Sunday, October 22, 2017

SSC164 Smashing Hearts

Welcome to another Sunday Stamps challenge.  I typically get my Christmas order in October, so I'll go with those goodies for this challenge.

For this card, I used the ink smash technique, one of my favorites, along with a bunch of splattering.

Here is this week's sketch by Amy.

Stamps: Hearts Come Home; Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft, Versamark; Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Watercolor Brush, Hometown Greetings Edgelits, Big Shot.

I was suppose to participate in a blog hop featuring Hearts Come Home, but I could not get myself together (getting ourselves settled in the new house has been all-consuming).  I had planned to share this bonus card, which was designed by my downline for our team meeting.

I love the use of this bundle for an occasion other than Christmas!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

SSC163 Fall Berries

Welcome to another Sunday Stamps challenge; this time a color challenge.  While out-and-about, I've seen several bushes with red berries this fall, even in the front lawn.  Do I know what kind of bush?  Nope!  So with a red and blue challenge, I was thinking berries.

I did a little bit of masking this week so I could double stamp this image.  My eyesight isn't getting any better with age, so coloring between these tiny lines is getting challenging.  I used Freshly Made Sketches #307 as a launch point for the layout of this card.

Here's this week's color challenge.  Use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Le Jardin Botanique, Lemon Zest; Paper: Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, In Color Patterns Pack DSP; Ink: Island Indigo, Poppy Parade, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Jet Black Stazon; Accessories: Aquapainter, Leaf Punch, Banner Punch, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Gurus: Layered Leaves Tutorials

Wow, I've heard people say this month's Paper Pumpkin kit is their favorite so far!  So easy and fun to layer some beautiful fall leaves for a quick treat or note.  [Are you interested in having quick & easy extra holiday projects on hand?  You won't want to miss October and November's kits - check out the details at the bottom of this post.]

For my alternative project, I combined the kit with the Cable Knit embossing folder for a real feeling of crisp fall air (thank you Charlet Mallett for the idea).  I love how quickly this sweet little card comes together.

Paper: Crumb Cake; Accessories: September 2017 Layered Leaves kit, Cable Knit Embossing Folder, Big Shot.

Alternative ideas and projects is a great way to get more use out of your Stampin' Up product.  As part of the exclusive Paper Pumpkin Gurus group of demonstrators, my Paper Pumpkin subscribers receive 11-13 FREE private tutorials & exclusive project ideas each month.  Each tutorial includes photos, step-by-step instructions, all measurements, and full supply lists.  Here's a sneak peek at this month's alternative projects. 

And a quick look at how this month's kit was originally designed.

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During October and November, Stampin' Up! is offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects. Two coordinating kits means that 1) you will have everything they need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, 2) you will have more creative options, and 3) you can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss.  Make sure to subscribe by October 10 so you don't miss either kit!

Check out this video for a description of the kits, and join the excitement! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful You

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week's hop is featuring the lovely artistic stamp set Beautiful You.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the very talented Kelly Kent's blog.  Aren't her projects always beautiful?

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some of us will be making sympathy & hope-type projects.  For my card, I went with a more neutral color scheme, and it could double for a generic-type of condolence card.

Stampin' Up Beautiful You
The embossing paste stencil was created by die-cutting the rain drops from the Umbrella Weather Framelits into a window sheet.  Using an Aquapainter, I watercolored the image with Whisper White craft ink, and I lined some of the highlights with white acrylic paint.

This is a tall, skinny card, as I have a stack of leftovers from another mass-produced project.  By putting the tag over the background, I can introduce the feel of the rain without the difficulty of trying to mask the main image.  I added the "Wishing you brighter days to come" sentiment inside.

Stamps: Beautiful You; Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso; Ink: Early Espresso, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft, White Acrylic Paint; Accessories: Metallics Sequin Assortment, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Embossing Paste, Window Sheets, Aquapainter, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Umbrella Weather Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

In case you missed it, here's a previous card I made with Beautiful You and the no-line watercoloring technique.

Stampin' Up Beautiful You
I stamped the outline in Sahara Sand, after stamping off once, and then watercolored from there.  This lovely lady in yellow needs some pearls, don't you think?

Stamps: Beautiful You; Paper: Whisper White, Playful Palette DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Tuxedo Black Memento; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Aquapainter, Sewing Machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Hop on over to our fabulous leader, Tanya Boser, to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


World Card Making Day & Paper Sale!

World Card Making Day is October 7, and to celebrate, Stampin' Up! is offering 15% off a list of card-making essentials through October 10.

ItemDescriptionCoordinating Designer Series Paper     now on sale - see below.
131527 (Whisper White)/ 144236 (Very Vanilla)Note Cards & Envelopes N/A
143931 (W)/ 143934 (C)Just Add Text Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper
143669Daisy Delight Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
143660Birthday Delivery Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper
143650 (W)/ 143655 (C)Merry Mistletoe Be Merry Designer Series Paper
143840 (W)/ 143843 (C)Pieces & Patterns Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper
143677Coffee Café Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
143937 (W)/ 143940 (C)Oh So Eclectic Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
143799 (W)/ 143802 (C)Lots of Love Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
143846 (W)/ 143849 (C)Graceful Garden Petal Garden Designer Series Paper
143726Colorful Seasons Color Theory Designer Series Paper
143925 (W)/143928 (C)Wood Words Wood Textures Designer Series Paper
144807Brightly Lit Christmas Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper

Plus, buy Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for FREE!

Click HERE to see flyer including stamp images.

Let’s admit it, we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper! By popular demand, Stampin' Up! is bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during October!

AC (p. 189)144180Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper$13.00 USD
AC (p. 189)144137Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD
AC (p. 189)144118Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD
AC (p. 188)144111Be Merry Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD
AC (p. 188)144163Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD
AC (p. 188)144155Coffee Break Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD
AC (p. 188)144185Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD
AC (p. 188)144110Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD
AC (p. 187)144168Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD
AC (p. 187)144193Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD
AC (p. 187)144177Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD
Holiday (p. 29)144629Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD
Holiday (p. 49)144613Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD

Please click HERE to view the flyer.

Reminder, this host promotion is running through October 31: Host an online, virtual, or stamping party totaling $300 or more and receive the Merry Patterns stamp set FREE!  Contact me for more information.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Stampin' Up! Graveyard Gate

I've been having some fun with the Graveyard Gate bundle from the Holiday catalog.  This is the perfect set to try out some fun artistic backgrounds.  Here, let me show you.

Stampin' Up! Graveyard Gate
To create the background, I flicked masking fluid onto my card with a watercolor brush and let dry completely.  Then I brayered with Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, and Basic Black inks.  The moon was created by sponging Crushed Curry onto Very Vanilla card stock, die-cutting, and flicking Crushed Curry ink with a watercolor brush.

Stampin' Up! Graveyard Gate
The entire gate slides off the card like a sleeve.

Stamps: Graveyard Gate; Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Basic Black; Accessories: Masking Fluid, Brayer, Watercolor Brush, Sponges, Circles Collection Framelits, Detailed Gate Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Speaking of Halloween, I have a retired Decor Elements Halloween bundle for sale.  Contact me if you are interested in a quick and fun way to decorate your home for Halloween.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Reworking into Cards

While packing up for our move, I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of 3-D crafts I had around the house.  Here are a couple of examples featuring the O Christmas Tree die.

So I thought I'd share with you what I did with them.  I transformed these 3-D scenes into cards.

I'm pretty pleased that I was able to deconstruct without too much trouble, and the cards came out pretty ok.

 Another couple crafts saved from the recycle bin, and now they can find their way to cheering up someone else's mail box.