Water Aerobics Thanks With Seaside Shore

Each summer one of my neighbors brings her gigantic boom box and a water aerobics CD over to the pool a few mornings a week. We all follow along with the CD and get some exercise and have lots of fun. Yesterday we had a little brunch to finish off the year. (Exercise and food, the perfect combination.) So, I created this thanks with Seaside Shore stamp set.

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Are you wondering about those funny looking bits? They are supposed to be our swimming noodles!

Design Notes For Thanks With Seaside Shore Card:

Making a pop-up card is not hard if you can follow directions and not get ahead of yourself. I’ve made them before (see this post).  I used the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper to decorate the various panels and the cut some waves from Silver Glimmer Paper. The fish, of course, are from the Seaside Shore stamp set. Since I wanted to add a nice sentiment on the back, I used one of the larger sentiment from the All Things Thanks set.

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Because lots of people were going to sign the card, I made a folded panel in the back. I also made it a little taller than usual so I made my own envelope! Gotta love the Envelope Punch Board!

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Hope you are having a splendid day!


Here’s Sharon with her special card.

Quick Thank You with Pop Of Paradise

I needed a few thank you cards, quickly.  Quick card tip #1, find a sentiment you like and work from there. I love the thank you banner from Pop of Paradise so that’s where I started. Quick card tip #2, use Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards and Envelopes.The card stock is thick and so if you don’t want to add layers, you can just stamp right on the note card. Thus, a formula for quick cards.

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Design Notes for Pop of Paradise Card:

As you can see, this is a pretty basic card. I’d like to think easy but elegant. The only clever thing I did was to wrap the piece of Powder Pink Woven Ribbon around a piece of card stock so that I could adhere it to the front without worrying about the ends of the ribbon showing. The Linen Thread, one of my favorite accessories, added a little interest and texture to the card front. And yes, I fussy cut the thank you banner. Really, not hard at all. You just need good scissors like our Paper Snips!

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International Blog Hop – Teacher Gifts

Kylie Bertucci Internatinal Blog Hop,

Thanks to all of you who voted for my project a few weeks ago. Now I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Hop. Pretty Exciting. Our task was to create a teacher gift. Turns out this was well timed. My goddaughter, Anne Marie, asked me to make some cards for her daughter Lia’s new pre-school teachers. What makes a card better? Candy! I got a chance to use the new Acetate Card Boxes. The boxes hold eight pieces of Ghirardelli Chocolate nicely!

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Here’s a peek at the goodies!

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Design Notes for Teacher Gifts

These box fronts were really pretty easy to create. I wanted to make something that looked like a chalk board. (Does anyone use chalk boards anymore?) So I stamped the Thank you with White Craft Ink and wrote the names with A Stampin’ Chalk Marker.

I’ll bet you have already figured out where the apples came from. I used petals from one of the flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set. Carefully cut out one and you have an apple for the teacher. May sure you’ve shined your apples with a little Wink of Stella.

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More Stops on the International Blog Hop!

There are other fabulous stampers on this hop. Be sure to check them out. The hop goes live at 6 PM (EDT).

Hurricane Harvey Help:

Remember, for all orders placed in September, I will contribute 20% of that order to the Houston Food Bank. On-line orders or any order will count! Thanks so much!


Flower Shop – I’ve Missed You!

Sometimes, in the excitement around a new catalog, stamp sets get a little lost on the shelf. Yesterday I realized I couldn’t recall the last time I’d used the Flower Shop stamp set. When I saw this week’s Global Design Project was a color challenge, I knew where I wanted to start. Flower Shop is the center of attraction, the colors are definitely supporting some adorable flowers. Here’s the card and the logo and link for Global Design Project.

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After I finished the card, I realized I hadn’t put a sentiment on the outside. I’d intended it as my thank you card for August customers. I just didn’t want to add anything else to the front, so I added a sentiment to the inside.

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Design Notes for Flower Shop Card:

I tried a few versions of the flowers, Flirty Flamingo ink on Flirty Flamingo card stock, nice but too blah. Flirty Flamingo on Whisper White, no. Finally, I tried heat embossing with White Embossing Powder on the Flirty Flamingo card stock. Yes! The background piece is a combination of stamps from Timeless Texture, mostly stamped off. The flourish was stamped in Calypso Coral and the dots in Night of Navy. The piece of Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding just sort of pulled everything together.

I was happy with the flowers when I put them on the card but decided to add a little jazz with some Wink of Stella. I ended up doing three coats and I think it gave the flowers some real shine. Then everything was highlighted with some Glitter Enamel Dots.

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All of the stamp sets I used today are available in both clear mount and wood mount.


Hope you are having a good day. Feel free to comment about my project. I love hearing your thoughts!




No More Hoarding Eastern Palace Designer Paper

I’ve had some of the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper since late April. I’ve used lots of the papers from the packages. But It’s really called Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series paper for a reason. There are two very, very nice papers in the package that are special. Both have gold on them. Each time Stampin’ Up! comes out with a package like this, I end up hoarding the specialty paper till it’s ready to retire. Not this year. I decided to break out the most beautiful sheet yesterday. No 12-Step program for me!

I was inspired by a very special challenge. This week the Global Design Project is celebrating it’s 100th challenge. The task was to select one of the designers to CASE (Copy and Share). My favorite challenge! I decided to CASE Janneke de Jong’s beautiful card in a Mini Treat Bag. You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag! Here’s my card and Janneke’s.

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Here’s the logo for this week’s Global Design Project challenge. Be sure to click on the logo and go to the site to see all of the wonderful projects!

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Design Notes for Eastern Palace Designer Paper Card:

Most of the time, I have fun making the cards and projects I show. I LOVED making this one. So much gold!! The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits make the bag so easy to create. When you make one of these bags, be sure to use something like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape to assemble it.

My Eastern Medallions Thinlits got quite a work out for this project. I used three of them to create the flower at the bottom left.  The pull tab for the card part was made with one of the Layering Circles Thinlits and one of the pieces from Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

Just to give everything a little more sparkle, I added Wink of Stella to the petals of the flower and to the stars on the dry embossed piece. Finally, I used some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the flower.

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Remember – BUNDLE! When products are in a bundle, buy the bundle. You will save money and have no regrets! In this case, the Eastern Beauty stamp set is bundled with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies. You might want to look at page 19 in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog to see the Designer Series Paper and other items that coordinate with the set.


Hope you are having a great weekend!


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