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Dynamic Duos, Week 4





It's week four of the new Dynamic Duos Color Challenge and this week's color combination is monochromatic, using my favorite color:  BLUE!  I used a couple Stampin' Up! sets for my card this week.  Using a foam dot, I popped up one of the stamped images after punching it out with my scalloped circle punch.  I applied some clear Stickles to the flower center for a little extra shine!


The challenge details:

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The challenge ends on Thursdays at Noon (PDT).  Winners will be announced Friday, June 1.

Here are some basic challenge rules:
  1. Any project is welcome...paper crafts, scrapbooking, digital, or crafts...
  2. Please ONLY use the two colors listed for your project. Neutrals are welcome.
  3. Combine us with as many other challenges as you would like, except other color challenges.
  4. Please add our graphic to your blog with a link back to us.
Be sure and visit the design team's blogs and leave them some blog love!

 
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Unity Friends with Flair

It's Friday and I am so ready for the weekend!  Okay, maybe not completely ready.  I need to change some sheets on the guest beds and help DH move a bunch of things back into the garage before guests arrive this evening!  There's one event this afternoon that I'm looking forward to!  DS2's class is having an ice cream celebration for the end of the school year!  With the weather becoming so warm so fast, I'm in the mood for some of that cold stuff!


Since it's Friday, it's also time for Unity's Friends with Flair hop!  I made a clean & simple card using the Itty Bitty Flip Flop Happy set and my favorite color combo:  red & turquoise!  So fun!



I'm also submitting this card to this week's Clean & Simple Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

I hope you have a great long holiday weekend!  I have some posts all ready to go for it, so now I'm off to try to enjoy the moments!  There's nothing like spending time with family!!
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Small Things


I'm posting this really quick before heading on into my day!  I'm off to clean teeth and stress flossing in the next little bit, but wanted to get today's post up and going!

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog has a challenge going using handmade flowers with butterflies until the end of the month and this is the card I made for it.  I used a Nestabilities flower die, Echo Park DP, Unity Stamps (butterfly and sentiment) and some SU ruffled ribbon.

Now off to work for a little bit and then back home to keep going with holiday weekend plans!

Have a great Wednesday!
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Celebrate Today

Do you celebrate Monday?

I love Mondays when I'm rested and refreshed from a weekend.  If I'm feeling tired, Mondays aren't all that special.  In fact, they can be painful.  Given enough coffee, however, they quickly become bearable.

I'm a bit tired from a weekend full of grandparent fun, but it's a content tired, so that helps!  Our boys have been happily spoiled and have been absolutely exhausted from it all every night!  Only grandparents can work that kind of magic.

For today's Prickley Pear creation, I used some My Mind's Eye DP (one of my favorite companies).  I chose SU's Night of Navy, Pool Party and Old Olive for cardstock colors.  I used Prickley Pear's Scalloped Circle and Mini Butterflies Dies along with the Clearly Beautiful Spring Scalloped Circles Stamp Set.
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Dynamic Duos #3


It's Saturday and that means it's time for another Dynamic Duos color challenge!

This week, we're playing with Basic Black and Daffodil Delight!  What a bold & fun combination!  But wait!  There is a dessert option this week too if you'd like to add it to your creation:  dry embossing!


When I saw the color combination for this week, I immediately thought of silhouette images!  I used an older set from Close To My Heart (CTMH) for this card and a sentiment from Unity.  I added a yellow gemstone to the dress to jazz it up a bit and then tied a simple bow with a piece of black & white baker's twine along the top after wrapping it around a few times.

Head on over and play along with us this week!  The winners will be announced on Friday, so you have until Thursday at noon (PDT) to enter!


Here are the basic rules:
  1. Any project is welcome...paper crafts, scrapbooking, digital, or crafts...
  2. Please ONLY use the two colours listed for your project. Neutrals are welcome.
  3. Combine us with as many other challenges as you would like, except other colour challenges.
  4. Please add our graphic to your blog with a link back to us.
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The "Dynamo" design team has created some wonderful projects to inspire you, so head on over to their blogs and leave them some blog love!







 


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The Absent-Minded Crafter


I'm still here.  I promise!  I've got the first of two busy weeks going full steam ahead and the real fun hasn't even started!  I'm a very detail oriented person and the planning for an event takes more out of me than the actual event!  With that said, I am in the planning phase for having company this weekend and my mind is a whirlwind!  It's only two guests...family...in-loves...very easy going people, but as usual, I'm working out the smallest of details in this ole brain of mine, wanting them to be well accommodated while visiting us!  I like to pamper people when they are under my care.  Not with extravagance, but just with little thoughtful gestures thrown in here and there.  I want to have the grunt work mostly done when they arrive so that I can sit back and relax with everyone as much as possible!

Fast forward to today.  What did I do this morning?!  I have been bothered by DS3's closet.  You know, the closet filled with an ever growing stack of plastic storage totes of outgrown baby clothes and all that goes with caring for a baby.  I have them organized into age group (e.g. 0-3 mos., 3-6 mos., 6-12 mos. etc.).  Silly me pulled all the totes out of the closet and then sorted through the stray things that have been floating around for a while, putting them in the appropriate totes.  I pulled all the totes filled with no longer needed items & the baby accessories (swing, bouncer, etc.) out into the hallway and hope to get it all moved down to our storage spot under the garage by tonight.  Now tell me, why did I dig into such a project with company coming?  Yes, that is the room they will be sleeping in, but not in the closet, for goodness sake!

