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First Frost for First Post of 2019

The New Year brings new opportunities, but we have to say goodbye to the old. I’ll miss the fantastic products in the Holiday catalog, but I’m looking forward to getting creative with the new products in the Occasions catalog. This is also Sale-a-bration time which means free products with qualifying purchases. I love free – really, who doesn’t? But with all this helloing and goodbyeing – you might have missed the fact that some of the holiday products are carrying over. Meaning, even though the Holiday catalog is gone you can still order some of the amazing stamps and dies. The First Frost and matching Frosted Bouquet dies are two of those products. I have three cards for you using them. One for my Zen crafters, one for Paper Princesses and one that my Stash Queens will love to fuss with.

The first card combines Gray Granite, Merry Merlot and Whisper White for an elegant color palette. I used a Whisper White base. I combined a layer of Merry Merlot with a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP that was part of the suite. If you didn’t get that paper – no problem. Stamp a piece of Gray Granite with Gray Granite ink using one of the leafy sprays from the set. I used a straight length of Silver Metallic Edge ribbon about 2/3 of the way down the card and adhered that to the Merry Merlot layer before I put that layer on the card base. Super easy -no bows.

The center panel is a 2″x5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White stamped in Gray Granite and Merry Merlot. I stamped the leaf stamp coming off the edges of the panel. This is a great technique to add interest and the sense of movement to your design. The sentiment from the set is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Lastly, I added some Pearls. I used one of them to cover over a tiny smudge so I wouldn’t have to restamp the entire panel. No big deal, just cover it and keep going.

The next card uses a fancy fold that I found online. The measurements were from a card done by Sharon Armstrong. You can see her card here. I used a base of Soft Sea Foam that was 5-1/2″ x6-7/8″ scored at 2-3/4″. On the 2-3/4″ flap I added a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of DSP from the same pack of paper as the first card. Again, if you don’t have this paper, you could use Whisper White and the stamps in the set with a variety of ink colors. In fact that’s what I did for the flap. The base of the flap is 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, scored at 2-3/4″ on 3-1/4″ side. This gives you a narrow flap, the perfect width for adhesive so you can tuck it between the big base and the Whisper White inner layer (standard 4″x5-1/4″). On top of the flap, instead of DSP I stamped a 2-1/2″x 3-1/4″ piece of Whisper White with Powder Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Berry Burst inks using stamps from the set.

The sentiment is stamped in Berry Burst. I punched it out using the Pretty Label punch. I stamped the edges in Powder Pink and Soft Sea Foam with a leaf and a flower stamp. The Tranquil Tide edge is done by punching a second label and cutting it in half then adhering it to the stamped label. I added a length of the Silver Metallic Edge ribbon and then put the sentiment on with Dimensionals. The gems are from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. For a final touch, I stamped the inside Whisper White layer in Tranquil Tide so there wouldn’t be blank areas around the flap.

For the last card, I got out the Big Shot and the Frosted Bouquet dies. The card base is Tranquil Tide. If you don’t have the specialty DSP, it would be easy to recreate with the long leaf stamp and Whisper White paper. I used Vellum, Champagne Foil, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam and Gorgeous Grape for the foliage around the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White. I added a Champagne Foil edge to the label by combining the dies in the set. It’s a delicate detail to add more interest.

The flowers were created with three layers. The two flower images each die cut and then the larger outline cut from the coordinating paper. I used Berry Burst, Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry. I sponged the edges of the stamped and cut flowers so there was less of a white edge. Too finish off the card, I used two small pearls and the new organza ribbon from the Sale-a-bration pack. The ribbon is super easy to tie into a bow.

It’s easy to make gorgeous cards with this stamp set no matter what your preferred style of crafting is. If I can help you with your projects, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. Happy Crafting!

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Feeling Scrappy

I saw a post the other day by a crafter who was frustrated with her collection of die cuts and papers and scraps that she wasn’t using. I’m a huge saver of every little piece. And I do use my scraps frequently. But I wondered if others feel the same way. Overwhelmed. Uninspired. Well, we can’t have that! So, I”m going to post the occasional “scrap card”. I’m going to use retired items and all the bits of ephemera that are produced by our crafting efforts and make some beautiful cards to inspire you.

