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Mosaic Poinsettia for FMS114

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Well I'm into the home stretch for Christmas Cards and, true to form, I got really sick last week.  It was inevitable really because my son brought something home from school and it's been cycling through the household.  Hopefully that's the end of it..... 
I'm back for the time being and getting ready for my big Mystery Hostess Make and Take on Tuesday evening.  I've been seeing these really neat poinsettias made from the "Mosaic Madness" stamps and just had to try it with the Freshly Made Sketches sketch for the week:


Here's what I came up with:


I haven't used the Season of Style DSP as much as I wanted this year so I was happy to pull it out for this card.  Fun, eh?  I LOVE how versatile the Mosaic Madness stamp set from Stampin' Up is!  One can make ornaments, poinsettias, "patterned" paper, and everyday cards.  So great!
Here's what you'll need to make this card:
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Old …

Endless Wishes Flurries

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I had a great workshop last night with a friend and a few of her friends.  Two of the guests were brand new to stamping so I wanted to share a technique and stamp set that are versatile and easy to use.  If you follow me regularly you'll know that my favourite technique right now is the "magical masking tape" technique that creates a really cool feature on the page.  I am also really enjoying  my "Endless Wishes" photopolymer stamp set (item number 133455).  The photopolymer stamps are so easy and fun to use.  They stick REALLY well to my clear block, are totally clear and therefore make stamping an image super easy!  The stamped image is also very clear and consistent with Stampin' Up's high quality stamps.

Here's what we did:



The ladies had lots of fun playing around with the stamps and the sentiments.  The possibilities for sentiments in "Endless Wishes" really are "endless".  I love how one can mix and match the sentiments to…

Chalkboard Christmas for FMS112

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For today's card I've combined two of the techniques that I'm loving currently; chalkboard and "magical" masking tape!  I used this week's Freshly Made Sketches sketch for my template.


Here's my take on it:


I'm really enjoying playing around with the "magical masking tape" technique.  It's so easy!  All you need is some painter's tape (the green stuff), some ink and some card stock and you're all set to go!  What I wanted to convey in this card is a snowy night.  Snowy winter nights are one of my favourite things!  I have fond memories of one Christmas eve when I was a kid when it was snowing quite heavily with huge, fluffy snowflakes.  When my family and I came out of our Christmas Eve service about 1 foot of snow had fallen and it was just so pretty!  It kept snowing all night and it was so magical to look out our front window and watch the snow fall!

Here's a close up of the sentiment:


This stamp is so cool!  I really like…

Chalk Talk Christmas Card for SSC62

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The card I have for you tonight was inspired by a sketch I saw on Sunday Stamps, a bi-weekly blog challenge.  The card I posted yesterday is also based on this sketch.  Please click here to view it.

First here is the sketch for this challenge:



Here is what I came up with:


Classic Christmas colours -- Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  This could also be done with Whisper White.  I really like the intricacy of the "Chalk Talk" stamp used here.  I inked the stamp with Sahara Sand and then "thumped" Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive ink on it with my Stampin' Write Markers.

Here are all of the supplies needed for this card:

Paper:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Season of Style DSP
Stamp Sets:  Chalk Talk, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories:  Chalk Talk Framelits, Polka Dot TIEF, Modern Label punch

Happy Stamping!

Fall Birthday for PP171

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While preparing for a workshop I am running tomorrow I wandered over to The Paper Player's weekly card challenge.  This week's challenge is a colour theme using Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango.  LOVE it!!!



These colours fit perfectly with Stampin' Up's "Sweater Weather" DSP, which, if you've been following me this fall, you know that I LOVE!!!!  It just makes me want to curl up with my comfy sweater and a cup of hot apple cider...yum!

My hostess specifically asked for me to prepare a birthday card for her guests to make.  Here's the card I came up with using those colours.






I used a technique that I call "thumping" to create the look on the stamp from the "Chalk Talk" stamp set and then had fun with the "Chalk Talk" framelits.  I trimmed the edges of the burlap ribbon to "distress" a little and then used the scraps to add embellishment near the sentiment.


Happy Stamping!

Cheery Grunge

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If you saw my previous post post you'll know that I'm all over the Dynamic Duos colours this week!  (Click here to see previous post).  I love the bold and cheery look that can be achieved using Real Red and Bermuda Bay together.  I added Smoky Slate to the combo too.

I just can't say enough how much I am enjoying my "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set!  It is SO versatile.  Used with these colours it is a bright and cheery card that I think anyone would enjoy receiving.







I CASE'd this card from Pinterest.....what a great website!  This card is so simple to make and would look great with buttons too.
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Happy Stamping!

Simply Expressed for PP170 and DD#77

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When I saw this week's colours over at Dynamic Duos I knew I HAD to use them!!!!


"Bold and Cheery" is right!  Don't be surprised if you see a few more posts using these colours!  Here's what I came up with tonight:

I discovered this technique on Split Coast Stampers.  It's called the Masking Tape Technique and is super simple but really fun to do.  I used two hostess sets for the images; "Simply Sketched" and "Express Yourself".  I really like these two sets and find they work really well together.

I decided to use the bird because I wanted to use "wildlife" for the Paper Players challenge this week.

I love how quickly this card came together and how simple it is.  Perfect if you need to make a lot of cards in a hurry!

Happy Stamping!

Gorgeous Grunge Birthday

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I had a great time last night running a workshop for my former upline.  She has a great group of friends who love to craft together.  Because she is no longer running her own Make and Takes they hadn't been together in a while.  We had a blast reconnecting and stamping!  I shared the first project, the Starburst masking technique, in my previous post (click here to see it).  This is the second card that we did at last night's workshop:





Have I mentioned that I love Stampin' Up's "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set?  Well I do!  I find it so versatile.  Stay tuned in the coming days for how to use it for Christmas Cards!

While I made this card using the Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip side of the "Sweater Weather" DSP,  I used the other side of the DSP last night and used a Soft Sky background.  It looks great either way!

The sentiment comes from the "Express Yourself" hostess set.  I really like the font of this set and it has ma…

Festive Starburst

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I am doing a workshop tonight for my former upline.  I always feel a little bit of pressure doing workshops for her and her friends because she was the one who taught me : )  She wanted me to teach a new technique and I've been seeing the "Starburst" technique lately and wanted to show that off.  One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is the bi-monthly "Stampin' Success" magazine that is exclusively for demonstrators.  This month's came just in time for my friend's workshop.  I saw a really cool version of the "Starburst" technique using masking and just HAD to use it for her workshop.  Here it is:



I'm SO pleased with the result and I hope it goes over well at tonight's workshop!  I really like Stampin' Up's "Festive Flurry" stamp set and am LOVING the new "Endless Wishes" Photopolymer Stamp set!  If you've never used photopolymer stamps I would recommend starting with thi…

Six-Sided Grunge

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Have I mentioned how much I love Stampin' Up's "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set yet?  Well, I do!  It's just so much fun to use.  If you don't have it, it is a MUST have.  It's so versatile!

Here's my latest creation using it along with Stampin' Up's "Six-Sided Sampler" stamp set:


So fun! The colour combination:  Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango: if fun and fresh and is appropriate for any recipient!
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Happy Stamping!

Getting my Pink On for DD#72

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Today's card is a relatively simple, yet (in my opinion) stunning one.   I'm a big fan of the mono-chromatic look and the colours from this week's  Dynamic Duos "Get Your Pink On"  challenge; Primrose Petals and Blushing Bride; work really well together.


I used my "Simply Sketched" stamp set for this one along with some Staz-On jet black ink and my blender pens.  Originally I was only going to use Primrose Petals and Whisper White card stock but felt something was missing so added in the Basic Black and it just made the whole card "pop".

Here's what you need to make this card:

Stamp Sets:  "Simply Sketched".....it's a hostess set, so contact me to learn how to get it and extra hostess dollars this month!

Ink:  Staz-On jet black ink, Primrose Petals, Blushing Bride

Card Stock:  Primrose Petals, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other:  Blender Pens, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic…

Sweater Weather for PP 165

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Today was one of those days that, for me, brings back so many fond memories of autumns past.  The sun was shining, it was about 25C, there was a light breeze and the leaves are beginning to turn.  Gorgeous!  I love this time of year!

Stampin' Up's new DSP, "Sweater Weather", captures the colours and "feel" of the season as much as paper can : )  I know I've said it before, but just looking at the paper makes me think of cozy sweaters with big buttons, making soup, going for walks and kicking the fallen leaves and really just enjoying everything that autumn offers.

I just had to share this paper with my monthly Make and Take friends so I created a card using The Paper Players Challenge 165 "Tic Tac Toe" board.    I chose the left, vertical line: "Ribbon, Patterned Paper, Birthday".  Check it out:




 I'm so happy with the result here.  The colours on the tree remind of the ash trees on my street which are bright yellow right now.  I …

CAS Christmas

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Here it is....my first Christmas card of the year!  I'm really liking Stampin' Up's new Winter Frost Speciality DSP.  I figure that I can use some of it for Christmas cards and whatever is left will be great for winter birthday, thank you and other cards.  Gotta love versatility!

I used the  CAS -Colours and Sketches Challenge #42 sketch for this card.  I really like the simplicity of the clean lines in this sketch. 



