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Artistic Etchings Birthday

My girly-girl has a birthday coming up on Sunday! She wants to go to Paris when she graduates; fortunately, that’s still several years away so we have time to save our pennies for the trip (and that’s where the Paris-theme for her birthday card came from).ūüôā

I am so pleased with how this card turned out — I love vintage-inspired cards, tags and altered books but it’s difficult for me to work that style into my own cards; however, this card came together pretty much like I imagined it in my head. There’s a TON of Dazzling Details on this card and the photo just does not show¬†it — there’s glitter around the embossed panel, the scalloped panel, the rose panel, the flower layers and the butterfly. And to top it all off, I sprayed the whole card with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. Several of the images were embossed with SU!’s new Early Espresso Embossing Powder — love the rich color! To create the flower, I punched five scalloped circles with the 1-3/4″¬†Scallop Punch; sponged Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink on them; with all five layers together, attached the brad; crumpled up the flowers and then smoothed them out. You can click on the photo to get a close-up shot of the details.

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Four Frames, Morning Post Alphabet, Papillon Potpourri

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Fan Fair DSP, First Edition Specialty DSP

Ink: Pink Pirouette, VersaMark, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Pearls, Rhinestones, 3-16″ Corner Rounder Punch, Decorative Label Punch, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Vintage Brad, Itty¬†Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge, Dazzling Details, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

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In Wilderness Buffalo Birthday

VERY late¬†birthday card for my nephew and a complete CASE of Kelly Lunceford’s awesome card found here. Kelly is an amazingly talented stamper — her gallery is one I always look through when I need inspiration. She has a gift for creating eye-catching, balanced¬†layouts and combining lovely patterns and colors in her artwork.

I was able to visit my nephew and his family in North Dakota last spring and we all visited the State Capitol while I was there. They have this magnificent, life-sized statue of a buffalo made out of what looks like rebar. Here’s a picture (quality not so good — taken with my iPhone):

And here’s the card:

Stamps: In Wilderness (retired), Tea Shoppe, Woodgrain

Paper: Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Not Quite Navy, Naturals – White

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, River Rock, VersaMark

Accessories: Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat, Classy Copper Embossing Powder (retired), Very Vanilla Embossing Powder (retired), Copper Brads (retired), Sponge Dauber, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Welcome to the August Control Freaks Blog Tour! Our theme this month is¬†“Back to School”¬†projects. If you’re following the blog tour lineup, you’ve just come from¬†Wendy Weixler’s¬†blog. She is so creative — her projects ALWAYS amaze me!

The back to school theme was easy for me — I have a daughter who’s just entered middle school. She got a new backpack (LL Bean’s Huckleberry Plaid) and I created my projects based on the color scheme of that backpack (navy, purple and pink).

PROJECT #1 – Altered CD Case

I altered a CD case that holds a notepad, pen and bookmark that my daughter can slip in her backpack and use at school. The colors are a little crazy — but I tried to use colors that matched¬†her backpack and Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry and Pink Pirouette came the closest. The dimensions for the front insert (navy polka-dotted DSP) are 10-1/2″ x 7″.

Here’s a shot of the inside of the case:

The dimensions for the inside insert (navy striped DSP) are the same as the front: 10-1/2″ x 7″. For the pocket, I cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry¬†cardstock that measures 5-1/16″ x 3″ and then cut one edge on the diagonal (the right side of the pocket measures 1-1/2″ up from the bottom of the pocket). The pen holder is a 1-1/2″ x 2″ piece of the thin cardboard backing found in SU!’s DSP 12×12 paper packs. I covered this cardboard with a 1-1/2″ x 2″ piece of DSP. I scored this piece at 7/16″, 7/8″, 1-5/16″ and 1-3/4″ and then folded it into a sort of “tube”, sealed one edge, and then attached it to the case with a Stampin’ Dimensional. The base of the tag (Pink Pirouette) measures 2-5/8″ x 4-5/8″. The notepad measures 6-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (I purchased it a couple of years ago from PaperTrey Ink) and it is actually longer than 6-1/2″, but I trimmed this one to fit inside the CD case. The¬†insert inside the RSVP pen¬†is a piece of DSP that measures 3-1/4″ x 1″.

Stamps: Morning Post Alphabet, Daydream Medallions, Lacy & Lovely, Loving Thoughts, Tiny Tags

Paper: Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Rich Regals DSP, Polka Dot Parade DSP

Ink: Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Rhinestones, Floral Frames Framelits¬†Dies, 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Big Shot, Delicate Designs Folder, Large Scallop Edgelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Beautiful Wings Embosslits¬†Die, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits¬†L Die, Circles #2 Originals Die, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Little Labels Punch Pack, Framed Tulips Folder, Subtles¬†Designer Button, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pearl

PROJECT #2 – Altered Water Bottle

My second project is an altered water bottle to match — she is definitely going to be STYLIN’! ;)¬†I was inspired by the water bottle in SU!’s current catalog, but once again used the wild colors from my daughter’s backpack.

The DSP that wraps around the bottle measures 2-1/2″ x 9-1/2″. The tag measures 1-3/4″ x 6-1/2 and is scored at 2″. I used the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch to punch the hole in the top of the tag.

Stamps: Trust God

Paper: Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Polka Dot Parade DSP

Ink: Black StazOn

Accessories: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Labels Collection Framelits¬†Die, Big Shot, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L Die, Vintage Faceted Button, Rhinestone, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch

To see the next blog, click the link below.¬†Connie Babbert’s blog is¬†next and I know you’re going to be inspired by the projects she’s shared! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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Sympathy card for a friend of my husband’s.

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Fan Fair DSP

Ink: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Framed Tulips Folder, Bitty Banners Framelit, Big Shot, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearls, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon

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Another masculine birthday card — this one’s for my husband. I spotted this color combo on the Color Coach and thought it would work great with the nautical theme I was aiming for. I really like the colors together!

Stamps: The Open Sea, Perfectly Penned, En Francais

Paper: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry

Ink: Black StazOn, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze

Accessories: Argyle Folder, Big Shot, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Color Spritzer Tool, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat

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My son’s birthday is coming up and he loves wolves so this image from the retired set In Wilderness was perfect for a birthday card! I stamped the wolf first, placed a mask over the image, then punched a 1-1/4″ circle out of a Post-it note and placed it near the wolf’s head and sponged More Mustard ink in the circle for the “moon” effect.

Stamps: In Wilderness, From My Heart

Paper: Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Natural Composition Specialty DSP, Whisper White

Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Black StazOn, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard

Accessories: Early Espresso¬† 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Labels Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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