Crisp and Cool – Fall is here!

This year I was beginning to wonder if Fall had been hijacked! The temperatures were in the 90’s near the end of September, and the leaves were all still green. But in the last week, the weather has returned to more normal fall temps, the leaves have changed color, and many of them are now on the ground. What a difference a week makes! Some of the leaves I colored recently have made their way onto today’s card, along with the ‘Crisp and Cool’ sentiment that just didn’t fit Wisconsin temps a week ago.   To Create This Crisp and…

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Stitched From the Heart to Celebrate Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s celebrate love, for all the couples tying the knot today, and for everyone who has special people in their lives! Do you have pretty paper in your stash? Use some for a background and to cut out two hearts for this easy card! The card base is Stampin’ Up! Tip Top Taupe card stock, 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Heart layer: 5-1/4″ x 3″ Love Blossoms DSP stack (retired), or any pretty paper. Cut the largest Square Shape with your Big Shot and the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits from Whisper White card stock. Add two hearts – these…

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It’s Time to Deck the Halls with Stampin’ Up!

It’s Time to Deck the Halls

This card layout is a great way to use up your tiny pieces of pretty paper. The 1″ square punch is on the clearance rack right now for just $9.60! The Merry Mice stamp set is also on sale – see details at the end of the post.

Photo of Deck the Halls card
How to Make It:
  1. Cut a Cherry Cobbler card base
    5-1/2” x 8-1/2” and fold in half.
  2. Cut a Very Vanilla layer, 4-1/2” x
  3. Cut a Garden Green layer, 4-1/4” x
    3” and set aside. (These 3 colors of card stock are also available in the This Christmas combination package, which includes 8 sheets of each color.)
  4. Use the 1” punch or a paper cutter
    to cut 6 – 1” x 1” squares of This Christmas Designer Series Paper.
  5. Glue the 6 squares evenly spaced
    onto the Garden Green layer. HINT: attach the two end squares, leaving a ¼”
    margin at top & sides, then center 1 square between them in the top row.
    Then do the bottom row so the squares are ¼” from the bottom of the Green layer
    and lined up with the top row.
  6. Run the Garden Green layer and
    squares through the Big Shot with the Lovely Lace embossing folder.
  7. Now attach the embossed Garden Green
    layer to the Very Vanilla layer.
  8. Add the Very Vanilla piece to the
    Cherry Cobbler layer.
  9. Stamp the banner from the Number of Years stamp set in Cherry Cobbler Ink.
  10. Stamp the sentiment, It’s Time to Deck the Halls, from the Merry Mice stamp set in Garden Green ink on the banner.
  11. Cut the banner out, using the Big Shot and the Large Numbers framelits.
  12. As an alternative, stamp the Merry
    & Bright or Christmas Joy stamp from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set in
    Cherry Cobbler ink on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and cut the banner out with the Big Shot and Bunch of Banners framelits.
  13. Attach the banner to the center of
    your card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  14. Add 3 random rhinestones wherever they look best on your small squares.

NOTE: the 1” square punch used to punch the square for this card is currently on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack, while supplies last. The original price is $16, on clearance for $9.60. It’s a great tool for cutting small squares to use up your small scraps, as these small pieces are difficult to cut with the trimmer.The Merry Mice stamp set is on sale as part of the Stitched from the Heart promotion. You can see the new Stitched Shapes framelits dies and the stamp sets that are on sale only in November here.

Oh Christmas Tree

Casing the Holiday Catty When you’re looking for stamping inspiration, start with the Stampin’ Up! catalogs! They’re full of ideas for color combinations, card layouts, gift packaging and more. Last week we were inspired by this simple and elegant Christmas card on page 48 in the 2016 Holiday Catalog: Of course, we changed it up just a bit, and this is our version: How to Make It: Cut a Whisper White thick card stock base to 4-1/4” x 11”, score at 5-1/2″ and fold.** Rub the Embossing buddy over the front of the card to remove static and prevent stray embossing…

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Reindeer Tag

Christmas Tags for All Your Gifts Here’s a quick little tag that will add a cute touch to all of your Christmas gifts! How To Make It: Cut Whisper White card stock to 2″ x 3-1/2″. Punch one end of the Whisper White piece with the Scallop Tag Topper punch. Stamp the ‘To: From:’ stamp from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, near the bottom of the tag is Real Red ink. Cut a 2″ x 2″ piece of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhere it to the card, centering it between the sentiment and top of…

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This Christmas

Season of Cheer Card When we gathered earlier this week for the Shimmer and Shine Christmas card class, we made this card featuring the Stampin’ Up! This Christmas Designer Series Paper and the greeting from the Jar of Cheer stamp set. There are lots of layers, but it’s quite easy to stamp and assemble! Cut the following: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Mint Macaron card base 4-3/4″ x 2″ Garden Green card stock 4″ x 4″ This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) (2) 1″ squares Cherry Cobbler card stock 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ Mint Macaron card stock Fold the Mint Macaron card base in half. Adhere…

