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Babies are a gift

I have decided that I LOVE designing baby cards…or maybe it’s just such a great reason to send a card that it just makes that much more fun. My cousin, Sara and her husband, who live in Oregon just had her first baby and the family’s first grand-daughter…after three grand-sons.

Isn’t she just a doll?

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I’m so happy for their family. A beautiful healthy baby is such a gift.

Here is the card I designed to send to my cousin.

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It is made with a Pink Pirouette cardstock base. I ran a strip of Primrose Petals cardstock through the Big Shot with the Finishing Touches edgelits and wrapped it with coordinating Primrose

Stitched Satin Ribbon. The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts set and is heat embossed in white. On top I used the 1 3/8 circle punch for three white circles. Then I used the Hearts a Flutter Framelits to cut out the heart from the centre to create a heart frame. I punched three additional Pink Pirouette 1 1/4 circles and ran them through the Big Shot with the polka dots folder. Then I mounted the frames on top of the pink polka dot circles. Lastly a cut one Pink heart and added a dimensional behind and a Rhinestone for some baby bling.

I think the card could be absolutely made for a boy by swapping the pinks for blues as love and hearts are applicable to babies generally.

Retrosketches #69

Retrosketches #69 put out this sketch this week that I REALLY like and will be certainly using again, because it is just SO darn versatile.

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Here is my first take on it:

image I used my new In Colour Designer Series Paper Stack for the background piece and cut it with the Finishing Touches Edgelit.  I stamped using one of the great new two-step stamp sets in the new catalog called, Too Kind.  I didn’t use anything to line up the stamps, just eyed it. The stem is Pistachio Pudding (to coordinate with the cardstock base), the flowers and sentiment are Crisp Cantaloupe and the second-step flower is Rich Razzleberry.  Tied it together with White Bakers Twine and then popped some Pearls onto the top right corner.  This card came together in a flash and is certainly copy-able for new and experienced stampers alike.

I rock!

Here is the story…
One of the very fun things that we can do for the annual Stampin’ Up Convention is to participate in a video contest… Since several of us Stampin’ Up gals from Kelowna will be attending Convention this year, we opted to go all out and submit a video.  One of our amazing and talented team members (Amy Jasper) took the Stampin Up 25th anniversary theme (Stampin’ Up began in 1988) and re-made an 80s hit to a stamping theme….think Pat Benatar….

This weekend was the beginning of the filming for the music video. Here I am as an 80s rocker chick…think I fit my part??

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Yes that is my real hair with the pink streaks. With my intense rocker-face you can’t see my Big Blue Eyeshadow, but let me tell you that it was there.  We had great time. And a big thanks out to Amy for all her hard work on this project. Stay tuned for our final video cut….it should be hitting a YouTube near you next week.

My card for today is a little  edgy…like my Bad-a$$ rocker-self.
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I pulled out my new This and That Washi Tape and was surprised by the texture…it felt to me closer to paper than tape…not plasticy like scotch tape.
I ripped three strips…one from each of the three designs and stuck down a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped the Oh Hello sentiment on an additional piece of cardstock and ripped the edge of it too. I finished it by adding some dimension and a new Cute Clip.

If you would like an even more intense grunge look you could add some splatter or a bit of intense background with the Gorgeous Grunge stamps.

Feminine or Masculine?

It is not too terribly often that I do a paper, stamp, ink card. What I mean by that is no extra layers, no Big Shoting, no extra embellishments, and no additional cardstock, just a one-layer card with paper, stamps and ink. It can be nerve-wracking because if you screw up you have screwed up the whole card and not just one piece that you can re-do.  But it is also rather freeing.

I used the Lacy and Lovely stamp set and pulled out many of my pinks and purple inks and went to town on paper to create a one-layer card. And here is how it turned out:

Lacey and Lovely PinkI ended up having to add a rhinestone, just for some pizzazz.  The colours I used included Pretty in Pink, Wisteria Wonder, Primrose Petals, Rich Razzleberry, Strawberry Slush, and Raspberry Ripple.

Once that card was complete I did a double-take and realized that I could totally make this card appropriate to give to those people who pee standing up if I just changed the colours!  So, here it is again in blues and greens:

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For this one I pulled out the inks Pool Party, Midnight Muse, Old Olive, Pistachio Pudding, Tempting Turquoise, and Coastal Cabana.

Do you have a favourite?  Feminine or Masculine?

Another sketch challenge

I sadly missed the deadline for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week by moments 😦 So I’m not going to let that happen again.  Here is PCCCS card sketch #47

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Here is my take on the sketch:

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I decided to rotate the sketch (we’re allowed to do that). Instead of cutting the doily, as some of the design team did, I opted to leave my doily whole.  I coloured the flower from the Oh Hello stamp set with Summer Starfruit and Old Olive and stamped directly onto the doily.  The roughness of the doily gave the flower a neat cross-hatched design upon close inspection.  So that the flags did not show up behind the doily and distract from the image I punched a 2.5″ circle of Whisper White and placed it behind the doily.

I usually have to find a place for a sentiment…I don’t often leave the card sentiment-less <-new word…but this card was just right without it.

I chose to use this card for a birthday (and stamped the sentiment inside)… I even already sent it in the mail! But, I think it could be used for many different occasions, don’t you think so?

PCCCS #46

Sometimes I see a sketch and immediately know what i want to do with it. And sometimes what I visualize actually turns out to work! I had to post a little early because I found just such a sketch challenge at the last minute tonight. Paper Craft Crew Challenge Sketch #46 looked like this:

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Here is what I came up with:

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I knew as soon as I saw the sketch that I wanted to use the postage stamp punch for the squares and add the hearts from the Hearts a Flutter stamp set on top. The rest literally fell into place.

Just love it when that happens.