Enjoy The Moment – Guest Designs

Today I’m sharing three different cards with you, none of which I designed, that use the Enjoy the Moment stamp coming out in January. The first two are swaps I received from my upline and a sister stamper. The last card is a case I did during the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event. I love seeing how different designers use the same stamp set and create completely different cards. First a bit about this set, it has eight seed pod images from various plants and five versatile sentiments. The botanical feel of the images is so inspiring. I expect you’ll see another post with this stamp set in the future.

A Fun Fold Moment

The first card I have to share is a fun fold from Lynn. The base is a 7″x 5-1/2″ piece of Mossy Meadow card stock that is scored on the long side at 2-3/4″ to create the front flap. Lynn stamped the inside piece of Whisper White using Basic Gray and put the seed pod in the lower right corner so it peeked out and the sentiment in the upper left. There is still plenty of space for a note.

Next, she stamped the front flap using the same image and the same ink. This adds a really nice visual texture to card front. The focal point start with a 2-5/8″x 3-7/8″ piece of Basic Gray card stock. She layered on a piece of DSP that had an interesting edge and a touch of Cherry Cobbler. This small touch of color really pops. The poppy pods are stamped in Basic Gray on a 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White. She used Dimensionals to add it to the front flap and finished off this classic look with some Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim. I love the way the fun fold updates a classic design.

A Brush of Color

The next card I’m sharing with you is a design from my upline, Kathy. She is a talented and experienced crafter and it really shows in her designs. She started with a standard base of Just Jade card stock and added a layer of Basic Black cut at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Next, she added a layer of Whisper White cut at 3-3/4″ x 5″. It’s stamped with another sentiment from the set in Memento Black. The touches of black anchor this colorful design.

The squares on the front of this gorgeous card are done by heat embossing some of the seed pod images in white on Whisper White card stock. She cut them out with the Stitched Squares dies. Then she used the new Blending Brushes that are coming out to color the background and make the image pop. The squares are inked in Bumblebee, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, and Terracotta Tile. Each embossed and blended image is mounted on a Layering Squares cut piece of card stock in the coordinating color and then added to the card using Dimensionals. The final touch was an InColor enamel dot. I love the use of the white heat embossing and the stunning color palatte.

The Final CASE

The final card is a quick CASE (Copy And Share Everything) I did during the Stampin’ Up event. I love these events because you get your hands on the upcoming products early. This CASE uses Misty Moonlight as the base. Then I cut a 4″x4″ piece of Misty Moonlight and stamped it in the same color ink. The bit of background texture it adds without distracting the eye from the poppy seedpods. I stamped that in Soft Suede on a 3″x4-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla and sponged the edges. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Just Jade and punched it out with a circle punch. For a quick embellishment, I added a small piece of burlap which is retired. You could substitute some faux suede trim, some linen thread, or even a length of Denim ribbon instead.

I hope you’re getting excited about the mini catalog. The Saleabration will start soon too. In the meantime, I hope you have lots of wonderful moments to enjoy as we end the year with family and friends, holidays, and gratitude for our blessings. Happy crafting!

Jolly Gingerbread Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

I’m going to admit something here. I am terrible at buying gifts for people. That’s why I was so excited to see this month’s Paper Pumpkin made gift-card holders. It’s like they know me. But of course, I know not everyone needs fifteen gift-card holders, so I have some options for you to use this super cute gingerbread house themed kit.

First some tips on the holders. Use a bone folder to crease your seams. Before you seal the side, add a glue dot to the inside at the base so your card doesn’t slide out the bottom. You can line up the top stamp with the framing stamp by looking at the lowest leaves in the top stamp and aligning them over the circles of the framing stamp.

Gift Tags

This alternate is a bit of a cheat since it was included as an option in the instructions. But I have a couple of tips for you on these as well. Besides following the instructions to cut them on the seams and discard the flap, remember that you can stamp both sides. The kit includes a useful “to:/from:” stamp for this purpose. I used a hole punch so that I could add some fun baker’s twine to the tags. If you made the entire kit into tags you could make thirty.

Tag Card Alternate

While you’re cutting those holders in half, save one for this quick card. I used a base of Cinnamon Cider. Then I layered on a piece of Pretty Peacock and a strip of matching DSP. I love how the gingham check works with this theme. If you don’t have this paper from last years In-Color stack, the dots from this year would be a super cute option.

Add the half holder, a sentiment and some of the adorable candy embellishments from the kit and it’s done. Super simple and ready to send.

