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31 May, 2015

Painted Subway Art For 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 DT creation for the latest challenge over at 613 Avenue Create. The optional twist for #126 is Subway Art and I've used a favorite sentiment stamp from the Stampin' Up! Painted Petals set to create the wordy background and the post title.


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz and Melon Mambo
Markers: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Wild Wasabi Blendabilities
Stamp set: Painted Petals (sentiments)
Sponsor image: Flower Jar from Bugaboo Stamps

Challenges...
AG at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
AG at TTCRD
#45 AAG at Scribble and Scrap
#185 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#201 Freestyle at HIMCR

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

Hugs, Em

29 May, 2015

A Slushy Farewell To Gifts Of Kindness

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!

For today's card I've used one of the stamp sets from Stampin' Up, Gifts of Kindness, that I got with my starter kit when I joined. It's one of the sets that won't be available after the new catalog launches in a few days and I'll admit that it's been a while since I've used it. I've stamped it in one of my favorite outgoing In Colors, Strawberry Slush and yep, that's the slushy part of the post title!


Card: Whisper White and Strawberry Slush
Ink: Strawberry Slush
Stamp set: Gifts of Kindness
Tools and embellishments: Scallop Oval and Decorative Label punches and Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#185 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
All or Nothing (layers) at Incy Wincy Designs
#108 AAG at Sister Act

Whatever you're doing this weekend, 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

27 May, 2015

Gorgeous Grungy Painted Petals

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 was inspired by the inspiration image for the latest challenge over at TGIF. They are a relatively new challenge site and this is only their fourth challenge and the first I've entered, so I'm pretty happy to be doing so!

Not only am I pretty happy, but I think I've created a pretty card too! I've combined two of my favorite stamp sets, Gorgeous Grunge and Painted Petals from Stampin' Up! for the card and I LOVE the result. It's the first time I've used them together and I'm asking myself what took me so long? Anyway enough of my chatter, here's the card...


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz
Stamp sets: Painted Petals and Gorgeous Grunge
Embellishments: Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#TGIF04 Inspiration at TGIF
All or Nothing (layers) at Incy Wincy Designs
AAG at Through The Craft Room Door
#185 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

All the products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

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

Hugs,
Em

22 May, 2015

Awesomely Artistic Sneaky Peek

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 the "Make and Take" from the Stampin' Up! Regional last weekend. I can't believe almost a week has gone by already! The stamps used are from two new sets, Awesomely Artistic and One Big Meaning. The images are beautiful and I can see both becoming new favorites of mine! I stamped them using 3 of the 5 new 2015-2017 In Colors, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe (the others are Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder)...


Card: Very Vanilla and Mint Macaron
Ink: Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe
Stamp sets: Awesomely Artistic and One Big Meaning
Embellishments: Burlap ribbon, Basic pearls and Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons

Challenges...
AAG at Through The Craft Room Door 
#184 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

Would you like another sneak peek? I'm sure you would! Here's the new catalog, together with some other goodies from Telford, a tote bag, pen and calculator...


Monday is a holiday on both sides of the Atlantic, Memorial Day in the US, Spring in the UK, and I'll be leading a very special live online Heroes Memorial Service on Sunday. For further details, please click HERE. Whatever you're doing this weekend, have a great one!

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

Hugs,
Em

20 May, 2015

Swaps, Swaps and More Swaps!

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 already knew that Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are a very talented bunch, but it's somewhat overwhelming when I have their AMAZING creations in my hands, or all over my desk, as was the case before writing this post!

This is post is image heavy, so grab a beverage of choice and marvel with me at the stunning creations...

This was double sided, with a cookie in the other pocket

3D creations using the Envelope Punch Board, Tag Topper punches and more. The little book on the bottom right holds a tiny stack of post it notes, as does the box second from right on the top row...

Tags, bookmarks and gift holders. The gift holder with "Be you" on in the top row has a seed packet in. The Owl Builder bookmark on the far right is double sided and secured with tiny magnets...

Card toppers...

Card fronts...

Some of my favorite stamp sets have been used, including Butterfly Basics, Kinda Eclectic and Petal Potpourri...

The design top right is created using the beautiful new In Colors and one of the new stamp sets, as does the flower in the center of the bottom row...


The baby card above is a slider card...


I'll be back on Friday with a sneak peek creation, the make and take I created at Telford, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

18 May, 2015

Coffee & Friends TRULY are the 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!

Did you miss me? I sure missed each of you! I had a really relaxing vacation and attending the Stampin' Up! Regional in Telford on Saturday was the perfect ending to my time off!

The card, or rather card front, that I'm sharing with you is the swap I created for the event. Regular readers will know how much I absolutely LOVE the Perfect Blend stamp set and I was gutted when I saw it on the retiring list. I'd got the set in my starter kit when I joined SU and with Telford being my first event, I decided to use it anyway. I made 60 swaps and also added a cup to my name badge, so I fussy cut 121 cups, lids and wraps! Cutting and putting them together took over 7 hours, but it was WELL worth it...


