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Spring Break!

I just wanted to let you know that I will be MIA this next week!  It is Spring Break and we are headed back home.  My parents only have dial up so I can check my email, but won’t be able to do any blog work!  What a bummer!  I think I will go through withdrawal!!  Hopefully I’ll have some creative time and then can post that stuff once I return.  Also, I mentioned before that I would post blog candy for 10,000 hits.  Of course the timing of that will be while I’m gone!  Once I return, I will post the candy and give you some time to comment!  Thanks and have a great week!

Until Next Week……..Happy Creating!!!

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This card was made by Bonnie.  I love her color combo!  The red and black with the gray accent (or maybe silver) is beautiful!

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This card was made by Diana.  I am not usually attracted to the Bold Brights, but I think this card is stunning!  I love the glitter accents.  That really makes the cake just POP!

If I had to take a stab at the colors used, I would guess:  YoYo Yellow, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise.


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This card was made by Kris.  I have received many cards from Kris and she always does an awesome job!  I always look forward to seeing what she has come up with next!!


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Here is another card made by Kris!  It’s so Springy!  I thought it was cute that we have two cards made with the same flower stamp!



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This card was made by Mary Ann.  She is a member of the Technique Junkies!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to check it out.  You can subscribe to the technique junkie newsletter that is full of ways to use all those supplies that you had to have and now they are  just sitting around!!  Check it out here!
You can also link to Pat’s homepage from the Technique Junkies Page.

Mary provided her recipe for us:
  Stamps: SU Watercolor Garden, Fancy Flexible Phrases
  Paper: SU Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral
  Ink: SU Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Positively Pink
  Techniques: TJ Reverse Grid and Glitter Straw
  Accessories: Tag Punch, Ribbon, Spiral and Flower Clips (from Joann’s)

This card is stunning, Mary Ann!

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This cute card was made by Mary C.  When I first saw it, it made me think of Easter.  Now, when I look at its softness, it would work so well as a baby card too!


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Mindy, How beautiful!  When Mindy emailed me this card, she said she was frustrated with her camera because the colors are so off.  The colors she used are:  Bravo Burgundy, Mellow Moss and Vanilla. I originally thought that she used Elegant Eggplant.  So that would be another color combo you could use!  Thank you for sharing this card with us!



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This card was submitted by Susanna.  I thought it was very cute and creative.  I always forget about those Alphabits stamps that I just had to have!! Black and Red look so great together.  Maybe that’s because Red and Black were my school colors!  Speaking of school…wouldn’t this make a great teacher thank you card?? Great Job!


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This card was submitted by Tonilea.  She used the Unfrogettable stamp set.  She used Rose Red, Certainly Celery, White, and Barely Banana.  This was one of my favorite sets from the ’06 Spring Mini!  Boy was I glad when it made it into the Big catalog for the year!  It is definitely a favorite!  Thanks for participating Tonilea!





I am so glad you all participated in my first card challenge!  I can’t wait to do another one!  Keep watching for the details to come!

Until Next Time……Happy Creating!!!

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Today’s project is the Mini Accordion Book/File.  It was a lot of fun to make!  I am really enjoying the new DP from Stampin’ Up!!  It is so pretty and fun!

Paisley Accoridan file front

Supplies Needed to make this file:

-#10 sized envelopes (9.5 x 4″)
-Designer Paper (Background Paper)
-Card stock that coordinates to your background paper
-Chipboard
-Glue (I used the Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue)
-Scoring Tool (I used my bone folder and my scoring blade with my cutter)
-Word Window Punch
-Round Tab Punch

Here are the Step By Step Instructions:

Accordion File

There are a few things that I did different from the directions. **There are places where it says to tape the paper down.  I didn’t use any tape at all.  If you use the Tacky glue, It bonds great to paper within a minute.  I just hold it for a few seconds and then it’s NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!  I LOVE THAT STUFF!

**Also, in the directions it tells you that you need 3 envelopes.  Actually you will need 4.  Of course you will have one half left over, so if you make two of these, then you will be able to use it.
**Once you have placed the chipboard on the background paper, I DID NOT cut my corners.  I have terrible luck at that.  Usually at least 2 of my corners don’t meet in the corners.  So, instead, I just folded the corners in (it still makes a diagonal fold), glued them down, and then folded in the sides and glued them down.
**Using the word window punch was a bit of a challenge.  I did get mine to work, but the layering gets a little thick!!  I had to wiggle and wiggle and wiggle it to push it onto the paper.  I was crossing my fingers that it wouldn’t tear the paper as I was wiggling and pushing!  You will also have to stand up and push with all your might to actually get it to punch.  Remember you are punching through chipboard, background paper (and if you use SU paper, it’s a little thicker), and card stock.

