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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. This happens to be the fifth Wednesday of the month so we focus on a 3D or ABC (anything but cards) project. I had some dear friends come over today and they showed me how to make this lovely basket. Not bad for my first try. I love the way it has the slatted sides. I have seen these floating around the Internet being made and was really excited to try it out myself. Thank You Darlene for the come to my home tutorial. I know I should probably have posted instructions but well I'm not going to. Instead I'm going to leave a YouTube link on how this was inspired. Here  I then, after making the basket, added some flowers using the Flower Patch stamp set and the matching Flower Fair Framelits from the annual catalog. The colors I used were Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi. The DSP used on the sides came from the Cupcakes and Carousels stack in the Occasions Catalog. 

So there you have it. Isn't this just the sweetest lil paper basket? 

Hope you enjoy this weeks project. Now head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE

Have a wonderful week everyone. Thank You for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Hello and Happy Spring! It's time for another Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. This week we are focusing on this lovely stamp set in the Occasions Catalog...(link on the right) called Beautiful You. 
If you've been following me at all you will know this is one of my favorites from this catalog. It's just so simple to make stunning cards with and also so very versatile. I had a blast making a bunch of Thank You cards with this set for my Sister-in-Law who sells LulaRoe. It's such a perfect set for that purpose and so easy to create multiples fast. Of course she loved them. Yaaaaay! 

So for this set I went with a Pink Pirouette base and layered some Whisper White on top. I then added a piece of the beautiful Glimmer paper that was featured in Sale a Bration catty but sadly has been sold out. No wonder right? It's just gorgeous. Would be cool to see it or something similar to in in the upcoming annual catalog. (yes.....it won't be long before that one is released). I love this time of year....so much happening. Ok back on track here.....I cut out an oval in Whisper White and then a larger on in Pink Pirouette with the awesome stitched framelits. LOVE these so much. They offer a great finished look. I stamped my image and sentiment in Basic Gray ink. I love the combo of gray and pink. So pretty! 

So this is my offering for today. If you haven't purchased this lovely stamp set you should! You can't go wrong with it. Hope you've enjoyed this weeks post....now hop on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE  

Have a great week everyone. Thank You so much for stopping by. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Hello and Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. Alright......I'm late with this...sorry. I forgot to actually write the post and schedule it. Between watching for April the Giraffe to drop that calf and our new burst of Mario 3D World I've been distracted. 

So this weeks challenge is all about color. Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight. I chose a set from the Annual catalog that has long been a favorite. Watercolor Wings and the matching framelit dies. The sentiment is from the Occasion's Catalog set All Things Thanks. Card base is Flirty Flamingo and I cut the butterfly out of the Whisper White card front layer, and then popped the wing tips out. The smaller butterfly cut out is done with Peekaboo Peach layered on the front and then embellished with some Rhinestone Jewels. I finished off with some Wink Of Stella lightly painted all over the images to give it a wonderful sparkle. 

So that's this weeks creation, THANK YOU for stopping by. Now hop on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE  to see what they came up with for this challenge. Have a great week

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. This week is our Technique week. Im excited because this is one of my favorite techniques to do. Its called DTP or Direct To Paper. There are a few different interpritations of this but to me it means transfering ink direct from the ink pad to the card. I seen people rub it on or just swipe the ink pad across the card stock. But I like to just lay the inkpad onto the card stock so it leaves a nice color block and then use it as my background to highlight another stamped image. On this card I used Sahara Sand as my DPT part. I then stamped my image from Avant-Garden in Rose Red. I then stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso I put all this on a card base of Early Espresso and added a bit on Whisper White Cotton Ribbon.

That's it.......makes a nice quick and stunning background spotlight feature. Hope you will give it a try. Like I mentioned earlier it is one of my favorite techniques.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks card...be sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Beautiful You again


Today I found myself playing once again with the Beautiful You stamp set. If you are a stamper and do not have this set.....you need to get it. It's so much fun to play with and they make great Girlie cards. click the link on the right to the Occasions Catalog, you'll find it in there. 

