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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Card Give Away Winner Is.....

The Greeting Card Give Away has closed
and a WINNER has been chosen!

entered my Card Give Away via my STAMP AND STRETCH FACEBOOK page

Judy Menke Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful cards. I ESPECIALLY like the friendship card. Do you have a tutorial for that card?
      • Pam's Stamp and Stretch Thanks Judy, no tutorial but the flower is a 2 step stamp. Ink the solid part of the first step stamp with markers. Lightly spritz the image with water and then stamp onto white paper. Ink the 2nd step outline image with markers and then stamp outline image over the solid image. Fussy cut by hand.

Thank You Judy, you can email me with your address and I will send out your 4 cards in the mail.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Team Tuesday

A cheery card for spring

Happy Tuesday! 
Tuesday's are my day to share with YOU some of the projects
my STAMP and STRETCH Team have created 
on their own and then shared with me.

My first card was created by Sue Whitney (aka San Juan Sue) using Madison Avenue flowers
in Calypso Coral and Baja Breeze. I love the pattern she created with the 3 flowers and the pop of the yellow butterfly. Way to pull out those Spring colors. Sue lives on San Juan Island and would love to stamp with you if you're vacationing on the Island or a local resident.

Beautiful San Juan Island, WA

This 2nd card was created by Mary Middendorf who made this unique collage of layers and colors. She used Crumb Cake, Canjun Craze and Summer Starfruit. I love the cluster of butterflies and the touch of twine on the acorns. Mary enjoys stamping with her other team members as well as stampers in the Cool, Georgetown and Placerville areas.

Don't forget to enter into my GREETING CARD GIVE AWAY
(the Lucky winner could be you) closes @ midnight PST

Just a reminder Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st.
Receive a FREE Thank You gift from Stampin'Up with every $50.00 you purchase.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Technique Twist #19 Shaving Cream

I had so much fun doing my marble Easter egg that I wanted to encourage you to  try it yourself. I used the Shaving Cream Technique and I even put a little Twist on the Technique by dry embossing it in the Chevron folder. It's all wrapped in some pretty organdy ribbon with a splash of silver also.

Grab the Badge!

Come see what the other designers have done and play along HERE
There is a little tutorial below to show you how I created that wonderful
 marble look.

Thanks to Connie and Mary and the ColourQ Team for their inspirations as well. Click on their banners to play  along.


Now onto the Technique

You will need shaving cream and reinkers, a hard spatula, knife
and white paper

Spray shaving cream into a pyrex dish, and drop
steams of reinkers around the cream

Take the knife and swirl the colors around in the cream

Place the white card stock straight down on top of the mixture
and tap down/smoosh into the goop

Lifting at one corner, pull out the paper

Take the spatula and skim off the cream from the card stock

The one on the right is a second time around, re-swirling.
It's useable but muddier than the first!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you will take some time to enter into one of the challenges above!

Be sure and enter into my Greeting card Give Away

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Fabulous Friday Card GIVE AWAY

I'm so glad you have joined me today for another 
Greeting Card GIVE AWAY!

I have four cards made with all Stampin'Up products
that I would LOVE to send to one BLOG WINNER...sorry U.S. only
One winner will be picked at random..
the Winner will be announced here Wed. March 26th!

All you have to do is write in the comment section at the end of this post
 and tell me what your 2 favorite Current Stampin'Up products are.

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 or you can try commenting as ANONYMOUS also

Share with your friends about the GIVE AWAY via Email, Facebook or Pinterest .

Click on the buttons below the green PRINTER FRIENDLY button and be sure and follow back next Wed. to see if you are chosen to receive the 4 cards.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's not just for Paper Pumpkin

Today I had a great time S T R E T C H ing some of
the leftovers from my FIRST Paper Pumpkin kit.

I had a few of the Gray pre folded card bases and the graded polka dotted panels. Next came a layer of Crushed Curry. That served as  the perfect base to build upon and feature the  Eastern Elegance Designer Paper. As a bonus I also used the Striped pre cut banner.  It  was included in the monthly kit.

I wanted the flower to pop so I started with a black 1 3/4" Scallop circle, then punched a whisper white Pansy layer followed by a punched Petite Petal layer. Both of the white flowers were dry embossed with a Big Shot machine and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

A small Silver Glimmer flower was made with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack.
It has the cutest little scallop and is just the perfect size for the Petite Petal.

A simple black stamped "thank you" is from the Happy Watercolor set on pg. 22 of the Occasions Catalog.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Team Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! 
Tuesday's are my day to share with YOU some of the projects
my STAMP and STRETCH Team have created 
on their own and then shared with me.

