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Happy New Year- 2016!!

Happy New Year!!

New Year? Already? It’s hard to believe we are now into 2016 and I say that every New Year.

Where does the time go? Why does it seem to be flying way TOO fast?

 

I remember waiting for my 21st birthday because I couldn’t wait to be the legal age to do anything and it seemed like I was waiting an eternity for that.  Now, time whizzes before my eyes and all I see are my two children growing so fast.  Way too fast.

 

Of course today I will reflect on all the great things that happened in 2015.  There was a lot of GREAT and some bad.  What a year it has been.  I prefer to focus on the good as I’m sure you do.  I think I would label the year 2015 as the year of overcoming.  Overcoming a lot of everything.

 

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for 2016.  This year is going to be big for Russ and I.  Russ will retire from the military this year. That is really hard to believe.

 

Friends, we will continue on this great journey of life together and make 2016 AMAZING.  The one thing I know that can get us through the many obstacles we are guaranteed to face is to stay positive throughout it all.  Together, we can do it and nothing is better than stamping together.

 

TGIF Challenge- Color & Remix

Today we not only celebrate ringing in a new year, but it’s also FRIDAY which means it’s time for a new TGIF Challenge.  YAY!

 

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It’s the perfect color challenge for this week with these colors.  I can see champagne glasses clinking together with this color combination.  However, I didn’t have two glasses clinking together so I went with a star theme.

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set

 

Honestly this card was a doozie to make only because I kept messing it up over and over again.  I had the stars to big, the number dies crooked, then the entire card was crooked… Basically a HOT mess.

After being torn a part a few times it finally came together.  Unfortunately this has been a bit of a problem for me lately.  It seems like everything I am creating is not going as planned.  A creative crooked rut.

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set

 

I won’t let that scare me away.  I just keep plugging along until I do get it right.  Plus I’m happy to say this did not end in the trash.  YAY.  That IS something to celebrate. HA HA HA

Happy New Year, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Four stamp set

 

Create it!

This card can be used not only for New Years but birthday’s too.  For instance, you could use the following instead of 2016:

  • Celebrate Baby
  • Celebrate (Insert year born)
  • Celebrate (Insert Age)
  • Celebrate NEW or OLD
  • Celebrate YOU

The list could go on and on.  I love that the Little Number Dies have the hashtag included in the dies.  SO fun.  Now you could go #crazy!

The word CELEBRATE came from the stamp set Fabulous Four.  I omitted the words beneath the celebrate.  The word Celebrate was the perfect size.  You can see a video on the Omitting Technique in this post HERE.

 

I instantly thought of stars and fireworks for the new year and it this was a perfect card to create a shaker card.  I used foam tape on the back with a window sheet to keep the sequins in place.  I love that they are Gold, Silver, White and Clear and of course there are some stars mixed in.  Perfect coordination by adding the Die Cut stars.

 

Join the Challenge

Join us this for this challenge or the Remix challenge.  Check out the TGIF blog to see what the other designers created and play along by clicking HERE.  It’s fun and EASY.

 

Tell me… what are you excited about for the new year? One thing for sure, I hope you are excited to

 

Color Challenge- TGIF #32

Color Challenge- TGIF #32

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Color Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

 

Happy TGIF friends. Happy Color Challenge day!

 

It’s a GREAT day for a fun new challenge from the TGIF blog.  Yay! Yay!  This one is awesome and my kind of Christmas colors.  These remind me of a very vintage Christmas.  Pool Party and Real Red… what do you think? I’m pretty sure it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper this year as well.

 

For this challenge I decided to bring out one of my favorite sets- Snow Place.  A set that can make you feel like a kid again because you can dress up these great snowmen.  Also, you will see a helpful picture tutorial below when creating this card using the Little Letter Framelits making this card easy to create.

 

Color Challenge, TGIF, Snow Place Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

The Little Letters Thinlits are perfection when it comes to using them on cards or smaller projects.  Each letter is only 3/4″ high and the framelits come with all of the letters.

