Woodland Embossing Folder

The woodland embossing folder is one of my most recent purchases from the Holiday Catalog.  I hadn’t even had a chance to play with it before I made the card featured in this post.  It was a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday evening.  We were having a wedding shower at church the next day and I was busy baking and gathering supplies for decorating.  I remembered that I did not have a card and my hubby said, “Surely you already have something that you can use.”  And he was right, I have lots of cards that were already made.  But there is something about creating a special card just for a special occasion or a special someone, that makes you not want to go to your stash, but create something new.  So I began thinking about something I could do pretty quick.

Since it was new, the woodland embossing folder came to my mind.  I had not made anything with it, but I had seen some cute cards that others had made, so I decided to give it a shot…

Woodland Embossing Folder

Woodland Embossing Folder

 

After embossing the Whisper White cardstock, I punched some hearts and adhered them to the card.  I used a black journaling pen to draw my strings and bows so they would look like they were hanging from the limbs.  (Love the bling from the red glimmer hearts!)

You can see a Halloween card made with the woodland embossing folder here.  I haven’t used it for a Christmas card yet, or Thanksgiving, but oh the possibilities!  I think my shower card would also work for Valentine’s day if we just change the sentiment.  We just about have every occasion covered with this one embossing folder.  What a bargain!

Don’t forget that TOMORROW is the final day to get 15% off stamp sets in the annual AND holiday catalogs.  I will be placing an order because there are still some holiday sets I want and I can’t resist a stampin’ sale!  Let me know if you want to take advantage of the sale too!

 

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

‘3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards’ might sound like an odd title from someone who doesn’t even really celebrate that holiday.  However, I read an article recently, from Kirk Cameron, that talked about how Christians should be throwing the biggest and most fun Halloween party on their block.  He challenged believers to invite their neighbors to a family fun event and use it as an opportunity to share Christ’s love with them.

So that got me to thinking about how I could translate that into my card making.  And here is what I came up with…

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

1.  Because you have some cute Halloween themed stamps and they need to be inked!  I don’t often buy Halloween stamps, but I do have some cute ones that have come in other holiday sets.  Now I could just ignore them, but wouldn’t it be better to partner them with an encouraging note and send them to someone who might need another smile in their day?!

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

2.  Because, if you’re like me, you LOVE the fall colors and will take any excuse to use that pallet in your card making!  The colors of fall are beautiful on the changing leaves and on our cards.  But those beautiful leaves don’t last long on the trees, and this season passes away just as quick.  Creating Halloween cards for our friends and loved ones gives us an additional opportunity to use these rich fall colors.

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

3.  Because Jesus has defeated the grave!  Is there a better time to talk about this than at Halloween?  What a great opportunity for us to remind others that Christ overcame death, and made a way for us to have eternal life with Him. That is worth celebrating!

3 Reasons to Send Halloween Cards

Now those are just three of the reasons I came up with.  We all have loved ones who live away from us, and this is just another opportunity to let them know we’re thinking of them.  We probably all also have some kids in our lives that we care about.  Kids love to get mail and a cute Halloween card (nothing scary) would make their day!

Whether or not our 3 reasons to send Halloween cards inspired you, I hope you are using your creativity to bless others and that you are doing that often.  Let’s not let the holiday season sneak up and catch us off guard.  Get busy preparing those holiday cards and projects.  Start making your list now of all those people for whom you want to create something special.  If I can help you in your planning or in your actual projects, please let me know.  I would love to help!

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

One final Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas card to end our week.  Lots of glimmer for this one.  The Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set has options when it comes to your Christmas cards and scrapbook pages.  It was fun creating this different card from the same stamp set.

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

 

The background was created by stamping the snowflake image multiple times in Smoky Slate.  I can see how fun and useful this will be for my winter scrapbook pages and I can hardly wait for a snow day to take advantage of them! 🙂  I paired the Smoky Slate with Real Red and added lots of bling.

I hope you have enjoyed the different cards from the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 set that we have shared this week.  Remember, this set is available in the new Holiday Catalog, and for only $16 it is a good bargain for the variety you receive.  If you are interested in adding this stamp set to your collection, please let me know.  And if you don’t even have a stamp collection yet, this is a great set to start with because you can do so much with it!   Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas

Today’s project is using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas images.  If you have been reading all week, you know this is the third card we’ve shared from this stamp set.  It’s a fun and versatile set that will be useful from September through December.  And it is certainly NOT just for scrapbooks, though it is perfect for that also.

I am loving the turquoise and red color combo. So much so, that I am using that color combination in my home and not just on my cards!  It is so cheerful and bright that I had to use it on this Christmas card.

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas Card

Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Christmas Cards

I told you the other day that borders were super easy with this stamp set, because it is photopolymer and you can line it up without any problems as you stamp it.  This card uses the 2nd border image in the set and I did not re-ink my stamp before I stamped it the second time so that it has a faded look.  The words are also easy to line up and stamp straight because you can see exactly where you’re placing them as you stamp.  The same is true for the tree and the star on top.

I will admit that I was not overly zealous about photopolymer stamp sets when they were first released.  However, they have won me over and are now my favorite of the three types of stamps that Stampin’ Up! sells.  Maybe you are a die hard fan of the wood stamp sets or the clear mount.  I challenge you to give photopolymer a try and let me know what you think!

