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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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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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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Fall-Themed Cards

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Sharing a little Halloween fun with you today! This particular card showcases a great way to use the spooky patterns found in the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  It’s a quick and simple card to create! Plus, you can use this layout over and over again with any patterned paper to create cards for any occasion! How cool is that?

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To create this card, cut a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of the striped pattern from the Halloween Night DSP pack and adhere it to the left side of your card front. Cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of the “bat” pattern from the DSP pack and a 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch piece of basic gray cardstock; adhere these two pieces together (the gray cardstock serves as a matte).  Cut a metallic doily in half and adhere one of the halves to the backside of matted “bats” piece; then adhere the entire piece to your card front be overlapping onto the striped DSP pattern. For the finishing touch, add a little halloween sentiment using your circle punches!

Not into Halloween cards? No problem…you can use this layout  and all of the measurements to create a card for any occasion!  Just change out the pattern paper and the sentiments to create a whole new card like this!

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Cookie Cutter Halloween

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends! October is right around the corner so it’s time to start sharing some Halloween projects with all of you!  Today I have a quick and simple Halloween card idea for you!  This particular layout is one of my favorite ways to use washi tape!  If you love washi tape, you can use this design to create a card for ANY occasion.  Just use a flower, butterfly or some other type of embellishment  that coordinates with your washi tape and stamp a sentiment on the card to fit the occasion! It’s a super simple and quick card idea!

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To make this card, start with a piece of perfect plum cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Grab a few rolls of washi tape; in this case I used the new Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape pack. There are 5 rolls in the pack. Simplly tear off a piece of washi tape long enough to go completely across the white cardstock so you can wrap the ends around to the back. Start with the upper pieces and work your way down. You can run your pieces straight across or on an angle, like on this project. There is no right or wrong way to use it! I left a little bit of white cardstock showing in between each piece of washi tape I applied. Once you have all of your washi tape on the card, stamp a little sentiment as shown. For the finishing touch, I stamped a little Dracula image and colored him in with a few different markers and adhered him to the card with dimensionals. Get out your washi tape and start creating some fun cards!  The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

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Spooky Fun

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Today the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog goes live!  Wahoo!  Are you excited? 🙂  This year’s catalog is just full of fabulous holiday products for Halloween, Fall, and Christmas! If you haven’t seen the catalog yet or you would like a copy, simply click on the “Request a Catalog”  section of this website and I will get one out to you!

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Today I have a fun little Halloween project to share.  This project was inspired by one of the projects in the holiday catalog. It showcases some fun Halloween themed washi tape, designer paper and a new stamp set!  To make this card, start with a piece of basic gray cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the spider web pattern from the new Halloween Night Specialty Series Designer Paper. Adhere this piece to the front of your card. Using the lots of labels framelit set, cut a basic gray label and stamp it with one of the halloween grunge images. Add some strips of the Halloween washi tape and a few scrap pieces of glimmer paper, vellum or anything else you have lying around. Cut a smaller label out of white cardstock and stamp it with a Halloween sentiment; adhere this in the center of the larger label.  For the finishing touch, add a few enamel dots. Enjoy!

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Among the Branches

Good Morning!  Last night I held my annual Halloween class.  We made a variety of treat bags and cards in preparation for next week!  This particular card was one of my favorites as it showcases some fun Halloween products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. among the branchesTo make this card, start with a piece of basic gray cardstock for the base of your card. Emboss the front of the card with the Woodland embossing folder. Sponge some gray ink all over the embossed trees to highlight them.  Stamp some of the spooky eyes from the Among the Branches stamp set in between the trees using black ink. Cut a spider web doily in half and adhere it to the right side of your card; trim off the excess that hangs off the card. Grab some of your favorite washi tape and run a few different colors along the bottom of the spider web doily (this will help hold it in place too). You can also use the new Happy Haunting washi tape. Stamp the “spooky” sentiment from the Among the Branches stamp set on a piece of scrap white paper, using pumpkin pie ink, and punch it out with the 2 inch circle punch. Punch out a rich razzleberry 2 3/8 inch scalloped circle and adhere it to the “spooky” circle to matte it out. Adhere the circles to your card with dimensionals. that’s it! Enjoy!

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BOO! Halloween Fun!

halloween boo to you 2015Good Morning!  I thought I would start sharing some fun Halloween ideas with all of you!  Yes, it’s only September but Halloween will be here before you know it!  Today’s project showcases some of the fun new Halloween products from the Holiday Stampin’ Up! catalog.  One of my favorite products is the spider web doily!  I have so many different ideas for using those little doilies…and some of my ideas are not Halloween related. 🙂  Wanna recreate this project? Let’s take a look at what you will need.

Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of orange patterned paper.  I actually had a few pieces of Halloween papers and washi tape left from last year so I just used that. Of course there is a fun new pack of paper available in this year’s catalog called Happy Haunting. So if you love Halloween papers I highly recommend you check it out! Once you have your patterned paper cut, add a few pieces of washi tape to the top as shown.  Of course you can use the happy haunting washi tape so it coordinates with your patterned paper. Next, adhere one of the spider web doilies to the left side of the paper (wrapping the excess around to the back), and then adhere the entire piece to the front of your card.  Stamp some of the spiders from the Howl-o-ween treat stamp set onto the patterned paper using black ink. Cut a 1 x 3 1/2 inch piece of blackberry bliss cardstock and make a little pennant. Adhere it to the center as shown. Cut out the “BOO” with the Boo to your framelits using silver glimmer paper.  That’s it! Enjoy!

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Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper

Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape

Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Silver Glimmer Paper

Howl-O-Ween Treat Clear-Mount Bundle

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

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Boo-tiful Bags

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I have been so busy putting together Christmas and Fall-themed projects that I almost forgot to share these adorable projects from the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit ~ Boo-tiful Bags!  As you can see, last month’s kit was Halloween themed. We put together 6 adorable little treat bags.  The kit came with everything we needed to create the projects…but I decided to add a bit of fun halloween washi tape that I had left over from last year.

These monthly kits are perfect if you are just getting started with crafting or stamping. They are also a great source of inspiration for the avid crafter as well. You can learn more about this program at http://stamptasticdesigns.com/paper-pumpkin-monthly-kits/

Here are a few of the alternative designs we created with materials from the September Paper Pumpkin Kit:

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