The exclusive host/hostess stamps in the 2015-2016 annual catalog are absolutely stunning and this one is my favorite so I'm using it for the SUO Challenge #127

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I stamped the image in blackberry bliss and then using my aqua painter with wisteria wonder for the flower and pear pizzazz for the leaves I lightly colored the flower. The shading on the image was achieved when the water-based blackberry bliss ink bled slightly causing the color variations.

This layout was inspired by the Sketch & Stamp Challenge

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That's all for now, have a great weekend!!

Hi Everyone,

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I love everything with flowers and butterflies; can't get enough. This week's SGGW Weekend Challenge I used both.

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The card base is standard size 4¼ x 11 in Calypso Coral, scored and folded at 5½. I used the new Fluttering embossing folder on the 4 x 5¼ white layer. A piece of ½" DSP from the Pretty Petal DSP Paper Stack was added to break up the embossed layer. The accent piece is 2¾ x 2¾ of Whisper White on another 3 x 3 piece of Calypso Coral.

I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the floral arch x2 from the Timeless Love stamp set and placed them in the corners of the accent piece.  The Pacific Point sentiment is from You've Got This stamp set.

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I had a lot fun with this challenge from The Paper Players. Here's the challenge sketch.

and here's my entry

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My card base is a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock(105126) 4¼x 11, scored and folded at 5½. I used the Labels Collection Framelits (#3 & #4 from the center) to cut out the opening on the base and to create the Wisteria Wonder cardstock (122922) edge around the opening. I stamped the flower arch from Timeless Love stamp set (139408) in StazOn ink (101406) on Whisper White cardstock (100730), colored with Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, and Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Markers. I shaded the flower arch using the Blushing Bride and Garden Green markers. All the while wishing for the return of the Blendabilities  😥  The sentiment in Perfect Plum (126963) is also from Timeless Love - isn't the font stunning? Three little blossoms using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787) with small Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) for their centers added the finishing touch.

Then because I have a somewhat sick sense of humor I also created a second card.

PP254-Dog Framed

When I thought of various "frames" this popped into my head.  The dog is just basic punch art that I found on Pinterest. The jail cell is created free hand with various strips of black cardstock (121045) glued together and the cat is taken from the Giggle Greetings stamp set (131065). The letters were made with the Little Letters Thinlits (133730). I can't think of a sentiment to add to the inside or what circumstances I would send this card, but I smiled all the time I was making it.  Do you have any ideas regarding how this card could be used?

Here are the materials used

Still very wet here in Indiana and it doesn't look like there is going to be any camping for some time.  This is the Concession Stand at Mississinewa Lake, it sits back about a ¼ mile from the water (or at least it use to).

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Not only are the Indiana campers out of luck but I feel sorry for the State Parks/Campgrounds since a good chunk of their yearly operating revenue comes during the summer months.

Needless to say, I got to spend another day in my craft room entering various card challenges.

The 1st card was entered in SGGW weekend Challenge -

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The 2nd card was entered into Sketch & Stamp

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So what do you think?  I look forward to reading them.

Until Next time,

Karen

Here's another Card Challenge entry.

This one is for MOJO406 -  MOJO406

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Cardstock - Delightful Dijon (138338), Island Indigo (122923), Cherry on Top DSP Stack (138443) 

Dies - Hello You Thinlits (137363), Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135), Butterfly Thinlits (137360)

The standard size card base is out of Delightful Dijon 5½ x 4¼, the Island Indigo layer is 5 x 3½, the DSP layer is also 5 x 3½- cut on the long side at 3¾ and one piece flipped to alternate design and positioned so there is a ¼' of the Island Indigo showing on either side.  The banner is Island Indigo 1½ x 4¾ and the white piece is 1/8" smaller on all sides.

Well, what do you think?  I enjoy your comments and look forward to reading them.

Until next time,

Karen

 

It's another rainy weekend in Indiana with flood watches so no camping again this weekend. Hubby had an archery tournament in Wabash so I went Internet surfing for more card challenges - I told you I was becoming an addict 🙂

School is just around the corner and I believe everyone needs a little encouragement and what better way than with a card.

I entered this card in the SUO Challenge #126 and Mojo 405

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Dimensions and Materials

Base: Whisper White 4¼ x 11 - scored and folded at 5½

Accent: Schoolhouse DSP 3¾ x 5

Art Piece: 3½ x 4¾

DSP Banner: 4½ x 1 3/8  laid on the diagonal

Stamps: Skating By, Hey,Girl

Ink: Garden Green

Dimensions and Materials:
Base: 5½ x 8½ scored and folded at 4¼
Accent: Island Indigo 3½ x 2¼
Art Piece: Whisper White 3 3/8 x 2 1/8
Banner strip 1 x 4½
¼" strips of Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry
Stamp: A Whole Lot of Lovely
Ink: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo
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The hardest part of card creating for me is coming up with a layout. Once I decide on a layout, selecting the papers, inks, and embellishments is a piece of cake.  That's why I like designing challenges.  After spending last weekend creating cards and entering some of my 1st card challenges I think I'm addicted!!

This one has been entered in this this week's Paper Players Challenge. I CASEd this card from one I saw on Pinterest by Anja Thys and added my own stamps and embellishments. Let me know what you think - I like it.

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Hi Everyone - Hope your 4th of July weekend was safe and pleasant. Due to the rain and flooding that took place in Indiana the last of June many of the campgrounds that we frequent were closed so the hubby & I spent a quiet weekend at home. He watched Wimbleton and the Tour de France and I spent time in my craft room. It's rare that I get 3 days in a row to do nothing but stamp.  I had a lot of new product from the new 2015 Stampin'Up! catalog that I had yet to play with.  I was in stampin' heaven for the better part of 3 days. I have never entered a challenge before so I thought, why not - what do you have to lose? So instead of just one, I entered 2.  I've always had a hard time with restraint 🙂 Here are submissions and where they went.

This one went to the Weekly Sketch Challenge by Stamping And Blogging - SB 111

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The is next one was submitted to Stamping Gals Gone Wild on their Facebook page.

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 So what do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Until next time, Happy Stampin'