Joy of Sets Challenge #JOS002 Letter S

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Greetings Stampers!  Today I would like to share with you my entry for the Joy of Sets Challenge  This is their 2nd Challenge and my second as well.  Guess what?  My entry for the First Challenge WON!!!!!  I can’t even tell you how that made me feel!  I’m just a Hobby Demo, and had never entered my cards into any challenges because I see so much awesome artistry that I was a tad intimidated.  So, it came as a bit of a surprise when I saw I won.  It’s a fledgling Challenge Blog and there weren’t THAT many entries, but that made it easier for me to enter!  You can see my winning entry here:  #JOS001.  I’ve been asked to be a Guest Designer for #JOS003, so please be sure to check back to see what I came up with 🙂  But for now, let me just add my Badge of Honor and we can move on to this weeks Challenge!  LOL

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This weeks challenge was to use any Stampin Up Stamp set, either Current or retired, it just had to have a word in the title that began with the letter S.  Sure I could have used Swirley Bird, or Sunshine Sayings or even Colorful Seasons.  But I had a total creative block until I spotted this guy on my craft table:

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This was just my sample for when I wrote up my tutorial for the U Fold Card.  But It gave me an idea!  I brought out my Sprinkles of Life stamp set and began making a scene.  But then look who showed up?  I guess This Little Piggy didn’t realize the family that lives here was still on their vacation at the beach LOL  Look at him peeking thru the window looking for his friends.  Some people think I may take my attention to detail a bit far.  But, yes I did make a basket of apples so the pig could jump up and peek into the window.  LOL, you can’t see it unless you really look at this card, but my card needed to make sense!

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I used the little flower from the Sprinkles of Life set to make wallpaper, scored some Sahara Sand cardstock to make wainscoting and of course added chair rail!  The little picture on the wall is stamped using a stamp from Foxy Friends and squares cut from Layering Square Framelits.  I even used the Brick embossing folder on some Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the outside of the house.  The tree, apples, basket and sentiment are all from Sprinkles of Life.  The Topiary is stamped and Fussy Cut using Vertical Greetings.  Some window sheet was added to the back of the Window cut from Hearth and Home Framelit Dies.  Oh, and yes, my card lays flat and fits into a standard envelope.  You can get my tutorial for the U Fold Card Here.

Why don’t you join us at The Joy Of Sets Challenge Blog?  I’ll be back Saturday with another project to share!

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My Little Piggies Went to the Beach

Good morning peeps!  Last week my Little Pigs had quite a work out!  So, this week I sent my This Little Piggy stamp set to the beach for a little vacation time!  This card fold is one of my favorite styles to create little scenes.  It’s super easy, and once decorated really has a wow factor!

There are detailed instructions all over the internet, but it’s basically a half sheet of card stock 4.25 x 11 inches and then scored at 2.75 and 5.5 inches.  Cut a narrower strip of card stock same length and scoring, just flipped when attached to the card base.  I turned my narrow strip into 2 VERY thin (.25 inch x 11) strips, placed them on a grid secured by washi tape and then started gluing .25 x 2 inch strips to form beach fencing.  (Pictures are for example, this one was for another project, but I thought a visual might be beneficial)

I created my “scene” by stamping the Lighthouse in Real Red and Smokey Slate, the “sand” in Sahara Sand, A Flock of Seagulls (sorry couldn’t resist and am now singing I Ran, you’re welcome) in Basic Gray, and the water in Island Indigo~all from the High Tide Stamp Set.

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I stamped and fussy cut some of the Little Piggies and colored them with my Powder Pink Stampin Write Marker (remind me to purchase the reinker, because I’ve been making tons (pun intended) of powder pink pigs!)

Next I cut out a few of the Adirondack Chairs and a few “drinks” from the Colorful Seasons Bundle.  The sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, I’m hoping it looks like a banner the small planes fly over the beach, yay or nay?

I borrowed from the sadly retired Day at the Beach Stamp Set, and colored then fussy cut, a hat and a beach ball.  Two essentials for a beach vacation!

Then like a little kid I played with my elements until my beach scene was built!  The card does fold, but will require extra postage because there are many stampin Dimensionals involved.  I think I’m going to be giving this to my Sister in Law, aka my Red Hat partner in crime! for her August 5th birthday.  I hope it brings her a little joy!

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I better put this card away in a cool spot, because its been SO HOT here in Florida, these little piggies may just become BACON!!!!

Until next week……

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My Tale of The Three Little Piggies!

Once upon a time there was a little girl.  Ok you got me, the little girl is me and I just celebrated my 60th birthday, but as in all fairy tales, one can dream, right?  Anyway, the young girl was doing what she has been doing every day for the past 5 or so years.  Browsing Pinterest, when she came across a style of stamping she had never seen before.  To her eye these looked like glass or tiles that were broken and then fit back together, but not exactly the way they should have been.  Upon further reading she learned these cards were made purposely in this way and the style was referred to as Retiform.  The young lady then hopped on over to watch a YouTube video on how the process was done, and then immediately attempted to make one!

First she had to decide on a stamp set.  There were many samples using the High Tide and Colorful Seasons stamp sets.  But our gal wanted something a little out of the box, so she grabbed her This Little Piggy stamp set.  Then to choose the colors.  In her mind pigs are pink, so her color choices were Blushing Bride and Powder Pink.  But sadly there wasn’t enough contrast so she scrapped her first try.

