Christmas Pines Sneak Peek

It has been hard to resist playing with all of the new holiday goodies 🙂  As a result, another sneak peek today…

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The “Christmas Pines” bundle was high on my wish list.  I have used only one stamp and three of the thinlits here – there are a whopping 22 stamps (including 8 greetings) and 13 dies in the bundle.  I have also used the coordinating Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Copper Foil, and a few new trims from the upcoming catalog.

Items from the 2016 Holiday Catalog will be available starting September 1.  Have a great weekend!

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Seeing Spots

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Circles make me think of the stamp set “Perfectly Wrapped”.

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I don’t always use every stamp from a stamp set, but that is not the case with “Perfectly Wrapped”.  I love the fact that the sentiments fit so nicely into circles, and I love the dotty images and flowers, too.

 I used a color combination that I saw my teammate Carol Coy using this week – Night of Navy and Flirty Flamingo.  She showed me a card that she made in these colors, and I was hooked!

Thank you for checking out my challenge card.  Please visit Create with Connie and Mary to see all of the cards created by my talented teammates, as well as the entries.  Hope you’ll be inspired to play along!

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Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers hop for August. This month we are providing a sneak peek at products that will be available from the fabulous 2016 Holiday Catalog beginning September 1.

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog (Chris Slogar) or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the projects.

I chose a Halloween set to use for my Sneak Peek.  The set is called “Spooky Fun”, and there are coordinating framelits.

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It was spooky-fun to put together this little scene!  There are a lot of pieces, but you can cut several at a time on the Magnetic Platform.  The pictures below show the steps I took to assemble the scene.

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I cut a Basic Gray tree and a Smoky Slate fence.  I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the fence to the tree piece.  I then attached the tree piece to a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Basic Black, but I did not use glue on the tree branches in the area of the moon.  I also did not apply glue close to the top edge of the ground line.  I did not worry about aligning the edges of these pieces.

With these pieces attached, I cut the outer edge of the scene with one of the Project Life framelits.

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Then I slipped the moon under the tree branches and glued it in place.  I slipped the tombstones under the top edge of the groundline, and glued them in place.  At the same time, I tucked the ghosts under the tombstone.  The ghosts are stamped on vellum.

I also want to point out the fabulous Halloween Night Baker’s Twine and Designer Paper.  What a fun suite of products!

 Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many great projects here.  Remember that currently you are at my blog – Chris Slogar – so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next, and enjoy!

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Cookie Cutter Christmas Sneak Peek

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We made this cute reindeer card in our Team Meeting last night.  It uses “Cookie Cutter Christmas” and the coordinating punch.  You may recognize the shape of the reindeer head from a card I showed last week – the scarecrow.

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The scarecrow is from a second set of stamps that coordinates with the same punch – “Cookie Cutter Halloween”.  As I said last week, this group of items was at the top of my list of “must-have” products.  It is so versatile for the upcoming season with its collection of cute characters and accessories.

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Back to my reindeer card…  The reindeer are punch art, but you only need one punch 🙂

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Here’s a look at the pieces you need to create two reindeer.  You do need to cut the “arms” off each of the four body pieces at the right of this picture.  The side view below shows how I built up the reindeer.

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The first set of legs is attached directly to the card.  I used a dimensional at the top of the first set of legs to add the second set of legs.  I used another dimensional to add the head.  I added a stack of two dimensionals under the antlers (left side of picture) to support them.

The designer paper is also from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  It is called Candy Cane Lane.  All of these holiday products will be available beginning September 1.  Please contact me if you would like a catalog.

Have a great day!

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Bridal Showers

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I had a couple of special brides-to-be to make cards for recently, so of course I needed extra-special cards.  While this design is not terribly difficult, the special papers and trims make it fancy.  The striped vellum is retired, but you could substitute the metallic acetate from this year’s catalog.  The fabulous foils and glimmer papers on both of these cards is current.

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The first card used Blushing Bride with Silver, the second uses our retired Blackberry Bliss with Gold.  The beauty of this design is how easy it is to change to match a bride’s colors.  This would also make a great engagement or wedding card.

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“Ruff” Week

We successfully delivered our Buckeyes to Columbus this week – Jen for her Junior year, and Julia for her Freshman year.  Needless to say, it involved a lot of laundry and packing.  While I am sad to leave a whole phase of life behind,  I am happy for them, and also a bit relieved that we got through it!

