Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Painted Autumn

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Thank you for joining me for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month's theme is to use the  Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP).  This is some seriously beautiful paper!   I decided that to challenge myself I would use the "B" side of the paper.  What do I mean?  Most of Stampin' Up!'s DSP is double sided.  Generally one side is the more colorful, you don't need to do anything to it side that really catches your eye.  The flip side is usually a more subtle pattern, still beautiful but more neutral in color and design.  Most times I like both sides equally so it is hard to make a decision which side to use.  


What do you think?  I am pretty thrilled with how this came out!  This was the first time I used the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies.  So much fun!  Have I ever told you that I am a wannabe quilter?  Using the Quilt Builder framelits helped to satisfy some of the desire to quilt .  I loved "piecing" the different patterns together to make my square.  I used 4 different designs from the Painted Autumn DSP.  


Using the Quilt Builder Framelits are a a great way to showcase all the beautiful DSP that Stampin' UP! has to offer in both the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog.   I plan to make a lot more of these cards and it is a good thing that there is an incredible sale going on right now focusing on SU's DSP.  It is a Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!  There is a select group of DSP to choose from and the free one has to also be on the list.  I don't think you will have any difficulty finding 4 packs of paper that you would want to have in your craft room.   Check HERE for the list of all the DSP you can choose from.

Now it is time for you to continue on and see what the talented Laura Milligan has created for you!

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Smooshing and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #479

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  This week we have a color challenge.  


This color combination was quite the challenge for me.  I decided that I would try a technique called Ink Smooshing.  Here's what I came up with.


Have you tried Ink Smooshing?   To do this technique you need watercolor paper, ink, a piece of acetate and a spritzer.  You lay down some ink and spritz it with water.  You use the acetate to pick up the ink and then you smoosh it down.  Since you are using watercolor paper the ink moves and blends.  You keep adding color until you are happy with your results.  Choosing the right color combination is really important.  I am so glad that this week's colors worked well with this technique.   I used one of my favorite dies, the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits. I think the dragonflies look great flying through the Garden Green, Lemon Lime and Soft Sky.  The sentiment is from the Best Birds stamp set.

Hope you will join in the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.  

Seasonal Lantern and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #343

It is time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge #343.  


This time I actually followed the sketch pretty closely and even used the optional theme.  Here is the sketch.


The optional theme for this sketch is Leaves.

I used one of my favorite bundles, Seasonal Lantern.  The lantern was created using Copper Foil sheets and Early Espresso card stock.  I love how rich the copper and Early Espresso look together.   I used the Colorful Season bundle to create the leaves.  I inked the leaves in Crushed Curry ink and then used a sponge dauber to add some Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.  I do love how they turned out.


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I hope you will join in the challenge.  Be sure to check out the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog and get all the details on the challenge and to see what the other designers created.

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Lots of Love and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #478

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #478.  


Want to see the sketch for the challenge?


I used the Lots of Love stamp set which is one of the sets featured in the World Card Making Day special going on until October 10.  The strip of black and white Designer Series Paper is from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP which is part of the Designer Series Paper Sale.  Yes, I did a bit of fussy cutting. The images are not very detailed so it wasn't very difficult to do.  What I really love about this stamp set are the sentiments.  Especially the one I featured on the inside of the card.


This sentiment gets used a lot!  I should stamp it on all my envelopes since every card I send or give is really a hug made of paper.   I also used the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions folder.  Isn't that a mouthful?  The 3-D embossing folders create a deeper more dimensional impression.  

I hope you join in the Create with Connie and Mary challenge.  This is a great sketch and open to a lot of different interpretations.  For more inspiration be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created and then join in the challenge!

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October ICS Blog Hop...Ribbon of Courage

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share blog hop.  The theme for this month is  Colors of Courage.  


