Friday, October 21, 2016

October Paper Pumpkin - Napkin Rings

Happy Friday! I have a super cute project to share with you today. I used the October Paper Pumpkin kit to make some festive decor for your Thanksgiving table. I haven't put the kit together how it's instructed because I had this idea in my head that I wanted to try first. I love that there are so many other options with these paper pumpkin kits, not just what is shown. But if you just want to do it the way it's instructed that is ok too!!! Those cards are cute as well!!

I wanted to make shaker napkin rings. There are still a few tweaks I need to make but overall I love how they came out. I used my circle dies to cut around the the leaf cut out. I did have to use 2 of the vanilla leaf cut out pieces they gave you. But I'm sure I will find another way to use up those scraps. I adhered the acetate behind the cut out, then using the dimensional strips I wrapped those towards the edge of the circle so it would keep all of the sequins inside. This was glued to the different color square pieces from the kit, then I die cut the scalloped Old Olive circles and glued those to the shaker circles. I also cut apart the card stock base to use as the base of the napkin ring. The strip of DSP is from the envelopes. The one thing I would tweak is that I would add some ribbon or card stock around the edge of the circle so you can't see the dimensional strip. (You can see that in the photo below).

What do you think?? Fun, right? If you get the Paper Pumpkin kit this month I would love to see what you do with it.

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jar of Love - Christmas

Happy Thursday! So today is day 4 of the challenge and so far I'm doing good. :) Hopefully I can keep it up over the weekend. I have a cute project for you tomorrow that uses this month's Paper Pumpkin. It's such a fun kit this month. So for today's card I decided to use that same layout I did on the Jar of Love fall card and make it a christmas card. It would also work well for a winter birthday. If you look closely at the picture you can see I added some white snowflakes to the background. These were embossed with white embossing powder. I did them before stamping the green leaves but I now realize I should have stamped the leaves first then went around and did the snowflakes. But it worked out ok. I really love how you can use this set at any time of the year and still have a great looking card. At first glance you might just think it's for spring or summer but you really can make pretty cards for any time of year. Have I convinced you yet to get this set? This really is my favorite from the new catalog. And my other favorite on this card is the gold twine. This is like the best bow tying ribbon ever!!! This twine makes all of my bows look great! And one last thing to note is that the sentiment is from the Cookie Cutter Christmas set. The sentiment was really long but I just needed a small "merry christmas" so I used my black marker to color in merry christmas and stamped it on the red paper. So don't overlook those long sentiments, they may just have the couple of words you need.

See you soon!

Stamps: Jar of Love, Greetings from Santa (snowflakes), Cookie Cutter Christmas
Paper: Emerald Envy, Tip Top Taupe, Real Red, Serene Scenery DSP paper stack, Gold glimmer paper
Ink: Real Red, Emerald Envy, Versamark, Black
Accessories: Everyday Jar framelits, White embossing powder, Banner triple punch, Decorative dots embossing folder (retired), sequins (Paper Pumpkin kit), Baker's Twine trio pack (gold)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP Sale

Hello! Unfortunately I don't have any cards to share with you today. I finished a card last night but wasn't able to get a picture of it because it's getting to dark early now. :( So this means I need to work on getting light bulbs for my little photo box I have at home. I like taking pictures outside because the lighting is so much better but that just gets much harder when it's dark earlier. And most times I don't get a chance to take pictures until the kiddos (or at least 1 of the kids) are in bed. Anyway, I did want to let you know about the DSP sale Stampin' Up! still has going on.

From October 1 through 31 , you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free! That’s great news since everyone can use more Designer Series Paper. This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual catalog and the recently released holiday catalog (not including Specialty Designer Series Paper or Designer Series Paper Stacks).

• There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this promotion.
• Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer.

This is a great way to stock up on your favorite DSP! Contact me for more info. I would love to see the cards you come up with using all of the fun DSP.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jar of Love - Fall Birthday

Hello! Day 2 of the weekly InkBlg Academny facebook challenge. If you didn't see my post yesterday, I'm participating in a challenge on the InkBlg academy facebook page and my goal is to post on my blog every day for week. I had 2 cards made that I didn't get to share yet so that made these 2 posts easy. Let's hope I can get some crafty time in for the rest of the week to have more stuff to share with you guys. I actually have tons of stuff that I'm working on as a Display Stamper for the Onstage Convention in Secaucus in November but that's all a secret until after the convention!!! Any way, let's move on to today's card. I'm not sure I love this card. I really loved my card from the August swap HERE and I wanted to make a fall version of that. But I feel like this leans more towards christmas-y. Well it definitely did before I added the yellow and orange flowers and I'm not sure i like the colors I used for these flowers. BUT hopefully this will give you some inspiration to use this set for a Christmas card. I think if you changed out the flower colors to some light blue or made the flowers red and added green cardstock to the bottom, this card would be super cute. Hmmm maybe that's an idea for another card this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Jar of Love; Thoughtful Phrases
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Tip Top Taupe, Foil Designer Acetate, Crushed Curry
Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Soft Sky
Accessories: Woodgrain embossing folder, Everyday Jar framelits, Banner triple punch, Bakers twine trio pack (gold), In Color enamel shapes

Monday, October 17, 2016

Birthday Blooms - Rainbow watercolor card

Happy Monday! I have a bright pretty card to start off your week. I love how this came out. As I was doing this, it work how I originally thought it was going to but I was able to “make it work” and I loved how it turned out. I used my large clear block and added all of the ink with my aqua painter. When I pressed the block to my card stock, the color didn’t take everywhere I wanted it to. I think because I had embossed the flower image the block could get into all of those raised areas. So it was looking pretty blah. But then I took my aqua painter, dipped it into the corresponding colors and was able to fill in the white areas. That is why you see some darker areas (where the block pressed down) and some lighter areas that I brushed on. I just love this look of the white flower peeking through that pretty rainbow. Then I added the sentiment with the Labeler Alphabet set. Apparently I couldn’t find a thinking of you sentiment in any of my stamps so I turned to this set to make my own. I think this is my new favorite set. I love being able to make whatever sentiment I want. And I also like the look it gives too. I think it gives this card a funky edge. I wasn’t sure if I should got with something a little softer since I’m sending this to a friend that is going through a rough time but I think it works ok with the artsy/watercolor background. What do you think?? Oh and be sure to zoom in on the photo so you can see the sequins and pearls I added.

