blog132bic33piece.jpgMartha Stewart sets the stage for Beate’s Inspiration Challenge #33 this week.  Aren’t these colors just yummy!  I used three different Flourishes sets on my card.  The leaves are from Flourishes “Autumn Flourishes” set.  The table and bowl are from “Summer on the Patio”, and the sentiment is from “Figs and Pomegranates”.  The ribbon is May Arts sheer 1″ width in chocolate.

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The leaves were stamped first using Garden Green and VersaMark on Barely Banana card stock.  A VersaMarker was used to draw on the veins before clear embossing all the leaves.  I then sponged and sponged using several different colors ranging from yellows to black at the bottom.  The center was left a brighter yellow for the table and bowl.  The bowl was stamped, clear embossed and masked.  Then the table was stamped and clear embossed.  The lemons were colored with SU! markers.  A white gel pen was used for highlights.  The sentiment was also embossed and popped up on dimensionals.

Be sure to check out the other Inspiration Challenge Team’s blogs!

Charmaine Ikach

Danielle Lounds

Dawn McVey

Jennifer Buck

Silke Ledlow 

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Flourishes is kicking off the holiday season and everything at Flourishes is JustRite!!  They want to make it easy for you to add to your wish list or buy for that special stamping buddy in your life.  So starting December 1st, everything JustRite in the Flourishes store will be 25% off!!  The Flourishes Design Team will be showing you lots of fun ways you can use these products, and we are giving away some goodies of our own!!  Here are the blogs to check out this week for some yummy candy!!

SundayFaith

Monday – me  (If you haven’t already, be sure to check out yesterday’s post to see all of my JustRite Blog Candy!!)smileyflowerani.gif

TuesdayCindy

WednesdayLaura

ThursdayFlourishes Newsletter

FridayLatisha

SaturdayJulie

SundayWinner’s Roundup on the Flourishes Blog

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Stamps: Flourishes ‘Autumn Flourishes’, ‘Summer on the Patio’, ‘Figs and Pomegranates’

Papers: SU! Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip

Inks: SU! Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Yoyo Yellow, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Basic Black; VersaMark and VersaMarker; Black and White Gel Pens

Accessories: May Arts Ribbon; Leaf Charm; Paper Piercing Tool and Template; Clear Embossing Powder; Distressing Tool; SU! Photo Corner Punch

Beate’s inspiration piece this week is a child’s room.  The thing that caught my eye was the lions, monkeys and other animals.  They

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brought Africa to mind.  Now this may be because my son’s girlfriend just returned from spending a month in Africa.. Madagascar to be exact.  And did she ever have a unique and wonderful surprise for me!  She brought me stamps.  Not just any stamps but handmade stamps.  She said that this vendor in Antananarivo had a book from which you could choose a design.  He would then proceed to carve that design into the rubber.  She picked out a couple of chameleon images.  I made my card for Beate’s challenge today with one of these awesome stamps.

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The raffia on the card is also something that she brought me.  It is so fresh that it is still green.

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These stamps are such a special gift.  I just LOVE them!

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Thank you SO MUCH, Elise!

Be sure to check out the other inspiration challenge team’s blogs!

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

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Inspiration Card

Stamps: Handmade Chameleon from Madagascar, Africa; SU! ‘Happiness is a Journey’

Papers: SU! Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White, DSP ‘Patterns’ in Bali Breeze and ‘Haiku’

Inks: SU! Really Rust, Old Olive Markers; Versafine ‘Onyx Black’

Accessories: Raffia, GG Ribbon, Sun Eyelet, Cuttlebug, Circle Nestabilities, Brad

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Today is one of my sons’ birthday.  Gosh I think he is turning a quarter of a century today or 2-1/2 decades.  How can this be?  If he is that old then it makes me REALLY old especially considering that he is my 3rd son!  lol  I love the sentiment used on the inspiration challenge.  So here it is again.. and again.. and again.

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Happy Birthday, Gary!!

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Birthday Card

Stamps: SU! ‘Happiness is a Journey’

Papers: SU! Basic Black, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red

Inks: SU! Craft Whisper White; Versafine ‘Onyx Black’

Accessories: SU! Circle Brad, GG Ribbon, VersaMarker, Clear Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug, ‘Distressed Stripes’ Embossing Folder

 

This cute mobile is the inspiration piece for Beate’s Inspiration Challenge #31 this week.

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Here is the card that I made for it.

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As soon as I saw those darling felt birds, I knew I would be using my felt flowers from SU!’s Flower Fusion.  The leaves were created by cutting off some of the petals on one of the green flowers.  The sweet little bird in the Fun and Fast Notes set seemed like the perfect place to start, too.  And I tried to stay close to the colors in the inspiration piece.

