Friday, December 2, 2011

3-D Christmas Tree

Oh yes, I love this idea of the 3-D Christmas tree!  Whoever thought this one up is a genius!  The tree is stamped with the Pennant Parade stamp set and punched out with the Pennant Punch.  Scallops on the edge of the Designer Paper (Berry Bouquet) is the edge of the Ribbon Border punch.  The yellow star is a clear Rhinestone colored with a yellow Sharpie. 

I have a bunch of this project leftover from the workshop, so I think I'll be making some for my own cards to send out this year.  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Snowy Easel Card

How about this for a fun card?  We made this easel card at the last workshop at the request of the hostess.  She saw one on display and wanted to learn how to make the easel.  We used the glitter window technique (packing tape and Dazzling Diamonds glitter) for the window to see the little girl.  The snowflake was cut with the snowflake decorative strip and the silver glimmer paper.  I have a few of these cut out and ready to go, so some people on my Christmas list might be receiving these.  Hey, it's fair game if it's already cut out, right?

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Card Crank

 It's Christmas Card Crank time again!  20 cards for $28.  I'll even tie your bows for you if you ask.  I'll try to add the registration form on the sidebar, but if that's not successful, email me and I'll email it back to you. 
This first card uses the stocking punch, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, and glimmer paper. 
 Here's the second card.  Heat embossed in Copper, it also combines Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, and Real Red.
 This third card uses the Lovely as a Tree and Delighful Decorations stamp sets.  The colors are Garden Green and Riding Hood Red.  In case you can't see it, there is a pearl in the center of the ornament.
 This is one of my favorites.  White on White with double scoring lines around the images.  And I totally love the blue and white look for Christmas.
Here's the last one.  Two textured scallop circles and you have a wreath.  The Cherry Cobbler color is one of my all-time favorites and really jazzes up this card.

So, what do you think?  Want to come over on December 2, 3, or 10?  Let me know.  These projects are also available through mail order, without the stamps and adhesives. 
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful.  This year I would like to say thanks to my wonderful stamping friends who are fun to be around and such a blessing to me!  Of course, I'm also thankful for many other things.  Thank you for being a part of this crafting forum.

Thanks and God bless you this day and all year.

Julie
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Online Extravaganza Sale

Yes!  It's finally here!  I love sales and this one is great!   Looks like there will be a daily special, besides all of the other items that Stampin' Up! has put on sale.  Just wait until you see!

This great tool is the new Simply Scored tool  Regularly, it sells for $29.95.  TODAY ONLY, you can buy it for $23.95 online!  Just click here to place your order.  Oh, and don't forget to look at the rest of the things on sale.  My pocket book isn't going to be nearly as full after I shop on this one! 
 And I know some of you are trying to figure out what you would do with the Simply Scored tool.  Oh, the fun you can have!  I'll be featuring some of the techniques in future posts, but here's an idea...the lollies that are so hot right now in the crafting world.  I made this wreath using Designer Papers and buttons.  Adorable, right?  All I had to do was use my Simply Scored to score either every 1/4" or every 3/8", fan fold, then glue on to a circle with the Sticky Strip adhesive or hot glue.  I prefer the Sticky Strip because then you don't have to worry about the glue cooling off too quickly before you can get the lolli just right. 
I also used my Circle Scissors Plus to cut one of the back pieces of cardboard from a Designer Paper pack to make the wreath circle.  The lollies are attached with glue dots.  So, let's see what you can do with your Simply Scored.  Here's the link to the Online Extravaganza Sale.  Let's see how much fun YOU can have!  :-D

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CAS Workshop Card

No, I can't take any credit for the wonderful idea of threading taffeta ribbon through the holes of the Pennant Die Doily.  But I do love the idea!  I've seen a few of these around.  The one that really caught my eye had the doily cut out of Garden Green cardstock and had a Real Red taffeta ribbon woven through it.  A Christmas sentiment was coming out through the center.  Wish I could remember where I saw it!  (Isn't that always the problem with the best ideas?)  Anyway, this is a super simple.  The colors are Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White. 