Thanksgiving Cards

Thanksgiving cards might not be at the top of your holiday to-do list, but maybe you should add them.  Typically we are so focused on Christmas cards that we miss out on a great opportunity to express gratitude to our family and friends.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas cards (and everything else about Christmas!)  But I also love fall and the wonderful palette of autumn colors.  Creating Thanksgiving cards gives us a chance to use these bold, rich fall colors and some stamp sets that might get overlooked.

Thanksgiving Cards

Thanksgiving Cards

 

This is Day 2 of using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set for cards.  I again used the masking technique, this time for the leaf image.  I then stamped a single leaf in the coordinating color and cut it out before adhering it to the card front.

Tomorrow we have card #3 from this same stamp set.  Be sure to check it out!

Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 {1}

The Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set is not just for creating scrapbooks!  I have had a lot of fun playing with this set and creating cards using all of the different images.  I am going to be sharing these cards over the next few days, so check back tomorrow!  Today’s card features the bat image in this set.

Spooky! Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015

Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015

 

I decided that I wanted a group of bats, instead of the single image.  The masking technique was used to stamp the bat several times without overlapping them.   And since this is a photopolymer stamp set, it is easy to create these zig zag borders and make them straight the first time.  I hand lettered “spooky” across the card.  The set does include a Halloween sentiment, but sometimes I enjoy adding a unique touch of my own to the cards.

There are so many great stamp sets in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog, but if you are looking for a versatile set that can be used throughout the holiday seasons, then the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set is an obvious choice.  Tomorrow I will be sharing the Thanksgiving card I made from this set, so be sure to come back and check it out!

Watercolor Background

I love to add special details to my cards that are easy and that use supplies I have on hand.  The watercolor background technique is very simple and all you need to create it is a clear block, markers and water.  Here’s how it works…

Step 1

Grab an acrylic block and some markers and start coloring.  I added my lightest color first and ended with the darkest color.  You do want the colors to blend together, so if you put the lightest on first you aren’t going to contaminate your markers with darker colors.

Watercolor Background Step 1

Step 2

Spray a little water on the block with the spritzer.  It produces a nice fine mist that is perfect for this technique.

Watercolor Background Step 2

Step 3

Stamp the acrylic block onto the cardstock.  After it dries you are ready to finish your project.

Watercolor background

The watercolor background produces a unique effect every time you use it.  You can use it for a small portion of your card, or for the entire background.

Watercolor background

You can even create the technique on a piece of cardstock and punch or die cut it to create embellishments for your card.

Watercolor Background

I hope you will give this fun technique a try.  If you do, please share your creations on our facebook page so others can be inspired by your creativity!

 

Color Challenge (CCMC360)

Sometimes our creativity needs a little boost.  There are plenty of resources available when this happens.  A fun way to get your creative juices flowing is to participate in an online challenge.   There are many sites that post weekly challenges for card making and scrapbooking.  Today’s card was created for  a Color Challenge posted here using Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Chocolate Chip.  Although I really like this color combo, they aren’t colors I would have put together on my own.  It’s fun to work with a palette that takes you out of your comfort zone.  Here is the card I created for this Color Challenge.

Color Challenge  (CCMC360)

 

I have to admit, the first card I made  with this color combo was not very pretty.  But I got some pointers from my Graphic Designer son on using these colors together and so I tried again.  I am much happier with the second attempt. 🙂  And with that gorgeous Swallowtail stamp how can you go wrong?!  Love it.   I would like to challenge you to create a project using these three colors also.  Please share with me what you come up with!

Birthday Card In A Box

I have seen a few Card In A Box ideas lately and wanted to try it out.  My dear dad celebrated his birthday in February.  I would love to have been in Indiana to celebrate with him. Since that wasn’t an option, I sent a little celebration to him…my Birthday Card In A Box!

Birthday Card In A Box

One of the best parts of this little Card In A Box is that it folds up flat  so I was able to mail it in a regular card envelope to my dad.

Card In A Box

This was the perfect item to send to my dad on his special day.  How could opening that cute little Card In A Box not brighten your day?!  There are so many options for “filling” this little box – flowers, snowflakes, hearts, butterflies, etc, etc, etc.  What fun!  There is even a panel on the back of the card that I used to write a note to my dad and sign my little artwork 😉

This project did take me an entire morning to complete, so you don’t want to wait until the last minute with this one.  But you do want to give it a try!  The assembly is not difficult, it just takes a while to add all the little box fillers and place them where you want.  I hope you will make a Card In A Box for someone special to you!

Birthday Blessing #2

Offering a birthday blessing seems only natural, and fortunately I know a lot of people with birthdays in February!  Today I made a card for one of my dearest friends who is celebrating her birthday.  She is a fellow stamper and so I wanted the card to be extra special.

birthday blessing
Basic black, basic gray, daffodil delight and whisper white.

Again, this card was in my card box ready to give.  (I am determined to use my stash of cards & supplies this year), but I needed to jazz it up a little.  I began by adding some rhinestones to one corner because we girls love our bling.  I also used the banner punch from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and created several banners to go across the top of the card.  After attaching them with snail adhesive, I decided it needed additional detail, so I sewed the banners on using my sewing machine and some bright yellow thread.  Actually, I think the best thing about this card is the sentiment from the Chalk Talk stamp set.  “I’m so grateful there’s you in the world” is exactly how I feel about this friend!  (I also really like the yellow, gray and black color combo.)

Do you have a favorite color combo right now?  If so, please leave it in the comment section.  I am always looking for fun and challenging color combos!  Have a blessed day!

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