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SU Seasonal Lantern

September 22, 2017

I was intrigued with the SU Seasonal Lantern when I first saw it in the Holiday Catalog. I just got it and had so much fun putting together a fall themed card great for Thanksgiving time that will be here before we know it!

I am sharing it with the crew over at The Paper Players for

LeAnne’s Harvest Theme Challenge # 362.

 

I used the gorgeous Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper to create a cool fall feeling to the card but the splash of Lemon Lime Twist really brightens up the card. I love to design a card around the colors palette in the paper- makes designing so much easier. I played around with adding in some copper and gold foil but in the end, I went with just cardstock. I cut the Very Vanilla embossed panel to be 3″ x 5-1/2″ with a border of Early Espresso that is 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. I think the embossed panel is a great background for the lantern to sit upon, don’t you?

I can’t wait to make some Christmas lanterns…

 

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SU Painted Harvest

 

September 15, 2017

I think this may be the hottest item in the new catalog!

~The Painted Harvest Bundle~

My stamping girls certainly loved it at class last week!

A few gals actually said the DSP was missing in their kits. then I showed them how they were going to make it! However, there is an absolutely beautiful sunflower patterned paper in the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper🙂

Have you seen all the combinations of colors- yellows, purples, blues-that people have been using on Pinterest?  We used this color combination at our Demo meeting- Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso for the flowers and  Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green for the leaves. To add a little more detail, my friend Linda Heller had us slide a Soft Sky ink spot over the Very Vanilla cardstock before we stamped.

It was super easy to create this fun fold card- just cut off 1-1/4″ of the Early Espresso card base and then…use it for the banner! No waste- ask my girls, I always show them how to get the most out of their cardstock! I used the coordinating leaf punch that comes in the bundle to punch out the leaves for the banner. The 1/4″ Copper Trim finished the banner off wonderfully! Oh, and we jazzed it up with some Wink of Stella on the flower centers.

Here’s a story of  how God is in the details- I was going to a Girlfriend’s Luncheon last Sunday that my most precious friend Donna has every year. I wanted to give her something to let her know she is appreciated far more than any thing or any words can express. I happened to be out and picked up this sweet watering can of greens and flowers as an example of how she is just “pure sunshine” to anyone who meets her. When I got home, I decided I was going to make her a card with the Painted Harvest stamp set. Little did I realize that this one matched perfectly in color, style, and occasion! I mean, so perfect that I should take some cards down to that shop to go with the gift!!!

 

A little tip using this two step stamping stamp set- I found it easier to stamp the dark flower first than the lighter one even though the lighter one is bigger. I also stamped the veined darker green leaf first, too. It was much easier to see the dark ink and stamp the light ink on top of it. I have heard people suggest stamping the middle of the flower first but did not want to risk not having room for the petals and leaves later.

I also masked off  a bit of the leaf stem by rubbing ink off with my finger so the leaves appear to be coming out from under the sunflower- your choice it looks great either way:)

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SU Beautiful Bouquet with Everyday Jar Framelits

August 26, 2017

I played around with some watercoloring with the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle after seeing so many pretty cards done with this technique- the first one I saw was Sandi MacIver’s creation that inspired me. The bouquet is so gorgeous it can just stand alone on a card but I placed mine in an embossed vellum jar:)

I used my Ruffled Embossing Folder for the backround- so elegant, so vintage…don’t you think?

A bit of gold really dresses up the card, too!

Notice the only stamping on the card is the sentiment! However, there are a TON of flowers and greenery in the set- it is so packed with versatile stamps that mix and match with so many other sets. Take a look on Pinterest under “Stampin’ Up Beautiful Bouquet.” The flowers were die cut from watercolor paper and then moistened with Flirty Flamingo ink using an aquapainter so the Berry Burst ink would run a bit when added last with the aquapainter again. Every one turns out differently so play around and don’t be too picky!

Thanks for buzzing by, friends…

 

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SU Oh So Eclectic Fun Fold

August 21, 2017

Happy Eclipse Day, peeps!

I created something for the Craft Project Central’s Creating Pretty Cards Challenge # 74.

You can play along and your name will be submitted into a drawing for a free month’s tutorial! 

Here is the sketch you can use for inspiration:

 

I am not sure what kind of fun fold this is called but it sure is fun to make!

Here is how it folds flat for mailing.

I saw a few of this type of folded card on Pinterest and set out to find measurements, and you get to hear the story….

I knew the card had to fold into 5-1/2″  x 4-1/4″ to fit in an A2 envelope. So, I started with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Night of Navy card stock and worked backwards. I took 5-1/2″ and added 1″ for it to stand on, added 2-1/4″ for the lower panel (so it would accommodate a 4″ x 2″ piece of striped DSP), added another 1″, and then 1/2″ for the tab to adhere it to the card base. All that added together is 10-1/4.”

So, I cut the card stock to 4-1/4″ x 10-1/4″.

Then, I scored that card base at 5-1/2″, 6-1/2″, 8-3/4″, and 9-3/4″. 

The next step was to fold it at 5-1/2″ and then place a strong adhesive on the 1/2″ tab as seen above.   Fold the cardstock as shown and fold flat being careful not to stick it to anything. Once flat, press on the adhesive. The card should move freely and fold flat. You can then add the 3″ x 4″ upper panel DSP with the flower pattern.

Next, I needed approximately 2-1/2″ x 4 for the white die cut on the other part of the card so I  again worked backwards and cut the other Night of Navy cardstock to 2-3/4″ x 5-3/4. I scored this piece at 4-1/4″ and 5-1/4.”

I also had some scraps from another lattice I cut from Berry Burst so I added them to the upper right corner for a little unexpected pop of color:) I decided the card was just the right amount of busy so I left the back open for whatever sentiment I choose in the future. I find myself doing that more often since I end up with a lot of cards but not the specific one I need so leaving it blank allows me to use it later! Do you ever do that?

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New Clearance Rack Items! …and SU In the City with Bike Ride

August 15, 2017

Have you checked out the Clearance Rack, kids? New items have been added! 

You can view the Clearance Rack HERE. 

My swap group chose the SU Bike Ride Bundle to play with

so this is what I came up with:

I paired the bike with one of the Annual Catalog Hostess Sets called “In the City.”

What a neat set!

Notice all the cute sentiments-

Wedding, Birthday, Baby, Welcome, Thanks….

In the City offers two-step stamping with 60 stamps that can help you build a tiny home,
all the way up to an entire city if you want!

Imagine how colorful you can make it with the two-step component.

 

I jazzed up my bike with some silver elements- foil for the basket and handle streamers and some rhinestones on the wheels. The new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals came in handy attaching the bike in the narrower spaces:)

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