Happy Green St. Patrick’s Day Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge was a challenge for me.  I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and I don’t even have any stamp sets that could be used.  Luckily the challenge also said “green” so I went with that.  Whew!  It might have been another rebel day! I


Here is my card.

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As you can tell, I went with the green theme.  I was trying to figure out how to make a totally green card but none of the greens go well with each other (in my opinion) so I added some Tempting Turquoise.  I used the stamp set called Balloon Adventures.  As you can tell, it is really my favorite set from the Occasions Catalog.  Well, today it is anyway.  I love so much from that catalog it is hard to pick a favorite.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy have made for the green St. Patrick’s Day challenge.

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Birthday Adventures

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This is the first card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  The name of the stamp set is called Birthday Adventures.  I love this set.  It is such a fun set.  It has matching Thinlits called Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits and you can save 10$ by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The stamp set alone is adorable but when you add the Pop-Up surprise on the inside, it is really cute.  Here is the inside of this card:

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Another great thing about this whole set is it also comes with great Designer Series Paper called Party Animal, Washi Tape (also called Party Animal), Emerald Envy 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon and the cutes charms called Party Animal Embellishments.  To top it all off, it also matches the Balloon Bouquet Punch!!  If you just purchased the Bundle which includes the stamp set and dies, you would be eligible to get FREE item from the Sale-a-bration Catalog!

Speaking of Sale-a-bration, check back on my blog tomorrow for additional products you can earn for free.  Stampin’ Up! is adding three more awesome items that you are going to just love!

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Balloon Adventures Stamp Off Anniversary

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First of all, I need to say Happy Anniversary to Buffy and Jackie.  We have been doing our Stamp Off Challenges for a year now!  Time sure flies!  When we first started this, it was supposed to be a every once in a while thing.  That lasted, well, one week.  We decided to do it every Friday until one of us didn’t want to anymore.  Here we are, a year later and still going strong.  I am so proud to be partners with these two very talented ladies.  I am so thankful they are easy going and don’t mind when I cheat a bit.  Let’s face it.  I am the biggest cheater (rebel) of them all and they have not “yelled” at me once.  As far as I know, they haven’t even gotten mad at me (of course, they haven’t seen this week’s challenge yet!). The only issue I have with them is there are really bad enablers!  I seem to want to buy everything they create with!  This is why I love these ladies.  They are talented, sweet and patient with someone who doesn’t always follow the rules.  How amazing is that?!?    OK.  Enough of the mushy stuff!

This week our Stamp Off Challenge is a Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  You are supposed to (note the words “supposed to”) draw a straight line across, down or diagonally on the Tic Tac Toe Board and make a card using these items.


Don’t look too closely because I did a bent line instead of a straight one.  I wanted to make a masculine card with balloons but I didn’t really have any birthday Washi Tape so I used In Colors instead.


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Masculine birthday cards are one of the hardest to make (for me).  You can’t really add ribbon or sparkles and you certainly can’t use flower stamps.  My sons would roll their eye balls if they saw things like that on their cards.

You can use balloons!  Everyone loves balloons.  Stampin’ Up! has a new catalog out called the Occasions Catalog, and there are some awesome balloon stamps and dies.  The stamps are called Balloon Adventures.  It has a lot of great sentiments, as well as balloons, strings, confetti and banners.  I didn’t use the dies on this card (the are called Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies) but if you buy both the stamps and the dies you can save 10%.  The stamps also go with the Balloon Bouquet Punch (which I did use).

The Designer Series Paper is called Party Animal.  It is also in the Occasions Catalog and was made to go with this suite of products.

Now go check out Jackie’s and Buffy’s creations.  I am sure they followed the rules, although I am not to sure about Buffy anymore.  She has been a rebel lately!

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Baby Bear

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This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting earlier in the summer.  I don’t know why I didn’t post it previous to this but I guess it doesn’t really matter.  This stamp set is called Baby Bear and is in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It is a 3-step stamp set which is why the bear looks so life like.  First you stamp the background color in the lightest color.  We used Crumb Cake.  Then you stamp over that with the 2nd stamp in the series (we used Soft Suede) and last of all, you stamp the third color over it all (we used Early Espresso).  It really give it a nice 3D look and it is very easy to line up.

I am saving this card to send to Madelyn.  It is a perfect card for a sweet, little girl.  Here is a picture of her in pigtails.  She is growing up way too fast!


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Balloon Celebration

Balloon Celebration

Today is the birthday of a friend of mine, Char.  Char and I have been friends for a long time and have a lot of good memories together.  We met because she was looking for someone to take care of her children and I was looking for a way to stay home with mine and make a bit of money.  It was a perfect match.  Even though her youngest child is now 32, we have remained friends all this time.

As I am writing this post I just realized that I used retired Designer Series Paper to make this card.  Sometimes I forget what has retired and what has not.  I decided to post it anyway because you could just substitute another Designer Series Paper to make this card.

It uses a stamp set called Balloon Celebrations and of course, has a matching balloon punch called Balloon Bouquet.  As you know, I love balloons and I love punches so it was a perfect set for me!  The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  That is one of the awesome things about Paper Pumpkin.  The kit may be used up but you will always have the stamps to use!

Happy Birthday, Char.  I hope your day is amazing!

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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

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It is that time again for a Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a sketch challenge by Jackie.  Here is the sketch:

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Here is my card:

Balloon Celebration

I used the stamp set from the 2016 Occasions Catalog called Balloon Celebration.  It comes with a matching punch called Balloon Bouquet and you can save 15% by purchasing them in a bundle.  The sentiment is from the February My Paper Pumpkin Kit.  That is one of the great things about subscribing to My Paper Pumpkin.  You get to keep the stamps and ink pad(s) to use in the future.  If you are interested in subscribing to My Paper Pumpkin you can click on the logo on the right.

Now I am off to check out what amazing creations Jackie and Buffy made.  To go see Buffy’s blog click HERE and Jackie’s blog click HERE.  I am sure you will pleasantly surprised!

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Only A Couple Of Days To Sale-A-Brate

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There are only a couple more days before Sale-a-bration ends.  After that all the items in the Sale-a-bration catalog will be gone forever!  Don’t miss out!

I made this card using the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Perfect Pairings.  It is a great set of nine sentiments that cover just about any occasion you can think of.  You can get this set for free if you purchased some of the other items I used to make this card.  The stamp set is called Balloon Celebration.  It has a matching punch and if you bought both you could save 15% in a bundle.  The ribbon I used is in the Occasions Catalog and is called Watermelon Wonder 1: Stitched Satin Ribbon.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Annual Catalog and is called Cherry On Top.  Purchase all those items and you can get the Perfect Pairings Stamp Set for free!

Hurry before it is too late!

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