Today’s card is based on circles. I used Layering Circle dies. You could use those or punches or even draw a line around a quarter and cut it out. I used a pink color theme to create my ultra feminine birthday card. The inspiration for this card came from two places. The first is a card posted on SplitcoastStampers back in 2014. The second was the butterflies that I used on the card. These came unexpectedly with a Christmas card I received this year. I laughed because my sister crafter had probably tucked some extra punched images away in an envelope to save to use later and lost track of them.

Well, she can rest easy. I put her gift to good use.

My use of a circle theme was even captured in the sentiment – ” I love when your birthday comes around.” – perfect for my pun-loving heart.

I hope the New Year is filled with inspiration to be creative. Hugs!

Winter Woods Wonderland

The Winter Woods bundle in the Holiday catalog is super versatile. It’s only available as a bundle (save 10%) for a few more days. No matter what type of crafter you are, a Zen Beginner, a Paper Princess or a Stash Queen – this set will give you stunning results. I did three cards with this set and no matter the approach I took, from simple to advanced, I was thrilled.

The simple card used three elements, the Winter Woods stamps, Early Espresso ink, and a Delightfully Detailed notecard. These notecards already have the watercolor wash, so I stamped the cluster of trees with two images of the ground texture to anchor them. For the sentiment, I used a sticky note to mask off the part of the message I didn’t want to use (this Season), inked the stamp, removed the sticky (don’t forget this part) and then stamped the Thinking of you in the lower corner. Done. Doesn’t get easier than that.

For the second card, I started with a card base of Mossy Meadow. Instead of adding a texture layer or DSP, I used watercolor paper and Moss Green Brusho Crystal Colour powder. This stuff is cool. The results are a bit random. I misted my paper lightly with a Stampin Spritzer. Then I sprinkled the ink powder over the paper. Finally, I spritzed it again to activate the crystals even more. Then let it dry. Because the background was so dramatic, I stamped the tree cluster three times, right over each previous image, but slightly off. It gave the image thicker tree trunks and denser branches. I added a piece of burlap ribbon. I used two punches, the Leaf punch and some scrap I had in Old Olive and the Tailored Tag punch to cut out the sentiment. It came from the Beautiful Bouquet set and I stamped it in Early Espresso. For a final bit of flash, I added a nest of Copper Metallic Thread under the sentiment tag.

I like the mixed media effect. It is perfect for a masculine birthday.

For the final card, I CASEd a stunning card by Wendy Lee. You can see her card here. I can’t resist a collage of layers. I started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla. I was going to be adding a lot to the card and I needed a sturdy base. On top of that, I added a layer of Soft Suede embossed with the Woodland embossing folder. This is a very versatile folder that I use constantly.

Next, I added the graphic layer. I used Very Vanilla stamped with Early Espresso. The repeating tree branches echo the embossing but are a bold repetition that really pops from all the layers. I anchored that on a piece of Cajun Craze to echo the copper elements I planned to add. But first, I added a 2″x 3-1/4″ piece of vellum. This was directly from Wendy’s card and the contrasting material helped anchor the diecut/embellishment grouping.

The grouping was fun to create. First I spread out some Copper Trim. When pulled apart it becomes a netting. But, it gets shorter when you open it, so spread it and then cut it off the roll. Next, I got out the big shot and used the dies in the bundle to cut the Mossy Meadow leaves and the Copper Foil branches. I used the Tailored Tag punch to cut a Copper foil base for the sentiment. I tucked two wood leaf clusters from the Framed Elements embellishment back for even more texture. Lastly, I used the soon to be released, in the Occasions catalog, Well Written Framelits (148534) and Early Espresso paper. The card couldn’t hold one more thing, so I stopped and lined a Very Vanilla envelope. I used some retired scrap (5-5.8″ x 5-3/4″ scored 1-3/8″ in). A card that special deserves a nice envelope.

I hope I’ve shown you that no matter where your crafting comfort zone is, you can make a beautiful card. Happy Crafting!

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