Time to think turkey with Thanksgiving just one week away. While I’m seriously thinking about homemade noodles more than the big bird himself, I thought it would be fun to create a turkey for the pre-holiday fun.
Isn’t he cute? LOL!
With a few Stampin’ Up! Framelits & Thinlits, a Big Shot, Colorful Cardstock, glue, snips, and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, you too can make this fun little guy.
You’ll use all three sizes (each color cut with all three sprigs-picture only shows representing colors) of the pine sprigs from the Pretty Pines Thinlits, the two solid pine cones, and the sprig will be trimmed for the gobbler. Colors could vary, but I used: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry.
The base of the turkey body is the next to largest scalloped circle in the Layering Circles Framelits. The legs are 2 of the medium size pine sprigs from the Pretty Pines Thinlits- trim with snips as shown and attach to front of the scalloped circle.
The Swirly Scribbles Thinlits will help create the remainder of the face and body.
Trim the Cherry Cobbler gobbler from the sprig from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using your snips.
Adhere the two pine cones with glue and add the beak on top of the small pine cone, the gobbler below the large pine cone.
The misshapen circle will then be adhered under the gobbler when it is attached to the head.
Attach the middle size swirl from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to the face you just built.
Flip over and begin attaching the feathers (colorful pine sprigs). You may wish to add or omit the smallest swirl for stability as you build you turkey and turn it over to look at it (I used it).
Once all the feathers are attached, add the largest swirl behind them.
Attach to the legs/scalloped circle piece (legs are completely in front of the circle, not behind).
Finish by adding eyes punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.
Happy Thanksgiving friends!
I hope this year you’ve found many things for which you are grateful.
Thank you for visiting. My Stampin’ Up! friends (YOU!) are on my gratitude list. Thank you!
When I get together with my downline or crafty friends we often talk about our favorite things. Today, I thought I’d take some time to share my favorite things from the Stampin’ UP! Annual catalog now that I’ve had a few months to play with a bunch of the products from the catalog.
I find with Christmas on its way that people often wonder what my list would contain. Theses are those things from this year’s annual catalog which I recommend:
The new Color Theory Suite. Yes, the entire Suite! I love the colors: Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst & Old Olive. The versatility of the Colorful Seasons Bundle will take you through the entire year. The designs are trendy and traditional.
The Ribbon of Courage Bundle. A Perfect set to send love to those going through hard times in their cancer journey. Simply by changing colors this set will provide support and awareness for military, police, fire, health issues, rape crisis and so much more. The sentiments alone are great. Plus, the hearts are good for any love themed creations.
The new 2017-2018 In-Colors: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Powder Pink. I loved them before I saw them in person and even more as I play with them.
Memories and More. I was very sad to see to partnership with Becky Higgins and Project Life come to an end. I am very pleased with the new pocket cards which Stampin’ UP! has incorporated into their line. The Color Theory and Petal Garden card packs have been at the top of my play list grabs/go-tos when I sit down to create and the Bundle of Love and Perfect Days will get their turn soon. I love them all. They are great for pocket scrapbooking, great for 12″x12″ layouts and great for cards. They coordinate well with other products and work perfectly as additional designer series papers on small projects. I am thrilled with this new line. I can tell you now, you’ll be seeing A LOT more of the designs I’ve created with Memories & More throughout the year.
Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. It is a great background folder. I really like the deep impressions in the “dynamic” folder line. I’m a big fan of the wood look and adding texture to projects. This folder creates a great siding, tree, deck, boardwalk, or fence appearance with just a crank thru the Big Shot. It looks fabulous with the Wood Textures DSP stack.
Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. I’ve wanted a border punch to return to our line-up since the last one was taken away. This year we have two (the Ticket Tear Border Punch is the other). I like the design of this Decorative Ribbon Border and the ability to use either side tucked under an edge or allow the whole thing to show to create a total different border look. You can even weave 1/8″ ribbon through the large holes!
Daisy Delight Bundle. This punch and stamp bundle is absolutely adorable. From home decor to card and scrapbook design- well, I really don’t need to tell you how wonderful daisies and a punch bundle are, do I? Its constant back order status this past Summer shows how popular it has been. BTW: Stock is available now.
At Home with You Bundle. I like this set for its versatility. It is perfect if you need a card for a new home owner. It is cute to add the decorations to a card by themselves or as part of the door scene for various holidays. The garland and wreaths for the door also fit the Window framelit (I like when new works with old!). If you like to color in your images, this is a fun set.
1/8″ sheer ribbons in Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive. I really love how easily these ribbons are to add to a project. I find smaller ribbons easier to add to cards. Plus, when tied they don’t add much more bulk than a rhinestone or pearl and sending things in the post without extra postage is important to me. See the Calypso Coral below:
Mini Dimensionals. Have you been using snips to cut your dimensionals to fit smaller projects? Well, finally these mini dimensionals (notice the size difference in the photo) eliminate some of that (some projects still need those odd shapes).
Okay, I really couldn’t stop at 10 and this item is one of my absolute favorite new products- My bonus favorite item is the New Embossing Paste, coupled with the tools and decorative masks. I love the ease of adding texture to a project. I absolutely use this over and over and WILL buy more paste when mine runs out!
If you need help getting some of these things in your hands, I’m happy to help you with that.
Just don’t forget these great items when you’re shopping the holiday mini 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.
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).
The one thing most card makers always remember is that feeling of awe the first time they used embossing on their handmade project. Whether it was embossing with powders, an embossing folder, a stylus or paste, it leaves an impression on both the paper & the person!
Earlier this week I teased you with information on the new embossing paste and posted the two cards I’m sharing today.
These cards are loaded with fun techniques. They are pretty easy techniques too! We’ll focus on the card on the left, for the most part, but I will share how to make that great “hello friend” image for the second card towards the end of the post.
Step 1: Stamp the images in Versamark onto Crumb Cake CS, after using embossing buddy on your paper to keep stray powders away. Then apply embossing powder (Gold) and tap off extra. Use the heat gun to melt powder.
Step 2: With your card front on an easily washable surface (I chose the silicone mat), choose your Decorative Mask and placement. Then use Washi tape (I sometimes use Frog tape for painting) to temporarily tape mask down to keep it from shifting. Apply paste with the Palette Knives in an even coat- Spread it like putting butter on toast or frosting on cake. Carefully remove mask immediately after using.
Step 3: Immediately close up your embossing paste and clean your masks, knives and anything else that came in contact with the embossing paste using a water bath (for later cleaning) or warm sink and non-metal bristle brush (a toothbrush works great!).
Step 4: If you didn’t take too long to clean your materials, your embossing paste should still have enough damp spots to it that you can add embossing powder (White) & it will cling to some (not all) areas- don’t try to get a perfect covering of it if you want the shading. Apply, tap off, and heat set- Yes, be aware it will bubble because of the paste. It adds even more texture.
Step 5: Using a dauber and Crumb Cake ink, rub in additional color in areas you choose. I recommend also doing the edges of the entire card front. The areas with Embossing Powder will resist the color, the areas of paste which didn’t take on Embossing Powder will accept some of the ink, but not as heavily as the cardstock does.
Step 6: Since this card front used a lot of different mediums, I found Tear Tape to be the best to adhere it to the card base. The card base I used is Marina Mist as it matched my Dragonfly Dreams die-cut the best.
Step 7: I cut the Swirly Scribbles die out in cardstock (color doesn’t matter, it is being covered in embossing powder), and decided to trim parts of it away before embossing. Cover it in Versamark, add powder, heat- Repeat 3 times for a nice glossy appearance to the Gold swirl. Attach using glue dots for best adhesion.
