Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Another Thanks

#stampinup   For yesterday's card, I used the Greetings Thinlits to cut out a Tangerine Tango "thanks." I noticed that I had positioned the thinlit perfectly and that I could use the negative image on another card. Score!

I adhered the Tangerine Tango 4" square onto a Rich Razzleberry mat. I added a strip of Into the Woods Designer Series paper at the top, along with a length of Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Cotton Ribbon. I added it all to an Old Olive card base. I also added a couple of Rich Razzleberry Candy Dots for a little texture in the DSP.

Finally, I thought that the acorn from the "Acorny Thank You" stamp set that I found in my stack of card parts that would be so cute on this card--and I was right! The acorn is stamped in Early Espresso and the top is in Hello Honey. It's punched out with the coordinating Acorn Builder Punch that you can get in a bundle and save 15%. Who doesn't like a bargain?!

I stamped one of the sentiments from the "Acorny Thank You" onto a Very Vanilla scrap in Rich Razzleberry and punched it out with the Word Window punch. I adhered this all to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy time with your friends and family.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Plaid Thanks

#stampinup   It's almost Thanksgiving so I'm squeezing in some fall thank you cards. And I'm playing along in this week's Paper Craft Crew Challenge whose theme is thanks!

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 171. #papercraftcrew #themechallenge

I fell in love with the Greetings Thinlits when I used them at last summer's #InspireCreateShare Stampin' Up convention. We used them in the product playground--we were actually playing with the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen, which is perfect for adhering these elements! It took me a while to actually buy the thinlits and even longer to actually use them. But this is the perfect challenge to bring them out to play!

I started by running a scrap of Tangerine Tango through the Big Shot with the "thanks" thinlit. The paper came out of the thinlit quite easily--helped along with a needle that I pushed through a couple of the "helper holes" in the framelit. The paper just popped out!

Next, I used a Tangerine Tango card base, added a Basic Black mat, and then the plaid piece of Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper. I wrapped a length of Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon around the DSP. I glued the framelit onto the card with the fabulous Fine-Tip Glue Pen. 

Finally, I added a few Tangerine Tango Candy dots to add some interest.

And look--it's a card with NO stamping!!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Birthday in Neutrals

#stampinup   My new stampin' friend, Bev Gerard*, posted this beautiful card on her blog yesterday. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it and knew I would have to CASE (copy and share everything) it. I switched it up just a little bit--adding a few of my own touches. The simplicity of this card really speaks to me. I just love it! Thanks for the inspiration, Bev!

For my card, I started with a Tip Top Taupe card base and added a Basic Black mat. Just like Bev, I embossed a Very Vanilla panel with the Modern Mosaic Embossing folder. I copied Bev's banner made with Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper and flagged it with the Triple Banner Bunch. I added a length of my favorite Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon.

I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment from the "Tin of Cards" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Very Vanilla scrap and cut it out with one of the Chalk Talk Framelits. Following Bev's lead, I adhered the label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

So simple, so elegant...and so quick!

*I met Bev at last summer's #InspireCreateShare #Stampinup convention. She's the sweetest person. {HUGS} for you Bev!!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Watercolor Wishes Card Kit by Stampin’ Up!

#stampinup   As soon as the Watercolor Wishes All-Inclusive Kit was available, I snapped it up because I love, love, love the stamp set that comes with it. I've had the kit since July but I didn't put it together until tonight. What?!

This kit comes with just about everything you need: two ink spots--Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy; an acrylic block; the "Watercolor Wishes" stamp set; die cut elements; sequins; wood elements; washi tape; Stampin' Dimensionals; pre-printed cards; envelopes; and full-color instructions. You get everything you need to make 20 fabulous cards, plus you'll have extra elements to use on your own creations! The only extra you'll need to buy is an adhesive. The kit recommends the Mono-Multi Glue and Glue Dots, but I prefer the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, particularly for the sequins. I adhered the flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals-- there were plenty in the kit! You might also want to purchase a package of baby wipes to clean your photopolymer stamps.

I put the kit together in under 1-1/2 hours, including cleaning up! The cards are just adorable!! Lookie!!

This kit would make a wonderful Christmas gift for your crafty friends or your wanna-be crafty friends. You could throw in a Fine-Tip Glue Pen and your recipient would be all set. Contact me today to order yours!!

Watch this video to see everything you get in the kit.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Pretty Good Run!

#stampinup   If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I get my inspiration by playing in a number of online challenges. Well, I've just had a pretty good run at being chosen as a favorite on two challenges.

This card was the winner of a color challenge on the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge blog.

This card was the winner of a sketch challenge on the Paper Craft Crew Challenge blog.

I'm so honored when my cards are chosen! It's a great validation for my creativity! I've added my winning badges over on the left side of my blog!

Mistletoe and Holly-Paper Pumpkin November 2015

#stampinup   #paperpumpkin   Wowza! The Christmas cards in the November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit are adorable! And the kit comes with Cherry Cobbler pearls!! I know, right?! But maybe my favorite supply is the teeny tiny Stampin' Dimensionals that are included and fit nicely behind the holly leaves. Oh my goodness! I made these beauties in just over an hour!

If you haven't subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet, what are you waiting for? And if you're a former subscriber, the kits are way, way, WAY better than they were when Paper Pumpkin first started. The quality of the supplies and the number of cards (10 in this kit!) and home decor items makes the monthly price of $19.95 well worth it. And it's just a small price to pay for an hour of crafting fun! And you have projects that you'd be proud to give away!

Signing up is simple--just click on the Paper Pumpkin badge on the left of this blog. You can subscribe on a month-to-month basis, but if you order a six-month subscription, you save $1 per month, and when you order a 12-month subscription, you save $2 per month. Plus, with a 12-month subscription, you're eligible for Stampin' (hostess) Rewards! What a deal!

Now watch the video so you can see just how cute this kit is--and I know you'll be wishing you were already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Roses for Grandma

#stampinup   My wonderful mother-in-law is celebrating her birthday at the end of the week, so my darling husband asked me to make a card for her. I'm so happy to oblige! I was digging through my designer series paper stash because Grandma loves purple and I thought I'd find a nice DSP with purple. But then I spied the Timeless Elegance DSP with the roses and took a U-turn. 

I cut a piece of the DSP so that the flowers would be the focal point of the card. Then I sponged on Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, and Elegant Eggplant inks until I liked the shading and soft colors. I mounted the DSP onto an Elegant Eggplant mat and tied on a length of Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon.

Next, I cut a Perfect Plum panel and stamped the sentiment from the "Watercolor Wishes" set (exclusive to the kit!) in Basic Black Archival Ink. Then I adhered the assembly to a Wisteria Wonder card base.

I thought the card lacked a little something, so I inked up the three little hearts from the "Watercolor Wishes" set in Basic Black and stamped them in the bottom corner. Yep! That's the ticket!

My kids wrote some heartfelt wishes for Grandma in the card--without my prompting. I know Grandma will love her card!

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