Nature’s Harvest for Every Crafter

Nature’s Harvest is such a great stamp set. It’s part of the Harvest Meadow suite in the 2021 July-December mini catalog. It has four sentiments and three images, but I’m going to show you three different projects that are similar, but so very different. No matter what type of crafter you are—beginner, casual, or avid—this stamp set is for you.

Beginning Crafter Card with Nature’s Harvest and Limited Supplies

A beginning crafter card using the Nature's Harvest stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I made this card with the Nature’s Harvest stamps, Misty Moonlight and white cardstock, Misty Moonlight ink, a paper cutter, adhesive and some Elegant Faceted gems. That’s it. Oh, and an envelope. But the envelope and the gems are optional.

I started with a base of Misty Moonlight, a half sheet scored in half. Then I added a 4″x 5-1/4″ layer of white that I stamped with two images from the stamp set. To lighten the image of the texture stamp, I stamped on scrap paper after every re-inking using the second generation image. This technique basically creates a second ink color for projects. I stamped the small flower image at full strength.

Next, I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ and stamped the large flower image using Misty Moonlight ink. I also added a couple of the texture images at the bottom so the stems weren’t floating in space. Finally, for the sentiment, I used a piece of white card cut to 1-1/4″ x 3″ and the Misty Moonlight ink. I used Dimensionals under the large flower and the sentiment. And for the final touch, I added three gems.

Stamping the envelope is a nice touch if the card is going in the mail.

A Casual Twist on the Natures’s Harvest Card

A distressed style card using Nature's Harvest from Stampin' Up!

For this next card, I used similar products. Instead of White cardstock, I used Very Vanilla. And I added the Diamond Weave ribbon and Brushed Metallic Dots from the Harvest Meadow Suite. And I added a second color of ink, Crumb Cake. There are a couple of other changes I’ll walk you through.

The card base, first layer, and layer with the large flower are all the same measurements as above. I used the Crumb Cake ink for the texture image and also to distress the initial layer. To distress the paper, I used my scissors to rough up the edges of the paper and even tore bits off and then sponged the Crumb Cake ink on the outside edges of the paper. I did the same with the Misty Moonlight panel after I added the large flower.

For the focal flower, I stamped the image using Versamark, and heat embossed it in gold. To add a touch of color, I filled in the leaves and petals with the Garden Green and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils. It’s subtle, but adds a nice touch. That layer is lifted on Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight on Very Vanilla and fussy-cut it out. It’s layered on top of a 4″ length of the ribbon. For the final touch, I added three metallic dots.

An Avid Option

A multilayered card featuring Nature's Harvest stamp set from the Harvest Meadow suite in the Stampin' Up! minicatalog.

This last card takes advantage of three more products in the Harvest Meadow Suite: The Harvest dies, Cork Specialty paper, and the Harvest Meadow designer paper.

I really enjoyed adding all the layers and details to this card. Instead of the stamped layer on top of the Misty Moonlight card base, I used a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of the designer paper. Next, I used the dies to cut out some of the silhouette images in the die set. I used Misty Moonlight paper so I could get that lovely tone on tone elegance. Using the dies, I also cut out my large flower that I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used that ink so I could color in the image with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers in Just Jade, Daffodil Delight, and Cinnamon Cider.

Next, I used my Dark Misty Moonlight marker to color three basic pearls. If you have tried this with your Stampin’ Blends, it’s a great way to get perfectly matched rhinestones or pearls for your projects. The large flower is floating above the die cuts on Dimensionals.

Lastly, I put together the multilayer sentiment. I started by cutting the cork paper with the long banner die in the Harvest dies set. Then I used a technique I learned at On Stage. I inked up the Thank you sentiment in Versamark, and then directly inked the stamp in Misty Moonlight before stamping it on the white cardstock. This allowed me to use clear embossing powder on the sentiment, giving it a bit of shine and dimension. This is a really fun way to create any color embossed image and the Versamark ink is totally safe to mix into the colored ink pads. I die cut that using the smaller banner die. Two metallic dots make the cork layer look like it’s been punched down with brads, but it’s really on Dimensionals.

Which card is your favorite?

Let me know if you’d like to order the Nature’s Harvest stamp set or any of the products mentioned, or shop with me using the code on the right.

Sparkle of the Season

The Sparkle of the Season bundle includes a stamp set with sixteen dies, five of them sentiments, and the Seasonal Swirls dies. It’s incredibly versatile because it has stamps and dies for all the fall and winter holidays. I used it recently to make both a Thanksgiving card and a Christmas card.

Thanksgiving Card with Sparkle of the Season

Thanksgiving card using the Stampin' Up! Sparkle of the Season Bundle.

Lovely fall colors, and a note of thanks, makes the ideal Thanksgiving card. This card employs lots of layers to get that vibrant fall vibe. I started with a base of Cajun Craze. Next I added two different designer series papers, the base from Tidings of Christmas and the strip of Expressions in Ink.

For the next layer, I used another piece of 3-1/4″ square Cajun Craze and embossed it with the 3-D timber folder because I love texture.

Then I started on the wreath. I used Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Evening Evergreen for all the elements. Most are just die cuts, but the Soft Suede and Cajun Craze are stamped first and then cut.

I finished this card with some Holiday Rhinestones and a bow of linen thread. The sentiment is from the set and stamped in Cajun Craze ink on Very Vanilla card stock. This is a great card for the avid crafter who loves lots of layers and details.

