Wooded Pumpkin

Hi!  Back today with one last card using the Thoughtful Branches bundle. Today is the last day you can purchase this bundle!  So don’t delay!  It is truly a very versatile set and has many, many uses!

This card is  a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of a card I had seen on Pinterest.  I am not sure who the first person was to make a pumpkin using the dies from the Thoughtful Branches bundle,  but I loved the idea.  So here is my version:

SU! Thoughtful Branches

The background is the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder – the “leaves” are made using the little bush stamp in the Thoughtful Branches set.  The stem for the pumpkin is part of the little tree cut down.  The leaves are Garden Green.

If you haven’t ordered your set yet, just click on the link in the list below and it will take you straight to my store so you can order yours!  Also, if you still have a Bonus Day coupon you earned in July you haven’t redeemed yet – NOW is the time!  The coupon expires today, August 31st!

Tomorrow we kick off the new  Holiday catalog!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Team Stamp It! Fall Themed Hop


Hi!  Welcome to the Team Stamp It Fall Themed Blog Hop!  Today we are featuring cards and projects perfect for Fall!  Some may contain sneak peeks from the new Holiday Catalog that goes live on September 1st.

I have both a card and a matching little treat for you.  These feature the Cookie Cutter Halloween set found in the Holiday Catalog.

SU! Cookie Cutter Halloween, Layered Letters

Isn’t this little guy cute?  I think he’d make a great card for a doctor, too!

Here’s a close up of the card:


I used my Pumpkin Pie marker to color in some of the dots on the Designer Series Paper stack – great way to give a little pop of color and make some Halloween paper from the Neutrals DSP.  The sentiment is made using the Layered Letters set.  The embellishment around the sentiment panel is made using the Swirly Bird dies.

I also decided to make a little treat holder.

SU! Cookie Cutter Halloween

It is in the style of a match book.  When you open it up, here is what you find:

SU! Cookie Cutter Halloween

Isn’t that cute?  A little holder for a Ghiradelli square!  The bats are also part of the Cookie Cutter stamp set.

I hope you like my take for the Fall Hop!  If you did, leave a comment below using #stampitcontest and you will be entered into a drawing for the Oh Happy Day Kit!


Be sure to hop on to the next great project!

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Good Things

Hi!  Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight! Our theme today is Random Act of Kindness/Encouragement.

If you like my card below, then please head over to Kylie’s Blog here – and click the little heart in the upper right of my project to vote for it.  While you are there, you can also check out everyone else’s wonderful creations.

Here is the card I made:

SU! Touches of Texture, Serene Scenery DSP

I absolutely LOVE the Design Series Paper Stack – Serene Scenery – it is absolutely gorgeous!  In this card, I paired it with the Touches of Texture stamp set.   Instead of using a mat behind my flower panel, I decided to ink up the edges with the Soft Sky ink pad.  I love how it blends with the background paper.   The sentiment is from the You’ve Got This set.

Hope you enjoyed  today’s card!

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It’s Another…

Shaker card!  Are you surprised?  Ok – one more shaker card for you and then I promise to move on to something else.

SU! Balloon Celebrations

I really love how elegant this card looks – but still a little bit of fun with the shaker element.  I do have a wedding to attend this fall – and this might just be the card I use for the bride and groom.  The metallic sequins inside the heart also contain little heart shaped sequins.

The heart itself is outlined with the Wink of Stella glitter pen.  The sentiment is from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set.  A clean but fun card!

We are just 1 week away from the end of the month – and that means a few things:

  1. Only 1 week left to use those Bonus Day Coupons!!
  2. Only 1 week left to purchase the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and dies!  Did you see my previous post that showed 2 cards using features from that bundle?
  3. The Holiday Catalog goes live in 8 days!  Get ready for some fun fall and Christmas ideas!

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Still Shaking

Hi!  Back today with two more shaker cards – both of these cards feature elements from the Thoughtful Branches bundle (which is only available through August 31st – so DON’T MISS OUT!!)

First up – using the stamp set – this Christmas Card:

SU! Thoughtful Branches

This is so quick and easy to make – the photopolymer stamps make it easy to line up the branches with the trunk in this two step stamping.  The snow in the window is a sneak peek of a product that will be available on September 1 when the new Holiday Catalog debuts called Mica Flakes – you get 3 different colors!  Love how the layering dies made it so easy to make the Garden Green oval border – I just nested the smaller oval inside the big one and ran through the Big Shot once!  I also embossed the outside panel with the Gently Falling embossing folder.