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Merry Little Treat Bag

Christmas Tag for a Treat Bag or Card Today I have a little treat bag for you that we made last week at our Holiday Crafting Open House. We’re lovin’ the new Stampin’ Up! Copper Embossing Powder and Holiday Catalog! Cut a 2” x 3.5” piece of Whisper White regular or thick card stock with the Paper Trimmer. Punch one end of the tag with the Scallop Tag Topper punch. Stamp the ‘Merry’ sentiment from the Jar of Cheer stamp set in the middle at the bottom of the tag in Cherry Cobbler ink. Stamp the Solid Xmas tree shape…

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Holly Jolly Gift Card and Envelope

Have a Holly Jolly Gift Card & Envelope Last week at our crafting open house we made this cute little 3×3″ gift card and used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching Crumb Cake envelope. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 3” x 6”. Score at 3”. Stamp the sentiment “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” from the Stitched With Cheer stamp set in Cucumber Crush ink, near the bottom of the card front. Stamp the hat pieces in Real Red using the Jolly Friends or Cozy Critters stamps set.  Punch out the hat pieces with the…

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Mother’s Day

Painted Blooms for Mom May will be here soon, the temperatures are climbing, and flowers are bloomin’! So it’s Mother’s Day in my craft room. This Stampin’ Up! Painted Blooms paper (sadly retired) is one of my favorites for Mother’s Day cards. Good thing I still have some in my paper stash! Stampin’ Up! Products to make this card: Strawberry Slush Cardstock (retired); recommend Rose Red Painted Blooms DSP(retired) Blackberry Bliss Cardstock (retiring soon) * Whisper White Cardstock Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper Butterflies Thinlits Ovals Framelits (retiring soon!)* Itty Bitty Punch Pack (retiring soon!)* April 2014 Paper Pumpkin Stamp set Stampin’ Dimensionals Blackberry Bliss…

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Butterflies for Mom

Mother’s Day Butterflies Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. When I go out in the yard and see the hyacinths, tulips and daffodils blooming, I’m in my happy place! So naturally, my spring card creations often feature flowers and butterflies. They’re a great combination for celebrating both spring and mothers! To create this card: Card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ in Daffodil Delight – a nice bright happy yellow! Designer Series Paper 5-1/4″ x 4″. This sample paper is from Park Lane (Stampin’ Up! 2014-15 catalog). Butterfly Thinlits Dies and a Big Shot with the Precision Base…

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Graduation Paper Pumpkin

Pocketful of Cheer for Graduation Graduation is a great time of year, and cause for much celebration! I had a few pieces of the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin – Pocketful of Cheer left over, so I used them for one more graduation card. This one is most appropriate for someone who is beginning a career. To create this card: Card base – Coastal Cabana cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ March Paper Pumpkin – Pocketful of Cheer for the graduation cap, green pearls, Bermuda Bay ink, striped cardstock and white square and Hooray Grad! stamp. Coastal Cabana ink Metallic Silver Baker’s twine…

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Drapery Fold Flowering Fields

Experiment with Card Folds Every once in a while, it’s good to shake up your card-making routine by using a different technique. This card features an easy fold that allows you to see both sides of your pretty Designer Series Paper. It is called a Drapery Fold or Pleat Fold, and you can find some videos on how it’s done on YouTube. Try it with your favorite paper! This sample shows the Autumn Traditions DSP, which is a retired Stampin’ Up! paper from the 2009-2010 Annual Catalog, a card base in Tip Top Taupe, and a Whisper White layer. Whichever…

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Where is Spring?

Flowering Fields Work of Art Last week the box of flowers I ordered in February arrived for the “right time for planting in Wisconsin”. But it’s been cool and rainy lately, so I planted some flowers in my studio instead. Flowering Fields This was my first chance to play with the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration Flowering Fields stamp set, and it was so much fun! To create this card: Ink up some of the flower images from Flowering Fields (shown below) with Stampin’ Write markers in Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight and stamp them in the middle…

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Endless Kindness

Kindness Lotus Blossoms Tip: When you have a stamp set out, use it to make several cards before putting it away again.Here is the second of my Lotus Blossom fever cards. To create this card: Supplies Ink: Perfect Plum Used on Lotus Blossom stamp 1, then stamped off for stamp 2 So Saffron for Lotus Blossom stamp 3 Old Olive for dark center of stem Pear Pizzazz for outer stemPaper:Perfect Plum Cardstock, 1/4″ x 4-1/2″ So Saffron Cardstock, 4-1/2″ x11″, folded in half. Whisper White Cardstock, 3″ x 4-1/2″ Tea for two DSP (retired), 3″ x 5″ Stamps: Lotus Blossom (retired) Punches & Embellishments:…

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Get Well Soon Soup

Soup for Recovery Now that you’re feeling a little better, you can progress from yesterday’s chicken soup, to a little tomato soup today. This card is very similar to yesterday’s card, so I won’t go through all the paper piecing steps again. The differences are mainly in the colors and papers, as well as the corners on the soft sky layer are rounded with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, instead of the Curvy Trio Punch. Here are the products used to create this version: Whisper White Thick Cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5″, folded in half Soft Sky cardstock 3-3/4″ x 5″, rounded…

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