Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Countdown to Christmas Day 10 - Blast from the Past!!!

Today's project is actually a card I created more than four years ago.  One of my customers recently spotted one of my few remaining cards in this design and asked me how to make it (she had all the materials, but I apparently hadn't posted instructions at the time).  I don't recall if this was a class project or (more likely) a swap card.  In any event, it's one of my personal favorites and I'm quite disappointed in myself that I sold the stamp set in one of my great purges!

The stamp set and some of the items used to make this card are no longer sold by Stampin' Up!  Hopefully you still have some of these items in your collection -- and the technique used to color the poinsettia is timeless.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Set
* Joyful Christmas (featured in 2013 Holiday Catalog)

Paper
* Cherry Cobbler card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 5-1/4" x 4")
* Very Vanilla card stock (about 5-1/4" x 3")
* Shimmery White card stock (about 3-3/4" square)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* VersaMark Ink Pad
* Gold Metallic Ink Pad (no longer sold by Stampin' Up!)
* Cherry Cobbler Refill Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies (Stampin' Up! - Retired)
* Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up! - Retired)
* Gold Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool
* Aqua Painter (or paint brush)
* Stampin' Spritzer
* Stampin' Sponge
* Rhinestone Basic Jewels
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1, Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to add textured stripes to 5-1/4" x 4" Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink around edges, then scrape all of the edges across gold ink pad to add a gilt look.  Adhere to front of card.

3. Use Big Shot and die to cut shape from Very Vanilla card stock.  Stamp sentiment with VersaMark ink and emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink around edges.  Center and adhere to front of card.

4. Stamp poinsettia image on Shimmery White card stock with VersaMark ink pad; emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.  Use Stampin' Spritzer or other spray bottle filled with water to spray water across stamped and embossed image.  (NOTE:  You want this to be almost "puddly" wet for this technique to work.)  Using Aqua Painter or wet paint brush, pick up a tiny dot of Cherry Cobbler refill ink and drop onto surface of water.  You will immediately see the ink spread across the water, leaving darker spots in some places, and lighter in other areas.  If you like, you also can use your brush to spread out the ink.  Repeat until entire image is covered with color.  At this point you can either air dry or use heat tool to dry the water and ink.  Once paper is completely dry, cut out image and adhere to the front of the card as shown with Stampin' Dimensionals.

5. Add several small Rhinestones to center of poinsettia.


For the inside of the card, cut a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  Use VersaMark ink to stamp a portion of the poinsettia in the upper left-hand corner; emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.  Stamp the sentiment with Basic Black ink.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink around outside edges.

That's it.  You could use this technique for any image -- it's particularly good for flowers -- makes the petals look so realistic!

Cathy  ;D

Countdown to Christmas Day 9 Ribbon Box

Isn't this the sweetest little trinket box?!  I spotted it on Splitcoaststampers.com and thought it was the coolest way to use empty ribbon spools.  And, being a total hoarder -- er, RECYCLER -- of COURSE I have a few of these stashed somewhere.  I knew some day I would find a use for them -- even if it was just to rewind old ribbon scraps.

I must admit I haven't yet made one, but am definitely planning to do that once the hubbub of the holidays dies down.


Click HERE for detailed directions and a video.  NOTE:  If for some reason this link doesn't work, visit SplitCoastStampers.com and click on the Tutorials link.  This project is called "Tape Roll Trinket Box."

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stampin' Up! FREE SHIPPING on Monday, December 11



Just a quick message to let you know that Stampin' Up! is offering another free shipping date on Monday, December 11.  That's like saving 10% on your order!!!!

Click on image above to shop my online store, or contact me to place your order (I generally go to bed early and get up early, so please let me know by 8 p.m. on Monday, the 11th, if you want me to order for you).

Cathy  ;D

Countdown to Christmas Day 8 - Winter Card

Here's the card we made at my table at Stamp Camp West yesterday -- it's not so much Christmas as it is an all-encompassing seasonal card.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Set
* Holly Berry Happiness

Paper
* Basic Gray card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scrap for deer)
* Whisper White card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; 3-7/8" x 3-1/4")
* Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (2017 Holiday Catalog) (3-7/8" x 2-1/2")
* Pear Pizzazz card stock (approximately 2-1/4" x 2")
* Silver Foil Paper (approximately 2-1/4" x 1-1/2")

Ink
* Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad
* Tuxedo Black Memento Ink or Basic Black Archival Ink Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Card Front Builder Die (2017 Holiday Catalog)
* Rhinestones Jewels (small size)
* Stampin' Sponge
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Other
* Template made from cardboard.  See note below.

Instructions
(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock to front of card.

3. Adhere DSP near top edge of Whisper White card stock (about 1/16" away from each side and the top).

4. Make template out of scrap card stock or cardboard (I used an empty cereal box).  It doesn't need to look exactly like mine (see photo), but it does need to have a gentle curve along the bottom.


The photo below shows the pieces parts for this card.  NOTE:  For the stamp camp, since I was cutting pieces for a LOT of cards, I wanted to conserve as much DSP as possible, so I cut the curved edge on both the DSP and the Whisper White card stock.  Since you probably won't be making 70+ cards, you do not necessarily need to do that -- you can just use a rectangular piece of DSP that's about 2-1/2" long and then cut the curved top edge on the Whisper White card stock as detailed below.



5. To create curved edge on Whisper White card stock, trace curved edge of template at top of paper.  Cut along traced line.

6. To create hills, place curved edge of template where the bottom of the silver foil tree will be positioned on the card.  Use Stampin' Sponge and Smoky Slate ink to daub ink along the curved edge of the template.  Move the template up slightly and repeat to create the hill where the Pear Pizzazz trees will be positioned.  (See photos below.)



This is what the piece should look like after you've finished sponging the hills.


7. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply ink along outer edges of curved Whisper White card stock.

8. Use Memento Ink to stamp sentiment near bottom left of curved Whisper White card stock.  Adhere to front of card about 1/16" from bottom edge of Whisper White card stock and overlapping the DSP at the top.

9. Use Big Shot and die to cut the two trees shape from Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Use Liquid Glue to adhere to card aligning the bottom of the trees with the top hill.