Here another picture of this file!

Paisley Accordion File Open

I didn’t have any plain white envelopes!  All I have are the security kind!

Supplies I Used:

Petals and Paisley DP
Polka Dots and Paisley Stamp Set
-Card stock: Tempting Turquoise, Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
-Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue

If you have any questions, please ask!

Until Next Time….Happy Creating!!!

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Slit Punch Scallops

There have been a lot of questions about how to make a scalloped edge if you don’t have the big fancy scalloped circle or oval Giga punches.  I know they are hard to find because stores sell out of them quickly!  Here is a post from a blog that will show you how to use your Stampin’ Up! Slit punch to create the same thing.  Of course the scalloped edges will be larger but it definitely would work as a substitute to the Giga punches.
Check it out and give it a try!

Until Next Time……Happy Creating!!!

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Here is my first Nugget Box.  Of course I don’t have any Nuggets to put in it yet, so I temporarily put Dove Eggs in it!!  I really like those better anyway!  It just doesn’t fit quite the same though!!! 🙂

I found a thread on SCS that had a TON of templates for almost any size nugget box you would like to make.  cdjkssss has been a busy girl!  Check out the thread here.


Supplies Needed:

– 12"x 3" piece of card stock for the outside cover
-4-3/4" x 4-3/4" piece of card stock for the inside box
-Scoring tool
-scrap card stock for decorating
-adhesive

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Directions: Take your 12×3 strip of card stock and score it at 3", 4", 7", 8", and 11".  Once you have it scored, fold it so that the 1" strip on the very end folds over to adhere to the 1" strip on the other end.  There is a picture below.
The left over 3" section folds over to create the top card.

For the box, just cut your card stock to 4-3/4" x 4-3/4" square.  Score at 7/8" from each side.  Cut tabs in the corners so you can fold it to make a box.

Decorate however you wish and fill with your favorite Nuggets (or dove dark chocolate, that’s my favorite!)

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The supplies I used were:
Card stock:  Bashful Blue, Black, Glossy white for the inside message, Whisper White for the outside cover
Ink Colors: Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Ribbon from SU and Archivers
Stamps used:  Delightful Doodles (will be in the new catalog in July), and Alphabet Soup

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!

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I have seen a couple of these posted on SCS and thought they were very pretty!  I usually run for the cards first because they aren’t so time consuming, but I wanted to give this one a try.

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Supplies Needed:
-Chipboard or mat board
-Colored Card stock 8-1/2 x 11, designer paper or SU wrapping paper to stamp on
-Thinner card stock
-Scraps of card stock for stamping and matting
-Embellishments
-Tacky Glue (mono will not hold)
-Sticky Strip (red line tape)

Remember that you can click on any picture to make it larger!

Supplies I used:

-Chipboard from larger card stock stack
-Enchante Designer Paper from SU Winter Mini
-1/2″, 1-1/4″, 1-3/8″ circle punch
-Flower brads
-Bone folder for scoring and flattening folds
-Scotch Tacky quick dry glue (AWESOME!)
-Ribbon from Archivers, SU Silver Cord to wrap around brads
-Confetti Cream, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum Card stock
-Sticky Strip (red line tap) to adhere ribbon
-Small Script, That’s Nice, Lexicon of Love, Delight in Life, Wonderful Words, Circle of Friendship stamp sets

Here are the step by step instructions thanks to Pam Curtis and Andy Wright!

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My Card Challenge #1

**This post will stay at the top until Friday!**

I have decided that I would like to issue a card challenge to my blog readers!  My upline has been doing this with her downline and customers, but I’d like to issue my own challenge to you!
**Here’s how it works.  I will assign a layout for you to look at in the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog. 
It’s the basic design that you are looking at.  You are free to use whatever colors or accessories you would like. You may even choose the stamps you would like to use.  I will set a deadline to have your samples submitted to me by and then I will post them here for all to see!  How’s that sound?!?!?

