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Can you believe it's time for another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge already! It seems like just a few days ago that I shared my latest Christmas Card with you. And now here we are reverting back to having Fall Fun – which is the theme for the current SUO Challenge.
This is a layout that you've seen a lot from me over the years, and even as recently as earlier this month. But when I have such fun little stamps such as these leaves and the sentiment to go with them, it's hard not to want to show them off in different colors and orientations like this layout can provide.
To begin, you might wonder where these stamps come from, because you might not remember seeing them any time recently. And you'd be right. For the most part, I sell or give away retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets. But these images come from a Paper Pumpkin Kit from last year. I managed to come across this set in a round about kind of way. A fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator mentioned in a Facebook post that she was short on pumpkin stamps for this Halloween. And right away another demonstrator posted a comment reminding her of this very Paper Pumpkin stamp set. Sure enough, when I looked in my book where I collect my Paper Pumpkin stamp sets, there it was. Yes, I know I'm not showing off the pumpkin (though I will in a card coming soon to this blog). But there were these two leaf stamps. And beautifully-colored leaves are part of a fun fall in many parts of the United States (though not the part where I live, unfortunately).
The paper for this project is another story. It's a sheet from the Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper set, and the colors in this design are what determined the colors of the leaves that I stamped for the 3 x 3 layout – Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze and Rich Razzleberry. The paper also helped me decide on the background cardstock for the little squares – Mint Macaron Cardstock. With a bit of matting and some Mint Macaron Ribbon from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack from the 2016 Holiday Catalog, my card was finished!
I have to tell you that it took me a while before I ordered this paper set from the Holiday Catalog. I'm not a big fan of paisley shapes. But when I started thinking about making cards and other decorations for Thanksgiving, that paper finally grabbed me and said, "Me, me!" So now I have it, and I'm quite happy with it, thank you!
Here are the current products that I used in today's project. By all means, consider that Petals and Paisleys paper for your Thanksgiving and other fun fall paper crafting! Oh, and don't forget to enter your project in the new SUO Challenge!
When I first felt the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, I knew it would be perfect for Tea Bag folding for Christmas cards! The reason is that it's not nearly as heavy as standard Designer Series Papers. Another benefit, is that there's more of it! There are 24 sheets in the package, with FOUR sheets of each of the 6 designs (most Designer Series Papers have only 2 sheets of each of 6 designs).
So, with the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time a challenge to use Holiday Papers, I felt that this was a good time to try out my Tea Bag folding with the This Christmas papers.
The Tea Bag Fold that I used here is called a "Rosette." I briefly thought about making a tutorial to show how to make it. But in this case, there are so many good tutorials available on the Internet, that I decided my time would be better spent making these lovelies than writing about how to make them. Set your browser to search for "Tea Bag Rosette," and you'll have lots of hits.
Back to the Designer Series Papers! There are three designs from the This Christmas set in this card: The Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler floral print; the Cherry Cobbler striped print; and the Garden Green print with Holly Berries (for the Rosette and also the mat behind the Cherry Cobbler print).
For the sentiment, I used the Banners for Christmas Stamp Set that's in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. If you look at the images in the catalog, you'll see that the words, "Peaceful" and "Christmas," are straight line stamps. But with this kind of a Photopolymer stamp, it's possible to arrange it into a bit of a curve without damaging the stamp at all. And that's what I did with these two words. It takes a bit of trial and error, but that's easily done with scrap paper. I stamped the banner itself using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is also a color in the Designer Series Paper. I cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits, also in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.
To develop the layout for this card, I arranged everything on the front of the card before adhering any papers or stamped images to anything else. Even so, now that I look at the photograph, I think I could have scooched the vertical layers over to the left just a little bit more. Nonetheless, I do like the layout in general, and will likely use it again.
I hope you'll take the time over the next two weeks to make a card of your own using some of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Papers and enter them into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. This is really a fun challenge and we'd love to see how you use your holiday papers (oh, and "Holiday" doesn't refer just to Christmas – that Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with all that silver in it!)
And here are the products I featured in today's project. I hope you'll like some of them enough to click on an image and go to my website to buy them!
It's been a busy week! I spent most of last week getting ready for my card-making class on Friday plus being involved in activities of two clubs to which I belong. Finally today I can take a breather – and yikes, October will be over before the week is! And then it's November and the holidays really begin in earnest.
The Stampin' Up! Only Blog Challenge focuses on just this realization that the holiday season is almost upon us. We usually wait until late October/early November before focusing on Thanksgiving projects. But many of our readers live in Canada, where Thanksgiving is celebrated much earlier than in the United States. And then there are those who are in Europe where Thanksgiving is not a holiday, or in the Southern Hemisphere, where Spring is in full swing, and the harvest we celebrate is a good half year away. So the challenge this time included just "Thanks" as well as Thanksgiving. My card could be a bit of both.
