When school is back in session and football returns to television, it is clear that Autumn is about to arrive. While I love the crisp cool weather and getting to wear turtlenecks and sweaters again, living in a wooded area means A LOT of leaves which need to be removed. As I age (sigh) I have to remind myself of the beauty and not the impending tasks.
This layout went together quickly after all the leaves were colored and cut. Simply using multiple colors of the watercolor pencils on watercolor paper,then adding water with the aqua painter gives the paper the needed appearance for the die cut leaves. (Sample below)
I even think I will use that negative scrap on a card another day!
Memories and More comes to the rescue again with the perfect touches. I used dies & my trimmer to cut some of the cards for the phrases.
I still have a couple of weeks until I have that peak of leaves season, but really wanted to play with these products from the Colorful Seasons Bundle (stamps & dies) again. Now, when I get busy this Fall, I already have one page ready for three photos (3″x4″).
There’s just something about Autumn that makes me happy.
I hope you’re enjoying your day in your part of this beautiful world.
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I am one happy camper when I can break out Stampin’ UP’s oldest current set Lovely as a Tree and pair it with a new set such as Christmas in the Making.
Today’s keep it basic ink to paper card features the stamp of the gorgeous ornament girl in the holiday release set Christmas in the Making.
Keep it basic are what I call cards which just have ink applied to paper. (aka SIP:stamps ink paper) This creation is stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock, then colored with blender pens or straight markers, and clouds were created with torn paper and daubers (read below for more details).
How to create clouds with daubers & torn paper:
- Tear a scrap of tablet or printer paper to get rounded bubble and valley shapes.
- Start inking at the top of the sky and work down your cardstock. Apply your torn strip and add your favorite blue ink for the sky using daubers (substitute a cotton ball if you don’t have a dauber) and push from the torn paper towards the cardstock. Lightly adding color is best-you’ll notice you don’t need much.
- Move your paper down and change angle slightly to achieve variation in cloud shapes (or flip over your torn paper for a slight change).
- Repeat inking until your sky is complete.
Remember, you don’t need a lot of supplies to create something. You can always find ways to use what you have on hand and add new items to items you already own.
Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions or need help using Stampin’ UP! supplies you already own, feel free to ask me how something is done. If you aren’t making things with your purchases, I’d like to get you creating again.
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Do you love coffee so much that you quickly snatched up the Coffee Cafe bundle from the annual Stampin’ UP! catalog?
I did. Then I created some fun cards such as this one:
Once I got my hands on that bundle I was desperately hoping that Stampin’ UP! would add more coordinating stamps to use with the dies and…They did! It is a new holiday catalog Item #144965
This $17.00 USD photopolymer stamp set will take you through Autumn, Christmas, Winter, and more. I love that!
I liked the stampset so much I stamped my own designer paper to make an Autumn card.
When I stamped and die cut the coffee cup, I decided to create a second card from the negative space the coffee cup left on the Soft Suede cardstock.
It’s a shaker card! The gold embossed sentiments on this card are from the annual catalog set aptly called Hello Friend.
For those new to shaker cards they are fairly simple. They do take a bit of practice just because all that foam stickiness can be pretty sticky (duh, lol). The basic directions:
- Die cut or punch so that you have the open ‘window’ of the shape you desire.
- Attach a piece of Window sheet to the back of the cardstock to create the ‘window pane’.
- Apply dimensionals or foam strip directly onto the window sheet covered cardstock to form a continuous line around the edge of the shape – you want no gaps so that your shaker bits (sequins, glitter, sand, etc) stay inside the shape. You also don’t want your foam showing when viewing from the front side.
- Choose your filling and place onto card base in area where window will reside.
- Remove second side of sticky tape on dimensionals/foam strip and attach over base with shaker bits in window area. Voila! All done! Give it a shake.
*I’ll try to take step-by-step pictures and create a photo tutorial for shaker cards soon.
All these coffee designs have me thinking I need another cup of the wonder elixir.
Until next time…
Any crafter knows that when it comes to handmade items for the holiday season, you must shop and get started creating early to get things done on time and so you do not feel frazzled last minute.
If you love Stampin’ UP! products and create your own holiday cards, gift packaging, or enjoy saving your photos in beautiful Scrapbook pages, then September 1st was a day of joy seeing the new items which you can now purchase for your holiday creations.
Last Thursday, I shared a few card samples with the Christmas Quilt Bundle from the holiday catalog which made the top of my list. As I mentioned, this set can be played with for hours, never creating the same design. Today, I share a few more items I created with this Bundle.
