PPA220 A Pretty Fall Picture

Do you ever wonder where my inspiration comes from for making a home décor project?  Generally, it’s an element that I created that’s too big or bulky for a card!  Case in point… This week’s sketch by our Pal, Margaret Moody, for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge calls for a fairly large circle.  Between the inspiration of her sketch, and the inspiration that came from a gorgeous sunflower that I have in my foyer, I decided to make a sunflower for my card.  That sunflower turned out VERY large.  I contemplated making a larger card than the standard card size, but somehow ended up pulling out a frame that I had bought quite some time ago, and this is what I ended up with…

PPA220-For-All-Things-Home-Here’s the inspiration for this…   Margaret’s sketch:

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And my sunflower:

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To create the sunflower, I used a petal from the Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die (perfect for cutting multiple petals at once!) and the smallest petal from Flower Fair Framelits Dies to cut my sunflower petals with Crushed Curry cardstock.  Each petal was stamped with the fine lines stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with Soft Suede ink.

The flower center was cut with the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch and Early Espresso cardstock, crumpled, and the cardstock was separated into two layers.  With the “fuzzy” side up, I embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and accented it with Crystal Effects.  Jumbo Sticky Rounds were perfect for adhering the layers together.

PPA220-Fall-DecorThe ‘splatters’ were stamped with yet another stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with both Soft Suede and Gold Metallic ink.  The sentiment, from For All Things, was stamped with Early Espresso ink.

The Burlap Ribbon and Gold Buttons were a last-minute detail, as was the Brushed Gold cardstock border.  It’s not really part of Margaret’s sketch, but this picture needed the burlap strip for more balance and dimension.  The background piece is Elegant Eggplant, a perfect contrast to the Crushed Curry for fall.  I also randomly sponged the frame with Gold Metallic ink.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and are inspired to play along with us this week at Pals Paper Arts.  Come see what else the Resident Artists have created to inspire you!

 

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Be The Star You Are

It’s been a while since I’ve crafted a step-card, and Cindy Lovell’s awesome sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge was perfect for using for one.  The step-card puts the design of the sketch front and center…

FMS154-Be-the-StarA quick and easy card with lots of shimmer and shine is always a favorite for me, and this one fits the bill.  The stars stencil sponged with Silver metallic ink for the background, and a simple star cut with one of the Stars Framelits sets the stage for a card that says You’re a Star!

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To emphasize the “Star You Are”, I simply used a So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker to “highlight” the words and scattered a few silver sequins from the Frosted Sequins embellishments (Holiday Catalog).  How easy would it be to convert this design to a holiday card???

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the fabulous cards that our ‘Clean Team’ has designed for your inspiration at Freshly Made Sketches.  Better yet, come play along with us this week!

FMS154 Cindy LWishing you tons of stamping mojo!

Silver and Stars…

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Wonderous Wreath for Fall

Today I’ve put a fall spin on the Wonderous Wreath stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.  I am so amazed at how several of the holiday stamp sets can be used for more than the holidays, and I was really looking forward to using set to create a fall wreath

FMS153-Wreath-for-New-HomeIsn’t this a lovely way to say congratulations on your new home?  The sketch for this card was designed by Jennifer Brum for our challenge at Freshly Made Sketches this week.  Jennifer creates the most beautiful cards that always make me say “Wow!”, and I always love her super-clean and fresh sketches.  Perfect for a Freshly Made Sketches challenge, right?  Make sure to take a moment to go see what the ‘Clean Team’ has designed to inspire you and, in general, make your jaw drop.  Sometimes I feel like I make kindergarten cards compared to these fabulous designers!

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A simple Woodgrain embossed piece of Whisper White cardstock, given a hint of gray with the Smoky Slate ink pad, makes a great neutral backdrop for the bright fall leaf colors.  The colors used for the wreath were Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.  After stamping and cropping with the coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelits (Bundle the stamp set and framelits and save 15%!), I stepped it up a notch by adding veins with Tangelo Twist and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers, and then daubed on Dazzling Details glitter glue with a touch of Tangelo Twist using a small paintbrush, and added a Tangelo Twist bow.

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Once I started with the glitter glue, I can’t seem to stop, so I also lightly brushed it on the strip of Crushed Curry print from the Regals Designer Paper Series Stack and added a little daub to the two Candy Dots.  The sentiment used is from Holiday Home stamp set.

FMS153-Happy-New-HomeThis was a happy card to make!  Gee, have I mentioned that I love fall???  I’m in card making heaven for the next few months with Fall and Christmas!  I highly recommend the Holiday Home stamp set and Homemade Holiday Framelits bundle as well as the Wonderous Wreath stamp set and Wonderful Wreath Framelits bundle for your collection.  Combining these two sets can create a vast array of cards for many seasons and occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope we’ll see you in the Freshly Made Sketches gallery this week!

 

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Return to Fall!

After yesterday’s Christmas card, I’m happy to announce that I’m back in Fall mode today!  I have to warn you, though, I still have “Christmas Fever” with those new stamp sets waiting to be inked, so you’re sure to see more Christmas cards soon!

PPA218-For-All-ThingsToday’s card was created for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge, which uses beautiful colors that can be used for any occasion, but I saw fall colors and turned to my For All Things stamp set.

