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Swap Cards from the Southern Belles

Once a month a group of Demos meet at the Wendy's on 321 in Granite Falls, NC.  It's usually only 4 of us, but this time we had 8.  We had so much fun!  We were explaining to some of the new people about our name Southern Belles.  We were named, with our permission of course, by Tina.  Tina is from Long Island originally! We have Twila from South Dakota and Patti from around Baltimore.  Patti was visiting and thinking of joining soon.  Maybe that's why we were explaining.  So, of course, we started talking about being southern spread liberally with some "Bless your hearts!" Twila was saying that when she moved down here 20 years ago, she and her husband noticed a lot of big hair at the mall.  When she needed a haircut, he told her not to come home with mall hair.  She must have mentioned this to the beautician.  The comment made was, "The higher the hair, the closer to God."  All of us native southerners have assured her that was the first time we ever heard that saying!  But we are in the Bible Belt.

We swap cards at our gatherings.  It's a very talented group.  I'm going to share them today.  Some of our cards are original and some are Pinterest or Facebook copies.  If you see a card that looks like one you made, please consider it the highest form of flattery.  So here we go!

Kaye Owenby

This card was made by Kaye Owenby.  I do think that it is an original.  She was playing around with watercolor paper and the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Martha Morin

This card was made by Martha Morin.  I do believe I have seen this on Pinterest.  It's from Joanne James at The Crafty Owl blog.

Twila Hartford

This card was made by Twila Hartford.  The black sentiment on this is embossed in clear embossing powder.  It's really striking in person!

Cindy Rose
Cindy Rose made this card using the Coffee Cafe stamp set.  The sponging adds so much to this card.

Beth Fox

This card was made by Beth Fox  using the Merry Cafe stamp set.  It works perfectly with Coffee Cafe.

Tina Lesson extra card

Tina Lesson brought us 2 cards.  This one was left over from another swap she did. On the next one, I'll show you the outside and the inside.

Tina Lesson outside

Tina Lesson inside

That's it for this month of swaps.  I've said it before.  If you are a SU demonstrator and live close by, you are welcome to join our little get together.  It's so much fun to share with those who love what you love.

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Painted Harvest Patty Bennett CASE

I got a card in the mail recently from my Team Leader Patty Bennett.   She has the Luv 2 Stamp group.  It's so much fun to get happy mail, isn't it!  I loved several things about Patty's card.  She used the new Burlap background stamp.  I just got that set and haven't used it!  She also used the new Starburst Punch.  That's another product I hadn't yet used.  I decided that I had to CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit).  Here is the card that Patty sent.

Patty's card

And here is the card that I made.

Painted Harvest CASE

You can see that I changed a few things, mostly the color.  Here's how I made this card.

The card base is Fresh Fig measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.

The Powder Pink layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  

The Whisper White layer is 3 3/8 x 4 5/8.  Stamp the Burlap Background stamp on part of the white layer using Crumb Cake.

I just can't seem to get enough of the Painted Harvest stamp set.  Stamp the larger flower in Powder Pink and the smaller flower in Fresh Fig.  The center is stamped in Daffodil Delight.  Stamp all is this on Whisper White and punch it out with the Starburst Punch.  Frame that on a piece of Fresh Fig punched with the 2 1/4 inch circle punch.  Dimensionals will go on the back.

The leaves are stamped with the more detailed stamp in Old Olive on Pear Pizzazz card stock.  These are punched out with the new Leaf Punch.  You'll need three of these.

Run some Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon across the white layer.  Glue down the leaves so that they will stick out from the flower.  Adhere the flower.  Add a bow of the fig ribbon to the side.

Painted Harvest CASE close up

The words for this card come from the stamp set So Many Shells.  This set has some great words.  They are stamped in Fresh Fig.  Add some of the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Painted Harvest CASE inside

Here is the inside of the card.  I'm really liking the Powder Pink and Fresh Fig colors for the flower.  Use the same colors.  Add the solid leaf in Pear Pizzazz.  The saying here is also from So Many Shells.

Painted Harvest CASE card

I made these cards to swap with my Southern Belles group.  I think they'll like them, don't you?

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A Color Fusers Quilt

Have you seen the Christmas Quilt stamp set and the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies in the new Holiday catalog?  Don't let the Christmas word fool you.  It's not just for Christmas!  Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop!

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As you can see we are using Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Old Olive, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  I decided to use the Christmas Quilt stamp set and coordinating framelit for my card.

Christmas Quilt for Color Fusers

I have a couple quilts made by my grandmother.  She did not make designs, but used scraps and fit them together however they would fit.  She was more after the use of the quilt than the art of it.  Later, my mother took a quilt class.  She made one for me. It was beautiful and had a definite design.  I cherish these quilts.  So this card today is in memory of Mama Blackwell and Mama.

The card base is Early Espresso measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The Very Vanilla layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  There is another layer of vanilla measuring 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 used for the base of the quilt.

Using the Big Shot, cut 4 of the quilt squares with the plain square around the outside from Early Espresso.  Find the middle of the vanilla layer.  Place the four squares diagonal from the center.  Make sure that you lay the layer down square on your grid paper and use the grid paper to help to line up the diagonal squares.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Cut the quilt square one each from Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Old Olive.  Place these colors randomly on the quilt trying to space out the colors. Glue down.  When complete, turn over the vanilla layer and trim off all excess paper.

Run this piece through Big Shot using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder is a must have and really adds interest to the paper.

Quilt close up

The sentiment is from the Christmas Quilt stamp set.  It is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.  Use the Layering Ovals to cut it out.  Place on dimensionals.

The needle is part of the framelit set.  Cut it out in Silver Foil.  Thread with Pool Party Solid Baker's Twine.  Roll up glue dots under the thread to adhere to the card.

