Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Give Thanks Quilt - Stampin' Up! Christmas Quilt

  Today's card is one that can be used to send out at Thanksgiving or for a general thank you card.  The Painted Autumn Harvest DSP gives this card a nice fall feeling.  I'm sharing this one at the SUO Challenge this week as their theme is Being Thankful.

  The card base is Very Vanilla thick.  Then a smaller layer in Soft Sky is stamped with the little flower shape in Soft Sky ink.

  The quilt panel is put together with the Painted Autumn Harvest DSP and Early Espresso cardstock. I layered it over the top of a piece of jute twine.  The sentiment from Labels to Love is stamped in Early Espresso and then punched out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.  An adhesive pearl finishes off the center of the quilt.

  This isn't a complicated card but does take a bit of time to piece the quilt.  One tip that I think is helpful is that after you get the frame (the Early Espresso piece on my card) glued down is to put the glue inside the frame for each section and press the DSP piece into the glue instead of trying to put the glue on the small DSP'll keep your fingers clean and it will help not get extra glue around your frame.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Quilt, Labels to Love

Ink: Soft Sky, Early Espresso

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Painted Harvest DSP

Accessories: Quilt Builder framelits, 1 3/8" circle punch, jute twine, dimensionals, adhesive pearl

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Introducing the Stamparatus!

  Check out this fun new tool just unveiled by Stampin' Up!  How easy will making multiples be with this nifty stamp positioner??  And that's just the start of it!

  Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • -Make multiples with ease 
  • -Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • -If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • -Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • -Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • -Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

  Here are some Stamparatus details:

     -Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • -Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • -Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • -2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • -2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • -2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • -Magnet storage areas
  • -Retail Price–$49.00 USD/$65.00 CAD
  So how do you get a Stamparatus??  

    There will be 3 reservation windows spaced out over the next few month that you can reserve your Stamparatus and as soon as they are available will ship once you've completed the order.  As soon as I have the link I will share but for planning purposes here are the timeframes:

November 16–30, 2017Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018Approx. April 15, 2018
  You must create an online shopping account to be able to reserve a Stamparatus.  To get started head to my online store (link in the sidebar) and create an account, including a credit card, if you don't already have one.  Not sure if you have one?  Just ask me and I'll check!  Once the Stamparatus is available Stampin' Up! will notify you to complete your order so you'll go to your online account and it will be in your cart.  You can then add any other items you'd like to order and then complete the order by paying with a credit card and entering any rewards you've earned or hostess codes as necessary.  You won't be charged for the Stamparatus until you've completed the order but if you delete it from your shopping cart once it's available we can't get it back.

  If you miss out on a reservation window or you want to see one up close and personal before ordering not to worry the Stamparatus will be included in the 2018-19 Annual catalog as a regular item and you can order it that way once that catalog is available.

  Please let me know if you have questions about this great new stamping tool!

Warm Mittens Gift Card Holder - Stampin' Up! Smitten Mittens

  We were certainly wearing our mittens and gloves this past Saturday at the JMU football game!  It was a frosty day and luckily there wasn't much wind or we would have been even colder!  I'm glad the Dukes won or I don't know if I would have thought it was time well spent but we did get to spend time with friends so it was worth it on that front.

  This Smitten Mitten card was a big hit at my last class and a lot of stampers ended up getting the Smitten Mittens bundle so they could make more cute cards at home.

  This was a bit of a hard one to photograph but I hope you can see how the card comes together.  I always like to share how to make a gift card holder at one of my classes before Christmas as I know a lot people like to have more of a special packaging for a gift card present.

  For this design it's only 2 scores and a little Tear Tape and you've got a gift card holder!  Really it's that easy!  Cut your full sheet of card stock in half the long way so you have a narrow skinny piece that is 4 1/4" wide and 11" long.  I used Emerald Envy for this design.  Then score at 2" and 5 1/2".  On the 2 inch flap add a little bit of tear tape along each each as close to the edge as you can get on the part that folds to the inside of the card, peel off the backing and then fold over to the inside of the card. This is what it looks like after.  See the slot for a gift card?

 To make a little tab to pull the gift card out of the slot just use the Tabs for Everything set and the circle tab punch.  A little bit of tear tape holds the tab pull to the gift card.

The card front comes together really quickly by stamping the larger greeting mitten in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White paper as well as the lined cuff piece and then the other mitten shape in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Using the Many Mittens framelits we cut out the shapes.  

