Friday, October 30, 2015

Paper Pumpkin October 2015

#stampinup   #paperpumpkin   The colors in the October 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit are awesome! The genius designers at Stampin' Up paired Watermelon Wonder with Delightful Dijon and Old Olive--colors that are perfect for any season of the year! And the "Blissful Bouquet" stamp set is versatile, as evidenced by all the alternate projects I scanned through on Pinterest. In fact, I got several project ideas on Pinterest that I'm sharing today.

But first, watch the video to see the cute projects that can be made by following the simple instructions on the video or on the instruction sheet included in the kit.

Here are my alternate designs for this kit. For the full sized card, I used the pre-printed Delightful Dijon card base and added the pre-printed watercolored panel as a background piece. I added the large floral circle and then punched a 2" circle from the foliage piece. I wrapped the Very Vanilla Baker's Twine around the panel, tying it in a simple bow. I added the "thinking of you" label to complete the design

For the 3" x 3" card, I cut a 2-7/8" square of Old Olive card stock. I stamped petals onto a piece of the pre-printed watercolored panel in Basic Gray. I cut this down to 2-5/8" square and adhered it to the Old Olive panel. I wrapped some more Very Vanilla Baker's twine around the card and added the "thinking of you" label.

I used the Crumb Cake note card to make another "thinking of you" card. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the Crumb Cake note card in Basic Gray. I stamped the flower onto the same watercolored panel that I used for the 3" x 3" card and fussy cut it. I cut a square of Watermelon Wonder cardstock from my own stash and added a square of the preprinted foliage piece.

As with the other cards, I wrapped a length of Very Vanilla Baker's twine around the front panel of the card and tied it in a simple bow. I added the fussy cut flower with the Stampin' Dimensionals included in the kit. I finished the card by added a gold foil floral element, also included in the kit.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

One Last Halloween Card

#stampinup   I have time to share one last Halloween card before moving onto Fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I'm really loving the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, so this week's Global Design Challenge was a great chance to use some more of it!

The Global Design Challenge is new--this is only the 8th challenge. I'm always happy to find new challenge blogs for inspiration. The GDP design crew are some of the finest stampers in the WORLD! Check them out!

GDP Challenge #8 is to CASE a card. Normally, CASE means "copy and share everything," but for this challenge, CASE means "copy and selectively edit." In other words, use something about the elements of the card to inspire your card. I choose to use a modification of the layout so I could showcase the Happy Haunting DSP.

I started with a Tangelo Twist card base and added a Basic Black mat--you can't get any more Halloweeny than that! I cut two different sheets of Happy Haunting DSP--one is 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" and the other is 2" by 3-1/2". I backed each of these with a slightly larger Tangelo Twist mat. I adhered these pieces directly to the card.

Next, I stamped the "spooky" circle from the "Among the Branches" set in Tangelo Twist onto a Very Vanilla scrap and punched it out with the 2" Circle Punch. I punched a piece of Basic Black with the 2-3/8" Scallop Punch and then rotated the punched piece and punched it again with the same punch to get the spiky edges. Using a small sticky note helps align the already punched pieced. I adhered the spooky circle onto the spiky circle and then added this element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

That's it! Quick and easy! It took me longer to choose which two pieces of DSP to use than to put the whole card together!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fab Window

#stampinup   Halloween is almost here so I'd better use my Halloween colors and stamps now, 'cause after Saturday, we'll be moving into Fall and Christmas mode, right?

This week's Fab Friday color challenge features three great Halloween colors. Frankly, I would never have paired Bermuda Bay with Tangelo Twist and Basic Black--but these are perfect colors for Halloween!!

I started by cutting a Black Glimmer Paper window with the Hearth and Home Framelits collection. Then I cut a wedge from a Spider Web Doily and adhered it to the window with a glue dot. I attached a Bermuda Bay rectangle to the window with Stampin' Dimensionals--which are doing double-duty by adhering the Bermuda Bay panel to the window and the window to the card!

I stamped the little spider from the "Howl-o-Ween Treats" stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink in the bottom left window and used a Project Life by Stampin' Up Journaling Pen to draw a silk thread from the web to the spider.

I used Tangelo Twist for the card base, added a strip of Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper--wrapped with a Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon--and then adhered the window to the card.

I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to position the sentiment from the "And Many More" set, which I stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.

I think this card is stinkin' cute, if I do say so myself (and I do)!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Suede and Honey Color Challenge

#stampinup   This week's Create With Connie & Mary color challenge uses some of the colors in the English Garden Designer Series Paper that I really love--I love the paper and the colors!


As always, the design team came up with some wonderful cards--one of the cards was so wonderful that I kind of CASEd it! I used the same foundation as Joanne's card: Hello Honey card base, Soft Suede mat, and one of the floral sheets of the English Garden DSP.

Next, I added a length of Gold Glitter Ribbon. Then I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the "Tin of Cards" stamp set in Mossy Meadow onto a Hello Honey scrap and cut it out with a Deco Label Framelit. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and added a Mossy Meadow flower punched from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I added a small Basic Pearl to the flower for an elegant finishing touch.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Christmas Preview #6

#stampinup  Here's the last of 6 cards we'll be making at the October and November Christmas card-making class. You'll have to come to the sessions to know which ones we'll be making at each session. This Saturday's session is going to be a "no Big Shot" session. I know! Two "no Big Shot" sessions! How did I do that?!

This card is a CASE of a card I received at the #StampinUp #InspireCreateShare #Convention2015 from Jan Reid. Jan's card used the "Circle of Spring" wreath and was done in Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler. My card uses the "Peaceful Wreath" stamp set and I switched out the Crumb Cake and used Whisper White instead.

I started with a Whisper White Thick card stock base, added an Old Olive mat, and a Cherry Cobbler panel embossed with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I stamped the wreath in Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White card stock and cut it out with the matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits. I colored in the leaves with an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker and the berries with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker and attached the wreath to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped a sentiment from the "Versatile Christmas" set in Cherry Cobbler onto a 1" strip of Whisper White and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I added this to a 1.5" strip of Merry Moments Designer Series paper that I also flagged with the Banner Triple Punch. The sentiment assembly was adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Finally, I stamped the bow from the "Peaceful Wreath" set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Cherry Cobbler scrap and cut it out with the matching framelit from the Wonderful Wreath collection. I adhered the bow to the wreath with a glue dot.

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Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker