Hello Stampin’ Friends,
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Sunday.
Can you believe that September is almost over, where does the time go?! The passing of September means one thing … Halloween is just around the corner. Those of you, who know me, know that I love Halloween. It appears I’m not the only one, as it is the second most celebrated / decorated holiday of the year (second only to Christmas).
On that note, I want to celebrate Halloween all this week with fun and frightening projects with you. Since it is Sunday … nothing too scary. In fact, it’s fun … you won’t believe where these cute little pumpkins came from!
Get out your Holiday catalog and turn to page 25 … You got it! I used the “Snow Day” stamp set to create my jack-o-lanterns!
Oh yes … you can see it now, can’t you! Isn’t that awesome. How cute is that! I drew the faces and the vines onto my pumpkins … too easy. Now … that is a versatile stamp set!
I also used the new Chalk Marker and some glitter to highlight the facial features (eyes, nose, & mouth) and the Argyle Embossing Folder to create some fun texture.
Did You Know?
The original jack-o’-lanterns were carved from turnips, potatoes or beets. (From the History Channel)
Every October, carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the United States and other parts of the world. Gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season. The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns”—the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.
So just a little fun and trivia for you today. Thanks for stopping by!
I’ll have some hauntingly fun cards for you this week, so make sure you stop back.
Hello Stampin’ Friends,
I have exciting news to share with you today!
WOW … What can I say except this is an exceptional bargain! Our NEW “Everyday Occasions” kit … you can make 20 (yes, 20) delightful cards for only $29.95 (plus shipping & tax). You’ll receive the stamps, ink, pre-cut cardstock, envelopes, fun embellishments and full color photos to create your projects – 20 all occasion cards.
Why go to the store when a birthday, graduation, wedding or even a time for expressing gratitude comes up? The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit puts cards for all of those events right at your fingertips, and best of all, they’ll be handmade! The kit contains everything necessary (minus adhesive and scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion, and it comes in a beautiful box to store them in.
Here is a view of the cards you can create:
The kit also makes the perfect gift for that creative someone you know!
The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit is a fantastic means to introduce stamping & card making to your friends! It was developed with the new stamper in mind. It is a simple, fun experience at a great price!
Just a note:
If giving this wonderful kit as a gift to a new stamper, you may want to consider purchasing the SNAIL adhesive (104332) and Paper Snips (103579) along with the Everyday Occasions kit. Christmas is just around the corner … what an awesome gift to receive! So shop early as this kit is available while supplies last.
Whether you purchase for yourself of as a gift, you will delight in the opportunity this fantastic new kit will provide. If you have any questions, you can always contact me!
Have a wonderful day!
Hello Stampin’ Friends,
Today I’m going to share another “Quick -n- Easy” card for all of you who have a lot of birthday cards to make. September is full of birthdays in my family… and it even runs into October!
When stampin’ this card for my friend, because we have known each other for ………. we’ll enough about that, I was feeling a bit nostalgic. So I went to my “go to” nostalgic stamp set “Timeless Talk” – page 19 of our big catalog.
Of course I’m going to pair it up with the “Modern Medley Designer Series paper. I know that I have a few of you hooked on that paper. I love it all … which means you use it “all”… no waste!
Here I have made a quick banner out of the musical note paper and added another strip of DSP for a contrast.
I popped up the stamped section with our “Stampin’ Dimensionals” and to finish it off …. HERE COMES A STAMPIN’ TIP: I used my black Sharpie® marker to color my pearls. Oooooooooooh … I just love the way that looks!
Now how sweet and simple is this card! Easy to make for your BFF (Best Friend Forever). Celebrate today and call a friend.
I’ve shared several of cards using that set; You can view these just by clicking on the name ... “Sweet Music” , “Simply Timeless” and “Hello There“.
I’ll be back with more stampin’ tips and stamped projects …
Have an awesome weekend,
Hello Stampin’ Friends,
Today I’m going to share with you, my rendition of summer turning into autumn on a card.
I began with Whisper White layered onto Whisper White. I took my top piece and created a “reverse mask” … take a piece of old or scrap paper and cut out a section that you can sponge and stamp. If you are not comfortable cutting a mask with your paper cutter… you can easily create a “reverse mask” with the use of one of our many framelit dies or by punching out that area.
Now … place your “reverse mask” and begin sponging, leaving the center a bit lighter to create a beautiful dimension on your card. Next, you can stamp your image (please note that if you use cardstock, you will see it does not go to the edge). I used only Wild Wasabi for the sponging and the stamping. The color difference is all in the way you sponge … start light, you can always add more (but you can’t take away). I prefer the regular sponges.
Remove your reverse mask, and you will have a beautiful design element on your card. If you’d like, you could just stamp a greeting to complete the front. However, since I wanted to show the transition to fall … I added my fall leaf. I used the “Magnificent Maple” stamp set found on page 18 of our Holiday Catalog. For the leaf, I began with So Saffron then did the rock and roll technique to edge the leaf with Wild Wasabi and Tangerine Tango.
I added (sponged with sponge dauber) a little more So Saffron into the center of the leaf to make it “pop” a little more!
I used the “Happy Day” stamp set found on page 112 of our Idea Book & Catalog for my greeting. To finish off the card, I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to “POP” up the front piece with all the stamping.
Thanks so much for stopping by and welcoming autumn in with me!
Hello my stampin’ friends ~
Today I want to share with you the “carry over” stamp sets that are not in the catalog but are still available to order. You guessed it, its Christmas sets! Plus, I’ll share some of the beautiful cards we made last year at my clubs, classes and the annual Holiday retreat!!
First, is the “Ornament Keepsakes” stamp set (128048 – W / 128051 – C) and the beautiful greetings from “Greetings of the Season” (128030 – W / 128033 – C)
I used the “Coordinations Cardstock as a background, a Cherry Cobbler banner that draws your eye to our focal point … the ornament! I then embellished with scraps (you got it) of the Silver Glimmer Paper (124005) and top it off with those precious “gotta have” Rhinestones (119246)