Graduation Cards — Monday Montage #20

Monday Montage Banner -- OctoberWe have another Monday Montage Blog Hop for you.  There are nine of us participating, so just click on the buttons at the bottom of each post to work your way through.

Grad CardsI was in need of a couple of graduation cards.  I like to personalize them a little bit by using school colors and the year of graduation.  Since the only graduation-themed stamp that I have is a small stamp in the Blue Ribbon stamp set, I didn’t have to spend much time on deciding what to use.

Gard Card

I used several different punches on these cards — circles, banner, and a new star punch.  The numbers are from the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, which are on the retiring list.

Gard Card Close UPBoth of these cards are for young men, so I wanted to keep them free of any buttons and frills.  But I couldn’t help but use some rhinestones.  Hopefully, that won’t appear girly to them.

Now you’re ready to jump on over to Breelin Renwick’s amazing blog.  If you’d rather work your way backwards, you hop on over to Wendy Weixler’s blog to check our her creative project.  Either way, work your way through all of the posts because you won’t want to miss any of it.

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Enjoy your Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!


Birthday Ribbon — FMS114

It’s Wednesday again, and that means it’s time for another sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  And this week, the lovely (and super talented) Linda Suarez has a fun sketch for us.

I pulled out several stamp sets for this one and just couldn’t get happy with anything.  Then I reached for the Blue Ribbon set, which hasn’t seen ink in a long time, and I decided to give it some much needed love.

Cantaloupe BirthdayI hope you’ll stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site and see what the other designers made.  And then I hope you’ll join us and make your own card to post in the gallery.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  I’ll be busy with Thanksgiving preparations.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Blue Ribbon
Ink:  Basic Gray, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green
Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Birthday Basics dsp
Embellishments:  Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Small Scallop Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade, Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, 2-3/8″ Scallop punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch


Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 10

2013artisanfinalistAWell, here we are at the last day of the blog hop for those of us who were selected as Stampin’ Up! Artisan finalists, but who were not chosen for the design team.

My last project for you is a scrapbook page.  It includes pictures of my son, and I’ve tried to achieve a grungy look.

Artisan Brother Scrapbook PageThis page was so much fun to make.  It is so not my normal style, but once I got started, I really liked it.  After making this page, I was ready for the Gorgeous Grunge set to come out.  And now, I have to say,  I really like this grungy look.

Here’s a closer look at some of the stamping and embellishments.  I usually find that I don’t do a lot of stamping on my scrapbook pages, but that was not true with this page.  I stamped all over the place!

Artisan Brother Scrapbook Page Close Up 1Here’s a closer look at the “doo-dads” in the top left corner.  I love the way this turned out.

Artisan Brother Scrapbook Page Corner Close UpNow you’re ready to hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog to continue along the blog hop trail.  She has been so inspiring over these past few days!  If you’d prefer to work your way backwards, you can do that too by clicking on the link for Wendy Weixler’s blog below.  Not only has it been so fun to see her amazing entries, but I have so enjoyed getting to know her a little better.  She is one amazing lady!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to see these ten projects as well.  Entering this contest is always a lot of work, but I feel like a grow a little more as a stamper each time, and I always come away with new friendships and great experiences.  Thanks for letting me share part of that with you.

Enjoy your Monday evening!  I’ll be back with regular programming tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Blue Ribbon, Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamps, World’s Greatest, Remember This and That Rotary Stamp, Hey There (My Paper Pumpkin)
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Versamark, Whisper White Craft
Paper:  Pool Party Core’dinations Card Stock, Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Regals Designer Buttons, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1-1/4” Circle Punch, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, 3/16” Brights Brads, Pewter and White Stampin’ Emboss Powders, Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Midnight Muse 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon, Very Vanilla ½” Seam Binding ribbon (dyed with Basic Gray ink), sewing machine, Color Spritzer Tool, Stampin’ Sanding Block

A Teacher’s Birthday Gift

My second grader is blessed to have a great teacher this year, and her birthday was yesterday.  I decorated this plain white paper sack to hold some birthday treats.

Teacher GiftMy daughter helped me fill it with little treats for her teacher — little post it notes, Dove chocolates, and a roll of stickers.

I hope you enjoy your Saturday!  I’m attending a Stampin’ Up! regional event in Dallas today.  I’m so excited!  Stampin’ Up! always puts on such fun events, and I can’t wait to see some of my stamping friends that I don’t get to see often enough.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Blue Ribbon
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Parker’s Patterns dsp
Embellishments:  Ovals Collection framelits, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Daffodil Delight 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, white paper sack


Birthday Ribbon

I haven’t used one of my favorite sets, Blue Ribbon, in a while so I pulled it out today.  This stamp set makes me think of the World Spectacular designer paper because they just go together so well, so I pulled it out too.  The designer paper made me think of one of the stamps in the Border Banter set, which was on my desk, so I used it on this card too.  (Does anyone else with small children think this post is starting to sound like If You Give a Pig a Pancake) 🙂

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Blue Ribbon, Border Banter
Ink:  Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, World Spectacular dsp
Embellishments:  2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 3/16″ Corner punch, Bitty Banners framelits

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Here’s another of my swaps from convention.  This was for an organized swap I participate in each year with the Ink the Beginnings group, which is a group of my stamping sisters from Texas and Oklahoma.  I always receive the best swaps from this group!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Blue Ribbon, Take a Ticket
Paper:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Summer Smooches dsp
Ink:  Island Indigo, More Mustard
Embellishments:  Chevron Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle punch, 1-1/4” Circle punch, Ticket Duo Builder punch, 3/16” Corner punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, stapler

Do You “Get” the Tickets?

I’m finding that I have gotten rather addicted to the Take a Ticket wheel, with its coordinating punch, the Ticket Duo Builder punch.  However, after examining some of my recent cards on which I’ve used these tickets, my 11-year-old daughter said, “I don’t get it.  What do tickets have to do with a birthday?”  Hmmm…good question.  All I could come up with was, “Well, I just like them.  I think they’re cute.”  Doesn’t that sound like a preteen answer?

So, what do you think?  Do you “get” the tickets on cards?  Regardless, I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Have a good day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Blue Ribbon, Take a Ticket
Ink:  Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party
Paper:  Basic Gray, Pool Party, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Polka Dot Parade dsp
Embellishments:  Chevron embossing folder, Apothecary Accents framelits, Finishing Touches edgelits, Bitty Banners framelits, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Pool Party Baker’s Twine