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Regarding Dahlias Watercolor Wonder Paper Cards

 

You will not believe how easy these cards are.... do you need a set of quick and easy cards? To send to friends or give as a gift?  Check out my photos below to see how fun and easy these Watercolor Wonder cards are!

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This is the super quick way to do a Faux Watercolor effect.. stamp the beautiful flower from the Regarding Dahlias stamp set onto Watercolor Wonder paper, and cut out!  That's it! 

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Ok seriously.. how easy is that!?

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Stampin' Up! Gift Certificates

 

Whenever I get a request for a Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate, I create one from scratch and always make sure every single one is different.  I love creating something unique for each person.  Recently one of my customers was receiving 3 gift certificates from her stamping friends, so I made sure they were all unique but yet coordinated, too.

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They all coordinated with a scheme of Coral or Tangerine, but had different accents.. here are some of the unique Stampin' Up! embellishments I used on Sue's Gift Certificates:

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Above: Sequin Trim (#132983), and Retro Fresh Washi Tape (#133001)

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Above: heart clip embellishment from a Paper Pumpkin kit (I think!?)

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Above: Candy Dots (#130932)

and of course, there had to be a flower involved somewhere... right? :)

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Above: Pansy Flower Punch #130698  and Petite Petals Punch #133322

 Do you need a gift certificate for a crafty friend?  I am happy to create one for you in any amount!

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Watercolor Wonder Note Card with Peaceful Petals

 

I love the Peaceful Petals stamp set, and I think it's ok if I tell you that it is NOT in the new Stampin' Up! catalog.... so if you have been thinking about ordering it, now is the time!!  Click here to order Peaceful Petals in wood, or Peaceful Petals in clear.

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I stamped and cut out the 2 images and leaves and put them onto a Watercolor Wonder note card base with some Watercolor Wonder designer paper.  Ok, so I guess it's also safe to tell you that the cards and paper are NOT in the new catalog either... so get them while you can!

For some Coloring tips for the Peaceful Petals stamp click here.

 

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I stamped the greeting (from Perfect Pennants) onto watercolor wonder paper and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch.

 

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Stampin' Up! 2014 Caribbean Cruise Swap

 

 

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Today is the big day... the day that we hand in our swaps on the Stampin' Up! cruise!!

Do you remember a couple weeks ago, I shared some of my swap card design ideas with you when I was working on my Cruise Swaps (see this post)? Several of you left me a comment to say which one you liked best.. well, I did kind of a hybrid between 2 of the ideas and this is what I ended up making for my Stampin' Up! Cruise swap!

 

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I was so excited that I FINALLY broke out the Backyard Basics stamp set and framelits (can you believe I had not used them yet!?) and I used the butterfly from that stamp set on my cards... then it was published on the retiring list and promptly SOLD OUT within a couple of days! !  Wow!  I hope my fellow cruisers don't mind that this butterfly is now unavailable... oh well. 

A little Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek...

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I did a watercolor wash with Calypso coral and Daffodil Delight ink on Watercolor Paper with my Aqua Painter. Then I stamped the butterfly with Staz On ink on the dry paper, and die cut them with Backyard Basics butterfly framelit.

Only had to create 25 swaps for the cruise ... this is how I get all the pieces stamped, cut and ready to assemble.

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I punched the tags with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with watercolor paper then stamped the flower and stem images from the Simple Stems stamp set on the watercolor paper.

Below is another version of this card.

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Tag a Bag Tag quick and easy Cards

 

This was fun... I used the banner shaped pieces from the Retiring Tag a Bag tags kit and used them on cards!  These are the beautiful Watercolor Wonder Note Cards with the tags on top and a few punched out butterflies! 

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This Hey There Friend stamps is one of my most FAVORITE stamps.. you can get it in the Stampin' Up! My Paper Pumpkin Welcome kit, when you subscribe to this fun monthly stamp kit! (See below for more info)

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Welcome kit contents<< MY PAPER PUMPKIN WELCOME KIT: When you subscribe to the My Paper Pumkin program, the first kit you get is called the WELCOME kit and comes complete with your clear block and all the supplies to make the 4 cards in the kit.  I LOVE the hey there friend stamp... it was worth the price of the kit! :)   You can see the kit contents at left.

