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Color Challenge- TGIF #32

Color Challenge- TGIF #32

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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.


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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.

Snow Place Kits Available!

Looking for Quick Cards using the Snow Place Stamp set? I have 4 kits available for purchase from my November Stamps in the mail. This kit includes:

  • Materials to create 8 cards using the Snow Place stamp set.
  • 9 Page PDF with high quality photos and 8 video tutorials showing you how to create each card. Click HERE to see a peek of the cards and others I’ve created using this set.
  • Snow Place stamp set & Snow Friends Framelits Dies

Kit is $65.00

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Special Gift for Online Orders

While my card might have been a design flop, what I’m about to share isn’t.

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Make sure to use the Hostess Code given below.

Thank you as always for stopping by!!!

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Christmas Theme-TGIF Challenge

Christmas Theme-TGIF Challenge

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Happy Friday! It’s time for a Christmas theme challenge.  Well, actually I’ve screwed it up a bit so keep reading to find out the real challenge!



This might be the first time I tell you that I’m not happy to see Friday come as my bestie hops on a plane headed back to Colorado on Saturday.

I’ve thought of many ways I could get her to stay but I am sure she is ready to get back to the daily grind of her life.  Then again… maybe not.  We’ve had so much fun creating together.








That’s how it always goes when she is in my home.  All of us enjoy her.  The kids start laughing across the house when they hear her giggle because she has that laugh thats contagious.  You start laughing when you don’t even know why you are laughing.


I’m sure you can think of someone that brings you just as much joy.  I think these are the times that we need to bottle up all the joy and savor the days.  On a blue day I can probably start laughing when I think about her giggle.


Today’s card was completely inspired by our antique junking on Tuesday this past week.  We found the cutest little metal glamper’s and bought them all at one shop.  At the time we had no idea what we would do with them but knew they would be needed somehow.  This is how I justify things to Russ.  “Honey, I needed this.  Really!”


The man selling the little cars was “slashing” prices before our eyes and like a typical female shopper the slashing prices “GOT ME!”  I’m pretty sure Cathy bought way more than me but I’ll let that slide…

Oh- The Christmas Theme

The card should have been interpreted a bit different.  I think I had a blonde moment.  The theme this week for our TGIF challenge is White Christmas.  I failed miserably.  I thought it was only Christmas… Pretend you see MANY snowflakes falling and LOTS of white.  <grin>

The funny part, I used the White Christmas stamp set to complete this card.  <score!>

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Christmas Theme, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Look how sweet that little Glamper looks with the tree on it.  I’m in love.


Christmas Theme, TGIF Challenge


Tips & Tricks-


I watercolored the glamper using Watercolor Paper and my Aquapainter using Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder ink.

The “rough” images beneath the glamper are images from a new stamp set called Timeless Textures.  It’s AMAZING and you will love it.  Its a set that can be used on almost every project.

The Gold Foil banner at the top of the card was created using the Washi Label and then cutting that in half.

Christmas Theme, TGIF Challenge

You can see all of the products I used for this card below.

Make sure to check out the TGIF Challenge site to see all of the gorgeous work from the other designers.  They are STUNNING.  Click HERE to see them and PLAY along with our challenge.  Stretch your creativity and enjoy the process.

Don’t Forget!

Retiring list is now available  for the Holiday catalog.  Get your products while supplies last.  Once they are gone, they are G O N E.  Click HERE to download the Retiring List.


Think About This!

Are you an avid crafter seeking to get your hands on new products? You can join Stampin’ Up!?  By joining Stampin’ Up! now you can pre-order the new products available starting December 3rd.  This is going to be a dynamo time for crafting with this catalog.  Click HERE to learn more information about becoming a demonstrator.  Receive a $125 retail product for $99 and no obligations. AWESOME deal.


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Friday Sketch- TGIF Challenge

Friday Sketch- TGIF Challenge

Oh boy!  Get ready for a Friday Sketch!

I decided last week I did not have enough baby cards on hand so I used this sketch to create a neutral baby card.


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TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Sketch Challenge, TGIF, Stampin' Up!

I worked with the Go Wild DSP stack that has been sitting on my shelf collecting a bit of dust.  Hello!  What is WRONG with me.  This is the cutest paper stack.  So many cute designs and perfect for my giraffe.