I loved this set from the first time I saw it in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. Also ever since I saw the two images that make up the basket of vegetables, I wondered if I'd be able to do the masking needed to fit the veggies into the basket. The veggie stamp is really made to fit another basket in the stamp set, and that would have been an easy group to stamp. This, however, was a bit more complicated. Usually, when you want one image to appear on paper in front of another image, you stamp the front image first, mask it with another copy of the image stamped on sticky note paper and then cut out. And finally, you stamp the image that's to appeard behind the first over the masked image. Simple!
But that wouldn't work well with this basket. If I did it that way, the whole basket would be either in front of or behind the veggies. But I wanted one of the basket handles to be in front and one behind the veggies. There are the steps I took:
- I inked up the basket with Early Espresso Ink. Then I wiped the ink off the part of the handle that would be on the left of the stamped image.
- I created a mask for the basket, and cut out the part of the handle that I didn't stamp in the first step.
- I stamped the veggies on top of the masked basket image. The part of the veggie image on the right appears stamped behind the right side of the basket handle.
- I created a mask for the veggies and placed both the veggies mask and the partial basket mask over the stamped images.
- Finally, I stamped the basket again over the masked images, just inking up the left side of the handle. This allowed parts of the basket handle on the left to show through where there were no veggie images.
Now that I've got the masks all ready to go, I may just have to stamp this image again!
As you might think by looking at the image, I used a LOT of Stampin' Write Markers to color in the veggies: Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Garden Green, and Always Artichoke. Then I used two more markers, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede to color in the basket. I think I got a cramp in my arm from pulling all those markers out of their storage spots and then putting them back! Who needs adult coloring books when you've got Stampin' Up! stamps like these!
I cut the image out with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits, matted it with a slightly larger scalloped oval made of Soft Suede, and then a much larger scallop oval in Pear Pizzazz.
For the sentiment, stamped in Soft Suede, I clipped the ends using the Banner Triple Punch, matted it with Soft Suede Cardstock, and then arranged a piece of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon and a small strip of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock to place undernearth the sentiment layers, which I adhered using small pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals. Oh, and this sentiment just cried out for hearts from the Regals Collection Enamel Dots (Always Artichoke color).
There are quite a few Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that would have worked with this layout. I chose the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, mostly because it was already out on my work table (no, I hadn't cleaned up from my class yet when I made this).
I hope you enjoyed my perhaps-not-very-clear instructions for doing the double masking. I certainly enjoyed doing it! And here are the featured products from Stampin' Up! that I used for today's card. Click on any of the images to learn more about them and buy them from my store, especially if today's project has inspired you to do that!
Once again I'm more than pleased to be a part of the Color Fusers Blog Hop! This is my second month in the hop, and the second of the two projects we were to make with the September Colors:
You might recall that, in my first blog hop with these colors, I chose to make a Christmas Card, and fleetingly wondered if I should make my next card with a Christmas tree. That thought just came out of the blue (well, blue's not a color this time, so out of some other color). But once I accepted the thought enough to put it in a blog post, it stuck in my little crafty brain!
And it turns out I really like a Mint Macaron Christmas tree!
I first tried to make the card with just the three colors I'd used in the last card – Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplum. And it looked OK. But I walked away for a while and, when I came back, the word, "Gold," popped up in front of my face. Well, not really – but, as I'd already decided to put one of the Gold Enamel Shapes Stars at the top of the tree, the gold kind of took over. As it's a metallic, I'm allowed to use it in any project. Yay!
For the tree, I stamped my favorite tree from the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set, using Mint Macaron Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock. I really inked up that stamp so that the color would show up nicely on the matching cardstock. Then I cut the tree using a die from the Perfect Pines Framelit Set to cut out the tree. I thought the tree would look nice laying on an oval shape. This is when I really got the idea for using all the gold in this project – I thought a thin frame of gold would be super nice. So out came the Layering Ovals Framelit Set. Some of these ovals have scallops and some have plain lines. It's nice to mix them up a bit!
My original thought had been to stamp a greeting at the bottom of the card and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. But I couldn't find what I wanted in my stash. While I was looking though, I wondered if I didn't have some Christmas greetings in a die cutting set somewhere. Of course! I've had the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Set since it first came out – and the Noel die cut was perfect! Of course, I cut it in gold.
When it came to layering up the card, I thought a bit of the Gold Metallic Thread would carry this theme through to finish up the card beautifully. And it did!
