Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quilted Christmas Tree - Stampin' Up! Christmas Quilt

I just had a bit of a panic attack!  I googled how many days until Christmas and the number 68 just seems way to close!  While I like to look ahead and do some planning, right now the big picture just feels a bit overwhelming.  Well, one thing at a time right?  Let's start with something small to get ready for Christmas.

Whether you make 20 Christmas cards or 200 now is the time to get started on your Christmas designs.   I've been playing around with the Christmas Quilt bundle and having a lot of fun.  Even though the layout in the catalog shows all Christmas items it is super easy to change out the colors for a card for any time of the year.  I know a lot of stampers are enjoying creating little paper quilts with this set.  A little less time consuming than a real quilt!

I have to confess that when I bought this bundle I don't think I even really noticed that you can make a Christmas tree with some of the stamps!  I think I was so focused on the quilt shapes that I just saw triangles. 

This is a pretty easy card to put together and would be a good candidate for making multiples.  The card base is Whisper White thick and then a slightly smaller layer of Quilted Christmas DSP.

I layered a length of Lemon Lime Twist finely woven ribbon with a piece of Garden Green cardstock embossed in gold with the sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set.

The tree is a 2 step stamp design with the Lemon Lime Twist portion one stamp and the Garden Green part another stamp.  I use the outline stamp in Garden Green ink.  The tree base is stamped in Real Red.  Once the tree and base were cut out I popped them up with the dimensionals (the mini ones were the perfect size!) onto a Whisper White die cut circle.

A gold Glimmer paper star tops off the tree and a sweet little white baker's twine bowanchors the sentiment banner to the circle.

Start making a list and checking it twice to make sure you give yourself enough time to make your Christmas cards!

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Quilt, Star of Light

Ink: Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Quilted Christmas DSP, Garden Green, Gold Glimmer paper

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Quilt Builder framelits, gold embossing powder, Lemon Lime Twist finely woven ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Warm Drink = Happy Life - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

  Brrrr!  It was chilly on my morning walk and I was so happy that my husband had a pot of coffee made when I got home.  The cold was good motivation to walk fast but the 40 degree swing in weather from last week is a bit drastic!  Now I have to have 8 different outfits piled up in my closet because of the temperature swings!  I can't put away the shorts and t shirts yet but I have to have some jeans and long sleeves handy for the cool mornings!  But I don't wear any of it long enough to justify washing any of it so it just piles up!  Problems I tell you!

  Anyway, I thought this was an appropriate card for today.

  One of the (many) great things about Stampin' Up! is that there is so much opportunity to mix and match different products suites with each other.  While the suites and bundles make it easy to create coordinated projects they are also versatile enough to stretch and use different parts with other products to fit whatever kind of card you want to make.

  I had the Coffee Cafe stamp set before the Merry Cafe set was released in the Holiday catalog and I love the little tiny seasonal accessory stamps that are in the Merry Cafe set.  They are so cute to use to decorate the cup.  I decided to try my own version of a fall themed coffee cup (or is it hot apple cider??) by using some of the stamps I already owned.

  The card base is Early Espresso, then a layer of Crushed Curry.  Next up is a piece of Very Vanilla embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder.

  The cup is stamped in Early Espresso ink onto a piece of Painted Autumn DSP.  The lid is Early Espresso and the sleeve is as well.

  To add to the fall feel of this card I stamped a little maple leaf from the Colorful Seasons set in Crushed Curry and die cut it along with a larger maple leaf (in Cajun Craze) with the Seasonal Layers thinlets.  The little leaf has a linen thread bow and anchors the sentiment from Tabs for Everything stamped in Early Espresso.  A bit of burlap ribbon add to the texture.

  Stay warm if you have a chilly morning where you live!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Colorful Seasons, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry

Paper: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn DSP, Cajun Craze

Accesssories: Cable Knit embossing folder, Seasonal Layers thinlets, linen thread, burlap ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pick Halloween or Autumn - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin

  I thought I had better get these cards shared before my next stamp club meets or before Halloween is over and done with!  I've not been having good luck taking photos lately.  I'd like to blame the camera but I know it's really just user error!  It's either been too sunny or too dark.  Sounds a bit like Goldilocks right?

