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June 2016

Southern Belles Swap for June

Today I would like to share a few swaps from my Southern Belles meeting last week.  I think you'll like them.  The first one is from Kaye.

Belles swap Kaye

This card is so pretty in person.  Do you see the Wink of Stella on the Sweet Sugarplum?  Kaye combined the Swirly Scribbles thinlits with the Rose Garden thinlits. The hello is from the Hello You Thinlits.  Lots of cutting on this card, but it's so worth it!

Belles swap tina also

Tina has a fancy fold card.  She also used the Rose Garden thinlits.  I love the Boho Chic embossing folder.  It adds a sense of elegance, doesn't it?  When you open this card, there's another whole card inside.

Belles swap tina too

The Happy Birthday opens to a place for you to write.  It's a neat fold.  Tina also gave us each a card she had left over from another swap.

Belles swap tina


Wouldn't this be great for Father's Day?  This card is stamped using the Traveler stamp set.

Please come back on Monday.  I'm having Bingo at my home Saturday.  Those who come can win some awesome prizes!  It's all brand new from our new catalog!  I'm so excited to have this event.  Next week I'll share pictures of the event and my Make & Takes.  I hope to see you next week!

Color Coach Revisited

If you have been stamping a while you remember the Color Coach.  Did you have one?  Did you use it all the time?  The idea is to get help choosing colors that go together well.  Some of us are gifted at color choice and some of us are not.  Stampin' Up! retired the Color Coach several years ago.  I think it was Connie Stewart that did a blog post on her own Color Coach.  It's been a while ago, but the idea stuck in my sister Martha's mind.  This month for our Southern Belles swap, Martha made us our own Color Coach using Connie's blog post.

Color Coach pouch

The Muslin Bags have retired.  They were stamped using the new in color Sweet Sugarplum.  Martha used the stamp sets Papillon Potpourri and Timeless Textures.  Inside the bag is the treasure!

Color coach colors

Inside is a 2 1/2 inch circle of every color of card stock from all 4 of the color families, Regals, Subtles, Neutrals, and Brights, and both years of the in colors!  Each color also has its name on one side.  She printed them on address labels, peeled, and stuck them on the circle. You just shuffle the colors around and look for combinations that you like.  Here's one example of a combination that I found.

Color coach #1


Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, and Sahara Sand look great together!  Here's another example.

Color coach #2


Emerald Envy, Real Red, and Basic Gray would make a great card. I'm thinking a masculine card.  It's a great way to come up with combinations that are a little out of your box.

Color coach all colors

I challenge you to make a Color Coach of your own.  I warn you, it will probably take a lot of time, but I think it will be well worth it!  Did you know that you can purchase an assortment pack of the color families?  They come in a pack of 20 sheets, 2 of each color in the family.  The in color packs also have 20 sheets, 4 of each color.  It's a great way to get all of the colors and see which ones you like best.

Let me also add to Happy Birthday to Martha.  Have a wonderful day!  I love you.


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May I Have Another Swirly Bird Card?

Pinterest comes to the rescue again!  I found my inspiration from a card you can find here.  I've had the Brushstrokes background stamp for a while.  I rarely use it.  I am going to have to pull it out more often.  Here's the card that I made.

Stripe card

My Southern Belles group met this week and this was the swap that I took.  Here are the details:

  • Start with the Thick Whisper White card stock, cut at 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • Ink the Brushstrokes background stamp in Tip Top Taupe ink.  It's best to lay the stamp down and ink it from the top.  Lay the card down carefully on the stamp. Top it with some scrap paper and press.  This will keep ink from getting all over your fingers.
  • The speckles stamp is from Swirly Bird.  I stamped it using Tip Top Taupe on the card.
  • The Whisper White piece is cut 2 inches square.
  • The ground and sky are stamped with the stamp set Work of Art.  The ground is stamped in Old Olive.  Stamp it off first on scrap paper and then stamp on the square.  The sky is stamped in Soft Sky.
  • Stamp the stems, flowers, and sun in Old Olive, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight, respectively.
  • Mount this on a 2 1/4 inch square of Tip Top Taupe and then a 2 3/8 square of Melon Mambo card stock.  Adhere this to the card using dimensionals.  But, first cut a 18 inch length of Melon Mambo Thick Twine.  Put it under the panel.
  • Tie the twine into a bow next to the panel.  I did unravel the ends a little using my paper piercing tool.

Stripe card close up

  • Friend is from the stamp set Helping Me Grow.  It's stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.

Stripe card inside

The sentiment on the inside is from Love & Affection.  It's a lovely saying!  I added more ground and flowers on the inside.

Guess what! I'll have another card with Swirly Bird on Friday!  You don't want to miss it.  Thanks for stopping in today!


