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Fun Weekend at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo -Chantilly!

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I had a great time at Stamp and Scrapbook Expo-Chantilly this weekend!  I volunteered on Thursday and got to meet many of the wonderful staff.  Friday and Saturday were spent shopping and cropping.  So my next few entries will highlight some of the products I bought and projects I worked on at the crop.

One of my favorite booths (there were many favorites) was It's Cheaper than Therapy.  I bought a few pop up card dies that just looked so fun.  They are Elizabeth Craft dies designed by Karen Burniston.  The first one I am using is the Anita Frames Pop-up.




The dies makes the most adorable card and I think I will make Christmas cards with it.  I started by using some scraps to try it out, but I really need a wedding card for an upcoming wedding so I completed this card.  The paper is a champagne metallic and a gold, both from The Paper Cut, another great vendor at the show. The saying is from B.Y.O.P. by Stampin' Up, embossed in gold.  The champagne glasses are a Taylored Expre…

Graduation Card

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So I can't believe that it has been over a year since I have posted anything on this blog.  Time sure does fly!  Since my last post my youngest 2 children (the twins) have graduated from college.

So since it is graduation season I will show you my latest graduation card.  This is one I made for students at the high school I teach at.  Personalized paper for our high school was purchased from Scrapbook Customs.


I love making shaker cards with the Fuse tool.  I use the same die that cuts out the black stitched circle as a guide to seal the acetate pocket. The pocket is filled with chunky glitter, little graduation caps, and swirls which are both cut from Taylored Expressions dies.  The large graduation cap and diploma on the outside of the circle are also cut from Taylored Expressions dies. Once the pocket is assembled I embossed the year onto white paper, glued it and the shaker over the patterned paper.

The "Class of is embossed in gold also.  It is from the same stamp set a…

Baby Shower Shaker Card

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I have fallen in love with shaker cards!  Adding bling and movement to cards is so fun.  This month I have two baby showers to attend so I thought these would be perfect shower cards.

To make the card I punched a whole in the white card stock in the upper left corner with an Elizabeth craft die.  I used the same die and the next size scalloped die to create the head of the rattle.  The same circle die was used in conjunction with the FUSE tool to make the acetate shaker that was inserted behind the top layer of card stock.  The shaker is filled with Queen & Co. beads and Pretty Pink Posh's new Sweet Pea Mix of sequins.

Finally - I heat embossed the Bundle of Joy sentiment onto the oval tag and backed it with pink card stock.  All the paper and ribbon is from my stash.







Step Cards for Christmas!

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I have been playing around with variations of the step cards I have seen on Pinterest.  I just love all the different things you can do and the dimensionality (is that really a word?) of the cards.

My first attempt uses my much loved Tim Holtz snowman blueprint stamp and die set.    The width of the unfolded side can change depending on what you want to place there.  My folded steps can be embellished with patterned or embossed paper and words that hang over the top of the steps.  For this card I cut the word Believe and the snowflake from my Cricut .


For the next step card I put the unfolded part of the card in the center with narrow steps on either side.  The center holds the main focus which is a Stampin' Up sentiment.  The paper is from Teresa Collins' "Santa's List". The snowflakes and star are chipboard from Little Yellow Bicycle.


On the last step card, I cut the word "Joy" from Stampin' Up's Wonderous Wreath set, out of metallic paper.  …

Variations of Sheltering Tree Card

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I love the Stampin' Up stamps "Sheltering Tree"  It's such a versatile set, I decided to make 2 cards in the same color scheme with Sheltering Tree.  I could spend weeks making different cards with these stamps.

For the first card I used a separate Thank You stamp. Then I masked it off and stamped the Sheltering Tree over top of the thank you.  Once all the layers of the tree  were stamped, I removed the mask. You can change the shape of the mask to create whatever design you want in the tree.




The next card contains a shaker in the middle of the tree.  For this design I stamped all the layers of the tree onto the card front.  Then cut  a donut out of the tree.  I cut a second circle the same size as the outter circle.  The center of the donut has to be put back into the card by placing it onto the second circle, and then backing it with another piece of white (lining up the tree).

Once that is done place strips of foam adhesive (snipped so it curves) onto the white …

Circle of Spring Wreath

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I just love the new Circle of Spring wreath stamp from Stampin' Up.  I'm so happy they made it compatible with the Wondrous Wreath die.  I wish more dies had multiple stamps that would work with them.

I know it's a little early ( or late depending on your outlook)  for an Easter card, but I just couldn't resist creating an Easter card with this set.  I colored the wreath and the extra flowers with water based markers.

Both the wreath and the flowers are popped up with foam dots.

Happy Scrapping!

Wedding Card

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Today I wanted to share a wedding card that I made for a recent wedding I attended.  I felt that it should be something simple yet sophisticated.  I love the gold embossing on white. 
Materials Used:
White cardstock Gold foil paper Stampin Up "Congratulations" Tiffany cake die white ribbon dot embossing folder Gold embossing powder