Be Merry

Everyone loves pretty patterned papers, right?  Well Stampin’ Up! has a fabulous buy 3 get 1 FREE sale going on through the month of October!  It’s a great time to stock up on all your favorites!  One of my favorite patterns is the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. It has all of the traditional Christmas colors and some fun patterns!  Here’s one of the projects I created that showcases some of the Be Merry patterns.

To create this card, start with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of basic black cardstock. Cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of the Merry Music DSP and adhere to the left side of the black cardstock.  Cut a 5 x 1-1/2 inch piece of the green patterned Be Merry DSP and a 2 x 4 inch piece of the red patterned Be Merry DSP; snip the end into a banner. Adhere these banners to the card as shown. Adhere a silver foil snowflake to the top part of the card. Cut out a few circles to layer together using the stitched framelits. Stamp a little sentiment on the white circle and adhere these circles, as shown, to the center of the snowflake.  That’s it!  Super simple!

Don’t forget! The Be Merry DSP is part of the buy 3 get one FREE DSP sale this month!

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Layered Leaves

The September Paper Pumpkin kit was my absolute favorite kit of the year so far! The kit was called Layered Leaves and it has some beautiful note card and gift box projects! 8 of each! As you can see, the kit was all about autumn leaves. The exclusive stamp set had some beautiful leaf images, some of which coordinated with the thinlit dies that are in the annual catalog! How cool is that?

As with all of the kits, I like to play around with the extra materials and stamp set to create even more fun projects!  It seems that each kit I have received has lots of extra materials to play with which makes it so fun and exciting!  I decided to create a variety of different cards using the leftover materials and the stamp set. Of course I added some of my own cardstock and supplies too.  Take a look at these fun additional projects:

    

I always create additional cards to send to all of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers!  It’s my way of thanking them for being a subscriber as well as providing them with a fun card idea that they can create with their kit!

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Fall-Themed Color Combinations

This is my favorite time of year! There are so many fun things to do and celebrate! Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! All of my favorite things packed into the next three months! 🙂  As I was working on holiday cards this year, I began to play around with different color combinations. So I decided to put together a few ideas for you based on the Stampin’ Up! colors! There are traditional color combinations as well as some fresh new ones!

So the traditional Halloween colors usually involve orange and black, right? When I play around with color combos I like to chose at least 3 different colors in a grouping. Now I do create cards with just one or two colors but it’s not always easy to come up with a third or even fourth color to use when creating a project. Hence, that is how I came up with the idea for the color charts. Now as soon I saw the NEW Lemon Lime Twist In Color, I knew that it would work well for Halloween! You can pair it up with the traditional orange and black or use it with a purple and gray color for a fun look!

For the autumn themed color combinations I really focused on pairing up colors that are found in nature. Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year because there are so many vibrant colors in nature. Different shades of green, orange, browns and yellows, when paired together, always make me think about autumn.

There are a lot of great color combinations in the Stampin’ Up! designer papers too so if you are having trouble deciding what color combinations to use, you can always start there. Or you can refer back to these color charts at any time!

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Cheers to the Years

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Happy Friday!  I always look forward to the weekends as that is really the only “me” time I tend to get as my week is so busy with work! Working as a nurse, I always look forward to spending at least one day a week just stamping. It’s my way to relax, unwind and refresh myself!  This weekend I will be putting the finishing touches on the projects for my Fall Stampin’ Extravaganza! I can’t believe October 21st is only a few weeks away! So before I get busy this weekend, I wanted to share some quick and simple projects I was working on during the week!

The projects showcase the beautiful paper in the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  This DSP has a variety of shiny gold and silver patterned papers. They are absolutely stunning papers!  I decided to showcase a project create with the coordinating stamp set, Cheers to the Year, as well as a completely different set called Every Good Wish.

For this project, I used the Cheers to the Year stamp set. All of the stamped images on this card are heat embossed in gold. The base of the card is whisper white. I cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the gold checkered DSP pattern and adhered it to the white card front. I cut out a circle with the Stitched Framelit and embossing the gold string like patterned on the circle. The fun die cut behind the white circle is one of the new Foil Snowflakes! Love them! I cut a small banner from a piece of white cardstock and embossed the word JOY in gold. Then I simply embellished the card with a few Year of Cheer embellishments. It was so simple, yet so elegant!

For this card, I used white cardstock with another 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the gold checkered patterned DSP. Only this time, I used some layering labels to stamp my images and create the focal point on the card.  The colors are cherry cobbler, old olive and a few gold embossed splatter images. Simple and pretty.

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Spooky Cat

It’s October already! That means it’s time for some Halloween fun!  I have been busy creating projects with the Spooky Night Suite from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. The new cat punch makes creating Halloween cards so fun!  I have been putting a little black cat on almost all of my Halloween cards this year. You will notice the black cat theme in all of these projects…

Besides the fabulous black cat punch, the Spooky Night Suite has a fun stamp set called “Spooky Cat” and some fabulous patterns in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.

The Spooky Night DSP has a variety of Halloween themed patterns in it.  My favorite pattern is the one pictured above. The 3 x 3 inch square in the middle of the card is actually printed in 3 x 3 inch squares on an entire 12 x 12 sheet of DSP.  That means you can get 16 squares, 3 x 3 inches each, to create cards like this one. Each square has a pre-printed moon and tree branch. You can simply cut out the square and add the black cat (like I did) or stamp your images directly onto the DSP. Plus you won’t have any scraps if you cut all of the squares as intended!  Fun stuff!

