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Card for the Olympics and PPA Sketch Challenge

As the Olympic Games begin on Friday, I wanted to create a card to recognize the event using all Stampin’ Up! products and also to submit for the PPA Sketch Challenge (PPA139).

I feel that “Life is a matter of moments” would be an appropriate sentiment because I expect the 16-day event to be filled with special moments, especially with the athletes breaking world records in the games and winning medals. It could also be special moments in lives to be the spectators in the games.

  • 1” and 1-3/8” punches were used to pop out the five rings from the Marina Mist, Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Gumball Green cardstocks. Remember in order to punch out a ring, always start with the smaller punch followed by the bigger one. A cut on the Daffodil Delight ring and a cut on the Gumball Green linked all the rings up.
  • The Gumball Green cardstock in the background was partially dry embossed using the Stripes folder, where the embossed and non-embossed sections were separated using a strand of Gumball Green Stitched 3/8” Satin Ribbon.

  • Both the Olympic rings and the sentiment were popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp Set:  Elements of Style (Wood-Mount 118611, Clear-Mount 120045)
Paper:  Whisper White (100730), Marina Mist (119682), Basic Black (121045), Real Red (102482), Daffodil Delight (119683), Gumball Green (126840)
Ink:  Gumball Green (126861)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Stripes Folder (123128), 1” Circle Punch (119868), 1-3/8” Circle Punch (119860), Extra-Large Oval Punch (119859)
The Perfect Touch:  Gumball Green 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (126848), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


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Sock animals say hi!

Hello everybody, finally the sock animals came out to say hi! These two buddies are the newest additions to the sock animal family.

When my mom first saw the furry striped socks, she was like “they would make perfect raccoon tails!” So there she made wonders again – two raccoons with stripy tails matching their own colours 🙂 Don’t they look like they are going to the Olympics?!

These two raccoons went in for the Christmas craft fair jury together with a few other sock buddies and some of my Stampin’ Up! cards. Of course, they all passed, so yay, we will be selling again at the Steveston Craft Fair in November.

I will keep posting pictures of the other buddies. Please stay tuned!

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Happy belated birthday, my friend!

Today’s card is a card I made for a friend whose birthday is on my wedding anniversary day. The card was a belated one because I knew he was coming to Vancouver for a visit a few days after his birthday, and I wanted to hand him a card in person rather than mailing it.

I find that masculine cards are generally harder to create, so I got the inspiration for this card from these placemats on my dining table.

I have changed the base colour to Sahara Sand so the white circles would pop out more. I used the retired Happiest Birthday Wishes hostess stamp set for the sentiment, but you could easily replace it with any happy birthday, congratulations, thank you, etc. sentiments, and it will still work out to be a nice masculine card 🙂

I added three Basic Black brads on the side so they tie in with the circle theme of the card.

Stamp Set: Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Sahara Sand (121043), Early Espresso (119686), Basic Black (121045), Old Olive (100702)
Ink: Basic Black (126980)
Cool Tools: 1” Circle Punch (119868)
The Perfect Touch: 3/16” Neutrals Brads – Basic Black (119736), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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Wishing you a lifetime of love & laughter!

I just had a busy long weekend as I was the Maid of Honor in a good friend’s wedding. It was such a beautiful wedding. Everything went so smoothly, and we were so lucky that the weather held up for 99% of the day (though I wasn’t so lucky on my own one-year wedding anniversary which was two days after when it poured for the whole day and we had to postpone all the planned activities including the anniversary dinner because the restaurant just happened to be closed for renos! Lol.. anyway, we still had a relaxing anniversary without celebration :))

A card is a must to congratulate my friend and her hubby on their big day, so here you go.

  • The images in the Love & Laughter stamp set are gorgeous, especially after being heat embossed. The wedding dress here was first stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder to create a glamorous look, and finally cropped out using Paper Snips.
  • The little flower bunch image was stamped next to the wedding dress to give a feeling that the bridal bouquet was laid next to the bride.

  • The wedding was in a pinkish color theme, so I have chosen to use Pink Pirouette. I dry embossed the Pink Pirouette card stock using the Square Lattice embossing folder to add some texture.
  • The Whisper White Organza Ribbon totally gives a wedding feel to the card

Stamp Set: Love & Laughter (Wood-Mount 125475, Clear-Mount 125477)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Pink Pirouette (111351)
Ink: Raspberry Ripple (126859), Pink Pirouette (126956), Versamark Pad (102283)
Cool Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Square Lattice Folder (119976), Modern Label Punch (119849), Heat Tool (129053),  Paper Snips (103579)
The Perfect Touch: Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109131), Whisper White 5/8” Organza Ribbon (114319), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)