10. Use Big Shot and die to cut single tree shape from Silver Foil card stock.  Use Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to card, aligning the bottom of the tree with the bottom hill.

11. Use Big Shot and die to cut deer from Basic Gray card stock.  Use small amount of Liquid Glue to adhere deer under left edge of silver foil tree as shown.

12. It's kind of hard to see in the photo above, but if you click on the photo to enlarge it, you should be able to spot the three small rhinestone jewels in the sky adding just a hint of a sparkle to the card.

Don't forget the inside . . . .

You may have noticed there is an extra single tree in the pieces parts photo . . . that piece was cut from Smoky Slate to add to the inside of the card.

Sorry about the shadow across the lower left edge of this photo . . . that's me taking the picture with my iPhone!

If you have a stamp with a small sprinkle of snowflakes (the one pictured here is from Tags and Trimmings (2017 Holiday Catalog)), adding a few snowflakes around the tree with Smoky Slate ink provides just the right touch to the inside.

Hope you enjoy this card!

Cathy  ;D

Countdown to Christmas Day 7 (kind of)

I'm so far behind on my countdown!  Trying to catch up today by cheating a little . . . yes, it's another recipe because I'm not quite ready to post the instructions for the card we made at my table at yesterday's stamp camp.  My food assignment for this special holiday stamp camp was turkey and stuffing.  You would have laughed out loud if you had seen me dancing with the 23+ pound oiled-up turkey trying to get it into the oven bag at 2:30 a.m.  But ultimately I won the battle and the turkey came out perfect as always -- moist and delicious!


The recipe I'm posting is for the AWESOME stuffing I made to go with the turkey.  Several people commented on how good it was and asked for the recipe.  Funny because I just found it online* last week and made it IN A CROCKPOT!!!!  We had a large group to feed, so I actually made two batches -- had two crockpots and the oven going in the wee hours of the morning.

Slow Cooker  Sausage, Apple and Sage Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 12 cups dried bread cubes (approximately 1 loaf of bread)
  • 8 ounces ground pork or turkey sausage (I used pork sausage with sage)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups Granny Smith green apples, chopped (no need to peel)
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage (since I didn't have fresh sage, and the sausage already had sage in it, I used only 1 teaspoon of ground sage)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, plus 1/4 cup, if desired, for additional moisture

Instructions

Brown the sausage, drain and place in the bottom of a slow cooker (6 quart or larger).  Stir in the bread cubes.  Pour in melted butter and toss together with sausage and bread cubes.

Place chopped apples, onion, celery, sage, salt and pepper over mixture, pour in 1/2 cup of chicken broth, and toss everything together using two large spoons.

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the bread is browned on top and vegetables are tender.  Before serving you can stir in 1/4 cup extra broth, if desired, for extra moisture.

NOTES

1. I put this in the crockpot around 3:15 a.m. (wanted to have fresh, hot stuffing to take with me in the morning) and went back to sleep.  Got up at 6 a.m. and checked on it and it was a little burnt around the edges.  I think next time I'll let it cook for 2 hours and then check to see how it's doing.

2. To transport and place this on the buffet table at stamp camp, I placed the stuffing in several aluminum containers and covered each one tightly with aluminum foil.  I also did this with the turkey.  Placed all the containers in a large roaster oven and turned it on to about 150 degrees to keep everything warm.  It worked well -- everything stayed warm, didn't burn, and was moist.

If you decide to try this recipe I'd be interested in knowing if you like it as well as the campers did!

Cathy  ;D

* Recipe from Boys Ahoy by Kristy Denney, who cited A Year of Slow Cooking as her source.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Countdown to Christmas Day 6 - Aunt Lena's Filled Cookies

Today (or more accurately, tonight) I'm sharing with you an old family recipe for some awesome filled cookies.  I used to make these as Christmas gifts for my friends, but since I don't like raisins or dates, I never actually tried them myself!  Then one day I thought, what the heck -- everyone begs me to make these cookies -- I should try them to see what all the fuss is about.  I discovered that they're REALLY GOOD!!!!  DESPITE the raisins and dates!!!!


Aunt Lena's Filled Cookies



Ingredients

Dough
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups shortening
  • 1 cup sour milk*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 cups flour
* If you don't have sour milk, just add a little vinegar to some fresh milk.

Filling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup chopped raisins, dates or nuts (I actually combine all three in my cookies)
Instructions

Combine all cookie ingredients except flour, and stir until well blended.  Stir in flour, one cup at a time, to form a soft dough.  Mix filling ingredients together and cook over low heat until thick.  On floured surface, roll cookie dough to about 1/4" thickness.  Use cookie cutter or top edge of glass to cut out 2" diameter circles.  Place about 1 teaspoon of the filling in the center of one circle.  Dab raw egg yolk around edge of circle, then top with another circle.  Crimp or press fork into the dough around the edges to hold the top and bottom together.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.

NOTE:  You will probably use three batches of filling before you run out of the cookie dough, but because the dough is so good by itself, I often use the extra dough to make Christmas cut-out cookies (reduce baking time to 8 minutes), and then frost them with powdered sugar icing.

Yes, they are kind of a pain to make, but so worth it!  I hope you try them.

Cathy  ;D

P.S.  Since yesterday's post was really not a countdown-worthy post, but rather just an announcement, I'll try to make up for it with an extra one over the weekend.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stamparatus Reserve Ordering Begins Today!

Howdy, folks!  By now I'm sure you've heard of the new stamp positioning tool developed by Stampin' Up! -- the Stamparatus.  This item will be featured in the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, but now you have a chance to reserve one and receive it before that catalog is released in June 2018.

Here's the scoop:

First, click HERE to view the video so you can see what the hullabaloo is all about.

Second, visit www.stampinup.com and click on the link to reserve your Stamparatus.  You will need to have your credit card number available when you order, although it won't be charged until the item ships next year.  Stampin' Up! will accept all reserve orders until December 30, 2017, but you will want to order yours soon -- orders will be filled beginning March 19, 2018, but will not all be shipped at once -- rather, they will be shipped in batches as new shipments arrive (the next shipment after March 19, is expected to arrive April 15).

