Thankful for You Cards

Thankful for You Cards!

Today’s project shares are fall themed Thankful for You Cards! Both feature the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper collection.

Thankful for You Cards

You will need the following to create my card:

Stamps:

  • Painted Harvest (144783)* (Purchase the stamp set and coordinating Leaf Punch at as a bundle to save 10% – Item #146021)
  • Marbled (144772)

Inks:

Papers:

Accessories:

  • Leaf Punch (144667)*
  • Layering Circles Framelits (141705)
  • 3/8″ Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon (144146)
  • Adhesive of Choice (My favorite is Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Here is a close up of the card’s focal point to show you the detail. You’ll notice I only used the smaller size flower petal image.

Thankful for You Cards

Tip: After stamping the image in Daffodil Delight, stamp again in Cajun Craze, but first stamp on a scrap of paper to remove some of the ink and create a less intense color for the second stamping. Also, turn the stamp image slightly before stamping the Cajun Craze image. It will add a fuller appearance to the flower.

Finally, the “Thankful for You” card from my up-upline, Sandra, made for our unit’s card swap earlier this month.

Thankful for You Cards

I love projects that offer the opportunity to use papers from our scrap stash. This card is one of those projects. I know I will be using the layout and some of my scraps (both old and new!) to create cards for my collection. Will you?

Handmade Holiday Treats!

Handmade Holiday Treats!

Yesterday I shared a custom handmade Painted Harvest Bundle gift box. Today, as promised, I am sharing the handmade Holiday Treats that were inside the gift box.

Handmade Holiday Treats

I was fortunate enough to acquire some of the new Limited Pumpkin Pie M&Ms which are in high demand, but very hard to find locally. I knew I wanted to give members of our Stampin’ Up! unit the opportunity to taste them, so I used them in the cellophane treat bags I handed out at our lunch gathering last Friday.Handmade Holiday Treats

To recreate my Holiday Pumpkin Pie Treats you will need:

  • Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (144613)
  • Cardstock- Soft Suede (115318)
  • Cellophane Bags – 2″ x 8″ (141703)
  • 1-3/8″ Circle Punch (119860)
  • Solid Baker’s Twine- Whisper White (124262)
  • Adhesive of choice
  • Pumpkin Pie M&Ms

Note: The pumpkins were hand-cut/fussy cut, and I only filled the cellophane bags half way and folded the extra to the back, taping it in place before wrapping it with the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Belly Band.

Are a local stamper? I will be offering a Custom Handmade Gift Items & Boxes Class in November. It will include yesterday’s custom Painted Harvest bundle gift box, today’s Holiday treat bag (minus the Pumpkin Pie M&Ms), and more. Be watching for details.

Do you follow my blog to see what I am making that you would like to order as finished product? I will have some of these Pumpkin Pie Treat Bags available for purchase at  Julale’s annual Christmas Fair this coming November. I will have some new gift items this year, along with stamping products for sale. I hope to see you there!

Custom Handmade Gift Boxes!

Custom Handmade Gift Boxes!

I love to create custom handmade gift boxes for everything! As you know from Tuesday’s post, I am in the fall mood. With that in mind, today’s share is a custom Painted Harvest Bundle box featuring fall colors.

Our stamping unit had an informal lunch meeting last Friday. This is  custom handmade Painted Harvest Bundle gift box I used to transport the candy treats I handed out to those who attended. (The candy treats will be featured in tomorrow’s post.)

Custom Handmade Gift Boxes

The box is 5″ x 5″ x  1-1/2″. The perfect size for the treats! I started with Thick Whisper White cardstock for the base of the box top and bottom. The box top and side panels were covered with one of the many beautiful fall patterns from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper collection. I then added a slide off “Belly Band” using Soft Suede cardstock. Then I added the focal point I created using two circles from the Layering Circles Framelits, leaves that were stamped and punched using the Leaf Punch from the Painted Harvest bundle, and a flower image from the Painted Harvest stamp set that is part of the same bundle. (Note: I have provided you individual links for the stamp set and the punch, but you will save 10% if you use the bundle link.)

Here is another view of the custom Painted Harvest bundle gift box.

