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December 2016

The Year in Review, Top Six

I've had my Luv 2 Create blog for over a year now.  I love having a blog.  I love sharing with you.  I was looking over my original cards on my Pinterest board here.  If you aren't a follower of my board, please click on the link and follow!  I've picked my top 6 pinned projects for 2016 and I'd like to share them with you again.  

Let's start with number 6.  This card is actually an altered Paper Pumpkin project.  I changed it to a wedding card.  If you would like to read about the card, click here.

PP wedding full

My number 5 post was a group of note cards made using the Playful Pals stamp set. It was a project we made at a downline gathering.  We made the four note cards and then bagged them and made a header.  You can read about this post here.  I also ended up making four 5 x 7 frames with each animal and an 8 x 10 frame with all four.

Animal notecards

Card number 4 in my countdown is a Christmas card using the Santa's Sleigh bundle from the Holiday catalog.  This is a great set that is being carried over!  Read about this one here.  

NC blog 28 1

My number 3 card is a note card.  It's one I made to send shut-ins at my church so it was simple and one layer.  I think stampers like that!  It uses the Swirly Bird stamp set.  Check it out here.

Swirly notecard

My second most pinned card was a wedding card.  It was one of those that just came together so easily.  It also uses the Swirly Bird set and silver embossing powder.  It turned out quite lovely if I do say so myself.  Look at this blog post here.

Wedding suo

And here is my number 1 most pinned card for the year.  I did make it last January for a swap card for out NC Quarterly so it's been around for a while.  It features the Botanical Blooms stamp set and framelits.  Please look at this post here.

Lori's card

So there we go.  I do love all six of these projects and I'm glad you did too.  I'm looking forward to sharing with you in 2017!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Color Fusers blog hop is on Monday!

Cool Treats Birthday

The new Occasions catalog goes live in just one week on January 4th.  Can you believe it!  I'm so excited!  Many of you already have a copy of the new catalog.  It's fantastic! If you need a copy, let me know.  I can send you one.  

My friend Lori has a birthday on Christmas day.  As you can imagine, she some times is overlooked during all the Christmas happenings.  In fact, we celebrated her birthday in November just so she could feel special.  Of course, she deserved another birthday card for the real occasion.  It gave me a great reason to break out the Cool Treats stamp set and coordinating framelits called Frozen Treats.

Lori 1

This card was easy to assemble and was inspired by Wendy Cranford.

  • Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White measuring 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • The crumb cake patterned paper is from the coordinating paper called Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I used the largest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • The bowl and the spoon are also cut using the Tasty Treats paper.
  • I used Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, and Watermelon Wonder for the ice cream and Chocolate Chip for the chocolate drips.  The cherry is cut using Watermelon Wonder.
  • The sentiment for the front is stamped in Watermelon Wonder and comes from the Cool Treats set.

Lori 2

The sentiment inside is from Cool Treats in Watermelon Wonder and Chocolate Chip. Add another spoon and cherry.

Lori 3

I got the stamp set for free when I attended the Stampin' Up OnStage in Atlanta in November and ordered the framelits as soon as I could.  I can tell that I'm going to love using these products.  When you order the bundle, a 10% savings, you'll almost qualify for a free Sale-a-Bration item.  Just add in some dimensionals or baker's twine.

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To You and Yours


Thank you so much for checking out my blog.  I so appreciate you.  I'm taking off today and Monday to spend time with my family and enjoy the holidays.  Meanwhile, here's a video from Stampin' Up!



Sale-a-Bration is Right Around the Corner!

Today's card showcases several of the stamp sets available for free for Sale-a-Bration. Yes, beginning on January 4th until March 31st, you can get a free item for every $50 you spend.  The large Thank You is from a set called So Very Much.  The beautiful flowers are from a set called Avant-Garden.  Both are must haves.  Here's my card.

SAB 2017

This is an easy card that can be made quickly.  It's great for beginners.

  • Start with a card base of Rich Razzleberry measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, and folded.
  • Cut a piece of Old Olive 3 3/4 x 5 and a piece of Whisper White 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black Archival ink.  Stamp the flowers in the same ink.  Allow this a moment to dry.
  • Use the Blender Pens and the ink in the lid of the pads to color in the flowers (Rich Razzleberry) and leaves (Old Olive).  The dots are stamped in Pool Party.  Some are full strength and some are stamped off.
  • The Old Olive layer was adhered at a slant, but you could just as well make it straight.

SAB 2017 2

Thanks for looking.  No inside today.  I've been feeling a little under the weather.

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Hey, Chick, Happy Birthday

I had the best idea!  It worked!  I made a great card to show it off!  Then, I got on Pinterest and found that I wasn't the only one to have this idea.  I saw at least two other samples.  So I guess my idea is crafter's common sense when you are trying to think about chicken wire for the chicks in the new Sale-a-Bration set Hey, Chick.  So, here is my card.

Hey chick 1

And, here is the idea.  Take the Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Open your Early Espresso stamp pad and turn it upside down.  Stamp with the pad directly onto the inside of the top layer of the folder.  You can also use the old hard rubber brayer we used to have.  Lay your paper down carefully on the ink.  Close the folder and then just press down all over with your hands.  The embossing folder becomes a stamp.  Clean up is easy.  Just hold the folder under the faucet and the ink flows right off.  Allow to dry.  Easy peasy and it does look like chicken wire.  Printing might be a little erractic but that's OK.

Here's the rest of the details.

  • The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, and folded.  Use Early Espresso.
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  Before you adhere it cut the scalloped oval and the balloon from the inside.  The scalloped oval is from the Layering Ovals framelits and the balloon is from the Balloon Pop-up thinlits.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  Do the chicken wire technique described above.
  • Stamp the chicken on Whisper White using Early Espresso.  Stamp another one on a scrap piece of paper so that you get the wing.  I used the Watercolor Pencils in brown and red to color in the chick.  Use a blender pen when you want to smooth everything out.  I did end up using some of the Cherry Cobbler ink from the lid of the pad to make the colors match better.  Color the extra wing, too and cut it out.
  • Cut the chick out with the Stitched Shapes framelits.
  • Use the Balloon Bouquet punch and punch out the large one in Early Espresso. Adhere the red balloon to the espresso base.  I used the Cherry Cobbler thread from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack for the balloon string.  It's on the Yearly Close Out Sale now.
  • Adhere the wing at the top over the existing wing.  Put a glue dot on the string and adhere under the wing.
  • The sentiment is from the set Hey, Chick.  I put it on a 3/4 strip of Whisper White, notched the ends, and stuck it under the wing.
  • Use a Pumpkin Pie marker for the beak and feet.

I love how this card turned out.  We'll be making this at my January card class.  Here's the inside.

Hey chick 2

Print the chicken wire on the white card stock as discussed above.  The sentiment was from the Cool Treats stamp set, stamped on white and cut using the Stitched Shapes framelits.

Hey chick 4

I love this chicken and I love that she is holding a balloon.  Why not!  Thanks for coming by today!

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