  One of the overlooked details in the Many Mittens framelit set are the texture pieces.  They are a bit like miny embossing folders without the folder aspect.  They are just little pieces of metal that don't cut (they are smooth without a cutting edge) and you just lay them on top of the cardstock and run them through the Big Shot as if you were cutting with a die and they leave a fun design pressed right into the cardstock like an embossing folder.  We used the little row of hearts down the center of the Cherry Cobbler mitten and then filled them in with clear Wink of Stella.

  The mittens are adhered to the card front overlapping a bit with only adhesive on the edge of the one mitten so it doesn't stick the card closed.  The front panel is embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder and has a length of Cherry Cobbler double stitched ribbon for detail.

  And finally the inside of the card is stamped with the greeting and a little Christmas tree in the corner using Emerald Envy ink.  

  I hope you see as many possibilities for this adorable set as I do.  I am already planning some Christmas thank you cards, winter birthday and even Valentines Day.  There are hearts and the word "smitten" in the stamp set which I think would work wonderfully for Valentine's!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Smitten Mittens, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy

Paper: Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White

Accessories: Many Mittens framelits, Cable Knit embossing folder, double stitched ribbon, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Circle Tab punch, circle punch, Tear Tape


Friday, November 10, 2017

Quilted Christmas Tree - Stampin' Up! Christmas Quilt - Fab Friday 125

  How does 2 weeks go by so quickly??  One day I'm looking at the calendar and it seems I have oodles of time before the next Fab Friday Design Team deadline and then it seems I blink and all that time I thought I had is gone!  I wish I could say that time has been flying because I'm having so much fun in my stamp room but I actually haven't had a lot of time lately to play.  I guess I need to make time or I won't have enough Christmas cards to send out!

  Here is the fun sketch challenge this time around at Fab Friday!

     I took those 4 rectangle panels literally and dove into the awesome Quilted Christmas 6x6 DSP pack.  This is a great way to show off multiple coordinating patterns!

 Nothing too fancy on this card.  Just some layering with the circle dies and the red mini Tinsel Trim between the circles for some pop.

  The tree is a 2 step stamped image using Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist with Real Red for the tree stamp.   I added gold glimmer paper star at the top.

  I made the little holly leaf and berry tag using the tiny tag die from the Bouquet Bunch framelits.  The holly leaves are made with dies in the Quilt Builder framelits set and the berries are rhinestones colored with the Cherry Cobbler dark Stampin' Blends marker.  the tag is tied onto the tinsel trim with a bit of white baker's twine.

  Check out the rest of the Fab Friday Design Team samples and then play along with us in using this great sketch!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Quilt

Ink: Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Garden Green, Quilted Christmas DSP, Gold Glimmer paper

Accessories: Layering Circles framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, Quilt Builder framelits, Bouquet Bunch framelits, mini tinsel trim, rhinestones, dimensionals, white bakers twine, Cherry Cobbler Blends marker

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dapper Snowflakes - Stampin' Up! Snowflake Sentiments

  The card I'm sharing today seems appropriate since we have a freeze warning for Friday night into Saturday.  Yikes!  It was 80 degrees last week and now we're going to have freezing temperatures!  Welcome to central Virginia weather folks!

  We made this card at my last stamp club and it was fun to show off a mix of products to make this easy card.

  The base is Dapper Denim stamped with the Snowflake Sentiments snowflakes in Dapper Denim ink.  Then we have an embossed piece of vellum.  The Winter Wonder embossing folder makes such a great bold image to layer other card elements over or to stand alone as the main feature on a card.  

  A tip to remember when dry embossing vellum is to test out a few scrap pieces first to get just the right sandwich for your Big Shot.  If I used the regular embossing sandwich with my machine it tears through the vellum so I had to adjust my layers and use a shim to get the right amout of pressure without the tearing.   

  The Year of Cheer washi tape was a fun detail to add to the vellum to help hold it down to the card front as the only other adhesive is directly behind the layered tags.

  A Whisper White Everyday Label punch and then the sentiment embossed in copper and punched out with a circle punch makes for the main element.  A little Champagne foil flag adds to the bit of metallic glam.  The snowflake peeking out is from the Year of Cheer Specialty's punched out of the snowflake pattern and then sponged with Dapper Denim ink.  A white bakers twine bow is the final detail.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowflake Sentiments

Ink: Dapper Denim, Versamark

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, vellum, Year of Cheer Specialty DSP, Champagne foil sheets

Accessories: Everyday Label punch, circle punches, Winter Wonder embossing folder, Year of Cheer washi tape, copper embossing powder, white bakers twine, dimensionals

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Soft Embossed Snowflakes - Stampin' Up! Snowflake Sentiments

  It's election day here in Virginia so my schedule is all thrown off as the boys are home from school.  My plan was to get up at the same time as I usually do, go vote and then take my morning walk.  Yeah that didn't happen....sleeping in seemed like a better idea! I figured since I have to mow the lawn later I'll get my steps in that way! So until I can get my act together to get out of the house to vote and do errands I'll share a card I made a few weeks ago.