My first card challenge is on pg 28.  If you don’t have this catalog you can find it here!  (Make sure you zoom out so you can see the whole card.)  It is the Easter Blessings card made with the Never Ending Joy set.  Check out the layout of the card, come up with your own color combo and use whatever stamps you want and email it to me. (The point is to use the same layout, not the same stamps and colors!)  Click on the email me tab on the sidebar of my blog.  It’s under the about me tab.  The submission deadline is Friday, March 30th.   I will compile them on Saturday and try to get them posted.  If you have any questions, please email me!

*** I had someone who couldn’t get the email link to open so here is my email address:  mististamps4fun@gmail.com ***

I’m excited to see what you come up with.  Until Friday……Happy Creating!!

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***UPDATED with another link for more info!!  See the red text at the bottom!

I received an email today from one of my online stamp groups asking if anyone had used the Stampin’Up! Classy Brass dry embossing stencils with their Cuttlebug and how it worked.  There was a great reply that I thought I would share with the rest of you!  Check out this post:

CuttleBug Wizardry!!

I was sure that I had a couple of these Classy Brass templates, but now that I’ve organized……hummmm, where did I put those???

Also, I received another email with this recipe in it:

Karen wrote:
"Here’s the "recipe" I have used with my Big Shot for the brass
Templates, and I think it would work the same in the Cuttlebug.

Put Cutting Pad "B" on Spacer Plate "A".
Put your stencil on "B".
Put your paper on top of your stencils.
Put embossing rubber (I used mine from my Big Shot texture plates
Set, but I discovered you can use an old mouse pad, too)on top of
Paper.
Put second Cutting Pad "B" on top of embossing rubber.
On top of the second cutting pad, you will need to use some kind
Of "shim." I used some thin cardboard. (Cutting Pad "C" is too thick
To use with the embossing rubber. That’s why you use "B" and a shim.)
Roll it all through and it should work. If your image isn’t embossed
Enough, make the shim a little thicker. You may have to experiment
With it a little bit.

I also have the Sizzix embossing folder and it works great in the CB."


I went searching on Google today to find the Wizard Embossing Kit and I found this page with all the recipes for different brand dies and embossing plates!!

I hope this information has been beneficial to you!

Until Next Time……Happy Creating!!!

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Congratulations to Kristine Coombes!  She was the winner of the Blog candy this round!  Thank you to everyone who shared their favorite winter activity! 

Some of them made me jealous…..like this post from Kelly……

"My favorite thing about winter is when the family goes out back for the
day for some good old fashioned fun. Hubby gets the old snowmobile out
and pulls the kids and/or I around in a sled that’s tied to the back.
We build a fire in our fire pit even though there’s 4′ of snow back
there at times and eat smores. We also have hills that we sled down as
well. It’s a great day outdoors and will hopefully be very memorable
for the kids someday. There’s nothing like coming inside afterward for
some hot chocolate and marshmallow fluff with some peanut butter toast!
YUMMMMMMMMM"

Doesn’t that sound like fun?!?!?  My kids would love it!  I remember riding the 4-wheeler around and pulling a sled behind it when I was younger too!  What a Blast!!!

Keep visiting often!  The next round of candy will be offered for the 10,000th hit!   The more often you visit the sooner that will be! 🙂

Until Next Time……Happy Creating!!!

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Winter Diorama Card

Winter_diorama_cardWell, I was just talking about winter, and since it’s working on being Spring now, I decided to make a winter card!  I’m not saying that I miss Winter already or anything!

In the SCS Newsletter several weeks ago (Jan 31st) they featured a Diorama Card.  You can find the featured newsletter here!  The instructions are all filmed out, and you can find those step by step instructions here

I decided that today was the day to make one!  When I embossed the trees, I mixed some of my glitter with some of the silver EP to make the trees sparkle.  Too bad you can’t see that in the picture!  I also used my versamark marker to make dots around the trees and embossed them with Hologram Highlights EP  to make it look like it was snowing.  You can’t see that in the picture either!  Since I stamped the whole card front with the Cheesecloth background in versamark, I embossed the whole front.  And since the snowflakes are stamped in white craft ink, this helps them stand out.

This card will fold down flat so you can really send it to someone.

Supplies used:

  • Card stock colors: Night of Navy, Brushed Silver metallic, Brocade Blue
  • Ink used:  Versamark, White Craft Pad
  • Stamps used:  Lovely as a Tree, Cheesecloth Background, Snow Flurries
  • Accessories:  Hologram Highlights EP, Silver EP mixed with glitter for the trees, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, red line tape (Sticky Strip)

If you don’t have anything important to do tonight (except stamp), give it a try!

Until Next Time…….Happy Creating!!!

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