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Finally home!

I just got back from my mom and stepdad’s 25th anniversary party.  The last couple of weeks have been consumed with creating their memory album, which I forgot to take pictures of!  Not to worry, mom is taking photos for me, so I’ll be able to share before long.

In the meantime, here’s the project I promised before I got distracted!

5th Avenue Floral Card Set
5th Avenue Floral Card Set
This is a tutorial I bought from Sandi MacIver.   It was really easy and show’s exactly how to do the new watercolor technique used on the rose in this card.
Shimmery White Watercolor Rose

Shimmery White Watercolor Rose

It’s absolutely wonderful –  You emboss the image with white embossing powder, then spritz the paper with water.  Using the aqua painter, add a drop of reinker inside the embossed area and the color will spread where the water is.  It’s soooo cool.  It’s hard to tell in the picture but the flower has a shimmer that comes from the shimmery white card stock.  VERY COOL.  If you haven’t tried this technique, you will love it!
Here’s the other cards in the set.
Card 2

Card 2

Card 4

Card 4

Manhattan Flower Card

Manhattan Flower Card

And here’s a picture of the cards in the box.
Fifth Avenue Floral Card Set in Box

Fifth Avenue Floral Card Set in Box

This was really a fun project.  I loved the watercoloring and I really love the Fifth Avenue Floral set and the Urban Oasis Designer Paper. 
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Thank you Card

Thank you Card

Here’s just a quick post to share a card that I had worked on for last weekend’s blog hop – I still haven’t been able to get it to photograph well, but  I think you get the idea.   I really love how bright and cheery it is!

Recipe:   Paper:  Apricot Appeal and Whisper White cardstock,  Rainbow Sherbert DSP;  Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, White Craft; Stamps:  Soft Summer.

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It seems that we’ve just finished mother’s day and it’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day. Tonight is the monthly meeting with a group of demonstrators that I’m part of. We’ll be swapping, OF COURSE, and tonight’s swap is a Father’s Day or masculine card.

I find masculine cards really hard to create. So, I started thinking about my Dad. He’s retired, living at the beach, building boats and hanging out on the beach watching the wildlife. I really like the sentiment in the set Sense of Time. It’s a quote by Bonnie Friedman, ” An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.” This quote really makes me think of my dad. Living on the Outer Banks of NC is definitely a slower pace of life than I have here in Atlanta. I think he would agree with that quote. As I tend to do when I get stuck, I grabbed my go-to set Thoughts & Prayers. I used the tree stamp from it with the sentiment and some of our wonderful Designer paper – I’m still in paper mode after the blog hop last weekend! When I look at this card, I can imagine my dad sitting in the swing under the tree in is front yard, sipping a beer, and all seems right with the world. Hope you like it. (And Dixie, if you see this, don’t tell him! lol!)

Father's Day Card - Inside

Father's Day Card - Inside

Father's Day Card - Inside of card

Father's Day Card - Inside of card

Recipe:  Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers, Sense of Time;  Paper: Parisian Breeze Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White; Ink: Chocolate Chip;  Accessories:  Jumbo Pewter Eyelets.

I’ve almost finished a new set of cards and pen holder using Urban Oasis DSP – I’ll post it later this week, so be sure to check back.  It’s really cute!!

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Welcome to stop #14  on Stampin’ Addicts Parade of Papers Blog Hop, showcasing the beautiful Designer Series Papers from Stampin’ Up! You may have just arrived  from Comeka’s blog  or this may be your first stop.  Either way, the links will take you in a circle and you’ll end up back where you began.  But remember, these links will disappear at midnight on Sunday night!  Be sure to bookmark or subscribe to the blogs you love!  You’ll find the link to the next blog at the end of this post.

I’m excited to be featuring the beautiful Rainbow Sherbert Designer Series Paper.  It coordinates with Apricot Appeal, Green Galore, Gable Green, and Tempting Turquoise.   Here’s a quick peek of the paper!

Rainbow Sherbert DSP

Rainbow Sherbert DSP

Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, it’s only right that the first project I share is a 2 pg 12×12 scrapbook layout.  The pictures are of Christin and Wyatt playing at Nana’s house – hence the title  “Sunday Drivin’ at Nana’s”

Left side 12x12 layout

Left side 12x12 layout

Right side 12x12 layout

Right side 12x12 layout

These pages were so much fun to make.   I have a sneaky suspicion that there may be some discussion at NaNa’s house about who gets to keep these pages!

Recipe:  Paper:  Rainbow Sherbert DSP, Pacific Point Textured cardstock, Gable Green, Green Galore , Apricot Appeal and Tempting Turquoise cardstock.   Ink:  Versamark, Green Galore.  Accessories:  Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, White Embossing powder, scallop circle punch,  3/16″ corner rounder, Aqua glitter from Fine Supernova Stampin’ Glitter.  Big Shot:  Birds & Blooms, Swirly, Billboard.  Stamps:  Warm Words, Best Wishes & More,  Petal Pizzazz, Darling Dots.