Click on image for closer look.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  I CANNOT RESERVE A STAMPARATUS FOR YOU.  Demonstrators are limited to only one item on this reserve order, and no more.  Therefore, you will need to create an online account if you don't have one, or wait until the item appears in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog to order yours.

Cathy

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Countdown Day 4 -- Just Chillin'

Whew!  I'm finished with all of my holiday craft sales -- now I have only one more stamp camp and three holiday gatherings (the fun stuff) before Christmas, and then another stamp camp before the end of the year.  Then we move into 2018 and a whole new schedule of stampin' events!!!  YIPPEE!!!

So today, I'm . . .



Will be back with a new project tomorrow!!!

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Countdown Day 3 - Seasonal Chums Globe

This is a cute little ornament I had planned to make for my holiday craft sales this year, but alas, time flies quicker than a wink, and I ran out of time.  But I did get one made and am sharing it with you today.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Set
* Seasonal Chums (2017 Holiday Catalog)

Paper
* Shimmery White Card Stock

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink
* Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
* Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
* Basic Gray Archival Ink
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
* Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies (2017 Holiday Catalog)
* Aqua Painter or Blender Pen
* 1/8" Silver Ribbon
* Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Miscellaneous Items
* 2-1/2" Plastic or Glass Globe Ornament
* Synthetic Snow Flakes
* Small Funnel
* Long Tweezers
* Hot Glue
* White or Light Colored Thread

Instructions

1. Use Basic Black ink to stamp snowman image on Shimmery White card stock.  Color image using Aqua Painter or Blender Pen and Stampin' Pads.  (The lids for these Stampin' Pads are slightly flexible, so if you squish the top and bottom together before opening, you will have enough ink in the lid to use with your Aqua Painter or Blender Pen.)

OPTIONAL:  Use Fine Tip Glue Pen to add a dot of glue to eyes and each of the buttons to make them shiny.  If you do this step, be sure to allow plenty of drying time before moving on to the next step.

2. Use Big Shot and Framelits die to cut out image.  There are two images on this stamp -- front and back -- which when folded in half at the top creates a tag with a hole for a hanging string.  For this ornament I folded the snowman, but rather than leaving it open as a tag, I used Liquid Glue to adhere the front and back together, leaving the hole for the hanging string intact.

Back view.

3. Remove top of globe and use a funnel to add a small amount of synthetic snow.  Cut about 12" of thread and string it through the hole at the top of the snowman.  Holding the end of the thread, roll up the snowman vertically to make it small enough to fit through the opening at the top and insert into the globe.  Wrap the tails of the thread around the rim of the opening and secure with a glue dot.  Use the tweezers, if needed, to unroll and flatten out the snowman.  Replace top of globe.

4. Make a hanging loop and a loopy bow from the 1/8" ribbon.  Tie the hanging loop to the wire at the top of the globe; attach the bow with hot glue.

Hope you enjoy this one!  A few years ago I made a similar ornament, but used acetate (window sheets) to stamp a snowflake (view that project by clicking HERE).  I will admit that using the double thickness of card stock for this snowman proved to be a little more challenging to insert and then flatten it back out once it was inside the globe (the acetate just pops back to a flat piece as soon as it's inside the globe), but I loved the front and back of this little guy, so I think it was worth the effort.

Cathy  ;D

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Countdown Day 2 (Tealight Jars)

Oh my gosh!  Only Day 2 into my Countdown and I almost forgot to post this morning!  (I'm on Day 1 of my annual craft sale in the home of my friends Ginny and Randy Lee, and got so involved in setting up my display, I didn't realize it was so late . . . .)

In any event, today's project also is not Stampin' Up!, but OH SO CUTE and EASY!!!!

Click on image for closer look.

Materials

  • Glass Jar
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Modge Podge or other decoupage medium
  • Epsom Salt
  • Clear Glossy Spray Sealant
  • Glitter Spray
  • Holiday Greenery and Holly Berries
  • Jute Twine
  • Hot Glue
  • Tealight (either real or battery powered)


Instructions

1.  Wash and thoroughly dry glass jar.  (I used pint size for my sample.)

2.  Use foam paint brush to spread Modge Podge on outside of jar.

3.  Pour Epsom salt into large bowl.  Hold jar over bowl and sprinkle Epsom salt over Modge Podge.  Allow to dry.

4.  Spray outside of jar with clear glossy sealant (Epsom salt will otherwise flake off over time).  Allow to dry.

5.  Wrap jute twine around top of jar and secure with hot glue.

6.  Secure greenery over twine with hot glue.

7.  Make loopy bow from jute twine and attach over greenery with hot glue.

8.  Adhere holly berries with hot glue as shown.

9.  Spray entire jar (outside only) with glitter.

10.  Add about 1/4 cup Epsom salt to inside of jar.  Place tea light into Epsom salt to even out and steady it.

(NOTE:  Epsom salt is a flame retardant, so perfectly safe to embed your candles into.)

This looks so pretty with the candlelight showing through; a battery powered tealight also works well.

Cathy  ;D




Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Countdown Day 1 - Recycled K-Cup

Happy December 1!!!  And welcome to Day 1 of my countdown to Christmas!

Today I'm sharing with you a little recycle project -- nothing Stampin' Up! on this project, but it's so cute and fun I just had to share it with you to kick off my countdown!

As many of you know, I'm a BIG recycler.  Perhaps some would call me a hoarder, but I believe the current term for what I do is "upcycling."  (My sweet hubby feels the need to ask me every time he wants to toss anything if it's ok to trash it, or if it's an item I want to save to make something later.  And, of course, then he sighs and rolls his eyes when I tell him I'm sure it's something I can use . . . SOME DAY . . . .)

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

* Used K-cup from single serving coffee brewing system
* Black spray paint
* Stretchy cord
* 2-1/2" cardboard circle (I cut mine from an old cereal box)
* Ribbon
* Holly and berries
* Small bird
* Tear 'n Tape
* Hot glue
* Optional:  Rubber gloves or small trash bag

Instructions

1. Remove foil lid, coffee grounds, and filter from K-cup and wash thoroughly.

2. When dry, spray hat with black spray paint and allow to dry.  (NOTE:  No need to paint inside of hat since the bottom piece will hide that anyway.)

