Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Oct 2016 PP: Postive and Negative

Hi Everyone, I wanted to share with you a couple quick & easy alternatives I came up with for October's Paper Pumpkin kit, Season of Gratitude.  This month's kit creates shaker cards, which are totally fun, but if you want something quicker, try this!

I used the Layering Squares framelits to cut neatly around the leaf die-cuts to create two quick card options.  Just add Chocolate Chip card stock and a sentiment.  You could make the negative die-cut images (left) into individual shaker windows, if you like.

Hint: In order to ensure the die-cut squares are fairly centered, use the framelit and a pencil to draw your die-cut space on the backside before cutting.  You may want to even use a paper trimmer on the pencil line between the leaves to avoid any indents on the neighboring squares from the framelits. 

Stamps: Vertical Greetings; Paper: Chocolate Chip; Accessories: October 2016 Season of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin kit, Layering Squares Framelits, Big Shot.

If you don't currently subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you can subscribe with me which will enroll you in my Paper Pumpkin Club. Lots of wonderful benefits on top of the fun monthly subscription!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

SSC138 Spooky Fall Sunset

Time for another Sunday Stamps challenge.  Today I flipped the sketch to create a fall, not Halloween, scene.

I used the fun, messy way to fill in the background, the Ink Smash Technique.

Here's this week's sketch.  Hope you'll come join us!

Stamps: Spooky Fun, Weather Together; Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Halloween Night DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Basic Gray, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Stampin' Spritzer, Halloween Scenes Edgelits, Umbrella Weather Framelits, Big Shot.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Acorny Thank You

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we take a look at what I think is a really fun set, Acorny Thank You, which also has a matching Acorn Builder Punch.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from Martha Inchley's blog.  She always has awesome ideas!

I've been wanting to use some product from the Petals & Paisleys suite to create a fall card.

Although I love the paisley pattern, it is difficult for me to use.  Using Freshly Made Sketches #256, I lined the edges of the banner with copper foil.  I added some copper metallic thread accent, but it seems to get lost in the background.

Stamps: Acorny Thank You; Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Copper Foil Sheets, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Ink: Delightful Dijon, Soft Suede, Night of Navy; Accessories: Copper Metallic Thread, Acorn Builder Punch, Confetti Hearts Border Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals.

And ICYMI, here's another Acorny Thank You card I posted a week ago as part of the Sunday Stamps Challenge.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what fun projects Holly Krautkremer has put together with this week's stamp set. 


Sunday, October 9, 2016

SSC137 Thankful Acorns

Welcome All! Time for another Sunday Stamps Challenge; this week is a color challenge.

I've said before - stamp, punch, done - it doesn't any easier!  This card came together super quickly.

For the sequin trim (don't you just love it?), I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen on either end to "seal" in the sequins, and then I attached the sequins with Mono Liquid Glue.

Stamps: Acorny Thank You; Paper: Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, A Little Foxy DSP; Ink: Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Sequin Trim, Acorn Builder Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Hey, if you like Acorny Thank You like I do, don't miss the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring this set on Monday, October 17!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Gurus: FREE Tutorials Available!

Time is running out on the BOGO Paper Pumpkin special!  Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by October 10, using PROMO CODE "BOGO", and get November's kit for FREE!  Don't forget if you sign up through me, you will also be signed up for the Paper Pumpkin Club!

As part of an exclusive group of demonstrators called the Paper Pumpkin Gurus, I will be providing my customers with 11-13 FREE private tutorials & exclusive project ideas each month.  What a great way to have other alternative projects at your fingertips for each Paper Pumpkin kit!  Below is the sneak peek of projects with September's kit and an example of the full-size instructions and photos that come with each project.

If you don't currently subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you can subscribe with me to get all these wonderful ideas every month.

And Stampin' Up has even more alternative ideas -

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Happy World Card Making Day!

It's always a good idea to stock up on card making essentials!  But hurry up - this sale is only for 5 days!  Check out all the items in the ONLINE STORE.

Promotion period: October 1-5, 2016
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And the savings continue!  DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SALE ~ Get your friends together and everyone can save 25% on paper!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Host Set Bonus Hop

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  Today we have a BONUS hop, focusing on host/hostess stamp sets.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from Nikki Spencer's blog.

For my host set, I chose Pun Intended from the annual catalog.  I always love the cute and funny sets for a light and happy card.

Using the Petals & Paisleys suite from the Holiday catalog gives the card a real retro feel.  The sketch is from Sunday Stamps Challenge #136, of which I am now a co-owner (shameless plug).  I also covered the flash area with fine-tipped glue to give it a nice shiny finish.

Stamps: Pun Intended; Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Copper Foil Sheets, Vellum, Champagne Glimmer Paper (retired); Ink: Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Copper Metallic Thread, Banner Triple Punch, Confetti Stars Border Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Sponge, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stars Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Hop on over to Holly Stene's blog to see what fun projects she has put together with one of our host sets.