Friday, November 13, 2020

Autumn Thanks

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   The weather here in central Maryland is finally getting that fall crispness in the air. We had a couple of weeks of fall-like weather and then we had a warm spell. I'm not complaining--the warm spell was glorious and it allowed us to get outside more--but I do love a crisp fall day, don't you? The leaves on our trees are almost spent, but I kind of like the raggedy look of the leaves as they wither and fall to the ground. There's something quite special about a fall day!

I love the fact that Stampin' Up always has such lovely products to help us recreate in paper the look and feel of fall and the Gilded Autumn Suite on pages 44 through 46 of the July through December mini catalog does not disappoint. Today's card is a simple thank you--perfect for sending thanks to someone at this time of year.

I started by embossing the left side of a 4" by 5-1/4" Mint Macaron Card Stock panel with the Scripty Embossing Folder. I adhered a 2" by 5-1/4" strip of copper-embossed Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper to the right side of the panel. Then I wrapped a length of Cinnamon Cider Ribbon across the seam and adhered it to the back of the panel. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this piece to a Mint Macaron Card Stock card base.

Next, I used the Autumn Punch Pack punches to punch out two copper foil leaves from the Gilded Autumn DSP. I stamped a spray of leaves in Cinnamon Cider Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and fussy cut them. I stamped the "thank you" sentiment from the "Beautiful Autumn" stamp set in Cinnamon Cider Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and punched it out with the Tailored Tag Punch.

I adhered the label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Then I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the leaves to the card, tucked behind the label. To finish the card, I added three gold-flecked Wonderful Gems. How pretty is this card?

Stay healthy! Stay safe!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A Grateful Heart

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I really love fall! I'm blessed to live in a home that's surrounded by trees. We're in an established neighborhood, but our house backs up to a creek that runs through a wooded stand of trees. In the summer time, it's like we live in a tree house! In our front yard we have a few flowering trees that are gorgeous in the spring--our cherry tree is confused by the warm weather and is blooming again, poor thing. It's lovely to sit at my computer and look out the window at our trees in all seasons. I'm so blessed and grateful.

Today's card is made with products from the Gilded Autumn Suite on pages 44 through 46 of the August to December Mini Catalog. The "Beautiful Autumn" stamp set and matching Autumn Punch Pack are lovely and the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper is simply stunning. Take a look at this card!

This picture does not do the DSP justice. The copper foil accents are gorgeous! To make this card, I cut 2" by 4" and 3" by 4" pieces of Early Espresso Card Stock. I adhered 1-3/4" by 3-3/4" and 2-3/4" by 3-3/4" pieces of the DSP onto these and then onto a Very Vanilla Card Stock card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the "Beautiful Autumn" stamp set in Early Espresso Ink onto Crumb Cake Card Stock and cut it out with the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped three different leaves from the stamp set onto Very Vanilla Card Stock. I used Cajun Craze and Garden Green Inks, I used the matching punches from the Autumn Punch Pack to punch out two of the leaves and fussy cut the third one. I stamped the acorn outline in Early Espresso Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and filled in the top with Early Espresso Ink and the bottom with Crumb Cake Ink and then I punched it out with the matching punch. I adhered the elements to the sentiment circle with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. So cute! 

Stay healthy! Stay safe!


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Monday, November 9, 2020

October 2020 Pampered Stamper Creative Escape

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #proverbialstampers   #pamperedstampers   Last weekend I attend the most excellent stamping retreat in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Proverbial Stampers team lead, Connie Heisey, and her team member, Jody Brechbill, the Stampin Queen, hosted this wonderful event. And when they say "pampered"--they mean it! I was very excited to be able to attend this event and the hosts took pains to ensure that we were socially distant and wore our masks when we stepped away from our work table. I felt very safe and very pampered and I was very productive! 

Each participant had her own 8-foot table, so we had plenty of room to work. I packed up my stampin' studio and set it up at my table--along with my Starbucks of course! 

We each got a goodie bag with our make-and-take kits, a spool of ribbon, embellishments, and the fun round tins from the July to December Mini Catalog! And, of course, there were giveaways during the weekend.

We received table gifts throughout the event, too! And they were packaged so cutely in boxes made with Stampin' Up products. (I've already eaten the candy from all my gifts.)

We received a fluffy pair of socks and a really cute mug--to use at the hot chocolate station! So fun. And we got a bag of Nana's snack mix--made with Jody's grandma's secret recipe!

The hosts brought almost every stamp set, die, and punch from both the annual and mini catalog, along with all the ink pads and Stampin' Blends. We could use their supplies for our projects. I was so happy to play with supplies that I don't have myself. And, as I mentioned, I was very productive! I made 65 cards over the weekend! Wow!

We had coffee, tea, and water--and an awesome sweet and salty bar set up the entire weekend. Plus we had yummy breakfasts and a baked potato bar for dinner on Saturday.

Connie & Jody have already set the dates for the 2021 Pampered Stamper retreats and we'd love to have you join us. Just message me and I can get you in contact with them. All the retreats will be held at the Aspire Hotel in Gettysburg, PA.

Have a safe and healthy week and do something creative--it's good for your soul!