3. Decide how far down you want your ornament to hang, and then cut stretchy cord twice that length.  Fold in half and thread two ends of stretch cord through hole in top of K-cup; tie knot on inside of K-cup.  If you like, you can place a small dot of hot glue near hole on inside to hold the knot in place.

4. Use hot glue or other strong glue to adhere cardboard to open end of K-cup to form brim of hat.  If using a wet glue, allow to dry completely before moving to Step 5.  (I used Crystal Effects, a retired Stampin' Up! product to attach mine.)

5. TIP:  For this next step I put a small trash bag over my hand to avoid getting black spray paint on my hand and arm.  Hold hat with one hand covering hanging cord and spray black paint to cover brim.  Use hanging cord to hang hat somewhere where it won't be disturbed until paint dries.

6. Use Tear 'n Tape to adhere ribbon around hat.

7. Use Hot Glue to adhere holly leaves and berries over seam of ribbon, and to attach tiny bird on top of hat.

That's it!  This is a very easy and fun project, but does take a little time for the paint and glue to dry between steps.  I'm now saving ALL of my K-cups and thinking up some ideas for my next recycle -- er, UPCYCLE -- project!

Cathy  ;D

Year-End Sales Event Begins December 1!!!


Click HERE to visit my Stampin' Up! Current Promotions page and see what's on sale!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Sale begins Friday, December 1, and ends on January 2, 2018, OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!  So if you're interested in any of these items, be sure to order soon!

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Check Out These Upcoming Events!!!

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Just a quick update to let you know that my upcoming events page has been updated to include information about a couple of upcoming holiday craft sales in which I'll be participating, as well as December stamp camps.  (Click HERE to visit the page and view details.)

Be sure to also check out my Current Promotions page for an important message regarding Stampin' Up!'s 2017 Online Extravaganza.  Today is the last day for the special deals posted . . . but tomorrow celebrate Cyber Monday with a full day of FREE SHIPPING!!!  (Click HERE to visit the page and view all of the details.)

Beginning Friday, December 1, watch this page for a countdown to Christmas with a new holiday post each day.

Cathy  ;D



Friday, November 24, 2017

Feeling of Christmas

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!  Today I'm sharing with you a card we made at my table at Stamp Camp North on Saturday, November 11.  This card is very quick to make . . . with dramatic results.

Thanks to UK Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Teri Pocock for the design.  You can view Teri's original card, as well as her other magical creations HERE.

Click on image for closer look.

Materials

Stamp Set
* Feeling of Christmas (2017 Holiday Catalog)

Paper
* Cherry Cobbler card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 3-3/4" x 3-1/2")
* Basic Black card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Whisper White card stock (3-1/2" x 3-1/4")
* Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/8" x 3-7/8") (2017 Holiday Catalog)

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad OR Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
* Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
* Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Blender Pen
* Rhinestone Basic Jewels or Metallic Enamel Shapes (shown on sample)
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere Basic Black card stock to card front; adhere DSP over Basic Black card stock.

3. Use Lemon Lime Twist ink to stamp "smeary" wreath shape on 3-1/2" x 3-1/4" Whisper White card stock.  (NOTE: the wreath is slightly wider than tall, so be sure you have your card stock turned to the correct orientation:  3-1/2" horizontal; 3-1/4" vertical.)

4. Use Black ink to stamp detailed wreath over Lemon Lime Twist wreath and sentiment in center of wreath.

5. Adhere stamped Whisper White card stock to Cherry Cobbler 3-3/4" x 3-1/2" card stock.

6. Use Blender Pen and Cherry Cobbler ink to color wreath.  (TIP:  Stampin' Up! stampin' pads have flexible lids.  If you squeeze the pad together before opening, you will leave a smudge of ink in the lid that you can use to pick up the ink with your Blender Pen.  An alternate method is to place a drop of refill ink onto a stampin' block and pick up the ink from there.)

7. Locate the four round ornaments on the wreath image (there are four of them) and cover each of them with a self-adhesive Rhinestone or Metallic Enamel Jewel.

8. Use Cherry Cobbler ink and the stamp with three little circles to add holly berries between the Rhinestones.

9. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere finished piece to front of card.

See my instruction board below for illustration of how this card went together at the stamp camp.  (We used my MISTI stamp positioning tools to position the stamps because there were a lot of people making the card and it just went faster that way . . . note that Stampin' Up! has now come out with a new stamp positioning tool -- the Stamparatus -- should have one in my hands early next year.  Check my blog next Tuesday for additional information.)

NOTE at the bottom of my board is a photo of the inside of the card.  I used some of the DSP scraps to cut a piece 5-1/4" x 1/2" to adhere across the bottom of the Whisper White card stock, which is 5-1/4" x 4".

Click on image for closer look.

I hope you try this card . . . quick and easy and way fun!

Happy Holidays and Happy Stampin'!

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Deck the Halls Christmas Card

Today I'm bringing you the card we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp on October 28.  It's using one of the first techniques I learned when I started with Stampin' Up! more than 12 years ago -- masking.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Seasons of Whimsy (2017 Holiday Catalog Hostess Set)
* Sheet Music (background stamp)

Paper
* Soft Sky card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Wild Wasabi card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; about 3-1/2" x 1-1/2" for banner)

Ink
* Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
* Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad
* Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad OR Tuxedo Black Memento Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
* Stampin' Sponge
* 1/8" Silver Ribbon
* Metallic Enamel Shapes
* Wink of Stella (Clear)
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dot; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Soft Sky card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Wild Wasabi card stock to front of card.

Steps 3-4

3. Use Black ink to stamp images of ornaments and hanging strings as shown above.

4. Stamp ornament images post-it notes and cut out shapes.  Place shapes on card stock over stamped ornaments and stamp Sheet Music image over the entire piece with Soft Sky ink.  DO NOT REMOVE POST-IT NOTES YET.

TIP:  To get the best image with this large background stamp, place stamp on table with rubber side up; ink up rubber and place card stock on top of rubber; cover entire surface of stamp with a piece of scrap paper and rub gently.  (The scrap paper is just to protect your hands from getting inky.)  Remove scrap paper, and use tweezers to remove card stock from stamp.