This first card is made by Marsha Jahn and uses the HIGH TIDE Designer Paper.
When she first showed me the card my eyes when BIG like a deer in headlights. "How did you do that "?  She laughed, "what do mean?", " it's that Designer Paper in the CELEBRATE the EVERYDAY catalog". Baffled I said "where"? Sure enough she directed me to the paper on pg. 24 of the catalog.

There is was... The bottle is the 2nd paper from the left and the starfish is the 2nd from the right. Pretty obvious Right? LOL, 3 cheers for the TEAM!

The panel colors are Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Summer Starfruit. Marsha used White Embossing powder for the Happy Birthday sentiment as well as  white ink and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create the coordinating flurry background. Thank you Marsha for your creative use of the Designer Paper.

Our next card was made by cute little Jackie Weber
Congratulations on your recent promotion to Senior Assoc....yahoo Jackie! 

Jackie's " Wetlands" card is so peaceful and I love her color combo. I think the goose looks so natural standing amongst the grassy shore made with Cajun Craze ink. Jackie stamped the grass once and then stamped off the second time with the remaining ink to get a soft and natural feel. She did this twice and then stamped her goose in a darker black to really stand out.

The panel colors are Very Vanilla, Retro Fresh Designer paper and Coastal Cabana card stock and ink. Thank you Jackie for sharing this beautiful card.

Thank You for joining me today and sharing in the inspiration from some of the Stamp and Stretch team members.

Be sure and circle back here for 
FABULOUS FRIDAY when I announce a

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Secret Garden Slush

It's no Secret that Spring is almost here! 
That's right it's officially on the calendar and it most certainly has arrived
in Northern California.

I made this "Make a Wish" (for Springtime) for the rest of you who are still bundled in your warm gear. So sorry for your thawing delay , you can come visit me in Calif. and help me plant the garden. New veggies went in yesterday as well as a few new perennials. We usually go crazy at this time of year but will have to hold back because of the California drought.
So my inspiration for today's card came from 2 online challenges. Love, Love the color challenge at Connie and Mary's. How about this fun sketch challenge at CAS(e) this sketch!


I wanted to have the look of some Designer Paper with the featured colors but came up exhausted after coming to a dead end. Honestly it took just minutes to look at the catalog and I knew I would need to MAKE my OWN.

I had done this technique last Spring on this card. Loved it so much that I'm back for more. Why I didn't do it sooner who knows, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.

You can find the technique directions HERE

I love this fresh looking Strawberry Slush color, it really pops when used with the black. I tried the sentiment in both black and SS but decided on the Strawberry as the right balance of color. I thought it would be fun to cut apart the "Make A Wish" sentiment and highlight the WISH in the Oval banner. A perfect touch of sparkle was created with the Silver 1/8" Ribbon and topped with a In Color Boutique Detail. Use a Large Oval of Silver Glimmer paper for the sentiment sparkle.

more Secret Garden inspiration

I hope this helps to get you in the SPRING mood....
I'm off to the garden!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Mc Stampin' Leprechaun Treat Box

You've reached the end of the rainbow!
Greenie McStampin'
my Little Leprechaun has some chocolate gold for you, 
there's even carmel inside....so yummy

I thought it would be fun to make a little treat box for my 
St. Patrick's Day decor. Greenie is just sitting on a shelf waiting 
for little or "big" hands
to grab a piece of his gold.

Greenie is leaning over the edge of a black Petite Purse Die base, so eager to let you take one of his treats. I added a little green wire spring to the top of his head to attach a Lucky 4-Leaf Clover. I took some green wire from an old kit that Stampin'Up used to sell and wrapped it around the tip of my piercing tool. Glue dots held everything in place. Wondering if there should be 3 hearts instead of 4, but he is a LUCKY lil guy so it was 4. The hearts are punched from the Owl Builder punch #118074. Punch out the medium circle from that punch, apply a glue dot, attach the tip of the wire after you curl it. Apply another glue dot on top of the wire tip and then attach the hearts.

Greenie's cut little hands are made with the Boho Blossom punch using 4 of the pointed flower edges (who needs thumbs anyway!) I sponged all the skin color areas with Pumpkin Pie ink. Cut 2 small squares for the arm sleeves. He is holding a Gold coin punched from Gold Foil card stock. 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches were used.

Greenie's noggin was created from the punch art formula I created a few years back. The Curly Label punch made most of the foundation for the face and hat.
Punch a complete face and then cut a beard and attach to the face. Build a hat and place over the head. 1/2" Circle for the ears. White 1/4" circle for the eyes.
And the 1/4" black circle represents the nose. The squares are for the hat buckle. And the Word Window punch makes the hat brim and gold band. Attach the gold band to the hat and then trim to curve with green hat base. Make buckle with a 1/4" square glued onto a larger square. I used one quarter of a punched 3/4" piece. Sorry if that's confusing!

Please note that Greenie McStampin' actually has 2 looks

his slimmer noggin (on the treat box), and
his broader noggin (on the recipe card)
The difference is which way you you turn the 
Curly Label base.

Can't get enough punch art?
Go big with the Top Note Die ..use the retired Ornament punch
for the ears, 1/2 for each side

It was made into an easel for more Home Decor Fun!

Please contact me if you have any questions

I use the TOP NOTE die all the time, you can see more 
PROJECT inspiration

Thank You for brightening MY DAY with your visit!

You can find all the supplies in my ONLINE STORE HERE
When ordering online make sure you check out the 
and your opportunity to receive a FREE Thank You gift
during Stampin'Up's 

Need some girl time?
Come play with me and others stampers in Roseville,CA on Thurs. April 10th
Click on EVENTS above for details

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's not just for Christmas

Anyone recognize my big white flower?
It's not just for Christmas, I transformed the poinsettia from the 
" Joyful Christmas " 
stamp set into a pretty
Spring flower with white petals stamped in smokey slate.

It all started with these challenges
STS#15                PP186


I have been wanting to S T R E T C H the way you can use this flower, so I thought that white would be useful at any time. I love how it pops when mixed with the Marina Mist and the Crushed Curry. The leaf is stamped in Smokey Slate ink on Pear Pizzazz card stock. I'm kinda hooked on the polka dot paper for Spring right now and the patterned curry paper is from the Eastern Elegance DSP pack.

A 1 1/4" Circle punched in Crushed Curry and run through the Perfect Polka Dot dry embossing folder makes just the right texture for the center of my flower.

A Smokey Slate " thank you " is from the Happy Watercolor stamp set in the spring catalog.

Light green Candy Dots were peeled and stuck to the banner with ease...love this quick and easy embellishment.

And did you know the flower image is STILL AVAILABLE as part of the carry over products from the Holiday Catalog. That means you can use it all year round.
Joyful Christmas Clear-mount Stamp Set

Clear Block # 131805  Wood #131802  Digital #135269

Here's another Quick card using this same stamp set

This on is stamped in Soft Suede, a gold embossed sentiment and using the beautiful Champagne glimmer paper for a slight touch of sparkle. It look elegant on both white and vanilla card stock.

Thank You for joining me today and the journey to creativity!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Gingham Wheel meets Gingham Garden Washi Tape

Anyone tired of cold weather? A Fresh and Spring feel may be just the ticket for those winter blues!

That's what I was going for with this bright and cheery birthday card. 
It uses the "You're Amazing" stamp set and the colors 
Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.

I love the cozy and fresh feel of the gingham with the crisp white accents. Because I have the Gingham wheel I can get that Gingham feel in ANY color when I roll it over the white card stock . I simply rolled it several times over my Coastal Cabana ink pad and then rolled it onto a white strip that was just a wee bit narrower than the wheel design. The Gingham Garden Washi tape was applied to white card stock to really have the yellow and white checks POP!

The Daffodil delight flower is so pretty don't you think? No stamping, but I definitely used some of my scraps from another project....love using those scrap pieces. Which pieces are scraps? Well first I punched a Daffodil Delight  Blossom flower. Now this is where the scraps come in....the pointy petals in  Bermuda Bay are the left over pieces that were die cut out of this card.

It's the die cut called Lattice Bigz which is so versatile for card layers and weaving paper or ribbon through. Both of these cards were featured at my last card class and the ladies really loved having the tip about using the leftovers and weaving paper through it.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate some added texture to the flower. I used Scallop Circle punches for the center of the flower. First 1 1/4" in white card stock .Second the adorable embossed center was dry embossed using the Petals a Plenty folder and my Big Shot and then punched out with a 7/8" Scallop Circle.

Glam up your card with a punched Silver Glitter Elegant Butterfly layered with a Bermuda Bay Bitty Butterfly. So cute dressed in Basic Rhinestones.

Thank You for brightening MY DAY with your visit!

You can find all the supplies in my ONLINE STORE HERE
When ordering online make sure you check out the 
and your opportunity to receive a FREE Thank You gift
during Stampin'Up's 

Need some girl time?
Come play with me and others stampers in Roseville,CA on Thursday. Mar.13th
Click on EVENTS above for details
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