It was 71 degrees here this afternoon and bright blue skies, perfect for stamping with Fabulous Flamingo! It won't last but it was nice! I had a lot of fun making my card for this week's Stamp Review Crew Hop and I can't wait to see how everyone else ...

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It was 71 degrees here this afternoon and bright blue skies, perfect for stamping with Fabulous Flamingo! It won't last but it was nice! I had a lot of fun making my card for this week's Stamp Review Crew Hop and I can't wait to see how everyone else used this set. If you haven't hopped with us before we're and international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who all use the same stamp set on our hops. We hope it brings you lots of inspiration for using Fabulous Flamingo yourself. In case you get lost along the way or if you'd just like more information about The Stamp Review Crew just click the banner or link above and you'll find what you're looking for!

If you didn't start with my blog then you probably hopped over from Charlet Mallett's Blog, Painted Orange. Charlet always bring "fabulous" inspiration to our hops!

Fabulous FlamingoFabulous Flamingo is a Two-Step stamp set, meaning you layer up a few of the images to get the complete image. This one turns out so pretty! Here's how I used that Fabulous Flamingo.

IMG_2131I thought the flamingo made a super fun shaker card! Of course, I had to stamp it in Flirty Flamingo. I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies to create the shaker window. These dies will be getting a lot of use on my cards! I love the way they leave a stitched line on the card and on the cut out. That's how my Flirty Flamingo frame has a double stitched line around it. Sometimes I think the sequins can get a bit lost by always staying at the bottom of the shaker window. I remedied that by add a few of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins to the back first of the stamped panel before adding some Iridescent sequins onto it. Then the Window Sheet panel was added over everything. I even used the smallest rectangle die to cut out the Congratulations sentiment from Fabulous Flamingo. I'll be sending this to a friend's daughter who was just accepted to the nursing program. She loves blue so I had to use that sweet piece of Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper for the background. I tied it all up with a piece of the Sale-A-Bration ribbon that matches perfectly!

Inside the card is another sentiment from Fabulous Flamingo.


 That's it for me today! Thanks for hopping by and I hope you'll hop the whole way around to see what everyone has created using Fabulous Flamingo. You'll head to Heidi Baks blog next, RunningwScissorsStamper, to see what "fabulous" project she has for us.

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Day! I thought since I still had a few Christmas cards I haven't posted yet that I would share them all after another with no descriptions...





Merry Christmas!! - Dawn



Somewhere Snow is Falling

Snow is not going to fall here for Christmas. Maybe it's falling where you are. I made some pretty snowflake Christmas cards inspired by another Online Card Class from this year. I used the Snowfall Thinlits from the November special release, Snow is Glistening.

IMG_1837Gold, Crumb Cake and Whisper White make for a pretty Christmas card, don't they? Here's a snowflake close-up...


Cut out once in Whisper White with all the little pieces poked out and again in Gold Foil with all the pieces left in the snowflake. Then I layered the two of them and it appears that the gold pieces are in the white snowflake. I did the same thing with with the small snowflake on top. Watered down White Shimmer Paint was splattered on top of the Crumb Cake card stock. The sentiment, from Timeless Tidings, was heat embossed in Gold on the Vellum card stock and wrapped around the White card stock layer before adding the panel to the card. I really like the way these turned out but they were a bit more labor intensive!

Inside is a gold embossed snowfall and sentiment...


I thought I'd share a few gift card holders I made for this Christmas...





And I found the perfect wrapping paper to make gift tags to match using the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch...


It's Christmas Eve and we have friends coming for our traditional brunch this morning. I better go get busy on the waffles! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve! - Dawn


A Simple Christmas Tree Card

I had a lot of fun making this Christmas card and it ended up being one of my favorites! I watched a video from a previous year's Christmas card class at Online Card Classes and got this idea there.


I used some Time Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink to do the ink blending at the bottom of the card. I have practiced and practiced this technique and think I may finally be getting a handle on it! Some 1" wide Post-it Note Tape was used to masked off the area to be inked. I used that same piece of tape for all of the cards I made like this. That one piece of tape did a great job containing the ink. After inking the card I took it over to my Simply Scored board to add the score lines. All that was left to do was add the sentiment from Timeless Tidings, I used this stamp set a lot for my Christmas cards too, with Memento Black ink. The pretty stamped and die cut tree from the Winter Woods Bundle was added last with some Stampin' Dimensionals.

On the inside I stamped a sentiment and the simple tree from Timeless Tidings.


I have a couple more items to purchase for Christmas and my shopping and wrapping will be complete. I also have a few other projects I'm working on completing. I hope I make some headway today! I hope whatever you do today it's fun! - Dawn


Wreath Around the Tree

I thought I'd pop back on today and make it two days in a row for posting! Today's card is one of the cards I made for a lady at my mother's Assisted Living. I made 20 Christmas cards for her to send, there were four designs with five of each design, and this was the first one I made. I liked it so much I made some to send myself.

IMG_1751The Seasonal Wreath and a piece of Merry Merlot card stock started this card. After running the card stock through the Big Shot I discovered the tree from Nothing Sweeter fitly sweetly inside wreath. I used the coordinating dies, Sweetly Stitched Framelit Dies to cut out the tree.  The die makes the cutest little stitched cuts besides just cutting the tree out. The ornaments on the tree and the sentiment were heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder. I tried a few bows at the top of the wreath but a piece of some retired 1/8" Gold Ribbon won me over!

Inside the card is more embossing for the sentiment and ornaments. This time the tree was stamped in Shaded Spruce.


I'm going to have to use that wreath embossing folder some more, it's really cute! Even though it's retiring I'm planning to use Nothing Sweeter for a few Valentine cards!

I'm having coffee with a friend this morning and then it's on to a project I'm working on...well, to be honest there are a few projects I'm still trying to complete and I've not baked a single Christmas cookie yet! No stress though...what gets done, gets done and what doesn't, oh well! :)  I hope your Tuesday is terrific! - Dawn