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Asian Meets Eastern and the SUO Challenges

Good morning!  My card today features Artistically Asian and items from the Eastern Palace Suite.  I thought they should go together nicely.  I really love how this card turned out.  I also noticed that the SUO Challenges #174 encouraged the use of Watercolor Paper, so I thought I'd enter this card in that challenge.  Here's the card.

Artistically Asian and Eastern Palace

I'm just loving the new In Colors.  The Fresh Fig is just so rich.  It pairs so nicely with the gold.  Well, here are the details on how to make this card.

  • Start with a card base of Fresh Fig.  Cut it to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and score at 4 1/4.
  • Now I must admit that at first I was not impressed by the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.  Simple, it's because I had not seen them.  They are fantastic.  You get two each of two different designs.  I warn you, they really stick so be careful. Stickers are placed strategically on the card.  You might want to lay the gold foil piece on your card to help with that.
  • The 3/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of gold and vanilla patterned paper is from the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I always use my grid paper to help me get strips like this straight on my card.
  • The piece of gold foil is cut 3 x 3 1/4.
  • The Watercolor Paper is cut 2 3/4 x 3.  Use the Soft Suede, Fresh Fig, and Tranquil Tide markers to color in the stamp from Artistically Asian.  Spritz the stamp a couple times with water and stamp on the Watercolor Paper.  I like to hold it there a few seconds so the ink can absorb on the paper.  Allow to dry. The hello stamp is stamped in Fresh Fig.  This stamp is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

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  • Attach the Watercolor Paper to the gold foil with dimensionals and then adhere to the card.
  • We can't leave out the Mini Tassels Assortment.  I added a Tranquil Tide tassel. Tie some 1/4 inch Natural Trim in a knot through the ring.  Use a glue dot to adhere to the Watercolor Paper.  I had a hard time trying to decide between the Tranquil Tide tassel and the Fresh Fig one.  Either would do.

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Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty.  The flowers were colored in with markers, but not spritzed.

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I'm really proud of this card.  Right now the Eastern Palace Suite is available to all of you as a pre order.  You do have to purchase as a bundle.

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle

This is the first bundle.  In it you get the Eastern Beauty stamp set, the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper 12 x 12, Fresh Fig ink pad, Lemon Lime Twist ink pad, Tranquil Tide ink pad, and the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.  You also get the new Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes for free.  All of this will be in the new catalog.  You can get it now!  The cost is $60.50 for the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle.  The item # is 147196.

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

This is the second bundle available.  You get the Eastern Beauty stamp set, the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Eastern Fold Vinyl Stickers, The Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack (8 Fresh Fig, 8 Tranquil Tide, and 8 Dapper Denim), Mini Tassels Assortment, Lemon Lime Pad, Tranquil Tide pad, Fresh Fig pad, and the Eastern Medallion Thinlits.  For free you get Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes and the new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock.  The cost is $103.50 for the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle.  The item # is 147207.

These bundles are available until May 31st.  How can you refuse?  I did not use the thinlits on this project, but they are phenomenal!

Click here to see the flyer.  Download Eastern_Palace_Flyer_NA

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Be Creative Every Day

There's a new stamp set coming and it's fantastic!  I just love the saying, "Do something creative every day."  The set is called Crafting Forever and here's my card for today.

Crafting Forever

As soon as I saw this set I thought of my beautiful daughter Jessie.  She teaches art in a high school in Greensboro.  She puts her all into her teaching and has influenced many young lives.  I don't sound partial, do I?  Believe me, the teaching profession needs more Jessies.

Jessie with art

In fact, I sent this very card to Jessie this week.

  • Start with a card base of Basic Black cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score at 4 1/4.
  • The background patterned paper is called Fresh Florals.  Does it remind you of the Floral Boutique paper we have now in Night of Navy and White?  Stampin' Up! took a few of these designs and made a paper stack with all of the new In Colors.  It's cut at 4 x 5 1/4.  This pattern is in the new Berry Burst.
  • The black patterned paper is from the Pop of Pink Specialty paper on the Retiring List now.  Cut it out with the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies.
  • The cup and brushes are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink on Watercolor Paper.  The colors used to paint are Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Smoky Slate.  I used the Aqua Painter.
  • The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White in black and punched with the 1 3/4 inch circle punch.  Punch a black circle with the 2 inch circle punch.

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The inside is simple stamped with the same stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink and Berry Burst.

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If you are looking at this post, you are probably a crafter.  You will need this set!  Put it on you Wish List right now, but you'll have to wait until June 1st to order.  Thanks for looking today!



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A Lovely Little Sneak Peek

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I get preorder some items from the brand new upcoming 2017-2018 annual catalog.  Of course I want to use those items as soon as I get them.  I know you can't get the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set yet, unless you are a demo, but you will be able to get it in about three weeks!  You could just go ahead and sign up.  Get in touch with me if you have questions.  Here is my card for today.

Lovely Inside & Out

If you have followed me in the past, you know that I send some shut ins from church and some others cards each month.  I realized yesterday that Mother's Day is almost here.  They, the shut ins, will be looking for a card.  I no longer have my mom, but I want to honor these moms.  Maybe it's a way to honor my mom, too.  I pulled out the stamp set Lovely Inside & Out for my card.  They are made on the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.  This is a great card if you are making multiples.  Here are the details.

  • Stamp the flower in the middle of the note card in Pool Party.  Add a leaf in Lemon Lime Twist.
  • The Fresh Fig flower is stamped on Whisper White and punched out with the 1 1/2" circle punch.  The Powder Pink flower is also stamped on Whisper White and punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  Stamp enough flowers for all of the cards you are making.
  • The leaves are stamped on Whisper White in Lemon Lime Twist and in Old Olive. You'll need twice as many olive leaves.  You will need to fussy cut the leaves, but they are so easy.  Here's a hint:  You don't need to cut the bottom of the leaf nicely.  It will be behind the flower.  I taped the leaves to the back of each flower.  Adhere the flowers and leaves to the card with dimensionals.
  • Most of my cards had Happy Mother's Day on them.  That sentiment came from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  Several others will be thank you cards.  That sentiment is also from Thoughtful Banners.  They are stamped in Fresh Fig.
  • Did you notice the little triangle?  That was the first time I ever noticed it.  It's in Thoughtful Banners.  My card needed a little something else.  This is where I might have brought out Gorgeous Grunge or something like that.  I decided to try the triangle and I like it!  They are stamped in Fresh Fig.

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So here is the inside of the card.  Everything is from Lovely Inside & Out except the little triangles.

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Here are both versions of the card.  Some will be sent to customers for online orders. I made 25 Mother's Day cards.  Now I just need to address and get them in the mail!

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These were fun to make, quick, easy, and cute!  I very seldom make a card without my trusty Big Shot, but this card only took punches!  

Thanks for stopping by.  See you later.  Click on a product below to go to my online store.  Thank you!

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Leaves Everywhere!

It's truly spring!  The leaves are out.  In my yard, the Crepe Myrtle trees are the last to get their leaves.  Mine always seem to be a little behind the others in the neighborhood.  Maybe they are a different species.  The leaves are out everywhere!  I just love it!  Today my mind turned to the leaves.  Here's my card.

Vintage Leaves and Leaflet Framelits

I usually take my pictures outside.  I seem to do better.  Today it's raining and I've waited to the last minute.  Please be patient with me.  I just got a new stamp set, Artistically Asian.  The sentiment is from that set.  I was happy to see that it would be in the new catalog.

  • The card base is Always Artichoke.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The next layer is Pear Pizzazz cut at 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  I ran it through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.
  • As I said before the Artistically Asian set was used for the sentiment.  I stamped in Versamark, sprinkled in Gold Emboss Powder, and used the Heat Tool to set. Cut the sentiment with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, an oval.  Put dimensionals on the back of the oval and attach some of the Gold Thread to the back so that it hangs over the sides.  Adhere to the card.
  • The leaves are stamped on Watercolor Paper.  Stamp in Always Artichoke, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz.  Using the Aqua Painter, paint over each leaf.  Stay inside the lines and drag the color.  Cut out each leaf with the Leaflets Framelits Dies. The larger leaf on top is adhered with dimensionals.
  • Tie a Gold Thread bow.  I did use one of the wooden bow tiers.  That thread can be a little hard to handle.

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For the inside of the card I just glued in another leaf.

I know just the person that needs this card.  It's hard when we are second guessing God, but it sure happens, doesn't it.

Leaflets 3

Thanks so much for checking in with me today.  I appreciate it.  Feel free to order any supplies you need to make this card!

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NC Demo April Blog Hop and a Sneak Peek

Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop for April.  This month we are honoring women. When I think of women, I think of all of my stamping friends and how lucky I am to have them in my life.  Stamping has truly been a blessing to me.

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My card today uses the stamp set Eastern Beauty and the Eastern Medallion Framelits Dies from the Eastern Palace Suite.  This suite will be available for preorder for everyone beginning May 1st.  Here's my card.

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There are several sneak peeks today.  You know that the new 2017-2018 annual catalog will begin on June 1st.  There are so many great new products to see.

  • The card base is Daffodil Delight.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and is scored at 4 1/4 to make the standard size card.
  • The patterned paper will be new.  It's called Delightful Daisy.  The top part measures 4 x 4.  It's a Night of Navy print.  The bottom measures 2 x 4.  It's Old Olive.  Tear just a little from the top.  Make sure to make the leaves  go up.
  • The stem is from the same paper pack.  Cut it 1/2 x 2 1/2 and fold a little in from each side.  Glue it down.  This gives the stem just a little dimension.
  • For the flower, cut two of the medallions from Daffodil Delight card stock.  You will need to clip them out from the paper.  Use snips and cut close to the circle. Off set the two medallions and use dimensionals to adhere them.
  • The center of the flower is made using two of the smaller medallions.  Just place one inside the other when cutting them out with the Big Shot.  The Magnetic Plate is a big help!  Use Early Espresso.  Once done, punch out the whole circle with the 2 inch circle punch.  Punch another circle from Soft Suede.  Mount the two.  Mount onto the center of the sunflower.

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  • The leaf is cut using the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Old Olive card stock.  Mount on the patterned paper with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  Trim away the excess with your snips.
  • Adhere the sunflower and the leaves.
  • The sentiment is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.  Stamp in Night of Navy on Whisper White.  It's cut out with the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies.
  • The bow is made using another new product.  It's the 1/4 inch Copper Trim.  This is a lovely ribbon.  Attach with a glue dot.

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Here's the inside of the card.  The stamps are from Eastern Beauty.  Use Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy.

I can't think of a single woman who wouldn't deserve this card!  Share the love.

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Please continue on the hop.  Michelle is next.  You don't want to miss it!  There are lots of great cards and ideas for you! 

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