You’ll notice a few small 3″x3″ cards. Exciting news: the holiday catalog contains the envelopes for this size! Yippee! Once retired, now returned for the holiday (and one can hope/dream beyond) catalog. This size is perfect for gift bags and packages or even lunch box notes.
There are also some very cute Pizza Boxes in which the 3″x3″ size cards & envelopes will fit. The sample below was decorated with a bit of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, matching card stock, a tree stamped & cut with the Christmas Quilt bundle & a small tag from the Bunch of Banners dies.
The inside of these boxes is food grade gloss-lined. They would easily hold a cookie or chocolates, or perhaps a bracelet or other jewelry, but they also quite nicely contain some of the 3″x3″ cards and envelopes seen above. Design them to match a roll of wrapping paper and you have the perfect gift for an early December gift exchange.
Before you know it the holidays will arrive and you’ll wish you started creating things just a little earlier. Get started now so you can get it all done. Plus, avoid that frazzled feeling that inevitably occurs as we wait to long to start that holiday craft project.
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The Stampin’ UP! Holiday catalog is about to debut to customers around the world tomorrow, September 1, 2017, and the first pages of this catalog will thrill you with the new Christmas Quilt Bundle if you or anyone you know is a quilter. Here is a sneak peek of that bundle:
I’ve had this bundle in my hands for a few weeks and am just as thrilled with it as I thought I would be.
It is not just a set for Christmas, but perfect for any season as you can change the papers you use to reflect the mood which you wish to create. Just like real making a fabric quilt gives endless results with different fabrics, this bundle can provide a different look by switching out designer series paper or cardstock colors. You could sit down and play for hours with this set!
There is so much to like about this bundle. The needle is absolutely adorable with the thread & spool. The mini stars & flowers could be used with many other sets. Also, there are dies of holly leaves and a flower which could be used as a poinsettia. Plus, it contains great geometric shapes to stamp and die cut.
As you wait in anticipation until you can order, start thinking about all the scrap paper quilt designs you can create (any 3″x3″ piece will create the main quilt piece), or imagine cross stitch embroidery floss spool cards, or creating a sewing project, or making those cute triangle trees, or adding the geometric shapes to scrapbook layouts, or… Well, you can see how my mind wanders with this set. Now you know why it was the first thing on my list during demonstrator pre-order period!
To get your own Christmas Quilt bundle or simply just to check out the new items and SU! Samples in the online store, you can shop with me HERE.
Thanks to those who support me. It is because of all of you I can continue as a demonstrator and blog my favorite hobby.
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Surprise! Autumn is almost upon us here on the U.S. East coast. Schools are returning to session and pools are soon to close until next Memorial Day weekend. Sometimes I can’t believe how quickly time passes.
Today I’m sharing a card I made with the At Home with You bundle.
This bundle was one of my favorites when I first saw the annual catalog because it had stamps which would be useful for many times of the year. I like versatile sets like this because I know I’ll use them a lot. Spring, Autumn, Christmas, & New Home cards are easily created with this set.
When I was playing with the embossing paste I made quite a few different color backgrounds with this diamond patterned mask. It provides a nice background with texture which I really like. Adding in the burlap ribbon adds additional texture and that Autumn feel.
I really like the pumpkin pie, lemon lime twist, Bermuda Bay, & hints of whisper White color combo for fresh take on Autumn colors.
When there’s texture in a card, a simple focal point hand colored image & even simpler sentiment is all a card needs.
until next time…
P.S. I’ll be sharing Holiday catalog creations soon- I just don’t want to tempt you too much since customers can’t buy until September 1st.
I have now fallen in love with the Petal Garden suite of products by Stampin’ UP! and the Memories & More pocket cards have been front & center in my scrapbook & card making lately.
I know I’ve stated before how much I love the new Memories & More pocket card line Stampin’ UP! created for making cards, but I really can’t gush enough about how fantastic this line transforms easily to card making.
The 1/8″ sheer ribbon is fantastic to work with. It comes in Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive. It ties easily and a bow is simply adhered with one glue dot.
The “seriously” & “LOVE YOU” are just two of the stickers in the Petal Garden Memories & More pack. Here, I added dimensionals to part of the “LOVE YOU” sticker and just allowed the sticker to do the rest of the work on adhering these to the project.
These cards are so simple to make. I chose a few Memories & More cards, matching Petal Garden DSP stack paper, matching cardstock, and some framelits (square & oval).