Color inspiration

  So I just did an overhaul of how I store my ink colors. In doing so it put Basic Gray and Flirty Flamingo next to each other. I LOVE this combo. So I had to make a card using those two colors. I did throw in a bit of Pink Pirouette. Anyway Just wanted to share.....

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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How is your week going? This week we are focusing on The Sale-A-Bration catty. If you haven't had the chance to get any of the fun sets from SAB 2017 you need to. I have a link to the catty on the right of this post. I love SAB each year. For me it's a fun time to stock up on all my supplies and things that I'm running low on because you can earn free sets for every $50 you spend. Besides, they always release it with they occasions catty and of course there are To Die For sets in there. LOL So meeting the minimums to earn free sets is easy.

About the card......This week I paired the Blooms and Bliss DSP out of the annual catty with the Avent-Garden stamp set in the SAB catty. I was happy with how well these two products worked with each other. I did a base of Island Indigo and layered a fun small print pattern DSP on it. I then made a couple banners with other patterns from the same DSP with the Banner Triple punch. I slipped in a length of Mint Macaron satin ribbon for texture. On my Whisper White card stock I stamped the long stemmed flower in Island Indigo and layered on a sentiment stamped in Sahara Sand. Pretty quick and cute card.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks card...be sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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So I'm pretty excited about this card. This week on BSU we are featuring the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. I also paired mine with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. Love Them!!! This is one of those cards that sort of grew as I was stamping it....no prethought out plan here. LOL

I started with a base of Old Olive card stock and I layered the leaf pattern from the Serene Scenery DSP from the Annual Catalog. I've had this paper for a while but haven't used it much....this was perfect. I cut out the detailed dragonfly in Old Olive. I then stamped the detailed dragonfly image in Island Indigo then I took the shadow wing image and colored it on the stamp with Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Island Indigo stampin write markers.....huffed on it and stamped it over the detailed image. Love how it blended the colors so nicely. But.....it was a solid layer.....and i wanted to be able to get the detailed green cut to show up more so I decided to detail cut the stamped dragonfly. Oh Oh Oh....loved that effect. So I layered them with dimensionals added some bling to the center of the dragonfly and glued it down on my DSP. I stamped the sentiment that comes with this set in Island Indigo. I just love how it came out!

Hope you enjoyed this weeks card...be sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Hello and Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. This week is all about Color Combos. So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, and White. When I laid these colors together I instantly thought how delicious they looked and I had to use the Cool Treats stamp set. Doesn't this card just make you want in ice cream cone?

I started with a base of Crumb Cake and layered a piece of So Saffron. I stamped the lil dot from the Cool Treats stamp set in So Saffron to give it a lil boarder interest. I then used the matching Frozen Treats Framelits to cut out my ice cream scoops, the cherry and the cone. I stacked them all together using some dimensionals to pop them off the page a bit. I stamped the sentiment in Blushing Bride and added a couple Rhinestone Jewels to the top and bottom. Layered the whole thing onto my card base and then I had a craving for ice cream for three days afterward. LOL

Hope you enjoyed this weeks card...be sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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Welcome to this weeks BSU Challenge. It's techinique week, and this weeks technique is Watercolor.
I chose to do a watercolor background using an aqua painter and Pacific Point ink on Shimmery White Card Stock. I pressed ink into my ink pad lid and then using the Aquapainter swiped the ink all over my background layer. If you try this and you don't get an intense enough color you can let it dry some and then apply more ink using the same method. I then stamped the two smaller balloons using the Tuxedo Momento ink pad. Using the Up and Away thinlit dies I made the Red and yellow balloon. Istamped the sentiment in Real Red and layered the whole thing on Real Red card stock. I finished off with a few clouds, also using the thinlets, and popping them up with some dimensionals.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks card...be sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. Because this it the first of February our theme is Love/Valentines. I what to do, what to do? I decided to use the Beautiful You stampset and put a Valentines twist to it. I started by making a mask for the floral heart from the Bloomin' Love stamp set out of the Annual Catalog. I then stamped the heart upside down on some Whisper White card stock in Real Red and placed the mask I made over it. I stamped the girl from Beautiful You at the point of the heart to make it look like her dress. I did some watercoloring on the background with an aqua painter in Old Olive and Marina Mist and let it dry. I also used the aqua painter to color in the dress with Real Red. I then stamped and cut out the small flowers from the Bloomin Love set and with Dimensionals popped them up on the dress skirt. I added some Rhinestone Jewels to give it a lil bling. Layered all of that on some Old Olive and the a base of Real Red. I used some silver ribbon to finish it off and stamped my sentiment in Basic Black. The picture doesn't do it justice but I do love how it came out.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks card...be sure to head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week. Also if you'd like to play along you can do so and add it to the Album for this week on our Facebook Page Broke Stampers Unite Challenges HERE