Gingerbread House Card

For the second card, I left the holders behind and used the stamp set and one of the envelopes. I used a base of Crumb Cake but Whisper White would work just as well. Cut apart one of the envelopes and trim it to 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. For the house, I stamped it in Cinnamon Cider and colored it in with the coordinating colors using Stampin’ Write markers. The house is almost a perfect square except for the chimney and a cinch to cut out. Before I added it to the card with Dimensionals, I stamped the little flourish stamp to be the “smoke” using Crumb Cake ink. The addition of the sentiment and the candy embellishments and this card is done.

I loved this kit. I hope you’re enjoying crafting a homemade holiday. If you need anything to create your crafts, let me know, I’m here to help you. Happy crafting!

Rustic Retreat – Three Ways

It’s been a while since I’ve taken one stamp set and shown you how simple it can be to make an elegant card and then to easily step it up. Today, I’m going to use the same sketch, the same gorgeous DSP, Feels Like Frost in the mini-catalog, and make three gorgeous cards. I’m playing with the Rustic Retreat stamp set from the 2020-21 Annual Catalog. This set is super flexible with images and sentiments. In addition to the Christmas sentiment I’m using, there is a Happy Birthday and even a quote from A.A. Milne. How can you not love a pooh bear quote?

A Simple Stamping Card

For this simple stamping card, I used a base of Thick Whisper White. The thick card base give the project some substance and will just hold up better in the mailing process. Next, I cut a piece of Seaside Spray at 3-3/4″ x 5″. Then I cut one of the gorgeous sheets of Feels Like Frost—this paper is so pretty, you could just put it in a frame. But I #cutthepaper to 2-3/4″x5″, making sure I got a nice section of the paper for my card. Now it was time for stamping.

I used Night of Navy ink and the sentiment from Rustic Retreat. Because I was stamping directly on the DSP, I didn’t want any mistakes, so I pulled out my Stamparatus. I put the DSP on the tray and anchored it with the magnets. Then I positioned my stamp on the paper where I wanted it. I closed the acrylic tray to pick up the stamp – cling stamps attach to the acrylic plates with zero fuss. Then I gently inked my stamp and closed the acrylic plate again and pressed gently. Perfect image. It’s that easy. If the image had been splotchy, I could have reinked and restamped until I was happy because it lines up perfectly every time.

To finish the card, I adhered the stamped DSP to the Seaside Spray and then added a length of Metallic edged ribbon before adding the assembly to the card front. One gorgeous card, ready to mail.

A Step Up

This card is a stepped up version of the card above. I swapped the Thick Whisper White with a base of Seaside Spray. Then I cut a piece of Pretty Peacock to 2-3/4″ x 5″ and embossed it with the Evergreen Forest 3-D embossing folder. I layered it with a 1-1/4″x5″ piece of the Feels Like Frost paper on top of a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of the same DSP. You can just see the silver and white edge peeking out.

Again, a length of the Metallic edged ribbon to cover my seam before I put the assembly on the front of the card. Then I did my stamping using Pretty Peacock ink, stamps from the set, and the Everyday Label punch. I added that to the card with Dimensionals and finished off the project with a few Snowflake embellishments from the mini-catalog.

Another gorgeous card ready to send. But there’s more. If you like more.

Artful Rustic Retreat

The last card I have for you today uses the same layout, but adds a few elements from some other stamp sets and dies. If you have a growing collection of supplies, there is no reason you can’t mix and match your old with your new to create a truly unique design.

Starting with a base of Pretty Peacock, I used the same measurements to cut a strip of the Feels Like Frost DSP and a piece of Silver Foil paper which I embossed with the Evergreen Forest 3-D folder. I used the same ribbon. to mount this, I added all the layers to a piece of 3-3/4″x5″ piece of Whisper White just to make the process simple.

Next I stamped a tree from the Winter Woods stamp set in Pretty Peacock and die cut it with the matching In the Woods dies from the annual catalog. I also die cut the deer from a scrap of Kraft paper I had using the North Pole Wonder dies from the mini-catalog. I stamped the cabin in Memento Ink and colored it in with my Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas set in the annual catalog. It’s stamped in Pretty Peacock. I cut that out with the Layering Ovals dies, daubed some Cinnamon Cider ink around the edges, and added it and my deer to the card with Dimensionals.

One stamp set, three cards, crafting at whatever level makes you happy. Let me know which one you like best.

Happy crafting!