Thursday, October 8, 2015

Golden Candles - Sprinkles of Life

  Nothing fancy with today's card but it does use an often overlooked supply.  The Fancy Foil Designer vellum.  I didn't buy it for a long time and then I used it at a demonstrator get together and was like why haven't I bought this yet?  And one of my stamping ladies saw this card at class last week and was trying to find out what it was. I showed it to her in the catalog and and she said she never noticed it before!  Well get yourself to page 149 in the Annual catalog to take a look.  It comes in gold or silver, with 3 different patterns in each pack!

  A Pool Party card base with a layer of the striped Fancy Foil vellum over the top is a great backdrop to a strip with a row of candles.

   The Sprinkles of Life stamp set is not just a cupcake or tree set!  I embossed the row of candles in black embossing powder and then colored them in with my Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party markers.

  I used my Gold Dazzling Details on the candle flames and added a punched sentiment with the Decorative Label punch.  The last detail is the gold cord tied in a bow.

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sprinkle of Life

Ink: Versamark  Markers: Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Pool Party, Fancy Foil vellum, Whisper White

Accessories: black embossing powder, Decorative Label punch, Gold Dazzling Details, gold cord, dimensionals
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

They Are Watching! - Stampin' Up! Among the Branches

  The more I use the Among the Branches stamp set the more I'm loving it.  It's nice to have a stamp set and coordinating embossing folder that covers 3 card giving occasions, especially when those 3 are so close together as Halloween, fall/Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You can get your money's worth for sure especially get the bundle the includes the stamp set and Woodland embossing folder.

  We made this design last week at my monthly stamp club and I was joking that this card is the reason you put curtains on your windows.  Those creepy eyes peeking out are enough to get your imagination going!  And now I definitely need curtains for my front!

  The card base is Basic Black, then a layer of Rich Razzleberry and then a piece of Basic Gray embossed with the Woodland folder.  We stamped the eyes and and crow in Basic Black, nestling them among the tree trunks.

  A small strip of the Black Glimmer paper and a Pumpkin Pie knot divide the card front. The "spooky" sentiment circle was stamped in Rich Razzleberry and cut out with the circles framelits (you can also use the 2" circle punch).  We used a black marker to color in the eyes for some contrast and then popped it up with dimensionals.

  This would be a super quick and easy design to make if you needed to make Halloween party invitations or a smaller variation to make a tag for a treat bag.

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Among the Branches

Ink: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, Black Glimmer, Whisper White

Accessories: Woodland embossing folder, circle framelits, cotton ribbon, dimensionals

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Layered Maple Leaves - Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

Still no fall color here but all the grass is really green from the rain we've had the last 7 days.  I really couldn't tell you when I last saw the sun.  I'll have to keep making cards with the Vintage Leaves stamp set until I can see the real thing.

  I used an old Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this layout.  I like the soft colors and pulled my inspiration from a bedspread I saw in a catalog.

  The thing I like the most is the cute little acorn in the corner.  I had to slap my hand away from adding the cute acorn and matching punch from my Holiday catalog preorder so I had to use what I had.  I ended up using the smallest leaf die from the Leaflets framelits and cut one in Crumb Cake and then another in Soft Suede.  I just cut the top off the Soft Suede one and added to to the Crumb Cake leaf.  Looks pretty good huh?

Excuse the terrible pic.  Apparently my iPhone doesn't take fantastic photos like you see all over the internet!!

  I hope you all have a great Monday!

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Hardwood, Garden in Bloom (sentiment)

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Leaflets framelits, linen thread, banner punch, Woodgrain embossing folder, Soft Sky thick twine (retired), dimensionals


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Friday, October 2, 2015

Snowy Tree - Fab Friday 73 - Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree

  I don't know where many of my readers are from but if you're on the East Coast it sounds like we all better get our waders out for the weekend!  Boy is it going to be wet.  Whether or not the hurricane will actually come near us is still not known but there is going to be a lot of rain regardless.  I think things are starting to mold after this many days of wet, rainy weather.  At least I won't feel guilty for hunkering down in my stamp room this weekend....what else are you supposed to do when the rain is coming down in inches at a time?

