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Paper Quilt Block Card 2

This card a made from Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral and Whisper White. A slightly different version from Tuesday’s card.

Since orange and blue are Complementary Colors, they work well together or as the name suggests they compliment each other.  Complementary Colors are any two colors which are directly opposite each other.  Orange and Blue are complementary colors, so they produce a really striking effect. It depends on the shade of orange and blue. As you can see, a vibrant orange, such as Calypso Coral and a bright blue, like Dapper Denim, work really well together.

Try a few of these. I’m working on a larger version to use in a frame as a wall-hanging. I’ll post it as soon as I finish it.

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Paper Quilt Block Card

Today’s share are a few Paper Quilt Block Cards and designs. I’m hoping to make some with the new Stampin’ Up! 2017-2019 In-Colors. So, stay tuned and check back.

This card was made using a quilt and shape dies I have. You can use any of your geometric shaped dies to create beautiful Paper Quilt Blocks. Mix up the designer Series Paper patterns as you would fabric. In quilt making you should try to go with a light, medium and dark colors/patterns that don’t compete, but compliment each other.

In the above card the light color is the Flirty Flamingo Design, the medium color is the blue and white and the dark color is the Dapper Denim border.  Die cut and punch out different shapes and play around with different colors and patterns. You’ll be surprised at how many variations you’ll achieve.

Come visit again on tomorrow for a slightly different variation.

Make what you love… and love what you make…

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Kentucky Derby: Mint Julep Recipe

THE RACE

The Kentucky Derby, is a  race for 3 year old Thoroughbred horses. The race distance is one and one-quarter miles long, and it is run on the dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Colts and geldings in the race carry 126 pounds (57 kg), and fillies in the race carry 121 pounds (55 kg)

20 horses compete in the Kentucky Derby, which is a larger field size than most horse races; where on average 8 horses race against one another. The 20 horses racing in the Kentucky Derby must first travel along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, which is a series of 35 races taking place at tracks across the country and the world. Points are awarded to the top 4 horses that finish in each of those 35 races, and the 20 horses with the most points earn a spot in the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby race. The Kentucky Derby winning purse is $2 million.

The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May every year, and typically draws a crowd of 155,000 people. It is the longest continually held sporting event in America, and it is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Often called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, the Kentucky Derby receives this nickname from the approximate length of time it takes the winner to run from the starting gate to the finish line. The Kentucky Derby is the first race within the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, where it is followed by the Preakness Stakes race and the Belmont Stakes race.

 

Were you desperately hoping for a refreshing bourbon cocktail but frustrated that you didn’t have a good enough excuse? Thankfully for you, the Kentucky Derby Day is tomorrow to pander to your wildest fantasies… just as long as those fantasies involved sipping this classic cocktail.

Mint julep originates in the southern USA and still counts this area as its heartland. This is especially true of Kentucky where the annual Kentucky Derby horse race sees around 120,000 juleps served each year. Premium versions of the drink are served in gold-plated cups with silver straws at a cost of $1000, but you don’t need to spend quite as much as that to enjoy the day. The ingredients are simple: bourbon, mint leaf, sugar and water. However, no two bartenders seem to make the drink in the same way, which is all the more reason to sample a few before this special day is over!

MINT JULEP

The mint julep is a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, consisting primarily of bourbon, water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint.
 
Ingredients
1 teaspoon Powdered sugar
2 oz. Bourbon whiskey
2 teaspoons Water
4 Mint leaves
Highball Glass
 
Preparation:
 In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar and water.
Fill the glass with cracked ice, add Bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
 
 
The Best Ever!
SECRETARIAT-Triple Crown Winner
 

In 1973, arguably the greatest race horse of all time, Secretariat, won the Kentucky Derby. Nicknamed “Big Red”, for his reddish brown color.