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Then the woman remembered that pigs loved to play in the mud!  Out came Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip.  All was going well until she stamped the 4th pig.  Curses she said!  It looks like the pig just above pooped on the pig just below.  So close, but a few valuable lessons were learned.  First, and most importantly, when you are told to tap tap tap your stamp onto the ink pad, TAP TAP TAP!  My oops was giving it a good hard smash and not noticing that the belly of the pig was also inked.  Lesson #2 Blender pens DO NOT erase the smudge.  It did a pretty good spreading the ink around, but still looked bad.  I even tried a little sand paper which lightened it up more, but still looked like crap (pun intended).

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By now this once little girl was an old lady (Hey, who says 60 is Old!!!!????) but has learned so much in the process.  Since this was another opportunity to try a color combination she tried replacing the Crumb Cake with Sahara Sand.  Her boxes became smaller her inking had a lighter touch and she learned to stop and smell the flowers (yes, those flowers are from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Set.)

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To recap, the first little piggy card was too light, the second little piggy was inked too hard and the third little piggy was made just right!

I hope you enjoyed my little fractured fairy tale and give this technique a try.

P.S.  I couldn’t leave well enough alone!  With a little help from my stamp-a-ma-jig and Cajun Craze ink I may have salvaged my card!  In fact I’m thinking I like this one a bit better than the card that was my “final” result!  What do you guys think?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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By the way, I gave this card to the lady that cleans my house  I felt the piggies were pretty appropriate for the amount of cleaning she had to do this month LOL

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Let’s C.A.S.E. Pinterest

Good morning!  It’s Thursday, not my regular day to post!  Tuesday my husband asked me to make a birthday card for one of his friends from high school. This is a super busy week for me, I could just have given him one of the many cards I have made but never sent. Anyone else ever make cards they never use?  Funny, if I make a card specifically for someone I never have a problem giving it away.

It just so happened I was in need of a little crafty therapy. What’s a girl to do when she has little time on her hands?  She goes through her Pinterest boards and chooses one to CASE.

I have had this one particular card (by Michele Reynolds) pinned for many months, maybe even a year and I finally decided to give it a try.  I had all the supplies to copy the card exactly except for the embossing folder. Thankfully I have many others and easily found one that would work.

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I love how it turned out, and it’s easy to give away because my heart knows I made it specially for a friend.  There is no shame in making a card that someone has already created, it just means you admired their work enough to want to recreate it.

Please stop back on Saturday, because I have a story to tell!

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Hogs & Kisses

Happy Saturday!  Today’s card showcases two different techniques.  Masking and mirror image stamping!  Both are techniques that you can find tutorials for on YouTube, no sense reinventing the wheel for those!

Once again I brought out my This Little Piggy (#143922) stamp set, and I was so nervous cutting off the sentiments on the clear stamps, but I’m so glad I did!  I love having a few of the little pigs and just using one of the sentiments.

I’ve seen cards where the pig holding the flower is holding a balloon instead.  But I thought I would change it up by stamping and fussy cutting the kite from Swirly Bird (#141749) stamp set.  I even fussy cut the bows for the kite string just to give it a bit of dimension since this is a flat card.  Not usually my style, but it’s fun to make!  (OK OK you caught me, I added 3d bows to cover up an “oops”.  I put way too much work into this card to trash it, just need to be a little sneaky to cover up my mishap 🙂

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That’s it for me this week.  Please come back to see if these little cuties make another appearance.  I do have a few ideas I’m working on, so we shall see!

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Joy of Sets Maiden Challenge

Hi peeps!  Today I’m sharing a card I made specifically for The Joy of Sets Challenge.  This is from a Facebook group by the same name that showcases cards or projects from Stampin Up Stamp Sets both current and retired.  This is the first challenge I’ve ever entered and its The Joy of Sets first ever Challenge!

I watched a fabulous YouTube video last night from the amazing Jennifer McGuire on Watercolor Block Stamping.  Her cards are always stunning!  I decided I would give it a go just for this challenge!  The stamp set I chose for the letter F challenge was Flowering Fields, now retired.  After adding Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive ink to my acrylic block I spritzed the block with water and simply laid my block on a piece of watercolor paper.  After waiting 5 minutes I removed the block and let dry.  Once dry I stamped my image with VersaMark and added black embossing powder and heat set.  For my first try I think it came out really pretty!  I used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes (still available) and added my panel to a note card.  Ta da!  This was one of the simplest cards Ive ever made, but it still packs a punch!

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I hope you enjoyed my challenge entry and check out The Joy of Sets, you will be inspired to take out some of your older sets again!  Or better yet, try them with a new set 😉

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….when pigs fly

Surprise!!!!!  I received my Stampin’ Up goodies and decided my final Daisy Card had to post a day early!!!!  I just LOVE the This Little Piggy stamp set so much!  (#143922)!  I spent a little over $150 so I was able to get a Hostess Set.  I must admit I don’t usually go for the Hostess Sets with my rewards but his Annual Catalog has quite a few I love.  The In The City set was my first choice.  (#143771)

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Remember my Tasty Trucks Goes to the Beach card?  Meet My Flying Pig Over The City!  I didn’t have a current star set so I thought, what would my potential customers be able to use if they didn’t have one either?  I hand drew little stars ala grade school art class  LOL.  I tried using the white water color pencil, but I have MS and no strength in my hand so the stars came out a bit light.  I added some wink of stella and that didn’t really do much to lighten them up, but did make them sparkle, so out came my white gel pen!  The moon is just some white chalk I added using a cotton ball.

The card is an 8×8 Dapper Denim card base scored at 4 inches.

The houses were stamped on whisper white card stock and then fussy cut as one panel like a border and then popped up on Foam Dots.  I enjoyed making this card and hate to give it away.  Maybe I will keep this one because I just want to look at it everyday.  It makes smile 🙂

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That’s my card for this week.  Check back next week, I really don’t have a card planned, so I will be as surprised as you, hahaha.

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