Next up – using one of the dies in the bundle:

SU! Seaside Shore, Thoughtful Branches die

Do you see it?  Yes! The coral in the lower left!  This is actually part of the tree die cut down to make coral! How clever is that?  More uses than just a tree.  The background was embossed using the Seaside embossing folder.  The fish is stamped in Dapper Denim and hand cut.  The background designer paper in the shaker window is from the By the Shore Designer paper.

We used sand and shells from a local craft store for our filler.

A few tips shared by the Shaker Class attendees:

  1. The Foam Adhesive strips are very easy to manipulate and you can actually form a complete circle with one strip for the fish card – makes it easier to keep the fill inside.  Start at the top of the hole tho – to keep where there might be a little gap – less likely for the fill to fall out.
  2. For the tree card – one attendee suggested just using light pencil marks to mark the top and bottom of the oval on the panel used for stamping so that you don’t accidentally get ink on the front panel.  I thought this wise – saves from smudging the front of your card.
  3. To make it easier to fill the tree card – adhere all but the top of the back panel and slowly pour the fill down the opening – this creates less of a mess and is easy for you to see if you have enough snow for the bottom.

Hope you enjoyed today’s creations and a few more tips for making Shaker cards.

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Butterfly Shaker

Hi!  It’s shaker time in my craft room as I prepare for Friday night’s Shaker Card class!  These cards are so much fun to make! Today’s card I actually made for this week’s Global Design Project #GDP049 color challenge – Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz.

SU! Butterfly punches

It took me a bit as I wanted to capture the colors behind each butterfly – and I used different shaker beads in the little butterfly than in the two bigger ones.  The shaker elements are actually retired beads that I have had for quite some time.

If you haven’t made a shaker card before – or have struggled, here are a few tips that I am going to share with class attendees on Friday night.

  1. If stamping an image to show through the window, lay your die cut panel on top of the panel you wish to stamp on – stamp through the window to make alignment easier (this is done before you add the window sheet in the next tip)
  2. Make sure you adhere your window sheet to the back of your punched or die-cut panel BEFORE adding your dimensional strips.  (Ask me how I know!)
  3. If using just punched images (ie – no stamping) – just make sure to leave enough room around each image to place your dimensional strips.
  4. Place your dimensional strips as close to your die cut holes as possible – this allows you to use less shaker material to have it show in the window.
  5. For most projects, you will need to add dimensionals to your corners (I found I needed 2 to match the thickness of the dimensional strips used for the shaker part of the card.

Hope these tips help – and you can avoid some of the mistakes I made when starting out making shaker cards.

Don’t forget to use those Bonus Day Coupons before August 31st and to get your Thoughtful Branches stamp set and/or bundle!

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Project Life – All Year Long

Hi!  Today I have branched out of my comfort zone and played with a product I have not yet used.  I know – hard to believe, right?  But, have you checked out our Project Life suite?  I recently received the All Year Long card set and accessory pack – it contains TONS of products and a coordinating stamp set!

So, I decided to try my hand at a few layouts following a tutorial I had from Ronda Wade.  Here is my Spring layout – all ready for pictures!

SU! PL All Year Long

I did do a little stamping – the sentiment (hard to see) under Spring and the suns in the lower left of the second page.

I had so much fun, I moved on to a Winter layout:

SU! PL All Year Long

On this one, I stamped the snowflakes on the card in the lower right.  I will continue to create a year of pages to make a mini 6×8 album that covers a year.  I may just gift it this Christmas – all the recipient will need to do is add some journaling and some pictures.

Ok, so, as I said above, these kits have a TON of product. I also decided to make a few cards using some of the product.  (Ronda was kind enough to include the tutorials for these as well).

First up – this gorgeous scenery card.  I did NO stamping!  Just added a bit of baker’s twine and trimmed down the 4×6 card from the kit.

SU! PL All Year Long

I could see using this card for any occasion and/or for a male or female card.  So versatile!

The second card I will probably use for a wedding card as I think it would work well – or maybe for an anniversary – or just to let someone know you love them.

SU! PL All Year Long

On this one, I did add the punched out heart – it was not part of the suite – and the ribbon.  Still – no stamping – and this makes use of 3 different card sizes included in the kit – a 4×4, a 2×4 and a 2×2.