What’s so impressive was Secretariat’s response to the pressure of his fans and the media to be the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Just two weeks following the Kentucky Derby, Secretariat won the Preakness Stakes. Then, just a few weeks later, only 4 horses went on to challenge Secretariat in the Belmont Stakes. He did more than win the Belmont, Secretariat set two more world–records

 

– he finished the Belmont’s one and half mile race in 2:24 seconds, and

-he won the race 31 lengths ahead of the second place finisher.

Secretariat’s victory was by such a large margin, that not even the widest camera angle could show him in the same shot as the next nearest horse.

 
The Belmont Stakes 1973
 

 
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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico. In the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

The day is celebrated in the state of  Puebla with parades, speeches, and reenactments of the 1862 battle. In the mid-20th-century U.S., the celebration of Cinco de Mayo became among Mexican immigrants a way of encouraging pride in their Mexican heritage.

Cinco de Mayo is not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, which falls on September 16. The latter holiday was established in 1810, some 50 years before the Battle of Puebla occurred.

 

PERFECT MARGARITA

It’s generally agreed that the components of a classic margarita are tequila, Cointreau is a brand of triple sec (an orange-flavoured liqueur) produced in France and fresh lime juice. But how much of each? The secret is proportions; balance accounts for the difference between a good drink and a bad one.

For one drink

1 1/2 oz. tequila (100% agave a must)
1 1/2 oz.  Cointreau
1 to 1 1/4 oz. of lime juice
Salt for the rim of the glass

Shake all the ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker until the exterior frosts. Strain into a glass over rocks, into a cocktail glass. A slice of lime as a garnish, while not necessary, adds a nice touch

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Balloon Adventures: Birthday Card

Today’s Balloon Adventures Birthday Card was so much fun to stamp and die cut out. The Balloon Adventures Stamp Set has wonderful images to stamp and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies are the perfect companion!

CARD FRONT:

A card base of 10″x 7″ was cut and scored at 5″

A layer of Whisper White was cut at 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Tempting Turquoise was cut at 4″ x 6″

Designer Series Paper was cut at 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″

Another layer of Whisper White was cut at 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

 

FOR THE GIFT BOX:

A piece of Tempting Turquoise was cut at 2-1/2″ x 2=1/2″

Designer series Paper at 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

Whisper White at 2″ x 2″

With the Pop-Up Thinlits cut one of the bows out of Tempting Turquoise

Also cut out two Tempting Turquoise balloons with Calypso Coral backs

 

 

CARD INSIDE:

From  Whisper White cut a 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″  piece  and two 2″ x 5″ pieces

From Designer Series Paper cut two 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces

From Tempting Turquoise cut two 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ pieces

POP-UP FRAMELITS DIES:

Take the 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ piece of Whisper White and with the POP-UP Die run it through the BIG Shot

Our of scraps of Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White, cut out various balloons. Cut enough to layer over the center POP-UP part of card as well as the sides of the card.

Layer and adhere the balloons to your liking. The most important part of this is to have fun!

Thanks for stopping by and spending some time here. Check back this week for my quilted cards!

Embrace the day,

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Spring Floral Egg

Now you might think that decorated eggs are only for Easter, when in fact they can be used all Spring. Eggs represent rebirth, hence Spring. And, when we think of Spring, we think of flowers. So, this egg is perfect to leave out all Spring!

The first thing you need to do is go to your local craft or fabric store and pick up styrofoam Eggs and Sequin Straight Pins. You can use regular straight pins, but Sequin Straight Pins are shorter and therefore they don’t interfere with each other when pushed into the styrofoam egg. The size of the eggs I purchased are 1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″. They come six in a package. And, the sequin pins I used have pearl heads.

Here’s what I did:

Begin this project by punching two different sized flowers in various Spring colors.

I punched small and large flowers from scraps of card stock I had. Some isn’t Stampin’ Up!, but I used those colors , because I love the neon colors. Each egg, with double flowers, took between 60~80 punch flowers.

With my Paper Piercer I pierced a small hole in the middle of each flower. You may be able to omit this part if the pins you’re using are strong enough to go through the card stock alone. But I found the pins just bent the flowers and didn’t pierced a hole in them. 