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Behind the letters you will notice a piece of Typeset Designer Series Paper that is the same size as the Whisper White cardstock and sponged with Pool Party ink.  The snowflake from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set was White Embossed onto the Typeset Designer Series Paper.  I love how you can see the snowflake peeking through the letters.  Especially with Mr. Dapper Dan Snowman sitting next to it.

 

 

Quick Tips & Tricks

When I started creating this card one of the hardest things was getting the letters lined up each time onto the Big Shot and the letters not moving around.  Just so happened I had Washi Tape sitting right next to my Big Shot.

 

 

Once I lined up each of the letters I placed a strip of Washi Tape across the letters to keep them in place.  Occasionally you will notice when using the Magnetic Plate for your Big Shot that the Framelits might shift upon placing them down.  This happens over time and usage.  By taping the letters together you will decrease the chances of any shifting.

 

 

Why Washi Tape? It’s very forgiving. You can peel the Washi Tape up and your cardstock will not tear.  Please note, I first tried this technique using the Thick Whisper White cardstock.  This cardstock is not as smooth as our regular Whisper White.  The Washi Tape was not as forgiving with the Thick Whisper White cardstock.

 

 

See photos below:

Washi Tape Technique

 

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By placing the Real Red cardstock behind the letters diagonally it made the word SNOW stand out even more.

 

I may not be seeing snow here in Florida however I’m lucky I get to play with the Snow Place stamp set and make my own snow using the Little Letter Framelits.

Now… are you up for this weeks color challenge? See what the other TGIF designers have created.  Click HERE to see their projects and participate in this weeks challenge.

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  • Materials to create 8 cards using the Snow Place stamp set.
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Cheer All Year-TGIF Challenge

Cheer All Year-TGIF Challenge

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Today is one of my favorite types of challenges- COLOR.

Today’s color challenge feels all crisp and fall like.  Something I still haven’t felt here in Florida.  In fact right now I am running around in my favorite active wear capris and flip flops.  Yes, I am one of those freaks who loves to wear her active wear for the sake of comfort and nothing for actually working out in.  It’s the truth.

 

If I can’t get the crisp cool air yet that Fall typically brings, I can create like I’m feeling the crispy air.

 

The Cheer All Year stamp set helped me out a bit too.

Cheer For All Seasons, Stampin' Up!, TGIF Challenge

Cheer All Year, Stampin' Up!,

I am using a product today that I haven’t touched since it came out in June.  I know, I can’t believe it either because it’s the coolest stuff ever.  The Crushed Curry polka dot background comes from the Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP.  Oh so fun.  With the help of a sponge and Crushed Curry ink I changed the paper from blah to WOW because the paper resists the raised embossed areas. That simple.  Great way to take a white background and make it any color you wish with our amazing color line with Stampin’ Up!

Cheer All Year, Stampin' Up!,

 

Quick Tips-

I decided to layer the ribbon and then add the feathers which were stamped onto their matching cardstock.  I love how this looks and need to remember to do it more. I am quick to grab Whisper White cardstock and just stamp away, forgetting that when you stamp an ink onto it’s matching cardstock it looks fantastic.

Like I said yesterday, a great way to layer the ribbon is using the Multipurpose Tombow Glue.

Cheer All Year, Stampin' Up!,

Play Along-

Join the TGIF Challenge this week by uploading your card or project using the colors listed above HERE.  Don’t forget to take the time to see what all the other TGIF designers have created using this these colors.  The projects are GORGEOUS.

You can find all the products I used in the links below, or visit my Online Store that is available to you 24/7.

Have an AWESOME day!

Cheer All Year, Stampin' Up!,

 

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TGIF #19- Color Challenge

 

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Wahoooo!  It’s FRIDAY.  Are you excited? Plus it’s a LONG weekend.

Honestly, the only thing I can think about is sleeping in.

My amazing germ ridden kids decided to share their awesome cold.  Now I’m sporting a beautiful red nose and sound like I’m in a tunnel.  It’s real pretty friends.  Real pretty.

Nevertheless, I have something fun to share.

TGIFC19, Stampin' Up!, TGIF Challenges

 

You  know I’m all over a fun color challenge and even more so when I’ve got the sniffles.

