Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Christmas Bells

There is a bit of a chill in the mornings, so time to start thinking of the holidays. I have quite a few Christmas cards to create, so have already started on them. As you know, I am not an assembly line card maker, so I think making all different ones takes a bit longer, but sooooo much fun.

So here is one on them:

The card base is Black, with a Real Red mat and then the music mat (check out the Merry Musical DSP on page 13 of the holiday catalog!). The image is from the Seasonal Bells stamp set and placed on dimensionals, attached to a 2x4 whisper white. Add the sentiment to the bottom in Black ink. Add this to a Real Red mat, 2 1/8 x 4 1/8, then to Garden Green, 2 1/2x 4 1/2. I, then, placed it on top of the card, but am thinking it would look nice placed with dimensionals.

This one is fast and simple and would work great for those of you who like to assembly line.

Here is another card, created with some retired products, that would work great, too.

The bells are from the Christmas Magic stamp set, stamped randomly on Very Vanilla and colored. Then matted on Real Red, DSP, and Very Vanilla (although Crumb Cake would work, too, which is what I had originally posted) card base.

I hope your week is wonderful and thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Basket Full of Fall

Fall is definitely in the air and my chest, this morning. The cool moist air was so great coming through my window the other night, that I only closed it down when I should have closed it completely...... Oh, well, love this time of year anyway!!

Here is one of my Fall samples:

The basecard is Chocolate Chip with Flirty Flamingo mats. The woodgrain mat is actually one that I created by stamping the image onto Crumbcake, then creating score marks for the boards. Then I sponged on Chocolate Chip ink for a bit more texture. One of the leaves is from my stash, but the bottom one is from the Colorful Seasons Bundle. I used the Watercolor Pencils to color in my image from the Basket of Wishes Set, stamped on Whisper White with Black ink.

Here is another fall card that I created with retired products, but wanted to share it with you. Maybe you have some of these, too.

Hope you have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Floral Owl

Sometimes I find a great project on line and even though I don't have the same products, I have to give it a try with what is available. This is one of those projects, which was just FUN to create!

Here is the piece I created first:

Okay, not so great, but stay with me. It does get better, or at least I think so! :)

Here are the products that I used:

Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics, Garden In Bloom, Bloom w/ Hope, and Beautiful Bunch
Inks: Crumb Cake and Black
Watercolor pencils: Yellow and Gray

This is my completed card:

See, not too bad. LOL

The base card is Cajun Craze with a scrap of DSP for the mat. I also used the Linen Thread.

Okay, so now for the inspiration piece, which came from a fellow demonstrator from the UK, Jay. And a big thank you to her for sharing!

Find her information and another fun project HERE

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Special!

Just a quick reminder that there is a great special on now for NEW Paper Pumpkin subscribers. If you have been thinking about this, now is the time to give it a try. These kits come with everything you need to complete the sample projects plus extra supplies for alternatives, which are available online. You even receive a clear block with you first kit to use with the exclusive stamp set.

You can cancel or skip a month at any time before the tenth of that month. So give this a try. I am pretty sure you won't be sorry. The price is a great deal normally and this promotion just makes it even better.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Just click HERE to sign up.

Now is also great time to sign up again if you are a previous customer. The holidays are coming and the kits as especially fun now.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Colorful Seasons Fall

I know I told you that I have finished with my fall cards, but sometimes you come across a new idea and just have to try it. This is one of those times. Besides I can always use another card.

This card is so simple and elegant. I love it and hope that you do, too.

The card base is Crushed Curry and the mat is Whisper White. I used Versamark, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Real Red inks, plus the Gold embossing powder and the gold washi tape from Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape. The tape is in the new Holiday Catalog which went live TODAY!!!!

I used the leaves and sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. They work perfectly for this project. Want to know how I did it?? Rather than me trying to explain it all, HERE is a link to Jennifer McGuire's technique video.

I will definitely be looking for more ways to use this technique. I hope you will give it a try, too.