Steps 5-6

5. Before removing post-it note shapes, use Stampin' Sponge to apply Soft Sky ink around edges of card stock; use another Stampin' Sponge to apply Wild Wasabi randomly over entire image.

TIP:  Stampin' Sponges are really big and hard to handle.  I cut mine into four wedges to make sponging easier.

6. Remove post-it notes and apply Wink of Stella on images (kind of hard to see in the photo above, but it adds a festive shimmer to the ornaments).

Steps 7-10

7. Adhere Whisper White card stock to card over Wild Wasabi card stock.

8. Use Black ink to stamp "deck the halls" on scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Use Big Shot and Banner die to cut out shape.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Soft Sky ink around edges, and adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

9. Adhere Metallic Shapes randomly on front of card.

10.  Make a tiny bow with Silver Ribbon and adhere over stamped image of bow as shown above with a Glue Dot behind the knot.

That's it!  Your festive and whimsical holiday card is complete.

Happy Holidays!!!

Cathy  ;D

Monday, November 20, 2017

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganze Begins Today!

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Today is the big day!  Stampin' Up!'s annual Online Extravaganza begins today with some really good deals on their great products!

Visit my Current Promotions page for details.

Cathy  ;D

Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Ornament/Tag (FRS 11/13/2017)

Today I'm sharing a sweet little ornament/tag I made for a swap with my Front Range Demo group this evening.  This idea came from a YouTube video by Jenny Hall (view Jenny's tutorial by clicking here).

Click on image for closer look.

Materials

Stamp Set
* Merry Patterns (special promotion October 2017)

Paper (sizes approximate to accommodate dies)
* Early Espresso card stock (4-1/4" x 2-1/2"; scrap for deer)
* Glossy White card stock (3-1/2" x 2-1/8")
* Garden Green card stock (2-1/4" x 2-1/4")
* Wild Wasabi card stock (2-1/4" x 1-1/2")
* Soft Suede card stock (scrap for deer)
* Whisper White card stock (2-1/4" x 1/2")

Ink
* Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
* Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Lots of Labels Framelits Dies
* Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
* Sponge Dauber
* Rhinestone Basic Jewels
* 1/8" Silver Ribbon (about 12")
* 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue

Instructions

1. Using Big Shot and Lots of Labels Dies:
* Cut one label (I used the second from largest size) from Early Espresso card stock;
* Cut one label (I used the third from largest size) from Glossy White card stock
(NOTE:  If you want to make this a gift tag, cut an additional label -- third from largest size -- from Whisper White card stock to add to back.)

2. Using Big Shot and Card Front Builder Dies:
* Cut two trees shape from Garden Green card stock;
* Cut single tree shape from Wild Wasabi card stock;
* Cut one deer from Early Espresso card stock;
* Cut one deer from Soft Suede card stock.

3. Use Cherry Cobbler ink to stamp Merry Christmas on scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Use Big Shot and Bunch of Banners dies to cut out banner as shown.

4. Use Sponge Dauber and Soft Sky ink to daub some color around top of Glossy White label -- this is just to give the feel of some sky behind the trees.  Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Glossy White label to Early Espresso label.

5. Assemble winter scene:
* Use Liquid Glue to adhere two trees shape to Glossy White label; 
* Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere single tree over and slightly below two trees;
* Apply Liquid Glue to back of Early Espresso deer and tuck behind tree in foreground (see photo );
* Use Liquid Glue to adhere Soft Suede deer to front of tree in foreground (see photo above);
* Use Stampin' Dimensionals (one at each end) to adhere banner over trees as shown.

6. Add self-adhesive Rhinestone Jewels (I used the smallest size in the package) wherever they make you happy.

7. Punch a 1/8" circle near top of label through both thicknesses of card stock and string hanging ribbon through.  (NOTE:  If you plan to use this as a gift tag, adhere Whisper White label to back before punching hole.)

That's it!  This would make a very sweet gift tag that can then be hung on a tree as an ornament.  Hope you make one (or several)!

Cathy  ;D



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Polished Stone Challenge

This is a card I made this afternoon for a technique challenge sponsored by my Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Online Group (SUDSOL).  The technique is called Polished Stone and is one I haven't done in a long, long time!  It's so much fun!  See details below.

Click on image for closer look.

Materials

Stamp Set
* Bunch of Blossoms

Paper
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-1/4" x 3")
* Whisper White card stock (4" x 2-3/4")
* Glossy White card stock (one 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" sheet)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Cajun Craze Refill Ink
* Crumb Cake Refill Ink
* Crushed Curry Refill Ink
* Old Olive Refill Ink
* Sahara Sand Refill Ink
* Soft Suede Refill Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Leaflets Thinlits Dies
* Stampin' Sponge
* Linen Thread
* Gold Metallic Thread
* Copper Trim
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dot

Miscellaneous
* Cotton Ball
* Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions
(NOTE: SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated.)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Early Espresso card stock at 4-1/4".  Fold away from score line to create card.

2. Cut one 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" sheet of Glossy White card stock in fourths.  You will use the following technique for each piece, but each piece has different ink combinations.

Add rubbing alcohol to cotton ball.  You want enough alcohol to semi-saturate the surface area of the cotton ball, but not so much as to make it drippy.  To the alcohol, add two or three drops of each color.  Daub the cotton ball randomly across the Glossy White card stock to completely cover it.  This piece will dry very quickly as the alcohol evaporates.  Each piece will look slightly different, but each will have this marbled -- or polished stone -- effect.
  • For the first piece (background), use a few drops each of Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand refill ink.  Cut to 5-1/4" x 4".
  • For the second piece (oak leaf), use a few drops each of Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, and Soft Suede refill ink.  Cut oak leaf with die and Big Shot.
  • For the third piece (maple leaf), use a few drops each of Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, and Crushed Curry.  Cut maple leaf with die and Big Shot.
  • For the fourth piece (don't know what kind of leaf this is, but refer to photo above for the shape, or use any other leaf you may like better), use a few drops each of Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive refill ink.  Cut leaf shape.
3. Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Early Espresso ink around edges of the background piece, each of the leaves, and the Whisper White card stock. 