And of course I had to use the new Lemon Lime Twist cardstock to create at least one Halloween card!  I thought of Halloween as soon as I saw that new In Color!

The Spooky Night Suite certainly has everything you need to create some fun projects! I hope you enjoyed these little Halloween creations!

 

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Celebrate World Card Making Day

World Card Making Day is next Saturday, October 7, 2017! It’s a day dedicated to doing what you love most—making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create between loved ones, and it’s a great time to make cards to send to your family and friends.

Stampin’ up! is celebrating World Card Making Day October 1- 10, 2017 by offering 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE!

And that’s not all!

Stampin’ Up! also has a fabulous sale on Designer Series Paper during the whole month of October!

Let’s face it, we all love those pretty patterned papers and now is the perfect time to stock up! It’s a buy 3 get 1 FREE offer on select Designer Series Paper! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And they’re even including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale!

Stock up on all your favorites!

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Good Tidings

Good Morning and Happy Friday! Hope you had a wonderful and crafty week!  Today I want to share a fun Christmas card idea that actually came to me by accident!  I was attempting to create a fun fold card when I accidentally scored it in the wrong spot! Instead of cutting up the card and using it for scraps, I decided to cut off the scored area and, in doing so, I created a unique little design for the front of the card!  Take a look!

How fun is this?  It actually looks a bit like a piano (which was totally unintended). So this is your basic 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch card size. I simply cut a rounded shape on the front flap of the basic black card base. Next, I cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and adhered it to the inside of the card. I stamped the Good Tidings of Great Joy sentiment on the white cardstock inside the card using black ink. Then I simple embellished the card with a bit of designer paper, rhinestones and some hand-stamped holly…yes, you have to cut out the holly by hand. I think it turned out absolutely fabulous! A happy accident for sure!

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Spooky Night ~ Eclipse Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun and simple technique to share with you!  It’s the latest craze that seems to be popping up all over social media.  It’s called the “eclipse” technique and really is super simple!  It involves the Large Letter Framelits and, in this case, a piece of designer series paper (DSP). But I have also seen some beautiful eclipse cards created with stamped images and the use of the Large Letter Framelits.  Let me show you how easy it is to create an eclipse card!

For this card, I started with a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock for the base of the card. I cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black to serve as a matte and backdrop for my eclipsed “B-O-O.” Adhere the black cardstock to the front of the Cajun Craze card base. Next, cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of the pumpkin patterned paper from the Spooky Night DSP pack. Take the DSP over to your embossing machine and lay the letters “B-O” on the DSP.  Note: There is only one “O” letter in the framelit set so you will have to cut the “B-O” first and then send the DSP through again with just the “O” framelit to create the second “O” in BOO. So make sure you leave enough space for that second “O.”  Once you have the word “B-O-O” cut out of the DSP, adhere the DSP to the black cardstock with a bit of SNAIL or other adhesive.  Take the letters and adhere them to their cut out area on the DSP…you are going to use dimensionals to “pop” them up. This is what gives the “eclipse” look. That’s it!  I told you it was super simple!  Now you can create any words, use any DSP or even stamp some cardstock with images and cut out letters.  Get creative with it!

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Ready For Christmas

Are you ready for Christmas? I know it’s only September but it’s the beginning of the Fall season and that means Christmas will be here before you know it!  It’s my absolute favorite time of the year! And, of course, there are so many fun holiday products to play with! For this project, I used the new embossing paste along with a fun new bundle of products called Ready for Christmas!

This project is a little putzy but it’s easy to create!  And once it’s created, it’s absolutely beautiful!  To get started, cut a piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Scoop a bit of embossing paste onto a silicone mate. Add a few drops of crumb cake or other brown colored ink and mix it in the paste until you achieve the desired color. Grab the piece of cherry cobbler cardstock and lay the brick wall template (decorative mask) on top. Spread the embossing paste across the template using a palette knife. Remove the template and let dry.  Now, to create the wreath! I cut out 8 pine branches, with the thinlits from the Ready for Christmas bundle, using old olive cardstock. Once I cut out all of the pine branches, I simply layered them in a circle in the middle of the brick wall to create the wreath. You can adhere the pine branches with a few glue dots. Embellish as desired!

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Year of Cheer

The Year of Cheer Suite has some simply beautiful products that can be used all year long. You can create gorgeous wintry projects for Christmas or even cards for a Wedding.  The elegant foil and intricate designs make these products fabulous for any occasion. For this project, I decided to go with the wintry look.

To make this card, start with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock for the base. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss the top half with the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder. To emboss only the top half of your cardstock, simply leave part of it hanging out of the folder; if it’s not in the folder, it won’t be embossed. Cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of one of the patterns of paper in the new Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Adhere this piece to the lower half of the white cardstock (the part that is not embossed).  Adhere a piece of the silver trim ribbon across the center of the card as shown. Cut out a scalloped square (or other fun shape) to use as a matte for the silver foil snowflake; adhere to the card front as shown. For the finishing touch, stamp a little sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock, cut it out with a fun framelit shape and adhere to the foil snowflake with a few dimensionals. Embellish as desired!

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