Thursday, September 21, 2017

Happy First Day of Autumn!

Hi Friends,

Fall is officially here.  There's a different feel in the air and, of course, all the vibrant colors of fall are sprouting everywhere.  So now that it's official, Happy Fall, Y'all!

Let's make a beautiful fall-themed birthday card to celebrate!

Here I've used Vintage Leaves, one of my all-time favorite stamp sets.  The card base is made from Thick Whisper White.  On a 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" strip of regular weight Whisper White, I randomly stamped one of the smaller leaves in the set using Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz & Calypso Coral.  The leaves all hang off the edge of the cardstock - when you finish stamping it looks like a cut strip of designer paper!  This strip gets layered on top of a 1-3/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Copper Foil Sheet.

I used a technique called "thumping" to make this multi-colored maple leaf.  It's a fun technique that produces different results every time - there were lots of "ooh's & aah's" when the ladies made this card at my last class!  Simply ink the maple leaf in the normal manner, using the lightest color you have chosen to work with.  In this case, we used So Saffron.  Then take sponge daubers, one for each color you choose to add, and apply more ink directly to the stamp randomly.  Here we've added Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz & Calypso Coral on top of the So Saffron ink.  

"Happy Birthday" is part of the Special Celebrations stamp set.  I stamped it using Early Espresso ink and die-cut it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The maple leaf and the greeting are both adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  There's another multi-colored leaf stamped on the inside of the card and one more on the envelope.

Two 10" pieces of Linen Thread tied together into a bow and attached with a glue dot finish this project.  I love the coppery accents on this card - so much prettier in person, but you get the idea! 

Inspiration is everywhere...nothing matches the beauty of an autumn day.

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Thanks for stopping by today,

Friday, September 15, 2017

Painted Harvest Gift Packaging

Hi Stampers,

It's the weekend!  What will you craft?  I'm playing with the beautiful new Painted Harvest Suite from the holiday catalog.  Everything in this suite is gorgeous - I love fall, and the colors in the designer paper are outstanding!

My first project uses the stamp set, the punch, and the designer papers:

Don't you just love that sunflower?  I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock using Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Chocolate Chip.  The leaves tucked behind it were stamped in Old Olive.  It's mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals on a 1-1/4" x 8-1/2" belly band cut from Early Espresso cardstock.  A short piece of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon & a sprinkling of Black Rhinestone Jewels completes the look.

This sweet little box is generously sized to hold six Hershey's Nuggets!

The nuggets are wrapped in 1" x 3" strips of  Painted Autumn Designer Paper.

The lid is decorated with a piece of 2-3/4" x 2-1/2" Designer Paper to match the nugget wraps.

Here's the recipe for making this box.  Adhesive (Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape) goes on each of the six small tabs.  This box design was CASE'd from Sam Hammond.

The Painted Harvest bundle (stamp set plus leaf punch - no die-cuts!) is my #1 pick from the Holiday Catalog.  Click the photo below to order yours and start stamping your own gorgeous sunflowers!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Vintage Leaves & Wood Textures for #GDP103

Hi, Stampers!

This week I'm playing along with the Theme Challenge at Global Design Project. It's a theme I can really get into-as a matter of fact, it was the theme of our team card swap last week.  I guess great minds think alike!

My design has a real woodsy-leafy thing going on - perfect for him!

I used Early Espresso for my card base on this project.  It's my fave of all the browns - so rich looking!  On top of that, I layered a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. Instead of centering it, I shifted it to line up with the top & left edges of the card.

The top layer is Whisper White, stamped randomly in Sahara Sand with one of the images from Vintage Leaves.  Then I used the maple leaf  framelit to cut out a peek-a-boo shape.  This step was actually a happy accident - I had a scrap of cardstock with the maple leaf shape cut out on my craft table and it happened to land on top of my Wood Textures DSP.   And surprise, I liked it!

The Whisper White layer started out 4" x 5-1/4".  I laid it on top of the DSP layer and when I found the angle I liked, I marked it & trimmed off the top & left edges to match the card base.

My favorite thing about this card is the bold greeting cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  It's actually four die-cuts layered together - the first 3 are cut from Early Espresso and the top one from Whisper White.  I love the shadowing and dimension it gives to this card.

I used this sentiment from Special Celebrations for the inside.  It has such great options for a lot of occasions - this has quickly become my "go-to" birthday greeting.

A trio of the new Black Rhinestone Jewels and a double wrap of Linen Thread tied around the card are the finishing touches.

Please visit Global Design Project this week to see all of the great entries there!

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Happy stamping for HIM,