  To give you a bit of inspiration and another reason to play with your stamps and cardstock we've got a new Fab Friday Challenge and this time it's a layout.

    What a great sketch right?  The large top panel is just screaming for all of your creativity!  Fill it up, leave it clean and simple I can't wait to see what you all do with it!


  I combined some old stamps, some new stamps, some Christmas items and some non-Christmas items, some current products and some retired ones.  It's a hodge podge isn't it??

  The card base is Crumb Cake and then a layer of Schoolhouse DSP in a nice Pool Party polka dot pattern.  The layer with all the stamping is Whisper White with the tree from Sheltering Tree stamped in Crumb Cake.  The ground is stamped in Pool Party stamped off once.  That nice ground stamp is also from Sheltering Tree.

  The snowflakes stamp is from Among the Branches and is stamped in Pool Party and alternates between full strength ink and stamped off once.  The ornament hanging from the tree branch is also from Among the Branches and was inked up with the Basic Gray and Cherry Cobbler markers.

  For the narrow panel element across the top of our sketch I decided to do my sentiment using the Red Foil paper and the Christmas Greetings thinlets.  These thinlets are meant to pair with the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set so I used the "Christmas" stamp from that set finish off my sentiment.  I stamped it in Versamark on Crumb Cake cardstock and then embossed it with retired Pool party embossing powder.  The Christmas and the whole image panel are both popped up with dimensional.

  I hope you'll join us in this Fab Friday challenge!  You have 2 weeks so there is no excuse!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Among the Branches, Holly Jolly Greetings

Ink: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Versamark  Markers: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Crumb Cake, Schoolhouse DSP, Whisper White, Red Foil

Accessories: Christmas Greetings thinlets, Pool Party embossing powder (retired), dimensionals

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nighttime Sleigh Ride - Stampin' Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits

  We had a great time on Tuesday at my stamp club.  I got to show all of my stamping ladies a lot of new Holiday catalog products and we made some cute cards.  We made one fall card, one Halloween and a Christmas card.  I'm totally going out of order as far as seasons go to show this one today but who cares right?


   The Sleigh Ride edgelits make such cute winter scenes.  The delicate shapes are perfect for giving a little bit of color to make them pop against a darker background.

  The card base is Night of Navy and using the coordinating Jingle All the Way stamp set we stamped some snow in white craft ink.

  The 2 white layers are Shimmery White cardstock which is an often overlooked supply in the catalog.  It has a nice light shimmer and takes ink differently than then smooth Whisper White so it works nicely for watercoloring.  After cutting out the 2 layers we used ink pads and blender pens to color in the sleigh and tree (or trees).

  Real Red, Garden Green and Soft Suede were used for the coloring.

  A line of 2 way glue across the top edge of both layers and a bit of Dazzling Diamonds adds to the snowy sparkle of the card.

  The design is finished off with a sentiment stamped in Night of Navy and either the green striped ribbon or red striped ribbon (they come together in a pack so you get 5 yards of each....I love having options!)

    Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jingle All the Way

Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red, Garden Green, white craft, Soft Suede

Paper: Night of Navy, Shimmery white

Accessories: Sleigh Ride Edgelits, 1/8" striped ribbon, two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, dimensionals

Friday, September 25, 2015

Autumn Leaf Pile - Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of Life

  I haven't seen any leaves changing in our area yet but I am getting ready for fall.  I put out my fall and Halloween decorations and our windows have been open more often than not lately to let the cool air inside.

  I'm also getting ready by having a stash of seasonal cards on hand just in case.  The Sprinkles of Life set has been my go to lately for all kinds of cards.  Once I started designing for my Sprinkles of Life class at the beginning of the month I couldn't stop!

