Bike Ride

Many years ago I worked for a company that owned a Bike Shop.  This was back when you could buy a Huffy at Kmart or a Schwinn at a local bike shop.  Of course, I was a bike snob because of working there.  We had one mechanic that was amazing.  Dennis rarely spoke to anyone but he could put a bike together or fix a bike in no time at all.  One day I asked him if he would teach me how to put a bike together.  Amazingly enough, he agreed to teach me.  Now normally it would take a couple of hours for him to put one together.  It took me all day!  You would not believe how many parts there are to a bicycle!  Believe me, when you first open that box there are parts everywhere!  Very little comes put together.  Dennis was great and so patient.  He didn’t even swear once though I think his eyeballs could have fallen out of his sockets from all the eye rolls he did!  Of course, I could never do it now but it was fun to do, once, back then.

Bike Ride is one of those fun stamp sets that you can do a lot with.  The set has 24 different Photopolymer stamps which include the bike, wheels, flowers, a basket, books, apples and even a dog.  It is a two step stamp set which means it take two or more stamps to make an image.  It is super easy to line up because they stamp are Photopolymer which means you can see through them.  It is a lot easier to put this bike together than a real one!  Plus, to top it all off, this stamp set has matching Framelits called Build A Bike which include 15 dies.  If you buy them in a Bundle you can save 10%.  That is a lot of bang for your buck!

The banner is from Bunch Of Banners Framelits Dies and sentiment is from Banners For You.  These two items also coordinate together.

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Beautiful Bouquet

This is the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last week.  I do need to say that my stamp ladies are the best!  They are such fun to get together with and we all get along really well.  It is such a great group!  I love them all!

We used the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet to make this card.  This stamp set has matching Framelits called Bouquet Bunch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I know I say that a lot  but Stampin’ Up! really has a ton of stamp sets that do have matching dies and they always offer 10% off if you buy them together in a Bundle the first year they appear.  I probably own all of them!

The banner and sentiment are from the stamp set called Birthday Banners and the Framelits are called Bunch of Banners.

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Birthday Banners Candles

Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is to make a card using the Ombre technique.

As you know the Stampin’ Up! 2017/2018 Annual Catalog starts on June 1st.  As a Demonstrator we were able to purchase a select variety of items from that catalog.  One of the items was ombre Designer Series Paper called Color Theory.  I decided that there was a good chance that Buffy and Jackie would use that Designer Series Paper so I decided to do something different.

I used the stamp set called Birthday Banners to make this card.  I know it is not exactly ombre but I thought it was close enough.  I stamped the candles using Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron.  Birthday Banners is a great set because it goes with so many other products.  It matches the Balloon Bouquet Punch and the Bunch Of Banners Framelits Dies.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  Do you think they used the new Designer Series Paper?  Wouldn’t it be funny if we all thought the same thing and no one used it at all?  No worries though.  You will see it soon enough!


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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

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It is Friday ~ my favorite day of the week!  It is the day Buffy, Jackie and I participate in our Stamp Off Challenge.  This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge (which is also my favorite challenge).  I find sketch challenges the easiest because all you need to do it fit your stamps and paper into the sketch.

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Here is my card:

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I used a new stamp set called High Tide to make this card.  It is a set that is in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  The lighthouse is a two step stamp.  This is when you stamp once with one stamp and then stamp again with another stamp over the first one.  It makes the image look kind of 3D.  The sentiment is from Birthday Banners which coordinates with the the Framelits called Bunch Of Banners.  The “water” is Designer Series Paper called By The Shore.

Now let’s go over to see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I always love to see how they interpret one of our challenges.

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Happy Birthday Emily

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Yesterday was my sister Emily’s birthday.  I don’t usually post on Sundays so I am posting a Happy Birthday message to her today.  This is not the card I sent her because I actually forgot to take a picture of the card I did send.  In any case, Emily is an amazing woman.  She is kind, thoughtful and dedicated.  She does a lot of things for other people.

I made this card using the Seasonal Decorative Masks for the background.  You can either use a sponge dauber or a regular sponge to do this.  I used Pool Party Ink on top of the Pool Party cardstock.  The medallion is from a set of Framelits called Merry Tags.  Merry Tags does have a matching stamp set called Merry Wishes and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The sentiment is from Birthday Banners which also has a matching set of Framelits called Bunch of Banners.

Happy Birthday, Emily.  I hope your day yesterday was awesome!

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Another Stamp Off Color Challenge With Moroccan Nights.

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It is Friday once again and time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we are doing a color challenge.  The colors we are supposed to  use are Night Of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.

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Now, the reason I said “supposed to use” is because I exchanged Night Of Navy for Dapper Denim.  I had my club meeting last week and I used Night of Navy and ran out of it.  Don’t ask me how that happened but it did so I had to substitute.  Here is my card:

Moroccan Nights, Stampin Up

When I first saw this stamp set called Moroccan Nights at OnStage last April, it was not one of my favorites.  I have grown to love those little lanterns and the medallion makes a perfect background.  I have used it a lot of make cards since then.

The sentiment is from a stamp set called Banners For You.  It has a matching set of Framelits called Bunch Of Banners and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using these colors.

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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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