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Happy Birthday, Human June 13, 2009

Today we celebrated my Husband John’s birthday.  We had a wonderful day with family.   We did some swimming and finished off with a fabulous cookout. 

When I first saw this sneak peek set from Stampin’ Up! Lots of Bots (releasing July 1st), I had to have it!  Cute, and I could put my spin on it….changing it up so I could give it to John today.

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Aren’t these robots just so cute?  Let me explain the main image, as they are changed up a bit…This is to show you to think outside the box.  Utilize a stamp set to its fullest.  This stamp set comes with three robots for three different occassions, with three different elements that coordinates with the sentiments. 

Here is what I did to create my robot birthday scene:

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First Robot

Omitted gift bag from robots left hand.

Used the sentiment for the main sentiment on the card front.









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Second Robot

Omitted icepack from head and added a birthday hat from First Robot.

Took gift bag from First Robot and have it laying next to his leg due to his arm missing LOL!!!








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Third Robot

Omitted flowers and replaced with a balloon from First Robot.

Added birthday hat from First Robot.









That, my stamping friends, is how to get the most use out of a single stamp set.  My hubby is so worth the work that went into creating this card.  Although, I did take it back from him after he opened it to display for a while in my studio.  He totally understands.  This way, it is displayed and a nice reminder of his special day.

The inside of the card is a nice little pop-up surprise.  I used Stampin’ Up!’s new Look Here Bigz XL die that will also be available on July 1st (I’ve mentioned my love for pop-up books and cards, so this purchase was a given *wink*). 

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You can’t go wrong with a gift card right?  I see myself using this die a whole lot during the upcoming holidays.  Honestly, this is SOOOOO simple to create (and fun)!

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Finally, added one more robot to the card to continue the theme from the card front to the inside. 

Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  Lots of Bots

PAPERS:  Basic Gray, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper, Real Red, and Crushed Curry.

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black; Crushed Curry, Real Red, Bashful Blue, and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pads.

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot Die Cut Machine; Look Here Bigz XL die; Small and Large Oval Punch; Modern Label Punch; Vintage Brads Assortment; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Aqua Painter.



Happy Birthday Wishes June 12, 2009

Today is a day to celebrate Taylor’s Birthday!  I hope she has a fabulous day.

The card featured below is for her sketch TECC72.  You can see the sketch on her blog Taylored Expressions.

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I combined my favorite Stampin’ Up! birthday set with some new sneak peeks from the 09-10 catalog releasing on July 1st. 

Hop on over to Taylor’s blog and wish her a happy birthday…and if time permits, give her awesome sketch a try:)

STAMPS:  Bitty Birthday and Razzle Dazzle

PAPERS:  Watercolor Paper; Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, and new In-Color Textured Melon Mambo.

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black; Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, and new In-Colors Melon Mambo & Bermuda Bay.

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot Die Cut Machine; Texturz Plate SU! Backgrounds 1; Word Window Punch; 1/16″ Circle Punch; Circle Scissor Plus; Bermuda Bay 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon; Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets; Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads; Linen Thread; Crop-a-Dile Tool; Stampin’ Sponges; Aqua Painter.



4th of July invites June 6, 2009

Well, actually, 5th of July Pool Party invites that I’m challenging myself to complete.  Geesh!  I have to make about 25 of these lol.  Maybe I’ll just direct all of our guests to this post and save a lot of time. 

Here is the cover that the invite is in.  It is a 6-1/4″ square of Real Red Textured cardstock.  I adhered strips of Whisper White, a piece of Pacific Point cardstock, and some Whisper White cardstock stars that I used my Star Punch to create.   I created the half circle to the top with my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch.

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The actual invite is created using my Stampin’ Up! Pop-Up Ball Die.  I created a red, white, and blue beach ball to sort of go with the pool party theme.  All of the Whisper White areas have some of the party details.  My thoughts are that there is no way the invite can get misplaced.  It pops up…it sits open at our guests homes…they can’t miss it!

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If time permits, I may play around and use some computer fonts on the Whisper White cardstock pieces so it appears a bit more professional.  I have a feeling they are going to get some MJ handwriting on them though lol. 

Here is another little something something I created with the Pop-Up Ball Die.  My kiddos are already out of school (and they would scream if I told them to give this to a teacher.  That wouldn’t go over well as they are not in elementary school anymore), but I thought this would be a cute Teachers Appreciation gift. 

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Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!



Artisan Award Winner 2009 June 5, 2009

Third times a charm right?  I didn’t talk much about entering this year because I kept telling myself that there was no way I could win three times in a row.  I was notified 2 weeks ago by Brent with the exciting news that I was a “three-peater”.

Seeing my entries info:  If you are attending convention in SLC, they will be displayed there.  I will take a pic of the display and post my work here sometime in the beginning of August. 

Convention info:  Signed up for track #4.  Still haven’t decided if attending SCS dinner.  May have SOME swaps??? 

Have a super fantastic weekend!