Thank You, Pumpkin, CCMC

It’s Thursday! Time for another fabulous layout from Create with Connie and Mary!

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Isn’t this fun?

Since I create cards very streamline, these sort of freestyle designs are always a real challenge for me. And, of course, I wanted to play around with the Thoughtful Branches bundle some more.

So, how to combine these two???

Like this –

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And, I love it!!!

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I cut the ‘tree top’ from the set in Pumpkin Pie and the ‘trunk’ in Early Espresso at the same time. I adhered the tree top, aka, pumpkin, to another piece of Pumpkin Pie and simply cut around it. Because no pumpkin is perfect – my cutting didn’t have to be either!

The leaves and the sentiment are from the same bundle too!

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The DSP is one of those nifty 6×6 pads!

I hope I have inspired you with this card to use your dies/framelits maybe not quite how they were intended to be used! It’s always fun to see items in a different way!

You should see what the other design team members created too! Create with Connie and Mary would love for you to share what you have done with the sketch as well!

I’d love to hear from you!

Supplies used –

  • Stamp Set – Thoughtful Branches (LE)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
  • Ink – Early Espresso
  • DSP – Serene Scenery DSP Stack
  • Punches – Triple Banner Punch
  • Big Shot – Beautiful Branches (LE)
  • Other – Pearl Basic Jewels
Happy Stampin’
Libby

 

Kindness Done Simply, WWC86

Middle of the week it is! Time for Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

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Today we have a great challenge from Gail, Simply Stamping with a fall theme.

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These are my favorite! And, fall? It’s my favorite time of the year! I’m such a fall person.

Without further ado, my card –

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Simply wonderful.

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I took another picture, but really, there’s not much to show.

There are no layers here. It literally took me more time to gather the supplies to create the card than it did to stamp!

I did start with the sentiment, then I stamped the leaves. So easy. So elegant. So. Simple!

Since the challenge here is ‘Simply Stamping’, you should check out what the other design team members did with the challenge! Hopefully we have inspired you to play along with this week!

Supplies used –

  • Stamp Set – Thoughtful Branches (LE)
  • Card Stock – Sahara Sand
  • Ink – Early Espresso, Crushes Curry, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Feeling Appreciated, TSOT#289

Ahhh, I love designing for these bi-weekly challenges over at Try Stampin’ Or Not On Tuesday!

We have another great ‘go-to’ sketch for you to play around with –

Challenge #289. Optional Technique : Die cuts

I loved this sketch! See what I did with it –

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Yep. Another stunning flower from the Thoughtful Branches bundle! Definitely a great use of the ‘optional die cut’ theme here.

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The flower portion I stamped and die cut it out. I then cut another one out and flipped it over.

Ever look at a real hydrangea flower? It’s sort of hard to see an exact color. Some are a mix of bluish-purple. That’s what I was trying to recreate here.

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The flower itself, I also popped up on dimensionals to make it stand out just a bit more. See the shadow in the picture?

The stem, I cut the leaf on the right off. I moved it down to avoid covering up the sentiment.

This is just a beautiful card. And, a beautiful use of the sketch. What do you think?

Check out what the Design team members created over at Try Stampin’ Or Not On Tuesday and play along with us! You can also find me or TSOT on Facebook too!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

For You, Thoughtful Branches

Quick Monday share.

I had a very busy past few days!! But, I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you.

This was one of the more popular cards from my Card Buffet this weekend –

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Everyone loved it!

Last month, a few customers ordered this Thoughtful Branches bundle. I hadn’t advertised it because I don’t like to bombard everyone with emails all time, but, they all ran across this fabulous buy and purchased it! I thought to myself, guess I’d better order it too. Well, it’s quickly became a favorite! So, it was a good decision.

And, as far as of this posting, it’s still available. But until quantities last.

I think you’ll see this bundle a few more times this week. I’ve got lots planned with it!

What do you think? One of your favorites?

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Birthdays, Balloons, and Bricks, Stepped Up Sunday

So, you saw my card Saturday, right? It was a great card. And it almost made the Card Buffet.

But, I felt it lacked something. So, I tweaked it a little. This is the result –

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The strips of card stock were just the right touch, you think? I thought it was!

I am more than happy with the results!

And, I turned some new Halloween DSP, Halloween Night Specialty Designers Series Paper, into a non-Halloween card too!

What do you think of the two card versions? Comments are always welcomed!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Birthdays, Balloons, and Bricks, Simple Saturday

I have a quick share today before my Card Buffet.

I really love this idea of a simple card and a stepped up version. A lot of stampers go through this process anyway in creating cards. I know I did with this card –

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It’s nice. It’s simple. It’d be great for a guy!

Got one for you, any guesses on the DSP?

This card sat on the Buffet board until right before the class.

Stay tuned until tomorrow to see what I did to this card.

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Sunflower Thoughts for CCMC

I’m rather excited. It’s Thursday. It’s time for a Create with Connie and Mary challenge.

We have a wonderful set of colors today –

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Very nice fall like colors!

I did my usual to figure out what I’d create – I pulled out card stock in these colors. In looking at them, right past the colors on my desk was the Thoughtful Branches bundle, stamp set and coordinating framelits. I just got it in. Late orderer.

I had been itching to try creating this –

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Nothing new. Certainly not original. But, perfect for this color challenge!

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I love it! The petals were stamped then hand cut out. Yes, each and every one other them.

There IS a framelit in the set, but it was really way faster to just get with it and cut them by hand. Sometimes it takes a bit of time to set the Big Shot for each single cut.

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I added the Vanilla Baker’s Twine bow. It was just the right added finishing touch for this card. It’s big. it’s floppy. It’s perfect for the oversized flower here.

So, what do you think? I’d love to read your comments.

Since these are such great colors, head over to Create with Connie and Mary to see what the design team members created, and join us! Yes, play along with our challenge!

See you over at CCMC!

Supplies used –

  • Stamp Set – Thoughtful Branches (LE)
  • Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy, Soft Suede
  • Ink – Delightful Dijon, Soft Suede
  • Punches – 2″ Circle
  • Big Shot – Beautiful Branches (LE)
  • Other – Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby