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Welcome to the Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We've got some great projects to share with you today, so make sure you take the time to visit all 10 blogs.  You can navigate through the hop by clicking on the Back and Next buttons at the bottom of this post.

September is a CRAZY month of birthdays!  Many of my friends & family have birthdays this month, plus both of my kids!  Their birthdays are only 6 days apart.  That might explain the lack of posts in the last 2 weeks, huh?

This is the card that I made for my oldest, Chandler.  He is now 16 years old.  Thankfully, he has to wait 6 more months to get his driver's license, but I know that will be here soon enough.

ChandlerI used the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (again) to create the background and incorporated his school colors.  The numbers are from the Timeless Type Bigz Die.  I cut red & black numbers, then layered them together. 

Now, I can't take all the credit for this card.  My good friend, Kathy Alt, made a birthday card for her son and that was my inspiration.  I simply change the colors, orientation, and numbers.  You can see her version here.

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And I have a tip for you:  if you don't want your card to look like a crime scene, don't stamp the large splatter image in red.  Trust me!  My first attempt at this card was not a success.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!  I'm sure Wendy has something very special in store for you!

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Another Real Life Card

Judging from the response, the Real Life Card is a hit.  I think I will start up a 12-week series featuring this type of card.  So, this week will be for a 2 for 1.

Today's card features the Magnificent Maple single stamp, Gorgeous Grunge, and A Dozen Thoughts.

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To create the block image, I simply inked up one of my clear blocks with Crushed Curry ink and stamped it onto the Very Vanilla card base.  The leaf and greeting were stamped with Early Espresso ink.  As a finishing touch, I used the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with Cajun Craze ink.

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This card is absolutely perfect for this time of year.  You could easily change the greeting to fit a variety of occasions.

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There are still a few days left to join my Virtual Stamp Club this month.  Club members enjoy an online class featuring exclusive projects.  Contact me at melissa@thestampdoc.com if you would like more information.

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Monday Montage


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Welcome to the Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We've got some great projects to share with you today, so make sure you take the time to visit all 10 blogs.  You can navigate through the hop by clicking on the Back and Next buttons at the bottom of this post.

If you follow my blog, you know that the last few projects that I've shared have been Over-the-Top and very involved.  As nice as it would be to create projects like that all the time, I actually have a life, too.  A life that involves a husband, 2 kids, 3 dogs, a full-time job, a part-time job, and volunteer positions.  So, today I am going to share with you something that I call "REAL LIFE CARDS".

When I need a card, I usually need it right away.  It's hard to believe that after all these years, I don't have a stash of ready to go cards for all occasions.  I also don't generally have an hour or two to put together a perfect, WOW card.

A REAL LIFE CARD is one that I can whip up in a matter of minutes with just a few supplies.  It still has to look good, though.  I want the recipient to feel like I cared enough to make them a decent card after all.

The card I am sharing today uses the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set and the A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set.  I selected 3 ink colors to keep it simple.

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 The card base is a half-sheet of Whisper White card stock featuring the colors of Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Island Indigo.  The butterfly is from the Butterfly Bundle which includes the Papillion Potpourri stamp set and the coordinating punch.  I added a simple Candy Dot to the center of the butterfly.

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Tomorrow, I'll be sharing another REAL LIFE CARD with a Fall theme using the same basic stamp sets.  If you don't want to miss it, be sure to subscribe to my blog.

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Spread the Joy

Today, I've got 2 cards to share with you that I made for challenges using the Spread the Joy Stamp Set.  You won't find this stamp set in any catalog.  It was created by Stampin' Up! employee, Emily Montoya, for a new design program. In April, Stampin' Up! employees were given the challenge to create a "bucket list" stamp set. Emily "wanted to make a set that could be versatile and usable for lots of different things." Employees fell in love with her design and voted the set to victory!

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For Freshly Made Sketches, I created this card using the largest image.  Unfortunately, there isn't a die that will cut this image so I had to do it by hand.  I wanted a layer behind it so I used one of the Window Frames Collection die and trimmed the sides to make it fit.

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For the bow, I wrapped a Candy Dot Brad Base around the Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon and topped it with a Crushed Curry Candy Dot.  You can see it a little better in the picture below.  I also colored in the small heart with a Real Red marker.

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For Mojo Monday, I decided to go with a Peanut Butter & Jelly theme.  I used the colors of Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede on a card base of Crumb Cake.  The card is a smaller size (3-1/2" x 5") to fit the Note Card Envelopes.

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I pieced the bread image together--I stamped directly onto the Whisper White with Soft Suede.  Then I stamped onto a scrap of Soft Suede card stock with Soft Suede ink and cut that out.  I also stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink onto Whisper White card stock and cut that out, too.

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The patterned paper used on both cards is from the Neutrals and Regals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks.  I love having this paper on hand because I always have a coordinating patterned paper for any project.

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