  Anyway on to the cards...  I designed the same card with just slight changes so that my stampers could choose if they wanted to make a fall card or a Halloween card.

  A few slight changes and you've got a whole different card.   

 Give Thanks Card-

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labels to Love

Ink: Whisper White craft, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets, dimensionals, Old Olive Baker's Twine, corner rounder (retired)

Boo! Card -

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Whisper White craft, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Black

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets, dimensionals, mini sequin trim, corner rounder

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beautiful Floral Love Note - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Fab Friday 123

It's time for another Fab Friday challenge!  Woo-Hoo!  It's a great way to start off your stamping this weekend.  We have a layout this time so all you need to do it pick your stamps and colors and get started!  I know, easier said than done right?

  Look at all that open space!  So many ways this layout could go!

  I left a lot of that space empty on my card and put the focus on the large sentiment and the flower flag.

 The card base is Early Espresso, then a layer of Whisper White topped with a basic pattern from the Coffee Break DSP.  The Soft Sky pattern seemed like a good background for some brighter flowers.

  The flag is also a piece of Coffee Break DSP and I layered flowers in Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Soft Sky and some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist on top.  The flowers and leaves are from Beautiful Bouquet which has so many combinations of flowers, leaves and stems it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to use (ask me how I know!).

  The sentiment is made up from the Sunshine Wishes and Sunshine Sayings duo stamped in Early Espresso ink and die cut in Early Espresso cardstock.  I layered the pieces over a length of 3/8" classic weave ribbon in Whisper White.  Another little flower and some leaves unify the 2 separate main elements of the card. 

  Some rhinestones and a little baker's twine bow finish off the details for this card.

  I hope to see your card in the Fab Friday gallery!  Remember our challenge runs for almost 2 weeks so that's plenty of time to share it with us!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Early Epsresso, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Early Espresso, Coffee Break DSP, Whisper White

Accessories: Sunshine Wishes thinlets, Bouquet Bunch framelits, dimensionals, rhinestones, baker's twine, classic weave ribbon


Friday, October 6, 2017

Jack o Lantern Trio - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin

  I always like to have a fall stamp set that can be used for Halloween cards if I need a few but that is versatile enough that it can be used for regular fall cards as well.  I like the Pick a Pumpkin set in the Holiday catalog because it fits the bill and has a cute thinlets set for even more options.

  In this set you can turn the pumpkins into jack o lanterns by adding one of three faces to your pumpkins.

  To add a bit of texture to the Crumb Cake card front I embossed it with the Quilt Top embossing folder.

I stamped the 3 pumpkins in Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive ink and embossed the faces with black embossing powder.  Then I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut them out.  They are popped up on a narrow strip of Old Olive cardstock.

  The sentiment flag was stamped with the Labeler Alphabet and embossed in white embossing powder.  I added a tiny bit of Old Olive 1/4" Stitched-Edge ribbon.

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: white embossing powder, black embossing powder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Stitched-Edge ribbon, Quite Top embossing folder, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Daisy Birthday - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  Am I the only one who buys a pack of Designer Series Paper because I love the patterns and designs but then don't use it on my cards?  Sometimes its hard to cut into that beautiful paper and we all need encouragement to use it and not hoard it.  Isn't it sad to think about all that beautiful paper sitting on a shelf getting dusty and faded?

  My card today uses a nice chunk of the Delightful Daisy DSP.  I like this layout and I've used variations of it before but it's a great way to show off a big piece of DSP.  A lot of patterns look better larger than with just a small strip so don't be afraid to cut into it and go big!

  Wisteria Wonder is not listed as one of the colors in the Delightful Daisy DSP but it works beautifully with several of the designs.  I used it for my card base and then added the DSP to cover almost all of the front.

