Lovely As A Tree : Enjoy Fall Foliage

Lovely As A Tree is One of the Easiest to use stamp sets in the entire Stampin’ Up! lineup of products.  It never fails to create great results. That is probably why it has been around for so long.

This is the Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  Isn’t it fantastic?!

Today, as the weather turns cooler and the leaves begin to change colors in Western Pennsylvania, I am reminded to enjoy the beauty  bestowed upon us.   Plus, remembering the beauty of nature makes it easier when I have to get all those leaves out of my yard!

At least enjoying this Lovely As A Tree Fall Foliage card you & I (or a hired lawn care professional) never have to break out a rake, lawn mower, or leaf blower. We can just enjoy the beauty.

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Don’t you love the many colors of changing leaves?  It is easily achieved on this Lovely As A Tree stamp by using various markers to randomly color the focal image and using the exhale of your breath to add moisture back to any ink that has dried on the rubber stamp before taking stamp to paper.

Creating a focal point for the large colorful tree was easy by using various Layering Oval Framelits and graduating them. The Whisper White card stock layer had the largest oval removed, followed by a smaller Old Olive oval, & the Soft Suede was the smallest oval of the three colors I used.  It was easy centering the tree in the ovals as it is stamped on the Whisper White oval I cut out  and is mounted on a larger Soft Suede scalloped oval to the interior of the card leaving a small section for a stamped & written message.

The addition of Gold Metallic Thread was added to the banner sentiment and the Gold Wink of Stella glitter brush adds even more interest to the already colorful leaves.  Here is a better picture of that sparkle:

su-lovely-as-a-tree-wink-of-stella If you have never had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the USA’s East Coast Fall Foliage, I encourage you to do so at some point in your life. It, as this stamp set claims, is Lovely. Catch a well forested area in the peak of the autumn foliage season and it will take your breath away.  I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to watch this unfold in my own backyard.  Leaves fluttering to the ground like raindrops really is an amazing site.  Shh…just don’t remind me what comes after they’ve fallen.

As always, should you want to pick up any of the great Stampin’ Up! products, such as the ones shown above, I’d be thrilled if you’d choose me as your demonstrator. Click HERE to be taken to my site , & thank you!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Making kid friendly Christmas cards

In addition to the Christmas cards posted this week, I also made some kid friendly Christmas cards for my friends & family members who have little ones.  I am at least half way through the process of making this year’s cards which will be mailed.  That is pretty good progress for me.

Were you busy making Christmas cards or other cards yesterday during World Card Making Day?

During my productive card making day,  I even remembered this year to keep those cards which I am mailing from needing extra postage or hand cancelling.  So, they should be easier and less expensive to mail.  I’ll hand deliver some more embellished versions to those I see in person.

I have a lot of family & friends who have young children who have told me they really enjoy my cards.  I try to remember to send cards to which a child can relate to these families.  This creation with the Cookie Cutter Christmas reindeer fits that category:

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I think most children start singing songs about that cute red-nosed reindeer around Thanksgiving here in the USA.

Instructions to recreate this card:

  1. Card Base is Cherry Cobbler card stock (CS), cut to 4.25″x11″ and scored/folded in half @ 5.5″ (Going forward, score is on your left)
  2. Layer 1 is This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) is cut to 5.25″x4″ Attach to the Card Base using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  3. Layer 2 is Very Vanilla CS cut to 3.75″x5″ and embossed using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder & the Big Shot. Attach to the DSP layer using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  4. Stamp the reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle onto Tip Top Taupe CS with Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and punch out.
  5. Stamp the Banner & sentiment from Banners for Christmas stamp set onto Garden Green CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and die cut using Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
  6. Punch a Cherry Cobbler CS circle from the Owl Builder Punch (use the largest circle in the punch)
  7. Attach banner and reindeer to the embossed card layer using dimensionals
  8. Attach nose to the reindeer using the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  9. Adding a shiny nose is important  (it is part of the song, after all) and can be easily accomplished with the Fine Tip glue Pen or replacing the Cherry Cobbler nose with Red Glimmer Paper. If you are already using the Fine Tip Glue Pen for the nose, I suggest adding to the eyes also.

