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In Colors Two Ways

In Colors Two Ways

Last night I had “Shoebox Swap” with a bunch of demonstrator friends.   We did NOT swap Shoeboxes–THAT seems ridiculous!  What we did do is make and swap cards–NOT ridiculous!  We come up with one idea for a card, make it, get the materials together for our friends to make it and then stamp each other’s cards!

Here is my card:

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LOVE this new stamp set, Crafting Forever.

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Pair this up with the new In Colors from Stampin’ Up! and you have a simple, stunning card.   I feel this is very Vera Bradley-ish.   I would buy this bunch of pens in a heartbeat!

Now, to color in these pens, you have some options.   You can use the Stampin’ Write Markers which have a thin tip for detailed work or a brush tip for a wider stroke or coloring directly on stamps.  The image comes out like this:

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The colors come out quite bold.

If you are looking for a softer look, you can go with the Blender Pen/Ink pad lid option!   Here is how that works:   turn your ink pad over (CLOSED!) and squeeze the top and bottom together (for some reason–works better if you turn it over.   Don’t know why–just reporting the facts!).  When you open the ink pad up, you will see that you have created a pool of ink there.   Then, using a Blender pen, you can pick up the ink  and color in your image. When you are ready to move on to a new color, just clean off the blender pen by rubbing it on your scrap paper until you don’t see any more color.  Then pick up a new color ink and repeat.

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This allows for a softer, more subtle effect.

So there you have it:  In Colors two ways!

Thanks for stopping by.   For any supplies you might need, check out my website.




Deals, Racks, and Tulips!



Lots to have you take a look at today:

Weekly Deals:

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Clearance Rack Updates!  Some really great items just became available!!

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Click here for Clearance Rack.  Then, sort by “newest” to see all the latest additions.   Keep in mind that these items are limited so if you see something you like, order it right online right away!  But, before you do, keep in mind that you can get something free during Sale A Bration for each $50 you order.  SO–make your list, check it twice, add in your dimensionals, and don’t forget you always need adhesive!   You can combine ALL (Weekly Deals, Clearance items, and regular items) of that onto an order and reap your due benefits.

Ok–Today’s sample!   I needed a springy card for a friend.   I hadn’t used the Love is Kindness Stamp yet—But I love it!   I pulled it out, cut the words off and mounted them on the side  of the stamp (so I could use the stamp easily when I didn’t want to include the words).  This card is basically a direct case from Lyssa Zwolonek.   If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.   And this was NOT broke!  I used Blushing Bride Chevron Ribbon, Ink and Cardstock.  The button is from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Free during Sale a Bration).  What do you think?

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To get the soft look on the tulips, I used  a Blender Pen and just picked up in from the inside of the ink pad cover.   Easy and forgiving!  Just the way I like my cards!

Sale a Bration is STILL going on!   You have until the end of March (that is TUESDAY, People!).  Place your $50 order here and get yourself a FREE Sale A Bration product–you choose–stamp set, specialty paper, accessories, emobossing folders , punches.   Check them all out here.


Love is Kindess, Typeset DSP, Chevron Ribbon, Blender Pen, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack

Sweet Shoes!


It is Tuesday….you know what that means?  Weekly Deals!  Check them out here.

Now–onto my sample:

One of the new stamp sets in the Occasions catalog is called “Baby, We’ve Grown” and it is, hands down, the cutest set in the whole catalog (for today, anyway!).   Really, check it out:


I know!  You can’t stand it, can you?!   SOOOOO cute!  Well, deciding which image in the set is the cutest is a challenge.   For today’s samples, I chose the adorable little shoes!   What do you think?


I made these little  “Love Note” sized gift cards (3 x 3).   My favorite parts of these are the tiny details.


I added Basic (oh-so-NOT basic!) pearls on the little bows and snaps on the little girly shoes.  For the sneakers, I tied small bows with baker’s twine and adhered on with Tombo Multipurpose Glue.   Saa-weet!

If you would like to make your own sweet shoes, contact me.  Happy to help out!


Stamps:  Baby ,We’ve Grown

Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Sweet Sorbet SAB DSP, Fresh Prints Pack, Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake

Other:  Blender Pen, Basic Pearls, Baker’s Twine.



Things I learned from my cereal box…..


Adult Tree Swallows eat or feed to their young over 300,000 insects during their 45 day nesting period.  (No wonder they are called Swallows!).   Really–this is on my cereal box (Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch)!  This makes you wonder a couple of things:

~ Who is in charge of counting that?

~What if they lose count?

~How do they decide which bugs they feed to their children and which ones they eat?   Do they do like a human mom and save the best for their offspring or do they do like a human mom on a stressful day and hide the best ones for themselves when no one is looking?

~Why do MY children complain about what I make for dinner?  Do the swallows complain about bugs they don’t like??   Is that what all that bird talking really is??

Ok–I have no answers here but would love your input.   My brother (who won’t eat clams!) ate some bugs–I am pretty sure one was a grasshopper–in Mexico once.   We still talk about that one!  And my sister (who turned out pretty successful, I might add) used to eat rocks so who am I to judge those Swallows?   (Hmmmm–now that I think about it,~~it sounds like my family is just waiting for a call from “My Weird Obsessions”, eh?!)

But since we are talking about breakfast, how about something that is SUPPOSED to be for breakfast?  COFFEE!!

I was playing with some watercoloring stuff yesterday for a class meeting I have coming up and pulled out my “Morning Cup” stamp set.   I love this set.  I love the fact one of the greetings says, “Perk up!”.   Boy–could I use that today.   Anyhow, I paired it with the FREE Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper (free thru March 30th-).  It is a longer skinnier card–6×6 and then folded in half.   It was inspired by this sketch http://cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot.com/:Have a good day and see if you can find out something interesting from your cereal box!