Friday, November 9, 2018

Colorful Leaves - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Fab Friday 150

 Wow!  Can you believe we are on our 150th Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge??  That's pretty impressive I think!  It's been a fun ride with the fabulous Design Team we have at Fab Friday!  I hope you'll be able to join us in this great color challenge.

  I tried to get really creative and use these colors to make a Christmas card.  That's a BIG NOPE!  I just couldn't get any of my "good" ideas to pan out.  That Cajun Craze just wasn't doing it for me even in super small doses.  So I went with some classic autumn maple leaves and broke out the Stamp-a-ratus for my alignment.  This card would be near impossible without the Stamp-a-ratus.  I first used some scrap copy paper to get my alignment just right then stamped the card front in one go without a goof up!  I was actually kind of proud of myself!  It's the little things right?

  The Colorful Seasons stamp set might be getting overlooked for Holiday Catalog items right now but there are so many great images for all year round so be sure to not let your set get dusty on the shelf!  

  The Thank You sentiment is from Another Wonderful Year and is embossed in Copper on Tranquil Tide cardstock.  I used some linen thread across the card front to soften the lines a bit.  The whole leaf panel is popped on dimensionals.

  I think this card will be perfect for thanking our Thanksgiving dinner hosts!  Make sure you get a card stamped for your hosts if you're going some place for Thanksgiving.  It's always nice to say thank you!

  I can't wait to see what you all do with this wonderful set of colors!  Check out the rest of the Design Team and play along to celebrate 150 challenges!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Another Wonderful Year

Ink: Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide

Accessories: copper embossing powder, linen thread, dimensionals


Monday, November 5, 2018

Joyous Christmas - Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas To All

  I fell in love with the Joyous Noel Specialty paper when I saw the Holiday catalog back in the summer and I'm still loving it.  I was really disppointed last week when I featured it on a card at class and then saw that it had moved to the backorder list!  I guess me and a zillion other people are loving it too. Several of my stampers loved it too and didn't care if they had to wait on it!

  Every page is lovely with a copper accent on one side so you don't have to be choosy when you want cut into all the sheets.  I designed this card to show off the different patterns and to show a card where the stamping isn't the centerpiece.

This card is a little bit of a fancy fold with the Merry Merlot card base cut shorter and the Whisper White cardstock insert is cut long to fit on the inside so the stamped sentiment shows at the bottom.    It's a nice little something different for a Christmas card.  The front flap of the card is also embossed with Tufted embossing folder.

  I'm also really enjoying the Merry Christmas To All stamp set so that I can mix and match the sentiment to fit the card I'm making.  I had a bunch of stamp sets carry over from last Christmas so it's nice to be able to continue using them but changing up the sentiments to keep things fresh.

  The Joyous Noel paper is backed by Sahara Sand squares and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.   The Tranquil Tide ruffled ribbon is across the front and tied in a knot.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Merry Christmas To All

Ink: Tranquil Tide

Paper: Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Joyous Noel Specialty DSP

Accessories: Tufted embossing folder, ruffled ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, November 2, 2018

Thankful for Autumn - Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves

 Thankful for the weekend too! Our family has a weekend full of soccer and the weather looks like it will cooperate so fingers crossed for no rainouts!  Even if a rainout would mean more stamping time I'm ready to be outside in the cool fall sunshine!  And don't forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night!

  Today's card is one that I designed for my October stamp club.  There were lots of pieces and parts but nothing too hard and my stampers rocked it.  The delicate leaves are beautiful and I really like the slightly non-traditional fall colors.

  The card base is Balmy Blue and then a layer of Very Vanilla embossed with the Tin Tile embossing folder and then sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

  The stamped layer is lightly sponged with Crushed Curry ink and the the images from Falling for Leaves are stamped right over the top to make some custom DSP.  We used Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue and Soft Suede inks.

  The leaves are cut out from the same 3 colors and layered behind a punched circle with the sentiment and a stamped off once Balmy Blue leaf.

  A Very Vanilla baker's twine bow finishes off the last detail for this card.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Paper: Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Detailed Leaves thinlets, Tin Tile embossing folder, circle punch, Very Vanilla baker's twine, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sweet Stitched Christmas - Stampin' Up! Nothing Sweeter

Boo!  Happy Halloween to you all! I hope you've stocked up on the candy for all your trick-or-treaters tonight!  I have several giant bags of candy at the ready.  The last few years our trick-or-treater count has far exceeded the number of kids who actually live in the neighborhood so I need to be prepared to sugar up the masses!

On the stamping front we are on to Christmas cards!  Before we know it it will be time to be putting these Christmas cards in the mail so we must be ready!  I designed this card for my stamp club which met yesterday.  It's a very simple but sweet card that can be made and enjoyed by stampers of all skill levels.

  The color combo is a classic red and green with Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow.  The Festive Farmhouse DSP works perfectly for this easy design.  My stampers at class had the choice between this plaid pattern and then the one with narrow red/green stripes.

  I love that this card is basic but with the detail of the stitching on the narrow Mossy Meadow band as well as inside the tree keeps it from being boring.  The small details really make a design stand out.  And I, of course, love the copper glimmer paper stars.  They add just the right amount of holiday sparkle.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Nothing Sweeter

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Festive Farnhouse DSP, Joyous Noel glimmer paper (copper)

Accessories: Sweetly Stitched framelits, dimensionals

Friday, October 26, 2018

Dear Santa - Stampin' Up! P.S. You're the Best

  Happy Friday everyone!  We are back with another Fab Friday challenge to celebrate the day that everyone looks forward to all week!  It's a fun sketch challenge this time around and those squares are just calling for all kinds of creative interpretations aren't they?