Here is the inside of the card:

cookie-cutter-christmas-reindeer-card-insertI wanted to continue with things kids associate with Christmas for the interior of the card. Kids (and adults too) love treats; one of the most popular Christmas treats is the candy cane. Banners for Christmas, which was already used for the exterior card sentiment, contains a wonderfully large candy cane in the set.  Adding a few of the words from the same set, I created the insert or interior panel of the card.

Instructions for the card Insert:

  1. Cut your insert of Very Vanilla CS to 4″x5.25″
  2. Stamp the Candy Cane from Banners for Christmas in Cherry Cobbler Ink
  3. Line the sentiment words Merry & Christmas from Banners for Christmas so that the curves come close to mimicking those of the candy cane, then drop your acrylic block to pick up the stamps in that position.
  4. Stamp Merry Christmas using Stazon Jet Black ink (or your favorite black)
  5. Adhere insert to card base.

I believe some children & adults are going to enjoy this card this year.

If you have decided to make this or any other project I’ve posted and need supplies, you can shop online HERE.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Jar of Haunts: Mummy Cards

Before I was able to make these Jar of Haunts Mummy Cards, I had to fall in love (or at least like) with the Jar of Haunts mummy jar stamp. I accomplished that. I really like the results of the stepped up & simple version  of my Jar of Haunts Mummy Cards:

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Have you ever looked at a stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! catalog and debated purchasing it because only one image called out to you?  Jar of Haunts was this set for me. This mummy jar was cute, but not cute enough to get me to buy the set.  Even already owning the Everyday Jar Framelits didn’t make me like this mummy more.  Although it did pull on the strings of usefulness for that earlier Annual Catalog purchase which I already really enjoy.

Because I fell in love with another image in this Jar of Haunts stamp set (to be divulged in a future post), I knew I HAD to buy this set. So, I did.  And I am SO happy with this purchase, because I came to like every image in the set.

How does this happen? How can I go from loving only one image to being fond of the entire stamp set?

I force myself to sit down and play with ALL the stamps in a set.

I spend one crafty play time period (however long or short that may be) and focus on stamping and experimenting with those images.  Usually this starts by stamping the images on either Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock (CS) and then a decision on how to add other colors or textures follows.

This Jar of Haunts mummy card was made just that way.  I stamped the image on Very Vanilla CS using Soft Suede Ink and then considered how I would add color and texture.  My first  mummy card was the 3D version, although it is a bit complex & time consuming in design.  So, if you want a quicker version skip to the next card photo below this one.

3D Jar of Haunts Mummy Card:

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In order to recreate this card you will need to:

The Mummy Jar

  1. Stamp the Jar of Haunts Mummy image using Soft Suede ink 3x onto Very Vanilla CS.  Also stamp just the eye area of this stamp onto a scrap of Old Olive CS.
  2. Use the Everyday Jars Framelits and your Big Shot to cut out all 3 images.
  3. Using the gauze looking stamp from the Timeless Textures Stamp set & Crumb Cake ink, stamp all over the 3 jars.
  4. Cut along the Jar of Haunts Mummy’s strip lines in order to create individual wraps.  You will not use them all.  You want the soft suede lines to show (so you don’t have to go back and shade the edges), so some pieces will need to be discarded as you have trimmed away this line.
  5. You will have 3 layers showing.  One layer is the base layer.  Nothing is added over some strip areas.  The second layer is strips added directly over the base with your favorite adhesive (SU! Snail, for instance), the 3rd layer is popped up using dimensionals (I chose the top, bottom, and center S area as my popped up sections-in other words, 5 strips got dimensionals)
  6.  Using fine tip scissors such as the SU! Paper Snips, cut out the Old Olive eye area and adhere over the eye area on your jar.
  7. Add Rhinestones to eyes.

The Sentiment

  1. Using the Layering Ovals Framelits, cut out Layers for the sentiment using Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, & Old Olive CS.  The Very Vanilla oval is the 3rd smallest oval.
  2. Stamp the Very Vanilla oval sentiment in Soft Suede ink with the “Happy Halloween” from the Jar of Haunts stamp set.
  3. Stamp the bottom portion of the Jar of Haunts mummy jar in Soft Suede ink to create a surround of mummy wrap around the “Happy Halloween”
  4. Stamp 2 scraps of Very Vanilla CS with just the bottom portion of the mummy jar
  5. Using a Mask (a post-it works well) placed at the inside edge of the mummy wrap to keep the sentiment from getting ink, stamp the Timeless Textures gauze stamp in crumb cake.  Move mask as needed to stamp entire wrap area. See Photos:
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  7. Cut apart bottom of jar scraps to create layers as you did for the mummy jar layers above (refer to steps 4 & 5 for mummy jar)
  8. Attach Very Vanilla layer to Chocolate Chip Layer with Dimensionals & Old Olive layer with Adhesive
  9. Add Rhinestone to dot below sentiment

The Blood Drips

  • Stamp Blood drips from the Jar of Haunts stamp set repeatedly in a line using Cherry Cobbler Ink and cut out using fine tip scissors, such as SU! Paper Snips. There is no need to worry about overlap of the stamping or cutting extremely close because you will color with a Cherry Cobbler Marker AFTER cutting out your image.  You will want to stamp about a 7″ length of blood drips so you can cut & edit for your card.

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  • Make sure when you color your blood drips you have something under your paper so you can color the whole way to the edge and not worry about messing up your table.
  • To  get a great blood look, apply the Fine Tip Glue Pen glue in a thin layer all over your blood.  *NOTES: 1) your marker ink needs to be dry before continuing to this step.  If it is not dry the glue and your ink will react and you will not get a deep blood red color and may be disappointed. I suggest making and assembling the remainder of the card and returning for this step last. 2) You will need to allow the Fine Tip Glue to dry after application.  This takes anywhere from 6-48hrs depending on the humidity and drying climate where you live.   So, be prepared to have this sitting undisturbed in a nice flat area for up to 2 days.

The Card Base

  1. You will need 1 Soft Suede CS card base 5.5″x8.5″ scored in half @ 4.25″ to form a standard 5.5″x4.25″ card.
  2. You will need 1 Soft Suede CS piece measuring 4″x5.25″ which you will run thru the Big Shot with an Soft Suede inked Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (apply ink straight from pad to interior raised side of the embossing folder before inserting paper and running thru machine) After removing embossed/inked paper, immediately run the embossing folder under water to wash away any residual ink and prevent from staining folder.
  3. Using Early Espresso ink and sponge dauber, sponge edges and various areas of image to add more depth & detail.
  4. Attach Brick wall CS to card base using dimensionals.

Finish It

  1. Adhere Jar of Haunts Mummy, sentiment, and Blood drips using your favorite adhesive.
  2. Add Fine Tip Glue Pen glue to blood drips to really make the blood shine and look real. (see blood drips above for drying time)

I know that many people would say that is a lot of work for one card, but I enjoy the process of creating and often find cards with many steps to be the most fun.

Do you need to make a cute card but don’t have the time to create the one above?  Try this one:

