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Hi there!  Some of you may be joining me because you’ve been hoppin’ around the internet checking in with different Stampin’ Addicts to see some fantabulous projects created with Sale-a-Bration items.  I think that the ladies have outdone themselves once again!  The Blog Tour “officially” starts at 12:00 pm EST but most of the stops should be live at 10:00 am EST.  So, if you’re hitting some bumps, check back a little later and it should all work perfectly!!  🙂

If you’re following the Blog Tour, you just came here from stop #6 which was Sharon’s blog Created By You, where she featured Whimsical Words.  Don’t you just love her projects?!?!

My projects will be featuring Whimsical Words as well.  That’s right, you’re supposed to be seeing double – it’s featured twice on the tour!!.  This set is one of the exclusive Sale-a-Bration 2010 stamp sets that will never be seen in an Idea Book & Catalog.  That’s part of what makes Sale-a-Bration stamp sets so special.  That, and they’re FREE!!!  LOL

On Thursday I will tell you some more details about my projects below, and I will also show some additional pictures to explain them a little more thoroughly.  Make sure to check back on Thursday to see how I lined up my butterflies – it’s a really handy trick (as long as you’re using Whisper White CS as your base!!)

The picture you see to the left was my inspiration.  I wanted to make something for my daughter and I used her bedspread for the colors.  She loves what I made her, and of course my other daughter really wants one now too.  I love my girls 🙂  Now I just need a dinosaur punch to make one for my little man!  😉

As I mentioned before, check back on Thursday to see what I did to get my butterflies perfectly lined up.

Stamps: Whimsical Words (Sale-a-Bration 2010)   Paper: Whisper White CS, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry Patterns DSP, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Sweet Pea DSP (2010 Occasions Mini Catalog)   Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink   Accessories: Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad, Butterfly Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Wooden Frame


Stamps: Whimsical Words (Sale-a-Bration 2010)   Paper: Kraft, Whisper White and Melon Mambo CS,  Sweet Pea DSP (2010 Occasions Mini Catalog), and Melon Mambo Patterns DSP, Sending Love Notes – Kisses (2010 Occasions Mini Catalog) Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink   Accessories: Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (2010 Occasions Mini Catalog), Big Shot, Scallop Edge punch, Corner Rounder punch   Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (2010 Occasions Mini Catalog), Sending Love Chocolate Chip 1/4″ Epoxy Brads (2010 Occasions Mini Catalog), Vintage Brads – Antique Brass, Paper Piercing Tool, Template and Pad, Stampin’ Dimensionals


And my last project –  a masculine card.  It is my first in a while and I am planning on sending it to my hubby during one of his “trips” overseas for the Air Force:

Stamps: Whimsical Words (2010 Sale-a-Bration)   Paper: Bashful Blue CS, Sending Love Notes – Kisses (2010 Occasions Mini Catalog), Sweet Pea DSP (2010 Occasions Mini Catalog)   Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink   Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Template and Pad, 5/16″ Neutrals Jumbo Brad – Chocolate Chip, Stampin’ Dimensionals



If my count is right, there are EIGHTY THREE stamp sets or other items that you get to choose from for this year’s Sale-a-Bration promotion!!!  Never before has SU! offered so many choices for your free item that you earn with every $50 spent.  There’s not even a limit!!  If you spend $150 you get the regular free merchandise and stamp sets as a “hostess” – whether you hold a workshop or not – but you would also get THREE more free items from the SAB brochure!!!!

Now, to see another fabulous array of products made with one of these 83 items, go to stop #8, Cindy’s blog Heart’s Delight Cards, where she will be featuring the super cute Scallop Trim punch that you can earn for FREE!!!  You will love the different ways she has used the punch!  🙂

Enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour and have a GREAT weekend!!!

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DSCN7224_edited-1This is a simple card I made to congratulate the newest Eagle Scout in our Ward at church.  He is also a neighbor, and my husband was responsible for working with him and the other young men at our church before he deployed.  It was nice to be able to go with the kids – I just wish that the hubby could have been there with us.  Of course, I wish he could be just about anywhere with us 😉 

It was a very nice Eagle Court of Honor (unfortunately, I don’t have anything to compare it to, but now it has raised the bar pretty high for the rest I will attend) and I thought a card of congratulations was something I should give the young man.  I don’t know what is “customary” at these things, so I thought a card would be appropriate. 

I hope it’s not girlie!!! 🙂  I tried to keep the embellishments at a minimum (2 brads) and I did some paper piercing and popped up a few of the stars on the main image.  You can’t really tell, but two of the colors are the upcoming In Colors.  I used the Soft Suede (the brown) and Dusty Durango (the rust). That Old Olive really makes the Dusty Durango look a little off-color, but oh well.  I think it was a good color combo no matter how it appears on the screen 😉  What do you think?

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Stamps:  Starring You
Paper:  Old Olive, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango and Whisper White CS
Ink:  Dusty Durango and Soft Suede classic ink
Accessories:  Large Oval Punch, Piercing Tool and Template, Vintage Brads (Antique Brass), Piercing Tool and Template

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So, you got to see the inside of this card in THIS post.  Well, above is the outside of the card that I made for our friend who was retiring from the US Air Force.  This sketch is another great one that Michelle put together, and you’ll want to be sure to go check out the other fabulous cards from the fantastic Design Team members, along with this week’s Guest DT member.  You can see CP Sketch #13 HERE.  Enjoy, and have fun with it!  As usual, here’s a reminder that each week someone is chosen by the Card Patterns DT to be a Guest Designer, so don’t forget to add a link to your card via Mr. Linky at the bottom of the Sketch #13 post.  There’s also a great prize of Close to My Heart product that will be given to one random winner, so check it out!!!Have a lovely week!!

All items used are SU! unless otherwise noted

Stamps:  Congrats (SAB 2009), Artifacts (retired SU!)
Paper: Kraft and Very Vanilla CS, Patterns DSP Pack I (retired Level I Hostess item) in Not Quite Navy and Always Artichoke
Ink:  Not Quite Navy and Always Artichoke classic ink
Accessories:  Piercing Tool and Template, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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So, I thought I would give you a teaser post with the inside of the card I made for this Saturday’s Card Patterns sketch challenge.  I’m doing this to cheat and end up with two (creative) posts this week 😉  It’s only the 2nd or 3rd time that I’ve ever done the inside of a card too.  I love it when people do that.  Beate is doing it most of the time now, and many other blogs I subscribe to have cards with gorgeous insides as well, but I can’t think of exactly who at the moment.  It’s a nice touch but usually I don’t have the time to do it – getting to sit down and stamp at all has been extremely rare so I would rather make 2 cards than spend time on the inside of one.  This card was for a friend who was retiring from the US Air Force today, after 20 years of dedicated service and sacrifice (both his own and that of his family).  So, needless to say, I kept things CAS (clean and simple) because “boys” don’t really like glitter and bling, or “complicated”, do they?  😉  LOL

So, I hope you’ll check back on Saturday to see what I did with the CP sketch and that you’ll play along with me and the rest of the CP Design Team.  We would love to have you and all of the CP sketches created by Michelle are fabulous!!!!

All items used are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Stamps:  Congrats (SAB 2009)
Paper: Kraft and Very Vanilla CS, Patterns DSP Pack I (retired Level I Hostess item) in Not Quite Navy and Always Artichoke
Ink:  Not Quite Navy and Always Artichoke classic ink
Accessories:  Piercing Tool and Template

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Post for Tomorrow

I will not be able to post a card/project tomorrow (I will post the Boot Loot winner though!), so I’ll share a second card today. I made this for today’s Sketch Challenge over at SCS. They’re on SC179 now. Check it out!
I decided to make this card have a gate fold, and I was doing my best to give it a masculine feel. I did some sponging, did some imperfect stamping (ahhh!!!) and kept it simple (the easy part for me). As I often say, I hope it’s not too simple, but I think simple is better for a masculine card. I’d love to know what you think! Take care!!
Stamps: Father Figure by Verve Visual
Paper: Basic Gray Textured CS, Whisper White and Basic Black CS
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Brads from Stylized Silver HPH, crop-a-dile to make holes in BB CS, sponges

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Happy Birthday Honey!

Today is my husband’s birthday. He turns the “BIG” 30 today and thinks he’s old now 🙂 I keep telling him wait until he’s 50 and then he’ll feel differently – 30 will feel like it was in his teen years! I must be one of the few that doesn’t really care how old I am, or others are. I don’t think you have to be older to be mature, maturity is a character trait that some have and some don’t, regardless of age. Anyway, above is the card I made him. I am still needing practice with pastels. The grass was much brighter than I had wanted, but oh well. Below are the cards Sarah (3 year-old) and Emma (4 (AND 1/2) year-old as she makes me say!) made him. They used the same stamp set that I did and colored and glued everything themselves. Too cute!

Stamps: Wildlife Reserve, Sanded BG, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Sahara Sand Textured CS, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla CS
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chalks, Aged Copper brads (from HPH), Chocolate 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, dimensionals

Here’s Sarah’s beaver for Daddy – I think she chose it because it’s one of the smaller images in the set and she likes little animals:

Here’s Emma’s “goat” for Daddy – it HAD to be PINK:

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Father’s Day Cards

Here are the cards that I made for my dad, my husband, and my father-in-law for father’s day. No peeking Dad!!!! I was totally inspired by and very much so CASED Cambria’s card that she made and I followed her outstanding instructions on how to make the shirt. It was super fun to make the shirts and I liked that there wasn’t a ton of stamping – it seemed more “masculine”. Enjoy, and check out the links to her site!!!


Stamp Sets: Circle of Friendship, All-Year Cheer III
Card Stock: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Palette O’ Prints
Ink: Brown StazOn
Accessories: Vintage Brads, CM circle cutting system, 1 1/4″ circle punch by SU!, CB Divine Swirl A2 embossing folder

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