  Since there are only 60 days until Christmas I decided to continue with the Christmas card theme from the last few days.  You just gasped didn't you?  Time to get on that holiday to-do list!  Here's a little card that might inspire you to write your wish list and send it off to Santa at the North Pole!  Or maybe even start creating your own Christmas cards to send out to those near and dear to you.

  This was a fun one to finally put down on cardstock since I have had the idea in the back of my mind for a few months now.  This Fab Friday layout challenge seemed like the perfect one to highlight that awesome typewriter.

  Nothing crazy going on here just some classic Christmas colors paired up with some texture and glimmer.

  I hope to see your card over in the Fab Friday gallery and since you have 2 weeks to enter there aren't any excuses really!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: P.S. You're the Best, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Memento black, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Festive Farmhouse DSP, Joyous Noel Glimmer paper, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Tin Tile embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler twine, dimensionals, snowflake sequins (retired)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sweet Christmas Tree - Stampin' Up! Nothing Sweeter

Christmas cards come together fairly quickly when you have a super cute stamp set and some fun Designer Series paper!  I was mixing and matching some different Holiday catalog products and came up with this fast and easy card with a hint of shine with the gold embossing.

  The card base is Cherry Cobbler and I used the really cool Sweetly Stitched framelits to made the rickrack detail.  There is also a scallop border so lots of options.  

  I love the sweet little star design from the Festive Farmhouse DSP and I have a thing for stars (ex. 1 being that I put up a Christmas tree in my front hall that has nothing but star ornaments!).  I embossed the sentiment using the Merry Christmas to All stamp set in gold.  I also embossed the Nothing Sweeter tree in gold using Tranquil Tide cardstock.

  I popped the cut out tree along with a gold foil star over the top of a length of Tranquil Tide mini ruffled ribbon.

  See told you it was a quick and easy card!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Nothing Sweeter, Merry Christmas to All

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Tranquil Tide, Festive Farmhouse DSP

Accessories: Sweetly Stitched framelits, gold embossing powder, mini ruffled ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Classic Christmas - Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

  I just realized that the week is half over and my to do list is growing by the hour!  Yikes! And how is Halloween already next week?  My kids want to trick-or-treat (though they are getting close to be being too old in my opinion) and we still need to put together costumes.  It's fun to see them still get excited but it's just one. more. thing.  Onwards and upwards isn't that the saying? Let's start checking things off that list ok?

  Onwards to a Christmas card today.  I really like how this one turned out.  I think the colors and the images are really elegant and classic and the copper gives it some fun sparkle too.

 I pulled my colors straight from the piece of beautiful Joyous Noel Specialty paper.  I love how every sheet has the copper accents on one side; you don't have to be so choosy when cutting into it all!  When I cut this layer there were plenty of the Merry Merlot berries but they ended up all covered by the other layers!

 Mint Macaron is the card base and the layer under the embossed Tin Tile panel.

  The sentiment from the carryover Night in Bethlehem set is embossed in copper onto Merry Merlot cardstock. I layered the back with a strip of copper Joyous Noel Glimmer paper and adhered it across the card front.

  The Lovely As A Tree pine tree is a true classic and never disappoints.  I stamped it twice; once in Shaded Spruce (which I used by mistake instead of Tranquil Tide but it totally works) and in Mint Macaron.  I used a blender pen to pull the green inks from the trunk and then colored the trunk with markers in Crumb Cake and filled in with Soft Suede.

  I fussy cut the trees (takes way less time than you think...don't be put off that this set doesn't have framelits) and then layered them with dimensionals.

  The final detail is the copper glimmer star on the one tree.  The Starlight thinlet set (which carried over from last year's Holiday catalog) has a nice selection of stars for different projects and the little one was just right for my tree.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Night in Bethlehem

Ink: Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, Versamark

Markers: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Paper: Mint Macaron, Joyous Noel Specialty DSP,  copper Joyous Noel glimmer paper, Whisper White, Merry Merlot

Accessories: Tin Tile embossing folder, copper embossing powder, Starlight thinlets, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sweater Weather Colors - Stampin' Up! Falling for Leaves

  I know I've said it many times before but I am definitely a seasonal stamper in that I don't use some colors very often outside of a particular calendar season.  Many of the Regals collection colors only see the light of day during fall and Christmas.  But now that we are in what I call sweater weather I can break out all these Regal color combos and get stamping.

I have been stamping quite the collection of Thanksgiving cards that I really need to make sure I mail out on time.  I liked this layout challenge from Just Add Ink and I used up a few die cut pieces that I had cut and never used for the leaf element on the sketch.  Adding to the collection...

  Nothing crazy going on with this card but I hadn't used the Cable Knit embossing folder in a while either because you don't go for sweater-y cards when it's 90 degrees and 90% humidity.  It's a small window here in Richmond for sweaters but I'm going to take full advantage!

  The Detailed Leaves thinlets are really so delicate and pretty that the rest of the card doesn't need a lot of extras.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Paper: Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Cable Knit e.f., Detailed Leaves thinlets, 5/8" burlap ribbon, braided linen trim, dimensionals