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CAS-ual Fridays 59: Round & Round


*If you're looking for my 12 Kits of Christmas post, please scroll down. :) Thanks!

Renee always says that Saturday is the bestest day of the week, and I have to agree - I get to share another card with you for this week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. This week's theme is Round & Round, which means you should use two circles in your design.

Our sponsor this week is The Twinery, who has offered a generous supply of twine in a variety of colors for this week's winner. Hope you will join us!

I've been dying to share this card with you for a few days because I adore this new stamp set from Stampin' Up!. The two circles on my card are the inner circle on the embroidery hoop and the rhinestone. I debated trying to count the letter "O" in "welcome" as one, but Jen told me that it didn't count. :)


Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope your 4th of July holiday celebrations are off to a great start!

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12 Kits of Christmas: June with Amy


It's month #6 of our 12 Kits of Christmas project, and this month's hostess is Amy Kolling! If you'd like to read about how this group started and works, please read this post. :) I can't believe that we are halfway through the year already! It's amazing how time flies.

Amy sent the BEST kit this month. It was full of patterned papers from Simple Stories and TONS of diecuts from Lil' Inker Designs: the bow die, the woodgrain frame, the holly, the bells, the stamps, OH MY! It was so fun to work with.

My approach for this month was to think small to capture the detail in all the itty bitties that Amy included in the kit. I made a  mini card (above), a shaped card, and a tag.

On my first card above, I decided to score and trim the woodgrain frame to make a mini card - perfect for pairing with a wrapped gift!

Next, I'll show you my tag, which slides inside of a miniature paper bag that was decorated with some of the embelishments and paper in the kit:




My third project for this month is a sideways banner card that I designed and cut by hand. I took three sections of patterned paper from the kit and stitched them together before trimming the V shape away to form the banner.



I finished the card off with the ribbon, the adorable stamped sentiment (also from Lil' Inker Designs) and the bling.

Here is a list of everyone else in our group. Have fun hopping around and seeing our creations!
Jeanne: A Kept Life

Thank you, Amy, for sending such a great kit this month in the midst of all your Gallery Idol events. I am so proud of you - your amazing spirit and talent truly shined throughout the last few weeks!


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Fun news to share!

Hi everyone,

Just popping in quickly to share something I've been working on behind the scenes...you can read all about it here on the Cloud9 blog. Here's a hint: it has to do with my love for Wplus9's stamps, dies, and cardstock and bringing more people together to share the projects they make using them. :)

I am super excited about this and I hope you'll join us once we get up and running with challenges! I'd also be most grateful if you shared the news.

Thanks so much! Hugs!



RCC59: Paper Piecing with Laurel Seabrook


It feels like forever since I've posted a card for The Ribbon Carousel Challenge! Some scheduling switches between the teams on our Crew was the reason, but Team A is back with a great one this week: PAPER PIECING! Our awesome crewmate, Laurel Seabrook, is the hostess...breakout your scissors and favorite patterned papers. This is a great technique.
If you really want to knock Laurel's socks off...forget the fact that she has bookoodles of publications (including a cover!)...make a card for someone who LOVES to iron! ;)

For my card this week, I was inspired by this week's Retrosketches Challenge, as well as last week's Paper Smooches SPARKS color challenge. I paper pieced the cute bug from PS using some My Minds Eye paper, and filled the wings with glitter.


I used a traditional white grosgrain ribbon because I wanted the button and yellow cord to stand out. I love the look of the pale purple cardstock from A Muse Studio - so soft!

I hope you will join us this week! Hugs!

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CAS-ual Fridays #58: Pink!


It feels like forever since I've blogged anything, but I have actually been pretty busy working on some stuff TBA a little bit later... :) Hope you're all doing great!

Today I have a card to share for this week's CAS-ual Friday's Challenge, which is to make a card using pink in honor of National Pink Day.

Our sponsor this week is The Ribbon Carousel...Corinna has generously offered up a gift card for you to use toward any assortment of ribbon, twine, patterned paper, cardstock or carousels that you desire!

