Friday, January 31, 2014

MM 330, CQ 226 - Stippled Blossoms

January 31, 2014

Greetings,

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I cannot see how we are already at the end of January. Perhaps because it is so cold and I do not get out much I do not see the time go by this fast. Anyway, it has been a great month. With the release of the new Occasion Catalog and the beginning of Sale-A-Bration I have had lots of new products to try out. Today, however I decide to go products from the current annual catalog. Mojo Monday and ColourQ challenges were combined to give a highlight to the Stippled Blossoms stamp set, along with sentiment from Delightful Dozen and a bit details from the Peaceful Petals. Do you like it? Will you share some love? Thanks for visiting today and please stop by again soon for more!

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho-Bollinger



Ingredients:

Paper: Whisper White cardstock, Blushing Bride cardstock, Pink Pirouette cardstock, Primrose Petals cardstock, Fresh Prints DSP stack

Ink: Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals

Stamp: Stippled Blossoms, Delightful Dozen, Peaceful Petals

Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Satin Stiched Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels , Stamp-A-Ma-jig

 

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dostamper Stars 067 - Perfect Pennants

January 30, 2014

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Greetings,

Another great week is coming to a close. I have been busy preparing for some upcoming happenings and that is great, but I always allow myself some time to play. Today's card is an entry for the Dostamper Stars 067. I have been enjoying the Dostamper Stars challenges as they keep me thinking out of the box. Today I used Perfect Pennants from the new Occasions Catalog along with Papillon Potpourri and Bitty Butterfly punch. The Sweet Sorbet DSP was an ideal choice to go with the card as well as the Decorative Dots TIEF both from the Sale-A-Bration. Go ahead, visit my online store and grab your free Sale-A-Bration items with your qualifying order! You will love them!



You can see more inspiration for this sketch from these DOstamperSTARS:

Ingredients:

Paper: Sahara Sand cardstock, Pistachio Pudding cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Sweet Sorbet card stock.

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding

Stamp: Perfect Pennants, Papillon Potpourri

Accessories: Bitty Butterfly punch, 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim, Big Shot, Decorative Dots

 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's Sale-A-Bration Time!


January 28, 2014

Let's Sale-A-Brate!


Sale-A-Bration, one of the hottest Stampin' Up! promotions of the year, is finally here!  Earn exclusive Sale-A-Bration free gifts (1 for every $50 you spend) or purchase the $99 starter kit and get an extra $25 more in product (for a total of $150 in products for $99--$51 FREE)! 
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The Paper Players 180 - Perfect Pennants.

January 28, 2014

Greetings!

Time for another Paper Players Challenge. The sketch is really cute and my card features a pull out "tag", rather than being a traditional "open up" card. It is like a little hidden, secret message. I used the new and beautiful Perfect Pennants stamp set for the greetings and the Creative Elements for the background. The Calypso Coral layer was stamped and heat embossed to add a special little touch. Did you like it? Please do share some love!

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho-Bollinger

Ingredients:

Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock, Calypso Coral cardstock, Neutral Collections DSP stack (ret.)

Ink: Versamark, Calypso Coral

Stamp: Perfect Pennants, Creative Elements

Accessories: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch,  Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Neutral Candy Dot, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon (ret.)

 

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Dynamic Duos 87, RetroSketch 99 - Morning Meadow

January 27, 2014

Greetings,

  

It is cold outside! This year winter came fast, fierce, and furious here is Wisconsin. I hope some of you are enjoying better weather. However, this weather gives me the perfect opportunity to get in my craft room and play a bit. New challenges were posted at the Dynamic Duos as well as the Retro Sketch. With nowhere to go and nothing else to do, let's play! I used the Morning Meadow stamp set  along with Label Something for the sentiment. The color combo is a beautiful one too. So, what do you think? Did you like my interpretation of the color and sketch challenge? Share your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by today and please do come back again.

