Saying Goodbye To Chalk Talk

Chalk TalkThis is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses the stamp set called Chalk Talk which is (sadly) retiring this year.  I love this set and will miss it.  The good news is the matching Framelits are NOT retiring which means maybe there will be another stamp set to match them!

We used a fun technique with this card.  I took a brayer and ink it with Island Indigo and ran it over the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and actually stamped it on the Whisper White card stock.  You could run it through the Big Shot and emboss it too but I decided not to do that with this card.

Here is a picture of Madelyn at one week old.  It is nice to see her eyes open!  I figure my son, Sam, must have been the hair stylist for this photo.  He parted it just like his own!

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Mini Treat Bag

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Here is a cute little bag I made with a couple of products from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make the bag itself.  It is so easy to do.  I love this set of Thinlits because it not only makes the cute little bag but it comes with a lot of different shapes and words that can be used with so many others things.

The other product I used to make this bag is the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper.  I think it is one of my all time favorites.  It really is so beautiful that the picture does not do it justice.

The tag was made using the stamp set and the matching Framelits called Chalk Talk.  These are in the Annual Catalog and you can save 15% by buying both.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a free card kit or 2 free Sale-a-bration items!

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Corner Garden Shaker Card

Corner Garden, Chalk TalkThis is the second card we made at our monthly Club Meeting in June.  It uses the beautiful new background stamp called Corner Garden.  It is very elegant and can be used as it is or colored using Blendabilities, Blender Pens or markers.  In this case, we just stamped it as is.

To make a Shaker Card you need to use Shaker Frames.  They are soft foam circles that can seal in whatever you use for the shakers.  In this case we used the Gold Sequin Trim by detaching the sequins from the twine.  These cards are a lot of fun to make and you can put anything small inside them.  You can use confetti, beads or little tiny punches.  We then wrapped the card with Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine.

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Flower Garden Chalk Talk

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Spring has arrived.  At least the calendar says Spring has arrived.  I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature this because I still have a foot of snow in my yard!  I won’t go into what an awful winter it was because I think the rest of the country already knows this.  In any case, I decided to make a card using Spring colors.  Pink Pirouette is a perfect color to use for Spring.  This card is also a fun fold because it opens in the middle instead of at one end.  I used 5/8″ Organza Ribbon to tie it together.  The embossing folder on the left side is called Flower Garden.  It makes a very pretty card.  The For You stamps is from Chalk Talk.

Now let’s just hope Mother Nature reads this post and realizes it really is Spring!

Tomorrow is the last day to for Sale-a-bration!  Get your free merchandise before it is gone forever!

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Chalk Talk For You

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I hope everyone enjoyed the blog hop yesterday.  I had a great time participating in it and loved all the projects everyone did.

I made this card using two of the In Colors.  One of them, Primrose Petals, is retiring this year so if you like this color, you really need to stock up on it before the retirement list comes out and it disappears.  The other In Color I used is called Baked Brown Sugar and will be around for another year.  The stamp set I used is called Chalk Talk and it has matching Framelits.  You can save 15% by purchasing both in a Bundle.

Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time!  Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase!  Get an extra $30 in Hostess Benefits with a $300 workshop (or order)!  Join my Stampin Up! family and get an extra $25 with your starter kit!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

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Welcome to my first ever blog hop!  For those of you who do not know what a blog hop is, it is where a group of Stampin Up! demonstrators make projects based on a theme and the viewer goes from blog to blog to see everyone’s projects.  You probably just came from Jean’s amazing blog.  Her projects are always gorgeous!

Why the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  If you are a Stampin Up! demonstrator you have access to a forum called Stampin Connection where only demonstrators can enter.  On that forum is a thread called the Wacky Women’s Watercooler.  It is basically a thread where we talk about anything and everything (except business!).  The demonstrators who go there the most decided to do a blog hop a few months ago.  I could never participate because I was usually out of town on the dates they picked but this time I am home and here (although a little nervous!).

This hop’s theme is about the products in the Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalogs.  The first card I made is a wedding card.  You could probably use it for just about any holiday or event (well maybe not a masculine birthday card).  Just change the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and it becomes whatever you want.  The card uses the Spiral Flower Originals Die that is in the Occasions Catalog.  It is so easy to make a flower using this die.  It is a Bigz die so you can cut up to 4 pieces of cardstock at a time.  I didn’t have a black brad so I decided to dip a brad from Antique Brads in Versamark and then Black Embossing Powder and heated it up with my Heat Tool.  The Designer Series Paper is called Modern Medley and is in the Annual Catalog.

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Here is a close up pictures of the flowers.

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The next project(s) I made used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch which is in the Occasion Catalog.  I actually saw this technique on Pinterest and fell in love with it.  I had to figure out how to make it but it wasn’t hard to do.  If you look closely, the “tag toppers” are all one piece with the card.  Of course, I decorated it differently then the card I saw, making it my own.  I actually made two of them, one has the tabs on the side and one has them in the middle.  Both cards use the Designer Series Paper in the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Sweet Sorbet. You can’t buy this paper but you can get it for free with a qualifying purchase.  I love the colors of this paper.  I used the stamp sets called Perfect Pennants and Chalk Talk for these cards.

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The last card I made uses the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Banner Blast and the matching Banner Punch.  You can not purchase these items right now but you can get them for free with a qualifying purchase.  The card also uses the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder that is also in the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  By the way, the Banner Punch and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder will be available for purchase in the 2014/2015 Annual Catalog that comes out in June but you can only earn the Banner Blast Stamp Set through a qualifying purchase.  The Birthday Wishes stamp is from Four You.

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Well I hope you enjoyed my projects for the Blog Hop!  Now hop on over to Heidi’s blog to see her amazing projects!  If you get lost along the way you can click on one of these blog buttons.  The “Next” Button will take you to the next blog (Heidi’s).  The “Previous” button will take you back to Jean’s Blog and the Home Button will take you to the home web page where all the blogs and their addresses are listed.

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Chalk Talk & Scallop Tag Topper

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In the 2014 Stampin Up! Occasions Catalog, there is a punch called Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I have used it in a number of cards this month.  It makes great tags to use for gifts or to put on a card.  It also pairs well with the Chalk Talk Framelits.  If you punch out both sides of the paper you can layer them together.  As you can see, I did this with Brushed Gold Cardstock.  I really like the Brushed Gold Cardstock because it is a nice soft gold.  It is more antique looking than a bright gold.  The background was embossed using an embossing folder called Scallops Textured Impressions.  This is also in the Occasions Catalog.