Step 8: Use watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, and aqua painter to create a washed blue/green background paper which you die cut to get the dragonfly with variations of soft color. The full dragonfly (background) die-cut is in Marina Mist. Attach using the fine tip glue pen and then cover the entire die with the pen and allow to sit until dry.
Step 9: The dragonfly on the right has added embossing. Apply areas of Versamark (just tap the corner of the pad), Gold embossing powder, and heat to achieve this gilded appearance.
Step 10: Use your fingers to slightly curl the wings and adhere the dragonfly to the card with glue dots.
Card 2 has one additional technique for this “hello friend” emblem.
Using the largest Layering Oval die, cover it in Versamark – just smoosh your pad over the cardstock.
Add the embossing powder and heat as usual. Then repeat multiple times (mine has 5 layers).
Before the last time you heat, ink whichever Red Rubber (photopolymer might not like the heat- I didn’t want to try and perhaps damage) stamp in Versamark as a release agent. Set aside.
Heat the final layer and immediately stamp into the wet/heated powder before it cools. It might slide a bit so be careful to stamp straight up & down!
You shouldn’t get embossing powder pulling up on your stamp thanks to the Versamark pre-stamp, but do make sure to clean off any residue asap because the heated Versamark can be difficult to get off the rubber later. -Yes, a little more scrubbing will do the trick.
As an extra bonus: Layered embossing powder stamping is a great project for cardstock you don’t like or stamped poorly as it will be covered. Yippee for that!
I hope you liked all these techniques and try one or more of them on a card. If you copy my card in different colors, I would LOVE to see the result. I imagine it would be lovely in so many other colors of embossing and/or colors of the dragonfly & card.
Ah, Summer! Warm days, reunions, picnics, parks, vacations and so much more. Whatever you are doing this Summer may it be something long in your future you remember. Create moments and memories & take photos along the way.
Don’t forget to scrap those great photos for those days ahead when your memories get fuzzy. Easily turn the Color Theory Memories and More cards into a full page layout for your Summer photos.
Growing up July always meant Summer was quickly passing and school would be back in session soon. It reminded me of the importance to seize each day and enjoy it before the stress from academia returned. It also reminded me Christmas too would soon be upon us as Hallmark released the new ornaments. I still celebrate Christmas in July and start creating cards now so in the last minute hustle & bustle of holiday preparations I am done with cards & can settle in to decorating & Holiday movies. Yes, I am a Christmas Super Fan!
This year, Stampin’ UP! is making it easy to start creating those Christmas cards. Signing up to become a demonstrator in this month has special perks. Stampin’ UP! is celebrating
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Purchase your Starter Kit between July 1-31, 2017 and you will receive FREE An Essentials Gift Pack including:
Two D Blocks
A Bone Folder
That’s an added value of $52.00!
PLUS…Stampin’ UP! will include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (see it below) from the holiday catalog for FREE (Worth $20.oo)!
As a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else AND at a 20% discount. You will also be able to shop the new Holiday catalog in August! Oh, and this month you’ll be able to see & pre-order the matching dies to go with this cute & free to you Carols of Christmas stamp set.
You read that correctly, this month with the Starter kit for $99.00 you can choose up to $125.00 worth of products (all your personal choice), get the essentials pack AND Carols of Christmas stamp set making that $99.00 worth up to $197.00! That’s a great Christmas deal!
If your wish list is long, now is the time to spend your Starter Kit dollars on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets and accessories! It is a great Christmas in July deal!
Signing up creates no obligation to sell. If you don’t meet quarterly minimums you are simply no longer a demonstrator. If you want help and support to do more and make extra cash or just make enough to support your crafting habit, that is possible too. I will not pressure you, but support your interest and provide help as requested.
Easter arrives here in Western Pennsylvania just as flowers are beginning to bloom. The entire season and feeling of renewal and rebirth is emphasized by new things popping up all around us, while we are also packing away Winter things and excitedly planning for the weeks and months of Spring & Summer weather ahead.
