Need cards quick? Turn to Memories & More by Stampin’ UP!

Once the Autumn leaves start falling it feels like I never have enough time or energy to accomplish things that need done.  That is when quick cards like this one can be made and sent without taking too much any time or energy I have remaining.

I always like to recognize those who truly do “make me smile.” It has been a week of things that have gone wrong, broken, or just not gone as I had wished or planned. In times like these, it is always great to have those who can bring laughter & smiles to the situation. Perspective changes and life goes on. I am so grateful to those who build me up, challenge my thinking, make me laugh uncontrollably, and make me a better person. I am blessed.

Do you send cards to those who brighten up your day? Or to those who need their day brightened?

It is simple to get this quick card to the post…

  • The leaf image is a Color Theory Memories & More card.
  • The “You make me Smile” phrase is from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer set and stamped with Black Archival ink.
  • The Memories and More card is matted to match the leaf.
  • The copper ribbon is added before mounting askew onto a piece of Wood Grain DSP.
  • The card front is then matted onto a Pumpkin Pie layer and Basic Black card base.
  • An interior Whisper White mat was added for my handwritten message.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll surely say it many more times- Memories and More cards are not only for quick scrapbook pages (traditional & pocket), but can be used for cards and….More – SU! Named this one well!

Make someone smile today!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Autumn Scrapbook Layout with Colorful Seasons Products

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.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Christmas in the Making Meets Lovely as a Tree

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:

  1. Tear a scrap of tablet or printer paper to get rounded bubble and valley shapes.
  2. 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.
  3. Move your paper down and change angle slightly to achieve variation in cloud shapes (or flip over your torn paper for a slight change).
  4. 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.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Merry Cafe by Stampin UP!- Works with the Coffee Cafe dies

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

Stampin' UP! Merry Cafe

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:

  1. Die cut or punch so that you have the open ‘window’ of the shape you desire.
  2. Attach a piece of Window sheet to the back of the cardstock to create the ‘window pane’.
  3. 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.
  4. Choose your filling and place onto card base in area where window will reside.
  5. 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…

-Joanne

 

Shop Now from the Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog

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.

SHOP NOW

Until next time…

-Joanne