  It looks great in fall colors with a hint of gold too!

  A little work with my markers, some masking and a gold embossed greeting and this one came together quickly.

  Check out that new gold cord from the Holiday catalog that I added in with the Early Espresso seam binding ribbon.  You know you want some for your fall cards and then use more for Christmas cards!

  The leaf pile was stamped first.  I inked up using Delightful Dijon ink then randomly colored parts of it with the Tangelo Twist and Cherry Cobbler markers.  That gave a nice multi-hued pile of leaves. Then I made a mask using a sticky note to cover my leaf pile while stamping the tree in Early Espresso.  I added some more leaves in the same colors to the tree.

  Don't forget that Stampin' Up! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House charities for every Sprinkles of Life stamp set sold.  Get the set and matching Tree Builder punch and not only make super cute cards but help out a wonderful charity at the same time!  Win Win!

  Still not convinced you need this set?  Maybe you missed some of these cards that I've made with the Sprinkles of Life set... Spooky Halloween, Sweet Little Bird, and Basket of Apples.  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life

Ink: Early Espresso, Delightful Dijon, Tangelo Twist, Cherry Cobbler, Versamark

Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso

Accessories: Circles framelits, Early Espresso seam binding ribbon, gold cord, gold embossing powder, dimensionals

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Celebrate - Stampin' Up! Celebrate Today

 There is always something to celebrate; a new baby, a job promotion, a great score on a test, a dreaded task completed... the reasons to celebrate are endless! Whether it is a big or small thing why hold back from celebrating!  Send that someone a card and celebrate along with them!

  I made this card just because I had the time to stamp the other day (yay!) and now I need to find someone to send it too!

  My inspiration for the layout was for a probably now closed challenge but I can't even figure out which blog reader is out of whack ever since they decided to "make it better" and now I can't find stuff on it.  And they keep adding in advertisements for fashion and jewelry...HELLO!!  Nothing in my feed or my life would ever make anyone think I would be interested in a makeup blog or a jewelry blog....  If it's not paper crafting related it doesn't need to be in my feed! Come on man!

  Anyway on to the card!

  I had some fun with the Cherry on Top DSP and the Celebrate Today stamp set.  They are a great match!  Don't forget that the stamp set and coordinating framelits are available as a bundle for 15% off.  

  I pulled my colors right from this fun banner pattern.  For the pennants on the balloon I stamped the full line in each color then just cut them out individually and glued them down to the die cut.  I tried coloring them with markers and then stamping but the colors weren't looking vibrant enough for my liking.

  I added some faux stitching around the larger Bermuda Bay banner.  Other than that this is pretty straightforward.

  Find something to celebrate today!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Celebrate Today

Ink: Crushed Curry, Versamark, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party

Paper: Pool Party, Cherry on Top DSP, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Accessories: white baker's twine, Balloon framelits,  Pool Party cotton ribbon, dimensionals, small banner punch, white embossing powder

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Simple Sympathy - Stampin' Up! Thoughts & Prayers

 Just a quick post this morning to share a card I made last year and never got around to sharing.  The Thoughts & Prayers set has been around for what seems like forever but it must still sell well enough that Stampin' Up! keeps it in the annual catalog.  It does make nice get well and sympathy cards so I'm glad to still have it in my current stamp set collection!


 This was a color combination that was suggested by the now retired Color Coach.  Basic Gray, Hello Honey and Pool Party.

  The card base is Basic Gray, then a layer of Pool Party.  The tree and sentiment were stamped in Basic Gray onto Whisper White.

  I used a retired flower punch to punch out a few in Pool Party and then one in Hello Honey.  The flower punch in the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack would be a good current punch to use for this design if you'd like to make it.

  I added the flowers and then put a small pearl on each flower.  The final accessory is the Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Hello Honey, Whisper White

Accessories: pearls, flower punch (retired), Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon (retired)