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Shadow Technique

I have a new technique for you to try. This is super simple and you need ink, paper, and some stamps that aren’t too detailed. For my samples I used the leaves from the Everything is Rosy set, but I think it would work well with snowflakes and stars and some flowers as well. Simply ink up your stamp, stamp the image, then shift your stamp slightly right or left and stamp again for a second-generation image.

Simple Thinking of You Card

I started with a blank quarter sheet of Very Vanilla and some Cherry Cobbler ink. I wasn’t super fussy about the offset, but I did make sure to vary the direction of the images and make sure they “fell off” the edge of the paper. This makes it appear more like a designer paper than a stamped piece of paper.

To finish the card, I trimmed my stamped piece to 4″x5-1/4″ and wrapped the striped burlap ribbon around the bottom third. I layered that onto a base of Cherry Cobbler using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Darling Labels, and I punched it out with the matching punch, but a circle punch would have worked well too, or even a circle die. Lastly, I used a wood element in my stash. This is the perfect kind of card to dig into your stash and see what works. Pick colors that match your ribbons and embellishments that match your style.

Stepped-up Thank You Card

This card started out exactly the same except for the ink and card base. I used Soft Suede ink and a Crumb Cake base. The “thank you” sentiment was from the Share What You Love stamp set. I had created it months ago but didn’t use it and it was sitting in my stash. The Ink color was Tranquil Tide. If you like the color, Pretty Peacock or Shaded Spruce would be good alternates.

Next, I shifted through my embellishment stash. The Champagne foil circlets was from a retired set, but there is a similar die included in the upcoming Occasions catalog with the Painted Poppies set. Look for that in January. The leaves came from past Paper Pumpkins (always a source of great leftovers) and other kit paper. When I have leftovers after removing pre-punched pieces from a kit, I always try to punch shapes out of the remains if I like the paper. Who doesn’t like gold sparkles?

Finally, the little flowers are from a retired punch and a paper coffee cup insulator from a well-known coffee shop. I love the corrugated look. You can replicate this if you don’t buy fancy coffee (I don’t very often) using the Corrugated embossing folder and there is a similar punch that is going to be available in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. You can earn it for free with a qualifying product order. I love small punches like this for using up those fancy leftovers.

Try the technique. Let me know what you think or contact me with questions. Happy stamping.

Bone Apetit Alternates

The special Halloween themed Paper Pumpkin came in a super cute Gorgeous Grape box. I ripped, okay carefully opened, it as soon as I got it. The kit makes twenty treat boxes in two styles. Most of my kit was used up creating them exactly as designed. But I know not everyone celebrates this spooky holiday and some people don’t get trick-or-treaters. Don’t despair, I have two simple alternatives for this month’s kit.

A Birthday Card

Starting with a base of Basic Black, I layered a 2-1/2″ strip of Black Foil paper. On top of that, I added a 2″ strip of Kraft paper, but Crumb Cake or Soft Suede would work if you don’t have any Kraft.

Next, I opened up one of the striped treat boxes and cut three of the sides, trimming them to 1-1/2″ squares. I layered them on with the black Dimensionals from the kit. The sentiment banner is also from the kit, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The stamp is retired. Any small stamp would work or swap out a larger banner.

A Christmas Treat

It’s pretty easy to take the treat boxes apart by separating the single flap and then resealing it with strong adhesive, either tear and tape or liquid glue. The edge doesn’t look as nice, however. To overcome this little challenge, I cut an 8″ strip of leftover Christmas DSP 2″ wide and scored it every two inches.

Then, I glued it around the box. I stamped a sentiment on one of the little tombstone shaped tags from the kit. Added some pearls and a ribbon and now I have a super easy table favor or stocking stuffer ready to fill and use for the holidays. This would also be a great idea for your Thanksgiving table settings, just use a different themed paper and a thankful sentiment.

Even if a particular Paper Pumpkin doesn’t resonate with you, there are always great ways to use the quality materials inside. Let me know what you did with yours.

Rekindling the Muse

I’ve been out of my craft room for a while. I went on a long holiday, a bucket list trip to Iceland, and then I think I suffered from vacation hangover. When I was traveling, I missed my crafting. I had tons of ideas. But when I got back, meh. I felt uninspired despite all the great new products I have to play with. So, I gave myself permission to create anything. I’ve been running low on masculine birthday cards. I started by coloring some scraps I had and then combined them with unfinished Paper Pumpkin kits. Coloring is a great way to destress and increase creativity. Here’s what I came up with.

Nautical Birthday

I used the On My Mind kit from July, combined with a scrap of printed vellum DSP that I colored in with Stampin’ Blends in Night of Navy. The nice thing about a masculine-style card is that minimal works best. There are limited colors. A bit of twine is the only embellishment beyond the punched pieces. A touch of gold in the sentiment banner adds just a touch of bling.

The hardest part of a card like this for me is stopping. So of course, I had to make a girly card with colors and layers and bling. Because that’s how the muse works. Once it fires, you have to follow it.

Hug for a Friend

For this card, I started by coloring in the last scrap I had of my self-made Hugs from Shelly DSP. I used Memon Mambo, Powder Pink, and Lemon Lime Twist. I miss Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist, and I’m sure any other color combo would have worked, but that was the combo that spoke to me. Then I started looking at other scraps I had and what might work. The DSP I picked is actually in Rose Red, not Melon Mambo, but I think it’s close enough. The tiny floral print complements the larger image of the stamp. There is also a strip of vellum in there just for contrast.

Next, I stamped a banner from the On My Mind kit, again it added a nice touch of gold and the stamp is from that kit as well. I used Melon Mambo ink. The banner was pretty long so I decided it needed some flowers. The stamps are from Tea Together which has matching dies. These are available in the current Annual Catalog. A Glitter Enamel Dot and some Rose Metallic Thread provided my mandatory sparkly accents.

I hope you’re able to spend some time relaxing and crafting. If I can ever help you with a question or project, don’t hesitate to contact me.