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I’ve made a lot of these altered picture frames before, but I think this one is my favorite! It’ll be fun to bring this out and display it each year at Christmas. The Deck the Halls designer paper I used is retired from last year, but I love how I was able to take the scraps I had left and position the words “noel”, “hope”, and “love” on the left and I also love how the poinsettias appear in the top right corner. The picture of my family and I was taken in August by the lovely and talented Meredith Dickens. Check out her amazing photography here: http://www.mdickensphotography.info/. If you click on her “portfolio” tab and then the “children” tab on her site, you’ll see a picture of my daughter done in black and white sitting on the grass with her shoes in the foreground and her smiling in the background — it’s an awesome photo, if I do say so myself. 🙂 I also want to mention that I was inspired by a frame posted on Stampin’ Connection. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you can view the frame here: http://www.stampinconnection.com/photo/deck-the-halls-picture-frame?context=user. My frame measures 7-3/4″ square and the opening is 3-1/4″ square.

Stamps: Bells & Boughs

Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Deck the Halls DSP (retired)

Ink: Early Espresso

Accessories: Deck the Halls Designer Fabric, Snowflake Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Big Shot, Stocking Accents Originals Die, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Rhinestone, Cherry Cobbler Button, Cherry Cobbler/White Baker’s Twine, Silver Glass Glitter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Sponge, Charm from Hobby Lobby, Frame from Michaels

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Punch Pals Tag Card

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!

One of my favorite cards to make – a tag card. This one measures 9” x 5-1/2” and is scored at 3” and 6” and I used only one stamp set!

Stamps: Punch Pals

Paper: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Watercolor, Old Olive, Dashing DSP, Old Olive DSP

Ink: Black StazOn, Basic Gray, Old Olive, Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow, River Rock

Accessories: Jersey Ribbon, Old Olive 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Red Gingham Ribbon, River Rock Double-Stitched Ribbon, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Brads, Aqua Painter & Reinkers, Scallop Circle Punch, Large & Small Tag Punches, 3/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, 3/4″ Square Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat

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Earth Has No Sorrow

Another sympathy card created using the Inspired by Nature set. To get the textured look on the main image, simply stamp images on textured cardstock, which provides a lovely linen look.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Close As a Memory

Paper:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Textured Very Vanilla

Ink: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Basic Black

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Kraft Satin Ribbon, Distressing Tool, Sponge, Dimensionals, Modern Label Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

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Praying for You…

The rose is created by stamping in VersaMark ink on watercolor paper and then embossing with Whisper White embossing powder. Using an Aqua Painter that is fairly wet, pick up Crushed Curry ink with the tip of the brush and apply to rose. Clean the Aqua Painter and then apply Dusty Durango ink. Darken and highlight areas as needed.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Thoughts and Prayers, En Francais

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Watercolor, Groom Specialty Paper

Ink: Black StazOn, Old Olive, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, VersaMark

Accessories: Basic Black 1-1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Trio Flower Punch, Vintage Brads, Dimensionals, Big Shot and Lots of Tags Sizzlit

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So this card is a blast from the past — made in July of 2006! It’s one of my favorites, though, and I thought it would be appropriate to post on Thanksgiving day. There was a lot of masking done to create this card and a lot of watercoloring, too. Each pumpkin and the bucket of apples had to be stamped and then masked several times to create the “layered” look. The bucket was stamped first then masked, then the left pumpkin was stamped, then the right pumpkin closest to the bucket was stamped then masked, then finally the far right pumpkin was stamped.

Stamps: Give Thanks, Flannel Plaid, Linen, Cute Converse (all retired sets)

Paper: Watercolor, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red

Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Sahara Sand, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Going Gray, Garden Green

Accessories: Aqua Painter & Reinkers, Sponge, Linen Thread, Paper Piercing Tool, Needle & Mat, Gingham Ribbon, Hardware, Small Oval Punch

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Watercolor Birthday

Layout inspired by a card in the current catalog.

Stamps: Simply Soft, Happiest Birthday Wishes

Paper: River Rock, Cajun Craze, Well Worn DSP, First Edition Specialty DSP, Watercolor

Ink: Black Stazon, Cajun Craze, Old Olive

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate, Pearl, Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter and Reinker Inks

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Summer By the Sea Sympathy

Sympathy card made for a coworker. This card was inspired by atomicbutterfly’s card found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/361383?&cat=3470&sorttime=all&sortby=v&way=desc

Stamps: Summer by the Sea, Take Three

Paper: Close to Cocoa, Parisian Breeze DSP, Whisper White, Watercolor

Ink: Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Blue Bayou, Sahara Sand, Blush Blossom

Accessories: Aqua Painter & Reinkers, Tombow Adhesive, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Chocolate Chip Tafetta Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Dimensionals

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Give Thanks Emboss Resist

Medallion image created using the emboss resist technique. Stamp image in VersaMark ink on white cardstock, emboss with clear embossing powder and then sponge with Wild Wasabi and Pool Party ink.

Stamps: Day of Gratitude, Hand-Penned Holidays

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Whisper White

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, VersaMark

Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge, Clear Embossing Powder, Antique Brad, Eyelet Border Punch, 5/8″ Satin Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Tiffany in Autumn

This card is one of my all-time favorite uploads to the Dirty Dozen gallery on Splitcoast.

Stamps: Tiffany (by Rubber Romance), Season by Season, Baroque Motifs
Paper: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Summer Sun, Watercolor
Ink: Black StazOn, More Mustard (craft & classic), Elegant Eggplant, Versamark, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust
Accessories: Aqua Painter & Reinkers, Black Embossing Powder, Sponge, Dimensionals, Wide Black Organdy Ribbon, Key Tag Punch, Gold Cord, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat

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Gently Falling Birthday Card

Birthday card for my brother using the following supplies:

Stamps: Gently Falling, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: Early Espresso, Well Worn DSP, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Black StazOn, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Vintage Brads, Antique Brad, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Sponge

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