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

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming - Dynamic Duos #78 - Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree and Christmas Tagables photopolymer set - Festive Flurry framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I don’t watch or read Game of Thrones, but I’m a geek with a geek husband, so I thought the title was appropriate. :)

Dynamic Duos #78

This week at Dynamic Duos, we have a pair of subtle colors. Anyone else have a hard time using more muted colors? They are not my strength! And that’s why it’s called a “challenge”!

I actually started with the non-Artichoke, non-Crumb Cake embossed tree. I didn’t mean to start with the metallics, but I had just finished a Christmas cards and tags class where we had embossed this tree in Gold, and I reeeeeally wanted to use it.

My sentiment (stamped in Always Artichoke) is from the Christmas Tagables photopolymer set that came out last month to accompany the Pop ‘n’ Place easy gift tags. I love so many of the stamps in this set, and it coordinates with so many punches and framelits, so I’ve been using it a lot. I cropped the sentiment with the 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, then added a Vintage Trinket and popped it up on a 1″ Circle of Always Artichoke paper from the Regals DSP stack.

That wonderful birch paper is from the Thanksgiving Tablescapes kit, and I can’t get enough of it. One thing about that paper, though — it has so much texture that it’s hard to actually adhere using something like a tape runner, so I’d recommend using the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or maybe Crystal Effects. I haven’t tried either on it, but I know that my little strip is trying to come off my card already, so I’ll need to figure it out before I can mail it! Have you used it? What adhesive did you use?

That beautiful snowflake is cut from Champagne Glimmer Paper using two of the framelits from the Festive Flurry set. My final touch is a Very Vintage Button accented with Linen Thread.

I hope you like my card. Head on over to Dynamic Duos and the other design team blogs to see the fun, festive, and beautiful cards the other designers have come up with. And please play along — I can’t wait to see your designs! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Saturday!

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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

Supplies used:
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White cardstock; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Christmas Tagables, Lovely as a Tree
Tools/Accessories: Festive Flurry framelits, 7/8″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle punch, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer, Thanksgiving Tablescapes Simply Created Kit
Embellishments/Adhesives: Vintage Trinkets, Very Vintage Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

Stampin' Up! Christmas Tagables

Very Merry Mosaics

Hello, and welcome to Prepare to Dye! This is my first post as part of the new Dynamic Duos Design Team, and I’m excited to share a fun, bright card with you! I’m sure many of you are here for the first time, so thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll come back.

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This week’s challenge colors are Real Red and Bermuda Bay. I’m a Brights Color Collection lover, so this is my kind of color combination.

Dynamic Duos #77 - DD#77 - Real Red & Bermuda Bay color challenge - Stampin' Up! Very Merry Tags with Mosaic punch and lots of shiny - Sarah Fleming

I actually started with the embellishments on this card. When I saw Real Red and Bermuda Bay, I went looking through my ribbon, and I had the 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in both colors. Which meant that I had to use that ribbon. And, oh, I also have it in silver, so I figured I should throw that in there, too. And the colors are Christmasy, so tiny ribbons scream tiny ornaments. And that’s how I decided on the Mosaic Punch and the ornament from the Very Merry Tags stamp set.

While I think there can never be enough red (my favorite color), I think there is a limit to the amount of Bermuda Bay you should see in one sitting, or you can burn your pupils. ;-)  So I added the white panel (for this, I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ mat and then cut it in half on the diagonal with my Stampin’ Trimmer) and embossed it with the Modern Mosaic folder.

I love shiny things on my cards and can’t really get enough of the Glimmer Paper, so I added a strip of that and then two tiny strips of the Silver Foil paper.

The sentiment is also from Very Merry Tags. I punched it out with the 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch and popped it up on a Mosaic and added the silver ribbon to tie everything together.

I hope you like the card. I’d love to see what you do with the challenge, so head on over and play, and see what the other amazing designers did with this challenge!

Here are quick links to the other design team members’ blogs as well:

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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

Supplies used:
Paper: Bermuda Bay and Whisper White cardstock; Silver Glimmer paper; Silver Foil Sheets
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Versamark
Stamps: Very Merry Tags
Tools/Accessories: Mosaic punch, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, Modern Mosaics embossing folder, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Cutest Zoo Baby Ever

Cutest Zoo Baby Ever

 

I don’t think I can ever give this card to anyone. It would be dishonest, wouldn’t it? I can’t tell someone else that their baby is the cutest baby ever when I know for a fact that my two children are the cutest babies ever. Just like you know that your children/nieces/nephews are the cutest babies ever.

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Proof.

But it’s a cute card anyway, and I think I can convert it to be part of a scrapbook page. That’s the thing I love about cards — any card front can be turned into a scrapbook page. If you do divided scrapbooking (is it called that?), pop something similar into one of your pockets. Or just incorporate it into a bigger design — make it an element of the page.

Or I suppose I can give the card away and pretend that I mean it. Haha.

I did this card for the sketch challenge over at Paper Craft Crew. It was a fun sketch to work with!

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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Modern Medley and Birthday Basics designer series paper
Ink: Gumball Green, StazOn black
Stamps: Label Love, Zoo Babies
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Artisan Label punch, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pearl Basic Jewels, In Color Dahlias, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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