 The Snowflake Sentiments bundle is a great mix of images and sentiments paired up with a great detailed thinlets set.  So many directions to go with this suite of products!  I kept this card pretty simple and used some non-traditional Christmas colors to do a watercolor wash.

  The card base is Whisper White thick.  Using a piece of Shimmery White cardstock I rounded the edges and then embossed the snowflakes with clear embossing powder.  After lightly misting the cardstock around the snowflakes I used an Aquapainter to brush on Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugar Plum and Marina Mist ink slightly overlapping the colors so that they blend.

  After drying the panel with my heat tool I stamped the sentiment in Marina Mist ink.  The last detail of this card is the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper layered snowflake cut using the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets.

  I'm off to try to be somewhat productive today!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowflake Sentiments

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugar Plum, Marina Mist, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Shimmery White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper

Accessories: corner rounder, clear embossing powder, Swirly Snowflakes thinlets

Monday, November 6, 2017

Teen Congrats - Stampin' Up! Sunshine Wishes Thinlets

 We were honored to be invited to a family friends bar mitzvah last weekend and of course the occasion had to be marked with a card!  So a teen card for a religious!  Talk about a challenging card to make!

  I decided to do a straight up congratulations card in some guy colors.  I figured some texture and angles would fit the bill.

   The card base is Basic Black, then a layer of Whisper White.  I cut a piece of Island Indigo on an angle and embossed it with the Hexagons embossing folder.  I adhered the embossed piece to a panel of Sahara Sand that I stamped some speckles from the Swirly Bird stamp set and then embossed some gold stars.  The stars are in the Tabs for Everything set.

  I cut 2 "congrats" with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets, and layered the Whisper White one behind and slightly offset from the black one.  I popped it up with very small pieces of dimensionals.

  The smaller sentiment from Sunshine Sayings was stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Versamark and embossed in gold.

  Since the card was for a 13 year old boy I couldn't add any ribbon so I went with some retired candy dots in black and Island Indigo sprinkles on both parts of the card.

 Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings, Tabs for Everything, Swirly Bird

Ink: Sahara Sand, Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Island Indigo

Accessories: Hexagons embossing folder, gold embossing powder, Sunshine Wishes thinlets, dimensionals, candy dots (retired)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Traditional Christmas Quilt - Stampin' Up! Christmas Quilt

  You can't get any more traditional than Real Red and Garden Green and a quilt to celebrate Christmas!

  The Quilted Christmas bundle in the Holiday catalog is fantastic and it gives you so many options for designing all kinds of cards.  I've enjoyed using these products and and I'm looking forward to making even more Christmas designs with this bundle.

  The card base is Garden Green and then a piece of Quilted Christmas DSP.  I layered several Quilt Builder framelits elements over each other for the focal point.

  I used a bit of Classic Weave ribbon in Whisper White to anchor my sentiment which I embossed in Copper embossing powder.  Once the ends were flagged and it was popped on dimensionals I added a few holly berries and leaves.  Are you searching your catalogs to try to figure out where the little red berries are?  I made them using the Silver Metallic shapes (page 196 Annual Catalog) and colored them with my new Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends alcohol markers!  Not only can you color stamped images with them you can color embellishments too! 

  Stampin' Blends are available starting today for customers so check them out in my Stampin' Up! store (link in the sidebar).  If you have more questions about them just let me know and I'd be happy to help!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Quilt

Ink: Versamark  Stampin' Blends: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Quilted Christmas DSP

Accessories: Quilt Builder framelits, copper embossing powder, dimensionals, metallic shapes

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Piggy Thank You - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy

  My friend (and also my downline) Nicole bailed me out last week when I realized I had designed a card for my stamp club that used the Dapper Denim ink pad on 3 different elements of the same card and she let me borrow her ink pad for the class.  Having 15 stampers using one ink pad for multiple elements is just a log jam waiting to happen!  Usually I design my class projects so that this doesn't happen but for some reason I didn't think about it with this card but Nicole was so generous in lending me her ink pad.  Stampy friends are the best!

  Of course before I returned the ink pad I re-inked it and had to make a proper thank you card!  I wanted to play around with the new Stampin' Blends (being released for customers tomorrow!!) and get some more practice in so I pulled out the This Little Piggy stamp set and combined it with the Cas(e) This Sketch challenge.

