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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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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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!

Subscribe today with the promo code HALFOFF0917 at >>> http://bit.ly/PaperPumpkinKits

 

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Be Merry

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is LIVE!  There are so many fabulous products in this new catalog. Yes, I know…I say that all the time but it’s true!  Lots of fun die cuts, stamp sets, embellishments, paper, and oh so much more!  Today I want to share a super fun and pretty kit that is featured in the new catalog.  It’s called “Be Merry” and the kit includes everything you need to create 12 pretty Christmas ornaments! You could also use these as gift toppers instead of ornaments. There are so many fun things to do with them!

So pretty, hey?  They are so simple to create too!  Each rosette is already cut, scored and ready for you to assemble!  They even have an adhesive strip built right in! There are a total of 12 rosettes and 2 different designs which means you can create 6 of each design. All of the embellishments are pre-cut and ready for you to assemble as well! I would recommend using a hot glue gun for assembling but a strong, fast drying liquid glue would work well too!

These would make such a great gift this holiday season or use to decorate your Christmas tree!  It’s a fun kit that you are sure to enjoy! No stamps needed for this kit!

Grab yours today at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net

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Birthday Blooms

One of the things that first attracted me to stampin’ was embossing. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful textures and the simplicity of creating with embossing folders. My very first purchase was an embossing machine! I love adding a variety of different textures to my cards. So when Stampin’ Up! came out with their new embossing paste, I knew that I had to try it!   For this project, I used one of the decorative masks to create a fun backdrop for my card. It is so simple to use and the possibilities are endless!

The embossing paste is white. You probably noticed that the little diamond background is pink in color. Well, you can add little drops of ink to the embossing paste and create all sorts of different colored backgrounds!  Now I didn’t want to change the whole container of paste pink, so I simply place some of the paste on a silicon mat and mixed in the color I wanted. Then I spread the colored paste across the diamond shaped decorative mask until I achieved the look I wanted.  The clean up is quick and easy too!  Just rinse the mask, palette knives and silicon mat under some warm soapy water.  Just a little tip…don’t wait too long to clean your tools as the paste dries pretty quickly!

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I want to share a fun fold card idea with you. It’s called an Easel card. Definitely an oldie but a goodie! I created this card for a demonstrator swap that I participated in. The card showcases products from the Foil Frenzy Suite and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle. My inspiration for this card came right from the pictures in the annual catalog!

Easel cards are pretty simple to create. This fun fold is very similar to a z-fold card, the only difference is that you are adding an extra piece of cardstock which allows your card front to stand up like it’s on an easel.  The card easily folds down flat so it’s the perfect fun fold card for mailing.

To create this card start with a 4-1/4 x 11 inch piece of Soft Sky cardstock for the base of your card. On the 11 inch side, score the cardstock at 5-1/2 and at 8-1/4 inches. Cut another piece of Soft Sky cardstock at 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches as this will be your card front.  Here is a side view of how to fold the 4-1/4 x 11 inch scored piece of cardstock.

The 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of cardstock should be adhered to the bottom part of the fold on the card front. In this picture, it is the fold that is pointing downward towards the bottom of the card. To adhere the piece, lay the card flat and apply adhesive to the lower part of the card front, under the fold line. Then simply lay the 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece on top to secure it. It should look like the picture above when complete.

Once you have created the easel card, then decorate it any way you like! I used some of the fun products from the Foil Frenzy Suite. One little tip about the easel card is that you will need to adhere something to the inside, on the bottom, of the card in order for the easel card to stand up and stay open.  For this card, I simply cut a 4-1/4 x 1 inch piece of the polka dot foil paper and adhered it to a 4-1/4 x 1-1/4 inch piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  I took this piece and adhered to the inside of the card base, on the bottom, using a few dimensionals. When the card is opened in the easel position, it provides a “resting” area for the front of the card.

