Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sweet Scarecrow

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations    If you've been following my blog, you know I'm head over heels in love with Stampin' Up's "Cookie Cutter Halloween" stamp set! There are four adorable images in the set and I've been using the mummy and skeleton a lot, so I'm glad that we used another image from this set at my group's Holiday Catalog gathering. I also love that there are other "accessory" stamps in the set--like a trick-or-treat bag, bat, bird, and more!

This card is super cute and super easy to make. Here's how we did it. We stamped the sweet scarecrow image in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and punched him out with the matching Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. We colored the scarecrow with Stampin' Write Markers: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, and Dapper Denim.

Next, we stamped the brick wall image from the "Ghoulish Grunge" stamp set in Crumb Cake onto a Whisper White panel. We layered a strip of Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper and a strip of Pumpkin Pie Halloween Nights Specialty Series Paper onto the Whisper White panel before adhering everything to a Pumpkin Pie card base.

We adhered the scarecrow to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and added a few Pumpkin Pie Enamel Shapes to finish the card. This sweet scarecrow could be used for Halloween and throughout the fall! Don't you just love him?!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Not-So-Ghoulish Twins

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm not really much of a Halloween girl, well, that's not really true. I do love to decorate the outside of the house for Halloween, but I don't go over the top. I do love to see the little ones at the door in their sweet and not-so-sweet costumes. My kids are too cool for Halloween and they still live at home so I can't "send" them a Halloween card. So I guess what I'm saying is that I wish I had a bunch of people to send Halloween cards to because Stampin' Up always has such awesome Halloween stamp sets. I always have to buy one.

This year's "Cookie Cutter Halloween" stamp set just makes me squeal! I {heart} it so, so much! I love how the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch is perfect for making these images just come alive! (See what I did there?)

We made this card at my Stampin' Up group's Holiday Catalog gathering. It's totally adorable!! Here's the recipe. 

We started with a Basic Gray card base, added a Pumpkin Pie mat, and then the brick wall piece from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. Onto that, we used Stampin' Dimensionals to add another layer of Basic Gray and Pumpkin Pie as a "frame" for our images.

Next, we stamped the adorable mummy and skeleton in Basic Black Archival Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and punched them out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. We adhered these adorable trick-or-treaters to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

We stamped the "happy halloween" sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Pumpkin Pie scrap and punched this out with the new Classic Label Punch. We adhered this to the card with a half Stampin' Dimensional at each end. To finish the card, we added a couple of Basic Rhinestone Embellishments to the label.

So cute, right? Now who to send it to?!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Foxy Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   If you're one of my Christmas card club members, today's card is a sneak peek at one of the cards we'll be making at the October session. When they showed the "Foxy Friends" stamp set at this spring's OnStage Live event, the squeals from the audience were deafening (I'm looking at you Dana "darth.sunshine" Keith)!!! I fell in love with this set and it went onto my first order from the annual catalog. I always had in my mind that I'd be using it to make a Christmas card for my class.

Let's start with the "foxy reindeer." I stamped the head and body of the fox in Crumb Cake ink onto a Whisper White scrap. (PRO TIP: Make sure your scrap is big enough and has enough space around the image to fit the Oval Framelit. Ask me how I know.) I added the antlers in Sahara Sand ink and the face and legs in Early Espresso ink. The photopolymer stamps make placing all these elements so easy!

I cut the fox out with an Oval Layering Framelit and cut the just-larger sized oval scallop from a piece of Pool Party and adhered these two pieces together. Have I mentioned how much I love the Layering Framelits (squares, circles, and ovals)? I do love them so!

Next, I stamped the greeting from the "Holly Jolly Greetings" stamp set in Calypso Coral onto a 1" Whisper White strip and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. I cut a 1" strip of A Little Foxy DSP and flagged the end of that with the Banner Triple Punch, too.

I ran a Smoky Slate panel through the Big Shot with the Woodland Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a Thick Whisper White Card Base, cut lengthwise (hotdog style). I adhered the banners to the card and then attached the foxy oval to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For a finishing touch, I added a Calypso Coral Enamel Dot to the fox's nose. Isn't that just the cutest?!

If you're local to Maryland and you'd like to come stamp with us in October and make this card and two others, contact me and I'll send you the details!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy Vertical Greetings

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   My demonstrator group, the Proverbial Stampers, held a Holiday Catalog gathering this weekend. We had a great time making samples from the Holiday Catalog (I'll be sharing some soon!), learning business ideas, seeing our fellow demonstrators present fun new ideas and techniques, eating yummy food, and getting to know our team a little better. We also had a card swap--a time-honored Stampin' Up tradition!

I hadn't inked up my "Vertical Greetings" stamp set since I got it, so I thought it was about time to put it to good use to make my swap cards. I'm kind of stuck in a Mint Macaron/Island Indigo rut--but what a pretty rut to be stuck in! First, I stamped the greeting in Island Indigo onto the right side of a Thick Whisper White card base. 

Next, I stamped the floral image in Mint Macaron on the right side of a 3.5" x 4.75" Whisper White panel. I adhered this to a slightly larger Island Indigo mat.  I tied a length of Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon around this assembly before adhering it onto the card base.

I love this vertical design. I love the clean and simple style. I love the color combination. Really, what's not to love about this card??!!

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