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May 2017

NC Quarterly Swap and Sneak Peek

This past weekend the NC Stampin' Up! Demo group met for one of its famous Quarterlies.  This one was held at the Haw River State Park.  Wow!  So beautiful and peaceful.  It's so good to meet up with new friends, visit, swap, stamp, and there was maybe a lot of laughter.  I really look forward to these get togethers.  Let me thank Karen Culler and her group for a great time.  It was a lot of hard work for you and we all appreciate it!

As I mentioned swapping is a big part of our meetings.  I took part in the full card, new stuff card swap.  Later in the week, I'll be sharing some of the swaps I received. They are fantastic!  NC has a LOT of talented people!  That's for sure.  Today I'll be sharing the swap card that I made.  First of all, this card was a lot of work.  I probably would not use it for a swap.  I had to make 31 of these!  It's not difficult, but there is a lot of Big Shot cutting.

Colorful Seasons & Lovely Inside & Out

  • Start with a card base of Dapper Denim.  It's cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • Each card has 3 leaves cut from Tranquil Tide.  There is a solid layer and the intricate layer.  I glued them together.  I'll just be honest and tell you I used the 2 Way Glue Pen that is no longer available.  I love that pen!  I wish I had hoarded them!  In my product list, I'll put the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Colorful Seasons close up

  • The banner is cut from the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper.  You can get it now if you purchase the Eastern Palace Starter bundle or the Eastern Palace Premier bundle.  Details will be in the product list.  Cut the paper 1 1/4 x 4. Notch the end.
  • You'll also need to cut a Very Vanilla circle using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.
  • Using the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies cut out the hugs in Dapper Denim.  Snip it out of the circle.  Hint:  since you are only using the word, use scraps that fit that. Adhere the word to the vanilla circle.
  • The stamped words are from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set.  Stamp on vanilla scrap in denim.  Snip around them.
  • You are ready to assemble your parts.  Finish off with a Linen Thread bow.

Hugs 3

The sentiment on the in side of the card is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  For the leaf, stamp off the solid leaf (Tranquil Tide) and stamp the veined image full strength.

Hugs 4

This is a great card for anyone.  Wouldn't you like to get a hug in the mail?  I know I would.  Thanks for coming by today.  

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Paisleys, Oh How I Love Paisleys

I love paisleys.  To prove it, here is a picture of the rug in our family area.


We remodeled our home probably about 8 years ago.  This is the rug I bought.  I loved it then and I still love it now!  You could say that today's card was inspired by the rug.  Here it is!

Paisleys & Posies and the new In Colors

This card was also inspired by the new In Colors Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide and a little of the Eastern Palace Suite.  Here are all the details.

  • The base of the card is the lovely Tranquil Tide.  You might have noticed that I keep using the Tide and Fresh Fig together.  They just seem so regal.  The measurements are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Fresh Fig layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  Here's a hint.  Cut out the pieces from the center of this paper using the Paisleys Framelits before you adhere.  You'll save paper just in case you are interested.
  • The next layer is Very Vanilla measuring 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The patterned paper is from the Eastern Palace Suite.  You can get it now in a bundle.  Otherwise, you will have to wait until June!  The piece at the bottom measures 2 x 3 3/4 and the thin piece is 5/8 x 3 3/4.
  • It's a little hard to see, but the sentiment is from Window Shopping.  Rub with the Embossing Buddy and stamp on the thin piece with Versamark, added gold embossing powder, and heated to melt.

Paisley & posies 5

  • Cut more paisley pieces out of Tranquil Tide.  Adhere the pieces to the top 2/3 of the vanilla.
  • Add the larger patterned paper to the bottom of the card.  Then add the thin piece with the sentiment.
  • Add a bow 1/4 inch Natural Trim with glue dots.

Paisley & posies 2

There are more cut outs on the inside of the card.  The saying is from Paisleys & Posies.

Paisley & posies 3

I am in love with the new In Colors.  Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig just might be my favorites.

Want to make this card?  The supplies are listed below and will take you right to my online store!

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #458 with Ribbon of Courage

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #458.  Today's challenge is a color challenge.


We are using Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, and Night of Navy.  Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron will be going away May 31st.  They are part of the out going In Colors.  This is a last hurrah for these colors.  In fact, to be honest, I had already put them away.  Here's my card.


I am using a new stamp set called Ribbon of Courage.  It was created by my upline Patty Bennett in celebration of passing one million in sales!  It is in the new catalog!  You can get it starting June 1st.

  • The base of the card is Mint Macaron measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Night of Navy layer is 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • Last, we have a layer of Whisper White measuring 3 1/4 x 4 1/2.
  • For this card I made my own background paper.  This is a red rubber stamp set.  I will tell you that I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  If you look closely, my work certainly is not perfect.  It works anyway, I think.  I like it.  I started with the row of large watermelon hearts at the bottom.  Next add the navy flowers.  Then add in the mint hearts.  I just repeated from there.
  • The sentiment is also from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  Stamp in navy on Whisper White.  Cut out using the Layered Circles Framelits.  Cut the next size up in Night of Navy.  Adhere together and then attach to the card with dimensionals.

Ribbon of Courage CCMC458

The inside of the card has some of the design from the front at the bottom.  The sentiment is from Ribbon of Courage.