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Simple Tulip Cards with Aqua Painter

 

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 OK, so... it's NOT my fault... Stampin' UP! has created SO MANY gorgeous flower image stamp sets and it's NOT MY FAULT that I keep creating flower cards! :)

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 I stamped the beautiful tulip image in Black StazOn ink onto the Waterecolor Wonder note cards, then colored them with markers and with the Aqua Painter dipped into ink from my Real Red, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight ink pads.

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I stamped a greeting on each card and added a butterfly.. the larger butterfly is from the Backyard Basics stamp set but it's already SOLD OUT.. sorry... but the little butterfly is punched out with the sweet little Bitty Butterfly punch and some watercolor paper that I did a "wash" on with the aqua painter and Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight ink.

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Zippy Watercolor Wonder Note Card

 

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As my friend PJ would say, this card is Zippy!  A few Pops of Color really help make this design SING!  I stamped the Regarding Dahlias image on Whisper White in Real Red and then used sponge daubers to add some Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight ink to the paper.  I drew a border around the Whisper White (see my border tips here) and mounted it onto Bermuda Bay and then onto a Watercolor Wonder Note Card!

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Finish this card off with a greeting from Peaceful Petals punched out with a 1-1/4" circle punch layered onto a 1-3/8" Daffodil Delight circle and you're finsihed!

 

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Serene Silhouettes Watercolor Wonder card

 

How about this for a fun combo... the detailed, delicate design of the Serene Silhouette stamp with the fun bold Watercolor Wonder paper design!!

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I know I've shown you this tip before but I think it's just such a great tip and a great time saver!!  Use your Petite Petals punch to punch out the flowers in the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!  Then add them to your project with a Stampin' Dimensional and finish the flower off with a Candy Dot!

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I love watercolor paper... I love blending Stampin' Up! markers and ink with Aqua Painters on the Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper!  I am really really bad at freehand drawing, but I love to "color in the lines", so stamping and then coloring in is perfect for me.

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I stamped the Blessed Easter tulip stamp image on watercolor paper with the Black StazOn ink pad and then added some color with a Real Red Stampin' Write marker and a Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write marker, then "blended" over them with a wet Aqua Painter.  I cut the watecolor paper out in a 2" strip and punched the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.

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The card base is one of the beautiful printed designs in the Watercolor Wonder Note Card package, and I stamped the swirls on it with the Creative Elements stamp set using Pear Pizzazz ink.

The Blessed Easter stamp has an Easter greeting, but I stamped Thanks so Much on my card instead, since I needed lots of Customer Thank You Cards.  Thanks so Much comes from The Simply Sketched hostess set on pg 205 of the Stampin' Up! catalog.

 

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More Baby Cards with the Stampin' UP! Owl Punch

 

Do you remember this cute baby girl card I shared with you a few days ago?

Well, now check out more cute ideas I played with when I made the baby girl cards!  I made a baby boy card using the same Owl punch but with just a little snip you can turn the dresses into overalls!! How cute are these!?  The fun High Tide designer paper from Stampin' UP! (pg 24 Occasions catalog) has fun little manly designs for this card!

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Boy and Girl card versions:

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One thing I also tried on the baby girl dress cards instead of the ruffled ribbon (above), was to make little bloomers with the Tea Lace paper doilies! (#129399).

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Just place the punched out "vest" piece from the Owl punch onto the doily, and then trim the doily so that it looks like little bloomers!

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Cherry Blossom Paper Lantern cards

 

Japanese Paper Lanterns

When I was a little girl, ok wait, let me back up .. . BEFORE I was born, my parents lived in Japan for a few years while my dad served in the US Army.  They grew to love and appreciate the beauty and traditions in Japan.  When I was a little girl, one of  my fondest memories was going with my mom and dad and brother to the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at the Buddist Temple in Pasadena, CA where I grew up.  I remember the gorgeous trees in bloom, all the paper lanterns, the beautiful ladies in Kimonos, the dances, the drummers, and my FAVORITE part, the teriyaki chicken skewers! :)

Happy-congratulations-paper-lanterns-cherry-blossomsWhen I saw this stamp set from Stampin' Up! (called Happy Congratulations) I knew that I wanted to make a card with the lanterns over one of the cherry blossom photos that I took in our neighborhood this spring.

