Patterned Pumpkins

Today I want to share a couple of Fall-themed cards with you that were created with a fun little masking technique. Both cards showcase the Patterned Pumpkin thinlit dies and/or the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set.  The cool thing about this technique is by creating a masked background for one card, I ended up creating a frame for another. Let’s take a look.

I started out by creating the hardwood frame. Cut a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock. Using one of the square framelits, cut out the center of this piece. Lay the crumb cake cardstock, with the center cut out, on a very vanilla cardstock front. Ink up the hardwood stamp with crumb cake ink and stamp it on the crumb cake cardstock. The crumb cake cardstock serves as a mask so that you end up with a perfect little square, containing the hardwood image, on the front of your very vanilla card (as shown above). Then just embellish the card with some of the fun die cut images from the Patterned Pumpkin stamp set.

Now don’t throw away that hardwood mask you used to create the other card!  Simply cut it down and create another fun card!  In this case, I cut down the 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock (with the hardwood image stamped on it). Cut the cardstock down to 4 x 4-1/2 inches so that it serves as a frame for your stamped images and embellishments. Place a piece of very vanilla cardstock behind the square opening in the crumb cake cardstock and adhere to the card front as shown above. I used Early Espresso cardstock and tucked a little piece of a doily under the frame before I adhered it to the card front. Then stamp a little sentiment on the vanilla cardstock and embellish as desired!

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Count My Blessings

Count My Blessings is such a great name for this stamp set. The set contains beautiful images from nature and sentiments that will let the special people in your life know that you are thinking of them.

This card was designed for a swap that I participated in with my team.  The theme of the swap was fall (autumn). I thought the little acorns in this stamp set would be perfect for the theme of the swap.  To make this card, I started with a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. I also decided to use the large burlap background stamp to create a subtle backdrop for my card. I simply stamped the burlap image using Crumb Cake ink.  The acorn images were added using Early Espresso ink. In the middle of the card, I added a variety of different ribbons and trim. I also added a 1 x 3 inch piece of one of the wood texture patterned papers; snipping the end into a little banner. The focal point of the card is the large “thinking of you” sentiment stamped in Early Espresso ink. I used different sized framelits to create the layered look.

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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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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 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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Tranquil Tulips

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Today I have a quick and simple project to share! This particular project showcases a beautiful host set called Tranquil Tulips.  What is a host set? Well, it’s a set that is only available to purchase with Stampin’ Rewards (or Host Benefits). You can earn benefits from hosting a party or with any order that reach $150 or more! For more information on Stampin’ Rewards, refer to page 219 in the Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog.

This card is quite simple to create! Start with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pear Pizzazz; this piece will serve as a matte. Then cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the flower stems and leaves on the card, as shown, using Pear Pizzazz ink. Stamp the tulips using Daffodil Delight and Berry Burst inks. Since the tulip is a two-step stamp, there are two different images used to create each flower. You can use the same color ink with these stamps and still obtain the contrast you see on the card. If you would like a bolder contrast, simply two different shades of the same color to create the flower!

Stamp a little sentiment on the card. For the finishing touch, embellish with some pearls.

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Be Merry

The holidays are my favorite time of the year!  It’s a time of celebration. A time to spend with family. It’s a time to for me to reflect upon the year and all of the blessings in my life. The family traditions and festivities are always fun! I look forward to them each and every year! One of my favorite holiday activities is creating handmade Christmas cards. I make a variety of cards ranging from super simple to very detailed. Today, I thought I would share a quick and simple idea with all of you.

This card idea came to me when I was playing around with the Merry Ornaments kit. The little Christmas Trees were left over pieces from creating the ornaments. And you know I can’t throw anything away!  To make this card, cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 4-1/4 inch piece of the Christmas tree design from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack; adhere this piece to the center of the card front. Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of the small pattern green DSP and adhere to the lower half of the card as shown. Cut a 3/4 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on it.  For the finishing touch, embellish a stitched circle with the Christmas tree and adhere to the card, as shown, with dimensionals. Easy peasy!

Now, an alternate design would be to stamp a sentiment in the white circle and eliminate the 3/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock. Lots of possibilities here!

