Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September D's Stamping Team USA Blog Hop

I am very excited for our first team blog hop!  We are a fabulous group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators spread throughout the US.  I hope you enjoy our first hop and will check back every month on the last Wednesday of the month.  The theme for the blog hop this month is Fall/Halloween.  I thought I would incorporate Fall in my card, but also make it a birthday card as my big brother's birthday is coming up in October.

The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock with Vintage leaves stamped in Early Espresso.  If you don't have the Vintage Leaves & coordinating framelits yet you have to get them.  They are fabulous!  Trees from Lovely as a Tree were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock also in Early Espresso and then I cut them apart and popped with dimensionals.  The Early Espresso mat is also popped with dimensionals from the card base.  I had to incorporate one of my brother's favorite colors - red, so the Happy Birthday from Guy Greetings is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and cut out with the Washi Label punch and popped with dimensionals.

Thanks for checking out my card and click the next button to continue on the blog hop to my friend Tina's blog!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Christmas Tree Inspired by Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Cover

The moment I saw the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog I knew I had to figure out how to make the tree on the front! 

My husband and I sat down and figured out the scale of the tree based on the size of the cards.  It is roughly 16 inches long (across the base) by 21 inches tall.  At Lowes we were able to find a 3/4x24x48 inches board that was called The Craft Master's Lodgepole Pine Laminated Project Panels.  The board with tax was $26.07.  We cut the board so we had two 21 x 24 inch pieces and glued (with wood glue) & clamped them together to dry overnight.  The next day we used a circular saw to cut two trees and we had as scrap two halves of a tree.  I then glued the two halves together to have a third tree.  Since we used a circular saw which made rough cuts I had to sand down the edges.  

Here is the finished project!!

I will list the Stampin' Up! supplies that I used below, but it's basically washi tape, clothespins, wooden snowflakes, and one ribbon.  I used hot glue to glue the clothespins to the board and also the wooden snowflakes to clothespins.  The tree on the front of the Stampin' Up! cover uses one Washi Tape from a different set, so I just substituted in for it with the fifth washi tape in the set I used. 

I am so happy to use this as a decoration this Christmas!  Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments and Happy Stamping!!  

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

OSAT Blog Hop - Designers Choice

Welcome to the One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop for September - Designers Choice!  I hope you enjoyed the great projects from Amanda. I am excited to have a number of new paper crafters for this month's blog hop!  

At first I was really stumped at what to do for my card and project this month.  I then went into my happy place with stamps, ink, and paper and came up with my creations.  I decided to use one of my new favorite stamp sets from Stampin' Up! - Vintage Leaves!  

The card started with making the leaves.  Very Vanilla is the card base that is embossed in gold.  I used sponge daubers with Tip Top Taupe, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Cherry Cobbler inks to create various Fall leaves.  These are emboss resisted by then wiping ink off with a tissue.  The Crumb Cake card base is stamped with Tip Top Taupe, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze to create a leaves background.  The SU 1 1/4" burlap was trimmed to fray on all 4 sides and adhered to the card base with tear & tape adhesive.  The sentiment comes from the For All Things stamp set and is stamped on Very Vanilla in Early Espresso ink. The banner triple punch was used to create the ends on the sentiment piece. The leaves are attached with snail and dimensionals. 

Here is a video to show how I made the leaves.

I wanted to create a coordinating project with the card, so I used more of the leaves.  The leaves were done as mentioned above for the card.  I cut out Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze using the Banner framelits.  The Larger Than Life letters were stamped in Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and also cut out with the Banner framelits.  The Crumb Cake cardstock is popped up on the background colors using dimensionals.  At the top of the project is a book ring that you can find at any office or big box store.  I folded over a bit of the burlap and then hot glued it on the back to create a clean look at top and bottom of the project.  The layered banner pieces and leaves are all glued to the burlap with hot glue.

Here's a detailed look at the banner and leaf.

I hope you have enjoyed my card and project as I look forward to the coming of Fall!  Thanks for stopping by and check out the next blog in our hop, Wynne!

    You are here ----> Megan
    Andrea P.
    Andrea T.

Here are the details for the card....
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Here are the details for the project (also you will need hot glue and a book ring).....
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

SIP Challenge #12 - Black and White with a Pop of Color

Happy Thursday!  Today is a good day as I have a Christmas card class tonight and college football starts!  I spent a little time this afternoon doing the SIP challenge.  I'm excited to try out the Stamp, Ink, and Paper challenge again this week.  It is black, white, and a pop of color!
I recently ordered the new SU Vintage Leaves and Framelits and LOVE them!  This was my first, but definitely not my last card I will make with them.  I have a good friend that has a birthday next week so I decided to make her birthday card for this challenge.

Rather than doing triple stamping I decided to do just double stamping.  To do this you slightly adhere the Whisper White cardstock pieces together and stamp your images.  After that you very carefully un-adhere them and adhere them to their background pieces (in this case Basic Black).  My pop of color was Melon Mambo.  Did you notice the little bit of Whisper White Bakers Twine wrapped around the leaves?  One of my favorite parts of the card!  Happy stamping!

Here are the details.....

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Introducing the Holiday Catalog

I am excited to join this ICS (Inspire Create & Share) blog hop this month!  I am an avid paper crafter, and I have loved to start blogging & utilizing my IT (computer) background.  I reside in the St Louis area and am an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin' Up!  Besides paper crafting I love spending time outside in the gardens (both flower & vegetable) and sports!!  Diane and Anna are also new to the blog hop this month and great paper crafters!  If you are hopping along in order of our hop you have just come from Joni's wonderful blog!

This month our theme is to introduce the Holiday Catalog to you! Hopefully by now you all have your own personal copies of this catalog...if not please contact your demonstrator to get one because it is fabulous!  If you don't have a demonstrator let me know I would be happy to get one to you!

The moment I saw this stamp set at convention and in the Holiday catalog I knew I had to have it.  If you know anything about the St Louis area it is known as "Cardinals Nation!"  I love this set both for baseball and the holidays!

My card has a Whisper White thick cardstock (which I love!) base layered with Mossy Meadow cardstock, and DSP from the Season of Cheer pack.  The Joyful greeting is heat embossed with silver.  The cardinal outline is stamped in Memento Black and two step stamped with the body in Real Red (twice), eye area in Memento Black, and beak in Pumpkin Pie.  I used a little white ink pen to bring out the eye.  I fuzzy cut the cardinal out!  The branch is stamped on Soft Sky in Early Espresso ink, and the cardinal feet are in Memento Black.  I adhered the cardinal with dimensionals and added some dazzling details to look like snow.  I accented the cardinal and background with the new silver cording trim which I absolutely love!!


Thanks for stopping by my first post in the ICS blog hop and I look forward to it for many months to come!  The next stop in your hop is the fantastic, Andrea!  Happy hopping!!

Here are the supplies I used:

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is here for customers!!!

Check out the marvelous new 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!!  Click on the image below to see the PDF version.  If you would like an actual copy of the catalog contact me.