August Pals Blog Hop – Holiday Mini

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Thank you for joining us for the August Pals Blog Hop. Even though it's only August we want to provide some inspiration for your upcoming holiday projects. This month's blog hop will showcase new products from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the new stamps, new punches and other accessories! 

You should have just left stop number 24 on the Pals Hop – Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts. If so, you are in the right spot.  If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

I enjoy sending our oldest son goodies while he is away at school.  I have found  empty coffee canisters work perfect.  I decorate the canister and fill it with homemade cookies.  He will be heading back soon so I thought I would create a new canister for the Fall using the Truly Grateful Stamp Set and the Sweater Weather Desiger Series Paper.  

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I used the Deco Framelits for the decorative labels on the front and the Circle Framelits to get the perfect circle for the top.  A little Chocolate Chip chevron ribbon added the finishing touch.  Won't that be fun to send and receive?  

I also made a card that can accompany the goodies using the same Sweater Weather DSP and Truly Grateful Stamp set.


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The A2 card base is Brown Sugar card stock.  I layered Sweater Weather DSP on Early Espresso and then created the banner layering Burlap ribbon, Early Espresso card stock and the Modern Label punch in Very Vanilla.  A couple of Tangerine Tango candy dots add a splash of color.  The decorative element is a rosette scored at 1/4" increments and topped with the stump stamp in early espresso and the acorn stamped in brown sugar from the Truly Grateful stamp set. 

Here they are together:

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The next stop is Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works, stop number 26 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

Michelle at Stampin Mojo

Should you get off track here is a full list of the blogs to enjoy this month:

  1. Colleen Mollema at My Crafty Habit
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Angie Blake at Angie's Musings
  5. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  10. Laurie Chilton at Stampin' Ink
  11. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  12. Amy Williams at Stampin' on the Range
  13. Shannon Jaramillo at Ezpeasycards
  14. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  15. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  20. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  21. Brian King at Stamp With Brian
  22. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  23. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  25. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin Mojo
  26. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  27. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stampin with Avery's Owlery
  29. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin'
  30. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit

 

Flower Shop and Pals Paper Arts challenge

The Pals Paper Arts Challenge closes in a couple of hours yet I wanted to squeak in with my spin on the color challenge.  I don't especially like pastels.  It probably is the result of living through the eighties where everything was peach colored!  However I do love Coastal Cabana and wanted to give this challenge a shot. 

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I created this card to send to my goddaughter to wish her luck as they start back to school in a couple of weeks.  It is a very frilly card with the crisp cantalope ribbon, Pretty Print textured embossing folder, and the Flower Shop stamp set flowers with Basic Rhinestone Jewels  and Dazzling Diamonds to bring out the center of the flowers.  There was so much going on I did not add a sentiment to the front.  Rather this is simply a pretty note card that can be used for any occasion.

While I did not convert to loving pastels, I am pleased with the result.  I hope my goddaughter enjoys receiveing it as well.

Come back tomorrow for the Pals monhtly Blog Hop.  This month we will be featuring projects from the Holiday mini catalog.

Michelle

Weekend Happy Hour

Thankfully the weekend is finally here.  It was one of those weeks FILLED with the unexpected.  While it was all handled through the cooperation of great colleagues it was draining.  So I crafted a very quick card to celebrate it was finally Friday night using Stampin' Up's Happy Hour stamp set.  

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Happy Hour is such a versitile stamp set.  It can be used to create invitations, celebration cards or used just for a little whimsy.   I used Rhinestone Basic Jewels for my champagne bubbles, it is not quite captured in this photo.

To create the simple border I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  This tool can be used to create custom envelopes and much more.

The poloarid "look" is hot right now.  To create the perfect square inside the rectangle I used the square framelits.  I questioned whether I needed the square framelits (can't I just use my Stampin Trimmer?) the answer is no.  The framelits are perfect to create frames and get it perfect everytime.  I am so very glad I made this investment.

The Pear Pizazz chevron ribbon finish off this clean and simple card.

Do you remember the smell of those original poloarid photos?  We thought it was so cool to watch the photo emerge when we were kids, it was like magic!

Mojo and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Cheers!

Michelle 

Mojo Monday meets Gingham Garden

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Today I created a Clean and Simple (CAS) Thank You card inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge (MOJO305) designed by Julee Tilman.  I love using sketches to inspire me.  This card was super easy –  and could easily be created using DSP paper scraps.

The sketch shows stitching around the edges of the card to create a border.  I used the Framed Tulips embossing folder to create the border on my card.  Then I pulled out Gingham Garden DSP to use for the three rectangles.  This DSP has a lot of flowery patterns.  I like the more subtle prints much more so I chose two of those subtle prints to pair up with one small piece of the floral print.  I think the little blue flowers on the floral print coordinate really well with the tulip border.  Do you agree?

Now for the finishing touches…I added Island Indigo ribbon and tied it around the front of the card.  This is done by adding a small slit along the seem of the card for the ribbon to "thread" through.  This also helps to keep the ribbon in place!  

Now to finally stamp!  I used the sentiment from the Lots of Thanks stamp set and stamped it using Island Indigo ink.  I punched it out using the large oval punch and then layered it on an Extra Large Oval punched from coordinating DSP.  The ovals are mounted to the card with stampin dimensionals.

While this card was super easy I think it looks clean and fresh.  Did you see the envelope liner matches the card?  The Envelope Liner Framelits makes lining the envelopes a snap.

Stampin' Up supplies used: 

Paper:  Whisper White cardstock (100730), Gingham Garden DSP (129310)

Ink:  Island Indigo (126986)

Stamp set:  Lots of Thanks (W: 129687, C: 129690)

Accessories:  Island Indigo ribbon (retired)

Tools:  Snail adhesive (104332), Stampin' dimensionals(104430), Extra-Large Oval punch (119859) , Large Oval punch (119855), Envelope Liners framelits (132172), Big shot (113439)