Sparkle Christmas Card

Christmas card made with the Stampin' Up! Sparkle of the Season bundle.

The second card I made with the Sparkle of the Season bundle is this traditional red and green creation. I started with a base of Evening Evergreen. I added a layer of the Tidings of Christmas designer paper, saving the strip I cut from the bottom. Next I embossed a 3-1/2″ square of Cherry Cobbler using the 3-D Timeworn Type folder.

For the wreath, I used Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent. These colors work so well together to add dimension to the die-cut pine boughs. I added a few stamped and cut pinecones in Soft Suede and few extra holly leaves in Evening Evergreen to fill out the wreath. The Cherry Cobbler linen thread came in a past Paper Pumpkin kit, but you could get a similar look by coloring regular linen thread with the Cherry Cobbler blends. (I tested it.)

I trimmed down the strip from my initial cut of the designer paper to 3/4″ by 3-3/4″ and then cut the same size piece from the Evening Evergreen In-Color designer paper. The sentiment is from the set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler on White cardstock. For a final touch of sparkle, I added a few Holiday Rhinestones.

This set was so much fun to experiment with as I made these cards. It’s available in the July-December 2021 catalog through the end of the year. Let me know if you would like to order a bundle for yourself.

On Stage @ Home and Being a Demonstrator

Preparing for On Stage @ Home with Stampin' Up!

When I laid out all of my goodies from Stampin’ Up! to prepare for the three day virtual demonstrator conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew there would be stamping presentations, and that we were going to make some cards together, but I didn’t know how I would be affected. I’m not sure I was even thinking about it. Three days “away” from my daily grind was reason enough to sign up, along with early access to all the new and shiny products.

VIP access is why I signed up to be a demonstrator. Well, that and the discount. But in the almost five years I’ve been with Stampin’ Up! I’ve received so much more. This conference was no different. The CEO led us through a self-discovery exercise that led to a moment of clarity. Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, one that is basically at the hobby + level, satisfies a lot of my personal needs.

Education

In The Moment stamp set used to make a card with heat embossing and a white watercolor pencil.

I come from many generations of educators. The one thing I’m always doing is taking a class or learning something new. Other demonstrators are always sharing what they know, teaching a new technique or fun fold or even marketing tips. I’m always learning something. Not only that, I get to teach. I love teaching. The very best thing to do with new information is to give it to someone else. During the event, I learned a great new technique to create this card.

The stamp set, In the Moment, came with my On Stage swag. And another demonstrator used it to showcase this coloring/not coloring technique. Basically, you stamp the image in Versamark and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Then use a white water color pencil to fill in areas of the image. It works best on darker card stock colors. I mounted my image done on Bermuda Bay on a layer of white card and then used Dimensionals to place it on my Mango Melody card base. And because you know I can’t live without texture, I used the Drybrush background stamp with the matching ink to add interest. In the Moment stamp set is coming out in January. (See, early access to products).

Creativity

Blessings of Home cards from On Stage @ Home with Stampin' Up!

I have been a crafty person my entire life. I’ve cross-stitched, sewn, hooked rugs, painted by number, collaged, made jewelry, and attended plenty of paint nights. But card making has fed my need for creativity in so many ways. At any point in time, I can be a painter, a collager, a 3-D artist—all with paper. I like that I can fit my creativity in around the edges of my life. With one stamp set, ink, and a pre-cut notecard, I’m ready to go. Now, let me be honest, I have a craft room that holds much more than a single ink pad, stamp set and some pre-cut cards. But the point is, I could be creative with just that. I can even take my crafting hobby with me when I travel, and have. (Not sure what the hotel staff thought of that visit!)

There is something wonderful about being able to take a piece of paper and transform it into something unique. Even when I follow along with other demonstrators, my cards have tiny touches that are expressions of my creativity. When I guide others in crafting, I always try to encourage them to do something on their own, alter a “mistake” into a moment, or just throw the box away rather than just think outside of it. Paper is very forgiving and has two sides, so I can always get a do over. I made these cards to the left during On Stage @ Home with the new Blessings of Home bundle and Heart and Home paper and not one of them is identical to those made by the instructor. Isn’t that wonderful?

Independent Demonstrator and Connections

I heard so many of the demonstrators who presented mention that they are introverts, as am I. All that means is that I restore my energy by being alone. But introverts need connections. Just like any other human, we need other people, even if it is in limited doses. Because I’m an independent demonstrator, I can make my business look exactly like what I need. At first, I just needed the early access to products, the discounts, and the tutorials. But through stamping, I’ve strengthened friendships, made friends I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’ve connected with people all over the world. It’s kind of amazing that putting ink on stamps and glue on paper has had this type of impact in my life. But it has. And I’m truly grateful for the gifts I’ve received from being a demonstrator (not just the discounts).

Besides all of the teaching and learning connections, I’ve been able to send my cards to people I know, reminding them that I care about them, and people I don’t know, like seniors and the military, reminding them they are valued and thought of. I don’t know if I would make the time to do that if I hadn’t become involved in Stampin’ Up. But I’m proud that I have connected with so many people, even in a small way. I love sending positive energy into the world. There can’t be enough.

The best outcome from On Stage @ Home was that I found my motivation to share more with you. I’ve been active on Instagram, but a bit absent from this blog. I’ll do my best to post more regularly, although with much shorter posts! If you’ve ever considered being a demonstrator, even just for the discount, let me know. I’d love to have you on my team.