Have a great week everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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Hello....how are you all today? Welcome to this weeks Broke Stampers Unite Challenge. This week we are focusing on the Occasions Catalog. Ewweeee I Love so many of the sets in there this year.
ONE of my favorites is the Cool Treats Suite. I couldn't decide what to show you all so I decided to go with a few different projects and feature the Suite as a whole. I love the way all the papers, stamps, and framelits all go together so nicely. Look at the color combo also, so cute!

You can see in the picture what colors I used as well as the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. I added in some Peekaboo Peach Ribbon as well as a bit of Mint Macaroon ribbon....yes I know its not in the suite but it worked and its what I had LOL

This set is a lot of fun to just play with and piece the different elemnets together. So many fun and delicious looks!

Hope you enjoy playing with this suite like I did...now head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE and see what they have come up with for this weeks challenge.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lift Me Up



So I sat down with the Lift Me Up stamp set the matching framelits and the matching SAB paper stack. I approached it all a bit differently than I normally do. I cut out all my framelits pieces first. The balloons the clouds the different color backgrounds. Then I worked on assembling the cards.

This was a good thing for me I think. I get bored with cutting out the pieces and so by doing all that first it made assembling the cards so much faster and smoother.

So if you struggle with some of these sets that require a lot of thinlit cutting and like me get bored or lazy about cutting and assembling each card....so you get one done and put the set away......you may think about trying it like I did.


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Played with Cool Treats stamp set tonight. What fun lil creations you can make. I really like this color pallet also. Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, Peekaboo Peach

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Beautiful You stamp set



Ever just lay in bed in the morning ....thinking about getting up but fighting the idea?? I was doing that early this morning when this idea came to me. I've seen and even tried doing the watercolor add on to the Beautiful You stamp set. Only stamping half the image and then adding a full length dress to the bottom of it with watercolor pencils. Well I thought and small flower set would look awesome also. So I drug myself out of bed and trudged into the craft room sat down and stared at a few sets with smaller sized flowers. I went with this lil one from Blooms and Wishes stamp set. I liked I could add the rhinestones to the centers of the flowers.

Play around with it....I'm sure there are a bunch of images that would work great for this idea!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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It's time for our BSU challenge. This week is about color. Our Pallet is Real Red Pink Pirouette Melon Mambo and Wisteria Wonder.

It was a bit of a stretch but I made it work. LOL Card base is Real Red layered with Whisper White. On the white I stamped using the Sealed With Love stamp set from the new occassions catalog a couple images in Wisteria Wonder and Melon Mambo to create the background DSP look. I then stamped my sentiment on Whisper White in Wisteria Wonder and layered it with Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder. Using the matching Love Note framelits I stamped the heart and cut it using the coordinating framelit. I strung a length of Silver Sequin ribbon to add bling. I don't know who came up with this combo....(it was me I think)...but it was def a challenge. LOL

Hoipe you have enjoyed this weeks card please feel free to try it out for yourself. If you do play along you can also post your verion to the appropriate album on our Facebook page.

Don't forget to hop on over to Terri's Blog Here and Stace's Blog Here to see what they came up with this week. Have a great week everyone Thank You for stopping by...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DSP Hack...



