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Today has been productive!  I *love* productive stampin’ days!  Right now the kiddos are enjoying the last vestiges of summer with their friends, so I am getting some uninterrupted time to stamp  . . . 

The other day, I was having "issues" and took a break, turning my attention to another project–one that I had in my head for the August Dirty Dozen Gallery, but had ZERO time to pull together by the deadline.  So, just for me, I focused on this project I’d had rolling around.  It turned out so fabulous, I could just cry that I wasn’t able to get it created in time for that last gallery.  It had a lot of personal meaning for me, because it was inspired and influenced completely by my favoritest (I’m sure that is so NOT a word and very, very bad grammar, but I like how it sounds anyway) reason in the world to stamp for:  friendship!

I ended up submitting it for publication, and so, for now, must keep it under wraps. I’m so pleased and, I’ll admit, a little proud, I actually did it because it was more involved than a card.  It took a few hours to complete! (I know, abnormal for Miss Instant-Gratification!)  But the results were soooooooo worth it.  And, even if it doesn’t get published, it was worth immersing myself into it.

Now, this one of several happy little creations today, and I literally bounced when I finished it!

All images and Creative Candy(tm) Scallop Circle Sticker by a*muse art stamps
Staz-On Black Ink; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Tangerine; Waterbased Markers; Lime Green Ultrafine Glitter from Michael’s; Doodlebug Lime Daisy Sequin; Orange Mini Brad by Oriental Trading Co.; 1" Circle Punch by EK Success

I made a vertical folded card, lopped off 3/4" inches then turned it onto its side for this, from plain white card stock.  People always ask me which white card stock I use as my base.  Frankly, I use SU! Whisper White!  "What??? Too flimsy", people say.  Well, I never seem to have any problems with it at all and I like the way it takes ink and it’s soooooooooooo smooth!

The long bars image has been retired by a*muse. (pout)   Linda said there are 2 sitting there in the bin . . .   I held out a lot of hope the image would have some rekindled interest and might be resurrected, but, *sigh*, it seems that is not the case. It’s an exceedingly versatile image, and I love the fact that you can make stripes AND plaids with it, AND, it spans the entire length of an A-2 card. (OK, pout over.  subliminal message: you are getting vewy vewy sleepy.  Now, go email a*muse and tell ‘em you really, really like that stamp and it should be resurrected . . . chortle!)

The li’l punkin’ guy reminds me muchly of last season’s li’l bee guy, who was my favorite of last year’s Halloween release.  Their pudgy li’l selves just CRACK me!!!  After stamping and coloring him, I punched him out with a 1" circle punch, and centered that onto the scallop circle clear sticker.  Placed the sticker face down, sticky side up, and sprinkled some lime green glitter on the back, and it stuck all around the outside edges.

This glitter, even tho tinted, is "transparent".  So, all by it’s onesie, the glimmer and color of the glitter through a clear sticker didn’t really show up well, until I layered it onto lime paper, and trimmed it out again, along the scallops. That did the trick for making the glitter really pop and contrast there along the edges!

A little bit of foam mounting tape for 3D effect, and he’s good to go!

A slick trick:  that glitter will cling to the front side of the clear sticker (static, I guess) which does not have any adhesive, so after I mounted it to the card, I just took some painters’ low-tack masking tape and applied it to the front surface of the sticker; lifted off all the glitter that was clinging, and didn’t mar the high gloss surface of the sticker in any way.


  1. Julie, ok, I now am the proud owner of these cute little creative candy clear stickers and want to better understand your trick here ‘em.

    Can you email me what you did with them to acheive this look cuz I don’t have it correctamundo…

    Is the glitter on the top of the sticker or the bottom (sticky side?) IS the sticker placed on the card with the (formerly) sticky side up or not? I think I get that the lime green paper is underneath the sticker and the cutie patootie pumpkin man is on top.

    Sorry for my confusion… and hey, how’s the banner makin’ going ??

  2. I just adore this card, and love to pour over the details you provided. Now I am wondering how I ever lived without the long bar. Thanks for the great idea for the stickers – never would’ve thought of it!

  3. OMG! I LOVE it! I’ve been lovin’ this image since I got it and now I’m itching to play with it even more! What an adorable card! I love everything about it!

  4. this card makes me love the long bars.. but i must not order it.. since my a muse shelf is sooo full and i need to only have what i can teach with… *pout* *pout* *pout*

  5. Gah! What a clever use of the clear sticker! This is such a super-cute card, Julie. Love it!

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