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July 2016

Fresh Fruit Note Card Set, NC Demo Blog Hop for July

I'm so glad you could join us today.  The NC blog hops are so much fun and you get great ideas.  You may have just come from Tamra's blog. Didn't she have a great project?


We are sharing our favorite consumables with this hop.  There are so many we can't live without, but  I want to share the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes on page 176 of the new catalog.  You get 20 cards and envelopes for $6.  The note cards are the heavier weight card stock, too.  They are cut, scored, and ready to decorate!  Life is good!  Yes, it is!  I'm using the Fresh Fruit stamp set for my set of 4 note cards. These are clean and simple designs with lots of white space.  That adds just one more reason to fall in love! This post is a little picture heavy.  Forgive me.

Fresh Fruit folder front

And here it is opened.

Fresh Fruit in Folder

Let's start with the note card holder.  What project is not enhanced with designer series paper?  I used the In Color 2016-2017 Designer Series Paper stack, the Peekaboo Peach dotted sheet.  I got the basic note card holder from Patty Bennett's video here.  Patty got here idea from Di Barnes.  You can download the instructions from Di Barnes here.  I stamped each piece of fruit on Whisper White and cut it out for the cover of the note card holder.  I'll go over each fruit and the colors used below.  I decided to make the set Thank You cards.  That is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  Allow that ink to dry a little so it won't smear.  I added a Solid Black Baker's Twine bow.

Each note card is 3 1/2 x 5.  The card stock rectangle for each measures 2 1/2 x 4.  The Whisper White layer is 2 3/8 x 3 7/8.  The measurements for all 4 are the same.

Fresh Fruit Pear

The card stock rectangle for the pear is Pear Pizzazz.  I used sponge daubers to ink the stamps on all 4 cards.  For this one, I started with Daffodil Delight through the center of the pear.  Then I covered the stamp with Pear Pizzazz and then I added Cucumber Crush along the top side and bottom of the stamp.  For the leaves, I used Pear Pizzazz and then added a little Cucumber Crush on the left of each leaf.  I added a little Soft Suede around the stem.  I'm not sure that showed up very well.  I cut out the pear all in one piece with my snips.  The pear is on dimensionals, another favorite consumable!

Fresh Fruit Peach

The rectangle for the peach card uses Peekaboo Peach card stock.  Again, I used daubers.  I started with Daffodil Delight, added Peekaboo Peach, and some Tangerine Tango on the left side.  The leaves are the same as for the pear.

Fresh Fruit Strawberry


The rectangle for the strawberry card is Watermelon Wonder card stock.  I started with Daffodil Delight through the center, add Watermelon Wonder, and accented with cherry Cobbler on the left side.  The leaves are Pear Pizzazz and Cucumber Crush.

Fresh Fruit Mixed

For the last card, I used a rectangle of Watermelon Wonder.  The fruit was stamped directly on the Whisper White piece.  Stamp the pear first.  Make a mask by stamping the pear on a sticky note and cutting it out.  Place the sticky pear on top of the already stamped pear.  When you stamp the strawberry and the peach they will partially stamp on the sticky note.  Remove the sticky note and it looks like the strawberry and peach are behind the pear.  For this card, I stamped the leaves separately and put them on dimensionals.

Fresh Fruit

Did you notice that each card has its own decorated envelope?  Designer Series Paper is another favorite consumable.  I used the Fruit Stand DSP.  I just traced around the flap of the envelope, cut it out and glued it in place.  Do pay attention, so that your fruit won't be upside down.  Ask me how I know this!  I could have used this paper for the holder.  The truth is that I ran out.  The holder takes a 12 x 12 sheet of paper.  I kind of messed that up cutting out my envelope flaps.  Note to self.

Fresh Fruit collage

I think that does it.  I'm so happy you came by today.  I hope you'll get some of the note cards if you have never tried them.  I'll have a list of supplies at the end of this post.  Please check it out.  Next on the hop is Tracie.  You'll love her projects.


Tamra Davis 

Jo Anne Hewins 

Tracie Evans Langley 

Sharon Maranich 

Frances Wagner 

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Swaps! Oh, My!

Making cards is why I do all of this.  If you are a stamper you know exactly what I'm talking about.  That's why I was so excited that my downline wanted to have a shoe box swap.  I shared my card with you Wednesday.

Best Birds with set

Some of my downline have talked about having a card class.  Doing this swap was great practice in planning a class.  It's not easy and it takes time.  But having a class is so much fun!  I love having people here in my home!

Let me also tell you that my downline used Pinterest for their cards.  I will try to give credit where I can.  Pinterest is a wonderful place for getting ideas.  I feel like anyone that posts to Pinterest realizes that their work is now out there for anyone.  It's the nature of the tool.

Downline meeting July Kaye

This is Kaye's card.  She copied this from Mary Fish.  I just love black and white.  The crushed curry is perfect!

Downline meeting July Lisa

Lisa brought this card for us to make.  Her idea came from Dawn Griffith.  I think Lisa changed the colors a little.  It's great to take someone's idea and change it a little to please you.

Downline meeting July Lori

Lori had prepared this card.  It's from Windy Ellard.  I have this bundle, but haven't used it yet.  I was really excited to put my hands on those stamps!

Downline meeting July Cindy

This card, by Jan's Creative Corner, was shared by Cindy.  She had all of those pieces ready for us!  Wow!

We had a great morning and then went out for lunch!  If you are interested in joining our Luv 2 Create group, just let me know.  We would love to have you!