Ok, it's time to clean up the living room after the free work night at my house.  We had 10 people here last night working on various projects.  I love it!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Workshop Project and Remake

 Last Friday night's workshop was great!  I didn't know how many of the guests had previous stamping experience, so I tried to keep a couple of the projects pretty simple, while throwing in a technique.  This is a remake of the watercoloring with markers project.  I've added the Espresso layer behind the flower and the frame behind the greeting. 
Here's the original workshop project.  I love watercoloring with markers on the watercolor paper.  It looks so wonderful and is so super easy!  What have you made with your watercolor paper lately? 

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Birthday Money Holder

 My oldest son just had his birthday a few weeks ago.  He's a teenager, so of course, he wants cash!  My challenge now is how to make the money cards look unique.  This card measures 7 1/4" x 3 3/4".  They fit into some envelopes that were given to me by someone at a print shop.  They're PERFECT for holding cash!  Oh, and let's not forget that fun stamp set It's a Wrap Occassions from the IB&C.  This is the first time that I've used it for anything other than wrapping a nugget, but I think it's the perfect shaepe for this card size!  The leaves were cut out with the Big Shote and the Leaves Bigz Die, then brushed with a sponge and Early Espresso ink.  Colors here are Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Paisley Petals DP, and Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain.
On the inside, you can see how the money holder is formed.  The whole piece of cardstock measures 7 1/4" x 10".  Score marks were made at 3 3/4" and 7 1/2".  Before gluing the flap down, a half oval was punched out of the center with my wide oval punch.  Make sure you use sticky strip or Tombow so that when the recipient rips the cash out of there, you don't end up with "what was formerly known as a card". 

So, there you go.  Finally the measurements on the money holder card.  Thanks for your patience.

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Remake of an easy card....

This card was made with leftovers from this project, a Father's Day card from a previous workshop.  I needed a card for a birthday party that my son will be attending, so what better way to use up leftovers than to experiment a little?  This is the first time that I've used the Ain't Love Grand stamp set.  It's a new Hostess Only item from Stampin' Up! and I love it!  I colored this image in with my blender pen after stamping it in Early Espresso.  The background netting?  It's from a pack of Costco onions.  :-)  The DP is retired, so don't worry about looking through your IB&C to buy it.  Sorry.  Just another reason to buy it while you see it!  Ok, I'd better get back to the rest of my duties.  I have some new workshop projects to show you.  Let's hope I can find the time to photo them!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie 
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Owl Halloween Treats a la Natalie

I haven't had time to take photos and edit them, so I'm sharing some super cute owl treat bags that my friend Natalie made.  The owl head is made with the Top Note die.  Isn't it adorable?!?!  I believe the colors are Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Basic Black.  It would be really fun to make the noses out of the Pennant Punch.  The other punches are most likely the scallop punch, 1 3/8", 3/4" and 1" Circle punches. 

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Friday, October 21, 2011

CAS Christmas and Sharpies

Christmas Lodge stamp set; Pool Party, Always Artichoke, and Real Red Classic Ink; Basic Pearls colored with Sharpies; 1/8" Real Red Taffeta and Mini Glue Dots
If you're looking for an easy idea to use for your Christmas cards, here's one.  This looks great with or without the colored pearls.  The background is an inked up acrylic block.  Yup, the blocks that you adhere your clear stamps to!  Makes for a quick background and each one turns out slightly different.  Oh, and I sooooo am enjoying the vintage look of this stamp set!  Definitely a keeper Christmas stamp set.  Here's a link if you'd like to look at it online.



I'm really loving this stamp set.  I'm using it for one of the Christmas Card Crank cards in Not Quite Navy and White.  It's wonderful! 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my CAS of the week post.  I'll try to keep posting, but we're a bit busy right now.  My son's high school soccer team is going into the playoffs for state, so it's crazy busy from here.  I hope they make it to the state tournament like last year!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nate's Yoshi Card

Retired SAB DP, Slit Punch, Small & Wide Oval Punches, Word Window Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Circle Punch, Build a Blossom Punch, Black Marker, White Gel Pen, sponges
I've had this one for awhile and forgot to show you!  My son's birthday was in August.  He loves all things related to Mario and Sonic video games, so I used this card for inspiration and the figured out which punches I had that would work.  The DP behind Yoshi is from SAB a couple of years back.  I used the Build a Blossom Punch to make the word bubble.  And although it's hard to see, the sponging around the pieces of his body really add to the card.  Ok.  What can YOU do with your punches?  ;-D  No fair using them on your family.  You have to use them for a project. 