Next up is a wonderful CD photo album inspired by Maureen Henry.  This would make a great gift!  You can attach a few favorite pictures and include a DVD of the event they were taken at or a music CD .

Front view of CD Photo Album

Front view of CD Photo Album

inside of CD photo album

inside of CD photo album

I love how this turned out.  It really makes me think of summer!

Recipe:  Paper:  Rainbow Sherbert DSP, Pacific Point Textured cardstock,  Green Galore, Apricot Appeal, Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White cardstock.  Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Versamark.   Accessories:  Eyelet Border Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 1/2″ circle punch,  lg oval punch, scallop oval punch, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Velcro Circles (non SU).  Big Shot:  Birds & Blooms,  Beautiful Butterflies. Stamps:  Warm Words.

One of my fellow demonstrators, Lyssa (who’s also participating in this blog hop), inspired me to try something I haven’t done before:  A modified picture frame.  I picked up a plain, boring chipboard frame at my local craft store, and I ended up with this lovely picture frame, sporting a picture of the beautiful Christin.

Picture frame

Picture frame

Recipe:  Paper:  Rainbow Sherbert DSP, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise and Apricot Appeal cardstock.  Ink:  Green Galore, Versamark.  Accessories: White Embossing Powder, 3/16″ corner rounder.  Big Shot:  Birds & Blooms. Stamps:  Warm Words.

Finally, what set of projects would be complete without a card?  To be more precise, a set of thank you cards using Rainbow Sherbert DSP!  These cards are really very easy and quick to make!

Thank You Card Set

Thank You Card Set

Recipe:  Paper:  Rainbow Sherbert DSP, Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise, Appricot Appeal, and Green Galore cardstock.  Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Green Galore and Apricot Appeal.  Accessories:  Apricot Appeal Brads from Soft Subtles Brads.  Big Shot:  Birds &  Blooms.  Stamps:  Flight of the Butterfly, Petal Pizzazz, Fundamental Phrases.

Well, I hope you fell in love with the Rainbow Sherbert Designer Series Paper as much I have – there’s no better time than right now to stock up on Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper and Textured Card stock with their Buy 3, Get 1 Free Sale – be sure to check with your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for details.

To see another of the beautiful Designer Series Papers on this Parade of Paper Blog Hop, now go to Twila’s blog. Enjoy the rest of your blog hopping and don’t forget that all the Parade of Paper links will be broken at midnight on Sunday, May 10!  I hope you will be inspired by all the creative projects and beautiful scrap pages and cards. Also, be sure to check out the Stampin’ Addicts website – Positively Creative!

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If you don’t recognize it, the quote above is from the 1958 movie “Mame.”   Auntie Mame makes the statement several times during the movie.  I loved her character.  She was all about living life to the fullest.  She’s such a wonderful character that I find myself wishing that she was real and that I had known her.

I think Auntie Mame would have loved the sentiment of this card (it’s probably too simple for her.  she was a little ostentatious).  I love the thought and the simplicity of the card.  I hope whereever you are today, that you take some time to . . . . .  Live, Laugh & Love.

Live, Laugh & Love Card

Live, Laugh & Love Card

Recipe:   Paper- Kraft, Mellow Moss, Elegant Eggplant; Ink –  Whisper White Craft, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant;  Stamps:  Petal Pizazz, On Your Birthday; Accessories- White EP, Pretties Kit Pearl

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I can’t wait!  We’re half way through the week and only 2 days till the Parade of Papers begins! Don’t forget to drop in on Friday (or anytime before Midnight Sunday) to see the wonderful projects you can make with Designer Series Paper.  I’ll be showcasing the Rainbow Sherbet DSP!   I’m sooo pleased with how they turned out!   Here’s another teaser – I’ll be displaying a  modified picture frame.  It’s perfect for spring.  You’re going to love it!  Don’t forget to stop by on Friday to check it out!

For more details, see my entry from May 1.

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I love being thankful and I especially love celebrating!  I don’t need a reason, just being alive is reason enough.   Today’s card could be used for birthday, congratulations, or just because!

Celebrate Card

Celebrate Card

Of course, if I’m celebrating, I’m using my favorite set!  Yeah, it’s “Thoughts & Prayers.”  What can I say?  It’s my weakness.  I embossed the word celebrate and added Certainly Celery brads to jazz it up.

Now I’m off to celebrate!  What’s going on in your life that you can celebrate?  Come on!  Take a moment and celebrate something – it’ll make your day.  I promise.

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers;  Paper:  Kraft, Very Vanilla, Night of Navy; Ink:  Night of Navy, Certainly Celery

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