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho Bollinger






Ingredients:

Paper: Naturals White cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Melon Mambo cardstock, Gingham Garden DSP

Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark

Stamp: Morning Meadow, Label Something

Accessories: 7/8" Scalloped Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, Itty Bitty punch, Heat tool, Black embossing powder, Dazzling Details, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals


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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pals Paper Art 189 - Sweetest Gift

January 25, 2014
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Greetings!
I just learned that one of the children that plays the violin with my daughter just got a little baby brother. The baby arrived about 6 weeks earlier but everyone is doing well and are at home. I want to send them a card, but none could be found in my craft room. I looked up what was going on in the world of the paper challenges and found the right sketch for this card at the Pals Paper Art. I proceed to use the Sweetest Gift stamp set along with the Window Frame Collection and the much needed card was born - no pun intended! Anyway, enjoy and share your thought with me! Thanks for visiting today.

Happy Stamping,

Miriam Castanho Bollinger


Ingredients

Paper: Bashful Blue cardstock (ret.), Very Vanilla cardstock, Chocolate Chip cardstock, Neutrals Collecttion DSP stack (ret.)

Ink: Versamark

Stamp: Sweetest Gift

Accessories: Big Shot, Magnetic Plataform, Window Frame Collection, Heat Tool, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Neutral Candy Dots.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Sweet Sunday 203 - Daydream Medallion

January 24, 2014

Greetings,

We always need some sort of masculine card and if inspiration to make one comes around it, I grab it by the horns. The Sweet Sunday sketch is beautiful and I can see myself using it again. Since I was in the mood to make a masculine card, I pulled up the Daydream Medallion to add a bit of touch to the cut out flower. The simple greeting from Perfectly Penned and chevron ribbon gave just the right touch to this card. Do you like it? Share your thoughts with me!

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho Bollinger

Ingredients:

Paper: Naturals White cardstock, Early Espresso cardstock, River Rock cardstock (ret.) Neutrals collection DSP stack (ret.)

Ink: Early Espresso

Stamp: Daydream Medallion, Perfectly Penned

Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice TIEF, Floral Frames Collection, Magnetic Platform, Chevron Ribbon

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dostamper Stars # 066 - Summer Silhouettes

January 23, 2014

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Greetings,

Dawn Olchefske has put together yet another fun and great challenge for the DoStamper Stars Thursday Challenge. Sometimes I am a bit intimidated by color combination, but as soon as I start getting paper out, I can see all the possibilities of the colors together. I used the sentiment from You're Lovely stamp set that will be available to you starting on January 28th through Sale-A-Bration! I also used the Summer Silhouettes as I am truly ready for some warmer weather. Enjoy!

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho Bollinger


Tip: I cut the top layer using the Deco Labels collection. Using a separate piece of Whisper White card stock, I stamped the images and attached to the Coastal Cabana base. I use dimensionals to place the top layer and finalize the card!

Ingredients:

Paper: Coastal Cabana cardstock, Whisper White cardstock

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana

Stamp: Summer Silhouettes, You're Lovely *

Accessories: Big Shot, Deco Labels Collection, 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim, Crystal Effect, Dazzling Diamonds

*Available Jan. 28 - March 31 as part of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Promtion.  Earn 1 FREE product for every $50 spent (total before shipping and tax).


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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January 21, 2014

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Dynamic Duos 86, Retrosketch 98 - Peaceful Petals

January 21, 2014

Greetings!

  
Baby it is still cold outside, but inside it is truly delightful! Even better when I get to stamp and enjoy my time in my favorite corner of the house. I headed downstairs to my craft corner and got few more cards going. I love to combine challenges and this one showcase both a color combo from Dynamic Duos and a sketch from Retro Sketch. I then used a stamp set from the new Occasions Catalog called Peaceful Petals and the paper that soon can be in your hands too from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, Sweet Sorbet. I like the calm of the color combination and the greeting too. I hope you will enjoy and do know that I am always thinking of you.

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho Bollinger


I used one of the framelits that are part of the Thinlits Circle collection to create the sentiment. I cut one in Pink Pirouette and another in Basic Black. I split the Basic Black one and offset it behind the Pink Pirouette paper. A quick, simple, and elegant detail!

Ingredients:

Paper: Naturals White cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Pink Pirouette cardstock, Sweet Sorbet DSP*, Subtle Collection DSP Stack (ret.)

Ink: Versamark

Stamp: Peaceful Petals

Accessories: Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Itty Bity Punch Pack, Thinlits Circle die, Big Shot, Dazzling Details.