This is a special time of year at Stampin’ Up! as well: the last few weeks of this year’s Annual & Occasions catalogs. Last week the retiring list was released to everyone and as usual some old & new favorites will be saying goodbye so new & reconfigured (yes, there are still rhinestones & pearls in the new catalog!) products can debut and keep our crafting up to current trends. Demonstrators everywhere are now getting a peak at what is to come in the new Annual Catalog which will debut June 1 and while it’s sad to say goodbye to some things in the 2016-2017 catalog, I’m really looking forward to quite a few things in the 2017-2018 catalog–I’m very sure you will love some of the new things too!
Today I wish to share this Easter card & additional wreath ideas made with a few products appearing on the retiring list.
If you saw my last card post (April 7) using the Law of 3rds, this card design should look very familiar. The Fruit Stand paper and outgoing Watermelon Wonder In-color makes this card feel bright & Spring-y.
Adding seasonal decorations, such as the Basket Builder Bundle here, to the Wondrous Wreath set is an easy way for me to make a quick card. Over the years, I’ve added many other sets to the Wondrous Wreath set to create cards for many seasons.
As you can see, by making a few changes, I could easily change up the look of the wreath with the same set of stamps & matching dies. The ideas were endless when adding other sets to create wreaths for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, etc.
While I will continue to love these sets (I buy what I love and keep what I buy), if you are in love with them too, you may want to check out the retiring section at my online store HERE. Things often go very quickly around retirement time and dies/bundles are often the first to fly off the shelves.
Today is a very quick share of a very simple paper, scissors, and glue project perfect for on the go crafting.
Sometimes I want to create, but want to do so with as few materials as possible. This is especially true if I plan to create away from home. These following creations were made with that thought in mind.
I made these two pocket cards for my scrapbook album from the A Little Foxy paper stack and a Whisper White & Smokey Slate Die cut – I always cut extras when I’m working with any of the shaped Framelits I own so I have them on hand on days I’m not feeling up to die-cutting-or when I’ll be crafting away from home.
The little foxes were so cute on the paper and cutting them out was time consuming, but it didn’t take much energy to cut them and these little cards are too cute with those tiny little foxes added. Plus, it really is nothing to take a 6″x6″ sheet of this paper and a pair of scissors with you to create!
I also thought these little cards (3″x4″) would easily be turned into a card front with a “congratulations” or “welcome baby” or “hello, foxy” stamp sentiment, so making multiples of these makes sense if you aren’t using them as pocket cards like I decided with these 2.
So, if you don’t have a card kit or Paper Pumpkin kit to do in a pinch and don’t want to drag a lot of materials with you, try choosing a paper which you can cut out the shapes (in this case foxes) and adhere to a matching designer paper. Add coordinating cardstock die cuts for the perfect little on the go project.
Materials needed to make the cards above:
A Little Foxy 6″x6″ paper stack: this has the little foxes to cut out AND provides matching paper to make the pocket cards (sized 3 15/16″x4″ to fit standard Project Life pocket pages)
Paper Trimmer: to Cut paper to the pocket card size you desire (you could make 4″x6″ also, I didn’t need them for my project) *Pre-cut to prep an on-the-go kit.
Fine tip scissors- Stampin’ Up! Snips
Pre-cut Die cut shapes: I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits for the Whisper White Oval and Layering Circles Framelits for the Smokey Slate Scalloped Circle
Your favorite adhesive: Tombo in the white/green bottle works great
I gathered all of these materials in an empty Paper Pumpkin box for easy grab-n-go crafting. By pre-cutting the cards & dies, I could leave the Big Shot, Framelits, & Paper Trimmer at home & just take smaller items in this box.
