It’s a Bokeh Dots Birthday!

I recently got the Bokeh Dots stamp set and have been wanting to play with it. Yesterday was the day. i wanted to do something for Manly Monday and it seemed like a good combination.


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Design Notes for Bokeh Dots Birthday:

I certainly did have some fun with this!

First, I stamped the Bokeh Dots stamp on a piece of card stock to cover all of the area. That became my layer behind the Happy Birthday part. On another piece of card stock, I really stamped all over!

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Since I used Pear Pizzazz ink, I used a piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock for the second layer Happy Birthday.

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And really, can Gold Foil Paper ever be a bad addition.

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Broadway Birthday Bundle for Manly Monday

Yes, it’s Monday again. That means it’s time for another masculine themed card. Although, I think this one would be fine for just about anyone! I had fun using the Broadway Birthday Bundle for this card. I didn’t use the coordinating Broadway Lights Designer paper (though I love it!) Study the card and see if you can figure out which package of Designer Paper I used.

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Are you running to get your catalogs to see which paper it is?

Design Notes for Broadway Birthday Bundle:

I love the color combination of Black, White and Poppy Parade, don’t you?



I think it’s a classic color combo.

When I thought about stamping on the Poppy Parade, I was worried that I wouldn’t get a clear image with the Basic Black ink. The ink seems to soak into paper that is not Whisper White or Very Vanilla. Stamparatus to the rescue. Using the Stamparatus, I knew I could stamp the image multiple times without messing up!

Here’s the first stamping.

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You can see, especially on the “S” and “H” that it’s just not making it. I stamped again, actually a total of four times (Three times probably would have been fine, I never know when to quit.)

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Nice, right? the Stamparatus also made it easy for me to go back and stamp the white dots on “WISH”.

The rest of the card was just a matter of cutting out with the Framelits.

Oh, have you solved the mystery? The paper is from the Tropical Escape 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper Stack. Surprise!


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Bouquet Blooms – First Attempt!

Sometime, I get a little intimidated by new/different things. I had heard from a fellow demonstrator that the Framelits that go with Bouquet Blooms stamp set were tricky to use. So, I avoided using them. What a mistake! I love how my first try turned out and will definitely be using them again! Here’s my first attempt.

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I’m not sure who will get this card. I really like it!



Design Notes for Bouquet Blooms Card:

One of the things I always notice first about a card, st the color combination. I think this one is great.

The most important thing to remember about using the Framelits is to cutt he card stock to 5″ to 9″. There are small impressions to show where to fold. Then done! Just decorate!
I used some of the Grapefruit Grove Heat Emboss Powder to stamp the circular piece. It’s part of the In Color collection. The little flower is cut from one of the Framelits from the Gate Fold Blossom Framelits and some of the Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper. I wanted to add a little interest to the Night of Navy piece so I stamped one of the flowers with Versamark. Good way to add some subtle color. Finally, I colored a Rhinestone with my Dark Night of Navy Blends.

The inside was easy. I just cut out an extra flower, stamped it with Night of Navy ink and added a sentiment.

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Remember, for each purchase of $50, you can earn a $5 coupon that is redeemable in September.

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Hope you are having a great day!


A Fall Look With Blended Seasons

I am sure you have seen some things made with the new Blended Seasons Bundle. It’s only available for a short time (until August 31 or while supplies last). Today I am participating in a blog hop where all the hoppers are using this great stamp set and Framelits Bundle. Here’s my contribution.

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Here’s a look at the Colorful Seasons Bundle. The possibilities are unlimited!

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The blog hop begins tonight at 8 PM.

Design Notes for Blended Seasons Card:

I don’t know what it is about fall, the crisp cool air, the beautiful color of the leaves, or the feeling of a new beginning but, I believe that fall is my favorite season. So, I love making fall cards and projects. For this card, I started with using some copper heat embossing to outline the leaves. I colored them by using an Aqua Painter and ink from the ink pads. Next, I cut out the leaves with one of the Framelits from the Stitched Season Framelits set. Can you see the stitching around the leaves? For the background, I chose some Pumpkin Pie card stock and embossed it using the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder. I wanted to bring out the texture a bit so I sponged with some Cajun Craze ink. The extra leaf and the frame around the leaves are cut from Copper Foil.

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Notes and Reminders:

Be sure to visit some of the other stops on this Blog Hop. You will be amazed at some of the great samples using the Blended Seasons Bundle. Remember, the hop starts at 8 PM EDT.

I know you will want to purchase this Bundle after you see all the samples. Just click on the Bundle icon above and it will take you to my 24-7 on-line store. Remember too, that this month for each $50 purchase you make, you will receive a coupon for $5. that you can use in September. Also, don’t forget to use this month’s Host Code so that you have a chance to win the Host Benefits for this month. (August Host Code TDSUFUR6)

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Hope you are having a restful Sunday!








Tropical Chic for Global Design Project

This week Global Design Project is celebrating it’s 150th post. How could I not participate? I love the sketch. Here’s my take on the sketch using the Tropical Chic stamp set and Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.

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Here’s the sketch for this challenge. Just click on the sketch to go to Global Design Project web site.

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Design Notes for Tropical Chic Card:

Don’t you just love that Tropical Escape Designer Paper? I think the colors are just terrific. Here’s what I picked out from the paper:



There are some small dots of Blushing Bride on the Designer paper that I used on this card. I tried to bring them out a bit by using some Blushing Bride card stock for the banner and behind the leaf. I also added some Blushing Bride ink to the Glimmer Paper. Have you ever done that. It’s really easy to color Glimmer Paper. It just takes a sponge or Dauber and ink. I did a video about this a while back. You might want to check it out.



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So, purchase a regular ink pad (not Versamark, Memento, Staz-On or uninked Craft Pads) and you have a chance to win another one!

August Bonus Days:

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In August, you will receive a coupon for $5 for each $50 you spend. The coupon will be good in September.

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Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Stop back on Monday to see the second collar fold card, this time for a man.