REMINDER: Only a few more days to sign up for the Paper Pumpkin special for new subscribers!

Have a great day and Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trick or Treat Door

I love the holidays and love sharing my passion of cardmaking throughout the year, but especially during the coming season. I have finished my fall cards and am now busy creating for Halloween. I love sending them to friends and family!

I have been stamping for many years and this year, I am doing something new. I have a pretty good idea of what I own, but this year I have pulled out all of my Halloween stamps and placed them on the table where I can "shop" while creating. I find that I am re-enjoying some of my older sets by doing this, which is as much fun as when I first purchased them.

Soooooo, here is the most recent card created with my Halloween stash:

The base is Basic Black and the mat is from the current Wood Textures DSP. It is cut at 4x4 1/4, plus a bottom strip at 4x3/4. I stamped and cut out the door opening with the At Home With You Bundle. This is a must have set and can be used for so many situations!!

Want to know what blooper I did and how I fixed it? I cut my door opening on the wrong side!!! I first thought "oh well, it is Halloween", but just couldn't let it go. So I cut the door completely off, added a strip of the tear tape along the side that needed to be hinged, (letting it hang off about halfway) rolled the excess tape onto itself and stuck it to the inside piece. I then used a ruler and my bone folder to form a crease so that the door would open. You really can't even tell that I did anything different! LESSON: pay attention to how you are placing the door opening thinlet. One side does not have a cutting strip. DO NOT place that on the side to open!!! :)

 From the same set, I created the wreath, lantern, and rug (just the outline: cover the word welcome with a small piece of washi tape, ink the stamp, pull off the washi tape and stamp)

Now for all of the other fun stamps that I used! The ghosts are from Spooky Fun and the pumpkins from A Howling Good Time. I used Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie. The bow is from the Halloween Night's Bakers Twine and everything is mounted on dimensionals.

And now for the inside of the door:

Several years ago I traded for some images and this gal was one of them. I thought she would be perfect for this idea! I stamped the web, spider, and sentiment from the Spooky Fun set, attached the image to the back of the mat and placed it all onto the base.

And another fun card completed.

I hope that you enjoyed this project and thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Halloween Jar

The mornings are becoming cooler. Soon it will be fall and then the fun seasons begin!

This card was created with products from last year. I bet you have them in your stash, too, if you enjoy the holidays as much as I do!  If you don't have the products, use something you do have. This is a very simple project and the idea could be used in so many ways. Maybe later on I will create a Christmas card with the same layout. But for now....

The base is Pumpkin Pie. The DSP strip is from Halloween Night Specialty DSP, cut at 1 1/2 x 5 1/4. The white strip is 2 1/2 x 4 1/4. Using the web doily, I cut a piece to form the web in the top corner of the white strip, then added the adorable spider (that is a LOT coming from me!! LOL), from the Spooky Fun stamp set. At the bottom I stamped the sentiment from Jar of Haunts. Attach these to the base, bumping them together.

On a scrap piece of white, stamp the jar, drips and candy from the same set. Color it all in with the new watercolor pencils. I used the Bermuda Bay very lightly to color in the background area in the jar. Trim the image with the paper snips or the die, and add to the card with dimensionals. Cut out a small banner and add the happy face! Add this to the card with dimensionals, also. That is it!!!!

I am actually thinking about using my Crystal Effects to cover the jar for even more dimension. What do you think??????

And for the inside, something just as simple:

This stamp came from the Haunt Ya Later set. Here is a small tip:  Want a strong ink impression? You can use any of the many stamp positioners available to add layers of stamped images, which all work great, but if you don't have any of them, just ink up your stamp good. Take a look at it to make sure it is evenly covered with ink. Then hold it in place on the card stock for a few seconds. This gives the ink time to be absorbed into the card stock, especially when using the photopolymer stamps.

This is a great fast and simple card to create, so I hope you give it a try using your own stash.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!