 

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2017 Fall Stampin’ Extravaganza

Join me along with, my good friend, Mona Krimmer as we partner together to bring you some STAMPIN’ FUN during our 2017 Fall Stampin’ Extravaganza! This event is open to everyone, no matter where you live! The extravaganza is available by mail or you can attend in person if you are local.

It is packed full of fun projects, food, prizes and lots of GIFTS!

How fun are these personalized gift boxes? They are from our last extravaganza and are filled with lots of stampin’ goodies and surprises! Don’t you just love surprises?!?!

We have a fabulous line up of classes for you! This year’s stampin’ extravaganza includes a full color photo tutorial and all of the materials you will need to create a total of 42 projects! WAHOO!! And just in time for the holidays!

10 x 10 Christmas Card Making Class

Create 10 quick and simple Christmas cards with coordinating envelopes! Each card takes less than 10 minutes to make!  This class features the new Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card pack which has a total of 72 double-sided cards! That means you will have lots of extra cards to get creative with at a later date!

Give Thanks ~ Note Card Class

Create 4 different sets of note cards (5 cards in each set) for a total of 20 note cards in all! We will also create some fun and simple coordinating packages for each set of 5 note cards!  These quick and simple note cards will make the perfect gift or keep them for your own personal use! Note cards are 5 x 3-1/2 inches. Envelopes are 5-1/8 x 3-5/8 inches.

Autumn Harvest Card & Gift Giving Class

Create 4 cards with coordinating envelopes, 4 gift tags and 4 coordinating packages! A total of 12 projects in all! This class features products from the NEW Painted Autumn Suite as well as several other fun autumn themed stamp sets.

How fun is that?

The projects will showcase some of the fun NEW products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog and are designed for use with a variety of stamp sets.

Everyone will that participates in person or by mail will receive the following goodies when you sign up for the extravaganza:

  • All of the cardstock, embellishments, ribbons, envelopes, packaging, die cuts and other materials you will need to create the 42 projects! The materials will be cut, scored and prepped so that you can stamp and assemble the projects!
  • NEW Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack (72 double-sided cards)
  • 20 Note Cards & Envelopes
  • Touches of Nature Elements (36 fun little wooden embellishments)
  • Lots and lots of handmade personalized GIFTS for you! This part of the event is a surprise but I guarantee you will love it! 🙂
  • Full color tutorial (pdf file)

Extravaganza Participation Options:

  • Attending in person: Please bring your scissors, adhesive and bone folder. I will supply everything else including lunch. The in-person event is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9am-3pm in my home in Sussex, Wisconsin. I will send you directions when you register.
  • Extravaganza by mail: You will use your own ink and stamps to create the projects. Of course you will also need the basics:  adhesive, scissors and a bone folder. I will supply everything else! There is no lunch option but the shipping of all of the goodies is included in the price! Your extravaganza package will ship out the week of October 22-28, 2017!
  • Tutorial Only: If you prefer to use your own supplies, the tutorial is available as a separate purchase (Note: if you choose the in person or mail option, the tutorial is included). The tutorial will be available the week of October 22-28th and you will receive it via email!

Let us pamper you this holiday season with 42 project ideas, personalized gifts and fun!

This is an event you don’t want to miss! Sorry US residents only.

Join today!


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Rustic Wedding

The summer seems to be flying by! Probably because there are lots of exciting life events happening in our family!  At the beginning of summer we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and my son’s graduation from college. Now we are busy preparing for his wedding! At the beginning of August, we held a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law. They will be getting married on September 15, 2017! Now the invitations went out several months ago but, today, I wanted to take a moment to share them with you.

Yes, they are all handmade with love! My future daughter-in-law wanted me to design an invitation that had a rustic feel to it. I created variety of different samples for her and she fell in love with this one. We used neutral colors to create a soft yet natural look. The base of the inviation was created with crumb cake cardstock. This is a gate fold card so we cut the crumb cake cardstock at 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches and then scored it at 2-1/8 and 6-3/8 inches. We stamped a few images in the corners of the card front using Soft Suede ink and then colored in the flowers with a white watercolor pencil. Using the Sweet & Sassy Heart shaped framelits, we created a focal point for the center of the invitation using vellum and cardstock. Only the left side of the heart is attached to the left side of the invitation (so you can open it). 🙂  For the finishing touch, we added a Very Vanilla Trim wrap to the card.