*Available Jan. 28 - March 31 as part of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Promotion.  Earn 1 FREE product for every $50 spent (total before shipping and tax).


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Pals Paper Arts #188 - Label Something

January 20, 2014

Greetings,
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Wow, this past week was wonderful and I am going to start this new week with this note: it is going to be an even better one! To start out, I worked on this card for the Pals Paper Arts and decided that I liked to combine the Label Something stamp set with the Birthday Basics DSP. The sketch for this challenge is simple and elegant; I added texture using the Decorative Dots TIEF, a bit of ribbon and the card was put together in a snap. The Label Something set is very versatile and the Artisan Label punch is a great addition to any and all stamp room. If you do not have one yet, you can order one via my online store at any time. It is always open!

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho Bollinger


Ingredients:

Paper: Raspberry Ripple cardstock, Summer Starfruit carstock, Gumball Green cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock

Ink: Raspberry Ripple

Stamp Set: Label Something

Accessories: Artisan Label punch, 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Decorative Dots, TIEF *, Big Shot

*Available Jan. 28 - March 31 as part of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Promtion.  Earn 1 FREE product for every $50 spent (total before shipping and tax).

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Fusion #2 - See Ya Later

January 17, 2014


Greetings,

To continue the good vibe of the week, I am working today on a card that was inspired by the Fusion challenge. I love the looks of yellow, black, and gray, so the color combo was right! Then, to make it fun I decided to go with the See Ya Later stamp set, as it had the perfect greeting for the color combination. I also used another Sale-A-Bration item. Can you spot it? That's right, it is the Decorative Dots TIEF. It gave the right texture for the background. A bit of ribbon to complete the looks and this card was put together in no time. Hope you enjoy it. Thank you for visiting today and please come back again.

Happy Stamping.

Miriam Castanho Bollinger


Tip:  The dual color background card stock were cut the same size - 2" wide x 5 1/4" long - placed next to each other in the embossing folder and ran through the Big Shot. It was easy to line up the dots once it came out of the Big Shot.
 
Ingredients:

Paper: Very Vanilla card stock, Basic Black card stock, Crushed Curry card stock, Easter Elegance DSP

Ink: Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry

Stamp: See Ya Later *

Accessories: Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, Big Shot, Ovals Collection, Decorative Dots TIEF *, Dimensionals.

*Available Jan. 28 - March 31 as part of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Promtion.  Earn 1 FREE product for every $50 spent (total before shipping and tax).


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

DoStampers Star #065 - Best of Flower

January 16th, 2014

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Greetings,

The week in coming to a close and a fantastic week this was. I hope your week has been a great one too. Today I am posting the card for the Dostamper Stars challenge which is an inspiration challenge. I incorporated several features of the theme photo by using Best of Flowers stamp set, Thinlits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, and I like the final looks of it. How about you, do you like it? Share your thoughts with me.

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho Bollinger



Ingredients:

Paper: Pink Pirouette card stock, Blushing Bride card stock, Real Red card stock

Ink: Versamark, Real Red

Stamp: Best of Flowers

Accessories: Tea Lace Paper Doilies,  Thinlit (ret.), Black Embossing Powder, Heat tool, Adorning Accents TIEF, Big Shot

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Paper Players #178 - Backyard Basics

January 15, 2014


Greetings everyone,

Wow, this has been a fun week and it is only Tuesday! I know the week will end in a high note and the following week will be even better. I liked the color combinations of the The Paper Players challenge and since we are in need of some Spring, I allowed myself to pull out my Backyard Basics from the shelf and put it into good use. The sentiment is from Love & Sympathy. We all need a sympathy card sooner or later, so I decided to use a more cheerful, but subtle,  color combination and make one. So, what do you think? Do you like it? Please take a moment to share your thoughts!

Happy Stamping!

Miriam Castanho-Bollinger


Ingredients:

Paper: Basic Black card stock, Naturals White card stock, Watercolor paper, Eastern Elegance DSP

Ink: Primrose Petals, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, StazOn

Stamp: Backyard Basics, Love & Sympathy

Accessories: Backyard Basics, Deco Labels Collection, Apothecary Accents, Big ShotSponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter.


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