  I still have a ways to go with my alcohol marker coloring but it's fun to play.   The Stampin' Blends make it pretty easy since there is a light marker and dark marker of the same shade so there isn't a lot of guess work involved as with other marker brands. And if it's not pretty easy chances are I'm not going to do it very often!

  The card base is Whisper White thick covered with a piece of the Wood Textures DSP.  All of the stamping is done with Memento black onto Whisper White and then colored with the Stampin' Blends.  I used Old Olive, Pool Party and Pink Pirouette.

  After coloring I used the Layering Circles framelits to cut out the images and to cut scalloped circles for the backing.  I popped the circles with dimensionals and trimmed the edges to fit the sketch.

  The sentiment is stamped in black on a strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and a little retired Calypso Coral baker's twine bow embellishes the end.

  And of course I had to do up the inside of the thank you card to fit the pig theme!

  The beginning of the sentiment is from the This Little Piggy set and I added in the "for saving my bacon" with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

  The strip of bacon was made by using the wavy/swoosh thing from the Swirly Scribbles thinlets to cut a Very Vanilla strip and a Cherry Cobbler strip.  I sponged some Crumb Cake ink along the edges of the Very Vanilla as well as used it to darken the Cherry Cobbler pieces which I layered back into the frame.

 All in all a pretty simple card which I think turned out pretty cute!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Memento black  Stampin' Blends: Old Olive, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette

Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick, Wood Textures DSP, Old Olive, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Layering Circles framelits, dimensionals, Calypso Coral baker's twine (retired), Swirly Scribbles thinlets


Monday, October 30, 2017

Vintage Leaves Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

  Just a quick share today; there always seems to be so much to do on Monday mornings that you'd think I would learn and get most of it done on Sundays right?  Nope!

  For this sympathy card I kept it very simple with the color combination.  Just Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Night of Navy.

  The background leaves are embossed in white and it makes for a nice subtle background and adds texture without being overpowering.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Rose Wonder

Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy

Paper: Whisper White thick, Crumb Cake

Accessories: white embossing powder, corner rounder, Leaflet framelits, linen thread, Crinkled Seam binding ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mini Maple Leaves - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Fab Friday 124

  And here we are back at Friday again!  And to sweeten the day it's a Fab Friday challenge day!  We have a great autumn color combination for you today though I'm excited to see what people might create that is not an autumn theme.  I couldn't see anything else but leaves when I saw this color combination.  

  I've always thought that Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango are just too similar and unless I'm trying to match up some DSP I hardly ever grab Tangerine Tango so it was a bit of challenge having 2 oranges in combination.  As you can see from my card there is hardly any difference!  Oh well.  I'm sure one of the other Design Team members will knock your socks off and show these oranges in a completely different light.

  The only detail that's worth a special mention here is the little line of die cut dots across the bottom of the card.  I made it using a die in the Swirly Snowflakes thinlet set.  I hadn't used it yet and I really like the subtle detail it adds.

  I hope you have fun using these colors in your weekend stamping!  Don't forget to share your creation with us over at Fab Friday!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Rose Wonder

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Fresh Fig, Pumpkin Pie, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlets, Swirly Snowflakes thinlets, copper embossing powder, 1/8" Fresh Fig Sheer ribbon, mini dimensionals, corner rounder punch (retired)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall Daisies - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

In keeping with the theme of my days lately I'm still running behind in sharing my stamp club cards from last month.  I designed this card using a simple, back to basics technique.  Sometimes, with all of the fun new tools and Big Shot dies available we can forget about the easy "stamps, paper, ink" stamping.

  Not the best photo (apparently another theme of my days lately!), but this is a very clean and simple card.

  First, to make the blue square I just took a piece of copy paper and made a stencil template by using my Layering Squares framelits to cut a square out of the center of the copy paper.  If you don't have a Big Shot or the square framelits you can cut your own stencil with an exacto knife.  Other shapes work great too!  Great creative!  After using a bit of  repositionable adhesive (washi tape works too) to line up the stencil over a piece of Whisper White I sponged Soft Sky ink inside the square.  I ave found that starting your sponging/swiping on the outside edges of the stencil and working to the center give the best results and prevents the template from getting caught and torn.  And now you have a nice light background to do the rest of your stamping on.  I tend to keep all of my stencils so that I don't have to always make a new one cutting down on one more step!

  The Daisy Delight stamp set has the perfect size of small flowers to use inside the sponged frame.  The little images in this set might get overlooked at first glance in favor of the large daisy and matching punch but definitely take a look at some of the smaller stamps; there is a lot you can do with them!  The daisy stems are stamped in Tranquil Tide ink, the base of the daisies is Crushed Curry and the outline overlay is Early Espresso.