For my card this week, I was really inspired by a pattern that I found on Pinterest, so I tried recreating it using a mix of cardstock. Since pink is the perfect color for baby girl cards, I paired it up with a sentiment (actually, a combination of two sentiments) from the Baby Sentiments set from Clear and Simple Stamps, which was stamped in raspberry fizz ink from PTI. The panel was layered over pebble cardstock from A Muse Studio and the finishing touch was the pearl heart embellishment from Hero Arts.


The base squares were punched with my 3/4" punch but the remaining squares were cut with my paper trimmer. This was surprisingly easy to put together, though even I am not sure it technically qualifies as clean and simple. What do you think?

Have a wonderful weekend! My husband and I are taking vacation next month, so I've been busy getting ready for that - shopping for a new bathing suit, wrapping up some stuff in the office, etc. I can't wait, but so wish there were more hours in the day because I've missed sharing stuff here. Hugs!

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Stamps for Sale

Hi everyone!

I've been cleaning my craft room and have some stamps and dies for sale. I've listed these in the PTI Forum but thought I could post them here as well; I am going to add them on a separate page in the left sidebar as well. If you're interested in any of these items, please send me an email at suzdahlberg at gmail dot com.

All of these sets are in excellent condition with no heavy staining, and are being stored in CD cases (with the exception of the Small $5 Sets, which are in their original packaging). They also come from a smoke free home.

All prices include shipping to the U.S. I will ship internationally, but please add an extra $2 shipping for those.

Paypal only as GIFT please. Thank you so much for looking! 


Sets with dies:

Fillable Frames 1 & 2 (in a single CD case with index labels) with die for Fillable Frames #2 - $12

Medium Sets:

Background Basics: Diamonds - $12

Small Sets:

Fruit Fusion sets: I have the Pear and Melon with all their dies.  PENDING
They're mostly new. Will sell for $6 each (stamp set with die), or the 2 sets with dies combined for $10.

Thanks a bunch for looking. Hope your crafty space is cleaner than mine!


Waltzingmouse Blog Party: June 2012


I've got a card to share for today's Waltzingmouse Blog Party. It's my first time playing along!

The inspiration photo also contained a color combination that I just fell in love with. I was inspired by the branches in the vase to use the willow tree from Blessed by You to make my card. The technique that I used has been seen out-and-about in blog land and I thought this was a great chance to try it out: cut strips of colored paper and then deboss them with your favorite embossing plate. The woodgrain one that I used is from PTI.

I inked up the tree initially in grayand then lightly added in the other colors, allowing them to mix into one another. All of the inks are from A Muse Studio, with the exception of the teal one which is from SEI.

Have a lovely day! Enjoy your Father's Day! I am off to see my dad in just a little bit. :)

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CAS-ual Fridays 57: Clear as Day


Hi everyone! Here we are with this week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge...and this week's challenge is to make something using vellum or acetate. I hope you'll play along with us! Our sponsor this week is Girl Friday Karolyn Loncon, who has donated six stamp sets that she has designed for Paper Smooches.

I decided to use vellum on my card today. I diecut a single Memory Box buttons border die from the vellum, but then used my Button Boutique die from PTI to cut the colored cardstock buttons from A Muse Studio cardstock - these were then stitched to the vellum strip's button holes with DMC floss. Turns out this was a great way to avoid having adhesive show through the vellum or having it curl!


The patterned paper is from Echo Park and the Paper Smooches sentiment was stamped in black ink from A Muse Studio.

Hope you have a fun weekend ahead! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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A Berry Good Idea

Fresh Picked

Last night I received a text from Laurie Willison asking me to make a card with the new Fresh Picked set from WPlus9. She had the idea that we would post our cards at exactly the same time as one another...I thought, "Is this a challenge? A duel? (ETA: well, not really a duel since we all know how that would end up!) Oh my, is she even serious!?" I kinda panicked but SURELY this would be fun, and I like fun. "Count me in!"

