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Earning Alaska First Purchase!

Twice in one day?!

I know, how lucky are you!! Lol!

This afternoon, I am excited to be taking part in the Earning Alaska 2018 blog hop again!! This is a group of demonstrators who are working together to reach their fullest potential and earn the Stampin' Up 2018 incentive trip, which is an Alaskan cruise through the southeastern islands! Exciting right! It's an area that since moving to Alaska I've never been, with the exception of Juneau for a roller derby trip a few years back.

TBT Fairbanks Rollergirls @ Juneau Rollergirls, 2013. 
This hop is chalked full of talented demonstrators! They inspire me daily!!

The theme of this hop is "First Occasions Catalog Purchase!" Which is exciting because have you seen the thing! It was page after page of awesome! I have an obsession with birthday stamps. A girl can never have too many!! That said, the first item on my list was the Party Animal suite! I had to have it all. The best part is that SU and Sizzix did a great job of making sure the existing balloon punch coordinated with the set. So, if you don't have the means of die cutting, you can still use the punch for the awesome balloon stamps!

I made a few projects, which was not a requirement, but since they are all from the same suite, I'm just going to pile them all on! (another yay for you!) 

The stretch for me were the colors. These are not colors that I use often nor together! I was happy to be able to break that thought process and make some fun items to share! 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the accessories for this suite!! It is so versatile! You can make a shaker card as I did, and made it more difficult for myself since I got excited and put the foam on the white before I did any stamping- hence all the layers. But I still love it! 

Aren't the embellishments adorable? In a training class by Janet Wakeland (she heard from another demo) that these are "card jewelry!" I thought it was perfect! They are fun, and come in Pacific Point Hats and Tangerine Tango balloons (which could also both make nice earrings!) Also, the layering is done with the coordinating washi tape! 

Next up, is this super easy fold card. It has a real name, but its so easy it really doesn't need a catchy name to remember. The DSP is 5 1/4 x 4, flip on the long side and about 2 5/8 you make a 1 1/2" slit and fold the papers back to expose the backside of the DSP! I added some coordinating balloons with the punch and stamped with Milestone Moments. 

This is a stamp set that just isn't getting a lot of love, but is adorable!! I love simple cards with minimal stamping, and that was the appeal of this "Super Duper" set! I created a simple banner using the Triple Banner Punch and balloon punch, and added some metallic gold thread, which you can find a way to add to just about anything! The tangerine tango balloon is stamped with the Birthday Adventures stamp! 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a stamptastic day and enjoy the rest of the blog hop!!

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  1. The things you learn on a blog hop - ROLLER DERBY?? How fun!
    love your projects as well as this piece of trivia.

  2. Love your graphic and your little story. Thanks for the insight and I just love all your projects. Great work

  3. The catalog really is page after page of awesome! You are so right! I love your projects, they are great!

  4. Love your projects! Especially that last one. That stamp set is one of those "no idea what I'd do with this" sets so thanks for sharing some inspiration! :)

  5. Fantastic use of the projects in the suite! Love what you have created!


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