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For a high school graduate whose school colors are blue and gray (*sigh* this is only two months overdue). ;). This is another complete CASE of a card in the new SU! catalog. I was worried that it would be difficult to create a card with these colors for a female graduate, but I’m really pleased with the results. :)

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Congratulations, Illyanna!

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Flowering Flourishes, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Basic Gray

Ink: Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Gumball Green

Accessories: Modern Mosaic Folder, Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Antique Brad, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Catching Up!

It’s been almost two months since I’ve stamped and a little bit less than that since I last posted anything. Life has been busy! My son graduated from high school in May and I started a new position at work recently. I work at a hospital and just received another Epic certification in Cadence (Epic’s scheduling application). Obtaining this certification was a little bit easier than the last one. I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin twice for training and then it took me about two months to complete my project and take two tests (and pass all three :)). Here’s proof:

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Now on to stamping! I am participating in an “I Am the Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser and will be supplying three sets of cards for three baskets. This fundraiser is close to my heart as I lost a dear friend to breast cancer two years ago this month. She is the reason I went to get my first mammogram (I was too afraid to go and had my head stuck in the proverbial sand). During that first screening, there were some suspicious areas that showed up. These areas would have only shown up on a mammogram — I never would have felt them they were so tiny. It wasn’t cancer, but it was the stage before it turns in to cancer. Because of my dear friend, it was caught early and I was able to have surgery to remove the areas. Subsequent mammograms have been clear. I am blessed!

Because it’s been so long since I’ve stamped, I looked through the new catalog for inspiration. The Wildflower Meadow sample on page 83 caught my eye and served as inspiration for my cards.

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I stamped the large background stamp in VersaMark ink on the Whisper White panel and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I ran this piece through the Big Shot with the Wildflower Meadow embossing folder. I then colored the one flower on the stamp with markers (Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery), stamped on Whisper White scrap, cut it out with scissors, and then adhered it to the card with Tombow adhesive. Super simple but very pretty, I think. ;)

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Stamps: Wildflower Meadow, Loving Thoughts

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, VersaMark

Accessories: Wildflower Meadow Folder, Big Shot, Clear Embossing Powder, Pearl

The June 2013 Paper Crafters Sampler issue has been released and is now available for purchase!

Click HERE (or click the image below) and you’ll be taken directly to the website where you can view sneak peeks of all the projects, as well as purchase the sampler!

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Here’s a sneak peek at my project:

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Memorial Day Gratitude

Today on Memorial Day, I’ve been thinking about my grandparents who have since passed away, but were a tremendous influence in my life after my parents divorced when I was a teenager. My grandparents made sure that my mother, two brothers and I were always taken care of — that we had food and clothes and, most importantly, a godly heritage. I love them and miss them very much!

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To create the striped, “flag” background, I embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the Stripes embossing folder. I then cut eight strips of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3/16″ x 5-1/4″, sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink and then attached them to the “valleys” of the embossed, striped piece. Then it was just a matter of die cutting this piece with the Ovals Collection Framelits Die that measures 3-1/8″ x 4″. All edges were sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

Stamps: Fabulous Phrases

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Whisper White, More Mustard

Ink: Black StazOn, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Fancy Fan Folder, Ovals Collection Framelits Die, Stripes Embossing Folder, Blossom Party Originals Die, Big Shot, 1/2″ Circle Stamp, 1-3/8″ Circle Stamp (to round corners), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Antique Brad, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Sponge, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Welcome to the Control Freaks May 2013 blog tour! We’ve created projects using new items from the upcoming 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! catalog. If you’re following the tour, you’ve just come from Barb Mullikin’s blog.

Here are my two projects!

PROJECT #1 – Graduation Thank You Card

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My first project is a graduation thank you card. My son graduated from high school last week and his school colors are red, black and white. I wanted a design that would have a masculine feel to it and be easy to replicate. The new Mosaic Madness stamp set and coordinating Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder and Mosaic Punch all came in handy for this project.

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Lacy & Lovely

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black

Ink: Black StazOn, Real Red

Accessories: Modern Mosaic Folder, Big Shot, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Mosaic Punch, Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone, Stampin’ Dimensionals

PROJECT #2 – Graduation Open House 3×3 Thank You Notecards

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My second project is a set of small 3×3 thank you notecards for those who attended my son’s open house. The “Thank U” stamp is from the Pennant Parade set and is punched with the 3/4″ Circle Punch.

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Stamps: Label Love, Pennant Parade

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black

Ink: Black StazOn

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Big Shot, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Artisan Label Punch, Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

To see the next blog, please click the link below. Patty Bennett is next! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

Graduation Caps

My son just graduated from high school this week and I made some of those graduation caps made out of Rolo candies for his open house. I covered each Rolo candy with a three-inch piece of Stampin’ Up!’s Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (retired). The tops of the caps consist of two layers — the base is punched with a 1-1/4″ Square Punch and the top is punched with a 1″ Square Punch. Each piece is attached with a Stampin’ Dimensional. The “tassel” was created with a 1/16″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and secured to the top of the cap with Tombow Adhesive.

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Congratulations, Geoffrey! I love you and I am SO PROUD of you!!!! <3

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Stamps: None

Paper: Real Red, Whisper White

Ink: None

Accessories:1-1/4″ Square Punch, 1″ Square Punch, Real Red Brads, Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Stampin Dimensionals, Rolo Candy

For a graduate whose school color is purple. This is a CASE of a card in the new SU! catalog (love, love, love it)! The samples in this catalog are outstanding!!! I die cut one long edge of the embossed panel with the Adorning Accents Edgelits die first and then embossed it with the Fancy Fan embossing folder. Vanilla Smooch Spritz was applied for added shimmer.

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Congratulations, Chris!

Stamps: Pure Gumption

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Ink: Black StazOn

Accessories: Fancy Fan Folder, Labels Collection Framelits Die, Ovals Collection Framelits Die, Adorning Accents Edgelits Die, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Vanilla Smooch Spritz

The May 2013 Paper Crafters Sampler issue has been released and is now available for purchase!

Click HERE (or click the image below) and you’ll be taken directly to the website where you can view sneak peeks of all the projects, as well as purchase the sampler!

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Here’s a sneak peek at my project):

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Yep, it’s all made out of cardstock! :)

Happy Retirement!

Here’s a retirement card for my boss who is retiring this week. I cased myself and used THIS card for inspiration. ;) The flowers were created by inking up the base stamp in Pool Party ink, stamping off once on scrap paper and then stamping on Whisper White cardstock. The “highlight” stamp was stamped in full-strength Pool Party ink. I then stamped the highlight stamp again in VersaMark ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder for added sparkle. I was struggling with the sentiment and was going to use a “congratulations” stamp, but then on a whim (and a little bit of desperation) I did one last search of the catalog and found there IS a “Happy Retirement” stamp in the Teeny Tiny Wishes set! It was the perfect size and font for my card!! It makes me so happy when a card comes together just how I want it to! ;)

Congratulations, Cathy!!! <3

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Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Artistic Etchings, French Foliage, Collage Curios

Paper: Whisper White

Ink: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Black StazOn, Crumb Cake, VersaMark

Accessories: Fancy Fan Folder, Big Shot, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Large Oval Punch, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Sycamore Street Pool Party Ribbon (SAB 2013 retired), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge

Welcome to the Control Freaks April 2013 blog tour! We’ve created birthday projects this month. If you’re following the tour, you’ve just come from Wendy Weixler’s blog.

Here are my two projects!

PROJECT #1 – Happy Birthday Niece

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My first project is a birthday card for my niece who turns 11 next month. The leaves were “frosted” by applying 2-Way Glue Pen adhesive directly onto the leaves and then sprinkling them with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Build a Blossom, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Paper: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Floral District

Ink: Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango

Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Big Shot, Blossom Punch, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Old Olive Brights Designer Button, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

PROJECT #2 – Happy Birthday Nephew

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And here’s another birthday card — this one’s for my nephew who will turn 13 in June. I stamped the large, winged image in Black StazOn ink on a transparency sheet and then cut it out with scissors. The image is popped up on dimensionals that are hidden by the baseball.

Stamps: Great Sport, Curly Cute

Paper: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade DSP (Old Olive)

Ink: Black StazOn, More Mustard

Accessories: Chevron Folder, Big Shot, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Basic Black Neutrals Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals

To see the next blog, please click the link below. Connie Babbert is next! Thanks so much for taking the tour!

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