The bride, her mom, and I got together to create these invitations. We even got the groom to join in. 🙂 We made about 75 in all. They turned out absolutely beautiful!  I promised her that I wouldn’t share the invitations on any of my crafting sites until I knew for sure that everyone had received theirs. Since the wedding is right around the corner, I think it’s safe for me to share them.  🙂

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Mini Books

Most of us papercrafters tend to save all of our scraps. Right? Right! We know that even the smallest scrap piece of paper can be used to create something fun! Not only do I save scraps, but I also save chipboard, old frames, boxes and many other things so that I can upcycle them at a later date. There is not too much that I throw away. So today, I am going to show you some fun projects I created with the 4 x 4 inch square chipboard pieces that Stampin’ Up! uses to package their white doilies.

This idea came to me as I was putting pictures of my grandchildren in a little “brag” book that my daughter bought for me. I thought it would be so cute to put together some handmade brag books. Now you can use them as brag books, notebooks or any other fun idea you come up with!  They are quick and simple to make too!

The chipboard that is used as packaging for the little white doilies is approximately 4 x 4 inches. I simply cut a 4 x 4 square of patterned paper or cardstock to cover the front and back of the chipboard. Now you will need two 4 x 4 chipboard pieces to make one book (one for the cover and one for the back of the book). I made three different books and I still have lots of chipboard pieces to play with yet (yes, I love my doilies). Once you cover the chipboard with cardstock or patterned paper, then simply decorate them as desired.

Daisy Delight Product Suite

 

Eastern Palace Product Suite

 

Coffee Break Product Suite

For the inside of the books, I simply cut 4 x 4 inch pieces of cardstock to coordinate with the colors of the book. You could also use notebook paper.  To hold the books together, simple punch two holes in the left side of the book and thread some ribbon through the cover and all of the pages. You can add as many inside pages as you like. Get creative with it! These would definitely make some great gifts!

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Ribbon of Courage

Does this card look familiar? Well if you have been following along with my posts then you might recognize the layout of this card from a project I shared few weeks ago showcasing the Climbing Orchids. You can view that project by following this link http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2017/07/30/beautiful-climbing-orchids/   I loved the technique and layout of the card so much that I decided to showcase it using a different stamp set…the Ribbon of Courage. One of the things I love most about creating cards is that you can use your layouts over and over again to create a variety of cards for different occasions or reasons. Simply change out the stamp set and embellishments.

To make this card, start with a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. I cut out a larger sized oval from the center (using oval framelits)…this is an optional step. The project will be beautiful even if you don’t cut out an oval in the center. Next, grab one of your favorite embossing folders….my choice was the new Garden Trellis folder. Take the Powder Pink stamping pad, open up your embossing folder, and ink up the top part of the folder. You want to ink up the “smoother” part of the embossing folder (typically the top part) so that when you put your paper in the folder it “pushes” the ink in the background of the embossed images. So you will notice the trellis design stays white but there is pink ink in the background. I just open up my ink pad and tap it right onto the embossing folder as shown.

Once you have finished inking up the embossing folder, lay your 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of paper on the bottom part of the folder and close it. Run it through your embossing machine. Take the embossing folder to your sink and rinse off the ink with cool water. It’s a super simple technique that really has a WOW factor to it!

Then just embellish your project! For this particular project I used the Ribbon of Courage Bundle (Stamp set and Framelit Die Cuts). I embossed the flowery ribbon design on a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock. Simply ink up the ribbon image with versa mark, stamp it on the pink pirouette cardstock, sprinkle it with white embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to set. Once the image is set, cut out the ribbon with the coordinating die cut. For the finishing touch, I embellished it with a little bitty bow.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! Have a wonderful day!

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