Knowing she is one of the queens of CAS cards, I went a little less so by using patterned papers and stitching and inking. The images were inked up using a combination of Impress and A Muse Studio inks, with the exception of the sentiment which was stamped in PTI's Dark Chocolate. The patterned paper is from Crate Paper but the cardstock is from WPlus9.

See my new easel? I got that at a yard sale at my LSS this morning for 50 cents! That wasn't the only bargain...Bazzill paper packs for $1, Christmas supplies 70% off...I have been in crafty heaven since 8am this morning.

Thanks, Laurie, for coming up with this great idea! Head on over to her blog to check out her project!

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Paper Smooches SPARKS Trend Watch

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

This week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge theme was "Prints are Charming" so I decided to do my best to make my own print using funky colors and one of the flower images from Friendly Flowers:

I used my tried and true and bold A Muse Studio inks and cardstock, which was scored in my Scor-Pal to give some texture to the cardstock base. I added some twine, rounded some corners and thought this one was done. Here's a closeup of my stamping:

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

I have so much fun using their stamps - they just make me happy. :)

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CAS-ual Fridays 56: Sweet Spot


Time for another CAS-ual Fridays Challenge! This week's challenge is to make a CAS card using spots or polka dots, and our fabulous sponsor is Denami Design. Aren't their stamps adorable?! They were so generous to provide us with some for this week's card as well as a gift certificate for this week's winner.

I went super CAS on today's card because I knew I wanted to focus on the polka dots in the center pair of flip-flops by adding some bling to them. I used cardstock in colors that reminded me of the beach -- those and the inks are from A Muse Studio. I love how well they are embossed with my steel IPs.

Thank you all for stopping by! Please check out the CAS0ual Fridays blog and Facebook page for more inspiration!

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Retrosketches #14

Retrosketches #14

Hi!! I am back and posting super quickly for this week's Retrosketches Challenge...I made this card last night when Jessica came over. I used my text IP from PTI, patterned papers from Authentique, and some lovely doo-dads from Prima. :)

And with that, I am off to the races here at work...in meetings until 7 tonight and looking forward to heading home and seeing my hubby who just returned from a work trip. Have a great evening!

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Hello, Patterned Papers! It was so fun for me to make this card for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. I don't have many WMS sets yet, but once I realized that I could rotate the sketch and use the flowers and stem from Sewing Box Hugs this way, I had to go for it. The prizes this week are pretty fantastic -- they include a spot as a guest designer on the WMSC team. You really should check it out!

I wanted to soften the look of the card a little bit, so the images were stamped in Seattle (gray) ink from A Muse Studio and the card front was mounted on pebble (light gray) cardstock to match the woodgrain pattern in the Crate Paper papers. And, yes, I handcut all those images! I added the stitiching because the card looked a little naked without it, and the sparklets seemed like the perfect fit for the flower centers. The center diecut and frame are from the Vintage Labels 1 series from A Muse Studio, and the sentiment is from the WMS set called Compact Sentiments.
I hope you like it! Have a fantastic day!

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Everything will be okay


I know what you're thinking: two posts in one day?! I'm crazy like that!  LOL.

I made this card for Virginia's challenge, which is to make a rainbow card. I inked up my very large Hero Arts stamp with different inks and stamped it onto pebble cardstock from A Muse Studio. I then added the sentiment from SU! across the front. I finished it all off with diamond Stickles on the tops of the wheat. Very easy!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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Wee Little Baby


I'm entering this into the Doilies and Lace Challenge on the MFW Blog at nearly the last minute! I wanted to play around some more with some of my newer stamps, so I broke out my Waltzingmouse sentiments and my doilies from WPlus9 to make this card.


I started by stamping the grid lines from A Muse studio across the bottom of the card in amethyst ink onto some of their amethyst cardstock, masking the edge where the Hero Arts lace trim was to be placed. I then reversed the mask and spritzed the top with some yellow Mr. Huey's. Next I stamped the tag diecut from WPlus9 with the doily and sentiment, adding some matching floss and the Basic Grey button to finish it off. And you know how much I love a rounded corner...

I'm thinking I need to use purple and pastels more often!

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