Once the flowers were pierced, I stuck a sequin pin through the hole of a small and then a large flower, dabbed the pin in a little Tombow Glue, to hold it in the Styrofoam, and pushed it into the egg. You can place a Basic Rhinestone or Pearl in each flower if you use plan sequin pins.

When the whole egg was covered I cut about an 8″ piece of  of Ribbon, folded it in half,  dabbed some glue on the ends and with my Paper Piercer I poked it into the top of the egg.

Here’s another FLORAL EGG made four years ago. Have fun making these. You can use Red. White and Blue covered Styrofoam balls for July 4th or Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie for Halloween. This makes a great class project as well.

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Window Hexagon Box

Create die-cut gift boxes and party favors in seconds with the Window Box Thinlits dies and the Big Shot. The delicate design provides a peek of what’s inside. Thinlits Dies help you create detailed die-cuts with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle. These detailed dies include ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily. This die even scores where your cardstock needs to fold to make this Hexagon Box. You can create many different looks using the different dies or stamps.

If you line up the large Hexagon Box framelit to the edge of an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Elegant Eggplant and carefully with a pair of scissors, cut around the die before you run if through the BIG Shot you’ll get the two that you need.

Cut out the box detailed top and six of the side panels from Wisteria Wonder.

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! on how to put it together:

Make sure to order this Window Box Thinlits Die Set. You’re going to love it!

Thanks for stopping by. Do so again!

Embrace the day,

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Oh, So Succulent

I have to say I’m disappointed that this Oh, So Succulent stamp set didn’t make it to the new Stampin’ Up! 2017~2018 Annual Catalog.  If you’re looking to pick one up, you have until May 31, 2017 to order one. Hopefully they won’t sell out by then!

CUTTING:

On this card the fold is at the top, so the Dapper Denim cardstock was cut at 4-1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″.

The Designer Series Paper layer was cut at 3-3/4″ x 5″.

The Whisper White cardstock was cut at 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.

 

STAMPING:

On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock stamp the cactus flowers and leaves. Color the flowers with markers or colored pencils.

Towards the bottom of the Whisper White layer stamp the sentiment in Dapper Denim Ink.

 

BIG Shot:

Run all the stamped flowers and leaves through the BIG Shot using Succulent Framelits.

 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

The blue and white planter was computer generated and printed on a home printer. Once you find a palnter, container or vase you like print it and cut it out.

Layer and adhere the flowers and leaves inside your planter.

Adhere the Designer Series Paper and Whisper White cardstock layer before you adhere the planter.

You have until May 31, 2017 to order this Succulent Bundle Set It won’t be available in the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

Embrace the day and thanks for stopping by!

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Hey, Chick: Birthday Card

I certainly hope you earned this, “Hey, Chick” Stampin’ Up! stamp set during Sale-A-Bration.  My daughter and son-in-law have six chicks, which are growing in leaps and bounds, so this stamp set is close to my heart. And, believe me my daughter’s chicks are as comical as the images in this stamp set!

CUTTING:

A 7″ x 10″ Card Base was cut from Delightful Dijon, soon to be retired, and scored at 5″.

From Whisper White the following sizes were cut: 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″,  4″ x 6″ and 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

Out of Real Red cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ and 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.

STAMPING:

Ink up the Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder with Basic Black Ink and lay the 4″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White in folder and run it through the BIG Shot.

On the 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White stamp the chicken, egg and sentiment, “have a happy day!” in Basic Black Ink.

Color in the chick and egg.

 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

Adhere and layer everything as shown, wrapping a piece of Baker’s Twine around all of the layers.

Happy to see you. Check back often for more paper crafting projects.

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Stampin’ Up!: 2017 Colors

Here’s a Stampin’ Up! 2017 Color list for you to download. Included are the new 2017-2019 In-Colors. Click on the image once, then click on the smaller image on the new page and print the list from the larger image.

Hope this helps you for referencing the Stampin’ Up! Colors,

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