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30 April, 2015

Given Enough Coffee...

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I've kept things really quick and easy for today's creation using the Perfect Blend stamp set from Stampin' Up!, and the card literally took just minutes to create using colors that are so appropriate for the stamp set, Early Espresso ink and Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla card.

I LOVE the sentiment on the cup. I can't do anything without my coffee each morning and I like to think that yep, given enough coffee, I could rule the world temporarily ;)


Card: Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso
Stamp set: Perfect Blend
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
AG at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
#31 AAG at Inspiration Destination
#103 AAG at Sister Act

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Perfect Blend creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

29 April, 2015

Emboss Resist With Perfect Blend

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The Perfect Blend coffee cup from Stampin' Up! lends itself perfectly to stamping large areas quickly, although the stamp is relatively small (approx 1½" x 2½") and is therefore great to create your own background. I've taken it a step further and heat embossed it to create a subtle, yet beautiful backdrop for one of the sentiments from the set...


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Versamark and Pool Party
Stamp set: Perfect Blend
Tools and embellishments: White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat tool, stamping sponges and Decorative Label punch
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#181 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#259 AAG at Craft your passion
#57 AAG at Crafting From The Heart

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Perfect Blend creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

28 April, 2015

Amazingly Amazing Perfect Blend

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Today's creation teams the Perfect Blend stamp set from Stampin' Up! with other sadly retiring products and some of my favorites. Thankfully Gorgeous Grunge isn't retiring, because I'd joked to a group of other SU demos that if it did, I'd eat a Piercing Mat! I'm SO glad that it's not going! LOL


Card: Whisper White, Strawberry Slush and Very Vanilla (butterfly)
Ink: Strawberry Slush and Blushing Bride
Stamp sets: Perfect Blend, Gorgeous Grunge and Painted Petals (sentiment)
Tools and embellishments: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Decorative Label Punch and Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...

#67 Mother's Day at CYCI
#180 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#46 AAG at Scribble and Scrap

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Perfect Blend creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

27 April, 2015

Golden Perfect Blend

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Perfect Blend from Stampin' Up! is one of my favorite stamp sets and I'd been planning the series I'll bring you this week for a while. Unfortunately the set is being retired and has in fact sold out, but I hope to inspire you if you did get it.

For today's creation I was inspired by the challenge over at ATCAS, where the theme for the week is to use white, black and gold in your card. I love the texture and dimension that the gold embossing creates and although it's not shown up too well in the photo, the Gorgeous Grunge stamp I've used to ground the cup has also been embossed in gold...


Card: Whisper White and Basic Black
Ink: Versamark
Stamp sets: Perfect Blend and Gorgeous Grunge
Tools and embellishments: Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and Heat Tool, Scalloped Oval Punch
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...

#62 at ATCAS
CAS at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
#174 at Pixie's Snippets Playground

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Perfect Blend creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

22 April, 2015

Happy Mail with Indescribable Gift

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

With all the focus on the retiring products from the out-going Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, it's important to remember that there will be a new Seasonal Catalog available at the same time, and with no way of knowing which, if any, of the stamp sets in the current one will be carried over into the new Annual, now is the time to grab any you've not yet bought.

One of my absolute favorite stamp sets from the current Occasions catalog is the gorgeous Indescribable Gift. Today I'm showcasing two beautiful Easter cards I received from other demos, my stampin' sisters Julia and Yvonne. Both are very, very talented ladies and I'd love if you could stop by their pages and show them some love.


Julia has used another of my favorite stamp sets, Trust God, and has embossed the sentiments. I love the way she's fussy cut the image and used the oval punch to create an aperture.


Yvonne has decoupaged her image and added DSP and the gorgeous lace trim.

I love both cards and will treasure them!

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This morning I mailed my own happy mail package which will hopefully arrive in time for a special birthday next week!

I'm currently working on my swaps for an upcoming event and it will be great to see my stampin' sisters and meet new friends too. I'm also working on a number of other projects that I'm having a lot of fun with! Both are keeping me busy, I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of sneak peeks, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

20 April, 2015

Out-Going In-Colors

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The 2013-2015 In-Colors from Stampin' Up! ~ Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar, are some of my favorite colors. Sadly they will be retiring in just over a month when the new catalog comes out, so if, like me, you LOVE them, I urge to stock up NOW. The out-going colors always sell out quickly and I wouldn't want you to miss out.

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I'll be back tomorrow, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

19 April, 2015

Diamonds At 613 Avenue Create

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is my latest DT offering for 613 Avenue Create, where this week's optional twist is to use clear bling on your cards, in celebration of the birthstone for April, diamonds. I've teamed the sponsor image from Fitztown with one of my favorite stamp and punch sets, Petite Petals, and sentiment from another favorite bundle, Butterfly Basics from Stampin' Up!


