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CAS Thankful For…

Mary Fish Nov17201307  CAS Thankful For…

Guest Designer for Mary Fish/Stampin’ Pretty

Hello, friends!  Today I’m guest designing for the fabulous Mary Fish from the Stampin’ Pretty blog. I’ve been following Mary’s blog for the past 5 years, and through her I “met” the incredibly talented Ann Schach of The Stampin’ Schach.  In May of this year, I joined Ann’s downline and thereby became a member of the Pals group.  It is such an honor to share my CAS Thankful For…card on Mary’s blog.  

2013 is rapidly drawing to a close.  Thanksgiving is just a few short days away, with Christmas right on its heels.  I like to use this time of year to reflect, give thanks and look ahead.  This has been a year of “new things” for me.  I started my blog, joined 3 design teams (go big or go home, right?) and joined Stampin’ Up.  I’ve also pushed my creative side, trying new techniques, new styles and honing my skills.  My natural crafting style tends to be a mix of shabby chic/vintage/girly grunge and most of my projects reflect that.  But I am a great admirer of the clean and simple style.  It just is a very difficult style for me achieve.  But in line with “new things” vibe , I decided to create this CAS Thankful For…card

Mary Fish Nov17201304  As soon as I saw the Truly Grateful stamp set in the holiday catalog, I knew I wanted to add it to my collection.  There was something about the trendy chevron/woodgrain stamp combined with the rustic acorn and wheat images that just captured my interest.  For this 6 1/2″ x 5″ card, I created a base from Crumb Cake cardstock and rounded the corners. I chose a 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ panel of Island Indio DSP from the 2011-2013 collection for stamping the woodgrain chevron.  I stamped it twice in Versamark, and then covered it with copper embossing powder.  After tapping off the excess powder, I lightly rubbed my finger around the edges of the stamped area to soften the lines and give it a slightly distressed look.  Then I heat set it and was very pleased with the result!

Mary Fish Nov17201306 (2) I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock, cut it into a fishtail banner and then matted it onto Early Espresso cardstock.  The wood chip was stamped onto Crumb Cake using Early Espresso ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The acorn was also stamped onto Crumb Cake with Early Espresso Ink, embossed and then colored in with markers.  I topped it with some Glossy Accents and Copper Stickles and once it was dry, mounted it onto the wood chip.

Mary Fish Nov17201306  The corners were rounded and this panel was matted onto Island Indigo cardstock and again onto Lucky Limeade.  I love the punch of non-traditional color this adds to the card design. This entire panel was glued down onto the Crumb Cake card base.

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I stamped the woodgrain chevron several times onto Early Espresso cardstock using my Versamark pad.  Copper embossing powder was used to give it a rich, autumnal finish.  I cut fishtail banners, matted them onto Lucky Limeade or Island Indigo cardstock and trimmed around them.  These were topped with a twine bow and a fabulous button from the brights button collection. I did sponge some Early Espresso ink around the edges, because a girl has got to get her grunge on, even on a CAS card like this!

Mary Fish Nov17201308  The interior of the card carries over the themes from the front.  The sentiment from Loving Thoughts is stamped in Island Indigo onto the Lucky Limeade base.  I then stamped the wheat from Truly Grateful in Early Espresso ink.  The end result is clean and simple with a more modern color palette than I generally use. 

Mary Fish Nov17201303 Mary Fish Nov17201301  I also lined the envelope, covered the flap and decorated the envelope front. Couldn’t help myself!

So, my question for you two-fold: First of all, do you think I managed to create a CAS Thankful For card?  Secondly, What are you thankful for?  I have too many “thankfuls” to enumerate here…but I think I can sum them all up by saying I am incredibly thankful for all the new adventures that have come my way this year.  I have been challenged, encouraged and delighted with the opportunities that have presented themselves…all because I decided to listen to my friend, Ann Schach, and start a blog.  What fun I am having!