Now you know why I haven't been stamping as much this week.  I simply get distracted when I'm in the middle of prepping for company!  So, be prepared for a little extra silence this week and next week because we have a bigger crowd coming for Memorial Day weekend!  :)

I managed to sneak a little stamping in last night and came up with this medallion card (medallion stamp is from Stampin' Up!).  I've been playing with this idea in my head and, though it's not perfect (the center panel isn't really very centered), I'm okay with this card.  I stamped the image twice and cut up a portion of one to create the panels in the center.  I then popped those up with foam dots, added a gemstone and stamped the sentiment.

Hope you're having a great Thursday!  I'll be back for sure on Saturday since that's the beginning of a new color challenge over at Dynamic Duos and I have a card all ready to share!

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Scatter Kindness


It's a new week and to start it off right, I'm sharing a bright, happy card I made for Prickley Pear.  I absolutely love the new Hibiscus 2 clear set and have been having a ball experimenting with it!

For this card, I layered two of the flowers, placing a pink gemstone in the center and popping up the completed flower with a foam dot.  The rest of the card was very simple, using some Stampin' Up decorative paper and ribbon.  How's that for another quick card?!

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!  I enjoyed some potted flowers from my boys, a break from cooking duties, home made shortbread cookies (one of my favorites), a long afternoon nap, the luxury of quietly reading a few chapters of a book outside and a relaxing walk with the family.  I feel so spoiled!

The "How To" (because someone asked)!

1.  Cut the desired color of cardstock for your card base (I used SU's Melon Mambo) to a dimension of 4.25-in. x 11-in.  Fold in half.


2.  Select a decorative paper and trim it to 4.25-in. x 3 1/8-in.


3.  Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4.25-in. x 3/4-in.


4.  Round the bottom corners of your card base and the decorative paper using a corner rounder punch.


5.  Glue the decorative paper to the card base, lining up the rounded corners.


6.  Glue the white strip of cardstock to the card base, lining it up with the decorative paper.


7.  From a coordinating light color (I used a light pink), cut out a large hibiscus and a small hibiscus using Prickley Pear's Hibiscus Flower & Leaf Die and the Mini Hibiscus Die.


8.  Ink up a large hibiscus image from the Hibiscus 2 Clear Set using a darker ink than the die cut shape (I used Melon Mambo ink to coordinate with my card base color).  Line the image up with the die cut shape and carefully stamp the image onto it.  Do the same thing with a small hibiscus image from the same stamp set.


9.  Using a foam dot, attach the small hibiscus to the top of the large hibiscus and then add a gemstone to the center of the smaller flower.


10.  Tie a small ribbon around the card, lining it up with the white strip of cardstock.


11.  Adhere the assembled flower over the ribbon, placing the foam dots on the back of the flower, but avoiding the center as that is where the ribbon will touch.


12.  Stamp a sentiment.
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Happiness is…

...a bouquet picked by your children.

...a warm breeze.

...seeing a red headed woodpecker.

...a long walk.

...a toddler having a conversation with himself.

...cheese pizza.

 ...glitter.
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Dynamic Duos: Week 2




After an amazing first week, it's time for week two of the brand new challenge called Dynamic Duos!  This week, we're moving on to a Subtly Yours combination (soft, romantic colors):  So Saffron & Pool Party.  What a pretty combination!  I really can't wait to see what everyone who participates comes up with because last week was fabulous!!

Here is my creation for the challenge:



I used a flower image from The Craft's Meow and a Memory Box flourish die to create a Mother's Day card.  I looked in my stash and discovered I had some gemstones that matched Pool Party!  Was I ever happy!  :)


Head on over and play along with us this week!  The winners will be announced on Friday, so you have until Thursday at noon (PDT) to enter!

Here are the basic rules:
  1. Any project is welcome...paper crafts, scrapbooking, digital, or crafts...
  2. Please ONLY use the two colours listed for your project. Neutrals are welcome.
  3. Combine us with as many other challenges as you would like, except other colour challenges.
  4. Please add our graphic to your blog with a link back to us.
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The "Dynamo" design team has created some wonderful projects to inspire you, so head on over to their blogs and leave them some blog love!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It’s New Release Time!


Today is the day!  Prickley Pear is releasing brand new stamps & dies in their store and we're celebrating with a Blog Hop!  The hop starts today and continues through this Sunday, May 13, so be sure and stop back each day and check out the design team's creations, beginning at the Prickley Pear Blog!  

One winner will be drawn at random at one of the blogs to receive a $15 gift certificate! Last day to enter the hop is Monday (at midnight EDT), and the winner will be announced on the Prickley Pear Blog on Tuesday (May 15).

For my card today, I used the new Clearly Beautiful Hibiscus 2 set.  There is a coordinating die for it too!  I decided to go with neutrals this time around since I've been using a lot of bright colors lately!

Now head on over to Amy's blog and check out her wonderful creativity!

Here is today's blog hop order:

Prickley Pear Blog
Ujjwal
Melissa (here)
Amy
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