I used the Ribbon of Courage stamp set for my project and the simple sentiment included in the set, "courage".   I thought about the word courage and if that was the right word for what I wanted to say.  I decided to lookup the definition and here is one definition I found., "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty".  I also found a great article titled  The Real Definition of Courage.  It offers a more rounded and maybe practical definition of the word.  It is a quick read that offers a lot of insight into the word.  The author, Rebecca Perkins writes, "Courage is admitting we can't cope alone. Courage is choosing love over fear. Courage is continuing through adversity. Courage is trusting that all will be well. "   There are many more other ways she defines courage but those were the ones that jumped out at me.  

This card is going to a friend of mine who was recently diagnosed. I want her to know that I am thinking of her and sending her lots of love, support, and courage.  

Now it is time for you to see what the Anastasia has created for you!

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Thank you for stopping by and here are the products I used to create my card.


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Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad*
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Test Tube Tuesday

Is Test Tube Tuesday really a thing?  No, it probably isn't but maybe it will become one now that test tubes are available in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  


I used the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes in the Annual Catalog as the base for my test tube holder.   The cute Halloween paper is from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper which is secured to the lid of the box with the Black Shimmer Ribbon.  The black cat is also punched out from the Spooky Night DSP using the Cat Punch. The pumpkins are stamped using the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and cut out with the coordinating Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit dies.  Remember when you buy this stamp set and coordinating dies (the Pick a Pumpkin bundle) you save 10%.  

Are you wondering what I put in the test tubes?  The test tubes are food safe and accommodate lots of different treats.  I filled these with sunflower seeds!  I am always on the lookout for different treat ideas and I already had some sunflower seeds  on hand.  

Looking for more ways to use the Pick a Pumpkin bundle?  Check here, here, and here

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Give Thanks


It is hard to believe that there is only a week left in  September.  As much as I love the fall season it is still hard to say goodbye to summer. One consolation is that there are so many fun and fabulous fall products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog to help us welcome Autumn.  One of the bundles I had to have was the Pick a Pumpkin bundle.  I knew the images would be great for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Here I paired it with the sentiment from the Painted Harvest stamp set.


The large outline pumpkin is one of the dies in the Patterned Pumpkins thinlits that doesn't have a corresponding stamp image.  I love these bonus dies.  I cut it out of Gold Foil paper and carried the gold theme with the Gold Glimmer paper  leaf and the Year of Cheer Washi tape.  I like to mix the different textures  to create more interest.  


The card is a simple Z fold card.  It is a simple fold.  To make this fold I cut the card base at 4-1/4" x 11"and scored it at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".  It is easy and a nice way to change up your cards.


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Be sure to take a look at all the great Fall images in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.

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Quick and Easy Treat Box


I love the Acetate Card boxes that are in the Holiday catalog.   They are great for packaging up cards and treats too.  I found these little candy bars that were all dressed up for Halloween.  I wanted them to stay upright and organized in the box so I placed them in the 2" x 8" cello bags and then into the acetate card box.  To make the little gift even more festive I made a belly band using the images from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. Did you know that the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlit Dies cut out the pumpkins featured on the Spooky Night DSP?  Isn't that awesome?!  I love how there is so much coordination between the products in the Holiday catalog.  I also used the Cat punch to punch out the cats that are also on the Spooky Night DSP.  The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  


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This quick and easy project is super fun to make and give.  

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Oh So Eclectic and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #476

It is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  I am trying to balance using stamps from the Holiday catalog and the Annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  

Here is the sketch for the challenge.


This sketch is just perfect to use washi tape.   I am determined to be a user of washi tape and not just a collector of washi tape.


I used  2 of the patterns in the Pick a Pattern Wash Tape.   This washi tape comes in 4 different color collection,  I love the black and white set since I use black and white a lot.  I added the Real Red flowers that were stamped with the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and cut out the outlines and flowers using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  


I added another strip of the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape inside of the card and another flower and leaf.  I like to dress up the inside of the card too.  I hope you will play along with the challenge.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this sketch challenge.

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