Hey everyone. I just wanted to share a fun lil Technique that my upline shared with us recently. I just love all the DSP designer Series papers that Stampin Up offers. Sometimes they are so pretty it's hard to use them. Yes I'm guilty of DSP hoarding. But this is a fun and easy way to get you to use your pretty papers and get the most out of just a lil. I used the Carousel Birthday stamp set and the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP stack and chose four DSP prints. I cut them all to a 4x5.25 size. And then trimmed them down to four pieces. Any sizes you want just make sure you do the same measurements for all four designs. Then you just mix up the designs. I used a 4.25 x 5.5 sized piece of scrap card stock to arrange my DSP on and then trimmed up the excess leaving a great background layer for your card. Then I just chose my images and stamped them on Whisper White card stock layered them in coordinating colors and attached them to the front. Added a bit of ribbon and bam four quick and cute cards. It's a great way to make a lot of cards quickly. But still end up with a nice full layered card. I hope my explanation was helpful. There is a video that I may be able to link to....I'll try and find that and add it below.

I have a couple more sets I plan to make up real soon so stay tuned for those in the future.

DSP Video

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my BSU post on color combos.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Welcome to this weeks BSU challenge. Our topic this week is Technique. For this weeks Technique we went with Joseph's Coat. I hadn't done this one before and it was fun trying it out. You start with a piece of Whisper White card stock and sponge some coordinating colors onto it. I used Night if Navy, Pacific Point and Marina Mist in a layered position top to bottom. You then stamp your images in versamark ink randomly, in my case, over the blues and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. You then use momento black ink and sponge it all,over the whole thing. The result is that the clear embossed areas resist the momento ink but adhere to the rest of the card stock. Once you are finished applying the black momento ink to your card then lightly wipe away the excess ink from the embossed areas. The results is a lovely verigated color effect. I then trimmed it down to desired size then layered it on Whisper White and Marina Mist layers onto my card base of Night of Navy. I stamped and embossed My sentiment in silver. The stamp set I used was Blooms and Wishes, available in the annual catalog.

Hope you enjoy this weeks Technique....be sure to give it a try. Remember you can always share your creations with us on our Facebook page.

Hope on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE to see what they came up with this week.
Have a great week everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Beautiful You Stamp Set

                                                                                 
   



So I had a chance today to put some ink on this set! It's a new set from the Occasions catalog that was released today! So exciting. There are a lot of great sets in there. I have a link on the right of this post if you want to check it out. If you love to stamp I would highly suggest you take a look at it. 

Also SALE-A-BRATION has started today! Yaaaaaaaay for every $50 you spend before shipping and tax you get to earn a free set out of the saleabration booklet. You'll also find that on the right for your viewing pleasure.  This time of year is so much fun. Who doesn't want to earn free stamps??? 

So...stay tuned for my upcoming makes using these new stamps and so much more. Enjoy!!! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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Hello....Welcome to this weeks BSU challenge post. This week our theme is Winter/Snow. Trickier for me because I somehow have no current snowman or penguin stamps. Everything I have is def Christmas and not so much Winter themed. So I had to stretch a bit and come up with this card. 

I used Swirly Bird bundle to create the snowman and the snowflakes falling. The arms and the snow drift were made using the swooshy lines die. I then used a sentiment from Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set. 

So hopefully this will inspire you to try some out of the box style cards with some sets that can pull extra duty. 

Christmas was ok and somewhat quiet for us here this year since it was just the two of us. Depressing enough there and then to take a turn even more depressing our sweet cat passed away. It's still a bit crazy the way I walk through the house thinking I'll find her at the slider waiting to come in or even someone to talk to when Terry's not here. (yes we carried on quite the interesting conversations her and I). LOL It's just sad. I'm really going to miss her being around. Ok...enough of that....

Now head on over to Terri's Blog HERE and Stace's Blog HERE and see what those wonderful ladies came up with this week. 

Thank You so much for stopping by.....Check back next week as we begin a new year of BSU Challenges.