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Monday Montage 104

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!

I have just returned from an AMAZING trip to Salt Lake City for OnStage 2017.  It was great seeing old friends, learning new stamping techniques, and of course, swapping.  I only participated in one organized swap, but I received some great samples.  Today, I’m sharing a swap that I created using the A Little Wild stamp set and matching framelits.

A Little Wild Spinner (close-up)

I colored the bear image with the new Stampin’ Blends.  These markers are so much fun and really easy to use.  You can also see it used on the beehive and tiny bees.  All of these images are included in the A Little Wild stamp set and the framelits make cutting them out a snap!

 A Little Wild Spinner

I’m not sure what the technique is called for this card, so for now, I’m just going to call it a floating spinner.  The front and back images of the bear are attached together with fishing line in between.  When you open the card, the bear spins around in the opening.  Pretty cool, huh?  If you’d like to see a tutorial on this card, leave me a comment at the end of this post.

A Little Wild Spinner Card (closed)

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There are 9 stops on this blog hop, so be sure to check out all of the amazing projects.

You can click the Back button to visit Kaitlyn or the Next button to visit Wendy.  Thanks again for celebrating with us!

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Technique Week – It’s a Fancy Fold!

Painted Harvest Z-Fold


We are featuring Z-fold cards on the TGIF Challenges blog this week.  There are several versions of z-folds floating around, but I’ll share the card stock dimensions with you that I used on my card.  This card is very easy to put together and you’ll certainly get a WOW from the recipient.

Card Base:  5-1/2″ x 11″, scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″

Designer Series Paper Card Layers:  5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, and (2) 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″

“Z-bar”:  1-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″

“Z-bar” layers: 1″ x 5-1/4″, and (2) 1″ x 2-1/2″

insets:  (2) 1″ x 3-1/4″, scored at 1/4″ from each end


The bold and gorgeous paper I used on this card is from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper stack.  It coordinates with the Painted Harvest Stamp set.  I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, and Early Espresso ink, then fussy cut them out.  Sadly, there is not a coordinating set of dies for this stamp set.  There is a leaf punch, though!  I stamped leaves in Garden Green ink onto Very Vanilla card stock and punched those out.  I also added a few Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake leaves that were fussy cut.


For the sentiments, I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to create the focal point of the card.  I swear, I use these dies on almost every project!  If you don’t have them, be sure to add them to your next order.


Our challenge is open for 1 week and you are invited to play along.  It’s always fun to try a new fancy fold and this one is a real show-stopper.

Check out what the other designers created this week to inspire you even more.


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Magical Mermaid #TGIFC114 Designer Spotlight – Elizabeth Price

Magical Mermaid

It’s the last Friday of the month and that means we are featuring one of our designers at TGIF Challenges.  I am thrilled that my good friend, Elizabeth Price, is this month’s Designer Spotlight.  I’ve know her for several years and I’m always in awe of her creations.  Be sure to check out her blog to see for yourself.


Elizabeth is a master of layering various papers and her use of accessories is always spot on.  You can click HERE to see the card I chose to CASE.  When I saw what she did with the Hexagon embossing folder, I knew I had to try it myself.  For the background, I started by embossing Shimmery White card stock with the Hexagons embossing folder and the Big Shot.  I lightly rubbed my Basic Black ink pad onto the folder before running it through the machine to create the black outlines.

Mermaid Kisses

I thought that the hexagons resembled the scales on a fish or a mermaid’s tail, so I selected 3 colors that would look iridescent when combined:  Pacific Point, Emerald Envy, and Perfect Plum.  An Aqua Painter was used to color the hexagons and the Magical Mermaid image.  The tail was a blend of the colors and was brushed with the Clear Wink of Stella to make it shimmer.

Magical Mermaid close-up

If you look closely, you’ll see that I used quite a few gold products to embellish the card, as well as a small bit of burlap ribbon.  At first, I felt like I went a tiny bit overboard with the embellishments and was certainly stepping outside of my clean and simple comfort zone.  However, thanks to Elizabeth’s inspiration, this is definitely a favorite new technique and design.

Would you  like to add the Magical Mermaid stamp set to your stamp collection?

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a magical weekend!

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Paper Weaving



 The March Technique Challenge for Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration is paper weaving.  It's been years since I've done this technique, so I decided to try it out with a slightly different spin.  I found several different weaving patterns on this website, and went with a diagonal pattern for my background.


Best Guy Ever

  I used strips of the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper to weave together.  The simple greeting is from the Suite Sentiments stamp set and I added a few of the Urban Underground Embellishments.


Best Guy Every Close Up

 If you'd like to check out what the other designers created with this technique, just click HERE.

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