Christmas Quilt Color Fusers inside

The sentiment used on the inside of the card is from the stamp set Crafting Forever. Place some left over pieces over the page.

Christmas Quilt for the Color Fusers

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Don't forget to take the rest of the Color Fusers Blog Hop.  See what else was made using these colors!  You'll be glad you did!

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #473 Paisleys & Posies

For our Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge this week, we are using Dapper Denim, Soft Suede, and Pear Pizzazz.  These form a soft palette and remind me that fall is coming.


I decided to use the Paisleys & Posies stamp set for this challenge.  This set appeared last year in the Holiday catalog and, thankfully, it was carried over to the new annual catalog.

CCMC #473

I love this stamp set.  I highly recommend pulling it off your shelf and making a card!

The card base is Dapper Denim card stock.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and is scored and folded at 4 1/4.  Use your bone folder to get that fold nice and crisp.

The Pear Pizzazz layer is cut at 3 3/4 x 5.

The Whisper White layer measures 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  I used the Paisleys & Posies stamp set to make my own patterned background.  The flower is Dapper Denim.  The larger leaf is Pear Pizzazz and the smaller leaf is Soft Suede.  Stamp these randomly over the paper changing the orientation of the stamps.  It's also a good idea to run the stamps off the page to make it more pleasing and natural.

The Whisper White banner  measures 1 x 3 3/4.  Stamp the words with the same stamp set in Pear Pizzazz.  The Soft Suede banner is 1 1/4 x 4.  Notch the ends of these banners using the Triple Layer Punch.  The punch makes it so easy to layer these banners perfectly.  Glue the two together and adhere to the card.

Use the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut the scalloped oval in Dapper Denim.  The flower is stamped in denim on white and cut with the Layering Ovals.  Adhere the two. The scalloped oval will have dimensionals on the back.

Make a bow with Linen Thread and adhere with a glue dot.

CCMC #473 inside

This is the inside of the card.  The only set needed for this entire card is Paisleys & Posies!  How easy is that!

CCMC #473 Paisleys & Posies

I do tend to make difficult cards.  This one can be made in about 10 minutes.  I love it!

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It's Back to School with the NC Demo Blog Hop

So, it's back to school time.  Where has the summer gone?  I'm a retired first grade teacher so this time of year always has mixed feelings for me.  I loved teaching my little ones!  But, I have to say that I love being retired!  It's my reward, right!

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Being a retired teacher, I think I know what a teacher might like to receive as a gift. She, or he, needs something useful and cute!  I'm really excited to share my project for today.  It's a peek into the new Holiday Catalog going live on September 1.  It's a great catalog!  It has these really cute little pizza boxes that are just adorable!  Just let me share.

Pizza box and note cards

Here's the box.

Pizza box top

Pizza box side

Who knew that you can stamp directly onto the dull side of the box?  I was afraid I would ruin it but I think it turned out really cute.  Stamp the box while it is still flat. The seams will not stamp.  It doesn't matter.  Here are a few pictures to show the process.

Pizza box with Crushed Curry

This image shows the flat box stamped with the larger flower image from the stamp set Painted Harvest.  I used Crushed Curry.

Pizza box add Pumpkin Pie

Next, add the smaller flower image on top using Pumpkin Pie.

Pizza box add leaves

The centers of the flowers are in Soft Suede.  Add the leaves.  The more solid stamp is in Pear Pizzazz and the more detailed stamp is Always Artichoke stamped off.  There are places that I used a little mask so that the stem of the leaf was not quite as long. Just hold a piece of scrap paper near the edge of the flower and stamp so that part of the stem goes on the scrap.  The best part of this stamp set is that the stamping does not have to be perfect to still look great!

Fold the box and get ready to make the note cards for the inside.  Teachers need to send notes from time to time.  Sometimes these notes need to be special.  These can't be mailed, but they can be put in that special place to be taken home in a book bag. They might be placed in someone's mail box at school for a special cohort.

The Holiday catalog has brought back the 3 x 3 envelopes and they fit perfectly into the pizza box.

Pizza box note cards

I made 8 note cards and envelopes.  These are flat.  Ten could have fit in there.

The base of the cards are Always Artichoke card stock cut at 3 x 6 and folded.  Put the fold at the top.

Cut the Whisper White layer at 2 7/8 square.  You'll need 16 of these.  Eight of them will be adhered inside the note card.  These are small so they were left blank so there would be room for writing.

For the front of the cards stamp the flower just as stamped for the box near the lower right corner.  Add the leaves the same as stamped for the box, too.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Flourishing Phrases stamped in Always Artichoke.  They look so cute!

Stamp the flaps of the envelopes using all the same colors.  Open the flap and place a scrap piece of paper at the fold so no ink goes on the front of the envelope.

Tie the cards with some Linen Thread.

Pizza box and cards

Now, we need a tag for the front of the box.

Stamp the same flower on Whisper White card stock.  The sentiment is from the Painted Harvest set.  It's in Always Artichoke.

Cut this out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  

The leaves are stamped on white paper and then punched out with the coordinating Leaf Punch.  Make 4 of them and just place them where needed.

Add a bow of Linen Thread.  Run the thread around four fingers until happy, slip off and tie more thread around the middle.  Use a longer thread for this so you can wrap it around the middle several times before tying it off.

Of course Wink of Stella adds the finishing touch to the label.  Adhere with dimensionals.

Piaaz box Wink of Stella

It's hard to see the shine, but it's beautiful!

Pizza box  cards inside

Pizza box

So there you have it.  I must say I am really proud of this project.  Can you tell by all the pictures I included?

There are other great ideas on the hop this month.  Be sure and continue to see them all.  Tracie is next. 

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