress.

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I used Tip Top Taupe and Sahara Sand and White (Sahara and Taupe are the monochromatic pairs… I just LOVE how SU gives us those options in their papers and inks).  And, I colored in the selected flowers with the white gel pin.  Added a some bling and THERE YOU GO.  Instant Thank You.  You can make a bazillion of these in no time.  It’s good to make several at once… then you have a stockpile for when you need.  OH… I didn’t get a pic of this… but that Bordering Blooms is also a GREAT stamp to put across the bottom of envelopes.  To add pizzazz.  Cause we all need pizzazz… even with Neutral Simplicity.

A Nice Cuppa

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Hello!!

Here’s a little treat bag for your crafting pleasure.  I made this last month in my Stamp Clubs.  Wanted something to celebrate the Valentine holiday, but not too ‘in your face’.  I wanted it to be able to be used any time.

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I love the little kraft treat bags from Stampin’ Up!  You can get a pack of 10 for $3.50!  It’s a steal!  And, I made up a handful to have on hand…just so they were available when I needed to give a little gift … or treat…

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The ‘A Nice Cuppa’ stamp set was a lot of fun to play with.  I love tea cups.  I wish I enjoyed hot tea more.  Well, I do enjoy it.  When it is cold out.  Its just that I am rarely cold enough to feel the need to drink hot tea…  anyway…

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The framelits make cutting the cup and the tag and the steam out VERY easy.  And, a little glimmer paper for the heart…  I used Wink of Stella to add the accent to the  cup and to the steam.  (HAVE YOU TRIED STELLA YET????  You NEED TO.)

Anwyay, super fun, super fast.  EASY!!

A Little V-Day Decor

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A Little V-Day Decor

I realized Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but I want to share a little of the decor I made for the house.  Actually, I made 13 of these…  sent to family on the mainland for Valentine’s!!  What a wonderful piece of HAPPY mail!

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Even though I made it pink and hearts, I really tried to keep it from being TOO Valentine-y just cause I wanted people to be able to leave it up past the holiday.  Just cause it is very cheery…

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Love the Blushing Bride Glimmer paper.  It’s fabulous.  I actually thought it would be too pink for my liking, but when it came, I was wonderfully surprised.  It seems to go well with everything.

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I cut the banners out on the big shot… cut out the dsp and photos alike.  The big shot makes the easiest banners… (and many other things.)

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Our little heart punch lines up very well with the Hearts TIEF… The glimmer cut outs glued in real well..  (oops, looks like one of my hearts is a little crooked…)

I had a very hard time getting pictures without glare…

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One of my favorite card sites (for making digital cards) is Pear Tree Greetings.  I saw the idea of sending a Valentine’s Banner on their site.  But, it was about $3 EACH.  To order!  And, I figure, with this banner, I spent less than a dollar!  And, it came together in minutes!  You could modify for any occasion!

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Ok.  Homework:  Go make some spring banners.  And send me some pics!!  I wanna see.  They are so much fun!!