What fun I had with these colors for September! Now I have to figure out what to do with the October colors. But I have a few weeks before I have to finish that up – but I can tell you that it won't be a Christmas card!
Now I hope you'll visit each and every one of these wonderful designers. I'm always amazed at how creative they all are! You'll get some fabulous ideas from their blog hop posts today!
And here are the products that I featured in today's Color Fusers Blog Hop!
Welcome to my post for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge! And, man, was this a challenge! The theme this time is "Weather," and all I could think of was rain and snow. But right now it's a beautiful, bright, but very hot, day here in my spot in paradise. So I decided I wanted to show off "hot." Hmmm. How to do that.
That's when my whole Hot Hawaii theme got away from me.
First I wanted palm trees. But no matter how I twisted and turned the two palm trees in my collection, I didn't get the feeling I wanted. I'd recently seen a lovely card by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator who lives in Florida, and I still want to CASE (Copy and Share with Everyone) it. But for the SUO Challenge, I really like to make something of an original design – or at least one I've not CASEd from someone. That's when I spotted another stamp in one of the sets I'd pulled out – a cactus!
Oh, and did I mention that this is a CURRENT stamp set? Yup, but IT'S NOT IN THE CATALOG! Those of you who've been around for a few years may remember that, for a while, Stampin' Up! offered a series of Photopolymer Stamp Sets online; but they never put them in a catalog. Don't ask why; I don't know. But that's the way it is. So the Greetings From Photopolymer Stamp Set is still available! It's great for scrapbooking travel. But it also has a palm tree – and a cactus! Oh, and a small sun stamp.
Now here's the fun update – as of today, this stamp set is now on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Page! That means it won't be around for long AND it's on sale! Instead of $14, it's on sale as of today for $6.98 – %50 off!!!
Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post!
Before I even started on this journey towards the cactus, I'd decided on the paper I was going to use. In fact, that's really what started this whole thing. In the By the Shore Designer Series Paper set, there's a sheet that looks to me like it's sand in a desert, with a hot sun beaming down on it. Sweltering is the word that comes to mind when I see it. Thus the "hot" in my theme.
Once I found the cactus and the sun, the design was complete. Oh, but what about a sentiment? I tried lots of ideas, and even my husband, who's usually very supportive, nixed them all. So the result was that I was going to post a card with no sentiment, and just make it a note card. But life reared it's inevitable head, and I found out my grandson had just been attacked by a neighborhood dog. Yikes! Definitely back and forth between here and Washington where he lives. But for sure I had to send a Get Well card! And there it was – just begging for a get well message, and that was that!
Finally, I thought that I didn't want the card to look too plain, so I used my new Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I think it complements this card well!
And here are the links to today's featured products. This is a great way to find that non-catalog Greeting From stamp set – just click on the picture and you'll go right to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about it and how you can buy it. Great for cards as well as scrapbooks! Oh, and don't forget to enter the current SUO Challenge – All Kinds of Weather!
Once again I am delighted to be a part of the twice-monthly Color Fusers Blog Hop! And, yes, it's a real hop, with the names and links to blogs for everyone in the hop at the end of this post. While I hope you'll enjoy my project and read all about it, I hope just as much that you'll visit everyone on this hop – they're all fabulous designers!
This is our color challenge for September. Oh, my, how I love all the color combos I can think of to create with these. Our challenge was to use at least three of these colors, and I chose the three on the right – Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum. I really wanted to make a Christmas Card for at least the first of this month's blog hops, and those cool weather colors "spoke" to me!
And wouldn't you know I'd pick out my old favorite, Flurry of Wishes, to highlight these colors! Though I have to think that Christmas trees might just be another thought. Hmmm. Maybe for the next project!
The most fun that I had with this project was the idea with which I started out, and that was to have the edges of the large snowflakes cut out to make the bottom edge of the stamped layer. I wasn't sure how I was going to mat it, but once I got the cutting done, I moved colors in and out and finally came up with the final set. Oh, and there was all that extra space on the Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock layer, so why not use the Softly Falling Embossing Folder to spruce it up a bit, even if most of the "snowflakes" don't show. Enough of them show to make it a bit more interesting.
The overall layout took shape as I finished tying the Mint Macaron Linen Ribbon. Once I got the little snowflakes, punched with the Snow Flurry Punch, I just kept going with the symmetrical layout and added the Rhinestone Basic Jewels symmetrically rather than scattered on the card.
I also like to add a layer of lighter colored paper or cardstock inside a card when the card base is not Whisper White or Very Vanilla. Even though writing would have shown up nicely on the Mint Macaron Card Base, I chose to add a layer inside and that's where I stamped the greeting as well as another snowflake for a bit of decoration.
