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It is my favorite day of the week ~ Friday!  Friday is our Stamp Off Challenge day.

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Today’s challenge is to use banners in our cards.  That is a pretty easy thing to do since we just got some awesome banner stamps, Framelits and a punch!

Banners For You, Bunch of Banners

For my card, I used the stamp set called Banners For You.  These stamps have a set of matching Framelits called Bunch Of Banners.  You can save 10% by purchasing both in a bundle.  The Bunch of Banners Framelits also go with the stamp set called Birthday Banners, which is super!

Now, let’s go check out Jackie’s and Buffy’s blogs to see what they did with banners.  It is always fun because I never know ahead of time what they are going to make.  They are both so awesome!

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Botanical Builder Thank You

Botanical Builders, Watercolor Wishes

This is the second card I made for my sister’s awesome birthday present.  If you missed this story I talked about it in yesterday’s post.  To recap, my sisters and I went to South Carolina to visit my mother.  We went shopping and they bought me a gorgeous early birthday present.

I used the Botanical Builders Framelits to make this card.  I love this set of Framelits mostly because of the leaf cut out.  I think it is very pretty.  The sentiment is from the card kit called Watercolor Wishes.  That is the great thing about kits.  After you have made all the cards in the kit, you still get to use the stamps and ink spots that come with it.  It is a great value especially for a new stamper.

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Wild About Flowers

Wild About Flowers, One Big Meaning

Yesterday I mentioned out of the blue that I went to South Carolina to visit my mom with my sisters.  One of the fun things we did was to go to a large outlet shopping area.  We went to all the usual stores we normally go to but then I spied a Swarovski store.  We decided to go into it to see what it was like.  Well, that a big mistake, although not so much for me as for my sisters.  This store is full of bling!  Everything in it sparkles.  Of course, we had to look around.  I found two gorgeous bangle bracelets.  They were beautiful and fit perfectly (of course) but they were way more money then I would spend.  Well, it just so happens that I have a birthday coming up soon.  It is a big birthday.  It is a very big birthday!  So, my amazing sisters bought me these bracelets for my birthday.  Aren’t they awesome sisters?

So this is one of the Thank You Cards I made for them.  I used the Wild About Flowers stamp set and One Big Meaning for the sentiment.  First I stamped the sentiment on a piece of Post-It Note Paper.  Then I cut around it and made a mask so that the stems of the flowers would not stamp where I wanted the sentiment.  Then I stamped the stems over the mask and then stamped the sentiment in the blank space the mask made.

Thank you to my awesome sisters!  You are both amazing!

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Flourish Thinlits Birthday

Flourish Thinlits, Brushwork Alphabet, Time Of Year

Last week I went to South Carolina to visit my mother (who is 91!).  My two sisters also came so we had a little reunion.  I had a great time except, I have to tell you, I have decided that Southerners are crazy!  I am sorry but they just have to be.  I don’t know how they live in that hot, humid weather.  I thought I was going to melt every time I went outside.  Walking to the car, made me break out in a sweat.  Inside the car was like a sauna.  Holy cow!  It was hot!

What does that have to do with this card?  Not a thing!

I made this card using a couple of different stamp sets.  The “Happy” was stamped using the Brushwork Alphabet.  It is a very pretty font and you can make any word you would like.  The “birthday” is from a hostess set called Time Of The Year.  You can only buy this set with a qualifying $150 order.  The good news is if you place a $150 order before the end of July you can get $15 in free merchandise now and then get three $5.00 coupons to use during the month of August for Bonus Days!

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Detailed Floral Thinlits

Detailed Floral Thinlits, Crazy About You, Hello You Thinlits

I think one of my most favorites thing in the 2-16/2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.  I think they are so elegant and can be used for any card theme.  The best part is they are so easy to cut out if you use the Precision Plate and the new Big Shot Platform.  This new Platform has a curve in the middle so it presses the die a little harder.  It will come with any new Big Shot purchase from Stampin’ Up!  from now on and you can also just buy the platform by itself is you already own a Big Shot.

The ‘happy” is cut using the Hello You Thinlits.  Although you can not see it in this picture, I used Clear Wink Of Stella over the word to add a little sparkle to it.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Crazy About You.

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A Party Animal Stamp Off Challenge

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TGIF and we have another fun Stamp Off Challenge.  Jackie got very creative a little while ago and came up with some awesome challenges.  This week it is called Party Animal.

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Now, I am not quite sure what it means exactly.  It could be make a celebration card or it could mean make a card with an animal in it.  I decided to do both!

Pop Of Paradise, Confetti CelebrationI decided to make a birthday card with an animal on it.  At the same time, I made it a fun fold slider card.  When you pull the piece with the ribbon on it, the middle slides up and you see a surprise message.  This is what the card looks like completely open.

Slider Card, Pop Of Paradise, Confetti Celebration

This picture shows how the Flamingo and leaves pop up when you open it.

Pop Of Paradise, Confetti Celebration, Slider Card

I used two stamp sets to make this card.  The flamingo and leaves are from Pop Of Paradise.  Now really.  Who doesn’t like a Flamingo?  One of the new InColors is called Flirty Flamingo, so of course, I had to use that color.  The sentiments are from the stamp set called Confetti Celebration.

Now, let’s head over to Buffy’s and Jackie’s blogs to see their Party Animal Cards.  If I was a guessing woman, I would say they used a cute and silly Llama on their cards.  Let’s go see!

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Jar Of Love

Jar of Love

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly club meeting.  The Jar Of Love stamp set with the matching Framelits called Everyday Jars is one of my favorite sets in the new catalog.  You can save 10% by buying both!

This card reminds me of when my boys were youngsters and we would go to the local fireman’s fair.  They always wanted to try to win a goldfish and they usually did.  We always had to go to the store and buy a fish bowl and some food.  I should have just used mason jars!  It would have saved us some money.  One of my sons named every fish he ever got George Bush.  We had a lot of George Bush’s.  I am not sure where these fairs would get these fish but poor George never lasted very long and we would have to have a fish funeral.  It was always a sad day.

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