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Swirly Boat Shaker Card

Today I have a card for you using the Swirly Bird stamp set and the Swirly Scribbles thinlits.  Did you know that you can purchase these together as a bundle and save 10%?  You will want them both!  I don't make shaker cards very often and this card ended up being quite difficult for me.  I'll have to try them more often now that Stampin' Up! has the new Foam Adhesive Strips.

The North Carolina Demo group formed a Round Robin.  Here's how it works.  We have a list of names and addresses of those participating.  The first person makes a card and sends it to the next person making sure to include the list.  It goes on like that until the first person finally gets a card from the last person on the list.  Each person takes a photo of the card she received and posted it to the NC Demo Facebook group.  Unfortunately for you the group is closed unless you are a NC Demo.  My group was a little slow, but we are working on it.  This is the card I made to send.

Shaker card

  • The base of the card is Dapper Denim.  The next layer is Bermuda Bay cut at 3 3/4 x 5.  The Whisper White layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • I made the background first.  The clouds at the top are made by sponging around the top of the cloud shape punched using the Tree Builder punch.  I used Pool Party.
  • I cut the long wavy piece from Swirly Scribbles out of Thick Whisper White.  I used this as a mask to sponge the waves at the bottom.  I used Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, and Pool Party.  I did have to move the mask to make the ocean bigger.  Make sure that you completely cover the mask with the colors to use later.
  • The shaker was made by cutting Dapper Denim with the Square Collection Framelits.  Yes, I know they are retired, but it takes a while to get everything you want, right?  I used the 4th and 5th frames and placed them one inside the other before I cut.  Make sure they are evenly spaced.
  • Add a piece of window sheet cut 2 3/4 square.  I used Fast Fuse, but I don't recommend that.  It was too wide and made the edges all sticky.  I think I would use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  You'll need to let it dry.
  • Add the Foam Adhesive Strips around the square.
  • I'm not sure where I got the sequins.  They were Stampin' Up.  I think they came with a kit or with a Paper Pumpkin.  Put a little pile of these where you want to place your square.  I also added bits of paper in Dapper Denim and Bermuda Bay punched with the new Sprinkles punch.
  • Adhere the square making sure that it is straight on your card.

Shaker card close up

  • I glued the mask onto the top of the square.  The boat was stamped on scrap paper and cut out.  The boat uses Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, and Flirty Flamingo.  The stamps are from Swirly Bird.
  • The sun is stamped on So Saffron card stock in So Saffron ink and cut out with paper snips.  Adhere with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from A Gift of Love stamped in Dapper Denim.
  • Do you see the added sequins.  That's a perfect way to cover up a boo boo!

Shaker card inside

Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit.  Another boo boo is covered here!

I've made so many cards using the Swirly Birds stamp set and Swirly Scribbles thinlits. Check below in my list of products to get the bundle for 10% off!  But first I made a collage of the cards I've made with this bundle.

Swirly bird collage

And to think, I didn't even want this set at the beginning.  With this bundle, the possibilities are endless!  Thanks for looking at my blog today.  Have you followed me on Pinterest?  You can do that here.

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Helping Me Grow Get Well and #GDP039

Today I'm up for another challenge with the Global Design Project #039.  This week it's get well cards.


Sadly we do need get well cards from time to time.  A hand made card is sure to lift someone's spirits. This is the card I made for the challenge.

Helping Me Grow

I find that many times I when I need something like a get well card, I don't have one. I also seem to have very little time to create one.  The card today started as a thank you card.  I made it for a Clean & Simple class I had last week.  Here's what it looked like before it went through it's make over this morning.  

June 2016 clean


It was part of this class.  Here's how I made it.

  • Use a card base of Basic Black card stock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The diagonal stripe patterned paper is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper stack.  I used a black sheet cut at 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The Whisper White card stock layer is cut at 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.
  • The flowers are from the Helping Me Grow set.  They are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  The little dots are also part of the set.
  • The sentiment is from the Love & Affection set.  I stamped it with the Basic Black Archival ink also on a scrap piece of white.  I punched it out with the XL Oval punch.  It's retired now.  My Layering Ovals framelits are crossing the US as I type.  Here's where part of the make over takes place.  I had already stamped Much Appreciated. The new sentiment went right on top.
  • I also decided to color in the flowers.  I used Rich Razzleberry and my Aqua Painters.  The stems were colored in Wild Wasabi.
  • I stamped just a little piece of the flower on scrap, colored it, and cut it out.  That went on the oval with the sentiment.  I added a few of the black sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.  Adhere those with glue dots.

Helping Me Grow inside

And here is the inside of the card.  Once again, I colored the flowers.  The sentiment inside is from the stamp set Thoughts & Prayers.  I just used the bottom of the stamp.  I stamped it with Basic Black Archival and then taped over the part I didn't want to stamp.  Since this card was a make over, I stamped this on scrap paper again and adhered over the old words.


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