Believe it or not, the tree trunk and the greeting strip were in my saved paper stash, too! For Whisper White and Very Vanilla card stock, if it’s large enough to stamp a greeting on I will usually save it. In this case it was the perfect size for the Merry Christmas greeting (Greetings From Santa – wood mount or clear mount), I just had to trim a bit off the end to fit across the card front. I like stamping my greetings on scraps of card stock and then layering them. That way I don’t run the risk of stamping crooked on my card front, which I’ve been known to do. 🙂 I could have layered it on some Cherry Cobbler card stock, but I actually like the look of just white on white. What do you think?
I created this handmade birthday card for my niece’s upcoming birthday. The beautiful rich tones are perfect for a fall birthday, don’t you think?
I knew I wanted to use a pattern from the Moroccan Designer Paper collection, which has Very Vanilla as it’s base, so I began by “dirtying” up a Delicate White Doily. First I sponged Crumb Cake all over the front, and then I stamped the long textured stamp from Touches of Texture (wood mount or clear mount) all across it in Early Espresso. Of course I had to trim along the bottom and top to give it a straight edge to mount onto the card front like I wanted.
I stamped the floral stamp, the bees, and the greeting (which came from the Rose Wonder stamp set) in Early Espresso ink and then colored in using Garden Green, Cajun Craze, and Delightful Dijon Stampin’ Write Markers, from the Regals Collection and 2015-2017 In Color Collection respectively. Of course, you’ll want to color carefully as the Early Espresso is not a waterproof ink, but it worked great!
I really like the Kraft Rope Trim that I added to the card. I think it’s one of my favorite trims from the Holiday Catalog! Don’t you think it would work beautifully with the Seaside Shore stamp set (wood mount or clear mount) for those summer or nautical-themed cards?
There’s just one more week to take advantage of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Paper Special. With NINE patterns to choose from, including even a couple of Christmas Designer Paper patterns from the Holiday Catalog, you should stock up now on your favorites to make those special holiday cards and handmade birthday cardsyou’ll need in the future.
A gallon of milk weighs 8.6 pounds. How do I know this? Because I googled it.
Why do I care? Well, a week ago I had an unexpected ambulance ride from my doctor’s office to the emergency room, and the next day had surgery. Today in my follow-up visit I was told I shouldn’t lift anything over ten pounds… for five more weeks! Hence the question: How much does a gallon of milk weigh?
It’s surprising what we do day-in and day-out, not even thinking of things like that. Now I’m questioning the weight of so many things!
I want to do well in recovery and am not looking for any setbacks, so I want to follow my doctor’s advice. The problem is now I can’t even work my “day” job (I’m a freelance court reporter) because the minimum amount of equipment I have to take every day weighs about 12 pounds! And since I’m self-employed, I have no sick time or vacation pay (I’m a terrible boss!), so that’s gonna be a hit.
Of course, I do have my “other” job as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (my favorite). None of my stamp sets or accessories weigh even close to that much! 🙂 I’m not sure how much the Big Shot weighs, but it’s in a spot where I won’t have to move it around so it’s all good!
I’m glad to finally get back to creating. Today’s handmade birthday card is for a person I work with whose birthday is later this week. I hope she likes it!
I used a fairly monochromatic color scheme of Night of Navy and Whisper White. Of course the designer paper patterns are from the fabulous Floral Boutique collection. I used some Night of Navy ink on the Delicate White Doily to make it stand out more. The greeting came from Sprinkles of Life. I cut out the white and navy flowers using the fabulous Botanical Builder Framelits, sponging some navy ink around the edges of the white flower and of course layered a feminine little pearl in the center.
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Here’s a simple handmade Halloween card I created as an alternative project using the stamps and supplies in the latest Paper Pumpkin craft kit.
I love my Paper Pumpkin because every month I receive a cute little box delivered in the mail, full of projects that have already been designed for me with all the supplies pre-cut. All I have to do is sit down for a few minutes when I have time and put them together.
Do you find that it’s not always easy to fit in a creative outlet? I do, too, but with these little paper crafting classes in a box I don’t need a lot of time to get my “fix.” And they make a great gift, too!
It’s a great time to give these kits-of-the-month a try because Stampin’ Up! is offering a Buy-One-Get-One-Free special until October 10th… pay for the first month and your second month will be FREE! Just be sure to use the Promo Code BOGO when joining.
Watch the video below for some other adorable ideas using the latest Paper Pumpkin craft kit.
I wrapped the top layer a few times with some Garden Green twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack. You’ll get a spool of Cherry Cobbler and a spool of Gold twine included in the package, too!
The circle for the greeting and the little peek-a-boo scalloped layer underneath it were both cut out using my Big Shot and the Layering Circles Framelits. There’s 16 dies in this framelit grouping… so many different sizes to choose from!
This handmade Christmas card relies on the more traditional holiday colors of Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green in the patterned paper and inks. I like the pattern I chose for this card. It looks beautiful just as it is, but you can really dress it up if you want to. The color palette used is shown below.
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Have you started your holiday stamping yet? It’s time to get started on your Christmas carddesigns!
And how about the Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit? You can grab this wonderful kit for yourself to make a bunch of quick and beautiful handmade cards to have on hand, but what a great gift idea, too! And be sure to pick up the coordinating Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set for the perfect pairing to complete the projects included in the kit.
