Showing posts from October, 2019

Light and Peace

Light & Peace This angel inspired me to create a card that was simple, yet elegant. With cards and all the card making products getting more and more intricate, detailed, and time consuming to make, it was refreshing to make a card that brought me "back to the basics".  The card base uses Thick Whisper White. I matted the card using Gold Foil and then the top layer is Whisper White. First I generously covered the card panel front with Stampin' Up's Embossing Buddy so it was as static free as possible. I stamped the angel and greeting in Versa Mark and generously applied gold embossing powder over the area and heat embossed.  Next I masked an oval shape by die cutting an oval shape into the masking paper and then discarding the cut out piece and adhering the masked panel to the card front exposing only the oval portion.  I used So Saffron and a blender brush (there are many blender brushes on the market and many people use cosmetic blender brushe
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Holly Jolly Meets Cup of Cheer

Holly Jolly Meets Cup of Cheer I absolutely love the country, somewhat "retro" look of the Night Before Christmas Designer Series and when I saw one of the designs had plates of cookies with mugs of hot chocolate, I knew that would go so well with Cup of Christmas Stamp Set and Cup of Cheers Dies.  The card base is Really Red. The first layer is Very Vanilla which I ran through the Subtle Embossing Folder - one of my favorite embossing folders. I used Stitched Rectangles to create a frame behind and around the Night Before Christmas DSP.  I stamped Santa in Memento ink so I could use Real Red Dark, Black Dark, Petal Pink Light, Rococo Rose Light, and Light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends to color in Santa. To lighten his beard, I used Stampin' Blends Color Lifter marker. The cup was stamped and die cut using Cup of Christmas Stamp Set and Cup of Cheers dies. While there were many adorable greetings in the Cup of Christmas Stamp Set, I found "Oh w
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Spooktacular Bash Simplified

Spooktacular Bash - Simplified I'm continuing my fun with Halloween and created this card - a simplified twist on my previous card. Many crafters have limited budgets, or have no desire to have all the bells and whistles, so they may not have a costly die cutting machine. Stampin' Up's Monster Bosh Suite is a wonderful, comprehensive suite full of Halloween festive fun. But sometimes, this can be overwhelming to new stampers or occasional crafters who don't maintain all of these tools in their homes. So I wanted to take just Spooktacular Bash Stamp Set and Monster Bash Designer Series Paper and create a cute card that didn't require Ornate Frames Dies and die cutting machine or Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder.  Punches, especially basic punches like circle punches are very versatile and can still dress a card up nicely.  Also, if you have a lot of cards to make, using a die cutting machine can be very time consuming. This card would be very easy to
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Spooktacular Bash

Spooktacular Bash What fun it's been playing with Halloween stamps and papers! My son is grown now and it's been years since I've really gotten into Halloween, but when I saw Spooktacular Bash Stamp Set, Ornate Frames Dies, Monster Bash Designer Series Paper, and Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder, I knew I had to order! The card base is Basic Black. I embossed Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock with the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder. Where the two papers come together, I adhered 1/2 inch Black Satin Ribbon. It has a nice sheen to it that tied the two pieces together well.  The haunted house is from Monster Bash Designer Series Paper cut out with Stitched Shapes - the second largest oval. The greeting, mummy, and vampire were stamped in Memento Ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  This card came together quickly and easily. Hope you have a fun Halloween!  Spooktacular Bash Bundle - 153040 Price: $48.50 Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder -
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Rustic Retreat

Rustic Retreat - Rustically Simple and Charming! From the minute Rustic Retreat came out in Stampin' Up's 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, I knew it would make a beautiful Christmas card - other occasion cards as well, but especially festive for the holidays.  I started making this with full intentions to color the stamped country cottage with Stampin' Blends, but once I decided to add the bears, I just loved the rustic simplicity of this card and left it that way.  The card base is Early Espresso and the red checkered plaid paper is from Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper from the 2019 Holiday Catalog. I die cut the layered pieces using Stitched Nested Labels - the largest of the two different combinations - one in Very Vanilla and one in Early Espresso and layered them. I stamped the image of the country cottage and then below the greeting Sending Warm Christmas Wishes in Early Espresso.  The bears, which I love and are so adorable, come from the Snow Glob
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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall!  FINALLY, fall-like temperatures are upon us and it actually makes sense to make a fall card! Fall is one of my favorite times of year; I love fall colors, the weather, and taking walks in all of the colorful splendor. I didn't want to wait until Thanksgiving to make a fall card for family and friends, so early October seems like the perfect time.  This card uses Stampin' Up! products that are ones I'll always keep, even if they retire. I used Cajun Craze for the cardstock base. I stamped Birch Background stamp in Crumb Cake onto a 4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I had a piece of 4 1/8 x 4 3/8 in Crumb Cake matted below. Make sure to leave enough room at the bottom of the card for the letters in FALL - I recommend cutting them out first and placing them there before adhering the Birch Background piece.  Using Seasonal Layers Dies, I cut out three solid leaves in Mossy Meadow. The detailed leaves were cut from Terracotta Tile, C
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