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Birds and Magnolias

Can you believe summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school already?  I went to Target this week and school supplies, backpacks, sales, and general buzz was all over the store.  My niece and nephew are heading back real soon and I don't know who is more relieved?  My brother and sister-in-law, the kids to be able to see their friends or Mammy (SIL's mom); who watches them along with my two other nieces that are are 3 and 20 months.  Mammy has her hands full!

Here is a lovely card using the Free As A Bird Bundle and Magnolia Lane Designer Series paper.  Combining products from different suites gives extra ideas.  So the Magnolia Lane paper can be used with more than the magnolia set.  Just coordinate the colors!

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I hardly ever use our standard Whisper White card stock as a card base.  So when I do, I like to double layer the inside of the card to add some weight to it.  Do you do the same?  What do you do on the insides of your cards? 

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Black-n-White

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I love black and white cards.  And this one is so simple and elegant.  If you have not seen the Detailed Bands Dies yet, check them out by clicking on the link or look below in the list of products I used to make this card.  The Detailed Bands Dies is one of my most favorite die sets in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog!

Images and words (minus the Happy Birthday) are from a lovely set called Very Versailles. This set is right up my alley... Now the branches of leaves may look like they are not inked well, but they are.  The image is one of Stampin' Up! DistINKtive stamps; stamps made a special way to give a realistic look.  I can't wait to try with other ink colors. 

The Happy Birthday is from the stamp set called Here's a Card.  If you are looking for a "word" stamp set, this may the one you should order

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I have to laugh at myself with the inside of the card.  Can you see why? 

As I always say in my classes.... well, it IS handmade!

I do want to give credit as I CASED (copy and share everything) this project from a card swap I participated in.  Joanna Jones, fellow demonstrator from Oklahoma, made the below card. My sample, I changed the sentiment and added rhinestones and an inside.  Her card is so pretty so I had to share. 

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Grapefruit Grove Hearts?

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OMG!  This Foil Paper from Sale-a-Bration is awesome!!!  The picture does not give it any justice because the lights pick up so much reflection.   

So a $50 product order earns you a Free Level 1 Sale-a-Bration item.  The foil paper is a Level 1 item.  You get four(4) 12 x 12 sheets of Grapefruit Grove Foil AND four (4) 12 x 12 sheets of Lovely Lipstick Foil paper.  They are both really pretty.  

I have combined by heart card with Grapefruit Grove and Calypso Coral card stock and the Meant To Be Bundle.  The Framelit dies have 16 dies to the set, 13 of them are hearts!  And some of the framelits do double duty!  2-for-1 cut-out!  See in my card above, see the thin stitched-scalloped outline heart.  The solid heart on the card came from the center of the stitched-scalloped heart.... that's the 2-for-1!

How about a 21-for-1 deal..... see the cluster of hearts at the bottom?  Once you die cut that, you are left with 21 little hearts!  I adhered some to the inside of my card.  The rest can be put inside the card/envelope as confetti!  Hmmm...not sure why this is sideways. 

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I wanted to use the Meant To Be bundle as a non-Valentine card.  You can make birthday, thinking of you, sharing some love cards and more!  It's not just for Valentine's Day!

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Geared Up Garage

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  The weather is messing with us, isn't it?  A little bit of sun, a tiny bit of snow, and cold!  I guess I can deal with cold temperatures as long as the sun would shine.  It just makes it feel better. 

Friday was my dad's birthday and what better card to give then one made with Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gear Thinlit Dies.  I was so excited to see the smile on his face when he opened it up.  Of course, before he opened, he asked "did you make this?"  He's so funny. 

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It was fun to create a masculine card and I need to play with the set more!  Actually, the whole project suite.  I did not get to use the Classic Garage metal embellishments on this one,  nor the Black/Silver stripped metallic ribbon.  I tried, but sometimes, it just does not work for me visually.  

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Anyways, sorry about the poor photography on this one.  The Gear Die is all one piece and cut out of Silver Foil paper.  The light reflection makes the foil paper look like two different colors.  I cut the gears out of the silver mat piece!  Paper server..... To help resist the 'bumps' from my cutting plates being pressed into the foil, I cover my project in plastic.  I save the plastic that Stampin' Up! card stock comes in and cut it up into strips.  You just have to make sure to smooth it out over your project before running through your Big Shot.  

I really like the black and white tire paper from the Classic Garage 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack.  I am so partial to black and white, but there are some fun colorful sheets that come in the stack. Make sure to check out my complete supply list below and check out the paper.

A little bit of coloring with Cherry Cobbler Blends markers, and Framelit dies from Classic Garage and this card came together nicely.  Well, I had a bit of inspiration too from Carolyn King, an Australian Demonstrator.  

I hardly ever decorate both insides of a card but I wanted to include more die cuts!  So here is my inside.  This shows the little nut trio stamp and you can see the oil spatter stamp better than on the front.  So cute!   

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Oh.... and in case you were wondering, the Happy Birthday just happens to be from Sweetest Thing stamp set.  I've included a link below.

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Emboss Resist Technique

I had another fun card challenge put before me, so I accepted.  Although the theme was using Abstract Impressions, (I am in the New Occasions and Sale-a-Bration mode...),  I decided to join in. 

Besides a specific stamp set, my other challenge was to use the colors of Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, and So Saffron. What a great combination!

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So Saffron Card Base is cut 11" x 4-1/4" then scored at 5-1/2

Granny Apple Green mat is 5-5/16" x 4-1/16"

Whisper White is 5-1/4" x 4"

Using the largest flower stamp and VersaMark ink, randomly stamp around the edges of the Whisper White.  Cover VersaMark with Clear Embossing Powder (you could use White powder too),  and then heat emboss. 

Next, using a Sponge Dauber with Melon Mambo ink, I rubbed over the floral images.  Next, take a baby wipe or slightly damp paper towel and wipe off the excess ink from the clear embossed flowers.  Water-based ink does not dry well over embossing powder so you need to wipe it off.  

Stamp a few leaves, a word or two.... and you have created the background of your card. 

Die Cut two (2) butterflies from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits (bundled with Abstract Impressions).  The bottom butterfly, I again used sponge daubers to add Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Granny Apple Green ink.  Lay the plain white butterfly over top, flex their wings and add some Rhinestones. 

Oh!  My Strips of paper for added interest:   whisper white 1/2" x 4"    and So Saffron 3/4" x 4"

Hope you enjoyed!  Let me know if you would like to see a video on this.   Leave me a comment. 

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