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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge was a hard one for me (even though it was my idea).  We are supposed to use our favorite things from the Holiday Catalog.  The problem I ran into was I like so many things from this catalog that it was hard to choose.

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Here is my card:

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I ended up choosing the Star of Light Stamp Set with the matching Thinlits called Starlight Thinlits (you can save 10% by purchasing both in a Bundle).  I love this set because it has so many things you can do with it.  The set of Thinlits is amazing and everything coordinates perfectly.  This set even makes a 3D star.

One thing I knew I had to also use was the Copper Foil Sheets.  This picture does not do it justice.  These foil sheets are just gorgeous.  They are a beautiful rich color and they shine amazingly.  As always, Stampin’ Up! offers other matching products to go together.  I used the Copper Embossing Powder for the sentiment and you can also get Copper Metallic Thread.

I cut the star our of Whisper White cardstock and used the negative piece for the card.  I put Dimensionals on the back of it so it would be raised.  Originally I added a bunch of stars and other things but decided I liked the simplicity of this better.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  It is so much fun to not show each other our creations ahead of time.

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October Specials

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Do you remember the last time you received a card in the mail? In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card is a simple thing that really stands out to the person who receives it. Sending a card is a small gesture that shows just how much you care about that special someone in your life. With World Card Making Day coming up on October 1, celebrate by making and sending a handmade card to someone who could use a little recognition, love, or just a boost (which is anyone, really!).  In celebration of World Card Making Day, from October 1-5, you can save up to 25% on cardmaking essentials that can be used to share your love all year long!

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PLUS

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October 1 through 31 , you  can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free! That’s great news since everyone can use more Designer Series Paper. This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual catalog and the recently released holiday catalog (not including Specialty Designer Series Paper or Designer Series Paper Stacks). These are the DSP papers that are eligible for this awesome sale:

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A Quick & Easy Christmas Card

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Ok, Ladies.  It is almost October so it is time to think about what you are going to do for your Christmas cards.  I know the holiday season gets very busy and sometimes you just can’t find the time to make cards on top of everything else you have to do.  This is why I am reminding you to get started early.  I expect a Christmas card from all my friends and customers! I am just kidding.  Sort of.  Kind of.  Not really.  Get moving!

I made this quick and easy Christmas card to show you that you don’t have to get all fancy and complicated with your cards.  I used a new stamp set from the Holiday Catalog called Santa’s Sleigh.  It has a set of matching Thinlits also called Santa’s Sleigh and you can save 10% by purchasing both in a Bundle.

I embossed the background with an embossing folder called Softly Falling.  I traced the curve out with a bowl and then cut it by hand.  I find that cutting quickly make it smoother for some reason.  The first time I tried it came out all jagged because I went slowly.

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Grateful Bunch Workshop Card

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I did a small mini class a few weeks ago with a brand new stamper.  She was thinking about coming to our club meeting but had never stamped before so I wanted to give her a little lesson prior to coming to the meeting.  This is one of the cards I had her make.  It is simple, yet it is a nice card to share.  Sometimes I forget that new stampers don’t need a lot of fancy techniques to get hooked.  A little stamping with a punch is the perfect to convert someone to a stamper.

I used the stamp set called Grateful Bunch for this card.  It has a matching punch for the flowers called Blossom Bunch.  It was great to show her how you stamp and then punch to make the little flowers.  She ended up coming to our club meeting and becoming a member.  Perfect!

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Detailed Floral Thinlits Celebration

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This year’s Ronald McDonald stamp set is called My Hero.  It is on the last page of the Stampin’ Up! 2016 Annual Catalog.  Honestly, I am not sure why they put it there because it tends to be forgotten.  This set is adorable and matches a lot of the different punches, Framelits and Thinlits in the catalog.  The best thing of all is when you purchase this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! makes a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).  Over the years, they have donated more than 1.5 million dollars to this worthy cause.

The sentiment “celebration” is from the Ronald McDonald House stamp set.  The cut outs below were made using the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.  These are gorgeous and one of my favorites.

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Acorny Thank You With Vintage Leaves

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Have I told you lately how much I love Fridays?  Not only is it the day before a weekend, but more importantly, it is the day of our Stamp Off Challenge!  Participating in this challenge with Buffy and Jackie is the best!  Today’s challenge is to use an Autumn theme.

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Here is the card I made:

Corny Thank You, Vintage Leaves

I decided to go against the typical fall colors.  Actually, it was not done on purpose.  It is hard to think of Fall when the temperatures are still in the 80’s.  I just wasn’t feeling vey Fallish (I know that is not a word but sometimes made up words just work).  I made a bunch of different cards that went in the “no way am I posting pile”.  This happens quite frequently to me.  It is called losing your mojo which I seem to have done.

In any case, I decide to take a break and make a different card.  I love Island Indigo and it is one of the colors in the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper.  The other color is Mint Macaron so I started to make a card using these colors.  Then I looked at all the leaves I had cut out in my previous attempt and decided to use one of them.  That is how this card evolved.

Now, let’s hope Jackie and Buffy are still on their awesome game and see what they made.

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Swirly Bird Kites

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Here is another way to use the stamp set called Swirly Bird.  If you look at the set, there are a couple of weird looking stamps.  It took me a while to figure out what they were for.  I finally inked them up and stamped them to see if I could figure it out.  I realized when you put the two of them together, they make a kite!  Isn’t that clever?  The set also includes the tiny little bows that you can put on the kite string.

The cloud shapes came from the set of Framelits called Umbrella Weather.  If you don’t have that set (why would you not have it?) you could always cut the clouds out by hand.  Seems like a lot of work to me, so you really need to buy that set too!

Lastly the sentiment comes from the stamp set called Thoughtful Banners.  All of these items are in the 2016 Annual Catalog.

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