 

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A Little Wild ~ Honey Bear

There are soooo many amazing products between the Stampin’ Up! holiday and the annual catalog I can’t decide what to play with first!  A good problem to have! So today I thought I would share an adorable little card that showcases some fun images from the A Little Wild Bundle. This bundle of products has some absolutely adorable baby animal images in it which are perfect for baby cards as well as other fun occasions! I designed a variety of projects with this bundle for my club members but I saved this one to share with all of you! Soooo cute!  I hope you enjoy it!

To make this card, start with a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 – 3-3/4 inch piece of So Saffron cardstock, emboss it with the 3D Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhere to the card front. This 3D embossing folder gives the impression of “honey” dripping behind the bear. So cool! Next, cut a 1 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock, wrap some linen thread around the left half of this piece, tie a little bow and adhere it across the lower part of the card as shown. The little bear was stamped on a piece of crumb cake cardstock, using Chocolate Chip ink, and cut out with the coordinating framelit.  You can use the layering squares or stitched framelits to cut out a matted focal point for the bear. The bee hive was stamped on a piece of So Saffron cardstock and cut out with the coordinating framelit. Then I just embellished the card with some burlap ribbon and a string of gold sequins. Super cute and fun!

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Quilted Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  The NEW holiday catalog has been LIVE for 8 days now so I hope that you had an opportunity to take a look at all of the fabulous new products!  One of the things I love most about this year’s catalog is that many of the products can be used all year long! Yep, that’s right, they are not just for Christmas or the Holidays.  One of the new product suites that caught my eye was the Quilted Christmas. It has a homey, handmade feel to it. And I just love how the products can be used for Christmas or any other occasion. In fact, the first couple of cards that I made didn’t have anything to do with Christmas. Let’s take a look!

The stamps and die cuts in the Christmas Quilt Bundle make it easy to create fun quilt patterns on your cards. For this card, I started with a piece of Pool Party cardstock for the base of the card and embossed the front using the new Quilt Top embossing folder. Next, I simply stamped the different quilt patterns on a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inch piece of white cardstock, using Peekaboo Peach and Pool Party ink. I cut my cardstock to this size because it’s the exact size of the large quilt patterned framelit. Using the large quilt patterned framelit die, I cut a blank piece of white cardstock so that I would have a white outline of the quilt pattern. I then mounted the stamped images behind the white outline. The stamped images fit perfectly!  Then, using the same large framelit, I cut out another quilt pattern from a piece of So Saffron cardstock. This time I took the little pieces of yellow cardstock, the squares and triangles, and glued them into the open spaces on my project. One you have created your quilt pattern, simply embellish the card any way you like!

Here is another project created with the Quilted Christmas product suite. As you can see, there is nothing Christmasy about this card! For this project, I started with a piece of Garden Green cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Next, I cut out a 1 x 5-1/4 inch piece of the Quilted Christmas DSP and matted it out on a 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 piece of Pool Party cardstock and a 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Then I used the star patterned framelit to create the focal point on the card. There is a cute little framelit designed to represent a spool of thread. I simply cut out two different colors and wrapped some twine around them…then adhered them to the center of the DSP with a few glue dots.

These were super fun cards to make!  I hope you enjoyed them!

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Giftable Greetings

Do you ever give your handmade cards as gifts? I am always looking for fun and pretty ways to package them up!  I have found that a pack of handmade cards makes the perfect gift!  They are practical and everyone just loves them! Especially if they are handmade!

Well the designer of last month’s Paper Pumpkin kit must have been sneaking around my craft room 🙂  The kit was called Giftable Greetings and it contains all of the materials you needed to create 8 pretty cards plus a pretty little package to put them in! Now you might have noticed that there are quite a few more cards in that picture than 8. Well that’s because I always create many many extra cards using the stamp set and leftover materials in the kit!

I only put about 6 cards with envelopes in the package, mainly because I wanted some extra to send out.  The kit was super fun and now I have a fabulous gift that I am planning on gifting to one of my hostesses this month!

Of course the kit always comes with an exclusive stamp set so that mean more stamping fun! One of my favorite things to do with the Paper Pumpkin kits, besides making the projects, is to create more projects! This time I did a bit of watercoloring and used up some of the extra supplies in my kit:

These pretty little cards were created with the exclusive stamp set that came in the kit! Wanna get in on the fun? New subscribers can try Paper Pumpkin for 50% off! Join before September 10th to take advantage of this deal!

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