Hope you can play along.  This was a FUN one!  Check out the other Inspiration Team’s creations:

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

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All products used are from Stampin’ Up!.

Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes, Bella Blossoms (sentiment)

Papers: Not Quite Navy, Watercolor, DSP Washington Apple

Inks: YoYo Yellow, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Jet Black Stazon (Classic Ink Pads, Markers and Reinkers were all used.)

Accessories: Button (Earth Elements), Flower Fusion, GG Ribbon (Always Artichoke), Aqua Painter

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Flourishes’ Sneak Peek!!!

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Tomorrow is Flourishes’ release day! They have 3 new sets this month!! Here’s a little teeny tiny peeksie.  *hehe*  Hope you will come back tomorrow and take a look at these wonderful stamps!!

This delightful and fun bag is the inspiration piece for Beate’s Inspiration Challenge #30 this week.  (The handbag is a Belle Bag and can be found here.)

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And here is the card I made for it.

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I love this new Basic Gray “Urban Prairie” designer paper and matching brads.  I played with my SU! scalloped border and circle punches.  The scallops are clipped to give the circle a little more dimension.  The card is a 4-1/4″ square.

Be sure to check out the other Inspiration Team’s creations:

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

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Stamps: SU! Smarty Pants

Papers: SU! So Saffron, Not Quite Navy; Basic Grey ‘Urban Prairie’ DP

Inks: SU! Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Basic Grey ‘Urban Prairie’ Brad, Primas, Satin Ribbon, Paper Piercer and Template, SU! Scalloped Circle Punch, SU! Scalloped Border Punch, SU! 1-3/8 Inch Circle Punch

A beautiful bedroom setting is the inspiration piece for Beate’s challenge today.

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Here is the card I made for it.

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This is a Stampin’ Up! only card.  I cut out the large flower from their Designer Series Paper “Urban Garden”.  The build-a-brad is made with Not Quite Navy card stock.  The embossed card base was done with the scoring blade on my paper cutter.

Be sure to check out the other Inspiration Team’s creations:

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

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Stamps: Fresh Cuts

Papers: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, DSP Urban Garden

Inks: Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Build a Brad (Pewter), Rope Twine, Photo Corners Punch, 1/2 inch Circle Punch

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Such beautiful colors in Beate’s inspiration piece today.  And I totally went with them.

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All images are from Flourishes.  The ornament is from their newly released set All That Glitters.  The sentiment is also from a newly released set Sleigh Ride.  The background is Damask.  The sentiment and background were stamped with craft inks.  The ornament was stamped with Bravo Burgundy classic ink and VersaMark on watercolor paper and then clear embossed.  It was then watercolored with Regal Rose and Bravo Burgundy reinkers.  A Bravo Burgundy marker was used to outline the flourishes on the ornament.

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The ribbon treatment was inspired by this card by Jan Marie Curuso.

Be sure to check out the other Inspiration Team’s creations:

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

Flourishes All That Glitters – Set of 12 Stamps

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Flourishes Sleigh Ride – Set of12 Stamps

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Stamps: Flourishes All That Glitters, Sleigh Ride, Damask
Papers: SU! Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy, Watercolor, Vellum
Inks: SU! Craft Whisper White and Bravo Burgundy, Classic Bravo Burgundy, Reinkers Regal Rose and Bravo Burgundy, Marker Bravo Burgundy, VersaMark
Accessories: Kaiser Pearls; SU! Regal Rose 5/8 inch GG Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Aquapainter; Gold Cording (non elastic); Heat Gun

What a cool piece Beate has for her inspiration challenge today.

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For me this one was all about the windows, the stripes and the polka dots.  My card is made with all Stampin’ Up products.  It was the first that I have played with my new stamp set “Window Dressing” and Designer Series Paper “Maine Blueberry”.   Yeah!  Here is my card.

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I first stamped the window image on Whisper White card stock.  Next I stamped the vases.  I then masked the window and vases and sponged in the blue and green to suggest sky and grass.  While masked I also stamped in part of the tree image from the “Nature Silhouettes” set.  I unmasked the image, colored it with SU! markers, cut it out, mounted it on Night of Navy card stock and then cut it out again leaving a Night of Navy border.  The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White card stock.  It was then die cut into a circle.  A slightly larger circle was cut with the Night of Navy card stock and adhered to the back of the sentiment circle.  The window image was then adhered to the front of the sentiment circle.  Then the entire main image was popped up on dimensionals on the designer paper covered card base.

You can visit Beate’s other Inspiration Design Team members’ blogs to see where this piece took them on their creative journey.  Hope you can play along, too!

