It’s A Holly Christmas!

Hi!  Back today with another Christmas Card!

For this one, I used the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set in the Annual Catalog.  I stamped the holly in Memento Black Ink and used the new Stampin’ Blends in Old Olive to color the leaves.  These markers are fun to play with!  The berries and Sentiment are stamped in Cherry Cobbler.

I used the Layering Circles and coordinating Stitched Shapes for the stamped image and Cherry Cobbler mat.  Behind the panel are two strips of Design Series Paper – the Cherry Cobbler piece from the Be Merry pack, and the Old Olive from the

I kept the card Clean and Simple (CAS) to make it easy to mass produce.

Tomorrow, Dec 1, Stampin’ Up! is kicking off their Year End Sales Event!  I’ll be traveling, so won’t be able to check it out until late in the day.  You will find it in my store starting Dec 1 – just click the Shop Now button on the right to get to my store and check out the great end of year deals!  This will include the retiring list for the Holiday Catalog.  One final note, some quantities will be limited  – so shop early!!

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Flurry Wishes

Hi!  I am so sorry for being absent from my blog for most of November.  I ended up catching a nasty virus that put me down for over two weeks.  I am doing much better and hopefully back in the saddle!

I did a Facebook LIVE for this card back in early November – right before I got sick – and never got around to posting it here.  So, I’ll kick off with this quick and easy Christmas card.

If you’d like to see how I made this card, then hop on over to my Facebook page and check out my video on November 7.

The stamp set used for this card is Flurry Of Wishes.  The snowflakes are stamped in Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray.  I colored the Rhinestones with the Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends.   The stamped panel is layered on a Smoky Slate layer.  A piece of Pool Party Shimmer ribbon is tied around the base.  The matted stamped panel is attached to the base using dimensionals.

This card is quick and easy to mass produce if you are still looking for a Christmas Card design for this year.

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Introducing Stampin’ Blends!

Hi!  Today is the day!! Stampin’ Blends are now available for YOU to purchase!  I finally had a chance to play with mine – what fun!

Stampin' Blends, Color Me Happy, Project Kit, Stampin' Up!, SU!

This card is made with the Color Me Happy stamp set and coordinating Color Me Happy Project Kit.  You can purchase the two together and SAVE!!  Please note the Color Me Happy stamp set and coordinating Project Kit are while supplies last!!!

For Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up! has released 12 colors – there is both a light and a dark of each of the 12 colors.  You can purchase each marker seperately, or purchase a combo pack containing both the light and dark.  There are also Ivory, Bronze and Color Lifter markers.  To check out all the products, simply click on the Stampin’ Blends brochure in the right hand sidebar.

For my particular version of this card, I used the Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry combo markers as well as the Dark Daffodil Delight.  It was fun blending the colors to create my look – and I love that there are no streaks!!

You will need the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad to stamp your images so that you do not get bleeding of the black ink.  You will find these new markers, stamp set and project kit in my On-Line store.

I hope you will give them a try and let me know what you think!

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One More For the Guys

Hi!  Since I had out the colors and card stock from the previous card, I decided to make another card for the guys.

Masculine, Birthday, Feather Together, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I just love how this turned out!  The feathers are from the Feather Together set (as is the sentiment).  They are stamped in Basic Black, Basic Gray and Bermuda Bay.  I used the Black bakers twine behind the feather panel.  The sentiment is also stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  Not a lot of fuss and pretty quick to stamp and put together if you are looking for a relative quick and easy card.

One Tip – Clean the feather stamp thoroughly between colors…. ask me how I know…lol.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale!  There are some great designs as part of this sale.  Just click the link on the right to go to my store and place your order.  But hurry – there are only a few hours left!

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Falling Flowers

Hi!  Today I have a card I CASE’d (Copy and Selectively Edit) from Jen Timko.  Here is Jen’s card.  I truly loved this card – so decided to make my own.

Hello, Falling Flowers, Thoughtful Banners, Stampin' Up, SU!

I love how mine turned out!  The subtle colors on the dark wood background – just seems so warm to me!

My card base is Thick Whisper White with a sheet from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack covering the front.

The flowers are from the Falling Flowers set.  The leaves are from Painted Harvest set and the sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners.   The flowers are stamped in Soft Sky and So Saffron on coordinating card stock then die cut with the coordinating May Flowers dies.  The leaves are stamped in Always Artichoke on coordinating card stock and punched with the leaf punch.  The circles use both the Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles framelits.   The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso and I used the Triple Banner punch to flag the end of it.  The ribbon is Soft Sky classic weave ribbon.  A few Enamel shapes finish off the card.

What do you think?  I am going to make a few more of these and send them out – hopefully they will brighten someone’s day!

Don’t forget, the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale ends next week on October 31st!  The Wood Textures paper used above is part of this awesome deal!  Just click the special on the right to place your order in my on-line store.

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Thankful

Hi! How are you today?  I hope doing well! My card for you today features a few different sets – I hope you like it!

Fall, Thanksgiving, Leaves, Vintage Leaves, Paisley & Posies, Painted Autumn, Stampin' Up!, SU!

The big leaves are from Vintage Leaves and are stamped in Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler.   The three little leaves are from Painted Autumn and are stamped in Cajun Craze.  The sentiment is from Paisleys and Posies and is stamped in Cajun Craze.   The sentiment is die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits.   I added a touch of Linen Thread to finish off the card.