So my Christmas Card is complete! And what fun it was with these non-traditional colors! I'm loving the projects that the rest of the Color Fuse Blog Hoppers are showing off today, too, and I hope you'll take the time to visit every one!
- Patty Bennett
- Heather Osborne
- Nicole Tugrul
- Paola Phillips
- Jo Anne Hewins
- Melissa Kerman
- Robin Messenheimer – You are here!
- Pat Ertman
And here is a recap of the main supplies I used in this project. You may click on the pictures to get more information about any of them.
Sunday was the birthday of my sister, Andrea. This card did not get into the mail in time for her birthday, but I hope she likes it when she gets it!
The really fun part about this card is that we on the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Design Team were challenged to make a card using Primary Colors. Those colors, of course. are Red, Blue and Yellow. Our challenge suggested some sets of Stampin' Up! colors, but we weren't required to use those sets. Nonetheless, I chose a set of colors from the Stampin' Up! Brights Collection of Colors: Real Red, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight.
The Primary Colors challenge was to be a bit different from our usual late August/early September theme of "Back to School." In trying to come up with a somewhat similar theme, I remembered my favorite part of going back to school in my early grade school years – and that was getting a brand new box of crayons. I'm likely dating myself by remembering that there was a time that I didn't know that Crayola Crayons came in anything but a pack of 8. Oh, the swoon when I got my first pack of 16!
But back to today's project. It's pretty simple – I punched balloons with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, using the three colors of Cardstock. Then I cut simple 3/4" rectangles using the papers from the Bright Collection Designer Series Paper Stack. After I ran the Whisper White later through the Big Shot with the Large Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, I drew on the "strings" for the balloons and arranged them in a Balloon Bouquet (that's why the punch is called that, huh?).
To finish off the card front, I added a bow using Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, and then a banner punched, stamped with Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set Images and punched with the Duet Banner Punch.
So simple! I'm sure that you can come up with something even better than my quick and simple card – and then go on over the SUO Challenge Website and enter our challenge! We'd love to see your creation there. The challenge is open until a week from Saturday, so you have plenty of time to get your creation finished and posted.
Here are the products that I used for my project. Just click on the picture of any of them to be whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can order any one of them – or other products from Stampin' Up!
Today's project is the third of the swaps I did this summer with our VC (Virtual Cruise) Rocks! group. My last two blog posts showed off the first two of the swaps.
The theme of this swap was "The New Catty." This refers to the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. So the project had to use products featured in this catalog. While we could use anything in the current catalog, I figured for myself that the theme really was to use something NEW in the new catalog.
For my project, I once again decided to try to redo a CASEd project that I'd tried out last month. In that project, I tried the Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set layout from the catalog project on page 146, but I changed out the one non-green color that the Stampin' Up! catalog featured. What I did was pick up one of the colors in another project on the same page. I wasn't completely unhappy with the colors I picked, but my impression of what a terrarium should be is mostly green. So, for this project, I chose three greens for the main plants, adding just a bit of color with one of the stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set. The greens I chose were Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, and Garden Green. I carried the Garden Green color through the rest of the project, sponging the edges of the scalloped square, stamping the sentiment and matting the main layer. I also stamped the outline of one of the flowers inside the card to decorate the page on which you'd write a note.
The other color in this project is the new Peekaboo Peach. I used this for the background flower in the stamped image, and chose a piece of the Peekaboo Peach Designer Series Paper Stack for the main background layer. Finally, I tied on a bow with the new Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon.
Once again, I used the MISTI tool (not a Stampin' Up! product) to help with this project. I didn't have to worry at all about where I was stamping any of my images. When it came to coloring in the plants, though, I chose to color them in by hand rather than use the filler stamps in the stamp set. I tried it both ways, and I really do like the look of the hand-coloring. Besides, aren't coloring books the "thing" these days to help us relax? Heck, I just made my own little coloring book with this swap!
The stem on the flower from the Jar of Love Stamp Set isn't as long as I needed it to be for this project. So I hand-drew an extension of the stem in each of the pictures. That was relaxing, too! Actually the whole project was pretty relaxing, and I'm glad to have created the opportunity to do this. If you're interested in any of the products in this project, just click on any of the pictures below to go to my Stampin' Up! shop to learn more about them, and order them if you wish! Happy Stamping!!!
Believe it or not, the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog will be released next week! I just cannot believe that the summer is almost over and I have to start focusing on the holidays. Yikes!