Downline meeting July group

I have 2 blog hops coming up.  On Sunday evening at 8:00 pm ET, the NC Demo blog hop debuts.  I have a great project for you to see.  It's a talented group.  On Monday at 10:00 am ET, the Color Fusers have a new hop with some great new colors.  Please look at them both.



Best Birds Watercolor

Hello!  At my downline meeting this past Saturday, we had a shoe box swap.  In demonstrator talk, that means that we each created a card, got everything ready to make it, and put all the supplies in a box.  We passed the boxes around and each of us made all of the cards.  There were 5 of us there and we had a lot of fun.  Today I'm going to share the card I fixed for everyone to make.  I used the new stamp set Best Birds and the matching thinlit set Birds & Blooms.

Best Birds

Here are the details for the card.

  • The card base is Tip Top Taupe card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • I stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink at the top and bottom of the front of the card. The dots are from the stamp set Timeless Textures.
  • The Whisper White panel on the front measures 2 1/2 x 5 1/2.
  • I also stamped randomly on the white panel.  I stamped off first, again using Tip Top Taupe.
  • The branch is stamped in Tip Top Taupe near the bottom of the panel.  I painted it with an Aqua Painter.  The branch itself is in taupe and the leaves are painted with Pear Pizzazz.    Do this quickly and without a lot of water.  The taupe ink will run a little.  Don't worry about perfection!!!!!
  • Add a strip of Marina Mist diagonal paper from the Subtles Designer Series Paper stack.  It's cut 1/2 x 5 1/2.
  • The birds are cut from Watercolor Paper using the Birds & Blooms thinlits and the Big Shot.  Since watercolor paper is a little thicker, you'll probably need to run it back and forth several times.
  • To color the birds, I used Daffodil Delight for the beak and Tip Top Taupe and Marina Mist for the body.  Use the Aqua Painter.  As you can tell, I did not worry so much about the coloring.  I painted these pretty quickly.  Now, I probably should have started with these birds.  They will take a little time to dry.  They can be hurried along by using the Heat Tool.  Did you notice that the tail and the tummy of the birds are little hearts?  That alone is a reason to buy these birds! So cute!

Best Birds up close

  • I used the 1 1/2"  circle punch to punch the frame for the sentiment.  It's out of Marina Mist card stock.
  • The sentiment is from the Best Birds set.  It's punched from Whisper White using the 1 3/8" circle punch.

Best Birds 2

Here's the inside of the card all stamped in Tip Top Taupe.  

Best Birds 3


On Friday, I'll be sharing the other cards my team members brought for our shoe box swap.  They did a great job of choosing good cards to make.  Hope to see you then.

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Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

Have you noticed the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes in the new Stampin' Up! catalog?  They really are fantastic!  They are on page 176 #141699.  You get 16 boxes measuring 2 x 2 x 2 for $7.50.


I highly recommend.  Here's a reason why.  On Saturday I hosted a downline meeting for the Stampin' Up! demonstrators that have signed up under me.  Of course I had to have a treat for them!  What's better than Hershey's Kisses?  A cute box filled with them, that's what!

Clear Box

I wanted to use the Celebration theme.  Since the Kisses had red, blue, and silver, I went with that.  After filling the box I added a bow using the 5/8" Satin Silver Ribbon. I tied in some Silver Sequin Trim, too.  For the tag I cut a scalloped base from Pacific Point and a Real Red oval.  Using the new Layering Ovals Framelits makes it so easy!  I punched a star from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Medium Star punch.  I stamped the word celebrate from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set on Whisper White using the Versamark pad.  Then I embossed that with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. Using the new Duet Banner punch, I punched that out and adhered with dimensionals.  I used the 1/16" Handheld  Circle punch, threaded it with Silver Metallic Thread and tied it onto the top of the box.

Clear Box 2

I think everyone liked them.  The possibilities for the box are endless.

Clear Box 5

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll be sharing more about our meeting later this week.  Stop by Wednesday to see more!

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Another Badges & Banners Card!

Today I have another card using the Badges & Banners stamp set.  I'll get right to it.  Here's the card.

Badges navy and dots 2


The Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper stack is so versatile.  I've used it in several other posts here and here and here.

  • I started with a Night of Navy card base measuring 5 1/2  x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The Serene Scenery paper  measures 4 X 5 1/4.
  • The dots, stamped in Night of Navy, are from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set. They are stamped here and there wherever you think they will look good.  It's just to add a little interest.
  • I added a strip of the Night of Navy paper from the Regals Designer Series Paper stack cut 1/2 x 5 1/4.  I use the Grid Paper on page 185 of the catalog to help me measure and keep my strip of DSP straight.
  • Stamp the badge on Whisper White in Night of Navy ink and punch out with the Best Badge punch.
  • I pulled a few strands from the Burlap Ribbon to put behind the badge.  I like to put some snail on the back of the badge, wind the string around a few fingers, and then stick it to the badge.  You will be able to rearrange it if needed.  Use dimensionals to adhere the badge.

  Badges navy inside

For the inside of the card, I used the new Stylized Birthday stamp.  Love it!  It's stamped in Night of Navy and has a few of the dots around it.

Badges navy and dots 3

This is a simple card that you can make quickly.  I think it would work for a man or a woman.  Give it a try.  Thanks for stopping in today.  I'm so glad you did.  Don't forget Bonus Days!

Bonus Days


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