That’s it for me today. I hope you enjoyed my CAS Thankful For card.  If you would like to purchase any of the items used in the making of this project, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help on that end.  If you have any questions, ask away!  You know that hearing from you makes me happy…right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Much Birthday Card

Dynamic Mojo Oct 8 2013 08jpg Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Much Birthday Card

Greetings on a wet and gloomy Tuesday afternoon.  I thought I would pop in real quick with this week’s Mojo Monday/Dynamic Duos card.  I wasn’t going to play this week, but the Dynamic Duos #73 colors were so scrumptious and the Mojo Monday #314 sketch was so alluring, I had to get my craft on.  Here’s a peek at the original sketch and color combo:


Do you blame me for having to play along?  Here’s my Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Much Birthday Card:

Dynamic Mojo Oct 8 2013 03  I used a whole host of products in the creation of this card.  The Island Indigo and Cajun Craze cardstock and DSP is from Stampin’ Up!  The Sentiment tag and fishtail banner were made with Graphic 45’s Typography paper.  The Vintage Floret Die and PreCut stamp set are from Heartfelt Creations as are the Delicate Asters Dies and Stamps.  But they all play together well, don’t you think?

Dynamic Mojo Oct 8 2013 06  I began with a 5″x 6 1/2″ card base in Island Indigo.  I stitched around this and then added on some layers…and some more layers!  The Island Indigo Designer paper was layered beneath the Vintage Floret Frame, which had been stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow Glitter Embossing Powder.  This was matted with Cajun Craze.  The doily, also from Stampin’ Up! was inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and then I die cut a circle from Island Indigo to fit the center of the doily.

Dynamic Mojo Oct 8 2013 067jpg  I love this Delicate Asters die and stamps from Heartfelt Creations.  They just make the prettiest blossoms, especially when you alternate layers of color.  And, the sentiment from the Typography collection contained the exact right shade of blue and rust.  I love when that happens.

Dynamic Mojo Oct 8 2013 05 I used Rusty Hinge and Broken China Distress Stain to color my seam binding ribbon.  then perched another aster on top.

Dynamic Mojo Oct 8 2013 04  Here, you can see the dimension and shine.  Oh, how I love layers!

The inside carries over the color scheme: Dynamic Mojo Oct 8 2013 09

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And here’s the card with the decorated envelope.  Such great fall colors!

And speaking of birthdays, today is my niece Carrie’s birthday!  Carrie was born when I was just a young lass of 14.  She was the first of my nieces and nephews and so dear to my heart.  She’s grown into a lovely, gracious woman that I’m very proud of.  So Happy Birthday, Carrie!  This Live Simply, Laugh Often and Love Much Birthday card is dedicated to you.  Sending you a big ole birthday hug!!!

Thanks for stopping by…and thanks for your sweet comments.  Hearing from you makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,



Take Time to Enjoy the Simple Things

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Mojo Monday #310 and Dynamic Duos #69 Take Time to Enjoy the Simple Things

Good Tuesday Morning, friends!  I’m just popping in real quick to share this week’s Mojo Monday/Dynamic Duo combo: Take Time to Enjoy the Simple Things.  The colors for this week’s Dynamic Duos challenge are Pacific Point and Old Olive.  Both are bright, bold colors and I don’t work with that palette very often.  I’m more comfortable with pastels and jewel tones.  But a funny thing happened as I began to work with this duo…I got really happy!  So maybe I need to dip into those bold, bright colors a little more often.  Here’s this week’s fabulous sketch and the color sample so that you can play along:


When I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted a lot of white in my card to balance those bold colors.  So I cut a 5x 6.5 panel from Pacific Point cardstock and then  stitched around it with green thread.  I topped it with an embossed panel of whisper white that I matted with old olive. 

Mojo Duo September 9 2013 08 I added a 3.75×3.75 square of Pacific Point cardstock that was stamped with white pigment ink and heat embossed with white superfine embossing powder.  This was matted onto Old Olive Cardstock and then “fancied up” a little bit with twine, ribbon, another piece of embossed cardstock and a few pearls.  I liked it, but it needed something…..maybe a button? So I got out my button box, not too hopeful of finding just the right shade of blue for this card, and lo and behold…this button was right on top of the heap.  What are the odds?

Mojo Duo September 9 2013 07  Not only was it the perfect shade of blue, but it had little stitch marks around the outside.  If I’d had a magic wand, I couldn’t have wished up a more perfect embellishment.  And, yes…I took time to enjoy that simple thing!

I added just a touch of Washi tape in the upper left hand corner because I felt the card needed the additional touch of pattern, touch of pattern, and the washi tape was also magically the perfect colormatch. Mojo Duo September 9 2013 09

I carried the color palette and the theme of this card onto the inside:

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This paper is from My Mind’s Eye, and the stamp is from Artistic Outpost Typography. 

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Here’s the lined envelope……

Mojo Duo September 9 2013 01…..and the envelope flap. 