Until later, (and hopefully not too much later!) thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Stockings and More Glimmer Paper

Gift Givers and Perfect Punches stamp sets; Real Red, Early Espesso, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White cardstock; Frostwood Lodge DSP; Red and Silver Glimmer Paper; Stocking, 1 1/4" Circle, and 1 3/8" Circle punches; StazOn Jet Black, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Real Red ink; Stripes Embossing Folder.
This is the first chance that I was able to play with my new Gift Givers stamp set.  Isn't that little reindeer adorable?  I really love his cute little face.  And the Red and Silver Glimmer Paper ... totally makes the whole card!  That way I don't have to add any other accessories.  I used my trusty Blender Pen to color in the reindeer and though it's hard to see, the background Crumb Cake has the stripes embossing folder used on it.  I hope my upline (that's who I sent the card to as a swap) likes this.  Oh, and isn't this layout fun?  It's based on the SASC112 sketch challenge.  There aren't any real tricks to this card, except to make sure to use the StazOn Jet Black for the image so that your outline doesn't smear as you color it in with the blender pen. 

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Glitter and Holidays ... Oooooo La La!

Delightful Dozen stamp set; Lots of Tags Sizzlits; Wide Oval and Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punches; 1 3/8", 1 1/2", and 1" Square Punches; Snow Burst Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Whisper White cardstocks
So, glitter paper meets the triple punch.  Woo Hoo!  Just snip off the bottom three loops of the flower to get this fabulous bow for your presents.  The presents were made by punching squares out of scrap pieces of Christmas Lodge Designer Paper and matting them with a piece of cardstock 1/8" larger than the square.  The rest is easy peasy!  I love simple and quick cards that look fab because of all the fun tools and supplies.

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Sparkle Sister Swap

Leaves of a Tree, Gently Falling and Bring on the Cake stamp sets; Paisley Prints DSP, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Spice Cake buttons, Marina Mist 1/8" taffeta, 1 1/4" Circle punch, sponges
This one took awhile, but I still like the way it turned out.  I really love the pop of Burgundy on the leaves.  It does something.  And do you know how thrilled I was that the center of the Spice Cake buttons fit the 1 1/4" Circle punches?  Fabulous!  If you like this look of the sponged background darker on the outside and softer on the inside, make sure you start sponging from the edge and work into the middle before picking up the sponge again and starting from the edge again.  You can always do a bit of dabbing to get the areas that didn't get covered from the sponging.  This fun layout is brought to you courtesy of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog on pg 128 and SASC109.  Hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Some Like it Coral...

Day of Gratitude, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Berry Blossoms DSP, retired ribbon, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Basic Pearls, Sticky Strip, Fun Flowers Bigz Die
Ok, so that WAS a corny title, but really, after a couple of years of blogging it's hard to come up with new ones!  Hey, so what do you think of this nifty little post it holder?  It's a gift to a hostess of mine.  I've written a note to her on the inside with the cute little golf pencil that's on a holder inside.  This is the first time that I've made a post it holder.  Not sure how really useful these are, but I think they're pretty.  Might just have to make some for some special teachers that I know.  I made this for the FS242 challenge.  I've used this post it holder as inspiration.  I think the next one I make is going to coordinate with the cool little Scooby Doo pens that I have.  :-)  I've used some retired Certainly Celery ribbon here and I think it's close enough to the Pear Pizzazz color.  The flowers were textured with the Lattice and Polka Dot embossing folders.  Make sure you add some Sticky Strip and the new Simply Scorin' tool to your next order.  You'll be sure to use them for a project like this.  It's so much easier to craft when you have the right tools!

Well, thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station once again.  I'd love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Julie
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Swap, swaps, and more swaps!

 Yes, I'm swap crazy.  No, actually I just need more samples of the new things, so I'm swapping.  This brown bag gift card holder is for one of the swaps, but I'm not telling which one!  After cutting the top off, I punched out half of a decorative label punch and glued the Pear Pizzazz to the inside back of the bag.  (It's not easy to get the bag in the punch, so glue a small strip of cardstock with temporary adhesive to center edge of the bag.  This will help you feed it into the punch.) The stamped leaves are from the new fall set Gently Falling, which is a 2-step set and GORGEOUS!!!!  Oh, and the glitter on the upper left leaf is the new and wonderful Dazzling Details glitter glue.  I think I've used half the bottle already!  The leaves were die cut with my Leaves Bigz die and then sponged with Early Espresso.  Spice Cake DSP finishes off the project.  So what do you think of my crazy paper bag project?  I made it for the  Ways to Use It Challenge 341.  The layout is from Sketch Challenge 349.  So what other ways can you think of to use a paper bag?
Yes, this is for a swap, too.  And I love this snowman!  He's from the Tags till Christmas stamp set.  The opposing stamp is from Punch Pals.  I used the Shaker Frames from the Holiday Mini Catalog for the piece in between the back and front, with a piece of overhead plastic in between.  The snow is the new Mica Flakes from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I'm guessing that you're wondering how I made the opening window for the tag.  That's the new Peekaboo Frames Bigz Die.  Yes, that's also in the Holiday Mini!  For this tag, I punched out two frames and used adhesive across the one in back to glue it shut, while adhering the snowman image to it. 

I try not to buy too many things from the mini catalogs.  I wasn't so successful at it this time.  I think I've bought more than half the product in it!  And I have so much more to show you.  But alas, 'tis soccer season and my high schooler is keeping us busy!  So if you want to see these things in person, let me know.  I'd be happy to show them to you!

Ok, enough blathering.  I'll let you get on with your day now.  Thanks so much for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Projects From the Last Workshop....

 This past week's hostess requested that we do a birthday, Christmas, and thank you.  We made this adorable jingle bell stocking with the Stitched Stockings stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The mini jingle bells are also something new in the Mini.  Aren't they adorable?!  The jingle bell is attached with a vintage safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets accessory.  The Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (also from the Mini) is the perfect finishing touch on this card.  This design was based on Carrie's cute stocking card.  Thanks for the inspiration, Carrie!  Also used on this card:  Frostwood Lodge DP, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Scallop Rectangle Clearlit, Stocking Builder Punch, Snow Burst Embossing Folder.
This adorable matchbox nugget box was another request of the hostess.  She hadn't used the matchbox die yet and wanted to see the It's a Wrap stamp set.  We stamped the address labels with the Give Thanks stamp, wrapped them around the Hershey Nuggets, then put them in their Pool Party matchbox.  The sleeve of the matchbox was made with Spice Cake DP from the Mini.  The leaf stamp is part of the Gently Falling stamp set, also found in the Mini.  Yes, we did have fun with the AWESOME Mini Catalog products and also with our seam bindings and Big Shot.  It was a funtastic evening!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bagged and Tagged

I can finally show you!   Here are two cards and a matching tag from last week.  The thank you went to my last hostess, along with all of the orders that were bagged and tagged with the middle tag.  The for you card went to my next hostess.  I'm really loving the fancy circle doilies that the pennant die cuts out.  Isn't that fun?  Hopefully the guests who received a tag on their bag find a use for the tag on a card that they make.  Oh, and isn't it fun how those pretty rhinestones finish off a card?  I love a Clean and Simple card, but I also love my rhinestones!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Delicate Wisteria Doilies

I'm loving this doily stamp set and the wonderfully coordinated DP.  These colors are Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder.  We made this at the last workshop and the guests really seemed to like it.  The inside of the doily is accented with a punched doily in Pink Pirouette and a (new) Mini Silver Brad.  Oh, how I love those things!  Oh, and see those little pink doilies on the greeting?  Those are the same pattern as the DP on the right.  So fun!  For this card, we used the Wide Oval, Ribbon Border, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, 1 3/4" Circle, and 3/4" Circle punches.  Sounds like a lot, but it's really an easy and quick card.