Did you notice that there is no stamping? Okay, you don’t think I’d really make a card without some ink, did you? This Petal Gardens Suite has a matching stamp set called Graceful Garden which creates a beautiful insert page and is perfect to stamp an image to make the envelope coordinate (pictures of inserts/envelopes not shown).
Isn’t that rose beautiful?
The whole suite is really nice.
Thanks for stopping by today.
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Some days I believe I function because of my morning coffee. Other days, I’m not sure it helps at all. In either case, I’m a sucker for a good cup of coffee. I know many people who feel the same way and believe the new Coffee Cafe Suite of products will certainly make some card recipients perk up when they receive happy mail.
Part of this suite of products is the Stamps/Dies Bundle. Being able to stamp and cut the cup, lid, sentiment, cup band, and beans makes this project really easy. I adore those little coffee beans!
In each of these cards I decided to use the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack (6″x6″) and embossing folders. I’m a big fan of the embossing which can be achieved from the dynamic textured impressions embossing folders and chose to use both the returning hexagon and new leaves folders for these three cards.
It is important to remember that the sentiments may have a specific shape, in this case meant to fit inside the stamped cup image, but can be placed into another shape as I’ve done in these last two examples. The entire sentiment was not used for the second card either. In fact, I have cut my stamp apart (carefully with sharp scissors) so that I could easily stamp, “Happiness is a cup of coffee” separate from, “shared with a friend” many times without the fuss. Keep in mind, I can always put them onto my block and stamp together again, but this way I don’t have to mask or worry about only inking part of the stamp each time I want them separate.
In addition to the Petal Garden DSP stack, I used the images from one sheet of the Coffee Cafe DSP to get the pots and little mugs. While you will have to hand-cut (aka: fussy cut) the pot and other images from the designer series paper for this suite, those little coffee cups do have a matching die. I chose not to use it this day; I didn’t want the small white border and I already had the scissors in my hands.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Welcome to my stop on the first ever Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop! If you have come here from other participants, I hope you are enjoying your journey around the hop and getting as inspired by them as I am. So much talent!
Today I bring to the hop a double page spread of some daily happenings here in my neck of the woods.
My two Shih-tzu girls just love gazing out the window (Yes, I have given over the sofa table to this event) and the critter visitors are their favorites. This Spring & Summer we’ve had regular visits from these deer. The girls have taken to talking to them and surprisingly they seem to lift their heads and take in the barking instead of running off.
These pages use Memories & More cards which have quickly become my favorite products out of this year’s annual Stampin’ UP! catalog. I’ve used the Petal Gardens pack for this project because I wanted to add color to the layout. This pack had great stickers for small titles and those fantastic roses which matched the cards and it coordinated well with the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP I used.
All of the cards I used were cut to fit the layout. Remember you don’t need to keep the Memories & More cards at the given size. Use them just like paper and cut them as needed.
I’ve always liked having a great border punch and the new Decorative Border Punch is a great addition; It softens any layout by taking away some of the focus on those sharp corners.
Of course a great 12″x12″ layout includes a good title with the Large Letters Framelits Dies and the Brushwork Alphabet stamps brings it all together. Oh, and handwritten journaling… you know others want to see that even if you don’t like your handwriting.
I hope you’ve liked this stop on the hop. Clicking the Next button below will take you to Christine Alward’s lovely layout.
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You can also check out any of these talented individuals from the blog hop:
Blog Hop Participant List:
1. Sharon Dalton
2. Megan Lenske
3. Peta Stephen
4. Lisa Henderson
5. Pam Poli
6. Courtenay Heuston
7. Jessica Brigden
8. Karie Beglau
9. Simone Meye
10. Lisa Gibson
11. Michelle Veller
12. Cheryl Algie
13. Beth Rush
14. Josie Dean
15. Kelly Leese
16. Stesha Bloodhart
17. Virginia Porta
18. Kerstin Klar
19. Joanne Hodge
20. Christine Alward
21. Monika Lenkeit Davis
22. Jenny Hall
23. Lou Kitzelman
I dream of taking a balloon ride over the Pennsylvania countryside. I think it would be so calming and peaceful just like this card.
- Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies
- Up & Away Thinlits Dies
- Big Shot
- Pattern Party Decorative Masks
- Sponge Brayers
- Host(ess) stamp set: In the City
- Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, & Flirty Flamingo
- Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Black Archival, Old Olive, & Crumb Cake
- Acrylic Block D
- Paper Snips
- Tombo Glue
A card design can be inspired by anything you see or dream. Just start creating.
I’ve been looking into that balloon ride and hope to do that soon.
Until next time…