  See, very easy and it doesn't take a lot of tools or extra equipment!  The final details is the punched sentiment.  Since the rest of the card was flat I wanted one element to be popped.  The sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in Early Espresso and then punched out with the Duet Banner punch.  I trimmed the flag ends off, punched another banner and used the trimmed flagged ends and popped the sentiment up with mini dimensionals.  This is a way to extend the size of the banner as well.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Delightful Daisy, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: Layering Squares framelits (for stencil), Duet Banner punch, mini dimensionals

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall Birthday Bouquet - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet

Just a quick post today with little chatter; I have to clean my house to get ready for stamp club tomorrow!  Yuck to cleaning but yay to stamp club!

I made this card a few weeks back for a fall theme challenge.  The picture had some beautiful flowers in rich autumn colors which I tried to recreate with the Beautiful Bouquet bundle.  I did some select sponging on a few of the flowers and leaves to add some depth.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet

Ink: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Cajun Craze

Paper: Whisper White, Woodgrain DSP, Old Olive, Fresh Fig

Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Layering Circles framelits, corner rounder, twine, gold thread, dimensionals

Friday, October 20, 2017

Rich Autumn Leaves Part 2 - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

 A few weeks ago I shared a card for the Fab Friday challenge that was a color challenge.  It looks almost exactly like this one right?  I designed this one first for my stamp club last month and just switched the colors out for the challenge (along with a few other details).  Work smarter, not harder!  Some weeks there just aren't enough hours to stamp as much as I'd like to!

  We've had a few cool days and cold nights so I think we'll be starting to see some autumn color like this soon.

  One of my stampers had mentioned last month that she had to send out a few sympathy cards recently and we agreed that sympathy cards weren't really fun cards to make in the moment.  I usually like to have a few pre-made in my card stash so that is why I designed this card for my stampers last month.  The great thing about a design like this is it's versatility; with just a quick change of sentiment it can be a birthday, hello or thank you card.

  The card base is Very Vanilla thick and then a layer of the Woodgrain DSP with the leaves from Colorful Seasons stamped in Crumb Cake all over.

  A piece of 1/8" Sheer ribbon in Fresh Fig is tied across the card front.  The sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers is stamped in Fresh Fig with some Crumb Cake (stamped off once) leaves and then it's all punched out with the Everyday Label punch.

  The leaves are embossed in gold on watercolor paper and then colored with reinkers and an Aquapainter in Cajun Craze, Fresh Fig and Crushed Curry.  The leaves are cut out with the Seasonal Layers thinlets and popped up okn the card front with dimensionals.

  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and gets lots of stamping time in!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Thoughts & Prayers

Ink: Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig, Versamark  Reinkers: Cajun Craze, Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Wood Grain DSP, watercolor paper, Very Vanilla

Accessories: gold embossing powder, Seasonal Layers thinlets, Fresh Fig sheer ribbon, dimensionals, Everyday Label punch

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quilted Christmas Tree - Stampin' Up! Christmas Quilt

I just had a bit of a panic attack!  I googled how many days until Christmas and the number 68 just seems way to close!  While I like to look ahead and do some planning, right now the big picture just feels a bit overwhelming.  Well, one thing at a time right?  Let's start with something small to get ready for Christmas.

Whether you make 20 Christmas cards or 200 now is the time to get started on your Christmas designs.   I've been playing around with the Christmas Quilt bundle and having a lot of fun.  Even though the layout in the catalog shows all Christmas items it is super easy to change out the colors for a card for any time of the year.  I know a lot of stampers are enjoying creating little paper quilts with this set.  A little less time consuming than a real quilt!

I have to confess that when I bought this bundle I don't think I even really noticed that you can make a Christmas tree with some of the stamps!  I think I was so focused on the quilt shapes that I just saw triangles. 

This is a pretty easy card to put together and would be a good candidate for making multiples.  The card base is Whisper White thick and then a slightly smaller layer of Quilted Christmas DSP.

I layered a length of Lemon Lime Twist finely woven ribbon with a piece of Garden Green cardstock embossed in gold with the sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set.

The tree is a 2 step stamp design with the Lemon Lime Twist portion one stamp and the Garden Green part another stamp.  I use the outline stamp in Garden Green ink.  The tree base is stamped in Real Red.  Once the tree and base were cut out I popped them up with the dimensionals (the mini ones were the perfect size!) onto a Whisper White die cut circle.

A gold Glimmer paper star tops off the tree and a sweet little white baker's twine bowanchors the sentiment banner to the circle.

