You & Me Forever

You & Me forever - Dynamic Duos #86 DD#86 - Stampin' Up! Countless Sayings with Starburst framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Good morning! Sorry to be so silent on the blog lately, but just as I was getting over the flu that Santa put in my stocking, my little guy and I picked up a nasty cold. So basically I’ve been sick since Christmas Day. Blerg. I’m still hanging on to a cough and a sore throat, but I’m getting better. I’ve made several cards and am finally getting back to my scrapbooking, so I hope to get back to regular-ish posting and show you what I’ve been doing around here.

Dynamic Duos #86 - Pool Party & Pink Pirouette

Today’s card is for the new challenge at Dynamic Duos. This week is our Subtly Yours challenge, and the colors are Pink Pirouette (my favorite pink!) and Pool Party. I looove this color combination! It works for babies, weddings, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… I’m pretty sure I could make a non-traditional Christmas card with it, too.

I decided to make a Valentines-y lover card, because my husband was in Boston for work most of the week, and when he got home Thursday, I wanted to give him an I-missed-you card. I signed it with something like “I’m so glad you’re home. Please never leave again.” I don’t really like it when he’s gone. :)

I can’t decide which part of this card is my favorite. The new Gold Foil Vellum just knocks my socks off (it also comes in silver!). I adhered it to the Whisper White card base using Glue Dots behind each polka dot so no adhesive shows through. I just got the Countless Sayings photopolymer stamps this week (I got both sets – I used Countless Sayings 2 on this card) and couldn’t wait to use them! They’re brilliant sets, and I have big plans for them. :) By the way, Stampin’ Up! announced this week that the photopolymer stamps are here to stay and will be added to the next Annual Catalog. *Snoopy dance*

The shredded flags are another of my favorite parts. I used the new Banner framelits from the Occasions catalog — I’ve been waiting so long for these, just wishing and hoping! And they’re finally here! After I cut the banners out with the framelits, I shredded them with the new Fringe Scissors. These scissors are perfect for making grass in landscape designs and also perfect for just adding some extra texture. I was going for an off-center card, so I didn’t line up my flag centers. I curled up the ends of the flags using my bone folder.

And then there are the Starburst framelits, also new and fantastic. And the matching starburst wood cut from the Essentials Wooden Elements — I love these wonderful little embellishments from the Occasions catalog! I added the wood cut to the card using Crystal Effects, which is the best glue for holding on heavy embellishments. After stamping “Forever” on a scrap of WW cardstock, I flagged each end using the Hexagon punch, then glued it to the wood cut. I could also have stamped directly on the wood cut, but I liked the contrast.

I added lots of fun little embellishments (ahem, can you tell I got a big shipment of Occasions goodies this week? I’m using ALL THE THINGS). Two buttons from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection, two chevrons punched out of Champagne Glimmer paper with the Chevron Border punch, and that double bow of the yummy new Gold Baker’s Twine. It’s a vanilla twine with gold foil wrapped around it — and it also comes in silver. Love it.

I hope you like my card and that it inspires you, in some way, to play along with the challenge! The other designers have made some fabulous cards, so go see what they have for you, too! I’ll be back tomorrow with my January Stamp-of-the-Month Club cards.

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

Stampin' Up! Countless Sayings

Stampin' Up! Essentials Wood Elements

Supplies Used:
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, and Pink Pirouette Cardstock; Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Stamps: Countless Sayings 2 (photopolymer)
Tools/Accessories: Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Circles Collection framelits, Starburst framelits, Banners framelits, Chevron Border punch, Hexagon punch, Paper Snips, Fringe Scissors
Embellishments/Adhesives: Essentials Wooden Elements, Gold Baker’s Twine, Subtles Designer Buttons, Crystal Effects, Glue Dots

Desk Cleanoff Card for Fab Friday

Good morning! Did you get snowed in this weekend? We woke up to about four inches of snow on Saturday (and it kept coming), but driving in it was doable, so I went to my friend’s stamp camp and then came home and finished editing my husband’s book!! I’m so happy to have that done, and he’s happy to be sending the manuscript off to his publisher today. Yesterday we woke up to -3 degree temps, though, so all I have to say about that is BRRRRRR. No no no no no. Just no.

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This is what I call a “desk cleanoff card”, one of my favorite kinds of cards to make lately. As the name suggests, I came across almost everything on the card as I was cleaning off my desk (after weeks of not being able to see the top of it). I had in mind to use the colors for the Fab Friday challenge on this card, so I added some Coastal Cabana elements to the things I’d found on my desk, and a card was born.

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And now I just went and looked at the Fab Friday design team cards again and noticed my general layout is really close to Justin’s layout. While I do love his card and have saved it for later CASEing, that was actually not intentional. Oops!

Have a great day!

Supplies:
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Gumball Green, and Whisper White cardstock; Silver Glimmer Paper, Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Stamps: Very Merry Tags
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Circles Collection framelits, Mosaic punch, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, Chevron Border punch, Chevron embossing folder, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Smoky Ho Ho Ho to You

Dynamic Duos #79 DD#79 - Santa's List, A Banner Christmas, and Endless Wishes - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye
Dynamic Duos #79

Good morning! It’s Black Tie week at Dynamic Duos, and this week Basic Black is paired with Smoky Slate. The dessert option is Christmas, so I decided to challenge myself and make a completely neutral Christmas card. It was hard! But I did finally come up with something I loved.

The Smoky Slate background is embossed using the Pretty Print folder. I sponged on some Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink as well — it doesn’t show up very well in the picture, but it’s pretty in person.

The snowflake is cut out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the largest Festive Flurry framelit. I used the Circles Collection framelits for the black circle behind Santa and cropped Santa using another Festive Flurry framelit.

The Ho (cubed) stamp is from A Banner Christmas. The “merry christmas” is from the Endless Wishes stamp set. And I finished off the card with some rhinestones and the Silver Ribbon I love so much.

Head over to Dynamic Duos and see what the rest of the design team came up with this week. There are some amazing creations over there! We’d love to see what you do with the challenge, so please play along!

Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White cardstock; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Smoky Slate, StazOn Jet Black, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark
Stamps: Santa’s List, A Banner Christmas, Endless Wishes
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Circle Card Thinlits, Pretty Print embossing folder, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

Santa's List

A Banner Christmas

Endless Wishes

Shiny Ornament Keepsakes

Stampin' Up! Ornament Keepsakes and Teeny Tiny Wishes - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Hi, everyone. I haven’t had any time for posting this week for a million reasons. But I will be back with another card tomorrow and will be back to regular irregular blogging next week.

Today’s ┬ácard is for Anne Marie’s fantastic sketch challenge at The Paper Players (in just under the wire!). I hope you like the card! Have a great day!

Supplies Used:
Paper: Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper stack, Winter Frost Specialty designer series paper; Silver Glimmer paper
Ink: Pool Party, Versamark
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments framelits, Circles Collection framelits, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Trimmer, 1″ Square punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots

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