Congratulations, Graduate!

Today we have a super sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary –

I was really inspired by it. As we know, graduation season will be starting next month (I know, right? You didn’t realize it, did you!?). I decided to get to work on grads ideas! I have made two recently, here is one of them using our sketch this week –

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How fun and fresh and modern is this???

libbystamps, stampin up, Suite Sentiments, Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, graduation, graduation gift card holder, CCMC453

…..and, when you open it, it’s a gift card holder too! I used the same size Whisper White panel as the front, this time, I only adhered it to three side leaving the left side open to slide something fun in the pocket. Use Tear & tape for this for the extra strong bond.

TIP : if you’re adding a gift card, place the gift card down first then adhere the panel. That way, the gift card will slid out easily. 

libbystamps, stampin up, Suite Sentiments, Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, graduation, graduation gift card holder, CCMC453

I can wait to create more of these. Maybe in local school colors? This is just a great design to create with!

Check out our design team inspiration at Create with Connie and Mary. Get inspired? Link up your project on our Facebook page!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Suite Sentiments
  • Framelits – Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • Ink – Memento Black
  • DSP – Fabulous Foil Acetate
  • Other – Tear & Tape Adhesive
Happy Stampin’
Libby

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JOY for CCMC

I’m not sure about you, but I’m needing to find a little ‘joy’ lately!

It’s Thursday and that usually does it. It’s Create with Connie and Mary challenge time!

This week we’ve got a color challenge to get your creative energies flowing –

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Elegant colors I must say!

I couldn’t decide how I wanted to use the colors: birthday, Thanksgiving or Christmas……….well, I decided on Christmas –

libbystamps, stampin up, CCMC432, Copper Foil , Large Letters Framelits, Balloon Framelits, Softly Falling EF

I liked the idea of the bold letters in copper!

libbystamps, stampin up, CCMC432, Copper Foil , Large Letters Framelits, Balloon Framelits, Softly Falling EF

By itself, the card was a little plain. Adding the thin strips of navy, plus the little ‘tassels’ were just the addition this card needed!

libbystamps, stampin up, CCMC432, Copper Foil , Large Letters Framelits, Balloon Framelits, Softly Falling EF

The embossed background added to the wintry feel of the card too!

This color combination is gorgeous! Check out how the other wonderful design team members used these colors. Play along with us at Create with Connie and Mary!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – none
  • Card Stock – Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Night of Navy
  • Big Shot – Large Letters Framelits, Balloon Framelits, Softly Falling EF
  • Ink – none
  • Other – Copper Foil
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Sliding by Birthday Wishes, WWC83

I haven’t had the chance to post the past few day. Life. Crazy. You know that feeling…..

But, its Wednesday and time for another wonderful challenge to inspire you from Watercooler Wednesday!

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This week, a challenge by Penny –

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These Tic Tac Toe challenges are SO much fun!

…..but, so many choices. I actually made two lines from the choices in my card –

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Looks like an average card, right?

Well. Pull on the ribbon –

libbystamps, stampin up, Celebrate Today, Playful Palette, Balloon Framelits, WWC, Slider Card

Keep pulling –

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Notice how the balloon goes up with the pulling!!

Scroll back up if you need to!

So. I got a diagonal down. Fun Fold. Birthday Theme. Die Cut.

And, a straight down the center. Balloons. Birthday. Banner.

The green I started with and that took the card here, but didn’t really achieve anything on the board!

I’d love to hear read what you think of this nifty fold!

Head on over to Watercooler Wednesday and join us! These Tic Tac Toe boards are soooo cool!

Supplies used –

  • Stamp Sets – Celebrate Today
  • Ink – Emeral Envy, Daffodil Delight
  • Card Stock – Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla
  • DSP – Playful Palette
  • Big Shot – Balloon Framelits
  • Other – Daffodil Delight 1/4 Cotton Ribbon (R)
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Gone Wild Thanks

On the weekends, I started participating in yet another challenge. This one is on Facebook, Stampin’ Gals Gone Wild. I’m just now getting around to sharing it –

Connie Long Stewart's photo.

The sketch – simple enough. But, it really caught my eye.

And, my take on it –

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Quite cute, right?

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Just see all the dimension on the middle piece. Every item popped up! Stunning in person!

Guess what happens when you open this nifty nicely designed card –

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Tada! It’s hold a gift card!!

This style of card is quickly becoming my f a v o r i t e !!!!

You know, it’s good ‘card carma’ to leave a comment before closing this out! To do that, scroll back up. The ‘Leave a Comment’ button is under the title of the post. Thanks!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Wacky Watercooler March Blog Hop

Whew! What a busy few weeks it’s been!

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For the next few days, I’m joining up with Wacky Watercooler Stamping and their March Blog Hop, Fun Folds!

This is perfect for me because I love fun folds! Check out the ensemble I have created for this –

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Fun Folds can be kind of tricky because it’s like reinventing the wheel. Most of these we have already seen. Except for one of the one I’m sharing today.

First off, have you ever heard of a Dutch fold? No, it’s not a new fold, but I received a swap using this fold and thought I’d share it –

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Opened, it’s really cool –

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The top flips up and the bottom two pieces swing open! Quite cool and fun!

The next one is called a Triangle Fold card –

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Just a nifty little square until you open it –

libbystamps, stampin up, Balloon Framelits, Balloon Bouquet Punch, It's My Party DSP, Party with Cake, May be hard to tell in the photo, but both flaps are folded back.

The last Fun Fold is one I created. I call it a mini Triple Accordion Fold. Mini because it’s finished size is 3 1/2 x 5. It will fit our note card sized envelopes!

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And, when it’s opened it looks really cool and will stand on its own –

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So, all of my cards opened –

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For me, I liked going with the same card stock, DSP and sentiment. I really love how they came together!

I’d love to read your comments. As a blogger, I thrive on reading what you like about my projects!

Now, this is a ‘blog hop’. You can see many different creative designs by following the hop. You can click the next button to hop over to Marsha Reed, or click on any of the other participants if you have not been in order.

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Please stop by everyone and leave a comment. We thrive on compliments and kind words about our creations! And, there is lots of creativity on this hop this time around!
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Green and Gold HI

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I have a great card share today inspired by Freshly Made Sketches

Nice, simple, clean sketch.

I had been playing around with stamping balloons to give a dark to light color effect, a sort of ombre look. I inked up my stamp and stamped it three times – at the top, middle of the paper and towards the bottom. I loved the end result, but had the stamped panel just sitting on my desk.

Until I saw this sketch. I couldn’t just cut this up randomly and ruin all my hard work. This panel took a few tries.

This is what I did with it, minimal trimming of course –

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I love it! And since it has gold accents, I created an envelope liner for the card too –

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What I trimmed off the side I used for the interior of the card. Can’t waste anything! Speaking of which, the H I came from the Party Pop-Up Thinlits letters that get cut out.

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All in all, this little card is a stunning beauty!

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I can not wait to give this to someone. It’s sure to brighten anyones day!

It’d brighten my day if you left some thoughts on my green and Gold Hi!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

It’s All About You Today

Quickie post today –

libbystamps, Stampin' Up, stampin up, Hooray It's Your day Stamp Set, Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, Painted Blooms DSP, Balloon Framelits,

Some really cute treat bags from the Painted Blooms DSP. Combine that with the Treat Bag Thinlits and you have a winner!

Sad face, the DSP is retiring.

Happy face, it’s on the Weekly Deals.

See how cute these are pulled out –

libbystamps, Stampin' Up, stampin up, Hooray It's Your day Stamp Set, Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, Painted Blooms DSP, Balloon Framelits,

Adorable, right?

libbystamps, Stampin' Up, stampin up, Hooray It's Your day Stamp Set, Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, Painted Blooms DSP, Balloon Framelits,

One looks a bit more masculine………

libbystamps, Stampin' Up, stampin up, Hooray It's Your day Stamp Set, Mini Treat Bag Thinlit, Painted Blooms DSP, Balloon Framelits,

………the other a bit more feminine.

I liked the idea of a choice.

This paper was so lovely. And, I will miss using it.

Happy Stampin’
Libby