Custom Handmade Gift Boxes

The box can be filled with so many different items but, as I said earlier, I used the box to transport candy treats to last Friday’s lunch gathering. The above photo gives you a tiny, real tiny(!), sneak peek of the treats that are inside. Come back tomorrow and see them “close up and personal”!

And, here are the ladies from our lunch meeting! They add so much fun to my stamping!!!

Stampin' Up! Unit members

Left to Right: Sandra (seated), Jill, “Mia”, Melinda, Arlene (seated), Colleen, Nancy (seated)

 

Colorful Fall Leaves!

Colorful Fall Leaves!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE colorful fall leaves. They are one of the things I miss the most since moving to the tropics. Of course, family and friends are first on that list!

One of my all time favorite fall photos was taken while I was traveling in Pennsylvania with my brother several years ago. It is of Pine Creek Gorge – Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. So colorful! I had the best Maple Funnel Cake ever while I was there!

Colorful Fall Leaves

Since I have visions of colorful fall leaves in my head, I just had to pull out my glossy cardstock and create a sheet of Polished Stone in autumn colors. I used Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Real Red and Garden Green. This card is the result of that “play session”.

Colorful Fall Leaves

I started by embossing a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Big Shot and the Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I layered the embossed piece on Tangerine Tango cardstock and then glued it to the front of a Chocolate Chip card base. I stamped a variety of leaves from the  Vintage Leaves stamp set on the dry Polished Stone glossy cardstock and used the coordinating Leaflets Framelits to cut out the leaves. I also stamped some of the leaf images on Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. I like the contrast of the different textures and colors. I think it better represents the colors of fall. The 1/8″ Gold Ribbon adds some sparkle and shine to the card.

Here is a second version of the card using more of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper Leaves, and less of the Polished Stone. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better so knew I had to share both. Which is your favorite? Leave a comment below and you may find the card in your mailbox!

Colorful Fall Leaves

(Note: You can find out more about the Polished Stone Technique here.)

Christmas 2017 Weekly Projects!

Christmas 2017 Weekly Projects!

Christmas 2017 Weekly Projects

Our Christmas 2017 Weekly Projects campaign is starting in just 4 hours!!!

Beginning at 1:00PM today (Guam time) our “12 Weeks of Christmas” campaign begins. Today, and for the next 11 weeks you will receive a FREE project tutorial via email. You are going to see cards, tags, bags and wraps. It’s going to be fantastic BUT, the only people who will get these amazing gifts from me are people on my mailing list. So in order for you to get them you have to be on my mailing list by 1:00PM today (Guam time). If you are not, then you won’t get them.

You don’t want to miss out, so go to the upper right corner of the screen, click on the sign up button, and then follow the instructions to be added to my mailing list.

If you have already signed up but your email address has changed, then please sign up again in order to update your mailing address.

Please be sure to contact me if you have questions or need any assistance.

Handmade Christmas Greeting Card!

Handmade Christmas Greeting Card!

Today’s handmade Christmas greeting card is another quick and easy project using the Limited Edition Hostess Set Merry Patterns. I love candles so I not only used the candle image for today’s Christmas card, but also included a candle in the photo with the card!

Handmade Christmas Greeting Card

While today’s card may look difficult, it is actually quick and easy to create. The Merry Patterns stamp set and the Layering Circles Framelits make it easy!

To create the card: Add the piece of Be Merry Designer Series Paper to the lower front a Thick Whisper White cardstock card base. Then stamp the candles image from the Limited Edition Merry Patterns stamp set in the center of the remaining white portion of the card front using Archival Basic Black ink. The two textured candles images are then stamped to fill in the candle outlines. I used Cherry Cobbler and Wild Wasabi for my card. The candle flames are filled in with Daffodil Delight, and the pine branches are stamped several times using Garden Green. (Be sure to flip the image so the branches will appear to be on long garland of pine needles.) The Cherry Cobbler circle frame is a “found” piece of cardstock, left on my table from when I created the Musical Season card for our Unit Card Swap last month. (You can view that card here.) I wrapped a length of our Gold 1/8″  Ribbon around the circle frame before gluing it to the card front, and then added a bow to the front. Voila! Don’t forget to stamp or sign the back!

Would you like to start making some handmade Christmas candle greeting cards of your own? Contact me to schedule your workshop so you can earn the Limited Edition Merry Patterns Hostess stamp set. Remember, you only have until October 31, 2017 to earn the stamps set!

Handmade Christmas Greeting Card

12 Weeks of Christmas!

12 Weeks of Christmas!

We are less than 24 hours away from this year’s “12 Weeks of Christmas” campaign!

During the next 12 weeks you will receive a FREE project tutorial by email. You are going to see cards, tags, bags and wraps. It’s going to be fantastic BUT, the only people who will get these amazing gifts from me are people on my mailing list. So in order for you to get them you have to be on my mailing list by Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 (tomorrow) at 1:00PM Guam Time. If not, you won’t get them.

You don’t want to miss out, so go to the upper right corner of the screen, click on the sign up button, and then follow the instructions to be added to my mailing list.

If you have already signed up but your email address has changed, then please sign up again in order to update your mailing address.

Please be sure to contact me if you have questions or need any assistance.

Limited Edition Hostess Stamp Set!

Limited Edition Hostess Stamp Set!

Did you know there is an ongoing promotion where you can earn a FREE Limited Edition Hostess Stamp Set?!? From now until October 31, 2017 you can earn a FREE Merry Patterns stamp set by hosting a qualifying workshop. Today’s card feature the Limited Edition stamp set, Merry Patterns!

Limited Edition Hostess

This Limited Edition Hostess set Merry Patterns card is quick and easy, making it just right for the upcoming busy holiday season. I used our Thick Whisper White Cardstock for the card base, and stamped the “tis the season” saying with Archival Basic Black Ink and Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Ink. The patterned papers are from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper Collection. The Mini Ornament and Jute Twine bow are the perfect accent to add some elegance to an otherwise plain card. And, as I said, quick and easy!

Contact me for more information, or to set up your workshop before the end of this month so you, too, can earn the FREE Limited Edition Merry Patterns stamp set!

Limited Edition Hostess

 

Christmas Countdown 2017!

Christmas Countdown 2017

12 Weeks of Christmas Countdown 2017!

It’s time for the “12 Weeks of Christmas Countdown 2017”. Can you believe it! So what exactly does that mean?

It means it is only one week before we start our “12 Weeks of Christmas” campaign. Each week during this campaign you will receive a FREE project tutorial by email. You are going to see cards, tags, bags and wraps. It’s going to be fantastic BUT, the only people who will get these amazing gifts from me are people on my mailing list. So in order for you to get them you have to be on my mailing list by Wednesday, Oct 4 at 1:00PM Guam Time. If not, you won’t get them. Go to the upper right corner of the screen and click on the sign up button, then follow the instructions to be added to my mailing list.

If you have already signed up, but your email address has changed, then please sign up again in order to update your mailing address.

Please be sure to contact me if you have questions or need any assistance.

Swap Inspired Coffee Card!

Swap Inspired Coffee Card!

Can you stand one more post featuring the Coffee Cafe Bundle?!? I have two cards for you today. One of them is a Swap Inspired Coffee Card, and they both use color schemes and products that are outside the Coffee Break Suite.

Do you remember Melinda’s cute Gift Card Holder in yesterday’s post? She gave me the inspiration for the stamping on the coffee cup below. I changed the colors to Dapper Denim, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig and Berry Burst (In Colors) to change it up a bit. Then I mounted it on a standard 4″ x 5-1/2″ greeting card created from Dapper Denim cardstock and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Pack. The decorative border was created with the NEW Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. It creates a separate paper ribbon that you can adhere wherever you would like it. The additional accents are sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment and a strip of Powder Pink cardstock. I love it when I get inspiration from our swaps. It’s the main reason I join them.

Swap Inspired Coffee Card

I continued the In Color focus on this next card, but kept it to the NEW 2017-2019 In Colors for the cardstock, inks and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper this time. I used my Aqua Painter to watercolor the base of the coffee cup and the background before assembling the pieces to create the card. Then I stamped the saying using the Basic Black Archival Ink. It didn’t look finished, so I added the Powder Pink stir stick, with a touch of Clear Wink of Stella, and the Sweet Sugarplum Glitter Acrylic Shape. Voila!

Swap Inspired Coffee Card

This ends my Coffee Cafe Bundle spree for now, but expect to see more throughout the rest of this catalog year.