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First Blog Post of the Year!

Where does the time go?  Seems like yesterday when I was digging out the Christmas decorations and now it is already the 6th of January and here I am, basking in the sunshine of Phoenix!

I was having a bit of a creative slump yesterday.  I was missing my stuff.  When I fly down, I must be selective on what I take with me.  No clothes…….all scrapbook stuff…………was a given……..but I still had to make some tough choices!  My cousin referred to my decision dilemma as the real tough decisions of a first world person.  Ouch that hurt………….and while he is right, I still defend my right to whine about it.  Scrapbookers everywhere understand my stash separation anxiety!

Anyway a trip to Scraps of Love and Joann’s and Hobby Lobby relieved the symptoms somewhat and today I was recovered enough to make a couple of cards.  In actual fact, they were made with a stamp set that I brought with me and nothing I bought in yesterday’s shopping therapy got used in the making of these cards.  Still shopping always makes me feel better.

I used a stamp set from Stampin Up called Thoughtful Branches.  I had bought it a while ago on the advice of my Stampin Up Demonstrator and friend Jennifer.  She was right,  It is a very versatile stamp set, that I believe is no longer available.  To show how versatile it really is, I used the same stamp in two very different ways.  Once as a tree and once as a Hydrangea flower.  Looks pretty cool I think.

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Supplies:  Stampin Up Thoughtful Branches stamp set and framelits dies, Neenah Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock, Reverse Confetti All Framed Up die, Core’dinations cardstock, Scor tape

Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop Day 8 too!

This is probaably my final card for the winter bloghop, otherwise no one will be getting either Christmas cards or gifts from me this year.

This card was a last minute thought, and it turned out to be one of my favorites.  I will use it together with a gift basket of coffee related items for a coffee loving friend.

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Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop Day 8

Here is another Christmas card/coffee card combo.  If I had more time, this one probably deserves a do over.   I like the separate elements but this is a case where the sum of the parts did not quite add up to the whole.  It is a bit boring but OK enough not to be put in the shredder.

 

 

Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop Day 7

I was falling a bit behind both in posting coffee cards for this blog hop and in making my Christmas cards, so I decided to combine tasks for a few cards.

Here is the first one.  It is a card for a friend whose friendship was built up mostly by  the occasional coffee  in a local coffee shop.  This will be her Christmas Card.

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Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 5

Sometimes the best ideas come when you think you have no idea at all.  Such was the case today.

I had a new little stamp set from Waffle Flower that was comprised of a number of tiny little drinks. I think it is meant for planners, and the only planning I ever do is to try and get dressed by noon. Nevertheless, it caught my eye, and I wanted to make a card for the blog with it.

Anyway, I think the result is cute and I also got to use one of the new mini sized Action Wobblers behind the Octopus.

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Day 2 Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Here is what may be the weirdest card I have made in a while.  I kept thinking it was a crazy idea that needed to go in the big round file but somehow just kept on making it.

I must have really wanted to use my new Birch Trees die from Simon Says Stamp to make it into a coffee card!  Anyway here it is:

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The second picture shows a Starbucks cup  of coffee camouflaged in the woods, just so you get the concept! LOL

Online Card Class Wild Card Day 1

I am enrolled in the new Wild Card class.  In this class the emphasis is on unusual cards as to shape, dimension, interaction or the like.

Today, I started out by making a shaped card with a 3D box for it to sit on.  I have started to think about Margaritas as it is getting to be time to head down to Rio Mirage Cafe in El Mirage.  So ok, it is 2400 km to get there, so I won’t make it in time for Happy Hour today….but soon my friends………soon.

 

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Supplies:

Avery Elle Margarita Glass Die, Avery Elle Happy Hour stamp set, Kaisercraft Basecoat patterned paper, Scor tape

 

My Favorite Things 2016 Superstar 2 – Sandra

Here is Sandra’s second entry to the 2016 MFT Superstar Challenge:

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http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/category/news-notes/

 

Supplies:

Pattern Paper – Bobunny

Cardstock – Neenah, Recollection & Bazzill

Copic Markers

Memento Black Ink Pad

MFT – Penguins in  Paradise Stamp Set

Circle Punch

 

Sandra gets Busy-My Favorite Things Challenge

Sandra wanted to enter the My Favorite Things Challenge but as usual her breakneck speed lifestyle did not allow for much crafting time.  She managed to send me all three allowable entries for posting on the deadline day.

Today is a busy day for me as well.  I am filling in at the super fantastic Scrapendipity store all day, so that the super fantastic owner and sidekick, Selena and Holly can take the fully loaded super fantastic Little Green Truck (Scrapmobile) out to the Scrapbook Carnival site at Spruce Meadows and get set up.  The Scrapbook Carnival starts tomorrow and the theme is Super Heroes.  The Scrapbook Carnival is a lot of fun, and Creative Scrapbooker who sponsers the Carnival give away a swag bag that rivals the one at the Oscars!!!  Ok maybe I exaggerate just a little, but IT IS a gooder!

But I digress……………..Here is Sandra’s first entry:ghef-card-100-copy

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http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/category/news-notes/

 

Supplies:

Pattern Paper – Home Cooking The Paper Loft

Cardstock Recollection

Memento Black Ink

Copic Markers

MFT – Recipe for Happiness Stamps

Die-namics Die Cut – Place Setting

 

My Favorite Things-Superstar Challenge

I realized with a start today, that I had not posted my other two challenge entries to the Superstar Challenge at My Favorite Things.

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The first card that I wanted to post is from a retired stamp set called The Beach.  That stamp set was out on my desk from making this challenge entry and so it went with me out to a scrapbook retreat I was on this weekend.  A friend of mine who is new to scrapbooking, picked it out of my huge pile of stamps and used it repeatedly on a Scrapbook album she was working on.  Just shows that great images have staying power and that you don’t always have to be using only the newest stamps.

Here is the card:

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Supplies:

My Favorite Things The Beach stamp set, My Favorite Things Zig Zag Stitched Circle die, Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails embossed cardstock, Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts die inks, Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bronze, Copic Markers and Xpressit cardstock, Pico Embellisher in Clear, Simon says Stamp card base and Scor tape

http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/category/news-notes/