Monday, September 15, 2014

Leaves for PPA 219

For today's card I am using the colors from this week's Pals Paper Arts color challenge.  Here are the challenge colors.

While these colors clearly say Fall I really wanted to go in a different direction but in the end I could't do it! I was having too much fun making these leaves! I think I am going to make a bunch to use decorating my house this Fall.

Here is my card.


The look of this card is similar to cards made with the Triple Stamping technique, in which three layers are stamped at the same time, but my card only has two layers and the two pieces were stamped separately. Then the smaller piece was trimmed so the woodgrain lined up.

The leaves were cut out of Crushed Curry using the Autumn Accents die. Veins were added on the back of the leaf with the Simply Scored Stylus. Then they were sponged, first with Crumb Cake, then Always Artichoke, and finally with Cajun Crazy. I then lightly spritzed them with water on both sides and crunched them up and then flattened them back out. The acorn pieces were also cut using the Autumn Accents die. The top of the acorn was cut from Soft Suede which was then debossed (the reverse of embossing - the bumps are on the back!) with the Polka Dots Embossing folder and sponged with Crumb Cake.

You might notice that there is not a sentiment on the front. It is not always necessary for a cards to have a sentiment on the front. I thought a sentiment would only detract from the rest of the card so I didn't add one!

Supplies used:

  • Stamp Set: Hardwood (133032 wood, 133035 clear
  • Cardstock: Very vanilla (101650), Always Artichoke (105119), Cajun Craze (119684), Crushed Curry (131199), Soft Suede (115318), Champagne Glimmer (127885), Champagne Glimmer (127885).
  • Ink: Always Artichoke (126972), Cajun Craze (126965), Crushed Curry (131173), Crumb Cake (126975)
  • Tools: Autumn Accents Bigz Die (127812).

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hello Fall!

Welcome to the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

There really are soooo many wonderful products in the new Holiday catalog and I have been playing with many of them. For today's post I decided to pull out the For All Things set which I had not yet had a chance to use. I really like all the images in this set but I also like its versatility.  While the images certainly look like Fall and Thanksgiving, they can also be used for all kinds of hellos and thank yous at other times of the year. Here is my card.


I experimented with several ways to ink the banner - using the Old Olive ink pad or the marker - stamping off once or even twice. The exact formula depends on the look you want and how juicy your pad is. In the end I had a very juicy pad and I stamped off twice. Then I stamped the "Hello Fall" sentiment in Soft Suede on top of the banner. I inked the leaves with Crumb Cake and then "thumped" on them with Calypso Coral and Old Olive markers before stamping them. I added a piece of Soft Suede Baker's Twine I had from my Hey, Man Paper Pumpkin Kit (those kits come in handy in lots of ways!) but Early Espresso would work as well and Calypso Coral might be even better.  The wood looking piece below the leaves was created by inking one side of the Woodgrain embossing folder with Versamark ink, inserting the cardstock piece and rolling a brayer across the folder several times. I LOVE that technique! I had planned to add three Calypso Coral Candy Dots sitting on gold sequins along the bottom but after I placed the middle one I decided I loved the look of just one and stopped there! The strips down each side are cut from a piece of Park Lane DSP. I really like the look of the geometric design and thought it went well with the Fall theme. The paper in that collection has a Whisper White background which was a little too bright to use here so I sponged the surface with Crumb Cake ink. I thought it turned out well!

The next stop is Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

Supplies I Used:

  • Stamp Set: For All Things (135155 Clear) (135152 Wood)
  • Cardstock and DSP:  Soft Suede (115318);  Crushed Curry (131199); Calypso Coral (122925); Very Vanilla (101650); Park Lane (133694)
  • Ink: Old Olive (126953); Soft Suede (126978); Crumb Cake (126975); Versamark (102283); Brights Markers (131259); Subtles Markers (131263)
  • Accessories: Subtles Candy Dots (130933); Gold Sequin Trim (132983); Soft Suede Baker's Twine (135878 MPP Kit) (135879 MPP Refill)
  • Tools: Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821)

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  1. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  5. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  6. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Katy McGloin at Just fun Stamping
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  12. Shannon Jaramillo at
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  19. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  22. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  23. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  25. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  28. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  29. September Gray at
  30. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  31. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  34. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  35. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery

Friday, September 5, 2014

Oh, Happy Day for PPA218

For today's post I decided to make a card with the colors from this week's Pals Paper Arts color challenge. Here are the colors for this challenge.

Two of these colors, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss, are from the new InColors introduced this year. First I really love Blackberry Bliss. In particular the cardstock has a really wonderful rich look that just can't be conveyed on a computer screen! You really must see it in person to totally appreciate it. The color looks wonderful with Hello Honey! Here is the card I made with the challenge colors.

I love the Starburst Sayings stamp set, especially when combined with the Starburst Framelits. The pointed edges of the cutout images give the pieces a modern trendiness and the Oh, Happy Day is perfect for so many different occasions. It is such a nice solid image that is great to heat emboss and in this case I wanted to do the embossing in the rich Blackberry color. I also heat embossed the small circles and added a tiny Honey circle made with the Owl Punch. Using the Finishing Touches Edgelit I repeated the edges on the top and bottom of the DSP layer and on the envelope and liner.

Supplies I Used:

  • Stamp Set: Starburst Sayings (133185 clear) (133182 wood)
  • Cardstock and DSP: Blackberry Bliss (133675); Hello Honey (133678); Crumb Cake (120953); Moonlight DSP Stack (133701); 2014-2016 In Color Paper Stack (133705)
  • Ink: Blackberry Bliss (133642); Versamark (102283)
  • Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (109130)
  • Tools: Starburst Framelits (132967); Finishing Touches Edgelit (127010); 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861); Builder Owl Punch (118074)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Haunting

Welcome to the very first InKing Royalty Blog Hop.  For our very first hop, we're excited to share projects that showcase the fun of the holidays - from Halloween through Christmas, this certainly is the season to be jolly!

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Lisa Pretto at DIY Royalty.  After you read my post, I  hope you'll hop over to the next.  If you get off track at any point during the blog hop, there's a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

When I first considered the fun of the holidays I thought that the Fall holiday that contained the most pure fun was Halloween and the new Holiday Catalog has lots of fun Halloween products. (Click on the Holiday Catalog image along the right hand side to see all the wonderful goodies! Lots of fun!!) I love the Fall Fest Photopolymer stamp set and the coordinating Fun Fall Framelits! A number of years ago Stampin' Up! had a stamp set with several shapes of pumpkins and separate stamps with Jack-o-lantern faces that could be applied to the pumpkins. Of course the set didn't have Framelits to match but it has been one of my all-time favorite Halloween sets. I felt it was a classic and was sad when it was retired. I was very excited to see the idea return in the Fall Fest set! There are so many fun ways to use it. Even though I was excited about the pumpkins and Jack-o-lantern faces I wanted to do something a little different for today's Hop so I decided to use the ghost. I then thought it would be even more fun to make him out of vellum. Here is my card.

It seemed to me a vellum ghost needed an evening scene. A tree seemed like a good start but Stampin' Up! does not have a large tree stamp that would work here so I went where I always go when I need a "stamp" I do not have - My Digital Studio! There was a perfect tree in the Spooky Bingo Bits digital set. This set consists of 24 Halloween images that can be arranged in various order on Bingo Cards (available in MDS) and also great Halloween fun. As a result these are small images but one of the glories of MDS is that they can be made any size. After I had the tree the correct size I needed some leaves and found them in the Sweetly Nested Framable Template. They were placed on and around the tree and the whole thing was printed out on Smoky Slate cardstock with Basic Gray color "ink". Both of these digital items are included in the free content that comes with an MDS software purchase. (Here is a list of all content that comes with the MDS software.)

After the ghost Framelit was used to cut out the ghost shape from the Smoky Slate layer it was used to cut it out a shape in the same place on the DSP layer and the Tangerine Tango cardbase layer. The Framelits are not designed to cut through more than one layer of cardstock although some people report using them to cut through two layers of cardstock. In this case we have two layers of cardstock plus a DSP layer so I did it in two steps cutting the DSP layer and the Tangerine layer together.  All three layers were placed in position and then a vellum ghost that I had previously cut out was placed in the correct position on the Slate layer. While holding him in place I removed the Smoky Slate layer. That left me with the vellum cutout in the correct position on the DSP layer. He was adhered to the DSP layer with repositionable tape (waaaay better than Post-it Notes!) and used to align the Framelit. As the Framelit was placed in position I could "feel" the cutting edge of the Framelit bump against the ghost. This allowed me to know exactly where to place the Framelit. Once in place I taped the Framelit down. With the precision needed for this I decided to skip the Magnetic base and use repositionable tape. I then added a pumpkin stamped with Versamark on Cajun Craze cardstock and cut out with the coordinating Framelit. A Crumb Cake maker was used to darken the stem and Dimensionals gave it some dimension. Not having a greeting I felt was appropriate I printed one in MDS and attached it to a DSP layer.  

I then attached a rectangle of vellum between the Smoky Slate and DSP layers and adhered all this to the Tangerine layer. Eyes were added using my Simply Scored Stylus and the Stampin' Pierce Mat. A 3/4" circle was cut from Whisper White cardstock and sponged with So Saffron to create the moon. Many times I attach a Whisper White or Very Vanilla layer inside my cards that is useful for writing my message but with a vellum ghost where one can see all the way through the card it is very important that such a piece is used. I frequently add something to this inner layer and here I used gray striped washi tape. Another piece of the gray washi tape will also be used to seal the envelope. In this way it will be easy to open while remaining intact.                                                                        

Supplies Used:

  • Stamp Sets: Fall Fest (135194); Spooky Bingo Bits MDS Brush Set (127616); Sweetly Nested Framable  MDS Template (129005)  
  • Cardstock and DSP: Tangerine Tango (111349); Smokey Slate (131202); Vellum (101856);  Whisper White (100730); Cajun Craze (119684); Flower Pot DSP (133698)
  • Ink: Basic Gray MDS (121044); Veramark (102283); So Saffron (126957); Crumb Cake Marker (120967);
  • Accessories: Epic Day Washi Tape (131269)  
  • Tools: Fun Fall Framelits (135856); 3/4" Circle Punch (119873); Sponge Daubers (133773); Simply Scored Stylus (125624); Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199); MDS Software (130646)

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Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you'll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King at Stamp with Brian.  You certainly won't want to miss any of these projects. 

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  3. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  6. Bonnie Garrett at Stampin' Bon
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  8. September Gray at
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  10. Angie Coleman at Coastal Stamping
  11. Alison Bilohlavek at Ribbon and Brad
  12. Lisa Pretto at DIY Royalty
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper