Whipped up Hung with Care

Yesterday I showed you a super quick card and gift tag. Today’s card uses the same Hung with Care stamp set but is a bit more involved.  I wanted to do a scene with stockings hung on a mantle.   When I showed this card to my husband, he “got it”, but see what you think.

Stampin' Up! Hung with Care on the MantleI used the Joyous Noel DSP to provide my color scheme and act as the wallpaper in my scene. Unfortunately, this paper was in such high demand that it’s no longer available to order. Use whatever you have and adjust your colors to match.  For the lower part of the wall, I went with a paneling look.  So many of us either have paneling in our homes or grew up with it. It feels traditional to me.  I used Soft Suede cardstock and the Pinewood Planks DEF.

Next, I created a mantle using the Marbled background stamp and Shaded Spruce ink.  I used a 3/4″ strip and rounded the bottom corners. I still have plenty of scrap for another project – Yay!  Before I added that to the card, I stamped my stockings in Merry Merlot and fussy cut them.

If you don’t have the Paper Snips from Stampin’ Up!, I highly recommend them for this type of detailed work.  An inexpensive craft room addition that you will love. They are sharp, finely bladed, and easy for even my “man hands” to control. I was not blessed with delicate hands. And on November 27-28 they will be on sale as part of the Online Extravaganza. The sale is going on over six days with different things on sale during each two-day period. Check my store starting November 23 for all the details.

To mount the five stockings to the “mantle” I used brads that came in a Paper Pumpkin. The Annual Catalog has metallic brads that would work just as well.  I used my paper piercer and stabbed a hole in each one through the mantle paper. I mounted that entire assembly to the card with Dimensionals only on the mantel so that the stockings could move.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Hung with Care set with Mery Merlot ink. I love the elegant font.  The ends of the strip of paper were rounded by tucking each end into the Pretty Label punch.  What do you think? Does it look like a mantle to you?


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Stampin' Up! Shaded SpruceClassic Stampin' PadStampin' Up! Marbled background stampStampin' Up! Hung with CareStampin' Up! Metallic BradsStampin' Up! Pinewood PlanksStampin' Up! Soft Suede cardstockStampin' Up! Whisper White cardstockStampin' Up! Paper SnipsStampin' Up! Merry Merlot Classic Stampin' Pad

Delightful Paper Pumpkin Alternate

The Frights & Delights Paper Pumpkin continues to entertain me.  I know that I promised a Christmas Card alternate.  I have to say this was more challenging than I expected, or maybe I made it more difficult than it needed to be.  For this design, I decided to use the black tissue paper that came in the kit because I love black and white Christmas cards. I was also dying to try this really cool technique from Melissa Kerman.  You can watch her Gilded Faux Silk video here.

Delightful Paper Pumpkin Christmas CardOf course, she started with white tissue paper, so already I knew I was going to have to make some modifications.  I used the soon to be released, limited time, stamp set Snow is Glistening along with the Snowfall dies that go with it.  This set will go on sale to customers on November 1.  It is stunning!  Don’t worry, I’ll do another post soon, just on these products.  Back to the card.  I had to use our Whisper White Craft ink to stamp images on the tissue paper.  I used the tree that comes in the set (made out of snowflakes!) and the little spray of snowflakes to create a background. I let that dry and then I crumpled it like I was wadding up a used paper napkin.

Next, on a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Basic Black cardstock, I swiped a layer of matte gel medium across the entire surface. This is usually used by painters to keep their acrylic paint wet.  I tried other adhesives, this is worth the trip to the local art supply/craft store for this project.  While the gel is wet, flatten out the tissue paper, but leave it crinkly and just press it down onto the black paper. Lots of wrinkles are good.  Let it dry – for a while.

While it’s drying, use the Joy sentiment from the same stamp set to stamp one of the bag bases from the kit. I stamped it an angle so I could use the Layering Ovals die to cut it out.   I stamped a couple of second-generation snowflakes from the stamp set using the Basic Gray in the kit.  I used the Stitched Shapes oval to cut a piece of Silver foil to back the sentiment.  I also took the blank chunk of silver sticker paper from the kit, from the sheet of Boo!s, to cut out the three snowflakes using the Snowfall dies.  This worked out well when I added them later because they were stickers!

Okay, back to our dry stamped wrinkly tissue.  Time to make it sparkle through the magic of Versamark and Silver embossing powder.  After tapping the entire thing with the Embossing buddy,  I lightly, LIGHTLY, dragged the Versamark over the face of the paper trying to ink the raised wrinkles.  I also dragged it over the edges of the card to add some framing.  Then I coated the entire thing with powder and knocked off the excess.  I used that paint brush that we got in the Its a Sarah Thing Paper Pumpkin kit to knock off some of the excess powder so that my tree would be visible.  Then, I got out the heat tool and melted all the remaining powder.  It almost looks like ice on a window at night.  Cool, right?

The twine in the kit was a perfect match for this card and I wrapped it around the bottom third of the card front before I mounted the front to a Whisper White base.  The Joy sentiment is adhered with Dimensionals and the little snowflake stickers finished it off. Not simple, but unique and beautiful.  I hope you are anticipating your holiday celebrations with great joy!


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Stampin' Up Heat Tool Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock Stampin' Up! Dimensionals Stampin Up Big Shot Stampin' Up! Silver Foil Sheets Stampin' Up! Silver Embossing Powder Stampin' Up! Layering Ovals Framelits Stampin' Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits Versamark Ink Pad


Accented Blooms for Fall

Fall has finally arrived in Albuquerque.  And that means color!  The hot air balloons are filling the sky when the weather cooperates. Leaves are changing from brilliant green to warm reds and golden yellows.  I love this time of year.  I was able to break out a sweater yesterday.

Stampin Up Accented Blooms FallToday I have a simple card for you that is dressed for fall as well.  I used the Accented Blooms stamp which was made to work with the Tailored Tag punch.  For this card, I started with a base of Soft Suede.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock as the card front and on the interior of the card.  I embossed the floral stamp in Copper. I knew I wanted to color in the image with my Stampin Write markers. The embossed edges make it a snap to color inside the lines.   The fall scheme I chose is Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Petal Pink, Merry Merlot, and Poppy Parade.

The sentiment from the same set is inked in Poppy Parade.  I lifted it using Dimensionals.  I wasn’t completely happy with the amount of empty space  – I struggle with the clean and simple look.  But, the set has a few little accent stamps, one of which is this sweet vine. I stamped it around the edge in Old Olive without being too fussy about the placement of each image.  I liked the eclectic fall garden feel that it added to the card.

Simple, pretty and easy to whip up for someone you need to thank.  And speaking of thanks, thank you for visiting and letting me share what I love with you.


Shop with me – Here are some of the products mentioned in this post.

Stampin' Up! Copper Embossing PowderStampin' Up! Dimensionals Stampin' Up! Accented Blooms stamp set Stampin' Up Tailored Tag punch Regals Stampin Write Markers Stampin' Up! Poppy Parade Classic Stampin Pad Stampin' Up Soft Suede cardstock Stampin Up Very Vanilla cardstock Stampin' Up Old Olive Classic Stampin Pad Stampin' Up Heat Tool Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy