Sunday, September 23, 2018

Happy fall!

Fall arrived for us this weekend, and I'm so excited for the cooler temps, changing leaves and just general coziness. Here's a fun card to celebrate the season:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Thankful Leaves Turnabout (Concord & 9th), Lighthearted Leaves
Paper: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, Quilt Top embossing folder, gold sequins (Craft Medley), clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, Metallic Foil Doilies, die-cut leaves (Paper Pumpkin kit leftovers), linen thread, Dimensionals

Concord & 9th has a line of stamps called Turnabouts. Basically, you use a stamp positioning tool to stamp the image up to four times, changing the ink color and rotating your paper with each impression. When you're done you have a piece of card stock filled with an elaborate pattern of images. I've been really intrigued by these stamps -- and since I finally bought a stamp-positioning tool -- I knew I had to get this fall-themed set when it was released..

I used the Thankful Leaves Turnabout stamp to make the background panel on the front of thiis card. (Actually, I stamped a larger piece of card stock and cut it in half to make two cards.) I used a couple of coordinating stamps from the turnabout set to stamp "happy fall" on a die-cut circle, and I accented it with part of a gold doily and two die-cut leaves tied with linen thread. The leaves were leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit, and I embossed one of them with the Quilt Top embossing folder to add a bit of texture. For the finishing touch I added three gold sequins.

Inside the card I stamped a sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock. This sentiment is from  the Lighthearted Leaves set from Stampin' Up! (which retired a few years ago), and it's perfect for this card. I also used a few more of the coordinating stamps from the turnabout set to add a couple of leaves and splatters.

I also used the Thankful Leaves Turnabout set to make a fall-themed birthday card, which I'll share in my next post. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September's Christmas card

I've only purchased one stamp set (so far) from the 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, Feather & Frost. I knew as soon as I saw it that I needed that set. It arrived last week, and I used it over the weekend to make my September Christmas cards.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Feather & Frost, Tree Rings
Paper: Crumb Cake card stock, white 80 lb card stock (Cougar)
Ink: Crumb Cake; colored pencils: 50% French Gray, Olive Green, Crimson Lake, blender pencil (PrismaColor)
Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits dies, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, paper piercer, Baker's Twine Trio Pack, Foil Snowflakes, red pearls (Paper Pumpkin leftovers), Dimensionals, micro adhesive dots (Glue Dots)

I love the way this design turned out. I didn't originally intend to stamp all the images in Crumb Cake ink. I had grabbed that ink pad and some scratch card stock to play around with the layout. I decided on this arrangement and started stamping the images in black, but it looked much too harsh. So I scrapped that, went back to Crumb Cake, and I think it's perfect.

I lightly colored the birds and branches with colored pencils and blended them with a blender pencil. I wanted to die cut the images with a stitched-style die, but I looked through all my dies and couldn't find one that was the right size and shape. So I used this oldie but goodie from the Apothecary Accents Framelits set. I was really excited when I remembered that I have a paper-piercing guide for this die shape, so I ended up with a stitched look after all, although it was a bit more work.

I cut a gold foil snowflake in half and adhered the two pieces to a Crumb Cake card base stamped with the Tree Rings background. I used Dimensionals to attach the die cut over the snowflakes and then added two small red pearls for the berries and a small twine bow below the sentiment.

The sentiment inside the card is the main reason I wanted this stamp set. I always seem to be stressed or worried about something, so this stamp really caught my attention. And it's such a wonderful sentiment for holiday cards. Imagine how different the world would be if more people had hearts filled with peace rather than hate, jealousy, and fear.

But back to the card at hand. I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake and added a branch on either side as an accent. The touch of red and green is the perfect pop of color inside the card.

I started making a Christmas card list this week, and I think with all the cards I've made so far this year I should be almost done. I do still need to make some small cards to include in the little gifts I give to the delivery people from USPS, UPS, etc. I think that will be my focus for October cards.

Thanks for stopping by -- and peace to your heart!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

September garden update

The biggest change with our garden this month is that the sunflowers have finally bloomed! They're so bright and bold -- just looking at them makes me smile. (Is it possible to be un-cheerful around sunflowers?) The bees and butterflies were excited to see them, too, and spent a lot of time flitting from bloom to bloom. Unfortunately, the sunflowers only had a week of warm, sunny weather before our current stretch of cool and rainy days, so I don't know how much longer the blossoms will last. But I'll enjoy them while they're here!

I had trouble picking just a couple of pictures, so here are seven. I hope they make you smile, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 17, 2018

A bright card for a rainy day

We had a pretty heavy downpour this afternoon, and there is rain in the forecast for the next several days, so I think that calls for a bright, sparkly card.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Whisper White, Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie card stock; gold Mirri sparkle paper (The Paper Cut); alcohol ink card stock (YUPO)
Ink: White gel pen; alcohol inks: Wild Plum, Sunshine Yellow, Lettuce (Ranger)
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet punch, Curly Q cutting plate (Taylored Expressions), Scribble Happy Birthday dies (Poppy Stamps), DImensionals, Mono Multi liquid glue, Tim Holtz alcohol ink applicator (Ranger)

Birthday Season has started in our family, so you'll probably be seeing a lot of birthday cards in the coming weeks. And -- surprise! -- this one is another alcohol ink background. I promise that I do have cards to share that don't use alcohol inks, but I had so much fun trying different techniques and color combos that I ended up with quite a few backgrounds.

For this background I used three colors of ink: Wild Plum, Sunshine Yellow and Lettuce. The Wild Plum was definitely the strongest color and kind of took over. The Sunshine Yellow mixed in and turned orange, and the Lettuce almost disappeared, but you can still see hints of it around the letters.

I wanted to use the festive Curly Q cutting plate, so I cut it out of gold Mirri sparkle paper -- it's like glitter paper, but smoother, and it doesn't shed glitter. You can't see the sparkle very well in this picture, but it's so pretty. I adhered that die-cut piece to the background and then attached the panel to a white card base.

I punched three balloons out of Berry Burst and Pumpkin Pie card stock and used Dimensionals to adhere them over the tops of the streamers. The card still needed something, so I die cut "happy birthday" from white card stock and glued it near the bottom of the panel. I think if I could remake this card, I would change that detail because the script-style font looks too similar to the streamers. I think it would look better in a bold font or even stamped on strip of card stock. But all-in-all it's a fun, bright birthday card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fall is coming

The calendar may say September, but summer is not quite ready to let go. We've been having beautiful sunny days with high temps in the 80°s F. Honestly, I don't mind the warm weather this time of year because I know it won't last much long. Full-fledged autumn in all her leaf-changing, sweater-wearing, apple-and-pumpkin-everything glory will be here before we know it -- and winter will be right on her heels. Today I'm going to share two cards that celebrate one of my favorite things about fall -- the gorgeous colors of autumn leaves.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Very Vanilla note cards and envelopes, Chocolate Chip card stock, gold foil, alcohol ink card stock (YUPO)
Ink: Alcohol inks: Watermelon, Sunset Orange, Sunrise Yellow, Espresso (Ranger)
Accessories: Boddington Tree Border die (Poppy Stamps), Big Shot adhesive sheets, Paper Pumpkin leftovers, gel plate (Gel Press)
Other: Hand sanitizer, spritzer with rubbing alcohol

Look -- it's another alcohol ink background! When I made this one it immediately made me think of all the colors of fall leaves. I thought about die cutting the trees from the alcohol ink layer, but I wanted to keep as much of the color as possible. So instead I adhered that piece to a Very Vanilla note card and cut the tree border out of Chocolate Chip card stock and gold foil. I adhered the Chocolate Chip piece to the background and then used the "negative" pieces from the gold foil to selectively fill in some of the openings in the tree border. For the finishing details I raided my stash of leftovers from Paper Pumpkin kits and added a narrow strip of wood veneer along the bottom of the card and two gold pennants at the top.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Very Vanilla note cards and envelopes; Early Espresso, Tangelo Twist, Shaded Spruce card stock; gold foil; alcohol ink card stock (YUPO)
Ink: Alcohol ink: Sunset Orange, Sunrise Yellow, Bottle Green (Ranger); gold paint pen (Sharpie)
Accessories: Build-A-Scene Trees dies (Taylored Expressions), Dimensionals, Mono Multi liquid glue, gel plate (Gel Press)
Other: Hand sanitizer, spritzer with rubbing alcohol

Why stop at one fall card when I can make two? This alcohol ink background is also reminiscent of fall foliage, although the colors are a bit more subdued than the blazing red orange of the previous card. For this card I die cut three individual tree trunks and treetops from coordinating card stock and gold foil and adhered them in the lower left corner of the background layer. I wanted to bring out the gold, so I added a small gold heart to the green treetop and then used a gold paint pen to draw a border around the edges of the background. Unfortunately, the border isn't as vibrant as I would have liked, so it's hard to see in this photo. I may have to go back and add some gold sequins ...

I can't wait until the real trees outside start to show off some of these colors. Thanks for stopping by!