Well, thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.  I hope you have a great and safe Labor Day Weekend.

Blessings,
Julie
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hot Air Balloon Birthday

This is a workshop project for the next month.  It utilized the Up, Up & Away stamp set and the new rectangle frames embossing folder.  I really love this stamp set.  It's so much fun and very versatile.  Just think of the possibilities:  masculine, feminine, juvenile, baby, congrats, etc.  Just change up the colors and you have a great card!  After coloring on the balloon with your markers, stamp and cut out, and apply with a dimensional.  Oh, and how do you like this color combo:  Concord Crush and Pool Party?  Isn't it fun?  I think it's very cheerful. 

Well, that's it for now.  Happy stamping and thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Do It For Breast Cancer Research

 There's just a few days left to buy this wonderful stamp set Strength and Hope and donate to breast cancer research at the same time.  Stampin' Up! is donating $2 for every stamp set of this that is sold.  1 in every 5 women is diagnosed with breast cancer.  Please help the cause. 
This card was one of the projects from last week's workshop.  I'm really loving the new In Colors and I think they go beautifully together.  This card features Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and Wisteria Wonder.  I started with sketch challenge #103 for the layout.  The beautiful designer paper that I bought with the August special (buy 3, get one FREE) helped me plan the colors. 
And this is another project from last week's workshop.  It features the new Pennant Parade stamp set and the coordinating XL die, which has pennants and doily circles.  I love this die!  It's hard to see, but the background has the new stripes embossing folder used on it.  The cone is a pennant punched out and the ice cream scoops are the frosting on the cupcake punch.  (Yes, I did notice that my scoops are layered wrong, so I switched them before the workshop.)  We used Crystal Effects on the cherry to make it glossy and a bit raised.  The circles are the 1" and 1 1/4", looking great layered together.  Sketch Challenge 105 gave me the start of the idea and the designer paper (Yup!  Part of the August special!) gave me some great ice cream colors.  BTW, the blue ice cream is bubble gum flavored.  Just thought you might want to know that.  :-)

Well, thanks for stopping by once again.  Maybe with school starting, I'll have a little more time to post more often. 

Blessings,
Julie
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Friday, August 19, 2011

More New Shtuff :-)

 I wanted to try out this new Flirtatious DP.  Isn't it pretty?  And the Pumpkin Pie doily is also from the same set of DP.  For this fun card, All I had to do was stamp and punch the sentiment, punch the frame of the sentiment, and then add the ribbon.  How easy is that?!
 And this little tag is made with the new frames die that will be available in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  It's supposed to be for the windows of an advent calendar, but I can see that I'm going to have a lot of fun using it for other projects!  the cute balloon is from the Up, Up & Away stamp set.
And the blues are new In Colors.  I really like them, especially paired with Pumpkin Pie.  I think it's a very lively combo.  I haven't gotten around to buying the plain white Baker's Twine yet, so I had to use crochet thread.  I think it worked ok, but I'd prefer the Baker's Twine. 
So, what other uses can you think of for the fun frames on this die?  I'm intending to use it for scrapbooking and cardmaking, but what other uses can we come up with?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Playing with the new stuff!!!

Yes!  I finally had time to play with some of my new stuff.  I also put two challenges into this card.  The first was by my wonderfully creative friend Joanne, who posted CC336, a color challenge of Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, and Sahara Sand.  So soft and pretty!  The second was this week's sketch challenge SC346.  I really like the end result of the two paired together.  Of course, I wanted to use my new stamp sets Simply Soft and Delightful Dozen, and this worked so well!  Yes, I also added the new and delightful polka dot brads.  See the sparkles on the flowers?  That is the new SU! product Dazzling Details.  It's a very fine glue that has iridescent sparkles in it.  Yes, I know that there are other companies that have something similar, but I really like the thinness of the applicator so that you can highlight specifically small details.  I also used my new 1" square punch (I'm so glad that we finally have one of those!!!) and my postage punch.  The ribbon is Pretty in Pink, but let's not tell anyone that detail.  They don't really need to know, do they?  :-D

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
Julie
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

The New Ronald McDonald House Set is So Cute!!!!

