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Pictogram Punches

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Isn't this sweet! And the best thing...Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack cordinates with EIGHT images in this stamp set!!  That makes creating QUICK!

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Pictogram Punches - set of 10 images

Wood #134261 - $21.95

Clear #134264 - $16.95


Long-time Favorite

100_4643Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set has been around for over ten years because it's a CLASSIC!!! Are you wondering: How you do get color on black cardstock??

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The secret: heat emboss the tree onto Basic Black Cardstock using White Embossing Powder. Then color the tree with Stampin' Up! BLENDABILITIES markers! So simply!! Try it!!


Tarpon Springs Trip


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Recently we headed north on the west coast of Florida to visit Tarpon Springs. First stop was Long Boat Key for lunch on the beach. October in SW Florida is still around 90 degrees for highs.

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This is the working seaport and shopping district of historic Tarpon Springs on the Anclote River. It's locally referred to as the "Sponge Docks."

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Florida west coast sponge beds were accidentally discovered in 1873 by Key West turtle fishermen. Diving as the primary method of sponge harvesting was introduced by John Cocoris, the first Greek to arrive in Tarpon Spring in 1896. In 1905, he and 5 other Greeks started a prosperous sponge diving business that triggered a migration of Greeks. Today, Tarpon Springs has the largest Greek population outside of Greece!

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We took a charter 3 miles out from the coast to Anclote Key Beach and Lighthouse State Park. On the way, three dophins (one a baby!) played in our boat's wake. LOVE seeing the dolphins in their NATURAL habitat!!

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This is an aerial view of Anclote Key State Park of 403 acre. This picture was not taken by me.

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Saw a lovely sunset at Sunset Beach! We really enjoy exploring Florida!

 


Ladybug Thank You Notes

100_4692These are two Thank You Notes I designed for the Three Year Old Birthday I  mentioned yesterday. The little Ladybugs are easy. Tip: draw a faint 1-1/4" circle onto Real Red Cardstock. Punch 1/8" holes within the circle. Last, punch out the 1-1/4" Real Red Cirlce and back with a 1-1/4" black circle. This is sooo much easier than trying to glue on tiny 1/8" black circles!! These are 3-1/2" X 5" Note Cards.

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The "THX" was created with

Little Letters Framelits #133730 - $28.95.



Ladybug Party

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This was a FUN project! I made Ladybug Third Birthday Invitations for my sweet grand-niece!! She lives in the northwest so I have only seen her once, but I get lots of pictures! The ladybug wings are hinged on a brad so they swing apart to reveal the invitation (not shown.)

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A swarm of Ladybugs!!

 

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I used the Circle Framelits, 1/2" Circle Punch and 1-1/4" Circle Punch. Stop back tomorrow to see the coordinating Thank You Notes I created!

Circles Collection Framelits

#130911 - $26.95

Circles Collection


Tassel Time

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Did you try the tassels from my previous post?? Here's another idea using those cute tassels on a thank you note card.

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This time I threaded the twine through the button BEFORE making the second tassel. I could slide the button along the twine to adjust the tassel placement.

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The "THX" is die cut using the Little Letters Framelits and placing black cardstock behind. You really MUST try these fun tassels - so just scroll down to the previous post!


"Put on your TASSELS!" Tutorial

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Giggle!!! There is no dancing involved with these TASSELS!! Paper tassels are CUTE embellishments for your cards, gift bags or boxes!!

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Here is what you need:

  2 pcs. of Designer Series Paper cut 1-1/2" X 3"

  Sticky Strip

  Baker's Twine - about 4"

  Scissors - preferably Stampin' Up!'s Fringe Scissors because they speed up all those little cuts!

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On the BACKSIDE of the paper, apply Sticky Strip to the ENTIRE length of the top edge. Next fringe the paper up to the Sticky Strip. The Fringe Scissors makes this step a BREEZE!

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Remove the protective coating on the Sticky Strip. Lay the TWINE across the Sticky Strip and begin rolling the paper from one end to the other. SIMPLE! Repeat on the other tassel so you have PAIR attached to the same twine.

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The easiest way to attach to a card front is a BUTTON. Attach a button to your project using a Glue Dot. About mid- twine, wrap the twine around the button. You must TRY THIS!!

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Fringe Scissors

Fringe Scissors

#133325 - $9.95

 


Ornamental Pine

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This stamp set, called Ornament Pine, is NOT just for the holidays!! It creates an awesome masculine  birthday!

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I used three different brown ink pads for the pine cones and punched them out with the 1" Square Punch. This is a simple, fast card for a guy!

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Give this a try!

Ornament Pine - 6 images

#135104 Wood - $25.95

#135107 Clear - $18.95