4. Adhere background piece to card front; adhere 4-1/4" x 3" Early Espresso card stock over background; adhere 4" x 2-3/4" Whisper White card stock over Early Espresso.  Then adhere each leaf as shown in photo.

5. Stamp sentiment as shown with Early Espresso ink.

6. Stretch out (widthwise) a short piece of Copper Trim and adhere in upper left-hand corner over leaf stems.  (NOTE:  I would have added more of this awesome trim; however, I had just used all but this tiny piece at my last stamp camp and haven't yet reordered.  The piece I added here was simply to hide the stems a little bit and soften the area behind the bow made in Step 7 below.)

7. Make a 4-loop bow (about 2-1/2" wide) from Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Thread held together.  Use a Glue Dot to adhere over Copper Trim.

This was a very quick card to make.  As mentioned above, the alcohol dries the ink so quickly that you can almost immediately start using it to cut the shapes.  I literally made this card in 20 minutes, from start to finish.  (I had been running errands all morning, and early afternoon and lost track of the time, so I needed to finish it by 3 p.m. Mountain Time, but I already had the idea in my head before I started.)

Hope you try this fun technique (or try it again if you've done this with me in my early Stampin' Up! years. . .).

Cathy  ;D

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mini Coffee Cup Gift Basket

These little gift baskets are the sweetest!  I made them for the registration gift at the September 30 Rose Hill Stamp Camp.  It's just big enough to hold a couple of fun-size chocolates.  (See?!  You get really cool little gifties when you come to our Stamp Camps!)

Click on photo for closer look.

Materials

Paper
* Crushed Curry card stock (approximately 2" x 2-1/4" - two pieces for cup; 4-13/16" x 1-1/2" for sides; 4-3/8" x 5/8" for handle)
* Whisper White card stock (approximately 2-1/8" x 5/8" - two pieces for lid)
* Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper ("DSP") for sleeve (approximately 2" x 1-1/2" - two pieces)

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Coffee Cups Framelits Dies
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive OR Multipurpose Liquid Glue OR Tear 'n Tape

Instructions

Please view the YouTube video at http://cardsandacuppa.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/coffee-cup-mini-gift-bag-with-video.html for instructions to make this sweet little basket.  NOTE:  This is the small size coffee cup die; also included on this blog site are instructions and measurements to make a basket using the larger coffee cup die.

Cathy  ;D

Friday, October 20, 2017

High Tide (Masculine Card)

I thought for sure I had already posted this card . . . guess I was living in a time warp again . . . sigh.

In any event, this is the card we did at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp on June 24, 2017.  It was a little confusing for some of the stampers, so I'll try to be as precise as I can in describing how to make it.

Click on image for closer look.
The inspiration for this card came from my friend and downline Sue Mason, who made a similar card with a circle instead of an oval.  (For the life of me I couldn't find my circle dies when it came time to make this card . . . .)

Materials

Stamp Sets
* High Tide
* Bunch of Blossoms (sentiment)

Paper
* Dapper Denim card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Crumb Cake card stock (5-1/4" x 4")
* Whisper White card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" for oval; 3-1/4" x 1" for lighthouse)
* Soft Suede card stock (3-3/4" x 2-3/4" for oval)

Ink
* Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
* Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad
* Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad


Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
* Paper Snips
* Stampin' Sponge
* Aqua Painter filled with water
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Dapper Denim card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Crumb Cake card stock to card front.

3. Use Dapper Denim to stamp stripes down left side of 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Cut 3-5/16" x 2-3/8" oval from Whisper White card stock; use removable double-sided tape to adhere oval to 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock.  Use Soft Suede ink to stamp seagulls image so the birds appear on both layers of card stock; remove oval and set aside for next step.  Stamp weeds near bottom of 5" x 3-3/4" card stock.  Adhere to front of card over Crumb Cake card stock.

4.  Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp water image across center of Whisper White oval (you will need to stamp it twice side-by-side to span length of oval).  Sponge Marina Mist ink lightly above water image; sponge Sahara Sand ink below water image.  Use Aqua Painter filled with water to paint over water image to spread the ink across the water.  When dry (either air dry or use heat tool), stamp more weeds near bottom of oval.

5.  Use Big Shot to cut 3-9/16" x 2-5/8" Oval from Soft Suede card stock.  Adhere Whisper White oval to Soft Suede oval.  Adhere to front of card, matching up seagull images.  Stamp sentiment below oval near the right side of card.

6.  Use Crumb Cake ink to stamp detailed lighthouse on Whisper White card stock.  Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp lighthouse stripes over first image.  Use Paper Snips to cut out lighthouse image.  Adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

That's it! This is a great guy card for birthday, thank you, Father's Day, or any other occasion.  Hope you enjoyed it!

Cathy :D

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Give Thanks Card

This is a card I did as a make and take at my demo meeting Monday evening -- one of the ladies had specifically asked me to show her how to do the watercolor technique I did for my Gourd Goodness SUDSOL swap card, so this is the design I came up with.

Click on image for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Vintage Leaves
* Labels to Love (2017 Holiday Catalog) (Sentiment)

Paper
* Soft Suede card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-3/4" x 3-1/2")
* Very Vanilla card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Watercolor paper (4-1/2" x 3-1/4")
* Gold Glimmer Paper (about 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" for leaf)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker
* Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker
* Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
* Size "H" Clear Block
* Stampin' Spritzer filled with water
* Linen Thread
* Gold Metallic Thread
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dot
* OPTIONAL:  Heat Tool

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" Very Vanilla card stock to front of card.

3. Adhere 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Soft Suede card stock to front of card.

4. See my Gourd Goodness swap card here for instructions on applying ink to watercolor paper, and also a tip on how to flatten the paper if it warps.

5. Once paper is completely dry, stamp leaf images and sentiment on watercolor paper using Early Espresso Ink.

6. Cut leaf from Glimmer Paper and adhere over stamped image.

7. Holding Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Thread together, make a three-loop bow and adhere with a glue dot over stem of gold leaf.

Hope you've enjoyed this card!

Cathy  ;D

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Colorful Seasons Fall Card w/Instructions

This is the card we made at my table at Stamp Camp North yesterday.  My inspiration came from a card created by Jackie Bolhuis (see Jackie's original card here).

Click on photo for closer look.

Materials

Stamp Sets
* Colorful Seasons (leaves)
* Painted Harvest (sentiment) (2017 Holiday Catalog)

Paper
* Cajun Craze card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2")
* Early Espresso card stock (4-1/4" x 3"; 3-1/2" x 3/4")
* Very Vanilla card stock (4" x 2-3/4"; 3-3/8" x 5/8"; 5-1/4" x 4" for inside)

Ink
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* Cajun Craze Refill Ink
* Cherry Cobbler Refill Ink
* Crushed Curry Refill Ink
* Early Espresso Refill Ink

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Woodlands Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
* Aqua Painter filled with water
* Large Clear' Block or other solid, flat surface
* 1/4" Copper Trim
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Miscellaneous Items
* Baby Wipes

Instructions 
(NOTE: SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to add texture to front of card.

3. Position 4-1/4" x 3" Early Espresso card stock as shown and adhere to front of card.

NOTE:  Click on link above to visit Jackie Bolhuis's blog and view a video tutorial of Steps 4 and 5 below.

4. Fold baby wipe in half, and then in half again and lay on top of Clear Block.  Add a few drops of each of the Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry Refill Inks randomly on baby wipe. This will be your stamping pad for the solid leaves.  Stamp images on the 4" x 2-3/4" Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Early Espresso stampin' pad to stamp the detailed leaf images.

5. Use Aqua Painter to add Early Espresso speckles:  Fill Aqua Painter with water and pick up just tiny bit (not even a drop) of Early Espresso Refill Ink on the brush tip.  Holding the Aqua Painter loosely, tap it against your finger or a pair of scissors or a marker or something solid to fleck the speckles onto the paper.

6. Adhere Very Vanilla card stock to front of card over Early Espresso card stock.

7. Use Early Espresso ink to stamp sentiment on 3-3/8" x 5/8" Very Vanilla card stock.  Adhere to 3-1/2" x 3/4" Early Espresso card stock.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add this piece to front of card.

8. Make a small bow with the 1/4" Copper Trim.  Pull trim apart to create a mesh-like fabric bow and adhere it near left edge of banner with Glue Dot.

DON'T FORGET THE INSIDE!!!

Use same process as described above to stamp leaves and add speckles to 5-1/4" x 4" Very Vanilla card stock.  Adhere to inside of card.

Click on photo for a closer look.

This is a fairly quick and super-fun technique.  I hope you'll try it!

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Holiday and Seasonal All-Occasion Cards

Good morning, stampers!  This morning I'm sharing with you photos of all the great cards we made at Rose Hill Stamp Camp on September 30.  I feel so fortunate to be able to share this fun experience with such talented women!  Hope you enjoy and draw some inspiration from these samples.  (Click on any of the images for a closer look.)



Cathy  ;D

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More Fall & Winter Cards from 10/6/2017 demo swap

What beautiful cards I received in my card swap yesterday!  This was a new demo meeting for me and I had not previously met most of the demonstrators there.  Lots of talent in this group!!!!

Anyway . . . sharing with you their great swap cards and make & takes.  (Click on images for closer look.)


Enjoy!

Cathy  ;D

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hedgehog Card with Painted Harvest Set

Don't you just love this little hedgehog?!  I'm not usually one to jump on the hedgehog bandwagon, but when I saw how people were stamping this one I couldn't resist!  And yes, it's stamped with the sunflower from the Painted Harvest stamp set!

Click on image for closer look.

Materials

Stamps
* Painted Harvest (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog) (sunflower and leaves)
* Colorful Seasons (sentiment)
* Dragonfly Dreams (inside sentiment)

Paper
* Early Espresso card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; 4-1/4" x 3-1/2")
* Cajun Craze card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Very Vanilla card stock (2-1/2" x 2-3/16"; about 2-1/4" x 1-1/2" for label; 5-1/4" x 4" for inside)
* Pear Pizzazz card stock (about 5-1/2" x 1-3/4" for leaf punch)
* Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/4" x 4")
* Wood Textures DSP Stack (about 3-1/2" x 2")

Ink
* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
* Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
* Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Wood Crate Framelits Dies
* Rose Garden Thinlits Dies
* Leaf Punch (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Stampin' Sponges
* Black Rhinestone Jewels
* Metallic Enamel Shapes
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(Unless otherwise indicated, SNAIL Adhesive used throughout)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Center and adhere 5-1/4" x 4" DSP on front of card; adhere Cajun Craze card stock over DSP; adhere 4-1/4" x 3-1/2" Early Espresso card stock about 1/8" from top of Cajun Craze card stock.

3. Use Soft Suede ink to stamp sunflower image near bottom of 2-1/2" (top to bottom) x 2-3/16" (left to right) Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Old Olive ink around top and side edges of card stock and to lightly daub ink around stamped image.  Adhere about 1/8" from top of Early Espresso card stock.

4. Use Big Shot and Wood Crate die to cut out the front piece of crate (use scissors to trim edges on side score lines; leave bottom panel of crate intact -- meaning, don't cut on that score line).  BEFORE ADHERING TO FRONT OF CARD, see steps 5 and 6 below . . . .

5. Use Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp three solid leaf images on Pear Pizzazz card stock; use Old Olive ink to stamp detailed leaf images over the Pear Pizzazz images; punch out with leaf punch.

6. Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to back of panels on crate; lightly set crate about 1/8" from bottom of Early Espresso card stock and tuck stems of leaves down behind panels -- then press down to adhere crate and stems to card stock.  Add tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to backs of each leaf and press down to secure.

7. Use Early Espresso ink to stamp sentiment on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock; use Big Shot and label from Rose Garden dies to cut out sentiment.  Use Stampin' Sponge to apply Old Olive ink around edges of label and lightly daub a little more ink across label.  Adhere to front of card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

8. Adhere self-adhesive Black Rhinestone Jewels to add eyes and nose transforming this sunflower into a sweet little hedgehog!!!  Adhere Metallic Enamel Shapes to label to add just a touch of bling.