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

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All products are made by Stampin’ Up!.
Stamps: Window Dressing, Nature Silhouettes
Papers: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, DSP Maine Blueberry
Inks: Classic Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Olive Green; Markers Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Olive Green, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red Brads, Photo Corner Punch

Beate’s Inspiration Challenge today was the perfect chance to use my new SU! set called “Eastern Influences”.  Here is the inspiration photo.

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And here is the card I made that was inspired by it.

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The image was made by coloring directly onto the rubber with markers and then spritzing with water before stamping.  After stamping the flowers were colored in with a Pretty in Pink marker.

I wish that SU! made brown brads.  With each new catalog I search to see if they have finally decided to carry them.   But they still don’t, so I make my own.

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Using the antique brass brads and a pair of tweezers, I push them into my Chocolate Chip Craft stampin’ spot.  Then I quickly and lightly spray them with Clear Finish.  I push them into the stampin’ spot again then use my heat gun to dry them.  I love the matte finish it creates.  But I’m still hoping that the next new catty will be the one!

See what the other challenge team members have created today using this beautiful photo as their inspiration.

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

Hope you get a chance to play, too.

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All products are made by Stampin’ Up!.
Stamps:  Eastern Influences
Papers: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, DSP Parisian Summer
Inks: Close to Cocoa Classic; Chocolate Chip Craft; Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom Markers
Accessories: Taffeta Ribbons in Kraft and Very Vanilla, Brad, Flower Fusion

Had some fun today as I played along in Beate’s Inspiration Challenge.  Here is the inspiration piece this week.

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And here is the card that I made for it.  I thought the Crystal Clear Card Stock would work well to give the feel of glass as there is so much of it in the inspiration piece.

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All of the stamping is done on the front of the clear card stock.  The white insert is completely blank.  It is attached with adhesive to the clear card stock only under the designer paper panel at the top of the card.

There are so many possibilities and different ways to go with this inspiration piece.  I’m excited to see how the other design team members interpreted it.  You can check out their creations with me on their blogs here.

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

Hope you can play along in Beate’s challenge today, too!

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Stamps: SU! Embrace Life and Harvest Home
Papers: SU! Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, DSP Haiku; Crystal Clear Card Stock
Inks: Timber Brown Stazon
Accessories: SU! Scallop Border Punch and 3/16th” Corner Rounder; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

 

blog102bic23piece.jpgYay!! Yesterday I got to play with my new Stampin’ Up! toys. What fun I had. *big grin*  I was able to make three cards all of which are SUO (Stampin’ Up! Only).

The first card was made for  Beate’s Inspiration Challenge #23.  This room was the inspiration piece.  And here is the card that I made for it.

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I used two of my new stamp sets, “Nature Silhouettes” and “On Your Birthday”.  I also used some of SU!’s new Designer Series Paper “Manchester”.

To see more cards made for Beate’s BIC#23 visit her other inspiration design team’s blogs:

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey

Now I couldn’t wait to use my new “Alpine” Ribbon Originals.  Oh don’t you just love this chocolate chip felt ribbon complete with stitching.
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I combined it with the new 1″ wide chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon.  Two more new sets, “A Flower for All Seasons” and the beautiful Merry Christmas sentiment from “A Cardinal Christmas” were used.  “Holiday Treasures” is some of the most beautiful designer paper… EVER!!  Yup I used some of that, too.

The third card today uses the new set “Starring You”.

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This card is made with the new In Color “Baja Breeze”.  Wow I love this color!  The designer paper is the new “Patterns”.  The new 1-3/4″ circle punch was used for the black circle behind the main image/sentiment.  The stars were stamped with SU!’s “Classic Backgrounds”.  Although this is not a new set, it was the first time I have used it.  To make the little star embellishment I stamped a single star on some whisper white card stock.  Then I took the small star punch, centered the stamped star and punched it out.

Oh yay!  It was a fun day!!  Hope you get some stamping time in, too!!

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BIC#23 Card

Stamps: Nature Silhouettes, On Your Birthday
Papers: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Yoyo Yellow, Manchester DSP
Inks: Really Rust Classic and Marker, Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Very Vanilla 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Flower Fusion, Brads, 1/4″ Circle Punch

Christmas Card

Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons, A Cardinal Christmas
Papers: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Holiday Treasures DSP
Inks: Classic Garden Green, Markers Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Petty In Pink, Ruby Red, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Yoyo Yellow, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Alpine Felt Ribbon Originals, 1″ Chocolate Chip Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer

Birthday Card

Stamps: Starring You, Classic Backgrounds
Papers: Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Whisper White, Baja Breeze-Patterns DSP
Inks: Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Black Hemp Twine, Photo Corners Punch, Star Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch

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