Easy Jar of Haunts Mummy Card

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  1. You will need 1 Soft Suede CS card base 5.5″x8.5″ scored in half @ 4.25″ to form a standard 5.5″x4.25″ card.
  2. You will need 1 Old Olive CS piece measuring 4″x5.25″-adhere it to your standard base
  3. You will need 1 Crumb Cake CS piece measuring 3.75″x5″, Stamp this piece with Soft Suede ink and the Hardwood Background stamp.  *TIPs: 1) Background stamps lying face up with ink applied to them and paper applied over is easiest for best imprints.  Use a stamp block or your hand to apply pressure to the paper so it picks up the ink from the stamp. 2) It is important to put the paper straight down and pick straight up. 3) This size paper will leave areas of the inked background stamp with ink remaining.  You can take advantage of this on the Hardwood stamp.  Hold your paper so the edges are able to pick up ink and drag across the stamp.  You will be creating a look similar to using sponges or daubers without having to get them out. Repeat with all 4 sides of the paper.  And when barely any ink is on the rubber you can even set the paper down and swipe across the main portion of the rubber stamp, giving your image depth and highlighted areas.  And you didn’t have to have any other tools!
  4. Adhere Hardwood background to your Old Olive & card base layers.
  5. Stamp the Jar of Haunts mummy jar using Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla CS.
  6. Cut out mummy jar using Everyday Jars Framelits.
  7. Ink edges and lightly in interior using Early Espresso ink and a dauber.
  8. Color face using Old Olive Marker.
  9. Adhere to base using dimensionals.
  10. Cut out 3rd smallest oval from Layering Ovals Framelits in Old Olive.
  11. Stamp “Happy Halloween” from Jar of Haunts set onto Old Olive Oval
  12. Layer sentiment with Chocolate Chip CS scalloped oval from Layering Ovals Framelits. Adhere together using dimesionals.
  13. Apply adhesive generously (SU! Snail is actually great for this step as it is forgiving in the next step) to bottom of Chocolate Chip Scalloped Oval but leave face up until next step.
  14. Wrap Gold Metallic Thread around 3 of your fingers 6x.  Attach to the Chocolate Chip Scalloped Oval by placing in this oval shape (as formed by wrapping around your fingers) and fluffing as needed.
  15. Adhere the entire sentiment, with thread now attached, to your card.
  16. Adhere Rhinestone to the dot on the “Happy Halloween” sentiment.

Do you like the Jar of Haunts mummy?

How about those blood drips; aren’t they great when they glisten with the glue applied?  So worth waiting on it to dry!

I hope you read thru and found some of the hidden notes & tips in the instructions.

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Thanks for stopping in.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

World Card Day: Getting Cards Ready

It is time to get those holiday cards ready.  I like to mail them Black Friday, so that I can have the rest of the season to do other things.  So, making Christmas cards has to come long before November rolls around if I wish to include handwritten messages and address the envelopes in time for my personal mailing deadline.

World Card Day is Saturday, October 1, 2016.  What a great day to create cards for my holiday mailing list!

These are some of the handmade cards I’ll be sending out this year.

SU! Holiday Cards 2016

These cards were all made with supplies from the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog for the 2016 season.  I really love the subway art look of the Christmas Medley background stamp.  I used it with Whisper White ink on Basic Black cardstock  to create the backgrounds for each of these cards.  Adding just a little focal point popped up on dimensionals from Banners for Christmas or Father Christmas really made the cards.  Of course a little bit of ribbon, twine, glittery Wink of Stella, or a few rhinestones were easy additions to make special, but simple cards.

I know many people say it is no longer a trend to send cards, but I don’t care.  I’m going to continue with my card making and sending tradition, because I enjoy doing it.  From time to time I’m even fortunate enough to hear that those who have received my cards look forward to getting them and the little messages written inside – I always hand write something.  It is no fair just to sign my name after all that effort!  I’m happy some people still share their gratitude for small things.  Funny that sending a card now often gets a thank you from the recipient.  It used to be that the card had to be included with something for it to earn a call, email, text, or in-person shout out. It just shows that people think of cards as mini-gifts in this cards-in-the-mail-aren’t-trendy era.   So, here’s to the new thinking of these little happy mail gems being not just cards, but a work of art from the heart and a handmade mini-gift to those we hold dear.

Are you going to be creating new or stamping prior card creations on World Card day?

Remember you don’t have to be on trend to do something you love doing. Traditions & Trends start somewhere.  Let that be with you.

Have another crafty day.  Until next time…

-Joanne

Crafty Mademoiselle Welcome Punch Art Card

The Stampin’ Up! Fox Builder Punch creates great Punch Art projects!

