06/04/2014

HUMP DAY...

Have you seen that HUMP DAY commercial with the camel? Don't you love that camel? You may wonder what Hump Day has to do with Legos? The answer is... Absolutely Nothing!  But since Hump Day is always on Wednesday (the middle of the week), and since after Hump Day the weekend gets closer (with time to relax and play), it makes sense that our attention would be drawn to Legos since they are a fun play-thing for youngsters and oldsters alike! 

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I made the legos using our new Handheld 1/4" Circle Punch. And the two stamps are from the new Something to Say Stamp Set. I used one stamp on the front and another inside...

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Something to Say Stamp Set

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Something to Say Stamp Set #134177-Wood / #134280-Clear, Real Red Cardstock #102482, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Pacific Point Cardstock #111350, Daffodil Delight Cardstock #119683, Real Red Stampin' Pad #126949, 1/4" Handheld Circle Punch #134364.

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Now... I must go out and feed my camel..

Lego Camel

Then it will be time for a cup of coffee...

Lego Cup

And finally...

I'll take a few photos of the new cards I've made for you...

  Lego Camera

I hope you have a really fun day!

 

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Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Vancouver, WA

  

06/02/2014

BIG WAYS, SMALL WAYS...

I was inspired to design this card with the new Something to Say Stamp Set, and used the Big Ways, Small Ways greeting...

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Big ways, small ways (big circle, small circle)...

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And notice in the top photo there is an even larger circle.

I will place it in the envelope as an extra memento, just because.

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Something to Say Stamp Set #134177-Wood / #134180-Clear, Wild Wasabi Cardstock #108641, Calypso Coral Cardstock #122925, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, 2013-15 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Coastal Cabana) #130136, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Starburst Framelits #132967, 1-1/4" Circle Punch #119861, 1-3/8" Circle Punch #119860, Subtles Candy Dots (Wild Wasabi) #130933, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430.

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05/30/2014

BLACK AND WHITE...

I have several cards made and ready to be posted here at Polka Dots (see below), but wanted to get this card out before the end of the month since two of the products will be retired within a couple of days. Can you spot the two?

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Basic Gray Core'dinations Cardstock and Kaleidoscope DSP

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Gate fold card

This card looked nice with the greeting stamped inside...

Lots of Thanks Stamp Set

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DESIGN NOTE: This is such a simple card to make and for an extra touch, I will wrap the Organza Ribbon around the card before slipping it in the envelope. The recipient will love receiving a piece of a pretty ribbon.

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Lots of Thanks Stamp Set #129687-Wood / #129690-Clear, Basic Gray Core'dinations Cardstock #129956, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Basic Black Cardstock #121045, Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper #132995, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, 3/4" Circle Punch #119873, Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246, Whisper White Organza Ribbon #114319, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430.

 

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05/28/2014

BRANCH WREATH...

My dear friend Carrie was hospitalized while recuperating from surgery. I went to visit and wanted to take something special but small because the room had limited space. She dearly loved this little wreath, and the verse on the mini card was perfect for her circumstance. You've got courage, you've got strength...

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Card alone

 

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DESIGN NOTES: I purchased the 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" branch wreath at a local craft store for less than $2. After the bird, flowers, and leaves were punched, I sponged the bird to add interest. I tried a few different ribbons and the narrow taffeta fit best. The mini card (3-3/4" x 5" folded in half) made with Crumb Cake cardstock, matched the earthy motif. I used the Modern Label punch across the bottom of the card. The Multipurpose Liquid Glue easily adhered the paper pieces to the wreath.

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Something to Say Stamp Set #134177-Wood / #134180-Clear, Crumb Cake Cardstock #120953, Rose Red Cardstock #102544, So Saffron Cardstock #105118, Pear Pizzazz Cardstock #131201, Soft Sky Cardstock #131203, Crumb Cake Stampin' Pad #126975, Pool Party Stampin' Pad #126982, Bird Builder Punch #117191, Boho Blossoms Punch #119858, Modern Label Punch #119849, Brights Candy Dots (Daffodil Delight) #130931, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (Old Olive), Stamping Sponge #101610, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.

 

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05/26/2014

MEMORIAL DAY 2014...

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Words of Courage

We are so thankful for our freedom!!

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Words of Courage Stamp Set

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05/23/2014

FOUR YOU STAMP SET #4...

 

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(SEE DESIGN NOTES BELOW)

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DESIGN NOTES:  Since the new Spiral Border Punch creates more of an office and industrial look, I was inspired to use that style as a design-base for this card. The Mini Silver Brads fit right in, and I used my handy (lady-size) wire cutters to shorten them a little so they could be opened all the way behind the tiny flower. One of the Hardware Clips Essentials is shaped like a paper clip so it was a perfect embellishment choice, and I topped the whole thing off with a couple of staples! Everything on this card is available in the new 2014-2015 Annual Catalog.

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES:  Four You Stamp Set #130535-Wood / #130538-Clear, Chocolate Chip Cardstock #102128, Pistachio Pudding Cardstock #131294, Hello Honey Cardstock #133678, Lullaby Designer Series Paper #133695, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Pad #126979, Spiral Border Punch #119872, Boho Blossoms Punch #119858, Essential Hardware Clips #129964, Mini Silver Brads #122941, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430.

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05/22/2014

FOUR YOU STAMP SET #3...

 

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Birthday

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DESIGN NOTES:  Did you even notice that I fussy-cut the bottom row of flags just for something a little different?  And to duplicate the tiny squares and circles on the flags, I repeated those at the top. There isn't anything too unique about this card, but that's okay.  Everything used to make this card will be available in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog.

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Four You Stamp Set #130535-Wood / #130538-Clear, Night of Navy Cardstock #100867, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Real Red Cardstock #102482, Coastal Cabana Cardstock #131297, Maritime Designer Series Paper #133696, Real Red Stampin' Pad #126949, 1/4" Handheld Circle Punch #134364, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.

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05/21/2014

FOUR YOU STAMP SET #2...

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Thank You

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DESIGN NOTES: I didn't have any Jumbo Sticky Rounds, so I made my own by punching a circle from cardstock with the 1" Circle Punch and covered it with Sticky Strip.  I trimmed the excess from around the circle edge, then began spinning the "rope" around the circle. It was easy peasy because the Thick Baker's Twine is such a nice quality. Tiny bits of a Glue Dot held the remainder of the rope in place across the card front. I decided to use the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder at the last minute, and glad I did.  All products used on this card will be available in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog.

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Four You Stamp Set #130535-Wood / #130538-Clear, Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock #131298 and #131296, Lullaby Designer Series Paper #133695, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Pad #126979, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Thick Baker's Twine (Baked Brown Sugar) #135639, Candy Dots (Soft Suede) #130934, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.

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05/20/2014

FOUR YOU STAMP SET #1...

 

Card#1

 

Hello

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DESIGN NOTES:  Don't you think the "hello" would look better if stamped with Basic Gray rather than Basic Black? ...I tried three colors of Candy Dots, but the gray looked best. ...The new Hello Honey In-Color is bright and cheerful. (I like it lots more than the retiring Summer Starfruit.) ...Everything on this card is available in the new 2014-2015 Annual Catalog. Can't wait!!

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Four You Stamp Set #130535-Wood / #130538-Clear, Hello Honey Cardstock #133678, Basic Gray Cardstock #121044, Smoky Slate Cardstock #131202, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack #133701, Basic Gray Candy Dots #130934, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.

Yellow Basket

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