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Winner announcement

Congratulations, Cindy from livelikeyouaredying.com , you have won the flamingo card set you admired in this week’s comments. Thank you for the feedback and I hope you will continue to visit.

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

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I Quit Stampin Up’s Demonstrator Program

Tropical Oasis Designer Paper

The news is I am no longer a Stampin Up demonstrator, while I enjoyed the early catalog, lots of discounts and the new card ideas 💡 I just filled up my card making stash too quickly. The discounts and freebies were incredible and I went from having a few stamps left over from the 1990’s to being prepared for any occasion and theme. I’m even stocked up for envelopes, two sided tape, and dimensionals.

I was only a demonstrator for personal use but since in the past I’ve shared ideas on-line I wanted to introduce you to some Stampin Up Demonstrators:

Lisa provides only on-line support ( https://lisasstampstudio.com/ ) but her you-tube videos are so classy, unique, and easy to follow.

If you’re in the San Jose area and prefer in person classes, Brenda provides excellent support with pretty card ideas at http://www.keenankreations.com/ .

Diane has a wonderful e-mail / on-line presence and offers paper and ribbon shares at https://www.ddstamps.com/. .

it’s not an easy choice but now that I am stocked up for the year I don’t have to decide who to buy from, I just have to clear the cabinet.

Laying out some favorite papers for inspiration

To this end, I recently pulled out some pretty patterned 6x 6 papers and laid them out like cards, matching colors and planning embellishments. Then I realized while it’s fun for me to embellish a card with a beautiful stamped image the piece usually covers up a lot of the card front. So I decided to highlight some favorite decorative paper with a simple card Idea, adding a 3.25 x 5.5 strip to a 4.25 x 5.5 card (any designer paper with matching cardstock). A sentiment with ribbon or coordinating strip of cardstock and the card is worthy of any birthday or good deed occasion.

Cards which highlight my favorite papers

I organized my papers while working on this project so as an added bonus my paper shelf looks great. Now I have some cards ready to bless others as much as I was blessed in creating them.

Posted in Anna Griffin, birthday cards, Birthdays, card making, craft, decorative paper, Stampin Up

A Way Through Creative Block

My Canadian Cousin had a birthday last week and while she is a serious professional there is something about her aura that suggests she’d like a sweet garden card. So, from Grace’s Garden Stamp Set I laid out a garden scene and pulled out the watercolor pencils for her card. Then we received some bad news at the house and I just couldn’t make anything work.

My creative energy was blocked and I needed a design that relied on decorative paper more then artistry. So I used a pretty and high quality metallic plaid paper in my stash from Anna Griffin, with a strip of gold and a sentiment square of the plaid pattern turned 45 degrees. I’m hoping this super quick card looks like a gift wrapped in plaid.

I would use this format again for a gift card holder ( sorry Cuz nothing this time) especially if multiples were needed for teacher or seasonal gifts. The gold paper strip could be embossed to make it more like ribbon but otherwise the simple elegance of plaid does all the work.

Blessings

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Masculine Cards

The best thing about card making is thinking about friends and family while I create. This card is for my nephew, such an upstanding, serious, and respectable man. So why do I remember him as the cutest little trouble making scamp ? It’s a masculine birthday card created with Stampin Up’s Brightly Gleaming Decorative Foiled Paper and a strip of copper embossed with Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder.

The inspiration for the card above is a fall themed card embossed with Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folders from last year. It’s one of my all time favorite cards and surprisingly the embossing folder is still available. I made the card at Keenan’s kreations Stamp Class, such fun.

When it comes to manly cards I think metallic accents really hit the mark.

Blessings,