So, have you tried the Project Life suite yet?  If not – then I highly recommend you give it a try.  Here are a few pictures of the cards and accessory pack for the All Year Long suite.

SU! PL All Year Long

SU! PL All Year Long

As I said – TONS of stuff!!

Hope you enjoyed today’s look into a Project Life suite!

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Butterfly Birthday

Hi!  Sorry for being MIA this past week – but I had an order to fill – and needed to crank down and get it done.  It is done and I am back!   Today  I have a butterfly swing card to share with you.  I found the technique here by Julia Davison.

SU! Butterfly Basics, SU! Layering Squares

I love how the butterfly panel moves with the card.  The recipient should hold the corner of the butterfly panel when they open the card.  Here is what the inside looks like:

SU! Butterfly Basics, SU! Layering Squares

The colors for this card are Soft Sky, Calypso Coral and Garden Green.  The fern was stamped three times without adding any extra ink.  Love the depth this stamping adds to the main panel.

I also love the different fold!!  We made this at a workshop recently – I’d love to come show you and your friends how to make it!

Two quick reminders for you today –

  1. The Thoughtful Branches bundle is available through August 31st or while supplies last – this is such a versatile bundle (I’ll be posting projects soon!) – so don’t delay ordering it!
  2. If you earned Bonus Day coupons, they expire on August 31st – so make sure you use them this month!!  (And yes, you can use multiple coupons on one order AND you can use them to get the Thoughtful Branches bundle!)

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Jelly Fish

Hi! Today I am playing along with this week’s Global Design Project challenge which is to create a card with a Nautical Theme – #GDP047

I pulled out my From Land to Sea set and decided to get inky with some sponging.  I was having so much fun, I made 2 cards.  First this one:

SU! From Land to Sea, Picture Perfect

I used the Embossed Resist technique for my jellyfish.  To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Ink Jellyfish with Versamark and stamp on Whisper White card stock.
  2. Apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with heat gun
  3. Sponge Pear Pizzazz in random areas.
  4. Sponge Bermuda Bay in and around the Pear Pizzazz
  5. Sponge Tempting Turquoise in any remaining white spots and lightly over the Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz ink
  6. Go back and add Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay until you have a water look that you like.
  7. Take a clean paper towel and wipe off any ink on the Jellyfish.

For the sentiment on this card, I embossed using White Embossing Powder on Basic Black cardstock.

I had so much fun getting inky with the above card, I decided to make another card:SU! From Land To Sea, Vertical Greetings

The jelly fish panel followed the same steps as above.  I decided to go with a smaller panel so that I could use my Vertical Greetings stamp set for the sentiment.  I also added some “bubble” sequins to my water.

Hope you enjoyed today’s cards!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Inky Trees

Hi!  I had so much fun getting inky this past weekend!  First was a class on Saturday morning using the yummy Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.  Attendees made a set of note cards and got to go home with the unused note cards and 1/2 pack of unused Designer Paper to make more!

Then, on Sunday, I did a workshop for a wonderful lady and her friends – so much fun!  We got  inky trying a few techniques – one of which was using Shaving Cream and re-inkers to make our background.  Here is the card we did:

SU! Lovely as A Tree, Flourishing Phrases

Have you tried this technique?  If not, here is what you do:

  1. Spray foam shaving cream into a plastic container
  2. Pick three or more colors or re-inkers –  randomly place 5-6 drops of the lightest color, then 3-4 drops of the next lightest, and then 2-3 drops of the darkest.
  3. Take a plastic knife and swirl the colors through the shaving cream.  Keep swirling until you like the pattern you see in the shaving cream – then place your Whisper White card stock into the shaving cream.  Push down to make sure that you get all the card stock covered.
  4. Lift up the card stock and use the flat edge of the knife to scrape off the shaving cream.
  5. Wipe remaining shaving cream off with a paper towel.  Let dry.
  6. Stamp desired image.

For the card above, I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Watermelon Wonder re-inkers.  What is awesome about this technique – everyone’s background comes out a little different.  BTW – if you don’t like your pattern – reswirl your shaving cream and try again!  The more you swirl, the more blended your colors become – but you can always refresh with a little more shaving cream, or add another drop or two of ink.

Hope you give this a try!  Thanks for stopping by!

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