When it comes to the "holidays" in the catalog, my first focus is on Christmas. Yes, I do enjoy fall favorites such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. But all my life, THE holiday has been Christmas. And, when you're in the greeting card making business such as I am, Christmas Cards are a big part of that. So of course I jumped at the chance to participate in a summer swap that involves Christmas Cards, even though it was still summer at the time of the swap!
This week, I'll be sharing the projects that I made for each of three swaps that was part of the activities of my summer Stampin' Up! online group, VC Rocks. The "VC" now stands for "Virtual Cruise," and it's meant for those of us who either cannot or choose not to go on the Stampin' Up! summer cruise. Most of us don't qualify for the cruise, as it's a reward for big-time demonstrators. Many of us aren't even demonstrators and those who are tend to be people who concentrate on their craft more than their selling. I like to do both, but not to any great extreme!
For the first of the three swaps, I wasn't yet able to take advantage of any of the products that will be coming out with the Holiday catalog next week. But there are plenty of Christmas images in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, and I chose one of my favorites from last year – the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set. The stamp set includes quite a few images, not just of pine trees of various shapes and textures, but also of items that you can use to decorate the trees (you'll see them all in the photo at the end of this post). But I chose this tree because I think that it's lovely just as it is, with no decorations, save the star on the top.
The green that I use throughout this project is Cucumber Crush, and the red is Watermelon Wonder. I usually think of other greens and red when it comes to Christmas, but for now these colors work for me. I do believe that the Holiday Catalog will be featuring some more traditional colors!
When it came to the ribbon, I wanted something a bit more delicate than the wide ribbon that has a Cucumber Crush color, and a bit fancier than the Thick Baker's Twine of the same color. I couldn't believe that I actually had a spool of the 1/8" Gold Ribbon in my stash! So gold it was, and I really like the look and the way it complements both the green and the red. Not only that, I also had some of the new Metallic Enamel Shapes, that include gold and silver stars, as well as circles and hearts. That gold star is just the perfect finish for this tree!
For this card, and for most of my Christmas Cards this season, I added a bit of a decoration inside the card. I think it adds a nice statement to a card, and I guess I'm just too lazy or busy most of the time to add that extra stamp. But I'm working on that little issue, starting now!
So I have my first Christmas Card of the season done, and by now I'll have some more in my stash as I should have my swaps from other players back in the mail by now. What fun this swap was!
Stay tuned for my other two swap projects on Wednesday and Friday this week! I had a blast with them all.
I featured the following products in today's project, and I hope you'll like them enough to check them out on my Stampin' Up! online store. All you have to do is click on a picture and you'll find yourself at that link in no time! Have fun with whatever Christmas projects you're working on this season!
This weekend is the last Blog Hop for my summer online Stampin' Up! stamping group, VC Rocks. The "VC" this year stands for "Virtual Cruise," as those of us in the group tried our best to enjoy swaps and one-on-one treat sharing as roommates on a cruise might do.
But we undertake other activities during the summer, including a monthly blog hop. The theme of this month's hop is "Cruisin With Color," and we are supposed to focus on color in our projects. While there are lots of different ways to focus on color, I chose to make the very same card using different colors schemes. And, since we're getting towards the end of the summer and I need to start thinking about making all my own Christmas Cards, as well as designs for my tutorials and classes, I really had to make this month's blog hop project all about Christmas!
I started with a card with traditional colors – red and green – and went from there. All the projects use sheets from the same Designer Series Paper set – This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper – and stamps from the same stamp set – Flurry of Wishes. There are Enamel Shapes on the first three cards, and Pearl Basic Jewels on the last. The large snowflake was punched using the Flower Medallion Punch. All of these products are in the current Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, so you don't have to wait until September 1st to buy either if you'd like to try out my cards!
The colors in the paper set are Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Basic Black and Very Vanilla, and those are the colors I used, with all of the cards Very Vanilla as the card base and for all the stamping layers.
The first card uses both Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.
Then I split up the colors, first making a card just with Cherry Cobbler…
… and then using only Garden Green for the third card.
While you might think that Basic Black is only an accent color in this paper set, there is actually a Basic Black and Very Vanilla snowflake pattern, which is perfect for this set of cards!
What do you think of these cards? I'd like to know which is your favorite!
I have to tell you that these cards were VERY easy to make, especially once I decided on the measurements for the various layers. I'm going to include the layout sketch and instructions for making this card in my next newsletter, which I plan to send out by e-mail on Monday, August 22. If you're interested in this layout, please sign up for my newsletter up at the top left section of this blog and you'll get it soon enough to start your own Christmas cards in August!
Here are all four cards in one picture – it makes comparing them a bit easier on the eyes! And here are the products I used for the cards. Click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! store to order any of these products!