So this week, I’m participating in a challenge on the InkBlg Academy facebook page. (#weekonechallenge) I’ve made it my goal for this week to post on my blog every day. So let’s keep your fingers crossed that I can achieve this goal because then you’ll have fun stuff to look at each day! 

I'll see you tomorrow! :)

Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Labeler Alphabet
Paper: Smokey Slate, Shimmer white, Black
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Black, Versamark
Accessories: Black baker's twine, Aqua painter, Clear Block E, sequins, pearls, white embossing powder

Friday, October 7, 2016

September Swap

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing my swap for September. I guess this is the week of swaps, haha! After today I will be all caught up on sharing my swaps. Now I just need to get to work on my October swap. I had a lot of fun making these cards. Our theme for September was Fall/Halloween. I knew I wanted to do something with the cat image from Foxy Friends so I went with a Halloween card. How cute is that little cat!?!? My favorite part of the cat is the little bat she has on her ear. Can you see it? That bat is from the Home Sweet Home thinlits. I had quite a bit of die cutting on this card but it wasn't too bad. I saw a little trick to punch out the cat from scrap cardstock and use that as a template when stamping your images. That way you can punch everything out all at once. So that was definitely helpful in punching out those cats quickly.

As you can see I do have 2 slightly different cards here. My original one (on the right) uses the Fancy Frost sequins but as I was putting the swaps together I decided to go with the star sequins. I thought that gave it more of the effect of a nightime/Halloween card. Which one do you prefer?

I hope you enjoyed the week of swaps. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Timeless Textures, Sweet Home
Paper: Black, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Archival Black, Smokey Slate, Pale Plum
Accessories: Home Sweet Home thinlits, Fox builder punch, metallic sequins, Crushed Curry bakers twine, Layering circle thinlits, Woodland embossing folder

Thursday, October 6, 2016

August Swap

Hello! I am back with my swap for August. The theme for August was a color challenge: Night of Navy, Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky. I really liked Sweet Sugarplum when it first came out but I’ve struggled to use it. Purple is my jam so I figured this would be my go to but I haven’t used it as much as I would have liked. So since I was the swap host for August, I wanted to use it and see what everyone else could do with it. I received lots of great ideas from the other swappers.

My card features the Jars of Love set again. Since I didn’t really use too many of the flowers from the set for the swap in July, I wanted to use it again. I really love this set and I love how this card came out. It would look great in other colors. I was having fun making these swaps until I cut and stamped my background pieces and THEN realized that I used Pool Party and not Soft Sky, haha! It really wasn’t that big of a deal to fix it but sometimes I’m on limited time in my craft room while the kids are playing so I need to be efficient and that wasn’t helping. Oh well! One thing to note is that the one image from the flower was stamped off on paper before stamping it on the cardstock to make it a little lighter. Another thing I love about this card are those cute little enamel shape embellishments and the staple. They are so simple but such a cute touch!

I hope you are enjoying seeing my swaps each month. I would love for you to play along and make some cards using the different themes.

Have a nice day!

Stamps: Jars of Love, Woodgrain
Paper: Blooms and Blossoms DSP, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
Ink: Night of Navy, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaroon, Soft Sky
Accessories: Everyday Jar framelits, In Color enamel shapes, stapler, Banner triple punch

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

July Swap

Happy Tuesday. I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a nice weekend enjoying a wine festival at a local winery. Then the rest of the weekend was filled with boring household chores. I was able to sneak in some time to do some crafting. However, I can’t share any of that yet. I’ve actually been crafting up a storm lately and will be able to share it soon!! It’s some fun stuff. But in the meantime I will share some of the recent swaps I’ve done. I haven’t shared my swaps for July, August and September. We haven’t received ours for September yet so it will be a few days before I can share those. Today I will share the swaps for July. July’s theme was to CASE something from the catalog. My card was cased from page 74. I liked the idea of making a shaker card from the Everyday Jar framelits. I decided to use some of the Blooms and Blossoms DSP for the background where I cut out the mason jar. Then I just stamped and cut out a couple of flowers and leaves from the framelits. Since the rest of the card had minimal elements on it, I then cut out “you” from the Hello You thinlits. The sequins I used are from the June paper pumpkin kit. I loved the sequins in this kit (Of course)! I had ordered a couple of extra kits so I had LOTS of sequins!! YAY! One day my craft room is going to be completely decorated in sequins, haha!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Shaker cards are so much fun. They are a great way to make a simple card stand out. I hope you try to make some as well.

Stay tuned later in the week for August’s swap card. It is one of my favorites!

Take care!

Stamps: Jars of Love
Paper: Blooms and Blossoms DSP, Mint Macaroon, Flirty Flamingo
Ink: Archival Black, Flirty Flamingo, Tip Top Taupe, Emerald Envy
Accessories: Everyday Jar framelits, sequins (June 2016 Paper Pumpkin), Hello You thinlits