Here's what I did with it:

Love, LOVE, LOVE, Island Indigo and Pool Party together!  I'm so happy that Stampin' Up kept those two colours and used them in this DSP.  So great! I used one of my favourite, easy techniques -- "thumping" -- to create the look on the ornament.  The "Ornament Keepsakes" stamp set is still available by the way.  Here is a close up of the ornament:
While you can't see it here, I also stamped it again using the Illuminate ink to give it a bit of a shimmer.  To finish it off I used a little bit of S…

Sweater Weather

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It certainly was sweater weather in my corner of the world this morning.  When we left for school it was about 3 C  and I had to dig out the mitts!  Stampin' Up! nailed the sweater "feeling" with their new DSP "Sweater Weather"!  It started working on this card last night and, honestly, just looking at the paper makes me feel warm and cozy.  Really!  I know that sounds weird but it does!

My friend, Leena, has got a fantastic blog and "Monthly Sketch Inspiration".  She does a great job of creating sketches that lend themselves to so many variations!  I used this month's sketch inspiration for this card.



I just HAD to put buttons on this card.  I keep thinking of a big, warm sweater with great buttons on it when I look at this Designer Series Paper.  The problem is, I didn't have any real buttons that looked quite right.  I opened my little stash of Simply Pressed Clay buttons up and chose two that I then coloured with my Chocolate Chip and Soft…

Subtle Grunge for DD#70 and TSOT #135

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It's been a while since I've participated in a blog challenge but tonight I've created a card to enter into both Dynamic Duos #70 and Try Stampin' On Tuesday #135 .  I've been following both of the challenge blogs for some time and I really like both of them.  Be sure to check them out for weekly inspiration!

This week's Dynamic Duo colour choice is So Saffron and Pistachio Pudding. 
I'll have to admit that at first I was leaning towards a "girly" card with this combo.  But I've been itching to use my brand new "Gorgeous Grunge" stamp set and just had to ink it up!  I used the template from Try Stampin' On Tuesday to set this one up. 


Check it out:





So much fun!  I LOVE this set!!!!!  I really like the effect that can be achieved using this set.....like I just spilled or threw ink all over my paper.  Honestly, I was surprised at how much I liked this colour combination for this card.   I made this card to give to my neighbours w…

Soft Chalk Talk

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Today's card was another one I prepared as a sample for a possible bridal shower invitation for my cousin.  Her wedding colours are pale pink and gray so I went to Pink Pirouette and Basic Gray for my colours.



The stamp set is the new "Chalk Talk" set with matching framelits.  So fun!  I embossed the Pink Pirouette with clear embossing powder to give it a bit more texture and also brushed the Basic Gray with Illuminate ink after running it through the Lacy Brocade TIEF.  Take a look:


I finished it off with some silver ribbon from Stampin' Up's current Holiday Catalogue (check out the link on the side to see what the catalogue has to offer).

Happy Stamping!

Festive Flurry for Shower Invites

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I have been working on some ideas for my cousin's bridal shower invitation.  She lives in the west and is having her wedding on our "Family Day" long weekend in February.  We are SO excited to see the mountains in the winter and, of course, excited to celebrate with her.  In anticipation of that, her sisters are hosting a shower in December and wanted to play up the winter theme.  When her mom suggested using a "lacy snowflake" on the front of the invite I thought, "Awesome!  Now I have a great excuse to purchase Stampin' Up's new 'Festive Flurry' stamp set and framelits!!!"  So I did : )

I LOVE how this stamp set can be used for something other than Christmas!  Here are the first 2 ideas that I came up with:





I really like this combination of colours and had fun with the Illuminate ink pad (I'm wondering why I didn't buy it last year!!!!).  I sent these two ideas away to my cousins and aunt and asked for their feedback.

Between…

It's here!

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Wow!  So many things to tell you about today!  The BRAND NEW 2013-2014 Catalogue launches today!  Click on the link on the side to check it out!  There are tons of fun new stamps sets and accessories to check out!   If you like what your see, get your orders to me by Tuesday, June 4th and get a FREE ink pad or package of cardstock with every $50 you spend!!!!

AND the following sets are 25% off!!!



There's also a new photopolymer stamp set that looks great too!  Come out to my Catalogue Launch Party on Tuesday, June 4th to see everything and try out some of the new products!  RSVP by Sunday, please.

Going, Going....

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As we in the Stampin' Up family transition over to the new catalogue (which is FABULOUS!!!) we always have to say goodbye to a few old friends.  Today the retiring lists came out and many stamp sets and accesories are saying farewell....some at deep discounts!  Click on the picture below to go to my website and check out the retired lists.  Remember, many of these items are only available while supplies last (or until June 3rd).   To place an order simply me email me your wishlist or order online at http://lauragardiner.stampinup.net




Cheers!

Fabulous Phrases

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With spring upon us and my desk finally cleaned I feel as though a fresh breeze has blown through my brain and I can think, and therefore create, clearly again!  Isn't it amazing what an effect the change in season can have on us?!  Don't get me wrong, I love winter....and snow and cold....but come April 1st I sure am ready for it to warm up! 

Along with the change in season come new beginnings.  In the Stampin' Up family we've seen a "Colour Refresh" in the past couple of weeks and next week we'll get to see what's being "purged" in favour of new (and always exciting!) product. 

As we quickly approach the launch of Stampin' Up's new catalogue I find myself wanting/needing/desperate to use up some of my scraps and older supplies.  I am feeling the need to use Baja Breeze as much as I can now that it is being retired.  It has long been one of my favourite colours so I was thrilled to see it in this week's Paper Players Colour Ch…

Refreshing Colours for CAS Challenge

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Have I mentioned how thrilled I am about Stampin' Up's "Colour Refresh"?!  I am so excited that some colours are staying (Pool Party, Island Indigo...yay!) and that some are coming back!  About this time last year I fell in love with "Blushing Bride" while making my daughter's birth announcements.  I was sad to see it go last year to make way for new In Colours but it's coming back along with Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry!  Yay!!!

So, in celebration, I used "Blushing Bride" and "Pear Pizzazz" in one of my cards for my Mother's Day Make and Take tomorrow evening.   For sketch inspiration I turned to CAS - Colours and Sketches Challenge.  Here is this week's sketch:



Here is my card:


Pretty, eh?  I love the softness of the Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake card stocks together.   I also used Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.  I finally got my hands on some Crumb Cake Seam Binding Rib…

Four Square

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I have two cards to share with you tonight.  They are CASE'd from a card that my SIL gave me for my birthday last week.  I liked her card so much I just HAD to copy it!  The first is almost an exact copy:



I broke out my pad of Print Poetry DSP for these ones.  I've had it for quite a while now and haven't really used any of it.  Admittedly, I have a problem:  I LOVE Designer Series Paper and tend to hoard it!  I'm working on this tendency and trying to "share the wealth" a little more.  Partly because I just don't have room to store tons of paper : )

I also used my "A Round Array" stamp set for the first time on this card with the coordinating 7/8" scallop circle punch.  You can get both through Stampin' Up's "Spring Surprise" bundle from now until the end of the month.  Pretty, eh?

Here is the variation:

I still used the "Print Poetry" paper.  I really like how many different combinations of colours that one can…

Refreshing Colours

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Spring cleaning and refreshing has begun both at my house and at Stampin' Up!  Check out the latest "Colour Refresh":

I'm having mixed feelings about this one!  I'm SO excited that Pool Party and Island Indigo are staying.....I was having angst about them leaving : )  Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz are coming back!!  YAY!!!  But Baja Breeze is leaving....boohoo : (  I'm sad about that.  I'm going to be sure to get some ink refills and more cardstock THIS WEEKEND for 2 reasons:

1.  I don't want to miss out because the discontinued colours are only available while supplies last

2. Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING this weekend (April 6-8)!  Isn't that FANTASTIC?!!! 

If you'd like to order something you can place an online order at http://lauragardiner.stampinup.net or contact me directly with your requests!  Please use this hostess code:  DQXPVB7X.

Happy Stamping!

Boho Flowers

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Happy Friday!  I have a card for you today inspired by a sketch that my friend, Leena, over at A la Cards designed.  She created this feature on her blog to show how different cards based on one sketch can look so different and to inspire her followers.  Well, I was inspired!  Here is her sketch:


I love how simple it is but one can create so many different variations.  Be sure to head over to her blog (click on the image or link above) to see what she's done with it.....please note: I've only linked to one of her posts for this sketch.  Search her website to see her other variations!

Here's what I did with it:


I had originally set out to use this week's ColourQ colours but forgot the "Brilliant Blue".  No worries though, I still really like the colour combo and how this card turned out!  I FINALLY got my own Boho Blossoms punch and was itching to use it.  I really like how one can layer the flowers or use them on their own.

Here are the details:

Ink and Pa…

Well-rounded card?

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I had a lot of fun with this card.  I took 3 challenges and mashed them together to create this colourful birthday card.  I LOVED the colours presented by colourQ and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I couldn't resist the theme of the week over at CASology: CIRCLE!


Aren't those colours just fabulous?!!  It puts in me in mind of warmth and beaches.....ahh....March Break is coming!  But I digress.  I've been having fun with my "Circle Circus" stamp set recently so I couldn't resist stamping circles in these colours.  Stampin' Up doesn't have Brilliant Blue or Cool Caribbean anymore so I used Pacific Point and Pool Party instead. 
I'm really pleased with the result.  I'm a big fan of CAS (Clean and Simple) cards so this makes me happy : )  It's a little hard to see the sentiment so here is more of a close-up shot:

I wonder what it would look like with a different background colour?  Stay tuned to find out : ) Details: Ink and Paper:…