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Here are the close-ups I promised in my post for the Occasions Mini Blog Tour that you can find HERE.  Did you check out the Tour?  There were some really beautiful projects featured by the ladies, and even some blog candy giveaways.  I hope you all enjoyed it, and if you missed it, it’s never too late to go through the stops!

Here’s the close-up of me card that had a small detail from the images in the Tiny Tags stamp set in the bottom-right corner of the card:

This next picture is another view of my masked-heart card.  It is with the card completely shut as the recipient will see it, and then there is a view of the inside of the card where the heart is sponged/stamped.

Well, that’s all for today.  I just wanted you to see some more details on my cards but we were only to have 4 pictures in our Blog Tour post so I couldn’t squeeze these in 😉

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Baby Gift Card Holder

I made this gift card after seeing one on SCS.  I don’t have any instructions and I didn’t have any when I made it.  I just tried to “eyeball” it.  Hope you like it!  It had a nice gift card in it for my daughter’s teacher who is expecting a baby over the holiday break.  It will be her first and since she didn’t have a registry we could find to buy her a big-ticket item, we gave her a Visa gift card to buy whatever she wants for the baby, wherever she wants.  You won’t be able to see it very well, but the little moon is stamped on Certainly Celery in Certainly Celery and then covered with the fabulous Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint from SU!.  That is Very Vanilla CS – just so you know – it’s not bad lighting 😉

I wanted to use my Nursery Necessities stamp set originally, but then I remembered I let a friend borrow it, and I don’t have any other current baby sets, so I ended up using this retired set called So Many Scallops.  I’m sure many of you remember it.

Anyway, hope you’re having a lovely day.  I’m sorry that at my best right now I can only post once a week, but it’s better than nothing, right???  🙂  Take care!!!!

Hi there!  If you’ve been making your way around the Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Catalog Tour, then you might have just come to my blog from Joyce’s blog Stampin’ Central, where she used the FABULOUS new stamp set Vintage Vogue.  If you didn’t come from the previous stop, click HERE to see Joyce’s creations at stop #15.  I just love this stamp set – it was one of the ones that I made sure to pre-order (a demonstrator perk!!) and I have really enjoyed using it so far.  Don’t you just love her projects?!?!?  You can order your very own Mini Occasions Catalog products beginning January 5th – so get crackin’ on your Wish List!! 🙂

Well, I’m excited to share mine with you now.  I signed up a little late for this Tour (hush, hush).  Actually, I signed up on Wednesday afternoon, but I was super happy to see that no one had reserved the new stamp set Tiny Tags for use in the Tour.  It is a super cute stamp set and I am a sentiment hoarder, so I love it!  What I am most excited about is that on all three of my projects I think that the alignment of the sentiments turned out pretty darn good, and I DIDN’T use my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig!!!  I am very OCD about my stamping being even and lined up, and while it’s not 100% perfect (I’m not telling you where!! 😉  LOL) it’s pretty close and it’s good enough for me!  I really like these new clear-mount stamps.  It’s the same BEST IN THE INDUSTRY deeply etched rubber images with the ease of a clear block to help see where you’re stamping and to really save on storage space needed.  I hope you enjoy my projects!!

Occasions Mini Catalog item featured on this stop:  TINY TAGS stamp set

This card was made using my Movers & Shapers Bigz die along with the Heart movable die you can purchase separately.  I reverse masked my heart on the inside of the card and sponged some Rose Red in there, along with stamping the little damask image from Tiny Tags inside the heart as well.  I paper pierced all the way around the heart and you can’t see it, but underneath the ribbon too.  I used my scalloped edge punch to add a layer of Pretty in Pink CS beneath the distressed layer of Sweet Pea DSP STACK (in the Occasions Mini!!).  The sentiment is from the Tiny Tags stamp set, and the ribbon is the 5/8″ Whisper White Satin ribbon.  Have you seen that in the Occasions Mini there are NINE new colors of this GORGEOUS satin ribbon?!?!?

This second card was made using some more of the yummy Sweet Pea DSP Stack but I gave the DSP a totally different twist with my color combo.  In a few days I will share some up-close images of today’s projects so you can see the little image I stamped on this card a little more closely, but if you click on the picture it should give you a nice HUGE picture to look at 😉  It’s hard to tell but I did use my Scallop Edge punch again on the DSP, and that is another small layer of Pumpkin Pie colored DSP beneath that 5/8″ Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon.  I did some more paper piercing along the bottom right corner near the stamped image, and again I stamped my image without a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig!

This last project once again features the stamp set Tiny Tags and some scallops.  I’m loving scallops right now.  The envelope is made with the Scallop Envelope Bigz die, and I made a little flower using some of my smaller circle punches and then crinkling the CS and tearing around the edge of the circles.  Layered on top of one another, the circles are held together nicely with one of the Whisper White 5/16″ Jumbo brads.  That beautiful ribbon is the Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon.  Again, the DSP used is some of the Sweet Pea DSP Stack paper – isn’t it so pretty?!?!  Well, open up this cute little envelope, and this is what you get:

More paper piercing, some stamped images from Tiny Tags, and did you notice that the paper piercing is “reversed”?  I had the rough side of the holes on the top and I even did it right through my image.  I thought it made it more “interesting”.  What do you think?

Well, I hope you enjoyed my samples, and I hope that you’ll continue on your way to discover some really fabulous creations made with the fantastic new stamps and accessories available in the Occasions Mini Catalog!!!   I haven’t even told you my FAVORITE part about this Tiny Tags stamp set…..IT HAS A COORDINATING PUNCH!!!  I just didn’t use it on any of my projects because I always try to use my Blog Tour items in a way rather than the most expected.  The punch is called the Medium Jewelry Tag punch, and it’s ADORABLE!!!  You’ll have to check it out in the Mini Catalog, or check back here for some samples using it in the near future 😉

Moving on….please click HERE to go to stop #17 on the Tour – Lyssa’s blog, Song of My Heart Stampers where she is going to show you the set everyone will want to have – Messages for Mom.  We’ve all got a mom or someone who is in our life that fills that motherly role, and we all love to stamp, so it’s a must have!!! 🙂 

Thanks so much for joining me on this Stampin’ Addicts Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Tour!!!!!!!  Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

PS – Some of the participants on the Tour will have some Blog Candy for you to win!!! 🙂

It’s Coming….

Click on the banner to see more info about the Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Tour that begins tomorrow.

Moving….

Moving is something that people in the military just have to get used to.  I have found that military families make friends fast, hard, and forever.  If you’re associated with the military, you know what I mean.  The friendships are some of the strongest I’ve ever had in my life, and they last – no matter the miles between us as the military moves us from one part of the world to another. 

I have yet another friend leaving me and I made her this card.  She is such a lovely person, on the inside and out.  My kids love her.  They’re always talking about how pretty she dresses when we see her at church (I try – but they never seem to notice when mommy isn’t wearing “mommy” clothes!).  She taught Sunday School and I always learned something new in her class and left feeling edified and uplifted.  That’s always a nice thing.  She’s just such a nice person and I am sad to see her go.

Anyway, we will miss Ashley and I hope that she enjoyed her card.  She wears lots of colors (she has gorgeous blonde hair and can pretty much wear any color she wants!) so I wanted to give her a card with some color. 

I had a lot of fun making this card – it made me feel creatively inspired once again and maybe I’m coming out of my slump!  I would love to have my Mojo back!!  🙂

Merry Christmas!!!!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!

May you all receive those blessings you stand in need of in this upcoming New Year, and my wish for you is that you can go and do and be the things that you desire. 

Until next year….. 🙂

CAS Christmas…..

Yup….you guessed it, CAS Christmas CARDINAL 😉  He he he….  Hope that this CAS card inspires you.  I had fun trimming off the edge of the Whisper White CS Top Note die cut piece and then distressing it too.  Can you see that?  Enjoy!!!