  A Night of Navy Stitched Shapes circle gives a nice contrast to show off the popped up Wisteria Wonder daisy.  I stamped it and punched it out twice for a more full flower.  I used a blender pen to add a light wash of Wisteria Wonder ink to the petals.  The center is stamped in Daffodil Delight.

 The happy birthday sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy, flagged and popped up.  I added a bit of retired Crushed Curry baker's twine in a bow.

  If you're ready to buy some DSP and get to cardmaking then you don't want to miss out on the Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP sale that Stampin' Up! is having for the month of October.  Head to my online store to get started.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Daisy punch, dimensionals, Crushed Curry Baker's twine (retired)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christmas Coffee (or Hot Chocolate!) - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

  I'm glad I have my nice warm coffee this morning!  The temps here in Richmond have finally dropped down into the autumn weather realm and it's a bit chilly, at least in the morning.  While we probably won't have real winter weather for quite some time it's good to break out some winter and Christmas stamps and get in the spirit.

  I combined the Coffee Cafe and Snowflake Sentiments stamp sets for this project.

   We can pretend this cup is a fancy cafe mocha with whipped cream or a more kid friendly hot chocolate with whipped cream.  I used the Quilted Christmas DSP stack for the cup and then pulled the rest of the colors for the card from this paper.  The base is Pool Party, the sleeve and whipped cream are both stamped in Pool Party.
  The little trio of snowflakes from Snowflake Sentiments fit perfectly on the sleeve so I stamped them in Garden Green.  The sentiment is also stamped in Garden Green then cut out with a Stitched Shapes circle framelit.

  For a bit of glitz and shine I backed the sentiment with a silver Foil Snowflake.  After popping up the cup on dimensionals I colored some clear Wink of Stella on the whipped cream.  Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper makes for great snowflakes so I used a few small scraps and the Swirly Snowflakes thinlets to cut 2 small snowflakes and then layered them.  I added an adhesive pearl to the center.  I colored it with a Sharpie to match the Lemon Lime Twist that is in the center of the "flowers" in the DSP pattern.

  Thanks for looking!   Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Snowflake Sentiments

Ink: Garden Green, Pool Party

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Quilted Christmas DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper

Accessories: Swirly Snowflakes thinlets, Stitched Shapes framelits, Foil Snowflake, adhesive pearl, Wink of Stella, dimensionals

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rich Autumn Leaves - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Fab Friday 122

  I went to share a card the other day and realized that the last batch of photos I took of about 8 different card designs were so poor that I couldn't possibly post them in that state!  I haven't had a moment to re-take them as I had stamp club this week and that seems to take quite a lot of time to prepare for.  I am back with a card for Fab Friday though today!  The rest of the cards will have to wait for another day!

  We have a rich, autumn color palette for this color challenge.  They are perfect for the cool fall temperatures and changes in the leaves.  We've not had any cool fall weather and the the trees still have their green leaves here in central Virginia but I will be ready when things change with this great color combo!

  Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide and Rich Razzleberry.  I can't wait to see what people come up with for these colors.  I never would have put them together but I like the end results.

  I went with the obvious fall leaves and the beautiful maple leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set is just the right image to emboss.

  Gold is a wonderful accompaniment to the deep jewel tones of the challenge colors.  We made a very similar card at my stamp club with just some slight changes and my stampers just loved the gold embossing on the leaves.

  After watercoloring the leaves I also embossed the frame from Labels to Love and punched it out with the Everyday Label punch.  The Rose Wonder 'happy birthday' works nicely in the gold frame.  

  The background is a piece of Woodgrain DSP which give this card a nice rustic look I think.

  Definitely head over to Fab Friday and see all great inspiration for these colors and then get to work on your own creation.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Labels to Love, Rose Wonder

Ink: Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla, Woodgrain DSP, watercolor paper

Accessories: Seasonal Layers thinlets, gold embossing powder, dimensionals, Everday Label punch, Natural trim gold