Happy Belated Birthday Gorgeous!

Well, I missed a birthday, again. One of my neighbor’s birthday was last week and I missed it. So, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set to make her a special card. It has such a nice Happy Birthday sentiment and, in the same font, a “belated” sentiment. So here are two versions of my Happy Belated Birthday card:

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I couldn’t decide about orientation or which sheet of the beautiful Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper I wanted to use, so I made two cards. The likelihood of my forgetting a birthday again is pretty high. It will get used.

Design Notes for Happy Belated Birthday Card:

There are so many great choices when you are working with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. You can see that I used a few on these cards.

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I combined a Circle Thinlit and a flower shaped Thinlit (top right) from this set for the piece that has the sentiment. Then I added some smaller circles (inside top right) and each item was backed with Gold Foil paper. A few Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little glitz to the circles. The Gold Natural Trim was my third touch of gold.

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I loved the circles so much that I even used one of the extra circle designs on the inside.

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National Cat Day, Just a Bit Late

Well, yesterday was, apparently, National Cat Day. Who Knew? Many years ago, we had a cat, Mickey. I’m generally not a cat person, but he was a pretty good cat. But since I have lots of friends who would identify as ‘cat people’, I thought I’d honor their devotion. The stamp set, Pretty Kitty does have some cute cats. Here’s my autumn-like cat card.

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The layout was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week. Isn’t it interesting? I would say, I wouldn’t have thought of that arrangement of layers, but, I like it!


Design Notes for National Cat Day Card:

I think I was killing a few birds with one card here. I wanted to make a card for Cat Day, I wanted to use the Freshly Made Sketches layout and I wanted a Thanksgiving card. While the sentiment isn’t really Thanksgiving, I’ll include Happy Thanksgiving inside and magically transform the card to Thanksgiving. I have some friends in distant places that will like this as a Thanksgiving card.

I stamped the kitty with the Basic Gray Archival ink. Next, I colored the kitty with the Smoky Slate Light Blends pen. I know that you are supposed to use Momento Ink and I generally do. But, ok, I forgot. The pumpkin is cut from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. The other background paper is the same package.

The last little touch was to add some Linen Thread to the piece of Tangerine Tango card stock. I think it added just the right texture and dimension.


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The Pretty Kitty stamp set comes in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount. Take your choice.


Stampin' Up! Blends,

Starting Thursday, Nov. 1, the Blends will be available. They are so much fun to work with. I’ll post specifics – colors, etc. on Wednesday.

Hope you are having a great day.

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It’s Been A Winning Week

Just a quick Sunday afternoon post. Yes, it’s been a Winning Week. Two very cool things happened this week. First, I landed at the #1 spot for the Blog Highlights I asked everyone to vote for. SO EXCITED. In November, I’ll be in an International Blog Hop. Trust me, I’ll keep you posted. (No voting required this time.) Here’s the card that won!
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This morning I found out that one of my recent cards has been selected as a favorite by Splitcoast Stampers. How could Wilburn not be a winner?

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Other News!

There are just a few more days to take advantage of the Designer Series Paper Buy Three, Get One Free sale.

Designer Series Paper sale

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Hope you are having a fun day. It’s rainy here in lower Delaware. A perfect crafting day.


Layered Leaves Thanksgiving Place Cards

I’m both behind and ahead with this project. The September Paper Pumpkin Kit, Layered Leaves is a terrific one. I almost immediately made up the pillow boxes and filled them with little treats for my November card class folks. The cards sat somewhat neglected in the box. Then I had an inspiration… use the note cards as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner! We also attend a large community dinner and have eight people at our table so it worked out perfectly!

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Most of the items on the cards were in the kit. The only thing I added were the pieces of paper with the names.

Design Notes for Layered Leaves Place Cards:

I pretty much assembled the cards according to directions. I punched out banners for each name, wrote the names then sponged around the edges with some Cajun Craze Ink. The top leaf is gold foil and  I wanted to add just a bit more shine. So, I just punched out another banner from some Gold Foil Card Stock and backed the name piece with it. Done.

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Thanks to all of you who voted for my card last week over at Kylie Bertuccis’s Internation Blog Highlights. I had the most votes! So next month, I will be in a Blog Hope next month.

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Hope you have a fun weekend!


This Little Piggy – Channeling Charlotte’s Web

If you are a fan of E.B. White’s writing, you may recognize my version of Wilbur from White’s Charlotte’s Web. I’m not sure who will get this Halloween card but I think This Little Piggy will be a hit!

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Am I imagining it or is Wilbur smiling at me?

Design Notes for This Little Piggy Card:

I guess I am still a little girl at heart. I love to color. So, whenever I can, I like to use our Watercolor Pencils. The pig was colored first with the pink Watercolor Pencil then I used the Blender Pen to soften and blend the color. The witch’s hat stamp is from Spooky Cat stamp set. The little spider hanging off of the hat almost didn’t make it. But, since I was convinced the card was a reminder of Charlotte’s Web, it had to stay. My Paper Snips made it not awful to cut out!

And, don’t you love the Foil Frenzy Paper as the first layer? I needed something to perk up the barn look. Foil Frenzy did the trick for me. The final touch was the yummy Peek-A-Boo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

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Designer Series Paper sale

Are you thinking about Christmas cards yet? I know that I’m planning our card as well as cards for my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. With that in mind, I’ll be putting in an order in the next few days so that I can get another round of Designer Series Paper. This order, for me, will include some packages of Be Merry Designer Series Paper. Perhaps some Christmas Around the World will be another choice. In any event, I’ll be getting 4 packages since I can get 1 free with each 3 that I order.

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