Silver Elite and Team Meeting SWAPS

Good news! Good news!

I was promoted to Silver Elite during the most recent Sale-a-Bration! Yay! So excited!!!! Thank you to Joan and Karen for joining my team! Welcome!

At our team meeting last night, my upline, Pearl Robb, surprised me with a sweet little, unexpected, gift! I just had to take a picture because, she too was promoted too!

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We also did a few make’n takes and created cards to swap!

Here are the swaps from everyone.

I’ll start with mine of course! I also had it on my Card Buffet this weekend. It’s a really cute graduation card –

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It’s standard card size too!

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I got the idea from Debbie Henderson. She has a great tutorial for this shorter version. Check her out!

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Pearl’s card.

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Joan’s card.

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Cheryl’s card.

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Cari’s card.

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Shirley’s Card.

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Gail’s card.

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Nancy’s card.

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Diana’s card.

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Sally’s card.

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Susan’s card.

All the cards were awesome this month! Happy to have these samples!

We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up on things! I wished were all able to meet more often!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

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Happy Happy Happy Birthday

Ready for another great challenge to inspire your creativity?

You got it! This is from Watercooler Wednesday –

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We have a great set of colors to get you going!

I got a little stumped at first. But, in no time I was on a creative roll and created this –

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I really like this stamp set, Happy Celebrations. It’s bold. It’s fun.

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I was able to create a nice background with it. It was easy too – this is a photopolymer set!

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The addition of the sentiment and balloons just really made the card a perfect birthday card that just about anyone would like! Don’t you agree?

I’d love to read your comments!

And did you know you can play along with our challenges? Come create a card and join us! We’d love to have you!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Happy Celebrations, Time of Year, Balloon Celebration
  • Dies – Bunch of Banners
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo
  • Ink – Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo
  • Punches – Balloon Bouquet
  • Other – Dimensionals
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Banner Christmas

Thursday. Moving right into December!

Starting the month off right with a Create with Connie and Mary challenge!

As you can see, we have a nice layout to work with –

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I decided to go vertical in my design just like the sketch –

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I once again used the Time of Year hostess set, the banner stamp, and, the Candy Cane Lane DSP. I have lots of it. Still.

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I also went with the Layering Squares Framelits to create my ‘cookies’ behind the house.

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I added some dimensionals to give the house and sentiment a little pop! It really needed it because of house busy this card is.

I’d love to read what you think of the card design and how I used the layout.

Check out what the other design team members at Create with Connie and Mary created too! This is a fun sketch to play along with, so why not join us!?!?!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Time of Year
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • DSP – Candy Cane Lane
  • Ink – Real Red
  • Bid Shot – Layering Squares Framelits
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Happy Christmas, Past the Gate

It’s Watercooler Wednesday challenge day! Mid-week. This was a much-needed break from creating for a holiday fair I’m participating in on Saturday.

Today we have a great challenge to get you thinking –

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Love the fact Gail chose this idea. When was the last time you created an interesting fold?

Personally, I’ll play around with new folds that I come across, but, rarely do they make the cut for me.

Until………Until, I created this card –

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It’s just simply S W E E T !!!!!

It’s a Twist Gate Fold card. NOT my original idea – I came across it on Splitcoaststampers. And, I just had to try it!!!

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As it starts to open….it looks a little funny, or ‘off’.

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But, as you can see, fully opened, it’s pretty stinkin’ sweet! It does not want to lay flat because of the special fold.

I love, Love, LOVE, it! I’d like to make a few more of these! It was too much fun!

Wouldn’t you agree? Please leave me some kind words. I’d love to read them!

Then, see what other nifty folds the other Design team members created. Perhaps we have sparked your creativity to play along with our challenge this week!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Suite Seasons, Time of Year
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Whisper White
  • DSP – Candy Cane Lane
  • Ink – Real Red, Early Espresso
  • Bid Shot – Stitched Shapes Framelits
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Christmas Tree Hearts

Happy Tuesday!

I am hoping you had a blessed giving thanks day! I know we sure did. Now, I am having to get into the swing of things. Again. The start of an even busier season!

I’ll start off with a design team card for Try Stampin on Tuesday.

We have a rather great sketch to work with again! See for yourself –

Challenge #299. Theme : Love the Season

It’s pretty classic. I knew right away how I wanted to use this.

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I created a pretty simple card for this layout.

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I started by punching the trees with the retired Tree Punch. I felt the card ‘needed’ something. So I went back and added the Vellum with the heart in the center. Sort of the perfect touch! And, goes with that ‘Love the Season’ theme!

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The sentiment and the Baker’s Twine were added according to the sketch. Perfect addition for a Christmas card.

It’s a lovely card that would be very easy to recreate to send out to multiple people!

I say you leave a comment and head over to the Try Stampin on Tuesday blog to see how the others used this sketch to inspire you! Which, I hope we did and you can join us and play along!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Thinking of You CCMC

Sounds like I am thinking of CCMC, which is Create with Connie and Mary, and, I guess you can say that I am!

It’s Thursday and time for another challenge from them!

This time it’s a color challenge –

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Halloween colors was your first though, I bet?

Well, it’s doesn’t have to be. Just take a look –

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See. It doesn’t scream Halloween, does it?

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It’s quite a lovely card using this bold sentiment!

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The added Confetti embossed background makes the card fun for a number of occasions: birthday, thank you, thinking of you, anniversary, invitation, you get the idea!

Now the other Design Team members at Create with Connie and Mary created some wonderful too, and not all Halloween cards with these colors! You should check them out. Hopefully, we’ve inspired you and you’ll play along with us!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Time of Year (hostess set)
  • Dies – Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Card Stock –Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Ink – Perfect Plum
  • Punches – Bow Builder (used to flag the ends of strips)
  • Big Shot – Confetti
Happy Stampin’
Libby