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo
Markers: Melon Mambo, Skin tones and Pink Pirouette Blendabilities (now sadly retired)
Stamp sets: Petite Petals and Butterfly Basics
Sponsor image: Fae 2 from Fitztown
Tools and embellishments: Petite Petals Punch, Labels Collection Framelits dies, Basic Rhinestones (added to flower centers on printed image), Mini Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#179 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#76 AAG at Creative Fingers
#257 AAG at Craft Your Passion

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I'll be back tomorrow with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

17 April, 2015

Layered Perfect Peacock

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Before I get to the part of the week that regular readers might dread, trying to decide which of this week's Perfect Peacock creations is your favorite, I have another one to share with you. For today's offering, I've stamped the gorgeous stamp from Stampin' Up! in two of my favorite colors, Tempting Turquoise and Pool Party and layered them up...


Card: Coastal Cabana and Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise and Pool Party
Stamp: Perfect Peacock
Embellishments: Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Surprisingly given I usually struggle to choose a favorite, I do have a clear one this week. Before I tell you, here's a recap. Click the image to be taken to the post...





My personal favorite is Thursday's, but I do LOVE all of them. Do you have a favorite this week?

Challenges for today's card...
#81 Add some pearls at Fan-Tastic Tuesday
#102 at Sister Act
April Linky at DL.ART

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Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope you have a great one! I'll be back on Sunday with my latest DT creation for 613 Avenue Create, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

16 April, 2015

Non-Traditional Perfect Peacock

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The cards I've shared with you so far this week, created with the gorgeous Perfect Peacock stamp from Stampin' Up!, have I hope, had you thinking a bit out of the box, they certainly did that for me! If you've miss any of them, you can catch them again here, here and here.

For today's creation I've gone back to basics and stamped the image in StazOn ink on vellum and colored it on the reverse with the soon to be retired 2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write markers for a non-traditional look...


Card: Whisper White and Vellum
Ink: Jet Black StazOn
Markers: Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar Stampin' Write (from 2013-2015 In Color pack)
Stamp: Perfect Peacock
Embellishments: Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Mini Glue Dots (hidden under large pearls)

Challenges...
#37 It's Springtime at AAA Cards
#55 AAG at Crafting From The Heart
AAG at Through The Craft Room Door

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Perfect Peacock creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

15 April, 2015

Emboss Resist Perfect Peacock

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I hope you're enjoying seeing the various ways that the gorgeous Perfect Peacock stamp from Stampin' Up! can be used. If you missed the first two, you can see them here and here. For today's card I've used one of my favorite techniques, emboss resist and sponged over with a favorite ink, Pool Party.

I love the delicateness of the springlike design and sentiment from Moon Lake "nature evokes the imagination" is so appropriate for it...


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Versamark and Pool Party
Stamp sets: Perfect Peacock and Moon Lake
Tools and embellishments: White Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat tool, stamping sponges and Basic Rhinestones
Adhesive: Sticky Strip

Challenges...
#179 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#37 It's Springtime at AAA Cards
Spring green at Beyond Grey

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Perfect Peacock creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

14 April, 2015

Golden Perfect Peacock

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I adore the gorgeous Perfect Peacock stamp from Stampin' Up! Following on from yesterday's card, today's is another CAS creation, this time featuring gold embossing and a pop of color...


Card: Strawberry Slush and Whisper White
Ink: Versamark and Strawberry Slush
Marker: Strawberry Slush Stampin' Write (from In Color 2013-2015 pack)
Stamp sets: Perfect Peacock and Trust God
Tools and embellishments: Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, heat tool and Scallop Oval punch

Challenges...
#56 Gold at CAS on Sunday
#195 Super Scraps Saturday at HIMCR (scrap of Whisper White)
April Showers or Spring Flowers at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
Embossing at Incy Wincy Designs

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Perfect Peacock creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

13 April, 2015

Perfect Peacock Spotlight

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The Perfect Peacock stamp from Stampin' Up! was ideal for coloring with the sadly retired Blendabilities markers, but that doesn't mean it can't be used in other ways to great effect. Today's card is clean, quick and easy to create. While I've spotlighted the bird's head, it would look great to do the same with the gorgeous tail feathers...


Card: Coastal Cabana and Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Stamp Perfect Peacock
Tools: Labels Collection Framelits and Corner Rounder Punch
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...

#65 Clean and Quick at CYCI
#197 AG at Party Time Tuesdays
AG at Papertake Weekly

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Perfect Peacock creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

10 April, 2015

Kinda Coastal

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Regular readers will know what's coming in today's post, but before you attempt to chose your favorite from this week's Kinda Eclectic cards, I've got another one to show you. This time created with another of Stampin' Up!'s soon to be retiring 2013-2015 In Colors, and one of my favorites, Coastal Cabana, hence the title of today's post...


Card: Coastal Cabana and Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Stamp set: Kinda Eclectic
Embellishments: Basic Pearls
Adhesives: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Can you believe I got through a whole week without using one of my all time favorite stamp sets, Gorgeous Grunge? I know. I'm in shock and yep, I kinda miss it! Sorry, I had to get another "kinda..." in here. LOL.

Now for the recap and almost impossible decision. Click on the image to be taken to the post.




I love them all, but if I had to choose a favorite I'd say it's between Wednesday's and Thursday's. Can you choose?

Challenges for today's card...
#28 AAG at Inspiration Destination
AG at Papertake Weekly
#41 AAG at Scribble and Scrap

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Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one! I'll be back on Monday with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

09 April, 2015

Kinda Summery

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I'm loving sharing this week's cards that were created with Stampin' Up!'s Kinda Eclectic stamp set. If you've missed any of the others, click on the days for them, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

I'm also loving the warmer, brighter weather here this week. If I didn't know better I'd think we'd skipped right by a near non-existent spring and into summer! The CAS card I'm sharing today is kinda summery to compliment the weather...


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush
Stamp sets: Kinda Eclectic and Petal Potpourri
Tools: Flower Medallion punch (available in a bundle with Petal Potpourri, saving 15%)
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#80 AG w/ a twist - punch or die at Fantastic Tuesday
#54 AAG at Crafting From The Heart
#256 AAG at Craft Your Passion

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Kinda Eclectic creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

08 April, 2015

Kinda Subtle

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I loved creating this week's cards with the Kinda Eclectic stamp set from Stampin' Up! If you've missed the others, you can find them here and here. For today's creation I used a couple of my favorite colors, Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise, for a subtle look that would be great to give to a guy. It was also super quick to make and a stack full could be stamped in no time...


Card: Whisper White
Inks: Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise
Stamp set: Kinda Eclectic
Adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#178 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
AAG at Through The Craft Room Door
#74 AAG at Creative Fingers
#239 Friendship at Tuesday Throwdown

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Kinda Eclectic creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

07 April, 2015

Kinda Bright

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

Following on from yesterday's Kinda Beautiful card created with Kinda Eclectic from Stampin' Up!, today's is brighter, but I've kept to my preferred CAS style. I've again used Crisp Cantaloupe ink and teamed it with another couple of the soon to be retiring In Colors, Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar, and subbed Pistachio Pudding for Pear Pizzazz...


Card: Crumb Cake (base and a snippet) and Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar
Stamp set: Kinda Eclectic
Tools: Decorative Label punch
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#27 C is for Corners at Butterfly Challenge
#171 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#194 Think Spring at HIMCR

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Kinda Eclectic creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

06 April, 2015

Kinda Beautiful

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I hope you had a great weekend? My week off from the blog flew by and I was able to get a lot of other things done. That said, I feel refreshed and the weather is finally looking and indeed feeling like spring now. You could say it's a kinda beautiful day.

My first card since my bloggy vacation is a kinda beautiful card, created with the Kinda Eclectic stamp set and Beautiful Wings embosslit from Stampin' Up! Yep, there's triple meaning to today's post title...


Card: Basic Black, Whisper White and a snippet of Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe
Stamp set: Kinda Eclectic
Tools and embellishments: Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Decorative Label punch and Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

The colors I've used are two of the soon to be retiring 2013-2015 In Colors and I absolutely LOVE them! I've been using them quite a bit and will continue to do so until they disappear. Grab them while you still can!

Challenges...

April: Add a Butterfly at House of Cards
#194 Think Spring at Hiding in My Craft Room

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I'll be back tomorrow with another Kinda Eclectic creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

05 April, 2015

Happy Easter

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

The card I'm sharing with you today is my latest DT offering for 613 Avenue Create, where this week's optional twist is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Easter. I've teamed the sponsor image from Aurora Wings with a couple of my favorite stamp sets from Stampin' Up!, Gorgeous Grunge and Indescribable Gift. I've used a favorite style too...



Yep, it's a twisted easel :)

Card: Pear Pizzazz (10" x 5" for the base and 5" square) and Whisper White (two 4 7/8" squares and extra for printing and stamping)
Inks: Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive
Markers: Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities (now sadly retired)
Sponsor Image: Easter Lily from Aurora Wings
Stamp sets: Gorgeous Grunge and Indescribable Gift (sentiments)
Tools: Labels Collection Framelits, Stamping Sponges and Stampin' Dimensionals

Create a twisted easel card base from Pear Pizzazz card by following the instructions in this post.
Stamp the spatter image from Gorgeous Grunge onto both Whisper White squares in Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive inks and attach one to the inside of the easel.
Stamp the "Sharing in the joy..." sentiment from the stamp set in Old Olive ink onto a snippet of Whisper White. Die cut with the smallest Labels Collection die.
On the other, stamp the "Happy Easter" sentiment from Indescribable Gift in the lower left corner and add the panel to the easel topper.
Print the image twice and color one and a few flowers from the other with Blendabilities. Fussy cut the flowers from the second image.
Cut the complete image with the largest Labels Collection die and sponge Pear Pizzazz ink around the edges of that and the sentiment.
Attach the printed panel to the topper and pop the cut flowers onto the image with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Complete the card by adding the sentiment stopper inside with a couple dimensionals.

Challenges...
AAG at TTCRD
#177 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#36 Easter Colors at AAA Cards
April AG at 3 Girl JAM

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I wish each and every one of you all the blessings that this most holy of days as we celebrate Jesus' resurrection, brings. I'll be back tomorrow with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em