Navy ribbon 3

This is a great card for any occasion.  Somehow it gives me the feeling of the 70's.

Navy ribbon 2

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have another great card tomorrow.  Please come back and take a look.




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Craft Room Clean Up

For lots of reasons my craft room was in the worse shape ever!  I wish I had taken a before picture, but it would be way too embarrassing!  For one thing, I've had a booth at a local emporium for several years.  I decided to close it.  I'm trying to eliminate some of my stress.  I had my bookcase I used as a display and lots of items I had made sitting around.  I had been suffering from knee problems and had supplies from 2 different classes still out.  That never happens.  I had been to a retreat and never put items away when I returned.  Let's just say everything converged at once. I'm sure you don't want to hear it.  I spent several days cleaning and rearranging my craft room/ office.

Let's just say, I don't have anything fantastic, but it works for me.  It's just so nice to have a change in a room where I spend so much time.  I'm doing something for my business almost every day.  So, here is my craft room.

Craft room 1  

Are you one of those people who see the world in Stampin' Up! colors.  I am.  My walls are Pear Pizzazz.  Green is my thing.  This is what I see from my work table.  You can see the display book case.  It came from Hobby Lobby.  I use a lot of black book cases.  They came from Target several years ago.  This was before I heard of the shelves from Ikea.  These have been good for me.  I put my card stock in hanging files.  I love this and I can keep my scraps in the same folder.  I file mine in alphabetical order and by colors, not families.  It works best for me.  Above the book case, I have magnetic boards from Ikea.  Once again, they were bought several years ago.  I don't think they have them anymore.  They might have silver.  Yes, I have the TV on most of the time.  It's probably the Hallmark channel or HGTV, something mindless that I don't really need to pay a lot of attention.  I like to work with the door open if possible.  There are bird feeders I can see from my seat.  Birds can be quite entertaining.

Craft room 2

This is the other side of the room from my work table.  I have a set of the plastic drawers, probably one of my first craft purchases many years ago, under the table. The table under the window has my Big Shots, heat tools, framelits and thinlits, extra Paper Pumpkin kits, score tool, trimmers, MISTI ( sorry Stampin' Up!), Stamp-a-ma-jig, embossing folders, and a few other needed card making supplies.  The book cases, one on top of the other, holds supplies like plastic bags, adhesives, embellishments, craft bags, and on and on.

Craft room 3

This is the back corner of the room.  The book case in the corner holds my current stamp sets, my color caddy carousel, punches on the wall, box of clear blocks, daubers, 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper, etc.  Do you see the doorway that leads to another doorway?  This leads to my classroom.  I've taken over my son's bedroom. This room is also Pear Pizzazz.  I have been placing items in here that I plan on selling or giving away.  Don't look at that!  I can have 12 people with no problems.  I can rearrange and have 16.  It's a tight fit, but it works.

Classroom 1

This is what you see when you first come in.  It's on my list to work on displays and put in new stuff.  It will happen.  I just don't know when!  The tables are really heavy. I bought them from church when they went to lighter round tables.  The chairs are from Sam's Club.  I do have Stamp n Scrubs, scissors, piercer tools, and other supplies available to use during classes.

Classroom 2

This is the view from the other side of the room.  This is a wall of magnetic boards from Ikea.  I use the magnetic clips.  I got mine at Walmart.

This is the quick tour.  I am proud of it.  Now I will admit that there is a large closet behind my work chair.  IT IS A MESS!  I decided to wait a little before I clean it.  You have to create some time, now don't you!  I'm working on the cards for my June class now!  Between the two of us, making cards is a lot more fun!  I'll be sharing some of those cards in the future.

Thanks so much for taking a look at my rooms.  I feel very blessed.  It's not fancy, but it works for me.  See you tomorrow!

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Fantastic Birthday Cards

When someone in our Luv 2 Create group has a birthday, we try to get together for a birthday dinner.  Of courses the best part is the birthday cards.  Kaye had a birthday on Saturday.  We got together last week.  This time our group was small, but the cards were great!  I just felt like I needed to share some of the cards and the creativity of our group!  I have three cards to share with you today.  Some of the cards may contain elements that are not Stampin' Up!, but that's OK.

The first card I want to share is from Martha.  At our last downline meeting, we made one of the Twist & Pop cards.  Martha used this to make her card.  We used a video found on YouTube recorded by Maymay.  You can find the link here.  These cards are striking, but they are not easy.  It takes time.  You should also know that Kaye is a lover of dogs, calling them her girls.  So here is the card.

Bella & Friends

This card features the stamp set Bella & Friends.  But the best part is what happens when you open it!

Bella & Friends inside

Here's a close up of the panels.  Isn't this fantastic!

Puppy bday 1

This next card was made by Lori.

Puppy bday 6

Lori is one of our fancy card makers.  Look at all of that beautiful copper and embossing.  It's beautiful!

This card was made by Debra.  She's my newest downline, but she has that card making fever.

Puppy bday 4

Do you see how she knotted the twine on the tails of the kites?  That's a great idea!

Thanks to Martha, Lori, and Debra for letting me share their creations.  Once again, Happy Birthday to Kaye!

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