Red, White and Blue, and a Blog Hop Too!


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Welcome to another Di’s Country INKers blog hop.  In honor of our nation’s birthday, we have chosen to show projects that either reflect the 4th of July, or something Red, White, and Blue.  

The Details

My card starts with a Blueberry Bushel base that’s layered with a piece of Watercolor Paper.  I added a masking strip towards the top of the card to create the illusion that there is a layer there, and the flowers are behind the ‘layer’.   I used the Abstract Impressions stamp set to create the lovely flowers.  For the roses, I used Real Red ink and began with the ‘heaviest’ layer of the large flower image.  I used an aqua painter to wet and spread the ink in a circular motion.  Before the paper dried, I used the matching medium flower image and stamped in Real Red again.  Finally, I used the lightest large flower image and stamped it over the first two layers with Cherry Cobbler.  The smaller flowers were stamped with the heavier small flower stamp in Balmy Blue.  The lighter small flower stamp was inked in Blueberry Bushel and stamped over the Balmy Blue, then rotated 1/4 turn and stamped again without re-inking.  Really looks like there’s a layer there, eh?  The ‘Happy Birthday’  is from The Perennial Birthday stamp set.  It’s a little difficult to get crisp, even coverage when stamping on Watercolor Paper, so I used my Stamparatus and Balmy Blue ink to get the greeting to come out clearly.  The final touches were a couple of pieces of Blueberry Bushel ribbon to further enhance the layer look above and below the greeting, as well as several Pearls in the centers of the blue flowers.  So there you have it – my Red, White, and Blue card!

Now On To The Free Stuff!

Two new promotions begin today.  First, when you join as a Demonstrator during the month of July, Stampin’ Up! will add your choice of one of the color families of inks to your starter kit for free!  What will your choice be?  Brights, Regals, Neutrals, Subtles, or perhaps the In-Color collection?  Whichever one strikes your fancy, I’d love to add you to my Stampin’ Family, and see you get your own Ink Family too!  Sound interesting?  Contact me and we’ll talk about it!

The second promo is another goodie – Buy Three pkgs of DSP and get the fourth one Free!  Take a look at the list of papers included in the promo and stock up!

Now off you go to see what Kathya has to show you.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Our full line-up as well as a list of products used in today’s project can be found below.  

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#imbringingbirthdaysback Perpetual Calendar

It’s the 5th of the month – time for another Creative Circle Blog Hop!  You may have hopped on over from Fran’s blog

, or perhaps you’re just joining us.  Either way, I’m glad you’re here!

This month, we are showcasing Liz’ Perpetual Birthday Calendar.  She’s nicknamed it #imbringingbirthdaysback in honor of the grass roots movement that Shannon West of Stampin’ Up! started.  (If you’d like to know more about the movement, stop back in a day or two and I’ll explain…)  For my version, I’ve used the color scheme of Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, and Delightful Dijon – all colors that are found in the patterns of the Bohemian DSP pack.  I’ve paired my calendar with a suite of cards using the same color scheme and DSP pack and the Happy Birthday, Everyone stamp set.  Here’s my 4-5-16E

The pattern for the calendar is probably one of my very favorite 3D items that we’ve played with to date!  It’s got a lot of pieces, but it went together really easily.  I just LOVE that it’s got a place in the back to store things like a set of cards, or perhaps a pad of paper and pen to keep near the phone. 4-5-16D 4-5-16C









The pattern for this project can be found in Liz’ online store, and as with all her designs, it has a companion video showing you how to assemble your cut pieces.  It’s offered in both an e-cutter format as well as .pdf. When you make your project, the first cube is numbered with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and the second cube is numbered  with 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8.  Where’s the 9, you ask?  You use the 6 and turn it upside down!

Time to send you off to see Sandy’s version of the calendar.  Make sure you leave a comment – Sandy is going to be doing a random drawing for a free copy of the pattern!  Thanks for visiting!