Watch the video below and see what comes in the Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit.
These fabulous specials run through October 5th, so don’t delay!
For the month of October Stampin’ Up! is also running a special on our designer paper — Buy 3 and Get One Free!
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I’m almost giddy with excitement as I announce that in just five short days I’m going to begin the 2016 12 Weeks of Christmas, my much anticipated annual FREE e-mail campaign!
Each week for 12 consecutive weeks you will receive, via e-mail, a different holiday project tutorial. The first few weeks we’ll start off with some beautiful handmade Christmas cards. The next few weeks will feature some awesome and unique handmade gift ideas. And then we’ll round out the 12 weeks with some beautiful gift wrap ideas of homemade bags, handmade boxes, and adorable Christmas tags. When the 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign comes to an end you’ll have a collection of 12 amazing holiday projects that you’ll be able to make yourself.
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This cozy handmade card for fall using the Cable Knit Embossing Folder conveys so much comfort and warmth, you just can’t help reaching out to touch it! I adore this embossing folder, and it certainly looks amazing all by itself.
I wanted to avoid a lot of embellishments, which I felt would detract from the beautiful knit design. So to add just a little bit of color I wrapped some of the Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine around the embossed layer from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalog.
12 Weeks of Christmas 2016 edition will be starting soon!
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Don’t be left in the cold trying to get your holiday stamping done on your own! Each week you’ll receive a special project tutorial for creating beautiful handmade Christmas cards, unique holiday gifts, handmade gift boxes, bags, or tags… a steady flow of inspired ideas you can reproduce for your own homemade card making and holiday gift-giving, or just to fire up your creativity!
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The Special Offers for this week end tomorrow, but you can still pick them up in my Online Store at 25% off!
Each week through September 21st Stampin’ Up! is offering some selected products at a discount. I don’t know yet what items will be on sale for the next two weeks, but the Special Offers for this week are shown below.
Those little enamel shapes are a very inexpensive way to add a special touch to your unique handmade card designs. And they come in all of the Stampin’ Up! colors for perfect coordination with our inks, card stock, and designer papers! Why not go ahead and stock up on these little gems while you can get still pick them up at a nice discount?
I thought I’d give in (just for today!) and create a handmade fall card. I’m not ready for the end of summer yet, but lately there’s been a brisk chill in the air.
The Warmth & Cheer Designer Paper Stack was perfect for this, as one side of patterns are sweater knits and the other are more holiday designs… a great variety! Beautiful neutrals and brilliant fall colors on one side, and warm Christmas designs and colors on the other.
How would you and your friends like to get together for a girls’ night (or day) out? Contact me and we’ll schedule a time for everyone to gather together to try out some of the new products from the Holiday Catalog. Who knows, maybe we’ll all make another beautiful handmade fall card! 🙂
Today’s Christmas Card Sunday project features a beautiful Christmas-themed silhouette.
For today’s Christmas Card Sunday project I pulled out an oldie-but-goodie Christmas-themed silhouette rubber stamp set my sister-in-law asked me to sell for her. I don’t remember the name of it, but I think it’s called Nativity. At least that’s what I’ve listed it as on my Retired Rubber Stamps page where you can find it for sale.
This elegant yet simple handmade Christmas card could easily be put together in ten minutes or less, which is really perfect when you’re going to be making a large number of the same card. And not only that, this striking card could be made for well under $1 each. Don’t you love that?
I began my card with a basic monochromatic color scheme. Then I just created a bit of shimmer and sparkle by putting the image piece over a layer of Gold Foil Sheet — of course I cut out the middle to save for another project before layering — and also adding a gold Metallic Enamel Shape.
I love how that shiny gold star blends perfectly in the middle of the stamped star image, don’t you? And it just so happens that for a limited time you can pick up a package of Metallic Enamel Shapes on sale right now (through the 10th of September) at 25% off… just in time for making your holiday cards! If you think you’d like to add some shiny, sparkly embellishments to your projects be sure to pick these up on sale while you can!
I used a few Post-It Notes to create the snow banks by tearing the edges for a more natural snowdrift look, then sponged various colors over the sky and the banks of snow.
And although you can’t see it in the picture, I added some delicate touches of the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the snowflakes and along the snow banks for just a little extra shimmer. I then popped up Santa’s Naughty or Nice list using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Can you find your name on the list? ♥♥♥
Aside from the Basic Black Archival I used to stamp the scroll of names, the ink color combination used for this handmade card idea is shown below.
Will you be getting your homemade Christmas cards done in time to send out this year? It’s really not too early to get started. According to a recent survey I conducted, August and September are the most popular months for beginning your holiday stamping, followed very closely by October.
If you need additional inspiration then do a search of this site for “Christmas Card Sunday,” where I feature creative ideas for making holiday cards. I do this most Sundays throughout the year, so tune in tomorrow for more handmade Christmas card ideas!
Today is my birthday, and I’d love to celebrate it with you!
Place an order of $40 or more today in my Online Store using the Hostess Code H4DD9TUX and I will not only send you a blank handmade card that you can reuse, but I’ll also send you a sampling of my very favorite embellishments from the upcoming Holiday Catalog, six antiqued Mini Pinecones (p. 20, 141990)