Just look at this adorable snail!  Isn't he cute?!  I stamped him in StazOn Black and then stamped the birthday hat over him.  Although it's hard to see (unless you click on the pic to make it larger), I've put Crystal Effects on the Snail and hat so that it will puff and shine.  The presents on the inside of the Easel Card also have Crystal Effects on them, which is a lot easier to apply if you let it dry before cutting out the image.  The color combo is one that I don't think I would have found by myself, but I like it.  It's the SACC104 challenge of Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, and Chocolate Chip.  The front of the card's layout is SC343, which I made into the easel card.  (See the link above for directions or book a workshop with me!)  I made the background "flower" out of 1" circles, glued onto a 1 3/4" circle.  So, what do you think?  Oh, and I forgot to mention that this card (actually, another version with more layers) went to my wonderful upline whose birthday was in June. 

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.

Blessings,
Julie
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Baby Girl Pram

Made for Inspiration Challenge #295, I found an adorable picture of a rabbit and elephant which inspired the colors.  I know you can't really see it in this photo, but the pram image is sprayed with Vanilla Shimmer Spritz.  I just LOVE the way the spray makes the image glimmer.  This is a card for our interim pastor and his wife who just became grandparents.  I'm going to give it to them tomorrow at church, but I'm concerned for their granddaughter.  She was admitted into the hospital last night because of lost weight.  So little to be having trouble already.  I'm praying for little Montana and I'd love it if you could pray for her recovery, too.  Thanks, stamping friends.

Blessings,
Julie
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Color Challenges

 Yes, I finally got this stamp set!  I've been wanting it for a long time.  I finally ordered it with my SAB benefits.  After using my markers on the stamp, I spritzed the stamp and the paper with water and then stamped it down.  I love the watercolor effect that the technique gives.  Isn't it fun?  For the color combo, I used CAS127 and the sketch is from SC342, although I've switched the layering on the bottom.  It happened to work better for this card.
and this card was made for my brother-in-law's birthday.  It's late, but hopefully the step card is worth it.  I really wanted to do the hot air balloon floating through the air and thought that this card style would lend itself well to the look.  I used CC333 for the color combo, being liberal with my addition of two neutrals.  The tag pulling out of the side of the step card is inspired by the last edition of Papercrafting.

Speaking of Papercrafting, just wait until you see what else inspired me!  I had so much fun with the new Ronald McDonald House stamp set and used the inspiration to complete the card.  You're going to love it!

Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!

Blessings,
julie
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Delicate Doilies

Look!  I was able to play with my new stuff!  It's about time!  Yes, it took me awhile, but late is better than nothing.  Delicate Doilies is a new stamp set from the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.  The colors are based on a color challenge from Stampin' Addicts SACC105.  I did forget to add the Crumb Cake color, so I'm going to have to try again.  And now, looking at it on the computer, I should have added a touch more Early Espresso to tie it in better.  Oh well.  Just pretend like there's more on there, k?  Oh, and the layout is for SASC102 from Stampin' Addicts.  I kept the background plain white because of the busy-ness of the stamp set and colors.  All right.  Back to work.  I have to clean the tent trailer.  We just returned from camping and it was muddy and wet!
Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station.
Blessings,
Julie
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Plant a Little Hope

Ouch!  I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted!  Well, I have a good excuse.  The day the kids got out of school, we left for 10 days in Florida.  Then, after being home for 6 days, we left again for a family reunion in Montana.  We've been home now for 4 days, so I'd better post now, while I have the chance!  This is a card that I quickly whipped up for a birthday party that my son went to.  I really love using the nature stamp sets to make masculine cards.  This stamp set is called Plant Hope.  The variations on the palm leaves are from the marker dropping more ink in areas when you're going against the fronds.  I had to have a ribbon to add some definition, so decided to wind some Hemp Twine around the Olive Grosgrain and tie it off.  That also helps to tie in the Crumb Cake color.  The greeting is from On Your Birthday.  Have you had success lately with making masculine cards out of nature sets?  We'd love to seem them.  Feel free to link to them here on a comment.
Thanks for stopping by the Stamping Station!
Blessings,
Julie
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