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Everyday Enchantment for SSC 239

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I really liked the sketch that the ladies over at Stamping 411 put out this week.  Be sure to head over there and see what the design team and others have come up with.

I waffled back and forth trying to decide what to do for it and finally decided to go with a monochromatic look.  I wouldn't really say it's my "style" but I'm happy with the result.  What do you think?

 The colour scheme is Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla.  I used, again, almost exclusively Sale-a-bration product with the exception of the scallop punch, pearls and sentiment. 



It's actually a relatively simple card...the bow took me the longest to make it look right.  To learn how to make a bow like this head over to Stamping 411 and look through the tutorials along the side bar....very helpful!


Here are all the details:

Stamp Sets:  Fresh Vintage (SAB 2012), Thank You Kindly

Inks and Paper:  Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB 2012), Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla

Accessorie…

Fresh Vintage for TSOT 50

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Time for some more Sale-a-bration product!!!!  I'm so excited that it's finally here...I love getting FREE stuff (if you haven't heard about Sale-a-bration, be sure to check out my Stampin' Up website, http://lauragardiner.stampinup.net).  For tonight's post, I consulted the Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch for this week.  Here's what I came up with using, almost exclusively, Sale-a-bration product:



The colour scheme is quite simple: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, and Very Vanilla with a touch of Poppy Parade.  I was drawn again this evening towards the Everyday Enchantment DSP and Fresh Vintage stamp set...both of which are in the current Sale-a-bration catalogue.  To frame the image I used the Designer Frames Textured Embossing folders (also available for free with a $60 purchase).  I stamped the image first on Very Vanilla Card Stock, ran it through the Big Shot in the rectangular frame and then hand cut it out.  The Lucky Limeade frame also had to be hand cut…

Sale-a-bration is here!!!

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Yay!!  It's here!!!!!  Sale-a-bration is the best time of year to host a workshop, purchase product and join the Stampin' Up! family!  Click on the following links to learn more about each or visit my website, http://lauragardiner.stampinup.net to learn more.



I have already given you a sneak peek of some of the fabulous products in this year's Sale-a-bration but stay tuned for more!  I will be hosting a workshop using Sale-a-bration product on Tuesday, February 7th....contact me for more details.

Silhouettes for PP78

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The Paper Players Challenge for this week is a colour challenge:  Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz.  Great colours!  I decided to use a new-to-me stamp set, Pocket Silhouettes, for this one to create a simple card that could be used for any occasion.  Here it is:


Super simple....here are the details:

Stamp sets:  Pocket Silhouettes

Papers:  Blushing Bride CS, Calypso Coral CS, Whisper White CS, Twitterpated DSP

Inks:  Pear Pizazz, Calypso Coral

Embellishments:  1/8" Organza Ribbon -- Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade (SAB 2012), Everyday Enchantment Brads (SAB 2012)

Happy Stamping!

Bordering on Romance for TSOT 49

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Once again the ladies over at Try Stampin' on Tuesday have provided a great sketch and inspiration.  I needed some today....man, this winter has been a bust so far and I'm getting really down with all this rain!  I grew up in Ontario's snow belt and there really is never enough snow in southwestern Ontario for my liking but this is ridiculous!!!  I don't think I'd ever make it on the west coast : )

Oh well, enough about the weather.  I had some frustration with my edgelits die today but after watching the training video on the Stampin' Up demonstrator website I think I've got them figured out....the key is non-permanent adhesive!  I really like the resulting effect.

Here's what I came up with today:


I used the Edgelits scallop die and matching Adorning Accents scallop embossing folder for the bottom of the card.  Then, to make the edges even, I added some Twitterpated DSP.  Here's a close-up:


I pulled out my Blender Pens again for this one to "…

"Quilted" Birthday

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A dear friend of mine is celebrating her birthday tomorrow and I want to share the card I made for her.  I wanted to try something for her that I've been meaning to do for a while....."quilting".  Here is the result.


I took little squares of Everyday Enchantment and adhered them to a scrap of paper before running it through the Big Shot using my Top Note Bigz die.  I then gave it some texture by running the quilted piece through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Textured Embossing folder.  It's hard to see the texture on here but I really liked the result. 

Here are the rest of the details:

Stamp sets:  Elementary Elegance  (SAB 2012)

Papers: Everyday Enchantment DSP  (SAB 2012), Pool Party CS, Soft Suede CS, Very Vanilla CS

Inks:  Soft Suede

Other:  Pool Party ruffled ribbon,  Curly Label punch, Modern Label punch, Top Note Bigz Die, Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder

Happy Stamping!

Hello Baby for Sketch Friday Frenzy

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In my blog surfing this morning I "discovered" Sketch Friday Frenzy and loved the simplicity of this week's sketch.  One of the pastors at our church and his wife welcomed their first baby yesterday and I wanted to make them a special card.  They had a little girl so I turned to Blushing Bride again for this card and the new Twitterpated DSP. 