A sheet from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack is used as the background for my leaves. (This DSP is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE! Designer Series Paper Special happening this month!)  The base is a 4 1/4 x 11″ piece of Always Artichoke Card stock.

Congratulations to our September Blog Hop Commenter!

 

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Fun with Markers

Hi!  How are you?  Today I have a quick and easy card to share with you!

Stylized Birthday, Balloon Celebrations, Happy Birthday, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I am doing a Stamps, Paper, Ink class on Friday and this is one of the cards I am offering.  The balloons are from the Balloon Celebration set and are stamped in Dapper Denim and Old Olive.  The outline of the balloons are full strength ink while the “dots”, I stamped on scrap before stamping on the cardstock.  Both balloons have been punched with the coordinating Duo Balloon punch.   For my sentiment – I didn’t just want all one color and didn’t like the look of one word in one color and the other in the opposite.  Inspiration struck – I took my Dapper Denim and Old Olive markers and colored the words in diagonal strokes.  I didn’t worry about how “thick” each stripe was and even if they lined up between the words.  I love how it turned  out!  I used a few of the Glimmer Dots to finish off the card.  I hope the attendees on Friday like it!

Don’t forget, October 10 is the last day to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s World Card Making special!  15% off select stamps and note card/envelope packs!  Not to mention, Fast Fuse adhesive for $10 with 2 FREE refills!  A $15 savings!  You’ll find all the details by clicking on the WCMD special on the right!

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A FALL Eclipse

Hi!  We have moved into Fall here in New England and the temperatures are definitely more seasonal.  This is  a card we did at a September workshop – such a fun technique and a great way to celebrate fall.

If you haven’t tried the Eclipse technique, I did give some directions in this post.

My colors for this card:  Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso for the flowers.  The leaves  are Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  The copper ribbon was the perfect accent for this card.

Since there aren’t two “L”‘s in the Large Letter Framelit set, I used an “E” to get my spacing then removed it before running through the Big Shot with FAL.   I then moved the L and ran through again to get the last “L” in the word.

It’s a new month and a New Year in the Stampin’ Up! world, so we are kicking it off with not 1 but 2 awesome sales!!

First, get ready for World Card Making Day with these special offers!

 

Second, Designer Series Paper Special!!

Such great deals!!  Don’t miss out!!  Use Hostess Code 6HMNXWKG when ordering before October 10, I’ll send you a FREE Embellishment of my choosing!

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Have A Cuppa

Hi!  Today I bring you a Cup of Cheer!  Love this Merry Cafe set in the Holiday Catalog!

Merry Cafe, Coffee, Winter, Birthday, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I am not a coffee drinker, so the Coffee Cafe set in the Annual Catalog did not do much for me.  However, I do love hot chocolate and tea – and love that the Merry Cafe set covers both – plus can be used for Hallowee, Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter and Valentines!  How much more versatile can you get?  And, if you are a coffee drinker – it pairs well with the Coffee Cafe set and coordinating dies!

This card is very quick and easy – and is one of the options for the attendees at Saturday’s Stamp Buffet.  The background behind the cup is watercolored with an Aqua Painter.  The snowflakes are stamped after die cutting the mug.  The sentiment is stamped first since the die does add the little ridges for to the wrapper.   I did use dimensionals to pop up the lid -those cute little mini ones work perfectly!  A little bling with the Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper, Perfect Accents and Natural Linen thread, and voila!   Perfect card for winter – or any occasion really!  Tuck a gift card inside and use it for a birthday!

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Time for an Eclipse

Hi!  No, it isn’t a solar eclipse!  It is a new technique I tried and LOVE! and will be sharing at a workshop this afternoon.

Lovely As A Tree, Holly Berry Happiness, Christmas, Eclipse, Stampin' Up!, SU!

We won’t be making this exact card – this is one of the cards, tho, that folks can make at my Stamp Buffet on September 30th.

Here is how you make an eclipse card (or atleast, this is the way I did it):

  1. Stamp a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 piece of Whisper White with the pine tree from Lovely as A Tree in Garden Green ink.  I stamped the image twice before reinking – so I’d get some depth to the trees.
  2. Stamp berries on the trees in Real Red to make ornaments.
  3. Die cut NOEL using the Large Letter Framelits from the Whisper White panel.
  4. Remove the letters and apply adhesive to the back of the panel and adhere to a Chocolate Chip mat that is 4 1/16 x 5 5/16.
  5. Set the “O” back in the opening and use that to adhere the center of the O to the mat.
  6. Tie a piece of 1/8″ Real Red ribbon around the bottom.
  7. Adhere the Chocolate Chip mat to a Garden Green base.
  8. Place mini dimensionals or strips of foam adhesive to the back of the letters and adhere in the openings to pop them up.

Other versions of this technique are to die-cut multiple letters and adhere all together to get the thickness you desire and then place the letters in the openings.   You can also offset the letters a little bit in the opening so you see the mat layer peeking through.

I hope my guests today enjoy this technique and those attending the stamp buffet on the 30th choose this as one of their cards.

Don’t forget today is the last day for new subscribers to save 50% on September’s Paper Pumpkin.   You can sign up here.

Today is also the last day to order your Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper Share!  Just submit the form below and I will send you a Paypal Invoice for your share.  Cost is $17.50 (plus $5 S/H for non-local customers)  US residents only.

Also, you still have a few days to earn this tutorial FREE!

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