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Freshly Made Sketch #506

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I'm enjoying using other people's sketches.  This time I used sketch #506 from Freshly  Made Sketches.  You can see their designer's cards by following this link .   I enjoyed the sketch so much, that I made 2 cards! My Stampin' Up! group leader challenged us to use fall colors--she gave us a list to choose from.  I used Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, and Mossy Meadow.  I embossed my card stock with 3 different embossing folders.  The flowers were colored in using Bumblebee Stampin' Write Marker and Mossy Meadow Stampin' Write Marker.  I added a little Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker to the centers of the flowers after I stamped them.  Both stamps, the sentiment and the flowers are from the Garden Birdhouse stamp set that you can find on page 107 of the 2021-2022 annual Stampin' Up! catalog. I wanted to use something other than Designer Series Paper or card stock for my diagonal pieces, so I used die cuts from Nature's Thought

Triple Easel Cards

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 For my Facebook live on Monday, September 20, 2021, I made a triple easel card.  It takes a little measuring, cutting and scoring, but the WOW effect of the card is worth the extra effort. I got the measurements from SplitCoastStampers.com. Here is their video. I make a sample that I use to advertise my weekly video.  Here's my sample.  Don't we all need masculine birthday cards?!  I used the Nature's Beauty stamp set. And the card I made during my live! Closed it looks very busy, but.... Prop up the 3 panels, and WOW!  (Sorry--it's difficult to photograph.) I used the Dragonflies punch to add a pop of color to the black and white side of the Pattern Party DSP.  (That's a  pack of paper available only to hostesses.  See page 171 in the annual catalog.)  The sentiment can be found in the Sweeet Strawberry stamp set. Want to make your own?  Here's how. Start with a card base that's 5-1/4" X 8-1/2".  (The 5-1/4" is more easily divided into the 3

Create a Card with a Pocket Inside

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 During my Facebook live on August 30, 2021, I shared 2 ways to create a pocket inside your card.  One by using a longer than 8-1/2" piece of cardstock and the other by adhering a patterned paper pocket to the edge of the inside of the card. Using a Longer Card Base Using just card stock, start with a piece that is 5-1/2 X longer than 8-1/2".  The length beyond 8-1/2" will be how wide your pocket will be.  So if you use a piece that 5-1/2" X 9-1/2", your pocket will be 1" wide.  I'd probably use a piece no smaller that 10", for a 1-1/2" pocket. The gray lines show where to place your adhesive. I punched a notch on the pocket so the recipient could more easily remove the contents of the pocket.  I show that in black. I had scraps of Daffodil Delight card stock and Cute Halloween patterned paper on my table, so I adhered those to my card for added interest. Using a Standard A2 card base If you'd prefer to use a standard card base, you can a

New Mini Catalog Product Blog Hop- August 2021

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 I am enjoying these blog hops;  I learn so much from other demonstrators.  I'm sure my Wish List will grow after seeing everyone's projects using new products from the fall 2021 mini catalog and Sale-a-bration! For both of my cards, I have highlighted the large single flower from the Harvest dies found in the mini catalog and the Textures & Frames stamp set a Sale-a-bration item. I have also used a card sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  It is the 500th sketch they have shared! You can see other cards made with this sketch here . My first card is a z-fold card created by scoring an 8-1/2" X 5-1/2" card base along the 8-1/2" side at 4-1/4" and 2-1/8". My decorative piece behind the cone flower die cut was created by stamping on a piece of water color paper with the Textures & Frames stamp set covering most of the paper.  Then I spritzed this piece with water so that colors bled together.   This is the piece before I spritzed it.  I like to leav