I selectively coloured the new "Packed for Baby" stamp to highlight the onesies and the little bib.  It is such a cute stamp!



For the inside I used a sentiment from "Occasions Alphabet"  and the "Packed for Baby" stamp again.



Here are all the details:

Stamps:  Packed For Baby (Occasions Mini), Occasions Alphabet, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper:  Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP

Inks:  Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz

Other:  Blushing Bride Pleated Satin Ribbon,  Twitterpated Designer Buttons,  Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Curly Label Punch

Happy Stamping!

More Fresh Vintage Thanks

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I went to visit a good friend and fellow demonstrator tonight.  She shared some of the projects that she has been working on recently and I wanted to share this one with you.  It is very similar to a card that I posted last evening but I really like her version of it.  So thank you, CB, for the inspiration!



Isn't it pretty?!  I really like the simplicity of it.  Here are the details:

Stamp Sets:  Note of Thanks, Fresh Vintage (SAB 2012)

Paper:  Pool Party CS,  Poppy Parade CS, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB 2012), Very Vanilla CS

Inks:  Soft Suede, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade

Big Shot tools:  Pennants Bigz Die, Circles #2 Bigz Die,  Vintage Wallpaper Textured Embossing folder.

Happy Stamping!

New Stuff for Monkey's and PP77

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I have so many fun new things I had trouble choosing for this week's Monkey Challenge : )  I decided to pair the Monkey Challenge with the Paper Players Love Challenge for this week.  I broke out "new" colours....at least to me, Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red and Basic Black....new stamps, new Designer Series Paper, new Smooch Spritz, new Embossing folders and the brand new Hearts Framelits.  So much fun!

Here is the result:


I have not really used Smooch Spritz before this week and I'm really pleased with the results of the Blushing Bride spritz.  I think I'm going to have to invest in some of the other shades : )  I love the shimmering effect that it leaves on the hearts.

And, believe it or not, the Word Window punch is new to me.  I took advantage of the great sales on Stampin' Up's Clearance Rack to get it.



Here are the details:

Stamp Sets:  Take it to Heart, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Papers:  Basic Black CS, Blushing Bride CS, Riding Hood Red CS, Whisper Whi…

Fresh Vintage for SSC237

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Doesn't "Fresh Vintage" seem like a bit of an oxymoron?  I got thinking about it tonight and wondered about that.  It doesn't really matter because, either way, I love the stamp set and the "matching" Everyday Enchantment papers that can be found in the upcoming Sale-a-bration catalogue.  I'm really being challenged to use colours that I wasn't particularly keen on previously, like Poppy Parade and Calypso Coral.

For tonight's post I drew on Stampin' 411's Saturday Sketch Challenge 237 sketch.  Here's is what I came up with:



Lots of "antiquing" with Soft Suede ink and lots of distressed edges in this one....again.  I'm going through a phase : )



I selectively coloured the stamp to match the Designer paper....although in retrospect I suppose I could have just used the Designer paper itself.



Although it is hard to see here, I "antiqued" the Poppy Parade strip with Soft Suede as well.

Here are the details:

Stamp S…

Spice Cake Owl

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My sister-in-law made an adorable little owl for my son's first birthday a couple of years ago.  So, I decided to jump on the owl bandwagon and make a little "Spice Cake" for my cousin's new baby using her pattern. 


Isn't he cute?!  I really like the Spice Cake Designer Fabric and am thrilled that it is carrying over from the Holiday mini.  I had fun using my Circles #2 die and the Big Shot to cut out the eyes out of felt and fabric.....perfect circles!  The only unfortunate part about this whole "adventure" is that my sewing machine decided not to work so I had to hand stitch the whole thing : )
Enjoy the day!

Fresh Vintage Thanks

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I couldn't believe my eyes this afternoon when I looked out in my backyard and saw a flock of ROBINS!!!  Robins....on January 10th!  In this part of the world, robins don't usually return until sometime in March but it's been so unusually warm here that everything seems to be confused.  Craziness!

Things were a little more "normal" at my monthly Make and Take class tonight.  I had a lovely time with 3 great ladies and was even able to work on a project for February's class.  Thanks to AP, CF and JS for their opinions and advice : )

I pulled out the "Fresh Vintage" set from the Sale-a-bration catalogue for this card and used up some scraps of "Everyday Enchantment" DSP. 