Card: Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake
Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake
Stamp sets: Perfect Blend and Gorgeous Grunge
Tools and embellishments: Petite Petals, Bracket Label and Decorative Label punches and Basic Rhinestones

Challenges...
#183 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#177 AAG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#60 AAG at Crafting From The Heart

Coffee and friends TRULY are the perfect blend and here's a pic of me and my beautiful Stampin' Sister Yvonne. We both had the best day and I can't wait to see her again soon!



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I'll be back on Wednesday with more pix from Telford, so I hope you'll join me then.

Hugs,
Em

17 May, 2015

Teacher Appreciation 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 DT creation for the new challenge over at 613 Avenue Create, where the optional twist this week is to create something for a teacher, with the end of the school year fast approaching.

I've teamed the adorable sponsor image from Lacy Sunshine Stamps, Rory's What a Wonderful World, with the NBUS Let's Get Away Project Life stamp set from Stampin' Up!


Card: Whisper White
Ink: Lost Lagoon and Rich Razzleberry
Sponsor image: Lacy Sunshine Stamps
Stamp set: Let's Get Away
Markers: Skin tones, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake Blendabilities
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
Graduation at DL.ART
#183 AAG at Word Art Wednesday
#144 AAG at Scribble and Scrap

Some of the products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

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

Hugs,
Em

06 May, 2015

Wondrously Dotty Bargains!

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!

Everyone loves a bargain. Right? Two of my favorite Stampin' Up products, the Wondrous Wreath framelits and Decorative Dots TIEF are included in this week's Weekly Deals, as well as some other great items, so I thought I'd share a few of my past creations made with them. Click the images to be taken to the posts..

This one was the FIRST I created with one of my all time favorite stamp sets, Gorgeous Grunge!

This one uses one of the sentiments from the stamp set, but could easily be switched out for any celebration

This one is one of my more recent creations and features another favorite, Four Feathers


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I'm taking some much needed time off, but I'll be back soon and hope to see you then.

Hugs,
Em

04 May, 2015

Butterfly Basics Birthday

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 might recall that I love butterflies and I LOVE the Butterfly Basics stamp and die set from Stampin' Up! The card I'm sharing with you today was created for a very special friend, Jill, who celebrated her birthday last week. The inspiration for the card came from the gift I sent with it, this beautiful butterfly covered scarf...


The sheer fabric is an off-white color, so I used Very Vanilla card to mimic it and Basic Black for the base and butterfly. I know Jill loves the emboss resist technique almost as much as I do and to mimic the sheer fabric I embossed the ferns from the stamp set in Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I know Jill also LOVES pink and while the pink on the scarf is closer to SU's Melon Mambo than Blushing Bride, I went with the latter for a more subtle look, stamping the sentiment and additional butterflies in the same ink...


The inside of the easel card was created with the same embossed detail as the front and the butterflies were added as the stopper. The finishing touch sentiment is a favorite of mine from Trust God and was stamped in Black StazOn...


Such a special card needs a matching envelope and I used the Envelope Punch Board to create it, before embossing the ferns and lightly sponging...


Jill posted the card to her blog, Ribbon Challenged, on her birthday and I have to say her photos are much better than mine! Please do stop on over.

Card: Basic Black and Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Blushing Bride and Jet Black StazOn
Stamp sets: Butterfly Basics and Trust God
Tools and embellishments: Butterfly Thinlits dies, Butterfly punch, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Stamping Sponges and Basic Rhinestones
Adhesive: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
05NSD ~ Die Cuts at HIMCR
AG at Artistic Inspirations
#144 AG at Brown Sugar Challenges

All the products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

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

Hugs,
Em

03 May, 2015

Feminine for 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 DT creation for the latest challenge, #122 over at 613 Avenue Create, where the theme is Feminine, ahead of Mother's day next week.

I've teamed the beautiful sponsor image from STAMPlorations with a couple of my favorite sets from Stampin' Up!, Gorgeous Grunge and sentiments from Painted Petals...


Yep, it's an easel card, this time a straight one...

Card: Pistachio Pudding and Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz
Sponsor image: STAMPlorations
Stamp sets: Gorgeous Grunge and Painted Petals
Markers: Pink Pirouette and Wild Wassabi Blendabilities
Tools and embellishments: Decorative Label Punch, Corner Punch and Basic Pearls
Adhesive: Tombow and Stampin' Dimensionals

Challenges...
#57 AAG at Crafting From The Heart
AAG at TTCRD
#181 AAG at Word Art Wednesday

Most of the products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

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

Hugs,
Em

01 May, 2015

Monotone Coffee & Friends

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 absolutely loved sharing some very different cards created with the retiring Perfect Blend stamp set from Stampin' Up! Today's offering is a monotone one, using another of my favorite In-Colors, Lost Lagoon...


Card: Whisper White and Lost Lagoon
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Stamp set: Perfect Blend
Tools: Bracket Label Punch
Adhesive: Stampin' Dimensionals

Now's the time regular readers know all too well, when I ask if you have a favorite from the week's creations. Here's a quick reminder of the others. Click on the images to be taken to the post...





I love them all, but if I had to choose, it would be between Tuesday's and Thursday's.

Challenges for today's card...
May Linky at DL.ART
#57 White at CAS on Sunday
AAG at Through The Craft Room Door

All Some of the products I've used for today's creation are available 24/7 in my Online Shop. Click the images below to be taken straight to them.

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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