For-All-Things-Wooden-SignI attempted to make a “wooden sign” that looked like it was painted with yellow and then lettered.  The brushed coating of Crystal Effects helped make it look more like paint.   I added another neutral, Soft Suede, to make the sign show up against the Crumb Cake background.  The leaves were enhanced by creasing them where the veins would be, and then sponging the creases and edges with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.

Give-Thanks-For-All-ThingsI hope you’ll take a moment to visit us at Pals Paper Arts;  you’ll be so inspired by this week’s creations made for you by our Resident Artists, and you’ll surely be running to your craft space so you can play along!  We can’t wait to see what you create with this rich color combination.

PPA218 Hello Honey Crumb Cake Blackberry Bliss

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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First Christmas Card for 2014

Do any of you remember back a few years ago when I adamantly would NOT start making Christmas cards until I had fully enjoyed making fall cards?  And have you seen my resolve slowing waning each year?  Well, here it is, the first week of September, and I’ve made my first Christmas card.  I could not resist!  I love the Wonderous Wreath stamp set and coordinating dies and was really itching to ink it up!  FALL LOVERS:  Do not fear…   I am NOT done with fall, but just beginning.FMS152-Wonderous-Wreath

I’m hosting this week at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week’s sketch was created with this card design in mind.  Okay, here’s the embarrassing part… I didn’t look at my own sketch when it came time to make the card, and I didn’t follow it very accurately.  I had made a couple different versions, and thought I submitted the one with the rectangle in the middle.  So, if you play along with our challenge this week, feel free to move that little “ANY SHAPE” panel in any position along the horizontal panel!  As host, I get to pick the Queen of Clean, and I promise you won’t be eliminated if you move the shape from one end to the other!  :)

Stampin-Up-Wonderous-WreathVery simple card, very simple embellishments.  A little embossing on the inlaid DSP panel, some Crystal Effects on the berries, and a pretty red bow.

Wonderous-Wreath-Stamp-SetI hope you’ll stop in to see the amazing designs (seriously, AMAZING!) that the ‘Clean Team’ at Freshly Made Sketches has created to inspire you this week, and that you’ll play along with my sketch.

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I hope to see you in the gallery!

 

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The 2014 Holiday Catalog is Here!

Yay!  The Holiday Catalog is released and ordering begins today!  I know that if you haven’t already seen the catalog, you’ve at least heard a lot of great comments about how fantastic the products and samples are. 2014 Stampin Up Holiday Catalog

Holiday Catalog PDF

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Holiday Catalog Stampin’ Supplies

Go ahead… get started making your wish list.  If there’s anything you have to have, and have to have it quickly, I would suggest that you get your order in very soon.  Stampin’ Up! has notified us that some items are already low in stock because of the tremendous response from demonstrators during the pre-order period.

This truly is the best Holiday Catalog in Stampin’ Up! history!  I have the pleasure of working with some demos and customers who’ve been using Stampin’ Up! products since the 1990′s, and they all emphatically agree.  I hope you enjoy the projects shown as much as I do.  For your easy reference, the third link above lists the products used for each project shown in the catalog.

WAIT!  There’s more!  :)   In addition to regular Hostess Benefits on orders of $300 or more, you’ll receive this fabulous FREE exclusive stamp set, Good Greetings!  This is a must-have sentiment set!

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  • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online).
  • Hostesses may use their additional hostess dollars on any current catalog merchandise.
  • Orders larger than the qualifying amount are not eligible for additional sets
  • Qualifying order = $300 in commissionable sales (pre-tax and shipping); one set per order
  • Qualifying host has the choice of wood or clear mount stamp set
  • Order dates: August 28 – October 31

 

Don’t forget to check out the weekly deals and the clearance rack before finalizing your order.

Happy shopping!

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A Thank You for Kim

I’m really glad it’s Wednesday!  I’ve been so busy and haven’t had much time to stamp, but thank heavens for Freshly Made Sketches, because I have a really good excuse to put aside all my busywork and go stamp!  And then there’s the fact that the ‘Clean Team’, guest designers included, always create the BEST sketches to work with.  This week’s sketch was created by our Guest Designer, Kim Singdalhsen, and it was everyone’s favorite!  Not one moan or groan from the team about pesky circles or anything!  :)

I’m dedicating this week’s card to Kim.  It has been a pleasure having her share her talent with us this month.  I hope you’ll all take a moment to visit her blog at Joyful Creations and give her a warm thank you and a “Ya’ll come back, now!”.Blooming-with-Hope I really love the lines of Kim’s sketch, and wanted to keep them clear in my design, so I opted for black and white with a splash of color.  The DSP print is from Back to Black, and the flowers are from the Bloom with Hope (Hostess) stamp set (stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Basic Black embossing powder).  Although the stamp set has 5 fabulous sentiments that are great for both the card front and the card interior, I opted for “thanks” from the Another Thank You photopolymer stamp set. Dimension and bling were created with Crystal Effects on the flowers (first colored with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities), a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Pearls Basic Jewels and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folders.  Lastly, the black panel was cropped with the Scallop Border Punch. FMS151 Kim SI hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card and that you’ll come play along with Kim’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week! Happy stamping!  

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