Since my brain is a FOG it’s nice that I didn’t have to think really hard.

TGIF Challenge #19, Your Presents, Holly Jolly Greetings, Stampin' Up!

I decided to use a NEW stamp set called Your Presents.  I’ll be honest.  I wanted something solid to stamp.  Easy.  No cutting.  Stamp and run.

Does that make sense?

This set was perfect.  I stamped all the little gifts onto Whisper White cardstock and then used my Paper Trimmer to trim them down perfectly.

TGIF Challenge #19, Your Presents, Holly Jolly Greetings, Stampin' Up!

You can see here in the close up I popped a few of the gifts with dimensionals.  I also added a little bit of the Basic Black Bakers Twine.

Tip: I’ve noticed when tying bows with Bakers Twine that if I only use one strand the bow never lays the way I would like.  Try a double strand of twine and then tie your bow.  It lays flat just like you want every time.  No curling, or crazy turning of the twine.  Give that a try. 

For the greeting I added another new stamp set and AWESOME new punch- The Holly Jolly Greetings has lots of great holiday greetings that are perfect for your holiday projects.  You know… comfort, peace, merry… and jolly.  These are just a few.  ALSO- this is a perfect set for my Project Lifer’s.  The words are perfect for word art or to add to journaling cards.  It’s a versatile set.  LOVE IT.

The Your Presents stamp set also coordinates with the Handpicked Framelits Dies.  That’s how the tiny black bow was created.

Overall, I love these colors together.  It’s got that vintage/retro vibe.

The last thing I added was the Metallics Sequins (you can see the clear and white sequins on the card).  Guess what… I didn’t know there was CLEAR sequins.  Umm- game changer.  Now I need more of that particular sequin pack because clear goes with everything.  Jeesh.  Just when I think I have a handle on the new catalog I’m thrown another curve ball.  CRAZY.

TGIF Challenge #19, Your Presents, Holly Jolly Greetings, Stampin' Up!

Now it’s your turn to play along with the challenge.  I hope you will.  This challenge group is made up of the best designers.  They create beautiful cards.  You can see them all HERE.  Create a card using this color challenge and leave a comment below that you did so I can go check it out.

 

 

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TGIFC#15- Color Challenge

TGIF#15- Color Challenge

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This week’s color challenge for TGIF is certainly going to be a favorite.

Color Challenge, TGIFC15

 

 

I love the touch of gray in this color challenge!

 

TGIFC15, Color Challenge, Stampin' Up!, Vintages Leaves

 

WHOA.  The Vintage Leaves stamp set is now at the top of my FAVORITE list.  The matching Leaflets Framelits are PERFECTO!!  The stamp set is a photopolymer set that stamps SO crisp.  Oh how I love, love, love.

There are a few fun NEW products from our upcoming Holiday catalog  you are SURE to love.  To name a few…

  1. See the adorable wooden acorn element? This comes in a set of 30 pieces that include acorns, a leaf and a cute little wooden banner.  They are dainty and perfect for cards or scrapbooking.
  2. The sentiment for this set comes from a darling stamp set called Cheer All Year.  This set is going to be a fan pleaser.
  3. Lastly, if you look at the Basic Gray cardstock closely you will notice the textured embossing on it.  This embossing folder is called Woodland Textured Impressions.  It’s FAB!

 

TGIFC15, Color Challenge, Stampin' Up!, Vintages Leaves

 

You may notice a little glam on this card… here is a fun TIP:

It’s a little Multipurpose Glue mixed with water and then I used an old Aqua Painter (or old paint brush) and tapped it over my card.  Sprinkle some Gold Glitter over the splatter glue mixture and BAM… a nice card with glitz.

 

TGIFC15, Color Challenge, Stampin' Up!, Vintages Leaves

 

This card puts a big ole smile on my face even though it talks about Autumn.  I’m not quite ready for Fall yet but I do know I love creating with Holiday products.  Total delight.

Okay, it’s your turn to create using these fun colors.  First check out the creative muse from our TGIF design team.  They can get your creative juices flowing quickly.  Click HERE to view.  Make sure to play along and join the challenge.

 

See all the supplies I used below.

 

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