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It’s My Party Color Challenge Blog Hop

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Happy April Fool’s Day – thanks for hopping over from Di’s blog!  Bet you thought we’d play a joke on you today.  We thought about it, but then Connie suggested that we do a color challenge for this month’s blog hop and that seemed like a lot more fun.  (Don’t worry – we’ll get you next year!)  The colors we all worked with this time around are Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron which are all found in the It’s My Party designer series paper stack from the Occasions Mini catalog. 4-1-16A

I have to admit, I have a hard time making masculine cards.  The It’s My Party suite of products in the Occasions Mini catalog has really simplified the process for me this year!  Here’s one I whipped up for a couple of the special guys in my life.  It starts out with a Basic Black base.  Three strips of Washi Tape were added to a 4″ x 4 1/4″ square of the ‘Confetti’ DSP.  I used the Lots of Labels Framelits to die cut a piece of Crushed Curry DSP from the It’s My Party pack and it is layered with another die cut piece of Whisper White.  The greeting is from the Party With Cake stamp set and was done with Basic Black Archival Ink.  It was accented with the Confetti stamp from that same set in Crushed Curry ink.  The piece of Mint Macaron cake is a stamp from that set as well.  You can’t see it, but the cake has a shimmer applied with the clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen.  A pair of Rhinestones finished it all off! 4-1-16BAs cool as the front of the card is, the real star of the show is the inside!  A strip of the black and white dotted DSP from the pack was die cut with the Party Pop-Up Thinlits die.  I masked off the words and colored the piece with Crushed Curry and Mint Macaron Markers.  The flames on the candles were done with the Gold Wink of Stella.  Another bit of the Washi tape was used to accent the edges of the die-cut piece before it was adhered to the inside of the card.  Makes a statement, eh?

Thank you so much for stopping in today.  Now off you go to see Connie’s lovely project!  Just in case you get lost, links to all the stops on the hop are:
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Happy 50th Birthday! birthday card-in-a-boxNo, it’s not my birthday today – I hit that milestone quite a while ago.  My youngest brother officially joined the over 50 club today, and it’s making me feel really old!  LOL…

Special birthdays must be celebrated with fanfare (says me…)!  Jon lives in the Boston area, and since I won’t be visiting him until September, I needed to send a birthday card that did some celebrating all on its own.  I think we can call this mission accomplished!  What do you think?

Happy, happy birthday, J!!  Can’t wait to hug you in a few weeks…

All the ingredients (except the retired Modern Medley DSP that I used) can be found in my online store – clickable links are shown below.

Have a great rest of your Monday!







Happy Birthday, Jen!

IMG_2471Ask anyone who knows her and they will tell you my daughter is a complete fan of anything new, funky, and unusual.  She has found her calling as a Nail Technician, and embraces art and style in both her job and her personal life.  As much as she is a fan of most anything contemporary, her mama knows that she’s still a girly girl deep down inside.  She’ll always be my baby, and I love her with all my heart and soul…

Its a tradition that I make part of her birthday present an over-the-top Wow! card, and this one is what I gave her this year.  Of course, the lace and flowers show off the girly side, but I managed to get a little contemporary with the chevron embossing and bottle caps.  What do you think?  Did I capture her spirit?

Here’s what I used:

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Tea for Two DSP

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Calypso Coral

Accessories:  Artisan Embellishments Kit; 5/8″ Flower Trim; Soda Pop Tops; Linen Thread; Pearls Basic Jewels; Chevron Embossing Folder; Bitty Butterfly Punch

All items are available in my Online Store

Want to play with some of the new items from the Spring Mini Catalog?  I’ve just added a bunch of events to my calendar – look in either the left sidebar or my calendar page for details.  February classes are posted, March classes will be up soon!  I’d love to share the fun – come stamp with me!!

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Happy Birthday, Mom!

I wanted to give a little shout out to my Mom – you see today is her (39th?) birthday!  (Wow – that would make me, what, 19? hmmmm…) If you happen to talk to MommaNina today, be sure and wish her happiness!  Love you, Mom!

I saw this card by Narelle Farrugia on Pinterest and just knew I wanted to make my own version of it.  I used Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and (retired) Blushing Bride cardstock.  The pink DSP is from Twitterpated.  All this was cut and layered using the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies (#129021) The leaves from the Papaya Collage set (#126612) were stamped in Crumb Cake classic ink and fussy cut, the flowers were punched using the small scallop from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309) and shaped using a stylus and piercing mat.  The greeting is from Petite Pairs (#122497) The card was embellished with Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481), Crumb Cake Seam Binding (#122332), Linen Thread (#104199), Basic Pearl Jewels (#119247) and a brad from the Antique Brads pack (#117273)

Thanks for looking and have a great rest of your day!

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