I'm really pleased with the result, especially the hand stitching : )  I have an old sewing box from my grandmother that I pull from every now and then and tonight I found some thread that was an exact match with the Calypso Coral card stock...very exciting, especially…

Another Sneak Peek

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Here's another sneak peek from the Sale-a-bration catalogue.  I absolutely LOVE this Designer Series Paper, "Everyday Enchantment".  It is so pretty and the colour combinations can't be beat.  This is another pretty simple card with lots of sponging ink on paper to give it a bit of an aged look.  I also used the oval from the Designer Frames Embossing folders (you can earn these FREE with a $60 purchase during Sale-a-bration!).    I'll be doing this card tonight at my Make and Take class....super simple but really pretty.


Here's an inside look at the card.  I used another Sale-a-bration stamp, from the "Fresh Vintage" set,  in here to create a little bit of interest.



Here are the details for the supplies I used:
Stamp Sets:  Three Little Words, Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-bration 2012)
Papers:  Everyday Enchantment (SAB 2012), Soft Suede CS, Very Vanilla CS
Inks:  Soft Suede (for sponging all the papers),  Calypso Coral

Embellishments and Accessories:  Chantil…

Masculine Birthday Card for TSoT

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Just a quick post tonight....it's 12:30 and WAY past my bedtime.  I decided to use the Try Stamping on Tuesday sketch for some inspiration tonight.  I've had some requests for "masculine" birthday cards at my classes so I put this one together for tomorrow evening's class.  First the sketch:



It's super simple to put together but I like the effect.

Stamp Sets:  Circle Circus, Best Dad Ever

Papers:  Crumb Cake CS, Pocket full of Posies DSP, Subtles (Baja Breeze) DSP, Whisper White CS

Inks:  Crumb Cake

Accessories:  None.....but lots of distressed edges.

Happy Stamping!

On a Roll

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It's amazing what having a little time away from full-time childcare does for one's creativity.  My husband has been on holidays this week and has been entertaining my son which frees me up to "play"!  It's great.  Here's a card that I did today with my upcoming Make and Take in mind:


I had more fun with my new stuff today...."Bordering on Romance" set, Twitterpated DSP, the Adorning Accents Edgelits dies and Embossing folders, and more sparkles!  Need I say more?!!!  Yes, more sparkles in a bottle....red this time.  Fantastic!

Here's a close-up of the water-colouring I did with my blender pens:
Finally, I took one of the little Twitterpated buttons and tied some Island Indigo Baker's Twine through the holes to finish off the sentiment.

Here are all the details:

Stamp sets:  Bordering on Romance, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper:  Baja Breeze CS, Island Indigo CS, Riding Hood Red CS, Whisper White CS, Twitterpated DSP

Inks:  Riding Hood Red, Island …

A Fresh Start Thank You

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After my "Fresh Start" baby card adventure last night I had a bunch of scraps left over that I wanted to use up this morning.  I also wanted to get a head start on "thank you" cards that I suspect I may be needing soon.  Here's what I came up with this morning....a slight variation on the sketch I used in my last post.



It is a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square card with a heart sticking off the top.  Here are the details:

Stamp Sets:  Baby Prints, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper:  Pear Pizazz CS, Island Indigo CS, Blushing Bride CS, Whisper White CS, Riding Hood Red CS, Twitterpated DSP

Inks:  Island Indigo

Accessories:  Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Hearts Framelits

Happy Stamping!

A Fresh Start

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I love using new products!  I'm especially excited about all the new things that the 2012 Occasions Mini has to offer.  When I got the catalogue in December I couldn't put it down and every page held something else to love!  So now that Christmas cards are finally over I've delved into the new stuff to create a card for my cousin's baby shower on Friday evening (so E.M. if you're reading....stop now until after Friday night!).   My cousin and I are due ONE DAY apart in March....what are the chances?!!   I'm so excited for her, as this will be her first baby. 

I based her card on this week's A la Card Monkey's sketch...."A Fresh Start"....so fitting for this time of year and also for the card I needed : )  Thanks again ladies for the inspiration!



Here's my card:


And here's a different angle of the same card:

I wish I could say that I just "whipped" this card out, but in reality it went through a number of incarnations.  One o…

Sale-a-bration Sneak Peek

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Wow! Is it January already? It FINALLY looks like winter around here thanks to a pretty good dump of snow last evening and throughout the day today. We spent Christmas with my parents up at their place near Georgian Bay and it was the first green Christmas that I can EVER remember there.

My sister-in-law celebrated her birthday just before Christmas and I wanted to share the card I made for her. It uses all new Sale-a-bration products. I LOVE Sale-a-bration! For every $60 you spend you earn FREE product....contact me to learn more or check out http://lauragardiner.stampinup.net/ for more details.

I'm really liking the new stamp sets and designer series paper in the Sale-a-bration catalogue....some great colour combinations. I'm really looking forward to creating more this week with stuff from the new Occasions Mini as well!

Alright...enough already, here's the card:





Aren't the colours gorgeous!  I especially like the organza ribbon.  So pretty!  To dress up the inside …