Start making a list and checking it twice to make sure you give yourself enough time to make your Christmas cards!

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Quilt, Star of Light

Ink: Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Quilted Christmas DSP, Garden Green, Gold Glimmer paper

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Quilt Builder framelits, gold embossing powder, Lemon Lime Twist finely woven ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Warm Drink = Happy Life - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

  Brrrr!  It was chilly on my morning walk and I was so happy that my husband had a pot of coffee made when I got home.  The cold was good motivation to walk fast but the 40 degree swing in weather from last week is a bit drastic!  Now I have to have 8 different outfits piled up in my closet because of the temperature swings!  I can't put away the shorts and t shirts yet but I have to have some jeans and long sleeves handy for the cool mornings!  But I don't wear any of it long enough to justify washing any of it so it just piles up!  Problems I tell you!

  Anyway, I thought this was an appropriate card for today.

  One of the (many) great things about Stampin' Up! is that there is so much opportunity to mix and match different products suites with each other.  While the suites and bundles make it easy to create coordinated projects they are also versatile enough to stretch and use different parts with other products to fit whatever kind of card you want to make.

  I had the Coffee Cafe stamp set before the Merry Cafe set was released in the Holiday catalog and I love the little tiny seasonal accessory stamps that are in the Merry Cafe set.  They are so cute to use to decorate the cup.  I decided to try my own version of a fall themed coffee cup (or is it hot apple cider??) by using some of the stamps I already owned.

  The card base is Early Espresso, then a layer of Crushed Curry.  Next up is a piece of Very Vanilla embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder.

  The cup is stamped in Early Espresso ink onto a piece of Painted Autumn DSP.  The lid is Early Espresso and the sleeve is as well.

  To add to the fall feel of this card I stamped a little maple leaf from the Colorful Seasons set in Crushed Curry and die cut it along with a larger maple leaf (in Cajun Craze) with the Seasonal Layers thinlets.  The little leaf has a linen thread bow and anchors the sentiment from Tabs for Everything stamped in Early Espresso.  A bit of burlap ribbon add to the texture.

  Stay warm if you have a chilly morning where you live!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Colorful Seasons, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry

Paper: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn DSP, Cajun Craze

Accesssories: Cable Knit embossing folder, Seasonal Layers thinlets, linen thread, burlap ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pick Halloween or Autumn - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin

  I thought I had better get these cards shared before my next stamp club meets or before Halloween is over and done with!  I've not been having good luck taking photos lately.  I'd like to blame the camera but I know it's really just user error!  It's either been too sunny or too dark.  Sounds a bit like Goldilocks right?

  Anyway on to the cards...  I designed the same card with just slight changes so that my stampers could choose if they wanted to make a fall card or a Halloween card.

  A few slight changes and you've got a whole different card.   

 Give Thanks Card-

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labels to Love

Ink: Whisper White craft, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets, dimensionals, Old Olive Baker's Twine, corner rounder (retired)

Boo! Card -

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Whisper White craft, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Black

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets, dimensionals, mini sequin trim, corner rounder

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beautiful Floral Love Note - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Fab Friday 123

It's time for another Fab Friday challenge!  Woo-Hoo!  It's a great way to start off your stamping this weekend.  We have a layout this time so all you need to do it pick your stamps and colors and get started!  I know, easier said than done right?

  Look at all that open space!  So many ways this layout could go!

  I left a lot of that space empty on my card and put the focus on the large sentiment and the flower flag.

 The card base is Early Espresso, then a layer of Whisper White topped with a basic pattern from the Coffee Break DSP.  The Soft Sky pattern seemed like a good background for some brighter flowers.

  The flag is also a piece of Coffee Break DSP and I layered flowers in Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Soft Sky and some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist on top.  The flowers and leaves are from Beautiful Bouquet which has so many combinations of flowers, leaves and stems it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to use (ask me how I know!).

  The sentiment is made up from the Sunshine Wishes and Sunshine Sayings duo stamped in Early Espresso ink and die cut in Early Espresso cardstock.  I layered the pieces over a length of 3/8" classic weave ribbon in Whisper White.  Another little flower and some leaves unify the 2 separate main elements of the card. 

  Some rhinestones and a little baker's twine bow finish off the details for this card.

  I hope to see your card in the Fab Friday gallery!  Remember our challenge runs for almost 2 weeks so that's plenty of time to share it with us!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Early Epsresso, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Early Espresso, Coffee Break DSP, Whisper White

Accessories: Sunshine Wishes thinlets, Bouquet Bunch framelits, dimensionals, rhinestones, baker's twine, classic weave ribbon


Friday, October 6, 2017

Jack o Lantern Trio - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin

  I always like to have a fall stamp set that can be used for Halloween cards if I need a few but that is versatile enough that it can be used for regular fall cards as well.  I like the Pick a Pumpkin set in the Holiday catalog because it fits the bill and has a cute thinlets set for even more options.