Do More of What Makes You Happy

Making this card got me thinking about the simple things in life…how wonderful they are and how often we fail to take the time to enjoy them.  I love to watch the morning sun as it filters through the leaves of the trees in our back yard.  I love that first sip of hot tea every morning.  I love the sound of my husband’s keys as they jingle in the door lock when he comes home each day.  It’s good to pay attention to the little things that add so much richness to our every day lives.  I also think it’s important to take the time to do the things that bring us real joy.  Life is short….and we were given the gift of this life so that we could enjoy it.  Work is important, being responsible is part of being an adult, taking care of business is a necessity.  But when was the last time you stopped to do something just because it made you happy? If it’s been too long, maybe you need to think for a moment about what DOES make you happy…and then go do it!  One of the reasons I play along in Mojo Monday and Dynamic Duos is because I have so much fun putting this paper puzzle together every week.  What are the simple pleasures of life that you enjoy?

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today.  I love sharing my thoughts and creations with you.  When you share your comments with me, it kind of completes the circle…and it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty  little fingers!  Until next time,




One Stamp Set….Three Ways!

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Guest Designer for Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty

Happy Sunday, friends…and happy first day of September!  Today I’m standing in as a guest designer for the fabulous Mary Fish of Stampin’ Pretty.  Mary’s blog was one of the very first I started following when my creative journey started.  I’ve learned so many useful tips from her, and am always inspired by her wonderful use of Stampin’ Up papers, tools and ink.  It’s an incredible honor to be featured on her blog today.  So, before we take a look at today’s post on “Fabulous Shoes, Fabulous Friends” I’d like to say, “Thanks, Mary, for all that you’ve shared with me over the years.”

Fabulous Shoes…Fabulous Friends and One Stamp Used 3 Different Ways

I have a “thing” for shoes.  I think fabulous shoes make a woman feel extra special.  When Stampin’ Up released “Fabulous You” I simply had to have the stamp set.  I made one set of cards for a friend, and then put it back on my shelf.  Does this ever happen to you?  You buy a stamp set that just makes your heart go pitty pat, you use it once and then leave it to languish on your supply shelf. In keeping with Mary’s top 10 ways to keep your Mojo going, I’m adding #11: Pull out an old favorite and use it in at least three ways.  That’s the theme for today: one stamp set three ways! 

Fabulous You #1: Used as a Background

Mary Fish Guest Designer 01  For my first card, I decided to create my own background paper with this fabulous shoe. I created a 5″x6 1/2″ card base from Early Espresso cardstock and then added a slightly smaller layer of Crisp Cantaloupe.  I cut a panel of Crisp Cantaloupe from the In Color DSP and then randomly stamped my shoe all over that panel using Cajun Craze ink.  When I was done, I cut the panel to 4 1/2″ x 6″.  I used the reverse side of the DSP to create a fishtail banner.  I stamped the shoe on the polka dot side of the paper, heat embossed with clear powder and cut it out, matting it with a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe.  So, not only is the shoe the focal of the card, it is also the background.

Mary Fish Guest Designer 02 I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the shoe up off the label, added some ribbon and twine and the front of the card was complete.  I also decorated the inside of the card:  Mary Fish Guest Designer 04  Keeping with the theme, I used the sentiment from Million and one, stamped in Cajun Craze and heat embossed. 

Fabulous You #1 : Emboss Resist

Mary Fish Guest Designer 06  On this card, I used a panel of watercolor paper and simply stamped the shoe, butterfly and sentiment in Versamark .  I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sponged my card base with Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and Not Quite Navy Ink.  I spritzed the card with water to create a cool watery effect, and then went back in with stencils and Not Quite Navy ink to create the borders.  I used the pigment white ink to add the little circles.  Matted onto a 5×7 Not Quite Navy card base and adorned with a bit of silver thread, and this card is finished!

Mary Fish Guest Designer 08  The interior is adorned with a piece of DSP (Timeless Portrait) and stamped again with the Million & One sentiment because it is just perfect.

Mary Fish Guest Designer 05  I also created a matching envelope.

Fabulous You #3: Girly Grunge

Mary Fish Guest Designer 10  I love a girly card, but it’s also fun to go for “girly grunge” every once in a while.  For this variation, I used Brown Sugar Core-dinations paper to create my grungy background.  The paper was lightly spritzed with water and run through my machine with a texturz plate.  I heat dried the paper, then sanded the surface, which created this yummy grungy background.  The edges were stitched and heavily distressed to add to the  vibe.  I die cut and dry embossed a panel of Early Espresso cardstock, tapped it with Versamark and heat embossed with ancient gold embossing powder.