DON'T FORGET THE INSIDE!!!

Click on image for a closer look.
Use Early Espresso to stamp sentiment; Old Olive to stamp the detailed leaf image and to sponge color around edges and daub a light hint of color over card stock.

That's it!  I have lots of friends who make me smile, so this will be a perfect, kind of fall-themed card for them.  Today I used this card for a swap with some other Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

Over the weekend I plan to post photos of the other cards I received in today's swap, as well as some cards from recent stamp camps and other swaps with demonstrators.  Lots of great ideas to inspire you!!!

Cathy  ;D

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Halloween!!! (9/30/2017 Rose Hill Stamp Camp)

Can you believe it's October already?!  Time to dust off all of my black and orange paper and get to work making Halloween cards!

I'm sure I post this every year around this time . . . but here it is again:  This is my very favorite time of the year!  Halloween kicks off the fall holiday season and gets my creative juices flowing.  To start off this year's season, I'm posting the card we made at my table at Rose Hill Stamp Camp this past Saturday.  Thanks to Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Annette Elliott for pinning the basic card layout.  (You can view Annette's original card on her blog:  http://aestamps2.blogspot.com/2017/08/spooky-hat.html.)


Click on image for closer look
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Painted Harvest (leaves) (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Spooky Cat (sentiment and inside) (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)

Paper
* Basic Black card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; about 2-1/4" x 2" for cat punch)
* Very Vanilla card stock (5-1/2" x 2-1/4"; scraps for circle punch, banner, and leaves; 5-1/4" x 4" for inside)
* Pumpkin Pie card stock (scraps for circle punch and banner)
* Spooky Night Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (5-1/2" x 2")

Ink
* Basic Black Archival Ink or Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Cat Punch (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* Leaf Punch (2017 Holiday Mini Catalog)
* 2" Circle Punch
* 2-1/4" Circle Punch
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
* Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive; Multipurpose Liquid Glue; Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions
(SNAIL Adhesive used throughout unless otherwise indicated)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Basic Black card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card.

2. Use embossing folder and Big Shot to add texture to front of card.

3. Adhere 5-1/2" x 2-1/4" Very Vanilla card stock to front of card about 3/4'" to 7/8" from top fold.  Center and adhere DSP over card stock.

4. Punch 2-1/4" circle from Pumpkin Pie card stock; punch 2" circle from Very Vanilla card stock and adhere to Pumpkin Pie circle.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to front of card as shown.

5. Punch cat from Basic Black card stock.  Adhere over circles as shown.

6. Use Black ink to stamp three detailed leaf images on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock; use Pumpkin Pie ink to stamp solid leaf image over detailed images.  Use leaf punch to cut leaves.  Apply tiny dots of liquid glue on back of each leaf and stem and tuck under circle shapes as shown.  Apply third set of leaves over DSP near right side of card as shown.

7. Use Big Shot and banner die to cut banner from Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Discard center of banner and use tiny dots of liquid glue to adhere banner outline near bottom right of card as shown.

8. Use Big Shot and banner die to cut banner from Very Vanilla card stock.  Discard outer edge of banner and stamp Happy Halloween on center piece with Black ink.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to card inside Pumpkin Pie outline.

Don't forget the inside!!!

Click on image for closer look.

On inside of card, use Pumpkin Pie ink to stamp horizontal lines image.  Use Black ink to add Trick or Treat sentiment over lines and tiny rat in bottom right corner.

That's it!  Below is a visual display of the above steps.

Click on image for closer look.

Hope you're having a great beginning to a wonderful holiday season!

Cathy  ;D


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cards from Stamp Camp North (9/16/2017)

These great cards were made by the other demonstrators at Stamp Camp North on September 16, 2017.  Hope you enjoy them!  (Click on any image for closer look.)



Terry Kaspari

Cathy  ;D

Celebrate the Season! (Stamp Camp North Card)

This is the card made at my table for Stamp Camp North on Saturday, September 16.  Thanks to Mary Brown for the design (https://stampercamper.com/2017/09/04/colorful-seasons-2/).

Click on photo for closer look.
Materials

Stamp Sets
* Tags and Trimmings (2017 Holiday Catalog)
* Colorful Seasons (inside)

Paper
* Pumpkin Pie card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scraps for leaves)
* Dapper Denim card stock (5" x 3-3/4"; 3-5/8" x 1-5/8"; 3-3/4" x 1-1/4"; scraps for leaves)
* Whisper White card stock (4-3/4" x 3-1/2"; 3-1/2" x 1"; scrap for leaf)
* Vellum card stock (scraps for leaves)

Ink
* Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad (inside)

Accessories and Tools
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Pine Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder
* Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
* Triple Banner Punch
* Rhinestones
* Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Instructions
(Note: Unless otherwise indicated, SNAIL Adhesive used throughout.)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Pumpkin Pie card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.

2. Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" Dapper Denim card stock to front of card.

3. Use Big Shot and embossing folder to add texture to 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Whisper White card stock; adhere to front of card over Dapper Denim.

4. Adhere 3-5/8" x 1-5/8" Dapper Denim card stock to card about 3/8" from left edge of Whisper White card stock.

5. Use Big Shot and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies to cut one each of the following leaves:

  • Pumpkin Pie - 1 large and 1 small solid leaf
  • Dapper Denim - 1 large and 1 small solid leaf
  • Vellum - 1 large solid leaf, 1 small solid leaf , and 1 large detailed leaf
  • Whisper White - 1 large detailed leaf

Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach each leaf individually in the order shown below.

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6. Use Triple Banner Punch to trim one edge of 3-1/2" x 1" Whisper White card stock and 3-3/4" x 2-1/4" Dapper Denim card stock.  Stamp sentiment on Whisper White banner and adhere it over Dapper Denim banner.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach over leaves as shown.

7. Add various size Rhinestones randomly wherever they make you happy!!!

8. For the inside I simply stamped a few of the small solid leaves using Pumpkin Pie ink.  I didn't attach this piece yet -- I'll wait until I decide what I'll use the card for and then stamp a sentiment before attaching.

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That's it!  A great card for the fall -- perhaps especially for a Broncos fan!

Cathy  ;D