This punch art lady represents the backstory of how I chose Crafty Mademoiselle as my blog name from my days as a French Teacher while also telling each one of you I am glad you are here to visit my blog.

SU! Welcome Teacher Punch Art Card

This teacher punch art is just one of many I recently created with Stampin’ Up! punches.  My punch art designs were created when I challenged myself to come up with 100+ punch art creations from the Stampin’ Up! Fox Builder Punch which was a new release in the June in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

When I first began playing with the Fox Punch, I chose to ‘Copy and Selectively Edit’ a fellow demonstrator from Germany , Lysette van Eekelen.  She had posted some of her beautiful creations on Pinterest.

Having had great fun with Lysette’s punch art designs,  I set out to create designs of my own, believing 100+ was easily possible.  After I had created enough of a mess that I needed to clean my work area, I decided to take a photo (at that time having made 96 items which included Lysette’s original designs as well as my own) and I posted the photo to 2 demonstrator only sites to show others how versatile this new punch is.  I received amazing feedback from these demonstrator sites and much encouragement to jump into blogging so that others could find me and my designs.

Here is the photo I posted:

SU! Fox builder Punch Art 96 items

Lysette’s 26 designs are contained within the 4 rows between the pink asterisks.  As stated, I altered some of her punch art designs slightly.  I did not have instructions to her designs. I only had a photo, which sadly did not include her name,  and I made them and edited as I desired. After posting this photo, with the asterisks & note that I was inspired by an unknown crafter, she commented on my post and I am able to share with everyone who it was who inspired me with the items between the asterisks.

I will be slowly introducing instructions to some of these and other punch art designs I made in my posts. (You’ll have to see Lysette’s site for hers.)  Additionally, I am working on providing downloadable tutorials on my punch art.  At the time this post and blog launched, my tutorials page is under construction, but they will be available  here .

In order to make the Crafty Mademoiselle Welcome Punch Art Card above, you will need the materials and sizes of cardstock (CS) listed in the following diagram:

SU! Welcome blackboard card

Now it is time to make some Punch Art!

  • Gather the Products Listed and punch out the pieces you need as indicated in the diagram.  It is always best to punch all needed pieces before gluing.
  • Use the Picture of the finished product as a guide to assemble.  I didn’t go into detail here as the diagram shows enough detail that you should be able to assemble this lady with the pieces & finished photo in front of you.
  • Since her head needed a support piece, there is a scrap you don’t see running behind her as support (size indicated on diagram) for her body and head.
  • When finished gluing, don’t forget to add her smile and white dots to highlight her eyes.

SU! Punch Art Teacher Lady

Don’t you think this would be a nice card to send to that special female teacher? (Sorry guys, I’ll have male punch art another day)

Scrapbookers: This punch art project would make a great focal point on a scrapbook page with the grade, teacher name or school name on the blackboard and a 1st day &/or school photo of your child as part of the page.  Inside the card you could write their favorite and least favorite things about the year. This gives your scrapbook page an interactive element. The Smoky Slate Neutrals Designer Series Paper stack I used as a photo backdrop in the card dimensions photo above would make for a great base to the page.  Mount your photos on Basic Black and Voila! an instant page with built in hidden journaling.

Here’s to the new beginning of my blog and all the creativity ahead… Cheers to you my new crafty friends!

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I know you are going to want that Fox Builder Punch (item#141470) if you don’t already own it.  It really is quite a great item! I will be featuring it, the Owl Builder Punch (item#118074), the Jar of Haunts stamp set (item#142247), the Jolly Friends stamp set & Punch Bundle (item#143511), & the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set & Punch Bundle (item#143493) in many of my punch art posts over the next few months.  Of course you’ll see other things too, but I believe you’ll really like some of the things I’ve come up with from these items and want you to have items in hand so you can create when you are inspired.  These items with the addition of a variety of cardstock, scissors, the Fine Tip Glue Pen,  a black marker, & white chalk pen will keep you creating fun stuff from here through Christmas. Add a few ink pads and embellishments & you’ll only wish you had more time!

Until next time…

-Joanne