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I designed this card as a “Good Luck” card for the guys and gals on my growing list of OSU friends.  The Block O is made from non-SU! dies; the leaves are a retired flower punch; the buckeye is a 1 1/4″ circle with an oval from a retired punch; and the megaphone is the retired tree punch.  The glimmer strip of stars is cut from a die in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.

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Here’s a better look at the sparkly part.  The words (not from SU!) are heat-embossed with Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder from the upcoming 2016 Holiday Catalog.  I am sorry the picture does not show it well – it is awesome!   And there is a Real Red metallic thread (❤❤❤!!) through the Baker’s Twine, which will also be available from the Holiday Catalog.  These products will be available starting September 1.

So, back to the “ruff” week…

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Chip not only lost his favorite girls this week, but he is standing in the empty space that was the home for his favorite couch.  Yes, it moved to Columbus, too.  I am not sure where Chip will take his morning naps – he looks sad, doesn’t he?

One more picture, a flashback…

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Growing up in Columbus, they were always Buckeye fans 🙂  I miss them already!

 Have a great weekend!

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Bella & Friends

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Sometimes it’s hard to see past the designer paper that carries the exact colors of a challenge.  That’s how it was for me this week – I couldn’t resist the Foxy Suite for its paper.

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See?  I wasn’t kidding about that – used it for the whole card front!  The little dog is from “Bella & Friends”, and I colored her with my Blender Pen.  The circles are cut with our fabulous new Layering Circles Framelits.

 Thank you for checking out my challenge card.  Please visit Create with Connie and Mary to see all of the cards created by my talented teammates, as well as the entries.  Hope you’ll be inspired to play along!

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Where to Begin?! – Sneak Peek

I was on vacation last week, and you know how it is…it’s such a bummer when vacation ends.  This time, however, I had a little something to look forward to…I knew that my Holiday Catalog preorder was waiting for me at home 🙂

So where to begin?!  Fall?  Halloween?  Christmas?  I decided to start with my top “must-have” bundle from the Holiday Catalog.

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The bundle I knew I would not pass up is “Cookie Cutter Christmas”.  As the name suggests, it is all about Christmas, and it coordinates with the cool Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  But it also coordinates with a wonderful fall set called “Cookie Cutter Halloween”, and that is where I got my scarecrow.

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Aren’t they yummy?

There are some other sneak peeks here, too – the houndstooth designer series paper and the tree stamped in the background from “Totally Trees”.  There is a lot to look forward to in the Holiday Catalog!!  Please contact me if you would like a copy.  Items will be available for purchase starting September 1.  If you can’t wait, you can get them as part of your Starter Kit right now when you join Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator.  Please contact me if you would like more details.

Have a great day!

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The Specialty Sheets…Use Them!

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I know it can be tough to cut into those specialty sheets, but there are benefits to using them.  First of all, they are gorgeous!  That means that you don’t need much else to finish your card.  Beyond that, if you use them, you can feel justified in buying more…or buying the next great paper that comes along!

My thank you notes are made on our precut and scored note cards.  I cut a 3 1/2″ x 5″ piece of an embossed sheet of Affectionately Yours paper to completely cover each card front.  I used copper embossing powder for the greeting from “Thankful Thoughts”, and I embossed it on vellum.  I tacked it down with a pretty coordinating strip of designer paper and part of a doily.  Easy!!

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Have a great weekend!

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You’re a Peach!

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I chose Fruit Stand designer series paper to scatter on my card.  I followed the proportions of the pieces in the sketch closely, but they are enlarged because I wanted to show as much of the beautiful summery papers as possible.

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The peach is cut from one of the designer paper sheets, and I created my own greeting with “Labeler Alphabet”.  I make my greetings in steps, starting by laying out every other letter for the greeting on my grid paper.  I lay them out with the flat side up, leaving space for the alternating letters.  Once they are laid out, I pick up the stamps all at once with an acrylic block – in this case, the block on the left in the picture below.

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I stamp the image from this first block onto the grid paper and then lay the remaining letters into place.

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I pick up the letters in the second group all at once on the second acrylic block.

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With the two blocks set up this way, you can easily stamp the same greeting repeatedly if you wish.

 Thank you for checking out my card for this week’s challenge.  Please visit Create with Connie and Mary to see all of the cards created by my talented teammates as well as the entries.  Hope you’ll be inspired to play along!

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