So I printed out some of the Cherry Blossom photos, stamped on vellum with the StazOn black ink pad and then added the colorful 'paper lanterns'.  What do you think?

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I tried a few variations... the one above has softer colors that were "stamped off" onto my scratch paper before I stamped them and punched them out with the 3/4" circle punch.

The card below was brighter featuring the lanterns that were stamped with the full color (Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay)

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And below.. this one has all Blushing Bride paper lanterns for a softer effect.

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I stamped all the lanterns on scrap strips of Whisper White cardstock and punched them out with the 3/4" circle punch, then added them to the vellum with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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If you'd like to make one, feel free to copy/paste or save and print my photo below.  The other supplies you'll need are featured below.

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Congrats Cards for my Luv 2 Stamp Group Top Sellers

 

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Each month I enjoy treating the Top 10 sellers in our Luv 2 Stamp Group with a handstamped card and a little treat.  This month I used the March My Paper Pumpkin cards and supplies to create their CONGRATS cards!

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I cut off 2" from the gold envelope liners that come in the kit and used them to create tags with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch!

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I decorated the background with starburst die cuts and the Retro Fresh designer paper. The fun wooden elements CONGRATS piece comes in the March Paper Pumpkin kit, as do the champagne glitter dots.

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Retro Fresh quick and easy cards

 

I gave myself a challenge.... make something WITHOUT flowers! :)

So, I got out some Stampin' Up! supplies from the Retro Fresh Suite of products from the Occasions catalog and I made 5 cards.  Here are 2 of them:

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The card bases are Very Vanilla cardstock, and I added some Tangerine Tango cardstock that had been embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder and the Alphabet Press Embossing folder.  On top of that I added strips of Retro Fresh Designer paper and Chevron punch pieces and banners from the Retro Fresh DSP as well.

I accented these cards with the cute wooden embellishments found on page 18 of the Occasions catalog (here online). 

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Above:  I stamped on the Retro Fresh Tag and also punched out the 3 arrows using  the Chevron punch in one of the tags and put 2 strips of DSP behind it.. kind of fun, right? 

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Above:  I love this fun background... it's embossed with the Alphabet Press embossing folder!  So I know I said I challenged myself to make something without flowers... and I know the starburst wooden element kind of looks like a flower.. but it's really not. :)  But it does look cute with the In Color Boutique embellishment on it, doesn't it?

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Easter Egg Vase Centerpiece

 

Ever wonder "What to do with those left over plastic Easter Eggs?" I have a great idea for you!  I saw this idea on Pinterest (you can see all my Easter Fun ideas here) and I decided to try it!  

Need eggs? check out the dollar stores!   Check out the HOW TO photos below for all the instructions.

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Simply place a smaller vase into a larger vase or jar, and start filling small plastic Easter Eggs around the smaller vase!  If you don't have the right size vase, I recommend checking the Dollar Stores for great bargains!

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Recognize the flowers on the God is Love tag?  They are from the Burlap and Blooms Wreath kit!  I decorated a die cut Oval Accents Bigz Clear die cut (#127005) with the paper flowers from the Wreath Kit and stamped it with a cross and God is Love from the Trust God stamp set (#132094 / 126702).  I finished it off with the beautiful Summer Starfruit Striped 1-1/4" Grosgrain ribbon (pg 24 Occasions catalog #132980).

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What are you thinking about for your Easter Decor or centerpiece?

 

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Hexagon Hive with Watercolor Wonder Pansy Punch flowers

 

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Yep, I know... I am going to have serious withdrawals when this gorgeous Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper retires from the current Occasions catalog on June 1st....  so, in the mean time, I'm using it EVERY chance I get!

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You might remember this basic card idea from Cindee Wilkinson... you can see that card here.

I wanted to switch it up with Crisp Cantaloupue and some Pansy Punch flowers I had left over from making a swap for the Control Freaks.

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Sponging the edges of the punched flowers makes such a difference.. don't you love the dimension that just a little sponging gives the flowers?

 

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