  In this set you can turn the pumpkins into jack o lanterns by adding one of three faces to your pumpkins.

  To add a bit of texture to the Crumb Cake card front I embossed it with the Quilt Top embossing folder.

I stamped the 3 pumpkins in Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive ink and embossed the faces with black embossing powder.  Then I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut them out.  They are popped up on a narrow strip of Old Olive cardstock.

  The sentiment flag was stamped with the Labeler Alphabet and embossed in white embossing powder.  I added a tiny bit of Old Olive 1/4" Stitched-Edge ribbon.

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: white embossing powder, black embossing powder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Stitched-Edge ribbon, Quite Top embossing folder, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Daisy Birthday - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  Am I the only one who buys a pack of Designer Series Paper because I love the patterns and designs but then don't use it on my cards?  Sometimes its hard to cut into that beautiful paper and we all need encouragement to use it and not hoard it.  Isn't it sad to think about all that beautiful paper sitting on a shelf getting dusty and faded?

  My card today uses a nice chunk of the Delightful Daisy DSP.  I like this layout and I've used variations of it before but it's a great way to show off a big piece of DSP.  A lot of patterns look better larger than with just a small strip so don't be afraid to cut into it and go big!

  Wisteria Wonder is not listed as one of the colors in the Delightful Daisy DSP but it works beautifully with several of the designs.  I used it for my card base and then added the DSP to cover almost all of the front.

  A Night of Navy Stitched Shapes circle gives a nice contrast to show off the popped up Wisteria Wonder daisy.  I stamped it and punched it out twice for a more full flower.  I used a blender pen to add a light wash of Wisteria Wonder ink to the petals.  The center is stamped in Daffodil Delight.

 The happy birthday sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy, flagged and popped up.  I added a bit of retired Crushed Curry baker's twine in a bow.

  If you're ready to buy some DSP and get to cardmaking then you don't want to miss out on the Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP sale that Stampin' Up! is having for the month of October.  Head to my online store to get started.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Daisy punch, dimensionals, Crushed Curry Baker's twine (retired)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christmas Coffee (or Hot Chocolate!) - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

  I'm glad I have my nice warm coffee this morning!  The temps here in Richmond have finally dropped down into the autumn weather realm and it's a bit chilly, at least in the morning.  While we probably won't have real winter weather for quite some time it's good to break out some winter and Christmas stamps and get in the spirit.

  I combined the Coffee Cafe and Snowflake Sentiments stamp sets for this project.

   We can pretend this cup is a fancy cafe mocha with whipped cream or a more kid friendly hot chocolate with whipped cream.  I used the Quilted Christmas DSP stack for the cup and then pulled the rest of the colors for the card from this paper.  The base is Pool Party, the sleeve and whipped cream are both stamped in Pool Party.
  The little trio of snowflakes from Snowflake Sentiments fit perfectly on the sleeve so I stamped them in Garden Green.  The sentiment is also stamped in Garden Green then cut out with a Stitched Shapes circle framelit.

  For a bit of glitz and shine I backed the sentiment with a silver Foil Snowflake.  After popping up the cup on dimensionals I colored some clear Wink of Stella on the whipped cream.  Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper makes for great snowflakes so I used a few small scraps and the Swirly Snowflakes thinlets to cut 2 small snowflakes and then layered them.  I added an adhesive pearl to the center.  I colored it with a Sharpie to match the Lemon Lime Twist that is in the center of the "flowers" in the DSP pattern.

  Thanks for looking!   Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Snowflake Sentiments

Ink: Garden Green, Pool Party

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Quilted Christmas DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper

Accessories: Swirly Snowflakes thinlets, Stitched Shapes framelits, Foil Snowflake, adhesive pearl, Wink of Stella, dimensionals

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rich Autumn Leaves - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Fab Friday 122

  I went to share a card the other day and realized that the last batch of photos I took of about 8 different card designs were so poor that I couldn't possibly post them in that state!  I haven't had a moment to re-take them as I had stamp club this week and that seems to take quite a lot of time to prepare for.  I am back with a card for Fab Friday though today!  The rest of the cards will have to wait for another day!

  We have a rich, autumn color palette for this color challenge.  They are perfect for the cool fall temperatures and changes in the leaves.  We've not had any cool fall weather and the the trees still have their green leaves here in central Virginia but I will be ready when things change with this great color combo!

  Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide and Rich Razzleberry.  I can't wait to see what people come up with for these colors.  I never would have put them together but I like the end results.

  I went with the obvious fall leaves and the beautiful maple leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set is just the right image to emboss.

  Gold is a wonderful accompaniment to the deep jewel tones of the challenge colors.  We made a very similar card at my stamp club with just some slight changes and my stampers just loved the gold embossing on the leaves.

  After watercoloring the leaves I also embossed the frame from Labels to Love and punched it out with the Everyday Label punch.  The Rose Wonder 'happy birthday' works nicely in the gold frame.  

  The background is a piece of Woodgrain DSP which give this card a nice rustic look I think.

  Definitely head over to Fab Friday and see all great inspiration for these colors and then get to work on your own creation.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Labels to Love, Rose Wonder

Ink: Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla, Woodgrain DSP, watercolor paper

Accessories: Seasonal Layers thinlets, gold embossing powder, dimensionals, Everday Label punch, Natural trim gold

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mitten Season - Stampin' Up! Many Mittens Framelits

  It's hard to think ahead to Christmas when the temperatures are still in the 80s and everything is still lush and green but I've been pulling out my new Christmas sets to just get some samples made to show my stampers and to get a head start on filling up my Christmas card boxes.

  Today's card is a super simple card with only a tiny bit of stamping but it's a great way to show off the Many Mittens framelits and the adorable knitted look.

  The card base is Smoky Slate and I embossed the big Winter Wonder snowflake off to the side.  The knitted detail mittens are die cut in Pool Party cardstock and then backed with solid die cut mittens in Whisper White cardstock.  The top mitten is popped on dimensionals.  I added a rhinestone to the center of each and put a baker's twine bow on the edge of one.

  The senitment is from the carry over set Christmas Pines (in the annual catalog) and is stamped in Versamark and then embossed in white.

  While I didn't use any of the Smitten Mitten stamp set stamps on this card they are adorable and really go well with the coordinating framelits for so many different looks and they are 10% off when you buy them as a bundle!  This is a great set for winter cards and not just Christmas; think after Christmas thank yous, winter birthdays, a head start on Valentine's day (there are hearts in the set and the word "smitten"!).  

  I will definitely be using this suite often in the coming months.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Pines

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Pool Party

Accessories: white embossing powder, Winter Wonder embossing folder, Many Mittens framelits, dimensionals, baker's twine, rhinestones

Monday, September 18, 2017

Crisp and Clean Fall Leaves - Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

 Today's card features one of my favorite sets.  It's been around for a few years and I still reach for it for a classic nature card.

  Nothing fancy going on here just a little pop of gold with some sequins and embossing.  

  I'm off to tackle all the chores that I should have done over the weekend but ignored to to do things that were more fun!  At this age I should be smarter; Mondays are bad enough on their own!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Sheltering Tree

Ink: Versamark, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide,  Tasty Treats DSP (retired)

Accessories: gold embossing powder, gold sequins, dimensionals, 1/8" Fresh Fig Sheer ribbon, Leaflets Framelits

Friday, September 15, 2017

Winter Wonder Christmas - Stampin' Up! Snowflake Sentiment - Fab Friday 121

We're back at Fab Friday today for another great challenge to get that creative mojo going just in time for the weekend!  It's a sketch this time around so sky is the limit!  The Design Team always has such unique ways of interpreting the sketches and it's so fun to get new ideas for their designs.

  It's a very clean and simple design but you can dress it up or keep it minimal so there are a lot of possibilities here!

  Here is what I came up with:

  I decided to let the giant Winter Wonder embossing folder snowflake take on the oval element of the sketch.  I brought some sparkle in with a layered circle of Silver Glimmer paper and just the center of the embossed snowflake popped up with a rhinestone in the center.

  The stamping is minimal as I only used one greeting stamp from Snowflake Sentiments and the Everyday Label punch.  The inks on the sentiment are Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist.  The label is layered over the top of retired Pool Party ribbon and a narrow strip of Silver Glimmer paper.

  I brought in another snowflake for the side of the label using Pool Party cardstock and the Swirly Snowflake thinlets.  Another rhinestone is used for the center.

  Definitely check out the rest of the samples and then play along.  Our challenge runs for nearly 2 weeks so that's plenty of time to join in!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowflake Sentiments*

Ink: Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Quilted Christmas DSP*, Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Pool Party, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Winter Wonder embossing folder*, Swirly Snowflakes thinlets*, Everyday Label punch*, 1 1/4" circle punch, Layering Circles framelits, rhinestones, Pool Party ribbon (retired)

*Products from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog