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#TGIFC135 Inspiration/Technique Week: Ombre

Happy Black Friday everyone!

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us.  As someone who worked retail for many, many years, I truly have no desire to go out and shop today.  However, my 11-year old daughter wanted to experience Black Friday, so I took her out for a few hours.  Man, that was exhausting!  Perhaps, I’m just getting too old to fight the crowds???  I’d much rather stay home and craft.


The amazing design team at TGIF Challenges has a great selection of Ombre cards to inspire you this week.  It’s not really my week to post, but I thought it looked like a lot of fun.  There is also no right or wrong way to do this technique.  You’ll see some designers used ink, stamps, and paper to create the Ombre effect.  I decided to go with the Stampin’ Blends on Designer Series Paper for a unique look.

Ombre Watercolor Christmas

The snowflake paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I wasn’t crazy about the Black-White-Garden Green color combo at first, but it is really growing on me.  You can do so much with the Black & White patterns……like add gradient color.  I used the Stampin’ Blends duos in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy.  The colors blended very easily into one another to create the ombre effect.  I used a bit of the color lifter on the centers of a few snowflakes to give it a bit more dimension.


The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  You may have missed this set in the Holiday catalog, but it is definitely one of my favorites.   I love the greetings (there is also one for the inside of the card) and the beautiful font.  Plus, if you’ve waited too long to start your holiday cards, there is a wonderful kit that goes with this stamp set.  It has cute envelopes, too!

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#TGIFC131 Technique Week – Eclipse Technique

It’s time for another challenge:  are you ready for the Eclipse technique?  Unlike the solar eclipse, this is a technique that will have you staring at the beautiful result.  Be sure to check out what the designers at TGIF Challenges created to inspire you using this technique.

Eclipse Technique

I did this technique long before there was a name for it.  Check out this Mother’s Day card and a quick video How-to here.  For my challenge card, I decided to do something a bit different and reverse the eclipse.  I cut the word “HI” into the Just Add Color Designer Series Paper using the Large Letters Framelits and the Big Shot.  I layered this onto a piece of Lemon-Lime twist card stock on Basic Black card stock using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  To create the graduated color on the background, I used the Pool Party Stampin’ Blends.  This was my first time using the blends, and I can’t wait to try them again.  You’ll be able to purchase them on November 1st.


The sentiment is from the In the City Hostess Stamp Set.  I stamped it in Versamark ink, sprinkled on white embossing powdered, then heat with the heat tool until the powder melted.  Finally, I added just a few White Perfect accents for embellishment.

HI Eclipse

Have you tried the Eclipse Technique?

We’d love to have you play along with us at TGIF Challenges.  Follow this link to upload your creations.  We’ll announce the winner next Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Happy Stampin’!



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Monday Montage 103

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!

I’ve had to take a step back from my stamping business recently, so it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  Nothing is wrong, in fact, many things are really good.  We’ve gotten much busier in the chiropractic office and I love being able to help more people on a daily basis.  I’m also diving much deeper into my essential oil business and it is really taking flight.  I just want you to know that I have no intention of leaving Stampin’ UP! anytime soon.  I still love it, however, my time to create has become more limited.  There is a season for everything and I hope that someday I’ll be able to jump back in and be more active again.

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One thing I won’t be giving up is the Monday Montage blog hop and my design work with TGIF Challenges.  I’ve had to combine both, along with a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, to come up with today’s project.  Our theme at TGIF Challenges this week is Sweater Weather.  I went with a design that invokes feelings of Fall:  pumpkins, cable knit, and hot chocolate.

This is a simple gift pouch that features the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  The Very Vanilla background paper was embossed with the Cable Knit 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I’ve added some linen thread and Champagne foil strip to accent the focal point.  The sentiment is from the Add a Little Glitz stamp set and was stamped in Tangerine Tango ink.

Pumpkin Spice Gift

When you pull up gently on the 1/4″ Copper Trim, it reveals the pouch of Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa.  I found these at Target and think they’ll make a nice little gift.  I based my measurements on the packet, so you may have to adjust the size to fit different ones.

  1. Early Espresso Card Stock:  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 2-1/2″ and 6-1/4″
  2. Fold and seal with Tear & Tape Adhesive
  3. Use the 1/8″ hole punch to punch a hole near the top of the pouch
  4. Thread Copper Trim through the hole, place hot chocolate into the pouch, pushing the Copper Trim down
  5. Tie ribbon at top to close and decorate front as desired


Thanks so much for stopping by!  You’ll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.


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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Dusting Off Some Oldies, but Goodies

Lovely as a Tree meets Teeny Tiny Wishes

Over the weekend, I found myself in need of a masculine, get well card.  As I was searching through my stash, I was certain that I had a card that would fit the occasion.  I was very wrong!  I didn’t have any get well cards at all, so I needed to whip one up quickly.  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was perfect for the simple layout.


I have really fallen in love with the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  The colors are perfect for those manly projects:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Soft Sky~ LOVE!


Currently in my stamp collection, I only have 3 wood-mount stamp sets.  I’m using 2 of them on today’s card:  Lovely as a Tree and Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Actually, Lovely as a Tree was the very first stamp set I ever purchased.  Can you believe it?  It is such a timeless and versatile set.  I think everyone should own it.  The Teeny Tiny Wishes is another great set that includes every possible sentiment you could need. You could pair the two of these sets and come up with endless possibilities.

The one new accessory I added to this card is the 1/4″ Copper Trim.  I frayed the ends to give it a rustic look.

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Holiday Catalog Is Here!

Holiday Catalog 2017

Hey Everyone!
Today is the day that you can order from the 2017 Holiday Catalog! You can view the pdf by clicking the image or link above, then get ready to shop in my online store.
 Local customers may attend my holiday open house on Sunday, September 10th from 2pm–4pm to pick up a complimentary copy of the catalog and create a quick make & take project.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that I can make sure I have enough supplies for everyone!
We are still looking to add a few new members to our monthly card club (online or local).  If interested, shoot me an email.
Thanks so much for being a Stamp Doc customer!

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