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I used the Zoo Babies stamp set and the animals in this set are adorable.  I love how the giraffe coordinates with the paper and the circles on the giraffe coordinates with my Tangelo Twist Washi.  Win Win.

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Play Along!

Join us this week and play along with the TGIF design team.  See what the designers have created and be inspired.  Then play along with us and share your creativity.

Click HERE to see all the excitement.

Don’t forget!

Don’t forget to enter my Birthday Giveaway.  I am overwhelmed with the gratitude shown in the comments.  I have read every single one of them and many have brought me to tears.  Your kindness, your genuineness and your uplifting messages for ALL are simply amazing.  For those of you struggling, know I am praying.  I love you guys and you made my birthday exceptionally better.

Stamps in the Mail

Stamps in the Mail registration is open.  Click HERE to learn more about it.

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!! I’m playing in Tampa… I’ll keep you posted on great news coming.


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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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Grateful- TGIF Challenge

Be Grateful!


If I had to list all the things I’m grateful for I would have a list that was a mile long.

I bet you feel the same way?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I might think in my head how grateful I am about something but then outwardly it doesn’t appear that way.

This came to my mind the other day when talking to a friend. I’m incredibly grateful for her friendship but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t realize it or how much. I just assume that due to my high maintenance over the last year she already knows how much I love her and I’m grateful for her.

This is one of those “sit up in bed from a dead sleep moments!” When all of a sudden I think to myself… does she REALLY know? I never outwardly tell her.

Friends, we are coming up on the beginning of the annual “tell your 30 days of gratitude” on Facebook starting November 1st. Honestly, it’s not my favorite Facebook time.

I know I’m sounding ungrateful but hear me out.

We should be grateful all the time. Every single day. More importantly we should spread the gratefulness outwardly by telling others exactly why we are so grateful. Those kind words go a long way. It could be the very thing that makes someones day from icky to happy. Right?

I’m not one to do the 30 days of grateful on my FB account for a few reasons but I will vow to outwardly share my gratitude to my friends and family personally. This could mean sending them a card, picking up my phone (I’m TERRIBLE at this) or looking them square in their eyes and telling them exactly why I’m grateful.

My goal is to make a bunch of grateful and thank you cards to have on hand and randomly pass out as well. Again, these types of things are not normal anymore. They use to be the norm, but the internet changed much of this. Don’t get me wrong, of course it’s okay to thank someone or tell them your grateful in an email or on social media. BUT- doesn’t it make a bigger impact face to face? OR, when they get that card in the mail they know you spent time on them.


And I know you might be thinking… “what if I do post 30 days of grateful on my FB.”  I will love you and I won’t judge you.  I promise.

I have a two fold challenge for you today. I hope you will join me.

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This weeks challenge is “Thankful!”  Pretty open ended.  That means anything goes, just make it a “thankful” card.  Or, in my case “Grateful For You” card.

Grateful, Vintage Leaves Stamp Set, Stampin' up!

I used the Vintage Leaves stamp set for this card along with the Leaf Thinlits to die cut.  I started by die cutting directly on my Whisper White card base and then put the same size behind it and placed Washi tape to show through the die cut image.  I love this technique because it’s simple enough yet a WOW.

Grateful, Vintage Leaves Stamp Set, Stampin' up!

These Bohemian colors are delicious together.  I am NOT a purple lover at all.  In fact I dare not tell my friend Dawn Griffith about my non purple obsession or she may come after me.  <hee hee>  In all honesty, purple has been growing on me lately.  I especially love the bold impact it makes with Island Indigo and Delightful Dijon next to it.  Of course the purple I’m using is Blackberry Bliss.  It’s so crisp.

Grateful, Vintage Leaves Stamp Set, Stampin' up!

Are You Ready? 


The challenges are easy!  Check out what our designers for TGIF have created and join in the challenge.  Click HERE to see what others have created.

Second, join me in attempt to share outwardly the gratitude and kindness.

What does this all mean?

It’s simple…. Be inspired and uplift and inspire others.  It’s a game changer I promise.  You will get that warm sensation all over when you do and your day will be brighter knowing that YOU have made someone else’s day brighter.  Just like the Stampin’ Up! mission statement- …together we make a difference! 

Are you in? Post a comment and let me know.

PS- Today is the LAST day of the 15% off Stamp sale.  Click HERE to take advantage.