If you are away from home sitting at an appointment waiting room, at a child’s activity, or on vacation, remember that you can take your crafting with you. In this example even just taking the paper with the little foxes, scissors and a baggie for your cut out foxes would give you a head start on these cute little cards for later…and perhaps save you from reading an out of date well-handled magazine at a doctor’s office!
Today I’d like to show you how to make a cute Baker’s Twine Wreath Ornament from only a few simple products.
Recently a milk jug ring was sitting on my kitchen counter and a flash of yarn crafts from long ago came to me- when rings which held 6 packs of soda pop cans together were used to create wreaths and hanging bell garlands. [Yes, I’m feeling old as I recount that memory.] Those rings are pretty much a thing of the past, although not completely extinct if you really look for them.
Well, with that flash of inspiration, a Christmas movie on television, and an hour later, I had the wreath you see hanging on a branch of my Christmas tree above.
I was pretty happy with the results and made another a few days later to photograph the process to share it with you, my blog readers.
Numbered Directions to go with photos above:
Finished item Sample
Gather your supplies: 1 milk jug ring, Baker’s Twine- I had this Emerald Envy lying around from a Paper Pumpkin “What a Gem” Kit from this summer. It was the perfect length at 10 feet, Mini Bells (a Holiday 2016 Catalog item-now only while supplies last), & scissors.
To bulk up the wrap around the milk ring AND secure the baker’s twine, wrap the twine around the ring and then wrap around ring & baker’s twine until the entire milk jug ring is wrapped.
On the last wrap, allow the loop to remain.
See that loop again? Now you need to pull a loop through the loop. (Slip knot). This will secure your work and allow you to continue without worry of the wrapping unraveling.
This is what your looped loop should look like.
Double check it! Make sure you pulled tightly. If it isn’t correct it will be all wonky.
Now you are going to finger crochet. Really, you’ll just pull loops through loops…so don’t freak out by the words “finger crochet” Pull a loop and tighten, decrease size of the loop you are pulling thru if it got bigger and repeat. You’ll do this 5 times before the next step. It will create a chain of 5 which you see in the photo. (Own a crochet hook? You’ll be whipping these out in no time. I didn’t want to dig mine out. Plus, I also want you to know you do not have to have one.)
Now you have to attach your chain stitches to the wreath base. Notice in the photo how you run the baker’s twine thru the ring before pulling a loop to secure. Pull tight when done.
Now you are just repeating step 8. Create a chain of 5.
Now you are just repeating step 9. Attach your chain to the wreath and pull tight.
Continue around the wreath by chaining 5 and attaching the chain to the wreath. You can try to space these nicely and have only a certain number of loops OR you can just wing it and work with whichever number of loops you end up with going around.
The newest wreath has 9 external looped chains. My first sample had 7. However many you have at the end, make one last loop for the hanger and pull tightly to secure. Allow extra twine to hang for now.
You could stop without adding the bells, but I thought they’d be cute. However, those holes to thread them are SUPER TINY! So, you’ll need to split (unravel) your baker’s twine to allow for the tiny threading area. I split it in thirds and then took one of those thirds and split into 2 threads each. My Cross-stitching friends out there are certainly pros at splitting threads, but just be patient. It takes a bit to unravel when you are doing this the first few times.
Thread your bells (I alternated colors) on one of the split 2 thread baker’s twine pieces. From the back of the piece you will then be able to slip them in each 5 stitch loop (I didn’t secure each one as they held snugly.) Once all bells are secure in their spots you can use the second 2 thread and other threads to knot off and scissors to trim. Note: my first wreath had a hanging bell also. I used the second 2-threads, before knotting off to hang that one bell.
Samples 1 & 2. More external loops or hanging bell- Which do you like more?
I’ve been trying to be a good patient and do little as I (hopefully soon) recover from these health issues I’ve been having. So, bear with me as my blog may not have as many new posts as I would like to be creating this time of year or only two months into this new blog. I’m trying to do what I can, learn the ropes in blogging (a lot to learn a lot as I go along!), and take care of me.