The shoe was stamped onto a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock in Early Espresso, then heat embossed and matted onto Early Espresso Cardstock.  I used a strip of the wonderful wide striped ribbon that I WISH Stampin’ Up would bring back…how about you?  I tied a strip of brown organza into a bow, added a shabby flower and some stick pins to complete the girly grunge look. 

Mary Fish Guest Designer 09  I also created a matching envelope for this card.

One Stamp Set Three Ways…or 4 or more…

While I was working on these creations, I began to think of other ways to use this fun, flirty stamp set.  It could be fun to try a deep embossing technique with it.  It could be interesting to paper piece the shoe.  It could be amazing to color it with markers….and so on and so on an so on….  Once you get your mind thinking about different ways to use the same stamp, the ideas just begin to flow.  How about you?  What was your favorite style:  Did you like the Flirty Background I created?  Or were you a fan of the emboss resist technique?  Were you like me, and totally into the Girly Grunge look?  Perhaps you had an idea for using this stamp set that I didn’t think of.  If so, I’d love for you to share it with me here.  If you would like to order any of the supplies used in these cards, please let me know.  I’d be more than happy to help you!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today.  And thanks again to Mary for giving me the opportunity to share my work with all of her followers.  I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me…your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



Dynamic Duos 65 and Mojo Monday 306

Dynamic Duos 65 and Mojo Monday 306

Good Tuesday morning, peeps!  Today I have another fun “Mojo Duo” card to share with you.  I am having such a good time combining the weekly Dynamic Duos color challenge with the current Mojo Monday sketch challenge that I decided to do it again.  This week’s Dynamic Duos color challenge is a lovely soft green paired with a warm pink.

  Since I just did a major re-stocking of my Stampin’ Up cardstock, I had both Blushing Bride and Pistachio Pudding in my stash!  Hooray!

The Mojo Monday sketch this week is extra fun, especially when combined with these fab colors.  That Julee Tilman sure does draw a fabulous sketch, doesn’t she?

So without further ado, here’s my interpretation of Dynamic Duos 65 and Mojo Monday 306:

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Dressed to impress

I wanted to incorporate some fun texture into this Mojo Duo so I ran a 5 x 6 1/2″ rectangle of Whisper White cardstock through an embossing folder.  Then, I noticed that the sketch seemed to show two colored panels in the background of the card.  What to do, what to do?  I wanted that yummy embossing to show so I didn’t want to cover it up with paper.  Can you guess what I did?  Yup.  Vellum to the rescue!  I colored my vellum by pressing the ink pads directly onto them, then used my fingers to spread the ink around.  I was amazed at how well it worked!  Then, I carefully glued the vellum panels down using Zip Dry glue, lined the whole panel up with the embossed pattern on the folder and ran it through my Spellbinder’s machine again.  Perfection!

Mojo Monday 307 08 Here you can see the pink vellum embossed over the white embossed panel.  It’s a really neat effect in real life.

Mojo Monday 307 04  Can you see the embossed green vellum at the base of the card?

Luscious Layers of Blushing Bride and Pistachio Pudding

I’m pretty happy with all these luscious layers of stitching, ribbon, roses and die cuts.   The focal image is from the Stampin’ Up “Thoughts and Prayers” set.  I used Distress Markers to color directly onto the stamp, “huffed” on it a few times and then stamped out this graceful bough.  Inking the stamp this way often yields a slight watercolor effect to the final product.

Mojo Monday 307 06I didn’t add any embellishments other than the ribbon. 

The inside of the card carried over the shapes and colors from the front:

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I lined the envelope…Mojo Monday 307 02

Mojo Monday 307 01.…covered the flap and stamped the lovely tree image from the stamp set onto the envelope front.

And that’s it for me today, friends.  I hope you will play along with Dynamic Duos 65 and Mojo Monday 306.  I love having a good sketch to work with on a Monday morning…it really helps to get the old creative juices flowing.  If you have any questions about today’s project, or if I can help you order any of the Stampin’ Up supplies I’ve used here, please don’t hesitate to ask.  I’m always more than happy to help a fellow paper addict…..I mean, crafter!  LOL  Thanks for all your lovely comments. They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!

Until next time…



Stampin’ Up products used in this project: Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, In Colors Designer Papers (green dot), vellum, Beau Chateau DSP; Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Basic Black; Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers.




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